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Spotify updates its privacy policy again, makes it more clear

Spotify updates its privacy policy again, makes it more clear

Spotify updated its privacy policy in the recent past, and while many users went on to accept the updated terms (which are, by all accounts, fairly benign), some users expressed concern about some of the content Spotify may or may not be accessing. That all boiled down to a communication issue, says Spotify, which had quickly pushed out an apology when the uproar started. Now it is back with another updated privacy policy, and this one is more clear.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack releases in December

Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack releases in December

The new Star Wars movie will certainly be the best part, but the subsequent soundtrack will be just as exciting for music lovers. Fans have been requesting information about The Force Awakens' soundtrack and when it will be released, and that information has finally been provided: the soundtrack will be launching on the same day the movie premieres in theaters, December 18.

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US Open drone crash results in arrest

US Open drone crash results in arrest

A drone crashed into seats in an empty section of the stands at the U.S. Open tennis tournament yesterday night, and now a 26-year-old teacher has been arrested for allegedly operating the drone. The alleged operator was New York teacher at the Academy of Innovative Technology Daniel Verley, and he could be charged with operating a drone in a public park beyond the permissible area, as well as reckless endangerment.

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Batman: Arkham Knight PC patch finally available

Batman: Arkham Knight PC patch finally available

Batman: Arkham Knight was released a mess and now, finally, is getting a PC patch that will maybe (hopefully) squash all those bugs. The patch was recently up for beta testing, and on Thursday it was announced on Steam that those who’d already grabbed the Arkham Knight for PC game could now get the patch. If you didn’t get the game when it was released (its sales were pulled a short while later), you’ll still need to wait. When the PC game will be going back up for sale is not clear.

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Comcast’s adding new features for football fans

Comcast’s adding new features for football fans

Comcast is catering to the wants of its subscribers, at least the subscribers who enjoy football season. On Thursday, the service provider announced that it is making its X1 Sports mobile app “the ultimate football companion” for football season — for both the NCAA and NFL seasons. Comcast says it’ll be bringing users more football content than before, including everything from visualizations that make it easy to catch up on what has already gone down to real-time stats on games.

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Snooz “sound conditioner” aims for restful sleep

Snooz “sound conditioner” aims for restful sleep

Some people need total darkness to sleep, others need a little light. In the same way, some people need complete silence, but others need noise. That noise can come from a smartphone app, but the artificial nature of these noises make it ineffective for some. Others just flip the fan on, but that’s not feasible in certain situations, and is a waste of energy. That’s where Snooz comes in — it’s a relatively small saucer-shaped horizontal “sound conditioner” that provides white noise.

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Toshiba unveils 16GB SDHC TransferJet media card

Toshiba unveils 16GB SDHC TransferJet media card

Toshiba has introduced its new 16GB SDHC card at IFA in Berlin, and with it comes both Class 10 memory and support for the maker’s TransferJet close proximity technology. Using this wireless technology, users are able to transfer videos and photos from a camera to a mobile device or computer with a TransferJet adapter. 

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Toyota partners with MIT, Stanford in ‘intelligent’ cars project

Toyota partners with MIT, Stanford in ‘intelligent’ cars project

Toyota has announced that it is collaborating with Stanford University and MIT to develop so-called intelligent cars instead of autonomous vehicles. This is said to be a $50 million research project, and it will be directed by now-former DARPA researcher Gill Pratt. Toyota’s goal isn’t to remove the human element from its vehicles, but rather make those humans better drivers. After all, most accidents are due to human error, and even present self-driving cars can blame human operators for their (infrequent) accidents.

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Polaroid Snap hands-on: a digital camera with instant prints

Polaroid Snap hands-on: a digital camera with instant prints

Among the tablets, phones, laptops and more filling IFA are some cameras, and among those cameras is Polaroid's newest instant shooter: the Polaroid Snap. This is a minimalist and arguably basic digital camera, but with a big twist over low-budget photography hardware. Using ZINK Zero Ink technology, the printer spits out small instant prints without using ink.

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Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’ revealed in full trailer

Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’ revealed in full trailer

Netflix's original movie "Beasts of No Nation" was first teased in a short trailer that, though brief, was quite a bit more emotional than expected. Now the video streaming service is back with a new trailer, this one longer (it's the "full trailer"), and in it we get a look at entirely new footage. The movie is one of Netflix’s lineup of original movies, and will be kicking off next month both on the video streaming service and in theaters. Beasts of No Nation is from Cary Fukunaga, and it has already been shown off at the Venice Film Festival.

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BBC’s GTA movie ‘The Gamechangers’ gets first trailer

BBC’s GTA movie ‘The Gamechangers’ gets first trailer

The BBC is making an unofficial movie about Grand Theft Auto, one that has already earned it a lawsuit. That hasn't stopped it from proceeding, however, and it boasts some big name actors on its roster: Daniel Radcliffe who will be playing Rockstar Games’ co-founder Sam Houser, and Bill Paxton who will be playing former attorney Jack Thompson, the story’s antagonist. The movie has an official name now, and it has its first trailer.

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GoT’s Euron Greyjoy to be played by Pilou Asbæk

GoT’s Euron Greyjoy to be played by Pilou Asbæk

Television shows are just starting up again after a long summer, and with them come increasing announcements about the present and future of well known entertainment. That includes information about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, of which the actor who will play Euron Greyjoy has been revealed: Pilou Asbæk, perhaps best known for his recent role in the movie Lucy. HBO currently lists Season 6 as premiering in Spring 2016.

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