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Amazon Fire TV update expands search, voice control and more

Amazon Fire TV update expands search, voice control and more

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are getting an over-the-air update that brings new features and expands others, including Universal Search for more apps and channels, using Alexa voice control to skip through videos and ask for sports updates, and more. According to Amazon, the OTA software update is being rolled out to the aforementioned devices now.

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‘Narcos’ renewed for two more seasons, making 4 total (so far)

‘Narcos’ renewed for two more seasons, making 4 total (so far)

Narcos, a drama detailing the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar and the DEA agents on the other side, is Netflix's latest original series hit. The company quickly promised a second season after the first premiered, and now that the second has arrived (it dropped on September 2), Netflix has announced yet another renewal -- this time for two seasons, taking us up to four total (so far).

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Nazi U-boat seen for first time since sinking in 1942

Nazi U-boat seen for first time since sinking in 1942

The German ‘U-boat’ submarine U-576 has been seen for the first time since sinking about 74 years ago. Entombed within are the 45 German sailors who went down with the sub; according to the researchers who discovered it, the hatches are still closed, and most of the other elements — minus the now-rotted wooden deck pieces — are still present. The discovery marks the end of a mission that has been ongoing since 2009, providing an actual look at the vessel that was first 'seen' by sonar in 2014.

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FOX Sports Go app arrives on Roku

FOX Sports Go app arrives on Roku

Following its arrival on Apple TV on August 26, FOX Sports has announced the availability of FOX Sports Go on Roku devices, saying it is now available on both the set-top-boxes and Roku smart TVs. FOX Sports Go provides access to FOX Sports' “full slate” programming, which amounts to more than 3,000 live events plus access to original content and studio content. All of this depends, though, on whether you have a pay-TV subscription already.

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NASA spacecraft captures double eclipse in new video

NASA spacecraft captures double eclipse in new video

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, more commonly called the SDO, caught a rare double eclipse up close as both the Earth and the moon crossed in front of the sun. It’s a rare event, and one that we get to see up-close thanks to a video the space agency has made public. All we see are two massive dark shadows, but there’s an easy way to tell them apart — the Earth’s edges look fuzzy when it passes in front of the sun, while the moon’s edges are super sharp and clear.

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Sony ‘Signature Series’ audio devices include gold-plated Walkman

Sony ‘Signature Series’ audio devices include gold-plated Walkman

Sony has a new ‘Signature Series’ line of what it calls high-resolution audio devices. Counted among these new devices is the MDR-Z1R headphones, the NW-WM1Z and NW-WM1A Walkman devices, and the TA-ZH1ES headphones amp. All four devices are stylish, especially the NW-WM1Z Walkman with its gold-plated copper chassis. According to Sony, that design keeps down magnetic interference and contact resistance/oxidation.

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Syfy’s ‘Channel Zero’ series is seriously creepy in new teaser trailer

Syfy’s ‘Channel Zero’ series is seriously creepy in new teaser trailer

Syfy, the network with shows just cheesy enough to keep people coming back, has a new series that’ll be airing soon called “Channel Zero.” It is, according to the network, based upon the creepypasta stories that dot the Internet. It appears the show will be broken up into various stories by season, with the first being Channel Zero: Candle Cove — and, judging by the new trailer for it released yesterday, it’ll definitely be creepy.

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Samsung now sells refurbished phones in the US

Samsung now sells refurbished phones in the US

Late last month we heard word that Samsung may soon start selling refurbished smartphones in the U.S., and today that rumor has become official. As of now, you can buy a refurbished Samsung smartphone directly from the company itself rather than a carrier or third party. The devices are available through the Certified Pre-Owned online device store, which boasts that the phones are “rebuilt, refreshed, and covered” with the same one-year warranty you get on new smartphones.

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Alcatel POP 4 tablets debut alongside XL phone at IFA

Alcatel POP 4 tablets debut alongside XL phone at IFA

Joining its wearables and VR gear come some mobile devices from Alcatel, a trio of POP 4 slates including a 6-inch “phablet” smartphone and two tablets with 7-inch and 10-inch displays. The 10-inch model is the most notable of the bunch, coming with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 rather than the MediaTek offerings found in the two smaller models. All three models offer LTE support, and tap Waves MaxxAudio for their audio experience.

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Alcatel Move wearables include watch, GPS and activity tracker

Alcatel Move wearables include watch, GPS and activity tracker

Alcatel has a new series of wearable devices under the MOVE line, including the Moveband, Movetime WiFi Watch, Movetrack, and MOVE Track&Talk. Each one has its own purpose, such as the Movetrack that functions as a portable GPS tracker and the Moveband activity tracker. According to Alcatel, all the products in the Move series are designed for people who are active and want some insight into their days, whether that’s to see how far they’ve travelled, how many calories they’ve burned, what notifications have hit their phone, and more.

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Lowe’s robot workers heading to stores in San Francisco

Lowe’s robot workers heading to stores in San Francisco

Lowe’s has introduced the ‘LoweBot' robots and says it plans to roll them out in stores in San Francisco soon. The LoweBot is a NAVii autonomous robot designed for retail service by Fellow Robots, according to Lowe’s, which says the robo-workers will roll out in a total of 11 stores located in the San Francisco Bay Area this autumn. The company says its previous OSHbot tests, which we detailed in late 2014, were successful.

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TomTom Curfer tracks vehicle data and driver performance

TomTom Curfer tracks vehicle data and driver performance

TomTom has introduced a vehicle tracker called Curfer, and it could come in handy for anyone who is interested in knowing how their vehicle is being driven — parents of newly licensed teenagers, for example, or someone who is curious about the patterns formed by their own trips. Vehicle trackers like this aren’t a new thing, but Curfer comes with a hook, 'gamifying the experience with rewards and social sharing,' according to TomTom.

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