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CVS tipped to be testing Apple Pay

CVS tipped to be testing Apple Pay

CVS said in a tweet that it is "evaluating mobile payment options" for its customers, and word has surfaced that Apple Pay is included among those tests. Though Apple Pay isn’t officially available in the stores, there have been reports on social media by Apple Pay users who say they were able to use it in certain CVS stores. One particular tip has surfaced stating Apple Pay is being accepted by a specific store in Key West, Florida, as well.

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FOX primetime livestreaming launches for cable subscribers

FOX primetime livestreaming launches for cable subscribers

FOX has launched livestreaming of its primetime content, but only for pay TV customers. This is the first time FOX has offered primetime livestreaming; it is launching the new option as a beta, which is available through the FOX website and through FOX NOW. The livestreaming option is offered to all the pay TV customers in 210 TV markets across the U.S. In addition to seven-days-a-week primetime livestreaming, FOX is also livestreaming late night content on Saturdays.

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Soylent 1.6 powder released with recipe similar to ‘2.0’ drink

Soylent 1.6 powder released with recipe similar to ‘2.0’ drink

Soylent took a big turn with its previously released 2.0 formula, which is premixed and shipped in bottles as a liquid. Those who wanted the powder version had to stick with the older 1.5 formula, which isn't terrible but isn't as great as the 2.0. That changed a bit recently, with Soylent announcing the launch of its new 1.6 powder recipe, something it says is more akin to what buyers get with the premixed 2.0 liquid.

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Pokemon GO on Windows Phone: petition requests platform support

Pokemon GO on Windows Phone: petition requests platform support

Windows Phone users...they're still out there, and they're sad they don't have access to Pokemon GO. The ultra-popular mobile game has topped the charts on both iTunes and the Google Play Store, and though its international expansion was temporarily paused, the game is destined to span the globe. That is, unless you have a Windows mobile device, in which case you're out of luck.

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Battlefield TV series optioned by Paramount Television

Battlefield TV series optioned by Paramount Television

Anonymous Content and Paramount Television has optioned the television series rights for Battlefield, DICE announced in a statement today. Battlefield, of course, is the long-running video game series from EA studio DICE; it debuted back in 2002 and has held a steady and growing fan base since. Now, thanks to this deal, we may be seeing the video game reborn as a television series; Ashley Zalta and Michael Sugar are both on board as executive producers.

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless speaker launches in white

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless speaker launches in white

Bowers & Wilkins has announced the upcoming launch of its Zeppelin Wireless speaker in white, complementing the black option it launched several months back. The white color is more contemporary in nature and goes better with certain types of decor versus the black model. Says the company, it made this color model “to appeal to palette purists and design enthusiasts who prefer a more neutral color tone."

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Megaupload to return in 2017 with restored user database

Megaupload to return in 2017 with restored user database

Megaupload, the now-defunct file hosting website that was taken down by the feds in 2012, will be relaunching next year with its original user database, according to Kim Dotcom. According to a tweet he recently sent out, Megaupload will be resurrected on the fifth anniversary of the FBI's raid on his home. He teases that some big partnership announcements will be coming soon, and that Bitcoin will have a place on Megaupload 2.0.

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Amazon’s Seattle spheres will have employee ‘treehouses’

Amazon’s Seattle spheres will have employee ‘treehouses’

You've probably seen Amazon's work-in-progress spherical Seattle biodomes by this point -- they're essentially large glass spheres with a somewhat angular frame, and at least per the renders that have been released, they'll be gorgeous to look at upon completion. The company plans to fill these domes with thousands of plant species, turning them into a veritable earthy paradise for its workers to chill in. Amongst those plants will multi-storey 'treehouses,' as well.

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Using picture-in-picture on your Mac

Using picture-in-picture on your Mac

Watching a video on a Mac while doing other things can be tricky. In some situations, having a small media player window floating in the corner is the best option; in other cases, you may use Split View to keep the video visible. Both of these solutions are annoying, though, and you've probably looked at iOS 9's picture-in-picture feature with a hint of jealously. While Apple doesn't offer that feature in macOS (yet), there are some apps that add the functionality and they're a breeze to setup.

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Samsung 4TB 850 EVO SATA 2.5″ SSD quietly launched

Samsung 4TB 850 EVO SATA 2.5″ SSD quietly launched

A few days ago, Samsung quietly launched a new storage option: the 4TB 850 EVO, a SATA SSD hailed as the highest-capacity SSD available for anyone to buy. It’s a welcomed storage option for those who’ve stuck with their trusty HDD over capacity concerns, though the 850 EVO does come with a substantial price tag: $1,500 USD. On the plus side, the drive comes in a 2.5-inch form factor and it is available to purchase as of this past Friday.

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Researchers find evidence of water clouds beyond our solar system

Researchers find evidence of water clouds beyond our solar system

Researchers have discovered evidence of water clouds beyond our solar system for the first time, it has been announced, and they were found in an unlikely place: the cold brown dwarf star WISE 0855. The dwarf was first discovered in 2014, and it is relatively close to our own planet, being only 7.2 lightyears away. Most notably, WISE 0855 is the coldest object humans have yet discovered beyond our solar system, and it is so dim researchers have to use need infrared technologies to see it.

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Pokemon GO rollout ‘paused’ while server woes are fixed

Pokemon GO rollout ‘paused’ while server woes are fixed

If you're located in a nation where Pokemon GO hasn't yet launched and you're chomping at the bit to get access, we've got some bad news for you: the game's international rollout has been 'paused' for now so that the game's server issues can be corrected. The news was confirmed by Niantic CEO John Hanke recently. He specifically mentioned the rollout in the UK and the Netherlands as being paused, though it appears the expansion has been stopped in some other planned destinations temporarily, as well.

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