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CompuLab Utilite2 mini desktop unveiled, packs Snapdragon 600

CompuLab Utilite2 mini desktop unveiled, packs Snapdragon 600

If there's a tiny space on your shelf in need of a tiny piece of hardware to fill it, CompuLab's newly introduced Utilite2 might fit the bill. The Utilite2 is a tiny desktop bringing with it a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and other notable specs, giving users a small system upon which they can run Android or Ubuntu. The system can be used by developers or for dedicated business needs, but has all the features needed to work as an entertainment box or simple home PC.

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Netflix adds Black Mirror sci-fi series to US roster

Netflix adds Black Mirror sci-fi series to US roster

Netflix has begun adding more content to its service, as we noted recently, and with it comes the British science fiction series Black Mirror for users in the United States. The show is bid as an anthology series, and is presented as seasons consisting of three episodes each. Both the first and the second season are now available for streaming in the US, with the first season having been aired back in 2011, and the second in 2013.

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Pandora mobile app redesigned with personalization features

Pandora mobile app redesigned with personalization features

Pandora has released a redesigned version of its mobile apps for Android and iOS, and with them comes new personalization features not previously available. This is a beta release as of now, and gives music lovers more control over their stations, particularly the ability to tweak their preferences for better music selection and, as a result, a more enjoyable listening experience. The music service promises this update serves to "enhance and simplify" the user experience.

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Independence Day 2 tipped to arrive in 2016

Independence Day 2 tipped to arrive in 2016

We've been hearing about a follow-up to Independence Day for quite some time, and finally (finally) there's good news: 20th Century Fox has given the green light to proceed with the film, which will enter production in May 2015. Such information comes from Deadline, which is reporting that Will Smith won't be taking up his former role -- something that doesn't come as a surprise to those who have been keeping an eye on the rumors. We've got all the details after the jump.

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Uber to launch carpooling in New York City tomorrow

Uber to launch carpooling in New York City tomorrow

Uber's carpooling service UberPool was introduced in August, and rolled out as a beta of sorts in San Francisco for US users. Fast forward a few months, and now the ridesharing service is looking to expand UberPool, announcing yesterday that it'll begin testing it in New York City soon. This makes for three locations total where UberPool is available -- San Francisco, New York City, and Paris -- though it won't be launching in New York until Thursday. Uber launched its first service in NYC back in 2011.

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Jeff Bezos envisions millions living, working in space

Jeff Bezos envisions millions living, working in space

Space is a hot topic, and more than a few are anticipating our future on distant planets. Elon Musk has extensively commented on that future, and his SpaceX is putting in quite a bit of effort to help usher it in. Also dreaming of space is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who envisions millions of people one day living and working in space, something he recently discussed at the latest Ignition conference. "We are really evolved to be pioneers," he said.

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Senator Al Franken quizzes Lyft on its privacy policy

Senator Al Franken quizzes Lyft on its privacy policy

Uber's business troubles over the past few weeks have spawned an increased scrutiny toward ridesharing services in general. The company recently posted its privacy policy, which spurred Senator Al Franken to fire a letter off to Uber expressing concerns and questioning aspects of it. During all this, Lyft quietly updated its own privacy policy, something the WSJ reported on late last month. With that change, Lyft implemented "new technical restrictions", and now Senator Franken has some questions about that, too.

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Iranian hackers breached global companies, say researchers

Iranian hackers breached global companies, say researchers

Cylance, a US-based cyber security firm, has reported that Iranian hackers have breached "top" companies across the globe, including aerospace firms, energy companies, universities, and more. Affected companies are located in the US, France, Germany, China, England, Saudi Arabia, India, and Israel, according to the researchers, and were targeted under an effort that has been ongoing for the past couple years. Though no specific companies have been specified, the infiltration could let the hackers cause physical damage in due time.

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Agent Carter will launch with 2-hour premiere on Jan 6

Agent Carter will launch with 2-hour premiere on Jan 6

Marvel's anticipated Agent Carter will be launching with a two-hour premiere, Marvel has announced. The show will debut on January 6 at 8PM ET, and will feature Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter. We've previously detailed the show, which is a spin-off of Joss Whedon's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show will be airing on ABC, and was inspired by the recent Captain America movies, according to the maker.

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Uber job applicant said he had access to user data for hours

Uber job applicant said he had access to user data for hours

Uber has been called into question over privacy concerns after news about its "God View" tool, which grants employees access to user data, came to light. That tool has reportedly been used improperly in the past, including having been used to track a journalist without her permission, according to BuzzFeed. Though the company published its privacy policy on its blog last month, that has done little to settle concerns about how safe its customer data is, and now an anonymous source has surfaced at The Washington Post claiming he was granted access to it -- and he wasn't even an employee.

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