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Apple Maps Connect ushers in listings portal for businesses

Apple Maps Connect ushers in listings portal for businesses

Apple has rolled out a new do-it-yourself listings portal for small businesses called Apple Maps Connect. Through it, business owners or select others working on their behalf can list a company on Apple Maps whenever they'd like, doing so with an instant verification option. This opens up the listings to any business owner who wants to hop on and add their company; Apple is also giving them the chance to sign up for iBeacon priority installation through it (though certain terms apply for the latter category).

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Homemade flying car crashes in Florida, catches fire

Homemade flying car crashes in Florida, catches fire

Some people take their DIY projects very seriously, as was apparently the case with a duo in Florida who crashed in their Maverick flying car. The Maverick is a homemade machine (it isn't clear whether the passengers bought it or made it), and surprisingly enough, it managed to get in the air with both inside. The downside to the story is where it ended badly: the car made it just high enough to crash spectacularly, injuring the two passengers and causing the vehicle to catch on fire.

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Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

How often do you download a song without previewing it first? If it is an artist you're fond of, the odds are likely high, as you figure it's something you'll want in your collection. We have to assume that is the reason behind what happened in Canada recently, where a newly released Taylor Swift song hit the #1 slot...even though it was only 8 seconds of loud, obnoxious static. It's either that, or our Canadian friends have a rather eclectic taste in music.

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Dish Network and Turner squabble, channels go dark

Dish Network and Turner squabble, channels go dark

Contract disputes are a common thing, and we've seen them span all varieties of companies: Amazon has had its share of battles this year, for example, and we've seen television watchers suffer as a result of soured negotiations. That latter issue has again arisen, this time affecting Dish Network subscribers who enjoy watching certain channels, CNN among them. It seems the satellite company is in a dispute with Turner over contractual issues, and as a result several channels -- fairly notable and high-demand ones -- have been pulled.

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Netflix and Rogers partner up on next original series

Netflix and Rogers partner up on next original series

Canada is getting some love from Netflix, and the end result will be yet another original series, this one called Between. The show has a survivalist slant, and revolves around a city that has been ravaged by an odd disease that kills those above 22 years of age. This will join the company's other recent pushes for more original content, including the announcement that it will be working on some movies with Adam Sandler, launching a second Crouching Tiger movie, and that it has nabbed the series Peaky Blinders.

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E FUN Nextbook Windows 2-in-1 hits pricing milestone

E FUN Nextbook Windows 2-in-1 hits pricing milestone

E FUN has taken the wraps off a new 2-in-1 Windows tablet aimed at the budget-conscious market, saying its product is the first of its size to be loaded with Windows and offered for less than $200 USD. The newest E FUN Nextbook was made in close development with both Intel and Microsoft, says E FUN, and in addition to its detachable keyboard is a year of Office 365 Personal and 1TB of OneDrive storage. Not surprisingly given its pricing, the laptop will launch through Walmart and Sam's Club.

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Audi’s new TT racer unveiled ahead of racing series

Audi’s new TT racer unveiled ahead of racing series

Audi has taken the wraps off its latest TT racer ahead of the Audi Sport TT Cup next year, which will feature a 24-car lineup, with six of those cars in reserve for guest drivers. The new TT racer itself boasts 310hp joined by a push-to-pass boost function kicking in another 30hp when needed. The racing version's weight has been slimmed down to 1,125kg, and Audi's Ulrich Hackenberg has said, "The TT is going to thrill fans and drivers."

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Nexus 6 and Note 4 battle in side-by-side comparison

Nexus 6 and Note 4 battle in side-by-side comparison

Both the Nexus 6 and the Galaxy Note 4 have arrived, and they're battling each other for the favor of consumers. Both share similar -- in some cases, identical -- specifications, featuring almost-too-big-for-a-pocket sizes and a whole host of features that plant them solidly in the high-end smartphone range. Given their similarities, each phone's unique attributes become all the more important, and for this reason they're the perfect candidates for a comparison video, which we have for you after the jump.

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Man falls off dock and into water during selfie attempt

Man falls off dock and into water during selfie attempt

Smartphones can be a hazard when in the wrong hands; this fact has been established by distracted users spanning the globe. Some people, caught up in the task at hand, wander into traffic, into closed doors, trip on curbs, and other sorts of humiliating things. While being absorbed in messaging is often the cause, the compulsion to take a selfie during any moment that is possibly noteworthy has led to some unfortunate situations of its own.

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1977 Lotus Esprit James Bond submarine car hits eBay

1977 Lotus Esprit James Bond submarine car hits eBay

If you're a James Bond fan and have a spare $1,000,000 laying around, there's a new eBay auction right up your alley. The 1977 Lotus Espirit submarine car from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me has been listed on the auction website for a solid seven figures, with the owner boasting that it is only one of three Lotus submarine cars remaining. The car is an original movie prop that has been completely restored.

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