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Nazi time capsule with historical ‘treasures’ found in Poland

Nazi time capsule with historical ‘treasures’ found in Poland

Last week, a small town in Poland unearthed an old time capsule in hopes of finding historical footage about their town concealed within. Instead, they discovered a bunch of well preserved items from the Nazi era, including a couple copies of ‘Mein Kampf’ and some coins. According to officials from Zlocieniec, the Polish town, the copper cylinder container (a time capsule, essentially) didn’t contain the film they were hoping for, but did turn up a bunch of historically significant items instead.

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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus land at Cricket stores tomorrow

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus land at Cricket stores tomorrow

Cricket Wireless will be making the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus available in some of its physical stores starting tomorrow, the carrier has announced. The in-store availability follows the carrier’s online iPhone 7 launch, of which it sold out all of its inventory over the weekend. If you're already a Cricket subscriber -- or you're on the lookout for a no-contract iPhone 7 option -- you better move quickly before the in-store stock disappears, too.

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‘Partnership on AI’ tech alliance will tackle thorny research issues

‘Partnership on AI’ tech alliance will tackle thorny research issues

A tech alliance composed of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, and Amazon has formed ‘Partnership on AI,’ a collective effort ‘to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society.' The team states big goals for the partnership, not the least of which is helping the general public understand artificial intelligence and addressing concerns they may have about it.

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Spotify tipped in SoundCloud acquisition talks

Spotify tipped in SoundCloud acquisition talks

Spotify, the music streaming service that just announced yet another big milestone, is in talks to acquire SoundCloud, the persistent but occasionally troubled audio platform, sources claim. Spotify's efforts to boost its paying subscribers number have largely been effective, with the company announcing earlier this month that it reached the 40 million paying subscribers milestone. Still, Apple Music and others represent a growing threat for the company, something this potential SoundCloud acquisition could help mitigate.

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Samsung washing machine advisory issued over explosion reports

Samsung washing machine advisory issued over explosion reports

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning consumers about possible safety issues involving some Samsung top-loading washing machines. The advisory follows recent reports from owners who claim their washers exploded during usage, in some cases doing so severely enough to damage surrounding structures. Samsung has issued its own statement about the matter, saying it is in talks with the CPSC about ‘potential safety issues’ involving washers made between March 2011 and April 2016.

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Uber’s getting into the long-haul trucking business

Uber’s getting into the long-haul trucking business

Uber is getting into the long-haul trucking business, expanding its focus beyond mere consumer ridesharing (and possible future VTOL flights). The company recently acquired Otto, a trucking startup with self-driving ambitions, and now it is working on establishing partnerships with truck drivers and more. Per statements made recently by Otto co-founder Lior Ron, the Otto fleet is being expanded from six trucks to 15 or so, with the trucks being slated to hit the road starting next year.

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Amazon delivery fleet may ship other retailers’ packages

Amazon delivery fleet may ship other retailers’ packages

We've already heard rumor that Amazon was planning to launch its own delivery fleet that would, in some way, compete with FedEx and UPS rather than just augment them. Now new sources have cropped up with a little more details about those alleged plans, and amongst the details is one that'll likely make the big three shipping services unhappy: Amazon's own delivery fleet may one day deliver packages for other retailers, too, not just Amazon's own orders.

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PlayStation Plus games for October include ‘Resident Evil’

PlayStation Plus games for October include ‘Resident Evil’

Sony has announced the free games arriving for PlayStation Plus in October, and they're pretty great, particularly for PlayStation 4 owners. If you have Sony's latest console, you'll be getting Resident Evil and Transformers: Devastation, while PlayStation 3 owners will be getting Mad Riders and From Dust. PS Vita owners will also be getting two games, Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ and Actual Sunlight.

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FOX Sports Go app hits Chromecast and Xbox One

FOX Sports Go app hits Chromecast and Xbox One

Earlier this month, the FOX Sports Go app launched for Roku, arguably the most popular set-top-box platform on the market. Many people use other devices to stream their content, though, including Google’s Chromecast and the Xbox One. As of today, owners of both those platforms can also download and use the FOX Sports Go app, joining the Android, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku users who already have access.

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Mercury joins Earth as tectonically active planet

Mercury joins Earth as tectonically active planet

NASA made a short but substantial announcement on Monday: Mercury is tectonically active, joining Earth as the second tectonically active planet located in our solar system. The realization was made thanks to research funded by NASA, which found that Mercury — which is small, hot, and shrinking, the space agency says — is continuing to contract, resulting in small fault scarps that are “geologically young" and serve as signs of tectonic activity.

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Shomi, a Netflix streaming competitor, closes its doors

Shomi, a Netflix streaming competitor, closes its doors

Shomi, the Canadian alternative to Netflix, is shutting down, the service has announced. The streaming service launched in Canada as an alternative to Netflix, with the companies behind it, Shaw and Rogers, offering Shomi as an add-on for their Internet and cable subscribers, as well as a standalone subscription for others. Despite the money and effort shoveled into it, Shomi, the 'Canadian innovation,' failed to sustain itself.

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Amazon deliveries may be left inside your home in the future

Amazon deliveries may be left inside your home in the future

Who do you trust more? The delivery person who handles your packages, or all the random people who drive past your home and see a nondescript cardboard box sitting in front of your door? If your answer is the delivery person, you’re not alone, and one day you may be able to invite them to leave your packages inside your home, whether that’s just inside the main door or inside of the locked garage. Such deliveries would be made possible via smart locks, at least according to a new report.

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