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Comcast will soon show technician arrival times via app

Comcast will soon show technician arrival times via app

Comcast has announced a new service it likely hopes will win it some favor with often-disgruntled customers -- a mobile app that shows when, exactly, a service technician will be arriving. Users will be able to see this information through Comcast's MyAccount app, and though it will only be available near Boston initially, the service provider is looking to expand it to more customers next year. For now, the program is in an initial trial stage, and the service provider promises to update on what it finds during it.

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Netflix confirms “Longmire” is inbound

Netflix confirms “Longmire” is inbound

It has finally been confirmed: Netflix has indeed picked up Longmire and will be releasing its fourth season some time next year. This comes after the most recent rumor from Deadline, which reported yesterday that sources had confirmed that Netflix's negotiations had been successful and the deal had been finalized. This, of course, comes after A&E revealed back in September that it had cancelled the series, something that resulted because its primary audience was too old and the network didn't have any stake in the series.

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Acer’s 32-inch B326HK Ultra HD monitor now available in US

Acer’s 32-inch B326HK Ultra HD monitor now available in US

Acer's 32-inch B326HK Ultra HD monitor is now available in the United States, and with it comes a 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution alongside the color accuracy and connectivity options needed by graphic designers, artists, photographers, gamers, and others with demanding needs. Joining the 4K resolution are wide viewing angles, environmentally-friendly design, and an ergonomic stand. This follows closely after JVC introduced its own 4K offering, a massive 85-inch Ultra HD television said to have the most precise colors on the market.

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Ohm Bluetooth Speaker doubles as wireless charger

Ohm Bluetooth Speaker doubles as wireless charger

Joining its recent slew of new products comes a new audio device from Quirky, the Ohm Bluetooth Speaker. The unit won't be shipping until December 10, but interested parties can pre-order it now from the company's website for $169.99 USD. As far as speakers go, the Ohm isn't terribly notable -- what sets it apart is the base, which includes a wireless charger to power up any device that supports Qi charging units. There's a USB cable to join it, something expected considering many devices still don't support wireless charging, as well as an integrated battery for portable use.

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Uber taps privacy experts to conduct internal review

Uber taps privacy experts to conduct internal review

Uber announced today that it has brought aboard privacy experts, among them being former IBM Chief Privacy Officer Harriet Pearson, to conduct an "in-depth review" of its privacy practices. This move comes after executive Emil Michael's comments about digging up dirt on journalists became public, Senator Al Franken's inquiry about the service's handling of the situation, and news about the company's so-called "God View" being abused as reported by BuzzFeed. The review seems like an attempt at damage control as customers and non-customers alike express concerns about the company and its respect for privacy.

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BikeHUD Adventure augments your motorcycle rides

BikeHUD Adventure augments your motorcycle rides

Drivers have no lack of options when it comes to head-up displays (HUDs), but those who use a motorcycle to get around are less fortunate. Though we've seen some options for motorcyclists, not many are presently available on the market, and so any addition is a welcomed one. The BikeHUD Adventure is one of the newest models to surface, and as you'd expect it works in the same way as HUDs for cars, displaying things like speed and, in this case, gear so that users don't have to look down at the speedometer.

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Spotify preps playlists for Thanksgiving festivities

Spotify preps playlists for Thanksgiving festivities

The holidays are a lot of things for a lot of people: a time to get together with people you mightn't otherwise see often, to express gratitude, and, on the less serious level, to watch shows and partake in activities reserved specifically for this time of the year. To help you frame your Thanksgiving soundtrack are some curated playlists from Spotify, which intends to entertain you while your bird cooks. To be sure the playlist has enough songs for your time spent waiting, the service asks a few questions about your turkey to get you started.

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Coffeeboxx withstands explosions to make you a cuppa joe

Coffeeboxx withstands explosions to make you a cuppa joe

There is no shortage of coffee makers to choose from, and they come in all styles, ranging from single-cup brewers for those who don't consume much to large machines intended for commercial workplaces. Few exist that can withstand harsh environments, however, leaving those looking to take one camping, to a construction site, or through a mini apocalypse with few options. Enter Oxx, a company that has debuted its Coffeeboxx, a rugged coffee maker you can set a car on, throw around, and accidentally blow up.

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Better Call Saul debuts February 8 with two-night premiere

Better Call Saul debuts February 8 with two-night premiere

The Breaking Bad spinoff "Better Call Saul" featuring lawyer Saul Goodman was announced way back in December 2013, and since then we've seen a couple trailers and brief TV spots surface, one of which revealed that the show would debut sometime in February. That hasn't changed, and now AMC has revealed exactly when we can expect to see it: February 8. Even better, the launch will happen as part of a two-day premiere, with the second episode airing a day after the first one.

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Netflix’s negotiations for Longmire tipped as successful

Netflix’s negotiations for Longmire tipped as successful

After Longmire's surprise cancellation by A&E, the producer behind it -- Warner Horizon -- began shopping it around in hopes that the large fan base would result in it being snapped up quickly elsewhere. Deadline had reported earlier this month both Amazon and Netflix were primary targets for the series, and that among the two Netflix was in serious talks about taking on the show -- something that wasn't surprising, considering the service offers its past seasons for streaming. Now the same folks are back again with new word from their sources, and if true, it's good news for fans.

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