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T-Mobile gives travelers free high-speed data for their European vacations

T-Mobile gives travelers free high-speed data for their European vacations

If you’re a T-Mobile customer and you’re heading to Europe for the summer, the Uncarrier has some good news for you: unlimited free high-speed data while you’re overseas, as well as free in-flight WiFi during your plane trips there. In an extra effort to create more converts, as well, T-Mobile is also offering AT&T and Verizon customers and all other Stateside travelers a free hour of GoGo in-flight WiFi access on all the flights taking place this upcoming weekend.

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FAA propses more fines against Amazon over alleged shipment violations

FAA propses more fines against Amazon over alleged shipment violations

On the heels of a recent proposed $350,000 fine against Amazon over the alleged improper shipment of hazardous materials comes another two notices from the FAA: a proposed fine of $78,000 and a proposed fine of $52,000, both likewise over the claimed violations of hazardous materials shipment regulations. The shipping instances took place in 2014, and are said to have involved a total of three cardboard boxes.

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Samsung Notebook 7 Spin packs rapid charging, 3-in-1 display

Samsung Notebook 7 Spin packs rapid charging, 3-in-1 display

Samsung has introduced a new laptop designed for multimedia enthusiasts called the Samsung Notebook 7 spin. The notebook is being offered in two different display sizes, one 13.3-inch and the other 15.6-inch. Each brings with it a 360-degree touchscreen, as well as rapid charging that quickly adds hours of battery life without much time being spent tethered to a wall outlet. The features roll on from there, with the Notebook 7 spin expected to be available from June 26.

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Facebook brings reactions to virtual reality

Facebook brings reactions to virtual reality

Facebook reactions -- they're all the little emoticons you can "like" a Facebook post with, and as of this evening, they're now available in virtual reality. Facebook announced the new support today, saying that you can thumbs-up a post -- or choose any of the four faces or the heart -- on any Facebook 360 video directly through the Samsung Gear VR headset.

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Google has a basic Android nanodegree program on Udacity

Google has a basic Android nanodegree program on Udacity

Google has partnered with Udacity to create an “Android Basics” Nanodegree, an educational program that teaches those with no experience all the basics needed to create their own Android app. The program is designed for those who “have little or no programming experience,” says Google; by the end of the program, those who complete it will be able to create their own basic apps, a couple examples of which are educational apps “Dr Malaria” and “ROP Tutorial."

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Amazon Fresh brings same-day grocery deliveries to Boston

Amazon Fresh brings same-day grocery deliveries to Boston

Amazon Fresh, the company’s same-day grocery service for Prime members, has expanded into Boston. Though Amazon Fresh isn’t available throughout the entire city, it is available in most of it, and it makes more than 95,000 items available to residents. This includes fresh foods like meat and vegetables, hence the name. Depending on what time of the day the items are ordered, the food will be delivered on the same day or the next morning.

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Star Wars Battlefront ‘Bespin’ DLC now available

Star Wars Battlefront ‘Bespin’ DLC now available

Star Wars Battlefront owners who have been waiting for the latest DLC pack to arrive can download it now. Bespin, the newest expansion pack, became available as of yesterday (and right on time). The DLC takes gamers to the vast and sparkly clean CloudCity, where they can battle it out in five new maps with a couple of new weapons and several new star cards, as well as a pair of new heroes.

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SoundCloud rolls out Suggested Tracks recommendation feature

SoundCloud rolls out Suggested Tracks recommendation feature

SoundCloud is rolling out a new feature called Suggested Tracks to all of its supported platforms, the company has announced. The feature monitors a user’s listening activity and uses that to determine what new artists and tracks the user may enjoy, offering them up as suggestions. This feature is made possible via a machine learning algorithm, says SoundCloud. With it, the company is better positioned to attract those interested in listening to music, an audience largely focused on Spotify and similar competitors.

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Instagram will soon have a translation button

Instagram will soon have a translation button

Instagram has announced an upcoming feature that will make it easier to enjoy content posted in languages other than your own. In the “coming months,” Instagram will display a translation button in user bios and on feed posts that are written in a language other than the one used in your account, making it possible to see translations immediately without copying and pasting the text into a translator or waiting for the entire Web page to translate.

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Dropbox adds mobile document scanning and other productivity tools

Dropbox adds mobile document scanning and other productivity tools

Dropbox has been updated with new productivity tools, including the ability to scan documents with the mobile app and have them saved directly within Dropbox. The company teases that this is just the first step in a larger rollout of improved productivity features, and it’s a good way to kick things off. Joining document scanning is improved photo management, the ability to view version histories of items, more robust file sharing, and more.

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KFC ‘Watt a Box’ is a box of chicken with a built-in phone charger

KFC ‘Watt a Box’ is a box of chicken with a built-in phone charger

It's a problem as old as time: one minute you're eating a piece of fried chicken, the next minute your phone is dead. Chaos ensues. The chicken is in a box and you can carry it toward the nearest outlet, but who wants to be the person sitting near an outlet with a box of chicken? Not you, that's who. Fortunately KFC in India has a solution -- it's called the Watt a Box, and it's a box of chicken that doubles as a phone charger.

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Samsung Creators launches to bring everyday storytellers to VR

Samsung Creators launches to bring everyday storytellers to VR

Samsung has announced a new initiative called Samsung Creators; according to the company, it aims to take everyday ordinary creators and “empower” them to create content for VR, namely Samsung VR (formerly known as Samsung Milk VR). As well, the company has announced that Samsung VR now supports user-generated content, allowing anyone to upload a 360-degree video to Samsung’s virtual reality platform for those with a Gear VR to watch.

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