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Verizon will offer HBO Now through its Go90 streaming service

Verizon will offer HBO Now through its Go90 streaming service

Verizon and HBO announced a new deal today under which the wireless carrier will offer HBO Now (which doesn't require cable credentials, unlike HBO Go) on its own digital platform. Under this agreement, Verizon has been given the thumbs up to distribute HBO Now to its own users, and it’ll be doing so, in part, through its own video streaming service Go90. We’ve previously heard talk about Go90, though the name has only just now been announced. The service will be launching some time this summer if all goes as planned.

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CBS tipped in plan to livestream Super Bowl 50 ads

CBS tipped in plan to livestream Super Bowl 50 ads

On February 7, 2016, many people will swarm around the TV to watch Super Bowl 50, and a decent number of them will just be in it for the commercials. Watching those coveted Super Bowl commercials has always required you to catch them live or, in recent times, watch them afterwards online. CBS is reportedly having none of that nonsense next year, and instead been tipped in a plan that, as far as the TV industry goes, is huge: it will reportedly be streaming those commercials live in real-time, letting you watch them from your smartphone at the same time someone else is watching them on television.

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Sources: Google tried to nab a veggie burger biz

Sources: Google tried to nab a veggie burger biz

Veggie burgers have a poor reputation, but it is largely undeserved at this point, as the quality of such meat-imitation creations have improved drastically over the years. Veggie burgers also are increasingly looking like the future, as those with concerns about the viability and impact of factory farming have become more vocal. Google, at least if sources are correct, recognizes that approaching future and recently made a business move that would have given the company a part in it.

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Nike’s developing an ice hat to keep your head cool

Nike’s developing an ice hat to keep your head cool

Feel too hot after your summer runs but don’t like pouring water on your head? Nike’s developing an alternative, a yet-unnamed ice hat of sorts that will chill your head more effectively, and without the mess. It’s more of a shrouded helmet than a hat, featuring a large hood-like component with a neck piece and face mesh. It is being developed in conjunction with Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, and its design goal is to reduce an athlete’s overall body temperature by rapidly cooling down one’s head.

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Military testing noise gun that shoots loud plasma ball

Military testing noise gun that shoots loud plasma ball

Non-lethal weapons are used in a variety of situations and contexts: during riots, as deterrents, and more. Shooting bean bags and pepper spray isn't always ideal, however, and the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program group is actively developing alternatives. One such alternative is LIPE, which stands for Laser-Induced Plasma Effect weapon. LIPE is essentially a noise gun, one that works by shooting a blue ball of plasma that produces a very loud noise directed at a very precise target, such as a car’s windshield.

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VSCO Collections ushers in curated photos

VSCO Collections ushers in curated photos

VSCO offers what is arguably one of the best mobile camera apps available — it allows filtering like Instagram and other camera apps, only the filters are aggregated into packs and are both higher-quality and less in-your-face than many filter options. The app comes with manual adjustments, too, and features like manually selecting a focus point. Today the company behind VSCO Cam made a big step in making the service more appealing, adding in a new “Collections” social feature.

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VK-1 Classic, Legacy and Carbon headphones are handmade in France

VK-1 Classic, Legacy and Carbon headphones are handmade in France

French company Aedle has introduced its VK-1 luxury headphones in Classic, Legacy, and Carbon iterations. All three versions are handmade (assembled by hand, that is) in France, and feature a minimalist but stylish design that eschews typical plastic elements for things like hand sewn lambskin leather and CNC-milled aluminum. Each version of the VK-1 headphones feature their own colors, but carry over a distinct foundational design that makes them immediately recognizable as part of the company’s product line.

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Amazon Laundpad service helps startups get started

Amazon Laundpad service helps startups get started

Amazon has introduced its new “Amazon Launchpad” service, a program for startups that allows new companies to distribute and market their products. Amazon’s global fulfillment network is one of the perks for startups, as well as custom pages for one’s products and a “streamlined onboarding experience” and marketing package. The startups that join will be featured in Amazon’s new Launchpad store, which currently features many products in a few categories, including a bunch that were funded through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo.

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Verizon XLTE expands into half a dozen new markets

Verizon XLTE expands into half a dozen new markets

Verizon has announced an expansion of its XLTE market. With XLTE, the wireless carrier says it has essentially doubled “the number of lanes on a freeway … all traffic can move faster but we haven’t change the speed limit”. It brings faster peak speeds and a higher capacity to 4G LTE markets getting service via the AWS spectrum, and XLTE-ready devices can use both the AWS spectrum and the original 700MHz 4G LTE spectrum that spans the nation, among other things.

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Lenovo S21e-20 laptop — three things to know

Lenovo S21e-20 laptop — three things to know

Regret never getting in on the netbook craze? Lenovo's new S21e will solve that woe, as it is essentially a high-end netbook with a low price tag and svelte design. Lenovo lumps it in with its back-to-school offerings, and its' $219 USD price tag puts it in the price range of most college students. We recently reviewed the S21e, and we liked what we saw. Be sure to check out the full review for all the details, but in the meantime check out these three need-to-know highlights to get an idea of what to expect.

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