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Florida rules police need warrant to nab cell location data

Florida rules police need warrant to nab cell location data

Your everyday devices, particularly smartphones, betray aspects of your privacy in many ways, not the least of which is transmitting location information that law enforcement, among others, has regularly used in the pursuit of suspects. Such activity has caused vast outcries about privacy concerns and rights violations, something Florida has taken to heart. In a recent ruling, the state's Supreme Court has decided that police must get a warrant before using cell tower data to get location information on individuals.

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New Retina iMac teardown reveals moderate repairability

New Retina iMac teardown reveals moderate repairability

Apple took the wraps off its new iMac with 5K Retina display yesterday, and now a single day later the handy folks over at iFixit have already cracked it open (gently) to see what lies beneath its alluring surface. The question was posed: will the new ultra-high-resolution display make the new iMac's repairability more troublesome? The end result reveals a lot of favorable points for the machine, but there are a couple big hassles that knocked the final score down a few notches.

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3D printed Iron Man prosthetic arm includes LED thruster

3D printed Iron Man prosthetic arm includes LED thruster

It's possibly the coolest prosthetic in existence, and it is made specifically for kids: a 3D-printed Iron Man glove that lets wearers channel their inner superhero. It is the latest beautiful example of creations being born from 3D-printing technologies, and though it isn't available on the mass scale (yet, at least), it can be ordered by those who need it from the designer Pat Starace. Best of all, the design isn't static -- the prosthetic includes a working LED palm thruster, among other things.

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Maisie Williams talks about possible The Last of Us role

Maisie Williams talks about possible The Last of Us role

This past summer, a teaser poster for a theatrical rendition of The Last of Us was released at the San Diego Comic Con, and in it we got a glimpse of an unknown girl. It was during an SDCC panel that Maisie Williams -- best known for playing Arya Stark in Game of Thrones -- was revealed as being a contender for playing Ellie. Though the movie is still a long way off and details about it are slight, Williams recently confirmed that talks took place, and went into some details about what went down.

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Android Lollipop’s Easter egg is a Flappy Bird spoof

Android Lollipop’s Easter egg is a Flappy Bird spoof

Flappy Bird: you've likely heard of it, and maybe have even been addicted to it. The game's immense popularity not only caused the developer to temporarily pull it from the app stores, but also spawned hundreds of clones from slapdash developers looking to make a quick buck. For this reason, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who didn't recognize the game -- or a derivative of it -- upon first look, and that is perhaps why Google chose to use it as the foundation for an Easter egg hidden in Android Lollipop.

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Comcast sued by the subscriber it got fired

Comcast sued by the subscriber it got fired

Comcast, the company many love to hate, was the subject of a somewhat bizarre customer complaint earlier this month. In case you missed it, the general plot revolves around a comedy of errors in which former subscriber Conal O'Rourke was hit with phantom charges that would not disappear and sent a lot of hardware he did not request. According to O'Rourke, he tried valiantly to have the issues corrected, but after months of effort and lots of promises, nothing was ultimately done about the issues. As a result, the at-the-time customer escalated the issue to the office of the Comcast Controller. Unfortunately for O'Rourke, Comcast decided to escalate the issue, too.

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PlayStation 4 trumped Xbox One in September sales

PlayStation 4 trumped Xbox One in September sales

In the latest console war, Sony has frequently trumped Microsoft with more PlayStation 4 sales than Xbox One sales. We've seen that reflected many times, such as at the year's beginning when the PS4 was deemed the bestselling console in the US in January. According to NPD, that reign is holding steady, and despite anticipation otherwise, the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One last month. This was despite Microsoft dangling a free game in gamers' faces last month, which many believed would boost the Xbox One's sales numbers.

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UberPLUS arrives as higher-end ridesharing option

UberPLUS arrives as higher-end ridesharing option

Ridesharing services have replaced taxi use for many, and while the average car you encounter through one of the services will likely be more pleasant than your average yellow taxi, it still might not be up to your standards for certain events: dates, business meetings, and other notable occasions. For this reason, Uber has introduced a new service that falls solidly between its low-rate UberX service and its high-end UberBLACK, though there's a catch: it is rolling out only in Los Angeles (for now).

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Linksys EA9200 and E8350 routers target demanding users

Linksys EA9200 and E8350 routers target demanding users

Linksys has taken the wraps off a pair of new routers, one of which is available now and the other that will be launching in a couple of days: the E8350 and the EA9200. Both are targeted at demanding users, though the EA9200 is the higher-end of the two, bringing with it features like dual-band operation and 6 antennas. That doesn't mean the E8350 isn't notable for its own reasons: it brings four antennas, which will meet most users' needs, and the same dual-band operation.

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Amazon Fresh grocery delivery is coming to New York

Amazon Fresh grocery delivery is coming to New York

Following related rumors, Amazon has confirmed that its grocery delivery service called Amazon Fresh will be expanding into New York -- a small part of New York, that is. This follows the service's launch in San Francisco about this time last year, and will soon lead into a larger expansion that continues to grow Amazon's presence in the grocery industry. Starting Friday, those in the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn will be able to use the service, which will eventually roll out to nearby regions.

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