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Facebook suicide prevention tool update inbound

Facebook suicide prevention tool update inbound

Cries for help come in many forms, and in our digital age, many of them take place online. Facebook, being one of the biggest social networks out there, is peppered with depressed, suicidal, and otherwise troubling statuses making one's personal anguish known to a larger audience. The social network has previously had a tool that aimed to help those who might be suicidal, and now the network is updating it to be more robust. With the update, those who may be suicidal are temporarily locked out of their account.

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Plex updates its Roku app with sleek new look

Plex updates its Roku app with sleek new look

Regardless of whether you're a cord cutter, you probably watch your own locally-stored content, and you probably do so on multiple devices. Media software that manages it all while making content available in a convenient and easy-to-use way is the most common way to access and watch locally-stored shows, and while XBMC is a long-standing favorite for this, Plex remains the top option, and for good reason: it is sleek and easy to use, and available for many devices. Roku, of course, is one of the most popular devices.

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Cadillac recalls 67k ATS sedans to fix sunroof troubles

Cadillac recalls 67k ATS sedans to fix sunroof troubles

If you're the proud owner of a Cadillac ATS sedan, you might soon be the slightly inconvenienced owner of a Cadillac ATS sedan. General Motors has revealed that it will be recalling about 67,000 of the vehicles, though thankfully the problem is far less troublesome than many of the vehicular issues we've seen crop up in recent months. The sunroof in select vehicles can end up closing with only the slightest touch of the control, something that (thankfully) isn't dangerous, but certainly annoying.

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Waffle Houses become Roadie pick up destination

Waffle Houses become Roadie pick up destination

In the good ol' days, you responded to a classifieds ad and met up with the person in a mutually convenient parking lot for safety reasons. If you had something to deliver, you entrusted it to a neighborhood kid and paid a few bucks for their assistance. As with all things, that morphed over time, and has led up to where we now find ourselves: with smartphones and apps that connect people together, making it easier to operate with a "share-economy" sort of service. Roadie is one example, and it has revealed that Waffle House is on-board to serve as a mutual meeting ground for users.

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Power/Rangers short movie is all kinds of dark

Power/Rangers short movie is all kinds of dark

There's this thing you grew up with, and it was kind of cheesy, and you can acknowledge that as an adult. That doesn't dampen your fondness for it, of course, but now that you look at it with adult eyes you see all the parts that could have been, that would have been had you not been such a young not-yet-jaded soul. Power Rangers can be counted among those cheesy nostalgic staples, and thanks to "Dredd" product Adi Shankar, we can revisit that world with all its dark elements laid bare.

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Microsoft pulls Google and Facebook chat from Outlook

Microsoft pulls Google and Facebook chat from Outlook

If you logged into your Outlook account today, you were likely greeted with a message bearing grave news (or mention of a feature you didn't even realize was available): Facebook and Google chat are going away. Until now, Outlook users were able to tie in their other accounts and chat with contacts on both of those aforementioned services -- something that was incredibly convenient and oft requested. All of it is set to fizzle away in the next few weeks, however, and Microsoft isn't being 100-percent clear about why.

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Fogo smart flashlight integrates GPS, Bluetooth

Fogo smart flashlight integrates GPS, Bluetooth

Technology makes the most convenient gadgets a little better, and the Fogo flashlight is one example of this. Fogo is a relatively small and ordinary-looking flashlight, but it packs some tech into it that makes being in the great outdoors a little easier and a little more safe. Chief among Fogo's features is the integrated GPS, which works alongside a small display to help users navigate without the aid of a smartphone or dedicated GPS device, and Bluetooth for connecting to a different device.

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LG G Flex2 now rolling out across the globe

LG G Flex2 now rolling out across the globe

LG's curved G Flex2 smartphone is now rolling out across the globe, according to the maker. This roll out comes ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. The Flex2 will be available through big-name carriers in markets across the world, including France, Germany, the UK/US, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Says LG, "key markets" in those aforementioned regions will be revealing availability during Mobile World Congress, during which we'll be getting all the details as they arrive.

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Uber and SafetiPin partner to improve safety

Uber and SafetiPin partner to improve safety

Safety is a top concern among many aspects of life, whether you're walking through a city or taking an Uber ride. Knowing how safe any given area is helps one plan routes, and helps regions improve areas that might be less than savory. A recent partnership between Uber and SafetiPin will help improve safety in some regions by merging the ridesharing service's drivers with SafetiPin's data collection efforts, ultimately collecting details that can be shared with city officials to improve any issues in a region.

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TWC follows Comcast’s lead with offensive name change

TWC follows Comcast’s lead with offensive name change

Whether Comcast and Time Warner Cable will become one in the business world is yet to be seen, but the two appear to already be kindred spirits when it comes to customer service. Comcast was recently in hot water when customers stepped forward showing bills in which their names had been changed to something offensive: in those cases, there was A*****e Brown and Super B***h Bauer, among others. Now a Time Warner Cable subscriber has come forward with a similar story, revealing that her own name was changed.

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