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Verizon 2G CDMA 1X network shutdown set for late 2019

Verizon 2G CDMA 1X network shutdown set for late 2019

Verizon will be shutting down its 2G CDMA 1X network by the last day of 2019, assuming it can get all of its subscribers who are using it switched over to LTE. The company says it will be working with subscribers who are using devices on the 2G network, and that it will delay the shutdown into 2020 if more time is needed to get everyone switched over. In its present form, some Verizon subscribers depend on this network for their voice calling feature; VoLTE will, in due time, take over that task.

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OneDrive starts cutting free storage down to 5GB

OneDrive starts cutting free storage down to 5GB

Last November, Microsoft advised OneDrive users that some big changes would be coming eventually — that OneDrive storage would be decreasing from 15GB to 5GB, that Office 365 users wouldn’t be getting unlimited storage, and the 15GB of camera roll storage would be removed. Microsoft gave its users a chance to opt out of this change; those who missed the memo are now receiving warnings that their OneDrive allotment is about to be slashed.

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Argentina fossil discovery reveals new dinosaur with tiny arms

Argentina fossil discovery reveals new dinosaur with tiny arms

Researchers stumbled across a Theropod fossil in Argentina, and found that the dinosaur from whence it came had ‘tiny’ arms not unlike the T-Rex. While the dinosaur itself was 20ft or a bit larger, its arms were a comical 2ft in length and its hand had only two fingers. Why? The researchers aren’t sure, but the discovery will no doubt lead to answers as paleontologists work on studying the bones.

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Albert Einstein’s ‘pungent’ leather jacket auctioned for $144k

Albert Einstein’s ‘pungent’ leather jacket auctioned for $144k

Albert Einstein's leather jacket has been sold at auction for a little more than $144k. News about the planned auction, which happened through Christie’s, first surfaced early this month. Three days ago, the auction house detailed the jacket for prospective bidders and curious screen shoppers, saying, among other things, that it is 'pungent.'

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Uber makes ‘difficult decision’ to pull out of Hungary

Uber makes ‘difficult decision’ to pull out of Hungary

Uber has decided to pull its Uber X service from Budapest, Hungary due to legislative rulings that have been made in the nation. The service will be suspended on July 24, and marks the latest troubled market in which Uber has been forced to leave. Uber has frequently been the source of protests among taxi drivers in nations across the world, and has in some places faced regulations it has denounced for one reason or another. Protesters in Hungary have been actively protesting against Uber.

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BitTorrent News ‘BTN’ network will launch at the RNC

BitTorrent News ‘BTN’ network will launch at the RNC

Only a few weeks have passed since news about BitTorrent’s planned live news channel, BitTorrent News, first surfaced. The company recently announced the appointment of its news director, and now it has officially announced a launch date: July 18, the same day as the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. BTN will have a team composed of half a dozen individuals live on the ground.

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Alcatel Idol 4S with VR headset bundle preorders start July 15

Alcatel Idol 4S with VR headset bundle preorders start July 15

The Alcatel Idol 4S smartphone, first unveiled back during Mobile World Congress, will go up for preorder on July 15. The preorder won’t just be for the phone, however: buyers will get the phone bundled with a VR headset for $349.99 USD, making it a relatively cheap way to get a nice phone with a better-than-Cardboard way to view 360 and VR content. Sales will officially start in early August for the higher price of $399.99 USD.

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Skype for Linux Alpha brings better UI, new emoticons and more

Skype for Linux Alpha brings better UI, new emoticons and more

Linux users now have access to a new version of Skype. In an announcement today, Skype revealed the availability of an alpha version of a new Skype for Linux client, saying “the launch … ensures we can continue to support our Linux users in the years to come.” In addition, the company has announced that individual and group voice calls on web.skype.com now works for Chrome on Linux and for anyone using a Chromebook.

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Adobe Lightroom for iOS finally adds RAW editing support

Adobe Lightroom for iOS finally adds RAW editing support

More than a year ago, Adobe added RAW image editing support to its Lightroom for Android app. Now, finally, it has brought the same support to its iOS version of the app, allowing iPhone and iPad owners to edit RAW photos on their mobile Apple device. This brings the app up to version 2.4; some changes for the Android app have also been released.

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Beers will soon have nutrition labels in the US

Beers will soon have nutrition labels in the US

Many beers you buy in the United States will soon come with nutrition labels on the bottle, it has been announced. Brewers participating in the Brewer’s Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, which includes HeinekenUSA, Anheuser-Busch, and MillerCoors, will include a small label that shows things like serving size, alcohol content per serving, how many calories is in the beer, the amount of carbs, protein, and fat. So far, the brewers that have agreed to this voluntary labeling account for more than 81-percent of the beers sold in the U.S., meaning just about any beer you get your hands on will have the label.

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ABC’s streaming service to offer older shows for free

ABC’s streaming service to offer older shows for free

ABC has relaunched a streaming service that takes a page from Crackle’s book — it offers the network’s older shows for free, as well as a handful of original series. The service is ad-supported rather than requiring a pay TV subscription or monthly payments, which is the case with FOX's new livestreaming service and the vast majority of VOD streaming options like Hulu. The content will be offered under "ABCd."

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Pizza Hut unveils chatbots for Messenger and Twitter

Pizza Hut unveils chatbots for Messenger and Twitter

Pizza Hut has announced chatbots for both Facebook Messenger and Twitter; with them, social media users can view current deals, ask questions, and more. The chatbots were introduced at the 2016 Venture Beat MobileBeat Conference in San Francisco recently, and they’ll be rolling out to the public this upcoming fall. This makes Pizza Hut the latest national pizza chain to embrace messaging technology; Domino's rolled out something similar not too long ago with emoji ordering.

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