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NFL blackout hits Dish Network as talks sour

NFL blackout hits Dish Network as talks sour

For the first time ever, the NFL has had its channels dropped by a TV service provider, a popular one at that. Dish Network kicked off an NFL Network and NFL RedZone blackout after talks between the two companies soured. The squabble is reportedly over distribution fees; the existing contract that gave Dish the NFL channels has expired, and the service provider apparently didn’t like the terms being offered by the new proposal.

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Shazam for Android adds auto mode for background listening

Shazam for Android adds auto mode for background listening

Shazam, the handy app that figures out what song is playing on your behalf, just got a new auto mode that enables it to listen in the background. This new feature comes with the latest update, and is designed to make the entire process hands-free. If you’re walking through the store and hear a song you like, no need to stop and pull out your phone. Shazam will already be listening, will figure it out, and will add it to your list of songs.

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Huawei Matebook will launch in North America soon

Huawei Matebook will launch in North America soon

The 2-in-1 Huawei Matebook is destined for a North America launch and it'll be happening in the near future, according to reports that have surfaced. The device was first introduced in February of this year, and is akin to the Surface and other tablet-and-keyboard convertible devices. The Matebook will be offered in various configurations with the entry-level version being priced at $699 USD. As well, Huawei will make some accessories available, such as the Mate Pen.

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Waze’s new feature bypasses those terrible left turns

Waze’s new feature bypasses those terrible left turns

The U.S. doesn't make adequate use of 'diamond' and other atypical intersections, and that means we’re frequently faced with terribly difficult left turns — the kind where there’s no traffic light, it’s the middle of rush hour, and you have to make your way across a few lanes at best. Everyone has encountered these turns at times; you may even have given up on them, choosing to go right until you find somewhere you can turn left at a traffic light, having to take the time to backtrack to your original destination. With a new Waze update, that changes.

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Acer data breach leaves customer credit cards exposed

Acer data breach leaves customer credit cards exposed

Acer has been hit with a data breach, and it is in the process of notifying potentially affected customers. The breach is said to have affected the company’s e-commerce website over a huge time span — May 12, 2015 through April 28, 2016. Anyone who submitted information through the website during that time may have had their data compromised, including things like credit card numbers, names, and addresses.

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Google Calendar now shows when you’re free for easier scheduling

Google Calendar now shows when you’re free for easier scheduling

The Google Calendar Android app has been updated with a new feature that first arrived in Calendar for Work and Education -- it can pinpoint times when you're free, making it easier to set up appointments. The feature can be used with specific dates, as well, so you can quickly find the right open time slot for your needs. Google announced the new feature this week, and you can get it now in version 5.5.7 via the Google Play Store.

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Disney app narrates ‘Finding Dory’ for visually impaired fans

Disney app narrates ‘Finding Dory’ for visually impaired fans

Finding Dory arrived in theaters today, and thanks to the Disney Movies Anywhere app, visually impaired and blind movie goers will be able to enjoy the movie with audio narration. The app works by using a phone’s microphone to listen to the movie; when the dialog in the movie stops, the app will describe what is happening on-screen directly to the user via a pair of headphones.

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Domino’s drops T-Mobile’s free pizza promo as stores struggle to keep up

Domino’s drops T-Mobile’s free pizza promo as stores struggle to keep up

Domino's has decided to back out of T-Mobile’s free pizza promotion due to overwhelming demand from the carrier’s users. The pizza was offered as a promotion in the T-Mobile Tuesdays app, but wasn’t adequately limited in number or on a per-account basis, leading to massive Domino's orders. This demand overwhelmed the pizza stores so greatly that the company has already pulled the plug, likely to the relief of many Domino's workers.

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NASA teams with American Airlines to bolster flight training and more

NASA teams with American Airlines to bolster flight training and more

NASA has partnered with American Airlines in a deal that will span the next five years, giving NASA researchers observational access to AA cockpits during flights throughout the years. The observations will be used as part of the space agency’s work on improving cockpit displays, as well as flighting training and “other flight desk operations,” NASA said in a statement. Under the partnership, NASA researchers will be able to tag along on half a dozen or more round trip flights every year for the next half decade.

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Olli self-driving bus uses IBM Watson, is live in Washington DC

Olli self-driving bus uses IBM Watson, is live in Washington DC

Local Motors has taken the wraps off a new self-driving bus named Olli. The bus is said to be the first autonomous one of its kind to use IBM’s Watson technology, and it is currently on the road in Washington D.C. Local Motors introduced the bus this morning at the Grand Opening of its new facility in National Harbor, Maryland; soon enough, we’ll see the bus in operation in Las Vegas and Miami-Dade county, as well.

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Opera adds native ad blocker on iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Opera adds native ad blocker on iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Opera has announced a controversial new feature for its browsers on iOS, Android and Windows Phone: native ad blocking. Those who choose to enable it will have the browser block advertisements for them, something that feels beneficial on the user end but ultimately harms the websites those users visit. Opera says the new native ad blocking feature will help speed up mobile browsing while reducing data usage.

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Microsoft acquires Wand Labs for its natural language tech

Microsoft acquires Wand Labs for its natural language tech

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of messaging app developer Wand Labs, something it says will help the company bring about the vision of “Conversation as a Platform.” Namely, Microsoft is eyeing Wand's talent and technology, pointing specifically toward what it calls “conversational intelligence” — that is, natural language processing that allows machines to understand human language as it is naturally spoken.

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