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London subway turns to Twitter for service disruption notifications

London subway turns to Twitter for service disruption notifications

When you depend on public transportation to get you to work and other important places, it can cause serious issues when it's late. If you're waiting for a bus or a train that's running late, you usually don't even know that it's going to be late until the time passes. Transport for London (who manages the city's subway system) understands this issue all too well, and is turning to Twitter to help.

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Airbnb Collaborative Wish Lists make group trips much easier to plan

Airbnb Collaborative Wish Lists make group trips much easier to plan

Have you ever tried planning a trip somewhere with a group of friends? It works out about as well as trying to heard cats. Everyone wants to go their own direction, and no one really wants to make the tough decisions. Eventually once everyone has had their own say, someone has to step up and start coordinating the whole thing. Well Airbnb knows this struggle, and they're here to help streamline the process.

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Plex Media Server comes to the NVIDIA Shield

Plex Media Server comes to the NVIDIA Shield

If you've got an NVIDIA Shield, then you already know that it's a useful device for both gaming, and watching movies. It already has apps for your favorite streaming services, as well as a 500GB hard drive for storing your own movies, but today it's getting even more useful.

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HTC announces Vive Business Edition

HTC announces Vive Business Edition

The virtual reality market is still in its infancy. The industry is mostly focused on the consumer side of things, with the release of two major headsets. If you're a business and you want to purchase headsets for your company's first steps into VR, you have to go through the same consumer channels to purchase them. One company is changing that, by launching their own enterprise VR solution.

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Google Fi expands coverage with U.S. Cellular deal

Google Fi expands coverage with U.S. Cellular deal

While Google’s mobile OS is dominating the smartphone market, the tech giant isn’t content with just making phones and the Android OS. Last year they launched Google Fi, which is their first venture into being a mobile phone carrier. The project seems to have been doing well, and today they’ve struck a deal that will expand their coverage.

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E3 2016 – Expect new Xbox consoles and more from Microsoft

E3 2016 – Expect new Xbox consoles and more from Microsoft

The year's biggest gaming show starts next week, and with it will come announcements from nearly every major gaming company out there. Since there is going to be a lot of news happening next week, I thought I'd put together a list of announcements to watch out for, as well as a few predictions.

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Lexus acknowledges widespread GPS navigation system issues

Lexus acknowledges widespread GPS navigation system issues

When I first started driving, GPS systems were still in their infancy. They still wouldn't be available for cars for several years, so I'd simply learn the roads by heart, and hope that Yahoo Maps could guide me well enough to get me to a destination that I'd never been to. Well, if you're driving a Lexus, you might soon find out that your car's built-in navigation system isn't functioning. So you'll have to find something else to guide your trip.

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AZIO shows off steampunk typewriter USB keyboard

AZIO shows off steampunk typewriter USB keyboard

I've always loved having a desktop computer. Not only does it handle all of my work and gaming needs, but it grows and evolves with me. Over time I add new components on the inside, and new peripherals on the outside, depending on my tastes. Well if you're into a retro or steampunk look, AZIO has the keyboard that you've been looking for.

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst DRM locks you out if you upgrade your computer too many times

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst DRM locks you out if you upgrade your computer too many times

One of the nice things about PC gaming is the fact that over time you can upgrade your system piece-by-piece, in order to achieve better performance. This means faster load times, better graphics, and higher resolutions. Unfortunately, it also means heavy-handed DRM that can lock you out of your favorite games.

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Uber will give you $2 whenever your Uberpool makes you late

Uber will give you $2 whenever your Uberpool makes you late

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft can be a great way to get around a big city in a timely fashion, without having to pay a whole lot to do so. With carpooling options like Uberpool, it gets even less expensive, as you end up actually sharing your ride with one or more other people. However, if sharing that car makes you late to your destination, that can be pretty frustrating. Uber gets this, and they want to make it right.

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Valve gives The Lab a competitive update

Valve gives The Lab a competitive update

Whenever I introduce someone to VR, there are a few different titles that I load up for them to play through. The first one is always Valve's The Lab. Most people I know are alreay familiar with Portal, so it's already a familiar setting. Plus, it does a fantastic job of slowly introducing the player to different aspects of VR. The game has just gotten a big update that will add more replay value to some of the mini-games.

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Blizzard and Facebook team up to take on Twitch

Blizzard and Facebook team up to take on Twitch

If you want to watch people playing video games, you have to primary options. If you're looking for pre-recorded videos such as Let's Plays, then you'll want to head to YouTube. If you want to watch the action as it's happening live, then Twitch is the place to go. Twitch is getting a new competitor in the live gaming scene though, and it's a big name.

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