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Xbox Live Gamertags will soon come with an expiration date

Xbox Live Gamertags will soon come with an expiration date

If you're one of the millions of people who have a Gamertag through Xbox Live, you should know that soon they'll come with expiration dates. Starting September 15, any Gamertag that goes five years without being used will expire, re-entering the pool of available Gamertags for anyone to claim. With the Xbox brand turning 15 years old in November, something like this was bound to happen sooner or later, and now we have a date for when the policy concerning Gamertags will change.

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T-Mobile expands Binge On with Apple Music and Disney

T-Mobile expands Binge On with Apple Music and Disney

T-Mobile users who take advantage of Binge On might like to know that the carrier has expanded it once more, this time adding Apple Music and offerings from Disney to the list of services subscribers can stream without worrying about data usage. The biggest addition today will almost certainly be Apple Music, but T-Mobile is actually adding a sizable number of video streaming partners with this update, boasting that Binge On now offers four times what it did when it rolled out eight months back.

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New Android feature aims to reduce emergency response times

New Android feature aims to reduce emergency response times

When an emergency arises, getting your location to dispatchers can be the difference between life and death. That isn't always the easiest thing to do, especially if you're injured or you don't know where you are. With the significant majority of emergency calls coming from mobile phones, finding a caller's location by using cell towers or GPS isn't the most reliable solution, so Google is rolling out a new Android feature called Emergency Location Services to help with the issue.

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Nintendo NX detailed in new leak as a portable, cartridge-based console

Nintendo NX detailed in new leak as a portable, cartridge-based console

Nintendo's NX is still a console shrouded in mystery, but today a massive new leak might is dishing a lot of details about what it will offer when it arrives next year. Falling in with previous rumors, this leak also tips the NX as a portable console, but Nintendo is taking a more daring approach to handhelds this time around. Apparently, the NX will feature its own screen and detachable controllers that are housed on the device itself.

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No Man’s Sky hit with last-minute delay on PC

No Man’s Sky hit with last-minute delay on PC

PC players excited for the release of No Man's Sky are going to have to wait a little bit longer to cruise around the universe. Originally scheduled to launch alongside the PS4 version on August 9, the PC version of the highly-anticipated game has been hit with another delay. That's going to be disappointing to hear for eager gamers who have already had to deal with delays, but it's not as bad as you may initially think.

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AT&T CEO says he’s ready to help FCC stop robocalls

AT&T CEO says he’s ready to help FCC stop robocalls

Recently, Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler decided it was time to get serious about stopping robocalls, writing letters to the major wireless and landline carriers in the US giving them 30 days to come up with a plan of action. AT&T seems to be hitting the ground running in the search for solutions, with chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson saying that he'll lead a "Robocalling Strike Force," which would bring the major players in the industry together to develop solutions that halt robocalls from ever reaching consumers.

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Samsung patent filing shows off new wireless charger designs

Samsung patent filing shows off new wireless charger designs

We're just about a week away from finally getting a Galaxy Note 7 reveal, but a newly discovered Samsung patent shows that the Note 7 may not be the only thing on the horizon. The patent filing is for a variety of wireless chargers, which has been a big ticket feature for Samsung phones since the Galaxy S6 landed on the scene. With the Galaxy S7 and Note 5, Samsung rolled out new versions of its wireless charger, so it's not outside the realm of possibility that we'll see yet another one to accompany the Note 7.

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Analogue launches SNES wireless Retro Receiver

Analogue launches SNES wireless Retro Receiver

Earlier this year, Analogue released a what it called the "Retro Receiver" for the NES, which allows players to use wireless controllers with the classic console. Now Analogue is giving the same treatment to the Super Nintendo, bringing Bluetooth connectivity to the 26 year-old console. Like the Retro Receiver for the NES, the Super Nintendo version will work with most any Bluetooth controller.

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No Man’s Sky won’t require PlayStation Plus subscription to play

No Man’s Sky won’t require PlayStation Plus subscription to play

Good news for those of you PS4 owners who are planning to pick up No Man's Sky when it launches next month: Sony has revealed that the long-anticipated title won't require a subscription to PlayStation Plus. A fair number of PS4 owners likely already have PlayStation Plus, but for those who don't, this means that they won't have to shell out more money just to play the game.

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Apple Car project reportedly finds new leader in Bob Mansfield

Apple Car project reportedly finds new leader in Bob Mansfield

It looks like Apple might be bringing in the big guns to head up the development of its oft-rumored electric car. According to new reports, longtime Apple executive Bob Mansfield is now leading the team tasked with bringing the car, which has been codenamed Project Titan, to life. This news comes after Mansfield stepped back from his public facing position to work closely with Tim Cook on what were called "special projects."

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FCC urges US carriers to help in the fight against robocalls

FCC urges US carriers to help in the fight against robocalls

There are few things in this world we can label as "unanimously hated." However short that list is, though, robocalls would most likely be at or near the top of it. The FCC has working for years to get consumer discontent with robocalls and robotexts sorted out, and the agency's latest attempt at doing so involves urging carriers in the US to give consumers more options when it comes to blocking them.

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Gears of War 4 will feature PC-only enhancements

Gears of War 4 will feature PC-only enhancements

Back when Microsoft announced that Gears of War 4 would be coming to PC, we're guessing more than a few gamers assumed it would be a direct port of the Xbox One version. While it may be a little pessimistic to assume that right off the bat, it also wouldn't be entirely unfounded given Microsoft's hot and cold history with PC gamers. As it turns out, however, it looks like PC players will have a number of enhancements at their disposal when the game launches in October.

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