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Chromecast nets 5m sales in two months, jumps to 30m total sales

Chromecast nets 5m sales in two months, jumps to 30m total sales

The competition for streaming device dominance is a fierce one, but Google is one of the companies sitting at the top of the heap. Google announced during its Q2 2016 earnings call that sales of its Chromecast line up of devices has jumped to 30 million. The last time Google shared Chromecast sales numbers was in May, when it said the line had sold 25 million. That means sales have jumped an impressive five million in just a couple of months.

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This is what buying SolarCity is worth to Tesla’s master plan

This is what buying SolarCity is worth to Tesla’s master plan

Back in June, we heard of Tesla chairman Elon Musk's plan to purchase SolarCity. At that time, it appeared that a deal was all but approved, with Musk saying the two had to do their due diligence and seek the go-ahead from the board of directors for both companies. It looks like that approval has arrived, with Tesla announcing today that it has struck a deal with SolarCity and will now move forward with the acquisition process.

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Uber planning to map the world with $500 million investment

Uber planning to map the world with $500 million investment

Since it first hit the scene, Uber has relied on Google Maps to get its drivers to folks who need a ride, but that may not be the case forever. A new report from unnamed sources speaking to The Financial Times say that Uber is planning to drop a cool $500 million on mapping the world as part of an initiative to focus on long-term growth. With mapping cars already on the road in the US and Mexico, Uber rolling out its self-made maps could be a reality sooner rather than later, too.

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Steam kicks off weekend-long Virtual Reality sale

Steam kicks off weekend-long Virtual Reality sale

If you're one of the folks who happen to own an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive, you might like to know that there's a rather large Steam sale on VR games going on this weekend. Steam runs weekend-long sales each and every week, but this time around the focus is firmly on getting you some virtual reality games without necessarily breaking the bank.

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Alphabet’s Q2 financial results beat expectations, show strong growth

Alphabet’s Q2 financial results beat expectations, show strong growth

Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. is soaking it up today, as its financial results for the second quarter are in and they're looking good in almost every area. The company is showing significant year-over-year growth in most areas, with Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat saying that the company is now reaping the benefits of the investments it has made in the mobile and video spaces.

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iOS App Store may soon offer up personalized app recommendations

iOS App Store may soon offer up personalized app recommendations

The Apple rumor mill is churning once more today, but instead of new whispers concerning the next iPhone or Apple's desire to enter the automotive business, this rumor is a little more innocent. According to anonymous sources who spoke to Bloomberg, Apple may soon be redesigning the iOS App Store to feature a new recommendations tab tailored to each individual user.

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PlayStation VR play area details, FAQ surface ahead of October launch

PlayStation VR play area details, FAQ surface ahead of October launch

We're being treated to some new details about Sony's PlayStation VR today, which will be hitting stores later this year. PlayStation VR is being targeted toward existing PlayStation 4 owners who want a less expensive alternative to VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the Vive, as the PS VR will only require the PS4 and the PlayStation Camera instead of a powerful PC.

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Hearthstone’s latest adventure invites players to spend One Night in Karazhan

Hearthstone’s latest adventure invites players to spend One Night in Karazhan

Just a few months after the release of Hearthstone's latest expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, Blizzard is ready to release the game's next single-player adventure. The mini-expansion, named One Night in Karazhan, will have players travelling to the tower of Karazhan to attend a disco-themed party thrown by the Magus Medivh. Apparently, disco never died in the lands of Azeroth, and we're kind of okay with that.

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Reminder: Windows 10 free upgrade promotion ends today

Reminder: Windows 10 free upgrade promotion ends today

Just a friendly reminder that today is the final day that folks with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. The free upgrade promotion - which has been running for nearly a year now - will come to a close at midnight, so if you've been procrastinating but planned to upgrade, now is definitely the time. Of course, many of you are probably well aware that the promotion has been going on for a year, given the rather annoying desktop pop-ups that urge you to upgrade. Those should (presumably) be ending too, so cheers all around.

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Apple Car project reportedly shifting focus to develop autonomous driving software

Apple Car project reportedly shifting focus to develop autonomous driving software

Earlier this week, we heard that Apple had brought back longtime executive Bob Mansfield to head up the development of its rumored electric car. If new reports are to be believed, however, it would appear that the return of Mansfield has heralded more than a new face for the head of Project Titan's development team. Instead, his return may be bringing an entire shift in focus for the project.

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August Home teams up with Amazon to offer first Alexa-enabled door lock

August Home teams up with Amazon to offer first Alexa-enabled door lock

As time goes on, Amazon keeps bolstering the smart home capabilities of Alexa. The company announced today that it's adding the first Alexa Skill for door locks, with the August Home Smart Lock getting the distinction of being the first smart lock that's Alexa-enabled. Now owners of Alexa devices like the Echo or Tap can lock their front doors or check if the doors are locked using Alexa voice commands.

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iPhone 7 Lightning adapter leak paints grim picture for headphone jack

iPhone 7 Lightning adapter leak paints grim picture for headphone jack

In the absurdly long list of iPhone 7 rumors, one persistent whisper has been the notion that Apple will be ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack in its next flagship. This rumor has been the center of much debate, with a fair number of prospective buyers upset by the idea that Apple would choose to leave the headphone jack in the dust in favor of something else. Though we can't know for sure until Apple actually announces the iPhone 7, new leaked images showing off a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter don't paint a very pleasant picture for the pro-headphone jack crowd.

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