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Uber and Lyft rides to be taxed under new Massachusetts law

Uber and Lyft rides to be taxed under new Massachusetts law

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a new law that will impose a fee on every ride generated through ride-hailing apps like Lyft and Uber. The fee will only come in at 20 cents per ride, and the good news for consumers is that they won't see the fee tacked onto the cost of their ride, as this law bans the service providers from passing the cost of the fee onto consumers.

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Pokemon GO player gets banned after attempting to earn 1m XP in a single day

Pokemon GO player gets banned after attempting to earn 1m XP in a single day

When it comes to Pokemon GO, there's no shortage of players who are attempting to do ridiculous feats that would be too much for the game's more casual fans. The person who managed to hit the level cap through the use of a bot comes to mind, but what happens when you try to rake in the experience points through more legitimate means? It would appear that you get labeled a cheater nonetheless.

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Apple and Google team up with FCC to fight robocalls

Apple and Google team up with FCC to fight robocalls

Remember back in July when we told you that the FCC had called on carriers and device makers to help in the fight against robocalls? You'd be forgiven if you thought nothing would come of the FCC's urging, but the very next day, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he was ready to lead a "strike force" to help the FCC put an end to the robocall problem. It turns out that strike force is real and it had meeting with the FCC today, kicking off its efforts to make robocalls a thing of the past.

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New Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer and a GX cards showdown

New Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer and a GX cards showdown

If you've been anxiously since the last Pokemon Sun and Moon reveal, you'll be pleased to hear that a new trailer has arrived. Shown at the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Pokemon World Championships in San Francisco, this new trailer doesn't give us any details about new Sun and Moon features, although it does show off four new Alola region Pokemon. Fair warning: one of them is a sandcastle.

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Acer Predator G1 Review: A lot of power in a tiny package

Acer Predator G1 Review: A lot of power in a tiny package

Acer's Predator G1-701-70001 gaming rig is here, arriving after the successful splash the G6 enjoyed. One look at the specification list is all you need to know that this is rig is a beast, but in a world where anyone can throw together top-of-the-line equipment into a formidable gaming PC, what does the G1 have to make it stand out from the crowd? The answer is quite a lot, actually.

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Best Buy kicks off 50 hour sale, but are the deals worth it?

Best Buy kicks off 50 hour sale, but are the deals worth it?

Best Buy has kicked off its 50 hour sale, celebrating its 50th anniversary with 50 deals. Discounts apply to a range of items, with everything from TVs, phones, video games, and even amiibo on sale. With a milestone as big as 50 years in business, you'd expect the accompanying sale to be rather noteworthy, but are the deals here worth writing home about? The answer is a resounding "maybe."

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Pokemon GO helped Nintendo 3DS become July’s best-selling console

Pokemon GO helped Nintendo 3DS become July’s best-selling console

Nintendo's share of the goldmine that is Pokemon GO may be a bit nebulous, but today we're discovering that the app is helping Nintendo in more indirect ways. It would seem that Pokemon GO has helped renew interest in the core series of Pokemon games and, by extension, the platform that hosts them, as Nintendo has announced that its 3DS was the best-selling console in July.

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SolidEnergy may double battery life of smartphones and drones

SolidEnergy may double battery life of smartphones and drones

If you find that your phone's battery capacity leaves something to be desired, you're definitely not alone. MIT spinout SolidEnergy might have a solution to our battery life problems, though, introducing a new "anode-free" lithium-ion battery that could potentially offer double the life of current batteries on the market. Even better news is that the battery could be available for devices like smartphones as early as next year.

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Facebook AI Research makes fastText open-source

Facebook AI Research makes fastText open-source

Automatic text processing is something that is widely used across the web, whether it's used to understand what you type in a search bar or detect spam in email. Developing fast and efficient text classification, however, is something that has challenged AI researchers throughout the years, and that's why the Facebook AI Research team (FAIR) set out the develop fastText. FAIR has taken things one step further with the fastText, today announcing that it will become open-source.

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Facebook and Unity partner to develop new PC gaming platform

Facebook and Unity partner to develop new PC gaming platform

Facebook has long been a major player in the gaming space - one only needs to mention Farmville or Mafia Wars to give people horrible flashback of endless notifications from friends - but the company is facing a lot of competition these days. Facebook has to compete with mobile gaming and the quickly expanding array of PC gaming storefronts for the attention of social and casual gamers, and the company is hoping its latest team up with Unity will give it the edge it needs.

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Mass Effect trilogy might get remastered after all

Mass Effect trilogy might get remastered after all

These days, you don't have to look very hard to find news of the latest video game re-release, as publishers race to remaster their old games and launch them once more for current generation hardware. Nearly every publisher in the industry has hopped on the remaster bandwagon, save for one hold out: Electronic Arts. That may all be changing soon, with EA indicating that it's considering remastering the lauded Mass Effect trilogy.

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BioWare classic Jade Empire could be coming to iOS soon

BioWare classic Jade Empire could be coming to iOS soon

BioWare has a ton of classic RPGs under its belt, with series like Baldur's Gate, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Mass Effect managing to gain critical and commercial success over the years. Those who had an original Xbox back in the day may remember another BioWare RPG called Jade Empire that never seemed to garner the same kind of attention as its peers, despite the fact that it was an excellent game in its own right. If you missed out on Jade Empire the first time around, you may soon get another chance to play it, as a new report from Touch Arcade says the classic RPG will be coming to iOS soon.

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