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Google Express grows: new cities, new stores, new name

Google Express grows: new cities, new stores, new name

Google Shopping Express, which from now on shall be known as Google Express, takes on Amazon and at the same time doesn't. Practically delivering groceries more than specialized items, Google Express has very slowly expanded from its initial San Francisco reach since its launch early last year. Now it is growing again in scope but this time it isn't just about location, location, and location. The service has added 16 more merchants to its growing army as well letting those of legal age in the Bay Area order beer.

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anonabox: Tor in a box for maximum anonymity and freedom

anonabox: Tor in a box for maximum anonymity and freedom

Some lawmakers and parties have likened the Internet to the Wild Wild West in order to justify putting a clamp on it. For many users, however, that freedom is part and parcel of the Internet's nature and is necessary for it to survive. To help stem off attempts to curtail the freedom of speech on the Internet, not to mention growing number of spying on users, a group of friends have designed anonabox, a discrete and easy to use networking device that could give the NSA nightmares.

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will.i.am to reveal i.am+ wearable dream on Wednesday

will.i.am to reveal i.am+ wearable dream on Wednesday

Everyone is getting into wearables these days. And by everyone, we don't just mean the usual culprits of technology companies and mobile device makers. Seeing traditional watch makers trying to dip their toes in the nascent market isn't surprising. But entertainers and artists? That's definitely not your usual mix. And yet that is actually what will.i.am from popular music group Black Eyed Peas is doing and he will be revealing exactly what his vision and plans are for this rising device category this Wednesday at Dreamforce 2014.

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Vertu for Bentley: a luxury phone that feels like a luxury car

Vertu for Bentley: a luxury phone that feels like a luxury car

Barely two weeks after outing the Aster, Vertu is here again with another luxury smartphone for the affluent.. This time, however, it isn't doing it alone. Partnering with fellow British company Bentley, the Vertu for Bentley gives luxury car lovers a fitting mobile device to go with their Bentley car, which they presumably have. But aside from sporting trademark Bentley designs in addition to Vertu's own signature, the smartphone at least does have decent hardware that won't leave owners shortchanged for the price.

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Millions of Dropbox credentials hacked from 3rd party services [UPDATE]

Millions of Dropbox credentials hacked from 3rd party services [UPDATE]

Just when you though Dropbox was in the clear, a storm suddenly rises to dump a rain of worries on the service's millions of users. As much as 7 million usernames and their corresponding passwords have reportedly been accessed, with a few of them "teased" with a pastebin posting. This incident comes shortly on the heels of yesterday's revelation of a bug in Dropbox's desktop client that lead to some data loss. Considering passwords are involved, this new development, however, has more frightening consequences.

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Dropbox Selective Sync confirmed to have selective amnesia

Dropbox Selective Sync confirmed to have selective amnesia

With all the hoopla around cloud services, their leaks, and their security holes, one name has managed to remain out of the media's spotlight. At least so far. It would, however, be naive to presume that Dropbox is infallible and perfect just because of that. In fact, this latest revelation just proves that it isn't immune from bugs that would irreversibly lose data as well. Luckily, at least if you believe the company, it only affects a rather small subset of Dropbox users.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition heading to Windows Phone soon

Minecraft: Pocket Edition heading to Windows Phone soon

In a revelation that surprised no one, Minecraft lead developer Jens Bergensten has said that a port of the mobile edition of the popular game is already working on Windows Phone with a launch coming at an undisclosed date in the future. This could very well be the first fruits of Microsoft's acquisition of game dev studio Mojang, which handles Minecraft's development among other things. Whether it is just the least that fans of the game and the studio should be worried about remains to be seen.

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Google is experimenting with “call a doctor” video chat

Google is experimenting with “call a doctor” video chat

As we've mentioned before, tech companies are now getting into the health business as well. Although Google already has its hands partly inside the health cookie jar, with thrusts like Google Fit, it seems that that company is planning on getting deeper and more involved with people's medical needs. Google has hinted that it is considering a new service, integrated into its already many services, that would let users consult a proper doctor for whatever concerns they may have, like a Helpouts but with certified physicians.

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OnePlus and JBL unveil E1+ earphones, JBL-branded OnePlus One

OnePlus and JBL unveil E1+ earphones, JBL-branded OnePlus One

The company that took on the mantra of "Never Settle" wants to show that the same philosophy applies even to accessories, especially one that can drastically improve or ruin the smartphone experience. That is why the Chinese startup OnePlus has made an unusual partnership with audio experts JBL to reveal two new products. Actually one new and one just slightly redesigned. OnePlus fans can now vie for a new JBL E1+ earphones or, alternatively, go for a special edition OnePlus One that has JBL's logo as well as the earphones in a bundle.

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HTC One E8 leaked to have its own EYE variant coming soon

HTC One E8 leaked to have its own EYE variant coming soon

When companies stumble on a winning formula, they usually squeeze out everything they can out of it to the death. HTC might have just stumbled upon such a winning formula when it revealed its new EYE brand, showing the world that it can go beyond just smartphones and dabble in digital imaging as well. And now, we're starting to see a pattern that would yield a series of device variants that have nothing different from their originals aside from having EYE software pre-installed, like this HTC One E8 EYE just sighted.

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