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FCC’s 3-2 vote brings widespread municipal broadband

FCC’s 3-2 vote brings widespread municipal broadband

Municipal broadband is now available. The FCC today ruled — via a 3-2 vote — that municipalities across the country can build their own broadband Internet service. Keep in mind, broadband was recently reclassified to reflect a 25Mbps download and 10Mbps upload speed. The decision was prompted by the petition of two communities with gigabit Internet service who were prevented from expanding into neighboring areas due to state laws. This is a big step toward better Internet service, but it’s not the grand prize.

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Neurio adds hard-wired brain to your connected home

Neurio adds hard-wired brain to your connected home

Your home and the ‘Internet of Things’ is an interesting concept, but there are so many devices out there aiming to help you do similar things. It’s maddening. Can one device rule them all? The answer to that is likely ‘no’, but one can potentially provide the backbone to make other devices useful. Starting today, you can pick up Neurio, a device meant to become the “brain of your home”, which will provide an open platform for others to build upon and link their devices.

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Full-scale Hyperloop track planned for California launch in 2016

Full-scale Hyperloop track planned for California launch in 2016

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop concept is exciting for California, and possibly the country. Via a network of tubes, we’ll potentially fly around the country feet off the ground, rifling past farmland at breakneck speeds. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a startup that wants to bring Musk’s vision to reality, has secured land for a Hyperloop test track. In the town of Quay Valley in California, the team want to build a five-mile long track to test Hyperloop vehicle concepts in real-time.

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Google bringing sponsored app search to Play Store

Google bringing sponsored app search to Play Store

Searching for apps in the Play Store or App Store is often a pain. With so many apps available, many offering the same features, it can be hard for Developers to distance themselves from the herd. According to a new blog post from Google, the company is about to let Developers pay to be featured in the Play Store via a ‘sponsored’ Search program. Saying “app discovery plays a critical role in driving your continued success”, sponsored results are set to start showing up in the coming weeks.

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Galaxy S6, S6 Edge show up side by side in leaked pics

Galaxy S6, S6 Edge show up side by side in leaked pics

Yesterday, the Galaxy S6 was leaked in all its prototype glory. Still cased in bubble wrap, we got our first look at what might be the next flagship from Samsung. Now, we’re getting a better look at the device, and a comparison to the Galaxy S6 Edge. Side by side (edge to edge?), the two phones give us our first look at Samsung’s new two-phone flagship scheme. Oddly enough, while the thought of a curved screen might not appeal to you, these pics might change your mind.

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YouTube may have targeted ads later this year

YouTube may have targeted ads later this year

You watch YouTube — everyone does. Whether it be some new product or a funny montage, we all use YouTube on a fairly regular basis. It’s the hosting site many turn to when they launch a product, find something cool, or want to share something potentially viral. The onslaught of Twitter, Facebook, and others like Twitter-owned Vine are having an effect on YouTube. According to The Wall Street Journal, YouTube raked in about $4 billion last year, but there was no profit. The answer might be a new ad system.

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Report: ‘Android Pay’ coming to Google I/O

Report: ‘Android Pay’ coming to Google I/O

At Google I/O in May, we’re likely going to see a lot of software-centric things for the crowd of Developers packed into Moscone West in San Francisco. Though it’s all about the Devs, Android users will still get insight on what’s in the pipeline. Part of the keynote and overall discussion will likely surround Google Wallet, which recently found its footing with carriers as Google acquired ‘technology’ from Softbank. A new report details that Google Wallet may soon have company in the form of Android Pay.

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Alleged Samsung Galaxy S6 pics leak ahead of MWC

Alleged Samsung Galaxy S6 pics leak ahead of MWC

With MWC right around the corner, there’s been a lot of speculation about what we’ll get from Samsung. Their incoming Galaxy S6 is expected to be a lot of things. We may even get tow models from Samsung right from the jump. Leading into MWC, we’re also seeing a lot of leaks, but the latest has everyone buzzing. What we see this time around is billed as a finished prototype of the new S6, but there’s enough reason to be skeptical.

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Chrome has ‘Distill’ mode, like ‘Reader’ for Safari

Chrome has ‘Distill’ mode, like ‘Reader’ for Safari

One of the bright spots in Safari is the reader mode. Though you might not do a ton of reading via the browser, the ability to cut through the fog of advertising is handy at times. It’s a simple cleaning up process that makes a world of difference. According to a Google evangelist, Chrome is readying their reader option, too. If you’re interested in what Google has in store for a ‘reader’, a preview of it is already available, and it looks pretty sharp.

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HTC teases more than just a phone for MWC event

HTC teases more than just a phone for MWC event

All this dust-up over HTC’s new One handset seems to have no effect on the company. While you’d assume their leaked handset would annoy or anger them, they really don’t seem phased at all. In fact, their global communications boss says it’s small potatoes compared to the rest of what they’re ready to roll out. What that might be — nobody knows. We’ve all got suspicions, but HTC definitely has something up their sleeve for MWC this March. Any guesses?

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