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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Moto E 2015 Unboxing: inside Motorola’s special package

Moto E 2015 Unboxing: inside Motorola’s special package

Inside the Motorola Mystery Package we were promised last week comes the Moto E. Our review unit, complete with a box that's massive. This box has some clever outer bits - a "Slide to Start" marking to implicate the package opening direction and a "Fragile" stamp that suggests this is BREAKING NEWS. Inside is a wild Motorola presentation center with sliding doors and an array of bumper covers to outfit the Moto E. A wooden USB stick with information on it about the device and a tag to get us in to the special showing.

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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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Hotel builds giant Godzilla, puts guests in a room near him

Hotel builds giant Godzilla, puts guests in a room near him

If you've ever visited Shinjuku and thought to yourself that Godzilla would fit right in with all those towering buildings, you were right, and in the near future you'll be able to find him there -- from the shoulders up, at least. This is thanks to Hotel Gracery, a hotel above Toho Cinema (hence the mythical monster focus), which is building a large Godzilla statue -- a bust, basically -- to complement a couple of Godzilla-themed rooms. You wake up, and there outside the window is Godzilla.

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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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Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets now getting Firefly visual search

Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets now getting Firefly visual search

The Amazon Fire Phone might be considered a flop, but that doesn't mean the retailer giant is giving up on all its features. One of those features is Firefly, Amazon's rather quirky and amorphous visual search tool. That feature is now arriving on Amazon's more affordable tablet line, the Kindle Fire HD, to give users a bit of an experience of what it feels like to have a digital eye, the Internet, and Amazon's cloud services at your disposal in trying to identify things that you can't.

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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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UAMP pocket amp brings bass to your mobile

UAMP pocket amp brings bass to your mobile

Pocket amps certainly aren't scarce -- if you are handy, you can find instructions to make one yourself all over the Internet -- but they're not often stylish, and some of them are more burdensome to transport than some are willing to deal with. Enter the UAMP, a sleekly designed pocket amp that aims to improve the sound quality coming from your mobile device. It does this alongside a small form factor, one that won't get in the way of most activities.

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MediaTek catching up with Snapdragon 810 in benchmarks

MediaTek catching up with Snapdragon 810 in benchmarks

Qualcomm's latest flagship chip, the Snapdragon 810, is already under a lot of pressure for certain issues, warranted or not. It could probably do with less problems but it seems that rival MediaTek won't let it catch a break. The latter's upcoming chip, a certain MT6795, is now said to be on par with the Snapdragon 810. That is, at least based on leaked benchmark scores. Whether that will be enough to catapult MediaTek to the forefront of the mobile chips race is another question entirely.

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