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Netflix testing new interface design, dropping the annoying carousel

Netflix testing new interface design, dropping the annoying carousel

Good news for Netflix subscribers who are tired of the slow, annoying carousel used to browse TV shows and movies, as it has been discovered that a select number of users are taking part in a trial of a new interface on the service's home screen. The redesign makes it easier for users to select specific episodes of a TV show or read the details of a movie or show, presents more content on the screen at once, and is just overall faster to use.

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DOOM gameplay teaser has us flipping out for E3

DOOM gameplay teaser has us flipping out for E3

This week the folks at Bethesda have given us just a few seconds of footage from the next DOOM. This footage isn't gameplay, strictly speaking, but it does tease gameplay that'll be shown at E3 2015, so they say. Here we're getting up close and personal with what's very likely some of the most terrifyingly detailed blood-filled action first person shooter gaming the world has ever seen before. And it'll be appearing in full in a collection shown by Bethesda their full E3 showcase at 7PM PT, June 14th.

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Apple quietly acquires Coherent Navigation for precision GPS mapping

Apple quietly acquires Coherent Navigation for precision GPS mapping

Apple could be looking to bolster its mapping services; which have a bit of a spotted history, polarizing iPhone users. Apple just purchased the company Coherent Navigation which specializes in High Integrity GPS. This specialized GPS system differences from consumer-end GPS systems in that it uses data from multiple Iridium satellite networks to give incredibly precise locations--accurate within centimeters. Apple is keeping mum on the deal, confirming the deal with a standard, boilerplate response, "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

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Here’s what Unreal Dev Grants are helping fund

Here’s what Unreal Dev Grants are helping fund

Get Set Games receive the latest in a line of Unreal Dev Grants, a series of awards made by Epic Games for Unreal Engine developers. Just so long as a developer is developing their game with Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 and they've contacted Epic Games about the Unreal Dev Grant series (with some stipulations, obviously), they'll be eligible for a ton of cash. Get Set Games have been awarded $18,000 to continue developing their wild styled maniacal mobile game by the name of Mega Blast.

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Amazon Echo is finally becoming your shopping assistant

Amazon Echo is finally becoming your shopping assistant

Back when Amazon launched its Echo, a digital personal assistant squeezed inside a cylindrical speaker, the obvious question was "why can't I shop?" Now, roughly six months into its slowly-staged roll out, Echo is finally getting the ability to do voice-controlled shopping, with a new firmware update pushed out today adding support for re-ordering items you've previously purchased, all using nothing more than spoken commands.

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Walmart takes on Amazon with flat-rate unlimited shipping option

Walmart takes on Amazon with flat-rate unlimited shipping option

Amazon Prime is enticing to some because of the discounts it offers on shipping, including a free option for those who spring for the $99/year subscription plan. Wal-Mart, it would seem, has felt the crunch because of this and will be challenging it. The company recently announced it will be offering a new unlimited shipping option for those who shop online, doing so with a flat-rate price of $50 per year. With this, the products will take up to three days to arrive, just a touch longer than Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping.

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Google uses lax encryption for Hangouts; wiretapping very possible

Google uses lax encryption for Hangouts; wiretapping very possible

If you’re on iOS, you likely use Facetime for video chats and iMessage for more casual text-based back-and-forth talks. If you use Android, Hangouts likely handles the same workload, but maybe not in the same way. While Apple’s chat services use end-to-end encryption, it’s now been discovered Google doesn’t subscribe to that school of thought. In a recent Reddit AMA, an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) employee prompted a Googler to disclose just how secure Hangouts is. Spoiler: it isn’t very secure.

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Jawbone grabs ex-Google Shopping exec to make new products

Jawbone grabs ex-Google Shopping exec to make new products

Jawbone has found itself a new president, with former Google exec Sameer Samat joining the wearables company just as it wades into mobile payments. Samat was, most recently, Vice President of Product Management at Google where - among other things - he was responsible for Google Shopping and Google Express. That focus on digital retail doesn't seem accidental, either, given Jawbone's UP4 and its partnership with American Express.

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tDCS study shows brain zapping (probably) isn’t making you smarter

tDCS study shows brain zapping (probably) isn’t making you smarter

We've seen numerous tDCS headsets over the years, such as the Foc.us headset targeted at gamers and the Halo headset that tries to make you smarter. A new study shows that you might want to think twice before going all-in with tDCS units, however, at least if getting smarter is your goal. A new paper from researchers at the University of North Carolina detailed a double-blind study involving 41 participants that aimed to see how effective tDCS headsets are. The results were less than stunning.

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Uber tipped in bid on HERE mapping service

Uber tipped in bid on HERE mapping service

Uber is best known for matching drivers with riders, but that's not the sum total of its ambitions. The company has been pushing other services that involve transportation, including its UberEATS service, which gets meals to people in select cities. Google Maps is one of the tools it uses to make that happen, but a new business move by the ridesharing service shows that such a reality could be changing. Uber has joined the battle for Nokia's HERE mapping service, placing its own bid for the company.

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Jink 2.0 update merges messaging and mapping seamlessly

Jink 2.0 update merges messaging and mapping seamlessly

Last year, we told you about Jink, a messaging app that kept things in a container. With Jink, you can share your location, and even chat, all in a private space; if you want to stop sharing your location or end the chat, it’s done, and the other party is no longer linked to you. With their recent update, available today, Jink is growing past its semi-anonymous beginnings and blossoming into a well-rounded platform. With Jink 2.0, messaging merges with mapping.

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Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Over the past three months of 2015, ending in March, iOS has reached a 20.3% share amongst users in Europe's five largest countries. This includes Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. This information comes from a Q1 report from Kantar Worldpanel's ComTech, who suggest Android still commands a 68.4% share in this collection of countries, it's fallen 3.1 percentage points year-over-year. Meanwhile Apple's iOS has risen 1.8 points - as has Windows Phone. The rest of the smartphone market (other than these three operating systems on phones), has fallen by a half a percentage point. Again, this is compared to last year during these same three months, in the first quarter of the year.

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