Hulu strikes deal with FX Productions for exclusive streaming

Hulu strikes deal with FX Productions for exclusive streaming

Hulu has announced a new "landmark" deal with FX Productions that will bring additional television content from FXX and FX to the subscription video streaming service. This is the third content announcement the company has made in nearly as many days, and is perhaps the most substantial of the bunch. The agreement was made with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, and under it Hulu says it'll offer the largest FX Networks content selection among subscription VOD services. This is a multi-year deal.

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Google tipped in effort to build Android into future cars

Google tipped in effort to build Android into future cars

According to unnamed sources that spoke to Reuters, Google is preparing to take its Android Auto to the next level, and will introduce a version of its software in the future that is built directly into cars. This embedded version of Android will have several perks over the current iteration, including doing away with the need to plug a smartphone into the infotainment center's USB. The platform won't be without its hurdles, however, and its embedded nature could be its undoing.

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Virgin’s KipstR wearable records shows when you fall asleep

Virgin’s KipstR wearable records shows when you fall asleep

Virgin has revealed its own wearable, a wristband called KipstR created with the help of two teenagers: Jonathan Kingsley, age 14, and Ryan Oliver, age 15. Rather than tracking fitness, KipstR keeps tabs on whether the user is awake or asleep. If you fall asleep while wearing the device, it will trigger your TiVo to record whatever show you were watching when you fell asleep. The device and collaboration is said to be part of Virgin's 'Switched on Futures' initiative.

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Uber agrees to pull out of Portland for 3 months

Uber agrees to pull out of Portland for 3 months

Earlier this month, Uber steamrolled into Portland without any heads up that it was coming, surprising both residents and city officials alike. The intrusion was illegal, and was not tolerated for long. Within a couple days, Portland had filed a lawsuit against the ridesharing service and had begun baiting drivers, issuing them warnings under the threat of possible substantial future fines. The tactic wasn't a surprising move on Uber's part, and now that it has managed to catch Portland residents' attention, it has agreed to withdraw its service temporarily, leaving everyone else to scramble.

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500px for iOS update brings Adobe, manual camera controls

500px for iOS update brings Adobe, manual camera controls

Photography sharing site/app 500px is already a destination for many photography enthusiasts, and now they’ve got reason to stay. After adding mobile uploads earlier this year, 500px has made another impressive move for mobile. A “professional” photo editor is cobbled into 500px’s iOS app, as is a dedicated camera interface. With the camera, you’ll be able to better take advantage of iOS 8’s granular camera controls. If what you shot doesn’t exactly set your world on fire, the Adobe-powered editor might do your photos justice.

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Sony’s next Xperia tablet rumored for 4K, 6GB RAM

Sony’s next Xperia tablet rumored for 4K, 6GB RAM

Sony is no stranger to CES, and tends to make the event their forum for announcing new products. Last year, we saw a bevy of awesome new cameras and a still-in-progress SmartBand tracker. Another thing Sony does well is high-end devices and products. The latest rumor has Sony going absolutely off on tablets, bringing a massive screen capable of 4K resolution. The rumored spec sheet is equally insane, boasting more RAM than you’ve ever heard of on a mobile device.

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McDonalds puts notifications on the menu with iBeacon program

McDonalds puts notifications on the menu with iBeacon program

McDonald's has announced they’ve begun testing the power of beacons. At several franchise locations in Columbus, Georgia customers are being treated to deals via iBeacon technology. The rollout is done in partnership with Piper, a provider of low-energy beacon solutions, with plans for a wider rollout once the kinks are ironed out. If they've got Bluetooth on, customers may see special offers or coupons pushed to their handsets, which can be redeemed at purchase. According to Piper, it’s working well.

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Hyundai hands the keys to CarPlay and Android Auto

Hyundai hands the keys to CarPlay and Android Auto

Hyundai hasn't been slow to embrace either CarPlay or Android Auto, but Apple and Google's infotainment systems look set to become even more central to the car firm's dashboards in 2015. A new Display Audio head-unit set to eventually become Hyundai's volume option across all entry-level cars will ditch the CD player and onboard navigation in favor of offloading it to the driver's iPhone or Android device, in what the company claims will save cash for drivers already committed to their smartphones and not bothered by duplicating functionality with expensive in-dash upgrades.

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Rumor: Galaxy S6 will be metal with a curved screen

Rumor: Galaxy S6 will be metal with a curved screen

The last time we saw anything about the Galaxy S6, it was a nearly bezel-less device that seemed far too good to be true. And hey, it was; people quickly discovered the device was a photoshopped pic of a different Samsung device, so we’re back to square one on the rumor/candyland board. A new rumor, though very much an eyebrow-raising one, suggests Samsung is gong aluminum with the Galaxy S6. Also, they’re getting into the curved screen game, if the talk is at all accurate.

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Pandora brings back annual billing

Pandora brings back annual billing

Back in March, Pandora decided to alter their pricing scheme a bit, boosting the price on their monthly plans by about $1/month. They also discarded their annual subscription, though it wasn’t clear why. The annual billing was just a one-time fee, and didn’t really give subscribers and sort of discount. In the face of public outcry, Pandora has brought the annual subscription option back. It’s still as much as you’d pay with monthly fees, but saves you from seeing it as a recurring charge.

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