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X-Wing, Tie Fighter original games re-released after 20 years

X-Wing, Tie Fighter original games re-released after 20 years

The original Lucasarts creations "Star Wars: X-Wing" and "Star Wars: Tie Fighter" have been re-released as Special Editions. This after just 20 years after their original release, and slightly less time since their first re-releases in 1998. These games spawned a massive cross-platform collection of space fighting games both in and out of the Star Wars universe. Now we can only dream that these classics will make their way to the mobile environment next.

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Google Fit now available via the Play Store

Google Fit now available via the Play Store

With Apple’s HealthKit, we were promised a core app in Health that would give us insight on our overall wellbeing, based on apps that worked with the platform. though HealthKit had a rough start, it’s here, and when used properly, not all that bad a take on your health and fitness stats. Google previously announced their own health platform in Google Fit, which aims to do the exact same thing HealthKit does — just for Android. Google has now published their app to the Play Store, and it’s compatible with just about every Android phone around.

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Instagram wants to spotlight its citizen journalists

Instagram wants to spotlight its citizen journalists

Instagram is exploring ways to blur the lines between its users and the mainstream media, with the Facebook-owned photo and video sharing service hoping to enable broader reach for citizen journalists. Speaking during the Code/Mobile conference on how Instagram has been increasingly used as a way for regular people to publicize their experiences - whether that be during a civil uprising, a natural disaster, or a concert - co-founder and head of engineering Mike Krieger said the app's scope there is next in line to be emphasized.

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iSmartAlarm’s new camera, smart outlet bring full home automation

iSmartAlarm’s new camera, smart outlet bring full home automation

The do-it-yourself home security race is pretty well-heeled, with companies like iSmartAlarm or Skylink staking claim with their respective hardware. Then there’s the smart home market, which typically offers no security, or at least very little of it. Home cameras are also involved, but they, too, fail to tie the connected home together, by and large (Nest/Dropcam are making inroads, there). The aforementioned iSmartAlarm is bringing two new devices to market that aim to tie your home up in a nice, neat little package.

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Tim Cook WSJ interview videos: Apple Pay, Alibaba

Tim Cook WSJ interview videos: Apple Pay, Alibaba

This morning the folks at WSJ have released a few key points in their interview series that took place last night with Tim Cook. The CEO of Apple spoke up about the launch of Apple Pay in several regards. He spoke about the Apple Watch. He even spoke about why the original iPod Classic was discontinued from store chains. Tim Cook also spoke briefly about how Apple may be pairing up with Alibaba to bring about a massive payment collaboration the likes of which have never been seen before.

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Cree cuts heat, bulk, and cost with vented LED bulbs

Cree cuts heat, bulk, and cost with vented LED bulbs

LED lightbulbs continue their downward price spiral into the mainstream, and latest to haunt incandescents is Cree's freshly redesigned 40W and 60W replacements. Looking far more like a traditional bulb than previous iterations, primarily because Cree has done away with what would normally be a bulk-adding heatsink, the old-fashioned shape actually hides a clever alternative approach to cooling which uses heat itself to keep things chilly.

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Taco Bell app takes your guilty fast-food addiction mobile

Taco Bell app takes your guilty fast-food addiction mobile

The relentless charge to make an app for every single thing continues with Taco Bell wading in with smartphone software of its own, allowing fans of the fast food chain to order a meal before they've even arrived. The Taco Bell app supports both restaurant and drive-through orders, and is available for both iOS and Android as a free download today. Its entire menu will be included in the software, though it's not the full limit of Taco Bell's mobile ambitions.

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DROID Turbo detailed for official release with Verizon

DROID Turbo detailed for official release with Verizon

This morning Verizon unveiled the Motorola-made DROID Turbo, their newest in a long line of DROID-brand devices. This device works with a 5.2-inch Quad-HD (that's 2560 x 1440 pixel) display (that's 565 PPI) and a unique quick-charge battery setup. You'll need this device's Turbo Charger - included in the box - to get a 15-minute charge for up to 8 hours of use. This device works with a 3,900mAh battery rated at up to 48 hours of use in a single (extended) charge. As a Motorola device, the DROID Turbo also features a collection of Motorola-specific apps.

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Humans replacing scanners at movie theaters this Autumn

Humans replacing scanners at movie theaters this Autumn

A new set of ever-changing security measures embedded in movie tickets on your smartphone may soon do away with the need for scanning. While - just like you would at Starbucks - MovieTickets.com movie tickets on your smartphone required codes to be scanned by the ticket handler at your local theater until now, they've thought of something new. Instead, it'll take a trained movie theater redemption employee trained in the art of looking at tickets and knowing the newest combination of animations, colors, and codes.

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Verizon tests bundle that includes 1yr of Netflix

Verizon tests bundle that includes 1yr of Netflix

Despite all of its battling this year, Verizon and Netflix have cozied up to each other, at least as far as business is concerned. The service provider has initiated a very limited test during which it is offering a small number of its subscribers the opportunity to sign up for a package that includes a free year of Netflix service. This follows the drawn out debacle between Netflix and Verizon in which the latter company's customers saw severely throttled speeds on Netflix -- something that was quickly solved when the video streaming company gave in and entered into an agreement with Verizon.

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