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Amazon Prime Now delivers in hours, not days

Amazon Prime Now delivers in hours, not days

Two days? That’s a long time. Instead, how about two hours? Amazon is upping their delivery game with Amazon Prime Now, an accelerated version of their already popular Prime scheme. The quick delivery program is currently rolling out in one of the only places it really could, Manhattan, with no other cities being announced just yet. The two hour delivery is also free, and offers an even faster delivery time of one hour for a charge. For the impatient, Amazon is making all deliveries a bit more like pizza delivery.

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Apple Pay is about to go global

Apple Pay is about to go global

Apple Pay may cover 90% of credit volume here in the United States, but overseas the mobile payment service is still missing. That could change, though, as two Apple job listings point to their intent to make electronic point-of-sale transactions a big thing the world over. In London, Apple is looking for someone to spearhead their European rollout for Apple Pay, while a Shanghai based opening suggests Apple is cannonballing into the Chinese market. A timeframe for the respective rollouts for Apple Pay was not noted.

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Xbox VR headset tipped for 2015

Xbox VR headset tipped for 2015

A new head-worn virtual reality gaming device has been tipped for release next year by Microsoft. This headset would bring features that closely resemble those of Sony's Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4, while Microsoft's device would more likely focus on Xbox One-based gaming. Microsoft would also be competing with Oculus VR and their Oculus Rift head-worn virtual reality system which, like Sony's Project Morpheus, is still in a developer beta mode right this minute as it's readied for a final consumer release.

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Microsoft MixRadio sold to LINE

Microsoft MixRadio sold to LINE

Microsoft is selling MixRadio to LINE, washing its hands of the personalized streaming music service that started life as Nokia Radio. MixRadio, which builds custom playlists as well as offering pre-organized, themed playlists constructed by music industry insiders, was originally part of Nokia's exclusive multimedia offering for its Lumia Windows Phones; it was renamed back in late 2013, ahead of Microsoft taking the reins. Plans had already been vaunted for an expansion of the app beyond just Microsoft's own smartphone OS, and now LINE says it intends to continue that process.

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Jawbone UP3 delayed until 2015

Jawbone UP3 delayed until 2015

Jawbone has delayed the release of its new flagship activity tracker, the Jawbone UP3, pushing the sensor-toting wristband back into early 2015 as it grapples with production. Announced back in November, the ambitious wearable introduces a bioimpedance sensor alongside the usual movement tracking, with which Jawbone is promising not only heart rate monitoring but - with future firmware updates - new metrics like galvanic skin response, respiratory rate, and hydration rate. That flexibility could give UP3 the edge over rival health bands, including the upcoming Apple Watch, but it's also seemingly presenting issues for Jawbone actually getting it out the door.

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Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Beyond a mini-game of a press release called INFO QUEST II - which we'll also include here if possible - is the next generation in Minecraft gameplay. This is Minecraft Story Mode, a Telltale Games Series. This is the same group that brings you Takes from the Borderlands, The Walking Dead, and most recently Game of Thrones - they're the kings of storytelling games in episodic releases, that is to say - since all the way back in 2006 when they released their first episodic series of games. It's time to get pixely.

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Don’t panic if your Instagram follower count just dived

Don’t panic if your Instagram follower count just dived

Instagram has flipped the kill-switch on spam accounts, and it's a move which is likely to prompt some surprise among users of the photo sharing social network, as their follower counts take a hit. The company announced earlier this month that, while it may have 300 million users, it also has something of a spam account problem, and one it intended to deal with. While verified accounts for celebrities and other high-profile users was one strand of that, the other is a cull of fake profiles that has taken effect today.

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Algoriddim DJAY Pro updated with Spotify integration

Algoriddim DJAY Pro updated with Spotify integration

This week the folks at Algoriddim have updated their DJAY Pro app for Mac to include Spotify integration. This is the first time a professional DJ application has included such a connection, this giving laptop DJs instant access to well over 20 million tunes. This system continues to work with iTunes as well, allowing Mac computers to preview, search, queue, seek history, and work with the system's own light/dark switch. The system you're looking at is DJAY Pro, working with turntables, waveforms, a sampler, and four decks.

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Lexus teases new F track car: Is this the GS F?

Lexus teases new F track car: Is this the GS F?

Lexus may not be the first luxury car company you associate with track performance, but Toyota's high-end sibling is aiming to change that with a second "F" branded car to be shown off in Detroit next month. The unnamed "high performance" car will join the RC F coupe in Lexus' line-up, and is being described as "track-ready", something fans of the ill-fated IS F will likely be very excited to hear. As for what the car itself might be, while Lexus is tight-lipped, there's already chatter of a perhaps surprising donor vehicle forming the basis of the new F car, and one itself overdue an update.

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Evolve Xbox One Open Beta lands mid-January

Evolve Xbox One Open Beta lands mid-January

Eager would-be Evolve players who own an Xbox One will get an early chance to play the much-anticipated game, with an Xbox One Open Beta now on the schedule for January 15-19, 2015. Intended to allow 2K Games and Turtle Rock Studios an opportunity to stress-test their multiplayer servers, there'll be support for a limited number of monsters and hunters, though still far more than were playable during Evolve's first Big Alpha access earlier in the year. Those hoping to play on their PC or PlayStation 4, however, will have to temper their enthusiasm: there'll be a slight expansion of the Big Alpha for them, but nowhere near what Xbox One gamers will be getting.

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