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Report: Amazon bringing ad-supported video service next year

Report: Amazon bringing ad-supported video service next year

Unless you have Amazon Prime, seeing their “Instant Video” app on your Roku or other streaming device is just one big tease. Unless you sign up for the $99/year quick-shipping Prime option, Instant Video is useless. Though we’ve heard this kind of rumor before, it’s back, and from a new source. It seems Amazon may be prepping an ad-supported Instant Video layer, which would make their service free or very low-cost to use for those without Prime. The new video streaming offering is said to be part of an “overhaul” at Amazon’s media branch.

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Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

It seems that either Google or Rockstar (the industry consortium, not the game developers) has decided to throw in the towel. Details are still unclear on who called it quits first, but the fact of the matter is that, at least in the patent case filed in Texas, Google and Rockstar have reached an agreement to settle "all matters of controversy". It is highly likely that a large amount of money will also be involved. But what's even less clear is how it will affect Android, who is at the heart of the litigation.

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2015 Nissan Murano and Juke Color Studio debut

2015 Nissan Murano and Juke Color Studio debut

Nissan has a hit with its odd, yet cool Juke that has been on the market since 2011. The 2015 version of the Juke has debuted at the LA auto show and the car has been refreshed with updated styling. Along with that updated styling also comes new standard content for Juke buyers and a new Juke Color Studio for accessories.

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Baidu Dubike smart bike teaser site goes live

Baidu Dubike smart bike teaser site goes live

We have a lot of smart objects in our lives these days. Smart phones, smart watches, smart homes, and a bit of smart cars. What about smart bikes? No? Well, Baidu thinks "yes" and its Dubike smart bike is now up for everyone to see. Or at least images and videos of it. The Dubike is indeed equipped with your standard fare navigation and tracking features, but it is a bike that does not easily reveal its geeky nature and looks like any classy, high-end bicycle.

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Twitter rolls out tweets via direct messages

Twitter rolls out tweets via direct messages

Most twitter users have probably run across something on twitter before that they wanted to share with one person without posting it to your main feed. There hasn’t been a good way to do that sort of messaging someone a link in the past. That has now changed with twitter unveiling a simple new way to share tweets privately.

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Destiny now has a Trial, Demo appetizer

Destiny now has a Trial, Demo appetizer

Online shooter Destiny might be one of the hottest games this year, but not everyone is prepared just yet to take the plunge. A plunge that will cost them $60, provided they already have the compatible consoles to begin with. For these types of gamers, Bungie is providing a cheap, in other words, free, way for them to nibble at Destiny for as long as they want, given a few restrictions. And they can even save their progress and reclaim it if and when they decide to buy the game after all.

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AMD reveals Carrizo, it’s first high-performance SoC, coming 2015

AMD reveals Carrizo, it’s first high-performance SoC, coming 2015

The lure of the mobile industry is so great that even giants in the traditional PC business are scrambling to leave a mark. Just like Intel, AMD is also developing its own system-on-chip or application processing unit (APU) that will power tablets, laptops, and all-in-one computers. At its Future of Compute event, the chip maker has revealed the Carrizo, a high performance chip, and its "mainstream", in other words, less performant, counterpart, Carrizo-L. The two chips are said to be ready to ship and be integrated into devices by the first half of 2015.

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Comcast will soon show technician arrival times via app

Comcast will soon show technician arrival times via app

Comcast has announced a new service it likely hopes will win it some favor with often-disgruntled customers -- a mobile app that shows when, exactly, a service technician will be arriving. Users will be able to see this information through Comcast's MyAccount app, and though it will only be available near Boston initially, the service provider is looking to expand it to more customers next year. For now, the program is in an initial trial stage, and the service provider promises to update on what it finds during it.

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Samsung, AMD team up to bring FreeSync to UHD monitors

Samsung, AMD team up to bring FreeSync to UHD monitors

In an almost surprising partnership, Samsung and AMD have announced that the two will be working together to bring the chip maker's FreeSync technology to the display manufacturer's upcoming line of Ultra HD capable monitors next year. The marriage of the two technologies will be targeting gamers and creative professionals who require not only accurate colors and high resolutions but also fluid frame rates. Though the combination sounds almost natural, the people involved and the timing could make one wonder if there are other factors involved.

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