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Amazon bookstores to open in Chicago and Portland next

Amazon bookstores to open in Chicago and Portland next

Amazon will have a physical bookstore opening in New York City in 2019, and now it has been made known that two more stores are in the pipeline: one for Chicago and the other for Portland. These stores will join the existing physical bookstores Amazon has launched in Seattle and pegged for select other cities, and underscores the company's latest effort in the world of books: resurrecting the bookstores it killed off with the launch of the Kindle.

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Xbox Design Labs controllers begin shipping out to customers

Xbox Design Labs controllers begin shipping out to customers

If you pre-ordered one of Microsoft's new Xbox Design Labs controllers for your Xbox One, you'll be pleased to know that the first batch of them has started shipping out. Microsoft announced today that those who pre-ordered should receive their controllers in early September, so if that's you, check your email to see if yours has shipped.

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Domino’s drone delivery testing will kick off in New Zealand

Domino’s drone delivery testing will kick off in New Zealand

Domino’s introduced a pizza delivery drone in the summer of 2013, and now it is going to start testing actual pizza-by-drone deliveries soon. The testing will take place in New Zealand, and is being done in partnership with drone company Flirtey. The company isn't offering too many details about its plan at this time, though it does say it will kick off the testing later this year and that it'll happen alongside ordinary (read: people-powered) pizza deliveries.

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Mazda recalls 190k CX-7 SUVs over possible steering issue

Mazda recalls 190k CX-7 SUVs over possible steering issue

Mazda is recalling 190,102 CX-7 SUVs due to possible loss of steering resulting from a ball joint issue. The affected vehicles fall between the 2007 and 2012 model years; Mazda plans to fix the recalled vehicles in a staggered manner starting with the 2007 and 2008 model year cars, as well as 2009 to 2011 model year cars located in certain states (those with salty winter roads, namely).

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Final Fantasy 15 will be equal parts open-world and linear

Final Fantasy 15 will be equal parts open-world and linear

If the significant amount of gameplay footage for Final Fantasy 15 has lead you to believe the game is entirely open-world, then we've got some sad news for you. In an interview with Famitsu (as reported by Siliconera), Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata told readers that the game will be a mix of open-world and linear gameplay when it arrives later this year.

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Spotify adds ‘Concert’ tab with tour dates to artist pages

Spotify adds ‘Concert’ tab with tour dates to artist pages

Spotify has made its artist pages a little more convenient with the addition of a new “Concerts” tab. As the name suggests, this new tab collects concert information -- namely, tour dates -- in one easy to access location. This expands upon Spotify’s previously launched concert-centric features, including the personalized concert recommendations and an 'On Tour' section with geographic targeting.

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Uber reportedly lost a staggering $1.2b in first half of 2016

Uber reportedly lost a staggering $1.2b in first half of 2016

When it comes to ride-hailing services, no name is as big as Uber, but even that kind of brand recognition apparently can't stop the company from losing money. According to a Bloomberg report, Uber may have lost as much as $1.2 billion in the first half of 2016, which if true means that Uber has lost more than $4 billion in its short, seven-year existence.

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Nintendo NX could feature motion controls and variable force feedback

Nintendo NX could feature motion controls and variable force feedback

We've already heard a fair amount about Nintendo's upcoming console, codenamed the NX, but today some new whispers are telling us more about the controllers that will come packed with the system. Previous rumors told us that the Nintendo NX will be a hybrid console players could use at home and on the go - complete with a pair of detachable controllers - and this new report is expanding on that, saying that the controllers will come with a degree of motion control that's similar to the Wii remote.

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Twitter may soon let users filter out offensive keywords

Twitter may soon let users filter out offensive keywords

According to new reports, Twitter may eventually grant its hundreds of millions of users a keyword filter, allowing them to automatically block keywords they find offensive. The social networking site is said to be working on such a feature, though no official announcement has been made. If these reports prove to be true, it'll be Twitter's latest attempt to combat the abuse that can, at times, run rampant on the site and drive users away.

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Don’t Starve Together lands on PS4 in September

Don’t Starve Together lands on PS4 in September

Klei Entertainment has announced that Don't Starve Together, a multiplayer spin on the much loved single-player game, will be arriving on PlayStation 4 next month. Don't Starve Together will offer up both split screen and online multiplayer when it lands on September 13, and it will come as part of a new pack that bundles every piece of Don't Starve content together in one package.

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Future iPhone said to feature tap-to-pay chip for Japan’s trains

Future iPhone said to feature tap-to-pay chip for Japan’s trains

Next generation iPhone models in Japan may be getting an exclusive new feature that makes it easier for residents to pay for rides on the country's extensive train-based public transportation system. A new report from Bloomberg says that Apple is working to add Sony's FeliCa tap-to-pay technology to its devices sold in Japan, allowing iPhone users to quickly pay for train rides in a way that's even faster than the NFC-based Apple Pay.

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Shoka Bell helps bicyclists navigate and secure their bikes

Shoka Bell helps bicyclists navigate and secure their bikes

A new device has landed on Kickstarter that aims directly at the bicyclists out there that use a bicycle to get around. The device is called the Shoka Bell and it can work like a bike bell only instead of little dings and rings, it uses an app to provide different ringtones to alert cars and pedestrians that you are there. The device can also help you navigate around unfamiliar areas.

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