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Skype Translator preview’s first phase brings Spanish and English

Skype Translator preview’s first phase brings Spanish and English

Skype has been working on its Translator service for a long while now, something that allows individuals to video chat in two different languages with real-time translations. The company revealed preview plans recently, and now it has introduced the first phase of that preview program: Spanish and English translation, as well as more than 40 instant messaging languages. Those interested must be signed up for the Skype Translator preview, and must be running Windows 8.1.

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Uber responds to Sen. Al Franken’s questions

Uber responds to Sen. Al Franken’s questions

Though facing more recent criticism, Uber is still dealing with the fallout from last month's various troubles. The hoopla had managed to attract the attention of Senator Al Franken, who sent the ridesharing service a letter expressing concerns about privacy, as well as a series of questions. Sen. Franken requested a response to his questions by December 15, and down to the deadline Uber has sent back a reply, saying it "welcomes the opportunity to respond".

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Netflix app update brings Android Wear integration, social features

Netflix app update brings Android Wear integration, social features

Between its myriad content announcements, Netflix has been releasing somewhat regular updates to its various apps. We recently saw 1080p arrive for the company's iOS app, for example, and back in September it announced a Social Recommendation feature for Apple products, the Xbox and PS3, and some other devices. Now, finally, the video streaming service has announced some new social features for Android users, including the ability to send a friend a "thank you", and Android Wear integration.

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Bose job ad reveals music streaming service plans

Bose job ad reveals music streaming service plans

We've seen job ads reveal company plans more than once, and the latest is from Bose, which it seems is working on its own music streaming service. According to a job ad spotted by HypeBot, Bose is looking for a Senior User Experience Designer specializing in Cloud Music Services. This individual will work on Bose's "next generation streaming music platform and ecosystem of products," and it looks like the company is wanting to move quickly on its efforts.

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Indiegogo launches Life site to fund personal projects

Indiegogo launches Life site to fund personal projects

Crowdfunding sites abound, with Kickstarter and Indiegogo being the two most recognizable of the bunch. Some of the services are welcoming to all types of funding projects, while others are fairly narrow in what can be posted. To lay any confusion about its own service to rest, Indiegogo has launched a new portal called Life that is dedicated specifically to personal projects in whatever form they might be -- funding for medical treatment, social efforts, and more.

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Mercedes-Maybach prices up its uber-luxe S-Class

Mercedes-Maybach prices up its uber-luxe S-Class

What price ridiculous luxury? If it's Mercedes-Maybach on the trunk lid, then now we know for sure, with Mercedes-Benz putting official figures on the sticker for its range-topping luxo-barges. Announced at the LA Auto Show in November, the Mercedes-Maybach once again resurrected the storied German marque, but this time around as a set of highly-customized, stretched S-Class variants, equipped with more leather, more tech, more wood, and more metal, and then dispatched to the wind tunnels to ensure they're the quietest cars for passengers in the all-important back seats. As you might expect, then, that sort of refinement isn't going to be cheap, but there's a surprise there too.

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Half-Life 2 Episode One released for NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

Half-Life 2 Episode One released for NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

NVIDIA's SHIELD device exclusive collection continues to grow. Here with the Half-Life 2 Episode One, they bring on another one of Valve's classic presentations in solid gaming history. Half-Life 2 and Portal have already been released - now we've just to wait for Portal 2 and the eventual sequel to Half-Life 2 Episode One and we're all set! This game requires that you use a physical controller - like the NVIDIA SHIELD Wireless Controller, for example - and presents essentially the same experience you'd roll with on a PC. Welcome back to City 17, complete with HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED in full effect.

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Uber banned in Paris, shamed in Sydney

Uber banned in Paris, shamed in Sydney

Uber has once again caused a stir, and again it’s for reasons they’d likely not be creating news. In France, Uber’s peer-to-peer app, UberPOP, is seeing a ban after taxi drivers in Paris effectively shut down a major hub in protest. A bit further south on the globe, Uber is facing the music after instituting surge pricing during a crisis in Sydney. In an even stranger move, Uber says they raised pricing in Australia for the good of the people.

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HBO GO launches on Amazon Fire TV

HBO GO launches on Amazon Fire TV

Though it's been launched for some time now on basically every other web TV platform, HBO has finally decided it's time to hit Amazon Fire TV. According to Amazon, HBO is currently working on the HBO GO app for Amazon Fire TV stick as well, bringing their pay TV platform to all Amazon devices. This launch is one of several for Amazon TV, the group suggesting that "Amazon Fire TV app selection [is] up 4x since launch" - that means there are a whole lot more apps than there used to be.

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Magneto calendar shutting down December 23

Magneto calendar shutting down December 23

MAgneto, the interesting Calendar app that tried to do more than just feed you info, is shutting down. On December 23, the service will be no more, and will simply let your other calendars take over where Magneto left off. The team also notes they’ve already used Google and Exchange calendars to sync your info, so all meetings and appointments are already in place. Magneto is also offering a simple method for exporting your to-do items, if you were using it for that.

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