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IRS hit with lawsuit over recent taxpayer data hack

IRS hit with lawsuit over recent taxpayer data hack

The massive IRS data breach has resulted in a lawsuit from affected taxpayers. The hack was announced in May, and affected about 330,000 (or more) taxpayers who used the IRS’ “Get Transcript” service. The hackers, who are said to have originated from Russia, made off with sensitive personal details, including social security numbers and home addresses. Using this information, the hackers then spoofed tax paperwork and were able to steal millions in refunds.

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Hoopla expands library with Image Comics deal

Hoopla expands library with Image Comics deal

In late June, Hoopla struck a deal with DC Comics, adding a couple hundred of the publisher’s titles to its already expansive library. Following that, the company has announced additional graphic novels under its latest deal with Image Comics. This includes The Walking Dead graphic novels volume 1 through 23, Spawn Origins Collections volume 1 through 10, and more. Hoopla works in conjunction with libraries across the nation to offer digital content on one's mobile devices; as such, you'll need a library card to get started.

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NVIDIA SHIELD released to Google Store for Android TV battle

NVIDIA SHIELD released to Google Store for Android TV battle

The online Google Store's Android TV collection expands with NVIDIA SHIELD, a device built primarily for gaming but made for full living-room entertainment with Android apps of all sorts. Working with Android TV, this device also has Chromecast functionality, allowing mobile devices to "cast" content wirelessly. This is the same device we reviewed earlier this year, calling it "the best Android TV experience yet." Have a peek at our full NVIDIA SHIELD Review to learn all there is to know about this high-powered TV-controlling machine.

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Facebook M assistant helps shopping in Messenger

Facebook M assistant helps shopping in Messenger

Facebook is launching its own personal digital assistant, M, with a beta of the chat-based artificial intelligence rolling out today for select Messenger users. Unlike Apple's Siri, M delivers its assistance via text discussion rather than spoken interactions; it's also more focused on shopping, with Facebook positioning it as a way to buy products, have gifts ordered and delivered, and arrange travel.

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This is the US military’s replacement for the Humvee

This is the US military’s replacement for the Humvee

It's taken almost a decade, but the US Pentagon has finally decided on a vehicle to replace the aging Humvee, or, more commonly, the Hummer. Meet Oshkosh Defense's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the winning bid for the military's contract. Wisconsin-based Oshkosh beat out competitors Lockheed Martin and AM General (the makers of the original Humvee) for a contract that is estimated to be worth $30 billion over the next few decades. The first production run will see 17,000 JLTVs produced in 2016, priced at $6.7 billion.

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Amazon Underground: invading Google’s Android once again

Amazon Underground: invading Google’s Android once again

Amazon aims to invade Google's Android OS with their own collection of apps and games from the Amazon App Store. Inside the Amazon Underground app, Amazon suggests they'll be bringing "Actually Free" apps and games to lure the masses. This comes several months after a misunderstanding between Google and Amazon in which the Amazon app acted as an app store in and of itself - this isn't a feature that's allowed by Google for apps hosted by the Google Play app store.

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Coin 2.0 adds NFC but there’s a catch

Coin 2.0 adds NFC but there’s a catch

Would-be payments disrupter Coin has announced Coin 2.0, the second generation of its connected card, adding NFC but potentially pushing back deliveries for some still waiting on the first. As before, Coin 2.0 can register multiple credit, debit, and other cards, and has a built-in display to cycle between them while in the store. However, whereas swiping to pay through a magnetic reader was the only way to actually complete the transaction before, now contactless payments are supported.

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Windows 10 sees 75 million installs after only 4 weeks

Windows 10 sees 75 million installs after only 4 weeks

Microsoft is celebrating the four-week anniversary of Windows 10's release by revealing that the new operating system has already been installed on 75 million PCs around the world. Windows 10 has been off to a great start since day one, seeing 14 million installs within the first 24 hours. For comparisons sake, Windows 8 saw 40 million licenses sold in its first month, eventually reaching 100 million at the six-month mark. There's little doubt that Windows 10's adoption rate has to do with it being a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users.

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iPhone 6c leak brings back one classic feature

iPhone 6c leak brings back one classic feature

Today an iPhone 6c has been leaked in the form of a case-maker model that tells details of its exterior. What's most important about this particular leak is its size. This device is not the same size as the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus. Instead, this device has the look of the iPhone 6, but the size of an iPhone 5. This iPhone appears to dismiss the display of the iPhone 6, instead working with the 4-inch display of the iPhone 5! Almost as if such a display size were perfect for the palm of an adult human's hand!

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Koush releases app that mirrors Android to Chrome

Koush releases app that mirrors Android to Chrome

The app you're about to learn about goes by the name Vysor, and it's made by the same developer that created ClockworkMod. If you don't know what ClockworkMod is, don't worry about it - the important part of this is the knowledge that this developer, Koush, has a fantastic track record. Koush's Vysor app requires only that you install an extension in your Chrome web browser - and bang! It's good to go. Your Android device will be able to appear on your desktop screen and be controlled, fully operational.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 released to carriers

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 released to carriers

This week Samsung revealed the carrier version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, a tablet made to match the Galaxy S6 smartphone series. This device will be released to T-Mobile first, arriving on September 3rd on store shelves across the United States. This release is part of what T-Mobile is branding "the summer of Samsung", including the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ too!

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Sony combines TV remote with wireless speaker for Japan

Sony combines TV remote with wireless speaker for Japan

Sony is proudly continuing the Japanese trend of combining two random, unrelated products into one. The latest example is their newly announced SRS-LSR100, a wireless speaker that basically has a television remote on top. The idea behind the device is that users bring the TV's audio closer to them, while still being able to change the channel. You know, like the remote that comes with the TV set does.

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