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Understanding Facebook’s data lasers

Understanding Facebook’s data lasers

This week Mark Zuckerberg showed off several photographs of lasers he suggested would be sending internet signals all around the world. These lasers will be used with Facebook's Internet.org project, beaming information "from a plane flying overhead or a satellite flying way overhead," according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "They'll communicate down to earth using very accurate lasers to transfer data." This isn't the first experiment in the world to use lasers to send data. In fact several organizations - like the ESA and NASA - have already begun real-world testing for data transfer between craft in space and labs on our planet's surface. Data transfer with lasers is super reliable and fast, too!

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Prince drops streaming music, towers over music industry with one track

Prince drops streaming music, towers over music industry with one track

Just as Apple Music arrives, so does Prince leave the streaming music universe. It's no coincidence that The Purple One has also released an ear-blasting new single track HARDROCKLOVER at the same time. This new track screams. It wails in protest. While it doesn't address the rise of the streaming music industry directly, it does push the envelope. It does remind us that Prince has the one true claim to being the greatest living rock star on the planet. He doesn't need to say so.

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One more quest: How mobile gaming reshaped online RPGs

One more quest: How mobile gaming reshaped online RPGs

Smartphone and tablets have changed the landscape for gaming. For one, it has made a gamer out of those who would have never even imagined playing a PC or console game, much less consider themselves a gamer. But even for those who have already been whiling away hours in front of the TV or the monitor, the culture of mobile has also changed a few things. Take for example the corner of the gaming world known as online RPGs and how the ubiquity of smartphones have somewhat redefined that genre, for better or for worse.

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Is Sony poisoning the Kickstarter well?

Is Sony poisoning the Kickstarter well?

Kickstarter has made dreams come true, whether it be some maker's dream product or a backer's dream game. But the promise of crowdfunding isn't completely foolproof, and Kickstarter has seen its fair share of people trying to take advantage of loopholes and fine prints, like this latest issue surrounding Shenmue 3. It was revealed that Sony was somewhat "supporting" the game's production, ruffling a few feathers and raising some questions. Has Sony found a way to game the Kickstarter system or is it completely within bounds? Or has Sony set a pattern that could potentially ruin Kickstarter for indies and smaller groupus?

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Third-Gen Moto G: 3 reasons why you don’t need to upgrade

Third-Gen Moto G: 3 reasons why you don’t need to upgrade

As Motorola's third-generation Moto G begins to show itself in leaked photographs, we take another look at the original. Why upgrade to a newer model when the original is still running strong? We'll tell you why - there's no real good reason to upgrade at all. Motorola made a device that's so compelling all the way back in December of 2013 that people are still using it. They had a rather strong piece of hardware on their hands, then they updated its software - multiple times. What's left to do?

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Nest isn’t trying to own the Smart Home, and that’s okay

Nest isn’t trying to own the Smart Home, and that’s okay

Nest now has three products, a freshly-firmware-flashed thermostat, a 2nd-gen Nest Protect, and a new Nest Cam, but it’s a fairly humble play for the smart home, at least on the face of it. At a time when Apple is not only launching HomeKit but working on its next big update, that might seem naive, but Nest CEO Tony Fadell isn’t worried. Instead of trying to make Nest the dominant brand, Fadell is apparently content for automation to be a group effort.

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Nokia’s return to phones won’t be smart

Nokia’s return to phones won’t be smart

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri makes an offhand comment about their plans to sell phones in the future and the crowd goes wild. What today's news on Nokia's return to the smartphone market consists of is Suri answering a question about mobile devices, suggesting that the company is "looking for suitable partners" in the mobile phone business. This should not be a surprise to anyone following along closely with the brand, but there it is. After selling their phone hardware business to Microsoft in 2013, Nokia's set to return to phones as soon as 2016.

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Temper your Minecraft HoloLens enthusiasm

Temper your Minecraft HoloLens enthusiasm

It was the mic-drop of Microsoft demos, Minecraft coming to life in augmented reality on the HoloLens headset, and it unsurprisingly stole the E3 keynote. Given Microsoft's previous hints about just what it had in mind for HoloLens, which overlays digital graphics on top of the real world, the idea of a special version of the brick-building game shouldn't have come as a surprise. Nonetheless, the sight of a table suddenly overcome with virtual blocks proved more than enough for us to temporarily forget HoloLens' big issues.

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As WWDC ends, the mood in the trenches is neighborly

As WWDC ends, the mood in the trenches is neighborly

Apple’s WWDC is over for another year, and as the dust settles on the iOS 9, Apple Music, and OS X El Capitan launch, it’s a chance to reflect on five days of sessions. It’s hard to gauge the tone of a week-long developer event from a fast-paced keynote - even with an Apple Music section which went on too long, and which several developers I spoke to suspected was padded to fill up space originally intended for an Apple TV SDK announcement. If there can be such a thing as an overarching theme, though, it felt like it might be harmonious co-existence.

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This is Apple’s history of music

This is Apple’s history of music

Today Apple presented Apple Music, a streaming music ecosystem made to turn the tides on other top-name players in the space. Apple's power comes not from a good product in and of itself, but from its ecosystem of success. If you have one Apple device, you know. You're made to feel that you're part of a family, and that every product Apple makes that you use, you're more a part of that family. You're made to FEEL good. Apple knows this. Because of this, Apple made their case with a history lesson.

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