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Facebook Mentions app: for celebrities, not you

Facebook Mentions app: for celebrities, not you

There’s an app out this week made by Facebook for Facebook users on the iPhone - but it’s more elite than that. You have to be famous to get in on the app. To use this app, you have to be a Facebook "Verified Public Figure" - if you’ve got a blue checkmark next to your name on Facebook, you’re in.

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Destiny Public Beta release: details and PS4 drop

Destiny Public Beta release: details and PS4 drop

On the morning of July 17th at approximately 11AM PST, we’ll begin seeing keys sent out for the Public Beta for Destiny. This game will be playable starting on the 17th by the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, while the Xbox One and Xbox 360 will have to wait until the 23rd of this month. Destiny Beta for the Xbox One will come in at around 12.63GB - massive - and we expect the PS4 version to deliver something similar.

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Avengers Age of Ultron Preview: Meddle Begets Metal

Avengers Age of Ultron Preview: Meddle Begets Metal

Today begins the massive stream of Avengers previews, beginning with an image of Ultron himself. This preview is of the flat, image kind, showing off Ultron as a terrifying Iron Man villain-looking fellow. Of course he’s powerful enough to take on the whole of the Avengers, so there’s a bit more to learn.

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Growing Jibo: Talking robot families with Cynthia Breazeal

Growing Jibo: Talking robot families with Cynthia Breazeal

The age of robotic butlers and Jetson's-style automation is yet to be delivered, but the team behind Jibo believes it has a more relevant, usable alternative. A robot that integrates into the family, as well as one which could spawn a family of its own, Jibo aims to humanize domestic robotics but without dropping us into an Uncanny Valley of creepy pseudo-skin. I caught up with company founder and MIT robotics expert Cynthia Breazeal to find out how the Jibo you see today is the gateway to a life peppered with electronic companions.

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Jawbone UP 3.2 adds smart food tracking

Jawbone UP 3.2 adds smart food tracking

First steps, then sleep, and now Jawbone is taking on food tracking in the wearables's company's latest bid to quantify life. UP 3.2, the latest version of the Jawbone iOS companion app for the UP and UP24 bands, aims to do what no food logging platform has quite managed: make logging as close to automatic as possible, and then deliver personalized recommendations around things like health and weight loss.

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Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

GM has been talking about baking 4G LTE into its cars for some time, but the first examples are just now rolling off the production line and into dealerships. Upgrading OnStar with a 100x faster data connection, it adds support for mobile hotspot sharing, remote control by smartphone and smartwatch, and third-party apps and services. I jumped into some of the first Buick LaCrosse and Regal cars off the line with 4G to see if it’s a must-have or a gimmick.

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