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Apple Thunderbolt Display is being discontinued

Apple Thunderbolt Display is being discontinued

Apple is discontinuing its Thunderbolt display, the company has confirmed. The monitor, which is the only one Apple sells and has traditionally been slow on the updates, is still available to purchase through Apple's website, as well as Apple Stores and authorized retail stores for however long the existing supplies last. Once they're gone, though, they will be gone for good.

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Netflix taps Internet star Cameron Dallas for unscripted show

Netflix taps Internet star Cameron Dallas for unscripted show

Cameron Dallas, perhaps most popular via his Vine videos, has been tapped by Netflix for a new unscripted original series that, at this time, doesn’t appear to yet have a title. Netflix announced the new show on Wednesday, saying it will revolve around Dallas and a “close circle” of his friends while he works on building up his career and, presumably, going about whatever it is he does in a day.

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Ohio capital wins ‘smart city’ award, details self-driving plans

Ohio capital wins ‘smart city’ award, details self-driving plans

Ohio’s capital Columbus has won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City competition, and as such will get $40 million in federal funds and another $10 million from the company Vulcan. The city has detailed its plans for the money, saying the combined $50 million will be used alongside locally raised funds to, among other things, connect the impoverished community Linden with a nearby job center using self-driving vehicles.

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Instagram ‘Picked for You’ channels find videos you (probably) want to watch

Instagram ‘Picked for You’ channels find videos you (probably) want to watch

Instagram has announced a new feature called “Picked for You” that groups videos by each user's favorite interests and topics, making it easier to find new video content rapidly. These new "Picked for You" channels will be found under Explore, and will include everything from comedians to musicians and more. According to the company, it has seen users increase their video watch time on Instagram 150-percent over the past half year.

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PlayStation Vue arrives on Roku in the U.S.

PlayStation Vue arrives on Roku in the U.S.

Sony's live TV streaming service PlayStation Vue has been available for a while now, and until today, you needed either a PS4 or PS3, iOS, Amazon Fire TV, or Chromecast device to watch it. That changes today, with Roku announcing that PlayStation Vue is now available on its own devices, as well, greatly expanding the number of cable cutters and set-top-box owners who can subscribe to it.

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Facebook Messenger for Android gets SMS support

Facebook Messenger for Android gets SMS support

Facebook has announced that Messenger for Android now allows users to send and receive SMS messages directly within the app, eliminating the need to toggle away from it whenever a new text message comes in. Some users have already seen this feature as part of Facebook's testing -- rumor had it in February that we'd see SMS return to Messenger soon, in fact -- and for everyone else, it arrives today.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm will return for a ninth season

Curb Your Enthusiasm will return for a ninth season

HBO has announced that it hit show starring Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm, will be returning for its ninth season. Details about the upcoming season haven’t yet been provided, though HBO promises it will update with them once they're available. Amusingly enough, Larry David offered this statement when asked why he returned: “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned.’”

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NASA and UAE Space Agency sign peaceful space exploration agreement

NASA and UAE Space Agency sign peaceful space exploration agreement

NASA and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency have entered into an agreement that will result in the duo working together for certain aeronautics research, NASA announced on Sunday. This agreement will see NASA and the UAE Space Agency cooperating in the use of airspace and the exploration of said airspace “for peaceful purposes,” said the space agency, with the deal ultimately serving to aid NASA’s ambitious plan to get humans to Mars.

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UberRUSH API opens up to all developers

UberRUSH API opens up to all developers

Uber has announced that its UberRUSH API is now available to everyone, not just the select partners it was originally open to. The API has already been used in partnership with Google Express, Nordstrom, 1800flowers, and others, but now anyone can take advantage of the service. Existing businesses can use the UberRUSH API to add on-demand delivery to business and more.

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Adobe Lightroom 6.6 and CC 2015.6 launch with bug fixes, new tool

Adobe Lightroom 6.6 and CC 2015.6 launch with bug fixes, new tool

Adobe has pushed out new versions of Lightroom and Lightroom CC, bringing them up to versions 6.6 and 2015.6, respectively. The new versions bring with them a bunch of fixes, camera and lens profile support, and more, as well as a new straightening tool called Guided Upright (for Lightroom CC specifically). The combination of new features and a new tool make for an overall solid update, one that is available now.

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Adidas shows off a pair of running shoes made from ocean plastics

Adidas shows off a pair of running shoes made from ocean plastics

Back in December, adidas and Parley for the Oceans detailed a running shoe made with ocean plastic. Now, half a year later, adidas has showcased a finished pair of those shoes, as well as providing pictures and details about the process used to create them. A bunch of work went into collecting, then cleaning and processing plastics found floating in the ocean, turning it into a type of teal green yarn.

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Keurig Kold soda machine discontinued, company lays off 130 workers

Keurig Kold soda machine discontinued, company lays off 130 workers

It's sad news for Keurig, but not terribly surprising: the company's pod-based soda machine, the Kold, has been discontinued. Consumers weren't interested in the Keurig Kold, and it's not hard to see why -- the machine cost nearly $370 USD and each pod, which produced one soda beverage, cost about $0.50. Considering a 12-pack of soda cans typically costs between $3 and $5, it would have taken a lot of soda consumption to make the machine worthwhile.

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