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Lionsgate: “Borderlands” movie is in the pipeline

Lionsgate: “Borderlands” movie is in the pipeline

Lionsgate has announced that it will be making a “Borderlands” movie, and the news was confirmed on the official Borderlands Twitter account. The video game launched in 2009 from Take-Two Interactive and Gearbox Software, and has had sustained success across multiple platforms. The movie will be produced by Avi and Ari Arad, both of whom have some big film titles under their names: Blade, Iron Man, X-Men, and more. The announcement was made on Friday.

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NYC’s taxis now have their own Uber-like app

NYC’s taxis now have their own Uber-like app

For all of its yelling and battling, the taxi industry has not been able to squash Uber, and consumers are better off for it. In NYC, the taxi industry now has its own Uber-like mobile app called Arro, and as with Uber, consumers can use it to see where nearby cabs are located, hail one using the app, see the driver’s details, and pay their fare using saved banking information. The makers of the app hail their offering as being superior to Uber’s own app, though, and the taxi industry — not surprisingly — is saying it is better in every way: cheaper, faster, and more. The app will be available to the public in the next couple of weeks.

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Rovio, maker of Angry Birds, to layoff a third of its workers

Rovio, maker of Angry Birds, to layoff a third of its workers

Rovio, the company behind the Angry Birds franchise, has bitten off more than it can chew, and as a result will be “restructuring” its business. The restructuring, in this case, will involve laying off about a third of its workforce, which amounts to up to 260 employees. This isn't the first such company to suffer layoffs and setbacks following waning consumer interest and a focus that is spread too broadly. Zynga is the most notable example.

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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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TuneIn adds premium plan, audiobooks, and MLB streaming

TuneIn adds premium plan, audiobooks, and MLB streaming

TuneIn, the radio streaming service that offers radio stations online, has added an $8 per month subscription plan that removes advertisements from 600 radio stations. In addition to the new premium plan, the service has also added a big library of audiobooks, many of which are well known and from big-name authors, and it will also provide audio streams from Premier League soccer and the MLB. The move brings the best of both worlds, allowing users to enjoy the perks of traditional radio alongside some of the features that would otherwise be limited to services like Spotify.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II unveiled: 16MP, 5-axis stabilization

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II unveiled: 16MP, 5-axis stabilization

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II camera has been officially unveiled after months of speculation and leaks. This is the successor to the Olympus OM-D E-M10, a popular model in its own right. The camera maker hails the new OM-D E-M10 Mark II as an entry-level camera body joined by 5-axis image stabilization. Olympus promises its newest OM-D model is both small and more ergonomic than previous models. The most notable feature with the camera is 5-Axis Voice Coil Motor (VCM) Image Stabilization, but that’s hardly all it has to offer, with other features including everything from integrated photo filters to advanced low-light shooting.

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Comcast to cover entire US footprint with Gigabit Internet by 2018

Comcast to cover entire US footprint with Gigabit Internet by 2018

Comcast’s Vice President of Network Architecture Robert Howald has stated the service provider is planning to upgrade its entire cable network over the next two years, and that the upgrade will be able to accommodate speeds up to 10 Gpbs. Comcast is looking to start market trials of the DOCSIS 3.1 technology ("Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification") upgrade some time later this year, and according to Howald, the company is looking to “scale it through our footprint through 2016.” If all goes as planned, Comcast is hoping to have the technology operating across its full network in the US within the next two to three years, though two years is the goal.

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Hulu grabs Seth Rogen’s ‘Future Man’ comedy

Hulu grabs Seth Rogen’s ‘Future Man’ comedy

Hulu has ordered a 30 minute pilot episode for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s ‘Future Man’ comedy, it has been announced. The comedy is said to follow the likes of a janitor who cleans up during the day, and who plays as a world-ranked gamer at night. Neither of those are central to the storyline, however. Rather, visitors said to come from the future advise the janitor that he is the only hope for humanity — humans will become extinct if the janitor doesn’t do something to stop the invasion of some unspecified “super race”.

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Amazon will start rejecting Flash ads next month

Amazon will start rejecting Flash ads next month

The Internet’s collective move against Flash — the frequently vulnerable software that increasingly has more downsides than up — just gained a big new ally: Amazon. The Internet retailer announced this week that it will soon stop accepting Flash advertisements, making it the latest company to gravitate away from Adobe's longstanding and much-maligned software. This announcement follows news earlier this month that Yahoo’s advertisements were used to spread malware that, ultimately, used vulnerable versions of Flash for success.

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YouTube Space studio is coming to India

YouTube Space studio is coming to India

Google announced today that Mumbai, India will be counted among the few select cities laying claim to a YouTube Space studio. YouTube Spaces have already been launched in LA, London, Tokyo, New York City, Sao Paulo, and Berlin, with the first one having been launched in 2012. Thousands of YouTube creators have visited the YouTube Spaces, according to Google, and it’ll likely see those numbers increase more rapidly with this latest launch.

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Canon Pixma lineup expands with seven new printers

Canon Pixma lineup expands with seven new printers

On Tuesday, Canon announced that its Pixma product lineup has been expanded with the addition of seven new printers. The expansion is comprised of the Canon Pixma MG7720, MG6800, and MG5700 series all-in-one inkjets. All of them are wireless and are suitable for multi-purpose use, including printing both documents and photographs. In addition, the wireless printers can be used with tablets and similar mobile devices via the Canon PRINT Inkjet app. The printers include a built-in scanner, and like the last Pixma we saw, these printers can print straight from Instagram.

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FCC fines Smart City $750k for blocking WiFi hotspots

FCC fines Smart City $750k for blocking WiFi hotspots

The FCC doesn’t take kindly to jamming activities of any sort, including the kind that block personal hotspots. The commission announced today that it is fining Smart City Holdings, LLC $750,000 USD for blocking hotspots at convention centers. Smart City provides Internet service at convention centers throughout the U.S. for what the FCC calls “substantial fees”. It, as others before it, deployed technology that blocked mobile hotspots, forcing visitors to pay for Smart City’s own Wi-Fi service rather than using their own personal data connections.

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