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White House’s latest social effort lands it on Snapchat

White House’s latest social effort lands it on Snapchat

It's no secret the White House has been working to increase its social presence, and latest among that effort is its new Snapchat account. According to the administration, the new “WhiteHouse” account on Snapchat provides a “behind-the-scenes glimpse” of current White House happenings and likewise gives the public a way to engage with the administration. This follows the VR holiday tour the White House released last month.

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Uber taps public transit with TransLoc partnership

Uber taps public transit with TransLoc partnership

Uber has tapped into the public transit vein with its new TransLoc partnership. Under this, Uber's mobile app will be integrated with the TransLoc Rider app, enabling the service’s users to set up trips that encompass public transit options in addition to Uber rides. Public transit, meanwhile, could see a boost in riders who use Uber to get to the nearest train terminal or bus stop.

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Nikon D500 is first camera with SnapBridge

Nikon D500 is first camera with SnapBridge

Nikon has announced the D500 DSLR, a hotly anticipated camera sporting a 20.9MP sensor and the same 153 auto focus points as the D5. As well, the D500 features Nikon’s new Expeed 5 image processing engine (likewise found in the D5) and Ultra HD video recording. The Nikon D500 is particularly notable, however, for being the first among Nikon’s products to offer SnapBridge, a constant connection to mobile devices over Bluetooth.

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Nikon joins action cam market with KeyMission 360 camera

Nikon joins action cam market with KeyMission 360 camera

Nikon is getting into the action camera segment with the introduction of the KeyMission 360, a square-shaped action camera that will take on the likes of GoPro, Sony and more. “Entering the action segment is a significant milestone for Nikon," the company says. The KeyMission 360 trumps many of its' competitors, though, by recording content for creating VR experiences.

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WowWee’s new CHiP robotic dog has ‘AI personality’

WowWee’s new CHiP robotic dog has ‘AI personality’

The future of robotic pets looks bright, and to help usher it in comes WowWee and its’ newly introduced robotic dog CHiP. Unlike some robotic pets, CHiP is said to come with a dose of realism thanks to artificial intelligence; WowWee describes CHiP as having an “AI personality.” Joining CHiP is LUMI, an indoor drone for playing games, and R.E.V Air, another model in WowWee’s Robotic Enhanced Vehicle lineup.

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Twitter appoints new diversity chief

Twitter appoints new diversity chief

Twitter has appointed a new diversity chief tasked with improving the company’s worker diversity numbers. Twitter was criticized this year for its diversity statistics, being accused of hiring too few female and minority employees -- a criticism many other tech companies face. Jeffrey Siminoff will replace Janet Van Huysse as VP of diversity and inclusion.

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Lyft gets permit to pick up travelers at LAX

Lyft gets permit to pick up travelers at LAX

Lyft beat Uber (again) in the battle for permission to perform pick ups at one of the nation's biggest airports -- this time around it's LAX, the Los Angeles International Airport. Both Uber and Lyft were granted permission to seek transportation permits for picking up riders at LAX, and Lyft is the first to receive the permit. The Lyft pickups start today, just in time for the Christmas rush.

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Netflix nabs ‘Mindhunter’ series from David Fincher

Netflix nabs ‘Mindhunter’ series from David Fincher

Netflix has taken on a new series called ‘Mindhunter’ from House of Cards director David Fincher, according to a new report. The series is reportedly being developed in collaboration with Charlize Theron, and will be based on “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit,” a book published in the mid-90s. Sources expect Fincher will be directing the series, according to the report.

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Data protection service LifeLock settles with FTC for $100m

Data protection service LifeLock settles with FTC for $100m

As we reported this past summer, LifeLock got itself into hot water with the FTC over its alleged failure to protect its customer data. That wasn’t the first time LifeLock ran into trouble, though; before that, it had pulled its LifeLock Wallet mobile apps over concerns that data wasn’t protected as advertised. Even that, though, wasn’t the start of its’ troubles — the company had first gotten on the FTC's bad side back in 2010.

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Apple Pay will launch in China early next year

Apple Pay will launch in China early next year

Apple Pay will arrive in China early next year, Apple has announced. The service will work with fifteen of the nation’s top banks and UnionPay. This follows a report form late last month claiming the service would launch in China soon. Once it launches, Apple users in China will be able to make payments by holding their iPhone or other Apple device near one of UnionPay’s QuickPass POS terminals.

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Nintendo: Bayonetta heading to Super Smash Bros soon

Nintendo: Bayonetta heading to Super Smash Bros soon

Nintendo has announced that Super Smash Bros. will soon be getting a new character: Bayonetta. The announcement was made today in a video showcasing the character’s arrival, as well as ample gameplay and details about her various fighting abilities. The witch brings with her a bunch of guns, limbs of demons, and a couple dashing outfits. Her arrival comes after being the top voted character on the Super Smash Bros ballot.

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Hydrogen could solve drones’ big problem

Hydrogen could solve drones’ big problem

Intelligent Energy has introduced a new hydrogen fuel cell prototype for drones that tackles one of UAVs' biggest problems: flight time. Presently, quadcopters and similar drones have flight times counted by minutes due to the limitations of batteries and weight. The prototype, which will be showcased at CES 2016 in a few weeks, extends drones’ range by providing longer flights times and making it a quick ordeal to refuel (compared to battery charging, that is).

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