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Sony Z Series 4K TVs launch with ultra-contrast and HDR

Sony Z Series 4K TVs launch with ultra-contrast and HDR

Sony has taken the wraps off its new line of premium 4K-resolution televisions, the Z Series. This line, which is currently comprised of three models ranging from 65-inches to 100-inches, offers high-contrast and High Dynamic Range image quality in an Ultra HD resolution, as well as thin bezels, Backlight Master Drive technology, the 4K Processor X1 Extreme, and more. Two of the three new models are available for preorder now and will be launching some time this summer.

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LG Action Cam LTE to arrive in ‘key markets’ soon

LG Action Cam LTE to arrive in ‘key markets’ soon

If you feel like you've heard about the newly announced LG Action Cam LTE before, it's probably because you have. The company first took the wraps off its camera back in May, and today it has re-introduced it to coincide with the device's launch in South Korea. If you live elsewhere and aren't content with the action cameras already available, however, LG says it will be bringing the action camera to 'key markets' beyond Korea in the coming weeks.

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‘Making a Murderer’ docu series is heading back to Netflix

‘Making a Murderer’ docu series is heading back to Netflix

Netflix saw incredible success with its documentary series “Making a Murderer,” and so it’s no surprise the company is bringing it back for another season. In an announcement today, Netflix said new episodes for the next season are in production now, and they’ll concern themselves with the continued story of Steven Avery. In this case, Netflix promises the next season will take a look at the post-conviction process and a bit of the drama surrounding it, too.

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Star Trek TV show (2017) will have next-day streaming on Netflix

Star Trek TV show (2017) will have next-day streaming on Netflix

In a surprising twist, Netflix will offer new Star Trek TV series episodes the day after they’re broadcast on television in the U.S. This marks a pretty big deviation from how Netflix typically operates, though recently we’ve seen some similar deals come into play. Netflix will make the new Star Trek TV series available to subscribers across 188 countries, with it having the distinction of being the “exclusive premiere home” for the show in all of those countries except the US and Canada.

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BitTorrent News ‘BTN’ network will launch at the RNC

BitTorrent News ‘BTN’ network will launch at the RNC

Only a few weeks have passed since news about BitTorrent’s planned live news channel, BitTorrent News, first surfaced. The company recently announced the appointment of its news director, and now it has officially announced a launch date: July 18, the same day as the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. BTN will have a team composed of half a dozen individuals live on the ground.

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Beers will soon have nutrition labels in the US

Beers will soon have nutrition labels in the US

Many beers you buy in the United States will soon come with nutrition labels on the bottle, it has been announced. Brewers participating in the Brewer’s Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, which includes HeinekenUSA, Anheuser-Busch, and MillerCoors, will include a small label that shows things like serving size, alcohol content per serving, how many calories is in the beer, the amount of carbs, protein, and fat. So far, the brewers that have agreed to this voluntary labeling account for more than 81-percent of the beers sold in the U.S., meaning just about any beer you get your hands on will have the label.

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Megaupload to return in 2017 with restored user database

Megaupload to return in 2017 with restored user database

Megaupload, the now-defunct file hosting website that was taken down by the feds in 2012, will be relaunching next year with its original user database, according to Kim Dotcom. According to a tweet he recently sent out, Megaupload will be resurrected on the fifth anniversary of the FBI's raid on his home. He teases that some big partnership announcements will be coming soon, and that Bitcoin will have a place on Megaupload 2.0.

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Audible Channels launches with original podcasts and more

Audible Channels launches with original podcasts and more

Audible has launched a new on-demand service called Channels, something it is offering to Premium members for free and on its own for $4.95/month for everyone else. The service focuses on exclusive and original content -- it's basically a podcast service to complement Audible's long running audiobook service. Content is split up into channels based on category, such as “20 Minutes of Relaxation,” “Meow! For Cat Lovers,” “Front Row Comedy,” and more.

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BitTorrent News brings in former Viceland and CNN producer

BitTorrent News brings in former Viceland and CNN producer

BitTorrent news, previously revealed in the form of a job posting, is official and it has brought in Harrison Bohrman as its first News Director. Bohrman has a solid background in the industry, having formerly served as Vice’s Viceland Senior Producer of Creative Development and, before that, having spent half a decade working at CNN.

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BlackBerry Classic has been officially discontinued

BlackBerry Classic has been officially discontinued

In late December 2014, BlackBerry introduced the return of a classic with its then-new BlackBerry Classic smartphone. Larger than the Q10 and better capable than BlackBerry devices of old, the Classic was praised by BlackBerry fans and regarded well enough by some critics. Still, the company has struggled to find a foothold in the modern smartphone market, and it has put many of its products to rest because of this. Today marks the official discontinuation of the BlackBerry Classic.

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Facebook Paper news app goes dark next month

Facebook Paper news app goes dark next month

Facebook Paper will be shut down late next month, the social network has revealed, with Facebook advising users via an in–app message that they will not be able to access the app after July 29. Though Facebook Paper had initially garnered good reviews back in 2014, it didn’t draw in any significant number of users if the app download numbers are anything to go by. The writing has been on the wall for a while, though, as Facebook never got around to releasing an Android version and it last updated the iOS app in March of last year.

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Karma Go gets passphrase support with new ‘Premium Features’

Karma Go gets passphrase support with new ‘Premium Features’

Karma Go users can finally setup a private network if they so wish, but it’ll cost extra. The feature arrives with Karma’s newly announced ‘Premium Features,’ a pay addition to one’s monthly data subscription that enables support for a passphrase. Once added, the hotspot will only be accessible to those who have the password (just like any other WiFi network), allowing you to limit who is able to get on it. This a big change for the shareable data hotspots, but gives subscribers one of their most requested features.

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