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Cablevision will offer HBO NOW to Internet subscribers

Cablevision will offer HBO NOW to Internet subscribers

Those who subscribe to Cablevision's Optimum Internet service -- but not a television plan -- will have access to HBO NOW, it has been announced. This makes Cablevision the first cable provider of its sort to offer the new HBO service without requiring a pay-TV subscription in general, and it might serve to spur other service providers into doing the same. This proves good news for cable-cutters and those who in general aren't interested in having a pay-TV subscription, but who find HBO NOW appealing for its on-demand and Internet-only availability.

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Vessyl smart cup delayed until late 2015

Vessyl smart cup delayed until late 2015

Projects that accept crowdfunding or pre-orders before being market-ready have their inherent risks, and that's something anyone who backs a project should understand. Though the creator may have perfect intentions, issues can surface that delays development, and the anticipated completion date ends up being pushed back and the shipping dates with them. Such has ended up being the case with Vessyl, a smart cup with a sleek design and on board tech that adds a dose of beverage-centric intelligence. The company behind it recently sent an update to those who pre-ordered.

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23andMe plans to make drugs based on customer data

23andMe plans to make drugs based on customer data

23andMe has had a somewhat rocky existence, first offering data on one's own ancestry and genetic data, then stripping that down to only ancestry information coupled with raw data that coupld be parsed for medical reasons by third-party companies. That was due to meddling by the FDA. That was recently changed with genetic test kit approval (though conditions apply), and now the company has made a very big announcement: it is planning to use customer data to make pharmaceutical drugs.

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‘Rogue One’ revealed as first standalone Star Wars movie

‘Rogue One’ revealed as first standalone Star Wars movie

Disney CEO Bob Iger dropped details on the upcoming Star Wars movies today at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. We've known for a while now that standalone movies were part of the plan, and this morning we learned the title of the first standalone film: 'Rogue One'. Gareth Edwards will be directing this one and Chris Weitz will be writing it, though the idea itself hails from Industrial Light & Magic's John Knoll. The movie is set to premiere next December.

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Moto E with 4G LTE arrives at Cricket Wireless

Moto E with 4G LTE arrives at Cricket Wireless

Motorola's little budget powerhouse smartphone, the Moto E with 4G LTE, has arrived at the prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless. Customers will be able to grab it starting on March 13 for $129.99 USD, using it on the carrier's 4G LTE network sans contracts. Though it's not making any waves, it does give those with small needs or a constrained budget an option for high-speed data and decent enough hardware without shelling out for a higher-end phone or a yearly contract.

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Uber partners with UN Women, vows a million female drivers by 2020

Uber partners with UN Women, vows a million female drivers by 2020

Latest among Uber's partnerships is UN Women with whom the ridesharing service is looking to boost "economic opportunity" for women, it has announced. Uber is dedicated to the goal, and as part of it the company has vowed to have a million female drivers by 2020. This announcement marks the Beijing Declaration's twentieth anniversary, and it'll be joined by "long-term programs in local communities" on UN Women's part. Joining the announcement is a video that makes it all clear, available after the jump.

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Samsung Milk Music launches on the Web

Samsung Milk Music launches on the Web

If you're not a Samsung device owner, you might not be very familiar with the maker's Milk Music service. It has thus far been limited to those using one of Samsung's Galaxy devices, but that changed today, with the maker bringing its music service to anyone who wants it. The service is still limited to those aforementioned mobile devices if you're wanting to use it on Android, but anyone can sign up and use the service on the Web now, with both free and subscription options being available.

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T-Mobile fires out invite for NYC event

T-Mobile fires out invite for NYC event

T-Mobile, busy doing its best to usurp the wireless carrier industry and grab for itself a bigger roster of subscribers, is back with another tease promising something big to be coming in the near future. What is it? The company doesn't say, of course, and we can't say for sure, though it no doubt has something to do its its seemingly endless "Uncarrier" efforts. The event will take place in New York City, and says the carrier, "This one's a real piece of work!"

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Blizzard’s ‘Heroes of the Dorm’ tournament will be covered by ESPN

Blizzard’s ‘Heroes of the Dorm’ tournament will be covered by ESPN

Blizzard Entertainment has announced its new "Heroes of the Dorm" tournament for, you guessed it, college students. These students will be battling for a litany of prizes, the best ones probably being the funds for tuition (in excess of $450,000 is up for grabs). While it's a fun shot for college students to get a leg up in their college (and perhaps gaming) career, it's a big milestone for eSports in general: for the first time ever, ESPN will be offering live televised coverage of an eSports event.

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UberX shut down in South Korea

UberX shut down in South Korea

Uber has announced that is has suspended its UberX service in South Korea, something that apparently took effect last night and is in relation to "a proposal to the Taxi Industry". Uber has long had troubles with regional authorities over how it operates, as well troubles with the taxi industry which has felt the squeeze as Uber gobbles up customers. UberBLACK will continue to operate in South Korea, however, doing so in conjunction with current law and regulations -- something also said to be part of the proposal.

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