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LINE@ app launches to mix users with their fans

LINE@ app launches to mix users with their fans

LINE Corporation, the company behind the popular chatting app LINE, has announced the launch of a new option called LINE@. With LINE@, companies, brands, and popular users can communicate with their fans (or clients, customers, etc.) by posting things like business content and promotional materials, among other things. LINE@ users can chat individually with those they've friended, post messages for everyone who is following to see, and more. It is available now for both Android and iOS. Users can have multiple LINE@ accounts, says the company.

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BitTorrent Originals TV shows inbound from Rapid Eye Studios

BitTorrent Originals TV shows inbound from Rapid Eye Studios

Netflix isn't the only company looking to produce original television shows for an increasingly digital audience. Yesterday BitTorrent announced that it has partnered with Rapid Eye Studios, and that together they will be launching new BitTorrent Originals via its BitTorrent Bundle platform. The original TV content will be first available exclusively through BitTorrent Bundles, later opening up to other distribution options, including things like DVDs and other services. This follows BitTorrent Bundle's unveiling back in 2014, and opens another avenue to content creators.

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Nikon D810A DSLR is designed for astrophotographers

Nikon D810A DSLR is designed for astrophotographers

Nikon has introduced a new DSLR camera that has been optimized specifically for astrophotographers. The new D810A is akin to the D810 DSLR, but features a hydrogen alpha wavelength infrared cut filter, which the camera maker says allows photographers to capture quality photos of space in particular. Joining that filter are some features that are likewise tailored to astrophotography; the camera, however, isn't meant for general photography, and so is reserved for those who need a camera for snapping images of the universe.

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The Sims 4 “Get to Work” expansion pack arrives in April

The Sims 4 “Get to Work” expansion pack arrives in April

In December, EA announced the upcoming arrival of Game Packs for The Sims 4, the first of which was "Outdoor Retreat". The Game Pack was akin to Stuff Packs, and it was promised that additional ones would be following in due time. That promise has panned out, and now EA has followed it up by announcing the first "Expansion Pack" for The Sims 4. This one is called "Get to Work", and it brings with it three additional careers for the Sims, as well as an option for creating a business.

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Singapore students print 1st 3D Concept Car in Asia

Singapore students print 1st 3D Concept Car in Asia

When you think of printers, you probably think of the big, heavy boxes on or under your desks. For quite a while now there have been 3D printers capable of printing any 3D object you can dream up in CAD, for example. The new technology has come a long way from its infancy only a few years ago. These days you can print everything from replicar dinosaur bones, to a Stradivarius imitation, to ultra-light bicycles, and now even whole cars. Students from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have succeeded to print an entire urban solar electric car.

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LEGO Doctor Who set gets official approval

LEGO Doctor Who set gets official approval

If you've been biting your nails for the past few months in hopes that LEGO would give the Doctor Who set its approval, we have some good news for you. LEGO announced yesterday that the project has been reviewed and approved, and will be officially arriving in the relatively near future. The project first surfaced a few months ago, seeking supporters on LEGO Ideas. It hit the required 10,000 supporters, and after a long wait has finally been given the thumbs-up.

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Google SVP of Knowledge leaving as management restructures

Google SVP of Knowledge leaving as management restructures

Google’s management structure is undergoing more movement, as Senior Vice President of Knowledge Alan Eustace is retiring. According to sources, Eustace is not leaving for another job, but is just plain giving up the day-to-day grind for retirement. His departure marks another major figurehead leaving he company, or otherwise moving to make room for Google’s new management structure. Larry Page has quickly moved Sundar Pichai up the ranks, with a majority of Google’s core service chiefs reporting to him rather than CEO Larry Page.

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Amazon Kindle Textbook Creator lets users create educational content

Amazon Kindle Textbook Creator lets users create educational content

Amazon has introduced its new Kindle Textbook Creator, a tool that lets users create digital textbooks and related materials that include educational elements, not the least of which are flashcards. Students will then be able to access this content on the same devices other Kindle content can be accessed on, including their Fire tablets. The tool is currently in a beta stage, and as with the Kindle Direct Publishing platform, those interested are able to directly upload their content for others to enjoy.

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AT&T rolls out unlimited calling from US to Mexico

AT&T rolls out unlimited calling from US to Mexico

Late last year, AT&T revealed that it would be buying lusacell, a Mexican carrier. Now that the acquisition is complete, it has announced some benefits this will bring its subscribers, namely free unlimited calling from the United States to Mexico -- any number in the nation, including cell phones. This falls under AT&T's World Connect Value international calling package. Those already under the plan will automatically be rolled into the new offering, while those who don't have it can subscribe if they're a post-paid customer.

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ZTE shakes up its brand with new logo design

ZTE shakes up its brand with new logo design

If something isn't broken, don't fix it. Or thusly the saying goes. That doesn't mean one would be ill advised to refine whatever has already proven long effective, and that seems to be the mindset behind ZTE's recent decision to change it logo. The new version is hardly different than the previous version -- it is still a simple "ZTE" logo mark, after all -- but the subtle refinements do lend an element of modern flavor to the otherwise minimalist brand mark.

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