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FreedomPop’s new global hotspot works in 25 countries

FreedomPop’s new global hotspot works in 25 countries

FreedomPop has announced a new global hotspot that offers free mobile data in many places around the world, launching first for users in the United States and UK. The hotspot works in 25 countries, including France, Germany, Spain, and other European countries. If all goes as planned, though, FreedomPop will expand the global hotspot’s coverage to include countries in Asia and Latin America, bringing the total to more than 40 regions globally.

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TASER Pulse is a new self-defense weapon for the public

TASER Pulse is a new self-defense weapon for the public

TASER has introduced a new taser designed for the consuming public; it is a self-defense weapon, of course, but one that is less dangerous and lethal than carrying a concealed firearm. Called the TASER Pulse, this new TASER comes in the form of a handgun, but features a plastic look with bright yellow trim and a lightning bolt on the front. This is the first TASER for consumers since 2007.

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Time Warner Cable hiking rates for some subscribers

Time Warner Cable hiking rates for some subscribers

Time Warner Cable is increasing the rates for some of its subscribers, stoking ire that -- though not quite as vitriolic as that directed at Comcast -- is often present. The price increase is coming for subscribers in New York state, and follows the Charter Communications merger approval state regulators gave TWC earlier this month. Time Warner Cable informed subscribers of the upcoming price increases via an email.

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Amazon Dash Replenishment: first devices now available

Amazon Dash Replenishment: first devices now available

Amazon has taken the wraps off its first round of available devices covered under the Amazon Dash Replenishment service, and they're comprised of printers, a blood glucose monitor, and a GE washer. Under the service, these items and eventually others like the will be able to order needed items when supplies run low, no involvement from the owner necessary (after setup, that is). More connected devices will offer the feature soon.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

Marvel’s Jessica Jones renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

Netflix has renewed Marvel’s Jessica Jones, one of its original Marvel shows, for a second season. The second season order is for 13 episodes, and will bring Krysten Ritter back as Jessica Jones, a super-strong private investigator who made her streaming debut back in November. This year will also bring a separate Luke Cage series, which will also debut on Netflix.

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iTunes Radio goes behind paywall starting January 29

iTunes Radio goes behind paywall starting January 29

The days of free iTunes Radio streaming are nearing their end, with Apple sending notifications to customers in the United States and Australia regarding an upcoming paywall. Those who don’t want to pay will have the Beats 1 "premiere free broadcast" for listening, but those who want more will need to shell out $9.99/month for an Apple Music subscription.

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NASA awards SpaceX, SNC, and Orbital ATK ISS cargo contracts

NASA awards SpaceX, SNC, and Orbital ATK ISS cargo contracts

NASA has announced that SpaceX, Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC), and Orbital ATK have been given contracts for delivering cargo to the International Space Station. The contracts will span from 2019 to 2024, and though details are still light at this time, the space agency says each contract guarantees a minimum of six missions for the companies.

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Yahoo releases massive machine learning dataset for researchers

Yahoo releases massive machine learning dataset for researchers

Yahoo has introduced its new “Yahoo News Recommendation” dataset, something it says is the biggest ever machine learning dataset released publicly. Says Yahoo, this dataset has been released for the academic research community, giving researchers who are normally unable to access such large-scale datasets the opportunity to conduct research using the mass of information.

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Google hires former White House adviser for its policy team

Google hires former White House adviser for its policy team

Google has hired Caroline Atkinson, a former adviser for the Obama administration, to serve as the lead on its global public policy team. Atkinson will begin in her role at Google starting in March, having stepped down from her role as deputy national security adviser at the White House in December. She will work for Google based out of Washington.

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Researchers discover remains of ancient bus-sized crocodile

Researchers discover remains of ancient bus-sized crocodile

Researchers have discovered the remains of an ancient crocodile that lived in the sea and was about the size of a modern bus. This particular prehistoric crocodile was previously unknown to scientists; it has been dubbed Machimosaurus rex and was discovered in Tunisia. Said University of Bologna’s Federico Fanti, the paper’s lead author, “It’s just big. It’s almost the size of a bus.”

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U.S. Customs seizes cache of counterfeit wearables

U.S. Customs seizes cache of counterfeit wearables

Though it doesn't happen too often if you use a reputable service, ordering electronics online often comes with the risk of getting a counterfeit product. In some cases, the counterfeit nature of the product is immediately apparent and disappointing; other times it is done well enough to go undetected unless something catastrophic happens. The best way to avoid having those products in the marketplace, of course, is to catch them as they arrive, which is exactly what happened recently in Philadelphia.

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Lyft NYC pilot project gives rides to doctor appointments

Lyft NYC pilot project gives rides to doctor appointments

Lyft has announced a new partnership with National Medtrans Network in New York City, and under that partnership will be piloting a transportation option for taking riders to non-emergency doctor appointments. Lyft has vowed to give 2,500 rides under this program per week in New York City, aiming to reduce the number of missed doctors appointments and help those in need get adequate medical care.

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