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Uber unveils new San Francisco carpooling option

Uber unveils new San Francisco carpooling option

Uber is toying with a new carpooling service that is, at the moment, limited to the San Francisco region in California. The service is called “POOL TO SF”, and it is notable for its locked-in rate, giving potential commuters the ability to see what they’d pay and essentially “claim” that rate if they like it. For example, someone commuting from Mountain View to San Francisco could pull out the app, see that it would cost $22 for the trip, and make their carpooling decision based on that.

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Epic Games teases new shooter, dubbed “Paragon”

Epic Games teases new shooter, dubbed “Paragon”

Epic Games has been hard at work of late. They recently released the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for the Xbox One, giving fans chance to experience the franchise in all of its HD glory. They've also been teasing a new Unreal Tournament game, which we haven't seen in quite some time. However, it appears that they have another game up their sleeve.

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Amazon unveils Call of Duty: Black Ops III midnight deliveries

Amazon unveils Call of Duty: Black Ops III midnight deliveries

Amazon has announced that Prime Now will be making certain special nighttime deliveries of the game Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The service, obviously, will only be available to Amazon Prime Now members, but is an attractive option regardless, perhaps one of the most intriguing the company has announced in a while. Standing in line will no longer be necessary, at least in 20 U.S. metropolitan regions.

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Batman: Arkham Knight for PC now available (again)

Batman: Arkham Knight for PC now available (again)

It has been a long, frustrating waiting game, but the journey is finally over and Batman: Arkham Knight has been re-released for the PC. This new launch follows its original launch earlier this year; the game was quickly pulled after the massive number of bugs became known, and from there it was a few months before buyers got a patch to fix the problems. Now, finally, the game has been released and is, hopefully, as functional as it should have been the first time around.

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Lyft makes its way into Las Vegas airport

Lyft makes its way into Las Vegas airport

Uber was quick out of the gate when Las Vegas gave ridesharing services the thumbs up, but Lyft has become the first of its kind to start operating at the city's McCarran International airport. The company announced its new bragging right today, saying that it is now operating at two terminals at the airport. There are a pair of designation Lyft waiting areas, making it easier to find a driver.

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Leica SL (Typ 601) mirrorless camera ships next month

Leica SL (Typ 601) mirrorless camera ships next month

Leica has launched its new Leica SL (Typ 601) full frame mirrorless camera alongside a new 24 - 90mm f/1.8-4 lens. The camera is hailed as a superior option among the mirrorless camera offerings out there, bringing with it a 24 megapixel CMOS sensor and lack of low-pass filter, as well as the maker’s Maestro II processor and up to 4k-resolution video recording. The camera is up for pre-order now, and will ship starting November 21.

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Triby connected speaker will offer Amazon’s Alexa

Triby connected speaker will offer Amazon’s Alexa

If you’re familiar with Amazon’s Echo speaker, you’ll also be familiar with its voice service, Alexa. Today, Amazon announced that Invoxia’s own connected speaker, Triby, will work with the Alexa voice service; this will make it the first third-party device with such support, likely paving the way for a larger lineup of similar gadgets. Triby itself is shaped somewhat like a basket, and is designed to stick to your fridge door.

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Pepsi to launch a smartphone in China

Pepsi to launch a smartphone in China

Yesterday, a report surfaced claiming PepsiCo would be releasing its own smartphone in China. Now, a day later, that news has been confirmed, with PepsiCo announcing that it is working with an unnamed “licensing partner” to produce its own-branded smartphone and related accessories. The phone will only be available in China, which will reportedly have a formal announcement made in Beijing on October 20.

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Pandora gets into ticket biz with Ticketfly acquisition

Pandora gets into ticket biz with Ticketfly acquisition

Pandora, the Internet radio service, has decided to take things up a notch by acquiring Ticketfly, a competitor to Ticketmaster. Pandora announced the acquisition today, saying it has entered into an agreement to buy the independent company. This could prove to be a good thing for concert-goers of all sorts, not just Pandora users, as ticket sales have long been dominated by Ticketmaster.

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Hulu and Viacom expand deal: more shows inbound

Hulu and Viacom expand deal: more shows inbound

Hulu and Viacom have a good relationship, something yet again demonstrated by a new expanded deal between the two companies. Under this, Hulu has scored VOD rights for a bunch of new shows, including some from Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, and more. Viacom and Hulu first began their relationship back in 2011, and have since grown it, tacking on more shows and expanding its offerings to cover a wide range of television programming.

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Brown University researchers grow mini-brains for testing

Brown University researchers grow mini-brains for testing

Why bother acquiring a full sized (read: expensive) brain when a miniature (read: cheaper) one will do? Brown University researchers have detailed in a new report their efforts to create a non-thinking miniature brain composed of central nervous system tissue. The mini-brain creation process is said to be both simple — relatively speaking — and inexpensive, and they have a big upside: these mini-brains could reduce the number of animal brains that are used for testing.

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