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New camo design is (almost) invisible to night vision

New camo design is (almost) invisible to night vision

In a statement today, the Bundeswehr Scientific Institute in Germany unveiled a new camouflage design it has been working on for a handful of years. With this new design, soldiers in the nation's armed forces (Bundeswehr) will be far less visible to night vision devices than when wearing the current "Flecktarnmuster" pattern introduced in the early 90s. This new design, Multitarnmuster, is said to have two big advantages.

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Gmail boasts 1 billion monthly users

Gmail boasts 1 billion monthly users

Google has a big milestone announcement for today, too: it has a billion monthly Gmail users. The announcement was made by Google’s Sundar Pichai during an earnings call, and again announced on the Gmail Twitter account alongside a festive, celebratory video. This is in comparison to the 900 million monthly users Gmail boasted back in May of last year.

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Cuba to launch its first home broadband Internet service

Cuba to launch its first home broadband Internet service

Cuba has announced plans to launch its first broadband Internet service in Havana, bringing connectivity to a nation with very few Internet options. The service will be launched in a pair of neighborhoods in Havana, and will, among other things, let companies like cafes and restaurants set up service for their customers. When the broadband service will rollout hasn’t been stated, but it marks yet another milestone for Cuba.

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FarmedHere to launch massive indoor farm in Kentucky

FarmedHere to launch massive indoor farm in Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky will soon be home to a large indoor vertical garden installed in part of a 24 acre campus, FarmedHere has announced. This indoor vertical garden, like others, will maximum how every inch of space is used and will offer several benefits over traditional gardens, including being able to grow food all year rather than just during summer months. This vertical garden will be at the West Louisville FoodPort.

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Reddit’s Android app enters beta today, iOS to follow

Reddit’s Android app enters beta today, iOS to follow

Reddit announced last month that it was creating its own official Android app, giving users on the platform a solid option for browsing the website. Despite its Alien Blue acquisition a couple years ago, Reddit is also working on a new iOS app, something it will be putting into beta soon. Today’s all about Android, though, with the service announcing that the Android app entered beta today.

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Circuit City to be resurrected this summer

Circuit City to be resurrected this summer

There’s a good chance, assuming you live in the US, that you don’t have to drive far to find a long-abandoned Circuit City sitting unloved and unwanted. In late 2008 as the economy heaved, Circuit City announced layoffs and plans to close many dozens of stores. That was the writing on the wall, as by early 2009 it had decided the remaining U.S. stores would be shuttering for good. Though the world is no more hospitable thanks to things like Amazon, Circuit City is coming back.

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Dropbox adds real time file co-editing in Office Online

Dropbox adds real time file co-editing in Office Online

Dropbox has announced that under its partnership with Microsoft, it has added a pair of new integrations with Office Online and Outlook.com, expanding both services’ usefulness for subscribers. Subscribers can now co-edit files — that is, make changes to the same file at the same time, and see what the other is doing in real time. In addition, Outlook.com users can send documents directly to Dropbox.

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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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