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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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White House’s latest social effort lands it on Snapchat

White House’s latest social effort lands it on Snapchat

It's no secret the White House has been working to increase its social presence, and latest among that effort is its new Snapchat account. According to the administration, the new “WhiteHouse” account on Snapchat provides a “behind-the-scenes glimpse” of current White House happenings and likewise gives the public a way to engage with the administration. This follows the VR holiday tour the White House released last month.

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Uber taps public transit with TransLoc partnership

Uber taps public transit with TransLoc partnership

Uber has tapped into the public transit vein with its new TransLoc partnership. Under this, Uber's mobile app will be integrated with the TransLoc Rider app, enabling the service’s users to set up trips that encompass public transit options in addition to Uber rides. Public transit, meanwhile, could see a boost in riders who use Uber to get to the nearest train terminal or bus stop.

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Nikon D500 is first camera with SnapBridge

Nikon D500 is first camera with SnapBridge

Nikon has announced the D500 DSLR, a hotly anticipated camera sporting a 20.9MP sensor and the same 153 auto focus points as the D5. As well, the D500 features Nikon’s new Expeed 5 image processing engine (likewise found in the D5) and Ultra HD video recording. The Nikon D500 is particularly notable, however, for being the first among Nikon’s products to offer SnapBridge, a constant connection to mobile devices over Bluetooth.

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Nikon joins action cam market with KeyMission 360 camera

Nikon joins action cam market with KeyMission 360 camera

Nikon is getting into the action camera segment with the introduction of the KeyMission 360, a square-shaped action camera that will take on the likes of GoPro, Sony and more. “Entering the action segment is a significant milestone for Nikon," the company says. The KeyMission 360 trumps many of its' competitors, though, by recording content for creating VR experiences.

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WowWee’s new CHiP robotic dog has ‘AI personality’

WowWee’s new CHiP robotic dog has ‘AI personality’

The future of robotic pets looks bright, and to help usher it in comes WowWee and its’ newly introduced robotic dog CHiP. Unlike some robotic pets, CHiP is said to come with a dose of realism thanks to artificial intelligence; WowWee describes CHiP as having an “AI personality.” Joining CHiP is LUMI, an indoor drone for playing games, and R.E.V Air, another model in WowWee’s Robotic Enhanced Vehicle lineup.

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