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T-Mobile’s Music Freedom covers 11 more services

T-Mobile’s Music Freedom covers 11 more services

In mid-2014, T-Mobile introduced “Music Freedom,” a perk under which subscribers can stream music from select streaming services without using up their high-speed data. The service has been expanded since then, with today marking one of its bigger expansions. T-Mobile has announced that eleven additional music streaming services are covered under Music Freedom, including TuneIn Premium, SomaFM, and more.

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Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga: the first multimode mobile workstation

Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga: the first multimode mobile workstation

At Autodesk University 2015, Lenovo took the wraps off a trio of new machines, the most notable of which is its latest business-grade Yoga machine, the Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga. The company describes its newest Yoga as a high-performance mobile workstation, and it is targeted at those who need portability without a sacrifice in reliability and computing power. Everyone from those working on “the latest Hollywood blockbuster” to engineers with demanding needs are targeted.

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Researchers create diamond at room temperature

Researchers create diamond at room temperature

Scientists have discovered a new solid carbon phase dubbed Q-carbon, which can be used to create diamond structures at both regular atmospheric pressure and room temperatures. Q-carbon itself is harder than diamond, but also too new for use in common applications. As such, researchers have developed a specific method to create diamond structures within the Q-carbon, the uses for which are both extensive and varied.

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Sonos: Apple Music streaming arrives December 15

Sonos: Apple Music streaming arrives December 15

Sonos has announced upcoming support for Apple Music, with the beta for such being scheduled to kick off on December 15. In a statement today, company CEO John MacFarlane said the company is “excited” about the pending beta, which will lend a preview of the service, albeit an early one; this will give users of both a chance to provide feedback and “shape the experience” of using Apple Music through Sonos.

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VTech’s ‘Learning Lodge’ hack exposes kids’ data

VTech’s ‘Learning Lodge’ hack exposes kids’ data

In a statement today, VTech, maker of gadgets for children, announced that its customer data has been breached. According to the company, an “unauthorized party” accessed data within the Learning Lodge app store database earlier this month; that database has neither banking info nor certain personal identification details like social security numbers, but does have 'general' profile info.

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Apple acquires motion capture startup Faceshift

Apple acquires motion capture startup Faceshift

Apple has acquired Faceshift, the startup behind motion capture technology used to capture facial expressions. The tech has been used for theatrical projects, not the least of which is Star Wars, as well as games. How Apple plans to use the technology isn't known, though some speculate it could be part of a virtual reality project. Past rumors claimed that Apple would acquire Faceshift, something the company has only recently confirmed.

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Hilton probe finds some hotel payment systems were breached

Hilton probe finds some hotel payment systems were breached

In late September, a report surfaced claiming that some Hilton properties had been hit with a data breach, leaving customers’ payment cards vulnerable. Hilton had responded with the promise of an investigation, saying it took the matter “very seriously.” In a statement released to customers today, Hilton Worldwide announced that the report was true, and that some of its point-of-sale systems were hacked.

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Starwood Hotels was hacked, card details compromised

Starwood Hotels was hacked, card details compromised

In a letter from its president, Starwood Hotels in North America has announced that it suffered a data breach at many of its properties across the United States. The breaches started and stopped at different times, with some having happened last year and others as recently as this past summer. Starwood cites a malware intrusion affecting select point of sale systems as the cause of the data breach, allowing the hackers to access some customers’ credit and debit card details.

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New South Wales bill bans 3D-printed gun blueprints

New South Wales bill bans 3D-printed gun blueprints

3D-printed gun blueprints caught the public’s attention a couple years ago, leading to several publicized blueprints and prototypes. Though not as effective as traditional firearms, the 3D-printed variety are able to fire ammo and could be lethal in the wrong hands. Lawmakers across the world responded quickly, and latest among them is New South Wales, which has passed legislation that makes possessing 3D-printed firearm blueprints illegal.

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FDA on genetically-modified salmon: safe to eat, no labels needed

FDA on genetically-modified salmon: safe to eat, no labels needed

The FDA has approved genetically-modified salmon, making this the first time the agency has approved a GM animal for human consumption. The modified fish is “AquAdvantage salmon,” a type of Atlantic salmon that grows faster than regular non-GM salmon while consuming less food. Genetically-modified food has been the source of ample controversy, with some arguing that it is a threat to the environment, less healthy, and other alarmist claims.

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Amazon launches online screenwriting app

Amazon launches online screenwriting app

Amazon seeks more than just novels; it is, in case you didn't know, seeking “the next great movie idea.” It is soliciting scripts and concept videos, and as a way to draw in screenwriters, it has launched a free screenwriting app called Amazon Storywriter. Storywriter is an Internet-based app, so anyone with a supported browser can use it. In addition, Amazon will store an unlimited number of scripts imported into and written on the platform.

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World’s first floating wind farm will be near Scotland

World’s first floating wind farm will be near Scotland

While Morocco busies itself with building the largest concentrated solar farm in the world, Scotland is focusing on a similar record of its own — the world’s first ever floating wind farm will be located off the Scottish shores, using ocean winds to generate power for those in the nation. The wind farm will be located 25 kilometer offshore, with production being slated to start in 2017.

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