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UberX shut down in South Korea

UberX shut down in South Korea

Uber has announced that is has suspended its UberX service in South Korea, something that apparently took effect last night and is in relation to "a proposal to the Taxi Industry". Uber has long had troubles with regional authorities over how it operates, as well troubles with the taxi industry which has felt the squeeze as Uber gobbles up customers. UberBLACK will continue to operate in South Korea, however, doing so in conjunction with current law and regulations -- something also said to be part of the proposal.

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Shazam plans to add object recognition to service

Shazam plans to add object recognition to service

In case you've managed to go all these years without hearing about it, Shazam is a service that allows users to play part of a song or TV show and discover what it is, as well as more about it and buy the content if desired. It comes in handy when you catch a fun song halfway through on the radio, and now the company wants to expand that core functionality to include object recognition. With that feature, it would work the same, only swapping out the audio content for a physical object someone might want to learn more about.

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Sony intros new FE full-frame lenses, four converters

Sony intros new FE full-frame lenses, four converters

Sony has announced the arrival of new lenses and converters, with there being four lenses for its A7 lineup and a couple sets of coverters for both the already-available 16mm and 20mm APS-C E-mount lenses, as well as the new 28mm F2 full-frame FE lens. The new lenses meet a variety of needs, and include a full-frame zoom and wide-angle prime offering, among others. The first of these lenses will be arriving later this month, while there will be a bit of a longer wait for the others.

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BitTorrent Sync 2.0 arrives: sharing sans the cloud

BitTorrent Sync 2.0 arrives: sharing sans the cloud

We've been waiting for BitTorrent Sync 2.0, and now it is finally here. Sync has already gone through alpha and beta testing (we've previously detailed the service), and it is now ready to go big with a finalized product -- that final product is BitTorrent Sync 2.0, the foundation of which stays the same as we've seen in the previous iterations. Joining that core functionality will be some new offerings, including improvements to the user interface and better security and ease of use.

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Nintendo says it will increase amiibo production

Nintendo says it will increase amiibo production

Nintendo has announced plans to increase its amiibo production in order to meet the continued demand for its figurines. The video game company has apologized to those frustrated by the lack of availability for certain amiibos, saying that it takes a few months to bring the amiibos from production to shelves, and that it'll be increasing the number of Little Mac, Falcon, and certain other short-supply/high-demand amiibos. It appears the production increase is only for the Japanese market, at least at this point.

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uberFAMILY rides to include nabi 2 educational tablet for kids

uberFAMILY rides to include nabi 2 educational tablet for kids

Uber has announced a new partnership with Fuhu that will bring the maker's nabi 2 educational tablet to its uberFAMILY rides. This gives kids something to do during a ride that doesn't involve playing with the power windows or kicking the back of the seat, and has that educational twist to put this under utilized spat of downtime to good use. The feature is only coming to Washington DC, however, and the ridesharing service doesn't go into many details at this point.

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Wacom Cintiq 13HD touch launches this month

Wacom Cintiq 13HD touch launches this month

Wacom has introduced a new Cintiq tablet for artists and related professionals, the Cintiq 13HD touch. This joins the maker's other myriad of slates (including those we saw during CES), giving many of the features users have come to expect alongside a relatively small display and a stand upon which the device can be propped up. Those interested won't have to wait long to get their hands on the device: it arrives early this month, though an exact day hasn't yet been provided.

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Sonos Blue Note PLAY:1 limited edition jazz speaker arrives next week

Sonos Blue Note PLAY:1 limited edition jazz speaker arrives next week

Early this month, Sonos introduced its new Blue Note PLAY:1, a limited edition (a first from the maker) speaker designed to pay tribute to Blue Note Records and jazz in general, including the jazz legends that made it all happen. As you might have guessed, the Blue Note PLAY:1 is blue, but not in the static sense -- it has a fade from dark navy to a lighter cobalt shade, something that results from both hand-painting techniques and, says Sonos, the "strategic use of robots".

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Netflix has another big content library reshuffle for next month

Netflix has another big content library reshuffle for next month

Astute Netflix users will have noted the big content changes that took place over the course of December -- the first of the month marked a lot of shows and movies disappearing and some new ones coming in to fill the void, followed by more additions over the course of the including (including another Original Series Marco Polo). It seems like that just happened, but the new year is moving quickly and another big content library reshuffle is just around the corner, set to kick off on March 1.

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LG reveals Ultra HD TV spring lineup availability and pricing

LG reveals Ultra HD TV spring lineup availability and pricing

LG has revealed both the pricing and the availability of its new 4K Ultra HD televisions for 2015, and chief among them is its new 4K UHD OLED TV, which is set to be available this spring. Aside from the OLED offering, the rest of the sets are 4K LED televisions with different features and price points, all of them also set to arrive this spring. There are a total of six different models, most of which are being offered in a trio of sizes.

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The Walking Dead S05 finale extended to 90 mins

The Walking Dead S05 finale extended to 90 mins

The Walking Dead only recently returned after a long hiatus, but the season finale is already in view, and that thought is a sad one for fans of the show. There's nothing you can do to slow its approach, but AMC has decided to extend how long that finale will last, announcing recently that it has boosted the final episode by a full 30 minutes. This means the Season 5 finale will now be 90 minutes long, and probably no less likely to cause heartache.

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LG Watch Urbane update brings LTE, NFC

LG Watch Urbane update brings LTE, NFC

LG has taken its Android Wear efforts up a couple notches with its upcoming LG Watch Urbane, an incredibly stylish and sophisticated smartwatch that blends in among other snazzy timepieces while bringing smart functionality that trumps the average wrist wearable. LG will be showing off the watch at Mobile World Congress 2015 next week, but it's not letting that timeline slow it down: the maker has already pushed out an update for the watch, adding more features that increase its appeal.

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