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Facebook saw big advertising, mobile increases in Q1 2016

Facebook saw big advertising, mobile increases in Q1 2016

Facebook’s first quarter 2016 financial report is in, and the numbers are fantastic across the board. In the quarter ending on March 31, Facebook saw its year-on-year total revenue increase 52-percent, hitting $5.3 billion in comparison to the same quarter last year ($3.5 billion). “We had a great start to the year,” Zuckerberg said in a statement. “We’re focused on our 10 year roadmap to give everyone in the world the power to share anything they want with anyone."

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Comcast raises data caps to 1TB for all customers

Comcast raises data caps to 1TB for all customers

For a long time, data caps have been an issue for many people. With more and more people choosing to cut the cord and ditch cable in favor of streaming media, data caps that once seemed generous are feeling smaller and smaller. But if you’re a Comcast customer that has been worrying about their 300GB caps, today is your lucky day.

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Nintendo Wii U production may end by March 2018, says Kimishima

Nintendo Wii U production may end by March 2018, says Kimishima

Nintendo may end production for the Wii U by March 2018, says Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima. The news comes on the heels of Nintendo’s next-generation NX announcement, as well as the company’s financial estimates. Nintendo anticipates its operating profits will rise over the coming year, increasing 36.9-percent by March 2017, banking on both a new console and smartphone games to help with the financial push.

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Comcast negotiating DreamWorks Animation purchase for over $3B

Comcast negotiating DreamWorks Animation purchase for over $3B

It sounds as if cable giant Comcast is making plans to expand its movie studio ownership with a purchase of DreamWorks Animation. In a move that could allow Comcast, which already own Universal Picture, to better compete with the likes of Disney and Pixar, the Wall Street Journal reports that talks are currently ongoing, with a price for DreamWorks set at over $3 billion.

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Amazon Prime Now starts restaurant deliveries in San Francisco

Amazon Prime Now starts restaurant deliveries in San Francisco

Amazon has launched Prime Now restaurant delivery in San Francisco, allowing subscribers to order a meal and have it delivered within an hour from dozens of restaurants. The service is available through the Prime Now app, where users can see the menus for participating restaurants, place their order, track their delivery, and more. Amazon has previously rolled out restaurant delivery in other big cities, and will continue to expand it over time.

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HTC VIVE X launched to accelerate VR universe

HTC VIVE X launched to accelerate VR universe

This morning the folks at HTC have launched Vive X, a program which will invest $100-million, expertise, and mentorship for VR developers around the world. This program will be targeted at start-up groups, primarily, and will aim to not only cultivate the VR development environment, but foster it as well. "We are very excited." said Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC, "about gathering the brightest and the most creative minds to join Vive X."

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Amazon Alexa now lets you order flowers for Mother’s Day

Amazon Alexa now lets you order flowers for Mother’s Day

Whenever I've wanted to get flowers for someone, I've almost always gone to a florist to pick them out, myself. It adds a personal touch, and I get the satisfaction of knowing exactly what I'm getting. On the rare occasion where I've needed to order them, I've found a website that offered what I wanted, and picked out my bouquet based on the pictures provided. Of course, if you know exactly what you want, Amazon wants to help you buy flowers with just a few words.

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Nokia acquires Withings to make more devices

Nokia acquires Withings to make more devices

It would seem more and more each time Nokia reveals another acquisition that they got the better end of the deal when they sold their phones division to Microsoft. Today they've announced that they've made a deal with Withings to acquire their digital health products and apps business in its entirety. This means that Nokia's back in business - in one of the most (surprisingly) long lasting sectors of the smart device universe over the past decade - health technology. Devices. Apps. Withings is about to be part of Nokia.

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Xiaomi tipped to get into mobile processors with “Rifle”

Xiaomi tipped to get into mobile processors with “Rifle”

Xiaomi has made it no secret that it wants to diversify its products. In fact, it has been putting out products in the smart home market, including a recent smart induction rice cooker. It latest new product, however, will take it back to the mobile tech market but in another light. According to an official from one of Xiaomi's component partners, the Chinese OEM is going to reveal its own Application Processing Unit or APU to power its mobile devices, and it will be doing so as early as next month.

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Charter’s TWC acquisition gets approval from Justice Department

Charter’s TWC acquisition gets approval from Justice Department

Charter’s purchase of Time Warner Cable has been given the green light by the U.S. Department of Justice, it has announced, allowing the two companies to be merged into one. Under the deal, the merged entity will be known as New Charter; as well, Charter Communications will be buying Bright House networks. The deal is significant, and will lead Charter to become the second largest broadband Internet provider in the U.S.

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KGI: iPhone 7 will have nothing attractive, shipments to fall

KGI: iPhone 7 will have nothing attractive, shipments to fall

If famed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed, Apple's market nightmares are far from over. Even though the company already forecast what would its slowest iPhone sales growth early this year, it's fortune isn't going to turn for the better for the rest of 2016. In fact, it could have the lowest shipment numbers, even lower than 2014's disappointing figures. Kuo attributes this to certain factors, chief among which will be an iPhone 7 that will have nothing attractive to offer. Or so says the analyst.

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AT&T Access gives low-income families Internet at $5/month

AT&T Access gives low-income families Internet at $5/month

AT&T is offering discounted home Internet service through its new Access program, giving individuals experiencing financial hardship the opportunity to get home Internet for as low as $5-per-month. The service is being offered in places where AT&T home Internet is available and, says the company, it is “designed to help bridge the digital divide.” Installation and equipment fees are waived in the Access program.

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