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Sign language translating gloves turn sign language into audio

Sign language translating gloves turn sign language into audio

Two undergraduate students from the University of Washington have created a glove that could make a huge different in how people who use sign language communicate with people who don't understand sign language. The glove is able to translate gestures made in American Sign Language (ASL) into English and then says what the gestures mean via attached speakers. The invention is called the SignAloud glove.

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Disney Infinity shuttered as Disney exits game publishing biz

Disney Infinity shuttered as Disney exits game publishing biz

If you've been wondering about the lack of major updates on Disney Infinity, or why Apple said it won't update Infinity 3.0 on the Apple TV, now we all know why. Disney has formerly announced that it will soon be shutting down the relatively successful Disney Infinity game, though not before one last batch of updates. This is in line with the company's decision to pull out from the game publishing business, falling back instead on licensing its properties to external game studios and publishers.

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Hyperloop One will conduct a propulsion test in Vegas tomorrow

Hyperloop One will conduct a propulsion test in Vegas tomorrow

The company formally known as Hyperloop Technologies has announced a name change that brings it more in line with the company’s ‘singular leadership and incredible progress,’ it announced this evening. Henceforth, the company shall be known as Hyperloop One, and the name change comes just in time — the company will be conducting a propulsion open-air test in North Las Vegas tomorrow, marking the start of what it says will be a series of ‘full-scale tests’ as it tries to develop the Hyperloop transportation system.

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Netflix may ruin studio by refusing to adjust contract dates

Netflix may ruin studio by refusing to adjust contract dates

Netflix is on the receiving end of some incredulous stares and disappointed head-shaking, according to a new report. The company is planning to stream a pair of films from producer Relativity Media LLC before they arrive in theaters, and it may be able to do so because of the current contract in place. The studio, it turns out, ran into some pretty big financial troubles and is banking on movies “Masterminds” and “The Disappointments Room” pulling it out of the frying pan. While making some big financial adjustments, the company had to delay the theatrical release of both movies, and the expectation was that Netflix would agree to adjust its streaming dates for after the theatrical releases. Netflix, though, says it is going to proceed with the original dates against the studio’s wishes.

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Verizon and ESPN finally settle their skinny-bundle squabble

Verizon and ESPN finally settle their skinny-bundle squabble

More than a year ago, ESPN sued Verizon for alleged breach of contract over the latter company’s then-new skinny bundle packages that, according to ESPN, violated a contract between the two companies. Now, finally, the duo has announced a settlement that puts the matter to rest, but they didn’t provide any details about what the settlement entails. Recent changes to Verizon's channel options, though, hint at what may have happened behind closed doors.

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HTC had a terrible Q1, ready for HTC 10, Vive rescue

HTC had a terrible Q1, ready for HTC 10, Vive rescue

When your revenue plummets by more than 60% in year on year figures, you should probably be panicking. HTC, however, isn't. Despite its very gloomy first quarter financial report, as expected by almost everyone, the Taiwanese company isn't curling up in a corner just yet. That's because it believes it has two aces up its sleeves: the HTC 10 smartphone and the HTC Vive virtual reality headset, both of which just barely missed the first quarter. Whether they're enough to truly save HTC from its sinking ship remains to be seen in the next three months.

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Uber tests $5 flat carpooling fee in Manhattan

Uber tests $5 flat carpooling fee in Manhattan

Uber wants more people to carpool, and to give users incentive it is testing a new $5 flat fee (under certain conditions). Carpooling has many benefits — it saves fuel, reduces congestion on the road, and, of course, saves travelers their fare money — but many people are still hesitant to use it when strangers are involved. More Manhattan users may be willing to give it a try, though, for the right price.

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T-Mobile customers will get roaming cell service in Cuba this summer

T-Mobile customers will get roaming cell service in Cuba this summer

Thanks to some diplomatic relations between the two countries, US citizens are able to visit Cuba for first time in many years. Of course, no one wants to visit a foreign land with no working cell phone. Last year, Verizon announced that their customers could have roaming service in Cuba, making them the first provider to do so. However, now they're not the only ones in the game.

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PayPal will drop Purchase Protection for crowdfunding backers in June

PayPal will drop Purchase Protection for crowdfunding backers in June

One of the great things about PayPal is its Purchase Protection feature. This is what allows users to safely shop online and make payments to website or eBay users without the fear of getting ripped off. If someone tries to cut and run after taking the money, you can file a dispute with PayPal to get your money back. These days, however, it's failed crowdfunding projects that are more common than eBay fraudsters, and PayPal is withdrawing its protection from backing pledges.

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Amazon deals with racial divide by promising to expand delivery zones

Amazon deals with racial divide by promising to expand delivery zones

Recently, a report surfaced that highlighted gaps in Amazon's same-day delivery regions, with predominantly-black neighborhoods, in some cases, being left out of the delivery zone while nearby and surrounding neighborhoods were supported. Speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus, Amazon has vowed to change this, saying it will expand its free same-day-delivery to all zip codes in the cities where it offers Prime Same Day.

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Charter’s Time Warner Cable acquisition gets OK from FCC

Charter’s Time Warner Cable acquisition gets OK from FCC

Late last month, the Justice Department approved Charter's planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable, but as we noted, the merger still required a go-ahead from the Federal Communication Commission. In a statement today, the FCC announced that it has voted in favor of the acquisition, a business move that will result in the second-largest broadband provider in the U.S. In addition to TWC, Charter will be buying Bright House Networks.

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Dear Instagram: can’t you just stick to photos?

Dear Instagram: can’t you just stick to photos?

When Instagram was launched, it was a simple app about photos. You were able to filter your photos in a variety of vintage-looking ways, and the app was on iPhone only. It was exclusive. It was pretty cool. Then they released the app on Android devices. Again, the app remained cool as functionality didn't change all that much, and the basic charm of the app remained. Here in 2016, Instagram is considering all sorts of new options. Is it time for a competitor to swoop in and stay simple?

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