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Apple ends iTunes Allowances, suggests Family Sharing instead

Apple ends iTunes Allowances, suggests Family Sharing instead

When I was growing up, it was pretty easy for my parents to keep track of what I did, and how I spent money. Parents these days have to tackle things on a completely different playing field, thanks to the rise of smartphones. One way that parents could help keep their kids' spending in check was through Apple's Allowances feature. Unfortunately the company has just announced that they will be doing away with that feature.

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Coolest Cooler wants more money to ship product to backers

Coolest Cooler wants more money to ship product to backers

There was a time where Kickstarter was changing the way we saw new products come to life. You'd put down your money, and if it got funded, it would be taken from your account, and you were confident that whatever you backed would show up on your doorstep at some point. Well the latest Kickstarter fiasco has one company asking backers to pledge more money, if they want to get the product they backed in any sort of reasonable amount of time.

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AMC Entertainment CEO not opposed to allowing texting in theaters

AMC Entertainment CEO not opposed to allowing texting in theaters

Since the first cell phone and pager was invented, there have been advertisements before we watch movies in theaters that tell people not to use their mobiles and to mute them in the theater. Every time I go to the movie it seems like a handful of people ignore those warnings. Some even talk during the film making me want to throat punch them. AMC Entertainment is the company that runs AMC theaters and the company has a new CEO called Adam Aron.

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Uber transparency reports kick off with data on second half of 2015

Uber transparency reports kick off with data on second half of 2015

Uber has released its first transparency report, putting it among the ranks of dozens of companies that have rolled out similar reports. In this case, Uber’s transparency report has details on the latter half of 2015, letting the public see what kind of requests were received and what kind of information the company ended up supplying to others. As well, Uber says it is the first company to include regulatory requests among its transparency report information.

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Logitech buys Jaybird as part of its ‘audio wearables’ expansion

Logitech buys Jaybird as part of its ‘audio wearables’ expansion

Logitech has entered into an agreement to acquire Jaybird, an audio company that sells earbuds and more for athletes and sporty folks. Logitech will buy the company for $50 million in cash, as well as up to another possible $45 million depending on whether they hit some growth targets over the next couple of years. With this acquisition, Logitech will be furthering its expansion beyond PC speakers to include, in this case, audio wearable technology.

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Facebook Messenger is about to be a total disaster

Facebook Messenger is about to be a total disaster

Today at Facebook's F8 conference, there was a lot of talk about the Messenger app. Lots of praise for it, and its future were given by the presenters. One went so far as to say that thanks to the advancements in Messenger, that this may now be the beginning of a new era.

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Ticketmaster and Eventbrite to sell tickets via Facebook

Ticketmaster and Eventbrite to sell tickets via Facebook

Fans of live music will have two new ways to buy concert and event tickets via Facebook. Ticketmaster is set to begin selling tickets directly on Facebook by the end of April. The move comes as customers for many firms spend less time on websites and more time on social networks like Facebook via mobile apps. Facebook is one of the top destinations for mobile app and social network users.

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Gartner, IDC: PC shipments off to a bad start in 2016

Gartner, IDC: PC shipments off to a bad start in 2016

The PC market just can't seem to catch a break. After 2015 was practically declared the worst year for PC sales, it seems that 2016 might be even worse. At least if figures for the first quarter are omens of things to come. While differing slightly on specific numbers, both Gartner and IDC agree on one depressing thing: PC shipments have substantially declined last quarter compared to 2015's opening quarter. While both do see some hope near the end of the year, that salvation might come a bit too late for the ailing market.

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Japan looks to fingerprint payment system for tourists

Japan looks to fingerprint payment system for tourists

Forget NFC, heck forget even plastic. Japan is going for fingerprint currency instead. Almost like a page out of a sci-fi novel, the Japanese government is eying the use of fingerprints to implement not just identification but also payment systems for tourists. This will practically fill in the need for tourists to present passports at hotels and inns as well as the need to use credit cards for purchases. Japan intends this sure to be contentious method as a way to increase the volume of tourists, in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralymic Games.

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Netflix will raise prices for some customers next month

Netflix will raise prices for some customers next month

Despite a dwindling catalog, Netflix still remains a good deal, at just $7.99. If you're confused about that price, it means that you probably haven't been using the service for more than a couple of years. And if that price sounds about right, then I've got some bad news for you.

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Verizon preps Yahoo bid as Google considers buying core business

Verizon preps Yahoo bid as Google considers buying core business

Yahoo's been criticized for dragging it feet, and things are finally getting underway -- there's a planned bid for the company's web business, according to sources, and other companies are considering challenging it. Sources say Verizon is preparing to place a first-round bid for Yahoo's web business, something that would fall in line with the company's previous comments about acquiring Yahoo. As well, sources say Google is considering making a bid of its own.

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Amazon adds same-day deliveries to 11 new metro areas

Amazon adds same-day deliveries to 11 new metro areas

Amazon has rolled out same-day free deliveries in 11 new metro areas, expanding the number of places where Prime subscribers can get items the same day they order them. The newly added cities span the nation, and include places like Cincinnati, Sacramento, Nashville, Stockton, Tucson, and more. With this latest addition, Amazon's free same-day deliveries now cover 27 metro areas across more than 1,000 towns and cities.

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