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Philips, Ericsson 4G smartpoles light up, connect LA streets

Philips, Ericsson 4G smartpoles light up, connect LA streets

It's a project two years in the making. Probably even more if you consider R&D and preliminary contracts. February last year, Philips and Ericsson revealed that they were workting together on the streetlight of the future, combining two of the things most delectable to city folk need or love or both: bright night lights and pervasive Internet access. Now that idea will finally be put to the real world test. Philips has just revealed that Los Angeles will be the first every city in the world to deploy its SmartPole street lights with 4G LTE connectivity.

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Comcast expands 300GB data cap to several more cities

Comcast expands 300GB data cap to several more cities

Back in early September, Comcast subscribers in South Florida were informed their data would be capped at 300GB a month unless they paid an extra fee to remove the cap. It went over about as well as you'd expect, which is to say subscribers were not happy. Despite the unhappy customers, Comcast isn’t stopping there, and it’ll be introducing the same 300GB data cap in other cities throughout the southern United States soon.

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Luma smart wifi system spreads the web around your home

Luma smart wifi system spreads the web around your home

There's a router - which you already have - then there's a Smart Wifi system like Luma. The folks behind Luma have decided that it's time we started really digging in to how well wireless internet is applied to our homes - especially since we no longer just have a set of 2 or 3 computers as we did ten years ago. Luma is a also a secure system, promising monitoring abilities for kids and alerts of incoming hacker attacks.

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Circle with Disney keeps any device under parental eyes

Circle with Disney keeps any device under parental eyes

In this digital age, almost every kid wants to have access to the Internet and to modern amenities like mobile devices. The situation often presents a nightmare for parents who want to protect their children from the dangers of the online world. Since not all smartphones and tablets are equipped to safeguard children's welfare, some parents resort to buying specialized devices with parental controls built-in. Now, however, they might not need to spend as much, with Circle with Disney offering that same control for any device in the house and a fraction of the price.

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Facebook AI describes photos to blind users

Facebook AI describes photos to blind users

Facebook has detailed an ongoing effort with its artificial intelligence that enables its software to describe photographs to blind users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a link to the video describing the technology on his own Facebook account yesterday, briefly discussing the feature and Facebook’s work. He said the video inspired him, and that, “Our AI can now look at a photo, figure out what’s in it and help explain it to you.”

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Twitter replaces stars with hearts, Favs are now Likes

Twitter replaces stars with hearts, Favs are now Likes

Twitter has finally done it. They've made the change that many have been expecting for some now. The star icon for favoriting something is out, and now the social network is all about hearts. Because hearts are in. To really emphasize the change, the action is not even called "favorites" anymore, but is instead the universal "likes" from now on. In a blog post, Twitter says the change is going into effect from today on both Twitter and Vine.

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Gmail’s Inbox will now have instant “smart reply” buttons

Gmail’s Inbox will now have instant “smart reply” buttons

This week "Inbox by Gmail" will be introducing a far quicker way to reply to emails - one-button "Smart Reply" answers. This system will allow you to select from a number of pre-made reply - or just the start of your reply - in a number of words. If you're being asked a question about a document, for example, your Smart Reply might be "Let me have a look" or "I'll send it to you." This could be your entire reply, or it could be just a quick way to begin your email at full length.

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FCC hits Hilton with fine over WiFi jamming probe

FCC hits Hilton with fine over WiFi jamming probe

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed that Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. be hit with a $25,000 fine for reportedly obstructing a probe into whether it was jamming guests’ WiFi hotspots. In addition, the FCC has ordered Hilton to “immediately provide essential information” detailing its WiFI practices, and has threatened to increase the penalties if the company delays or obstructs the process in any way.

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Facebook ditches ‘maybe’ invite button, adds ‘interested’

Facebook ditches ‘maybe’ invite button, adds ‘interested’

Facebook is a convenient way to plan get togethers, assuming most of the people you plan to invite are on the social network. Simply create an event, send out the invites, and then sit back and wait to see how people respond. Up until now, this has involved three options: yay, nay, and the frustratingly ambiguous "maybe". Facebook has decided to do away with that "maybe" and replace it with something that shows a little more interest.

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Google says there’s “no plan to phase out Chrome OS”

Google says there’s “no plan to phase out Chrome OS”

Last week we spoke about when and where it'll make sense for Google to create a wave of Android notebooks. The rumors were that Chrome OS was eventually going to be folded in to Android, and that Chrome OS would no longer exist - sort of. Today Google has taken to their own Google Chrome Blog to say that there's no such plan at the moment. "there’s been some confusion," said Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast, "about the future of Chrome OS and Chromebooks based on speculation that Chrome OS will be folded into Android."

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Vodafone: almost 2,000 customers’ data stolen in latest hacking

Vodafone: almost 2,000 customers’ data stolen in latest hacking

Following last week's news about UK telecom TalkTalk getting hacked and the personal data on over 1 million customers getting stolen, mobile carrier Vodafone has revealed that it fell victim to its own cyberattack, with hackers gaining access to 1,827 customer accounts. The company says the data the attackers may have gotten away with includes names, phone numbers, and some bank account details.

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Google’s 2015 Global Candy Cup has begun

Google’s 2015 Global Candy Cup has begun

This morning the Halloween Google Doodle was launched, bringing on the company's Global Candy Cup 2015. This is a contest of champions, to be sure. Not at all like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Except basically the same thing. Pick your house, then get to brooming. You'll be able to play this game on your desktop machine - your laptop, that is - or on your mobile device in the Google Search app. You'll be flying a broom through spooky ghosts and creepy bats on your way to victory - capturing candy along the way.

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