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Humans replacing scanners at movie theaters this Autumn

Humans replacing scanners at movie theaters this Autumn

A new set of ever-changing security measures embedded in movie tickets on your smartphone may soon do away with the need for scanning. While - just like you would at Starbucks - MovieTickets.com movie tickets on your smartphone required codes to be scanned by the ticket handler at your local theater until now, they've thought of something new. Instead, it'll take a trained movie theater redemption employee trained in the art of looking at tickets and knowing the newest combination of animations, colors, and codes.

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Twitter testing docked video player, just like audio cards

Twitter testing docked video player, just like audio cards

Twitter seems to have a new service in the works, wherein videos you launch would be docked at the bottom of the screen while you continue to scroll your feed. The feature looks a lot like YouTube for mobile, where the playing video simply finds a home on the bottom of the screen while you go on about your business. This compliments a previously announced (and official) Twitter service in audio cards, which play music shared via the microblogging platform in a player docked at the bottom of the screen.

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Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight doubles as digital ears

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight doubles as digital ears

If you haven't yet found a connected device that suits your tastes, there's another contender on the market -- one that is available now, not at some point in the future after a funding project ends. It's called the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight, and as its name suggests, the device is a mash-up of a couple different tools into one: it's one part nightlight, and one part connected alert system. When used alongside its mobile app, Leeo lets home owners know when one of their "dumb" alarms go off.

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iPad mini 3 teardown: there’s that pesky NFC again

iPad mini 3 teardown: there’s that pesky NFC again

Immediately following the iFixit teardown of the iPad Air 2, they've moved on to the iPad mini 3. This device contains much of the same hardware included in the iPad mini 2 - originally called the iPad mini with Retina Display, but now you'll find a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a new gold option on the outside, and - surprise! A brand new NFC controller has been added to the mix. This is the same NXP NFC controller as appears in the iPad Air 2, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus.

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Top 4 apps for your Halloween shenanigans

Top 4 apps for your Halloween shenanigans

It's Friday, and that means Halloween is officially one week away. This is the last weekend before the holiday, and so it'll likely be filled with some sort of festivity: maybe a trip to a haunted house or a costume laden block party. Your smartphone will no doubt be following you wherever you go, and so having some apps on hand is a good way to round out the fun. As with all things, there are a ton of options in the app stores, and so to make things easy for you we've gone through and picked out four must-haves for Android and iOS.

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Fire Phone bombs: Amazon takes $170 million writedown

Fire Phone bombs: Amazon takes $170 million writedown

Amazon is not having a great afternoon. After reporting an operating loss of $544 million this most recent quarter, Amazon is suggesting that one big reason they're headed into the hole is the Amazon Fire Phone. During their earnings conference call for investors, Amazon representatives suggested that they'd be taking a $170 million charge. This writedown would be "primarily related to Fire phone inventory" as well as "supplier commitment costs."

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Pokemon Art Academy release ready for holiday season

Pokemon Art Academy release ready for holiday season

This October 24th - tomorrow, that is - Pokemon Art Academy will be released for Nintendo 3DS. This is the game announced earlier this year, the one that'll teach you to draw Pokemon characters from scratch! Inside this "game" you'll find many of your favorite Pokemon images to work with including Pikachu, Torchic, Treecko, and Mudkip. You'll recognize those last three as your three standard Partner Pokemon from the upcoming releases Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - there'll be more from that release, too!

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ShutterBOT transforms Android devices into a DSLR remote

ShutterBOT transforms Android devices into a DSLR remote

Many have forsaken their digital cameras in favor of the camera on their smartphone, but the exception is largely the professional and dedicated hobbyists among us. Most DSLR cameras can be used with a remote, which often has to be picked up separately from the camera itself. To avoid that -- or handle those times you forget to pack the remote with your gear -- comes a new app called ShutterBOT available to Android users. With ShutterBOT, any Android smartphone or tablet can be turned into a DSLR remote.

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Yahoo earnings: 17% of revenue is from mobile ads

Yahoo earnings: 17% of revenue is from mobile ads

When Marissa Mayer took over at Yahoo, the company was in a tailspin. At first blush, her shopping spree after assuming control didn’t seem to help. Spending big cash on properties like Tumblr seemed like they may do more harm than good. Now, with Yahoo’s recent earnings report, we find out Mayer might have been taking a few steps back to start sprinting and get up to speed. Yahoo’s numbers now reflect their mobile properties, and just how well they’re doing for the once dominant search giant.

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iCloud attacks were real: Apple comments

iCloud attacks were real: Apple comments

This week it was reported that Apple’s iCloud servers were under attack by China - as it turns out that’s not entirely true. Apple has made clear in a statement that there were indeed "intermittent organized network attacks" this week, but that they were done on people attempting to access the iCloud webpage. There weren’t any attacks on the iCloud servers themselves, nor were there any drops of user information. Apple does, however, suggest that you pay attention to "certificate warnings."

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