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Microsoft kills Surface Plus financing & upgrade program

Microsoft kills Surface Plus financing & upgrade program

For those who are fans of paying for Microsoft's Surface devices over a two-year period, as well as upgrading to the latest model, there's some bad news for you: Microsoft has revealed that it's shutting down its Surface Plus Program, with enrollments and trade-ins no longer accepted as of this month. The Surface Plus for Business, which is the same program but for business owners, will remain available, however.

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Anthem demo coming in February, BioWare confirms

Anthem demo coming in February, BioWare confirms

One of 2019's most anticipated games is EA's Anthem, the sci-fi action/shooter RPG that lets players don mech-like battle suits and explore an open world with friends or on their own. At this weekend's PAX West event, developer BioWare hosted a panel focusing on the game, revealing a few new details about what players can expect before release, namely a playable demo coming in February.

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GoPro Hero 7 revealed with early in-store display

GoPro Hero 7 revealed with early in-store display

The weekend rolls on, and with it more early product leaks. This time it's the latest action camera from GoPro, with the upcoming Hero 7 spotted at an in-store display ahead of its official debut. This comes on the heels of GoPro's recent return to profitability; the company has been struggling for the last few years, and in turn reduced its costs through layoffs, axing its drone business, and reducing its camera lineup to be more straightforward.

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California approves net neutrality bill considered the strongest in the country

California approves net neutrality bill considered the strongest in the country

Friday was a day of celebration for net neutrality proponents, as California’s legislature approved a bill that, once passed into law, is widely seen as the strongest protection in the country. The bill, SB822, not only restores the net neutrality rules that were put into place by former President Barack Obama, but goes even to ban internet service providers from practices like throttling in favor of select content and zero-rating services.

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Twitter reveals potential threaded conversation redesign, online status indicator

Twitter reveals potential threaded conversation redesign, online status indicator

While Twitter already has problems like online harassment and accounts that spread mis-information to deal with, the company also seems to be looking for ways to make the social network more enticing and easier to follow for new users. One of the latest examples is potential improvements to how conversations are displayed, as well displaying who's online. These features are still in testing, however, and aren't finalized with a planned rollout date.

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iPhone XS image leak teases larger size, new gold color

iPhone XS image leak teases larger size, new gold color

Apple is holding this year's fall press event on September 12th, where we're sure to see new iPhones, as well as a new Apple Watch. It's long been expected that the iPhones for 2018 will include the direct successor to last year's iPhone X, as well as a new larger size model. It appears we've got our first real confirmation on this, as new image has leaked showing two edge-to-edge OLED iPhones in different sizes.

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Apple Watch Series 4 leak reveals larger, info-packed screen

Apple Watch Series 4 leak reveals larger, info-packed screen

With an Apple press event announced for a little over a week from now, excitement is building for this year's line of new devices from the Cupertino company. While new iPhones are a given, previous rumors have hinted that the fourth generation Apple Watch will also make its debut. Thanks to a new leaked image, we've got our first look at what's expected to be called the Apple Watch Series 4, and it features the biggest changes since the original model.

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Ferrari’s latest V8 convertible is the 488 Pista Spider

Ferrari’s latest V8 convertible is the 488 Pista Spider

Ferrari is at the Pebble Beach car event this week, and as a surprise it's revealing the 50th convertible in the carmaker's history. It's the 488 Pista Spider, and just like the hardtop 488 Pista it features the most powerful V8 engine Ferrari has ever made, boasting 711 horsepower. The company has adorned the car in white with blue stripes, in part to acknowledge its debut on American soil, as well as recognize the popularity of convertibles in the country.

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Honor Play is aimed at smartphone gamers on a budget

Honor Play is aimed at smartphone gamers on a budget

Gaming-focused smartphones are quickly becoming a trend these days, with the Razer Phone and Xiaomi's Black Shark being some of the biggest names. Now Honor is making sure it doesn't get left behind, revealing the new Honor Play with specs that are optimized for the latest mobile games, but at the same time won't break the bank.

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SSC Tuatara makes long-awaited debut at Pebble Beach with 1750hp

SSC Tuatara makes long-awaited debut at Pebble Beach with 1750hp

Some may have forgotten, but way back in 2011 boutique carmaker SSC North America revealed a concept for the SSC Tuatara, promising it to be a real American-made "hypercar." The original planned release date of 2013 came and went, but at this year's Pebble Beach car show, the same place the concept debuted, the final production-ready SSC Tuatara has arrived touting an incredible 1,750 horsepower.

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Apple offers two months of free iCloud storage to US customers

Apple offers two months of free iCloud storage to US customers

Apple doesn't really offer any free trials for its iCloud services, but it seems a rare promotion is being offered ahead of this year's new iPhone models. New and existing iPhone users can get two months of iCloud's 200GB of storage for free, which is a hefty amount of space but not for very much time. The promotion is only available in the US, unfortunately, as it requires users subscribe to one of the four big carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint).

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Fortnite getting input-based matchmaking for PS4, PC crossplay

Fortnite getting input-based matchmaking for PS4, PC crossplay

Anyone who plays online games knows that when it comes to shooters, playing with a mouse and keyboard has a significant advantage over playing with a console controller. A mouse simply allows for faster and more accurate aiming than a single analog stick. Fortnite players struggling with dilemma are in for some good news: developer Epic Games has announced it will soon be matching up PS4 players based on their choice of controls.

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