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Comcast accused of cutting Internet cables to sabotage small ISP

Comcast accused of cutting Internet cables to sabotage small ISP

Comcast, one of the most hated companies in America, is at the heart of a new controversy after one small Texas telecom accused it of using sabotage methods to drive the company out of business. Comcast and some of its contractors were recently sued by Telecom Cable owner Anthony Luna, according to Courthouse News, alleging that Comcast cut Telecom's underground cables. Per the lawsuit's allegations, Comcast is said to have cut the cables faster than Telecom was able to repair them, and a mere 6 weeks later the company was forced to close up shop.

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AT&T and StayCast bring Google Chromecast to more hotel rooms

AT&T and StayCast bring Google Chromecast to more hotel rooms

Hotels are notorious for blocking guests' ability to connect their own devices to in-room TVs, and that includes streaming sticks and Google Chromecast devices. AT&T is helping change this alongside SONIFI Solutions' StayCast, allowing hotels with DirecTV service to order StayCast for their rooms. Hotels that take advantage of this will enable guests to cast content from their phone or tablet to their hotel room's television.

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Google VR180 cameras will make cheaper 3D VR more mainstream

Google VR180 cameras will make cheaper 3D VR more mainstream

Google has announced plans to make VR content easier to create, and it involves VR180. This new video format, according to the company, will bring about virtual reality videos that are high-resolution and that focus 'on what's in front of you.' Joining the new format will be VR180 cameras that enable anyone to shoot their own VR videos in a way that is as simple as using a point and shoot camera.

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Evernote on Android gets fingerprint security, but don’t expect to use it for awhile

Evernote on Android gets fingerprint security, but don’t expect to use it for awhile

Evernote has finally given users something they've been wanting for a long time: fingerprint security. The feature enables users to secure their notes behind the biometric data, making it especially hard for snoops and thieves to mess around in documents that aren't any of their business. There is a 'catch,' though, in that the feature has arrived in the beta version of the Android app. If you're using the regular (read: non-beta app), you won't be able to see or use it.

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Sling TV Cloud DVR arrives on iOS and Windows 10: here’s how to get it

Sling TV Cloud DVR arrives on iOS and Windows 10: here’s how to get it

Sling TV finally began rolling out a cloud DVR feature earlier this year, possibly doing so in response to a growing number of competitors who offered the arguably vital feature. The rollout has been slow, though, arriving on only select devices as the company irons out the issues. Now it has finally made its way to two big platforms -- iOS and Windows 10 -- but getting it isn't as simple as firing up the app.

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Star Wars Han Solo movie taps director Ron Howard to replace Lord/Miller duo

Star Wars Han Solo movie taps director Ron Howard to replace Lord/Miller duo

Lucasfilm recently issued a brief statement revealing that the unnamed Han Solo movie slated for 2018 had lost its two directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The reason for the departure was cited as 'creative differences,' though reports have since claimed that the duo were fired over repeatedly clashing with others on the project including producer Kathleen Kennedy. Considering the movie's rapidly approaching premiere, Lucasfilm had to move fast to find a replacement, and now we know who it selected.

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This medieval sword was found in a bog, and a knight’s remains may follow

This medieval sword was found in a bog, and a knight’s remains may follow

A notable archaeological discovery is coming out of Poland, where researchers have recovered a medieval-era sword from a peat bog. The sword is still in good shape, at least for something as old as it is, bearing all of its components minus the hilt padding. Researchers say the preservation is excellent enough that even a small marking -- likely the blacksmith's mark -- is still visible on the sword.

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Logitech Circle 2 video can now be viewed on Amazon Echo Show

Logitech Circle 2 video can now be viewed on Amazon Echo Show

Logitech has announced that its soon-to-launch Circle 2 home security camera can now be used with the Amazon Echo Show device, enabling users to view their security video feeds on Amazon's latest IoT product. This is thanks to Logitech's newly announced support for the latest Alexa camera API on the Echo Show. Logitech Circle 2 owners will be able to take full advantage of the Echo's Alexa abilities, including using voice to pull up a camera's video feed.

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NASA will make sure you see this year’s major total solar eclipse

NASA will make sure you see this year’s major total solar eclipse

As we've previously reported, this year will bring a major total eclipse and many people in the United States will be able to see it. For everyone who doesn't live in the viewing path, though, or at least those who can't make the trip to see it in person, NASA has you covered. The space agency has announced big plans for livestreaming the event, enabling everyone in the world to watch it live.

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Supreme Court says laws can’t ban people from social media

Supreme Court says laws can’t ban people from social media

The Supreme Court has ruled that groups of people cannot be hit with blanket social media bans, doing so in response to a North Carolina law prohibiting sex offenders from using any websites that minors may also use. The entire matter started when one North Carolina resident reportedly ran afoul of the law by posting a Facebook status. In its analysis of the issue, the Supreme Court judges found that wholesale social media bans applied to certain groups is a First Amendment violation.

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‘Watchmen’ may be HBO’s next hit series

‘Watchmen’ may be HBO’s next hit series

HBO has no shortage of hits in its history, and one day an episodic Watchmen adaption may be among them. The company entertained the development of its own Watchmen series a couple years ago, and now it is reportedly back with new plans, ones that are entirely independent of its previous Watchmen ambitions. The network is said to be in talks with Damon Lindelof who is known for his work on The Leftovers, Lost and more.

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Airbus ‘Racer’ helicopter concept has wings and 250MPH cruise speed

Airbus ‘Racer’ helicopter concept has wings and 250MPH cruise speed

Airbus has introduced a new helicopter concept that adds a pair of futuristic wings, enabling it to travel at fast speeds while also providing excellent efficiency and cost. The company calls this new helicopter 'Racer' and says it features an aerodynamic configuration capable of cruise speeds up to 400kmh / 250mph. The concept design was showcased as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research program yesterday, with Airbus explaining that its concept offers the best mixture of sustainability, speed, cost-efficiency, and performance.

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