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Hilton rewards points can now be used to buy stuff on Amazon

Hilton rewards points can now be used to buy stuff on Amazon

Hilton has announced that its rewards members can now use the points they get from stays at hotel properties to buy stuff on Amazon. This is made possible under the newly announced Shop with Points at Amazon option, giving customers a different way to redeem their Hilton Honors points. The new redemption option is available to all Hilton Honors members.

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Udacity and Lyft team over new self-driving nanodegree program

Udacity and Lyft team over new self-driving nanodegree program

Udacity has announced a new 'nanodegree' program that revolves around self-driving cars, and it is available to anyone who signs up (and pays the fee, of course). The program is designed to help kick off a career in self-driving automotive technologies, though it is an introductory course and not something you're likely to get a job solely with. The course opens early next month and lasts for four months, about the length of a typical semester.

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Google Pixelbook leak: Chromebook with pen and crazy pricing

Google Pixelbook leak: Chromebook with pen and crazy pricing

We've been hearing rumors about a new high-end Chromebook in the works from Google itself, and that Chromebook may have just leaked. Called the Google Pixelbook, this model is billed as a high-end Chrome OS laptop with a premium design, higher-end features, and a huge $1200 starting price to match. The laptop will, at least per the leak, come in a silver color with storage options ranging up to 512GB, among other things.

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Ocean exposed by Larsen C ice shelf is now a protected area

Ocean exposed by Larsen C ice shelf is now a protected area

Remember the huge chunk of ice that finally broke free in Antarctica? The British Antarctic Survey has just announced a new international agreement that is lending protection to the part of the ocean left exposed by the calving event. According to the research council, the agreement is now in place and will help ensure that researchers are able to research the marine conditions exposed for the first time in about 120,000 years.

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Hulu’s new interface and Live TV finally arrive on Roku devices

Hulu’s new interface and Live TV finally arrive on Roku devices

Subscribers have been impatiently waiting for it, and now it is finally here: the new Hulu TV experience has arrived on Roku media devices. Though Amazon Fire TV is increasingly wooing consumers, Roku is arguably the most popular media streaming devices in homes, and so it made Hulu TV's lack of support for them a major sticking point.

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Red Sox cheated with Fitbit, not Apple Watch, source claims

Red Sox cheated with Fitbit, not Apple Watch, source claims

Remember the Major League Baseball drama going on between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees? The two teams have accused the other of cheating, with the Red Sox in particular being accused of using a wearable to alert players to the Yankees' hand signals. An investigation into the matter was confirmed at the time, but official details were kept to a minimum. Filling the void were sources who surfaced claiming the Red Sox were using the Apple Watch to cheat, but now that has changed.

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Google adds local library ebook options to search results

Google adds local library ebook options to search results

If it has been a long while since you last used a library, you may be surprised to learn that many of them have a digital library that offers up digital goods to card holders. Among these digital goods are ebooks, which can be downloaded with the appropriate app for a certain duration before the file expires. This is all free in the same way it is free to rent a physical book, and Google just made finding this content easier.

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US Navy uses Xbox 360 controllers for its most advanced submarines

US Navy uses Xbox 360 controllers for its most advanced submarines

The lowly Xbox 360 controller: it is more than a decade old, no longer the primary Xbox gamepad, and it also happens to be the US Navy's top choice for controlling its most advanced submarines. Not the entire submarine, mind, but rather its various periscopes that exist as a pair of giant masts. High-res cameras are fitted to these periscopes, and the feed appears on large flat-screen displays within the sub.

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AT&T’s Threat Defender is a mobile game no one asked for

AT&T’s Threat Defender is a mobile game no one asked for

Sometimes companies and even governments release their own online or mobile games, and though the reasons vary, they're usually not that great. AT&T's own mobile game, Threat Defender, is no different. It is, to put it frankly, a game no one asked for and no one wants, though it's not hard to see how a little more effort could have resulted in something worth downloading.

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Bacteria caught eating chemo drugs meant for cancerous tumors

Bacteria caught eating chemo drugs meant for cancerous tumors

Bacteria has been spotted 'eating' chemotherapy drugs intended for treating cancerous tumors, potentially opening the door for more effective cancer treatments in the future. According to a new study, certain types of bacteria may exist in the vicinity of cancer cells, devouring the chemo drugs that would otherwise combat the cancerous tumors that result. This prevents adequate levels of these drugs from reaching the cancerous cells, resulting in a sort of chemo-resistant cancer.

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Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One will be 95GB excluding 4K content

Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One will be 95GB excluding 4K content

If you're an Xbox One owner with your heart set on Forza Motorsport 7, start preparing your hard drive now. The Forza team has revealed some details ahead of the game's release, and one of those details revolves around just how massive this game is. The Xbox One version of the game will be about 95GB when it launches, and that doesn't include all of the 4K content that will arrive in an update in early November.

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Shure kicks off Bluetooth earbuds line with SE112 and SE215

Shure kicks off Bluetooth earbuds line with SE112 and SE215

Audio company Shure has announced a new line of Bluetooth earbuds, and getting it off the ground are the Wireless SE112 and SE215. Both models sport Bluetooth 4.1 and feature a tethered-cable design rather than the plastic neckband design that some companies use. These models are built upon the foundation Shure set with its SE Sound Isolating Earphones, offering a wireless option for those looking for an upgrade.

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