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YouTube TV Roku and Apple TV apps will finally arrive in Q1 2018

YouTube TV Roku and Apple TV apps will finally arrive in Q1 2018

If you've been waiting for YouTube TV to finally launch apps for the Apple TV and Roku devices, your wait just got a little longer. The company is now planning to launch these apps in the first quarter of 2018, pushing out the originally planned time frame of late 2017. YouTube TV will also launch support for older smart TVs during the first quarter of next year.

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FAA will restrict drone flights near nuclear energy sites next week

FAA will restrict drone flights near nuclear energy sites next week

The FAA is about to restrict the areas in which you can fly your drones. Starting next week, it will be illegal to fly your drones anywhere near one of seven nuclear energy sites, a ban established in the interest of national security. This is the first time the FAA has issued a drone ban at the request of the Energy Department, which asked the FAA to use its authority to create the restricted airspace.

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Homeland Security: 18 first responder apps had critical security issues

Homeland Security: 18 first responder apps had critical security issues

The Department of Homeland Security has announced a pilot project called "Securing Mobile Applications for First Responders" that looked into cybersecurity threats affecting public-safety apps. "The pilot sought to determine the degree to which the selected public-safety apps are vulnerable to cyberattack," the Department explained. During this pilot, the team found that 32 out of 33 popular first responder apps contained security and privacy issues.

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Virgin Hyperloop One makes Richard Branson its Chairman

Virgin Hyperloop One makes Richard Branson its Chairman

Hyperloop One, now called Virgin Hyperloop One, has named Richard Branson as its new Chairman, this announcement following an investment into the company by Branson's Virgin Group back in October. In addition to revealing Branson's new role in the company, Virgin Hyperloop One has announced a new series of funding and details about its latest round of testing, during which the company says its achieved "historic test speeds."

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro hits US carriers next year: CES 2018 details teased

Huawei Mate 10 Pro hits US carriers next year: CES 2018 details teased

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be available through US carriers starting next year, the company has announced. Confirmation comes from Huawei's president of consumer business Richard Yu, who said in an interview that the Mate 10 Pro will be offered to US customers through carriers in the nation next year. Many details were left out, with Yu saying that the company will have more information about this at CES 2018. However, there were a couple of early revelations.

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Amazon Digital Day post-Christmas deals return December 29

Amazon Digital Day post-Christmas deals return December 29

Last year, Amazon launched a post-Christmas promotional period dubbed "Digital Day." On that day, Amazon customers were given access to deals on digital goods, some of those deals hitting above the half-off mark. The online retailer has announced that it will be bringing back Amazon Digital Day for 2017, once again launching a bunch of digital deals after Christmas, giving you a good away to put those newly received gift cards to use.

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NBC gets NFL Sunday Night Football mobile streaming rights

NBC gets NFL Sunday Night Football mobile streaming rights

NBC has acquired the rights to stream Sunday Night Football on mobile starting with the 2018 season, it has announced. The network will stream these games on all devices that support it, including phones and tablets, computers, and smart TVs. NBC will be able to stream the games under its TV Everywhere platform, including the ability to extend its streaming rights to its telecom, cable, satellite, and virtual MVPD partners.

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Oumuamua may have alien water under a thick carbon crust

Oumuamua may have alien water under a thick carbon crust

In mid-October of this year, researchers discovered what they believe to be an interstellar object that has entered our own sliver of the universe. The object, which has been dubbed 'Oumuamua, is long and slim, relatively speaking, with a shape that some describe as UFO-like. Despite its appearance, though, all signs point toward the object originating from nature, not intelligent life, but its composition remains in question.

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Lockheed Martin, Aerion will build the first ever supersonic business jet

Lockheed Martin, Aerion will build the first ever supersonic business jet

Lockheed Martin and Aerion have teamed up to build the world's first supersonic business jet. The two companies announced a Memorandum of Understanding late last week, explaining that they will go on to "define a formal and gated process to explore the feasibility" of creating a supersonic business jet dubbed the Aerion AS2. Kicking off that process will be a 12-month period during which the duo will create a framework for the overall project.

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Plexamp is Plex’s gorgeous replacement for Winamp

Plexamp is Plex’s gorgeous replacement for Winamp

Plex, the company behind the personal media server software by the same name, has announced the launch of Plexamp, its own replacement for the beloved, basically defunct Winamp player. Plexamp is the first result of another new Plex announcement: Plex Labs, a new "ethos," the company explains, that will bring exposure to community projects among other things. Plexamp, for its part, is a gorgeous audio player for macOS and Windows.

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Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 deals: $300 off, free charging pad, and more

Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 deals: $300 off, free charging pad, and more

Still haven't picked up one of Samsung's latest and greatest Galaxy smartphones? There's still time to get one of the phones before Christmas, and here with incentives is Best Buy with, among other things, a $300 discount. The deal offers the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones for $300 off if purchased for either the Verizon or Sprint networks. Not with either of those carriers? There are a few other promotions to choose from.

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iTunes Microsoft Store release delayed, Windows 10 S users left waiting

iTunes Microsoft Store release delayed, Windows 10 S users left waiting

Windows users have long had access to iTunes, and the availability is as simple to get as going to Apple's website to download the software. Back in May, however, the companies announced that iTunes will be made available in the Microsoft Store -- that is, in Microsoft's online store for downloading apps. Why make it available there when users can download it from Apple? Because that's the only way Windows 10 S users will be able to get it.

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