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PayPal teams with Walmart to launch in-store cash services

PayPal teams with Walmart to launch in-store cash services

PayPal has teamed up with Walmart to launch in-store financial services and products to their mutual customers. PayPal announced the collaboration this evening, stating that Walmart will soon offer the financial company's cash-in and cash-out money services, marking the first time PayPal users will have a way to get cash from their accounts within a physical store.

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Facebook launches 3D Photos for iPhone Portrait mode images

Facebook launches 3D Photos for iPhone Portrait mode images

Facebook has launched 3D photos, a tool that uses artificial intelligence to add a 3D effect to images. The feature requires the user to take images with a dual-lens iPhone camera, which captures depth information. When shared, users who view the 3D photos can move their phone or VR headset around and view the subject independently of the background.

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Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot learns parkour for crazy new video

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot learns parkour for crazy new video

Boston Dynamics has published another video showcasing its Atlas robot and the new skills it has acquired. This video, simply called "Parkour Atlas," shows the company's Atlas robot perform a fairly basic parkour activity -- quickly ascending three large steps -- with a level of agility that is life-like.

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Apple patents iPhone tech that detects spoofed calls

Apple patents iPhone tech that detects spoofed calls

A newly discovered Apple patent details technology that could one day enable iPhones to detect calls from spoofed phone numbers. The patent application was published today by the USPTO, and it hints at a possible plan at Apple to tackle the growing number of scam calls. Similar warnings already exist from certain wireless carriers, but they're typically based on phone number databases.

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Minecraft for Apple TV support ends due to low demand

Minecraft for Apple TV support ends due to low demand

Microsoft has ended support for Minecraft on Apple TV, the news having quietly been provided to device owners last month. The change only recently caught the public attention, revealing that Microsoft will no longer support or update the Apple TV version of Minecraft. However, the game does remain playable on the system, and there's a limited refund option.

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Dropbox starts automatically scanning text in images

Dropbox starts automatically scanning text in images

Dropbox has launched a new feature that automatically scans the text found in uploaded images, the company has announced. The new OCR feature extracts any words it finds from PDFs, scanned document images, photos of receipts, and more, making it easier for users to search the content. The feature is only available to certain Dropbox account types, however.

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Microsoft brings 60,000 patents to the Open Invention Network

Microsoft brings 60,000 patents to the Open Invention Network

Microsoft has announced that it is joining the Open Invention Network, a collective that aims to protect open source software and Linux from patent issues. The company acknowledges that joining the OIN is "surprising to some," that due to its previous "friction" with the OSS community. Despite that, Microsoft has made more than 60,000 of its patents open source.

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Defense Department awards rocket contracts to three aerospace companies

Defense Department awards rocket contracts to three aerospace companies

The Department of Defense has revealed three companies that have been awarded contracts to develop rockets for national security launches: United Launch Services, Orbital Sciences, and Blue Origin. All three will develop a Launch System Prototype, according to the Defense Department, designed for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program.

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LEGO Overwatch Omnic Bastion arrives as a limited collectible kit

LEGO Overwatch Omnic Bastion arrives as a limited collectible kit

LEGO has launched a new set featuring the character Bastion from Overwatch. The product is being sold exclusively by Blizzard through its online shop, where buyers can get the building kit for $25 USD. The plastic figure is fairly small when completed, the entire LEGO kit feature 182 pieces. The launch follows teasers Blizzard released in August.

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Apple may offer its device owners free access to original shows

Apple may offer its device owners free access to original shows

Apple will provide its original content to viewers for free if they're accessing it using an Apple device, a new report claims. The strategy would provide incentive for viewers to purchase an Apple device, such as the Apple TV or an iPad. The content will allegedly be provided for free within the company's "TV" app.

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Razer Phone 2 listing appears on Amazon ahead of launch

Razer Phone 2 listing appears on Amazon ahead of launch

The Razer Phone 2 has appeared on Amazon's Italy website ahead of its official launch. The listing, which has since been removed, included images of the handset, as well as some details about its new features, including the presence of RGB lighting and wireless charging. The phone is scheduled to be officially unveiled later tonight.

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Magic Leap One will get DirecTV NOW live TV app in 2019

Magic Leap One will get DirecTV NOW live TV app in 2019

AT&T plans to launch its DirecTV NOW product on Magic Leap's system in the future. The company says it will be launching a 5G test zone on Magic Leap's Florida campus next year, as well, this making it possible for developers to test apps and devices on the faster mobile technology. The plans were revealed today at the Magic Leap conference in LA.

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