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Spotify tests unlimited ad skips for free users

Spotify tests unlimited ad skips for free users

In its current form, Spotify offers free ad-supported access to its music library. These advertisements are short but cannot be skipped, forcing users to sit through a brief clip before their music returns. The company is testing a major change to the way that system work, allowing users in Australia to skip as many advertisements as they want without any limitations.

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NBCUniversal may give viewers gift cards for streaming its shows

NBCUniversal may give viewers gift cards for streaming its shows

Most video streaming services come in three varieties: free with ads, as a subscription with ads, or as a subscription without ads. NBCUniversal is planning something entirely different, according to a new report, that not only won't charge for a subscription, but will actively reward viewers who stream content. Planned content reportedly includes NBCU's own shows and third-party videos.

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Quake Champions is now permanently free to play

Quake Champions is now permanently free to play

At QuakeCon earlier today, Bethesda announced that Quake Champions, the game it launched as an early access title last year, is now available for free. The game will remain free for the entirety of its existence, giving everyone the chance to play the latest evolution of Quake, the hit shooting game originally launched in 1996.

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Facebook bans 3D printed gun content, removes blueprint links

Facebook bans 3D printed gun content, removes blueprint links

Facebook is cracking down on content that instructs the public on creating firearms using 3D printers. Blueprints for these weapons have been available online for years, raising concerns about safety and the technology's ability to circumvent existing gun laws. Facebook confirmed the removal to several media outlets today, saying the content is against its Community Standards.

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uberAIR flying taxi project gets Army Research Labs, UT Austin partners

uberAIR flying taxi project gets Army Research Labs, UT Austin partners

Uber Elevate has teamed up with UT Austin and US Army Research Labs as part of its uberAIR project, which envisions an urban-based ride-share aviation network. Uber Elevate intends to launch in three cities with demonstrations starting in 2020; both Los Angeles and Dallas are two of those launch cities and a third one is being sought internationally. If everything goes as planned, uberAIR will start commercial operations in 2023.

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Galaxy Note 9 tops YouTube’s recommended devices list

Galaxy Note 9 tops YouTube’s recommended devices list

YouTube has released a list of smartphones its recommends for the best streaming experience. These "Signature Devices," the term used by the company, are said to offer best-in-class YouTube experiences across multiple aspects, including reliability and performance, and when viewing 360-degree content in addition to regular videos. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes in at the top of the list, and there's one surprising absence.

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Earth isn’t big enough to sustain a global American diet

Earth isn’t big enough to sustain a global American diet

The diet recommended by the US Department of Agriculture would be unsustainable if adopted across the globe, a new study warns. Earth lacks the landmass necessary to sustain the agriculture necessary for a worldwide Western diet. Researchers estimate the planet would require a new piece of land approximately the size of Canada to feed the global population.

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Mysterious leaf-like creatures may have been among Earth’s first animals

Mysterious leaf-like creatures may have been among Earth’s first animals

Unusual Ediacaran organisms preserved as fossils dating back more than 500 million years have been a source of mystery for decades, but science may finally have an answer, according to new research out of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge, and Northwest University. A study newly published in the journal Paleontology details these fossilized organisms, revealing that they may have been animals.

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Keto diet may increase Type 2 diabetes risk new study warns

Keto diet may increase Type 2 diabetes risk new study warns

A new study that will no doubt prove divisive reveals that a ketogenic "keto" diet may increase one's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The study was recently published in the Journal of Physiology, where researchers explain that a low carb, high fat diet may result in insulin resistance, paving the way for Type 2 diabetes. Though additional research is necessary, the study highlights a potential issue with the popular diet.

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Fortnite Challenges bug fixed: players will see correct data now

Fortnite Challenges bug fixed: players will see correct data now

Yesterday, Epic Games acknowledged an issue with the in-game Challenges that were preventing some players from properly finishing them and earning their XP. In a tweet, the company said that there was a "visual issue" resulting in the challenges appearing incomplete after the player had progressed in them. The company had said it was still investigating the issue later in the day, but today it is back with good news.

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2018 iPhone dummy units hands-on video reveals every detail

2018 iPhone dummy units hands-on video reveals every detail

A new video shows off high-quality iPhone dummies said to showcase the designs Apple will launch with its 2018 models. Though unconfirmed, these dummies are said to accurately replicate the look of each of the three iPhone models Apple is expected to unveil in September, including a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X update, a 6.5-inch OLED model, and a 6.1-inch model with an LCD.

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Microsoft reveals big plan to launch broadband Internet in rural Ohio

Microsoft reveals big plan to launch broadband Internet in rural Ohio

Microsoft has teamed up with Agile Networks to launch broadband Internet throughout rural Ohio, the companies have announced. The launch will cover 900,000 Ohioans who currently have inadequate access to the Internet, this being part of Microsoft's larger Airband Initiative. Under that, Microsoft aims to reduce the number of American communities without broadband, covering 2 million people by 2022.

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