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Amazon Prime Now adds Whole Foods products with two-hour delivery

Amazon Prime Now adds Whole Foods products with two-hour delivery

Whole Foods customers in a Prime Now service area can now get their groceries delivered in two hours for free. Amazon has announced the new expansion of its Prime Now service, which is available in certain markets where ultra-fast deliveries for certain items are possible. Amazon recently wrapped up its acquisition of grocery store chain Whole Foods and has now added it as an option on its Prime Now service.

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Microsoft Build 2018 returns to Seattle in May: registration opens soon

Microsoft Build 2018 returns to Seattle in May: registration opens soon

Microsoft has announced that its Build 2018 developers conference will be held in Seattle this year. The company will be opening registration on February 15, with the conference itself being scheduled for May 7 to May 9. Though Microsoft was fond of holding Build in San Francisco for years, it switched back to Seattle last year.

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2018 Winter Olympics 4K HDR coverage will air on Dish Network

2018 Winter Olympics 4K HDR coverage will air on Dish Network

Dish Network customers will have access to 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) coverage of the upcoming Winter Games in South Korea, the company has announced. The NBCUniversal content will be available in Ultra HD quality to anyone with a TV that supports the resolution, as well as HDR for those watching with a television that supports high dynamic range. Overall, Dish customers will get access to 2,400 hours of content.

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Reddit bans “involuntary porn” made with artificial intelligence

Reddit bans “involuntary porn” made with artificial intelligence

Weeks ago, a disturbing subreddit called "deepfakes" featuring adult content edited using artificial intelligence went viral. The content seemingly featured popular actresses (and the occasional actor) in adult movies, though none of those celebrities had actually participated in the content and none had given their consent. The videos were edited using artificial intelligence, and now Reddit is squashing them.

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Google Photos adds DIY themed movies and photo books

Google Photos adds DIY themed movies and photo books

Google has announced some new options for Google Photos users, one of which is designed specifically for Valentine's Day. Google Photos will automatically create themed movies for users at times, but now anyone can create their own themed movie whenever they want using a bunch of different themes. Among those themes is a new one called "Valentine's Day Movie."

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How to get Gordon Ramsay’s voice on your Echo or Alexa device

How to get Gordon Ramsay’s voice on your Echo or Alexa device

Gordon Ramsay, foul-mouthed chef and TV star, was one of the celebrities featured in Amazon's Super Bowl commercial over the weekend. The commercial featured various celebrities offering their voices to fill in for Alexa after she lost her voice. It was a fun look at what Alexa could be like with a different personality, and now you can sort of experience that yourself with a new Gordon Ramsay skill.

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The 157 new emoji coming this summer

The 157 new emoji coming this summer

Emoji addicts rejoice: 157 new emojis have been approved for 2018 and you can now easily see them all in a convenient video. The list is an expansive one, adding things like an infinity symbol, curly hair and red hair emojis, a kangaroo, and much more. The full emoji 11.0 list has been approved and published, giving vendors a few months to work on their code and fonts before unicode 11.0 arrives in June.

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Hulu makes up for Super Bowl disruption with free month of service

Hulu makes up for Super Bowl disruption with free month of service

Hulu is trying to make up for an unfortunate incident that happened over the weekend: its Live TV service experienced a disruption during the end of Super Bowl LII. Impacted customers lost access to the stream in the final moments of the game, effectively ruining the event for many football fans who were, to put it mildly, not happy about the incident.

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Cheddar Man DNA paints portrait of Mesolithic Britain’s population

Cheddar Man DNA paints portrait of Mesolithic Britain’s population

In 1903, a skeleton was discovered in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset's Gough's Cave. Decades later, scientists used radiocarbon dating to determine that the nearly complete skeleton is around 10,000 years old, placing it back to Mesolithic Britain. Thanks to DNA recovered from the skeleton and modern technology, experts have been able to recreate what the man likely looked like.

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Nest rejoins Google to help Assistant take on Alexa

Nest rejoins Google to help Assistant take on Alexa

Google and Nest are rejoining forces, Nest has announced, bringing the Internet of Things brand back under Google's wing. Nest explains that its team will be joining the Google Hardware team, the end goal of this reunion being one where the two work together to bring Google Assistant to Nest products in a big way. Nest, for its part, saw its hardware portfolio double last year.

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Falcon Heavy rocket’s center core failed to land on droneship

Falcon Heavy rocket’s center core failed to land on droneship

Following uncertainty earlier today, SpaceX has confirmed that the Falcon Heavy rocket's center core failed to land on its droneship. That's of no consequence to the company, though, as Musk confirms that there were no plans to use the center core even if it had landed. The Falcon Heavy's launch today was an overwhelming success for the company, the outcome far greater than some expected.

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Amazon taps Arnold Schwarzenegger for original western series Outrider

Amazon taps Arnold Schwarzenegger for original western series Outrider

Amazon has a new original series in the works, a western drama dubbed Outrider. The series will be starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to sources, as both a show star and as an executive producer. Schwarzenegger will be executive producing alongside Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan executive producer Mace Neufeld, Trey Callaway, and Mark Montgomery.

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