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Amazon bookstores to open in Chicago and Portland next

Amazon bookstores to open in Chicago and Portland next

Amazon will have a physical bookstore opening in New York City in 2019, and now it has been made known that two more stores are in the pipeline: one for Chicago and the other for Portland. These stores will join the existing physical bookstores Amazon has launched in Seattle and pegged for select other cities, and underscores the company's latest effort in the world of books: resurrecting the bookstores it killed off with the launch of the Kindle.

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Galaxy S7 and S7 edge ‘Pink Gold’ option heading to US

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge ‘Pink Gold’ option heading to US

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in a new ‘Pink Gold’ color will be launching in the United States in coming days, the company has announced. The new color will be a Best Buy exclusive, and will be Samsung’s answer to Apple’s reasonably popular Rose Gold iPhones. As a little extra incentive to get the new color into owners' hands, Best Buy will be giving customers who both buy and activate the device a $150 Best Buy gift card.

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Comcast’s Gigabit Internet trial kicks off in Chicago

Comcast’s Gigabit Internet trial kicks off in Chicago

Comcast has announced that its Gigabit Internet service is now live in Chicago as a trial first announced earlier this year. This trial follows ones in Atlanta and Nashville earlier this year, and will eventually be followed by similar trials in Detroit and Miami. Comcast’s Chicago trial is using existing infrastructure to deliver its service, which costs $139.95/month without a contract, though Comcast says it will be testing promotional pricing.

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TiVo is ditching support for its Series 1 DVRs

TiVo is ditching support for its Series 1 DVRs

If you’re still using the original TiVo Series 1 DVR released more than one and a half decades ago, TiVo has some bad news for you: it is dropping its support for the device next month. The model, which was first released in 1999, will not be functional as of September 29 per an email TiVo is sending out to device owners. Though the model is old, TiVo says there are still about 3,500 Series 1 DVRs still being used, which is a significant number of people who are going to have to upgrade.

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Spotify ‘Kids’ section brings music, fairy tales, lullabies, and more

Spotify ‘Kids’ section brings music, fairy tales, lullabies, and more

Spotify has a music category for just about everything, and that now includes a "Kids" section. The newly launched category is a shortcut way to find kid-friendly music, and it's broken down into specific age ranges for even more narrow results. The category includes music collected together into genres like “Family Road Trip,” “Milk & Cookies,” and “Kindie," as well as spoken content.

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Amazon’s Hugh Hefner docuseries premieres in 2017

Amazon’s Hugh Hefner docuseries premieres in 2017

Amazon has decided to launch a new original series: “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story.” The company describes its latest original show as a “docuseries,” saying it draws from more than 17,000 hours of video footage and more than 2600 scrapbooks as the basis for its show. The docuseries will include reenactments and some archival footage, as well as interviews relevant to the show, to tell Hefner’s story. The show’s first season will span 13 episodes, and will be available in five different regions starting next year.

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Adidas robotic shoe factory to open in Atlanta next year

Adidas robotic shoe factory to open in Atlanta next year

Adidas will be opening a facility in Atlanta, Georgia next year in order to bring its shoe manufacturing closer to its U.S. customers. The catch? The facility will, in part, employ robots to make its shoe production rate rapid, hence the new upcoming factory's "speedfactory" designation. The facility won't be entirely manned by robotic machinery, though, as Adidas says it will also be creating 160 jobs for local workers, and that's never a bad thing.

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Six Flags launches another VR experience for its rollercoasters

Six Flags launches another VR experience for its rollercoasters

Back in March, Six Flags announced plans to offer virtual reality experiences on its real-life rollercoasters this summer, something it followed through with and is now expanding. In a statement today, the company announced the launch of another rollercoaster VR experience, this one called “Rage of the Gargoyles.” The VR experience involves wearing a Samsung Gear VR headset while riding the rollercoaster, providing all the thrills of a real ride with the mystique and wonder of a fantasy world.

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Interpol arrests alleged global online scams ringleader

Interpol arrests alleged global online scams ringleader

Interpol has announced the arrest of the alleged ringleader behind a global online scam network, the agency has announced. The work was done in conjunction with the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission, and involved the arrest of a 40-year-old Nigerian who went by the name of ‘Mike.’ According to Interpol, this individual is believed to be behind scams that total more than $60 million and involve compromised email accounts from around the world.

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Apple has sold its billionth iPhone

Apple has sold its billionth iPhone

Apple has just announced a new major milestone for the company: it has sold its billionth iPhone. Company CEO Tim Cook made the announcement to Apple employees this morning, saying, “iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day.”

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Twitter for Android adds a night mode option

Twitter for Android adds a night mode option

Do you like browsing Twitter before bed? If so, the Android app was just updated with a feature that makes doing so a bit more friendly: night mode. When activated, the bright Android app for Twitter is toggled over to a theme that's much easier on the eyes in a dark room. Turning the night mode on is as simple as flipping a switch; you can turn it off whenever you want, as well, to get the light theme back.

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VIZIO acquired by LeEco for $2 billion

VIZIO acquired by LeEco for $2 billion

VIZIO is being acquired by LeEco, the companies have announced, a deal that costs $2 billion and will involve VIZIO, for the most part, operating as a LeEco subsidiary. Both VIZIO's hardware and software businesses are being acquired; while they’ll operate as a subsidiary, the company’s data business will be spun out into a separate private company, says LeEco. Both companies are benefiting from the acquisition, with VIZIO giving LeEco its massive user base in North America and LeEco, for its part, being poised to expand VIZIO across the globe.

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