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Verizon boosts new phone upgrade fee to $30

Verizon boosts new phone upgrade fee to $30

Back around April of last year, Verizon added a $20 phone upgrade fee, something instituted for the purpose of covering “increased support costs associated with customers switching devices.” That increase apparently wasn’t enough, as Verizon has quietly bumped that $20 upgrade fee to $30, and the stated reason is essentially the same: to cover costs.

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GameStop taps Playwire to launch in-store television ads

GameStop taps Playwire to launch in-store television ads

GameStop has tapped Playwire Media to bring in-store advertisements to GameStop TV, the media content you find playing on the retail stores' televisions. According to Playwire, the nearly four thousand GameStop stores throughout the United States feature at least one television playing GameStop TV. Thanks to this partnership, Playwire will exclusively provide non-endemic advertising for GameStop TV.

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Facebook Live Audio unveiled for real-time audio broadcasting

Facebook Live Audio unveiled for real-time audio broadcasting

Facebook has announced Live Audio, something it describes as another way for its users to go live. As the name suggests, this is a way for users to go live with audio only rather than video, giving creators another option within the Facebook platform. Among other things, Facebook Live Audio is better suited for emerging markets and places where connectivity is low, as live audio is less demanding then live video.

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AT&T Call Protect filters out spam and fraud phone calls

AT&T Call Protect filters out spam and fraud phone calls

AT&T has announced the launch of a new feature called Call Protect. With this, the carrier’s wireless subscribers can filter out spammy and otherwise unwanted phone calls, cutting down on how many ‘free sweepstakes’ and similar calls you receive. The Call Protect feature comes in the form of a mobile app, and includes things like temporary call blocking and automatic fraud blocking.

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Yahoo reveals (another) breach: more than 1 billion user accounts affected

Yahoo reveals (another) breach: more than 1 billion user accounts affected

Yahoo has disclosed yet another data breach, this one affecting more than a billion user accounts. This follows the company’s announcement of a different data breach a few months ago, something the company — at this time, at least — believes is an entirely separate matter from the newly disclosed issue. This latest data breach is said to have happened back in August 2013, and included a bunch of account data being stolen.

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Reddit CEO apologizes for editing comments, adds r/all filtering

Reddit CEO apologizes for editing comments, adds r/all filtering

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman stirred up controversy by editing comments posted by users on the subreddit “The_Donald.” This act of trolling didn’t go over well, and many users denounced the actions, citing concerns about privacy and whether admins could -- and were -- secretly editing other posts. Now, a week later, Huffman is back with another post, this one apologizing for his actions and addressing the issue of trolls.

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Immersive Nintendo attractions are coming to three Universal theme parks

Immersive Nintendo attractions are coming to three Universal theme parks

Nintendo attractions are heading to the Universal theme parks in Hollywood, Orlando, and Japan’s Osaka, the company has announced. Plans to launch Nintendo attractions at Universal resorts were announced early last year, and while we still have some waiting before they go live, we now have more info about what to expect. Among other things, Nintendo says these attractions will target all age groups and will be both 'immersive and interactive.'

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DirecTV NOW unveiled: $35/month, mobile access, HBO add-on and more

DirecTV NOW unveiled: $35/month, mobile access, HBO add-on and more

AT&T has introduced DirecTV NOW, a “completely new platform” that enables subscribers to stream live television over the Internet. The service allows users to stream up to two streams at once, and while it doesn’t support 4K (for now, at least), it does target most of the features users want, with the pricing starting at $35/month for at least 60 channels. DirecTV NOW offers nearly all the big networks, including Viacom, Turner, AMC channels, and more.

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PlayStation Vue is losing Comedy Central and other Viacom channels

PlayStation Vue is losing Comedy Central and other Viacom channels

If you're a PlayStation Vue subscriber, Sony has some bad news for you: its livestreaming television service is losing Comedy Central, Spike, MTV, and other Viacom channels. "As part of our ongoing evaluation of the PlayStation Vue offering," the company said in a statement today, "we have determined that removing the bundle of channels from Viacom is the best way for us to continue to offer the most compelling value to our fans."

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LastPass syncing across multiple devices is now free

LastPass syncing across multiple devices is now free

LastPass has announced that its syncing feature is now free to use across multiple devices, including things like your laptop, tablet and smartphone. Whatever devices you use the service on, your passwords will sync across them and it won’t cost you anything. Premium members will still keep exclusive access to the other premium perks, however, including things like going ad-free and sharing with up to five users.

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2018 Star Wars Han Solo movie casts Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

2018 Star Wars Han Solo movie casts Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

Donald Glover, perhaps best known at the moment for his leading role in Atlanta, has been cast as Lando Calrissian in the yet-unnamed standalone Star Wars movie slated for 2018. This standalone movie will focus on Han Solo, per past news. Fans have petitioned to have Glover brought in as Lando for months, something that even spawned this gem of a Photoshop. The news was made official this evening.

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EyeEm taps Adobe Stock to boost curated premium photo collection

EyeEm taps Adobe Stock to boost curated premium photo collection

EyeEm, a photo-sharing app and image marketplace, has announced a new deal with Adobe that will have it providing some of its community’s best photographs for licensing through Adobe Stock Premium Collection, the latter company’s curated collection of high-quality images. This gives some of EyeEm’s users a new market to tap, and likewise gives Adobe customers an additional source of quality commercial photos.

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