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AT&T International Day Pass gives unlimited text and calls for a single day

AT&T International Day Pass gives unlimited text and calls for a single day

As of this upcoming Friday, AT&T will offer its subscribers an ‘International Day Pass’ that offers unlimited text and talking in more than 100 countries. The pass will last for the duration of 24 hours, with the idea being that you can pay for an entire day abroad rather than stressing over the exact number of minutes and texts you use (and subsequently pay for).

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House of Cards Season 5 release date revealed

House of Cards Season 5 release date revealed

Netflix had some good news last year — House of Cards was coming back for a fifth season — and then some bad news: that season’s launch was delayed and no firm release date was provided. We initially expected to see Season 5 drop in the first quarter of this year, but Netflix revealed a couple days ago that fans will have to wait until some time between April and June before they get the next season. That has now been clarified with a hard launch date.

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Twitter exceeded its diversity hiring goals in 2016

Twitter exceeded its diversity hiring goals in 2016

Twitter has previously stated goal related to improving company diversity, and its latest report about the matter indicates it made great strides toward that goal last year, including exceeding its workforce hiring goals in many categories. Though the company didn’t hire as many women into technical roles as it had hoped to, it did increase the overall number of women and underrepresented minorities it employed in 2016, among (many) other things.

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News Republic app gets new ‘Made for Samsung’ version

News Republic app gets new ‘Made for Samsung’ version

If you primarily consume news through your phone, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of News Republic, and perhaps even use it. News Republic is a news aggregating app that sources news of all sorts from publications across the web, making them available alongside certain features and tools. The company behind the product, Cheetah Mobile, has announced an extra special something for Samsung device owners: a ‘Made for Samsung’ version of the news app.

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Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has died

Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has died

NASA has revealed that retired astronaut Eugene “Gene” Cernan, the last many to walk on the moon, has passed away at the age of 82. Born in Chicago in 1934, Cernan went on to become one of 14 astronauts NASA selected in 1963. His career was long and varied, and included serving as a pilot for the Gemini IX mission, a backup pilot for Gemini 12, and a backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 7.

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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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