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NYC unveils fancy new high-tech ‘European’ MTA buses

NYC unveils fancy new high-tech ‘European’ MTA buses

New York City is getting a massive bus system upgrade, and it’ll involve 2,042 new buses being added by the year 2020. The buses will come with a big price tag — the cost will ultimately be $1.3 billion — but they'll meet the needs of modern-day travelers. The buses will be fitted with WiFi, electronic signs featuring pertinent information, and ports for charging phones. The best part? They're totally European-chic, according to New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

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TuneIn Premium adds access to all 2016-17 NBA games

TuneIn Premium adds access to all 2016-17 NBA games

TuneIn and the NBA have struck a partnership, and those with a TuneIn Premium subscription will benefit from it. Starting with the 2016-17 basketball season, TuneIn will offer live play-by-play coverage for NBA pre-season content, as well as regular and post-season games as the months roll by. The NBA content will be available to premium subscribers located in the United States.

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Snapchat teams with MLB to launch ‘Snapchat Day’

Snapchat teams with MLB to launch ‘Snapchat Day’

Major League Baseball and Snapchat have teamed up to launch what they call ‘Snapchat Day.’ On March 11, MLB players will be given the greenlight to use smartphones while games are underway, doing so to take selfies and videos for sharing on Snapchat. The selfie stick ‘SnapBat’ first introduced last year will also be resurrected for Snapchat Day, bringing with it a new design; each team will get its own SnapBat.

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Tony Dyson, builder of the original R2-D2, has died

Tony Dyson, builder of the original R2-D2, has died

Professor Tony Dyson, builder of the original R2-D2, has passed away at the age of 68. While the cause of death has not been officially determined, it is believed to be from natural causes. His passing was discovered after one of his neighbors, concerned that his door was left opened, contacted the local authorities. Professor Dyson also performed work for some other movies, including Dragon Slayer, Superman II, and Moonraker.

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Six Flags adds VR experiences to its (real) rollercoasters

Six Flags adds VR experiences to its (real) rollercoasters

Cedar Point may have a rollercoaster VR app, but Six Flags will soon have rollercoasters with VR headsets...Samsung Gear VR headsets, to be precise. The South Korean company has announced a partnership with Six Flags that will result in nine of the latter company’s parks launching the first U.S. rollercoasters with virtual reality experiences. Riders will don a Gear VR headset and experience the (physical) coasters while seeing a couple adventurous virtual worlds.

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IKEA to use biodegradable mushroom-based ‘foam’

IKEA to use biodegradable mushroom-based ‘foam’

IKEA will soon start using more environmentally-friendly packaging in place of the polystyrene that is currently being used. The new packaging is made from mushrooms by Ecovative, a U.S.-based company. This packaging is made using mycelium, the white fibrous ‘roots’ from which mushrooms grow. Dubbed fungi packaging, the new eco-friendly packaging aims to cut down on waste by decomposing quickly once thrown away.

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NBC’s Seeso service launches on Roku and Fire TV

NBC’s Seeso service launches on Roku and Fire TV

Back in October, NBC announced a subscription video service called ‘Seeso’ that focuses on comedy shows and charges $3.99 per month. The service is still around, and it’ll be making its way in front of more viewers now that it has launched on both Amazon’s Fire TV and Roku set-top boxes. With the new channels, cord cutters and more will be able to more easily watch the content on their television.

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Tidal: more executive shifts underway as CFO, COO are fired

Tidal: more executive shifts underway as CFO, COO are fired

Music service Tidal has given two of its top executives the boot in what is its latest restructuring effort. The company has let go of both Chief Operations Officer Nils Juell and Chief Financial Officer Chris Hart, citing a geographic change as the cause. Most of Tidal’s workers are based out of Oslo, but the company has decided to move its operations and accounting teams to New York instead.

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Sennheiser and Freitag team for one-of-a-kind Urbanite headphones

Sennheiser and Freitag team for one-of-a-kind Urbanite headphones

Sennheiser has taken the wraps off a new pair of limited edition headphones, the F703 Sennheiser + FREITAG model. The limited edition model is comprised of Sennheiser’s own black Urbanite on-ear headphones paired with unique styles from FREITAG for a one-of-a-kind look. The limited edition models are made with recycled truck tarpaulins over the headbands, says Sennheiser, each adding bold colors and more.

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UC Berkeley: 80,000 staff, students compromised by hack

UC Berkeley: 80,000 staff, students compromised by hack

UC Berkeley is the latest entity to disclose a cyberattack that has left, in this case, students, faculty, vendors and staff exposed. According to the university’s Janet Gilmore, public affairs, a “criminal cyberattack” was lobbed against one of the university’s systems that stores bank account numbers and Social Security numbers. As such, it is possible some of the 80,000 individuals could have had their data stolen, though there are no signs of such at this time.

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Netflix details ‘Perfect Bones’ original anime series

Netflix details ‘Perfect Bones’ original anime series

We've known for a while that Netflix was toying with the idea of an original anime series, but it turns out the company has been a little more involved with the notion than subscribers realized. In a statement today, Netflix announced its upcoming original anime series "Perfect Bones," which is being made by Production I.G and Director Kazuto Nakazawa.

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Google Fiber’s heading to some San Francisco homes

Google Fiber’s heading to some San Francisco homes

Coming on the heels of its Huntsville, Alabama announcement is new word from Google about its Fiber service: it’ll soon be rolling out in parts of San Francisco, doing so using some existing fiber infrastructure. Google is taking the same route in Huntsville, where it will in part be using the city’s own in-development fiber network to deliver the Google Fiber Internet service. In this case, Google will be using an existing network to bring service to some residents’ homes.

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