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Comcast set-top box for cord cutters may double as smart home hub

Comcast set-top box for cord cutters may double as smart home hub

Comcast is developing products to target its cord-cutting customers, according to a new report. The alleged platform is intended for customers who only have a broadband Internet subscription, though it'll be an uphill battle against established competitors like Roku and Netflix. Comcast's alleged products will include a set-top box.

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AT&T may soon ban repeat piracy offenders from its Internet service

AT&T may soon ban repeat piracy offenders from its Internet service

AT&T is about to crackdown on repeat pirates and the result will leave some scrambling for a new provider. According to insiders that have spoken up, the company plans to soon cut off the service of customers who have repeatedly downloaded copyrighted content despite at least nine past warnings to stop. More than a dozen customers will reportedly be notified of the service banhammer in coming days.

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Phonak and Microsoft team to offer remote hearing aid adjustments

Phonak and Microsoft team to offer remote hearing aid adjustments

Hearing solutions company Phonak has teamed with Microsoft to bring a new feature to Audéo Marvel hearing aids. Under the new partnership, Phonak Audéo Marvel hearing aid users can now enjoy remote hearing adjustments from "virtually" anywhere. A mobile phone app connects users with professionals who can refine the hearing aids based on need.

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AMC Stubs A-List MoviePass alternative price hike arrives in January

AMC Stubs A-List MoviePass alternative price hike arrives in January

AMC's popular MoviePass alternative "Stubs A-List" is enjoying a surge in signups, with the company revealing that it has hit its 12-month membership target in less than five months. Joining its announcement is a small change in plans: AMC will increase the service's price for customers in certain states starting early next year. Anyone who signs up before then will enjoy the lower price for a full 12 months, though.

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7-Eleven cashierless checkout testing begins in 14 Dallas stores

7-Eleven cashierless checkout testing begins in 14 Dallas stores

7-Eleven is following Sam's Club and Amazon to offer a cashierless experience for its customers...some of them, at least. The company revealed plans to offer cashierless checkouts last year and now it has moved to make that a reality. As of today, more than a dozen 7-Eleven stores in Dallas will offer scan-and-go technology for mobile checkouts.

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Amazon rolls out free shipping promotion for the holidays

Amazon rolls out free shipping promotion for the holidays

Like it or not, the holiday shopping season is nearly upon us. Amazon has decided that it doesn't want to miss out on those precious holiday dollars, and because of that, it's going to open up free two-day shipping to anyone who buys something through its store. Normally, free two-day shipping is something only Prime subscribers get, and a Prime subscription can cost a fair amount of money.

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Northern Virginia believed Amazon’s frontrunner for second headquarters

Northern Virginia believed Amazon’s frontrunner for second headquarters

It was a little over a year ago when Amazon announced it would be looking to build a second headquarters somewhere in North America, in turn kicking off an unofficial competition with cities biding to lure the internet giant with tax and other incentives. Then in January the company announced it had narrowed down the list of candidates to 20 cities, and would pick a location for its "HQ2" before the end of 2018. The year is quickly coming to a close, and it seems Northern Virginia might be the winner.

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Cadillac closes the Book on its monthly car subscription service

Cadillac closes the Book on its monthly car subscription service

Just short of two years ago, Cadillac was one of the first to debut a monthly car subscription service. Dubbed Book by Cadillac, the program was priced at $1,800 per month, and gave subscribers the opportunity to drive a different Cadillac model each month. Now General Motors has announced it's closing the service in December of this year, with the possibility of it returning sometime in the future.

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Amazon tests weekly scheduled Prime package deliveries

Amazon tests weekly scheduled Prime package deliveries

Frequent Amazon Prime purchases can result in random boxes showing up multiple days a week, those possibly unpredictable depending on whether the user has automatic shipments set up. Amazon is addressing that by offering its Prime subscribers a new option: choosing a particular day to receive their packages.

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Samsung may not lead phone shipments for long

Samsung may not lead phone shipments for long

IDC has released its preliminary smartphone shipment figures for the third quarter of 2018, and things are looking a little rough for the industry. IDC found that shipments were down once again in the quarter, making Q3 the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year decline. The good news for manufacturers is that IDC doesn't expect this trend to last, as it thinks the market will begin growing again next year.

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Apple will no longer report Mac, iPhone, and iPad unit sales

Apple will no longer report Mac, iPhone, and iPad unit sales

Apple revealed its fiscal fourth quarter earnings today, as well as a big change in the numbers it will provide going forward. Beginning with the company's December quarter, Apple will no longer report unit sales numbers for the iPhone, Mac, and iPad. The figures are "less relevant" now than ever, according to the company.

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Apple Q4 2018 hit $62.9bn in revenue with new Services record

Apple Q4 2018 hit $62.9bn in revenue with new Services record

Apple has released its fourth quarter 2018 financial results, revealing a 20-percent increase in revenue to $62.9 billion. According to the company, 61-percent of its quarterly revenue came from international sales. Apple's Services revenue increased to $10 billion during its fourth quarter, as well, a 27-percent increase over the same quarter last year.

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