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AirTV Mini mixes Android TV, Sling TV, OTA channels in one device

AirTV Mini mixes Android TV, Sling TV, OTA channels in one device

The folks at AirTV are dead set on creating a television experience where everyone can have every single piece of programming available in the world, all at once. To do this, they've created the device "AirTV Mini", a device that connects to your television's HDMI port and connect with your OTA antenna and AirTV Wi-Fi-enabled network tuner.

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Twitter’s desktop redesign is here, but you still can’t edit tweets

Twitter’s desktop redesign is here, but you still can’t edit tweets

For a while now, Twitter has been testing a redesign that's meant to bring the desktop experience more in line with how the service appears on other platforms - namely smartphones. Today, that redesign is rolling out to everyone, complete with a hefty helping of new features Twitter users will want to know about. Unfortunately, the ability to edit tweets is not one of the new features shipping along with this update, so those of you who have been waiting for that functionality will just have to wait longer.

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Amazon Prime Day is a dirty trick

Amazon Prime Day is a dirty trick

It's that time again, the "Amazon Prime Day" sale, the (two days) of the year when Amazon suggests it has its best deals of the year. Amazon will re-organize its front page to promote the products that companies agreed to push, and Amazon makes a boat-load of money. They'll use every trick in the book to make it seem like you're not only getting a deal, you're having fun at the same time!

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Google didn’t remove photos of Clinton and Epstein that never existed

Google didn’t remove photos of Clinton and Epstein that never existed

As the entity with the biggest influence on what we discover on the Internet, Google is seen both as custodian and also censor of the Wide Wild Web. The latter is an especially thorny subject when it comes to political topics, with the search giant accused of favoring either left or right wing agendas. One of the latest controversies involves images of former US President Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein that certain parties claim have been removed by Google from its search results. The truth, however, might be too simple to be believed.

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Stadia FAQ details how far Google’s game streaming will go

Stadia FAQ details how far Google’s game streaming will go

Google and friends are trying to push the idea of game streaming to the public but there are still undoubtedly questions regarding this rather novel form of interactive entertainment. Some may even have reservations despite reserving their place in Google's upcoming Stadia game streaming service. The company has now published an FAQ that tries to put those fears to rest.

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Amazon seeks FCC approval for Kuiper satellite constellation system

Amazon seeks FCC approval for Kuiper satellite constellation system

The number of Internet users, or at least the devices connecting to the Internet, is growing rapidly, far too quick and too high for our existing systems to accommodate. But while the numbers rise, Internet connectivity remains a luxury or even a dream in some areas of the world. Luminaries and visionaries are looking to the skies for the answer, envisioning constellations of satellites to beam down that precious commodity almost anywhere. Not to be left behind, Amazon has started the process to make its Project Kuiper system a reality to "delight customers."

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Japan’s 7-Eleven customers lose $500k in BASIC security flub

Japan’s 7-Eleven customers lose $500k in BASIC security flub

It would seem that the developers of the Japan-based 7-Eleven wallet app (7 Pay) had not heard of phone fraud. If they had, they'd have built a more secure method of changing user passwords in said app. As a result of their relative lack of finesse when it came to developing this one bit of the app, 900 customers lost a grand total of approximately 55-million Yen (which converts to roughly $506k).

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Burned by bias accusations, YouTube tries a recommendations fix

Burned by bias accusations, YouTube tries a recommendations fix

If you sometimes feel like the algorithm that generates YouTube's recommendations has gone off the rails, you definitely aren't alone. While it's often good at recommending videos you might want to watch, sometimes you get recommendations for things you have no interest in. Then, of course, we've got people on both ends of the political spectrum accusing YouTube of bias in its recommendations, with some claiming that the company either props up or buries videos from one side or the other.

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Twitch subscriber-only streams enter beta today

Twitch subscriber-only streams enter beta today

Today, Twitch is rolling a new feature into beta that's sure to be at least somewhat controversial among viewers. The company will begin letting streamers broadcast Subscriber Streams, which restrict viewership to only those who are subscribed to those channels. Of course, to view a subscribers-only stream, that means viewers will have to pay up.

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How companies are using your data

How companies are using your data

Jill picks up her phone to plan a trip out to meet a client. She checks her route via Google Maps, and realizes the best way to get there is on a cab. She gets an Uber and rushes down while sending a message via Gmail to her client to tell him she’s on the way. Finally, she logs on to DoorDash to order some food for them to enjoy while they discuss. It certainly sounds like an average day of life, but in these short couple of minutes, Jill has already valuable data to over four companies that use it to understand consumers better and make products out of it. And taking a step back; Jill is part of a whole network of millions of consumers who leave data trails for corporations and data harvesters to analyze and learn more about what everyone wants.

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Netflix is testing a better way to watch video

Netflix is testing a better way to watch video

Watching Netflix on desktop is fine unless you want to multitask, at which point a convoluted series of window adjustments and resizing is necessary to keep both the video player and other applications visible. The company may be planning to do something about that in the near future, however, at least based on a test currently visible to some desktop users.

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Reddit is down (sort of), it’s not just you

Reddit is down (sort of), it’s not just you

Today at around 3:45 Central Time, Reddit had a bit of an internal error the likes of which brought parts of the page to a halt. This down-time was verified by several sources independently, including the official Reddit status page (dot io) where the official Error Rate jumped at around a quarter-till the hour.

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