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Shomi, a Netflix streaming competitor, closes its doors

Shomi, a Netflix streaming competitor, closes its doors

Shomi, the Canadian alternative to Netflix, is shutting down, the service has announced. The streaming service launched in Canada as an alternative to Netflix, with the companies behind it, Shaw and Rogers, offering Shomi as an add-on for their Internet and cable subscribers, as well as a standalone subscription for others. Despite the money and effort shoveled into it, Shomi, the 'Canadian innovation,' failed to sustain itself.

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Amazon deliveries may be left inside your home in the future

Amazon deliveries may be left inside your home in the future

Who do you trust more? The delivery person who handles your packages, or all the random people who drive past your home and see a nondescript cardboard box sitting in front of your door? If your answer is the delivery person, you’re not alone, and one day you may be able to invite them to leave your packages inside your home, whether that’s just inside the main door or inside of the locked garage. Such deliveries would be made possible via smart locks, at least according to a new report.

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Twitter DM bot helps you register to vote before deadline

Twitter DM bot helps you register to vote before deadline

Following the debate last night, a lot of people are scrambling to register to vote before their respective deadlines hit, and to help make that happens comes a new Twitter bot. It works by having you send the @Gov Twitter account a DM (just tell it 'hello), and from there you'll be able to give it your zip code, then get a message back with your voting registration deadline and a link taking you to the website where you can register.

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Mazda’s stunning Miata RF “baby Porsche Targa” now has a price

Mazda’s stunning Miata RF “baby Porsche Targa” now has a price

Mazda has priced up the Miata RF, the hardtop convertible version of its MX-5 roadster, which the automaker unveiled unexpectedly back in March. Surprise star of the New York Auto Show, the slick fastback does away with its sibling's fabric roof and puts in its place a multi-section hard roof that unfolds and unfurls in a pleasingly origami style.

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Apple will release written news as ‘Spoken Edition’ podcasts on iTunes

Apple will release written news as ‘Spoken Edition’ podcasts on iTunes

With the growing popularity of podcasts and audiobooks these days, it appears that Apple is planning to offer a similar way for users to listen to written news articles. As part of new feature coming to iTunes soon, "Spoken Editions" audio podcasts will offer spoken word versions of written articles from a wide variety of news sources. Much like how Amazon's voice assistant Alexa is capable of reading news headlines and other information via the Echo speaker, being able to listen to the news frees up users to do other things at the same time.

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Water bear protein enables extreme radiation resistance

Water bear protein enables extreme radiation resistance

Tardigrades, also known as ‘water bears' and 'moss piglets,' are microscopic critters able to withstand a slew of environmental conditions that would kill off most other life: very high levels of radiation, extremely hot and cold temperatures, and even the conditions of outer space. Researchers with the University of Tokyo decided to zero in on one of those realities in particular, the resilience to radiation, and they may have found the answer — a particular protein.

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Twitter’s more forgiving character count is rolling out now

Twitter’s more forgiving character count is rolling out now

Twitter has started rolling out its new more forgiving character counting method for tweets, doing so right when the anonymous sources said it would. With this new counting method, certain things don't count against the tweet's maximum character count, though that is remaining the same at 140-characters per tweet. You can, for example, share a GIF or a photo without it counting against the character count, among other things.

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HMS Terror ship found in Arctic joining 2014’s HMS Erebus discovery

HMS Terror ship found in Arctic joining 2014’s HMS Erebus discovery

In 2014, officials discovered the HMS Erebus, one of two ships that sank in the Arctic while on a mission to travel across the Northwest Passage. The location of the second ship, HMS Terror, was still being sought, though, a mission that itself has reached its conclusion thanks to the Arctic Research Foundation and a single tip. The HMS Terror was discovered in King William Island’s Terror Bay on September 3; according to researchers, it is very well preserved and all signs point to it having “sank gently” to the sea floor.

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Grolier Codex, an extremely rare ancient Maya book, is genuine

Grolier Codex, an extremely rare ancient Maya book, is genuine

In the 1960s, what is said to be one of the rarest books in the world was discovered: an ancient Maya book called the Grolier Codex. While the physical book itself — meaning the actual pages — were quickly dated back to the 13th century, researchers have long speculated that the drawings contained in the book were forgeries, something sellers would have made to try and get more money for the product. That’s not true, it turns out. Researchers with Brown University have announced that the Grolier Codex is genuine in every way, making it the oldest known manuscript found in America.

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Twitter’s reworked character limit tipped to arrive September 19

Twitter’s reworked character limit tipped to arrive September 19

Twitter gives you 140 characters to say whatever it is you need to say. This is a very restrictive limit, yes, but one that is ultimately good for the service, many users argue. That’s why past notions of raising the character limit resulted in swift outcries against doing so, and why Twitter’s May announcement was received with a mixed response. At the time, Twitter revealed something of a compromise: while it is keeping its 140-character limitation, it is tweaking which things count toward that character count. Assuming a new tip is correct, Twitter will be kicking off this change on September 19th.

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Researchers can now identify someone using hair proteins

Researchers can now identify someone using hair proteins

Researchers can now identify someone based on the proteins in their hair, something that may last longer than the DNA prone to degradation. According to the current research — which will be refined in the future — it only takes 185 hair protein markers to identify one person amongst a larger population of a million people. While that may have somewhat limited usage, this method could one day be used to identify a single person in the entire world using one or more strands of hair.

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TiVo unveils next-gen interface with predictions and fast content access

TiVo unveils next-gen interface with predictions and fast content access

TiVo has introduced its next-generation user interface, an offering that will better meet the wants and needs of modern users and bring with it some new features like Predictions. According to the company, this next-gen interface is designed to bring content from a bunch of different sources together. In addition, the UX will offer predictions about what it thinks you may want to watch based on your content viewing habits, as well as what time of the day it is and what device is being used to watch the shows.

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