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Google experiencing widespread outage affecting most services

Google experiencing widespread outage affecting most services

Having trouble signing into Google stuff today? You’re not the only one. According to several Tweets sent out over the last hour or so, Google services are seeing disruption. Hangouts, Gmail, Google Play, and Play Music all seem to be seeing interruptions. Google has yet to comment on the outages, but so many complaints can’t lead to some sort of user error. Some users are even seeing authentication errors, while others simply can’t access services they rely on, like Hangouts or email.

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Imgur drops ‘Pro’ subscription service, gives tools to all users

Imgur drops ‘Pro’ subscription service, gives tools to all users

A recently announced GIF making tool was pretty neat; handy if you’ve ever wanted to get a looping snippet from publicly available YouTube or Vimeo video (or any other publicly hosted video, really). While Imgur could have stopped there and still found favor with users, they’ve instead gone ahead and made everything free to use. The paid tier to Imgur, Imgur Pro, is going away, and all the goodies in the Pro version will be wrapped up in Imgur proper.

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Roadie, the crowdsourced courier system, now open for business

Roadie, the crowdsourced courier system, now open for business

Getting yourself from one place to another is tough enough at times. Getting items moved around can be even more headache-inducing. Your mom wants you to take her favorite chair to get upholstered, but you’re at work and can’t get to her place and — it’s all just a mess. It would be nice if you had a friend who could help out, but everyone is busy, right? With Roadie, you can get your stuff transported with ease. The crowdsourced courier system is now open for business, and could end up being a big deal.

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Google Translate to go real-time in next update

Google Translate to go real-time in next update

Translation software is a measure for bringing us all together, regardless of what language we speak. Microsoft recently made a big impact with real-time Skype translations, which let two video chat attendees converse in their native tongues while having the translated version of the other person’s speech pop up on screen. Now, Google is reportedly getting into the mix, and will have a more real-time version of Google Translate ready for us. No word yet on when the update will hit.

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Amazon wants to deliver your dinner to your door

Amazon wants to deliver your dinner to your door

Not content with delivering ingredients to your doorstep, Amazon is now aiming to have your dinner cooked and delivered to you or ready to pick up at your own convenience. Amazon's new Takeout and Deliver service adds prepared food to its growing number of delivery services, including same-day groceries, to help retain its position as the top dog in the market. Now you can have your perfect, gourmet dinner (and eat it too), even when you don't have the energy or patience to cook up one yourself.

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Amazon ‘Local Services’ sets you up with install pros

Amazon ‘Local Services’ sets you up with install pros

TVs, home security cameras, maybe even a ceiling fan. There are plenty of things you might want to buy from Amazon, but then that creeping doubt sets in. Do you know how to set this up? Does the person you’re buying it all for know how to mount a TV? It’s been a nagging part of the shop-from-home scenario for quite a while, but Amazon is taking steps to help you really get up and running. Their long-rumored ‘Local Services’ feature is now live.

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Wunderlist 3 lays the foundation for a new platform

Wunderlist 3 lays the foundation for a new platform

Wunderlist is all grown up! The third major version of this popular list-making, list-sharing, and now list-collecting, service is bringing long-awaited features to its faithful followers. But underlying all of these is a new platform that could evolve Wunderlist to become something beyond the humble todo list management app that it was when it started years ago.

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Amazon ‘local services’ may be launching later this year

Amazon ‘local services’ may be launching later this year

It seems Amazon is looking to get involved with services, much like Yelp and some others do. A new program is reportedly being created, which will link us directly to services in our area, such as home repair. This may be the latest push for Amazon to reposition itself as a payment administrator as well as online marketplace.

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T-Mobile data outages reported in several major markets [Update]

T-Mobile data outages reported in several major markets [Update]

If your T-Mobile phone has gone silent, it’s not you. You’re not suddenly unpopular with the Uncarrier. It seems the carrier is seeing an outage that spans several major metropolitan areas, including their backyard of Seattle. T-Mobile has yet to address the issue.

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Uber and Lyft drivers intimidated with fines up to $800 in Tampa

Uber and Lyft drivers intimidated with fines up to $800 in Tampa

It's barely been a month since Uber and Lyft started their services in Tampa, Florida, that the companies are facing the brunt of officers with the Public Transportation Commission. News is that the authorities are cracking down on the drivers of the ridesharing companies, and will no longer be issuing warning but handing out direct fines.

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Amazon Prime Data: this phone may have “free” internet

Amazon Prime Data: this phone may have “free” internet

This week a tip on Amazon’s first smartphone has made its way public, revealing the name "Amazon Prime Data." This data service has been suggested to be tied to AT&T exclusively, and very possibly related to AT&T’s Sponsored Data program. With this program, certain apps and traffic have their data traffic bills footed by the company that they benefit.

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YouTube music service deferred while Google reevaluate business model and development

YouTube music service deferred while Google reevaluate business model and development

They may not have planned it this ways, but YouTube is the go-to channel for music and videos amongst the young audiences between 12 and 24. Taking into consideration its billion plus monthly users, that includes this segment, a paid on-demand music streaming service seemed the natural progression. Although Google had originally planned to launch the service late last year, the project is still a work-in-progress due to several reasons.

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