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It shouldn't surprise you that Google's a big proponent of online security, and that's why it's rolling out support for a new way to prove you are you who are: a USB Security Key. Google's normal approach to two-step authorization involves getting a text on your phone to verify your identity, but that isn't always ideal. Maybe you suck at keeping your phone charged. Or maybe you're abroad (your author's had to deal with that particular headache a few times) and don't want to get slammed with roaming charges. Having a dedicated secure USB key around means you'll be able to log into Google's ecosystem without having to worry about phishing or having your phone handy.

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Starting today, Dish customers will no longer have access to a number of networks from Turner Broadcasting, after both parties couldn't come to terms on a contract extension for these. Among the channels now removed from Dish's programming are: Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, CNN en Español, HLN, truTV and Turner Classic Movies. As you'll notice, others like TBS and TNT aren't included here, and that's because they're part of a different agreement. Dish is unsure of when, or if, the missing Turner channels will be brought back, but the company says it is "committed to reaching an agreement that promptly returns this content to Dish's programming lineup." If they do, we'll let you know as soon as that happens.

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Google Play Music on a Moto X

You know how there were hints that Google Play Music was about to get a Material Design makeover? As it turns out, that's just a small piece of what's in store. Google has updated its Play Music Android, iOS and web apps with a new Listen Now page that focuses on context-aware music stations from the company's recent acquisition, Songza. Provided you're an All Access subscriber, you'll get to stream curated playlists that fit the time of day and your likely activities -- you may get relaxing playlists to take the edge off your commute home, or uptempo tracks for morning exercise. The page also improves discovery with cards that suggest both new releases and stations based on what you like. Google's redesign should be available today in all 45 Play Music countries, so have at it if you're an avid listener.

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There are myriad devices like the Philips Hue that can be controlled with a smartphone, but how about just... a switch? A company called Avi-on was thinking the same thing, so it created a movable Bluetooth dimmer switch that simply sticks to your wall without any holes or wiring. It can be used to control a number of GE-branded Bluetooth devices, like its Smart Bulbs and indoor and outdoor plugs. The system doesn't require a hub, and Avi-on claims the switch's battery will last "multi-years." If you do want to use a smartphone instead, the company also has iOS and Android apps, with features like timers, scheduling and smart device grouping.

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Back in the day, computer science was as legitimate a career path for women as in medicine, law or science. But in 1984, the number of females majoring in computing-related subjects began to fall, and is now as low as 20 percent compared to those other three. It's a surprising trend that NPR's Planet Money has uncovered, and the show's latest episode seeks to answer a simple question: Why? According to the show's experts, computers were advertised as a "boy's toy," and combined with early '80s geek culture staples like the novel Hackers, as well as movies like WarGames and Weird Science, the knock-on effect was to exclude women. It wasn't long before those female computer science majors decided to switch programs to ones where they weren't made to feel inferior, and while there are now signs of recovery, you have to wonder if those same decisions aren't the cause of the current toxic environment for women in technology. If you'd like to hear the show, we've got it embedded after the break.

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If you've been eager to test drive one of the many global smartphone brands that are starting to surface in the US, then this week's giveaway will put a smile on your face. OppoStyle, the official online store for all things Oppo, has given us its flagship Find 7 smartphone, along with an Easy Cover and a set of iLike Bluetooth headphones for one lucky winner this week. This unlocked, 4G/LTE-capable handset boasts a 5.5-inch quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) display and a 13-megapixel camera, which gets a software boost via UltraHD mode to produce 50-megapixels images. It's wrapped in an Astro Black titanium-aluminum alloy frame, while the inside packs a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 32GB of storage. If you want to break away from the pack, this Oppo gear is just the thing. All you need to do is swing by the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning.

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Razer Nabu

You'd be forgiven if you don't remember Razer's Nabu smart band. The company unveiled the activity tracker at CES in January, only to delay the release to late spring... and then to remain mostly silent as that launch window came and went. At last, however, there's light at the end of the tunnel -- the Nabu has just received FCC approval, suggesting that it's close to release in at least the US. The filing doesn't reveal any mysteries (shocker: it's a Bluetooth wearable), but it's nice to know that you'll soon have intelligent wristwear that matches your gaming laptop.

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If your response to the question "How much money did Verizon make in the last quarter" was "$3.79 billion in net profit," then congratulations. Big Red can afford to feel quite smug about its performance in the last three months, finding 1.53 million new wireless customers, of which 1.52 million took up monthly contracts. The tiny sliver of prepaid users has led the company to believe that the pay-as-you-go market is beginning to shrink as people move to monthly deals. Verizon is also happy to announce that it flogged 1.1 million LTE-equipped tablets this quarter, only a slight dip on the 1.15 million sold last time 'round. It's something that the company is happy to encourage, since people are likely to keep hold of their tablets for longer and are much cheaper to subsidize than comparable smartphones.

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The tiny data-analyzing, multi-sport sensor from Zepp is about to get even better. Today, the company founded by former Apple product manager Jason Fass announced that the Zepp Baseball and Zepp Golf apps are adding support for video. Not only will you be able to use your iOS or Android device's camera to capture your swings, but you'll be able to compare them with those from professional athletes. To make that process smoother, the Zepp sensor will trigger each recording remotely, by way of Bluetooth, based on every time you take a swing. Once your swings are recorded and ready to go, you can put them side by side against pros such as David "Big Papi" Ortiz, Mike Trout, Jennie Finch and, on the golf side, Keggan Bradley and Brendan Steele. As of right now, there is content from 12 total athletes, and Zepp tells us more are expected to be added in a few weeks. Even if you don't have the sensor, the apps are still a free download -- so it's a win-win situation for you.

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