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Sure, Amazon is focusing on Ultra HD (4K) broadcasts for its upcoming streaming content, but that isn't all that the company has on the agenda. Two months after it began supporting high dynamic range (HDR) in the US, Prime members in the UK now have the chance to watch some Amazon Instant Video sh...

August 25th 2015 at 4:25am 0 Comments
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Russia's government apparently thinks that by censoring the Internet, its citizens will forget that drugs exist. After briefly banning Reddit recently over a single thread about psychedelic mushrooms, Russia's Roscomnadzor agency (which is charged with policing the Internet for objectionable mater...

August 24th 2015 at 9:35pm 0 Comments
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In-flight internet comes with a kind of technological ambivalence -- the fact that it exists at all feels like a complete miracle, but at the same time it almost always totally sucks. Don't worry though, it's about to get better: Gogo, one of the largest providers of commercial in-flight internet,...

August 24th 2015 at 8:18pm 0 Comments
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If you've ever wanted to make an online contribution to a non-profit but were put off by having to wade through the organization's website, Facebook has your back. It's deploying a "Donate Now" button that can pop up both in ads and on non-profits' social network pages. Click it and you can go s...

August 24th 2015 at 6:18pm 0 Comments
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Don't despair if you're a Comcast customer jonesing for super-fast gigabit internet access -- it'll come your way eventually. The cable company's network architecture VP explains to FierceCable that the broadband technology needed for this kind of service (the DOCSIS 3.1 standard) should reach Co...

August 24th 2015 at 4:50pm 0 Comments
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After suspending API access to the Open State Foundation's (OSF) primary American account in May, Twitter went ahead and nixed the foundation's 30 remaining satellite accounts over the weekend. OSF employed these accounts to monitor and publicize the deleted tweets of elected officials in countrie...

August 24th 2015 at 2:42pm 0 Comments
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Twitter's direct messages via the web just got more useful. Today the social network will start rolling out DM notifications for its site which will be available for everyone by the end of the week. Once it does go live for you, if you have Twitter.com open in a browser tab and get a DM, a notific...

August 24th 2015 at 1:59pm 0 Comments
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While Apple and Google are incorporating more public transport data into their operating systems, standalone apps like Citymapper continue to lead the way in terms of features. Already in 28 cities, the travel app combines bus routes and live times, train timetables and cycle paths, but from today...

August 24th 2015 at 10:33am 0 Comments
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UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is currently reviewing whether BT and Openreach, a subsidiary which manages most of the UK's broadband infrastructure, should be left alone or separated entirely. Sky and TalkTalk have already expressed their views -- unsurprisingly, they want the pair split up -- and n...

August 24th 2015 at 10:15am 0 Comments
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When Windows 95 launched on Thursday August 24th 1995 (the clue's in the name), Mortal Kombat was the surprise box office hit, TLC was top of the charts, and Microsoft was pushing its new operating system with a $250 million publicity campaign. Start buttons everywhere, buying the rights to The Ro...

August 24th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Many activists thrive on Twitter, both to get their messages heard and to coordinate their on-the-ground action. However, it looks like there's a growing, sophisticated effort to dismantle Mexican anti-corruption and anti-violence protests through the same social network. Journalists have noticed...

August 23rd 2015 at 11:47pm 0 Comments
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If you can't help but take photos of your food before you chow down, you'll be glad to hear that Google might be ready to fuel your habit. Months after shutting down its experimental food shot app Tablescape, Google is testing a Maps feature that would notify you when you take a food photo at a re...

August 23rd 2015 at 6:45pm 0 Comments