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Facebook Messenger Is Now Globally Available to Anyone with a Phone Number

Facebook Messenger Is Now Globally Available to Anyone with a Phone Number

In June, Facebook said it was beginning to roll out a new way to use Facebook Messenger – a way to sign up with a phone number and only a phone number. Today, it goes global. As of now, everyone in the world can use Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account. Messenger’s David Marcus made the announcement today. “Excited to …

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Google Self-Driving Cars “Being Hit Surprisingly Often”

Google Self-Driving Cars “Being Hit Surprisingly Often”

Google’s self-driving cars are getting into accidents – but it’s not their fault. Instead it’s human drivers, distracted by their iPhones and such, that keep running into Google’s autonomous vehicles. At least that’s what Google’s Chris Urmson has to day. “Our self-driving cars are being hit surprisingly often by other drivers who are distracted and not paying attention to the …

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Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix

Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. We’ve got a pretty short list for you this week, but it does have a couple of Netflix originals. Also, fans of …

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Hulu May Let You Go Ad-Free for a Price

Hulu May Let You Go Ad-Free for a Price

One of life’s great annoyances (Why do I pay for Hulu but still have to sit through ads?) may be about to get mitigated. Kind of. Hulu is reportedly thinking about offering ad-free streaming – but there’s a catch. Netflix and Amazon Prime, for instance, offer ad-free streaming for all subscribers. Hulu’s plan, according to the Wall Street Journal, is …

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If Mobile Addicts Were The Population Of A Country, It Would Be Just Smaller Than The U.S.

If Mobile Addicts Were The Population Of A Country, It Would Be Just Smaller Than The U.S.

Yahoo’s Flurry released a new report looking at people’s addiction to their mobile devices. In short, addiction is on the rise. “On June 29th Bank of America released the findings of its second annual report on Consumer Mobility,” says Simon Khalaf, SVP of Publisher Products at Flurry. “The report showed that the US population is perpetually plugged-in with 71% of …

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Google Play Downloads 85% Higher Than App Store [Report]

Google Play Downloads 85% Higher Than App Store [Report]

App Annie, an app data service, which is in use by a reported 700,000 apps, released some new data looking at Android vs. iOS apps. The biggest finding is that in Q2, Google Play’s worldwide downloads were about 85% higher than those from Apple’s App Store. App Annie calls this a significant increase from the 70% gap it saw in …

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Neil Young Says He’s Done with Streaming, Citing Sound Quality

Neil Young Says He’s Done with Streaming, Citing Sound Quality

Neil Young says he’s pulling his music from streaming services. No, Young’s issue isn’t money, like Taylor Swift or Prince – Young’s problem is with sound quality, which he calls the worst “in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution.” streaming ends for me today… https://t.co/3CJUtvwjMv — Neil Young (@Neilyoung) July 15, 2015 Here’s what Young had …

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Uber Is Letting Some Drivers Take New Rides During Current Rides

Uber Is Letting Some Drivers Take New Rides During Current Rides

Uber is reportedly testing a new feature in San Diego that allows its drivers to accept new ride requests before they’ve even finished their current fare. From Forbes: “Skip the wait and accept upcoming trips so you can go straight to your next ride,” Uber said in the email. Drivers get a chance to reduce downtime between trips. But Uber …

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Narcos: Here’s the Trailer for Netflix’s Pablo Escobar Series

Narcos: Here’s the Trailer for Netflix’s Pablo Escobar Series

Netflix has just released the official trailer for its upcoming series Narcos. The show stars Wagner Moura, a well-known star in Brazil, as Pablo Escobar. Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal plays a a Mexican DEO agent sent to Colombia on a U.S. mission to capture and ultimately kill him. Here’s Netflix’s official description: NARCOS is the true story of U.S. …

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Is It Time For Flash To Go Away?

Is It Time For Flash To Go Away?

The writing has been on the wall for quite a while. Flash is dying a slow death, yet it continues to gasp for air. After some new vulnerabilities were discovered, many have been calling for the plug to be pulled. Do you think there should be an industry-wide halt in Flash use? Let us know what you think. Facebook’s Chief …

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Amazon’s First Original Movie Is Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’

Amazon’s First Original Movie Is Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’

Amazon, which has begun to have success with its original TV series, is finally jumping into the world of original films. The company has officially announced its first project – Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq. In January, Amazon announced plans to produce at least a dozen original films a year. The movies will be created with theatrical release in mind, but will …

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Netflix Alters How DVD Subscribers Get Email

Netflix Alters How DVD Subscribers Get Email

Netflix is changing the way it emails members of its DVD subscription service. Having been a member for over a decade, I can’t recall a time when this has changed much or at all. They’re going to reduce the frequency of emails by consolidating information. Here’s what the company said in an email to members: Here at Netflix we are …

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