FCC net neutrality vote halted due to security concerns (updated)

As FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was in the middle of giving his comment on the net neutrality proposal, someone handed him a note. He quickly said that on advice of security, the Commission needed to take a break. The feed was then cut off. Politico kept it…

Source: Engadget – FCC net neutrality vote halted due to security concerns (updated)

Soundcloud’s redesigned app puts the focus on music discovery

Today, Soundcloud launched a redesigned app that puts an emphasis on discoverability. It takes a page from Spotify, with a new home screen that has curated recommendations and personalized playlists to help listeners find their new favorite Soundclou…

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'Grand Theft Auto' publisher Take-Two opens an indie label

Take-Two is the latest major games publisher to open up an indie label. From the sounds of it, Private Division will operate like a smaller scale version of Take-Two itself, giving developers leeway to work on things at their own pace and not worry a…

Source: Engadget – ‘Grand Theft Auto’ publisher Take-Two opens an indie label

Vodafone customers given second chance to ditch contracts scot-free

Some Vodafone customers are being given a second chance to ditch their mobile contracts without incurring any nasty early exit penalties, after the provider changed the way roaming fees work earlier this year. Ahead of roaming charges being abolished…

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Microsoft's Mixer app relaunches with more streaming features

Microsoft’s revamped Mixer app is coming out of beta. Back in October the company announced it was working on redesigning the livestreaming app to make it easier to find new and relevant gaming broadcasts. Features included a reworked Trending sectio…

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Google adds more tools to help you find travel deals

Here’s the thing about vacations: they’re fun, but they can also be stressful when you start thinking about how much they’ll cost you. Google is trying to take a bit of that stress away by launching a handful of features that can make your trips more…

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Japan’s answer to Amazon is building its own mobile network

Japanese e-commerce platform Rakuten has announced its plan to shake up the mobile business in its home country. Reuters is reporting that the company is applying for a license to offer 4G service, making it Japan’s fourth national wireless carrier….

Source: Engadget – Japan’s answer to Amazon is building its own mobile network

UK tribunal declares WikiLeaks a media organization

A British tribunal released a ruling today on a freedom of information case in which an Italian journalist, Stefania Maurizi, sought documents regarding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition. While the tribunal decided that she could not get…

Source: Engadget – UK tribunal declares WikiLeaks a media organization

Armed robbers steal $1.8 million worth of cryptocurrency

The Manhattan District Attorney has charged a man with robbery and kidnapping after he swiped a digital wallet containing a fortune in ethereum cryptocurrency. Louis Meza and an associate allegedly held up the victim at gunpoint after luring him into…

Source: Engadget – Armed robbers steal .8 million worth of cryptocurrency

Axiim launches the first wireless audio transmitter for Xbox

Xbox made its commitment to WiSA known in October when it became the first gaming brand to join the Wireless Speaker and Audio Association, so it was a race against the clock for AV brands to be the first to deliver supporting gear. Axiim is first pa…

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China accused of 'unjustifiable' DNA sample collection

China has been quietly collecting biometric data from millions of people in Xinjiang, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW). Since February, authorities have been gathering DNA samples, fingerprints and eye scans of those in the reg…

Source: Engadget – China accused of ‘unjustifiable’ DNA sample collection

Pandora lets free users sample its on-demand service

It’s been just over a year since Pandora first gave an official glimpse of its on-demand music service, meant to go up against the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. And while there’s a lot to like about Pandora Premium, it hasn’t exactly shaken up th…

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Ataribox delays pre-orders due to development problems

Preorders for the Ataribox were scheduled to start today, December 14th, but it appears that plan has hit a snag. Atari sent out an email today that said it’s taking longer than expected “to create the platform and ecosystem the Atari community deser…

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ISS astronauts won’t miss out on ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting theaters across the world this week, moviegoers will finally be able to witness the new space adventures that the franchise consistently delivers. However, actual space explorers will also get the chance to enjoy…

Source: Engadget – ISS astronauts won’t miss out on ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Two million identities stolen for fake net neutrality comments

As many as 2 million identities were stolen to leave fake comments in support of the FCC’s decision to kill net neutrality, according to the New York Attorney General’s Office. Based on the 5,000 or so complaints filed with the office, some of the vi…

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