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Go ahead and dust off your OUYAs, friends -- it's updatin' time. The little Android game console that could wasn't exactly the runaway hit its creators were hoping for, but some fresh features found in the new Chupacabra update help this thing stand a bit taller. As far as the team is concerned, the biggest draw is the addition of AC3, DTS and AAS audio passthrough support for the exceedingly popular XBMC media center app.

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Sony detailed the first major update for the PlayStation 4 on Wednesday, introducing the SHAREfactory video editor and the ability to pre-download games that haven’t hit the PlayStation Store yet. Despite its unending success in the marketplace, the PlayStation 4 has fallen behind the Xbox One recently in terms of additional features. Microsoft began patching Xbox One almost immediately after launch, adding an enhanced Twitch application, improving the party system and updating the UI. One of the more compelling features of the Xbox One is the Upload Studio app, which allows players to record, edit and share their gameplay footage with others. PlayStation 4 owners can record footage as well, but there is no way to edit the footage from

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Samsung Electronics Co said on Friday it would license its latest chip manufacturing technology to U.S. firm GlobalFoundries, a move that would help it expand production as it vies with bigger rival TSMC for orders from customers like Apple Inc. Samsung, the world's biggest maker of memory chips, wants to grow its foundry chip manufacturing and mobile processing chips business to match rising demand from smartphone makers. Its ambitions have been hampered by a late start in a rapidly changing industry and the dominance of TSMC, the preferred supplier for most customers. In a statement, Samsung said it had agreed to license its 3-dimentional chip manufacturing technology, called FinFET, to New York-based GlobalFoundries, the world's second-largest contract chipmaker.

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One of the things the PlayStation 4 has sorely needed since launch is a more robust video editing suite. Sony's latest software update for the system will finally add video editing tools, as well as a few other useful features. The video editing app, called SHAREfactory, will come as part of the PS4's v1.70 software update (coming "soon," according to Sony's blog).

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This announcement, made today in the journal Current Biology, represents the first documented instance of a "female penis" in the animal kingdom. They actually rely on the size of an animal's gametes — sperm in males and oocytes in females. "The female penis is a completely novel structure," said Yoshizawa Kazunori, an entomologist at Japan's Hokkaido University and co-author of the study, in an email to The Verge. At first glance they're unremarkable, Yoshizawa said, because they closely resemble other cave-dwelling insects in the region.

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Google's little $35 dongle is like a fine wine: it just keeps getting better with age. Today, the Chromecast is adding support for MLB.tv, letting you push out live out-of-market games right to your TV from a smartphone or tablet. The only caveat is that you'll need an MLB.tv Premium subscription to do so, but chances are most of you hardcore fans of America's pastime already have one of those.

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Earlier this week, AT&T did the carrier equivalent of threatening to take its ball and go home if it doesn’t get exactly what it wants. The Federal Communications Commission needs to show that it’s prepared to let Ma Bell walk away in a huff. As Re/code informs us, AT&T has said that it will reconsider whether it will even take part in next year’s hugely important auction for spectrum on the 600MHz band unless the FCC reverses its decision to reserve about 30MHz worth of licenses on the band for smaller carriers. “AT&T has never declined to participate in a major spectrum auction and certainly did not intend to do so here,” wrote AT&T VP of federal regulatory issues Joan Marsh

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Walmart has announced plans for an in-house cash transfer service called Walmart2Walmart, launching April 24th at more than 4000 Walmart locations across the country. Focusing on cash transfers under $1,000, the service aims to undercut competitors like Western Union on prices while shoring up the retail giant's core businesses. The rates vary as low as ten percent depending on the size of the transfer, still well above online competitors like Venmo and Square Cash. (Anyone willing to trade in bitcoin can still transfer free of charge. ...

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LG says that Apple TV support is also in the works, but isn't supported at launch. Apple TV's AirPlay is the most popular, but recently Chromecast has garnered a lot of attention. Other attempts to compete with AirPlay like DIAL and DLNA have failed because of technical problems or lack of support. Can anything beat AirPlay?

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Starting today, you'll be able to watch America's pastime on Chromecast. MLB.TV now supports Google's $35 streaming stick, and fans can start casting games to the TV once the required updates for At Bat 2014 arrive on Android and iOS this afternoon. A premium subscription to MLB.TV is required if you want to stream with Chromecast.

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American faith in technology is high, but our faith in weather control is low — and we're very worried about designer babies and Google Glass. The Pew Research Center, whose surveys we've frequently cited when talking about present-day cellphone and internet use, has produced one of its most forward-looking reports yet: an opinion poll of how Americans see the future. Our actual overall opinion of technology is optimistic, but once we look at individual technologies and demographics, the seams start to show. A majority of Americans, albeit not a huge one, believe that technological change will lead to a future where our lives are mostly better.

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It’s been years since ringtones were a multimillion-dollar industry, but the medium still has value for James Ferraro. James Ferraro: 100% (designed by Other Means).

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House of Cards may be the hottest Netflix exclusive, but at least during one point last summer, All Things D reported that Orange is the New Black was actually the most popular. Whether that's still the case or not, that means there's plenty of viewers out there eager for more, and Netflix has just debuted the trailer for the series' second season to start raising their excitement.

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​Today Yahoo is rolling our Flickr "3.0," a completely redesigned approach to its photo-sharing apps on Android and iOS. In addition to offering improved sharing through Dropbox and Google+, Flickr on mobile now features Instagram-like filters and in-depth editing tools. We especially like the new option to view each photo's metadata, including which camera an image was shot with, aperture setting and more.

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By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc took a significant step Thursday towards broaden its advertising business by offering mobile ads urging people to install apps on its social network as well as through MoPub, the mobile-advertising network it acquired last year. As the mobile app economy grows, app developers have been willing to pay increasing amounts to advertise on major sites like Facebook to boost their app downloads. Twitter said Thursday it could reach 1 billion unique mobile devices through its MoPub network, which places ads inside of hundreds of apps. Twitter, which acquired MoPub last year for roughly $350 million, reaches a more limited audience of 240 million users through its own Twitter.com Web site and mobile apps.

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A video game about war is not a new idea. We checked out an early demo of the game at the recent PAX East video game convention in Boston, Mass., and were already impressed with its harsh examination of the other side of war.

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The network of sites known as the darknet, only accessible through the anonymizing Tor browser, resembles the early internet in many ways — including being difficult to navigate. That makes it tough for customers attempting to shop for drugs, fake IDs, or other items on the darknet's black markets like Black Bank, Silk Road, and Pandora. However, an anonymous developer has released Grams, a search engine that has indexed eight of the darknet's markets. Like Google or Expedia, Grams (http://grams7enufi7jmdl.onion) delivers top search results according to relevance, and users can restrict the search only to certain markets or sort by price or date.

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Apple's Siri may soon be able to tell you what catchy song you've been listening to. Rumored for release with iOS 8, the new iPhone feature will reportedly integrate the popular Shazam music identification service. Shazam has been available as a standalone smartphone app for quite some time, racking up 90 million monthly users.

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Siri is getting a lot of competition from Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana these days, but some young hackers have just made Siri much more useful, even if they did so without Apple’s permission. Engadget draws our attention to GoogolPlex, a new hack for Siri developed by a quartet of freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania that lets you use Apple’s voice-enabled personal assistant to adjust the temperature on your Nest thermostat or to shuffle through your Spotify playlist. What makes this particular hack really great is that it’s extremely easy to set up. First, you need to go to your Wi-Fi settings on your iOS device and click on the “i” icon next to the network you’re connected to. From there,

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RunKeeper is one of the most popular run-tracking apps for the iPhone, and today it's launching a new app called Breeze to take count of how much you're walking around too. While there's no shortage of pedometer apps for the iPhone 5S, Breeze stands out by keeping its interface simple, giving you a personalized walking goal to reach every day and telling you exactly how close you should be to it during any given hour. Even so, Breeze doesn't give you quite as much to dig into as other walking trackers, such as Nike+ Move, but it also doesn't bog you down with more information than the basics, which can be a good thing when you just want to know if you're sitting around too much each day. That's an issue other apps ignore, but Breeze isn't quite as passive.

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It's the natural order of things: NVIDIA releases a new line of mobile GPUs and suddenly the market is flooded with new gaming laptops. It is spring, after all. Most notebooks in the category follow a standard form, but every now and then someone breaks the oversized, hulking mold.

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Sonos is planning to eliminate the most annoying part of its popular "wireless" music setup. Currently, if you've got Sonos speakers throughout the house, at least one of them needs to be plugged into your home router to achieve wireless playback and keep everything in sync. Thankfully, Sonos has figured out how to remove the bothersome requirement altogether. The new approach involves setting up one of Sonos' speakers with a smartphone and entering your Wi-Fi password to link everything together.

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Aereo is trying to win over public support ahead of its big battle with broadcasters in the Supreme Court next week. The service, which allows customers to stream broadcast TV on demand, has launched a website called Protect My Antenna to explain how Aereo works and what challenges it's facing in the court. Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia also sat down for a lengthy interview with Katie Couric, which also includes with a lengthy explainer on how Aereo works and why it believes those methods to be legal. Aereo and broadcasters continue arguing the same points

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The Philips W6618 is a monster smartphone that packs an impressive 5300mAh battery. The device was released earlier this week in China where it retails for 1,699 Yuan, or around $273, PhoneArena reports. The battery is non-removable and it offers a standby time of 66 days and talk time of 33 hours. Because the battery is so big, the phone is also slightly thicker than competitors, having a 11.6mm profile. While the W6618 has an impressive built-in battery, it’s far from being a flagship device, especially the kind of power horse that really needs improved battery life. The smartphone packs a 5-inch display with qHD resolution (960 x 540,) 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, microSD

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Though "fueling" an EV costs a pittance next to a gas-guzzler, hunting for that next compatible charging network can bring on cold sweats. Nissan Leaf buyers in 25 markets will soon be able to relax, though. A new "EZ-Charge" card will grant two years of free charging across four major networks: ChargePoint, Blink, AeroVironment and NRG's eVGO.

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