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There's a revamped version of minimalist to-do app Any.Do out today, and using it might cost you. Today, the company announced Any.Do 2.0, a version of the cross-platform service focused on turning your lists into collaborative projects. It's meant to unify your work and personal lists, while making it easier for other people to see and modify them — the creators want you to be using it to organize your entire life (or, as CEO Omer Perchik puts it, your "portfolio of experiences and aspirations"), not just check off items. ...

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It’s been a great week so far for paid iPhone and iPad apps that were made available for free for a limited time, and a few good ones from Wednesday’s post are still free if you hurry. Thursday is another day, however, and today we have another batch of seven apps to share. Want to download $23 worth of nifty iOS apps without paying a dime? Scroll through the list below and hurry before these limited-time sales end. DON’T MISS: Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging through your library when you show them a photo These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no

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It looks like HBO wants a seventh season of Game of Thrones. The series has already been ordered through its sixth season, and now The Hollywood Reporter says that HBO has reworked its stars' contracts to make sure that they'll all be onboard should it order a seventh. Game of Thrones' stars were only signed for six seasons, which made extending their contracts a must to keep the show going, according to the Reporter.

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The doctor gives my scrotum a firm tug, stretching the skin flat. “This is where I would punch the hole,” he explains. I wince, and he says, “I can assure you, it doesn’t hurt at all.” From there, he explains, it’s a simple process to extract and sever my vas deferens, the tiny tubes that carry my seed. Just to be safe, he’ll cauterize the cut ends before tying them back together, burning my baby-making apparatus into oblivion.

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The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are Google’s latest Nexus-branded smartphone and tablet, and while both devices are available for preorder from Google Play — the Nexus 6 is already sold out though — Android fans are yet to get their next Nexus toys. While you wait for your Nexus 6 and/or Nexus 9 to be delivered to your door, you can already check out the first unboxing videos, with Phone Arena having already posted such videos on YouTube. FROM EARLIER: You can preorder Google’s incredible Nexus 6 right now As you can easily see, Google opted for a minimal retail box design for both the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 — somewhat similar to what Apple has

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An amusement park in Stockholm uses a terrifying technique to frighten people on the street into paying attention to their latest attraction.>

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The company unveils a new service that would monitor a person's sleep patterns and provide feedback on improving restfulness.>

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Craig Ferguson, host of the Late Late Show, announced he was leaving his gig for new horizons earlier this year. He'll be getting a slightly unexpected — but amazing — musical send-off: Metallica says they'll play a song on the show every night for a week to commemorate Ferguson's time as host, Rolling Stone reports.

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Samsung's Gear S smartwatch will launch in the United States on November 7th, the company announced today. All four major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will carry the device, and you'll also be able to purchase it from Samsung's store-in-a-store shops at Best Buy locations across the US. The Gear S will be available in black or white, but Samsung's not revealing any pricing details;

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Whether you're talking on-track performance or off-track health benefits, Formula 1 has been at the forefront of technology for decades. One obvious example is the evolution of the cars' steering wheels, which have sprouted enough knobs, buttons, lights, and displays that they look more like something out of a spacecraft than an earthbound machine. McLaren Mercedes — the second-oldest active F1 team behind Ferrari — just posted a look back through some of the most radical wheel designs that their team's drivers have used over the years with some insight into when, why, and how they changed.

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When in doubt, attack the iPhone. This is a strategy that has been employed countless times over the past seven years, ever since Apple’s iPhone first came along and turned the smartphone industry on its head in 2007. One company actually managed to turn iPhone-bashing into a successful business, but it costs Samsung double-digit billions in marketing money each year to make its anti-Apple campaign work. Of course, most companies don’t have that kind of money to spend on marketing and advertising, so they haven’t fared quite as well. Microsoft is no stranger to targeting Apple in marketing, of course, and its latest effort is one of its most curious to date. DON’T MISS: Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging

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As the mainstream adoption and subsequent uproar around Apple Pay has shown, people are beginning to expect that the financial industry catch up with the supercomputer in their pocket. Credit cards and cash are still on the front lines, but the bigger changes will come when startups bring their innovations inside the banking industry itself. ...

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If you're a sci-fi fan, you're probably familiar with some of Alex Garland's incredible work: he wrote the tense thriller Sunshine and the revered zombie film 28 Days Later. Now Garland is directing his first film, and the result is Ex Machina: a thriller about two men testing the intelligence of an AI inside a robotic woman's body. The men, played by Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, both work for an "internet-search giant" — so it's easy to imagine what the film may be trying to parallel there — but the crux of the story appears to be around some strange emergence of sexuality and deception. ...

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Google opened Nexus 6 preorders on Wednesday in the U.S., but the company soon sold out the available 32GB versions of the first Nexus phablet, and the 64GB version was still listed as “coming soon.” This isn’t the first time Google’s new Nexus handsets sold out soon after being made available in the Google Play Store, but Google might have a special reason for only taking a limited number of preorders in its online store, at least according to MobileSyrup. FROM EARLIER: You can preorder Google’s incredible Nexus 6 right now The publication says the Nexus 6 is “huge” for Google’s future in the smartphone company, and the phone is intended to be sold mainly through carriers, rather than on Google Play. “This is the

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The new roller suction head uses microfibre and carbon strips to suck up anything from fine dust to large pieces of kibble.>

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Michael Bay may be officially handing off his crowd-pleasing but critically panned Transformers for weightier fare: a film about the 2012 attack on US diplomatic and CIA compounds in Benghazi, Libya. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety report that Bay is in talks to direct a film adaptation of 13 Hours, a recently released account of the Benghazi incident that ended with the deaths of a US ambassador, a State Department official, and two CIA operatives. Unlike Bay's massive Transformers films, which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to make, 13 Hours will supposedly have a budget of $30 to $40 million, taking it out of the range of huge Hollywood blockbusters (for comparison, Gone Girl's budget was around $60 million;

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If there was any doubt on how theaters felt about patrons using Google Glass, the Motion Picture Association of America and National Association of Theatre Owners have quashed it: an update to their joint anti-theft policy has just been "made to fully integrate wearable tech into the rules." If it can record, the new guidelines say, shut it off and put it away. The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have a long history of welcoming technological advances and recognize the strong consumer interest in smart phones and wearable "intelligent" devices. As has been our long-standing policy, all phones must be silenced and other recording devices, including wearable devices, must be turned off and put away at show time.

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Your Instagram feed is going to start having a new type of ad in it: videos. Starting today, Instagram is allowing advertisers to start running 15-second video ads that'll appear in your feed the same way that sponsored image posts have for almost a year now, according to Adweek. Instagram has reportedly been testing the videos for several months, so it's possible that you've already seen one, but video ads are widely launching today, beginning with spots from Disney, Banana Republic, Activision, Lancome, and the CW network.

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Lenovo announced Thursday it has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, a move strengthening the Chinese giant's position in the smartphone market.

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Despite the fact that all of its products now leak long before they are formally announced, Apple remains one of the most secretive technology companies in the world. Of course, it makes sense that the most valuable company in the United States would want to protect its secret sauce, so one can’t exactly blame Apple for closing itself off to the public, for the most part. Then again, when a company is as secretive as Apple, it makes the private bits and pieces that do manage to trickle out far more tantalizing — and some juicy bits and pieces were shared recently when several anonymous Apple employees shared some details surrounding what it’s like to work for Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - A trademark spat between Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and rival JD.com flared into public view after JD published an Alibaba letter urging publishers to be careful about advertising in promotions for China's annual "Singles' Day" spree, the world's largest online shopping day. In the letter, dated Oct. 16 and published on Thursday on a JD social media account, Alibaba's Tmall.com marketplace warned Chinese publishers against running ads with the "Double Eleven" motif that are not official Alibaba promotions. ...

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Lenovo announced Thursday it has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, a move strengthening the Chinese giant's position in the smartphone market. The $2.9 billion deal, announced in January, ends Google's brief ownership of the onetime mobile phone star. By adding Motorola, Lenovo positions itself among the top global smartphone makers behind Samsung and Apple. Lenovo will operate Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, keeping the Chicago-based headquarters and adding some 3,500 employees, including 2,800 in the United States.

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By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - NXP Semiconductors is taking advantage of the recent excitement around Apple Inc's new mobile payment system with the tap-to-pay technology built into the newest iPhones by pitching it to car makers. Apple's inclusion of near-field-communications, or NFC, in its latest smartphones and its Apple Pay system unveiled last month has given a long-awaited seal of approval to the technology. ...

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If you own a compatible Galaxy smartphone, this should prove a welcome addition to your wrist. Plus: tons of free apps from Amazon.>

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Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped an unexpected surprise on Thursday morning when he decided to finally come out as gay. Even though Cook’s sexuality has long been a topic of speculation, the Apple boss put all doubts to rest in a heartfelt essay in Bloomberg Businessweek where he talked about his experiences as a gay man and how they’ve shaped what he sees as his role as CEO of Apple. Bloomberg TV has just posted an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel, who worked with Cook on crafting his essay for the publication. In the interview, Tyrangiel reveals that coming out publicly was something Cook has been thinking about for a long time, although he’s been reluctant to pull the

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