Wednesday, March 2, 2016

IT News Head Lines (Digital Trends) 03/03/2016

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Microsoft bleeds IE users to Google, Chrome on top by mid-year
Likely driven by Windows users looking for an alternative to Microsoft's browsers, Internet Explorer usage appears to be in a freefall while Google Chrome usage continues to rise month after month.
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Facebook Live Videos will be given more prominence thanks to an algorithm update
Facebook has updated its News Feed algorithm to display Live Videos above older streams, making it easier than ever to tune into live streams in the moment. The social network claims users watch Live Videos three times longer than general clips.
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Vice CEO explains how Viceland is modeled after Netflix
At the Code/Media conference with Award winning director Spike Jonze, Vice CEO Shane Smith detailed how Netflix's revenue model was an inspiration for Vice's first ever TV network, Viceland. He also explained why starting a TV network was logical.
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Team up with Alexa to solve the Waynes’ murder in new Batman v Superman promotion
With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opening in theaters soon, Warner Bros. and DC Comics have teamed up with Amazon Echo to launch a new interactive promotional game called The Wayne Investigation. Users work with Alexa to solve the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents.
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Facebook VP arrested in Brazil for failing to hand over WhatsApp data in drug trafficking investigation
Facebook and Instagram VP Diego Dzodan has been detained by police in Brazil. Authorities state the arrest was made after the social network failed to comply with a court order seeking WhatsApp data for a criminal investigation into drug trafficking.
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Reddit 3016 is an interactive parody of what Reddit might look like in 1,000 years
An artist spent the last four years recreating what Reddit could look like 1,000 years into the future. Called Reddit 3016, the platform contains a collection of photo-shopped ads, videos, and articles emulating the future.
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AT&T caters to cord-cutters with plans to add 3 new DirecTV streaming options
AT&T is looking to appeal to the growing number of actual and aspiring cord-cutters out there. The company has announced plans to introduce three new options for streaming DirecTV in late 2016.
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Here’s what’s new on Amazon Prime Instant Video for March
Amazon Prime Instant Video takes a page from competitor Netflix and adds new titles each month, available free to all Prime members. Check out the list to find out all that's new to watch on Amazon this month.
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Humble Bundle collects classic Star Wars PC games in latest compilation
Humble Bundle serves up a collection of classic Star Wars PC games as part of its latest pay-what-you-want digital compilation, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Unicef and Star Wars: Force for Change.
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Two ultrabooks enter, only one leaves: Dell's XPS 13 vs. Asus Zenbook UX305CA
Dell's XPS 13 has held the ultrabook crown for more than a year, but the Asus Zenbook UX305 is an undeniably good value. Which one is the right choice for you? Check out our in-depth spec comparison and decide for yourself.
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EA gives up on trademarking “Ghost” video game
Electronic Arts has withdrawn a trademark application it filed for an unannounced property called "Ghost" last week, possibly to avoid a legal dispute from Ubisoft.
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McLaren’s 570GT is the coolest hatchback you’ll ever see
The 570GT joins the 570S coupe as a member of McLaren's "Sports Series" lineup. McLaren believes the new model's more practical body style will make it an excellent long-distance tourer.
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The Division launch trailer sets high stakes for its shoot-and-loot grind
Tom Clancy's The Division hit stores consoles and PC next week, which means its time a new broadly explanatory narrative trailer.
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A 400-hp electric coupe is the last car we’d expect to see from DS … yet here it is
Peugeot-Citroen's DS division will introduce a concept called E-Tense at the Geneva Auto Show. The E-Tense takes the form of a muscular-looking coupe powered by a 400-horsepower electric drivetrain.
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Meow! Jag’s 200 mph F-Type SVR growls its way into Geneva
We already know the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR has 575 horsepower and will top 200 mph, but here are the rest of the details on Jag's long-awaited F-Type hot rod ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut.
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Fitbit’s Blaze color touchscreen smartwatch is on sale today
Fitbit's Blaze is finally available for purchase from various online retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, REI, and more. The Blaze is more smartwatch than fitness band, and it will retail for $200.
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Orange is the New Black season 4 teaser takes jab at Oscars, reveals little
A short teaser for the fourth season of Netflix original series Orange is the New Black shows plenty of prison hijinks, and trouble, to come, leaving us to wonder about Alex's fate.
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Quantum Break Will Require an Internet Connection Thanks to Streaming TV Episodes
The variable live-action TV-style episodes that cap off each chapter of Microsoft-exclusive game Quantum Break will be delivered via online streaming, rather than playing from downloaded files.
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VW’ city-centric ‘up!’ gets bigger engine, new colors, Beats Audio
Volkswagen's Up city car is getting a small makeover after nearly five years on the market. The updates include a minor face lift, more convenience features in the cabin, and a new turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine.
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The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge don’t support Quick Charge 3.0, but the LG G5 does
You would think that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are Quick Charge 3.0 capable since they both feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. Unfortunately that's not the case, they only support Quick Charge 2.0.
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Bentley’s updated Mulsanne is about as subtle as a money pyramid
The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne has debuted at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Changes include revised styling, upgraded tech, and a new Extended Wheelbase model. An air of smugness comes standard.
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Time to kill? Here are 129 riveting movies you can watch on Netflix right now
Save yourself from hours of scrolling and searching through Netflix's massive library by checking out this list of our favorite movies you can stream right now.
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Porsche’s 718 Boxster revives a classic name and flat-four engine
Porsche has revealed its Boxster-replacing 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S, both of which ditch the naturally-aspirated flat-six engine for a turbo four. The base model now makes 300 horsepower while the S model bumps output to 350.
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The Lonely Island movie’s title and poster are as absurd as you’d expect
Universal Pictures has revealed the name of the upcoming Lonely Island movie, and it is an absurd mouthful. The comedy, which stars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, is called Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.
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Microsoft’s plan to unify the Xbox and PC is doomed
Microsoft has released information about its future plans to unify the Xbox and PC platforms. While the idea is enticing, the company's recent history should leave gamers skeptical.
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Mercedes pops the top off the 2017 C-Class Cabriolet in Geneva
Mercedes-Benz has revealed the 2017 C-Class Cabriolet ahead of its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Available in C300 RWD, C300 4MATIC, and C43 AMG guise, the Cabriolet will begin arriving in U.S. dealerships this summer.
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Forget FLAC! MQA is a new file format that squeezes superior sound into less space
This year at MWC we demoed a new format that might well turn the world of hi-res audio on its head. Called MQA, the compression system from Meridian Audio creates files that are smaller than FLAC files, and sound better too.
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DT Giveaway: Release the Razer Kraken Pro! We’re giving away 5 pairs
The $80 Kraken Pro is the best gaming headset Razer makers, and we're giving away five pairs as this week's DT Giveaway! Enter here for your chance to win.
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DJI’s next Phantom dodges obstacles, follows automatically, cruises at 45 mph
DJI, the world's leading manufacturer of consumer drones, announced the next generation of its insanely popular Phantom line of drones, the Phantom 4, which features upgraded smart features and a new Obstacle Sensing System.
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