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Google offers developers a free 4K HDR Android TV streaming dongle

It turns out that the Google-branded Android TV dongle that showed up at the FCC awhile back isn’t a consumer product. Instead, Google is offering it to developers as a reference product for testing their TV applications on. You can apply to receive one of the ADT-2 units from Google directly. The dongle supports 4K […]

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Microsoft open sources original File Manager from the ‘90s so it can run on Windows 10

Microsoft is releasing the source code for its original Windows File Manager from nearly 28 years ago. Originally released for Windows 3.0, the File Manager was a replacement for managing files through MS-DOS, and allowed Windows users to copy, move, delete, and search for files. While it’s a relic from the past, you can still […]

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The $500,000 Solution to a $12 Problem

John was the CEO of ACME Toothpaste and he was always looking for ways to make his factory more efficient. One of the areas he was looking into was the problems caused when an empty box somehow made its way to a store without containing a tube of toothpaste. When a large box packed with […]

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Report: Coinbase made 43 percent of its 2017 revenue in December alone

The digital currency exchange and wallet service Coinbase, founded in 2012 and backed by Silicon Valley investors, recently told shareholders that it booked $1 billion in revenue in 2017. A new independent analysis says about 43 percent of that came in December when the price of bitcoin was surging, and the company’s revenue has plummeted […]

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Nintendo confirms it’s working on a Mario movie with the studio behind Minions

Mario, meet Minions. Today Nintendo confirmed reports that it’s working on an animated Super Mario movie with Illumination, the animation studio behind movies like Despicable Me and Minions. The Wall Street Journal previously reported on the deal back in November. There’s little in the way of details about the film, but it’s being co-produced by […]

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Walmart and Rakuten take on Amazon with Kobo e-reader alliance

Walmart has struck a deal with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten that will see the US company become the exclusive mass retailer of Kobo e-readers. Co-branded Walmart and Kobo apps will be released for ebook and audiobook content, which will be available through Walmart’s website, and Walmart retail stores will also sell digital book cards. Rakuten […]

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“Time well spent” is shaping up to be tech’s next big debate

In 2016, Tristan Harris, whose job title at Google was “design ethicist,” left the company to focus on a new nonprofit he called Time Well Spent. The goal of Time Well Spent is to reverse what it cals “the digital attention crisis” — the brilliants minds at Google, Apple, Facebook, and elsewhere who “hijack our […]

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Tropical Storm Harvey Is Hitting Houston Hard; ‘FEMA’s Going to Be There for Years’

Moses Juarez, left, and Anselmo Padilla wade through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. Image via the AP. Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but as Houston is hit with massive flooding, the Weather Channel is looking pretty grim right now. The National Weather Service […]