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HBO shows coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video, HBO Go coming to Amazon Fire TV

HBO and Amazon have struck up a multi-year agreement which makes Amazon Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription service for HBO's shows. As a part of the deal, the recently-launched Fire TV will get HBO Go by the end of the year.

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Apple launches 'Powerful' new iPhone 5s ad

Apple has released a new iPhone 5s ad called "Powerful". It's set to the song Gigantic by the Pixies, the ad highlights the iPhone 5s' utility with several kinds of musical instruments and vocals, as a connected controller for lighting, gaming, and rocket launching, for slow motion video, videography, live translation, blood pressure measurement, and finishes with the line — "You're more powerful than you think".

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Apple updates app ratings and content descriptions - here's what is new

Apple has sent out a note to developers about changes to app ratings and content descriptions. They note that these changes may affect the current rating of any applications in the App Store, then give a little insight about what has changed.

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Apple updates iTunes Connect with new content descriptions, territory restrictions, Brazilian game rankings

Apple has made some updates to iTunes Connect, the backend that lets developers manage their apps, that seem to address several long standing pain points. Among them, there's a new "unrestricted web access" description that might help apps with built-in browsers from presenting as adult/porn apps to the unfamiliar, and compliance with Brazil's games rating system, which has caused a lot of frustration for everyone over the years. Here's the full list of updates:

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AT&T posts $17.9 billion in revenue, adds 625,000 postpaid customers in Q1

AT&T reported its first quarter 2014 results, showing impressive growth in revenues, handset sales and customer acquisition for the quarter. While AT&T operates businesses outside of its wireless division, we're going to focus on this portion. For the quarter, AT&T posted $17.9 billion in revenue including handset sales, up 7 percent year-over-year, leading to $5.1 billion in operating income, up 8.1 percent.

On the customer side, AT&T added 625,000 postpaid customers, its largest first quarter gain in five years. It also added 693,000 "connected devices," but saw prepaid customers dip overall in the quarter mostly due to the loss of over 200,000 reseller subscribers. Of those additions, 311,000 were for postpaid smartphones, while 313,000 were tablets.

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iOS 7.1.1 makes sure you know which apps have in-app purchases

Now you can see which apps have the dreaded in-app purchases in the latest update right from the App Store's Top Charts section.

This comes as part of the iOS 7.1.1 update, and it's a great addition under that button that says "FREE."

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OS X Security Update addresses Safari vulnerabilities and bugs

Apple has issued an OS X security update today that should improve compatibility, stability and security. The bulk of the update is centered around Safari 7.0.3, and has the following changes, per Apple:

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Apple releases iOS 7.1.1 with a few bug fixes, Touch ID improvements

Apple has pushed out iOS 7.1.1, updating the recently-released iOS 7.1 with a few bug fixes. Those include additional improvements to the already improved Touch ID and a pair of other fixes for responsiveness and Bluetooth connectivity. Unspecified security fixes are also included. The full changelog for the whopping 26.1MB update follows.

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Intel sketches out the next generation of Thunderbolt: twice as fast, 33% thinner

The ThunderBolt connector has used the same plug-and-port design for years, but the next generation is reported to mix things up with a new design and even faster speeds. Intel has given the as-of-yet-unnamed standard (we'd place iCash on Thunderbolt 3) update the codename Alpine Ridge, and it's said to double the transmission rates of Thunderbolt 2 to up to 40Gbps. The new connector is also shorter in height, measuring in at around 3mm, compared to the 4.5 mm of the current Thunderbolt design.

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Sprint plans for their iPhones sold next year to be SIM unlockable

American carriers are making progress in being more open and customer-friendly — particularly T-Mobile — but Sprint is preparing to take a significant step forward by ensuring that the devices they sell to customers are able to be SIM unlocked. Eventually. In 2015. In an FAQ on Sprint's unlocking policy, the company states that they are "working to ensure that all devices developed and launched on or after February 11, 2015 are capable of being unlocked domestically."

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