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T-Mobile will throttle data on unlimited LTE users if data is used for P2P sharing

A new report says that T-Mobile will soon begin to throttle data speeds for customers who are signed up on its unlimited 4G/LTE plans if they see that the data is being used to access peer-to-peer file sharing networks.

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Samsung announces 'next evolution' of smartphone design — the 2012 iPhone 5!

If I'd fabricated this story back on April 1, 2013, I'd have been called an idiot. (Hell, I probably still will today.) Yet, here we are, August of 2014 and Samsung has just announced the iPhone 5... er... the Galaxy Alpha.

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Man asks Siri to help him hide a body, Siri helps prosecute him

A Florida man accused of killing his roommate reportedly asked Siri for help on how and where to hide the body. The original response that query generated, long since removed by Apple, offered classic pulp fiction locations such as swamps, reservoirs, foundries, and dumps. (The query now returns "I used to know the answer to that question...") Yet that same question, along with other data such as flashlight usage and location, are now being offered into evidence by prosecutors at trial.

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Amazon undercuts Square with own mobile card reader

Amazon is taking on Square and PayPal by launching its own mobile card reader, called Amazon Local Register. Although the ecommerce giant hasn't announced the mobile card reader yet, there is a dedicated section for the product on Amazon's site (where it is available for $10), and a YouTube introduction video highlighting its features.

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Pebble firmware updated to version 2.4

A firmware update for the Pebble smartwatch is pushing out today, bringing the watch to version 2.4 and fixing a slew of bugs and annoyances. You should get a notice that a new version of the operating system is ready for you via the Pebble companion app for your smartphone, or you can dig into the app itself and manually check.

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USB Type-C spec finalized but no word on when it will launch

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has now finalized the spec for a new connector and cable, USB Type-C, that is much smaller than current USB ports and cables. It is also designed to offer reversible plug and cable orientation, meaning that users will be able to insert a USB Type-C cable in its supported port in either direction.

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Robin Williams, 1951 - 2014

Robin Williams was Mork from Ork. He was Popeye. He was Mrs. Doubtfire. He was Adrian Cronauer. He was John Keating. He was Armand Goldman. He was the Genie of the Lamp. He was Comic Relief. He was a San Francisco area resident and Macworld Expo attendee. His voice launched Apple's Your Verse campaign. Comedian, dramatist, activist, entertainer. He was Robin Williams. He passed away last night and he will be missed.

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Tim Cook 'not satisfied' with Apple's diversity report

Apple CEO Tim Cook is following up on their splashy video on diversity from earlier this summer with some hard and apparently disappointing numbers. A human resources report from Apple shows that 55% of employees are white, and 70% are male.

Here's what Cook had to say on the issue.

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Creators of Siri working on Viv, a complex AI that can teach itself

Although Siri has learned a lot of new tricks since the service was launched October 2011, the AI only perform tasks Apple engineers explicitly implement. While Siri is beholden to the Apple ecosystem, a new stealth startup called Viv Labs is aiming to build a better AI, one that can teach itself to "answer almost any query and perform almost any function" using your "personal preferences and a near-infinite web of connections."

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Manchester United ban fans from bringing iPad, iPad mini to home games

Manchester United have announced a ban on usage of all large electronic devices at Old Trafford during home matches this season. The electronic devices are the latest items to join the list of prohibited items at the stadium, with the club stating that any device that exceeds dimensions of 150mm x 100mm will not be allowed into the venue, including the iPad and iPad mini.

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