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Mercedes-Benz is giving all its customers a year of Tidal HiFi

Tidal has had a rough few months, what with Kanye leaving in a huff, having to find a third CEO in two years and exclusives like Jay-Z's 4:44 being held back from new subscribers. The streaming service continues to stay relevant, though, perhaps thro…
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Huawei set to launch a flagship device with AT&T next year

Huawei is one of the world’s biggest handset manufacturers, behind only Apple and Samsung. If you live in the US, though, you’d probably have no idea, as the company has consistently struggled to develop a meaningful relationship with any of the big four carriers. Part of the reason for Huawei’s struggles in the US has […]

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T-Mobile plans to revamp smartphone installment plans later this year

T-Mobile was the first major carriers to completely ditch two year contracts for its customers and introduce more transparent installment plans, and it’s going to be the first to shake up that industry standard one more time. A new leak suggests that we can expect some serious changes to T-Mobile’s installment billing in the later […]

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Old drug gets an absurd price hike to $89,000 per year

Martin Shkreli doesn't have a monopoly on jacking up drug prices. Marathon Pharmaceuticals has received FDA approval for an old drug used to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, deflazacort, and in the process has raised the price to ridiculously high…
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Instagram nabs 400 million daily active users less than a year since its previous milestone

Instagram now has 400 million daily active users. The photo-sharing app’s unabated growth has seen it add an extra 100 million new daily users to its already impressive tally in just over seven months.

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Energous will bring true wireless charging to the masses later this year

The Energous Miniature WattUp is a reference design for wearables and other small electronics. It delivers truly wireless charging and is scheduled to ship from a number of manufacturing partners later this year.

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Lenovo working on a Yoga Book running Chrome OS for next year

Chromebooks are growing in popularity, which means we’re bound to start seeing different form factors for the Chrome-powered laptops. We’ve already seen some small desktops and high-end laptops in addition to the standard low-cost Chromebooks, with mixed success. But that potential market is going to attract more and more manufacturers, and Lenovo is next in […]

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Updated Ski Utah app tracks all the fresh snow you shred this year

Updated for the 2016-2017 season, the Ski Utah app is compatible with Snocru to keep track of the amount of vert and fresh powder you ski this season, as well as the number of total runs, best speed, and more.

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IMAX VR is coming to Manchester this year

IMAX is teaming up with Odeon to launch a pilot "VR centre" in the UK. The new facility, based in Manchester, will house modular "pods" that can be adapted for different experiences. So whatever you want to do — whether that's a solo viewing of a fi…
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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 might go Exynos-only next year

Lately there’s been a ton of buzz over Apple’s incredibly impressive A10 Fusion CPU in the iPhone 7, and an appropriate head scratching over why we don’t see blistering edge processors like that on Android’s side of the fence, especially from Qualcomm, especially since Qualcomm is the de facto flagship CPU manufacturer. Samsung is wondering […]

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Leaked Honor 6X shows everyone is dual-lens camera crazy this year

Honor, Huawei’s tech-sharing spin-off brand, may have another smartphone with a dual-lens camera in the works. Called the Honor 6X, it may combine the best parts of the Honor 8 and the Honor 5X into one phone.

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Samsung’s electronics sales decline in China and Europe for third consecutive year

For the third straight year, Samsung’s revenues from phone sales in China decreased. Because of the likes of Huawei and Xiaomi now controlling the Chinese market, Samsung might have to rethink its strategy in the country.

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Google reportedly ships its first non-Nexus phone this year

You might not have to wait long to see whether or not rumors of Google having more say over phone designs are true. Sources speaking to the Telegraph claim that Google will release a smartphone with tighter controls over "design, manufacturing and…
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Chinese startup Moxi Group could release the first flexible smartphone this year

Flexible displays are being developed by a number of big companies, but so far we have yet to see a truly flexible device in stores. That could change later this year, however, with the release of such a device by Moxi Group.

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Google could launch an Amazon Echo competitor later this year called ‘Chirp’

It’s been a question asked by many, and for quite some time – “Why hasn’t Google developed a product yet to compete with Amazon’s Echo device?“. Well, it looks like someone at Google is finally listening, and such a device could be unveiled sometime this year.  According to Recode, Google has a team working on […]

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BlackBerry chief John Chen hints at potential midrange smartphone next year

BlackBerry’s chief executive John Chen hinted at more high-end and midrange smartphones coming in the near future, but a lot of the future mobile plans depends on the success of the Priv — the company’s first Android smartphone.

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Congress will give NASA nearly $20 billion next year

In a surprise move, the Republican-controlled Congress has promised to give NASA roughly $ 19.3 billion dollars next year as part of its 2016 omnibus spending bill. That's nearly a billion dollars beyond the $ 18.5 billion that the Obama administration…
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What does Scott Kelly miss most about Earth after spending over a year on the ISS?

Astronaut Scott Kelly broke the record for the longest time in space this past October, at over a year and counting. He has grown accustomed to life up there, and has become well-known through his posts on Twitter. Kelly and his fellow astronauts receive packages from earth and keep in touch with loved ones via email.

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Samsung smartwatch sales are up ‘several hundred percent’ compared to last year

Samsung might not be doing so well in the mobile industry, but its smartwatch sales are up “several hundred percent” compared to last year, according to one executive. That might be due to the Gear S2’s massive popularity in South Korea.

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Biggest year ever for big game ads on YouTube

This year’s football season might be done and dusted, but the battle for most popular big game ad is still in play. To see how trends have played out in the days since the game, we took a look at the top trending videos, facts, and stats about big game ads on YouTube.

We found that viewership is growing faster than before – people have watched more big game ads and teasers in the first six weeks of 2015 than all 52 weeks of 2014. More than 7M hours of big game ads and teasers have been watched on YouTube, up from 6.3M hours for all of 2014.

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Liam cinches his “Revenge”

One of the surprise hits this week was Clash of Clan’s “Revenge” ad featuring Liam Neeson. The spot gained over 20M views this week alone and now clocks in at more than 30M views, making it the most viewed big game ad on YouTube so far. Here’s a look at viewership of game day ads over time, from a report by Pixability:

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(Source: Pixability report “Super Bowl Ads on YouTube,” February 5)

Beards and selfies infiltrate top trending ads
As expected, puppies and celebrities dominated the top trending ads on YouTube. But there were also some lesser-reported trends that spanned across the top game day ads. We found that:

  • Half of the top 10 ads featured men with beards
  • 21 different types of animals (animated or otherwise) made an appearance
  • Two ads had people taking selfies
  • Two ads featured no dialogue at all
  • One: the total number of “Angry Neesons”

Here’s a list of the top trending game day ads on YouTube (based on views as of 2/6):

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There are still three more days to cast your vote for your favorite ad of the game. Visit our AdBlitz channel to cast your ballot before voting ends on February 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Kellen Spadafore, Insights at Google, recently watched “Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots vs. Seahawks highlights.”


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