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De La Soul Kickstarter Album

Interview: Hip hop pioneers De La Soul change the game again with crowd-funded album

Interview: Hip hop pioneers De La Soul change the game again with crowd-funded album

By about 6 hours ago.

When groundbreaking hip-hop trio De La Soul decided it was time to make the group’s eighth album “And the Anonymous Nobody” – its first release in 11 years – the pioneering rappers had a vision for the collection of tracks they’re planning to release in September.

The group’s members knew, for example, they wanted to bring in an eclectic set of guests artists like rapper 2 Chainz and David Byrne of the Talking Heads. They wanted the music to turn heads and make a statement. Even more important – they wanted to go the crowd-funding route, to side-step the complications and interference of teaming up with a label, says the group’s Dave Jolicoeur.

On Monday, they unveiled a Kickstarter campaign for the album with a goal set at $110,000. Less than 24 hours later, the group had already topped the goal in a big way, with fan response bringing in pledges at the time of this writing that total more than $265,000. More →

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Sling TV HBO Subscription Package

WSJ: Sling TV will soon get HBO and become cord cutters’ dream TV package

By about 6 hours ago.

WSJ: Sling TV will soon get HBO and become cord cutters’ dream TV package

Even before this news, Sling TV was already looking like a very tempting package for cord cutters. The Wall Street Journal now reports that “Time Warner Inc. and satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp. have come to terms on a new distribution pact that includes an online offering of HBO,” which would basically make Sling TV a dream come true for cord cutters. More →

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Apple Facts Trivia

6 fascinating facts about Apple that you never knew

By about 7 hours ago.

6 fascinating facts about Apple that you never knew

Today marks the 39th anniversary of Apple’s founding. While most tech companies that old have either come and gone or have settled into a comfortable position of mediocrity, Apple is more successful today than ever.

In light of Apple’s birthday, so to speak, below are a few facts about Apple you likely weren’t aware of.

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Last chance to say goodbye to your annoying bulky key ring with KeySmart

By about 7 hours ago.

Last chance to say goodbye to your annoying bulky key ring with KeySmart

Time to give your keychain an upgrade! That clutter of keys on that old bulky key ring will soon be a memory with KeySmart 2.0, a lightweight and compact key organizer that prevents the feeling of a junkyard in your pocket. For just one more day, BGR Deals is knocking 26% off the retail price to bring you a top quality key organizer at $16.99! More →

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Verizon Supercookie Opt Out

You can finally stop Verizon’s supercookies from tracking you – here’s how

By about 7 hours ago.

You can finally stop Verizon’s supercookies from tracking you – here’s how

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard of Verizon’s “supercookies,” the unstoppable tracking cookies that Verizon uses to track every single unencrypted website you visit on your mobile device, whether you like it or not. After taking a tremendous amount of heat from users and even consumer rights organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Verizon said back in January that it would create a means for users to opt out of its supercookie tracking.

Now, Verizon has finally created three ways for users to opt out of this invasive tracking technique — here’s everything you need to know. More →

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iPhone 6 Plus vs. Phablets

The one hilarious iPhone 6 challenge you absolutely have to solve today

By about 8 hours ago.

The one hilarious iPhone 6 challenge you absolutely have to solve today

One curious Redditor is looking to find the answer to an important question regarding the entire mobile ecosystem and Apple’s influence on smartphone design, especially when it comes to devices from the competition.

“Has the iPhone 6 Plus started a revolution?” bmccoy1111 asked on Wednesday morning. More →

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IoT Devices

Connecting my life: The smart home device that saved me from my puppy

Connecting my life: The smart home device that saved me from my puppy

By about 8 hours ago.

It turns out puppies pee a lot. I obviously knew this before we adopted our new puppy Oliver last month, but knowing it and having to take your puppy out 15 times a day while you’re trying to work are two entirely different things. As much as I love Oliver, springing him from his gated confines, putting his harness and leash on, and bringing him down two flights of stairs every 45 to 60 minutes is bothersome enough without also having to fiddle with keys and locks. There has to be a better way, right?

Of course there is. More →

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iPhone 6 Vs. BlackBerry Passport

What it’s like for an iPhone 6 user to switch to the BlackBerry Passport

By about 9 hours ago.

What it’s like for an iPhone 6 user to switch to the BlackBerry Passport

It’s always fun to read about iPhone users switching to Android and vice-versa, but now we’ve stumbled across something that really provides a big contrast: Namely, an iPhone 6 owner who was forced to switch to the BlackBerry Passport. More →

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Samsung Vs Apple

Why Samsung should love hating the iPhone for as long as possible

By about 9 hours ago.

Why Samsung should love hating the iPhone for as long as possible

Even though it has plenty of reasons for hating the iPhone, Samsung should also love Apple’s top product for as long as possible, a new report suggests. Not only is Apple bringing plenty of business to Samsung even though the two companies compete fiercely in the mobile landscape, but a recent regulatory filing in South Korea revealed that the iPhone maker was one of Samsung’s top five customers again last year, just like in 2013.

As a result, Samsung will undoubtedly love to continue hating the iPhone as it does now for as long as possible. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By about 9 hours ago.

If you’re looking to fill your iPhone or iPad will cool apps but you don’t want to break the bank in the process, you’ve gone to the right place. We share a new list each day of paid iOS apps that are on sale for free for a limited time, and today’s list has at least a few gems that you’ll definitely want to snag.

There are also a few freebies left on yesterday’s list, so be sure to grab those as well before the deals all end. More →

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Uber Rush Review

Uber Rush just changed my life

Uber Rush just changed my life

By about 10 hours ago.

On Tuesday, I made a significant breakthrough in my quest to never have to leave my home again. Things like Amazon Prime, Trunk Club and unlimited on-demand entertainment from Netflix and my pay TV provider have played a huge role for years. But now I have found a new service I can rely on to take things to the next level: Uber Rush. More →

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Google April Fools Day Joke

A roundup of every April Fools’ Day joke from Google

By about 10 hours ago.

A roundup of every April Fools’ Day joke from Google

Is there anything worse than tech companies putting together April Fools’ Day jokes? No, there probably isn’t, but at least there are a few companies out there that actually manage to pull off some April Fools’ Day pranks that at least a few people out there will actually find amusing.

Google is typically among the best of the bunch, with past pranks that include a free home Internet network that’s wired through your toilets (a few people actually fell for it!) and the company is back in 2015 with a handful of new jokes for 2015. More →

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Verizon Video Service Net Neutrality

Verizon is reportedly working on a sneaky plan to undermine net neutrality using data caps

By about 10 hours ago.

Verizon is reportedly working on a sneaky plan to undermine net neutrality using data caps

The Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules ensure that Verizon won’t be able to intentionally slow down competitors’ video streaming services in the name of speeding up its own offerings. However, Verizon has shown itself to be nothing if not creative over the years and a new report from Investor’s Business Daily claims that the carrier is working on a sneaky plan to undermine net neutrality that may not even run afoul of the FCC’s regulations. More →

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