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Apple Watch Edition buyers will get the red carpet treatment

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by Jon Fingas 2015-03-29 18:32:00

When you're buying a $10,000 watch, you expect first-class service -- and Apple is apparently ready to deliver. Sources for 9to5Mac claim that people who buy the gold Apple Watch Edition will get to skip the queues whenever they need help. They'll be...

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NSA considered scrapping its mass phone surveillance program

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by Jon Fingas 2015-03-29 16:34:00

The National Security Agency may present a united front when it defends against criticism of its bulk phone data collection, but it's now clear that there has been at least some doubt within the ranks. Associated Press sources have revealed that ther...

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Life with the Moto 360: has Motorola's smartwatch turned a corner?

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by Jon Fingas 2015-03-29 14:30:00

When the Moto 360 first hit the scene, its reception was... mixed. That round display was eye-catching, but it couldn't make up for the smartwatch's all-too-short battery life and undercooked software. Times have changed, though. Motorola trotted out...

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Why Final Fantasy XV's main playable characters are all men

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by Mariella Moon 2015-03-29 12:21:00

Final Fantasy XV's playable demo confirmed suspicions that the long-awaited game's core playable characters are all, well, men. For those wondering, even just a bit, why the creators came to that decision when previous main titles featured mixed-gend...

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: e-paper shoes, superhighways and solar ovens

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by Inhabitat 2015-03-29 10:00:00

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. Fans of green cars are eagerly awaiting the release of the Tesla Model X, but you won't have to wait to s...

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HTC's One E9+ is its latest phablet with a stunning screen

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by Richard Lai 2015-03-29 07:54:00

Just like that, HTC has quietly -- well, maybe unintentionally -- unveiled its latest phablet on its China website. With some minor differences, the One E9+ is pretty much what we saw on the certification database earlier this month. The biggest sell...

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The EU wants to remove regional limits on digital goods

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by Jon Fingas 2015-03-29 07:20:00

Think regional locks on movie streaming and other digital goods are silly? So does the European Commission. It's outlining a new strategy (the Digital Single Market) that would prevent companies from geo-blocking online services when it's not truly n...

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Volvo's reflective bike paint helps cars spot you at night

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by Jon Fingas 2015-03-29 02:12:00

Want to feel nervous? Try riding a bike at night alongside a busy road. Even if you're festooned in lights and reflectors, there's a real chance that a less-than-attentive driver will smack into you. Volvo may have a better way to keep cars at a dist...

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Formal methods in the real world

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by Mark Callaghan 2015-03-29 11:01:00

A lot of interesting work is done at Amazon but not much is written about it. There is an article on their use of formal methods via TLA+ and PlusCal. I haven't seen much use of formal methods in my career. I have spent a lot of time debugging code written by other people, so I wouldn't mind if such tools were used more frequently.I used the Spin tool for two MySQL features. I hope other people try the tool and read the book. I first used it when we rewrote the InnoDB RW-lock at Google. The RW-lock…

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Uber will pay for taxi licenses to keep operating in Germany

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by Jon Fingas 2015-03-29 04:19:00

Uber is only willing to bend German law so far, it seems. The ridesharing outfit tells Wirtschafts Woche that it'll get around a court-ordered ban on its unlicensed services (such as UberX) by creating a new service that both pays for the drivers' ta...

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