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Since Nov. 4, the Powerball jackpot has ballooned from its starting point of $40 million. Lottery officials probably expected bigger jackpots and, in turn, bigger sales when they implemented new game rules previous year that changed the odds from 1 in 175 million, he said.
  • Nikon unveils D5 and D500

    Nikon unveils D5 and D500

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    It's a camera that's aiming right at the GoPro , which now owns the action cam market - and I got to wear it. GoPro now has a two different cameras and rigs capable of helping film content in 3D and 360 degrees, but the equipment is expensive and aimed at professional videographers as opposed to the general public.
  • Facebook 'Free Basics' service suspended in Egypt

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    Facebook , however, hopes to "resolve this situation soon". The telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) has so far received 18.72 lakh responses to its consultation paper on differential pricing for data services. Several prominent Indian entrepreneurs and members of the tech community have spoken out against Free Basics, arguing that even for poor citizens, no Internet is better than a hand-picked and corporate-controlled web offering.
  • Apple Inc. to Slash March Quarter iPhone Production by 30%

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    Asian electronic component makers are expecting Apple to cut procurement orders by about 30 percent in the current quarter due to weaker-than-expected sales of the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, according to a Japanese media report . For fiscal 2016, Apple is now expected , on average, to grow revenue by under 4 percent, a far cry from the 28 percent revenue expansion it achieved in the fiscal year that ended last September.
  • PlayStation VR to have over 100 games, could cost $400-600

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    Not only is that $200 more than the Oculus Rift, a superior VR headset on paper, but it's twice the price of the console itself. The Amazon Canada page has since been altered to remove the price, and there is no specific release date listed for the device.
  • BlackBerry CEO promises updates for BB10 smartphones

    BlackBerry CEO promises updates for BB10 smartphones

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    The new BlackBerry Priv , the company's first Android-based handset designed with a Qwerty keyboard, will definitely receive the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The handset will be available in 31 countries this year. The decision to switch to the Android OS could perhaps be attributed to the performance of BlackBerry's proprietary OS.
  • Saturday's Powerball $800M Jackpot Ready for the Taking

    Saturday's Powerball $800M Jackpot Ready for the Taking

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    Those trying to hit that all-time high jackpot already have plans for their potential winnings. Given 24 cents of every dollar spent on any lottery ticket in Minnesota goes directly to the state's general fund or environment, the state has raised more than $2.5 billion since it started in 1990.
  • Two New Xbox One Bundles Will Be Available For The New Year

    Two New Xbox One Bundles Will Be Available For The New Year

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    Previously expected to launch in January 2016, the first content expansion for Rainbow Six Siege, titled Operation Black Ice, will be available on February 2 for Season Pass holders on PlayStation 4, Xbox One , and PC. The "Name Your Game" bundle offers a 500GB version of the Xbox One with a free game download. Ubisoft revealed in a blog post that a total of eight new operators are planned to be released over the coming year and can be either bought or unlocked through playing the game.
  • Obama defends gun control measures

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    President Barack Obama waded into politically divisive waters this week by ordering law enforcement agencies to expand gun control measures in the U.S. In the column, Obama called for a unification between gun owners and non-gun owners. NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told the event host that "the National Rifle Association sees no reason to participate in a public relations spectacle orchestrated by the White House".
  • California state of emergency over methane leak

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    A state of emergency declaration also brings with it the prospective of a beefed up energy regulatory presence, wherein it calls for more oversight of California's gas industry, as well as creating a pastiche of new "emergency regulations" heaped on energy storage operators.
  • Facebook 'Free Basics' service frozen in Egypt

    Facebook 'Free Basics' service frozen in Egypt

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    After the much- publicized debate with numerous nations on the issue, Egypt has pulled the plug on the Free basic service which is set to affect one million people. The authority had requested stakeholders "to provide comments on the specific questions raised in the consultation paper with justifications so as to formulate appropriate policy guidelines on differential pricing for data services".
  • Apple iPhone sales have peaked? Not so fast

    Apple iPhone sales have peaked? Not so fast

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    Over the last six months the stock is off about 20%. Shares of iPhone suppliers closed down in Asia trading, including Foxconn, Pegatron, TDK, and Alps Electric. Here's the ugly six-month chart for the stock. Since early December, about a third of the analysts tracked by Thomson Reuters have trimmed their estimates on Apple.
  • HTC unveils Vive Pre, the latest version of Oculus Rift competitor

    HTC unveils Vive Pre, the latest version of Oculus Rift competitor

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    However,  HTC  is taking a much different approach, which is evident by the release of the new  Vive Pre . As the "Pre" in the nomenclature suggests, this is essentially meant for developers ahead of the final launch sometime in April. The  Vive  is optimized for use with Steam - one of the largest online platforms for PC, Linux and Mac  games  and software - and this is where most of the virtual reality content will come from.
  • See All 52 Mortys in Rick and Morty: Pocket Mortys

    See All 52 Mortys in Rick and Morty: Pocket Mortys

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    In a tweet by the official account of Adult Swim Games , it was revealed that a new game titled "Pocket Mortys" will be coming this January 14. This isn't the franchise's first foray into mobile gaming. Harmon, who provided voice acting for Pocket Mortys , joked that the game will contain $90 in-app purchases that will be required to keep your Morty alive.
  • Apple short on iPhone 6S, 6S Plus buyers, may cut production

    Apple short on iPhone 6S, 6S Plus buyers, may cut production

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    Shares within the primarily Asian makers of the iPhones' screens and chips have been additionally sharply decrease on Wednesday. Daniel Ives of FBR Capital Markets said that the reports coming from China indicating a cutback in production are indeed "worrisome", however, he pointed out that the new iPhone versions, expected to release later this year, are set to offer significant improvements and may very well cause another surge in sales.
  • Mexican drug lord 'Chapo' Guzman recaptured

    Mexican drug lord 'Chapo' Guzman recaptured

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    Mexico said after the first capture of the cartel boss that he would be tried in his home country first, with officials promising they would hang on to him. The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which played a key role in Guzman's previous arrest in 2014 by providing intelligence, praised Mexican authorities.
  • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' flies into U.S. box office history

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    According to Star Wars.com , the character in the film is actually named FN-2199. " Star Wars: Before the Awakening " described him as belonging to an elite group of First Order Stormtroopers known as the "riot control". It bears noting that China's currency has weakened significantly against the United States dollar over the past six months, so The Force Awakens' final USD total will see a roughly 5 percent reduction as a result.
  • YouTube to Support HDR Video

    YouTube to Support HDR Video

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    He said digital video will "replace" TV in part because it's immersive in ways that TV can't be, is endlessly diverse, and is inherently mobile. "I don't think digital video will grow linearly; I think it will grow exponentially", Kyncl added, holding fast to a prediction that digital formats will present 75% of the total viewing pie by 2020.
  • CES 2016: Prototype of drone that can carry person unveiled

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    EHang said that they drone will be totally automated, meaning passengers will pre-input a destination, and have no aspect of human control during the flight. It is capable of taking off and landing vertically, without requiring a runway. A single passenger can be transported for a maximum of 23 minutes at a speed of 60mph on a single charge.
  • A new Xbox One update is now rolling out worldwide

    A new Xbox One update is now rolling out worldwide

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    With all the talks about the Xbox One in needs of better specs, going the other direction does not seem to really make any sense right now. The NXOE did introduce a few of its own though, so Microsoft has been using the last few updates to iron out those wrinkles.
  • FUNimation Launches Ad-Free Streaming Service

    FUNimation Launches Ad-Free Streaming Service

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    Funimation has not announced what the subscription prices will be for FunimationNow , only stating that it will be available in the U.S., Canada and the UK.  The subscription includes popular anime shows such as "Attack on Titan", "Fairy Tail", "Space Dandy" and "Tokyo Ghoul".
  • Tesla Sales Top 50000 In 2015 - Model X Won't Be Rushed

    Tesla Sales Top 50000 In 2015 - Model X Won't Be Rushed

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    The daily production range for the Model X has also increased to 238 vehicles being produced every week. Overall, the company hit its annual target to ship more than 50,000 vehicles. Even though the global adoption of electric cars has been slow, the Palo Alto automaker remains the pioneer in the luxury electric cars. Despite Tesla's vehicle sales, suggesting what seemed a blowout fourth quarter, the company's deliveries that quarter were also near the downside estimate.
  • Powerball Lottery Jackpot Reaches $500m

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    The jackpot now is the fifth-largest ever in North America, and if there is no victor after Wednesday night's drawing, the prize will keep climbing. According to Michigan Lottery rep Jeff Holyfield , since noon today (Jan. Nationally, 316 prizes of $1 million or $2 million have been won in the past year. The last time players had a chance to win that much was February 2015.
  • Microsoft Lumia 650 specifications and live image leak

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    For the time being, the Lumia 650 is the only one confirmed by Microsoft, though the company's officials are still mum on the phone's exact release date. Although the battery capacity is lower than that of the Lumia 640 and also the recent Lumia 550, the handset is described as having wireless charging.
  • Apple Watch: New Space Black Milanese Loop Band Spotted on Apple Store

    Apple Watch: New Space Black Milanese Loop Band Spotted on Apple Store

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    The Space Black Milanese Loop's Czech Republic listing only mentions a 42mm option, although if made official it seems that Apple would also include a 38mm alternative, akin to that of the original Milanese Loop band . Shortly after the news, the localized online Apple Store for the latter country was updated with a new color option for the smartwatch's iconic Milanese Loop band: Space Black.
  • Oculus Rift Price and Shipping Date Announced

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    Tomorrow, preorders for the Oculus Rift are going to start, but there will be a group of people who won't need to go through that process in order to get one for themselves. As the first of these slated to hit the market this year, the Rift's price could help influence how other companies will sell theirs. The listing presently says that the "expected ship date" is April 2016.
  • Mobile joins AT&T in supporting Windows 10 by offering Alcatel's new Fierce

    Mobile joins AT&T in supporting Windows 10 by offering Alcatel's new Fierce

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    Microsoft isn't the only company making Windows 10 Mobile smartphones anymore. He added that Alcatel OneTouch is committed to the Windows 10 Mobile platform. The Alcatel Pixi 4 (6) sports a 6-inch HD IPS screen and gets a Snapdragon 210 quad-core 1.1GHz CPU under its hood. The tablet comes with Here Maps pre-installed though we presume you can disable it if you so desire.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine has pulled into Fallout 4 station. Toot. Toot

    Thomas the Tank Engine has pulled into Fallout 4 station. Toot. Toot

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    That's a lot of Thomas is one game! Furthermore, Thomas the Tank Engine will switch places with all the vicious Deathclaws that can be located on high level territories in  The Commonwealth  of "Fallout 4". So if your  Fallout   4  game isn't quite insane and unsafe enough, why not download the "Really Useful  Fallout " mod and ramp up the intensity like never before? Dubbed as "Really Useful  Fallout ", this mod, according to developer Trainwiz, is an "abomination that replaces a ...
  • Meet Samsung's ripoff of the Surface Pro 4

    Meet Samsung's ripoff of the Surface Pro 4

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    The new tablet measures just 6.3mm in thickness and weighs 696g (with LTE) or 693g without. The device comes equipped with a 5-megapixel rear camera along with a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. According to Samsung, Galaxy TabPro S caters to high-efficiency users seeking to maximize their productivity, wherever they find themselves. It is powered by Intel Core m3 processor and 4GB of RAM.
  • Oculus Rift Price is So Much More Expensive in the UK

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    It costs $600, starts shipping on March 28, and requires a bleeding edge PC to power it. All pre-orders include the headset, sensor, Oculus Remote, cables, Xbox One Controller, and the VR games  EVE: Valkyrie , and  Lucky's Tale . which suggested that the device would launch at a cheaper price point. Other developers agree that it could be too expensive to attract a mass consumer audience.
  • CES 2016: Hands On With The Razer Blade Stealth And External GPU

    CES 2016: Hands On With The Razer Blade Stealth And External GPU

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    Razer has revealed a device here that essentially contains a full-sized graphics card for your notebook, connecting that device to this one with a single Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable. Razer's meteoric rise from being a PC peripheral maker to also being one of the most envied laptop makers in the world has been nothing short of insane.
  • Microsoft Surface Book laptop on sale in NZ

    Microsoft Surface Book laptop on sale in NZ

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    Microsoft has kicked off 2016 by bringing its Surface Book convertible laptop to several more markets, including the United Kingdom, where it is now available to pre-order, although potential buyers may raise an eyebrow at the price which reach as high as £2,249.