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Canada Starbucks app takes Apple Pay, Apple TV gains shuffle

The Starbucks iOS app available in the Canadian App Store can now be reloaded using Apple Pay, and the virtual card can also be added to Wallet on the iPhone 6 or later, including the Apple Watch. Users in Canada can simply open the app and use the Reload button, …

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iOS 9.2.1 beta 1 is out, LA gains transit info in Maps

Apple on Wednesday posted the first beta of iOS 9.2.1, an update to the recently-released iOS 9.2, which came out just over a week ago. At present, little is known about what improvements, security measures, and bug fixes are contained in the new beta, which is currently only available to …

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Netflix and thrill: TV industry braced for rollercoaster ride

As snowstorm Jonas battered the US east coast, millions turned once more to Netflix, huddled under blankets and streaming reruns of The X-Files or catching up on Jessica Jones. It’s the season of Netflix and chill. A mere eight years old in its current form, Netflix’s streaming service has not …

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Is Blockchain the most important IT invention of our age?

There are not many occasions when one can give an unqualified thumbs-up to something the government does, but this is one such occasion. Last week, Sir Mark Walport, the government’s chief scientific adviser,published a report with the forbidding title Distributed Ledger Technology: Beyond Block Chain. The report sets out the …

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Millions of broadband customers in UK ‘suffer dire internet speeds’

Millions of broadband customers and businesses suffer dire connection speeds despite BT receiving £1.7bn in taxpayers’ money to improve services, according to a report by MPs. The report calls for the telecoms giant to be split from its Openreach subsidiary in order to end its “natural monopoly” over the nation’s …

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The Guardian view on knowledge in an information age: take it to heart Editorial

The Knowledge has been saved, for now. Despite the fact that a smartphone can get you around London with very little skill required, licensed taxi drivers will still have to spend years learning streets by heart. This can seem like an absurd luddite fantasy, of a piece with the cabbies’ …

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Seattle bookstores face new threat from Amazon: a brick-and-mortar location

A 116-year-old independent bookstore in Seattle is feeling the threat from Amazon. But this time the risk comes not from the online behemoth – but the physical bookstore that the company opened just two months ago. Amazon Books, a brick and mortar shop in an upscale mall in Seattle, is …

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‘It put me on antidepressants’: welcome to GOMI, the cruel site for female snark

Jenna Andersen is a 30-year-old ex-Mormon photographer who lives in San Francisco’s suburbs. She writes the blog That Wife, where she posts diary-style entries about enrolling in developer bootcamp, breastfeeding her children, and baking zucchini cupcakes. This month, Andersen is up for her third Lifetime Failchievment Award from the website …

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News Corp denies rumors company wants to buy Twitter

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp said rumors about the company’s interest in buying microblogging site Twitter or building a stake in it were untrue. Twitter’s shares, which rose as much as 14%, pared some gains and were up 5.2% at $17.55 in late afternoon trading. The rumors had lifted the stock …

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15 fun things to type into Google

Google’s easter eggs – funny little images, programs or widgets – are legendary, but many of them lie dormant, just waiting for users to type the magic words into the search box. Are they clever? Some are. Are they useful? Most aren’t. But they’re all a welcome distraction from working. …

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