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Essential Phone coming to United Kingdom, followed by Western Europe and Japan

Brian Wallace joined Essential in December to head up marketing. In other news, the company is reportedly in talks with British carriers on a United Kingdom launch. Essential COO Niccolo de Masi sat down with FT for a brief chat and revealed that bit about launch and also threw in some global plans. Within Canada, the company has a similar agreement with carrier Telus and is reportedly working to lock down additional partnerships with worldwide carriers in Japan and Europe.

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Ashley Madison will pay $11.2 million to users for data breach

The company paid $1.6 million last December to settle an FTC probe into its lax security and deceptive practices - millions of "female" accounts on the site were actually bots operated by Ashley Madison. Before the hack put Ashley Madison under worldwide scrutiny, the company was dogged by allegations that it resorted to fake profiles of women or so-called bots to lure unsuspecting male customers.

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RuneScape Old School and Modern Coming to Mobile

Both are coming to mobile, but the simpler Old School version will arrive first in late 2017. We know that Old School RuneScape will be the first to reap the benefits of these advancements this winter, with RuneScape to follow soon thereafter.

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NASA releases stunning video that lets you flyby Pluto

Maybe that's part of what makes this new Pluto flyover video from NASA so lovely. To celebrate the anniversary, scientists released detailed maps of both Pluto and Charon. The video ends in the far east of the encounter hemisphere, an area called Tartarus Dorsa . The mosaic shows how Pluto's large-scale color patterns extend beyond the hemisphere facing New Horizons at closest approach, which were imaged at the highest resolution.

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Amazon may be working on a new messaging service called 'Anytime'

However, the best feature of the app is that it supports many services from Amazon like shopping, making reservations and also to check the status of your orders. This is a feature that some or none of the internet messaging apps are offering. The leaked images suggest that this may be the end-all app for those looking for all of these services bundled together, and it would be hard to ignore if this actually hits the market.

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Marvel Powers United VR: first trailer

Speakers during the announcement discussed how different it felt playing different heroes in the game, saying that the height difference between Hulk and Rocket Raccoon was even taken into account to fully flesh out the VR experience. They mention over on the official website that there will be "smart" "locomotion" implemented into the game, so you won't just teleport around. Unfortunately, the Oculus Rift still costs around $500, so I'm also going to need that lead time to make some rich ...


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