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  • AT&T customers will get an unexpected refund on their next bill

    Hell doesn't appear to be freezing over and it's definitely not April 1st, so I guess this story is actually true. More than 2.7 million AT&T customers will be getting refunds on their bill credits in the next two months, as the Federal Trade Commission settles an issue over AT&T billing for "premium text message services" without the consent of customers. According to the FTC , AT&T added a $9.99-a-month charge to the bills of many consumers, purportedly for "premium text messaging services," including ringtones, wallpaper, and text messages providing horoscopes, flirting tips, celebrity gossip, and other similar information. The practices continued until January 2014, when the FTC managed to get AT&T to stop the practice . But today, the Commission announced that it's been able to go even further, getting AT&T to refund those charges to consumers. Through the FTC's refund program, 2.5 million current AT&T customers will receive a bill credit in the next 75 days, while former customers will be getting a check in the mail. Those refunds aren't small, as the FTC says the average amount is $31. The refunds come from a 2014 settlement, which saw AT&T pay $80 million towards refunds. The refund program itself is being administered by a third-party company, Epiq Systems, rather than AT&T. This is the last step in a long process for the FTC, which has been planning this refund for years. It forced AT&T to notify customers who had been affected by the bad billion practices. Those customers in turn filed claims with the FTC, who examined the validity, and is now processing the refunds. The FTC has established a site to help anyone with questions about the refund process, and to also pre-emptively work against scammers who will undoubtedly use these "refund checks" as an opportunity to scam unsuspecting victims.

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  • Apple Leaks Reveal New iPhone Price Changes

    Apple's new iPhones will require a lot of saving...

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  • A famous part of MS DOS, the program that made Bill Gates, is finally being retired

    Before Microsoft had Office, before it had Windows, it had an operating system called MS DOS. MS...

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  • NASA’s Saturn orbiter just sent back the most stunning photos yet

    NASA's Cassini-Huygens orbiter has been on mission for nearly two decades and it's still delivering glimpses of Saturn that leave us in awe. The spacecraft, which is approaching its final phase, just sent back some glorious photos of Saturn's northern pole, and it's some of the most impressive space photography yet. The photos show the massive swirling storm at Saturn's north pole, which has formed a hexagonal shape, though scientists don't know precisely why. NASA notes that each side of the hexagon is roughly as wide as the entirety of Earth, just to give you an idea of the scale. http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/News/BGR_News/pia21053-1045.jpg?itok=d1cMx4S2 The photos were taken at a distance of 400,000 miles from the surface of the planet, and originally have a resolution of just 256 by 256 pixels — space camera technology just wasn't all that great back in 1997. Resolution aside, Cassini's camera is capable capturing its photos through several different filters, each of which is particularly sensitive to certain wavelengths. The resulting photos show the layers of cloud cover that make up the gas giant's exterior. http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/News/BGR_News/pia21052-1045.jpg?itok=JMRm7iR3 Cassini captured the photos just before diving through Saturn's outer ring, which it will do over a dozen more times as the final act in its decades-long mission. These "Ring-Grazing Orbits" will number 20 in total, and will hopefully produce many more images of the planet and its rings that NASA has never had a chance to glimpse. "This is it, the beginning of the end of our historic exploration of Saturn," Cassini imaging team lead Carolyn Porco said in a release. "Let these images — and those to come — remind you that we’ve lived a bold and daring adventure around the solar system’s most magnificent planet."

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  • Behind the Scenes at TaylorMade's 2017 Product Launch Event (5 photos)

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at the 2017 TaylorMade Product Launch event where the company debuted it's new M1 and M2 drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons.

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  • The inside of Apple's new $5 billion campus is stunning

    The interior of Apple's new $5 billion Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, California, is breathtaking...

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  • NES Classic Edition will be back in stock at Best Buy stores on December 20th

    After inadvertently sending out a promotional email on Wednesday regarding the NES Classic Edition, Best Buy sent out a clarification email later in the day to confirm that it would in fact have the hard-to-find console in stock at retail stores beginning on December 20th. Last night, Oscar Muñoz ( @oscarinmv on Twitter ) received an email from Best Buy informing him that the NES Classic Edition would be "available in all Best Buy stores tomorrow, December 20." At the time, "tomorrow" was actually December 8th, which explains why Best Buy had to send another email minutes later explaining that NES Classic Edition consoles would actually be in stores on the 20th (via: @matthewrex ). https://twitter.com/matthewrex/status/806661882941583360 Unsurprisingly, there will be limited quantities available, so if you want to grab an NES Classic Edition from Best Buy later this month, you'll probably need to be at your local store the minute it opens. Nothing in the email suggests that any stock will be available on BestBuy.com , but it still might be worth keeping an eye out on the website come December 20th. We'll be sure to update this post if we hear anything definitive about the NES Classic Edition coming to Best Buy's website. If you don't want to wait that long, Amazon said on Twitter earlier this week that it would have "exciting announcements to make in the coming week" for NES Classic Edition fans. We won't know for sure until the retailer shares more details, but we have to assume that means Amazon will have more units soon as well.

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  • How Bluetooth 5 Will Make Gadgets Better

    Soon enough, you'll be using devices that will employ Bluetooth 5. Bluetooth 5 could have a profound impact on the way your gadgets work. According to the Bluetooth SIG, Bluetooth 5 has four times the range, twice the speed, and eight times the ability to carry message content between devices compared to previous-generation technologies, like Bluetooth 4.

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  • Banking on change: Tech startups target financial services

    It may not be much longer before bank branches join video-rental stores and record shops as relics of a bygone era. Silicon Valley is pressuring banks to change their ways or risk becoming the latest industry ...

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  • American space legend John Glenn dead at 95

    John Glenn, who made history twice as the first American to orbit the Earth and the first senior citizen to venture into space, has died at the age of 95, the Ohio college bearing his name said Thursday. "We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth.

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  • Google Maps Update Introduces New UI

    The Android version of Google Maps has an update that comes with a new UI and some modifications for an improved user experience.

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  • These are the water-powered Star Wars speeder bikes you were looking for

    Look, I know we’re approaching peak Star Wars, what with Rogue One coming out in just a week. But this video, first picked up by Sploid, is just too awesome to even fathom. YouTuber devinsupertramp (who we’ve highlighted before) managed to turn a fleet of Jetovators, or water-powered jet bikes, into the speeder bikes from Return of the Jedi ready for battle on the waterways of Endor. This little short has everything. Lightsabers. Cute kids dressed as Ewoks. A Wilhelm scream. And of course lots of racing and crashing. I’m personally waiting for the full-length theatrical release.

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  • Inmarsat switches to Arianespace for satellite launch after SpaceX delays

    British satellite company Inmarsat will switch to using Arianespace from rival SpaceX to launch a new satellite to provide broadband connectivity to air passengers, it said on Thursday. The S-band satellite had been scheduled to launch with technology billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX but Inmarsat said setbacks to SpaceX's launch schedule prompted it to turn to Arianespace instead. Inmarsat said on Thursday that European-owned Arianespace will launch the S-band satellite in mid-2017.

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  • Amazon Partners With Chipmakers To Push Alexa Voice Assistant Into More Devices

    Amazon wants to put Alexa into every single object in your home.

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  • Samsung May Send Out an Update That Would Permanently Disable Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

    Severe measures are now being considered to get the last remaining phones out of customers' hands.

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  • Pokemon Go Plus now available to preorder at Best Buy; ships in January

    Much like the NES Classic Edition, the Pokemon Go Plus is going to be one of the most difficult gifts to get your hands on this holiday season. Although Amazon had a few in stock on Wednesday, those sold out almost immediately, and there's no telling when they'll be back in stock. But if you don't care when you get your Pokemon Go Plus, you might want to check out Best Buy . This week, Best Buy's reopened preorders for Pokemon Go Plus units on its website. Finding the Pokemon Go Plus at standard retail price has been all but impossible, so if you don't want to pay extra by buying from a third party, you should act now before Best Buy inevitably runs out of stock as well. The only issue? Best Buy doesn't expect orders to arrive until January 20th, 2017. If you're desperate to get your hands on a Pokemon Go Plus before Christmas, you're going to have to look elsewhere. But if your goal is simply to obtain a Pokemon Go Plus bracelet without paying over the odds, this might be your best bet. The preorder has been up for over a day through, so don't delay. As always, we'll continue to keep our eyes peeled for any updates regarding Pokemon Go Plus stock. In the meantime, you can also grab an NES Classic Edition at Best Buy stores on December 20th (but you'll probably need to be there when they open). I do not envy parents this holiday season.

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  • Apple chief Tim Cook picked to give MIT commencement speech

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has chosen Apple CEO Tim Cook to deliver its 2017 commencement address. MIT made the announcement on its website Thursday. It says Cook will headline the June ...

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  • Navy's futuristic-looking USS Zumwalt arrives in homeport

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Navy's biggest, most expensive and most technologically advanced destroyer arrived at its homeport on Thursday after a nearly four-month transit that included some hiccups, such as a high-profile breakdown in the Panama Canal.

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  • US election was most talked-about subject on Facebook in 2016

    The US presidential election beat out Brexit to top Facebook's 2016 Year in Review list, which ranks the most talked-about global topics over the past year.

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  • Gifting a 'Smart' Device? Here's How to Keep its Recipient From Getting Hacked

    If you're gifting a 'smart' device to a loved one this year, there's a piece of advice you should also include. 

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