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Jay-Z's Tidal gets the thumbs-up from Taylor Swift, T-Mobile

Earlier this month, Shawn Carter (a.k.a. Jay Z) bought lossless music-streaming service Tidal--as part of a $56 million acquisition of Swedish company Aspiro--and the platform already finds itself in a sea of activity. Taylor Swift has made her back catalog available to Tidal subscribers, each of whom currently pays $20 per month to access more than 25 million tracks in the 16-bit FLAC format at a bit rate of 1,411Kbps.

INTERNET

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How Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp coexist under Facebook

Facebook's US$22 billion acquisition of popular messaging app WhatsApp last year raised some eyebrows. Facebook already has a popular messaging app, the in-house Facebook Messenger, not to mention a popular photo-sharing app, Instagram. Why did it need to bring yet another app into the fold? Wouldn't the three apps end up cannibalizing each other?

INTERNET

Oculus's chief scientist: VR will succeed because your vision sucks

Virtual reality has been just beyond our grasp for decades. The parts to build VR headsets were too expensive, the technology too rudimentary to convince anyone that what they were seeing was real.

INDUSTRY VERTICALS

Connected and driverless cars will create 320,000 jobs in the UK

New study shows UK is in with a chance of winning the driverless car race, and government offers its support, despite the fact that car technology has previously had the brakes applied by the transport committee.

SECURITY

Private I: Trust and verify for network certificate roots

In a post on March 23, Google's security team explained that it had discovered that someone was delivering digital certificates to users for Google domains that weren't authorized by Google. A quick investigation discovered that a Chinese certificate authority (CA), CNNIC, had improperly given a reseller enough power to create verifiable certificates for any domain in the world.

SOFTWARE

Microsoft: Office will be free for devices under 10 inches

Microsoft drew a line in the sand on Tuesday, as its Office 365 chief said that editing and viewing documents on small-screen devices would continue to be free--likely killing off the idea of a small-screen Surface Pro mini, incidentally.

INDUSTRY VERTICALS

Apple's iPhone manufacturer to develop cars to rival Tesla

Electronics manufacturer Foxconn, in partnership with internet giant Tencent, hopes to thrive where Tesla is failing.

SECURITY | INTERNET

FTC wants to keep closer watch on the Internet of Things

As technology plays a bigger role in running our homes, connecting our cars, and handling our finances, the Federal Trade Commission wants to keep a closer watch on the privacy and security implications.

INDUSTRY VERTICALS

Argos launches online 3D printed jewellery range

Argos is partnering with 3D printing expert Digital Forming on the project. The R&D project has also been supported by Innovate UK, a government-backed technology agency.

GAMES

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Geralt's growing beard will demand your grooming attention in The Witcher 3

The Witcher series is known for pushing graphics, but this time CD Projekt Red is focusing on a topic near and dear to my heart face: Beards. According to a preview conducted by German magazine GameStar (and confirmed by Eurogamer), The Witcher 3's Geralt grows facial hair over time--after a few days you'll have to head to a barber if you want to keep that manly mane looking trim.

Expert Opinion

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Apple doesn't need its own gadgets to dominate the smart home

If you believe the weekend rumors, Apple will announce a connected-home platform next week at WWDC. But before you get too excited about an iThermostat and an iFridge and an iCamera watching you sleep, consider this: If Apple does get into the home-automation market, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll make smart-home gadgets of its own.

Editors Pick

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Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.

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Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.

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Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

Latest Product Reviews

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Key Ingredient kitchen tablet review: Yummy recipes can't rescue this crummy tablet

Meatballs. Giant bacon-wrapped meatballs. The Key Ingredient Recipe tablet suggested this fantastic idea to me when I searched for a meatball recipe. It's a good thing the meatballs were tasty, because that's about the only thing this tablet gets right.