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BitPay sponsors NCAA St. Petersburg Bowl as sponsorship increases

BitPay is the new sponsor of the St. Petersburg Bowl, the annual NCAA football postseason bowl game, in a three-year deal. Tickets for the game start at $40 and interested football fans will be able to purchase game tickets in bitcoin.

 

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Retailers and companies are accepting bitcoin payments, willing to test the cryptocurrency waters. Bitcoin wallets and storage security still cause concern for security specialists, but technology is evolving.

 

"This will be a fantastic opportunity to raise bitcoin awareness to millions of new users," BitPay said in a blog post. "Our goal is to make it the largest and most exciting bitcoin event ever produced. The date of the first Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl will be Friday, December 26 at 8:00 PM at Tropicana Field."

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MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printer finally ships to buyers

If you pre-ordered one of the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printers, you'll be getting the notification that it shipped soon. The printer is the largest 3D printer that the company has ever offered. If you didn't pre-order, but want to get your hands-on one of the printers, you can order today.

 

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The biggest catch is that the printers ordered today won't arrive for 6-8 weeks. MakerBot is shipping the printers on a first come, first served basis. The new Z18 printer sells for $6499 and can print items as large as 12" x 18".

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T-Mobile wants to buy spectrum from smaller wireless providers

T-Mobile is the smallest of the four major carriers, but it is making big waves in the industry against rivals in the last year. T-mobile is reportedly looking to purchase more bandwidth to expand services for its customers in the event that the purchase deal with Sprint fails.

 

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If regulators block the sale of T-Mobile to Sprint, a source familiar with negotiations says that T-Mobile will begin trying to buy spectrum from smaller rivals in the industry. Plans to buy the spectrum are already in motion as a backup if the Sprint deal falls through.

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Shuttered Mt. Gox receives bankruptcy protection in U.S. courts

Defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has been granted Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Texas (Dallas). During its prime, Mt. Gox was the largest and best known bitcoin exchange, but closed after a whopping 850,000 bitcoins magically disappeared.

 

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The successful bankruptcy ruling allows Mt. Gox's Japanese trustees to analyze evidence and oversee the company's remaining assets. Mt. Gox was sued in a class-action lawsuit filed by its users, with U.S. and Canadian customers prepared to split the remaining 200,000 bitcoins that the company still holds.

 

Earlier in the year, Mt. Gox supporters hoped to revive the company and received credit blessing, but that doesn't seem likely any longer. Company officials already threw in the towel on trying to rebuild Mt. Gox, and just want to get through the bankruptcy as fast as possible.

Dutch trucking firm wants self-driving trucks in five years

In the US, self-driving and autonomous vehicles are something that is being worked on in the military and private sectors. Google is one of the largest firms working in the autonomous vehicle market, but many automakers are working on the tech as well. We are still likely several years away from autonomous vehicles on the roads in the US.

 

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In the Netherlands, a trucking company is pushing hard for self-driving trucks to cruise the streets between Rotterdam and other Dutch cities. Rotterdam is the largest shipping port in Europe. The trucking firm wants these self-driving trucks to be cruising the streets in the next five years.

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Nuance in talks with Samsung on acquisition according to sources

A report has surfaced that claims the speech recognition firm Nuance is currently talking with suitors about a potential sell off. The report claims that among the suitors looking to buy Nuance are Samsung and several private equity firms.

 

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Nuance is a company that is behind some of the more popular speech recognition tech on the market today. Nuance tech is being used in a number of Samsung products including smartphones and tablets. Nuance is also the behind the scenes source of Siri's power on Apple devices.

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Satellite imaging restrictions in the US revised for better resolution

For a number of years the US government has limited the resolution of satellite images that could be used by commercial firms. The restrictions on images meant that anything smaller than 50cm had to be pixilated. Those restrictions have now been lifted.

 

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Under the new rules objects as small as 50cm are now allowed to be used commercially. This decision means that Google and others can now use significantly higher resolution images. One company has said that it plans to use images with features as small as 31cm.

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Google Project Loon tests continue with eye on LTE capability

Google announced Project Loon about a year ago and to many it sounded like something farfetched that would never come to reality. As it turns out Google was very serious about Project Loon. The project uses high altitude balloons to provide internet connectivity to an area at broadband speeds.

 

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Google has been testing and tweaking Project Loon in Brazil using the high-flying balloons to provide internet connectivity to a small rural town called Campo Maior, which didn't have web access before. Google has also had one of its balloons circle the globe in 22 days and has units in its network designed to stay in the air for over 100 days.

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Nest Protect smoke alarm available again with wave feature deactivated

Back in April of this year, Nest stopped selling the Protect smoke alarm after an issue surfaced with the wave feature. The wave feature was designed to allow the user to silence the alarm and that feature was malfunctioning leading to Nest issuing a patch that disabled it on units in use.

 

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Nest has now announced that the Protect is available for purchase again. However, the wave feature is still disabled on the Protect. An investigation into a solution for the wave issue is underway. The Nest Protect is designed to alert a smartphone if smoke is detected so you can keep an eye on your home or office from afar.

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Target suffers computer glitch that causes frustrations at checkout

Popular retailer Target recently suffered a technical glitch when point-of-sale (POS) systems at checkouts in retail stores. It's unknown how many stores were affected by the problem, but Twitter users across the country reported long lines as Target tried to quickly address the problem.

 

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With nothing to do but wait in lines, it isn't surprising to hear shoppers took to Twitter to voice their complaints. It's an unfortunate incident for Target, as the company's large data breach late last year already left customers angry.

 

The company was quick to note the computer issue wasn't related to a security incident, according to company spokesperson, Molly Snyder: "Target has identified an issue impacting checkout at some of our U.S. stores. The glitch is causing delays at some checkouts, but is not in any way related to a security issue. We apologize to anyone impacted, and we are working with guests in stores where the issue has not yet been resolved to accommodate their needs. We will provide updates as they are available."

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