Company gives away free data, so users download 1,841 terabytes

Company gives away free data, so users download 1,841 terabytes

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Phone company giveth, customers taketh.

Australian telecommunications company Telstra made good on a promise on Sunday, giving mobile customers a day of free data as part of an apology for the outages experienced on mobile and Internet services nationwide last Tuesday.

Telstra said on its support page that it would not place restrictions on the amount of data a user could take advantage of on Sunday. Australians took this as meaning they should download everything in sight

The company announced Monday that customers didn’t hold back when it came to downloads on Telstra’s cellular network, amassing a total of 1,841 terabytes of data during the free-for-all extravaganza. It’s equivalent to 5.1 million episodes of Game Of Thrones, or 23 million downloaded copies of Kanye West’s new The Life Of Pablo album, Telstra said in a statement. Read more…

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Valentine's Day is also the birthday of your favorite 'Blade Runner' android

Valentine’s Day is also the birthday of your favorite ‘Blade Runner’ android

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You already know it’s Valentine’s Day and, if you’re lucky, you got to spend it with your true love. But you might not realize that it’s also the birthday of one very special woman, er, replicant – Pris, from Blade Runner!

Image: screenshot from ‘blade runner’ 1982

In the 1982 film, each replicant (or android) had an “incept” or birth date (see trailer above). In the case of Pris, played by Daryl Hannah, that incept date was February 14th, 2016

Each replicant only had a few years to live, so those dates were important in the film. But even more important is the fact that we have finally reached Pris’ incept date and we still don’t have flying cars or realistic female ninja robots. Read more…

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Lego set makes its debut

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Lego set makes its debut

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NEW YORK — Lego has been cranking out Star Wars-themed sets for years, but the latest ones from the new Force Awakens film haven’t been seen in its full glory until now.

Lego is showing off scenes and characters from the blockbuster movie at the 2016 Toy Fair in New York City this weekend, and Mashable got an early look at the designs

More than 10 characters from the movie have received the Lego mini-figure treatment, including Kylo Ren, First Order Snowtroopers, Resistance Troopers, Maz Kanata, Admiral Ackbar, General Leia Organa and, of course, a teeny tiny BB-8. And we thought the life-sized BB-8 was cool. Read more…

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Grab your galentines, this app connects female friends

Grab your galentines, this app connects female friends

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It can be difficult trying to develop friendships when you’re an adult. There’s no school recess forcing you make friends.

New app Hey! Vina is a Tinder-like app that lets women swipe their way to friendship. 

Hey! Vina was created by two Silicon Valley women, Olivia June Poole and Jen Aprahamian, who met at the General Assembly computer programming school. Says Poole, they wanted to help introduce women to friends wherever they are in their lives, all over the world. 

“Vina” comes from a Scottish girl’s name meaning “beloved” or “friend.” Read more…

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Data transmission rates are hitting ludicrous speeds in the lab

Data transmission rates are hitting ludicrous speeds in the lab

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Imagine a world without buffering, a world where downloading HD movies takes less than one second, a world where your favorite web pages load before you even take your finger off the enter button. Don’t fret, we’re getting closer.

Researchers at the Optical Network Group at University College London published a study saying they have achieved a data transmission rate of 1.125 terabits per second, which is an absolutely insane amount of data. It also happens break the record for highest rate of data received by a single receiver

Senior research associate Robert Maher told Mashable in an email that this transmission rate could send/receive the entire Game of Thrones TV series in less than a second. Read more…

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Mercedes' Sprinter Extreme van could be straight out of 'Jurassic Park'

Mercedes’ Sprinter Extreme van could be straight out of ‘Jurassic Park’

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Well, that’s slightly out of character. Mercedes-Benz’s truck line, Sprinter, just revealed a new concept van at the Chicago Auto Show that looks more fitting in Jurassic Park than it does in a utility van showroom.

The mud-slathered thing is called Sprinter Extreme and it’s, well, very extreme indeed.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Extreme

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Built in partnership with automotive tuner company RENNtech, the Extreme stands over 9 feet tall and is 20 feet from end to end. It sits on bead-lock wheels (the wheels bolt onto the tires) inspired by the Mercedes G-Class. Proving it’s more than just a mean-looking van, it’s been fitted with a “Tipper Bed” for extra utility. Read more…

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Life-size BB-8 toy might be coming to make your Star Wars dreams come true

Life-size BB-8 toy might be coming to make your Star Wars dreams come true

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After raking in nearly $2 billion, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is easily one of the biggest and most successful movies of all time. It’s biggest star? Well that depends on who you ask. Daisy Ridley is a first choice for many people. So is John Boyega. However, if we’re being honest here, the only choice is BB-8, the round droid that stole our hearts and the show.

We’ve already been graced with at least two pretty fantastic BB-8 robot toys. Sphero, which helped design the technology inside the on-screen BB-8, probably has the best of them with the palm-sized, app-controlled BB-8 by SpheroHasbro’s remote-controlled and considerably larger BB-8 is no slouch, either. Read more…

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Uber may soon owe $28.5 million to 25 million riders

Uber may soon owe .5 million to 25 million riders

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Uber may be about to owe a lot of users money

The ride-sharing service announced a $28.5 million class action settlement proposal Thursday in response to lawsuits by riders alleging its “Safe Ride Fee” constitutes false advertising

The proposal will attempt to settle Philliben v. Uber Technologies, Inc. and Mena v. Uber Technologies, Inc., which seek restitution for Uber’s $1 “Safe Ride Fee.” Complainants argue the name is misleading and that the company’s driver background checks are not “industry leading,” as Uber previously claimed. Uber allowed drivers with felony convictions to work for the ride-sharing service, according to legal records Read more…

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Fitbit Alta is the company's first female-centric, fashion-forward fitness tracker

Fitbit Alta is the company’s first female-centric, fashion-forward fitness tracker

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OK, we get it. Makers of fitness trackers now recognize that, for the most part, the majority of products in this category are clunky. No matter how hard the company tries to disguise wearable tech, you can almost always tell when a person is counting their daily steps. The plastic wristbands are never subtle.

While previous iterations of these handy little trackers improved the category with slimmer and smarter devices, we’re finally moving into stage two of activity monitoring: fashionable options you’d actually want to wear.

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Apple's iPhone 7 will reportedly lose that camera 'bump'

Apple’s iPhone 7 will reportedly lose that camera ‘bump’

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If we had to deduct points for the iPhone 6/6S design, we’d probably do it for that unsightly camera bump on the back

Instead of lining up with the phone’s surface, the camera lens protrudes a few millimeters — not ideal when you want to place the phone on its back onto a firm surface

According to a new MacRumors report, however, the upcoming iPhone 7 won’t have the same problem, with the new, thinner iPhone camera sitting flush with the phone’s back

A recent rumor claimed that the iPhone 7 Plus is likely to have two rear cameras, while the regular iPhone 7 will have only one. It’s not entirely clear whether both devices will lose the camera bump; hopefully yes, but we’re in rumor territory here, so anything’s possible. Read more…

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