Google Fiber expected to next launch in North Carolina

Google Fiber expected to next launch in North Carolina

Good news for high-speed internet users in North Carolina, as Google is expected to announce later this week that it will be bringing the Google Fiber service to the cities of Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte. Sources have told WRAL TechWire that Google's special "Save the Date" event scheduled for January 28th and 29th could see the announcement, with officials from both cities having been invited. Even better, the publication reports that drill crews may begin building the fiber network as early as April.

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Tweetbot for Mac hits limit on Twitter tokens, pulled from App Store

Tweetbot for Mac hits limit on Twitter tokens, pulled from App Store

The desktop version of popular third-party Twitter client Tweetbot has disappeared from the Mac App Store, and the cause is believed to be because of the limit on API tokens that Twitter imposes on developers. In a nutshell, Twitter gives app developers a limited number of tokens, which allow users to sign in and use the social network through the chosen app. Without any more tokens, the app becomes useless to new buyers.

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Tweeted bomb threats ground two Atlanta-bound flights

Tweeted bomb threats ground two Atlanta-bound flights

Two U.S. passenger flights bound for Atlanta were grounded and searched for bombs after threats were made via Twitter from the account @kingZortic (now suspended). Delta flight 1156 and Southwest flight 2942, from Portland and Milwaukee, respectively, were already in the air when the threats were made. Both planes were escorted by F-16 fighter jets to their landings, and were found clear of explosives or weapons after searches from authorities, while all the passengers were unharmed and safe when exiting the aircrafts.

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Buy the original, 47-year-old Star Trek phaser for $60k

Buy the original, 47-year-old Star Trek phaser for $60k

Star Wars may have those sweet lightsaber weapons, but Star Trek will always have phasers, which are… kind of cool? Well, never mind that, if you're a big fan of the original Star Trek TV series, you better get yourself to Los Angeles quick, as an original prop phaser is going to be auctioned, and it's expected to sell for at least $60,000. Now 47 years old, the phaser was used by William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk, and is one of only two that still exist.

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New report tips Apple Watch release in March, 12in MacBook Air in Q1

New report tips Apple Watch release in March, 12in MacBook Air in Q1

Our 2015 calendars are about to turn over to February and there's still no confirmed launched date for the Apple Watch. As a result, speculation on when the touchscreen wearable will hit shelves is beginning to reach a fervor. Fear not, however, as Ming-Chi Kuo, the analyst with a mostly reliable track record, is here to contribute to the prediction that the Apple Watch will begin shipping in March. Even more, Kuo says the much-discussed 12-inch MacBook Air will launch before the end of 2015's first quarter.

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New animated ‘Jetsons’ movie in the works from Warner Bros

New animated ‘Jetsons’ movie in the works from Warner Bros

The last time we saw The Jetsons, the family from the '60s cartoon set in the future, on the big screen was way back in 1990. 25 years later, and it looks like Warner Bros. is ready to give the series another chance, as Variety has reported that the studio just hired writer Matt Lieberman to put together a new script. A live-action Jetsons movie is said to have talked about for years, but this is believed to be a different project and will most certainly be animated.

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Pinterest revamps search to attract more male users

Pinterest revamps search to attract more male users

Data from comScore says that out of Pinterest's 72.5 million US visitors, 71% are women. However, Pinterest wants to tip the scales in the direction of an increased male demographic, and as part of their efforts, the social network has just announced new changes to its search filters that better customize results for users. Now searches will take into account the gender selected by users when they created an account. For example, Pinterest says if a male user searches for watches, results will skew towards what has been pinned by other men.

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Proposed law requires Apple Pay users show photo ID

Proposed law requires Apple Pay users show photo ID

Apple Pay, Apple's new wireless, NFC payment method, is a clear step towards a future where customers no longer have to deal with pulling a card out of their wallet, typing PIN numbers, or signing receipts when making payments. We just tap/swipe our phones and we're done. But one lawmaker doesn't like that idea and still wants us to continue digging in our wallets at the register. Missouri's Joshua Peters (D) from the House of Representatives has proposed a law that requires a photo ID be shown by anyone making a smartphone-based payment.

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John Romero plays Doom while giving new commentary

John Romero plays Doom while giving new commentary

22 years later, and id Software's Doom is still an interesting game to study and discuss. This is no more apparent than with John Romero's new commentary and insights, shared as he plays the game. Romero is id Software's co-founder and was the lead designer on 1993's Doom, the game that cemented the first-person shooter genre. His commentary, broken down into ten parts, is part of a video series by game company Double Fine Productions called "Devs Play," where game developers offer new and interesting perspectives.

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Funny or Die Weather app offers a joke with the temperature

Funny or Die Weather app offers a joke with the temperature

Funny or Die, the comedy website co-founded by Will Farrell, has just launched a new iOS app in a category that's a bit unexpected. Funny or Die Weather is, as the name implies, primarily a weather app, but this one offers up a joke in the website's typical style alongside the temperature forecast. But the app itself is no joke, it sources its weather information from Weather Underground, features a simple, clean look that fits in with iOS 8's design, and best of all, it's completely free.

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