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Now you can only share Amazon Prime with one adult, four kids

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Amazon has quietly changed the way Prime members users can share benefits with family members.

Previously, any subscriber to Amazon’s $100-a-year service could extend the free two-day shipping option to up to four other people — who didn’t actually have to live at the same address. Now the whole service is limited to one other adult and up to four children

For the first time, at least, this includes Amazon Prime video.

Until August 1,…

China to restrict exports of certain drones and supercomputers

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A new cold war may be brewing between China and the West, and it’s centered around the 21st century’s weapon of warfare of choice: drones

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has issued a statement announcing that the country will restrict exports of high-performance drones starting Aug. 15

The new edict has been drawn up due to fears that advanced drones and other technology could “compromise national security,” according to China’s…

Twitter’s new experiment makes it look a little more like Facebook

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Your Twitter timeline may soon bear a greater resemblance to your Facebook news feed.

Twitter is trying out a new look for summary cards — that is, tweeted links on Twitter.com — and the experiment looks a little familiar

“We’re experimenting with summary cards in the timeline to make cards more visually appealing, media-forward and give users more information about the content in a glance,” a Twitter spokesperson told Mashable.

3 planes had close calls with drones near JFK in 3 days

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If you need an argument for stronger regulations on drones, here it is.

Two different commercial airliners came within 100 feet of unmanned air vehicles (UAV) when landing at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on Friday, according to CNN. The two flights, Jet Blue 1843 and Delta 407, both landed safely, without the need for any evasive action. CNN also reports a third pilot spotted a drone near JFK on Sunday night.

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Early Windows 10 frustrations spawn #Windows10Fails

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Windows 10 is a solid operating system with an enviable collection of new features and functionality. But it’s not perfect

Since its launch on July 29, at least 14 million people downloaded Microsoft’s next-generation software — and that number may be growing. It’s safe to say that the majority of users are happy, but as with any new software upgrade, there are exceptions. Some are airing their grievances on Twitter, and others are doing so even closer to home.

You may never have to listen to another voicemail again, thanks to Siri

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Listening to voicemails could become a thing of the past if Apple has its way.

Apple is testing a voicemail service called iCloud Voicemail that uses Siri to transcribe voicemails, according to a Business Insider report. Once transcribed, voicemails are then as text messages to iPhone users.

The report states that iCloud Voicemail is an internal testing feature and isn’t available to the public yet, but could launch next year as a…

Here’s how you can generate a 3D hologram with your smartphone

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LONDON – If you happen to have an old CD case and a few basic tools lying around, this one will make a pretty cool party trick.

British YouTuber and independent tech reviewer Mrwhosetheboss has uploaded an instructional video on how to turn any old smartphone into a 3D hologram projector – using nothing more complicated than a sharp knife, a ruler, a pen and paper, an old CD case and four squares of sticky tape.

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Microsoft’s VR headset to ship to developers ‘within the next year’

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Microsoft just launched Windows 10 on Wednesday, but it’s their wireless virtual reality headset, the HoloLens, that people are really excited to get their hands on.

Now we have more of an idea of when that moment could arrive. Recent comments from Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, have indicated developers should receive the HoloLens sometime in 2016.

In an interview with the BBC posted Friday, Nadella said…

Softbank’s Pepper robot offered as rental assistant for Japan businesses

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When Softbank made its Pepper helper robot available for sale back in June, the device sold out almost immediately

Now, before announcing the availability of additional units to the general public, the company is offering the robot as a rental device, officially putting robots in the same category as other mainstream rental appliances (at least in Japan)

The price for the “Pepper for Biz” service will be 55,000 yen…

Softbank’s Pepper robot offered as rental assistant for Japan businesses

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When Softbank made its Pepper helper robot available for sale back in June, the device sold out almost immediately

Now, before announcing the availability of additional units to the general public, the company is offering the robot as a rental device, officially putting robots in the same category as other mainstream rental appliances (at least in Japan)

The price for the “Pepper for Biz” service will be 55,000 yen…