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Google Play rewards system arrives in Japan, no sign of U.S. release yet

After some rumors, Google has finally revealed the existence of Google Play Points. But for now, it's only available in Japan, and there's no indication of when a U.S. or worldwide release is planned.
Business

Will your carry-on fit in that overhead bin? Kayak’s new AR tool can tell you

Don't break out the tape measure just yet -- a new augmented reality tool inside the Kayak app can help determine if your bag meets carry-on requirements. After measuring the bag, the app compares it to your airline's requirements.
Photography

Instagram’s shopping stickers for businesses see wide rollout

As the Stories format continues to grow, Instagram is allowing users to shop the items inside a Stories photo or video. Instagram recently expanded stickers that let people shop inside a Story by tapping on the sticker.
Business

Report: President Trump to spare Apple from tariffs on Chinese goods

According to a new report, Apple and other tech firms may be spared from the Trump administration's upcoming tariffs on Chinese goods. While devices like the Apple Watch were on a preliminary list, they have reportedly been removed.
Business

Amazon to crack down on employees who sell confidential info to merchants

Amazon's massive growth in recent years has led to an internal black market where some employees are paid for insider data or illicit services to help merchants gain an edge. Amazon is determined to root out this corruption.
Mobile

Firm warns that almost half of all U.S. calls could be scams by 2019

What's the world coming to when you can no longer trust caller ID? Almost half of all phone calls in the U.S. could be scams by next year, according to a report put out by a phone provider.
Home Theater

In surprise announcement, OnePlus says it’s going to make a smart TV

Smartphone manufacturer OnePlus says it will release a smart TV. CEO Pete Lau will head up a new division of the company, and has hinted the TV will be simple to use, and will feature artificial intelligence.
Cars

Uber has decided to leave its broadly derided current logo ‘behind’

Rideshare giant Uber has a new brand image. The new wordmark logo replaces Uber's previous brand icon, a circular graphic that was derided as an "asshole" symbol that walked away from a clear brand identifier.
Movies & TV

‘The Predator’ makes easy prey of ‘The Nun’ to win the weekend box office

Director Shane Black's sci-fi action sequel The Predator ended the reign of last week's box-office champion, horror prequel The Nun, to take the top spot at the weekend box office.
Business

The flu is a bad souvenir. Here’s how a pilot stays healthy while flying

Why is it so common to get sick after a flight? A pilot explains the culprits and offers some tips to stay healthy when traveling by air, from nose spray to skipping the alcohol and doing aerobic exercises.
Mobile

Brexit may get messy, but free EU roaming is safe, U.K. government says

The U.K. government and networks have spoken out regarding the continuation of free mobile roaming throughout the EU, even if a no-deal Brexit happens next year, stating charges will not be reintroduced.
Cars

BMW USA’s stance on diesels still up in the air despite discontinuation claims

Despite various outlets quoting reporting BMW diesels are dead in the U.S. and BMW will focus on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, another spokesperson corrected that the company's official decision is still undecided.
Smart Home

Whole Foods delivery via Amazon Prime arrives in 10 more cities

Amazon continues its quest to conquer American commerce as Whole Foods expands free delivery, in under two hours no less, to Prime members in 38 cities serving major markets across the country.
Computing

Verizon 5G Home promises gigabit internet speeds for as low as $50

Verizon is giving cable internet and Google Fiber a run for their money with its new 5G Home. Launching October 1 at $50 in select markets, 5G Home promises up to gigabit internet speeds and no data caps.
Mobile

FCC pauses its review of T-Mobile-Sprint merger, says it needs more time

T-Mobile and Sprint are hoping the third time is the charm for a merger. It comes just months after the carriers cited an inability to find common ground, extending yet again the long dance between the two telecom giants.
Cars

Aston Martin gears up to build electric cars at new Wales factory

Aston Martin will build electric cars alongside internal-combustion models at a new factory situated on a former air force base in Wales. Production of Aston's first electric car begins in 2019.
Mobile

Finally, Apple Pay and Google Pay arrive at 7-Eleven this month

It's taken a while, but 7-Eleven has announced that from this month it's going to finally start offering contactless payments via Apple Pay and Google Pay. The company has around 10,000 convenience stores across the U.S.
Movies & TV

MoviePass saga continues as board member resigns, annual subscriptions cut

Troubled subscription-based movie service MoviePass is making headlines on a daily basis lately, and not the good kind. Here's a timeline of events for the company once described as Netflix for movie theaters.