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One Night in Karazhan, Hearthstone’s latest expansion, is out

While perhaps my own involvement with Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone has waned in recent months, due in no small part to other games that have nabbed my attention, the online card-based arena battle game is no less extremely popular. When Blizzard released the large patch on August 9, quite a few players began to eagerly await the latest single-player expansion that releases on all platforms today.

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Android Pay arrives in Asia, starting with Singapore

Android Pay turns your phone into a Google-powered wallet. Tap it against a terminal, transfer money, and walk away feeling like you're living in the future. Android Pay has been making folks feel this way since September, depending on where you live.

If said place is in Asia, you've been out of luck. That's about to change. Android Pay has made its way to Singapore, its first stop in Asia.

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Google Fiber acquires high-speed ISP Webpass for access to markets in Chicago, Boston, Miami, San Diego, and San Francisco

Google Fiber is slowly, s-l-o-w-l-y making its way into more US markets, and its latest move is intended to make that rollout faster. The Google subsidiary has agreed to purchase Webpass, a high-speed Internet service provider that services residential buildings and businesses in parts of Boston, Chicago, Miami, San Diego, and San Francisco. If you happen to live in one of these cities, you can check your building's access on the main Webpass site.

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Amazon Underground Expands To Sixteen European Countries And Territories, Including Italy And Spain

This may come as a surprise, but some people really hate spending money on apps. They're willing to deal with banner ads, pop-ups, videos, and any number of intrusions before approaching a button in the Play Store with the letters b, u, or y. Amazon figures there's money to be made off these folks, and Amazon Underground is its effort to do so. Now the retailer is expanding the service to Italy, Spain, and fourteen other parts of Europe.

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Google Express Expands To Parts Of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, And Wisconsin

Google Express is one of those services that sound awesome on paper, but many of us still don't really know because it's only available in seven major metros that you could probably guess. Except now it isn't. Now it's also available in six states spread across the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Google brought Express to Chicago roughly a year ago. Now the company is expanding the reach out to the surrounding area. It says this should open up the service to 25 million more people. Unfortunately, while Indianapolis and Milwaukee make the list, the cities of Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Detroit do not.

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Netflix Will Expand To Italy, Portugal, And Spain In October 2015


Sprint Rumored To Add 9,000 New LTE Sites In Nationwide Expansion

It has apparently been a while since Sprint's been able to focus on simply growing out its nationwide coverage. While the company has expanded its LTE coverage piecemeal, announcing new markets every couple of months, it has also had to manage the networks powered by different technologies it acquired when purchasing Nextel (iDen) and Clearwire (WiMax). But after a decade of acquisitions and adjustment, Sprint may be ready to start turning things around, according to S4GRU, a blog dedicated entirely to Sprint's 4G LTE and WiMax expansions (it doesn't get much more niche than that).

Sprint decommissioned the Nextel iDen network in June of 2013 with the plan to convert those sites to CDMA/LTE using the 800MHz frequency band.

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Rdio Expands To Two Dozen New Markets Spread Across The Caribbean, Central America, And Asia Pacific

Music streaming service Rdio is continuing its expansion efforts, and now it's available in 24 new markets spread across the Caribbean, Central America, and the Asia Pacific. This makes it available throughout virtually all of the Western Hemisphere.


Starting today, Rdio is available in the following places:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • The British Virgin Islands
  • The Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Nauru
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Vanuatu

Through a partnership with mobile network provider Digicel, the service is also available in seven additional regions.

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Dropbox Continues International Expansion With Acquisition Of Israel-Based Company CloudOn

Dropbox has decided to buy CloudOn, an Israel-based company whose bread and butter consists of providing iPhone and iPad owners with a means of editing Microsoft Word documents in the cloud. The company gained popularity doing this at a time before Microsoft was fully ready to commit to the idea itself. The service worked with a number of cloud storage providers, of which Dropbox was one.

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With the acquisition, Dropbox is positioning itself to expand into even more corners of the world. According to The Wall Street Journal, CloudOn's 30 employees will join the company, with the office in Herzliya becoming the base for aggressive hiring in the region.

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Monument Valley 'Forgotten Shores' Update Comes To Amazon App Store, Google Play Update Coming Next Week

Just one day after its run as Free App of the Day on Amazon's Appstore, Monument Valley is getting its new levels - titled Forgotten Shores - today, again through Amazon.

The levels, which come via an in-app purchase of $1.99, will be exclusive to the Amazon Appstore until this Sunday, with the update coming to the Google Play Store after that.


For those who haven't played Monument Valley and have somehow managed to avoid hearing about or seeing it, the game is a gorgeous, beautifully-executed geometry puzzle in which you navigate a silent princess through numerous impossible architectural scenarios.

The "Forgotten Shores" expansion builds on the beauty and serenity of the original game with eight levels, almost doubling the total number of levels in the game.

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