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GE FirstBuild Launches Indiegogo Campaign For Next Generation Icemaker

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It’s the biggest innovation in ice in nearly twenty-five years, according to General Electric (a company that knows a thing or two about ice).

It’s called the Opal, and its a portable ice machine that’s makes a new shape of ice — nugget ice.

Dreamed up by the crowdsourced community GE has harnessed through its FirstBuild initiative, the Opal makes a heretofore inaccessible ice cube available to John Q Public (unless they were a Wonder Twin).

The ice nugget (Opal’s only output), has been available for commercial consumption at roadside Dairy Queens, Sonics, and other fast food chains for years, but the machinery responsible for such frosty, chilly nuggets of icy goodness was too expensive for a home.

For those that are interested, there’s also a quick run-through of the magic of making a new ice maker.

Using the rapid manufacturing facilities GE has assembled at its Louisville…

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The New Moto X And Moto G Are Incredibly Cheap Yet Powerful Phones

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Motorola has just unveiled its new lineup of smartphones, the Moto G, Moto X Style and Moto X Play. While these phones are mostly updated versions of their previous iterations, Motorola is sticking with its key advantages — price, customization and less bloatware.

The Moto G is a 5-inch Android phone that costs $180 without any carrier subsidy. The Moto X Style is an updated Nexus 6-style phablet as Motorola is the maker behind the Nexus 6. And the Moto X Play is a cheaper version of the Moto X Style that you won’t find in the U.S.

The Moto G Is Now Waterproof

With the Moto G, Motorola clearly targets people who look at the price tag first. Moto G users want to spend as little money as possible on their phones, and keep them for as long as possible. And the company understands that.

That’s why this year’s…

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T-Mobile Adds Apple Music To Its Data-Free Music Freedom Plan

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T-Mobile, specifically its eccentric CEO John Legere, announced a couple pretty major initiatives with Apple today that, amongst other things, feature free Apple Music streaming and an upgraded iPhone trade-in plan.

Music Freedom, a pretty sweet “#Uncarrier” initiative from T-Mobile, makes sure that streamed tunes from various music apps don’t eat into your allotted data. Today, T-Mobile announced that it would be adding Apple Music streaming to the service as well. Legere specified that as of now, the services covered by Music Freedom accounted for 95% of music streamed in the United States.

Legere also announced an update to its JUMP! On Demand iPhone trade-in program. Customers have been able to rent a new iPhone on the service for $15 a month and when a new model of the iPhone (or any other phone) came out, they could trade-in their old phone and upgrade to the new model.  The company already has one of…

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Which Programming Languages Get Used Most At Hackathons?

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Picking a programming language to learn can be a stressful task. The trendy language at any given time isn’t necessarily one that anyone will care about in a year, much less the one that’ll get you the best gigs.

It’s interesting, then, to see what language programmers turn to when they’ve got their pick of the litter — when they’re coding not with some bosses’ wishes in mind, but when they’re just cracking away at a project for the hell of it.

Like, say, at a hackathon.

This morning, ChallengePost — a tool that acts as the backend infrastructure for a pretty good chunk of the hackathons that go down (including the ones we host before each TechCrunch Disrupt) — changed their name to Devpost. In celebration of the new name, they’ve released a big ol’ data dump of a bunch of stuff they’ve learned over the past year.

What…

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Apple’s retail expansion in India underway, 100+ of 500 resellers reportedly selected

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Apple’s plan to establish 500 mobile-focused reseller stores in India is reportedly well underway, with NDTV Gadgets reporting that more than 100 of the partners for its Authorised Mobility Resellers (AMR) program have already been signed-up.

Apple seems to have already identified the cities, and indeed the areas within these cities where it wants to open the new stores, as a job listing on Apple’s website says the responsibility of Program Manager – AMR is to select store locations “within identified micro markets within a city” (emphasis ours).

An Apple-appointed contractor is building the stores’ interiors to ensure that they conform to Apple’s design and size requirements, before handing them back to the third-party resellers to operate. The partners are reportedly being selected by Apple on the basis of their track-record in selling Apple products.

Apple is said to be focusing on building market share in the company, and will, unusually, allow AMRs…

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Opinion: A Mac’s longevity is its biggest unsung selling point

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Apple can’t advertise Macs as having ten-year lifespans for legal reasons, and reviewers rarely write about their old computers ten years later — they’re typically focused on each year’s latest and greatest machine. But the average person buys a computer and keeps using it until it stops working, something I note every time a friend or family member “finally” upgrades from an old Mac to a new one.

This morning, Christopher Phin’s article “Saying goodbye to a beloved 2008 MacBook Pro” recalled the many end-of-life Mac discussions I’ve had with people over the years — specifically that their still-working-but-old Macs are so antiquated that virtually every internal component has been replaced in current models. Yet no one ever says they’re switching from an old Mac to a new PC; instead, the conversation is always about figuring out which new Mac to buy, or whether to squeeze a little more life from the old machine with a hard drive to SSD swap

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eBay discontinuing several mobile apps including Fashion and Motors for iOS

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Commerce company eBay announced today that it will soon retire several of its mobile apps including ones on iPhone and iPad. eBay’s primary iOS app will not be going anyway, however, and several of the discontinued apps will eventually see their features appear in the main eBay app.

In an effort to simply the shopping experience, eBay says it will be shutting down its Valet, Fashion, and Motors apps soon and later integrate their features into eBay’s primary app.

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