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Facebook launches system to alert you when friends are nearby

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 24 April 2014 15:07

Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching today.

Called “Nearby Friends,” the optional tool will only be available to people who choose to turn it on. The feature uses your smartphone’s GPS system to tell your Facebook friends you are nearby — provided they have the feature turned on. Rather than share your exact location, it will only show that you are nearby, say, within half a mile.

Roku TV will stream video without set-top box

Written by The AP Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:38

Roku Inc. is launching a line of TVs that play video from services like Netflix without requiring a set-top box. While similar to smart TVs on the market already, the company’s Internet streaming platform offers some 1,200 apps and more comprehensive niche content choices.

The Saratoga, Calif.-based streaming set-top box pioneer is partnering with two of the biggest Chinese TV makers in the world, TCL Corp. and Hisense International Co. Ltd. on six models. It showcased them on the sidelines of the annual International CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week.