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3 ways the Amazon Fire phone is making us rethink how we use our smartphones

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By Olivia Stacey

Many of us can’t live without our smart phones and companies are in a never-ending race to create a better and more interactive product. Amazon’s Fire phone hit stores this weekend and we got to try the phone out for ourselves at the AT&T Store of the Future in Tampa.

Here are three ways this phone is adding fuel to the smartphone competition.

♦ Scanner allows you to one-stop-shop and more

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Who’s ready for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1?”

Published:   |   Updated: July 28, 2014 at 04:09 PM
By Ashley Reams Mistretta

If you’re a fan of “The Hunger Games” movies series, get ready.

The teaser trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1” has been released on The Hunger Games YouTube Channel.

In it, we see Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) ready to lead fighters inspired by her courage.

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Were you at Vinoy Park for Vans Warped Tour?

Published:   |   Updated: July 28, 2014 at 03:17 PM
By Ashley Reams Mistretta

The Vans Warped Tour made a stop at St. Pete’s Vinoy Park on Friday.

More than 70 bands performed at the day-long music festival, including Less Than Jake.

Check out this photo gallery on TBO.com.

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Watch this Audi drive itself in Tampa

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

The 2012 Audi A7 that took to the Selmon Expressway Sunday afternoon and Monday morning wasn’t just any car.

It has automated technology, which allows it to take over for the driver in bumper-to-bumper traffic at speeds up to 40 miles per hour.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott took a spin in the driverless car Monday, becoming the first governor in the nation to get such an up close and personal experience with the technology.

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Pong it up in Gaslight Park

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By Katie Rains

Need a break from work? How about some ping-pong in the middle of downtown?

On Monday, if the answer to both of these is “yes”, your wish has been granted.

Lykes Gaslight Square Park is now home to a permanent ping-pong table thanks to Urban Conga. A $1000 grant was given to Urban Conga from Awesome Tampa Bay whose goal is to bring awesome ideas to Tampa and make the city a better place.

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What do you think of the ‘50 Shades of Grey’ trailer?

Published:   |   Updated: July 25, 2014 at 02:41 PM
By Ashley Reams Mistretta

The moment that fans of the book “50 Shades of Grey” have been waiting for has finally arrived.

A trailer for the movie, which comes out on Valentines Day next year, is available for your viewing pleasure (or disinterest depending on your tastes).

With more than 100 million copies of the series sold worldwide according to The New York Times, we know there are bound to be fans of the book right here in the Tampa area or people who’ve heard the hype surrounding the series and might want to see the movie.

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Bucs’ Gerald McCory reports to training camp in robe

Published:   |   Updated: July 25, 2014 at 02:24 PM
By Olivia Stacey

The sun was still rising as players rolled into One Buc Place to report to training camp on Thursday. Defensive Tackle, Gerald McCoy was dressed appropriately for the hour and looked pretty comfortable. Although the two-time pro bowler showed up in a relaxed fashion, he said he knows there are tough challenges ahead. Training camp begins on Friday at 4:30 p.m, and is open and free to the public. For the full schedule click here.

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Does your dog need a personal music player?

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

If you answered yes to that question, then you might want to consider backing a Tampa-based Kickstarter campaign for the PetPhone.

It’s an MP3 player with 4 GB of internal memory, which “provides ample space for your pet’s favorite music,” according to the Kickstarter page.

Pets like music, according to the PetPhone description, and the earpiece on the PetPhone headset is designed for cat and dog ears. They’re bigger than human earpieces and the sound is directed downward.

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‘Tone Deaf’ releases 11 best things to do in Tampa for music fans

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

If you’re into the music scene in Tampa, you know that this city is big into hard rock and death metal, and that’s exactly what one music website writes about in a July 18 post.

“Tone Deaf,” which describes itself as “one of Australia’s leading authorities on local and international music culture and industry,” explores Tampa’s fascination for dark music, credits Morrisound recording studio with helping cultivate that fascination, and lists the “11 Best Things In Tampa, USA Every Music Fan Should Do.”

Highlights on the list include music festivals like Big Guava, venues like The Ritz Ybor, and local music stores like Mojo Books and Records.

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Spray Cake: Cake of the future?

Published:   |   Updated: July 23, 2014 at 02:21 PM
By Katie Rains

3 words... Aerosol. Cake. Batter.

The concept is simple, Spray Cake, just add heat.

That’s the idea Harvard student John McCullum came up with for his Science and Cooking Class Final by brainstormings “ways to eat more cake”. He figured out that the accelerated release of air, through an aerosol can, makes the cake rise like whipped cream, eliminating the need for baking soda and baking powder. The instant rise also makes it possible to cook in significantly less time, like 30 seconds in the microwave for a cupcake, less time.

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