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CNET Update: Verizon buys Intel's TV business

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CNET Update: Verizon buys Intel's TV business

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Verizon reaches a deal with the chipmaker, Amazon may ship items before you even order them, and HP brings back Windows 7

-Verizon strikes a deal with Intel while Amazon married Garmin. I'm Shara Tibken in for Bridget Carey. This is your CNET update. Intel's internet TV business has finally found a home. Verizon said Tuesday that it's buying the operations from the chipmaker to boost its FIOS TV service. Intel had been working for two years on a TV boxing service that would deliver live programming and on-demand content over the internet, but Intel's new CEO wanted to focus on the company's core chip business. Along with FIOS, Verizon will use Intel's technology to bring video to users when, where, and how they want it including on mobile devices. First, Amazon talked about delivery drones. Now, it might ship what you want before you even order it. The company received a patent in late December called Method and System for anticipatory package shipping. That's quite a mouthful, but basically what it does is predict which items you're going to order before you even place that order. Amazon would look at a specific part of the country and figure out what items people want. Then when you place an order, the package gets to you faster. Windows 8 has such a bad rep that HP is advertising Windows 7 PCs. The company said the computers are backed by popular demand, but our sister site, ZDNet, reports that Windows 7 PCs never actually went away at all. Still, it's interesting that the company is trying to boost demand by pushing the older operating system. Windows 8 has faced a lot of criticism since it launched in late 2012. If you're sick of Pandora and Spotify, there's now a new option for streaming music. Beats on Tuesday launched a new music app for iPhone and android devices called Beats Music. It operates a lot like rival music services, but differs in one key way. There are no free ad-supported versions of the app. Only subscriptions that start at $10 a month. So why bother? Beats says its service has the human touch. It has people like Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor heading up a team of programmers. These people cater to your taste instead of using the algorithm. The rumor mill keeps heating up about Apple's gadgets. The latest report comes from a Chinese analyst who says the iPhone 6 will come in two large screen sizes. One could be 4.7 inches while the other could be 5.7. The new iPhones could show up as soon as June, which would be a big change from Apple's recent timing. It announced the iPhone 5S and 5C in September. I'd be pretty annoyed if I just bought a new iPhone. If you already cracked the screen on your iPhone 5C, you may be in luck. Apple stores can now replace the screens while you wait. That costs $149 versus 229 to send the phone to repair centers. Apple Geniuses won't be able to fix all screen damage though. Displays with scratches or cracks could be treated in store while those with heavier damage could still be sent away for repair. And for now, in-store screen repair only work for the iPhone 5C. That's your tech news update, but you can find more details at CNET.com/update. And you can always keep up with the latest stories by following me on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Shara Tibken.
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