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Google Talk Deals With Zombies And Neuroscience

On Halloween, Google hosted a talk with neuroscientists Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek about neuroscience and zombies. Now as the holidays draw near, Google has made the talk available for our viewing pleasure (and in Night of the Living Dead black and white). The talk is mainly about Verstynen’s book “Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?” Google says: In this …

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HBO GO Finally Hits Amazon’s Fire TV

Back in April, Amazon launched Fire TV, its streaming device for the connected living room. It was missing one key service however. It didn’t support HBO GO. While Amazon has since added HBO content to Prime Instant Video, those don’t include the latest episodes of all the shows. Today, Amazon announced that the device finally has the service. “Since launch …

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Gartner: Smartphone Sales Up 20% In Q3

Smartphone sales grew 20% in the third quarter, according to a new report from Gartner. Sales in emerging markets saw the highest growth ever, though sales in Western Europe continued on the decline. Worldwide sales of mobile phones, in general, were flat during the quarter. Here’s a look at the market share by manufacturer: “Sales of feature phones declined 25 …

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Amazon Updates Kindle For iOS App

Amazon just launched an update to its Kindle for iOS app, introducing a bunch of new features, including a book browser for iPad, a new welcome experience, Goodreads integration, “Next in Series” info, book detail pages in the library, and Audible Progressive Play. With the browser feature, Kindle Unlimited subscribers can now browse over 700,000 books, and start reading them …

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Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix (It Includes Nick Offerman)

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. As previously mentioned, the long-awaited new original series from Netflix, Marco Polo, is finally available to stream, though the reviews have been …

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Facebook’s Oculus Bolsters Team With Acquisitions

Oculus, the virtual reality company that Facebook recently acquired, announced some new acquisitions of its own in a bid to bring more talent to its team. The company has acquired Nimble VR (formerly 3Gear Systems) and 13th Lab, and has hired motion capture expert Chris Bregler. Oculus gives a little background on each: Nimble VR was founded in 2012 by …

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Google Translate Gets Support For 10 More Languages

Google announced the addition of ten new languages to Google Translate. A year ago, the company announced that it had reached the 80-language milestone. Now, it’s up to 90. The new languages are: Chichewa (Chinyanja), Malagasy, Sesotho, Malayalam (മലയാളം), Myanmar (Burmese, မြန်မာစာ), Sinhala (සිංහල), Sundanese (Basa Sunda), Kazakh (Қазақ тілі), Tajik (Тоҷикӣ), and Uzbek (Oʻzbek tili). “These 10 new languages …

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Netflix Original ‘Marco Polo’ Now Available To Stream

Netflix has been hyping up its new show Marco Polo for quite some time, and as of today, the title is finally available for streaming. The description is as follows: “Marco Polo” is an epic adventure that follows the early years of the famous explorer as he travels the exotic Silk Road to the great Kublai Khan’s court. But Marco …

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Amazon Forced To Remove Appstore From Android [Report]

A few months ago, Amazon started including access to its Appstore in its main Android app, essentially enabling users to purchase Amazon apps (which would typically be used on the company’s Fire devices), and use them on Android devices. In other words, this provided Android users with a place to get apps other than Google Play, which of course hosts …

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Google’s Chromecast Adds Guest Mode

Google just announced a new “guest mode” feature for its popular Chromecast device. Have a look. “You’re having friends over and before you know it, a battle has ensued in your living room over who can show the funniest YouTube video,” Google says in a blog post. “Now, it’s even easier for your friends to cast to your TV without …

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New MSN Apps Released For iOS, Android

Microsoft has launched some new MSN Apps for iOS, Android, and Amazon devices. These are platform expansions of apps currently available for Windows. There are six in all: Sports, Finance, News, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, and Weather. They provide users with content from publishers and Microsoft’s partners as well as personalized experiences to let users follow topics of …

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Google Play Releases Its Best Of 2014 Lists

Earlier this week, we got a look at the top apps, movies, games, songs, etc. on iTunes. Today, its rival Google Play revealed its lists. These are packaged in a nice infographic: “It was a big year for entertainment, from games that fed your sweet tooth to apps that kept you fit,” said Google. “Icy movies warmed your hearts, and …

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Golden Globe Nominations See Netflix and Amazon Battling It Out for the First Time

The nominations for the Golden Globe Awards – where lovers of the big and the small screen alike can see their favorite stars/productions honored – are here. In an early morning ceremony, Kate Beckinsale, Peter Krause, Paula Patton, and Jeremy Piven announced who will vie for the coveted statutes next month. As has been the case with other award shows …

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Classic iPods Are So Hot Right Now

They say you don’t know what you’ve got, ’till it’s gone. The iPod Classic – you know, that mp3 player that relies on a click-wheel and only plays music (it can’t make phone calls?) – is apparently in high demand. Apple unceremoniously retired the classic device back in September, around the time the company was unveiling the brand new Apple …

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Google Adds My Maps To Google Drive

Google announced that users can now create, access, and share Maps with its My Maps feature in Google Drive. Google’s goal was to make creating a map as easy as creating a new document. To do just that, go to “New,” and then to “More” to find May Maps. “Over the next week, all the maps you’ve created will also …

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Yahoo Mail Desktop Adds Personalized News Stream

Yahoo announced the launch of a personalized, real-time news stream with news summaries in the desktop version of Yahoo Mail. This was made available on the mobile version earlier this year. The stream includes top stories across different categories, with summaries, which are enabled by the technology from Summly, which Yahoo acquired last year. “The newstream is fast, fluid and …

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Aaron Paul Launches Yo, BITCH App for Jesse Pinkman-Style Messaging

Yo, the app that totally revolutionized vague messaging, man, by letting users send out the word “Yo” to their friends, was always missing that extra spark. Thankfully, Breaking Bad‘s own Jesse Pinkman has done his part to remedy that. Aaron Paul has just launched a new iOS app called Yo BITCH (stylized as YB in the App Store because Apple …

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Comcast Hotspot Lawsuit Alleges Company Broke the Law with Xfinity Public WiFi Initiative

A couple of Comcast customers are none too happy with the company’s Xfinity WiFi hotspot initiative, and have filed a class-action lawsuit against the ISP in a California district court. Toyer Grear and Joycelyn Harris allege Comcast is violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and various other state statutes when it uses customers’ wireless routers to “generate additional, public …

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HBO’s New Standalone Streaming Service Reportedly Coming in April

HBO’s standalone streaming service – you know, the one that people demanded for years and that the company finally announced in October – is likely to launch in April of 2015. And it looks like it may be outsourced. According to a report from Fortune, HBO has just killed its project “Maui”, which was working to build the new offering …

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Netflix Releases Another ‘Marco Polo’ Featurette

Last month, Netflix gave us a behind-the-scenes look at Marco Polo in a featurette, which appeared on YouTube. Now, as the show’s premiere draws near, they’ve given us a second one. You can get a look at the actual trailer for Netflix’s next original series here. The show’s description is as follows: Intrigue. Deception. Bloodshed. These are just some of …

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Amazon Releases 4K Ultra HD Video Content

Amazon announced that it has added 4K Ultra HD video to Amazon Instant Video. And guess what. It’s not only for Prime members! I’ll bet you didn’t see that coming. Of course Prime members do still get the perk of not having to pay extra for the quality. Amazon’s Ultra HD movies and TV shows are accessible through the Amazon …

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Apple Names Best Apps, Music (Not U2), TV, Movies, Books Of 2014

Apple named its top apps, music, movies, TV shows and books on iTunes for 2014. These are for the U.S. Elevate took the top iPhone App spot with Threes! winning the top iPhone Game spot. Pixelmator won best iPad app, and Monument Valley won best iPad game. Beyoncé won best artist, in the music category while Sam Smith won best …

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YouTube Shows What Will Happen To Your Video When You Use A Song

When you’re uploading a video with music on YouTube, you can now search the YouTube Audio Library to determine how using a specific song will go over in terms of visibility and monetization from a copyright standpoint. It will tell you if the video will stay live or if there are restrictions. “Let’s say you made a video with the …

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Cable TV Cutters Have Plenty Of Options This Christmas

Cable TV is one of the worst investments a family can make today. There’s only so much to watch, and lot of it is never on when you want it to be. That’s why cable cutters are on the rise, and it’s easier than ever to say goodbye to your cable TV provider over the holidays. Cable cutters have a …

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Netflix Releases Latest ISP Speed Rankings

Netflix has released its monthly update on Internet service provider speed data, ranking the top ISPs in terms of speed for its streaming service. The previous list didn’t bring any major changes, but in the U.S. Bright House jumped up to the top three with an average speed of 3.13Mbps, just behind Verizon IFOS and Cablevision. The new list for …

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Microsoft Launches Cortana In More Countries

Microsoft announced today that it is launching Cortana (its Siri competitor) in four new countries in Europe: France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. “When we introduced Cortana as a beta as part of Windows Phone 8.1 in the U.S. this past spring, she generated worldwide interest and excitement which was amazing to see,” says Microsoft’s Marcus Ash in a blog post. …

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Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. We’ve got a pretty solid list this week, including a Netflix original, more American Horror Story, and The Wolf of Wall Street …

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Netflix Shares Clip From Nick Offerman Special

As reported last week, Netflix is about to get a new stand-up special from Nick Offerman. It’s called American Ham, and it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in January to mostly positive reviews. It’s coming exclusively to Netflix in the U.S., Canada, and the UK/Ireland. Netflix just shared this clip from it (NSFW language): From the description: Become …

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Dropbox Launches New API For Businesses

Dropbox announced a new API for businesses, which will enable them to integrate the Dropbox Platform into their own IT processes. “Already 100,000 companies rely on Dropbox for Business to securely store and share even their most important company information, including major organizations like Hyatt, News Corp, and MIT,” says Dropbox’s Ilya Fushman. “Many of them also use the Dropbox …

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Mozilla Is Working On Firefox For iOS

A lot of things seem to be changing in Firefox Land since CEO Chris Beard took over this year. Recently, Mozilla announced a five-year partnership with Yahoo, which sees the search engine replacing Google as the default search experience in the Firefox web browser in the U.S. That alone was a huge move as it had been with Google for …

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Spotify Reveals 2014’s Top Music

Spotify, which has been in the news a lot lately with Taylor Swift pulling her music from the service, announced its top music of the year. It shared the most popular songs and artists of the year based on listening habits of its 50 million global users. Ed Sheeran was the most-streamed artist on Spotify in 2014, according to the …

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Google Adds Features To Docs, Slides

Google announced some feature updates to Google Docs and Slides over on Google+. In Docs, you can now merge table cells together and customize images from within documents. In Slides, you can now add slide numbers. Here’s the announcement post with more details: Google made a separate announcement about editing Office files: Google is currently using Google Drive to help …

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Vimeo Just Got A Lot Better On Mobile

Vimeo announced a new, revamped version of its mobile site. It’s now faster and lets you better use the service without logging in, which should be great for generating more interest from casual users who never wanted to bother creating an account. Considering that I have watched random videos on the service for years, but only recently set up an …

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Netflix Bill Burr Stand-Up Special Gets A Trailer

In August, Netflix announced four exclusive stand-up comedy specials from comedians Bill Cosby, Bill Burr, Jim Jefferies & Chelsea Peretti. The Jefferies special debuted on August 29th. The Peretti special debuted on November 14th. The Cosby special was supposed to debut last week, but was pulled because of all of those rape allegations that have been mounting against him. Bill …

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Could Google Glass Find Success After All?

While Google Glass hasn’t even had a proper consumer launch yet, many have already written of its impending demise. People seem to have already lost interest in a product that you still have to be part of the Explorer Program to purchase. But the book on Glass may not be closed just yet. Do you think Google Glass has a …

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Google Now Accepting Fiber Signups In Austin

Google announced as far back as April that it would be launching Google Fiber in Austin, Texas. In October, the company revealed it would launch in December. Well, guess what. December is here, and Google just announced that it is now accepting signups in the city. That includes businesses. In a blog post, Google writes: Access to abundant, super fast …

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‘House Of Cards’ Season 3 Has A Release Date

Netflix announced the release date for House of Cards: Season 3. This came via the House of Cards Twitter account in the form of a special message from the White House and President Underwood. By the way, I hope you were caught up on Season 2. Otherwise, spoiler alert! BREAKING NEWS: President Underwood and the First Lady will be making …

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Amazon Reports Big Increase In Black Friday Sales Of Its Devices

This year was a lot better than last year when it comes to Black Friday sales of Amazon’s tablets and e-readers, according to the company. Amazon said Black Friday sales of Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets on Amazon.com grew “significantly” year over year. Fire tablet sales on the site were up over 3x year over year on Friday, while Kindle …

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Natalie Portman Rumored for ‘Major Role’ in New Steve Jobs Film

At this point, it feels like the long-promised Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography may never actually happen. After months in limbo, enduring a revolving door of attached talent, Sony finally dropped the film earlier this month. Universal picked it up, however, so it looks like things are back on track. And today, there’s news that a …

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GoPro Is Going to Make Its Own Drones

There’s likely quite a bit of overlap when it comes to GoPro enthusiasts and drone enthusiasts – and strapping a GoPro to a drone is a great way to get tricky aerial shots. I guess it makes sense that the makers of the former would want to cut out the middleman and just develop their own versions of the latter. …

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Google Expands Its Offerings In Cuba

As you’re probably aware, there’s a trade embargo that prevents U.S. exports to Cuba. That’s not stopping Google from launching some of its free services there. Google launched Chrome in Cuba in August, and just announced that it’s now offering Google Play and Google Analytics there. It will, however, only be offering free stuff: the free version of Analytics and …

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Amazon Fire Phone Is Now Ridiculously Cheap, Even Without a Contract

Amazon has once again made a price adjustment to its flagship smartphone, and it’s a pretty significant one. As of right now, you can buy an unlocked Amazon Fire Phone for $199. As you’re probably aware, that’s usually what customers pay for a top-tier smartphone when they also agree to a two-year contract with a carrier. The unlocked 32GB Fire …

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Chromecast Adds Support For Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street

Google announced yet more apps that are now supporting its $35 Chromecast streaming device. These are some significant ones that should only serve to help sales for the holidays (which are bound to be pretty good already). The device will now support apps from Comedy Central, Sesame Street, and Nickelodeon. Google says in a brief post on the Chrome blog: …

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FAA’s New Drone Rules Could Be Bad for Business

The Federal Aviation Administration is poised to propose new rules for commercial drones by year’s end, and if they look anything like what the Wall Street Journal is reporting – it’s going to be a rough day for businesses and drone enthusiasts. According to the report, the FAA is planning some rather restrictive new rules for commercial drones under 55 …

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Netflix Will Soon Get Nick Offerman’s ‘American Ham’

In a couple weeks, Netflix will debut comedian Nick Offerman’s stand-up special American Ham. This should be a much more crowd-pleasing addition than the Bill Cosby special Netflix just pulled. Offerman tweeted: I made you a gift of #Ham. @BarackObama @VogtRoberts @netflix @carrieunderwood I am a HUMORIST. 12/12 on NETFLIX. pic.twitter.com/kDP4LD2mVZ — Nick Offerman (@Nick_Offerman) November 24, 2014 The date was confirmed …

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Steve Jobs Movie Finds New Life at Universal

The Steve Jobs movie has life, as Universal Pictures has decided to pick up the recently-abandoned project. Last week, Sony Pictures abruptly ditched the high-profile film. It appeared that the company had become a bit frustrated with the project, which had been sitting in limbo watching an acting/directing carousel spin – despite having a completed script since January. Rumor had …

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Google For Work Gets Security Upgrade

Facebook may be preparing to grab some of the workplace market share, but other, more seasoned vets of the space have hardly slowed down in improving their own offerings. For example, last week, Microsoft announced Skype Document Chat for Office Online, enabling collaboration via Skype. Google, on Monday, announced new security tools for Google for Work (the new brand, which …

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Yahoo Mail Experiences Technical Difficulties

Yahoo Mail has been experiencing some technical difficulties with service disruption for some users due to the severing of an underwater cable, which the company says was caused by a third party. This morning at 9:45 PST, Yahoo said, “The underwater cable cut affecting our network has now been located. Testing and repairs are currently taking place. The Yahoo engineering …

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Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix (Including Lilyhammer Season 3)

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. This week’s list isn’t a very big one, but it does see the return of Netflix’s first original series. Available on11/21: Lilyhammer: …

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Chrome OS Adds Google Drive Chromecast Support

The beauty of Google’s $35 Chromecast streaming device is that the company as well as third parties can keep adding support for additional products and features, which means ultimately it just gets more and more useful. Google announced an update for its Chrome OS operating system, which powers Chromebook devices, to enable Chromecast support for media files stored on Google …

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Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Amazon’s New Live-Action Kids Show, Now Available

Amazon’s first live-action kids series aimed at older kids (those aged six to 11) is now available to stream – the first six episodes at least. Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, the project of first-time writer David Anaxogorias, launches today. Anaxagorias is a preschool teacher and submitted his show idea to Amazon Studios through its “open-door pilot submissions process”. …

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Google Internet Balloon Crashes, Surprises South African Farmer

A South African sheep farmer stumbled upon something odd recently – a crashed balloon filled with electronic components. Thinking it was a weather balloon, he did some investigating. What he found was that the balloon was actually made in the USA, and belonged to Google. Urbanus Botha found a whole mess of plastic collapsed on his land, and with the …

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HBO GO Is Finally Available on Xbox One

Back in November of last year, Microsoft unveiled the list of streaming video apps that would grace the Xbox One. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, VUDU, Crackle, and Redbox Instant were on the list, but HBO GO was only given a “coming soon” designation. Well, today’s finally the day. Xbox One owners can now stream HBO content with HBO GO. …

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Billboard 200 Chart Will Now Factor in Streaming, Downloads

The Billboard 200, the decades-old standard for measuring the top albums in the country, is going to begin acknowledging that people use the internet to listen to music these days. According to a report in the New York Times, in a couple weeks Billboard will unveil a new top 200 albums chart covering November 30 to December 4. This chart …

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People Are Now More Glued to Their Phones Than the TV

Mobile devices have, for the first time, overtaken television in the fight for our eyeballs. According to a report from Flurry, using data from comScore and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans now spend 177 minutes per day, on average, on their mobile devices. That’s nine minutes more on average than they spend watching TV. Compare that to the …

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Mozart in the Jungle Hits Amazon December 23

Amazon Studios’ new comedy show, Mozart in the Jungle, has just received an official premiere date – December 23. Amazon will release all 10 episodes of the first season at once on Amazon Prime. Mozart in the Jungle was first greenlit alongside Amazon’s Transparent – which has received rave reviews since its premiere in September. Mozart in the Jungle stars …

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Bill Cosby Dropped by NBC as Netflix Weighs Options

While comedian Bill Cosby’s future with Netflix is still up in the air at this point, NBC has decided to cut ties with the embattled actor. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has decided not to move forward with an upcoming family comedy that was set to star Cosby. NBC wouldn’t provide any additional comment. NBC’s decision …

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Amazon Fire TV Stick Is Now Shipping

Amazon’s Chromecast competitor, the Fire TV Stick, has now begun to ship. According to Amazon, the pre-order buzz for the new device was the most impressive the company has ever seen. “Fire TV Stick has been our most successful device launch ever,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices. “We built a ton of these, but customer demand still …

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Amazon Lets Invited Consumers Order Echo

Amazon has begun sending out invitations for its new Echo smart device. The company unveiled the device on November 6th, and let interested consumers request invites. ZDNet’s James Kendrick writes that he received his invitation today, and shares a screenshot of the email, which says: Dear Amazon Customer, We’re excited to offer you an invitation to purchase Amazon Echo. We …

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Elon Musk Once Again Warns of the Looming Robot Apocalypse

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has once again taken to a public forum to warn everyone that they shouldn’t sleep on recent developments in the artificial intelligence field. In short, Musk says that the chance of “something seriously dangerous happening” is likely in five years or so, and a near certainty within a decade. Musk posted his warning on …

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Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple & Other Tech Companies Call For Government Surveillance Reform

About a year ago, the Reform Government Surveillance coalition was formed. Today, it includes AOL, Apple, Drobpbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo. The companies have since maintained a website on the issue, and have now penned an open letter to the U.S. Senate as the USA Freedom Act comes up for a vote. The companies say the …

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Google Keep Gets New Sharing Feature

Google Keep, the company’s virtual post-it note app, now has a new helpful sharing feature. You can write ideas or shopping lists, and share them with friends or family. “So next time you create a list, share it on Keep and watch as items get checked off in real time! No need for text messages back and forth—get things done …

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The Cast Of ‘The League’ Did A Google Talk

Google hosts a lot of interesting speakers for its “Talks at Google” events. Sometimes, they’re really scientific or technological. Other times, they’re just fun. You can decide for yourself which category this one falls into. Last month, Google hosted some of the cast from FX’s The League, including Stephen Rannazzisi, Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton, and Jason Mantzoukas, which Google recently …

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Netflix’s Marco Polo Gets New Trailer

Next month, Netflix will debut its next original series Marco Polo, which tells the story of the famous explorer and his adventures. Netflix describes it: Intrigue. Deception. Bloodshed. These are just some of the obstacles awaiting legendary explorer Marco Polo as he navigates the inner court of 13th century ruler, Kublai Khan. From the back alleys of Venice to the …

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Spotify and Uber Announce New ‘Spotify Your Ride’ Partnership

Uber has thought of a pretty clever way to make your ride more enjoyable. Starting soon, Uber is going to let you choose what music you listen to while being carted from point A to point B. Uber and Spotify have just announced a new partnership which will allow Uber customers to choose the soundtrack of their ride. “It’s easy: …

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Watch: Big Hero 6 Gets A Google Talk

Disney’s new animated feature Big Hero 6 was released last week. This week, Google shared an “At Google” talk with the cast and creative talent behind the film. Included are: Ryan Potter (Hiro), Genesis Rodriguez (Honey Lemon), Jamie Chung (Go Go Tomago), Don Hall (Co-Director), Chris Williams (Co-Director), Roy Conli (Producer). Image via YouTube

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Chromecast Mirroring Hits Galaxy Note 4

In July, Google launched Android screen mirroring via Chromeast with the Chromecast app’s “Cast Screen” feature. It had previewed the feature, which automatically makes the Chromecast device roughly a billion times better, at Google I/O earlier in the summer. The feature launched, but it only supported certain devices.The list has grown slowly in the meantime. Last month, the feature became …

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Walter Isaacson Talks Innovators At Google

Walter Isaacson, who wrote the acclaimed biography of Steve Jobs, has a new book called The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. It was released just over a month ago. Among those covered in the book are: Charles babbage, Ada Lovelace, Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, John Mauchly, John von Neumann, …

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Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix (It Involves Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. I know what you’re thinking. Last week’s list had a Dean Cain Christmas movie. How could they possibly top it this week? …

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Amazon Won’t Charge Prime Members For Ultra HD

Amazon confirmed this week that it will not charge Prime members for Ultra HD content. Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, Amazon announced it would make Ultra HD content available this year. The company sent us this statement from Michael Paull, VP of Amazon Digital Video: “We want to be the best entertainment destination for customers. We’re confident …

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Skype for Web Lets You Skype From Your Browser

Microsoft announced the beta launch of Skype for Web, which lets you use the product from a web browser. You can use it from skype.com. Just sign in, and you’ll see all your contacts and latest conversation history. This will obviously be helpful for users who are at computers that don’t already have Skype downloaded. It should be an ideal …

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Kindle Finally Lets You and Your Family Share Ebooks

Amazon told us that it was coming soon, and today is the day. You can finally share ebooks with your family on your Kindle devices. Amazon has announced a slew of new features for its Kindle line, and ‘Household and Family Library’ is one of them. This feature lets two adults (you and your partner) share your ebooks across Amazon …

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‘Longmire’ Season 4 Could Land on Netflix

Shortly after A&E canceled Longmire, the series based on Craig Johnson’s mystery novels about a Wyoming sheriff, the show’s producers were reportedly trying desperately to find it a new home. Well, they might have found one – Netflix. Netflix, which is no stranger to reviving dead shows, is apparently in talks to produce a new season of Longmire, which could …

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Lyft Now Lets Your Boss Pick Up the Cost

Uber has Uber for Business, and now Lyft has Lyft for Work. The pink-mustachioed company has just introduced a new way for companies to pay for their employees’ rides – when appropriate of course. Lyft for Work allows companies to issue Lyft credit to employees that carry certain restrictions. For instance, a credit can come with the caveat that it …

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YouTube Music Key Launches in Beta

“Since the beginning, you’ve been making music better. Now it’s our turn.” That’s what Google’s YouTube is saying of its just-unveiled subscription music service. Long-rumored, YouTube Music Key is launching in beta. You can sign up for an invite here. So, what is YouTube Music Key? It’s a $10 per month subscription service that offers ad-free music, background play, and …

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Netflix Announces ‘Justin Time’ Spin-Off

This week, Netflix and Guru Studio announced a new, original spin-off of Justin Time called Justin Time: The New Adventures. A thirteen-episode season will debut on Netflix in early 2016. Justin Time is an animated series aimed at three to six year olds, and follows the adventures of lead character Justin and his friends Olive and Squidgy. They travel through …

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‘The Fall’ Season 2 Gets Netflix Release Date

Last year, Netflix acquired U.S. streaming rights to BBC crime drama The Fall, which stars Gillian Anderson of The X Files fame. Now, the second season has a Netflix release date. According to Variety, the streaming heavyweight has picked the second season up, and will debut it on January 16, 2015. This comes through a deal with Endemol, and Netflix …

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Queen Elizabeth II Drama ‘The Crown’ Hits Netflix in 2016

Netflix has just announced another original, set to premiere in 2016. The streaming company has ordered a 10-episode season of The Crown, a show about Queen Elizabeth II and various historical events during her long reign. The play on which the new show is based, Peter Morgan’s The Audience, “centers on the weekly audiences given by Queen Elizabeth II to …

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Amazon Reportedly Ramping Up Its Drone Efforts

It was just under a year ago that Amazon revealed Amazon Prime Air, its ambitious project that would see the online retail giant delivering packages to customers by drones. The announcement was met with a great deal of skepticism (for a variety or reasons), but Amazon has shown no signs of backing off from the goal. “One day, Prime Air …

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Netflix Updates iPhone App For 1080p Resolution

Netflix announced a new update for its iPhone app specifically to give iPhone 6 Plus users a better viewing experience. The company said in a blog post: We’re excited to announce that iPhone 6 Plus users will now see Netflix movies and television shows in 1080p resolution, including Netflix originals like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. …

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Apparently Google Is Building Karate Kid Robots

I’m sure you’re familiar with the famous Crane kick in The Karate Kid. Boston Dynamics, which Google bought nearly a year ago, has a new video of one of its Atlas robots seemingly trying to mimick the famous move. Just in case you think that’s a stretch, the video is actually called “Atlas KarateKid”. It’s unclear if sweeping the leg …

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Netflix Releases Trailer For ‘Lilyhammer’ Season 3

Netflix’s first original series is about to come back for a third season. The company just released a trailer for Lilyhammer: Season 3. Here’s the description: Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano is back… and still cold as ice. Steven Van Zandt stars in an all-new season of the Netflix original series Lilyhammer. The season will make its debut on November 21. …

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Chromecast Gets New Games, Support For Showtime & Starz

Google announced the launch of new “family-friendly” games for Chromecast as well as new support for Showtime and Starz, immediately upping the device’s value to consumers. “Unlike other streaming devices and gaming consoles, Chromecast games are unique because they use the phone (or tablet) in your hand as the game controller and the TV screen in front of you as …

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Amazon Announces 2015’s First Set of Pilots

Amazon Studios has just announced the seven new shows that will make up its first pilot season of 2015. Set to debut early next year, the set of pilots includes hour-long shows, half-hour shows, and a docu-series. Without further ado, here are your new pilots: Hour-long pilots: Cocked Created by Sam Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan – …

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Should The Internet Be Reclassified As Obama Requests?

In an effort to protect an open Internet, President Obama announced that he’s asking the FCC to reclassify Internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. “In plain English, I’m asking them to recognize that for most Americans, the Internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life,” he said, noting that the FCC is an …

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Netflix Releases Latest ISP Speed Rankings

Netflix has released its monthly update on Internet service provider speed data, ranking the top ISPs in terms of speed for its streaming service. Last month, we saw a huge boost for Verizon FiOS, which jumped nine spots all the way to the top of the U.S. chart. October didn’t see any changes of that magnitude, but in the U.S. …

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Amazon’s Echo Device Quickly Parodied

On Thursday, Amazon unveiled Echo, its new $200 cylindrical device that listens to you and tells you stuff. Okay, it does more than that, but that seems to be the gist of what most people are taking out of it. As you might expect, someone has already put out a video parody based on the promo Amazon released. Honestly it’s …

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Taylor Swift Explains Her Big Spotify Diss

As you may have heard, American sweetheart and creator of the only platinum-selling record of 2014 Taylor Swift yanked all of her music off Spotify earlier this week (save one song). Bummer for Taylor Swift fans who don’t buy albums anymore. Many have speculated as to why she made the move, but now she’s giving us the reason in her …

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Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix (I’m Dreaming Of A Dean Cain Christmas)

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. It’s not a huge list this week, and it does involve a Dean Cain Christmas movie, but it’s not as bad as …

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Amazon Introduces Echo, A $200 Device That Serves As An Assistant And…Companion?

Amazon just unveiled a new device called Echo, a plug-in, voice-controlled hardware device that talks to you, and gives information, music, news, weather, etc. Apparently it even tells jokes. Soon, you’ll never need people again. The video below, which shows the device in action, probably sums up what we’re dealing with here better than I can. It gives you weather …

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will Play Snowden in Oliver Stone Film

Back in September it was rumored that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been offered the role of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in an upcoming Oliver Stone film. Now, the news has been confirmed. Speaking to Russian new site RIA Novosti, Oliver Stone said that the part will indeed be played by Gordon-Levitt, who he called “a very good actor, popular with the …

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Google Drive Lets You Launch Desktop Apps In Chrome

Google announced that Google Drive will now let you launch applications from your desktop computer in the Chrome browser. You’ll need a Chrome extension for it, but this is certainly a welcome addition to Drive users looking for increased productivity from within. Check it out. “Browsers are pretty amazing things,” says product manager Rachel Barton. “Before, if you wanted to …

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Tinder Is Getting an Undo Button, But It’ll Cost You

Tinder is one of the hottest dating apps around – in fact, it’s just one of the hottest apps around period. Despite this, Tinder doesn’t make any money. As we learned a couple of weeks ago after then-CEO Sean Rad hinted at a premium service – that’s all about to change. Well, it looks like Tinder’s ready to launch its …

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Netflix’s Marco Polo: A Behind-The-Scenes Look

Netflix will debut its next original series in December. Marco Polo tells the story of the famous explorer and his adventures. To make this sound more exciting, here’s the official description from Netflix: Intrigue. Deception. Bloodshed. These are just some of the obstacles awaiting legendary explorer Marco Polo as he navigates the inner court of 13th century ruler, Kublai Khan. …

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Gold Apple Watch Could Cost As Much As $5,000

The latest Apple Watch rumor points to a pretty hefty price for the top-of-the-line gold version. French Apple website iGen.fr (translated) says that the gold Apple Watch, called the Apple Watch Edition right now, could run you between $4,000 and $5,000. According to Apple, its gold smartwatch “has a watch case crafted from 18-karat gold that our metallurgists have developed …

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HP 3D Printers: Multi Jet Fusion Coming in 2016

Like many PC manufacturers HP has been struggling in recent years. As consumers began to embrace portable computing devices such as smartphones and tablets, PC makers have seen sales of desktop and notebook PCs dwindle. When HP’s mobile device initiatives failed to have a significant impact on sales the company put its focus on the enterprise solutions market and big …

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The Messaging Apps You Use the Most Are Woefully Insecure

It’s likely that every single day, you use a messaging app to communicate with friends and family. It’s also likely that the messaging app you’re using is unequipped to protect your privacy. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has just released a scorecard featuring 39 messaging apps ranging in popularity from the relatively small Silent Phone and CryptoCat to the ubiquitous …

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Internet Archive Launches Internet Arcade

The Internet Archive at archive.org, which has given us great things like the Wayback Machine, has launched the Internet Arcade, a web-based library of arcade games from the 70s, 80s and 90s. You can play these for free right from your browser. There’s like 900 of them beginning with The Three Stooges in Brides is Brides. We’re talking Pac-Man, Tiger-Heli, …

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Michael Fassbender Joins the Steve Jobs Carousel

At this point you, I, and John Wayne all have a pretty good shot at playing Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic based on the best-selling biography by Walter Isaacson. I mean, why not? Joining the carousel today is Michael Fassbender. Variety quotes sources who claim that the Academy Award-nominated actor is in “early talks” to play the late Apple …

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Facebook Says Government Data Requests Up 24%

It’s Election Day in the US, and Facebook is reminding everyone to vote with a giant banner at the top of the news feed which asks people to share the vote with friends. By the looks of my news feed, it’s working. The company has also chosen today to release its third-ever transparency report – which provides info on how …

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