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  • Distributors like Apple and Comcast — in conjunction with studios like Warner Bros. and the Comcast-owned Universal Pictures — are reportedly in talks with movie theaters to negotiate releasing brand-new films just weeks after their theatrical debut, according to Bloomberg. However, months of negotiations seem be at a standstill, as theaters cling to keeping the home release of movies as far from the exclusive theatrical release as possible. Should studios refuse, theaters may choose to boycott
    Apple reportedly in talks to stream movie rentals shortly after theater debuts

  • Microsoft might be readying a special Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, if leaks on two German retail websites are to be believed. Project Scorpio, you may remember, was the codename of the Xbox One X before it was called that, so this new version appears to be a nod to those origins. The Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition looks to feature a blacked-out controller with ‘Project Scorpio’ running down the middle in an electric green font. If Microsoft announces the Project Scorpio Edition during
    Xbox One X 'Project Scorpio Edition' could be on the way

  • Going 28 miles-per-hour (45 kilometers-per-hour) on an electric bike is both one of the most frightening and exhilarating things I’ve ever done. However, I wasn’t in a car shielded by a foot of metal, plush lining and crumple zones. Nope I was on a 65 pound, $10,000 (about £7,765, AU$16,230) Stromer ST2 S eBike wearing shorts without a helmet and less than a year of biking experience. But before I could even consider the myriad ways I would end up in the hospital, the electric motor on the Strom
    Going 30 mph on an electric bike in NYC is terrifyingly awesome

  • What time is the solar eclipse 2017? NASA solar eclipse live streamsWhen it comes to covering the solar eclipse, NASA has brought its monitoring tech and astronomy experts out in force. Credit: NASA / Image courtesy of Romeo DurscherThe Weather Channel’s also pulling out some fun bells and whistles for its solar eclipse segment, “ Chasing Eclipse 2017 ”. Check The Weather Channel’s Twitter page , weather.com or the Weather Channel app for the live stream. Most promising, Alex Conu, author of How
    Solar eclipse 2017 live stream: how to watch the rare total eclipse on Monday

  • But oatmeal, OATMEAL! Oatmeal sets a precedentIn the past, our Android robo friend has been a promoter of sugar-dense snacks and for good reason: they’re delicious. Naming Android O as “Oatmeal” would be a fresh start to the operating system, just like it’s a fresh start to any day and an integral part of a healthy, balanced breakfast. The glorious, guilt-free snack is the key to a refreshed body, mind and operating system. I realize that Google could opt for Oatmeal Cookie as the name for Andro
    Why Android Oatmeal should be the name of the next update

  • However, Spotify is removing that barrier for Google’s smart speaker as it announced that, starting today, Google Home users can now stream Spotify using either Premium or free accounts. This new perk gives Google Home a leg up on Amazon’s competing Echo speakers, which still require a Premium account to play Spotify tunes at the time of writing. ‘OK Google, play Discover Weekly’To get Spotify running on your Google Home, you will need to link your Spotify account to your speaker via the Google
    Google Home just added support for free Spotify streaming

  • Little known fact: both Snapchat and Instagram video are officially banned by baseball stadiums across America, and so are Snapchat Spectacles and all 360 cameras, according to park officials. This is the point where Spectacles, Snapchat and Instagram are banned. Me: “But I saw other people use Snapchat video on their phones during the game. And Instagram video. Turns out, banning Snapchat and Instagram video is the official stance of all US baseball stadiums, according to Yankee Stadium securit
    Snapchat Spectacles nearly got me banned from Yankee Stadium

  • As per the leaked photo, Intel’s desktop processors – from Core i3-8100 to Core i7-8700K – will enjoy increases in core count by 100% and 50%, respectively. Specifically, 8th generation Intel Core i3 processors will be quad-core by default, meanwhile both Core i5 and Core i7 chips will be hexa-core standard. Otherwise, it seems the Core i3 line is enjoying the most changes, with the i3-8100 and i3-8350K seeing a considerable bump in TDP, or thermal design power, to 65 watts and 95W, respectively
    Intel’s 8th-generation desktop CPUs will up core counts across the board

  • iPhones are everywhere, so AR will be everywhereThe iPhone 8 will bring with it iOS 11 , and with iOS 11 will come Apple’s AR. Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, believes it will be “ the largest AR platform in the world ,” which will lure AR developers en masse. This is the clearest signal that Apple is going all in on AR with the iPhone 8. Today, Apple Pay lets users navigate the purchasing of items, and soon Apple AR may let them navigate the rest of their
    5 reasons iPhone 8 AR will be an augmented reality game changer

  • If you live in the US, it’s now more affordable than ever to pick up LG’s latest flagship, the LG G6. At Sprint, you can snag the LG G6 for just $20 per month (down from $29), which takes the final cost for the nearly bezel-free smartphone down to $480. Check out that deal at Sprint right hereIf you’re with T-Mobile, opting for the G6 costs roughly the same. Buying an LG G6 or the LG V20 through the magenta carrier will net you the opportunity to earn an additional G6 or V20 for free after rebat
    The LG G6 is cheap (and free) at some US carriers

  • Google has launched a new website in celebration of two momentous occasions: one being the total solar eclipse set to happen on August 21 in the US, two being the launch of Android O. Rumors pointed to an August 21 release of Android O and this new website, which is a temporary redirect from “android.com/o”, confirms it. But not only do we know the final date, we also know the time of launch. After its months-long developer preview, it will finally graduate to its official release on the Google
    Android O officially launching on August 21

  • Everyone needs reliable office software, and some of the very best suites are completely free – whatever operating system you use. We’ll look at the very best free office software suites – both desktop software and browser-based applications – so you can pick the one that’s best for you. The last three are tools you won’t find in many other free office suites, and are designed for vector diagrams, mathematical functions and databases, respectively. Try it here: Microsoft Office OnlineEach applic
    The best free office software 2017

  • A fresh VPN controversy has reared its head, this time concerning an Android VPN app which was recently released by security firm Kaspersky. The VPN app asks the user for permissions including access to location, calls and contacts, along with device and app history. One reviewer wrote: “Why would a VPN app ask permission to access contacts, location, and phone details?”Another observed: “It’s supposed to help protect my privacy but the permissions ask for too much. Feels like it defeats the pur
    Kaspersky’s Android VPN app comes under fire for intrusive permissions

  • There’s a moment a couple of hours into Uncharted: The Lost Legacy that almost perfectly sums up my feelings on the game. A condensed Uncharted experienceUncharted has never felt like a slow-paced series, but The Lost Legacy somehow feels like a much more speedy game than its predecessors. The main protagonist of the four previous Uncharted games is absent from The Lost Legacy, but the game doesn’t feel diminished as a result. Charted territoryAside from the change in protagonist and pacing, The
    Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is like an extra verse for your favorite song

  • The best images we’ve seen so far of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 have been renders, but today we’ve seen high-quality photos of the phone, or at least of a dummy unit. Image 1 of 6 The massive (likely 6.3-inch) screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Credit: Weibo Image 2 of 6 The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to have a dual-lens camera. Credit: Weibo Image 3 of 6 The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is thought to have a similar design to the S8. Credit: Weibo Image 4 of 6 Side-on you can see the Galaxy Note 8’s vo
    Leaked Galaxy Note 8 images show the phone in the flesh

  • Chromatic aberration is an optical deficiency caused by a lens’ inability focus all wavelengths of light on the same plane. But when they’re dispersed as a result of chromatic aberration, colored fringing can be seen along the edges of subjects. Purple fringing is a common term that you may have come across, and it’s the result of chromatic aberration. Longitudinal chromatic aberration occurs when the different wavelengths of light don’t converge on the same point after passing through a lens. I
    The A to Z of Photography: Chromatic aberration

  • Quanta Computer, one of the Apple’s key suppliers, has the Apple Watch 3 in final testing, according to Chinese business publication Economic Daily (via 9to5Mac). That’s not too surprising, but there was speculation the LTE variant of the new Apple Watch would be pushed beyond 2017, potentially held up by battery life concerns. The Apple Watch 3 could debut during the big iPhone 8 event in September and land on store shelves sale a few weeks later. Or, being the first Apple Watch to feature LTE
    Here's more evidence the Apple Watch 3 could launch later this year

  • Update: YouTube TV just expanded in a big way, becoming available in 50% of US households, YouTube announced on August 17. YouTube TV is joining the ‘established players’ in the cord-cutting world that include Sling TV and PlayStation Vue and relative newcomer, DirecTV Now. A live TV streaming service like Sling TVA live TV streaming service like Sling TV When is it coming out? A subscription to YouTube Red also gives you access to the YouTube Red Originals channel that we talked about earlier.
    YouTube TV: Everything you need to know about the TV streaming service

  • iOS 11 public beta has been available since June, but there are still surprise features cropping up, including a newly spotted one that temporarily disables Touch ID. This pulls up the option to place an emergency call (the Emergency SOS feature), but it also locks up Touch ID. iOS 11 is a game-changer for Touch ID. pic.twitter.com/uvWbM04lykAugust 17, 2017As a refresher, Touch ID works by scanning your fingerprint to unlock your iPhone or iPad. However, there are times you may want to quickly a
    This iOS 11 feature swiftly disables Touch ID on the iPhone

  • Big Xbox One X pre-order news is on the way this weekend, Microsoft has revealed, and that might mean you can reserve the console as soon as Sunday. Here’s the score: Microsoft tweeted it will share Xbox One X pre-order info during its Gamescom 2017 presentation taking place on Sunday, August 20. Called Xbox @ gamescom Live, the event will showcase games destined for Xbox and Windows 10. Get ready for the best Xbox One X dealsHowever, for all its shiny new armor, games will ultimately make or br
    Xbox One X pre-order details will be revealed this weekend

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