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Jul

Netflix’s first original feature film will debut on October 16th


If you’ve been looking forward to the day when you can watch Adam Sandler offend the Native American population from the comfort of your own home, pay attention: Netflix just announced release dates for its first four original feature films. You’ll be able to watch Sandler’s controversial contribution, The Ridiculous Six, on December 11th, exclusively on Netflix.

Not a Happy Madison fan? Don’t worry: Netflix is actually kicking off its film line up two months earlier with Beasts of No Nation, on October 16th–a war drama about a child soldier caught up in an African civil war. That film is slated for a simultaneous theater release, despite threats from major theater chains to boycott Netflix films. Fans looking for something less cerebral will have to wait until March 2016, when Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday hits the streaming service.

Not all of the films have a hard release date. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend is still only listed for release sometime in the first quarter of 2016–but when it does arrive, it’ll launch alongside an IMAX release and theatrical screenings in China.

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7
Jul

Facebook says renewables will power 50% of its data centers by 2018


Facebook is stepping up its commitment to renewable energy today. While announcing a new data center in Fort Worth (above), which happens to be entirely powered by wind energy, the social network also set a new goal of having 50 percent of its data centers relying on renewables by the end of 2018. That follows an earlier self-imposed goal to have 25 percent of its data centers powered by clean energy come the end of this year. Naturally, Facebook plans to have all of its operations powered by renewable energy eventually. It’s also working together with Greenpeace — which took today’s announcement as a chance to shame Amazon for its data center energy usage — to ensure that it’s exploring new energy options properly. Facebook teamed up with Citi Energy, Starwood Energy, and Alterra Power to bring a 17,000 acre wind farm online for its new Fort Worth data hub, which should deliver around 200 MW of energy to Texas. Facebook plans to get that new data center online by the end of 2016.

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7
Jul

Rdio adds new options to its list of curated stations


Rdio has been keen on serving up curated stations for your listening pleasure for some time now, but today the streaming service added even more options. Like the existing selections, the new stations are curated by record labels and a smattering of “cultural influencers.” The latter variety includes stations from Hype Machine, the folks at Yelp NYC and more. In terms of label stations, you can expect to see curated audio from Arts & Crafts, Blue Note Records, DFA Records, Glassnote Records and more available through the app (depending on your location). These join the long list of current options from the likes of A.V. Club, Def Jam and Sub Pop. If you’d rather have a bit more choice than an “always on” broadcast affords, you might want to give Rdio’s station list a look.

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7
Jul

Check out the first official gameplay trailer for Kabam’s new Star Wars: Uprising RPG


We first heard about Lucasfilm and game developer Kabam’s new Star Wars: Uprising role playing game back in June, and today we’re finally getting a glimpse of what we can expect from the new title. Kabam has just released the first official gameplay trailer, which you can find attached above.

Taking place after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and before Episode VII: The Force Awakens, you’ll get to create and customize unique characters, go on missions, develop skills and collect gear, all while building up a powerful crew and cartel to fight in large-scale sector-wide battles. If you need a refresher, the RPG is set in the Anoat Sector in Hoth and Cloud City, which follows the Battle of Endor and the death of the Emperor.

If you’re a fan of Star Wars, you’ll probably end up becoming a fan of this game. It will definitely provide a look at what’s to come in Episode VII, which is already one of the most anticipated films of the year.

We know that the game will launch sometime this fall, though we’re still not sure of an exact release date. We’ll be sure to let you know when we get some more information about the game’s launch date.

7
Jul

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 slashed to $499 on eBay


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The Samsung Galaxy S6, easily one of the best Android phones available, is on sale right now. At least through one eBay retailer, that is.

Techno Trading House is currently selling the 32GB Samsung Galaxy S6 for just $499, much less than what carriers are charging for an unlocked version of S6.

Since this is a factory unlocked GSM model, it should only work with the GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. As of right now the phone is available in two color choices: Black and White. The Gold and Blue colors are currently out of stock.

Source: eBay

 

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7
Jul

LG straps the G4 to a drone and shoots an amazing promo video


There’s no debating that the LG G4 has an amazing camera, but what better way to show that off than to use it to shoot an entire promo video from a drone? LG decided to do just that in their latest promotional video showcasing the LG G4’s video capability.

The amazing video is thanks part to its 16-Megapixel camera, but more to the f/1.8 lens that LG have equipped the G4 with.

LG have preserved the video in its natural format and say it doesn’t include any post-processing enhancements, which is impressive if it’s true since the promo video looks impressive. It does get a little shaky at times, but considering it’s a phone strapped to a drone, it handles it pretty well.

Would this promo video make you buy an LG G4?

The post LG straps the G4 to a drone and shoots an amazing promo video appeared first on AndroidGuys.

7
Jul

Google Maps for Android update will allow you to hide interface elements and share saved maps


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A new Google Maps for Android update that will soon be released will bring a new “full-screen view” feature that will let you hide away all unnecessary user interface distractions while navigating a map. With a single tap, Maps will automatically hide away all distractions such as the search bar that can cover map content to give you a full-screen view of your map. Unfortunately, according to Android Police, the new map view feature will not be supported during turn-by-turn navigation. Another feature that the new 9.1 Maps update will bring is the ability to share saved maps. Finally, you will now have the ability to edit the caption of location tagged photos that are available in “your places” section of the app.

Google hasn’t rolled the update yet and if you don’t want to wait to get the new features of Google Maps 9.1, Android Police has the app update available for download.

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7
Jul

Withings’ Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities [iOS Blog]


Withings’ Activité and Activité Pop are two of only a handful of activity trackers on the market that are entirely waterproof, and as of today, the two devices are able to be used to track swimming. Swim detection is a feature that Withings has long promised and will be a welcome addition for customers who bought the activity trackers to track their swim movements.

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Following today’s firmware update, Activité fitness trackers will be able to automatically detect swim motions, recording a swimming session as a workout as the device does for other activities like running. Activity and workout information is then available for viewing within the accompanying Withings Health Mate app.

Activité Pop automatically recognizes swim. Just put it on, dive in and the watch will log your full session and record calories burned.

Both of the Withings activity trackers are water resistant down to 50 meters, or 164 feet, a feature that many of the popular activity trackers on the market cannot match.

Even Apple’s own Apple Watch is not rated for swimming, but several people have opted to test the waterproofing of the device and have found that it does seem to be able to be used in the water with no consequence. Still, Apple does not recommend that it be used when swimming or showering, unlike the Activité, which can be used reliably in both situations.

Withings’ Activité and Activité Pop can be purchased from the Withings website for $450 and $149.95, respectively.


7
Jul

Virgin’s new in-flight WiFi is strong enough to stream video


VIRGIN ATLANTIC CELEBRATES ITS 25TH BIRTHDAY

Virgin America has announced that it’s teaming up with satellite internet company ViaSat to provide the fastest in-flight WiFi of any commercial carrier. The new system uses a hybrid Ku-/Ka-band receiver to deliver an internet pipeline eight to 10 times faster than anything else on the market. The Ka-band alone offers a whopping 140 gigabits-per-second throughput. It’s being installed on the company’s new fleet of A320 airliners and will be put into service on Hawaii-bound routes starting next year. That alone is a big accomplishment as the rest of the airline’s fleet have to rely on ground-based WiFi connections, which don’t work over the ocean’s expanse. Virgin touts that this in-flight connection will be equivalent to an average home broadband link and users are expected to use it as such, streaming videos, watching the carrier’s 18 channels of DishNetwork and surfing the internet with abandon — just at 35,000 feet.

[Image Credit: Associated Press]

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7
Jul

Palette’s modular controller is ready to steer your creative apps


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Palette crowdfunded its unique modular controller in the hopes of giving you customizable, hands-on control over your creative apps, and it’s finally ready to make that technology available to everyone. As of today, you can pre-order Palette kits that scale up depending on just how much tactile fine-tuning you want. The base is a $199 kit with a dial, two buttons and a slider; the $299 Expert and $499 Professional kits throw in more gear, and you can even snag an $899 limited edition in cherry wood. Of course, you can also buy individual parts if you need more. The controller is mostly useful if you thrive in Adobe software like Photoshop and Premiere Pro, but it’s also helpful in MIDI music, gaming and most any other program where keyboard shortcuts just don’t feel right.

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