The Morning After: Friday, October 6th 2017
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.
Netflix prices are up, we cringe at the VR headsets and head-mounted displays of yesteryear, and we gaze into Samsung’s incredibly widescreen gaming monitor.
FYI.Netflix raises its prices again
Surprise — Netflix is nudging prices on two of its plans a bit higher. The standard HD streaming plan that allows for two streams simultaneously is going from $10 to $11 per month while the four-stream plan with 4K support is going from $12 to $14. The changes are set to take effect starting later this month, but current customers will get a 30-day advance notice. If you somehow don’t have an account yet, the higher prices are in effect immediately — but c’mon, you’ve gotta get your second season of Stranger Things.
Pick up right where you left off.Microsoft Launcher offers ‘Continue on PC’ option for Android phones
Android device users can check out a new launcher from Microsoft. Other than a tailored feed of information based on your calendar and contacts, it also builds in the Continue on PC feature, which lets you move whatever you’re using — photos, documents, whatever — from mobile to desktop with one button press.
Happy birthday!Lenovo’s anniversary ThinkPad marries retro design and modern tech
To celebrate the ThinkPad’s 25th anniversary, Lenovo put the ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 on sale. It brings retro styling with a blue enter key and multicolor logo, but packs a 7th Gen Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics inside. For that combination of old and sort-of new, it will cost $1,900.
Home and HomePod and Echo.Smart speakers are working their way into every home
Fundamentally, if you’re a company producing speakers around the $300 mark, then you have a problem. Because smart speakers, produced and backed by billion-dollar tech companies are looking to eat your lunch.
Now you know when to cancel your All Access subscription.CBS will stream nine ‘Star Trek’ episodes this year instead of eight
The ninth and final episode of this season’s first chapter will debut on Sunday, November 12th.
Is this worth getting a new desk?Samsung’s huge 49-inch gaming monitor is an ultrawide dream
According to Devindra Hardawar, this massive monitor is “unusual, but it also delivers an immersive experience like no other display.”
Unpretty.The ugly history of strapping screens to our faces
We’ve come a long way, baby.
But wait, there’s more…
- Russian hackers reportedly stole NSA cyber-defense material
- Chevy is building a hydrogen fuel-cell transport vehicle for the Army
- Investigators are using AI to find who betrayed Anne Frank
- Hulu’s ‘Future Man’ pulls a gamer into the past to save the future
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