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October 6, 2017

The Morning After: Friday, October 6th 2017

by John_A

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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