September 22, 2018

Apple reportedly delays original shows over mature content

Apple has skewed toward safer fare for its upcoming streaming video service (with occasional exceptions), and it now looks like that might be creating problems for a few shows. Wall Street Journal sources have claimed that Apple's push for more famil...
September 22, 2018

NextVR brings virtual reality broadcasts to the Oculus Rift

NextVR provides access to immersive sports and entertainment broadcasts for a number of virtual reality headsets, but it had a huge Oculus-shaped gap in its compatibility list. Now, the platform has finally rolled out support for the Oculus Ri...
September 22, 2018

Don’t fall for this clever Netflix phishing email scam

People are used to phishing emails from Nigerian princes and Western Union by now, but it's not only financial institutions that get impersonated by scammers. Because the average person sucks at security and re-uses the same password across many sites, login credentials for seemingly-boring things like Netflix can also reap rewards for hackers. An alert from police in the UK details how a cunning new phishing scam is trying to steal people's Netflix account logins, both to get free binge-watching but also potentially valuable credentials. Billing details are also at risk, since users are happy to enter their credit card details in a website seemingly owned by a service they know and love. Here's the warning from Action Fraud, a joint initiative between the City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau in the UK:
Watch out for these fake Netflix emails. We’ve seen an increase in reports about fake Netflix emails claiming that there’s an issue with your account, or that your account has been suspended. The email states that you need to “update” your account details in order to resolve the problem. The link in the emails leads to genuine-looking Netflix phishing websites designed to steal your username and password, as well as payment details. Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
As always, the easiest way to avoid having your details stolen is simply to never click a link in the first place. Phishing websites can be virtually indistinguishable from the real thing, so the most foolproof way is just to go to your browser and navigate to Netflix, rather than going through an email link.
September 22, 2018

Google Drive ‘Priority’ AI monitors your team to surface the right files

Google's 'G Suite' of apps and services has been applying machine learning everywhere over the last couple of years, and the latest update it's testing for Google Drive goes a bit further. Two years ago it launched the machine learning-enhanced Quick...
September 22, 2018

This $10 fast wireless charger is just as good as more expensive models

Not all wireless chargers are created equal, but price doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand with quality. A perfect example is the Homemo Fast Wireless Charging Stand. This simple stand supports 5W wireless charging, 7W fast wireless charging for iPhones, and 10W fast wireless charging for Android phones like Samsung’s latest Galaxy handsets. Unlike most overpriced chargers you’ll find out there though, it only costs $9.99 on Amazon.

Here’s what you need to know from the product page:

  • [12-Month Warranty] Wireless Charging:Just place your device in the charging area(Vertical or Horizontal), then you are free to enjoy your wireless and limitless charging experience.[Note:The fast wireless charging for newest iPhone 8 &iPhone X will become available in a later iOS 11 update. Current iOS cannot support 7.5W fast charge. As for now, standard charging is all it supports.]
  • Fast Charging:strongly recommend to use the samsung original or other QC 2.0/3.0 adapter as its power source.Up to 5V-2A,9V-1.67A input and 5V-1A,9V-1.5A output, (1)Fast Charging Model(Output 10W Max) for Galaxy S7,S7 Edge,Note 5 and S6 Edge+, which is 1.4 times faster than standard wireless charging pad.(2)Standard Charging Model(Output 5W Max) for device like S6,S6 Edge.(3)Some devices may require an additional wireless charging receiver (Not Included).
  • Silicone Surface & Stand Design: Silicone surface for slip-proof ensures safety for your device during charging. Built-in holder stand design allows you to keep playing or reading on your phone while charging and making calls or sending messages without having to unplug.
  • Over-temperature protection: Unique Auto Shutdown Mechanism on overheat automatically cuts off power when overheating occurs.
  • Universal Applicability: Compatible with iPhone8,Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, S8/S8 plus,Note8, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge,S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge+/S6 Active,Note 5,Google Nexus 6/5/4,Nokia Lumia 1520/1020/930/928/920,HTC 8X (US version),HTC Droid DNA, HTC Rzound,HTC Incredible 4G LTE,Moto Droid Turbo,Motorola Moto 360 Smart Watch,Moto Droid Maxx,Droid Mini,SONY Xperia Z2/Z4v/Z3V,and Other Phones and Tablets.
September 22, 2018

This $10 fast wireless charger is just as good as more expensive models

Not all wireless chargers are created equal, but price doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand with quality. A perfect example is the Homemo Fast Wireless Charging Stand. This simple stand supports 5W wireless charging, 7W fast wireless charging for iPhones, and 10W fast wireless charging for Android phones like Samsung’s latest Galaxy handsets. Unlike most overpriced chargers you’ll find out there though, it only costs $9.99 on Amazon.

Here’s what you need to know from the product page:

  • [12-Month Warranty] Wireless Charging:Just place your device in the charging area(Vertical or Horizontal), then you are free to enjoy your wireless and limitless charging experience.[Note:The fast wireless charging for newest iPhone 8 &iPhone X will become available in a later iOS 11 update. Current iOS cannot support 7.5W fast charge. As for now, standard charging is all it supports.]
  • Fast Charging:strongly recommend to use the samsung original or other QC 2.0/3.0 adapter as its power source.Up to 5V-2A,9V-1.67A input and 5V-1A,9V-1.5A output, (1)Fast Charging Model(Output 10W Max) for Galaxy S7,S7 Edge,Note 5 and S6 Edge+, which is 1.4 times faster than standard wireless charging pad.(2)Standard Charging Model(Output 5W Max) for device like S6,S6 Edge.(3)Some devices may require an additional wireless charging receiver (Not Included).
  • Silicone Surface & Stand Design: Silicone surface for slip-proof ensures safety for your device during charging. Built-in holder stand design allows you to keep playing or reading on your phone while charging and making calls or sending messages without having to unplug.
  • Over-temperature protection: Unique Auto Shutdown Mechanism on overheat automatically cuts off power when overheating occurs.
  • Universal Applicability: Compatible with iPhone8,Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, S8/S8 plus,Note8, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge,S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge+/S6 Active,Note 5,Google Nexus 6/5/4,Nokia Lumia 1520/1020/930/928/920,HTC 8X (US version),HTC Droid DNA, HTC Rzound,HTC Incredible 4G LTE,Moto Droid Turbo,Motorola Moto 360 Smart Watch,Moto Droid Maxx,Droid Mini,SONY Xperia Z2/Z4v/Z3V,and Other Phones and Tablets.
September 22, 2018

Recommended Reading: The reality of sci-fi’s AI immortality obsession

Are Hosts, Replicants, and robot clones closer than we think? Jayson Greene, The Ringer Black Mirror already uncomfortably aligns with the real world, but we might be even closer to more advanced concepts from that show and others, like Wes...
September 22, 2018

‘Captain Marvel’ and 12 other new trailers you need to watch from this past week

The House with a Clock in Its Walls launches this week, but should you decide to binge on a new show this weekend, then you need to know Netflix’s Maniac is out. While we don’t usually cover TV series in our trailers roundup, this one stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. Just saying. There’s no question that Captain Marvel is the most important trailer released this week, a clip we’ve been waiting to drop for a few weeks now. Captain Marvel is the 21st MCU film, and the first to have a female character as the lead — the Wasp had to share it with Ant-Man. It’s also the movie that will deliver the final pieces of the massive Infinity War sequel puzzle before Avengers 4 drops next year. If that’s not enough for you, we’ve got 12 other trailers for you below.


Apostle

Coming to Netflix on October 12th, the Apostle flick is a movie about a spooky religious cult and a man’s quest to save his sister. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1JdWOqc9Q8

Beautiful Boy

Amazon, meanwhile, launches a biography drama on the same date, a movie called Beautiful Boy, about a father and his son. It's all based on a pair of memoirs the two wrote. Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet star in it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NR8w8s9zWA

Captain Marvel

We talked about Captain Marvel earlier this week when Marvel released the first trailer. Here’s our first look at Carol Danvers again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1BCujX3pw8

First Man

The brand new trailer for First Man features is narrated by none other than John F. Kennedy. That alone is a good reason to watch the clip below. The film comes out on October 12th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVowQ4LgwLk

Galveston

A criminal returns to Galveston after a job goes sour to prepare his revenge. That's what Galveston is about. The film stars Elle Fanning, Ben Foster, and Lili Reinhart, and it’s set to premiere on October 19th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfdxq5eLrxM

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Of course, you’re looking for new Halloween movies, aren’t you? Well then, it just so happens that Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween launches on October 12, and it just so happens that we have a brand new trailer for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mT-BdZQ4Uc

If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk is a love story between a pregnant woman who’s doing everything she can to prove her fiancé isn’t guilty of a crime and her fiancé, who did not do it. The film hits theaters on November 30th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4m3t3G3Zqc

Mary Poppins Returns

Disney’s new Mary Poppins, meanwhile, comes just in time for a holiday, with Emily Blunt taking over from Julie Andrews. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3jsfXDZLIY

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Also a Disney joint is the first Wreck-It Ralph sequel, or Ralph Breaks the Internet as they call it. The film opens on November 21st, featuring mostly the same plot. Sort of. We’re still in the world of video games characters, but everyone’s online. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T73h5bmD8Dc

Stan and Ollie

If you love Stan and Ollie, that’s a good enough reason to watch this “untold story” of the duo. We’ve got Steve Coogan playing Stan, and John C. Reilly playing Oliver. The biography launches on January 11th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdcBNrjc3wo

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Come November 9th, the sequel of The Girl with the Golden Tattoo hits cinemas, with new stars taking the Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist — that’s Claire Foy and Sverrir Gudnason, if you were wondering. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEINTQ2AP9k

The Grinch

Illumination’s next animation doesn’t have any minions in it, but it does feature Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch. Resisting the cookie will be very hard come November 9th: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UOh0UX3alI

The Oath

Finally, we have a brand new clip for The Oath, a comedy that’s going to get you good and ready for this year’s holiday season. The Oath launches on October 12th, right alongside many of the films above. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyC7ggc0coI
September 22, 2018

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! We have the iPhone XS review you've been waiting for, plus some shocking news from Telltale Games.
September 22, 2018

Surprise sale means anyone can now get a 4K Fire TV for the price of a Fire TV Stick

Amazon has been running a killer sale for the past week that lets you buy a brand new 4K Fire TV for the same price as a Fire TV Stick. That sale is actually still live right now, but there's a catch: you have to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage. That's obviously a bummer for anyone who doesn't subscriber to Prime, but a new sale just popped up on Amazon's site and surprised us all. While supplies last, anyone can now get a Certified Refurbished Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote for the same price as a Fire TV Stick, just $39.99. This awesome media streaming device typically sells for $70 new and $60 refurbished, so this is a killer deal that definitely won't last long.

Here's what you need to know from the product page:

  • A Certified Refurbished Fire TV with with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote is refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new.
  • Experience true-to-life picture quality in 4K Ultra HD and HDR.
  • 40% more powerful than Fire TV Stick—an ultra-fast quad-core processor delivers an even smoother, more responsive experience.
  • Now supports Dolby Atmos audio—feel scenes come to life in three dimensions.
  • Access 500,000+ movies and TV episodes from popular channels and apps including Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC, and more.
  • Do more with Alexa—find and control content, play music, check movie showtimes, order a pizza, and more. Just press and ask using your Alexa Voice Remote or pair an Echo device for hands-free control.
  • Navigate millions of websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit with browsers like Silk and Firefox.
  • Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, plus ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music.
  • No cable or satellite? No problem. Watch live TV and sports with subscriptions to Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV.