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Xfinity Mobile adds bring-your-own-device option for some iPhone users

Comcast already pipes internet into millions of homes, and now it wants to take its service to the airwaves. In April, the media giant announced the details of a new service, Xfinity Mobile, that would compete toe-to-toe with Google Fi, US Cellular, and incumbents like AT&T and T-Mobile. Now the company has finally launched its wireless network nationwide for all existing Comcast customers. If you’re already an Xfinity subscriber, you c...
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Here’s everything we know about ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

Marvel Studios made one of its smallest characters a big star in 2015’s Ant-Man , and now Paul Rudd’s size-changing superhero is poised to return alongside Evangeline Lilly in the team-up movie Ant-Man and the Wasp. The latest update on the film offers a new photo from the movie and the official plot synopsis for the film. The sequel to Ant-Man brings back director Peyton Reed, as well as Rudd and Lilly as Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne, resp...
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Slow TV: Aussies mesmerized by 17-hour movie of a train ride

The trailer for The Ghan: Australia’s Greatest Train Journey lasts 30 seconds. The movie itself, however, runs for a butt-numbing 17 hours. Yes, seventeen. Broadcast throughout Sunday on Australia’s SBS Television network, the ambitious production was its first foray into so-called “ slow TV ,” a genre that came to prominence in Norway around 10 years ago and so far featured train rides, coastal cruises, bird feeder activities, and a knitti...
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HBO drops a hot new teaser trailer for the upcoming ‘Fahrenheit 451’

The upcoming film Fahrenheit 451 is planned for release this spring, and HBO just released the first trailer. In it, we see a copy of Crime and Punishment, as well as several other “controversial” novels, being set ablaze by a fireman, presumably the film’s protagonist Guy Montag. The movie is based on the classic 1953 Ray Bradbury novel , and it’s set in an alternate future where history is obliterated and mass media is an opiate. The film...
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Why did this author’s book suddenly shoot up the Amazon charts after 10 years?

Author Randall Hansen recently noted with great surprise — and enormous glee — how his book had suddenly shot up the Amazon charts a decade after it was published. The book, an examination of the Allied bombing of German cities during the Second World War, received positive reviews when it landed on bookshelves 10 years ago. It sold pretty well in those early days and even received some award nominations, but then things pretty much went qu...
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This A.I. eavesdrops on emergency calls to warn of possible cardiac arrests

When you phone 911, you’re patched through to a trained human who is able to properly triage your phone call. Soon, you could also find yourself being listened to by a robot, however, who is tuning in to very different verbal information from the human emergency dispatcher. Developed by Danish startup Corti, this emergency call-listening artificial intelligence is designed to listen to the caller for signs that they may be about to go into ...
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CES 2018

Every year, technological titans and scrappy startups alike descend on Las Vegas to show off the amazing products they’ve been quietly toiling away on all year – and offer consumers a glimpse at the future. There’s something new lurking around every corner at CES, the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, and with 32 football fields worth of show floor, there are a lot of corners. We’re proud to say we turned them all to bring you ...
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‘Sons of Anarchy’ spin-off ‘Mayans MC’ gets 10-episode first season on FX

Mayans MC, the next chapter in the highly rated biker saga, will premiere on FX later this year, focusing on a Latino rival gang of SAMCRO. According to Variety, the network has ordered a 10-episode first season set after the events of Sons of Anarchy, which ended four years ago. The new series stars JD Pardo as EZ Reyes, just out of prison and trying to rise through the ranks of the Mayans MC charter on the California-Mexico border. The ne...
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Digital Trends favorite movies of 2017

It’s easy to gauge watercooler talk against box office stats and Metacritic scores to select the “best movies” released in any given year. In fact, we did just that for 2017 , and ended up with some truly incredible films. Still, there’s something to be said for individual preference (there’s no accounting for taste!), which is why we asked our team members to choose their favorite movies of 2017 and tell the world why they loved them. Just...
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Roborace self-driving race car gets an upgrade, but when will it actually race?

Roborace will upgrade its self-driving race cars with a new Nvidia computing platform as developers aim to get the first race series for autonomous cars off the ground. While the series has run multiple public demonstrations, it’s still unclear when it will stage its first actual race. The race cars — dubbed “ Robocars ” by series organizers — will now use Nvidia’s Pegasus AI autonomous-driving computing platform. It replaces the Nvidia Dri...
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LG’s 2018 TV lineup gets smarter and faster, adds Google Assistant

With its monstrous 88-inch 8K OLED still sweeping headlines, LG has formally announced its full TV line for the new year, just a few days ahead of CES 2018. The lineup will see the return of the “Wallpaper” OLED, which garnered significant attention and critical acclaim last year, along with three other OLED models and a full suite of LG Super UHD LED televisions. The common thread throughout most of LG’s 2018 TV line are significantly fast...
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Pilot of world’s biggest passenger jet calms the nerves of anxious fliers

A new year hopefully promises new adventures, some of which could involve taking a flight to a faraway place. That’s all well and good if you don’t mind flying, but for nervous plane passengers, booking a ticket could mark the beginning of a steady increase in anxiety levels as the big day approaches. While some particularly nervous fliers may be convinced they only have a 50 percent chance of making it to their destination on any given fli...
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Ripple passes Ethereum to become the second most valuable cryptocurrency

The cryptocurrency Ripple surged on the final Friday of 2017, reaching a market cap of more than $86 billion , CNBC reports. Ripple, which is officially known as XRP, saw its value rise by 55.9 percent. At its peak, the currency was valued at $2.23 a coin. Since then, it has fallen to $2.17 , but it is still the second most valuable cryptocurrency in terms of market cap, according to Coinmarketcap.com. Ethereum is currently the world’s thir...
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Google Photos is choosing your happiest pics for a ‘Smiles of 2017’ video

As the curtain comes down on another year, you might be taking a moment to swipe through your photos from 2017, enjoying (hopefully) happy reminders of the friends you met, the places you went, and the things you did. Looking back on the year has prompted Google to offer users of its Photos app a Smiles of 2017 video, which uses AI to pull together all your images featuring, you guessed it, smiles. Or at least, what its algorithm perceives ...
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Forget lithium-ion — this graphene-based power pack recharges insanely fast

Regardless of whether you are simply whiling away the hours on a long journey with your Nintendo Switch or are left unable to work because your iPhone X or MacBook is out of juice, running out of battery charge on the go is pretty darn annoying. That’s where a new new graphene-based fast charging USB-C battery pack, currently sweeping Kickstarter , wants to help. Describing itself as the world’s first portable USB-C power bank which works u...
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Look what happened when Google Street View met Bing Streetside

Google’s Street View cars have been steadily mapping the world since 2007, driving millions of miles to capture images of roads, buildings, landscapes, and plenty more besides . But did you know Microsoft’s Bing has a similar service? Called Streetside, Bing’s camera-equipped cars are also puttering across the U.S., collecting imagery for a growing database of street-level views that allow web users to check out a place online almost as if ...
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What is an eSIM? Find out everything you need to know

The humble SIM card has survived for quite a while, but it now finally looks like it’s on its way out. Why? Well, the eSIM, a much smarter technology, is here to save the day. Before we dive into what an eSIM is, it might be helpful to understand what a SIM is . A SIM, which stands for “subscriber identity module,” basically contains the information that authenticates your identity to a carrier. In other words, the SIM card is what tells a ...
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More than a brand, this documentary details the fight to preserve Patagonia

Despite its immense beauty, few people think much of Patagonia outside of the popular outdoor brand . Back in 2011, the Chilean government approved plans for HydroAysen, the largest hydroelectric project in the country’s history. The proposed environmental permits would affect vast regions of wilderness within Patagonia and the Rio Baker. HydroAysen called for five dams on the Baker and Pascua Rivers, with an additional 1,200-mile clearcut ...
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2018 Infiniti QX80 First Drive Review

We could try to make artful metaphors to describe the appearance of Infiniti’s current QX80, but nothing we or anyone else could say will take the edge off seeing the bulbous SUV in person. A small percentage of car buyers might find the rig’s appearance inoffensive, but everyone else will call it like they see it: ugly. The QX80’s unsightly aesthetic is a real shame, too, because most everything beneath the surface is stellar. “Don’t judge...
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White House points finger at North Korea as the source of 2017’s WannaCry attack

The United States is publicly attributing the WannaCry ransomware attack  to North Korea, counterterrorism adviser Thomas Bossert said during a White House briefing. The attack took place for three days in May across 150 countries using the WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm, which encrypted Windows-based PCs and demanded Bitcoins in return. “This was a careless and reckless attack,” he stated. “It affected individuals, industry, governments. A...
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Could Nokia be planning a new QWERTY keyboard phone?

As first spotted by Nokia enthusiast website Nokia Power User , a new Nokia smartphone was recently approved by the FCC . Named TA-1047 in the documentation, details on the possible handset are sparse, but it is rumored the device will be dual-SIM, and will have a diagonal measurement of 5.5-inches, and dimensions of 133 x 68 mm (5.23 x 2.67 inches), making it smaller than the budget-friendly Nokia 2 . While rumors are still circulating abo...
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Is the Pentagon’s shadowy secret UFO research program still going on?

If the truth is out there , the Department of Defense may still be determined to find it. Stories published in the New York Times and Politico  almost at the same time both detail a secret Pentagon program that went on for years, spending tens of millions of dollars to investigate “unidentified aerial phenomena,” also known as UFOs. Called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, it spent five years investigating reports from p...
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The 10 best messaging apps for Android and iOS

Let’s face it, our most-used PCs are smartphones. As our dependence on mobile technology grows, so does the need for constant and instant communication with our family, friends, and even work colleagues. Messaging apps have grown to provide rich services and interaction with others, from free text messaging, to voice and video calling, and even photo and file sharing with the added benefit of encryption . Here are some of the best messaging...
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Definitive Technology Demand Series D9 review

Those who follow home audio closely are likely aware that there have been some incredible new offerings in the realm of “affordable,” high-end bookshelf speakers lately. We use the term in quotes, as a $500-600 price point is no drop in the bucket for most of us, but if you’re willing to tighten your belt a bit for the sound of music, offerings like KEF’s Q150  and ELAC’s Uni-fi UB5  are brilliant contributions to the space that allows buye...
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How superstar producer Swizz Beatz uses Instagram to push art, battle Timbaland

You likely use Instagram to keep up with your favorite celebrities and friends. Prolific hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz  used the social media app to find artists for his sixth No Commission music and art showcase, which hit Miami this month. Oh, and in his spare time, he incites beat battles between himself and mega producer Timbaland (Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience ). Safe to say, Beatz is a renaissance man on the ‘gram. Since 2015, t...
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Google Maps may tell you when to get off the train or bus

Have you ever been to a new city, either as a tourist or fresh resident, and gotten lost? Don’t lie, now. No matter how good a navigator you are, it can be difficult to keep track of your bus or train stop amidst the transfers, noise, and general confusion you feel when trying find your way around a new place. Thankfully, Google may soon have a solution for this particular problem. Tech Crunch reports that Google is working on an update for...
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We took a dumb home and made it smart. Here’s where we started

Twenty years ago, new home builders saw an opportunity to add value to a property by installing in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, routing miles of speaker wires, and installing volume dials in every room. Before the days of Sonos and LCD TVs, it was a novelty to be able to listen to music everywhere, and getting a big screen meant a dedicated room with a projector. Today, if you’re buying a home under 30 years old, there’s a good chance the ...
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Nearly $64 million in bitcoin is missing following NiceHash marketplace hack

Cryptocurrency is booming — the rise and rise of bitcoin has been one of the biggest stories of the latter part of 2017. Now, we have seen a glimpse of the more troubling side of the technology, as an attack on a major mining marketplace has resulted in almost $64 million worth of bitcoin being stolen. “Unfortunately, there has been a security breach involving NiceHash website,” reads a statement posted by the company in response to the sit...
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The next Huawei superphone may have 3 camera lenses

What’s better than two? Three, if you’re Huawei, at least that’s what it seems from some accidentally leaked marketing material. Huawei has used two camera lenses on its smartphones, to great effect, for several years ; but in the near future it may add a third lens to the line up. A feature referred to as a, “Pro triple-lens Leica rear camera,” is talked about in the advertising copy, with the blurb promising, “super clarity pictures and p...
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The best tech gifts for fitness buffs will get their blood pumping

The Artist For the creative soul, the pressure is on to find the “perfect” present. A gift card simply won’t do for the friend who gives you a stunning handmade artisanal _____ year after year. Fear not. We have the boost of inspiration you’ll need to wow the most talented person on your list. Wacom Cintiq 13HD tablet $1,000 A pen and paper are nice, but tablets are the tool of choice for tech-inclined artists. Wacom’s Cintiq 13HD is a slee...
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