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Microsoft launches Skype Lite for India

Microsoft has launched Skype Lite, a new version of the video and voice-calling app designed for the Indian market. The download weighs in at 13MB, and the app is designed to work better on 2G or unstable connections, making it more reliable in many parts of India. Microsoft says Skype Lite will consume less battery power and run smoothly even on old Android phones, and there’s a mode that reduces data usage in video calls. The app works wi......
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Mall of America wants to sentence a writer to four days of capitalism hell

In the 1996 book Zen in the Art of Writing, science fiction author Ray Bradbury had some advice for would-be authors: “Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white-hot, on paper.” That’s apparently exactly what Mall of America promoters want a writer in residence to do, except that the prism is entirely a promotional one, created and shaped by the mall’s publicists. Also, the writer they hire is meant to sit in the mall in p......
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He Will Not Divide Us exhibit has found a new home

Last week, The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens shut down the live-streaming art protest He Will Not Divide Us created by Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö, and Luke Turner. As of today, the project has found a new home at the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In a statement, LaBeouf, Rönkkö, and Turner announced that the stream — which displayed “the museum has abandoned us”, after being just down by the Museum of the Moving I......
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Stephen King and J.J. Abrams are going to show Stranger Things how it’s done

Last year, Netflix scored an unexpected hit with Stranger Things, a show that combined the influence of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg into one glorious, retro-80s treat. Audiences apparently weren’t the only ones that noticed, because now King and Spielberg heir apparent J.J. Abrams have announced a Hulu project with its own Stranger Things-esque vibe called Castle Rock. The announcement came today via the Twitter account of Abrams’ Bad......
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AT&T is also offering a new unlimited plan, but it's the worst yet

AT&T announced that it’ll be offering a new unlimited data plan starting tomorrow, following in the footsteps of its competitors Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, who all announced new plans with unlimited data earlier this week. The new AT&T Unlimited Plan offers unlimited data, calls, and texting, and includes HD video (although AT&T’s Stream Saver, which reduces data used by forcing standard definition video, is turned on by de......
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Microsoft lets you crash drones and robots in its new real world simulator

Microsoft is sharing some interesting tools with the open source community today. Developers and researchers will be able to take advantage of a new simulator that will let people test and train robots and drones in a virtual environment to prepare them for moving around the real world. A beta version of Microsoft’s research tool is being made available free of charge on GitHub today through an open source license. It’s just the latest in a......
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Michael Flynn, Trump's national security adviser, resigns over Russia lies

In late January, acting Attorney General Sally Yates delivered a startling message to the Trump administration: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had lied to other top White House officials about his dealings with the Russian ambassador to the US and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Kremlin. Now those lies have cost Flynn his job: on Monday night, Flynn resigned amid growing questions about whether he had misled Vice Pre......
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Verizon announces new unlimited data plan

Verizon just made a rather surprising weekend announcement: unlimited data plans are coming back. The carrier says that beginning tomorrow, it will offer what it's calling Verizon Unlimited. The plan will cost $80 for an individual line or $45 for each line on a four-line family plan. Those prices are described as “introductory” and require both paperless billing and AutoPay to be enabled. Customers will get full LTE speeds until they reach......
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New trailers: emotional Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lego ninjas, and more

I love movies that take place in pretty much a single location. There's something really wonderful about watching a director make use of a limited space and budget and creating a compelling world out of something far more limited than what you see in a typical movie. The latest I watched was Queen of Earth (it’s on Netflix), which is about the friendship of two women (and the devolving sanity of one of them) during an escape to a lake house......
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