Netflix quietly dips its toes into Dolby Atmos surround sound

Why it matters to you If you have a Dolby Atmos-enabled surround setup (and an Xbox One) you'll now be able to watch limited Netflix content in glorious 3D surround. Adding a host of 4K Ultra HD and HDR content to its library drastically raised Netflix’s video quality, and now the service is about to sound a lot better, too. The company announced Wednesday that Netflix Dolby Atmos support  has arrived, bringing with it even better surround ...
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European Commission fines Google $2.73B for anticompetitive practices

Why it matters to you Google has 90 days to amend the way shopping results factor into its search engine, or risk seeing its $2.73 billion penalty get significantly larger. Earlier this month, reports began to circulate that Google was likely to be hit with a hefty fine following a major investigation into alleged anticompetitive practices conducted by the European Commission. Now, the organization has confirmed that the search giant will b...
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Five shows and movies to stream this week: ‘Moana,’ ‘Paterson,’ and more

Online streaming is bigger than ever, and with so many streaming services adding new shows and movies every week, it can be nearly impossible to sort through the good and the bad. If you need something to watch and don’t want to wade through the digital muck that washes up on the internet’s shores, follow our picks below for the best new shows and movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and other services. On the list this week: A new drama...
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5 songs you need to stream this week: Radiohead, Chris Cornell, and more

Every week, there are thousands of new songs hitting the airwaves — and it’s just too much for your two ears to handle. With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks that deserve a thumbs-down click — you want the best new songs to stream now. But don’t worry, we’re going to save you the hassle. We listen to some of the most-hyped and interesting songs each week, and tell you which are worthy of your precious listening ti...
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OnePlus 5 Review

Update: One thir d-party reviewer indicates the OnePlus 5 may dedicate more performance resources to benchmarking software than other apps. We’ve added several clarifying statements from OnePlus.  OnePlus sells one phone, which means to be successful, that device needs to be very good — talk about pressure. The OnePlus 3T has always been easy to recommend. It does everything pretty well, and costs less than many big-name rivals. Now it’s ti...
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Holy smokes! A $1.7 million Koenigsegg Agera R supercar catches fire in China

Why it matters to you Stuck in traffic? Late for work? At least your $1.7 million Swedish supercar didn't catch fire after a battery explosion. Swedish boutique supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg built only 18 examples of the Agera R between 2011 and 2014. Unfortunately, one of them just caught fire in China, and several smartphone-wielding bystanders were on hand to film the incident. Like every car Koenigsegg builds, the Agera R is highly t...
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Honda’s multitalented Civic Type R will take on different personalities in U.S.

Why it matters to you The hottest Civic is here, and Honda is planning more variants to make sure the Type R name is a force to be reckoned with in the U.S. The Honda Civic Type R  is finally available in the United States for the first time ever. The company wanted to launch its hottest Civic in the exact configuration that has earned it tons of respect in overseas markets like Europe and Japan — and executives say that’s only the beginnin...
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The best 6 cheap tablets to buy

You don’t have to break the bank to secure yourself a new tablet. There are plenty of budget options out there. If you’re willing to compromise, you can easily snag yourself a serviceable device for less than $200. Cheap tablets have improved fast in the last couple of years, and they’ve continued to drop in price as smartphones have grown larger and eaten into the tablet market. If you’re feeling the pinch right now and that budget is limi...
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‘Undercurrent’ isn’t a Matisyahu album, it’s a soundtrack for life

S ome men go on quests (see Bilbo Baggins, Jon Snow, Alan Quatermain, et al), and others go on journeys. In the latter category falls Matisyahu, the noted Jewish reggae/hip-hop beatboxer who’s recently taken live improv to another level in his newly reborn, clean-shaven, and literally less Orthodox incarnation. Having been recently freed from major label constraints, Matisyahu and his ace jam band have since put their full energy behind the...
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Facebook fights against terrorist content on its site using A.I., human expertise

Why it matters to you To help fight terrorism, Facebook is increasing its efforts to keep the platform a safe space for all users. As the number of terrorist attacks continue to increase globally, Facebook is making an attempt to be completely transparent about its plans to keep terrorist content off its website. To make efforts more efficient, the company enlisted the help of both artificial intelligence and human expertise. To kick off th...
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At last, Archos has made a pair of smartphones to get excited about

Why it matters to you It's time to start paying attention to Archos, which will deliver two affordable phones with on-trend features this summer. French technology company Archos has never made phones to get really excited about . The mostly mid-range devices have been solid, if unremarkable , entries into a crowded market; but that’s about to chance this summer. Archos has four new phones coming, and two are potential winners if they can l...
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‘Assassin’s Creed Origins’: Our First Take

Assassin’s Creed Origins is the culmination of the series’ two-year hiatus, and though there’s plenty new and different, some old problems remain. It’s been two long years since the last Assassin’s Creed game, AC Unity, met with tepid reception from fans and critics. Ubisoft responded by taking a break to put AC back in the oven for a while, and the resulting game, Assassin’s Creed Origins, was unveiled for the first time during Microsoft’s...
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I want to believe in EA’s character-focused future, but I’m not sure I can

If there was a theme uniting everything shown at Electronic Arts’ E3 event, it was drama. From Madden NFL 18, the yearly iteration of EA’s football franchise, bearing the character-focused subtitle “ Longshot ,” to the Fast and Furious-like Need for Speed: Payback , every game EA showed focused on characters front and center. The angle is refreshing, to be sure. Since story is so often shortchanged in games and characters are often thin and...
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Oh, the inhumanity! Rich Robinson of Magpie Salute on the tragedy of autotune

“It’s important to show and elicit true and authentic feelings with your music.” J ust because you’re no longer in a group that made many songs you wrote and performed famous is no reason to not continue performing them on your own. Rich Robinson, founding guitarist of the legendary, now-in-limbo jam band The Black Crowes, recognized this not long after he embarked on a solo career in earnest — and then he decided to take it one step furthe...
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‘The End is Nigh’ is the new platformer from the co-creator of ‘Super Meat Boy’

Why it matters to you Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac are generally considered two of the best indie games of recent years, and The End is Nigh looks set to continue Edmund McMillen's strong track record. Edmund McMillen, best known for the games Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac, has announced a new project that he’s working on in collaboration with Tyler Glaiel, best known for Bombernauts and Closure. The duo’s new title is ...
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North Face Homestead Collection offers camping gear for millennials

Why it matters to you Are traditional tents too drab for your liking? The Homestead Collection is designed to appeal to younger campers who are getting started in the outdoors. Over the past few years, the outdoor industry has come to realize that its lightweight, pricey, and often overly technical gear does not necessarily appeal to a younger crowd. Traditionally, hikers and campers have looked for the best gear possible to keep them warm ...
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These robotic shorts will improve your running performance

Why it matters to you The design could lead to improved methods for treating people with leg injuries and help to speed up recovery. If you’ve tried everything to improve your running time but just can’t seem to beat your personal best no matter how much you try, then slipping into a pair of these robotic shorts might be the answer. OK, it may seem a little underhanded to use an exosuit system to score a better time, but it would still be p...
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Optoma NuForce BE6i review

All too often, the convenience of Bluetooth-powered headphones usually means trading sound quality for comfort and convenience – to be honest, it’s a trade most of us are willing to make. With Optoma’s NuForce BE6i wireless earbuds, though, music sounds surprisingly good. Despite a few minor design flaws, the BE6i easily outstrip most other options, and at less than $100, these bargain ‘buds are a no-brainer. Out of the box The BE6i arrive ...
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Google faces a potentially massive fine for breaking antitrust rules in the EU

Why it matters to you Along with the financial penalty, this ruling against Google could force changes in the way the company presents search results to users. For over a year, Google has been the subject of an investigation by the European Commission relating to accusations of anti-competitive practices. Now, there’s word that the company is about to be hit with a likely hefty fine as the Commission prepares to share its findings and admin...
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Adobe’s Document Cloud for mobile can now turn your PDFs into editable text

Why it matters to you If you're someone who handles a lot of papers and documents, Adobe Document Cloud can now make your workflow a little more streamlined. Adobe is making some major changes to Adobe Document Cloud, its suite of tools aimed at increasing productivity levels on mobile devices, and the update should offer some pretty helpful new features. Perhaps the biggest change to Adobe Document Cloud is the addition of Adobe Scan, whic...
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T-Mobile’s ‘Thankiversary’ promotion includes free gas for a year, other prizes

T-Mobile’s been on a roll lately. Hot off the carrier’s launch of Digits — the benefit that lets subscribers forward calls and texts to another phone, a smartwatch, or PC — the self-coined “Un-carrier” is back with another promotion. As part of T-Mobile’s “Thankiversary” event celebrating the one-year anniversary of the launch of T-Mobile Tuesdays — a weekly promotion that gifts customers free movie tickets, ridesharing credits, takeout piz...
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That laptop ban could be about to get a whole lot worse for plane passengers

Why it matters to you If you fly into or out of the U.S. and usually use a laptop during your journey, any extension of the ban is going to affect you. The U.S.-imposed ban preventing plane passengers on certain U.S.-bound flights from taking electronic devices larger than a mobile phone into the cabin could be about to get a whole lot more troublesome for travelers. In an interview on Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly confirme...
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Seven dead in India after fake news spread over WhatsApp incites mob violence

Why it matters to you The danger of false information being spread via social media was illustrated tragically this week in two cities in India where mob violence erupted. Two separate vigilante attacks last week resulted in the deaths of seven men in eastern India, and were apparently the result of rumors about strangers abducting children that were spread over popular messaging service WhatsApp. The attacks occurred in the state of Jharkh...
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Trends with Benefits: Star Wars 40th Anniversary, Dubai RoboCop, T-Mobile Digits

Star Wars in the correct order: DT Staff writer Keith Nelson Jr. recently watched 7 of the 8 Star Wars movies for the FIRST TIME. On this, the 40th anniversary of the debut of A New Hope, we take a second to discuss the correct order to watch the films. Dubai RoboCop: A robotic Police Officer is now officially on duty in the city of Dubai. Created by PAL Robotics, the robot is designed to help the city fight crime and assist citizens. Dubai...
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B&O Play’s newest music product is a beer

Why it matters to you B&O Play has been pushing the boundaries of music and science with experiments which may result in better tasting beer for everyone. Danish audio experts B&O Play, quirky fun-loving sister company to the more serious Bang & Olufsen, has revealed a new music product. It’s not a Bluetooth speaker , or a pair of gorgeous headphones . It’s a beer. Not just any beer, but one infused with music played through the...
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