Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


OverDrive to offer magazines, newspapers via Nook partnership

OverDrive to offer magazines, newspapers via Nook partnership

Nook and OverDrive have partnered up to bring newspapers and magazines in digital form to public libraries utilizing the latter company's platform. The expansion in content will be available to OverDrive users in both the United States and the United Kingdom, says the companies, though the new digital wares won't start rolling out for an unspecified number of months. Because it is being offered through the OverDrive platform, the additional content will be free for users to download. We've got the rest of the details after the jump.

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Blackphone is working on a secure tablet

Blackphone is working on a secure tablet

The world has turned its attention towards the issue of privacy in the digital age, particularly one where the government is known to spy on data through all sorts of insidious and legally dubious means. That reality has prompted many different products tailored towards keeping private data away from prying eyes: encrypted messaging platforms, locked down email services, and, of course, the Blackphone. The folks behind the latter device have revealed to CNBC that a tablet is now in the works.

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NSA refuses to reveal what it has leaked

NSA refuses to reveal what it has leaked

A lot of information has been leaked about the government and its various agencies, not the least of which being the NSA. Of course, not all leaks are unauthorized -- the government itself will leak its own information at times, the reasons for which are varied and, despite requests otherwise, still secret. A recent Freedom of Information Act request for information about what leaks the government has made was denied due to claims of posing a potential threat to national security.

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Baby Groot toy is officially licensed and coming soon

Baby Groot toy is officially licensed and coming soon

We'll kick things off by saying that if you still haven't seen Guardians of the Galaxy, there's a wee tidbit here that some would consider a spoiler. If you're okay with that, then keep reading. You'll recall we've talked about a dancing Baby Groot toy since the movie's launch, which many have clamored for, spurring Funko to announce a toy that fit the bill. Now Mashable is reporting an officially licensed toy is inbound, and that it'll be arriving in time for the holiday season.

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Nielsen says software glitch caused months of inaccurate data

Nielsen says software glitch caused months of inaccurate data

Nielsen's television ratings for most of 2014 have been incorrect, it has been revealed, due to a software glitch that skewed some of its numbers. The news was revealed today by Nielsen itself, which said that an internal investigation was kicked off due to "irregularities" that came to light in recent weeks. A few days ago the source of those issues was uncovered: a so-called technical error that affected the ratings of national network television over the course of most of this year.

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PlayStation Experience is an event for the community

PlayStation Experience is an event for the community

Sony's PlayStation events are always fun, but you may not have been able to attend one yet. If that is the case, you are in luck: Sony has announced an upcoming event that will last for two days and that is specifically for its gaming community. Called PlayStation Experience, the two-day event will be held this coming December in Las Vegas -- Sony says it has been "planning this bad boy for some time", and that it'll be just in time for the console's 20th anniversary.

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The Empire Strikes Back Uncut features hundreds of fan clips

The Empire Strikes Back Uncut features hundreds of fan clips

If you think carefully, you will likely remember the fantastic crowdsourced rendition of Star Wars: A New Hope that was published back in early 2012. The video recreated the movie using clips from tons of fans, all of them unique in their own way and all of them stitched together into a final product by Casey Pugh. The video was immensely popular, and spawned a push to recreate the next movie in the series -- something that is finally finished after a lot of work and available for all to enjoy.

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Ubuntu’s native Netflix support arrives as promised

Ubuntu’s native Netflix support arrives as promised

Native Netflix support on Linux has been a long-running wish among users, and though methods have been around to get the service to work, none were as simple as firing up your browser and getting right into the movies, no hassle necessary. Last month news that a change was afoot surfaced, with Netflix's Paul Adolph asking questions and saying that, if certain wheels could be put in motion, he'd bring up a case for nixing the user agent filtering that foiled users.

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Tomorrowland trailer drops following NYCC panel

Tomorrowland trailer drops following NYCC panel

Disney's planning to release a world-hopping mystery film titled "Tomorrowland" next year, and ahead of it comes both a trailer and a panel at the New York Comic Con. George Clooney decided to make an appearance during the latter, according to Deadline, joining the show's opening panel. Though Clooney is part of the oft-teased movie, he wasn't originally slated to be part of the panel for reasons that were apparently a farce. More importantly, the panel released details on the movie, and joining them is a trailer we have for you after the jump.

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Uber and Lyft slapped with BBB “F” rating

Uber and Lyft slapped with BBB “F” rating

Uber, Lyft, and other similar services: you either love them or hate them, with many skewing towards the former due to their integration in a mobile lifestyle and fares that are lower than traditional taxi cabs. That doesn't mean they're not without their problems, however, and those problems have ultimately been reflected by the Better Business Bureau, which has bestowed both aforementioned services with its lowest rating -- "F".The reasons, for those familiar with the services, aren't surprising, and seem to largely revolve around surge pricing issues.

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