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Netflix hit with industry backlash over new movie deals

Netflix hit with industry backlash over new movie deals

Netflix and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions recently made a surprise announcement: that the video streaming service would partner in creating four new Sandler movies that will launch on Netflix exclusively. This immediately followed a similar announcement that Netflix will be making a second Crouching Tiger movie, launching it online at the same time as in IMAX theaters. Such moves were bound to happen and give consumers more control over their entertainment, but as expected, both have received substantial backlash from industry staples balking at the budding shift in how theatrical entertainment takes place.

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ColorUp lamp is a portable color-picking mood light

ColorUp lamp is a portable color-picking mood light

We've seen color-picking styluses, some that are real and some that are not, but Pega D&E has taken the technology in a different direction: a squeeze-able lamp with a color picker on the bottom that changes the color of the light. Called ColorUp, the lamp is the byproduct of years of development, and though it won't be illuminating any rooms in your home, it makes for a unique portable mood light. We've got a video of the ColorUp lamp switching colors available after the jump.

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USB vulnerability “fix” includes using epoxy

USB vulnerability “fix” includes using epoxy

The BadUSB vulnerability first detailed at Black Hat was just recently released to the public after a couple hackers reverse-engineered it and published on Github. That move was believed to be necessary for prodding manufacturers to come up with a solution, but it had the added effect of leaving USB users vulnerable. A patch will be difficult, it is believed, but until then a "fix" for the issue has been published that doesn't so much solve the vulnerability as it does remove certain avenues for infiltration.

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Warner Bros. anti-piracy methods revealed in court docs

Warner Bros. anti-piracy methods revealed in court docs

The battle over movie piracy just became a bit more transparent, with unsealed court documents revealing how Warner Bros. goes about finding infringing content and issuing takedown notices. The information was revealed as part of a lawsuit by file-hosting service Hotfile, which was a counter-suit issued during a legal debacle with the MPAA, something that ultimately resulted in a large settlement. The counter-suit resulted in redacted court filings hiding how Warner Bros. goes about finding pirated content, which attracted the attention of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Upon request by the EFF, the case judge ruled that the records be unsealed.

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PlayStation TV FAQ dropped ahead of launch

PlayStation TV FAQ dropped ahead of launch

Following the device's initial launch, word arrived that the PlayStation TV would be landing in the United States and Canada on October 14, which is nearly upon us (exactly one week away). Though we already know details about the device itself, Sony has released a list of FAQ on the North American launch specifically, among them being what hardware buyers can expect and what features will be available upon launch. We've sorted through all the info and picked out the important details you need to know.

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Comcast reportedly called subscriber’s employer to complain about complaint

Comcast reportedly called subscriber’s employer to complain about complaint

Comcast isn't viewed favorably by many consumers, and received a lot of criticism this past summer when a recording was published revealing the difficulty a subscriber had when trying to cancel his service. The latest complaint is worse, as surprising as that may be, and it ends on a sad note: Comcast reportedly contacted the subscriber's employer and lied about conversations that took place, leading to the subscriber being fired from his job, and now refuses to release any copies of the conversations to prove they did, indeed, happen.

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Final Fantasy Gunblade replica forged from steel

Final Fantasy Gunblade replica forged from steel

We've seen a number of weapon replicas made out of LEGOs, and while they're all fascinating, sometimes it is nice to see something a little more real. That's where Man At Arms comes in, which recently made the Katana Lightsaber we detailed back in August. The group is back again, this time fulfilling requests to make the Gunblade from Final Fantasy -- something they managed to do with more than a bit of success. We've got pictures of the final weapon, as well as a video of how it was made, after the jump.

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Netflix’s Daredevil series logo unveiled

Netflix’s Daredevil series logo unveiled

Back in November of last year, we heard word that Marvel Comics' next television series was going to be Daredevil, and that it would be arriving on Netflix, which has seen ample successes with its own TV shows Orange is the New Black and House of Cards in recent time. Fast forward to yesterday, and the series' official Netflix logo has been unveiled by the companies just ahead of the New York Comic Con, showing a rather traditional deep red comic book-esque design that should please fans.

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HP 10 Plus Android tablet arrives as rumored

HP 10 Plus Android tablet arrives as rumored

This past summer rumbles surfaced stating HP had a trio of new tablets in the works, and among those three new tablets was one called the HP 10 Plus. That leak turned out to be true, and HP has introduced that Android tablet model with little (read: none) fanfare. The tablet has surfaced on Amazon, where it is still located -- whether it was supposed to launch and HP is just staying incredibly quiet about its arrival, or this was a premature launch, isn't known at this point.

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Bing’s newest feature brings lyrics to search page

Bing’s newest feature brings lyrics to search page

Microsoft has rolled out updates to its Bing search engine on a fairly regular basis over the year, adding features like improved image search. As promised, it has introduced yet another improvement to the engine, this time catering to those who prefer belting out songs on karaoke night: lyrics. Calling it "a new Lyrics experience," Microsoft says the feature saves you time by bringing the lyrics you're looking for front and center on the search results page -- something that third-party lyrics websites might not be too fond of.

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