Windows 10’s bundled Solitaire includes advertisements

Windows 10’s bundled Solitaire includes advertisements

Solitaire comes with Windows 10, but it's not the Solitaire you've come to know and love. The latest version of Windows includes Microsoft's Solitaire Collection bundled, and as it did in Windows 8.1, the free version will come with a side order of advertisements. If you don't like the advertisements, you don't have to put up with them -- Microsoft will let you pay a subscription fee to drop the ads and get some relatively pointless digital coins and in-game boosts.

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Netflix: BoJack renewed, Longmire inbound, and more

Netflix: BoJack renewed, Longmire inbound, and more

Netflix has detailed some big upcoming additions that (most of) its subscribers can expect. BoJack Horseman has been renewed for a third season, for example, showing that Netflix has been successful with its original animation for adults. It has a slew of other original content inbound, as well, including the long-awaited return of Longmire, which was picked up by Netflix after being canceled by its network. That series, however, will only be available to view in the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

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King’s Quest: Chapter 1 for PS3, PS4 now available

King’s Quest: Chapter 1 for PS3, PS4 now available

As promised, the first chapter of the reimagined King’s Quest game has arrived for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, offering a family friendly storyline that revolves around old King Graham and the stories he tells his young granddaughter, Gwendolyn. King Graham’s stories detail his own adventures from his younger days, and gamers get to play out those adventures, doing so in a game that “blends art, gameplay, and storytelling”. Old fans and new alike will enjoy the title, says The Odd Gentlemen’s founder Matt Korba.

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This is VW’s plan for semi-autonomous, smartphone-friendly driving

This is VW’s plan for semi-autonomous, smartphone-friendly driving

Volkswagen is embracing CarPlay and Android Auto, revamping its whole infotainment line-up while injecting some smart semi-autonomous tech to its 2016 cars. I spent some time with VW's new Driver Assist semi-autonomous features, along with the Discover Pro on the e-Golf SEL Premium, the top-spec MIB-II model in VW's new range. It's a noticeable improvement over the old infotainment platform, pairing a sizable 8-inch capacitive touchscreen with easily stabbed and grabbed shortcut buttons and knobs.

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The day Star Wars and Netflix destroyed cable TV

The day Star Wars and Netflix destroyed cable TV

Today a rumor suggests that Netflix will be the first place Disney's Lucasfilm will bring a live action TV show. Originally rumored for release on cable television back in 2009, this television show is one of several that may just herald the end of the traditional cable TV era. If Disney does bring a collection of Star Wars live action episodic shows to the world via Netflix instead of cable television, it'll most certainly be another nail in the coffin of the traditional model. And we've got Kimmy Schmidt to thank.

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Nintendo sees surprise profit: has Splatoon, 3DS, amiibo to thank

Nintendo sees surprise profit: has Splatoon, 3DS, amiibo to thank

Nintendo detailed its latest quarterly financial details today, revealing a surprise upswing in revenue as quarterly sales increased more than 20-percent and net profit hit 8.28 billion yen (versus last year’s 9.9 billion yen loss for the same quarter). Nintendo largely has a combination of weaker yen and a sharp rise in new game sales to thank, the latter of which was led by the widespread success of Splatoon. As expected, amiibo — which gained several new figures over the past couple months — also helped the video game company.

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Tesla experimenting with a free car for referrals

Tesla experimenting with a free car for referrals

Tesla will soon begin a referral program for their electric vehicles instead of continuing to fight their up-hill battle with US car dealers. They'll continue to open new stores, for sure, but depending on how well this referral program goes, suggested CEO Elon Musk this week, perhaps not so many stores will be opened as originally planned. Word of mouth, after all, is one of Tesla's strongest tools for sales of vehicles, especially in states where sales through Tesla stores are not yet legal.

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AT&T says throttling your data is harmless

AT&T says throttling your data is harmless

Last month AT&T was hit with a $100 million fine from the FCC due to its erstwhile data throttling plan (which hadn’t won it any favors with subscribers). The problem with the throttling was where AT&T chose to apply it: to “unlimited data” plans, which, per their name, should not be subjected to data limitations. AT&T doesn’t offer unlimited data plans any longer, and it has made it clear it doesn’t want the remaining grandfathered plans to remain. As such, the wireless carrier is now pushing back against the FCC.

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Final Galaxy Note 5 images release herald August event

Final Galaxy Note 5 images release herald August event

Today images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 have appeared in their final form, looking just about as near-official as they're going to get. While these are still renderings - much in the same way all smartphone companies release renderings for ad material - they're as close to the real deal as you're going to see for the moment, just a few weeks away from the real thing. Here the Galaxy Note 5 is looking pretty spiffy, complete with an industrial design finesse matched only by the Galaxy S6 Edge, its little sibling.

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Facebook reduces ‘Happy Birthday’ to a mindless button press

Facebook reduces ‘Happy Birthday’ to a mindless button press

Facebook has allowed you to forget when most birthdays are, and it has reduced birthday wishes from phone calls and cards to posts on timelines. Now it has taken that distant and simplified well wishing to an even lower level, reducing it to — if the well-wisher wants — a single button press. That single button press will result in the most generic birthday wish one could give: a stock “Happy Birthday!” post and nothing more. It will take hardly two seconds of your time; you’ll probably forget you did it moments after pressing send.

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