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Netflix’s star-studded Christmas original is a giant flop

Netflix’s star-studded Christmas original is a giant flop

Netflix, an ever-growing thorn in the television industry's side, has long basked in praise for its award-winning original shows. When the company announced plans to produce its own feature length movies, striking deals and bringing in some of Hollywood's best known stars, the movie industry shuddered. Theaters vowed boycotts. Studios panicked. The success of Beasts served only to highlight Netflix's seemingly assured theatrical domination. Then, just as the ball started rolling, A Very Murray Christmas happened.

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Hybrids: this is the future of tablets

Hybrids: this is the future of tablets

Google has just made the Pixel C Android 2-in-1 tablet available for purchase and the tech world will undoubtedly be awash with reviews of the device, most of which will compare it with the iPad Pro and the Surface 3. And that's to be expected, not just because they are direct competitors to each other, to some extent, but also because they are the forerunners of a shift in the tablet market that will most likely define the device category in the next few years. Tablets are growing up, and they aren't content to just be passive bystanders to the digital content that we are creating by the droves.

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Why Elder Scrolls Online’s $1-million bribe might just work

Why Elder Scrolls Online’s $1-million bribe might just work

What do you do when you've sunk a ton of money into a MMO that never really took off? Well, first you take away the mandatory monthly subscriptions, and then you offer people a chance to win a million bucks. At least that's the route that Zenimax has taken with The Elder Scrolls Online.

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How 1,699 Linux games can give Steam OS a boost

How 1,699 Linux games can give Steam OS a boost

As of today, there are 1,699 games on Steam compatible with Linux. That's just one game short of a 1,700 of a significant milestone. But why the obsession with numbers on a platform traditionally associated more with servers and render farms and very rarely modern games? Because Valve has placed all its Steam OS eggs in one Linux basket and the adoption of the operating system in this market will ultimately seal the fate of what is perhaps the company's biggest, not to mention riskiest, business venture.

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Minecraft on the Wii U: Too little too late

Minecraft on the Wii U: Too little too late

Minecraft is the sort of game that we'll only see once in a lifetime. It was originally created by a single guy, and has gone on to be the single best-selling PC game of all time. In fact, it very well could overthrow Tetris and Wii Sports as the best-selling video game of all time. The game has been sold on nearly every imaginable platform, except the one that makes the most sense (besides the PC). Today, it was announced that the game would finally be coming to the Wii U.

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You’re going to Mars, I went to NASA

You’re going to Mars, I went to NASA

I woke up at 5:30 AM after a string of nightmares about being left alone on a dusty red planet. Like a fool I'd eaten a gigantic piece of chocolate cake the night before while watching a set of tiny teaser clips of "The Martian" to mentally prepare for the next day, which was then, now, today. "It's OK," I told myself. "Stay calm. You're in Houston. You're on East NASA Parkway in the same hotel you'd checked in to the day before. Today you're going to go on a brief ride in a Mars rover and talk to an astronaut."

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iPhone 7 ditching the headphone jack is about control, not thinness

iPhone 7 ditching the headphone jack is about control, not thinness

Has time been called for the headphone jack? If the rumors are to be believed, it may well be Apple that culls the 3.5 mm socket on the next iPhone, and it's making people mad as hell.

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Are VR headsets bad for the eyes of children?

Are VR headsets bad for the eyes of children?

Over the past couple of years, we've asked every major maker of virtual reality headsets and content what their stance is on children in the VR realm. The answer is (almost) always the same: no comment. Off the record, we've found VR headset manufacturers to simply suggest that parents watch their children closely - that they make sure kids aren't using virtual reality headsets for extended periods of time. As far as this goes with the Samsung Gear VR (the next VR headset coming to stores), it seems that a "monitor children closely" warning is out just the same.

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Evernote: dead unicorn or struggling teen pop star

Evernote: dead unicorn or struggling teen pop star

Among some circles, particularly productivity and venture capitalist groups, there has been some talk about Evernote becoming a dead unicorn. Considering how the product has become ingrained in today's digital lifestyle, it's not surprising to see how polarizing the topic has become. It doesn't help that the company is indeed showing some signs of struggling, particularly with its workforce and management, though it is definitely not out of the running yet. This David turned Goliath, who has managed not only to displace but also shut down some of its rivals (Sprinpad) might be finding itself losing some steam, and here might be some of the reasons why.

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Self-driving cars may need to be bad drivers to succeed

Self-driving cars may need to be bad drivers to succeed

A self-driving car getting pulled over by traffic police sounds like the subject of an xkcd comic, but Google's autonomous run-in with the law shows the robots have a lot to learn. Getting stopped for driving too slowly amid other traffic might only be the tip of the iceberg, in fact, and it's entirely possible that autonomous vehicles will need to learn to be worse on the road in order to fit in.

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What’s next for iPhone 7?

What’s next for iPhone 7?

Today we're having a sort of brainstorming session on what might be next for Apple's smartphone line. What we've heard so far is very little - bits and pieces on the thinness of the device, word on processor manufacturers, and even a tip on how there may be a non-metal version. But what we're doing today is extrapolating. Deciding what may be based on what was and what's trending now. First: release dates - we're leaning toward a September 23rd release date and a September 7th reveal date - based entirely on precedent.

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Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Highlights: What You Need to Know

Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Highlights: What You Need to Know

Tokyo’s eccentric nature and distinct charm have filtered directly into the Tokyo Motor Show, and frankly we wouldn’t have it any other way. On Japan’s biggest stage, many of the world’s foremost automotive players have come to impress, discuss, and shape how we’ll interact and navigate our way around in the future. We braved the sauna-like conditions on the floor to bring you these buttery otoro bites.

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