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Netflix says it’ll be available in Japan in Fall 2015

Netflix says it’ll be available in Japan in Fall 2015

Netflix is a force to be reckoned with, and there's no sign of that slowing down. The video streaming service is making a massive push for original content, the likes of which it has largely found success with (so far), and at the same time it is also working to expand its audience. Netflix revealed in the recent past that it'll be arriving in Australia and New Zealand next month (though there's debate about how effective that will be), and likewise the service arrived in France last year. Now it has set focus on Japan.

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Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ teased with new trailer

Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ teased with new trailer

Marvel's Daredevil series, destined for Netflix, has been in the pipeline for a while now and is finally nearing launch. Ahead of that, however, we've seen the series teased on more than one occasion, including at New York Comic Con last October. The teases keep coming, this time in the form of a relatively long teaser trailer with all the traditional elements: dark scenes, angst, and a voice over betraying the narrator's dark secrets. We've the video after the jump!

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A Game of Craft: Westeros rebuilt block by block

A Game of Craft: Westeros rebuilt block by block

Time and again we've been awed by what Minecraft players have been able to accomplish with the limited resources but unlimited space that are given them. We've seen recreations of countries, the USS starship Enterprise, and even 4 KB computers. Though based on fictional places only, this latest achievement is equally, or perhaps even more, jaw-dropping. Thousands of "superfans" have come together to build in Minecraft the entire continent of Westeros, the land that serves as the stage for A Song of Ice and Fire novels, also known in pop culture as A Game of Thrones.

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‘The Walking Dead’ mid-season premiere: watch the first 2 minutes

‘The Walking Dead’ mid-season premiere: watch the first 2 minutes

The Walking Dead's return is only a handful of days away, and to keep us anxious for the debut have been a series of painfully sparse teaser trailers. Now that we've scored glimpses and peeks at what the rest of the season will hold, AMC has decided to ramp up its cruel teases by releasing some footage: exactly two minutes from the start of the return's first episode. There's nothing about the footage that can be considered spoiler-worthy (unless you haven't caught up with all the available episodes yet).

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Simpsons Pixel video: the retro Couch Gag

Simpsons Pixel video: the retro Couch Gag

It's time go get retro-futuristic with The Simpsons as a gang of creators pixelate the Couch Gag. This is a "pixel tribute" to The Simpsons as directed and animated by Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon. Music here is a midi-style update of the Simpsons theme by Jeremy Dower. Prepare yourself for a bunch of odd-flavored craziness - memories of the past mixed with game-style graphics making one intro we dearly wish was at the front of a whole episode. Alas, it is 3rd-party excellence.

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HTC Rap music video out of left field

HTC Rap music video out of left field

At some point in the past several weeks, someone at HTC gave the green light to MC D-Bruce and rapper Doc-G to create a rap song for their phone brand. There's a music video for the HTC One brand and an interview between the rapper and the HTC employee as well. This is something you're going to have to see to believe. Once you see it, you will not be able to un-see it, so see it at your own risk.

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Sling TV strikes deal with Univision, adds Spanish-language channels

Sling TV strikes deal with Univision, adds Spanish-language channels

Dish Network's long rumored Internet television service became real last month with the introduction of Sling TV, a service that allows subscribers to watch live channels streamed over the Internet. Upon introduction, the service brought with it a dozen channels (including those coveted sports channels), and now less than a month later the number of channels it offers has expanded. Sling TV has struck a new partnership with Univision, and under it will add several of the network's Spanish-language channels.

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Snapchat’s ‘Literally Can’t Even’ panned by users, critics

Snapchat’s ‘Literally Can’t Even’ panned by users, critics

Yesterday saw the debut of Snapchat's first original web series, Literally Can't Even, and users of the ephemeral messaging app are widely giving it a big thumbs-down. The show is written by and stars Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn, who play two 20-somethings living their life. The first episode, titled Sip & Surf Pool Party XXX, is just under 5 minutes long, and is a debut of Snapchat's initiative to create original content and publish it exclusively to the messaging platform. Read on to see what viewers had to say.

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Super Bowl 2015: this year’s best tech-related commercials

Super Bowl 2015: this year’s best tech-related commercials

The time has arrived. The 2015 Super Bowl. It's that one day of the year where we throw parties with tons of food, focus on sitting on the couch in front of a large TV, and spend the afternoon watching a collection of the world's the most expensive commercials, all with the occasional break to show a sports game. But we already know which commercial will be the winner, don't we? Just like last year, it will be the emotional one with a puppy that doesn't really have a connection to the cheap beer it's trying to sell.

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Amazon Prime to drop Doctor Who, other BBC shows on Feb 15

Amazon Prime to drop Doctor Who, other BBC shows on Feb 15

If you're a subscriber to Amazon Prime's Instant Video service and a big Doctor Who fan, we've got some bad news for you. With an announcement to customers expected sometime this weekend, Amazon Prime will no longer have Doctor Who, nor most of its BBC shows, available for streaming beginning Sunday, February 15th. Sources say the reason is due to Amazon not getting exclusivity of the shows when it comes to streaming, meaning if rival services like Netflix can show it at the same time, Amazon doesn't want it.

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