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Vessel Beta begins today: what is this “YouTube killer”?

Vessel Beta begins today: what is this “YouTube killer”?

This week the team at video-hosting company Vessel will begin their Beta. This Beta will be behind a line of users - a popular way to get people to get interested in your service these days - and eventually content will be behind a paywall. Videos on Vessel will be hosted for the public like YouTube or Vimeo, but there's a new concept onboard as well: a 72-hour exclusive window. For 72 hours before anyone else on the web is able to see, content creators will put their video up on Vessel for paying-only users.

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Plex for PS3, PS4 arrives in North and South America

Plex for PS3, PS4 arrives in North and South America

The way we enjoy our movies and other media has solidly shifted away from physical discs and cable TV and toward hard drives packed with files. Without a proper setup, firing up those files for movie night can prove more difficult than popping in a DVD, and so many turn toward entertainment setups to streamline the process. Plex is arguably one of the most popular option out there, providing a clean and easily accessible library interface -- and, now, it is available for PlayStation users in North and South America.

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The Oatmeal’s Exploding Kittens card game sets Kickstarter on fire

The Oatmeal’s Exploding Kittens card game sets Kickstarter on fire

Matthew Inman, author of the online comic "The Oatmeal", has teamed up with video game and card game creators Elan Lee and Shane Small to create Exploding Kittens. They're not actually literally destroying small animals - that'd be horrible. Instead, they're creating a card game that goes by the name Exploding Kittens. This game will use The Oatmeal illustrations and game mechanics constructed by the trio to bring about a game that should very well bring much joy to game-playing people around the world in the near future.

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Netflix tipped in order for Will Arnett’s “Flaked” series

Netflix tipped in order for Will Arnett’s “Flaked” series

Will Arnett will be heading back to Netflix in the near future, according to a recent report tipping the video streaming service in an order for his latest series Flaked. Arnett is perhaps best known for his role in Arrested Development, which landed on Netflix in the recent past, and he is set to star in the new series of his own creation, Flaked, set in Venice, California. Reportedly, the series will be available to all Netflix subscribers next year.

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Theater Mode will auto-silence your phone at the movies

Theater Mode will auto-silence your phone at the movies

Microsoft has patented a feature for their phones that'll make the whole process of going to the movie theater a lot easier. Not that it's supremely difficult to turn your phone off before a movie begins, but the Microsoft patent that's popped up today will make entering the movie theater the switch. You'll have Normal Mode and Theater Mode - kind of like Airplane Mode, but switched on automatically, right when you walk in the door - and how dare you think you should have sound on your phone during The Hobbit.

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Fox teases return of X-Files, Prison Break series

Fox teases return of X-Files, Prison Break series

Good news for X-Files fans wishing for the return of their favorite detectives of the supernatural, Mulder and Scully: Fox's television division has just said that it wants to see two of its popular series from the past make a return, and X-Files is being considered. This decision on Fox's part comes after the recent return of 24 with the Live Another Day miniseries, and how it proved popular with fans. One of the other shows potentially making a comeback is Prison Break.

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Steve Jobs biopic begins filming in his childhood garage

Steve Jobs biopic begins filming in his childhood garage

Earlier this week saw film crews setting up at the childhood home of Steve Jobs in Los Altos, California to begin shooting the new biographic movie based on the Apple co-founder. With filming scheduled to take place in the house's garage on Friday and Saturday, crew members could be seen redecorating to make it appear as it did almost 40 years ago when Jobs and Steve Wozniak worked inside building the first Apple computers, with old Bob Dylan posters prominently hanging from the walls.

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Netflix to lose Discovery, Hasbro shows due to contract dispute

Netflix to lose Discovery, Hasbro shows due to contract dispute

Netflix has failed to strike new contract agreements with Hasbro and Discovery, according to multiple reports, and as a result the video streaming service will be pulling content from both once the current contract runs out. This includes popular series' like My Little Pony, Transformers, and some other children's content. It appears it is possible the shows could end up remaining if deals can be struck, but as of now that is looking unlikely and Netflix's kids' content will be shrinking.

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Escape from New York remake once penned by Star Wars’ Gary Whitta

Escape from New York remake once penned by Star Wars’ Gary Whitta

At one point in the very recent past, Gary Whitta was hired to script the first in a series of stand-alone Star Wars movies. These movies would star characters like Boba Fett and Han Solo - and they're still on the books once Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released. Whitta has revealed today that he'd also been working on another cult classic film within the past couple of years - one that's just been acquired by Fox. Here you're seeing the title for Gary Whitta's synopsis for a remake of the 1981 John Carpenter cult classic film Escape from New York.

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LEGO Movie Oscar snub: not a tragedy

LEGO Movie Oscar snub: not a tragedy

This morning it was made clear by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that The LEGO Movie wasn't up to snuff for their Oscars awards ceremony. The Oscars, previously known as The Academy Awards, have selected five (as always) nominees for Animated Feature Film including Big Hero 6, Song of the Sea, The Boxtrolls, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Fear not though, LEGO lovers, the creators of the film aren't fretting - in fact, one of the two directors of the film has called this situation "not a tragedy."

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