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Netflix total world coverage nearly complete

Netflix total world coverage nearly complete

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings flipped the switch on 130 new countries for availability of their streaming service, taking effect immediately. This brings the number of countries up from 60 to 190 in total - India, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, and Indonesia amongst them. Netflix is now officially ready to roll and live in what Hastings described as "nearly every country in the world." Except China. They're working on China. Netflix is currently working on the rest of the world with LG to make total coverage a reality.

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The Crown trailer and the Netflix button secret sauce

The Crown trailer and the Netflix button secret sauce

This week the folks at Netflix are speaking at CES 2016 about how their success is based in gadgets and remote controls. Believe it or not, Netflix suggests that they've had "extensive success" with Netflix buttons on remotes. Imagine how much easier it makes searching for a streaming service on your smart device when there's literally a Netflix button - a hardware button with the word NETFLIX on it - staring you in the face. "Our consumer electronic company partners have been critical to our success," said company CEO Reed Hastings.

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Rey fans, rejoice! The Force Awakens Monopoly will feature the heroine

Rey fans, rejoice! The Force Awakens Monopoly will feature the heroine

Star Wars fans who are also into board games were in an uproar this week, as it was discovered that a new version of Monopoly based on The Force Awakens was missing one of the new movie's most important characters. The game comes with four board avatars, with Finn and Kylo Ren representing some of the franchise's latest characters, while Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader are the classics. This selection left out a central female character, and arguably the new movie's main hero: Rey.

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Sony BRAVIA XD93 binds 4K, HDR, Android TV together

Sony BRAVIA XD93 binds 4K, HDR, Android TV together

Move over 4K TVs, there's a new kid on the block. Well, half a kid really. While the rest of the entertainment and consumer electronics industry is still catching up with 4K resolutions, Sony and pals are already pushing for the next step forward: 4K HDR. Combining high resolution and high dynamic range promises to deliver not just pixel perfect images but color perfect ones too. And Sony's new batch of Android TV powered BRAVIA TVs, led by the XD93, are more than ready to start that revolution.

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Star Wars: TFA Monopoly has no Rey

Star Wars: TFA Monopoly has no Rey

This week it's becoming apparent that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Monopoly game just isn't up to snuff. This first edition was released all the way back in September, but it didn't become apparent until now, after most Star Wars fans have seen the film, that the game's contents aren't in line with the film. In particular, the game's four board avatars. They consist of Return of the Jedi Luke and Return of the Jedi Darth Vader - which is fine. They also consist of Kylo Ren and Finn (or FN-2187, if you prefer). This game does not contain the main character of the film: Rey.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 ringtone downloads movie-accurate

Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 ringtone downloads movie-accurate

This week we've been passed a collection of sounds synthesized from the publicly-available Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie trailers, all sounds made by BB-8. These BB-8 sound effects have been cut down and cleaned and formatted in a way that makes them perfect for whatever odd project the Star Wars-loving public might want to use them for. We'll be using them for ringtones and notification sounds on our smartphones - you can do what you wish.

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Samsung’s new Smart Hub, Control remote is all about unity

Samsung’s new Smart Hub, Control remote is all about unity

A tech savvy homeowner would probably 2 to 3 sources of video content attached to their smart TVs. Plus one more if she or he happens to be a gamer as well. Surfing between these different sources and controlling these different devices can be an exercise not only in patience but also in memory and finger calisthenics. But we live in a modern world where the problem of too many devices can be solved by yet another device or app. Which is why Samsung is coming to the rescue with the new Smart Hub interface and Smart Control remote for its smart TVs to have one platform, or device, to rule them all.

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Star Wars Anti-Cheese edits will change how you see the prequels

Star Wars Anti-Cheese edits will change how you see the prequels

One film editor and Star Wars fan has taken it upon himself to edit all three of the Star Wars prequels to take out the cheese. Jeremy M West's edits change the voices of the aliens in the films, cut out the bits that do the film's plot lines no favors, and generally turn the films, even if you've seen them each several times, into works that are once again watchable. These edits take out what you, a battle-hardened Original Star Wars Trilogy fan, consider the cringe-worthy bits of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Who is Maz Kanata?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Who is Maz Kanata?

Right around 50 minutes into the 2-hour Star Wars: The Force Awakens film, we see a tiny character by the name of Maz Kanata. She's a mostly-CGI character voiced and acted by Lupita Nyong'o, and she's more than a little important to the overarching Anakin saga that flows through the Star Wars film universe. The following is a glimpse at what Maz has been up to for the past several hundred years, what she's done with regard to Han Solo, and what she's got in her secret curio box. Therefore, if you've not seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we recommend you proceed with caution!

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Star Trek fan film creators sued by CBS, Paramount for copyright infringement

Star Trek fan film creators sued by CBS, Paramount for copyright infringement

With the news that a new Star Trek movie is on the way next year, longtime fans are excited about a return to their beloved fictional universe. However, CBS and Paramount Pictures, the rights owners for the series, may be looking to stamp out any competition that might draw attention away from the debut of Star Trek: Beyond. The TV and movie studios have filed a copyright lawsuit against the creators of an ambition fan-made movie.

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