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NBCU tipped in standalone comedy subscription service effort

NBCU tipped in standalone comedy subscription service effort

For the longest time, cord-cutting (getting rid of cable) meant jumping through a lot of hoops and possibly resorting to less than kosher methods for getting one's entertainment fix. Networks have been slow to embrace technological changes, but now that consumers have moved in such a great mass toward the technology most convenient to them (mobile devices, primarily), some daring companies have decided to cater to them, and now the ball has begun rolling. Latest to contemplate launching a standalone subscription video service is NBCUniversal.

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Huawei Watch teased as luxury Android Wear option

Huawei Watch teased as luxury Android Wear option

The world clearly needs another circular smartwatch, and Huawei is hoping that its unimaginatively-titled Huawei Watch will be the one to end up on your wrist. Expected to make its official debut at Mobile World Congress 2015 on Sunday, but already previewed in a pair of videos, the Android Wear timepiece aims at the classier end of the scale, with a sleek stainless steel casing, minimal ornamentation, and of course that round touchscreen.

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YouTube adds video trimming tool for Android

YouTube adds video trimming tool for Android

When it comes to videos, everything about the sharing process is more difficult than their photo brethren. The troubles with them have gotten easier over the years, but after shooting a video, any edits that the footage needs are a cumbersome process for those without video-editing software -- and the trouble is amplified when the edits need to be made from a mobile device rather than a laptop. There are existing apps, of course, that try to simplify the process, but YouTube wants you to bypass those entirely.

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Netflix has another big content library reshuffle for next month

Netflix has another big content library reshuffle for next month

Astute Netflix users will have noted the big content changes that took place over the course of December -- the first of the month marked a lot of shows and movies disappearing and some new ones coming in to fill the void, followed by more additions over the course of the including (including another Original Series Marco Polo). It seems like that just happened, but the new year is moving quickly and another big content library reshuffle is just around the corner, set to kick off on March 1.

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Kid-friendly YouTube app coming February 23

Kid-friendly YouTube app coming February 23

It seems that Google is making good on its promise to have child-safe products this year, starting with probably the most engaging one of all: YouTube. USA Today reports that a colorful and limited new YouTube app will be debuting 23rd February to help give parents a bit of peace of mind, not to mention more control, over their kids' online viewing activities. And, of course, the app will be filled to the brim with contents that kids will love, or supposedly love, while keeping more mature videos out of the way.

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Mozilla puts another nail on Flash’s coffin

Mozilla puts another nail on Flash’s coffin

Once the darling of the Web, Flash has become a liability and an embarrassment. But as much as the powers that be want and work to make Flash go the way of the dinosaur, there are still a few holdovers on the Internet that refuse, or at the very least can't, switch away from it just yet. To help ease that transition, at least from the end user side of things, Mozilla is equipping the latest nightly version of Firefox with a tool that will little by little make Flash unnecessary.

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It’s Friday, so check out this Aston Martin Vulcan screaming

It’s Friday, so check out this Aston Martin Vulcan screaming

Aston Martin has a new hypercar in the pipeline, promising to bring something very loud and very special to the Geneva Auto Show early next month. Details on the Aston Martin Vulcan are still in short supply - right now the storied British marque is only previewing some track-day squealing and roaring - but according to the rumor machine the car is shaping up to be a slice of highly limited-edition exotica aimed at those who want to blast past McLaren and Ferrari owners when racing.

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8-Bit Philosophy makes you existential using retro games

8-Bit Philosophy makes you existential using retro games

Maybe you glossed over your philosophy homework in college, or some of the concepts were a bit too heavy to stick properly the first time around. Regardless, there's a better way to get your feet wet with all things existential and ponderous, and it's called 8-Bit Philosophy. Fans of 8-Bit Cinema will be familiar with the style and nature of the videos -- each one is short and styled after a retro game, but rather than recreating popular movies, the series sets out to simplify philosophical concepts.

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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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Watch a camera shutter and exploding orange in ultra slow motion

Watch a camera shutter and exploding orange in ultra slow motion

Slow motion videos let us look at ordinary things -- water dripping, bugs flying, etc. -- in an entirely new and often fascinating way. All the while, this form of video also provides us with a look at the finer details that happen in the blink of an eye (or faster) that we'd otherwise never get a glimpse of. A camera's shutter is one of those things, snapping at impossibly fast speeds and being little more than a clicking sound to users. On the flip side of things, there's also exploding oranges.

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