Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Google search results on Android get auto-playing video previews

Google search results on Android get auto-playing video previews

The feature we first saw hints of weeks ago has started to go live on Android. The company is introducing video previews in its search results on mobile, causing videos to auto-play once they load. Though they're just arriving on Android at the moment, Google plans to expand the feature to other platforms in the future, and to languages other than English.

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Apple Pay support disabled for websites selling neo-nazi gear

Apple Pay support disabled for websites selling neo-nazi gear

Certain white supremacists websites can no longer accept payments using Apple Pay following Apple's disabling of the support. Apple confirmed the news this week via a spokesperson, who pointed toward the Apple Pay guidelines that prohibit use for sites determined to be spreading intolerance, hate or advocating violence. This move follows multiple other companies that have revoked support for various racist websites.

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Galaxy Quest TV show project gets new writer at Amazon

Galaxy Quest TV show project gets new writer at Amazon

Just under two years ago, we learned that Amazon would be making an original television show based on the popular 1999 sci-fi movie hit Galaxy Quest. The show, which was being shopped around by Paramount, was eventually picked up by Amazon Studios, but it derailed at some point in the past, slowing to a stall. That has changed, according to a new report, as Amazon has tapped a new writer to take over the project.

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TCL’s 50″ and 65″ P-Series 4K Roku TVs have been cancelled

TCL’s 50″ and 65″ P-Series 4K Roku TVs have been cancelled

Chinese company TCL introduced a bunch of TVs in May including the 4K-toting P-Series lineup. That product line was supposed to launch in the near future in 50-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch sizes, but the company has changed its plans. If you were hoping to get a relatively cheap 4K Roku smart TV, you still can, but only in one size due to TCL's recent decision to cancel a couple models.

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YouTube Breaking News category streams important global events

YouTube Breaking News category streams important global events

YouTube users have noted the arrival of a new 'Breaking News' category that contains important news videos on major events around the globe. The feature hasn't been officially announced by Google at this time, but many users are reporting seeing the category, which aids users in finding live and otherwise important news segments in a post-cable world.

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Scientists just revolutionized coffee creamer

Scientists just revolutionized coffee creamer

Coffee, America's favorite beverage, just got a little more convenient thanks to some food scientists with Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). The researchers have created what they call a milk capsule; it is a puck-shaped solid bit of coffee creamer that dissolves after being put into a cup of hot coffee. Unlike the little cups of liquid creamer that currently exist, you can't accidentally spill the milk capsule on your clothes.

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Monster headphones with Melody voice assistant arrive this month

Monster headphones with Melody voice assistant arrive this month

Monster has announced the upcoming launch of is new MonsterTalk headphones, a variety that will sport a voice-powered assistant. This will mark the first time a voice assistant has been available on premium headphones, the company claims. No doubt the move aims to capitalize on the growing popularity of mobile assistants like Alexa, though in this case it is dedicated to playing whatever music the headphones' owner prefers.

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Tekken for iOS and Android revealed in trailer: pre-register for bonuses

Tekken for iOS and Android revealed in trailer: pre-register for bonuses

Bandai Namco just released a trailer announcing the upcoming launch of Tekken for mobile. The game will be available on both iOS and Android. Fans have been advised of a 'pre-registration' that is now live for them to sign up. The pre-registration will result in those particular players getting free bonuses. All of this is joined by what Bandai describes as a 'soft launch' in Canada.

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Netflix’s $7 billion 2018 content budget towers over Apple

Netflix’s $7 billion 2018 content budget towers over Apple

Netflix is reshaping the television and movie industries and there's no signs of that changing. The company has expanded its movie library with a roster of original programming that has earned it high praise and faithful subscribers alike. Word has it that Apple is preparing to make its own bold entrance into the original programming industry, but its $1 billion budget looks puny compared to Netflix's $7 billion ambitions.

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Star Wars Obi-Wan standalone movie tipped: Stephen Daldry directing

Star Wars Obi-Wan standalone movie tipped: Stephen Daldry directing

New Star Wars movies will be in theaters in a handful of months, but Disney is already looking years into the future. According to sources who have surfaced, the next standalone Star Wars movie will center around Obi-Wan Kenobi, though who will be playing him hasn't yet been determined. The sources claim that Oscar-nominated Stephen Daldry has been tapped to direct the next movie.

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iPhone 8 featured in McDonald’s app advertisement

iPhone 8 featured in McDonald’s app advertisement

The iPhone 8's official launch is almost upon us, and it's an exciting time to speculate. The leaks have spanned all categories, ranging from design to hardware to rumored new features and back again. All signs point to the phone featuring an edge-to-edge OLED display, and that raises questions about what kind of iOS design tweaks will be made to accommodate that. One possible design just appeared in a McDonald's advertisement.

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DirecTV NOW’s Apple TV deal is back, but you can’t find it online

DirecTV NOW’s Apple TV deal is back, but you can’t find it online

Remember the free Apple TV deal AT&T introduced at the launch of its DirecTV NOW service? That move was designed to lure in new customers, offering them the latest Apple TV hardware in exchange for prepaying a certain number of months of service. That deal is back, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the website. AT&T is being a bit tricky with this latest deal, and you can't get it online.

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