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CBS All Access: here’s how to get a free month

CBS All Access: here’s how to get a free month

CBS has brought back its one-month free trial, giving potential subscribers a chance to try out the service for a longer period of time before deciding to buy it. CBS All Access is the network's streaming service offering exclusive access to certain CBS content, including the new Star Trek series; the company also plans to make a The Twilight Zone reboot available exclusively on the platform.

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YouTube for iOS adds full vertical video playback

YouTube for iOS adds full vertical video playback

YouTube on iOS will soon be updated with full vertical video playback support, getting rid of the annoying black bars and instead filling the entire smartphone screen with vertically-recorded footage. Until now, trying to play these vertical videos on iOS devices resulted in big black bars due to the app's inability to adjust to the unique size. The new version, in comparison, features automatic adaption.

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Pandora for Android TV updated with Premium plan support

Pandora for Android TV updated with Premium plan support

Pandora has big news for Android TV users: an update that brings Premium subscription support, a better user interface, and more. Pandora Premium is the company's premium subscription service, not to be confused with the cheaper Pandora Plus service. With it and this new update, Android TV users can access what Pandora calls an "intuitive, personalized, and seamless listening" experience.

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CaliBurger pilots self-ordering AI kiosks with facial recognition

CaliBurger pilots self-ordering AI kiosks with facial recognition

CaliBurger, a burger joint in California, is testing facial recognition technology as a way for customers to pull up favorite orders and accounts. The tech is only a pilot at this time, one being referred to as a "face-based loyalty program." The facial recognition is part of self-ordering kiosks with artificial intelligence running NEC's NeoFace software. You'll need to visit the company's Pasadena, California location to try it out, though.

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Apple Watch EKG heart monitor feature tipped for future models

Apple Watch EKG heart monitor feature tipped for future models

Apple is currently working on an EKG monitor that will be available in future Apple Watch models, according to sources, enhancing the wearable's usefulness as a medical monitoring device. The Apple Watch already contains a heart rate monitor, however this upcoming version is said to include EKG functionality for detecting potential conditions rather than just tracking historical cardiac data.

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Pixel 2 XL speaker distortion is model’s latest problem

Pixel 2 XL speaker distortion is model’s latest problem

An increasing number of Pixel 2 XL owners are reporting speaker distortion issues with the phone's bottom speaker, and in some cases also the earpiece speaker. This distortion, which some describe as a slight vibration or an annoying rattling sound, is most common at higher volumes, according to users. Reports span back months on Google's Product Forums, though many complaints can be found elsewhere online.

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Steam Link $5 deal returns: game prices slashed up to 90%

Steam Link $5 deal returns: game prices slashed up to 90%

Steam has kicked off another sale, slashing prices on a bunch of games and other goods, including the Steam Link. The latter, a device for streaming Steam games to a TV, is once again priced at $5, a 90-percent price drop from its usual $50 cost. In addition to getting the Steam Link for almost nothing, Steam users have the opportunity to get some notable games like Dark Souls III and Wolfenstein II for up to 75-percent off.

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ESPN gets Monday Night Football mobile streaming rights until 2021

ESPN gets Monday Night Football mobile streaming rights until 2021

NFL mobile streaming news continues to roll in with ESPN making the latest announcement: it has nabbed mobile streaming rights for Monday Night Football. This new streaming arrangement will start next year and run through the conclusion of the 2021 NFL season. This announcement follows NBC's own football announcement, that itself following Verizon's latest NFL deal.

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Skull-shaped asteroid returns in 2018 after initial Halloween flyby

Skull-shaped asteroid returns in 2018 after initial Halloween flyby

On Halloween 2015, an asteroid shaped eerily similar to a human skull flew past Earth without issue. The timing was a fun coincidence, perhaps, but it won't be the last time we see this particular space rock. Researchers say the Skull Asteroid is destined to fly by Earth again next year, doing so a little later than the first time around: in November 2018.

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Netflix HDR Windows 10 streaming support goes live

Netflix HDR Windows 10 streaming support goes live

Though connecting a PC to a TV to stream your favorite Netflix shows isn't as popular as it once was, many still watch shows on their Windows 10 device. Assuming that device has a display that supports High Dynamic Range (HDR), you'll now be able to watch Netflix's HDR content with it. The company announced Windows 10 HDR support today, saying it is available in both the app and Microsoft's browser.

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AmazonTube trademark means Fire TV will likely lose YouTube

AmazonTube trademark means Fire TV will likely lose YouTube

It had seemed like tensions between Google and Amazon were easing, but that may not be the case. The two companies have been locked in a squabble over the past few months, it ultimately boiling down to YouTube and whether or not Amazon customers will get access to it. Though a resolution seemed likely in light of Amazon's Chromecast listing and Google's most recent statement, a new Amazon trademark filing for "AmazonTube" means the battle is far from over.

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This Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper is an adorable home robot

This Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper is an adorable home robot

UBTECH has launched one of the most adorable home robots to date: the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper robot. The robot works with a companion app, which includes a pair of augmented reality modes for fighting against the Resistance. In addition to that, the First Order Stormtrooper bot boasts facial recognition capabilities, plus support for many voice commands, a sentry patrolling feature, and more.

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