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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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Karma Black ultra-secure LTE hotspot preorders go live at a discount

Karma Black ultra-secure LTE hotspot preorders go live at a discount

In August, Karma announced the upcoming launch of a privacy-minded mobile hotspot device that would, among other things, have a built-in VPN. Called Karma Black, that device will officially be available to purchase in January, the company has revealed. The hotspot will provide buyers with LTE data wrapped in a layer of security, helping protect data, block potentially harmful advertisements, and more.

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Futuristic Walmart store tipped to ditch cashiers and checkout lines

Futuristic Walmart store tipped to ditch cashiers and checkout lines

Walmart is creating its own futuristic store that will ditch cashiers and the lines that gather near them, according to newly surfaced sources. The store is similar to Amazon Go, the online retailer's own cashier-free futuristic shop. The new store is supposedly codenamed Project Kepler and is the brainchild of Store No. 8, Walmart's own "innovation hub." The sources say that's only one of Walmart's current projects.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S8 and Note 8 deal includes one free to give away

T-Mobile Galaxy S8 and Note 8 deal includes one free to give away

Many "buy one, get one" smartphone deals require buyers to activate both phones on an expensive service plan, pay for both upfront, and then get a refund for one device via a small monthly credit spread out over 18 or more months. That's not necessarily a bad deal, but it is restrictive. T-Mobile is bucking the trend, though, by offering new customers an entirely free Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 to give away to someone else as a gift.

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Alamo Drafthouse Video Vortex rental store will offer rare VHS tapes

Alamo Drafthouse Video Vortex rental store will offer rare VHS tapes

Yes, you read that correctly. The cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse will launch its own rental store called Video Vortex next year, giving consumers a way to rent physical movies...including rare VHS tapes. The exact opening date isn't clear yet -- we only know it'll be during Q1 2018 -- but once it does open, Video Vortex visitors will supposedly have access to one of the largest video archives ever.

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Amazon Music scraps storage subscriptions for MP3 imports

Amazon Music scraps storage subscriptions for MP3 imports

Amazon is planning to retire its Music storage subscription service, the plan that enabled Amazon customers to upload their own music to the company's servers. Mind you, this doesn't mean the Amazon Music or Amazon Music Unlimited products are being retired; rather, just the option to upload personal music libraries to the platform. You have until January 15 to sign up if you want this subscription.

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FCC Blue Alert warns mobile users of threats to law enforcement

FCC Blue Alert warns mobile users of threats to law enforcement

The Federal Communications Commission has expanded the US's emergency alert systems by adding a new alert option dubbed Blue Alert. With Blue Alert, both local and state-level authorities can push out notifications that warn the public to "threats to law enforcement." In explaining this, the FCC says the authorities are able to push out Blue Alerts across a variety of devices, including cell phones/smartphones, satellite, cable, and through broadcast providers.

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OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition hides this adorable R2-D2 Easter egg

OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition hides this adorable R2-D2 Easter egg

The OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition phone is hiding a fun R2-D2 Easter egg, and it includes an animated hologram. It's not an ordinary Easter egg, though -- OnePlus put a lot of work into this one, including a secret message and a hidden compartment, the combination of which bring R2-D2 to light. The secret lies with the greeting card in the box: put the first letter of each line together and you get your first hint.

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White House calls 5G network rollout a national security priority

White House calls 5G network rollout a national security priority

The White House has listed 5G network rollout as a national security priority in the US. The detail comes from the newly released National Security Strategy Report for December 2017, specifically from "Pillar II: Promote American Prosperity." In a section called "Improved American Infrastructure" found on page 19, the White House says that 5G Internet will be deployed across the nation in order to "improve America's digital infrastructure."

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Windows 10 Timeline feature arrives in preview build 17063

Windows 10 Timeline feature arrives in preview build 17063

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17063, and with it comes the OS's new Timeline feature. With Timeline, Windows 10 users can view a timeline of past activities, apps, and files, making it easier to get back to what you were doing earlier. For example, if you were working on a document titled "Report.docx," that file will appear in the timeline; click on it and you'll go right back to working on it.

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