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Google Play Movies gets 4K HDR streaming option

Google Play Movies gets 4K HDR streaming option

Google has some good news for the 4K TV owners out there: Google Play Movies now offers up 4K HDR videos, though not all movies are available with both. Of course, you could also take advantage of this streaming option if you have a high-end handset with a suitable display, such as the new Galaxy S8*. It isn't clear how many movies are available in 4K HDR, but finding the shows is easy using search. *UPDATE: It would seem that HDR support will not be working on smartphones at this time, and is instead only working with the Chromecast Ultra.

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This giant Super Soaker can shoot water at 243MPH

This giant Super Soaker can shoot water at 243MPH

Forget your ordinary Super Soaker -- inventor and former NASA engineer Mark Rober has taken things up a notch with his DIY record-breaking 'Super Soaker.' This version of the classic toy is, well, no toy; it can spray water at more than 200MPH, shattering glass, destroying bananas, and probably doubling as a satisfying pressure washer for your driveway.

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‘Castlevania’ season 2 is already in the Netflix pipeline

‘Castlevania’ season 2 is already in the Netflix pipeline

On July 7, Netflix released the anticipated -- and very short -- first season of anime series Castlevania. The season is comprised of only four episodes, but the show has apparently proven a hit as Netflix is already planning the show's second season. The second time around will have double the number of episodes, increasing from season one's four episodes to an appreciable eight episodes.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be enhanced for the Xbox One X

Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be enhanced for the Xbox One X

Star Wars fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Star Wars Battlefront 2, the sequel to 2015's fun-but-disappointing Battlefront game. We learned more about the game in recent months, and it was just last month that we also got details on the 'Xbox One X' console. A natural question, then, is this: will Battlefront 2 be optimized for the newer console? The answer has surfaced on Microsoft's own website.

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Duolingo is adding a Game of Thrones language course

Duolingo is adding a Game of Thrones language course

The popular language-learning app Duolingo plans to add a new language course, one for the fantasy language High Valyrian from Game of Thrones. The course itself was created by David J. Peterson, a UC Berkeley alumnus who is also behind the show's Dothraki language. If you use Duolingo with the mobile apps, you'll have to wait a while before getting access to the course; those on desktop, though, can access a beta version of it now.

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Students will spend 6 months living in a ‘space station’ to test mental effects

Students will spend 6 months living in a ‘space station’ to test mental effects

As part of its mission to send people into space, humanity has to answer many questions, and one of those questions involves whether humans are mentally capable of spending long periods of time within relatively tiny self-sustaining space stations. To help determine this, four university students have volunteered to spend 200 days living inside of a self-sustaining 'space station' located in a Beijing suburb.

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Researchers teleport an object from Earth to space for the first time

Researchers teleport an object from Earth to space for the first time

It may have only been a single photon, but it represents a huge milestone for researchers. For the first time ever, scientists have successfully teleported an object (the photon) from Earth to space, something facilitated by a sort of quantum network. This was made possible in part by the Micius satellite, which was launched into orbit from the Gobi Desert last year.

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Microsoft wants broadband Internet through rural America by 2022

Microsoft wants broadband Internet through rural America by 2022

Microsoft wants to see broadband Internet made available throughout rural America, something that will involve using different technologies to make it financially possible, according to the company. As part of this, the company has announced its new Rural Airband Initiative, saying it is finding telecommunications partners and will be, alongside them, starting at least a dozen projects across a dozen states within the next year.

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TP-Link HomeCare adds extra security, parental controls to some routers

TP-Link HomeCare adds extra security, parental controls to some routers

TP-Link has made a couple of big announcements, the first being new smart home integrations with IFTTT and Alexa. Joining those smart home integrations is TP-Link HomeCare, a product being delivered to some routers via a firmware update. With HomeCare, these select router owners get access to parental controls, as well as security via integrated malware protection and anti-virus control.

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Starz expands kids and Spanish content for OTT and app

Starz expands kids and Spanish content for OTT and app

Starz has just announced an expansion to its on-demand and OTT offerings, specifically focusing its library growth on Spanish-language and kid-friendly content. According to the company, it has more than one million subscribers following the Starz app's launch in 2016. During the past fourteen months since arriving, as well, the company has more than doubled its video offerings.

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How to mute Twitter notifications from accounts you don’t know

How to mute Twitter notifications from accounts you don’t know

Twitter, as part of its seemingly endless effort to combat the trolls on its platform, has introduced some new capabilities, namely the ability to mute users you don't know. This means, as one example, you won't get notifications if you're mentioned by accounts that you don't follow or by accounts that you don't follow. This convenient muting feature only works if you turn it on, though; that process is pretty simple.

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IoT device calls police during alleged domestic abuse incident

IoT device calls police during alleged domestic abuse incident

We've heard of thieves accidentally pocket-dialing the police during or right after a theft, and now another type of technology has arisen to foil would-be criminal situations. According to a recent report, an alleged abuser accidentally called the cops on himself during what police describe as a domestic altercation. How? By accidentally issuing the voice commands 'call the sheriffs.'

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