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Opinion: Strong start for Disney+ might be short-lived

Opinion: Strong start for Disney+ might be short-lived

Disney+ has burst into the streaming scene with a point to prove. It brought in over 10 million subscribers on its day of launch. Three months in, over 28.6 million paying subscribers have jumped on the bandwagon, even surpassing Wall Street predictions and the internet could not get enough of Baby Yoda.

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Has Microsoft Edge finally nailed web browsing?

Has Microsoft Edge finally nailed web browsing?

Microsoft is back for another stab at the browsing experience with a Microsoft Edge update out this month. The update will be right at home for many Google Chrome users, making it an enticing alternative to Chrome, which holds 60% of the web browser market for desktops.

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Most epic LEGO sets you can buy now

Most epic LEGO sets you can buy now

Remember the times you would stare at the biggest LEGO display sets in the toy store wishing you could persuade your parents to buy you one? But like the most of us, you probably had to settle for one of the smaller boxes below $30. The good news is, it is not too late.

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Why the fuss about USB-C?

Why the fuss about USB-C?

USB-C cables are thrown into the spotlight once again. These beloved reversible cables aren’t new to tech, but members of the European Parliament have called for the mandatory introduction of common chargers for all mobile devices with a near-unanimous vote of 582-40 on the resolution. One cable to rule them all. The iPhone’s current Lightning cable is Apple’s own proprietary tech. This means that the USB-C naturally finds itself the standard that all phone companies, including Apple, are going to abide to.

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Alternatives to Netflix and the usual streaming services

Alternatives to Netflix and the usual streaming services

With every man and his dog now on Netflix or one of the streaming giants like HBO or Disney+, our selection of films and shows could become rather limited. Disney+ subscribers are only exposed to films tied to the brand, while Netflix’s algorithms often bury more obscure films, so you don’t even realize they are there.

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Why it’s time for an iPhone SE2

Why it’s time for an iPhone SE2

Back in 2016, Apple shocked everyone with the $399 iPhone SE. Suddenly, we had an iPhone more people could bear to afford and was still worthy of the Apple logo. At that point, phones were getting even bigger, with the iPhone 6 Plus pushing the boundaries back then. It was also pushing the boundaries of how much people were willing to fork out for a phone.

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How much does a movie need to be profitable?

How much does a movie need to be profitable?

A movie’s performance gets plenty of buzz these days. Not just how well it does with critics, but how well it is doing in the box office – how much people are paying for it. Avengers: Endgame drew plenty of hype as it steadily rose to become the highest grossing film of all time. Conversely, many gasped in horror as the Cats movie became one of the most unprofitable movies ever made.

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A look back at the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One era

A look back at the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One era

With next-generation consoles due to launch as early as May 2020, we are finally nearing the end of the road for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. These consoles have been docked by our TVs since 2013, with exciting releases that have shaped gaming as we know it.

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Foldable laptops: What would you do with two times more screen?

Foldable laptops: What would you do with two times more screen?

Laptops have a new look for the new decade. CES 2020 introduced us to a handful of new foldable laptops. And yes, while laptops already fold, many of these concepts feature bending screens or dual-screen devices held together with a hinge. We really should’ve seen this coming, given the rise of folding phones in 2019.

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2020: The year ahead for Samsung Galaxy smartphones

2020: The year ahead for Samsung Galaxy smartphones

If you’re a Samsung fan, annual releases follow a predictable trend. The year begins with the launch of the Galaxy S and ends with the Note. We could be seeing a change to the routine this year. Samsung's surprise Galaxy Lite announcements during CES 2020 signaled a change in the release of Samsung phones this year, bringing even more competitively priced devices into the mix. New innovations like the Galaxy Fold also means there is another flagship phone to look forward to every year now. This is how Samsung's year in smartphones is shaping up.

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Small tweaks we wish these smartphone brands would make

Small tweaks we wish these smartphone brands would make

Do you ever look at someone else’s phone and wish you had just that one feature that would make your phone perfect? We all want the flawless device, but many manufacturers insist on certain designs and features that put it shy of perfection. A phone may have the best camera in the business but have an atrocious camera arrangement; another phone could have max-ed out specs but miss out on sturdy materials to protect it.

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Tech trends in the next decade

Tech trends in the next decade

Brace yourselves. We have entered a new decade and with it comes all sorts of cool tech upgrades that are sure to change our lives – and get us spending, no doubt. Tech will be building on the electric vehicles, mobile internet, smartphones, tablets and other foundations laid in the 2010s. From consumer tech to new industrial forces, this is what the 2020s will bring to us.

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