Walmart’s Vudu service now lets you convert discs into digital movies

Walmart’s Vudu service now lets you convert discs into digital movies

If you have a large movie library on disc and you happen to use Walmart's streaming service, Vudu, then you might like this bit of news. Walmart has announced that it will now allow Vudu users to convert their disc-based movies to digital ones, regardless of if they're DVDs or Blu-Rays. The service goes live today and it supports around 8,000 movies.

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Apple patent turns iOS devices into laptops

Apple patent turns iOS devices into laptops

We can discover a lot of interesting stuff by looking at patent filings, and a new patent from Apple definitely falls within that category. At first blush, the drawings in the patent seem to show a device that looks just like a regular old laptop. The major difference, though, is that the laptop can't operate without some kind of host device attached - in this case, an iPhone that's slotted in where the laptop's trackpad would traditionally be.

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OPPO F3 Plus tries to be twice the selfie expert

OPPO F3 Plus tries to be twice the selfie expert

OPPO has apparently found its calling in the sometimes hated, sometimes loved market of selfies. Each major smartphone it releases is touted as a "selfie expert" and, to some extent, that does end up being true. The OPPO F3 Plus is no different, at least not in trying to claim the title. It is, however, different in that it has twice as much selfie expertise. And by that, we mean that it does have two front-facing cameras. But not all cameras are created equal, and neither are the OPPO F3 Plus'.

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Fossil goes all out on hybrid, touchscreen smartwatches

Fossil goes all out on hybrid, touchscreen smartwatches

Pundits have started doubting the long-term viability of smartwatches as a commercial product but, if you consider the flood of new devices in the past few weeks, you would definitely think otherwise. After Google finally launched Android Wear 2.0, which has been delayed by months, a new generation of smartwatches popped up, though some are merely updating their software while sticking to the same hardware. Fossil's announcement at Baselworld is a mix of both, revealing new styles for old models as well as new smartwatches to fill this year's roster.

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Facebook Live can now stream from computers

Facebook Live can now stream from computers

Live streaming is the in thing in social networking these days. In yesteryears, it was mostly a space dominated by gamers and the now Amazon-owned Twitch.tv. Nowadays, everyone with a smartphone and a good connection can start flooding the Interwebs with their personal streams. Almost coming full circle, live streaming is making a comeback to desktops and laptop. Facebook has just announced that its Live streaming function is now available on more traditional computing devices, giving streamers a bit more power and flexibility in exchange for the loss of mobility.

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Drobo 5N2 brings enterprise-level NAS to home, small offices

Drobo 5N2 brings enterprise-level NAS to home, small offices

People produce and amass a staggering amount of files these days, and we're not talking about those who create media files for a living. From office documents to personal projects to family home videos, homes, and especially small to medium businesses, have a greater need for a secure and reliable way to store and access those files. The Drobo 5N2 was designed just for that very purpose, giving home users and SMBs the same peace of mind as professional NAS solutions, but in a smaller and more affordable form.

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Galaxy S8 to have no questions asked 3-month refund policy

Galaxy S8 to have no questions asked 3-month refund policy

A show of confidence or a sign of desperation? For now, it seems to be both. In order to counteract the severe impact that the Galaxy Note 7 had on its image, Samsung is believed to be pulling all the stops in marketing the Galaxy S8. Apparently, that includes offering a 3-month refund policy, where dissatisfied owners can return the (undamaged) device, no questions asked. The unorthodox policy is supposedly a way for Samsung to give its Bixby assistant time to mature.

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Google Duo, Allo, Photos, Maps get juicy new features

Google Duo, Allo, Photos, Maps get juicy new features

Brazil has a special place in Google's heart. Actually in many tech companies' hearts. The South American country is a fast-growing hub for innovation and technology and, as such, is the perfect target market for Google's mobile apps and services. But rather than make them exclusive to Brazil, Google has generously rolled out updates to its Duo, Allo, Photos, and Maps apps, both Android and iOS, to all so that everyone around the world can enjoy a more "inclusive" mobile Internet experience.

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Nintendo Switch Joy-con woes fixed with tiny conductive foam

Nintendo Switch Joy-con woes fixed with tiny conductive foam

The Nintendo Switch might not have gained a perfect score, but reception has mostly been positive. The most glaring problem, perhaps, is the connectivity issue that plagued some Joy-con controllers. Nintendo has so far demonstrated it skills at downplaying the problem but it might silently already have a fix ready, as well as new Joy-con SKUs. And apparently, that fix is nothing but sticking in a small piece of metal-coated foam to reduce interference from outside forces.

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Apple acquires Workflow, the popular iOS automation tool

Apple acquires Workflow, the popular iOS automation tool

The mobile app market looks so easy to get into but staying in the business is a whole different game. Never mind competing with rivals, sometimes you even end up competing with the very makers of the platform you're building upon. Many a popular app ended up that way (hello, Night Shift), so perhaps you can count yourself lucky when you're actually acquired by said platform makers. In that sense, the developers of Workflow are probably on Cloud 9 now that they have been bought up by Apple, though the long-term implications of the acquisition has yet to be seen.

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GOG Galaxy goes out of beta, adds cloud saving

GOG Galaxy goes out of beta, adds cloud saving

When it comes to digital distribution of PC games, Steam is undoubtedly the most well-known name, though some, like EA, have their own stores and distribution systems. Steam, however, is hardly the only game in town, especially when it comes to older titles. That's where GOG, formerly "Good Old Games", comes in. With GOG Galaxy, however, it is becoming more like Steam but with one important caveat: the user is still in (almost) complete control of everything.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 benchmarks produced mixed results

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 benchmarks produced mixed results

Newer doesn't always mean better. Qualcomm learned that the hard way with the Snapdragon 810, its first new 64-bit processor/platform, notorious for its heat problems. And it might be reminded of that again, though thankfully to a less dangerous degree, with the Snapdragon 835. LG downplayed the advantages of the chip over the Snapdragon 821 it chose for the LG G6, and it seems there was actual basis for that. AnandTech was given some exclusive time to benchmark the Snapdragon 835 and, while there were clear improvements, the processor exhibited some rather mixed performance results compared to both its predecessors as well as its peers.

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