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LG WebOS 3.5 wants to make watching TV more magical

LG WebOS 3.5 wants to make watching TV more magical

Once upon a time, TVs were crudely simple appliances. Turn it on, switch to your channel of choice, sit back, and enjoy. Modern TV sets, however, have mutated to adapt to the more complex demands of today’s lifestyles. Especially smart TVs that add features to both make viewing more sophisticated as well as complicated. LG’s upcoming WebOS 3.5 release for its smart TVs aim to remove some of that complexity. Instead, it will replace it features to make the TV experience feel seemingly magical.

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‘Lost in London’ to be first movie live streamed to theaters

‘Lost in London’ to be first movie live streamed to theaters

The idea of using traditional movie theaters to broadcast showings of stage plays or live stream events and presentations from other locations isn't new, but what hasn't been done is live streaming an actual movie as it's filmed. That will change on January 19th, with the release of a new experiment from actor Woody Harrelson called "Lost in London Live."

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Plex Cloud is dropping Amazon Drive support soon

Plex Cloud is dropping Amazon Drive support soon

Plex recently announced a feature that makes life easier for some users: Plex Cloud, a way to access and stream content stored on a cloud service. Amazon Drive was named as one of the cloud storage options for Plex Cloud (the only one initially), but troubles soon started for the company. Unfortunately, those troubles have proven too much to handle, and so Plex is dropping Amazon Drive support entirely.

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Amazon Fire TV update introduces a “cinematic” on-screen UI

Amazon Fire TV update introduces a “cinematic” on-screen UI

Amazon doesn’t seem to be that interested in putting out a brand new Fire TV device to capitalize on the holiday season. That can be interpreted as a loss of confidence in the product line or, conversely, too much confidence. The latter seems to be the case with a new update rolling out for free for its more current Fire TV devices, giving the presentation a bit of a refresh and offering something for the hearing impaired. It’s as if Amazon is proudly saying that the Fire TV doesn’t need a hardware upgrade just yet.

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Marvel’s fireplace videos bring festive superhero homes to your TV

Marvel’s fireplace videos bring festive superhero homes to your TV

Marvel has a new library of fireplace videos themed after various superheroes, and you can fire them up in your own home via your television. Fireplace videos themselves are nothing new -- they've been on YouTube for years. These ones are a bit different, though. The somewhat annoying Coca-Cola advertisements aside, the fireplace videos contain subtle (and not-so-subtle) nods toward popular Marvel heroes.

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Gatebox virtual home robot automates your home

Gatebox virtual home robot automates your home

Robots aren't quite to the point yet where they can live in your home and help you do all the things that you really don't want to do when it comes to keeping house. While physical robots are a ways away, you can get a virtual robot that can help you with home automation. Think about the Gatebox virtual robot like Google Home only with a cutesy animated Japanese girl inside.

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Plex on Kodi addon is now open for Plex Pass beta testers

Plex on Kodi addon is now open for Plex Pass beta testers

Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? Plex and Kodi definitely aren’t saying so. Kodi, formerly XBMC, is one of the world’s most popular, open source multimedia center that can run on anything that has a processor powerful enough to play media. Plex, on the other hand, is one of the most known media server and client systems around. Together, the two are bringing a complete multimedia solution that can run on anywhere Kodi can and access media from any Plex server.

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Trump’s technology meeting: business and government, all in one

Trump’s technology meeting: business and government, all in one

In the opening few minutes of Donald Trump's technology leaders meeting this afternoon, it was clear: this President Elect plays favorites. "I'm here to help you folks do well," said Trump, "and you're doing well right now, and I'm honored by the bounce. They're all talking about the bounce, so everybody in this room has to like me at least a little bit, but we're going to try to have that bounce continue."

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National Film Registry adds these 25 movies today

National Film Registry adds these 25 movies today

We find ourselves in the middle of December, which means it's time for another 25 movies to enter the National Film Registry. The Registry, in case you needed a bit of a refresher, is maintained by the Library of Congress and aims to preserve films that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." Each year, 25 movies are added to the Registry, and after 2016's additions are counted, the total number of films preserved has hit 700.

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Star Wars 8 without trailers? Let’s do it!

Star Wars 8 without trailers? Let’s do it!

What if Star Wars Episode VIII were to be released in theaters with absolutely no trailers between now and then? What if this film were to rely solely on the power of Star Wars fandom to do its promotion? Kylo Ren actor Adam Driver thinks it's a good idea, saying "I think that'd be bold. I'd love it, yeah - then no one would know anything."

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Amazon Prime Video rolls into over 200 countries

Amazon Prime Video rolls into over 200 countries

Amazon has made a big announcement today that everyone was expecting thanks to Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson Is a former Top Gear host and avid twitter user who isn't afraid to give up details about things a bit early at times. Such is the case when he tweeted that his new show, The Grand Tour, would be available on over 200 countries. The catch when he made that tweet was that Amazon had yet to roll out in that many locations.

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Netflix finally gets Google Daydream support

Netflix finally gets Google Daydream support

Daydream View owners take note, because your wait is over: Netflix has finally arrived. Now you'll be able to use Netflix instant streaming to watch movies or original shows like Stranger Things or House of Cards in wonderful virtual reality. Of course, you could do that before thanks to the Gear VR, but now you can also do it on the Daydream View.

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