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Why we should be worried about Deepfakes and what is being done to fight it

Why we should be worried about Deepfakes and what is being done to fight it

The year is 1969. President Richard Nixon read a speech about Apollo 11 astronauts being stranded on the moon. “The men who went to the moon to explore in peace, will stay on the moon and rest in peace,” he said. That didn’t happen. In truth, the world watched as the crew of Apollo 11 successfully landed, then returned to Earth. But a recently surfaced deepfake video of former President Nixon in this fictional scenario seemed to suggest otherwise. The computer-generated video of Nixon was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Centre for Advanced Virtuality.

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Netflix ‘will no longer be available on this device’ this week

Netflix ‘will no longer be available on this device’ this week

Today we're taking a peek at a list of devices that won't run Netflix by the end of the year 2019. Earlier literature from Netflix suggested that many of these devices would no longer run Netflix as of December 2, 2019. Some of these devices seem to have a big of lag in the cutting of this proverbial cord - but rest assured, they won't work without some hacking by the end of this month.

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The Mandalorian is still in “A New Hope” mode

The Mandalorian is still in “A New Hope” mode

Here at the start of December of 2019, we've seen 4 full episodes of the Star Wars streaming live action show The Mandalorian. It started out slow, then it kept on going slow, and it's remained relatively slow through the last couple episodes. This show isn't the bombastic spectacle to which we've grown accustomed with Star Wars movies and cartoons - this is something different entirely.

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On that Chromebook free 3 month Disney+ subscription: Read the fine print

On that Chromebook free 3 month Disney+ subscription: Read the fine print

The folks at Google behind the Chromebook "Offers" and "bonuses" system worked with Disney to connect with the newest, biggest streaming media service Disney+. When users "activate" a new Chromebook this late 2019, they get three free months of Disney+, but there is some fine print. First, you'll need to have a "new" Chromebook - the parameters of this aren't exactly clear up front, but chances are you're gonna have to have a Chromebook that's still up for sale as a "new" device in stores right now.*

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Google Stadia expands to Pixel 2, 4, sign-in on iOS, Android

Google Stadia expands to Pixel 2, 4, sign-in on iOS, Android

The video game streaming platform Google Stadia was announced as working with additional phones at launch today. Previously-announced Google Pixel 3, 3a, 3 XL, and 3a XL will have access on launch day, and today Google added the Google Pixel 4, 4 XL, 2, and 2 XL to the launch lineup. Launch of the service itself will take place on November 19, 2019, at which time both Android and iOS devices will have some access to the Stadia app.

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Spotify for Podcasters now a live threat to iTunes, Stitcher, podcasters

Spotify for Podcasters now a live threat to iTunes, Stitcher, podcasters

This is not a drill, and it's no longer a beta! Spotify for Podcasters is now an active, live system with which Spotify will take on the likes of Apple, Google, and the folks behind Stitcher. With Spotify for Podcasters, people making podcasts will have access to detailed analytics, user data, and options "to drive discovery" for their content.

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Whoops, time to ditch Netflix

Whoops, time to ditch Netflix

A security researcher found something bad in a Netflix app. He tweeted, "Hey Netflix why does your Android app want physical activity data?" Apps distributed by Google Play that abide by the most recent set of rules set by Android must ask the end user for permission to access data generated by certain parts of their phone. Netflix never asked for "Physical Activity" permission before this week.

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Google Play Halloween sale guide: What’s worth it

Google Play Halloween sale guide: What’s worth it

Today we're having a peek at the latest Google Play holiday sale on media - movies and audiobooks, mostly. These include audiobook deals and Google Play Movie discounts from October 24th until November 1st - the whole Halloween Week! Yesterday was the official Halloween 3 day, aka Silver Shamrock's "8 more days til Halloween," but right now's the time to get digital price-cuts on movies and books.

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Caavo Control Center is a universal remote do-all media system

Caavo Control Center is a universal remote do-all media system

This week the folks at Caavo revealed a device that'll control ALL your stuff. Not your smart home stuff - this isn't about lights or sensors or anything - this is for your TV and your varied media-output devices. Caavo can connect your TV to your Amazon Fire TV (or better yet NVIDIA SHIELD TV) or Apple TV, set-top boxes of many sorts, gaming consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and whatever other oddities you've got delivering signal via HDMI.

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Sonos goes public: “Our strategy remains unchanged”

Sonos goes public: “Our strategy remains unchanged”

Today we had a chat with Sonos VP of Software Antoine Leblond about the company going public. Sonos launched today on Nasdaq with stock symbol SONO, as it did so becoming a public company for the first time. The first and most important question we had for Leblond is the same we've had for every tech company that's hit the stock market in the past decade: How will this change Sonos?

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Spotify’s new UI is for new users only (for now)

Spotify’s new UI is for new users only (for now)

Today it was revealed that Spotify's newest user interface for Android and iOS is mostly for new users - for the moment. Users discovered this via Reddit, where user experiences are shared and screenshots are compared. We tried a method shared by users there, and surprise! A new account with the newest version of the app yields a new UI, but switching back to an old account brings the UI back to the old look.

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This tiny Marshall Acton Tawny speaker keeps it classy

This tiny Marshall Acton Tawny speaker keeps it classy

Marshall Headphones brand made a lovely little old-school speaker called the Acton Tawny - and it's tight. This speaker is a "special edition" in color combination (Tawny), including "buttery soft camel vinyl exterior and basket weave fret." It's a bluetooth speaker that also works with aux input, and it's part of a collection of sort of similar-looking speakers from the same brand.

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