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Robot smashes Rubik’s cube record, solves puzzle in 0.38 seconds

Robot smashes Rubik’s cube record, solves puzzle in 0.38 seconds

Humans are no match for machines in many ways, and solving the Rubik's cube is no exception. A bunch of people have dedicated huge amounts of effort into mastering the art of rapid Rubik's cube solutions, but a machine has beat them all with a seemingly impossible 0.38-second solve time. You have to slow down the video considerably to see the solution, otherwise you'll blink and literally miss it.

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Netflix mobile previews bring vertical videos to your phone

Netflix mobile previews bring vertical videos to your phone

Video previews will soon launch in the Netflix mobile app; once they arrive, subscribers will have the option to watch 30-second teasers for various shows and movies offered through the platform. Unlike content that is selected and played, however, these trailers will stream in vertical -- rather than horizontal -- orientation. The mobile previews will arrive about two years after Netflix introduced previews on its TV app.

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Netflix adds PIN protection for individual shows and movies

Netflix adds PIN protection for individual shows and movies

Netflix just made it easier for parents to control what their kids can watch. The company has introduced new parental controls that, among other things, include the ability to block access to individual TV shows or movies. That blocking feature comes in the form of a PIN, which anyone attempting to watch the content must enter before the video will play.

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Fire TV 4K deal cuts Alexa streamer to $50, Stick to $30

Fire TV 4K deal cuts Alexa streamer to $50, Stick to $30

There's no shortage of set-top boxes and streaming sticks around, but if the thought of Iain M. Banks' Culture series has swayed you to Amazon Prime Video there's a new deal on the Fire TV stick. Amazon has slashed the price of two of its most popular Fire TV models, on the one hand offering a sub-$30 deal for those wanting the cheapest point of entry into streaming the on-demand service, while another promotion makes 4K streaming even more affordable.

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2018 Winter Olympic Games Preview launches on Netflix: It’ll disappear on Feb 25

2018 Winter Olympic Games Preview launches on Netflix: It’ll disappear on Feb 25

NBC has launched a pair of preview shows for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and they're both available to stream on Netflix starting today. The Games preview is listed as a single show on Netflix comprised of two episodes, each its own half-hour preview of the games. The first episode, called "Go for the Gold," profiles some US Olympians, while the other episode, "Meet Team USA," talks to some athletes who are part of Team USA.

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The Twilight Zone reboot gets CBS All Access greenlight

The Twilight Zone reboot gets CBS All Access greenlight

CBS has announced that it will soon be the destination to watch a "The Twilight Zone" reboot with Jordan Peele among the executive producers on the series. CBS announced the news today, saying the reboot will be produced by its CBS Television Studios alongside Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions. Simon Kinberg's Genre Films will also be associated with the production.

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Hulu live TV and new UI arrive on 2017 Samsung smart TVs

Hulu live TV and new UI arrive on 2017 Samsung smart TVs

Hulu's fancy new interface, which isn't really new anymore to most users, has just arrived on some Samsung smart TVs, giving those with the models access to the latest and great Hulu offering sans using a third-party device. Most importantly, though, these smart TV owners get access to Hulu's live television offering using the app available for their TV.

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Sports Illustrated TV streaming service may be unveiled tomorrow

Sports Illustrated TV streaming service may be unveiled tomorrow

Sports Illustrated is set to get in on the paid streaming video market with the launch of an online streaming service that'll run fans about $5/month. Assuming sources talking about it are correct, the Sports Illustrated option will be officially announced tomorrow, giving sports fans a new cord-cutting option for getting sports-related content.

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Free Amazon Prime Video tier tipped: you’ll watch ads to earn it

Free Amazon Prime Video tier tipped: you’ll watch ads to earn it

Amazon may be preparing a free version of its Prime Video service that is supported by advertisements. This isn't the first time we've heard this rumor, though the last report was a few years ago. This time around, sources say Amazon has been engaging in talks with both movie studios and TV production companies over getting content for the service.

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Comcast Netflix 4K video support arrives for Xfinity X1 subscribers

Comcast Netflix 4K video support arrives for Xfinity X1 subscribers

Comcast Xfinity X1 customers can now stream the entire Netflix library of Ultra HD 4K content, the service provider has announced. Though Netflix's UHD offerings are still slight at this time, the number of shows that support 4K displays are growing, as are the number of subscribers with TVs and smartphones capable of streaming such a high resolution. The feature is obviously only available to Xfinity X1 customers who have 4K-capable devices.

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Apple movie rentals now give you double the time to watch

Apple movie rentals now give you double the time to watch

You might not be impressed with the Apple TV 4K, but a big change to how iTunes movie rental periods are handled is likely to be much more warmly received. Apple has quietly switched up its policy on how long rented content can be watched after you've started playback, much to the benefit of iTunes users. Now, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching your rental.

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Snapchat Crowd Surf could make you care about Stories

Snapchat Crowd Surf could make you care about Stories

Snapchat Stories may finally serve a purpose beyond shameless self-promotion and giving advertisers another route into your wallet. A new Snapchat feature, previewed at Lorde's concert at Outside Lands this weekend, promises to turn the photo messaging app into a crowd-powered media tool. Dubbed Crowd Surf, it takes multiple snaps and then seamlessly combines them.

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