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Netflix pulls some Big Brother nonsense with your data

Mashable - 1 hour 18 min ago

Netflix watches you, too.

The streaming service sent what it probably thought was an innocuous-enough tweet Saturday night, ribbing a few dozen of its users for partaking in a holiday-inspired B-movie binge.    

To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?

— Netflix US (@netflix) December 11, 2017

We reached out to a Netflix rep, who confirmed the tweet is accurate: 53 people have watched A Christmas Prince every day for 18 days. Imagine being one of them right now.

This is nakedly dystopic messaging from a secretive internet video company that collects reams of data from 109 million subscribers — and rarely gives us a peek behind its curtain. I mean, jeez, Netflix is offering tinsel-dusted gruel on its platform and mocking people who consume said gruel every single day (for 18 days). As if there's a "correct" way to watch a mildly uplifting Christmas movie in an era when death by nuclear hellfire seems more assured with each passing second. Read more...

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You can finally stream 4K videos on Xbox One consoles

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:47

Xbox One S and X consoles can stream 4K resolution videos through the YouTube app now, over a year after the 4K-ready Xbox One S console was released.

Microsoft released an update to the YouTube app available to Xbox One consoles, allowing the One S and X to play videos in resolutions up to 4K. The YouTube app is currently the only way to watch 4K videos on the consoles.

SEE ALSO: Xbox One X is the perfect representation of the tech industry's existential crisis

The Xbox One S was released in August 2016 as an enhanced version of the Xbox One, which touted the ability to play games in better-than-1080p (but not quite 4K) as well as play 4K video. The Xbox One X followed in 2017 with more hardware improvements, but it wasn't until today that the two consoles got the ability to actually play 4K video. Read more...

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Want to work with Cisco? This bundle of courses can help you get certified.

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:33

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That home Wi-Fi connection you so desperately need to function on a daily basis? Networking technology. The wireless XBOX controller that steers you through an attack on Jakku in Star Wars: Battlefront II? Networking technology. That cable modem that aids and abets your Keeping Up With the Kardashians addiction? All together now: Networking. Technology. 

SEE ALSO: Get lifetime access to hundreds of online courses for 99% off

You likely use networking technology every single day. Simply put, this branch of the IT world is the use of wireless connections such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and equipment like cables to connect various systems and transfer data between them. Read more...

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Youth climate trial reaches federal appeals court, as judges signal it's going to trial

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:33

A landmark case involving a group of 21 young Americans who are suing the federal government for its failure to protect them from the adverse consequences of climate change is inching closer to a trial date. 

The case, known as Juliana v. United States, was  scheduled to go to trial in Oregon beginning on Feb. 5. That court date has been postponed due to a rare request from the federal government to have an Appeals Court step in and halt the proceedings.

On Monday, a panel of judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments regarding the Trump administration's move to squash the case using a little-used legal tactic known as a writ of mandamus. If granted, the writ would have the Appeals Court review a 2016 U.S. District Court decision not to dismiss the case. If the Appeals Court grants the writ, it could halt the case in its tracks, preventing a trial by declaring that the District Court made one or more errors in its consideration of the case. Read more...

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Airbnb might actually make virtual reality useful

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:26

Airbnb thinks virtual reality could one day help you plan, and survive, your vacation. 

As tacky as that sounds, this could actually be a really good use of VR. 

SEE ALSO: 2 Airbnb hosts could be fined up to $148,000 for illegally renting out their apartments

Airbnb is making changes. Airbnb's CEO, Brian Chesky, told Mashable that the new Airbnb hopes to immerse its guests — to connect them not just with accommodations, but with destinations and experiences. 

Last November the rental company launched its Trips feature, allowing travelers to organize their vacations in addition to renting rooms, via the Airbnb app. The update allowed users to book restaurants, find experiences and events in nearby communities, and read reviews.  Read more...

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Dia & Co is the body positive subscription box you've been waiting for

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:18

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Cute clothes for curvy women can be hard to find — most mainstream stores have a tiny section in the back where they keep sizes 12 and up, where the clothes are either boring and shapeless or very poorly made. It's super frustrating, and can make shopping a drag.

SEE ALSO: These are the best subscription boxes on the internet

Subscription box company Dia & Co wants to change that. They provide a body positive shopping experience for women to look and feel their best. Dia & Co works the same way as other clothing subscriptions like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club, but they exclusively cater to sizes 12 and up.  Read more...

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There is a dead phone epidemic. Solve it with this battery pack that's $80 off

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:13

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Do you ever find yourself stranded with an empty battery after a long night out? It's the worst, especially if you just need to order a Lyft to get home. Say goodbye to borrowing strangers' phones once when you invest in a Mophie Powerstation 8X Battery Pack.

SEE ALSO: Now that you have your shiny new iPhone X, here are the accessories you need

Despite holding enough power to recharge a smartphone up to eight times, the Powerstation 8X is also extremely thin. Plus, with its two USB ports, this battery can charge two devices simultaneously with its solid high-speed 15W output. Unlike those portable batteries that totally wreck your phone's charging capacity, Mophie's pack comes with an app that allows you to monitor and manage the battery life of your device. It'll never leave you without power, whether you're on a solo hiking trip or just trying to get home from a bar safely. Read more...

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Can self-driving cars even honk their own horns?

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:13

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will likely change the way we get around forever, but the AI that controls them might not be able to tell other cars on the road when they're driving like assholes. 

At least not at first. 

SEE ALSO: This interactive map shows where self-driving cars are being tested around the world

Case in point: The City of Las Vegas and AAA's self-driving shuttle, one of the most advanced public autonomous trials in the U.S., was hit by a semi-truck within hours of its maiden trip last month. The Navya Arma bus was stuck between a car behind it and the slowly advancing truck, which backed its way into the the shuttle.  Read more...

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Now Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton, and Serena Williams can be the angel on your Christmas tree

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:09

Nothing says decorating the Christmas tree like honoring your favorite female figures. 

And you know they deserve to be at the top of that tannenbaum. 

Women To Look Up To created tree toppers of powerful women from politics, pop culture, and business to make your holiday filled with a lot more cheer after 2017. 

SEE ALSO: Ridiculous Star Wars holiday decor will make your house the best on the block

A Beyoncé in a pear tree.

Image: women to look up to

"The old dame was due a modern makeover, so we thought why not venerate the real women inspiring us in 2017," the website states about the traditional tree-topping angel. Read more...

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Green Monday deals on tech: Get massive savings on Amazon devices, Dell computers, HDTVs, and more

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:02

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If you're scratching your head about the term "Green Monday" you're not aloneIt's definitely a thing, though, and with two weeks left 'til Christmas your shopping days are numbered.

SEE ALSO: Green Monday is apparently a thing and these are the best deals

Of course we've been scouring the web for the best tech deals to bring to you on this last shopping holiday before the big day. From Amazon devices to gaming computers to 10 feet of fairy lights, these sales will save you major green (hence, Green Monday, get it?) Read more...

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Billie Lourd pays tribute to mother Carrie Fisher at Star Wars premiere

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:59

Almost a year after Carrie Fisher's tragic death, her daughter Billie Lourd paid tribute to the iconic Star Wars actress and took on the mantle by appearing alongside her in The Last Jedi. Billie Lourd honored her mother with two subtle visual tributes at Saturday's premiere in Los Angeles.

SEE ALSO: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere left the first audience to ever see the movie visibly stunned

Lourd appears in The Last Jedi as Lieutenant Connix (she was also in The Force Awakens), and arrived at the premiere wearing her hair in a stunning bun just like Leia's from the end of A New Hope.

*Hears that Billie Lourd’s hairdo at the premiere was Leia inspired*
Still. . .not. . .crying 😭😭😭😭
*puddles forming around my feet* pic.twitter.com/NTX5OPikhn

— Bri-3PO (@brigitte748) December 11, 2017 Read more...

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Megyn Kelly's interview with Trump's accusers is required viewing

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:58

On Monday morning, NBC's Megyn Kelly did what the cultural and political moment demanded: She ceded much of the spotlight on her hour of the Today show to three women who say President Donald Trump once demeaned, groped, or kissed them without consent over the past decades. They are among at least a dozen women who've accused Trump of sexual misconduct. 

SEE ALSO: Female senators asked Al Franken to resign. The GOP could learn something from their example.

Kelly may be a complicated woman, who is both revered by some as a pseudo-feminist for her public confrontations with Trump and Bill O'Reilly and loathed by critics who see her Fox News legacy as the work of a "racial demagogue," but her exclusive interview with Trump's accusers should be required viewing for anyone who believes it's too late to make Trump accountable for his behavior — or doesn't believe we should reckon with it at all.  Read more...

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Computers made from e-waste are helping kids use the internet for first time

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:57

Making computers out of e-waste and casing them in jerrycans is allowing kids their first chance to go online. The computers were built by an association in Chad, called Wenaklabs, in association with UNICEF.

Most of us cannot imagine a life disconnected from the internet, but there are 346 million young people who have no access at all. A new UNICEF report examines how digital technology is affecting children's lives, as well as their opportunity. Read more...

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Here are 7 things you (Probably) didn't know about the film 'Lethal Weapon'

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:54

You probably forgot that Lethal Weapon is technically a Christmas movie, and since it also had its 30th anniversary this year, we're squeezing it in before it's 2018. Let us know in the comments if you want to see a part 2, with Things from the Lethal Weapon sequels!

Subscribe to CineFix for more movie-related content. Read more...

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A group of scientists will listen for alien signals coming from that interstellar asteroid

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:46

In October, an oddly-shaped asteroid that came from interstellar space shot through our solar system. 

On Wednesday, scientists will point a large radio telescope toward it as it continues to hurtle through space millions of miles away. Why? It's all in the name of searching for alien life. 

Researchers working with the alien-hunting Breakthrough Listen project, backed by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, plan to use the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope to try to see if the asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua, is more than just a very cool space rock. 

SEE ALSO: An interstellar asteroid has been studied for the 1st time... and it looks really odd Read more...

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Ratatouille turns 10: WHERE IS HE NOW?

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:42

This year, the Disney Pixar film Ratatouille turned 10. In honor of its 10th anniversary, the biggest question on our minds is: where is Remi now?

The last we saw of him, he had begun working in his own restaurant in France called "La Ratatouille" alongside his two human best friends Linguini and Colette. Meanwhile, his rat friends move in to the restaurant's roof. Everything seems to be going quite well.

Have we figured out why the male human is named Pasta while the female human has a normal name 10 years later? Unfortunately, that question is something we will never understand.

But we can speculate. We can assume. We can basically know what has happened.  Read more...

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PC Companies Are Getting Sloppy With Security

How-To Geek - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:30
Nothing is perfectly secure, and we’ll never eliminate every vulnerability out there. But we shouldn’t be seeing as many sloppy mistakes as we’ve seen from HP, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft in 2017.
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An auto-tracking camera stabilizer means you don't have to bug your friends to take videos of you anymore

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:25

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"Sport mode" is a camera feature that's been around forever, but it still seems like companies can't get the hang of tracking that doesn't involve an obnoxious amount of blurriness. Though we could all ride Segways to film fast-moving objects, shouldn't there be a more efficient way to capture movement?

Enter Taro: a camera stabilizer and auto-tracker that wants to act as your own personal cameraman.

SEE ALSO: This DSLR camera has 'food mode' and it's $300 off at Target today

Recently launched on Kickstarter, Taro brings a whole new meaning to "sport mode." Now you can capture or film yourself playing sports, dancing, skateboarding, etc. — anything you've always wanted to film but could never quite figure out how. Just stand in front of Taro for a second and the tracking module (composed of an infrared camera) and a flickering sequential infrared tag will pick up your body's movements and make sure you're always in frame.  Read more...

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Stop shoving your gym shoes in with your laptop and get this bag with a special shoe compartment

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:22

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Taking two pairs of shoes to work has become a way of life. Whether you're going to the gym before work and need to lug your sneakers along or keep a pair of fancy shoes on hand to swap out for the office or post-work drinks, that lifestyle is all too familiar. Except it's super inconvenient — and gross, to be honest. Dirty gym shoes shoved in with your lunch and laptop? No thanks.

Luckily, there's a bag that has a special compartment just for shoes, and it actually looks professional enough for work. The Gym-to-Work Tote is the accessory you never knew existed but always knew you needed.  Read more...

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Save on these Bluetooth headphones for Green Monday

Mashable - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:07

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Some of us just weren't built to wear earbuds. Sometimes they constantly fall out and sometimes they're just plain uncomfortable. The good news is that companies like the one behind the ARMOR-X GO-X3 Bluetooth Headphones are working to design earbuds that actually fit. 

SEE ALSO: 10 stocking stuffers under $25 for everyone in your squad

ARMOR's headphones are specifically crafted to fit your ears comfortably for long periods of time using silicone hooks, whether you're exercising, commuting, or just running errands. A full charge delivers up to seven hours of listening time so you won't have to worry about recharging in the middle of something. Plus, thanks to the Bluetooth 4.1 connection and IPX4 waterproof rating, you'll still get superior sound without having to worry about being too sweaty or getting caught in the rain.  Read more...

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