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After $2.5 billion buyout, Minecraft creator has never felt more isolated

After $2.5 billion buyout, Minecraft creator has never felt more isolated

By about 10 hours ago.

For many developers, the allure of creating a hit application and raking in lots of money is enough to justify long hours and months, if not years, of thankless work spent hunched over a computer and tinkering with code. And while some developers may not be interested in being bought out by a larger corporation (read: Mark Zuckerberg), for others, the money, which can be life-changing, is simply too good to pass up.

While one might easily assume that developers who cash out for untold millions are just as happy living the good life as they are coding away at a 9-5, that’s not always the case.

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Apple TV 4 Price

Leaked: Apple TV set for launch in October, price may be as high as $199

Leaked: Apple TV set for launch in October, price may be as high as $199

By about 11 hours ago.

New iPhones won’t be the only big ticket item Apple announces at its upcoming media event slated to take place on September 9. While there have been rumors that Apple may take the time to introduce new iPad models, one new product that will assuredly be on the agenda will be a completely revamped Apple TV.

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News Report Spoof

Every TV report on the economy summed up in one hilarious video

Every TV report on the economy summed up in one hilarious video

By about 12 hours ago.

One of the problems people tend to have with traditional TV these days is that it can quickly become all too predictable. From sitcoms to dramas, and even news reports, a lot of the stuff that hits our screens follows the same tried and true formula.

Poking fun at this phenomenon is a rather hilarious and well-done video from the BBC’s Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe program. The clip below hilariously spoofs a typical news report on the economy that you might stumble across on any given news channel.

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Game Changers

Google OnHub Features

The 9 coolest features of Google’s OnHub router

The 9 coolest features of Google’s OnHub router

By on August 30, 2015 at 12:15 PM.

With its new $200 OnHub router, Google is trying to make a previously ignored and boring corner of tech gadgetry interesting for the first time. Not only does Google’s OnHub router look stylish, it looks stylish in a category ordinarily filled with clunky hardware that not surprisingly winds up on the floor, tucked away from view.

Aesthetics aside, the OnHub router delivers an unparalleled selection of router-oriented services that most consumers have never enjoyed previously. While that may admittedly sound boring at first glance, the real world implications of the OnHub router are impressive and compelling.

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iPhone 6s Plus Prices Release Date

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: Leaked pricing paints grim picture for your wallet

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: Leaked pricing paints grim picture for your wallet

By on August 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Apple earlier this week confirmed that its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus event will take place on September 9th, just as a report predicted a few weeks ago. Another report recently revealed that Apple will sell five iPhones this fall, including two brand-new devices, although it contained no information on pricing. However, a fresh leak has taken care of that and suggests that the new iPhones will not be more expensive than their predecessors. However, that’s not necessarily good news for buyers looking to purchase the cheapest new iPhone 6s and who also want plenty of storage on the phone. More →

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Uber Cars Safety

Uber hires the security duo behind the crazy Jeep hack

Uber hires the security duo behind the crazy Jeep hack

By on August 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM.

Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Vlasek made headlines last month when they hacked a Jeep while it was driving down the highway at 70 MPH. The willing target? Wired writer Andy Greenberg.

From a distance, Miller and Vlasek were able to control the Jeep’s vents, the radio, the windshield wipers, and more. Though the pair obviously didn’t do anything to put Greenberg’s life in danger, the hack gave them the ability to to control the Jeep’s entertainment system along with steering and braking controls.

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BlackBerry Venice Photo Specs Leak

Our best look yet at BlackBerry’s first Android phone

Our best look yet at BlackBerry’s first Android phone

By on August 30, 2015 at 9:45 AM.

For the first time in years, BlackBerry will actually launch handsets that will actually appeal to someone beyond BlackBerry diehards. After trying various things to make its phones popular with consumers again, the former king of the smartphone business is finally willing to admit defeat – well, sort of – and use Google’s hugely popular operating system for new devices.

One such model is the BlackBerry Venice, and this might be our best look yet at the unannounced device. More →

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TV
Prometheus 2 Ridley Scott The Martian

Confirmed: ‘Prometheus 2’ is Ridley Scott’s next movie after ‘The Martian’

Confirmed: ‘Prometheus 2’ is Ridley Scott’s next movie after ‘The Martian’

By on August 30, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

The Martian looks like one of the most exciting movies of the year though it may face some tough competition at the box office this fall. Directed by Ridley Scott, a versed sci-fi movie maker, the film tells the story of an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and has to find ways to survive in hope of a less-than-likely rescue mission, then somehow contact Earth to let everyone know that he’s actually alive.

A series of trailers that make the story look like a real NASA endeavor might have you all excited about the movie that’s set to hit theaters in October. However, fans of the Alien franchise should be even more excited to hear that Scott confirmed he’s working on Prometheus 2, the second episode in the prequel adventures of the Alien universe. More →

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Popcorn Time Streaming

Popcorn Time blames Hollywood for popularity of illegal streaming

Popcorn Time blames Hollywood for popularity of illegal streaming

By on August 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

As the unofficial Netflix for Pirates, Popcorn Time has made waves ever since it debuted back in October of 2014. With an intuitive interface that puts other BitTorrent clients to shame, Popcorn Time makes it easier than ever for users to stream their favorite TV shows and movies from within a browser or even right from their smartphones.

Not surprisingly, Popcorn Time’s arrival has been resulted in an appreciable increase in overall piracy rates across the globe. Underscoring the threat that Popcorn Time poses to traditional industry revenue streams, Netflix a few months ago even called out the service by name, painting it as a strategic threat to its core business.

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TV
Popular Netflix Shows

Here are Netflix’s most popular original shows

Here are Netflix’s most popular original shows

By on August 29, 2015 at 3:45 PM.

Aside from an extensive and ever-changing and expanding catalogue of TV shows and movies, one of the things that makes Netflix such a compelling service is that it offers up a broad selection of original and highly addicting content. From political dramas like House of Cards to delightfully absurd comedies like Wet Hot American Summer, Netflix’s expanding pool of original content has a little bit of something for everyone.

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Google Self Driving Car

Hilarious: What a Google self-driving car with Chrome rims would look like

Hilarious: What a Google self-driving car with Chrome rims would look like

By on August 29, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

Google over the past few years has been hard at work developing all sorts of cool and futuristic self-driving car technologies. With an extensive array of sensors, Google’s autonomous cars are designed to safely navigate through city streets with ease. From changing lanes to avoiding pedestrians at a moment’s notice, Google’s self-driving cars are intriguing and certainly give us a glimpse into what the future of driving may look like. To date, Google’s collection of futuristic cars, which include modified Lexus SUVs, have accumulated more than 1.7 million miles on the road.

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Apple Tidal

Tidal just tried to troll Apple in the worst way possible

Tidal just tried to troll Apple in the worst way possible

By on August 29, 2015 at 2:32 PM.

Rapper Lil Wayne this weekend took the wraps off of Lil WeezyAna Fest, a star-studded music festival in New Orleans designed to raise money for kids affected by Hurricane Katrina. It’s a noble cause, to be sure, and it attracted a who’s who of performers from the rap game, including Drake, Master P, and even a Hot Boys reunion.

So far so good, right?

Well as it turns out, Tidal, the music streaming service backed by Jay-Z, was live streaming the event for fans who couldn’t be there in person. Only thing is, by the time Drake took the stage to perform, the live stream went dead with an ominous message indicating that Apple, aka “Big Brother”, was preventing Tidal from showcasing Drake’s performance to fans across the globe. Drake, of course, has a lucrative endorsement deal with Tidal competitor Apple Music, even appearing on stage during the service’s introduction at WWDC this past June.

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