Amazon Video

Amazon Video is now the third biggest video streaming site

Amazon Video is now the third biggest video streaming site

By about 7 hours ago.

A new report from Sandvine reveals that Amazon’s big money plays on developing original content and securing exclusive licensing deals is paying off. Sandvine’s latest research data reveals that Amazon is now the third biggest streaming video site on the web, following behind Netflix and YouTube.

While Amazon’s share of downstream internet traffic is relatively low — 4.3% to be exact — the fact that Amazon is making waves at all is no small feat. As Quartz points out, Amazon three years ago didn’t even place in the top 10. Indeed, Amazon’s share of downstream internet traffic just three years ago was a paltry 1.3%.

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PS4 Slim Release Date Rumor

Sony’s answer to the Xbox One S expected to launch in September

By about 10 hours ago.

Sony’s answer to the Xbox One S expected to launch in September

One of the biggest surprises of E3 2016 was the lack of new hardware on display. Although Microsoft used its press conference to unveil both the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio, Nintendo and Sony decided to save their hardware announcements for a later date. There’s no telling how long we’ll have to wait to see the NX, but it sounds like we might only be a few months out from a PS4 Slim.

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Matt Damon Jason Bourne Spy Mission Prank

Watch Matt Damon prank unsuspecting people with Jason Bourne-style spy missions

By on June 30, 2016 at 2:27 PM.

Watch Matt Damon prank unsuspecting people with Jason Bourne-style spy missions

One of Matt Damon’s most famous characters is Jason Bourne, the spy who – like Jon Snow – knows nothing. But Bourne will find out more about himself in the upcoming Jason Bourne movie, and Damon teamed up with Water.org, a charity he often promotes, to prank unsuspecting people with spy missions. More →

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Game Changers

PlayStation VR Future of Virtual Reality

If VR is going to have a future, PlayStation VR can’t fail

If VR is going to have a future, PlayStation VR can’t fail

By on June 30, 2016 at 12:14 PM.

It has been a very, very long time since a peripheral has shaken up the game industry. EyeToy was a bust, Kinect died a slow, excruciating death and there’s a pretty good chance you’d completely forgotten about the GBA e-Reader.

All of those hardware add-ons failed (or are in the process of failing), but it never really mattered. They took a risk; it didn’t pan out; we all moved on.

With all of that failure in the rearview mirror, PlayStation VR has a mighty tough row to hoe, but if VR really is the future of gaming, it simply can’t fail.

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Great White Shark Sleeping Swimming

Video catches great white shark sleep-swimming

By on June 29, 2016 at 6:50 PM.

Video catches great white shark sleep-swimming

Ever woke up in your home bed not knowing exactly where you are? The temporary confusion fades away as you assimilate the familiarity of your surroundings. It’s probably the same place you wake up every morning, and it’s all coming back to you.

A great white shark, on the other hand, has an entirely different type of sleep experience, and it’ll likely wake up not knowing where it is. It turns out that the shark sleeps while swimming in a robot like auto-pilot mode. It’s sleep-swimming if you will, but that’s not a medical condition. The whole thing was captured on video for the first time. More →

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Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition Clip

Watch the first 10 minutes of ‘Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition’ right here

By on June 29, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Watch the first 10 minutes of ‘Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition’ right here

The critical reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn’t quite what Warner Bros. and DC were expecting.

Sitting at 27% on Rotten Tomatoes, Zach Snyder’s franchise-building film took a beating from critics when it released back in March, but based on early reviews, the Ultimate Edition of the film (which as now available as a digital download) is leaps and bounds better than the original cut.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens

James Cameron just admitted what he really thinks of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

By on June 29, 2016 at 3:28 PM.

James Cameron just admitted what he really thinks of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters last year, it instantly became a money-making machine the likes of which we had never seen. Suffice it to say, Disney’s decision to purchase Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012 was nothing short of a brilliant business move.

Anchored by nostalgia and an entirely new cast mixed in with some recognizable favorites, Star Wars: The Force Awakens immediately began to break any number of box office records, including becoming the fastest film to ever pass the $1 billion threshold in global box office receipts. But despite the film’s uncanny ability to print money, not everyone was of the mind that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was actually a good movie.

As we highlighted a few months back, many of the film’s more negative reviews centered on the fact that it effectively presented viewers with the same exact story we had already seen decades earlier. And recently joining that chorus of naysayers is none other than Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron.

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Game of Thrones Battle Bastards Effects

Video shows the amazing special effects behind Game of Thrones’ greatest battle

By on June 29, 2016 at 1:32 PM.

Video shows the amazing special effects behind Game of Thrones’ greatest battle

Episode 9 of the just-ended Game of Thrones season 6 is titled Battle of the Bastards, and it featured one of the best battles ever seen on the TV show, and perhaps one of the greatest action scenes in TV history. The following short video will show you some of the amazing special effects used in the episode – but beware, because major spoilers lie ahead if you haven’t already seen the episode.

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BoJack Horseman Season 3 Trailer

Watch the first trailer for ‘BoJack Horseman’ season 3, coming to Netflix next month

By on June 29, 2016 at 12:13 PM.

Watch the first trailer for ‘BoJack Horseman’ season 3, coming to Netflix next month

Netflix has more hits than misses, but one of its most surprising hits is BoJack Horseman — a dark comedy about a washed up sitcom star contending with substance abuse, depression and an inability to find work.

Oh, and the main character is a walking, talking horse played by Will Arnett.

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Trump Garbage Wall Speech

The internet completely lost it over Trump’s ‘garbage wall’ speech last night

The internet completely lost it over Trump’s ‘garbage wall’ speech last night

By on June 29, 2016 at 8:20 AM.

Trump is easily the most polarizing presidential candidate the country has seen in years. Decades, even. Perhaps ever. People either love him to the point that each new inaccuracy fact-checked by the media only makes their allegiance more staunch, or they hate him to the point where they can’t even recognize that much of his schtick is well calculated.

But regardless of which camp you fall in, you have to appreciate the internet’s collective response to Trump’s speech on Tuesday night, which was delivered in front of a giant wall of garbage. More →

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Game of Thrones Jon Snow Parents

HBO just told us who Jon Snow’s parents are, well ahead of ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7

By on June 29, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

HBO just told us who Jon Snow’s parents are, well ahead of ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7

Even if you’re not watching Game of Thrones, you probably know the sixth season of HBO’s top TV show to date has just ended, and what a massive season finale that was. That said, HBO’s story isn’t done, and Game of Thrones showrunners still have a good 15 hours of storytelling to do, which will be spread across two new seasons. But HBO already inadvertently – or maybe intentionally – told everyone who Jon Snow’s parents are well ahead of the upcoming season. Beware, major spoilers follow below. More →

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Skyrim Mod Enderal Release Date

Someone built an entirely new game in ‘Skyrim’

Someone built an entirely new game in ‘Skyrim’

By on June 28, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

There are few games that receive as much attention from the modding community as The Elder Scrolls series. Creative fans have designed new clothes, tweaked the combat system and even built entirely new landmasses inside of Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim over the past decade or so, but the most impressive mods of all are the ones that require the most work: total conversions.

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