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The rough road ahead for Netflix as streaming service war intensifies

Netflix’s throne could be shaken up in months to come. The OG streaming site’s dominance is challenged by big changes in the industry. Rising competition, supply issues and an erratic streaming landscape are all giving the multi-billion company a big headache. These changes are forcing Netflix to respond early to keep its lead. They may […]

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Ian Cross: editor, broadcast boss, critic and conscience

Former public broadcasting boss and Listener editor Ian Cross died earlier this month aged 93 leaving behind a lasting legacy in New Zealand journalism. He also presided over the creation of TVNZ and New Zealand’s first TV shows analysing our media. Ian Cross contributions Evening Post column Media Watch Photo: PHOTO / RNZ Mediawatch When Ian Cross was […]

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PSA: Log in to Fortnite this weekend to unlock Supercharged bonus

If you’re hoping to unlock all of the current Battle Pass tiers before the game’s 11th season ends, be sure to log in to Fortnite both today and tomorrow to unlock a special bonus. First introduced with this season, Epic is offering players “Supercharged XP,” which is a way to get a limited — but […]

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Cortana for Android and iOS will disappear in multiple markets soon

Microsoft plans to stop supporting the Cortana mobile app in select markets starting in early 2020, the company quietly revealed on its support website. It’s unclear how broadly the app will be removed — based on Microsoft’s message, it will happen in at least three countries. Microsoft’s personal assistant will remain available on Windows 10, […]

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Disney+ will offer The Simpsons in original format starting in 2020

If you’re a Disney Plus subscriber, you can now stream the first 30 seconds of The Simpsons on the streaming service, but there’s a catch: all of the episodes are in widescreen format. This is a problem for the older seasons, which were released in the 4:3 aspect ratio that was standard at the time. […]

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Cigarette smoking drops to record low in US as vaping numbers rise

Cigarette smoking rates have declined in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control, as vaping rates increase. Last year saw the lowest ever recorded levels of smoking among adults in the United States at only 13.7-percent, a huge drop of around two-thirds since the agency started collecting information on smokers in 1965. […]

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Sony aibo robot dog gets whimsical features in new major update

Sony has released a major software update in the US and Japan for its aibo robotic dog, the company has announced. Software version 2.50 is made for the ERS1000 aibo model, bringing ‘whimsical’ capabilities that include the ability to potty train the dog, feed it virtual cookies, and other fun things. As well, the robot […]

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MacBook Pro 16-inch keyboard first look video shows Magic scissors

The favorite website of anyone attempting to fix their own broken gadgets, iFixit, has published a new video of its 16-inch MacBook Pro ‘Magic’ keyboard teardown. The team recent highlighted the new keyboard and its scissor switches in a live stream, giving future buyers the opportunity to see what they’re getting. The previous, and mostly […]

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Star Wars: The Mandalorian AT-ST Raider LEGO Review

The LEGO Star Wars set 75254 “AT-ST Raider” rolls with one of the most epic-looking pieces of hardware in The Mandalorian. This set contains four minifigures and a rather mixed-up looking All Terrain Scount Transport (AT-ST), the likes of which we’ve only ever really seen looking a lot more… completely flat metal gray. Now it’s […]

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Files by Google app finally gets support for Chromecast

In mid-September, Google introduced Chromecast support in its Files app, but only for beta users. That same feature has finally gone live for everyone, making it possible for users to directly cast their local files to Chromecast and other devices that support casting. The new casting feature can be used with audio, video, and images […]