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Two months after Disney split, Netflix pledges $8B for original content

Another early holiday gift for Netflix investors this year. (credit: macappsaddict via Flickr ) In its most recent quarterly earnings report, Netflix announced its intentions to spend $7 billion to $8 billion on original content for 2018. “Our investment in Netflix originals is over a quarter of our total P&L [profit and loss] content budget…

Culture & Gaming

Why aren’t there more “Mature” games for Nintendo Switch?

Enlarge / Remember when this game was supposedly a sign of a less squeaky-clean image for Nintendo? Since removing the blood in the original Mortal Kombat on the Super NES, Nintendo has earned its image as the family-friendly alternative to the more sex-and-violence-soaked console competition. New reporting from The Wall Street Journal suggests Nintendo is…

Gadgets

Surface Book 2: More cores, more GPU, and more screen

Just over two years ago, Microsoft unveiled its Surface Book hybrid laptop : a tablet with a detachable hinged keyboard base. It was a compelling concept , with Microsoft pulling off some clever tricks. The base contained a battery, boosting the life of the tablet portion substantially, and could optionally contain a discrete GPU, too….

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Pixel 2 and 2 XL review—The best Android phone you can buy

Ron Amadeo Welcome to year two of Google Hardware. In 2016, Google jumped into the Android hardware space with its first self-branded device, the Google Pixel . Google’s software prowess shined on the Pixel 1, offering up exclusive features like the Google Assistant, the best Android camera thanks to advanced software processing, fast day-one OS…

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Surprise! The Pixel 2 is hiding a custom Google SoC for image processing

Enlarge / Google’s Pixel Visual Core, an SoC designed for image processing and machine learning. (credit: Google) Google’s newest flagship smartphone, the Pixel 2 , is nearly out. The company has been talking a big game about the 2’s camera and calling it, definitively, “the best smartphone camera.” But Google has been keeping a huge secret…

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Garmin teamed up with Amazon to make a tiny Echo Dot for your car

Enlarge (credit: Garmin) At a recent Amazon event, the company announced BMW would integrate Alexa into its 2018 models. It’s no secret that Amazon wants to stick Alexa anywhere and everywhere it can, and BMW is only the beginning. The latest company to announce a collaboration with Amazon is Garmin: the wearable and navigation device manufacturer…

Culture & Gaming

Gran Turismo Sport is extremely limited in offline mode

Enlarge (credit: Polyphony Digital / Aurich Lawson ) On Tuesday, October 17, the long-awaited Gran Turismo Sport arrives for the Playstation 4. This seventh installment of one of the world’s best-selling games franchises introduces a number of updates designed for high-end TVs, virtual reality, and e-sports enthusiasts. Although we’ve had a copy for a few days now, you’ll…

Science

More than 4,000MW of coal power slated for retirement in Texas. But why?

Enlarge / Emissions rise from smokestacks at Pacificorp’s 1,000MW coal-fired power plant on October 9, 2017 outside Huntington, Utah. (credit: George Frey/Getty Images ) Late last week, power company Vistra Energy announced that it would close two of its Texas coal plants by early 2018. In a press release, the company blamed “Sustained low wholesale…

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Fall Update for Xbox One aims to look better, be more customizable, and faster

The Fall Update for the Xbox One system software is now rolling out. It brings a redesigned and more customizable Home tab, a quicker and more convenient Guide, and new Community features that make keeping tabs on what your friends are up to easier. Microsoft The Home tab is built around a new concept called…