YouTube quietly added free, ad-supported movies to its site

YouTube quietly added around 100 ad-supported Hollywood movies to its site, beginning last month, according to a new report from AdAge. The titles include a mix of classics like “Rocky” and “The Terminator,” as well as other family fare like “Zookeeper,” “Agent Cody Banks,” and “Legally Blonde,” among others. Before, YouTube had only offered consumers the ability to purchase movies and TV shows, similar to how you can rent or buy content from Apple’s iTunes or Amazon Video. Currently, YouTube...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Hollywood, Movies, Media, Youtube, Tech, Walmart, Roku, MGM, VUDU, Tubi, ABC News Cheddar Newsmax Newsy People TV Yahoo, Amazon Video Currently YouTube

Walmart passes Apple to become No. 3 online retailer in U.S.

Walmart has overtaken Apple to become the No. 3 online retailer in the U.S., according to a report this week from eMarketer. While Amazon still leads by a wide margin, accounting for 48 percent of e-commerce sales in 2018, Walmart – including also Sam’s Club and – is poised to capture 4 percent of all online retail spending in the U.S. by year-end, totaling $20.91 billion. The news of the shift in e-commerce rankings comes alongside Walmart’s strong earnings which saw the retailer report...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Ecommerce, Shopping, Ebay, Tech, Walmart, E-commerce, Retail, Sam, Emarketer, Wall St, Wayfair, Andrew Lipsman

Amazing Amazon Fire HD 10 Special

The Fire HD 10 is currently on sale, reduced from $149.99 to $99.99. Amazing value for a large-screened good performing tablet. When we sent out the weekly newsletter this morning, we guessed Amazon would offer some Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on their electronic devices. But we never expected them to come out with crazy low prices already, today. This page has their current deals, available for you to order now.  The deal that jumped off the page at us is the lovely Kindle Fire HD 10.  Nor...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Tech, Netflix, Alexa, Cellphones & Wireless

There Is No Link Between Insomnia and Early Death, Study Finds

A new report published in the journal Science Direct says there is no link between insomnia and early death. The researchers reportedly "reviewed 17 studies, which covered close to 37 million people, to compile their results," the BBC notes. From the report: This new report goes against what the NHS says, which claims that as well as putting people at risk of obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, that insomnia shortens life expectancy. The NHS recommends things like exercising to tire your...
Tags: Tech, Bbc, NHS, Science Direct

Chasing Stars – How To Improve Reviews As A Restaurant Owner

It seems like social media makes the world go ‘round these days, and if you are a retailer or restaurant owner you may understand this more than most! Getting great reviews online is so important in attracting new customers (and, sometimes even keeping your regulars as perceptions can change over time). So, how do you improve your reviews as a restaurant owner… and, what’s a sure fire way to ensure you patrons get clicking on those stars? It’s actually a lot like any relationship. It’s about...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Online Reviews, Others, Reputation Management, Restaurant Business

Blockchain gaming gets a boost with Mythical Games’ $16M Series A

Fortnite, the free multi-player survival game, has earned an astonishing $1 billion from in-game virtual purchases alone. Now, others in the gaming industry are experimenting with how they too can capitalize on new trends in gaming. Mythical Games, a startup out of stealth today with $16 million in Series A funding, is embracing a future in gaming where user-generated content and intimate ties between players, content creators, brands and developers is the norm. Mythical is using its infusion of...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Yahoo, Funding, Samsung, Tech, Venture Capital, Tencent, Blockchain, Epic Games, Venrock, Activision, Jamie Jackson, Niantic, John Linden, Fortnite

Google Pixel 3 Lite with 5.56-inch Full HD+ display, Snapdragon 670, 3.5mm audio jack surfaces in live images

Google launched the Pixel 3 series phones worldwide and they are already on sale in major markets. However, it looks like the company isn't done yet as a new variant dubbed Pixel 3 Lite surfaces. The device in question is powered by the latest Snapdragon 670 SoC and packs a 3.5mm headphone jack.  The Pixel 3 Lite is codenamed "Sargo" and we have heard rumors of the same back in October in the ARCore code. Externally, the Pixel 3 Lite looks very similar to the regular Pixel 3 with regular 18:9...
Tags: Google, Blogging, Rumors, Pixel, Lite, Google Pixel, Google Pixel 3 Lite, Sargo, 10nm Octa Core

The Boring Company goes brick-and-mortar with The Brick Store

Elon Musk has shot out some crazy, unbelievable tweets over the last year, but he wasn’t joking about the bricks. Musk has started a company called The Brick Store LLC to produce and sell bricks, according to public documents obtained by TechCrunch. The new company, which was founded in July , will be managed by Steve Davis, the ex-SpaceX engineer who is also running The Boring Company (TBC). TBC is developing new tunneling and transportation technologies, and the bricks will be made fr...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Elon Musk, Maryland, California, Washington, La, Tech, Tesla, Chicago, New Mexico, Hyperloop, Musk, Loop, Steve Davis, Mars Mission

Best Laptop Black Friday Deals

Best Laptop Black Friday Deals Shopping for a laptop? If so, you may want to check out this list of best laptop black Friday deals. We have searched the ads and have put together a list of the best offers from the top stores. Most of these deals will not be live until Black Friday, however, a few are available now. If you are looking for other Black Friday deals, be sure to check out the   that we have shared and then you can find all the Black Friday deals in one spot here. More Black Frida...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Black Friday, Microsoft, Asus, Christmas, Samsung, Walmart, Intel, Chromebook, Dell, Lenovo, Sam, Frugality, Intel Core, Office Depot

Mid-Range Google 'Pixel 3 Lite' Leaks With Snapdragon 670, Headphone Jack

The first alleged images of the rumored "budget" Pixel 3 have been leaked. The Pixel 3 Lite, as it is being called, looks very similar to the Pixel 3, although it features a plastic build construction, slower processor, and a headphone jack. 9to5Google reports: Just like the standard Pixel 3, there's a display that's roughly 5.56-inches in size, but this time it's an IPS LCD panel at 2220x1080 rather than an OLED panel. Obviously, there's also no notch to be seen on this alleged Pixel 3 Lite. Th...
Tags: Google, Tech, Jack, Pixel, Mid Range Google Pixel

This mini-server is giving you back control and ownership of your data

Internet hacks have affected lives, societies, countries, and even governments. Whether it’s interference in elections, an email leak, password database leak, or just a leak of photos from your cloud, you stand to lose your data for the simple reason because that data isn’t ‘with you’. It lies on a remote server along with everyone’s data, making it susceptible to massive breaches. A Seattle-based start-up wants that situation to change.The Helm is a private server that promises to provide a sma...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Safety, San Francisco, Data, Protection, Seattle, Offline, Product Design, Helm, Helms, Security Encryption, New Deal Design, Personal Server

MiSafes' Child-Tracking Smartwatches Are 'Easy To Hack'

The location-tracking "MiSafe" smartwatch may not be as safe as the name proclaims. According to security researchers from Pen Test Partners, the watches are easy to hack as they do not encrypt the data they use or secure each child's account. The researchers found that they could track children's movements, surreptitiously listen in to their activities and make spoof calls to the watches that appeared to be from parents. The BBC reports: The MiSafes watch was first released in 2015. It uses a g...
Tags: Tech, Bbc, Ken Munro, Alan Monie

Unicorns aren’t special anymore

When Aileen Lee, the former Kleiner Perkins partner and founder of the seed-stage venture capital firm Cowboy Ventures, coined the term “unicorn” in 2013 on this very site, there were just 39 companies that had earned the title. She called them “t he lucky/genius few.” Her definition: U.S. software startups launched since 2003 worth more than $1 billion. When she authored the viral post, just four companies were garnering valuations that high each year, according to her calculations. Five...
Tags: Softbank, US, Tech, Venture Capital, Bird, Unicorns, Kleiner Perkins, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, PitchBook, Unicorn Club, Brex Lime

Feeling left out of a hot market? This new outfit has a fund with shares of 30 top ‘unicorns’ to sell you

When Equidate, a venture-backed secondaries marketplace based in San Francisco, closed its most recent round of funding with four months ago, it was hardly a surprising bet on the part of its backers. As startups linger ever longer as private companies, more people are looking to lock up shares wherever they can find them. Investors have plenty of platforms from which to choose. In addition to Equidate, other companies that match investors with “pre-IPO” company shares include EquityZen, , an...
Tags: TC, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, SEC, Palantir, Prasad, Industry Ventures, Jay Clayton, Equidate, 137 Ventures, EquityZen, Sohail Prasad, Ziad Makkawi, Qatar First Bank As Equidate, Equiam

Cheaper, Disc-Free Xbox One Coming Next Year, Report Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Microsoft is planning to release a disc-free version of the Xbox One as early as next spring, according to an unsourced report from author Brad Sams of (who has been reliable with early Xbox-related information in the past). The report suggests the disc-free version of the system would not replace the existing Xbox One hardware, and it would instead represent "the lowest possible price for the Xbox One S console." Sams says that...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Ars Technica, Sams, Brad Sams, Microsoft Stores

Apple is 1/3 of the way through major remake of retail stores

Flagship stores refocused as education first, sales second, in bid to win customers for life.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Apple, Usa, News, Usa Today

Kairos founder countersues his own company for $10 million

The turmoil continues at facial recognition startup Kairos . Last night, Kairos founder Brian Brackeen filed a counter lawsuit against Kairos and its interim CEO Melissa Doval that seeks $10 million in damages. Kairos is a facial recognition startup that has become well-known for its stance to never sell to law enforcement. At Disrupt SF 2018, Brackeen showed his technology and spoke on a panel about the hazards of facial recognition and algorithmic bias. This countersuit comes after Kairos te...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Facial Recognition, Board, Company, O Hara, Brian Brackeen, Kairos, Hara, Doval, Brackeen, Melissa Doval, Stephen O Hara, Ms Doval That, Mike Gardner

Small Business Saturday Poised to be a Big One, According to Experts

It’s almost the big day! No, not Thanksgiving. Or Black Friday. We’re talking about Small Business Saturday. It’s coming up soon — November 24! The day that was created as a promotion by American Express has turned itself into somewhat of a household name, as it were. And amid all the hooplah and madness of Thanksgiving travels and Black Friday shopping, it’s easy to get lost in that. Don’t fret. There’s still time to prepare for this other big day next week. We’ve got resources and information...
Tags: Google, Cdc, US, Sales, Hsbc, American Express, Don, Animoto, Federal Trade Commission FTC, National Retail Federation NRF, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Small Business News, Voxbone, National Cyber Security Awareness Month NCSAM, Technology Trends FTC

Linux 4.20 is Running Slower Than 4.19 On Intel CPUs

Freshly Exhumed writes: An intentional kernel change in Linux kernel 4.20 for enhanced Spectre mitigation is unfortunately causing Intel Linux performance to be much slower than with 4.19. That change is 'STIBP' (Single Thread Indirect Branch Predictors), which allows for preventing cross-hyperthread control of decisions that are made by indirect branch predictors. It affects Intel systems that have up-to-date microcode and CPU Hyper Threading enabled. Phoronix gives the evidence. Rea...
Tags: Tech, Intel, Phoronix, Intel Linux

Google is getting a new cloud boss, and he's inheriting some problems in the cloud wars with Amazon and Microsoft — but also real opportunity (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google Cloud is getting a new boss in the form of Thomas Kurian, formerly of Oracle.  From his predecessor Diane Greene, Kurian will inherit a third-place position in the cloud wars with Amazon and Microsoft. Google Cloud is doing well on its own terms, signing some big customers and building its technology. But Google has big expectations for Google Cloud, and it's nowhere near its biggest rivals. When Thomas Kurian, formerly of Oracle, takes over as CEO of Google Cloud in January, he's goin...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Department Of Defense, Silicon Valley, Pentagon, Einstein, Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Kubernetes, Google Cloud Platform, Diane Greene, Thomas

Trump Signs Bill That Creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: U.S. President Donald Trump signed today a bill into law, approving the creation of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The bill, known as the CISA Act, reorganizes and rebrands the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), a program inside the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as CISA, a standalone federal agency in charge of overseeing civilian and federal cybersecurity programs. The NPPD, which was first ...
Tags: Tech, Dhs, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Cisa, Department of Homeland Security DHS, Christopher Krebs, Federal Protective Service, NPPD, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Biometric Identity Management OBIM, Office of Infrastructure Protection OIP

Parsnip Apple Risotto

This is a lovely meal. It could also be used as a holiday main course. One could also add smoked tofu pieces if you want it to be heartier, but we felt it was perfect the way it was. Ingredients: 3-4 medium to large parsnips 1 red onion 1 cup risotto rice ½ cup white wine 2-3 cups vegetable bouillon ¼ cup pine nuts or sunflower seeds, toasted 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1-2 sprigs rosemary 2 tablespoons cooking oil 1-2 handfuls dried cranberries Directions: Toast the pine nuts or sunflo...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Main Dishes, Vegans, Rice, Parsnip, Parsnip Apple Soup Winter Squash Apple, Smokey Tofu Pieces Homemade

Criterion Announces New Streaming Service To Replace FilmStruck: Become a Charter Subscriber Today

Late last month, Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Networks announced--much to the chagrin of cinephiles--that it planned to close Filmstruck, a streaming service that specialized in arthouse and classic films. Fans and celebrities--from Christopher Nolan to Guillermo del Toro--quickly got behind a petition to save the streaming service. And today their wish came true, more or less. The Criterion Collection and WarnerMedia just issued a press release, declaring that "the Criterion Channel wil...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Christopher Nolan, Hollywood, Film, College, Guillermo Del Toro, Akira Kurosawa, Turner, Facebook Twitter, Criterion Channel, Warner Bros Digital Networks, Favorite Art Films, WarnerMedia

Use multiple phone numbers on one device with Verizon’s ‘My Numbers’ app

For those who have separate phone numbers and devices for your work and personal lives, Verizon wants to help you get more organized. With its new "My Numbers" app, you can use up to four additional phone numbers on a single smartphone. The post Use multiple phone numbers on one device with Verizon’s ‘My Numbers’ app appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Verizon, News, Trends, T-mobile, Android Army, My Numbers

Apple's remodeled flagship Santa Monica store

Apple is one third of the way through a big remodel of its flagship Apple Stores. The latest is Santa Monica, in the Santa Monica Promenade.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Apple, Usa, News, Usa Today, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Promenade

Pitching a $99 tax advisory service for the masses, Visor has raised $9 million

The only sure things in this life, according to Ben Franklin, are death and taxes. And a new startup called  Visor  has just raised $9 million in financing to make one of them as painless as possible. Unlike Nectome, Visor won’t kill anyone, but it may ring the death knell for the high-end tax advisors that most Americans can’t even access to get help filing and paying their taxes. It’s like having a personalized accountant for the cost of a high-end do-it-yourself tax-prep service. The $9 milli...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Business, Sweden, Finance, San Francisco, Tech, Atlanta, Tax, Economy, United States, Ben Franklin, Venture Capital, Zenefits, Square

Save $900 on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and more with Lenovo’s Cyber Monday sales

In the latest set of holiday sales, Lenovo is heavily discounting its fifth-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon and other popular Windows laptops and 2-in-1s for the holiday shopping season. The post Save $900 on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and more with Lenovo’s Cyber Monday sales appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Deals, Trends, Computing, Lenovo, Black Friday 2018

Here’s all the best tech gear and gadgetry that survived Shark Tank

The television show "Shark Tank" has churned out quite a few strange, interesting, and downright awesome products -- so we rounded up some of the best ones for your perusal. Enjoy! The post Here’s all the best tech gear and gadgetry that survived Shark Tank appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Gadgets, Trends, Shark Tank, Emerging Tech

Direct from the Uncanny Valley: Affetto, the freaky child android head

This is the new version of Affetto, the robot child head that's a testbed for synthetic facial expressions. According to the Osaka University researchers who birthed Affeto, their goal is to "offer a path for androids to express greater ranges of emotion, and ultimately have deeper interaction with humans." From Osaka University: The researchers investigated 116 different facial points on Affetto to measure its three-dimensional movement. Facial points were underpinned by so-called deformati...
Tags: Post, Video, Technology, News, Robots, Robotics, Emotion, Androids, Uncanny Valley, Osaka University, Hisashi Ishihara

This Could Be the Cheap Pixel 3 People Were Hoping for

Back before the Pixel line was a thing, Google’s Nexus phones were prized for their solid builds, stock software (with day-one updates), and affordable prices. But after several generations of Pixels with flagship price tags, it’s seemed like making affordable phones was something Google left in the past. That may…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Smartphones, Consumer Tech, Rumor Mill, Pixel 3, The Missing Pixel, Cheap Pixel

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