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Samsung was smart enough to know that the majority of the time, when you pull the stylus out without having interacted with the phone, you’re going to want to use something like the “screen off memo.” The company took a predictable behavior and built a software feature around it, and I think that’s brilliant.

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One movie I've wanted to rewatch for years, Chungking Express, is only available on DVD and Blu-ray, and the Blu-ray discs are out of print and currently selling used on Amazon for over $100. Take Slacker, a progenitor of indie cinema that kicked off Richard Linklater's career.

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As we slowly wind our way through the last days of August, it becomes clearer every day: summer is almost gone, and summer movie season with it. But that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! In fact, what your favorite streaming service has coming next month will almost certainly be better than shelling out $17 to see Suicide Squad again!

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The National Park System is turning 100, and The Verge is celebrating with Wilderness Week: a look at the natural world, its freaky critters, and its future. Hogue is currently working on a book called Thirtyfour Campgrounds about campsites and their evolution.

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Amazon is the biggest online retailer in the US, but it's also not without problems. One of the ways Amazon became so big was by opening up its distribution network to third-party retailers, who use Amazon's warehouses and website to sell their own products. Buying from these retailers means you're not buying from Amazon proper, and that means you can be burned. DON'T MISS: How-To Geek  has the story of how one author got scammed by a mini PC with a cracked version of Windows. When you're paying good money for a computer off a giant website, it shouldn't arrive with pirated software. And yet: The particular PC I purchased was sold by “ MarsKing “. Sure, that’s a Chinese manufacturer I’ve never heard of, but it’s solid Intel hardware inside. It was also marked by Amazon as the “#1 New Release” in this category and had solid 4-to-5-star reviews at the time. It even had a “Prime” logo, which meant that it would be shipped to me from an Amazon warehouse. Looks legit, right? Nope! The PC came with a KMS Loader activation crack installed and was using a KMS key–a common way to activate pirated Windows licenses. Windows Defender found the KMS activation crack and complained about malware as soon as Windows Update ran automatically. After I left a bad review and returned the product to Amazon, MarsKing contacted me through Amazon with an offer: “We would like to sell you a new pc box with legitimate [Windows license] at 50% money off as apologize.” I didn’t take them up on it. As the author points out, the reason he was burned was because he was buying from a third-party seller. Since Amazon never really verifies or tests products that it sells on behalf of third parties, there's very little quality control in the system. In fairness, Amazon is still better than buying from a scammer on eBay or Craigslist. Amazon's customer service is designed to keep the customers happy, so you can always return products, and I've personally been offered small discount vouchers when my Amazon purchases have gone wrong. But still, you don't want to go through the time and hassle of buying and returning something that's fake. To that end,  How-To Geek  has some good, simple tips to use when buying off Amazon. Avoid products that are sold and shipped by third-party sellers, and instead look for things sold by Amazon.com, or at least shipped by Amazon. Reading reviews is also important, but that's its own minefield. Amazon reviews have become tainted as of late. There's an entire cottage industry dedicated to writing fake Amazon reviews, and many companies have started trading discounted (or free) products in return for favourable reviews. Reviews aren't worthless (yet!), but you should pay attention when reading them to try and avoid reviews that have been incentivized.

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Iran has detected and removed malicious software from two of its petrochemical complexes, a senior military official said on Saturday, after announcing last week it was investigating whether recent petrochemical fires were caused by cyber attacks. The official said the malware at the two plants was inactive and had not played a role in the fires. "In periodical inspection of petrochemical units, a type of industrial malware was detected and the necessary defensive measures were taken," Gholamreza Jalali, head of Iran's civilian defense, was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.

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From Facebook to the streets, isolationist ideas have gained traction in Nordic countries that have taken in high numbers of asylum seekers.

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Scams and scares to watch out for on the road.

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In Tokyo there's a 1:1 scale "replica" of a Gundam mobile suit. Here's what it looks like up close.

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Facebook said Friday it is further automating its "trending" stories feature, a move that will scale back human input to prevent personal bias from influencing which stories get highlighted. The feature prompted controversy earlier this year, with critics alleging that Facebook's news curators were deliberately omitting stories from politically conservative outlets, allegations the company denied. Facebook said relying more heavily on software will allow the feature to cover a wider scale, while lessening the risk that personal bias could manipulate the list of trending topics.

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Next week is going to be exceptionally busy, with Apple slated to reveal the iPhone 7 and Sony preparing to announce a slim PS4 alongside a "high-end" PS4 . For those of us who cover the worlds of technology and entertainment, it's important to relieve as much stress as possible the weekend before big events, which is why I'm watching this new  Captain America: Civil War blooper reel on repeat. SEE ALSO:  New on Netflix: Every movie and TV show being added in September With such stellar ensemble casts, it's never surprising to see actors in Marvel's movies cracking each other up on the set. Plus, it's hard not to crack a smile when you know your movie is primed to rake in $1 billion at the box office. But seriously, I could watch Captain America shoot finger guns and make "pew pew" sounds for an entire movie, in case Marvel's running low on ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZHl3OskH84 If you want to see more special features from Captain America: Civil War , you can pick up the movie in Digital HD format on September 2nd and on physical Blu-ray on September 13th . Those special features include a Making Of video, a sneak peek at Doctor Strange , deleted and extended scenes and a commentary track with brothers/directors Anthony and Joe Russo.

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With Apple working overtime in an effort to attract new subscribers to Apple Music, and steal away users from Spotify in the process, the company has doubled down on artist exclusives as a marketing strategy. Over the past few months, Apple has successfully managed to convince a number of big name artists like Drake and Frank Ocean to release new albums exclusively on Apple Music. Predictably, Spotify isn’t a fan of Apple’s business strategy and has reportedly begun retaliating against artists who opt to release exclusives on Apple Music. According to a recent report from Bloomberg , artists who get into bed with Apple may discover that their content becomes harder for users to find on Spotify. DON’T MISS:  Does it even matter that last year’s iPhone 6s is so much faster than the new Galaxy Note 7? Bloomberg's report reads in part: Spotify has been retaliating against musicians who introduce new material exclusively on rival Apple Music by making their songs harder to find, according to people familiar with the strategy. Artists who have given Apple exclusive access to new music have been told they won’t be able to get their tracks on featured playlists once the songs become available on Spotify, said the people, who declined to be identified discussing the steps. Those artists have also found their songs buried in the search rankings of Spotify, the world’s largest music-streaming service, the people said. Spotify’s strategy has reportedly been in-place for about a year but it’s unclear if it’s had any discernible effect. If anything, the big name artists likely to release exclusives on Apple Music are hardly the type of artists who need any sort of promotional push from Spotify. What’s more, I’ve noticed that when Apple Music exclusives finally make their way to Spotify, such content immediately skyrockets to the top of the Spotify charts. In other words, prominent placement and cash from Apple may ultimately outweigh whatever type of punishment Spotify is capable of handing down. The larger takeaway here is that the tension between Spotify and Apple has been heating up for some time and may continue to escalate in the months ahead. Interestingly enough, the recent release of Frank Ocean’s new album as an Apple Music exclusive prompted Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grange to declare that Universal artists will no longer be allowed to release exclusives on any particular streaming service.

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Facebook is taking new steps to reduce the role of human judgment in its "Trending Topics" feature, which drew controversy earlier this year over claims the service was suppressing conservative ...

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As Uber rolls out its driverless cars in Pittsburgh, Google futurist Ray Kurzweil says he's still working out the moral dilemma in the case of a potentially fatal accident by an autonomous vehicle.

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If you overwrite important data when uploading a file to your Dropbox account, don't panic--there's a quick way to revert to a previous iteration of that file. Here's how.

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Sprint and T-Mobile both recently released unlimited data plans that aren't actually unlimited -- you can use a whole bunch of data, but you are limited to streaming SD-quality video and slow speeds for gaming. As part of a new plan that Sprint is offering you can now pay $20 a month more to stream video in full HD and game faster. This plan is called  Unlimited Freedom Premium , which pretty much goes to show that Sprint didn't understand the meaning of the word "Unlimited" in the first place. DON'T MISS:  Does it even matter that last year’s iPhone 6s is so much faster than the new Galaxy Note 7? On Sprint's regular "Unlimited" plan, you have unlimited data, but limits on what you can use it for. Video streaming is limited to 480p, and gaming is throttled to 2Mbps. The "Unlimited Freedom Premium" (gags) ups those limits to 1080p and 8Mbps respectively. If you want to stream 4K video, good luck. So, you pay $80 per month, $20 more than the regular plan, and it's still not actually unlimited. This isn't just Sprint's problem, in all fairness. T-Mobile has similar limitations on its "Unlimited" plans, and you can also remove those limitations for $15 per month. (Just to keep score here: T-Mobile invented the concept of an "unlimited plus" plan first, and Sprint is copying T-Mobile's badness.) https://twitter.com/marceloclaure/status/769172070110461952 Sprint has been confused over naming before. Marcelo Claure, Sprint's outspoken CEO who has proven in the past that he doesn't understand what unlimited means , keeps referring to Sprint's plan as #BestUnlimitedOnThePlanet. As well as being a hashtag that's way too long, it's also false. As previously pointed out, plenty of non-American carriers offering genuinely unlimited plans for less money, so unless you could 480p-throttled video as a good feature, Sprint is clearly worse. Terminology aside, I still think T-Mobile and Sprint's new data plans are great options for almost everyone. I don't personally care about watching HD video on my mobile device, so I think the plans are just fine. But the naming is a problem. We've fought long and hard to establish net neutrality for broadband providers exactly to stop this kind of preferential internet treatment. If the power company told you you were getting unlimited electricity for the month, you'd rightly assume you can keep the lights on all night and turn the heating up to 11. In T-Mobile and Sprint's version of the world, what you get to do is keep all the energy-saving lightbulbs turned on, and pay $20 a month if you want the AC on full blast. Sure, the new plans are good, but the naming is important. Unlimited  should  mean unlimited, and the entire concept of "Unlimited Freedom Premium" should have been DOA.

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(Reuters) - One day after a short seller claimed that St. Jude Medical Inc's heart implants are vulnerable to deadly cyber attacks, investors appear most concerned about whether the accusation will derail St. Jude's $24 billion planned deal for Abbott Labs to buy it.St. Jude's stock at one point fell around 3 percent on Friday, though it ended the day slightly up, following a drop of around 5 percent on Thursday after Muddy Waters Capital leveled the accusation against St. Jude. The stock continues to trade well below its price on Wednesday of around $82 per share. ...

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If there is a viral late night talk show segment more consistent than Carpool Karaoke, I haven't seen it. Month in and month out, Late Late Show host James Corden continues to send the internet into a frenzy with his latest celebrity guest, from artists such as Gwen Stefani and Adele to First Lady Michelle Obama. This week's guest: Britney Spears. Although each and every one of the guests has been greeted with a great deal of enthusiasm, Britney Spears brings more nostalgia with her than anyone who has ever appeared on the segment before. DON'T MISS:  Last call: These Netflix movies and TV shows are expiring in September Speaking of which, you won't be surprised to see which song gets picked first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSd9hiBGoE0 Along with singing all of Britney's chart-topping hits of the '90s and 2000s, Corden also takes some time to ask Spears about her life. The former (and potential future) pop star has had her fair share of ups and downs, so if you have any interest at all in what exactly Spears has been up to, you should check out the video. Glory , the latest album from Britney Spears, is available now.

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'Marvel's Luke Cage' y 'Narcos' son algunas de las muchas series y películas interesantes que llegan al servicio de video este mes.

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It's time to update your iPhone's software right now. Also, is the iPhone 6S really faster than the Note 7? And Apple Music starts to flex its muscle.

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Truth be told, no one really knows whether or not features like "Night Mode" actually help you sleep better at night. Although the jury is still out, there's no question that reducing the amount of blue light cast be your smartphone's display is easier on the eyes in the dark. Apple introduced its "Night Shift" feature in iOS 9, allowing users to automatically or manually cut out a configurable amount of blue light from their screens. Google's newly released Android 7.0 Nougat operating system has a similar feature baked in, but for some reason Google decided to keep the feature hidden in its new release. Of course, you knew that third-party developers Android developers wouldn't let this sweet new feature stay hidden for long. DON'T MISS:  Apple's new iPhone 7 is going to be SO much better than any Android phone... Had Google's new Night Mode feature been made available upon installing Nougat, it might have made the cut in our list of the best new features available in Google's latest Android update. On second thought, maybe not — the features on that list now are much cooler than Night Mode. Night Mode is still a hugely useful feature though, especially considering how often people use their smartphones in the dark these days. The new feature will stay hidden for most users who install the new update, but those who know about a great free app by Android developer Mike Evans will be able to toggle the new feature on and off right from within the quick settings menu. Here's a video that shows how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NOhhaRKrIc Once you use the app to enable the setting, you never have to worry about it again. Simply place the quick tile wherever you want and then tap it anytime you'd like to enable or disable Night Mode. Night Mode Enabler is a free download in the Play store.

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Meanwhile, Frank Ocean finally dropped not one but two albums. The first, Endless, is a so-called visual album that fulfilled his contractual obligations to Def Jam (a part of Universal Music Group). Blonde is an apple exclusive on Ocean's own Boys Don't Cry label.

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By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc changed its popular "Trending" feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company wrote in a blog post on Friday. The update is Facebook's latest attempt in recent months to stress its neutrality as its influence grows. Facebook said an internal probe found no evidence of bias.

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When singers and bands give exclusives to subscription-music rivals like Apple and Tidal, Spotify is depressing those musicians in search results, a report says. Spotify says that's not true.

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Facebook's added a more automated design that strips the descriptions from Facebooks' trending topics, after months of criticism over how its employees display news stories.

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