Netflix adds improved playback controls and a ‘next episode’ button to iOS app

Netflix adds improved playback controls and a ‘next episode’ button to iOS app

In a move that’s sure to optimize marathon binges, Netflix has released the latest version of its iOS app with some pretty useful updates. The new version of the app adds forward and back 10-second buttons, which you can also control by double tapping the left or right side of the screen. Until now, if you were used to YouTube’s playback features and tried to do this on Netflix’s app, it would annoyingly zoom into…

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FCC proposes doubling speed requirement for rural broadband

FCC proposes doubling speed requirement for rural broadband

The Federal Communications Commission is looking to raise the minimum rural broadband speed standard to 25 Mbps, more than doubling the current requirement. In general, this would boost speeds in rural areas that receive broadband through government-subsidized programs. Those government subsidies come from the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF). The program is paid for through phone bill fees which the Commission then dips into in order to pass funds onto carriers so they can build…

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Trump reportedly tried to order the Justice Department to prosecute Clinton and Comey

Trump reportedly tried to order the Justice Department to prosecute Clinton and Comey

And apparently he’s still considering the idea. President Donald Trump tried to order prosecutors at the Department of Justice to indict two of his political enemies — 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton and former FBI director James Comey — this spring, according to the New York Times. According to the Times’ report, then-White House Counsel Don McGahn warned Trump not to issue the order, and had lawyers prepare a memo for Trump explaining what would happen…

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The US may name Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism. Here’s why that could backfire.

The US may name Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism. Here’s why that could backfire.

“A state-sponsorship designation is a sledgehammer, not a scalpel,” said an expert. The Trump administration is in discussions to label Venezuela a state sponsor of terrorism, according to two US officials. It’s a move that would allow the US to place more sanctions on President Nicolás Maduro’s government and restrict aid to Venezuela. It would also severely escalate tensions between the two countries. A State Department spokesperson wouldn’t confirm internal discussions, but said the administration…

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YouTube will stream The Lego Movie free as an ad for the sequel

YouTube will stream The Lego Movie free as an ad for the sequel

The length of ads on YouTube can be distressing, but the question is whether people would be okay sitting through a 100-minute commercial if it were actually a full-length movie. YouTube and Warner Bros. Pictures are teaming up for a one-day promotional event that will let users watch The Lego Movie in its entirety during Black Friday. The promotion is to stir up hype for the film’s sequel, The Lego Movie 2 — The Second…

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Throw out your romaine, it could be contaminated with E. coli

Throw out your romaine, it could be contaminated with E. coli

Romaine lettuce is making people dangerously ill again, prompting public health officials in the US and Canada to issue nationwide alerts: don’t eat any form of romaine lettuce, and toss any romaine you have. If you don’t know what kind of lettuce is in your fridge, throw it out. Even if you had grand plans for a romaine-focused side dish for Thanksgiving — you know who you are — don’t take any chances. So far,…

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Farewell to the Steam Link, the best wireless HDMI gadget ever made (update: it’s $2.50)

Farewell to the Steam Link, the best wireless HDMI gadget ever made (update: it’s $2.50)

Why am I sad that a tiny black puck which streamed games over a Wi-Fi network will soon disappear from shelves around the world? Because too few people experienced the magic that the Steam Link affords. Over the past couple years, it seemed like PC gaming juggernaut Valve couldn’t give away the gadget fast enough, charging as little as $2.50 for the $50 gadget on sale. That’s probably why the company is quietly discontinuing the…

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Ford dreams up a way to kill ‘new car smell’

Ford dreams up a way to kill ‘new car smell’

Car companies often tweak their vehicles for different markets in order to comply with regulations or serve varying customer tastes. But Ford is apparently considering a novel change to cars bound for the Chinese market: removing the “new car smell.” Yes, the fresh but sometimes dizzying smell of a brand-new car might be popular in the US, but it’s apparently off-putting in China. More than 10 percent of drivers in the country complain about aggressively…

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Trump’s lawyers say he has submitted written answers to Mueller’s questions

Trump’s lawyers say he has submitted written answers to Mueller’s questions

The drama around the answers, explained. After 10 long months of delay and recalcitrance, President Donald Trump has finally submitted his answers to some of special counsel Robert Mueller’s questions on Russian interference with the 2016 election, according to the president’s personal lawyers. We don’t know whether these answers will be in any way forthcoming, or whether the president will try to dodge the questions asked, since the format doesn’t allow for immediate follow-ups. (Over…

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Don’t eat romaine lettuce. If you have any, throw it away.

Don’t eat romaine lettuce. If you have any, throw it away.

32 people have been sickened with E. coli infections. Romaine lettuce is to blame. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a stark warning Tuesday: Don’t eat any romaine lettuce in the United States. In fact, if you have any in your home, you should throw it away. Do this “even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick,” the CDC warns. And if you had some in your fridge…

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