Netflix is testing a ‘random episode’ feature for TV shows

Netflix is testing a ‘random episode’ feature for TV shows

Does the idea of a shuffle button for Netflix sound appealing? The company has begun testing exactly that with some users of its Android app, according to Android Police. For those who’ve been included in the test, this new option appears in two ways: there’s a dedicated “Play a Popular Episode” column on the app’s home screen that features shows like The Office, Arrested Development, and Our Planet. Fans of those first two can probably…

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Only Nintendo could kill the Game Boy

Only Nintendo could kill the Game Boy

The Game Boy was the most dominant line of products in the history of video games. Every iteration of Game Boy faced several competitors, often with greater technical capabilities. Yet, every time, Nintendo won out. This week marks three straight decades of handheld gaming supremacy from Kyoto. How did Nintendo do it? Over the past 30 years, it’s been pretty much the same story. Nintendo has competed the exact same way it always has: on…

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How to declutter your inbox and unsubscribe from unwanted emails

How to declutter your inbox and unsubscribe from unwanted emails

Your email inbox is like a virtual home — after all, that’s where all your first official points of contacts go when you sign up for a new service, apply for jobs, buy stuff online, etc. And just like your physical home, letting your inbox get cluttered can feel chaotic, with most of that mess stemming from marketing or newsletter emails. These unwanted types of emails can end up in your inbox in all sorts…

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Chipzel has spent a decade making incredible music with Game Boys

Chipzel has spent a decade making incredible music with Game Boys

When Niamh Houston was around four years old, she and her sister received a Game Boy and a copy of Super Mario Land for Christmas. Along with the game and handheld, they also had a tiny speaker that plugged into the Game Boy’s headphone jack, amplifying the sound. For Houston, her earliest memories aren’t of collecting coins in the game or exploring the Mushroom Kingdom. “I remember the music the most,” she says. “It was…

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How to protect your privacy on YouTube

How to protect your privacy on YouTube

YouTube has become a ubiquitous part of our online world, one where privacy is an issue. Your video-watching habits may be open for the world to see, along with your likes, dislikes, and more. If you create and upload videos, you could accidentally give away private information like your address or phone number. Here’s how to protect your privacy as much as possible when using the popular video site. Instructions are here for using YouTube…

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How the Mueller report indicts social networks

How the Mueller report indicts social networks

In many ways, our cultural reckoning over social networks and the internet in general began at the end of 2016. Russia had waged information warfare against the United States during our presidential election, and Donald Trump won a surprising victory over Hillary Clinton. Much of that warfare took place on our social platforms, and while we will never be able to quantify their precise effect on the outcome, a forensic analysis of the election by…

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Uber’s self-driving unit gets $1 billion investment from SoftBank and Japan’s auto industry

Uber’s self-driving unit gets $1 billion investment from SoftBank and Japan’s auto industry

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced this evening a $1 billion investment from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank’s Vision Fund, car maker Toyota, and automative component supplier Denso. The news confirms an article from The Wall Street Journal published earlier this week reporting that Uber was close to securing funding for its autonomous division, called Uber Advanced Technologies Group, or UberATG. Khosrowshahi announced the investment with a tweet, which included a photo of the chief executive alongside executives…

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HP’s first 15-inch Chromebook features a full-size keyboard and IPS touchscreen for $449

HP’s first 15-inch Chromebook features a full-size keyboard and IPS touchscreen for $449

Chromebooks continue to impress in the price-for-quality department, and the HP Chromebook 15 is no exception. The first ever 15-inch HP Chromebook (15.6 inches to be exact) comes not only with a full-sized keyboard and number pad, but also a blacklit IPS touchscreen and 64GB of base flash storage. That model starts at $449, and you can pay extra for double the eMMC storage and a faster Intel Core i5 processor, but the company isn’t…

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