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MoviePass converts its annual plans to monthly memberships

MoviePass has made another major change to its service model. In an email sent out to annual subscribers, it announced it is discontinuing the annual plan. Those on the plan will be offered refunds or will be converted to the monthly plan. But as monthly subscribers, they won't enjoy the same features.

New patent suggests multiuser support could one day come to Siri

A new patent suggests that a major improvement may be in the works for Apple's digital assistant. Apple may soon work on implementing multiuser support for Siri, which could provide practical and privacy-related benefits. All we have right now is a patent, which does not mean Apple is actively working on this software.
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SMS Connect will allow you to use Skype to text from your PC

If you're a fan of Skype, then we have some good news for you. Microsoft is working on a new Skype feature called SMS Connect, which will allow you to use Skype to send and receive text messages on your PC -- provided you have an Android phone.
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Netflix testing ads in between some subscribers’ binge-watching sessions

Netflix is testing out a controversial new feature that has some users upset. The streaming service has started playing advertisements between shows for some subscribers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Currently, the ads are skippable and the company is monitoring user feedback.
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At Def Con, children show how easy it can be to hack an election

How hard is it to hack a voting machine or government website? Well, it turns out that it is literally child's play. Def Con, an annual hacker's convention meeting in Las Vegas, tasked a group of children with hacking replica government websites -- and many proved successful.
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Police bust a massive interstate SIM card hijacking ring

Law enforcement agents in Flordia and other states have joined to break up an interstate cybercrime ring that used hijacked SIM cards to steal cryptocurrencies and cash from victims. The group's biggest score came in May of this year when members worked together to steal 57 Bitcoins from a single victim.
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Spotify may eventually allow free users to skip all ads

Spotify is rolling out a new feature that may allow free users to skip ads whenever they want. Currently, the test is being conducted in Australia but, if successful, it may be spread to other countries. Spotify believes users will only skip ads that are not of interest to them.

MoviePass forces customers to choose between only two movies

Times are tough for MoviePass and it is starting to impact the company's customers. The company is now forcing customers to choose between only two movies. This appears to be a temporary measure, but it may not sit well with fans. In September, it will limit customers to three movies a month for $10.
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Want to kill unwilling players in Fallout 76? You can, but it will cost you

The team behind Fallout 76 outlined the systems they are putting in place to help protect players from griefing, including a bounty system that forces murderers to pay their own bounties. A player who engages in murder will be marked on the map with a red star that will display their location to other players.
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Unknown computer virus halts factories that make iPhone chips

On Friday, a virus forced several factories owned by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, to shut down for the day, and possibly for longer, which could affect production of Apple's upcoming line of iPhones. The news came as TSMC was ramping up production for the launch of APple's latest smartphones.
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Fake Pro Controllers for the Nintendo Switch hit the internet

Sometimes a deal is too good to be true and that may be the case with a new series of third-party Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers. The devices are available on eBay and they go out of their way to mimic the layout, style, and advertising of Nintendo's official offerings.

Google gives YouTube Music a makeover with new features

Google is committed to a two-week patch cycle intended to bring improvements to YouTube Music. First among these changes is an improved UI, YouTube Music users will also be getting several new options when it comes to downloading, streaming, and storing their music.
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Tesla tackles the waves with new limited-edition surfboards

Tesla has launched a new limited-time product. This time Elon Musk’s electric automaker has teamed up with Lost Surfboards to produce limited-edition surfboards.
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More tales from the crypt: Netflix drops trailer for season 2 of ‘Castlevania’

While Castlevania has been renewed for a third season on Netflix, the anime show's fans are still waiting for the second season to arrive. The animated series was launched in 2017 with four episodes, but was then quickly renewed for a second season with double the number of episodes.
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Twitter’s new guideline seek to curb abusive comments on Periscope

Twitter recently announced a new set of policies regarding how it handles abusive comments on its video streaming service, Periscope. In addition to allowing community members to report abusive comments, the company will soon start suspending or banning repeat offenders.
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Chinese authorities break up billion-dollar cryptocurrency gambling ring

Chinese law enforcement authorities have broken up a more than 1.5 billion-dollar gambling ring that made use of the dark web and cryptocurrencies to facilitate betting on the outcome of the World Cup.The action was part of a larger crackdown on illegal betting on the World Cup tournament.
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Tesla faces third safety investigation from state agency in California

Tesla is going through a bit of a rough patch. The electric car company is currently facing a health and safety violation after a factory worker was hospitalized with a broken jaw. Tesla has issued a statement saying that the injured worker was a contractor who was not under Tesla's direct supervision.
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Boardroom shakeup may indicate that trouble is brewing at TiVo

The summer has been a rough season for Tivo as the company has seen two of its executives leave for other jobs. The firm's CEO held the job for less than a year, having taken the position of CEO in November. And now some are speculating that the company may be in trouble.
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Netflix will soon remove all user reviews from its website

Netflix has announced that it will be removing user reviews from its desktop website. Starting July 30, users will no longer be able to add new reviews of shows or movies. And by the middle of August, users will no longer be able to read previously written reviews either.
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Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, and others, has died

Legendary comic book creator Steve Ditko has passed away at the age of 90. The artist was best known for his work at Marvel, but went on to influence the industry as a whole.
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MoviePass offers refunds to users affected by service outage

MoviePass, the subscription-model movie ticket service, has announced that it will be offering refunds to users who were affected by last night's service outage. However, based on past service issues, some users question whether they will in fact receive their refunds in a timely manner.
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Facebook and Twitter introduce new tools regarding ad transparency

Facebook and Twitter are getting serious about how they deal with advertisements on their platform. The social media networks are introducing tools to make it easier to see how ads work on their platforms.
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Japan’s latest attempts at a private aerospace industry goes down in flames

Japan's latest attempts to build a private aerospace industry have hit another snag. Interstellar Technologies latest attempts to launch a rocket into space have gone down in flames.
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A look into Bitcoin’s troubled year

Last year, Bitcoin seemed nearly unstoppable, but things have changed and not for the better. The currency recently dropped to less than $6,000 which is a far cry from the lofty heights of last year or even earlier this year.
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Tesla to downsize solar panel production as part of wider job cuts

It isn't a good time to work for Tesla. A few weeks ago, the company laid off most of its contract workforce. Now, the company is cutting about 9 percent of its staff, including many within its solar panel division.

Facebook wants to help you spend less time on Facebook

Facebook is working on a new feature that should help you spend less time on Facebook. The site's upcoming time management tools will better help users track the time they spend on the site.
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Increased LCD production hints at more affordable iPhones for 2018

Apple is reportedly expecting increased demand for affordable alternatives to the iPhone X and has increased production of the LCD panels necessary for those phones.

Facebook updates its policies regarding weapon accessories and minors

Facebook has announced a change in regards to its policies on weapons-related advertisements on its platform. Ads for firearms-related accessories and services will no longer be allowed to target minors.

Indulge your nostalgia with a brand-new iPhone 3GS

Did you miss out on owning one of the most popular smartphones from the 2000s? Well, thanks to a South Korean mobile carrier, you can make it up to yourself by buying the iPhone 3GS for 44,000 Won, or 40 U.S. dollars.
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Google Translate got this man arrested — and redeemed

How accurate is Google Translate? Most foreign language teachers will tell you its shallow at best, and it turns out that the courts agree.
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South Korean cryptocurrency exchange loses $40 million in hack

A South Korean cryptocurrency exchange has lost more than $40 million worth of digital currencies as the result of a recent hack
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IBM and the Department of Energy show off the world’s fastest supercomputer

IBM and the Department of Energy have teamed up to create the world's fastest and most powerful supercomputer. Code named Summit, it will be used for machine learning and artificial intelligence research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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FCC adopts news rules to stop phone companies from ‘slamming’ and ‘cramming’

The FCC has issued new rules meant to provide safeguards for consumers against deceptive practices by mobile carriers. More specifically, the organization is taking aim at what is known as "slamming" and "cramming."
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Amazon is not liable for an exploding hoverboard that burned down a house

A Tennessee judge has ruled in Amazon's favor in a recent liability case. The judge said that Amazon was not responsible for a hoverboard which caught fire and burned down a Nashville family's home.