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3 days ago

Best Travel Accessories for PlayStation 4

Whether you've got the original model, the Slim or the Pro, if you travel with your PS4 these are the accessories to get.

Traditionally you play your games console at home, that is unless it's a Nintendo Switch. But, it's not a totally ridiculous idea that you might want to carry your PlayStation 4 around with you, particularly if you're traveling on a lengthy trip.

It's not the most convenient thing you'll ever do, but with the right accessories you can certainly travel both (fairly) light and have a great experience on the road.

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3 days ago

Old Man's Journey is at once a game and a work of art [Best games of the week]

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What are the latest games worth checking out in the Google Play Store?

Update January 19, 2018: Be sure to check out Old Man's Journey, one of the finalists in Google's latest Indie Game Contest! Then, check out Duck Warfare, which is currently free in the Google Play Store!

Old Man's Journey

This week, Google announced the 20 finalists in the 2017 Indie Game Contest, so I figured I'd use this space to highlight some of the more interesting games on that list that slipped through the cracks last year.

My recommendation is Old Man's Journey. This is an absolutely gorgeous game that follows the story of an old man who receives a mysterious letter that triggers him to set off on a nostalgic journey.

Part adventure game, part puzzler, Old Man's Journey is optimized for touch as you interact with the world by moving the land to connect paths for the old man to continue his journey. Each section is bookended with a nostalgic flashback that gives a glimpse of a moment earlier in the old man's life. It's an intuitive experience that rewards interacting the entire scenery.

This is an emotional tale being told here and is a great example of how artful video games can be. The soundtrack is also amazing and quite soothing. If you love chill games with an engaging story, check out Old Man's Journey!

Download: Old Man's Journey ($4.99)

Duck Warfare

Duck Warfare isn't a brand new game, but given that it's currently on sale for free, it's definitely worth checking out this week.

This is a fun and cartoony action game in which you command an army of ducks trying to fight back against the GÜSCO corporation (pronounced "goose-co") who are trying to take over and develop the local park.

The controls are dead simple — you cast ducks onto the battlefield as they fight to keep the construction workers and their vehicles at bay. There are 24 different ducks to unlock and fight with that each has its own unique abilities and animations, and five areas to battle in. The graphics are simple and cartoony and the gameplay starts out very easily but it does get more challenging as you progress. There's even a Flappy Bird clone thrown in just for kicks!

This is a great game for kids and casual gamers that's ad-free with no in-app purchases… and it's currently available for free so check it out!

Download: Duck Warfare (Free)

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3 days ago

LG publishes patents for two foldable phone concepts

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The slow march to a foldable smartphone future continues.

The mobile industry has been dreaming about folding smartphones for years at this point, but in 2018, we're closer to this becoming a reality than ever before. New details recently emerged about Samsung's "Galaxy X" foldable phone, and following this, new patents have been discovered for two folding phone concepts that LG has in the works.

Looking at LG's first concept, the device is made out of two individual bodies that house a single screen. You get a full, tablet-like display when the phone is open, but when you close it, you end up with a very narrow candy-bar shape. A second screen on the front shows information like the time and weather when it's closed, and on the back is a camera module.

The second version is mostly the same, but a back panel moves to the side to reveal a small transparent section of the main display that's used for notifications, time, date, etc.

LG's patents certainly look interesting and are likely the way of the future, but it's unclear if/when these will ever come to market. The patents were first filed back in July of 2017 before being published this month, and while that could be a sign that LG is ready to move forward with them, only time will tell if this turns out to be true.

If you had to choose between one of these two concepts as LG's foldable phone design, which do you prefer and why?

LG might announce an upgraded V30 at MWC instead of the G7

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3 days ago

Amazon to raise cost of monthly Prime membership by $2 in February

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A bad deal gets worse.

If you're paying monthly instead of annually for your Amazon Prime membership, it's going to cost you a bit more each month. Amazon will be raising the price by $2 per month starting on February 18, and the change applies to both new and existing customers. This will bring the monthly fee from $10.99 up to $12.99, meaning that you'll be paying just under $156 for a year of Prime membership. Those who pay the annual $99 fee will not see a price increase from these changes, nor will any of the awesome benefits of Prime be changing.

From GeekWire's report:

Amazon said the price increase does not affect the annual membership option, which will remain at $99. With the price increase, the monthly option will now equal slightly less than $156 for a year. Amazon has been investing heavily in Prime, bringing it to new markets and creating additional benefits and original content. Those moves, plus regular increases in fees from shipping partners, are among the factors contributing to the price increase.

Amazon says it has no preference on the annual versus monthly option. However, offering a monthly service with no contract or guarantee carries with it a cost to manage and volatility that isn't present with the more dependable annual option.

The cost for students will be increasing to $6.49 a month and the standalone Prime Video subscription will be $8.99. The best deal continues to be the $99 annual subscription, and this price increase just makes it even more valuable.

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3 days ago

Top 5 VR180 videos you can watch on YouTube with Daydream

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The best of YouTube VR180

From live performances to pre-recorded films, you have plenty of options for the types of videos available in virtual reality. Although most common, 360° videos aren't the only viewing option for VR. You can experience almost the same amount of fun with a 180° video! Yeah, you might not be able to turn all the way around to see the scenery behind you but that's okay! It's just as fun to still be able to move your head around to focus on all the things in your sights.

Travel to Bangkok and experience the Buddha Temple

YouTube channel Oprod has filmed their entire trip to Thailand for you to experience in VR180. My personal favorite of this playlist has to be the experience from inside the Buddha temple. It's absolutely mesmerizing to see the sun shining in on the structure, creating an ambiance of serenity and beauty. Outside of the visuals, it's exciting to experience the excitement of traveling without having to leave your living room.

JamJam' live session at Tower Records

If you are as much of a music head as I am there is nothing you love more than experiencing a concert up close and personal. Well, there is one thing better and that's a live jam session where they've mashed some of the best musicians together to perform for you. Jammcard brought exactly this to the table by uploading a VR180 video of a performance at Tower Records. Better watch this video standing up, as this jazzy sound is sure to get your feet moving.

I'm Poppy.

I'm Poppy. I am Poppy. I am Poppy?

Poppy is definitely in a love or hate relationship with all of her viewers. Regardless of whether you love or hate her, she has responded to the viewer's interest in virtual reality by releasing this... interesting video. There is always a sort of uncomfortable entertainment when I watch her videos where I don't know if I want to laugh or cry, but for some reason, I'm addicted. Just a warning, if you jump into the world of virtual reality with her you might not leave!

First We Feast interview with Sean Evans from Hot Ones

If you haven't heard of First We Feast, I recommend checking them out. Their host Sean interviews your favorite celebrities while both of them eat wings that increase in heat as they go further. Not only do they cover hot topics, but they also cover hot sauces. If you're a fan of watching interviews in your spare time, these are definitely some to give a look. While watching through the VR180 experience it's almost as if your sitting right at the table with them. So order yourself some hot wings to include yourself in the party and click the link above!

Teen Choice Awards

There is always this general opinion that the Teen Choice Awards are only for teenagers to enjoy, and that's not true. I know plenty of adults who spend their time on the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon and not because the kids in their house are forcing them to. When you find yourself so invested in these young stars you want to see what the face being your favorite character can achieve in their life! Do just that with the Teen Choice Awards, and one-up your viewing experience by visualizing yourself standing right in front of your favorite actors with the VR180 experience.

Thoughts?

What did you think of the videos above? What do you think will be your favorite genre of videos to watch in virtual reality? Tell us in the comments below!

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3 days ago

LG might announce an upgraded V30 at MWC instead of the G7

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A report claims LG will unveil another version of the V30 at MWC 2018 with new AI tech.

Just a few weeks ago, we were expecting to get our very first look at the LG G7 during Mobile World Congress this coming February. However, following LG's CEO's decision to scrap current development of the phone and start over from scratch, this is no longer the case.

The LG V30

This decision left us wondering if the company would have anything to show off at this year's MWC, and according to a new report from The Korea Herald, LG may announce an upgraded version of the V30 in place of the G7's absence.

The phone is supposedly being referred to as the "V30+a", and the main focus of the new model would be improved artificial intelligence features. It's believed that these new features could be based on the Google Assistant, but I find it a bit odd that Google would use a phone outside of its Pixel brand to debut new Assistant goodies.

It's also possible that LG will show off its own AI tech like HTC did with Sense Companion on the U Ultra, but seeing as how that went nowhere, I don't envision this being LG's saving grace either.

If this AI-centric V30 does turn out to be legit, what new features would you like to see?

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3 days ago

Google Now is being left to wither and die as Google Assistant takes the focus

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Google Now feed on the Pixel 2 XL

One of Google's standout features has been left to die, and that's sad to see.

Google Now used to be really useful. It used to be so good that I only used Google Now Launcher on every phone because I needed to have Google Now just a swipe away on my home screen. Any other launcher felt like it was keeping me disconnected from information that I relied on every day.

As we turned the calendar over to 2018, and just spent a week at CES 2018 seeing a huge emphasis on Google Assistant, it looks like Google's happy to let the traditional Google Now feature set — aka the "feed" — wither and die. In the past six months, Google Now has gone from a must-have feature to something I have stopped looking at regularly and even forgotten about for days at a time. It's no longer helpful, insightful or useful.

Google Now feed on the Pixel

Every morning, I used to unlock my phone, swipe to the right on my home screen and scroll through Google Now. I'd get updates on the weather, traffic, sports scores, upcoming calendar events, reminders about important emails and more. Throughout the day, when something was really important, I'd get a notification telling me about it — things like a stark change in the weather, an accident on my route to an appointment or breaking news.

Google Now used to be the start of my daily routine; now it's an afterthought, at best.

Now, my engagement with Google Now (ahem, feed) is sporadic and mostly disappointing. Swiping over on my home screen today shows me ... just a bunch of poorly-targeted news stories. Some based on things I like, others perhaps tangentially so, and many that are clearly jumping out on a limb to show me what's "trending" even though I have no interest in it. How did the once-wonderful Google Now turn into the same annoying throwaway feature as Samsung's Flipboard Briefing and HTC's News Republic in BlinkFeed?

Google Now no longer shows me a single piece of information on appointments, calendar events, commute times or anything of the sort. I rarely get reminders for upcoming events or bills or other information from Gmail. There's one small card with upcoming weather, but that's just about the easiest possible thing to show and is available anywhere.

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A subset of these things has been moved behind an "upcoming" button — one that's found in different places depending on your phone and launcher — and even in here I don't get the same great layout of up-to-date information at a glance that I once had. It's not even close, actually. This was the reason to use Google Now, and it's relegated to a second press and a different interface, entirely removed from the spontaneity and immediacy of being right there next to my main home screen. The useful notifications, too, have disappeared. At best I'll get a reminder about a sports game starting or a big drop in a stock ticker I've searched. Sigh.

What the hell is Google doing with the Google Now feed? Ignoring it, as far as I can tell.

Google Assistant on the Google Pixel 2 XL

As Google Now dies a slow death, Google Assistant has of course taken the focus. Many of the core features of Google Now in terms of following what you do and what you like to tailor answers and information to you in particular is integrated into the new Assistant experience. It works across a variety of devices, with and without screens, and does so primarily with voice interactions — and that's precisely the reason why it can't replace Google Now in the way I used to love it. Google Assistant works great for a question and answer, or a short interaction with a couple of phrases — but the number of visual interactions are extremely limited, as are the ways that Assistant can "push" information to you when you need it.

The 'old' Google Now and new Google Assistant can work together in harmony — and that's what I want.

In many ways, the "old" Google Now was a far better assistant than Google Assistant is today. Today's version of Google Assistant is sitting there, waiting to help you when you ask it to — and it's ridiculously smart when you do. But a proper personal assistant does things before you ask, and has information waiting for you before you're ready to see it. Google Now may not know if you prefer coffee or tea in the morning, but it will prepare both before you're out of bed; Google Assistant knows your drink preferences, but it sits there and waits for you to wake up, shuffle into the kitchen and say "Google, make me some coffee" before it does anything. That's a key difference in user experience.

With how little the two services actually overlap, it wouldn't be a stretch to think that they could be put together on your phone. Bring back Google Now as it once was: a visual feed of super-useful information based on all sorts of data Google has about you and your habits. Stop pushing piles of useless news that I don't care about, or let me turn it off entirely. And take this renewed respect for how good Google Now was and put it dead-center with the Google Assistant's interface on my phone. When I talk to it, give me the Assistant's voice commands and knowledge base. But if I just want to scroll and see what's there for me before I even ask, let me have it in the same place.

Until then, I won't be using Google Now anymore.

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3 days ago

The U.S. smartphone industry has an LG problem

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LG needs to rebuild, but it may be too late.

A few years ago, I was in New York for the launch of the LG G3. It was the first phone I'd touched with a Quad HD display and was pretty well built (though plastic) and fairly fast (though not the fastest) and overall people seemed pretty happy with the phone. That year, the company went on to sell over 10 million of them, so LG must have been fairly happy.

Back in New York, though, in a room filled with other journalists, members of LG's executive team explained how the G3 was the culmination of what its loyal customers wanted. That it took feedback from its millions of fans and turned that advice, as best it could, into a phone — one that went on to sell well over 10 million units.

This past week, LG announced that its mobile division lost money for the 11th consecutive quarter. Its vice chairman and CEO, Jo Seong-jin, said in an interview that "We will unveil new smartphones when it is needed. But we will not launch it just because other rivals do. We plan to retain existing models longer by, for instance, unveiling more variant models of the G series or V series." While it's been rumored that LG may scrap the so-called G7, or the entire "G" name altogether, the company says it will launch a successor to the G6 "when the time is right." Here's what a company representative told Android Central.

"The successor to the G6 is on schedule and the official name will be announced when the time is right. Until then, reports of a decision being made on the timing and name are all speculative."

LG's in a good position to do this, since, despite losses in the mobile space, its overall business is thriving. The company leads the field in OLED television innovation, and had a banner year in appliance sales. Its LG Display business is ramping up quickly, even though hiccups led to the problematic Pixel 2 XL.

To us in North America, especially those attuned to the highs and lows of the quickly-changing mobile industry, LG's market share plateau and tepid customer loyalty sees a company in retreat, as so many others, from Nokia to Palm to BlackBerry have done before it. But LG's business is diverse and robust, and we only see the proverbial tip of the iceberg; back in native South Korea, LG enjoys enormous influence, and like Samsung dominates a wide range of industries, from manufacturing to robotics to autonomous vehicles and even medical equipment.

LG has a great relationship with the Big Four U.S. carriers, which means a retrenchment is not a death knell.

It's important to point this out because it helps explain why LG has, despite failing to find success in the smartphone space, maintained the twice-yearly release cadence that many Android manufacturers have slid into since 2014 or so. Smartphones are not just potential profit vehicles but hero products that, for LG, Samsung, Sony and other vertically-integrated companies, consolidate and focus expertise in disparate areas into a single point. Indeed, it's presumed that Sony has never made any money from its smartphone business, but feels it needs to make them because the smartphone is the center of our digital lives. Sony also makes the imaging sensors that go into almost every high-end smartphone.

But this brings us to today: LG is all but admitting defeat — last year it released two of its best phones ever in the G6 and V30, but hasn't managed to move the needle above 10% market share in the U.S. At the same time, Chinese competition from Oppo, Vivo, and Huawei have affected its place in Asian markets, reinforcing its need to do well in the U.S.

The irony in all of this is that LG's mobile revenue is actually increasing, and that the G6 led to a 9% rise in smartphone sales in the U.S. in the third quarter. But the company faced extremely strong competition from Samsung and Apple, and that trend won't soon abate. The U.S. market is becoming a two-horse race, dividing its riches between Samsung and Apple with very little left for even the strongest of third parties. Huawei's thwarted attempting to enter the U.S. market should be a soothing reprieve for LG and others — the Chinese company is the world's number three smartphone vendor and had every intention of dethroning the dominant players before long — but will not ultimately change anything.

This context somewhat justifies LG's decision to rethink its entire mobile strategy, and stop committing to annual product refreshes. People are holding onto their phones for longer, and only a small number replace them on an annual basis, despite carrier leasing deals encouraging frequent trade-ins.

LG's excellent relationship with the Big Four U.S. carriers likely means that any changes made to release cadences will be met with approval and understanding, and the change in strategy may mercifully mean less time between announcement and release. But there is unlikely to be any one recipe for a resurgence in the U.S. market, and LG's recent struggles reinforce the difficulty in finding success in great products.

Update, January 22: This article has been updated with comment from LG and to clarify that the "G" lineup, and the G6 successor, is still on target for release.

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How to install the OxygenOS Open Beta on your OnePlus phone

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OxygenOS beta builds let you test-drive the latest features before they're released to the public.

OnePlus has steadily added features to OxygenOS over the years, making it one of the best manufacturer skins around. The simplicity of OxygenOS combined with its extensibility allows both normal users and enthusiasts alike to the platform.

OnePlus rolls out a steady stream of updates to its devices, but if you're looking to get an early look at the features that are currently in the pipeline, you'll have to download the beta builds. Open beta builds available for all devices released in the last eighteen months, which include the OnePlus 3/3T, OnePlus 5, and the OnePlus 5T.

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These are all the Android One phones available today

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Here's what you need to know about the current wave of Android One phones.

The first iteration of the Android One program turned out to be a failure due to a combination of bad timing and poor marketing. Google wasn't able to effectively advertise the devices to the masses, and as a result, the audience it was trying to target never knew about the phones that were available.

So Google went back to the drawing board and settled on a two-pronged strategy: Android One got a facelift and moved to the mid-tier segment to fill the void left by the Nexus program, and Android Go was envisaged for the entry-level category.

We're yet to see Android Go devices in the market, but the reintroduction of Android One bears a closer look. Several phones have debuted over the course of the last five months, and for the first time Google has launched Android One-branded devices in the U.S. in the Moto X4 and the HTC U11 life. With handsets available across a wide variety of markets and price points, there's no dearth of choice if you're looking for a capable phone with pure Android.

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Xiaomi's 50-inch Mi TV 4A offers 4K HDR for just $375

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Xiaomi's latest Mi TV packs a punch.

By now, you should be familiar with Xiaomi's obsessive focus on quality and value for money. That's what allowed the brand to swiftly rise up the ranks in China and India, and its latest product epitomizes those qualities. Xiaomi has introduced a 50-inch variant in the Mi TV 4A series, which offers a 4K panel with HDR and Dolby audio for just $375.

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4 days ago

What's new on Amazon Prime Video for February 2018

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We've got a month of 2018 under our belts, and Amazon's got a new month of sweet offerings on Prime Video. Here's what's coming up in February 2018!

Well, we made it. The first month of 2018 is nearly behind us. And so we'll be leaving behind 31 long days. Or short days, because it's still winter in half the world. Whatever. Amazon Prime Video has a bunch of new movies and Originals coming to all of your screens in February. Your TV. Your Fire TV. Your phone. Your Fire Tablet. Your Fire Phone. (OK, maybe I'm the only person who had one of those.)

If you're a fan of open-wheel racing, GRAND PRIX Driver goes inside the secretive world of Formula 1 automobile racing. Which presumably is less secretive now that we're all going inside of it. And Season 4 of Mozart In the Jungle promises to bring us "new melodies that arise as Rodrigo and Hailey take their relationship public." So there's that. And the second half of the first season of the return of The Tick bites us!

In any event, this is going to be a lot of fun.

Amazon Prime Video has is one of the go-to destinations for on-demand content, thanks in no small part to devices like the $50 Amazon Fire Stick, the all-new $70 Amazon Fire TV, and even the $229 Amazon Echo Show.

But hardware is the easy part. Buy it once, and then use the heck out of it. What's not quite so easy is keeping up with everything that's new on Amazon Prime Video — because new shows are always coming and going.

So here's what's new in February 2018!

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Coming February 1

  • American Idiots (2013)
  • Black Spurs (1965)
  • The Cutting Edge (1992)
  • The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold (2006)
  • Daybreakers (2009)
  • A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
  • Gang Related (1997)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1967)
  • The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
  • Harsh Times (2006)
  • The Haunting (1999)
  • He Said, She Said (1991)
  • Hoodlum (1997)
  • Intersection (1994)
  • Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006)
  • Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
  • Manhattan (1979)
  • Manhunter (1986)
  • Mermaids (1990)
  • Mystic Pizza (1988)
  • An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
  • Red Dawn (1984)
  • Rollerball (2002)
  • Rollerball (1975)
  • Running Scared (1986)
  • Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985)
  • Sabrina (1995)
  • Slow Burn (2000)
  • Swimming with Sharks (1995)
  • Terms of Endearment (1983)
  • The Thaw (2009)
  • Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (1999)
  • The Warriors (1979)

Coming February 2

  • Absentia (Prime Original, 2017)

Coming February 4

  • My Dead Boyfriend (2016)

Coming February 6

  • Danica (2017)

Coming February 7

  • The Expanse (Season 2)

Coming February 8

  • Mother's Day (2016)

Coming February 9

  • GRAND PRIX Driver (Prime Original, Season 1)

Coming February 10

  • Breathe (2017)
  • No Stone Unturned (2017)

Coming February 11

  • Good Time (2017)
  • Run the Tide (2016)

Coming February 13

  • Stinky & Dirty Valentine's Day Special (Prime Original)
  • The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017)

Coming February 14

  • National Lampoon Presents Cattle Call (2008)
  • Star Trek (2009)

Coming February 16

  • Mozart in the Jungle (Prime Original, Season 4)
  • Human Flow (Amazon Original, 2017)
  • Logan Lucky (2017)

Coming February 18

  • Pocket Listing (2015)
  • Thanks for Sharing (2013)

Coming February 23

  • Thunderbirds are Go! (Prime Original, Season 4)

Previously, on Amazon video ...

Here's what was (or still is, depending on when you're reading this) new on Amazon Video in December:

Coming January 1

  • All is Lost (2013)
  • American Ninja (1985)
  • Assassination (1987)
  • Avenging Force (1986)
  • Babel (2006)
  • Baby Mama's Club (2010)
  • Black Rain (1989)
  • Brothers (2009)
  • Burning Blue (2014)
  • But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
  • Capote (2005)
  • Coming Soon (1999)
  • Cool World (1992)
  • Cross Bronx (2004)
  • Dangerous Curves (1989)
  • Doctor Who (Season 10)
  • Drop Dead Sexy (2006)
  • Evolution (2001)
  • Flawless (1999)
  • Freedom Writers (2007)
  • Hamlet (1990)
  • Highway (2012)
  • Horsemen (2009)
  • Hustle & Flow (2005)
  • Invaders from Mars (1986)
  • Love and Death (1975)
  • Love Story (1970)
  • Murphy's Law (1986)
  • Platoon Leader (1988)
  • Pretty Bird (2008)
  • Primitive (2011)
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  • Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  • Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
  • Revolutionary Road (2008)
  • Richard the Lionheart (2013)
  • Show of Force (1990)
  • Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
  • Step Into Liquid (2003)
  • Street Smart (1987)
  • The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish (Amazon Original)
  • The Perfect Weapon (1991)
  • The Presidio (1988)
  • The Wraith (1987)
  • Thelma & Louise (1991)
  • Uncommon Valor (1983)
  • Words and Pictures (2013)
  • Zodiac (2007)

Coming January 5

  • The Devil's Double (2011)

Coming January 6

  • Grimm (Season 6)

Coming January 7

  • A Ghost Story (2017)

Coming January 9

  • Prime Suspect: Tennison (Season 1)

Coming January 12

  • Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams (Amazon Original)

Coming January 16

  • My Mother & Other Strangers

Coming January 17

  • The Midwife (2017)

Coming January 19

  • Just Add Magic (Amazon Original, Season 2)
  • Wonderstruck (Amazon original, 2017)

Coming January 30

  • Grantchester (Season 3)
  • Remember Me

Coming January 31

  • xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (2016)

Updated Jan. 18, 2018: February's listings are here!!!

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Google is giving away a free pen loop to Pixelbook owners

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It's a pretty simple solution, but it's better than nothing.

In addition to the Pixelbook itself, Google also released the Pixelbook Pen alongside it. The Pixelbook Pen is a $100 stylus that allows you to doodle on the Pixelbook and easily call upon the Google Assistant, and while its price might be tough to swallow, it's a really fun accessory if you've got the cash to cover it.

However, as great as the Pixelbook Pen is, one thing I always thought was a bit odd is that there's no way to store the Pen inside the Pixelbook like you can with the Samsung Chromebook Pro/Plus. I'm crossing my fingers that this is something we see with the Pixelbook 2, but until then, Google is giving current Pixelbook owners a free loop for their Pen.

The loop attaches to the side of the Pixelbook's base using an adhesive, and once you stick it on, that's about all there is to it. You can slide the Pen in and out of it as you wish, and you can still use the Pixelbook in any of its four modes.

If you have a Pixelbook now, you can fill out your information through Google's promotion page to have your loop send to you free of charge. Also, while it's not explicitly mentioned, my guess is that Google will start including these by default with future Pixelbook purchases.

Deal: Buy a Pixelbook, get the Pen for free ($99 value)

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4 days ago

Best Place to Buy your PlayStation Aim Controller

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Taking PlayStation VR to the next level

With games like Bravo Team and Farpoint being released for the PlayStation VR, the need for an Aim Controller gets that much harder to silence as the days go on. Well, no worries, I've done the work of comparing prices and site reviews for you! This way you know you're not only getting the best deals, but they're also from the best sites. Check out below to see the buying options for your new PlayStation Gear!

Not playing a PSVR and simply looking for a new Aim Controller to play your Move games? Options for that are below as well!

PlayStation VR bundle

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If you haven't bought a PSVR system yet but you already know you're going to want the coolest games that are compatible with the Aim Controller you might as well go for the full bundle. NewEgg offers a stellar deal at $799.99 for you to get everything you'll need for the PSVR and even a game to start you off!

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Aim controller bundle

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Maybe you already have the PSVR but are still interested in a bundle that comes with a game. Well, for $79.99 NewEgg bring you that deal, complete with the Aim Controller and Farpoint VR. Considering the Aim Controller itself goes for about $60-70 dollars I'd say this deal is pretty stellar.

See at NewEgg

Buying options for just the controller

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If you've already got your games and you're just looking for the controller, here are the buying options. As it stands, Best Buy offers the best deal at $59.99, where Walmart sells theirs for $71.99.

If you hate ordering online or live close to a Walmart, fret not. They do have their price match options, meaning they can match the price at Best Buy to meet your convenience. Both are listed below for you to make the decision!

See at Walmart

See at Best Buy

Buying used controllers

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As it stands, this options is not worth it. The prices on the most common sites for buying used tech are almost the same as the price of buying it new. When you add the risk of possible complications it makes it hard to be worth it. I just can't see the (roughly) 15 dollars you're going to save being worth the risk.

But, here's a few notes if you choose to go that route. When buying used technology please always keep in mind and be prepared for a scam. Request videos of the devices working and inquire about up-to-date images and not just stock photos. Most importantly, always meet in a public place if buying anything offline where you have to meet in person for delivery.

Aim Controllers for your PlayStation Move

U.S Army Elite Force Assault Rifle Controller For PlayStation 3 & Move

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Walmart offers a nifty camo gun for you to feel like a right and proper soldier while playing games on your PlayStation Move. For $22.99 you can get this adorable army gun for your gaming experience. Not compatible with PSVR

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Move Perfect Aim Pistol

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On Amazon, you can find a one-handed PlayStation Move gun. This small, compact gun is a little fragile so certainly not recommended if it's going to be used in a house with small children (or reckless adults). Not compatible with PSVR

See on Amazon


How about you?

Where did you buy your PlayStation Aim Controller? Did you find a better deal? Tell us in the comments below!

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Amazon

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4 days ago

Android Wear 2.8 adds system-wide black theme

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Gray is so 2017.

For those of you that continue to march on and use Android Wear, a new 2.8 update should be arriving on your wrists soon. When it does, you'll likely notice that things look a bit darker. According to a thread on Reddit, updating to Android Wear 2.8 gets rid of Android Wear's system-wide gray background and replaces it with a black one.

As you can see in the pictures below, this black color is found on the quick settings page, the app drawer, notification shade, etc. I personally never had any issues with the old gray theme, but the new black coat of paint looks incredibly sleek.

Users have reported getting the new look on the Huawei Watch 2 and original Huawei Watch, but it's unclear at this time if the black theme is only available for watches with an AMOLED display.

Also, as Droid Life points out, the naming for the software doesn't make a lot of sense. The Android Wear app on your phone will be updated from 2.7.0.177669439 to 2.7.0.180439970, but the actual software on your Android Wear watch will change to 2.8.0.181612071.

If you're still rocking an Android Wear watch, have you gotten this update yet? Drop a comment down below and let us know!

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