When Vizio unveiled its “new” 2017 P-Series and actually-new 2017 M-Series TVs on Tuesday, it seemed as though the company was making a quick return to the old smart TV approach of preloading apps like Hulu, Vudu, and others onto the sets. Last year, no apps were included on Vizio’s TVs out of the box; instead, they were designed as great looking displays that hooked into Google Chromecast, allowing owners to stream content from hundreds of apps using their own smartphone. But despite Vizio going so far as to bundle an Android tablet in the box, this concept likely confused some consumers.
So it is true that Vizio is making a change this year. A select few apps will come included out of the box to make things more convenient for people…
Earlier this week, Consumer Reportslowered its ratings for Tesla’s Model S and Model X vehicles, because the company had yet to enable an automatic emergency braking safety feature, six months after it was announced. Following the rating downgrade, Tesla began rolling out the feature to its vehicles, but only at speeds of up to 28 miles per hour.
The magazine published its report on Wednesday, and deducted points from the two models because Tesla hadn’t activated the system. Tesla announced a suite of updates back in October, including the automatic emergency braking system, but noted at the time that its wouldn’t be activated until they were “robustly validated.”
Looking for something to watch the other week, I took my colleague’s suggestion and checked out Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, the first film from La La Land director Damien Chazelle. It’s a scrappy, black-and-white, super-low-budget musical with the same interest in jazz but none of the production value.
I love getting to watch directors’ earliest features and seeing just how far they’ve come. Moonlight director Barry Jenkins also started with a black-and-white, low-budget feature — Medicine for Melancholy — just a year before Chazelle did. Likewise, it’s filled with the same kind of silences and simple, powerful moments as his latest, but it’s a world apart terms of how well the pieces come together. (Though Roger Ebert was a big…
In its statement, Amazon said that as it launched the program in 2015, it was building its own Appstore, and decided to end the Underground program while it continued to “expand the Amazon Appstore experience.” The company noted that access to the store will continue through the end of this summer, and that it will end support for the app in 2019.
Fire Tablet users will be able to use previously installed apps from the program, but “access to the…
Mother’s Day in the US is quickly approaching on May 14th, and along with several other notable deals, we’ve got a handful of on-sale gifts that’d be great for the mothers of the world, including 20 percent off Apple’s Beats X earbuds. As my colleague Chris Welch mentioned in his review, these neckbuds are so comfortable that you’ll often forget they’re wrapped around your neck. For $120, why not gift your mom these reliable earbuds; after all, she did bring you into the world, so that’s the least you can do for her, right?
May the 4th is also approaching, and you probably already know what that means. ThinkGeek already launched their big Star Wars sale which features up to 60 percent off over 150 Star Wars-themed products, including a B…
If you really liked James Mangold’s Logan, but wanted to watch it in monochrome, you’re in luck. The director announced on Twitter that the film would be getting a special black-and-white theatrical run on May 16th.
Mangold announced last month that he was working on a black and white cut, and told fans today that it would be coming to Blu-ray and DVD. He also confirmed that moviegoers will be able to see the film on the big screen one more time, but only in US theaters.
Suggestion. Hard core B&W loving LOGAN fans should not make any plans on the evening of May 16th.
A hacker has stolen the upcoming fifth season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, according to the Associated Press, and has reportedly released it via file-sharing websites.
The AP reports that a hacker called The Dark Overlord reportedly uploaded the first episode to file-sharing services earlier this morning and that they claim to have stolen shows from other studios. According to a release from the hacker, the remainder of the show’s stolen episodes have been made available through The Pirate Bay. The authenticity of the leaked episodes is not clear, and we’ve reached out to Netflix for comment.
This weekend, SpaceX is slated to do its very first national security mission for the US military — sending a spy satellite into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office. Dubbed NROL-76, the secretive payload is scheduled to go up on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket early Sunday morning from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. After launch, SpaceX will attempt to land the Falcon 9’s first stage — the 14-story high core of the rocket that contains the main engines and most of the fuel — on solid ground back at the Cape.
Just like with other NRO launches, we don’t really know much about this satellite’s final destination or what the probe will do when it gets there. And typically, broadcasts of NRO missions are cut a bit…