Tech News Feed

YouTube To Follow Amazon By Screening Its Movies Inside Theaters

SlashDot - 2 hours 38 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: Following YouTube's announcement last month that it intends to spend "hundreds of millions" on original content for Red, it's just unveiled plans for a YouTube-made movie that'll also be released in theaters. And unlike its previous effort, 2016's widely-regarded flop Lazer Team, this project has a serious name attached to it: Susan Sarandon. The film, Vulture Club, is already in post-production. It stars Oscar-winning Susan Sarandon as an emergency room nurse whose son has been kidnapped by terrorists, and after being abandoned by the government, finds help in the unlikeliest of places. The thriller also stars Edie Falco of The Sopranos and Matt Bomer of Magic Mike, and is directed by Iranian-American Maryam Keshavarz, of Circumstance fame. Despite being slated for theatrical release, details on YouTube's plans to actually get the movie into theaters are scarce.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Samsung's creepy TV ad hypnotizes you to forget a TV show - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 43 min ago
If you have 23 minutes and an open mind, Samsung promises a fresh binge-watch.

Facebook privacy settings make you work to stop the data sharing - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 48 min ago
Your Facebook friends can still share your info with third-party apps, though not as much data as researchers gleaned in the Cambridge Analytica case.

'What The Golf?' is the perfect game for people who don't care about golf

Engadget - 2 hours 53 min ago
Just when you thought we couldn't find any weirder games at GDC 2018, here comes another one. What The Golf?, created by Copenhagen-based developer Triband, is being billed as the perfect anti-golf adventure. That's due to the fact the title defies t...

Report: Best Buy Cuts Ties With Huawei

PCMag News - 2 hours 53 min ago
The move is a blow to Huawei, given that Best Buy was one of its only retail partners in the US.

Mozilla stops advertising on Facebook, citing data privacy - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 58 min ago
The Firefox maker said it would consider returning if Facebook strengthens its privacy settings.

'Deadpool 2' trailer is out, and the Merc is just as mouthy - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 9 min ago
Star Ryan Reynolds is as inappropriate and snarky as before in the first traditional trailer for the sequel.

Daniel Bryan's WWE return makes fans say YES to WrestleMania - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 20 min ago
After being sidelined for three years, Daniel Bryan announced Tuesday he's medically cleared to return to the ring. Fans are extremely happy about this.

Lego 'Tron Legacy' set lets you build neon light cycle battles - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 23 min ago
Don't get derezzed, assemble your own piece of the "Tron" grid instead.

Want smarter outdoor lighting at home? Here are your options - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 23 min ago
Whether for convenience, security or decoration, you've got a growing number of ways to bring smart lighting to your home's exterior. Let's take a look.

Cutting 'Old Heads' at IBM

SlashDot - 3 hours 23 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: As the world's dominant technology firm, payrolls at International Business Machines swelled to nearly a quarter-million U.S. white-collar workers in the 1980s. Its profits helped underwrite a broad agenda of racial equality, equal pay for women and an unbeatable offer of great wages and something close to lifetime employment, all in return for unswerving loyalty. But when high tech suddenly started shifting and companies went global, IBM faced the changing landscape with a distinction most of its fiercest competitors didn't have: a large number of experienced and aging U.S. employees. The company reacted with a strategy that, in the words of one confidential planning document, would "correct seniority mix." It slashed IBM's U.S. workforce by as much as three-quarters from its 1980s peak, replacing a substantial share with younger, less-experienced and lower-paid workers and sending many positions overseas. ProPublica estimates that in the past five years alone, IBM has eliminated more than 20,000 American employees ages 40 and over, about 60 percent of its estimated total U.S. job cuts during those years. In making these cuts, IBM has flouted or outflanked U.S. laws and regulations intended to protect later-career workers from age discrimination, according to a ProPublica review of internal company documents, legal filings and public records, as well as information provided via interviews and questionnaires filled out by more than 1,000 former IBM employees.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The best Roku features you might not be aware of

Engadget - 3 hours 23 min ago
Roku's media streamers have long received strong reviews from Engadget, thanks to their compact designs and high feature-to-price ratio. You probably know you can rearrange your home screen or listen privately with headphones plugged into the remote,...

Twitch brings polls, leaderboards and other Extensions to mobile

Engadget - 3 hours 37 min ago
Since launching six months ago, Twitch Extensions have seen more than 1.5 billion interactions on desktop. From today, they're available on mobile, so viewers can enjoy leader boards, polls, match histories and more, wherever you watch your streams....

Jaguar Land Rover testing new self-parking valet, V2X tech - Roadshow

CNET News - 3 hours 39 min ago
The British automaker is trialling next-gen automated and connected-car tech on public roads.

‘Monty Python’ is silly-walking onto Netflix

Engadget - 3 hours 51 min ago
A big chunk of Monty Python's catalog is coming to Netflix UK in April and the US later in the year. The slate includes the iconic films Monty Python & the Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life of Brian, along with TV series Monty Python's Flying Ci...

YouTube to 'Frustrate and Seduce' You Into Paying for Music

PCMag News - 3 hours 56 min ago
A YouTube-branded music subscription service is about to be launched, and ads will be used to frustrate you into subscribing.

The Elder Scrolls Online Is Free to Play Until March 27

PCMag News - 3 hours 56 min ago
Bethesda celebrates a new chapter of content for its MMO by letting us play the game for free for a few days.

Mark Zuckerberg answers key questions in scandal, but many remain - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 16 sec ago
Facebook’s CEO says that he's sorry about the Cambridge Analytica scandal affecting "tens of millions" and that he'd be willing to testify before Congress.

'Children of Morta' and the power of modern pixel art

Engadget - 4 hours 8 min ago
Children of Morta made me incredibly happy, scared, sad and fiercely determined, all within the span of 10 minutes and using only pixel art -- plus a few modern bells and whistles. It comes from Dead Mage and publisher 11 bit Studios, and it's an iso...

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is the way to wean yourself off of DSLRs

TechCrunch - 4 hours 8 min ago

Samsung has a new smartphone out, the Galaxy S9 (and S9+). It’s the latest flagship from one of the top smartphone makers in the world, but this year’s version has a lot in common with last year’s model, at least on the surface. The big focus (lol) this year was on the camera, and for good reason: Samsung stepped up its game significantly in this department with this update, and it comes closest to any smartphone camera I’ve tried yet to replicating some of the aspects of traditional photography that I love.

Arguably, other smartphone cameras, and the Pixel 2 in particular, can produce better photos. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is basically on par with that industry leader when it comes to quality of photos when shot in automatic mode – in some situations, including a lot of low-light scenarios, the S9 is better, but in others, like when there are big lightning differences across the scene, Google’s smartphone edges the Samsung. But either device (and the latest iPhones, if you’re going beyond Android) is going to be a fantastic photographic choice for most smartphone buyers, and that shouldn’t be a major concern when making a buying decision.

Where the Samsung Galaxy S9 really takes a leap forward is in bringing some of what has been so appealing about manual-friendly retro camera designs like those favoured by Fujifilm to the mobile realm. There are plenty of manual photography apps that do similar things, but the Galaxy S9 has its crucial dual aperture camera lens, which can manually switch from F/1.5 to F/2.4 in pro shooting mode. This gives you a noticeable degree of control over depth of field, or the effect of subtly blurring either background or foreground details depending on where you want to draw attention in the frame.

[gallery ids="1610658,1610659,1610660,1610661,1610662,1610663,1610664,1610665,1610666,1610667,1610668,1610669,1610670,1610671,1610672,1610673,1610674,1610675,1610676,1610677"]

It’s this small, but crucial detail that really drives the appeal of the S9 for me. Without it, it’d be difficult to roundly recommend it as a major upgrade from last year’s model, and hard to say that it can stand apart from the rest of the crowd, most of which now feature magnificent cameras.

The Galaxy S9 also produces pretty fantastic results with full-light photos outdoors, as you can see from the gallery, with vibrant, rich color that might be a bit artificial, but ultimately comes off looking like it includes the kind of minor boosts and tweaks I’d do while editing in post anyway. The video shooting is good, as well, though it lacks the degree of stabilization that Google’s Pixel 2 can provide when filming while in motion.

On the Galaxy S9+ (which I didn’t test, but spent a bit of time with ahead of launch), the dual-camera design provides even more balm for DSLR and mirrorless addicts, since it gives you access to that 2x manual zoom. But the standard S9 strikes a great balance in terms of portability, design and features, and honestly most people won’t often use the zoom lens anyway.

Another key feature of the S9 is its new super slow motion mode, which captures brief clips at 960 fps at 720p resolution. I had fun with this, but found its automatic mode frustrating (it rarely detected motion when I wanted it to, and often went either too early or too late to get the moment). Turning that to manual was again more fun, for many of the reasons described above, and more interesting in terms of results produced, like the clip below.

Super slow Mo on the Samsung Galaxy S9 can be tricky but it also pays off

A post shared by Darrell Etherington (@deewok) on Mar 18, 2018 at 12:14pm PDT

Other new features, including the AR Emoji, are less well-executed and will probably enter the dustbin of history with a lot of other Samsung exclusive features. That’s not necessarily a criticism however: Samsung trying a bunch of stuff and then introducing it into the wild for hundreds of millions of customers isn’t hurting anyone (though mode switching on the S9 is super sensitive to casual left and right swipes, meaning AR emoji could come up accidentally) and sometimes crazy stuff they try actually works. AR emojis is not one of those.