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Netflix offline playback is being added

Netflix has long said that it had no intention of ever offering an offline playback mode for when you’re stuck on an airplane or anywhere else with no internet connection. But it seems like the company is changing course: An enigmatic tweet from the Netflix account says that “your favorite stories are now available for download any time.” It’s accompanied by a cute video...

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xHamster passwords appear online

Members of the porn site xHamster should be changing their passwords today after a set of nearly 380,000 usernames, emails and poorly hashed passwords appeared online. The subscription-only breach notification site LeakBase has published the set of login credentials, which Motherboard reports were being traded online. It’s not clear exactly where the database originated, but it contains information for only a small subset of...

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VLC media player 360-degree video support coming

VLC, the app that lets you play basically any video format on practically any platform, is about to add support for a whole new medium. The company just unveiled a technical preview that enables its desktop app to play 360-degree videos, so folks can watch their dizzying footage on their computers. The preview is now available for Windows and Mac machines, and the full...

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Google to punish mobile sites with hard to dismiss popups

Google today announced two major changes related to its mobile search results. The one you’ll probably notice first is that Google is removing the “mobile-friendly” label that highlighted pages that were easy to read on mobile from its mobile search results pages. In the long run, though, the second change may be more wide-reaching: starting on January 10, 2017, the company will start punishing...

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Netflix 4K streaming for Windows 10 and Kaby Lake CPUs

Although Netflix has yet to make an official announcement, Windows Blog editor-in-chief Mollie Ruiz-Hopper said on Monday that Windows 10 customers can now stream content from the popular online media provider at a 3,840 × 2,160 (4K) resolution. This is an exclusive Microsoft Edge feature for Netflix subscribers on a Windows 10 PC or 2-in-1 device. Ruiz-Hopper couldn’t make this announcement without a little...

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Google reverses Pixel reseller ban

Google has now lifted a controversial ban which wiped out the digital identities — meaning Gmail accounts, access to photos, voicemails and files — of those consumers who used a tax loophole to profit from reselling their Pixel smartphones. The affected people were, in fact, in violation of Google’s Terms of Service, which prohibits you from commercially reselling any device. However, Google’s disproportionate response to...

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Students solve Facebook’s fake news problem in 36 hours

Facebook is facing increasing criticism over its role in the 2016 US presidential election because it allowed propaganda lies disguised as news stories to spread on the social-media site unchecked. The spreading of false information during the election cycle was so bad that President Barack Obama called Facebook a “dust cloud of nonsense.” And Business Insider’s Alyson Shontell called Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s reaction...

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iPhone touch disease is users fault says Apple, offers $149 fix

Apple has finally admitted to the existence of the mysterious iPhone ailment that caused unresponsive screens and came to be called the “touch disease.” The Cupertino firm’s diagnosis? User error. Or, more specifically, user fumbling. “Apple has determined that some iPhone 6 Plus devices may exhibit display flickering or Multi-Touch issues after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress...

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Google acquires LeapDroid and cancels emulator

Google has added another company to its ever-growing list of acquisitions and this may actually be a step towards the marriage of Android and Chrome. Game-specializing Android emulator LeapDroid has made the announcement that they are joining the tech giant. They have not made specific plans as of yet and as of this writing they are still “not affiliated” with Google, but it will...

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Amazon ordered to refund children’s in-app purchases

A judge has ordered Amazon to refund the parents of children who made in-app purchases on Kindle and Android devices without their consent between 2011 and 2014. Seattle-based Judge John Coughenour ordered the firm to run the refund process for 12 months beginning in January 2017. It follows successful legal action by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). However the FTC’s call for a...