Sling TV now available on Amazon’s Fire HDX and HD tablets

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Sling TV can now be streamed with Amazon’s current-generation Fire HDX and HD tablets. The internet TV service is available as a free download from Amazon’s Appstore, and new subscribers can start with a 14-day trial before committing to Sling’s $20-per-month subscription. Sling TV already works on Amazon’s Fire TV streaming products as well as Android and iOS at large, plus a slew of set-top boxes and desktop PCs.

Support across platforms is no problem, and Dish doesn’t have to worry about ESPN walking away from its service in the near future. If there’s one downside with Sling TV right now, it’s that the product’s user interface and general layout haven’t changed or improved much since launching at the start of this year. Aside from…

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Final Fantasy XV’s driving looks wonderfully ridiculous

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We know a few things about Final Fantasy XV, the upcoming, and much-anticipated new release in the RPG series. We know it will have an emotional, and possibly nonsensical story. We know that it stars what appears to be a four piece Japanese boy band. And thanks to the latest trailer, we also know that the open-world game will have some surprisingly in-depth driving gameplay.

You’ll have the option to either drive yourself or let a digital chauffeur handle things for you. And there are four different camera modes: you can watch events from a first-person perspective; there’s a “joyride view” that lets you watch the boys interact, while their mullets flap in the breeze; there’s a more zoomed out “tail view”; and a scenic view where you…

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Google+ Brings Its Interest-Based “Collections” Feature To iOS

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ios-graphic.001 Google+ Collections, the company’s effort at establishing its Google+ social network as more of a Pinterest competitor (since taking on Facebook didn’t go so well), has launched today in the iOS version of the Google+ app. The idea with this newer feature is to allow users to congregate around their shared interests, like video games or cooking, for example. With Collections, any… Read More

The new Apple TV may support Bluetooth game controllers

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Apple is expected to unveil a new version of the Apple TV next week, and it’s supposed to start getting into gaming. According to 9to5Mac, the Apple TV will begin supporting Bluetooth game controllers that are about as capable as what you’d use to control a console. The report says that the Apple TV will support pressure-sensitive buttons, joysticks, and basic motion control — that’s nothing out of the ordinary, but it’s enough to play more than the casual games that currently work best on iOS. It’s likely that these controllers will be made by third parties, not Apple.

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The engineered dreams behind your favorite toys

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Remember how much joy you got out of your toys as a kid? Of setting up intricate battles between Jedi action figures and Tickle Me Elmo? Of building elaborate castle-turned-space station with Lego blocks? Of wondering if there really are rules to Mouse Trap outside of just building the thing and then hoping it works? (There’s joy in that, somewhere.) As simple as these toys might seem, their creation is a complicated blend of arts of engineering — of dreaming big and turning those dreams into reality.

On this week’s episode of Top Shelf, we talk with Judy Ellis, founder and chair of the toy design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology — the world’s first such program, whose alumni have assuredly had some material impact on your…

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Google Starts Deprecating Web Hosting Support In Google Drive

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google_drive One of the lesser-known features of Google Drive has always been its ability to host basic web sites for free. If you only found out about this from the preceding sentence, you now have one year to enjoy this tool. Google today announced that it will deprecate the web hosting service starting today and will turn it off completely on August 31, 2016. Read More

Smaato Ad Report Shows Big Growth On The Mobile Web

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smaato report Ad spending on the mobile web doubled in the first half of 2015 (compared to the same period last year), according to a new report from Smaato. Specifically, Smaato saw its total ad spend split between 62 percent on apps and 38 percent on the mobile web. So the mobile web is still pretty far behind, but it’s doing better than it was in 2014, when the breakdown was 72 percent… Read More

Apple And Cisco Ink Nebulous Enterprise Partnership

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apple-wwdc-20150411 Apple playing nicely with enterprise companies is a sight for sore eyes. The edict that Microsoft has enterprise on lockdown is dissipating. Huge enterprise player Cisco and Apple announced a “Fast Lane” for iOS enterprise users, which promises a more streamlined and optimized experience for those enterprise customers using Cisco networks and products. There aren’t a lot… Read More

Prepare Yourself For A Rollicking Bitcoin Panel At TechCrunch Disrupt

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bitcoin rainbow What do you get when you put a Casares, a Popper, and a Lee on stage? Some Bitcoin madness, that’s what. Join us at Disrupt in San Francisco next month to talk to some of the biggest names in cryptocurrency – entrepreneur Wences Casares, New York Times writer Nathaniel Popper, and China’s bitcoin king, Bobbie Lee – about what’s next for BTC. These three folks are… Read More

Make Your Own Waterproof Matches

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waterproofMatches_1You may have already heard about using wax to create your own waterproof matches. Here’s a related idea that I like — using broken pieces of crayon to do the same thing on strike-anywhere wooden matches. The process couldn’t be easier: Fire up your lighter, and hold the tip of […]

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Get ready for Destiny: The Taken King with this Led Zeppelin trailer

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Destiny‘s biggest expansion yet, The Taken King, is almost here, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with some Led Zeppelin. The expansion’s latest trailer shows off some of what you can expect from the new content pack, and it does so to the tune of “Black Dog.” This isn’t the first time Destiny has paired with Led Zeppelin — Bungie did something similar for a live-action trailer around the original game’s launch. It’s definitely a better choice than a Paul McCartney hologram. The Taken King is launching on September 15th.

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Remembering Wes Craven, the horror master that got into our heads

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As a general rule, those that work in horror don’t get a ton of respect. Part of it’s the B-movie ghetto of the genre itself; part of it’s the indelicate work of plumbing the subconscious. Allowing people to confront the cruel, grisly truths of life through storytelling is an essential form of catharsis, but it doesn’t necessarily make for polite dinner conversation. So when I heard last night that Wes Craven, the writer-director behind movies like A Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream, had died at the age of 76, I jumped online, expecting token mentions and minor blurbs — but I found something else instead.

CNN called him a “visionary filmmaker.” The New York Times: a “horror master.” “Legend“; “Maestro“; the accolades went on and on.

T…

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If Justin Bieber wants to grow up, he has to stop apologizing

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Do you remember the exact moment at which you found yourself overwhelmed by the character of Justin Bieber, Prodigal Son at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards? Was it the second where Bieber disappeared into a dark crowd, letting a canned voice-over about his “journey” wash over the audience like some redemptive wave? Did it happen when he reappeared and was hoisted into the air to finish singing his new single “What Do You Mean?” like a finely coiffed little angel? What about the lingering shot of Bieber sobbing post-performance, trying to find his composure while host / glittery hellion Miley Cyrus yammered on about defiling his person? I’m still trying to pinpoint the instant at which the forgiveness of Bieber’s sins, real or…

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Five ways Star Wars makes Disney Infinity a lot better

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The Disney Infinity games have always been filled with promise. From the first release in 2013, the premise has been appetizing for Disney fans: combine characters from properties ranging from The Incredibles to Pirates of the Caribbean, and throw them together in a virtual toy box where you can essentially build whatever you like. Add in some real life collectible toys that can be scanned into the game, just like with Skylanders, and you have a recipe for success.

Unfortunately, across its first two releases, the Infinity series has left much to be desired — it can be needlessly complicated, and the actual game elements aren’t always that fun. But the latest game in the series improves on the formula quite a bit. And the best changes…

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Hit Video Messaging App Dubsmash Raises $5.5 Million Led by Index Ventures

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dubsmash Dubsmash, a roughly two-year-old, 15-person, Berlin-based startup whose video messaging app lets users create and share dubbed “selfie” videos (you choose a famous audio clip, then record yourself lip-syncing the words or lyrics), has just raised $5.5 million in Series A funding.
Index Ventures led the round, with firm cofounder Danny Rimer joining the… Read More

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