New Clarkson-less Top Gear will premiere on May 8th

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We’ve been hearing a lot about Amazon’s new big-budget car show with former Top Gear presenters Jeremey Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, but what about the future of the BBC show itself? New host Chris Evans revealed this weekend in an interview on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen that Top Gear proper will return to television on May 8th, 2016, according to The Guardian. That’s just three days after shooting for the 23rd season of the legendary show is planned to wrap up, according to Evans.

The British TV and radio host signed a three-year deal this past summer to helm Top Gear after the BBC chose not to renew Clarkson’s contract following a “fracas” with a producer. Fellow hosts Hammond and May left shortly thereafter, and the three…

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Adele’s 25 crushes single-week records with 3.38 million copies sold

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We already knew Adele’s 25, her first new album in nearly half a decade, was a monster hit. The album bested *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached single-week US record just a few days after release, when it crossed the 2.4 million mark. Now, 25‘s first week on sale is finally over, and the tally is in: it sold a massive 3.38 million copies in the US, according to Nielsen Music.

That figure not only crushes the US record for any album sold since Niesen (then SoundScan) started recording sales data in 1991, but it also beats the record for best first-week sales of an album in any territory. The record was previously held by Hikaru Utada, whose 2001 album Distance sold over 3 million albums in Japan.

The whole affair is even more impressive…

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Amazon teases Prime Air delivery and ‘a whole family’ of drones in new ad with Jeremy Clarkson

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Amazon is back with its latest vision for its Prime Air drone delivery system — and this time the company has brought its high-profile celebrity, TV show host and gear-head Jeremy Clarkson, along for the ride. In a slick new ad and FAQ pagepublished today, the company demonstrates what Prime Air could look like if and when regulators approve deliveries by unmanned aerial vehicles.

The ad shows a new prototype model of the Prime Air drone — this one looks larger and quite a bit more custom-tailored to deliveries than the model first shown a couple of years ago. The new model is larger, and features two propeller systems — one for vertical takeoff and another for horizontal travel to the destination.

“Different designs for different…

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Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone With Hybrid Design

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prime-air_04 Amazon delivered a lovely update on its ‘Prime Air’ project today — almost exactly two years after it showed the first iteration of its delivery drone. You know, the flying delivery drone that some thought was a massive joke meant for April 1st. Included are some high-res shots and two new videos.

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Cortana Coming To iOS, For 2000 Beta Testers

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TechCrunch, InformationWeek, PC World, and other sources report that Microsoft’s voice-recognition based personal assistant app Cortana is coming to iOS for a small group of beta testers.

From TechCrunch: According to the description that accompanies the test build of Cortana for iOS, Microsoft explains how the assistant can help Windows users with iPhones connect the two platforms. For example, Microsoft suggests how you can set reminders on your PC – like a reminder to pick up milk on the way home – then be notified via your iPhone when you’re on the road. … Testers report that the beta build is being distributed by Apple’s TestFlight. As one blogger and earlier tester points out that could mean only a small number of testers will be brought on initially, given TestFlight’s limitation of 2,000 testers per application. That may also explain why a good many who signed up for Cortana’s beta are saying that have still yet to receive their invite at this time. (A staged rollout is another possibility.)

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Legal Streaming: Build Your Audience Without Getting GG’ed

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streaming-games Tens of thousands of broadcasters, game developers, and fans converged on San Francisco’s Moscone Center during TwitchCon 2015 — Twitch’s inaugural celebration for the videogame streaming community. Since its launch in 2007, Twitch has grown into the world’s most popular streaming platform for video game and electronic sports Internet streaming, ranking fourth overall… Read More

Here’s What Cards Against Humanity Is Doing With The $71,145 They Made On Black Friday

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Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 1.16.00 PM While a lot of the US was out and about shopping for themselves or others for the holidays, Cards Against Humanity ran their own Black Friday campaign, asking for $5 and in return the buyer would get nothing. Nada. Zip. And the buyers (all 11,248 of them) LIKED it. Today, the team shared that they’d made a grand total of $71,145 in one day and let us in on what they would be buying… Read More

Everything coming to Netflix and Amazon Prime this December (and what to watch before it’s gone)

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Sure, you haven’t even started to recover from the joy and terror of Thanksgiving yet, but it’s already time to look ahead to the winter holiday season — and streaming video services want you to know that they have your back. Netflix will finally release its much-trailered Bill Murray holiday special on December 4th, starting the month off on a festive note before letting the much-dreaded Adam Sandler flick The Ridiculous Six out into the world just one week later. More importantly, Oscar hopeful Tangerine will also be arriving on Netflix, giving the film an even broader platform for its groundbreaking awards campaign.

Amazon, on the other hand, will be launching the second season of its acclaimed series Transparent on December 12th,…

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Dell-EMC Deal Facing Issues On Multiple Fronts

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dell-emc logo When the news broke in early October that Dell was planning on buying EMC for a whopping $67 billion, more than a few jaws dropped (including mine), but in the weeks since, reports have surfaced about multiple problems from tax issues to VMware’s plunging stock price and the post-deal creation of Virtustream. It’s too soon to say the deal is in jeopardy, but there are enough… Read More

Today only: get this 10-ft MFi certified lightning cable for just $15

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Don’t get handcuffed by Apple’s standard 3-foot Lightning cord (that you’ve most likely already lost), treat yourself to 10 feet of luxurious charging convenience. The Colossal is certified by Apple for its high-end quality, and designed to support full use of your phone while you power up. You can also get it in a 2-pack for $26.99 and a 3-pack for $35.99. 

 

Tell Us Your Favorite Technology Achievement of 2015

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category-besttech Wowed by Internet delivered by floating balloons? Or a new way to watch TV? Or a way to charge your phone? We are searching far and wide for the best technology achievements of 2015, and we want to hear what you think. Nominate your pick for the best tech milestone of the year for the 9th Annual Crunchies Awards. The show — held live in San Francisco’s iconic War Memorial… Read More

Thanksgiving/Black Friday Online Sales Hit $4.5B, 34% Of Purchases Made On Mobile

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christmas wrapping The first two days of the holiday sales period have netted $4.45 billion in U.S. online purchases, with mobile devices — led by smartphones — accounting for a record $1.5 billion of that amount, with $2.72 billion spent on BlackFriday and $1.73 billion on Thanksgiving. The figures come from Adobe, which has been tracking some 4,500 sites, including 80% of the top 100… Read More

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