Charter’s new Spectrum app for Apple TV users doesn’t require logins

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An official Spectrum TV app has been released for Apple TV customers after delays pushed back Charter’s planned 2018 launch for the app into the new year. The free app is straightforward, allowing subscribers to watch Spectrum programming — both live channels and on-demand content — when an Apple TV is connected to Spectrum home internet service without requiring the customer to sign in with their account details.

To use the new Spectrum TV app, you’ll need an active Spectrum TV / internet subscription and a fourth-generation Apple TV (or the Apple TV 4K).

The Spectrum app isn’t going to radically change your Apple TV experience, but if you’re already paying for Spectrum, it doesn’t hurt to know there’s another way to access the…

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Klipsch announces five new smart sound bars

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Audio company Klipsch has announced a new series of smart sound bars ahead of CES 2019. The five new sound bars have options like built-in Google Assistant, Alexa, and, in one model, Dolby Atmos. They will cost between $299 and $1,599 and will be rolling out this spring, with a couple of the models shipping this fall.

Klipsch’s new sound bars will range from 40 inches to 54 inches in length. The smallest is the Klipsch Bar 40, which is also available as the Bar 40G with Google Assistant built in. The Klipsch Bar 48 is the next largest and also comes as the Bar 48W, which is loaded with Google Assistant, Alexa, AirPlay 2, and DTS Virtual:X surround sound. Lastly, the Klipsch Bar 54A comes with Dolby Atmos and discrete elevation drivers….

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The best gifts to buy with your holiday gift cards

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A gift card is a good gift to give or receive because you can use it on anything. Some might know exactly what to buy with it, or maybe they’ll stow it away for later use. If you don’t know what you’ll use it for, or if you just want to spend it now on something cool, we’d like to direct you to a few popular products from The Verge’s Holiday Gift Guide that cover a range of prices. Most of the products below are available on Amazon, though a few can be found at Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and others.

Gifts under $20

Gifts under $50

Gifts under / over $100

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Whirlpool is launching a Wear OS app for its connected appliances

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Whirlpool has announced that it is expanding the mobile watch functionality of its connected appliances to Wear OS ahead of CES 2019. This expands the foray Whirlpool made to mobile earlier this year when it announced plans for an Apple Watch app. In addition, Whirlpool said it’s introducing simplified voice commands to its Smart Laundry appliances for both Google Assistant and Alexa devices.

In the planned Wear OS app, owners of Whirlpool connected appliances will be able to see status updates and control certain commands via their watches. For example, the app will let you see a connected oven’s current status and control commands when it’s in use. With a Whirlpool connected washer, you’ll get status updates and be able to change wash…

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The biggest thing missing from Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’s horror story about a career in games

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Warning: spoilers ahead for some of the endings of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Careers in game design are widely considered dream jobs — one of the ultimate versions of getting paid to do what you love. Black Mirror’s new interactive episode Bandersnatch lets you experience one — and then concludes that a career in the arts is a nightmare dystopia with no escape. The new Netflix project is a painful parable about how creating commercial art leads to misery, despair, and the destruction of everyone and everything you love.

And yet as dark as Bandersnatch is, its picture of the creative life still isn’t bleak enough. For actual working artists, Black Mirror often looks too optimistic — not least because it oddly never presents art as work….

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AT&T tries to trademark ‘Verge TV’ as if we’re going to let them get away with it

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Last month, AT&T filed several trademark applications for “Verge TV”, which suggests the company may be working on a new streaming television service that has a really great name. Seriously, we think “Verge TV” sounds like a great idea. Please check out our YouTube channel. And our existing trademark for The Verge.

If it’s not just a re-brand, Verge TV would be AT&T’s third streaming TV service, following DirecTV Now and the launch of WatchTV in 2018. A few days before filing the trademark, we noted that AT&T plans to bully its way to streaming domination, and a flurry of new streaming services could be part of that plan. We just didn’t know that bullying would feel so personal.

Unfortunately, AT&T, we simply can’t let you have The…

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