As great as Netflix is, there are only so many times you can watch “Making a Murderer.” But if documentary hits have sparked your appetite or that of someone you know for educational true life stories, this may just end up being the greatest holiday gift ever.Get the inquisitive minds on your shopping list a two-year subscription to CuriosityStream, a vast digital library of over 2,000 documentary features and series that open up every facet of our planet, our times, and our universe.Since it’s the holiday season, you can also save yourself $10 on your subscription, just $24 right now from TNW Deals with promo code: GREENMONDAY20.You may not have heard of CuriosityStream before, but you’re undoubtedly familiar with its siblings.The service was created by John S. Hendricks, entrepreneur, founder and former chairman of Discovery Communications, which spawned The Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet, three of the most respected educational outlets anywhere for non-fiction documentary content.Since launching three years ago, CuriosityStream has lived up to that pedigree, offering their archive of high quality films and original series on demand.
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Tafarwa Beckford, the step-brother of pop star Jamelia, has been found guilty of murder.The 36-year-old was charged with killing Derek Junior Myers, 25, who died after suffering a gunshot wound in the Hockley area of Birmingham.Throughout proceedings at Birmingham Crown Court he was allowed to use the name Theodore to prevent prejudices affecting the trial, local media reports.During the trial, the court heard that Myers was shot as part of a “revenge attack” during an altercation between two groups of men.Beckford’s friend, Marvin Duffus, had been targeted outside the Big Bang snooker club, suffering multiple stab wounds.In CCTV footage shown to the jury, Beckford could be seen walking away from Duffus and towards the other while “brandishing a gun”, the prosecution said.
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After years of campaigning from International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW) and other conservation organisations, a UK ban on the sale of ivory has now been passed by parliament.What this means is that very soon it will be illegal to sell ivory products, of any age, in the UK (with some limited and sensible exemptions).Although many people assumed it already was illegal, prior to this ban entering the statute books, it has been completely legal to sell ivory deemed as ‘antique’ (for ivory this means pre-1947) as long as it is ‘worked’ (meaning changed via carving or reshaping).The issue with this current system is that quite simply it’s helping to kill elephants with any legal trade providing a smokescreen for illegal trade which fuels poaching.Magnificent elephants, cruelly and pointlessly killed for trinkets or jewellery, to create status symbols and decorations – it simply beggars belief.Whilst it’s incredibly difficult to quantify the full impact that the legal ivory market in the UK is having in terms of the number of elephants killed for illegal ivory, there are some clear indicators that it does have an effect.
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And here's a big win for piracy.We've been hearing for a while that Disney+, the brand new streaming service designed to rival the likes of Netflix, will be arriving sometime next year.But there's some bad news, because it's now been revealed that this launch date is only for the US.Europe won't be getting access until sometime later.This news comes from Kevin Mayer, Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International Division President, in an interview with French magazine Capital:Our future Disney streaming service will be launched at the end of 2019 in the United States, and a little later in Europe.
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Lyft drivers sue, argue that they’re employees rather than contractorsSeveral dozen Lyft drivers across California have filed a new labor lawsuit against the ride-hailing company, arguing—like many before them—that they are being inadequately paid.According to the lawsuit, Abdeljabbar et al.v. Lyft, which was filed in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday, drivers are being paid “less than $8 per hour.” That’s far less than the California minimum wage of $11 per hour, and even further behind the minimum in some other Golden State cities, which mandate even higher pay.Gig economy 101—“I came to this bar in a Lyft, should I feel guilty about that?”A substantial portion of the drivers' lawsuit is based on a May 2018 decision by the California Supreme Court known as Dynamex.
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If you glance at the game's metacritic score, it even seems like it have met those expectations: fans and critics alike love Super Smash Bros.The issues revolve around two major aspects of the game: the single-player Adventure Mode and anything that involves online multiplayer.Despite being a game that's mostly about orchestrating increasingly ridiculous fights between iconic Nintendo characters, Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Nintendo Wii boldly included an adventure mode.It's a clever framework that allows the game's cast of 74 fighters to represent countless other characters.There aren't even bonus levels or platforming segments to break the amount up — just spirit battle after spirit battle.It's not as if Nintendo has lost its talent for making delightful cinematic mash-ups of Smash characters either — the character reveal videos for Metroid's Ridley and Castlevania's Simon Belmont felt like pieces of an epic cinematic story that we never got to see, and King K. Rool's introduction could have easily been lifted from a more lighthearted part of a larger story.
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There are still significant downsides to EVs on the market today that mean most auto buyers aren’t interested in the vehicles.Two of the most significant issues that the average car shopper has with EVs are the time it takes to recharge an EV and the range it can go on a charge.More car buyers would go for EVs if those two issues can be addressed.Porsche and BMW are showing off 450kW ultra-fast DC chargers for EVs that could remove the speed of charging roadblock to the EV world.These chargers can squirt enough juice into compatible cars to get 62-miles of driving range in under three minutes.Stick around for 15-minutes, and the charger could fully charge a dead battery pack.
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“A clear trend toward more statically typed languages”What’s the fastest growing language on GitHub?The repository is seeing a “clear trend toward more statically typed languages focused on type safety and interoperability” the company said this week, including Kotlin, TypeScript and Rust – and it is the former that is surging fastest.This week’s annual “Octoverse” roundup of activity on the code repository reveals a lot about the state of the developer world, from new owner Microsoft’s continued open source contribution leadership to the fastest growing projects.Kotlin’s continued rise stands out.It was developed (and is maintained) by software company JetBrains: the aim being to create “a good tool for all application developers, at all scales and on all platforms.”
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On Thursday’s episode of Digital Trends Live, we discussed trending headlines from the future of the NES and SNES Classic Editions, a possible Tesla pickup truck, and new Netflix streaming data.We were also joined by current Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch in our Portland studio to talk about the Fam 1st Family Foundation and its partnership with Beast Mobile.On the news side of things, any hardcore Nintendo fans out there should probably pick up an NES or SNES Classic Edition right now, because Nintendo has said that once the consoles currently on the market sell out, they’re gone for good.While it’s unlikely these games will ever become completely inaccessible to gamers, the fact that the classic consoles can’t be updated never spoke well to their longevity.But don’t fret; there is talk of putting many of these classic Nintendo titles on the Switch’s virtual store.In the past, Netflix has been pretty cagey about most of the data behind its service, particularly how many viewers any particular show gets.
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5G, hyped to the point of exhaustion, will once again be the talk of Las Vegas when CES 2019 rolls around.That's because only a few consumers will have actually experienced a real 5G network by the time the show kicks off -- AT is the only US carrier committed to launching its next-generation cellular service this year.After years of promises and demonstrations, CES, and 2019 broadly, marks a turning point where 5G goes from hype to reality.The mobile industry has been toiling away at the less sexy aspects of 5G: swapping out equipment, adding new radios, and testing how antennas pick up the new high-frequency radio airwaves.Over the next few months, the carriers will begin flipping the switch on these networks.But until then, you can expect companies to squeeze a little bit more hype out of the 5G stone.
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Volkswagen has been on a bit of a motorsport tear lately.R, a purpose-build electric race car with 680 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, up Pikes Peak, obliterating the 5-year-old record of 8:13.878 with a time of 7:57.148.Then it set a land-speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats of 210.16 miles per hour in a souped-up 2019 Jetta.Nobody except racing driver Romain Dumas got to drive the supersweet I.D.R, but Volkswagen recently invited me out to Bonneville to have my own go in the 2019 Jetta land-speed record car.The 2019 Jetta sports a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, good for just 147 horsepower.
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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.Since there’s only two weeks until the end of year, there’s no better time to sit back, relax, and reflect on what was probably the worst year ever — filled with terrible political decisions.To commemorate your 2018, what better way is there than looking back at your year on Instagram and seeing your top nine best performing posts?How to see your 9 most popular Instagram posts from this yearInstead of manually searching through your Instagram profile for your uploads with the most likes, there’s an app for that called “Top Nine app” — and it generates a handy grid of your nine top posts, which you can share across all of your social media accounts.Download the free Top Nine app (available on iOS and Android), or go to its website.
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On Friday it was revealed that in one London airport as little as $1.05 is being offered in exchange for £1 and of course, experts are saying the UK’s upcoming exit from the EU is to blame.Few people fully understand how the scary squiggly line really affects what we have in our wallets.The one thing most of us know is that the value dropping means you get less cash when changing money into other currencies but… well, that’s it.Allow us to explain the rest (with a lot of help from two experts).This is like a stock market but investors and banking groups trade currencies rather than shares.They are buying money sort of like holiday-makers do, but it’s “enormous volumes of currency”, explains Dr Christopher Dent, a political economist and professor at Edge Hill University.
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Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke has died at the age of 74.She died on 3 November at her Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest, according to a death certificate obtained by AP.Sondra had also been suffering with breast and bone cancer prior to her death.The actress’ death was reported to authorities at the time, but it remains unclear as to why it has taken nearly six weeks for the news to come to light.Sondra was best known for the six films she made with Clint Eastwood, who she dated for 13 years.Together, they starred in the likes of western ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’ in 1976 and ‘Dirty Harry’ movie ‘Sudden Impact’ in 1983.
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‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Craig Revel Horwood has stuck up for himself and his fellow judges, following claims that certain contestants have not been marked fairly this series.This year, as always, some ‘Strictly’ viewers have taken issue with the scores that Craig and the rest of the panel have been dishing out, with some suggesting that certain contestants are favoured over others.In a new interview with The Telegraph, however, Craig has insisted that this is far from the case.David M. Benett via Getty Images“As a judge, I just score dances what I think they’re worth,” he explained.How would a non-professional at home know any better?
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The time has finally arrived.Yes, you got it right, you can now buy a Chromecast on Amazon.Google’s streaming device is one of the most popular in its field, but it hasn’t been sold by Amazon in years.“Customer confusion.” The confusion in this case being that the Chromecast didn’t “interact well” with Prime Video.It only took a year between Amazon saying it’d stock Chromecasts and it, uh, actually stocking them.Back in the old days of brick-and-mortar shops, it could take weeks for a business to start selling a product.
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Waitrose is joining the fight against glitter and has vowed to ban it from all own-brand products by 2020.In two years time, the retailer said its cards, wraps, crackers, tags, flowers and plants will either be glitter-free, or they’ll use an environmentally-friendly alternative.The supermarket will use more vibrant foliage in its flowers to make up for lack of glitter, and different designs will be used for cards and wrapping paper – the idea being not to take the sparkle out of Christmas.Glitter is made up of tiny pieces of plastic and, when washed off, can end up in water where they never breaks down.The pieces can pass through filtration systems and end up in the ocean where they pose a threat to marine wildlife.[Read More: 5 biodegradable glitter beauty products that won’t pollute the oceans with microplastics]
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“Training that used to take days or even weeks can now be done in hours or even minutes”A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) industry benchmark has released its first set of results showing NVIDIA had a good day at the races.The MLPerf benchmark is supported by a wide consortium of technology leaders such as Google, Intel, NVIDIA, AMD and Qualcomm.It was launched as the pace at which machine learning and AI has been moving in recent years has made it difficult to get an accurate measurement of a company’s capabilities.According to its mission statement: “The MLPerf effort aims to build a common set of benchmarks that enables the machine learning (ML) field to measure system performance for both training and inference from mobile devices to cloud services.”In order to do this, participants have created seven test areas, Image Classification, Object Identification, translation, speech to text, recommendation, sentiment analysis and reinforcement learning.
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In 2005, Doctor Who launched a tradition that would last another 12 years with “The Christmas Invasion” – a festive special that broadcast on Christmas day.While the classic era of Doctor Who would regularly air story arcs that had episodes running during the Christmas period, “The Feast of Steven” – the seventh episode of the 12-part epic serial “The Dalek’s Master Plan” – was the only one to actually broadcast on December 25.Given the auspicious date, it was decided by the production team that the episode would act as a comical break in the lighter ongoing story of “The Dalek’s Master Plan,” so that viewers regularly watching Doctor Who wouldn’t miss out on a vital part of the story.As such, “Feast” is an utterly bonkers-sounding story that has absolutely nothing at all to do with the Daleks and their latest plot to dominate the galaxy.At the end of episode six, “Coronas of the Sun,” the Doctor and his companions Steven and Sara – the latter a space agent who joined the Doctor during the events of “The Dalek’s Master Plan” and then actually died at the end of the serial, beginning half a century of fandom debates about whether she counts as a companion – make a brief escape from the Daleks and the traitorous villain Mavic Chen, and find the TARDIS landing in 1960s London.After a scuffle with some local police officers – who are understandably concerned that people who look like the exact opposite of police officers are mucking about with a Police Telephone Box – that leads to Steven having to disguise himself as a special branch officer and break the Doctor out of interrogation, the trio dash back into the TARDIS and take off... to 40 years prior, on a Hollywood film set in the 1920s.
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But Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away.Despite discontinuing the iPhone 5S/SE form factor, the company gave iPhone 5S users a glorious gift: iOS 12.It's a welcomed update and I definitely recommend downloading it.Though it's 5 years old, that same processor allows the phone to run Apple's newest OS.For example, if I wrote an iMessage in iOS 11, the keyboard took its time to appear.But in iOS 12, it takes about half a second less.
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