When Netflix began streaming directly to customers’ screens in 2007 (yes, it really was that long ago), it fundamentally changed the way we watch movies.Where once you had to drive down to the local Blockbuster or wait for discs to arrive in the mail — to say nothing of actually purchasing hard copies of films in various formats — Netflix unfurled a wealth of shows and movies to watch right from your couch, all for a meager monthly fee.It took a few years, but eventually, Netflix realized producing and commissioning exclusive content could prove to be not only lucrative, but also necessary to dominate the streaming marketplace.As you might expect, Netflix wasn’t satisfied with just creating TV series, so it began to produce movies as well.By now, the list or originals is extensive, and it can be hard to judge what’s worth watching, so we’ve picked out the best Netflix original movies for your perusal (and potential enjoyment).
Despite our best efforts, climate change continues to threaten humanity.Desperate to stop the warming, scientists deploy planes to spray sulfur dioxide in the stratosphere, where it converts into a sulfate aerosol, which reflects sunlight.The sudden spike in global temperature would send ecosystems into chaos, killing off species in droves.(A half century because it’s long enough to run a good climate simulation, but not too long that it’s computationally unwieldy.Populations of trees and clams and corals would be pretty much kaput.“And so it really is an up-the-chain process.”
Cheap TV deals are on our radar throughout the year as we check through the most reliable retailers to find you the finest bargains every week.4K TVs have generally taken over nowadays and have come down in price much faster than HD TVs did.Take a look at our carefully curated selection below.Whatever your budget, we're sure we can find something for you.Towards the bottom of the page, you'll also find a few HD TV deals (non-4K models).Now's a great time to upgrade with a cheap 4K TV deal, especially with Netflix, Amazon, BBC and Sky all increasing their 4K content.
DJI has sent out invitations for an “Adventure Unfolds” event next week on January 23rd.There’s not a lot of information included about to expect, just a teaser video with some dramatic music, drone shots, and what might be close-ups of a new drone.But according to DroneDJ, the Chinese drone company is rumored to be announcing a new “Mavic Air” drone, a possible successor to the company’s existing ultra portable Mavic Pro model that would be smaller, faster, and lighter.There’s also evidence to support the idea of a smaller Mavic, if you’re interested in reading too much into DJI’s teaser video.The voiceover in the video says “from seemingly insignificant size comes formidable strength and power.”From a more practical perspective, the idea of a smaller Mavic Air that could be a cheaper, midrange option for DJI sitting somewhere between the more entry-level $399 Spark and the $899 Mavic Pro makes a lot of sense.
Kyle Mietz can't get enough of Golden State Warriors' star Kevin Durant.He follows the NBA star's off-court exploits on Instagram, along with 9.2 million other fans.And soon he may be watching on YouTube as well, where Durant's official channel has attracted 15 million views in less than a year, with videos of behind-the-scenes workouts, candid question-and-answer sessions with fans (no more Twitter trolling), and charity work.Everything," the 25-year-old Mietz said Monday at an outdoor bar in Oakland, California, where he'd been watching -- what else?Both YouTube and Durant's company declined to say how much money's involved in the deal or how long it's for.Amazon has struck a deal to stream Thursday night NFL games and Twitter airs pro sports including baseball, lacrosse and soccer, while Yahoo has snagged the rights to the NFL playoffs.
A meteor swept across Michigan and parts of Canada.It lit the sky blue before quickly burning up and disappearing in a flash.Local residents claimed to have heard the explosion three minutes after the flash.The event occurred at 8pm local time.A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the U.S. Midwest and Canada on Tuesday (January 16), weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers.The meteor was seen across the region in places such as Ohio, Michigan and Ontario at about 8 p.m. local time (0100GMT) and registered a 2.0 magnitude tremor about 4 miles (7 km) east of Saint Clair Shores in Eastern Michigan, the United States Geological Survey said on its website.
Origin PC is all about the customization, so it's not surprising that the new systems it showed at CES 2018 were mostly (though not entirely) about the razzle dazzle; the company adds first-rate laser etching and textured printing to its Custom Paint options.Of course, there are also some tweaks to system designs, series rejiggering and components.At the show, Origin PC proudly showed off its patent award for the four-way motherboard mounting system in the Millennium/Genesis tower PCs; it really is cool, and if you haven't seen it (it's not new), it allows you to insert the motherboard rack in one of four orientations depending on where you want the backplane to sit.The systems also level up with tempered-glass panels replacing plastic and upgrading some of the plastic to a higher quality reinforced version.The top and doors snap in with magnets, an optional "VR Panel" (really just front connectors) gets a sliding cover and the use of thumbscrews for tool-free card installation.There's also an optional power-supply-unit shroud to match the black, white or red internals.
Bitcoin's value plunged on Tuesday, falling to $11,300—the lowest value the virtual currency has seen in 2018.Bitcoin's value is down more than 20 percent over the last 24 hours, and down 42 percent from December's all-time high of around $19,500.Bitcoin's fall was part of a broader crypto-currency selloff.Every major cryptocurrency has suffered double-digit losses over the last 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap.Ethereum is down 21 percent.Bitcoin Cash is down 25 percent.
The prevailing design trend with smart speakers like the Amazon Echo has been to make them look as minimalist and unassuming as possible, presumably so they can be placed anywhere around the house.The Raven H, however, looks like it spilled out of a kid’s toy closet.It’s the result of a collaboration by Chinese internet giant Baidu and Swedish tech design house Teenage Engineering.The Raven H has a colorful stacked design that culminates in a posable, detachable, touch-sensitive top panel that displays simple status information through a cute LED array.The speaker runs DuerOS, Baidu’s conversational AI system, and hooks into services like Baidu Music and iQiyi, a video platform that can be controlled by the Raven H on a connected smart TV.Your data from these services is stored in the detachable top panel, so you can carry it with you, set it down on someone else’s Raven H, and use the speaker as if it were your own.
One where men’s actions finally had long-overdue consequences, and where women (and some men) were finally told that their experiences mattered, that they could be believed, that their bodies were no longer sexual resources to be raided by anyone entitled enough to make the attempt.The way the MeToo movement has emboldened everyone from celebrities to average folks to speak up about abuse seemed too good to be true at times.Some of the angriest responses have been reserved for victims whose experiences have been dismissed as insufficiently abusive, or primarily their own fault.Over the weekend, a woman accused comedian Aziz Ansari of sexual coercion.The Atlantic subsequently published an op-ed best described as a 1,500-word feat of victim-blaming, one that characterized women in the MeToo movement as “angry, temporarily powerful — and very, very dangerous.” It further compared the Ansari accusations to “humiliation” and “revenge porn,” and suggested that the woman had simply not asserted her resistance strongly enough — in spite of the verbal and non-verbal forms of non-consent she describes in her account.They boldly declare that women have gone too far, exaggerating the harm they experienced from men who ignored their boundaries in pursuit of personal pleasure.
SUVs are a dime a dozen, but Nissan is working on a way to help its future sport-utility vehicles stand out from the crowd.Debuting at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Nissan Xmotion concept aims to take Nissan back to its roots with an emphasis on Japanese design elements.The Xmotion (pronounced “cross motion”) was designed to have a less “Western” look than other SUVs, according to Nissan.While there are still plenty of traditional SUV styling cues, like prominent flared fenders, Nissan said its designers tried to streamline things a bit and incorporate the “wedge” shape more commonly seen on sports cars.We don’t see much of that, to be honest, but we do think the Xmotion looks like a futuristic version of the cult-classic Nissan Xterra, and that’s a good thing.The taillights inspired by kumiko woodwork and puzzles, as were the seat headrests.
Finding sustainable packaging that also extends the shelf life of food is one of the difficulties encountered by the food sector.While modified atmosphere processes have been popular for fresh food and metallised material has helped extend the shelf life of snacks, these are not long-term solutions as they are non-renewable and difficult to recycle.Coordinated by AIMPLAS and funded by the European Union, project REFUCOAT aims to develop more sustainable food packaging that also effectively preserves food.Twelve partners from five countries are taking part in the project, which aims to replace the use of films and trays with packaging made from biopolymers.Polyglycolic acid (PGA) will be combined with modified silica oxide in order to create a hybrid coating with oxygen and water vapour barrier properties.The project will also use corn wastes to develop a new PLA grade with better water vapour barrier values than commercial grades.While the chicken meat packaging will be fully biodegradable, REFUCOAT will look at creating fully recyclable but non-biodegradable packages for cereals and savoury products.
ESPN is shaking up its morning schedule beginning April 2, as the sports network launches a three-hour morning show called Get Up in an effort to attract audiences during one of the only times of day when TV viewing is still a regular part of their schedule.The series, which will feature Michelle Beadle, Mike Greenberg and Jalen Rose, is “ESPN’s first real stab at morning television,” Bill Wolff, vp of studio production for ESPN, said at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour.The news, opinion and analysis show will air on ESPN at 7 a.m each morning with a repeat viewing at 10 a.m. on ESPN2.“[Get Up is] an opportunity for a new chapter at ESPN,” said Greenberg, who just wrapped two decades as half of Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio.I think we’re a good bet.”Wolff said mornings are still one of the only times of day when people’s routines “still include TV,” adding, “there’s a great opportunity to aggregate audiences at this time of day.”
Wearing your political views on a slogan top is a modern fashion staple that people love as it can make you feel included in a movement.But the price of these “political” garments can vary wildly and this prompts questions about inclusivity, especially when the fashion statement costs more than a day’s wages.Cult American brand Lingua Franca is selling jumpers for $380 (£282), with $100 dollars from each sale going towards funding the movement of the same name.Some people who are interested in supporting the cause may not mind forking out for a cashmere jumper.It is an organisation with the goal of protecting women (and all) from sexual mistreatment through fierce legal defence.The organisation’s website defines it as a “unified call for change” spearheaded by “women in entertainment for women everywhere”.
Image credit: via Bizness AppsThis story originally appeared on Bizness AppsAccording to trend watchers, the message for businesses and marketers this year is: go mobile or go home.The focus of 2018 will be to cater to the exponential growth of consumers who now use smart phones and/or tablets as their first -- and many times only -- device.Before we go into the 2018 trends, let’s set the mobile stage.It’s no longer a question of whether mobile marketing is important -- we know it is -- it’s now the case of understanding how consumers behave on mobile devices.
OPTIMIZE is Evaluating the World’s First Drug-Eluting Stent-on-a-Wire and a Rapid Exchange Drug-Eluting Stent System in support of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Japanese Regulatory Approvals for the Treatment of Atherosclerotic Coronary Lesions.NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 10, 2018–The Christ Hospital, Lindner Research Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, enrolled the first patient in Svelte Medical System’s OPTIMIZE clinical study, designed to further assess the safety and effectiveness of the Svelte Drug-Eluting Stent (DES) Integrated Delivery System (IDS) and Rapid Exchange (RX) platforms.The randomized, controlled OPTIMIZE study is expected to enroll approximately 2,000 patients at up to 125 sites in the US, Japan and Europe in support of US and Japan regulatory approvals.The fixed-wire Svelte IDS, the world’s lowest profile DES, downsizes catheters to facilitate transradial intervention (TRI) and direct stenting, extracting steps, time and cost from coronary stent procedures.Both systems hold CE Mark certification and are commercially available in Europe.
Amazon continues to dominate online shopping among the top four retailers in America.While its competitors have grown, Amazon has matched them.Amazon captured nearly 90% of online holiday spending between the biggest four retailers this holiday, according to a new report from Earnest Research, as reported by Bloomberg.Walmart and Best Buy stood at 4% each, while Target held a 2% share.The data was calculated from the gross value of merchandise sold by the four retailers in the five-week period following Thanksgiving.Combining this report with previous estimates, where Amazon was said to have a nearly 50% share of all holiday shopping online, it's apparent how dominant the company is.
The latest Stack Overflow developer survey has invoked ire from Oracle fans after failing to include Big Red in its list of database technologies.The survey, which last year attracted more than 64,000 responses, asks devs about the tools, databases, languages and platforms they use, loathe or want.Last year's results found that – although Oracle's was far from being the most-used database (that title went to the Oracle-developed, but open-source MySQL), it was still used by 13.2 per cent of all respondents.But this year, Big Red appears to have been snubbed by the community site entirely, with the technology not being listed as an option after questions on which database environments and platforms respondents use.Some developers took umbrage at the perceived slight, pointing out that – like it or loathe it (last year more than 60 per cent of respondents said it was their most dreaded database) – Big Red is much more prevalent than some of the other named options.Wow, @StackOverflow omits @OracleDatabase on the question about databases while DB-Engines still ranks it 1. https://t.co/lubzVICXzp Upvote the feedback to include it here: https://t.co/PAzWs7JsOp orclapex comeonreally pic.twitter.com/gvI3o230i9
As the global e-commerce giant has grown from 5,000 employees in the city to more than 40,000, a flurry of development has followed.The sea of parking lots, warehouses, motels, and car rental agencies that made up Seattle's South Lake Union and Denny Triangle has become gleaming skyscrapers, luxury rental towers, tech offices, and restaurants.Using Google Street View's Time Machine feature, we collected before and after pictures to show just how radically the neighborhoods have been remade in a decade.This is 7th Avenue and Blanchard Street.On the right is Amazon's Day 1 Tower, the first floor of which is Amazon Go, the company's cashier-less grocery store concept.Development had already begun by 2007 in the area.
With dual touch surfaces and other perks for dedicated content creation, HP's Sprout 3D workstation is a nice turnkey solution for some people.But not everyone wants to buy an entire system just for its 3D capture capabilities or don't even need it for traditional 3D work.So HP has spun off the 3D capture hardware from it into a standalone -- or hang-alone -- camera -- that you can mount on a monitor to snap overhead shots or videos of your workspace or capture 3D objects.If you're a big fan or user of 3D or take advantage of Windows' mixed reality creation tools, it's a must-have accessory.As the name indicates, the Z 3D camera remains part of HP's workstation products rather than the consumer products.At $599 it's not exceptionally cheap, but it seems like a pretty reasonable price (which directly converts to about £440 and AU$765).