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Walmart’s Chromecast Knockoff: Vudu-Only, Somehow Not Just a Bad Dream

Walmart's Chromecast Knockoff: Vudu-Only, Somehow Not Just a Bad Dream

There's too much year left to name Vudu Spark the worst gadget of 2015. But it will without question go down as the most cynical.

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Brian Barrett

January 24th

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Amazon’s Gold Box Forum Is a Beautiful Pocket of Internet Insanity

Amazon's Gold Box Forum Is a Beautiful Pocket of Internet Insanity

It's an inviolable rule of the internet that if you provide people with a place to type words in public, chaos will follow close behind. Nowhere is this more true than the Amazon Gold Box forum, one of the internet's more delightful clearinghouses of crazy.

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Brian Barrett

January 23rd

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​Can Microsoft Make Faceputers Happen?

​Can Microsoft Make Faceputers Happen?

The next frontier of computing seems, fairly inevitably, the space directly in front of our eye holes. Nevermind that Google Glass washed out (for now), or that Oculus Rift is still a niche within a niche. Our wrists are being colonized. Our faces are next. And Microsoft, of all the players, might be the conquistador.

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Brian Barrett

January 21st

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Game of Thrones in IMAX Is Coming

Game of Thrones in IMAX Is Coming

According to reports, both the season five trailer for Game of Thrones and the last two episodes of season four will get a week-long run in IMAX theaters later this month. Yes, that means a jumbo-sized fight for The Wall. No, you shouldn't feel bad about doing an excited little involuntary clap right now.

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Brian Barrett

January 6th

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The New Mercedes Self-Driving Car Concept Is Packed Full of Future

The New Mercedes Self-Driving Car Concept Is Packed Full of Future

The Mercedes Luxury in Motion is not a car that you'll be able to find on a lot any time soon. It's not bound for any highways or driveways in the near future. It is, though, a glimpse at the future of automotive transportation. And a damn good looking one at that.

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Brian Barrett

January 6th

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Twitter’s a Mess, You’re Free, You’re Finally Free!

Twitter's a Mess, You're Free, You're Finally Free!

Twitter appears to be down, or at least 40 minutes behind or so. We'll update if we find out why but in the meantime feel free to park your cool tweets here instead? Or feel liberated from the constant pulls to refresh?

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Brian Barrett

January 6th

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​The Sony Hacks Are Goddamn Terrifying

​The Sony Hacks Are Goddamn Terrifying

As more and more details from the Sony Pictures hack seep out into the internet, it's been easy—and to be honest a little fun—to take the voyeur's view. Dumb corporate powerpoints ! Passwords in a folder literally called Password ! Paul Blart 2 anything! But then you actually look at the full scope of what's out there and holy shit.

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Brian Barrett

December 9th

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Walmart’s Chromecast Knockoff Looks Like How They Stream in Hell

Walmart's Chromecast Knockoff Looks Like How They Stream in Hell

I suspect the Germans have a word for taking something great and then stripping it of everything remotely joyful until it's a cold hollow shell not fit for existence. Unless this FCC filing is totally off base, now I do too! Well, two words, I guess: Vudu Spark.

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Brian Barrett

November 7th

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No One’s Buying iPads Because iPads Are Forever

No One's Buying iPads Because iPads Are Forever

Today, Apple trotted out its quarterly earnings, as public companies will do. Massive revenue! iPhone sales up! Mac sales up! iPad sales… well. Okay, so not everything was a hit. But don't confuse Apple's declining tablet sales with the vanishing of the iPad. Tablets aren't dying; they just live forever.

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Brian Barrett

October 20th

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Kindle Voyage Review: The Best E-Reader Lots of Money Can Buy

Kindle Voyage Review: The Best E-Reader Lots of Money Can Buy

For the last week, I've been reading off of a Kindle e-reader that somehow costs twice as much as a brand new Kindle Fire HD tablet. What a world! And while I still don't know if the Kindle Voyage is worth $200 (or $290 for the 3G model) I do know that it's the best e-reader ever built.

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Brian Barrett

October 20th

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