Everything you need to stream TV

Everything is streaming nowadays. The Oscars. The Super Bowl. Your favorite TV show. The latest Star Wars. (Well, eventually.) People are increasingly giving up on cable TV. By the end of last year, an estimated 22.2 million people had canceled cable or some other traditional TV service. And the number of adults who have never subscribed to cable rose to 34.4 million last year, according to eMarketer. There are a bunch of reasons for this, but two of the big ones are price and convenience. Streaming TV is often way,…

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Facebook and Google hit with $8.8 billion in lawsuits on day one of GDPR

On the first day of GDPR enforcement, Facebook and Google have been hit with a raft of lawsuits accusing the companies of coercing users into sharing personal data. The lawsuits, which seek to fine Facebook 3.9 billion and Google 3.7 billion euro, were filed by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, a longtime critic of the companies’ data collection practices. GDPR requires clear consent and justification for any personal data collected from users, guidelines that have pushed companies across the internet to revise their privacy policies and collection practices. But there…

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Everything you need to know about GDPR

May 25th marks the first day of enforcement for Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, otherwise known as GDPR, a set of rules that could fundamentally flip the relationship between massive tech companies that gather data, and the users they gather it from. Not everyone is ready for GDPR, though from Google to Slack, companies have been quietly updating terms, rewriting contracts, and rolling out new personal data tools in preparation for the massive shift in the legal landscape. So far, it’s mostly been a problem for legal departments, but as…

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PayPal will work inside Gmail, YouTube, and more, thanks to Google Pay

PayPal is continuing its deep integration with Google Pay, allowing users to pay for items and services without ever exposing sensitive information or the extra step of logging in and leaving G Pay, as spotted by TechCrunch. Keep in mind, there’s already PayPal support in G Pay. You can pay for items at a brick-and-mortar store using your PayPal account if it’s connected to your Gmail without ever having a physical card. The new integration, which will go live later this year, will include apps like Gmail, YouTube, the Google…

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Samsung’s 2018 TVs now support FreeSync for smoother gaming

Samsung is rolling out an update for its 2018 lineup of QLED TVs that enables FreeSync, which allows for smoother gaming without screen tearing. The company talked up its partnership with Microsoft’s Xbox division during its unveiling of this year’s sets, and this is yet another feature that embraces the capabilities of the Xbox One X. But there are some compromises that come with more fluid visuals. Samsung’s FreeSync mode only supports 1080p resolution for now, and the company notes that it might cause some random weirdness with the TV’s…

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Living in a Docker world

How much do you know about containers? Once upon a time, I worked at a startup that was looking to “Dockerize” its backend infrastructure. This developed into a running joke where the programmers on the team would ask me if I knew what Docker was, and I would say: “Yes, it’s like a boat.” This would frustrate the programmers, which was my intention. They would howl about how wrong I was, and they could never quite calm down enough to clarify how Docker wasn’t like a boat. I was, of…

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YouTube Music finally gets it right

YouTube Music, the video service’s first full-fledged music streaming offering is here, and it’s surprisingly great. At first glance, it’s largely Google Play Music with a fresh coat of paint and music videos. But look closer, and it’s clear YouTube has been putting in the work to improve upon Google’s previous attempts at music streaming, and the foundation is here to accomplish that. If you’re new to streaming or if you exclusively listen to music through YouTube, the overhauled Music experience is designed to bring you in with the familiarity…

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How to enable Reddit dark mode

Reddit is finally rolling out a top requested feature among users: native dark mode. In a blog post, the company said the desktop Night Mode theme is now available to everyone after being rolled out to employees for testing a few weeks ago. Night mode offers users a black theme rather than the classic white, and is an option well suited to those who enjoy browsing late into the night. Reddit notes that Night Mode already exists in its native mobile apps and the old desktop webpage (via the Reddit…

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How to preorder the LG G7 ThinQ

LG’s latest flagship smartphone is available for preorder in the United States today, May 25th, on Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Regional carrier availability at US Cellular starts on June 1st. Before you take the plunge, be sure to read our review on the LG G7 ThinQ, because you just might learn something new. While you can get started on buying this device today, the price makes it a little hard to recommend right now — however, if you’re really into this phone, then details on where and how to order…

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Apple rejects Valve’s Steam Link game streaming app over ‘business conflicts’

Valve’s game streaming service Steam Link won’t be coming to iOS today, despite a successful Android beta launch earlier this month. According to the official Steam Database Twitter account, Apple rejected the Steam Link app over apparent “business conflicts with app guidelines.” Steam Link was first announced for mobile back in March, and the app functions as a remote desktop so users can access their Steam library of PC games from a mobile device and stream them directly for touchscreen play or for use with a Bluetooth controller. It’s not…

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