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Disney+ vs. the competition: Which offers the best bang for your buck?

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 6:00am
With so many different streaming services coming out of the woodwork it's getting harder to keep up with everything — as well as more expensive. That's not going to get any better now that Disney's launched its own offering, with shows from pop...

'Sonic the Hedgehog' movie tries again with a new trailer

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 5:50am
Paramount's original trailer for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie was... really something, wasn't it? The under-stylized body, the odd soundtrack choice, the teeth. Such was the Sonic fandom's collective horror that director Jeff Fowler swiftly...

Why does Riot Games keep making virtual bands?

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 5:30am
An unusual concert took place before FunPlus Phoenix and G2 Esports battled for the League of Legends World Championship last weekend. The Grand Finals in Paris opened with Valerie Broussard singing "Awaken," a track released at the start of the year...

Sonic the Hedgehog movie: New trailer reveals character redesign - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 5:09am
Here's our ongoing guide for the upcoming movie all about the beloved Sega video game character.

Google tools aim to help you plan your Thanksgiving travels - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 5:00am
Pro tip: You might want to avoid leaving for your trip between 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving.

Need to send cash in the US? PayPal's Xoom wants to help - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 5:00am
Xoom is teaming up with Walmart and Ria to provide money transfers throughout the country.

Epic makes 10,000 lifelike photogrammetry assets free for Unreal Engine

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 5:00am
Epic Games has acquired a company called Quixel, a tools and services provider for graphic artists, which also created what it says is the "world's largest photogrammetry asset library." Quixel is known for Megascans, an enormous library with over 10...

Apple TV+'s head of scripted and unscripted shows has left the company

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 4:32am
Apple has lost one its streaming service's top personnel, just a couple of weeks after TV+ went live. According to Deadline, Kim Rozenfeld, the head of current scripted programming and unscripted content for Apple TV+, has stepped down from his posit...

Snap Spectacles 3 review: A better, more sophisticated novelty

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 4:00am
In case you've forgotten, Snap makes video-recording sunglasses called Spectacles. The first two iterations didn't do very well, and you had to go to a special vending machine to pay $130 or $150 a pop. Despite lukewarm reviews, Snap is isn't g...

Twitter makes it easier to follow things you like

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 3:16am
The accounts you follow on Twitter may not be the only ones talking about things that interest you, and the social network is giving you easy way to find them. Twitter has started rolling out the ability to follow topics, so you don't have to obsessi...

Disney+ has arrived, here's everything you need to know

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 2:01am
It's November 12th, and Disney has thrown the doors open on its streaming service Disney+. If you live in the US, Canada or the Netherlands, then you can get unprecedented access to the Disney vault as well as some interesting new original content. T...

Noelle on Disney Plus is Anna Kendrick's second-rate Elf movie - CNET

CNet Tech News - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 10:57pm
But who doesn't love Anna Kendrick?

Mandalorian teaser: Star Wars Disney Plus series delivers the action - CNET

CNet Tech News - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 8:47pm
The bounty hunter series starring Pedro Pascal premieres Tuesday on the new streaming platform.

Black Friday Amazon device deals: Don't buy an Echo, Kindle, or Fire TV before Nov. 22 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 8:09pm
Save some money with this sneak peak at what's coming on Black Friday for Amazon.

Google reportedly collects health data on millions of Americans without informing patients - CNET

CNet Tech News - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 7:37pm
The initiative, called Project Nightingale, is a partnership with Ascension, the second-largest health care system in the US.

J.J. Abrams says Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be more 'daring' than The Force Awakens - CNET

CNet Tech News - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 7:04pm
"On this one," says Abrams, "I let myself be, at least in the way I was approaching the thing, freer."

How do you pick the right battery booster pack now that winter's here? - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 6:44pm
There's more options than ever when it comes to buying a jumper pack for your car -- so how do you know which is best?

Mixed-reality apps will be downloaded 10 billion times by 2024, research says - CNET

CNet Tech News - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 6:33pm
Games like Pokemon Go and social media like Snapchat will drive the AR/VR boom in popularity.

Microsoft to employ California's digital privacy law nationwide - CNET

CNet Tech News - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 6:23pm
The law gives consumers more control over how companies collect and manage their personal data.

Disney Plus doc The Imagineering Story takes a beautiful theme park tour - CNET

CNet Tech News - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 6:08pm
Review: This fun look at Disney Parks' history and wild rides offers plenty of emotional moments.