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JJ Abrams, Steven Spielberg back day-and-date movie service
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The notion of paying $50 to watch new-in-theaters movies at home may sound wild, but it apparently has the support of the biggest directors and producers in the business. Variety sources claim that the already hyped Screening Room service has the fi…

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Traffic booms following MPAA subreddit takedown request
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Full Length Films Hollywood’s demands that Google remove from its search results a subreddit that encourages users to post links to free full length movies has reinvigorated the subreddit’s ailing traffic. TorrentFreak reported the notice Tuesday, and the subreddit FullLengthFilms saw daily clicks skyrocket to more than 300,000 on Thursday, from an average of about 2,400. Google […]

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Goodbye smartphone: Why this little device is your next must-have gadget
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Hal 9000, Jarvis from Iron Man and the Enterprise computer in Star Trek are good examples of how convenient voice-activated computers can be (when they aren't trying to kill everyone). Of course, being science fiction, those examples are a bit more …

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Sore Legs Become Pandemic As Pokémon Go Players Accidentally Get Exercise
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Pokemon Go is the hottest game to hit the market in forever. People are currently trying to catch their Pikachus and Fitzybutts (honestly, I don’t know what they’re called) but they’re paying the price. And by paying the price, I mean they’re accidentally getting some exercise. Read more…

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TechCrunch decides: The best and worst emoji of Unicode 10.0
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 The always reliable Emojipedia (they have one job and they do it well (actually it’s a complex beat)) has posted the final list of emoji that will be included in the Unicode 10.0 release this June. There’s a bunch of great stuff in here if you like fantasy creatures and inclusion. But there are a […]

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Time Warner Cable Customers Beg Regulators To Block Sale To Comcast
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An anonymous reader sends this report from Ars Technica: New York is shaping up as a major battleground for Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. While the $45.2 billion merger will be scrutinized by federal officials, it also needs approval at the state level. TWC has 2.2 million cable TV, Internet, and phone customers […]

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Social Good Summit 2014 in Ghana
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This is a multi-stakeholder discussion of the role of new technology (social media) in stimulating action for environmental sanitation in Ghana. It was hosted by UNDP in Ghana in partnership…

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Nest reworks its Thermostat for the UK, on sale today
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Google’s Nest finally starts selling a tweaked version of its Thermostat outside of the US and Canada.     

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Quit your job in a blaze of glory: Our favorite videos of the week
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A roundup of our favorite CNET videos covering news, gadgets and more.

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