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26May/160

Amazon’s got eight more TV show pilots for your perusal

First on the docket is The Interestings, a series that's based on Meg Wolitzer's 2013 novel of the same name. It's the story of a group of teenagers who bond at summer camp over their shared love of art, and how they grow over time. The show stars Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose alongside David Krumholtz, Jessica Pare and Matt Barr. Behind the lens you've got Four Weddings director Mike Newell as well as Lyn Greene and Richard Levine, who both wrote for Nip/Tuck and produced Masters of Sex.

Secondly, there's The Last Tycoon, which was written and directed by Billy Ray, who wrote Captain Phillips and adapted the first Hunger Games. The show stars Kelsey Grammer as an aging studio head as he battles his son, played by Matt Bomer, for control of the business. If anyone's concerned that there could be any real-world parallels between a media tycoon fighting for control with their relatives, don't worry. Unlike what's going on over at Viacom, this drama is set in the 1930s with the rise of fascism looming in the background.

We won't bore you with the details of the other five kids' shows, but one will probably appeal to big kids with long memories. Amazon has teamed up with legendary producers Sid and Marty Krofft to remake Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, the 1973 NBC series about a pair of brothers who befriend a sea monster. The whole slate of shows will be made available on Amazon from June 17th, and the show that gets the most positive reception will be turned into the next big thing -- following in the footsteps of Transparent and The Man in the High Castle.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/26/amazon-pilot-season-june-2016/

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26May/160

Barisieur’s coffee-brewing alarm clock might actually happen

In terms of overall features, not much has changed in terms of the bells and whistles of the Barisieur, despite the aforementioned refinements. The alarm clock boils water to 94 degrees using an induction hob that heats up a stainless steel base. There's a reusable steel mesh filter too, so you won't have to futz with, and end up wasting, the paper variety. Chilled milk storage is still there as well, keeping the liquid cool through the night. A sealed divider tray stores sugar and and other hot beverage condiments or the coffee and tea itself. Oh yeah, there's a snazzy white option now, too.

Once more, Renouf Co. are talking up the ritual of prepping the device for the morning brew before heading to bed as a way to tell your body it's time to get some rest. It's kind of like the habit of brushing your teeth and flossing. If the idea of waking up to the smells of a fresh cup are too good to pass up, Kickstarter backers can nab the Barisieur for £265 (around $387) with deeper discounts available to those who act quickly. Unfortunately, the manufacturing process is going to take about a year, so the coffee maker isn't expected to ship until June 2017.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/26/barisieur-coffee-alarm-clock-kickstarter/

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26May/160

The trippy, haunting ‘Oxenfree’ soundtrack is on vinyl

The double LP vinyl set costs $35 via iam8bit and it should ship in September. Anyone who buys it will also be emailed a download code for the digital album in early June, once mastering is complete. Get a taste of the soundtrack, created by veteran video game composer Andy Rohrmann (SCNTFC), on Bandcamp.

Oxenfree hits PlayStation 4 on May 31st complete with a New Game+ mode that expands the narrative even after players have finished the game. Steam and Xbox One versions will also receive New Game+ on May 31st in a free update. Oxenfree is $20 across all platforms, but it'll be $15 for PlayStation Plus members in a launch month sale.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/26/oxenfree-soundtrack-vinyl-iam8bit/

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26May/160

Blendle’s pay-per-article service is available on mobile devices

Blendle is a news aggregate that pulls news articles from outlets that lock their content behind paywalls. You can choose specific articles to curate the type of stories you want to read, while spending less money in the form of microtransactions. If for some reason you aren't satisfied with the stories you choose, you can even get a refund.

The apps themselves feature over 300 print publications from which you can select stories to read ad-free. Each article runs around 25 cents to purchase, which is often a boon for readers looking to get into pieces from The Wall Street Journal or The New York Times without having to subscribe to the publication. With mobile choices available today, one less gateway to success for Blendle has been taken away since stories may now be read on the go.

Blendle has been around for two years and has amassed around 650,000 users. That number could very well grow as users on mobile devices quickly join the fold with the promise of cheap, quality content.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/26/blendle-mobile-app/

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26May/160

Urbanears has sweat-soaked headphones, if that’s what you’re into

Urbanears got seven people to wear the headphones during a workout and immediately bagged the sweaty audio gear afterwards. The list of folks includes running coach Knox Robinson, dancer "WilldaBeast" Adams, musician Amanda Bergman, British singer V V Brown, American model Barbie Ferreira, German fashionista Bonnie Strange and French DJ/entrepreneur Nadege Winter. If you want to buy 'em, the "WilldaBeast" Adams and Bonnie Strange headphones go on sale May 27th with others to follow. There's only one of each, so you'll have to act fast to drop €119 (around $133) that will be donated to charity.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/26/urbanears-sweat-edition-headphones-ew/

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26May/160

Twitch Clips share your favorite stream moments

Twitch viewers know the problem: you've seen something amazing on a stream that you're dying to share, but you'd rather not make friends watch the whole stream (or remember the exact time) to relive the moment. What to do? After today, it should only take a few clicks. Twitch is rolling out a Clips feature that creates a shareable video capturing the 25 seconds before you tap the button, and 5 seconds afterward. After that, you get a web link that takes people directly to the broadcaster; if the feed is no longer live, you'll go to the exact moment the clip began in the finished video.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/26/twitch-clips/

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26May/160

Facebook and Microsoft are building a huge trans-Atlantic data cable

It's not hard to understand why having a better infrastructure for transmitting data is important to both Facebook and Microsoft. Facebook has a whopping 1.6 billion users, and that's not counting traffic from other hugely popular services like Instagram and Whatsapp. For Microsoft's part, its Azure cloud services use a ton of bandwidth, and that's without mentioning its other cloud-based products like Bing, Office, Skype and Xbox Live.

The MAREA system isn't just for Microsoft and Facebook, however. The cable will be managed by Telxius, a division of the Telefónica telecommunications company. The company will then sell off capacity from MAREA to companies in addition to Facebook and Microsoft.

The cable itself will stretch from Virginia Beach in the US to Bilbao, Spain, a rather unique path. Most trans-Atlantic cables originate in the New York City / New Jersey area, despite the fact that many huge data centers are located in Virginia. Additionally, this route further south from most large cabling systems will supposedly allow for more "resilient and reliable" data connections -- something of the utmost importance when dealing with internet services like those Microsoft and Facebook deal in.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/26/facebook-microsoft-marea-atlantic-data-cable/

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26May/160

Facebook is reportedly working on ‘shoppable’ video ads

The Information reports that the new video ads are still in the works, but there are plans to start testing them next month. If the video format sounds familiar, Google Shopping ads show you related products on the pre-roll content ahead of YouTube videos. In that case, clicking the "i" icon displays a list of items alongside pricing and retailer info.

Facebook already has dedicated a dedicated Shop section for business pages and its so-called Canvas feature makes ads a bit more interactive. Messenger chat bots were among the big announcements at this year's F8 event, and some of those will allow you to order food while others provide updates on orders or serve as "gift concierges" to guide your shopping. Facebook is also said to be working on a way for users to save items they see for browsing later. You know, just in case you need to weight your options before committing.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/26/facebook-shoppable-video-ads/

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26May/160

HTC has stopped producing the Nexus 9

That leaves the Pixel C as the only Android tablet Google itself is selling directly. Despite some flaws, that's probably still your best bet for a large-screen Android experience right now -- and Android N should fix many of the issues we had with the tablet. And, of course, Samsung still sells a dizzying array of Android tablets, from large to, well, larger.

Given the Nexus 9's lifespan, it's not at all surprising that HTC has stopped manufacturing the device. HTC did confirm that it'll continue selling and supporting the device for the near future, but if you for some reason had your eye on it and never pulled the trigger, don't wait too long.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/26/htc-nexus-9-production-ending/

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26May/160

New study shows the scale of Twitter’s misogyny problem

To quantify the woman-hating on Twitter, UK thinktank Demos looked for the words "slut" or "whore" in 1.5 million tweets sent by UK users during a three-week period from mid-April to May 2016. Using an in-house algorithm, the research team filtered out conversational or self-identifying tweets to focus only on those with clearly aggressive language aimed at another user. During that short timeframe, the study found "10,000 explicitly aggressive and misogynistic tweets" directed at 6,500 users in the UK alone, TechCrunch reports. Internationally, there were more than 200,000 tweets using the same terms directed at 80,000 users. The study also claims about 50 percent of those abusive tweets were sent by women.

For its part, Twitter's head of trust safety outreach for Europe, the Middle East and Asia told TechCrunch, "Our ambition, in tandem with addressing abusive behaviour, is to reach a position where we can leverage Twitter's incredible capabilities to empower positive voices, to challenge prejudice and to tackle the deeper root causes of intolerance in society."

And Demos is quick to note that Twitter is not the only social media platform with a misogyny problem -- just the source of the data for this particular study. "It's important to note that misogyny is prevalent across all social media, and we must make sure that the other big tech companies are also involved in discussions around education and developing solutions," Demos researcher Alex Krasodomski-Jones wrote in a statement. "This is less about policing the internet than it is a stark reminder that we are frequently not as good citizens online as we are offline."

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/26/new-study-shows-scale-twitters-misogyny-problem/

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