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Razer buys THX to go beyond games

Hear that? It's the sound of a video game electronics company getting even more ambitious.<p>Razer, best known for gaming computer mice, said Monday it bought THX, the former Lucasfilm brand known for deep, powerful sound.<p>In 1983, George Lucas created THX to make sure "Return of the Jedi" felt just …

5 simple ways to fix the NFL's falling television ratings

Just like the Browns, the NFL has been losing a lot this year. At least in terms of TV numbers, seeing as fewer people have been tuning into broadcasts than they were in 2015, and the ratings have been falling pretty significantly, too. None of this, however, as Nancy Armour wrote, means the NFL is …

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Roku Express+ review: Resurrect an old TV with streaming video for cheap - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Roku Express+ has an analog audio/video output, allowing it to connect to older TVs. It's cheap, easy to use and loaded with streaming apps, including the latest version of Netflix.<p><b>The Bad</b> It's slower, especially with Netflix, than other HDMI-only devices that cost just a few bucks …

MacTrast Deals: SelectTV by FreeCast: 1-Yr Subscription

- Oct 17, 2016<p>Thinking of cutting the cord? You’ll want to take a look at this deal on a SelectTV by FreeCast: 1-Yr Subscription! SelecTV offers …

Goliath, Amazon’s new legal drama, shows what streaming TV can learn from '90s TV

The new Billy Bob Thornton vehicle solves streaming’s biggest storytelling problem with old-fashioned knowhow.<p>The term that best describes <i>Goliath</i>, Amazon’s new legal drama from creators David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro, is "old-fashioned."<p>Some might think of this as a pejorative, and in some …

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The Accountant banks $24.7m in taxing week for The Girl on the Train

The R-rated thriller starring Ben Affleck as an autistic mathematician had a chart-topping opening weekend and surpassed Warner Bros’ early predictions<p>Ben Affleck’s new thriller The Accountant opened to a chart-topping $24.7m this weekend, according to studio estimates.<p>Gavin O’Connor directed the …

What to Watch on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu this weekend

Tired of fall activities already? For those who have leaf-peeping fatigue or have picked all the pumpkins and apples they can handle in one season, …

Netflix on a budget: The best streaming devices under $50

Streaming devices are all the rage these days, whether you're cutting the cord or just want to access services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, Sling TV, or more on your TV. The problem? There are too many options, ranging in price from $30 up to nearly $200.<p>But while the expensive options are …

American Horror Story season 6 episode 5, review: My Roanoke Nightmare ends?

<i>*WARNING: SPOILERS FOR AMERICAN HORROR STORY SEASON 6, EPISODE 5*</i><p>So, it turns out I was only half right about who our dear Evan Peters would be …

Amazon's $50 phone is as basic as it gets, so long as you're cool with ads

The Blu R1 HD starts at $50, works on T-Mobile or AT&T, and will arrive on your doorstep in two days. It is, for all intents and purposes, an Amazon …

Mobile Technology

Violence and empathy in “Westworld”: “That’s not the point we want to make, that it’s OK if they’re a robot”

<b>(HBO/John P. Johnson)</b><p>Salon spoke with the creators of HBO’s hit “Westworld” about what the drama’s robots reveal about human morality<p>Melanie McFarland<p>October 13, 2016 10:58pm (UTC)<p>Only two episodes of HBO’s “Westworld” have aired, and already it has harnessed audience fascination and become one of …

Your music deserves better than your phone's sound quality

By now it's old news that the iPhone 7 ($538 at Amazon Marketplace) ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack, but if you really want music to sound its best you shouldn't be using a phone anyway. It's time to consider a dedicated music player like the Cowon Plenue M2.<p>The crisp styling and solid build …

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Norman Reedus: 'Heavy' 'Walking Dead' Premiere Will Make You Kick TV Set

Your own poor television set may get Lucille'd after "The Walking Dead" Season 7 premiere.<p>This thing has been hyped to the hills and beyond, but at least they can say they warned us. "The Tonight Show" last night to tease the October 23 premiere, ride around on a motorcycle with Jimmy Fallon, and …

The Walking Dead

Trevor Noah: ‘We’re Going to Spend the Next 4 Years Watching Trump TV’

Donald Trump can’t help but win for losing. That was the sentiment expressed by “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah on Thursday night as he and others …

Comedy

NFL is concerned about slide in TV ratings

The slide in NFL ratings could be as much a trend as a blip.<p>The presidential campaign, the growing move away from cable, the increase in live streaming sports and competition from compelling baseball have all been given as reasons for a double-digit decline in viewership through the first five …

Investigating The 5 Most Compelling ‘Westworld’ Theories, So Far

Two episodes into HBO’s <i>Westworld</i>, and it already has an immersive <i>Lost</i>-like quality. It’s a show that’s meant to be enjoyed on the first viewing, but dissected, scrutinized, and pulled apart on the second and third. After two episodes, the theories coming out of the series are a little wild and …

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In the space of a few weeks there’s going to be both a new Jack Reacher film (starring Tom Cruise, out on Friday) and a <b>new Jack Reacher book</b> (out November 7). I doubt I’ll bother with the film; Cruise, as everyone knows, is <b>ludicrously miscast</b>. But I’ll definitely be reading the book.<p><b>Lee Child’s</b> …

Pandora unveils new logo as showdown with Spotify nears

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13 fantastic, lesser-known horror films fans can watch on Netflix right now

Look. It's October and we know you want to watch horror movies until you're scared of everything that moves.<p>But you don't want to spend all the money …

American Horror Story: Roanoke Set the Stage for the Next Big Twist

<b>Spoilers for the most recent episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke beyond this point.</b><p>Before we dig into the blood and guts of this week's <i>American</i> …

Horror

Pluto TV, a free streaming service for cord cutters, raises $30 million more

Pluto TV, a video streaming service targeting cord cutters by offering a TV-guide like experience that connects you to hundreds of online channels, has raised $30 million in Series B funding, valuing the business at $140 million. The new funding comes from ProSieben of Germany, one of Europe’s …

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More People Are Subscribing to Multiple Video Streaming Services

As the number of streaming video services proliferate, about 16% of U.S. video viewers have signed up for more than one online streaming service, up …

Why Westworld Looks Like Nothing Else on Television

A conversation with Zack Grobler, the production designer on HBO’s ambitious new drama.<p><i>Westworld</i> production designer Zack Grobler is working on one of the most ambitious and challenging shows on television—but when it comes to the specifics of his work, he'd really rather you didn't notice. When I …

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Chromecast vs. Chromecast Ultra: Which should you buy?

Google unveiled the new Chromecast Ultra at its October 2016 event in San Francisco, and while it doubles the price of the original Chromecast at …

This 'Westworld' Theory About the Man in Black Will Blow Your Mind

Just two episodes in, and HBO's new drama, "Westworld," is generating sprawling fan theories.<p>One in particular is pretty mind-blowing: That the Man in Black (Ed Harris) and meek newcomer William (Jimmi Simpson) are the same person. Whaaaa? How?!<p>As we know, the Man in Black has been coming to the …

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Why Google's Chromebooks make more sense than ever

If you've got a good memory then you might be able to remember back to the summer of 2011 and the first Chromebooks, which appeared to …

Apps

This Is How Amazon.com Could Add Millions of New Prime Members

When <b>Amazon.com</b>(NASDAQ: AMZN) bought video game streaming siteTwitch for $1.1 billion two years ago, many analysts were puzzled by the acquisition. Twitch had plenty of loyal broadcasters and viewers, but it was unclear how the site would be integrated into Amazon's sprawling ecosystem.<p>However, …

Roku Express finds the streaming-box price bottom—and its remote suffers

Impressions: $30 hardware is tiny and works like other Rokus, with one exception.<p>Regular Ars Technica readers probably have no use for a new Roku …

It’s time for The Walking Dead to put up or shut up

via AMC<p>At the end of this season, <i>The Walking Dead</i> will have given us 99 episodes. The season 8 premiere will be the 100th. When TWD producer and …

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Westworld episode 2 review: Something quite original may be on the horizon

It's ironic that episode two of <i>Westworld</i> has the park's 'narrative director' Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) trotting out a tired and uninspiring …