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Roku predicts half of US homes will have cut the cord and dropped cable by 2024

February 21st, 2020 at 10:54 am » Comments Off

Roku predicts that by 2024, half of all U.S. homes will have never had cable TV or will have canceled their subscription. Roku sees this trend boosting its business, which it frames as being a “neutral partner at the center of the streaming ecosystem.” Roku predicts that within four years, half of all U.S. homes […]



In 2019, more Americans went to the library than to the movies. Yes, really.

February 2nd, 2020 at 2:07 am » Comments Off

The US film industry may have generated revenues somewhere in the region of $40 billion last year, but it seems Hollywood still has plenty of work to do if it wants to compete with that most hallowed of American institutions: the public library Yes, according to a recent Gallup poll (the first such survey since […]



What is the most profitable movie ever?

January 22nd, 2020 at 12:41 pm » Comments Off

‘Avatar’? ‘Blair Witch Project’? ‘Star Wars’? The Hollywood Reporter crunches the numbers to see which film has earned the most hard cash. What’s Hollywood’s most profitable movie ever? The answer depends on how you define “profitable.” If you think of profit purely as a ratio of production cost to box office gross, 1999’s The Blair […]



Dead celebrity earnings show gender inequality reaches beyond the grave

January 6th, 2020 at 12:41 pm » Comments Off

Dead famous: Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in a still from Giant (1964). Warner Bros Death is no excuse for celebrities to stop working. James Dean, despite being dead since 1955, has recently been cast in a new Vietnam war movie, Finding Jack. His co-starring role will be computer generated from old footage and photographs […]



‘Blade Runner’ was set in November 2019. So how close have we come to that prediction of our future?

November 12th, 2019 at 12:52 pm » Comments Off

Science-fiction movies are pretty goddamn awesome because it goes beyond the restrictions of realism and predicts what can or cannot happen in the future. Netflix’s Black Mirror is likely everyone’s hot favourite now because it’s showing us the deranged situation we’ll be in 15-20 years from now. But what if I say that we are […]



In-flight seatback screens may be going extinct

October 21st, 2019 at 11:59 am » Comments Off

U.S. carriers are split on whether single-aisle fleets need seatback screens. Consumer tastes are changing as in-flight Wi-Fi quality improves. In the quest to command higher fares and traveler loyalty, airlines are constantly scrambling to market their onboard services as better than Brand X. These days, one highly visible battleground is directly in front of […]



Tesla Semi electric truck to be turned into mobile music studio by Deadmau5

October 20th, 2019 at 1:11 pm » Comments Off

Deadmau5, a DJ and music producer, announced that he is getting a Tesla Semi electric truck to turn into a mobile music studio for his 2021 tour. When launching Tesla Semi in 2017, the automaker said that the production versions of electric truck, which is a class 8 truck with a 80,000-pound capacity, will have […]



Four revolutionary technologies that are now obsolete

October 14th, 2019 at 2:41 pm » Comments Off

Japan’s last pager has emitted its final beep. Tokyo Telemessage, the country’s only remaining pager provider, shut down its radio signals this week, following decades of dwindling subscribers. Pagers first went on sale in Japan in the 1960s and were known as pokeberu, or “pocket bells”. They were a popular way of contacting someone on […]



Boston Dynamics’ Spot is leaving the laboratory

September 29th, 2019 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

A new leasing program is putting dozens of robots to work in the real world Boston Dynamics is letting its first major robot out of the lab. Since June, the company has been talking about a public release for its Spot robot (formerly SpotMini), and today, it finally gave some details about what’s in store. […]



Concerts are more expensive than ever, and fans keep paying up

September 19th, 2019 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

One fan saw Pink 11 times — she started saving five years ago  Soaring ticket prices leave concert goers with no choice. It’s not your imagination: Concert ticket prices are going through the roof. And not just for the super wealthy who pay thousands of dollars to see the best acts from the front row. […]



SEX MACHINE Pole-dancing ‘robot strippers’ to perform next to human dancers on stage at nightclub

September 12th, 2019 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

ROBOT strippers will make their debut pole-dancing alongside their human counterparts in a French nightclub. Laurent Roue, owner of the Strip Club Café in Nantes, said punters might find the gyrating plastic-and-metal robots “very sexy”.



How K-Beauty conquered the West

August 17th, 2019 at 2:12 am » Comments Off

Kimchi, K-pop, and K-dramas. Welcome to Hallyu 2.0, in which everyone in the West is losing their minds over all things Korean. Playing a starring role is a glorious onslaught of Korean beauty products, with the K-Beauty market now valued at over $13 billion, and $7.2 billion of which is from facial skin care alone. […]



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