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Moviepass losses jumped from less than $3 million to $126.6 million in a year

Moviepass parent Helios & Matheson has quietly posted its quarterly earnings report, revealing that operating losses have ballooned from less than $3 million this quarter last year to $126.6 million in the three month period ending June 30, 2018. Losses undoubtedly stem from Moviepass’ struggle to generate revenue from its theater subscription service, which launched just under a year ago for $9.95 a month after the company sold a majority of its stake to Helios & Matheson.

The report also shows that the Moviepass parent burned through more than $219 million in Q2 2018 — or approximately $73 million a month — with only $51.4 million left. That run rate is more than triple the $21 million a month rate we…

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Verizon’s 5G home internet launch will come with free YouTube TV or Apple TV 4K

Verizon today announced that Google and Apple will be its first video streaming launch partners when the telecom’s 5G broadband service arrives later this year. It also revealed its fourth and final launch market, Indianapolis, which joins the previously announced Houston, Sacramento, and Los Angeles.

The announcement today confirms a previous rumor late last month; customers who sign up to Verizon’s 5G home internet service can choose to receive a free subscription to YouTube TV or an Apple TV 4K device (but not both.) In addition, they’ll also be able to access content from NFL, NBA, and news from Verizon’s own media network, Oath, reports Bloomberg. If you’re wondering whether you’ll find leftover content from the defunct Go90 app,…

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This cruel Bud Light smart fridge unlocks only when the Cleveland Browns win

Football season is almost here, and Bud Light has put together something special for the fans of the eternally suffering Cleveland Browns: Cleveland Browns Victory Fridges, a bunch of custom-made, internet-connected fridges that will only open when the Browns manage to snap their winless streak (currently at 17 games and counting).

It’s a fun promotion with some impressive technical effort behind it, but there’s just one problem: those fridges will never need to open.

Bud Light claims that the fridges are kept shut with an elaborate locking system whereby the chains holding the doors closed (and the beer inside) are help up by an internal magnet, synced together with the other Browns Victory…

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TechDen fights your kids’ tech addiction using… a box

Here’s one way to get kids off the phones they won’t put down: hide them in a high-tech box.

TechDen, which is currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign, claims to ”help kids develop healthy screen habits,” by combining an app to manage your child’s screen time with a literal white box that stores and charges up to two phones or tablets. It can also recognize each device, and send parents notifications about which devices are charging and which are currently in use.

Parents can create designated “sessions” — routine windows of time where their kids can use their phone — and set up a maximum allowable screen time within each of these windows. For example, a session could be an hour before bedtime, and the maximum amount of…

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Instagram now lets you send private polls through DMs

Starting today, you’ll be able to send polls through direct messages in Instagram. It works the same as adding the poll sticker to your stories, but now, you’ll be presented with the option to send the story to your own selection of users. Everyone in the group chat will be able to view the poll results as they vote in real time. It’s not as groundbreaking of an update as, say, the ability to mute your friends’ posts, but it’s still a useful tool for when you just want to poll a small group of relevant people, like a dinner party or family members.

The poll sticker has been available for Stories since last October, and since then, it has been joined by the Emoji slider and the Questions sticker. Instagram is going full-force to increase…

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HQ Trivia introduces an Apple TV app to less efficiently play with friends

HQ Trivia might be waning in popularity, but it’s not dead yet. Now, it’s getting an Apple TV app so that you can more easily — but less efficiently — play with friends, via TechCrunch.

It’s a move that makes a lot of sense, partly. HQ has always chased the classic game show presentation that shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? or Jeopardy made famous. So making the jump to an actual TV feels like a natural extension of that. And playing on a TV, in theory, makes it easier to play HQ with more friends and family members.

But the problem is: if you’re…

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Apple wants to build a custom health chip for processing biometric data

Apple is working on a dedicated custom health chip that would help it process biometric data from its suite of devices, according to job listings unearthed by CNBC today. The company currently designs custom chips for its iPhone and is rumored to switch to custom processors for its Mac line of computers as early as 2020. Currently, the Apple Watch is powered by the custom S3 chip.

CNBC reports that these new job listings indicate Apple would like to go one step further with regard to health data and integrate a custom chip that would be solely responsible for processing metrics like heart rate and helping improve battery efficiency on devices like the Apple Watch.

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Square Cash expands bitcoin support to all 50 US states

Square has expanded bitcoin support in its Cash App to all 50 US states, the company said in a tweet on Monday. The expansion comes after Square revealed in its earnings report that bitcoin had a profit margin of $420,000 in Q2, after the company spent $36.6 million to gain bitcoin support on the app but only made $37 million back.

The Cash App let users make purchases with bitcoin starting in January, but it didn’t offer support in New York, Georgia, Hawaii, and Wyoming because those states have more restrictions on cryptocurrency transactions. States like Wyoming and Hawaii previously required cryptocurrency companies to hold cash reserves equal to the amount of cryptocurrency funds held for customers, which made it difficult for…

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Star Trek: Discovery’s Spock will be played by Gregory Peck’s grandson

Earlier this summer, at 2018’s San Diego Comic-Con, Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman confirmed that Spock, the beloved half-Vulcan second-in-command of the original Star Trek’s U.S.S. Enterprise, would be appearing in the newest Trek series. After much searching, CBS has announced that the show has cast the role. Ethan Peck, whose previous credits include playing Patrick Verona (the Heath Ledger character) in the TV adaptation of 10 Things I Hate About You — and who also happens to be the grandson of legendary actor Gregory Peck — will fill the TV shoes of the late Leonard Nimoy. (Peck is not related to Zachary Quinto, who currently plays the character in the film franchise, but there certainly is a non-familial…

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Windows 10 users can now try Microsoft’s Your Phone app to mirror phone content to a PC

Microsoft started testing its Your Phone app with Windows 10 Insiders last month, and now the company is making it available to all Windows 10 users. If you’re running Windows 10 with the latest April 2018 Update, Your Phone is available to install from the Microsoft Store. The app mirrors phone content to a PC, but currently only supports Android devices and the ability to drag and drop photos from a phone to a PC.

Microsoft is also planning to add support for text message sync and notifications from Android phones to mirror to a PC at some point in the future. Microsoft had been testing Your Phone as part of the company’s upcoming Redstone 5 update for Windows 10, but it now appears it will be made broadly available without the…

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Spotify now displays songwriter and producer credits for iOS users

Spotify first added the option to check out a track’s songwriter and producer credits back in February — and now, the feature is being rolled out onto iOS.

On the desktop application, where the feature was first available, listeners could right-click a track and hit “Show Credits” from the menu to read up on a song’s performers, songwriters, and producers. Now, as spotted by Music Business Worldwide, those listening on the go can access these same credits by hitting the ellipses button that appears next to each song, and clicking on “Song Credits” at the end of the list.

Right now, these details aren’t available for every song — the option will only be available if this information…

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Sprint and LG will release a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019

Sprint has announced that it will work with LG to release a 5G smartphone for Sprint’s nascent next-gen network sometime in the first half of 2019.

There are no concrete details for the device other than the vague release date and the fact that LG will be making it. But since the company plans to launch its 5G network (at least in part) in 2019, it makes sense that it would put deals in place for the devices that will support it when it rolls out.

Sprint’s press release highlights its use of Massive MIMO technology as part of the 5G strategy that the new, unnamed LG phone will support. It’s something that the company is already building out in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC as a precursor to 5G….

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Toward a taxonomy of men online

It is an indisputable fact that, online, there are Dads and there are Sons. Lesser known, however, is that there also exist two additional categories — Uncles and Nephews — that together explain the temperament of any man. These four categories are axes that can be used to plot the matrix that categorizes the energies of most male-identified persons online. They are, basically, alignments. Think of this as astrology, but specifically for men.

Let’s start with the basics. Sons are the product of fathers (not to be confused with Dads, which we’ll get to in a moment); they’re generally Large and Adult. As The New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino put it in her excellent description of Sons online:

The large-adult-son meme takes wing from the…

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These 3D X-rays are spectacular and really gross

There’s an image of a flayed human wrist wearing a watch that’s been making the rounds online. Generated by a new 3D CT scanner, the image shows bones, blood, tissue, and a faint shadow of skin around the edges. The image is amazing and also really, really gross.

It’s not unusual for CT scans — a type of X-ray imaging that produces detailed views of whole cross-sections of the body — to be in 3D. The big difference is the degree of detail: the device that produced this gory image is part of a new wave of spectral scanners that use specialized detectors to distinguish individual X-ray frequencies. That gives researchers better contrast between the matter the X-rays passed through, like bone, or flesh, or blood.

The weird wrist picture…

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Verizon and AT&T have vastly different ideas about phone cases

Verizon’s phone case product manager, Helena Elicerio

Helena Elicerio wants to make Verizon the go-to spot for phone cases.

As Verizon’s phone case product manager, she’s betting accessories will define the company’s brand and transform its retail future. And Verizon is betting they will, too: the carrier currently offers over 150 iPhone cases, and that number has risen above 200 in the past.

Verizon has already overhauled 200 stores with a focus on cases and accessories. In these “Next Gen” stores, as they’re called, customers are able to touch and see cases outside their packaging in displays Verizon has designed to resemble “best-sellers at your local bookstore.”

Why the huge investment? Verizon needs people to buy phone cases because selling the actual phones results in little…

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