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The first Brexit: Britain's geological split from Europe
BERLIN — It was a literal Brexit — Britain’s geographical separation from mainland Europe — which newly published research reveals to have been caused by a period of slow erosion, then a cataclysmic split.Using...
AT&T/DirecTV give in to government demands in collusion lawsuit settlement
Aurich Lawson reader comments 7 Share this story DirecTV and its owner, AT&T, have promised the US Department of Justice that they will not illegally share information with rival pay-TV providers in order...
How to watch the start of the new F1 season in the UK, US and Australia
Ah F1. Is there anything more exciting than seeing cars of all colours of the rainbow zooming gaily around some of the most exotic locations in the world? “Zoomy cars?!” we hear you exclaim, “I sure would...
Your Sky subscription is about to reduce by 13 channels - here's why
Bad news Sky subscribers, you’re about to lose 13 channels after January 31 from your subscription whether you like it or not. The channels in question are those owned by Discovery, and include Eurosport,...
Update: Foxtel Play is now available to stream on the Telstra TV streaming device and is receiving new pricing tiers – details below!It seems like an age since the TV through the internet craze took Australia...
It’s a full house! Channel 5 becomes final UK broadcaster to support Chromecast
Google’s Chromecast has just completed its collection of terrestrial streaming services with the addition of support for My5, Channel 5’s own streaming service. The addition means that you should now...
PewDiePie claims he will delete his YouTube channel today
EnlargeYouTube, PewDiePie reader comments 17 Share this story News rocking the YouTube world this week comes from the most subscribed creator on the platform. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg,...
US gov’t sues AT&T/DirecTV, calls it “ringleader” of collusion scheme
Aurich Lawson reader comments 17 Share this story The Department of Justice today sued DirecTV and its owner, AT&T, saying the satellite TV company colluded with competitors during contentious negotiations...
The woman who remembers everything
A young Australian woman can remember every moment of her life. Courtesy: 60 Minutes Allison Langdon, from Channel 9's 60 Minutes, talks to a doctor investigating Becky’s amazing ability to remember. Picture:...
When it comes to movies, Sky has a plan to keep traditional viewing alive
Sky has announced it is to rebrand its Movies service, bringing it under the new name of Sky Cinema starting July 8 and promising more movies, more premieres, and a bunch more features.But Sky recognises...
Opera’s ad blocker comes to its stable release channel and Opera Mini for Android
Opera today announced that its built-in ad blocker, which was previously only available in the experimental developer release channel, is now coming to all of its desktop users. In addition, it is...
Vine releases a Watch button because scrolling is too much work
Vine, Twitter’s social network turned entertainment platform, is today announcing a new way to consume content on the app. The company is introducing a “Watch” button, which will...
Starz enters streaming world with its own $9/month subscription service
StarzYet another premium channel has jumped into the streaming game. Starz has announced that it will provide video streaming through its new standalone Starz app for Android and iOS. The service will...
YouTube channel 'shocked' by jail term
YouTube channel Trollstation has vowed to continue making films despite a team member being jailed for nine months. The London-based channel, with 684,000 subscribers, has built a reputation for filming...
Optus lines up the free kick with its new soccer strategy
Optus created quite the stir last year when it outbid Pay TV giant Fox Sports for the broadcast rights to the English Premiere League. The most obvious question at the time was how Optus was planning on...
Fury after Twitch gamer account switch
Gaming fans have reacted with anger after divorce led to a popular Twitch gaming channel changing hands. Ara_Gaming had been on hiatus for months while its owner, known to followers as Sarah, resolved...
Vice is launching a TV channel on Sky
Vice will launch its Viceland TV channel on Sky in the UK and Ireland, the media company has announced.The new 24-hour satellite channel will launch in September and be available to Sky TV customers through...
Apple creates a general support channel on Twitter
Apple has expanded its presence on Twitter, adding an English-language general support channel — called simply @AppleSupport — which it says will be tweeting out tips and tricks, as well...
Make your own Netflix button with the Pebblebee Stone - CNET
Taylor Martin/CNET Back in September, Netflix released instructions for what it called The Switch -- and what everyone else referred to as "The Netflix and Chill Button."In essence, it's a DIY button...
Will TV bills rise with channel choice? Canada to find out
[...] though you might gripe about paying for all the channels you never watch, the price of each channel could rise a lot if fewer people chose to pay for each one individually. Millions of U.S. households...
This freaky YouTube channel invites conspiracy theories - CNET
Enlarge ImageThe channel has more than 84,000 videos and counting. Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Got some time to kill? See if you can make heads or tails of a YouTube channel that's driving people...
BBC Three is now online-only
BBC Three as a linear television channel has ceased to exist; at 3.35am the channel became an online-only broadcaster. Bowing out with a selection including the infamous Las Vegas Don't Tell the Bride...
Here's how to tune in to tonight's Republican debate online - CNET
Dennis Van Tine/MediaPunch/Corbis Republican presidential candidates will take the stage tonight for the ninth presidential debate. This will be the first debate without either Chris Christie or Carly...
BBC Three reveals its post-reboot web-first programs
Come 16 February, the UK's TV landscape will look very different asÂ BBC ThreeÂ shifts from traditional broadcaster to an online channel. While that leaves a weird gap in the channel order -- BBC One,...
How to control smart bulbs with your car - CNET
Admittedly, controlling your lights with your car sounds a bit ludicrous, if not completely useless. But it's entirely doable and there are actually several scenarios where it can be very useful.You can...
TV channel hires robot as reporter, anchors worried
For the first time, a Chinese news channel has employed an artificial intelligence robot as a weather reporter on its live breakfast show, raising concerns among the country’s journalists as it could threaten...
Vine Gets A Personalized Channel Just For You
If you’re a Vine user then you know that finding new clips can be difficult. I rely mostly on my network to surface really funny Loops, but the team wants to make it easier for you. Today it...
9 easy ways to speed up your Wi-Fi - CNET
If you live in a crowded neighborhood or in an apartment and share a lot of the same signal space as your neighbors, choosing the right channel can cut down on interference and help speed things up a...
Review: Updated: Foxtel Play
IntroductionUpdate: The crashing of the PlayStation apps has become even worse. It seems like an age since the TV through the internet craze took Australia by storm. While ABC iView and SBS On Demand are...
BBC Three will stop broadcasting in February
BBC Three is going to be turned off in February, the BBC Trust has confirmed. The ill-fated but much loved channel, which provoked a 270,000 strong petition calling for it to be saved, will move to be...
BBC Three will turn off the lights at the end of February
It's been on the chopping board for a while now, but the BBC has confirmed that the BBC Three channel will be cut at the end of February next year and moved online.The ongoing consultation regarding its...
How to get Channel 9 in HD
You can now get Channel 9 in spectacular Full HD, and all it takes is a quick re-scan of your TV's channels.The Nine Network is updating its list of channels for Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast,...
Channel 4's All 4 will soon work with Chromecast
Channel 4 has announced that All 4 -- previously known as 4oD and home to all of Channel 4's TV shows -- will be available on Chromecast from 24 November.Viewers will be able to use their phone or tablet...
YouTube to pay fees to help some video makers fight takedowns
YouTube to pay fees to help some video makers fight takedowns Since its inception, YouTube has been embroiled in long and bitter battles over copyright infringement. YouTube said Thursday that it would...
Fallout 4 'myths' put to the test in new video - CNET
A number of Fallout 4 "myths" have been put to the test as part of the latest installment in YouTube channel DefendTheHouse's long-running Mythbusters series. Myths tested in the video below include, "You...
Vice Media gets TV channel in deal with A&E
Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith, pictured April 2, 2013, is taking his company to American television with a joint-venture deal with A&E Networks announced November 3 2015 Vice Media is getting its...
Archaeologists unveil remains of 14,000-year-old Ice Age settlement
Archaeologists from the UK working in the Channel Island of Jersey have found the remains of a 14,000-year-old hunter-gather settlement offering great views over landscapes now drowned by the English ...
MagLab research paves way for flu treatments
New research by a Florida State University chemistry professor uses some of the world's most powerful magnets to put a bullseye on the flu virus. Led by Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Tim Cross...
IBM puts the clouds in cloud computing, acquires the Weather Company
IBM Senior Vice President Bob Picciano (left) joins The Weather Company Chairman & CEO David Kenny at the IBM Insight Conference in Las Vegas.IBMIBM has finally combined literal clouds with cloud computing....
James Bond's Snapchat channel
James Bond is usually known for his suave clothes, his panache, his ability to use guns. The upcoming 007 installment Spectre has launched the first-ever branded channel on Snapchat. ...
How to Use Pebble’s New Dictation API
Earlier this month, Pebble released version 3.6 of their SDK. My eyes widened when I discovered it included access to their Dictation API. This API gives all Pebble developers access to dictation from...
Dating the earthquake that caused the Meghna River avulsion
Six of us headed out on Oct. 8 for Brahmanbaria, northeast of Dhaka. Our target is a large winding abandoned river valley that we believe used to be the course of the Meghna River. Currently, the much...
Snapchat pulls plug on original content
Snapchat is pulling the plug on Snap Channel, the unit responsible for creating its original content. Fifteen members of the team will be laid off and a few junior executives might be reassigned, the...
Snapchat reportedly pulls plug on original content channel
Snapchat appears to have had second thoughts about producing its own original content. The Venice, California-based startup behind the popular messaging app of the same name told Deadline it has decided...
Long anticipated structure of an ion channel reveals how excited neurons settle down
The channel, Slo2.2, helps restore neurons' internal electrical state, and so prevents them from firing at too high a frequency for too long, which has the potential to damage the cells. With the new information...
SBS injecting food into your eyeballs 24 hours a day with new digital channel
Australians love themselves some cooking shows. From Masterchef to My Kitchen Rules to Huey's cooking adventures, the art of turning raw ingredients into delectable dishes has a tendency to get Aussie...
Shooting lightning out of the sky
A team of researchers has demonstrated new techniques that bring lasers as lighting rods closer to reality. When a powerful laser beam shoots through the air, it ionizes the molecules, leaving a thin trail...
Fat-shaming video causes YouTube row
A comedian who criticised overweight people has sparked a row over censorship on YouTube. Nicole Arbour uploaded a video called Dear Fat People in which she derided people for being overweight. She claimed...
All 38 major Google IO announcements ranked
Google IO is the company’s chance to express its bragging rights, and it did that at the start of its keynote by telling one and all that Android is now up to 2 billion active users.What’s more, seven...
Android at the Wheel: Google Aims for One Vehicle Ecosystem
Google showcased the next phase of its automotive strategy at its I/O conference earlier this week, and announced partnerships with Volvo and Audi, which unveiled concept vehicles running its new automotive...
Fuchsia OS isn't replacing Android yet, Google says
Last August we got wind of a brand new operating system in development at Google, codenamed Fuchsia. At this year's Google I/O event in Mountain View, Android's Dave Burke shed a little bit more light...
Android in the car: This is Google's phone-free vision for connected driving
When you sit inside the bright orange Audi Q8 concept car, you're greeted with a minimalist interior with no knobs or physical buttons. Screens, instead, dominate the aesthetic, with the main dash acting...
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