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HTC U11+ REVIEW – Big, bold and beautiful but probably NOT the phone to buy in 2018

EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS HTC U11 review – How good is HTC’s new flagship? HTC U11+ REVIEW • £699 PROS • Stunning design ouzes class – Very decent bezel-free display – Simplied Android Oreo is a joy to use CONS • Older Snapdragon 835 processor set to be outed soon – No headphone port – Expensive and not on contract After a couple of torrid years, HTC returned to its usual good form in 2017 when it launched the simply stunning U11 flagship. With its gorgeous design and fabulous camera the U11…

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8 Oscar-nominated movies you can watch on Netflix 🎬 – CNET

Frankly, the best place to catch the bulk of the 2018 Oscar-nominated films will be in theaters. But if you want to check off a few viewings from your sofa, here’s what Netflix has to offer. “Mudbound” Steve Dietl/Netflix ‘Mudbound’ Metacritic score: 85 Netflix picked up distribution rights to this period drama directed by Dee Rees after it screened at the Sundance Film Festival. The film received four Oscar nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay, and a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Mary J. Blige. Rachel Morrison also made history as the first…

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New docu-comedy ‘Poop Talk’ asks why number two is taboo – CNET

You might want to sit down for this: we’re going to talk about poop. “Poop Talk” is a new docu-comedy in which assorted comedians drop their their pants, metaphorically speaking, to share their bathroom-related hang-ups and stories. With the help of scientists explaining the importance of digestion to your health, comics including Kumail Nanjiani, Eric Stonestreet, Rob Corddry and Aisha Tyler are honest, open and funny in the name of opening up the conversation about the one thing everybody does but few talk about — even when it could save…

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Kodi Box WARNING – Your illegal streaming apps could get DELETED remotely

Kodi Box fans have been warned that apps for illegally streaming movies, TV shows and Premier League football could get deleted from their devices remotely. The Kodi surge continues without any sign of stopping, as users continue to ditch paid TV services for the online player. Research has suggested Kodi – which offers access to thousands of channels – is being used in more than five million UK homes. Kodi software is not illegal, but developers can produce third-party add-ons that provide free access to pirated and illegal content.  These apps…

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Eutelsat CEO optimistic on shorter broadcast contracts, OTT potential

WASHINGTON — Eutelsat Chief Executive Officer Rodolphe Belmer is taking a contrary view on short-term capacity leases and the explosive growth of video streaming — two disruptive video trends causing angst among satellite operators with substantial television broadcast business. In a Feb. 16 conference call with investors, Belmer said the short-term capacity leases fixed-satellite service customers are requesting might not be a bad thing, and so-called over-the-top (OTT) video distributors like Netflix look more like future customers than unstoppable competitors. Belmer also told investors that Eutelsat is joining Intelsat, Intel…

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Virgin Media BOOST – Battle for UK’s fastest broadband package hots up

Virgin Media’s top broadband package currently is the VIVID fibre broadband, which offers 300Mbps download speeds. And now the UK’s fastest widely available broadband is set to get even better, with Virgin Media planning a 350Mbps offering. ISPreview revealed that Virgin Media announced the news in their latest financial results, and the package could be launched as early as this spring. BT Openreach’s G.fast broadband pilot offers 330Mbps speeds, but by the end of last year was only expected to reach one million premises in the UK. By 2020 they’re…

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Kodi SHUTDOWN: Streaming add-on developers told to cease and desist

ACE • GETTY Developers behind Kodi add-ons are purportedly being targeted by legal action The latest crackdown on the illegal streaming community comes courtesy of the Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment. The coalition, which counts Amazon, Netflix, CBS, HBO, BBC, and Sky among its members, has sent out cease-and-desist letters to a number of third-party add-on creators and distributors, piracy blog TorrentFreak reports. For those who don’t know, Kodi is a neutral, open-source media player that can be installed on a broad range of devices – from discount set-top boxes…

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Chris Rock’s first comedy special in 10 years hits Netflix – CNET

Chris Rock signed on for two comedy specials with Netflix. The first is finally here.  Netflix Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and (sometimes) Amazon Prime. The audio is about a minute or two long.  It’s hard to beat Netflix with its selection of comedy specials. Chris Rock’s last stand-up special came out way back in 2008. The new special has a more subdued Rock riffing…

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Entertainment 

Altered Carbon book vs show: THAT ‘torture porn’ scene was even more HORRIFIC

Altered Carbon mixes sex and horror with shocking ease. This is not a show for the squeamish. For every naked nipple and full-frontal there is another scene of relentlessly brutality. The main image above isn’t even torture, it’s a rebirth moment and sets the tone for how much everyone constantly suffers. Nowhere more so than in Episode 4, which centres on a very prolonged interrogation scene where Takeshi Kovacs is endlessly tortured to death in virtual reality and then revived before it starts all over again. Everything imaginable is done…

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Altered Carbon book vs show: How different are they? 19 changes include THAT torture scene

Altered Carbon is the latest provocative Netflix drama to mix sex, violence and philosophical musing on the meaning of life, love and the universe. Based on Morgan’s original novel, which kicks of his Takeshi Kovacs series, the show has taken some major liberties with characters and plotlines. Did you know Takeshi does not have a sister in the books, or that the Raven Hotel is radically different? We count down the Top 19 differences, including the crucial reason the most upsetting part of that already incredibly upsetting torture scene was…

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