What’s on TV: ‘Voltron,’ ‘Sharknado 5’ and ‘Wet Hot American Summer’

This week is a big one for Netflix, although bigger releases like The Defenders are still waiting for later in August. This week we'll see season three of Voltron: Legendary Defender, as well as season two of Wet Hot American Summer. Syfy is back wit…

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How to Record Calls on Your Smartphone

We look at TapeACall, Google Voice, and other software and hardware options.

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Amazon suspends sales of Blu phones for including preloaded spyware, again

Blu, a Miami-based budget Android phone company, has been suspended from selling on Amazon after cybersecurity experts detailed how software preloaded onto its devices collects sensitive user data and sends it overseas, according to CNET. Kryptowire, a Virginia-based security firm, said last week during the BlackHat security conference in Las Vegas that spying software from Chinese company Shanghai Adups Technology was still present on certain Blu handsets. The software leaves users vulnerable to remote takeovers and having their text messages and call logs recorded, as well as other forms of discrete data collection.

“Because security and privacy of our customers is of the utmost importance, all Blu phone models have been made…

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The Mooch ouster clinches it: Trump’s White House is more ‘Game of Thrones’ than ‘Game of Thrones’

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Over on Earth 2, that mythical place where Hillary Clinton’s popular vote victory was enough to propel her to the White House, I like to think alternate universe me is having a fine old time watching and theorizing about season 7 of Game of Thrones.

After all, in that parallel reality, politics likely has nothing to offer save a GOP Congress at loggerheads with a President Clinton on every damn issue. I spent most of the 1990s watching that show and have no desire to see it again. Bring on the giant dragons! 

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Arcade Fire claims to have put their album on a $109 fidget spinner

Earlier today, Arcade Fire fans went through a roller coaster of emotions as the Canadian band announced their new album, Everything Now, was available on a limited-edition fidget spinner, and then announced it was promptly sold out.

The listing, showing a black-and-white fidget spinner with a USB connection, was supposedly on sale for $109 and included an additional booklet. A few weeks back, Pitchfork reported that the band had denounced unofficial Arcade Fire fidget spinners that were being sold on Amazon, with the band saying that “official, ‘infinite content’ spinners are coming.” (For reference, Infinite Content is the name of Arcade Fire’s upcoming tour and also happens to be a hilarious name for a limited-edition fidget spinner.)

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7 things that somehow lasted longer than Anthony Scaramucci in the White House

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“How to lose a guy in 10 days?” The age-old question has finally been answered. Simply make the dude work for President Trump.

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But, seriously. Anthony Scaramucci, Donald Trump’s newly announced White House communications director, lasted a mere 10 days in his new role. He technically hadn’t even started yet — his official start date was supposed to be Aug. 15.

Though Scaramucci’s stint was beyond brief, it really makes you think about the trove of world records and other impressive feats out there that were able to outlast his 10 days in Trump’s White House. Read more…

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Spotify subscribers grow to 60 million as rumors about going public heat up

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The dominance of Spotify in the streaming music space continues to grow, as the company revealed new subscriber numbers on Monday: 60 million. 

That figure is up 10 million from March, the last time Spotify released subscriber numbers. 

That massive jump in just a few months couldn’t have come at a better time for Spotify, as rumors have been swirling that the company is about go public, possibly by the end of the year. 

The growth of Spotify really stands out when you consider the state of its competitors, namely SoundCloud. In recent weeks, the fate of SoundCloud has been up in the air in the wake of office closings, massive layoffs, and a general sense that the company may be on its last legs as it works to monetize its services versus the competition.  Read more…

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Bloomberg: Spotify is planning another big podcast push

Spotify started its new year getting into the podcast game when it announced it was bringing on its first original content in a trio of music-related shows. Then in March, it partnered with WNYC to bring its podcasts to the platform. While Apple stil…

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Tech’s Biggest CEOs Are Too Chickenshit to Defend Net Neutrality

Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee invited the CEOs of Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, and Google’s parent company Alphabet to take part in discussions about net neutrality. Telecoms were also invited and the two groups were expected to play good cop/bad cop on the issues. Now, the committee has extended…

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Which one of you purchased the $109 Arcade Fire fidget spinner?

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Arcade Fire, the band everyone was mad at last week for an obnoxious (and quickly abandoned) concert dress code, released a $109 fidget spinner Monday in conjunction with its new album, Everything Now.

What’s more, the USB spinner, which comes with a download of the album, sold out in what seemed like moments. This begs the following question: Who did this?

It’s finally here! But VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES! https://t.co/Pjsjl7dq9n pic.twitter.com/srPRUKRJ3z

— Arcade Fire (@arcadefire) July 31, 2017

Truly, this is not a drill. If you spent $109 on an Arcade Fire fidget spinner, please contact me. It’s not just that I’m curious, either — I am currently trying to justify buying these Lisa Frank pajamas, and I feel like you can help me get there. Thanks. Read more…

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