Netflix got Quentin Tarantino to turn a movie into a miniseries — should we expect more?

Netflix got Quentin Tarantino to turn a movie into a miniseries — should we expect more?

Quentin Tarantino has brought an “extended version” of his controversial roadshow western The Hateful Eight to Netflix, but not the way you’d think. It’s a miniseries composed of four 50-minute episodes, and reactions have been confused, to say the least. Why would a cohesive movie, one which already had six “chapters,” be broken up into four? Now, Tarantino himself has spoken — and he tells Slashfilm that it’s the experiment Netflix wanted him to produce:…

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Amazon says fully automated shipping warehouses are at least a decade away

Amazon says fully automated shipping warehouses are at least a decade away

The future of Amazon’s logistics network will undoubtedly involve artificial intelligence and robotics, but it’s an open question at what point AI-powered machines will be doing a majority of the work. According to Scott Anderson, the company’s director of robotics fulfillment, the point at which an Amazon warehouse is fully, end-to-end automated is at least 10 years away. Anderson’s comments, reported today by Reuters, highlight the current pace of automation, even in environments that are…

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Valve’s hilarious Index dongle somehow makes VirtualLink complicated

Valve’s hilarious Index dongle somehow makes VirtualLink complicated

Valve’s Index virtual reality headset is the first that can be plugged into VirtualLink, the USB-C port you’ll find on most Nvidia RTX 2070 and greater Nvidia RTX 20-series graphics cards. But it only partially earns this distinction, as Valve’s support for VirtualLink only goes as far as your willingness to buy a $40 dongle. The promise of VirtualLink is to reduce the amount of cables and connections between the headset and your computer. This…

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Qualcomm will get at least $4.5 billion from Apple as part of its patent settlement

Qualcomm will get at least $4.5 billion from Apple as part of its patent settlement

How much is an apology worth? Well, if you’re Apple, it turns out the number is at least $4.5 billion, which is the amount that Qualcomm revealed in its Q2 earnings it will get from the settlement agreement between the companies, which had previously been embroiled in an ugly patent dispute for the past few years. The Apple / Qualcomm settlement was an unexpected shift that came early in the trial between the two companies….

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An Apple lobbyist just sneakily pushed California to postpone its right-to-repair bill

An Apple lobbyist just sneakily pushed California to postpone its right-to-repair bill

Apple physically makes its products hard to repair in a wide array of ways, and this week may have brought proof that Apple is also fighting to keep pesky laws from challenging the status quo. It seems an Apple lobbyist has quietly managed to get California to postpone its right-to-repair bill until 2020 at the earliest, partly by stoking fears of exploding batteries should consumers attempt to repair their iPhones. As Motherboard first reported yesterday…

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Alaska will connect to the continental US via a 100-terabit fiber optic network

Alaska will connect to the continental US via a 100-terabit fiber optic network

Late last year, Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr got an “earful” from remote Alaskan residents who were concerned with how poor their access to the internet is — and they weren’t wrong. Alaska has, on average, some of the slowest internet connections in the country, primarily due to its distance from the rest of the continental United States. But remote Alaskans may see faster speeds soon. MTA Fiber Holdings announced today that it would build…

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