Major broadcasters sue nonprofit TV service over copyright infringement

The lawsuit also alleges that Locast exists to help AT&T and Dish avoid paying to carry broadcast content. Both DirectTV and Dish customers are directed to Locast on their set-top box menus. The lawsuit claims that when Locast retransmits signals, the broadcasters lose out on vital viewership information. In its defense, Locast says its nonprofit…

Cobie Smulders Had No Clue About Her Spider-Man: Far From Home Reveal

She doesn’t know something we don’t know. Photo: Sony Pictures Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t the only one who was in the dark about their role in a Spider-Man film—although, in this case, it wasn’t actually Cobie Smulders’ fault. The actress shared how she had no idea about her character’s major Spider-Man: Far From Home twist until…

DeepMind AI can predict kidney illness 48 hours before it occurs

DeepMind also had its mobile assistant for clinicians, known as Streams, evaluated by researchers at University College London. The results show that, through the app, specialists reviewed urgent cases within 15 minutes, as opposed to several hours. And only 3.3 percent of AKI cases were missed, compared to 12.4 percent without the app. Streams also…

Star Wars’ Captain Phasma Has Become So Much More Than a Boring Masked Badass

Captain Phasma, ever the sole survivor.Image: Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa (Marvel Comics) Captain Phasma is essentially the Boba Fett of the Star Wars sequels. She exists to be a very cool character design that can sell a lot of toys and can never live up to the hype of that design, narratively speaking. She,…

Netflix Is Testing ‘Physical Activity’ Tracking for Some Reason

Photo: Getty Images Netflix collects a lot of data about you. But now, some Android users are finding that it’s also tracking ‘physical activity’ data via their phones. Last Friday, a security researcher on Twitter noticed that the Netflix Android app had added a menu asking for permission for physical activity access. That was corroborated…

Surfline’s Apple Watch app will record your next big wave ride

Surfline app users that also have an Apple Watch (series 2 or later) can now use the company’s new Sessions feature that records your rides. The system uses the high-definition Surfline cameras available at many surf spots to save your best waves or wipeouts. Before a person paddles out, they just tap on the large…

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 refines the ‘desktop’ experience

I’ve complained about DeX before — it’s not a very powerful replacement for a true desktop OS and often loads mobile versions of things like Google Docs. Plus, on our demo Tab S6, DeX mode took a few seconds to launch and a few additional seconds to return to regular Android. But at least it…

How to Take Better Nighttime Photos With Your Smartphone

Photo: Florence Ion Smartphone cameras perform so much better than they used to, but they’re still a bit limited when it comes to nighttime photography. Whether you’re snapping photos in a bar or outside under the moonlight, your phone’s camera sensor is probably still too small to perform on par with a full-size camera. That…

Spotify adds 8 million paying customers in three months

Spotify says that the growth in both free and paying customers is down to a number of initiatives, including “long-term retention” of users. In addition, new products, like the stripped-down Spotify Lite, designed for countries where data is at a premium, launched in 36 territories during the quarter. Spotify Stations, its Pandora-like experience, is also…