If Vimeo's determined to develop a pay-per-view streaming service, then the outfit is going about it in a rather strange way. The website has signed a deal with Mystery Science Theater 3000's distributors to bring 80 "cleared" episodes to the site's on-demand platform. Because of the myriad rights issues that surround the show, more than half of the episodes aren't legally available. Of course, that doesn't mean that you can't find them if you've got some time, a lax attitude to intellectual property and don't mind typing in phrases like "mst3k.s08.e20" into YouTube. If, however, you'd prefer to get your stuff through legitimate channels, you'll be able to rent each movie for $3, buy them for $10 or purchase the whole collection for a heavily discounted $300.
While you might own every single release your favourite band has put out, nothing beats going to see them live. If that's something you do regularly, you know that you'll not only have to fight it out with any number of like-minded fans to get your ticket, but you'll also have to run the gauntlet of booking via one of the major ticketing providers, which often includes submitting captchas, paying any number of booking fees or printing fees and running the risk that you won't come away with what you actually wanted.
It seems like one giant smartphone has been getting all the attention lately, but one of its biggest rivals (literally) is finally set to touch down stateside. Samsung confirmed today that the Galaxy Note 4 will hit the US on October 17, and you can lay claim to yours starting tomorrow from all the usual carrier suspects. We've enjoyed our brief time getting to know the Note 4 and all the little improvements it brings to the table (hello, Quad HD screen!), but here's the thing -- the jury's still out on whether Samsung has done enough with its newest S-Pen experiment to make it worth an immediate upgrade. As always, pricing will vary a bit depending on who you get your service though: a Note 4 with a bog-standard two year AT&T or Verizon contract will set you back $299, while T-Mobile wants nothing upfront and monthly payments of $31.24 for the next 24 months. Alas, our friends across the pond will get a bit of a headstart on us - Notes will drop onto their store shelves a full week earlier.
Bono's already inserted himself into everyone's iPhones this week, but now he wants even more control over the way you enjoy music. The Irish singer says that he's been working with Apple on a new audio format that'll get people paying for music once again. In an interview with Time magazine, which won't be published until September 29th, it's said that the band has been working on a secret project that's "so terribly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music." It's all part of U2's noble cause to see that songwriters and, especially, artists who can't recoup lost earnings through live gigs - like U2 - are properly compensated for their labors. Of course, given Apple's historic preference for secrecy, we can't imagine it'll be too pleased that Bono's running his mouth off in public. Then again, it wouldn't be the first time that a musician has blown one of Tim Cook's future announcements.
iOS 8 may be trickling down into people's devices, but those long-promised health and fitness features won't be along for the ride. Apple has discovered a critical flaw in HealthKit that's so big, it's prompted the company to pull any app that connected to the service from the App Store. According to The Next Web, apps like MyFitnessPal are now racing to prepare a HealthKit-free version of its latest update which added miCoach support. In a statement, Apple says that it's "working quickly" to fix the issue, and that HealthKit apps like CARROT Fit, which is currently unavailable, will return to the store by the end of the month.
iOS 8 is finally live for public consumption, which means it's time for all those third-party keyboards to make their App Store debut. Yep, at long last, devotees of Apple's mobile platform can swap out that boring ol' default keyboard for something different -- a neat trick Android users have enjoyed for some time now. Still, it's better late than never, and already there are a slew of alternative keyboards for iOS 8 clamoring for your attention. Here's just a few we think are worth checking out.
Ever since Anki Drive -- a toy car racing system powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning -- made a big splash at Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote, it's been iOS-only. That ends next month, however, as Anki Drive is finally coming to Android for the first time. Sean Levatino, Anki's lead designer, tells us that one of the company's big core commitments is accessibility, and Android compatibility is a big part of that. "We want to support as many platforms as possible," he says. Anki's goal, after all, is to bring robotics to the masses.
If you checked your iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus)'s shipping status before making coffee, walking the dog or catching up on your favorite tech site this morning, you're definitely not alone. With a record number of pre-orders this year, there are thousands of soon-to-be iOS 8 users doing exactly the same thing. If you want to take your obsession to new heights, however, the aircraft tracking service FlightAware is eager to help. Once you receive a UPS tracking number for your precious cargo, you can head on over and track the exact location of your phone, be it in China, Anchorage (for a re-fueling stop), the Louisville (Kentucky) distribution center, or somewhere in between. Or you could just wait patiently for the doorbell to ring.
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Nissan's hybrid supercar might have had to bow out of its Le Mans run with transmission issues, but there are plenty of other famous racetracks that it can run around. The vehicle traveled over to Top Gear's test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome, where Ollie Marriage put it through its paces. The Top Gear Magazine editor was full of praise for the vehicle, complimenting the amount of torque the electric engine provides. He also confessed that in combined mode, with 700hp at his disposal, he managed to spin the car out on his first lap. We've got the video of the test lap tucked in after the break, as well as a view taken straight from the cockpit for your armchair racing needs.
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