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DVD and Blu-ray sales nearly halved over five years, MPAA report says

Enlarge / Samsung’s UBS-K8500, introduced in 2015, was positioned as the world’s first UltraHD, 4K Blu-ray player. Mark Walton In its annual Theatrical Home Entertainment Market Environment report, the Motion Picture Association of America described an immensely sharp drop-off of physical media sales over the past five years. According to the data, which was obtained […]

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Developers love Python and TypeScript, get paid for Clojure, and aren’t using blockchain

Stack Overflow’s annual developer survey was published this week, giving an insight into the skills, experience, and opinions of a wide slice of the developer community. Since its launch in 2008, Stack Overflow has become an essential developer tool, offering copy/paste solutions to an ever-growing number of programming problems. The Stack Overflow survey is particularly […]

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YouTube to develop interactive content like Netflix’s Bandersnatch

Enlarge NurPhoto/Getty Images YouTube is looking to expand the types of original content it produces to include choose-your-own-adventure style programs. According to a Bloomberg report, the Google-owned company will develop interactive content similar to Netflix’s hit Bandersnatch under the leadership of Ben Relles. Previously the head of unscripted programming, Relles has been with YouTube for […]

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Netflix ends AirPlay support on iOS in an ongoing souring of its Apple relationship

Enlarge / The Apple TV 4K and remote. Samuel Axon Netflix has confirmed that it no longer supports AirPlay, citing “technical limitations” with Apple’s video-slinging feature. The reasoning isn’t exactly about technical limitations that prevent Netflix from supporting the feature at all, though. Rather, Netflix has either chosen not to support it because the company […]

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The basics of modern AI—how does it work and will it destroy society this year?

Enlarge / You don’t have to be Keir Dullea to know that fully grasping artificial intelligence can be intimidating. George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images AI, or artificial intelligence, is huge right now. “Unsolvable” problems are being solved, billions of dollars are being invested, and Microsoft even hired Common to tell you how great their AI […]