netflix
Netflix’s Latest Test Involves Trailer Ads Played Between Binge Episodes

For the past three years Netflix has been playing trailers before and after some content, with the goal of promoting other things that are available to watch on Netflix. Those trailers have all been skippable and don't seem to show up all that often, but if this latest moves gets out of the testing phase they're going to end up a lot more noticeable. Read More >>

porn
Tube8 Will Give You Cryptocurrency for Watching Porn, but it’s Not One of the Good Ones

That whole 'cryptocurrency' fad is still going on, and it looks like the porn industry is starting to take notice and think of new ways to integrate virtual coins with its operations. One company, Pornhub owner MindGeek, definitely is, and the latest announcement is that it will be rewarding people who watch porn on Tube8 with their very own cryptocurrency tokens. Read More >>

artificial intelligence
Bank Boss Believes Hype About AI Workers Decimating the Workforce

The head economist at the Bank of England thinks that the robotic and artificially intelligent workforces of the future could indeed obliterate our puny human jobs en masse, although how a robot is ever going to change an alternator on a 2006 Peugeot we don't yet know. Read More >>

doctor who
Big Finish Celebrates 20 Years of Doctor Who Audio Adventures With an Elaborate Crossover

Back in the '90s there was no Doctor Who. The classic series ended in 1989, and the revived series was still way off. But 1999 saw the BBC licence off the rights to Big Finish, who have spent the past 19 years developing a variety of audio dramas based around the many, many cast members that have been part of the series over the past 55 years. With next year being the big 20 year anniversary, it's celebrating in true Doctor Who style: with an elaborate crossover. Read More >>

cars
Aston Martin Restarts DB5 Production for the Nauseatingly Rich

If you have so much money that you are launching your own space tourism programme as a way of spending it all, here's a nice little toy you can give your model wife enough money to buy you for Christmas. A new Aston Martin DB5, in full Bond spec. Read More >>

travel
Passengers Forced to Squint at Terrible Staff Handwriting After Gatwick’s Info Screens Fail

Air travel isn't the most pleasant experience in the world. You have to get to the airport, deal with security, then hang around the overpriced shops and cafes while waiting for the gate information to pop up on a big electronic screen. So imagine the horror that must be unfolding at Gatwick today, where staff have been forced to roll out whiteboards and markers after an IT fail rendered those big screens inoperable. Read More >>

apps
International Uber Rival Launches in South Wales

There's a new alternative to Uber up and running in some of the more densely urbanised valleys of South Wales, with Indian cab-hailing app Ola now launched in Cardiff, Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan. Read More >>

amazon
Amazon Wants to Buy a Bunch of Empty Homebase Stores

Homebase hasn't been having a good time of it recently. Not only was it sold of to a company that managed to drive it into the ground, prompting it to be sold off for a measly £1 to HMV owners Hilco, recent news claims a further 42 stores are at risk of shutting down in an attempt to stop the company losing money. Now, though, Amazon has put in a bid for some of the ailing company's empty properties. Read More >>

politics
EU Draft Law Would Fine Companies for Failing to Adequately Deal With Extremist Content

The EU is always getting into fights with social media companies, especially where the topic of extremist content comes up. Social Media insists that it's putting loads of effort into removing that sort of thing quickly and efficiently, but the EU (along with our own government) doesn't think that's good enough. So now there's a new draft law on the cards that would fine them for not removing flagged content quickly enough. Read More >>

food
Huge Quantities of Fugly Fruit And Veg Are Being Discarded Before They Ever Reach Supermarkets, New Study Finds

We've heard about the Ugly Duckling, but the Fugly Fennel? That's a new one on us. Apparently though, around a third of all fruit and veg grown across Europe never reach supermarkets as a result of being deemed too ugly for consumption. Read More >>

phones
Sony’s 4K Xperia XZ2 is Coming to the UK on 31st August

Back in April Sony announced the Xperia XZ2 Premium, but revealed that it had "no plans" to bring the phone to the UK. For reasons that were never actually divulged, and probably wouldn't make sense if they were. Now that's changing, and Sony has announced the phone will be coming here on 31st August. Read More >>

5g
The Government Wants to Trial 5G on Train Routes Between Manchester and Leeds

With the launch of 5G services sort-of imminent, there's a lot of work being done testing and trialling 5G services in various part of the country. Even if most of those locations seem to be in or near London. Now, though, the government has decided it wants to have a 5G trial on trans-Pennine train routes between Manchester and Leeds, and is looking for someone to get involved. Read More >>

phones
The OnePlus 6T Will Apparently Arrive in October

It doesn't feel like it's been that long since the OnePlus 6 arrived on the scene, but it's apparently time to start thinking about the impending launch of the OnePlus 6T. The latest report claims that the company's mid-cycle follow-up is set to arrive sometime in October. Read More >>

energy
Government Declares War on Grandma’s Coal Fire

There's something you need to know about coal before reading this in your gas-heated ivory bedsit. There are types of coal, like there are these little egg-shaped lumps of uniform coal that have been processed and, somehow, are allowed to be described as "smokeless" types because they burn cleaner. They're fine. They're safe and you can set them on fire all you like, as long as you do it on something metal and not on the carpet. What's about to be banned is the wrong type of coal. Read More >>

rumours
Google Might Release its Own Smart Display Later This Year

Even though it's only August it feels as though the year is basically over, so it's a little bit weird to think that we still have a bunch of major announcements yet to come. Google. in particular, is seemingly set to have a very busy few months if all the rumours are to be believed. Not only will the company launch the Pixel 3 (and XL), alongside a rumoured Pixel Watch and second-gen Pixel Buds, it's now rumoured Google will be launching its own Assistant-powered smart display to compete with Amazon's Echo Show. Read More >>