TiVo’s voice-controlled Bluetooth remote has a Netflix button

The TiVo peanut-style remote has only changed slightly over the years, but ZatzNotFunny points out that a new revision is close to release. Labeled S6V, this Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connected remote popped up in FCC filings, while a clearer image appeared in an earlier leak along with a trademark for TiVo Bolt Vox and TiVo Mini Vox. TiVo will hardly be the first company to put a microphone inside its remote, as the Apple TV control is built around Siri and even Comcast has a version already available. The manual included in the filing describes a two-button pairing process with the TiVo and back buttons, for the company’s first Bluetooth unit since the TiVo Slide keyboard-equipped remote.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/25/tivo-voice-remote-bluetooth-fcc/

The McLaren 570S Spider is topless supercar perfection video

Love cars? Climb in the driver’s seat for the latest in reviews, advice and picks by our editors.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/videos/the-mclaren-570s-spider-is-topless-supercar-perfection/#ftag=CAD7f780fb

‘The Defenders’ review: A Marvel-Netflix series you’ll actually want to finish

“The Defenders” is the superhero power-group payoff we’ve been waiting for. Personal preference and style influence your favorite Netflix-Marvel show, but this one has something for every fan and makes some of the solo stories pale in comparison.

Premiering Aug. 18 on Netflix, “The Defenders” is the latest of Marvel’s ever-expanding Cinematic Universe. And before you ask, no, you don’t need to have seen any of the previous Netflix-Marvel shows or any of the MCU films to “get” this one. It would definitely help you fill in their backstories, but it’s not imperative.

And you do not need to watch “Iron Fist” in order to fall in love with this show. Plus, as an added bonus for anyone who couldn’t finish “Iron Fist,” he gets put in his place early on (and again, and again) and it is great. 

“Defenders” focuses on four small-screen heroes who come together to fight a big-bad who showrunner Marco Rodriguez told us they’ve been headed toward since even before the very first season of “Daredevil.” “The Defenders” stars Charlie Cox as blind lawyer/superhero Matt Murdock/Daredevil; Krysten Ritter as super strong, snarky Jessica Jones; Mike Colter as bulletproof strongman Luke Cage; and Finn Jones as the man with the glowing hand, Danny Rand/Iron Fist.

A unique ensemble show bringing together established characters, “The Defenders” doesn’t waste time building up who the superheroes are or where they come from. If you want to know more about their backstories, each has at least a 13-episode series to mine, with more on the way. This is probably why after the first episode and a half, the pace of “Defenders” is near frenetic.

Early on, episodes are crammed with supporting cast members: Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Misty Knight (Simone Missick), Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), and of course Stick, played by Scott Glenn.

And that’s just in the first three episodes.

If you follow along with the shows, you likely know that every major character has his or her own color: red for Daredevil; purple/blue for Jessica; yellow, Luke; green, Iron Fist. These were also reinforced early on in the trailers and marketing for “The Defenders.”

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When we jump from Daredevil to Luke Cage, the sudden palette shifts are fine and make a lot of sense considering each character’s background aesthetic, but they’re often dragged down by basic transitions. 

Ahead of a Jessica Jones segment in the first episode, you get a fast shot of a subway car zooming by with a shift from Daredevil’s red to Jessica’s blue palette. It feels forced and over saturated, and not at all helpful. As the show goes on, these awkward jump transitions are less noticeable and cut altogether; and while it doesn’t make them easier to watch, in hindsight they’re there for a reason.

They begin to blend, and the Defenders meet this season’s main antagonist, Alexandra. Our heroes begin to understand that while each is strong in different ways, together they are spectacular.

The villain Alexandra, played by Sigourney Weaver, exudes a regality not yet seen in Marvel shows — due in large part to her…well, to avoid spoilers let’s just say situation and “talents.”

Alexandra’s fury simmers beneath the surface, and even previous head honcho Madame Gao (Wai Ching Ho; first seen in “Daredevil”) seems to defer to the lady in white. While she could easily hold her own in a fight, you can see Alexandra has no need for such trivialities anymore — not when she has “an army of ninjas,” Weaver said.

With just eight episodes, our four meet up sooner than expected to come together to fight Alexandra and her organization’s agenda.

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The duo and the quartet’s banter and interactions drive the comedy, and the best parts of the first half of the season.

“I know enough, and I know privilege when I see it,” says Luke to Danny Rand early on. Of course the two butt heads immediately, but their buddy cop chemistry is evident quickly. 

Luke is never afraid to put Danny in his place, and he tries to talk some sense into the inexperienced boy billionaire to get him to grow up. “Defenders” makes decent use of Danny, even though you totally agree when he’s called a “thundering dumbass.”

Each hero brings a fresh perspective to the table and it’s those differences that contribute to making “The Defenders” one of the best Marvel shows to experience.

My wishes for the last four episodes: continue the snarky banter; give us more about mysterious Alexandra and the organization’s backstory; and keep up the pace. Oh, and save New York.

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“The Defenders” premieres Aug. 18 on Netflix. 

See more of our coverage from Comic-Con 2017.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/the-defenders-review-marvel-netflix/#ftag=CAD590a51e

2018 Ford Mustang GT hits 60 mph in under 4 seconds

For a midcycle update, there’s quite a lot that’s new in the 2018 Ford Mustang. EcoBoost four-cylinder models are getting the Line Lock feature, a new styling package is coming — and it’s even getting an ice cream named after it. Now, Ford is coughing up details about the improvements to the V8-powered GT model.

With a 0-to-60 mph time that Ford says is less than 4 seconds, the 2018 model will be the quickest Mustang GT to date. Updates to the 5.0-liter V8 engine push horsepower from 435 to 460 and torque from 400 to 420 pound-feet.

Acceleration also benefits from an available Drag Strip mode that maintains peak power between new 10-speed automatic transmission’s gear changes. Compared to the outgoing six-speed automatic, the new 10-speed unit also delivers quicker shift knows and low-speed tip-in response.

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More impressive performance numbers also trickle down to the EcoBoost four-cylinder, which retains its 310 horsepower rating, but sees torque increase by 30 pound-feet to 350. In Drag Strip mode with the optional Performance Package and 10-speed auto gearbox, it’s capable of hitting 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

The updated 2018 Ford Mustang will arrive in dealerships this fall.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2018-ford-mustang-gt-hits-60-mph-in-under-4-seconds/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Roomba maker iRobot plans to sell digital maps of your home

The CEO of iRobot, Colin Angle, tells Reuters that the “smart” home lighting, thermostats and security cameras currently on the market are all still pretty dumb when it comes to knowing what your home layout is. “There’s an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared,” Angle told Reuters. He also said that his company is working to sell the data in the next few years. Amazon’s Alexa can already control some Wi-Fi enabled models of the floor-cleaning robots; it makes sense that the company is looking for new ways to stay connected. We can only guess what a company like Apple could do with the data; asking Siri where in the house you left your Macbook isn’t too far-fetched.

Still, sharing a detailed map of your home raises some privacy concerns. While iRobot’s Angle promises that users will need to give their consent for the data to be shared, he shares no details on how it would work and whether it will be opt-in or opt-out. In addition, it’s believable that some consumers won’t like the idea of iRobot selling their data to other companies who don’t have the same commitment to user data security. We’ve reached out to iRobot for comment on this matter and will update the post when we hear back.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/24/roomba-irobot-sell-digital-maps-home/

Microsoft could erase Paint from future versions of Windows

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The demise of once-beloved computer programs is always a source of misery for lovers of retro tech.

The latest victim could be the much-cherished Microsoft Paint, the canvas upon which many artistic visions have been realized over the years. The feature could be discontinued, according to a Windows 10 Fall Creators update published by Microsoft.

Paint has been around as long as Windows itself, debuting on Windows 1.0 in 1985. In the way-back-when of dial-up internet speeds, it was as integral to passing the time on Microsoft machines as Minesweeper and Solitaire.

It’s unlikely the program will be much missed in the age of the Apple Pencil and Google’s Tilt Brush, which allows you to paint worlds around you in VR, but no doubt it will be remembered fondly.

Now if only Microsoft could wean people off the aging Windows 7 and the ancient Windows XP.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-could-erase-paint-from-future-versions-of-windows/#ftag=CAD590a51e

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