The Morning After: Streaming overtakes cable TV for the first time

Did you know streaming TV is the future? Nielsen data shows streaming TV viewership in the US surpassed cable for the first time this July. About 34.8 percent of viewing time was spent on broadcasts on internet services – slightly more than the 34.4 percent for cable.

Breaking it down further, Netflix had the largest share (8 percent), thanks largely to demand stranger things 4. Hulu also claimed a record 3.6 percent; Amazon Prime Video grew by 3 percent. YouTube and YouTube TV combined earned 7.3 percent, but no presence in those numbers for Disney+.

The next challenge? Streams have not yet overtaken traditional TV — broadcasts still accounted for 21.6 percent, according to these July numbers. Shouldn’t be too long: Netflix just released a documentary about cats. Broadcast doesn’t stand a chance.

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The company could finally respond to customer feedback.

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Motorolo’s new Edge 2022 (not to be confused with the Edge+ from earlier this year) has a large 6.6-inch OLED screen with a 144Hz refresh rate, similar to its more expensive sibling, as well as a sizeable 5,000- mAh battery with 6GB or 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. As for the cameras, you also get a familiar 50-megapixel main sensor, paired with a lower-resolution 13-megapixel ultra-wide camera (which can also capture macros) and a depth sensor to help with portrait mode shots. Between its specs and introductory price of $500, the Edge looks particularly intriguing.

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His EV has an exhaust that makes noise.

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When Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis first discussed the release of an “American eMuscle” car last year, he said the company’s vehicle will “tear up the streets, not the planet.” Now the company has unveiled the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept, which looks like a futuristic version of its gas-powered Challenger and Charger muscle cars.

Unlike other electric vehicles that make little noise, the all-electric Charger is loud, just like its gas-powered counterparts. The company has fitted an exhaust pipe to the vehicle, although it doesn’t need one and the only thing it emits is noise. “The Charger Daytona SRT Concept cranks out a 126dB roar that matches the SRT Hellcat,” Dodge wrote in its announcement.

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However, you will need an RTX 3080 membership to access the new settings.

NVIDIA adds a new perk to GeForce Now’s most expensive tier. Starting today, you can stream games at 1440p and 120 frames per second through a browser. The new performance setting is available exclusively through GeForce Now’s $20-per-month RTX 3080 membership and only through Google Chrome on PC. Remember: you may need a compatible display to do this justice.

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Given how much content the service removes and cancels.

You get a 30 percent discount on HBO Max’s streaming service when you sign up for a year (over 40 percent compared to a monthly plan). If you don’t mind dealing with ads, the service costs $70 for 12 months, less than the usual $100. HBO Max unveils the offering just days ahead of the Game of Thrones spin-off show house of the dragon premieres. However, Warner Bros. Discovery has culled content and canceled high-profile original films as part of a major cost-cutting campaign.

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These tools can actually make you hit the books.

Sure, we could recommend laptops, but that’s just the start. You might want to consider a laptop stand to prevent neck and arm aches, or a pair of noise-cancelling headphones to block out distractions. From an external keyboard to a USB dock, we have suggestions on how to enhance those long study sessions.

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