Hulu also distributed this poster for the new season.

We used to be friends: Veronica Mars is back in the first full season 4 trailer

Enlarge / Hulu also distributed this poster for the new season. (credit: Hulu)

As the premiere for a new season of fan-darling-TV-series-brought-back-from-the-dead Veronica Mars draws closer, Hulu has released the first full trailer for the show.

Previous clips were just teasers, but this one really fleshes out what viewers can expect. In general, it looks like it will retain the original series’ wit and darkness, just without the heavy 2000s-ness of it all. Since Veronica is a grown-up, working private investigator now, it looks a bit edgier in some ways, with guns and the like playing a more prominent role than they did in the original series. (Previously, Veronica usually relied on her dog Backup or her taser to do her dirtiest work.)

The Veronica Mars season 4 trailer from Hulu

In this reboot, the small seaside town of Neptune, California has seen a rash of bombings of late,

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Anti-vaxxers defeated: NY bans exemptions as doctors vote to step up fight

Anti-vaxxers defeated: NY bans exemptions as doctors vote to step up fight

Enlarge / Actress Jessica Biel supporting prominent anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in an effort to protect non-medical vaccine exemptions. (credit: Instragram)

Anti-vaccine advocates received a blow in New York Thursday as state lawmakers banned non-medical exemptions based on religious beliefs—and there may be more blows coming.

Also on Thursday, the American Medical Association adopted a new policy to step up its fight against such non-medical exemptions. The AMA, the country’s largest physicians’ group and one of the largest spenders on lobbying, has always strongly support pediatric vaccination and opposed non-medical exemptions. But under the new policy changes, the association will now “actively advocate” for states to eliminate any laws that allow for non-medical exemptions.

“As evident from the measles outbreaks currently impacting communities in several states, when individuals are not immunized as a matter of personal preference or misinformation, they put themselves and others at risk of disease,”

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Poll: What’s Your Favorite Google Phone?

Poll: What’s Your Favorite Google Phone?


A month ago, we ran a poll asking for you to share what your least favorite Google phone of all time was. The answers varied, thanks to plenty of hit-or-miss years from Google, but now it’s time to flip to the positive side. We want to know what your favorite Google phone of all time is.

Was your favorite your first Nexus phone, like the Nexus S or 5? Did you love that original Pixel or the lovely blue tint of the Pixel 2 XL display? Maybe whales are your thing, and the Nexus 6 ticked all of the boxes. If you say Pixel 3, that’s probably fine too, as the newest is often the best.

Drop those votes below, then tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did.

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Porn trolling mastermind Paul Hansmeier gets 14 years in prison

Porn trolling mastermind Paul Hansmeier gets 14 years in prison

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A federal judge in Minneapolis has sentenced Paul Hansmeier to 14 years in prison for an elaborate fraud scheme that involved uploading pornographic videos to file-sharing networks and then threatening to sue people who downloaded them.

“It is almost incalculable how much your abuse of trust has harmed the administration of justice,” said Judge Joan Ericksen at a Friday sentencing hearing.

We’ve been covering the antics of Hansmeier and his business partner John Steele for many years. Way back in 2012, we started reporting on a law firm called Prenda Law that was filing lawsuits against people for sharing pornographic films online. Prenda wasn’t the only law firm filing these kinds of lawsuits, but Prenda came up with a novel way of ginning up more business: uploading the films itself, including some that were produced by Prenda associates.

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Review: Men in Black: International is a solid addition to the popular franchise

Review: Men in Black: International is a solid addition to the popular franchise

Enlarge / Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson join forces as Agent H and Agent M to ward off an alien attack in Men in Black: International. (credit: YouTube/Sony Pictures)

A pair of shapeshifting aliens with electrifying powers and mad breakdancing skills threaten the safety of Earth’s inhabitants in Men in Black: International. The fourth installment in the popular franchise hits theaters this weekend, and this iteration is the first not to star Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Fortunately, former Thor: Ragnorak co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson prove themselves worthy successors to that dynamic duo, bringing their own brand of wisecracking buddy-cop chemistry to this standalone sequel.

(Some mild spoilers below.)

The first Men in Black film (1997) was an instant classic and pretty much cemented Will Smith’s status as a mega-star. Smith’s chemistry with co-star Tommy Lee Jones was a sheer delight, and the original was

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Comcast usage soars 34% to 200GB a month, pushing users closer to data cap

Cable companies can save money now that DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade is mostly done

Enlarge / A Comcast van in Sunnyvale, California, in November 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Andrei Stanescu)

Cable-company spending on network equipment is dropping as major providers like Comcast and Charter finish up their nationwide DOCSIS 3.1 rollouts.

Equipment vendors that sell to cable companies such as Arris/CommScope and Casa Systems are reporting drops in cable-related revenue. Light Reading detailed the situation this week:

Total cable access network-related revenues plummeted 38 percent in Q1 2019, to $275 million, versus the year-ago period, driven by a “strong slowdown” on capacity purchases by MSOs and an ongoing delay in deployments of new distributed access architectures, according to new data from Dell’Oro.

Cable access network spending is known to be lumpy, “but not to this extreme,” said Jeff Heynen, Dell’Oro’s research director, broadband access and home networking. He said he doesn’t recall seeing revenues in this segment of the market reach drop

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Samsung Galaxy Fit Activity Tracker Now Available for $99

Samsung Galaxy Fit Activity Tracker Now Available for $99


Samsung introduced its new Galaxy wearable lineup in February of this year, and this week, the company has finally made its new Galaxy Fit activity tracker available in the US for $99.

The Fit is capable of tracking up to 90 exercises with auto detection, sleep tracking, week-long battery life, plus more tracking capabilities via the Samsung Health application.

Galaxy Fit Features

  • Starts tracking with users’ movement: Inclusive of up to 90 exercise, the Galaxy Fit automatically detects and tracks six of them including walking, running, cycling, elliptical, rowing and dynamic workouts.
  • 24/7 tracking: Users can continuously monitor their activities and sleep with a battery that lasts up to a week on a single charge.
  • Personal wellness: through Samsung Health, the Galaxy Fit helps you stay on top of your health and nutrition goals with the ability to track water, caffeine, sleep and more.

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If you’re crazy rich, you can pay Ferrari to be a test driver

If you’re crazy rich, you can pay Ferrari to be a test driver

MONTEREY, Calif.—”Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.” Those words were written by F. Scott Fitzgerald back in 1926, and they remain true almost a century later. It’s certainly true when it comes to cars, where having a telephone number bank balance opens doors to machinery that the rest of us only ever get close to in video games. Recently, I got a chance to take a peek behind that curtain at the historic Laguna Seca racetrack in California.

Once upon a time, the supercar was the top of the tree, and cars like the McLaren F1 and Ferrari Enzo re-wrote the rules on how fast a car could go and how much it would cost.

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Huawei Delays Foldable Mate X to ‘Improve Folding Screen’

Huawei Delays Foldable Mate X to ‘Improve Folding Screen’


Huawei is delaying the launch of its own foldable phone, the Mate X, to help improve the quality of the folding screen. This development comes after Samsung delayed launch of its own Galaxy Fold to do the same thing.

According to Huawei, launch will take place in September now, instead of the expected June launch.

It seems like Samsung and Huawei were in a rush to beat each other to market with folding phones, and in doing so, didn’t take into heavy enough consideration that their designs or the hardware itself wasn’t worth anyone spending $2,000+ on. I mean, a bit of pocket lint with a side of user error busted the Galaxy Fold, and if we’re being honest, the Mate X didn’t look like the great thing to spend $2,600 on anyway.

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Pixel 4 Caught on Camera With That Unmistakable Camera Box

Pixel 4 Caught on Camera With That Unmistakable Camera Box


Google did its best to get out in front of Pixel 4 leaks, but that hasn’t stopped them from continuing to flow out into the open. For example, today, we’ve now got pictures of the phone being used in the wild by someone. Great!

In these photos, which were snapped by a sneaky sneaker in London, a human being is seen holding a phone that sure looks like a phone in the shape of the Google Pixel 4. We can see that square camera box in the top left corner with a flash placement that matches Google’s official shared imagery. The case it’s in even looks like a standard Google case that you can buy today from the Google Store.

What else is there to learn here? Nothing, sorry. I’m sure we’ll know more soon, though.

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