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Netflix offers a collection of original movies and shows for free – Engadget

It’s worth noting that only the first episode of shows are available, so you won’t be able to binge-watch the first season of Stranger Things, but there’s enough high-profile material on this page to get people started. If you want to check it out, you’ll only be able to watch it in a browser on a computer or on an Android phone. The free material isn’t available through the Netflix mobile apps, and it doesn’t work on the iPhone’s browser either. But you can’t argue with the price.

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Beyonce offers rare glimpse of twins Sir and Rumi, three, in visual album Black Is King – Daily Mail

Beyonce offers rare glimpse of twins Sir and Rumi, three, in family-filled visual album Black Is King

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Beyonce offered rare glimpses of her three-year-old twins Sir and Rumi in her family-filled new visual album Black Is King.

The 38-year-old pop diva set the internet ablaze this Friday when her new film dropped on the streaming platform Disney+. 

She cradles Rumi in her arms during a three-generational family photo and includes a picture of Sir at the end of the movie, which is dedicated to him.

Three generations: Beyonce is joined by her daughters Blue Ivy, eight, and Rumi, three, as well as by her mother Tina Lawson in her new visual album Black Is King

Beyonce shares the twins as well as her eight-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter with her husband Jay-Z, who also makes an appearance.

During the visuals for her song Brown Skin Girl, Beyonce poses up with both of her daughters as well as her mother Tina Lawson.

All four of them are wearing matching floral outfits as they gather together in a meadow as if standing for a portrait. 

Family time: All four of them are wearing matching floral outfits as they gather together in a meadow as if standing for a portrait

Star turn: Blue Ivy makes several appearances in the visual and also gives vocal performances in the music, including on Brown Skin Girl and My Power

Blue Ivy makes several appearances in the visual and also gives vocal performances in the music, including on Brown Skin Girl and My Power.

Black Is King ends with a picture of Rumi’s twin brother which appears along with text saying the project is ‘dedicated to my son, Sir Carter.’

Beyonce adds underneath the dedication: ‘And to all our sons and daughters, the sun and the moon bow for you. You are the keys to the kingdom.’

Grandeur: When Beyonce rose to fame in the girl group Destiny’s Child, they were managed by her father Mathew Knowles and Tina made their costumes

The celebrity guest stars in the video include legendary 1990s Supermodel Naomi Campbell and Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.

Kelly Rowland, who shot to fame with Beyonce and Michelle Williams in the girl group Destiny’s Child, is also featured.

The women have remained personal friends as well and Tina even referred to Kelly as one of her ‘daughters’ in a Time magazine piece. 

‘Keys to the kingdom’: Black Is King ends with a picture of Rumi’s twin brother which appears along with text saying the project is ‘dedicated to my son, Sir Carter’

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New video offers hands-on look at iPhone 12 dummy units in all three rumored sizes – 9to5Mac

The iPhone 12 is expected to be available in three different sizes: 5.4-inches, 6.1-inches, and 6.7-inches. Ahead of the expected announcement this fall, the YouTube channel iupdate has shared a detailed hands-on video with all three rumored iPhone 12 form factors.

As a recap, Apple is expected to introduce four different iPhone 12 variations, including a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models, and a 6.7-inch option. All four are expected to feature this design similar to the iPhone 4 and iPad Pro, as well as OLED and 5G connectivity.

The hands-on video illustrates much of what previous reports have indicated about the iPhone 12 lineup. For example, reports had suggested that the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 model will have a height that is “midway between the original iPhone SE and iPhone 8,” while the 6.1-inch version will be midway between the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The 6.7-inch iPhone 12 will be “slightly taller than the iPhone 11 Pro Max.”

One of the most interesting things to note here is that the body of the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 is physically smaller than the iPhone SE 2, even though it features a larger display. This is, of course, due to the fact that the iPhone 12 features a near-bezeless design, where as the iPhone SE 2 features large top and bottom bezels with a home button.

Something else important to point out is that the camera array on these dummy iPhone units is not final, nor should the design of the notch be taken as final. iPhone 12 molds and CAD drawings have hit the web in the past, but these did not factor in a smaller notch design simply because that change doesn’t affect case makers. These dummy units fall into the same category.

As for the camera, rumors have suggested that the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 will feature two cameras on the back, with ultra-wide and wide-angle lenses. The same setup is expected on the lower-end 6.1-inch iPhone 12, while the higher-end iPhone 12 Pro models are expected to feature wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses, alongside a LiDAR Scanner.

Check out the full video from iupdate below and let us know what you think of this design down in the comments!

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DeSantis offers Election Day help as Republicans say they’ll cast ballots in person – POLITICO

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TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday took steps to help localities prepare for what could be high voter turnout this year, but stopped short of extending early voting or letting counties consolidate polling places in the battleground amid signs that President Donald Trump’s disparagement of mailed ballots could be resonating with Republican voters.

DeSantis called on schools to close during the August primary and November general election to make room for what might be record voter turnout. He also issued an executive order that makes it easier for state employees to work at the polls on Election Day.

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DeSantis, a Republican and Trump ally, has been under pressure for months from local election supervisors, who fear the coronavirus pandemic could affect their ability to recruit poll workers and manage balloting in a presidential year.

The announcements were relayed late Wednesday in a letter from Secretary of State Laurel Lee to the state’s 67 election supervisors.

The governor acted after rising pressure from Republican allies, who worry that Florida once again could become a national laughing-stock during the 2020 state and presidential elections.

Citing frightened poll workers and a loss of polling locations, the association that represents state election officials first asked DeSantis in early April to grant them flexibility over early voting, polling locations and the time period for sending out mail-in ballots.

Then Georgia’s primary election was marred by long lines and problems with voting machines, an ominous sign of possible trouble for a state like Florida, which has had its own run of voting calamities, including a chaotic recount that followed the 2000 presidential election.

But the DeSantis administration on Wednesday didn’t act on several suggestions from supervisors, including a request to extend the number of early voting days and consolidate polling places.

Instead, the governor urged local school districts to close on Aug. 18 and Nov. 3 to make it easier to use schools as polling places.

Under the executive order, state workers will be allowed to take administrative leave to serve as poll workers. DeSantis also gave counties the ability to begin counting vote-by-mail ballots slightly before the current starting date. The governor also promised that the state’s emergency management division would provide sanitizers, cleaners and other protective equipment to supervisors.

“It’s very helpful, I’m glad we got a response,” Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley said. “It gives us something to work with.”

Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo said the governor’s moves didn’t go far enough.

“It’s disappointing the governor will not honor those who fought and died for us to have the right to vote by ensuring that Floridians do not have to endanger themselves to exercise their right to vote,” Rizzo said in a text message. “If the governor was serious about protecting our health and our vote he would expand the executive order to meet the requests of elections supervisors including expanding early voting to reduce lines on Election Day, funding to promote statewide vote-by-mail enrollment and a clear roadmap to conducting free and safe elections.”

DeSantis had another reason to act: There are growing signs that the Republican voters Trump needs to win in the battleground state could abandon vote-by-mail as their preferred way to cast ballots. For decades, Florida Republicans have had a robust vote-by-mail operation, but Trump has spent months vilifying the process as rife with fraud.

During the 2018 election, voting in the state was split roughly three ways between voting by mail, early voting in person and casting a ballot in person on Election Day.

But a June poll from The Tyson Group, an organization run by GOP pollster Ryan Tyson, shows a growing number of Republican voters plan to vote on Election Day while Democrats say they plan to cast their ballots by mail.

The poll, conducted June 7-11, found that 49 percent of likely Republican voters surveyed plan to vote on Election Day itself, compared to 28 percent of Democrats.

Forty percent of Democrats said they plan to vote by mail, compared to 23 percent of Republicans. The Tyson Group interviewed 1,000 registered voters who are expected to or said they would vote in 2020. The margin of error in the poll is plus or minus 3.1 percent.

The governor’s action also comes as he and Florida election officials fight a lawsuit that was filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern Florida by a group of Florida voters, Democratic super PAC Priorities USA and other Democratic-leaning organizations.

The case seeks to throw out state ballot-return deadlines and laws that limit who is allowed to collect vote-by-mail ballots and return them to local election offices. The lawsuit also wants local election officials to pick up the postage cost for returning ballots, something that 17 counties — including urban locales such as Broward and Orange — were already planning to do.

Many election supervisors, both Democrats and Republicans, have opposed the lawsuit, which will go before a judge in late July.

The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Florida are also fighting the lawsuit.

DeSantis announced his plan a day after the state Division of Elections told county supervisors it would distribute more than $20.2 million to them on July 1 to take precautions against the coronavirus. Congress provided $400 million in the CARES Act to help states prepare for elections during the outbreak.

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Amazon offers steep discounts on a host of Echo speakers – Engadget

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Amazon is known to discount an Echo device every now and then, but now? It’s going all-out. The internet retailer is running a sale for many of its smart speakers, and in some cases they’re steep bargains. The drops are sharp enough that they may be just what you need to get started on a smart home, or to finish a setup that might have been too costly before.

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The best deal may be for an Echo Studio (pictured above) bundled with a Philips Hue bulb — you can buy it for $170, or $60 off. It clearly has the best sound quality of the Echo lineup, and it supports both high-resolution audio as well as home theater integration. The Hue bulb makes it that much more tempting if you’re looking to dip your toes into smart lighting.

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Itch.io offers 700 games in a pay-what-you-want racial justice bundle – Engadget

You now have a chance to score a massive number of games for a low price — and support an important cause while you’re at it. The game store Itch.io has released a “Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality” pay-what-you-want offering that includes 700 indie titles. There’s a minimum donation of $5, but whatever you contribute is split equally between the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Community Bail Fund.

The collection includes some titles you might recognize. The relentlessly quirky Night in the Woods is in the mix along with Oxenfree, Catlateral Damage, A Mortician’s Tale, Wheels of Aurelia and Quadrilateral Cowboy, among others. Even if you don’t play the majority of the bundled games, there’s a good chance you’ll get some value out of the ones you do try.

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Microsoft USA offers the Galaxy Note 10 series, unlocked, at killer prices – SamMobile

Excitement around the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 is building up with every new leak and rumor, but until Samsung introduces the series in August, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ remain the most powerful S Pen-enabled solutions on the market. And if you’re in the market for one of these phones, you’re in for a treat, as long as you’re looking to make your purchase in the USA. Microsoft is now selling the Galaxy Note 10 series stateside, unlocked, at discounts of up to $400.

You can buy the 256GB Galaxy Note 10 in black, white, or Aura Glow from Microsoft for $699, down from $949 ($250 off). Alternatively, the 256GB Galaxy Note 10+ is now available online for $749 instead of $1,099 ($350 off). However, you can get the 512GB model by paying just an additional $50. In other words, the top-tier Galaxy Note 10+ is now available for $799 instead of the usual $1,199 price ($400 off).

The Galaxy Note 10 series remains very competitive 9 months after release. It has a slick design, good specs, a beautiful screen, and it’s arguably the best S Pen-enabled model to date. If you want to buy a Galaxy Note 10 at a lower price, this might be one of your best options yet. Of course, the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 is just three months away, so you might want to wait a bit longer if you’re not in a rush and you can stretch your budget. Galaxy Note 20 prices are unknown, but they will surely exceed the $699 or even the $799 mark. Check out the links below for more details.

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  • Model: SM-N970F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 151.0 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm

  • Display: 6.3 inch / 160.02 mm Dynamic AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Exynos 9825
  • Camera: 16MP


  • Model: SM-N975F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm

  • Display: 6.8 inch / 172.72 mm Dynamic AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Exynos 9825
  • Camera: 16MP

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