Netflix Thinks It’s So Great You Don’t Even Need to Check Out How Great It Is

If you haven’t yet subscribed to any of the major streaming services, first I have to ask: How have you avoided them? Second: You’ve missed the boat when it comes to trying the biggest names for free.

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Streaming giant Netflix quietly did away with its 30-day trial in the U.S., according to CNET, just like Disney+, which stopped offering free trials back in June. The U.S. is not the only market where Netflix has decided to end its free trial. The company ended trial periods in Mexico and several other countries as far back as two years ago.


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“Free trials are not available, but you can still sign up and take advantage of all Netflix has to offer,” Netflix’s free trial help page now reads. In a statement to CNET, a Netflix spokesperson said the company is currently looking at differen marketing

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Does Yelp’s Racism Warning Put A ‘Scarlet R’ On Businesses? Twitter Thinks So

After Yelp (YELP) announced that it was placing a consumer alert on businesses associated with past racist actions, the company has now come under fire by Twitter users who are claiming the search site’s newest feature is problematic.

Yelp made the announcement on Thursday, saying at the time that is was taking a “stand against racism” by placing a consumer warning on businesses that used “racist language or symbols” and had gained public attention for “racist conduct.”

The review company wrote in a Twitter post, “Now, when a business gains attention for reports of racist conduct, Yelp will place a new Business Accused of Racist Behavior Alert on their Yelp page to inform users, along with a link to a news article where they can learn more.”

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Nvidia thinks it can solve video-calling’s greatest challenges

  • Nvidia has released its Maxine developer platform to improve video calls.
  • The platform enables face alignment and eye correction for more natural conversations.
  • Other supported features include dramatic bandwidth savings and video upscaling.

The COVID-19 pandemic means that video-calling has become more important than ever, as companies hold virtual meetings, schools hold online classes, and families connect over the internet in lieu of physical visits.

This widespread shift to video calling has laid bare a few major challenges for the tech, and Nvidia has now announced a solution in the form of its Maxine developer platform (h/t: The Verge).

According to the graphics colossus, Maxine is a suite of video conferencing software powered by Nvidia GPUs in the cloud. And the list of enhancements is pretty intriguing for the most part.

A more natural video-chat experience

The first two major features made possible by Nvidia’s Maxine are gaze correction

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Why Walmart Plus thinks it can challenge Amazon Prime

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Walmart Plus is the big-box retailer’s latest effort at subscriptions.

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Just ahead of the holiday shopping season, Walmart is making a new push into a subscription service. The concept, called Walmart Plus, launched two weeks ago and so far includes only a handful of perks. But it might someday shake up the e-commerce subscription market that’s thoroughly dominated by Amazon Prime.

Walmart is one of the very few companies that could hope to challenge Amazon, which has a 15-year headstart and boasts over 150 million members worldwide. As the biggest retailer in the world, Walmart has the resources, finances and logistics infrastructure to build out a viable Prime rival.

It’s got a very long way to go. Walmart Plus, which costs $98 a year, offers shipping as fast as same-day for orders over $35. It also offers a fuel discount and a “Scan & Go”

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