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Star Apps: Chelsea Handler

Comedian Chelsea Handler spent seven years questioning celebrities about their latest projects on "Chelsea Lately." Now the retired talk show host is partnering with Netflix to create comedy special "Uganda Be Kidding Me Live" and four mockumentaries in which she gets answers to some of life's mysteries, like where apps come from.

What makes Uganda an untapped resource for good comedy material? Well, I always figure anywhere I travel is an untapped resource for material. I always end up having a good time, and I like to give America the reputation that I've given … Read more

Netflix Roulette review

Don't let the name deceive you -- Netflix Roulette isn't an official Netflix app. It's merely a basic content discovery tool that lets you set basic filters and then "Spin" to get a random movie or TV show recommendation. In spite of its somewhat clumsy interface, it works fine and can help you discover new favorites.

Pros

Filtered recommendations: While you can spin the Netflix Roulette without setting any filters, you will get more interesting recommendations if you choose a category (Classic Movies, Documentaries, Foreign Movies, and a dozen more), set a minimum Netflix rating, … Read more

Oyster for Android review

Touted as the Netflix of books, Oyster is an online service that serves up a buffet of books. For a monthly fee, you get access to Oyster's entire library of half a million books.

Pros

An expanding library: Over the course of a year, Oyster has quadrupled the amount of books in its library and, as of this review, has 500,000 titles. There's something for everybody, from lesser-known works to books from popular authors such as Orwell, Fitzgerald, and Tolkien.

Read anywhere: Now that the service has expanded support to Android, people with multiple gadgets can rejoice. … Read more

Get Any Video Converter Ultimate for half off

In the age of handheld devices and mobile computing, video remains the ideal media. Whether you're into sports, news, music, films, or even home movies, you should always be able to watch them on the go. In comes Any Video Converter Ultimate, a DVD converter, video converter, downloader, and recorder that can help you enjoy videos from anywhere. This all-in-one package, which is now available at half the regular price, also allows you to capture videos from any online sites or traditional DVDs and convert them for viewing on any mobile devices. Want to keep a backup of your … Read more

Netflix's Hastings makes the case for Net neutrality

Though Netflix agreed last month to pay Comcast for direct access to its broadband network, it doesn't appear to like the arrangement.

The video-streaming service's CEO, Reed Hastings, penned a blog post on Thursday making an impassioned plea for support of Net neutrality.

"The Internet is improving lives everywhere -- democratizing access to ideas, services, and goods," Hastings wrote. "To ensure the Internet remains humanity's most important platform for progress, Net neutrality must be defended and strengthened. The essence of Net neutrality is that ISPs such as AT&T and Comcast don't … Read more

Creeping closer to TV channel, Netflix licenses 'Fargo' abroad

Netflix wants to be the world's hottest cable channel that isn't on cable, and it's creeping closer with another syndication deal for a high-profile show.

The online-streaming video site will make episodes of FX's upcoming series "Fargo" available on its platform in the Netherlands almost immediately after the shows air in the US.

The deal follows one Netflix secured earlier this year to make the final eight episodes of AMC's "Breaking Bad" available to Netflix customers in the UK and Ireland a day after the US airdate. Netflix said it was … Read more

Amazon Prime: Still a good deal at $99?

Ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod, you guys -- so much news! First, the comments system is back up and running, so tell me everything you've wanted to say for the past five days. No doubt you had thoughts to share regarding that PopCap game bundle, Levana baby monitor ("A baby monitor? Really?"), and, of course, Republic Wireless shocker. (Speaking of which, there's more Republic news coming later -- stay tuned!)

Second, as you've probably heard by now, Amazon just announced that an annual Amazon Prime subscription will now cost $99, a price increase of $20.

That's … Read more

Apple Maps may be heading in better direction

CNET Update rounds up the rumors:

In this episode of Update:

- Hold on to hope that Apple Maps will improve in iOS 8.

- Get a warning about the password-free period for in-app purchases on iOS 7.1. (Google is hit with a lawsuit over the same issue.)

- Find new incentives to join Amazon Prime with reports of Amazon's upcoming music-streaming service and a video-streaming box.

- Watch for Google to create a game system after its acquisition of Green Throttle.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every … Read more

Comcast to offer 'House of Cards' to Xfinity customers

Comcast Xfinity customers will soon be able to watch the first season of "House of Cards" without need of a Netflix subscription.

The series comes to Comcast courtesy of a deal announced on Monday with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment that gives the cable company rights to sell the initial season, Variety has reported. Though Netflix holds the streaming rights for "House of Cards," Sony is in charge of distribution internationally and through home video.

"House of Cards" will make its debut in the Xfinity Store by mid-April, according to a Comcast spokesman.

The new … Read more

Rereading the tea leaves in the Netflix-Comcast deal

Ever since Netflix and Comcast announced an interconnection agreement aimed at improving streaming performance for Netflix users, commentators have been trying to read the tea leaves to determine what -- if anything -- this deal says about the future of the Internet and network relationships.

A few, including Dan Rayburn on Seeking Alpha, have hailed the agreement as a sign of the continued health of this largely unregulated market. (According to the multinational Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, more than 99 percent of interconnection deals are so straightforward that they're agreed to without a written contract.)

But most … Read more