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The AT&T Time Warner merger will be back in court sooner than we expected

When Judge Richard Leon ruled in favor of AT&T’s merger with Time Warner last month, he explicitly warned the Department of Justice against seeking a stay of the ruling in order to delay the date the merger would take effect. The DoJ didn’t seek a stay, but it has decided to appeal the judge’s decision, and do so quickly. The federal appeals court on Thursday approved the DoJ’s request for an expedited schedule for the appeal, with legal briefs due by October 18th and oral arguments to come “as soon as practicable.”

The schedule is significantly accelerated compared to a usual appeal, which is in the best interests of both parties.With the merger approved by the judge, AT&T has already taken steps to integrate Time Warner into its business. It has been renamed WarnerMedia, and AT&T has rolled out a $15-a-month streaming service that heavily uses some of the content owned by WarnerMedia. The longer an appeal takes, the harder it will be for the two companies to reverse any steps they’ve taken if an appeal is successful.

The Justice Department’s main argument against the merger was that by owning Time Warner’s content, which includes must-have channels like CNN, AT&T could raise prices for pay-TV rivals and keep costs prohibitive for online streaming services. The transition to streaming services, away from traditional cable, is one that’s costing pay TV companies millions of subscribers and billions in revenue every year.

With control over a significant portion of the content, AT&T is now in a good place to keep prices high among rivals and prevent streaming TV services from offering cut-price cable alternatives. With cheap home internet increasingly becoming a reality, cable companies are faced with the prospect of millions of subscribers cutting the cord over the next decade.

AT&T has already raised the price of DirecTV Now to $40 a month, up from $35, following price increases from other streaming services. AT&T’s expert witnesses claimed during the trial that merging with Time Warner would create efficiencies and allow the company to lower the prices charged to consumers.

During the trial, the Justice Department revealed emails from AT&T execs that show the telecoms company wanted to buy Time Warner to help keep the “cash cow” of cable alive. Daniel York, current CCO of the AT&T Entertainment Group and a former top exec at DirecTV, called content providers “shortsided whores” for dealing with other streaming services.

This wire-free home security camera has 6-month battery life for half the price of an Arlo Pro 2

Arlo wire-free home security cameras are amazing, but they’re also amazingly expensive. Luckily there’s a ton of competition out there right now, and one of the best Arlo alternatives we’ve come across is the Reolink Argus Wire-Free Battery-Powered Security Camera. These great cameras pack all the bells and whistles you would expect from a home security camera as well as much more. The most notable difference is of course the fact that this camera is wire-free and battery-powered, with each charge lasting about 6 months. The Argus camera is also weatherproof so you can use it indoors our outside anywhere within range of Wi-Fi. All that for about half of what you’d pay for the latest Arlo camera — you really can’t go wrong.

Here’s more info from the product page:

  • [100 % Wire-Free & Battery-Powered] No cords, no wiring & no installation needed — easily place it anywhere guarding every corner. Reliable 2.4Ghz WiFi connection.
  • [1080p Full HD & Excellent Night Vision] Enable you to see everything clearly day and night. See sharper and clearer images/videos than 720p security cameras.
  • [Easy Setup & IP65 Weatherproof] Small, protable and also weathproof! Easily place Reolink Argus outdoors/indoors without worrying about the weather. Rain or shine, hot or cold, Reolink Argus never stops protecting you.
  • [Smart PIR Motion Sensor] Highly sensitive and wide-angle sensor detects human movements, and offers real-time and accurate alerts (app push notifications, emails, siren etc). With Micro SD card slot (max 64GB supported).
  • [Remote View & Two-Way Talk] The built-in mic & speaker allow you to view & listen to what’s going on at your home/business and talk back with just a touch! IF THERE ARE ANY PROBLEMS, PLS contact us via Amazon, we will get back to you within 24 hours.

14 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week

It’s The Equalizer 2 weekend, and, speaking of sequels, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is also in town. Also, if you’re looking for something darker, then maybe Unfriended: Dark Web is for you.

But you know what’s even more interesting this week? San Diego Comic-Con, as it’s brought us plenty of new trailers and details about some of the hot movies set to launch in the coming months. And that means that yes, we’ve got a lot of new trailers for you this week.

Assassination Nation

This is the story of how a town “lost its mind.” It looks like a different version of the Purge movies, but it’s all because of gadgets and social media. In theaters on September 21st.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9qyOGEuLY4

Bohemian Rhapsody

On a more positive note, Bohemian Rhapsody brings us a part of the Queen story, with Rami Malek playing Freddie Mercury. The film launches on November 2nd, but here’s a preview of what you can expect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP0VHJYFOAU

Boy Erased

Starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton (who also co-pens the script and directs), and Russell Crowe, Boy Erased is a real-life story about a Baptist preacher’s boy forced to attend a gay-conversion program. It also lands on November 2nd, and it just made my list of to-see films this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B71eyB_Onw

Elizabeth Harvest

What do you do when you’re what looks like a trophy wife, and you’re told that everything in the house you live in is yours to enjoy except for whatever lies hidden in one of the rooms? You go in of course. No idea what’s in that room, but it’s certainly frightening. Elizabeth Harvest hits theaters and VOD on August 10th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrPaMJWF1tg

Glass

The first trailer for Glass is finally here, thanks to Comic-Con. Glass is the third part in a series of M. Night-Shyamalan movies, after Unbreakable and Split. The third film is focused on one of the characters, Glass. Fans of the series will certainly know what the movie is about. If you haven’t seen the films, then you have plenty of time to catch up until January.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95ghQs5AmNk

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

I have no idea what to make of this Godzilla 2 teaser. I can tell you that it’s got Millie Bobby Brown in it, of Stranger Things fame, and that something very dangerous is out there. This time around, Brown doesn’t play a girl with superpowers, so we’ll just have to wait for a full trailer to understand what’s in store for us in King of the Monsters. The movie launches next May.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLVTadQmRGg

I Still See You

Something happened nine years ago, an apocalyptic event that killed millions of people. But somehow, their ghosts were left behind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8ofnu_4WLQ

On the Basis of Sex

Don’t be fooled, On the Basis of Sex isn’t the kind of sex story you expect. No. This is the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and all her struggles on her way to a US Supreme Court Justice seat. The film launches on December 20th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28dHbIR_NB4

Overload

Operation Overlord is what you call the planned Allied invasion of France, the one where you hope you can open a new front against Nazi Germany to put a faster end to World War II. The trailer for Overlord looks like a movie based on that, but this isn’t a historical movie. Not at all. It’ some horror adventure taking place behind enemy lines on D-Day, and it’s coming to the big screen on October 26th. Yes, it’s with zombies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmwLdBGb51U

Patient Zero

Speaking of medical experiments, diseases and zombies, let’s check out Patient Zero. It’s about a condition that turns humans suffering from a zombie-like condition. These zombies, it turns out, speak a certain language, that only one healthy human can understand. Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci, and Matt Smith star in this story, due August 14th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9uddyaqAPE

Robin Hood

Enough with the Robin Hood movies, okay? Wait, no, enough with the Spider-Man movies that aren’t part of the Marvel universe. Robin Hood is cool. And we have a brand new type of story, one where Robin Hood isn’t exactly the Kevin Costner-type of a romantic hero. It’s more the kind of Russel Crowe-type of Robin Hood. But younger. And more thieving than usual.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwPn9ZnbCo0

Second Act

Finally, a comedy in today’s trailer roundup! That’s what the Second Act is. It’s also a Jennifer Lopez comedy you’d expect to see like 10 or 20 years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsVo5necW6Q

The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds comes from the producers of Strangers Things and Arrival. So yes, it’s a horror story. We’ve got a world that fears everyone under 18, so teens must be imprisoned. But where there’s imprisonment, there will be resistance. The film is out on August 3rd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcYGYzUsX3E

Welcome to Marwen

Based on a true story, Welcome to Marwen is also a comedy, more or less, starring Steve Carell. It’s a complicated story about survival and recovery. Oh, and Carell is joined by a stellar cast, including Leslie Mann, Diana Kruger, Gwendoline Christie. The movie premieres on November 21st.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBiyoc4E3mM

Amazon’s deal of the day is a must-have for every car

There are some deals you would have to be crazy not to take advantage of, and this is one of them. Amazon is running a deal of the day on Saturday that drops the JUMP&GO 16,000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter to its lowest price ever, and this is a device that should be in every car. Whether you have an old beat-up car that’s 15 years old or a brand new luxury car, things happen and batteries die. When they do, you’re stranded unless you can find someone to jump start your car. Most people don’t even carry jumper cables anymore, so the odds of you actually being able to find someone are slim. Even if you have AAA or roadside assistance from your car company, you’re stuck sitting there — without heat or AC — unless the tow truck gets there. OR… you could connect this portable jump starter to your battery and be up and running again in 60 seconds.

Here’s some key info from the product page:

  • ✔️ 【STURDY & POWERFUL】 – With total capacity of 16,000mAh, jump start your vehicle (up to gasoline (LPG) 8,000CC / diesel 4,000CC) with 600A peak current and patented smart cable. Safety assured with FCC, CE, RoHS, KC certifications.
  • ✔️ 【PATENTED SAFETY CABLE】 – Built-in safety circuit that only works when connected to car battery (Patented). Red LED light turns on when polarity is reversed. Anti-spark / Anti-overheating / Reverse-polarity protection
  • ✔️ 【SAFEST BATTERY USED】 – Safe and long-lasting lithium iron phosphate battery, meeting International battery standards (Certification Standards IEC62133/KC62133)
  • ✔️ 【OTHER FEATURES】 – Two 5v USB connectors, 12v cigar jack output terminal. Can be used as portable power bank. Strong flashlight included for night use.
  • ✔️ Remaining battery power can be checked with side LED lamp. / Weight : 1.8 lb (810g) / Size : 7.4 x 5.2 x 1.5 in (188 x 134 x 37mm)

If you’re looking for an even cheaper option that has less capacity but will still get the job done, check out this one:

Airbus just flew its incredibly bizarre BelugaXL for the first time, and it looks amazing

I have a bit of a thing for big, weird planes. The Airbus Super Guppy is one of my all-time favorite things ever, so when I heard that Airbus had a new mega-transport plane in the works I couldn’t wait to see it. The BelugaXL is that new plane, and the company just performed its very first test flight. It is glorious.

The BelugaXL is an absolute behemoth, capable of hauling a whopping 50 tons — bringing its total takeoff weight to nearly 230 tons. There’s absolutely no reason such a massive thing should be capable of getting even an inch off the ground, but thanks to the wonders of physics it flies just find.

The plane is the successor to the already-huge Beluga, featuring 30% more capacity, and is expected to enter service in 2019. It’s designed to carry huge loads, including aircraft parts that simply couldn’t be transported by any other means. A huge section of the plane’s front end flips wide open to allow cargo to be loaded and unloaded, and large items are fully secured for the flight to avoid any shifting or sliding which could spell disaster for the plane.

The plane is 20 feet longer than its predecessor and has a huge list of upgraded components. It’s a serious machine with a serious job, but that hasn’t stopped Airbus from having a little bit of fun with it.

https://twitter.com/Airbus/status/1019924578049589248

With a name like BelugaXL, it’s clear that Airbus sees the similarities between the plane and the massive mammals that dominate ocean waters. As a little nod to that fact, the plane’s first flight was flown with an incredibly charming paint job featuring a wide, smiling mouth and a pair of huge eyes. It seriously looks like a whale. I’m in love.