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HBO Now is coming soon, Apple delays the iPad Pro, EA closes Maxis, Chromebook battery killers, The Smithsonian bans selfie sticks, and Chappie explores artificial intelligence.

HBO Now to Stream Game of Thrones

HBO is set to launch its own streaming service in April, with HBO Now arriving just in time for the new season of Game of Thrones (April 12). HBO Now, as the service is tentatively titled, is expected to cost $15-per-month, which is about the same as cable TV subscribers pay for HBO. It is, however, significantly higher than the asking price of Netflix Is Netflix Worth The Money? Is Netflix Worth The Money? There are more people who don't subscribe to Netflix as those who do, and that swathe of the population wants to know if they're missing out on anything. Is Netflix worth the money? Read More and Amazon Prime Is Amazon Prime A Good Deal? Is Amazon Prime A Good Deal? Amazon Prime seems like a great deal, but is it? We dig into the benefits to figure out if they're worth the $99 per year. Read More .

This information all comes from an International Business Times report, which cites the usual “sources familiar with their plans.” The report also claims HBO Now will be available on a whole range of different devices, including the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Roku, with Apple the company most keen to secure HBO Go, suggesting it will launch first on Apple TV Apple TV Review and Giveaway Apple TV Review and Giveaway Apple introduced its set-top digital media player in 2007, and it's currently on its third generation of hardware. Read More .

This all has to be treated as rumor for the time being, but launching its standalone streaming service Google Reveals Android Lollipop, HBO Battles Netflix, And More... [Tech News Digest] Google Reveals Android Lollipop, HBO Battles Netflix, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Google Glass is addictive, Facebook Safety Check, webOS begone, Will.i.am Puls, and a Minecraft iPhone. Read More in time for the start of Season 5 of Game of Thrones Game Of Thrones Meets Tumblr: 12 Must-Follow Blogs Game Of Thrones Meets Tumblr: 12 Must-Follow Blogs The sheer amount of content on Tumblr makes it a joy to browse, though sometimes you really do have to filter through a lot of repetitive content to get to the good stuff. For that... Read More makes absolute sense for HBO. If this is indeed the plan then we would expect an official announcement within weeks.

Apple’s iPad Pro Delayed for Six Months

Apple is all set to launch its smartwatch on Monday (March 9), but the new, larger iPad Pro is unlikely to make its debut alongside the Apple Watch iTime For An iWatch: Funny Reactions To The New Apple Watch [Weird & Wonderful Web] iTime For An iWatch: Funny Reactions To The New Apple Watch [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Apple Watch. It's a watch, a smartwatch, a watch that is smart. Sort of. And it's ripe for mocking. Read More . This is, according to Bloomberg, because Apple has had to delay production of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro until later in the year. The iPad Pro would be the third tablet in Apple’s product line, sitting alongside the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2, and the 7.9-inch iPad mini 3.

The report suggests Apple was planning to launch the iPad Pro during this quarter, but “delays involving the supply of display panels” mean production has been pushed back until September. The iPad Pro is being designed with the enterprise market in mind, as Apple tries to boost flagging sales of its tablets. MacRumors suggests the iPad Pro will feature an ultra high-res display, stereo speakers top and bottom, and a stylus option.

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EA Closes Legendary Developer Maxis

Electronics Arts (EA) is closing down Maxis, the legendary games developer responsible for games such as SimCity SimCity 2013 - The Tale Of a Terrible Launch & a Terrific Game [MUO Gaming] SimCity 2013 - The Tale Of a Terrible Launch & a Terrific Game [MUO Gaming] SimCity was one of the first PC games I ever played when it was first released in 1989 - I was just 7 at the time. You'll understand then why this game holds a particularly... Read More and Spore. Maxis Emeryville, the developer’s main studio, will be no more, although the Maxis brand will carry on with other studios around the world.

The Sims, by far the most popular Maxis IP, will carry on as normal as development of The Sims 4 8 Big Differences Between The Sims 3 And The Sims 4 8 Big Differences Between The Sims 3 And The Sims 4 Are you ready to play The Sims 4? Check out the major changes detailed right here, and decide if you're going to give it a try. Read More and its mass of expansion packs is handled by a separate division imaginatively titled The Sims Studio. EA revealed this news during the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco.

What’s Killing Your Chromebook Battery?

While Chromebooks are much less likely to be rendered unusable by having multiple apps running or too many tabs open at once than other devices, such activity can run down your battery more quickly than you’d hope. Thankfully, Google has built a solution into the latest version of Chrome OS 5 Reasons To Give Chrome OS A Second Chance 5 Reasons To Give Chrome OS A Second Chance Google’s launch of Chrome OS was one of 2011’s most disappointing moments. Perhaps the biggest disappointment of Chrome OS was its performance. Since then, Google has been gradually updating Chrome OS. The user experience has... Read More .

Those in the Dev channel can now see how much juice each app or website is devouring. And then know which to avoid using or (at the very least) keep open for longer than absolutely necessary. As revealed by François Beaufort, you simply select ‘Settings’ and then ‘Battery’ to see a breakdown of current battery usage.

The Smithsonian Bans Selfie Sticks

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. has banned the use of selfie sticks. Tripods and monopods were already banned from the museums and their grounds, but selfie sticks are now also included on the list of prohibited items.

In a press release announcing the decision, The Smithsonian stated, “This is a preventive measure to protect visitors and objects, especially during crowded conditions. We encourage museum visitors to take selfies and share their experiences — and leave the selfie sticks in their bags.” So, less Smithsonian, and more Draconian.

Chappie Explores Artificial Intelligence

And finally, this is the trailer for Chappie, the new movie from director Neil Blomkamp, previously responsible for District 9 and Elysium. It deals with the idea of artificial intelligence Microsoft, Artificial Intelligence, and The Robot Apocalypse Microsoft, Artificial Intelligence, and The Robot Apocalypse Microsoft is giving a line of autonomous robots a serious look. Is this the beginning of the end for humans, or just another step forward in the push for safe artificial intelligence? Read More , with the titular character being an android with the ability to think for itself.

This is a timely film, as AI has been in the news of late. Scientists such as Stephen Hawking have warned of the dangers Here's Why Scientists Think You Should be Worried about Artificial Intelligence Here's Why Scientists Think You Should be Worried about Artificial Intelligence Do you think artificial intelligence is dangerous? Does AI may pose a serious risk to the human race. These are some reasons why you may want to be concerned. Read More intelligent robots of the future pose to mankind. And we’re not helping ourselves by kicking the robot dogs Buy a OnePlus One Without an Invite, Your Samsung TV is Listening [Tech News Digest] Buy a OnePlus One Without an Invite, Your Samsung TV is Listening [Tech News Digest] It's OnePlus One Tuesday, Samsung is listening, Windows 10 due to be finished in June, Imgur Pro is now free, Spot the robot dog, and Uber Seize steals cars. Read More our current brainiacs are developing.

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