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How Netflix hooks you into ‘Stranger Things’ (The 3:59, Ep. 303)


“Stranger Things” is almost back. The second season of the cultural phenomenon arrives on Netflix on Friday. We discuss the tricks Netflix plays to get us hooked on that show[1] and others, including choosing that perfect splash photo to tease the show.

Not that we need another photo to get us excited. We also discuss T-Mobile’s third-quarter earnings results[2] and how we all really just want to know what’s going on with its pending rumored merger with Sprint. Lastly, we talk about Boxed, a retailer that managed to add automation while keeping its staff employed.

It runs counter to the idea that robots have to take our jobs[3]. The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows[4] on YouTube.

How Netflix hooks you into Stranger Things (The 3:59, Ep.


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  1. ^ Netflix plays to get us hooked on that show (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ T-Mobile’s third-quarter earnings results (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ runs counter to the idea that robots have to take our jobs (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ extended shows (www.youtube.com)
  5. ^ iTunes (itunes.apple.com)
  6. ^ RSS (feed.cnet.com)
  7. ^ Google Play (goo.gl)
  8. ^ FeedBurner (feeds.feedburner.com)
  9. ^ SoundCloud (soundcloud.com)
  10. ^ TuneIn (tunein.com)
  11. ^ Stitcher (www.stitcher.com)

High-end audio show dazzles the eye and ear

I’ve attended the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest[1] in Denver for a number of years, but at last weekend’s show I noticed a lot more women and more millennials checking out the sounds. High-end audio seems to be reaching a broader demographic of people at last! Unlike huge speakers and tube amps, headphones are popular with just about everybody.

Woo Audio designs and builds all of their magnificent headphone amps in New York, and this one, the WA33[2], paired with the MySphere 3.1 headphones produced spectacular out of my head imaging.

The full-bodied tube sound and effortless transparency took my breath away.

The WA33 runs £7,999, but Woo prices start at £599 for the all-tube WA3 tube amp.


  1. ^ Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (www.audiofest.net)
  2. ^ WA33 (www.wooaudio.com)

2016 Chicago Auto Show recap of reveals

The 2016 Chicago Auto Show might be over for press, but the public still has another day to wait before they get to see what has already been revealed. The media have got to see what some of the big carmakers have planned for the auto market, although this is not the biggest show of its kind in the US, that will be in the not too distant future at New York although there are even bigger ones in Europe.

Having said that, Chicago always throws a few surprises into the mix, although this is still always the build-up to the New York auto show. Just in case you missed out on all the coverage, Autoblog1 has you covered with a 2016 Chicago Auto Show recap of all the reveals, and there were plenty of them.

We know that all eyes and ears were on Ford, as they were talking about four new SUVs, one of which we had hoped would be the return of the Bronco2, and while no names were revealed, it does not look like the Ford Bronco will be returning any time soon. Some of the standout reveals for us were the 2017 Chevrolet Trax, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Extreme Concept, 2017 SB© toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, 2017 Chevy Camaro 1LE and the engine lineup for the new Infiniti Q50.

You can also check out all the videos from this year s Chicago Auto Show on the official website3 for the event.

Also See: Day 1 recap of 2015 Chicago Auto Show4


  1. ^ Autoblog (www.autoblog.com)
  2. ^ return of the Bronco (www.product-reviews.net)
  3. ^ official website (www.chicagoautoshow.com)
  4. ^ Day 1 recap of 2015 Chicago Auto Show (www.product-reviews.net)
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