Remember how we’re all tired of 2017 and just can’t wait for it to end? Amazon feels ya. So here’s what’s new on Amazon Prime Video in January 2018.

Amazon is closing out 2017 strong, and it’s going to start 2018 even stronger, with a seriously good lineup of shows new and old available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video in January. “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” is the one a lot of us have been waiting for, and it’ll be here later in the month. But there are plenty of shows you’ll recognize that land on New Year’s Day — including my guilty pleasure “The Wraith.” (It’s Charlie Sheen at his best worst in 1987.)

And a fun fact, from Amazon:

While you’re getting excited for Amazon Video titles coming in January, there’s still plenty of time to stream your favorite holiday classics in December. In fact, Christmas Day is the most popular day of the year for streaming movies on Prime Video. Last year, Amazon customers streamed 78% more hours on Christmas Day than the average day in 2016.

Amazon Prime Video has is one of the go-to destinations for on-demand content, thanks in no small part to devices like the $50 Amazon Fire Stick, the all-new $70 Amazon Fire TV, and even the $229 Amazon Echo Show.

But hardware is the easy part. Buy it once, and then use the heck out of it. What’s not quite so easy is keeping up with everything that’s new on Amazon Prime Video — because new shows are always coming and going.

So here’s what’s new in January 2018!

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Coming January 1

  • All is Lost (2013)
  • American Ninja (1985)
  • Assassination (1987)
  • Avenging Force (1986)
  • Babel (2006)
  • Baby Mama’s Club (2010)
  • Black Rain (1989)
  • Brothers (2009)
  • Burning Blue (2014)
  • But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
  • Capote (2005)
  • Coming Soon (1999)
  • Cool World (1992)
  • Cross Bronx (2004)
  • Dangerous Curves (1989)
  • Doctor Who (Season 10)
  • Drop Dead Sexy (2006)
  • Evolution (2001)
  • Flawless (1999)
  • Freedom Writers (2007)
  • Hamlet (1990)
  • Highway (2012)
  • Horsemen (2009)
  • Hustle & Flow (2005)
  • Invaders from Mars (1986)
  • Love and Death (1975)
  • Love Story (1970)
  • Murphy’s Law (1986)
  • Platoon Leader (1988)
  • Pretty Bird (2008)
  • Primitive (2011)
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  • Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  • Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
  • Revolutionary Road (2008)
  • Richard the Lionheart (2013)
  • Show of Force (1990)
  • Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
  • Step Into Liquid (2003)
  • Street Smart (1987)
  • The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish (Amazon Original)
  • The Perfect Weapon (1991)
  • The Presidio (1988)
  • The Wraith (1987)
  • Thelma & Louise (1991)
  • Uncommon Valor (1983)
  • Words and Pictures (2013)
  • Zodiac (2007)

Coming January 5

  • The Devil’s Double (2011)

Coming January 6

  • Grimm (Season 6)

Coming January 7

  • A Ghost Story (2017)

Coming January 9

  • Prime Suspect: Tennison (Season 1)

Coming January 12

  • Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Amazon Original)

Coming January 16

  • My Mother & Other Strangers

Coming January 17

  • The Midwife (2017)

Coming January 19

  • Just Add Magic (Amazon Original, Season 2)
  • Wonderstruck (Amazon original, 2017)

Coming January 30

  • Grantchester (Season 3)
  • Remember Me

Coming January 31

  • xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (2016)

Previously, on Amazon video …

Here’s what was (or still is, depending on when you’re reading this) new on Amazon Video in December:

Coming Dec. 1

  • Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • At Close Range (1986)
  • Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
  • Bloodsport (1988)
  • Brothers Grimm (2005)
  • Buffalo 66 (1998)
  • Child’s Play (1988)
  • Dr. Strange (2007)
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
  • Hammett (1982)
  • Hannibal (2001)
  • Hitch (2005)
  • Hulk Vs. (2009)
  • In & Out (1997)
  • In Enemy Hands (2003)
  • Light Sleeper (1992)
  • Meet Wally Sparks (1997)
  • Moonstruck (1987)
  • Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow (2008)
  • Planet Hulk (2010)
  • Point Break (1991)
  • Rocky (1976)
  • Rocky II (1979)
  • Rocky III (1982)
  • Rocky IV (1985)
  • Rocky V (1990)
  • Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
  • Silence (2016)
  • Stigmata (1999)
  • The Final Cut (2004)
  • The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
  • The Invincible Iron Man (2007)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • The Weight of Water (2002)
  • Thor Animated Movie: Tales of Asgard (2011)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • Ultimate Avengers II (2006)
  • Ultimate Avengers the Movie (2006)
  • Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007)

Coming December 3

  • Class (Season 1)

Coming December 4

  • The Royals (Season 3)

Coming December 5

  • Stronger (2017)

Coming December 7

  • Thursday Night Football: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (8:25 p.m. Eastern Time)
  • Aftershock (2012)
  • Gun Shy (2017)

Coming December 8

  • Crown Heights (Amazon Original, 2017)
  • Crank 2: High Voltage (2009)
  • The Grand Tour (Season 2, Amazon Original)

Coming December 9

  • It Comes at Night (2017)

Coming December 10

  • Nightcrawler (2014)
  • Rosewater (2014)

Coming December 12

  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie (2017)
  • Foreman (2017)

Coming December 14

  • Thursday Night Football: Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts (8:25 p.m. Eastern)

December 15

  • Jean Claude Van Johnson (Season 1)

Coming December 19

  • Flatliners (2017)

Coming December 21

  • Humans (Season 2)
  • Woodshock (2017)

Coming December 22

  • The Last Post (Amazon Original, 2017)
  • Monster Trucks (2017)

Coming December 23

  • Teen Wolf (Season 6)
  • Anne of Green Gables (Season 2)
  • Banksy Does New York (2014)
  • Someone Marry Barry (2014)

Coming December 25

  • Thursday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Texans (8:25 p.m. Eastern)

Coming December 28

  • Anjelah Johnson: Mahalo & Goodnight (2017)

Coming December 29

  • Rings (2017)

Coming December 31

  • Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)
  • Solace (2015)

Updated Jan. 1, 2018: New year, new stuff to watch!!!




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Protect your Galaxy S8 with a sturdy, rugged case, and have some peace of mind while you’re at it.

The Galaxy S8 is a slender, sweet piece of glass, and if you like to live the rough-and-tumble, it needs some rugged protection to keep up with you and make through the day in one piece. Check out these heavy duty cases and slap a little peace of mind on that piece of glass.

Consider these the… Guardians of your Galaxy.

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro

The old standby of rugged cases, the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro (around $20) is the utmost in heavy-duty protection for your Galaxy S8. These three-piece cases feature a front cover, back cover, and a holster so that you don’t have to carry a heavier phone around in your pocket. With that in mind, the Unicorn Beetle Pro doesn’t add a ton of bulk to your phone, but there still is a difference. You want thin, go with a slim case.

The Unicorn Beetle Pro is made of tough polycarbonate plastic and provides extra protection in the corners — the kill shot for just about any phone in the event of a drop. You have your choice of black, blue (doesn’t match the S8 coral blue color), pink, and white.

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Zizo Static Series

Zizo’s cases are military drop tested, so they’re guaranteed to protect your phone from drops, according to military standards. The Static Series features a fold-out kickstand and two layers of protection: a hard polycarbonate shell with a silicone layer to disperse impact and cushion your phone. This is especially necessary in the corners, which are incredibly vulnerable in a drop situation.

On top of excellent protection, the Zizo Static Series also looks really cool. You have your choice of seven color combinations, which feature a black layer and then a vibrantly colored layer. If you’re looking for heavy-duty protection for your Galaxy S8, along with a flash of style and a convenient kickstand, then check these out. Especially since they’re only about $11.

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Caseology Legion

I love Caseology cases. They always fit well and they’re fantastically protective. I use a Wavelength, and I had my phone knocked out of my hand onto a gym floor. After cleaning up my drawers, I picked up my phone and it was fine. That was a slimmer case, too. Check out the rugged Legion series. It features a layer of flexible a shock-absorbing TPU with an outer layer of polycarbonate. You’re protected from hard bumps and scratches, as well as shocks and drops.

All the buttons are covered, but the coverings provide great tactile feedback, and your ports are completely accessible. You have your choice of black or orchid gray, which is meant to match the S8 color, though we haven’t seen this one in person to verify that.

You can grab one from Amazon for around $13.

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Poetic Revolution

The Poetic Revolution is a two-piece case that you slip your Galaxy S8 into, and then you snap on the front. Most Poetic cases have a screen protector, but this one doesn’t because of the Galaxy S8′s curved screen. That being said, the raised bezel around the front protects your screen when you lay it face-down, and the raised cutout around the camera protects the lens.

The inside of the Revolution is made of flexible TPU, which is designed to disperse impact and protect your S8 from scratches. The outside of the back is a layer of polycarbonate, which takes the brunt of any bump or drop. The outer edges of this case are textured to give it a great in-hand feel that isn’t slippery, so you can hold onto your phone. You have your choice of black, a very vibrant blue, and pink.

Check it out for $10.

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Spigen Tough Armor

Spigen makes a phone case for every occasion and its Tough Armor series is perfect for heavy-duty protection. It has an inner layer of TPU for shock absorption and to protect against scratches, as well an outer shell made from durable polycarbonate. There’s also a handy kickstand on the back, so you can watch videos hands-free.

This may look a bit like Caseology’s Legion, but the button layout is a bit different, with a space between volume up and volume down, so you can control your music on the go without having to pull your phone out of your pocket. The Tough Armor series comes in gunmetal, black, coral blue (which looks like it matches the coral blue S8, but we can’t say for sure yet), and maple gold.

Pricing starts around $17.

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UAG Feather-light Rugged

Urban Armor Gear’s Feather-light Rugged cases are a staple of the heavy duty case market. These composite cases are made from hard plastic (outer shell) and a flexible and durable TPU rubber (inner shell), which come together to protect against drops, as well as a good deal of shock absorption.

The main nicety of the UAG case is its oversize cutouts for the headphone jack and USB-C port. You shouldn’t have to take the case off to listen to tunes or charge up your Galaxy S8, no matter the size of the cable.

There are 10 color options to choose from and pricing starts at $29.

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Mascheri Prism Series

For around $9, all signs point to awesome. This is a fairly slim rugged case, and it’s quite sexy, available in a sleek black and a soft rose gold.

This is another dual-layer case with a polycarbonate outer shell and a flexible TPU inner shell, offering the utmost in drop protection and shock absorption. Reviews also mention that it works perfectly with screen protectors, so if you’re looking to protect your Galaxy S8 on all sides, this is a fantastic option.

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OtterBox Defender

I left this one off the list, much to the dismay of many a commenter, so here it is in all its glory: the OtterBox Defender. The old standby of rugged cases, OtterBox started it all with cases you could allegedly drive over and your phone would still be intact. I’ve never known anyone who’s tried it, but having had OtterBox cases in the past, it seems plausible.

The Galaxy S8 version is just as great as you’ve always known, with precise cutouts, a substantial in-hand feel, and a convenient hip holster for you and all your cool friends.

Pricing starts at $22 for black, and you have four other colors to choose from.

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Pelican Voyager

Another comments section special, the Pelican Voyager really shouldn’t have been left off this list. I’ve known an had friends who’ve used Pelican products for years, from cases to suitcase, and between the warranty, price, and truly rugged protection, this is definitely one of the top three cases in this roundup.

Tested to military specifications, this case has four layers of shock-absorbing protection, with two types of rubber inside a hard polycarbonate plastic shell, adding a bit of bulk, but the ultimate in protection. And the polycarbonate shell has a texturized rubber coating so that it’s not slippery. There’s also a rad holster that swivels, which you’ll probably need, since this will be substantial pocket carry. For $35, you really can’t go wrong.

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Looking for something a little slimmer or a bit different?

Best Cases for Galaxy S8

Got one yet?

Have you already picked up a case in anticipation for your Galaxy S8 pre-order? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated December 2017: Added the OtterBox Defender and Pelican Voyager at the behest of the community. Also updated pricing for everything.




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Telegram now supports up to three unique accounts/phone numbers.

Telegram is one of the world’s most popular messaging services around, and with the latest 4.7 update that’s rolling out to Android now, it’s picking up a couple new tricks that we think will be greatly appreciated by users everywhere.

The biggest feature being added with Telegram 4.7 is support for multiple accounts. You can now add up to three accounts on the Telegram app that each have their own phone number, and switching back and forth between your different ones is as easy as opening the hamburger menu, tapping the arrow by your number, and choosing which account you want to use.

You’ll get notifications for all of your numbers by default, but you can turn these on and off in your notification settings.

Also new in 4.7 is quick replies. When in a conversation, just swipe left on any message and you’ll see an option for quickly replying to that specific message.

Telegram 4.7 is available to download in the Play Store now, and you can grab the update by clicking/tapping the button above.

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It’s good to remember that just because something is newsworthy doesn’t mean it’s going to be a real-world product.

Amazingly, CES 2018 is less than a week away. Though the “show” doesn’t officially open until January 9, the press will be heading to Las Vegas this week and the news will start pouring out this coming weekend before CES has technically started. Heck, you’re going to start seeing CES announcements in the first couple days of January, a full week early.

With all of that CES craziness so nearly upon us, it’s worth remembering what this show is actually for and what it really means when it comes to products actually being released.

As someone who follows the technology world closely, it’s easy to get excited about the flood of big and exciting announcements coming out of CES. There will be dozens of previously unknown companies showing off some pretty amazing technology demos and even complete products. Even if you ignore the companies that make absolutely unattainable claims, of which there are many, there will still be plenty of realistic and believable stuff to see and get excited about.

Unfortunately, most of it will never come to market for you and I to buy. And understanding why requires understanding what and who CES is for.

There’s a reason why it’s now called just “CES” and that is no longer an acronym for “Consumer Electronics Show” — this isn’t really a show aimed at consumers, even though many of the products on display are consumer-focused in nature. No the reality of CES is that it’s designed for businesses to talk to other businesses all in one place. For companies to talk about licensing or buying technologies (or the company altogether), or to get some investment, or to strike some deals for distribution or manufacturing or a retail partnership. For many more well-established companies, CES is a chance to see what’s on the horizon from the competition or potentially buy up a smaller company with something new to offer.

Unfortunately, most of the tech shown at CES will never come to market.

The only real counterpoint to this is the really big names at the show. Samsung and LG and Sony and Intel and Nikon and Ford and dozens of other huge companies that have their product roadmap lined up and well into production before CES arrives. They use CES to show off what they already know is launching — they’re not waiting to gauge public interest or see what works. A vast majority of what they show off at the show is coming to market in 2018, plus a few glimpses at some prototypes and ideas they have for the future. But it’s all anchored in reality, with finished market-ready products that are already being mass-produced and would be released whether CES happened or not. For them, it’s just an easy way to show off to everyone at once and get in on the news cycle.

Regardless of who CES is actually for, we will of course be there cover all sides of the show. Because even though a majority of what’s shown at CES will never see the light of day again, those who understand that fact can still get some great insight into where the technology industry is headed. We’re still excited about that, and we’re going to see everything we can.

And with that, as I start to pack my bags for CES, a few random thoughts on the week:

  • We published our Best of 2017 awards this week, covering all sorts of hardware, software and stories. The list is comprised of the thoughts of the AC team, even though we don’t all agree 100% of the time — this is why you’ll see “runner up” selections in most categories.
  • We put our collective foot down and say a lot of things are “best” in individual categories with lengthier explanations throughout the year, but this is our full-on yearly lineup of award winners when we look back. It was a good year for the Android world.
  • I also wrote my four-month-later review of the Essential Phone this week. Despite all of the improvements, this still isn’t a phone I’d choose to use on a daily basis given its bad performance and stability. It’s that simple.
  • I understand that many people are happier with the phone than I am, and don’t see as many issues with performance. But for me, having used dozens of different phones this year, I can say that when you put the Essential Phone head-to-head with the competition it just doesn’t stand up. Essential has lots of fundamentals perfect, but the execution is sorely lacking.

Happy New Year to everyone out there! Have a safe and fun evening.

-Andrew




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