Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what clicked this week in entertainment. Netflix's viral true-crime documentary "The Tinder Swindler" had millions of viewers crying foul after it began streaming on the platform Feb. 2. The mind-bending story from director Felicity Morris, who also produced the Emmy-winning series, "Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer," chronicles the depths a Tinder user by the name of Shimon Hayut, now 31, would go to to charm women around the world into loaning him money – to the tune of an estimated $10 million. Hayut posed as Simon Leviev and claimed to be the son of a diamond mogul on the popular dating app. It was only when a group of women banded together to expose Leviev that his scheme was foiled, and he was ultimately convicted of fraud, theft and forgery.
Picture this: You found the love of your life on Tinder. What sounds like a nightmare is actually a true story, and it's the focus of Netflix's upcoming documentary film, The Tinder Swindler. The titular Tinder Swindler has conned women across the world, and he is a fugitive from justice in several countries. Now, three of his victims are trying to get revenge. Will they win out against the man they fell for?
Netflix has pressed play on its video game venture. The streaming video leader in July said it would be focusing on mobile games with its video game initiative, something the company had been interested in for years. On Tuesday, Netflix's first five games – Stranger Things: 1984, Stranger Things 3: The Game, Shooting Hoops, Card Blast, and Teeter Up – became available on the Google Play store. They will begin coming to the Netflix mobile app for Android devices on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. "Whether you're craving a casual game you can start from scratch or an immersive experience that lets you dig deeper into your favorite stories, we want to begin to build a library of games that offers something for everyone," said Mike Verdu, vice president of game development for Netflix, in a blog post Tuesday.
Good thing it's Halloween season, because I'm not sure whether I should be scared of all these big tech announcements. Earlier this week, we saw Amazon roll out (in one case literally) a variety of devices they believe will make your life easier. There's the giant Echo Show that mounts on your wall as a digital bulletin board. There's the drone-like flying security camera to let you monitor every inch of your home. Then there's Astro, the seemingly adorable robot who rolls out your home to keep you safe and attend to your every needs.
There is mounting public concern over the influence that AI based systems has in our society. Coalitions in all sectors are acting worldwide to resist hamful applications of AI. From indigenous people addressing the lack of reliable data, to smart city stakeholders, to students protesting the academic relationships with sex trafficker and MIT donor Jeffery Epstein, the questionable ethics and values of those heavily investing in and profiting from AI are under global scrutiny. There are biased, wrongful, and disturbing assumptions embedded in AI algorithms that could get locked in without intervention. Our best human judgment is needed to contain AI's harmful impact. Perhaps one of the greatest contributions of AI will be to make us ultimately understand how important human wisdom truly is in life on earth.
Following on from this, we've picked out seven specific trends that we've seen change or accelerate during the recent lockdown, and that we think you should watch out for over the next 12-24 months. So here's our list of seven post-pandemic trends to look out for in 2021 – and beyond. This trend is easy to predict and is one that – hopefully – you have already begun implementing in your campaigns. It's reported that by 2022, 82% of global internet traffic will come from video streaming and downloads. What's more, 72% of businesses have reported that video increased their conversion rates.
In the US, today is Inauguration Day, and as Joe Biden prepares to take the oath as our 46th president, it's worth taking a look back at the discussions four years ago. Back then, the "most tech-savvy" president exited as all eyes turned to Donald Trump trading in his Android Twitter machine for a secure device. We know how things went after that. Donald Trump isn't tweeting anymore (at least not from his main accounts), and the country is struggling through a pandemic. The outgoing president just saw his temporary YouTube ban extended and, in one of his last official acts, pardoned Anthony Levandowski for stealing self-driving car secrets from Google's subsidiary Waymo.
It's hard to remember now, but when Netflix first offered streaming as a standalone subscription back in 2011, it cost just $8 per month. Now the company's latest price increase pushes that Standard streaming rate in the US to $14. If you already have an account, it will probably be a couple of months before the new rate kicks in, and you will be notified first -- a strategy Netflix adopted in 2014 to ease the transition. Sure, the Basic streaming tier is staying the same at $9, but now the mainstream HD streaming setup costs more than 4K used to. Speaking of, the premium package with 4K, HDR and up to four simultaneous streams is moving to $18 per month.
If you have Facebook's Portal TV device, you can now use it to stream Netflix shows and movies. The streaming giant had been a notable omission from a lineup that includes Amazon Prime Video, Showtime, Sling TV and, of course, Facebook Watch. Facebook is following Amazon (which just announced Netflix integration a couple of weeks ago) in bringing Netflix support to its smart displays. The company also revealed a new remote for Portal TV. It has dedicated buttons for quick access to Netflix and Prime Video.
Mashable's series Algorithms explores the mysterious lines of code that increasingly control our lives -- and our futures. In the digital age, personalized algorithms are our constant companions. We see them, or rather, they decide what we see, more than we see our families. Loathe them or don't know much about them, they're steering your brain -- from your morning "quick glance at Facebook" to your afternoon YouTube break to your evening Netflix to your "quick glance at Facebook" before bed. When algorithms work for us, they're invisible.