A few gift ideas for the discerning valentine

Valentine’s Day is on February 14th, and if you plan on buying gifts, it’s best to get started now rather than resorting to a last-minute, slapdash effort.

If you do nothing else, have a nice dinner together. But if you’re looking for a few gift ideas, we provided some ideas below, covering a range of categories from gaming, tech, music, and film to activities like cooking.

The Criterion Channel Charter Subscription

The only bright side to FilmStruck shutting down at the end of 2018 was the news that The Criterion Channel would rise up from its ashes. When it launches in spring 2019, The Criterion Channel will give subscribers full access to its catalog of classic films. But you don’t have to wait until then to secure a subscription….

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Sen. Marco Rubio wants to ban states from protecting consumer privacy

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaking to reporters.

Enlarge / Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks to reporters following a closed briefing on intelligence matters on Capitol Hill on December 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Zach Gibson )

US Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has proposed a federal privacy law that would preempt tougher privacy rules issued by states.

Rubio’s announcement Wednesday said that his American Data Dissemination (ADD) Act “provides overdue transparency and accountability from the tech industry while ensuring that small businesses and startups are still able to innovate and compete in the digital marketplace.”

But Rubio’s bill establishes a process for creating rules instead of issuing specific rules right away, and it allows up to 27 months for Congress or the Federal Trade Commission to write the actual rules.

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Alexa gets a Sims 4 integration, while Sims get an off-brand in-game Alexa

Approximately one in five Sims under my care will die in a kitchen fire. Those who survive will face an even bigger threat: smart speakers. EA and Maxis recently announced The Sims 4 would arrive on Amazon‘s Alexa smart speakers in the form of a new Alexa skill. And, as art imitates life, your Sims are also getting their own smart speaker with a virtual assistant called “Lin-Z.” The Amazon collaboration means The Sims 4 is the latest AAA title to debut on the Alexa platform, joining Skyrim. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, the Alexa integration isn’t a…

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Here’s what Google, Strava, and more will reveal at TNW2019

The best way to learn what to expect at any conference is to check out the speaker lineup. At TNW2019, our diverse list of exciting speakers attract everyone in tech – marketers, developers, designers, and everything in between. For those in the dark, TNW2019 is our annual technology festival in Amsterdam. 17,500 people come to hear industry-leading speakers, join in-depth workshops and roundtables, and network in our uniquely intimate atmosphere. You should join us on May 9 and 10 – you can still get Earlybird tickets if you hurry! We recently announced some really cool speakers that provide a sneak preview…

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