Adam Sandler has signed a deal to produce and star in four movies exclusive to Netflix.

The projects will be developed under Sandler's Happy Madison Productions and will only be available to Netflix users across the world.

Adam Sandler has signed a deal to produce and star in four movies exclusive to Netflix.

The projects will be developed under Sandler's Happy Madison Productions and will only be available to Netflix users across the world.

"His appeal spans across viewers of all ages - everybody has a favourite movie, everyone has a favourite line - not just in the US but all over the world."

The exact details of the films lined up are being kept under wraps, although they are expected to be in the comedy genre.

Existing movie commitments with other companies are excluded from the deal.

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eBay has announced that PayPal will be spun off into its own separate business.

The move comes following pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn, which was reported on last month.

By the end of 2015, the two companies will be separated following "a strategic review of the company's growth strategies and structure", the company said.

"The industry landscape is changing, and each business faces different competitive opportunities and challenges," eBay chief executive John Donahoe explained in a statement.

Devin Wenig, who is currently president of eBay Marketplaces, will be chief executive of eBay once the separation is completed, while PayPal will be managed by American Express executive Dan Schulman.

Responding to the development, Icahn said: "We are happy that eBay's board and management have acted responsibly concerning the separation - perhaps a little later than they should have, but earlier than we expected."

In spinning off PayPal, the company is hoping that it can attract online retailers who may be hesitant of its current closeness to eBay.

PayPal is also growing quicker than the auction site with 19% revenue growth year-on-year.

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Apple usually experiences a dip in iPhone sales before a new handset launch, but it held steady this year, a report claims.

According to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the company's sales only dipped 1.6% versus July this year in the UK, which is almost half of the equivalent drop felt in 2013 before the iPhone 5 launch.

Apple's biggest source of iPhone sales came from the iPhone 5C in August, with an 8.9% share of smartphone sales in the UK - not only topping the iPhone 5S with 7.6% but also Samsung's Galaxy S5 with 6.0%, making it the best-selling phone that month.

The findings are thought to be a result of the iPhone 5C attracting "a slightly less tech-savvy buyer who will be less likely to be holding off for the iPhone 6", as explained by ComTech's global strategic insight director Dominic Sunnebo.

"Historically in the month before a new iPhone is released we see a drop in sales share for Apple as users hold out for the new model. However, Apple has managed to limit the drop this year."

The report claims that of the 13.3 million iPhone owners in the UK, almost a third are ready for an upgrade, amounting to some 4 million handsets.

However, Sunnebo adds that loyalty is not Apple's biggest challenge in relation to increased sales.

"Loyalty has never been Apple's problem, but attracting customers away from Android has been a challenge," he added.

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Google has launched an education-focused version of Google Drive, offering students unlimited cloud storage.

Drive for Education supports individual file uploads of up to 5TB in size, and is complimentary for institutes signed up to Google's free Apps for Education suite.

"We want educators and students who use Google Apps for Education to be able to focus on the learning experience - not the technology that supports it," said Apps for Education chief Ben Schrom.

"With Drive for Education, users can put an end to worries about storage limits and more easily maintain a safe, effective and compliant learning environment."

The Drive for Education team has made security a top priority, with files encrypted for the duration of their journey from devices to the company's servers.

The launch of the education-centric version of Google Drive follows the release of Drive for Work, an enterprise edition, in June.

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Apple handset sales remained steady in the run-up to the launch of the iPhone 6, bucking a long-standing trend, new figures suggest.

Sales of older devices traditionally slump ahead of a major product unveiling, but data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech suggests that the damage was not nearly as bad this time around.

Business may have dipped by 1.6% in July, but the overall downturn in the build-up to the iPhone 6 was less than half of what Apple experienced ahead of the launch of the iPhone 5S.

The figures were attributed to the success of the iPhone 5C, which Kantar analysts claim has been a big hit among less tech-savvy customers.

"The iPhone 5C tends to attract a slightly less tech savvy buyer who will be less likely to be holding off for the iPhone 6," said Dominic Sunnebo, Kantar's strategic insight director.

The iPhone 5C was the bestselling handset in Britain throughout August, accounting for 8.9% of all sales, with the iPhone 5S coming in second on 7.6%, ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S5 on 6%.

Kantar estimates that around a third of the 13.3 million iPhone owners in Britain are ready to upgrade to the latest model.

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The Apple Watch could be released in time for Valentine's Day next year.

Taiwanese website Apple Daily claims that mass production on the wearable will commence in January, putting it on course to arrive in mid-February.

Quanta Computer is said to be Apple's only manufacturing partner for the device, with the report claiming that the company has undergone mass recruitment to handle the project.

The Apple Watch was unveiled alongside Apple's new iPhones last month, but the Cupertino firm is yet to divulge a specific release date for the product, confirming only that it will arrive in early 2015.

Apple has also remained coy about the smartwatch's full hardware spec, with reports suggesting that it houses 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.

This would put the device roughly on par with its Android Wear rivals, such as the Samsung Gear 2 and the LG G Watch R.

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Microsoft has lifted the lid on its new operating system, Windows 10. Designed to work across multiple platforms, it combines enterprise functionality with consumer features.

Keen not to drive its core market away, Microsoft is maintaining compatibility with every enterprise service imaginable. Consumers, however, get the return of the Start Menu, as well as shut down and restart options.

The Start Menu itself is to be fully customisable, with Live Tiles not unlike those found on Windows 8 right now. Search is also hardwired into the Start Menu and combines both system level searches and online.

The major development, however, is that Microsoft is aiming to have the software running across a large number of devices, from smartphones to tablets, laptops and even the Xbox.

"Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows, unlocking new experiences to give customers new ways to work, play and connect," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft.

"This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead."

The company is launching a Technical Preview Program tomorrow (October 1) but a full release of Windows 10 is not expected until late 2015.

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Ello, a social network dubbed the "anti-Facebook", is said to be attracting up to 31,000 membership requests per hour.

Bike shop owner Paul Budnitz initially developed the platform for around 90 of its founder's friends, but its popularity surged when it opened its doors to the public on August 7.

The site, which has a minimalist design, distances itself from commercial social networks with its promise to never carry advertising or sell user data.

Vermont resident Budnitz has plans to monetise the service via the micro-payments business model, charging users for access to specific features.

Although experts have expressed doubts that Ello will make an impact in the world of e-commerce, it has already withstood a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.

"We're learning as we go but we have a very strong tech crew and back end," Budnitz told BBC News. "It's in beta and it's buggy and it does weird stuff - and it's all being fixed as quickly as we can."

Budnitz went on to say that he is "flattered" by his creation's "Anti-Facebook" billing, but said that he does not view the service as a competitor.

"We don't consider Facebook to be a competitor. We see it as an ad platform and we are a network," he added.

Users can request an invitation for Ello via its official website.

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Adobe Creative Cloud is finally coming to Chrome OS-powered PCs, but it will initially be exclusive to education customers in the US.

A streaming version of Photoshop, compatible with Chromebooks or the Chrome browser, is being beta tested as part of an initiative between Adobe and Google.

"This streaming version of Photoshop is designed to run straight from the cloud to your Chromebook. It's always up-to-date and fully integrated with Google Drive, so there's no need to download and re-upload files - just save your art directly from Photoshop to the cloud," said Google in a statement.

"For IT administrators, it's easy to manage, with no long client installation and one-click deployment to your team's Chromebooks."

Project Photoshop Streaming will work directly with files stored in Google Drive, but will not be compatible with mobile devices running the Chrome browser.

Eligibility requirements for the Project Photoshop Streaming beta can be found via Adobe's website. Plans to bring the service to the UK are yet to be announced.

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Samsung has brought curves to televisions and smartphones, but now it is giving the same treatment to PC monitors.

The South Korean firm will release the SD590C curved PC monitor in the US initially.

The 27-inch LED screen has a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 4000R curvature, which is said to give the monitor a wider field of view than a flat 27-inch panel.

Built-in audio is also included with the monitor, provided by 5-Watt, 2-channel dual stereo speakers, as well as HDMI, DisplayPort. and D-sub support.

eanwhile, a Game Mode is able to detect changes in scenes and adjust colour and contrast accordingly, while Game Boost goes one step further enhancing audio.

The SD590C curved PC monitor is available in the US from October 1 at $429.99. There are currently no plans to make the device available in the UK.

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