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  • Feds: Business nearly lost $387,500 to world cybercriminals (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 14:10:41)
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania business nearly lost more than $387,000 in an international cybercrime operation disabled by federal authorities and the European Union last week.
  • Samsung thinks it’s suffered enough already for the exploding Galaxy Note 7 (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 14:01:58)
    So what if the Galaxy Note 7 turned out to be a major disappointment when it comes to your security? Samsung apparently believes that it has done enough to compensate you for your troubles, and should not pay you any extra money in damages, even if you decide to sue. DON’T MISS: Microsoft kicks off 12 Days of Deals sale: Good Windows 10, Xbox One, and VR deals Samsung seems to think that it’s done enough to make up for the phablet battery problems. It issued two recalls, and it offered consumers in various markets many incentives to turn in their Galaxy Note 7. What more do you want? Some 2,400 people in South Korea who bought the phone this year filed a class action suit asking Samsung for 500,000 won in compensation for each participant. According to ZDNet , the consumers said they were forced to visit stores at least four times to deal with the Galaxy Note 7 recall and replacement programs. Samsung replied with a countersuit of its own, saying that it’s not obligated to compensate consumers beyond what it already offered them. The South Korean giant said it already offered the maximum compensation and benefits possible to those affected, and that it took nearly 10 trillion won in losses to refund the handset. Samsung also claims that should the court offer additional compensation to the 2,400 former Galaxy Note 7 owners, it would set a negative precedent that would negatively affect, “voluntary, preventive, and active recalls.” Samsung is yet to explain what went wrong with the Galaxy Note 7 batteries, but the company should reveal the results of its investigations by the end of the year.
  • U.S. makes new arrest in fraud probe of bankrupt video tech firm (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 13:54:42)
    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Monday announced the arrest of a New Jersey man accused of engaging in a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme involving bankrupt video technology firm Kit Digital, in the latest case to spill out of the startup's failure. Irfan Amanat, 45, was charged in a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court with conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud stemming from a scam prosecutors said he engaged in with his brother. Irfan Amanat, who a decade ago was the subject of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission case related to his time as chief technology officer of Tradescape Corp, was arrested at his home in New Jersey, prosecutors said.
  • CBS could be coming to DirecTV Now soon (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 13:44:08)
    Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves today hinted that DirecTV Now will eventually add his company’s programming to its channel lineup. “I’m assuming we’ll be able to make a deal with them,” he said when the subject of AT&T’s new internet TV service came up. “As they said in The Godfather, ‘We are not unreasonable people here.’’ DirecTV Now already offers programming from the other big broadcast networks — ABC, Fox, and NBC — as part of its base subscription. ...
  • The five biggest announcements from PSX 2016 (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 13:39:57)
    This weekend, dozens of new games, updates and remasters were unveiled at PlayStation Experience 2016. Although Knack 2 clearly stole the show, there were several other reveals that stood out above the rest. So rather than exhaustively list each and every announcement from PSX, we'll focus on the five best. DON'T MISS:  See Baby Groot speak in a brand new trailer for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ 5. PaRappa the Rapper https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7380_YgbV8 Everyone's favorite rapping pup is returning in 4K resolution. Next year, Sony plans to release a remastered version of the classic PS1 title PaRappa the Rapper , as well as remasters of popular PSP rhythm games LocoRoco and Patapon . 4. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7G91RjVmvk One of the all-time classic platformers is also getting a remaster, but this one looks far more comprehensive than PaRappa's . According to developer Naughty Dog, this isn't quite a remake (because the three games are the same), but it's more than a fresh coat of paint, as you can see in the trailer above. 3. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1hTW2VFpJ4 Nostalgia seems to be a running theme for PSX 2016. Along with the return of PaRappa and Crash, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will bring another classic franchise back from the dead. This one will hit PS4, Xbox One and PC next year. 2. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZjx5ao7alw Although Uncharted 4 tied a bow on Nathan Drake's story, there are still other stories that have yet to be told in the Uncharted universe. One of those stories centers on Chloe Frazer, who will star in the first story DLC for the series. 1. The Last of Us Part II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2Wnvvj33Wo We knew it was coming, but that doesn't make the announcement of The Last of Us Part II any less exciting for fans of the first game. Ellie and Joel will both return for a new journey through the post-apocalyptic wasteland.
  • Amazon’s ’12 Days of Deals’ sale is now live – keep your eye on this page (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 13:17:05)
    If you've been following along with our Black Friday and Cyber Monday coverage, there is absolutely no question that you took advantage of some of the best deals in the country over the past few weeks. Of course, the odds are good that you still have a few people left on your holiday shopping list to purchase gifts for, so you'll be happy to know that we're nowhere close to being done with the sweet sales this season. Amazon is shifting gears from Cyber Week straight into its "12 Days of Deals" sale , which offers big discounts across a wide range of categories for... you guessed it... 12 consecutive days. The action is already underway, and we'll tell you everything you need to know right here. First of all, as always, you'll need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber to fully take advantage of the sale. You can still shop most deals without subscribing to Prime, but you won't always have access to the cream of the crop. Plus, you won't get free two-day shipping unless you subscribe to Prime. You can start a free Prime trial right here . With that out of the way, let's take a look at what Amazon has in store for this big sale: December 4: Gifts for kids December 5: Books and media December 6: Gifts for entertaining/gifts for foodies December 7: Gifts for gamers December 8: Fashion December 9: Tools and DIY December 10: Gifts for travelers December 11: Fitness and activity December 12: Tech and gadgets December 13: Gifts for crafters and hobbyists December 14: Gifts for pets December 15: Stocking Stuffers As you can see, Amazon's got some pretty terrific themes in the works over the course of the remaining days, and here's the link you'll want to visit each morning to check out Amazon's deals: Amazon 12 Days of Deals .
  • iOS 10.2 beta 6 is available for download to everyone right now (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 13:07:30)
    Monday lunchtime tradition dictates that we should always have a new beta version of iOS to play with, and who is Apple to mess with tradition? The latest beta version of iOS, 10.2 beta 6, has landed for developers or anyone on the public beta channel to play with (and break) to their heart's content. DON'T MISS:  Galaxy Note 7 fires were caused by over-ambitious design, engineers find So far, the iOS 10.2 beta has brought us new emoji, shiny new wallpapers , and Apple’s new TV app. We’re still looking to see precisely what’s new in the iOS 10.2 beta 6, but aside from any new features, it’s probably worth downloading just for the bug fixes. iOS 10.2 beta 6 is available immediately as an over the air (OTA) update for registered developers and anyone already on the public beta stream, and it can also be downloaded from Apple’s developer website and installed using iTunes. We’ve rounded up the best features that you should expect on your phone when Apple finally releases the master version of iOS 10.2 to the general public. Among the best changes are new emoji — awkward canoe incoming — that TV app we talked about, a new screen effect in Messages, and a new Emergency SOS feature that promises to be equal parts lifesaving, and incredibly annoying.
  • Amazon opens line-free grocery store in challenge to supermarkets (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 13:06:26)
    Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it has opened a brick-and-mortar grocery store in Seattle without lines or checkout counters, kicking off new competition with supermarket chains. Amazon Go, the online shopping giant's new 1,800-square-foot (167-square-meter) store, uses sensors to detect what shoppers have picked off the shelf and bills it to their Amazon account if they do not put it back. The store marks Amazon's latest push into groceries, one of the biggest retail categories it has yet to master.
  • Sprint is extending its most popular Black Friday unlimited data deal (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 12:56:43)
    As is becoming tradition, Sprint rolled out a bunch of "limited-time" offers on data plans for Black Friday. As it turns out, the only time limit is "as long as people want the deal." Considering that the plans Sprint are offering are a steal -- provided you like Sprint and live somewhere with good service -- it's not a surprise the network is extending the offer  for an unspecified amount of time. That surprise shouldn't stop you from taking a good look at your Verizon bill and considering if it's worth it, though. DON'T MISS:  Galaxy Note 7 fires were caused by over-ambitious design, engineers find Sprint's offer is exactly the same as it was over Black Friday : port at least one line to Sprint, and you'll get unlimited text, talk and data for $20 per line if you have five lines. The price breakdown only makes good sense if you're an account with four or five lines. You pay $60 for one line, $100 for two, and then the third, fourth and fifth lines are free. That's $33/line for three lines, $25/line for four, or $20/line for five. To be honest, I'd probably just start carrying around three cellphones, all with unlimited data. Of course, Sprint’s plan, just like T-Mobile's (and everyone else) isn’t actually unlimited — your video and music is throttled, hotspot data is limited, and heavy users are subject to throttling at peak times. But provided you don’t rely heavily on the mobile network to watch HD Netflix videos, it should provide all the mobile data you need for a small amount of money per month. There's a catch, though, and that's Sprint's network performance. The latest report from OpenSignal , a company that uses crowdsourced data to show real-world performance of cell networks, puts Sprint firmly in last place among the big four networks. Sprint’s the worst on network availability and download speeds across the country, although city-by-city performance varies a little. Other network tests, which generally rely on testing networks at a bunch of pre-determined spots and are arguably less representative of the nation as a whole, show Sprint to be much closer (and sometimes better!) to the other networks in speed and coverage. Still, if Sprint’s service isn’t bad in your home city and you have a couple of lines on the same account, this deal could be a particularly cheap way to get plans for the next year. The $20-per-line pricing lasts until January 31st 2018, so you’re only tied into Sprint for the next year.
  • VW's new division takes aim at Uber-style competition (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 12:39:47)
    Volkswagen launched a new digital business division on Monday to take on services such as Uber , shifting its focus beyond selling cars to catering for customers who prefer to pay for use rather than own a vehicle. VW will offer on-demand shuttle services next year through the new division, to be called MOIA. "Mid- and long-term MOIA will create the kinds of services that will meet the needs of urban citizens," Ole Harms, head of the new division said on Monday.
  • Uber announces new AI Labs research group to improve delivery and develop self-driving cars (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 12:36:18)
    Uber's new artificial intelligence laboratory will be run by the recently acquired start-up Geometric Intelligence to optimize the service and work on its self-driving car project, the company announced Monday, December 5. As part of its mission to launch self-driving, rideshare cars onto the streets and improve its overall delivery services, Uber has established a new research group called AI Labs. The group will be staffed predominantly by members of Uber's recent acquisition Geometric Intelligence, an AI startup founded in 2014, confirming Uber's intention to develop innovative AI speech and image recognition software.
  • Netflix’s offline downloads have a neat trick to save iPhone storage space (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 12:31:12)
    Last week, Netflix launched the one feature that binge-watchers worldwide have been wanting: support for movie downloads on mobile devices. The move is meant to help you binge on your favorite shows while you’re on the move, without worrying whether you’ve got access to a wireless network, or whether you have enough data on your cellular plan. But it turns out that Netflix also wants to help out with the obvious side-effect of downloading movies for offline viewing: killing your phone’s storage. DON’T MISS: Microsoft kicks off 12 Days of Deals sale: Good Windows 10, Xbox One, and VR deals The easiest way to save data on downloads is to lower the resolution of movies and TV shows. But streaming giant came up with a way to save data without compromising on video quality. That means you can either download more episodes of your favorite show for less data or improve video quality for offline downloads without taking massive hits when it comes to storage. As Variety explains , Netflix adopted a new video codec for downloads. Netflix uses Google’s open source VP9 codec that makes possible videos of the same video quality but with significantly less data. Or, you can get better video quality for the same amount of data. In either case, your storage does not take a hit. The problem with VP9 is that it’s only used on Android but not the iPhone. Netflix has an H.264/AVC High codec to replace VP9, compared to the H.264/AVC Main is the codec it uses for streaming videos. However, Netflix didn’t give up and used a different trick to bring the same storage-saving feature to iOS devices. Netflix realized that different scenes in different movies need different amounts of data. The more special effects in a scene, the more data it’ll need to play on your device. To make up for the iPhone’s lack of VP9 support, Netflix decided to simply split all videos that can be downloaded on an iPhone into chunks between one and three minutes. The computer then analyzes each scene and chooses how to encode it. These technologies (VP9 and splitting videos in short clips) help Netflix save some 36% data on average for videos that look the same to the human eye. When H.264/AVC High is in use, iPhone users would still save 19% of data. A more technical explanation is available on Netflix's blog . Netflix could use the same new codec technology for mobile streaming in the future, and offer better quality videos to users who are on slower internet connections.
  • Even Ed Harris doesn’t really know what the maze in Westworld means (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 12:30:31)
    Having seen the finale, the maze is complicated. It’s very clearly meant as a metaphor for hosts achieving consciousness, and it seems that many have solved “the maze” over and over in the show’s 30-plus-year timeline. The robots navigate the “maze” with the help of Arnold’s programming to eventually reach self-awareness.
  • Snowden blasts US justice department, says Petraeus leaks 'far more highly classified' than his own (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 12:25:13)
    In a recent interview with Yahoo's Katie Couric, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden spoke about how he believes justice in the US is 'two-tiered.'
  • Microsoft’s newest chatbot lives on Kik (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 12:24:45)
    Months after Microsoft’s disastrous Tay bot launch on Twitter, the company is giving chatbots another go. This time, it’s testing a bot on Kik. The bot, which was first spotted by Twitter user Tom Hounsell and later written up by MSPoweruser, is called Zo and is essentially an English-language version of Microsoft’s Chinese bot, Xiaoice. Like that bot, Zo attempts conversation with users. Zo really wants to come off as normal. It first “breaks the ice” by posing a question. Zo asked me whether I prefer summer or winter, which is a totally normal conversation starter. ...
  • Survey: Workers in all business sectors experience 'tech envy' (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 12:21:50)
    A poll of tech worker habits by software firm Nintex revealed that public and private sector employees are hungry for automation, and rely on mobile apps and the cloud to get work done.
  • Volkswagen spins off new company to focus on ride-hailing and self-driving cars (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 12:14:34)
    Volkswagen announced this morning the launch of a spinoff company focused on “new mobility solutions” such as ride-hailing and on-demand autonomous vehicles. The standalone company, Moia, will be headquartered in Berlin, where it will likely test out many of its new services before expanding them to other cities. Car companies like Ford and General Motors have been launching car-sharing services or partnering with ride-hail startups like Uber and Lyft as a way to insulate their business as urban consumers trend away from personal car ownership and toward ride-sharing and car-sharing services.
  • How to gain encrypted email on the Chromebook (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 12:13:19)
    If you've been waiting for encrypted email to arrive on Chrome OS, thanks to Android apps, it is now ready for prime time. Jack Wallen shows to make this so.
  • The Walking Dead Redemption Club season 7, episode 7: Sing Me a Song (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 12:01:27)
    AMC’s The Walking Dead has an uncanny knack for manipulating its audience, but this year’s hyper-violent season premiere went too far. Reactions to last week’s standalone episode were, at best, disgruntled.
  • 5 things IT leaders can learn from the big data market (Yahoo Tech 2016-12-05 11:43:00)
    IT decision makers don't have to start from scratch when it comes to analytics. Find out some analytics best practices for small, midsize, and large businesses.