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  • Clinton tweaks Trump with her own 3 a.m. tweet storm (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 14:20:10)
    Technically Incorrect: After the Republican offers his dead-of-night thoughts about sex tapes, his opponent offers dark-hours musings.
  • How would sex work in space? (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 14:00:10)
    Elon Musk doesn’t want to simply send humans to Mars. The SpaceX CEO has bigger ambitions. Given that Musk hasn’t figured out how to keep people alive on the trip to the Red Planet, it’s unlikely he has details on how people will make more people once they’re there.
  • U.S. says hackers probed voting systems, no sign of damage (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 13:55:24)
    (Reuters) - Hackers have probed the voting systems of many U.S. states but there is no sign that they have manipulated any voting data, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Saturday. National security officials are investigating a number of possible leads suggesting that cyber-criminals are trying to influence the Nov. 8 presidential election, including by hacking into systems run by the Democratic National Committee. Republican candidate Donald Trump has repeatedly charged that the U.S. election system is "rigged" and top Democrats in Congress have charged that Russia is behind repeated attempts to access both party data and state voting systems.
  • India gets $8 billion worth telecoms spectrum bids on auction's first day (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 13:49:01)
    India started its biggest ever telecoms airwaves auction on Saturday, receiving 535.31 billion rupees ($8.04 billion) worth of bids on the first day of the sale, a senior government official said. Market leaders Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone's local unit and Idea Cellular Ltd are pitted against new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd in the battle for airwaves to boost their high-speed data services in what is the world's second-biggest market by mobile phone subscriptions. The total value of the airwaves put on the block is estimated to be worth $84 billion based on the auction reserve price set by the government, although industry executives and analysts expect only part of it to be sold.
  • You can try Android 7.1’s launcher features right now through Action Launcher (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 13:00:03)
    Android 7.1 is expected to come with some new Launcher features, including Launcher Shortcuts and a sliding All Apps drawer as soon as next week. If you don’t want to wait until then, or you don’t have a device that will get a quick update to the latest version of Android, you can check them out now through a third-party app called Action Launcher. Chris Lacy, the developer of Action Launcher, was inspired by Android Police’s breakdown of the Launcher update and integrated the features the website previewed into his own app.
  • 19 science fiction and fantasy books to pick up this October (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 12:00:03)
    Kuni Garu is now known as Emperor Ragin, and is forced to balance progress against the demands of his people. The story is about an artistic director named Felix who is fired from the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival and exiled to the backwoods of Canada.
  • New iOS app lets you transfer playlists between Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and iTunes (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 12:00:01)
    If you’re a music lover, there’s undoubtedly never been a better time to be alive. Thanks to services like Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes and YouTube, the ability to listen to music from across the world has never been more affordable or accessible. But with so many avenues to listen to music, accessing your favorite songs and playlists across varying services can often be an exercise in frustration. When Apple Music first debuted, for example, many people were eager to see what Apple’s take on music streaming was like. One downside, though, is that users who had previously built-up playlists on sites like Spotify had no way to export them to Apple Music. At long last, there’s now a new iOS app that promises to solve this admittedly first-world problem. DON’T MISS:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding Dubbed 25 Most Played , the app is rather simple but extremely helpful. In short, it lets users “import, share, find, follow and port” playlists across Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music and iTunes. In other words, if you’ve got an extensive number of carefully constructed playlists on iTunes from back in the day, 25 Most Played promises to make it a breeze to import it into any music service of your choosing. The app description reads in part: 25 Most Played is a free music app for finding, managing, and following music playlists for iTunes and Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube. Import your playlists from one service and play them on another. And if you are moving to a new music streaming service, 25 Most Played can port your playlists for you. … 25 Most Played allows you to follow playlists created by your friends on other streaming services and listen to them on the music streaming service you use – even with the videos on YouTube. Import your playlists so you can play them at parties even if the host doesn’t use the same platform as you. Find playlists created by your friends, by people in your city, or by strangers with good music taste and save them to your home screen so they are easy to find and play via the music streaming service you prefer. Will Apple eventually remove the app? It's hard to say but it certainly wouldn’t surprise us. Which is to say, if you’re at all protective and serious about your musical playlists, you might want to try downloading this app (accessible via the source link below) as soon possible.
  • Apple has been ordered to pay VirnetX $302.4 million in patent lawsuit (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 11:41:59)
    A jury has ordered Apple to pay $302.4 million to VirnetX Holding Corp. after it found that the tech giant's FaceTime feature infringed on the VirnetX's patents related to secure communications. The case will now go to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC. Virnetx is a communications technology company founded by a group of employees at the Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) which developed security technology for various federal agencies.
  • 'Twin Peaks' composer plays haunting theme in new teaser trailer (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 11:40:39)
    Watch Angelo Badalamenti play "Laura Palmer's Theme" on the piano while floating through the forest in this teaser trailer for the new "Twin Peaks" revival series on Showtime.
  • How to start a racing series with Teslas — an interview with the CEO of Electric GT World Series (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 11:00:09)
    Electric GT The Electric GT World Series is an all-Tesla racing series that was announced back in March. But the announcement was accompanied by very little detail: the series was being started by a new company called Electric GT Holdings, it was supposedly going to run its races on famous circuits like the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and the Nürburgring, and the entire field would be made up of Tesla Model S sedans. That was it.The series’ creators have remained mostly mum since then. ...
  • New trailers: Fantastic Beasts, Ava DuVernay's new documentary, and more (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 11:00:03)
    Searching around, I see there's been plenty of back-and-forth on the "cool girl" monologue, which talks at length about how men demand that women act like impossibly "cool" and completely fictional people, at the midpoint of the movie. The trouble, as the mere existence of a dispute over the monologue points out, is that its ideas are not necessarily as coherent as they ought to be. One of the big questions, I suppose, about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is how it'll balance reviving the magical feel of the Harry Potter series while still establishing its own identity.
  • Exclusive: EU wants Google to stop anti-competitive Android practices, fine expected (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 10:11:30)
    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators plan to order Alphabet's Google to stop paying financial incentives to smartphone makers to pre-install Google Search exclusively on their devices and warned the company of a large fine, an EU document showed. Google received a copy in April in which the European Commission accused it of using its dominant Android mobile operating system to shut out rivals. The EU competition enforcer in its charge sheet, known as a statement of objections, said it planned to tell the U.S. technology giant to halt payments or discounts to mobile phone manufacturers in return for pre-installing Google's Play Store with Google Search.
  • Moto Z Play review: the best battery life (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 10:00:10)
    The Moto Z Play from Lenovo has the best battery life of any smartphone I’ve ever used. The ugliest thing about this design is the MotoMod connector pins, which are lined up in a rounded rectangle near the bottom of the phone’s backside.
  • I want to hear NASA's Golden Record so badly I'll even give money to a Kickstarter (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 09:00:09)
    Call it Human Civilization 101 — a record that contains sounds, music, and images from Earth to teach extraterrestrials everything they needed to know about us. The two original records are still attached to the probes, which are traveling through space billions of miles from our planet. Only a dozen copies were made by NASA back then, but not even Carl Sagan, the Cornell astrophysicist who led the creation of the record, was able to get one.
  • 14 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 09:00:07)
    If you love movies and can't wait to hit cinemas this weekend you've come to the right place for a sneak peek at what's to come. We've got a lot of new trailers this week, including new trailers for some of the most anticipated movies of winter, and a few first trailers for films hitting theaters later this year. Bad Santa 2 , Fences , Doctor Strange , and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are just some of them. DON’T MISS: Chinese state TV accuses Samsung of ‘discrimination’ in Galaxy Note 7 recall 20th Century Women Three women enjoy their freedom in Southern California in the late 1970s. Elle Fanning, Alia Shawkat, and Laura Wiggins star in 20th Century Women , which hits cinemas on October 8th https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSADYQgDLfI Bad Santa 2 Bad Santa needs no introductions. It’s a Christmas classic, one that you absolutely have to see before part 2 arrives. Here’s the second trailer for the movie, which is due November 23rd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgegJL_UZ7c Desierto What if instead a huge wall separating the US and Mexico you’d have racist people hunting illegal immigrants who’re looking to cross the border? Desierto  tells one such story, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The movie launches on October 14th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jzb3CGt6TQ Doctor Strange Doctor Strange is the latest addition to the Avengers cast, and we have a new trailer for the movie, which will premiere on November 4th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtlvACXxViM Dog Eat Dog One really has no idea what to expect from a Nicholas Cage movie. Dog Eat Dog is a crime thriller that might be fun to watch. Cage plays a mobster type of individual who’s tasked with kidnapping the baby of a rival. Things can and will go very wrong. The movie launches on November 11th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2UFA8btZ-4 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them This is the final trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them , the new Harry Potter movie that’s not about Harry Potter. But it’s definitely a movie we want to see. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vso5o11LuGU Fences Starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, Fences is a story about a family that has to deal with the race difficulties of day-to-day life in the 1950s. This one is definitely a movie to watch this year, and it launches on December 25th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j421Q3Blwc Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher  again, and that’s all you need to know. Let’s just hope the sequel is at least as good as the first part. Here’s a brand new trailer for the Jack Reacher 2 , the IMAX trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTBcGQWmQ1c King Cobra James Franco and Christian Slater star in King Cobra , a movie about the early rise of a gay porn star before the falling out with the producer who made him famous. King Cobra launches on October 21st. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi1dHvmT6C4 Paterson Adam Driver plays a bus driver and a poet, in a drama set in present day Paterson, New Jersey. The movie premieres on December 28th, and the trailer doesn’t really tell us much. Still, this might be a movie to keep track of. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYHAUskATJ0 Rules Don’t Apply It’s time to see a brand new trailer for Rules Don’t Apply , a movie that made our list in the past. It’s the love story between an actress and her driver. The problem is they both work for Howard Hughes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_QiAunKtxo The Space Between Us A new trailer for The Space Between Us is also available. It’s a story about a guy who was born on Mars, and lived there all his life, before deciding it’s time to go to Earth. The movie launches on December 16th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFjJ7Itetgk The True Memoirs of an International Assassin Netflix subscribers, there’s a new comedy starring Kevin James coming your way. On November 11th, The True Memoirs of an International Assassin will be available online. That title alone got my attention. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6l4xrEjFY8 Wish For Christmas Looking for more Christmas movies? You know, other than Bad Santa 2 ? Then Wish for Christmas is definitely for you, the story of a Christmas wish that goes seriously wrong. Or right. Depending on how you look at it. Wish For Christmas launches November 1st. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFyCqvV0cU0
  • What to expect from Google's October 4 event (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 09:00:07)
    Google's October 4 event could be one of its biggest hardware launches ever. Here are all the facts -- and the rumors -- we know about what the search giant will reveal on Tuesday in San Francisco.
  • AI's just not that into you -- yet (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 08:37:55)
    Artificial-intelligence engineers are tackling new challenges, like teaching robots about emotions. But we're still a long way from a weepy iPhone.
  • Hunted in Hungary, refugees are greeted with open arms in Germany (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 08:00:10)
    Commentary: For Road Trip 2016, I made my way around Germany, Hungary and Serbia and saw very different reactions to refugees.
  • 'Silicon Cowboys': How Compaq cowpokes brought down IBM (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 08:00:07)
    The new documentary offers a glimpse into the humble beginnings of a major player in the personal computing revolution.
  • US cuts cord on internet oversight (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-01 07:36:02)
    The US government on Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit entity. US and ICANN officials have said the contract had given Washington a symbolic role as overseer or the internet's "root zone" where new online domains and addresses are created. Lawrence Strickling, who heads the Commerce Department unit which has managed these functions, issued a brief statement early Saturday confirming the transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).