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  • Feds: Business nearly lost $387,500 to world cybercriminals (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 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 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 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 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 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 (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 (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 (2016-12-05 13:06:26) 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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' (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 (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 (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 (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 (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.
  • BMW remotely locks car thief in stolen vehicle until cops arrive (2016-12-05 11:42:27)
    Modern luxury cars are packed with all sorts of advanced security features, but not even a company like BMW can protect against someone leaving their keys inside their brand new sedan. But one would-be car thief found that even such colossal absentmindedness doesn't mean a sure-fire score. Seattle police released a report detailing the recent car theft. Apparently a BMW 550i owner borrowed the vehicle to a friend, who proceeded to leave the car unlocked in a parking garage with a set of keys right inside. A group of miscreants were browsing for possible scores when they stumbled upon the gift-wrapped BMW and one of the men decided to make it his own. DON'T MISS:  Amazon just announced Amazon Go, a grocery store with no checkout Once the friend — who was undoubtedly sweating bullets after realizing that they handed their friend's pricey ride over to some thieves — contacted police, things started to get interesting. The cops proceeded to call BMW, which was able to track the vehicle and pinpoint its location, which they relayed to the officers. Seattle police were also lucky that the stolen BMW also had remote door locks that could be activated from afar, which the company was happy to put to work. A short while later, the police found the BMW still running with the thief sleeping inside. The man then attempted to make an escape, but failed, and was quickly brought into custody by the officers. He was discovered to have a bit of meth on him as well, which, along with a heavy auto theft charge, will likely keep him busy for the foreseeable future.
  • The next generation of LCD displays could go toe-to-toe with OLED screens (2016-12-05 11:41:00)
    Panasonic announced last week that it has developed a new kind of IPS LCD display with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, making it competitive with far most expensive OLED technologies. As HDGuru reports, the new technology offers a massive improvement over most of today's LCD displays, which tend to have an average of about a 1,800:1 contrast ratio. Ever since plasma TVs met their untimely demise, the best picture quality has tended to come from OLED displays.
  • Apple hints that self-driving car rumors may be true in recent letter to NHTSA (2016-12-05 11:38:23)
    In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an Apple executive said the company is 'investing heavily' in machine learning and automation in areas including transportation.
  • Panasonic may buy ZKW to accelerate push into auto electronics: source (2016-12-05 11:30:25)
    By Makiko Yamazaki and Alexandra Schwarz-Goerlich TOKYO/VIENNA (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp may buy European automotive light maker ZKW Group, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, a person familiar with the matter said. A spokeswoman for Austria-based ZKW dismissed the idea of a sale to Panasonic as "an old rumor", adding ZKW was not negotiating with Panasonic or other potential suitors. "ZKW is among various deals that Panasonic is considering," the person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
  • Galaxy Note 7 fires were caused by over-ambitious design, engineers find (2016-12-05 11:18:48)
    We're still waiting for an official verdict from Samsung over what caused the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. Given that the company got it wrong the first time it recalled its flagship smartphone, you can excuse it for taking its time to investigate things. But Samsung's ongoing investigation hasn't stopped one engineering firm from finding a Galaxy Note 7, setting up a couple fire extinguishers, and tearing the phone down to do its own analysis. DON'T MISS:  Watch the new SNL sketch that had Donald Trump fuming on Twitter Instrumental is a consulting engineering firm that realized the void of information on the Galaxy Note 7 recall made for a perfect PR opportunity. The company's engineers tore down the phone to expose the battery in between, and then wrote a blog post analyzing the (many) design problems with the battery: "What we found was surprising: the design can compress the battery even during normal operation (see footnote). Why does this matter?  The Note 7’s lithium-polymer battery is a flattened “jelly-roll” consisting of a positive layer made of lithium cobalt oxide, a negative layer made of graphite, and two electrolyte-soaked separator layers made of polymer.  The separator layers allow ions (and energy) to flow between the positive and negative layers, without allowing those layers to touch.   If the positive and negative layers ever do touch, the energy flowing goes directly into the electrolyte, heating it, which causes more energy to flow and more heat -- it typically results in an explosion. Compressing the battery puts pressure on those critical polymer separator layers that keep the battery safe." In short, there's two design problems here: the battery is too susceptible to a small amount of pressure, and there wasn't enough tolerance around the battery in the phone, so regular use caused the rest of the phone to compress the battery. Instrumental also hints that Samsung engineers were probably aware of the fine line they were walking from the start. The battery rests in a custom CNC enclosure, an unusual and costly design choice that's made to protect the battery from the rest of the phone. Only, it didn't work. Another interesting observation from the teardown is that even if the Note 7 hadn't had an explosion problem, customers might have seen bad long-term effects, the same sort of problems that have plagued the iPhone 6 Plus and ' Touchgate ': "If the Galaxy Note 7 wasn’t recalled for exploding batteries, Sam and I believe that a few years down the road these phones would be slowly pushed apart by mechanical battery swell.  A smaller battery using standard manufacturing parameters would have solved the explosion issue and the swell issue.  But, a smaller battery would have reduced the system’s battery life below the level of its predecessor, the Note 5, as well as its biggest competitor, the iPhone 7 Plus." The conclusion from the teardown probably won't shock anyone: in the hunt to make the Galaxy Note 7 the best phone on the market, Samsung's engineers flew too close to the sun. It wasn't some critical mistake that sunk the Note 7, just engineering tolerances being pushed to the limit.
  • New VW firm to focus on mobility services like ride sharing (2016-12-05 11:16:42)
    LONDON (AP) — Volkswagen is launching a new company dedicated to car sharing and other "mobility services" in which people may need a ride but don't necessarily want to own the car.
  • Amazon introduces first physical grocery store (2016-12-05 11:10:27)
    (Reuters) - Inc's new bricks-and-mortar grocery store doesn't have at least one thing that supermarkets have - queues at the checkout counter. The online shopping giant's new 1,800-square-foot (167 square meter) convenience store, Amazon Go, in Seattle uses sensors to detect what shoppers have picked off the shelf and bills it to their Amazon account if they don't put it back. Amazon Go, currently available only for its employees, is expected to be publicly available early next year, the company said on Monday. ...
  • Will Amazon Go Put Grocery Stores Out of Business? (2016-12-05 11:00:00)
    Online shopping manufacturer Amazon has announced its Amazon Go store.
  • Sony Just Gave PS4 Owners 5 Great Reasons to Stay (2016-12-05 11:00:00)
    This past weekend brought us Sony's annual PlayStation Experience, which yet again wowed us with news and footage from upcoming titles. Those included a sequel nobody saw coming, a retro "remaster-plus" that has our button mashing fingers excited and an expansion to a franchise presumed dead. Check out these five surprising titles that give PS4 owners more reasons to stick with the system — and make Sony's console even more appealing for those thinking of jumping in.
  • Watch the first trailer for ‘The Walking Dead’ mid-season finale (2016-12-05 10:54:43)
    It’s almost over, Walking Dead fans! Only one episode is left in the first half of season 7, and I for one I’m looking forward to two months without AMC ’s best zombie show yet. The Walking Dead  returns on February 12th, and hopefully, AMC will make the show great again. Aside from episode 1 and a few other moments during the seven episodes we’ve seen so far, The Walking Dead was pretty disappointing. The current grind is so annoying that next week’s episode 8 doesn’t even feel like a mid-season finale in this official trailer. And that’s even though we’re bound to see some action — I won’t spoil it for you just yet, so don’t watch the trailer if you haven’t seen episode 7 yet. DON’T MISS: Microsoft kicks off 12 Days of Deals sale: Good Windows 10, Xbox One, and VR deals Titled Hearts Still beating, the next episode is supposed to solve some of the plots and subplots we’ve seen so far. The conflict with Negan is still the dominant element of the episode, as Negan is in Alexandria now, waiting for Rick to get back from his mission. Rick’s teary-eyed look indicates that something bad is about to happen. And Negan getting a hold of Judith might be what’s making Rick cry. Or is it Carl and his recklessness? Daryl seems to escape, Michonne may reach her destination, and Morgan will have a serious talk about the Saviors with the folks over at The Kingdom. Well, at least we can only hope so. That particular scene was featured in the last two trailers as well. Rosita seems determined to use that bullet, but nothing can happen to Negan, can there ? Check AMC ’s trailer for next week’s episode as well as a sneak peek clip below.
  • Your Windows 10 PC Will Soon Rival Amazon Echo (2016-12-05 10:53:00)
    How can Microsoft compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home? According to a massive new report from Windows Central, the Redmond tech giant is developing Home Hub: a new software tool that will allow Windows desktops to accept always-on voice commands, control your smart home gadgets and plan appointments for the entire family. Home Hub will be part of a free software update that won't require a specific machine, though it seems best suited for touch-based devices such as all-in-ones and 2-in-1s that can serve as a central hub for the family.
  • Why 2017 could be a big year for AR and VR in business (2016-12-05 10:49:31)
    Despite some concerns about the consumer market for virtual and augmented reality, the technologies are gaining traction among enterprise users.
  • Amazon's New Grocery Store Has No Checkout Lines (2016-12-05 10:40:02)
    Amazon might agree, as today (Dec. 5) it announced Amazon Go, a new grocery store that lets customers skip the payment line, almost as if they were stealing the products in their bags. Currently in a beta program and only open to the company's employees, Amazon Go uses a mix of sensors, computer vision and what it calls "deep learning" to know when you've added something to your bag. The company calls this its Just Walk Out shopping experience, and it will only require you to scan the Amazon Go app when you enter the store, and it will charge you when you leave.
  • With launch of 'Uber AI Labs,' ride-sharing giant aims to expand AI research beyond autonomous cars (2016-12-05 10:31:39)
    On Monday, Uber announced the launch of 'Uber AI Labs,' a Silicon Valley-based research group that will fuel and expand its development of artificial intelligence.
  • Uber launches its own AI lab to make food deliveries faster and self-driving cars better (2016-12-05 10:19:26)
    Uber just announced the launch of Uber AI Labs, a new research group focused on improving everything from the route of your food delivery to the way your self-driving Uber car navigates the roads. The lab will be staffed by members of a startup called Geometric Intelligence, which Uber says it has just acquired for an undisclosed sum. The announcement of the new lab comes as Uber continues to operate a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, where it’s been offering rides to a select group of customers since September.
  • Samsung ends compensation for some Galaxy Note7 customers, major design flaw emerges (2016-12-05 10:19:22)
    Samsung will not provide additional funds to the 2,400 South Korean customers who filed a class action lawsuit after the two Note7 recalls. Here's why.
  • Amazon just announced Amazon Go, a grocery store with no checkout (2016-12-05 10:11:35)
    Amazon is the web's largest retailer, but the company has long been planning a move into the brick-and-mortar retail scene as well. Now, the reports  that Amazon was hard at work on a revolutionary corner store concept have finally achieved fruition. It's called Amazon Go, and it looks like the future. Amazon Go is a system that marries physical stores with advanced algorithms and sensors to eliminate the need for a typical store checkout. Instead of packing all the things you need into a basket or cart and then dragged it through a tedious checkout process, you just grab whatever you need and walk out of the store. MUST SEE:  Watch the new SNL sketch that had Donald Trump fuming on Twitter It sounds like a shaky concept at first, but only until you see just how advanced the technology really is. When you first walk into the store, you use your smartphone to open you virtual shopping cart. As you make your way around the store, a vast system of sensor tracks where you are, what you pick up, and what you take with you. The system even knows if you pick something up and then put it back, and will only charge you for things you actually intended to buy. Once you've gotten when you came for, walking out of the store prompts the system to charge you for the products you've taken, and the receipt for your trip pops up automatically on the app. Amazon calls the system "Just Walk Out." The store, which is currently only open to Amazon employees but is poised to welcome all Amazon shoppers soon, is located in the company's home town of Seattle. At present, only one store has been announced, but it's clear that with a four-year development and considerable investment being made, the company has ambitions beyond Seattle.
  • Track friends and family in real-time with Google's new 'Trusted Contacts' app (2016-12-05 10:11:17)
    A new personal safety app by Google released on December 5 enables users to follow the movements of "Trusted" contacts in real-time and vice versa. Google's latest app is advertised as the solution to getting in touch with a person when they aren't necessarily available to talk, such as in a meeting, on a run or, in extreme cases, during a medical emergency.
  • Amazon just launched a cashier-free convenience store (2016-12-05 10:06:18)
    Amazon just unveiled a grocery store without lines or checkout counters. Amazon Go works by using computer vision and sensors to detect what items you’re taking out of the store. You start by scanning an app as you enter the Amazon Go shop.
  • Oculus Touch review: the Oculus Rift is finally complete (2016-12-05 10:04:06)
    When the Oculus Rift reawakened our fascination with virtual reality in 2012, it was largely a visual medium. Touch, which ships to preorder customers December 6th, is Oculus playing catch-up. The HTC Vive put motion controls front and center in early 2015, transforming how people thought about VR.
  • The Last Guardian review: Shadowed by a colossus (2016-12-05 10:00:29)
    After beating Shadow of the Colossus for the fifth time, I began to come to terms with the fact that I'd never play another game quite like it again. Even if the same team came together for a new project, they would never be able to recapture the magic of that world and the colossal, awe-inspiring beings that inhabited it. So rather than attempt to top or recreate  Shadow of the Colossus , director Fumito Ueda and his team instead extracted familiar elements from the PS2 masterpiece and imbued them in a game that echoes Ico , the team's first PS2 title. In many ways, The Last Guardian feels like a culmination of the team's ideals. MUST SEE:  Every PS4, PS3 and Vita game you can download for free in December From conception to release, The Last Guardian was 11 years in the making. Like Ico and Shadow of the Colossus before it, The Last Guardian  revolves around a young hero who is dropped into a strange world and has a single companion to help him on his way. In Ico it was Yorda, in Shadow it was Agro and in The Last Guardian your partner is a cat-like, dragon-sized creature who the main character calls Trico. You'll spend a vast majority of the game doing one of two things: telling Trico where to go or clearing the way for Trico (at which point you'll hop on his back and tell him where to go). If you played Ico , The Last Guardian is going to feel very familiar—the entire world is a platforming puzzle, and every room you enter has a lever that needs to be pulled or an object that needs to be interacted with. Other than some on-screen prompts in the first hour or so of the game, there's very little hand holding in The Last Guardian . This is both a welcome change of pace and an occasional annoyance, as I can think of at least five separate occasions when I became hopelessly stuck, clueless as to how I should proceed. While a few of those instances simply required me to look a little harder for a solution, other times the game seemingly failed to realize it was time to move forward. Speaking of which, your ability to progress in The Last Guardian is entirely dependent on the actions of an enormous AI beast. Trico is a stunning, vibrant creation that feels more alive than any companion I've ever been paired with in a video game, but he is still an AI, and that means he's going to get sidetracked. The key to enjoying The Last Guardian is to think of Trico as a real pet. No matter how well-trained your real-life pet is, it isn't always interested in what you have to say, nor will it listen to every command you issue. I don't want to give the developers too much credit—telling Trico to jump to the next ledge and watching him stare blankly at a wall can be infuriating at times—but that's a concession any development team is going to have to make when it relies this heavily on a computer-controlled character. On the flip side, the moments when The Last Guardian shines are moments that no other game this generation could replicate. By creating such a strong bond between the player and this otherworldly creature, the tragedies and the triumphs all hit that much harder. You will root for Trico and risk your digital life to keep him safe. And keeping Trico safe becomes increasingly difficult as the two work their way through the treacherous environment. Ghostly guards appear at regular intervals throughout the game, throwing spears at Trico and attempting to carry off the main character back into the realm from which they emerge. Although Trico, with his massive frame and powerful claws, will do most of the heavy lifting in combat scenarios, the character has to chip in as well, whether it's knocking a guard's weapon out of its hands or pulling spears out of Trico when the battle has ended. All of the game's most egregious errors emanate from the same source as its greatest achievements. Climbing Trico can be a headache, as the camera swings through walls and the creature itself in an attempt to center on the player, but leaping across chasms on Trico's back is uniquely exhilarating. Finding the solution to a puzzle might drive you insane, but once you've solved it, you're rewarded with the chance to explore another section of the game's remarkable world. But what truly makes a Team Ico game (which The Last Guardian might not be in name, but certainly is in spirit) is the incredible storytelling ability of its creators. Even as I struggled with the controls and wandered around in circles looking for puzzle solutions, my interest in the world, the protagonist and Trico never waned. No matter what, I was going to see this story through to its conclusion, and without spoiling anything, it absolutely pays off in the end. It feels weird to say this about a game that has been in active development since 2007, but The Last Guardian could have used some polish before it hit the market. The controls and the camera are simply not up to the standard of a modern triple-A console title, and Trico's AI, while occasionally impressive, is far too inconsistent in a game that requires him to constantly get the player from point A to point B. I loved exploring this world and experiencing this story, but a great game should be a joy to play. All too often, The Last Guardian just isn't.
  • The Last Guardian has a lot of problems, but a lot of heart (2016-12-05 10:00:03)
    The Last Guardian is a game about a young boy and a magical creature named Trico who are forced to work together to explore and escape dark, crumbling ruins. Trico is the most convincing video game creature I’ve ever interacted with — at times funny and adorable like a puppy, other times ferocious and powerful like a wild beast. Often it doesn’t work as it should, and you’ll need to push through some terribly frustrating moments to experience everything The Last Guardian has to offer.
  • The Last Guardian review: can heart make up for technical problems? (2016-12-05 10:00:03)
    The Last Guardian is a game about a young boy and a magical creature named Trico who are forced to work together to explore and escape dark, crumbling ruins. Trico is the most convincing video game creature I’ve ever interacted with — at times funny and adorable like a puppy, other times ferocious and powerful like a wild beast. Often it doesn’t work as it should, and you’ll need to push through some terribly frustrating moments to experience everything The Last Guardian has to offer.
  • 4 ways to get better information about your customers (2016-12-05 09:57:00)
    Here's what marketing managers can do to avoid getting faulty results from their social media data
  • Panasonic may buy ZKW to accelerate push into auto electronics-source (2016-12-05 09:56:53)
    By Makiko Yamazaki and Alexandra Schwarz-Goerlich TOKYO/VIENNA (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp may buy European automotive light maker ZKW Group, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, a person familiar with the matter said. A spokeswoman for Austria-based ZKW dismissed the idea of a sale to Panasonic as "an old rumor", adding ZKW was not negotiating with Panasonic or other potential suitors. "ZKW is among various deals that Panasonic is considering," the person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
  • Smart headphones with voice recognition could help you miss fewer conversations (2016-12-05 09:55:43)
    Companies have been gunning to make the best pair of wireless earbuds for a few years now, and now some of them have moved on to trying to become the smartest. Doppler Labs is working on earbuds that augment the sounds of the world around you, while Apple is clearly hoping to bring Siri to your ear with AirPods. Of course, bigger, bulkier headphones would give you the room to do more without so many sacrifices.
  • Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location during emergencies (2016-12-05 09:43:06)
    When Google discontinued Latitude in 2013, it never truly made a replacement for its version of iOS’s Find My Friend. With Trusted Contacts, Google’s bringing location tracking back so you can communicate with and locate loved ones in cases of emergency. Trusted Contacts lets you add people with whom you want to share your whereabouts, whether it’s your GPS location or if you’re online.
  • Microsoft researchers predict the search box will disappear by 2027 (2016-12-05 09:34:08)
    Most of us can’t wait for 2016 to end, and researchers at Microsoft are giving us good reason to think ahead. Spoiler alert: it’s time for you to start thinking about life after the search bar. For virtual reality, Mar Gonzalez Franco, a researcher in Microsoft’s Redmond lab, believes body tracking will improve next year, and then over the next decade we’ll have “rich multi-sensorial experiences that will be capable of producing hallucinations which blend or alter perceives reality.” Haptic devices will simulate touch to further enhance the sensory experience.
  • 3 areas of hybrid infrastructure your company should prioritize in 2017 (2016-12-05 09:26:47)
    The push for companies to become software focused increases the burden on the data center. Here are three critical technologies that could help support the transformation.
  • Final Fantasy XV: everything you’re too embarrassed to ask (2016-12-05 09:25:13)
    Final Fantasy XV is a joyful payoff for fans who followed the role-playing game through its rocky decade-long development. Or what if you’ve never tried Final Fantasy and the word chocobo sounds like a flavorless dietary chocolate alternative? Final Fantasy XV’s creators declare in the game’s opening screens that their game is designed for new and returning players alike, but Final Fantasy’s long and weird history can be can be daunting.
  • Behind the scenes of a 30-player video game theater (2016-12-05 09:11:15)
    It’s been three rounds, and the inmates of Pixel Prison Blues are having a rough time. My anthropomorphic owl prisoner has gotten locked into a cell block, pacing from side to side as I swipe the touchscreen controller in my hands.
  • Watch the new SNL sketch that had Donald Trump fuming on Twitter (2016-12-05 09:05:08)
    In what has already become a predictable routine, Saturday Night Live over the weekend poked fun at Donald Trump's foibles, subsequently prompting the President-elect to thrash the program via, what else, his Twitter account. Funny enough, the entire premise of Saturday Night Live's cold open this past weekend centered on Trump's proclivity to communicate via Twitter, not to mention his recent decision to retweet something initially sent out by a 16-year old from California. DON'T MISS:  You get one last chance to buy a NES Classic Edition before Christmas The sketch begins with a High School-aged boy named Seth who is startled to discover that he's been retweeted by none other than Donald Trump, once again played dutifully by Alec Baldwin. During the course of a security briefing, Trump ignores more pressing matters and exclaims to Kellyanne Conway: "Kellyanne, I just retweeted the best tweet. I mean, what a great, smart tweet." After promising to stop tweeting to focus on more serious topics, Trump simply can't control himself, ultimately retweeting a few other messages from random citizens across the country. Of course, the overarching theme of the sketch is that Trump is wholly unprepared to take on the responsibilities of the Oval Office while simultaneously being uniquely unqualified to handle important international flare-ups across the globe. Not too long after the sketch aired, Trump predictably and non-ironically took to Twitter to lambast the show for another job poorly done. Funny enough, Trump has made a habit out of blasting SNL yet he can't seem to stop watching the show. In fact, Trump, during the run up to this year's election, tweeted that SNL was part of a broader media effort to rig the election, not before stating the the show itself should essentially be taken off the air. It's going to be an interesting four years, folks.
  • Plume’s pint-sized Wi-Fi pods are now available (2016-12-05 09:00:03)
    Plume is announcing today that its Adaptive WiFi system is now available for purchase, following pre-orders earlier this summer. Plume is a mesh-based home Wi-Fi system that uses compact "pods" to provide coverage in every room of your home. Like Eero and other mesh systems, Plume is meant to prevent signal drops and dead spots in your home.
  • These headphones have a built-in VU meter, and I’m not even mad (2016-12-05 08:34:05)
    Headphone design is no stranger to invasions from other categories, whether you’re talking LED lights, belt buckles, or, um, cat-ear speakers. Usually, I snarl at those excesses, but I find myself smiling at the latest example: a fully functional VU meter integrated into the ear cups of the new Meters Music OV-1 cans. Who’s Meters Music, you ask?
  • OpenAI unveils 'Universe,' a platform that helps AI learn from complex environments (2016-12-05 08:33:00)
    The AI research organization's new software promises to 'measure and accelerate' AI research by providing realistic and complex environments using games, websites and apps to learn from.
  • Does the brand new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar have a battery problem? (2016-12-05 08:30:07)
    The new MacBook Pro is objectively Apple’s best laptop ever, but it’s also getting plenty of criticism for its lack of notable improvements. Additionally, the new laptop has a graphics issue that Apple is currently investigating, and if that wasn't enough, there also appears to be a potential battery problem affecting some units. DON’T MISS: Microsoft kicks off 12 Days of Deals sale: Good Windows 10, Xbox One, and VR deals According to some MacRumors readers , the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is experiencing shorter battery life than expected. Some users say they’re getting between three to six hours of battery life on a charge instead of the 10 hours advertised. “Currently I'm powering a 1080p external monitor and casually browsing with Chrome. At full charge, I'm getting an estimate of 3 hours battery life. With gaming it's even less,” one reader wrote. “I bought a maxed out 13-inch Touch Bar model, and I've been using it for about a week,” a second user said. “With light use, I've been consistently getting around 5-6.5 hours when mainly browsing. Apple claims 10 hours wireless web but my battery has never lasted this long.” A third user said that a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar got around three hours and 45 minutes of battery life on a single charge during “normal usage” that included web browsing, YouTube video watching, and software development. A different user said battery life dropped by 5% in just 12 minutes. Similar stories were also posted on Reddit , which suggests that there are quite a few users who’re seeing battery estimates well below what Apple is advertising. At the same time, this isn’t necessarily a widespread issue, as other users note that their machines are working properly. “I’ve been working non-stop for the past 1.5 hours, back and forth between emails, Safari, Calendar, Messages, organizing files, editing some PDFs in Adobe Acrobat DC, and building a financial model in Excel,” a different user said on Reddit. “I started at 100% and am now at 92% battery, with an estimated 10 hours 35 minutes remaining. If you're not getting this kind of battery life on your MBP, you should definitely get it checked out.” Apple is yet to address the manner in an official capacity, as it did recently with the iPhone 6s . But if you’re experiencing lower-than-expected battery life on your brand new MacBook Pro, you should definitely have it inspected by an Apple Store genius as soon as possible.
  • Blink's newest security camera can be hidden in a tree (2016-12-05 08:00:07)
    Today Blink is announcing its first outdoor camera: the $119 Blink XT. Blink is a newcomer that's quickly making a name for itself with tiny, low-cost security cameras that are truly wireless thanks to their ability to run for two years or more off a pair of regular lithium AAs. The Blink XT continues the trend but adds weatherproofing, a 1080p camera, and infrared night vision.
  • Predicting Westworld: The Real World (2016-12-05 08:00:04)
    Every week, I swing for the fences with one massive theory about the future of Westworld. In the middle of Westworld’s season finale, the young board member Charlotte Hale prepares a coup against park founder Dr. Robert Ford. To the childish story director Lee Sizemore, Hale describes an anodyne vision for the future of the resort following its creator’s forced retirement: “Simpler, more manageable […] this place is complicated enough as it is.” After a 10-episode introductory season — throughout which Westworld’s creators withheld key information and retconned the backstories of lead characters for the sake of plot twists that themselves are merely setups for even more shocking turns — a simpler, or at least more manageable, Westworld doesn’t sound so bad.
  • Leap Motion lets you use real hand motion in a mobile VR headset (2016-12-05 08:00:01)
    Hand-tracking company Leap Motion is announcing a new platform that will bring its tech to mobile phone-based virtual reality headsets. The Leap Motion Mobile Platform uses two miniature cameras, embedded in a face plate, to detect finger motion that’s integrated into lower-powered VR experiences. Leap Motion began as a desktop-mounted, non-VR hand tracker, but for the past few years, developers have been able to mount it to the front of headsets like the Oculus Rift.
  • Consolidated Communications to buy FairPoint in $1.5 billion deal (2016-12-05 07:54:39)
    (Reuters) - Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc said on Monday it would buy broadband service provider FairPoint Communications Inc in an all-stock deal valued at $1.5 billion, including debt, to boost its fiber network. Shareholders of FairPoint Communications will receive 0.73 shares of Consolidated Communications for each share held. Excluding debt, the equity portion of the deal is valued at about $561 million, or $20.72 per Fairpoint share, according to Reuters calculations.
  • See Baby Groot speak in a brand new trailer for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ (2016-12-05 07:45:18)
    2017 is going to be another exceptionally busy year for Marvel Studios, and it all begins with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in May. We got our first glimpse of the sequel back in October , but over the weekend, Marvel shared the first full-length teaser for the movie, full of all the action and music you've come to expect. SEE ALSO:  Negan will be sticking around for season 8 of ‘The Walking Dead’ While the teaser is chock full of great moments, Baby Groot unsurprisingly steals the show. To be honest, I'm not sure Rocket really thought it through when he entrusted an atomic bomb to a tiny sentient plant, but what do I know: Though it's a funny, exciting, explosive trailer, it doesn't really touch on the actual plot of the movie. Thankfully, we have a synopsis for that: "Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand." Earlier this year, Marvel announced that Kurt Russell would step into the role of Ego, the cosmic being who fathered Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord). In the comics, he takes the form of a planet, but we'll see a humanoid Ego in the movie. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5th, 2017.
  • First Click: The best smartphone, Oculus Touch review, The Last Guardian at last, and more in the week ahead (2016-12-05 07:30:02)
    This is the week we find out how good the complete Oculus Rift experience is now that the $199 Oculus Touch controllers are shipping to early adopters. You'd better believe Adi Robertson will have something to say about the controllers that work with 53 titles at launch on Tuesday December 6th. The 3rd event focused on retailing and e-tailing in the internet age is hosted by Recode's Jason Del Rey and features speakers like Apple's VP of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey and Twitter's Jack Dorsey.
  • 100 million students worldwide will learn to code this week for Hour of Code (2016-12-05 07:00:03)
    Monday kicks off Computer Science Education Week, and's Hour of Code will teach millions of students across every country new coding skills. Here's why it's important, and how your company can participate.
  • Facebook, Twitter, and Google are still failing to curb hate speech, EU says (2016-12-05 06:58:22)
    The European Commission this week called on Facebook, Twitter, and other major tech companies to more aggressively police online hate speech or else face new legislation that would force them to do so. As The Financial Times reports, a study commissioned by Věra Jourová, the EU justice commissioner, found that Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, and Microsoft have largely struggled to comply with a voluntary code of conduct on hate speech announced earlier this year.
  • Bangladesh to share findings of heist inquiry with Philippines (2016-12-05 05:58:11)
    Bangladesh will share findings from its investigation into how unidentified hackers pulled off one of the world’s biggest cyber bank heists to help speed up recovery of the stolen funds, its law minister said on Monday. Bangladesh has up to now declined to disclose its findings of an inquiry into how the hackers used stolen Bangladesh Bank credentials to try to transfer nearly $1 billion from its U.S. Federal Reserve account in February. Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, who last week met a Bangladesh delegation led by Minister of Law Anisul Huq, said Manila "strongly recommended" Dhaka share the results of its investigation.
  • Dakota Access Pipeline operator lashes out at decision to halt construction (2016-12-05 05:04:38)
    The operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline said this week that it remains committed to completing a section of the project that would run near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, despite the US government’s decision to pursue alternative routes. In a sharply-worded statement released early Monday, Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners criticized what it described as a “political” decision from the Army Corps of Engineers, suggesting that it will seek to complete the original route once President Obama leaves office. The decision to halt construction on the contentious section of the Dakota Access Pipeline was welcomed by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and environmental activists who have been protesting the project for months.
  • $7 million LaFerrari becomes this century's most expensive car sold at auction (2016-12-05 04:36:05)
    Ferrari's liveries and decorations have often shown a patriotic streak, but this year the supercar marque has expressed its love for Italy in a more material way by donating a one-of-a-kind LaFerrari to the cause of raising money to help rebuild the parts of Central Italy affected by a series of earthquakes. Auctioned off on Saturday for a cool $7 million, this car becomes "the most valuable 21st century automobile ever sold at auction." All proceeds from the sale go to benefit earthquake recovery efforts in Italy, under the auspices of the National Italian American Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund. The good cause seems to have spurred car collectors to open their wallets that extra bit wider, pushing the price up to nearly five times the original LaFerrari's $1.5 million.
  • Amazon Dash Buttons land in Japan (2016-12-05 00:15:30)
    Amazon has started offering its Dash Buttons in Japan, a few months after the product expanded outside the US for the first time with launches in the UK, Germany, and Austria. Each Dash Button costs 500 yen ($4.40) in Japan, but you'll get a 500 yen discount the first time you use it, so the button itself is basically free. As with elsewhere, the buttons are exclusive to Amazon Prime members.
  • Sharp CEO Tai says to step down once stock returns to TSE first section (2016-12-04 23:12:36)
    Sharp Corp CEO and President Tai Jeng-wu told reporters on Monday he would step down once the Japanese electronics maker turns profitable again at the net level and its shares return to the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Tai, vice chairman of Foxconn, became president of Sharp in August after the Taiwan company, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd , took control of the Japanese firm. The Tokyo Stock Exchange moved Sharp shares to the bourse's second section in August after the electronics maker booked negative net assets - where liabilities exceeded assets - for the year ended in March, when the company was hit by falling sales of smartphone panels and restructuring costs.
  • Panasonic in talks to buy ZKW to accelerate push into auto electronics: source (2016-12-04 22:15:40)
    By Makiko Yamazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp is in talks to buy European automotive light maker ZKW Group, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, a person familiar with the matter said. An acquisition of ZKW would expand Panasonic's automotive lineup, which currently centers on batteries and navigation systems, as it shifts its focus to corporate clients to escape price competition from lower-margin consumer electronics manufacturers. Panasonic said in a statement the reported deal was not something it had announced, and declined to comment further.
  • The Mummy’s first trailer is Mission: Impossible with a supernatural twist (2016-12-04 21:16:34)
    Marvel may have kicked off the current expanded cinematic universe craze, but the concept arguably started back with the classic Universal Pictures horror films — and the studio is hoping that the first trailer for The Mummy will be the beginning of a new run of interconnected movies. Starring Tom Cruise and directed by Alex Kurtzman — best known as the writer of movies like Star Trek Into Darkness and Transformers — the new Mummy looks to be as much an action film as anything else, with Cruise stuck in a death-defying sequence right at the top, and facing various moments of peril and adventure throughout the clip. Kurtzman has been masterminding the new “Universal Monsters” universe alongside Fast and the Furious architect Chris Morgan, with films about characters like The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, and vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing in various stages of development.
  • Social media ads to hit $50 billion by 2019 -Zenith (2016-12-04 19:07:40)
    The amount of money spent on advertising on social media is set to catch up with newspaper ad revenues by 2020, a leading forecaster said on Monday. The rapid expansion of social media platforms on mobile devices, as well as faster internet connectivity and more sophisticated technology, has triggered a huge shift in the way many people get their news. Advertising agency Zenith Optimedia, owned by France's Publicis, predicts global advertising expenditure on social media will account for 20 percent of all internet advertising in 2019, hitting $50 billion and coming in just one percent smaller than newspaper ads.
  • Panasonic in talks to buy ZKW for up to $1 billion: Nikkei (2016-12-04 18:51:36)
    Japan's Panasonic Corp is in the final stages of talks to buy European automotive light maker ZKW Group for up to $1 billion, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, the Nikkei business daily reported Monday. Privately held ZKW supplies light-emitting diode headlights and lighting modules to U.S. and European automakers such as General Motors Co and BMW . Panasonic said in a statement the reported deal was not something it had announced, adding it does not comment on individual deals.
  • BMW seeks to be 'coolest' ride-hailing firm with autonomous car (2016-12-04 18:15:29)
    By Edward Taylor MUNICH (Reuters) - BMW will test autonomous vehicles in Munich next year as it seeks to keep up with ride-hailing firms like Uber [UBER.UL], which have spent billions on pay-per-use personal transport. The German carmaker will have about 40 vehicles with self-driving functions in Munich's inner city and then expand the project to other cities, BMW executives said on Friday. "There is a trained test driver behind the wheel of every car," Klaus Buettner, BMW's Vice President in charge of Autonomous Driving said.
  • US Army will require alternative route for the Dakota Access Pipeline (2016-12-04 17:34:41)
    The Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it would not approve permits for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline under a reservoir on the Missouri River called Lake Oahe, according to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing," Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a statement. Now, the Army Corps of Engineers has decided to deny an easement altogether, so an alternative route will have to be found.
  • Federal government denies permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline (2016-12-04 17:34:41)
    The Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it would not approve permits for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline under a reservoir on the Missouri River called Lake Oahe, according to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing," Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a statement. Now, the Army Corps of Engineers has decided to deny an easement altogether, so an alternative route will have to be found.
  • EU urges U.S. tech giants to act faster against hate speech (2016-12-04 17:26:20)
    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. tech giants including Facebook , Twitter , Google's YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday. The European Union (EU) executive's warning comes six months after the companies signed up to a voluntary code of conduct to take action in Europe within 24 hours, following rising concerns triggered by the refugee crisis and terror attacks. The code of conduct is largely a continuation of efforts that the companies already take to counter hate speech on their websites, such as developing tools for people to report hateful content and training staff to handle such requests.
  • The best early-December movie is Little Women (2016-12-04 17:00:01)
    This, among many other reasons, is why Little Women (1994) — based on the classic Louisa May Alcott novel about four sisters growing up in Massachusetts during the Civil War — is the perfect movie for easing your way into Christmas Movie Time.
  • Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy has ‘every intention’ of hiring female directors (2016-12-04 16:04:17)
    During a press conference today at Skywalker Ranch, the cast and crew of Rogue One answered questions about the upcoming film. During the Q&A, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was asked about her earlier remarks about female directors — and pushed back on the idea that the company was excluding female directors. “We have every intention of giving someone an opportunity,” Kennedy said, arguing that her original remarks were taken out of context.
  • Netflix has renewed Luke Cage for a second season (2016-12-04 15:10:57)
    Marvel took to Twitter today to announce that Netflix has renewed Luke Cage for a second season. The announcement comes after the first season premiered earlier this fall to extremely positive reviews about its take on the character.
  • Software updates still can’t fix the biggest problem with the Bragi Dash (2016-12-04 15:00:01)
    Since the days of the Dash Kickstarter, the folks at Bragi have promised that they would improve the performance and features of their futuristic wireless earbuds with regular firmware updates. As Bragi released versions 2.0 and 2.1 of that software earlier this year, the company added features like the ability to save workouts and improved heart rate tracking. Now, Bragi has pushed another update — version 2.2 — that it claims will improve that Bluetooth performance.
  • Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo performed its first glide flight (2016-12-04 14:30:01)
    Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane, SpaceShipTwo, went on its first free flight on Friday, performing an unpowered glide over the Mojave Desert. The vehicle, named VSS Unity, was dropped from its carrier plane, WhiteKnightTwo, and flew for 10 minutes on its own before landing successfully at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The flight comes more than two years after the company’s first SpaceShipTwo experienced a failure mid-flight — killing its pilot and injuring its co-pilot.
  • Eyes Of My Mother review: a horror film about unimaginable response to unimaginable tragedy (2016-12-04 14:00:01)
    MagnetOne of the most basic facts of horror writing is that real terror requires isolation. It’s nearly impossible to keep characters in scary situations if there’s easy help right around the corner, or plenty of sympathetic people to consult about the problem. Horror stories find different ways to isolate the victims, by setting stories in desolate, out-of-the-way places (like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre or Psycho), or by putting characters in situations where other people won’t believe them, or just can’t help. (The Babadook and It Follows are terrific recent examples. ...
  • Chimpanzees recognize each other’s butts the way we recognize faces (2016-12-04 13:00:01)
    This is called the inversion effect. The researchers theorized that if this was the case, there would be a “behind inversion effect” — that is, they would have more trouble identifying inverted butts than recognizing right-side-up butts. Humans, as predicted, had the inversion effect for faces but not for butts.
  • GoPro’s Karma stabilizer grip goes on sale starting today (2016-12-04 12:58:11)
    GoPro is giving users a new way to capture footage. Starting today, the company is selling the Karma stabilizer grip — which was originally bundled with the now-recalled Karma drone — on its own for $299.
  • US, China, EU, others fail to reach environmental goods deal (2016-12-04 12:13:25)
    GENEVA (AP) — Forty-six countries including the U.S., China and European Union nations failed Sunday to agree on a list of "environmental goods" like solar-powered air conditioners or LED light bulbs that could be targeted for lower tariffs.
  • Microsoft kicks off 12 Days of Deals sale: Good Windows 10, Xbox One, and VR deals (2016-12-04 12:00:50)
    Microsoft’s annual 12 Days of Deals promotion is back, so if you missed out on any of the company’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday Windows and Xbox deals you still have a chance. Just like in previous years, each day will offer you a different deal that’s going to be valid for one day only. DON’T MISS: A 75-year-old’s excellent Tweet may be the only good thing in 2016 The 12 Days of deals sale starts on December 5th and contains plenty of exciting deals on Windows 10 and Xbox One products. There's even a VR deal that you should check out: 12/5: Save up to $1,000 on select Intel-powered PCs, starting at $199. 12/6: Only $199 for a Lenovo Ideapad 110 laptop (save $100). 12/7: Save up to 50% on select Xbox One games, now $19.99. 12/8: Save $250 on Surface Pro 4 with Intel Core m3 and 128GB SSD (now $649), plus free sleeve. 12/9: Save up to 70% on select Windows 10 tablets, now starting at $49. 12/10: Save up to $250 on Windows Premium Collection devices, starting at $499. 12/11: Buy select Xbox controllers and get a $25 Microsoft Store gift code. 12/12: Save $50 and get 2 free games with select Xbox One consoles, plus save big on Xbox accessories and games. 12/13: Get a $100 Microsoft Store gift code with purchase of HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift. 12/14: Save up to $1,000 on select gaming PCs, starting at $799. 12/15: Save up to 40% on select Dell PCs, starting at $199. 12/16: Save up to $200 on select Surface Pro 4, plus get a free Type Cover (up to $359 value). Check out Microsoft’s full 12 Days of Deals offer at this link .
  • How to be human: when you fall in love with the very unavailable (2016-12-04 11:59:01)
    Iouri Goussev/Flickr Leah Reich was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column "Ask Leah" ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is Slack’s user researcher, but her views here do not represent her employer. How to be Human runs every other Sunday. You can write to her at and read more How to be Human here.Hi Leah,I’m a 21-year-old gay male who lives in the Pacific Northwest. I’m out to those close to me, but I’m in the closet publicly for now. ...
  • Microsoft takes aim at Amazon’s Echo with Windows 10 HomeHub feature (2016-12-04 11:00:31)
    Microsoft is planning to build a HomeHub feature into future Windows 10 updates to better compete against devices like Google Home and Amazon’s Echo. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the feature is currently in the planning stages, and the software maker is expected to introduce a “HomeHub” in updates due in 2017 and 2018, and not the upcoming Creators Update. Windows Central reports that the feature will “crush” Google Home and Amazon Echo, but The Verge understands that HomeHub is designed to be a service and feature that will run on any Windows 10 PC and turn it into a machine where Cortana can be summoned from the lockscreen to provide useful information.
  • Donald Trump angrily tweeted about the SNL sketch about him tweeting (2016-12-04 09:44:15)
    When Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential Election, it quickly became clear that Alec Baldwin would have steady work on Saturday Night Live for his portrayal of the President-elect. The show lampooned Trump on last night’s show, drawing a quick response from him on his favorite medium, Twitter. Baldwin’s Trump can’t seem to get through a security briefing without retweeting or complaining about the pictures news outlets have been using of him.
  • Movie studios want to let you rent movies two weeks after they hit theaters (2016-12-04 09:00:14)
    Box office success for movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens , Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman might lead you to believe otherwise, but movie studios aren't thrilled about the downward trend in home video sales. DON'T MISS:  How to enable the secret iPhone emoticon keyboard Bloomberg  reports that Hollywood studios are mulling over a new plan that would allow consumers to pay a premium price to rent a movie as soon as two weeks after it arrives in theaters. If this were to come to fruition, the new Disney movie Moana , which launched on November 23rd, would be available to rent next Wednesday. According to Bloomberg's sources, the rentals would cost between $25 and $50, although the price is far from settled. That might sound like a lot, but it would cost you more than $25 to go see Moana with a friend in theaters in New York City. Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said at an investor conference this week that after speaking with exhibitors about the new home movie plan, he and his studio are ready to make these premium rentals a reality. "We’re working with them to try and create a new window," Tsujihara said. "But regardless of whether it happens or not -- whether we are able to reach that agreement with them, we have to offer consumers more choices earlier." As you might have guessed, the major hurdle here is the movie theaters. As Bloomberg notes, when theaters have been approached about similar arrangements in the past, they have said that they would need to be compensated for the potential lost revenue from viewers who decide to wait two weeks until they can watch a new release in the comfort of their own homes. You probably won't be renting Rogue One: A Star War Story in January, but sooner or later, something's gotta give if home video sales are ever going to recover.
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator brings the wacky joy of fighting action figures to life (2016-12-04 09:00:02)
    The true essence of battles with the level of total accuracy that Totally Accurate Battle Simulator has. Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is a new game coming out in 2017 from developer Landfall Games (you may recognize one of the company's earlier games, Clustertruck, which made the rounds this year). TABS, as the same suggests, is a battle simulator in the broadest sense.
  • Philippines urges Bangladesh to share results of heist investigation (2016-12-04 01:59:08)
    The Philippine government wants Bangladesh to share the findings of its investigation into how unknown hackers pulled off one of the world's largest cyber bank heists, to help speed up recovery of the stolen funds. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, who last week met with a Bangladesh delegation, said Manila "strongly recommended" Dhaka share the results of its investigation. Cyber criminals tried to steal nearly $1 billion from Bangladesh Bank in February and made off with $81 million via an account at the New York Federal Reserve.
  • Pentagon says Raytheon making progress on satellite control station (2016-12-04 01:00:35)
    Raytheon Co is making progress on a long-delayed program for new ground control stations for next-generation GPS satellites, although it is lagging a remedial schedule agreed with military officials, the Pentagon's chief arms buyer said. "It's actually making progress," Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told Reuters during the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in southern California. Kendall decided in October to continue work on Raytheon's Operational Control System (OCX) program after a mandatory live-or-die review triggered when the program breached critical cost thresholds earlier this year.
  • The Green Party has dropped a lawsuit to force a recount in Pennsylvania (2016-12-03 20:41:59)
    After raising almost $7 million to fund a recount in three principle battleground states, Green Party-backed voters have dropped a court case that would have forced a state-wide recount in Pennsylvania, citing their inability to pay a court-ordered bond.
  • Netflix announces dates for Sense8 Christmas Special and second season (2016-12-03 19:20:46)
    Netflix Ever since Netflix renewed Sense8 for a second season in 2015, there’s been little news about the series. Netflix finally dropped the news via Twitter earlier this afternoon, announcing the premiere date of the next season, as well as a Christmas special, which will air later this month. Sense8: A Christmas Special will begin streaming on Friday, December 23rd, while the show’s second season will premiere on May 5th, 2017. Our story continues. A Christmas Special: December 23. 10 new episodes: May 5, 2017. ...
  • New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer is packed with action and classic rock (2016-12-03 18:31:47)
    MarvelMarvel just released a new teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and it’s packed with plenty of action, humor, and classic rock.We got our first brief look at the movie back in October, but this new trailer gives us a great look at the entire gang: Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and even Baby Groot (Vin Diesel). The trailer opens with Drax jumping at a huge alien creature, while Rocket gives baby Groot some detailed instructions: don’t push this button. ...
  • Westworld’s season finale: everything you need to know (2016-12-03 17:00:01)
    John P. Johnson / HBO Sunday night, HBO will broadcast the 90-minute season finale of Westworld. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that the show has had an eventful couple of weeks, with recent revelations confirming major fan theories while still leaving a bunch of questions unanswered… for the time being.All of which probably makes this the best time to rewatch the entire season for a quick refresh on all the byzantine plot machinations and character turns — but let’s be honest. You’re busy. ...
  • Watch the first trailer for The Last of Us Part Two (2016-12-03 14:23:03)
    Naughty DogSony closed its annual PlayStation Experience event by announcing The Last of Us Part Two. The anticipated sequel is the second big announcement from developer Naughty Dog today, following the reveal of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.The Last of Us Part Two takes place after the events of the original game. In the trailer, an adult Ellie sings a brooding tune with the help of an acoustic guitar. Joel, her complicated father figure enters the room, and ask if the young woman plans to go through with an ambiguous plan. “I’m going to find and kill every last one of them,” she replies. ...
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite set for 2017, Ultimate MVC3 on PS4 today (2016-12-03 13:39:35)
    During today’s Playstation Experience event, Sony and Capcom unveiled the latest iteration of the Marvel vs. Capcom series, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, which is slated to be released sometime in 2017. Earlier this week, Polygon reported that a new installment of the franchise was in development. The announcement trailer shows that the company is drawing heavily upon the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Iron Man and Captain Marvel duking it out Ryu and Mega Man. Shawn Layden, chairman of SIE Worldwide Studio, announced that gameplay footage will debut later tonight at the Capcom Cup. ...
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy pairs two of the series’s best co-stars in a standalone game (2016-12-03 13:30:45)
    Naughty DogUncharted 2’s Chloe Frazier will be the heroine of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, a standalone adventure coming in 2017. The game will pair Chloe with Nadine Ross from this year’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.The game was announced in the cold open for the annual PlayStation Experience event.In the eight-minute long demo, a woman sneaks through a town wearing a red hijab to conceal her identity. After pulverizing a band of bad dudes, she removes the cloth to reveal the infamous Australian treasure hunter.
  • Airbnb has settled its lawsuit with New York City over short-term rental fines (2016-12-03 13:00:01)
    Airbnb has decided to drop a lawsuit that it had brought against New York City over a bill designed to outlaw advertising short-term rentals, according to The New York Times. Assembly Bill AB 8704-4 prohibited advertising in "a class A multiple dwelling for other than permanent residence purposes." The bill would allow authorities to issue up to $7,500 in fines for residences listed on Airbnb and similar sites, and housing advocates argued that the website was making it difficult to find affordable housing. Airbnb argued that the law was unconstitutional, and that it would "impose real harm on our community." New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law earlier this fall, even after the company attempted to change some of its policies.
  • Watch the PlayStation Experience 2016 keynote live stream right here (2016-12-03 12:30:30)
    Two years ago, Sony decided that E3 wasn't enough. Rather than wait a year to showcase its games to the world, the company behind the PlayStation decided to host its own event in Las Vegas — an event that anyone could attend — and thus the annual PlayStation Experience was born. Two years later, the third PSX, which will run from December 3rd-4th, is about to begin. Although we know the schedule of the two-day event and the panels that will be held, we still don't know what surprises the keynote has in store. DON'T MISS: One last chance to buy a NES Classic Edition Before we get to that schedule though, PSX 2016 will kick off with a keynote, which you can stream live right here starting at 10AM PT / 1PM ET: Once the keynote ends, there will be a few panels to round out the afternoon, although the only one to have officially been announced is the Kojima Productions panel at 4PM ET, where Hideo Kojima and "special guests" will discuss Death Stranding , which stole the show at The Game Awards 2016 earlier this week . Then on Sunday, Guerrilla Games will give us a closer look at Horizon Zero Dawn at 1PM ET, the Kinda Funny guys will host a live episode of their PlayStation podcast at 3PM ET and at 5PM ET, PlayStation and Naughty Dog discuss making games for all gamers in the Accessibility: Making Games for All Gamers panel. Sony will also host the Capcom Cup, an invitational tournament for the Call of Duty World League and will give attendees the opportunity to play over 100 games, many of which won't be out until later this year or in 2017.
  • Apple shows ambition to get into self-driving car race (2016-12-03 12:27:25)
    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles. A five-page letter from Steve Kenner, Apple's director of product integrity, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the company's most comprehensive statement yet about its interest in self-driving vehicle technology. "Executed properly under NHTSA's guidance, automated vehicles have the potential to greatly enhance the human experience — to prevent millions of car crashes and thousands of fatalities each year and to give mobility to those without." Apple urged regulators not to impose too many restrictions on testing of self-driving cars, saying "established manufacturers and new entrants should be treated equally." Since software would decide what actions to take in potentially dangerous situations, Apple said certain areas need special attention.
  • Apple just sent the strongest hint yet that it’s working on a self-driving car (2016-12-03 12:21:06)
    Apple, which has been infuriatingly secretive about it’s efforts to build a self-driving car, has sent its strongest hint yet about its so-called Project Titan. The letter is Apple’s official comment on the federal government’s automated vehicle guidelines, released last September, which has already drawn feedback from many companies working on autonomous cars like Google and Ford.
  • Cops steal iPhone to get around encryption problem (2016-12-03 12:00:05)
    February 2016 might seem like a long-ago date, before the dark times really began. But if you cast your mind back that far, you'll remember that the news was dominated with a fight between the FBI and Apple over iPhone encryption. It pitted vast teams of lawyers, politicians and bloggers against each other in an impassionated argument (which all eventually fizzled out). So rather than going down the same path, the UK's Metropolitan Police worked out that they could just mug unsuspecting criminals and search their iPhones before they ever had a chance to lock them. DON'T MISS:  Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe As the  BBC  explains, the hit was organized as part of a Met investigation into a crime ring that was using fake credit cards to buy luxury goods and resell them for cash. The cops apparently believed that key evidence was on the suspect's phone, but he kept it locked at all times when it wasn't in use. As the FBI proved at length, it's difficult to get data off a locked, encrypted phone, especially a newer-model iPhone. So the UK cops decided to follow the suspect, wait until he was on a phone call in the street, and then jumped him and grabbed the device. One poor officer was given the task of swiping through screens on the open device to prevent it from turning off or locking. The technique of hitting criminals so fast that they can't destroy evidence is nothing new. This case concerned a credit card fraud ring, but the original credit card kingpin, Max Butler, was taken down in a very similar way. In Butler's case, a police raid on his home involved a team of computer science experts who were there to extract data from Butler's computers before he could hit a kill switch to encrypt everything.
  • New trailers: Mythbusters’ spiritual successor, James Gunn’s gory thriller, and more (2016-12-03 11:00:01)
    In Westworld, the timing of what we're seeing is one of the series' biggest mysteries. Some of these twists and turns are more effective than others — Westworld's stubborn refusal to provide even a glimmer of clarity is a particularly odd choice — but they're all attempting to create this remarkable feeling of moments in life having multiple meanings, some we can't see at first, some we can't immediately understand, but all adding up to something greater later on. Mythbusters may be over, but its spirt — and build team — live on over at Netflix.
  • Are these genetically engineered cows the future of medicine? (2016-12-03 10:00:01)
    The cows were genetically engineered by biotech company SAB Biotherapeutics to produce human antibodies, proteins that fight pathogens. Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration approved a genetically modified chicken that makes a drug in its eggs to treat "lysosomal acid lipase deficiency" — a rare genetic condition that prevents the body from breaking down fatty molecules inside cells.
  • 7 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week (2016-12-03 09:00:07)
    It’s December already which means we’re two weeks away from the premiere of the film every Star Wars fan out there will want to watch. Rogue One launches on December 16th, and tickets are already on sale online. But until then, we’ve plenty of other trailers to check out, including Tom Cruise’s The Mummy . DON’T MISS: A 75-year-old’s excellent Tweet may be the only good thing in 2016 Beauty and the Beast We already saw the first Beauty and the Beast trailer , so it’s time to check out a slight variation of it, the international clip for Disney’s hot new film. Eloise What would you do to get your hands on a death certificate that would give you access to a great inheritance? Would you visit a creepy mental institution? That’s what Eloise is about, and yes, it’s a horror flick hitting cinemas in December. Rogue One Ok, so I’m slightly cheating here. We’ve got new footage from Rogue One , but it’s not a trailer. Even so, it’s worth watching, as Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso kicks some Stormtrooper ass in great style . Sleight The Now You See Me movies made magic great again. Sleight is a new magic movie coming out next April, and it’s about a young street magician who has to take care of his sister after their mom passes away. The kicker? He will combine magic with drug dealing. The Belko Experiment The Belko Experiment seems simple enough: The employees of Belko have to kill three people inside a company that’s on lock down. Otherwise, whoever is calling the shots will kill six of them. And that’s just phase 1: The Mummy Yes, there are too many movies about mummies. But there wasn’t one starring Tom Cruise, so he had to fix it. The Mummy premieres on June 9th, so there’s plenty of time to see more footage. Aside from Cruise, we have Sofia Boutella playing the Mummy, and Russell Crowe, playing a Dr. Henry Jekyll. Yes, that Dr. Jekyll. The Shack Opening on March 3, The Shack is a movie about a man (Sam Worthington) who’s dealing with the loss of his daughter when all of a sudden God (Octavia Spencer) calls him up for a meeting.
  • Reminder: you can play Battlefront’s cool X-Wing VR mission next week (2016-12-03 09:00:01)
    Buying virtual reality games is risky. It’s not full VR support — which would probably make you sick anyway — but it’s a sign that the developers are interested in experimenting with the medium, and often a high-profile exclusive for PlayStation VR. Next week, though, you’ll get a chance to see what happens when Star Wars gets it right.
  • 10 Million People Need to Stop Using This Android App Now (2016-12-02 22:45:00)
    The popular AirDroid file-management app could open your Android device to attack, a security firm says. Until the flaw gets fixed — hopefully, within the next two weeks — you should stop using the app.
  • Airbnb, New York City settle rental law lawsuit (2016-12-02 22:29:20)
    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Airbnb Inc and New York City said on Friday they had resolved a lawsuit brought by the company challenging a law it argued could expose it to significant penalties for advertising short-term apartment rentals. Airbnb had contended that the law's ambiguous wording could allow New York authorities to apply it to online platforms like itself that host third-party listings, creating the risk of significant civil penalties and criminal liability. Under the terms of the settlement, New York City agreed that the law would not be enforced against the company and was instead aimed at individual violators, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
  • After the iPhone 8, analyst suggests Apple will face a 10-year period of volatility (2016-12-02 22:13:31)
    Even though Apple has long been one of the most successful, profitable and closely-observed tech companies on the planet, it's absolutely dumbfounding how often armchair pundits and analysts manage to get everything wrong about the company. In a dynamic that still defies explanation, Apple's success is rarely applauded; on the contrary, its success is often used to justify the position that the company has peaked and is about to undergo an unforgiving fall from grace. DON'T MISS:  Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe That notwithstanding, the sentiment that Apple has lost its ability to innovate, meaningfully increase revenue and otherwise succeed has seemingly grown by leaps and bounds over the past few months. From critics bemoaning the MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar as nothing more than a gimmick to analysts criticizing the iPhone 7 for sporting the same form factor as the two previous iPhone models, the idea that "Apple is doomed" is not only persistent, but is arguably more prevalent than it's been in years. Sure, Apple has the iPhone 8 coming out next year, and sure, analysts believe that the device will shatter all existing iPhone sales records, but that's apparently as high as Apple will be able to go, according to some. In fact, analysts at Oppenheimer believe that Apple will soon "embark on a decade-long malaise." In a research note obtained by Business Insider , Opppenheimer writes: "Apple lacks the courage to lead the next generation of innovation (AI, cloud-based services, messaging); instead will become more reliant than ever on the iPhone ... We believe Apple is about to embark on a decade-long malaise. The risks to the company have never been greater." Nothing in the tech sphere is ever predictable, but I think we can all agree that predicting where a company will be in 10 years is utterly absurd. Consider this: the iPhone didn't even exist 10 years ago. Even in a more compressed time frame, look at how quickly Netflix managed to turn into an entertainment juggernaut and how quickly Microsoft managed to turn things around with Satya Nadella at the helm. The idea that Apple lacks the "courage" to be at the vanguard of the next generation of innovation is certainly interesting, and not wholly without merit, but it completely ignores the fact that no one at this point knows what the next great area of innovation will be. Will it in fact be AI? Or will it be augmented reality? Or, perhaps, virtual reality? Or maybe it will be something completely different, something that's not on anyone's radar at the moment. Microsoft famously missed the wave of smartphone innovation that Apple ushered in when it released the iPhone. Apple, however, has yet to miss a wave of innovation. Consequently, the idea that Apple is about to fall into a "decade-long malaise" seems a bit off the mark. Apple certainly faces a number of challenges, but it's always struck me as peculiar that Apple is never afforded the benefit of the doubt when it has a long track record of delivering innovative products to the marketplace. Oppenheimer's note concludes: "We believe its strong profitability, a cash hoard for protection, and one last 'growth' hurrah from the tenth-anniversary phone will keep investors interested in the company." Funny thing is, analysts have been predicting Apple's 'last growth hurrah' for years on end.
  • Chemists officially name four new elements, and here they are (2016-12-02 21:02:28)
    The periodic table just got some new members, as the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has officially accepted new names for four elements. Element numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118 will no longer be known by their placeholder names, and instead have all-new monikers decided upon by their discoverers. The discoveries were first recognized about a year ago, and the proposed names for them were decided upon this past June. Now, chemistry's highest group has decided they are valid and will move forward with the all-new labels. DON'T MISS:  How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone Nihonium (Nh), is element 113, and is named for the Japanese word for Japan, which is Nihon. Moscovium (Mc), element 115, is named for Moscow. Tennessine (Tn), element 117, is named for Tennessee. Oganesson (Og), element 118, is named after Yuri Oganessian, honoring the 83-year-old physicist whose team is credited with being the top element hunters in the field. The official names will take the spot of placeholder titles that were given to the elemental numbers prior to their formal discovery. Those names — ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctium — occupied the seventh row of the periodic table, and will now be discarded. “The names of the new elements reflect the realities of our present time,” IUPAC President Prof Natalia Tarasova says via press release. “Universality of science, honoring places from three continents, where the elements have been discovered — Japan, Russia, the United States — and the pivotal role of human capital in the development of science, honoring an outstanding scientist — Professor Yuri Oganessian”. With row seven now completed, chemists look to the road ahead, and hope to discover entirely new elements, keeping science on its toes and periodic table poster printers in business.
  • Obscure iOS 10.1.1 flaw lets you bypass a stolen iPad’s strongest security feature (2016-12-02 20:00:07)
    With the number of iOS devices out there in the wild, you can bet that if even the most obscure, ridiculous vulnerability exists in the software, someone is going to discover it sooner or later. A new bug in iOS 10.1 and 10.1.1, posted on Vulnerability Lab , seemingly allows users to bypass the iCloud activation lock on lost or stolen devices. MUST SEE:  Facebook bans — then unbans — the B.S. Detector plugin that flags fake news stories The vulnerability, which is being credited to Benjamin Kunz Mejri , works by bogging down the operating system while it's in an activation lock state, via a flood of characters in the Wi-Fi connection input fields. When a device has been remotely locked by a user, the device requires an iCloud sign-in in order to unlock it. In order to actually complete the log in, the device has to connect to the internet, and one of the options for doing so is to sign in to a locked Wi-Fi network. By initiating the Wi-Fi sign-in process, the user is given two text input fields with unlimited character limits. Kunz Mejri discovered that by spamming characters into both fields, copying and pasting huge chunks of text over and over again, the entire system crawls to a halt. Then, if the device is put to sleep by a Smart Cover, when the cover is opened again the activation lock is gone and the user can navigate the home screen. As TechCrunch reports, the initial version of this exploit was discovered by Hemanth Joseph of Slash Secure , and it affected iOS 10.1. The rollout of iOS 10.1 seemingly fixed the crash, but Kunz Mejri figured out that he could still initiate the activation lock crash by using Night Shift mode while also turning the device back and forth on its side and prompting the perspective to switch.  Eventually it seems the operating system just gives up on life and lets the attacker in. It seems like a simple character limit safety net would solve the issue entirely, though we'll clearly have to wait until Apple fully plugs the hole before calling the all clear.
  • Watch this golden mole hunt termites by sound (2016-12-02 19:39:25)
    Screenshot/BBC Planet Earth IIThe golden mole, the real-life version of a tribble, is not actually a mole. Nor is it always golden. It is, however, the star of a new teaser for the upcoming nature documentary, Planet Earth II. It’s not actually a moleThis bug-eating mammal, no larger than a ping-pong ball, burrows through the dry, soft soils of Sub-Saharan Africa. David Attenborough narrates while the tiny mammal tunnels through sand dunes and snuffles after termites. (“Termites: not easy to catch when you’re blind,” Attenborough observes. ...
  • Microsoft’s AI will describe images in Word and PowerPoint for blind users (2016-12-02 19:30:09)
    Artificial intelligence may be making small and steady advances in general-purpose situations like digital assistants. For instance, an upcoming feature for Office apps like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint will automatically suggest image and slide deck captions, called alt-text, using AI algorithms. Microsoft is accomplishing this feat with its Computer Vision Cognitive Service, which uses neural networks trained with deep learning techniques to better understand and describe the contents of images.
  • You get one last chance to buy a NES Classic Edition before Christmas (2016-12-02 18:41:42)
    At this point, anyone who was planning on buying their kids (and, let's be real, themselves) a NES Classic Edition as a Christmas present has probably resigned themselves to paying a strange man off Craigslist four times the asking price. The Classic is out of stock everywhere, and even though Target is drip-feeding consoles into stores, you have to get crazy lucky to actually buy one. An unlikely hero is coming to the rescue, however: Urban Outfitters, the neo-hipster skinny jeans vendor, has announced it's going to be selling the NES Classic Edition online. Page-refreshing fingers at the ready, everyone. DON'T MISS:  You should stop using that fake Apple charger The NES Classic Edition will only be sold online, with stock becoming available sometime on Monday, December 6th. There's no details on precise timing, but we've reached out to Urban Outfitters about this crucially important matter and will waste no time in updating if we find out more. As this is the first time the store has sold the NES Classic, there's no link that you can prepare to constantly F5-spam. Instead, I'd recommend using something like this  to ping the webpage and check if something changes. Obviously, you'll want to be online at midnight to see if the stock goes live. In case you're thinking that this level of obsession is borderline insane for a retro games console, you probably aren't aware of how popular these things are. We've seen numerous stories of customers camping outside Target at 3AM to get consoles, orders coming from international Amazon stores, and consoles selling for $4,000 on eBay. Currently, Walmart and Target are both out of stock, although more is trickling in little by little. Target has been prioritizing delivery to random physical Target stores, while Walmart has been drip-feeding inventory online.
  • Sirius reapproaches Pandora for a takeover: source (2016-12-02 18:34:07)
    Satellite radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc's Chairman Greg Maffei recently made a fresh approach to internet radio provider Pandora Media Inc and expressed interest about a potential takeover, according to a source familiar with the matter. Sirius XM did not offer a specific price and Pandora has yet to respond to the overture, the source added. Representatives and Sirius XM declined to comment.
  • U.S. presidential commission issues recommendations on cyber security (2016-12-02 18:08:15)
    The U.S. government and the private sector must cooperate to improve the security of digital networks, a U.S. presidential commission on cyber security recommended in a wide-ranging report issued on Friday. The commission created by President Barack Obama earlier this year also recommended that the president and Congress accelerate the pace at which technology is updated in the federal sector and that the president appoint an ambassador for cyber security for efforts abroad. Obama said in a statement after meeting the commission's head, his former national security adviser Tom Donilon, on Friday that his administration strongly supported the commission's "thoughtful and pragmatic" recommendations.
  • Donald Trump is skipping intelligence briefings but has time to block people on Twitter (2016-12-02 18:08:05)
    Donald Trump, a man who has tweeted more than 34,000 times, loves making time for Twitter — despite any other obligations he now has as the president-elect. As Mashable reported earlier today, it looks like Trump is blocking people without explanation, leaving them confused, amused, and dismayed. A blogger and freelance writer named Heather Spohr found the whole situation a little more disturbing.
  • Android phone maker Blu pledges to replace Chinese software that stole user data (2016-12-02 18:05:09)
    Blu, the Florida-based maker of budget Android phones, says it’s swapping out the Chinese update software that stole user data for Google-approved software, according to a report in PCMag. The issue, first unveiled last month by security firm Kryptowire, was a firmware-updating application that monitored user communications and even sent back text messages to a keyword-searchable archive on a Chinese server. Shanghai Adups Technology Co., the Chinese app maker in question, claims its data collection tool was not designed for US phones, and that the data has since been deleted.
  • This dude actually built a portable, wearable Tesla coil gun (2016-12-02 17:51:28)
    Nikola Tesla's contributions to modern technology can't be overstated, and the fact that some of his original designs are so darn cool to look at is really just icing on the cake. But even he probably never imagined a world where his resonant transformer, better known as a "Tesla coil," could be turned into a wearable weapon. DON’T MISS:  How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone Popular YouTuber SmarterEveryDay was doing a segment on Nikola Tesla when he tracked down someone who is probably the biggest Tesla fan on the face of the planet. His name is Cameron Prince, and not only does he run an impressive website dedicated to Tesla, he also has some homemade versions of Tesla's designs, like a nine-foot Tesla coil that sounds like it could destroy a city. But as impressive as the rest of Prince's collection is, the real star of the show is his portable Tesla gun, which he built from a design created by a friend. It's basically a Tesla coil designed to be held in your hand, and it draws power from a huge, water-cooled backpack that's crammed with electrical bits. The gun itself has a built-in display and control panel, and there are various settings to play with that affect the size and range of the electricity it spews forth. It's an extremely intimidating piece of hardware, though as the video shows, the bolts of handheld lightning it produces aren't actually all that dangerous. Prince himself notes that the current of the gun is low enough that it shouldn't cause any problems with vital human functions like heartbeat, though it's still probably a good idea not to try such a thing at home. In fact, don't try anything you see in this particular video, ever, just to be safe.
  • The first trailer for Netflix’s Spectral is Black Hawk Down meets Ghostbusters (2016-12-02 17:13:43)
    Netflix has a big, flashy action movie in time for the holidays. The streaming giant is set to release Spectral — a fantasy movie about Delta Force soldiers going up against ghosts — next week on December 9th, and it just released the film’s first trailer. It’s odd that there’s been little fanfare for this film from Netflix, although the company only just acquired the movie from Legendary Pictures last month.
  • Obama bars China's Fujian from buying Aixtron's U.S. business (2016-12-02 17:07:35)
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order which prohibits China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund from acquiring the U.S. business of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron , the Treasury Department said on Friday. The White House said it was blocking the deal following an assessment done by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, an inter-agency task force led by the Treasury Department. Aixtron has said that the deal would be called off if the U.S. president opposed it.
  • The FCC thinks the best feature of AT&T’s new streaming TV plan is illegal (2016-12-02 17:04:21)
    Ever since AT&T announced that it was launching a $35 TV plan with unlimited mobile streaming for AT&T customers, the FCC has been all over the company's case. In a first letter , the FCC laid out its problems with AT&T's "zero rating" policy and how it violates the principle of net neutrality. In a response, AT&T said (paraphrasing a little here) "nah, we thought about it, but it's all good." The FCC's response? Not so fast. DON'T MISS:  Apple says iPhone battery problem a result of too much air In a letter seen by  Ars Technica , the FCC takes issue with AT&T's zero-rating of data for DirecTV, saying that AT&T's "practices inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the 'virtuous cycle' needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet." At stake here is AT&T's policy of "zero-rating" data used to stream its new DirecTV Now service. AT&T customers streaming DirecTV Now over AT&T's network won't use their data cap to do so, something that AT&T has been selling hard in adverts for its new service. But preferring one kind of data over another undermines the key tenent of net neutrality, which is that all data should be treated equally. T-Mobile already walks a fine line with its "Binge On" policy, which allows users to stream shows from services like Netflix and YouTube without it counting against data. The only saving grace for T-Mobile is that the plan is free for content providers; YouTube and the like just have to work with T-Mobile to make sure their data is optimized for mobile streaming. In the case of AT&T, there's no free offer for other providers. AT&T says that DirecTV pays for any mobile data used to stream DirecTV shows, but the FCC strongly disputes that claim. In the letter seen by  Ars , the Commission lays out its concerns: "We estimate for purposes of illustrating our concerns that an unaffiliated mobile video service provider would have to pay AT&T $16 a month to offer zero-rated service to a customer who uses just 10 minutes of LTE video per day, increasing to $47 for a customer using 30 minutes per day," the FCC wrote. "These costs alone would represent 46 percent to 134 percent of DirecTV Now's $35 retail price, against which third parties will be competing for AT&T Mobility customers, and would be borne in addition to all other costs of providing service by the unaffiliated provider." In other words: no way is DirecTV Now paying the full wholesale price for that data. This isn't the final decision from the FCC. The Commission has requested more concrete data from AT&T by December 15th in order to finalize its review. But whatever the FCC says right now probably won't matter. President-Elect Trump will have control, at least through appointments, over the FCC, and his telecommunications advisers are strongly anti-net-neutrality and against the very existence of the FCC. This may well be a calculated move by AT&T to run out the clock on the Obama administration until the new regime takes charge.
  • Android Security Bulletin November 2016: What you need to know (2016-12-02 17:00:37)
    The Android Mediaserver is back in the critical column for vulnerabilities. Get the highlights of the November 2016 bulletin.
  • You should stop using that fake Apple charger (2016-12-02 16:42:33)
    Apple's decision to charge $19 for a charger and then $19 for a cable to plug in has had the effect you'd expect on the world: everyone just buys knockoff chargers off Amazon instead. But although most chargers you buy off the internet will work just fine most of the time, a series of recent tests have shown that there's real danger to having a fake charger plugged in at home. DON'T MISS:  Here comes the OLED iPhone 8 The independent UL laboratory  ran a series of basic electrical safety tests on fake chargers bought online from stores around the world. The results weren't good: of the 400 counterfeit Apple chargers purchased, 397 failed a basic safety test conducted by the UL laboratory: "In total, we tested 400 adapters and the results were literally shocking. The overall failure rate exceeded 99 percent. All but three failed our basic safety tests and were fire and shock hazards. Twelve were so poorly designed and constructed that they posed a risk of lethal electrocution to the user. " So that doesn't mean the chargers will definitely shock you; rather, if a power surge hits your house, it's likely to fry your phone at best, or cause a fire at worst. This isn't some kind of impossible bogeyman, either. We see pictures all the time of people who have been burned by faulty batteries or chargers while charging their smartphones overnight, and the Galaxy Note 7 debacle is a good reminder of how much damage a low-voltage electrical device can do. The UK Trading Standards authority also examined second-hand chargers by looking in thrift stores and markets around London. Of 3,000 chargers tested, 15% were found to be unsafe in some way. On the plus side, that's orders of magnitude better than a fake charger bought online; bad news, a 15% chance of electrical fire still isn't "safe." To avoid buying a counterfeit charger or accessory, you might want to take a look at Apple's guide to spotting fake products. The company has an entire support page dedicated to telling the difference between fake cables and the real thing. It’s also worth mentioning that there are two different standards to look for here. Apple produces and sells its own iPhone accessories, but it also certifies third-party accessories (although not the standard USB-to-Lightning cable!) under the “Made for iPhone” program. Under the terms of that agreement, manufacturers pay a licensing fee to Apple to use the Lightning port and Apple’s proprietary design and circuitry. That makes accessories more expensive, but it also makes them far more likely to work correctly. The MFi logo should be found on the packaging of any officially certified accessory, like battery chargers, cases, docks or speakers — basically, anything that attaches to your iPhone. There’s one exception to this, though — Apple doesn’t certify any USB-C to Lightning cables, so any of those with an “Made for iPhone” logo is guaranteed to be fake. As for spotting counterfeit cables against the genuine Apple product, there’s plenty of details on Apple’s site . “An Apple Lightning to USB cable has “Designed by Apple in California” and either “Assembled in China,” “Assembled in Vietnam,” or “Indústria Brasileira” on the cable about seven inches from the USB connector. You’ll see a 12-digit serial number at the end of this text.” When it comes to the wall chargers themselves, the most important thing to look for are the UL and CE markings that those testing bodies put on devices, and to buy from a reasonably reputable source. You don't have to buy the genuine, made-by-Apple product; just make sure you're buying a charger that's been appropriately tested, puts out 2.1A of current, and doesn't have strange writing on the side.  
  • You're Using Your Mouse Scroll Wheel All Wrong (2016-12-02 16:10:00)
    If you're using your mouse's scroll wheel to scroll down this page, you're doing it wrong. In an interview with IGN, Jack McCauley, a co-founder at Oculus who claims to have invented the scroll wheel, said that the ubiquitous feature is "not used in the way that I intended it to be used." He said that the scroll wheel was designed to let users interact in new ways with their computers and move along the X and Y axis. The scroll wheel has proven to be an invaluable asset on the mouse, making it easy for users to get up and down a page.
  • I guess Guillermo del Toro isn’t buying the next Metal Gear game (2016-12-02 16:04:26)
    The breakup of Hideo Kojima and Konami — the creator and the publisher of the action-espionage video game franchise Metal Gear — was long, messy, and complicated. Kojima’s squad — which includes The Walking Dead actor and would-be Silent Hills star Norman Reedus — rolls deep.
  • Intel and Amazon are making it easier for anyone to build an Alexa-enabled speaker (2016-12-02 15:52:31)
    Amazon wants Alexa in as many products as possible, so it’s partnering with Intel to make it easier for manufacturers to incorporate the voice assistant into their devices. The two companies announced plans yesterday to release reference designs for a connected speaker within the first quarter of 2017, which will provide manufacturers with a plan to follow when making a new device. Amazon opened up its Alexa API around a year and a half ago, and in the time since then, product manufacturers have integrated Amazon’s assistant into various devices, including watches, tablets, and even singing fish.
  • DJ Earworm’s 25-song 2016 mashup is here to invade your brain (2016-12-02 15:49:16)
    DJ Earworm's annual tradition of cramming all of the year's biggest pop songs into one undeniably catchy mashup continues with United States of Pop 2016 , which just debuted on YouTube. The video, which clocks in at just under four minutes, features no fewer than 25 song samples. MUST SEE:  The Galaxy S8 might not copy the iPhone 7’s best feature after all If you're interesting in the song list, here's everything that's featured in the new mix: Bruno Mars - 24K Magic Calvin Harris and Rihanna - This Is What You Came For D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty - Broccoli Desiigner - Panda DJ Snake and Justin Bieber - Let Me Love You DNCE - Cake By The Ocean Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla - One Dance Fifth Harmony and Ty Dolla $ign - Work From Home Flo Rida - My House Justin Bieber - Love Yourself Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling! Lukas Graham - 7 Years Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ - Cold Water Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza Rae Sremmurd - Black Beatles Rihanna - Needed Me Rihanna and Drake - Work Sia - Cheap Thrills The Chainsmokers and Daya - Don't Let Me Down The Chainsmokers and Halsey - Closer The Weeknd and Daft Punk - Starboy Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out Twenty One Pilots - Heathens Twenty One Pilots - Ride Zayn - Pillowtalk What you'll notice right out of the gate is that there's all kind of Twenty One Pilots in this year's mashup, and that's because the band had a ridiculously successful year. The Chainsmokers and Rihanna are also featured multiple times throughout the course of the mix. Earworm has been doing these year-end mashups since 2008, and it's become a bit of a tradition to relive the year's most popular songs via his all-encompassing mixes, so sit back and relive 2016 in under four minutes.
  • Today in lunch: eels (2016-12-02 15:37:47)
    As I ate eel for lunch today, I found myself wondering what eels themselves ate. Plants, probably. Maybe seaweed. Wrong. I should have known better. After all, eels are basically the snakes of the sea, and snakes eat more than plants. Snakes are carnivores and eels are, too; they consume microscopic creatures called plankton. Yes, the humble garden eel and the majestic blue whale eat the same thing. Unlike the blue whale, eels don’t flow through the water, swallowing water and mourning beautifully. ...
  • Exclusive: U.S. networking company Ixia explores sale - sources (2016-12-02 15:29:11)
    Ixia , a U.S. provider of equipment and applications that help maintain computer networks, is a potential sale, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The company's move comes as the ever increasing volume of data traffic flowing through social media, smart phones and cloud computing tests the resilience and integrity of networks, making offerings such as those of Ixia more popular. Ixia is working with an investment bank on a sale process that is already underway and has attracted the interest of other companies and private equity firms, the people said, asking not be identified because the negotiations are confidential.
  • Facebook bans — then unbans — the B.S. Detector plugin that flags fake news stories (2016-12-02 15:22:48)
    A few weeks ago we wrote about the B.S. Detector plugin . It's a handy little tool that automatically produces a hard-to-miss pop-up tooltip whenever you're about to click on a site from a questionable news source. It arose due to the flood of fake news stories that seem to breed on Facebook, and now, rather than rolling out steps to prevent its fake news epidemic, Facebook took the extraordinary step of banning links to the plugin. Then they unbanned it. DON'T MISS:  Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe B.S. Detector's creator, Daniel Sieradski, suggested on Twitter that Facebook banned links to the plugin initially due to a report by TechCrunch that erroneously suggested that the social network itself was producing the fake news flags for some individuals. Apparently some B.S. Detector users forgot they had the plugin installed and thought the little red warning boxes were a product of Facebook itself rather than the plugin. Shortly thereafter, links to the plugin began producing a notification whenever the link was pasted in. The "Message Failed" error claimed that the link was "blocked by [Facebook's] security systems," but offered no further clarification of exactly why the link was being banned. Sieradski took to Twitter to voice his feelings about the peculiar ban, and predicted hours ahead of time that Facebook would shortly unban the link and then issue a statement claiming that it was an error or an automated process. With the link now unbanned, Sieradski is already half right, though Facebook has yet to issue a statement on the incident. The social network has also not announced any concrete steps it's taking to stem the fake news flood in the first place, though CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that efforts are currently in the works.
  • How to hide visual clutter on your screen before your next web demo (2016-12-02 15:15:17)
    When giving a demo, make sure you keep the focus on your software, site, and message—not your apps, bookmarks, and extensions.
  • Russian central bank loses $31 million in cyber attack (2016-12-02 15:09:17)
    Hackers stole more than 2 billion rubles ($31 million) from correspondent accounts at the Russian central bank, the bank said on Friday, the latest example of an escalation of cyber attacks on financial institutions around the globe. Central bank official Artyom Sychyov discussed the losses at a briefing, saying that the hackers had attempted to steal about 5 billion rubles. Sychyov was commenting on a central bank report released earlier in the day, that told about hackers breaking into accounts there by faking a client's credentials.
  • Apple says iPhone battery problem a result of too much air (2016-12-02 14:56:30)
    Apple products: they just work, unless you hold them wrong, or apparently, they're exposed to too much air. DON'T MISS:  Here comes the OLED iPhone 8 Facing a growing numbers of iPhone 6s devices randomly shutting down due to battery problems, Apple has instituted a free repair program for some devices. In a message on its Chinese site (spotted by Business Insider ), the company explained what it thinks caused the battery issues in the first place: "We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs. As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur. It's important to note, this is not a safety issue." In true Apple style, the statement goes on to remind people that if their iPhone is breaking, it's probably the fault of the dumb humans: "We also want our customers to know that an iPhone is actually designed to shut down automatically under certain conditions, such as extremely cold temperature. To an iPhone user, some of those shutdowns might seem unexpected, but they are designed to protect the device’s electronics from low voltage." Thus far, Apple says the problem is only limited to a select group of iPhone 6s devices. You can go check your phone's serial number on an Apple webpage , which will tell you if you're eligible for a free repair. If you do qualify, your best bet seems to be to make an appointment at the Apple Store. According to reader reports we've been hearing, the repair is performed as a one-hour in-store procedure, but it will take a few weeks for the battery to come in to the store, even if you have Apple Care. According to Apple, the battery fault only affects some iPhone 6s models produced between September and October 2015. However, the China Consumers Association has said  that Apple needs to take further measures, as the battery problem affects other iPhone versions, including the iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. There’s also a theory going around on the internet that the problems are being caused by iOS 10.1.1, and are not limited to the iPhone 6s. Apple has been adamant that this is a limited hardware problem, but it is possible that iOS 10.1.1 has a bug that's causing battery draining or abrupt shutdowns as well. Apple has steadfastly avoided addressing that possibility so far.
  • Hulu now streams 4K, starting with its originals and 20 Bond films (2016-12-02 14:41:26)
    Starting today, you can stream 4K content from Hulu on Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4 Pro. But the selection of shows and movies available at launch is pretty underwhelming compared to rivals Netflix and Amazon Video, who’ve both been offering 4K for some time now. Hulu’s first batch of 4K includes the company’s lineup original shows and 20 James Bond films. So while that’s pretty good news for 007 fanatics, well, it doesn’t do much for everyone else. Hulu Originals (11.22.63, The Path, Chance, etc. ...
  • Here's the climate change podcast you didn't know you were looking for (2016-12-02 14:32:16)
    Anyway, fast-forward almost 20 years and my obsession with human-made climate change has just gotten worse, as has climate change itself. Keep talking to people who don’t believe climate change is the biggest threat facing our future. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest climate change news and meet the people who are working in the field, doing research and making stuff happen.
  • This insane example from the FCC shows why AT&T and Verizon’s zero rating schemes are a racket (2016-12-02 14:32:04)
    This week AT&T announced that it would give special treatment to DirecTV’s new streaming service by excluding it from AT&T customers’ wireless data caps. Ever since we started writing about net neutrality, we’ve argued that zero rating is a bad, anti-competitive idea that in the long run will hurt consumers, though it may appear like a huge consumer benefit in the short-term. Now we know the FCC seems to agree, based on letters it sent today to Verizon and AT&T about their zero rating and sponsored data programs.
  • Obama, cyber security panel chair to meet on Friday: White House (2016-12-02 14:30:57)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will meet later on Friday with the head of a presidential commission aimed at strengthening the nation's cyber defenses, the White House said. Asked about the panel's upcoming report, White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters he could not preview any of its recommendations but that Obama and panel chairman Tom Donilon would discuss cyber security efforts during the meeting. (Reporting by Eric Walsh; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Matthew Lewis)
  • Jon Stewart slams Trump, the media and the bizarre 2016 Presidential election (2016-12-02 14:27:57)
    Jon Stewart earlier this week appeared at a "Times Talk" event to help promote a new book which outlines the history of The Daily Show  during the Stewart era. During the event, Stewart opened up and didn't mince words as he laid into Trump and the overall sorry state of the media in 2016. Indeed, with the recent U.S. Presidential election being one of the most bizarre and contentious elections in recent memory, Stewart's willingness to call out BS and hypocrisy across both sides of the political divide was sorely missed over the past few months. While Stewart made a few cameo appearances here and there, there's truly no substitute for Stewart going in full-throttle on a particular topic. DON'T MISS:  NES Classic and Hatchimals might actually be in stock at one store this weekend That said, Stewart's appearance at the New York Times sponsored event was something of a breath of fresh air as the iconic comedian spoke freely about Trump and the media's role in helping to create what was nothing short of an embarrassing, albeit entertaining, circus of an election. Of particular interest is that Stewart completely bashed the notion that all of Trump's supporters must be racist to a certain degree. Indeed, one of the more common refrains that some on the left have raised in the wake of the election is that Trump voters are either openly racist or tacitly approve of a racist assuming power. Stewart explained (via a transcript provided by The Huffington Post ) why he thinks this point of view is nonsensical. Not everybody that voted for Trump is a racist. I don’t give a f*ck what any of you say to me. You can yell it at me, you can tweet it at me. They’re not all racists. Or they’re not giving tacit support to a racist system … We all give tacit support to exploitative systems as long as they don’t affect us that badly. Interestingly, Stewart also touched on how many of the 9/11 first responders he's met over the past few months are unabashed Trump supporters. A sh*tload of them voted for Trump. The same people that voted for Trump ran into burning buildings and saved whoever the f*ck they could no matter what color they were, no matter what religion and they would do it again tomorrow. So, if you want to sit and tell me that those people are giving tacit approval to an exploitative system ― I say, ‘OK, and would you put your life on the line for people who aren’t like you? Because they did.’ I get mad about this stuff. Make sure to hit the source link below for Stewart's full thoughts on Obama and what he thinks the next 4 years might look like.
  • Facebook might add its own version of Snapchat Discover to your News Feed (2016-12-02 14:24:30)
    Facebook is reportedly working on a feature resembling Snapchat’s Discover for the social network’s News Feed. According to Business Insider, Facebook has “approached media and entertainment companies” in recent weeks for potential inclusion in the new feature, which would highlight curated content from partners directly in the News Feed — giving prominent exposure to stuff your friends might not be sharing or liking organically. This upcoming News Feed section will be called “Collections” according to the report.
  • FCC says AT&T and Verizon ‘harm consumers’ with free data schemes (2016-12-02 14:23:02)
    In two letters sent to AT&T and Verizon yesterday, the FCC writes that sponsored data plans from the telecom giants are a threat to net neutrality. In AT&T’s case, the FCC writes that, despite protests from the company, its sponsored data program “strongly favors AT&T's own video offerings” while damaging the opportunity for other video services to compete.
  • Rolls-Royce’s upcoming SUV looks like a supersized Phantom (2016-12-02 14:10:05)
    The last time Rolls-Royce let the world in on its upcoming SUV codenamed “Project Cullinan,” it was testing out the all-wheel drive platform using a freakishly modified Phantom. Now, some 20 months later, we’re getting the first glimpse of the actual SUV that will go up against the Bentley Bentyaga for the title of the most luxurious vehicle that can take you and the kids on a Whole Foods run. If you think Project Cullinan looks like a slightly bigger Phantom, that’s seemingly what Rolls-Royce was going for.
  • Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump (2016-12-02 14:04:39)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A national commission was set Friday to deliver urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. The report follows the worst hacking of U.S. government systems in history and accusations by the Obama administration that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election by hacking Democrats.
  • Death Stranding, Mass Effect and Zelda: Every trailer from The Game Awards 2016 (2016-12-02 13:58:34)
    While it was nice to see a bunch of great games and their developers recognized on Thursday night during The Game Awards, you probably tuned in primarily for the world premiere trailers. And once again, those trailers did not disappoint. E3 might be the premier annual video game event, but with twelve never-before-seen trailers, The Game Awards certainly gave the summer event a run for its money. Below, we've gathered all twelve trailers for your convenience. DON'T MISS:  Every PS4, PS3 and Vita game you can download for free in December Rocket League - Starbase ARC First up we have the trailer for the next Rocket League update, which is scheduled to roll out on December 7th. We're getting a new arena, a new premium Battle-Car, a custom training feature and the ability to set arena preferences: Bulletstorm: Full Clip Bulletstorm didn't make much of a splash when it launched in 2011, but it has since become a cult classic of sorts. If you missed it the first time around, you're going to get a second chance to play it when the remaster drops in 2017: Death Stranding Hideo Kojima has enlisted a couple of A-list actors for his latest insane project. We still have no idea what Death Stranding is, but we want it: Guardians of the Galaxy Telltales Games is making a Guardians of the Galaxy adventure game: Dauntless An action RPG from a studio made up of Blizzard, BioWare, Capcom and Riot Games veterans, " Dauntless is an online co-op action RPG set in a savage science-fantasy world where up to 4 players (Slayers in the Dauntless universe) work together to hunt down ferocious beasts called Behemoths": LawBreakers LawBreakers is an online FPS from Cliff Bleszinski's new studio Boss Key Productions. A beta is coming early next year ahead of the game's launch: Prey Arkane Studios has been working on Prey for years and year, but based on this new gameplay trailer, it looks like the game might finally be ready: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nintendo, please don't wait too long to release Breath of the Wild . We'll all be devastated if it's not ready in time for the Switch release in March: Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment A new campaign for indie darling Shovel Knight : Halo Wars 2 That Halo strategy game is getting a sequel: The Walking Dead: A New Frontier The third season of Telltale's groundbreaking (and heartbreaking) The   Walking Dead adventure game series. Clementine is back with some new friends: Mass Effect: Andromeda Our first look at gameplay from Mass Effect: Andromeda . It doesn't look much like a Mass Effect game, but it does look absolutely incredible:
  • This breath-monitoring device might determine your metabolism, but it probably won’t help you lose weight (2016-12-02 13:55:27)
    The Path Breath and Fat Band is a new set of devices that claim to help users lose weight by giving them a detailed analysis of their metabolism. The set, which just launched on Kickstarter, is comprised of a wearable bracelet and a breath-analyzing device. The device monitors oxygen and carbon dioxide levels to estimate the user’s 24-hour metabolism, or, more precisely, when they’re burning fat.
  • 1st US offshore wind farm to begin production within days (2016-12-02 13:36:12)
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — There has been a hiccup at the nation's first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power.
  • iOS 10.2 beta 5 is now available to download (2016-12-02 13:33:18)
    After rolling out the fourth beta for iOS 10.2 at the beginning of the week, Apple has capped off the week with the release of iOS 10.2 beta 5. The new beta is available to download right now for both developers and public beta testers. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 orders said to drop as Apple goes big on the iPhone 8 As we've discussed during previous beta releases, the highlights of iOS 10.2 are the addition of new Unicode 9.0 emoji, the TV app and some stunning new wallpapers, but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the new version of iOS 10. There are also new sorting options in the Music app (as well as the return of star ratings), the ability to preserve previously used camera settings, a widget for the Videos app, new Screen Effects and an SOS feature to call 911. If you'd like to know more about the five best features coming to your iPhone when iOS 10.2 finally rolls out to the public, be sure to read our roundup . Beta testers are still combing through the update in search of new features and changes, but we'll be sure to update this post as soon as we hear of any major additions to iOS 10.2 in the fifth beta. In the meantime, whether you're a developer or just a member of Apple's public beta program, you can download it now.
  • UK police are mugging suspects to seize unlocked phones (2016-12-02 13:17:29)
    UK police have a creative new solution to the encryption problem: just snatch the phone. In the Silk Road case, agents made a point to pull Ross Ulbricht away from his laptop before he could close it, which would have encrypted the hard drive and shut off valuable evidence.
  • Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe (2016-12-02 13:15:24)
    If you've been considering cutting your cord in order to stick it to your cable company, you might be surprised by just how little that television service means to heavyweights like Comcast. One Wall Street analyst did the math and determined that sometimes slashing a cable subscription only costs the company a measly $5.50. Thanks to the bundling deals that cable companies like Comcast make oh so irresistible, analyst Craig Moffett argues that the actual TV portion of many cable bills is much smaller than it might seem. MUST SEE:  Foxconn senior manager quietly sold $1.5M worth of stolen iPhones before they caught him Using Comcast as an example, Moffett says that dropping TV initially costs the company about $38. However, because the bundling discount is eliminated by cutting the cable cord, the price of the high-speed internet service jumps up by another $25. Some customers, Moffett argues, also opt to increase their internet service speed in order to support the content streaming alternatives that are replacing their cable TV service, further increasing the price of their bill until it's virtually the same. A recent survey from Survata supports his assertion, finding that 49% of cable customers in the U.S. were willing to boost their internet speed in favor of dropping pay TV. “Our survey found a reasonably robust willingness to pay for higher speeds in order to stream video, particularly among those contemplating cutting the cord,” Moffett said. The problem is further exacerbated by the fact that most cable companies hold monopolies over their respective markets. There is some overlap in certain areas, but for the most part it's a one-provider system, thanks to the nature of cable infrastructure. None of this is news to anyone who has attempted to drop their TV service in the past while keeping their internet alive and well, but it's definitely something to keep in mind if you've been considering doing the same.
  • Facebook is blocking links to a popular fake news detector (2016-12-02 13:13:46)
    Facebook is blocking links to “,” the website for a popular browser extension that detects and tags disreputable news sources. “This message contains content that has been blocked by our security systems,” an error message tells users when they attempt to link to the site on Facebook. It’s unclear why Facebook blocked the extension’s page.
  • Facebook blocked links to a popular fake news detector (2016-12-02 13:13:46)
    For several hours today, Facebook blocked links to “,” the website for a popular browser extension that detects and tags disreputable news sources. “This message contains content that has been blocked by our security systems,” an error message told users when they attempted to link to the site on Facebook. It’s unclear why Facebook blocked the extension’s page, but it began working again this afternoon.
  • Apple to use drones to improve Maps service, compete with Google (2016-12-02 13:13:00)
    Apple recently gained FAA approval to operate drones, and sources say the company will use them to improve its Maps service. Here's what you need to know.
  • Russian central bank said it was victim of attempted cyber heist (2016-12-02 13:09:49)
    Hackers broke into accounts at the Russian central bank earlier this year by faking a client's credentials and attempted to steal $45 million, the bank said in a report released on Friday. It said they broke into a system the central bank operates and that gives its clients access to correspondent accounts opened within the bank. Out of the $26 million the bank said it was able to retrieve, it said some was frozen in bank accounts elsewhere that the hackers had opened in order to siphon off the money, while in other cases the central bank had been able to freeze transfers from correspondent accounts.
  • The Most Technical Winter Jackets (2016-12-02 13:00:00)
    Technical outerwear continues to get lighter without sacrificing any of its ability to keep you warm in harsh environments.
  • Fiber upgrade cost traps Britain in cyber slow lane (2016-12-02 12:54:14)
    In a bid to boost Britain's economy through Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May's government has said it wants to address business concerns and replace an aging copper network with the "gold standard" common across Asia and parts of Europe. Pressure has been building on BT and its Openreach division for years, led by rivals TalkTalk, Sky and Vodafone, who rely on the network, and by a group of politicians who believe it is failing consumers and businesses. Rivals blame BT, saying Openreach's cashflow funds other parts of its business - such as expensive sports TV rights - and have called for the network to be spun off completely.
  • Top 10 AI failures of 2016 (2016-12-02 12:31:00)
    Recent developments in driverless cars, voice recognition, and deep learning show how much machines can do. But, AI also failed us in 2016, and here are some of the biggest examples.
  • Can this giant E Ink tablet make paper obsolete? (2016-12-02 12:30:01)
    The reMarkable device is essentially a giant E Ink tablet that aims to replace paper, working as a reading and note-taking device. In particular, the company is highlighting the "ultra high friction" materials used on the display to allow it to feel like writing on actual paper, alongside proprietary low-latency technology for quickly updating the screen (refresh rate is famous for being one of E Ink's biggest weaknesses).
  • Factbox: Deals scuppered by U.S. regulatory scrutiny (2016-12-02 12:24:31)
    (Reuters) - Aixtron SE's takeover by China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund may soon be on the list of deals called off due to increased U.S. regulatory scrutiny. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has recommended that the 670 million-euro deal be blocked due to security concerns. The CFIUS, that examines deals to determine the effect on national security, has targeted Chinese companies aggressively pursuing acquisitions in the United States and has already derailed several high-profile deals. ...
  • The Glass Room turns internet surveillance into art (2016-12-02 12:21:25)
    If you have ever wondered where your online data goes, The Glass Room, a free pop-up exhibit in Nolita, is a good place to start. Passersby may mistake the gallery for an Apple Store, but the shiny interior, replete with strategically placed iPads and whitewashed walls, houses a lot more than the latest tech. Free to the public through December 14th, The Glass Room is a collection of artwork, ongoing projects, and sensory experiences that explore life in the internet age.
  • Best Buy announces unique tech gifts for the holidays (2016-12-02 12:19:09)
    US retail giant Best Buy has put together a Special Edition Tech Collection made up of devices and gadgets that are exclusive to its stores.
  • Foxconn senior manager quietly sold $1.5M worth of stolen iPhones before they caught him (2016-12-02 12:17:40)
    Tsai, a former senior manager at Foxconn, stole and then sold some 5,700 iPhones in recent years, which netted him and his accomplices about $1.56 million. An internal audit at Foxconn discovered the scheme earlier this year, and Tsai now faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. MUST SEE:  How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone Tsai worked in a testing department, AFP reports , where he instructed eight employees to smuggle out thousands of iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s units that were supposed to be destroyed. He then sold the phones to stores in Shenzen between 2013 and 2014. Foxconn reported the case to authorities after discovering the issue during an internal audit. Tsai was questioned upon his return to Taiwan, and has since been released on bail. He’s now awaiting trial on breach of trust charges. Foxconn is the largest electronics manufacturer in the world and Apple’s primary supplier of iPhones. The lucrative iPhone contract does not extend to Foxconn’s employee, though; the giant company has been criticized in the past for its low wages and poor working conditions. Tsai isn’t the only former Foxconn employee to be charged with breach of trust. In 2014, five Foxconn employees faced similar charges after soliciting more than $5 million in kickbacks from Foxconn suppliers in exchange for clearing quality checks and buying equipment. They were sentenced by a court in Taipei last month to up to 10 years and six months in prison each.
  • DirecTV Now plagued by launch week errors (2016-12-02 12:16:45)
    DirecTV Now got off to a rocky start this week, with many customers experiencing errors that made it difficult or impossible to use the newly launched internet TV service. Customers have been tweeting at DirecTV’s support account over the past two days about errors preventing them from logging in, watching the entirety of shows, or playing anything at all. DirecTV acknowledged on Twitter that subscribers were having trouble logging in, later saying the issue had been resolved Thursday morning.
  • FCC: AT&T, Verizon shouldn't exempt own apps from data caps (2016-12-02 12:15:41)
    U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers' cellphones. The Federal Communications Commission sent letters to the country's biggest ...
  • Net neutrality, standing in line for Spectacles, and Gilmore Girls (2016-12-02 12:03:49)
    Shoppers lined up as early as 4AM to get a pair of Snapchat Spectacles at the pop-up shop on 59th Street in New York City. Dieter and Nilay are out this week, so Paul enlisted some of his colleagues who would never let him down like that and made his own Vergecast that's centered around talking to people not named Dieter or Nilay. Want to learn what AT&T's new DirecTV Now service has to do with net neutrality?
  • Watch Link complete a quest and beat a boss in new ‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ video (2016-12-02 11:48:41)
    Nintendo hasn't been shy about showing off footage from the early stages of  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , but last night during The Game Awards 2016, we got our first look at a random quest that seemed to be from later in the game. SEE ALSO:  Here comes the OLED iPhone 8 As was previously announced, Nintendo appeared at The Game Awards on Thursday night (via pre-recorded video) to show off new footage from Breath of the Wild on Wii U. In the video, we see Link (in some fancy red armor) accept a quest from a mysterious character we've never seen before named Kass: Kass doesn't actually tell Link where to find the shrine, but instead gives him hints about where it might be based on landmarks in the area. So once Link accepts the quest, he has to find the head of a stone serpent and travel in the direction that its head is facing. For those of you who prefer exploration to following waypoints on a minimap, it looks like the new  Zelda might be a perfect match. On the way to the shrine, we see Link battle with ranged and melee weapons, pick up weapons from enemies he's felled, eat food to restore his health and even fail his quest after being struck by a shock arrow, resulting in a game over screen. But eventually, Link makes it to the shrine, wards off two camouflaged lizard warriors and beats the intimidating miniboss. Unfortunately, Nintendo wouldn't let us see what Link's reward was for completing the quest. Zelda: Breath of the Wild hits Wii U and Switch in 2017.
  • Finally you can say ‘OK Google’ to command Android Auto in your car (2016-12-02 11:34:00)
    “OK Google,” the voice command that can be used with everything from Google Home to the Pixel smartphone, is finally coming to Android Auto — albeit very slowly. Android Auto, like Apple’s CarPlay, is software that runs either on your vehicle’s dash display or on your smartphone that brings all of your apps into your car. When Android Auto eventually surfaces for compatible vehicles, drivers will be able to use the voice command “OK Google” to get directions, check the weather, or change their music.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will move into Broadway in 2018 with a unique new look (2016-12-02 11:23:19)
    Ever since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened on London’s West End, US fans have wondered when the show would make the jump across the Atlantic. This morning, the Lyric Theater confirmed on Twitter and Facebook that Cirque Du Soleil will be vacating Broadway’s Lyric Theater in April 2017. According to Deadline, the US production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will take its place on Broadway in 2018.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will move into Broadway in 2017 with a unique new look (2016-12-02 11:23:19)
    Ever since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened on London’s West End, US fans have wondered when the show would make the jump across the Atlantic. This morning, the Lyric Theater confirmed on Twitter and Facebook that Cirque Du Soleil will be vacating Broadway’s Lyric Theater in April 2017. According to Deadline, the US production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will take its place on Broadway.
  • See if Your iPhone 6s is Eligible for Battery Replacement (Update) (2016-12-02 11:22:00)
    Editors' Note: This story was updated on Dec. 2 with news of Apple's tool for eligibility. As we reported last month, Apple is starting a battery replacement program to fix a bug that's causing certain iPhone 6s models to randomly shutdown due to faulty batteries. Now, we've learned that you can check whether or not your iPhone qualifies for this new battery program, using a new tool made available from Apple itself.
  • 12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now (2016-12-02 11:21:42)
    Can you believe we're less than a month away from 2017? New Year's Eve is just four short weeks away, but we've still got plenty of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free to share with you before 2016 comes to a close. Today's list features 12 different apps on sale, and some of them are almost never made available for free so you'll definitely want to check them out. MUST SEE:  How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Onion Browser Normally $0.99. Onion Browser is the original Tor-powered web browser that helps you bypass censorship and access the internet with more privacy. “The best Tor-related offering on iOS right now is Onion Browser” - The Daily Dot, October 14, 2015. Featured in: The New York Times, The Guardian, Salon, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Boing Boing, Lifehacker, Macworld, The Daily Dot, & others. -------------------- • Internet access tunneled over the Tor network: - Websites do not see your real IP address. - ISPs and insecure wireless networks cannot see your browsing. - Access .onion websites: anonymous "hidden service" sites only accessible through Tor. • Defeat internet filters and censors with "obfs4" & "meek" traffic masking. (See DISCLAIMERS below.) • Fight online tracking: use a new IP address and clear your cookies/history/cache in one button. • Block third party cookies or all cookies. • Disable scripts and multimedia content that can be used to track you. Download Onion Browser GIFit Normally $4.99. The ULTIMATE GIF experience; create, view, save, edit, personalize, and share gifs with everyone. You are now a GIFit creator. App Features: - convert photo or video to gif - preview any gif on your camera roll - share gifs to your social media with just a click - save gifs to your device or send to a friend - customize gifs with over 10 different settings (dimensions, frame delay, loop count, aspect fit/fill, etc.) - rearrange gif frames by clicking and dragging - landscape and portrait mode - and MORE! Start GIFit! Convert images and videos into gifs, then customize them to your perfect settings. Preview already made gifs from your camera roll or create custom gifs on-the-go. Share to social media or simply save to your own device. With GIFit, your animations are LIMITLESS! As you may already know, it sucks that gifs saved on your device appear as a normal picture-- GIFit allows you to see which gifs are on your phone, preview them, and CUSTOMIZE them. We are done with the desktop to phone shifting-- have all your gifs and gif tools in one place! Live EDITOR lets you be in control! Edit your own gifs; drag and drop the frames in the order you want. No more dealing with unorganized uploads. Customization is key! With over 10 different settings, GIFit allows you to make the masterpiece you've been visioning. Change the SIZE of your animation, the frame DELAY, loop count, aspect fit/fill, preserve transparency, CROPPING, and more. All this GIFit power right at your finger tips. SHARE to your favorite SOCIAL networks! Easily press on the share button and send to friends, save the gif to your device and upload to social media, iMessage, email, and more. For All iPhones and iPads Download GIFit WOOSIK Normally $6.99. WOOSIK is the ULTIMATE music player for any Soundcloud user that finds their native app to be too clunky! WOOSIK is simple and intuitive, allowing the user to focus on the music. With completely AD FREE listening, WOOSIK is the only music player to offer exclusive access to Soundcloud with no cost and no ads. Don't waste your time skipping Soundcloud ads... Just get WOOSIK! WOOSIK is the best way to search for millions of free music and audio tracks via Soundcloud... AD FREE! Listen to any song, album, podcast, or audio recording that is available on Soundcloud for absolutely free, no strings attached. No sign up required. WOOSIK Key Features: - ENTIRELY AD FREE - Explore trending music by genre and playlists - Search unlimited free music, audiobooks, and anything else available on SoundCloud - Create and Manage your Playlists - Keep track of all your recent songs - Use unique colors to customize your WOOSIK experience - Background Play & Select music from the lock screen - Simple Music Player is available on all pages for convenience Compatible with iPhone and iPad, all versions. Download WOOSIK Web Recorder Pro Normally $1.99. This application is a solution for those who want to record browsing tasks. If you find out interesting things on the webs and like to share it with your friends, or you want to instruct them doing some manipulation on webs, “Web Recorder Pro” will help you by the fastest way. How to use this app: Click (Start) button to go to the web browser screen, and then type a website address. Click on the phone symbol to start recording, and hit this button again if you want to stop. Recorded files will appear on the list, and are always ready for you to share! “Web Recorder Pro” will bring to you the best video quality, run smoothly and very easy to use. We hope this app will be useful for you. Download Web Recorder Pro Faux Browser Normally $9.99. Let’s say you are browsing some adult web site. Your girlfriend, spouse, coworker, roommate or your mom walks into your room. Don’t panic. Just press Home button. Pressing Home button wipes the page clean. Even the multi-tasking screen is cleaned out. Firefox browsing mode --------------------------- Faux Browser does Desktop browsing mode. Find the Desktop browsing mode setting at. 1) Open Settings -> Faux Browser -> Firefox Desktop browsing 2) Tap it to turn it on. Use it to browse the Firefox only websites. Privacy Browsing --------------------------- Faux Browser does not use Google, who records your searching keywords and sell them to unknown third parties. We use DuckDuckGo, a private search engine which does not record anything about you. Moreover. all online tracking cookies are removed when you are done. Traces of all sites you visited are wiped clean. Analytics Opt-Out --------------------------- We respect our users privacy, and we understand that it is an individual choice. With Faux Browser, you can now Opt-Out from Analytics. To do so. 1) Open Settings -> Faux Browser -> Allow Google Analytics 2) Tap it to turn it off. Download Faux Browser Tomatodo Normally $1.99. PomodoroToDo combines Pomodoro Technique and traditional task management (GTD), PomodoroToDo make you easy to collect & arrange tasks in your work&life. You can use the Pomodoro Technique to complete task efficiently, PomodoroToDo makes your work&life more productive! Key features: • Organize your tasks for life, work and everywhere in between in with Projects • Show progress of projects, and every project workload in detail. • You can set the number of Pomodoro, deadline, reminder, repetition, note&subtasks. • Integrated Pomodoro Timer, you can work more efficiently by use it. • Detailed reports, you can check your number of completed tasks, number of completed pomodoros, and the general trend in the number of completed tasks and the number of completed pomdoros. Download Tomatodo Sneezies HD Normally $2.99. Grab a cup of tea, relax on your favorite beanbag, and enjoy the soothing, melodic gameplay and fantastic HD graphics in remastered version of the iPhone’s most addictive, casual viral game, Sneezies - an overload of cuteness! Sneezies HD is now a universal app, including iPhone, iPod, iPad, & Apple TV support. Drifting around the touchscreen are a host Sneezies with a tickle in their nose, ready to cause a chain reaction as their fellow balls of floating fluff sneeze, taking viral gameplay to a very literal new height. Touch the screen to drop a burst of sneezing powder into the field of floating Sneezies and watch as they sneeze themselves out of their bubbles in a marvelous chain reaction. Try to rescue as many Sneezies as you can in one go by setting off the chain reaction at just the right place, and at just the right moment. Play through 45 relaxing levels of Sneezies in the Classic Mode, or unleash your skills in the 15 Challenge Mode levels and post your high scores online to see how you stack up against other Sneezies players around the world. THE MEDIA HAS CAUGHT THE SNEEZIES BUG "Sneezies is a great, fun, and amazingly cute puzzle game. 4.5/5.” - "Sneezies is a game that is extremely easy to pick up and play, not to mention lots of fun and addictive as well. Grab it!" - HIGH DEF SNEEZIES SPREADING ON THE BIG SCREEN •Simple, relaxing, single-finger gameplay that’s highly addictive. •All new high definition version of the hit iPhone game. •Over 60 different levels of increasing difficulty to play through. FOLLOW A CHAIN REACTION OF SNEEZIES STUFF Download Sneezies HD Short Menu Normally $1.99. In times of social networks and smartphones we use URLs all day. But they can be really long - too long! They neither look pleasant on our small screens nor in longer texts on big screens. They take away space - important space. Short Menu solves this problem. It sends your long URL to a service of your choice, which then returns a short URL you can use instead. Short Menu, its 2 Action Extensions and Today Widget support 18 different services (5 require sign-in) and is extremely easy to use. On launch it will automatically take the URL from your clipboard. You only have to press one button, then Short Menu will shorten your URL and automatically copy the short URL for you. After shortening, Short Menu saves both the short and long URL in your history, which will be synced with iCloud to ensure you got all your short URLs on all your devices (even on your Mac if you're using the macOS version). Short Menu perfectly integrates with, Rebrandly, Google, Hive,, Droplr and CloudApp (for using Rebrandly,, Droplr or CloudApp, an account is obligatory). You can easily manage all your accounts in Short Menu's settings and, if you added multiple accounts for the same service, activate the account Short Menu shall use. Got your own URL service? Short Menu can handle it. You can add as many custom services as you like. Short Menu can send both GET and POST requests, add HTTP headers and supports different encodings for POST requests. To avoid the need of entering the same information about your custom services again and again, they will be synced with iCloud. TL;DR - Lightning fast URL shortening with 18 services supported by default - 8 of the default services and all custom services support custom keywords - Use the two Action Extensions to shorten URLs system-wide - Shorten URLs from anywhere using the today widget - Add as many, Rebrandly, Google, Hive,, Droplr and CloudApp accounts as you want - Add an unlimited number of custom services - Copy and share any URL from your history - Your history and custom services will be synced with iCloud - Supports x-callback-urls for Launch Center Pro Download Short Menu Treble Radio Normally $4.99. Great music discovery is effortless and free with TREBEL Radio. Just start with the genres and we will do the rest. It’s easy to stream personalized radio that play only music you’ll love. Tap into an entire world of music, including almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and obscure. Create up to 30,000 radio stations with your free account. Not sure where to start? Explore hundreds of music and comedy genre stations with new stations added weekly. Download Treble Radio RepostToStories for Instagram Normally $3.99. Now you can share Instagram posts with your followers on Instagram stories. When you find an interesting post, repost it to your stories so that your audience can also enjoy it. Don't want to mess up your perfect Instagram page by re-posting random content? Well now you can repost them all to IG Stories. WHY REPOST TO STORIES? + Easily provide valuable content to your audience by reposting + Be visible to your audience and others + Gain more followers by staying on Stories feed + When you post constantly to your stories you will be discovered by many new users on discover page on IG. + No need to repost random content to your Instagram page. + Keep your Instagram page clean. FOR BRANDS: + This could be a great way to feature your customers. Showcase your customer's photos on Stories daily and inspire others. FEATURES: + No login required + Just Copy Share URL and open the app to Repost + Auto detect copied Instagram post share URLs + Three Layout styles - Repost pictures with caption - Centered - Color Fill - Automatically detects matching background color and fill the empty space REQUIREMENTS: - The app is to be used with Instagram Note: - RepostToStories App is in no way associated with or endorsed by Instagram. - Currently supports only picture reposts only (Video repost coming soon) - Sharing private posts not supported - This app is not for Reposting Stories it is for reposting posts to stories. - Make sure to ask permission to repost if required Download RepostToStories for Instagram Live Memories Normally $0.99. Enjoy your Live Photos - You can see your Live Photos. - Your Live Photos will be played automatically. See Every Single Moment - You can see all frames of your Live Photo. - You can save the frames as photo. - You can also save the video. Download Live Memories dB meter Normally $0.99. dBA Meter app well calibrated with professional noise meter tool OKTAVA 110A-PRO. Measure sound SPL level/noise: -Current average SPL level -Peak SPL level -Average maximum SPL level -Absolute maximum SPL level Graph histogram for (change in settings): -Current average SPL level -Peak SPL level Additional features: -Save measurements -Upside down orientation to easy use. Download dB meter
  • DJ Earworm’s yearly mash-up of pop’s biggest hits is here (2016-12-02 11:01:39)
    “The whole year put you in the worst mood,” The Weeknd croons to kick off DJ Earworm’s annual hit extravaganza, “The United States of Pop.” True, Abel, and thank you for noticing. The mash-up features 25 of the year’s biggest hits, including Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles,” Sia’s “Cheap Thrills,” and Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home.” Where last year’s track synthesized 50 songs into one sultry bedroom slow-jam, this year’s product uses fewer pieces and delivers something more frantic, anxious, and occasionally scary. At one point, former One Direction member Zayn Malik’s hit break-out single “Pillowtalk” is sped up by a factor of at least four and paired with a shot of 14-year-old Sia muse Maddie Ziegler covering her eyes and sticking out her tongue.
  • The Galaxy S8 might not copy the iPhone 7’s best feature after all (2016-12-02 10:58:59)
    Samsung may find inspiration for the Galaxy S8 in several iPhone 7 features and iPhone 8 rumors. But despite earlier rumors to the contrary, a new report says that the iPhone 7’s hottest new feature might not be coming to the Galaxy S8 after all. DON’T MISS:  How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone According to a Weibo user who has a history of leaking details about unreleased mobile devices, the Galaxy S8 may feature a single lens camera on the back rather than a dual lens camera like the one found on the iPhone 7 Plus. Samsung is rumored to be prepping a pair of new Galaxy S8 models that will launch next year, including a regular S8 and a phablet model. Earlier reports claimed that Samsung may follow Apple’s iPhone release pattern and offer buyers two different sized handsets that would be otherwise similar. There’s also one other reason for Samsung to release a Galaxy S8 phablet next year: the terrible fate of the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung may be looking to target Galaxy Note 7 fans with a brand new large-screen smartphone. With that in mind, it would not be surprising to see a regular Galaxy S8 ship with a single lens rear camera setup just like the iPhone 7. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8 Plus could still be in for a dual lens camera upgrade. After all, this is just a rumor and Samsung still has plenty of time. The iPhone 7 Plus delivers a better camera experience than the iPhone 7, as the dual camera lets users add DSLR-like blur effects to their portrait photos. The most recent rumors concerning the iPhone 8 claim that Apple will keep the dual lens camera setup in place in the iPhone 8 Plus and the new OLED iPhone 8, while the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 8 sticks with a single-lens camera.
  • How to steal $40 million in two days (2016-12-02 10:54:44)
    The heist came in two parts: first, a quiet hack of a payment processor to raise withdrawal limits on specific cards, then a mad dash to withdraw as much cash as possible before the processor caught on. By the time the processor fixed the hack, criminals had made 26,000 withdrawals across 24 different countries.
  • Super Mario Maker on 3DS is the perfect way to introduce kids to Mario (2016-12-02 10:50:12)
    There have been a few exceptions that worked — educational game Metamorphabet, and the zen mode in Alto’s Adventure — but there’s always been one game she wanted to play, but couldn’t get into because of the challenge: Super Mario. Super Mario Maker on 3DS is an almost direct port of the Wii U game that launched last year. The premise is the same: using the touchscreen, you can construct your own 2D, side-scrolling Mario levels.
  • EU ministers back caps on wholesale mobile phone roaming fees (2016-12-02 10:40:39)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union ministers on Friday backed lowering the caps for how much mobile telecoms operators can charge each other to keep their customers connected while abroad, although they are likely to be cut further in subsequent negotiations. Ministers gave Slovakia, which holds the rotating EU presidency, a mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament on a series of wholesale price caps for handling voice, SMS and data traffic between different EU countries. The European Commission had proposed a cap of 8.5 euros per gigabyte while the European Parliament on Tuesday pushed for an initial cap of 4 euros, declining to just 1 euro.
  • Sensor industry to grow to $162 billion thanks to IoT, smart cities and eHealth (2016-12-02 10:36:13)
    The global sensors market is projected to generate more than $162 billion in 2019. Here's what that means for the growth of IoT, 3D printing, and more.
  • NES Classic and Hatchimals might actually be in stock at one store this weekend (2016-12-02 10:35:53)
    You may have missed out on buying an NES Classic Edition last week, but all hope is not lost. Rather than paying a premium price on eBay to get your NES Classic console by Christmas, you should check out a Toys R Us store near you this weekend. On top of that, Toys R Us will also have Hatchimals back in stock and ready for buyers on Sunday. DON’T MISS:  How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone According to BFAds ’ sources , Toys R Us will release Hatchimals inventory this Sunday at 8:00 AM, priced at $59.99 per toy. Hatchimals are pretty much sold out everywhere, so if you want to get one in time for Christmas, this might be your best chance. The NES Classic retails for $59.99, and the system comes packed with 30 classic NES games. The console was one of the hottest items on sale during the Black Friday week, and it’s also sold out everywhere. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo had a tough time dealing with the unexpected demand for the gaming system, and some people are currently paying thousands of dollars on eBay for the retro consoles. A leaked ad showing the Toys R Us ad for December 4th follows below. BFAds notes that employees from a Santa Cruz Toys R Us store posted a video on Instagram seemingly confirming the upcoming availability of the two products, but that video is now unavailable. A comment on product tracking site  Zoolert also mentioned the new Toys R Us ad.
  • The Hamilton Mixtape is here — your weekend will be fine (2016-12-02 10:33:25)
    Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning hip-hop musical about the founding fathers, has a spinoff. The Hamilton Mixtape, released today, includes covers by some of the show’s inspirations (Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes, Ashanti, Ja Rule, and Alicia Keys, to name a few), demos of songs that were cut from the original musical (most of them cynical, unruly, out of place, but oddly prescient given the dark political atmosphere ahead), and other odds and ends compiled by Hamilton’s biggest fans who also happen to be famous musicians. Some of the new tracks on the mixtape also double down on criticism of the second president John Adams, who was notorious for his temper, paranoia, and bizarre moods, and whom San Francisco slam poet Watsky mocks in Hamilton’s voice on “An Open Letter,” saying “you’re always goin’ beserk / but you never show up to work.” The new song closes with the promise “I don’t care if I kill my career with this letter / I’m confining you to one term.” If you squint a little, it’s pretty timely.
  • U.S. regulator clears way for online lenders to have national charter (2016-12-02 10:20:01)
    Online credit companies and paperless lenders may seek a federal charter to do their business nationwide under a plan outlined on Friday by a U.S. banking regulator. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the main regulator for federal banks, said it hoped offering a charter for "fintech" companies would spur innovation in the banking sector. The move might change the regulatory landscape for online lenders such as On Deck, Kabbage Inc. and Quicken Loans.
  • Russia central bank: hackers stole over 2 billion roubles from accounts in central bank (2016-12-02 10:17:33)
    Hackers have stolen more than 2 billion roubles ($31.3 million) from banks' correspondent accounts in Russian central bank, the central bank official Artyom Sychyov told a briefing on Friday. Hackers broke into accounts at the Russian central bank earlier this year by faking a client's credentials and attempted to steal $45 million, the bank said in a report released earlier on Friday.
  • German Parliament chief to OK probe of WikiLeaks documents (2016-12-02 10:02:01)
    BERLIN (AP) — The speaker of the German Parliament is planning to approve a criminal investigation into the leak of confidential documents relating to U.S. intelligence activities in the country.
  • How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone (2016-12-02 09:45:33)
    Emoji are sooooo  last year. It's almost 2017 and it's time to change things up. You've been sending messages packed full of emoji for years now, just like everyone else. In fact, even your parents and grandparents are stringing together all sorts of emoji in their text messages. Do you really want to keep filling your messages with emoji now that they've officially been adopted by the olds ? No, of course you don't — you know it, and we know it. What you might not know, however, is that the answer is already hiding in your iPhone right now... you just have to learn how to uncover it. MUST READ:  Here comes the OLED iPhone 8 Emoji have gotten pretty boring at this point, which is probably why Apple is rushing to be the first major smartphone maker to support Unicode 9.0. With the upcoming release of iOS 10.2, Apple will add more than 70 new emoji to iPhones and iPads around the world. Included among them are some hotly anticipated additions such as the face palm, shrug, selfie, lying face, clown, dancing man and plenty more. You can see all of the new emoji coming in iOS 10.2 right here in this post . But that's only a temporary fix. The new emoji coming in Apple's next big software update will only make things interesting again for a few days at most. The fun will definitely be over once you're mom starts sending you face palms every five minutes. iMessage's new stickers are a nice alternative, but there's also a secret keyboard that's already hiding inside your iPhone, and it lets you send all sorts of fun text-based emoticons. You know the ones — they're often referred to as kaomoji. Or maybe you've never heard of them  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Enabling the hidden kaomoji keyboard in your iPhone really couldn't be easier. In fact, you already went through all the steps the first time you enabled the emoji keyboard all those years ago. Here's how it works: Open the Settings app Tap General Scroll down and tap Keyboard Tap Keyboards at the top of the screen Now select Add New Keyboard... From the list of languages, choose Japanese and then Kana That's it. Now you can access the new emoticon keyboard the same way you switch from Apple's standard text keyboard to the emoji keyboard. Just select the Kana keyboard and press the ^_^ button in the bottom row to access all the kaomoji. Below, you'll find two screenshots that show you what your new emoticon keyboard will look like.
  • How to use PowerShell to investigate Windows Defender's malware signature definitions database (2016-12-02 09:35:00)
    What malware does Windows Defender recognize? Learn how to use PowerShell's Defender cmdlets to peek inside the malware signature definitions database.
  • Forget Black Friday, Best Buy is about to host a ‘Special Edition’ sale (2016-12-02 09:18:39)
    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us at this point, but the special Christmas sales are just getting started. Best Buy on Friday announced its first "Special Edition Tech collection" sale. Beginning on December 4th, Best Buy will start selling a “one-of-a-kind” collection of products that you might not find anywhere else this holiday season. DON’T MISS: A 75-year-old’s excellent Tweet may be the only good thing in 2016 Best Buy will have the following products in limited quantities, both online and in select stores, “so when they’re gone, they’re gone.” Mind you, the list does not include some of the hottest tech gadgets in town, like the iPhone 7 or the PS4 Pro. But that doesn’t make the sale any less exciting. Here’s what’s included in Best Buy’s first Special Edition Tech collection: Shinola Magnolia Edition Red Belt Runwell Turntable, $2,499.98 Lenovo Yoga 910 Glass-Lid Laptop, $1,299.99 DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter in Black, $1,199.99 The Beatles Collectible 1964 Pro-Ject Turntable, $649.98 GoPro HERO5 Black 4K Action Camera plus Best Buy Holiday Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the 2017 X Games, $399.99 Beats Unity Edition Studio Wireless Headphones: available in USA, Mexico and Canada colors, $379.99 each Harry Potter 8-Film SteelBook Box Set, $99.99 kate spade new york Activity Tracker, $98 TUMI Aston Wrap Folio for Surface Pro, $79.99 South Park Character Figures 3-Pack, $39.99 Team Liquid Razer Deathadder Chroma Elite Mouse and Goliathus Mouse Mat, $69.99 South Park Character Figures 3-Pack, $39.99 Finally, you should also know that Best Buy offers you free shipping on select Special Edition products and all other products from now through December 24th. Best Buy Introduces Special Edition Tech Collection for the Holidays New collection features limited-edition tech gifts; most exclusive to Best Buy  MINNEAPOLIS—Friday, Dec. 2, 2016—This year, Best Buy is making it possible for customers to find that unique, one-of-a-kind gift that stands out from the rest. Today, Best Buy announced its first ever Special Edition Tech collection, a set of 11 limited-quantity tech gadgets—most of which are available only at Best Buy. This list of gadgets includes an exclusive Shinola turntable, a Bazooka-pink kate spade new york activity tracker, a Lenovo Yoga laptop individually numbered with a painted depth glass cover and more. These products will be available in select Best Buy stores and most will be available at starting this Sunday, Dec. 4. Many are available for a limited time only, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Best Buy's Special Edition Tech 2016: · Shinola Magnolia Edition Red Belt Runwell Turntable, $2,499.98 · Lenovo Yoga 910 Glass-Lid Laptop, $1,299.99 · Beats Unity Edition Studio Wireless Headphones: available in USA, Mexico and Canada colors, $379.99 each · kate spade new york Activity Tracker, $98 · DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter in Black, $1,199.99 · TUMI Aston Wrap Folio for Surface Pro, $79.99 · The Beatles Collectible 1964 Pro-Ject Turntable, $649.98 · GoPro HERO5 Black 4K Action Camera plus Best Buy Holiday Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the 2017 X Games, $399.99 · Harry Potter 8-Film SteelBook Box Set, $99.99 · South Park Character Figures 3-Pack, $39.99 · Team Liquid Razer Deathadder Chroma Elite Mouse and Goliathus Mouse Mat, $69.99 This year, customers can take advantage of free shipping on select Special Edition products and all products, with no minimum, on through Dec. 24. Make the most of your Special Edition tech with help from Best Buy’s Geek Squad® Agents. Agents are available in-store, in-home and online to assist 24/7/365. Visit for details and to schedule an appointment.
  • Get some new gadgets in fancy colors at Best Buy’s Special Edition Tech sale (2016-12-02 09:01:46)
    Black Friday may be over, but holiday sales are just beginning. And to celebrate the start of the holiday season, Best Buy is running a “Special Edition Tech” event, where it’s selling limited edition variants of popular products.Highlights of the sale include a Lenovo Yoga 910 that has a glass lid, a matte black DJI Phantom 4 drone, and limited edition turntables from Shinola and Pro-Ject. The sale itself starts on Sunday, December 4th, but quantities will apparently be limited, so consider signing up to be notified exactly when things go on sale if you’re interested in snagging something. ...
  • The LG UltraFine 4K is a great MacBook monitor (2016-12-02 08:30:02)
    No Apple product was more overdue an update than the Thunderbolt Display. First sold in 2011, its unlaminated, un-Retina screen was beautiful in its day, but Apple gave it so little attention that it even chose to throw an adapter in the box rather than update its charging cable with the 2012 MagSafe 2 connector. The advent of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 technology means that it's now possible to deliver the Thunderbolt Display's key feature of single-cable charging and video connectivity at higher, Retina-class resolutions.
  • Aixtron will have to cut costs, jobs if U.S. blocks China deal (2016-12-02 08:08:37)
    By Matthias Inverardi and Harro Ten Wolde FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Aixtron will have to take action to balance income and costs, including potential job cuts, if U.S. President Barack Obama blocks its takeover by China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC). Shares in the German semiconductor equipment maker fell more than 5 percent on Friday following a report by Bloomberg, citing sources, that said Obama was poised to block the deal. An Aixtron spokesman said it had not received a ruling, but that the deal would be called off if Obama formally blocked it.
  • Diversifying tech: Yes, white men can be part of the solution and not the problem (2016-12-02 07:56:56)
    Leadership consulting group White Men As Full Diversity Partners treats men in leadership positions as a potential force for change. Can this approach help the tech sector diversify?
  • Microsoft Teams: The smart person's guide (2016-12-02 07:50:00)
    This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about the chat-based communication and collaboration platform Microsoft Teams.
  • First Click: Will the ultimate Android phone be a Nokia? (2016-12-02 07:30:02)
    There was a time when all anyone wanted was a stock Android phone built by the hardware wizards at Nokia. Unfortunately, we never got it because Nokia's execs at the time felt like adopting Android would be a short-term solution akin to pissing in your pants for some temporary warmth in the winter. A Nokia phone running Android is on the way but it won't be designed in the city of Espoo, nor will it be built by the hardworking Finns in Salo.
  • France moves to ban misleading anti-abortion websites (2016-12-02 06:55:54)
    The French National Assembly this week moved to criminalize websites that spread “misinformation” about abortions and spread pro-life propaganda. It will now move on to the Senate, The Guardian reports. Supporters say the bill would target sites that masquerade as neutral sources of information on abortion, but are in fact operated by advocacy groups that seek to manipulate and pressure women into not terminating pregnancies.
  • Germany says own review of Aixtron sale to Chinese firm ongoing (2016-12-02 06:09:13)
    Germany's Economy Ministry declined to comment on Friday on a report that U.S. President Barack Obama was poised to block the sale of chip maker Aixtron to a Chinese firm and said its own independent review is ongoing. The Economy Ministry's review is ongoing and I have no new information," a spokesman told a regular government news conference in Berlin. The spokesman stressed the German government's review of the proposed sale of Aixtron to China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) was independent to the U.S. scrutiny of the deal.
  • Danish prosecutor indicts Uber over driver violations (2016-12-02 06:06:36)
    Ride-hailing group Uber Technologies' [UBER.UL] European business has been indicted in Denmark on charges of assisting two drivers in violating taxi laws, the Copenhagen police's head of public prosecutions said on Friday. The indictment of Uber BV is a test case seeking judicial assessment of possible complicity by the company in illegal acts by its drivers, Copenhagen police's top prosecutor Vibeke Thorkil-Jensen's said in a news release. An Uber driver in Denmark was convicted last month of violating taxi laws and fined 6,000 Danish crowns ($855), the latest blow to the ride-hailing service that has stirred protest and legal action worldwide.
  • Softbank's Son says will surpass $10 billion investment commitment for India (2016-12-02 06:00:42)
    Japanese telecom and media group SoftBank's investments in India will top $10 billion in 10 years, the company's chairman Masayoshi Son said on Friday. "I am going to surpass my commitment," Son told the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, referring to an earlier $10 billion commitment. The company still needed to raise $30 billion for a $100 billion technology investment fund, Son also said.
  • Denmark files charges against Uber over 'illegal' business (2016-12-02 05:22:29)
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish prosecutors have filed charges against Uber's European regional hub in the Netherlands with "helping to commit illegalities."
  • Aixtron says has not received Obama decision on China deal (2016-12-02 05:07:02)
    Aixtron said it had not received a ruling from U.S. President Barack Obama about whether a takeover by China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) could proceed, clouding the troubled German chip maker's outlook. Aixtron shares fell early on Friday following a report by Bloomberg that said Obama was poised to block the deal, citing sources. Last month, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) recommended that Aixtron's sale to the Chinese investment fund be stopped due to security concerns.
  • Microsoft's 12 Days of Deals returns with discounts on PCs, Surface, and Xbox (2016-12-02 05:04:21)
    Microsoft is bringing its 12 Days of Deals promotion back again this year. While previous years have seen heavy discounts on Groove Music subscriptions and a great deal on a Dell Windows tablet, this year Microsoft has a mix of promotions. Unusually, the company is revealing all of its deals ahead of time. Some of the highlights include 50 percent off select Xbox One games, a $100 gift card for purchasing a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift VR headset, and up to 40 percent off Dell PCs. Each deal will be available on a select day at 12AM PT from Microsoft’s retail stores and online site in the US. ...
  • Russia says foreign spies plan cyber attack on banking system (2016-12-02 03:51:30)
    Russia said on Friday it had uncovered a plot by foreign spy agencies to sow chaos in Russia's banking system via a coordinated wave of cyber attacks and fake social media reports about banks going bust. Russia's domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service (FSB), said in a statement that the servers to be used in the alleged cyber attack were located in the Netherlands, and were registered to a Ukrainian web hosting company called BlazingFast.
  • Honda outselling Toyota in China, sets up photo finish for 2016 (2016-12-02 03:35:09)
    By Jake Spring and Norihiko Shirouzu BEIJING (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co's sales in China surpassed those of Toyota Motor Corp for the first 11 months of 2016 as fresh models lured consumers and set the Japanese rivals up for a photo finish for full-year sales ranking in the world's top auto market. Chinese consumers have flocked to Honda's raft of new models, including a new version of the staple Civic sedan as well as particularly strong offerings in the booming sport-utility vehicle (SUVs) segment. To meet rising demand, Japan's No. 3 automaker plans to break ground on Dec. 8 on a new factory in central China's Wuhan, according to a media invitation Honda has sent out.
  • Russia warns of planned cyber attacks on its banks (2016-12-02 03:03:09)
    Russia's main domestic security agency says unspecified foreign special services are plotting a series of cyber attacks aimed at destabilizing the nation's financial system. The Federal Security Service, ...
  • The cloud war moves to machine learning: Does Google have an edge? (2016-12-02 03:00:03)
    AWS has been relatively quiet until lately on its machine and deep learning story. Has this given Google a beachhead?
  • Shenzhen-HK stock link lets foreigners access China's booming tech firms (2016-12-02 02:43:19)
    By Saikat Chatterjee HONG KONG (Reuters) - A long-awaited link between China's booming Shenzhen stock market and neighboring Honk Kong goes live on Monday, allowing foreign investors first-time access to some of the fastest growing technology companies in the world's second biggest economy. The link comes two years after regulators approved the Shanghai-Hong Kong stock connect scheme and extends China's efforts to open up its vast capital markets even as it struggles to enforce curbs on speculative money that was blamed for triggering last summer's stock market crash. The Shenzen opening - hobbled by delays of almost a year - will finally connect all of China's stock markets, which with a combined market cap of over $5 trillion serves up plenty of investment opportunities for foreigners and speculators.
  • Draft law gives Chinese police control of online discussion on disasters (2016-12-02 00:35:25)
    China's county-level police will be able to censor internet coverage of natural and man-made disasters, according to a revised draft of the country's policing law that the Chinese Public Security Bureau released late on Thursday. China reports a high rate of accidents and natural disasters every year due its vast geography and its relatively low public safety and building standards. Incidents are often met with an outpouring of public grief and anger that the authorities seek to contain using internet controls and state-media coverage focusing on successful relief work.
  • The Fujifilm X-A10 is the cheapest X-series mirrorless camera yet (2016-12-01 23:36:43)
    Fujifilm has announced the X-A10, a new X-series camera that hits the lowest price point yet for the company's well-received range of mirrorless models. It's $499.95 with a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, and will be available in January.
  • As Obama opens up about marijuana legalization, Trump’s pick for Attorney General is fiercely anti-pot (2016-12-01 23:31:46)
    The state of marijuana legalization across the United States is arguably at a crossroads. On the one hand, the judgmental prism through which society has traditionally viewed marijuana usage has become decidedly less harsh over the last few years. Whereas the drug was previously stigmatized as a gateway drug that would inevitably lead to a life of crime and heroin addition, societal acceptance of marijuana as a safe recreational drug seems to be taking hold in many regions across the country. To this point, the recent election saw four new states -- California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada -- pass laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Meanwhile, the number of states that have legalized marijuana use for medical reasons now stands at 25. DON'T MISS:  Somehow, the NES Classic wasn’t the hottest game console this Thanksgiving All that said, Donald Trump is our new President-elect and he recently picked Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for the role of attorney general. This is an interesting development for a few reasons. Whereas President Obama urged the Federal Government to handle marijuana-related indiscretions with kid gloves, Sessions has been on the anti-weed bandwagon for a number of years and will likely be keen on curbing the societal shift towards marijuana reform. It's important to note here that marijuana still remains an illegal drug under federal law. Just this past April, Sessions during a legislative hearing said that mairjuana is dangerous and that "good people don't smoke" it. “We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized," Sessions added. "It ought not to be minimized. It is in fact a very real danger." What's more, Sessions blamed the growing acceptance of marijuana squarely on Obama, arguing that one of his "greatest failures" has been his "lax treatment in comments on marijuana." Interestingly enough, with Trump set to take office next month, President Obama has seemingly opened up even more about his own personal thoughts vis a vis mary jane. During a recent interview with Rolling Stone , Obama intimated that marijuana should be treated the same way that we currently treat alcohol and tobacco, which is to say that it shouldn't be categorized as a crime under federal law. And I am not somebody who believes that legalization is a panacea. But I do believe that treating this as a public-health issue, the same way we do with cigarettes or alcohol, is the much smarter way to deal with it. ... And I will have the opportunity as a private citizen to describe where I think we need to go. But in light of these referenda passing, including in California, I've already said, and as I think I mentioned on Bill Maher's show, where he asked me about the same issue, that it is untenable over the long term for the Justice Department or the DEA to be enforcing a patchwork of laws, where something that's legal in one state could get you a 20-year prison sentence in another. So this is a debate that is now ripe, much in the same way that we ended up making progress on same-sex marriage. It's worth noting that the percentage of Americans who support the legalization of marijuana now stands at 56%, a marked increase from 1979 when the percentage was 27%. What's more, the percentage of Americans who support marijuana usage for medical use now stands at 87%.
  • Brilliant NES-style action game Shovel Knight is getting a prequel (2016-12-01 23:21:45)
    Yacht Club Games announced Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, a follow-up to the 2014 indie hit, at the 2016 Game Awards. Specter of Torment is actually a prequel to the original Shovel Knight, where players assume the role of the villainous Specter Knight as he gathers together The Order of No Quarter, which Shovel Knight fans know as the servants of the Enchantress and bosses of the original game. The prequel adds new enemies, abilities, and bosses to the franchise, but keeps the retro-inspired design of the first Shovel Knight game.
  • New Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer is the best look yet at gameplay (2016-12-01 23:18:59)
    BioWare has finally a new trailer of actual gameplay for the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda at The Game Awards. While we’ve already seen a series of trailers and a brief gameplay snippet at Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro announcement, the new footage is the first real look at what will be in store when Andromeda comes out next year. Mass Effect: Andromeda is set 600 years after the events of the original Mass Effect trilogy, and takes place in an entirely new galaxy from our own Milky Way.
  • Get your first good look at The Walking Dead game’s third season in this new trailer (2016-12-01 23:10:40)
    The third season of Telltale’s take on The Walking Dead isn’t far away, but up until now we’ve haven’t seen much of the game. In addition to show off a better look at The Walking Dead, Telltale also officially revealed that it’s working on a brand new series based on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, set to debut next year.
  • Watch two new trailers for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2016-12-01 23:04:50)
    With its 2017 release approaching, Nintendo is giving us yet another in-depth look at the much-anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Earlier, during the event’s pre-show, Nintendo also released a brief-yet-beautiful new trailer, showing off some of the locations through the world of Breath of the Wild, as well as a few of the creatures you’ll encounter and what could possibly be our first real look at Princess Zelda. Breath of the Wild looks to be a big departure for the series, shifting the Zelda formula into a more modern open world.
  • Bethesda unveils new Prey gameplay footage at The Game Awards (2016-12-01 22:39:43)
    Bethesda showed off new gameplay footage of the upcoming Prey reboot tonight at The 2016 Game Awards. The new trailer shows off some of the various weapons and abilities protagonist Morgan Yu will be wielding against the amorphous black goo creatures he or she will be facing. Additionally, a longer, nine-minute long look at more Prey gameplay can be seen at Game Informer.
  • Amazon adds live HBO and Cinemax to its cord-cutting offerings (2016-12-01 22:21:56)
    If you’re still looking for reasons to join  Amazon Prime , then Amazon has a brand new offer for you, one that may help with your cord-cutting efforts. Starting December 1st, Prime subscribers will find two new streaming options in Amazon Channels that they’ll certainly appreciate: HBO and Cinemax. DON’T MISS: This is why your iPhone 7’s battery might die in a year If you’re a Amazon Prime subscriber, you can get an HBO streaming subscription for $14.99 a month after a 30-day trial period. Cinemax is slightly cheaper at $9.99 per month. Obviously, these fees are on top of the yearly $99 fee that you pay for Prime, which gives you unlimited access to Amazon’s own streaming service. HBO is probably the most exciting of the two, as it gives you access to many of the latest movies, as well as some of the hottest TV show’s out there, including Game of Thrones , Silicon Valley, and Westworld — to name just a few. The full press release follows. HBO and Cinemax Now Available for Amazon Prime Members with Amazon Channels HBO subscription available for $14.99 per month includes favorite series likeWestworld, Game of Thrones, Divorce, Insecure, Silicon Valley, and the full HBO TV and movie selection available – without the need for a TV package In addition, Cinemax is now available on Amazon Channels for $9.99 per month – enjoyThe Knick, Quarry, Outcast, Banshee and Strike Back as well as blockbuster movies HBO and Cinemax premium networks join over eighty video subscriptions available on Amazon Channels SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced the launch of HBO and Cinemax on Amazon Channels. Prime members can now sign up for a monthly HBO subscription to get HBO’s award-winning content for just $14.99 per month. Available today, Prime members can now watch the latest episodes of HBO’s newest hits including Westworld, The Night Of, and Divorce, catch up on all seasons of Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley, watch hit movies including Deadpool, Straight Outta Compton, and Steve Jobs, and tune in to VICE News Tonight. The HBO subscription on Amazon Channels lets Prime members stream HBO whenever they want – without the need for a cable subscription. Prime members receive a 30-day free trial and then pay $14.99 per month thereafter. HBO – including series, original films, miniseries, sports, documentaries, specials and a wide selection of blockbuster movies – is available to stream today. Cinemax on Amazon Channels is also available today for $9.99 per month. Prime members can now enjoy the premier movie destination that offers unparalleled volume and variety as well as original series like The Knick, Quarry, Outcast, Banshee,and Strike Back. Cinemax also features the hottest blockbuster movies as part of the subscription including American Sniper, Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2 andVacation as well as Trainwreck and Jurassic World, arriving in December. For more information on HBO, Cinemax and Amazon Channels visit “HBO has produced some of the most groundbreaking, beloved and award-winning shows in television history. Their selection of blockbuster movies is unsurpassed, including hits like Batman vs. Superman, The Revenant, and Deadpool. And, our customers have been asking when all that wonderful content will be available on Amazon Channels,” said Michael Paull, Vice President, Digital Video, Amazon. “Prime members can now watch the latest episodes of the critically-acclaimed Westworld and Game of Thrones without the need for a cable subscription. We’re thrilled to work with HBO to bring their cutting-edge content to Amazon Prime members with Amazon Channels.” “For years now, Amazon has demonstrated an incomparable capability for bringing customers exactly what they want, in all the ways they want it,” said Sofia Chang, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Distribution and Home Entertainment, HBO. “We have a very successful partnership with this great company that continues to evolve. 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  • Dauntless is a co-op RPG about hunting magical dinosaurs (2016-12-01 21:56:57)
    Have you ever thought games like Diablo and Torchlight would be better if only they had dinosaurs? Well, Dauntless might just be for you.The upcoming action role-playing game takes place in a fantasy realm threatened by massive, dinosaur-like beasts called behemoths, and puts you in the role of a behemoth hunter known as a slayer. You can take the beasts on either on your own or cooperatively with groups of up to four players online. Like most other action RPGs, Dauntless will have a focus on gear, letting you upgrade your character by crafting new weapons and armor. ...
  • Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy game is official, and coming in 2017 (2016-12-01 21:39:17)
    Last month news of a Guardians of the Galaxy game from Telltale leaked out, and now the game is official. Telltale unveiled its latest project at the 2016 edition of the Game Awards in Los Angeles, though we don’t know much about the game itself. Of course, given Telltale’s previous work — including The Walking Dead and Batman — it’s likely the Guardians game will be an interactive drama featuring a heavy focus on choice.
  • Watch a creepy new Death Stranding trailer featuring Mads Mikkelsen and Guillermo del Toro (2016-12-01 21:29:27)
    Hideo Kojima took the stage at The 2016 Game Awards to unveil a new cryptic trailer for Death Stranding, the first game from the famous game developer after leaving Konami last year to turn Kojima Productions into an independent studio. Death Stranding is also the first game from the Metal Gear Solid creator since the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The new trailer joins the first footage unveiled at E3 earlier this year, and shows off more of the mysterious world of Death Stranding.
  • Apple apologizes for ruining iCloud calendar (2016-12-01 21:13:45)
    Some iPhone and Mac users have been experiencing a new annoying issue recently: iCloud calendar spam. What happens is that event invitations start appearing in the Calendar app on iOS and macOS, containing links to fake websites.  There are ways to fix the problem , although none of them come officially from Apple, and not all will completely deal with the matter. However, the Cupertino-based company is aware of the iCloud spam phenomenon, it’s sorry, and it’s working on it. DON’T MISS: This is why your iPhone 7’s battery might die in a year Apple would not give out more details about the matter, but at least acknowledged the issue in a statement to iMore , and said it’s taking measures on the server side of things. “We are sorry that some of our users are receiving spam calendar invitations,” Apple said. “We are actively working to address this issue by identifying and blocking suspicious senders and spam in the invites being sent.” We already showed you how to mitigate the issue for the time being. You can choose to disable calendars on iCloud, redirect invites to your email, or simply decline the dubious event invites you receive. You’ll have to disable Calendar on iCloud to solve the problem for good, at least until Apple puts in place a permanent fix that would prevent spammy events from making it the notification shade on your iOS or macOS device.
  • Twitter changes product head for third time in a year (2016-12-01 21:13:26)
    "Yes! Keith and team are joining Twitter to help lead and strengthen our service!," Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted on Thursday. Jeff Seibert, who was recently head of product, stepped down from in June after being in the role for about five months. Kevin Weil, who now heads Facebook Inc's Instagram product division, was with Twitter for more than five years and was vice-president of product development before Seibert.
  • Android Auto gains ‘OK Google’ functionality so you can talk to your car (2016-12-01 20:37:17)
    If your dream for the future includes everyone talking to their cars as though they're KITT from Knight Rider , Google has some good news for you. The most recent versions of Android Auto allow you to enable "OK Google" voice commands for the very first time. The feature, which Reddit user neo5468 is credited with first discovering, is useful for things like checking the weather and managing your music playlist while driving, and it's obviously a perfect fit given that it's all hands-free. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 orders reportedly drop as Apple goes big on the iPhone 8 Of course, anyone who has used Android Auto has had access to voice controlled features for a while now, but it required that you press the voice control button. The fact that Google had kept the much touted OK Google hotword feature from Auto for so long is a bit of a head scratcher, but it seems the company finally got around to flipping the on switch. To enable the feature, just head into your Android settings and, under the "Ok Google" detection option, toggle "While driving" to on. This will allow the hotword to be used even when in Auto mode, whether you're using it via your smartphone screen or your car's built-in dashboard display. While it appears the feature is indeed being rolled out to all users, Google appears to have chosen a staggered release, so there's a chance that you might not see the option. If you aren't lucky enough to have it available yet, it would pay to check back occasionally, as it is bound to pop up sooner rather than later.
  • Apple is offering refunds for one very specific Mac repair issue (2016-12-01 20:00:13)
    Apple's track record when it comes to admitting to faulty design is somewhat spotty, but customers can put another notch in the win column thanks to a new refund program that addresses an iMac part failure. According to a report by MacRumors , the company has distributed an internal update regarding an issue with the display hinge on iMacs sold between December of 2012 and July of 2014, noting that the Apple will now absorb the cost of repairs and refund past repairs that were paid for out of pocket. MUST SEE:  Apple may soon be sending drones to map your neighborhood Reports on Apple's support forums show that many, many iMac owners have ran into trouble with the iMac's screen hinge losing its ability to hold the display at any given angle. The faulty hinge makes it so the screen tilts forward immediately, rather than holding itself at the desired level. Apparently a plastic washer is to blame for the hinge losing its integrity, and while the part that causes the issue is tiny, the repair costs for replacing the hinge can be significant. In some cases, the final bill totals over $100, which is a pretty hefty dent. If you're an iMac owner with a busted hinge, the repair will now be covered in its entirety, provided you take it to an Apple authorized repair center and your computer falls within the timeframe that the guidelines dictate. If you already had the hinge repaired, and paid for it yourself, you can contact Apple in order to begin the refund process and get your repair cost back.
  • Alibaba is not buying India's Snapdeal: source (2016-12-01 19:39:27)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - China's Alibaba Group Holding is not buying Indian e-commerce company Snapdeal and is not in talks to do so, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday, dampening talk that an acquisition was in the works. (Reporting by Peter Henderson; Editing by Sandra Maler)
  • Britain's Talktalk becomes latest victim of software attack (2016-12-01 19:16:37)
    "Along with other Internet Service Providers in the UK and abroad, we are taking steps to review the potential impacts of the Mirai worm", Talktalk said, adding it has put additional controls in place. Mirai is a malicious software which in October cut off access to some of the world's best known websites, including Twitter and Spotify.
  • Thought Trump’s Twitter was bad? Next year, he can send texts to every phone in the US (2016-12-01 19:11:54)
    Any president, not just future President Donald Trump can send you text messages that you would not be able to block. No president did it in the past for personal reasons. The question is, will Trump do it once he takes office? DON’T MISS: This is why your iPhone 7’s battery might die in a year Given Trump’s preference for impetuously hurling out whatever goes through his mind via Twitter, you’d think that he’d find the WEA system even better suited for his needs. Short for Wireless Emergency Alerts, the system is a program put in place in 2006 after Congress passed the Warning, Alert, and Response Network Act (or WARN). The system can be used for instantly sending text messages to all cell phone numbers in use in the USA, and the recipients can't block it. Only three types of alerts are permitted, NYMag reports , including alerts by the President, alerts involving imminent threats to safety or life, and amber alerts. Depending on where you live, you may have received such messages in the past. Of those, the Presidential alerts can be blocked with the help of carriers. Should Trump ever consider that he needs to set the record straight on a matter beyond what a Twitter rant can offer, the WEAs system could be an option. Now, Trump would not be able to send the messages himself. He’d have to go through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System. And even if he could do it without objections from FEMA, there’s a certain learning curve to using the system. The following video from Business Insider further explains the WEAs communication system.
  • Presidents have the power to text all Americans. Will Trump? (2016-12-01 19:05:18)
    Donald Trump, US president-elect and Twitter aficionado, will be able to send unblockable mobile alerts to all Americans starting Jan. 20.
  • PSafe Tecnologia Antivirus, Booster & Cleaner (2016-12-01 18:50:22)
    Used by millions, psafe total keeps android safe, clean and fast 24/7
  • One Apple accessory could have saved the MacBook Pro (2016-12-01 18:42:15)
    The new MacBook Pro was a " courageous " decision for Apple in a bunch of different ways: only USB-C ports, that Touch Bar, killing off MagSafe. But all of those decisions have valid (if small) design benefits for Apple, so we'll let them stand. One thing that's difficult to explain away is the Pro's lack of graphical power. For a laptop that's supposed to be aimed at creative professionals -- the people who made Macs desirable in the first place -- the Pro is woefully inadequate for video editing, photographers, or anyone who needs more than a glorified netbook. DON'T MISS:  A 75-year-old’s excellent Tweet may be the only good thing in 2016 Yes, integrating a graphics card means more weight, more cost, and a shorter battery life. But that's not what we're talking about here. There is another way, thanks to the USB-C ports Apple decided to litter across its latest and greatest laptop. With a lot of trickery, some users and tech blogs have managed to get an external GPU designed for Windows laptops running on a MacBook Pro. Because of the tremendous speed and throughput of USB-C ports, it's very feasible to hook up an external graphics card to the MacBook Pro when you're at your desk, and use that for the heavy lifting. As an added side benefit, a GPU enclosure can also include a bunch more ports, including Ethernet, SD card readers, and USB-A ports -- all things that people have complained are missing on the new MacBook Pro. It sounds like the perfect solution: portability and battery power when you're on the move, true desktop-class practicality and performance when you're tethered to a desk. It would be the perfect solution, except for one tiny detail: Apple doesn't want it to happen. The company has refused to make an external GPU enclosure for MacBooks, and using a Windows one requires some hardcore tinkering. To get a Razer Core running with the new MacBook Pro, AppleInsider detailed a real tale of woe: "Getting an external GPU to work in macOS requires system integrity protection (SIP) to be disabled through the terminal. Then, a hack must be installed allowing for the Apple-laid block on some Thunderbolt 3 peripherals to be bypassed. Third, a DSDT system file needs to be edited, allowing for the functionality. Then, a script has to be run for graphic card identification, and even after all that, drivers may need to be installed. Then, there's compatibility issues that may have to be dealt with. The closer a GPU is to the "reference design" or manufacturer's standard, the better the results." Imagine if Apple put some of its talented engineers towards designing a custom GPU for MacBooks. Sure, it would have the GPU built in, and it'd probably cost somewhere around $800 for a graphics card that's $300 in stores. But considering people are spending easily upwards of $2,000 on the MacBook Pros (plus an extra $250 in dongles), it's really not that much of an ask.
  • Twitter has a new head of product who barely uses the product (2016-12-01 18:13:22)
    Twitter’s ceaseless search for someone to tell the social network where to go and how to get there has come to a momentary pause. The company announced today, on Twitter of course, that it has hired startup founder Keith Coleman as vice president of product. Coleman, according to his Twitter bio, is the CEO of Yes Inc., a relatively unknown Bay Area startup responsible for two social apps called Frenzy and WZD.
  • Watch The Game Awards 2016 live stream right here at 9PM ET (2016-12-01 18:11:10)
    On Thursday night, Geoff Keighley will host The Game Awards for the third year in a row. Although others have tried and failed to establish an award show for video games in the past (Spike TV's Video Game Awards being the most prominent), Keighley's self-funded event is the first to genuinely resonate with the gaming community, which explains its success over the past two years. Now, on Thursday, December 1st at 9PM ET, Keighley will once again take the stage to celebrate the best games of the year, while mixing in plenty of exclusive reveals, new trailers and musical performances along the way. SEE ALSO:  The NES Classic wasn’t the hottest console this Thanksgiving We'll discuss some of the reasons the show will be worth watching below, but here's the stream, set to go live when the preshow begins at 8:30PM ET: Here's a list of everything we know is going to happen at The Game Awards 2016: Psyonix will premiere the next update for Rocket League  during the preshow. Yacht Club Games will have an update on  Shovel Knight's  upcoming Specter Knight campaign during the preshow as well. Nintendo is going to show off new footage from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild . No word on whether or not we'll see the Switch version of the game, but either way, this should be reason enough to tune in for Nintendo fans. BioWare will unveil new gameplay footage from Mass Effect: Andromeda . Telltale Games will preview the third season of The Walking Dead . Bethesda will give us a closer look at the reworked  Prey . Hideo Kojima will finally get a trophy. Run the Jewels will perform. DOOM's soundtrack will be performed by a live orchestra. And don't forget, this is an award show, which means dozens of creators will be recognized for their achievements. If you want to see all of the nominees for this year's show, just head to . If you don't want to watch The Game Awards 2016 on YouTube, you can also watch on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook Live, Xbox Live, PlayStation, Steam or even in virtual reality with NextVR. But if you do decide to stick with YouTube, you're in for a treat — the company announced earlier this week that The Game Awards will be the first 4K live stream in the history of the video platform. Remember, the show begins at 9PM ET, but the preshow will start at 8:30.
  • US secretary of energy: to stop nuclear tests abroad, the US should ban them at home (2016-12-01 17:57:11)
    The United States needs to keep its nukes but put an end to nuclear weapons tests worldwide. In an editorial published today in the journal Science, Moniz argues that the US should finally ratify a 20-year-old international treaty that would ban nations from exploding nuclear weapons in order to test them. The US has already voluntarily stopped testing nuclear weapons, but other countries have not.
  • U.S. Government publishes augmented reality app that turns a dollar bill into the White House (2016-12-01 17:18:49)
    The United States government has just published an iOS app that uses augmented reality to identify dollar bills and create three dimensional models of the White House on top of them. No, you didn't accidentally click over to The Onion, this is an actual real thing. The app, which is called 1600  ( iOS , Android ) — in reference to the White House address of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — utlizes the iPhone camera to search detect the paper currency. Then, like magic, a little 3D White House pops up, complete with a waving flag and a flurry of activity. MUST SEE:  Watch Jyn Erso go to town on some stormtroopers in the first official ‘Rogue One’ clip The idea is that the app will show you what it's like at the White House year-round as it moves through the seasons. You'll see snow covering the ground in the winter and fireworks on the Fourth of July, and the entire experience is narrated by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. "As you experience a year at the White House – from the Easter Egg Roll to a State Arrival Ceremony – you’ll see that even as seasons and people change, the White House endures as an institution of American democracy," Earnest says in a blog post announcing the app's release. The app was designed with the help of Nexus Studios and in partnership with the White House Historical Association, so it's got authenticity in spades. It's a neat little augmented reality app and it's free, which makes it even better, and if watching a dollar bill give birth to a pint-sized White House isn't the perfect metaphor for American democracy, I don't know what is.
  • Ixoost's $21,000 speaker is the sickest Lambo I've ever seen (2016-12-01 17:18:41)
    As anyone knows, the pinnacle achievement for any vehicle is to be a sick Lambo. Whether a motorized arm chair, or an amphibious faux-Lamborghini Countach, any car can be a "sick Lambo" if it has enough spirit, drive, and confidence. The rest of the speaker is heavily inspired by Lamborghini's design style as well, including a power switch shaped like the push button starter that actual Lamborghinis have.
  • How Amazon wants to power the future of connected cars (2016-12-01 17:06:57)
    At the 2016 AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon's CJ Frost presented on how its Alexa product and other services will play into the next generation of automotive mobility.
  • This Tesla competitor’s new SUV is literally a photoshopped Mitsubishi (2016-12-01 16:37:28)
    It's not every day that a company is caught in a blatant lie whilst also ripping off a competitor in the process, but that's exactly what billion-dollar electric vehicle startup WM Motors is being accused of, and the evidence is pretty compelling. WM Motors — which has been touted as a legitimate Tesla competitor and boasts some big-name executives with impressive resumes — sent out a press release to outlets in its home market of China this week, and the rest of the world finally caught wind of it. The release, which focused on a trio of car models the company plans to launch, was accompanied by some promotional photos of the vehicles. DON'T MISS:  How to tell if Apple owes you a new iPhone battery Only the photos aren't exactly what they seem. Fred Lambert of Electrek thought he recognized the SUV in particular, and it turns out he was absolutely correct, because it looks shockingly like a Mitsubishi Outlander. Okay so what, car companies riff off of each other all the time, right? No, you see, the WM Motors SUV is literally just a Mitsubishi Outlander. It's a press photo of the 2016 model that has been photoshopped to alter its appearance. Much of the car remains completely unchanged from its original state, including the wheels, mirrors, door handles, and windows. A Chinese company shamelessly ripping off another brand isn't exactly new, but we're not talking about shady iPhone knockoffs here; WM Motors has raised over $1 billion for its electric car program, which it hopes to swing into production by 2018. Let's hope the company has a better plan for its actual vehicles than buying Mitsubishis and swapping out the badges.
  • Here are the 53 launch titles that will be available for the Oculus Touch controllers (2016-12-01 16:29:27)
    The Oculus Rift’s motion controllers come out on December 6th, and Oculus just announced the list of over 50 Touch-compatible games and apps that will be available on the Oculus Store at launch. There are 53 launch titles in all, ranging from smaller indie games to major studio productions. Some of these titles were already in the store and are just getting updated with Touch support, while others are completely new and specifically designed to take advantage of the motion controllers. ...
  • Google’s Daydream View VR headset is now available in crimson red and white (2016-12-01 16:29:22)
    Starting today, Google’s Daydream View VR headset comes in two new colors: crimson (dark red) and snow (white). Google unveiled all three colors together back when we got our first look at the Daydream View headset, but these two weren’t quite ready for launch.
  • The Nokia Android phones we always wanted are coming next year (2016-12-01 16:12:29)
    Better late than never, the saying goes. After almost a decade of waiting for Nokia to embrace Android, we may finally see it happen. The former undisputed leader of the phone business was overthrown in the iPhone and Android revolution. Nokia tried to stand out of the crowd by choosing Windows Phone over Android, and it ultimately died in Microsoft’s devastated arms. But the Nokia name lives on, and former fans will probably be excited to hear that come 2017, the first high-end Nokia-branded phones will be made official. DON’T MISS: This is why your iPhone 7’s battery might die in a year The old Nokia company will not be making phones per se. Not as it used to. Instead, the Nokia name will be licensed to Chinese phone makers. We already knew that for a few months . We also knew that the group who controls the Nokia brand had to wait for 2017 so that the existing provisions in contracts with Microsoft expire. Some six months ago, Microsoft sold its feature phone business that it got from Nokia to FIH Mobile, which is a Foxconn subsidiary, and to HMD Global Oy. The deal is complete. Nokia on Thursday confirmed that “Nokia brand licensee HMD Global is now the new home of Nokia phones.” “Under the agreement, Nokia will receive royalty payments from HMD for sales of every Nokia branded mobile phone and tablet, covering both brand and intellectual property rights. Nokia is not an investor or shareholder in HMD,” the announcement reads. HMD will make new Nokia phones under an exclusive global brand license for the next ten years. The word “Android” isn’t used anywhere in the announcement, but the press release does note that HMD will make phones and tablets, suggesting it’ll expand past feature phones in the coming years. The company does mention smartphones explicitly, on its phones page, which is once again available on . The company did not announce any new products, but existing rumors suggest that at least two Android handsets are in the works for next year.
  • The Best Winter Boots for Hiking (2016-12-01 16:00:00)
    Cold-weather trail tamers will have you looking forward to slush and snow.
  • Korg stuffed all the features of its Wavestation synth into an app (2016-12-01 15:52:20)
    The Wavestation synth was released in 1990 for around $2,000. Now Korg, the company behind Wavestation, is packing everything the synth offers into an iOS app called iWavestation. Korg had already released Wavestation as a Windows and Mac application for $99.99, but now you can go completely mobile.
  • Hubble’s space-themed holiday cards are perfect for the relatives you hate (2016-12-01 15:51:27)
    The holidays are a minefield of social obligation. Luckily, the beloved Hubble Space Telescope is here to help. Hubble is offering free holiday cards (some beautiful, some strange) that you can print and give to the people you know and occasionally love.
  • Streaming sports gets easier as NFL comes to CBS All Access (2016-12-01 15:51:18)
    CBS says NFL games are coming to its CBS All Access subscription service, making it a little easier for "cord cutters" to watch football without a pricey cable subscription. The ability to easily ...
  • Watch Jyn Erso go to town on some stormtroopers in the first official ‘Rogue One’ clip (2016-12-01 15:46:58)
    It's officially December, which means we're closer than we've ever been to the release of the first ever Star Wars spinoff movie. In the days leading up to the launch of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , you can expect to see Felicity Jones (who plays Jyn Erso in the movie) on every talk show and magazine cover in sight . That was the case on Wednesday night, when she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to discuss the training that she had to undergo in preparation for her part, but we also got to see the first official clip from the movie. SEE ALSO:  DirecTV Now is off to a really bad start After getting righteously owned by a lightsaber-wielding Felicity Jones, Fallon introduced a short, unedited clip from Rogue One  — the first we've ever seen. If you want to see it, skip ahead to the 3:10 mark in the video below: Although we've seen glimpses of this scene in trailers and TV spots, it's the first time we've really had the chance to see Jyn Erso battle for longer than an instant. As expected, she's a skilled combatant, and has no issue beating the crap out of a bunch of stormtroopers, with or without a blaster by her side. We also get to see a funny moment between Jyn and the reprogrammed Imperial security droid K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk), in which Jyn nearly shoots the robot in the heat of battle. He is, understandably, a bit distressed by the incident. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16th.
  • 4 common entry points to a smart city (2016-12-01 15:44:50)
    Experts share their tips on the best ways cities can start on the journey toward becoming smarter and better connected.
  • Moto pushes off smartwatches indefinitely (2016-12-01 15:31:54)
    Lenovo Moto today confirmed that it will not be releasing a new smartwatch for the launch of Android Wear 2.0, due early next year. The company had earlier said it would not be releasing a new smartwatch in 2016, but it is now saying that it doesn’t plan to put out a new device timed to the arrival of Google’s newest wearable platform, either. Shakil Barkat, head of global product development at Moto, said the company doesn’t “see enough pull in the market to put [a new smartwatch] out at this time,” though it may revisit the market in the future should technologies for the wrist improve.
  • Plex’s cloud media server now supports Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive (2016-12-01 15:27:09)
    Plex, a media server company that helps customers access files on a range of devices, is expanding its cloud service well beyond Amazon. Now, users of Plex Cloud can use Google Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft’s OneDrive to store media and other files.
  • How to tell if Apple owes you a new iPhone battery (2016-12-01 15:21:17)
    Apple is currently in the sixth stage of the "dealing with an Apple Product Fault" flowchart: Grudging Acceptance of a Very Limited Problem Probably Caused by Users. It has admitted that some iPhone 6s models have a faulty battery, which can cause them to shut down abruptly. It's offering free battery replacements , but only to users with phones it deems to be affected. DON'T MISS:  DirecTV Now is off to a really bad start To help work out if your iPhone is broke, Apple has created a handy tool that lets you enter your serial number to check if it's part of the recall program. If your phone is affected, there's still a few more conditions to check off. Apple says that any iPhones eligible for a battery replacement have to otherwise be in good condition -- if your screen is cracked or there's any evidence of water damage, you'll be out of luck. Assuming you meet all the conditions, you can make an appointment at an Apple Store or a certified Apple Technician to have the repair done. Apple isn't specifying if it will replace the battery on site, or just give you a refurbished iPhone with a functioning battery. To minimize in-store repairs, Apple normally just swaps out phones for any hardware issues. The battery fault only affects some iPhone 6s models produced between September and October 2015, according to Apple. However, the China Consumers Association has said  that Apple needs to take further measures, as the battery problem affects other iPhone versions, including the iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. There's also an outside possibility that this -- or a similar problem -- is being caused by the iOS 10.1.1 software update, which has seen more widespread reports of battery problems. Apple's speed in issuing a battery replacement program indicates that it found some kind of hardware flaw, but it's equally possible that a software bug is causing battery issues at the same time.
  • Tiny Wings update adds more levels, iPhone 6 resolution, Apple TV app (2016-12-01 15:03:48)
    In some of the most unexpected App Store news of the year, Tiny Wings — the classic iPhone game originally released in 2011 — has been updated, with new levels and support for the larger resolutions of Apple's newer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screens. Additionally, developer Andreas Illiger announced a separate $2.99 Apple TV version of the game, Tiny Wings TV, that's also out today. It also permits two-player split-screen, using an iPhone as a second controller.
  • Switching from Android to iOS this holiday season? Here's the guide that doesn't come with the gift (2016-12-01 14:52:59)
    Apple has made it incredibly easy to leave Android behind, but there are a few catches. Find out how to make the process super smooth for you and your loved ones.
  • CBS All Access will start streaming NFL games this Sunday (2016-12-01 14:39:15)
    CBS and the National Football League have reached an agreement to let subscribers of the network's $6-per-month All Access service stream live NFL games that appear on CBS TV. Future Thursday Night Football games will also be included. CBS boss Les Moonves said in September that a deal to put the NFL on All Access, which previously blocked games with the ugly message below, was in the works.
  • How might one live in this endless digital hallway of Jake Gyllenhaal photos? (2016-12-01 14:36:16)
    Today it has done so in the form of a “Gyllenhall” — a never-ending hallway covered in photos of Jake Gyllenhaal, down which the Brokeback Mountain line “I wish I knew how to quit you,” echoes for all eternity. The included photos of Jake Gyllenhaal range from photos of Jake looking incredible in a sweater, to photos of Jake looking incredible in a beard, to photos of Jake looking incredible in a white T-shirt, to photos of Jake looking incredible in extreme close-up so you can’t really tell what clothes he’s wearing or whether he’s wearing a beard. It’s not because the photos of Jake Gyllenhaal aren’t beautiful — it’s because I have bad eyesight and focusing on moving images on a screen hurts my peepers! If someone can come up with a solution to this, I’d love to hear it so that I can more practically consider taking up residence in this hallway for life.
  • Internet Archive heads to Canada to be 'safe' (2016-12-01 14:34:48)
    The Internet Archive, which keeps historical records of Web pages, is creating a new backup center in Canada, citing concerns about surveillance following the US presidential election of Donald Trump. It was a firm reminder that institutions like ours, built for the long term, need to design for change," said a blog post from Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian at the organization. While Trump has announced no new digital policies, his campaign comments have raised concerns his administration would be more active on government surveillance and less sensitive to civil liberties.
  • iPhone 7 orders reportedly drop as Apple goes big on the iPhone 8 (2016-12-01 14:28:01)
    2016 has been a somewhat disappointing year for Apple, but that's with the caveat that the company's growth was unsustainable. One way or another, the technology giant was eventually going to come back down to earth, and that's exactly what happened over the past twelve months. Still, despite the fact that sales have been consistently falling throughout 2016, the iPhone 7 was Apple's chance to stabilize. Based on recent reports, it's becoming increasingly clear that the iPhone 7 wasn't enough to revitalize the market. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 6s battery problems might be bigger than we thought Sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain reportedly told DigiTimes this week that Apple is reducing orders for the iPhone 7 in the wake of decreasing demand for the new flagship. Those sources say that the initial surge of demand was thanks in large part to excitement over the Jet Black model and the battery explosion crisis that forced Samsung to issue a worldwide recall for the Galaxy Note 7. Now that the market has calmed down and the sheen of Apple's latest color option has worn off, "demand for the iPhone 7 devices in China and other markets has scaled down significantly since their launch less than three months ago," the sources claim. "Suppliers and consumers alike" have already turned their attention to the 2017 version of the iPhone, which is expected to be a major leap forward rather than yet another iterative evolution of the iPhone 6. As DigiTimes notes: "Market rumors have indicated that the next generation iPhone will come with OLED displays, glass cases, dual-lens cameras, enhanced CPUs, and advanced sensors, while supporting mixed reality (MR) and wireless charging technologies." So with the iPhone 8 already dominating the conversation , despite the fact that we're only a few months out from the launch of the iPhone 7, sources in the supply chain "are mostly conservative about the shipment outlook for the iPhone 7 in the first half of 2017," expecting to ship 5 million fewer iPhones from January to June than they did from July to December this year. Looks like Ming-Chi Kuo knew what he was talking about .
  • Self-driving truck hits the road for debut on Ohio Turnpike (2016-12-01 14:23:02)
    A self-driving big rig is rolling down the Ohio Turnpike for the first time. The debut of the self-driving truck on Thursday is part of Ohio's $15 million investment in advanced self-driving highway technology. ...
  • Forget Doctor Strange, Sleight is the Iron Man remix we really need (2016-12-01 14:05:19)
    At a time when the major studios have glutted the market with superhero movies, it’s hard to find smaller projects that can compete with the hype. Sleight manages to rise above the crowd. The movie, which debuted earlier this year at Sundance, follows Bo (Black Nativity star Jacob Latimore), a gifted Los Angeles street magician who uses a powerful electromagnetic device to do levitation tricks as a way of getting by.
  • Reddit lost an adult CEO and installed a child (2016-12-01 14:03:44)
    Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao is still a Reddit user, and she just took her successor down a couple notches with pretty much the sickest burn I have ever seen on the site. Reddit co-founder and current CEO Steve Huffman recently “fucked up” (his own words) by editing comments on the site that were critical of him. Ellen wasn't the first Reddit engineer, so she probably lacked the expertise to do it, and even if she did, she was smart enough to not.
  • Somehow, the NES Classic wasn’t the hottest game console this Thanksgiving (2016-12-01 14:02:52)
    The NES Classic Edition has been an instant hit for Nintendo. You probably could've guessed that a $60 console preloaded with a bunch of retro games would be cannon fodder for the Instagram gamers of this world, but no-one predicted the supply shortages Nintendo has faced. The difficulty in getting consoles from stores has pushed many people onto eBay, and made the online marketplace the best (if most expensive) place to buy the Classic. But despite that, data from eBay shows that traditional, boring, non-hipster games consoles killed the NES Classic Edition over Thanksgiving. DON'T MISS:  This $150 crowdfunder solves all the MacBook Pro’s worst problems Data provided to   Polygon  from eBay showed that the PlayStation 4 was selling at a rate of one every 20 seconds during Black Friday, and the Xbox One was selling one a minute. The NES Classic Edition was selling much slower, at one every two minutes. Those numbers look even worse when you remember that the bulk of PlayStation and Xbox sales will have been as-new through traditional stores or Amazon, while the NES Classic Edition is selling almost exclusively through eBay. Walmart, Best Buy and Target are mostly out of the Classic Edition, with stock only showing up periodically. Getting your hands on an NES Classic Edition is almost impossible for the RRP right now. The same eBay data shows a regular selling point of around $200 on the grey market; compared to the $60 retail price, that's a huge markup, and puts the Classic in the same league as the PS4 or Xbox One. Nintendo's statement on Classic Edition availability has remained unchanged. The company says that "The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system is a hot item, and we are working hard to keep up with consumer demand. There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year. Please contact your local retailers to check product availability." Walmart and Target have seen a slow but steady trickle of stock coming in, and those stores appear to be your best bet . Walmart has flash sales going on at 5PM EST on days when they have fresh stock come in, so it's worth checking that every day to see if you'll get lucky. Otherwise, constantly stalking Target for new stock has paid off for some buyers . Using a stock-checking tool , you can see if inventory comes in overnight, and then go camp outside the store before opening time to get your hands on a console.
  • Stimulating the brain can bring back forgotten short-term memories (2016-12-01 14:00:01)
    From the point of view of a brain scan, this means that all the neurons, or brain cells, involved in remembering that name would fire continuously and light up on the scan. People have been wondering for a decade short-term memory might work when the neurons aren’t firing, says Edward Ester, a cognitive scientist at the University of California-San Diego who was not involved in the study. This way, they could see the exact pattern of neurons firing when the participant was thinking about that face, versus thinking about other images.
  • Why choosing a free platform can be a good way for your company to start analyzing data (2016-12-01 13:50:50)
    Free online tools for understanding data abound, each promising to help your business make sense of its data troves. But how to choose one? Here are the factors to consider.
  • Watch this robot struggle to walk over uneven ground like a real person (2016-12-01 13:41:28)
    Boston Dynamics, the famed manufacturer of the robots that will one day ascend past human intelligence and install themselves as our metallic overlords, released the latest version of its bipedal Atlas robot earlier this year.
  • iHeartRadio’s new service mixes broadcast radio with Napster on-demand (2016-12-01 13:34:04)
    In a bid to provide a more flexible service that can draw in customers who haven’t yet picked an on-demand streaming service, iHeartRadio is rolling out two new offerings today. The second, iHeartRadio All Access, costs $9.99 a month and has all the features of the first package, but adds an on-demand library of tracks powered by Napster. Having live radio as a part of your on-demand streaming service is a nice way around the exclusives we’re increasingly seeing on Apple Music or Tidal.
  • Police make 5 arrests in 'unprecedented' cybercrime takedown (2016-12-01 13:28:58)
    U.S. and European officials say they've knocked out a cybercrime group accused of inflicting hundreds of millions of dollars in losses worldwide, putting five key suspects in custody. The European Union ...
  • Moto’s newest mods are a Mophie battery and Incipio car dock (2016-12-01 13:27:40)
    Moto is releasing two new Moto Mods for its Z line of smartphones, a Mophie Juice Pack battery and a car dock from Incipio. The $79.99 Mophie is larger in capacity than the earlier Moto Mod battery packs, and packs a 3,000mAh battery that is said to provide 60 percent more battery life than a phone without it. Incipio’s $64.99 Car Dock provides a way to mount a Moto Z in a car, charge its battery, and connect it to the car’s audio system via a 3.5mm output.
  • Russian supply ship headed for the Space Station burns up in the atmosphere (2016-12-01 13:13:42)
    An uncrewed Russian spacecraft meant to resupply the International Space Station has been lost. Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, says that communication with the spacecraft ended 382 seconds into the flight. The third stage of the Soyuz rocket, which helps propel the cargo ship to its final orbit, reportedly shut down “earlier than planned” according to NASA’s live broadcast of the mission.
  • DirecTV Now is off to a really bad start (2016-12-01 13:10:06)
    There's just something about TV services that get human blood boiling, and it seems DirecTV's much hyped DirecTV Now cable alternative hasn't been able to shake that curse. The service's Twitter account and support forums have been absolutely buried with user complaints ranging from channels not working to customers not being able to even sign in to the service whatsoever. + MUST SEE:  Pokemon Go is finally getting its Nearby tracking feature back It seems there's a multitude of issues with DirecTV Now, as many of the complaints are substantially different from one another. There are numerous reports that sign-ins are broken — though the company's Twitter support team suggests "some" of those have been recently fixed — as well as issues with individual channels and programs. One particularly common issue seems to be "Error 60" which boots customers from the sign-in screen because it thinks the user already has too many simultaneous streams open, even if they don't. There's also several mentions of an "Error 40" which causes programming to freeze up completely with no further explanation or steps to correct the issue. The sub forum for "Stream Troubleshooting" has more active posts than almost any other section of the site, and there are countless complaints about the service not working correctly on Mac, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Chromebook, Fire TV and Android devices. Basically, if DirecTV Now is available on a device, chances are at least some users with that device can't get it to work. As for individual channels, there are reports that specific shows are showing up as "blocked." Multiple users are claiming that Disney channels produce a pop up that says "Sorry, blocked in your current location," which comes and goes for seemingly no reason. If you were considering diving in as a DirecTV Now early adopter, it might be a good idea to sit back and wait until the company can sort out all the issues before making the switch.
  • Amazon unveils massive expansion of developer and security toolkit at AWS re:Invent 2016 (2016-12-01 12:58:00)
    During the 2016 AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, AWS CTO Werner Vogels presented a keynote that included a host of new tools for developers and operations teams.
  • Video game goodies are new frontier for Deutsche Boerse (2016-12-01 12:50:20)
    Magic armour and virtual hats will soon join Siemens, Volkswagen and other blue chips in trading on the German stock market. Deutsche Boerse on Thursday announced plans for an innovative market in video game items -- weapons, artefacts and other performance-boosting add-ons in online gaming. The Frankfurt-based market operator has joined forces with Naga, a Hamburg financial startup, to create a market where players can buy and sell objects from their games for real-life cash.
  • 10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today (2016-12-01 12:46:33)
    A new month, a new collection of free apps with which to fill up your iPhone and iPad. Today, we've got an interesting assortment of productivity apps, games and one of the most stunning speedometers I've ever seen on a mobile device. MUST SEE:  Apple’s advertising game is finally back on track These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Textever 3 Normally $2.99. Textever is a quick and easy app for your diary, journal and life log. One tap to open, one tap to send and quick edit your plain text notes. Quickly add checkboxes, images, dates, times, reminders, bullets, tags and select notebooks. Quick and reliable synchronization between devices through Evernote. Import Evernote notes. Use 'Textever' tag to send your notes into Textever. Text editing assisted with Clear/Undo/Redo and auto-save even in offline. Additional gestures help moving cursor and undo/redo. Select one of several notebook paper choices. New Textever 3 Features: - Inline Images. - Text Search Highlighting. - Favorite Notes. - Open favorite and recent notes from Today Widget. - Recent Photo. - Tag, Notebook URL Schemes. - New keyboard tab. - Sort Options. - Save to Camera Roll option. Download Textever 3 Train Conductor Normally $2.99. Directly control trains with your finger. Send them to their destinations by creating track connections with a quick swipe. Tap a train to stop it, tap again to get it moving. Avoid disastrous collisions, and manage the peak hour of commuter trains. Play with Cute Trains, designed just for kids! Slower, easier, trains that your kids can play with for hours. Play with the happy dolphin, the cuddly koala, the grumpy snake, the sleepy platypus and the colorful rosella. Cute Trains are very forgiving with little fingers. Kids can let their imaginations run wild in this wonderful new mode! Download Train Conductor Video Saver Lite Pro Normally $2.99. Video Saver support download your own videos from Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box and watch them offline on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad! User Guide: - Log into Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box - Select videos you want to download - Tap 'Download' Suport: - Watch downloaded videos offline! - Download from DropBox - Download from Google Drive - Download from OneDrive - Download from Box File Manager: - Import files from Camera Roll - Video playlists - Quick video search - Background music with Video Player & Audio Player - Move, rename and delete files and folders - Sort by name, size, date and type - Password protect your videos Download Video Saver Lite Pro Ella Normally $1.99. Record your elevation in real-time with Ella. Perfect for hiking, climbing, or road trips. Ella records & graphs your elevation changes and provides you statistics when your trip is completed. Ella's color scheme changes from gray to green or red as your elevation gain or loss exceeds 100 ft. from your starting point. When your trip is over, interrogate the elevation profile chart or view detailed statistics about your trip. Recording Statistics - Elevation gain - Start elevation - Finish elevation - Highest recorded elevation - Lowest recorded elevation - Cumulative elevation gain (Up) - Cumulative elevation loss (Down) - Duration (Time) - Gradient Elevation Chart - Interrogate the chart by touching different points of the graph to see your elevation gain/loss at that point in the trip Take Ella with you on the trail, up mountains, and down canyons. Please Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Download Ella Speckle Normally $0.99. Super easy… and you can transform your photos into a true , dreamy bokeh effect using this simulator. Adjust the lens bokeh and control your effect like a pro would do using a real expensive tilt lens. Professional focus , auto blurred background , automatically form different spots. Here’s what you can do with Speckle: -Easily remove backgrounds from photos by automatic cutout tools; -Repeat unlimited, eraser tool can be modified at any unsatisfied portion; -Pan and zoom for precise focal position; -Eraser diameter softness and size can be adjusted; -80 designed shapes to inspire your imagination to one picture. -Adjust Exposure , Saturation , Brightness , Contrast ; -Modify layer via transparency, colorize, blend mode etc, much like Photoshop. -Share your bokeh picture to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Dropbox etc. Download Speckle Push-Bot Normally $0.99. This is the adventure of Push-Bot, a small robot that fell off the assembly line too early and never got fully built. With only two feeble "arms", Push-Bot must learn how to use momentum and rotation to navigate an old abandoned factory. Super simple two button controls with enourmous difficulty to master. - Campaign mode - Time trial mode - Complex physics for deep gameplay - 39 maps - Hardcore challenge - Replays Download Push-Bot Focus Normally $0.99. Everyone has dreams. To achieve your dreams you need two things: A goal and a plan. And you need to decide which steps to take today. Focus helps you to concentrate on what is next! TASKS FOR TODAY: The center piece of the app is a list of tasks for today. You can easily create new tasks and reorder existing tasks with a few simple swipes. Focus is smart. It will detect reminders while you type stuff like "Do laundry at 5 pm" or "Get a new bike next week". You can also manually add reminders. SNOOZE AND SCHEDULE: In order to concentrate on whats next its important to get the things out of your mind which are for later. But you want to be sure you will get reminded when they are due. In Focus you can set reminders right away but Focus also has great snooze options. With a swipe to the left you will be able to postpone tasks to whenever its the right time … 5 minutes, 3 hours, next week … This way you can be sure you won't forget those items and you can concentrate on whats next. HABITS: There are things you have to do regularly to achieve your goals … like e.g. exercise. You can also create repeated tasks/ habits in Focus. Just like scheduled or snoozed tasks they will be automatically added to your list of task when they are due. HOW TO GET STARTED: Here is a good way to start using focus. You can create these two habits for every day: 1. In the morning open Focus to see tasks for today 2. In the evening review finished tasks and create new for tomorrow Download Focus SPEEDOMETER Normally $2.99. SPEEDOMETER - Displays your current speed, average and top speed, traveled distance in KM and Miles, trip time and map and compass for a better orientation. Also, you can create custom speed limits which have several tones for alerts, setup custom accelerations speed. There are no complicated setup menus for that, which is very convenient! Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. GPS accuracy for speed and tracking on map every day activity, can display simultaneously trips for several days for comparison of the routes. Head-Up Display or HUD - with the help of this function, you will be able to reflect the speedometer readings right on the windshield of your car. Just swipe Left/Right! Fast and easy! Features: ------------------------ - MPH and KMH - Map with autolocator, Compass and Altitude meter - Maximum and Average speed - HUD to display speed on the windshield - Portrait or Landscape mode - Swipe finger to adjust the screen brightness - Odometer to measure distance traveled - Graphically displayed GPS accuracy - Amazing graphics and animation ------------------------ Download SPEEDOMETER ACTPrinter Normally $1.99. ACTPrinter is a virtual printer and a PDF converter. Print from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad. Have you ever wasted a sheet of paper? Ever printed an electronic ticket, a boarding pass, … Have ever wanted to save a web page to PDF? A confirmation page, a map, directions, … ACTPrinter allows you to "print" any document from your Mac to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Finally your documents travel with you! FEATURES: - "Print" documents, emails, web pages and more from any program on your Mac directly to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch - Your computer will automatically find your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch on your AirPort or WiFi network - Send printouts to other installations of ACTPrinter running on iOS or Mac - Send printouts to printers connected to your Mac - Save web pages as PDF printouts. Share web pages as PDF files - Save the contents of your clipboard - Scan documents to PDF using your iPhone camera Download ACTPrinter Intro to Colors Normally $4.99. With Intro to Colors, the world of colors comes alive. Inspired by the famous Montessori Color tablets, this dynamic and interactive app will guide your children through an appreciation of color, from the concrete to the abstract. —— YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN · The basic foundations of color · Primary & Secondary Colors · Color Shades & Gradients · To identify, match and name colors · To mix, paint and create colors · To seek, find and select colors · Fine motor skills Intro to Colors is a universal app that will work on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices. The app is optimized for iPhone 5 and retina screens. The app features these activities: —— PRIMARY COLORS Learn to identify the primary colors, in a series of guided, interactive exercises using the color tablets. Your child will drag, match and tap on red, yellow and blue. SECONDARY COLORS Learn to identify, select and name the secondary colors, in a number of engaging activities using the color tablets. GRADIENTS Learn to appreciate gradients with the color wheel and by arranging the color tablets from light-to-dark or dark-to-light. PAINT Unleash your creativity on this blank canvas with this painting exercise. In the Montessori classroom, we provide only three colors (red, yellow, and blue) when painting. This constraint empowers children to mix colors and create new ones. Your child will learn that the three primary colors serve as the foundation for all colors. SEARCH Explore these creative artist scenes in this seek-and-find activity. Your child will listen for, find, and select the correct color as a fun way to recap their understanding of color. Download Intro to Colors
  • Patch is another crowdfunded campaign to replace your smartwatch with a connected watch band (2016-12-01 12:29:03)
    If you want to get smartwatch functionality with the look of an analog watch, it's looking like connected watch bands are increasingly the way to go. Patch is the latest company to try crowdfunding a smart band. Like the Origin or Classi bands, it's a self-contained product that's completely separate from the wristwatch itself. The Patch bands can track fitness activity, vibrate to alert you of notifications, and control your phone with gestures. It’s available in leather or in a variety of fun nylon prints, and comes in 24mm, 22mm, 20mm, and 18mm widths for different watch sizes. ...
  • What new cybersecurity trends will dominate 2017? (2016-12-01 12:26:02)
    In 2016 ransomware, phishing, and IoT attacks pummeled business and consumers alike. What cybersecurity trends will emerge in 2017? Take our survey to share your opinion about emerging hacker trends.
  • This $150 crowdfunder solves all the MacBook Pro’s worst problems (2016-12-01 12:23:44)
    When Apple launched the new MacBook Pro, it was rightly hounded for choosing to only give the power laptop USB-C ports. It's a trade-off: each USB-C port can do much more than any other port, as it can carry data, video and power through one cable, but you're going to need a bunch of dongles to make your MacBook work with other devices. Sure, companies have already launched all-in-one docking stations for the new MacBook Pro, but having to carry around a docking station that gives you the same functionality as a laptop from 2011 is a little annoying. But put all those ports into a device that's also a cooling pad and a large external battery? Now we're talking. DON'T MISS:  Apple’s iPhone 6s battery problems might be bigger than we thought The Line Dock is an Indiegogo campaign for an all-in-one accessory for the MacBook Pro. It combines a 20,000mAh external battery, external SSD, cooling pad and USB-C hub into one relatively thin design. If this thing ever gets built, it will be the ultimate laptop accessory. Sure, the form factor looks a little weird for an external battery, but it's specifically designed to fit underneath your laptop when you're working. I'd also argue that if you're already carrying around a laptop in a padded laptop bag, this battery will be less bulky to carry than a big, traditional, brick-sized external unit. The base dock with no extra storage is $150, which is right on the lower end for USB-C docks, let alone giant laptop batteries. That price can go way up, though, all the way to $600 for the version with a 1TB SSD. Of course, there's always concerns when you're buying into a crowdfunding campaign, especially one promising so much for so little. But the timeline -- shipping by June next year -- certainly isn't ambitious, and for $150, it could be well worth a pop.
  • CA buys Austrian peer Automic in $635 million deal (2016-12-01 12:20:02)
    U.S. software management group CA Inc said on Thursday it has agreed to buy Austrian business automation firm Automic from private equity group EQT in a 600 million euro ($635 million) deal as it seeks to expand in Europe. Automic specializes in helping developers of some of the most complex business applications to roll out new releases of software at companies such as Bosch, Netflix, eBay, Exxon Mobil, Vodafone, Société Générale, General Electric and Swisscom. At the time of EQT's acquisition of Automic, the company made 65 million euros in sales and was very focused on its clients in the German-speaking world.
  • Pokemon Go is finally getting its Nearby tracking feature back (2016-12-01 12:02:41)
    It’s probably safe to say that Pokemon Go is finally getting its Nearby tracking feature back. After slowly expanding a testing program to regions of the US, Niantic is moving forward with a full rollout of the feature. DON’T MISS: This is why your iPhone 7’s battery might die in a year “We will be expanding the Nearby Pokémon feature to the rest of the continental United States and large parts of Europe,” the Pokemon Go team said in a blog post . “We will continue to review the feedback submitted on our official social media accounts and in other channels and make changes if necessary.” Only a few days ago, Niantic increased the number of regions where the Nearby feature would be available to users, including parts of the US, Canada, and Australia. Now, players in the entire US and parts of Europe are getting the tracking trick back. Nearby was included in the first versions of the popular iPhone and Android game, but Niantic soon removed it claiming that some people were abusing it. The feature makes it easier to discover Pokemon monsters near you and should come in handy once Niantic rolls out the second-generation of Pokemon monsters. Niantic's announcement only detailed the expansion of Nearby. The company isn’t ready to announce any other updates just yet, but rumors claim a major game update is in the works, complete with new monsters, trading support, and even PvP battles.
  • Dear Final Fantasy XV boys: wear your damn seat belts (2016-12-01 11:52:30)
    Final Fantasy XV, I have a problem with your car. What I do not enjoy is watching cocky little Noctis clamber up on the back of the convertible, legs splayed, as he showboats for every passing car and cactuar. PROMPTO PUT ON YOUR DAMN SEATBELT.
  • Why Delphi and Mobileye think they have the secret sauce for self-driving cars (2016-12-01 11:52:02)
    Delphi and Mobileye joined forces earlier this year to announce their plan to create a mass-market, off-the-shelf autonomous driving system that can be plugged into a variety of vehicle types, from smaller cars to pickup trucks to SUVs. The companies say they hope to start selling their self-driving kit by 2019, several years before many of their competitors say they expect to have commercially ready autonomous vehicles on the road.
  • Infographic: 56% of IT companies spend over $1M on digital transformation (2016-12-01 11:29:19)
    Enterprises are allocating large amounts of funding for digital transformation projects. But 23% of IT departments say they are not satisfied with their company's efforts. Here's what you need to know.
  • Nokia brand ready for smartphone comeback in 2017 (2016-12-01 11:22:57)
    Nokia, once the world's top mobile phone maker, will make a comeback on the smartphone market in the first half of 2017, the company and its licensee said Thursday. Nokia, which is now a leading telecom equipment maker, has licenced its brand to HMD Global which is to launch its first Nokia smartphone products early next year. The Finnish company said HMD had received the green light to proceed with production after completing all necessary transactions with its Taiwanese manufacturing partner, FIH Mobile of FoxConn Technology Group, and with US tech giant Microsoft which had bought the unprofitable phone business from Nokia in 2014.
  • ‘Ailing’ Buzz Aldrin medically evacuated from South Pole (2016-12-01 11:22:12)
    Buzz Aldrin, the former NASA astronaut who was the second person to walk on the Moon in 1969, has been evacuated from the South Pole where he was taking a tour. The National Science Foundation, which provided the medical evacuation to McMurdo station, a research center run by the NSF, said in a statement that Aldrin was “ailing,” but that he is in stable medical condition, according to The Washington Post.
  • GE, Microsoft Ventures to lead Tel Aviv University IoT investments (2016-12-01 11:16:02)
    The Israel Internet of Things (IoT) Innovations and i3 Equity Partners consortium established an investment vehicle with an initial sum of $20 million at Tel Aviv University to develop IoT technologies, the university said on Thursday. The consortium is comprised of GE Ventures, HNA EcoTech, Microsoft Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures and Tata.
  • Russia loses contact with a cargo ship headed to the International Space Station (2016-12-01 11:15:49)
    An uncrewed Russian spacecraft meant to resupply the International Space Station appears to have suffered a malfunction shortly after launch today. Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, tweeted that it lost communication with the spacecraft 383 seconds into the flight. The third stage of the Soyuz rocket, which helps propel the cargo ship to its final orbit, reportedly shut down “earlier than planned” according to NASA’s live broadcast of the mission.
  • Global police smash huge online crime network (2016-12-01 11:15:05)
    In one of the biggest takedowns to date, police across the globe have smashed a massive criminal network providing online services including malware attacks that infected half a million computers worldwide, Europol said Thursday. Known as "Avalanche", the criminal network "was used as a delivery platform to launch and manage mass global malware attacks and money mule recruiting campaigns," Europe's policing agency said in a statement.
  • Fitbit is reportedly close to acquiring Pebble for a ‘small amount’ (2016-12-01 11:11:39)
    The wearables market may be in for an interesting shakeup this holiday season. According to a new report from The Information , Fitbit is close to finalizing a deal that would see the company acquire Pebble "for a small amount." DON'T MISS:  This is why your iPhone 7’s battery might die in a year While specific details of what appears to be an inevitable deal remain somewhat hazy, three sources purporting to be familiar with Fitbit's plans relay that the company is primarily interested in Pebble's intellectual property and that the Pebble brand itself will eventually be phased out. Corroborating this impetus for this rumored acquisition, the Financial Times notes : Fitbit’s main interest is in Pebble’s software platform, PebbleOS, which has one of the largest app catalogues of any wearable device and can be paired with both iPhones and Android devices. While many of Pebble’s employees are expected to join Fitbit to maintain its existing products, manufacturing of its smartwatches is unlikely to continue for long after the acquisition. As to the monetary aspect of the deal, the Times  suggests that Pebble would be happy with a purchase price in the $200 million range. That figure, however, may be exceedingly optimistic. To this point, a source familiar with the pending acquisition  told TechCrunch that the final purchase price will be much lower, likely falling somewhere between 324 and $40 million. While it will certainly be interesting to see how this all plays out, one of the larger takeaways here is that the tech landscape is never steady or predictable. Indeed, it wasn't all that long ago that Pebble broke its own Kickstarter record when its Pebble Time smartwatch received $10.5 million in funding from more than 48,000 backers after just 48 hours. After one week, the Pebble Time had raised nearly $13.4 million in pledges. That notwithstanding, Pebble over the past few months appeared to lose considerable momentum in an increasingly crowded and competitive marketplace. In fact, the writing was arguably on the wall as far back as March of this year when Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky told Tech Insider that the company was planning to lay off approximately 25% of its workforce.
  • Facebook developing artificial intelligence to flag offensive live videos (2016-12-01 11:05:30)
    By Kristina Cooke MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning. Facebook has historically relied mostly on users to report offensive posts, which are then checked by Facebook employees against company "community standards." Decisions on especially thorny content issues that might require policy changes are made by top executives at the company. Candela told reporters that Facebook increasingly was using artificial intelligence to find offensive material.
  • The production company behind Her and American Hustle is now publishing indie games (2016-12-01 11:00:05)
    Annapurna Pictures — a film production company behind the likes of Her, Zero Dark Thirty, Spring Breakers, and more recently Sausage Party — is expanding beyond movies with a new video game publishing arm. Called Annapurna Interactive, the division will be focused on “developing personal, emotional, and original games that push the boundaries of interactive content and encourage artists to bring new visions to the medium,” according to the company. The first two games to be released under the new label will be the haunting adventure What Remains of Edith Finch from Giant Sparrow, the studio behind The Unfinished Swan, and a mysterious puzzle game called Gorogoa from Jason Roberts.
  • Westworld’s biggest twist came with a nasty side effect (2016-12-01 11:00:02)
    The ninth episode of Westworld was everything fans asked for. There are multiple timelines! Bernard was built in Arnold’s image! The center of the maze is an elevator to Arnold’s lab! Weeks of speculation, finally validated! Maybe the cottage industry built atop Westworld spoiled the fun.
  • Eye scanners and fingerprints in cars will double by 2021, report says (2016-12-01 10:58:00)
    The market for biometric vehicle access systems is expected to reach $855 million by 2021. Here's what the rise of biometrics could mean for your car and your enterprise.
  • Eye scanners and fingerprints in cars will double by 2021, report saysEye and fingerprint scanners in cars will double by 2021, report says (2016-12-01 10:58:00)
    The market for biometric vehicle access systems is expected to reach $855 million by 2021. Learn how it could impact professionals and businesses.
  • Why Fitbit buying Pebble makes sense — at least, in the short term (2016-12-01 10:57:47)
    Late yesterday it was reported by The Information that Fitbit is close to buying wearable startup Pebble, news that has since been independently confirmed by The Verge. While it ultimately might not be as good of a deal as Pebble would have hoped for, there are a lot of reasons why a Pebble-Fitbit deal makes sense.
  • French man sentenced to two years in prison for visiting pro-ISIS websites (2016-12-01 10:47:42)
    A man in France was sentenced to two years in prison this week for repeatedly visiting pro-ISIS websites, even though there is no indication that he planned to stage a terrorist attack. The 32-year-old, whose name has not been released, was convicted by a court in the department of Ardèche on Tuesday under a new law that has drawn scorn from civil liberties groups.
  • Apple’s iPhone 6s battery problems might be bigger than we thought (2016-12-01 10:47:12)
    You know that iPhone 6s battery issue that we’ve been discussing recently? It turns out there might be two separate iPhone battery problems, and they’re affecting a variety of devices, not just the iPhone 6s. DON’T MISS: This is why your iPhone 7’s battery might die in a year Apple has acknowledged that some iPhone 6s units may switch off with plenty of battery juice left to go and it’s offering a free battery replacement program. The program was unveiled soon after a Chinese watchdog announced an investigation into the matter. According to Quartz , the China Consumers Association said on Wednesday that Apple needs to take further measures, as the battery problem affects other iPhone versions, including the iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. Furthermore, it appears that even battery replacements might shut down unexpectedly, according to a Chinese customer who already received a new iPhone 6s battery. However, this is just one person’s experience. As Business Insider points out, It’s unclear at this time whether the whole battery problem is caused by Apple’s recent iOS 10.1.1 update. After the October update, iPhone users have been complaining of random shutdowns even when there’s plenty of battery life to go. The problem affects a variety of iPhones, not just the iPhone 6s. If it’s indeed a software issue, then it should probably be fixed in an upcoming update. However, Apple has not acknowledged this particular issue — that’s assuming it’s something entirely different than the problem Apple is fixing in its iPhone 6s battery replacement program. Even former Apple employee Tony Fadell took to Twitter to express his issues with the new Phone battery woes. Earlier this year, battery problems — the exploding kind — brought down one of the best handsets of the year. The iPhone’s battery might not explode, but Apple’s got an emerging Batterygate on its hands.
  • You can now subscribe to stream HBO and Cinemax shows on Amazon Prime (2016-12-01 10:39:53)
    Amazon wants to be the one streaming service you’ll ever need, Netflix Originals be damned. Starting today, Amazon Prime members can subscribe to stream HBO and Cinemax series via Amazon Channels, the e-commerce giant’s cable-like TV offering. The HBO package costs $14.99 per month for unlimited streaming access, the same cost of an HBO Now subscription, while the Cinemax package costs $9.99 per month.
  • B&O Play’s wireless H9 headphones feature noise cancellation in an over-ear fit (2016-12-01 10:33:26)
    B&O Play introduced a new pair of wireless, noise-canceling headphones today called the Beoplay H9. The H9 and its predecessor, the H8, are both wireless and noise-canceling, but the H9 fits over the ear, unlike the on-ear H8. The H9 has fewer color options than the H8, which is slightly disappointing.
  • Tesla Model S driver survives violent crash on Germany’s Autobahn (2016-12-01 10:22:06)
    Despite the ongoing safety concerns that still plague Tesla's Autopilot software, it's easy to forget that the Tesla Model S and Model X are some of the safest vehicles on the road today. Indeed, when the first incarnation of the Model S was tested by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2013, it scored a 5-star safety rating across every single category. As a result, the Model S attained a level of safety certification that only 1% of all tested vehicles receive. DON'T MISS: Apple will pay you zero money to trade in your Apple Watch The Model S in particular is a 4,800 pound fortress of a car, expertly designed and engineered to absorb crushing collisions and protect the lives of its passengers. Just a few months ago, for example, we got wind of a Tesla Model S that got into an accident and flew 82 feet in the air before violently crashing back down to earth. The car was practically totaled, but all five passengers managed to escape the incident with non-life threatening injuries. More recently, a Model S owner who got into an accident on Germany's Autobahn survived after his car crashed into an 18-wheeler at a high speed. Originally reported by the German language site Badische Neueste Nachrichten ( via Electrek ), the driver reportedly suffered serious injuries but was well enough to walk away from the car without any help. If you take a look at the scene of the crash (pictured above), it's truly remarkable that the driver was able to walk away to safety under his own volition. The circumstances that led to the crash still remain somewhat murky, but there's no evidence at this point that would suggest that Tesla's Autopilot software played a role in this particular incident. As a final point, the photo below is from the aforementioned crash that saw a Model S fly 82 feet through the air. The fact that anyone survived this is, once again, a testament to Tesla's incredible engineering.
  • Facebook’s evolving role in media (2016-12-01 10:21:44)
    Back from a week off, Walt and Nilay catch up and discuss Walt’s latest column on Facebook elaborate on how they should step up to tackle the fake news problem that plagues the platform. We love your feedback on the topics of the show and suggestions on how to make our show better and more fun — you can tweet at Walt at @waltmossberg and Nilay at @reckless. And of course, we'd love it if you subscribed in iTunes (here's the direct RSS feed, if you like), along with The Verge's other great podcasts like What's Tech, and The Vergecast. ...
  • Why IT leaders should pay attention to eSports (2016-12-01 10:10:03)
    eSports, ranging from drone racing to professional video game tournaments, are predicted by some to generate more revenue than current professional sports leagues. Here's what you need to know about eSports, and why they're relevant for IT leaders.
  • The Phone Bed Is 2016’s Wackiest Gadget (2016-12-01 10:05:00)
    You take care of your smartphone, right? You use it in a protective case that protects it from bumps and falls, and you may even use a screen protector to avoid shattering its panel. It turns out all of this might not be enough, as you can now buy The Phone Bed, a solid-wood resting spot for smartphones as well as tablets.Image: Thrive Global
  • Europol announces 5 arrests in 'unprecedented' cybercrime op (2016-12-01 10:02:23)
    Europol says five arrests have been made in connection with a massive operation aimed at knocking out a cybercrime group accused of inflicting hundreds of millions of euros in losses worldwide. The European ...
  • Europol announces 5 arrests in 'unprecedented' operation against 'Avalanche' cybercrime group (2016-12-01 10:00:29)
    Europol announces 5 arrests in 'unprecedented' operation against 'Avalanche' cybercrime group.
  • 13 science fiction and fantasy books you can’t afford to miss this December (2016-12-01 10:00:02)
    Earlier this year, Keri Arthur released City of Light, which introduced readers to a futuristic fantasy world in which otherworldly creatures intruded into our own. Set after radical belters bombard Earth, the balance of power in the solar system has shifted. The crew of the Rocinante are dispatched to the Free Navy’s stronghold at the end of the solar system, where they find that their problems might be dwarfed by more cosmic ones.
  • Want 6 Months of Free Phone Service? Check Out This Carrier (2016-12-01 10:00:00)
    Republic Wireless has quietly been making waves in the wireless world for a few years, offering low-cost phone plans backed by a combination of Wi-Fi calling and Sprint's and T-Mobile's networks. The package includes unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of data for the Moto Z Play ($349) and the Huawei Ascend 5W ($129). After that, 1GB of cellular data will cost you just $20 per month, but Republic Wireless offers several other tiers that you can jump to.
  • Apple may soon be sending drones to map your neighborhood (2016-12-01 09:49:53)
    We've known for some time that Apple has an army of sensor-packed vehicles doing its best to keep its Maps app up to date, but a new report claims that the company's ambitions are taking it skyward. Bloomberg says Apple is hard at work on a fleet of drones that will monitor road changes and allow for more rapid Maps updates. Apple has already obtained an exemption from the FAA that gives the company clearance to "operate an unmanned aircraft system to conduct data collection, photography, and videography," the report states. Citing unnamed sources, the report also claims that Apple is building up a team of experts to oversee the drone effort. TOO HOT:  Samsung will make the Galaxy Note 7 virtually unusable in Australia It's worth noting that due to current commercial drone restrictions, Apple won't simply be able to send a team of automated drones out into the wild; Guidelines limit drone use by requiring that licensed operators be in control of the crafts at all times, and that they remain within eyeshot. Drones are also prohibited from entering airspace above buildings or highly populated areas due to risk of failure and crashes. Bloomberg 's report also suggests that Apple plans to launch an indoor mapping feature in Maps that will help users find their way through large interior spaces like airports, and that the company acquired and WiFiSlam to build it. If accurate, these new efforts to improve Maps could give it a bump in its fight against stalwart navigation app Google Maps, which has remained the go-to for smartphone users on both iOS and Android. Apple's launch of Maps was a historic stumble for the company, and one that it's never really bounced back from. New functionality and more accurate, up-to-date data could change that.
  • Nation's largest solar installer to open Florida facility (2016-12-01 09:43:55)
    The largest U.S. solar panel installer is moving into Florida's residential market after the state's voters last month rejected a utility-backed ballot measure that critics said would make going solar ...
  • How to fix iCloud calendar spam (2016-12-01 09:39:42)
    For the last few weeks, some iCloud users have been experiencing an uptick in spammy Calendar invites to fake events and things like Ray-Ban sales and Ugg discounts. In a statement made to iMore yesterday, Apple commented that it is aware of the issue and is working to address it.
  • SpaceX eyes December 16th for first Falcon 9 launch since September explosion (2016-12-01 09:34:39)
    SpaceX reportedly has a date for the first Falcon 9 rocket launch since September’s launchpad explosion. Iridium Communications Inc. announced today that SpaceX plans to launch 10 small satellites into orbit for the company at 3:36PM ET on December 16th. The launch would take place from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, though SpaceX is still awaiting approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Fallen smartphone brand Nokia challenges Apple, Samsung again (2016-12-01 09:29:50)
    By Eric Auchard and Jussi Rosendahl FRANKFURT/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia smartphones are poised for a comeback after former managers at the Finnish company licensed the handset brand from Microsoft and struck up partnerships with Google and phone manufacturer Foxconn. Nokia was once the world's dominant cellphone maker but missed the shift to smartphones and then chose Microsoft's unpopular Windows operating system for its "Lumia" range. Nokia quit smartphones in 2014 by selling its handset activities to Microsoft to focus on mobile network equipment.
  • Inside’s garage: Warren G, Drake quotes, and a message to Elon Musk (2016-12-01 09:20:34)
    Founder George Hotz, who goes by “geohot,” first gained notoriety for carrier-unlocking an early iPhone and exploiting Sony’s PlayStation 3 console. Now, Hotz and his team have come back with another project. Wearing jeans, a long-sleeved white T-shirt, and a black knit cap punctuated with a white comma, Hotz was a burrito-eating bundle of nervous energy.
  • The 10 best new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in December (2016-12-01 09:18:57)
    After a disappointing slate in November, Netflix has gotten back on track with a solid selection of additions to close out 2016. Although nothing on the list of original titles stands out, there are plenty of popular licensed movies coming to the streaming service in December, some of which we hope to be able to download using the new offline viewing feature Netflix introduced this week . By the way, if you want to know how to download movies in HD for offline viewing on Netflix, be sure to check out our guide on the subject from Wednesday . DON'T MISS:  The best Netflix shows you can now download As I noted above, there are fewer original shows and movies in my top ten list than usual this month, but both White Rabbit Project (from the MythBusters  build team) and Barry (a biopic about President Obama) look promising. Plus, Captain America: Civil War is coming just in time for Christmas. Beverly Hills Cop (December 1st) Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (December 1st) National Lampoon’s Animal House (December 1st) The Little Rascals (December 1st) The Rock (December 1st) White Rabbit Project: Season 1 (December 9th) Barry (December 16th) Miss Stevens (December 19th) Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (December 25th) Ajin: Season 2 (December 27th) Now that you’ve seen the best, be sure to take a look at the rest — here’s the full list of everything that will be added to Netflix’s catalog this month . And here’s the full list of everything that will be removed from Netflix in December . Check back next month for another list of great shows and movies.
  • RPG Tales from the Loop lets you channel Stranger Things and ET (2016-12-01 09:18:14)
    Simon Stålenhag’s artwork is well-known for its blending of 1980s suburbia with the fantastic. Giant robots roam the empty countrysides of Sweden, while sleek buildings loom in the distance. It’s the perfect environment in which to channel something like Stranger Things, and a new role-playing game utilizing Stålenhag’s art will let you reenact your own version of the Netflix show. Tales from the Loop is an RPG currently funding on Kickstarter, and it’s already met its goal, raising just shy of $150,000 with two weeks to go. ...
  • Drake is Spotify’s most popular artist for the second year in a row (2016-12-01 09:02:32)
    Spotify has just released its annual list of the most popular artists, albums, and tracks for 2016, and Drake is the clear winner. Just like last year, the Canadian rapper and unofficial meme king took home the title of Spotify’s most-streamed artist with a whopping 4.7 billion streams. Music-wise, 2016 has been a pretty good year for the singer / songwriter / record producer / actor, whose streaming domination extends beyond Spotify.
  • HP made a ridiculously tough laptop for schools (2016-12-01 09:00:04)
    HP has made a laptop that it says stands up to military standards of toughness, a feat that it claims is necessary for another tough environment: schools. Its new laptop is called the ProBook x360 Education Edition. It essentially takes what would otherwise be a low-end convertible laptop and turns it into a device for schools by adding in a few of helpful hardware and software features and a rugged build.
  • An Assassin’s Creed VR experience is coming to theaters in four US cities (2016-12-01 09:00:01)
    Virtual reality is still a difficult sell, so some of the industry’s most promising plans involve putting it in places people already congregate — including movie theaters. From December 2nd to January 1st, AMC theaters in Austin, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco will be showing a VR experience based on the upcoming Assassin’s Creed film. The installations are a partnership between 20th Century Fox, AMD, and Dell-owned gaming company Alienware.
  • SpaceX aims for December 16 return to flight, customer Iridium says (2016-12-01 08:59:09)
    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Tech billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX hopes to return its Falcon 9 rocket to flight on Dec. 16, said Iridium Communications Inc, which plans to have 10 of its satellites on board for launching. The launch is contingent on approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees U.S. commercial space transportation, Iridium said on Thursday. “We are looking forward to return to flight,” SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement from Iridium.  SpaceX suspended flights after one of its rockets burst into flames on Sept. 1 as it was being fueled for a routine prelaunch test at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
  • Mastercard and Verifone launch UK point-of-sale financing app (2016-12-01 08:58:20)
    By Jemima Kelly CANNES, France (Reuters) - British shoppers will soon be able to decide to spread the cost of a purchase over a series of monthly installments at the point of making a payment with their credit card, in a new partnership between Mastercard Inc card machine maker Verifone Systems Inc. The "Mastercard Instalments" app - the first of its kind in Britain - will launch on Verifone payment terminals at some UK retailers in January, and will then be rolled out to other shops across the country. Customers who have been deemed eligible by their banks will be given the option of paying for their purchases in fixed installments at the point that they insert their card into a payment terminal. "It’s very simple: they put in their Mastercard, they’re given an offer in real-time, and they can decide whether to accept it or not," he added, saying he expected the app would lead to more purchases being made, of a higher value.
  • Samsung will make the Galaxy Note 7 virtually unusable in Australia (2016-12-01 08:50:30)
    The Galaxy Note 7 was discontinued, but not all buyers brought in their brand new phablets for exchange or refund. Since discontinuing the product, Samsung issued an update that limits the maximum battery charge to 60% of its original capacity, a move meant to decrease the explosion risk. But the company will not stop there to prevent you from using the phone. Samsung's next move is to brick the handset. DON’T MISS: This is why your iPhone 7’s battery might die in a year The company will work with mobile operators to prevent Galaxy Note 7 units from connecting to their cellular networks. Samsung already did this in New Zealand , and now the company will expand the program to Australia. The network discontinuation will start on December 15th in the region, the company said in an announcement, but customers will start receiving notifications about the change on December 1st. “On-going communication and updates” should follow in the next three weeks. Once the procedure is complete, you won’t be able to use the phone on any wireless network. Sure, it’ll work on Wi-Fi, but this won’t be enough for most mobile users. Samsung urges customers in Australia to swap their Galaxy Note 7 units for a different device or seek a refund. Customers who exchange the Galaxy Note 7 for either the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge will receive a “specific partner offer to the value of $250,” on top of any refunds for any differences in resale prices. No matter what argument you’d use to defend your Galaxy Note 7, we still encourage you to stop relying on a potentially hazardous device for your daily mobile needs. A report from earlier this week claimed that Samsung will tell us what went wrong with the Galaxy Note 7 by the end of the year.
  • Question Club: What’s the right way to play Dishonored 2? (2016-12-01 08:35:45)
    Dishonored 2 contains shades of many other games, like Thief, Deus Ex, and BioShock. In its second installment, you take the role of either Empress Emily Kaldwin or her bodyguard and father Corvo Attano, fighting or sneaking your way through a revenge mission against a confederacy of nobles, scientists, and reality-warping witches. Maybe it’s the bevy of supernatural powers that make my colleague Casey Newton and I so fond of Dishonored 2.
  • Thinking of Buying a Fitbit Blaze? Wait (2016-12-01 08:18:02)
    If you were thinking of getting one of Fitbit's higher-end fitness trackers such as the Fitbit Blaze, you should probably hold off. According to a report from The Information, Fitbit will acquire Pebble for an unspecified "small amount," and will acquire the company's assets as the Pebble brand shuts down. While that's a bummer for fans of Pebble's watches — and you should buy one while you can — it could mean great things for Fitbit's next round of advanced fitness trackers.
  • Europe building up pipeline of big-league tech IPOs: investors (2016-12-01 08:14:40)
    Europe, which has long trailed Silicon Valley and China when it comes to creating independent global tech giants, is building up a pipeline of more meaty stock market candidates looking to list in 2017, Slush tech start-up conference attendees said. "I think we're building a generation of companies that will go public, and will provide bigger IPOs," Fred Destin at Accel Partners told Reuters. "We'll see (IPOs worth) 5-10 billion in the coming years - I'm certain of that," Destin said.
  • The White House’s new app builds 1600 Pennsylvania Ave on a real $1 bill (2016-12-01 08:06:07)
    The White House wants kids to learn about the government with a tiny interactive version of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue built on a $1 bill. 1600, an iOS and Android app available today, is the White House’s first foray into augmented reality development. If users open it and point the phone’s camera at the bill, the app uses George Washington’s visage as a fiducial marker and constructs the White House on top of it.
  • Siemens not planning any more big software acquisitions: source (2016-12-01 07:52:50)
    MUNICH (Reuters) - German engineering group Siemens is not planning any more big purchases of industrial software makers, a person close to the company told Reuters. "We are pretty much done building the house of industry digitalization," the source said on Thursday. Siemens has bought a dozen software companies over the past 10 years, mostly in the United States, spending close to 9 billion euros ($9.6 billion) to keep pace with changes to manufacturing technology. Last month, it agreed to buy U.S.-based Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion deal. ...
  • After a brief lull, Apple’s advertising game is finally back on track (2016-12-01 07:45:50)
    During the throes of Apple's epic legal battle with Samsung a few years ago, one of the more interesting nuggets of information to emerge -- aside of course from a bevy of iPhone prototypes -- was that Apple executive Phil Schiller was extremely unhappy with Apple's advertising efforts. If you recall, Samsung released a string of clever ads that targeted Apple and its fan base directly. The ads were creative, funny and, for the first time, put Apple on the defensive. While we had seen anti-Apple ads from the likes of Microsoft before, Samsung's efforts were far more effective. DON'T MISS:  What it takes to get a NES Classic A representative example of Samsung mocking all things Apple can be seen below. Meanwhile, Apple's own advertising efforts at the time were bland, predictable, and altogether stagnant. In 2013, the Wall Street Journal even took note , asking if Apple had "lost its cool to Samsung?" When Schiller got wind of the article, he was none too pleased and fired off an email to TBWA -- Apple's longtime ad agency -- exclaiming that "we have a lot of work to do to turn this around." Specifically, Schiller wanted Apple's ads to be more creative and wanted Apple's ad agency to "experiment with ideas" in a more open and expansive way. In the years that followed, Apple itself became more open to exploring new business relationships with different ad agencies . What's more, Apple began doubling down on its own in-house advertising unit. In short, Apple stopped relying exclusively on TBWA and began entertaining ad ideas from wherever they happened to emanate from. At the same time, Apple also became more aggressive about hiring some of the top ad talent  in the industry. The results of Apple's renewed focus on advertising have been striking. Over the past few months alone, the quality and uniqueness of Apple's commercials have been taken up a notch. Some are creative, some are emotional and some are downright quirky, but the overall takeaway is that Apple's recent string of commercials have been anything but boring and predictable. Touching on this point, longtime Apple ad guru Ken Segall recently opined that Apple's most recent ad -- Bulbs -- is one of the "greatest commercials Apple has ever made." Segall writes: This spot is so artfully constructed, and so intensely energetic from the start, it literally embodies the ad’s concept. That being: ideas have tremendous power. The montage is built upon the foundation of the recurring visual: a line of exploding light bulbs that seemingly goes on forever. I love that the images representing civilization’s greatest ideas are not the “usual suspects.” Depicting a range of great ideas allows the ad to weave in a sense of humor — thus toilet paper can share the stage with space exploration. It's a nice ad, to be sure, but as Segall points out, a number of other Apple commercials over the last few months have been unusually memorable, from Taylor Swift falling down on a treadmill to the heavily stylized "Diver" iPhone 7 ad that has the markings of a short film. Say what you will, but these commercials are not only memorable, but help spark conversation. In fact, a few such ads have even managed to go somewhat viral. A few months ago, for example, Apple's Cookie Monster commercial touting the iPhone 6s' Hey Siri feature has garnered 12.6 million views on YouTube since its release. Meanwhile, the aforementioned Taylor Swift ad has garnered an even more impressive 19.1 million views. Not every single Apple ad over the past 18 months or so has been a standout effort, but there's no denying that Apple's batting average has improved considerably during that window. Funny enough, Apple's ads have gotten so good that they can sometimes oversell a given feature. During the Bulbs ad above, for example, it's hard to realistically take seriously that the Touch Bar belongs deserves a spot next to inventions like the wheel and fire in the pantheon of human achievements. Similarly, Apple's Balloons commercial below is great, but the ability to send full-screen balloon animations -- while nice -- is hardly compelling and "magical." That said, isn't that, in a certain sense, the entire point of advertising? If Apple can create a commercial that evokes an emotional response from users, no matter the subject matter, that's all it really needs to do. We saw a similar effort with this Steph Curry commercial dubbed 'Half Court' intended to highlight the iPhone's 'Live Photos' feature. Speaking to Apple's renewed advertising prowess, the company with the recent release of the iPhone 7 managed to create a remarkably clever and engaging commercial for an otherwise unexciting feature -- improved water resistance. But saving the best for last, one commercial that was an absolute home run was Apple's recent ad for Apple Music starring James Corden. Without question, this was one of the funniest ads Apple has ever released. All the while, the ad also managed to touch on all of Apple Music's most attractive selling points.  
  • Olympic hero Michael Phelps looks to dip his toes in tech (2016-12-01 07:43:56)
    Michael Phelps wants to dive into Silicon Valley's investment opportunities as he tries to make the transition from Olympic swimming star and product pitchman to entrepreneur. "I would love to get ...
  • Exclusive: Europe's biggest tech hope Spotify starts talking about profit (2016-12-01 07:39:12)
    By Mia Shanley HELSINKI (Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify, one of Europe's most valuable tech start-ups, could start to become profitable as early as next year, said a board member who was also one of the company's first investors. Spotify, the global leader of the music streaming industry even in the face of mounting competition from tech giant Apple Music - has posted steep losses since it was created a decade ago by Swedish founders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon. "Up until now, I think it's been growth, growth growth," Par-Jorgen Parson, a general partner at venture capital firm Northzone, told Reuters on the sidelines of tech start-up conference Slush in Helsinki.
  • Apple is reportedly using drones to beat Google Maps (2016-12-01 07:30:45)
    Apple is reportedly planning to use drones to improve its Maps app and truly compete with Google Maps, following a problematic launch four years ago. Bloomberg News reports that Apple has been building a team of experts in robots and data capture to utilize drones to quickly update maps. Google and Apple both use fleets of cars and vans equipped with cameras, but drones will allow Apple to examine and monitor roads, street signs, construction areas, and more.
  • First Click: How many Star Wars movies is too many? (2016-12-01 07:30:02)
    Growing up with the expanded universe and, latterly, the prequels, I never thought we'd get to this point. To a young me, Star Wars movies were scaffolding, a fossilized skeleton on which to hang other stories told by book, comic, or video game. George Lucas tried to breathe new life into that skeleton at the turn of the millennium, but the prequels ended up feeling like a funeral for the body of Star Wars, marking a time the films should be buried.
  • AWS isn't the cheapskate's cloud, and Amazon doesn't care (2016-12-01 07:14:15)
    AWS isn't winning because it's cheapest. It's winning because of innovation.
  • EU wants to make e-books, e-newspapers cheaper (2016-12-01 07:06:53)
    The European Union wants to apply the same sales tax rules for digital books and newspapers as their print versions, in a move that would bring down the price of electronic publications. The EU Commission ...
  • 10 books to help you lead digital transformation (2016-12-01 07:00:02)
    Looking to implement or improve your company's digital transformation strategies? These books can help you get started.
  • Nokia brand-phones poised for comeback as HMD takes charge (2016-12-01 06:43:24)
    By Eric Auchard and Jussi Rosendahl FRANKFURT/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia-branded mobile phones are about to make a comeback via a new venture that will reunite the Nokia brand with veteran Nokia executives who aim to move into smartphones capitalizing on an existing operation that sells low-cost basic phones. HMD Global, a new Finnish company set up to revive the Nokia phone brand, on Thursday took over the basic phone business which Nokia Corp sold to Microsoft in 2014. Nokia the company now largely makes telecom network equipment.
  • Airbnb agrees 60-day limit on Amsterdam home rentals (2016-12-01 06:36:16)
    Amsterdam has reached a pioneering agreement with home rentals website Airbnb to limit the sharing of private homes to 60 days a year, the city and website said Thursday. "A home should remain a home," said Amsterdam councillor Laurens Ivens, in a joint statement which announced what it called a "unique" deal with Airbnb. "Today's agreement focuses on tackling bad actors, and ensuring that home sharing remains sustainable and positive for locals and neighbours," Amsterdam and Airbnb said in the statement.
  • Reddit cracks down on 'most toxic users' of pro-Trump forum (2016-12-01 06:32:54)
    Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has announced a plan to crack down on the "most toxic users" of a forum on the site used to discuss President-elect Donald Trump. Huffman writes in a post on the link-sharing ...
  • India's Reliance Jio extends free services, as telecoms price war intensifies (2016-12-01 06:20:58)
    By Promit Mukherjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's Reliance Industries announced a three-month extension to an offer of free data and voice services by its telecoms unit Jio, signaling that a brutal price war in India's mobile sector that has already hurt its rivals is intensifying. Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani, India's richest man, said in a live feed on YouTube on Thursday that Jio's existing and new customers will get free voice and data till March 31, 2017.
  • Republic Wireless celebrates its new independence with six months of free service (2016-12-01 06:15:02)
    Republic Wireless is celebrating independence today, after raising enough funding to spin-off as an independent company from parent company Bandwidth. Earlier this year, Republic Wireless added T-Mobile support, which allowed the carrier to support top Android phones including Samsung's Galaxy S7. While plans have always been low cost, starting at just $5, Republic is launching two special offers this month to discount phones and provide six months of free service.
  • China's top social messaging app censors users abroad: report (2016-12-01 06:04:37)
    Censorship on China's top social messaging app WeChat goes beyond the country's borders, according to a report released on Thursday, with messages containing sensitive terms that are sent from overseas to mainland-linked accounts being blocked. China has stepped up efforts to remove non-sanctioned online content in the past year and increase surveillance measures, garnering support from top Chinese tech firms including Alibaba Holdings Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd, which owns WeChat. "Tencent respects and complies to local laws and regulations in countries we operate in," a Tencent spokeswoman told Reuters, declining to comment on the censorship features directly.
  • Nokia's phones return with Android in early 2017 (2016-12-01 06:02:55)
    Nokia is planning to release an Android-powered handset early next year. After announcing its plans to return to tablets and phones back in May, Nokia is providing more details today as it formalizes a licensing agreement with HMD Global (HMD). Also based in Finland, HMD global is the new home of Nokia phones under a brand licensing deal that will last for at least 10 years.
  • China's iQIYI and Sony to produce online series in Mandarin (2016-12-01 06:01:47)
    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese online video site announced Thursday it will be working with Sony Pictures Television to produce a Mandarin-language action thriller series for online viewers.
  • Nokia-branded phones set for comeback in 2017 as HMD takes charge (2016-12-01 05:23:41)
    Finland's Nokia on Thursday announced that its deal with HMD Global Oy, a new company formed to revive the Nokia brand in phones, has come into force and that HMD has opened for business. HMD said the first smartphone products carrying Nokia's name would be launched in the first half of 2017, while the company will continue operating its Nokia-branded low-cost phone business. "With a leading position in the feature phone market already, HMD has a significant global foothold ...from day one," HMD said in a statement.
  • Sweden proposes ban on ride-sharing services that make profits (2016-12-01 05:04:42)
    Sweden proposed rule changes for its taxis on Wednesday that may help ride-hailing services like Uber Technologies in the long term, but also recommended that profit-making ride-sharing should be illegal. A government-appointed commission said that Sweden should allow taxis to operate without meters, making it easier for drivers to use their own cars - a development that has helped firms like Uber undercut traditional services in other countries. Uber, which has faced setbacks in other parts of Europe, already offers taxi services in Sweden, but has to comply with the same regulations as other market players.
  • Twitter accounts of Indian opposition party hacked (2016-12-01 04:43:29)
    Indian police are investigating hackers who infiltrated Twitter accounts belonging to the opposition Congress party and sent out a barrage of abusive posts. A party spokesman said the hackers targeted ...
  • Reuters built an algorithm to flag and verify breaking news on Twitter (2016-12-01 04:32:09)
    Reuters has developed a tool capable of automatically detecting and verifying breaking news on Twitter, in an attempt to report on events more rapidly and accurately. The tool, known as Reuters News Tracer, has been developed over the past two years, but Reuters only made it public this week, in interviews with the Columbia Journalism Review and Nieman Lab. News Tracer analyzes tweets in real-time, filtering out spam and grouping similar tweets into “clusters” based on similar words.
  • SocGen partners with fintech firm for Asia third-party stocks research (2016-12-01 02:22:04)
    By Michelle Price HONG KONG (Reuters) - Societe Generale will use Singapore-based fintech company Smartkarma to provide third-party Asian equity research to its institutional clients, in a deal that reflects major changes in the global investment research landscape. The French bank, which does not currently provide equity research in Asia, will give its institutional clients access to a pool of independent research aggregated and curated by Smartkarma instead of offering content itself, Stephane Loiseau, the bank's head of cash equities and global execution services for Asia Pacific, told Reuters.
  • Facebook COO Sandberg donates $100 million to donor advised fund (2016-12-01 01:21:25)
    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has donated more than $100 million to the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Fund. Sandberg's donation to her donor advised fund comprised 880,000 of Class "A" shares of Facebook, according to a regulatory filing on Wednesday. In December 2015, Zuckerberg made one of the largest pledges in history when he and his wife said they would donate 99 percent of their company shares to charity.
  • Shamoon virus returns in new Gulf cyber attacks after four-year hiatus (2016-12-01 01:14:04)
    A version of Shamoon, the destructive computer virus that crippled tens of thousands of computers at Middle Eastern energy companies four years ago, was used in mid-November to attack computers in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the region, according to U.S. security firms. FireEye said in a blogpost that its Mandiant unit "has responded to multiple incidents at other organisations in the region." A spokesman declined to identify the countries or organisations. The reappearance of Shamoon is significant as there have only been a handful of other high-profile attacks involving disk-wiping malware, including ones in 2014 on Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Sony Corp's Hollywood studio.
  • Agile project management: The smart person's guide (2016-12-01 01:05:00)
    This is the go-to guide on Agile project management for project managers, business leaders, developers, project and product teams, consultants, stakeholders, and students.
  • Exclusive: Mastercard and VeriFone launch UK point-of-sale financing app (2016-12-01 01:04:45)
    By Jemima Kelly CANNES, France (Reuters) - British shoppers will soon be able to decide to spread the cost of a purchase over a series of monthly instalments at the point of making a payment with their credit card, in a new partnership between Mastercard Inc card machine maker VeriFone Systems Inc. The "Mastercard Intalments" app - the first of its kind in Britain - will launch on VeriFone payment terminals at some UK retailers in January, and will then be rolled out to other shops across the country. Customers who have been deemed eligible by their banks will be given the option of paying for their purchases in fixed instalments at the point that they insert their card into a payment terminal. "For the merchant it's an interesting value proposition because we're saying: we're going to give your customers a new way of financing their purchase that's private - they don't need to talk to anybody or do any credit checks," Verifone commerce enablement and innovation vice president Nathan Gill told Reuters at the sidelines of the Trustech conference in Cannes.
  • LG promotes home appliances boss to CEO (2016-12-01 00:24:22)
    LG Electronics has a new CEO: Jo Seong-jin, formerly head of the home appliances division and a forty-year veteran of the company. Before becoming head of the overall home appliances business, Jo ran LG's washing machine division and was part of the team that developed the first LG automatic washing machine in 1980.
  • Magic mushrooms help cancer patients cope with fear and depression (2016-12-01 00:01:02)
    Magic mushrooms, once associated mostly with Phish concerts, may lead to better end-of-life care for cancer patients. One dose of the active ingredient, psilocybin, can help terminal cancer patients experience less depression and anxiety even six months later. Two studies from New York University and Johns Hopkins University confirm a recent wave of research suggesting that hallucinogenic drugs are an important mental health tool.
  • Someone is planning a trip back to the Apollo moon landing site, but it isn’t NASA (2016-11-30 23:10:28)
    The Apollo 17 landing site is the last place where humans hung out on the Moon, and now we're going back. Well, not us exactly, but a couple of fancy robots may soon get the chance to cruise around the historic landscape and check out all the junk we silly meat creatures left behind. PTScientists , a Berlin-based group, is teaming up with private launch company Spaceflight in a contract that would send a rover-toting lander to the Moon. But sending robots to the moon isn't the team's only aim; there's also the matter of winning  Google's Lunar XPRIZE . MUST SEE:  Apple fixes the MacBook’s weird, speaker-destroying bug PTScientists are one of 16 teams currently vying for a chunk of Google's massive prize purse. The winning team will secure $20 million for their cause, while second place and any bonus prize winners will each receive a still significant $5 million. In order to remain in the race, each team has to secure a valid launch contract — like the one PTScientists just signed with Spaceflight — and have it verified by Google. To date, just a handful of teams have made it to that step, and the December 31st deadline is creeping ever closer. Then, to be declared a winner, the teams have to complete their missions — using a minimum of 90% private funding — by the end of next year. PTScientists, in partnership with Audi, plan to land a pair of rovers in the neighborhood of the Apollo 17 landing site, at which point they'll conduct experiments as well as attempt to get an up-close look at how NASA's equipment has withstood the ravages of time.
  • Fitbit is reportedly close to buying Pebble (2016-11-30 22:55:30)
    Fitness wearables manufacturer Fitbit is close to buying smartwatch maker Pebble, according to The Information. The publication's sources say that a deal would see Fitbit taking Pebble's intellectual property, such as its operating system, but would see the Pebble brand phased out. The Information cites three people reportedly familiar with the deal, who say that Fitbit's offer is believed to be for a "small amount," and comes after Pebble has been searching for a buyer for some time.
  • Fitbit is close to buying Pebble (2016-11-30 22:55:30)
    Fitness wearables manufacturer Fitbit is close to buying smartwatch maker Pebble, according to The Information — news that has since been independently confirmed by The Verge. Sources say that a deal would see Fitbit taking Pebble's intellectual property, such as its operating system, but would see the Pebble brand phased out. The Information cites three people reportedly familiar with the deal, who say that Fitbit's offer is believed to be for a "small amount," and comes after Pebble has been searching for a buyer for some time.
  • Shamoon virus returns in new Saudi attacks after four-year hiatus (2016-11-30 22:38:25)
    A version of Shamoon, the destructive computer virus that four years ago crippled tens of thousands of computers at Middle Eastern energy companies, was used two weeks ago to attack computers in Saudi Arabia, according to U.S. security firms. The reappearance of Shamoon is significant as there have only been a handful of other high-profile attacks involving disk-wiping malware, including ones in 2014 on Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Sony Corp's Hollywood studio.
  • Rogue One’s Felicity Jones gives ‘Star Wars’ the highschool yearbook treatment (2016-11-30 22:04:35)
    Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso, the newest hero in the Star Wars universe. Jyn will lead a band of daring rebels in Rogue One , hunting down the schematics of the Empire’s most dangerous new weapon. But while we wait for Rogue One to hit cinemas, Jones is ready to entertain us with a different kind of Star Wars experience. DON’T MISS: There’s a fix for your iPhone 6s’ serious battery drain, but you might not like it In a shoot with Glamour the actress gave some of the most important old and new characters in Star Wars yearbook-like superlatives. For example, according to Jones, Leia is most likely to dance like Beyoncé when nobody is watching. Chewbacca is the most likely to never shut up, Yoda is most likely to spend Friday night at home, and Kylo Ren is most likely going to return your Christmas gift. You should probably get Kylo a gift card at most. Jones does yearbook quotes for plenty of other Star Wars characters, including Rey, Darth Vader, Han Solo, C-3PO, and others, so check out Glamour’s full video below. This is likely just one of the many stunts Disney is preparing in anticipation of the upcoming Star Wars movie — check out the latest trailer for the movie . Rogue One hits theaters on December 16th, with tickets already available online for preorder . And before you ask, no, there’s not going to be a Rogue One sequel .
  • Woman sentenced for trying to frame ex through Facebook (2016-11-30 21:33:33)
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A woman who created a phony Facebook profile of her ex-boyfriend in order to frame the Southern California man for stalking has been sentenced to a year in jail.
  • IRS seeks names of virtual currency users in tax probe (2016-11-30 21:26:58)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The IRS obtained a court order Wednesday allowing it to seek the names of people who may have failed to pay taxes on virtual currency exchanged through a San Francisco company.
  • Blow through all 8 Harry Potter movies in under 80 minutes with this supercut (2016-11-30 21:01:31)
    Considering how well it's done at the box office, there's a good chance you've already seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them .  It's a fun romp through a familiar world , but it'll probably leave you wanting the good old days with Harry, Ron, Hermione and the rest of the classic Potter gang. That's to be expected, but not all of us have 20 hours to marathon all eight Harry Potter movies. Thankfully, that's exactly why we have supercuts. DON'T MISS:  Netflix now lets you download movies to watch offline Earlier this week, Tim Stiefler uploaded an 78-minute supercut of the original Harry Potter movies to his Vimeo channel. With more than 90% of the footage from the octalogy left on the cutting room floor, this obviously won't serve as a worthwhile substitute for watching the movies, but if your goal is simply to shake off the cobwebs before (or after) you see Fantastic Beasts , this supercut will help: All in all, Wizardhood (as Stiefler calls his supercut) tells a surprisingly cohesive story. The editing is top-notch, the major plot points are all covered and all of the chaff from the movies (of which there is plenty) is left on the cutting room floor. Whether you want to refresh your memory of the series or just catch up with Harry and his friends after more than five years since they last appeared on screen together, you could do a whole lot worse than the Wizardhood supercut.
  • Google Home talking to Amazon Echo will entertain you all day long (2016-11-30 20:00:36)
    Google and Amazon have the two best voice-enabled virtual home assistants in  Google Home and Amazon Echo . Both devices were on sale through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and each of them should be a great addition to your smart home project. You don’t need to buy both gadgets because they’re both able to pull off basically the same stunts. But if you do get both of them, you can make them talk to each other. That’s what one user did, and of course, there was a camera present. DON’T MISS: There’s a fix for your iPhone 6s’ serious battery drain, but you might not like it Google Home is the newest of the two, as Amazon has a surprising lead in this particular type of business. That doesn’t make Home any less interesting. And it turns out it can correctly understand what Echo says. YouTube user Adam Jakowenko posted a short video that shows the two assistants talking to each other. The video is less than a minute long, but it could go on for days. What Jakowenko did was to set up separate calendar events with each Home and Echo. Each entry contained the hot word that activates the other assistant. So when you ask Echo about the event, the response will wake up Home. Home will then deliver its reply, which in turn wakes up Echo. This can go on for hours, at least that calendar event expires. You’ll have to set up a recurring event to make Google Home talk to Alexa for ever. Hilarious: Oh, and if you know anyone who owns both assistants, this will make a great prank.
  • Exclusive: John Baldessari on designing the newest BMW art car (2016-11-30 20:00:02)
    Angel ValentinBMW introduced art car number 19 at Miami Art Basel on Wednesday night, an M6 GT3 by legendary Los Angeles-based artist John Baldessari. The BMW art cars are priceless works of automotive art. Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, and Jeff Koons have made cars for the collection.It’s an apt time for the sly, reflective work of Baldessari, who has long explored the object as an idea. His most iconic works are tinged with dry humor. In one image, he shows the face of a hippopotamus submerged in water and the text, “Tom’s hands grip the steering wheel as he approaches a green light. ...
  • You can finally feel good about buying Apple’s utterly hideous iPhone battery case (2016-11-30 18:48:34)
    Apple's Smart Battery Case for iPhone is gross. It's ugly, and there's really no getting around that. Before today, buying one should have come with a sense of shame and regret, but now that there's a Product (RED) version, at least you can pick one up and know that you're doing some good for the world, even if it's at the expense of good taste. GET UP:  Stephen Hawking knows why you’re fat Apple announced today that it's bringing a (RED) version of its lumpy battery case to its its retail stores and online shop, along with new iPhone SE case, Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones, and Beats Pill, also as part of the (RED) program. The new products continue the company's tradition of charitable efforts and long-standing support of (RED)'s mission to provide medical relief to AIDS-stricken regions of Africa. Additionally, Apple is launching a special Product (RED) effort via Apple Pay. Starting today and carrying on through December 6th, the company will donate $1 to (RED) every time Apple Pay is used at an Apple Store or on, with a maximum contribution of $1 million. Interestingly, Bank of America is matching that offer, and will also donate up to $1 million in total for Apple Pay transactions using its cards. “The gift of life is the most important gift that anyone can give,” said Tim Cook via press release. “Thanks to the vision and dedication of (RED), an AIDS-free generation is within our reach. We want to leave the world better than we found it, and that’s why our longtime partnership with (RED) remains so important to us.” The new product versions should appear in the Apple online store starting today, as well as in Apple Store locations.
  • Tech investor Glade Brook to shut hedge fund, favors narrower bets (2016-11-30 18:17:34)
    By Lawrence Delevingne NEW YORK (Reuters) - Glade Brook Capital Partners LLC is shutting its original hedge fund in favor of a new series of vehicles focused on big bets in public securities, it said in a letter to investors on Tuesday. The change comes as the hedge fund has lost about 8 percent so far this year, after an average annual gain of about 8 percent since inception in 2011. Glade Brook's new funds will focus on a very small number of investments in publicly traded companies, an unusual approach among hedge funds, which tend bet on a wide range of securities, a source familiar with the situation said.
  • Tor Browser vulnerability used to attack visitors to a child porn site (2016-11-30 18:07:51)
    A child pornography site called Giftbox has been attacking its users with a newly discovered exploit in the Tor Browser, according to an exclusive report from Motherboard. According to one user, the exploit was present on the main page, giving attackers a clear way to plant malware on any computer that visited the site. It’s not clear what the attackers used the exploit for, or what any resulting programs might have done, but such an exploit would have been an easy way for law enforcement to track down anyone visiting the illegal site.
  • Billy Dee Williams will play Two-Face in The Lego Batman Movie (2016-11-30 17:57:21)
    It only took 17 years, but Lando Calrissian himself will finally get his chance to play Two-Face — but in Lego form. It’s a role he hasn’t played since 1989’s Batman, and is sure to make the fans wishing they could forget the Schumacher films very happy. Twitter user Brent Waller asked the straightforward question of whether or not Williams would voice Two-Face in the film.
  • The Dronegun blocks radio signals to bring illegal drones down (2016-11-30 17:56:26)
    If you're a drone pilot who wants to fly a drone somewhere you shouldn't, there isn't a whole lot anyone can do right now to stop you, due to a variety of legal complications that govern drones in flight and jamming equipment. The Dronegun looks like some sort of futuristic sci-fi weapon ripped straight out of the hands of a space marine, but in reality it simply jams all possible radio frequencies a drone can use to communicate with the operator, causing it to either return to its origin or immediately land (depending on the particular drone in question). On a more serious note, illegal drone flights are a serious issue for law enforcement officers and prison guards.
  • Every PS4, PS3 and Vita game you can download for free in December (2016-11-30 17:53:55)
    With November coming to an end, Sony has finally announced the selection of free games that will be available on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita for PlayStation Plus subscribers in December. As always, you need to have an active subscription to PS Plus in order to download these games (or any free PS Plus game). FROM EARLIER:  Every Xbox One and Xbox 360 game you can download for free in December In December, Sony is making both turn-based strategy game  Invisible, Inc. and action RPG  Stories: The Path of Destinies free for PS4 owners. On PS3, space shooter Hyper Void and arcade shooter Tiny Troopers Joint Ops will be free, while Vita owners will be able to pick up the side-scrolling Color Guardians and the beloved platformer VVVVVV without having to pay a penny. Here are all six games, along the platform availability of each: Invisible, Inc. — PS4 Stories: The Path of Destinies — PS4 Hyper Void — PS3 Tiny Troopers Joint Ops — PS3 (Cross buy on PS4 and Vita) Color Guardians — PS Vita (Cross buy on PS4) VVVVVV — PS Vita There aren't really any standout titles this month for PS Plus, but Invisible, Inc. and Stories: The Path of Destinies  were both well-received when they launched. That said, it's hard to compare PlayStation's offerings with Microsoft's this month. If you want to see the PS4 games in action, watch the video below:
  • The new Gilmore Girls’ treatment of people of color is even more stunning in screenshots (2016-11-30 17:49:48)
    Writer Rahawa Haile’s new Tumblr Gilmore Blacks spotlights every black person who appears in Netflix’s massively hyped Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. One of them is a secretary who gets fired moments after she first appears on-screen, others are deep in the background of a given shot, and very few of them speak (and if they do it’s for one sentence). For each entry, Haile includes the character’s name (if any) and spoken lines (if any), as well as their purpose, which is always “endure. ...
  • Ohio to invest $15M on corridor for testing smart vehicles (2016-11-30 17:40:24)
    As Gov. John Kasich announced a $15 million investment in advanced self-driving highway technology on Wednesday, he urged Ohioans to push back against old ideas about the state. "Who would ever want ...
  • Amazon’s image recognition AI can identify your dog down to its breed (2016-11-30 17:05:02)
    Today, Amazon’s getting in the game with the launch of its own tool, Amazon Rekognition, which aims to provide deep-learning services to developers. While the tool isn’t public-facing like Google’s drawing game or Microsoft’s age-guessing bot, Amazon Rekognition does appear to do much of the same: it can look at photos and recognize human faces, identify their emotions, and label objects. Developers can use it to add facial recognition as a layer of security to their app, sort through large collection of photos to tag and index them, or “build ‘smart’ marketing billboards that collect demographic data about viewers.” Hey, Amazon’s idea, not mine.
  • U.S. tech startup giving away self-driving car software (2016-11-30 17:04:38)
    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -, the tech startup that recently pulled the plug on its device to give cars limited self-driving capabilities after being reprimanded by U.S. regulators, has opened up its software secrets to the masses. On Wednesday, announced on its website that it had open sourced the software code and robotics research platform for the driver-assistance system the company had planned to start selling at the end of the year, before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compelled it to change course. The open-source project may allow founder and well-known hacker George Hotz to deploy his technology without butting up against regulators.
  • The British Film Institute plans to digitize at least 100,000 ‘at-risk’ TV programs (2016-11-30 16:51:39)
    The British Film Institute announced a five-year plan yesterday that includes the promise to digitize and preserve at least 100,000 “at-risk” TV shows. The shows span genres, and include comedies, dramas, documentary series, children’s TV, and “breakfast television.” You likely haven’t heard of most of these shows, as they date back to the 1960s, but just for fun, here’s a few: At Last the 1948 Show, Basil Brush, and Nationwide. BFI’s creative director told the BBC that these videos are on old, one-inch and two-inch formats and that only a select group of people know how to handle these recordings.
  • Cloud storage provider Box's loss smaller than expected (2016-11-30 16:50:05)
    (Reuters) - Cloud storage provider Box Inc reported a smaller-than-expected loss as its efforts to attract customers paid off. Strong sales execution and increased adoption of newer products helped results, Chief Financial Officer Dylan Smith said in a statement on Wednesday. Box, whose customers include General Electric Co , AstraZeneca Plc and Symantec Corp , has been investing heavily to beef up its cloud technology and is focusing on expanding outside the United States.
  • Bitcoin service ordered to hand over two years of user records to IRS (2016-11-30 16:48:15)
    Today in Northern California District Court, a federal judge ordered the Bitcoin wallet service Coinbase to hand over records of all transactions that took place during 2014 or 2015, as part of a larger investigation into possible tax fraud by Coinbase users. “The taxpayers being investigated have not been or may not be complying with U.S. internal revenue laws requiring the reporting of taxable income from virtual-currency transactions,” the IRS wrote in its request. As a result, the agents argued, anyone conducting a virtual-currency transaction during that period could be reasonably suspected of tax fraud, and requested transaction records on that basis.
  • Apple fixes the MacBook’s weird, speaker-destroying bug (2016-11-30 16:46:51)
    Apple's Boot Camp makes it easy for MacBooks to run the Windows operating system, but a recent sound bug had been causing some serious headaches for those who like to dual boot. Now, a Boot Camp driver update has fixed the strange bug, AppleInsider reports. The odd glitch caused loud popping sounds for Boot Camp users while using Windows on their MacBooks. The peculiar sound persisted regardless of the actual volume settings of the computer, and some users claimed that the annoying pop was physically damaging the speakers in their computers. DON'T MISS:  Neflix’s new offline download feature has one massive drawback Some of those who were affected by the glitch said that their speakers began malfunctioning afterwards , and that their now-broken speakers were distorted and fuzzy regardless of the operating system. Anyone who's ever turned the music up a few notches too high in their car knows exactly how a busted speaker sounds, and having one in your laptop is probably even more frustrating. It's thought that the sound was caused by an outdated driver in Boot Camp, and a recent update to the Boot Camp driver package has seemingly fixed the problem entirely. If you're a Boot Camp user who has been dealing with this issue, initiating an Apple update while running Windows should prompt the new drivers to install. As for the users with broken MacBook speakers, Apple reportedly suggests making an Apple Store appointment to have a technician assess and fix the issue, as well as a call to Apple Care support to document the incident.
  • Optimum to deploy fiber capable of 10 Gbps internet to all customers (2016-11-30 16:40:04)
    Altice USA — the owner of Optimum, Suddenlink, and Lightpath — intends to build out fiber connections to “all” Optimum customers and “most” Suddenlink customers within five years, beginning in 2017. Altice hasn’t said which areas it intends to build out first. The fiber connections are supposed to be capable of delivering internet at up to 10 Gbps.
  • Reddit is censoring the pro-Donald Trump community (2016-11-30 16:20:56)
    Any conversation about the alt-right and the internet always seems to spiral back to Reddit and /r/the_donald, a the unofficial water cooler for Trump supporters during the election and after it. Users and mods of /r/the_donald have tread a fine line between enthusiastic support for a political candidate and online abuse, which has caused all sorts of problems within Reddit. Following some serious internal drama that you probably don't care about, Reddit is now "taking a more proactive approach to policing behavior that is detrimental to Reddit:" removing /r/the_donald posts from Reddit's main page. DON'T MISS:  Apple will pay you zero money to trade in your Apple Watch In a blog post, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman announced two major actions. Posts from The Donald will no longer appear in /r/all, a page that shows users the top posts from across Reddit, rather than just subs they're subscribed to. It would be like Google de-listing a page from search results: it's not explicitly censoring content, as you can still find it if you know where to look. But for casual users of Reddit, removing a subreddit from /r/all dramatically decreases that sub's general reach. In addition, Huffman also said that Reddit will take action against hundreds of its "most toxic users," with actions ranging from warnings to permanent bans. The decision, as with anything Reddit admins do, is going to polarize people on every side. Some users and mods have been calling for /r/the_donald to be outright banned; others will say that since /r/the_donald is not overtly tolerant of Reddit rule-breaking and instead just offends people by providing contrary opinion, Reddit shouldn't do anything to censor the sub. Either way, it's a complicated issue, and these two actions are highly unlikely to actually solve anything. For a more complete background of the issues, you'll need to sift through the mountain of Reddit politics and in-fighting to actually work out what's going on on the "front page of the internet."
  • Wacky gifts for the tech-savvy person who has everything (2016-11-30 16:17:26)
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  • No, Google’s Pixel didn’t ‘trounce’ the iPhone on Black Friday (2016-11-30 15:57:19)
    Black Friday is a big deal for retailers, and looking at the trends that emerge from the biggest shopping day of the year is a pretty common, but there are lots of ways to interpret data and some are much more valid than others. So, when Fortune declares that Google's Pixel smartphone " trounced " Apple's iPhone over the holiday weekend, it's important to look at the numbers. DON'T MISS:  This is why your iPhone 7’s battery might die in a year The Google Pixel — or "Pixel, Phone by Google" as the company insists on calling it at every turn — is by most accounts a fantastic Android smartphone. It follows that a flagship device from Google would see some pretty solid demand, especially when big holiday discounts are being offered. However, Fortune 's declaration that suggests the Pixel outperformed the iPhone is not only misleading, it's also based on some seriously questionable data. The key data point that's being focused on in Fortune 's piece — and in the blog post by Localytics , the app analytics firm that provided the statistics — is that activiations of Pixel were up 112% during Black Friday weekend when compared to the four previous weekends. The iPhone, in contrast, saw activations jump up by "just" 13% from Thanksgiving day through the following Sunday. So I guess that's it, right? Pixel wins, iPhone sucks, and it's time for Tim Cook to pack his bags and admit he's been bested. Wait, what? Dropping words like "trounced" and lines like "Google Pixel is the Black Friday king" suggests that Google's phone straight up outperformed the iPhone in sales, and that simply isn't the case. Analysts currently estimate iPhone sales for the current quarter, which ends on December 31st, to be around 75 million . Compare that with even the most optimistic sales projections for the Google Pixel — currently between 6 million and 9 million — and you can easily see the problem. A 112% increase in sales over any four-day period still doesn't put the Pixel anywhere near the iPhone's sales numbers, even without the added 13% Black Friday boost. But there's an even more important issue with Fortune 's — and Localytics' — very narrow view of the data, and that's the implication that shoppers chose the Pixel instead of the iPhone on Black Friday. "It's hard to say exactly what caused the massive discrepancy in activations during the holiday weekend," Fortune 's Don Reisinger writes. I'm not so sure it's actually all that hard. There are plenty of factors that easily explain the Pixel's better-than-average sales performance over the holiday weekend. Consider the following factors at work: The Pixel just launched at the end of October, and the biggest advertising push for the device didn't start until about halfway through November. Samsung's Note 7 debacle has made the Pixel XL the only true flagship Android phablet available this season. Verizon was knocking hundreds of dollars off the price of the Pixel in a massive Black Friday promotion, and as Localytics notes, that alone accounted for roughly half of the new device activations. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 had already been out for over a month longer by the time Black Friday hit, and it had sold out almost immediately. The phone initially sold better than even Apple expected, according to reports , and despite the fact that its year-over-year sales are thought to be behind that of the iPhone 6s, it's still lapping the competition handily. Combine all of that with the fact that Apple's Black Friday sale was absolutely trash , and that the biggest discount you could find on an iPhone 7 during the event was $49 off — from eBay of all places — and you see why the iPhone's week-over-week sales bump wasn't as impressive as the Pixel's. So no, the Pixel didn't "trounce" the iPhone, and when you're not moving tens of millions of phones every month, a 112% jump isn't nearly as difficult as it might seem. Numbers matter.
  • 'Thank the aliens': Thousands displaced for China's huge telescope (2016-11-30 15:40:34)
    Humanity's best bet at detecting aliens is a giant silver Chinese dish the size of 30 football fields -- one that simultaneously showcases Beijing's abilities to deploy cutting-edge technologies and ignore objectors' rights as it seeks global prominence. Authorities also hope it will bring tourist dollars to the province of Guizhou, one of China's poorest regions. China built FAST as part of efforts to take on international rivals and raise its embarrassingly low tally of Nobel Prizes, explained Peng Bo, director of China's National Astronomical Observatories, which oversees the telescope.
  • Cook ups Apple support for fight against AIDS (2016-11-30 15:37:06)
    Apple Inc is expanding its support for the fight against AIDS through the (RED) charity founded by rock singer Bono, Chief Executive Tim Cook said in an interview ahead of World Aids Day. Over the next week, the company will expand its line of (RED) products and donate $1 for each transaction made using mobile payment Apple Pay in its physical and online stores, up to a total of $1 million. Bank of America will contribute up to that sum for Apple Pay transactions using its cards.
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon are Nintendo’s fastest-selling games ever in Europe and the Americas (2016-11-30 15:32:53)
    Pokémania is in full effect: Nintendo says that the recently released Pokémon Sun and Moon are the fastest-selling games in the company’s history in both Europe and the Americas. According to Nintendo, the 3DS games sold a combined 3.7 million units in the Americas since they launched on November 18th. Sun and Moon sold 1.5 million units in Europe during their first week of release, including 368,000 in the UK alone, making them the fastest-selling titles in that region as well.
  • This tool tells you if your Gmail account was infected with malware (2016-11-30 15:29:20)
    Cybersecurity Check Point discovered a new piece of Android malware called Gooligan that’s able to steal email addresses. More than 1 million Google accounts connected to older Android versions are at risk, but there’s a tool you can use to see if you’re one of them. DON’T MISS: There’s a fix for your iPhone 6s’ serious battery drain, but you might not like it Users who downloaded Android apps containing the Googligan malware or who clicked on links in phishing messages are at risk. The software is able to access information in Gmail, Drive, and Photos, and the hackers can use the Google accounts to buy apps on the Google Play store and leave reviews for apps. Check Point says that devices running Android 4.0 and Android 5.0 are at risk -- that's nearly 75% of Android users. The company developed an online tool that can help you check if your phone is infected with Gooligan. All you have to do is head over to this link, enter your Gmail address, and then find out if you’ve been hacked. Some might dismiss it as a non-issue, but malware still affects plenty of Android devices. In July, the same security firm discovered a different malware that affected some 85 million Android phones. That malware strain was generating $300,000 per month in ad revenue, Business Insider notes . The best way to defend yourself against malware is to avoid downloading apps from untrusted locations and stick to getting apps from the Google Play store if it’s available in your market. Clicking dubious links from emails and instant text messages is also not advised, as they may be phishing attacks targeting unsuspecting Android users.
  • Why haven’t you bought your phone a bed yet? (2016-11-30 15:26:33)
    The Phone Bed, as first pointed out by congressional reporter Joe Perticone, is a $100 bed for your phones. It’s sold through Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington’s website dedicated to “well-being.” Note: Phone Bed is not a charging station.
  • Reddit will punish hundreds of 'toxic users' and hide some posts from pro-Trump community (2016-11-30 15:25:35)
    Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said in an announcement today that the site will take action against hundreds of its "most toxic users," and will make changes to prevent some posts from its popular pro-Donald Trump subreddit r/the_donald from appearing on one of the site's main hubs. The news follows controversial actions by Huffman, who admitted last week to covertly editing comments that criticized him, replacing his username in the comments with those of moderators for r/the_donald. Huffman writes that the subreddit, which has been known to use the site's "sticky" feature to push its posts up the site's rankings, will have its sticky posts removed from r/all — a major section near the site's front page.
  • Mozilla Firefox browser review (2016-11-30 15:17:00)
    Surf the Web comfortably, relying on speed, safety, and power of customization
  • Seagate made an external hard drive that automatically backs up to Amazon’s reliable cloud (2016-11-30 15:10:01)
    Seagate and Amazon have partnered up on a $99 1TB external hard drive that automatically backs up everything stored on it to the cloud. The Seagate Duet drive’s contents are cloned to Amazon Drive, so you can be pretty confident that your important stuff will be safe. Both a physical backup and Amazon’s reliable S3 cloud infrastructure is a pretty killer combination.
  • GoPro cuts staff, shifts focus (2016-11-30 15:09:38)
    Mini-camera maker GoPro announced plans Wednesday to cut 15 percent of its staff as its shifts its focus to its core manufacturing operations. GoPro, a onetime star of the sector with cameras used for social media and sports photography, said the cuts would eliminate around 200 jobs. "Consumer demand for GoPro is solid and we've sharply narrowed our focus to concentrate on our core business," said founder and chief executive Nicholas Woodman.
  • FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails (2016-11-30 15:03:42)
    By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government's hacking powers failed Wednesday, despite concerns the changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible abuse by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden attempted three times to delay the changes, which will take effect on Thursday and allow U.S. judges will be able to issue search warrants that give the FBI the authority to remotely access computers in any jurisdiction, potentially even overseas. Magistrate judges can currently only order searches within the jurisdiction of their court, which is typically limited to a few counties.
  • Apple will pay you zero money to trade in your Apple Watch (2016-11-30 15:01:00)
    Apple has long offered a half-hearted trade-in program that gives lazy people a guaranteed, but below market rate amount for their old iPhone. As spotted by  9to5Mac , Apple's trade-in/recycling program now extends to the Apple Watch, but with a difference: in return for handing over your expensive, possibly gold-covered smartwatch that you bought from Apple for an extreme premium, the company will repay your loyalty in pixie dust. DON'T MISS:  The processor the MacBook Pro deserves will arrive in January OK, so to be fair, what Apple is really doing here is running a free recycling program for old electronics. Send in your old (by which I mean, two years old at most) Apple Watch, and Apple will dispose of it without hurting any baby seals. Still, if you use the same program to recycle an old iPhone or MacBook, Apple will give you a gift card to cover some of the value for a device. It's not close to market value, but it still implies that Apple thinks an old iPhone 4s is somehow more valuable than an old Apple Watch. That's strange. It's also a stern middle finger to early adopters who jumped at Apple's vision of wearable computing. When Apple launched the Watch with a premium design and pricetag to match, it was making a promise: buy this, and it won't be like an iPhone. You won't need to upgrade your watch every year; it's an accessory that's going to stick around. To turn around and imply that the Watch has basically no value as a used item is a weird move from Apple. Sure, it's probably driven by Apple's agreement with recycling and reselling partners, but for a company where every move gets thought out first, it's a little insultingly odd.
  • Netflix finally lets you download to binge offline (2016-11-30 14:58:36)
    An update to its mobile apps will let you watch without a connection, but not every film and show in its catalog is included.
  • Wacky tech gifts for the ultra-tech-savvy who has everything (2016-11-30 14:57:55)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest tech can make for an easy holiday gift, but when it comes to the ultra-tech-savvy people in your life, finding a cool technology they don't already own can be tough.
  • Amazon unveils new data center hardware to get you securely into the cloud (2016-11-30 14:56:00)
    At the 2016 re:Invent conference, AWS CEO Andy Jassy unveiled two new products, the Snowball Edge and Snowmobile, to make it even easier to get your data into the cloud.
  • Moto likely to release a Tango mod for the Z (2016-11-30 14:53:11)
    In a briefing with press today, Motorola Mobility chairman and president Aymar de Lencquesaing said that the company will likely develop a Tango augmented reality mod for the Moto Z line of smartphones. De Lencquesaing did not say when the mod would be released or how much it would cost. Lenovo itself recently released the Phab 2 Pro, the first consumer Tango phone, but it’s a 6.4-inch, near-tablet sized device.
  • If you're going to buy a new external SSD, you might as well get this USB-C one (2016-11-30 14:50:01)
    USB-C is here to stay, so it may be time to start investing in some compatible external drives. SSDs in general are faster and more reliable than disc-based drives, with Plextor claiming read / write speeds of 550 MBps for the EX1. Additionally, the use of an SSD allows the EX1 to be much smaller than most disc drives, which is nice.
  • Reddit to crack down on abuse after CEO is targeted (2016-11-30 14:38:21)
    (Reuters) - Social media website Reddit Inc, known for its commitment to free speech, will crack down on online harassment by banning or suspending users who target others, starting with those who have directed abuse at Chief Executive Steve Huffman. Huffman said in an interview with Reuters that Reddit's content policy prohibits harassment, but that it had not been adequately enforced. "Right now we are in an interesting position where my inbox is full of them, it's easy to start with me." As well as combing through Huffman's inbox, Reddit will monitor user reports, add greater filtering capacity, and take a more proactive role in policing its platform rather than relying on community moderators.
  • The best streaming TV app for cord-cutters is now available for download (2016-11-30 14:36:39)
    While Apple's rumored TV streaming service has fallen by the wayside, AT&T has managed to swoop in with a compelling TV streaming service of its own. Dubbed DirecTV Now , the new streaming service  from Ma Bell offers users the ability to enjoy 60+ channels (in 1080p resolution when available) for just $35/month. As far as cable packages are concerned, you'll be hard pressed to find a deal that offers more bang for your buck than what AT&T is bringing to the table. Of course, users willing to pay more can receive as many as 120+ channels. DON'T MISS:  This is why your iPhone 7’s battery might die in a year AT&T earlier this week said that its highly anticipated TV service would go live sometime today, and interested subscribers might be excited to know that the DirecTV Now app is now live on Apple's App Store for iOS and tvOS. As we highlighted earlier in the week, the 4 DirecTV Now subscription options are as follows: Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels) Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels) Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels) Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels) Some of the notable channels available as part of the wallet-friendly  Live a Little package include: A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, BET, Bravo, CNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, CSPAN, Discovery Channel, Disney, E!, ESPN, Food Network, the History Channel, Lifetime, MTV, Nickelodeon, TBS, TLC, TNT, the USA Network and more. For anyone on the fence about subscribing, you might be interested to know that AT&T is giving away free Apple TV devices to new subscribers who commit to a three month subscription. Users willing to commit to a one month subscription will receive a free Amazon Fire TV stick. All told, DirecTV Now is arguably the type of TV streaming service Apple should have launched. Other devices compatible with DirecTV Now include Android smartphones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, Chromecast and Google Cast. Compatible browsers for the PC and Mac crowd include Internet Explorer, Safari and Google Chrome. As far as usability goes, each subscription allows up to two simultaneous streams, making it a less than ideal solution for large families with multiple TVs. It's also worth noting that the service does not include any DVR functionality, though that may be coming as an additional feature later on down the line. Lastly, DirecTV Now users have the ability to sign up for HBO for just $5/month.
  • Can 'MicroMasters' credentials help fill the tech skills gap? (2016-11-30 14:35:24)
    Nonprofit education platform edX recently announced a credential program to teach employees skills in AI, user interface design, and project management. Here's what your company needs to know.
  • Amazon wants to ship your data to the cloud using a literal truck (2016-11-30 14:28:38)
    Amazon just announced a new service called AWS Snowmobile, which is a 21st century version of the classic "sneakernet" method of data transport. Basically, Amazon is offering to tow a 45-foot-long shipping container full of hard drives to your data center, plug in to your servers via fiber, and siphon off up to 100 petabytes (a petabyte is 1 million gigabytes) of data.
  • Argentina's, banks in Nasdaq IPO talks, sources say (2016-11-30 14:27:40)
    By Tatiana Bautzer, Guillermo Parra-Bernal and Liana B. Baker SAO PAULO/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Online travel agency Inc, one of Latin America's few so-called unicorns, has held preliminary talks with investment banks for a U.S. listing on Nasdaq in the second half of 2017, three people with knowledge of the plan said. New York-based investment firm Tiger Global Management LLC, which owns 60 percent of, is spearheading the plan on the understanding that the 17-year-old Argentine company is sufficiently established and well-recognized to go public, said the sources, who requested anonymity since the plan is private. The second source said Citigroup Inc , Morgan Stanley & Co , JPMorgan Chase & Co and an unnamed Brazilian peer are candidates for underwriting roles.
  • George Hotz is giving away the code behind his self-driving car project (2016-11-30 14:12:28)
    Famed iPhone and PlayStation cracker George Hotz is resurrecting the DIY autonomous car project he canceled in October. Hotz framed the self-driving software, called Open Pilot, as an “open source alternative to [Tesla’s] Autopilot” during a press event that was held in a San Francisco house that serves as’s headquarters. Hotz says that this is because it’s the only phone that’s open enough (it’s bootloader unlockable) and that has the specs (particularly the Snapdragon 820 processor) and cameras capable of running’s software.
  • Binge watching on Netflix no longer requires internet access (2016-11-30 14:10:29)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix subscribers can now binge on many of their favorite shows and movies even when they don't have an internet connection.
  • The AirPods might ship in time for Christmas (2016-11-30 14:09:32)
    Apple missed its original launch window for its first-gen wireless headphones, prompting some to speculate that a 2016 launch might not be in the cards. However, the AirPods might still ship by Christmas according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. DON’T MISS: There’s a fix for your iPhone 6s’ serious battery drain, but you might not like it A MacRumors reader contacted Cook via email, asking for a release date for the wireless headphones. “Give us a release date,” the person told Cook. “I really bought in to the wireless vision you painted. Now I'm stuck waiting with my EarPods but can't charge my 7 at the same time which I need to do at work. Let us know if it's a month or 6 months, because then I'll just buy some other wireless headphones.” “Thanks for your note,” Cook replied. “Sorry for the delay---we are finalizing them, and I anticipate we will begin to ship over the next few weeks." Cook did not offer a precise release date for the AirPods.  MacRumors verified that the email originates from Apple’s corporate servers. The blog points out that emails can always be faked even Cook is known to occasionally respond to customers via email. Apple has not explained why it delayed the AirPods launch, which should have been available in stores in time for Black Friday. It’s likely the company will not detail what issues kept it from launching the novel headphones that were first unveiled in September, during the official iPhone 7 announcement event. The AirPods is listed as coming soon and currently unavailable on Apple’s site. The AirPods should retail for $159, once Apple starts selling them online and in retail stores.
  • Reddit launches crackdown on abuse after CEO is targeted (2016-11-30 13:54:58)
    (Reuters) - Social media website Reddit Inc, known for its commitment to free speech on its platform, will crack down on online harassment by banning or suspending users who target others, its CEO Steve Huffman said in an interview. Huffman told Reuters that it will monitor user reports, add greater filtering capacity, and take a more proactive role in policing its platform rather than relying on community moderators. Reddit said it had identified hundreds of the "most toxic users" and will warn, ban or suspend them.
  • Uber wants to track your location even when you’re not using the app (2016-11-30 13:52:09)
    Should Uber be able to track you even when you’re not using its app? Uber seems to think so, but some customers are worried that the ride-sharing giant is yet again overstepping its bounds. Last month, Uber launched a major update to its app, streamlining many of its features in the interest of making it easier to use than ever.
  • YouTube adds support for 4K live streaming (2016-11-30 13:48:19)
    Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube was quick to adopt full HD and even UHD 4K for clips hosted on its site but now it's offering the highest possible resolution for live creations, too. Adding full 4K support for live streams is a huge leap and for the moment at least puts YouTube well ahead of Facebook, Twitter and Twitch as the platform for broadcasting content on the fly or livestreaming events.
  • Why doesn’t this simple accessory ship with every Apple TV? (2016-11-30 13:46:23)
    Apple TV owners generally have a few things in common, without fail. They enjoy the Apple ecosystem, and they probably own one or more other Apple devices as well. Another thing they have in common, however, is that they have almost certainly lost the tiny little remote control that comes with the Apple TV at some point, and been forced to buy a new one from Apple. That wasn’t the worst thing in the world in the past, but now the new Siri Remote that comes with the Apple TV costs $79 to replace. $79! Well guess what: for $20, you can buy a simple accessory that should come in the box with every Apple TV that ships. Use it, and you’ll never lose your Apple TV remote again. Here are some key details: COMPATIBILITY: Works with Apple TV (Siri remote), iPhone, iPad mini, Wireless keyboard, Magic mouse. DESIGN: The D Stand Docking station has convenient Lightning cable management, designed to create a more elegant, yet simple apperance in your home. HOW TO USE: Separate the top and bottom caps of the product, apply the Lightning cable by simply inserting Apple original cable through designed slots thus exposing the cable, and installation is complete. The silicone cap is designed to fit the cable perfectly, therefore keeping the cable in place when removed or attached. MATERIAL: The elago D stand middle cylinder is made of solid aluminum to create a sturdier base. The top and bottom are made from scratch-free silicone to prevent damage to your Apple products, and to prevent it from moving around while resting on a surface. DISCLAIMER: Dock was designed for original Apple Lightning Cable. Cable is not included. Of note, the  elago Aluminum Scratch-Free Apple TV Remote Stand will work perfectly with other devices too, such as the iPhone, iPod touch and Magic Mouse.
  • This regular mechanical watch hides smart connectivity tech in the band (2016-11-30 13:40:13)
    The biggest problem with most smartwatches has been finding a way to deal with the "watch" portion of the design. When it comes down to it, it's difficult for even the nicest-looking smartwatch to compete with the classic style and look of an analog watch. Grayton, a mechanical watchmaker, is trying to take a different approach. Its latest watch is an Indiegogo project called the Origin, that aims to take a mechanical self-winding timepiece and embed smart features directly into the strap. ...
  • Trump will get power to text all Americans (2016-11-30 13:33:05)
    Donald Trump, president-elect of the US and Twitter aficionado, will be able to send unblockable mobile alerts to all Americans starting January 20.
  • Trump tweets he'll separate himself from his business empire (2016-11-30 13:29:03)
    Technically Incorrect: The president-elect again chooses Twitter to make what some might see as a major announcement.
  • The processor the MacBook Pro deserves will arrive in January (2016-11-30 13:23:01)
    There's a long list of head-scratching decisions surrounding the otherwise-excellent new MacBook Pro. One of the strangest is the processor decision. After waiting five years to give us a new Pro, why couldn't Apple wait a couple more months to get the newest and best processor that Intel has to offer? We won't ever have a full answer to that, but very shortly, we will know what we're missing out on. Reports have suggested that Intel's much-awaited Kaby Lake laptop processors are set to land at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. DON'T MISS:  What it takes to get a NES Classic A report from  Digitimes , an outlet that tends to be reliable with supply-chain rumors, has the high-performance laptop Kaby Lake chips arriving in computers at CES. Manufacturers like Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and Lenovo are reportedly planning on using the chips in higher-performance ultrabooks and gaming laptops to be unveiled at the show. Kaby Lake processors promise marginally better performance for all-around use and slightly better battery life, but much better efficiency and power at specialized applications. Intel tends to make significant improvements in its processors year-on-year, so any laptop running a Kaby Lake chip will have an advantage right out of the blocks over a Skylake-powered computer (cough, MacBook Pro). Even worse for Apple, Nvidia's laptop-sized 1050 GPU is expected to debut in laptops alongside the new Kaby Lake processors. A good discrete GPU will make a laptop much faster at graphics-intensive processes like games, but also image processing or modelling. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is stuck with a Skylake chip and no discrete GPU, which competitively-priced (if slightly heavier) Windows laptops will be packing a brand-new processor and graphics card. That's going to make life difficult for Apple and the new 13-inch Pro, which is already being branded as a "Pro" laptop that doesn't live up to the name. Unfortunately, given how long it took Apple to add a small touchscreen and remove a bunch of ports, I wouldn't expect it to incorporate a GPU into the 13-inch Pro for quite a while.
  • Designing Final Fantasy XV’s incredible luxury car, the Regalia (2016-11-30 13:15:51)
    Final Fantasy XV is very different from past games in the series, and one of the biggest changes is the shift to a more open world. Along with that comes an important addition: the Regalia, a car that serves as your main form of transportation through the fantasy landscape of Eos. It’s a place where the four main characters can bond, chatting about everything they’re going through while listening to classic Final Fantasy soundtracks on CD.
  • HP Enterprise, NXP win Thomson Reuters Foundation anti-slavery awards (2016-11-30 13:13:24)
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co and NXP Semiconductors NV won Thomson Reuters Foundation's anti-slavery award on Wednesday for efforts to eradicate forced labor from supply chains. Selected from a shortlist of ten companies including Apple and Tesco, the winners of the Foundation awards were announced in London. "The bar has now been raised for businesses all over the world to follow suit," said Monique Villa, chief executive of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
  • Will net neutrality survive Donald Trump? (2016-11-30 13:10:17)
    When FCC chairman Tom Wheeler passed the Open Internet Order in February of 2015, it was the culmination of decades of work. After countless advocacy campaigns and legal fights, the order classified internet providers as common carriers — falling under Title II of the Communications Act — which prohibits the companies from blocking or discriminating against traffic as it moves over their network. The move was met with cheers from net neutrality advocates and internet companies like Netflix and Twitter, who saw it as a crucial step toward keeping the playing field level for anyone trying to build things on the internet.
  • Apple marks World AIDS Day with boost for Bono charity (2016-11-30 13:06:38)
    In the name of corporate responsibility, the gadget giant is decorating 400 stores with Red signs and donating part of its sales to the nonprofit founded by U2's frontman.
  • This NES Classic wireless controller adapter is the perfect accessory for the console you’ll never own (2016-11-30 12:59:11)
    Despite its limited availability, the NES Classic Edition is one of the hottest gifts of the holiday season. It's well-designed, packed with great games, affordable (in theory) and our review was largely positive . But there is one major issue with the mini NES — its controller only stretches a couple of feet from the console. It's not a deal breaker, but it is a hassle, which is why 8bitdo's new Retro Receiver might just be the essential accessory for NES Classic owners. DON'T MISS:  What it takes to get a NES Classic On Wednesday, 8bitdo (best known for its collection of high-quality retro controllers) unveiled the NES30 Classic Edition Set, which comes with one of the company's wireless NES30 GamePads and a Retro Receiver, which is a Bluetooth adapter that gives NES Classic owners the ability to play games wirelessly. According to 8bitdo, the Retro Receiver is compatible with the Wii Remote, the Wii U Pro Controller, the DualShock 3 and DualShock 4 as well as all of 8bitdo's controller and arcade sticks (of which there are a great many). For now, the only way to get your hands on the Retro Receiver is to pick up the full Classic Edition Set, which will run you $40. There's no word yet on whether or not 8bitdo will sell the receiver separately at some point in the future, but if playing two feet from the TV isn't an option for you, this could be the perfect solution. You can preorder the set from Amazon below right now, where units are expected to begin shipping on December 16th.
  • United Launch Alliance unveils website that lets you price out a rocket ‘like building a car’ (2016-11-30 12:56:11)
    This morning, United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno unveiled a new website that allows satellite makers to figure out what it will really cost to launch a vehicle on one of ULA’s rockets. It’s like going to “Ford or Chevy and building your car,” Bruno said, except in the end you wind up with a more than $100 million rocket that can take cargo to space.
  • GoPro lays off 200 people, shutters its aspiring media arm (2016-11-30 12:47:35)
    The action-camera maker, struggling with weak sales, makes cuts to save more than $650 million in costs next year.
  • Using an app that remembers all my digital activity felt like putting my brain in a jar (2016-11-30 12:45:11)
    Atlas Recall, created by Napster co-founder Jordan Ritter, is what he calls a “juicy” idea. It remembers everything you do on your computer — or on all of your computers, if that’s how you live your life — and automatically creates a searchable database that can peer into your browser history, your text messages and emails, and just about every major app you can think of, including the Microsoft suite, Slack, most Adobe, Google Docs and Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, and Twitter. It’s easy to set up — you don’t have to give authorization on an app-by-app basis, just create an Atlas account and adjust the Accessibility settings on your computer.
  • Nasty Trojan Infects Over a Million Android Phones (2016-11-30 12:45:00)
    A nasty strain of Android malware that has been in the wild for the last two years is once again rearing its ugly head. Gooligan, the name given to malware that has been found in at least 86 malicious apps, has been infecting Android handsets at a rate of 13,000 devices worldwide per day, Israeli security firm Check Point Software said in a blog posting today (Nov. 30). Gooligan is the latest variant on a strain of Android malware called Ghost Push that has been infecting Android users since 2014.
  • Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in December (2016-11-30 12:44:12)
    The holiday season brings with it surprises and wonder, and that holds true even in the world of online streaming services. Case in point? On December 9th, Netflix will be debuting the second season of Fuller House, just 10 months after the first season was gifted to the universe. It’s a case of millions of fans, having spent 2016 hoping and praying, having their holiday wishes come true. (Or maybe Netflix just wants to distract everyone from the less-than-enthusiastic reception Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life has been receiving. ...
  • Amazon goes all-in on AI and big data at AWS re:Invent 2016 (2016-11-30 12:40:00)
    At the 2016 AWS re:Invent conference, CEO Andy Jassy unveiled new updates to compute, analytics, and artificial intelligence tools.
  • The best Netflix shows you can now download (2016-11-30 12:38:16)
    Hey, did you hear ? Netflix has, for the first time since it ditched DVDs, done something new. The company is letting users download select movies and TV shows for offline viewing, but the key word there is "select." It's not just Netflix originals that are available for download -- other major TV shows and movies from networks are available. There's no clear pattern to what's available for offline viewing, so we've tried to make sense of the chaos with a list of the best shows you can download right now. DON'T MISS:  What it takes to get a NES Classic There's no centralized list -- you just have to browse through Netflix as usual, and look for the icon that means you can download a show. Netflix's browsing feature is famously tailored to the individual user, so the shows and movies selected here will naturally tend towards my viewing habits (please, don't judge). TV:  Stranger Things The Office (US) Parks and Recreation Breaking Bad Gossip Girl Friday Night Lights House of Cards Orange is the New Black The Crown Narcos Making of a Murderer 30 Rock Star Trek (any series) The IT Crowd Movies Pulp Fiction Hot Fuzz Jaws Love Actually The Imitation Game As I said before, this is a non-exhaustive list that will probably change with time. Just as movies come and go from Netflix every month, we can expect the list of movies available for download to change regularly. Whether a show is available for download depends on the agreement Netflix negotiates with the copyright owner; that's why most of Netflix's original series, which it owns worldwide distribution rights to, are on the list.
  • Here's the best gift for people who suck at cooking (2016-11-30 12:34:55)
    We tested out a smart frying pan to see if it could teach a kitchen newbie how to cook.
  • Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs is eyeing a contest to build its own internet city (2016-11-30 12:30:16)
    For months, it was rumored that Sidewalk Labs, the Google spinoff focused on smart city solutions, wanted to build its own city-within-a-city to trial self-driving cars, public Wi-Fi, new health care solutions, and other city planning advances that modern technology makes possible. Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs, made it official in a Medium post today celebrating the company’s first year in existence.
  • Five essential cybersecurity audiobooks (2016-11-30 12:28:00)
    A curated list of cybersecurity audiobooks to help you better understand the history of computing, who hacks and why, and the future of cyber-defense.
  • SAP CFO confident on 2016 profit goal, signals higher dividend (2016-11-30 12:26:43)
    By Harro Ten Wolde and Ilona Wissenbach FRANKFURT (Reuters) - SAP, Europe's most valuable technology company, is confident it will hit its 2016 profit target based on its order portfolio in the all-important fourth quarter and sees no obstacle to raising its dividend, Luka Mucic, the company's chief financial officer, said on Wednesday. Mucic told Reuters in an interview that he also planned to keep a tight rein on acquisitions, in line with the 100 million euros ($106 million) it spent in 2016 on small, technology-focused deals. Mucic said that, based on business two-thirds of the way into its fourth quarter, he was confident the company would meet its full-year guidance for 2016 operating profit, excluding special items, of between 6.5 billion and 6.7 billion euros, at constant currencies.
  • Video: Top 5 things to know about BYOD (2016-11-30 12:22:34)
    BYOD, or bring your own device, is becoming the norm in workplaces. Here are five tips for managing these devices.
  • The 2017 Honda CR-V barely costs more than the last one (2016-11-30 12:17:42)
    That's not a bad deal, considering how thoroughly revised it is.
  • Android malware steals million Google accounts: researchers (2016-11-30 12:15:47)
    Malicious software designed to attack Android smartphones has breached the accounts of more than a million Google users, security researchers said Wednesday. The report by Check Point Software Technologies said the malware dubbed Gooligan targets devices running Android 4.0 and 5.0, which represent nearly 74 percent of mobile devices using the Google-powered operating system. The attacks can steal email addresses and authentication data stored on the devices to access sensitive data from Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs and other services, Check Point said.
  • Surprise! Jill Stein’s recount now costs almost $10 million (2016-11-30 12:14:24)
    A week ago, Jill Stein kicked off a vote recount campaign that went viral online . The Green Party wants recounts in three swing states, which could theoretically give Hillary Clinton the presidency — but only if the recount shows that Clinton should have won in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Since then, Stein’s campaign has continued to raise the ceiling on that crowd-funding target. It started at $2.5 million, then went to $4.5 million, and up until a few hours ago  it had a $7 million goal . But guess what? That goal is now $9.5 million. It turns out that vote recounts are expensive endeavors. DON’T MISS: There’s a fix for your iPhone 6s’ serious battery drain, but you might not like it What happened is pretty simple: Wisconsin increased the recount filing fee to an “outrageous $3.5 million,” according to an update on Stein’s page. “Friends, I have an important message for you. We need your help to stand up to the powerful forces trying to block our recount campaign for citizen democracy,” the updated message reads . “We received word yesterday that the final estimate for the filing fee for the recount in Wisconsin is $3.5 million – an outrageous cost increase from the initial estimate of $1.1 million that was given to us by WI state elections officials based on the last statewide recount. But thanks to over 130,000 small donors like you, we have enough money in hand to pay this fee and move forward with the recount!” But recounts in all three states will cost $9.5 million now, given the extra money going to the Wisconsin effort. The campaign raised more than $6.5 million in a week, so it’s some $3 million from the new goal. That said, we can’t help but wonder if that target will continue to climb in the coming days if other unforeseen roadblocks arise. Oh, and if it matters, President-elect Donald Trump isn’t happy about the recount either .
  • Alto’s Adventure creator is publishing the beautiful new platformer, Distant (2016-11-30 12:10:45)
    Alto’s Adventure was one of 2015’s best video games, a meditative snow ride dressed as a snowboard stunt fest. Creators Built by Snowman didn’t release a new game in 2016, but they did announce their new project Where Cards Fall for 2017. And now, they’ve announced a second game for next year, Distant, which the studio will be supporting in the capacity of publisher and creative partner.Created by Slingshot & Satchel— the game will be the two-person studio’s “maiden” release — Distant is a platformer focused, in the words of Built by Snowman’s Ryan Cash, “on the elegance of movement. ...
  • Google Street View car snaps evidence of itself speeding (2016-11-30 12:10:15)
    Google Street View seems to show a Google car triggering a speed-warning sign in a UK village.
  • Yelp wants you to Yelfie your next review (2016-11-30 12:09:31)
    Is this a bad publicity stunt or a very clever way of naturally sifting out bogus reviews?
  • Apple still loves U2, expands work with Bono's AIDS charity (2016-11-30 12:00:34)
    The gadget giant is decorating 400 stores with Red signage and donating part of its sales to the charity.
  • YouTube now supports 4K live-streaming for both 360-degree and standard video (2016-11-30 12:00:02)
    YouTube now supports 4K live-streaming, allowing content creators to broadcast using high-resolution video in both 360-degree and standard video formats at a rate of 60 frames per second, the company announced today. The update comes just a few weeks after YouTube added 4K HDR support. Given that standard 4K content is still easier to film and is more accessible than 4K HDR content, it's a great update for both YouTube creators and viewers.
  • Neflix’s new offline download feature has one massive drawback (2016-11-30 11:53:12)
    Netflix answered the streaming world's prayers today by adding the ability to download movies and shows locally on your device , allowing you to watch them later without using data. It's a fantastic feature and it works quite well in the short time I've been testing it, but I've also stumbled across a serious oversight. This isn't a deal-breaker, but if you're a Chromecast or AirPlay user, it's going to definitely frustrate you: Netflix has configured its app to make locally saved content unplayable via AirPlay or Chromecast, preventing downloaded movies and tv shows from being watched on anything other than the device on which they were downloaded. MUST SEE:  Netflix now lets you download movies to watch offline If you're familiar with how Chromecast works — the dongle is actually streaming the content itself, and the Netflix app is working more like a remote control than a middleman for the content — this might not be surprising, but it's actually a bigger bummer than you think. You see, not only is the downloaded content not playable via third party devices, you can't even choose to play the streaming version instead of the locally saved one. So, for example, you might download your favorite movie on you Netflix app, just so you have it whenever you need a pick-me-up. You can't send that downloaded content to a Chromecast or via AirPlay, but you're at home so you figure you'll just select the version from the Netflix search rather than playing it from your "My Downloads" tab, so you can watch it on your Chromecast-equipped TV. Nope! No matter what part of the Netflix app you play it from, it'll always play the downloaded version if you have one saved. If you want to watch any of the movies or shows you've saved locally on any other device, you have to delete them from your "My Downloads" tab and then select them from Netflix's listings. It's a really odd choice on the part of Netflix to make the process so convoluted, and while the company probably assumed you'd always want to watch the locally-saved version and made it the default to avoid user confusion, it just creates even more of a headache for others.
  • Now, downloadable shows and movies on Netflix (2016-11-30 11:49:20)
    Netflix subscribers can now download shows and movies to watch during a flight, when traveling by car, or for any other time when there is limited or no access to the internet. The download option was ...
  • in talks with banks for Nasdaq IPO: sources (2016-11-30 11:42:34)
    By Tatiana Bautzer, Guillermo Parra-Bernal and Liana B. Baker SAO PAULO/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Buenos Aires-based online travel agency Inc has held preliminary talks with investment banks for a U.S. listing on Nasdaq in the second half of 2017, three people with knowledge of the plan said. New York-based hedge fund Tiger Global Management LLC, which owns 60 percent of, is spearheading the plan on the understanding that the 17-year-old company is sufficiently established and well-recognized to go public, said the sources, who requested anonymity since the plan is private. The second source said Citigroup Inc , Morgan Stanley & Co , JPMorgan Chase & Co and an unnamed Brazilian peer are candidates for underwriting roles.
  • Apple going RED for World AIDS Day (2016-11-30 11:40:52)
    To mark the tenth anniversary of Apple's partnership with (RED) the company is offering the biggest selection of products and services ever that include a donation to the AIDS fighting charity. Starting on December 1 all major Apple Stores around the globe will be switching their exterior lights and logos from crisp white to red to raise awareness of World AIDS Day. As well as its Product (RED) line of devices where a proportion of sales always goes to charity, the company is adding special edition Beats Headphones, speakers and cases for the current generation iPhones to the lineup.
  • SAP CEO confident on 2016 profit goal, signals higher dividend (2016-11-30 11:38:17)
    By Harro Ten Wolde and Ilona Wissenbach FRANKFURT (Reuters) - SAP, Europe's most valuable technology company, is confident it will hit its 2016 profit target based on its order portfolio in the all-important fourth quarter and sees no obstacle to raising its dividend, Luka Mucic, the company's chief financial officer, said on Wednesday. Mucic told Reuters in an interview that he also planned to keep a tight rein on acquisitions, in line with the 100 million euros ($106 million) it spent in 2016 on small, technology-focused deals. Mucic said that, based on business two-thirds of the way into its fourth quarter, he was confident the company would meet its full-year guidance for 2016 operating profit, excluding special items, of between 6.5 billion and 6.7 billion euros, at constant currencies.
  • Gilmore Girls’ depressing, regressive ending: was it fine? (2016-11-30 11:29:02)
    Netflix’s six-hour Gilmore Girls revival A Year In The Life has been out for five days, and everyone who cared enough to watch it is currently brimming with opinions. The newly produced episodes continued a story that went off the air back in 2007, when President Obama was still Senator Obama, and our favorite fictional reporter, Rory Gilmore, was headed out on his campaign bus. Kaitlyn Tiffany: The last words of the Gilmore Girls revival were intended to be the last words of the original series.
  • How to download Netflix movies and shows in full HD (2016-11-30 11:24:52)
    Today, Netflix announced a new feature that allows users to download movies and TV shows and save them locally on your device, making it easier to enjoy the app on flights or anywhere that doesn't have a stable data connection. It's a stellar new addition, but there's just one problem: It doesn't save movies in the highest possible quality by default. Here's how to fix that. IT FINALLY HAPPENED:  Netflix now lets you download movies to watch offline First, make sure your Netflix app is updated to the latest version. Chances are you've already done that, but just in case you haven't, go ahead and make sure. Then, head into the Netflix app menu and scroll all the way down to the bottom to find "App Settings." Here you'll find the new settings for the download feature. Here you can toggle the "Wi-Fi Only" restriction on or off, delete all downloads, and also view exactly how much storage you have left on your device, and how much of your used space is being taken up by your Netflix downloads. But we're here for the video quality tweak, so tap that option. You'll see that the app has set the quality mode to "Standard" by default. As the app notes, this resolution downloads faster and uses less of your storage space. If you're ready to embrace full HD and have the free GBs to do so, go ahead and click the "Higher" option. Now, in regards to storage space, Netflix isn't joking when it says the "Higher" quality is a heavier lift. Using No Country For Old Men as an example, you can see the difference in the storage sizes between the "Standard" and "Higher" quality. Here's the default size: And here's the max HD version: That's a file size increase of over 60%, and if you plan on downloading a whole bunch of shows and movies, your free space is going to disappear in no time flat. Still, it's probably worth it.
  • Google’s original OnHub routers are now 40% off (2016-11-30 11:19:25)
    Both of those prices are well below the new Wifi routers, which starts at $129.99 for a single unit, and $299.99 for a pack of three. Also, Google is updating the OnHub models with support for Wifi’s mesh networking, so if you’re planning on building out a multi-router network or considering an upgrade to the newer Wifi routers later on, the discounted OnHubs will still work great in that setup.
  • Google’s original OnHub routers are now 40 percent off (2016-11-30 11:19:25)
    Both of those prices are well below the new Wifi routers, which starts at $129.99 for a single unit, and $299.99 for a pack of three. Also, Google is updating the OnHub models with support for Wifi’s mesh networking, so if you’re planning on building out a multi-router network or considering an upgrade to the newer Wifi routers later on, the discounted OnHubs will still work great in that setup.
  • Ultimate drop test: Google Pixel vs. iPhone 7 from 1,000 feet in the air (2016-11-30 11:01:51)
    Depending on how clumsy you are or how often you put your phone in precarious situations, watching a drop test before buying a new phone might be a necessity. In fact, broken displays have become so common that Motorola went as far as to build a shatterproof display for its Droid Turbo 2 last year. But sometimes, we just want to see phones dropped from great heights. SEE ALSO:  Samsung will finally explain what happened to the Galaxy Note 7 In a recent video, UnlockRiver has given new meaning to the term "drop test" by hanging an iPhone 7 and a Google Pixel from a drone, flying them both 1,000 feet into the air and dropping them on to solid concrete: Unsurprisingly, the displays of both phones are shattered beyond recognition, but the body of the Pixel actually seemed to hold up a bit better than that of the iPhone 7. That's not to say you'll be dropping your phone from a skyscraper any time soon, but the durability of the Pixel is impressive nonetheless. This isn't the first time the UnlockRiver team has attempted such an insane experiment. Earlier this month, they dropped an iPhone 7 and a Galaxy S7 from the same height (alongside a Nokia 3310), and all three phones somehow survived . As we explained when we covered the previous 1,000 foot drop test, it only takes a few seconds for the iPhone to reach maximum velocity, so 1,000 feet is virtually the same as 100 feet for the purpose of the test. But that doesn't make it any less fun to see two phones fall out of the sky and explode on concrete.
  • App-installing malware found in over 1 million Android phones (2016-11-30 11:00:46)
    A new malware campaign has been discovered in over 1 million Android devices, according to a new report from the security firm Check Point. Dubbed “Googlian” by the firm, the campaign first emerged in August, and is currently compromising devices at a rate of roughly 13,000 per day. The malware targets vulnerabilities in Android versions 4 and 5 (Jelly Bean, Kit Kat, and Marshmallow), and spreads through seemingly legitimate apps in third-party app stores. More than half the infections are in Asia, where third-party app stores are particularly popular. ...
  • It’ll soon be illegal for businesses to punish customers for leaving negative reviews (2016-11-30 10:57:38)
    Congress has passed a bill protecting consumers’ rights to post negative reviews online. Passed by unanimous consent by the Senate on Monday, the Consumer Review Fairness Act will make it illegal for businesses to include “non-disparagement” or “gag” clauses which limit a customer’s right to share bad reviews. The hearing on the bill highlighted the 2013 lawsuit Palmer vs. KlearGear, where KlearGear demanded plaintiff Jen Palmer remove a negative online review or face a $3,500 fine based on a gag clause on the company’s Terms of Service.
  • All the best Netflix shows and movies you can now download (2016-11-30 10:57:27)
    Netflix just announced that it’s adding the ability to download TV shows and movies to your Android or iOS devices to watch offline. It’s not just for Netflix’s own original content: full runs of major network TV series and popular movies are available to download, too, although it doesn’t include the entirety of the streaming service’s catalog.
  • Now only the Supreme Court can overturn Samsung’s $120 million Apple patent dispute (2016-11-30 10:52:42)
    A years-long patent dispute between Samsung and Apple might finally be coming to a close. This week, a federal appeals court denied Samsung’s request for a rehearing on a decision that it infringed on two Apple patents, effectively closing the case unless the Supreme Court is willing to hear it. In 2014, a jury in San Jose, California found that Samsung infringed on Apple’s quick links patent, which turns addresses and phone numbers into links, as well as the company’s swipe to unlock patent.
  • Netflix Finally Enables Offline Viewing: Here's How to Do It (2016-11-30 10:50:00)
    Netflix will allow users of its streaming service to save certain movies and TV shows onto mobile devices for offline viewing. The majority of the programs available to save for offline viewing are Netflix Originals such as Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black and Luke Cage.
  • YouTube live-streaming goes 4K (2016-11-30 10:45:34)
    Google's massive video site adds the high-definition video format as it battles Facebook over who'll rule live-streaming.
  • This is why your iPhone 7’s battery might die in a year (2016-11-30 10:37:52)
    There’s a new battery issue plaguing various models of Apple's phone, including the iPhone 6s. Though we should expect Apple to investigate and fix the bug that causes unexpected shutdowns even when the battery is more than 30% full , users should also understand how these iPhone batteries work. Just like any other battery, they age. The more you use them — and phones do need constant charging — the more likely the battery is to degrade. In fact, even if you buy a brand new iPhone 7 right now, you might still run into battery issues a year from now. DON’T MISS: There’s a fix for your iPhone 6s’ serious battery drain, but you might not like it Although Apple is currently offering a free battery replacement program for the iPhone 6s, the severe battery draining bug affects other iPhones as well, including the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s. In order to understand why this happens, you should watch a new video from Business Insider  that perfectly illustrates how a Lithium-ion battery works, and explains why you can expect its maximum capacity to drop over time. It’s the actual components of the battery that cause the problem. The chemical reaction inside the battery is what makes it tick. But it’s also responsible for its demise. The more battery charging cycles you put it through, the more likely you are to drop the maximum theoretical charge. Basically, Lithium ions build up over time and cripple battery life. Given that you charge your iPhone almost every day, you’re likely to get more than 300 cycles a year. Maybe significantly more than that. And a mobile battery will drop 20% in charge after 400 cycles, the video explains. The fact that the battery is relatively small doesn’t help either. So in about a year after you buy the brand new iPhone 7, or any other smartphone with a similar battery consumption cycle, you might experience battery issues. Check out Business Insider 's video at the source link below.
  • Netflix finally lets you download to stream offline (2016-11-30 10:28:30)
    An update to its mobile apps will let you watch without a connection, but not every film and show in its catalog is included.
  • Judge delays Volkswagen 3.0-liter diesel hearing until December (2016-11-30 10:26:47)
    The delay was set in the hopes that the parties would reach a resolution before then.
  • Netflix launches offline viewing, matching Amazon (2016-11-30 10:26:25)
    Netflix said Wednesday it would allow offline viewing of streamed videos, a feature long sought by users who want to watch on a plane or to avoid data-connection charges. "While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we've often heard they also want to continue their 'Stranger Things' binge while on airplanes and other places where internet is expensive or limited," said a blog post from product innovation chief Eddy Wu. Netflix did not offer details on how much content would be available offline, noting that it was in discussion with copyright owners.
  • Say cheese! Awkward Trump-Romney pic is perfect meme fodder (2016-11-30 10:20:32)
    Social Cues: Also trending on social media are rising oil prices and fake Twitter awards.
  • Microsoft adds real-time collaboration to PowerPoint and Outlook cloud attachments (2016-11-30 10:17:29)
    Four new Microsoft Office 365 updates aim to help enterprise users collaborate better. The most useful one may be a powerful new capability in OneDrive.
  • Text young Kenyan women about sex to boost HIV testing: experts (2016-11-30 10:16:38)
    By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Texting young women in Kenya with regular information about sex, contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases could encourage more to get tested for HIV in a country where stigma surrounding the virus is rife, researchers said on Wednesday. Some 600 female college students in Kenya received monthly text message surveys about their sexual behavior, and half were also sent weekly messages about HIV prevention, for a recent study by medical researchers and mobile research firm mSurvey. Two-thirds of the 300 women who were sent the weekly texts said they got tested for HIV within six months of the study, while among those who received the monthly surveys, only half reported going to be tested for the virus, the study found.
  • GoPro to cut 15 percent of workforce amid sales slump (2016-11-30 10:07:05)
    Wearable action-camera maker GoPro Inc said on Wednesday it would cut about 15 percent of its workforce and shutter its entertainment business, as the one-time Wall Street favorite cuts costs to help it return to profitability. The company said on Wednesday it would cut about 200 full-time positions, cancel open positions and close its entertainment division, which makes original content. GoPro said the cost-cutting would help it achieve its goal of returning to profitability on an adjusted basis next year.
  • Europol red-faced as terror data appears online (2016-11-30 10:02:02)
    Dutch investigative TV programme Zembla, which broke the story, said around 700 pages on terror investigations -- particularly analysis on terror groups -- appeared online, including the names and contact details of hundreds of people with terror links. The breach happened after the woman, "an experienced police officer... uploaded Europol data to a private storage device... in clear contravention of Europol policy," Europol spokesman Gerald Hesztera told AFP. "A security investigation in coordination with the respective authorities at national level is ongoing...(but) current information suggests that the breach was not ill-intended," he said.
  • You can play the NES Classic wirelessly with this tiny adaptor (2016-11-30 10:00:02)
    The biggest problem with the NES Classic Edition — besides it being sold out everywhere — is that the tiny console’s wired controllers are far too short, making it a challenge to play in most living rooms. There are a few solutions already on the market, but 8bitdo’s new NES30 Classic Edition Set might just be the best and most flexible so far. First, there’s an NES Classic version of the company’s Retro Receiver, essentially a Bluetooth adaptor that makes it possible to use a range of wireless controllers with the console.
  • SAP CFO says confident on performance for rest of 2016 (2016-11-30 09:58:48)
    By Harro Ten Wolde and Ilona Wissenbach FRANKFURT (Reuters) - SAP, Europe's most highly valued technology company, is confident in its outlook both in the short and longer term and sees no obstacle to increasing its annual dividend, Luka Mucic, the company's chief financial officer, said on Wednesday. Mucic told Reuters in an interview that he also planned to keep a tight rein on acquisitions in future years, in line with the very modest 100 million euros ($106 million) it spent in 2016 on small, technology-focused deals.
  • US Senate subcommittee meets on 'The Dawn of AI' today; livestream available (2016-11-30 09:54:16)
    In October, the White House released a report and recommended guidelines on the development of AI. Today, a Senate hearing will bring in top AI experts to examine the current state of AI.
  • Netflix allows subscribers to binge-watch shows offline (2016-11-30 09:51:54)
    (Reuters) - Video streaming pioneer Netflix Inc said its subscribers would now be able to download popular shows such as "Orange is The New Black" and "Narcos" on their mobile devices at no extra cost. "While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we've often heard they also want to continue their 'Stranger Things' binge while on airplanes and other places where Internet is expensive or limited," Eddy Wu, director of product innovation, wrote in a blog post. Netflix, whose other popular original shows include "House of Cards" and "The Crown", has expanded into almost all countries, with China being a notable exception.
  • Fight jet lag: 'Digital pill' tells cabin crew what you need (2016-11-30 09:42:34)
    Fasten your seatbelt, return your tray table to its full upright position and swallow a sensor-packed smart pill for a smoother flight.
  • Netflix now lets you download movies to watch offline (2016-11-30 09:40:39)
    Netflix is the most popular subscription streaming service in the western world, but if there's been one demand that it's simply never been able to fill it's the ability to watch movies without a live internet connection. That changes today, as the company announces the option to download movies and watch them offline. The company revealed the new feature in a blog post, noting that it's the perfect solution for users who are about to board a plane and don't want to pay for pricey in-flight Wi-Fi, which is most certainly is.  DON'T MISS:  Yahoo launches standalone Yahoo Answers app so we can decide if God is real or not The feature is seamlessly integrated into the Netflix app, and appears as a download icon next to the play button on movies and TV episodes. Clicking the download button prompts the content to be saved locally in a new "My Downloads" section. The movies and shows remain there until removed manually, and can be watched as many times as you want. However, as awesome as the new feature is — especially after demanding it for years to no avail — there's some obvious drawbacks. For starters, not all content is available to store locally. Netflix has jumpstarted the party by making many of its original programs like Orange is The New Black and Narcos downloadable, and popular shows like Breaking Bad and hit movies like No Country For Old Men are all part of the affair, but it's not universal. The option to download a show really does open up a whole new world of possibilities. Camping, road trips, and hotel stays just got a lot more fun. The feature is completely free to use and doesn't seem to come with any strings attached, so get your download queue full and enjoy all your favorite shows on the go, without crushing your data limit.
  • Amazon looking to convert Italy power stations into data centers (2016-11-30 09:33:00)
    By Giulia Segreti and Stephen Jewkes MILAN (Reuters) - Amazon is in talks with utility Enel over the conversion of old power stations in north and central Italy into data centers as it seeks to expand its lucrative cloud services business in the country. Amazon is market leader in the global cloud infrastructure services sector. Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud services unit, recently announced it would open data centers in the Paris region, after investing in Ireland, Germany and the United Kingdom.
  • Spark email arrives for the Mac (2016-11-30 09:22:51)
    Spark, a sleek and customizable email app for iPhones and iPads, is debuting on the Mac today. The free app supports a variety of email services, including Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, iCloud, Exchange, and other IMAP services. It boasts an intelligent organization system that automatically categorizes emails into different groups and will only notify for emails you actually want to see. It also has integrations with Dropbox, Box, iCloud Drive, and Evernote.In addition to intelligence, Spark is highly customizable, letting you choose which features to display or use, depending on your workflow. ...
  • iPhone 8 Won't Be Overshadowed by Plus Model (2016-11-30 09:22:00)
    Many of the iPhone 8 rumors swirling about have focused on the iPhone Plus and its larger screen. A new note to investors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that the 4.7-inch iPhone Apple plans to release next year will come with an all-glass enclosure and feature wireless charging.
  • The biggest challenge to diversifying tech talent (2016-11-30 09:18:41)
    As the effort ages amid slow, but steady, progress, it needs to find ways to keep its momentum.
  • Your First Self-Driving Car Could Have Intel Chip Inside (2016-11-30 09:15:00)
    Intel processors power all kinds of mainstream computers, from portable MacBooks to the most tricked-out gaming desktops. According to The New York Times, Intel is partnering with auto supplier Delphi and visual tracking company Mobileye to provide an advanced technology system for the self-driving cars of the future. After all, autonomous cars need to multitask just like computers do, analyzing and scanning things like traffic, pedestrians and road layouts all at once.
  • Netflix finally lets you download shows and movies to watch offline (2016-11-30 09:14:44)
    You can finally take Netflix with you onto a plane or the subway. Today the company announced that it’s launching offline playback for “many of your favorite streaming series and movies.” Right now, that selection includes stuff made by Netflix (Stranger Things, The Crown, Narcos, Orange is the New Black, etc) but also a lot of other random choices. Netflix says more content will support downloads in the near future.
  • Fantastic Beasts is the Phantom Menace of the Harry Potter franchise (2016-11-30 09:04:32)
    Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a low point among Star Wars fans. Because while The Phantom Menace undoubtedly had problems, it can be viewed as a valuable cautionary tale of how not to revive your franchise.
  • Mossberg: Facebook can and should wipe out fake news (2016-11-30 09:00:05)
    John Adams and Thomas Jefferson — faced off in a vicious campaign that involved newspaper editors on the take, and numerous false, often personal attacks. Some historians even claim that partisans for Adams spread the rumor that Jefferson was dead. Back in May, the Pew Research Center found that roughly 44 percent of the US adult population got at least some of its news from Facebook.
  • Yahoo Answers is now an app (2016-11-30 08:56:16)
    As long as you have an Apple device you can now turn to the wisdom of Yahoo's crowd wherever you are -- internet connection permitting. When Yahoo Answers rolled out in 2005, it was one of the very first services that attempted to harness the wisdom of the crowd.
  • Text young Kenyan women about sex to boost HIV testing - experts (2016-11-30 08:51:01)
    By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Texting young women in Kenya with regular information about sex, contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases could encourage more to get tested for HIV in a country where stigma surrounding the virus is rife, researchers said on Wednesday. Some 600 female college students in Kenya received monthly text message surveys about their sexual behavior, and half were also sent weekly messages about HIV prevention, for a recent study by medical researchers and mobile research firm mSurvey. Two-thirds of the 300 women who were sent the weekly texts said they got tested for HIV within six months of the study, while among those who received the monthly surveys, only half reported going to be tested for the virus, the study found.
  • Mobile World Congress adds Netflix to its keynote speaker list (2016-11-30 08:45:18)
    Reed Hastings is heading to Barcelona in February to talk about the future of broadcast media in a mobile age.
  • DirecTV Now: everything you want to know (2016-11-30 08:31:02)
    AT&T kicked this week off with some big news: DirecTV Now, its internet TV streaming service, is here. Four tiers of channel bundles are offered with DirecTV Now, but the deal that AT&T is pushing hardest at launch is a limited-time promotion that will let you pay $35 per month for a package of over 100 channels. AT&T claims that anyone who signs up in time will be able to stay at the $35 price point for as long as they remain an active DirecTV Now customer.
  • GoPro cuts 15 percent of jobs to restructure struggling camera business (2016-11-30 08:24:23)
    GoPro is restructuring and cutting around 15 percent of jobs in an effort to improve its struggling business. The latest job cuts, around 200 positions, follow a cut of 7 percent of GoPro’s workforce back in January, and they include the closure of GoPro’s entertainment division. GoPro president Tony Bates, who was previously Skype CEO and a Microsoft executive, will also depart the company at the end of the year as a result of the restructuring.
  • How to edit bracketed photos using the Aurora HDR 2017 for Mac app (2016-11-30 08:03:33)
    Aurora HDR 2017 for Mac simplifies creating attractive images using bracketed photos. Learn how the photo editing app works to produce professional results.
  • Apple’s World AIDS Day push includes new products and App Store specials (2016-11-30 08:00:06)
    Apple is turning its attention and resources back to a decade-long partnership with the Product (RED) campaign today. The company has kicked off an effort meant to coincide with Thursday’s World AIDS Day and is introducing several new products, special limited-edition items for games in the App Store, and donations tied to certain Apple Pay purchases — all intended to nudge customers to join the fight against AIDS. At a small press gathering in New York City on Tuesday, Apple VP Lisa Jackson said "We’ve been part of (RED) from the beginning," adding that the partnership "really aligns with who we are as a company." The campaign, which includes other partners such as Starbucks, Coca-Cola, and Bank of America, has raised over $360 million and directed that money to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.
  • Apple’s red iPhone battery case is for a good cause (2016-11-30 08:00:01)
    Apple’s iPhone battery case finally comes in another option besides black or white: red. Today the company unveiled a Product (RED) edition of its $99 Smart Case for iPhone 7. Aside from the color, it’s the exact same case that launched alongside Apple’s latest smartphone — and as we noted in September, it also has a larger battery capacity than last year’s version for the iPhone 6S.Before I switched over to the iPhone 7 Plus, I spent a couple weeks with the regular 7 and the smart battery case. And let me tell you, I became a big fan of the hump that some people consider so unsightly. ...
  • Zayo to buy Electric Lightwave for $1.4 billion (2016-11-30 07:59:50)
    (Reuters) - Telecom infrastructure provider Zayo Group Holdings Inc said on Wednesday it would buy smaller rival Electric Lightwave for $1.42 billion in cash to expand its fiber network on the U.S. West Coast. Colorado-based Zayo, which provides fiber, bandwidth and telecom infrastructure to enterprises, said it expects to save over $40 million annually from the acquisition. Last month, CenturyLink Inc agreed to buy Level 3 Communications Inc in a $24 billion deal to expand its reach.
  • Maybe South Park can make America okay again (2016-11-30 07:30:01)
    The entertainment industry is absolutely throbbing with nostalgia as people increasingly look backwards for sources of joy. Last weekend it was the revival of a "weirdly hostile" Gilmore Girls. It was bad enough when Hollywood's "everything's a remix" machine was obsessively churning out delightful but vacuous rom-coms like You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, or Notting Hill and Bridget Jones.
  • Facebook blocks Prisma’s live video filters (2016-11-30 07:10:26)
    Russian app Prisma launched the ability to apply impressive filters to live Facebook video earlier this month. On the same day, Facebook revealed its own plans to bring filters to its Live Video feature “soon.” Facebook is now blocking Prisma’s Live Video access through the company’s APIs, and blaming the fact that Prisma is essentially duplicating functionality. TechCrunch reports that Facebook told Prisma: “Your app streams video from a mobile device camera, which can already be done through the Facebook app.
  • National Lottery hacked, which is what happens if you gamble with your passwords (2016-11-30 06:13:19)
    If you use the same password on many websites, it could be you.
  • Japan's most beloved dog is immortalised in HoloLens app (2016-11-30 05:23:40)
    A Japanese developer has combined dogs and augmented reality. A truly powerful mix.
  • Toyota chief shifts gear, to boost electric vehicle division (2016-11-30 05:18:41)
    Toyota Motor Corp on Wednesday appointed its president to lead their newly formed electric car division, flagging its commitment to develop a technology that the automaker has been slow to embrace. Akio Toyoda, grandson of the company's founder Kiichiro Toyoda, has been at the helm of the world's largest automaker since 2009. "By putting the president and vice presidents in charge of the department, we plan to speed up development of electric cars," said Toyota spokeswoman Kayo Doi, following a personnel change announcement by the company.
  • FDA approves large-scale trials of ecstasy to treat PTSD (2016-11-30 05:12:41)
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of MDMA in large-scale clinical trials, The New York Times reports, amid emerging evidence that the illegal party drug could be used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Phase 3 research will involve at least 230 patients, the Times reports, and will be funded by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), an organization that advocates for the medical use of marijuana, LSD, and MDMA (also known as ecstasy). MAPS has already funded six Phase 2 studies of MDMA, involving 130 PTSD patients in total.
  • Rocket Internet narrows losses but growth stalls (2016-11-30 05:11:22)
    By Emma Thomasson BERLIN (Reuters) - German e-commerce investor Rocket Internet reined in losses at its main start-ups in the third quarter but revenue growth slowed at meal box delivery firm HelloFresh and online furniture site Home24. Founded in Berlin in 2007, Rocket has built up dozens of businesses ranging from fashion e-commerce to food delivery in a bid to replicate the success of Amazon and Alibaba in new markets. As it seeks to prepare the start-ups for stock market listings and respond to investor concerns about mounting losses, it has shifted its focus toward turning its businesses profitable, even at the expense of slower revenue growth.
  • Data leak on Europol terrorism investigations: Dutch TV (2016-11-30 03:51:20)
    Information on numerous international investigations into terrorism groups compiled by Europol was accidentally left online, unguarded by any password, a Dutch television program reported on Wednesday. Europol, which helps European Union national police organizations cooperate, could not immediately be reached for comment. The television program Zembla cited the Europol's adjunct director Wil van Gemert as acknowledging the incident.
  • Meizu’s new flagship phone is the Pro 6 Plus (2016-11-30 02:48:47)
    Meizu has announced the Pro 6 Plus, a more powerful version of its Pro 6 flagship phone from earlier this year. There’s a bigger, sharper screen, a new processor, a larger battery, and more. Here’s the list of important specs:5.7-inch 2560x1440 OLED screenSamsung Exynos 8890 processor (as used in the Galaxy S7)4GB of RAM12-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing3400mAh battery7. ...
  • 12 tips to guide you through Final Fantasy XV (2016-11-30 01:55:24)
    After 10 long years of development, Final Fantasy XV is here. CNET has some tips to get you into the swing of this epic game.
  • DJI reduces the the maximum speed of its new Inspire 2 drone (2016-11-30 01:54:14)
    DJI has announced that its impressive Inspire 2 drone — announced earlier this month — will be slightly less speedy than originally planned. The Chinese drone manufacturer stated last night that the Inspire 2 would now have a top speed of 58 mph, reduced from 67 mph, and would take five seconds to reach 50 mph, not four seconds as first indicated. Compared to some of the problems affecting DJI's drone-making peers, a minor reduction in top speed shouldn't be too big a deal, but if you did pre-order the Inspire 2 precisely because it could it could break the 60 mph barrier, then DJI is offering full refunds on the device.
  • DJI reduces the maximum speed of its new Inspire 2 drone (2016-11-30 01:54:14)
    DJI has announced that its impressive Inspire 2 drone — announced earlier this month — will be slightly less speedy than originally planned. The Chinese drone manufacturer stated last night that the Inspire 2 would now have a top speed of 58 mph, reduced from 67 mph, and would take five seconds to reach 50 mph, not four seconds as first indicated. Compared to some of the problems affecting DJI's drone-making peers, a minor reduction in top speed shouldn't be too big a deal, but if you did pre-order the Inspire 2 precisely because it could it could break the 60 mph barrier, then DJI is offering full refunds on the device.
  • Farsighted looks toward a safe self-driving world and the very unsafe Westworld (Farsighted Podcast, Ep. 2) (2016-11-30 01:47:55)
    The crew hears from an expert building the autonomous future before discussing HBO's latest hit series that shows the scarier side of smarter tech.
  • Journalist linked to Anonymous released from prison (2016-11-30 01:16:50)
    Barrett Brown served more than four years behind bars for sharing stolen data and threatening an FBI agent.
  • Curbs on extremist online content threaten free speech: report (2016-11-30 00:04:48)
    The Global Network Initiative said companies should not be pressured by governments to change their terms of service, and demands to restrict content due to public safety concerns need to be consistent with existing legal frameworks. Members of the group, which began developing its recommendations in July 2015, include Microsoft Corp, Alphabet Inc's Google, Facebook Inc, LinkedIn Corp and Yahoo! Inc, and civil society groups and academics. The report came as governments around the world are pushing companies to do more to stop digital proselytizing on the internet by Islamic jihadists and other extremist groups.
  • Sony launches Communities smartphone app to help you find PS4 friends (2016-11-29 23:37:00)
    Sony has launched a new PlayStation Communities app for iOS and Android, allowing players to search for, join, and interact with groups of likeminded PS4 gamers from their smartphones. Communities can be used to find players of specific games, and work like forums, letting members post messages and images on the community wall. The new app is the third piece of standalone mobile software Sony has released to complement its PlayStation 4 console, after the core PlayStation app in 2013, and a dedicated PlayStation Messages app last year.
  • The Internet Archive is leading the anti-Trump rush to Canada (2016-11-29 23:04:47)
    As the results of the 2016 presidential election became clear, Canada's immigration website crashed under the weight of citizens planning their exodus. But as it turns out, it's not just Bernie supporters and the state of California making moves: the Internet Archive, the world's biggest digital library and the online keeper of the record, is fundraising to set up a backup outside of the USA. DON'T MISS:  What it takes to get a NES Classic In a blog post asking for donations, the Internet Archive lays out why it thinks it should make a duplicate copy of its records up north: "On November 9 th in America, we woke up to a new administration promising radical change. It was a firm reminder that institutions like ours, built for the long-term, need to design for change. For us, it means keeping our cultural materials safe, private and perpetually accessible. It means preparing for a Web that may face greater restrictions. It means serving patrons in a world in which government surveillance is not going away; indeed it looks like it will increase. Throughout history, libraries have fought against terrible violations of privacy—where people have been rounded up simply for what they read.  At the Internet Archive, we are fighting to protect our readers’ privacy in the digital world." You might be thinking it's a bit overkill to ask for millions of dollars to make a backup on an external hard drive. But the Internet Archive's size really needs to be appreciated. Between the piles of old movies, old games, ebooks, and the Wayback Machine saving 300 million webpages  per week , it all adds up. It houses over 10 petabytes — that’s 10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes — of information, and it will take some serious time and money to move all that to Canada, even if they don't have to pay in real money.
  • Stephen Hawking: We eat too much and it's got to stop (2016-11-29 22:30:03)
    Technically Incorrect: In an ad for a Swedish health organization, the physicist insists that obesity is killing millions.
  • Samsung Elec surges to record high on payout growth hopes (2016-11-29 22:09:10)
    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd added $9 billion to its market value on Wednesday as shares in the South Korean tech giant soared to record highs, buoyed by promises of greater capital returns and a review of its corporate structure. Under pressure from U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management, the world's top maker of smartphones, memory chips and televisions said on Tuesday it planned to return 50 percent of its free cashflow in 2016 and 2017 and offered a 36 percent rise in total 2016 dividends. Samsung also said it would expand its share buyback after completing a record 11.4 trillion won ($9.8 billion) of repurchases this year.
  • Stephen Hawking knows why you’re fat (2016-11-29 22:02:45)
    Stephen Hawking is, by all accounts, a genius. The 74-year-old physicist and author has more awards and honors than you have hairs on your head, and he's go something to say about you spending nights with your butt on the couch, covered in Cheeto dust and potato chip crumbs. In a new public service spot, the professor addresses the ongoing obesity crisis that plagues the planet. "Humanity faces a major challenge and millions of lives are in danger," Hawking begins. "As a cosmologist, I see the world as a whole and I am here to address one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century."  MUST SEE:  This brilliant device adds a second display to your iPhone Hawking goes on to note that a shocking number of people die from conditions related to a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet. "We eat too much, and move too little," he says. He also offers the solution, which we all already know is true: "More physical activity and a change in diet." It's a message we've all heard before, and even Hawking quips that "It's not rocket science." Still, the message carries a certain weight when it's coming from a man who has spent much of his life confined to a wheelchair, without the ability to engage in physical activity even if he wanted to. "How being sedentary has become a major health problem is beyond my understanding," he says. Hawking, who suffers from ALS and has been gradually losing limb function for decades, teamed up with Swedish nonprofit Gen-Pep  for the spot. It closes with a reminder that adults need a minimum of 30 minutes of real physical activity per day, and children need a full 60 minutes.
  • Wonder Woman, Stevie Wonder throw down in 'Epic Rap Battles' (2016-11-29 21:23:22)
    The latest lyrical showdown on the YouTube series "Epic Rap Battles of History" pits a fictional DC Comics superhero played by Lilly Singh against a famous pop star portrayed by T-Pain.
  • Bank hackers have a new trick to get ransom money (2016-11-29 21:01:18)
    Here’s one type of bank hack we don’t see that often. Rather than go for the money directly, hackers breached a Liechtenstein-Based bank to steal customer data. They used that data to blackmail victims. Unless affected customers pay 10% of their deposits in Bitcoin, the hackers threaten to expose their tax-evading practices. DON’T MISS: There’s a fix for your iPhone 6s’ serious battery drain, but you might not like it Attackers got the data from a Chinese-owned bank based in the small European country. Customers of Valartis Bank Liechtenstein have been contacted by hackers who demanded 10% of their life savings to avoid having their financial details set to finance authorities and the media, Bild reports . "The attacker did not obtain details of the account statement or asset data," Chief Financial Officer Fong Chi Wah said. "Possible affected customers have already been informed by the bank." The bank also said that hackers did not steal any money from the accounts. Even so, hackers may have stolen gigabytes of account information and correspondence since October last year. The attackers want to be paid in Bitcoin to avoid detection, and they have set a December 7th deadline for the payments. Interestingly, the hackers claim that the bank decided not to pay them for security services, which is why they resorted to extortion practices. As Business Insider explains , there are many high net worth individuals among Valartis Liechtenstein’s customers, including politicians and actors.
  • SF Muni hack contained. Next transit hack could be train wreck (2016-11-29 20:22:42)
    The San Francisco transit system avoided paying a ransom and restored its systems. But the hack shows US infrastructure is vulnerable.
  • Samsung Elec trades at record high as firm considers split (2016-11-29 20:10:47)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Shares of tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd traded at a record high of 1.729 million won ($1,482.94) in early Wednesday trade as the firm weighs potentially its biggest structural change to date. Samsung stock was trading up 2.9 percent as of 0058 GMT (, outperforming a 0.3 percent rise for the broader market . The firm also promised higher payouts and improved corporate governance measures on Tuesday. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates)
  • Farsighted looks toward a safe self-driving world and the very unsafe Westworld (Farsighted, Ep 2) (2016-11-29 20:05:52)
    The crew hears from an expert building the autonomous future before discussing HBO's latest hit series that shows the scarier side of smarter tech.
  • Apple is reportedly making these four Mac computers obsolete in 2017 (2016-11-29 20:00:05)
    Every once in a while, Apple adds a few more devices to its list of vintage and obsolete products . According to MacRumors , that list is going to grow in 2016, as an internal memo obtained by the publication shows that four computers released between 2009 and 2011 are going to be obsoleted on December 31st. DON'T MISS:  What it takes to get a NES Classic Providing the memo is legitimate, these four Macs will be classified as either vintage or obsolete (depending on where they were purchased) in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region in 2017: MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011) MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011) Mac mini (Early 2009) MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009) Once these products are added to the list, they are no longer eligible for repairs or part replacements from Apple or any of its authorized service providers. The only exception is if they were bought in either California or Turkey, where Apple is still obliged to offer service on these products until December 31st, 2018. This won't be of concern to a very significant portion of the population, but if you're still depending on one of these devices and want to have something on it repaired or replaced, you might want to do so before the end of the year.
  • ​EU court asks: Is Uber an app or taxi service? (2016-11-29 19:57:11)
    Europe's highest court looks into Uber's business model. Its decision could have major ramifications for the ride-hailing company.
  • 12 tweets that describe your morning ritual (2016-11-29 19:48:17)
    Social Studies: One of the more popular hashtag games on Twitter today had people describing how they deal with waking up in the morning. Some are predictable, some aren't.
  • Navy gets new flight simulator technology (2016-11-29 19:27:34)
    The U.S. Navy’s latest flight simulator technology will be found among the exhibits at this year’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) taking place in Orlando this week, according to an announcement by NVIDIA. Together with virtual reality (VR) creator Mass Virtual , NVIDIA said the technology runs its Quadro graphics processing unit (GPU) and uses Mass Virtual’s Virtual Attain platform. The end result is a VR simulation that puts pilots in the cockpit of a F-18 fighter jet. Pilots are put through paces and have to determine whether or not an aggressor aircraft is nearby using sounds coming from the cockpit’s radar. NVIDIA wrote that virtual reality training provides soldiers with various realistic combat situations. NAVY REPORTEDLY BALKS AT $800k PROJECTILES FOR NEW WARSHIP Further, “one virtual reality station can train a soldier for multiple scenarios such as driving a tank, reacting under gun fire or reloading a rocket launcher,” wrote NVIDIA, adding that the use of virtual reality in training is highly efficient and cost effective for military organizations. John Brooks, CEO and founder of Mass Virtual said in a press release on NVIDIA’s website, “When you can achieve suspension of disbelief in a virtual environment, a user has much longer retention of what they’ve learned.”
  • Carmageddon erupts in Los Angeles parking lot over ‘stolen’ spot (2016-11-29 19:11:20)
    The holidays are a stressful time for all of us, but normally that angst translates into Black Friday fistfights, not vehicular assault. In Los Angeles, a fight over a parking spot went from a simple disagreement to bloody knuckles and eventually full-on carmageddon, as a pair of SUVs did their best to literally destroy each other. Details about how the rapidly-escalating kerfuffle began are sparse, but witnesses told a local L.A. ABC affiliate that a stolen parking spot was the spark. Fists quickly began to fly, and at least one of the pair of woman drivers involved ended up absorbing a few haymakers while laying on the pavement. DON'T MISS:  Airline makes iPhones mandatory for plane mechanics and staff Things got a lot more interesting when one of the women got back into her car — which seems to be a white Toyota — and proceeded to ram backwards into her opponent's silver BMW. At that point, it seems all bets were off, and the two vehicles began a lengthy battle in the cramped L.A. lot as onlookers cheered and jeered at the mayhem. We're not just talking about fender-benders here; at one point the Toyota hits the BMW's passenger side door and bends it completely backwards, then violently rams it shut again minutes later. The chaos even spilled out onto the street, as the BMW was apparently attempting to leave the scene of the insanity. The Toyota was having none of that, and sped out of the driveway and hit the silver car at least two more times before eventually speeding straight into a city fire hydrant and snapping it off. ABC 7 reports that the LAPD is looking into the incident and that the city's utility maintenance crews have already repaired the broken hydrant.
  • Parking lot ‘brawl’ turns into demolition derby (2016-11-29 19:11:20)
    The holidays are a stressful time for all of us, but normally that angst translates into Black Friday fistfights, not vehicular assault. In Los Angeles, a fight over a parking spot went from a simple disagreement to bloody knuckles and eventually full-on carmageddon, as a pair of SUVs did their best to literally destroy each other. Details about how the rapidly-escalating kerfuffle began are sparse, but witnesses told a local L.A. ABC affiliate that a stolen parking spot was the spark. Fists quickly began to fly, and at least one of the pair of woman drivers involved ended up absorbing a few haymakers while laying on the pavement. DON'T MISS:  Airline makes iPhones mandatory for plane mechanics and staff Things got a lot more interesting when one of the women got back into her car — which seems to be a white Toyota — and proceeded to ram backwards into her opponent's silver BMW. At that point, it seems all bets were off, and the two vehicles began a lengthy battle in the cramped L.A. lot as onlookers cheered and jeered at the mayhem. We're not just talking about fender-benders here; at one point the Toyota hits the BMW's passenger side door and bends it completely backwards, then violently rams it shut again minutes later. The chaos even spilled out onto the street, as the BMW was apparently attempting to leave the scene of the insanity. The Toyota was having none of that, and sped out of the driveway and hit the silver car at least two more times before eventually speeding straight into a city fire hydrant and snapping it off. ABC 7 reports that the LAPD is looking into the incident and that the city's utility maintenance crews have already repaired the broken hydrant.
  • Google doodle celebrates scientist Jagdish Chandra Bose (2016-11-29 18:54:53)
    Google honors pioneer in biophysics, radio science and science fiction on his 158th birthday.
  • Google Earth’s Timelapse update illustrates 30 years of climate change (2016-11-29 18:48:17)
    The team behind Google Earth released an update today to the timelapse feature of its satellite imagery app, and it’s a great way to see the rapid pace of urban development and public infrastructure projects like the San Francisco Bay Bridge.
  • The San Francisco MUNI hacker got hacked (2016-11-29 18:43:49)
    While most people were busy recovering from Thanksgiving and getting ready for massive shopping sprees, a hacker on Friday shut down the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) computer network, asking for $73,000 in Bitcoin to unscramble the data. In ironic turns of events, the hacker was hacked, as a security researcher guessed the answer to the attacker’s email security question. DON’T MISS: There’s a fix for your iPhone 6s’ serious battery drain, but you might not like it The researcher then sent the contents of the hacker’s email address to KrebsOnSecurity . It turns out that the attacker made a poor choice when it comes to security questions for the email address he had to display on the SFMTA’s computer systems. That’s how ransomware attacks work. The hacker has to make an email address available so funds can be transferred to him or her via Bitcoin. Looking at the available data, Krebs was able to discover several interesting things about the hacker of the Muni attack. The attacker did not hit only the SFMTA with ransomware. On November 20th he extorted 63 Bitcoins, or around $45,000, from a US-based manufacturing firm. Krebs says that the criminal got at least $140,000 in Bitcoin since August from several victims, switching Bitcoin wallets regularly. However, the SFMTA refused to pay up, choosing to restore its systems from backups instead. The email hack also sheds some light on how the attack on the SFMTA was possible. Apparently, the hacker did not actively devise methods to attack the public transportation system. Instead, he or she used a server to find vulnerable targets. “It appears our attacker has been using a number of tools which enabled the scanning of large portions of the Internet and several specific targets for vulnerabilities,” Holden Security’s Alex Holden told Krebs. “The most common vulnerability used ‘weblogic unserialize exploit’ and especially targeted Oracle Corp. server products, including Primavera project portfolio management software.” The email also contains elements that could help law enforcement discover the identity, or at least location, of the attacker. According to Krebs, the hacker might be based in Iran, although a phone number connecting the hacker to Russia has also been found — probably a red herring, Krebs said. Read the Krebs’ full report at the source link.
  • DirecTV Now vs. Sling TV vs. Playstation Vue: Channel lineups compared (2016-11-29 18:38:07)
    AT&T is the latest company to offer a new alternative TV package that streams live broadcasts over the internet -- it's called DirecTV Now and for a limited time, customers can sign up for a promotional deal that offers more than 100 channels for $35 a month.
  • SnipBack: The best audio recording Android app you've never heard of (2016-11-29 18:24:50)
    There's a new Android audio recorder in town, and it's making its competition look bad. Find out why SnipBack should be your go-to mobile recording app.
  • Dr. Google may check your eyes in the future (2016-11-29 17:59:29)
    The search giant trains an algorithm to spot diabetic retinopathy, which can cause blindness.
  • Don’t panic, but Google’s AI is now smarter than human doctors (2016-11-29 17:56:51)
    Humanity's relentless march towards a future where machines rule everything gained some ground today, as Google revealed that one of its fancy artificial brains is now better at diagnosing some medical conditions than human doctors are. This should prove extremely valuable for whenever the inevitable robot uprising results in a swift demise for the human race. MUST SEE:  Apple’s spaceship campus looks like it’s ready to land Google's announced its findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association in a paper detailing the company's work with deep learning algorithms and how they can be utilized for medical purposes. In this particular case, Google set its sights on diagnosing diabetic retinopathy via retina photographs. The neural network Google used for the project was fed over 128,000 images to train it in detecting the condition. The resulting algorithm was then tasked with identifying examples of diabetic retinopathy out of a sample of just over 10,000 new images. As it turns out, the computer performed better than the real doctors. "The results show that our algorithm’s performance is on-par with that of ophthalmologists," Google's Lily Peng, PhD and Product Manager explains in a post on Google's research blog. "For example, on the validation set described in Figure 2, the algorithm has a F-score (combined sensitivity and specificity metric, with max=1) of 0.95, which is slightly better than the median F-score of the 8 ophthalmologists we consulted (measured at 0.91)." The results are seriously impressive and could have massive implications for screenings in areas where specialists are spread thin. An algorithm that can diagnose a disorder as good or better than a real doctor can is a powerful tool for good. Of course, it's also somewhat intimidating to consider that artificial intelligence can already be trained to a point where it's smarter than the humans we rely on to keep us healthy.
  • ExoMars capta fascinantes imágenes de la superficie marciana (2016-11-29 17:53:38)
    La sonda de la Agencia Espacial Europea nos ofrece una nueva perspectiva del Planeta Rojo durante su misión para identificar gases raros presentes en Marte.
  • 5 architectural principles for building big data systems on AWS (2016-11-29 17:52:41)
    If your company is looking to make a bet on big data in the cloud, follow these best practices to find out what technologies will be best for your AWS deployment.
  • Trump inspires Internet Archive to build replica in Canada (2016-11-29 17:47:11)
    The venerable chronicler of the internet worries the Trump administration might put restrictions on the web.
  • Cops' wildlife cameras catch pranksters dressed as animals (2016-11-29 17:36:43)
    Police in Kansas get a good laugh from jokers dressed in animal costumes prancing in front of a trail camera.
  • Deutsche Telekom attack part of global campaign on routers (2016-11-29 17:36:41)
    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A cyber attack that infected nearly 1 million routers used to access Deutsche Telekom internet service was part of a campaign targeting web-connected devices around the globe, the German government and security researchers said on Tuesday. The revelation from the German Office for Information Security, or BSI, stoked fears of an increase in cyber attacks that disrupt internet service by exploiting common vulnerabilities in widely used routers, webcams, digital video recorders and other web-connected devices. Security researchers said the infections spread to countries including Brazil, Britain and Ireland using a technique similar to one that stopped millions of people in the United States and Europe from reaching websites including PayPal Holdings Inc , Twitter Inc and Spotify on Oct. 21.
  • You can actually buy Zotac’s VR backpack PC now (2016-11-29 17:30:44)
    Zotac released the VR Go today, joining MSI in the relatively small club of companies that are actually shipping wearable VR backpacks. For those who are unfamiliar, VR backpacks are wearable gaming computers meant to allow for untethered room-scale virtual reality environments — they’re the future of VR, at least until we manage to advance technology for wireless headsets or can compress the demanding hardware for virtual reality into a more easily worn form factor. ...
  • Spotify brilliantly reveals your dirty secrets (2016-11-29 17:28:12)
    Technically Incorrect: In a new billboard campaign, the streaming service shows what people are actually listening to. No, really.
  • A 'Farsighted' look at connecting cities, cars and everything after 2016 (2016-11-29 17:27:47)
    Self-driving cars are moving out of the sci-fi realm and into our lives. The "Farsighted" crew chats with one man building that future. Plus, we talk "Westworld."
  • Next year’s iMac will have one good thing going for it (2016-11-29 17:20:44)
    Amidst the flurry of new MacBook Pro updates this autumn, one of Apple's other old computers was forgotten. With the exception of a new screen, Apple's iMac  has sat unchanged since you did that one InDesign class in college, but it's still often a go-to choice for desktop computers. There's a big, Microsoft-shaped problem for Apple, however. The Surface Studio is a new iMac competitor from Microsoft, and on the surface, it should be a real competitor. It takes all of the key points of the iMac  -- stylish design, enough power, thin form factor -- and adds touch input, a great stylus, and the ability to bring the screen down to draw. If Apple wants the iMac to do better than runner-up, it will need some tricks for its next iMac refresh. DON'T MISS:  What it takes to get a NES Classic We haven't heard many rumors about the upcoming iMac refresh, but there is one thing that's a lock: updated processors. With Intel owning the desktop processor market, that means the best-specced new iMacs will use the latest version of Intel's Core i7, the Kaby Lake i7-7700. That processor wasn't available in time for Microsoft to include in the Surface Studio, but it should be hitting new PCs at the beginning of 2017. More importantly, the reviewers at  Tom's Hardware appear to have got their hands on an early engineering sample, and put it through its paces. Although the results aren't final, we can get some data on the chip that will almost certainly be powering the next iMac. Out of the box, the i7-7700K is capable of speeds of 4.2GHz, but with a processor this good, you really need to overclock.  Tom's Hardware  found that on one motherboard, they could overclock the 7700K to 4.8GHz, which is crazy kinds of fast. But even without overclocking, the benchmarks show some very real performance improvements over the sixth-gen Intel chips, and therefore the Surface Studio. Your move, Microsoft.
  • There's E Ink everything now, even wallets (2016-11-29 17:15:06)
    Wonder Wallet I could live with e-paper everything. I’m talking billboards, monitors, keyboards, remotes, watches, phones, and wallets. Yes, we now have an e-paper wallet called the Wonder Wallet. It just launched on Kickstarter. Why an e-paper wallet, you ask? Because e-paper looks cool and because on Kickstarter, anything can maybe become reality with your blind trust.I don’t have many details on Wonder Wallet, but I do know that users can display an image on their wallet and that it connects to phones through Bluetooth. ...
  • 5 steps for a successful large-scale cloud migration to AWS (2016-11-29 16:43:48)
    At the 2016 AWS re:Invent conference, a leader from Amazon Web Services discussed how executives can understand their readiness for a major move to the cloud.
  • Arizona gains new electric vehicle plant as Lucid Motors announces manufacturing (2016-11-29 16:43:11)
    Lucid Motors announced today that it would build a manufacturing plant for its electric vehicles in Arizona, with production beginning in 2018.
  • See ExoMars' first fascinating views of Mars' surface (2016-11-29 16:39:29)
    The ESA orbiter gives us a fresh viewpoint of Mars during its mission to sniff out rare gasses.
  • This Antarctic glacier is cracking from the inside out — and that’s bad news for all of us (2016-11-29 16:35:10)
    A massive glacier at the edge of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is cracking from the inside out at accelerating speed. The glacier, which is described in a paper published yesterday in Geophysical Research Letters, is called Pine Island Glacier. In 2015, a 224-square-mile iceberg broke off from the glacier.
  • Airline makes iPhones mandatory for plane mechanics and staff (2016-11-29 16:31:51)
    Finland's largest airline, Finnair, is fully embracing iOS as a platform for a whole suite of new enterprise apps, thanks to a new partnership with IBM. The first of Finnair's new apps are for the aid of aircraft mechanics and supervisors, and will provide them with highly optimized workflows. IBM's MobileFirst for iOS program will help expedite the development and deployments of the apps, and the cloud services for the programs will be hosted on IBM's cloud infrastructure.  DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 8 might break a record set by the iPhone 6 Our collaboration with Apple and IBM is an important building block in our digital transformation," Katri Harra-Salonen, Finnair's Chief Digital Officer, said in a press release. "We want to link our employees with the insights they need to make better decisions. This collaboration enables a user focused, high quality, yet cost effective way of developing digital solutions, helping us to improve the way we operate as an airline." The first two app that Finnair will implement are called Inspect & Turn and Assign Tech. Both apps utilize analytics to optimize how and when the company's crew of mechanics tackles their various crucial tasks. Finnair describes that apps thusly: Inspect & Turn  provides aircraft mechanics with digital task cards and documentation with analytics-driven recommendations to complete work assignments to ensure the safe upkeep of aircraft and achievement of on-time arrival and departure targets. Assign Tech provides aircraft mechanic supervisors a clear overview of flight schedules, maintenance process and mechanic availability. Using advanced analytics, the app recommends optimal shift assignments and incorporates the skills and certifications of each mechanic. Push notifications also alert supervisors to flight delays process issues, so they can easily make changes on the fly. The airline expects both apps to roll out to its maintenance staff starting early in 2017, with more on the way.
  • A Canadian town is threatening drunk drivers with Nickelback torture (2016-11-29 16:20:11)
    The small Canadian town of Kensington on Prince Edward Island has found a special way of deterring drunk driving this holiday season — and we can all learn a lesson or two from the process. In a recent Facebook post seen by Consequence of Sound, the town police announced that drivers arrested while intoxicated will be fined, suspended, and forced to listen to Nickelback’s classic 2001 LP Silver Side Up. This is How You Remind them how to not drink and drive.Here’s the full statement from the Kensington Police Force:This isn’t so much a warning as a threat, and it’s an effective one. ...
  • 'Star Trek: Discovery' reveals its first cast members (2016-11-29 16:19:34)
    Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp will beam up for the newest series in the sci-fi franchise. As promised, the show will feature a gay character.
  • Why you should be intrigued by Reddit's r/MildlyInteresting (2016-11-29 16:14:09)
    Social Studies: Today, I'm checking out the subreddit called MildlyInteresting, a place where people try to strike a balance between interesting and uninteresting. You get to be the judge.
  • All of the new features the Android 7.0 Nougat update will bring to the Galaxy S7 (2016-11-29 16:06:45)
    Earlier this month, Samsung kicked off the Android 7.0 Nougat beta program for its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones. Those who were chosen to participate got an up-close look at most of what the next version of Android will look like on Samsung's popular flagships, but everyone else was left waiting. DON'T MISS:  Leak reveals another key Galaxy S8 feature Unfortunately, Samsung has still yet to announce a release date for Nougat on the S7 line, but last week, SamMobile got its hands on the official Customer Consultant Guide for the beta program, which shows off many the upcoming features. The guide highlights nearly two dozen user interface and user experience changes, including a streamlined Settings menu, the ability to adjust display size, a cleaner drag-down Quick Panel and notification grouping. There have also been significant changes made to the home screen, lock screen and call screen. Whether you have a Galaxy S7/S7 edge or are simply curious about how Nougat will affect Samsung's flagship devices, you can download the full guide in PDF format at this link . The new features begin on page 16, while answers to frequently asked questions about the beta can be found on page 35 and onward.
  • Ferrari is auctioning the last new LaFerrari for charity (2016-11-29 15:46:49)
    Ferrari will auction off the last LaFerrari supercar ever made to raise money for earthquake relief in Central Italy, the carmaker announced today. Only 499 coupes were planned, but Ferrari decided to make one more, as a gift to its home country. The car, the last new LaFerrari to be sold, will be auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s at the Ferrari Finali Mondiali weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Apple’s spaceship campus looks like it’s ready to land (2016-11-29 15:44:12)
    Apple has been building its new "spaceship" campus for years now, and it's still not done. Apple employees will have to keep slumming it in Infinite Loop until move-ins start next year, but even so, very visible progress is being made. In the latest drone-shot update of Apple's spaceship (there's a sentence I never thought I would type!), we're treated to a look over the outer spaceship in its nearly-finished form, a shot of the massive glass front for the Atrium, and a look at where Apple employees are going to park all those secretive Apple Cars. DON'T MISS:  What it takes to get a NES Classic Drone photographer Matthew Roberts has conducted his monthly flyover of Apple Campus 2, showcasing some of the new improvements. Overall, it looks like the main building is nearly done -- in fact, there's only one crane left on the site, as most of the buildings are in place. Landscaping work still needs to happen, as the inside of the spaceship looks like a pile of mud for now. There's still cladding and a mountain of interior work to be done, but some of the bigger aesthetic touches, like the giant glass front for the Atrium, are in. The scale of Apple’s new HQ is always difficult to grasp from the drone footage, but the occasional glimpse of tiny workers is enough to remind you how ambitious this project is. Construction will cost around $5 billion — expensive, for sure, but a lot less than Apple’s hundreds of billions of cash sitting offshore. (It’s less than Apple’s back tax bill to the European Union, for that matter.)
  • Un astronauta retrata una flamante puesta de Sol (2016-11-29 15:43:33)
    Una puesta de Sol captada desde el espacio por un astronauta de la NASA parece darle a la Tierra una especie de 'sábana de fuego'.
  • What if the aliens in Arrival had ‘thoughtful’ horse eyes or purple skin ruffles? (2016-11-29 15:41:04)
    Cinema Blend interviewed Arrival concept artist Peter Konig today, and he gave them a glimpse at a number of alternate universes — his other designs for Arrival’s aliens, the heptapods, show all the worlds that might have been. Konig emphasizes that director Denis Villeneuve was willing to entertain any and all ideas during the brainstorm phase, and that he wanted to hear a lot of them. Villeneuve opted to deliberately stray from the descriptions in the source material, Ted Chiang’s short piece “Story of Your Life.” Chiang describes the aliens as essentially barrels, with seven legs arranged in radial symmetry.
  • Google brings its gorgeous Featured Photos screensaver to Mac, and it’s glorious (2016-11-29 15:22:41)
    If you're a Chromecast owner, you know that letting the device site idle can be entertaining all on its own. That's because Google's fantastic photo stream screensaver pulls a seemingly endless collection of breathtaking shots from the web and displays them in high-resolution glory. Now, Google is treating Mac users to the very same eye candy. The screensaver — which is officially called " Google+ Featured Photos Screensaver " because they couldn't think of a catchy name, apparently — pulls snapshots from the massive collection of user-uploaded media on Google+.  DON'T MISS:  Leak reveals another key Galaxy S8 feature that has never been seen before on an iPhone Each photo is presented in fullscreen, and they're all scaled perfectly to fit whatever display you happen to be using on your Mac. If you're using two or more displays, a different photo stream will be shown on each, so there's no double-vision effect with cloned photos on side-by-side monitors. The download is a .saver file, so it's a quick install for either a single user or multiple different user profiles. You'll also get a prompt to allow the app to update automatically, which makes sense considering the screensaver is constantly pulling new content from Google+ in order to keep things nice and fresh. With modern day computer display technology, screensavers are a bit of anomaly. We're not longer at a huge risk of screen burn-in with most computer monitors, and the default settings on Mac OS typically put your monitor to sleep before a screensaver would kick in anyway, but if you're the kind of person that likes to keep your monitor alive even when you're using it, you'll be hard pressed to find a screensaver with more personality than Google's Featured Photos.
  • Twitter tracks Hillary Clinton sightings post election (2016-11-29 15:21:23)
    Prestige selfie shooters may want to consider heading to the woods outside of Chappaqua, New York, to grab that perfect shot of "HRC" in the wild.
  • Ford to begin European testing of autonomous cars next year (2016-11-29 15:15:32)
    Ford will expand its on-road testing of autonomous cars to Europe in 2017, the company said today. “It is important that we extend our testing to Europe,” said Thomas Lukaszewicz, manager for Automated Driving for Ford of Europe. The cars will be tested at several of Ford’s existing engineering centers in the United Kingdom and Germany, joining a number of other carmakers who are testing their autonomous vehicles in Europe.
  • Google's new Timelapse satellite images show Earth in flux (2016-11-29 15:03:32)
    Google sorts through 3 quadrillion pixels to give us a look at time unfolding everywhere from San Francisco to Antarctica.
  • Samsung will finally explain what happened to the Galaxy Note 7 (2016-11-29 14:57:09)
    November is almost over and Samsung has not told us what caused the numerous Galaxy Note 7 explosions that made the news for the better part of September and October. However, the company is expected to announce its findings by the end of the year, a new report reveals. DON’T MISS: There’s a fix for your iPhone 6s’ serious battery drain, but you might not like it There were various theories looking to explain why the Galaxy Note 7’s battery overheated to the point where the phone would explode, but Samsung has not acknowledged any of them. The company started investigating the explosions soon after it was forced to issue a worldwide recall. Batteries are considered to be the ignition point, but other factors may have favored explosions. Samsung then announced the initial batch of phones had faulty batteries, and assured customers that the replacement batteries would be safe. It turned out that wasn’t the case, and Samsung had to recall the handset a second time, and terminate production. Samsung launched a new round of investigations on November 11th, The Korea Herald explains , together with product safety authorities and experts from Korea and the US. According to industry sources, the final results of Samsung’s probe will be announced by the end of the year. The sources said the reuse of the returned phones is also dependent on the investigation’s results. One rumor said that Samsung may consider selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units once it fixes them for good. The Herald says that Samsung sold some 4.3 million Galaxy Note 7 phones since its launch in August.
  • Trump names former NASA aide and Science Committee staff member to work on NASA’s transition (2016-11-29 14:50:19)
    President-elect Trump has named one of the members of his NASA transition team — and it’s someone who will find the space agency a familiar place. The team will include Christopher Shank, a former top aide and communications official for NASA, as well as a recurring staff member of the House Science Committee. Also a former member of the US Air Force, Shank has played important roles at NASA in the past — most notably as the special assistant to NASA Administrator Mark Griffin under the George W. Bush administration.
  • How Harvard University secures its cloud network with Amazon (2016-11-29 14:44:49)
    Recently, at the AWS re:Invent conference, Harvard's manager of cloud architecture detailed the main investments that the university made in order to secure its cloud.
  • You can fit this miniature synthesizer in your wallet (2016-11-29 14:40:01)
    The Tiny TS, the first standalone synthesizer from Jan Ostman, can do just that. The synth offers audio, CV, and gate outputs, and works well with Ostman's other synth chips if you don't like the way they sound. Ostman is selling the Tiny TS in a few versions, ranging from just a basic PCB circuit board for $20 to a completely prebuilt model for $60.
  • Twitter brings ranked conversations to mobile devices (2016-11-29 14:36:06)
    Twitter introduced a new design for replies today that ranks conversations in your timeline according to signals including whether you follow the person who replied and whether the author replied. The personalized ranking means that different people will see a different set of replies by default, although you can still expand the tweet to see every reply. The feature is new to mobile, devices, though Twitter previously brought this design to the web in ... June 2015? Huh.It's now easier than ever to see the buzz around your Tweet with reply counts and organized conversations: https://t. ...
  • PowerPoint for Windows now supports collaborative editing (2016-11-29 14:32:53)
    Microsoft is making it easier to work with others on your next PowerPoint presentation. The PowerPoint app on Windows now supports collaborative editing, allowing two or more people to jump into a document at once and make edits and comments that are seen by the entire group. This is something people have been able to do with PowerPoint Online for years, but Microsoft opens it up to a much larger group of users by enabling it in the desktop app, too.
  • What it takes to get a NES Classic (2016-11-29 14:30:32)
    Finding a NES Classic anywhere is a difficult achievement these days. Nintendo's $60 box of nostalgia is sold out nationwide, and although some stock does keep trickling in, you're competing with 1,000 other Nintendo fanboys looking to relive the glory days while writing off the purchase as a family-friendly Christmas gift for the kids. That's not to say it's impossible, though. We have our own guide to finding a NES Classic for the RRP , and according to accounts floating around the internet, people have actually been successful. It takes a little perseverance, though. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 8 might break a record set by the iPhone 6 At this point, the most reliable way to actually get a Classic is to hunt for stock at a local store and go buy it in person. Most of the time, that requires using a website like NowInStock to track stock updates. A lot of the time, Classics will become 'in stock' in a small number overnight, so users have been going to camp out in front of the store for hours so that they're the first people there at opening. Users from NowInStock have been sharing tips , and the occasional tales of joy: "Got mine today at Target. Manager there was so awesome. When he saw me waiting, first in line, he asked what I was waiting for and went back to verify that they had them so I wasn't waiting for nothing. The site said they had 8 and I was there by 4am with my daughter in tow. After about 30 minutes waiting (still the only one there) the manager came back out and took my name promising to pull one off the shelf for me so that my daughter and I didn't have to wait there another 3.5 hours." "I got one yesterday, it kept showing one, I went to Target in the morning they said that they didn't have any, I was watching the inventory and it still said one I sent my wife around 11 am and she spoke with an electronics employee and he looked up the number, and it said 1 available, he went in the back and went through all the boxes that came off the truck, and he found it in the last box it was upside down." There is a darker side, though. One user summed it up nicely by leaving this parting message: "I just gave up my health is more important right now." Weirdly enough, standing outside a Walmart at 4AM is not the furthest people have gone for a Classic. A  New York Times  report on the phenomenon says that people are searching stock on the other side of the Atlantic ocean, with one user getting his pre-ordered console shipped from Edinburgh. And then, there are the people buying the Classic on eBay. A search shows that consoles have been sold to real people for as high as $2,850, with prices over $1,000 actually common. If you're determined, you can probably get one slowly shipped to you for around $200-300, although historical price data shows it'll almost definitely get higher the closer we get to Christmas. In short, your best bets at getting a Classic before Christmas remain physical stores, or ponying up $300 on eBay. Truly it's the most wonderful time of the year.
  • Slack looks great running on a Commodore 64 (2016-11-29 14:23:01)
    Jeff HarrisOld technology was reincarnated this year. There was the NES Classic Edition and Kodak’s revamped Super 8 camera. And now, a software engineer named Jeff Harris is twisting the formula by bringing modern technology to the past. He wrote software that runs the popular corporate messaging service Slack on his Commodore 64.As you might recall or can probably assume, the C64 doesn’t include a USB-C or even a USB port. Instead, it has something called a UserPort. ...
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda to produce film and TV adaptations of The Kingkiller Chronicle (2016-11-29 14:18:03)
    Lionsgate has announced that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will be the creative producer for a series of screen adaptations of Patrick Rothfuss’ best-selling Kingkiller Chronicle novels, according to The Wrap. Lionsgate is planning a feature-film adaptation of the first book, along with a tie-in TV series that will further explore Rothfuss’ setting.
  • UK surveillance law marks a 'worse than scary' shift (2016-11-29 14:11:01)
    The newly passed "Snooper's Charter" means British police and intelligence agencies will soon be able to see every website that everyone in the UK visits.
  • Twitter to live-stream clips from 'Rogue One' (2016-11-29 14:07:13)
    Twitter is teaming up with Disney to stream exclusive clips of the studio's latest Star Wars movie.
  • Facebook is adding ‘Pac-Man,’ ‘Space Invaders,’ and other classic games to Messenger (2016-11-29 14:07:07)
    Facebook Messenger is continuing it daring quest to be more useful than Facebook itself by adding games that you might actually want to play. Pac-Man , Galaga , Space Invaders , and several other titles old and new are headed to the messaging app in the very near future. Facebook calls the new feature Instant Games , and it works just like you'd imagine. A click brings up a list of games, and another click launches the game, either from within Facebook Messenger or on your News Feed, depending on whether you're on desktop or mobile. MUST SEE:  The best holiday gift you can give yourself is a big F U to your cable company The games, of which there are 17 in total, are currently being tested on Facebook Messenger in a beta capacity. You'll know if you have access to the feature by heading to your Facebook Messenger app (or the web version) and checking for the game controller icon on the menu bar. For the single-player games like Pac-Man , the head-to-head competition takes the form of a leaderboard, where you can compare your score against those of your friends, along with stats on how many rounds of each game everyone has played. It's a fun little distraction and can give you some bragging rights, but there's very little depth to any of the games on offer. Facebook has always had a weird relationship with gaming. There's been some seriously addicting titles on the social network — FarmVille comes to mind — but it could keep that momentum going. The company also dabbled with Messenger games in the past, with a simple basketball challenge in honor of March Madness.
  • Lyft now shows your fare before you ride, just like Uber (2016-11-29 13:57:15)
    Lyft will now inform riders of the total cost of their ride before booking, adopting the same “upfront fare” scheme that Uber did earlier this year. It allows riders to see how much their ride will cost, with fees, taxes, tolls, and Prime Time (Lyft’s version of Uber’s surge pricing) charges rolled in. Uber and Lyft both use similar language to describe their upfront fare features, noting that it will result in “no math” and “no surprises.” As a side effect, surge pricing and Prime Time charges, as well as fees and taxes, are more hidden from users with upfront pricing.
  • Watch a Volvo truck pull a paraglider for no reason whatsoever (2016-11-29 13:56:37)
    It's supposed to tout the benefits of the truck's transmission, but I don't really see that.
  • Designer bacteria build carbon-silicon materials for the first time (2016-11-29 13:54:01)
    Scientists discovered a bacteria in hot springs in Iceland that could add silicon to carbon-based molecules. Scientists have genetically engineered bacteria to make a protein that squishes silicon and carbon together long enough for them to stick to one another — forming a bond that, until now, only chemists had managed to create. If scientists can teach these bacteria to produce the carbon-silicon molecules used to make semiconductors, pesticides, and even silicone breast implants, it could make manufacturing these products easier.
  • Elf on the Shelf gets dismembered for your viewing pleasure (2016-11-29 13:52:11)
    Ho-ho-horrible. It's like a North Pole edition of "Game of Thrones" when the holiday tradition is sacrificed for science.
  • AT&T hints at DirecTV Now 'double-play' deals with wireless (2016-11-29 13:41:29)
    An AT&T executive suggests deals would bundle its new streaming-TV product with wireless service, a TV-plus-connectivity bundle for the mobile age.
  • 10 ways to gracefully kill an IT project (2016-11-29 13:36:35)
    Not every project is destined for success. Here are some ways to terminate a doomed project with the best possible results and move forward.
  • There’s no perfect solution to your high-end laptop problem this year (2016-11-29 13:33:16)
    It was easy enough to do: people were asking which new laptop to buy, whether to upgrade to an iPhone 7, what’s the best budget Android phone to get, and when Apple’s AirPods are coming out. As The Verge’s Dieter Bohn pointed out, it used to be that you would just tell people to go get a MacBook Air. Now, there’s a 45-minute conversation to be had about 2016’s premium laptops.
  • Latest iOS Update Causing iPhone to Shut Down (2016-11-29 13:30:00)
    Apple's iPhone owners are reporting some trouble with their batteries after updating to the latest iOS version. Folks over at the Apple support forums are reporting that after they updated to iOS 10.1.1, they noticed their iPhones would turn off when battery life reached 30 percent. While the post, which was published last month, initially focused on older iPhones suffering from the problem, newer posters have said that it also affects devices up through the iPhone 6s.
  • Facebook users can now play Pac-Man on Messenger app (2016-11-29 13:25:34)
    (Reuters) - For users hooked on to Facebook's Messenger app, it's game on. The social network on Tuesday rolled out a feature that allows users to play hugely popular games such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders, the company's latest attempt to get users spend more time on its messaging app. Facebook made Messenger a standalone app in 2014, a move that initially irked many users.
  • The iPhone 8 might break a record set by the iPhone 6 (2016-11-29 13:21:16)
    Apple might start reporting launch weekend iPhone sales numbers again next year, assuming this report is accurate: renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the iPhone 8 will convince a massive number of buyers to purchase the phone, helping Apple eclipse the current record. DON’T MISS: There’s a fix for your iPhone 6s’ serious battery drain, but you might not like it Apple had announced before iPhone 7 sales started that it won’t report launch weekend numbers , prompting many to speculate that Apple is not expecting the new phone to top the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s's launch weekend performances. Even so, indirect analytics data revealed that Apple did very well, with the iPhone 7 sales performance being comparable with previous years. Kuo said in a note to investors received by 9to5Mac that Apple might sell between 120 million and 150 million iPhone 8 units in the second half of next year. Apple sold between 110 million and 120 million iPhone 6 units in 2014. The iPhone 6 represented a major redesign, and the first iPhone series to feature a bigger display. The new OLED iPhone would drive this unprecedented iPhone demand, although the other two iPhone 8 models will not be boring. The same Kuo said the 4.7-inch LCD model will also have an all-glass design and feature wireless charging support, just like the OLED version. Kuo said that the OLED iPhone 8 will represent Apple’s major redesign, while the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would be iterative updates to the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. All iPhones are expected to offer similar specs when it comes to internal hardware. Furthermore, the OLED and iPhone 8 Plus versions should have dual-lens cameras on the back. Apple is expected to launch the new iPhones in mid-September, so we’ve got plenty of waiting to do.
  • The Internet Archive is building a Canadian copy to protect itself from Trump (2016-11-29 13:16:49)
    The Internet Archive, a digital library nonprofit that preserves billions of webpages for the historical record, is building a backup archive in Canada after the election of Donald Trump. Today, it began collecting donations for the Internet Archive of Canada, intended to create a copy of the archive outside the United States. “On November 9th in America, we woke up to a new administration promising radical change,” writes founder Brewster Kahle.
  • Europe is getting a network of ‘ultra-fast, high-powered’ EV chargers (2016-11-29 13:15:26)
    BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford, and Volkswagen have entered into a partnership to create a network of high-speed charging stations for electric vehicles across Europe. The new chargers will be capable of doling out up to 350 kW of power — which would make them almost three times as powerful as Tesla’s Supercharging stations. The result will be “the highest-powered charging network in Europe,” according to a statement released by the manufacturers.
  • AT&T to launch DirecTV Now with $35 promo on Nov. 30 (2016-11-29 13:10:48)
    That $35 monthly price for more than 100 streaming channels is a temporary deal to lock you in, but anyone can add HBO for just $5.
  • Astronaut photographs glorious 'sheet of flame' sunset (2016-11-29 13:10:25)
    An otherworldly sunset seen from space paints the planet with a streak of fire in an impressive NASA image.
  • DirecTV Now shows off its skinny bundles (The 3:59, Ep. 145) (2016-11-29 13:07:31)
    Plus, we talk about reports of a new Amazon Echo-like speaker and Cyber Monday sales figures.
  • Read an excerpt from the next Expanse novel, Babylon's Ashes (2016-11-29 13:07:24)
    While we have to wait until February to take in the second season of The Expanse, the sixth installment of the book series, Babylon’s Ashes, will hit bookshelves next week — and we have an excerpt. The alien protomolecule caused massive political turmoil across the planet, and the balance of power shifted dramatically after a group of radicals known as the Free Navy bombarded Earth with asteroids. Now, the Free Navy has plans to seize power across the system.
  • Sky seeks to shake up UK mobile market with flexible data plans (2016-11-29 13:05:54)
    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Sky said it would enter the UK mobile market with a SIM-only deal that allows data allowances to roll over each month, and offers free calls to the 11 million British households that take its TV services. It was "time to shake up" the mobile market, particularly in data, where many customers paid for more than they used because they were worried about exceeding their allowance, the pay-TV group said on Tuesday. Stephen van Rooyen, Sky's UK and Ireland chief executive, said the company had asked more than 30,000 potential customers what they wanted from a mobile service, and more flexibility on data was top of the list.
  • Pokemon Sun and Moon guide: How to participate in the first global mission (2016-11-29 13:03:42)
    If you've been playing Pokemon Sun or Pokemon Moon since they launched on November 18th, there's a good chance you've caught a few dozen Pokemon in the Alola region by now . Well, you're going to have to do better than that if you want to help out during the game's first global mission, which begins today. RELATED:  How to catch every Legendary Pokemon in Sun and Moon Global missions are a new feature of the Pokemon Global Link in Sun and Moon , tasking everyone to chip in to reach a common goal that rewards everyone who participates. The first global mission? Catch an astounding 100 million Pokémon between November 29th and December 13th, 2016. If you want to participate, head to the Festival Plaza by tapping on the icon in the menu of your Pokedex. Once you reach the Plaza, head into the castle directly behind you and interact with the PC to your right at the entrance. Select the "Game Sync" option, connect to the internet and create a Game Sync ID. Once your ID has been issued, talk to the woman standing at the desk next to the PC and select the "global mission" option from the menu. Register for the mission, go out and catch a Pokemon and you have officially helped reach the goal! If you ever want to check and see how many Pokemon you've caught during the mission, you can do so by talking to the woman at the Festival Plaza castle. At the time of writing, only 17,000 Pokemon have been caught, but if the millions of Pokemon Sun and Moon players can band together to catch 100 million Pokemon by December 13th, everyone who registered will receive 1,000 Festival Coins to use in the Festival Plaza. If the goal isn't met, everyone who participated will still receive 100 Festival Coins, so it's worth signing up either way.
  • Facebook wants to be your new games arcade (2016-11-29 13:02:50)
    With a new feature called Instant Games, you'll be able to play old school hits including Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Galaga, as well as modern games on the social network.
  • Pixel XL Orders Delayed Following Massive Demand (2016-11-29 13:00:00)
    Can't wait to get your hands on a super-sized Pixel XL? Better mark your calendar for 2017, then, as certain models of Google's new Pixel phones could be delayed until after Christmas, according to reports. Some orders already placed for the 128 GB Pixel XL, the larger of two models, won't ship from the manufacturer until Dec. 26, according to Android Headlines.
  • The smartphone party is over (2016-11-29 12:50:56)
    Phone sales for 2016 will likely be flat as consumers in the US and other established markets hang onto old phones.
  • Growing fears of IS use of weaponised drones (2016-11-29 12:49:24)
    The Mosul battle in Iraq has seen the Islamic State group increasingly resort to weaponised drones, which Western governments fear could lead to a new type of attack at home. France issued an internal note to its security forces last week warning that "this threat is to be taken into account nationwide" and ordering any drone be treated as a "suspicious package". The first record of a deadly IS drone attack was in October when two Iraqi Kurdish fighters were killed and two French special forces soldiers wounded.
  • Amazon may add touchscreen to Echo smart-home speakers (2016-11-29 12:48:42)
    The online retailer will introduce a new high-end, voice-activated device with a seven-inch touchscreen as soon as the first quarter, according to Bloomberg.
  • Tech hiring won't grow quite as quickly in 2017, survey says (2016-11-29 12:45:00)
    68% of tech employers expect new hires in tech in 2017, down 10% from 2015, according to a new survey. Learn the rest of the details on next year's outlook for tech jobs.
  • iCalendar users: Noticing spam invitations? Here's what's happening and how to fix it (2016-11-29 12:44:12)
    The problem is unique to iCalendar users and it stems from Apple's desire to make things easier for us. Luckily there is a way to get rid of those random, often unintelligible, invites.
  • See all 8 Harry Potter movies crammed into 80 minutes (2016-11-29 12:38:46)
    A patient fan distills the essence of every Harry Potter movie into the length of a single film, and it all still makes sense.
  • Kaspersky Antivirus & Security for Android (2016-11-29 12:36:00)
    Android security & antivirus - protect your device from mobile threats
  • This bazooka-like gun blows drones gently out of the sky (2016-11-29 12:29:57)
    Technically Incorrect: The DroneShield DroneGun is huge, but sensitive. It's also not exactly legal.
  • Amazon reportedly planning all-new Alexa device with massive touchscreen (2016-11-29 12:28:19)
    Amazon's Alexa digital assistant is still fairly new, but the company has already featured it in multiple products, from the Echo to the Tap, and even Fire TV. Now, Amazon is poised to up its game with a new Alexa-enabled speaker that includes a 7-inch touchscreen, according to a report by Bloomberg . The report, which cites a pair of anonymous sources, claims that Amazon's new hub will feature the sizable display in an effort to make things like calendar management and browsing weather forecasts easier. This would obviously be a shift in Amazon's Alexa strategy, which up until now has been solely focused on voice control and conversational dialogue.  DON'T MISS:  Amazon’s 15 best deals: Wireless keyboard that never needs charging, $7 iPhone 7 clear case, more The speaker will apparently also tilt upwards so that standing users will be able to easily interact with the touchscreen when it's sitting on a desk or table. The speakers are also said to be much improved when compared to those of the Echo and Echo Dot. Amazon's Fire OS software is said to power the interface, and the company is testing a feature that will allow users to "pin" digital items on the screen, like reminders or images. As with the current crop of Alexa-equipped devices, the new speaker will also respond to verbal commands. Amazon plans to sell the new touchscreen Alexa gadget alongside its current lineup of Echo hardware. However, the new device is expected to cost more than the $180 full-sized Echo, which is currently the most expensive piece of Alexa hardware. This isn't the first time a display-integrated Alexa device has been rumored; in May, the Wall Street Journal said that Amazon was planning exactly that, and that it would function as a central piece of smarthome hardware.  
  • Infographic: Small business is vulnerable to cyberattack (2016-11-29 12:18:44)
    According to a survey by data firm Carbonite 74% of small business owners fear Washington politicians are not doing enough to protect companies against cyberattack.
  • Wes Anderson's quirky Christmas short delivers big charm (2016-11-29 12:13:01)
    Snow falls on a delayed train full of holiday passengers as Wes Anderson turns his distinctive filmmaking eye toward a sweet Christmas tale.
  • Facebook adds free games like 'Pac-Man' to Messenger app (2016-11-29 12:04:04)
    You can now play "Pac-Man" with your Facebook Messenger buddies. Facebook is adding the option to play games with your contacts on the messaging app beginning Tuesday. You can access the feature ...
  • Facebook is bringing games like Pac-Man to Messenger and your News Feed (2016-11-29 12:00:02)
    Facebook wants you playing games just about everywhere, and today the company is introducing a new initiative called Facebook Instant Games that it hopes will do just that. Instant Games is an HTML5 gaming platform that lets Facebook users play games on Messenger and in the Facebook News Feed, without the need to download anything. Instant Games are cross-platform, so they’ll work on both the web and mobile.
  • Mark Zuckerberg's posts about fake news and the US election have disappeared (2016-11-29 11:58:14)
    Two important posts from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his company’s role in the US presidential election and news dissemination have disappeared from his timeline as of Tuesday morning. The first is Zuckerberg’s November 12th post that offered his thoughts on “Facebook and the election.” (Cached via Google at this link.) The Verge and countless other news outlets covered Zuckerberg’s update, in which he insisted “more than 99 percent of what people see is authentic.” But he went on to admit “there is more we can do” to prevent hoaxes and false news stories from spreading across the massive social network. A week later on November 19th, Zuckerberg published another update to his timeline outlining the company’s plan to combat fake news by listing a series of improvements (stronger detection of hoaxes, better reporting tools, warnings for articles flagged as false, etc.) that Facebook is actively working on.
  • New AI-based digital assistant comes to… gas pumps (2016-11-29 11:47:00)
    Cortana, Siri, Alexa, meet... Miles. Through February, the oil and gas giant BP is testing a new kind of pump technology at several gas stations in the Chicago and New York City metro areas. The technology includes a tablet that lets customers interact with an assistive, AI-based personality called “Miles.” BP says it’s installed proprietary voice-activation technology inside what it’s calling its new “personality pumps,” which let customers do everything from play music through Pandora to answering music trivia to whipping up a quick, fun video e-card they can send to a friend. “Miles” is a friendly sounding helper and keeps things light since, of course, most people will only be there for the 5 minutes or less it takes to put gas in the tank. DON'T MISS:  WSJ: iPhone 8 with curved OLED display may launch next year Sure, it might sound completely unnecessary -- distracting, even -- for someone just there for a quick fill-up. No one goes to the gas station because they want to be there. It’s an interruption; a transactional way-station that’s not all that fun to be at. Which is why BP’s innovation is interesting on a deeper than just a legacy company trying to shake up the customer experience: “Miles” represents another incremental spread of a particular kind of AI creation. Our future will be filled with all kinds of different versions of “Miles” robots, AI assistants and more that have names, personalities, quirks and other things meant to make them relatable -- and, ultimately, likable- - to the mere mortals that will use them and exist among them. “I won’t beat around the bush,” said Doug Dryan, BP's consumer advertising manager. “The industry I’m in, retail gasoline, isn’t the most personable experience. The majority of the transactions that happen at a BP site -- there is no personal experience. The consumer is buying and dispensing their fuel at the pump. You never actually to talk anyone. It’s one of the hard parts about our industry. The entire industry has gone to an ease of buying or ease of payment, because consumers do want to get in and out quick.” Tech giants like Microsoft and Apple have already decided AI like this will carry increasing sway over our gadgets. In tandem with that, they and their competitors are acclimating us to the ubiquity of assistive personalities and virtual assistants ready with quips and quick replies, just like Miles. If we like Cortana, the thinking goes -- if she’s funny, likable, helpful -- we’ll use her more. Which helps Microsoft make her smarter, and gives the company more data from our searches and queries to parse and study to make its own systems smarter. And on and on that cycle goes. Hey Cortana, how’d you develop such a winsome personality, I might ask if I was typing this on something other than a MacBook Air. Easy, she’d reply - my creators hired writers from around the world, some of whom don’t even have tech backgrounds and who are playwrights and artists and similar creatives, to write all these wonderful things for me to say. These assistants, meanwhile, are already pervasive, or nearly so. Amazon keeps giving Alexa more so-called “skills” -- actions like the ability to text or play music. The Information reported in recent days that more than 5,000 such skills are now available, a figure that’s grown from about 130 since January. Samsung, meanwhile, plans to incorporate an AI-based digital assistant in its Galaxy S8. We’ll be greeted by such assistants everywhere, it seems, as the BP news shows. For its part, BP began testing Miles at select locations in NYC and Chicago on Nov. 15. “This is not about getting customers to spend 15 minutes on site with Miles,” Dryan said, acknowledging that the average visit to the pump may only span something on the order of three to five minutes. “It’s about -- we know you’ve got to fill up your car or put fuel in your car, so let’s make that experience a little more enjoyable and interactive and quite honestly maybe put a smile on your face while you’re doing it. It’s more about us starting to innovate in the (fuel) dispenser area for consumers, and maybe this is great and it does roll out to more places. But there will also be other things that roll out next year we want to try as well. This is kind of our first step.”
  • Trump picks Elaine Chao, former labor secretary, to lead Department of Transportation (2016-11-29 11:45:11)
    President-elect Trump has selected Elaine Chao as secretary of transportation, according to media reports. Chao is an experienced pick, having prior experience as secretary of labor under President George W. Bush for all eight years of his term and deputy secretary of transportation under President George H. W. Bush. Trump’s ambitious infrastructure plan makes this a particularly important cabinet pick, as Chao would be charged with implementing much of the $1 trillion proposal.
  • Cyber Monday sales biggest online shopping day in U.S. history (2016-11-29 11:32:36)
    The data compiled by Adobe Digital Insights, easily surpassed prior estimates, and dismissed fears that strong web sales during the Thanksgiving weekend would hurt sales on Cyber Monday - the busiest day of the year for internet shopping historically. Cyber Monday sales jumped 12.1 percent year-over-year and surpassed initial expectations that called for total sales of $3.36 billion, according to Adobe Digital Insights. Lego's building blocks, Hasbro's Nerf dart guns and Mattel's Barbie dolls were among top-selling toys, Adobe said.
  • Trump is considering a secretary of state with a much worse scandal than Clinton’s emails (2016-11-29 11:28:02)
    As the election unfolded, Donald Trump seized on Hillary Clinton’s email scandal as a rallying cry, coining “Crooked Hillary” as supporters chanted calls to “lock her up.” Now, Trump is considering hiring a secretary of state whose career was actually ended by a classified information scandal. Yesterday, former CIA Director David Petraeus journeyed to Trump Tower, reportedly making an audition for the post. The visit brought to mind the scandal Petraeus has become known for, and invited parallels to Clinton’s misuse of classified information.
  • Automakers fund European electric car charging sites to boost demand (2016-11-29 11:22:14)
    By Andreas Cremer and Bernie Woodall BERLIN/DETROIT (Reuters) - Four of the world's top carmakers have agreed to invest in thousands of fast-charging sites across Europe to boost mainstream acceptance of electric cars, the companies said on Tuesday. Spurred by the success of U.S. rival Tesla, which has received huge pre-orders for its Model 3 car, German rivals Volkswagen , Daimler's Mercedes, BMW an Ford Motor Co's European division have entered a joint venture to develop 400 charging stations.
  • Apple might never release its AirPods, so get these truly wireless earbuds instead (2016-11-29 11:20:02)
    Apple's AirPods were supposed to be released in October. Well, now it's almost December and we still have no idea when the AirPods will finally hit store shelves. Truth be told, even when they do launch they definitely won't be the go-to wireless earbuds for many people since their design is so... how can we put this politely... hideous. Tack on a steep $159 price tag and you've completely lost us. Here's another option: grab the Rowkin Bit Stereo Wireless Earbuds on Amazon for $50 less. They're shipping right now, they're more affordable, and they don't look like someone took normal earbuds and just ripped the cable out of them. Specifications: Dimensions: Earbud: 0.55”(D) x 0.82”(L) (14x21mm) Portable charging case: 0.75”(D) x 3.19” (L) (19x81mm) Weight: Earbud: 0.18 oz (5.2g) Portable charging case: 1.43 oz (40.6g) Battery type: Rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery Battery input: Earbud: 5V / 35mA Portable charging case: 5V / 120mAh Battery capacity: Earbud: 55mAh Portable charging case: 250mAh Charging time: Earbud: ≤90 minutes Portable charging case: ≤150 minutes Standby time (power on): about 27 hours Standby time (power off): about 120 days Music playback time: up to 2 hours Talk time: up to 3 hours Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz Bluetooth version: 4.1 Bluetooth profiles: HFP, HSP, AVRCP, A2DP and SPP Audio enhancements: Noise reduction and echo cancellation Package includes: 2 Bluetooth Earbuds 1 Portable Charging Case 1 USB Charging Cable 3 Ear Tips: Small, Medium, Large 1 User Manual
  • LeEco’s phones and TVs will be at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target beginning December 1st (2016-11-29 11:08:04)
    Chinese tech company LeEco had its US launch last month, with most of its products available online via its LeMall website. This week, however, you’ll be able to buy them from US-based retailers, including Best Buy, Target, and Amazon. TechCrunch reports that LeEco will begin selling its smartphones and televisions via third-party sellers starting December 1st.
  • Nintendo Switch hands-on event set for January 13th in New York City (2016-11-29 10:53:27)
    According to a new report, Nintendo will host the first ever hands-on event for its upcoming Switch hybrid console on January 13th in New York City. Last month, Nintendo announced that it would host a live-streamed presentation about the Switch  in Japan on the evening of January 12th. During the event, the company plans to unveil the price, release date and launch lineup of the Switch. Then, as reported by Polygon , members of the press will get their hands on the device for the very first time in New York City hours later. DON'T MISS:  Everything you need to know about AT&T’s DirecTV Now internet TV service The event has not been publicly announced by Nintendo as of yet, and there's no telling if it ever will be. Polygon claims that the company has yet to even specify a location for the event other than the city in which it will be held. As for what attendees can expect, the company says that the NYC event "will further emphasize some of the details that Nintendo plans to announce." We're hopeful that the emphasis comes in the form of price points for launch bundles and demos of games that will be available at launch / during the launch window . Both the Japan presentation and the NYC hands-on event are less than a month and a half away, but at the rate that leaks about the Switch have been pouring out , there's no telling how many secrets will be left by January 13th. Nintendo's Switch is currently scheduled to launch in March 2017.
  • Facing up to a biometric future (2016-11-29 10:32:48)
    Forget fingerprint scanners, within the next five years, voice prints and facial recognition will be standard security features on millions of new mobile devices. According to Juniper Research, by 2021 some 600 million mobile devices, from wearables to phablets will come with biometric security other than fingerprint recognition as standard.
  • Microsoft Power BI: The smart person's guide (2016-11-29 10:16:00)
    This Smart Person's Guide explains everything you need to know about Microsoft's data visualization toolset, Power BI.
  • Privacy advocates rejoice: A new way to anonymize data might actually work (2016-11-29 10:11:50)
    Researchers at Radboud University have developed an anonymization process using polymorphic encryption and pseudonymisation. Applications may include securing healthcare and IoT data.
  • Rogue One Q&A and 'never before seen content' will air live on Twitter later this week (2016-11-29 10:02:17)
    With a little more than two weeks left before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters, Twitter has hopped onto the film’s promotional bandwagon. Recode reports that Twitter and Disney have announced plans to live stream a Q&A with the movie’s cast, including Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, later this week from a “surprise location,” as well as “never before seen content” from the movie. It’s not clear what content the two companies will show off, but the stream will be available to fans with and without Twitter accounts online and on the official Twitter apps for Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox.
  • Uber defends business model, wants to avert strict EU rules (2016-11-29 10:00:25)
    By Foo Yun Chee LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] defended its business model in Europe's highest court on Tuesday, saying its service had made it easier for people to get around and cut pollution as it fights a case which could leave app-based startups facing tougher regulation. The ride-hailing app, which expanded into Europe five years ago, has come under attack from established taxi companies and some EU countries because it is not bound by strict local licensing and safety rules which apply to some of its competitors. Uber's dispute with Barcelona's main taxi operator, which in 2014 accused it of running an illegal taxi service via its UberPOP service, is seen as a landmark case which could lead the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) to label it a transport company rather than a digital service.
  • PogoCam is a unique, modular take on camera glasses (2016-11-29 10:00:24)
    Camera glasses aren’t a new idea, but Spectacles — the camera-equipped sunglasses from the company that made Snapchat — are the kind of product that can open the floodgates. The company wants to replace the round support wire in the arms (or “temples”) of glasses with a flat one, magnetize it, and then cut away part of the surrounding plastic to expose the metal. PogoTec won’t say who those partners are yet, but Richard Clompus, the company’s vice president of communications, showed off about 30 different styles during a short briefing last week.
  • AT&T just declared war on an open internet (and us) (2016-11-29 10:00:19)
    The FCC decided it would look at zero rating schemes on a case-by-case basis, which left the door open for wireless companies to play their usual games. AT&T just broke that door off its hinges. Last night AT&T made a dim prophecy official by announcing that its DirecTV streaming service would be zero rated: it won’t count against its customers’ data caps.
  • Report says the new 4.7-inch iPhone 8 will be more exciting than you think (2016-11-29 09:57:41)
    Apple will apparently release three new iPhones next year, including the OLED iPhone 8 as well as two LCD models sporting 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays. While a report said the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 may become Apple’s cheapest iPhone next year, a source with an impeccable track record indicates the handset will still be an exciting upgrade. DON’T MISS: There’s a fix for your iPhone 6s’ serious battery drain, but you might not like it The 4.7-inch iPhone 8 is expected to feature a glass body as well, and a battery that will support wireless charging. That’s exciting because Apple is reportedly working on a new type of wireless charging technology that’s not available on any other smartphone. The next iPhone might recharge from across the room. Comparatively, current smartphones that support wireless charging need to be placed on a wireless charging mat. “Positive prospects for 2H17F new iPhone models, with potentially unprecedented replacement demand,” KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a note seen by MacRumors . “Our rationale is as follows: (1) the OLED model may trigger replacement demand among high-end users given its completely all-new-design form factor and notably superior specs in comparison to the TFT-LCD models; and (2) the new 4.7” iPhone, featuring glass casing and wireless charging, looks well positioned to tap replacement demand at the entry level.” Kuo has been very accurate with his past iPhone predictions, and this isn’t his first note on the iPhone 8. In recent weeks, Kuo also said next year’s iPhones will be available in three sizes , including two LCD and one OLED model. He also said Apple will replace aluminum with glass for the iPhone 8’s rear shell to enable wireless charging. Of note, it's still unclear if Kuo's recent reports refer to conventional wireless charging or the new long-range technology Apple is believed to be testing .
  • MTS says probing its China executives (2016-11-29 09:55:53)
    (Reuters) - MTS Systems Corp, a maker of industrial sensors, said on Tuesday it was investigating apparent violations of its code of conduct involving some top executives in its China operations. "We recently discovered that certain individuals in our leadership in China appear to have violated MTS's code of conduct, including association with an independent business that may compete with MTS in certain markets," MTS said in statement. Shares of Minnesota-based MTS Systems were down nearly 9 percent in morning trading.
  • How to use Quick Parts to save time writing Outlook emails (2016-11-29 09:51:00)
    Reusable content offers convenience, consistency, and efficiency. Learn how to use Outlook's Quick Parts feature to generate email messages.
  • Nintendo attractions are coming to Universal theme parks in Orlando and Hollywood (2016-11-29 09:38:31)
    Nintendo has revealed a few more details on its ongoing partnership with Universal theme parks: namely that its upcoming attractions are coming to America. The two companies previously announced a partnership last May, and this past March it was revealed that the promised Nintendo-themed attractions would be coming to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. Now Nintendo has confirmed that its Mario-themed areas will also be featured at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • Surface Studio teardown reveals hidden ARM chip and removable hard drive (2016-11-29 09:38:28)
    Microsoft started shipping Surface Studio orders a little earlier than expected last week, which means iFixit has started tearing down the all-in-one PC. As this is a computer, there aren’t too many surprises to be found, but the teardown does reveal a few things about Microsoft’s approach to this unusual PC. Elsewhere, iFixit also reveals just how upgradeable the Surface Studio is, and it’s not good news if you were hoping to upgrade to the latest and greatest hardware in the future.
  • Black Friday prices return in these 5 Cyber Week sales (2016-11-29 09:26:11)
    Have you managed to catch your breath after all of the crazy deals that swept the web during Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Well don't put those credit cards away just yet, bargain hunters, because good things come to those who wait. Everyone thinks that the best deals of the shopping season can only be found on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but guess what: retailers still have tons of inventory that they want to move before the holidays arrive and shopping dies down until next year. Their desire to boost end-of-year revenue is to everyone's benefit, because Black Friday sale prices are back and they're available all week long. In this post, we'll show you five Cyber Week sales that offer particularly deep discounts, allowing you to fill any gaps on your gift list and toss in a few treats for yourself. DON'T MISS:  Fresh report reveals an exciting new iPhone 8 feature Amazon You guessed it... Amazon is still the best in the biz when it comes to deep discounts for online shoppers. The retailer blew consumers away with its huge Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales this year, but the party isn't over just yet. Amazon has brought back several of its killer Black Friday deals for Cyber Week, and new bargains will continue to pop up all week long. Here are some examples of the killer deals Amazon has going right now: LG Electronics OLED55B6P Flat 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV : $1,997.00 (save $2,003) Sony XBR55X700D 55-Inch HDR 4K Ultra HD TV : Only $698! Samsung UN55KU6600 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV with $100 Gift Card : Only $947.99! TaoTronics Stereo 20W Wireless Portable Speaker : $39.99 (save $20) TP-Link AC1200 Wireless Wi-Fi Dual Band Fast Ethernet Router : $39.99 (save $10) Save on Garmin vívofit Fitness Band - Black and more Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine : $178,99 (save $46) Segway miniPRO | Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter with Mobile App Control : $599.00 (save $200) Samsung Wireless Charging Pad : $19.99 (save $30) Exploding Kittens: NSFW Edition : $16.99 (save $8) Eufy Starlit String Light, 33 ft Indoor and Outdoor White LED String Lights : $6.99 (save $28) Shop Amazon's Cyber Week sale here Walmart Walmart is another perennial leader when it comes to Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, and the action continues all week long at Wally World. Cyber Week discounts are available through the end of the day on Friday — here's a small taste of Walmart's top sales: VIZIO SmartCast 50" Class E-Series - 4K Ultra HD, Smart, LED TV - 2160p, 60Hz (E50x-E1) : $398.00 (save $130) VIZIO D55n-E2 55" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV : $378.00 (save $120) Bundle & Save: Xbox One S Console, $40 Walmart Gift Card & Your Choice of 4k UltraHD Movie : Only $372.92! Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" Tablet 16GB : $177.99 (save $122) PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle : Only $299.96! ProScan PLDED3280A 32" 720p 60Hz D-LED HDTV : $109.99 (save $40) Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Over-Ear Headphones - Assorted Colors : $217.99 - $269.95 Shop Walmart's Cyber Week sale here Best Buy Everyone knows Best Buy is one of the best stores in the world for just about anything that runs on a battery or gets plugged in, and the retailer's Cyber Week sales are still going strong. Here are a few examples of Best Buy's best deals, which include a 70-inch 4K TV from Samsung for just $1,299.99! Samsung - 70" Class (69.5" Diag.) - LED - 2160p - Smart - 4K Ultra HD TV - Black : $1,299.99 (save $700) Samsung - 60" Class - (60" Diag.) - LED - 2160p - Smart - 4K Ultra HD TV with High Dynamic Range - Silver : $1,199.99 (save $500) Samsung - 40" Class (40" Diag.) - LED - 2160p - Smart - 4K Ultra HD TV - Dark titan : $299.99 (save $150) VIZIO - SmartCast™ 38" 5.1-Channel Soundbar System with Subwoofer - Black : $229.99 (save $70) Buy and activate any iPhone with monthly installment plan or lease agreement, plus select Beats wireless headphones and save $100 Bose® - SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth Speaker II - Carbon : $179.99 (save $20) Bose® - SoundLink® Wireless Around-Ear Headphones II - Black : $229.99 (save $50) Acer - 15.6" Chromebook - Intel Celeron - 4GB Memory - 16GB Solid State Drive - Linen White : $229.00 (save $20) Acer - R 13 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Chromebook - MT8173 - 4GB Memory - 32GB eMMC Flash Memory - Sparkly silver : $349.00 (save $50) Shop Best Buy's Cyber Week sale here Target A lot of people forget that Target offers some of the biggest discounts in the country on a normal day, so things only get better when big sales roll around. Check out these examples of killer deals at Target: VIZIO D-Series 65” Class UHD 120Hz Full Array LED Smart TV - Black (D65u-D2) : $899.99 (save $200) VIZIO D series 50" Class Full Array LED Smart TV - Black (D50-D1) : $399.99 (save $130) Samsung 43in 2160p 120 Hz Flat Panel TV - Black (UN43KU6300FXZA) : $399.99 (save $200) Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Smart Speaker : $169.99 (save $31) Target's top video game deals Target's top smartphone deals Altec Lansing Wireless Speaker : $69.99 (save $60) Samsung 37" Soundbar 120W 2.1 Channel - Black (HW-J355/ZA) : $139.99 (save $30) Shop Target's Cyber Week sale here Macy's Switching things up for the last entry in our series of five recommended Cyber Week sales, we've got your one-stop shop for anything and everything related to clothing. Note that the big Macy's Cyber Week sale only lasts until the end of the day on Wednesday, and the promo code CYBER will get you an extra 10% off in most departments. Shop Macy's Cyber Week sale here
  • Amazon Finally Has a Plan to Ban Fake Products (2016-11-29 09:15:00)
    It's not good when a report suggests that up to 90 percent of Apple chargers being sold on Amazon are actually fakes. According to Bloomberg, negotiations with Major League Baseball and the National Football League came to a standstill because of worries about fake products on Amazon. Now Amazon is finally getting ready to banish counterfeit goods from its stores, according to Bloomberg.
  • The Next Amazon Echo Could Sport a Huge Touchscreen (2016-11-29 09:10:00)
    What if your Amazon Echo had a 7-inch touchscreen? Citing sources familiar to the project, Bloomberg reports that this new Alexa speaker would offer a wide set of features for a notably higher price than gadgets such as the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. The speaker will likely be larger than the Echo and will have an upwards tilt, allowing you to easily see its touchscreen when you have it propped up on your table.
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  • Cyber Monday rompe otro récord de ventas en EE.UU. (2016-11-29 09:00:03)
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  • Leak reveals another key Galaxy S8 feature that has never been seen before on an iPhone (2016-11-29 08:53:12)
    It’s not even 2017 yet, and it seems that Apple and Samsung will launch two of the most impressive smartphones of the coming year. Both the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 are going to feature brand new designs, as Apple and Samsung are working on all-glass devices that are supposed to support similar features. For the first time, both the new iPhone and Galaxy S models will come with OLED displays that incorporate fingerprint scanners and other sensors. Curved screens are reportedly in the works for both devices, and so are dual-lens rear cameras. But what about the selfies cameras? A new report says the new Galaxy S model is going to have an even better front-facing camera with a feature that has never been seen before on an iPhone. DON’T MISS: There’s a fix for your iPhone 6s’ serious battery drain, but you might not like it Korean site ETNews reports that Samsung has decided to equip the Galaxy S8 with an auto-focus front-facing camera that will let users take even better selfies. “People are starting to take more selfies and number of demands for cameras that take selfies with higher qualities is increasing,” an unnamed representative for the industry said. Samsung is therefore rumored to add autofocus to the camera to differentiate its flagship phone from competitors. Samsung has figured out a way to add autofocus to the front camera without increasing the size of the camera module or the thickness of the phone. ETNews says that the Galaxy S8 will use an “encoder” method that has coils at the side, rather than a Voice Coil Motor that’s used in rear cameras for autofocus. Samsung has not commented on the matter, saying that it “cannot discuss any information regarding new products that are not commercialized yet.” It’s unclear at this time whether the FaceTime camera in the upcoming iPhone 8 will have autofocus or not. Current and past FaceTime camera versions do not have autofocus. The Galaxy S8 is expected to launch in early March next year, while the iPhone 8 will likely hit stores in mid-September.
  • Merkel warns of ramped up Russia cyber attacks ahead of vote (2016-11-29 08:43:51)
    Cyber attacks from Russia are now so common that Germany must learn to cope with them as part of daily life, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday, after Europe's top economy suffered its biggest hacking assault. Almost one million Deutsche Telekom clients were knocked offline from Sunday, with Germany's online security chief describing it as "a hacking attack". Merkel said she did not know who was behind the strike, but added that "such cyber attacks, or hybrid conflicts as they are known in Russian doctrine, are now part of daily life and we must learn to cope with them".
  • Ant Financial chief apologizes following backlash over explicit social network groups (2016-11-29 08:40:07)
    The head of Ant Financial Services Group, the payment affiliate of Alibaba Holdings Ltd, apologized on Tuesday following backlash from Chinese netizens over a social feature in the company's payment app that critics say enabled a sexually explicit dating service. In an internal letter reviewed by Reuters, Chairwoman Lucy Peng said the company had removed a group within the Alipay app's new social feature "circles", including a group called "schoolyard diary" which drew intense fire from Chinese users after its launch on Nov. 24. "These past two days have the most difficult since I had joined Alipay 7 years ago," said Peng, who apologized to users and promised to clamp down on illicit content on the platform.
  • Drones are mapping Indian cities - where they're allowed (2016-11-29 08:37:25)
    By Rina Chandran MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Officials in one of India's fastest growing cities are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to update land records in a pilot project that could be rolled out across the country if rules governing the use of drones were simpler, authorities said. Haryana state's Project Udaan, or flight, is mapping the technology hub of Gurgaon, a satellite town of Delhi, and the towns of Sohna and Manesar in northern India. The drone images are being used to update decades-old land records, check encroachments and resolve disputes over land and property.
  • Food and photos: the simple things that connect you to Final Fantasy XV (2016-11-29 08:25:40)
    Final Fantasy XV’s world is a fantastical place filled with magic-powered robots, flying cars, towering monsters, and powerful weapons locked away in ancient tombs. For all its grand ambitions and epic narrative threads, at its core Final Fantasy XV is about people and the tiny, intimate moments they share. Noctis is a great fisherman, for instance, while Gladiolus is a survival expert, capable of scrounging up useful supplies while you explore.
  • Google Doodle celebrates trailblazing author of 'Little Women' (2016-11-29 08:20:24)
    Louisa May Alcott wrote that "she wanted to do something splendid... that won't be forgotten after I'm dead." Today, she is remembered for her writing, service during the Civil War and fight for women's rights.
  • This brilliant device adds a second display to your iPhone (2016-11-29 08:20:13)
    We have featured hundreds of different iPhone cases here on BGR over the years, and they were all special in their own way. Some were sleek and slim while others were rugged and offered great protection for your phone. But the Oaxis IC4302 Inkcase I6 is unlike most others in that it adds a brilliant new feature to your iPhone: A second, E Ink display that can show you all sorts of info without needing your main iPhone display or wasting your battery life at all. Here are some key details: Phone case for iPhone 6/6s Anti glare 4.3" E ink display for reading ebooks Bluetooth 4.0 Pairing to sync with iPhone 6 / 6s Display photos, weather, steps tracker, tasks, to-do lists, calendar, reminders Extended battery life with e ink technology This smart E Ink case is compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.
  • UK regulator goes to Europe to force reform at BT Openreach (2016-11-29 07:54:05)
    Britain's telecoms regulator will go to the European Commission to try to force BT to legally separate Openreach, the division that supplies broadband to millions of homes and businesses, in a major reform aimed at spurring investment in the country's aging network. The regulator, which despite Britain's vote to leave the European Union still needs European Commission support to force through change at Openreach, wants BT Openreach to plow more money into upgrading its copper networks to fiber to catch up some European rivals and the likes of South Korea and Japan. Ofcom's decision to up the ante follows the failure to reach a voluntary deal after more than a year of talks.
  • Amazon is making a giant Echo speaker with 7-inch touchscreen: Bloomberg (2016-11-29 07:53:40)
    Amazon is working on a new, Alexa-enabled speaker that would include a seven-inch touchscreen display, according to a report from Bloomberg. Citing sources close to the company, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that the speaker will be larger than Amazon’s Echo, and that it will be “tilted upwards” so that users can read the display. Like the Echo, the new device can be controlled using Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant, though users would also be able to pull up weather forecasts, news, and other content through the touchscreen display.
  • Merkel says no details on origin of cyber attack on Deutsche Telekom (2016-11-29 07:48:57)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she had no information on where a cyber attack on Deutsche Telekom, which hit its network on Sunday and Monday, came from. Telekom has said about 900,000 users suffered Internet outages starting on Sunday and continuing into Monday.
  • Ant Financial CEO apologizes following backlash over explicit social network groups (2016-11-29 07:45:40)
    The CEO of Ant Financial Services Group, the payment affiliate of Alibaba Holdings Ltd, apologized on Tuesday following backlash from Chinese netizens over a social feature in the company's payment app that critics say enabled a sexually explicit dating service. In an internal letter reviewed by Reuters, Chief Executive Lucy Peng said the company had removed a group within the Alipay app's new social feature "circles", including a group called "schoolyard diary" which drew intense fire from Chinese users after its launch on Nov. 24. "These past two days have the most difficult since I had joined Alipay 7 years ago," said Peng, who apologized to users and promised to clamp down on illicit content on the platform.
  • UK bill requiring firms to store Web histories becomes law (2016-11-29 07:36:23)
    The U.K. government says a contentious internet surveillance bill that creates databases of Britons' online activity has become law. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers Tuesday that the ...
  • Uber’s identity is on trial in Europe (2016-11-29 07:30:02)
    After years of protests, bans, and regulatory headaches, Uber is finally going to have its day in Europe’s highest court. Today, the European Court of Justice is hearing a case that could determine the ride-hailing company’s future across the EU. At the heart of the case, brought by a Spanish taxi association, is a question that has long plagued regulators: whether Uber should be treated as a technology company, as Uber has argued, or a transportation service.
  • Chinese firms hit by huge increase in cyber attacks: survey (2016-11-29 07:17:08)
    By Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) - Cyber attacks on Chinese companies have soared in the past two years, according to a survey, with new technologies that connect household items to the internet and allow them to receive and send data seen as particularly vulnerable. The average number of cyber attacks detected by companies in mainland China and Hong Kong grew 969 percent between 2014 and 2016. China's rapid adoption of new consumer and industrial technology for the 'Internet of Things (IoT)' era may be part of the reason.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is suffering from the dreaded feature creep (2016-11-29 07:12:00)
    Microsoft continues to add more apps to Office 365, but it may be time to ask whether the app deluge is more harmful than helpful.
  • Opting out: how to clean up your online presence (2016-11-29 06:58:52)
    A new website allowing Gmail users to unsubscribe from most websites and online services linked to their email address is currently buzzing online. There are, in fact, several online tools that can help declutter your inbox and keep personal data safe. This can include accounts on social networks, online stores and dating websites, for example.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Could Revolutionize Selfies (2016-11-29 06:56:02)
    Having produced some of the the best rear-facing cameras you can find on a smartphone, Samsung may now be looking to revolutionize the selfie. The company's upcoming Galaxy S8 will reportedly feature an auto-focusing front camera, which would be a big first for the industry. According to ETNews, Samsung is integrating autofocus into it's front-facing cameras due to the sheer popularity of selfies.
  • Indra to issue shares in $324 million takeover offer for Tecnocom (2016-11-29 06:53:40)
    Spanish technology and defense company Indra made a takeover offer for information technology company Tecnocom for 4.25 euros per share, valuing it at about 305 million euros ($324 million), excluding treasury stock. The deal will provide annual cost savings of more than 40 million euros, Indra said. Indra, whose businesses range from electronic voting systems to healthcare services, laid off thousands of staff last year in a move to save up to 200 million euros annually.
  • Governor orders emergency evacuation of Standing Rock camp citing harsh weather (2016-11-29 06:50:01)
    Photo by Alex Wong/Getty ImagesThe governor of North Dakota, Jack Dalrymple (R), has ordered protesters at the site of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to evacuate their camps in the face of bad weather. Dalrymple pointed to incoming storms as the justification for the order, which was signed on Monday, saying that "any person who chooses to enter, re-enter, or stay in the evacuation area does so at their own risk, and assumes any and all corresponding liabilities for their unlawful presence and occupation of the evacuation area. ...
  • Nissan to offer maintenance-alert service in foray into connected cars (2016-11-29 06:31:07)
    By Naomi Tajitsu YOKOHAMA (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co will make its first major foray into internet-connected cars by offering an option in some new vehicles that will use big data technology to notify drivers when vehicle maintenance is required. As automakers compete fiercely to develop self-driving cars and improve the customer experience inside vehicles, Japan's second-largest car maker said on Tuesday it will begin rolling out the service in Japan and India in 2017, followed by other countries through 2020. With the availability of new mobility options including ride-hailing and car-sharing services threatening to cool demand for individual car ownership, automakers are looking for new ways to attract loyal drivers.
  • Germany ramps up warning of Russia cyber attacks ahead of vote (2016-11-29 06:27:01)
    Germany warned Tuesday of a rise in cyber attacks orchestrated by Russia in a bid to disrupt next year's election, a day after Europe's top economy suffered its biggest hacking strike. "Europe is in the focus of these disturbances, and Germany particularly so," foreign intelligence service chief Bruno Kahl told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily in an interview. There are indications that "cyber attacks are taking place with no reason other than to sow political uncertainty," said Kahl.
  • Spy chief adds to warnings of Russian cyber attacks on Germany (2016-11-29 05:40:27)
    Germany's spy chief warned that Russian hackers may target next year's German election with campaigns of misinformation that could undermine the democratic process, echoing concerns voiced by the country's domestic intelligence director. U.S. intelligence officials warned in the run-up to the Nov. 8 presidential election won by populist outsider Donald Trump of efforts to manipulate the vote that they believed was backed by Russian authorities. In an interview published on Tuesday in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Bruno Kahl, the new head of Germany's BND foreign intelligence service, said there were indications that Russia may be behind the interference.
  • Top German spy warns of political cyberattacks, Russia links (2016-11-29 05:09:00)
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign intelligence chief is warning of cyberattacks aimed at political destabilization as the country prepares for an election next year, and says evidence suggests Russian involvement in hacking during the U.S. campaign.
  • Amazon is reportedly cracking down on fake products (2016-11-29 04:57:52)
    Counterfeit products have been a big problem on Amazon for years, and even a recent lawsuit claimed 90 percent of “official” chargers sold on the site are actually fake. Amazon is now finally taking action against scammers in a bid to clean its marketplace up. Bloomberg News reports that Amazon has acknowledged internally that the counterfeit problem is getting worse, and that it has made fighting fakes a “major goal” for next year.
  • Five things to know about Samsung Electronics' holding company review (2016-11-29 04:36:26)
    Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it is considering whether to create a holding company as part of a corporate restructuring review. * What is a holding company? A holding company is one that owns other companies' stock.
  • Samsung Electronics considers split as investor pressure builds (2016-11-29 04:28:10)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd , under pressure from shareholders to improve investor returns, said on Tuesday it will consider creating a holding company in what would be the biggest shake-up in its 47-year history. The move and a plan to raise dividends come after U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management in October called for the South Korean firm to split itself into a holding vehicle and an operating company. Shares in Samsung, worth $224 billion combined, finished unchanged on the day at 1.677 million won ($1,434) each.
  • Top automakers fund charging sites to boost electric-car demand (2016-11-29 04:06:38)
    Top carmakers in Germany have agreed to jointly invest in thousands of ultra-fast charging sites across Europe to boost mainstream acceptance of electric cars, the companies said. Spurred on by the success of U.S. rival Tesla which has received huge pre-orders for its Model 3 car, German rivals such as Volkswagen and Daimler's Mercedes are accelerating their own electric car programs. To help turn the tables, VW, its Audi and Porsche luxury brands, BMW, Daimler and Ford's European division are planning a joint venture to fund the setting-up of charging sites starting next year, the six carmakers said in a joint statement published on Tuesday.
  • Germany's spy chief warns Russian cyberattacks could hit polls (2016-11-29 03:55:03)
    Germany's foreign intelligence service chief warned Tuesday that Russia could seek to disrupt next year's elections in Europe's biggest economy with cyber attacks. "Europe is in the focus of these disturbances, and Germany particularly so," Bruno Kahl told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily in an interview published a day after Deutsche Telekom said hackers disrupted internet services for almost one million of its clients.
  • German intelligence chief warns of political cyberattacks (2016-11-29 03:25:07)
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign intelligence chief is warning of cyberattacks aimed at political destabilization as the country prepares for an election next year, and says evidence suggests Russian involvement in hacking during the U.S. campaign.
  • Samsung Electronics considers structural split as investor pressure builds (2016-11-29 02:05:59)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it will increase dividends and consider splitting itself, as the tech giant faces possibly the biggest structural change in its 47-year history. "I don't think Samsung said much that was surprising or beyond what investors had already had in mind," said HDC Asset Management fund manager Park Jung-hoon.
  • macOS Sierra: The smart person's guide (2016-11-29 01:27:14)
    This in-depth look at macOS Sierra covers new and exciting features, enhanced integration with iOS, requirements for installation, and how to get the most out of Apple's desktop OS.
  • Go Dragon Ball hunting with Bandai's official Radar (2016-11-29 01:24:12)
    Bandai is set to catch your hearts, and some Dragon Balls, with this special collector's item.
  • Wes Anderson delivers quirky Christmas short that's big on charm (2016-11-29 01:07:19)
    Snow falls on a delayed train full of holiday passengers as Wes Anderson turns his distinctive filmmaking eye toward a sweet Christmas tale.
  • Bitcoin guru leaves Canada's TSX to focus on blockchain venture (2016-11-29 01:04:39)
    The first chief digital officer of TMX Group Ltd's Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) has left the organization to devote more time to his venture based on blockchain, the technology behind the bitcoin cryptocurrency, the executive said on Monday. Anthony Di Iorio, founder of the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada and a co-founder of Ethereum, a blockchain-based computing platform, was hired by Canada's largest stock exchange in January.
  • Australian regulator set to oppose collective bank bargaining on Apple Pay (2016-11-29 00:58:49)
    Australia's antitrust regulator said on Tuesday it is likely to deny four local banks permission to collectively bargain with Apple Inc in relation to its mobile digital payments system. Losing the case would be a setback to the banks' hopes of bypassing Apple's in-house payments system and rolling out their own iPhone versions free of competition from the Silicon Valley giant, which has the biggest smartphone market share in Australia. Under Australian law, bargaining cartels can be formed as long as they have permission from authorities, and the banks are seeking the ability to offer their own digital wallets in Apple iPhones - the first major challenge to Apple Pay of its kind.
  • SD cards will soon get rated for app performance (2016-11-29 00:50:42)
    A new classification system for SD cards is designed to help customers understand how well each product will perform when used to run apps. App Performance Class A1 cards require sustained sequential performance of 10 MB a second as well as 1500 random read IOPS (input/output operations per second) and 500 random write IOPS. It's the additional regulation of IOPS performance that matters, something that's become necessary as SD cards have evolved from a pure file storage format to a form of flash memory that's often used to run applications.
  • Delphi, Mobileye to use Intel chip for self-driving car system (2016-11-29 00:25:50)
    Auto parts maker Delphi Automotive Plc and Israeli technology firm Mobileye NV will put an Intel Corp chip at the heart of their joint effort to produce self-driving vehicles by 2019, the companies said on Tuesday. The move is a boost for the world's largest semiconductor maker, which is also working with German luxury car maker BMW AG and Mobileye on self-driving technology, but has not been able to extend its broader chip dominance into the fast-emerging autonomous vehicle market. Companies from Alphabet Inc's Google to Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Tesla Motors Inc are vying to put autonomous vehicles on U.S. roads, which could radically reshape transportation across the country.
  • First Data: Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales up 9 percent (2016-11-29 00:23:16)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers put in a strong showing on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.
  • Las fechas límite para enviar regalos esta Navidad 2016 (2016-11-29 00:05:44)
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  • Samsung Electronics mulls holding company move, boosts payout (2016-11-28 23:34:12)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it will consider whether to transition to a holding company structure, a move long expected as the next succession step for the founding Lee family's heirs. The senior Lee has been in hospital since May 2014 after suffering a heart attack.
  • Strapping a huge PC to your back will not fix VR (2016-11-28 23:15:33)
    Gaming PCs don't belong on your back, but that's not stopping Zotac from building a wearable, battery-powered gaming rig that hangs from your shoulders. Why? Well, virtual reality, of course! Like it or not, virtual reality is being held back by hardware that simply can't keep pace with the software it runs. We already have exquisitely detailed, gorgeous virtual worlds on gaming computers, but finding a way to cram them into a pair of goggles has been an absolute nightmare.  DON'T MISS:  ‘No Man’s Sky’ Foundation Update: Base building, new modes and more The PSVR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, as great as they might be, are still bulky, heavy, cumbersome gadgets with long, thick tethers that quickly destroy any feeling of virtual "freedom" whenever you step on, trip over, or accidentally yank on them. If you toss the PC or console out of the equation in favor of a smartphone, you gain a modicum of liberty while sacrificing performance and immersion. Zotac thinks it has a solution to this problem: a battery-powered gaming rig that you wear. It, in theory, frees you from the clutches of long, tangled cables by making the entire PC-driven VR experience a wearable one. The specs of Zotac's VR Go Backpack are actually pretty solid, with an Intel i7-6700T, GTX 1070, and 8GB of memory. It's a suitable rig for most titles, and should handle any VR experience you can throw at it, at least for now. It also doubles as a portable gaming PC even if VR isn't your thing, but virtual reality is obviously its primary purpose. It comes with a pair of battery packs, each with a capacity of 6,600 mAh, which equates to two hours of use. That's not terrible, as most VR experiences would lead to some serious discomfort after two — let alone four — hours. Speaking of discomfort, that's the biggest sticking point of Zotac's new rig. All it's really doing is solving one problem while exacerbating another. If you thought a Vive or Rift was already a bit of a burden to be wearing while gaming, imagine slapping an entire PC to your body, too. Zotac hasn't revealed how much the VR Go Backpack weighs, but considering it's a relatively high-end machine with a massive battery pack, it's not going to be light. Also in the TBD column are the device's price and availability. That might not really matter at all, though, because even if you're an incredibly die-hard VR fan, it's going to be a hard sell
  • Another Cyber Monday, another online sales record (2016-11-28 22:20:38)
    If you missed the deals today, plenty more should be on the way this holiday season.
  • Why Google’s flagship Pixel smartphone could be a surprising moneymaker (2016-11-28 22:18:50)
    We've seen Google exert strict control over Android before, but the recent release of the Google Pixel marks the search giant's most concerted effort to date to control the entirety of the Android user experience. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! While Google was previously content to work with hardware partners on Android flagships, the Google Pixel was designed by Google from the ground up. In turn, Google over the past few months has ventured into previously uncharted waters, with the company playing a more active role in sourcing components and managing a whole slew of supply chain deals. With Google going all-in with the Pixel and the Pixel XL, the search giant certainly has a lot on the line. But as tends to be the case, any initiative fraught with risk also houses the potential for great reward. To this point, a new research note from Morgan Stanley (obtained by Business Insider ) speculates that Google's decision to get into the smartphone hardware business may net the company nearly $4 billion in revenue in 2017 alone. Specifically, Morgan Stanley anticipates that Pixel sales next year will fall somewhere in the 5 to 6 million range. While the $4 billion projection is of course chump change relative to what Apple earns with the iPhone ($137 billion in revenue last year), it's altogether not a bad first start for Google, especially given that the search giant lacks the brick and mortar footprint that Apple's line of retail stores provide. One of the more interesting points Morgan Stanley raises is that the success of the Pixel may ultimately help Google firm up the stickiness of its Android ecosystem while also increasing the average revenue derived from users. People spend three times more money on iOS shopping apps than they do Android ones, but some of the Pixel's features will help close this gap, according to the bank's analysts. Features unique to the Pixel, such as the Google Assistant, the Pixel camera, and Daydream (Google's virtual reality headset, which works with the Pixel), plus the smartphone's deeper app integration, increased prominence of Android Pay, and improved computing power (compared to other Android devices), will ultimately lead to users spending more money on Android, according to the research note. Initial reviews of the Google Pixel have been overwhelmingly positive and it will be interesting to see how the smartphone landscape shifts in the months ahead.
  • 7 ways Redditors used Photoshop to make this Corgi a hero (2016-11-28 21:45:38)
    Social Studies: When you post a photo of a Corgi to Reddit's Photoshopbattles, you never know what you're going to get.
  • Zenefits hit with $7 million fine by California insurance regulator (2016-11-28 21:39:58)
    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Software company Zenefits has been fined $7 million by California's insurance regulator, marking the biggest penalty yet for the startup that has faced multiple investigations for flouting insurance laws. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said in a statement posted on the state insurance department's website that Zenefits was charged with allowing unlicensed employees to sell insurance and circumventing education requirements for insurance agents.
  • ​Uber drivers demand higher pay in nationwide protest (2016-11-28 21:25:24)
    Marching at airports across the country, drivers for the ride-hailing company join the "Fight for $15" campaign calling for a higher wage.
  • Need to unplug? This site will help you delete yourself from the internet (2016-11-28 21:21:45)
    The internet can be a pretty gross place when you really sit back and take it all in. There's lots of hate floating around out there, not to mention people who want to steal your information, flood your phone and computer with ads, or just plain ruin your life for the fun of it. If you find yourself fed up with the internet as a whole, a new site will do its best to delete you from it. It's called , and it's actually pretty good at what it does . Using your Google login information, the site provides a massive list of all the accounts you've created anywhere on the web. It doesn't matter how old the account is or whether you haven't logged in for years, they'll all be there.  MUST SEE:  T-Mobile has one of the best Cyber Monday deals on the iPhone 7 The vast majority of accounts are paired with a link to the account deletion page of each specific website, so you can click right through and remove your digital presence forever. As you go through your queue of open accounts, you can mark them as "keep" or add them to your list of to-be-deleted profiles. Once you've conquered your queue you can just hop into each account deletion page and scrub the web of your existence. You'll probably be shocked by the number of accounts you actually have out there. I was expecting a few dozen when I first logged in to the tool, but instead was faced with a list of 122 different accounts. Needless to say, I'll be spending some time axing any of them that aren't crucial. In an effort to protect user privacy — since that's kind of what is built for to begin with — none of the actual account matching is done online. Instead, that entire process takes place on your computer, and the site simply manages the account status list and provides the Google OAuth login. is a neat little app, but it's important to keep in mind that any accounts you created without a Google email won't actually show up. If you have some ancient Yahoo, MSN, or Hotmail addresses floating around out there, this tool won't be able to detect those.  
  • America Movil agrees to buy mobile spectrum from Grupo MVS (2016-11-28 21:01:07)
    Billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil said on Monday that its wireless subsidiary had agreed to buy spectrum for mobile devices from Mexico's Grupo MVS, which would increase Mexico's dominant player's offer of high-speed data services. America Movil said it would buy 60 MHz of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band. An MVS spokesperson said the company did not have a comment.
  • Internet outage in Germany blamed on failed botnet attack (2016-11-28 20:34:49)
    Deutsche Telekom says 900,000 customers were affected by the attack, the second such offensive in two months.
  • Samsung to boost dividends, review corporate structure (2016-11-28 20:33:41)
    Samsung Electronics said Tuesday it will increase shareholder returns and review its corporate structure as investors step up pressure to reform the South Korean tech giant's governance structure following ...
  • You still have a few hours left to get a $120 Fire HD 6 tablet for $55 (2016-11-28 20:32:38)
    As you look to finish off your Cyber Monday shopping, keep in mind that Amazon's Fire HD 6 Tablet checks all the boxes. It sports a beautiful HD display that's nice and big, yet it's compact enough to easily fit in a bag and light enough to help you avoid fatigue. It supports all of the apps you could possibly want, letting you stream media from Prime Video or Netflix, read books in the Kindle app, and play thousands of games. Best of all, it's incredibly affordable at just $120 shipped. Did we say $120? Until 11:59 PM PST on Cyber Monday, Amazon is offering a huge 54% discount on this sweet tablet, dropping the price to just $54.99 with free Prime shipping. At that price, it really is the perfect gift for you or anyone on your list. Here's what you need to know: Beautiful 6" HD display with over a million pixels (252 ppi / 1280 x 800) Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $20,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free - including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more Enjoy more than 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, Android apps and games Available in five brilliant color choices Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz for quick app launches and fluid graphics Rear-facing HD camera and front-facing VGA camera Create personal profiles, link two Amazon accounts to share books, apps and games, and set device usage limits for kids
  • Stripe's valuation nearly doubles to $9.2 billion with latest funding (2016-11-28 20:22:46)
    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Digital payments company Stripe Inc has raised a fresh round of funding that nearly doubles its valuation to $9.2 billion, the company said on Monday. San Francisco-based Stripe raised $150 million in a funding round that closed this week, said Chief Financial Officer Will Gaybrick. After its previous funding round more than a year ago, Stripe was valued at $5 billion.
  • Samsung Elec says not considering merger of a holding firm and Samsung C&T (2016-11-28 20:19:42)
    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it has no plans at present to consider a merger between a holding company and Samsung C&T Corp in its ongoing structural review. U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management in October called for the world's top smartphone maker to split itself into a vehicle for ownership and an operating company, then merge the ownership company with Samsung C&T. Samsung Electronics said it will only consider at present whether it should move to a holding company structure.
  • New York can jail ticket scalpers who use bots under new law (2016-11-28 20:06:28)
    New York State is trying to do something about how difficult — and expensive — it can be to buy tickets to concerts, plays, and sporting events online. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill today that criminalizes the use of "ticket bots," which allow resellers to quickly purchase tickets before legitimate customers can get to them. The use of ticket bots had already been subject to fines in New York, but those fines clearly weren’t cutting into resellers’ profits enough to discourage the practice.
  • Walmart, Target y Amazon disfrutan de un buen Thanksgiving (2016-11-28 20:05:00)
    Millones de personas visitaron las tiendas o los sitios Web y apps de las minoristas más grandes de EE.UU. para arrancar sus compras navideñas de 2016.
  • How to stop receiving iCloud calendar invite spam on your iPhone and Mac (2016-11-28 20:00:06)
    An incredibly sinister new form of spam has infiltrated countless iPhones and iPads in recent weeks: fake iCloud calendar invites. Personally, I've been bombarded with fake invites for weeks, but many iOS users were confronted with the unfamiliar notifications for the first time over the holiday weekend. DON'T MISS:  iPhone users report battery drain problem on iOS 10.1.1 If you own an iOS device and haven't received a spammy event invite through the Calendar app, consider yourself lucky. These annoying invitations to Black Friday sales events have become increasingly common in recent days, popping up as notifications on iOS devices and Macs with links to fake websites. There's no telling when or if Apple will fix this issue on its end, but if you want to combat the Calendar spam, there are a few working methods to do so. 1. Disable Calendars on iCloud This method is somewhat extreme, but if you typically don't use Apple's Calendar app, you can disable it altogether by visiting the iCloud settings on your iPhone ( Settings > iCloud ) and Mac ( System Preferences > iCloud ) and flipping the switch next to Calendars. Google Calendar is a better app anyway . 2. Redirect Calendar invites to your email Want to keep using the Calendar app but don't want to deal with spam invites? Head to in your browser, click on the Calendar  icon, click the gear icon in the lower-left corner, open the Preferences... menu, tap on the Advanced tab and in the Invitations section, click on the bubble next to Email to [your email address] . Now all of your invites will go straight to your email address, instead of appearing as notifications on your phone, tablet and/or computer. 3. Decline the invite The easiest option is to simply open the Calendar app and decline the invite, but this will notify the spammer that your account is active, thus ensuring that you'll be on the list to receive more spam in the future. Yes, this is a nightmare. 4. Create a new calendar The most complicated method of all: you can open the Calendar app, click the Calendars button, create a new calendar, move the spam invite to the new calendar and then delete the calendar without notifying anyone who might have sent you an invite that the calendar has been deleted. Not a major time sink, but a pretty significant amount of effort just to get rid of a single spam invite.
  • Australian regulator opposes collective bank bargaining on Apple Pay (2016-11-28 19:53:08)
    Three of Australia's four biggest banks will be barred from collectively bargaining with Apple Inc in relation to its mobile digital payments system, under a draft decision released by the antitrust regulator on Tuesday. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said letting banks collectively offer their own integrated digital wallets in Apple iPhones, in competition with Apple's Apple Pay system, would reduce each bank's ability to negotiate with the U.S. firm. "While the ACCC accepts that the opportunity for the banks to collectively negotiate and boycott would place them in a better bargaining position with Apple, the benefits are currently uncertain and may be limited," commission chairman Rod Sims said in a statement.
  • Las fechas límites para enviar regalos esta Navidad 2016 (2016-11-28 19:52:30)
    Para asegurarte de que tus obsequios lleguen a su destino a tiempo, toma nota de estas importantes fechas.
  • AVG AntiVirus for Android (2016-11-28 19:47:41)
    Protect your phone and tablet from harmful viruses, malware, spyware, scamware and text messages
  • Google Chrome browser review (2016-11-28 19:31:58)
    Explore the web using Google's super-fast browser
  • San Francisco's public railway system hit by hackers (2016-11-28 19:27:26)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some passengers on San Francisco's public railway enjoyed free rides during part of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend after hackers infiltrated hundreds of its workers' computers and email accounts.
  • Shopping on Amazon is about to get a lot more reliable (2016-11-28 19:17:33)
    As America's largest peddler of things online, Amazon is no stranger to controversy. It has had to deal with incentivized reviews, fake reviews, paid five-star reviews, and even problems with fake products. For the first time, it's now taking real action to tackle that last problem. According to Bloomberg , Amazon is building out teams in the US and Europe to tackle fake product listings, all with the aim of making Amazon as reliable and consistent as any bricks-and-mortar retailer. DON'T MISS:  All the best Cyber Monday deals on iPhones and MacBooks Amazon's plan is to create a central registry of known products. Verified brands can register their products with Amazon -- even if they don't sell the products on Amazon -- and the retailer will use that registry to verify products as real or fake on its site : "Once registered, Amazon requires any marketplace merchants listing those products to prove that they have the brand's permission to sell them online. Amazon began experimenting with the registry earlier this year with Nike and other companies. The bigger push in 2017 will target thousands of large companies, including those that have been reluctant to sell on Amazon because of knock-offs." The registry helps solve Amazon's long-standing problem of introducing order to its site. Amazon pioneered the use of third-party sellers, who can use Amazon's marketplace and logistics network to sell their own goods, allowing Amazon to have a massive selection of items without having to research, buy and stock products itself. But obviously, creating that network has created all sorts of potential for abuse and fraud. A good sold through Amazon is viewed as being more trustworthy than coming from eBay or Craigslist, for example, but in many cases there's only scant protection in place for quality control and seller verification.
  • Samsung Elec says reviewing shift to holding company structure (2016-11-28 19:06:27)
    Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it will consider whether to transition to a holding company structure, a move long expected as the next succession step for the founding Lee family's heirs. Samsung's remarks come after U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management proposed in October the firm split itself into a holding vehicle for ownership purposes and an operating company. Investors and analysts have long viewed such a split as a way for Lee family scion Jay Y. Lee and his two sisters to boost their control of the crown jewel of South Korea's top conglomerate, the Samsung Group.
  • German internet outage was failed botnet attempt: report (2016-11-28 19:04:23)
    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany were hit on Sunday by network outages and a company executive blamed the disruptions on a failed hacking attempt to hijack consumer router devices for a wider internet attack. Deutsche Telekom said on Monday as many as 900,000, or about 4.5 percent of its 20 million fixed-line customers, suffered internet outages starting on Sunday and continuing into Monday, when the number of affected users began to decline sharply. Deutsche Telekom's head of IT Security Thomas Thchersich told the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel that the outages appeared to be tied to a botched attempt to turn a sizeable number of customers' routers into a part of the Mirai botnet.
  • Why firewalls are not recommended for securing SCADA systems (2016-11-28 18:59:58)
    SCADA systems need to be secure, yet according to one expert, firewalls are not up to the task, and should be replaced with Unidirectional Security Gateways. Learn what to look for in a USG.
  • Australian regulator to block collective bank bargaining on Apple payment system (2016-11-28 18:56:29)
    Australia's antitrust regulator said on Tuesday it was planning to deny some banks authorization to collectively bargain with Apple Inc in relation to its mobile digital payment system. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said letting banks collectively offer their own integrated digital wallets in Apple iPhones, in competition with Apple's "Apple Pay" system, would reduce each individual bank's ability to negotiate with the U.S. technology giant. "While the ACCC accepts that the opportunity for the banks to collectively negotiate and boycott would place them in a better bargaining position with Apple, the benefits are currently uncertain and may be limited," commission chairman Rod Sims said in a statement.
  • Japan is about to build the world’s fastest computer, ever (2016-11-28 18:53:22)
    When it comes to the most powerful computers in the world, the game is dominated by two players: the United States and China. In fact, of the top of five most powerful supercomputing sites on the planet, China owns the top two spots, with the U.S. holding the third, fourth, and fifth places on the list. By 2018, that top spot will belong to Japan, should the company's plan to build the world's fastest supercomputer not hit any snags along the way.  MUST SEE:  iPhone users report serious battery drain problem on iOS 10.1.1 Reuters reports that Japan has budgeted $173 million to hold the supercomputing crown, and plans to build a machine capable of 130 petaflops, which will top China's Sunway TaihuLight — with a max of just over 93 petaflops but theoretical peak of around 125 — to claim the crown of "world's fastest." Japan aims to use the project to revitalize its somewhat stagnant technology industry, which has stumbled in recent years while neighboring China has muscled into the scene. The supercomputer project, which Japan has named AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure, or ABCI for short, is currently seeking bids from manufacturers willing to take on the monumental task. ABCI is slated to be ready for action by 2018, when it will be used by Japan to boost its research into artificial intelligence platforms. The country also plans to provide the computer's power to Japanese companies who currently rely on the likes of Google and Microsoft for their heavy data lifting, for fee, of course. This won't be Japan's first venture into the world of supercomputing, of course, and the country holds the number six and seven spots on the chart behind China and the United States. However, the country's fastest computer is rated at less than 14 petaflops, so jumping from that to 130 petaflops will definitely be an accomplishment.
  • AT&T to launch DirecTV Now Nov. 30 with $35 promo (2016-11-28 18:43:56)
    That $35 monthly price for more than 100 streaming channels is a temporary deal to lock you in, but anyone can add HBO for just $5.
  • Google doodle celebrates the trailblazing author of 'Little Women' (2016-11-28 18:30:16)
    Louisa May Alcott wrote that "she wanted to do something splendid... that won't be forgotten after I'm dead." Today, she is remembered for her writing, service during the Civil War and fight for women's rights.
  • Get any one of Amazon’s 200+ Dash Buttons for $1 instead of $5 (2016-11-28 18:29:49)
    Amazon's Dash Buttons might seem a bit odd at first, but you'll be shocked at just how quickly they can become a staple in your daily life. Think about how often you think of something you need to replenish in your home, only to completely forget about it 2 minutes later and then get angry when it comes time to use it and you can't. Instead of keeping up this song and dance, you can simply tap a strategically placed Dash Button and Amazon will zip whatever you need right to your door in two days or less. Right now for Cyber Monday 2016, Amazon is offering a special Dash deal: pick any single Dash button and get it for $0.99 instead of $4.99. You still get a $4.99 Amazon credit the first time you use it, so Amazon is basically paying you $4 to snag one of these incredibly useful little gadgets. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the year is happening right now! Here are some key details: Amazon Dash Button is a Wi-Fi connected device that reorders your favorite product with the press of a button. Each Dash Button is paired with a product of your choice, which is selected through the Amazon App on your Android or iOS smartphone during the set-up process. Free after first press. Buy Dash Button and receive a $4.99 credit after your first press. Easy to use. Press Dash Button to order your favorite products and never run out. Buy with confidence. Get the same low prices we offer on Order Protection. Ensures Dash Button responds only to your first press until your order is delivered. Prime members get free shipping This Dash Button deal is available today only for Cyber Monday, and there's a limit of one button per person.
  • AT&T unveils DirecTV Now streaming service ahead of November 30 launch (2016-11-28 18:23:30)
    AT&T Inc, the largest U.S. TV provider, took the wraps off its new DirecTV Now streaming service on Monday, two days before it enters the online video service market to win subscribers who shun pay-television subscriptions. DirecTV Now will launch at prices ranging from $35 a month for over 60 channels to $70 for over 120 channels, AT&T said. AT&T announced the subscription video service in March, promising on-demand and live programing from many networks over the Internet, similar to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue.
  • 'Apple Mirror' reflects a working iPhone-style touchscreen (2016-11-28 18:13:04)
    A supersized iPhone-like device disguises itself as a regular wall mirror when it's not busy calling an Uber, playing video or sending messages.
  • Digital payment firms cash in on India's money mess, but can it last? (2016-11-28 18:10:42)
    By Devidutta Tripathy and Manoj Kumar MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Digital payment providers in India have mobilized hundreds of extra workers to enrol small merchants and offered their services for free, betting that severe cash shortages will prove to be the opportunity of a lifetime. Getting shops and customers to change their reliance on cash permanently will involve convincing people like Mohammad Javed, a 36-year-old meat shop owner in New Delhi. Working out of a bustling market in the capital, he is surrounded by banks and ATM machines, but says he does not know how to use a credit card machine, let alone a mobile wallet.
  • I want to own this tiny Game Boy that fits on a keychain (2016-11-28 18:10:22)
    Nintendo's original Game Boy brought portable video games to the masses. Subsequent versions, like the Game Boy Pocket or the Game Boy Micro, have improved on the original design in smaller and smaller form factors. As Hackaday reports, the build was inspired by a tiny Game Boy keychain.
  • Tesla’s new Autopilot will be here in three weeks (2016-11-28 18:08:37)
    Good news, Tesla fans: in just three weeks' time, a new version of Autopilot will provide us with a new piece of technology to blame when a Tesla crashes. According to a tweet sent out by Elon Musk, the newest version of Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot will be online in three weeks. The new version won't have all the shiny new capabilities promised previously, as the system will see regular, continuous updates to improve functionality. DON'T MISS:  We’ll see the iPhone 8’s biggest design change sooner than we thought The currently active semi-autonomous system that you've probably heard about is what Tesla calls Autopilot. Using cameras and radar, it allows some Model S and Model X cars to match the speed of cars in front, stay within a lane, switch lanes by pressing the indicator, and perform basic self-parking. Tesla's ultimate goal is fully autonomous driving, but it's getting there via something called "Enhanced Autopilot." That will take advantage of more sensors on newer Model S and Model X vehicles to give more autonomous capibilities. Namely, the car will be able to switch lanes with no input, transition from one freeway to another, exit the freeway on its own, and park in more complex situations. In practice, it's hoped that it will mean nearly-full autonomy on the highway, although Tesla will still tell drivers to be paying attention and ready to take over at all times. All the features of the Enhanced Autopilot probably won't be available next month, but instead sound like they'll roll out as monthly updates. Depending on how the Enhanced Autopilot adoption goes, Tesla is hoping to deploy full autonomy to new vehicles by the end of next year.
  • ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus for Android (2016-11-28 18:04:56)
    Enjoy your time online, social networking or shopping, protected by ESET technology
  • Ex-Mythbusters Kari, Tory and Grant have a new Netflix show and this is the first trailer (2016-11-28 17:47:29)
    When Mythbusters announced in 2014 that popular team members Kari Byron, Tory Bellecci and Grant Imahara would be leaving the show, returning the format to a two-host affair with Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, there were lots of unhappy fans. Now, after months of teasing a new Netflix original , we finally get a look at what the trio have been working on. White Rabbit Project isn't officially a Mythbusters spin-off, but you'd never know that by looking at it. Following the same "let's see if this works" style of the Discovery Channel hit, the new Netflix series is all about experiments, stunts, and fun.  DON'T MISS:  ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 trailer: Brand new footage from the upcoming season The first trailer for White Rabbit Project features fast cars, crashing drones, big flames, and plenty of the trademark humor that made Byron, Bellecci and Imahara such a beloved part of the Mythbusters series. But along with that seems to be an added layer of history, with the trio narrating reenactments of the events that they go on to test. None of this should come as much of a surprise, however, as the three hosts have developed a very particular set of science skills thanks to their experience busting myths. That, and the fact that  White Rabbit Project is being produced by Beyond Productions, which also produced Mythbusters . The show is an interesting choice for Netflix, which has charged full-speed into original programming, but has overwhelmingly opted for fictional drama and comedy, rather than reality or science-focused programs. With Amazon taking a bold chance and bringing the Top Gear trio into its fold with The Grand Tour , perhaps Netflix just couldn't allow itself to be one-upped. Whatever the case, we get more big explosions and ridiculous experiments, so it's a win-win.
  • See inside an Amazon warehouse in 360 degrees (2016-11-28 17:37:53)
    Take a virtual tour of Amazon's fulfillment center on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
  • The Canopy Magic Keyboard case is a good way to lug a full keyboard around, if you must (2016-11-28 17:31:18)
    Studio Neat Here are a couple facts: physical keyboards are easier to type on than touchscreen keyboards, especially for prolonged periods of time. Physical keyboards also take up space and, honestly, you have to be extremely committed to keyboards to ever want to carry one around with you. We’ve seen multiple covers with built-in Bluetooth keyboards for tablets, like Apple’s Smart Keyboard, as well as more specialized cases for products like Apple’s Wireless Keyboard. ...
  • Holy Mannequin Challenge! Rabbis get in on viral craze (2016-11-28 17:24:20)
    Thousands of Orthodox rabbis make an unorthodox move -- posing together for the Mannequin Challenge sweeping social media.
  • Here are GameStop’s Cyber Monday deals: PS4 Pro, Xbox One, and all of the games (2016-11-28 17:23:11)
    Cyber Monday deals are in effect today, and we’ve got more details about one sale you should be checking out if you’re into gaming. In what follows, you can check out some of GameStop’s deals for this year’s Cyber Monday sales event. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the year is happening right now! Consoles $50 off the Uncharted 4 PS4 Bundle with free Ratchet & Clank and The Last of Us (online only) Free The Last of Us and Ratchet & Clank with purchase of PS4 Pro (online only) $50 off all new Xbox One consoles For the PC gamer, save up to $180 on CyberPowerPC gaming computers Accessories Save $100 on the HTC Vive Virtual Reality System, now $699.99 Save $30 on PlayStation® 4 camera Save $20 on PlayStation® 4 DualShock 4 wireless controllers Video games Get select new PlayStation® 4 games for as little as $10, including Until Dawn, God of War III Remastered, Bloodborne, Ratchet & Clank, Star Wars™ Battlefront™ and Batman: Arkham Knight For $20, gaming fans can pick up titles like Fallout 4, DOOM, Dark Souls III and ReCore Save $30 on select titles like Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, Just Cause 3 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Save $25 on select titles such as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Definitive Edition, Grand Theft Auto V Standard Edition, Overwatch and Gears of War 4 Save $20 on some of the most popular games of the year including Bioshock: The Collection, Mafia III, NBA 2K17 and Rise of the Tomb Raider All-week deals Only on, buy two, get one free on any Retro Classic software and accessories Only on, retro gamers can enjoy exclusive Blast from the Past bundles for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii and Wii platforms If that’s not enough, then check out GameStop’s full Cyber Monday offer at this link .
  • U.S. letter reveals details of GM self-driving vehicle system (2016-11-28 17:18:03)
    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co's semi-autonomous "Super Cruise" system will allow drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel for extended periods, but will stop the vehicle automatically if drivers are not attentive, according to a government letter made public on Monday. The largest U.S. automaker in September 2014 unveiled planned technology to allow drivers on highways to let the vehicle take over driving itself. If the human driver does not take over, the vehicle will automatically slow down and then put on the hazard lights.
  • Loved 'MythBusters'? You'll like 'White Rabbit Project' (2016-11-28 17:13:12)
    The Build Team is back, and on a new Netflix show they'll be examining cool tech, crazy heists and more.
  • VSCO photo filters are super cheap on Cyber Monday (2016-11-28 17:08:28)
    The mobile photo app is discounting its film preset filters by up to 50 percent.
  • Japan to build world's fastest supercomputer. Not for Pokemon Go (2016-11-28 17:08:18)
    Japan wants to reclaim the title for world's fastest machine and use it for medical research, car software and building robots. No word about video games.
  • Taylor Swift is now making original content for AT&T (2016-11-28 17:03:54)
    Taylor Swift’s dominance is spreading over to AT&T. At today’s DirecTV Now unveiling, AT&T executive Brad Bentley announced a new partnership between the telecom and “Bad Blood” singer called Taylor Swift Now. As part of the partnership, AT&T customers who happen to love 1989 will get exclusive content and footage, all ready for streaming. The new content deal is part of AT&T’s initiative focusing on original programming.
  • Samsung has started to turn the Galaxy Note 5 into the Note 7 (2016-11-28 17:02:34)
    The year-old Galaxy Note 5 might be the best Samsung phablet money can buy right now, thanks to the Galaxy Note 7 and its exploding battery. Samsung had to stop Galaxy Note 7 production permanently after it failed to fix the battery issues that turned the 2016 handset into a fire hazard. To compensate for this huge failure, Samsung has been aggressively pushing Galaxy S7 sales. But the company might also be interested in making the Galaxy Note 5 exciting again. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! Samsung is currently rolling out Galaxy Note 7 software to the Galaxy Note 5 in Korea, SamMobile reveals . As interesting as the Galaxy S7 might be, it lacks a built-in stylus, which is one feature some fans of the Note series appreciate. Limited to South Korea for the time being, the Grace UX update will bring to the Galaxy Note 5 some of the features found on the Galaxy Note 7. Sadly, this is still a Marshmallow-based update for the old phablet, but that shouldn’t make it any less exciting. Features like Wide Selfie, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Smart Manager, Blue Light Filter, and Game Tools are included in this new Grace UX update. It’s not clear at this time when the update will be available to Galaxy Note 5 owners outside of South Korea, but given that it’s already being pushed out in Korea you should expect it soon.You’ll still have to wait for a proper Android 7.0 Nougat update for the phablet, though. Images showing the new Grace UX for the Galaxy Note 5 are available in SamMobile's report .
  • Watch the AT&T DirecTV Now announcement live here (2016-11-28 16:57:59)
    AT&T is set to reveal a new streaming service called DirecTV Now with more than 100 channels available for $35 a month. Tune in to the live stream here.
  •'s word of the year makes you question humanity (2016-11-28 16:53:41)
    The popular dictionary site chooses "xenophobia" as its word of the year, saying fear of the other defines our times.
  • Wow, Dishonored 2 sure does have a lot of ways to kill this one guy (2016-11-28 16:49:29)
    Dishonored 2’s “grand inventor” Kirin Jindosh is a blowhard at best, a bringer of death at worst. The Clockwork Soldiers inventor is a nuisance for leads Emily and Corvo either way. In the game’s “The Clockwork Mansion” mission, regardless of which hero you play, you’re charged with eliminating the threat posed by Jindosh. How you want to do this is up to you, whether that means by peaceful methods or a more lethal option. As YouTuber Cosmic Contrarian demonstrates, there’s certainly no shortage of deadly ways to accomplish this task. ...
  • AT&T unveils DirecTV Now streaming service ahead of Nov 30 launch (2016-11-28 16:46:41)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc, the largest U.S. TV provider, took the wraps off its new DirecTV Now streaming service on Monday, making a foray into the new and crowded online video service market and hoping to win subscribers who shun pay-television subscriptions. The company said it will offer three new streaming services – DirecTV Now, Freeview and Fullscreen starting Nov 30. DirecTV Now pricing bundles will range from over 60 channels for $35 per month to over 120 channels for $70 a month in introductory offer, AT&T said. (Reporting by Malathi Nayak; editing by Diane Craft)
  • Everything you need to know about AT&T’s DirecTV Now internet TV service (2016-11-28 16:45:27)
    AT&T announced on Monday afternoon during an event in New York City that the DirecTV Now video streaming service would launch on November 30th. The service was originally unveiled back in October, but AT&T was holding its cards close to its vest, only revealing a few details about the price of the service and number of channels that would be available to subscribers at launch. The walls came down at the launch event though, and now we know everything we ever wanted to know about AT&T's internet TV service. DON'T MISS:  Netflix 4K streaming on the PC is here, but the hardware requirements are ridiculous Once the service goes live on Wednesday, November 30th, anyone will be able to sign up for a 7-day free trial and download the app from the App Store or Google Play. AT&T also revealed that, for a limited time, customers will be able to subscribe to its "Go Big" package (with 100+ channels) for $35/month. Anyone who signs up at this promotional price will be able to keep paying it until they cancel. These will be the four programming packages available at launch: Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels) Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels) Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels) Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels) Here are all of the devices that will support DirecTV Now at launch: Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Android mobile devices and tablets iPhone, iPad and Apple TV Chromecast (Android at launch; iOS in 2017) Google Cast-enabled LeEco ecotvs and VIZIO SmartCast Displays Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari web browsers (Roku devices, Amazon Fire tablets and Samsung Smart TV support in 2017.) As previously announced, anyone who signs up for one month of prepaid access to DirecTV Now will receive a free Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, while customers who pay for three months up front will get an Apple TV. AT&T wasn't ready to share the full lineup of channels that will be available at launch, but did confirm that negotiations with CBS and Showtime are still ongoing. Some networks that have signed on include Disney and ESPN, AMC Networks, Turner, Viacom, NBCUniversal, Fox, Discovery and Bloomberg. There are a few notable limitations — including a total lack of a DVR feature, pausing of live video and access to local major networks like ABC, NBC and Fox outside of big cities — but AT&T assures potential customers that this is just "the first inning," and that DirecTV Now will grow in the coming years.
  • Another reason the MacBook ‘Pro’ doesn’t live up to its name (2016-11-28 16:42:23)
    There might be one more reason to avoid buying the brand new MacBook Pro right now: Apple’s newest laptop could have some serious GPU issues that Apple is yet to explain and fix. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! According to various reports, the 2016 MacBook Pro experiences some unexpected problems, like flickering and tearing in certain apps. Threads on MacRumors and , as well as videos, document the issue. It’s unclear at this time what causes this, but YouTube user Jan Becker who documented one such GPU failure in Premiere Pro said that an Apple Store employee told him it’s probably a hardware problem. Becker ordered a new MacBook Pro who doesn’t suffer from the issue seen in this video: But the new MacBook still had a noticeable GPU glitch "I just created a NEW project on this MBP and when rendering it didn't crash," Becker said. "The other project that made the computer crash was created on an old MacPro with a NVIDIA graphics card. But I still have a weird graphics glitch when I restart." Looking at feedback from its readers, 9to5Mac concluded that its unscientific poll shows that a significant number of 2016 MacBook Pro users have experienced GPU glitches. It’s unclear at this time why the newest MacBook Pro is showing GPU issues, or whether it’s software- or hardware-related, but either way, that’s certainly something Apple has to fix. Read more details about these MacBook Pro (late 2016) GPU issues at the source links below.
  • San Francisco transit hacker threatens to release data on customers and employees (2016-11-28 16:37:52)
    Just days after a digital attack brought down payment systems at San Francisco’s MUNI rail system, the hacker responsible for the attack has threatened to release data on MUNI’s employees and customers if his ransom is not paid. Reached by The Verge, MUNI confirmed the ransomware attack, but said that the attack had no impact on train service or customers’ personal information.
  • AT&T’s new streaming service lets you add HBO for just $5 (2016-11-28 16:36:39)
    AT&T just announced the details of its streaming TV service, DirecTV Now, which launches this Wednesday. For a limited time you can access 100 channels for $35 a month, and for just $5, you can add HBO and Cinemax. This is one of the cheapest ways to access HBO we’ve seen to date, and it’s also a harbinger of what may be coming from the nation’s largest telecom.
  • AT&T users will be able to stream DirecTV Now without using their data (2016-11-28 16:35:36)
    At an event in New York City today, AT&T has announced that its mobile subscribers will be able to stream its new DirecTV Now service without using their data. The now common industry strategy, known as zero rating, is controversial to say the least, with the FCC telling AT&T earlier this month that it may be violating net neutrality by zero rating the standard DirecTV service. Currently, T-Mobile has been offering data-free use of music and video services for years, and Verizon has made its Go90 service free of data charges for all of its subscribers.
  • Watch 9 amazing minutes of ‘The Last Guardian’ right now (2016-11-28 16:29:40)
    The Last Guardian has been almost a decade in the making, with countless delays, disappearances, and finally a resurrection that brought us to a late 2016 release date. The game is set to arrive on December 6th, which is just next week, but you can watch a solid nine minutes of it right here. Thanks to PlayStation Japan, The Last Guardian 's opening cinematic and bits and pieces of its background story are now available to enjoy — if you can read Japanese, that is. But even if you can't understand the on-screen text, you can still watch the action unfold and get a really good sense of where the game is headed and how it looks on the PlayStation 4.  MUST SEE:  ‘No Man’s Sky’ Foundation Update: Base building, new modes and more The clip is called "The flesh-eating eagle of Trico," which you'd have to imagine refers to the creature itself. In the clip we're treated to a look at the world, environmental movement mechanics, and some brief puzzle solving, all of which fit with the game's well-documented lineage . The Last Guardian has been in development since 2007, when it was teased and finally confirmed as a title in the works for the PlayStation 3, which at that point was just getting its legs under it. Unfortunately, delay after delay plagued the title, and at one point it seemed we'd never see the game after all. Then, against steep odds, Sony brought the game back from the dead and announced at E3 2015 that the title was indeed still coming, and that it would be released for the PlayStation 4. It received a "2016" release window, which was eventually narrowed to October 25th, only to be once again delayed, this time to December 6th. Now, with just days left to go, it seems The Last Guardian will finally see the light of day.
  • Hackers take SF Muni for weekend joyride (2016-11-28 16:21:31)
    Some computer systems at the city's public transportation service are taken over in a ransomware attack.
  • AT&T’s DirecTV Now launches November 30th with over 100 channels of streaming TV (2016-11-28 16:16:15)
    After months of rumors, AT&T officially unveiled its DirecTV Now internet TV streaming service this afternoon at an event in New York City. The product, which starts at $35 per month, is meant to compete with traditional cable providers and a wave of web TV offerings including Dish’s Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue, and upcoming services from Hulu and YouTube. A free 7-day trial is available for new customers, and a whole year of DirecTV Now is included with the purchase of some 2016 LeEco televisions.
  • All the best Cyber Monday deals on iPhones and MacBooks (2016-11-28 16:15:14)
    Apple products rarely go on any kind of sale worth talking about. But as you might imagine from the name, Cyber Monday is one of a few times in the year that it's worth your while to hunt for Apple deals. To ease your cyber-pains, we've rounded up the best deals on iPhones, MacBooks, and the dongles that you need to go with them, all of which you can (and should) shop right now. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! iPhones iPhone 7 for $1 down when you sign up for a two-year service contract with Verizon, at Best Buy. Similar deals on iPhone SE as well. Upgraded iPhone 7 storage from T-Mobile : Get the 128GB model for $650, the usual price for the 32GB iPhone 7. Offer also applies to the 256GB iPhone 7, which is now $750. MacBooks $150 off the Retina MacBook at Best Buy, which means $1,150 for the 256GB model in any color, or $1,400 for the 512GB version . Brand-new MacBooks don't often come on sale, so this is a decent deal. If you want to save a little cash and you're not so worried about the Retina display, Apple's discontinued 11.6-inch MacBook Air could be a good option. Best Buy has the cheapest version of that down to $700 , which is a steal for a new MacBook of any kind. Similar savings are possible over at Target, which is having a 15-percent-off sale site-wide. Apart from iTunes gift cards, it seems that all Apple products are on this deal, which could mean big savings on MacBooks for those inclined. B&H is another shop with a track record of MacBook sales, and Cyber Monday is no exception. The store is offering good deals on the 13-inch MacBook Air , the 'old' MacBook Pro, and even the new MacBook Pro without Touch Bar . There's more good Black Friday deals from other big stores, including some deals on iPads and Apple Watches, over at our deals hub .
  • Watch Ken Block's Gymkhana 9 video in 360-degree VR (2016-11-28 16:10:53)
    It's available in Ford's VR app, as well as on its YouTube page.
  • Cyber Monday transforms as shoppers are more connected (2016-11-28 16:09:48)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Monday after Thanksgiving is still a time when millions of Americans pause to check out online deals and check off items from their gift list — but a one-day Cyber Monday frenzy appears to be going the way of the dial-up modem.
  • Nissan recalls 12,000 2016 Titan XD pickups over fuel issues (2016-11-28 16:03:52)
    A problem in the fuel system may prevent the fuel gauge from accurately estimating the amount of fuel remaining.
  • Watch live as AT&T unveils its DirecTV Now internet TV service (2016-11-28 15:52:48)
    After announcing the internet TV streaming service just weeks ago, AT&T will tell us everything we've been dying to know about DirecTV Now during a live event today in New York City. While the event is invitation-only , you can watch a live stream of the company announcing the details of DirecTV Now below. SEE ALSO: New ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 footage revealed Developing...
  • Amazon Echo ya está en 5 millones de hogares: informe (2016-11-28 15:51:11)
    La bocina inteligente impulsada por la nube de Amazon y la asistente de voz Alexa es un éxito millonario para la gigante de comercio digital.
  • Rumor: New iPads may finally ditch the home button (2016-11-28 15:50:52)
    Apple is rumored to release new iPads in the spring, and a Japanese report claims they will be nearly bezel-less.
  • 11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today (2016-11-28 15:36:17)
    No Cyber Monday is complete without a handful of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are available as free downloads for a limited time. We've got a terrific batch in store for you today, including several premium apps that have never been made available for free before. Check them all out below. DON'T MISS:  The 10 best Cyber Monday sales of 2016 These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Locky | Your magic wand Normally $1.99. Locky will transform your iPhone into a magic wand to lock your Mac (check eligibility of your Mac below) when you walk away, and more. You can now use Locky on your Apple Watch! Created by the security experts behind oneSafe, the premium password manager on iOS. ** Please make sure your Mac is eligible before purchasing Locky. Locky requires at least Mac OS X Yosemite, and a recent Mac (see below the list of eligible Mac). LOCKY AT A GLANCE 1. Locky locks your Mac if you walk away with your iPhone 2. Our secret sauce to make it work seamless: we're making the most of your iPhone's sensors and the brand new Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to detect motion and your distance from your Mac. 3. And more, such as: • unlock your Mac with your iPhone. And Touch ID can be activated to be secure and simple at the same time! • use your Apple Watch to lock/unlock your Mac! • a Today extension to make it even simpler to lock and unlock your Mac • see your Mac's desktop background instantly updated on your iPhone • play with the distance thresholds • select the notification sounds you prefer SUPPORTED MAC • iMac from 2012 and newer • Mac Mini from 2011 and newer • MacBook Air from 2011 and newer • MacBook Pro from 2012 and newer • Mac Pro from 2013 and newer Download Locky | Your magic wand Split Screen Videos Normally $2.99. With Split Screen Videos you can combine 2, 3 or 4 videos into one split screen video. Just pick the videos in your camera roll then tap the play button, and the app creates the split screen videos for you; it couldn't be simpler! Special Features: - 6 split screen video templates to choose from to combine 2, 3 or 4 videos - Adjust eventually each video in its frame/box - Choose the video soundtrack(s) you want to hear in your split screen video, or use a music from your iPod library instead - Add an eventual margin between the videos in the split screen videos - Supports 4K videos: combine 4K videos into 4K split screen videos - Save your split screen videos in your camera roll, send them by email, or export them to other apps installed on your device Download Split Screen Videos ACDSee Camera Pro Normally $4.99. ACDSee Camera Pro lets you harness the full power of your device's camera. New! Support for iPhone 7 Plus Dual Camera RAW Support Shoot RAW on capable devices and write captured photos in DNG format. Lossless TIFF/PNG Write captured photos in lossless TIFF or PNG format, or choose one of three JPEG quality settings. Manual Controls Precisely control exposure, focus and white balance, including a custom white balance preset. Real-time overexposure and underexposure visualization. Shutter Priority Mode Set the shutter speed and ACDSee Camera Pro automatically chooses the ISO for proper exposure. Selfie Mode Look your best with skin smoothing and lightening, plus a front-facing torch/flash for low light situations. Real-time Effect Filters Choose from 24 effects including high quality black & white, Orton, film grain, halftone, and various color tone filters. Real-time Adjustments See brightness, contrast, vibrance, sharpness, clarity, skin tune and vignette adjustments in real time and add additional noise reduction during capture. Exposure Bracketing Capture three exposures at once at different exposure levels. HDR Fusion Combine three shots taken at different exposures to create a single image with high dynamic range, with manual override of composition parameters. Flash Fusion Combine a naturally-illuminated capture with a flash-illuminated capture. Video Mode Capture those special moments with video and apply filters and adjustments in real-time. Flash Modes Choose from six flash modes: Off, On, Auto, Torch, Torch & flash, and Flash Fusion. All modes work with either the rear-facing or the front-facing camera. Touch Focus and Exposure Touch to select focus and exposure point. For more precise control, independently select focus and exposure points. Lockable AF, AE and AWB Independently lock focus, exposure, and white balance. Cropping modes Crop before you shoot to square, 4:3, 3:2, and 16:9 aspect ratio. Independent settings for front and rear cameras, still photo and video modes. Level Indicator Compose your shots with precise alignment using a dual-axis level indicator. Download ACDSee Camera Pro Dropshare Normally $6.99. Dropshare is a tool for uploading pictures, videos, screenshots and files of all kind from your iOS device to a hosting provider of your choice. Dropshare is free for subscribers of Dropshare Cloud, and Dropshare Pro (one-time In-App Purchase) is required to upload files to your own server (via SCP over SSH), Amazon S3, any S3 API-compliant service (like OpenStack Swift), Rackspace Cloud Files, Backblaze B2 Cloud Files or Google Drive. Dropshare supports Multiple Connections: You can set up different upload destinations at the same time and switch between them easily for each upload. ** Uploads everything Dropshare is able to open files of any kind with its Sharing and Action Extensions. Upload directly from your favourite app like the Photo Album, or any other app that offers sharing functionality. Multiple images can be uploaded at once and will be archived in a ZIP file. ** Dropshare Sync Synchronize your upload history including preview images across all your devices, supports both iOS and Mac OS X. Easily see all the uploads made from your Mac within Dropshare for iOS. Plus, synchronise your custom landing page across all your Macs and iOS devices. ** Dropshare Safe Easily create access-restricted URLs for your uploads with either a lifetime and/or password. ** Import your connections from Dropshare for Mac If you've already set up Dropshare on your Mac, just export all your connections to encrypted .dropshareconnection files and import them on your iOS device. ** Beautiful individual landing pages Use a default template or craft an individual design on your own using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. ** Choose your URL shortener Dropshare supports URL shorteners as well - natively supported URLs (e.g., or configure your very own URL shortener service like or YOURLS. ** Filename randomization Optionally configure whether Dropshare should add a random suffix or completely randomize the filename before uploading the file. ** 1Password integration Use 1Password to easily log in to Dropshare Sync with your account details. ** Screenshot extension Dropshare offers a screenshot extension for your favourite browser: Capture the whole website and upload it right away. ** Image compression Images can be compressed within 3 different levels prior uploading to save bandwidth and space. To be sure Dropshare is the right tool for you, please read the following technical requirements: ** Dropshare Cloud A valid Dropshare Cloud subscription is required in order to upload files with Dropshare Cloud. Please check out the Dropshare Cloud website for more information. ** Secure Copy (SCP over SSH) to your own server Dropshare supports SCP over SSH natively. A working SSH user account is required on the server. A password or SSH key pair is also required. Please note that both the public and private key needs to be set up. To have the uploaded file displayed in a web browser, a web server needs to be installed and configured on the server. Please refer to the User Guide for more information. ** S3 API-compliant service Dropshare supports services like OpenStack Swift. Check our User Guide for more information. ** Google Drive A regular Google account is required in order to use Google Drive. ** Backblaze B2 Cloud Files, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Rackspace Cloud Files A subscription may be neccessary in order to use Dropshare with one of these providers. Please check out the terms of use and payment information at the website of the selected provider. Other than that, Dropshare works out of the box with any of these providers. Please note that Dropshare does not support FTP! Download Dropshare Live 2 GIF Normally $2.99. Save and share your Live Photos as GIFs and videos! We enable you to make GIF and Movie from Live Photos at ease. With Live 2 GIF, you can share your Live Photos with your friends on iMessage, Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Email, and many more. Live 2 GIF comes with a simple, powerful video editor that finally puts you in control. Beginner or expert – you'll be producing high quality videos in minutes. - Choose from a wide range of custom filters to adjust the tone of your video - Easily cut or crop to any size - Change the video fit any aspect ratio (such as 4:3, 16:9, 3:2 etc) - Have total control over the colours - adjust all the channels - Tweak the contrast, brightness, temperature, saturation What's even better, we don't charge you upfront or limit your usage. You can export as many times as you like. If you appreciate our effort, kindly do a single in-app purchase to remove ads and support our ongoing development. **IMPORTANT: Live Photos can only be taken by iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7Plus.** Download Live 2 GIF Triangle Draw Normally $5.99. Triangle Draw is brilliant for sketching logos. You can quickly create designs that can be used for branding on letterheads or on your website. This app contains: • Drawing app – with a 176x88 canvas; you have plenty of space for all kinds of symbols/logos. • My drawings – provides you with an overview of all your drawings, where you can sort by date or by name. • Rename drawing – to change the name, simply tap on the text just below a drawing. • Export to PDF – you get the highest possible quality with vector graphics, that you can import into PhotoShop/Illustrator. • Add to Photos – save the drawings as 2048x2048 png-file in your Photo album. Features in the drawing app: • Draw – use one finger to draw. • Pinch – use two fingers to zoom in/out. • Undo – if something goes wrong, then you can roll back to the moment just before it went wrong. • Fullscreen – hide the toolbars and work without noise. • Rotate – turn the canvas by 60 degrees. • Move around – move the canvas by one column/row. The triangles wraps around the canvas edge. • Mirror – flips the x axis or the y axis. • Invert – white becomes black and black becomes white. Thank you for your support. We hope that you like using Triangle Draw. Please send feature requests that you want in future updates. Best regards from the triangle draw developer. ------------ SUZANNE LABARRE / Fast co design We're starting to suspect the iPad isn't just a device, but a wand that turns mere mortals into superhuman renaissance men. Case in point: Triangle Draw, an iPad app by Denmark's Simon Strandgaard that allows regular joes to create computer graphics that could pass for the stuff of professionals. JORDAN MARKOWSKI / Trend Hunter Triangle Draw is a fascinating iPad app that puts the capacity to create awesome logos in the hands of even the most unskilled of users. Although the concept behind the app may seem simple, the room for creation is extensive and vast. Using acute or obtuse angles, Triangle Draw allows you to create retro gaming-inspired logos that have a minimalist, almost binary aesthetic. When it comes to creating something that fits in that very specific look, there is no app that's as user-friendly or dynamic as Triangle Draw. DONNA BAXTER / YouTheDesigner Top 10 Must Have iPad Apps for Logo Designers Apart from the above mentioned apps there is Triangle Draw App which is the first of its kind providing the users an easy platform on which they can create new logos, typography and patterns using triangles. The designers also can keep a track of their previous creations and export the new designs to your email or to a photo album. Triangle Draw App can be of great help in creating stunning minimalist graphics. JOHAN WALLÉN / MacWorld Triangle Draw is a small drawing program where you can only draw with triangles. It sounds weird at first, but is actually really smart. It makes you thus no landscape paintings - rather stylized and abstract works. Triangle Draw are particularly good for sketching logos; Very quickly you turn up something that could adorn letterhead from any bank or airline. Basic facilities like fill, shuffle and mirror are also available for unexpected effects. STAN LEE / Brand DNA Somewhere out there in client land a marketing manager is playing with it on their iPad and wondering why on earth they would commission a designer to do what they can now do themselves. Download Triangle Draw Xmessy Normally $0.99. Christmas is coming! The animated and colorful Christmas Stickers bring lots of fun in the X-mas season. Illustrator George Engelhard has illustrated and animated every sticker with love for iOS exclusively. The pack includes 17 stickers. You can peel and place the animated stickers on almost anything in your iMessage conversation. Simply drag the sticker from the tray at the bottom of the screen onto a message bubble, a photo or even other stickers. You can also rotate and scale the sticker with a second finger before release. Download Xmessy Days Normally $0.99. “Good times come and go, but the memories will last forever." Days is private photo journal to write the precious moments in daily life. Cherish unforgettable memories with your own emotions and feelings. It will make your life more meaningful and beautiful. [Features] • Photos Write interesting moments with a daily photo. • Hashtags Make it easier for you to find messages with a specific theme or content. • Passcode Keep your daily journal more safe with Passcode and Touch ID. • Share Share the moments you want to share with your friends. • Notification Make a habit of writing a diary through the notification at a specific time. • Backup & Restore Easily and securely backup and restore your memories using the iCloud and Dropbox. Download Days BoomBox Normally $6.99. BoomBox is the ULTIMATE music player for any Soundcloud user that finds their native app to be too clunky! BoomBox is simple and intuitive, allowing the user to focus on the music. With completely ad free listening, BoomBox is the only music player to offer exclusive access to Soundcloud with no cost and no ads. Don't waste your time skipping Soundcloud ads... Just get BoomBox! BoomBox is the best way to search for millions of free music and audio tracks via Soundcloud... AD FREE! Listen to any song, album, podcast, or audio recording that is available on your Soundcloud profile for absolutely free, no strings attached. App Features: - Explore tracks by genre and playlist - Search unlimited free music & audio - ENTIRELY AD FREE - Use unique colors to customize your experience - Background Play & Select music from the lock screen - Create and Manage your Playlists - Simple Music Player is available on all pages for convenience Download BoomBox Magic Contacts Pro Normally $1.99. Magic Contacts is the only Today Widget Contacts Launcher you will ever need, with ability to Call and Text your favorite contacts directly from the Widgets screen! You can also organize contacts in groups (e.g. Family, Friends, Work) and access them directly from the widget. This Widget support calling, message, WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Email and FaceTime. This is an app with a powerful widget that will dramatically improve everyday use of your iPhone. While currently contacting your friends can be an annoyingly long process because you must open apps and search through contact after contact, with Magic Contact just swipe right from the lock screen, home screen, or pull down the widgets screen from within any app and get immediate access to your favorites. Features: ● Call & Text from the Notification Center ● Call & Message ● WhatsApp ● Email ● FaceTime ● Unlimited Contacts & Groups ● 3D Touch in the widget for quick call ● Full support for iOS 9 & 10 Download Magic Contacts Pro Music Cloud Normally $1.99. Easily make your unlimited music library available on your device. Anytime. Anywhere. FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS: - Supported formats: .mp3, .aiff, .m4a, .wav... - Create list of music with multi-cloud support. - Offline list, to maintain located your downloaded files. - Seamless music streaming for best user experience. - Full-Featured Music Player: Background playback, lock screen and control center, headphones support. Playback with repeat of song or list and shuffle. - Support remote control, lock screen control and artwork. - Free Music is the new player with a native style that syncs all of your music stored in Dropbox,GoogleDrive, OneDrive, Box and your Computer and let you listen your music without taking up space. It’s a multi-cloud system therefore you can listen lists of music regardless where they are stored. - Universal music player for both iPhone and iPad. - Support Sleep timer. Download Music Cloud
  • A Peter Thiel ally will steer Trump’s Pentagon policy (2016-11-28 15:28:34)
    Silicon Valley has largely been averse to Donald Trump, but a venture capitalist with close ties to Peter Thiel will now be helping the president-elect. Trae Stephens, a principal at Thiel's Founders Fund firm, has been tapped to join the Trump transition team. A Founders Fund spokesperson confirmed to The Verge today that Stephens has joined the transition.
  • How to add more entropy to improve cryptographic randomness on Linux (2016-11-28 15:26:00)
    If you have Linux servers that depend upon encryption, you owe it to yourself to beef up the system entropy. Here's how to do so with haveged.
  • NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is getting ready to skim Saturn’s rings (2016-11-28 15:22:37)
    After 12 years of touring the Saturn system, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is about to enter a new orbit — one that will take the probe up close to the planet’s famous rings. As exciting as this move is, it also marks the beginning of the end for Cassini, which has been traveling through space for 20 years now.
  • 'Lion' and 'Snowden': Two real-life tales of courage (and tech) (2016-11-28 15:22:14)
    Commentary: Two of this year's most powerful movies tell the stories of real people whose courage was shaped by technology.
  • ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 trailer: Brand new footage from the upcoming season (2016-11-28 15:13:08)
    Just when HBO had distracted us for long enough with Westworld  to make us forget about Game of Thrones , it pulls the rug out from under us. On Sunday night, HBO aired a "Coming in 2017" promo ahead of Westworld's ninth episode — a promo featuring a few fleeting shots from Game of Thrones season 7. SEE ALSO:  The Walking Dead season 7, episode 6: A step in the right direction, but not a very big one Fans on the show's subreddit were some of the first to catch on, sharing screengrabs from the trailer shortly after it aired. The Game of Thrones footage only lasts about two seconds, but the shots in the trailer have never been seen before: The Stark family has been thinned out rather significantly since the show began in 2011, but the remaining Stark children still remain at the heart of the show, as evidenced by their appearance in the promo (save for Bran). HBO has yet to upload the video to any of its channels, but Twitter user sansaerysnow managed to record the promo as it aired on Sunday night: No major revelations here, but at least we know that three of the four remaining Stark children will make it to the first episode of the new season. Whether they make it any further remains to be seen, but with the White Walkers on the move, no one is going to be safe for the remaining two seasons of the show. Game of Thrones season 7 is set to air in summer 2017.
  • Britain seeks to restrict access to online porn (2016-11-28 15:07:34)
    Pornographic websites could be forced to check their users are over 18 under new measures debated by British lawmakers Monday that are designed to protect children but have raised concerns over privacy and censorship. The Digital Economy Bill proposes a fine of up to £250,000 ($310,000, 293,000 euros) or five percent of turnover, whichever is higher, for commercial pornographic websites which fail to implement an age verification process. Culture minister Matt Hancock said the legislation would "protect the freedom of adults to watch pornography online but provide adequate protections for children with the same sort of safeguards online as they have offline".
  • Walmart is doing a Cyber Monday live stream, and I can't look away (2016-11-28 15:04:38)
    Walmart is promoting its Cyber Monday deals today with a QVC-style, four-hour stream. If you missed its live run from 9AM to 1PM ET today, good news! It’s looping all day. Yes, you too can partake in this bizarre collection of corny jokes, caroling, holiday beats, and sales online. The infomercial-style of hawking products is probably familiar to late-night-TV watchers, but it’s jarring to watch from your work computer. In the cold hard light of day, this level of camp feels forced, or perhaps self-aware as it all unfolds in real-time. ...
  • Three Cyber Monday deals on great Andrew Jones speakers (2016-11-28 14:53:12)
    Including a $100 discount on the superb Elac Uni-Fi UB5.
  • Walmart just revealed its 16 best-selling deals of Cyber Monday 2016 so far (2016-11-28 14:48:13)
    Cyber Monday 2016 is nowhere close to being over. In fact, even when Monday comes to an end, Cyber Monday will live on for a full week of deep discounts that is now commonly referred to as Cyber Week. While Walmart and other top retailers will continue to offer bargains all week long, some deals are only available on Monday. You can think of them as virtual doorbusters, and they're only available while supplies last. Wondering if you missed out on any of Walmart's killer deals? We showed you dozens of the retailer's best bargains earlier today, and almost all of them are still available. You can check them all out right here . But if you want to know which of Walmart's Cyber Monday 2016 have been selling like crazy so you can get in on the action, you're in luck. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! On Monday afternoon, Walmart sent out a blast to the media letting us know which of the company's Cyber Monday 2016 deals have been the best sellers so far. 16 different items were listed in the company's email, and you'll find them all below. Apple iPad mini 2 32GB Wi-Fi - $199 SAMSUNG 60" Smart LED TV - $578 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" Tablet 16GB - $150 PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle - $245 Nerf N-Strike MEGA Mastodon Blaster - $51 Shopkins Shoppies Gemma Stone - $20 Instant Pot IP-LUX60-ENW Stainless Steel 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker with Mini Mitts - $69 ProForm Endurance 720 E Elliptical - $599 Faded Glory Women's Hooded Puffer Jacket Coat - $12 New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario - $99 Disney Minnie Mouse Sweet Surprises Kitchen - $40 Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex - $70 KitchenAid Classic 4.5-Qt Stand Mixer - $189 MD Sports 48" Air Powered Hockey Table - $35 Weider 2980 Home Gym with 214 Lbs of Resistance - $200 Fruit of the Loom Men's Fleece Sleep Pant and Knit Top Sleep Set - $10 You'll notice immediately that we already told you about several of those hot deals in our coverage on Monday morning of Walmart's best Cyber Monday 2016 deals, like the 60-inch Samsung HDTV for $578  (now sold out) and the PS4 Uncharted 4 bundle . There are some other items that weren't included on our list though, and you can find them all right now on Walmart's Cyber Monday page . Be sure to also check out our Cyber Monday 2016 hub for more killer deals from all the top retailers.
  • Predicting Westworld: our pre-finale theory blowout (2016-11-28 14:44:55)
    Adi: The overwhelming impression we've got of Ford is that he's a kind of writerly control freak. Throughout the season, we've seen hints of a grand "final narrative" that will see Ford upending the park as we know it. As much as I've enjoyed Teddy's journey from hero to potential in-game villain, his story doesn't have the stakes of the Man in Black playing a secret meta-game that will unveil the secrets of the park, or Elsie stumbling on a corporate-espionage plot that seemingly results in Delos board members being replaced by hosts.
  • Netflix 4K streaming on the PC is here, but the hardware requirements are ridiculous (2016-11-28 14:23:18)
    The ability to stream 4K Netflix video on your PC is finally here, but the hardware requirements to take advantage of this compelling development are incredibly stringent. As we highlighted just a few days ago, 4K video on Netflix can only be streamed by users running Microsoft's Edge browser on a Windows 10 PC housing Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake processor. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! Now comes word that the universe of PCs capable of running 4K video from Netflix is even smaller than we first imagined. According to a new report from Digiworthy , GPUs from either AMD or Nvidia will leave users unable to enjoy 4K content from the streaming juggernaut that is Netflix. "It seems that the Netflix 4K content is limited to the Intel Kaby Lake, while both AMD’s current gen Radeon RX 400 series and Nvidia GTX 10 series GPUs fail at handling it," the report notes. "While the latest AMD Polaris and Nvidia Pascal GPUs do support HDCP 2.2 copy protection," the report adds, "tests performed by show that the streaming giant’s 4K content is exclusive to PCs powered by Intel’s iGPU." As to why the requirements are unusually stringent, Hollywood bigwigs are paranoid that users will be able to capture 4K streams and redistribute them illegally. That said, it's widely believed that the aforementioned GPUs from AMD and Nvidia aren't yet compatible with the PlayReady 3.0 DRM that currently precludes any old browser or computer from running 4K video from Netflix. For anyone intent on jumping into Netflix's 4K waters, Microsoft has an updated tally of compatible machines over here .
  • Europol closes 4,500 websites peddling fake brands (2016-11-28 14:06:26)
    In a massive crackdown, police and law enforcement agencies across Europe have seized more than 4,500 website domains trading in counterfeit goods, often via social networks, officials said on Monday. The operation came as Europol, Europe's police agency, unveiled its newest campaign dubbed "Don't F***(AKE) Up" to stop scam websites selling fake brand names online. Its instant global reach and anonymity make it possible to sell nearly anything to anyone at any time," Europol said.
  • The new Gilmore Girls is weirdly hostile toward fans, women, and storytelling in general (2016-11-28 14:00:18)
    After years of anticipation, Netflix has produced and released six new hours of Gilmore Girls. The original Gilmore Girls is a Bush Two-era classic, an occasionally sappy drama about a mother-daughter friendship anchored by its characters’ rapid-fire dialogue and encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture. It had flaws, sure — even the most adoring Gilmore Girls fan will concede that Rory was a little spoiled, and her mother Lorelai was a little immature, and that it’s weird as heck that they never bothered to fill the prop coffee cups with some kind of liquid.
  • Cyber Monday 2016: Amazon’s best deals on sound bars and home audio (2016-11-28 13:58:20)
    It's kind of funny that after all these years, HDTVs and UHD TVs still almost always come with terrible sound quality. Display panels have gotten so much better than they used to be and designs have become slim and sleek. But the speakers TV manufacturers use are almost never any good. Luckily, a ton of companies now make sound bars and other home audio systems that offer killer sound in a compact, affordable package. And if ever there was a perfect time to purchase a new sound bar for yourself or for a friend or loved one as a gift, Cyber Monday 2016 is it. Amazon has tons of sound bars and home entertainment speaker systems on sale for Cyber Monday and Cyber Week this year, and we've collected the best deals right here in this post. It's important to note, however, that while some of these deals are valid all week long, other prices will only last until the end of the day today. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the year is happening right now! Check out the rest of Amazon's sound bars and home theater speakers on sale right here , and stick to our Cyber Monday 2016 hub today for all the best bargains from every top retailer all day long.
  • CNN taps a YouTube star to connect with millennials (2016-11-28 13:56:40)
    The news giant is bringing in social media app Beme and its founders to build a brand new platform.
  • The Real Cost of Cyber Monday Deals? Your Online Privacy (2016-11-28 13:48:24)
    There's no such thing as a free lunch, or a string-free deal for that matter. Yes, you’re going to have to pay for all those Cyber Monday savings. The cost? A piece of your online privacy.
  • Self-driving cars coming to public roads of Ontario, Canada (2016-11-28 13:47:36)
    (Reuters) - Self-driving cars, including those backed in part by the phonemaker BlackBerry Ltd, have been approved for testing on Canadian public roads in the country's first such program, the government for the province of Ontario said on Monday. Automated vehicles from the University of Waterloo and the Erwin Hymer Group auto manufacturer have also been approved for testing, Ontario said in a statement. Ontario, home to nearly all of Canada's auto industry, launched the program on Jan. 1, but had no applicants in the first half of the year.
  • 'Planet Earth II' shocker: Giraffe kicks lioness in the face (2016-11-28 13:46:05)
    So much for the queen of the jungle and her pride. But it was neck-and-neck there for a minute.
  • iOS 10.2 beta 4 is available to download right now (2016-11-28 13:35:34)
    Another Monday lunchbreak, another chance to download a new beta version of iOS 10. Apple has seeded the fourth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers today, so you can (and should) go download it right now. DON'T MISS:  The 10 best Cyber Monday sales of 2016 An earlier version of the iOS 10.2 beta 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 4, but aside from any new features, it's probably worth downloading just for the bug fixes. iOS 10.2 beta 4 is available immediately as an over the air (OTA) update, and it can also be downloaded from Apple’s developer website and installed using iTunes. For now, it’s only available to people who are registered for Apple’s paid developer program (or users who follow the simple instructions to get around Apple’s restrictions and gain access to developer betas), but iOS 10 public beta 4 should follow closely behind. 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.
  • The state of malware: 4 big takeaways from AV-TEST's 2016 report (2016-11-28 13:30:39)
    The new report details increased risks to Android and Apple products and the top 10 Windows malware programs of 2016. Here's what your business needs to know to stay safe.
  • Is an iPhone with a curved OLED screen on the way? (2016-11-28 13:24:20)
    Reports say the tech giant is asking its Asia suppliers for increased production of OLED screens.
  • The Walking Dead season 7, episode 6: A step in the right direction, but not a very big one (2016-11-28 13:23:10)
    If there’s one Walking Dead  character I wouldn’t have expected to get an entire episode for herself, it's Tara. Don’t get me wrong, I think she’s part of the core group of people who reside in Alexandria, and who we care the most about in this series. But she just got upgraded to a whole new level, and Sunday’s episode was much better than what we saw in episodes four and five. Warning:  Spoilers follow below . DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! Let me start things off by saying that I completely understand why ratings are falling . AMC ’s way of telling this story is pretty boring at this point . And it’s purely  AMC ’s fault. The showrunners came up with that annoying cliffhanger at the end of season 6, which only built up expectations for season 7’s premiere. Yes, that episode was crazy — but that’s not necessarily a good thing, because things went straight downhill from there. After meeting King Ezekiel and seeing Daryl getting tortured, we got a couple of boring episodes that we could have done without . AMC is building up the mid-season finale, due soon, but not much has happened so far. What’s also surprising about last night’s episode is that it did not feature any of the other characters that we saw in the trailer for episode 6. Swear is about Tara and Heath going out on their mission to discover new civilizations. To boldly go where no Alexandrian has gone before. But it's mostly about Tara. Poor Tara has no idea her girlfriend died, or that Glenn and Abraham have been brutally killed by the new leader of the land. Heath is broken: he just realized that they’re all living in a kill-or-be-killed world. Killing Negan’s satellite outpost was too much for him. Searching for survivor and provisions, the two get separated amid a very cool walker fight. Tara unleashes hell as she pulls out a bunch of sand-covered walkers that were in a dormant state. And those sandy walkers look amazing. From then on, it’s Tara all the way. She does discover a new settlement. It’s a place that’s not protected by fences. A place where only women live. A place where the inhabitants shoot on sight, walker or human, to ensure they get to live another day. However, they didn’t shoot Tara, at least not immediately, and she ultimately got away knowing that there’s a group who has enough weapons and enough hatred to fight Negan — it turns out that Negan killed all the men in that community at some point in the past. But she swore she wouldn’t tell anyone about this unusual tribe of women. Either way, Tara might turn out to be a great character, we’ll just have to wait and see what comes next. Episode 6 might be better than the previous two, but we do get glimpses of stupidity in this episode as well, and I have some examples. First of all, the women do not shot and kill Tara. They shot at her, but let her live. After all they had experienced in the recent past. After Tara admits she lied (that she worked on a boat). After she admits she and her group did things that sound similar to what Negan would do. They let her live. Not to mention that they left their original camp to avoid Negan, but they're still within reach. Why didn't the go somewhere farther? Then, we get the second walker battle where not all walkers are covered in sand. No, AMC has to troll us about killing Heath. By all means, kill him! But no, it turns out that not all walkers are covered in sand. The one who looks just like Heath isn’t. You know, just so that we can be fooled into thinking that walker is Heath. Finally, back in Alexandria, someone is finally manning the wall. You know, like any community should, especially when there’s a new threat in town . Why didn’t they do that in episode 4? Just so Negan can show up unexpected? This is just one example of the bad writing that has plagued season 7 so far, and I really hope things pick up after the upcoming break.
  • Wes Anderson directed a Christmas commercial for H&M and it is great (2016-11-28 13:21:02)
    You probably know filmmaker Wes Anderson from his meticulous, quirky, and outrageously charming movies like Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. What you may not know is that he’s also brought his unmistakeable style to the world of commercials for years, and this holiday season he’s made a short film for clothing retailer H&M. In “Come Together,” Adrian Brody plays a conductor on the H&M Lines Winter Express railroad, who has to inform his passengers that due to unexpected delays the train won’t make it to its destination on time, effectively causing everyone onboard to miss Christmas.
  • Cybersecurity in President Trump's America: The first 100 days (2016-11-28 13:15:08)
    It could take months to know what the Trump administration's cybersecurity policy will be. Cyber-defense experts weigh in with advice and best practices for securing your company today.
  • Watch a hydraulic press crush a $40,000 gold bar (2016-11-28 13:12:11)
    Nothing gold can stay. This pricey gold bar meets a death straight out of a James Bond torture scene.
  • Chevy Bolt isn't stylish, but GM is pushing its practicality (2016-11-28 13:12:01)
    The executive in charge of marketing the new electric Chevrolet Bolt keeps coming back to one word. "Driving an electric vehicle is just now practical," Darin Gesse says of the Bolt. He repeats ...
  • Instagram will notify users if you take a screenshot from their stories (2016-11-28 13:08:27)
    People are deeply worried that Instagram is tattling on them whenever they take a screenshot. See this inflammatory tweet as an example:Instagram sends alerts when you take screenshots now:— Esquire (@esquire) November 28, 2016This story is slightly true but also incredibly misleading. As our own Casey Newton noted in his update on Instagram stories, the photography platform will indeed alert users when someone has taken a screenshot but only when the photo or video is part of an Instagram story. ...
  • Instagram will notify users if you take a screenshot of their private temporary message (2016-11-28 13:08:27)
    People are deeply worried that Instagram is tattling on them whenever they take a screenshot. As our own Casey Newton noted in his update on Instagram stories, the photography platform will indeed alert users when someone has taken a screenshot but only when the photo or video is part of a temporary direct message sent through Instagram Direct.
  • How to use snapshots in VirtualBox (2016-11-28 13:01:44)
    If VirtualBox powers your virtual machines, start taking advantage of the snapshot feature today.
  • ‘No Man’s Sky’ Foundation Update: Base building, new modes and more (2016-11-28 12:58:46)
    After failing to live up to the unreasonable hype upon release back in August, No Man's Sky quickly faded from view . Now, nearly four months later, Hello Games has returned with a massive update that it hopes will reignite interest in the sandbox game and lay the foundation for a game that can meet the initial expectations. DON'T MISS:  BGR’s Holiday Gift Guide for Gamers For the first two months of the game's existence, there were several update released for the console and PC versions of the game, bringing bug fixes and patches to the limitless universe. Then the developer went dark, and players feared the worst. With such a negative reaction, had Hello Games given up on No Man's Sky ? The answer, as it turns out, is no. Instead, the team at Hello Games was hard at work on the Foundation Update — version 1.1 of No Man's Sky — which brings a metric ton of announced and unannounced new features to the game. The most substantial addition of the Foundation Update is base building. In the latest version of No Man's Sky , you can find an uninhabited base, claim it as your own and build it out to your heart's content. Along with being able to easily add new rooms to your base and decorate it as you please, you can also hire aliens specializing in farming, engineering, weaponry and science to work for you. Version 1.1 also splits No Man's Sky into three separate modes. Normal mode is the standard mode that you've been played since launch (albeit with all the additions of the Foundation Update); Creative mode gives you unlimited resources and infinite health so that you can explore and build without having to worry about dying; and Survival mode makes the game significantly more challenging. That might sound like a lot already, but it's only scratching the surface of what the update brings to No Man's Sky . You can cultivate crops in your new base, place save points and waypoints anywhere on the map, buy customization freighters that can be called from anywhere in the universe and even stack products. For more information about the Foundation Update and a full list of patch notes, head to the landing page on the  No Man's Sky website .
  • Amazon Echo's sleeper success wakes up (2016-11-28 12:57:04)
    The Echo has sold more than 5 million units altogether -- with 2 million sold this year before the start of the holiday-shopping season.
  • San Francisco public transit system hit in ransomware attack (2016-11-28 12:48:09)
    The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said on Monday it had contained a cyber attack, which disrupted its ticketing systems and forced it to offer free service to some customers during the Thanksgiving weekend. The agency, known widely as Muni, said it was the victim of a ransomware attack on Friday that affected internal computer systems including email, but had no impact on safe operation of transit services. The agency disabled fare gates from Friday to Sunday "as a precaution to minimize possible impacts to our customers," Muni spokesman Paul Rose said in an email on Monday.
  • Why Apple open sourcing Mac OS X isn't terribly exciting (2016-11-28 12:44:26)
    Apple released the kernel to Mac OS X--but even if it released the whole thing, not much would change.
  • The 10 best Cyber Monday sales of 2016 (2016-11-28 12:33:33)
    Cyber Monday is always one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. Sales are split between brick and mortar stores and online shops during Black Friday week, but all attention obviously turns to the internet for Cyber Week. We've been covering Cyber Monday 2016 sales all morning in an effort to help our readers steer clear of junk and distractions so they can head right for the best deals available on the web today. We'll continue to do so all day long on Monday (and we'll keep highlighting great Cyber Week sales from now through Friday) but some shoppers want to browse all the deals themselves. Don't worry, bargain hunters, we've got you covered, too. In this post, we've rounded up the 10 best Cyber Monday 2016 sales that you'll find on the web. We'll highlighted a few particularly juicy deals for each retailer, and then we'll send you on your way to browse the full Cyber Monday sales yourself. Good luck, and godspeed. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! Amazon It pretty much goes without saying at this point, but Amazon is the undisputed king of Cyber Monday. You'll find thousands and thousands of deep discounts across every section of the retailer's website, and new deals will pop up all week long as often as every 15 minutes. Here are some highlights: Gold Box Deal of the Day: Save up to 50% on select NETGEAR products Gold Box Deal of the Day: Up to 30% off select Acer products Save 25% or More on Select Garmin Fitness and Outdoor Products Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker for Streaming Music : $149.00 (save $50) All-New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote : $29.99 (save $10) Amazon Fire TV : $74.99 (save $15) Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition : $114.99 (save $15) Amazon Fire TV + HD Antenna Bundle : $84.99 (save $36.48) Amazon Echo : $139.99 (save $40) Amazon Tap : $89.99 (save $40) All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) : $39.99 (save $10) KitchenAid KL26M1XER Professional 6-Qt. Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer : $219.95 (save $330) CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS 1500VA 900W PFC Compatible Mini-Tower : $129.95 (save $75) Blendtec Total Blender, FourSide Jar, Black : $237.99 (save $165) Arlo Security System – 5 Wire-Free HD Cameras, Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision : $469.00 (save $161) RIF6 Cube Mobile Projector with RIF6 Sound Cube Wireless Speaker : $245 (save $55) Segway One S1 | One Wheel Self Balancing Personal Transporter with Mobile App Control : $599.99 (save $399) Moto Z Unlocked Smartphone – Lunar Grey – 64GB : $499.99 (save $200) Roku Streaming Stick (3600R) : $34.99 (save $15) SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive : $24.49 (save $55) SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive : $11.99 (save $22) Moto G Play (4th gen.) – Black – 16 GB – Unlocked : Only $129.99! Moto G Plus (4th Gen.) Unlocked – Black – 64GB : $229.99 (save $70) Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App Controlled Robot : $99.00 (save $31) Plantronics Voyager Legend Wireless Bluetooth Headset : $64.71 (save $35) Shop Amazon's Cyber Monday 2016 sale here Best Buy For gadget fans, Best Buy is definitely #2 on the list right behind Amazon. Here are some of Best Buy's best buys: iPhone 7 Starting at $1 Save $100 on all 12.9-inch models Save $200 on select MacBooks Sharp – 43″ Class (42.5″ Diag.) – LED – 1080p – Smart – HDTV – Roku TV – Black : $179.99 (save $120) Westinghouse – 50″ Class (50″ Diag.) – LED – 1080p – HDTV – Black high gloss : $229.99 (save $70) LG – 55″ Class (54.6″ Diag.) – LED – 1080p – Smart – HDTV – Black : $349.99 (save $150) HP – 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop – Intel Core i3 – 6GB Memory – 1TB Hard Drive – Black : $299.99 (save $100) Asus – 17.3″ Laptop – Intel Core i5 – 12GB Memory – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M – 1TB Hard Drive – Glossy dark brown : $599.99 (save $200) HP – 22es 21.5″ IPS LED HD Monitor – Natural silver : $59.99 (save $60) Save up to $110 on select Sony Wireless Headphones Linksys – EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router : $269.99 (save $130) Save $100 on select Dyson Air Purifiers and Humidifiers Shop Best Buy's Cyber Monday 2016 sale here Walmart Walmart offers some of the lowest prices online on a normal day, so you can imagine what the site is like on Cyber Monday. Here are some highlights: SAMSUNG 60″ 6200 Series – Full HD Smart LED TV – 1080p, 120MR (Model#: UN60J6200) : $577.99 (save $1,122) LG 55UH6030 55″ 4K Ultra HD 2160p 60Hz Smart LED HDTV (4K x 2K) : $497.00 (save $253) VIZIO D55n-E2 55″ 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV : $378.00 (save $120) VIZIO SmartCast 50″ Class E-Series – 4K Ultra HD, Smart, LED TV – 2160p, 60Hz (E50x-E1) : $378.00 (save $150) SAMSUNG 49″ 6250 Series – Curved Full HD Smart LED TV – 1080p, 120MR (Model#: UN49K6250) : $447.99 (save $452) LG 49UH6030 49″ 4K Ultra HD 2160p 60Hz Smart LED HDTV (4K x 2K) : $397.00 (save $153) Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD 15.6″ Laptop, Windows 10 Home, Intel Celeron N3350 Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive : $229.00 (save $60) HP 15-f222wm 15.6″ Laptop, Touchscreen, Windows 10 Home, Intel Pentium N3540 Quad-Core Processor, 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive : $289.00 (save $110) Bundle & Save: Xbox One S Console, $40 Walmart Gift Card & Your Choice of 4k UltraHD Movie : From $249 PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle : $249.00 (save $51) Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle, Storm Grey (500GB) : $249.00 (save $51) PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle with Bonus Sony Dualshock 4 Controller Black : From $274 Samsung Sound Bar 2.1ch 300W Wireless Subwoofer (HW-K450/ZA) : $147.99 (save $132) Nakamichi BF21 300W 38″ 2.1-Channel Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer : $79.00 (save $70) Instant Pot IP-LUX60-ENW Stainless Steel 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker with Mini Mitts : $69.00 (save $57) Up to $210 Off On Trampolines Black + Decker Robotic Vacuum, BDH5000WM-4 : $196.00 (save $104) Keurig K50 Coffee Maker : $79.00 (save $10) Shop Walmart's Cyber Monday 2016 sale here Target Target killed it all week last week for Black Friday, and the company's Cyber Monday bargains are just as good. Check out some examples: Samsung 40” Class 1080p 60Hz LED SMART TV : $247.99 (save $182) VIZIO SmartCast E-series 50” Class (49.51" Diag.) UHD TV : $439.99 (save $160) Samsung 55" Curved Smart UHD 4K 120 Motion Rate TV : $697.99 (save $502) LG 60in Flat Panel TV 2160p 120 Hz : $699.99 (save $200) Samsung 65in Curved TV 2160p 120 Hz : $1,097.99 (save $402) Uncharted 4 PlayStation 4 500GB Slim Bundle : $249.99 (save $50) Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield 1 Bundle : $249.99 (save $50) Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Smart Speaker : $149.00 (save $51) Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker III : $269.99 (save $30) Altec Omni Jacket Bluetooth Speaker : $99.99 (save $100) JBL Pulse 2 Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker : $119.99 (save $80) JBL Xtreme Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker : $199.99 (save $100) HP Laptop Computer Amd E2-7110 Quadcore : $179.99 (save $20) HP Chromebook 11.6" Laptop : $179.99 (save $20) Shop Target's Cyber Monday 2016 sale here Macy's If you want anything having to do with clothing or accessories, Macy's is your one-stop shop. Free shipping applies to all orders over $25, and some of the store's most popular apparel has been deeply discounted. MICHAEL Michael Kors Down Jacket : $69.99 (reg $225) MICHAEL Michael Kors Men's Wool-Blend Field Coat with Attached Bib : $99.99 (reg $295) American Rag Men's Plaid Flannel Shirt, Only at Macy's : $17.99 (reg $40) NEW! Receive a FREE 5-Pc. gift with any $50 Lancôme purchase Tommy Hilfiger Silvana Riding Boots : Buy one get one free Shop Macy's Cyber Monday 2016 sale here Costco Whether or not you're a Costco member, you definitely need to check out the site's big Cyber Week sales. Here are some of today's highlights: Vizio 43" Class (43.0" Diag) 1080p Smart LED LCD HDTV E43-D2 : $299.99 New 3DS XL Pokemon Sun & Moon Bundle : $259.99 Bose® Triple Black QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones : $219.99 Vizio SB3821-D6 38" 2.1 Channel SmartCast™ Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer : $119.99 Vizio SB4051-D5 40" 5.1 Channel SmartCast™ Soundbar System : $279.99 Shop Costco's Cyber Monday 2016 sale eBay eBay's not just an auction site anymore, and sellers on this online marketplace are really hitting Cyber Monday hard. Here are a few top deals, but you should note that supply is limited for all deals: Sharp Aquos N9000 65" HDR 4K Ultra HD Smart 3D Curved LED HDTV : $1,299 Apple iPhone 6 64GB Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Dual-Core 8MP Camera SmartPhone : $219.99 Samsonite Versa-Lite 360 3 Piece Nested Set - Luggage : $99.99 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 12" i5 256GB 8GB Ram Windows 10 Multi-Touch Tablet : $569.99 Lenovo V110-15ISK 15.6" Notebook Intel Core i3-6100U 2.3GHz 4GB RAM 500GB HDD : $239.99 Fitbit Charge 2 Fitness Acitivity Wristband : $119.99 Keurig K55 K-Cup Classic Coffee Brewing System, Rhubarb : $69.99 Apple MacBook Air 13.3" LED - Intel Core i5 - 8GB RAM - 128GB SSD - MMGF2LL/A : $786.99 Shop eBay's Cyber Monday 2016 sale here Newegg As always, Newegg is your one-stop shop for all the computer gear you need this holiday season. Check out a few examples: Acer Aspire E5-575G-57A4 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5 GHz 15.6" Windows 10 Home 64-Bit : $569.00 Asus ROG PG348Q Black 34” 3440x1440 , 100 Hz Curved IPS G-Sync (NVIDIA Adaptive Sync) 21:9 WQHD Gaming Monitor with speakers , High and Swift Adjustable : $1,199.99 GIGABYTE P55Wv6-NE2 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz 15.6" Windows 10 Home 64-Bit : $1,149.00 LG 29UB55-B Black 29" 5ms (GTG)IPS 21:9 UltraWide IPS LED Backlight LCD Monitor, 2560 x 1080 (2K) ,sRGB 100% Anti-glare 3H Surface Treatment, 178/178 Viewing Angle with Built in Speakers : $209.99 Asus VC239H Slim Bezel Black 23” 5ms (GTG) IPS Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitors, HDMI 1920X1080 , W/ eye care feature and flicker free Technology, 178/178 Viewing Angle and build in speakers : $99.99 Shop Newegg's Cyber Monday 2016 sale here Sam's Club If you're not familiar with Sam's Club, consider this your introduction. 60-inch Sharp TV under $500? Check. $100 iTunes gift cards for under $85? Check. And there's plenty more where that came from... Sharp 60" Class 1080p SMART LED TV - LC-60N5100U : $498.00 LG 60" 4K Super UHD Smart LED TV w/WebOS 3.0 - 60UH7650 : $798.00 VIZIO SmartCast 48” Class Ultra HD Home Theater Display w/ Chromecast - E48u-D0 : $348.00 PS4 Pro 1TB and Samsung 40" 4K TV Bundle : $649.00 $100 iTunes Gift Card : $84.47 Shop Sam's Club's Cyber Monday 2016 sale here BJ's Wholesale Last but not least, BJ's has a killer sale lined up for Cyber Monday. Here are a few highlights: VIZIO E50U-D2 SmartCast 50" 4K UHD Home Theater Display : $419.99 Samsung 2.1 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer : $109.99 Beats EP On-Ear Headphones - White : $106.99 Lenovo ThinkPad N22 Laptop, Intel Celeron N3050, 4GB Memory, 32GB eMMC Drive : $127.99 Polk Audio 31" Universal Sound Bar : $99.99 Shop BJ's Wholesale's Cyber Monday 2016 sale here Be sure to visit our Cyber Monday 2016 hub all day long for the best deals.
  • With early deals, how much will Cyber Monday buyers spend? (2016-11-28 12:17:07)
    Millions of Americans paused during the Monday after Thanksgiving to check out online deals and check off people on their holiday gift list. But so-called Cyber Monday may be in danger of losing its online ...
  • All the reasons why mobile shopping is terrible (The 3:59, Ep. 144) (2016-11-28 12:11:02)
    For Cyber Monday, we chat about why buying stuff on a phone still stinks. Plus, Snapchat Spectacles!
  • Sling TV is launching a cloud DVR next month (2016-11-28 12:08:30)
    Dish’s Sling TV is gearing up to take on PlayStation Vue and AT&T’s upcoming DirecTV Now service with the launch of a new cloud DVR service. The new service, which will launch in an invite-only beta for Roku users next month, will allow users to record up to 100 hours of live TV with the ability to record multiple shows simultaneously. In its announcement, Sling specifically noted that users will be able to keep their content for longer than 28 days.
  • Cyber Monday 2016: 10 streaming media players on sale for under $100 each (2016-11-28 12:08:25)
    If you're struggling to find the perfect gift for a friend or a loved one, there are always a few areas where you really can't go wrong. Generally speaking, just about anyone out there is going to appreciate a portal directly into thousands upon thousands of hours of streaming entertainment. That's exactly what you get when you buy a streaming media player, which is why these tiny gadgets are so popular these days. Simply connect one to your TV and you get instant access to more movies, TV shows and videos than you can possibly watch in a lifetime. Cyber Monday 2016 brings with it a number of great deals on streaming media players, especially on Amazon, which is still the best site to shop if you're looking for killer Cyber Monday bargains on just about anything. In this post, we've rounded up 10 awesome streaming media players that make amazing gifts for a friend, family member or yourself, and each device is currently on sale for less than $100. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the year is happening right now! Check out the rest of Amazon's streaming media players on sale right here , and stick to our Cyber Monday 2016 hub today for all the best bargains from every top retailer all day long.
  • New mobile phone system 'mBirth' registers Tanzania's invisible children (2016-11-28 12:06:24)
    By Kizito Makoye NJOMBE, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At Lunyanywi village in Tanzania's southern highlands, local residents gather to welcome a new member of their community. Antonia Kisena and her husband Moses are celebrating the birth of a baby boy they have named Arnold with drumming, food and a specially prepared local brew. Everything was captured by a mobile phone and the document was issued instantly," she said.
  • The Walking Dead Redemption Club season 7, episode 6: Swear (2016-11-28 12:06:04)
    Gene Page/AMCAMC’s The Walking Dead has an uncanny knack for manipulating its audience, but this year’s hyper-violent season premiere went too far. So far that we canceled our ongoing series The Walking Dead Quitter’s Club, and co-author Bryan Bishop swore off the show entirely. Now, Nick Statt is trying to change his mind. Instead of tearing the show down, he’ll be finding something to highlight. It might be a subtle change in character, a great action scene, or a new development in a narrative arc. ...
  • Tesla to begin Enhanced Autopilot rollout in 'about three weeks' (2016-11-28 12:00:55)
    The full deployment is set to take months, and it's likely that more traditional safety systems will comprise the first releases.
  • Sling TV launches cloud DVR feature hours before DirecTV Now unveiling (2016-11-28 11:53:38)
    The feature launches in beta on Roku just as AT&T is about to reveal its rival DirecTV Now service.
  • What to expect from Samsung's future Galaxy S8 (2016-11-28 11:51:04)
    After the Note 7 and its exploding batteries turned into a manufacturing nightmare for Samsung, the firm is determined to get back on track with a device that showcases its finest mobile technology. Samsung's future flagship handset, the Galaxy S8, is expected Q1 2017. The Samsung Galaxy S8 will evidently come loaded with top-end components, such as new-generation processors like the Snapdragon 835 (principally used in the USA) or the Exynos 8895 (for the rest of the world), plus 6GB of RAM.
  • iPhone users report serious battery drain problem on iOS 10.1.1 (2016-11-28 11:48:16)
    If you're brave enough to download and install an iOS update the moment it's available, you might find yourself dealing with some strange battery quirks since the iOS 10.1.1 update. If so, you're not alone. It seems that some iPhone owners are finding themselves with batteries that spontaneously shut down despite their devices showing that they have plenty of battery left. As Forbes reports, the Apple support forums — which are always a great place to find early adopters who have discovered unexpected bugs — is teeming with iOS 10.1.1 users whose devices are dying with 30% or more of their battery indicator remaining. DON'T MISS:  We’ll see the iPhone 8’s biggest design change sooner than we thought Curiously, many of the disgruntled users also report that upon reboot, the devices go from 0% battery to 30% instantly, despite having only been plugged in for seconds. Many iPhone users on the support forums have suggested that it's a hardware issue, and that a battery replacement is the only sure-fire way to cure the strange issue. However, as noted by PhoneArena , the number of people reporting the issue immediately after installing iOS 10.1 is striking. Some even claim that multiple of their devices began experiencing the same issue simultaneously upon downloading the update. iOS 10.1.1 initially rolled out on October 31, only to be replaced with a different 10.1.1 download on November 9, which was only downloadable for those who hadn't already updated. iOS 10.2 Beta 3 has been available for those in the test program for a couple of weeks already. If the strange battery behavior is indeed a symptom of a bug in the operating system, hopefully it will be rectified once the new iOS update makes its debut.
  • MIT's new method of radio transmission could one day make wireless VR a reality (2016-11-28 11:33:30)
    If you want to use one of today's major VR headsets, whether the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, or the PS VR, you have to accept the fact that there will be an illusion-shattering cable that tethers you to the small supercomputer that's powering your virtual world. Instead of using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to transmit data, the research team’s MoVR system uses high-frequency millimeter wave radio to stream data from a computer to a headset wirelessly at dramatically faster speeds than traditional technology. Or the entire idea of VR backpacks, which allow for a more mobile VR experience by building a computer that's more easily carried.
  • Amazon’s best Cyber Monday deals on headphones and wireless speakers (2016-11-28 11:25:58)
    With Black Friday behind us, all eyes have now turned to Cyber Monday 2016 and Cyber Week 2016. All these sales generally run into each other and the many of the same deals carry over from one shopping event to the next, but there are also plenty of killer bargains that are available solely on Cyber Monday, so you only have a limited amount of time to take advantage of them. Headphones and wireless speakers are always terrific gifts for friends and family because they offer great experiences but are still generally very affordable. Of course in Amazon's big Cyber Monday 2016 sale, they're even more affordable than usual. In this post, we've rounded up all of Amazon's best bargains on portable wireless speakers and on headphones, both wired and wireless. Many of these deals expire at 11:59 PM PST tonight though, so definitely check them out while you can. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the year is happening right now! Wireless Speakers Headphones Check out the rest of Amazon's speakers and headphones on sale right here , and stick to our Cyber Monday 2016 hub today for all the best bargains from every top retailer all day long.
  • Cyber Monday: Best Buy anuncia todas sus ofertas para el lunes cibernético (2016-11-28 11:24:53)
    Solo por hoy, puedes comprar un televisor HDTV de 49 pulgadas por US$300 y una bocina inteligente Google Home por US$100.
  • Best Buy releases its top deals for Cyber Monday (2016-11-28 11:13:52)
    For today only, you can get a $300 49-inch HDTV and a $100 Google Home.
  • Backlash against voting audits makes elections less secure (2016-11-28 11:05:10)
    Almost three weeks after Election Day, Wisconsin is getting ready to recount its votes, and Pennsylvania and Michigan may soon follow suit. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has raised over $6 million to fund the effort, saying fears of a hacked election couldn’t be dismissed in light of earlier hacks of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign staff. Hillary Clinton’s team signed on to the recount campaign over the weekend, citing similar concerns.
  • Cyber Monday 2016 deals watch: Save big on tech at Target (2016-11-28 11:02:25)
    There's little doubt that Black Friday is the best day of the year for great deals. Seemingly everything is on sale from every retailer across the country, but in recent years, Cyber Monday has given Black Friday a run for its money. This year is no different, as many of Target's best Black Friday deals are still available during what the massive retailer calls Cyber Week. Plus, you can get an additional 15% off nearly every item in-store at Target's brick-and-mortar locations or online at through Monday, November 28th. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! There are 20 pages worth of electronics deals on for Cyber Week, many of which we've covered previously . But if you'd rather not trudge through a long list of discounts, we've collected some of the most popular deals below: TVs Samsung 40” Class 1080p 60Hz LED SMART TV : $247.99 (save $182) VIZIO SmartCast E-series 50” Class (49.51" Diag.) UHD TV : $439.99 (save $160) Samsung 55" Curved Smart UHD 4K 120 Motion Rate TV : $697.99 (save $502) LG 60in Flat Panel TV 2160p 120 Hz : $699.99 (save $200) Samsung 65in Curved TV 2160p 120 Hz : $1,097.99 (save $402) Gaming Uncharted 4 PlayStation 4 500GB Slim Bundle : $249.99 (save $50) Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield 1 Bundle : $249.99 (save $50) Battlefield 1 | Xbox One | PlayStation 4 : $39.99 (save $20) Titanfall 2 | Xbox One | PlayStation 4 : $39.99 (save $20) DualShock 4 Wireless Controller : $39.99 (save $20) Xbox Wireless Controller : $39.99 (save $20) Home Audio Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Smart Speaker : $149.00 (save $51) Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker III : $269.99 (save $30) Altec Omni Jacket Bluetooth Speaker : $99.99 (save $100) JBL Pulse 2 Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker : $119.99 (save $80) JBL Xtreme Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker : $199.99 (save $100) Computers & Printers HP Laptop Computer Amd E2-7110 Quadcore : $179.99 (save $20) HP Chromebook 11.6" Laptop : $179.99 (save $20) HP Chromebook 14" : $229.99 (save $20) Canon Pixma Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer : $49.99 (save $100) HP ENVY 5663 All-in-One Printer : $69.99 (save $80) These were the best deals we could find, but there are dozens more to check out in Target's full Cyber Monday 2016 sale right here . Want more? Be sure to check our Cyber Monday 2016 hub all day long for the best deals.
  • Cyber Monday sweeps social media (2016-11-28 10:59:47)
    Social Cues: Twitter and Facebook users can't stop posting about the best deals.
  • San Francisco public transit system says ransomware attack contained (2016-11-28 10:41:59)
    (Reuters) - San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency said it has contained a cyber attack that disrupted some internal computer systems including email, but did not affect transit services. "The situation is now contained, and we have prioritized restoring our systems to be fully operational," the agency said on its website. (Reporting by Jim Finkle in Boston; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
  • We’ll see the iPhone 8’s biggest design change sooner than we thought (2016-11-28 10:39:58)
    Next year’s iPhone 8 is rumored to bring over a massive redesign. Apple is reportedly working on a device that will be made of glass and feature a curved OLED display that occupies most of the phone's front side. The display will incorporate the Touch ID sensor and inherit all of the home button’s other features. But it seems that we might be able to preview these iPhone 8 features sooner than we thought, because next year’s iPad line will have some of the hot new design features we're anticipating. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! It might be a while before we see an OLED screen on the iPad, but next year’s iOS tablets are already rumored to come with a new design that will remove the home button. By removing the physical home button from its devices, Apple can increase the size of the display without increasing the overall footprint of the device. Next year’s iPads are expected to feature bigger displays, but keep the same overall sizes as this year’s 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models. A new report from Japanese site Macotakara says that 2017 iPads will lose the home button and will have smaller bezels. That’s why next year’s 10.9-inch iPad will have the same size as the 9.7-inch iPad. However, the devices will be slightly thicker, likely to accommodate bigger batteries. The 10.9-inch iPad will be 7.5mm thick, just like the old iPad Air. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is also expected to be three millimeters thicker than its predecessor. A report last week said Apple is looking to manufacture iPads with screens bigger than 9.7 inches. The report also notes that while the home button is going away, the FaceTime camera will still be located above the display, which means the top bezel will remain in place, though it might be a bit thinner than it is on the current models.
  • You should watch the Final Fantasy XV movie and anime before playing the game (2016-11-28 10:30:02)
    After 10 long years, the 15th main entry in the Final Fantasy series will launch tomorrow on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Watching the show will help you understand things like why Ignis is such a devoted chef, or why Gladiolus is so tough.
  • Volkswagen Arteon is your first look at the CC's successor (2016-11-28 10:21:10)
    It will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next March.
  • Lululemon's New Men's Outerwear Collection is Unbelievably Good (2016-11-28 10:20:10)
    Parkas, vests, shells... you'll want to own all of them.
  • Cyber Monday 2016 deals watch: Best bargains in Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale (2016-11-28 10:16:08)
    Walmart may be best known as a brick and mortar retail behemoth, but savvy shoppers know that Walmart is also one of the best places to shop online for great deals — and that's especially true of the Walmart Cyber Monday 2016 sale. Walmart's online Black Friday deals were beyond impressive this year, and the company is holding steady on Cyber Monday, offering deep discounts on all the gear you might need. From TVs and video game consoles to tablets, home audio gear, headphones, laptops, home appliances, accessories and more, Walmart has all of your Cyber Monday shopping needs covered. In this post, we'll highlight all of the retailer's top deals. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! Walmart has thousands of discounts across the site that are deeper than normal today for Cyber Monday 2016. Some of these sale prices will extend to the end of the week for Cyber Week, while others will only be available on Cyber Monday. TVs SAMSUNG 65" 6200 Series - Full HD Smart LED TV - 1080p, 120MR (Model#: UN65J6200) : $797.99 (save $1,602) SAMSUNG 60" 6300 Series - 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV - 2160p,120MR (Model#:UN60KU6300) : $1,099.00 (save $400) SAMSUNG 60" 6200 Series - Full HD Smart LED TV - 1080p, 120MR (Model#: UN60J6200) : $577.99 (save $1,122) LG 55UH6030 55" 4K Ultra HD 2160p 60Hz Smart LED HDTV (4K x 2K) : $497.00 (save $253) VIZIO D55n-E2 55" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV : $378.00 (save $120) VIZIO SmartCast 50" Class E-Series - 4K Ultra HD, Smart, LED TV - 2160p, 60Hz (E50x-E1) : $378.00 (save $150) SAMSUNG 49" 6250 Series - Curved Full HD Smart LED TV - 1080p, 120MR (Model#: UN49K6250) : $447.99 (save $452) LG 49UH6030 49" 4K Ultra HD 2160p 60Hz Smart LED HDTV (4K x 2K) : $397.00 (save $153) SAMSUNG 43" 5200 Series - Full HD Smart LED TV - 1080p, 60MR (Model#: UN43J5200) : $399.00 (save $400) Samsung J5200 Series 40" 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV : $247.99 (save $452) Proscan PLDED4017 40" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV : Only $179.99! Samsung UN32J5205 32" 1080p 60Hz Class Smart HDTV : $279.99 (save $300) Laptops and Tablets Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD 15.6" Laptop, Windows 10 Home, Intel Celeron N3350 Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive : $229.00 (save $60) HP 15-f222wm 15.6" Laptop, Touchscreen, Windows 10 Home, Intel Pentium N3540 Quad-Core Processor, 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive : $289.00 (save $110) Lenovo N22 11.6" Laptop, Windows 10 Pro, Intel Celeron N3050 Dual-Core Processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB Flash Storage : $149.00 (save $50) HP 15-ba018wm 15.6" Laptop, Windows 10 Home, AMD Quad-Core E2-7110 APU Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive : $239.00 (save $60) 10.1” EPIK Ultra-Slim Laptop, Windows 10, Intel Atom Quad Core Processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash Storage : $119.00 (save $50) Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming Edition Gray 15.6" 7559 Laptop PC with Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor, 16GB Memory, touch screen, 128GB Solid State Drive and Windows 10 Home : $999.00 (save $300) Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 32 GB WiFi : $542 (save $57) Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" Tablet 16GB : $149.98 (save $150) RCA Viking Pro 10.1" 2-in-1 Tablet 32GB Quad Core : $98.00 (save $32) MarquisPad 9.7" Touchscreen 8GB Android 4.0 Tablet with WiFi, Bluetooth & Camera : Only $44.99! Video Games Bundle & Save: Xbox One S Console, $40 Walmart Gift Card & Your Choice of 4k UltraHD Movie : From $249 PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle : $249.00 (save $51) Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle, Storm Grey (500GB) : $249.00 (save $51) PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle with Bonus Sony Dualshock 4 Controller Black : From $274 Xbox One S 500GB Console with Minecraft (Xbox One) : $249.00 (save $51) Battlefield 1 (PS4) : $27.00 (save $33) Battlefield 1 (Xbox One) : $27.00 (save $33) Call Of Duty Infinite Warfare (PS4) : $39.82 (save $20) Madden NFL 17 (Xbox One) : $28.00 (save $32) Everything Else Samsung Sound Bar 2.1ch 300W Wireless Subwoofer (HW-K450/ZA) : $147.99 (save $132) Nakamichi BF21 300W 38" 2.1-Channel Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer : $79.00 (save $70) Instant Pot IP-LUX60-ENW Stainless Steel 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker with Mini Mitts : $69.00 (save $57) Up to $210 Off On Trampolines Black + Decker Robotic Vacuum, BDH5000WM-4 : $196.00 (save $104) Keurig K50 Coffee Maker : $79.00 (save $10) Serta Big & Tall Memory Foam Massage Recliner with USB Charging, Beige : $199.00 (save $101) Hamilton Beach Power Deluxe 4-Quart Stand Mixer : $19.96 (save $25) Canon PIXMA MX490 Wireless Office All-in-One Printer/Copier/Scanner/Fax Machine : $34.00 (save $26) Check out the entire Walmart Cyber Monday 2016 sale right here , and be sure to visit our Cyber Monday 2016 hub all day long for the best deals.
  • The next iPad might be Apple’s first iOS device with no home button (2016-11-28 10:04:49)
    It’s been rumored fairly regularly in recent months that Apple wants to remove the iPhone’s iconic home button and integrate its functionality into one seamless front display. 9to5Mac spotted a new Makotakara report that claims Apple’s upcoming 10.9-inch iPad won’t feature any physical home button at all — a design decision that will allow a larger screen to fit into the same-sized footprint as today’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The next iPad will also include thinner bezels, according to the report, which notes that these outward upgrades will come with one tradeoff: increased thickness.
  • Final Fantasy XV was worth the wait (2016-11-28 10:00:02)
    About a dozen hours into Final Fantasy XV, after I’d slain countless monsters and traveled hundreds of miles and bonded with tight-knit group of friends, a strange feeling swelled in my chest. Prompto, the blonde, goofy member of our quartet, had just set the timer of his camera and skittered back to the scenic spot so we could all take a photo together. Like its predecessors in the long-running series, Final Fantasy XV is an epic role-playing game that spans dozens of hours.
  • Cyber Monday sales expected to grow double digits, IBM says (2016-11-28 09:54:43)
    With Black Friday sales up 28% globally this year, IBM predicts that 2016 will be the biggest season for online holiday shopping yet. Here's what your business can expect.
  • Exclusive: Chinese government money backs buyout firm’s deal for U.S. chip maker (2016-11-28 09:52:51)
    By Liana B. Baker, Koh Gui Qing and Julie Zhu SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, a buyout fund that agreed to acquire U.S.-based chip maker Lattice Semiconductor Corp for $1.3 billion earlier this month, is funded partly by cash originating from China's central government and also has indirect links to its space program, Chinese corporate filings show. Reuters, in a review of about a dozen filings from China's state-run corporate register, has established that the financial investment in Canyon Bridge originates from China’s State Council, the top decision-making body of the government. This link could draw more U.S. regulatory scrutiny over the Lattice deal on concerns that technology gained through the purchase could be used by China's military, according to analysts who follow the chip industry and monitor foreign investment review decisions by the U.S. government.
  • Elliott discloses stake in Cognizant, urges board shakeup (2016-11-28 09:52:17)
    (Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott Management Corp disclosed a stake of "more than 4 percent" in Cognizant Technology Solutions and urged the IT services provider to consider shaking up its board as one of several steps to boost shareholder value. "We believe that Cognizant can achieve a value of $80–$90+ per share by the end of 2017, representing upside of 50-69 percent in just over a year," Elliott Senior Portfolio Manager Jesse Cohn said in a letter to Cognizant's board on Monday. Elliott Management has led several successful campaigns to squeeze value out of companies it considers to be undervalued.
  • Today is your last chance to save big on Sonos speakers, Echo, Fire TV and more (2016-11-28 09:51:48)
    Black Friday 2016 offered some of the best deals we've seen in recent years on all sorts of different products, from TVs and home audio gear to laptops, wireless speakers and more. While most of those deals have no ended in order to clear the way for a new wave of deals for Cyber Monday 2016, there are some killer sales that started on Thanksgiving or Black Friday and are still available today, Cyber Monday, for one last day. That means today is your last chance to save big on a number of hot items, some of which almost never go on sale, like the Sonos Play:1 wireless smart speaker. In this post, we've put together a roundup of some of the best Black Friday 2016 sales this year that are still available today for Cyber Monday 2016. Almost all of these deals will end today though, so be sure to take advantage of these crazy sales while you still can. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! Amazon Devices All-New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote : $29.99 (save $10) Amazon Fire TV : $74.99 (save $15) Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition : $114.99 (save $15) Amazon Fire TV + HD Antenna Bundle : $84.99 (save $36.48) Amazon Echo : $139.99 (save $40) Amazon Tap : $89.99 (save $40) All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) : $39.99 (save $10) All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - White + Bose SoundLink Mini II : $203.99 (save $15) Fire Tablet : $33.33 (save $16.66) All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet : $59.99 (save $30) All-New Kindle E-reader : $49.99 (save $40) Kindle Paperwhite E-reader : $99.99 (save $20) Kindle for Kids Bundle : $69.99 (save $55) Kindle Voyage E-reader : $169.99 (save $30) More Deals Expiring Today Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker for Streaming Music : $149.00 (save $50) Roku Streaming Stick (3600R) : $34.99 (save $15) SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive : $24.49 (save $55) SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive : $11.99 (save $22) Moto G Play (4th gen.) - Black - 16 GB - Unlocked : Only $129.99! Moto G Plus (4th Gen.) Unlocked - Black - 64GB : $229.99 (save $70) Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App Controlled Robot : $99.00 (save $31) Plantronics Voyager Legend Wireless Bluetooth Headset : $64.71 (save $35) Check out the rest of the deals in Amazon's huge Cyber Monday 2016 sale right here , and stick to our Cyber Monday 2016 hub today for all the best bargains from every top retailer all day long.
  • Samsung under pressure to split company in two (2016-11-28 09:42:10)
    The company is expected to announce changes within the next 24 hours that could reward investors with more money.
  • Cyber Monday 2016 deals watch: All the best bargains in Best Buy’s huge sale (2016-11-28 09:28:43)
    With Black Friday 2016 now behind us, all attention has obviously turned to Cyber Monday 2016. While the former is a shopping event shared by brick and mortar retailers and online shops alike, Cyber Monday and Cyber Week are sales events that are held only by online stores. Of course, that won't stop massive nationwide retail chains like Best Buy from getting into the action. Cyber Monday 2016 and Cyber Week 2016 are all about electronics deals, and there is precious little doubt that Best Buy is one of the go-to stores if you're seeking out bargains on anything that runs on a battery or gets plugged into the wall. For Cyber Monday 2016, Best Buy has managed to string together some of the best deals of the season. There's no door to bust in an online sale, but there are a number of "doorbuster" bargains you won't want to miss in Best Buy's big Cyber Monday sale. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! Best Buy's Cyber Monday 2016 sale is massive, covering thousands of items across the retailer's website. That's the good news. The bad news is that the best "doorbuster" deals on the site are all available in limited quantities. Here's the blurb at the top of Best Buy's Cyber Monday 2016 sale page: "Limited quantities. No rainchecks. We're unable to accept call-in orders or check store availability for items showing Sold Out." With that in mind, you probably want to check out this big sale as soon as possible. We've gone through pages and pages of Cyber Monday deals on the Best Buy site, and we've put together all the best deals we could find. Check them all out below, and then you'll find a link at the bottom of the post to browse the entire Cyber Monday sale. Doorbusters iPhone 7 Starting at $1 Save $100 on all 12.9-inch models Save $200 on select MacBooks Sharp - 43" Class (42.5" Diag.) - LED - 1080p - Smart - HDTV - Roku TV - Black : $179.99 (save $120) Westinghouse - 50" Class (50" Diag.) - LED - 1080p - HDTV - Black high gloss : $229.99 (save $70) LG - 55" Class (54.6" Diag.) - LED - 1080p - Smart - HDTV - Black : $349.99 (save $150) HP - 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i3 - 6GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - Black : $299.99 (save $100) Asus - 17.3" Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 12GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M - 1TB Hard Drive - Glossy dark brown : $599.99 (save $200) HP - 22es 21.5" IPS LED HD Monitor - Natural silver : $59.99 (save $60) Save up to $110 on select Sony Wireless Headphones Linksys - EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router : $269.99 (save $130) Save $100 on select Dyson Air Purifiers and Humidifiers More Deals Samsung - 40" Class (40" Diag.) - LED - 2160p - Smart - 4K Ultra HD TV - Dark titan : $299.99 (save $150) Insignia™ - 48" Class (47.6" Diag.) - LED - 1080p - HDTV - Black : $229.99 (save $50) Sony - 55" Class (54.6" Diag.) - 2160p - Smart - 4K Ultra HD TV with High Dynamic Range - Black : $899.99 (save $300) Samsung - 60" Class (60" Diag.) - LED - 2160p - Smart - 4K Ultra HD TV - Black : $699.99 (save $300) Insignia™ - 40" Class (40" Diag.) - LED - 1080p - HDTV - Black : $179.99 (save $40) LG - 49" Class (48.7" Diag.) - LED - 1080p - Smart - HDTV - Black : $299.99 (save $100) VIZIO - 55" Class (54.5" Diag.) - LED - 2160p - with Chromecast Built-in - 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Display - Black : $469.99 (save $130) Sony - 65" Class (64.5" Diag.) - 2160p - Smart - 4K Ultra HD TV with High Dynamic Range - Black : $1,399.99 (save $400) Apple - Apple TV - 64GB - Black : $169.99 (save $30) Apple - Apple TV - 32GB - Black : $127.49 (save $22.50) VIZIO - SmartCast™ 38" 5.1-Channel Soundbar System with Subwoofer - Black : $179.99 (save $120) Pronto - Smart Remote - Black : $19.99 (save $21) Microsoft - Surface Pro 4 - 12.3" - 128GB - Intel Core i5 - Silver : $799.99 (save $200) Free Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition with PlayStation 4 Pro or PlayStation 4 Slim Console Free Select Controller with Select Xbox One Free $200 gift card when you buy and activate an iPhone 6s with monthly installment plan Save $120 on Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 edge These deals represent the cream of the crop, but you can check out the entire Best Buy Cyber Monday 2016 sale right here . Be sure to check our Cyber Monday 2016 hub all day long for the best deals.
  • Lenovo Yoga 910 review: all the right pieces (2016-11-28 09:28:00)
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  • Apple’s next iPhone could have a curved screen (2016-11-28 09:24:06)
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  • T-Mobile has one of the best Cyber Monday deals on the iPhone 7 (2016-11-28 09:14:49)
    Black Friday is finally over, but the shopping craze isn’t done, particularly today. Cyber Monday is in full swing and retailers are ready to sell you a ton of products at discount prices. T-Mobile is one of them, and the carrier has put a new iPhone 7 promotion in place just a few days after finishing one of the best Black Friday iPhone 7 sales of the year. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! If you’re still having trouble deciding which iPhone 7 to get, T-Mobile is about to make things easier for you: the carrier will let you upgrade iPhone storage for free. That means you can order the 128GB iPhone for the price of the 32GB version. Or just go for the 256GB iPhone 7 for the price of the 128GB one. In either case, you get to save $100, which isn't bad at all. To take advantage of the special Cyber Monday sale, just add the 128GB or 256GB iPhone 7 to your cart online, or place your order via phone call (at 1-877-413-5903). That’s it. You should hurry to get the deal as fast as possible, though, as inventory is limited. Yes, that might mean you have to settle for colors other than Jet Black, which is still the most difficult color to snag. Check out T-Mobile’s special Cyber Monday iPhone 7 deal at this link . Of note, it appears that the iPhone 7 Plus isn’t included in the promotion.
  • All of Amazon’s best Cyber Monday 2016 deals (2016-11-28 09:03:04)
    Cyber Monday 2016 is now in full swing and as has been the case in recent years, there is one clear king of the deals on Cyber Monday this year: Amazon. The nation's top online retailer hosted incredible Black Friday sales all week long last week, culminating in a monster sale on Friday. But that was nothing compared to Amazon's plans for Cyber Monday 2017, which will see new deals pop up as often as every five minutes. We'll be covering Amazon's massive Cyber Monday 2016 sale all day long as new bargains are made available, but there are a handful of headline deals — virtual doorbusters, if you will — that really steal the show on Cyber Monday. You can check out all of these awesome deals right here in this post. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! Amazon is the go-to online shop for just about anything you need on a normal day, so you knew the company was going to step things up for Cyber Monday 2016. Today kicks off a full five days of Cyber Week bargains, and there is absolutely no question that Amazon is starting things off strong. You'll find all of Amazon's best Cyber Monday Deals below, and you can shop the full sale right here on Amazon's site and check out all of Amazon's best Cyber Monday TV deals . Best Cyber Monday 2016 Deals Gold Box Deal of the Day: Save up to 50% on select NETGEAR products Gold Box Deal of the Day: Up to 30% off select Acer products Save 25% or More on Select Garmin Fitness and Outdoor Products Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker for Streaming Music : $149.00 (save $50) KitchenAid KL26M1XER Professional 6-Qt. Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer : $219.95 (save $330) CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS 1500VA 900W PFC Compatible Mini-Tower : $129.95 (save $75) Blendtec Total Blender, FourSide Jar, Black : $237.99 (save $165) Arlo Security System - 5 Wire-Free HD Cameras, Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision : $469.00 (save $161) RIF6 Cube Mobile Projector with RIF6 Sound Cube Wireless Speaker : $245 (save $55) Segway One S1 | One Wheel Self Balancing Personal Transporter with Mobile App Control : $599.99 (save $399) Moto Z Unlocked Smartphone - Lunar Grey - 64GB : $499.99 (save $200) Roku Streaming Stick (3600R) : $34.99 (save $15) SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive : $24.49 (save $55) SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive : $11.99 (save $22) Moto G Play (4th gen.) - Black - 16 GB - Unlocked : Only $129.99! Moto G Plus (4th Gen.) Unlocked - Black - 64GB : $229.99 (save $70) Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App Controlled Robot : $99.00 (save $31) Plantronics Voyager Legend Wireless Bluetooth Headset : $64.71 (save $35) Amazon Device Deals All-New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote : $29.99 (save $10) Amazon Fire TV : $74.99 (save $15) Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition : $114.99 (save $15) Amazon Fire TV + HD Antenna Bundle : $84.99 (save $36.48) Amazon Echo : $139.99 (save $40) Amazon Tap : $89.99 (save $40) All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) : $39.99 (save $10) All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - White + Bose SoundLink Mini II : $203.99 (save $15) Fire Tablet : $33.33 (save $16.66) All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet : $59.99 (save $30) All-New Kindle E-reader : $49.99 (save $40) Kindle Paperwhite E-reader : $99.99 (save $20) Kindle for Kids Bundle : $69.99 (save $55) Kindle Voyage E-reader : $169.99 (save $30) Amazon Dash Button : $0.99 plus $4.99 credit after first use (save $4) Brose Amazon's full Cyber Monday 2016 sale on this page , and be sure to visit our Cyber Monday 2016 hub for more bargains.
  • CNN to start a new media brand with YouTube star Casey Neistat (2016-11-28 08:51:35)
    YouTube sensation Casey Neistat last week announced he was quitting his daily video blog and now we know why: his app, Beme, has just been acquired by CNN along with its 11-person team. CNN announced Monday that it will shut down Beme and allow Neistat to create a new project to attract his online followers to the media company. “Casey has tapped into nearly six million really powerful viewers, most of which do not tune in to CNN,” Andrew Morse, global head of CNN Digital, told NYT.
  • The next big job in tech: Robot programmer (2016-11-28 08:48:00)
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  • Watch the first trailer for ‘The Walking Dead’ season 7 episode 7 (2016-11-28 08:38:42)
    One more Walking Dead episode is over, which means we’ve got new clips to check out from the upcoming next episode. But before we get to them I’ll tell you right away that AMC is now trolling us with these new trailers. What makes me say that? Well, last week’s trailer contained footage that wasn’t even shown in Sunday’s episode. And guess what? Some of that footage is now part of the trailer for episode  7. If you haven't seen the latest installment look away, you still have time to avoid the  spoilers . DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! So it turns out that episode 6 did not contain any scenes featuring Rick and Aaron, or Morgan. Not even Negan was in it. The trailer for episode 7 — titled Sing Me a Song — will probably show us Negan’s sanctuary, where he delivers the same speech we've now heard in two trailers so far. We might even find out where Rick and Aaron are heading, and whether Daryl did in fact help Rick determine which directions the Saviors are coming from. “A deeper look at the Sanctuary and the world of Negan and the Saviors; members of Alexandria look for supplies,” is what the synopsis says. AMC also released a sneak peek video that tells us Michonne is embarking on her own quest. We have no idea where she’s headed or what she’s after, but she’s still very skilled with the sword. That said, we’re one episode away from the mid-season finale, which is probably where things are going to heat up again. “Negan's unwelcome visit to Alexandria continues as other members scavenge for supplies; things quickly spin out of control,” the synopsis for episode 8 reads, although we don’t have a trailer for the season finale. In the meantime, check out the two videos below for episode 7.
  • Compras desde móviles superan los US$1,000 millones en Black Friday (2016-11-28 08:29:48)
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  • 2 Taiwanese teenagers win World Robot Olympiad in India (2016-11-28 08:14:01)
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Whizzing around a green felt table chasing a soccer ball beaming infrared light, the boxy robot shoots — and scores — and wins its Taiwanese teenage creators first prize at this year's student robot games.
  • WSJ: iPhone 8 with curved OLED display may launch next year (2016-11-28 08:11:48)
    Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the best-selling smartphones in the world by a significant margin, regardless of whether or not sales are measuring up to analysts' guesstimates. Apple's manufacturing partners still haven't even come close to building enough iPhone 7 Plus supply to meet demand, and the smaller iPhone 7 is thought to be selling quite quickly as well. Strong iPhone 7 and 7 Plus sales are even more impressive when you consider the fact that Apple reused the same hardware design for a third consecutive year in 2016 — people still want to upgrade to these powerful new iPhones even though they look almost identical to iPhones released all the way back in 2014. Now, imagine what demand will be like if Apple releases a completely redesigned iPhone 8 with a new curved OLED display. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the season is happening right now! The Wall Street Journal published a lengthy report on Monday morning suggesting that Apple might launch a new iPhone in 2017 with a curved OLED display. Unfortunately, there aren't many firm details in the report, despite its length. A few claims stand out. First, WSJ says that Apple is currently testing more than 10 different prototypes for next year's new iPhone 8, and it has not yet decided which new design will be featured on the final version of the phone. According to the paper's sources, at least one of the 10+ prototypes in testing features a curved OLED display, but it's not clear if that is the version of the iPhone 8 that will debut next year. Apple has supposedly asked its suppliers to increase OLED output, and it has also requested prototypes of OLED screens that feature "better resolution than ones from Samsung," in an effort to "differentiate its models." This claim sounds dubious at best. Samsung's current OLED panels feature 2K resolution. It's entirely possible that Apple is testing higher-resolution screens for its next iPhones, but there is no chance that the motivation behind upping the resolution of its displays has anything to do with Samsung or its phones. Apple has stayed with comparatively low-resolution displays on its recent iPhones — 720p on the iPhone 7, 1080p on the iPhone 7 Plus — because on displays of this size, pixel count doesn't have a huge impact on image quality once you hit a certain threshold. If Apple is toying with 4K displays, interest surrounding virtual reality applications would be a far more likely explanation. WSJ  also reiterated an earlier report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, suggesting that the OLED iPhone 8 will be just one of several new iPhone models that will be released in 2017. Other models will probably still utilize LCD displays, and the OLED iPhone will likely carry a higher price tag.
  • The 15 best deals of Cyber Monday 2016 (2016-11-28 08:00:10)
    Amelia KralesBlack Friday has come and gone, but the holiday sale season isn’t over yet. Cyber Monday is here, and that means one last wave of deals coming at you. So if you missed getting an early start on your holiday shopping on Friday, were holding out for better deals, or just want to upgrade some gear, it’s time to hit the internet. There’s a lot of deals out there, though. But don’t worry we’ve done the hard work for you, and collected a list of the best deals we’ve seen on our favorite products so far. ...
  • Buying stuff on your phone still sucks. Here's why (2016-11-28 07:53:38)
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  • How to fix storage quota registry entry tattooing in Windows (2016-11-28 07:43:00)
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  • Actelion's ambitious independent-minded CEO will drive up takeover price (2016-11-28 07:40:35)
    Actelion Chief Executive Jean-Paul Clozel's desire to keep Europe's biggest biotech company independent after building it from scratch, means Johnson & Johnson will have to pay a steep premium if a takeover is to succeed. The U.S. healthcare titan on Friday confirmed talks with the Swiss maker of medicines for deadly pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). While Actelion confirmed the courtship, it said there was no guarantee of a deal.
  • Cyber Monday 2016: Amazon’s best TV deals (2016-11-28 07:35:35)
    If it seems like a major shopping event just ended and now another major shopping event is already beginning, that's because, well, a major shopping event just ended and now another major shopping event is already beginning. Cyber Monday 2016 is now officially here and as is the case each and every year, Amazon is one of the stars of the Cyber Monday show. Amazon's Black Friday sales were outstanding this year, but Amazon is the only top-tier US retailer that lives exclusively online, so the company always turns the heat up for Cyber Monday. In this post, we'll run down all of Amazon's best deals on HDTVs and UHD TVs from every single top brand. We've got sizes that range from 32 inches all the way up to 65 inches, and prices that span from under $200 to thousands. There really is something for everyone in this roundup, but all the deals have one thing in common: They're on the clock and set to expire either today or by the end of Cyber Week 2016. DEAL ALERT: The best Cyber Monday sale of the year is happening right now! Check out the rest of Amazon's TVs on sale right here , and stick to our Cyber Monday 2016 hub  today for all the best bargains from every top retailer all day long.
  • Cyber Monday deals, Gilmores galore, Aston Martin design, and more in the week ahead (2016-11-28 07:30:01)
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  • New Zealand plays nationwide Secret Santa, wins Christmas (2016-11-28 07:11:08)
    The joyous game is powered by Twitter and the country's postal service.
  • Israel's Cellcom launches app for Apple TV service (2016-11-28 07:09:58)
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  • Galaxy S8 to Battle Siri with Split-Personality Assistant (2016-11-28 07:05:00)
    The Galaxy S8 certainly looks like it will keep pace with the iPhone 8 in the hardware department, with rumors ranging from a 4K OLED display with integrated fingerprint sensor to a dual-lens camera. According to a report from SamMobile (by way of Galaxy Club), the S8's virutal assistant might come with two personalities: Bixby and Kestra. New trademark applications point to Bixby being the male version of Samsung's assistant, which will be powered by Viv Labs, the company Samsung acquired to give its phones an artificial intelligence boost.
  • Galaxy S8 Will Let You Make Payments with Just Your Voice (2016-11-28 07:05:00)
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  • What CEOs are getting wrong when it comes to digital transformation (2016-11-28 07:00:03)
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  • Deutsche Telekom says fixed network outage may be work of hackers (2016-11-28 06:52:53)
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  • MTN discussed share sale of Nigerian unit with local regulator: SEC (2016-11-28 06:33:53)
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  • Meitu's Hong Kong IPO to value China photo app maker at up to $4.5 billion: IFR (2016-11-28 06:29:18)
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  • World students face off in robot games in India (2016-11-28 06:15:48)
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  • Best Buy Cyber Monday 2016 deals: Huge savings on TVs, computers and more (2016-11-28 06:00:09)
    Did you somehow manage to miss out on all the Black Friday deals over the weekend? Don't worry — you've got one last shot to save a ton of money as Cyber Monday sales have finally begun in earnest, including one from Best Buy. Although Best Buy technically started Cyber Monday a day early , there were several worthwhile deals that the retailer saved for the day itself. DON'T MISS:  Get $100 off an HTC Vive on Cyber Monday Below, we've gathered every additional discount that you'll be able to find in Best Buy stores or on through the day. There are savings on phones, TVs, cameras, computers and more, so take a look and see if there's anything on the list that you might have missed while loading up your cart over the weekend: Free Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition with PlayStation 4 Pro or PlayStation 4 Slim purchase iPhone 7 32GB for $1 and $100 off select Beats products with two-year activation on Verizon Get a $400 Best Buy gift card, Gear VR and $50 Oculus gift card with a Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, on a Verizon or Sprint installment billing plan Google Home: $99.99 (Save $30) Save $100 on all iPad Pro 12.9-inch Save $200 on select MacBook models Save $500 on Nikon D3400 Two Lens DSLR Camera Kit with free 32GB memory card ($499.99) Save $350 on Sony A6000 Two Lens DSLR Camera Kit with free memory card and camera case ($699.99) GoPro Hero5 Black: Get a free $35 Best Buy gift card and 64GB Sandisk extreme microSD card with purchase ($399.99) GoPro Hero Session: Get a free GoPro Handler, Sandisk 16GB microSD card, and GoPro head strap with purchase ($179.99) 40 percent off all Nespresso Save $100 on HP 15.6-inch Intel Core i3 touch laptop ($299.99) Save $200 on Asus 17.3-inch Laptop ($599.99) – only Save up to $110 on Sony Wireless Headphones Save $80 on Bose SoundTrue Around Ear Headphone, $99.99 Save $50 on Bose QC20 In-Ear Headphones, $199.99 Save $120 on Sharp 43-inch LED HDTV with Roku ($179.99) Save $150 on LG 55-inch LED HDTV ($379.99) HP 21.5-inch FHD Monitor for $59.99 (Save $60) Philips Hue Starter Kit: Save $30 ($99.99) Save $130 on a Linksys Max-Stream AC5400 Router ($269.99) And remember, Best Buy isn't the only store celebrating Cyber Monday. Head to our hub to see all of the Cyber Monday deals you can take advantage of today .
  • Microsoft tells devs: Whatever you're doing in Linux, Windows 10 will soon do it too (2016-11-28 05:43:34)
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  • Samsung to unveil shareholder return plans amid calls to split company (2016-11-28 05:33:32)
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  • Uber drivers in U.S. cities to join planned worker protests (2016-11-28 05:07:35)
    By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Drivers for ride service company Uber will join planned nationwide protests on Tuesday, when activists and low-wage workers renew their call for better pay and the right to join a union in the wake of Donald Trump's U.S. presidential election win, organizers said. Hundreds of Uber drivers in two dozen cities, including San Francisco, Miami and Boston, for the first time will add their voices to the union-backed "Fight for $15" campaign that has helped convince several cities and states to raise starting pay significantly above the U.S. minimum wage of $7.25. Justin Berisie, 34, drives for Uber in Denver and is joining Tuesday's protests.
  • Samsung Electronics says to disclose shareholder returns plans on Tuesday (2016-11-28 04:18:04)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it will hold a conference call on Tuesday to disclose its shareholder returns policy. Samsung said in a regulatory filing it had been considering various means to boost medium-to-long-term shareholder value but did not comment on details, including what it will propose. Samsung will consider splitting itself into two as proposed by U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management, Seoul Economic Daily reported on Monday citing an unnamed source. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
  • Sony announces limited Final Fantasy XV Walkman, headphones, and speaker for Japan (2016-11-28 03:46:11)
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  • DirecTV wants to be the next online substitute for cable (2016-11-28 03:13:59)
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  • Roadshow's Emergency Car Kit Giveaway (2016-11-28 03:01:03)
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  • Pelearse en las tiendas pasa de moda: aumentan ventas móviles en el Black Friday (2016-11-28 02:08:39)
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  • 'Rogue One' tickets are on sale: Deep breaths, Lord Vader (2016-11-28 01:36:56)
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  • China photo app & phone maker Meitu to launch up to $735 million Hong Kong IPO: IFR (2016-11-28 00:36:04)
    Chinese photo app and mobile phone maker Meitu Inc is set to launch an up to $735 million initial public offering in Hong Kong, IFR reported on Monday, citing people close to the deal. Meitu, better known for its apps that let users retouch and beautify selfies and other photos, is offering shares in an indicative range of HK$8.50 to HK$9.60 ($1.10-$1.24) each, added IFR, a Thomson Reuters publication. The IPO is slated to be priced on Dec 8.
  • With deals offered early, will shoppers buy on Cyber Monday? (2016-11-28 00:22:28)
    Cyber Monday may be in danger of losing its online sales title. The Monday after Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest online shopping day of the year, but stores are releasing internet deals earlier, ...
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    Nothing gold can stay. This pricey gold bar meets a death straight out of a James Bond torture scene.
  • Gamestop’s Cyber Monday deals include discounts on the HTC Vive, PS4 bundles, and Xbox One (2016-11-28 00:01:13)
    After spending the last few days in the company of your extended family, it’s only natural that you might want to disappear into another reality for hours on end. The retailer is offering $100 off the price of the HTC Vive VR headset this Monday, along with $50 off a new Xbox One, and $50 off the Uncharted 4 PS4 bundle — with two free games. Buyers of the new PS4 Pro will also get the same two free games as people who buy the PS4 Uncharted 4 bundle — The Last of Us and Ratchet & Clank — if they buy online.
  • Photo app and phone maker Meitu to launch up to $735 million Hong Kong IPO: IFR (2016-11-27 23:44:01)
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese photo app and mobile phone maker Meitu Inc is set to launch an up to $735 million initial public offering in Hong Kong, IFR reported on Monday, citing people close to the deal. Meitu, better known for its apps that let users retouch and beautify selfies and other photos, is offering shares in an indicative range of HK$8.50 to HK$9.60 each, added IFR, a Thomson Reuters publication. The IPO is slated to be priced on Dec 8. Meitu did not immediately reply to a Reuters request for comment on the IPO terms. ...
  • Samsung Electronics to consider split: Seoul Economic Daily (2016-11-27 21:31:18)
    South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will consider splitting itself into two as proposed by U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management, Seoul Economic Daily reported on Monday citing an unnamed source. A split would allow the heirs of the founding Lee family to strengthen their grip on the global smartphone leader, the crown jewel of the Samsung Group business empire. Elliott proposed a split in October to boost shareholder value.
  • Fearing tighter U.S. visa regime, Indian IT firms rush to hire, acquire (2016-11-27 19:59:08)
    By Sankalp Phartiyal and Euan Rocha BENGALURU (Reuters) - Anticipating a more protectionist U.S. technology visa program under a Donald Trump administration, India's $150 billion IT services sector will speed up acquisitions in the United States and recruit more heavily from college campuses there. Indian companies including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys and Wipro have long used H1-B skilled worker visas to fly computer engineers to the U.S., their largest overseas market, temporarily to service clients.
  • Samsung Elec to consider split: Seoul Economic Daily (2016-11-27 19:55:12)
    South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will consider splitting itself into two as proposed by activist hedge fund Elliott Management, Seoul Economic Daily reported on Monday citing an unnamed source. Samsung's board of directors would hold a meeting on Tuesday and formally respond to Elliott's proposals, the paper said. The Korea Exchange separately asked Samsung to comment by 6 p.m. (4.00 a.m. ET/0900 GMT) on whether it planned a spinoff.
  • Trump claims millions voted illegally, Twitter aghast (2016-11-27 19:28:25)
    Technically Incorrect: The president-elect, having already offered up a tweetstorm about the vote recount, comes back to tweet more controversially.
  • Tokyo Thrift special: ‘It’s a Sony’ exhibit shows off decades of decadent design (2016-11-27 18:10:20)
    Tokyo Thrift is a column on The Verge where Sam Byford, news editor for Asia, trawls the second-hand market to explore the history, design, and culture of Japanese gadgets. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the iconic, soon-to-be-demolished Sony Building in Ginza, Tokyo. To celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary, Sony is replacing its flagship location with a public park that it hopes will become a new landmark in the city.
  • Trump is turning Twitter into a state disinformation machine (2016-11-27 16:55:35)
    Donald Trump used Twitter to make outrageous claims during the entire 2016 election, and he’s still making them after winning the presidency. In the middle of a rant today about the Electoral College, Trump tweeted a preposterous claim: that millions of people voted illegally in the election he just won.
  • CNET UK podcast 507: Less porn for the UK, and Andy apologises (2016-11-27 16:52:20)
    Proposed laws might mean there's a lot less porn for the UK, but we'll at least be able to watch what we have on fast fibre connections. Andy presents a shorter episode of the week's tech news.
  • See what's inside a Furby Connect (2016-11-27 16:39:22)
    Ever wonder what lurks inside the original Furby and the brand-new Furby Connect? Luckily, the YouTube channel What's Inside opens him up so you don't have to.
  • Hackers are holding San Francisco’s light-rail system for ransom (2016-11-27 16:16:46)
    San Francisco Municipal Railway riders got an unexpected surprise this weekend after the system’s computerized fare systems were apparently hacked. According to the San Francisco Examiner, the MUNI system had been attacked on Friday afternoon. MUNI riders were greeted with printed "Out of Service" and "Metro Free" signs on ticket machines on late on Friday and Saturday.
  • Dear noisy texters, please be quiet (2016-11-27 16:03:35)
    Technically Incorrect: Some people simply never mute their phones. Why?
  • Even molten copper can't obliterate a rubber band ball (2016-11-27 15:24:30)
    When pouring 1,984-degree liquid copper onto a ball of rubber bands, things get interesting.
  • Watch The Weeknd dance in his hitman’s blood in the new short film, MANIA (2016-11-27 15:00:01)
    Following in the footsteps of his fellow Torontonian and frequent collaborator Drake, The Weeknd has dropped a short film featuring tracks from his latest album, Starboy. The 12-minute video stars The Weeknd and model Anais Mali, and includes tracks like "All I Know" feat. Future, "Sidewalks," and “Secrets” off The Weeknd’s third studio album, which was released on Friday.
  • Watch as a giant colosseum of dominoes gets demolished (2016-11-27 14:46:02)
    YouTuber Hevesh5 spends four days setting up a colorful 3D structure using thousands of dominoes; then she topples them dramatically.
  • Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals include 4K TVs, Kindles, and Bowers & Wilkins headphones (2016-11-27 09:00:01)
    Dan Seifert / The VergeAmazon is predictably slashing prices on its own line of electronics, like the Kindle, Echo, and Fire TV Stick for Cyber Monday this year, but it’s also offering deals on other hardware. We’ve rounded up the best of Amazon’s Cyber Monday discounts below for you to check out and maybe even buy.Amazon devices:Amazon Echo for $139.99 (usually $179.99)Echo Dot for $39.99 (usually $49.99)Amazon Tap for only $89.99 (usually $129.99)Fire tablet for $33.33 (usually $49.99)Fire HD 8 tablet for $59.99 (usually $89.99)Kindle for $49.99 (usually $79.99)Kindle Paperwhite for $99. ...