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Dec 17, 2017

Google Assistant on phones now offers a choice of hotwords
Google created a mild amount of confusion when it launched its Home speaker. You could say "hey, Google" to start a command with the living room device, but you still had to use the time-honored "OK, Google" on your Android phone. Needless to say,...

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Dec 17, 2017

Mueller investigation obtains thousands of Trump transition emails
Government-related emails are once again prompting a very public dispute -- albeit under very different circumstances than a year earlier. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has confirmed an Axios report that it obtained thousands of Trump tran...

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Dec 17, 2017

Robotic wheelchair gives you a piggyback ride
Most wheelchairs, even the most advanced ones, have conventional seats. They're basically furniture on wheels. And that creates problems. It can be hard to sit in the chair if you're getting out of bed, while you're stuck in a position that puts m...

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Dec 17, 2017

What we're watching: 'The Room,' 'Mindhunter' and 'Star Trek'
This month we're diving into the film that served as the basis for The Disaster Artist, Tommy Wiseau's The Room, as well as the Netflix series Mindhunter. Also, Cherlynn Low explains what you've been missing in Chinese imperial drama YouTube series,...

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Dec 17, 2017

Don't expect to buy AirPods as a Christmas gift
Still scrambling to find an audio gift for the holidays? You'll probably need to rule out Apple's AirPods. Both MacRumors and 9to5Mac have discovered that the Siri-enabled earbuds are out of stock at most of Apple's online and retail stores around th...

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Dec 17, 2017

Tesla discourages commercial cars from using Superchargers
Tesla's Supercharger network was originally designed to enable long-range trips and offer a viable charging option for people who can't usually top up at home or the office. They've quickly become all-purpose stations, however, which can be a pain w...

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Dec 17, 2017

Hackers shut down plant by targeting its safety system
Hackers have already attacked critical infrastructure, but now they're launching campaigns that could have dire consequences. FireEye reported that a plant of an unmentioned nature and location (other firms believe it's in the Middle East) was force...

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Dec 17, 2017

The best toaster oven
By Brendan Nystedt This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full a...

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Dec 17, 2017

After Math: When you come undone
Oh hey, what a surprise, the guy who joked just last week about how he was a "puppet FCC Chairman" in front of his former Verizon bosses just so happened to spearhead a campaign to roll back Net Neutrality protections -- something Verizon has long lo...

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Dec 17, 2017

Ben Heck's super glue gun: Designing a better enclosure
Karen and Ben break out the pencils and go back to the drawing board to redesign their super glue gun. After changing the auto stand in response to feedback from the element14 Community, the team is looking at how best to fit together the extrude...

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Dec 17, 2017

Smart display button puts GIFs on your shirt
The odds are that you've shown your support for a cause with a button on your shirt or backpack at some point in your life. But there's only so much button real estate you can offer, isn't there? That's where BEAM Authentic thinks it can save the d...

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Dec 16, 2017

Pentagon funded UFO identification program for 5 years
Recent UFO research isn't just the work of the X-Files or former pop punk stars. The New York Times has learned that the US Department of Defense quietly funded a program (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification) designed to explain UFO reports. T...

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Dec 16, 2017

Windows 10 included password manager with huge security hole
There's a good reason why security analysts get nervous about bundled third-party software: it can introduce vulnerabilities that the companies can't control. And Microsoft, unfortunately, has learned that the hard way. Google researcher Tavis Ormand...

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Dec 16, 2017

YouTube took down FCC's 'Harlem Shake' video for 7 hours
Remember when "Harlem Shake" musician Baauer said he'd take down FCC chairman Ajit Pai's video marking (and really, trivializing) the death of net neutrality? He meant it... although his effort didn't last long. The Verge notes that Baauer's label Ma...

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Dec 16, 2017

North Korea hackers steal bitcoin by targeting currency insiders
Bitcoin values are skyrocketing, and North Korea appears to be trying to profit from that virtual gold rush. Secureworks reports that the Lazarus Group (a team linked to the North Korean government) has been conducting a spearphishing campaign again...

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Dec 16, 2017

CDC barred from using 'science-based' in budget documents
We can just imagine CDC personnel still shaking their heads after finding out that they can't use certain terms in official documents for next year's budget. According to The Washington Post, the Trump administration has prohibited the CDC from using...

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Dec 16, 2017

CDC barred from using terms like 'science-based' in budget docs
We can just imagine CDC personnel still shaking their heads after finding out that they can't use certain terms in official documents for next year's budget. According to The Washington Post, the Trump administration has prohibited the CDC from using...

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Dec 16, 2017

Google won't show news from sites that hide their country of origin
Google's ongoing quest to curb fake news now includes sites that are less than honest about their home turf. The company has updated its Google News guidelines to forbid sites that "misrepresent or conceal their country of origin" or otherwise are a...

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Dec 16, 2017

California advises against keeping your phone in your pocket
The jury is still out on whether or not cellphone radiation is bad for you, but California's Department of Public Health isn't taking any chances. The agency just issued an advisory that suggests residents should take steps to limit their exposure t...

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Dec 16, 2017

Firefox faces backlash for auto-installing 'Mr. Robot' add-on
A curious add-on called "Looking Glass" started popping up on Firefox for a number of users this past week -- even if they didn't give the browser permission to install it. Due to its nebulous nature and creepy description that only said "MY REALITY...

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Dec 16, 2017

Netflix may run Watergate series developed by George Clooney
Netflix's ability to reel in big-name stars may have just secured a very topical political drama. Sources for Hollywood Reporter and Variety have learned that George Clooney and Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman are working on Watergate, an eight-e...

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Dec 16, 2017

The Morning After: Weekend Edition
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. If you're still holiday shopping (or haven't started yet), then this might be a good time to mention that Amazon extended its free shipping before Christmas deadline through today. Now, f...

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Dec 16, 2017

Uber Eats offers insurance for its European couriers
Uber Eats only just turned two years old, but like other "gig economy" businesses, it's facing scrutiny over how it classifies workers. In Europe, the company is partnering with Axa to offer couriers an insurance package that covers accidents, hospit...

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Dec 15, 2017

'PUBG' tests a replay feature as it creeps toward v1.0
Now that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has launched in Early Access on Xbox One, its next milestone is an official retail release out of beta on the PC. That's expected to happen next week, but players who can't wait have a few new tweaks to try out...

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Dec 15, 2017

Researchers use sperm to deliver cancer drugs to tumors
Chemotherapy has a lot of terrible side effects and that's partly because the drugs being used to fight cancer also attack healthy cells. Figuring out a way to deliver drugs to tumors without affecting healthy tissue is a challenge and a problem that...

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Dec 15, 2017

'Jacobs letter' unsealed, accuses Uber of spying, hacking
Waymo's lawsuit against Uber for allegedly stealing technology for self-driving cars hasn't gone to trial yet, because the judge received a letter from the Department of Justice suggesting Uber withheld crucial evidence. That letter, with some redact...

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Dec 15, 2017

'L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files' is available now for HTC Vive
We were excited to hear that 2011 detective simulator L.A. Noire was headed to modern consoles and the HTC Vive for some VR action. The title received some visual upgrades, too, making the jump to PS4, Xbox One and the Switch a bit more graphically a...

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Dec 15, 2017

Google Inbox will remind you to unsubscribe from unread promo emails
Google has made email a much less tedious, junky affair for a lot of us, and it's about to take another step to helping us clean out our inboxes. According to a report over at Android Police, users of Google's Inbox app will start seeing new tips tha...

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Dec 15, 2017

Set sail with your pals in a new ‘Adventure Time' game
A new Adventure Time game is in the works and it features some maritime fun, a nameable boat and pirates. Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion begins with a flooded Land of Ooo and Adventure Time characters have to set off to figure out what's...

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Dec 15, 2017

Set sea with your pals in a new ‘Adventure Time' game
A new Adventure Time game is in the works and it features some maritime fun, a nameable boat and pirates. Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion begins with a flooded Land of Ooo and Adventure Time characters have to set off to figure out what's...

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Dec 15, 2017

Google ends Tango support to fully focus on ARCore
Google began delving into the world of AR with its 2014 venture Project Tango, or just Tango as of last year, and its AR work has grown quite a bit since then. Earlier this year, it unveiled ARCore, an augmented reality platform that differs from Tan...

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Dec 15, 2017

Google Chrome beta delivers mute tool for autoplay videos
Months ago, a blog post by the good developers of Chrome let its users know that come January, users would be free of audio from autoplaying videos. As far as we know, those upgrades is still on track to arrive in early 2018 for all users, but you ca...

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Dec 15, 2017

iTunes isn't coming to the Windows Store this year after all
iTunes for Windows users are going to be disappointed. Despite the promises of both Apple and Microsoft to bring the popular music and app software to the Microsoft Store this year, it appears as if we'll all have to wait a little longer.

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Dec 15, 2017

Google Maps will now tell you when to get off the bus or train
A mass transit feature for the Android version of Google Maps that notifies you when you need to get off the bus is finally live. It also includes step-by-step navigation, departure times and ETAs for your next public transportation ride. You can als...

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Dec 15, 2017

Apple Music's next exclusives come from Noel Gallagher and Sam Smith
Apple isn't slowing down on exclusives any time soon. It's releasing Apple Music-only concert films from two British superstars, Noel Gallagher and Sam Smith. Gallagher's Who Built the Moon Live recaptures an early November gig at London's York Hal...

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Dec 15, 2017

Facebook tackles the question of whether social media is bad for us
As part of its "Hard Questions" series, Facebook took on the question of whether social media is good or bad for us. Citing a handful of academic studies, some done by Facebook researchers, Facebook Director of Research David Ginsberg and research sc...

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Dec 15, 2017

Buy an Xbox One X and get 'PUBG' free for a limited time
From December 17th through the 31st, Microsoft will give everyone who purchases an Xbox One X a copy of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. A post on Xbox Wire says that over a million people played the battle royale game within 48 hours of being availabl...

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Dec 15, 2017

As online ads fail, sites mine cryptocurrency
Between the incessant headlines and chatter on social media, it feels like everywhere we go some Libertarian evangelist appears asking us if we have a second to talk about the blockchain -- like a religious wingnut lurking outside the grocery store.

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Dec 15, 2017

BlackBerry will shutter its app store on December 31st, 2019
While there's little doubt that BlackBerry's in-house mobile platforms are finished (the last BB10 device shipped over 2 years ago), it's now giving holdouts some not-so-subtle hints that it's time to move on. The company has announced that it's shut...

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Dec 15, 2017

Eve V review: The wisdom of the crowd mostly pays off
If you've never heard of Eve, I like to think of it as the OnePlus of computers: By ditching middlemen, this 11-person startup found a way to build and sell premium computers at a significant discount. The difference is, the people in charge didn't d...

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Dec 15, 2017

Apple signs ‘Battlestar Galactica' developer for new space drama
Apple has ordered yet another TV series to add to its growing list of star-backed original productions. The company signed network sci-fi luminary Ronald D. Moore, veteran of several Star Trek series and developer of the Battlestar Galactica reboot,...

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Dec 15, 2017

Facebook tests option to bypass profiles and only post to News Feed
Facebook appears to be testing different options for how users share posts. The Next Web's Matt Navarra tweeted tests of two new ways to post content that let you bypass posting to your profile.

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Dec 15, 2017

What do made-for-AI processors really do?
Tech's biggest players have fully embraced the AI revolution. Apple, Qualcomm and Huawei have made mobile chipsets that are designed to better tackle machine learning tasks, each with a slightly different approach. Huawei launched its Kirin 970 at IF...

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Dec 15, 2017

The FCC's 'Harlem Shake' video may violate copyright law
This is a bit ironic. When FCC chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai uploaded a video this week detailing all the things we'll still be able to do after he killed net neutrality, he apparently forgot one key step: asking permission. You see, pa...

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Dec 15, 2017

Facebook adds more viewing options to its 360 app for Gear VR
Facebook launched its Facebook 360 app for Gear VR in March and today the company announces some new features. Facebook says that because people want more than just 360 videos in VR, it's adding a slew of new video types to the app's available option...

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Dec 15, 2017

How the 'Grinch bots' stole Christmas
Resellers have existed since way before the internet. But with the surge of online shopping, they have found the perfect weapon to aid their business: bots, automated software that can add products to a virtual cart and purchase them faster than any...

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Dec 15, 2017

The true extent of Russian meddling in Brexit remains murky
In late October, Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Damian Collins called upon Facebook and Twitter to report back with any evidence of Russian meddling in the UK's vote to leave the EU. It's an evolution of the committee...

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Dec 15, 2017

SpaceX launches NASA resupply mission with reused rocket and capsule
Today SpaceX launched its first reused rocket for NASA. Both the Falcon 9 rocket itself and the Dragon capsule have been used prior to this resupply mission. Back in June, Elon Musk's spacefaring venture put a reused capsule in orbit, but this trip t...

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Dec 15, 2017

The best robotics kits for beginners
By Signe Brewster This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full ar...

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Dec 15, 2017

‘The Electric State' film is in the works with ‘It' director on board
Simon Stålenhag's illustrated novel The Electric State is coming to the big screen with It director Andy Muschietti likely at the helm. Russo Brothers Studio beat at least three other studios for rights to the project, Deadline reports, and a n...

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Dec 15, 2017

Japanese company will pay part of workers' salaries in Bitcoin
Employees at a Japanese firm will soon be able to receive part of their salary in Bitcoin, if they're feeling brave enough. GMO Internet, which offers a range of web-related services including a Bitcoin exchange, will pay workers up to 100,000 yen (a...

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Dec 15, 2017

Volvo reduces autonomous driving tests to find the right sensors
Volvo is adjusting the timeline on its ambitious Drive Me autonomous program until it can find the right sensors. "The development in sensor performance and processor capabilities is going so much faster than we expected in 2013," program director Ma...

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Dec 15, 2017

Facebook's 'snooze' button mutes a friend for 30 days
A sad truth of Facebook: many of us follow people who annoy us pretty frequently. Rather than going through the social pain of un-friending someone, however, Facebook has offered the option to stay friends with someone but mute all of their posts in...

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Dec 15, 2017

Microsoft patent points to folding dual-screen notebook
New patent filings from Microsoft appear to hint at that foldable notepad we've heard rumors of for a while, The Verge reports. Filed earlier this week, the patent contains a number of images depicting a unique hinge and a few that show a foldable, t...

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Dec 15, 2017

NBC is adapting UK tech support sitcom 'The IT Crowd'
NBC had a hit adapting the BBC version of The Office and now it's hoping for the same with UK hit The IT Crowd. The network is set to adapt the Channel 4 sitcom with the original creator, Graham Lineham, who will write and produce, Variety reports. L...

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Dec 15, 2017

TVPlayer subscription lets you record live TV to the cloud
If you've forgotten about TVPlayer, don't worry — so had we. The company, which offers a live TV streaming service in the UK, piqued our curiosity in 2015 with TVPlayer Plus. The £5 per month package gave subscribers access to 25 premium...

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Dec 15, 2017

YouTube debuts 360-video app on Steam VR
There's a lot of VR content out there, but much of it is for one platform or another -- what works on Gear VR may not on Daydream, the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift. Google just made it a bit easier to use one of its key Daydream VR apps by releasing Y...

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Dec 15, 2017

Sky's restructured TV pricing is simpler and more flexible
As UK consumers have become more confident with streaming services and accessing content via a low monthly subscription, UK broadcasters have been forced to take notice. These days, the all-you-can-eat package is no longer the de-facto option, with c...

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Dec 15, 2017

The UK is getting a combined physical and digital games chart
A combined physical and digital games chart is finally coming to the UK. At the moment, the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) supplies GfK with exclusive data on boxed game sales. GfK's charts are considered the gold standard because of its r...

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Dec 15, 2017

Creepy platformer 'Inside' leaps from console to iOS
Inside was my favorite game from 2016. It's a short, atmospheric adventure by Playdead — the same studio behind the mesmerizing, monochromatic Limbo — with a truly thought-provoking ending. Even now, I think about the game's final moments...

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Dec 15, 2017

RIP, AOL Instant Messenger
We knew this day would come. One of the major parts of our formative years on the worldwide web -- we called it that back in the day -- will cease to be. AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) came to a close a few hours ago. While we've already eulogized it, i...

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Dec 15, 2017

The Morning After: Friday, December 15th 2017
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. This Friday morning, we deal with how the FCC has repealed net neutrality and the repercussions of that. Disney is planning to buy a huge part of Fox, which would include the rights for the first Star Wars movie...

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Dec 15, 2017

Canary's security cameras will soon detect people
While Canary's security cameras can notify you when they detect something moving in your home, they can't differentiate between an intruder and your pet Fluffy doing zoomies. Once their new feature rolls out, though, you won't have to get 20 notifica...

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Dec 15, 2017

Sky and BT agree to share their top TV channels
After years of "on and off" negotiations, BT and Sky have agreed to share their most popular TV channels. The deal means that Sky's Now TV streaming service will soon be available on BT's set-top box. BT will sell the various passes directly to consu...

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Dec 15, 2017

Alphabet tries internet lasers instead of balloons for India
Alphabet is adopting laser-beaming boxes in favor of Project Loon's balloons for its latest internet-delivery partnership in Andhra Pradesh, India. The state government is snapping up 2,000 of the hubs, which rely on Free Space Optical Communications...

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Dec 15, 2017

Rinspeed's concept EV puts swappable pods on a 'skateboard'
Rinspeed has been dreaming up insane vehicles for years -- from scuba cars plucked from James Bond's garage to modded self-driving rides. Even if they never make it to the public, the concepts are at least fun to check out, and The Rinspeed Snap is n...

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Dec 14, 2017

'Oxenfree' developer's next game is about drinking with Satan
2016 saw the release of many YA-themed games, and Oxenfree was one of the highlights. Developer Night School Studio is ready to show off its next project and, well, this one is a little different. In Afterparty, players assume the role of a pair of c...

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Dec 14, 2017

Sling TV now streams directly on your 2017 Samsung smart TV
If you bought one of Samsung's 2017 smart TV models, you can go ahead and ditch the device you're using to pipe in Sling TV. The live TV streaming company announced today that its app is now available directly those models, which will nix the need fo...

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Dec 14, 2017

Watch Blue Origin's test dummy experience space tourism
Yesterday we got an exterior view of the first flight for Blue Origin's Crew Capsule 2.0, but now the company is back to show us what it's like from inside. Its plan is to offer "space tourism" trips that take six people at a time beyond the Karman L...

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Dec 14, 2017

'Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty' debuts on smartphones
If you're looking for a premium mobile game without in-app purchases, there's good news: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty has arrived on iOS, Android and NVIDIA Shield. The 2014 console game, based on Lorne Lanning's Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee has been re-purpos...

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Dec 14, 2017

Alibaba will sell cars with a vehicle vending machine
Chinese internet ecommerce giant Alibaba is still breaking online shopping records, but it's begun veering into physical sales, too. That the company is reportedly planning a shopping mall is in their retail wheelhouse, but last week's news was furth...

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Dec 14, 2017

Speedtest shows global internet speeds are up this past year
While Netflix and Google both have new internet speed tests on offer, Ookla's Speedtest is still the grandaddy of them all. Last August, it launched the Speedtest Global Index, a tool that surfaces internet speeds around the world, helping you see ho...

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Dec 14, 2017

Google researchers use AI to spot distant exoplanets
Hunting for exoplanets is a very data-intensive and time-consuming task. Sifting through piles of data to find subtle signs of distant planets takes quite a lot of work, but researchers at Google have been developing a way to use AI to make the proce...

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Dec 14, 2017

Wirecutter's best deals: Save $30 on an NVIDIA Shield TV
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Dec 14, 2017

'Photographs' dark narrative masquerades as a mobile puzzle game
EightyEight Games released the popular puzzle/battle game 10000000 and its sequel You Must Build a Boat to great success. Now developer Luca Redwood is ready to reveal his next project for the studio: Photographs. The new puzzle game will release nex...

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Dec 14, 2017

Airbnb makes it easier to list bed and breakfast rooms
Airbnb was inspired by actual bed and breakfast spots around the globe; it's right there in the company's name. It makes sense, then, that the room-sharing company would finally partner up with the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals...

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Dec 14, 2017

Facebook will try running ads in front of Watch videos
Facebook has been willing to run ads in the middle of videos, but it has historically been reluctant to put ads in front of videos and irk people just trying to watch a clip that surfaced in their News Feed. However, it might be willing to break with...

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Dec 14, 2017

The first 'Wolfenstein II' add-on pack is available now
Killing Nazis and protesting are two of the most American things you can do. And if you need another avenue for (virtually) doing the former, that's where the first expansion for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus comes in. "The Adventures of Gunslinge...

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Dec 14, 2017

Samsung reportedly eyes first half of 2018 for smart speaker debut
Astonishingly, Apple's long-delayed HomePod speaker might not be the last to market when it launches early next year. Samsung will release its own smart speaker in the first half of 2018, according to a Bloomberg report. Unsurprisingly, it will repor...

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Dec 14, 2017

Amazon will start selling Apple TV and Chromecast again
Amazon pulled Apple TV and Chromecast from its retail lineup back in 2015, ostensibly because neither device offered easy access to Prime Video. Now that Amazon Prime Video is finally an app on Apple TV, it appears as if Amazon is bringing Apple TV a...

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Dec 14, 2017

Snapchat's Lens Studio helps create your own AR effects
As fun as Snapchat's augmented reality World Lenses can be, there are only so many times you can see a headphone-toting hot dog before you crave something new. Wouldn't it be nice if you could make your own? Well, you can: Snap has unveiled a Lens...

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Dec 14, 2017

Nintendo is really excited about the Switch's detachable gamepads
Nintendo has always believed in the power of local multiplayer games. The company built a business creating digital experiences that are best when shared by people sitting in the same room, on the same couch -- not simply connected via headphones and...

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Dec 14, 2017

Netflix, Google and others voice frustration with net neutrality vote
Today, with a three to two vote, the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality protections put in place in 2015. While Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel made it very clear how much they disagreed with the move in their dissents, others are also voicing...

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Dec 14, 2017

Bitcoin is failing as a currency
It's been a good year for bitcoin investors but a terrible one for those who hoped that the cryptocurrency would become the de facto tender for the internet. Satoshi Nakamoto, its creator, may be dismayed at what has become of the project, intended a...

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Dec 14, 2017

The next Xbox voice chat app will work on your phone
Microsoft introduced a new beta of the Xbox phone app today, which appears to include the testing of party chat on your mobile device. Presumably, this will allow you to chat with your Xbox party on your phone, similar to the way the Nintendo Switch...

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Dec 14, 2017

Net neutrality is dead: What happens now?
The FCC repealed Title II net neutrality regulations this morning, making it legal for internet service providers to fracture the internet and charge more for the leftover pieces. We've covered the technical details of Title II and Title I, discussed...

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Dec 14, 2017

The FCC has repealed net neutrality
During today's open meeting, the FCC's proposal to repeal net neutrality protections put in place in 2015 was put to a vote and it passed, three votes to two. As was widely expected, the three Republican members -- Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners...

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Dec 14, 2017

FCC net neutrality vote halted due to security concerns (updated)
As FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was in the middle of giving his comment on the net neutrality proposal, someone handed him a note. He quickly said that on advice of security, the Commission needed to take a break. The feed was then cut off. Politico kept it...

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Dec 14, 2017

Soundcloud's redesigned app puts the focus on music discovery
Today, Soundcloud launched a redesigned app that puts an emphasis on discoverability. It takes a page from Spotify, with a new home screen that has curated recommendations and personalized playlists to help listeners find their new favorite Soundclou...

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Dec 14, 2017

The best movies and music to give as gifts
Not everything in our holiday gift guide is a gadget, per se. We know that media, including physical media, make good gifts, so made sure to include a few DVDs, plus some manga and a vinyl record, to boot. Depending on your loved one's taste, you'll...

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Dec 14, 2017

'Grand Theft Auto' publisher Take-Two opens an indie label
Take-Two is the latest major games publisher to open up an indie label. From the sounds of it, Private Division will operate like a smaller scale version of Take-Two itself, giving developers leeway to work on things at their own pace and not worry a...

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Dec 14, 2017

Vodafone customers given second chance to ditch contracts scot-free
Some Vodafone customers are being given a second chance to ditch their mobile contracts without incurring any nasty early exit penalties, after the provider changed the way roaming fees work earlier this year. Ahead of roaming charges being abolished...

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Dec 14, 2017

Microsoft's Mixer app relaunches with more streaming features
Microsoft's revamped Mixer app is coming out of beta. Back in October the company announced it was working on redesigning the livestreaming app to make it easier to find new and relevant gaming broadcasts. Features included a reworked Trending sectio...

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Dec 14, 2017

Google adds more tools to help you find travel deals
Here's the thing about vacations: they're fun, but they can also be stressful when you start thinking about how much they'll cost you. Google is trying to take a bit of that stress away by launching a handful of features that can make your trips more...

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Dec 14, 2017

Japan's answer to Amazon is building its own mobile network
Japanese e-commerce platform Rakuten has announced its plan to shake up the mobile business in its home country. Reuters is reporting that the company is applying for a license to offer 4G service, making it Japan's fourth national wireless carrier....

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Dec 14, 2017

UK tribunal declares WikiLeaks a media organization
A British tribunal released a ruling today on a freedom of information case in which an Italian journalist, Stefania Maurizi, sought documents regarding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition. While the tribunal decided that she could not get...

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Dec 14, 2017

Armed robbers steal $1.8 million worth of cryptocurrency
The Manhattan District Attorney has charged a man with robbery and kidnapping after he swiped a digital wallet containing a fortune in ethereum cryptocurrency. Louis Meza and an associate allegedly held up the victim at gunpoint after luring him into...

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Dec 14, 2017

Axiim launches the first wireless audio transmitter for Xbox
Xbox made its commitment to WiSA known in October when it became the first gaming brand to join the Wireless Speaker and Audio Association, so it was a race against the clock for AV brands to be the first to deliver supporting gear. Axiim is first pa...

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Dec 14, 2017

China accused of 'unjustifiable' DNA sample collection
China has been quietly collecting biometric data from millions of people in Xinjiang, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW). Since February, authorities have been gathering DNA samples, fingerprints and eye scans of those in the reg...

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Dec 14, 2017

Watch the FCC's net neutrality vote at 10:30AM ET
Today is the day that the internet as we know it could change dramatically. Starting at 10:30 AM Eastern, FCC chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai is expected to wipe out net neutrality and repeal Title II regulations that classify broadband a...

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