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Apple Watch sales to consumers set record in holiday week, says Apple's Cook

Apple Watch sales to consumers set record in holiday week, says Apple's Cook

By Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product, Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook told Reuters. Responding to an email from Reuters, Cook said the gadget's sell-through - a measure of how many units are sold to consumers, rather than simply stocked on retailers' shelves - reached a new high. Cook's comments followed a report on Monday from technology research firm IDC estimating that the tech giant sold 1.1 million units of the Apple Watch during the third quarter of 2016, down 71 percent from the year-ago quarter.

Oil firms and carmakers diverge in costly debate

Oil firms and carmakers diverge in costly debate

By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Many carmakers are predicting a significant shift to electric vehicles in the next decade. Advances in battery technology and the growth of autonomous driving and ride sharing - suited to electric vehicles - will power this expansion, they reason. Over half of all crude oil pumped is used for transport.

Roper Technologies to buy software firm Deltek in $2.8 billion deal

(Reuters) - IT services provider Roper Technologies Inc said it would buy business software company Deltek [THBVOK.UL] from private equity firm Thoma Bravo in a cash deal valued at $2.8 billion. Roper said it expected Deltek to generate $535 million in revenue and add $80 million to its cash flow in 2017. The deal would be funded by cash on hand, borrowings under existing credit facility and new debt, Roper said on Tuesday.

GoDaddy to buy Host Europe for $1.82 billion

GoDaddy to buy Host Europe for $1.82 billion

GoDaddy Inc , a U.S.-based website domain name provider, said on Tuesday that it would buy peer Host Europe Group (HEG) for 1.69 billion euros ($1.82 billion), including debt, as it seeks to expand beyond the initial set-up of websites. GoDaddy has branched into the more profitable business of hosting websites for small businesses and consumers and the HEG deal will help it accelerate this shift as well as broaden its customer base in Europe. The deal gives the company a five-year jump in Europe, GoDaddy Chief Executive Blake Irving said in an interview.

Alipay expands partnerships to tap Chinese travelers to Europe

Alipay expands partnerships to tap Chinese travelers to Europe

BEIJING (Reuters) - Alipay said Tuesday it has partnered with four more financial services providers in Europe, as it looks to tap into Chinese consumers traveling abroad, in a move that could help China's top online payments platform expand its global footprint nearly tenfold. The company has formed partnerships with Barclays PLC , BNP Paribas Group , UniCredit SpA and SIX Payment Services Ltd, giving them access to a network of 930,000 new stores across Europe, the Chinese online finance company said. ...

KKR to buy majority stake in cybersecurity firm Optiv from Blackstone

(Reuters) - Private equity firm KKR & Co said on Tuesday it would acquire a majority stake in cybersecurity company Optiv Security Inc, which is majority owned by Blackstone Group LP . Blackstone will maintain a minority interest in Optiv, which in November had filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering. Optiv said its management would also continue to hold a minority stake in the company and said that other selling shareholders included Investcorp and Sverica.

Google finally brings Pixel features to the Nexus line

Google began rolling out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for its mobile devices this week, including the brand new Pixel phones and several of the older Nexus smartphones. The best thing about it? Nexus fans will finally get access to some of the new Nougat goodies that were restricted to Pixel phones until now. DON’T MISS: Demand for VR headsets has been surprisingly disappointing As per Google’s announcement , the Android 7.1.1 release is compatible with a variety of devices, including the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G. The update should be available as an over-the-air (OTA) download, and those devices that are enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version. Android 7.1.1 will bring “many of the cool features of Pixel to everyone,” Google notes. The list includes the more inclusive emoji that are already available on the Pixel and Pixel XL phones. The keyboard now supports GIF sharing on certain apps, including Google Allo, Google Messenger, and Hangouts. App shortcuts from the home screen will be available to anyone, Google said. “Launch actions on your favorite apps, such as Twitter or Google Maps, by simply long pressing the app icon,” Google explains. “Jump directly into an existing conversation on Google Messenger or start an entirely new one - all straight from the app icon.” If you rock a Pixel phone, then Android 7.1.1 will bring you a couple of exclusive features, including support for raise-to-wake and double tap. The first gesture will turn on the screen to show you notifications, while the second will let you tap with two fingers on the display to see alerts. In case the OTA download has not reached your device, you can manually install it by getting the factory images and OTA files — check the source links below.

In the first Transformers: The Last Knight trailer, Optimus Prime goes rogue

In the first Transformers: The Last Knight trailer, Optimus Prime goes rogue

Whether you want it or not, the next Transformers movie, Transformers: The Last Knight, is well on its way, and we just got our first trailer. Here, Sir Anthony Hopkins, now free from his duties on Westworld, introduces us to the idea that the race of sentient robots has been coming to Earth for centuries. Now, both the Transformers and humans are at war — and Optimus Prime might be on the wrong side.

Nokia’s Android phone revival has to be about more than just phones

Nokia’s Android phone revival has to be about more than just phones

For romantics among us, one of 2017’s most enticing storylines will be witnessing the return of the Nokia brand to the world of smartphones. Nokia is the company that defined the mobile phone for most of us in Europe (even if its US presence was never that large), and its revival as a phone maker must be greeted with a fitting amount of nostalgia-tinted enthusiasm.

New Pokemon Go leak suggests that Generation 2 could launch on December 8th

As busy as the past month has been for Pokemon Go , the biggest updates are yet to come. A little over two weeks ago, an internal memo purported to have gone out to Starbucks managers mentioned an upcoming event that would see the coffee chain collaborate with Niantic for the launch of Pokemon Go  "version 2." We still don't know what "version 2" was referring to, but the timing of the memo's leak lined up suspiciously well with the addition of 100 new Pokemon in the code of Pokemon Go . Could "version 2" be the launch of Generation 2? DON'T MISS:  The Last Guardian review: Shadowed by a colossus After two weeks of silence, the floodgates opened up on Monday night and leaks began to pour forth. Starbucks updated its retail website with detailed information about an upcoming Pokemon Go event that is set to begin on December 8th, coinciding with a "new update" that will bring "new Pokemon" to the game. As you can see in the official documentation, virtually every Starbucks in the country will become a Gym or a PokeStop (other than a select few that don't meet some unspecified requirements). Starbucks stores will also serve a promotional Pokemon Go Frappuccino from December 8th to stir up interest. As Pokemon Go Hub points out , there's not much work left to be done if Niantic wants to bring 100 new Pokemon into the game by Thursday without adding any new moves. On the other hand, if new moves need to be added before Generation 2 can launch, the developers will likely need to release a client update today. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, it's worth pointing out that none of this has been confirmed by either Niantic or Starbucks. That said, the proof has begun to mount up, and it's not like we're going to have to wait very long to find out whether or not a dedicated troll was just wasting our collective time.

Apple blames exposure to ‘ambient air’ for iPhone 6S battery failures

Apple blames exposure to ‘ambient air’ for iPhone 6S battery failures

Last month, Apple launched a recall program for a number of iPhone 6S models that have been shutting down unexpectedly. “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.

Galaxy S8 Could Copy One of iPhone 7's Best Features

Galaxy S8 Could Copy One of iPhone 7's Best Features

If the latest rumors are true, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 could sound a lot like the latest iPhone — literally. The much-anticipated Android phone will reportedly launch with stereo speakers, which would be a first for the Galaxy S line and would bring Samsung's flagship up to speed with the iPhone 7 in a key area. According to FoneArena, the Galaxy S8's dual speakers may feature branding and technology from Harman, the audio and car tech company that Samsung is acquiring for $8 billion.

First Click: Amazon’s Echo taught me I have no idea what music I like

First Click: Amazon’s Echo taught me I have no idea what music I like

How many of your favorite songs can you name off the top of your head? Not if you had a pad of paper and an hour to think about it, but if you had to name, like, 20 songs right this second. It’s not something I’ve ever had to think about before. I mean, why would you need to know that by heart? You’re on your deathbed, perhaps, and you realize you forgot to make a playlist for your funeral? Or you’re out walking one night and get abducted by aliens and they’re screaming, just screaming, at you: “Please. We need a reason to save humanity. ...

US students continue to lag in math, as Singapore leads global survey

US students continue to lag in math, as Singapore leads global survey

Students in Singapore are the world’s top performers in math, science, and reading, according to an international education survey released today, as teenagers in many East Asian countries continue to out-perform those in other parts of the world. US students performed at average levels in science and reading, compared with other developed countries, but they continue to lag in math, according to the survey. The findings were announced today with the release of the Program for International Assessment (PISA) report, a survey of 540,000 15-year-old students in 72 countries and economic zones.

Here are the best and worst airlines to fly this holiday

If you're taking to the skies to visit family or friends this month, you better hope you're flying Delta. That's according to a report on Forbes that estimates the number of on-time flights by scraping data from holiday flights over the past three years. Using flight arrival and departure times logged by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Forbes crunched the numbers to come up with the percentage of flights for each of the ten largest U.S. carriers, and there's a surprising contrast among them. Here's the list, ordered by the percent of on-time flights from highest to lowest: MUST SEE:  People are trying to save 2016 by making ‘puppies’ the word of the year Hawaiian Airlines: 91.75% Delta: 86.07% Alaska Airlines: 84.85% Virgin America: 79.37% United Airlines: 78.85% American Airlines: 77.73% JetBlue: 76.93% Southwest Airlines: 74.71% Spirit: 71.94% Frontier: 71.28% The top spot on the chart belongs to Hawaiian Airlines, and it's not even really a contest. The airline can thank the fairly predictable weather and lack of delays out of its island hub. Of the airlines that you're likely to find in your Expedia searches, Delta is clearly the most punctual, at least during the holidays. Further down the list, you're best off avoiding the likes of Frontier and Spirit if you can. Neither of the two carriers have ever had a particularly shiny reputation to begin with, and with consistently disappointing on-time figures, it's pretty clear why that is. It's worth noting here that the agency that tracks these arrivals and departures gives the airlines a pretty generous 15-minute leeway before declaring a flight late. That means that even if an airline has an impressive on-time percentage, it could just mean that their flights are still late, but not super late.

Mobile-phone based bank Number26 expands to 17 European markets

Mobile-phone based bank Number26 expands to 17 European markets

By Eric Auchard LONDON (Reuters) - Smartphone-only bank Number26 is now offering its services in 17 countries in the euro zone, expanding from a smaller core of European markets it entered a year ago, it said on Tuesday. The Berlin-based company is backed by Li Ka-shing, one of Asia's richest men and Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, along with other investors including Berlin's Earlybird Ventures and Zurich-based Red Alpine.

Factbox: Why the shift to electric cars may surprise oil groups

By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - While many auto executives predict electric vehicles will represent a significant share of vehicle sales in ten years, some oil companies expect electricity to still play only a bit part in transport 20 years from now. Here are some of the reasons why their outlooks vary: AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES     The Oil View: BP, Exxon’s oil market outlooks published this year do not mention driverless vehicles. The International Energy Agency said it had not yet studied the impact of autonomous driving on oil demand.

Genderless Nipples exposes Instagram’s double standard on nudity

Genderless Nipples exposes Instagram’s double standard on nudity

A new Instagram account is using closeup images of nipples to test the photo-sharing app’s notoriously strict policy on female nudity. The account, @genderless_nipples, publishes user-submitted photos of both male and female nipples, drawing attention to what many see as a clear double standard in Instagram’s moderation policy. Instagram and Facebook have come under strong criticism in recent years for aggressively censoring female nudity — sometimes to the point of absurdity.

Toyota to expand hybrid system development to further cut emissions

Toyota to expand hybrid system development to further cut emissions

By Naomi Tajitsu TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp said on Tuesday it will expand the development of its gasoline-hybrid technology over the next five years to speed up the introduction of lower-emission engines in the face of stricter global emissions standards. Toyota is also stepping up the development of longer-range battery-electric cars, in a shift from an earlier strategy of promoting hydrogen fuel-cell technology as the future of zero-emission vehicles. "We need to take an aggressive approach to deal with changing regulations," Toshiyuki Mizushima, president of Toyota's powertrain division, told reporters at a briefing.

Honda teases electric concept car with AI-powered emotions

Honda teases electric concept car with AI-powered emotions

Honda has teased the first image of what looks to be an ambitious new concept car — an experimental vehicle dubbed the NeuV. The automaker will be showcasing the car at CES on January 5th and says it will be automated, electric, designed for commuters, and will come equipped with artificial intelligence in the form of something called an “emotion engine.” Details are vague on what this all means, but Honda describes the emotion engine as a set of technologies that will “enable machines to artificially generate their own emotions. ...

China users complain of combustible iPhones: consumer watchdog

China users complain of combustible iPhones: consumer watchdog

Several Chinese iPhone users have claimed that their handsets caught fire or exploded, according to a Shanghai consumer watchdog which called on tech giant Apple to address the complaints. Fresh on the heels of Samsung's worldwide Galaxy Note 7 safety fiasco, the state-run Shanghai Consumer Council said it had received eight reports in recent months of iPhones that spontaneously combusted while being used or charged. It quoted one woman as saying her iPhone 6s Plus exploded in August, shattering the screen and leaving the battery and back of the phone blackened.

Tim Cook says the Apple Watch just had its best sales week ever

Tim Cook says the Apple Watch just had its best sales week ever

Tim Cook has delivered an update on Apple Watch sales through the unusual medium of email to Reuters reporter. “Our data shows that Apple Watch is doing great and looks to be one of the most popular holiday gifts this year," Cook said. In fact, during the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater than any week in the product’s history.

Netflix will release 20 unscripted shows next year

Netflix will release 20 unscripted shows next year

Netflix plans to release 20 unscripted or reality shows in 2017, according to comments made by chief content officer Ted Sarandos and reported by Variety. “Unscripted television is a very interesting business,” Sarandos said, adding that the company’s focus is on shows which are “more likely to travel internationally.” Netflix’s slate of original programming overall is set to top 1,000 hours next year, doubling the amount in 2016.

Apple touts the iPhone 7 camera in new ‘Romeo and Juliet’ themed commercial

Apple earlier today released a new ad for the iPhone 7 highlighting the device's superior camera technology. Titled "Romeo and Juliet", the ad features two children performing the play of the same name. The ad begins with one of the more famous scenes from the play and is shot in such a way as to seems like a legit Hollywood production. The big reveal, of course, is that the seemingly professional cinematography was achieved using only an iPhone 7 and is, in fact, nothing more than your run of the mill school play. DON'T MISS:  Get ready for a limited NES Classic Edition sale tomorrow morning The ad is predictably designed to elicit an emotional reaction from viewers, and as a result, we actually see very little of the iPhone 7 in action. Indeed, the iPhone makes only the briefest of cameos when we see Juliet's father using the dual-camera system that's available exclusively on the iPhone 7 Plus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qStdSMad6TY The ad concludes with the tagline, "Your movies look like movies on iPhone 7." One of the great things about Apple's advertising efforts lately is that you never know quite what to expect. You might see something moving, inspiring, touching, quirky or even downright hilarious. As we detailed just last week, Apple's batting average with respect to TV commercials has been impressively and unusually high over the past few months. In fact, longtime Apple ad guru Ken Segall recently said that Apple's 'Bulbs' ad for the MacBook Pro is one of the " greatest commercials Apple has ever made.”

Demand for VR headsets has been surprisingly disappointing

Despite an avalanche of hype and a marked increase in advertising, new retail data suggests that demand for virtual reality and augmented reality products hasn't been as high as many initially anticipated. Though demand was expected to be strong throughout 2016, and particularly during the holiday shopping season, Digitimes reports that demand has "been weakening recently." DON'T MISS:  The Surface Pro 5 might be the Windows 10 MacBook Pro alternative you were looking for According to the report, a lack of compelling content and expensive pricing have all but limited VR and AR products to niche devices. Many research firms' numbers also have shown that VR product sales in 2016 have been weaker than expected due to lack of content and high product costs. VR/AR technologies also require more improvement in order to stimulate demand from both the consumer and enterprise sectors. Sony's PSVR, Google's Daydream View, HTC's Vive, Oculus Rift and Samsung Electronics' Gear VR have all achieved sales that are weaker than market expectations. With respect to PlayStation VR sales in particular, you might recall that initial 2016 sales estimates were recently slashed from 2.6 million units down to 750,000. As a result, some companies with significant investments in VR technology, with HTC being a prime example, are reportedly anxious that it may be a while before they start to see a meaningful return on investment from their VR products. Notably, HTC's Vive hasn't yet become a profitable device for the company. That said, the report shouldn't be taken as evidence that the VR/AR market is nothing but a bunch of hype. On the contrary, we may just have to wait a little bit longer before such technologies really manage to penetrate the mainstream. For what it's worth, Apple seems to be uniquely interested in Augmented Reality. Not only has Tim Cook been unusually effusive about the potential of AR, but we've even seen rumors that Apple's iPhone 8 camera may integrated Augmented Reality technology. What's more, there are even rumors that Apple may release a pair of Augmented Reality glasses as early as 2018.

Amazon testing cashier-free retail store

Amazon testing cashier-free retail store

Amazon has unveiled a new kind of retail store, with no cashiers. Customers at the concept store in Amazon's hometown of Seattle, Washington, can fill their shopping carts and walk out -- with the costs automatically tallied up and billed to their accounts with the US online giant. Amazon Go, which is being tested with Amazon employees and will open to the public next year, is a "checkout-free shopping experience made possible by the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars: computer vision, sensor fusion and deep learning," its webpage said.

Major tech firms team up to curb 'terrorist content'

Major tech firms team up to curb 'terrorist content'

The announcement by Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google-owned YouTube aims to use "digital fingerprints" to block or remove violent content or efforts to recruit social media users for attack cells. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have struggled for years with this issue, seeking to be open to free speech without being used to promote violence or hate. The joint statement did not indicate what type of technology would be used in the new initiative, except to say it would be based on a shared industry database of "hashes" or digital fingerprints that identify violent content.

Google’s new Trusted Contacts app tells you where everyone is

Google just released an all-new app aimed at giving you some peace of mind when potentially dangerous situations arise either for yourself or for your loved ones. It's called Trusted Contacts, and its aim is to ensure that you always know when your friends and family are safe and sound, and vice versa. After you install the app, you can pick as many contacts as you want to add to your "trusted" list. Anyone who you label as trusted will be able to see vague but useful updates on your recent activity, such as whether or not you've used your computer or traveled at all. MUST SEE:  BMW remotely locks car thief in stolen vehicle until cops arrive So, for example, if a friend leaves your house to walk home and you want to make sure they're okay, you'll be able to see that they have indeed been active with their phone or computer in the past few minutes, so they're most likely safe at home. If that small reassurance isn't enough for you, you can take things a step further and actually request their location via the app. This will send a prompt to their phone, notifying them that you're checking in. They can then decide whether or share their location or decline. This feature can also be used proactively, so if a friend or family member wants you to keep an eye on them as they're traveling, they can share their location and you can virtually follow them along their trip. The user sharing their location can stop at any time, but if a request for location from a friend goes completely unanswered, the information will be shared automatically, so their most trusted friends can decide on a course of action. Trusted Contacts is available for download right now on Android devices via the Play Store.

The Walking Dead episode 7: The one that could have been great, but nah

People are saying that AMC’s top zombie show isn’t what it used to be, and I largely agree. After that brutal premiere, we got a couple of okay episodes and then a couple of disappointing ones . The Walking Dead's episode 6 picked up the pace but only focused on Tara’s adventures. Maybe too much. Which makes episode 7, which aired last night, too crowded. It’s also an episode that could have been great, but AMC writers didn’t go for the kill. Beware, major spoilers follow. DON’T MISS: Microsoft kicks off 12 Days of Deals sale: Good Windows 10, Xbox One, and VR deals Carl is a reckless teenager, a serial killer in the making, as Negan correctly labels him. And AMC could have made his daring attack a lot more exciting than they did. Carl was able to sneak outside of Alexandria and fool Jesus into leaving the truck. But when it comes to pulling the trigger at Negan, he failed to do so. Yes, he killed two men in the process. But just imagine how much cooler the episode could have been. Imagine Carl shooting at Negan, with bullets either flying around the villain, grazing his skin, or even piercing an arm. That's all AMC  would have needed to make this episode amazing. Start everything with an unexpected bang, then just leave the entire episode as it is, with Negan surviving the whole incident partially harmed by Carl’s assault. But no, AMC decided not to be daring. Instead, we got to see Carl playing it safe — why bother to get there if you’re not going to act? But at least we got to see Negan’s massive kingdom. It’s fairly clear to anyone watching that Negan’s got a tight grip over his people. It’s also clear that he doesn’t have real friends in there, and that all it takes is a spark to ignite a dangerous mutiny. Speaking of mutinies, Spencer may start one in Alexandria. And he might be entitled to do it, considering that he’s partially right about Rick. The former policeman isn’t always taking the best decisions for his people. At the same time, though, Spencer isn’t in a position to claim any moral high grounds. Father Gabriel’s evolution is an amazing one. We may have not seen much of him, but he proved to us he’s one of the best additions to the gang. He convinced Negan Maggie was dead, and now he showed tremendous loyalty to Rick in his fatherly chat with Spencer. Getting back to Rick, I’ll point out that there’s a severe lack of leadership in Alexandria. Let’s recap: Rick and Aaron fly off to a secret mission that nobody knows about, Michonne leaves on her own quest to kill Negan. Carl meanwhile does the same thing, Maggie is still at The Hilltop, and nobody tries to make contact with her. Morgan and Carol are missing in action, and nobody is looking for them. Rosita is on a revenge path of her own. Eugene is broken and worse than he’s ever been. In other words, Alexandria is in disarray. They may have talked about the way things are, but they did not come up with a cohesive plan to survive the new world order. Why is it that nobody else goes after supply? Why is it that nobody is tasked with reaching Maggie? Why is it that people can leave the town whenever they please without nobody knowing it happens - I’m looking at you, Carl and Michonne. It doesn’t help us that the writers do not help us understand the Alexandrians. How much time did it pass since Negan killed Glenn and Abraham? A few days? More than a week? Because we're always switching back and forth between plots and subplots that only focus on a few characters, it’s getting harder and harder to keep a timeline. Time is an important element when it comes to dealing with traumatic experiences such as the encounter with Negan. It’s only natural to assume that everyone is in shock after that night. But the more time passes, the clear the mind should be, and the clearer the following actions. There’s no clarity in what Alexandria is doing as a group. Negan shouldn’t be afraid of a riot anytime soon. Well, aside from Carl’s outburst. Also, who on earth goes through the trouble of creating massive stashes of supplies and writing about them in Latin, while also trying to survive in this particular zombie-filled environment? That's something else the writers will hopefully explain in greater detail soon. Unlike other episodes in season 7, this episode has plenty of characters in it, and it’s certainly better than last week’s unexpected ode to Tara. Episode 7 also does a great job showing us the Saviors in their element. They’re all utterly afraid of Negan. The scene where Negan scars a man who didn’t obey the rules with an iron practically explains what happened to Dwight. And shows us why Negan is so respected, as he likes to describe it. One other thing that’s clearer and clearer about Negan is that he’s a great judge of character. He knows how to make people do his bidding, and he recognizes great potential. Rick, Daryl, and Carl all have potential for him. But they all need to be broken. Alexandria, might not be that organized at this point in time, but the Saviors are a force to be reckoned with. But that’s as long as Negan lives. And make no mistake, there’s something brewing too with the Saviors. Dwight is clearly unhappy with his life but sees no way out for the time being. As I said a few episodes ago, Daryl might be the way out for Dwight. And I can’t but wonder who sent Daryl that “go now” message. Is it Jesus? Dwight? Or Dwight’s ex-wife Sherry? All in all episode 7 was a lot better than other episodes and sets us up for what could be a great mid-season finale. I just don’t want to get my hopes up.

No one is going to use Microsoft’s answer to the Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo, a $200 device that sits on your kitchen counter and silently judges everything you say, has been a surprise hit with consumers. Google has rushed its own version to market , Apple is said to be working on something similar, and now it looks like Microsoft is going to half-heartedly join the fray. According to  Windows Central , Microsoft is working on an update that will give any Windows PC the always-listening, schedule planning, home-controlling capabilities of Echo and Alexa. It sounds like a nice idea on paper, but in the real world, I guarantee it will suck. DON'T MISS:  Galaxy Note 7 fires were caused by over-ambitious design, engineers find As  Windows Central  explains , "Home Hub is a Windows 10 feature designed to make your PC the center of your home, by making shared PCs more communal and bringing the connected home to Windows." In real speak, that means Home Hub is a slew of software updates that will add a "Welcome Screen" to Windows that acts like a "virtual fridge door," showing to-do lists, calendar events and sticky notes. Cortana will always be listening to respond to commands, and she'll also get the ability to control smart home devices like Nest or Hue, just like the Echo. According to the report, Microsoft thinks Home Hub PCs will be the center of the family, with a special new "family account" that anyone can log into. It's meant to live on a kitchen counter or somewhere convenient, so everyone will use it as a replacement for a family calendar or to-do notes on the fridge. It's a nice idea, but I almost guarantee it will fail for a list of reasons. Specifically: Desktop PCs are already dying as everyone moves to laptops. No family wants to spend hundreds of dollars on a Windows PC that's a replacement for $5 of fridge magnets. Microsoft apparently envisages its hardware partners building "Home Hub PCs." These will probably look like glorified all-in-ones with small screens and cute, colorful plastic cases. They'll also cost a minimum of $300, which is a hard sell when the cheapest Echo hardware is $30. People don't want a PC sitting in their kitchen. Amazon Echo and Google Home are designed to look like unobtrusive Bluetooth speakers for a reason: having a gigantic touchscreen gadget sitting on your kitchen counter is not good interior design. The magic of Alexa and the Google Assistant is the deep integration into your music services and smart home. If people want calendar appointments, they'll probably ask the assistant on their phone. All these reasons also assume that Microsoft manages to deliver this product on time, without a bunch of strange bugs, and before the trend for in-home personal assistants has been wiped out by brain implants or something. Let's just hope that Home Hub is an optional software upgrade, for once.

Scientists just figured out how much all of mankind’s crap actually weighs

We often hear about how much humanity's technological creations, infrastructure, and existence affects the environment and the world as a whole, but trying to gauge how much everything man has ever created actually weighs sounds like an impossible task. A new paper published in The Anthropocene Review attempts to answer that very question, and the resulting number is just as absurd as you're probably guessing. MUST SEE:  Amazon’s ’12 Days of Deals’ sale is now live – keep your eye on this page Professors from the University of Leicester's Department of Geology and an international team of researchers attempted to estimate the collective weight of everything we as a species have built, and which still takes up space on or below the surface of the Earth. Their guess? 30 trillion tons. It wasn't easy trying to ballpark the weight of the technosphere — which is the term used to describe the entirety of the structures, tools, and technology that keeps us alive, along with all the other junk we don't really need but created anyway — and it was made even more challenging by the fact that humanity's waste has a habit of sticking around long after it has been disposed of. These "technofossils" are more abundant and diverse than the prehistoric remnants we typically think of as fossils, and "may exceed total biological diversity through Earth's history." In short, humans have made a whole lot of crap over the centuries and not much of it is actually being returned back to the Earth in a useable form. The result is that an average of over 50 kilograms of manmade stuff occupies every square meter of Earth's surface, with a grand total of 30 trillion tons. Whether this particular bit of research is highly accurate in its estimate or not, it's clear that even if humanity doesn't survive, much of our crap definitely will.

App Store developers say app refunds are being abused, and Apple isn’t helping

As part of its App Store policy, Apple can choose to give refunds to customers who are unsatisfied with an app they download. It's a good, common-sense move, and a valuable tool for anyone who's ever read a description, downloaded the app, and then wondered if they're even using the same piece of software. But according to some developers, customers are abusing the refund policy to get free games, and Apple is turning a blind eye to the practice. DON'T MISS:  Galaxy Note 7 fires were caused by over-ambitious design, engineers find A report in the  The Korea Times  details how a communication failure between Apple and the developers lets people get away with free stuff: "Apple holds full control in paying refunds on paid for mobile content such as games. It determines whether to give refunds to consumers. But the content developer cannot take part in the process under Apple's refund policy. Apple does not even provide information about the users who have requested and received the refund, claiming it is to protect consumer rights. For this reason, the developers have no other choice but to manually track down the users and check if they continue to use the charged content they have already received refunds for. On the backdrop of this, some users have abused the loophole in Apple's refund policy to purchase charged content multiple times, request refunds and continue to consume the content without actually paying for it. In particular, some of the abusers have organized profitable businesses to operate the refund process on others' behalf. " If the game studios alleging abuse of Apple's policies are right, this is a serious problem. Limited cases of abuse are one thing that Apple can be expected to slowly deal with; setting up businesses to get free stuff out of the App Store is a much more major short-term problem. Four Korean game studios told  The Korea Times  that they've started cross-checking data to work out users who are repeatedly requesting refunds, and have moved to block them. But with no help from Apple, it's a long and difficult struggle for the developers. That adds to the costs of trying to make money from the App Store, and while the plight of a couple developers probably doesn't move you, the long-term damage it could do to Apple's vital dev community is genuinely serious.

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Delaware Court revives case over Pincus's Zynga stock sale

Delaware Court revives case over Pincus's Zynga stock sale

By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - The Delaware Supreme Court revived a lawsuit against Zynga Inc's controlling shareholder, Mark Pincus, and fellow board members for allegedly allowing leaders of the social gaming company to act on inside information and dump stock before it crashed in 2012. Delaware's high court ruled that the Court of Chancery erred when it dismissed the lawsuit against the board of Zynga, which created the online game Farmville, in February for procedural reasons. The ruling clears the way for the 2014 lawsuit by shareholder Thomas Sandys to proceed to discovery and trial, or for new motions to dismiss.

Suspect in Washington pizzeria shooting wanted to save kids: police

Suspect in Washington pizzeria shooting wanted to save kids: police

A man charged with firing an assault rifle in a packed Washington pizzeria on Sunday told police he had read online that children were being held as sex slaves there and he wanted to rescue them, police said on Monday. The Comet Ping Pong restaurant for weeks had been the subject of fake news stories claiming falsely that it was the hub of a child sex ring organized by 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The stories were an example of a proliferation of fake news reports during the election year, often disseminated through websites purporting to be news outlets and quoting bogus sources.

Web giants to cooperate on removal of extremist content

Web giants to cooperate on removal of extremist content

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database. The companies will share 'hashes' - unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos - of extremist content they have removed from their websites to enable their peers to identify the same content on their platforms. Tech companies have long resisted outside intervention in how their sites should be policed, but have come under increasing pressure from Western governments to do more to remove extremist content following a wave of militant attacks.

Former hedge fund exec's Empire Report keeps tabs on New York

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - Former hedge fund executive JP Miller launched an app on Monday for his startup news site Empire Report that is modeled on the Drudge Report and chronicles New York, its politicians, financiers and celebrities. The website (www.nyempirereport.com) is meant to be non-partisan and has no affiliation with Drudge, Miller said in an interview on Monday.

Chilean start-up that uses AI to reinvent food eyes U.S. deals

By Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A Chilean start-up that has built artificial intelligence software to help recreate animal-based foods using plants is looking toward U.S. multinationals after signing deals at home to sell its products, the company's founders said. NotCo, founded around a year ago by three Chileans, has already persuaded Cencosud's Jumbo supermarkets to stock its 'Not Mayo' across Chile, and has signed a deal to supply a national food manufacturer with one of its products, said Chief Executive Matias Muchnick.

Account of Syrian girl who tweeted about Aleppo disappears online

The Twitter account of a seven-year-old Syrian girl, who garnered followers worldwide with her updates from Aleppo, has become inactive on the micro-blogging site as government forces advance into the city's rebel-controlled areas. Last week, Fatemah posted tweets, including a picture of Bana covered in dust, describing the bombardment of their house as government forces advanced on the eastern rebel-held parts of the city. A search for the account on Monday revealed a message saying the page no longer existed, drawing concern from other Twitter users who began using the hashtag #WhereIsBana.

In fear after attacks, gay Bangladeshis retreat into closet and flee abroad

In fear after attacks, gay Bangladeshis retreat into closet and flee abroad

By Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Seven months after al Qaeda-linked militants hacked Bangladesh's most prominent gay activist to death, the South Asian country's LGBT community remains in hiding, while more than a dozen LGBT people have fled abroad. "The whole community has been sent back to the closet," a gay activist in exile told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on condition of anonymity because he fears for his safety.

Social media ads to hit $50 billion by 2019 -Zenith

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.

Chelsea apologizes to abused former player

English soccer club Chelsea issued a public apology to former striker Gary Johnson on Saturday for the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player and said it had been wrong to insist on a confidentiality clause when paying him compensation. Johnson, 57, said on Friday that he had been abused by former Chelsea chief scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s, receiving 50,000 pounds from the club in settlement in 2015. Chelsea added that an external review would establish whether they carried out a proper investigation when the allegations first surfaced.

Chelsea apologises to abused former player

English soccer club Chelsea issued a public apology to former striker Gary Johnson on Saturday for the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player and said it had been wrong to insist on a confidentiality clause when paying him compensation. Johnson, 57, said on Friday that he had been abused by former Chelsea chief scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s, receiving 50,000 pounds from the club in settlement in 2015. Chelsea added that an external review would establish whether they carried out a proper investigation when the allegations first surfaced.

Obama bars China's Fujian from buying Aixtron's U.S. business

Obama bars China's Fujian from buying Aixtron's U.S. business

By Matthias Inverardi and Diane Bartz FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama blocked a Chinese investment fund from acquiring the U.S. business of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron because the deal posed a risk to American national security, the Treasury Department said on Friday. Obama's executive order barring China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) from completing the acquisition of a German company with American assets was one of few such instances in which a U.S. president has blocked a transaction due to national security concerns.

U.S. presidential commission issues recommendations on cyber security

U.S. presidential commission issues recommendations on cyber security

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.

Russia says foreign spies plan cyber attack on banking system

Russia says foreign spies plan cyber attack on banking system

By Christian Lowe and Natalia Zinets MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - 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 that the servers to be used in the alleged cyber attack were located in the Netherlands and registered to a Ukrainian web hosting company called BlazingFast.

Draft law gives Chinese police control of online discussion on disasters

Draft law gives Chinese police control of online discussion on disasters

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.

Twitter changes product head for third time in a year

Twitter changes product head for third time in a year

"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.

Shamoon virus returns in Saudi computer attacks after four-year hiatus

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 several U.S. cyber security firms. CrowdStrike, FireEye Inc, Intel Corp's McAfee security unit, Palo Alto Networks Inc and Symantec Corp warned of the attacks, though they did not name any victims.

Twitter signs Philippines ad deal for NBA livestream shows

Twitter signs Philippines ad deal for NBA livestream shows

Twitter Inc has signed a major livestreaming deal with its first Asian partner, Globe Telecom Inc of the Philippines, for its two exclusive U.S. National Basketball Association shows, the companies said on Thursday. Globe will advertise on Twitter's livestream of "The Starters" and "The Warmups" to the telecom provider's digital audiences, they said in a statement. The shows, produced by Time Warner Inc's Turner Sports, will air only on Twitter throughout the basketball league's season from late October through June.

CFTC failed to verify brokers have proper cyber policies: watchdog

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission failed to verify whether futures and swaps brokerage firms have adequate policies to help ward off cyber attacks, an internal CFTC audit found. The audit was completed in October by Brown & Company CPAS and Management Consultants PLLC at the request of the CFTC's inspector general. It found that the CFTC, in conducting cyber security examinations of the firms, did not employ a "risk-based approach" to "independently test results of the cybersecurity assessments" it did.

Worldwide cyber-crime network hit in coordinated raids

Worldwide cyber-crime network hit in coordinated raids

One of the world's biggest networks of hijacked computers, which is suspected of being used to attack online banking customers, has been taken down following police swoops in 10 countries, German police said on Thursday. In an internationally coordinated campaign, authorities carried out the raids on Wednesday, seized servers and website domains and arrested suspected leaders of a criminal organization, said police and prosecutors in northern Germany. Officials said they had seized 39 servers and several hundred thousand domains, depriving criminals of control of more than 50,000 computers in Germany alone.

Vigils, campaigns mark World AIDS Day

Vigils, campaigns mark World AIDS Day

(Reuters) - From awareness campaigns to candle-lit vigils, people around the globe are marking World AIDS Day on Thursday. Each year, people across countries gather on Dec. 1 to promote awareness about the fight against HIV/AIDS and remember those who lost their lives. The hashtag #WorldAIDSDay trended on Twitter as users posted messages and pictures of red ribbons supporters wear to mark the occasion, as well as of people around the world lighting candles for commemoration events. According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), some 36. ...

Selena Gomez becomes Instagram's most-followed celebrity

Selena Gomez becomes Instagram's most-followed celebrity

Selena Gomez overtook Taylor Swift as the most-followed celebrity on Instagram, as two of pop's leading women once again dominated the social networking site in 2016. In Instagram's annual rankings released Thursday, Gomez was the most-followed celebrity with 103 million followers, while Swift was second with 93.9 million. Ariana Grande and Beyonce came in third and fourth with 89.6 million and 88.9 million followers respectively, while reality TV star Kim Kardashian took fifth place with 88.2 million followers.

Flipkart's fashion unit Myntra bets on artificial intelligence to drive growth

Flipkart's fashion unit Myntra bets on artificial intelligence to drive growth

By Sankalp Phartiyal and Tanvi Mehta MUMBAI/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Fashion portal Myntra, part of India's top e-commerce group Flipkart, aims to use smart technology such as artificial intelligence to enhance consumer experience as it looks to drive growth and turn profitable in the next fiscal year. India's e-commerce market is forecast to grow to $188 billion in a decade as more and more of its 1.2 billion people log on to smartphones and PCs in the world's fastest-growing internet services market. Players such as Flipkart and Myntra took a page out of Amazon's playbook to offer cash-burning discounts when they launched in 2007 but are now increasingly tailoring their products and experiences to capture a burgeoning Indian market.

EU proposes simplifying VAT rules to boost online trade

EU proposes simplifying VAT rules to boost online trade

By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission proposed simplifying value-added sales tax (VAT) requirements for online retailers on Thursday, the final piece in a series of measures to boost Internet commerce across the European Union. "We are delivering on our promises to unlock e-commerce in Europe ... Now we simplify VAT rules: the last piece in the puzzle," said Andrus Ansip, the Commission's vice president for digital affairs. Currently, online traders of goods have to register for VAT in each of the EU countries to which they sell goods, a significant barrier given it can cost about 8,000 euros ($8,500) to comply per country.

Facebook COO Sandberg donates $100 million to donor advised fund

Facebook COO Sandberg donates $100 million to donor advised fund

(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.

U.S. tech startup Comma.ai giving away self-driving car software

U.S. tech startup Comma.ai giving away self-driving car software

By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Comma.ai, 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, Comma.ai 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 Comma.ai founder and well-known hacker George Hotz to deploy his technology without butting up against regulators.

Cloud storage provider Box's loss smaller than expected

(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.

Azerbaijan criminalizes defamation of the president online

Azerbaijan criminalizes defamation of the president online

Azerbaijan's parliament on Wednesday made online defamation of the president a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment. With almost all traditional media strictly controlled by the government, social media networks have become outlets for people to voice criticism in a country where the economy has suffered from the global slump in oil prices and a depreciating currency. Azerbaijan criminalized defamation over the internet three years ago, meaning many people now use aliases and covert accounts, but the existing law made no separate mention of the president.

Crowd-sourced maps for natural disasters boosted by new algorithm

By Chris Arsenault RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Humanitarian workers delivering aid to regions hit by natural disasters might find it a little easier to reach people most in need of help following new advances in crowd-sourced mapping technology, researchers said on Wednesday. Traditional maps often do not give rescue workers the information they need when disasters strike, such as which buildings and bridges have been destroyed. To make the mapping process more efficient, researchers at the University of California and the University of Tennessee created a new algorithm that indicates which areas need detailed mapping first after a disaster.

FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

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.

Reddit to crack down on abuse after CEO is targeted

Reddit to crack down on abuse after CEO is targeted

(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.

Text young Kenyan women about sex to boost HIV testing: experts

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.

Curbs on extremist online content threaten free speech: report

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.

Deutsche Telekom attack part of global campaign on routers

Deutsche Telekom attack part of global campaign on routers

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.

Facebook users can now play Pac-Man on Messenger app

Facebook users can now play Pac-Man on Messenger app

(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.

Philippine bank and Bangladesh play blame game over missing millions

Philippine bank and Bangladesh play blame game over missing millions

By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine lender RCBC and a Bangladeshi minister traded blame on Tuesday over liability for tens of millions of dollars that were looted from a New York bank and then went missing in Manila after one of the biggest bank frauds ever. Unknown cyber criminals tried to steal nearly $1 billion from Bangladesh Bank in February and managed to make off with $81 million via an account at the New York Federal Reserve. The lawyer for RCBC, or Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC), said that her client had no reason to compensate Bangladesh Bank, saying that the lender was "negligent" because the initial security breach was its own fault.

Spy chief adds to warnings of Russian cyber attacks on Germany

Spy chief adds to warnings of Russian cyber attacks on Germany

By Caroline Copley BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's spy chief has warned that Russian hackers are pelting his country with disinformation that could undermine the democratic process, echoing concerns already voiced by his domestic intelligence counterpart. Bruno Kahl, the new head of Germany's BND foreign intelligence service, compared the campaign in an interview published on Tuesday to misleading reports on social media before Donald Trump's election as United States president. The interview appeared in Munich's Sueddeutsche Zeitung as German officials puzzled over the source of a major disruption on Monday of internet traffic on Deutsche Telekom, the country's largest telecoms operator.

Ant Financial chief apologizes following backlash over explicit social network groups

Ant Financial chief apologizes following backlash over explicit social network groups

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.

UK regulator goes to Europe to force reform at BT Openreach

UK regulator goes to Europe to force reform at BT Openreach

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.

Liechtenstein bank's Chinese parent says no money losses in hacker attack

Valartis Bank, a Liechtenstein lender, was targeted by a hacker but account statement data was not obtained and no money losses have been identified so far, the Chinese parent of the bank said on Tuesday. Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Group Ltd, which bought a majority stake in the bank from Swiss-listed Valartis Group this year, said in a statement that an investigation by the bank and authorities had confirmed that the core system of bank had not been affected. "The attacker did not obtain details of the account statement or asset data," Chief Financial Officer Fong Chi Wah said in the statement.

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US trade deficit widens in October from a nearly 3-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit climbed in October from its lowest monthly level in nearly three years. Imports of consumer goods such as medicine, cell phones and clothing increased, while exports of soybeans, gold and artwork tumbled_which fueled the monthly widening of the trade gap.

Apple Watch sales to consumers set record in holiday week, says Apple's Cook

Apple Watch sales to consumers set record in holiday week, says Apple's Cook

By Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product, Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook told Reuters. Responding to an email from Reuters, Cook said the gadget's sell-through - a measure of how many units are sold to consumers, rather than simply stocked on retailers' shelves - reached a new high. Cook's comments followed a report on Monday from technology research firm IDC estimating that the tech giant sold 1.1 million units of the Apple Watch during the third quarter of 2016, down 71 percent from the year-ago quarter.

No one is going to use Microsoft’s answer to the Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo, a $200 device that sits on your kitchen counter and silently judges everything you say, has been a surprise hit with consumers. Google has rushed its own version to market , Apple is said to be working on something similar, and now it looks like Microsoft is going to half-heartedly join the fray. According to  Windows Central , Microsoft is working on an update that will give any Windows PC the always-listening, schedule planning, home-controlling capabilities of Echo and Alexa. It sounds like a nice idea on paper, but in the real world, I guarantee it will suck. DON'T MISS:  Galaxy Note 7 fires were caused by over-ambitious design, engineers find As  Windows Central  explains , "Home Hub is a Windows 10 feature designed to make your PC the center of your home, by making shared PCs more communal and bringing the connected home to Windows." In real speak, that means Home Hub is a slew of software updates that will add a "Welcome Screen" to Windows that acts like a "virtual fridge door," showing to-do lists, calendar events and sticky notes. Cortana will always be listening to respond to commands, and she'll also get the ability to control smart home devices like Nest or Hue, just like the Echo. According to the report, Microsoft thinks Home Hub PCs will be the center of the family, with a special new "family account" that anyone can log into. It's meant to live on a kitchen counter or somewhere convenient, so everyone will use it as a replacement for a family calendar or to-do notes on the fridge. It's a nice idea, but I almost guarantee it will fail for a list of reasons. Specifically: Desktop PCs are already dying as everyone moves to laptops. No family wants to spend hundreds of dollars on a Windows PC that's a replacement for $5 of fridge magnets. Microsoft apparently envisages its hardware partners building "Home Hub PCs." These will probably look like glorified all-in-ones with small screens and cute, colorful plastic cases. They'll also cost a minimum of $300, which is a hard sell when the cheapest Echo hardware is $30. People don't want a PC sitting in their kitchen. Amazon Echo and Google Home are designed to look like unobtrusive Bluetooth speakers for a reason: having a gigantic touchscreen gadget sitting on your kitchen counter is not good interior design. The magic of Alexa and the Google Assistant is the deep integration into your music services and smart home. If people want calendar appointments, they'll probably ask the assistant on their phone. All these reasons also assume that Microsoft manages to deliver this product on time, without a bunch of strange bugs, and before the trend for in-home personal assistants has been wiped out by brain implants or something. Let's just hope that Home Hub is an optional software upgrade, for once.

Forget the OLED iPhone 8, the LCD screen might be making a comeback

The iPhone 8 will bring us what will probably be Apple’s biggest screen upgrade since the introduction of the retina display: an OLED screen that should offer users an even better iPhone experience. However, only one of the three iPhone 8 units expected next year will ship with an OLED display . OLED technology has reached a point where it’s affordable to use on the iPhone, a move Apple kept postponing due to cost and supply concerns. But screen supply won’t be able to meet Apple’s requirements, and two iPhone 8 versions will launch with LCD displays. DON’T MISS: Microsoft kicks off 12 Days of Deals sale: Good Windows 10, Xbox One, and VR deals Apple has been doing some amazing things with LCD technology on the iPhone 7 and iPad Pro, but experts still say that LCD displays can’t match OLEDs . But it turns out that at least one company is working on technology that can make LCD great again. Panasonic came up with LCD screens that can offer a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, which is simply amazing. Most LCD displays can get you an 1,800:1 contrast ratio. The iPhone 7, for that matter, has a 1,762:1 contrast ratio, according to the experts at DisplayMate . Panasonic’s new tech will control the light on a pixel-by-pixel basis, similar to what happens with OLED panels. A new layer of light-modulating cells will "permit pixel-by-pixel control of backlight intensity." That means a Panasonic LCD could offer deeper blacks and better colors in future products, similar to what an OLED screen has to offer. Sadly, Panasonic isn’t your average iPhone LCD display supplier. The new LCD technology could be used for TV sets, but Panasonic isn’t doing TV either. The company will instead make LCD displays for medical and automatic contexts, The Verge notes . However, it’s likely that Panasonic competitors will be eager to replicate this LCD innovation and adapt it for other devices, including iPhones. After all, what better way to attract Apple’s attention than with an LCD display that can offer OLED-like performance for a lower price?

Amazon’s ’12 Days of Deals’ sale is now live – keep your eye on this page

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 .

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

The first full week of December has begun, which means we're just weeks away from a brand new year. Many people around the world will welcome the end of 2016, but if you rush through December too quickly, you might miss out on our daily selections of free apps from the Apple App Store. Check out today's apps below. DON'T MISS:  Watch the SNL sketch that had Trump fuming on Twitter 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. Runtastic Sit Ups Normally $1.99. It’s time to push yourself! The Runtastic Push-Ups app will help you master this classic bodyweight exercise. It turns your iPhone/iPad into your PERSONAL TRAINER. Use the app to strengthen your muscles anytime, anywhere. This strength move doesn’t require a gym membership or equipment. Do your body some good and let Runtastic help you live a healthier, fitter life. A scientifically developed training plan guides you towards your goal, always keeping your personal fitness level in mind. Plus, no need to count your reps: The proximity sensor in your iPhone/iPad reliably counts all your push-ups. APP FEATURES & BENEFITS: - Counts completed push-up repetitions using proximity sensor or by your nose touching the display - Access to Level 1 of the scientifically developed training plan - Voice Coach for constant feedback - Personal records - Upload workout activities to Runtastic.com - Integration with Apple Health - Integrate Runtastic activities to your MyFitnessPal account - Share your success on Facebook, Twitter or via email - Collect motivating badges for your performance - Automatic countdown timer for your rest between exercise sets BENEFITS & FEATURES PRO VERSION: - No ads - Three individually adaptable levels based on scientifically developed training plan to reach 100 push-ups - Set a reminder for your next workout - Personal records & exercise statistics (i.e. monthly or yearly stats) - Leaderboard for personal records and overall repetitions: compare to others and see how you rank with your Runtastic friends Download Runtastic Sit Ups Nighty Night Circus Normally $2.99. "Nighty Night Circus" has a magical setting and a very special bedtime-atmosphere full of animations and color. Children find themselves in a circus setting with 8 circus animals, which they can bring to bed by switching off the lights or blowing out candles. Each circus animal performs several tricks and wants to show them off to the child before going to sleep. “Nighty Night Circus“ is the perfect App for a daily go-to-sleep ritual with cute animals, sweet lullaby music and great narration. "Nighty Night Circus" is brought to you by Oscar-Nominee Heidi Wittlinger (2002, best animated short film) who puts a lot of passion and effort in constructing little sets made of paper and props and combining them with 2D illustration and animation. Highlights: • Stunning designs and animations by Oscar nominated artist Heidi Wittlinger • Great illustrations and animations • Up to 11 interactive animals (Lion, Elephant, Seal, Fleas, Rabbit, Snake, Owl, Monkey, Pig, Fish and Bear) • Autoplay-mode • 16 languages with narration: English (UK and US), German, Swiss German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, Norwegian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Download Nighty Night Circus Vintage Scene Normally $1.99. VintageScene is your one stop shop for making photos look "old-school" or "retro". Vintage Scene is the best special effects software for photography enthusiasts, turning a new or recent photo into an old photo, one that looks like it was taken many years ago. This unique algorithm automatically combines several classic effects: sepia tone, grain, darkened edges, distressed paper, along with the look of fade that with time has left behind an image with only bright blacks and darkening whites. Vintage Scene is easy to use but gives the user control to change each component for a unique look on each photo. Includes hundreds of possible combinations, a visual preset system, and the ability to create your own presets for re-use. Built with power to produce high resolution images this app will apply the most sophisticated photo filters to your images. Vintage Scene quickly and easily creates compelling photos for graphic artists, photographers, & hobbyist who rely on a high quality end result. Supports full-size images Preview mode for quick workflow with large image rendered at save/email Visual presets with the ability to create custom presets using the "Save" menu. Landscape and Portrait Retina Display for all icons and preview system Download Vintage Scene Feelca Tungsten Normally $0.99. Feelca Tungsten adds more sense of the depths to your photos. Select between a 24 or 36 exposure film and then take a picture to gain the photo qualities of a film camera. The app also delivers the full experience of using a film camera from shooting pictures to printing photos. Your films are organized and you can add short titles or captions to your polaroid-like photos for easy sharing with your friends. 'Feelca T' does not include complicated operations such as editing and post-correction. By tilting the Manual Focus Dial, capture the subject and space which differs according to light. You might lose focus or the photo might shake, but there is a beauty in themselves. Like the past film cameras, taking careful look at the surroundings and taking each shots carefully would bring you the special experiences and sensational outcomes. • Tap the Shutter button to take a photo ( Long press for timer ) • Give the photo a title or leave a short comment • Share your memorable photos with a short message Download Feelca Tungsten BUDG2Go Normally $1.99. BUDG2go will help you keep track of your Expenses in a very simple way and tell you how much money you can spend each day. Budgeting shouldn’t be hard work or boring. It's personal finance made easy, it’s your money made simple. Main Features Simplicity • Enter Amount - Category - Optional (Notes - Date - Image) - Complete • Enter your daily Expenses. • Let BUDG2go take care of all the math behind it. • See every month how much you can spend. • How many days left per month. Easy Saving • By seeing how much you can spend every day you will automatically spend less. • The variable Monthly Budget will open your eyes to your financial situation from day to day. Individualism • Select an image or a receipt. • Create your very own Budget with monthly recurring. • Create and manage your own Categories. • Password protection. Month Budget • Month End Projection to see where you stand. • Month Budget showing you how much money you have left this month. Monthly Statistics • Intuitive monthly chart analysis. • You can switch to different month statistics. • Scroll through passed month to compare. History • Too many historical records? Do not worry, you can choose between two dates to view the records. • You can edit the spend again. • CSV data export(Select two date ranges). Download BUDG2Go Ultraviolet Camera Normally $4.99. Designed with simple controls, comfortable ergonomics and Ultraviolet effect in mind, allowing you to take photos that are instantly ready to share with the world. What makes a great camera stand apart is not down to features, per pixel sharpness or the amount of lenses in your bag. What matters is that the camera gets out of the way and lets you take the pictures you want. It's about how it feels in your hand and how easily you can interact with it. It's about combining a simple interface and comfortable ergonomics to provide a better experience. Quick access to live filters allows you to get shots ready for sharing. You just swipe between them effortlessly. You get great shots without having to deal with editing tools. Exposure controls let you get the perfect image no matter what the conditions. No more fighting the camera's automatic settings. And everything is within easy reach of your thumb. Ultraviolet Camera offers quick access to your camera roll by swiping left across the controls, and access to all the filters by swiping right. It couldn't be more simple. Download Ultraviolet Camera Zumbers Normally $0.99. Zumbers is a mental calculation game where the objective is to find and trace equations on a grid. The more complex the equation, the more points you earn! Thanks to Zumbers, join a global community of players! Download Zumbers Candy Camera Normally $4.99. ◉ Candy Camera FEATURES • Take Candy picture with a real-time Candy effect • Apply effects to existing Candy photo • adjust real-time filter Candy filter • Switch between Front Camera and Rear Camera • Switch Flashlight to ON/OFF/Auto/Torch mode • Edit the photo again after shooting • Tap to focus and adjust exposure • Save your work to camera roll in high resolution ◉ Candy Camera Effect • Circle Bokeh Effect • Star Bokeh Effect • Music Bokeh Effect • Circle Bokeh EffectTriangle • Heart Bokeh Effect • Lomo Effect • Retro sepia Effect • B & W Effect • Analog Film Effect • Light Leak Effect ◉ Candy Camera Filter • Breezy Filter • Warm Filter • Cold Filter • Lucid Filter • Dark Filter ◉ Candy Camera SHARE • Share your Candy Photo via Facebook, Twitter, or email. You can also save your Candy Photo picture directly to your iPhone photo library full hd resolution, copy Candy Photo Poster to your clipboard, or open in other apps. ◉Candy Camera INTENSITY • Adjust the intensity of each Candy Camera in real time. ◉Candy Camera Inspiration • Vintage Camera • Old Camera • Diana Camera • Fisheye Camera • Analog Film Camera • Bw Camera Download Candy Camera Triple A HD Normally $1.99. ::: What is Triple A? ::: • Triple A is a highly complex, kinetic, and interactive visualizer app that is a montage of three other digital art applications also made by SungLab, Art Wave, Art Particle, and Art Gravity. • Triple A is designed for people who want a New Media Art Appreciation Aesthetic Experience. • Triple A creates a fun and relaxing break for everyone of all ages. • Triple A has 3 art modes with each art mode comprised of 5 unique effects for a total of 15 awesome effects; • The 15 effects were tested by 100,000 download users who rated this app nearly 5 stars out of 5 stars. In addition to the 15 effects, I have also added many other interesting features that will remind you of a vortex, flowers and leaves, butterflies, rainbows, and many more. • Experience the 15,000 particle explosion in your mobile phone! ::: Features ::: • 5-Finger, 2-Hand Multi-touch! • 5 Music choices by Aden (On/Off available)! • 3 Art Modes (Art particle, Art Wave, Art Gravity)! • Fastest speed (60 FPS) emits 15,000 particles! • Customize Particle Length, Number, & Size! Download Triple A HD Jungle Fruits Match Normally $6.99. Jam with the wacky and zany cast of Jungle Fruits Match as you crush and pop your way through a wide variety of fun filled and exciting levels of glorious fruit matching! Why should you download? • Innovative Match-3 Gameplay! • Easy to play yet difficult to master! • So fun you won't ever want to put it down! • Adorable Monkey! Download Jungle Fruits Match FX Maker 360 Normally $1.99. You can take a regular photo and apply over 360+ effects to create unique looking picture. Effects are grouped into folders including: Lomo, Classics, Vintage, Film, Premixed, Black & White, Scratches, Light, Textures, Space, Vignette. ◉ KEY FEATURES FX Maker 360 urns an iPhone and iPad into a perfect light effects camera. It reproduces all features of an instant camera and 360+ extra effects, from the operations to the results, Experience the new world of an instant camera. Download FX Maker 360

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

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.” - 148apps.com "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!" - TouchMyApps.com 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 bit.ly, Rebrandly, Google, Hive, tiny.cc, Droplr and CloudApp (for using Rebrandly, tiny.cc, 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 bit.ly, Rebrandly, Google, Hive, tiny.cc, 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

Forget Black Friday, Best Buy is about to host a ‘Special Edition’ sale

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 BestBuy.com 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 BestBuy.com 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 www.bestbuy.com/geeksquad for details and to schedule an appointment.

DirecTV Now is off to a really bad start

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.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

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

Google Home talking to Amazon Echo will entertain you all day long

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfCfTYZJWtI Oh, and if you know anyone who owns both assistants, this will make a great prank.

Why doesn’t this simple accessory ship with every Apple TV?

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.

Deutsche Telekom attack part of global campaign on routers

Deutsche Telekom attack part of global campaign on routers

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.

Farage interview: Far-right win in France would doom EU

Farage interview: Far-right win in France would doom EU

LONDON (AP) — Nigel Farage is reveling in his successful campaign to take Britain out of the European Union, buddying up to Donald Trump and predicting the fire he helped kindle may soon spread to France and finally torch the European integration project.

Amazon reportedly planning all-new Alexa device with massive touchscreen

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.  

9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

It felt like it might never end, but the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are finally over. We have to go back to a world where everything is full price... except for our daily selection of free apps, of course. That's right, Black Friday or not, we've still got a bunch of paid apps on sale for free to choose from today. MUST SEE:  Report says the new 4.7-inch iPhone 8 will be more exciting than you think 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. Photo Sticker Lab PRO Normally $2.99. Photo Sticker Lab is a new way to express yourself. Add real-time text and filters directly to your camera! In only a few seconds you can add captions, quotes, doodles or anything else you can think of to your camera and share quickly and easily with your friends. - CREATIVE STICKER 580+ awesome stickers, realistic hairstyles, pirates accessories and so much more. - AMAZING FONTS 120+ Add custom typography directly to your camera with very artistic fonts. Choose from a huge selection of powerful fonts that will make your photos awesome and engaging. - LIGHT EFFECTS 280+ Create beautiful photos with real-time filters. We know how much filters are important to you and we worked hard to design the most beautiful filters you've ever seen. There are so many types of them: vintage, artistic and funny! With a single tap, you can transform a soulless pic into a work of art! Download Photo Sticker Lab PRO The Lost Ship Normally $0.99. Embark on your own treasure hunt in this beautifully designed classic point and click adventure game. Explore old trails, puzzles, and structures left behind by a castaway crew as you hunt for their lost pirate ship that was blown on to an island centuries ago. Uncle Henry has been hunting lost treasures for as long as you can remember. His stories of adventure excited your imagination as you were a child growing up. Now with your newly acquired archeology skills, he has been reaching out from time to time for your help in tracking down some of these difficult to find treasures. In his latest quest, he has been hunting for the treasure map known to be in the lost pirate ship "Queen Anne's Revenge". Thought to have sunk off the coast of the American shores, Uncle Henry has discovered new information that the ship was really blown on to an island when it was caught in a hurricane while sailing through Caribbean waters. You must hurry and help him on this amazing adventure before anyone else finds the location of the lost ship! This captivating adventure game has: - Custom designed beautiful HD graphics! - Custom composed soundtrack and sound effects! - A built-in hint system for when you get stumped - A dynamic map to show the screens you have visited and current location - A camera that takes photos of clues and symbols as you discover them - Dozens of puzzles, clues, and items - Auto saves your progress - Available for phones and tablets! - Translated to 16 languages! Download The Lost Ship AVPlayer Normally $2.99. AVPlayer can play almost any file format movies and stream directly on iPhone/iPod/iPad. Just transfer the media files to your ios devices using iTunes File Shareing or over Wi-Fi,then it can be played at once. With built-in downloader and FTP/Samba client, it is not just a local movie player,it is a "Movie Player & Streaming Media Player". You can also stream/download media files from most of all UPnP/DLNA media servers to your ios devices. Features: 1. Supports almost any video formats: WMV, AVI, MKV, RMVB, RM, XVID, MP4, 3GP, MPG... 2. Supports almost any audio formats: APE, FLAC, MP3, WMA, RM, ACC, OGG,FLV... 3. Supports smi, srt, ass, ssa, sub txt subtitle. 4. Use iTunes to sync movies to AVPlayer. 5. Easily Wi-Fi transfer to download media files from PC to your ios devices. 6. Built-in Open Url Client to support HTTP, FTP, MMS, RTSP, SMB, RTP streaming. 7. Built-in UPnP Client to stream/download media files from most of all UPnP/DLNA media servers. 8. Built-in FTP Client to stream/download media files from FTP Servers(Note: stream only for PASV mode). 9. Built-in Samba Client to stream/download media files from Samba Servers. 10.Built-in file manager supported: move files from folder to folder,file delete,file rename,folder creation,folder delete. 11. Built-in file downloader. You can download files from FTP/Samba/UPnP Servers, and resume or pause downloads. 12. Multi playlist supported: you can create playlists and media file to playlist, and every folder is automatically made as a playlist. 13. "Open In" feature supported: open video and audio files from Mail email attachments and Safari Web browser. 14. AVPlayer://URL scheme. 15. iPad 2 dual core decoding supported.For iPad 2,the dual-core A5 chip can be used to decode at the same time. 16. TV out support. 17. AirPlay supported(Note: only for QuickTime plugin). 18. Built-in photo viewer supports jpeg, jpg, png, bmp... 19. It can play music in the background mode, so that build your playlist allowing you to use it as a music player. 20. You can set a password for your folders, just click the button on the right. 21. Gesture control: Double click to enter/exit full screen, single click to hide/show buttons,left slide to seek backward, right slide to seek forward. Download AVPlayer File Manager & Virtual USB Drive Normally $3.99. Remote • Drive turns your iPhone or iPad into virtual USB drive, and allows you to easily transfer any file between it and your Mac. Use Remote • Drive to utilize constantly increasing storage space on your iPhone or iPad. Take photos, videos, documents and other files anywhere you go. Using built in document and photo viewers, and video player, you can view files directly from your Mac, or download them to your device for offline usage. Stop loosing and buying new USB drives, and stop worrying about your sensitive information getting to the wrong hand. FEATURES: - Photo viewer for all photos stored on your Mac or any of its external drives - Video player that supports virtually all popular video formats - File vault with passcode protection for your sensitive files, photos or videos - Transfer files to and from your Mac using Wi-Fi with no limits - Document viewer that supports Microsoft Office documents, PDFs and more - "Open in" feature allows you to open files in other apps on your iPhone or iPad - Super easy setup Download File Manager & Virtual USB Drive Toca Hair Salon 2 Normally $2.99. Cut, curl, color and style – any way you want! Our bestselling app Toca Hair Salon is back in an even better version, with new characters, new tools, new accessories and even more hairstyling fun! In this kid-friendly, super-creative app, you get to run your very own hair salon, with six fun characters to choose from. Cut, colour and style any way you want, using lots of different tools – from a simple comb and scissors to a curling iron and a straightener. Trim mustaches, spray mohawks bright pink and give someone the curls they’ve always wanted! Whoops – did you accidentally snip off too much hair? Make things right with our special tonic G.R.O.W. and then top it all off with hats, glasses and other fun accessories. Once you and your customer are happy with the way they look, don’t forget to take them to the camera booth for a snapshot! What’s new in Toca Hair Salon 2? - 6 completely new characters - New tools: razor, curling iron, a crimper and a straightener - More realistic colour spray effects – combine to make new shades! - New accessories: hats, glasses and much more - Cool new photo backdrops - Smooth and beautiful animations - Better and more realistic hair styling - make any style you want! Download Toca Hair Salon 2 Rapid Photo Transfer Normally $2.99. Rapid Photo Transfer is the best transfer app on the AppStore. It allows you to transfer, backup and share your videos and photos (including Live Photos) privately, quickly and in full resolution. Free space on your device with Rapid Photo Transfer. We’ve created Image Transfer app - one of the best transfer apps on the App Store with more than 5 million downloads. This experience and feedback from our customers allowed us to create Rapid Photo Transfer with advanced transfer technologies, beautiful interface and helpful features. Here are some of our features: . Transfer photos and videos to computer and vice versa without additional software . Live Photos support. You can share with friends or backup your live photos as .mov, .gif or even .jpeg+.mov format. . Fast and handy transfer to the connected cloud drives: Dropbox, GoogleDrive and Flickr. . Incredible share features. You’re able to share transferred photos right after they were transferred: via email, iMessages or just copy short URL and share it wherever you want. . Free space on your device. You’re able to delete transferred photos and keep your iPhone storage clear. Download Rapid Photo Transfer Shotella Normally $0.99. Take a shot and Capture the moment. Then edit it in seconds. Whatever your skill level, you’ll be able to create photo masterpieces right in the Shotella app. You don’t have to wait to get back to your Mac to do it. Shotella can help you to make beautiful edits. You can take control and decorate your photos with stunnig stickers. Choose from a delightful collection of stickers, overlays & artwork to add onto your photos. Beautiful, moody, or fun. Tap to experiment with enhanced photo filters. If you don’t like how it looks, you can always just revert to the original. Create unique looks and make your photo stand out with filters and editing tools. Create awesome profile pictures for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder or any social app. Expressing yourself has never been more fun! Download Shotella SignerStudio Normally $3.99. A Complete Video Studio in an App Signer Studio is a complete video production studio in an app. Signer Studio includes advanced video recording with an intelligent prompter and a video editor that integrates subtitle creation. Projects can be exported in multiple ways, from Facebook to Final Cut Pro. Motion Activated Recording Signer Studio uses patent pending motion activated recording. The camera detects when you start and stop signing and perfectly trims and chops up your presentation into manageable segments. No need to fiddle with the record button. No need to trim off the start and end of clips. Your presentation is segmented and ready for editing and export. Revise, Reorder, Re-sign Signer Studio excels at letting you revise your presentation. Want to change the order of two sentences? Just drag them into place. Want to re-sign a sentence or two? Just tap a button and re-record only that segment. Editing sign language video in Signer Studio is like editing text in a word processor. That's why we call it a "Sign Processor". Intelligent Prompter When you have a prompter, you can organize your presentation beforehand and record it in one go. No need to memorize long sections of your presentation. No need to re-record multiple times. The prompter is even intelligent so that it advances at the right time. Add Subtitles In Signer Studio, each clip is associated with text. You can use that text as a prompt or as a subtitle. You can export subtitles overlaid on your video or export them separately as .SRT for upload to YouTube or Vimeo. Download SignerStudio Weekly Challenge Pro Normally $0.99. Want to improve your health, lose some weight, get an elegant body shape or, vice versa, become a hefty bodybuilder? Challenge yourself and achieve that! The plan is simple: once a week measure your results, then spend the week to come striving to improve them. Continue this until you are done. The app helps you keep the data on all the challenges and see how better or worse your results have become in a vivid chart. Download Weekly Challenge Pro

New AI-based digital assistant comes to… gas pumps

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.”

Strapping a huge PC to your back will not fix VR

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

You still have a few hours left to get a $120 Fire HD 6 tablet for $55

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

Get any one of Amazon’s 200+ Dash Buttons for $1 instead of $5

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 Amazon.com. 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.

Everything you need to know about AT&T’s DirecTV Now internet TV service

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.

Walmart just revealed its 16 best-selling deals of Cyber Monday 2016 so far

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.

Self-driving cars coming to public roads of Ontario, Canada

(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.

The 10 best Cyber Monday sales of 2016

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.

Cyber Monday 2016: 10 streaming media players on sale for under $100 each

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.

We’ll see the iPhone 8’s biggest design change sooner than we thought

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.

Cyber Monday 2016 deals watch: Best bargains in Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale

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 : $349.99 (save $148) 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 : $219.00 (save $70) HP 15-f222wm 15.6" Laptop, Touchscreen, Windows 10 Home, Intel Pentium N3540 Quad-Core Processor, 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive : $279.00 (save $120) 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 : $69.99 (save $19) 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. Article update to reflect mid-day price changes.

Today is your last chance to save big on Sonos speakers, Echo, Fire TV and more

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.

All of Amazon’s best Cyber Monday 2016 deals

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.

Best Buy Cyber Monday 2016 deals: Huge savings on TVs, computers and more

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 BestBuy.com 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) – BestBuy.com 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 .

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Google finally brings Pixel features to the Nexus line

Google began rolling out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for its mobile devices this week, including the brand new Pixel phones and several of the older Nexus smartphones. The best thing about it? Nexus fans will finally get access to some of the new Nougat goodies that were restricted to Pixel phones until now. DON’T MISS: Demand for VR headsets has been surprisingly disappointing As per Google’s announcement , the Android 7.1.1 release is compatible with a variety of devices, including the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G. The update should be available as an over-the-air (OTA) download, and those devices that are enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version. Android 7.1.1 will bring “many of the cool features of Pixel to everyone,” Google notes. The list includes the more inclusive emoji that are already available on the Pixel and Pixel XL phones. The keyboard now supports GIF sharing on certain apps, including Google Allo, Google Messenger, and Hangouts. App shortcuts from the home screen will be available to anyone, Google said. “Launch actions on your favorite apps, such as Twitter or Google Maps, by simply long pressing the app icon,” Google explains. “Jump directly into an existing conversation on Google Messenger or start an entirely new one - all straight from the app icon.” If you rock a Pixel phone, then Android 7.1.1 will bring you a couple of exclusive features, including support for raise-to-wake and double tap. The first gesture will turn on the screen to show you notifications, while the second will let you tap with two fingers on the display to see alerts. In case the OTA download has not reached your device, you can manually install it by getting the factory images and OTA files — check the source links below.

Galaxy S8 Could Copy One of iPhone 7's Best Features

Galaxy S8 Could Copy One of iPhone 7's Best Features

If the latest rumors are true, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 could sound a lot like the latest iPhone — literally. The much-anticipated Android phone will reportedly launch with stereo speakers, which would be a first for the Galaxy S line and would bring Samsung's flagship up to speed with the iPhone 7 in a key area. According to FoneArena, the Galaxy S8's dual speakers may feature branding and technology from Harman, the audio and car tech company that Samsung is acquiring for $8 billion.

Mobile-phone based bank Number26 expands to 17 European markets

Mobile-phone based bank Number26 expands to 17 European markets

By Eric Auchard LONDON (Reuters) - Smartphone-only bank Number26 is now offering its services in 17 countries in the euro zone, expanding from a smaller core of European markets it entered a year ago, it said on Tuesday. The Berlin-based company is backed by Li Ka-shing, one of Asia's richest men and Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, along with other investors including Berlin's Earlybird Ventures and Zurich-based Red Alpine.

Demand for VR headsets has been surprisingly disappointing

Despite an avalanche of hype and a marked increase in advertising, new retail data suggests that demand for virtual reality and augmented reality products hasn't been as high as many initially anticipated. Though demand was expected to be strong throughout 2016, and particularly during the holiday shopping season, Digitimes reports that demand has "been weakening recently." DON'T MISS:  The Surface Pro 5 might be the Windows 10 MacBook Pro alternative you were looking for According to the report, a lack of compelling content and expensive pricing have all but limited VR and AR products to niche devices. Many research firms' numbers also have shown that VR product sales in 2016 have been weaker than expected due to lack of content and high product costs. VR/AR technologies also require more improvement in order to stimulate demand from both the consumer and enterprise sectors. Sony's PSVR, Google's Daydream View, HTC's Vive, Oculus Rift and Samsung Electronics' Gear VR have all achieved sales that are weaker than market expectations. With respect to PlayStation VR sales in particular, you might recall that initial 2016 sales estimates were recently slashed from 2.6 million units down to 750,000. As a result, some companies with significant investments in VR technology, with HTC being a prime example, are reportedly anxious that it may be a while before they start to see a meaningful return on investment from their VR products. Notably, HTC's Vive hasn't yet become a profitable device for the company. That said, the report shouldn't be taken as evidence that the VR/AR market is nothing but a bunch of hype. On the contrary, we may just have to wait a little bit longer before such technologies really manage to penetrate the mainstream. For what it's worth, Apple seems to be uniquely interested in Augmented Reality. Not only has Tim Cook been unusually effusive about the potential of AR, but we've even seen rumors that Apple's iPhone 8 camera may integrated Augmented Reality technology. What's more, there are even rumors that Apple may release a pair of Augmented Reality glasses as early as 2018.

Google’s new Trusted Contacts app tells you where everyone is

Google just released an all-new app aimed at giving you some peace of mind when potentially dangerous situations arise either for yourself or for your loved ones. It's called Trusted Contacts, and its aim is to ensure that you always know when your friends and family are safe and sound, and vice versa. After you install the app, you can pick as many contacts as you want to add to your "trusted" list. Anyone who you label as trusted will be able to see vague but useful updates on your recent activity, such as whether or not you've used your computer or traveled at all. MUST SEE:  BMW remotely locks car thief in stolen vehicle until cops arrive So, for example, if a friend leaves your house to walk home and you want to make sure they're okay, you'll be able to see that they have indeed been active with their phone or computer in the past few minutes, so they're most likely safe at home. If that small reassurance isn't enough for you, you can take things a step further and actually request their location via the app. This will send a prompt to their phone, notifying them that you're checking in. They can then decide whether or share their location or decline. This feature can also be used proactively, so if a friend or family member wants you to keep an eye on them as they're traveling, they can share their location and you can virtually follow them along their trip. The user sharing their location can stop at any time, but if a request for location from a friend goes completely unanswered, the information will be shared automatically, so their most trusted friends can decide on a course of action. Trusted Contacts is available for download right now on Android devices via the Play Store.

Judge declares mistrial in ex-South Carolina policeman's murder trial

Judge declares mistrial in ex-South Carolina policeman's murder trial

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina judge declared a mistrial on Monday after jurors weighing a murder charge against a white former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed a black motorist said they were deadlocked. A bystander's cell phone recorded North Charleston patrolman Michael Slager, 35, firing eight times at 50-year-old Walter Scott's back as he fled an April 2015 traffic stop. The video helped to make Slager a national symbol for a wave of police killings of black men in cities including New York, Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.

Hololens being adopted as visualization aid for spinal surgery

Hololens being adopted as visualization aid for spinal surgery

Microsoft's Hololens is being used to help fuse patients' vertebrae as part of complex spinal surgery in South America. Cheaper and far more portable than traditional visualizing tools, surgeons there hope it will catch on to help augment the surgical process.

Samsung may adopt a beloved iPhone 7 feature for the Galaxy S8, and it’s not the camera

The rumor mill surrounding the Galaxy S8 is in full production mode at the moment, with anonymous sources from all corners of the web revealing potential features and design elements long before Samsung is ready to reveal the phone in earnest. The latest comes from Fone Arena , which reports that the S8 will follow the iPhone 7's lead in the speaker department. MUST READ:  Get ready for a limited NES Classic Edition sale tomorrow morning The iPhone 7 was the first iPhone to feature stereo speakers, and it's an addition that has been roundly praised by reviewers and users alike. Now, Samsung will reportedly follow suit, adding stereo speakers to the S8, along with special branding to draw more attention to the feature. One of the HTC One's marquee features was its stereo speaker setup that the company branded BoomSound. The report suggests that Samsung has something similar in mind for the speakers on the new S8. Curiously, the report also suggests that the S8 could draw upon Samsung's recent $8 billion purchase of Harman to give its new stereo smartphone some added flair. However, this is something that was already shot down by Harman's own CEO, Dinesh Paliwal, just a couple of weeks ago. At the time, Paliwal suggests that the timeline to integrate any Harman technology into the S8 was simply too short, and that Samsung's smartphones would have to wait until 2018 before they could benefit from the acquisition. “Since we are globally number one in audio technology, we plan to create new opportunities by applying the audio technologies into Samsung’s smartphones and home appliances. We may adopt Harman’s luxury audio technology into Galaxy S series possibly in 2018," Paliwal said.

Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors and news leaks

Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors and news leaks

After the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung will want to leave 2016 behind and turn its attention to making next year's flagship, which we know as the Galaxy S8,. Here's everything we think we know about the phone so far.

Netflix’s offline downloads have a neat trick to save iPhone storage space

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.

The 10 best messaging apps for Android and iOS

The 10 best messaging apps for Android and iOS

These days, most people tend to favor digital messages over phone calls. Thankfully, these apps will allow you to share photos and documents, send text messages, and carry out a range of other tasks with the benefit of end-to-end encryption.

Microsoft kicks off 12 Days of Deals sale: Good Windows 10, Xbox One, and VR deals

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 .

Kor-FX Haptic Vest: Our first take

Kor-FX Haptic Vest: Our first take

The Kor-FX haptic vest will shake you to your very core as you play your favorite games, but only if your favorite games involve driving loud cars and running through minefields.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 rumors and news

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 rumors and news

Samsung may be gearing up to announce a 2017 variant of the Galaxy A7 later this year. It's rumored to have a 16-megapixel camera on both the front and the rear, though it's unlikely the device will see a global rollout.

EU ministers back caps on wholesale mobile phone roaming fees

EU ministers back caps on wholesale mobile phone roaming fees

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.

The Best Weather Apps For Android

The Best Weather Apps For Android

You may not be able to change the weather forecast, but you can change the change the way you look at it. Check out our top picks for the best weather apps for Android, so you'll always know what to expect when you step out the front door.

Upcoming video games: 'The Last Guardian,' 'Dead Rising 4,' 'Ace Attorney' for Android, 'Space Hulk: Deathwing'

Upcoming video games: 'The Last Guardian,' 'Dead Rising 4,' 'Ace Attorney' for Android, 'Space Hulk: Deathwing'

Few games can claim to have been in development for as long, and 9 years of gestation for "The Last Guardian" are finally coming to an end. Franchise protagonist Frank West returns, the zombie-battering, oddball-weapon-crafting photojournalist paying a visit to the original town setting of "Dead Rising." This time, it's Christmas, and the zombie outbreak isn't confined to Willamette's shopping mall but has splurged out into its surrounds.

ZTE Axon 7 Mini: Our first take

ZTE Axon 7 Mini: Our first take

ZTE’s Axon 7 Mini may technically slot into the so-called budget category of smartphones, but after using it ourselves, we think it’s a premium experience all the way. Here's our first look, and all the ways you can buy the phone too.

Android Auto gains ‘OK Google’ functionality so you can talk to your car

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.

Thought Trump’s Twitter was bad? Next year, he can send texts to every phone in the US

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.

U.S. Government publishes augmented reality app that turns a dollar bill into the White House

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3e_RM-QsXk "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.

The Nokia Android phones we always wanted are coming next year

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 Nokia.com . 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.

Everything you need to know about Google Daydream

Everything you need to know about Google Daydream

Google Daydream is an Android-first mobile platform for virtual reality apps and games. The Daydream View headset is available on the Google Store now. Here is a list of devices that support the platform, plus the latest on apps, games, and content.

Donald Trump Can Mass-Text America Once He Takes Office, And You Can't Block Him

Donald Trump Can Mass-Text America Once He Takes Office, And You Can't Block Him

Early in the primaries, in an act now buried among all the other outlandish things he’s done, Donald Trump gave out Lindsay Graham’s cell phone number to the entire crowd. As pointed out by New York’s Select/All blog, back in 2006 Congress passed the Warning, Alert and Response Network Act, or WARN Act, which allows government authorities to send an unblockable text message to any phone in contact with a cell phone tower in a geographical location. On the other hand, Trump reportedly dictates his tweets to staff instead of writing them himself, so it’s not entirely out of the question that a 3am text will show up.

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Fidel Castro's quiet end

Fidel Castro's quiet end

Cubans are left to ponder what life will be like now that the man who ruled for more than five decades has been laid to rest.

Edward Snowden: 'I would do it again'

The former NSA contractor says he has no regrets about his role as a whistleblower, even though he's living in exile in Russia and facing sanctions.

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Pakistani court charges brother in killing of social media star

Pakistani court charges brother in killing of social media star

A Pakistani court has charged the brother of a slain social media star with her murder, the final step before a trial begins in one of the country's highest-profile "honour killings". Model Qandeel Baloch, who shot to fame for her provocative selfies that polarised the conservative Muslim country, was strangled in July by her brother Muhammad Waseem. Waseem was produced before a court in the central city of Multan on Monday along with his cousin Haq Nawaz whom police deemed to be an accomplice, though the nature of his involvement was unclear.

Aleppo 'Twitter girl' safe after family flees army advance

Aleppo 'Twitter girl' safe after family flees army advance

A seven-year-old Syrian girl whose Twitter account from Aleppo gained international attention has fled her home amid heavy fighting, but she and her family are safe for now, her father told AFP Tuesday. With her mother's help, Bana al-Abed had been posting heart-rending tweets in English on life in the besieged eastern districts of Syria's Aleppo. "Our house was damaged in bombardment," her father Ghassan said by phone from east Aleppo, two-thirds of which has been seized by advancing government forces.

When no one bought this mom's crafts, Twitter stepped up to help

When no one bought this mom's crafts, Twitter stepped up to help

Sometimes you just need a little help from the internet.  Martyn Hett, a 28-year-old from Manchester, England, saved his mother's knitting business with a boost from the kind-hearted people of Twitter. SEE ALSO: Cute animals, musical numbers and tearjerkers abound in 2016's top viral ads On Nov. 26, Hett tweeted a devastating picture that his mother, Figen Murray, sent him from a craft fair. My mum has set up her own stall at a craft fair and has messaged me to say she hasn't sold anything yet and my heart is breaking pic.twitter.com/cdzHn77pM5 — Martyn  (@martynhett) November 26, 2016 This wasn't the first time Murray attempted to sell her products. After posting the photo on Twitter, Hett found that his mother actually had her very own, very full online shop on the website Depop. I've just found out she has her own Depop shop, I'm obsessed pic.twitter.com/V8GOTB54hb — Martyn  (@martynhett) November 29, 2016 Once Hett tweeted about his mother's shop, Imperfect Hearts, his friend came through as Murray's knight in shining armor. He became her very first customer by purchasing this adorable "Glove Monster." My heart is melting, thank you @LiamLambrini for being her first customer pic.twitter.com/m7xjNDz9Cc — Martyn  (@martynhett) November 29, 2016 At the same time, kind hearts of Twitter began flooding the shop with more purchases. Omg guys please continue to buy things, THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY. Her shop is here: https://t.co/wjSvW7sxVQ pic.twitter.com/iQ0WL4qW3Z — Martyn  (@martynhett) November 29, 2016 As Hett's tweets kept gaining traction, his mother continued to rack up sales. What a beautiful end to this story  I'm weeping. KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE HERE >> https://t.co/wjSvW7aX4i pic.twitter.com/wnHpNdPq0i — Martyn  (@martynhett) December 1, 2016 Murray's customers proudly showed support to their new craft queen on Twitter. Thank you so much @FigenMurray for Flora, I promise to take so much care of her  pic.twitter.com/XRIwRzlleQ — Liam Lost His Badger (@LiamLambrini) December 2, 2016 @martynhett my teddy has just arrived ! It's beyond adorable !!  pic.twitter.com/b2C8w339d3 — Glen (@glenrules) December 2, 2016 And, being a kind queen, Murray got thoroughly prepared to respond. Omg she's bought this book to help her cope with her new followers/fanbase on twitter  I just love her pic.twitter.com/9R1pUmlYt9 — Martyn  (@martynhett) December 4, 2016 Though most of her shop is currently sold out, Hett's mother purchased plenty of new knitting materials, and is preparing for a big restock. Met up with me mam for the first time since her viral fame. She's stocked up on materials and has had a very busy weekend knitting  pic.twitter.com/fCO0fqoVnh — Martyn  (@martynhett) December 4, 2016 With her newfound success, Murray has decided to donate portions of her earnings to Beacon Counselling, a local charity. Twitter, sometimes you can be pretty okay. BONUS: Wes Anderson’s H&M Christmas ad is what we need this holiday season

Watch the new SNL sketch that had Donald Trump fuming on Twitter

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI3g_laToxE 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. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/805278955150471168 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. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/787612552654155776 It's going to be an interesting four years, folks.

China muted after Trump's Twitter barrage

China muted after Trump's Twitter barrage

China was muted Monday after Donald Trump's latest Twitter tirade, with analysts suggesting Beijing was scrambling to work out what the outburst could mean for relations with Washington. Reaction from both government and official media was unusually subdued after the businessman-turned-president-elect lashed out on social media, accusing China of military expansionism and manipulating its currency. China had "no comment" on the tweets' motivation, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters Monday.

Earl Thomas Posted A Gut-Wrenching Tweet After Suffering A Broken Bone In His Leg

Earl Thomas Posted A Gut-Wrenching Tweet After Suffering A Broken Bone In His Leg

Just a week ago Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas missed the first game of his NFL career with a hamstring injury, and now his season might be over after a devastating injury suffered in the Seahawks’ Sunday night game against the Panthers. The 27-year-old Thomas was doing his usual flying-all-over-the-field-ball-hawking thing when he suffered a leg injury in a collision with teammate Kam Chancellor on a near interception. Thomas was helped off the field, and the impact of his absence was immediately felt as the Panthers scored their only touchdown on a 55-yard pass on the next play.

Trump picks Twitter fight with China

Trump picks Twitter fight with China

US President-elect Donald Trump fired a Twitter broadside at China on Sunday, accusing the Asian giant of currency manipulation and military expansionism in the South China Sea. The taunt came two days after Trump risked offending Beijing by accepting a call from the Taiwanese president, and heralded the prospect of a trade battle between the world's largest economies. China was a frequent target of Trump's during his presidential campaign and, as he prepares to take office next month, every sign points to his taking an aggressive line with Beijing.

Social media ads to hit $50 billion by 2019 -Zenith

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.

Woman delivers epic Twitter takedown after Trump attacks ‘SNL’

Woman delivers epic Twitter takedown after Trump attacks ‘SNL’

“Just tried watching Saturday Night Live — unwatchable!” Trump tweeted, perhaps proving the sketch’s point. “Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse.

Woman destroys Donald Trump in merciless Twitter rant

Woman destroys Donald Trump in merciless Twitter rant

Sometimes you just need to let it all out in string of more than 30 tweets. President-elect Donald Trump continued his reoccurring Saturday night ritual of watching Alec Baldwin impersonate him on Saturday Night Live before angrily tweeting his dislike for the show and Baldwin's portrayal.  Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016 While this may seem typical for Trump, many were angered that he would pay so much attention to a comedy show that has a history of poking fun at the country's president, especially when there are so many more important issues to take on at this time. While any tweet Trump sends out is bound to get a variety of responses, Danielle Muscato's string of tweets deserves special recognition. Muscato, who describes herself in her Twitter bio as an atheist, civil rights activist, musician and a trans woman, unleashed over 30 tweets directed at Trump in response to his SNL jab.   Jesus fucking Christ, @realDonaldTrump. You are the president-elect. Pick your fucking battles, man. You're embarrassing yourself. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 But it didn't end at SNL; she encouraged her fellow Americans to call out Trump for his lies and stand against racism, bigotry, homophobia and hate crimes that have spiked since the election. The tweets have since amassed Muscato with over 200,000 likes and thousands of new followers.  @realDonaldTrump Baldwin's impression isn't "Sad." You know what's sad? In 7 wks you'll be responsible for 330m lives & you can't think of — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump (cont) anything better to do than tweet abt a comedy show. You know that actual lives are at stake, right? You're pathetic. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump This is not a joke, Donald. Don't you have anything better to do? Are you so narcissistic that a PARODY is your priority? — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump Do you know how many trans people were murdered since Election Day? Do you know how many veterans killed themselves? — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump Do you know how many children went to bed tonight without enough food to eat? Do you even care? What is *wrong* with you?! — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump No, of course you don't know those things. You don't even know what a "blind trust," and you call yourself a businessman. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump You're pathetic. You ran for prez for attention. You are a fake,a fraud. You never wanted to win anyway; we can all see it. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump You are not fooling anyone. You're scared, and overwhelmed, and you have absolutely no idea what you're doing. And it shows — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump You think we're all too polite, too aghast, to call you out. I see through you, Donny. I'm calling you out. You're a joke. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump With every fiber of my being, I am disgusted by you. And you know what the real secret is? You're disgusted by you, too. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump That's why you surround yourself with gold, and beautiful women that you objectify. You know you're a loser, so you try to — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump make yourself feel better, feel successful, authoritative, with things, and money. You are an impostor. You are a fraud. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump make yourself feel better, feel successful, authoritative, with things, and money. You are an impostor. You are a fraud. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump I'm ashamed of you. The world is ashamed. You spout NONSENSE, millions of illegal voters?! Even you don't believe it—absurd — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump Do you think we're stupid? You think we don't know what you're doing? Trying to control the narrative, get your followers.. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump ..to distrust the media, the polls, news reporters, so that they must turn to YOU for what's true, what's real? There's a — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump ..name for that. It's "propaganda." We know what you're doing. We will not allow you to suppress votes with this nonsense. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump We will not allow you to trample our civil rights! We will not allow you to destroy the progress we've made! WE WILL RESIST — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 I call upon progressives, Democrats, independents AND Republicans to #RESIST @realDonaldTrump. #RESIST fascism, crony capitalism, hypocrisy! — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 When @realDonaldTrump "lies," acknowledge and call out as propaganda! When he tests boundaries, acknowledge and call out as fascism! #RESIST — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 We CANNOT "wait and see." @realDonaldTrump is telling us, here and now, what he is going to do. BELIEVE HIM. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 "Millions" of "illegal" votes is not a claim about reality, despite @realDonaldTrump's pretense. It is a warning; a threat. Pay attn—RESIST! — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 .@realDonaldTrump=TELLING US he'll suppress votes. Our democracy is at stake. We cannot wait,let him enact policy, then whine—We must resist — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump tweets so we forget that his kids will run his company in a "blind trust" (!) while sitting in on diplomatic meetings. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump tweets so we forget that he is stacking his cabinet with the very same people he promised to remove from his influence. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump tweets so we ignore that he's clueless at governance. The more outrageous his tweets, the harder it is for us to keep up. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump We see you, Donald. We know exactly what you're doing & it's not working on us. You're a disgrace & you should be ashamed. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump The next 4 years will be brutal for me & my fellow civil rights activists. Not all of us will survive. But we will #RESIST. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump We will #RESIST til racist police are imprisoned. We will #RESIST til FULL equality for women—We will #RESIST. We are ready — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump We will #RESIST until abortion is accessible to everyone who needs it. Until LGBTQ are safe & healthy, until PoC are safe. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump You can fight us on it—and you are, and you will. But you will lose. Because history is on our side. We may not live to see — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 @realDonaldTrump but we know we will win. We will fight you every step, so be ready. You can't stop progress, no matter how hard you try. — Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) December 4, 2016 Here's the SNL clip that prompted this whole thing.  Mashable has reached out to Muscato for additional comments.  BONUS: Did Trump orchestrate the 'Hamilton' debacle to distract us or is life just a distraction?

Twitter account tracks elusive Hillary Clinton 'in the wild'

Twitter account tracks elusive Hillary Clinton 'in the wild'

In the wake of her election loss to Donald Trump, we've seen Hillary Clinton on a hike, in a bookstore, and trying to buy some last-minute cranberry sauce. But now the "Hunt for Hill" just got a little easier thanks to a Twitter account cataloging Clinton's public appearances. SEE ALSO: 'Saturday Night Live' goes looking for Hillary Clinton in the woods "HRC in The Wild" is collecting all your Hill-spots from around the vicinity of New York. The woman in the sun glasses received more votes for president than any white male that has ever run for the office in our history. pic.twitter.com/lPpWWvb2LO — HRC In The Wild  (@HRCintheWild) November 29, 2016 wjc found someone else to take the photo #HRCintheWild - Chappaqua Station pic.twitter.com/Qpkl4tax9T — HRC In The Wild  (@HRCintheWild) December 4, 2016 There's also been some room for a little fun.  who did this pic.twitter.com/wsznpzATWm — HRC In The Wild  (@HRCintheWild) December 4, 2016 while we don't believe this to be authentic, thank you for passing along. pic.twitter.com/cLsl9QOP2K — HRC In The Wild  (@HRCintheWild) November 29, 2016 And some nice #ThrowbackThursday posts. #ThrowbackThursday pic.twitter.com/vxgZrVMZnE — HRC In The Wild  (@HRCintheWild) December 1, 2016 The account is the product of long-time Clinton aide Adam Parkhomenko, who took inspiration from the viral photos. In an email to Mashable , Parkhomenko said, "I was inspired by a supporter of hers, after I posted a photo of her, who asked if there could be an account that tracked all the photos. Hillary put a smile on her supporters faces when the first photo came out." I need to start a map. https://t.co/0Q4cUnyOdw — Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) November 24, 2016 "She showed that she did what she has always told all of us to do: when you get knocked down get right back up," Parkhomenko added. The account has snapped up nearly 15,000 followers in its first few weeks of existence, a testament to how much Clinton supporters have enjoyed and found solace in the photos.  @HRCintheWild found this today 珞 pic.twitter.com/4I7sgRLrpy — Jimmy!!✨☮ (@kyriakoutsakos) December 4, 2016 "After a devastating loss it's been incredible to receive notes from supporters of Hillary's who said this is exactly what they needed," Parkhomenko said. @HRCintheWild found this today 珞 pic.twitter.com/4I7sgRLrpy — Jimmy!!✨☮ (@kyriakoutsakos) December 4, 2016 As for the future of the account, Parkhomenko is open: "Where it goes from here? I guess that's the fun part. Waiting to see what gets sent to the inbox or what fun things supporters come up with." But, to answer the most important question — has Clinton herself seen the account? — Parkhomenko can only cryptically offer, "She's elusive. We haven't been able to track her down for comment ..." BONUS: Trevor Noah has a lesson on how to talk to conservatives

Mocked for his tweets, Trump fires back -- on Twitter

Mocked for his tweets, Trump fires back -- on Twitter

President-elect Donald Trump has reacted to a comedy sketch that mocked his penchant for sending tweets -- by sending a tweet. Trump again lambasted the show "Saturday Night Live," on which he is played by actor Alec Baldwin. "Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse.

Thai dissident arrested for sharing new king article on Facebook

Thai dissident arrested for sharing new king article on Facebook

A prominent Thai dissident was arrested under the country's draconian royal defamation law on Saturday for sharing a BBC Thai profile of the new King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Facebook, supporters said. Thailand's monarchy is protected from any criticism inside the kingdom by a harsh lese majeste law, use of which has skyrocketed since the military seized power in 2014. Vajiralongkorn, 64, ascended the throne on Thursday, seven weeks after his widely revered father King Bhumibol Adulyadej died after 70 years on the throne.

Why did Facebook briefly ban a fake news detection plugin?

Why did Facebook briefly ban a fake news detection plugin?

Facebook may be busy trying to fix its fake news problem, but it isn’t in favor of someone else teaching it how to do its job. On Friday afternoon, the social network began blocking links to the website of a fake news detection plugin.

President-Elect Trump Is Blocking Twitter Users Who Disagree With Him

President-Elect Trump Is Blocking Twitter Users Who Disagree With Him

There are plenty of unprecedented things about the political career of Donald Trump, and one of them is that he is an extensive, voluble Twitter user, to the point where during the campaign his staff took his account away. Mashable is tracking reports that Trump, or at least a staffer with access to his Twitter account, is going through and blocking anybody who isn’t chiming in with support of the President-Elect. Trump’s Twitter account is fully public and easily accessible just by logging out and punching in the web address in any browser.

Facebook bans — then unbans — the B.S. Detector plugin that flags fake news stories

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. https://twitter.com/selfagency/status/804737519720038400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw 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. https://twitter.com/selfagency/status/804766814995673096 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.

House Science Committee's Breitbart tweet sets off double alarms for liberals

A US House Science Committee tweet promoting a climate-change denying article has raised questions about the future of climate science under the next administration. On Thursday, the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology shared an article from so-called alt-right news and opinion site Breitbart News. According to the article, climate change is driven entirely by weather events like El Niño and La Niña.

Former Clinton staffers want Facebook to alert voters about Louisiana runoff race

Former Clinton staffers want Facebook to alert voters about Louisiana runoff race

A group of former Hillary Clinton campaign staffers is asking Facebook to expand its election alerts to include local races in time for a crucial Louisiana run-off election this month. The Clinton staffers formed a nonprofit called Flippable in the wake of their party’s crushing losses in November, in order to inform and organize Democrats around state and local races. Chris Walsh, a founder of Flippable who was the Clinton campaign’s Ohio regional out-of-state coordinator, said Facebook will consider their request if they are able to demonstrate a popular “outpouring of support.” The group has started a petition to prove that Facebook users would like to be reminded of local elections.

Twitter changes product head for third time in a year

Twitter changes product head for third time in a year

"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.

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Prosecutor's office paid bitcoin ransom in cyberattack

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A state prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania was among hundreds of thousands of victims of a now-shuttered international cybercrime operation, paying nearly $1,400 in a bitcoin ransom to free up its infected computer network, authorities disclosed Monday.

Bangladesh to share findings of heist inquiry with Philippines

Bangladesh to share findings of heist inquiry with Philippines

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.

U.S. reshaping budget to account for Russian military threat

U.S. reshaping budget to account for Russian military threat

By Andrea Shalal SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) - Russia's increasing military activities around the world have unsettled top U.S. military officials, who say they are reshaping their budget plans to better address what they now consider to be the most pressing threat to U.S. security. "Russia is the No. 1 threat to the United States. James, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson and Pentagon chief arms buyer Frank Kendall, all voiced growing concern about Russia's increasingly aggressive behavior in interviews late on Saturday.

Philippines urges Bangladesh to share results of heist investigation

Philippines urges Bangladesh to share results of heist investigation

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.

Green Party switches strategy in Pennsylvania recount bid

Green Party switches strategy in Pennsylvania recount bid

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Green Party-backed campaign changed its strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and said late Saturday night that it will seek help in the federal courts, rather than the state courts.

Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential commission on Friday made 16 urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, including creating a nutritional-type label to help consumers shop wisely and appointing a new international ambassador on the subject — weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Russian central bank loses $31 million in cyber attack

Russian central bank loses $31 million in cyber attack

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.

Europe must brace for new, varied IS attacks: security chief

Europe must brace for new, varied IS attacks: security chief

By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Islamic State will attack Europe again, security chiefs warned on Friday, and may add car bombs, cyber and chemical warfare to its local arsenal as European militants drift home after reverses in Syria and Iraq. Gilles de Kerchove, the European Union's Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, said it was impossible to know for sure how many militants were already in Europe plotting. "We have to be prepared because some of them will come to Europe," said de Kerchove, a veteran EU official whose Brussels office is packed with books and souvenirs from nine years of intensive travel and talking with Europe's troubled neighbors.

Factbox: Deals scuppered by U.S. regulatory scrutiny

(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. ...

Russia says foreign spies plan cyber attack on banking system

Russia says foreign spies plan cyber attack on banking system

By Christian Lowe and Natalia Zinets MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - 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 that the servers to be used in the alleged cyber attack were located in the Netherlands and registered to a Ukrainian web hosting company called BlazingFast.

FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

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.

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Shamoon virus returns in Saudi computer attacks after four-year hiatus

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 several U.S. cyber security firms. CrowdStrike, FireEye Inc, Intel Corp's McAfee security unit, Palo Alto Networks Inc and Symantec Corp warned of the attacks, though they did not name any victims.

On nuclear weapons, Trump face questions of modernization

On nuclear weapons, Trump face questions of modernization

WASHINGTON (AP) — As commander in chief, Donald Trump will face politically fraught decisions about a nuclear arsenal in need of modernizing. Among the open questions: How much modernization is enough? Can the U.S. get by with fewer of these weapons? Is it time to take some off hair-trigger alert?

Worldwide cyber-crime network hit in coordinated raids

Worldwide cyber-crime network hit in coordinated raids

One of the world's biggest networks of hijacked computers, which is suspected of being used to attack online banking customers, has been taken down following police swoops in 10 countries, German police said on Thursday. In an internationally coordinated campaign, authorities carried out the raids on Wednesday, seized servers and website domains and arrested suspected leaders of a criminal organization, said police and prosecutors in northern Germany. Officials said they had seized 39 servers and several hundred thousand domains, depriving criminals of control of more than 50,000 computers in Germany alone.

Apple may soon be sending drones to map your neighborhood

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 Indoor.io 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.

The 10 best new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in December

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.

Samsung will make the Galaxy Note 7 virtually unusable in Australia

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.

After a brief lull, Apple’s advertising game is finally back on track

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-Srun5jd5A 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." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROEIKn8OsGU 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg929auFpdk 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCbWyYr82BM 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR6JtMIdMuU We saw a similar effort with this Steph Curry commercial dubbed 'Half Court' intended to highlight the iPhone's 'Live Photos' feature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwMqup0CERc 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R27KHLQ0cIU 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQY3KUR3VzM  

Wiggins could race on in 2017

Wiggins could race on in 2017

British Cycling is keeping the door open for Bradley Wiggins to continue racing in 2017 as the five-times Olympic champion and Tour de France winner considers his future. Wiggins, 36, was named on Thursday as part of the eight rider men's track endurance team in British Cycling's Olympic Podium Programme squad. The program supports the country's elite cyclists on the road to major competitions like the world championships and Olympic Games.

Cycling-Wiggins could race on in 2017

British Cycling is keeping the door open for Bradley Wiggins to continue racing in 2017 as the five-times Olympic champion and Tour de France winner considers his future. Wiggins, 36, was named on Thursday as part of the eight rider men's track endurance team in British Cycling's Olympic Podium Programme squad. The programme supports the country's elite cyclists on the road to major competitions like the world championships and Olympic Games.

Shamoon virus returns in new Gulf cyber attacks after four-year hiatus

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.

Someone is planning a trip back to the Apollo moon landing site, but it isn’t NASA

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.

Rogue One’s Felicity Jones gives ‘Star Wars’ the highschool yearbook treatment

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 .

Blow through all 8 Harry Potter movies in under 80 minutes with this supercut

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: https://vimeo.com/193205899 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

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfCfTYZJWtI Oh, and if you know anyone who owns both assistants, this will make a great prank.

You can finally feel good about buying Apple’s utterly hideous iPhone battery case

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 Apple.com, 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.

This tool tells you if your Gmail account was infected with malware

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.

The Internet Archive is leading the anti-Trump rush to Canada

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.

Bank hackers have a new trick to get ransom money

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.

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Netflix’s offline downloads have a neat trick to save iPhone storage space

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.

Things That Will Soon Disappear Forever

Things That Will Soon Disappear Forever

Ten years ago, thousands of Blockbuster Video stores occupied buildings like this all over the country, renting DVDs and selling popcorn. Now Blockbuster is gone, scooped up (and then erased) by the DISH Network in a bankruptcy auction.

Death of an ISIS Ideologue

Last year, the Islamic State released a training video, one of a multipart series shot in Iraq. With its scenes of foot drills, target practice, and karate chops, it would have been entirely unremarkable were it not for a short classroom scene, in which an instructor walks viewers through the ideological curriculum forced upon new recruits to the ISIS cause. As he’s shown reeling off a list of some key topics in jihadist jurisprudence, one can glimpse a thick volume resting atop each of the 20 or so schoolroom desks—a manuscript that, while few would recognize it outside of jihadist circles, is instrumental to ISIS as a theological playbook that is used to justify the group’s most abhorrent acts.

The Meaning of Home in an Uprooted World: Best #Cityreads of the Week

The Meaning of Home in an Uprooted World: Best #Cityreads of the Week

“Nobody is Home,” Charles Leadbeater, Aeon The tiny home is one of the many oxymorons of our strange times. Thousands of people, mainly on the west coast of North America, have built small homes, little bigger than a garden shed, that they tow around on trailers. Since they first started appearing a few years ago, tiny homes have become an open-source ‘maker movement’ of thousands who share their designs for very small and often elaborate mini-mobile homes that cost as little as $5,000. It is one of the mutant social phenomena that spread in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, and it’s uplifting, amazing and slightly shocking all at the same time. Tiny homes evoke a frontier spirit of people trying to remake their lives after a catastrophe. The fact that these homes are on a trailer and don’t touch the ground can exempt their owners from property tax in states where they count not as homes but as a vehicle. That is part of what makes them affordable to run. Tiny-home owners often gather in impromptu sharing communities. Yet as proprietors of vehicles, they have to keep moving. It’s difficult to feel you have roots if your home is on wheels. The tiny house is just one example of the lengths to which people will go to create a sense of home even when they lack the means for it. It’s just one symptom of a much wider and intensifying search for belonging, which makes home as important to politics as the idea of class or rights – especially now, when so many people feel displaced, both literally and figuratively, by life in innovation-driven, high-tech, networked capitalism. On top of that, the contest over where home is and who is entitled to live there, is – in the form of the current apparent crisis over migration – driving global political debate.

Why did Facebook briefly ban a fake news detection plugin?

Why did Facebook briefly ban a fake news detection plugin?

Facebook may be busy trying to fix its fake news problem, but it isn’t in favor of someone else teaching it how to do its job. On Friday afternoon, the social network began blocking links to the website of a fake news detection plugin.

How a Texas Town Is Overhauling Disaster Relief

How a Texas Town Is Overhauling Disaster Relief

When Hurricane Dolly struck the gulf coast of Texas in 2008, the storm left behind $1.35 billion in damages, much of it inflicted on houses. Over 38,000 families in the Rio Grande Valley applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance with home repairs; around half of those applications were denied.

When Cycling and Storytelling Mingle

When Cycling and Storytelling Mingle

On a summer afternoon in Detroit, a few dozen cyclists pulled over on the side of the road and looked for a shady spot to grab a drink of water. They tipped their bicycles over on their sides and gathered on a bungalow’s sun-crisped lawn to listen to a story.

Top 10 AI failures of 2016

Top 10 AI failures of 2016

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.

Fan-made Doom roguelike hit with takedown notice

Fan-made Doom roguelike hit with takedown notice

DoomRL, a popular, unofficial take on the classic first-person shooter, is facing a possible shutdown after receiving a cease-and-desist order. ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks and owner of the Doom franchise, sent a copyright notice to the DoomRL team ordering it to remove the free download. Co-creator Kornel Kisielewicz tweeted out the letter Thursday night, expressing disappointment.

Ex-drug executive Shkreli congratulates Australian students

Ex-drug executive Shkreli congratulates Australian students

(Reuters) - Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has congratulated a group of Australian students who reproduced the active ingredient for a life-saving, anti-parasitic drug at the center of a drug-price controversy involving his former company. The students from Sydney Grammar School drew global media attention this week after they said they had produced the drug Daraprim for about $2 a dose, a fraction of the current list price of $750 per dose. Shkreli is a former chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, where he sparked outrage among patients and U.S. lawmakers for raising the price of Daraprim by more than 5,000 percent.

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Delaware Court revives case over Pincus's Zynga stock sale

Delaware Court revives case over Pincus's Zynga stock sale

By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - The Delaware Supreme Court revived a lawsuit against Zynga Inc's controlling shareholder, Mark Pincus, and fellow board members for allegedly allowing leaders of the social gaming company to act on inside information and dump stock before it crashed in 2012. Delaware's high court ruled that the Court of Chancery erred when it dismissed the lawsuit against the board of Zynga, which created the online game Farmville, in February for procedural reasons. The ruling clears the way for the 2014 lawsuit by shareholder Thomas Sandys to proceed to discovery and trial, or for new motions to dismiss.

Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming

Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming

Find release dates, trailers, and scores for major upcoming and recent videogame releases for all platforms, updated weekly. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic

Microsoft kicks off 12 Days of Deals sale: Good Windows 10, Xbox One, and VR deals

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 .

Watch the PlayStation Experience 2016 keynote live stream right here

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJgzJZiys-c 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.

Upcoming video games: 'The Last Guardian,' 'Dead Rising 4,' 'Ace Attorney' for Android, 'Space Hulk: Deathwing'

Upcoming video games: 'The Last Guardian,' 'Dead Rising 4,' 'Ace Attorney' for Android, 'Space Hulk: Deathwing'

Few games can claim to have been in development for as long, and 9 years of gestation for "The Last Guardian" are finally coming to an end. Franchise protagonist Frank West returns, the zombie-battering, oddball-weapon-crafting photojournalist paying a visit to the original town setting of "Dead Rising." This time, it's Christmas, and the zombie outbreak isn't confined to Willamette's shopping mall but has splurged out into its surrounds.

Computer games relieve phantom limb pain: study

Computer games relieve phantom limb pain: study

Amputees who played computer games using a virtual, on-screen arm, experienced relief from the phantom pain that often afflicts people who have lost a limb, scientists said Friday. Fourteen amputees who took part in a trial reported dramatic pain reduction after 12 sessions which saw them "using" their missing arm in virtual reality. "The results from our study suggest that it may be useful to 'exercise' the phantom limb," said study lead author Max Ortiz Catalan of the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

Video game goodies are new frontier for Deutsche Boerse

Video game goodies are new frontier for Deutsche Boerse

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.

These Xbox One games will look better on your HDR TV

These Xbox One games will look better on your HDR TV

The recently-released Xbox One S and the upcoming "Project Scorpio" both support high-dynamic range, or HDR. Here is every game confirmed to support the new technology, including both current and upcoming titles.

Massively hyped video games: Expectations vs. reality

Massively hyped video games: Expectations vs. reality

We all know the video game hype cycle: a game is announced, a fancy trailer drops, we pick apart every second of every video released in its marketing, then, finally, the game is released. You download it, start to play and very suddenly realize that this game isn’t what you quite expected it would be. SEE ALSO: What 'Pokémon Go' would have been like in the 16th Century This cycle is nothing new; disappointment and the sharp sting of reality are feelings as old as time.  Take a look at some of the expectations we've had for recent popular games compared to the stark reality of what they actually were. Batman Arkham VR: Image: Dennie Bright/Mashable You'd think a VR game about Batman would be fun as heck. But really, the game boils down to a really cool bat cave tech demo and watching your friends and family die again and again. No Man's Sky: Image: DENNIE BRIGHT/MASHABLE No Man's Sky , the game that originally looked like it would be full of cool space dinosaurs and giant planet sized snakes. The final product, not so much. And while I love the weird looking creatures that awkwardly wander the landscapes, part of me still yearns for those majestic space dinosaurs from a bygone trailer. Red Dead Redemption 2: Image: DENNIE BRIGHT/MASHABLE I love Red Dead Redemption . It's one of the best games Rockstar has released. But after hearing about the sequel, I'm cautiously worried the online mode will feature tons of micro-transactions and DLC features that eventually show up way later down the line after I've lost interest in the online mode. Mafia 3: Image: DENNIE BRIGHT/MASHABLE Mafia 3 — a good game, but one plagued by glitches in its launch that completely pull you out of that world. Rocket League: Image: Dennie Bright/mashable Rocket League is the exception. Holy crap this game is amazing.Remember folks, keep those expectations low and you'll never be disappointed. BONUS: 'Assassin's Creed: Syndicate' is a great game but I wish they let me play as a horse

'Westworld' inspiration 'Red Dead Redemption' comes to PC, PlayStation 4

'Westworld' inspiration 'Red Dead Redemption' comes to PC, PlayStation 4

Noted as a reference point for HBO drama "Westworld," 2010 video game western "Red Dead Redemption" is being re-released for PC and PlayStation 4 from December 6 via subscription service PlayStation Now. From the production house best known for the "Grand Theft Auto" franchise, as well as 1940s detective mystery "L.A. Noire" and São Paolo scramble "Max Payne 3," "Red Dead Redemption" represented the opportunity to explore choice and consequence system within the action game genre. "Westworld" showrunner Jonathan Nolan has mentioned "Red Dead Redemption" on several occasions with regard to its influence -- and that of select other video games -- on the drama's development.

The Best And Worst Of WWE Raw 11/28/16: A F*cking Video Game

The Best And Worst Of WWE Raw 11/28/16: A F*cking Video Game

Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE Raw: Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens had a killer Universal Championship match which featured Rollins diving off a balcony and almost tumbling forehead first into the corner of a production crate. Also on the show, Owens and Chris Jericho hugged and said everyone should blame Roman Reigns, which got a huge pop. Remember that With Spandex is on Twitter, so follow it.

Facebook is adding ‘Pac-Man,’ ‘Space Invaders,’ and other classic games to Messenger

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. https://www.facebook.com/FacebookApps/videos/1338084292888851/ 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.

Facebook brings mobile games to Messenger

Facebook brings mobile games to Messenger

Facebook on Tuesday unveiled "Instant Games" allowing users of the world's biggest social network to play from its Messenger application or directly on their news feeds. "This new games experience allows people to easily discover, share, and play games without having to install new apps," said Facebook product manager Alissa Ju in a blog post announcing the initiative. While Facebook has previously been home to "social" games like Zynga's "FarmVille," this effort aims at smartphone users and also works with Messenger, its fast-growing communications platform.