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U.S exchanges rent helicopter, drape banner in pursuit of Snapchat IPO

U.S exchanges rent helicopter, drape banner in pursuit of Snapchat IPO

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - This past November, Nasdaq Inc hired a helicopter to film Manhattan's skyline using Snapchat's new video-camera sunglasses and sent the aerial footage to its social media followers. The New York Stock Exchange - its arch-rival - on the same day tweeted a video shot from the floor of its exchange, showing that it too was using the social media giant's gadget. The scramble to promote Snapchat's "spectacles" is revealing the fierce competition between the two exchanges to host initial public offerings (IPOs) of prominent technology startups.

Panasonic aims to move Tesla auto partnership beyond batteries: CEO

Panasonic aims to move Tesla auto partnership beyond batteries: CEO

Panasonic Corp aims to extend its partnership with electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc beyond batteries and into self-driving technology, as the Japanese conglomerate continues to shift its focus to the automotive business. The electronics maker has placed automotive applications at the center of a growth strategy that targets corporate clients at the expense of low-margin consumer goods, where low-cost Asian rivals have diminished the dominance of Japanese firms. Panasonic is the exclusive supplier of batteries for Tesla's Model S, Model X and upcoming mass market Model 3, and plans to contribute $1.6 billion to Tesla's $5 billion battery factory.

Netflix adds a third more subscribers than expected; shares jump eight percent

Netflix adds a third more subscribers than expected; shares jump eight percent

Streaming video pioneer Netflix Inc added over a third more subscribers than expected in the last quarter of 2016, a sign of success for its ambitious global expansion that sent its shares up 8 percent in extended trading. Netflix signed up 7.1 million new subscribers globally, far more than the 5.2 million analysts had expected, according to research firm FactSet, beating targets at home and abroad even as it raised prices. Original shows like "Marvel's Luke Cage" and British drama "The Crown" performed strongly around the world, Netflix said, noting that competitors were adapting to compete.

Facebook to build third foreign data centre in Denmark

Facebook to build third foreign data centre in Denmark

By Nikolaj Skydsgaard COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Facebook will build a new data centre in the Danish city of Odense, the California-based tech company said at a press conference with local authorities, only the third such facility outside of the United States. "The Odense data centre will be one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centres in the world," Facebook's director of data centre operations, Niall McEntegart said on Thursday. Facebook already has a data centre in Lulea, Sweden and another in Clonee in Ireland.

Six Coolpad workers detained in patent dispute with former employer Huawei

Six Coolpad workers detained in patent dispute with former employer Huawei

By Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad, part of the LeEco technology conglomerate, said six employees had been detained by authorities, accused of infringing the intellectual property rights of their former employer Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL]. The official Securities Times reported on Wednesday that the former Huawei engineers and designers had been detained for leaking company secrets to LeEco and Coolpad. The employees' lawyers and families say none of them took technology documents or codes from Huawei, a Coolpad unit, Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific (Shenzhen) Co Ltd, said in a statement.

Indian government wants Apple, but not all officials are biting

Indian government wants Apple, but not all officials are biting

By Sanjeev Miglani and Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Some Indian officials have balked at Apple's demands for concessions before it assembles iPhones there, raising doubts about a spring deadline to launch a key project in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign to lure foreign investors. The country is still keen for the U.S. tech giant to produce its signature smartphones there, and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday that India would keep an "open mind" in negotiations. "We will very much like Apple to come and have a base in India," he said.

China aims to build world’s first exascale supercomputer prototype by 2017

China aims to build world’s first exascale supercomputer prototype by 2017

Building supercomputers is a digital arms race, and China is moving quickly to solidify its lead. Last year, the country unveiled the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight (above). The prototype computer will be ready before the end of the year, said Zhang Ting, an engineer at the country’s National Supercomputer Center, but the finished product won’t be operational for several years more.

China aims to build world’s first exascale supercomputer prototype by 2017

China aims to build world’s first exascale supercomputer prototype by 2017

Building supercomputers is a digital arms race, and China is moving quickly to solidify its lead. Last year, the country unveiled the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight (above). The prototype computer will be ready before the end of the year, said Zhang Ting, an engineer at the country’s National Supercomputer Center, but the finished product won’t be operational for several years more.

Mediaset sees pay-TV strategy boosting EBIT 17-fold in five years

Broadcaster Mediaset expects a 17-fold increase in its Italian operating profit by 2020 by completely rethinking the strategy of its pay-TV arm Premium after a deal to sell the unit to France's Vivendi fell through. The two companies have been at loggerheads since July when Vivendi ditched an agreement to take control of Mediaset's pay-TV unit, Premium, and give the two companies shareholdings in each other. The spat was aggravated by Vivendi's stake-building in December which made it the second-largest shareholder in the Milan-based TV group with a stake of 28.8 percent.

Germany grapples with fake news ahead of elections

Germany grapples with fake news ahead of elections

Facebook faced withering criticism in the US for allowing fake news to spread during the 2016 presidential election. Now, the social network has come under similar scrutiny in Germany, amid concerns that widespread disinformation campaigns could impact upcoming elections. False and misleading news articles have spread rapidly across Europe in recent months, prompting calls for new legislation and tougher regulations on social media companies.

Toshiba woes intensify on reports of $6 billion writedown, shares plummet

Toshiba woes intensify on reports of $6 billion writedown, shares plummet

By Kentaro Hamada and Taiga Uranaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp's financial crisis deepened on Thursday as media reported it may book a bigger-than-expected $6 billion writedown on its U.S. nuclear business, sending its shares sliding 15 percent. Toshiba has also approached government-backed Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) for assistance, said a source with knowledge of the matter, who was not authorized to speak on the matter and declined to be identified. Other sources said Toshiba executives will sit down with representatives from its main banks as early as Thursday to discuss possible support.

Samsung chief staves off arrest, prosecutor keeps chasing

Samsung chief staves off arrest, prosecutor keeps chasing

By Joyce Lee and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court on Thursday dismissed an arrest warrant against the head of Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country's largest conglomerate, amid a graft scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Lee, who has led Samsung since his father, Lee Kun-hee, suffered a heart attack in 2014, was still likely to face the same charges of bribery, embezzlement and perjury, legal analysts said, even if he is not detained. Lee left the Seoul Detention Centre carrying a white shopping bag and climbed into a car without talking to reporters, having been held overnight as the court deliberated whether to grant the arrest warrant.

South Korea prosecutors undecided on further arrest warrant request for Samsung chief

South Korea's special prosecutor's office said on Thursday it has not decided whether to make another arrest warrant request for Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee after a court rejected its first request. Special prosecution spokesman Lee Kyu-chul said Lee has argued that he is a victim of coercion due to pressure from President Park Geun-hye but that the prosecution was not convinced of his argument. The spokesman also said Samsung Group Vice Chairman Choi Gee-sung had been classified as a suspect on suspicion of bribery but did not elaborate further.

Footage of apparent animal cruelty on movie set spurs boycott of A Dog’s Purpose

Footage of apparent animal cruelty on movie set spurs boycott of A Dog’s Purpose

The footage, which was published on TMZ today, was recorded during the production of family film A Dog’s Purpose and features a German Shepherd named Hercules being lowered into the water as he makes repeated attempts to climb out. A second shot shows Hercules appear to go under the water, at which point production staff shout cut, and handlers scramble to reach him. TMZ says the white water effect was achieved with eight outboard motors in a closed pool, and claims that director Lasse Hallström was present at the time.

Footage of apparent animal cruelty on movie set spurs boycott of A Dog’s Purpose

Footage of apparent animal cruelty on movie set spurs boycott of A Dog’s Purpose

The footage, which was published on TMZ today, was recorded during the production of family film A Dog’s Purpose and features a German Shepherd named Hercules being lowered into the water as he makes repeated attempts to climb out. A second shot shows Hercules appear to go under the water, at which point production staff shout cut, and handlers scramble to reach him. TMZ says the white water effect was achieved with eight outboard motors in a closed pool, and claims that director Lasse Hallström was present at the time.

Fujifilm upgrades the sensors in its excellent midrange X-series cameras

Fujifilm upgrades the sensors in its excellent midrange X-series cameras

Fujifilm X100F Fujifilm Fujifilm is announcing two new cameras today, though they will be very familiar to anyone that follows the company’s product lines. The new X100F and X-T20 are successors to the X100T and X-T10, respectively, and feature familiar designs with the new sensors and processors that debuted with the higher-end X-Pro2 and X-T2 last year. Both cameras will be available in the US starting next month. ...

Fujifilm upgrades the sensors in its excellent midrange X-series cameras

Fujifilm upgrades the sensors in its excellent midrange X-series cameras

Fujifilm X100FFujifilmFujifilm is announcing two new cameras today, though they will be very familiar to anyone that follows the company’s product lines. The new X100F and X-T20 are successors to the X100T and X-T10, respectively, and feature familiar designs with the new sensors and processors that debuted with the higher-end X-Pro2 and X-T2 last year. Both cameras will be available in the US starting next month. ...

Fujifilm’s first medium-format mirrorless camera arrives next month

Fujifilm’s first medium-format mirrorless camera arrives next month

Fujifilm has announced that the GFX 50S medium-format mirrorless camera will be available for purchase in the US in late February. The GFX 50S is Fujifilm’s first medium-format digital camera and will go head to head with the similarly-priced Pentax 645Z and more expensive offerings from Hasselblad and PhaseOne. It has a new 51.4-megapixel 43.8mm x 32.9mm sensor (that’s nearly twice as large as a 35mm “full frame” sensor), Fujifilm’s X-Processor Pro imaging processor, 1080p video recording capability, and a detachable electronic viewfinder.

Fujifilm’s first medium-format mirrorless camera arrives next month

Fujifilm’s first medium-format mirrorless camera arrives next month

Fujifilm has announced that the GFX 50S medium-format mirrorless camera will be available for purchase in the US in late February. The GFX 50S is Fujifilm’s first medium-format digital camera and will go head to head with the similarly-priced Pentax 645Z and more expensive offerings from Hasselblad and PhaseOne. It has a new 51.4-megapixel 43.8mm x 32.9mm sensor (that’s nearly twice as large as a 35mm “full frame” sensor), Fujifilm’s X-Processor Pro imaging processor, 1080p video recording capability, and a detachable electronic viewfinder.

First Pokemon Go update of 2017 improves GPS tracking, Apple Watch app

Following the launch of Generation 2 and the holiday events that rounded out 2016, Pokemon Go developer Niantic went quiet for much of the first half of January. In fact, other than the addition of 5,000 additional PokeStops at Starbucks locations around the US, the company's blog was silent. Until yesterday. On Tuesday, Niantic revealed that the first Pokemon Go  update of 2017 was being rolled out (version 0.53.1 on Android, 1.23.1 on iOS). These are the release notes for the update, which should arrive soon: Updated Apple Watch to display Eggs obtained from PokéStops Changed distance tracking to better account for GPS drift Minor text fixes. Ever since the Pokemon Go Apple Watch app launched late last year, players have been complaining about its limited functionality. While the ability to display eggs likely isn't the big improvement many players were waiting for, it's encouraging to see Niantic begin to make the app more usable. The second bullet point is far more interesting, as GPS drift has been a significant issue ever since Pokemon Go launched on iOS and Android last year. Hopefully this will lead to more accurate placement of avatars on the world map and more consistent tracking of distance walked while hatching eggs. Finally, The Silph Road was able to datamine the APK of the update and discovered that Niantic has added 38 new moves to the game. This is the first time moves have been added other than the addition of Ditto's Transform move, which means that more Gen 2 Pokemon are likely on the way. While this update isn't especially monumental, it appears to be setting Pokemon Go up for some major changes and additions throughout the year. Check your device in the coming days for the update.

Resident Evil 7 for Xbox One comes with a free PC version

Resident Evil 7 for Xbox One comes with a free PC version

Microsoft’s Xbox boss Phil Spencer has announced that Resident Evil 7 will support the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, meaning that owners of the Xbox One version can also play it through the Windows Store for free and vice versa. The Capcom horror game is the first major third-party title to support the program, which so far has mostly applied to big Microsoft-published releases like Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3.This means that people who own a ton of video game hardware might have a tough decision to make when Resident Evil 7 is released next Tuesday. ...

Resident Evil 7 for Xbox One comes with a free PC version

Resident Evil 7 for Xbox One comes with a free PC version

Microsoft’s Xbox boss Phil Spencer has announced that Resident Evil 7 will support the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, meaning that owners of the Xbox One version can also play it through the Windows Store for free and vice versa. This means that people who own a ton of video game hardware might have a tough decision to make when Resident Evil 7 is released next Tuesday. Free PC compatibility is a strong feature for the Xbox version, but the PlayStation 4 release can be played entirely in PlayStation VR.

Scientists built an AI that is really, really good at ‘Ms. Pac-Man’

Retro games like Ms. Pac-Man were created to pit a computer opponent against a living, breathing human, but in recent years they've become fantastic testbeds for artificial intelligence testing. That is, forcing a computer to play against the game's own programming and see just how things pan out. It might sound like fun and games, but researchers led by a Cornell engineering professor take it pretty seriously, and now they've developed an AI that is better at Ms. Pac-Man than any computer before it. From 2007 through 2011, an annual competition was held between AI engineers to build the best computerized Ms. Pac-Man player. Using screen capture software as the AI's digital eyes, the virtual gamer received ten test runs to give it ample opportunities to achieve its highest possible score. The highest score ever to come out of the competition was 36,280 points. The new AI created by the team, led by Cornell's Silvia Ferrari, crushed that mark with a score of 43,720. Per the official Ms. Pac-Man Competition site, AI engineers favor the game because of its unique challenges: "Unlike Pac-Man , Ms. Pac-Man is a non-deterministic game, and rather difficult for most human players," the site reads. "As far as we know, nobody really knows how hard it is to develop an AI player for the game." The team used a "decision tree" for its AI player which gauges the possible moves and outcomes of those moves in real time, much like an experienced human player would instinctively know what moves were most likely to result in success. According to the researchers, the AI demonstrates an impressive 94.6 percent accuracy in predicting the movements of the computer-controlled ghosts attempting to hunt the player down. So how good is the computer compared to a human? Well, let's just say it hasn't even scratched the surface of true human skill. The AI's top score of 43,720 pales in comparison to the all-time high score of a human player which currently stands at a mind-boggling 921,360 points.

Nintendo says to launch Super Mario Run Android version in March

Nintendo says to launch Super Mario Run Android version in March

Japan's Nintendo said it will release an Android version of its Super Mario mobile game in March following the launch of Super Mario Run for Apple Inc's iPhone in December. Super Mario Run represents a belated bid by Nintendo to tap mobile gaming after restricting its most popular gaming character to its own game consoles.

Apple adds slew of new features to GarageBand for iOS and Logic Pro X

Apple earlier today announced a number of compelling updates to its suite of music creation software with the roll out of GarageBand for iOS 2.2 and Logic Pro X 10.3. Tackling GarageBand first, the latest update now includes the Alchemy synthesizer along with a new "sound browser" that promises to make it easier for users to search through instruments and find the exact type of sounds they're looking for. Interestingly enough, the integration of the aforementioned Alchemy synthesizer comes about two years after Apple acquired the highly revered plug-in and sound library creator Camel Audio. Notably, Logic Pro X received the Alchemy synthesizer treatment just a few short months after Apple picked up the company in February of 2015. As for other GarageBand features, Apple boasts that the software now offers users a number of new music recording options. Recording music in GarageBand for iOS also gets easier with Multi-Take Recording, giving users multiple passes to capture their best performance and the ability to audition and switch between their favorite takes. The release also features a redesigned Audio Recorder that adds fun, one-tap vocal effects and provides users with even more sophisticated studio effects like pitch correction, distortion and delay. Seasoned users looking for even more control over their mixes can use a new collection of advanced audio processing tools, including an interactive graphic Visual EQ and the ability to use third-party Audio Unit plug-in effects for expandable, creative sound design. With respect to the latest iteration of Logic Pro X, the software has been retooled to work with the Touch Bar on Apple's new MacBook Pro. What's more, Apple relays that Logic Pro X users can now remotely add new tracks to a project straight from their iPhone or iPad. "With a new share option," Apple writes, "users can upload a special GarageBand-compatible version of a Logic project to iCloud, which they can then open on their iOS devices and add new recordings whenever inspiration strikes. When the project is saved back to iCloud, any newly added tracks will automatically appear in the original Logic project the next time it’s opened on a Mac." The latest version of GarageBand can be downloaded as a free update for existing users. Otherwise, it will set you back $4.99. Logic Pro X, meanwhile, is available for $199 from the Mac App Store for first time users.

A new video from Disney shows how every Pixar movie is connected

One of the best things on the internet is Jon Negroni's Pixar Theory . In it, he outlines how every Pixar movie is connected, and how they all exist in the same shared universe (almost like the Marvel movies). The studio has never confirmed or denied if its movies do in fact take place within the same universe, but this week, Disney shared a video on Facebook that has everyone theorizing about the possibility once again. On Sunday afternoon, a video titled "Pixar Easter Eggs" was published on the official Toy Story Facebook page . Throughout the video, we see characters who feature prominently in one film make a cameo appearance in another. For example, a toy of Arlo the dinosaur appeared momentarily in a scene of Monsters University two years before The Good Dinosaur arrived in theaters. You can see all the other connections between Pixar films in the short video below: Pixar has been making sly (and not so sly) references to its movies for decades, but it's great to see a majority of them all in one place. It might not be explicit confirmation of the Pixar Theory, but it sure feels like it. Now we have to wait and see what easter eggs Pixar includes in Cars 3 this summer .

South Korea special prosecution says deeply regrets court ruling on Samsung chief

The South Korean special prosecutor's office said on Thursday it "deeply regrets" a court ruling to deny its request to arrest Samsung Group [SAGR.UL] leader Jay Y. Lee and said it will continue its investigation into the graft scandal involving President Park Geun-hye. "We will consider necessary measures and continue with the investigation without wavering," special prosecution spokesman Lee Kyu-chul told reporters during a briefing, without elaborating. The Seoul Central District Court earlier on Thursday dismissed a warrant to arrest the 48-year-old Lee, who was named a suspect as part of an investigation into the political scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park.

iPhone 8 might include an advanced facial recognition feature, just like Android

I think it's fair to say that Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 has engendered more excitement and intrigue than any other iPhone model in years. And with good reason, it's widely believed that Apple's next-gen iPhone will finally introduce a brand new and forward-thinking form factor. According to reports, Apple's flagship iPhone 8 model will feature a sleek edgeless display along with a curved OLED panel. As for other new features we can look forward to, an interesting new research report from Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri relays that Apple's next-gen iPhone might also include a new form of user input based on facial recognition technology. "Other features appear to include some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera and, as expected, should also finally include wireless charging," Arcuri said in a note obtained by Business Insider . Notably, Apple last year acquired Emotient , an AI firm with technology that can not only recognize faces, but can even recognize different types of facial expressions as a means to determine a user's emotional state. What Apple plans to do with the technology remains unclear, but some have speculated that the iPhone 8 may allow users, if they prefer, to unlock their devices via facial recognition as opposed to Touch ID. With respect to the iPhone 8's rumored curved and wraparound display, a Nikkei report from last month relayed that the device may use a new type of sensor technology that would "enable the phone to respond when users touch any side of the device." As a final point, we've seen quite a few reports over the past few months which seemingly corroborate Arcurri's remarks about the iPhone 8 featuring a wireless charging feature. Just last month, for example, word emerged that Dialog Semiconductor -- one of Apple's top component suppliers -- inked an exclusive deal with Energous, a company with advanced technology that allows a smartphone to charge wirelessly from a distance of up to 15 feet away.

Super Mario Run will be available on Android in March

Super Mario Run will be available on Android in March

Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s first real foray into mobile gaming, won’t be available on Android until March, the company announced in a tweet. The question now is was it worth it for Nintendo? The company has been fretting about a move to mobile gaming for years, and is set to release two further titles in 2017 (Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing) with more to come in the following years.

Palmer Luckey defends the early days of Oculus in VR trade secrets trial

Palmer Luckey defends the early days of Oculus in VR trade secrets trial

Palmer Luckey became tech industry royalty at age 21, when he sold his burgeoning virtual reality company Oculus VR to Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion. Luckey took the stand today in Dallas to testify in the trial alleging he helped Oculus steal trade secrets and violate copyrights owned by ZeniMax Media, the parent company of video game developer id Software. At the center of the dispute is John Carmack, a legendary programmer and video game creator behind id Software titles Doom and Quake.

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Facebook to build third foreign data centre in Denmark

Facebook to build third foreign data centre in Denmark

By Nikolaj Skydsgaard COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Facebook will build a new data centre in the Danish city of Odense, the California-based tech company said at a press conference with local authorities, only the third such facility outside of the United States. "The Odense data centre will be one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centres in the world," Facebook's director of data centre operations, Niall McEntegart said on Thursday. Facebook already has a data centre in Lulea, Sweden and another in Clonee in Ireland.

Samsung chief staves off arrest, prosecutor keeps chasing

Samsung chief staves off arrest, prosecutor keeps chasing

By Joyce Lee and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court on Thursday dismissed an arrest warrant against the head of Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country's largest conglomerate, amid a graft scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Lee, who has led Samsung since his father, Lee Kun-hee, suffered a heart attack in 2014, was still likely to face the same charges of bribery, embezzlement and perjury, legal analysts said, even if he is not detained. Lee left the Seoul Detention Centre carrying a white shopping bag and climbed into a car without talking to reporters, having been held overnight as the court deliberated whether to grant the arrest warrant.

South Korea prosecutors undecided on further arrest warrant request for Samsung chief

South Korea's special prosecutor's office said on Thursday it has not decided whether to make another arrest warrant request for Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee after a court rejected its first request. Special prosecution spokesman Lee Kyu-chul said Lee has argued that he is a victim of coercion due to pressure from President Park Geun-hye but that the prosecution was not convinced of his argument. The spokesman also said Samsung Group Vice Chairman Choi Gee-sung had been classified as a suspect on suspicion of bribery but did not elaborate further.

South Korea special prosecution says deeply regrets court ruling on Samsung chief

The South Korean special prosecutor's office said on Thursday it "deeply regrets" a court ruling to deny its request to arrest Samsung Group [SAGR.UL] leader Jay Y. Lee and said it will continue its investigation into the graft scandal involving President Park Geun-hye. "We will consider necessary measures and continue with the investigation without wavering," special prosecution spokesman Lee Kyu-chul told reporters during a briefing, without elaborating. The Seoul Central District Court earlier on Thursday dismissed a warrant to arrest the 48-year-old Lee, who was named a suspect as part of an investigation into the political scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park.

Netflix adds a third more subscribers than expected; shares jump eight percent

Netflix adds a third more subscribers than expected; shares jump eight percent

Streaming video pioneer Netflix Inc added over a third more subscribers than expected in the last quarter of 2016, a sign of success for its ambitious global expansion that sent its shares up 8 percent in extended trading. Netflix signed up 7.1 million new subscribers globally, far more than the 5.2 million analysts had expected, according to research firm FactSet, beating targets at home and abroad even as it raised prices. Original shows like "Marvel's Luke Cage" and British drama "The Crown" performed strongly around the world, Netflix said, noting that competitors were adapting to compete.

CIA unveils new rules for collecting information on Americans

CIA unveils new rules for collecting information on Americans

By Jonathan Landay LANGLEY, Va. (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time. The guidelines are designed "in a manner that protects the privacy and civil rights of the American people," CIA General Counsel Caroline Krass told a briefing at the agency's headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The new rules were released amid continued public discomfort over the government's surveillance powers, an issue that gained prominence following revelations in 2013 by former government contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) secretly collected the communications data of millions of ordinary Americans.

Hip-hop podcast host denied bail over New York concert shooting

Daryl Campbell, who goes by the name Taxstone on his podcast, had a day earlier been granted a $500,000 bond by a magistrate judge after he was arrested on Monday on federal firearm charges. The charges stemmed from a shooting on May 25 at the Irving Plaza venue in Manhattan, where the rapper T.I. was scheduled to perform, that led to a bodyguard for rapper Troy Ave, Ronald McPhatter, being killed. Troy Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins, was shot in the leg, and two concertgoers were also wounded, according to a criminal complaint filed on Tuesday.

Murder of Mexican activist triggers calls for better protection of campaigners

By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A prominent environmentalist in Mexico was shot dead over the weekend, highlighting the dangers facing activists in Latin America and prompting calls for better protection of land and indigenous rights campaigners. Isidro Baldenegro, an environmental rights activist, was killed by gunmen on Sunday in Mexico's northern state of Chihuahua after having received death threats. A community leader of Mexico's indigenous Tarahumara people, Baldenegro was known for his fight against illegal logging in the country's Sierra Madre mountain region.

NBCU shutting cable's Esquire Network, re-launching as digital

NBCU shutting cable's Esquire Network, re-launching as digital

The move by NBCU comes a month after AT&T Inc decided to drop Esquire from its DirecTV and U-Verse offerings. Major providers such as DirecTV and Dish Network Corp have also launched slimmed-down streaming packages of live TV channels that omit many smaller networks.

South Korean court dismisses arrest warrant for Samsung chief

South Korean court dismisses arrest warrant for Samsung chief

By Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court on Thursday dismissed a warrant to arrest the head of the Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country's largest conglomerate, amid a graft scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. The pre-dawn decision by the Seoul Central District Court to allow Jay Y. Lee to go home is likely to come as a major relief to the company, whose leadership vacuum Lee has tried to fill since his father suffered a heart attack in 2014. Lee, who had been questioned for 22 hours last week and was held overnight on Wednesday while the court reached its decision, left the Seoul Detention Centre carrying a white shopping bag and climbed into a car without talking to reporters.

Samsung Group says it appreciates chief Jay Y. Lee's release

Samsung Group said on Thursday it appreciated the fact that the South Korean special prosecutor's case against the head of the group, Jay Y. Lee, can proceed without his detention. "We appreciate the fact that the merits of this case can now be determined without the need for detention," Samsung Group said in an emailed statement. Seoul Central District Court earlier rejected the special prosecution's request for a warrant to arrest Lee, who had been held overnight, for suspected bribery, embezzlement and perjury amid a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.

U.S. sues Oracle, alleges salary and hiring discrimination

U.S. sues Oracle, alleges salary and hiring discrimination

The U.S. Labor Department has sued Oracle America Inc, alleging that the technology company systematically paid its white, male employees more than other workers and unlawfully favored Asian applicants in its recruiting and hiring efforts. The department in a complaint filed with an administrative judge in Washington said the company was prohibited from engaging in racial discrimination given the hundreds of millions of dollars it receives as a contractor with the federal government. Oracle America is a unit of Oracle Corp. Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger in a statement said the claims were baseless and "politically motivated," and that the company bases employment decisions on experience and merit.

U.S. to probe whether Fujifilm violating Sony magnetic tape patents

U.S. to probe whether Fujifilm violating Sony magnetic tape patents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Wednesday it had launched on investigation into whether Fujifilm Holdings Corp was violating patents which Sony Corp holds for certain magnetic tape cartridges. The ITC said the products at issue in its probe were so-called Linear Tape-Open, or LTO, magnetic tape products and tape cartridge components comprising such products. (Reporting by Timothy Ahmann, editing by G Crosse)

Facebook dismissive of censorship, abuse concerns, rights groups allege

Facebook dismissive of censorship, abuse concerns, rights groups allege

Nearly 80 rights groups on Wednesday accused Facebook of "racially biased censorship" and failing to be more transparent about its removal policies and cooperation with law enforcement, adding to criticism the company has faced in recent months over its management of content on its network of 1.8 billion users. The sharp rebuke, sent in response to a December letter from Senior Vice President Joel Kaplan, reflected increasing impatience among advocacy groups that say Facebook has inadequately addressed their concerns despite repeated promises of action from senior executives.

Ukraine's power outage was a cyber attack: Ukrenergo

Ukraine's power outage was a cyber attack: Ukrenergo

By Pavel Polityuk, Oleg Vukmanovic and Stephen Jewkes KIEV/MILAN (Reuters) - A power blackout in Ukraine's capital Kiev last month was caused by a cyber attack and investigators are trying to trace other potentially infected computers and establish the source of the breach, utility Ukrenergo told Reuters on Wednesday.     When the lights went out in northern Kiev on Dec. 17-18, power supplier Ukrenergo suspected a cyber attack and hired investigators to help it determine the cause following a series of breaches across Ukraine. Preliminary findings indicate that workstations and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, linked to the 330 kilowatt sub-station "North", were influenced by external sources outside normal parameters, Ukrenergo said in comments emailed to Reuters.

Uber to invest more than $60 million in Sao Paulo support center

Uber to invest more than $60 million in Sao Paulo support center

Ride-hailing service Uber inaugurated a support center in Brazil's biggest city on Tuesday with plans to invest 200 million reais ($62 million) and create 2,000 jobs, underscoring an aggressive growth strategy in Latin America's biggest nation. The new facility in Sao Paulo may employ up to 7,000 people by the end of the year, providing technical support for around 9 million users in Brazil along with thousands of drivers, the company said in a statement. Uber's latest investment in Brazil comes just weeks after Didi Chuxing, China's largest ride-hailing company, announced it was investing more than $100 million in Brazilian company 99, an on-demand taxi and ride sharing service.

Bitcoin exchange employee pleads guilty in U.S. case tied to hacking

Bitcoin exchange employee pleads guilty in U.S. case tied to hacking

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Florida man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges stemming from his employment with an unlicensed bitcoin exchange that prosecutors say was owned by an Israeli who oversaw a massive scheme to hack companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co. Ricardo Hill, 38, entered his plea in Manhattan federal court to seven counts, including conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, wire fraud and bank fraud. The Brandon, Florida-resident is one of nine people to face charges following an investigation connected to a data breach that JPMorgan disclosed in 2014 involving records for more than 83 million accounts. The charges against Hill stemmed from his employment as a finance support manager and business development consultant for an unlicensed bitcoin exchange called Coin.mx, according to court papers.

Facebook's Zuckerberg questioned at trial over virtual-reality technology

Facebook's Zuckerberg questioned at trial over virtual-reality technology

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Facebook Inc chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took the witness stand in Dallas federal court on Tuesday and denied an allegation by a rival company that the virtual-reality technology of Facebook's Oculus unit was stolen. Zuckerberg, the founder of one of the world's largest companies, faced hours of tough, public questioning about where Oculus obtained its ideas and how much he knew about the startup when Facebook bought it for $2 billion. A jury is hearing evidence in a civil lawsuit brought by videogame publisher ZeniMax Media Inc against Oculus in 2014, in the middle of the Facebook-Oculus deal.

Thesys to run massive U.S. securities markets trade depository

Thesys to run massive U.S. securities markets trade depository

Thesys Technologies LLC has been chosen to build and run a massive stock and options trading database ordered by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission aimed at helping regulators police the increasingly fast, fragmented and complex markets. Thesys was selected in a vote by all U.S. stock and options exchanges, including Intercontinental Exchange Inc's New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq Inc, and Bats Global Markets, as well as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the group said in a statement on Tuesday.

Morgan Stanley partners with tech firms to boost wealth business

Morgan Stanley partners with tech firms to boost wealth business

By Elizabeth Dilts NEW YORK (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley inked deals with 10 technology outfits last year to improve the products and services it offers wealth-management customers, the bank said on Tuesday. Among the new partners are Addepar, which offers investment-tracking software, and Zelle, a digital payments network that aims to compete against the popular mobile application Venmo. Although the tools will not necessarily generate fees, they will help financial advisers do their jobs better, Morgan Stanley Chief Executive James Gorman said. ...

Facebook bets on Paris with start-up incubator

By Gwénaëlle Barzic PARIS (Reuters) - Facebook gave the French tech scene a vote of confidence on Tuesday by picking Paris as the location for its first start-ups incubator, a boost for the city as European capitals compete to attract firms post-Brexit. The U.S. social media group said it would set up the scheme at the Station F site on the Left Bank - an ambitious project backed by French billionaire Xavier Niel and set to become the world's largest start-up campus when it opens in April. "Paris has always been a city of new ideas where people come together to break new ground, to do new things," Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told reporters at the vast, listed former railway depot still under renovation.

After pound's fall, Apple to hike British app store prices

After pound's fall, Apple to hike British app store prices

Tech giant Apple is set to raise the prices of its apps in Britain by around 25 percent after the steep drop in sterling following Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Apps which currently cost British consumers 0.79 pounds ($0.97) will cost 0.99 pounds following the hike, which is set to take place over the next seven days. The move follows similar price rises in Apple hardware in September and October last year.

Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany

Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany

By Caroline Copley and Eric Auchard BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - Facebook is stepping up efforts to head off tougher regulation by Germany, a fierce critic of the social media network operator, with top managers visiting Germany and saying they would do more to combat fake news and hate speech. Top German lawmakers are planning legislation this year to force Facebook to remove incitements to hate crimes from its web pages within 24 hours or face fines, a push that could force the social media giant to bear more responsibility for content posted by users. Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg visited Berlin on Sunday to meet with German government officials considering new regulations on Facebook, according to a Berlin-based source at a rival Internet company.

Trump 'won't be worse than Obama,' says Venezuela's president

Trump 'won't be worse than Obama,' says Venezuela's president

Venezuela's socialist leader said on Monday that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump was the victim of a global "hate campaign" and could not be worse than outgoing Barack Obama. On the campaign trail, the conservative Trump criticized Venezuela's ruling Socialists for oppressing their own people, but Maduro refrained from firing back in his first public comments on the Republican's election win. "He won't be worse than Obama, that's all I dare say.

Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany

Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany

By Caroline Copley and Eric Auchard BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - Facebook is stepping up efforts to head off tougher regulation by Germany, a fierce critic of the social media network operator, saying on Monday it would do more to combat fake news as its chief operating officer met with officials in Berlin. Top German lawmakers are planning legislation this year to force Facebook to remove "hate speech" from its web pages within 24 hours or face fines, a push that could force the social mediagiant to bear more responsibility for content posted by users. Germany's strict libel and slander laws are meant to protect citizens by making it a crime to defame others.

Facebook Germany says it will start tackling fake news in weeks

Facebook Germany says it will start tackling fake news in weeks

Facebook said on Sunday it would update its social media platforms in Germany within weeks to reduce the dissemination of fake news. "Last month we announced measures to tackle the challenge of fake news on Facebook," the U.S. technology company's German-language newsroom said. "We will put these updates in place in Germany in the coming weeks." German Justice Minister Heiko Mass has repeatedly called on Facebook to respect laws against defamation in Germany that are stricter than those in the United States.

Russia says facing increased cyber attacks from abroad

Russia says facing increased cyber attacks from abroad

Russia is facing increased cyber attacks from abroad, a senior security official was quoted on Sunday as saying, responding to Western accusations that Moscow is aggressively targeting information networks in the United States and Europe. U.S. intelligence agencies say Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a cyber campaign aimed at boosting Donald Trump's electoral chances by discrediting his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign.

On sensitive U.S. stopover, Taiwan leader connects to Twitter

On sensitive U.S. stopover, Taiwan leader connects to Twitter

By Jane Lanhee Lee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, carving a careful diplomatic path on her stopovers in the United States, visited the headquarters of micro-messaging service Twitter Inc on Saturday and reactivated an old account. "Had a great visit to @Twitter HQ today. A source at the meeting said Tsai met with Twitter General Counsel Vijaya Gadde and that CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey was not present.

On sensitive U.S. stopover, Taiwan leader connects to Twitter

On sensitive U.S. stopover, Taiwan leader connects to Twitter

By Jane Lanhee Lee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, carving a careful diplomatic path on her stopovers in the United States, visited the headquarters of micro-messaging service Twitter Inc and opened her official account on Saturday. A source with knowledge of the president's travel through San Francisco told Reuters she met with the "head of Twitter" but declined to confirm if that person was CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, did not provide further details of her meetings in the U.S. tech capital.

Sony Entertainment CEO exiting for a top role at Snap

Sony Entertainment CEO exiting for a top role at Snap

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Entertainment Chief Executive Michael Lynton will step down to become chairman of the board of messaging app owner Snap Inc, a move that puts an experienced Hollywood executive in a prominent role as the technology company prepares for an initial public offering. Lynton will give up his current position at Sony's movie and television unit on Feb. 2 but remain as co-CEO for six months to help find a successor, Japanese conglomerate Sony Corp said in a statement on Friday. Lynton was an early investor in the company co-founded by 26-year-old CEO Evan Spiegel, and has served on its board for nearly four years.

Sony Entertainment CEO Lynton to step down; to become Snap Inc chairman

Sony Entertainment CEO Lynton to step down; to become Snap Inc chairman

(Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Friday Michael Lynton would step down as chief executive of its movie and music businesses, Sony Entertainment, effective Feb. 2. Lynton will join as chairman of Snap Inc, the parent of popular messaging app Snapchat. (http://bit.ly/2jG9IWI) Snap - in which Lynton is an early investor - is expected to go public early this year, vying for a $25 billion valuation. Lynton, who has been with Sony for 13 years, will stay on as co-CEO of Sony Entertainment for the next six months. (Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

Wal-Mart's leadership expands exec roles in online push

Wal-Mart's leadership expands exec roles in online push

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Friday announced a management shuffle that integrates the running of its physical outlets and online operations, and extends broader authority to the former head of online retailer Jet.com, which Wal-Mart bought for $3.3 billion last year. It was the second time Wal-Mart has shuffled its e-commerce decks after it acquired Jet.com in August and appointed Marc Lore to run its e-commerce business. In November, Wal-Mart announced a number of management changes and said Jet.com co-founder Nate Faust would lead fulfillment operations for both Jet.com and Wal-Mart.com.

No U.S. charges for South Carolina ex-deputy seen throwing student

The department said that while it looked at whether former school resource officer Benjamin Fields used unreasonable force, there was no evidence to indicate that he willfully deprived the student of her civil rights. The video of the arrest by the white officer of the black student in October 2015 at Spring Valley High School in Columbia raised questions of possible racial bias and reignited concerns that the proliferation of police in U.S. schools could criminalize behavior once handled more quietly by school officials. "This decision is limited strictly to an application of the high legal standard required to prosecute the case under the federal civil rights statute," the department said in a statement.

Startup investors fret over risks of mass data collection

Startup investors fret over risks of mass data collection

By Heather Somerville SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Nearly every technology startup wants the same thing: more data. Whether ordering an Uber, streaming music, shopping online or tracking a health condition, consumers are giving an unprecedented amount of information to technology companies. Collecting big data helps Airbnb, for instance, know whether its customers prefer to travel to the beach or mountains, and Uber knows popular drop-off locations and how to price trips.

Trump blames 'both Democrats and Republicans' for allegations

Trump blames 'both Democrats and Republicans' for allegations

(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday accused his political opponents, "both Democrats and Republicans," for putting together a dossier of unverified claims linking him to Russia and said the document was probably released by intelligence agencies. "Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans - FAKE NEWS! Russia says nothing exists," Trump said in a series of posts on Twitter. On Wednesday, U.S. spy chief James Clapper said that media leaks of the material had not come from U.S. intelligence agencies and that the agencies had not judged whether the information was reliable.

Louisiana man pleads guilty to threatening shooting at D.C. pizzeria

Yusif Jones, 52, faces five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of interstate threatening communications in Louisiana federal court when he will be sentenced on April 12, the office of United States Attorney Stephanie Finley said in a statement. Jones was accused of calling Besta Pizza on Dec. 7 and threatened to "shoot everyone in the place" in order to "save the kids." The call was traced back to Jones in Shreveport and he was arrested, the statement said. The call was placed three days after Edgar Maddison Welch took a rifle into Comet Ping Pong restaurant down the street from Besta Pizza "to self-investigate" a fake news report known as "Pizza Gate" that it was operating a child abuse ring, police said.

Europe erects defenses to counter Russia's information war

Europe erects defenses to counter Russia's information war

By Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - Nations in Europe, where Germany and France this year hold elections, are erecting defenses to counter possible Russian cyber attacks and disinformation to sway Western politics, but intelligence experts say this might be too little and too late. The issue of Russian "influence operations" has taken on new urgency after U.S. intelligence agencies released a non-classified assessment that President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to move the U.S. election in favor of Donald Trump. European nations and NATO are setting up centers to identify "fake news", bolstering cyber defenses and tracking use of social media which target Russian-speaking communities, far-right groups, political parties, voters and decision-makers.

Fox sells Super Bowl digital-only ad packages for up to $700,000

Fox sells Super Bowl digital-only ad packages for up to $700,000

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Fox broadcast network is selling digital-only advertising packages for next month's Super Bowl for as much as $700,000 for a 30-second spot, though most advertisers are buying both online and TV spots, network officials told Reuters on Thursday. The strategy is a departure from last year, when broadcaster CBS Corp sold commercial slots for its digital live stream only to advertisers who also purchased TV ads. An additional 1.4 million viewers watched on digital platforms, CBS said.

Trump and spy chief differ on what was said in call on Russia dossier

Trump and spy chief differ on what was said in call on Russia dossier

U.S. spy chief James Clapper and President-elect Donald Trump gave different accounts of a phone conversation they had about a dossier of unverified, salacious claims linking Russia to Trump, who is locked in a war of words with the intelligence agencies he will command in eight days. A newcomer to politics, businessman Trump has been at odds with U.S. spy agencies for months, disputing their conclusions that Russia used hacking and other tactics to try to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favor. On Wednesday, he acknowledged the point but opened a new battlefront, responding to media reports of unsubstantiated claims that he was caught in a compromising position in Russia by accusing intelligence agencies of practices reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

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U.S exchanges rent helicopter, drape banner in pursuit of Snapchat IPO

U.S exchanges rent helicopter, drape banner in pursuit of Snapchat IPO

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - This past November, Nasdaq Inc hired a helicopter to film Manhattan's skyline using Snapchat's new video-camera sunglasses and sent the aerial footage to its social media followers. The New York Stock Exchange - its arch-rival - on the same day tweeted a video shot from the floor of its exchange, showing that it too was using the social media giant's gadget. The scramble to promote Snapchat's "spectacles" is revealing the fierce competition between the two exchanges to host initial public offerings (IPOs) of prominent technology startups.

Apple adds slew of new features to GarageBand for iOS and Logic Pro X

Apple earlier today announced a number of compelling updates to its suite of music creation software with the roll out of GarageBand for iOS 2.2 and Logic Pro X 10.3. Tackling GarageBand first, the latest update now includes the Alchemy synthesizer along with a new "sound browser" that promises to make it easier for users to search through instruments and find the exact type of sounds they're looking for. Interestingly enough, the integration of the aforementioned Alchemy synthesizer comes about two years after Apple acquired the highly revered plug-in and sound library creator Camel Audio. Notably, Logic Pro X received the Alchemy synthesizer treatment just a few short months after Apple picked up the company in February of 2015. As for other GarageBand features, Apple boasts that the software now offers users a number of new music recording options. Recording music in GarageBand for iOS also gets easier with Multi-Take Recording, giving users multiple passes to capture their best performance and the ability to audition and switch between their favorite takes. The release also features a redesigned Audio Recorder that adds fun, one-tap vocal effects and provides users with even more sophisticated studio effects like pitch correction, distortion and delay. Seasoned users looking for even more control over their mixes can use a new collection of advanced audio processing tools, including an interactive graphic Visual EQ and the ability to use third-party Audio Unit plug-in effects for expandable, creative sound design. With respect to the latest iteration of Logic Pro X, the software has been retooled to work with the Touch Bar on Apple's new MacBook Pro. What's more, Apple relays that Logic Pro X users can now remotely add new tracks to a project straight from their iPhone or iPad. "With a new share option," Apple writes, "users can upload a special GarageBand-compatible version of a Logic project to iCloud, which they can then open on their iOS devices and add new recordings whenever inspiration strikes. When the project is saved back to iCloud, any newly added tracks will automatically appear in the original Logic project the next time it’s opened on a Mac." The latest version of GarageBand can be downloaded as a free update for existing users. Otherwise, it will set you back $4.99. Logic Pro X, meanwhile, is available for $199 from the Mac App Store for first time users.

‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ is Nintendo’s next mobile game, launches in February

As expected, Nintendo unveiled its next mobile game on Wednesday afternoon during the company's Fire Emblem live stream. The new game is called Fire Emblem Heroes  it will release for both Android and iOS platforms on February 2nd, despite the video stating that it will come to iPhone and iPad "soon." Similar to Super Mario Run , Fire Emblem Heroes is a simplified version of the games in the franchise on which it is based, with gameplay and visuals better suited to a smartphone than a handheld console or an HDTV. Like other Fire Emblem titles, Fire Emblem Heroes is a strategy game in which you take control of a team of characters and navigate a grid-based battlefield while slaying enemies in your path. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq1Xzycyp2E While the maps in Fire Emblem Heroes  all exist on the same 8x6 grid, Nintendo expects fans of the series to find the tactical aspect of the game just as challenging as they would in one of the series' previous entries. Fire Emblem Heroes will be free to play, but Nintendo says it will include optional in-app purchases as well. Those in-app purchases include orbs, which can be used to acquire new heroes to join your team. Although you can acquire orbs within the game, you can supplement your supply with real money too. Along with a main quest, the mobile game also features a Training Tower in which to train your heroes, Special Maps where seasonal events will take place and Arena Duels where you'll compete for high scores. You can also participate in Hero Battles, and if you win, that hero will join your team. You can pre-register for Fire Emblem Heroes on Google Play  right now. Updated on January 18th, 2016. Article updated to reflect the fact that the game will launch on iOS and Android simultaneously.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

We've got some terrific sales on iPhone and iPad apps for you to check out today, including one app that will record your iPhone's screen while you browse the web so you can share those recordings with friends or use them to explain things to someone who needs help. There's also a nifty calendar app, a great tool for Snapchat users, a couple of fun games, and plenty more. Check them all out below and remember that these sales could be over at any time. 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. Backup PRO Normally $2.99. - Records Browser user interactions with a Web site on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. -It comes with a fully featured built-in web browser for your convenience and allows you to record your best browsing sessions with one-tap! Notice: Rec records screen sessions that take place inside the app and the app's built-in web browser Download Backup PRO Week Calendar Pro Normally $1.99. A different approach to working with calendars. Fully customizable week calendar to link all your calendars to. Week Calendar Pro allows you to fully customize what you what to see on your calendar through a nice drop down preset that you can quickly switch between. Add unlimited presets to filter out: - Days (show/hide any day) - Select which calendars to show - Select up to three working weeks (15 days) - Zoom in/out on hours or view 24 hours - Select which day is first day of week - Tap and hold to add new event - Drag existing events to reschdule - and many more to discover ... Download Week Calendar Pro Piku Piku Normally $1.99. Make and share animated GIFs or repeating video clips using your iPhone camera. Tap the shutter button once and Piku Piku does the rest. Praised by Apple ============= * Featured on iTunes homepage * Featured in Apps Enhanced with 3D Touch * Featured as Best New App * Featured in Make & Share GIFs * Featured on Product Hunt homepage * Press: Mashable, TheNextWeb, MacWorld, AppAdvice and more… ============= LIVE FILTERS Apply striking filters in real time to record the best gifs and videos FRONT SCREEN & REAR CAMERA FLASH Record gifs and videos, like never before, even in the dark SELF TIMER MODE Capture your fun moments by setting the timer for 3, 5, or 10 seconds GIF & VIDEO MODE Select to record either as a gif or video FRONT & REAR CAMERA Switch between front or rear camera PORTRAIT & LANDSCAPE Record gifs or videos in your choice of orientation Notification Center Widget Quickly bring up the front or rear camera right from the Notification Center, even from your Lock Screen 3D Touch Quick Actions for iPhone 6s Instantly bring up the front or rear camera to take a fun moving selfie or capture something interesting Piku Piku is brought to you by Americos, the makers of popular apps like Transbot, GIFO, Selfshot, Bee Email, Convoto and more. To know more about us, visit http://www.americostech.com Download Piku Piku SnapViewer Normally $0.99. View Snaps from Snachat on your iPhone/iPad before you will see them. View Stories into Your iPhone/iPad, and Snap from Snachat App. ◉Disclaimer: This app is not affiliated with Snapchat, Inc.◉ Download SnapViewer Smart Alarm Clock Normally $1.99. *THE MOST ADVANCED ALARM CLOCK ALGORITHM TO DATE* *10, 000, 000 USERS CAN’T BE WRONG* All the coffee beans in Colombia won’t make you a morning person? Waking up seems like a drag? We created Smart Alarm Clock because mornings should suck less. HOW IT WORKS STEP 1. Select the time range when we want to wake up (e.g., 7am-7:20am). STEP 2. Drift to sleep happily tuning in to some amazing sounds. STEP 3. See colorful dreams with the phone next to our pillow, spying on all our movements and recording all sounds. “the part where magic happens* The smart algorithm of Smart Alarm Clock starts to track our sleep cycles. The alarm will only go off in the lightest sleep phase in our selected time range, when our body is naturally ready to wake up. STEP 4. Wake up to see cool graphs of our sleeping patterns and cycles. Listen to the recordings of us snoring, giggling, or calling out Jessica Biel’s name in our sleep. WHAT REAL USERS SAY “...wake up and not feel like a zombie is soo nice” “Great sounds for the alarm” “...almost scary hearing the noises that go on while you’re sleeping” “...by far the best on the market” “Worth the money” “…PHENOMENAL” FEATURES: *6 sleep tracking modes *Power nap mode *Weather forecast *Customizable sleep screen *Great tunes for waking up and falling asleep (or add yours from iPod) *Cloud data backup From the creators of All-in Fitness and Yoga.com Studio. Sport.com apps are featured by Apple every year and loved by over 10,000,000 users all over the world. Ready to start tracking? Download now! Download Smart Alarm Clock Budget and expense tracking Normally $2.99. Where did your money go? Try easy and simple expense tracker, It will tell yo. Not confusing or complicated to use! Perfect for tracking expenses quickly and completely. Exactly the type of app you looking for to compliment your busy lifestyle! Try it! - Budget, help you save money, set a goal! - Calendar, get your freely replacement query, navigate! - iCloud backup to help you protect data security, free replacement devices, sharing data between multiple devices! - Reports, help you analyze, statistics at any date! - Export excel (CVS) data, you can edit data on the PC side, let you to do more complex data statistics! - Multiple currency conversions, automatically calculated according to the exchange rate, update the latest Exchange rates to facilitate the travel of your life! - Edit the categories of cost, depending on your lifestyle, edit their own categories! - Rich technical support, mature technology team, senior technology architect, ensuring continuous updates! Enjoy it! Download Budget and expense tracking Cloud Keeper Normally $0.99. We are glad to present you CloudKeeper - handy tool for websites passwords storage. Make a note, fill the fields and done! Cloudkeeper will remember and synchronize notes via iCloud. Download Cloud Keeper Magical Beasts Normally $0.99. Let's catch some magical creatures! Hidden all around you are dozens of enchanted beasts, some cute and some treacherous. Use your camera to locate hidden creatures and catch them! How to Use: • Grab your magical camera • Begin a Spectral Location Scan (or S.L.S.) • Discover deviously hidden monsters and charms • Catch them before they escape • Can you find every hidden creature? Make sure your phone's camera is enabled to fully utilize your monster catching capabilities. Features: • Extensive monster log • Personalized creature profiles • The crew includes: Monstrous bigfoots, adorable yetis, boo-ful ghosts, squishy oozes, worried cupcakes, and many more Now get our there, and find some monsters! Download Magical Beasts Tones Normally $0.99. Tones makes music creation easy for everyone. It really couldn't be any simpler. Even if you can't play a musical instrument, you'll be making cool sounding tunes in no time. You don't need any musical experience at all! Tones is so simple that people of all ages, from young children to adults, can begin effortlessly tapping across sound pads and begin creating fun and interesting sounds that will impress your friends and keep you happily entertained for hours. Features: - Simply tap to activate or deactivate sound pads and start creating music straight away. - Choose from a carefully selected range of high quality sounds. - Adjust the speed of your tune in the tempo menu. - Add extra columns to add length to your music. - Shake your device to quickly and easily clear the display of active sound pads. Download Tones Map Locations Normally $1.99. Manage your favorite locations, save them in your maps, add an icon, color, rating or your own created tags. Add photos with notes and create visits sorted by date. Save your Map Locations files in iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive or send by email to share them with your friends or colleagues. Keep track of your locations, whether it's your number one shops & restaurants, or the places you visit as a sales representative or realtor. - Import and export your Map Location files - Import and export CSV files for use in Excel or Numbers - Export locations as PDF text document - Save your files to iCloud Drive, Dropbox or Google Drive - Import multiple contacts from your address book as locations - Filter your locations - Search through all your locations or existing points of interest - Get directions to a selected location - View your location in Google Maps - View locations as a list - Edit multiple locations at once using the list view - Move locations between maps - Change the size of the location pins - Choose from 100+ icons and 10+ colours - Create your own tags to identify and filter your locations - Add visits to your locations - Add photos with notes - When info is added open website, email or phone with one click - Restore deleted locations - Email selected locations as text The free version is limited to 10 locations, upgrade to create as many locations as you like. Download Map Locations

Apple fans, let your freak flag fly

The Jony Ive-narrated introductory video for the Apple Pencil is without question the most cringeworthy video Apple has ever produced. Seriously, it’s like a parody of an Apple video produced by Apple. Watch it again right here if you don't remember it. Ive speaks with such passion, diving deep into the intricate details and the magic behind the creation of… a friggin stylus. Sure, it’s a nice stylus, but at the end of the day it’s still… a friggin stylus. If you own an Apple Pencil, you’re obviously comfortable with buying into pretty much anything Apple’s selling (jk, jk, it’s so awesome!!), so why not let the world know? The TechMatte Apple Pencil Charging Stand will let you display your sweet Apple Pencil proudly on your desk for all the world to see. Some highlights from the product page: TechMatte Apple Pencil Stand allows you to charge your pencil while still looking stylish and sleek on your desk. The stand's charging dock comes with the proper cable to charge your Apple Pencil built into the stand. Holds both your pencil and cap Easy to use and durable Made of solid aluminum

Apple’s original iPhone can no longer be used as a phone

We're not sure how many people, if any, are still out there using the original iPhone in a meaningful capacity, but cellular connectivity on the iconic device has been mercifully axed for anyone on AT&T, the iPhone's original carrier. Per an AT&T press release , Ma Bell recently announced that it shut down its 2G wireless network at the beginning of the year. And seeing as how the original iPhone launched without any 3G connectivity, Apple's 2007 iPhone has in effect been relegated to an iPod Touch. Truth be told, AT&T shutting down its 2G network shouldn't come as much of a surprise as the company has alluded to the inevitable transition for the past few years. As to the underlying goal of the move, AT&T explains that shutting down its 2G network will serve to free "up more spectrum for future network technologies, including 5G." Indeed, AT&T is already planning to "repurpose that spectrum for LTE" over the next few months. For a device that was undeniably one of the most revolutionary and innovative products in history, the original iPhone -- with its bulky form factor, non-Retina display and painfully slow 2G connection -- looks comically ancient by today's standards. That, of course, is a testament to how fast the landscape tends to shift in the technology realm. Indeed, it's fair to say that the 2G network that Apple's original iPhone relied on was already past its prime when the first iPhones hit store shelves in June of 2007. On a related note, EverythingApple Pro recently posted a video pitting the original iPhone against the original Android smartphone. If you're feeling nostalgic in the wake of the original iPhone's 2G lifeline being turned off, you'll certainly get a kick out of the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gxa2rq-kL8  

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

It's a gross, rainy Tuesday here in New York City, which means there's no better time to jump on the App Store and download a bunch of newly free apps to mess with. Below, we have a collection of nine great apps that are on sale for free for a limited time, including  Don't Run With a Plasma Sword , which is awesome. 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. Wryte Normally $2.99. Wryte is a powerful and beautiful Markdown Editor lovingly designed for Writers and Coders. The app focuses on remaining clean and simple, while showcasing your work in absolutely stunning ways. Everything you write is saved and synced to all your devices in real-time, and available offline. Features: Made for Writers and Coders We’ve built Wryte from the ground up with authors and programmers in mind. The app is beautiful and clean. Gorgeous Markdown Theme In Wryte, your words look fantastic. Documents are styled using a clean and professional design that meets that latest standards for iOS 9. Real-time Sync Engine. Everything in Wryte is Synced to all of your devices as you edit and create. This means your work is always with you. Documents can be created and edited even when offline. Github Flavored Markdown Wryte renders code snippets using the latest styling found on sites like Github and Stack Overflow. This makes it a wonderful tool for saving and collecting code snippets. Organize Work into Projects You can have an unlimited amount of Notebooks and Projects in Wrtye. We think you are going to love it. Download Wryte Zentries Normally $1.99. We built Zentries because we wanted an app that could let us type our thoughts and ideas with all the simple beauty and elegance of a journal. Zentries is made with love, and designed a quick and easy way to tell your story. Or several of them if you like. Your entries are sorted by date, and can easily be shared - as either a single page or entire journal. And that’s all there is to the app. We made Zentries simple, because the things you write in it may not be. Download Zentries A Giant Problem Normally $3.99. ***Battle smelly trolls, travel with Giants and fight fire breathing dragons in BearBoat Studios’s new interactive comic! ***Explore each comic page, panel after panel, discovering artwork, special effects and sounds that bring each character to life! An original, debuting comic from the up and coming creator, Jake Kalsbeek. Join characters Lambert and Walter on this heart-warming tale of boyhood adventures, overcoming adversities, and budding friendship. FEATURES • 26+ interactive comic pages! • Panel by panel reading mode! • Music and special sound effects on each page! • Great story for reluctant, young readers • 50+ interactive features! Download A Giant Problem Don't Run With a Plasma Sword Normally $1.99.   For a long time Cornelius has been working at the local comic books stand shop. For about as long, he's been daydreaming about how somehow, someday, he'd become a Hero. After all, wasn't what the fortune cookie was saying, right? ... right? Fortunately the Aliens invasion would come just in time to provide with this opportunity... Don't Run is a breathtaking, retro sci-fi, combat based, funny sidescroller with tons of content. Anyway, what more can you ask for than running with a plasma sword, slicing-up invading aliens? ------------- Main Features ------------- - Universal App - Retina display - 5 environments: City, Factory, Mother ship, Alien Planet, Tandoori Moon - 2 Game Modes: - Story mode with fixed game progression, save points, boss fights and 3-stars rating system - Endless mode with 4 levels of difficulty, random map generation and objectives to accomplish - Did we say it? Boss fights! - Breathtaking action! Hundreds of small hand crafted map sections put together dynamically to make sure to bring out a maximum of diversity and generate a controlled difficulty progression. - A unique 3 buttons contextual controls scheme: jump, slide, slash which becomes double jump, dive and dash in the air - Several types of monster with their own gameplay, traps to avoid, power-ups and rewards to collect - Upgrades! Collect xp in game to level up your avatar on skills and avatar customization - Game Center leaderboard and achievements - Comic storyboards - Awesome soundtrack and sound effects - 2 supported languages, English and French Download Don't Run With a Plasma Sword Beach Defender Normally $0.99. ONE-TOUCH ARCADE RETRO 8-BIT GAME BOY™ CONSOLE GAME What if you found an old cartridge in your attic just waiting to be plugged into your vintage hand-held gaming system? Here comes Beach Defender! Stop evil octopuses from destroying your beloved village. Your fellow villagers, your friends, and your own mother are all counting on you! Wait, the whole world is counting on YOU! • GameCenter leaderboard: compete with your friends and beat them! • Infinite arcade mode to begin with (more modes coming soon) • Exclusive to App Store Download Beach Defender Ruler Normally $0.99. This is simple virtual Ruler app 17 feet/5 meters long. How to use Ruler to measure length: Put your finger on screen and slide phone with the other hand. Pull arrow down to reel off. Download Ruler Smart Alarm Clock Normally $1.99. All the coffee beans in Colombia won’t make you a morning person? Waking up seems like a drag? We created Smart Alarm Clock because mornings should suck less. HOW IT WORKS STEP 1. Select the time range when we want to wake up (e.g., 7am-7:20am). STEP 2. Drift to sleep happily tuning in to some amazing sounds. STEP 3. See colorful dreams with the phone next to our pillow, spying on all our movements and recording all sounds. “the part where magic happens* The smart algorithm of Smart Alarm Clock starts to track our sleep cycles. The alarm will only go off in the lightest sleep phase in our selected time range, when our body is naturally ready to wake up. STEP 4. Wake up to see cool graphs of our sleeping patterns and cycles. Listen to the recordings of us snoring, giggling, or calling out Jessica Biel’s name in our sleep. Download Smart Alarm Clock Monster Fantasy:Pocket Go Normally $0.99. Monster Fantasy is a role-playing mobile game with elements of strategy and monsters, developed by Langtong game. To become the best monster trainer in Monster Fantasy, players have to travel all over the world, capture tons of powerful monsters and enjoy this wonderful journey. FEATURES 【 Monster Type System 】 Monster Fantasy is based on monster battles. Monsters have different types that have both strengths and weaknesses. To train different monster according to interests and strategies is the essence of this game. 【 Various Skill Combinations 】 Skill is the key to each battle. Each monster learns different skills as it grows and various skill combinations make the game very interesting. 【 Send Monster To Friend 】 Send and receive monsters between friends. 【 Unique Mechanism 】 Mechanism System: Unlock the mechanism to challenge Gym Masters. 【 Original Scenes 】 Players can enjoy the battle, roadside flowers and beautiful sky while traveling through the world. 【 Interesing Puzzles 】 Game Hall System: Play puzzles and exchage rewards with coupons. Various Elements Other Features: Map System: Town, cave, tunel, lake…… The best views you have ever seen. Quest System: Get to know everyone and their stories. Finish their quests to get rewards. Achievement System: The more you achieved, the better trainer you are. Download Monster Fantasy:Pocket Go BusyBox Normally $2.99. BusyBox lets you track the time you spend on all your activities. + Daily Tracking + Visualize your activities for the current day. + Data Visualization + Track the total time you spend on each activity. + Notes + If you need to log more details about your tasks, you can associate notes to your task logs. Logs can then be filtered by note contents. + Export your Data + Export your activity data to an excel file that can be read in excel, open office or any spreadsheet software. The notes are also exported to the excel file. + Open In + Open the excel file in any app that can open excel files on your iPhone. + Share via Email + Send the excel file via email. Download BusyBox

$10 device lets your iPhone or Android take time-lapses and panoramas like you’ve never seen

Every phone ships with a built-in panoramic photo mode, and most phones also have a time-lapse feature — if not, there are certainly dozens of apps that do time-lapse photography. No matter what phone or app you’re using though, you’ll never create time-lapses or panoramic shots as stunning as the Veho MUVI X-Lapse 360-Degree Photography and Timelapse Accessory . This brilliant little gadget is compatible with any phone you have, and it rotates over time as your phone captures a photo. The result is a 100% perfect time-lapse or panoramic photo each and every time. Here are some highlights from the product page: Create 90° degree (15 minutes), 180° degree (30 minutes), 270° degree (45 minutes), 360° degree (60 minutes) sweeping time-lapse films. Create 90° degree, 180° degree, 270° degree, 360° degree panoramic pictures Mount cameras up to 750 grams on the standard 1/4 -20 UNC male tripod screw thread. Perfect for the MUVI HD or other actions cameras with continuous photo mode Standard 1/4 -20 UNC female tripod screw thread for mounting on Veho DuoPod tripod or other tripod systems and integral fold out feet to stabilize and support larger cameras Ships with iPhone/Smartphone holder to enable panoramic time lapse photography using your smartphone with apps such as Time Lapse Pro, Glimpse Pro, Osnap The X-Lapse is on sale right now for just $9.99 with free Prime shipping, but you might have to select the lower price from the "other sellers" section in the column on the right.

10 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today

It's time to start the week off with a bang, and we've got just the thing. Today's list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free includes several hot apps that have never been featured on the site before. There are a bunch of noteworthy apps on Monday's list, including one that uses artificial intelligence to help you rap about anything you see. Will wonders never cease? 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. Rapto Normally $0.99. Ever wished that you could turn your normal day into a rap song? I'm guessing probably not. But hey, this is the kind of thing you don't know that you want in your life until you try it out! Rapto lets you create music using artificial intelligence & your camera. Simply point the camera towards any object around you and Rapto will use it's inbuilt neural network to "understand" the object & create rap music! *Note - Rapto does not send images to any remote servers to do the image processing. You don't even need an internet connection actually, so feel free to bring up Rapto next time you want to pass time in an aeroplane! Download Rapto Remote Mouse for iPad Normally $1.99. Remote Mouse turns your iPhone, iPad or iPod into a wireless user-friendly remote control for your Mac / PC. It’ll surprise you with fully simulated touchpad, keyboard and featured remote panels which make your remote experience simple and efficient. Giving a presentation? Watching an online movie? Or transferring pictures within a second? We make it dead easy to control your PC/Mac! Just sit back and enjoy the day. * * * * * * * * Questions? Suggestions? Cooperations? Or just want to say hello? Join our Superuser forum at: http://goo.gl/1vO2NM ** FEATURES ** • Fully Simulated Mouse • Magic Trackpad • Multi-Touch Gestures • Function Keyboard in Landscape Mode (full version only) • Key Combination Input • Media Remote – convenient control of iTunes, Keynote, Hulu and PowerPoint... (need unlocking) • Changing Keynote Slides with Physical Volume Buttons (media remote feature) • Remote Image Viewer & Transfer (need unlock) • Application Launcher & Switcher • Shut Down / Sleep / Restart / Log Off Remotely • Numeric Keyboard • Swaying Mode Control • Remotely Typing with Voice (need Siri) • Connect via IP & QR code • Password Protection • Customizable Wallpapers • Works under Wi-Fi and 3G network • Compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, Vista, Mac OSX 10.6+ ** TO GET STARTED, YOU ALSO NEED ** 1. Visit www.remotemouse.net with your Mac / PC. Download & install Remote Mouse server on computer. 2. Make sure that your mobile device is connected to the same Wi-Fi (or 3G hotspot) as your computer. 3. Open Remote Mouse App, Click “Start” to connect. Download Remote Mouse for iPad Easy Spending Normally $0.99. See where your money goes and take control of where to spend your money effectively using the simple and yet powerful money management App on iOS. The Easy Spending expense tracker, is the most powerful and convenient daily money management App on the GO for iPhone and iPad, that neatly tracks all your cash flow between different accounts that you can budget, and is an easy to use App on a daily basis. It is now, all the more secure, with the addition of Automatic Backup Service as part of its In-App purchase. With this feature you never have to worry about losing valuable financial data, either through accidental deletion or change of device. You can restore it on any device with this App installed. Comes with easy gestures with convenient layout and clutter free interface, with large fonts, well spaced layouts for easy viewing and readability. Great for maintaining monthly recurring bills with reminders, it has the convenience of an Finance Tracker and BILL reminders at one place. HIGHLIGHTS @ Never loose your valuable financial data with the All new Automatic Backup Service, (available as an In-App purchase) @ Excellent and seamless cloud sync of all your transaction data. (available as an In-App purchase) @ BILL Reminders. @ Recurring income/expense tracking @ MULTIPLE ACCOUNT(S) Summary in a single screen, and nice reports. $ Passcode LOCK. $ Support Fortnightly transactions. $ NOTIFICATIONS added to Default calendar for recurring transactions as an option. Using this option, NEVER forget to pay your BILL on time. $ See future bills/payments and income using, "UPCOMING TRANSACTIONS" view. $ Cool Search based on category and notes $ Allows transactions to be emailed as CSV, and also uploaded to your Google Drive account $ Store data for MANY MANY years $ Preview comments in History while drilling down the transactions. $ Use MULTIPLE accounts like Checking, Savings, Credit card, Cash flow, Mortgage accounts etc. $ Preview comments in History while drilling down the transactions. *** REPORTS *** $ Powerful reports, timeline reports $ Doughnut chart reports gives a clean break up of where your money is going. $ Email csv file of all your data for single or all of your accounts. $ Upload csv file also to your Google Drive account --- Automatic Backup Service ---- Automatic Backup Service is an auto-renewable In-App purchase that lets you take automatic backup without you having to do anything manually. Just keep using the App, and an automatic backup of all you data is safely stored either weekly or monthly. When you App is deleted by mistake or phone is replaced there is no hassle in getting your data back. This feature is offered as a free trial for one month, and the cost of subscription is $0.99 per month, after the trial period. It auto-renews every month until it is cancelled. This feature is also offered as an annual subscription with a cost of $7.99 per year, with a initial trial period of 1 month. It auto-renews every year until it is cancelled. Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase, and account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Download Easy Spending Adventure To Fate Normally $1.99. 2016 Sleeper RPG of the YEAR! -TouchArcade Adventure To Fate : Quest To The Future - is an JRPG style dungeon crawler game -Tons of character creation possibles (8 Classes, 20+ Pets, 6 Professions) -450+ items to loot, craft, buy and find. -170 unique monsters to fight -Fully accessible to the blind using Voiceover Quest To The Future Story Our biggest fears have come to fruition, the defenses of the dimensional ports have failed. An evil force has laid to waste our guards and now pours through the portals without resistance. We've brought you here as our last chance at stopping this evil. You're one of the select few that have used the portals before, to come here for a better life, but in our darkest hour we turn to you one last time, to go back and triumph where we failed. With our guards and roads destroyed, getting back to the portals will not be easy, as this invasion has crippled our ability to send forces en masse to clear a path. You'll be forced down, through the sewers that run underground to the ruins, into the crypt where the portal to the future lies. You must make haste we don't have much time! - Customize Your Hero - 8 Classes - Mercenary, Assassin, Cultist, Mutant, Priestess, Ranger, Time Guardian, Arcane Archer 6 Professions - Weaponsmith, Armorsmith, Leatherworker, Tailor, Jeweler, Alchemist 20+ Pets to accompany you in battle Leveling system that goes up to 27 levels - Crafting System - 6 Professions - Weaponsmith, Armorsmith, Leatherworker, Tailor, Jeweler, Alchemist 200+ Items to craft 30+ Materials to work with Share Items between characters using the Account Vault - Explore Time - 5 Themed Areas from the Past and Future (Sewers, Ruins, Crypt, Frozen Wastelands, Earth Core) Over 2100 rooms to explore, search, and loot. Each area has its own unique enemies, spells, shops, treasures, items and much more! - In Depth Stat & Skill System - Featuring 200+ Spells/Skills Damaging skills - These are direct physical attacks that damage the enemy Damaging spells - These are direct magical attacks that damage the enemy Damaging All spells (AOE) - These are direct magical attacks that damage ALL enemies Summoning spells - Allows certain enemies to summon others to help Healing HP spells - These are spells that heal the casters life/hitpoints (HP) Healing SP spells - These are spells that heal the casters skill points (SP) Buffing skills - A skill that user casts on itself to raise some stats Debuffing skills - A skill the caster casts on enemies to lower some stats Mimicking skills - Use the enemies skills against them Taunts - Enemies you must attack first Death Spawns - Enemies that spawn others upon death Confusing Skills - Enemies that are confused might attack themselves or other monsters - Endless Loot & Treasures - 500+ unique items 12 equipment slots to to fully customize your characters - (Weapon, Shield, Helmet, Chest, Gloves, Legs, Boots, Belt, Bracelet, Necklace, 2x Rings) Randomized drops on all monsters Item rarity color system (Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, Legendary) *Share* all your items with the Account Vault System. - Other Features - Game Center Leaderboard enabled. Indie created game built for the people! 100s of hours of game play between all classes! Autosave feature - Easy to pick up and play at any time! Unlimited character slots so you can try every combination possible. Retro Pixel Art 8Bit sound/music Library system that explains general game, character, skills and combat systems. Fully accessible for the vision impaired using Voice Over. Thanks for taking a look! Download Adventure To Fate FlipCam PRO Normally $0.99. Enjoy unwatermarked version of FlipCam! FlipCam is a fast camera to capture the entire moment with instant front-back shots! And it uses 3D force touch pressure gestures, so you can easily and quickly capture beautiful shots, record videos, create and share PhotoBooth shots (application is still usable by all devices but without the use of force pressure)! Features: - Combine front & back camera shots instantly into one photo - With 3D force pressure capable devices, capture photos & videos using force touch - Easily create PhotoBooth moments - Pick and choose favorite photos from your PhotoBooth moments - Add photo & video filters to your shots - Share on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and many more of your favorite social networks Download FlipCam PRO Vima Normally $1.99. Vima is a GPS based tracking app for people who want to keep track of their biking fitness goals. It is an app aimed at simplicity that allows bikers to keep track of their runs easily without a lot of unnecessary stuff getting in the way. APPLE WATCH Easily start, pause, resume, and save a ride without ever getting your phone out of your pocket. Check your distance, speed, time, and altitude from your Apple Watch in realtime. STATS AND MAPS Vima tracks speed, distance, altitude, and time. It also gives you a map showing where you have been while you are saving a ride. COLOR CODED When viewing saved rides your route shows up on the map color coded by speed. It shows where you went the fastest (green) and where you were slowest (red). VOICE SUMMARY Don't want to look at the screen every few minutes? You can have the app tell you updates on your progress in set distance and/or time intervals. SPLIT TIMES Added splits to the history review page. Choose from 9 different distances and see how each section of your workout went. CALORIES See calories burned. Set your weight in settings and get your calories burned in real time and on the history page after your run. BIKE TRACKING Track the distance on your bike so you know when it's time to do maintenance or replace it before problems happen. PAUSE AND RESUME Pause the workout to catch your breath or chat with a friend and then resume when you get back to it. FACEBOOK & TWITTER Share your workout with your friends on Facebook or Twitter with our easy to use integration. PEBBLE SMARTWATCH Vima connects with your Pebble to show you time, distance, and pace on your wrist without making you get your phone out. UNITS The supports both standard and metric units. If you've read this far, you should definitely give Vima a shot. We think you'll love it, and if there is anything you'd like to see for the app in the future just let us know. We love hearing from our users. Note: Continued use of the GPS will reduce battery life. Download Vima FaceGo Normally $0.99. Would you like to be stronger, faster and hotter? Take a selfie and change your face with FaceGo now! Features: - Swap your face with your friend, your idol or your love! - AND HAVE ENDLESS FUN! - Use photos in camera gallery, Facebook, Instagram, our stock photos or web search. No limitation! Infinite possibilities! - Change faces automatically. Being a famous star could never be so easy! - Share your funniest artistic photo with friends and family! Want to laugh some more? No problem! Get our Face Story App to turn face arts into video. Share to show your friends what an artist you really are. Download FaceGo Tungoo Normally $0.99. Welcome to the exciting new world of Tungoo! Get ready for a truly unique mobile gaming experience. Tungoo's world is a seamless vertical adventure starting from the ground and ending at the edge of space. Eat bubbles to fill up with gas and boost your way up to save Tungoo's friends from their alien abductors. Navigate through Tungoo's world with tilt controls and a multi-touch layout that will keep you honed in on the action. Enjoy lip-smacking good collectibles, high flying boosts, bubble bursting excitement, in-game cash reward challenges, awesome wearable gear with stat improvements, and much more! Explore the world of Tungoo and rise to the occasion to rescue his friends. Features - Unlock over 100 pieces of gear to improve your stats and your look - Over 190 challenges to complete with in-game rewards - Sell what you collect for in-game BugBucks - Take a chance on re-rolling gear for better stats! - Track your stats with the personal stat tracker system - Back up to iCloud and play on another device! - In-App purchases that will get you ahead in the game Download Tungoo Wright Normally $1.99. With Wright, anyone can create beautiful markdown documents and notes. The app features a beautiful and streamlined interface, designed for iOS 9 and the latest devices. Your words are instantly synced to all your iOS devices in real time. Wright has the following features: • Beautiful Markdown Styling • Real time data syncing between your devices • GitHub flavored Markdown (for code snippets) • Organize your work into notebooks. • Clean minimal interface. Whether you are a seasoned writer or a beginner, give Wright a try. We think you'll love it Download Wright Annota Normally $0.99. Annota is a simple, full featured app for saving and organizing notes. Features: Edit notes quicker by swiping left and right with one finger to move the cursor, and two fingers to highlight. Double tap the top bar to toggle a dark theme, intended for easy use at night. Add folders to group notes together. Tap and hold a folder or note to edit the title. Search notes and folders with filters to find what you're looking for in a snap. Tap and hold on the back button to jump all the way back to the "All" page. Download Annota

How to enable the ‘dark mode’ feature hiding in your iPhone browser right now

Apple's iOS 10 software is packed full of new features. In fact, there are so many new features that it's impossible to remember them all, which is why we often publish collections of lesser-known tips and tricks. A perfect example is this collection of 5 iPhone features only power users know about  — we always want to help people get the most out of their smartphones. When iOS 10 was first released as a closed beta last summer during WWDC 2016, developers instantly began picking it apart. In doing so, they stumbled upon a fantastic looking "dark mode" feature hiding inside iOS . The good news is it was there. The bad news, as we all know, is that it wasn't enabled when iOS 10 was finally released in September. Rumors suggest that a new " theater mode " might be introduced in iOS 10.3, but nothing has been confirmed at this point. What you might not know, however, is that there's already a dark mode feature hidden inside your iPhone browser. Night Shift is a nifty new feature Apple introduced in iOS 10 that reduces the amount of blue light emitted by an iPhone or iPad display at night. It theoretically helps users sleep better, but it doesn't do anything to make text more visible in low light situations. For that, you need "dark mode," which switches things up and makes the background black with light colored text. Dark mode is available in many third-party iOS apps and even a handful of first-party apps. Sadly, however, there's no system-wide dark mode feature for the time being. That said, there's actually a special dark mode in Safari that most people don't know about, and it'll let you read just about any article on the web in light text on a black background. Here's how to enable it: 1) First, load any article in Safari (if you're reading this Safari on an iPhone or iPad, you're good to go). 2) Tap the reader mode icon in the left corner of the URL bar. You'll then see something that looks like this: 3) Tap the "aA" icon in the right corner of the URL bar and you'll get a drop down menu that looks like this: 4) Tap the black circle all the way to the right in the top row of the drop down menu. Presto — you've just enabled dark mode in Safari: Here's what your screen will look like once you start scrolling around: In-line pictures will still display normally, but the rest of the page will be dark, as pictured above. It's not the system-wide dark mode we've all been waiting for, but people spend a tremendous amount of time reading in Safari, so this should be a big improvement at night.

A rare chance to save big on Amazon’s hottest Kindle bundle

During the holidays, Kindle sales are a dime a dozen. Why? Because Amazon's popular eBook readers make fantastic gifts. Outside of the holidays though, Kindle deals can be few and far between — especially when it comes to Amazon's hottest kindle bundle. The Kindle Essentials Bundle includes a 6-inch Kindle eReader, a black Amazon Cover for Kindle, and a 5W power adapter for faster charging. Separately, those three items cost $130, but Amazon typically sells them for $115. But right now, while supplies last, the Kindle Essentials Bundle is on sale for just $94.97 if you use the promo code KINDLEBUNDLE at checkout. That's an extra $20 off, and it's the best price you'll find on this hot bundle for quite some time. Some key details from the product page: Includes the latest Kindle 6" E-Reader with Special Offers ($79.99), Amazon Cover for Kindle ($29.99), and Amazon 5W Power Adapter ($19.99) Easy on your eyes-touchscreen display reads like real paper No screen glare, even in bright sunlight, unlike tablets Single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours Get lost in your story with no alerts or notifications Holds thousands of books-choose from new releases and bestsellers, or from over a million titles at $2.99 or less Try Kindle Unlimited free for 30 days-includes over 1 million titles Here are the terms and conditions for this deal: This is a limited time offer. Offer only applies to products sold by Amazon Digital Services, LLC. Offer does not apply to digital content. Offer good while supplies last. Shipping charges and taxes may apply to discounted and free promotional items. Items must be purchased in a single order and shipped at the same speed to a single address. Offer limited to one per customer and account. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold. Offer discount will be allocated proportionally among all promotional items in your order. If any of the products related to this offer are returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product, subject to applicable refund policies. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid. Unless an Amazon Gift Card is the stated benefit of the promotion, promotional codes (including those placed directly in accounts) may not be redeemed for Amazon Gift Cards. This limited-time sale price is good through the end of the day on January 22, or until supplies run out.

$40 device doubles the storage of your 32GB iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

There’s no shame in wanting to save some cash when buying a new iPhone. After all, $649 for an iPhone 7 and $679 for an iPhone 7 Plus is already a very tall order. But now that you’ve spent some time with your new iPhone, you have a bit of buyer’s remorse. That’s right, even with twice as much space, the "not enough storage" error often rears its ugly head on Apple’s upgraded entry-level iPhones. It’s frustrating indeed, but there’s a device that can can help and it’s much cheaper than the $100 you would have spent for the next iPhone model up. Check out the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive . Some highlights from the Amazon product page: Free up space on your iPhone by moving photos and videos to your iXpand flash Automatically back up photos and videos from your camera Automatically back up your contacts Watch popular video on your iPhone or iPad Designed with a flexible connector to fit through most iPhone cases High-speed USB 3.0 transfer to and from your computer Secure file storage across your computer, iPhone and iPad Videos automatically saved to the drive if captured from within the iXpand Drive app

8 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

You did it! You survived another week! There's no better way than to celebrate the end of yet another long week than by downloading a bunch of hot premium iPhone and iPad apps that are all on sale for free. Today's list includes a bunch of nifty apps that span a range of categories, and the highlight is likely a very cool app that lets you automate tasks on your iPhone. Check them all out below. 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. Actions Normally $1.99. The Actions app allows you to automate monotonous tasks on your iOS device. Simply create an action of your choice (i.e.: text message), customise the action settings and tap save. Just like that, you'll have a one tap action to send a message, view the news and much more. Stop wasting time switching between apps, use the Actions app and automate the task at hand. Key features: - Lots of different action types to choose from, including email, text, local weather reports and much more. - Quick access from spotlight: All actions are saved as search results, simply search for the action of your choice and tap to go. - Quick access iMessage app: Run your favourite actions within any of your message conversations. Use template messages, share the latest news, convert currencies, find/share places of interest near by and more, all within the iMessage app. - Quick access widget: Add up to three of your favourite actions, to the app widget for one tap access from the notification centre. - Action notifications: Set action reminders at a particular date/time or location of your choice. - Third party app support: Create actions for your favourite iOS applications. Download Actions Guardify Pro Normally $9.99. Fed up of forgetting passwords? Feeling overwhelmed with different locks and codes? Well here’s your solution! Secure, Convenient, Easy to use. These are the expressions that describes Guardify and its ability to store all your confidential information and important files in one place, behind one password! This is how Guardify helps you: • Secure all your passwords, documents, photos and other files easily • Sync across Apple devices • Simple, hassle free user interface • Only remember one password to log into Guardify • Only YOU can decrypt and access all your data • Customizable password generator • Folders, to organise and categorise • Tap a field to copy it instantly to clipboard • Search bar • Favourites • No ads • Auto-lock when screen turns off, or app exits • Self-destruct if too many incorrect entry attempts • Retrieval of passwords from our secure online storage service if you lose your phone • SSL transmission and AES-256 bit MILITARY GRADE encryption to keep your data safe Download Guardify Pro Rocket Video Cast for Roku Normally $0.99. Unleash your Roku device with Roku Rocket Video Cast. With Roku Rocket you can browse the web and stream any web video on your Roku attached TV, and you can even store those videos and cast them later. The app currently works with following: Roku 4, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku 3, Roku HD (2500) or Roku LT (2400+2450) Player! [Roku 1 and 2 not supported] Rocket is also a fully featured file manager that allows you to store files to your iOS device. You can then view/play the stored files right on your device offline or transfer them to your computer, and of course you can cast your stored videos to your big screen. Additional Features: - Cast videos from all major streaming video sites - Cast from major file sharing sites - Full featured web browser - Start screen with the most frequent visited history entry's - Open saved tabs on startup - Real-time search in your browsing history, bookmarks and tabs - Search engine integration in the Address bar - Share URL's via Twitter, Mail - Search in the website - Passcode protected - HTTP Server to transfer files in and out of the app - Download Manager - FIle Manager to organize your files in folders etc. - Address bar search engine options (Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, StartPage can be changed App Settings > Search Engine) - (NEW!)Multi format video/audio player allows you to play almost any video and audio format without leaving the app (wmv, mpeg, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, 3gp, sf, avi, divx, dv, gxf, m2p, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, moov, mov, mp4, mpg, mpv, mt2s, mts, mxf, ogm, ogv, ps, qt, ts, vob, webm, wm, mp3, m4a, wma). - (NEW!) Extract audio from mp4 files (convert to mp3) - (NEW!) File Manager - create folders/organize/move files/etc. ..and lots lots more. Supported format for Roku include mp4, m4v, m3u8, hls, and live streams are supported. IMPORTANT NOTES, PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASING: This app currently does NOT support Flash, Silverlight and iTunes purchased movies and other DRM protected videos like HBO now, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Instant Videos. This app is not affiliated with Roku or one of its products and produced independently. Download Rocket Video Cast for Roku Yumget Normally $1.99. Yumget is a visual photo food diary. It includes a calorie counter and nutrient analysis to help you to perform at your best. A food diary has been proven to be very effective in helping you lose weight and improve your general wellness. Yumget allows you store and input your meal nutritional content into HealthKit. Here is how Yumget works: Take a photo of your meal, and then indicate which ingredients are included in your meal. The app will count the number of calories, vitamins, and essential minerals that are included in your meal. Features: - Easiest way to keep a food diary. It's the simplest app to use. - Built-in sharing and following friends within the application. - Count the number of calories, minerals and vitamins per meal. - Visual calendar of all past meals - Database with up to 100,000 common ingredients with new items added everyday. - Access your account on multiple devices With Yumget you need to create an account with either your email or Facebook. This is necessary since you can save your data for further analysis on different devices or through the web interface. Download Yumget Commander Compass Normally $3.99. Commander Compass is an essential GPS toolkit for outdoors and off-road navigation. Packed with tools it serves as a hi-tech compass with maps, gyrocompass, GPS receiver, waypoint tracker, speedometer, altimeter, Sun, Moon and star finder, gyro horizon, and coordinate converter. It saves your custom places and waypoints, navigates precisely to them later, shows them on maps, displays detailed GPS info, measures distances, angles, and does a lot more. COMPASS & GYROCOMPASS Accuracy improvement techniques, special compass modes and calibration methods available in Commander Compass only make it a real instrument – the most advanced and accurate digital compass. FINDER, TRACKER & NAVIGATION Commander Compass operates in 3D to show real-time object positions, info and directions to them overlaid over maps or a simple background. Save current position, add points from maps, manually enter location coordinates and bearings, add stars by hand or use a built-in star catalogue. Find saved places and objects later simply by following directional arrows. Commander Compass tracks multiple targets simultaneously and shows their info – distance, direction, azimuth, elevation and estimated time of arrival. Copy, paste and share locations, coordinates and map links using many supported formats. GPS, SPEEDOMETER & ALTIMETER Find and track your location and get detailed real-time GPS data – coordinates in dozens of formats, altitude, course, current, maximum and vertical speed, using imperial, metric, nautical and surveying units. MAPS See your and targets’ positions on maps using different map styles and alternative map providers – plan waypoints and measure distances. NAVIGATE BY STARS Track positions of stars, Sun and Moon with arc second precision – use them as a reference to calibrate compass for maximum accuracy. DEMO & HELP Videos: http://j.mp/compass_vids Manuals: http://j.mp/compass_help Download Commander Compass Dolist Normally $24.99. Narrow your focus, achieve balance Complexity is too many things on your mind at once. Dolist serves up only the most important task the very moment that you need to think of it. Not everything else. That’s it. Prioritize across all of your lists You have many lists in many places. Organizing a single list is simple, but among many it’s almost impossible. Rather if it’s your 9-5 or your family vacation, Dolist, sets priorities based on deadlines and where you are right now. That’s smarts. Capture what’s on your mind In the future, we’ll write emails with in our thoughts. Today, we write lists with Dolist. Tell Alexa, Siri, your smart car, or possibility your fridge, to add tasks from the summit, the sea, your desk or the shower. Free your mind to get more done. That’s you. With Dolist, you can: • Capture tasks quickly and effectively • Seamlessly plan your day by comparing tasks against each other • Add task details seamlessly by following the prompts in the Plan tab • Review your daily productivity over the past seven days Download Dolist HyperVideo Editor Normally $9.99. Ultra high speed video editor. Edit your videos to perfection and share in your favorite social media platforms. Features: - Slowmo/Speedup - Borders - Filters - Text - Music - Blur - Emojis - Stickers - Much more! Send us your feedback and we will continue to improve the app! Download HyperVideo Editor Rap Studio 2 Normally $2.99. The greatest rappers in the world used the greatest beats and the closest mic to make history! It's your turn Download Rap Studio 2. Get started on your mark in history. **Beats format: intro/verse/hook/verse/hook/shortVerse/hook/hook **Mastered Beats! **48+ vocal tracks! **Import your own beats from email or other audio apps! (mp3, wave and aiff files are compatible. Choose Open In Rap Studio 2) **Bounce & Share Everywhere **Unlimited Songs **Track Automations **Mix & Pan vocal stacks **Exclusive Studio Community: see how you stack up against the best around the world using Rap Studio 2. Listen to others and share you songs on the Studio Community within the app. Download Rap Studio 2

The best way to put Alexa in every room of your house

CES 2017 wrapped up last week and while there was plenty to talk about at the event, there’s no question that Amazon Alexa was the star of the show. Third-party companies are integrating Alexa into anything and everything they can, from cars and refrigerators to phones and of course speakers. We definitely saw a lot of great Alexa-enabled gadgets unveiled in Las Vegas this year, but if you want hands-free access to Amazon’s voice controlled assistant in every room of your house, there’s still only one gadget that has you covered better than all the rest: Amazon’s Echo Dot . Some highlights from the product page: Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled computer Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino's, and more Amazon Echo is not required to use Echo Dot

Not all of Steve Jobs’s iPhone ideas were revolutionary

Pundits keep asking themselves what Steve Jobs would do every time Apple makes a questionable move. But not everything Apple’s visionary leader imagined about the iPhone actually made it into the final product — and that’s really a very good thing, because the iPhone that we know and love may have had an entirely different look and software experience. After a couple of videos leaks showed us alleged prototypes of the original iPhone, running competing UI designs, former iPod guru Tony Fadell, who actually worked on the first iPhone while at Apple, revealed some of the things that happened during development. That includes some of peculiar requests Jobs had for the engineering teams that were working on the product. After Sonny Dickson had released a couple of videos showing an original iPhone design based on the iPhone, Fadell reached out to The Verge to comment on the clips. The former Apple exec said that everyone involved with the iPhone project worked together and that there were not two competing designs, as Dickson had reported. “It was a competing set of ideas, not teams, and we were all working on it,” he said. Fadell also revealed that, while the user interfaces in the video seem to be accurate, they never ran on iPhone prototypes. Instead, they were running on Macs without access to the hardware. It’s unclear who ported the UIs to the iPhones in the video, Fadell said. “Someone, somewhere ported that thing, and that's why it's shown side by side,” he said. “It was never, we never had anything like that at Apple when we were making decisions.” He also revealed some of the things Jobs wanted for the iPhone that could have changed the phone forever. “A lot of us saw very early on that you couldn't make the click wheel work for dialing a phone really quickly,” the exec recalled. “So we’d say, ‘Steve, we don't want to spend time on this.’ And Steve would go, ‘No, I want you to do it. Go and do it. You have to try it. Try.’” The problem with the iPod phone design is that you could do almost anything with the click wheel on it, except for quickly dialing a phone number. That device had a physical click wheel, not a digital one like the one in the video. The UI from the video was actually intended for an iPod that would feature a bigger screen in the same compact body. “We tried everything,” Fadell said about the project. “We tried having little buttons on the click wheel so you could click. There was a Nokia phone where they had a circular pattern for the numbers, in hard buttons, and Steve was like ‘Go make that work.’ So we tried that.” At Jobs’s request, the engineers tried to come up with an iPod phone that would have resembled the Nokia phone in the image above, and they worked on it for about 10 weeks before giving up. Jobs was equally adamant on the iPhone having a virtual keyboard — which was a great idea — even though not everybody working on the project was convinced of its utility. "No, we're going to make this keyboard work, on the glass,” Jobs would tell them. Fadell also revealed that Jobs wanted to make the switch from ARM chips to Intel after the iPhone became a success. Thankfully, that never happened, and Apple ended up creating a series of class-leading ARM chips that currently have no equal in the mobile business . On top of what Fadell revealed in the interview, it’s well documented that Jobs opposed the idea of developers creating apps for the iPhone. He was finally convinced that Apple should open iOS to third-party apps, which proved to be a great decision for Apple, for developers, and for users.

There’s finally a box that lets you control any TV with Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa is taking over the world, and you don't even need an Amazon device to use Alexa anymore. Just recently we showed you 5 hot Alexa-enabled devices that aren’t made by Amazon , and now we've got another great gadget to add to the list. The Blumoo Smart Control is a tiny little box that turns your Android device, iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch into a universal remote that can control anything and everything in your home that uses a remote. But it gets even better — combine the Blumoo with an Amazon Echo , Echo Dot or another similar device and you can use Alexa voice commands to control your TV! Some key notes from the Amazon product page: Replaces your pile of remotes with your iOS or Android device - supports multiple users Customize for your family – add/remove buttons, create activities, set favorites Compatible with the Amazon Echo to control all your equipment with your voice (REQUIRES iOS BLUMOO APP) Complete control for over 250,000 different brands and models of TV's, set-top boxes, receivers, sound bars, DVD/Blu-ray, streaming players, and much more

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

We shared a great collection of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free with you on Wednesday, and several of the apps on that list are still free downloads right now. Of course for Thursday, we've got a fresh new batch of premium apps on sale, and you'll find them all laid out below. 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. Don't buy Normally $1.99. * * * Don't buy App * * * Let's record the products or services which you dislike. Save Barcodes and Search by Barcode. Don't buy this again. Download Don't buy Extreme Week Calendar Normally $1.99. Light version of the popular Extreme Agenda organizer app. It gives you a 7 day week view and inline day view to add great features not found in the default calendar. Use it as a great week calendar, or as a trial to see the quality of our advanced Extreme Calendar and Extreme Agenda solutions. Once you are ready you can easily upgrade to the more advanced products from within the app. Features Include: Great Calendaring • Powerful Week and Timeline Day with inline editing. • Uses and expands on your native calendar data. • Sync like you would with the default calendar(Google, iCloud, Exchange). • Advanced repeating event options. • Move/Copy Events • Event Templates • Email Events • Show events on Facebook • Military time, ISO week, and week start options. • Uses time bars and icons to keep you informed at a glance • Filter events based on iCal calendars. • Almost 200 professional icons to mark your events Power and Flexibility • Universal Support • TextExpander Support • Portrait and Landscape Support. • Retina Display Support. • Background and color theme choices. • Help System • Easily upgraded to Extreme Calendar or Extreme Agenda Planner --------------------------------------- InApp Purchase When you are ready to upgrade just pay the difference and your Extreme Week can become Extreme Calendar or Extreme Agenda. Extreme Calendar adds Year, Month, and Agenda List views to make the calendar even more powerful. And upgrading to Extreme Agenda adds advanced contact, task, note, and list views along with search, private filtering, a status coloring choice, and 800+ more icons. And it adds categories for coloring, icons, and advanced filtering. Otherwise if you want it all now, look for 'Extreme Agenda' in the AppStore. Download Extreme Week Calendar MyTracks Normally $1.99. Now record GPS tracks, monitor your performance, share your outdoor activities with friends! MyTracks is a professional app for getting GPS data when you are going out (eg. Walking, jogging, driving, bicycling and etc). It’s such a technical solution application based on its high precision instruments. Users can easily track their moving status in terms of Compass, Elapsed Time, Distance, Pace, Latitude, Longitude, Altimeter, Barometer, Course, Speed and GPS Signal power. MyTracks takes the data from the GPS sensor and uses it to determine all of the different statistics to track, including geographic data and velocity calculations. These instruments have been calibrated specially for walking, jogging, driving and bicycling, and you will never miss any valuable information as you want. Application Adaptive: ▪ Great for sking, running, walking, biking, and hiking to track your route! ▪ Great for photographers who need to track location data for their pictures! ▪ Great for hunters and fishermen who need to store specific locations! Main Features: ⊹ Ultra high precision instruments ⊹ Calibration made for walking, jogging, hiking, driving and bicycling ⊹ Accurate speed calculations ⊹ Tracking record, showing tracks on different maps ⊹ Statistic GPS information, sharing track data by csv, nmea, gpx, kml, kmz format ⊹ Able to edit the track and track point nicely, store tracks information for further using ⊹ Able to upload csv, gpx, kml format routines. ⊹ Export tracks by email. (check gps.db and fav.db from attachement.) ⊹ Import tracks by MyTracks local wifi or iTunes Document Sharing, or files. ⊹ Support Barometer data collecting. Instruments: ▪ Compass ▪ Elapsed Time ▪ Distance ▪ Pace ▪ Latitude ▪ Longitude ▪ Altimeter ▪ Course ▪ Speed ▪ Barometer ▪ GPS Signal power ▪ Speed dashboard ▪ TRACK CSV, NMEA, GPX, KML format ▪ TRACK KML for Google Earth Give MyTracks a whirl and see how it works for you. For those of you who already use it, what do you think? What do you like about it, or dislike about it? Do you prefer another app over it? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments! Download MyTracks Dogo Normally $1.99. Your dog is an active animal and needs plenty of exercise, not only physical but also mental stimulation. What makes dogs man's best friends? It is their ability to understand us and communicate with us. There are dogs who can learn more than a few hundred words and most dogs' intelligence is not yet appreciated at its fullest. Unlock this intelligence and improve your communication with DOGO. DOGO app offers daily trainings for you and your dog. The programme is based on positive clicker training, where you encourage your dog to learn new tricks by praising him with treats. The app offers daily trainings, based on a model where you repeat and improve the tricks that you already know and learn new ones. The more advanced commands are subdivided into levels, so the learning process is kept smooth. Every trick has a description, that is divided into little illustrated steps, that guide you as a trainer. Problems? There is always experts that you can consult directly, who would try to help and identify why you and your dog are struggling. There is a Clicker built in App, that you can use during the training. The app offers daily reminders, more than 20 different Tricks and Awards. You can customise your dog's profile and track your progress points and awards for every level. The application is available in English and Lithuanian languages. Strengthen your friendship with DOGO. Download Dogo Beautiful Go Normally $1.99. Beautiful Go has one goal. Capture the beauty of the Go board in a digital medium. - 19x19, 13x13, 9x9, and 5x5 unconstrained Go boards. - Great for independent study or casual pass and play games. - No In App Purchases. - No ads. - No internet connection needed to play. Download Beautiful Go Warp Shift Normally $2.99. Warp Shift is a unique puzzle game set in a mysterious world. AppSpy says that it "is well-balanced and gorgeous to look at and filled to the brim with innovative twists and new ideas.” # # # THE MEDIA LOVES WARP SHIFT # # # ► “Warp Shift certainly sits in the same bracket as Monument Valley.” (PocketGamer) ► “Warp Shift is a leap ahead of any puzzle game we’ve ever reviewed.” (Edamame Reviews) ► “It is well-balanced and gorgeous to look at and filled to the brim with innovative twists and new ideas.” (AppSpy) ► “A mobile game that fans of Monument Valley will enjoy.” (Golem) ► “Warp Shift is genuinely refreshing.” (Gamezebo) ► “Warp Shift is more of an adventure than a standard puzzle app.” (Common Sense Media) ► “Warp Shift is absolutely gorgeous.” (AppAdvice) ► “A must for anyone who likes their games equal parts relaxing and taxing.” (TapSmart) # # # AN AUDIO-VISUAL VOYAGE THROUGH TIME AND SPACE # # # Warp Shift is a unique puzzle game set in a mysterious world. It takes you on a marvelous journey that challenges your mind and stimulates your senses. Experience beautiful visuals, challenging puzzles and intriguing sound design. Guide the little girl Pi and her magical companion through the maze-like confines of the enigmatic ancient chamber that keeps them trapped. Think ahead and alter your surroundings wisely to usher Pi back home – one swipe after another. Embark on an audio-visual voyage through time and space, never knowing where your next step will lead you. # # # MIND-BOGGLING FEATURES # # # • A work of art: Enjoy a mesmerizing game that stimulates your eyes, ears and brains • How to get out?: Traverse maze-like environments that change at your fingertip • A unique kind of puzzler: Alter your surroundings to open new ways • From one realm to another: Explore 6 unique worlds with 15 levels each • Easy of access: Reach your destination via taps and swipes • No stress or hurry: Play to relax, escape and clear your mind # # # JOURNEY ONWARDS… # # # • Deep Silver FISHLABS website: http://www.dsfishlabs.com/ • ISBIT Games website: http://isbitgames.com/ # # # COSTS & REQUIREMENTS # # # Warp Shift requires at least iOS 8 and runs on iPhone 4s (or higher), iPad 2 (or higher) and iPod touch 5G. The app contains in-app purchases. If you do not want to use them, you can disable them in your device’s settings. Download Warp Shift Spending Tracker Normally $1.99. If you are looking for the best personal finance application, this is the app for you! SpendingTrackerLog helps you to track your income and spendings. You can add transactions under different categories, such as income, food, shopping. Summaries for today/week/month/year are displayed right at home page. You can view detailed report for each month in beautiful graphs and find transaction easily through search. Try it yourself to see more features! Features: - Add multiple accounts - Add multiple payees - Add income/expense transactions under different category - Add customize income/expense category name - Add transactions quickly - Instant summary for today/week/month/year - View history records and compare them - iCloud sync - Passcode lock - Export through email - Separate graph report for income or expense alone - Search for transaction by Category, Payee, Between two dates or any of them - Intuitive UI, easy to use Multiple data export: - Monthly transaction history - Monthly transaction history for each category - All transactions for each account - All transactions for each member - Transactions under custom search conditions - Two date ranges between the transaction records Download Spending Tracker Send Signs Normally $1.99. Learn fingerspelling and have fun! Compete with a conversation partner through iMessages. Your improvements are graphically depicted and both partners will even have a score. Learn fingerspelling (ASL) anywhere with sending messages back and forth! One person acts as the starter, sending either a sign or letter. The receiver has to pick the correct counterpart. The sender can rate or auto-rate the choice. Finally both will obtain points which will be added to a score. Download Send Signs Sums Up Normally $2.99. It adds numbers in your text. If you already have a note containing numbers, copy and paste it to Sums Up and it will show you the total. Positive numbers are shown in blue and negative in red. The app only adds, but subtraction can be done by using negative numbers. When done, you can copy the note and the total to your clipboard. Download Sums Up AllStarSlams Normally $2.99. Feel what it is like to live above the rim in this zany slam dunk game. - Twist and flip towards the rim from all over the court and then explode into the arena, collecting points for rag-doll physics along the way. - Place and stack objects as high as possible, then jump over them and crush a dunk. - Increase your dunk bonus to jump to ridiculous heights. - Master your trick timing to create massive combos and shatter the backboard. - Easily create exciting and dynamic replays to share with friends from within the app and prove you are an AllStar. Download AllStarSlams Klickr Normally $0.99. It is easy to lose track when counting while doing something else. I'm sure you have experienced that before! So that is why we came up with Klickr. An easy App so that you don't have to worry about the numbers and just concentrate on the more important things in life. The first app to integrate your well known tally counter into your new, loved apple watch! Download Klickr

Adobe’s AI editor could make anyone a Photoshop pro

Adobe Photoshop is a ridiculously powerful GIF maker/photo editor, if you have a thousand hours to invest in online tutorials. While Photoshop professionals might not like it, Adobe obviously wants to make Photoshop as noob-friendly as possible -- and that doesn't just mean more magic Auto-Fill features. Adobe Research's newest project is a voice-based digital assistant that will automatically complete photo editing tasks for you. The appeal is obvious: rather than having to understand the difference between Magic Wand and Quick Select, you just tell Photoshop you'd like your teeth to become whiter, and it happens. https://youtu.be/e6TccXFBY5g The demo shows the voice assistant performing basic tasks like cropping and rotating on an iPad. Simple tasks like that are the most obvious and easy application for this tech, which means that desktop Photoshop's million menus aren't going anywhere fast. But it's also a good look at where Photoshop is going next. For years, Adobe's biggest improvements in Photoshop have been in computer algorithms that can automate tasks. Things like Auto-Fill and Auto-Move have replaced a lot of the clone stamping and selection tools of old Photoshopping. But that's all automating tools; what Adobe is hinting at here is automating the entire process.  

Hackers cram Famicom Mini inside a Game Boy, and you’re going to want one

The NES Classic Edition might be the hottest Nintendo gadget in years but over in Japan they don't really care. That's because the NES as we know it doesn't exist in the Japanese market. Instead, Japanese gamers got the Famicom, which is essentially an NES in a red and gold body, and since the company is feeling all nostalgic recently they also produced a tiny version of the console for release alongside the NES Classic. It's called the Famicom Mini, and even though it's awesome all on its own, some inventive hackers decided to make it portable by cramming the guts into the body of a classic Game Boy. The result is absolutely awesome. In a blog post on their site explaining how they pulled off the impressive feat, the modders known as Kei Studio give a thorough rundown of all the parts they used to make the conversion happen. For starters they nabbed a red original Game Boy, a 3.5-inch color LCD screen, HDMI downscaler, multiple rechargeable batteries and various other small components. Then, with the Famicom Mini torn apart, they began the process of disassembling, reassembling, and testing how all the parts would work together. Eventually they were able to piece together a working Mini board that could fit inside the Game Boy case, along with the controller board and buttons. Not satisfied with the already impressive accomplishment of making the hacked hardware functional, Kei Studio decided to give the Game Boy a Famicom makeover of its own, complete with gold trim and custom "Famicom Pocket" branding. The team made a pair of the devices, and with a special link cable they can actually play two-player games as well. The handhelds provide roughly two and a half hours of playtime on a single charge. That may not be enough for a Mario marathon, but it'll definitely help pass the time on the subway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3tYZUblBmM

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Another day, another patch of white hot paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. We've got 10 fresh apps for Apple fans today, and they span all different genres. As always, these sales could end at any time so be sure to check out the list below as soon as you can. 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. Rocket Video for Google Cast Normally $1.99. Unleash your Chromecast with Rocket Video Cast. With Rocket you can browse the web and stream any web video on your Chromecast attached TV, and you can even store those videos and cast them later. Rocket is also a fully featured file manager that allows you to store files to your iOS device. You can then view/play the stored files right on your device offline or transfer them to your computer, and of course you can cast your stored videos to your big screen. Features: - Cast videos from all major streaming video sites - Cast from major file sharing sites - Full featured web browser - Start screen with the most frequent visited history entry's - Open saved tabs on startup - Real-time search in your browsing history, bookmarks and tabs - Search engine integration in the Address bar - Share URL's via Twitter, Mail - Search in the website - Passcode protected - FTP Server to transfer files in and out of the app - Download Manager - FIle Manager to organize your files in folders etc. - Playlists and background audio - Address bar search engine options (Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, StartPage can be changed App Settings > Search Engine) - Multi format video/audio player allows you to play almost any video and audio format without leaving the app (wmv, mpeg, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, 3gp, sf, avi, divx, dv, gxf, m2p, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, moov, mov, mp4, mpg, mpv, mt2s, mts, mxf, ogm, ogv, ps, qt, ts, vob, webm, wm, mp3, m4a, wma). - Extract audio from mp4 files (convert to mp3) - File Manager - create folders/organize/move files/etc. ..and lots lots more. - (NEW!) Import videos from Camera Roll - (NEW!) Cast your Rocket playlist for files in the app - (NEW!) Download m3u8 Supported format for Chromecast include mp4, m4v, m3u8, hls, and live streams are supported. IMPORTANT NOTES, PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASING: Flash video, iTunes purchased videos, Silverlight and other DRM protected videos like Amazon Instant Videos, HBO now, Hulu, Netflix are not supported! This app is not affiliated with Google or one of its products or trademarks and is developed independently. Download Rocket Video for Google Cast Favourite Contacts Launcher Normally $0.99. With Favourite Contacts Launcher, call like a Boss. !! Swipe right from lock screen, and tap to call. So, easy it is!!! Call and text your favorite contacts directly from the Widgets screen! also called as Today extension. This Widget support calling, message, WhatsApp, Telegram, email, FaceTime and FaceTime audio also. You can also organize contacts in groups (e.g. Family, Friends, Work) and access them directly from the widgets. This is an app with a powerful widget that will dramatically improve everyday use of your iPhone. While currently contacting your friends can be an annoyingly long process because you must open apps and search through contact after contact. But with Favourites Contacts Launcher just swipe right from the lock screen, home screen, or pull down the widgets screen from within any app and get immediate access to your favorites. Features: ● Call & Text from the Notification Centre ● Group contacts as family, friends, work and etc. ● Add unlimited contacts to different groups available ● Call & Message, WhatsApp, Telegram, Email ● FaceTime & FaceTime Audio ● Works on iPhone 5 / 5s, 6 / 6s/ 6s+, 7 / 7+ with IOS 8 and above. Much more coming in the next updates. So, Stay tuned!! Download Favourite Contacts Launcher Audio spectrum analyzer Normally $3.99. 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Video: The iPhone revolution started with two horrendous prototypes

The iPhone turned 10 this week, although the phone was in development more than two years before Steve Jobs felt comfortable enough with the product to actually announce it. A video last week showed us an original iPhone prototype that ran iPod-based software complete with a digital click wheel. Thankfully, that idea was killed during the iPhone’s early days of development... but that doesn’t mean its alternative at the time looked any better. Sonny Dickson, the same Apple insider who uncovered that iPod-based iPhone and who’s been a constant source of iPhone leaks over the years, shared a new video on YouTube that shows two original iPhone prototypes. The P1 and P2 came from two Apple teams that were competing for Steve Jobs’s attention. The P1 project was Tony Fadell’s, who was the iPod guru inside Apple at the time. Fadell confirmed that Apple considered an iPod-based UI for the original iPhone, but that idea was killed. Scott Forstall, who ended up winning the battle against Fadell and went on to create and develop iPhoneOS and then iOS for many years, lead the P2 project. These iPhones “are the earliest stage of real prototyping, they hardly ever get out of Apple, and are the hardest devices to find,” Dickson explains . “They often make hundreds of small little iterations but rarely have finished materials on them. These iPhones, being P devices, have plastic screens, raw bezels, and unfinished home buttons, and do not usually function as complete finished projects. Think of them as Apple’s proofs of concept.” As seen in the video at the end of this post, the P2 isn’t a better alternative to the P1, but it’s definitely what you’d expect it to be. It’s a very early version of the software, and the UI is terrible. However, it’s pretty clear that the P2 was based on a different concept, having individual icons the user could interact with. "The P2 loads octopus whereas the P1 has the iPod classic logo,” Dickson writes. “The P2 takes a significantly longer to load because it actually has a real OS, whereas the P1 takes much less time since the OS is slimmer. These P unit prototypes are so early in the development process that they rely on a custom process to be turned off, and can only be powered down during a certain step of the boot process." Check out the video below to see these original iPhone prototypes in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eJZH-nkKP8

Relive the moment people realized the iPhone was going to change everything

They say hindsight is 20/20, but that's not always true. Over time, people forget things no matter how important or monumental they were when they first happened. In same cases, this forgetfulness leads to history repeating itself. But in the case of big technological breakthroughs, forgetting is often a good thing. Why? Because when something is a breakthrough in consumer technology, over time it becomes second nature. It becomes ubiquitous and as years pass, we forget how revolutionary these changes were because they fade into the background as just another part of our daily lives. Since Monday was the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone's unveiling, people across the internet have been reminiscing about the Macworld keynote that would change the smartphone industry forever. You can watch Steve Jobs's entire keynote in our post from yesterday , but there was one moment in particular that we wanted to draw your attention to. From Svbtle founder Dustin Curtis's blog : One of the most awe-inspiring moments of my life occurred on the morning of January 9th, 2007 as I was watching Steve Jobs introduce the original iPhone. The moment fundamentally changed the way I think about technology, and I still often think about it when putting new things into perspective. No, it wasn’t the moment Jobs introduced the phone itself. It wasn’t when he revealed what it looked like. It wasn’t even when he initially showed off the software. The moment of awe occurred when he placed his finger on the screen and flicked it upward. Curtis most certainly isn't alone here. These days it's easy to take for granted how natural it is to interact with a touchscreen device. In fact, many people reading this have never experienced anything other than the touch experiences afforded by modern iOS, Android and Windows devices. But the original iPhone is the sole reason that the interfaces on these devices is so smooth. There were plenty of touchscreens before Apple's iPhone, but they typically features resistive touch technology and needed styluses to function well. What's more, none of these devices offered smooth kinetic scrolling or an interface that sticks to your finger as you manipulate it. Bottom line: Touchscreens were a disaster until Apple fixed them. Apple's iPhone and iPad still feature the best touch experience in the business, even to this day. In fact, it wasn't until just a few years ago that Google and its vendor partners finally managed to smooth things out to the point where Android doesn't (often) stutter while scrolling through large pages with a lot of text. Steve Jobs's Macworld 2007 keynote is embedded below, and the moment Curtis describes above takes place just after the 16-minute mark. https://youtu.be/9hUIxyE2Ns8?t=16m4s

How Apple recovered an original iPhone prototype in total secrecy

The most prominent iPhone prototype that Apple ever lost was the iPhone 4 that was forgotten in a bar by an Apple engineer months before its actual launch. But things could have been a lot different if a stranger had found a lost original iPhone prototype that was left in an airplane by Tony Fadell, who was in charge of iPod engineering at the time. The best part of the story is that Fadell mounted up a massive search for the prototype, but the people searching for it didn’t even know what they were looking for. "Steve had expressly told me it was totally top secret. He said he was going to fire anyone who tells the world,” Tony Fadell, who hasn’t been working for Apple since 2010, told BBC in an interview. "I was sweating bullets,” the former Apple exec said, as he was thinking about how he was going to explain to Steve Jobs that he lost an iPhone prototype. Fadell got off a plane, and the iPhone was missing. "I was walking through every scenario thinking about what could happen," he said. "It fell out of my pocket, and it was lodged in between the seats!" According to Fadell, today does not mark the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. It’s the phone’s 12-and-a-half year anniversary of the first iPhone, as development started years before Jobs actually took the stage to unveil it. A few days ago, a prototype iPhone leak indicated that Apple toyed with the idea of having a click wheel iPod-like UI on the iPhone. Fadell somewhat confirmed that to the BBC , saying Apple was considering turning the iPod into an iPhone. "We were turning it into a rotary phone from the sixties," Fadell said. "We were like, 'This doesn’t work! It's too hard to use'." The exec also recalled that elsewhere at Apple, a team of engineers started working on a touchscreen Macintosh computer. “"They had been working on this in secret. It was the size of a ping pong table. Steve showed it to me and said, 'I want to take that and put it on an iPod,’” Fadell said. Fadell’s full interview with the BBC is available at this link .

Everyone on Facebook is going crazy over desiccant packs – here’s how to get them cheap

If you use Facebook with any sort of regularity, you've undoubtedly seen one of the many videos floating around right now about desiccant packs . Hey it's better than fake news, right? Desiccants are those little packets filled with dehumidifying silica gel beads that you often find in packaging with things that are shipped to your house. Why are people so excited about desiccants right now? Because, as these videos illustrate, there are a bunch of great uses for these little packets beyond keeping sneakers dry in transit. You can place them on your car's dash under the windshield to prevent fogging. You can toss a smartphone or any other gadget in a bag of desiccants to dry it after an accidental dunk. You can drop some in with your razor to prevent oxidation and rust. The list goes on and on, and we'll show you where to get these tiny little miracle packets for next to nothing. Here's a video (with some epic background music) that shows off some smart uses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7zYF9VdjYc Here's another video with more ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfatMogJ3gw Want to snag a whole bunch of desiccant packets without having to fish them out of your packages one at a time? Well, you're in luck. Here's a 50-pack of 5-gram desiccant bags for just $11: And here's a 30-pack of 10-gram desiccant bags for the same price: In both cases, you'll find options on those Amazon pages to buy different quantities, so you're covered  if you want a 200-pack of 5-gram desiccant bags or even a 2,000-pack of 10-gram bags .

How to add new games to the NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic Edition has officially been hacked to allow the install of new games, and the mod allows for more than double the number of titles to be played. The hack originally appeared on a Russian forum, and then Reddit, and in the short while since it became known there have been other modders working hard to streamline the process. At present there are two ways to make the modification; either the original, complicated process of modifying the firmware, or the somewhat more suspect option of downloading a do-it-all tool that says it'll do all the hard work for you. Let's do a rundown of both. The long way A Reddit user by the name of Xelonakias took the original instructions from the creator, MadMonkey, and translated them from the native Russian to English. The result is a very wordy, very complicated, but extremely thorough guide. Remember, doing this could result in the bricking of your NES Classic and completely ruining an already great gadget. Proceed at your own risk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA5fPTkEWCs Here's the entire guide, with some additional notes and tweaks for the sake of clarity:   Files required: https://yadi.sk/d/IZtiQxK337RtiM Programs used: Zadig - Driver for Windows (INFA about FEL / USBBoot ). http://zadig.akeo.ie/ nesromtool - program for remaking the games in the desired format. https://www.dropbox.com/s/3t3wrkhw26shro0/nesromtool.zip hakchi - The program for the firmware, fill, delete. https://github.com/madmonkey1907/hakchi/releases Attention! : regarding the archive with the software (from MadMonkey) , unzip strictly on drive "C" to have working shortcuts. (Any downloader upwards January 7, please create new folder on the disk, purge old archive and replace shortcuts and uninstall the game download, i.e. restart from scratch) Method : MadMonkey fecsit / ProSharen instruit Kudos to them. All information is presented for informational purposes only! There is a risk to turn your set-top box into a BRICK, DURING FIRMWARE FLASH of the KERNEL! You perform all of the following actions AT YOUR OWN RISK! This method is considered a soft-mod and requires no intervention in the interior of your console. After the actions described below, you will be able to launch any games old and new with the extension .nes on your console. All the below listed actions were performed on the Windows 10 PRO x64 RUS, version 1607, assembly of 14393,576. Version consoles MOD.CLV-001 (USB \ VID_1F3A & PID_EFE8 & REV_02; 3) the serial number starts with CEE1049XXXXX purchased at retail MVideo in Moscow on 30 December 2016. Play Super Mario Bros. There must be a save in the first slot to load the mod ! So, it is better to do it before all actions start . With the save - the console loads in a modified state. No save - loads as usual (30 original games)! Insert a micro usb power cord into the console (DC IN) and connect to your computer via usb on the back wall. On the console we press the RESET button and hold, turn on the POWER button while continuing to hold the RESET button 3 more seconds, then let go. The computer determines the prefix, while the display switching on the console glows red as usual, in the Device Manager it is shown as "Unknown Device" (Unknown Device) without the driver installed. Run the program ZADIG-2.2, see the list of our unknown device (Unknown Device=the NES Mini), select WinUSB driver even if it is not absolutely necessary. Click Install, see the end of the information about the successful installation, close the program, turn off the console button POWER. Repeat steps "2", only this time the "unknown device" (Unknown Device) will have a driver installed, so it can be interfaced with. Run the program hakchi-gui.exe, click the dump uboot, started back up uboot section, the operation lasts for 30 seconds. Ignore the error usb_bulk_recv () ERROR -7: Operation timed out, if your dump is preserved, then everything is OK! " Log dump uboot " uploading fes1.bin ... done uploading uboot.bin ... done sunxi_flash phy_read 43800000 August 6; fastboot_test usb_bulk_recv () ERROR -7: Operation timed out 8ce1857653874e8f0cd3fe68abe1bb4a void Worker :: do_dumpUboot () - OK 8CE1857653874E8F0CD3FE68ABE1BB4A - This should be the MD5 hash sum of your receipt of the file uboot.bin IMPORTANT! Hash MD5 checksum your downloaded uboot file must be b13b538f6b7c86623ceea69c456d4eb5, if different, the boot loader you will have to flash (flash kernel) is risky! {BRICK Possibility here} In my case I got 8ce1857653874e8f0cd3fe68abe1bb4a, but I flashed successfully. Do this at your own risk !!! After the completion of the previous operation, press the dump kernel.img, start to back up kernel.img core system, the operation lasts for 40 seconds. " Log dump kernel " sunxi_flash phy_read 30 20 43800000; fastboot_test usb_bulk_recv () ERROR -7: Operation timed out 07bfb800beba6ef619c29990d14b5158 void Worker :: do_dumpKernel () - OK 07BFB800BEBA6EF619C29990D14B5158 - This should be the MD5 hash sum of your reception of the file kernel.img Your backups are ready in the dump folder. I recommend check and redownload these files a couple of times and verify hash sums received to match, and then store them in a safe place! Prepare to copy the game on our console. Open the folder with the program NES-ROM-TOOL, but do not be in a hurry to start it. We go in the folder, inside the folder is a cfg.desktop file that can be edited through the notebook. This configuration is used by default for each new game, if the game is not provided for separately in the config folder with the game. Create a folder with our new game. For the first time, create only one game! For example, do Darkwing Duck folder into it, we will let down the image with the game Darkwing Duck.nes Now we need a cover for this game, downloaded from the Internet and processed for a smaller file size (I make the size of 800x600 with aspect ratio, obtained somewhere 438x600, and prog as a result of their ratio somewhere else to 140x204). Use Tools for compression of pictures. The resulting image must be renamed, edit the label and fill it in our game folder, the extension must be .jpeg, images. Since the game is reduced to a single player, and the default config file which was written above has a prescribed number of players =1, then more in the game folder, you can not add anything. If it is a game for two, copy cfg.desktop file from the folder in the game folder and change it in the parameter, set Players = 2 Now that you're done, you can run a command line: nesromtool.exe opens and then closes, this is the way it should be! Go to the folder output, there was created a game ready for pouring and its name is now roughly something as CLV-H-CKZEE, CLV-H-****. {See FileNames below } Fill in the game console and sews loader. Open the folder HAKCHI-1.01 and click on the icon Download game !, get into the folder "mod / hakchi / transfer / rootfs / usr / share / games / nes / kachikachi /" In this folder you created portable game CLV-H-CKZEE Again we perform paragraph 2, run the program hakchi-gui.exe and click unpack kernel.img " Log unpack kernel.img " unpack kernel.img BOARD_KERNEL_CMDLINE root = / dev / nandb decrypt ro console = ttyS0,115200 loglevel = 4 ion_cma_512m = 148m ion_cma_1g = 176m ion_carveout_512m = 8m ion_carveout_1g = 150m coherent_pool = 4m consoleblank = 0 BOARD_KERNEL_BASE 40000000 BOARD_NAME BOARD_PAGE_SIZE 2048 BOARD_KERNEL_OFFSET 00008000 BOARD_RAMDISK_OFFSET 01000000 BOARD_TAGS_OFFSET 00000100 void Worker :: do_unpackKernel () - OK After the press rebuild kernel.img " Log rebuild kernel.img " rebuild kernel.img 'Є®ЇЁa®ў ® d © «®ў 21. 826 496 -> 356 668 43.15% linux / arm cryptsetup void Worker :: do_packKernel () - OK Once completed, click memboot " log memboot " memboot uploading fes1.bin ... done uploading uboot.bin ... done boota 43800000 void Worker :: do_memboot () - OK After pouring memboot console will turn off (the red LED lights up and goes out). Turn off the POWER button. IMPORTANT!!! The following operations are only made once. In the future by pouring GAMES TEAM USE ONLY AND REBUILD KERNEL MEMBOOT !!! There is a risk to turn your set-top box into a BRICK !!! Again we are fulfilling paragraph 2 and loaded in FEL mode. Push flash kernel and confirm. The operation lasts 60 seconds. AT THE TIME FIRMWARE DO turn off the power of the prefix !!! After the firmware console restarts, turn off the console POWER button. " Log flash kernel " 'Є®ЇЁa®ў ® d © «®ў 21. uploading fes1.bin ... done uploading uboot.bin ... done sunxi_flash phy_write 30 17 43800000; fastboot_test usb_bulk_recv () ERROR -7: Operation timed out kernel: write ok sunxi_flash phy_read 30 17 43800000; fastboot_test usb_bulk_recv () ERROR -7: Operation timed out kernel: verify ok boota 43800000 void Worker :: do_flashKernel () - OK Start and check the result! And remember, the game Super Mario Bros. A save must be in the first slot to get the mod loaded! This save - loads console in a modified mode. No save - it loads as usual! Further filling and removing games is as follows: Throw everything else, you do not longer need! Download games: Open the folder HAKCHI-1.01 and click on the icon Download game!, Get into the folder "mod / hakchi / transfer / rootfs / usr / share / games / nes / kachikachi /" In this folder we are now taking the newly created folder with a game or more folders with games type CLV-H-XXXXX On the console we press the RESET button and hold, turn on the POWER button while continuing to hold the RESET button 3 more seconds, then let go. The computer determines the prefix, while the display switching on the console glows red as usual. Run the program hakchi-gui.exe, click "rebuld kernel.img", after press "memboot". After serving memboot console will turn off (the red LED lights up and goes out). Turn off the POWER button. Start the console and check that the game appeared. Remove the game from the folder "mod / hakchi / transfer / rootfs / usr / share / games / nes / kachikachi /" pre-remembering their code-name, it will be need to remove individual games from the console. REMOVAL OF GAMES: To remove the added games you need to play in the mod directory / hakchi / transfer / create a transfer file without an extension. The archive with a set of programs he already 1 transfer, thinking how to remove, it should be renamed to transfer, and then delete the game, back in 1 transfer! The file must be spelled out in the removal team. rm -rf $ rootfs / usr / share / games / nes / kachikachi / FOLDER NAME-C-GAME (eg, CLV-H-XXXXX) Open a notepad file, prescribe, maintain! On the console we press the RESET button and hold, turn on the POWER button while continuing to hold the RESET button 3 more seconds, then let go. The computer determines the prefix, while the display switching on the console glows red as usual. Run the program hakchi-gui.exe, click "rebuld kernel.img", after press "memboot". After pouring memboot console will turn off (the red LED lights up and goes out). Turn off the POWER button. Start the console and check that the game appeared. DELETE ALL GAMES AT ONCE OR RECOVERY ERROR C8: To delete all the games at once, in a mod directory / hakchi / transfer / create a transfer file without an extension. The archive with a set of programs he already 2transfer, thinking how to remove, it should be renamed to transfer, and then remove the games back to 2transfer! The file must be spelled out in the removal team. rm -rf $ rootfs / etc / preinit Open a notepad file, prescribe, maintain! On the console we press the RESET button and hold, turn on the POWER button while continuing to hold the RESET button 3 more seconds, then let go. The computer determines the prefix, while the display switching on the console glows red as usual. Run the program hakchi-gui.exe, click "rebuld kernel.img", after press "memboot". After pouring memboot console will turn off (the red LED lights up and goes out). Turn off the POWER button. Start the console and check that the game left. What can be changed in cfg.desktop file? --volume 77 - Setting the volume of the game, you can put 77 that was about how in embedded games. Players = 2 - the number of players in the game. ReleaseDate = 2017-01-06 - Released the game in this format. SortRawPublisher = GBX.RU - Publisher Copyright = © 2017 GBX.RU - Copyrights Sort games console is done through the SELECT button on the joystick. MiniFAQ: Is it possible to kill the console above commands? - You can kill time kernel firmware (flash kernel) How much memory in the console under the Game? - In nand has two sections: nandb - squashfs (~ 20mb) c OSes and nandc (~ 384mb) which stores and saves the game. I filled in the new game with crooked games console crashes, black screen error C8: An error has occurred, what to do? - It is necessary to run the command rm -rf $ rootfs / etc / preinit procedure in the removal of all the games at once. I created the game, and the cover does not appear, what to do? - Before the creation of the game need to put it in the format jpg image with the name label I downloaded a game, it is a double, and points to one, how to fix? - In the game folder should be config, open notepad and replace Players = 2 Modification: MadMonkey Instructions: ProSharen The easy (but maybe even more risky) way If you're second guessing your modding abilities after reading that massive block of text, I don't blame you. Luckily, there's a seemingly much more straightforward way of adding games to the NES Classic, and it doesn't require a Mario save slot or any of that complicated nonsense. It was created by a Russian modder named Cluster, who made the tool available to everyone via a recent forum post . The tool appears to be legit in that it actually works, and many Reddit users report being able to add games to their Classic Edition with nothing more than a USB cable and, of course, the NES game ROMs (which you can find pretty much anywhere, via Google). That being said, others have noted that the tool itself actually throws warnings on many virus scan tools, and plenty of would-be users are refusing to try it on the grounds that it could be an extremely dangerous download. After reports of virus warnings began to pour in, Cluster released a new version that removes an automatic driver installer which he says was the reason for the false virus alerts. As is always the case with these unofficially and totally unauthorized mods, you're accepting a pretty substantial risk when going through with either of these two methods. Still, the temptation to turn the NES Classic Edition into an even more amazing retro gaming gadget is very, very real.

As the iPhone turns 10, here are what the first reviews looked like in 2007

10 years ago today, Steve Jobs walked on stage and introduced the world to the iPhone . Without exaggeration, the iPhone forever changed the way we interact with technology, and more broadly speaking, how millions of people across the world live their lives. Everything we use our smartphones for today, whether it be browsing the web, watching movies, downloading apps on the cheap, taking eye-popping photographs, none of it would have been possible without the original iPhone. Even though many of the technologies that shaped the original iPhone were not Apple inventions -- with multitouch being a prime example -- Apple's iPhone brought said technologies into the mainstream for the very first time. Even the shape of the original iPhone itself -- a rectangle with rounded corners -- would soon become the blueprint for nearly all other smartphone manufacturers on the planet. And even though the original iPhone lacked a number of important features at launch, such as support 3G, cut and paste, and a compelling camera, it was nonetheless as impactful and significant of a product as we've seen over the last three decades. In light of the iPhone's 10th anniversary, we've gone back in time and have scoured the web for some of the first things that people said about the iPhone, not only after Steve Jobs introduced it, but also what some of the first reviews had to say about the device. Interestingly enough, not all of the first impressions and reviews were overwhelmingly positive. Wired - "Not worth the money" Final verdict: There’s no denying the wow factor, but overall the iPhone isn’t worth the money. For $300 I’d give it the thumbs up, but at $600 you’re better off with something else for half the price. Engadget I just need to get it out of the way: Words cannot describe how incredibly wonderful this thing feels to touch and hold. It is an absolute marvel of engineering. Gorgeous in every way. ... Amazingly, just about all facets of the phone's software work as advertised. Switching from the browser back to the Home screen is a snap; hitting the Home button the middle of a YouTube video is also a snap. Have I mentioned yet that this seems to be a device designed and engineered by angels? Because it is. Daring Fireball The high resolution screen is gorgeous. Helvetica has never, ever looked so good on screen. Everything is very fast, very responsive. When you drag something — whether it’s the slider button to unlock the phone, a zoomed-in photograph, or a web page — the drag keeps up with your finger. I haven’t found a single element of the iPhone UI that doesn’t feel super-snappy. The whole thing feels very realistic. ... SAFARI: Excellent mobile web browser. Double-tap to zoom in and out just works, at least on the pages I tried. iPhone Safari seems hyper-aggressive about keeping a low memory and resource footprint. For example, there doesn’t seem to be any sort of cache for the back button; going back loads the page again. The Peanut Gallery  - "no stylus or keyboard?!" Going back to Jobs' iPhone unveiling, some comments and fan reactions from a January 2007 Engadget post are hilarious to look back at: Apparently none of you guys realize how bad of an idea a touch-screen is on a phone. I foresee some pretty obvious and pretty major problems here. I’ll be keeping my Samsung A707, thanks. It’s smaller, it’s got a protected screen, and it’s got proper buttons. And it’s got all the same features otherwise. (Oh, but it doesn’t run a bloatware OS that was never designed for a phone.) Color me massively disappointed. And a few more for good measure: Im not impressed with the iPhone. As a PDA user and a Windows Mobile user, this thing has nothing on my phone. It sure is good at what it was designed for, a phone that entertains and talks… other than that, i dont see much potential. How the hell am I suppose to put appointments on the phone with no stylus or keyboard?! I can sync it with my computer, but when Im on the go, I cant do either! No thanks Apple. Make a real PDA please…. Of course, not everyone can see the future when it's presented to them. Touch screen buttons? BAD idea. This thing will never work. Wow! An update to the ROCKR! Cool. Oops….(akward.) Steve Ballmer And speaking of folks who couldn't appreciate that the iPhone was the future, here's an old classic featuring former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eywi0h_Y5_U BlackBerry was shocked, but not worried As detailed in Jacquie McNish's 2015 book, Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry Hardcover , BlackBerry executives were so taken with the iPhone that they initially didn't even believe the device was technologically feasible. Mike Lazaridis, the founder and vice chairman of BlackBerry at the time, was watching the televised report from his treadmill. "How did they do that?" Lazaridis famously wondered while watching Jobs' iPhone introduction. Lazardis also thought that all of the iPhone's functionality would ultimately "collapse the network." After imploring co-CEO Jim Balsillie to watch the iPhone introduction, Balsillie responded, “It’s OK. We’ll be fine.” Nokia welcomed Apple with open arms Nokia marketing chief Johan Eidhagen welcomed Apple's foray into the smartphone space. "I think it's good for the industry," Eidhagen said. "It's confirming what we've been trying to do at Nokia. We've been saying for the last eight years this would change from a phone market into something else. It has become an Internet industry and Apple is just confirming that with this phone." Tim Bajarin Writing for PC Mag , Bajarin was very impressed with the original iPhone. Multi-touch, as Apple has deployed it here, is a revolutionary user interface and, as with using a mouse for the first time, takes some getting used to. I found that it was very responsive, but I have fat fingers, and in some instances that caused my navigation to be less precise and initiated actions that I did not want. But once you get the hang of it, it works flawlessly. This is especially true of the virtual keyboard. I had to get used to the way any text key is activated, but it was not difficult to learn to make it work well. Also, it uses predictive text software, so many times when you type in a word or even a name from your contacts list, it fetches what it thinks you want. I found that most of the time it was smart enough to know the word or name I was actually trying to type.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Happy 10th anniversary, iPhone! Apple fans around the world are celebrating the unveiling of the original iPhone, which took place on January 9th, 2007. And if you ask us, there's no better way to celebrate than with a fresh new list of 10 paid iPhone and iPad apps that are currently on sale for free. 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 PRO Normally $4.99. Get in shape with Runtastic GPS Running & Fitness PRO app and start tracking your fitness activities (distance, time, speed, elevation, calories burned & more) - such as running, jogging, biking & walking using GPS. Plus it’s fully optimized for Apple Watch. PRO APP FEATURES: - Real Voice Coach: Audio feedback based on your personal preferences - Auto Pause: Session paused automatically when you stop moving - Ad free experience: No pop-up ads, just focus on your workout - Routes: Create or find exercise routes on Runtastic.com & sync to phone - Challenge a Run: Compete against yourself by challenging past activity results - Colored Traces: Colors indicate training changes, such as pace & elevation - Training goals: Select a calorie, distance or pace goal to optimize training - Interval training & coaching and dynamic split tables - Weather & temperature: Are you faster in colder or warmer temperatures? You can check and see in your post-activity summary. - Use for running, jogging, biking, skating, cross country skiing & hand bike training APP FEATURES: - Yearly Running Goal: You can do better than last year, right? Set a running goal for the entire year & we will keep you motivated and on track to reach it. - Shoe Tracking: Keep track of the mileage on your running shoes so you know when it’s time to retire your shoes and get a new pair. - Running Leaderboard: See who’s run the furthest this/last week or this month - Powersong: Integrated music player & Powersong to give workout a boost - Track workouts in real-time with built-in GPS & monitor your personal training diary - LIVE Tracking & Cheering: Share location, receive messages & cheers - Dashboard configuration: Display preferred training statistics - Mapping: Detailed live mapping & historic mapping (Apple Maps) - Enjoy cardio workouts with the integrated music player - Post-activity details: Enter mood & surface info, receive hydration recommendation - Geotagging: Take photos during workout & see pics online with map trace - Runtastic Wearable Connect: Display activity stats on Runtastic Orbit & Runtastic Moment, our 24/7 wearables - Integration with Apple Health - Integrate Runtastic activities to your MyFitnessPal account - Graphs: Elevation, pace, speed & heart rate info from your jog, run or walk - Manual entry of workouts: Add treadmill, spinning, weight lifting workouts & more - Monthly & overall metrics for distance, number of workouts, duration & calories burned Runtastic for Apple Watch - Effortlessly start a Runtastic activity directly from your wrist with Apple Watch - View details of your current activity in real time and enjoy instant access to tracking controls without taking your iPhone out of your pocket - Bring your iPhone with you in order to track your route via GPS - Control music & your personal Powersong with one click - Access statistics of your recent activities & monitor your progress with monthly workout stats Save all workouts on Runtastic.com. In the Runtastic online community, you'll get further analysis, coaching & encouraging comparisons to friends! These benefits keep you motivated while striving to reach fat burning, cardio training or overall health & wellness goals. Should you choose to upgrade to a Premium Membership, payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. Your monthly subscription is $9.99 per month, while the yearly subscription is $49.99 per year. (Price may vary by location.) Your subscription renews automatically unless cancelled at least 24 hours prior to the end of the current period and cancellation of the current active subscription period is not allowed. Auto-renewal may be turned off in your Account Settings in iTunes after purchase. You can also manage your subscriptions in Account Settings after purchase. Download Runtastic PRO Weather Gods Normally $1.99. Meet the Gods: Fire, Ice, Water, Air & Moon delivering you the Weather as you have never experienced it before. Weather Gods redefines the weather app with painstakingly crafted data visualizations, procedural graphics and audio that enable you to literally see, hear and feel the weather. With no more weather icons to decode, the Weather Gods is simply the quickest, most engaging, most enjoyable way to get the accurate weather information you need. The Weather Gods skillfully integrates premium weather data into an elegant, iOS Exclusive, easy-to-use interface that will delight casual users and weather enthusiasts alike. With a wealth of rich weather data from the world’s most respected providers, the Weather Gods provide detailed site-based forecasts for over a million locations worldwide. Our advanced, next-generation notifications are easy to setup and bring you exactly the information you want right when you need it. With 24 hour charts, observed weather, built in moon phase, widget, world clock and much, much more, the Weather Gods is a powerful personal time machine that lets you travel the world and visit the future. Please come join us on this exciting journey as we begin our mission to bring you the finest, most practical, most enjoyable weather app experience ever. We can’t wait to hear what you think! Features * Day & Night summary for 7 Days with animated real-time weather backgrounds * 7 Day HOURLY Forecast via the amazing ‘Weather Wheel’ * Advanced user-friendly weather notifications * Weather based procedural soundscape * Detailed 24 hour charts & hourly charting * Moon phase, rise and fall * Observational (past) data * Off-line mode for explorers & professionals * World clock & international support * Powerful accessibility support * Dashboard Widget * 3D Touch Menu * Taptic Engine support * Combining the best global weather data sources available * Over 1 million weather-accurate locations * Complimentary 32 x sticker pack Download Weather Gods Continual Normally $7.99. Continual lets you post videos of any length to Instagram Stories. Now you don't have to squeeze your stories to 10 seconds . Talk and record as long as you want, Upload it all Continual will take any video from camera roll and split it to clips of 10 seconds so that you can upload them to IG Stories effortlessly. A must have utility, if you promote your business through Stories. In Instagram Stories you can post videos only up to 10s in length, Continual app helps by cutting long videos in to 10s clips so that you can upload them sequentially. FEATURES: + Output videos in Highest Quality Possible + Upload old videos - Your videos don't have to be taken with 24 hours + Clips are arranged in correct order so you can upload to Instagram stories in correct order with no hassle. + Record straight from the app and Split to clips immediately + Jump to Instagram easily after splitting the video. + Pick a video from any folder in your camera roll + No Ads - (We hate 'em). ADDITIONAL FEATURES: + Contact support in 2 taps - Email directly to developer's inbox + Frequent updates and new features Download Continual On My Way Normally $0.99. Are you looking for ways to track your friends’ location or wanting to let them know of your real-time GPS location? Start using this incredible real-time GPS location tracker app - On My Way. With the “On My Way” app, you will no longer have to ask your friend’s or family members about where they are. So, next time, whenever someone asks you “Where are you?” or “When are you arriving?”, just send them your real-time location link using the On My Way app. It is a really easy to use location tracking app. ************************* HOW TO USE ************************* Still wondering how “On My Way” location tracking app works? Here are steps to use it - Open the app and enable GPS location access On My Way app generates a secret link with your real-time location Share the link with your friends through WhatsApp, SMS, Line, etc. Your friends can track your GPS coordinates on the map through the link The location is synced up on the map and and is updated every minute. Your friends can follow your progress easily. No login is required to use this location tracking app. *********************** APP FEATURES *********************** Still looking for reasons to start using the “On My Way” location tracking app? Here are features of the app that make it unique compared to all other location trackers - Easy to generate links and share No login required Ability to track location without the app Optimized for less data and battery consumption Perfect for GPS locator and GPS Vehicle location tracking All these features are available for free. So, what are you waiting for? Download this amazing location tracking app - “On My Way” now to start using. Download On My Way midimux Normally $6.99. midimux talks MIDI to your Mac and Windows Pc - using the standard usb to lightning or 30 pin cable. Finally. With midimux, you are no longer forced to rely on wifi-packets or external hardware to communicate MIDI data between a Mac/Pc and an iOS Device. It seamlessly integrates your iPad/iPhone into your studio. worry-free, reliable and at an ultra low-latency. And it works with all apps that speak MIDI. midimux lets you.. - control iOS apps with hardware controllers that are connected to your Mac/Pc. - sequence and play iOS apps using a DAW running on your Mac/Pc. - control Mac applications or hardware connected to it, using Lemur, TouchOSC or any other app that uses MIDI. - use iOS apps to play and sequence hardware instruments that are connected to your Mac/Pc. - create virtual MIDI ports on the iPad/iPhone that can be mirrored to the Mac/Pc or other iDevices. - connect more than one iOS device to the Mac/Pc - and send MIDI data between them. all this wired - via the simple usb to lightning/30 pin cable. In short: midimux creates virtual copies of MIDI devices connected to the other side. In long: If you have a MIDI device connected to your Mac/Pc, midimux will create a copy of it on the iDevice - and thus allowing other apps to talk to it directly. Any byte of MIDI received by the MIDI device on the Mac/Pc will be piped to and received on the virtual copy of that device on the iOS device - and is then usable by its apps. Data sent out by apps to the virtual copy on the iOS device will be piped back via usb, and then sent to the real device on the Mac/Pc. The same is true the other way around. If an app creates a virtual MIDI port (e.G. Animoog), midimux will create a copy of that port on the Mac/Pc, naming it 'Animoog @ iPad'. If an app does not create a virtual MIDI port, midimux always gives the possibility to create virtual ports manually. these can then be used by any apps on any of the iOS devices to pipe data to the Mac/Pc. or other iDevices. or both. and back. at the same time ;) Features: - Creates Mirrors of all MIDI devices that are connected to the computer on the connected iOS devices. - Creates Mirrors of all MIDI devices that are connected to the iOS devices on the Mac/Pc. - Lets you create custom virtual Ports that can be used by both sides of the connection to communicate. - does it all via a wired usb connection - using the standard charge & sync cable. - works on all iDevices from iOS 5. *** midimux currently works with Mac OSX 10.6 + and Win 7 + *** To work, a lightweight server app has to be installed on the Mac/Win. Please download the server from our webpage: http://www.midimux.net/ Download midimux Backup Contacts Normally $0.99. This app is the best way to quickly backup all the contacts of your address book, to simply merge all the duplicate contacts, to quickly delete multiple contacts and to share multiple contact cards! Key Features: BACKUP CONTACTS Backup all the contacts of your address book with one tap! SHARE BACKUP FILES Share backup files via text message, email, Dropbox, iCloud Drive, .. ! RESTORE CONTACTS Restore contacts at any time directly from the app! Choose contacts to restore! MERGE DUPLICATE CONTACTS Merge all the duplicate contacts of your address book with one tap! DELETE MULTIPLE CONTACTS Delete multiple contacts at once! SHARE CONTACTS Share multiple contact cards at once! Download Backup Contacts Stickman Basketball 2017 Normally $4.99. Experience pure basketball fun with fast paced gameplay, an astonishing atmosphere, stunning smooth animations, simple controls, insane action and tons of replay value. 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Apple’s Phil Schiller explains why new iPhones can seem ‘disappointing’

The device that changed the smartphone landscape like no other product before is 10 years old , yet it still leads the mobile industry in several ways. The iPhone 7, regarded as “boring” by early critics, brings several major improvements even though its overall design is largely unchanged. Speaking about the iPhone’s past, present and future on its 10th anniversary, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing Phil Schiller teased that Apple is still just getting started. When BackChannel ’s Steven Levy asked Schiller if Apple can do anything as big as the iPhone, “a product that creates a category that changes the way we live the way this one has in the last ten years,” the exec said that he hopes in 50 years people will look back at this point with amazement. “Wow, they didn’t realize how much was to come — in fact, others missed it because they were busy running around looking for other things,” Schiller said. “Everyone has their opinions at this point, but it could be that we’re only in the first minutes of the first quarter of the game. believe this product is so great that it has many years of innovation ahead.” Schiller did admit that Apple never imagined how big the iPhone would become. “We knew we were working on something important that was big to Apple, and that the world was changing around these things in the future. But we didn’t know how big it would be, and we didn’t know how many things would come from it,” he said. Schiller also said that while the introduction of apps was a defining moment for the iPhone, it’s actually the original device that was “Earth-shattering.” He also said that the iPod was Apple’s way of testing what it could do outside of its comfort zone. The iPod was the first product that evolved past being an accessory to the Mac, and it became a hit product with a wide audience of buyers. The exec also explained why some of the recent iPhone evolutions are met with criticism out of the gate, and regularly called "disappointing." Apparently, our expectations are to blame — we've come to expect so much that we've grown numb to the scope of improvement that each new iPhone offers. “I actually think the leaps in the later versions are as big and sometimes even bigger now,” he said. “I think our expectations are changing more, not the leaps in the products. If you look through every version—from the original iPhone to the iPhone 3G to the 4 to the 4S, you see great changes all throughout. You see screen size change from three and a half inch to four inch to four point seven and five point five. You see cameras going through incredible changes, from the first camera that couldn’t shoot video, to then having both a front and a backside camera, to now three cameras with the stuff we’re doing, and with live photos and 4K video.” He reiterated Apple’s mantra that the company focuses on “the best” when it comes to the iPhone. “The quality is unmatched. The ease of use is still unmatched. The integration of hardware software is unmatched. We’re not about the cheapest, we’re not about the most, we’re about the best,” he said. As for the looming Amazon Alexa threat, which is gaining more popularity among Amazon buyers — and among all sorts of device makers — Schiller thinks that an “disembodied” assistant can’t replace devices with screens. BackChannel ’s entire interview with Schiller, and a recollection of Levy’s interview with Steve Jobs ten years ago, is available at this link .

All the reasons people are ditching Android and switching to iPhones

Apple's first-generation iPhone started a revolution 10 years ago today. It seems like just yesterday that late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs walked out on stage at the Macworld conference in January 2007 and put an end to years of rumors and speculation. More importantly, Apple put an end to overcomplicated smartphones like Symbian phones and BlackBerry handsets, shifting the industry toward a much more intuitive user experience. Smartphones were once a necessary evil that professionals had to endure. Today, smartphones are the center of our digital lives and most people can't imagine spending even a moment without one. Of course Apple isn't the only company that enjoyed success as a result of the iPhone's introduction. Google, which had been developing Android as a BlackBerry clone , completely changed the direction of the platform ahead of launch thanks to the iPhone. Samsung grew to become the top handset maker in the world thanks in large part to copying Apple's iPhone . But there's still only one original, and Apple's iPhone continues to draw users away from rival platforms to this day. With a combined global user base currently in the billions, Google's Android platform and Apple's iOS platform see plenty of switchers flow between platforms. Some people ditch Android and switch to iOS, others ditch iOS and switch to Android, and plenty of people move from one platform to the other and then switch back. Today, however, a big discussion over on Reddit draws focus to the flow of users in one particular direction: From Android to the iPhone. Reddit user "Chondrule" received an iPhone 7 Plus as a gift during the holidays, but he had been an Android user since his first smartphone. As he tried to decide whether or not to dump his Android phone and make the leap to iOS, he took to the Apple subreddit and asked former Android users to explain what made them jump ship and switch to an iPhone. Ironically, the user ultimately decided that he was going to stick with Android and not switch to the new iPhone 7 Plus he was gifted. But the Reddit thread he started had nearly 500 comments at the time of this writing, and it gives a terrific insight into the many reasons people have decided to switch from Android devices to the iPhone. Not surprisingly, platform updates are a huge draw for iOS and the iPhone, and many people listed this as the main reason for leaving Android behind. Because Apple controls both the hardware and software experiences on the iPhone, and because the company used its early momentum to force carriers' hands, Apple is able to push out software updates to all of its smartphones at once. Meanwhile, Android users have to wait several months — at least — before new versions of Android are available for their handsets. Many people also noted that Apple supports its older iPhone models for much longer than Android vendors, which means they continue to receive software updates even years after their initial release. Another top reason listed in the thread is customer support; Apple is famous for industry leading customer service, offering post-sale support that no other company can match. Other popular reasons mentioned on Reddit include a general degradation of the Android user experience over time, battery life, and service lock-in thanks to features like iMessage and Continuity.

Top Apple insider says brand new iPad with edgeless display will launch this year

Despite Apple's best efforts to resuscitate its sluggish iPad lineup, sales of Apple's iconic tablet reached a 5-year low last quarter. Specifically, iPad sales during Apple's recent September quarter checked in at 9.26 million units, marking a 6% decline year over year. In stark contrast, Apple during its September 2012 quarter, for example, sold 17 million iPads. Regardless, Apple remains committed to the iPad and has no plans to abandon the tablet market anytime soon. On the contrary, a new research note from reputed analyst Ming Chi-Kuo reveals that Apple later this year will reveal three new iPad models. In addition to a revamped 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a more affordably priced 9.7-inch iPad, Kuo relays that Apple will also release a brand new iPad with a 10-10.5 inch display. Interestingly enough, the new iPad will reportedly be positioned as the premium device in Apple's soon to be refreshed iPad lineup. Kuo's note (obtained by MacRumors ) reads in part: We note the 12.9" model will be the second generation of the existing 12.9" iPad Pro, the 10-10.5" model will be the high-end model equipped with a narrow bezel design, and the 9.7" model will be the low-priced option. The former two models will have an A10X chip manufactured by TSMC (2330 TT, NT$183.5, N), while the latter comes with an A9 chip made by Samsung LSI. Although we estimate iPad shipments in 2017 will drop again YoY to 35-37mn units, we except the decline to narrow to 10% from 2016's roughly 20%, given that the 10-10.5" model may see more demand from commercial/enterprises and tender markets, while the low-priced 9.7" model may have a greater shipment contribution and likely account for 50-60% of total shipments of new iPads. Notably, this isn't the first time we've seen reference to a brand new iPad Model. Just two months ago, an analyst report from Barclays Research claimed that Apple in March of 2017 will introduce a 10.9-inch iPad with an edge to edge display . While there is a discrepancy with respect to the size of Apple's currently unannounced iPad, the rumored edgeless display would explain Kuo's belief that the device will command a premium price. Incidentally, previous reports have hinted that Apple's 2017 iPads will feature a stationary home button a'la the iPhone 7. If Apple does in fact release a new iPad model with a slim if not wholly non-existent bezel, it would perhaps lend even more credence to rumors that Apple's next-gen iPhone will feature a bezel-free design with a curved OLED display.

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People are obsessing over a photo app and it's easy to see why

People are obsessing over a photo app and it's easy to see why

Before the filters of Instagram and Snapchat, there were purikura sticker photo booths. It was the main way young people of the '00s could share silly, heavily edited pictures of each other complete with text and funny backdrops. While we may have moved on from IRL super cute sticker photos, the look has come back in the form of a Chinese beautifying iOS and Android app called Meitu.  And the internet is OBSESSED. SEE ALSO: Japanese city to build 'spamusement' park with hot spring rollercoasters The app has been around since 2008, but recently gained popularity on Twitter. According to the company, Meitu has "an incredible suite of professional filters, frames, effects and other tools to turn ... smartphone photos into works of art." See for yourself. Here's Donald Trump in the Meitu app HAPPY NIGHTMARES! pic.twitter.com/eSTyrAgMXt — Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) January 18, 2017 The app adds anime-like, larger-than-life eyes, rosy lips, blushing cheeks and dreamy hair. It works on animals too. You're goddamn right I Meitu'd the dog pic.twitter.com/GOWE1AZgAY — Molly (@Molly_Kats) January 19, 2017 Diplo-san pic.twitter.com/q00myo6BUQ — Ookay (@Ookay) January 18, 2017 me: DON'T NORMALIZE FASCISMalso me: *opens meitu once* pic.twitter.com/sYBp5qV5R3 — (/_・、) (@malteserubble) January 19, 2017 Be warned: It is a pretty addictive app. Use it wisely. BONUS: Hand-powered centrifuge costs only 20 cents, can diagnose diseases

First Pokemon Go update of 2017 improves GPS tracking, Apple Watch app

Following the launch of Generation 2 and the holiday events that rounded out 2016, Pokemon Go developer Niantic went quiet for much of the first half of January. In fact, other than the addition of 5,000 additional PokeStops at Starbucks locations around the US, the company's blog was silent. Until yesterday. On Tuesday, Niantic revealed that the first Pokemon Go  update of 2017 was being rolled out (version 0.53.1 on Android, 1.23.1 on iOS). These are the release notes for the update, which should arrive soon: Updated Apple Watch to display Eggs obtained from PokéStops Changed distance tracking to better account for GPS drift Minor text fixes. Ever since the Pokemon Go Apple Watch app launched late last year, players have been complaining about its limited functionality. While the ability to display eggs likely isn't the big improvement many players were waiting for, it's encouraging to see Niantic begin to make the app more usable. The second bullet point is far more interesting, as GPS drift has been a significant issue ever since Pokemon Go launched on iOS and Android last year. Hopefully this will lead to more accurate placement of avatars on the world map and more consistent tracking of distance walked while hatching eggs. Finally, The Silph Road was able to datamine the APK of the update and discovered that Niantic has added 38 new moves to the game. This is the first time moves have been added other than the addition of Ditto's Transform move, which means that more Gen 2 Pokemon are likely on the way. While this update isn't especially monumental, it appears to be setting Pokemon Go up for some major changes and additions throughout the year. Check your device in the coming days for the update.

Nintendo says to launch Super Mario Run Android version in March

Nintendo says to launch Super Mario Run Android version in March

Japan's Nintendo said it will release an Android version of its Super Mario mobile game in March following the launch of Super Mario Run for Apple Inc's iPhone in December. Super Mario Run represents a belated bid by Nintendo to tap mobile gaming after restricting its most popular gaming character to its own game consoles.

iPhone 8 might include an advanced facial recognition feature, just like Android

I think it's fair to say that Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 has engendered more excitement and intrigue than any other iPhone model in years. And with good reason, it's widely believed that Apple's next-gen iPhone will finally introduce a brand new and forward-thinking form factor. According to reports, Apple's flagship iPhone 8 model will feature a sleek edgeless display along with a curved OLED panel. As for other new features we can look forward to, an interesting new research report from Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri relays that Apple's next-gen iPhone might also include a new form of user input based on facial recognition technology. "Other features appear to include some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera and, as expected, should also finally include wireless charging," Arcuri said in a note obtained by Business Insider . Notably, Apple last year acquired Emotient , an AI firm with technology that can not only recognize faces, but can even recognize different types of facial expressions as a means to determine a user's emotional state. What Apple plans to do with the technology remains unclear, but some have speculated that the iPhone 8 may allow users, if they prefer, to unlock their devices via facial recognition as opposed to Touch ID. With respect to the iPhone 8's rumored curved and wraparound display, a Nikkei report from last month relayed that the device may use a new type of sensor technology that would "enable the phone to respond when users touch any side of the device." As a final point, we've seen quite a few reports over the past few months which seemingly corroborate Arcurri's remarks about the iPhone 8 featuring a wireless charging feature. Just last month, for example, word emerged that Dialog Semiconductor -- one of Apple's top component suppliers -- inked an exclusive deal with Energous, a company with advanced technology that allows a smartphone to charge wirelessly from a distance of up to 15 feet away.

‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ is Nintendo’s next mobile game, launches in February

As expected, Nintendo unveiled its next mobile game on Wednesday afternoon during the company's Fire Emblem live stream. The new game is called Fire Emblem Heroes  it will release for both Android and iOS platforms on February 2nd, despite the video stating that it will come to iPhone and iPad "soon." Similar to Super Mario Run , Fire Emblem Heroes is a simplified version of the games in the franchise on which it is based, with gameplay and visuals better suited to a smartphone than a handheld console or an HDTV. Like other Fire Emblem titles, Fire Emblem Heroes is a strategy game in which you take control of a team of characters and navigate a grid-based battlefield while slaying enemies in your path. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq1Xzycyp2E While the maps in Fire Emblem Heroes  all exist on the same 8x6 grid, Nintendo expects fans of the series to find the tactical aspect of the game just as challenging as they would in one of the series' previous entries. Fire Emblem Heroes will be free to play, but Nintendo says it will include optional in-app purchases as well. Those in-app purchases include orbs, which can be used to acquire new heroes to join your team. Although you can acquire orbs within the game, you can supplement your supply with real money too. Along with a main quest, the mobile game also features a Training Tower in which to train your heroes, Special Maps where seasonal events will take place and Arena Duels where you'll compete for high scores. You can also participate in Hero Battles, and if you win, that hero will join your team. You can pre-register for Fire Emblem Heroes on Google Play  right now. Updated on January 18th, 2016. Article updated to reflect the fact that the game will launch on iOS and Android simultaneously.

Report: Google wants to bring its dirt-cheap Android phones to the US

Google last year sacrificed the Nexus brand for an entirely new line of high-end smartphones. The Pixel phones became quick hits , especially following the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, even if they’re not as affordable as most Nexus phones used to be. The Pixels are also different from Nexus handsets in one other key area: They don’t run pure Android anymore. However, if you’re still looking for an affordable Google phone that gets fast vanilla Android updates, you’re in luck. But don’t expect these handsets to be called either Nexus or Pixel. Remember the low-cost Android One experience that debuted in Asian markets a couple of years ago? Well, Google is going to expand it to the US, The Information has learned . Android One phones might not come with the same build Quality and top features as the Pixel phones, or more recent Nexus predecessors. But they won’t be expensive either. Instead, Android One will offer users a device that won’t break the bank and will be compelling from the software side of things. Android One phones may come from Android handset manufacturers you might not be familiar with, including Micromax or QMobile. But LG, a company who made various Nexus smartphones in previous years, may also be in the cards. No matter who makes these devices, they’ll run a somewhat bloatware-free version of Android that’ll receive fast updates from Google. That includes both major Android releases and security updates. The Android One phones will cost $200 to $300, according to two people familiar with Google plans, and they should be launched before “the middle of the year,” which means we might hear something about it at Google I/O 2017.

This LG G6 concept shows why this could be a bad year for Samsung

2017 is going to be a big year for Samsung. Apple's supposedly-revolutionary iPhone 8 is coming, smartphone sales are slowing down, and oh yeah, there was that Note 7 thing last year. So the last thing Samsung needs while it's trying to reclaim its place as the best Android manufacturer is a resurgent LG, sliding in there with a competitive new flagship. So, Samsung's designers had better hope LG's people don't see this concept. This LG G6 concept doesn't ooze innovation in the same way as that iPhone 8 design we saw yesterday . It's not about a radically new way of thinking about smartphones, but rather, the refinement of everything designers have been working on for years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6YfRMLzAHg It starts with a virtually bezel-free display, which seems to be all the rage this year. Rather than trying to integrate the entire front of the phone into the display, this design is a little more realistic, making the screen edge-to-edge but keeping significant bezel at the top and bottom. The result is a sleek-looking phone that should be able to pack a lot of screen into the real estate, hopefully enough to compete with Samsung . There's also a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that could be a good move, depending on what Apple and Samsung choose to do. The most ambitious rumors suggest that the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 will use an optical fingerprint sensor hidden under the screen, designed by Synaptics. Even if that works, it will struggle to be as fast as the fingerprint sensors currently found in Android phones, or the iPhone 7. Customers don't tend to like components that are slower than last year, so LG might be able to pick up some points there. The rest of the specs are the typical ambitious sky-high thinking that plagues all concept videos (removable battery and waterproof don't go together, and I'm not sure what you want to store on that 2TB SD card!), but the overall design concept is solid: simple perfection of today's smartphones, while Apple and Samsung go too far along the path towards innovation. If LG can release a device that's bug-free, looks like this, and doesn't explode, 2017 could be a real good year to shop for a smartphone.

Watch live as Nintendo unveils its mobile Fire Emblem game

Less than a week after introducing the world to the Switch, Nintendo will host a Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday at 5 PM ET to discuss upcoming titles in the Fire Emblem series. Beyond that, we don't know specifically what the company plans to discuss, although we can make some educated guesses. During the Switch live event last week, Nintendo gave us our first glimpse at Fire Emblem Warriors for the Switch. Similar to Hyrule Warriors and Dragon Quest Warriors before it, Fire Emblem Warriors will combine the world and characters of the Fire Emblem series with the gameplay from Koei Tecmo's popular Dynasty Warriors  series. Considering Nintendo is focusing an entire Direct on Fire Emblem , we hope to see some actual gameplay from the crossover title, rather than another CG teaser . In addition to Fire Emblem Warrior news, we also expect to learn more about the previously announced Fire Emblem mobile title. Last year, Nintendo revealed that it would develop mobile games based on multiple established series, including Mario , Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing . While all three games were expected to arrive on mobile platforms before the end of 2016, Nintendo ended up delaying Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing to early 2017 in order to focus on getting Super Mario Run out the door. Providing there are no further delays, both the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing mobile titles should be ready to roll out by March, which makes this the perfect opportunity to show off Fire Emblem on iOS (and possible Android) for the first time on Wednesday night. You can watch the Fire Emblem -focused Nintendo Direct below at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET:

U.S. begins patent probe of graphics processors, DDR memory controllers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission began a patent infringement probe on Wednesday after ZiiLabs Inc charged that several firms were importing products to the United States in violation of its patents on graphics processors and DDR memory controllers. The ITC said the products at issue included smartphones, laptops, televisions, Bluray players and gaming systems. It identified 17 firms whose products it wanted to examine, including Advanced Micro Devices Inc, Lenovo Group Ltd, LG Electronics Inc, MediaTek Inc, Motorola Mobility, Qualcomm Inc and Sony Corp. ...

YouTube in-app messaging goes live in Canada first

YouTube in-app messaging goes live in Canada first

YouTube's messaging service, previously invite-only, is now live for all Canadian users of the YouTube app on iOS and Android. For the first time, users can share content in private conversations entirely within the app.

One emoji message can crash your iPhone, if you’re not careful

Every once in a while, people find strange contraptions that can be used inside the iPhone’s messaging app to crash the recipient’s device. Some of them are serious bugs, while others will only freeze your iPhone for a few minutes. In either case, they’re seriously annoying. And guess what? There’s a new iPhone-crashing text message in town that people will keep sending to their iPhone-carrying buddies. However, it can all be easily fixed. First explained on YouTube channel EverythingApplePro and Preston159.com , the bug relies on sending a string of images and characters to a target: a white flag emoji, a zero, and the rainbow emoji. The issue affects any iOS device that's on iOS 10.x, but if you're still running earlier iOS versions, you're safe. However, the actual sending of the message isn’t completely hassle-free, as the same string can also freeze the sender’s phone. The trick involves either using the Notes app on iCloud.com or iCloud Drive to share the characters. Once the message hits the targeted iPhone, the device stops working for a few minutes regardless of whether the recipient reads it or not. You won’t be able to do anything once the freeze is in effect. The buttons won’t work, and you’ll have to wait for the phone to reboot by itself. “What you see in the text is the waving white flag emoji, a zero, and the rainbow emoji,” a technical explanation on vincedes3.com reads. “The rainbow flag emoji isn’t an emoji in itself, it’s made of three characters: waving white flag, a character called variation sector 16 (VS16 for short), and the rainbow. What VS16 does in this case essentially is tells the device to combine the two surrounding characters into one emoji, yielding the rainbow flag (this is similar to how skin tone modifiers work, but not exactly the same). “The text you’re copying is actually waving white flag, VS16, zero, rainbow emoji. What I’m assuming is happening is that the phone tries to combine the waving white flag and the zero into an emoji, but this obviously can’t be done. Usually, the phone wouldn’t try to do this, but it notices that the rainbow emoji is also there, and knows that it can combine the white flag and rainbow emoji, so it tries.” There’s one thing you need to do in case the Messages app keeps crashing. You’ll have to head to this link on the phone so that the Messages is restored. To prevent this from happening again until Apple fixes it, you can also consider blocking on the iPhone the persons who’re using it against you and maybe even reassess those friendships. Interestingly, the bug also affects Android handsets, but they’ll be slow down significantly rather than freezing completely — the video below explains it all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0iPhSuiMpk

Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors and news leaks

Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors and news leaks

After the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung is likely thrilled to turn its attention to making this year's flagship, which we know as the Galaxy S8. Here's everything we think we know about the phone so far.

The best thing to do if your iPhone 6/6s battery keeps dying at 30%

Apple's iPhone lineup separates itself from rival smartphone brands in so many ways, and one of them has always been longevity. Anyone who has owned the same Android phone for more than two years knows that performance seriously degrades over time. And then there's the fact that you stop getting major software updates after two years — or even 18 months, sometimes. Meanwhile Apple's iPhones get software updates for years, and they stand the test of time very well... usually. In the case of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, however, a huge bug was recently introduced in a software update and it's causing phones' batteries to die at 30%. In some cases if you have an iPhone 6s, Apple will swap out your battery for free and that might help. You can visit this page on the Apple website to see if you're eligible for a battery replacement. If you're not eligible or if you have a different phone, there's really only one thing you can do while you wait for Apple to fix the problem with a software update. Check out the Anker Ultra Slim Extended Battery Case for iPhone 6 / 6s , which more than doubles your iPhone 6 or 6s' battery life. It's the best-selling battery case on Amazon, and it's on sale for 66% off right now. Here are some highlights from the product page: Media's #1: Recommended by Time Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. The '#1 iPhone 6 battery case' according to The Wirecutter. 120% Longer Battery Life: 2850mAh capacity provides an extra 60 hours audio, 17 hours 3G talktime, 13 hours video, 12 hours web browsing or 3 hours 3D gaming to your iPhone 6 / 6s. Incredibly Slim: More than double your iPhone's battery life without doubling its size (adds only 0.23in & 2.9oz). Deluxe matte exterior provides secure grip. Apple MFi Certified: Complete charge and sync compatibility with the iPhone 6 / 6s. Transfer data or charge phone using the included Micro USB cable (no need to remove battery case). What You Get: Anker® Ultra Slim Battery Case for iPhone 6 / 6s, Micro USB cable, audio jack extender, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.

Google Pixel Too Pricey? Wait for Cheap Android One Phones

Google Pixel Too Pricey? Wait for Cheap Android One Phones

Google launched its Android One initiative back in 2014 to bring low-cost phones to the developing world that would continue to get feature and security updates. According to a report from The Information, Google will be trying its hands at low-cost phones in the United States, with the first handset launching by the middle of the year between $200 and $300. Google is reportedly paying for marketing efforts for this first handset, and its possible that LG is among the handset creators we'll see first.

Google’s Pixel is still the hottest Android phone in town

Google’s pair of Pixel phones is a remarkable success for the company. Sure, they may have some flaws , but they’re still the hottest Android devices in town — if you can get one. A new report indicates that Pixel “demand is exceeding supply” at Verizon. Big Red is still the only US carrier selling Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone, and the investment has been paying off for the company. Verizon committed a $25 million marketing budget for the phone after its launch and continues to promote the phone, although spending has cooled. According to Fierce Wireless , Wave7 Research data shows that the Pixel phones remained hot-selling devices even after the holidays. “Along with Apple, Samsung, and Droid, the Pixel/XL continues to be heavily advertised—on an equal footing with top OEMs—at a price point of $10 (Pixel) or $15 (XL) per month with trade-in of a high-end smartphone,” the firm noted. “It is clear that demand is exceeding supply.” The firm conducted a survey of 50 carrier stores last week, concluding that the Pixel accounted for 9.5% of smartphone sales at Verizon last month. And it’s not just Verizon subscribers that are buying the phone. The Pixel and Pixel XL can be used with other US carriers, and T-Mobile specifically targeted the handsets with a promotion not too long ago. “AT AT&T/T-Mobile/Sprint stores, 39% of reps (13 of 33) are aware of an average of ~2 Pixel activations each at these 13 stores,” Wave7 Research wrote. “Most Pixel XL SKUs are shipping in March and most Pixel SKUs are out of stock as well.” Comparatively, the iPhone 7 remained strong, Wave7 said, as the iPhone’s share of sales was up at every carrier other than Sprint. The iPhone 7 is slightly outselling the iPhone 7 Plus, the research company noted. “Sales of the iPhone 7 exceeded sales of the iPhone 7 Plus at all four carriers, but the gap narrowed significantly from prior months, now that iPhone 7 Plus supply is greatly improved,” Wave7 said.

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm hit with US antitrust suit

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm hit with US antitrust suit

Mobile chip giant Qualcomm was hit Tuesday with a US antitrust suit alleging it abused its dominant position in the market for processors used in cell phones and other devices. The US Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit in federal court in California claiming Qualcomm's practices amount to "unlawful maintenance of a monopoly in baseband processors," which are devices that enable cellular communications in phones and other products. Qualcomm rejected the agency's case as "significantly flawed," arguing that reasoning at the heart of the civil complaint is wrong.

One of Google Maps’ coolest new features is finally rolling out

Google is slowly rolling out a brand new Google Maps feature that should further improve your real-time navigation experience: The app will now tell you whether there’s parking available at your destination. If it sounds familiar, that’s because we learned back in August last year that Google Maps was working on making it easier for Google Maps users to find a parking spot . The feature, Android Police reports , has finally started showing up for more users who are on Google Maps v9.44 beta. As seen in the images above, Google Maps will mark parking availability with a small rounded P icon next to your route duration estimate. Parking availability has three levels, including easy, medium, and limited — the limited level comes with a red P icon that should give you a visual warning that you might not find a parking spot at your destination. Android Police says that parking availability will show up for public destinations including malls, airports, and other attractions, assuming you’re running the same beta version, and that your area is covered. It’s likely Google will gradually expand it to more markets and bring it to the stable versions of its mobile Google Maps apps. However, there are no official details about it. It’s not clear how it works, or where Google gets the data from. In case you were wondering, Google is also using location data from you to help it predict real-time traffic conditions along your route. So the parking feature might also have a similar component in it — but this is just speculation at this point. Meanwhile, if you want to test out the feature, you have to get on Google Maps v9.44 beta for Android and hope that your area is supported.

Apple’s original iPhone can no longer be used as a phone

We're not sure how many people, if any, are still out there using the original iPhone in a meaningful capacity, but cellular connectivity on the iconic device has been mercifully axed for anyone on AT&T, the iPhone's original carrier. Per an AT&T press release , Ma Bell recently announced that it shut down its 2G wireless network at the beginning of the year. And seeing as how the original iPhone launched without any 3G connectivity, Apple's 2007 iPhone has in effect been relegated to an iPod Touch. Truth be told, AT&T shutting down its 2G network shouldn't come as much of a surprise as the company has alluded to the inevitable transition for the past few years. As to the underlying goal of the move, AT&T explains that shutting down its 2G network will serve to free "up more spectrum for future network technologies, including 5G." Indeed, AT&T is already planning to "repurpose that spectrum for LTE" over the next few months. For a device that was undeniably one of the most revolutionary and innovative products in history, the original iPhone -- with its bulky form factor, non-Retina display and painfully slow 2G connection -- looks comically ancient by today's standards. That, of course, is a testament to how fast the landscape tends to shift in the technology realm. Indeed, it's fair to say that the 2G network that Apple's original iPhone relied on was already past its prime when the first iPhones hit store shelves in June of 2007. On a related note, EverythingApple Pro recently posted a video pitting the original iPhone against the original Android smartphone. If you're feeling nostalgic in the wake of the original iPhone's 2G lifeline being turned off, you'll certainly get a kick out of the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gxa2rq-kL8  

Stick this phone on the wall and control it with your eyes

What do smartphone buyers actually want out of their devices? Chinese electronics manufacturer ZTE wanted to find out, so they created Project CSX, which apparently stands for "Crowd Source X" — I guess the "X" will forever remain a mystery — and set out to design a device based entirely on votes from the general public. The result? A sticky phone that you can slap on the wall and then control hands-free using just your eyes. Wait... what? The phone is called Hawkeye , and it's a pretty standard mid-range Android handset. It features a 5.5 inch 1080p display, a dual lens rear camera and a front-facing selfie cam, 3GB of RAM, Snapdragon 625 processor and Android Nougat. Those middling specs belie the phone's real appeal, which comes from the self-adhesive case material that allows the device to be attached to flat surfaces. http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/News/BGR_News/599475b3da32cc1ce6b7d38902e4ef55_original.png?w=680&fit=max&v=1482463111&auto=format&lossless=true&s=67be266b1e4e8f332353dcfcfaed6610 Then there's the Hawkeye's "eye tracking feature," which ZTE describes thusly: "Iris motion is detected using camera hardware, then translated into software commands that represent standard gesture motions in Android for swipe (e.g. up, down, left and right swipe motions).  The software interprets eye motion and replaces these gesture commands in any application that supports these standard Android commands." That sounds pretty darn cool — that is, if ZTE can actually make it happen. Unfortunately, the company reportedly hasn't actually figured out how it's going to make the eye tracking work just yet. Of course, that hasn't stopped it from going up for pre-order on Kickstarter, where it hopes to raise a sum of $500,000 in the next month. It has received just over $30,000 in pledges thus far.

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The Obama era in photos

The Obama era in photos

President Barack Obama holds a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. August 4, 2016. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

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Facebook to build data center in Denmark

Facebook to build data center in Denmark

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Facebook plans to build its third data center outside the United States in Odense, Denmark, the California-based tech company said at a joint press conference with Odense municipality on Thursday. Facebook bought a 0.5 square kilometer plot of land on the outskirts of Odense in October, but had not disclosed the purpose of the site. (Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard; Editing by Susan Fenton)

Twitter is pissed after guy takes selfie with Nick Cave, but doesn't know who he is

Twitter is pissed after guy takes selfie with Nick Cave, but doesn't know who he is

Twitterer and comedian James Malcolm was hit with a particularly bad case of FOMO while waiting for a flight at Wellington airport, recently.  But it was soon to be replaced with mass public shaming, due to his lack of ~serious music~ knowledge. SEE ALSO: Your selfies might be leaving you vulnerable to hackers The 21-year-old noticed that a lot of people around him were taking selfies with a long-haired man sitting at the back. He had no idea the suited gentleman was Australian musician, author, screenwriter and all around living legend, Nick Cave. He reached out to Twitter for help identifying the mystery man, but initially didn't get much of a response. Does anyone know who this is? People keep asking him to sign their t shirt pic.twitter.com/Md4fU1uKZD — James Malcolm (@DieJamesMalcolm) January 17, 2017 "I only had like two replies on that photo — both jokes," Malcolm explained to Mashable over Messenger. Undeterred, the he decided to just get a selfie with the "stranger." According to Malcolm, Cave seemed happy to be snapped.  "He was smiling and chatting to people a little bit — he was bloody loving it IMO," Malcolm said. Can someone please tell me who this celeb is? Everyone was asking him for pics and I didn't wanna feel left out pic.twitter.com/s67vF5rZKZ — James Malcolm (@DieJamesMalcolm) January 17, 2017 The response to Malcolm's selfie was swift. Some people reached out to educate the Kiwki, others still to chide him. @DieJamesMalcolm @jowrotethis His name is Nick Cave. He’s a bad seed, kid. — Tim Goodman (@BastardMachine) January 18, 2017 @DieJamesMalcolm Jesus lord help us all. Get a fucking late pass. — CEDRIC BIXLER ZAVALA (@cedricbixler_) January 18, 2017 Some tweeters even decided that the situation called for a deep critique of celebrity culture. @DieJamesMalcolm Why would you have bothered if you didn't know who he was? Serious question. — Mike McGrath-Bryan (@mike_mcgb) January 18, 2017 @DieJamesMalcolm Cave is an artist, not a 'celeb'. Bit of a line between the two, don't you reckon? — Mike McGrath-Bryan (@mike_mcgb) January 18, 2017 .@DieJamesMalcolm pic.twitter.com/LXhY4Zs1je — KJ Shepherd (@testinghistory) January 18, 2017 Others still thought it called for good old bit of trolling.  @DieJamesMalcolm Nic CageHe was in Connair — Jay K. Cagatay (@jayktweets) January 18, 2017 @DieJamesMalcolm That's John Travolta mate. pic.twitter.com/Ii4JGdaFKf — Rusholme Ruffian (@lev_yashin) January 18, 2017 @DieJamesMalcolm His name's Boaby, he runs a pub in Glasgow, Scotland. pic.twitter.com/6MIGJyXCa0 — Kenny Stewart (@Kenny__Stewart) January 17, 2017 @DieJamesMalcolm @TheMichaelMoran it's Gene Simmons from KISS! — David Wells (@dagwells) January 18, 2017 @DieJamesMalcolm Elrond from Lord of the Rings. pic.twitter.com/0hFnSGv0lk — Adrian Legg (@memenow) January 17, 2017 @DieJamesMalcolm when u a mysterious celeb pic.twitter.com/bI4QYJZJsU — Weston David Pagano (@wpazzurri) January 18, 2017 So has Malcolm had the chance to listen to a bit of Cave's music since? "No I haven't! I know that's bad — I probably should," he said. "I'm fairly certain it won't be my cup of tea though ... I love Miley Cyrus, Melanie Martinez and just about anything Top 40s. I'm basic AF." Don't change, Malcolm.  BONUS: Get the perfect selfie lighting with this smart makeup mirror

Man posts incredibly dumb maths 'problem' and Twitter descends into chaos

Man posts incredibly dumb maths 'problem' and Twitter descends into chaos

Some men just want to watch the world burn. When twitter user @SandalShagger (yes, really) posted a nonsensical statement about children born in 2005, he may not have known how many people it would reach but he certainly knew it would annoy those it did.   SEE ALSO: Politician picks fight with 'The Simpsons' meme page, gets roasted Behold: A contender for the world's most infuriating tweet. A kid born in 2005 is now 20 years old. Let that sink. — MK (@sandalshagger) January 16, 2017 "Let that sink" indeed. It's like a multi-car pileup of logic, sense and reason. But it doesn't end there.  Before long the internet did what it does best: Made a messy situation even messier. Some quickly concluded it was a troll move and played along. @sandalshagger people who are bad at mathematics will say 12. — k (@therealsnorky) January 16, 2017 RT @sandalshagger: A kid born in 2005 is now 20 years old. Let that sink. pic.twitter.com/uJsy3CoqzT — Razor Ramon (@HW_TRK) January 16, 2017 RT @sandalshagger: A kid born in 2005 is now 20 years old. Let that sink. pic.twitter.com/tdJtkO65do — Jonathan Rogers (@SKEJayRogers) January 16, 2017 "@sandalshagger: A kid born in 2005 is now 20 years old. Let that sink." pic.twitter.com/mQQEwHnEIw — Empty Seats Galore (@EmptySeatsPics) January 18, 2017 But many, many others still fell for it hook, line and sinker. @pakitrump how dafuk? I was born in 1998 and I'm turning 19 this year. — Mishaal. (@MishaalNaeem) January 16, 2017 @ForensicWow @Asensiazo @sua9rez @sandalshagger he said "now" aka present tense therefore his statement is incorrect — ANNA (@queenslaaaaaaay) January 18, 2017 RT @sandalshagger: A kid born in 2005 is now 20 years old. Let that sink. pic.twitter.com/19Z79RSbzu — desp (@bigracks) January 16, 2017 @sandalshagger pic.twitter.com/4yhxlZ0mhF — #LetMyPeopleGLO ⚡️ (@MichellCClark) January 17, 2017 RT @sandalshagger: A kid born in 2005 is now 20 years old. Let that sink. pic.twitter.com/CWI75gEpwR — Dangerous Danae™ (@iHateDanae) January 16, 2017 It didn't help that @Sandalshagger soon decided to jump back into the fracas and confuse things even further. wow holy fuck, just realised we're in 2017 and not 2020, probably explains the confusion, how embarrassing  — MK (@sandalshagger) January 17, 2017 That is how the world ends then. Not with a bang, but with total and utter tweet-based chaos. @MishaalNaeem @pakitrump that's your personal problem — Normachos #5H2017 (@Normachos) January 16, 2017 Eventually, Twitter user @ForensicWow summed it all up quite nicely. @queenslaaaaaaay @Asensiazo @sua9rez @sandalshagger Yeah it's a very stupid tweet. — Forensic Wow (@ForensicWow) January 18, 2017 BONUS: This is what happens when you binge-watch Black Mirror

Google grabs Twitter app platform Fabric

Google grabs Twitter app platform Fabric

Google is acquiring Twitter's mobile application developer platform Fabric, a move which could give some breathing room for the social network after charting an independent path without a suitor. Twitter last year was in talks to sell itself with several firms including Google parent Alphabet, but without a deal decided to continue on an independent path, cutting jobs and refocusing on its core services. The sale of Fabric will shift to Google the platform used by developers for mobile apps.

Facebook dismissive of censorship, abuse concerns, rights groups allege

Facebook dismissive of censorship, abuse concerns, rights groups allege

Nearly 80 rights groups on Wednesday accused Facebook of "racially biased censorship" and failing to be more transparent about its removal policies and cooperation with law enforcement, adding to criticism the company has faced in recent months over its management of content on its network of 1.8 billion users. The sharp rebuke, sent in response to a December letter from Senior Vice President Joel Kaplan, reflected increasing impatience among advocacy groups that say Facebook has inadequately addressed their concerns despite repeated promises of action from senior executives.

On Leaving Social Media In Order To Salvage Your Sanity

On Leaving Social Media In Order To Salvage Your Sanity

Then Facebook opened up! And Twitter! And Instagram! And you could link them. Social media has brought us all together. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram make it easier than ever to plug in and experience a firehose of anger, joy, fear, and “like” (love is a little strong, perhaps) with the tap of a thumb or a few keystrokes.

Americans want Trump to cut back on Twitter, poll finds

Americans want Trump to cut back on Twitter, poll finds

President-elect Donald Trump is known to have an itchy Twitter finger, and says he plans to continue his use of the social media platform after he takes the oath of office. The survey, conducted Jan. 12 to 15, found a vast majority of Democrats (89 percent) have a negative view of Trump’s use of Twitter. In November, Trump said he would be “very restrained” in his use of Twitter as commander in chief, but will reserve the right to use it as a “method” to combat what he perceives as negative stories about him.

Is there a method behind Trump’s Twitter madness — and does it really matter?

Is there a method behind Trump’s Twitter madness — and does it really matter?

It goes something like this: The president-elect of the United States tweets something no president-elect has ever said, and certainly never tweeted, before. All of this raises a number of questions as this president-elect becomes president: Is his unfiltered spew of thought really unprecedented? Just before the controversial nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to head the Department of Health and Human Services, for instance, Trump tweeted that flag burning should be illegal.

Facebook's Zuckerberg questioned at trial over virtual-reality technology

Facebook's Zuckerberg questioned at trial over virtual-reality technology

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Facebook Inc chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took the witness stand in Dallas federal court on Tuesday and denied an allegation by a rival company that the virtual-reality technology of Facebook's Oculus unit was stolen. Zuckerberg, the founder of one of the world's largest companies, faced hours of tough, public questioning about where Oculus obtained its ideas and how much he knew about the startup when Facebook bought it for $2 billion. A jury is hearing evidence in a civil lawsuit brought by videogame publisher ZeniMax Media Inc against Oculus in 2014, in the middle of the Facebook-Oculus deal.

'Sad Dogs Outside Shops' Facebook page is a must-follow for pupper lovers

'Sad Dogs Outside Shops' Facebook page is a must-follow for pupper lovers

There's something really endearing about sad-looking dogs waiting for their owner outside a shop. There they are. Tied up and waiting for their owners to return, while you contemplate patting them to help them with their separation anxiety. SEE ALSO: Happy pups take owner for a joyous snowboarding ride in a winter wonderland Now there's an Instagram and Facebook page called "Sad Dogs Outside Shops," dedicated to pictures of these pooches.  The account was started by an Irish guy living in Australia named Andy. He's been putting up pictures of sad dogs online for a few years now. "One thing I noticed when I moved over was the amount of dogs tied up at shops! I've always loved dogs and liked to pet them to cheer them up a bit so when I saw them and I thought other people would get a kick out of seeing them online too," he told Mashable via Messenger.  A photo posted by @saddogsoutsideshops on Jan 12, 2017 at 1:40pm PST Andy now gets most of his images from submissions, which come from around the world including Spain, Canada, U.S., UK, Ireland and of course, Australia. A photo posted by @saddogsoutsideshops on Jan 16, 2017 at 11:56pm PST "I just got our first Russian sad dog this morning which is great. It's like the people, once they were made aware of the dogs, realised that they see them all the time," he said. A photo posted by @saddogsoutsideshops on Jan 16, 2017 at 12:17am PST The account is of course "really just a bit of fun" and "an antidote to all the rubbish" that's on Facebook and Instagram nowadays, "where people are just putting up stylised versions of themselves," according to Andy. A photo posted by @saddogsoutsideshops on Jan 13, 2017 at 2:53am PST We'll take sad dogs over pretty humans any day. A photo posted by @saddogsoutsideshops on Jan 6, 2017 at 10:12pm PST A photo posted by @saddogsoutsideshops on Dec 26, 2016 at 10:49am PST [h/t Buzzfeed ] BONUS: NBD, just a massive alligator out for a stroll

Twitter roasts MLB player for mansplaining birth control to Jessica Chastain

Twitter roasts MLB player for mansplaining birth control to Jessica Chastain

If you come at the Queen, you best not miss. That's the important lesson MLB player Matt Garza learnt when he tried to "educate" actress, activist and all around boss, Jessica Chastain, on birth control. SEE ALSO: Requests for IUDs are up 900% at Planned Parenthood It all went down after Chastain tweeted her dismay about changes to U.S. health insurance policy. #BirthControl is no longer covered by health insurance. Congrats USA, you're doing your part to keep women out of the work force. #smfh  — Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) January 13, 2017 If you are not ready to provide for a family, if you want to finish school, if you want to build a career, protect yourself. #IUD @PPact — Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) January 13, 2017 Garza, evidently a champion mansplainer, decided to jump in. It's called abstinence, a word that has been forgotten amongst this generation... it's the best contraceptive... #juatsaying https://t.co/OgKg1qQmln — Matt garza (@Gdeuceswild) January 13, 2017 There's a lot to unpack in that one tweet. Luckily, Twitter was up for the job. The first and most obvious criticism was that Garza himself became a father at the tender age of 18. How's that for hypocrisy?  .@Gdeuceswild Yeahhh. How many ppl do you know who are abstinent? Don't lecture women about abstinence...especially when you had a kid at 18 — Nick Bolton (@NickBolton13) January 13, 2017 Matt Garza has 6 kids and became a father when he was a teenager. This generation tho, man. https://t.co/M0F6OJCFf8 — bobby daniels (@BobbyJDaniels) January 13, 2017 BECAUSE MATT GARZA, FATHER OF 6, (FIRST CHILD AT 18) IS THE REAL SPOKESMAN OF ABSTINENCE ONLY  — e. (@NIIGHTWlNGS) January 13, 2017 So @Gdeuceswild knocks up a girl at 18 and then preaches to @jes_chastain about abstinence? Smh 樂 — Animal Farm Magazine (@AnimalFarmMag) January 16, 2017 The second cluster of criticism centred around the audacity of a man lecturing a woman about her body on the internet — something that seems to happen only once every half a second. @iFlopSets @Gdeuceswild @jes_chastain so glad you know what is good and bad for girls PLEASE TELL ME MORE pic.twitter.com/lju49p4nTS — Stangle's Kid (@lisasaurstomp) January 13, 2017 @EthanBearman I take birth control due to an illness, not for pregnancy prevention. Matt Garza is a knob. — Miss Goodas (@missgoodas) January 17, 2017 @iFlopSets @lisasaurstomp @Gdeuceswild @jes_chastain awesome advice from a guy that doesn't have a uterus! — Rad Wolf MacAwesome (@RadMacawesome) January 13, 2017 Thanks Matt Garza! I really needed some Grade A mansplaining today. — Keely Flanagan (@keely_flanagan) January 13, 2017 @Gdeuceswild good point. I just have a hamper full of filthy socks and my wife sits on the washing machine 12-6 pm and we're doing great — Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) January 13, 2017 And finally, as things got messier and messier, people just started dragging Garza's playing. @Gdeuceswild Matt, if you ever get to the postseason on your trash team, maybe abstain from giving up 4 runs in six innings like you did last time. — Wesley Funcrusher (@wesleyfuncrushe) January 13, 2017 @Gdeuceswild You play for the Brewers. What do you know about birth control OR baseball? — Caroline Dohack (@CarolineDohack) January 14, 2017 Oooof. That is a perfect storm of criticism you've just endured, Matt. Nobody messes with Chastain. how on earth did I miss this Matt Garza thing, and also, why did I have to see this Matt Garza thing — keithlaw (@keithlaw) January 14, 2017 BONUS: Facebook stalkers confess their dark secrets

Steelers coach Tomlin contrite, but irked by Brown Facebook faux pas

Steelers coach Tomlin contrite, but irked by Brown Facebook faux pas

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he regrets the language he used in discussing upcoming NFL playoff foes New England in a locker room speech, but he'll punish receiver Antonio Brown for streaming it live on Facebook. In a fiery, and he believed private, address to his players after their victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Tomlin said the Steelers had "spotted those assholes (the Patriots) a day and a half" of preparation time for next Sunday's AFC championship game.

Facebook's Zuckerberg questioned at trial over virtual-reality technology

Facebook's Zuckerberg questioned at trial over virtual-reality technology

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Facebook Inc chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took the witness stand in Dallas federal court on Tuesday and denied an allegation by a rival company that the virtual-reality technology of Facebook's Oculus unit was stolen. Zuckerberg, the founder of one of the world's largest companies, faced hours of tough, public questioning about where Oculus obtained its ideas and how much he knew about the startup when Facebook bought it for $2 billion. A jury is hearing evidence in a civil lawsuit brought by videogame publisher ZeniMax Media Inc against Oculus in 2014, in the middle of the Facebook-Oculus deal.

Mike Tomlin Had Some Harsh Words About Antonio Brown Posting The 'A**hole' Speech On Facebook

Mike Tomlin Had Some Harsh Words About Antonio Brown Posting The 'A**hole' Speech On Facebook

The Steelers escaped Kansas City on Sunday night with an 18-16 win in their Divisional Round matchup with the Chiefs to set up an AFC Championship matchup with the Patriots. After the game, a fired up Mike Tomlin stood in front of his team in the locker room and delivered a passionate, profanity-laced speech about how they’ll be ready for the AFC Championship game despite the Patriots having more than a full extra day of rest on Pittsburgh. In the speech, he referred to the Patriots as “those a**holes” which sent the football world into a tizzy about the perceived slight at the Pats.

Fraudsters use sham UK charity appeals to steal money via emails, social media

By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fraudsters have been using social media and emails to trick British corporations and members of the public to donate money to fake charity appeals, the UK's charity regulator said on Tuesday. In one case, emails purporting to be from Migrant Helpline - a genuine charity supporting migrants - were sent to individuals and businesses with a link containing malware to steal banking details, the Charity Commission said. The emails contained details of a bogus donation to Syrian families and invited recipients to clink on a link to retrieve more information about their donation, Migrant Helpline said in a warning posted on its website.

Fraudsters use sham UK charity appeals to steal money via emails, social media

By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fraudsters have been using social media and emails to trick British corporations and members of the public to donate money to fake charity appeals, the UK's charity regulator said on Tuesday. In one case, emails purporting to be from Migrant Helpline - a genuine charity supporting migrants - were sent to individuals and businesses with a link containing malware to steal banking details, the Charity Commission said. The emails contained details of a bogus donation to Syrian families and invited recipients to clink on a link to retrieve more information about their donation, Migrant Helpline said in a warning posted on its website.

Facebook bets on Paris with start-up incubator

By Gwénaëlle Barzic PARIS (Reuters) - Facebook gave the French tech scene a vote of confidence on Tuesday by picking Paris as the location for its first start-ups incubator, a boost for the city as European capitals compete to attract firms post-Brexit. The U.S. social media group said it would set up the scheme at the Station F site on the Left Bank - an ambitious project backed by French billionaire Xavier Niel and set to become the world's largest start-up campus when it opens in April. "Paris has always been a city of new ideas where people come together to break new ground, to do new things," Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told reporters at the vast, listed former railway depot still under renovation.

Soccer-Sagna fined and warned for social media post

Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna was fined 40,000 pounds ($49,236.00) on Tuesday and warned about his future conduct after a post on social media that appeared to accuse a referee of bias. The French international was charged with misconduct by the FA for his "10 against 12... but still fighting and winning as a team" Instagram post after City beat Burnley 2-1 in the Premier League on Jan. 2. Referee Lee Mason sent off City midfielder Fernandinho in the 32nd minute and the FA alleged that Frenchman Sagna's comment, which was later deleted, questioned the official's integrity.

'Bridget Trump's Diary' is the parody Twitter account we all need in our lives

'Bridget Trump's Diary' is the parody Twitter account we all need in our lives

LONDON — It is a truth universally acknowledged that Donald Trump LOVES Twitter.  In fact, his stream of consciousness tweets and personal musings could be considered a pithy Bridget Jones-esque diary about the ups and downs of life as PEOTUS.  SEE ALSO: Calling Bridget Jones one of the most influential women of the past 70 years is problematic One comedian has created a parody Twitter account dedicated to Donald Trump diary entries written in the style of Bridget Jones' Diary. And, it's the stuff of magic. Tiff Stevenson — a standup comic based in London — got the idea for the account in early January when she observed that one of Trump's tweets bore a similarity to Bridget Jones' Diary . She decided to turn Donald Trump tweets into diary entires written in the style of Bridget Jones. From there, Bridget Trump was born. "It's remarkable how little you have to change," says Stevenson.  Resolution 1: Obviously will lose twenty pounds. Number 2: Repeal Obamacare WILL NOT borrow money off dadN.B. Poker chips aren't edible — BRIDGETTRUMPSDIARY (@BRIDGETTRUMPSD1) January 8, 2017 Stevenson believes that Jones and Trump have remarkable amount in common.  "There are so many parallels between Bridget and Donald. They are both utterly consumed with how other people see them and they are constantly chasing after the wrong guy," says Stevenson.  "They share a love of words and exclamation marks too, such as vile!, tremendous!, media!, winning!, stupid!, weak!, smart!, loser!, love!" Stevenson continues.  Bridget Trump's Diary touches on a variety of issues that have plagued Trump in recent weeks.  Of course, there are several entries relating to Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech.  Kelly Anne told me Vile Meryl said a awful thing about me at an awards do. Heard she is a democrat, very cruel race. Ate pudding from M&S — BRIDGETTRUMPSDIARY (@BRIDGETTRUMPSD1) January 9, 2017 Hate dishonest Meryl! Must center myself more. Will ask Pence about appropriate self-help book, possible Eastern-religion-based. Weight-270 — BRIDGETTRUMPSDIARY (@BRIDGETTRUMPSD1) January 10, 2017 Naturally, Theresa May and Nigel Farage get several mentions.  Invited to Theresa May's turkey curry buffet. Nigel F will be there apparently he is top human rights abolitionist that mother is keen on — BRIDGETTRUMPSDIARY (@BRIDGETTRUMPSD1) January 11, 2017 Money is also of the utmost importance to Bridget Trump.  I WILL NOTWaste money on: unaffordable health care , tax , planned parenthood, moving to Washington or exotic underwear — BRIDGETTRUMPSDIARY (@BRIDGETTRUMPSD1) January 13, 2017 And, Bridget Trump even revealed a lack of knowledge about Brexit in one entry.  Lovely catch up w/ GoveTold him 'Bridget Trump thinks Brexit is tremendous'**Don't really know what Brexit is but enjoy sounding important — BRIDGETTRUMPSDIARY (@BRIDGETTRUMPSD1) January 16, 2017 And, of course, the inauguration line-up is deeply troubling to Bridget Trump.  Why oh why doesn't anyone want to play at the inauguration? What if I die alone & am found 3 weeks later half eaten by an Alsatian? — BRIDGETTRUMPSDIARY (@BRIDGETTRUMPSD1) January 15, 2017 In addition to the parallels between the two of them, Stevenson believes that Trump could learn a lot from Bridget Jones.  "I think Trump could learn a lot from Bridget because she is likeable and when she makes a mistake she owns it rather than point the finger of blame at others," says Stevenson.  "Also, Bridget is always trying to improve herself and reach higher. Donald thinks he is tremendous (just the way he is) and won't tolerate any difference in that opinion," she continues.Perhaps we should all take a leaf out of Bridget's book.  BONUS: Bridget Jones is on the property ladder, here's what her flat looks like now

Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany

Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany

By Caroline Copley and Eric Auchard BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - Facebook is stepping up efforts to head off tougher regulation by Germany, a fierce critic of the social media network operator, with top managers visiting Germany and saying they would do more to combat fake news and hate speech. Top German lawmakers are planning legislation this year to force Facebook to remove incitements to hate crimes from its web pages within 24 hours or face fines, a push that could force the social media giant to bear more responsibility for content posted by users. Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg visited Berlin on Sunday to meet with German government officials considering new regulations on Facebook, according to a Berlin-based source at a rival Internet company.

Teenage Bollywood actor faces vicious social media abuse and no one knows why

Teenage Bollywood actor faces vicious social media abuse and no one knows why

She's sixteen, talented, newly famous. And unfortunately, facing vile abuse on social media.  Zaira Wasim, the young actor who dazzled audiences with her flawless debut in Dangal — India's highest-grossing film ever — posted an inexplicable "confession/apology" on Facebook last night.  And then, she deleted it in no time.  SEE ALSO: 'Dangal' becomes the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time Not before screenshots had been taken though.  Shocking open letter by #Dangal actress @zairawasim apologizing for her work. Was she harassed and threatened by the extremists in #Kashmir? pic.twitter.com/cHl2HhkzA2 — Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) January 16, 2017 Her note reeks of fear and coercion. And sadly, submission too. She says she is "sorry for what I did" and wants to "make it very clear that I do not want anyone to follow in my foot steps or even consider me as a role model."  What has she "done"? No one knows. Yet. But there's enough conjecture.  Going by the comments surfacing on social media, she's either being bullied for meeting Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister (CM) Mehbooba Mufti or being criticized for her supposedly "un-Islamic" act of joining films.  Scores of abusive comments have flooded her Facebook page.  This is the filth people filled up the comments section with, on a Facebook post about #Dangal star @zairawasim meeting @MehboobaMufti pic.twitter.com/CEM60KrXo9 — Swati Goel Sharma (@swati_gs) January 16, 2017 She's apparently being vilified for this meeting with the state CM.  Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today meets young Kashmiri girl @ZairaWasim who is playing the role of Aamir khan's dangal. pic.twitter.com/Bsa6SVar0C — Srinagar Times (@SrinagarTimes_) January 14, 2017 However, there's a silver lining. Almost.  The hate comments have been outnumbered by the empathetic ones. All sections of Indian society from politicians and media-persons to film personalities and sportsmen, and of course, the masses have come out in loud support of the Kashmiri actor.  Noted among them is a comment from former Jammu & Kashmir CM and Mufti's political rival, Omar Abdullah.  I've a problem with @MehboobaMufti trying to userp other peoples success to cover up her own failures but why punish/troll people she meets? — Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) January 16, 2017 Support from the film industry has been noticeable too, with Dangal 's lead actor Aamir Khan releasing a Twitter statement this afternoon, appealing "everyone to leave her alone".  pic.twitter.com/Ynu3VvdRs0 — Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) January 17, 2017 Some veteran actors have insisted that Wasim is their "role model". Dear @zairawasim! Ur apology letter is sad but full of courage. It exposes d cowardice of people who made u write it.But u r my #RoleModel. pic.twitter.com/fCF2zlzvzC — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) January 16, 2017 And some others have reminded her that she didn't need to apologize. Those who shout AZADI from the roof tops don't give an iota of AZADI to others .Poor Zaira Waseem had to apologies for her success Shame !! — Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) January 16, 2017 #ZairaWasim u dont need 2 apologise 2 faceless losers. They r narrow minded cowards. U ARE a role model for ALL young girls & u shud b proud — Swara Bhaskar (@ReallySwara) January 16, 2017 The youths of #Kashmir should come out on the streets & and announce that we don't want to be stone throwers but achievers like @zairawasim — Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) January 16, 2017 "Leave her alone." Yes, please! She is Sixteen, Going on Seventeen.. & this is the Sound of Bullying. So very CRUEL what @zairawasim has been put through. LEAVE HER ALONE — barkha dutt (@BDUTT) January 16, 2017 This Indian poet recalled a similar incident from 2013 when an all-girl band in Kashmir had been issued a fatwa for playing music .   Chilled to the bone, also, by the cadences of @zairawasim's 'apology': it reads like a heretic's forced recantation in mediaeval Europe. — Ranjit Hoskote (@ranjithoskote) January 16, 2017 Thinking of #ZairaWasim, I think also of Pragaash, the Srinagar girl band that was silenced in 2013. Women suffer more in the culture wars. pic.twitter.com/TuXu7MCeu0 — Ranjit Hoskote (@ranjithoskote) January 16, 2017 Sportspeople, including Indian wrestler Geeta Phogat, whose role Wasim essayed in Dangal , have voiced their support and concern. #ZairaWasim we are proud of you dear don't worry and stand strong  pic.twitter.com/6bHQZHXou9 — geeta phogat (@geeta_phogat) January 16, 2017 Men will be men. Insecure 2 see a girl like @zairawasim get wings. Sadly we think "Maahri Choriyan AAJ B Choron se kum hain." @aamir_khan — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 17, 2017 Mass support continues to pour in as people tweet with the hashtag #StandWithZaira.  #ZairaWasim you don't owe it to anyone. You have made all of us proud by your sheer talent & hard work. You need not to be apologetic. Bravo pic.twitter.com/QiMgTblFkq — Mubassir Latifi مبصر (@Mubassir_Latifi) January 16, 2017 It must take extra courage to go after a 16 year old debutante. @zairawasim, you're awesome and don't let this get to you — Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) January 16, 2017 Shocking & unfair that 16-year-old Dangal actor Zaira Wasim forced to apologise by trolls. She met the CM, not Hafiz Saeed! #StandWithZaira — Sayoni Aiyar (@sayoniaiyar) January 16, 2017 Why should a talent be suppressed, abused, trolled and made to apologise. On @zairawasim some answers I need from kashmiris. #Kashmir pic.twitter.com/3RFsScAnU7 — Sajid Yousuf (@sajid_Yousuf_) January 16, 2017 Zaira Wasim is a talented young girl to who has brought laurels to her community. She ought to be celebrated not demeaned #StandWithZaira — Shakir Mir (@shakirmir) January 16, 2017 BONUS: Facebook stalkers confess their dark secrets

'Fifty Shades Darker' tops social media buzz week ending Jan. 15

'Fifty Shades Darker' tops social media buzz week ending Jan. 15

The release of the movie soundtrack playlist for "Fifty Shades Darker" helped generate 152,000 new conversations on social media last week making it the most talked-about film on the web for the week ending Jan. 15, according to media-measurement firm comScore. 

Conservative decries Volleys ad for being "all about rooting" and Twitter is obsessed

Conservative decries Volleys ad for being

When the folks over at Volley Australia dreamt up their 2016 #Grassroots campaign, it's likely they were mostly just trying to sell shoes. But according to Wendy Francis, a prominent member of the Australian Christian Lobby, they had something much more insidious on their mind: A bit of good ol' fashioned rooting. That's "doing the sex" in Australian speak. Naturally, Twitter's response to the Helen Lovejoy-style concerns over a campaign "all about rooting" was swift. SEE ALSO: Manny Gutierrez becomes Maybelline's first male campaign face While it's not clear which images in particular Francis was responding to, some have guessed the staunchly anti-marriage equality campaigner might be taking issue with the campaign's inclusion of non-heteronormative affection. Parents be aware Dunlop Volley still sell sandshoes for school kids, but their website has R rated images as they're now "all about rooting" — Wendy Francis (@wendyjoyfrancis) January 17, 2017 As Samuel Leighton-Dore, one of the campaign's models, told Mashable via Messenger, "I'm not sure she's offended by the images so much as what they seem to represent, which is freedom, sexuality, and ... footwear." the ACL is worried about the "R rated images" on this Dunlop campaign about safe sex. Do NOT share these images, repeat DO NOT pic.twitter.com/SZFy5rt9GN — Josh Butler (@JoshButler) January 17, 2017 Leighton-Dore believes shocked responses like Francis' will soon be a thing of the past, however.  "I think when recognisably Australian brands start to embrace diversity and sexuality in their branding, it's a sign that organisations like ACL are fighting the tide," he said. Meanwhile, Twitter is having a grand time taking Joy to task, particularly focusing on her use of the phrase "all about rooting." 'they're now "all about rooting"' has to be the most Australian version of "Won't Somebody Think of the Children!" ever. https://t.co/xkQxlnCytn — ❄️Snowflake❄️ (@WildBilbo) January 17, 2017 As a parent, I too am all about rooting and sandshoes, or something https://t.co/igN9RiF8GV — tim burgess (@burgotastic) January 17, 2017 saddened to admit that i too am all about rooting pic.twitter.com/XW0WSnFoFc — Colley (@JamColley) January 17, 2017 me: *gets "all about rooting" tattooed right above my crotch* nice — Callum Rae Jepsen (@glctcsm) January 17, 2017 Early Jan but calling it anyway. "Volleys: All About Rooting" has to be the marketing campaign of 2017. https://t.co/MBC9z4AOQf — Jon Wardle (@wardlejon) January 17, 2017 I am still losing it at "all about rooting" — Nick Evershed (@NickEvershed) January 17, 2017 Root on, Twitter. Root on. Mashable has contacted Volley's for comment. BONUS: Someone made VR shoes and it's as weird as it sounds

The Trump transition, tweet by tweet

The Trump transition, tweet by tweet

Since winning the presidency, Donald Trump has exploited Twitter to make administrative announcements, weigh in on foreign policy -- and hurl barbs at anyone who crosses him. During his presidential transition, he has picked fights on Twitter with China, Mexico, Lockheed Martin, Toyota, the media, President Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meryl Streep and the cast of "Hamilton," among others. -- Hillary Clinton eventually won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes.

The 'How I Met Your Mother' Facebook page rewrote MLK's 'I Have a Dream' and it is bad

The 'How I Met Your Mother' Facebook page rewrote MLK's 'I Have a Dream' and it is bad

Barney Stinson might be funny for his unapologetic womanizing on How I Met Your Mother. But mixing his character with revered civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. seems destined to go wrong. SEE ALSO: Why everyone is pissed the FBI is celebrating MLK Day on Twitter The Facebook page for the TV show — which ended in 2014 — published a post on MLK Day, appropriating King's revered "I Have a Dream" speech, but in the character of Stinson.  It's tacky as hell, featuring lines like "I have a dream that one day all bros will rise up and live out the true meaning of their creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident - that all are boobs are created pretty good.'" Or a dream that "black and white chicks will come together in my bed" and "all tee-shirts will be wet and boob jobs will be free." Yep. The comments were less than forgiving, but there were also a few people who didn't see the problem. Image: facebook Image: FACEBOOK Image: FACEBOOK Image: FACEBOOK Sure, if Stinson was a real person, maybe he'd say all this. But rewriting King's speech in the words of a TV character famed for his misogyny and sociopathy is asking for trouble. Neil Patrick Harris, who plays Stinson, tweeted a much more tactful quote from King earlier on Monday.  'I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.' - Martin Luther King, Jr. — Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) January 16, 2017 Mashable has contacted CBS for comment. BONUS: Glowing bike path in Dutch town is like a moving Van Gogh painting

Facebook launches startup programme in Paris campus

Facebook launches startup programme in Paris campus

Facebook launched its first ever startup support programme in Paris Tuesday, in a massive tech incubator funded by a French telecoms billionaire. "Entrepreneurs are the engine of economic growth here in France and around the world," she said.

Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany

Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany

By Caroline Copley and Eric Auchard BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - Facebook is stepping up efforts to head off tougher regulation by Germany, a fierce critic of the social media network operator, saying on Monday it would do more to combat fake news as its chief operating officer met with officials in Berlin. Top German lawmakers are planning legislation this year to force Facebook to remove "hate speech" from its web pages within 24 hours or face fines, a push that could force the social mediagiant to bear more responsibility for content posted by users. Germany's strict libel and slander laws are meant to protect citizens by making it a crime to defame others.

Nighttime social media use is affecting the sleep of 1 in 5 young people finds new study

Nighttime social media use is affecting the sleep of 1 in 5 young people finds new study

New UK research has found that as many as 1 in 5 young people regularly wake up in the night to use social media. Carried out by Professor Sally Power, Co-Director (Cardiff) Wales Institute for Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD), the research looked at more than 900 school pupils aged between 12-15 years, who were asked to complete a questionnaire on their sleep and nighttime social media habits. The students were asked about their bedtimes and waking times as well as how often they woke up at night to check social media.

Maisie Williams makes Twitter request, gets more than she bargained for

Maisie Williams makes Twitter request, gets more than she bargained for

LONDON — Arya and Sansa Stark may be total badasses these days, but it wasn't always that way. Long before they were battle-hardened by the endless, freezing misery of Westeros, everybody's favourite Game of Thrones sisters were... well, they were just sort of small and adorable. SEE ALSO: Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner just took friendship goals to a whole new level On Monday afternoon, Maisie Williams tweeted the following request for old photos of herself and BFF Sophie Turner. Can u pretty please send me funny pictures of Sophie and I when we were well young? They make me laugh so much — Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) January 16, 2017 And boy, did the internet deliver: @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/mMXBvtCTDR — michael (@EMPAYDEE) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/M8ina2mJeb — michael (@EMPAYDEE) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams my personal fave pic.twitter.com/jtvtrv2sFj — nadine ❄️ (@fatsophieturner) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/6PVpB6WQLH — lauren (@dexter_mch) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/FEq8m0Guri — ㅤjessica (@cerseilcnnister) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams oh my god maisie pic.twitter.com/arvM7W9JP6 — alessia (@elliestarkss) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams best picture ever pic.twitter.com/bSz2YXZzvj — Alexandre Monteiro (@maxthewild) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/2a6RSiMNdU — n (@breakerofchajns) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams caption this!! pic.twitter.com/4VZ1BMKlTx — emma (@gayrobb) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/tgzA5WU7bD — lauren (@dexter_mch) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/FQy4sec4RE — lauren (@dexter_mch) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/RdsgNOv2Mc — - ̗̀ eleonora ̖́- (@LlGHTOFTHESEVEN) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/GUooZkPm3t — n (@breakerofchajns) January 16, 2017 There are many, many more where those came from too. What have I done — Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) January 16, 2017 When you ask the internet for help, you had better be prepared for the internet to deliver. BONUS: Watch Maisie Williams prove she is the queen of spoofs...as if we had any doubt.

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Ukraine's power outage was a cyber attack: Ukrenergo

Ukraine's power outage was a cyber attack: Ukrenergo

By Pavel Polityuk, Oleg Vukmanovic and Stephen Jewkes KIEV/MILAN (Reuters) - A power blackout in Ukraine's capital Kiev last month was caused by a cyber attack and investigators are trying to trace other potentially infected computers and establish the source of the breach, utility Ukrenergo told Reuters on Wednesday.     When the lights went out in northern Kiev on Dec. 17-18, power supplier Ukrenergo suspected a cyber attack and hired investigators to help it determine the cause following a series of breaches across Ukraine. Preliminary findings indicate that workstations and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, linked to the 330 kilowatt sub-station "North", were influenced by external sources outside normal parameters, Ukrenergo said in comments emailed to Reuters.

Exclusive: Canadian energy firms at bigger risk from cyber, bomb attacks - spy agency

Exclusive: Canadian energy firms at bigger risk from cyber, bomb attacks - spy agency

By Ethan Lou CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada's main spy agency last year warned energy companies about an increasing risk of cyber espionage and attacks on pipelines, oil storage and shipment facilities and power transmission towers using homemade explosives, according to a classified document seen by Reuters. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) warning last May highlights an additional risk for the energy sector, where opposition to pipelines has ramped up in Canada, home to the world's third-largest oil reserves, and the United States. In the document, which features speaking notes prepared for a CSIS briefing with energy and utilities sector stakeholders, an unidentified official specifies a threat from foreign state-owned firms looking for confidential information about investments or takeovers.

Putin: Obama administration trying to undermine Trump

Putin: Obama administration trying to undermine Trump

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin took a parting shot at the Obama administration Tuesday, accusing it of trying to undermine Donald Trump's legitimacy with fake allegations and "binding the president-elect hand and foot to prevent him from fulfilling his election promises."

The Spies Who Love Putin

It’s tempting to look to the playbooks and historical traditions of the late Soviet Union to explain the audacity of today’s Russian intelligence activity, from its meddling in U.S. elections, to apparently killing Kremlin opponents abroad. But these activities are not just products of old ways or new geopolitics. They also stem from a shift in the activities of Russia’s political police force, the infamous Federal Security Service (FSB). Originally established to protect the Kremlin’s rule at home, it has increasingly moved into Russia’s foreign operations. A new cohort of secret policemen, ignorant of the traditions of spycraft and secure in Putin’s protection, has fundamentally altered the nature of Russian intelligence.

As US looks inward, China seeks a lead role on world stage

As US looks inward, China seeks a lead role on world stage

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — With the U.S. increasingly looking inward and China eager to take a lead on the global stage, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday cast his country as a champion of free trade and stability, a rebuke to the isolationist urges that helped carry Donald Trump to power.

Fraudsters use sham UK charity appeals to steal money via emails, social media

By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fraudsters have been using social media and emails to trick British corporations and members of the public to donate money to fake charity appeals, the UK's charity regulator said on Tuesday. In one case, emails purporting to be from Migrant Helpline - a genuine charity supporting migrants - were sent to individuals and businesses with a link containing malware to steal banking details, the Charity Commission said. The emails contained details of a bogus donation to Syrian families and invited recipients to clink on a link to retrieve more information about their donation, Migrant Helpline said in a warning posted on its website.

Fraudsters use sham UK charity appeals to steal money via emails, social media

By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fraudsters have been using social media and emails to trick British corporations and members of the public to donate money to fake charity appeals, the UK's charity regulator said on Tuesday. In one case, emails purporting to be from Migrant Helpline - a genuine charity supporting migrants - were sent to individuals and businesses with a link containing malware to steal banking details, the Charity Commission said. The emails contained details of a bogus donation to Syrian families and invited recipients to clink on a link to retrieve more information about their donation, Migrant Helpline said in a warning posted on its website.

An insidious new Gmail phishing attack is tricking even the most careful of users

A new phishing technique is fooling internet users into giving hackers access to their Gmail accounts. According to WordPress security plugin creator Wordfence , the way that the attack works is that hackers send emails to the contacts of compromised accounts containing a seemingly innocuous attachment. When the user clicks the attachment, a new tab opens in the browser that looks nearly identical to the Google sign-in page. If the user inputs their log-in information, it goes straight to the attacker. On Hacker News , a commenter describes an incident that occurred at his school last year in which several employees and students were tricked into handing over their account information to attackers after receiving compromised emails and opening the attachments, thus perpetuating the cycle: "It's the most sophisticated attack I've seen. The attackers log in to your account immediately once they get the credentials, and they use one of your actual attachments, along with one of your actual subject lines, and send it to people in your contact list. For example, they went into one student's account, pulled an attachment with an athletic team practice schedule, generated the screenshot, and then paired that with a subject line that was tangentially related, and emailed it to the other members of the athletic team." While the idea of having your Gmail account serve as a host for the chain of hacks to continue is frightening enough, the hackers will also have the ability to download and read through all of your private emails, as well as gain access to other information connected to your Google account (or whichever service is hacked). Here's what you need to look out for in your address bar to avoid this attack: As you can see, not only is the beginning of the string odd, but there is a script hidden behind a long wall of whitespace. You won't be able to see the script in your address bar without tapping on it and scrolling to the right, but there are several other signs to watch out for that are even more obvious. For example, here's what my address bar looks like when I navigate to Gmail in Chrome: See the green text and the "Secure" label in front of the address? That indicates that I've reached a safe, secure website, as opposed to the black text up above. Not every site is going to be certifiably secure like that, but if you are visiting a Google log-in page specifically and don't see it, alarms should go off in your head. Google might fix this eventually, but for now, just pay attention and look for green text. Furthermore, if you don't have two-factor authentication on your Google account (or any other account which contains sensitive information), treat this as a wake up call and set it up immediately.

Russia ready to rebuild security ties with U.S. under Trump: Putin ally

Russia is ready to resume cooperation with the United States on security issues such as the fight against terrorism and cyber crime, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin said, days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. Trump, who has praised Putin as "very smart", has signaled he wants to improve strained ties with Russia, despite U.S. intelligence agencies alleging the Kremlin chief ordered a cyber campaign to discredit rival Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race. Russia denies it tried to sway the U.S. election by hacking or other means and Trump has played down the allegations.

Whatsapp bug allows viewing of encrypted messages

Whatsapp's messaging app supposedly ensures strong end-to-end encryption, with the idea being that only the people involved in a conversation will ever be able to read the messages. But as it turns out, a programming bug -- that Whatsapp has known about for some time and has not fixed -- theoretically allows Whatsapp to snoop on any encrypted messages sent over the platform. The Guardian  first reported on the bug , which was found by Tobias Boelter, a security researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. The security flaw is related to how Whatsapp handles offline messages, and appears to be the result of a decision by Whatsapp to favor a seamless user experience over total security. End-to-end encryption relies on both users having two parts of a secure key, used to encrypt and then decrypt the message. But to make sure that messages are always sent, even when the recipient is offline, Whatsapp appears to have compromised that system. According to  The Guardian , "WhatsApp has the ability to force the generation of new encryption keys for offline users, unbeknown to the sender and recipient of the messages, and to make the sender re-encrypt messages with new keys and send them again for any messages that have not been marked as delivered." In theory, that would allow WhatsApp -- or any government agency with the appropriate court order -- to snoop on supposedly secure messages. There is no evidence that this has been done, and since the security bug relies on proactive involvement by WhatsApp, it seems unlikely that illegal hackers could use this bug to spy on users. Still, it's a blow for WhatsApp's supposedly tight security. Professor Kirstie Ball, a privacy advocate, told the  Guardian  that   “it is a huge threat to freedom of speech, for it to be able to look at what you’re saying if it wants to. Consumers will say, I’ve got nothing to hide, but you don’t know what information is looked for and what connections are being made.” Separately, a  Buzzfeed  investigation yesterday highlighted a danger associated with Signal, another secure messaging app that has grown in popularity in recent months.  Buzzfeed  pointed out that once you sign up for Signal with your phone number, the fact that you are using Signal is visible to anyone else who has your phone number. Since Signal is an app expressly designed for privacy advocates and whistleblowers, that might show guilt by association.

Europe erects defenses to counter Russia's information war

Europe erects defenses to counter Russia's information war

By Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - Nations in Europe, where Germany and France this year hold elections, are erecting defenses to counter possible Russian cyber attacks and disinformation to sway Western politics, but intelligence experts say this might be too little and too late. The issue of Russian "influence operations" has taken on new urgency after U.S. intelligence agencies released a non-classified assessment that President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to move the U.S. election in favor of Donald Trump. European nations and NATO are setting up centers to identify "fake news", bolstering cyber defenses and tracking use of social media which target Russian-speaking communities, far-right groups, political parties, voters and decision-makers.

Notorious iPhone hacking company has its secrets revealed by hack

Cellebrite, an Israeli firm that supplies "forensics tools" to agencies around the world, including US law enforcement, appears to have suffered a serious hack.  Motherboard claims to have 900GB of Cellebrite data , supplied to it by an anonymous hacker. Among other things, the data reportedly shows that the Israeli firm has been selling its technology to regimes known for their human rights abuses, including Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Russia. Cellebrite is best known for its rumored involvement in helping the FBI crack the San Bernandino shooter's iPhone, as Apple fought an order to assist through the courts. In addition to helping the FBI in that case, Cellebrite also sells forensics devices and software to dozens of US law enforcement agencies and police departments. It's also actively involved in developing the "Textalyser," a device that would theoretically let cops know if a cellphone was being used right before a car accident. The hack feels very similar to the 2015 breach of HackingTeam , an Italian company that provided spying tools to governments around the world. HackingTeam was shown to have sold its products to government agencies in Sudan, Ethiopia and Bangladesh, among many others. The scope of Cellebrite's sales is not clear, but it's still not a good look to be providing computer hacking tools to a Turkish regime being constantly criticized for its crack-downs on journalists and freedom of speech. According to  Motherboard , the 900GB data dump was provided by an anonymous hacker that disapproves of Cellebrite's choice of customer. The data apparently includes snippets of Cellebrite's customer database, data dumps from Cellebrite devices, and even evidence obtained from target devices. Cellebrite seemingly confirmed the authenticity of the data breach to  Motherboard.  Since the data dump is not public, the backlash against Cellebrite is unlikely to be as bad as the one seen by HackingTeam, which was forced to stop exporting its software after its data was leaked. But even if there's no immediate consequence, details of an Israeli firm supplying digital weapons to nations like Russia isn't going to do wonders for its US sales.

Insurance gaps leave shipping exposed to growing cyber threats

Insurance gaps leave shipping exposed to growing cyber threats

By Jonathan Saul and Carolyn Cohn LONDON (Reuters) - Shipping companies grappling with the threat of cyber attacks on vessels are finding insurance policies often fall short, officials involved in both industries say, a risk that could feed through into global prices. Gaps in insurance for ship owners and the disruptions that could cause have the potential to drive up both industrial and consumer prices.  In a particularly secretive industry, information about the nature of attacks is scarce, which insurance and shipping officials say is an obstacle to mitigating the risk. There is also a gap in provision, because most existing cyber or hull insurance policies will not cover the risk of a navigation system being jammed or physical damage to the ship caused by a hacking attack.

China's Xiaomi targets 2017 sales of $14.5 billion after 2016 overhaul

China's Xiaomi targets 2017 sales of $14.5 billion after 2016 overhaul

By Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Xiaomi targets 2017 sales of over 100 billion yuan ($14.47 billion), Chief Executive Lei Jun said on Thursday, after a year that saw the firm fall down the smartphone vendor rankings while it overhauled its business. "The worst is over," Lei said at an annual meeting in Beijing, describing 2016 as a "make-up year". Seven-year-old Xiaomi was briefly the world's most valuable startup and had hopes to be China's equivalent of Apple Inc. But it fell out of the top five in China for smartphone vendors in 2016, after reaching No. 2 in 2015.

This machine makes you work out by shivering on your couch

Machines that effortlessly make you burn calories and tone muscle and normally seen on the Shopping Channel sometime after 11PM, and spend less on science than on makeup artists for the infomercial. So when an Indiegogo comes along promising the same sort of thing, I wouldn't normally look twice. But a wealth of science , medical backing and peer-reviewed studies makes this look legitimately interesting. https://youtu.be/lEmloOai37o The premise behind BionicGym is simpler than most auto-weight-loss machines: shivering burns calories, so if you can attach electrodes that make your muscles shiver at a particular frequency, that will indeed burn calories. It doesn't sound like a pain-free workout, but rather just a more convenient alternative to going to the gym. The device uses electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), a fancy way of saying electrodes zap your muscles into movement. It's been used in clinical settings before, but the team behind BionicGym is trying to turn it into a commercial alternative to treadmills. In their test , which has been published in a properly peer-reviewed journal, an EMS device was used on a person for a series of exercise sessions, during which heart rate and oxygen uptake increased dramatically, just like you'd see during a normal gym session. As a proof of concept, EMS as an alternative to exercise seems to broadly work. The bigger question with BionicGym is how it will scale to different people in different settings, and whether the device can be manufacturered on schedule and under budget. Those are the same concerns with every crowdfunding campaign, and why you need to treat every project with a healthy dose of skepticism. One BionicGym will run $350 from the Indiegogo campaign . That's a lot of money for an idea, but also really just the same as a gym subscription for a few months.

Our solar system might have a ninth planet, and researchers have an idea of where it came from

We all grew up learning that our sun has eight friends: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Now, researchers who believe that a ninth planet is actually hanging around our galactic neighborhood have a theory as to how it got there. The scientists think that the yet unseen ninth planet may be a "rogue," which entered out solar system not at its inception, but long after the fact.  The theory of Planet Nine was born out of the movements of objects in the Kuiper belt, which is a disc-shaped collection of mostly small objects that exists beyond Neptune. In early 2016, Caltech scientists studying the peculiar orbits of objects in the Kuiper belt came to the conclusion that the only reason many of the Kuiper belt objects would behave in such a manner is if a massive planet was actually pulling them with its gravity. The world would have to be on the order of 10 times the size of Earth for the math to work out. As Space.com reports, a new paper by New Mexico State University undergrad James Vesper, with help from professor Paul Mason, accepts the theory that our solar system has a guest we didn't know about, and suggests a scenario that explains its existence. After running over 150 computer simulations to test the idea, Vesper claims that the unseen planet may actually be a rogue world that was grabbed by our solar system as it floated aimlessly in space. There are many, many rogue planets in space, and without a star to orbit they sometimes enter other solar system, either temporarily or for much longer stretches of time. In Vesper's simulations, a rogue world coming into contact with our solar system ended up sticking around, either by ejecting another planet or simply by sliding in and making a neat little orbit of its own. Further research is ongoing, and astronomers think they'll be able to either confirm or debunk the Planet Nine theory sometime this year.

AirPods are even more insanely popular than you could have guessed

Following a lukewarm reaction to the announcement of AirPods and the subsequent release date delay, the skepticism surrounding Apple's wireless earbuds at launch was understandable. It was also misguided, as a new report from research firm Slice Intelligence shows that AirPods were likely responsible for a major uptick in wireless headphone sales over the 2016 holiday season. According to Slice's data, wireless headphones accounted for 75% of all headphone sales online through the month of December. On December 13th specifically (which happens to be that day Apple's AirPods finally hit the market), ten times more money was spent on headphones than the pre-holiday average. There is a legitimate argument to be made that wireless headphone sales had been catching up with wired headphone sales in recent months (which Slice's data also backs up), but it's hard to deny that AirPods had a major impact last month. This chart from Slice is possibly the most telling of all: Headphone sales were higher on AirPods launch day that on Prime Day, Black Friday or Cyber Monday. No other day of the year saw more headphone sales than the day Apple made its wireless headphones available. But the most impressive statistic of all comes from another chart, which shows how ten popular consumer electronics companies that produce and sell headphones fared before and after the launch of AirPods: Since the AirPods launched last month, Apple has received more than a 25% share of all wireless headphone revenue in the market. In other words, AirPods have been significantly more popular than headphones from household brands such as Bose and Beats (which Apple also happens to own). So we can make fun of AirPods all we want, but they're clearly no laughing matter .

Just what Uber needs: More creepy information about your personal life

Everyone who converts from cabs to Uber tends to rave about the pricing and service. But one thing that Uber is not so great at is customer privacy. The company has come under fire before for allegedly following customer's rides and tracking location data from smartphones when you're not using the app. So although Uber's new "Calendar Shorcuts" feature sounds superficially useful, it might be worth thinking about whether you want to give Uber access to your entire calendar. The new feature, which is rolling out today, allows riders to integrate their calendar with Uber's app, if they so wish. Once you've done that, an upcoming calendar appointment will automatically appear in the Uber app as a destination, saving you the hassle of a few clicks. It's an obvious move for Uber, which is always trying to cut down on the "friction" between thinking about going somewhere, and stepping into an Uber. But it raises obvious privacy concerns: although the data might be anonymized or stay on your phone for now, Uber's shown a tendancy to use all the data at its disposal to enhance the service. Best case scenario, it's easy to see Uber using an algorithm to parse calendar appointments, predict demand, and pre-emptively assign drivers (or enable surge pricing) to handle a rush of Saturday night dinner appointments.

Microsoft is finally addressing privacy concerns in Windows 10

Microsoft received plenty of criticism for the aggressive data collection practices attached to Windows 10. The company kept defending its choices, saying that it needs to collect certain data so that Windows 10 can operate smoothly and safely. But the company on Tuesday announced it’s ready to make some concessions, starting with a future Windows 10 update that will better protect your privacy. The company acknowledged in a blog post that many people “have asked for more control over your data, a greater understanding of how data is collected, and the benefits this brings for a more personalized experience.” That’s why Microsoft is launching two experiences to help you manage your privacy. The first one is a new web-based privacy dashboard where you’ll be able to see what kind of activities and data Microsoft has access to, “including location, search, browsing, and Cortana Notebook data across multiple Microsoft services.” This sounds very much like what’s available from Google on a user’s Account page. You’ll be able to check out your activity and delete your data at this address: account.microsoft.com/privacy . The second one is probably going to be more important to some people: a new privacy setup experience. Diagnostic data levels will be simplified in Windows 10 Creators Update, and beta users will have access to the new settings before anyone else. The new setup experience will let you customize settings, and it’ll be slightly different from the previous Express Settings features. Furthermore, the diagnostic data Microsoft will collect will now has just two levels, Basic and Full, down from the three levels in previous versions. At the Basic level, the amount of data collected has further been reduced. “This includes data that is vital to the operation of Windows,” Microsoft said. “We use this data to help keep Windows and apps secure, up-to-date and running properly when you let Microsoft know the capabilities of your device, what is installed, and whether Windows is operating correctly. This option also includes basic error reporting back to Microsoft.”

Read the full synopsis for the second half of ‘The Walking Dead’ season 7

Despite introducing one of the most iconic villains from the comic book series, The Walking Dead has still yet to find its footing in season 7. The story moves too slowly and there are far too many filler episodes, especially for a show that takes a two month break after the first half of the season has aired. While it's impossible to know whether or not the writers will pick up the pace in the second half, the synopsis of season 7, part 2 shared by AMC this week is promising, especially for those who prefer action scenes. Here's the complete, lengthy synopsis for the upcoming story arc on The Walking Dead : The first half of Season 7 saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group broken by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), forced to fall under his will and brutally convinced to live under his rules. The second half of the season will focus on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down once and for all. Rick’s group will find out yet again that the world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s much bigger than anything they’ve seen so far. While they have a singular purpose - to defeat Negan - it won’t come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable. We’ll meet new survivors in incredible places. We’ll see Rick and the group tested in ways we’ve never seen before. We’ll see treachery from people we trust. Rick is confident as he will see his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army. The show has relied on cliffhangers as heavily as any show on television recently, so we're hopeful that the war actually begins in season 7. Then again actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) has already confirmed he'll be sticking around for season 8 , so we likely won't see the conclusion of the war until fall, at the earliest. In addition to the synopsis, AMC also published a few new photos from season 7B: The Walking Dead season 7 returns to AMC on February 12th.

Your fingerprint sensor could be hacked with a single photo

Our fingerprints guard our digital lives more than ever before and, between Apple's Touch ID and the various fingerprint unlock features from Android manufacturers, biometric data is an increasingly hot commodity for hackers. Researchers from the National Institute of Informatics in Japan (NII for short) are taking the risk of stolen fingerprints extremely seriously. In fact, the scientists suggest that even something as simple as waving your fingers in the air could compromise your security, and they're hard at work on a technology for the public to hide their prints from the prying digital eyes that surround each and every one of us. "Just by casually making a peace sign in front of a camera, fingerprints can become widely available," Isao Echizen, a researcher from NII, told a local Japanese newspaper this week, PhysOrg reports . He also explained that if the lighting is right in a photo, even a smartphone camera could potentially capture enough fingerprint data to recreate a user's biometric identity. So how do you keep your prints safe from, well, everyone? The NII team thinks it has a solution. The group has created a film that can be applied to a person's fingers that obscures the print in photographs but doesn't prevent the user from using their fingers for biometric identification. The film is transparent but contains a titanium oxide, which is apparently the secret sauce. In a paper released by NII, the group says it is continuing development on the print-hiding film, but that it could be another two years before it's actually available. I guess you'll just have to keep your hands in your pockets until then.

Hackers cram Famicom Mini inside a Game Boy, and you’re going to want one

The NES Classic Edition might be the hottest Nintendo gadget in years but over in Japan they don't really care. That's because the NES as we know it doesn't exist in the Japanese market. Instead, Japanese gamers got the Famicom, which is essentially an NES in a red and gold body, and since the company is feeling all nostalgic recently they also produced a tiny version of the console for release alongside the NES Classic. It's called the Famicom Mini, and even though it's awesome all on its own, some inventive hackers decided to make it portable by cramming the guts into the body of a classic Game Boy. The result is absolutely awesome. In a blog post on their site explaining how they pulled off the impressive feat, the modders known as Kei Studio give a thorough rundown of all the parts they used to make the conversion happen. For starters they nabbed a red original Game Boy, a 3.5-inch color LCD screen, HDMI downscaler, multiple rechargeable batteries and various other small components. Then, with the Famicom Mini torn apart, they began the process of disassembling, reassembling, and testing how all the parts would work together. Eventually they were able to piece together a working Mini board that could fit inside the Game Boy case, along with the controller board and buttons. Not satisfied with the already impressive accomplishment of making the hacked hardware functional, Kei Studio decided to give the Game Boy a Famicom makeover of its own, complete with gold trim and custom "Famicom Pocket" branding. The team made a pair of the devices, and with a special link cable they can actually play two-player games as well. The handhelds provide roughly two and a half hours of playtime on a single charge. That may not be enough for a Mario marathon, but it'll definitely help pass the time on the subway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3tYZUblBmM

Volkswagen pleads guilty, will pay $4.3 billion to settle criminal, civil case

Even after agreeing to shell out a massive $14.7 billion settlement in California and initiating the recall and buyback program for its emissions-cheating vehicles, Volkswagen knew that its days in court weren't quite over with. Today, the company finally faced the music in its lawsuit brought on by the US Justice Department and pled guilty to a trio of criminal charges. A half dozen senior VW employees have also now been indicted, and the AP reports that upwards of 40 Volkswagen employees sought to cover up evidence of wrongdoing. As part of its punishment, Volkswagen will pay a massive $4.3 billion penalty, which is by far the largest such penalty for an automaker, ever. Additionally, the company will be forced to work with a fully independent overseer for a period of three years. By pleading guilty, VW must now also support the continued investigation into the "defeat device" — the gadgetry that allowed the vehicles to appear to be passing emissions tests when in reality they weren't — as well as the subsequent coverup by Volkswagen employees.  

Netflix killed the best way to download videos to your PC

Netflix recently introduced an option for users to download some videos for offline playback. It's a fantastic feature for plane flights or long road trips, but only available on mobile devices. If you want to use your laptop to watch Netflix on the plane, good luck. That's the problem DVDVideoSoft's "Free Downloader for Netflix" application was supposed to solve, but as you can imagine, Netflix wasn't too happy about it. The software did exactly what you'd expect: allow you to pull videos off Netflix and onto your hard drive for offline viewing. Rather than using an official Netflix system, like the iOS and Android apps that allow offline downloads, this is the internet equivalent of a bootleg DVD ripper. TorrentFreak  reports that DVDVideoSoft received a complaint from security company Netcraft, which accused DVDVideoSoft of infringing on Netflix's trademark. As a result, the "Free Downloader for Netflix" software has been removed from download, and is no longer officially available. However, some forums suggest that the software itself is still working, and if you can find a copy to download, you'll be in good shape to illicitly take videos off the streaming service. For everyone else, however, we're out of luck: DVDVideoSoft apparently told   TorrentFreak that it has no plans for a comeback.

The simple and creepy reason Google Maps knows when there’s traffic

One of the great features of Google Maps is that it will warn you in real-time if there’s any traffic on your route, and suggest alternative options so you don’t get stuck in traffic. If you’ve ever wondered about the secret sauce behind that feature the answer is pretty simple. And as you might expect, it’s also very logical and somewhat creepy. Every time you use Google Maps and allow it to access your location, the app will also send location data back to its servers. That way, when your location is on a roadway, Google is able to analyze in real-time whether you’re actually moving or if you’re stuck in traffic. By pooling data from millions of users around the clock, Google is also able to see when and where you can expect heavy traffic. As the  Business Insider video  below shows, there are other sources that contribute to Google’s traffic analysis, including crowd-sourced data from Waze — technically, that’s still data that you send to Google — and data from local transportation authorities. That said, this is actually one Google Maps feature that many people rely on. Switching off location services on your phone is one way to prevent Google from accessing your location. But if everyone did it, then one of the best Google Maps features would be severely crippled, since Google wouldn’t be able to measure and predict traffic in real-time as easily as it does now.

GameStop seemingly confirms upcoming Pokemon game for Nintendo Switch

With just hours remaining until  the Nintendo Switch presentation in Tokyo, Japan , the number one concern among gamers for the new console has to be the library of games that will be available within the first year of launch. The Wii U was a flawed experiment from the outset, but had Nintendo managed to attract third-party publishers and developer first-party games at a reasonable rate, it might have had a chance to succeed. That's one of the reasons why many were excited to learn late last year that a Pokemon game was reportedly in development for the Switch , and why a new leak from GameStop has gotten our attention. Although it has since been removed, for a short time, a line of text on GameStop's Nintendo Switch landing page hinted that an unnamed  Pokemon game would be playable on the new hybrid console: https://twitter.com/Stealth___/status/818594957242073088 "You will even be able to play Skyrim on the go, or Pokemon at home with the Nintendo Switch," reads the copy on GameStop's website. We don't want to read too much into this, but the way that the line is phrased makes it sound like Switch owners will have the ability to play a Pokemon game they'd normally play on a mobile device on a home console, which gives even more credence to the report about a third version of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon   Moon  codenamed  Pokemon Stars . Then again, this could be in reference to a completely separate, unannounced Pokemon title or it could simply be a clerical error on the part of GameStop. That said, considering how much Nintendo has riding on the success of the Switch, a full-fledged Pokemon game seems like a no-brainer. Hopefully we'll find out more at the Switch presentation on Thursday night .

Samsung’s first foldable smartphone will transform into 7-inch tablet

A report earlier this week indicated that Samsung may be working on two distinct “Galaxy X1” foldable devices  that could be announced later this year. The rumor follows a variety of similar reports that claimed Samsung is looking to launch foldable smartphones this year, as component makers are finally ready to deliver the parts required to make devices with foldable touchscreen displays. Now, sources from Korea expect Samsung’s first foldable smartphone to launch in the third quarter of the year and feature a large display that will measure 7 inches when unfolded Initially, Samsung placed the screen on the inside of the fold, making it inaccessible to users when the device is closed. The company in August began the development of fold-out technologies that would allow the screen to be placed on the exterior of a folded phone. That way, users would still be able to interact with the phone without unfolding it. “Since the company already secured fold-in phone technology, it was not a big challenge to shift into the fold-out phones,” a source told The Korea Herald . “Samsung is expected to roll out more than 100,000 units of fold-out devices in the third quarter,” the source continued, but the company is still determining whether such a device would be met with much demand. “The final decision will be made after the personnel reshuffle of the company’s information technology and mobile communications unit is carried out.” LG is also looking to make 100,00 foldable devices in the fourth quarter, a different source said. Apparently, LG started development of fold-out technology two to three years ago, and its technology beats Samsung’s, at least according to this particular source. Interestingly, LG may use the folding screens for smartphones built by other companies rather than in its own devices, with the report noting Apple and Huawei as potential clients.

Meet the $250 Android phone that has the $770 iPhone 7 Plus’ best feature

It's official: 2017 is going to be a huge year for smartphone fans. Don't believe us, check out the just-launched Huawei Honor 6X , which features killer specs and a gorgeous design at a price point you seriously won't believe. This sleek smartphone sports an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual rear camera setup, and a battery that lasts for more than two full days per charge with typical usage. That's right... more than two full days! What's more, the cool dual-camera configuration on the back of the Honor 6X enables a special portrait mode bokeh effect just like the $770 iPhone 7 Plus, but Huawei's new handset costs just $250 unlocked. Seriously, this thing is straight-up awesome. Here are some highlights from the product page: The dual-lens 12MP + 2MP rear Camera captures colorful HD photos day or night and Features an ultra-fast focus time of 0.3 Seconds. An Octa-Core processor(16nm) and 3GB RAM, Plus the smart file system allows for gaming, browsing, listening to music or running multiple apps at the same time. Wide Aperture range (F/0.95-Back for/16) allows for a professional-grade shallow depth of field blurred background effect. Cutting-edge color quality, sharpness and noise reduction thanks to 1.25Μm pixel size, a prim isp and dti pixel isolation technology - makes top-of-line photo quality. The battery delivers 2.15 days of usage and 1.5 days of heavy usage on a full charge. The Huawei Honor 6X was just released, and it's available in gray, silver or gold.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. FOR OBAMA, ONE LAST TIME TO TALK TO NATION In his farewell address, the president issues an ...

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Missing Pakistani activists' families decry blasphemy allegations

Missing Pakistani activists' families decry blasphemy allegations

By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Families and supporters of five missing Pakistani activists on Wednesday denounced what they called a campaign to accuse the men of blasphemy, a highly charged allegation that could endanger their lives were they to reappear. The accusations, made online and in a complaint to police, have unsettled Pakistan's small community of social activists. The families of two of the missing men, Salman Haider and Waqass Goraya, described them as part of a "malicious campaign".

How to convert a WMV movie to MP4, online or offline

How to convert a WMV movie to MP4, online or offline

WMV files may offer terrific quality and take up less space than an MP4, but they can't compete with the latter option when it comes to compatibility and features. Here's how to convert WMV files to MP4 using Windows or Mac OS X.

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.

Signal Boost

Signal Boost

Nathan Freitas, a software developer and privacy activist, was sitting in the pews. Overnight, the words typed by a billion people were whisked from the threat of surveillance, thanks to the code developed by a San Francisco open-source project called Open Whisper Systems. Founded in 2013 by idealistic cryptographer Moxie Marlinspike, Open Whisper developed the protocol adopted by not only WhatsApp, but Facebook Messenger’s “secret conversations” feature, and Google Allo’s “incognito mode.” Open Whisper also has its own flagship messaging app called Signal, and people have been flocking to it since the election.

Today's News: Jan. 10, 2017

—Dylann Roof, the man who walked into a church and killed nine black parishioners in 2015, will be put to death. More here —James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the intelligence alleging Russia hacked the U.S. election “comes from a wide range of sources, including human sources, technical collection, and open-source information.” More here

Tesla taps Apple engineer for Autopilot software

Tesla taps Apple engineer for Autopilot software

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc has hired a key Apple Inc software engineer to oversee its Autopilot self-driving software efforts, Tesla said in a blog post Tuesday. Chris Lattner, who served at Apple for more than a decade, said in a online message to Apple developers on Tuesday morning that he would "leave Apple later this month to pursue an opportunity in another space" without saying which company he planned to join. Later in the day, Tesla posted a message on the company's website saying that Lattner had been hired as vice president of Autopilot software but did not say when he would start work there.

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Obama Out

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Obama Out

Today in 5 Lines Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, on his civil-rights record during the first day of Senate confirmation hearings. Retired General John Kelly, Trump’s choice to head the Department of Homeland Security, said he has “high confidence” in the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the presidential election. Republicans postponed Senate confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, the nominee for education secretary, Representative Mike Pompeo, the nominee for CIA director, and Andrew Puzder, the nominee for labor secretary. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said findings on Russian interference in the 2016 election come “from a wide range of sources, including human sources, technical collection, and open-source information.” Dylann Roof was sentenced to death for fatally shooting nine black parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina in 2015. President Obama will deliver his farewell address at McCormick Place convention center in Chicago at 9 p.m. ET.

Report on Russian hacking relied on human sources, technical collection: U.S. spy chief

Report on Russian hacking relied on human sources, technical collection: U.S. spy chief

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Tuesday the U.S. intelligence community's report concluding that Russia orchestrated hacks during the 2016 presidential campaign was based on a mix of human sources, collection of technical data and open-source information. Clapper, speaking before the Senate Intelligence Committee, said much of the report is classified due to a need to protect sensitive sources and methods. In an assessment released last week, U.S. intelligence agencies said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to help Republican Donald Trump's electoral chances by discrediting Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign.

Neodriven is a rearview mirror replacement that can make your car semi-autonomous

Neodriven is a rearview mirror replacement that can make your car semi-autonomous

In late 2015, iPhone and PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz teased a project that sounded like a dream: his new company would produce a $1,000 consumer product that could grant your car semi-autonomous capabilities. Eleven months and one terse letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration later, Hotz killed the project. A small company called Neodriven, led by former Tesla employee Matt Schulwitz, is announcing a product of the same name that goes on sale today for $1,495.

How to add new games to the NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic Edition has officially been hacked to allow the install of new games, and the mod allows for more than double the number of titles to be played. The hack originally appeared on a Russian forum, and then Reddit, and in the short while since it became known there have been other modders working hard to streamline the process. At present there are two ways to make the modification; either the original, complicated process of modifying the firmware, or the somewhat more suspect option of downloading a do-it-all tool that says it'll do all the hard work for you. Let's do a rundown of both. The long way A Reddit user by the name of Xelonakias took the original instructions from the creator, MadMonkey, and translated them from the native Russian to English. The result is a very wordy, very complicated, but extremely thorough guide. Remember, doing this could result in the bricking of your NES Classic and completely ruining an already great gadget. Proceed at your own risk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA5fPTkEWCs Here's the entire guide, with some additional notes and tweaks for the sake of clarity:   Files required: https://yadi.sk/d/IZtiQxK337RtiM Programs used: Zadig - Driver for Windows (INFA about FEL / USBBoot ). http://zadig.akeo.ie/ nesromtool - program for remaking the games in the desired format. https://www.dropbox.com/s/3t3wrkhw26shro0/nesromtool.zip hakchi - The program for the firmware, fill, delete. https://github.com/madmonkey1907/hakchi/releases Attention! : regarding the archive with the software (from MadMonkey) , unzip strictly on drive "C" to have working shortcuts. (Any downloader upwards January 7, please create new folder on the disk, purge old archive and replace shortcuts and uninstall the game download, i.e. restart from scratch) Method : MadMonkey fecsit / ProSharen instruit Kudos to them. All information is presented for informational purposes only! There is a risk to turn your set-top box into a BRICK, DURING FIRMWARE FLASH of the KERNEL! You perform all of the following actions AT YOUR OWN RISK! This method is considered a soft-mod and requires no intervention in the interior of your console. After the actions described below, you will be able to launch any games old and new with the extension .nes on your console. All the below listed actions were performed on the Windows 10 PRO x64 RUS, version 1607, assembly of 14393,576. Version consoles MOD.CLV-001 (USB \ VID_1F3A & PID_EFE8 & REV_02; 3) the serial number starts with CEE1049XXXXX purchased at retail MVideo in Moscow on 30 December 2016. Play Super Mario Bros. There must be a save in the first slot to load the mod ! So, it is better to do it before all actions start . With the save - the console loads in a modified state. No save - loads as usual (30 original games)! Insert a micro usb power cord into the console (DC IN) and connect to your computer via usb on the back wall. On the console we press the RESET button and hold, turn on the POWER button while continuing to hold the RESET button 3 more seconds, then let go. The computer determines the prefix, while the display switching on the console glows red as usual, in the Device Manager it is shown as "Unknown Device" (Unknown Device) without the driver installed. Run the program ZADIG-2.2, see the list of our unknown device (Unknown Device=the NES Mini), select WinUSB driver even if it is not absolutely necessary. Click Install, see the end of the information about the successful installation, close the program, turn off the console button POWER. Repeat steps "2", only this time the "unknown device" (Unknown Device) will have a driver installed, so it can be interfaced with. Run the program hakchi-gui.exe, click the dump uboot, started back up uboot section, the operation lasts for 30 seconds. Ignore the error usb_bulk_recv () ERROR -7: Operation timed out, if your dump is preserved, then everything is OK! " Log dump uboot " uploading fes1.bin ... done uploading uboot.bin ... done sunxi_flash phy_read 43800000 August 6; fastboot_test usb_bulk_recv () ERROR -7: Operation timed out 8ce1857653874e8f0cd3fe68abe1bb4a void Worker :: do_dumpUboot () - OK 8CE1857653874E8F0CD3FE68ABE1BB4A - This should be the MD5 hash sum of your receipt of the file uboot.bin IMPORTANT! Hash MD5 checksum your downloaded uboot file must be b13b538f6b7c86623ceea69c456d4eb5, if different, the boot loader you will have to flash (flash kernel) is risky! {BRICK Possibility here} In my case I got 8ce1857653874e8f0cd3fe68abe1bb4a, but I flashed successfully. Do this at your own risk !!! After the completion of the previous operation, press the dump kernel.img, start to back up kernel.img core system, the operation lasts for 40 seconds. " Log dump kernel " sunxi_flash phy_read 30 20 43800000; fastboot_test usb_bulk_recv () ERROR -7: Operation timed out 07bfb800beba6ef619c29990d14b5158 void Worker :: do_dumpKernel () - OK 07BFB800BEBA6EF619C29990D14B5158 - This should be the MD5 hash sum of your reception of the file kernel.img Your backups are ready in the dump folder. I recommend check and redownload these files a couple of times and verify hash sums received to match, and then store them in a safe place! Prepare to copy the game on our console. Open the folder with the program NES-ROM-TOOL, but do not be in a hurry to start it. We go in the folder, inside the folder is a cfg.desktop file that can be edited through the notebook. This configuration is used by default for each new game, if the game is not provided for separately in the config folder with the game. Create a folder with our new game. For the first time, create only one game! For example, do Darkwing Duck folder into it, we will let down the image with the game Darkwing Duck.nes Now we need a cover for this game, downloaded from the Internet and processed for a smaller file size (I make the size of 800x600 with aspect ratio, obtained somewhere 438x600, and prog as a result of their ratio somewhere else to 140x204). Use Tools for compression of pictures. The resulting image must be renamed, edit the label and fill it in our game folder, the extension must be .jpeg, images. Since the game is reduced to a single player, and the default config file which was written above has a prescribed number of players =1, then more in the game folder, you can not add anything. If it is a game for two, copy cfg.desktop file from the folder in the game folder and change it in the parameter, set Players = 2 Now that you're done, you can run a command line: nesromtool.exe opens and then closes, this is the way it should be! Go to the folder output, there was created a game ready for pouring and its name is now roughly something as CLV-H-CKZEE, CLV-H-****. {See FileNames below } Fill in the game console and sews loader. Open the folder HAKCHI-1.01 and click on the icon Download game !, get into the folder "mod / hakchi / transfer / rootfs / usr / share / games / nes / kachikachi /" In this folder you created portable game CLV-H-CKZEE Again we perform paragraph 2, run the program hakchi-gui.exe and click unpack kernel.img " Log unpack kernel.img " unpack kernel.img BOARD_KERNEL_CMDLINE root = / dev / nandb decrypt ro console = ttyS0,115200 loglevel = 4 ion_cma_512m = 148m ion_cma_1g = 176m ion_carveout_512m = 8m ion_carveout_1g = 150m coherent_pool = 4m consoleblank = 0 BOARD_KERNEL_BASE 40000000 BOARD_NAME BOARD_PAGE_SIZE 2048 BOARD_KERNEL_OFFSET 00008000 BOARD_RAMDISK_OFFSET 01000000 BOARD_TAGS_OFFSET 00000100 void Worker :: do_unpackKernel () - OK After the press rebuild kernel.img " Log rebuild kernel.img " rebuild kernel.img 'Є®ЇЁa®ў ® d © «®ў 21. 826 496 -> 356 668 43.15% linux / arm cryptsetup void Worker :: do_packKernel () - OK Once completed, click memboot " log memboot " memboot uploading fes1.bin ... done uploading uboot.bin ... done boota 43800000 void Worker :: do_memboot () - OK After pouring memboot console will turn off (the red LED lights up and goes out). Turn off the POWER button. IMPORTANT!!! The following operations are only made once. In the future by pouring GAMES TEAM USE ONLY AND REBUILD KERNEL MEMBOOT !!! There is a risk to turn your set-top box into a BRICK !!! Again we are fulfilling paragraph 2 and loaded in FEL mode. Push flash kernel and confirm. The operation lasts 60 seconds. AT THE TIME FIRMWARE DO turn off the power of the prefix !!! After the firmware console restarts, turn off the console POWER button. " Log flash kernel " 'Є®ЇЁa®ў ® d © «®ў 21. uploading fes1.bin ... done uploading uboot.bin ... done sunxi_flash phy_write 30 17 43800000; fastboot_test usb_bulk_recv () ERROR -7: Operation timed out kernel: write ok sunxi_flash phy_read 30 17 43800000; fastboot_test usb_bulk_recv () ERROR -7: Operation timed out kernel: verify ok boota 43800000 void Worker :: do_flashKernel () - OK Start and check the result! And remember, the game Super Mario Bros. A save must be in the first slot to get the mod loaded! This save - loads console in a modified mode. No save - it loads as usual! Further filling and removing games is as follows: Throw everything else, you do not longer need! Download games: Open the folder HAKCHI-1.01 and click on the icon Download game!, Get into the folder "mod / hakchi / transfer / rootfs / usr / share / games / nes / kachikachi /" In this folder we are now taking the newly created folder with a game or more folders with games type CLV-H-XXXXX On the console we press the RESET button and hold, turn on the POWER button while continuing to hold the RESET button 3 more seconds, then let go. The computer determines the prefix, while the display switching on the console glows red as usual. Run the program hakchi-gui.exe, click "rebuld kernel.img", after press "memboot". After serving memboot console will turn off (the red LED lights up and goes out). Turn off the POWER button. Start the console and check that the game appeared. Remove the game from the folder "mod / hakchi / transfer / rootfs / usr / share / games / nes / kachikachi /" pre-remembering their code-name, it will be need to remove individual games from the console. REMOVAL OF GAMES: To remove the added games you need to play in the mod directory / hakchi / transfer / create a transfer file without an extension. The archive with a set of programs he already 1 transfer, thinking how to remove, it should be renamed to transfer, and then delete the game, back in 1 transfer! The file must be spelled out in the removal team. rm -rf $ rootfs / usr / share / games / nes / kachikachi / FOLDER NAME-C-GAME (eg, CLV-H-XXXXX) Open a notepad file, prescribe, maintain! On the console we press the RESET button and hold, turn on the POWER button while continuing to hold the RESET button 3 more seconds, then let go. The computer determines the prefix, while the display switching on the console glows red as usual. Run the program hakchi-gui.exe, click "rebuld kernel.img", after press "memboot". After pouring memboot console will turn off (the red LED lights up and goes out). Turn off the POWER button. Start the console and check that the game appeared. DELETE ALL GAMES AT ONCE OR RECOVERY ERROR C8: To delete all the games at once, in a mod directory / hakchi / transfer / create a transfer file without an extension. The archive with a set of programs he already 2transfer, thinking how to remove, it should be renamed to transfer, and then remove the games back to 2transfer! The file must be spelled out in the removal team. rm -rf $ rootfs / etc / preinit Open a notepad file, prescribe, maintain! On the console we press the RESET button and hold, turn on the POWER button while continuing to hold the RESET button 3 more seconds, then let go. The computer determines the prefix, while the display switching on the console glows red as usual. Run the program hakchi-gui.exe, click "rebuld kernel.img", after press "memboot". After pouring memboot console will turn off (the red LED lights up and goes out). Turn off the POWER button. Start the console and check that the game left. What can be changed in cfg.desktop file? --volume 77 - Setting the volume of the game, you can put 77 that was about how in embedded games. Players = 2 - the number of players in the game. ReleaseDate = 2017-01-06 - Released the game in this format. SortRawPublisher = GBX.RU - Publisher Copyright = © 2017 GBX.RU - Copyrights Sort games console is done through the SELECT button on the joystick. MiniFAQ: Is it possible to kill the console above commands? - You can kill time kernel firmware (flash kernel) How much memory in the console under the Game? - In nand has two sections: nandb - squashfs (~ 20mb) c OSes and nandc (~ 384mb) which stores and saves the game. I filled in the new game with crooked games console crashes, black screen error C8: An error has occurred, what to do? - It is necessary to run the command rm -rf $ rootfs / etc / preinit procedure in the removal of all the games at once. I created the game, and the cover does not appear, what to do? - Before the creation of the game need to put it in the format jpg image with the name label I downloaded a game, it is a double, and points to one, how to fix? - In the game folder should be config, open notepad and replace Players = 2 Modification: MadMonkey Instructions: ProSharen The easy (but maybe even more risky) way If you're second guessing your modding abilities after reading that massive block of text, I don't blame you. Luckily, there's a seemingly much more straightforward way of adding games to the NES Classic, and it doesn't require a Mario save slot or any of that complicated nonsense. It was created by a Russian modder named Cluster, who made the tool available to everyone via a recent forum post . The tool appears to be legit in that it actually works, and many Reddit users report being able to add games to their Classic Edition with nothing more than a USB cable and, of course, the NES game ROMs (which you can find pretty much anywhere, via Google). That being said, others have noted that the tool itself actually throws warnings on many virus scan tools, and plenty of would-be users are refusing to try it on the grounds that it could be an extremely dangerous download. After reports of virus warnings began to pour in, Cluster released a new version that removes an automatic driver installer which he says was the reason for the false virus alerts. As is always the case with these unofficially and totally unauthorized mods, you're accepting a pretty substantial risk when going through with either of these two methods. Still, the temptation to turn the NES Classic Edition into an even more amazing retro gaming gadget is very, very real.

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Nintendo says to launch Super Mario Run Android version in March

Nintendo says to launch Super Mario Run Android version in March

Japan's Nintendo said it will release an Android version of its Super Mario mobile game in March following the launch of Super Mario Run for Apple Inc's iPhone in December. Super Mario Run represents a belated bid by Nintendo to tap mobile gaming after restricting its most popular gaming character to its own game consoles.

‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ is Nintendo’s next mobile game, launches in February

As expected, Nintendo unveiled its next mobile game on Wednesday afternoon during the company's Fire Emblem live stream. The new game is called Fire Emblem Heroes  it will release for both Android and iOS platforms on February 2nd, despite the video stating that it will come to iPhone and iPad "soon." Similar to Super Mario Run , Fire Emblem Heroes is a simplified version of the games in the franchise on which it is based, with gameplay and visuals better suited to a smartphone than a handheld console or an HDTV. Like other Fire Emblem titles, Fire Emblem Heroes is a strategy game in which you take control of a team of characters and navigate a grid-based battlefield while slaying enemies in your path. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq1Xzycyp2E While the maps in Fire Emblem Heroes  all exist on the same 8x6 grid, Nintendo expects fans of the series to find the tactical aspect of the game just as challenging as they would in one of the series' previous entries. Fire Emblem Heroes will be free to play, but Nintendo says it will include optional in-app purchases as well. Those in-app purchases include orbs, which can be used to acquire new heroes to join your team. Although you can acquire orbs within the game, you can supplement your supply with real money too. Along with a main quest, the mobile game also features a Training Tower in which to train your heroes, Special Maps where seasonal events will take place and Arena Duels where you'll compete for high scores. You can also participate in Hero Battles, and if you win, that hero will join your team. You can pre-register for Fire Emblem Heroes on Google Play  right now. Updated on January 18th, 2016. Article updated to reflect the fact that the game will launch on iOS and Android simultaneously.

Watch live as Nintendo unveils its mobile Fire Emblem game

Less than a week after introducing the world to the Switch, Nintendo will host a Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday at 5 PM ET to discuss upcoming titles in the Fire Emblem series. Beyond that, we don't know specifically what the company plans to discuss, although we can make some educated guesses. During the Switch live event last week, Nintendo gave us our first glimpse at Fire Emblem Warriors for the Switch. Similar to Hyrule Warriors and Dragon Quest Warriors before it, Fire Emblem Warriors will combine the world and characters of the Fire Emblem series with the gameplay from Koei Tecmo's popular Dynasty Warriors  series. Considering Nintendo is focusing an entire Direct on Fire Emblem , we hope to see some actual gameplay from the crossover title, rather than another CG teaser . In addition to Fire Emblem Warrior news, we also expect to learn more about the previously announced Fire Emblem mobile title. Last year, Nintendo revealed that it would develop mobile games based on multiple established series, including Mario , Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing . While all three games were expected to arrive on mobile platforms before the end of 2016, Nintendo ended up delaying Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing to early 2017 in order to focus on getting Super Mario Run out the door. Providing there are no further delays, both the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing mobile titles should be ready to roll out by March, which makes this the perfect opportunity to show off Fire Emblem on iOS (and possible Android) for the first time on Wednesday night. You can watch the Fire Emblem -focused Nintendo Direct below at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET:

Steam boss tips rival, names 'Plants vs. Zombies' his top game of 2016

Steam boss tips rival, names 'Plants vs. Zombies' his top game of 2016

An Ask Me Anything session conducted on January 17 saw Valve CEO Gabe Newell shed some light on a number of topics including the nature of the company's work-in-progress projects, two films being developed with J.J. Abrams, and three of Newell's favorite games. Since then, Newell's Valve Corp, which uses Steam to distribute its own and other company's games, went through a major falling out with "Plants vs. Zombies" owner Electronic Arts. Announced in 2013 with J.J Abrams, two movie adaptations of the "Half-Life" and "Portal" games are still in development, Newell confirmed, while the company is working on an entirely new game set within the "Half-Life" and "Portal" fictional universe.

One Big Reason Not to Buy Nintendo Switch

One Big Reason Not to Buy Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is a pretty versatile gaming machine, but don't count on it replacing your home streaming box anytime soon. According to several reports, Nintendo's $299 portable/home console hybrid won't have any significant entertainment features when it releases on March 3, meaning you'll have to get your Netflix and Hulu fix elsewhere. Business Insider spoke to Nintendo's Kit Ellis, who said that the Switch "won't have many multimedia features at launch." While this doesn't rule out the possibility of popular streaming apps coming to the platform later this year, it seems like you'll be strictly playing games on the Switch on release date (and besides the stunning new Zelda title, there aren't many notable launch games).

Nintendo kicks off limited-time Loads of Coins event in ‘Super Mario Run’

Following in the footsteps of Pokemon Go (and virtually every other online mobile game on the App Store), Nintendo introduced a limited-time event called "Loads of Coins" in Super Mario Run this week. Throughout the event, which lasts from January 16th to January 26th, players will be able to collect 1.5 times as many coins as usual by competing in the game's Toad Rally mode. "The Loads of Coins event in now on!" reads the event notification that popped up this week. "Win at Toad Rally during this period, and you'll get 1.5 times as many coins as usual. Now's your time to rake it in!" The notification goes on to explain that players will need to have completed the Kingdom Builder tutorial before they can join in on the fun. Players will also need to use Rally Tickets to enter into a Toad Rally, as usual, and will still be awarded the standard amount of coins if they lose a match. It's a shame that Super Mario Run is likely never going to receive the kind of substantial updates that revived Pokemon Go at the end of 2016, but it's nice to see that Nintendo hasn't completely abandoned the app following its release in December. Hopefully this will be the first of many events to come.

This might be your last chance to preorder a Nintendo Switch

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Nintendo Switch preorders dried up within days of the live presentation in Japan on January 12th. The upcoming console is unavailable at Amazon, Best Buy, Target and even GameStop , but if you're desperate to get one on launch day, there's still one retailer you might want to visit. In an email sent to BGR on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Nintendo alerted us that it is still possible to preorder the Switch in-store at Walmart. In order to reserve a console for launch day, you'll need to visit the Pickup desk at you local Walmart and put down 10% up front (which should amount to ~$30). Providing the Walmart you visit will let you preorder a Switch, you should be guaranteed to receive one on March 3rd — the day the console hits store shelves. Before you start running around town to place preorders though, it might not be a bad idea to call ahead and make sure that the store is still taking reservations. Hopefully, as the launch date approaches, Nintendo will continue to update stock at various retailers around the country and around the world. GameStop said in a press release that its "initial allotment" of Switch consoles has been reserved, but that it is "working closely with Nintendo to get additional Nintendo Switch units." Presumably, it's not the only retailer pushing Nintendo to provide more units. In addition to the console, the Joy-Con Charging Grip is also beginning to sell out, as Nintendo revealed over the weekend that the Grip included in the box won't actually charge the controllers .

New trailer for 'Injustice 2' video game released

New trailer for 'Injustice 2' video game released

The upcoming fighting video game "Injustice 2" developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has a new trailer out. The roster includes new and returning heroes and villains in what Warner Bros. Interactive calls "the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game". "Injustice 2" is scheduled for release on May 16, 2017 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Inflatable Xbox One controller is perfect if you ever manage to go outside

Inflatable Xbox One controller is perfect if you ever manage to go outside

It's peak summer in Australia right now, and despite the blazing heat, there's plenty of people who'd rather play video games inside. But if peer pressure sees you forced into going outside, there's now an inflatable pool toy in the shape of the Xbox One S controller, so you can show where your allegiances truly lie. SEE ALSO: 1 laptop, 3 4K screens, the ultimate gaming experience The inflatable features two drink holders where the "menu" and "view" buttons are, and the joysticks pop-up for grip while you're lounging in the water. Image: MICROSOFT AUSTRALIA Sadly, it's an Australia-only item for the moment. The pool toy is being given away on the Australian Microsoft Store Facebook page, with "further distribution plans to be announced in the coming days." The product is a follow-up from the Xbox Onesie (geddit?) that was released last year, which was also only available in Australia.  The water sure does look nice. Image: microsoft australia BONUS: This sponge-like material is the strongest and lightest ever known

Even Nintendo didn’t know the NES Classic would be this popular

Ever since it came out, the NES Classic Edition has been permanently out of stock . Dribbles have come into Best Buy, Amazon Prime Now and Walmart, but consoles have been snapped up by people willing to wait in line at 3AM, in December. While it might be nice for Nintendo's ego to have people scrambling to find the console, it's not great for Nintendo's bottom line. NES Classic Editions have been going at resellers for around $200, which is a lot of revenue forgone for Nintendo. And, let's not even mention all the consoles that might have been sold as Christmas presents, if customers could have found them in store. In a series of interviews during the launch of the Nintendo Switch , COO of Nintendo America Reggie Fils-Aime explained what caused the stock overruns. Speaking to  Wired , he said that "what happened with NES Classic is that was a situation where the global demand was well in excess of anything we had anticipated, and that’s what created shortages. The good news, at least for consumers in the Americas, is we’re going to continue to make the NES Classic available. With the ongoing level of supply, the ongoing demand is going to be met. We know the concern." "I think that incremental demand is what surprised us. Because again, how many times have you purchased the original Super Mario Bros. ? We thought that the consumer that already had a Wii or a Wii U and had purchased those games once or twice already, we didn’t think that they’d buy the NES Classic. And they did." To paraphrase: we're all a bunch of suckers that keep handing Nintendo our money.

Bad news: GameStop has already sold out of the Nintendo Switch

While Nintendo can't afford to let the Switch become another NES Classic Edition by harshly limiting the stock in order to increase demand, it looks like snagging a Switch on day one without a preorder is going to be a tall task. On Sunday, GameStop sent out a press release revealing that it had "reserved all of its first allotment of Nintendo Switch systems," and is now working to get more. “The fact that this initial allotment has been completely reserved in a matter of a few days demonstrates gamers desire for this fun and revolutionary gaming system,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. “We’re working closely with Nintendo to get additional Nintendo Switch units, and will let our customers know when they become available." In the meantime, Puzon encourages customers to the Switch page on GameStop's website , where they can scroll to the bottom and sign up to receive updates when and if more units are made available for preorder. Although the Switch itself is sold out at the moment, the games are not, so if you want to preorder The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or Super Mario Odyssey , you can do so right now. As we did with the NES Classic Edition, we'll be sure to provide updates as often as we can when we hear about Switch preorders going live at retailers both online and off. You can also keep an eye on the Amazon widget below, where stock should be available every so often until the Switch launches on March 3rd.

All the ways Nintendo screwed up the Switch reveal (and how to fix them)

On Thursday, January 12th, Nintendo finally pulled the curtain back on its next home console: the Switch. As a detractor of the Wii U from the day it was unveiled, I was pleased to see that the company had seemingly veered back on course with the Switch — a hybrid home/portable console with some exciting ideas and one of the most anticipated launch titles in history. But then reality began to sink in. As enthusiastic as I am for the hardware itself ( as you can see in my hands-on report ), it's hard to look past all of the ways that Nintendo botched the reveal of a console that everyone wanted to like. Below, I'm going to explore all of the ways that Nintendo bungled the reveal of a console that absolutely has to succeed, and provide some (potentially untenable) solutions for the company to consider. 1. The Price Nintendo is asking consumers to pay $299 for an underpowered console that doesn't even come with a charging controller. Both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One retail for $249 at the moment, and both have massive libraries of games that will only grow larger throughout 2017 and beyond. Whatever Nintendo has to do to lower the price of the launch bundle, it should. Whether that means removing the non-charging Grip controller or selling the Switch Dock separately or throwing all the wrist straps into the ocean, the Switch simply isn't competitive at $299, and never will be. 2. The Launch Lineup This section probably deserves its own post, but I'll try to be brief. At the time of writing, Nintendo has announced five retail games that will be available for the Switch on launch day. Five. I think I downloaded more than five games on my iPhone this weekend. To make matters worse, two of the launch games are ports, and only one actually looks anything like a triple-A console game: 1-2 Switch ($49.99) Just Dance 2017 ($59.99) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ($59.99) Skylanders: Imaginators ($59.99) Super Bomberman R ($59.99) If Nintendo wants to convince anyone other than diehard fans to buy a Switch at launch, it needs to make 1-2 Switch a pack-in game. I won't even go into the fact that 1-2 Switch looks like a collection of tech demos worth about $10, but to take it out of the bundle and sell it for $50 is criminal. 3. The Games I know, we just talked about games, but the problem runs much deeper than the launch lineup. According to Nintendo, Only 23 games are currently scheduled to hit the Switch in 2017. Of those, the only true exclusives are Breath of the Wild , Splatoon 2, ARMS, Super Bomberman R  and Super Mario Odyssey , with the remainder of the list consisting of ports ( I Am Setsuna , Minecraft, Skyrim ), remasters ( Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Ultra Street Figher II ) and indie games ( Has-Been Heroes , Snipperclips ). Super Mario Odyssey could very well be the killer app for the Switch over the holiday season. Zelda might be massive enough to tide us over until the end of summer. But for now, it's hard to see how the Switch is going to avoid the same fate as the Wii U, especially when things dry up completely in early 2018. Thankfully, unlike many of these issues, Nintendo has time to address this one. No matter what it takes, Nintendo needs to come to E3 2017 with as full a slate of releases as it has had since the GameCube hit store shelves in 2001. If 2018 for the Switch is anything like 2016 was for the Wii U, it's already over. 4. The Accessories If you ever needed proof that Nintendo exists in an alternate reality, look at how much it charges for accessories. A set of Joy-Con controllers costs $79.99. A single Joy-Con controller, which you would only ever buy if you broke or lost one, costs $49.99. Yeah, you show 'em, Nintendo. Punish the idiots who break just one of their Joy-Con controllers by charging them an extra $10 to replace it. What's even more stunning than the price of the Joy-Cons — which are more expensive than a DualShock 4 or an Xbox One controller, despite the fact that they don't come with an actual controller shell — is that the Grip that comes in the box of the $299 Switch can't be charged . You have to take the Joy-Cons out of the Grip and slot them back into the Switch console to charge them, or pay $29.99 for Charging Grip. This one's easy: GIVE US A CHARGING GRIP IN THE BOX, NINTENDO. 5. The Online Service Nintendo waited three months after revealing the Switch to actually talk about it. Presumably, this was because there were still elements of the console that needed to be finalized before the company would be ready to show it to the public. Somehow, even after the three months were up, Nintendo still hadn't figured out the Switch's online service is going to look like. All Nintendo knows for sure is that we'll be paying for it. Honestly, the fact that the Switch online service is paid instead of free doesn't bother me all that much — it's the industry standard, whether we like it or not. What does bug me is that Nintendo expects us to buy a gaming console in March 2017 that won't have a full online service until fall 2017. Here's the kicker: Nintendo is going to do its own sort of PlayStation Plus/Games with Gold program and give away a free NES or SNES game every month to those who subscribe to the service. The games will even be updated with online play! Unfortunately, once the month is up, you can't play the games anymore. Another easy solution: let subscribers keep their NES games and figure out what you're going to do with your online service before the console launches in March. You have a month and a half. Get to work. I really like the Nintendo Switch. I dig the Joy-Con controllers, I love the improvements made to the Switch Pro Controller, I can't believe I can play Mario Kart 8 on the go and I want to have one in my home on March 3rd. I just wish that Nintendo would stop finding ways to make desirable products undesirable. The Nintendo Switch will be available on March 3rd for $299.99

You’ll need another $30 accessory to actually use the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch's announced price seemed a little too good to be true, and it was. Nintendo has drawn inspiration from budget airline pricing models, showing one fee upfront and then charging extra for using the bathrooms. And by bathrooms, I actually mean $29.99 for a Joy-Con Charging Grip. As  Eurogamer  noticed , listings have started to pop up for a Joy-Con Charging Grip, which confirms what we already thought: the Joy-Con Grip included in the box is a fairly useless piece of plastic that holds the Joy-Con together. If you want to charge the Joy-Con out of the box, you'll need to connect them to the Switch itself, which is difficult to do if it's also attached to your TV. To solve this problem, Nintendo made a Joy-Con Charging Grip, which has a USB port so you can connect it to power, connect your Joy-Con to the grip, and keep playing  Mario Kart  for as long as your thumbs don't fall off. Yes, the Joy-Con controllers should last for around 20 hours of gametime without needing to be recharged, so you can theoretically do without the Charging Grip. But a scientific examination of the USB cables that seem permanently attached to my PS3 controllers prove that people are bad at remembering to plug things in, and at some point your Joy-Con will die, and you won't be able to play games. The Charging Grip is listed for $29.99, so it's not going to break the bank. But it's still a blow for anyone who was still thinking that the Switch is going to be the cheap, multi-purpose gaming console for the masses.

Angry Birds maker Rovio to open game development studio in London

Angry Birds maker Rovio to open game development studio in London

By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile games and animation company Rovio Entertainment is stepping up its hunt for new hit games by opening a studio in London to focus on multiplayer games that would not rely on the company's Angry Birds brand. Privately-held Rovio has struggled in recent years as profits from the Angry Birds franchise dropped, prompting deep job cuts and divestments. Rovio is now looking to build a team of about 20 people in London to create "massively multiplayer online" (MMO) games that support a large number of players simultaneously, with a focus on new characters.

Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming

Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming

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