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Oops. Pixel 2's secret menu button was a mistake

But you can see it here before it vanishes forever.

The 'Star Wars Battlefront II' single player trailer is intense

Luke Skywalker makes a cameo.

'Pokémon Go' is finally getting third generation pokémon in Halloween update

Please don't get scared.

'The Punisher' Netflix trailer delivers blood, release date

A new trailer shines a light on The Punisher's dark military past. Plus, the show gets a release date.

‘Pokemon Go’ hopes new monsters will get you outside this fall

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Tesla's Model 3 is expected to have only 'average' reliability, according to Consumer Reports

The Model 3 is the luxury electric vehicle maker's newest car, and Consumer Reports said it had no data on the vehicle. But it relies largely on technology the carmaker has used on its Model S sedan, which has been in production since 2012, and Consumer Reports said predicted reliability for that car is now "above average."

Alphabet Unit Leads $1 Billion Investment in Lyft

Lyft Inc.  raised $1 billion in a deal that values the ride-sharing startup at $11 billion, steps up competition with rival Uber Technologies Inc. and builds ties with internet giant Alphabet Inc.

Alphabet’s CapitalG Leads $1 Billion Round in Lyft

Today we’re happy to announce CapitalG — Alphabet’s growth investment fund — is leading a $1 billion financing round in Lyft. This brings Lyft’s post-money valuation to $11 billion. We’re also excited to work with CapitalG Partner David Lawee , who is joining Lyft’s Board.  

Pixel 2 XL: What's up with that screen?

There's no question that the colors on the Pixel 2 XL's 6-inch, 2,880x1,440-pixel P-OLED screen aren't quite as vibrant as those on the flagship Samsung phone we used for comparison. We created pure red, green and blue RGB images in Photoshop at each phone's native resolution for an apples to apples test, and the Pixel 2 XL's colors were consistently muted by comparison. It didn't matter whether we turned on the phone's "Vivid" mode, or reduced the Samsung phone's brightness to better match -- the Samsung's colors always popped in a way the Google's screen didn't.

Here's how mapping may help save the Great Barrier Reef

The project uses PRISM, an acronym for the JPL's Portable Remote Imaging Spectrometer, to capture spectrum data that previously couldn't be collected. Spectrometers measure the wavelength of light, which provides insight into what something is made of. The PRISM system was mounted in the belly of an airplane that flew at low altitudes above the reef and pierced the water's surface to capture high-resolution spectrum data.

Nintendo Switch update lets you share game clips

Video clips can now be shared, and your system data can be moved to another Switch... but there's a catch.

Google's adorable Doodle stars Nobel-winning astrophysicist

Thursday's Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 107th birthday of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, an Indian astrophysicist famous for his theory on the evolution of stars.

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. @Snapchat ’s dancing augmented reality hot dog is now a Halloween costume!

A Boom in Credit Cards: Great News for Banks, Less So Consumers

Cynthia Regis, 73, worked for more than two decades as a home health care aide but has virtually no savings. To help pay her electric bill and to buy groceries, she racked up a balance of more than $6,000 on a Discover credit card. The annual interest rate is 29 percent, which makes it hard for her to whittle down her outstanding balance. One month this year, for example, her payment of $159 mostly covered her interest payments, shaving only $5 off her total debt.

Senators announce new bill that would regulate online political ads

The new bill, called the Honest Ads Act, would require companies like Facebook and Google to keep copies of political ads and make them publicly available. Under the act, the companies would also be required to release information on who those ads were targeted to, as well as information on the buyer and the rates charged for the ads. The new rules would bring disclosure rules more in line with how political ads are regulated in mediums like print and TV, and apply to any platform with more than 50 million monthly viewers. The companies would be required to keep and release data on anyone spending more than $500 on political ads in a year.

Why Baby Boomers and Millennials target different tech jobs, and the 10 they're most after

Millennials and Baby Boomers bring different but equally necessary skills to the tech industry—but they are applying to different types of jobs, according to new research from job search site Indeed.

5 things businesses need to consider before accepting or investing in cryptocurrency

Bitcoin and blockchain-based cryptocurrency can be a tempting investment, especially considering the current sky-high prices. Don't rush in yet, though.

Gmail ups the ante for business users, allows third-party email accounts in iOS app

The option to access all of a user's email accounts in one spot can help business leaders balance multiple work and personal emails, potentially spread across different providers. While Apple's Mail app allows several emails to be stored in one spot, the Gmail option may be preferred for users more familiar with Gmail's look or user experience.

Tesla hit with another lawsuit, this time alleging anti-LGBT harassment

“Media reporting on claims of discrimination at Tesla should bear a few things in mind: First, as one of the most highly reported-on companies in the world, anyone who brings claims against Tesla is all but assured that they will garner significant media coverage. Second, in the history of Tesla, there has never been a single proven case of discrimination against the company. Not one. This fact is conveniently never mentioned in any reporting. Third, as we have said repeatedly, even though we are a company of 33,000 employees, including more than 10,000 in the Fremont factory alone, and it is not humanly possible to stop all bad conduct, we care deeply about these issues and take them extremely seriously. If there is ever a case where Tesla is at fault, we will take responsibility. On the other hand, Tesla will always fight back against unmeritorious claims. In this case, neither of the two people at the center of the claim, Mr. Ferro and the person who he alleges to have mistreated him, actually worked for Tesla. Both worked for a third-party. Nevertheless, Tesla still stepped in to try to keep these individuals apart from one another and to ensure a good working environment.

How to access a remote desktop from an iPad

I've configured JumpDesktop to connect to a Windows system (at Paperspace ) and a remote macOS system (at MacInCloud ), with RDP . In both cases, the vendor's configuration and support pages provide all the necessary remote access information, such as public IP address, domain details, and login settings. If you prefer, you can connect to your own desktop — physical or virtual — with JumpDesktop. You'll need to configure the desktop to allow remote access via either RDP or VNC .

The Apple Watch's Best New Feature Was Mysteriously Blocked in China

Sign-ups for cellular service on the Apple Watch in China lasted for just a few days before the suspension, and was only offered by China Unicom . Following the suspension, the telecom released a statement saying only that the cellular service had been offered on a “trial basis.” According to the Journal , China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology did issue a trial certificate for the cellular function on the Apple Watch in August but it never gave its formal approval. For users in China who have already paid upwards of $600 for the new device but didn’t get to set up their cellular service, this is sure to be a disappointment. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment, but have yet to receive a reply. We’ll update this post when we do.

Pokemon Go update: all the news and rumors for what's coming next

A big problem with Gyms in Pokémon Go is that players would often dump powerful Pokémon there and never return to check on them. A new motivation system is changing that. Now, when a Pokémon is defending a Gym they’ll lose motivation over time and their Combat Power will temporarily decrease, making them even more easy to defeat. Trainers from the Gym’s ruling team will need to take time feed the Pokémon defending their Gym berries in order to maintain their motivation. 

Google just delivered a $1 billion blow to Uber

Lyft just raised $1 billion in a funding round led by CapitalG, the investment arm of Alphabet, Google's parent company.

iPhone 8 Plus vs. Pixel 2: Which does better video?

The benefits of having a dual camera on the iPhone (rather than the single lens on the Pixel 2) really only come into play for video if you want to use the iPhone's 2x optical zoom during recording. But even then, that telephoto lens is not stabilized so you'll need to hold it steady or mount it on a tripod.

Netflix's The Punisher Has a New Trailer and Release Date

Looks like The Punisher is will start streaming with very little time for the show to ramp up the usual Marvel levels of fanfare. It’s coming on November 17, and Netflix has released a new trailer for the upcoming vigilante series.

That Pixel 2 XL screen: Just how bad is it? | ZDNet

"We designed the Pixel 2 to take advantage of multiple facets of the innovative new POLED technology, including QHD+ resolution with 538 pixels per inch as well as a wide color gamut. One of our design intents was to achieve a more natural and accurate rendition of colors. We know that some people prefer more vivid colors, so we've added an option to boost colors by 10% for more saturation. We'll continue to pay close attention to people's responses to Pixel, and we will consider adding more display color options through software if that makes the product better."

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Google adds "try it now" button to Play Store listings to highlight Android Instant Apps

Google is adding a new “try now” button to Android apps in the Play Store that support the company’s Android Instant Apps feature. Instant Apps, first announced last year and opened to all developers back in May, let users immediately try out an app without having to download it. This is generally achieved by relying on deep linking between different areas of the app, similar to how one would navigate to specific parts of a website. The goal is to give users a quick, purposeful experience that falls somewhere between a full-fledged app and the clunkiness of the mobile web.

Stitch Fix has filed for an IPO, and the numbers look good

Our success is, in large part, dependent upon our ability to identify apparel trends, predict and gauge the tastes of our clients and provide merchandise that satisfies client demand in a timely manner. However, lead times for many of our purchasing decisions may make it difficult for us to respond rapidly to new or changing apparel trends or client acceptance of merchandise chosen by our merchandising buyers. We generally enter into purchase contracts significantly in advance of anticipated sales and frequently before apparel trends are confirmed by client purchases. In the past, we have not always predicted our clients’ preferences and acceptance levels of our merchandise with accuracy. Further, we use our data science to predict our clients’ preferences and gauge demand for our merchandise, and there is no guarantee that our data science and algorithms will accurately anticipate client demand and tastes. To the extent we misjudge the market for the merchandise we offer or fail to execute on trends and deliver attractive merchandise to clients, our sales will decline and our operating results will be adversely affected.

Ultimate Ears Adds Amazon Alexa to New Blast Speakers

The Blast features two 35mm active drivers and two 81-by-39mm passive radiators in a 1.4-pound cylindrical frame. The larger Megablast features two 55mm active drivers and two 25mm tweeters, with two 85-by-50mm passive radiators to improve bass response. According to Ultimate Ears, this means the Blast is capable of producing sounds as low as 90Hz and as loud as 90 dBC, while the Megablast can reach significantly lower and louder with a 60Hz floor and 93dBC top volume. We'll get a better sense for the speakers' performance differences when we test them in the lab.

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In leaked audio, Facebook's security boss says the company's network is run "like a college campus"

Here's how the U.S. government could force Facebook and Google to prevent Russian election meddling

Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner, with support from Republican Sen. John McCain, have co-sponsored a bill called the "Honest Ads Act" that would require internet companies to keep a public database of who is paying for political ads on their networks. The bill also requires companies to do a better job at policing their sites and preventing foreign interference like what occurred during the 2016 election .

MongoDB finishes up 34% in database IPO

New York-based MongoDB went public on the Nasdaq on Thursday, finishing the day at $32.07, up 34% above its IPO price of $24. This is also above the proposed range of $20 to $22, which had been increased from $18 to $20.

Want a Linux desktop on your Android phone? Samsung's working on it | ZDNet

According to Samsung's brief description , Linux on Galaxy will allow developers to use their favorite Linux distribution from a mobile. Whether it's Debian or Ubuntu, the Linux-based desktop OS will run inside the app on Android, which itself has a Linux-based kernel.

Facebook and Apple can’t agree on terms, so Facebook’s subscription tool will only launch on Android phones

That rule is meant to prevent, say, Spotify or Amazon from telling Apple users to leave the app and sign up for subscriptions on their own sites, as a way to dodge Apple’s tax. Apple takes 30 percent of in-app revenue for the first year of a user’s subscription, and then cuts its fee to 15 percent after that.

Russell Brand compares board games to humanity and sends us into an existential crisis

Russell Brand compares board games to humanity and sends us into an existential crisis

The Legendary Doctor Who Story Still Yearning to Be Told Nearly 40 Years Later

Ever since its cancelation, “Shada” has become a holy grail for Who fans, and there have been multiple times to revive it over the years. John Nathan-Turner, who replaced Graham Williams as producer in 1980, fought for filming to be completed so the story could be included in Tom Baker’s final season, but eventually gave up. Footage from the serial was eventually used in 1983 for the anniversary special “The Five Doctors,” to explain the Fourth Doctor’s absence from the story after Tom Baker declined to return. But beyond that, “Shada” has still lived on in various forms over the last three and a half decades.

How to get your company on track to comply with GDPR

TechRepublic's Dan Patterson met with Box's managing director of global legal services, Joel Benavides, to discuss how companies can prepare and comply with these new regulations. The GDPR is a mandatory regulation that affects all EU companies from big enterprises to small businesses that aims to unify and codify data privacy laws.

CNN granted first FAA waiver to fly drones over crowds

The Part 107 waiver represents the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a waiver for unlimited flights of unmanned aerial vehicles over people, the news network said in a statement .  FAA rules prohibit drone flights over people, but waivers are available when applicants can demonstrate no risk of injury.

GoPro Hero 6 review: Slow-mo, stabilization and subtle refinements

The Hero 6 is the first camera from GoPro to feature the company's custom GP1 image processor, and it looks like a successful debut. Video framerates have been doubled almost across the board, making the Hero 6 the slow-mo lovers dream. Better image stabilization and manual exposure settings mean the camera has tools for more demanding users. At $499, it's not cheap, but it's a worthy upgrade for anyone looking to maximize their creative options from the rugged little camera.

These Top Tech Companies Are Hiring First, Training Later | Fast Company

An apprenticeship program at Visa operates a bit differently, according to global employer brand communications director Stephanie Matthews, but is no less labor intensive. It starts earlier, drawing candidates from high school and early college who wouldn’t otherwise have exposure to tech jobs. In a pilot program with the Springboard Initiative, a tech training organization, 14 student apprentices spend time in the Visa University Learning Labs and shadowing programs. Each one gets managers, teams, and a “buddy” to help them. Additionally, Visa’s HR team meets monthly with each apprentice, their manager, and a Springboard staffer to discuss performance.

Today in pettiness: Dude sues airline for not serving authentic Champagne

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How Intel plans to claim its place in the smart home

"We're going to continue to keep working to get into as many of those products as we can," says Kingston. I joke about one day buying a smart lock with a PC-style Intel Inside sticker slapped on the side of it. He doesn't think that's likely, but he still hopes one day consumers will seek out smart home products specifically because they're made from Intel silicon. "We're somewhat starting from scratch in establishing our value in this space."

The World’s Biggest Selfie Machine Looks Like A Blast | Co.Design

(even when so many professional writers fail at the task), I’d bet just as many can picture themselves on a Times Square Billboard, or imagine a deed from their life that’s worthy of a bronze statue in a park. The honors would be accepted humbly, of course. That’s part of the fantasy.

Stars Wars: Battlefront 2 Campaign Hands-On Preview: A Lighter Look at the Dark Side - IGN

I got to play the first three missions of Battlefront 2’s campaign over the course of about two hours, and really enjoyed what I saw. EA has referred to the single-player mode as a “tour” of what the multiplayer modes have to offer, and while the core of those multiplayer influences can still be seen throughout the campaign, I was glad to discover it also felt like a substantial and fleshed out experience of its own. It looks, sounds, and feels like a Star Wars movie, but from a unique perspective we haven’t seen much of since the likes of 1994’s Star Wars: TIE Fighter.

U.S. Proposes New Cyber Security Controls to Protect Power Grid

U.S. grid operators will have to take measures to guard against the risk of being infected by malware from electronic devices like laptops and thumb drives under proposals put forward by the nation’s top energy regulator.

Virtual robots automate repetitive tasks, but be wary of their impact on your human staff

Robotic process automation is catching on, enabling companies to cut costs by relegating low-skill tasks to robot software. But v-robots may also make your employees anxious--and afraid for their jobs.

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Palmer Luckey’s new defense company Anduril looks interested in AR and VR on the battlefield

Palmer Luckey’s new defense startup Anduril has aspirations well beyond a high tech border wall. According to new information on the company’s website and its hires, Anduril intends to apply its virtual reality pedigree to “real-time battlefield awareness for soldiers,” among other defense-centric specialties.

Battle Royale-style game is looking rad in VR

Most were impressed with the way the game looked, especially after only two months of development. Particularly impressive is the game's Skydiving sequence, which is both thrilling to imagine in VR, and appears to avoid the motion sickness pitfalls that befall a lot of other VR games.

This Calculator Tells You If It’s Cheaper To Use Uber Than Own A Car | Fast Company

The calculator is one part of a larger research project that attempts to understand how transportation patterns may shift in the near future, and what that means for carbon emissions. By better understanding the economic drivers of transportation choices (including public transit, though it isn’t included in the simplified public app), the University of Texas researchers plan to estimate how many drivers may make the shift to ride-hailing and what impacts that could have on energy use. Electric cars are likely to become more commonly used for ride-hailing, particularly as companies like Lyft start to use autonomous cars and own their own fleets rather than using drivers’ vehicles. As that shift accelerates, emissions are likely to decrease.

Why Would Tesla Lay Off Hundreds Of Workers When It’s Ramping Up Production? | Fast Company

Why would a corporation setting nearly impossible manufacturing goals suddenly fire hundreds of workers at its one and only automobile plant? Labor activists believe it may have something to do with wanting to exchange vocally pro-union workers with temps that are cheaper to employ and easier to control.

We Finally Know What the Black Panther Was Up to Before Captain America: Civil War

As frustrating as the Black Panther’s absence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until Captain America: Civil War might have been, it makes plenty of sense when you remember that as a rule, the nation of Wakanda keeps to itself while the rest of the world gets caught up in global drama.

Just Got Fired? Ask These Five Questions Before You Pack | Fast Company

One of the most mature decisions you can make before you leave is to find out the reason why you were fired or laid off. In most states, an explanation from your manager is not required by law, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

How to install and use Uncomplicated Firewall in Ubuntu

It has long been said that Linux is a far superior platform to the competition. One reason so many take that stance is security. Although no operating system is 100% secure, Linux does a great job of protecting your data. Even better, if you're not happy with the job Linux does, you can easily change it. For example, if you don't like the complexity of iptables, you can install and make use of the much easier, Uncomplicated Firewall.

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54 Lyft raises $1 billion at $11 billion valuation led by Alphabet’s CapitalG
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61 Smartwatches for Kids Are a Total Privacy Nightmare
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63 Google leads $1 billion Lyft investment
64 Thor: Ragnarok May Be the Funniest Superhero Movie Ever
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66 Cash-Burn Threatens Blue Apron 3.5 Months after IPO
67 United Tumbles After CEO Leaves Wall Street Skeptical of Turnaround
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88 Twitter bans “Hateful Display Names” and shares Safety roadmap
89 PayPal quarterly profit beats on higher mobile transaction volume
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