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A new update to Google Maps tightens the integration with Uber by letting you book and track rides right in the app.

Watch a drone crash into Seattle's Space Needle

The Pacific Northwest landmark wasn't harmed, but staff report this is the third drone recovered on the property.

Hidden history of virtual reality

Virtual reality has a couple secrets you probably didn't know.

Opera Neon is a brave re-imagining of what a browser can be

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Opera launches Neon, a new experimental desktop browser

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Adobe is working on a voice-activated digital assistant that can edit pictures for you

What if Siri could edit your pictures for you? That's essentially the question Adobe Research hopes to answer with a digital assistant for editing photos, a new project that the software company...

Monkeys grieve over 'death' of robotic spy monkey-baby

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The 8 Most Pressing Questions We Still Have About Nintendo’s New Console, the Switch

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Consumer Reports Now Recommends MacBook Pros

The three MacBook Pros in our labs include two 13-inch models, one with Apple’s new Touch Bar and one without the Touch Bar; and a 15-inch model. (All 15-inch MacBook Pros come with the Touch Bar.) The new average battery-life results are, in order, 15.75 hours, 18.75 hours, and 17.25 hours. We bought the three computers at retail, as we do with other products rated by Consumer Reports, to ensure that we are testing the same models a consumer would buy.

2 Gear up for tonight's Nintendo Switch live stream

Watch the live stream right here with us tonight and keep the Engadget home page open for all of the news as Nintendo announces it. Until then, here are a few things to expect out of tonight's Switch event:

3
India slams Amazon over sale of national flag doormats

Amazon ran into a bit of a snafu on Wednesday, when the company’s Canadian storefront was found selling doormats with the Indian national flag on it.

4
HTC's 'U Ultra' flagship phone pairs AI with a secondary screen

For those who don't need a secondary screen or even just a phone that big, there's the HTC U Play. It boats the same striking design and AI smarts and pairs them with a smaller body and a more pocketable 5.2-inch, 1080p display. As you've probably already figured out, this smaller variant is also a little less impressive; it packs one of MediaTek's octa-core Helio P10 chipsets and ships with either 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The main camera has also been knocked down to 16 megapixels (none of that UltraPixel business here), though it's unclear as of this writing how much less these models will cost compared to the flagship U Ultra.

5
'Routing issue' causes Russian propaganda network to air on C-SPAN

The programming error turned out to be rather benign, but it couldn’t have come at a worse time. A Russian propaganda network popping into a C-SPAN feed seems like the sort of thing that can raise already high tensions between the two countries. For now, though, it seems as if we can rest at ease that the error was on the part of C-SPAN, not something more malicious originating from Russia.

6
Pandora Announces Layoffs, Plans to Reduce Workforce by 7%

“In an effort to ensure continued execution across core initiatives in 2017, we took a comprehensive look at our operations and made the hard decisions necessary to focus the company on the most significant opportunities in front of us. As a result, we reduced our U.S. employee base (excluding Ticketfly) by 7% and said goodbye to colleagues who have worked tirelessly to make Pandora the force it is today.”

7
Mumbai Slum Use Beacons To Advertise Local Retail Market

A 535-acre slum in Mumbai has started using beacons to advertise local products, part of a project by Google, the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Swansea University to improve the slum’s retail market visibility.

8
Can you really have "idiot-proof" kitchen appliances?

People who struggle with frozen pizza and microwaveable food instructions will be happy to know that Whirlpool unveiled a selection of kitchen appliances able to cook your food without pressing any buttons.

9
How to pre-order the Nintendo Switch

As of today, there’s only one way to pre-order the Nintendo Switch. New Yorkers, or those in the vicinity of Nintendo’s brick-and-mortar store in Rockefeller Center, can pre-order the console in person on Friday, January 13 at 9 a.m. ET.

10 Nintendo Switch pre-orders will open in limited quantity on Friday in New York

Looks like Friday’s hands-on event isn’t the only big bit of Nintendo Switch business going down in New York City this Friday. The gaming giant’s New York store Twitter account just dropped the news that the eagerly anticipated (though barely seen) convertible console will open for pre-orders at the company’s storefront at 9AM that same day.

11
FCC concludes that AT&T and Verizon’s policies violate net neutrality

The findings aligned with those of net neutrality advocates like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who argued zero-rating policies violated the FCC’s rules requiring that all internet traffic be treated equally. A group of like-minded senators, led by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), praised the report on Wednesday. “These guiding principles will help the FCC, industry, and the public evaluate zero-rating offerings and identify plans that distort competition, stifle innovation, and hamper user choice and free speech,” Markey said in a statement.”I will continue to work with my colleagues to encourage the Commission to enforce these guidelines and ensure that the internet remains a permission-less environment where anyone with an idea or voice can participate.”

12
Apple is reportedly planning a “significant” push into original movie and TV content

The original content will stream to subscribers of Apple Music instead of any kind of new, dedicated streaming video service from the company, reports the Wall Street Journal . The paper reports that Apple's original scripted content could arrive as early as the end of this year.

13
Apple Watch stand turns your favorite wearable into a mini Macintosh

The Elago W3 stand looks like a miniature Macintosh and works with Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watches (both 38mm and 42mm versions). The simple device was designed to support Apple’s nightstand mode, allowing you to use it as an alarm clock on your bedside table by just slipping the watch bands into the dedicated slot. It looks like a legitimate (albeit tiny) Macintosh, and even comes equipped with the floppy drive cutout.

14
How will augmented reality impact the real estate market?

“Unlike the full immersion of virtual reality, augmented reality aims to make the world you already see, so much cooler… Augmented reality is when digital information is overlaid onto the actual physical world. Your camera detects a target image and can figure out how close, how far, and at what angle the target image is from the camera using sensors. It then projects digital information onto that target image and voila — augmented reality… Some of the earliest uses of augmented reality were the head-up display on fighter jets, allowing pilots to see important information projected in front of them on their windshields. This technology eventually made its way to automobiles, and even your eyeglasses with Google Glass.”

15
Global smart cities market to reach a whopping $3.5 trillion by 2026

“Owing to growing inclination toward eco-friendly construction technology, smart building is estimated to register over 15% market value share in 2026, crossing $520 billion,” said the report. “In terms of Y-o-Y growth, smart security and smart building segments will dominate over others, with the respective Y-o-Y growth rates of over 23% and over 20% in 2017 over 2016.”

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Las Vegas launches the first electric autonomous shuttle on U.S. public roads

Shuttles with defined routes are a relatively low-risk area for companies to deploy autonomous-driving tech, as there are fewer variables to take into consideration as compared to more free-roaming self-driving vehicles. You can map the route extensively, for instance, and having connected infrastructure present is also a plus. It’s likely we’ll see much more of this kind of autonomous-tech deployment well before we see self-driving consumer-owned vehicles on roads.

17
Adobe wants you to use voice commands to edit photos

Plus, the voice-based system would either have to be sophisticated enough to understand a wide range of commands and synonymous ones, or you’d have to learn the exact terms to use for each function. It’s simpler to just pick tools and settings by looking at buttons that have icons showing what they do.

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Apple revenues from iOS ecosystem should exceed $1 trillion this year, analyst says

According to independent analyst Horace Dediu, Apple's iOS hardware ecosystem and related services is on schedule to generate a cumulative $1 trillion sometime in 2017, a milestone for a consumer product. As Dediu explained in a blog post on Wednesday , Apple is forecast to have sold about 1.2 billion iPhones by mid-2017, a gigantic number for a consumer electronic device. Ten years in the making, iPhone's success has sparked an even larger secondary iOS device market that by Dediu's estimates will reach a collective 1.75 billion unit sales later this year. Given current trends the category, which includes iOS-capable equipment like iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch and Apple TV, could exceed 2 billion units by the end of 2018. Dediu's estimates put revenue from iOS hardware sales at about $980 billion by the middle of this year. Coupled with more than $100 billion in revenues from supporting services, including app content sales, the overall ecosystem's worth will come in well above the $1 trillion mark. Those figures do not include payouts to app developers. Last August, Apple CEO Tim Cook touted a best-ever month for iOS app billings in July, saying developers had earned more than $50 billion since the App Store launched in 2008.

19
Honda recalls another 772,000 vehicles with faulty airbags

The National Highway Highway Traffic Safety Administration initiated the recall, which now includes more than 42 million vehicles in the US alone, after it was discovered that Takata's airbags could deteriorate over time and cause an explosion of hot metal shrapnel. So far, Takata systems have been responsible for 11 deaths and over 100 injuries around the world.

20
Unable to fund production of its camera drone, Lily will shut down and refund customers

21
Dutch journalists hack local politicians' Twitter accounts to expose weak security

Although their method might seem a tad irresponsible and a bit sensationalistic, I do applaud the pro-active assertiveness of the journalists. State agents, or anyone else who gains access, can use that access to listen in on private conversations, or disseminating lies or viruses to others. It’s important to show that there are serious weaknesses in the online security of people who run a country – if only to avoid another ‘golden shower’ scandal.

22
Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

23
Where to watch Nintendo’s Switch events

The company’s set to take the stage again tomorrow in New York for a Treehouse Live stream (the format it’s embraced for the last few E3s) starting at 9:30AM ET, which ought to shed a bit more light on Switch game play.

24
Boosted issues battery recall for its second-generation board

Customers who pre-ordered the new Boosted Board 2 will be disappointed to hear there’s been a recall for the new board’s battery. The Boosted Board 2 had a small general release along with units sent to personalities and publications; it’s those units that are affected.

25
Donald Trump tried to tweet about L.L. Bean, and it went awry in so many ways

In response to the boycott, L.L. Bean released a statement last week pointing out that Linda Bean was only one of dozens of family members involved in the company and that her political stance did not represent the views of the company: "L.L.Bean does not endorse political candidates, take positions on political matters, or make political contributions."

26
Mashable News on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

27
Apple Seeds iOS 10.2.1 Beta 4 to Developers and Public Testers

Apple has officially seeded developer beta 4 of iOS 10.2.1. The first developer beta did not have any major forward-facing new additions to the mix. With the minor point upgrade, Apple is focusing on fixing any issues discovered since the public release of iOS 10.2, as well as boosting overall performance.

28
Arizona plans to sue Theranos over faulty blood tests

Brnovich has so far declined to comment on any action, but the document contends Theranos may have defrauded customers in the state and the office is now seeking proposals to assist it in possible legal action “against Theranos, Inc. and its closely related subsidiaries for violations of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act arising out of Theranos Inc.’s long-running scheme of deceptive acts and misrepresentations relating to the capabilities and operation of Theranos blood testing equipment.”

29
The Morning After: Thursday, January 12th 2017

10 years after the iPhone debuted, we have certain expectations of Apple's mobile OS. But before it hit the MacWorld stage engineers had to make some tough choices, and a video from Sonny Dickson shows two different versions of test software. The ghost of what could have been, is a version with iPod-style clickwheel navigation. Just imagine that for a second. Or watch the video.

30
Kendall Jenner firmly denies 'upsetting' plastic surgery rumors

She said Kylie had done her makeup that day, which she said explained why she looked so different. Jenner then went on to question the whole premise of her getting plastic surgery.

31
American Horror Story Just Got Renewed Through Season Nine [Updated]

We’ve known for awhile that American Horror Story would return for a seventh season. Today came the news that Ryan Murphy’s anthology horror show has received two more seasons on top of that.

32
Amazon bringing 100,000 full-time jobs to the US by 2018

Amazon is about to go on a huge hiring spree, adding over 100,000 "full time, full-benefit" US jobs. They'll be available to people with "all types of experience, education and skill levels," the company wrote , ranging from engineers and software developers to entry-level fulfillment center positions. "Innovation is one of our guiding principles at Amazon, and it's created hundreds of thousands of American jobs," CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement.

33
This Coworking Space Is One Giant Ikea Hack

The playful space was inspired by Tokyo and New York City, the architects explain in a creative statement. "The density and diversity of people and opportunities that a big metropolis produces encourages having of places with a fundamental purpose of sharing creativity," they write. "This is why it seemed natural for us that our space paid tribute to and was inspired by great cities."

34
Snapchat overhauls search to make finding friends easier

Under a total assault from Facebook , Snapchat today began rolling out a new version of search designed to make starting chats easier. The update, which is rolling out first to a small group of users on Android, makes the search bar persistent across every screen of the app. And it offers an easy way to access your own profile — you can just tap the Bitmoji version of yourself to go there.

35
Microsoft sued by its content moderators who developed PTSD

In what sounds like the plot for an episode of the forward-looking dystopian show  Black Mirror , Microsoft is being sued by two of its Online Safety Team employees over claims that they developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in their roles at the company.

36
Spectacular Light Display in Northern Ontario Looks Like an Alien Encounter

Late last weekend, semi-pro photographer Timothy Joseph Elzinga woke up in the early hours of the morning to attend to his crying two-year-old son. When he looked out the window, he was greeted with a rare and spectacular sight known as light pillars. Smartly, he picked up his camera and captured some of the most incredible images of this natural phenomenon we’ve ever seen.

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YouTube's new Super Chat will let fans (and trolls) pin comments on live streams

Posting comments onto a popular live stream can be a fruitless activity, with conversations moving so fast no one has time to see your message. Good news for those of you who want the attention: you can now pay to highlight comments and pin them to the top of live YouTube videos.

38
Apple boosts tvOS app size limit to 4GB

Apple on Thursday announced a change in App Store policy which increases the size limit of tvOS app bundles from 200 megabytes to 4 gigabytes, a boost that should provide a better end user experience upon initial installation. With the increased data allowance, developers can include additional media in App Store submissions to offer users a more complete and rich experience out of the box, Apple says in a post to its developer webpage . In addition to larger main bundle sizes, Apple notes tvOS apps are still able to use on-demand resources to host up to 20GB of additional content to the App Store. These on-demand assets are dynamically downloaded to a user's Apple TV in the background and subsequently erased when not needed. The on-demand feature also lets developers remotely store rarely used resources like app tutorials, as well as content related to in-app purchases. Game levels, for example, would likely be hosted on demand from App Store servers. Apple previously restricted tvOS app bundles to 200MB, with remaining assets supplied via on-demand resources, in an attempt to streamline downloads and save space on storage-constrained Apple TV set-top boxes.

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How to Watch the Nintendo Switch Live Stream Reveal - IGN

You can watch the big Nintendo Switch reveal live streams on pretty much every connected device in your home or in your pocket. Here are some links to the apps (download them ahead of time!) and other places where you can watch the Nintendo Switch live stream and IGN's show coverage as well. Watch the Nintendo Switch live streams on...

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IBM Watson, FDA to use blockchain tech to build secure exchange for health data - TechRepublic

A new research initiative between IBM Watson Health and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced Wednesday, could make it easier and safer for medical professionals to share sensitive health data. The two firms will be examining the potential uses of blockchain technology to build out a secure exchange for data related to healthcare, according to a press release .

41
Peep this: First Look at Marvel's 'The Defenders'

The cast of the upcoming Netflix series appears on this week's cover of Entertainment Weekly, teasing what's to come.

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Lyft lost $600 million last year, but it's making progress in its ride-hailing war with Uber

Lyft lost $600 million last year, but it's making progress in its ride-hailing war with Uber

43
2017 Detroit Auto Show wrap-up - Roadshow

Press days at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show have to come to a close, and while there were no world debuts that blew the roof off of Cobo Center, a number of noteworthy and important reveals did take place in the Motor City.

44
Stop Dumping Your Cooking Grease Down The Drain

There are alternatives to just burying the grease, although only for restaurants which do a lot of frying. Last year, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio mandated that the city's heating oil should come from 20% biodiesel oil by 2034, which gives restaurants a market for their used oil. That's up from 2% today. That's good news for New York's grease processors, who have seen a 50% drop in prices over the past six years.

45
What's In Store For Freelancers Under President Trump?

"If it's repealed and there's no backstop or no message around how things are going to get easier, the perception will be that it's now harder to find health insurance, and fewer people will be confident enough to take the leap [into freelancing]," he says, adding that if the Affordable Care Act is amended in ways that makes it easier for independent workers to find affordable insurance there could be an influx of new freelancers during the Trump administration. However, the Trump administration has made no policy plans on other freelancer safety net issues.

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Billie Lourd posts an emotional tribute on Instagram to mother Carrie Fisher

"If my life weren't funny then it would just be true and that is unacceptable" -❤☪️🅰️rrℹ️📧 Fℹ️💰♓️📧r ❤Finding the funny might take a while but I learned from the best and her voice will forever be in my head and in my heart

47
Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

New data suggests Brexit vote failed to knock U.K. tech investment http://bloom.bg/2iiePQx  pic.twitter.com/RcTwpQ7PEQ

48
Glympse brings its location sharing to connected home devices

Basically, the new Glympse feature serves as a hub for your family's location info, whether it's a smart camera picking up when your kids get home from school, your car sharing details about your evening commute or entering info with an app on your phone. Glympse's FamilyMap SDK is available for developers to employ now, but the company says the new tool is heading to its mobile apps "in the upcoming weeks."

49
We Were Wrong About the Moon's Age

Earth’s very clingy friend, the Moon, has long been an object of human fascination. It makes sense, considering we’re just a hop, skip and a 238,855-mile jump from our celestial pal.

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HTC will intro half as many smartphones this year

HTC may have taken a bolder approach in the smartphone world with its new U Ultra and U Play , but it's decided to play it safe with its roadmap for the rest of the year. After today's launch event in Taipei, I caught up with President of Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, Chialin Chang, who confirmed that HTC will only be releasing six to seven smartphones this year. While that's a drastic cut from last year's eleven to twelve models, he claims this has so far allowed the company to focus on its smartphones' core features, in a bid to put up a better fight against other brands.

51 Twitter is closing down another service
52 Lifehacker on Twitter
53 Google's Round Ping Pong Table Is a Seriously Lame Fake-Ass Office Perk
54 Tesla will power its Gigafactory with a 70-megawatt solar farm
55 Kohler's New Showerhead Simulates a Rainstorm for Rich People Who Won't Touch Rain
56 This data shows how the rise of Netflix might be hurting the NFL
57 Forbes Welcome
58 New LA Chargers logo shredded on social media
59 Here's how the public cloud can reduce the stress and expense of your on-premises IT | ZDNet
60 Samsung Galaxy S8 case leak suggests it will keep the headphone jack
61 I'm Arianna Huffington and This Is How I Work
62 Iridium satellite loaded on Falcon 9 rocket ahead of planned January 14 launch
63 Samsung might unveil a foldable phone that turns into a tablet this year
64 A new Nvidia Shield portable is on the way according to an FCC filing
65 Nintendo Switch should launch at £200
66 Cool dude James Bedford has been cryonically frozen for 50 years
67 Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
68 Get a 55-inch Insignia TV for $279.99
69 This is President Obama's most retweeted tweet ever
70 Samsung chief questioned by prosecutors in South Korea political scandal
71 Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
72 The age of Apple is over, says Peter Thiel
73 Windows 10 will automatically lock your PC anytime you walk away from it
74 Samsung seen unveiling foldable phone in third quarter
75 Moderators who had to view child abuse content sue Microsoft, claiming PTSD
76 For heavy unlimited data customers, life just got harder
77 The Most and Least Expensive Cities to Find Short-Term Vacation Rentals
78 http://bloom.bg/2j3kyXI
79 BuzzFeed sells $25,000 in 'failing pile of garbage' merchandise, will donate all proceeds to press-freedom group
80 https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/01/12/1948233/us-epa-accuses-fiat-chrysler-of-excess-diesel-emissions?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter
81 Amazon launches the first of its own subscription VOD channels, Anime Strike
82 https://science.slashdot.org/story/17/01/12/033228/scientists-use-stem-cells-to-regenerate-the-external-layer-of-a-human-heart?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter
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87 Publishers Aren’t Seeing Revenue From Instagram’s New Ads
88 This congressman has a heartfelt reason why he's skipping Donald Trump's inauguration
89 ​Why middleware to manage robots will have to come to a home near you | ZDNet
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