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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.

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The Nintendo Switch Rumors We Hope Are True

Back in October, Nintendo teased out its latest console, the Nintendo Switch , with a splashy teaser video that left us very, very excited . The neat part about the Switch is that it’s two consoles in one. When docked to the TV, it’s like a regular set-top box. The “switch” happens when you pull it’s screen out from a dock, and attach two Joy Con controllers to the sides, turning it into a portable console for gaming on the go.

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Nintendo Switch: All the latest details

The early games seemed promising -- the newest Zelda game, Breath of the Wild , is a day-one launch title. It looked like it'll be a great game, but occasionally ran choppy in demos. Splatoon 2 looked as good as the original does on the Wii U, but we only got to play it in tablet mode. Other games featured simpler graphics and fun multiplayer ideas, like the puzzle-solving collaborative game Snipperclips and a weird party game for two players called 1 2 Switch. The Nintendo Switch is clearly designed to be a multiplayer experience: it ships with two controllers in the box.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

The website of Rudy Giuliani—who will be Trump's top cyber security advisor—is insecure as hell http://gizmo.do/QTSQLAF  pic.twitter.com/QsqPLO36gB

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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.”

6
A Series of Unfortunate Events Is Good But Depressing as Hell

The show follows the three Baudelaire children: eldest Violet (Malina Weissman), who has a talent for mechanics; Klaus (Louis Hynes), the middle child with a strength in research and book-knowledge; and literal baby Sunny (Presley Smith), with scarily sharp teeth. The unfortunate events begin with the children being orphaned, continues with them being delivered into the hands of villainous Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris), and doesn’t abate once they’re able to escape his clutches. The three children move from caretaker to caretaker, each time running into Olaf in disguise as he continues to plot to steal their fortune—by marrying the 14-year-old Violet. Lives are ruined. Hopes are crushed. And every time the children find someone nice, they are inevitably murdered. The series’ title isn’t kidding.

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The Obamas bid farewell with a VR White House tour

The People's House is also just a taste of what's to come. It clocks in at around eight minutes, but there's a longer version that's closer to 20 minutes coming later this year, according to the VR studio Felix & Paul, which filmed the experience. That extended edition will also be available in stereoscopic 3D, so it'll have more depth and sharpness than what we're seeing today, which is just a flat 360-degree video. I had a chance to view a few scenes in 3D, and it was like a night and day difference, with much sharper video and a greater sense of presence.

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Self-driving Nissan LEAFs will hit London streets next month

If autonomous cars are to be made available in the UK, car makers first need their vehicles to do hard miles on domestic roads. Nissan knows this, so today it confirmed that it will deploy a fleet of LEAF vehicles in London next month, giving it the opportunity to publicly test its autonomous drive technology for the first time in Europe.

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Nintendo Switch review

Flexible and fun, without feeling like a toy, the Switch is proving that Nintendo’s ideas can remain joyously novel without alienating the more po-faced of gamers. While on-the-go battery life and performance remain a concern until we can get extensive real-world play on the Switch, Nintendo’s new machine is looking very promising. But with a price point set at £279.99 / $280 (Australian pricing is yet to be announced, it’s going to have a mighty fight ahead of it against the relatively affordable PS4 and Xbox One bundles. That's before we learn more of the Xbox Scorpio, which we'd expect to be far more powerful, but far pricier. Still, there's nothing like pulling off a Super Mario triple jump, eh?

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Devs get fourth betas of macOS 10.12.3 and iOS 10.2.1 | Cult of Mac

Apple seeded two new beta builds to developers today, bringing a host of bug fixes and improvements to iOS 10.2.1 and macOS 10.12.3.

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Nintendo Switch is $300, it's coming March 3 and you can preorder now

It's Nintendo's first home console release since 2012's Wii U. Like the Wii U and the Wii before it, Nintendo isn't being coy about controller design. An announcement trailer released last year showed off the Switch's modular, portable controller further blurring the lines between a home gaming console and handheld, on-the-go gaming, an area Nintendo has dominated since the first Gameboy was released in the late '80s.

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Turn your Apple Watch into a tiny Macintosh via this new stand from Elago

How? By combining the Macintosh with the Apple Watch through this Apple Watch stand that basically turns your Watch into a tiny Macintosh. The stand is called the W3 Apple Watch stand, and it supports Apple’s nightstand mode, so you can use it on your nightstand to work as a clock at your bedside. The stand also support both the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 — as well as both the 38mm and 42mm versions.

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32-Bit vs. 64-Bit OSes: What's the Difference?

Installing a 32-bit OS on a 64-bit architecture system will work, but it's not optimal. A 32-bit OS, for example, has more limitations—the standout being it can only really utilize 4GB of RAM. Installing more RAM on a system with a 32-bit OS doesn't have much impact on performance. But upgrade that system with excess RAM to the 64-bit version of Windows and you'll notice the difference.

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Nintendo switches on Switch pre-orders

Following up on its full reveal a few hours ago, Nintendo’s new portable and home console hybrid, the Switch, is now available for pre-order.

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Russian Propaganda Channel RT Mysteriously Cut Into C-SPAN's Web Feed [Updated]

This afternoon, online viewers of politics-meets-Ambien channel C-SPAN were treated to a disturbing change in programming: For around 10 minutes, the web stream aired RT (formerly Russia Today) instead.

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​Google Chrome gets Wayback Machine extension: End to the pain of 404 errors? | ZDNet

Never again get stuck with a 'page not found', thanks to a new Wayback Machine extension for Google's Chrome browser from the Internet Archive.

17
How to use your light sockets for your home security system

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we spoke with Sengled’s senior product marketing manager Daniel Cheng on their use of light sockets to power anything from a speaker system to a security system.

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'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.

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When smart clothes start chatting up smart cities it could get crazy

For those wishing never to be lost in the crowd again, U.K. researchers are developing connected clothing that will turn its wearers into mobile sensors for smart cities.

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You're invited to join App.net for free

App.net is shutting down on March 15, 2017.

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Encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp denies “backdoor” claim

Whether WhatsApp’s key verification process/”nontrivial” ‘bug’ is an intentional security backdoor or a design decision with a user opt-out depends on your perspective. But arguably the platform’s biggest security flaw remains not open sourcing its code to allow for external audits — not least given that its parent company, Facebook, has a business model based on monetizing the personal information of users via profiling their preferences and targeting them with ads.

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Boosted recalls batteries from second-generation boards

Boosted in November urged customers to stop using and charging the boards while it investigated what caused two boards' lithium ion battery packs to begin overheating and smoking. The company said Thursday it had identified the cause of the smoking batteries.

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Amazon to add more than 100,000 jobs in U.S. hiring spree

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Amazon.com Inc on Thursday said it will create more than 100,000 jobs in the United States, from software development to warehouse work, in its latest move to win over shoppers by investing in faster delivery.

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Fast Company on Twitter

Security researchers have discovered a WhatsApp backdoor that allows the reading of encrypted messages http://buff.ly/2jqN9G5  pic.twitter.com/QRi5Sm4ymr

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Why The Most Productive People Do These Six Things Every Day

Vaynerchuk also dials down his schedule into small increments. "Every minute counts, so my schedule is planned down to the second," he writes. "And I’m not kidding: I’ve had, and continue to have, three- and four-minute meetings. You have to use every second you get in a day."

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Nintendo Switch: Everything You Need to Know About the Ambitious Shape-Shifting Console

The Joy-Con controller (available in multiple colors) is made up of two small palmable controllers, each with a joystick and 4-button layout. When playing on the tablet you can connect the controllers to each side, effectively turning the Switch into something like a gargantuan Sony PSP. But the controllers can be disconnected and used separately, which might be useful for games that require motion controllers like with the old Wii, or for when you want to have some quick two-player action.

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Obama Expands Surveillance Powers on His Way Out

New rules issued by the Obama administration under Executive Order 12333 will let the NSA—which collects information under that authority with little oversight, transparency, or concern for privacy—share the raw streams of communications it intercepts directly with agencies including the FBI, the DEA, and the Department of Homeland Security, according to a report today by the New York Times.

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The Morning After: Friday, January 13th, 2017

As of January 15th, Tesla's lifetime offer of free Supercharging at its conveniently-located power stations comes off the table . Now, the company has revealed how much it will cost for future buyers of the Model S, X and 3 to top up their batteries. The plan will allow for 400kWh of charging per year for free, which Musk & Co. figure should cover 1,000 miles or most of the road trip-style access needed when drivers are away from home. After that, it's billed per kWh or per-minute (which can vary if more cars are connected, slowing down the charger), depending on the area, with prices fixed within each state. All in all, an NY to LA trip could cost about $120.

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TechRadar 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

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You can now request an Uber without ever leaving Google Maps

Say you're wandering around an unfamiliar city with Google Maps as your guide, and you need to order an Uber to get to your next destination. If you're logged into your Uber account, you can simply request a ride, track your driver and connect with them from the app. 

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Apple's 'iPhone 8' to gain tougher IP68 water and dust resistance - report

When it launches later this year, Apple is reportedly planning to make the water and dust resistance of the "iPhone 8" even better than the iPhone 7, upgrading it to an IP68 rating.

32
Use the Fibonacci Sequence to Quickly Convert Between Miles and Kilometers

Each number in the sequence after the first two is the sum of the previous two numbers. Coincidentally, it works as a nearly-accurate converter between miles and kilometers. Look at any number in the sequence as a number of miles and the next number in the sequence is approximately that same distance in kilometers. For example, 8 miles is about 13 kilometers. 13 miles is about the same as 21 kilometers.

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Star Wars will not digitally recreate Carrie Fisher for future movies

Recreating actors with digital techniques has been used going back to Brandon Lee’s performance in The Crow , but that was primarily piecing together existing footage and using it in different contexts. In Rogue One , however, Industrial Light & Magic was able to recreate Peter Cushing and a 19-year-old Fisher with a combination of stand-in performers and digital artistry. But just because something can be pulled off technologically does not mean that it should, particularly when it comes to the moral and ethical concerns inherent in digitally resurrecting a beloved actor. In this particular case, it seems clear that Star Wars will be showing Carrie Fisher the respect she deserves.

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After day one, AI is crushing humanity at poker

The first day of the Brains vs. AI poker tournament is in the books, and the Libratus bot from Carnegie Mellon University emerged as the clear winner, collecting $81,716 to the humans $7,228. Both the players and Libratus’ creators cautioned that it was still too early to make a judgement call about who might win the 20-day tournament. But it’s clear that this year’s AI has made some major improvements on the 2015 system, Claudico, which ended up losing to humanity.

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Charge & Sync Your iPhone 5/5s/6/6s/7 or 5+/6+/7+ with These Extra-Long Certified Charging Cables

 

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How IoT is improving the value of industrial automation in oil and gas

A major oil company has also launched an IoT project to cloud-enable the sale of liquid natural gas at filling stations, bringing a new level of predictive and other analysis to suppliers. Gateway appliances at each station collect data from the fuel pumps and send it to a cloud platform that enables monitoring of consumption rates and inventory. Long-term, the project is expected to result in design improvements for pumping stations and other equipment.

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Right Click Enhancer Adds Tons of Useful Options to Your Context Menu

Windows: The right-click menu in Windows comes with tons of useful options. Right Click Enhancer makes it even better by letting you add custom commands to your context menu.

38
Hail Satan, Flight 666 Lands Safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard the most metal flight of your lives. Let’s do some sky crimes.

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Brilliant, bold, bisexual, boss: the author of 'Goodnight Moon' was before her time

Though she wrote books of innocence and whimsy, her thoughts on how kids should behave left little room for childish behavior: "I don’t especially like children . . . At least not as a group. I won’t let anybody get away with anything just because he’s little."

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Build a Smart Calendar and Notification Center for Family Agendas with a Raspberry Pi

The basics here are actually pretty straightforward. The Pi is turned into a web server that run a custom homepage. That homepage pulls in all kinds of live data about the weather, public transportation, and whatever else you need alongside a shared calendar that anyone in the house can access. Beyond that, there’s an old LCD from a laptop that mounts to the wall with some custom buttons, and that’s about it. The web page aspect of it makes it super easy to modify to suit your needs, so even if it’s not exactly what you’re looking for, you should be able to tweak it as needed.

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How Apple's culture of secrecy wears down its top developers

That was a major reversal, and it came because Apple's tight-lipped approach was widely thought to be hindering its ability to hire the best people in the field of AI. AI is the biggest trend in the tech industry these days, and those creating new ways for computers to learn and to reason want to show off their own accomplishments to the greater AI community.

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Hacker snatches 900GB of data from pay-for-hire phone-hacking firm

In an unusual episode of bullies turned into victims, an anonymous hacker has breached a popular pay-for-hire mobile hacking agency known for selling surveillance and data extraction solutions to intelligence and law enforcement organs.

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HTC’s new flagship phone has AI and a second screen, but no headphone jack

But the first thing you’ll probably notice about the U Ultra and U Play is their all-new design. I got to see and handle the two new phones ahead of today’s announcement and they are strikingly, shockingly glossy. HTC has moved to a new all-glass exterior, which it calls Liquid Surface construction, and the company has spent a lot of time creating a material that mimics the properties, not just the look, of liquid. What that means in practice is that you’ll sometimes get sensational-looking reflections that lend the U phone a quite unique appearance, but more often than not, you’ll just wish for something less "liquidy" to grip. The surface of both phones is ultra smooth and if you don’t put them inside a case, they’re liable to keep slipping out of your hand.

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Massive meta-study confirms the health benefits of cannabis

The report was authored by a panel of health experts led by Harvard pediatrician, Marie McCormick. The study found, among other things, that cannabinoids (the active ingredients in cannabis) are potent pain relievers, especially for chronic pain. It also found that while cannabis smoke does not appear to cause cancer of the mouth, throat or lungs, toking up while pregnant can lead to reduced birth weights.

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Learn Eight Field Photography Tricks In 90 Seconds

If you’re looking to boost your field photography skills, these eight clever tricks can be done with common items almost everyone has.

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The 7 best VR apps for iPhone

Orbulus is all about 360-degree photo spheres, in this case a collection of user-supplied destinations enhanced with sound or music. To choose a sphere from the gallery, you simply focus on it for a few seconds. Once you're "inside," you can zoom in or out by tilting your head right or left. It's an interesting way to travel the globe, with destinations ranging from Hong Kong to San Francisco.

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Commit to Fifteen Minutes of Financial Literacy a Day to Get Your Finances in Order

Personal finance isn’t rocket science. But there’s a lot to learn. And the best way to master personal finance is to study it every day. So every day, do one of two things. Read one personal finance blog, or read a few pages from a personal finance book. That’s it. Give yourself 15 minutes. If you can do more, great.

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Daimler Invests In ‘Last Mile’ Robotic Delivery Startup

Starship Technologies makes drones that travel short distances on sidewalks or roads

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New Tesla owners will now pay a 'small fee' for Supercharger access

Tesla didn't give specifics about the new pricing structure but emphasized it's looking to keep costs down. Tesla said a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles will cost $15 for customers who supercharge. Someone traveling from Los Angeles to New York will pay roughly $120.

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How to Fix iOS 10 - iOS 10.2 Battery Life Problems

While iOS takes care of suspending apps in the background, it’s likely that some apps wake up in the background to fetch content off the network. You may want to force close apps like VoIP, navigation and streaming audio apps if you’re not using them as they’re known to drain battery life. It is important to note here that you should only close apps that you don’t want to use. It is a not a good practice to force close all apps, as that could have an adverse impact on battery life. Force close an app by double-pressing the home button scrolling through the apps to find the one you want to close, and swiping up on the app card to close it.

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56 The most promising headphones from CES
57 Is diabetes the world's most connected health condition?
58 The most right-swiped jobs on Tinder in your city
59 Nintendo Switch console revealed - BBC News
60 Tesla details Supercharging fees for new buyers
61 Apple now allows bigger apps and games on the Apple TV
62 Consumer Reports Now Recommends MacBook Pros
63 NASA's Curiosity Rover carries Obama's signature to Mars
64 Nintendo’s Switch already gets right what the Wii U got wrong
65 Trump picks Rudy Giuliani to meet with companies about cybersecurity
66 Performance-boosting Game Mode discovered in new Windows 10 preview build, confirmed by Microsoft
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68 Follow Gandalf's Journey in These Stunning New Lord of the Rings Posters
69 Two Trailers for Raw Expose Different Sides of This Gruesome, Amazing Movie
70 Should I buy an OLED TV now or wait for 2017 models?
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72 Jeff Bezos is living the billionaire dream and buying a museum to turn into his house
73 We're Finally Going to Learn How Much Exxon Knew About Climate Change
74 Google brings machine learning to deliver sharper low res images
75 Spectacular Light Display in Northern Ontario Looks Like an Alien Encounter
76 Apple boosts tvOS app size limit to 4GB
77 Mumbai Slum Use Beacons To Advertise Local Retail Market
78 With one tweet, Trump makes L.L. Bean trendy
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83 Congress will consider proposal to raise H-1B minimum wage to $100,000
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