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The Piano Guys shoot glorious iPhone X music video

Forget all that fancy moviemaking equipment. The Piano Guys turned to an iPhone X for their latest music video.

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2017 Hackaday Superconference November 11+12 2017
Pasadena, CA This is the ultimate hardware conference. Hackers, designers, and engineers from all over the world converge — from the gr…

This album is coming to nearly every audio format

"Blue Wicked" will be on MiniDisc, Digital Compact Cassette and even Elcaset.

Bill Gates buys big chunk of land in Arizona to build 'smart city'

"Bill Gates is known for innovation and those kind of things and I think he picked the right place. He's coming to Arizona."

Bose's new Noise-Masking Sleepbuds may change your life

In an unusual move for Bose, the company launches an Indiegogo campaign looking for testers for its upcoming totally wireless sleep-aid earphones.

Sci-fi icon Robby the Robot is up for auction

Bid on the original Robby the Robot movie prop

Imagining Instagram: Stories-first

Time spent by people watching Instagram Stories -- which is temporary sharing with private replies -- could someday significantly surpass time spent in the..

See battle royale brawler 'The Darwin Project' in action this weekend

The battle royale experience of 'The Darwin Project' earned buzz at E3, and you can see it for yourself during its first big test weekend.

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Early Black Friday deals on the Apple iPad Pro, HP Envy x360 laptop, and more

As mentioned in last week’s Good Deals post, Black Friday deals have begun early and you can already score major discounts on tech. This week, we’re featuring our favorite deals on home entertainment (including several big TV discounts), headphones, computing, DJI drones, and more.

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iPhone X Component Costs Higher Than iPhone 8 by 25 Percent

As per an analysis of the internal components of the iPhone X, the handset has a higher gross profit margin than the iPhone 8 for Apple. The components used in the iPhone X are 25 percent more expensive than the iPhone 8, but the device also has a 43 percent higher retail price.

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UAG Apple iPhone X case roundup: in pictures | ZDNet

Urban Armor Gear makes some of my favorite cases and its new iPhone X collection is now available. With the glass back and very high price, it makes sense to protect your iPhone with a case designed to survive accidental drops.

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Video: Inside Mr. Robot's cybersecurity secrets

James Plouffe, security advisor for Mr. Robot and Lead Architect at MobileIron, explains how the hit show lands its accurate portrayal of hacking.

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How to Get iPhone X's New Ringtone on Any iPhone in 3 Simple Steps

For this step, we’re using the latest version of iTunes (12.7). If you’re using an older version, the steps might differ. Connect your iPhone to iTunes and start the sync process. Now, on the top, you’ll see the little iPhone icon. Click on it to see all the details of your iPhone sync. Here, in the sidebar, you’ll find a Tones subsection. Click on it.

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Offers | The Next Web

Part teaching tool, part super-awesome big kid toy, you can get all the equipment and instruction you need to build your very own dual-purpose Force Flying Building Block Fly ‘n Drive Drone right now for just $32.99. It’s 34 percent off with this limited time offer from TNW Deals. ...

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The best Black Friday deals at Walmart

Roku's 4K HDR streamer rocks; simple interface, more apps and the best search. Walmart's Black Friday price is $20 cheaper that what we've seen elsewhere, and it's throwing in one free month of DirecTV Now, one free month of Showtime, a $5 Vudu credit and an HDMI cable.

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Apple is Fixing the Annoying Autocorrect Bug in iOS 11.2

In the latest report, an Apple spokesperson told the publication that Apple will release a fix for the autocorrect bug “will be included in this week’s public and developer beta releases.” We’ve already seen that the developer beta of iOS 11.2 has been seeded, and the public beta should land within the public beta program this week as well.

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Enterprise software slows down digital transformation, survey suggests | ZDNet

As the IFS study's authors put it: "In many companies, ERP still stands for 'Excel Runs Production.'" There's a lot of truth to this -- in the survey, in situations where enterprise software usability was poor, 88 percent of respondents said they would be likely to use spreadsheets, with 84 percent citing Microsoft Excel.Excel was most popular among 18-35-year-olds, with 95 percent citing the product as a workaround when enterprise software presented usability difficulties.

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How to use secure shell from your Chromebook

If you remotely administer Linux servers with the help of secure shell, grab the nearest Chromebook. Jack Wallen walks you through the steps of using ssh from Chrome OS.

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Top AirPod Alternatives: The Best True Wireless Headphones of 2017

Newer models from Bose and B&O Play manage to strike a balance between operability and layout. The Bose for instance, uses actual tactile buttons to control playback, call management, track navigation, and volume, while the B&O Play cleverly divides controls between the two earpieces—tapping the left ear, for instance, will skip a track backward, while tapping the right will skip forward. Despite needing to do a little more thinking before you tap, eventually the division of controls between the two earpieces reveals itself to be intuitive. So on-ear control panels are getting more creative and user-friendly, but there's still a ways to go before they catch up with traditional wireless models.

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David Scheltema on Twitter

I have a list at home somewhere. Currently I’m not on-site but I should be back by 2. I’m using 5 esp-8266s and it’s broadcasting random MAC per beacon each time

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Ember's new smart coffee mug dials up the heat

Needless to say, there are other cheaper and lower-tech solutions to keep your coffee hot. A good insulated mug will run you around $20 while this guy costs $80, which is pretty steep. I personally don't think I'd shell out that kind of dough for a high-tech coffee mug, but another editor in CNET's offices in New York who tried the mug found that it changed the way she thought about drinking coffee. She's become attached to it.

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Great Lego Race brings VR to a real-life roller coaster

When the real-world roller coaster action kicked in, the virtual world reacted accordingly. Swerves and turns along the course are translated into your driver's attempts to avoid crashing into falling objects or rogue Lego racers, and the ups and downs are turned into bumpy roads or rapids in VR. Needless to say, sudden drops are most exhilarating -- I could only watch as my Lego car tumbled down a slope 18 meters high, or off a broken track.

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Twitter games are the best use of the new 280 character limit

Some genius Twitter users are already using the expanded 280 character limit on Twitter in the best way: by playing games using emoji.

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Tipo : Braille Smartphone Keypad

After working with a user group of visually impaired on earlier version's of braille keyboards, it was highlighted that there is no comprehensive way of typing into a smartphone. Current software solutions are too slow, do not give good tactile feedback or just are a pain to type with. Even though there are many soft keyboards available, we couldn't find someone in our study group who uses any of the soft keyboards. In our study conducted, out of 10 people, 8 use "Feature Phones", and the rest had smartphones but would take the help of a colleague or family member to type. It was the tactile buttons and not the cost that caused them to use feature phones. Thus it was concluded that it is necessary to have a tactile keyboard in order for more visually impaired to use a smartphone. The other challenge is faced by those who have recently lost their sight, and do not know how to use braille. A fast and efficient way in which this group of people can learn br

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Rebel Wilson tweets about being sexually harassed by a 'male star' and 'top director'

The "Pitch Perfect" star took to Twitter on Saturday and fired off tweets about what she has gone through in her career. Once with a "male star" in a "position of power," and then also a "hotel encounter" with a "top director."

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Alibaba passes $1 billion in sales in first 3 minutes of Singles Day

In two minutes of sales time, Alibaba’s gross merchandise volume totaled $1 billion. By the forty-minute mark, the site’s sales had surpassed $7.5 billion. The first delivery was made 12 minutes after midnight.

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The Verge on Twitter

Bike helmet would be like getting a migraine after putting it on (symptoms) without actually getting in an accident. Honestly, there are over a thousand flu strands out there and the vaccine only covers about half of them. I think I'll just take my chances.

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The Mellow sous vide machine chills your food before cooking time

What makes the Mellow different than other countertop sous vide systems is the 50-watt cooling element and weight sensor that are built into the base. Here's how it works: You fill the Mellow's removable container with water and place it on its base. The Mellow detects the weight of the water, and automatically begins to cool the water down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. That cooling allows you to keep your food in the Mellow at a safe temperature until you want it to start cooking your meal.

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Video: Research shows everything-as-a-service vendors solve problems in-house IT can't

TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler shares details from Tech Pro Research's Everything-as-a-Service research report, including which services companies use most often and the pros and cons of using external vendors instead of in-house IT.

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Five tricks to make Google Chrome faster and better | ZDNet

First is to install OneTab , which allows you to convert all your tabs into a list, and from there you can open each link separately, or all at once. Not only does this speed up the browser, it dramatically reduced on the amount of RAM the system uses.

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HQ Trivia is your new favorite mobile game with a cash prize

Here's how it works: You log in as the game is about to kick off, and after a short intro from the live hosts, you'll get your first of 12 trivia questions, with three multiple choice answers for each. You have 10 seconds to make your choice before the game locks up and the answer is revealed. That's long enough to answer but not long enough to cheat with Google. If you answer a question wrong, you're eliminated and can watch the rest of the show without participating. But if you answer all 12 questions correctly, you'll split the prize pool with all the other contestants who made it through.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster makes the perfect pasta

Let the Flying Spaghetti Monster help you make the perfect pasta with this whimsical noodle strainer.

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How to get your smartphone, tablet or laptop battery to last for years | ZDNet

What should you do if you plan on storing your device for an extended period? The normal instinct is to fully charge the device, but I've found that only charging it up partially -- around 50 percent -- is what most makers recommend. Storing a battery in the discharged state can push it to the point where it won't recharge (usually because of safety features built into the battery or charger), and storing a battery fully charged can shorten its life by causing the battery to swell up -- which can even damage the device.

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Launch of 'Space Kingdom' delayed by out-of-bounds plane

Asgardia-1, the cubesat that makes up all the territory of the online "country" Asgardia, failed to get beyond Earth as planned Saturday.

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This $899 social robot might be the friend of the future

Jibo is a crowd-funded social robot intended to be a companion, not an assistant. While he is cute and quirky, Jibo's $899 price tag feels rather high for a robot who doesn't do a lot.

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Molten lava consumes GoPro camera in amazing video

If Storm was surprised to turn around and see his camera buried in lava, another surprise awaited him when he got home. He hammered the now-hardened rock off, and saw the camera's blue Wi-Fi light still blinking. The camera would turn on, but was no longer usable because its lens had melted. But there was good news.

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Make Sure Your Data Is Always Secure With Zoolz Intelligent Cloud [Deals Hub]

From capturing memories with photos and videos to your growing media collection, you’ve racked up tons of data over the years. Zoolz Intelligent makes sure you never lose any of that valuable information. You can get a lifetime subscription with 100GB of space on sale now in the

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Hasbro reportedly offered to buy Mattel

If the deal were to go through, it would bring the two largest toy companies in the US and their vast catalog of brands together. The WSJ ’s sources say that the deal was made recently, didn’t disclose terms, and that it might not go anywhere.

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Billing data in EHRs is attracting more unwanted attention from cybercriminals

"An EHR is more than just a computerized version of a paper chart in a provider's office. It's a digital record that can provide comprehensive health information about patients. EHR systems are built to share information with other health care providers and organizations—such as laboratories, specialists, medical imaging facilities, pharmacies, emergency facilities, and school and workplace clinics—so they contain information from all clinicians involved in a patient's care."

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7 smart doorbells to help you spy on your neighbors

The $179 (£140, AU$235) Ring Video Doorbell is a 720p HD model that's powered by your existing doorbell wires or the included rechargeable battery. While the battery does allow for a more flexible install, you do have to remove the entire faceplate when you want to recharge it. That means you won't be able to keep an eye on your front door every time you charge this buzzer -- which will happen more quickly if you regularly use battery-draining features such as the live feed.

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Apple may release AR headset in 2020: Can it compete?

According to Bloomberg, the chip powering the headset will be similar in concept to the "system-on-a-package" component in the Apple Watch, which can fit more components like graphics processors into a smaller area than standard processors, and consume less power. The new operating system—called "rOS" for "reality operating system"—is based on iOS, Bloomberg reported.

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Huge discounts on Sphero BB-8, Lightning McQueen and Fitbit Charge 2

There's no such limitation on most of the new deals announced today, all of which are available both online and in stores with the exception of the BB-8 Special Edition. Micro Center is limiting the deals to one per household, however.

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Software 2.0 – Andrej Karpathy – Medium

I sometimes see people refer to neural networks as just “another tool in your machine learning toolbox”. They have some pros and cons, they work here or there, and sometimes you can use them to win Kaggle competitions. Unfortunately, this interpretation completely misses the forest for the trees. Neural networks are not just another classifier, they represent the beginning of a fundamental shift in how we write software. They are Software 2.0.

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hackaday on Twitter

Hackaday #Supercon , Syd Mead showing some previous designs, a humvee with six motors. Watch #live NOW: http://youtu.be/RgWhuFeYkb4  pic.twitter.com/kzExrn4iS9

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'Westworld' star confirms season 2 is coming soon

Choose your white or black hat and get ready. Turns out HBO had already released the premiere date, but many fans weren't aware of it.

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Twitter Verification | Hacker News

People understand the platform better, no need to lure famous people to the site, there are other ways to verify (e.g., link to twitter account on web page), many more people across the spectrum of "famous" so it's hard to button down who/what is famous enough for the checkmark, global audience means famous in one place != famous in another, no consistency in how verified actually works, verified accounts became Star-Bellied Sneetches, etc. reply

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How to Enable and Use Reachability on iPhone X

At first, it looked like the iPhone X wouldn’t have the Reachability feature. A curious choice for a device that has a taller screen than the iPhone 8 Plus. The removal seemed justified because the Home button itself is gone. Now that the iPhone X is out in the wild, we know that Reachability lives on the iPhone X. But it is not turned on by default.

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NBA wants you to watch more games in virtual reality

The  NBA   is betting that one reason is it just doesn't have enough partnerships yet. So, the league is teaming up with Turner Sports and Intel TrueVR to air weekly games on TNT in VR starting with the All-Star weekend festivities from Los Angeles in February.

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The Best Computer Monitors of 2017

Size: Desktop monitors generally fall between 15 and 34 inches. The size of the panel is measured diagonally. While it's always nice to have a big viewing area, it may not be practical, given desktop space constraints. Plus, the bigger the screen, the more you can expect to pay. A 24-inch monitor is a good choice if you wish to view multipage documents or watch movies, but have limited desk space. But there's nothing like watching a movie or playing a game on a large screen, so if you have room on your desktop, a 27-inch display delivers a big-screen experience for a reasonable price. Or, if space is not an issue, consider a massive 34-inch, curved-screen model to bring a true movie-theater experience to your desktop. If you're looking to replace a dual-monitor setup with a single display, check out one of the ultra-wide, big-screen models. They are available in sizes ranging from 29 to 38 inches with curved and non-curved panels, have a 21:9 aspect ratio, and come in a variety of resolutions, including Wide Quad High-Definition (WQHD) and Ultra High-Definition (UHD).

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Don't Let YouTube Babysit Your Children

Currently, if a child who knows how to use a computer or a smartphone, there’s a very good chance that they could Google “spiderman elsa” and get a weird bikini video in the search results. They’ll probably get a whole bunch of them, actually. I sure did when I performed that search in an Incognito Window. The age restriction policy is not yet in effect, and I was not prompted to confirm my age before watching several sexualized videos featuring superheroes and Disney princesses. The videos are very popular, too. This Spider-Man-Elsa masterpiece, for instance. has over 25 million views—who knows how many are bots—and a 40 second pre-roll ad bringing in revenue for its creator as well as YouTube:

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Get to know the CNET family: Q&A with David Katzmaier

If you come to CNET for TV and home theater buying advice, I will bet my firstborn that you've read one of David's TV reviews. I know I've relied on his takes a few times and could not have been happier with my buying decisions based on his expertise. (Thank you, Katzmaier!) And if you are fan of David's, I'm sure you've seen him interact with our readers -- and possibly you -- in the comments section, as he is as one with our readers. You know that, as a community manager, seeing his interaction with you all makes me do the happy dance!

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Disney says its streaming service is going to cost less than Netflix

You can currently sign up for a new Netflix subscription from $7.99 or £5.99 a month, though the top end plan with HD and 4K will set you back $13.99 or £9.99 a month. Exactly where Disney will fall remains to be seen.

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10 Games Every Sony PS4 Player Needs

Sony's catalog of titles has expanded this past year to include some truly excellent exclusive games, as well as some multiplayer titles you do not want to miss. For example, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir delivers dazzling 2D sprites and terrific side-scrolling action. Doom is an amazing first-person shooter on any platform, but it is one PS4 players need to own if they don't already.

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7 perfect memes that have helped us survive dating in 2017

Dating in these dark and confusing times can be downright painful, but thank goodness we have memes to help us make sense of it all.

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StarCraft II Will Be Free to Play Starting Nov. 14

Starting Nov. 14, gamers will have access to the original Wings of Liberty single-player campaign and every co-op commander up to level 5, for free. On top of that, Blizzard is offering gamers the chance to unlock StarCraft II's competitive multiplayer content available for free.

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Got an extra $900? Buy yourself an adorable robot sidekick

Weighing nine pounds and measuring 12 inches tall with a 6-inch base, Jibo is essentially a countertop robot. He's stationary, but does have two spherical halves rotating on a three-axis motor system to animate his personality, along with a 5-inch rectangular color display. Jibo dances, purrs when your pet his head and swivels to look at you when he hears a "Hey, Jibo" command.

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Prehistoric wolf-sized otter had a surprisingly killer bite

The researchers used fossils to help create 3D computer models of the prehistoric otter's jaws to compare with modern otters. Today, smaller otters have sturdier jaws than larger ones. The wolf-sized prehistoric otter defies this modern trend with researchers saying its jaws "were six times sturdier than expected."

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WIRED on Twitter

What's Keanu Reeves​ been up to? Well building motorcycles of course: https://trib.al/E1aulmC  pic.twitter.com/bzUHk78112

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