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1
The Best Camera Phones of 2017

Phone makers like to tout specs, but spec sheets are largely meaningless nowadays. Manufacturers will go on about megapixels, pixel size, and low-light performance, and while all of these factors are important, we've found that spec sheet promises rarely measure up in real-life performance. Optical image stabilization is another hot buzzword: It's supposed to improve low-light performance, but doesn't always, because the image-processing software has to cooperate properly. You have to read the reviews and check out comparison photos like the one below to get an idea of the difference in camera quality between phones.

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SoftBank looks to finalize Uber investment today

After months of talks, SoftBank Group is close to finalizing its investment in Uber. Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that the deal is expected to be signed later in the day on Sunday.

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Alibaba’s Singles’ Day Goes Global With Record $25 Billion in Sales

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. ’s Singles’ Day generated a record 168.2 billion yuan ($25.3 billion) in sales, as the e-commerce giant worked with more traditional retailers to market discounted lobster, iPhones and refrigerators to shoppers from at least 225 countries and regions.

4
Best Buy Tips Black Friday TV, Laptop Deals

We've rounded up some of the best deals you'll find at Best Buy on Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend.

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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.

6
Living With The iPhone 8 And iPhone 8 Plus

What I really want is an iPhone that’s the pocketable size of the 8 with a similar screen size, yet which has dual cameras on the back. Looking around at the other phones on the market with dual cameras, they’re mostly large phones. The dual camera assembly requires extra space. But dual-camera phones are getting smaller: Huawei now has one with a 5.1-inch display. And the iPhone X will pack dual cameras into a phone that’s bigger than the iPhone 8, but more svelte than the 8 Plus.

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Uber confirms SoftBank has agreed to invest billions

“We’ve entered into an agreement with a consortium led by SoftBank and Dragoneer on a potential investment. We believe this agreement is a strong vote of confidence in Uber’s long-term potential. Upon closing, it will help fuel our investments in technology and our continued expansion at home and abroad, while strengthening our corporate governance.”

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Why preventing IoT attacks isn't just the responsibility of security experts

When we look at the overall approach to IoT security, it's easy to look at the risk side, and harder to look at proactively dealing with cybersecurity in that space, he said. One aspect enterprises should consider with cybersecurity is: segmentation. Companies need to think about how to bring virtual barriers between connected devices and other assets within the enterprise, he said.

9
New GoDaddy, Square integrations to ease selling for SMBs

The announcement comes after Square announced a strong third quarter earlier this week. While discussing the financial report, CEO Jack Dorsey said the company had been focused on helping sellers transition from online to in-person sales and vice versa. The GoDaddy integrations may help that, as sellers who already have a Square account for physical sales do not need to set up anything else to sell online and accept payments.

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Top 50 Hidden iOS 11 Features

There’s a new option in Safari’s Share sheet called Markup as PDF. It will convert the current page and will let you mark up using the same screenshot tools. This works on both iPhone and iPad. But you don’t have to markup. You can use this as a quick shortcut to convert the page to PDF. Then tap on the Share button to send it to any app. This is much faster than the convoluted Print way in iOS 10.

11
These countertop gadgets will save your Thanksgiving side dishes

Let's be honest with ourselves -- side dishes are the best part of Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you're making cornbread stuffing, greens or macaroni and cheese, here is a group of small appliances that will help you out this holiday season.

12
Chris Gammell on Twitter

Watching @hexagon5un talk about creating networks and devices decoupled from the cloud at @hackaday #Supercon pic.twitter.com/xIBQXXyrGr

13
DC Comics suspended a top editor after sexual harassment allegations

DC Entertainment has immediately suspended Mr. Berganza and has removed him from performing his duties as Group Editor at DC Comics. There will be a prompt and yet careful review into next steps as it relates to the allegations against him, and the concerns our talent, employees and fans have shared. DC continues to be extremely committed to creating a safe and secure working environment for our employees and everyone involved in the creation of our comic books.

14
Apple's iPhone autocorrect issue mocked by Ohio State fans

Commentary: During Saturday's game against Michigan State, Buckeye fans become amusingly inventive. But they weren't alone.

15 Qualcomm plans to reject Broadcom's takeover bid

Broadcom might have to forget about taking over Qualcomm without a fight -- Reuters sources claim that Qualcomm's board is planning to reject the unsolicited buyout bid. Reportedly, Broadcom's offer of $70 per share, despite setting a record, "undervalues" Qualcomm and doesn't account for the potential regulatory hurdles involved in clinching such a huge deal. The chip giant could voice its objections as early as November 13th, the tipsters said, but might take a few days to ready a fuller response.

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SuperCon 2017

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The first 'nation in space' has officially left Earth

Asgardia, a self-declared nation, is now floating above us, drifting toward the International Space Station... and perhaps destiny.

18
4 ways to make Siri smarter on your iPhone

Apple opened up Siri to third-party apps with iOS 10 but supported apps are still few and far between. And Siri is shy with such apps, waiting on you to make the introduction before they begin talking to one another. To check if an app has Siri support, go to Settings > Siri & Search and tap on an app from the list. If you see a toggle switch for Use with Siri , then the app is supported. Toggle it on and you can, for example, ask Siri to get you an Uber or a Lyft without touching either app.

19
Reg Saddler on Twitter

You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history. Learn more

20
Netgear's smart floodlight wants to light up your yard

Install the Arlo Outdoor Smart Home Security Light anywhere you'd stick a floodlight or a spotlight light fixture. But rather than being a wired device like the Kuna or Ring's Floodlight Cam , the "weatherproof" Arlo Outdoor light is entirely battery-powered. Netgear also plans to sell a solar panel accessory for $80 to add to the light's expected battery life.

21 Razer Rises in Debut After Raising $530 Million in Hong Kong IPO

The stock rose to as high as HK$5.49, 41 percent above the $HK3.88 price of its initial public offering. The San Francisco and Singapore-based company raised HK$4.1 billion ($530 million) in the IPO. Razer is the latest in a wave of technology listings in Hong Kong, coming just days after e-book publisher China Literature Ltd. soared 86 percent on debut .

22
Storage dictionary in 18th edition evolves with the times

You'd think a technical dictionary would grow slightly stale after the first 17 editions, but Carlos Pratt and his team at the Storage Networking Industry Association are keeping it fresh and fun.

23
Vietnamese Firm Bkav Claims to Have Beaten Apple Face ID With an Elaborate Mask

No security is foolproof, but bypassing Face ID in secrecy via this method generally seems to require a high degree of technical knowledge, time, and effort, not to mention direct access to the iPhone X in question. If someone with all of those—like police, spies, hackers, and criminals—is going after a target, that target should probably not be relying on off-the-shelf consumer-grade security. Additionally, any malicious parties would have a limited window to get into a stolen phone, since Apple has built in various restrictions on how often Face ID can be used alone (such as limits on the length of time or number of failed attempts that can occur before requiring the user to input a passcode).

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Here's how to hook your home up with a keyless lock

Unless your door is custom made and not cut to standard dimensions, any commercial lock or deadbolt should fit. Still, before you fiddle with anything, snap a few pictures of your door hardware. That includes the exterior and interior sides plus the door's edge. This way you'll have a record of your functioning setup before you make any alterations.

25
Job opening: Front End Gameplay Programmer at Mino Games

Mino Games is a mobile gaming studio that strives to build the best possible games. We produced the hit mobile game Mino Monsters, with over 15 million downloads. Our development studio is in Montreal, and we are building one of the top teams in the industry.

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These 5 Interview Questions Reveal The Most About Job Candidates

Lori Goler, Facebook’s head of people, asks this question to most candidates who interview with the social media giant–whether they’re applying to be a sales intern or a UX researcher. As she explained in a previous Fast Company article , it’s a question that really reveals a candidate’s strengths and talents, which Goler can then compare against the company’s needs. When she asks candidates these questions, she also hints, “It was probably a day where you lost track of time because you were so engrossed in your work.” She wrote, “We want you to do that not just on your best day, but every day.”

27
Best of Tech Pro Research: November 9, 2017

Take a look at the latest Tech Pro Research time-savers. Popular tools include our Systems Downtime Expense Calculator, Desktop Migration Checklist, and New Equipment Budget Policy.

28
Microsoft CEO tells iPad users to 'get a real computer'

"I don't want to take away from whatever success Apple or Google are having," he told TechRadar. "We are very different companies. We are not some middleman in the marketplace. We are a tool creator, we are not a luxury good manufacturer. That's not who we are. We are about creating technologies so that others can build."

29
Angry Sean Hannity Fans are Smashing Keurigs on Twitter Because 2017 Is Dumb as Heck

This predictably escalated even further and now Twitter is filled with amazing videos of right-wingers smashing their costly home coffee machines. The intent is apparently to intimidate Keurig into once again sponsoring Hannity’s show, lest he fall victim to the same fate that awaited accused abuser Bill O’Reilly .

30
Rian Johnson Is Developing a New Trilogy of Star Wars Movies

The news was announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger during an conference call discussing Disney’s financial year of 2017, Johnson will develop the trio of films in an undisclosed time period, but presumably for sometime after the current trilogy of movies concludes in 2019. An official statement was then quickly posted confirming the news, and that Johnson’s trilogy—being produced with Ram Bergman—will be separate from the Skywalker Saga of the prequel, original, and sequel trilogies, and will “introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.” Here’s the official statement from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy:

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Video: How to temporarily disable IPV6

Think there's an issue with IPv6? You might have to disable that protocol on your Linux machines. Here's how.

32
Reg Saddler on Twitter

You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history. Learn more

33
Fiona the hippo's best moments of 2017

She swam. She ate snacks. Friends, she lived her life . And she did it against all odds! It's true: Fiona, whose ears wiggle when she pops out of the water, is the only being on earth who had a pleasant 2017. And she deserved every second.

34
LinkedIn Restricts Job-Posting Features in China After Pressure From Authorities

LinkedIn, one of the few Western internet companies with a large footprint in China, saw a major setback there this week when it removed its individual job-posting function under pressure from authorities, the New York Times reported.

35
Very Tired-Sounding John Kelly: Yeah, I Just Ignore Donald Trump's Tweets

Hey! You know that that awful Twitter account run by the president? Yeah, the incredibly ominous one that’s managed to overshadow even the day-to-day chaos of his administration and might one day lead us to nuclear war ?

36
'Doctor Who' first look shows Jodie Whittaker in costume

Whittaker's costume gives us a lot to ponder. She has a long jacket (hello, David Tennant); high-waisted pants (very Patrick Troughten); suspenders (mighty Matt Smith); and a set of stripes across her shirt that could be a subtle tribute to Tom Baker's iconic long scarf. Taken together, the getup evokes a unique style for the new Doctor.

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IGN on Twitter

You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history. Learn more

38
YouTube has removed thousands of videos from extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki

Up until his death at the hands of US forces in 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki was a major voice for Islamic extremists, advocating for war and attacks against the US, and helped to inspire numerous terrorist attacks around the world. YouTube recently took the unusual step of removing tens of thousands of videos of the cleric, according to a report in The New York Times .

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Uber, Lyft to test passenger pick-up zones in San Francisco

"The best way to solve any problem is to bring people to the table and build consensus," Lee said in a emailed statement. "By working together, we have created a data-driven pilot program that will address the public safety and traffic implications of ride-sharing vehicles double parking, blocking bike lanes and impeding traffic. This is just the beginning of our effort to make our streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists and more efficient for all those on the road."

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What is HDR10+?

It's a little hard to tell from this graphic, but if you notice the frames on the right show different levels of brightness in the sky. This is just an example, using a standard dynamic range image on your standard dynamic range screen. The idea with HDR10+'s dynamic metadata is that a filmmaker can determine how to best show each shot or scene. With HDR10's static metadata, a single setting is used, a compromise that has to cover the darkest and brightest scenes.

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The best Galaxy Note 8 color finally comes to the US

But US buyers only got the last two, until now. Starting Nov. 16, you'll be able to snatch up the blue Note 8 from Best Buy (in-store and online) and Samsung.com.

42
TechRepublic on Twitter

Report: 60% of developers lack confidence in their app security, but don't take steps to fix it http://tek.io/2zS5uam  pic.twitter.com/S4QQLoq0ms

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Android: A development headache you can't ignore - Video | ZDNet

For many companies, developing for Apple's iOS is more predictable and easier with fewer variables to manage. However, Android has market share and is the way toward global growth. TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler and ZDNet's Larry Dignan talk about the moving parts through the prism of recent moves made by Snapchat and Match Group's Tinder.

44
The iPhone X Becomes Unresponsive When It Gets Cold - Slashdot

Isn't this (/.) supposed to be a nerd site where nerd news is up to the minute? This came out a few days ago already. I shouldn't be reading old nerd news on this site. I think Apple has already released a patch and 83% of iPhone users have installed it already.

45
iPhone X and iPhone 8 Owners Report of YouTube App Draining Excess Battery

Since the issue also persists in iOS 11.1.1, it is likely that the YouTube app is to blame here. Google had updated the app a couple of days ago to add iPhone X support and its likely that the updated borked something. Given how widespread the issue is, Google should roll out an update to the YouTube app soon to fix this battery draining bug. However, some theories floating around on Reddit suggests that the YouTube app is streaming VP9 videos which the A11 Bionic chipset inside the iPhone X does not have native hardware acceleration for. Due to this, the videos are getting decoded through software which consumes a lot of resources. The A11 Bionic chip in the iPhone X has native hardware acceleration for H265 videos.

46
EA Origin Access competitor Utomik adds first Ubisoft PC titles

Utomik is adding three Prince of Persia titles to its catalog of over 600 PC games which also include offerings from Codemasters and Telltale.

47
10 times typos almost ruined your life

The dreaded typo can be harmless. They can be caught by your spellchecker or edited out by some simple proofreading, but in this day and age of fast communication, typos can make or break your destiny.

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Video: Predicting 2018's biggest cyber-threats

Now is the time to fortify your company against sophisticated ransomware hacks, IoT-fueled DDoS attacks, and massive data breaches, says DomainTools security researcher Kyle Wilhoit.

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'iPhone X Plus' Renders Show Off 6.7-Inch OLED Display

Thanks to designer Martin Hajek, we’ve got a look at what Apple’s next big thing could look like. Specifically, another iPhone X-based design, but this time with an even bigger design. Expectations are that what we see in the iPhone X right now, with its minimized bezels, all-screen design and the “notch,” are sticking around for the foreseeable future. As a result, whatever new phone Apple launches is believed to share the design cues.

50
Al Gore to the tech world: Help me fix the climate crisis

"My purpose here is to recruit you to be part of the solution to the climate crisis," he told the audience at Web Summit -- Europe's biggest tech conference -- in Lisbon on Thursday. "You can have a bigger impact than practically any other group in the entire world."

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60 You can now purchase the beautiful maps from Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy
61 Singles Day sales reach $38.2b across Chinese ecommerce platforms | ZDNet
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63 Google's about to brick many Android apps that use Accessibility Services
64 NBN viability relies on tech upgrades: Ovum | ZDNet
65 Uber confirms SoftBank has agreed to invest billions
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