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Apple’s bizarre iPhone X launch

We're still a couple of days away from delivery of the first iPhone X. But in the five days since Apple began accepting preorders, a number of breaks with tradition have some long-time observers scratching their heads.

Luke Is Back On The Millennium Falcon In New Trailer For “The Last Jedi”

The newest ad for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” perfectly combines nostalgia with new intrigue to crank the nerd hype up a notch.

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Trump's personal Twitter account briefly disappeared

It is so far unclear why Trump's personal account went offline. The account was his personal account rather than his government account.

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Qualcomm accuses Apple of helping Intel with chip software

The breach of contract lawsuit said Qualcomm gave Apple "unprecedented access to Qualcomm's very valuable and highly confidential software, including source code." In return, Apple agreed to take steps to keep the software confidential and secure. But Qualcomm said instead it found that Apple shared information with Intel.

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DNAinfo and Gothamist Are Shutting Down

Mr. Ricketts wrote that he founded DNAinfo in 2009 “because I believe people care deeply about the things that happen where they live and work,” and he thought he could build “a large and loyal audience that advertisers would want to reach.” DNAinfo and Gothamist, which Mr. Ricketts bought in the spring, attracted more than 9 million readers a month, in New York and other cities where they operate satellite sites, DNAinfo said.

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Bears Steer Tesla Lower

While Tesla Inc. bulls and bears remain at at odds over the question of how delays in Model 3 production will affect the company’s financials, investors are making their position clear. The automaker’s shares plunged almost 9 percent Thursday, trading below the 200-day moving average for the first time since January as the possibility that the electric-vehicle tax credit of $7,500 per car may be repealed further pressured the stock. Shares have tumbled 22 percent from a record high on Sept. 18.

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Donald Trump's Twitter account goes on brief hiatus

President Donald Trump's personal Twitter account disappeared from the site briefly Thursday afternoon, raising speculation that it might have been suspended, but the social network said a rogue employee was really to blame.

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Google is apparently shipping some Pixel 2 XLs without an operating system

If you’ve got a phone that came without Android, your best bet is to send it back to Google and hope that your replacement actually comes with an operating system.

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Get Oppo's R11s and R11s Plus for a cheaper iPhone X

To be honest, though the R11s is a decent phone, it borrows way too much from Apple. The camera app, the faux-control center and the user interface is basically a copy of iOS. Even the new iPhone X isn't spared: The R11s comes with a feature to hide the navigation buttons with gesture controls similar to the X.

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Yes, Windows apps will run on the Raspberry Pi: But why would you bother?

Another caveat to bear in mind is that the Pi is not the most powerful computer in the first place, based as it is on ageing mobile phone technology. Running ExaGear Desktop further reduces the performance of the Pi, due its need to intercept and convert x86-instructions into an Arm-compatible form. This is why all but the simplest of apps running on ExaGear Desktop generally do so slowly.

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Qualcomm sues Apple, alleging it shared chip code with Intel

The suit alleges that Apple didn’t hold up its end of the bargain in separating engineers working with Qualcomm and Intel chips, and that the those working with Intel may have been given access to key information about its competitor’s technologies. The suit notes that in a request from Apple for proprietary Qualcomm information, an Intel engineer was on the distribution list.

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Apple’s iPhone X to bring a very merry holiday

"With fantastic new products including iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K joining our product lineup, we're looking forward to a great holiday season, and with the launch of iPhone X getting underway right now, we couldn't be more excited as we begin to deliver our vision for the future with this stunning device," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release.

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Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include without limitation those about the Company’s estimated revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income/(expense), tax rate, and plans for return of capital. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation: the effect of global and regional economic conditions on the Company's business, including effects on purchasing decisions by consumers and businesses; the ability of the Company to compete in markets that are highly competitive and subject to rapid technological change; the ability of the Company to manage frequent product introductions and transitions, including delivering to the marketplace, and stimulating customer demand for, new products, services and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing and product mix, and increases in component and other costs could have on the Company’s gross margin; the dependency of the Company on the performance of distributors of the Company's products, including cellular network carriers and other resellers; the inventory and other asset risks associated with the Company’s need to order, or commit to order, product components in advance of customer orders; the continued availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components, services and new technologies essential to the Company's business, including components and technologies that may only be available from sole or limited sources; the dependency of the Company on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties, many of which are located outside of the U.

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Airfare shopping sites, your days of Google data are numbered

According to a post on Google's developer page, the lights go out for QPX Express on April 11, 2018. After that date travel sites, booking agencies and ticketing apps must find an "alternate solution" to fulfil their information needs.

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T-Mobile proposal might salvage a merger with Sprint

We don't know the new terms, but according to the Wall Street Journal , T-Mobile is working to keep the deal alive. T-Mobile CEO John Legere met with his Sprint counterpart Marcelo Claure on Wednesday night, and the latter company's board met on Thursday to discuss. Their top concern: Sprint's valuation and how much its chairman Masayoshi Son, who runs SoftBank, would be able to direct the course of the combined company.

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Costco Tips Gaming, Google Home Black Friday Deals

The wholesale giant will be offering $50 off a Google Home 2 pack, $100 off Sony PS4 1TB Slim, and plenty of other tech deals this Black Friday.

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TripAdvisor apologizes for censoring user reports about sexual assault and rape

A TripAdvisor user posted about being raped at an Iberostar Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico seven years ago, and today, the vacation planning website apologized for deleting her posts. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a story this week in which it detailed how TripAdvisor systematically deleted users' forum posts for various reasons, including being "off-topic" or containing non-family friendly language. Most of these deleted posts described horrific situations at Mexican resorts.

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iPhone X isn't out yet, but Apple iPhone sales are still up

Apple is clearly expecting iPhone X sales to be tremendous. At $999 / £999 / AU$1,579, the iPhone X is expensive, but that price and demand for the iPhone X will almost certainly spell a gigantic first quarter for Apple. 

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How to install and use Logwatch on Linux

Any good systems administrator will tell you one of the best places to start troubleshooting is in the log files. This is true for everyday system issues or, more importantly, security issues. On Linux systems, these logs are found in /var/log and can be viewed with a terminal and any number of commands (less and cat, for example). That, of course, means you'd need to open a terminal, change into the /var/log directory, and view the log files one at a time. What if you could make use of a single application that would monitor that log directory and create an aggregate digest of entries that you could easily comb through? One file, many logs.

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New iOS 11.1 Wi-Fi hack drops malware on your iPhone to steal sensitive data

Researchers participating in the Pwn2Own 2017 contest successfully hacked an iPhone 7 running iOS 11.1, just one day after Apple released a patch for a separate Wi-Fi vulnerability.

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Twitter says an employee accidentally deactivated Trump’s Twitter account

Earlier today @realdonaldtrump ’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.

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Chrome users beware: A new "Catch-All" extension could steal everything you type

A malicious Chrome extension is spreading in Brazil, and it's capable of stealing everything typed inside a browser window. Here's what to look out for before it spreads.

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NASA: Ozone hole smallest it's been since 1988

But don't get too excited. NASA says the smaller hole "is due to natural variability and not a signal of rapid healing." The ozone hole still covered 7.6 million square miles (nearly 20 million square kilometers), or over two and a half times the size of Australia.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 Enterprise Edition extends security and support for business users

"Modern enterprises are dealing with a conflict when it comes to their mobile strategies—a push and pull between what they require of IT to keep organizations secure and productive, and what their employees have come to expect when using mobile devices," Eric McCarty, vice president of mobile B2B product marketing at Samsung Electronics America, said in a press release. "We call this the IT Paradox, and the Note8 Enterprise Edition helps solve it by providing simple and comprehensive tools for IT to manage and secure their mobile environment, while giving users a device they will love."

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The iPhone X Is Cool. That Doesn’t Mean You Are Ready for It.

In the process of removing the bezel, Apple also eliminated the home button. As a result, controlling the iPhone X mostly involves using touch gestures. When inside an app or unlocking the phone, swiping up from the bottom brings you to the home screen. That’s simple, but other functions are trickier. To open the app switcher, a popular feature, you swipe up from the bottom and hold your finger for a second. Many times, I lifted my thumb too soon before opening this shortcut. (On past iPhones, you would just press the home button twice to open the app switcher.)

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YouTube Kids will now let each child get their own YouTube profile https://usat.ly/2z9VBUG  pic.twitter.com/Teq34yeGNx

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Sorry not sorry, my iPhone X means more photos of my kid

Commentary: The iPhone has become my go-to camera. That means I’m not just taking snapshots of my son, I’m creating memories he’ll share with his kids someday.

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Trump's personal Twitter account briefly disappeared

It is so far unclear why Trump's personal account went offline. The account was his personal account rather than his government account.

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Apple Holiday Sales Outlook Tops Estimates on iPhone X

Apple Inc.  forecast holiday sales that exceeded most analyst estimates, a sign it expects robust demand for the new iPhone X, the company’s most important product launch in years.

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There's a New Species of Orangutan and It's Already in Danger

All of the orangutans in the world would probably only fit into a college football stadium. Today, scientists are announcing that just one of the sections of that stadium is actually an entirely different species. And it’s already in danger.

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Detective by Charlie is the AI tool that enhances and speeds up your research time: http://on.forbes.com/60188hW1g  pic.twitter.com/XpntU3e1eo

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Developer community Stack Overflow lays off reportedly 20% of staff as it refocusses business

“Stack Overflow made the decision to expand product development in our core Q&A product offerings, including Stack Overflow Enterprise and Channels for business developer collaboration and our well known core platform for developer knowledge sharing,” said a statement from the company. “These are in-demand solutions with strong pipelines and customer interest. As a result we are unfortunately restructuring some of our sales and marketing efforts including the closing of our Denver facility and the reduction of some of its staff. Stack Overflow customers and loyal users will see no interruption in service. Business is growing across all products and this move will even speed more features and offerings to market over the coming months.”

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More than 300 iPhone X models stolen from San Francisco Apple Store

As for the theft, the UPS driver had locked the cargo area after parking outside the Stonestown Galleria mall in the southwest Lakeside neighborhood of San Francisco, according to the police report. A janitor spotted the suspects unloading boxes from the UPS truck and into a Dodge van and snapped a photo.

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Tax Plan Would Scrap Electric-Car Credit, Dampening Market

Yet even with the credit, as well as various state incentives, sales of electrified vehicles remain a tiny fraction of the overall market. The three biggest producers of electric cars — Tesla, General Motors and Nissan — have sold about 65,000 of those vehicles this year in the United States. Overall domestic sales for the period have totaled 14.2 million, according to the research firm Autodata.

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New Netflix Ratings Confirm ‘Stranger Things’ Is a Hit

How does that compare to three-day ratings for other top shows? Well, 15 million people watched the premiere episode of the most recent season of “The Walking Dead,” the biggest hit on cable; the first episode of NBC’s “This is Us” was watched by 17.8 million people; and the premiere episode of the latest season of “The Big Bang Theory” was watched by 22 million people. The season finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” had 14.8 million viewers within three days of its broadcast; the premium cable network said that more than 30 million people watched each episode this past season once streaming numbers were factored in.

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How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone X

Taking a screenshot an iPhone is now a muscle memory for hundreds of millions of users across the world. It’s so deeply ingrained as a way of saving and sharing information that Apple even added a new screenshot preview feature in iOS 11 to speed up this workflow. iPhone X doesn’t have a Home button. This means there’s a new gesture for taking a screenshot on the iPhone X.

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The Best Windows Tablets of 2017

Just as with any system, however, a Windows tablet requires you to make choices. How big and powerful do you want (or need) it to be? What sort of features are you looking for? And do you care about using it when you're out and about, or will you only need it while you're around a Wi-Fi connection? We'll help you answer all these questions and more, and tell you which of the many Windows tablets on the market are our favorites.

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Apple's Asia Suppliers Rise on Forecast of Strong Holiday Sales

After concerns about production volumes this year, Apple signaled it’s fixing supply problems with the iPhone X and setting itself up for a better-than-expected holiday period. Supported by resurgent iPad and Mac sales, the 10-year anniversary iPhone will help push revenue to a record high of $84 billion to $87 billion in the quarter ending in late December, Apple said in a statement. Analysts had predicted $84 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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Stunned Scientists Detect Suspected Hidden Chamber Within Great Pyramid of Giza

Though they were constructed nearly 5,000 years ago, the Great Pyramids of Egypt are still packed with secrets. Using a technique that leverages the power of cosmic rays, scientists have confirmed the presence of a large empty space within Khufu’s pyramid—a void that’s signaling the presence of a possible hidden chamber.

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The Orville Has Already Been Renewed for a Second Season

Not to be outdone by Star Trek: Discovery , the crew of the U.S.S. Orville will be returning to Fox for a new season of adventures next year. That’s good news, but the surprisingly early renewal also means that you won’t be getting more Orville beyond the 13 episodes already set to air this year.

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'Bad Moms' Distributor Hires Banks for Hong Kong IPO

STX also has ventures in television, digital media and virtual reality. The studio has been working on Chinese co-productions such as the recently released “The Foreigner” with Jackie Chan, which generated $129 million globally. Most ticket sales were in China. This weekend the studio will release “A Bad Moms Christmas” in the U.S. and Canada.

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Lines for the iPhone X Continue to Grow

Of course, there is always one more way to try and secure a launch-day iPhone, and that’s from a physical retail store on the day it happens. And while some stores in the country might not have a line forming in front of it already, at least in the United States where the launch is now just under 24 hours away, some stores all over the world have seen lines for a day or longer.

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Bjork’s new album goes all-in on the blockchain craze

For all the buzz around blockchain and its potential to help the music business do things like revamp its business model or track songwriter attribution, there have been few real-world examples to point to. Well, Bjork is hoping to change that. The famously experimental artist is partnering with British startup Blockpool to tie her next album to cryptocurrencies and the blockchain ledger technology that underlies them.

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Donald Trump's Twitter account goes on brief hiatus

President Donald Trump's personal Twitter account disappeared from the site briefly Thursday afternoon, raising speculation that it might have been suspended, but the social network said a rogue employee was really to blame.

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Long Lines Are Back at Apple Stores for iPhone X

Those hoping for a second-chance, by walking in to an Apple store on Friday, face lines the likes of which haven’t been seen in many years. But some online customers got good news: Some orders originally scheduled for delivery in the middle of November are seeing shipment notifications indicating that their devices will arrive early next week. Waiting times for new iPhone X orders also improved on Thursday, with the shipping time changing to three-to-four weeks from five-to-six weeks on Apple’s online stores in the U.K., Singapore, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Australia, and Greater China. Shipping times remain five-to-six weeks in the U.S. and Canada, while Hong Kong still lists online orders as “unavailable.”

47 One Bitcoin Transaction Now Uses as Much Energy as Your House in a Week | Hacker News

# kilowatt-hours per transaction # https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ywbbpm/bitcoin-mining-electricity-consumption-ethereum-energy-climate-change btc = 215 # Transactions per day tpd = 3e5 # convert btu to terawatt-hours # http://www.dvirc.org/how-much-energy-does-an-office-building-consume/ officeEnergyPerYear = 1.4e9*.293071/10^12 # https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/10/05/24-7-wall-st-banks-with-most-branches/16648133/ nBankBranchUS = 94725 # Convert to kw-h to tw-h btcEnergyPerYear = btc*tpd*365/10^9 > btcEnergyPerYear/(officeEnergyPerYear*nBankBranchUS) [1] 0.6057412

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Some People at the Emoji Group Have Had Enough of This Goddamn Poop

In October, the New York Times published a piece about the conundrum that emoji has created for Unicode. When it was first suggested that Unicode begin handling the standardization of emoji in 2000, the group wanted no part of it. But companies like Apple and Microsoft are members of Unicode and when the failure to correctly display emojis on the big tech company’s devices become a bigger problem, the group took on the task. One benefit of the move is that companies and individuals who used to be slow to implement the new standards promptly do so today in order to satisfy the public’s thirst. The downside is that time, attention, and resources are diverted from the organization’s primary mission of standarding the alphabets and symbols of the world.

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How big data won the 2017 World Series

Bill Schmarzo, CTO of Dell Global Services, Big Data, said the Astros won based on the team's ability to use data to its advantage. "Their success in drafting high potential players like Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Dallas Keuchel and World Series MVP George Springer, plus the acquisition via the International Free Agency of Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel is a testament to the quality of their scouting analytics to assess and predict talent. Plus their in-game decisions—where to position players on the field, when to pinch hit, pitcher rotations—were also stellar. But analytics is not about being perfect, analytics are about being better. Analytics is about helping player development, managers and coaches to make better decisions; better decisions than what your competitors are making."

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What Happened When I Spent A Week Calling People Out On Their B.S.

Needless to say, this event spurred me on, and I started calling out bullshit wherever I went. I called it out with a client who was three months late paying me for work, and suddenly got paid 48 hours later. I called it out at the grocery store with an employee who said a product I inquired about, which was missing from the shelves, was out of stock, despite never going to check in back for it. (Shocker! They had plenty.) And I called B.S. with a teller at my local bank who told me that I could only get a confirmation of funds letter via an online request, yet I had the letter in my hands within 10 minutes.

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