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Video: The iPhone X Ultimate Face ID Test

Let Apple take you on an iPhone X guided tour | Cult of Mac

Upgrading to iPhone X means facing a learning curve. Without a home button to lean on, iPhone X owners must learn a bunch of gestures.

Overwatch is getting a mad scientist hero and a Blizzard theme park map

At BlizzCon today, Blizzard unveiled two big new updates coming to its hero shooter Overwatch. To start, the game will be getting a new character: a mad scientist-type support hero called Moira....

Xbox One X review: This is the ultimate Xbox

This is the Xbox One X. It’s the fastest and smallest Xbox and the first to offer games in 4K. At $499 the higher resolution comes at a steep price. After a..

The First Time In A Long Time That Google Felt Stupid

In pushing the Google Assistant to its limits, the tech titan has revealed that it’s a mere mortal.

U.S. Judge Rules Canadian Court Order "Threatens Free Speech on the Global Internet" - Michael Geist

A U.S. federal court has issued a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of a Canadian court order requiring Google to remove search results on a global basis. Google filed suit in U.S. court in the aftermath of a Supreme Court of Canada decision upholding a B.C. court's global takedown order. The Supreme Court decision noted that it was open to Google to raise potential conflict of laws with the B.C. court in the hopes of varying the order: If Google has evidence that complying with such an injunction would require it to violate the laws of another jurisdiction, including interfering with freedom of expression, it is always free to apply to the British Columbia courts to vary the interlocutory order accordingly.

Here's the Xbox One stacked against the Xbox One X

Games definitely look better on the Xbox One X.

Minecraft in the sky, anyone?

DroneBase's new app lets DJI drones build with virtual blocks in the sky.

Blizzard teases vanilla servers with 'World of Warcraft Classic'

Official vanilla servers are coming.

Free heat from mining bitcoins

Two entrepreneurs are building homes that are kept warm for free by mining bitcoins.

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1
Here’s how a low-level Twitter employee was able to deactivate Donald Trump’s account

Additional security measures are in place for verified accounts with large followings that are part of an internal "Very Important Tweeters" list, the source said. (Trump is on the list.) Internal alarm bells also go off to alert other employees whenever a verified account's email is being reset. A Twitter account could also have two-factor security turned on that would make it impossible to reset an account password without access to an associated phone number.

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Microsoft to close Windows 10 free upgrade loophole

The last remaining way for Windows 7 and 8.1 users to claim the upgrade is using what the "assistive technologies" exception, which is now coming to an end.

3
A visual history of the iPhone's camera bump over the years

On iPhone 8 , the camera's still rocking a 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture, but there's a new "Slow Sync" flash feature that'll evenly light flash photography to make them look more realistic. Instead of a bright subject (where the flash hits) and a dark background (where the flash can't reach), Slow Sync exposes both so that your photos sometimes don't even look like they were taken with the flash on.

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Some iPhone X buyers are having problems activating their phones

A number of iPhone X owners on Twitter have reported having issues activating their new phones. The issue seems to be affecting some AT&T and Verizon users in the last few hours as they try to get service on Apple’s $1,000 phone. When users try to activate the device, a message pops up saying, “The activation server is temporarily unavailable.”

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How to Put iPhone X in Recovery Mode in 5 Easy Steps

When your iPhone is bricked, there’s usually no other option than to put it in recovery mode and try to update or restore it using iTunes. Because Apple has changed the steps for force rebooting the iPhone X, the steps for enabling recovery mode in this new iPhone are also different. Follow our guide below to find out the new steps.

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BlizzCon 2017: StarCraft II Goes Free to Play - IGN

Blizzard also announced a new co-op commander for the game, Han and Horner. This duo comprises Mira Han and Matt Horner, who "combine the explosive power of reckless mercenaries with the precision of the Dominion air fleet to dominate the battlefield."

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Chipmaker Broadcom exploring deal for Qualcomm: Bloomberg

A deal would be the latest in the chip industry that has been rapidly consolidating as companies try to capture a big share of the fast-growing connected devices and cars market.

8
Best Buy opens its store on Amazon Alexa

Best Buy said Friday it's now selling limited categories of its products through the Amazon Alexa smart assistant. Customers will be able to learn about and purchase the big-box retailer's Deal of the Day products. Also, for those shopping for a TV or laptop, Alexa will be able to ask customers a series of questions and recommend products based on their needs. For instance, with TVs, Alexa will ask in which room the device will be located and if a customer wants a smart TV.

9
DOJ undecided on AT&T-Time Warner deal

According to The Wall Street Journal, the US Department of Justice is looking into how it would build a case against the acquisition in federal court, if it comes to that. Sources told the Journal that the regulatory agency is just as likely to reach a settlement with the companies that would let the deal go forward without running afoul of antitrust law.

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Mashable on Twitter

A look at how the 'Demogorgon' from 'Stranger Things' was created pic.twitter.com/qTZMAoTUwG

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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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Amazon shuts down Fresh grocery delivery service in some areas

Don't get too used to those fruit and vegetable deliveries. Amazon is shutting down its Fresh grocery delivery service for some people in the US.

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Netflix: We won't make 'House of Cards' with Kevin Spacey involved

If House of Cards comes back for its planned sixth and final season, it won't happen on Netflix with Kevin Spacey attached. After even more accusations surfaced yesterday from crew members of the show, the streaming video company issued a statement tonight saying "Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey."

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iPhone X first impressions: Apple's best by far

We finally have our hands on iPhone X and we couldn’t be more excited. I haven’t put mine down since it arrived at my door this morning, and while it’s too early to give you our full review, we are offering our first impressions.

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Animoji karaoke almost justifies the iPhone X’s creepiest feature

Among the many normal new features of the iPhone X is the addition of Animoji — all your favorite emoji, but synced up to reenact facial movements like a Snapchat filter on steroids. It’s hard for me to fathom why anyone would want to use these terrifying things. Or, it was until FastCompany tech editor Harry McCracken introduced my Twitter timeline to “Animoji Karaoke.”

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Samsung's massive new display is everything tech pros need

In the video above, Ramseen Evazians, senior product manager of business displays at Samsung, shows how users can more easily and efficiently view spreadsheets and powerpoints, read and answer emails, or edit videos and photography. And the monitor displays a larger amount of information at a time so users don't have to scroll left or right.

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How to fast charge your iPhone X

If you want to charge your iPhone X at the fastest possible speed — again, that’s Apple’s claim of 50 percent charge in 30 minutes — then you’ll need to use USB-C. Specifically, you’ll need a USB-C to Lightning cable, and a power brick that supports the USB-C Power Delivery (USB-C PD) specification. Unfortunately, neither of these things are particularly cheap.

18
Twitter Sidestepped Russian Account Warnings, Former Worker Says

Twitter has rotated through more than half a dozen product chiefs in the past several years, making it difficult for the company to set a consistent strategy around user security and safety policies, they said. For many years, dealing with activity from trolls, fakers and abusers was a game of whack-a-mole -- not a problem to try to prevent. Twitter declined to make simple changes that would've mitigated the problem -- like requiring a phone number to make an account or labeling bot accounts with a digital marker, according to some of the employees. Those efforts to prevent manipulation often came up against the growth team, whose chief concern was growing the monthly active users, the most important metric for Wall Street's valuation of Twitter. This, said Miley and other former employees, set the stage for potential interference by more malicious actors.

19
10 things you should never do in Word

John Muir said, "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." As a naturalist, Muir was talking about our natural world, but it occurred to me that Word is similar. Everything we do in Word seems connected, and sometimes those connections create problems that are hard to anticipate or troubleshoot. This article suggests 10 things you should avoid doing in Word. Some of them are harmless if you're working on a short one-time document. But long documents with repurposed content get the worst end of these bad habits. Retrain yourself and break these habits before they create aggravations and wreak havoc.

20
Four automakers team up to create an electric car charging network across Europe

“The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles,” CEO Michael Hajesch said in the news release. “Ionity will deliver our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability to facilitate long-distance travel.”

21
Every Night I Feel Like These Bizarre CG Humans Made of Collapsing Noodles

Unless you’ve done the right thing and moved yourself into a secluded cave for the next four years, after spending each day enduring a constant stream of depressing news on social media, you can probably relate to the animated characters in Ari Weinkle’s short film, Moodles , who collapse into giant piles of limp, relaxed noodles.

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Mobile data leak of 46M users could put entire population of Malaysia at risk

"We are urging the telco and MVNO companies mentioned above to alert and start immediately replacing the SIM cards of all affected customers, especially those who have not updated their SIM cards since 2014," the lowyat report said. "While the leaked data alone isn't sufficient to clone the SIM cards, the information available can be exploited to initiate multiple social engineering attacks against affected users."

23
Hilarious Thor: Ragnarok will rock your world

Since we last saw Thor, the musclebound blond god of thunder from the part-sci-fi, part-magic realm of Asgard has been travelling through space looking for trouble with his invincible hammer. Trouble finds him as the goddess of death Hela returns to Asgard and sets about living up to her name. Lost on a dangerous alien world, Thor must battle his way back to Asgard. But first he has to go through some familiar frenemies: trickster god Loki and big green rage machine the incredible Hulk.

24
Netpicks: What to watch online

With a new month comes a lot to watch. Hulu picked up the complete twelfth season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" along with some fun movies.

25
The Earth is hotter, and it's our fault, US report concludes

The federally mandated  Climate Science Special Report is the first of two volumes prepared by the country's top scientists for the president, Congress and the public. The report was prepared by hundreds of scientists, who examined more than 1,500 scientific studies and reports to write it. This is the fourth National Climate Assessment, which must be published every four years, according to the Global Change Research Act of 1990.

26
'StarCraft 2' goes free-to-play after 7 years

Players who get StarCraft 2 once it's free will only be able to fully play some core commanders at no cost. Others will be free to play until level five, after which players will have to pay to fully unlock them.

27 Broadcom Is Said to Explore Deal to Buy Chipmaker Qualcomm

Aside from the financial challenges of such a large deal, Broadcom may also encounter close regulatory scrutiny. Based on 2016 revenue, the enlarged company would be the world’s third-largest chipmaker behind Intel Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. That would give it control of a big part of the supply chain of vital phone components such as Wi-Fi and cellular modem chips. The two companies are already among the top 10 providers of chips in an industry that’s consolidating rapidly.

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Starcraft II going free-to-play, Blizzard announces

Though Starcraft II has been around for seven years now, it remains one of Blizzard's most popular and successful titles. It's easy for beginners to learn the ropes, but incredibly challenging once you start taking on other players online. Newcomers might want to check out this game now that it's free, and the new campaigns mean veterans have a great reason to return.

29 Broadcom Is Said to Explore Deal to Buy Chipmaker Qualcomm

Aside from the financial challenges of such a large deal, Broadcom may also encounter close regulatory scrutiny. Based on 2016 revenue, the enlarged company would be the world’s third-largest chipmaker behind Intel Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. That would give it control of a big part of the supply chain of vital phone components such as Wi-Fi and cellular modem chips. The two companies are already among the top 10 providers of chips in an industry that’s consolidating rapidly.

30
Amazon and Warner Bros. are in talks for a 'Lord of the Rings' series adaptation

But the pursuit of “The Lord of the Rings” is in line with a new programming mandate dictated this year by Bezos, who, months before Price departed, ordered him to shift Amazon Studios away from niche, naturalistic series such as “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle” and toward large-scale genre programming with potential for broad international appeal. As part of that shift, Amazon canceled two series, “Z: The Beginning of Everything” and “The Last Tycoon,” and began shifting resources away from Lewis’ development team and to a unit led by event-series exec Sharon Tal Yguado.

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Reg Saddler on Twitter

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Everything you need to know about charging your iPhone X or iPhone 8 | ZDNet

First off, the standard USB Lightning cable and charger is the same old fayre, and will charge the iPhone X/8 no slower or faster than chargers that Apple has been shipping with new iPhones for years. It charges at the usual 4.85V/0.95A (give or take) and will take about 2 hours to charge the iPhone 8, and about 3.5 hours to fully charge your iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus (about 15 minutes faster than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus because the batteries are smaller).

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3-Ingredient Happy Hour:  The Cranberry Sauced

Happy Friday, my lushes, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour , the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week I’m leaning into the holiday spirit with one of the real heroes of Thanksgiving: jellied cranberry sauce.

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Why The Founder Of Beyond Meat Won’t Demonize The Consumption Of Beef

“My mother always questions my strategy on this and says, ‘Why are you always trying to make it taste like meat? Why not just make it taste good and leave the rest alone?'” Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat’s founder and CEO, told me on the latest episode of my podcast, The Bottom Line , where he was joined by Lane.

35
Broadcom Analysts Noted Perks of Moving HQ, Then Got Validation

Analysts have spent the last 24 hours speculating that one reason Broadcom is moving its headquarters to the U.S. from Singapore is that it makes U.S. acquisitions easier. Maybe they were right.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Be proactive and turn on ransomware protection

Oddly enough, you must proactively turn on this new ransomware protection feature since it is off by default. It's not difficult to do, but as is Microsoft's way, the option is buried fairly deep in the configuration settings. Here are the steps to turn it on, along with a simple explanation of some of its features.

37
Princeton, Microsoft Sue U.S. in Bid to Save 'Dreamers' Program

Princeton University and Microsoft Corp. sued the Trump administration in a bid to save the “Dreamer” program, which allowed people who unofficially entered the U.S. as children to remain in the country and lawfully hold jobs if they met certain criteria.

38
Judge stops sale of Ring Protect home security systems

In the lawsuit, ADT Holdings vs. Mike Harris, et al , ADT alleges that Ring gained security trade secrets using "theft and felony" after a company called Zonoff, Inc. defaulted on debts it owed to ADT, Law360 reported. There was a short trial for the case in September in Delaware Chancery Court, but the court has yet to make a final ruling.

39
John Boyega has heard your Finn theories about 'The Last Jedi' and he has some notes

It isn't exactly an unspoken law, but Boyega has a point. Having dozens of superhuman, above-it-all Jedi was part of what made the prequels less interesting than the originals for many disappointed fans. Obi-Wan, Yoda and Luke all benefited from being the last known Jedi in the galaxy in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi respectively.

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4 Biggest Things Announced at Blizzcon 2017 - IGN Access - IGN

WoW even got an actual expansion announcement , but it was nearly eclipsed by the nostalgia hype train. There are still a whole lot of things we don’t know about how Classic servers will work, but odds are Blizzard doesn’t yet either as they are still hiring a separate team to help make them happen.

41 US internet firms drop opposition and back bill to fight online sex trafficking

But Michael Beckerman, president of the Internet Association, said in a statement on Friday the trade group now supported the bipartisan Senate bill after reaching a compromise with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The legislation paves the way for states and sex-trafficking victims to sue social media networks, advertisers and others that fail to keep exploitative material off their platforms.

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Reg Saddler on Twitter

Subatomic Particles Reveal a Hidden Void in the Great Pyramid of Giza http://j.mp/2zboXSM  #Science pic.twitter.com/VFXXaN3x0W

43
Razer Phone hands-on: Built for gamers, good enough for everyone

Razer is best known for its gaming PCs , but everyone knew what its acquisition of smartphone startup Nextbit meant: The company wanted to get into handsets too. The big question was, how does Razer, which prides itself as a gamer-first company, actually build a gamer-first phone? Few phone makers have bothered trying, and those that did — like Sony and Motorola — didn't find the success they were looking for. Razer's approach is a little different. With its new $699 Razer Phone, the company tried to balance pure power with a handful of fascinating hardware features. In doing so, Razer has built a gaming phone that you don't have to be a gamer to appreciate when it launches on November 17.

44
Bjork's Reportedly Giving Away Cryptocurrency With Her New Album

You can pretty much set your watch to the latest tech trends by following the release of Bjork albums. Following her previous iPad app album , and various forays into VR, she’s now apparently including a little bit of cryptocurrency for anyone who buys her new album. Let’s hope the SEC doesn’t have any issues with that.

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“I didn’t get paid for it”—Zara workers put desperate messages in garments

“I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it,” reads a label inside a Zara garment.

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Syfy's Superstition Is a Welcome Change of Pace to the Monster-of-the-Week Genre

I put off watching Syfy’s new monster-of-the-week series Superstition for one very simple reason: I really don’t like the CW’s Supernatural . Though it isn’t always fair to compare TV shows simply because they share a genre and premise, the parallels between the two are impossible to ignore. When I finally watched it, I discovered it was much more compelling than its counterpart.

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Airbnb Is Among Possible Suitors for Wyndham Europe Rentals

First-round bids are due this month for the travel company’s European home unit, which could fetch more than $1 billion, said the people, asking not to be identified as the details aren’t public. Airbnb is in the early stages of considering acquiring the business, which may also attract interest from private equity firms, the people said. The home-rental upstart could also team up with a buyout firm to make a bid, one of the people said.

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The Jetsons is actually a bone-chilling dystopia

Its biggest retcon , though, is the revelation of exactly what sent humanity to settle the stratosphere in the first place. The comic informs us that a few decades before the rebooted series begins, a 200-mile-long ice meteor crashed into the Pacific Ocean, causing massive worldwide earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and rising ocean levels that completely submerged the planet. A fraction of humanity was able to escape to space stations built in orbit as insurance for just this sort of disaster, and they waited there until floating dwellings could be built for survivors in the upper atmosphere. That’s how the Jetsons ended up in their swanky hover-recliners and brightly colored space cars: because an environmental apocalypse killed billions.

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Idiots are already dropping their $1,000 iPhone Xs... just for clicks

And because this is the internet, and because this is a new iPhone, there are plenty other idiots dropping their new iPhone X's — most of which look like fake dummy models — in hopes of going viral. That AdSense money better be worth it.

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51 Inside Story: How Russians Hacked the Democrats' Emails
52 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sold more than $1 billion worth of stock this week
53 Here's What Watching Movies Would've Looked Like on Cellphones 20 Years Ago
54 10 Excel templates to help manage your budget
55 iPhone X: The best iPhone challenges you to think different
56 No, Twitter Did Not Just Ban Porn, Sex Workers, or Pictures of Lingerie
57 Tezos organizers sued in California over crypto currency project
58 Managed Applications now available for Microsoft's Azure cloud, signaling rise of Ap/Ops
59 Ask Us Your Weirdest Health Questions
60 iFixit's iPhone X Teardown Reveals Two Battery Cells, 'Unprecedented' Logic Board - Slashdot
61 CEO says Kaspersky antivirus software also takes harmless files
62 Top 5: Things to know about Apple's Face ID
63 YouTube Kids Gets Redesigned to Help Parents Choose More Age-Appropriate Content
64 AI: How big a deal is Google's latest AlphaGo breakthrough?
65 This Captivating Sci-Fi Short Film Was Randomly Generated By a Computer
66 'World of Warcraft' is getting a new expansion that's all about Horde vs. Alliance
67 Why UN cybercrime chief calls attacks an economic issue
68 Broadcom is reportedly exploring a massive acquisition of $80 billion Qualcomm
69 How to use Apple Pay on iPhone X | Cult of Mac
70 Macworld on Twitter
71 34 New Features Your Favorite Apps Added That You Didn't Notice
72 New 'Hearthstone' expansion coming soon captures the spirit of classic fantasy
73 Blizzard made a Blizzard-themed theme park for the newest 'Overwatch' map
74 How AI and machine learning will help the rise of quantum computing
75 Doctor dressed like The Joker delivers a baby and nightmares
76 Bees invade a motorbike and it's truly unbeelievable. (Sorry.)
77 I Hate How Much I Love the iPhone X
78 Star Wars won't end with Episode IX: More stories coming
79 Mike Masnick on Twitter
80 Google search results poisoned by banking trojan attackers' clever SEO | ZDNet
81 These low-cost wireless Qi chargers will juice your new iPhone X or iPhone 8
82 US Court sides with Google against Canadian de-indexing order | ZDNet
83 In new Waymo v. Uber order, judge pounds on Waymo
84 IGN on Twitter
85 US government climate report: Climate change is real and our fault
86 Equifax Investigation Clears Execs Who Dumped Stock Before Hack Announcement
87 Original Content podcast: We have mixed feelings about ‘Stranger Things 2’
88 I invented iPhone X Animoji Karaoke … You’re welcome, world
89 Alexa will help you order gadgets and gear from Best Buy