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Apple software update fixes iOS 11.1 autocorrect bug

A bug in Apple's iOS 11.1 software prevented some users from typing the letter "i." Instead, it would autocorrect to the letter "A" and a unicode symbol.

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Star Wars is getting an all-new trilogy from Rian Johnson

Johnson will write and direct the first installment in the new trilogy, with his longtime producer Ram Bergman set to produce the films. While details are scarce, the new trilogy will be separate from the classic Skywalker saga, and instead will focus on “new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”

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Apple Clips update uses iPhone X's TrueDepth sensors for 360-degree selfie scenes

Apple says the idea behind Selfie Scenes is to give creators more options to make videos, even if their filming locations aren’t the most ideal — such as a messy bedroom or kitchen. The app is aimed at casual movie editors on the go, not ones with studios or a full editing setup. Though Apple declined to share user numbers, it said that adoption has been “very successful.” It cites education as one of its biggest growth markets, with teachers encouraging kids to film things like science experiments and language courses in classrooms around the world. Selfies Scenes is fun to use, and is clearly yet another kitschy way for Apple to push more exclusive features optimized for the iPhone X, as with Animoji . Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if Snapchat and Instagram follow Apple soon with a similar feature on their respective apps.

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The director of 'The Last Jedi' is making an all-new 'Star Wars' film trilogy

Rian Johnson, the writer and director of the upcoming film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," will be creating an entirely new "Star Wars" film trilogy, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced in an earnings call on Thursday, according to Variety .

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Disney is planning a live-action Star Wars TV show for its streaming service

If Disney can pull off this project, it’ll accomplish something that has long eluded the franchise: a live-action show. Lucasfilm has developed various concepts for a standalone show in the Star Wars universe for years. In 2005, George Lucas announced a show at the Celebration III convention, saying it would be set in the underworld of the city planet Coruscant. Various writers and artists were brought on to flesh out the idea, but it was ultimately abandoned in 2010 due to concerns about the show’s budget .

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Twitter abruptly halts its blue badge verification process

Twitter temporarily suspended its verification process on Thursday after the social network drew widespread outrage for giving the recognizable blue-and-white check mark to the account of a noted white supremacist.

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USA TODAY Tech on Twitter

Google parent's Project Loon delivers Internet to 100,000 in Puerto Rico https://usat.ly/2hYBcbv  pic.twitter.com/WHrmTiTsoj

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Microsoft Word adds LinkedIn-powered Resume Assistant to Office 365

According to Microsoft, around 80 percent of the world’s resumes are edited in Microsoft Word, so this latest feature could prove useful to a lot of people. It could also be used in conjunction with Word’s existing resume templates so that Microsoft essentially helps with the design and layout for the original resume, with LinkedIn serving as wingman for the content.

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Clips is the next best thing to animojis for iPhone X

Apple's Clips video app adds some iPhone X tricks, Star Wars-themed animated stickers and titles, and a lot more.

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Apple says it offered to help FBI with Texas shooter's phone

"Our team immediately reached out to the FBI after learning from their press conference on Tuesday that investigators were trying to access a mobile phone," Apple said in a statement Wednesday. "We offered assistance and said we would expedite any legal process they send us."

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Twitter abruptly halts its blue badge verification process

Twitter temporarily suspended its verification process on Thursday after the social network drew widespread outrage for giving the recognizable blue-and-white check mark to the account of a noted white supremacist.

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Hulu is Nintendo’s first video streaming app for the Switch

The arrival of Hulu marks the first time Nintendo has made a video streaming app available on the Switch, though it did say that services such as Netflix and others could eventually make their way to the console as far back as the gaming hardware’s launch early this year. If there’s been one thing missing on the Switch experience, which is fantastic overall, it’s the availability of streaming media services, since it’s a great portable media player and a fantastic way to watch content on bigger screens while travelling, for instance.

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Kanye West's latest sneaker, the Yeezy Mud Rat 500s, are kind of terrible

Of course Kanye West has a legion of fans ready to support his latest music, fashion and sneakers.  So it's no doubt that the Mud Rat 500's will probably pop up on some cool kids Instagram very soon.

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How to install Tor for Chrome for even more private browsing

If you want the anonymity of the Tor network, but would rather use the Chrome browser, you're not out of luck. Jack Wallen shows you how to make this happen.

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'Stranger Things' fans crashed a museum's website trying to buy Dustin's sweatshirt

A social media follower tipped off the Science Museum to the sweatshirt’s appearance in the hugely popular TV show on Friday, October 27, the day its second season was released. Since then, the museum has been flooded with phone calls, emails, and social media posts from fans who are anxious to get their hands on the vintage sweatshirt, which was first available in the museum’s Explore Store in the early 1980s.

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How to get more battery life with Windows 10's new Power Throttling feature

Windows 10's Power Throttling feature also incorporates a sophisticated detection system that can differentiate between those apps running in the background that are important to you and those that aren't. To do so, Windows 10 monitors app usage and bases its decisions on the demands of running apps and the apps you regularly interact with even though they're in the background. It will then make sure that apps that are important get the power they need, while apps that aren't don't.

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Microsoft bets on quantum computing to crack the world's toughest problems

For those who want a taste of quantum computing today, Microsoft will release a variety of a quantum computing development tools by the end of this year. These include a programming language for writing software to run on quantum computers, which will be integrated into Microsoft's Visual Studio IDE, and a quantum computer simulator for running quantum computer programs, which can be run locally or on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. The requirements will be pretty hefty, with the local version needing 32GB of RAM to simulate 32 qubits.

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Logitech will give all Harmony Link owners a free Hub after backlash

“I made a mistake. It was an honest mistake,” Rory Dooley, head of Logitech’s Harmony division, told Wired . “Mea culpa. We’re going to do right by our customers, and do the right thing.” Logitech had previously offered a free Hub to Link owners who were still under warranty, and tried to assuage frustrations from everyone else with a 35 percent discount. Customers who already paid to upgrade at that reduced rate can now expect a full refund. And the company isn’t going to be strict about who’s eligible for the free Hub; as long as you’ve got a Link in your posession, you’ll be good. “If you send back in the Harmony Link, and say ‘Look I bought this at some point,’ we’ll replace it even if you haven’t connected it to our database,” Dooley said.

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Facebook will teach the unemployed digital/social media skills in 30 cities

The program might be perceived as less self-serving if Facebook had concentrated on teaching skills beyond it site, like how to make a good-looking resume or handle job interviews. So while the intention behind Facebook Community Boost might be honest, it’s tough to interpret it as altruistic while Facebook is amidst congressional hearings into election interference on its platform and is toying with the entire journalism industry as it sucks out ad dollars and jobs.

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Macworld on Twitter

Ready to do your holiday shopping? Here are the best early deals for Black Friday 2017: https://buff.ly/2yKn3cn  pic.twitter.com/sUH2KtA5FD

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Apple's Clips app gets a boatload of new AR and 'Star Wars' effects for iPhone X

Apple is using the update to show off the power of the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera, and nowhere is that more apparent than in a new feature the company is calling "Selfie Scenes." Sort of like Snapchat's "World Lenses," Clips can create an animated 360-degree scene you can explore by moving the camera around.

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AT&T may need to jettison CNN to close Time Warner buy

CNN and Turner Broadcasting is a principal asset at Time Warner, which includes movie and television studios such as HBO, as well as publishing and music businesses. AT&T is hoping to use its acquisition of Time Warner to cement its position as a Hollywood powerhouse, diversifying itself away from offering just phone, wireless and pay-TV services.

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T-Mobile promises a big speed boost to your network -- if you have the right phone

LTE Advanced is able to use radio waves more efficiently. That means even if you don't have a phone that can handle the new speeds, you might benefit. That's because people who do have the faster phones will grab their data and get out of the way sooner.

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CNN Is Not for Sale, and the Search for a ‘Corporate Kaepernick’: DealBook Briefing

Over the past several years, business has become inextricably linked with policy — in Washington, in Brussels, in Beijing — like never before. That’s why we’re reimagining DealBook with a renewed focus on the intersection of these crosscurrents, as well as a broader frame on the world of business to include technology, innovation, philanthropy and corporate governance.

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'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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The first result for "Windows Movie Maker" on Google is a scam

Victims who download the fake Windows Movie Maker do get Microsoft's video editor, but are blocked from features like saving files unless they pay for the "full version." The "upgrade" costs $29.95, despite the fact that Windows Movie Maker was free when it was available.

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Twitter, high on 280 characters, more than doubles the length of display names

Notably, this change only applies to display names and not to the user names. For those of you confused as to which is which, the user name is what follows the @ symbol and is often referred to as a "handle." That is still, for now, blessedly limited to 15 characters. The display name, on the other hand, is that thing people fill with emoji. Got it?

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Apple’s response to iPhone X screen cold weather responsiveness

I’ve noticed that my iPhone X screen becomes very unresponsive as soon as I step outside. It literally takes 2 seconds from going inside to the cold outdoors and my screen stops being very responsive. I try swiping on websites and it doesn’t register my finger. It’s very noticeable. Is anyone else having this problem?

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Self-Driving Shuttle Involved In Crash Two Hours After Debut - Slashdot

How many comments have I seen on Slashdot asking if all edge cases have *really* been tested? Well it turns out everyone was right in this case. I mean, was this AI tested on real streets at all? It's hard to imagine a car on the road for more than a month wouldn't have had a truck pull out in front of it unexpectedly a couple times. It doesn't matter how fast the AI brain is, this is a case where anticipation may have helped. I just feel bad for the truck driver. Yes, he was in the wrong but a lot of

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Walmart has deals on PS4 and Xbox One consoles this Black Friday

Walmart's 2017 Black Friday catalog popped up online today and it has quite a few great deals for people interested in jumping into the PS4 or Xbox One. We picked out some of the best gaming deals Walmart will be offering on the biggest sales day of the year, Nov. 24.

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Electronic Arts to acquire Titanfall maker Respawn for as much as $455 million

Electronic Arts announced it will acquire Titanfall maker Respawn Entertainment for $315 million in cash and stock, plus a possible bonus of $140 million. The deal could bring a new long-term franchise into the fold for the big third-party publisher of video games, giving EA an edge in the multibillion-dollar first-person shooter genre with properties such as Titanfall, Battlefront, and Battlefield.

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Louis CK accused of sexual misconduct by five women

Writer and performer Abby Schachner said that when she called CK to invite him to one of her shows in 2003, he started to tell her his sexual fantasies, and she could hear him masturbating on the other end. Later, he sent her a Facebook message that said, “I remember thinking what a repulsive person I was being by responding the way that I did.” Schachner said the experience discouraged her from pursuing a career in comedy.

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USA TODAY Tech on Twitter

Twitter verifies Charlottesville rally organizer, halts verifications amid backlash https://usat.ly/2hXnXb6  pic.twitter.com/BPLQ2KeRI2

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USA TODAY Tech on Twitter

Facebook unveils 30-city program to boost small business' digital skills https://usat.ly/2zrpobX  pic.twitter.com/yeNa9VgeOn

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Ditch Twitter's annoying new character-count circle with this Chrome extension

To the consternation of many, Twitter announced on Nov. 8 that all its users would henceforth be able to tweet with 280 characters. As a further blow to all the 140 diehards out there, the company removed the number-based character count from the bottom right of the "compose new Tweet" box and replaced it with a circle .

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Recovered Zombies Reflect on the Lives They've Lost in Poignant Short Less Than Human

Students at Denmark’s Animation Workshop collaborated on this mock doc, styled as a reporter’s needlessly exploitative investigation into the lives of “cured ones.” Really, it seems these former ghouls are just kind of bummed out that their lives will never be the same. They miss their old jobs, their freedom, and, it goes without saying, their rotted-off body parts. It’s a clever concept—one that could probably have benefited from a longer running time, even—and the details are great; note the Night of the Living Dead poster on one wall, and the “Go back to your graves” graffiti on another.

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How to make your landscape photography stand out

The best advice I can offer with landscape photography is to have fun. Yes, I root for you to capture great photos by setting up your composition, but not at the expense of enjoying the moment. Our planet is beautiful. Take a few minutes to savor it. Snap some shots while you're out there, but make it a fun task. I've spent extended amounts of time on photo walks. Not because it took a long time to find the best exposure settings, but because I would set my backpack down and take in the beauty around me.

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Star Wars' Millennium Falcon is parked on Google Earth

It's going to take more than shipping containers to conceal the fastest hunk of junk in the Star Wars galaxy.

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Equifax income falls on data breach expenses

E quifax on Thursday reported a lower third-quarter profit as costs from the credit reporting bureau's recently disclosed data breach that exposed deeply sensitive information on 145.5 million people began to mount.

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Infuse Bourbon With Sweet Potato Peels for a Seasonal Sipper

Peels from “regular” ol’ white potatoes can be made into a tasty, crispy snack with relative ease, but sweet potato peels are a bit fibrous for chomping on, no matter how you treat them. They do, however, have a bit of sweet potato left clinging to them, and that can be used to infuse a bottle of bourbon.

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The Best Laptops of 2017

Walk down any laptop aisle and you'll notice that the selection of laptops has become dramatically thinner and sleeker. Each of these wafer-thin systems represents a new vision for ultraportable computing: a no-compromises laptop light enough that you'll forget it's in your briefcase, with a long-lasting battery that will keep you working even when no power outlet is available. Fast storage, whether by way of a full 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) or, more affordably, 32GB to 64GB of eMMC flash, give these ultraportables the ability to resume work in seconds after being idle or asleep for days. Intel's marketing focus has migrated to the convertible-hybrid laptops and detachable-hybrid tablets that it refers to as 2-in-1 devices (see the next section for more information), but ultraportables are still a distinct category.

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Kindles and quinoa: Amazon to sell more gadgets in Whole Foods stores

Amazon also extended its growing brick-and-mortar network through a deal it signed with Kohl's this fall. The partnership allows Amazon to sell its gadgets in the chain's stores and facilitate free returns for online purchases.

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Is this Samsung's next high-end Android flip phone?

Although you have to scrounge to find a modern handset that isn't shaped like a shingle, Samsung and LG have continued making limited quantities of Android flip phones for select Asian countries. Still, the industry is clearly thirsting for change, at least in theory.

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Cloud innovation will power enterprise transformation in 2018 | ZDNet

In 2018, we'll pass that magic threshold: Forrester predicts that more than 50 percent of global enterprises will rely on at least on public cloud platform to drive digital transformation and delight customers. As highlighted in our 2018 cloud predictions, cloud is truly business critical and is now a mainstream enterprise core technology.

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Uber whistleblower Susan Fowler now has a book deal to go along with her movie deal

Fowler, who is trained as an engineer, has written two books on computer programming, and is currently working at Stripe as the editor of its tech publication. She will release her upcoming memoir with Viking. Per a press release, the book will “expose the systemic flaws rampant in the startup culture through her shocking and galvanizing” personal story.

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Lip-Syncing App Musical.ly Is Acquired for as Much as $1 Billion

Musical.ly Inc., the maker of a lip-syncing app popular among teens and tweens, has agreed to be acquired by Chinese news and information site Beijing Bytedance Technology Co. for as much as $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

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DOJ Fires Up New War With Apple Over Encryption

That could have been the end of the story. Until today, neither the FBI nor Apple has seemed to want to jump back into the heated debate on encryption that occurred in 2015. People from the FBI and DOJ have continued to make comments that they need a backdoor into encryption, but without a major case like San Bernardino to win over public sentiment, they haven’t made a huge public deal out of it. And Apple has been happy to walk away from that incident without being forced to create future backdoors for the US government. It would appear that Apple’s statement on Wednesday was an effort to nip a new uproar in the bud. But on Thursday, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein brought the subject up once again. Rosenstein (conveniently) did not mention that Apple publicly shamed the FBI for not even attempting to approach the company for help.

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Forbes Tech News on Twitter

ICO 2.0 after hard fork called off -- venture capitalists beware: http://on.forbes.com/6011D6Fd9  pic.twitter.com/HgHd7aZiqs

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Trump’s new Cuba travel restrictions are now in effect

Cuba has become a popular destination for adventure-minded American travelers since President Obama renewed diplomatic ties with Cuba in 2015. However, the Cuban military is deeply enmeshed in much of the island’s economy, including the tourism industry where its hospitality arm owns a stake in many of the island’s hotels and restaurants. The new rules aim to keep American dollars away from the government by making it unlawful to spend money at some 180 entities  with ties to the Cuban military or intelligence agencies.  According to the Miami Herald , that includes “83 hotels, stores, marinas, tourist agencies, industries and even two rum makers owned by the government.”

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3 Times You Should Say Yes To Office Happy Hour

Of course, you know that there are times when you have to play the game if you want to get ahead. It’s why you say yes to happy hour when you just want to go home, and it’s why you agree to help your boss prep for her presentation even though you have a growing to-do list of your own.

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52 Artificial intelligence: It's about to cause a major upheaval in jobs | ZDNet
53 Apple Could Surpass Samsung as World's Largest Smartphone Maker in Q4 2017
54 Lip-Syncing App Musical.ly Is Acquired for as Much as $1 Billion
55 DOJ: Strong Encryption That We Don't Have Access To Is 'Unreasonable' - Slashdot
56 Humble dog smiles from ear to ear after seeing himself on TV
57 These organizers just won big in Virginia. They're coming for your state next.
58 Oh my god, April the giraffe might be pregnant again
59 Anxious much? Here's how to secure your company the Google way
60 Apple has finally released a patch for that annoying iOS keyboard bug
61 Shoppers Scoop Up iPhone 7 in Q3, 8 Plus Tops iPhone 8
62 SoFi CEO letter: $56.1M Q3 profit on $145.3M revenue, will sell hedge fund founded by ex-CEO
63 Hear an Exclusive Preview of Brandon Sanderson's New Fantasy Epic Oathbringer
64 Walmart Black Friday sale begins Thanksgiving Day, early deals start now
65 Facebook defends revenge porn pilot that has people upload nude images of themselves
66 AT&T Could Get $50 Billion for an Asset It Doesn't Want to Sell
67 Five Keys to the Autonomous Car-Sharing Future
68 Equifax Is Haunted By Its Costly Cyber Attack
69 For Some Reason, the First Deadpool 2 Marketing Push Focuses on Thanksgiving
70 NATO to boost cyberdefenses with cyberweapons
71 Kim Kardashian's new app Screenshop might ruin your self-esteem
72 Johnny Depp Probably Won't Be Winning Any Star Wars Trivia Contests
73 Legislator Targets Tech Perks in Baltimore County District
74 You can now buy Amazon Alexa speakers at Whole Foods
75 Jedha's Not Doing Too Well After Rogue One
76 WikiLeaks - Vault 8
77 As Wind Power Sector Grows, Turbine Makers Feel the Squeeze
78 How to fight spam emails in Gmail and G Suite
79 Star Wars TV Series Announced for Disney Streaming Service - IGN
80 China’s Toutiao is buying Musical.ly in a deal worth $800M-$1B
81 TechCrunch on Twitter
82 Ford's exoskeleton could help factory workers in a big way
83 Sean Parker: Facebook exploits vulnerability in human psychology
84 Ford CEO Says Dumb Cars Will Disappear But Smart Ones Won't
85 As a powerful male CEO, I didn’t believe in the gender pay gap. Then I got stuck in a well.
86 Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley brilliantly trolled Donald Trump at the CMAs
87 Forbes Tech News on Twitter
88 Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
89 Best of Tech Pro Research: November 9, 2017
90 Dino-Killing Asteroid Struck an Unfortunate Spot, Claim Scientists
91 Toshiba considering $5.3 billion capital injection: source
92 After Outrage, Logitech Gives Free Upgrade to Owners of Soon to Be Obsolete Device
93 Please enjoy these tweets about the horrors of Twitter
94 Jony Ive talks Apple Park, iPhone X, change, and product evolution in interview
95 Online reviews are a mess