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These DIY Netflix socks pause your show when you fall asleep

Naps: Enemy of binge-watchers everywhere.

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There isn't going to be much of a gap between Tina Fey's raunchy new comedy Sisters and her next starring vehicle. The creative force behind 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is producing and...

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s Biggest Spoilers - IGN

Some of the most revealing moments from Ubisoft's open-world action adventure set in Victorian London.

Watch Homer Simpson take Mr. Plow's marketing online in new YouTube ad

Google today released a blog post detailing some tips for small business owners using YouTube to gain more customers – and it found no one better to illust

ChopChop for iOS is the ultimate kitchen assistant

ChopChop wants to take the worry of cooking away by being the ultimate sous chef and all-round kitchen assistant.

Bud Light, the prince of beers, has a new can design

It's gone retro.

Clever selfie stick disguises itself as an iPhone case | Cult of Mac

Selfie sticks receive a lot of hate for being annoying instruments of narcissism. They're inconvinient to carry around and can make you look just plain sil

The brain hacks that make climbing in VR feel real

Little tricks can make you feel powerful emotions.

Tesla throws shade at hacker who built a self-driving car

Tesla came off sounding desperate as it tried to throw shade at 26-year old George Hotz's efforts to build a self-driving car in his garage in just a month.

Hubble spots celestial lightsaber in a newborn star - CNET

The Star Wars universe gets closer to Earth as NASA shares an image of a young star spitting out two jets that look, the space agency says, a lot like a lightsaber right here in our own galaxy.

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Your holiday reading list: 58 books recommended by TED speakers

Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison by Shaka Senghor “After a few pages, I knew this book was going to alter my perception on incarceration in America, as we need to hear first-hand stories straight from people who were systematically put there rather than through Hollywood movies or researchers or journalists. Throughout the whole book, I was like, ‘This is happening right in my backyard?’ Shaka spent 19 years transferring from one prison to another and experiencing each one’s subculture and unwritten rules. His words are honest and very necessary, and I hope they will help humanize incarceration policies. Or, better, to use education and mentorship to find a way to prevent young kids from being incarcerated. Their bodies do not belong to any system or country but themselves, and it is our responsibility to listen.” — Recommended by Christine Sun Kim

Apple names Jeff Williams as its first COO since Tim Cook

Apple has just named its first Chief Operating Officer since Tim Cook took over as CEO in 2011. Longtime Apple veteran Jeff Williams (who joined the company in 1998) is now COO, reporting directly to Cook. Additionally, senior VP of marketing Phil Schiller has seen his duties expand, as well -- he's now the leader of the App Store, a responsibility that was previously under the purview of Eddy Cue.

How To Block 'Star Wars' Spoilers On Social Media

As a final measure, you can use the " Force Block " Google Chrome extension to avoid stumbling into any websites containing spoilers about the new movie. The extension was designed specifically to detect whether the sites you visit contain "Star Wars" keywords. If Force Block thinks you're going to run into spoilers on a particular site or page, it'll send you a warning. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review - IGN

That is just one way that The Force Awakens is clearly inspired by the beloved Star Wars films that came before, and that's a through-line throughout the entire adventure. Part of that is director J.J. Abrams using a familiar play set from the original trilogy, but structurally The Force Awakens follows a familiar pattern from what came before. On both a macro and micro level, this movie wants to pay its respects to its predecessors, but when the new elements of The Force Awakens are the most engaging, it leaves you excited for the next movie when those shackles to what came before have been removed and the franchise can fully play in this new world.

Tech and Banking Giants Ditch Bitcoin for Their Own Blockchain

In a way, the Open Ledger Project competes with the existing blockchain—and existing blockchain-based technologies like the system built by Patrick Byrne and Overstock. But in other ways, it doesn’t. Judging from what IBM and others have said about the project, Byrne applauds its arrival. He’s been worried that the big Wall Street banks would “circle the wagons,” creating tech that locks everyone else out. But because IBM’s new project is open source—because anyone can use it and contribute to it—he’s pleased. He believes in more than a single technology. He believes in a big idea. “I’m not wed to bitcoin’s blockchain,” he says. “I’m blockchain agnostic.”

Introducing Live for Verified Pages

Today, we’re beginning to roll out the ability for verified Pages to share live video using Facebook for iOS. With Live, sports teams, media companies, brands, and other verified Pages can make announcements, share breaking news updates, take fans behind the scenes, host Q&As, and more.

Google Search starts indexing HTTPS pages by default

Google today announced its search engine has started indexing HTTPS pages by default. More specifically, Google Search now crawls HTTPS equivalents of HTTP pages, even when the former are not linked to from any page.

Ready for a Ride in a Self-Driving Car? Head to California

The DMV is hosting two upcoming workshops, meant to gather input from industry, consumer and public interest groups, academics, and local motorists. Those in Northern California can voice their opinion on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. in the Harper Alumni Center of the California State University, Sacramento. Southern Californians are invited to the Junipero Serra Building in Los Angeles at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Buffer acquires Twitter customer service tool Respondly, vies to be the ultimate tool for marketers

“It’s been in the cards a while, for Buffer to expand our products and offer a more complete product to marketers and community managers around the world,” Buffer cofounder and COO Leo Widrich explained to VentureBeat. “We’d love to build out Respond as the essential social media and customer service monitoring tool that’s also affordable to a large customer base, similar to what we’ve done with Buffer itself.”

Facebook Messenger’s face recognition tool rolls out to everyone outside of Canada and the EU

Previously only available in Australia, Photo Magic will scan through your camera roll and recommend photos to send to your friends. The wider release of the tool during the holidays is well-timed as people will likely take more photos with their family, friends, and colleagues during the holidays. And while it can be a hassle to sort through photos and send them to the right people, especially if there’s a large group, Facebook believes that Photo Magic will streamline the process and help you quickly share those moments through its Messenger app.

Microsoft aims to supply Chinese government with customized Windows 10

Microsoft is working with the China Electronics Technology Group (CTEC) for the joint venture, the two entities having previously announced a partnership  back in September with the aim of helping Microsoft solidify its foothold in China. The American company has made steady progress in the lucrative Chinese market over the past few years, inking deals with huge Chinese companies such as Tencent, Lenovo, and Xiaomi, but it still has a huge problem with people using pirated versions of Windows. The company's image has also been hurt by security fears of Chinese consumers who see foreign software as a way to spy on their activities in the wake of the NSA spying scandal.

Firefox Users Can Now Watch Netflix HTML5 Video on Windows

Netflix announced today that their HTML5 video player now supports Firefox on Windows Vista and later using Adobe’s new Primetime CDM (Content Decryption Module). This means Netflix fans can watch their favorite shows on Firefox without installing NPAPI plugins.

VLC launches on Chrome OS

Chrome OS was one of the last desktop operating systems for which VLC was not available (the media player exists for Windows, OS X, Linux, BSD, Solaris, OS/2, Haiku/BeOS, and ReactOS). Yet Chrome OS wasn’t an easy operating system to support, as VLC is a native application on all platforms (it uses low-level APIs to output video, audio, and gain access to threads) built using mostly C and C++. Writing VLC in JavaScript and other Web technologies, as Chrome OS requires, is not an easy task by any stretch.

Google Drive allots $1 million to fund security research grants | ZDNet

The cloud storage arm of the Internet giant announced a new research grant program on Thursday that will fuel independent security researchers working to improve Google's data security.

9 Star Wars Games to Help You Celebrate 'May the 4th'

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How Theranos Misled Me

Fairly high up in my story there is a whopping false statement. After explaining that Theranos’s tests could be performed with a finger-stick, rather than using traditional venipuncture (a syringe in the crook of the arm), I wrote that the company “currently offers 200—and is ramping up to offer more than 1000—of the most commonly ordered blood diagnostic tests, all without the need of a syringe.”

California wants to keep autonomous cars from being autonomous

Texas has very little in the way of autonomous car regulation, and the Google believes cars without any humans inside are legal on Texas roads. It's not the first time that companies have shifted business away from California. Toyota is in the midst of  moving its North American headquarters from California to Plano, Texas because of a friendlier and cheaper business environment.

Friend of San Bernardino attacker charged with terrorism counts

“Enrique Marquez Jr. is charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists for his role in plotting attacks on American soil in 2011 and 2012, attacks which were, fortunately, not carried out," said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. "He is also charged with a firearms violation for making a straw purchase of weapons for Syed Rizwan Farook – weapons that were eventually used to carry out the recent terrorist attack in San Bernardino. We will continue to investigate, and seek to hold accountable anybody found to be involved in, that heinous act. I would like to extend my gratitude to all the members of law enforcement involved in this ongoing investigation.”

TechCrunch Is Going To Davos

The World Economic Forum — held in the mountain village of Davos, Switzerland every year — has increasingly become a place where its usual attendees (the captains of the world’s biggest industries) have been joined by the biggest and hottest technology firms. As software famously ‘eats the world’ so too do the most influential people in tech now eat the canapés served at the meetings of heads of states.

Trans Researchers Are Struggling to Stay in Science. That Has to Change

But while the rise in media attention surrounding transgender issues has led to increased awareness and hopefully acceptance, much remains to be done—especially in the sciences. Transgender scientists are underrepresented in all fields, and that lack of diversity affects everyone. Science prides itself on objective analysis of the world. But like it or not, identity drives what questions we ask, how we answer those questions, and how we interpret data. The best safeguard against bias is to have scientists of all backgrounds doing work—which means reshaping science to be as open as possible.

'League of Legends' is now fully owned by China's Tencent

After buying most of the studio behind League of Legends in 2011, Tencent now owns it outright. California studio Riot Games told employees that the Chinese internet giant behind WeChat had purchased the remaining equity in the company. There was no word about the price, but League of Legends reportedly makes $1 billion a year via in-app purchases. Tencent should be able to afford it, though, as it was recently valued at $200 billion, ahead of China's Alibaba. Tencent also owns big stakes in Activision Blizzard, the maker of World of Warcraft and Call of Duty , and Gears of War developer Epic Games.

FCC wants details on AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile data plans

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told reporters that commission staff sent letters on Wednesday to AT&T, Comcast and T-Mobile "to come in and have a discussion with us about some of the innovative things that they are doing."

Brazil court lifts suspension of Facebook’s WhatsApp service

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO (By Jeb Blount and Marcelo Teixeira for Reuters) — A Brazilian judge on Thursday ordered the lifting of a 48-hour suspension of the services in Brazil of Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp phone-messaging application, overturning an order from a lower court.

Pinterest will now email you when the price listed on a Buyable Pin drops

Pinterest has launched a new notification feature that will let users know when there’s a price drop for a Buyable Pin. If you follow one of these pins and the advertiser or brand that established it reduces the price listed, an email notification trigger will be activated.

Lyft spent an entire year redesigning its app — here are all the changes it made to steal customers away from Uber

Lyft spent an entire year redesigning its app — here are all the changes it made to steal customers away from Uber

CoverGirl's Star Wars Makeup Collection Brings the Force - IGN

The Force is strong with this one, with items like "Red Revenge" nail polish and "You're My Only Hope" mascara. It was a clever idea and one that showed a subtle way for people to incorporate their love of a galaxy far, far away into their daily lives. That's why, when it came time to get ready to attend the world premiere of The Force Awakens, I reached out to CoverGirl to see if they would prep me for the event by dolling me up in one of celebrity makeup artist Pat McGrath's signature CoverGirl Star Wars looks:

Meet Jeff Williams, Apple's New No. 2 (Video)

Apple also announced an expanded role for marketing head Phil Schiller, who will now also run the App Store across all platforms. Johny Srouji, previously Apple’s VP of hardware technologies, has been elevated to Cook’s leadership team, with the title of senior vice president. And Tor Myhren, formerly chief creative officer of the ad agency Grey New York, has been hired to oversee Apple’s advertising efforts, replacing Hiroki Asai, who is retiring.

David and Joe Are Waiting in Line to See Star Wars

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Playdate: 'Star Wars' week celebration, episode two!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is nearly upon us, and Engadget's gaming crew can barely contain itself. Life for Sean, Tim and Jess has been a constant struggle between the pain of being patient and the fear of encountering spoilers out there on the internet. How does one cope with such stress, such anticipation? By playing old Star Wars games, of course! Today we'll be taking a look at the PlayStation 4 ports of Star Wars: Racer Revenge and Super Star Wars , as well the classic Tie Fighter space sim on PC and, if there's time, the cinematic adventure of Rebel Assault II .

China tells the world to respect its censorship

Chinese president Xi Jinping opened the World Internet Conference by telling world leaders to respect other nation's cyber sovereignty. The leader went on to say that every country has the right to govern the web in accordance with local laws, and that China stands against "internet hegemony." The move reinforces China's right to suppress information on a whim, like when it shuttered Instagram during the Hong Kong democracy protests. By making it an issue of sovereignty, the country is effectively shouting "back off" to rivals who would dare criticize its heavy-handed attitude toward censorship.

Here's the Full Text of Martin Shkreli's Criminal Indictment

The charges do not appear to directly relate to his decision to acquire the AIDS medication Daraprim and raise the price of it from $13 per tablet to $833 per tablet. The indictment suggests that Shkreli and an accomplice, Evan Greebel, lied to investors about the performance of MSMB Capital Management, a hedge fund they managed and about the performance of Retrophin Inc., a pharmaceutical company Shkreli used to run.

Apple Names Jeff Williams First COO Since Tim Cook

Apple Inc. named Senior Vice President Jeff Williams its chief operating officer, filling a role that has been vacant since Chief Executive Tim Cook assumed his post in 2011.

Facebook is making it easier to find nearby events

Facebook events are one of the more maligned parts of the nearly ubiquitous social media platform — invitations to them come often, sometimes seemingly out of nowhere, and they have a tendency to bombard users with notifications. But the company is trying to change that today with a new feature in its iOS app that better surfaces all the events that are happening around you.

35 Karma is real: Pharma bro Martin Shkreli reportedly arrested

Shkreli became the poster boy for problems in the pharmaceutical industry after he gained attention for his company Turing Pharmaceuticals' purchase of the rights to Daraprim, a drug used by AIDS patients. His company then increased the price from $13.50 per pill to $750. Since then, his person has grown in the public eye. He regularly spars on Twitter and recently made fresh headlines by purchasing a rap album from Wu-Tang Clan of which there is only one copy.

Sheryl Sandberg Says an MBA Doesn't Matter in Tech

The need for an MBA in Silicon Valley has been the subject of intense debate for years. Peter Thiel, who co-founded Palantir and PayPal, has railed about the uselessness of business school for entrepreneurs—sometimes while speaking to crowds of MBAs. At a gathering of MBA candidates in San Francisco last year, Thiel noted that business schools tend to churn out people who bet on innovations only after those ideas are past their prime. MBAs rushed into junk bonds in 1989, a year before industry king Michael Milken went to jail, Thiel noted. And most MBAs did not want anything to do with Silicon Valley until 1999, just before the tech industry collapsed, he said. 

Google holiday sale cuts Nexus 6P price by $50 - CNET

Google's Nexus phones are unlocked, meaning they aren't tied to a specific carrier, and they offer a pure Android interface uncluttered by the often unnecessary extras thrown in by the carriers and by third-party manufacturers. You pay a premium price for those benefits, though, so a $50 discount could be enough of a tipping point to convince more people to pick one up for the holidays.

Google may use an online poll to name Android N

Google has traditionally named each revision of the world’s most popular mobile operating system after a sweet food — since Android 1.5 Cupcake — moving sequentially through the letters of the alphabet. While at first even dot-version increases were given an entirely new branding, that changed alongside the release of 5.0 Lollipop, whose name was retained until the current major version update, 6.0 Marshmallow.

Evernote is killing its Pebble app and all versions of Skitch except for Mac

Evernote's doing some thinning of its software offerings today. The company has announced that early next year, it'll be discontinuing Evernote for Pebble, every version of Skitch except for the OS X app, and its Clearly web extension. "Today, you can find the most popular features from these two apps in many versions of Evernote and Web Clipper," wrote Jack Hirsch, VP of Evernote's desktop apps, in a blog post. "We realize fans of Clearly and Skitch may be disappointed and we don’t take these decisions lightly. We’ve learned a lot from your feedback and are using it to improve Evernote every day."

These Ghostbusters character posters are badass

After  yesterday's reveal of the first official shot from the upcoming  Ghostbusters reboot, it's probably only right that fans get a few new posters showing each individual character in all their glory. Director Paul Feig and Columbia Pictures allowed Entertainment Weekly , InStyle , People , and Time to tweet the four new posters today, and each Ghostbuster looks ready to take on Vigo the Carpathian without any problem. Honestly, if any action movie wants to capture just how epic its cast is, this is how you do it. Ghostbusters will debut July 22nd.

3 things every CEO should do in 2016 to improve conversion and retention

We changed the cancellation process: Although we don’t stand in the way of someone wanting to cancel, we do want to learn why. So when anyone wants to cancel, we channel them through the customer success person, who will ask them why they want to leave. Often the answers surprise us. Sometimes, it’s just that they want to pause the account. Sometimes, we can even save the account by just answering some questions — one customer in 20 changes their mind after talking to the customer success person. Click here to see how we keep an eye on our customer retention metrics .

Brazil has lifted its ban on WhatsApp

The ban went into effect at midnight local time on Thursday, and was due to last for 48 hours. The Facebook-owned app is immensely popular in Brazil, where more than 100 million people use it as a free messaging alternative to expensive mobile plans. Brazilian telecoms have urged the government to crack down on WhatsApp, arguing that its free voice call service is unregulated and illegal, though officials have yet to implement new regulations.

Fossil Q Dreamer review: More fashion than fit

I’ve been wearing the Q Dreamer bracelet for a few weeks, and it’s clear that fashion is Fossil’s priority here. The step-counting technology feels like an added bonus. That’s all well and fine; you wouldn’t buy this type of activity tracker with the expectation that it’s going to help you train for your next triathlon. Fossil is, after all, a lifestyle company; some people in the wearable-making space believe that these things will have to eventually fuse fashion with tech in order for people to wear them for any extended period of time.

Mozilla makes it easy to create VR websites with 'A-Frame'

With the launch of A-Frame today, Mozilla is trying to make it easier for developers to craft virtual-reality websites. Mozilla's VR research team, MozVR , created A-Frame as an open-source framework that allows developers to use familiar HTML markup in their designs, rather than the complex WebGL API. A-Frame operates within WebGL, meaning it works across desktop, iPhones, all Cardboard devices and Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 headsets, with Android support " coming soon ." It'll eventually support additional VR devices, such as HTC's Vive .

Y Combinator Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Happy Holidays from Y Combinator! Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary, last-minute Christmas gift? We've selected some of the hottest products, services, and non-profits from more than 40 of our portfolio companies for this giving season.

Get Spotify song lyrics on your phone with Musixmatch

Musixmatch , the song lyrics service notable for powering the lyrics feature in Spotify’s desktop app, now lets you read the words to your favorite songs on the go.

This R2-D2 replica is the mini-fridge droid you've been looking for (pictures) - CNET

It's a full scale model of the pluckiest droid in the galaxy, complete with a built-in 720p HD projector and authentic lighting and sound effects. Oh, and it'll keep a six-pack cold.

This ghostly music video was shot entirely on a Microsoft Kinect

It's interesting to think that with the Kinect, Microsoft has actually contributed toward a genuine aesthetic: the depth sensing style of machine vision. With this look you never see the whole image — not the background or context —  but just a hollow shell of the main subject; the surface and nothing more. Of course, the Kinect wasn't the first or only tool used to create art that resembles what computers see (filmmaker Timo Arnall published a well-known video compilation on this topic back in 2012, " Robot Readable World "), but Microsoft's camera definitely helped spread its influence just by being so accessible. There aren't many gaming peripherals you can say that about. 

Roland iconic 808 sounds for a mobile game

Roland revived the iconic sounds of the TR-808 with last year's AIRA TR-8 , and now its leveraging those tones for mobile gaming. With TR-REC, the audio company uses sounds from both the TR-808 and TR-8, as players recreate rhythms played by the app. As the game moves on, tones are layered on top of the original rhythm to create a piece of dance music. In order to progress to the next stage, you must correctly tap out the sequence before time runs out. If that sounds too intimidating, don't worry: the game starts with the basics. You can think of it like Guitar Hero, but for a drum machine.

The creators of the ColecoVision are back with a new cartridge-based console

Coleco was behind some of the earliest attempts to bring video games to your living room, with mildly successful consoles like the ColecoVision in 1982. Like many game companies at the time, Coleco went bankrupt in the late '80s. However, it was reformed in 2005, and now it's announcing its first new console in decades: the Coleco Chameleon, a modern machine that will play games stored on plastic cartridges.

51 Microsoft Builds Android App Store For Its Own Android Apps Inside Of The Android App Store
52 Ctrl-Walt-Delete: Walt and Nilay recharge their phones
53 'Xbox Fitness' no longer requires the Kinect
54 Watch Top-Tier Venture Capitalists Translate Drake And Bieber Into Startup Speak
55 EU Data-Privacy Law Raises Daunting Prospects for U.S. Companies
56 Technology investors describe the cooling in Silicon Valley: lower valuations for top-tier companies, and trouble for weaker startups
57 Cox Is Liable for Pirating Subscribers, Ordered to pay $25 million - TorrentFreak
58 The Alamo Drafthouse Lands in a San Francisco Dizzy With Change
59 Hello? Ticketmaster Shoots Itself In The Foot By Releasing All Adele Tickets At Once
60 Stocks tumble as oil prices fall below $35 a barrel
61 Disney World, Universal, SeaWorld add metal detectors and extra security for the holidays
62 How Israel is rewriting the future of cybersecurity and creating the next Silicon Valley - TechRepublic
63 LifeLock to pay $100 million to settle U.S. contempt charges: FTC
64 The first iOS 9.2.1 beta has arrived | Cult of Mac
65 Blackberry CEO says Apple has gone to a “dark place” with pro-privacy stance
66 U.S. trade office more concerned about Alibaba e-commerce site
67 New Pluto mosaic reveals crags, cliffs and a possible ice volcano
68 Here's everything we know about Apple's new marketing boss Tor Myhren
69 California Releases Draft Regulations For Self-Driving Vehicles - InformationWeek
70 Google Doodle honors Beethoven's 245th year with a musical game
71 Microsoft Translator loops Apple Watch, Android Wear devices into real-time conversations
72 FBI: We Did Not Seize Shkreli’s Wu-Tang Album
74 New York Times reviewing reporting on San Bernardino assailants
75 This under-the-radar tool is helping huge companies outmaneuver little startups
76 Brazil's WhatsApp Ban Reveals A Big, Scary Problem For Everyone
77 Lyft Gives Its App A Fresher, More Transparent, More One-Handed Update
78 Google will use self-driving cars to compete with Uber
79 Gillette Sues Dollar Shave Club For Alleged Patent Infringement
80 Apple Presses Shuffle On Top Management, Names New Chief Operating Officer
81 ICYMI: We've gone full Leia in honor of Star Wars
82 Unsecured websites are about to get hammered in Google's search ranking
83 Facebook Friends Feed for Chrome Hides the Weird "Your Friend Liked..." Posts
84 See The Story Of Income Inequality In Photos Of People's Household Possessions
85 8 Linux predictions for 2016
86 Self-driving cars are coming, and the technology promises to save lives
87 This Chart Estimates When You Can Finally Retire, Based on Your Savings Rate