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Conquer your distractions with this simple chart

Is the world more distracting? Sometimes it seems that way. With our digital devices buzzing, world events demanding our attention, and more things to entertain us than ever before, it certainly seems harder to focus on what’s really important. And yet, focus is exactly what it takes to get things done and get ahead. Distraction …

Searching for the best Christmas music of 2016

Part of what makes Christmas music so irritating is also what makes it appealing. It’s the white toast of music: comforting, readily available, and easy to make, but mostly bland. Still, even...

The best Christmas movies aren't about Christmas

Sometimes they're just Christmas-adjacent.

This bed with built-in subwoofer, TV, lamp and power outlets may be your last purchase, ever

Furlenco's new "Pod" might just be the most outrageous product hitting the market this holiday season. The Bangalore, India based furniture rental startup..

Five great last-minute IoT gifts for your Christmas shopping rush

Everyone's got last-minute gift shopping to do. Here are 5 great last-minute gifts, like Google Home, to get the connected elves in your life.

Will Ferrell returns as an evil 'Elf' this holiday season

Buddy's on the naughty list this year.

11 movies to see in theaters this holiday weekend — with family, friends, or just your anger

The best thing about the winter holidays is that no one expects you to play sports after dinner to "burn off some of those calories haha." No, it’s too cold. You get to go to the movies instead,...

TechCrunch’s Favorite Things of 2016

We made it! 2016, the year that might go down in history books as "The one where the simulation glitched out a little" is... just about over. We see a lot..

Where to stream every Christmas classic

It’s the holidays at last! I don’t want there to be any impositions on your time right now other than merriment so I went ahead and figured out where you can stream every single classic Christmas...

Watch a bullet ant sting a wildlife show host

See what happens when "Brave Wilderness" host Coyote Peterson gets the most painful insect sting in the world. Hint: There's lots of screaming.

Beyoncé impressionist hits all the right notes in this brilliant Christmas song mashup

Girl can sing.

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China to set standards for self-driving cars by 2018

The government and SAE-China will discuss standards with the automotive industry and experts in the field, before pushing an exact standard nationwide. All automotive companies will be forced to follow the standard in China, meaning General Motors and Ford may need to personalize cars for the Chinese market, if North American standards differ.

Cyanogen failed to kill Android, now it is shuttering its services and OS as part of a pivot

It’s been a rocky few months for Cyanogen , the ambitious startup that aimed to build a better version of Android than Google. It has laid off staff, let go of its CEO and parted ways with another co-founder — now it is shutting down its services and nightly software builds on December 31.

Apple working with Consumer Reports to pin down inconsistent MacBook Pro battery test results

For the battery test, we download a series of 10 web pages sequentially, starting with the battery fully charged, and ending when the laptop shuts down. The web pages are stored on a server in our lab, and transmitted over a WiFi network set up specifically for this purpose. We conduct our battery tests using the computer’s default browser—Safari, in the case of the MacBook Pro laptops.

6 Ways to Use Facebook Live Video for Your Business : Social Media Examiner

Do you run a Facebook group for your business? Maybe you sell a product that provides customer access to a Facebook group once they purchase from you. If you run a Facebook group and already use live video on your page, expanding it to a group is a no-brainer.

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Deus Ex Go is a nominee for our "Best Mobile Game of 2016"! Follow the link to cast a vote for your favorite! …

Withings products disappear from Apple stores following Nokia patent kerfuffle

They appear to have gone missing from the company’s retail locations as well – the company’s brick and mortars don’t tend to stock anything you won’t find online. We’ve reached out to the company for comment, but the timing does seem curious, with Nokia having completed its acquisition of the French electronics company over the summer.

Star Citizen and Squadron 42 are using Amazon’s Lumberyard game engine

“We’ve been working with Amazon for more than a year, as we have been looking for a technology leader to partner with for the long term future of Star Citizen and Squadron 42,” said Roberts, Cloud Imperium Games’ CEO and creative director, in a statement. “Lumberyard provides ground breaking technology features for online games, including deep back-end cloud integration on AWS and its social component with Twitch that enables us to easily and instantly connect to millions of global gamers. Because we share a common technical vision, it has been a very smooth and easy transition to Lumberyard. In fact, we are excited to announce that our upcoming 2.6 Alpha release for Star Citizen is running on Lumberyard and AWS.”

The Best Gaming Desktops of 2017

Most gaming systems will come preinstalled with a single midrange or high-end graphics card; higher-priced systems will naturally have better cards, since purchase price typically correlates with animation performance and visual quality. Our gaming desktop reviews will let you know if there is room in the system's case for adding more graphics cards, in case you want to improve your gaming performance in the future. Most boutique manufacturers, however, will sell systems equipped with multiple-card arrays if you want to run the best-looking and best-performing games right away. (Nvidia has deemphasized, if not discouraged, using more than two of its current-generation cards at the same time, though it's still possible to have three or four AMD cards in your computer at once provided you have the proper power and heat management. AMD calls its multicard system CrossFireX and Nvidia calls its solution Scalable Link Interface, or SLI, but in practice both work the same.)

How to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve from any device

The site includes a few new items as well as many old classics, like the Elf Jetpack game and coding challenges. But I must admit I’m devastated this year as it appears the Santa phone call novelty has disappeared from the lineup. I’m writing this on December 22, and it’s not looking good. This was my personal favorite holiday distraction, because it allowed you to send hilarious, Mad Libs-style phone calls from Santa to friends in the U.S. and Canada. I found Santa calls—while deliberately designed to be ridiculous—always brought a special smile to the recipients regardless of age.

Verizon gearing up to dominate IoT landscape in 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at a rapid rate and telecommunications giant Verizon wants a large slice of the cake, with the aim of $1 billion in sales by 2017.

Fitbit ends one Jawbone patent case seeking to block device import

Fitbit has moved to drop its patent case against Jawbone, which had been set for trial in the International Trade Commission in March. By dismissing this action, Fitbit is no longer seeking to block importation of Jawbone devices, including Jawbone products in development. Jawbone believes this case — involving patents already found once to be invalid — should have been dismissed long ago by Fitbit. Fitbit’s pursuit of these baseless claims for so long was to burden Jawbone– an issue to be raised in Jawbone’s antitrust claim against Fitbit. Jawbone’s trade secret case in California state court against Fitbit will move forward to a jury trial in 2017.

Ever wonder why old tech appeals to audiophiles, but videophiles not so much?

From where I sit, there's not much love on the video side for old tech. No one services 10-year-old TVs; broken displays are unceremoniously dumped in the garbage. To make sure I wasn't missing something, I checked in with CNET Senior Editor David Katzmaier , and he said something that surprised me: "There is definitely a 'You'll have to pry this plasma TV from my cold, dead hands' mentality out there still. That has everything to do with the fact that they're [plasma displays] are still really good televisions, even though they're older, and only 1080p, yada, yada, yada." So I learned that a small group of videophiles still have an appreciation for old tech and aren't rushing out to buy the latest 4K TVs.

Dutch regulators aren’t fans of T-Mobile’s free music streaming program

You won’t be getting any free music this holiday season — at least, not from T-Mobile if you live in the Netherlands. On Friday, the Dutch Consumer and Markets regulator ordered T-Mobile to cease providing a streaming music product that does not count toward its customers’ data usage. You might know it in the U.S. as the Un-carrier’s Binge On program, but the Dutch now know it as illegal.

Here's why expensive headphones might make sense for you

If up to this point you've just bought "disposable" headphones that suffer premature deaths, and replaced them with another cheap headphone, the cycle repeats, and you live with one crap headphone after another. Maybe it's about time to break the cycle and buy a better-sounding headphone from AKG, Audeze, AudioQuest, Beyerdynamic, Bowers & Wilkins, Focal, Grado, Koss, MrSpeakers, Oppo, Sennheiser or Stax that might last 10 or maybe even 20 years, and deliver amazing sound along the way.

Megyn Kelly accuses Shutterfly of lying

Commentary: In a series of tweets, the Fox News anchor says the personalized photo and card service let her down badly over a Christmas card order.

City governments work to improve citizen experience

By having the mindset that citizens are customers, this forward-thinking mindset by city governments can really change communities for the better and allow them to flourish.  Just look at Indianapolis, D.C., where parking apps have replaced meters, allowing customers to pay and add time remotely, and not worry about having enough loose change. And New York and Boston are looking at ways to deal with parking fines via smartphones.

You can hear Tim Curry read ‘A Christmas Carol’ for free on the Amazon Echo

The best thing about the winter holidays is that no one expects you to play sports after dinner to “burn off some of those calories haha.” No, it’s too cold. You get to go to the movies instead, and even luckier — many of the movies that are in...

Need some last-minute poinsettias? Amazon's got you covered

The location powers Amazon's Prime Now speedy delivery service in New York City, where Amazon's Prime customers can order tens of thousands of items online and get them to their doors in just two hours for no additional shipping costs. (One-hour shipping is $8.) Amazon has been growing Prime Now to convince people to shop online even for stuff they need right away, and to extend holiday shopping so even superprocrastinators can order gifts late into Christmas Eve that will arrive in time for Christmas.

Last-minute holiday shopping was just as chaotic on the streets of 1910s New York

Social reformer and labor activist Florence Kelley encouraged shoppers to get their holiday shopping done early, noting that the last-minute Christmas rush led to miserable and dangerous exhaustion for retail clerks and delivery boys — “a bitter inversion of the order of holiday cheer."

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Learn what it takes to become a well-paid data center manager

Data centers essentially serve as second headquarters for many businesses — a nerve center critical to long-term success and security. With that kind of responsibility, running and maintaining a data center is a big job… with the paycheck to match. So it literally pays to learn what it takes to manage those facilities with this

Great last-minute gifts you can send by email right now

It’s December 23. Do you know where all your holiday presents are? If you still haven’t crossed off everyone on your list—or maybe your list suddenly expanded because your nephew is bringing his new girlfriend to Christmas dinner, or a coworker surprised you with a thoughtful gift—there’s still time to get something for them. Gift cards let them pick something out for themselves, and yeah they’re kind of boring, but thankfully those aren’t even your only options at this extremely late date. Let the Queen of Procrastination (me) solve all of your problems right now—it’s a Festivus miracle .

5 Super Mario Run Annoyances and How To Fix Them

Super Mario Run is Nintendo’s first game for the iPhone and it shows. While the game itself is jolly good fun and a much-needed dose of nostalgia, there are some glaring issues with the game. There are the biggest annoyances and problems with Super Mario Run and how to fix them.

News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2016

It is also useful to see how, when combined with the sites’ total reach, the proportion of users who gets news on each site translates to U.S. adults overall. Facebook is by far the largest social networking site, reaching 67% of U.S. adults. The two-thirds of Facebook users who get news there, then, amount to 44% of the general population. YouTube has the next greatest reach in terms of general usage, at 48% of U.S. adults. But only about a fifth of its users get news there, which amounts to 10% of the adult population. That puts it on par with Twitter, which has a smaller user base (16% of U.S. adults) but a larger portion getting news there.

World War Three, by Mistake

My book “Command and Control” explores how the systems devised to govern the use of nuclear weapons, like all complex technological systems, are inherently flawed. They are designed, built, installed, maintained, and operated by human beings. But the failure of a nuclear command-and-control system can have consequences far more serious than the crash of an online dating site from too much traffic or flight delays caused by a software glitch. Millions of people, perhaps hundreds of millions, could be annihilated inadvertently. “Command and Control” focusses on near-catastrophic errors and accidents in the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union that ended in 1991. The danger never went away. Today, the odds of a nuclear war being started by mistake are low—and yet the risk is growing, as the United States and Russia drift toward a new cold war. The other day, Senator John McCain called Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, “a thug, a bully, and a murderer,” adding that anyone who “describes him as anything else is lying.” Other members of Congress have attacked Putin for trying to influence the Presidential election.

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Carrie Fisher remains in intensive care following a heart attack suffered during a flight to Los Angeles on Friday

Congressional report sides with Apple on encryption debate

The U.S. is better off supporting strong encryption that trying to weaken it, according to a new congressional report that stands at odds with the FBI’s push to install backdoors into tech products.

On Twitter, Trump supports Putin's mockery of Democrats

Commentary: The president-elect supports the notion of Democrats as sore losers, by tweeting the words of his alleged bromantic interest.

Shyamalan's Tales From The Crypt Reboot In Peril Over Rights Issues

The series was set to come out late 2017 with a 10-episode season, featuring a “newly reinvented Crypt Keeper” based on the original comic book character. The TNT rep said “progress” has been made on securing rights for the show, but it doesn’t look like the problem’s been resolved yet. While the series hasn’t been canceled outright, the rights issues could mean a delay for the debut at the very least. That means TNT’s Horror Block might get pushed to 2018...if it happens at all.

Half of all urban citizens should see smart city upside by 2019

Smart city programmes and open data initiatives will benefit 50 percent of citizens in million-people cities by 2019, according to market research firm Gartner.

Inside the airline cabins of the future

In-flight canapes were regularly offered to the "pearl set." Uh-oh, it's the guy in the bow tie again. Let's hope he didn't take as long to choose his food as he did to make a chess move.

Obama Presses Major Overhaul on Cyberwarfare Leadership

On Friday, President Obama signed the 2017 defense authorization bill and in a statement wrote that he wants to split the current power structure and allow Cybercom to have its own director. “The two organizations should have separate leaders who are able to devote themselves to each organization’s respective mission and responsibilities, but should continue to leverage the shared capabilities and synergies developed under the dual-hat arrangement,” the statement reads.

The Death of CyanogenMod and What it Means for Development

LineageOS takes off, but the operation will be toned down. Given the scale of CyanogenMod’s operation and the massive amount of funding that was contributed by Cyanogen Inc. to maintain support for devices, it may be difficult to find support for developing on lesser known devices. In this case, many devices may suffer a development drought as the development community largely relied on CyanogenMod to provide a stable branch that individuals could then fork. Popular devices will be less likely affected given the high demand for development and high amounts of developmental talent attracted to the device.

Hydraulic Press Crushes Christmas

All of the grinches out there can rejoice because in a special Christmas edition of needless destruction we have a hydraulic press demolishing the dumbest tchotchkes of the season.

How the smart machine era will change our children's world

The benefits are many and profound. By eliminating the cause of 94% of accidents, Carbots will purge the road carnage from our society. Time wasted today can be used to sleep or work. Carbots can drive in close, efficient formation, saving energy and time, and making good use of today’s carpool lanes. Because we don’t need to store carbots near you, we can turn urban parking lots into parks. They will make extensive travel practical for millions. They will clear DUIs from our courts. They will bestow freedom of motion on those who can’t drive. They will disrupt nearly every aspect of daily life, all of it for the better.

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John Williams Hasn't Seen a Single Star Wars Movie

In case 2016 couldn’t get any weirder, it turns out the man who created some of the most memorable moments in Star Wars through his epic compositions hasn’t bothered to watch any of them in action. That’s right, John Williams hasn’t seen Star Wars .

18 Hidden Roku Tricks for Streaming Success

Whether you just got a Roku or you've had one for years, there's more to know beyond the basics of a Luke Cage marathon. We've put together 18 ways for you to get more out of your streaming device.

Bloomberg on the App Store

I used the Bloomberg app daily till about a week ago when the new app came out. Now a new repaired release just loaded and it's still a problem. I regret that it still does not format for my iPhone 6 Plus, the fonts are way too large and not adjustable within the app. I did discover that if I shrink my font size two levels in iPhone settings I can see the full Bloomberg app screen, but then the font is too small to read my emails. Guess I will just have to wait till a further release. Still gets 1 star. Guess on the bright side I haven't given up on Bloomberg, maybe 2017 will be better.

Where's Santa? Follow him live as he makes his deliveries this Christmas

In less than 24 hours, Santa will gather his reindeer, attach them to his slay and take to the sky to deliver presents to good folk all over the world — and thanks to Google and Microsoft , you can keep track of his journey in real-time.

25 amazingly geeky Christmas and holiday decorations - TechRepublic

Welcome to our curated collection of gloriously geeky lights, wreaths and other baubles available for sale and ready to help you energize your winter and the Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations that may come with it.

Watch the Glittery Mirrored Alchemy of a Christmas Ornament Being Made

fThe wintry spirit is strong with this one. There’s a mood that to the process of blowing glass that feels right in line with the season. [The music in this video certainly adds to that.] The process of carefully bathing a tube of glass in fire and blowing it into that perfect ornamental shape has a quiet solemnity that will make you cringe next time you watch the burglars in Home Alone stomp all over these fragile objects.

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Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Gift Guide! Coming up with gift ideas for everyone on your list can be tough — but we can help.

2016 was the year that Facebook tried to take over the world

As more people look to Facebook as their source of information rather than traditional media outlets, it's time for the company to take its role as a media entity more seriously. Right now it's mostly relying on AI and algorithms to filter through content, but it's clear by now that human beings are still required to judge what is real and what is not. Considering fake news has the potential to influence elections and sway people's minds, Facebook should take its responsibility as media arbiter a lot more seriously.

Here's what 1-percenters bought on eBay in 2016

Sure, the website offers 1 billion live listings at any given time, so there's usually something for everyone. Yet, a choice few items that come to the online marketplace are extremely rare, extremely expensive or both. eBay gave us an exclusive list of the highest-priced sales worldwide in 15 categories this year, including the most expensive car, piece of jewelry, collectible and toy.

Ridiculous Fox anchor to Teen Vogue writer: 'stick to the thigh-high boots'

Smirking about her role at Teen Vogue and work on celebrity and fashion as well as politics, Carlson pushed Duca off the show with the line, "you should stick to the thigh-high boots. You're better at that." When she responded that he was sexist, he cut her off air completely.

Getting Started with Tokio

Then we'll implement the Codec trait for our struct, which requires us to define the types of our input and output frames as well as functions for encoding and decoding them. In our case, we'll be dealing with newline-delimited strings going in each direction. Luckily, the tokio-line project was recently updated and has some good example code we can borrow:

Fake-news search engine tracks spread of lies

A beta version of Hoaxy , a search engine designed to track fake news, was released Wednesday by Indiana University's Network Science Institute and its Center for Complex Networks and System Research. Hoaxy indexes stories from 132 sites known to produce fake news, such as and, and allows you to see how these sites' links spread across social media.

Video: STEM gifts for the curious children on your holiday shopping list - TechRepublic

Wondering what to get for the young STEM enthusiast this holiday season? Here are some great gifts guaranteed to stimulate their imaginations!

EU to Facebook: What's with that misleading WhatsApp info?

When two companies like Facebook and WhatsApp join together, the EU investigates whether the deal would hurt consumers or businesses operating in Europe. At the time it gave Facebook the thumbs-up to proceed with the acquisition, but this decision was at least in part based on the claim that the social network could not match and link Facebook accounts with WhatsApp accounts.

51 Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on the Huawei Mate 9
52 This startup once thought it would 'put a bullet through Google's head' — now it's killing its own operating system
53 'My computer is slow': 5 quick tips for troubleshooting friends and family over the holidays - TechRepublic
54 How to Downgrade iOS 10.2 to iOS 10.1.1 to Prepare for iOS 10.1.1 Jailbreak
55 World’s first solar road opens in France: It’s ridiculously expensive
56 21 times Adele slayed beyond all expectations in 2016
57 Engadget on Twitter
58 11 Apple Watch tips every owner should know
59 Weekend streaming: 'Captain America: Civil War' hits Netflix
60 How shopping online, web browser histories, targeted ads, can ruin holiday gift surprises
61 IGN on Twitter
62 Teach girls bravery, not perfection
63 Count down the end of 2016 with 12 Days of Doug
64 Your Children Already Know What They’re Getting for Christmas—Thanks, Internet
65 The broken edtech ecosystem investors once avoided is changing
67 Fitbit drops case to block Jawbone imports to US
68 The inventor of the mug shot also photographed hands, feet and dead bodies
69 BitTorrent Live’s “cable-killer” P2P video app finally hits iOS
70 Virtual reality, one year out: What went right, what didn't
71 The Verge on Twitter
72 The reality of VR/AR trial
73 Carrie Fisher's Star Wars family shows love after she's rushed to the hospital
74 Uber is moving its self-driving cars from San Francisco to Arizona
75 Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Morgan Freeman-voiced Jarvis AI in action
76 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
77 AirPod? Apple Will Replace It for $69
78 The most popular stories of 2016
79 Pokémon Go for Apple Watch is finally here
80 Tech is disrupting American society — here’s what we need to do about it
81 Secret Santas: Inside the hidden online world of St. Nicks
82 These are the ugliest tech products of 2016
83 Cyanogen failed to kill Android, now it is shuttering its services and OS as part of a pivot
84 33 startups to watch in 2017, according to VC investors
85 7 Ways Emotional Intelligence Can Help You Handle Year-End Stress
86 Patrick Thibodeau on Twitter
87 Free Shipping Is A Lie
88 Whitepaper: Your Guide to Building Great Apps - TechRepublic
89 Lauren Duca on Twitter