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Watch the first terrifying trailer for Alien: Covenant

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus had a lot of potential: it was Ridley Scott’s bold return to the franchise that helped make his career, with an intriguing cast and incredible visuals. Ultimately, it was...

Google Waymo Unveils Customized Self-Driving Minivan

Google’s Waymo has unveiled the first images of its self-driving minivan, a customized version of the Fiat Chrysler Pacifica hybrid.

YouTube absorbed by BBC reporter stopping broadcast to vomit

Commentary: Tomasz Schafernaker begins to stutter. He tries to continue. And then, silence.

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...

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 …

'Star Citizen' switches to Amazon's game engine

It's not a huge transition, but it could provide some certainty for players.

Everyone Will Hear You Scream at the First ‘Alien: Covenant’ Trailer

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The best apps for your new Mac

So you got a new Mac, huh? Lucky! I've been using a Mac as my primary computer on and off for about 20 years. I have a PC for games, but nothing beats a Mac yet for the modern media professional. Here are a few apps I use to get the job done.

The Best Fitness Trackers of 2017

If you want to move more, sleep better, and improve your overall health, a fitness tracker can help. Here's what you need to know to find the right one, along with the top-rated clips, bands, and watches we've tested.

At Long Last, the First Doctor Who Season 10 Teaser Is Here

It’s been a lonely year for Doctor Who fans. But things are suddenly looking up, with the annual Christmas Special airing tonight —and a fun glimpse of what’s coming up in season 10 teaser. The teaser is from the POV of new companion Bill, played by Pearl Mackie. She serves chips... or she used to, before she learned what the heck a Dalek is.

4 Wearables find themselves increasingly going to work

The enterprise market might be the new battleground for wearable suppliers, as more organizations start to implement wellness programs for their employees.

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.

Pop music idol George Michael dies at 53

The British singer came to prominence in the 1980s with his band Wham, before embarking on a successful solo career which began with singles such as "Careless Whisper" and "Faith."

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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.

From Theranos to Space Waves, These Were the 9 Biggest Science Stories of 2016

So yeah, it was an eventful year for science—thanks for asking. From space on down to the future of genetic manipulation, may we present to you WIRED’s nine biggest science stories of 2016.

The Best iPhone Deals for Christmas 2016

On Verizon and Sprint, you can get the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus with monthly installment plans starting from $14.99 and $19.99 thereby saving you $189 and $169, respectively. AT&T subscribers will get a free $250 Best Buy gift card for online orders, with the in-store order remaining the same as what Verizon and Sprint are offering.

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The holiday season is upon us! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

The one person you should contact on Christmas Day

Commentary: Everyone knows someone who is on their own on Christmas Day. Through technology, you can make them feel a little better.

Ask Google Home For Musical Notes to Help You Get In Tune

As highlighted by Android Police, Google Home can respond to a few musical commands. Ask it “play an E flat” and it will play six octaves of the note you request. If the note isn’t flat or sharp, you may have to add the word “note” to the end, as in “play a B note.” The site also points out that this may work on Google Assistant on the Pixel, but it’s a little finicky and might not always work correctly.

Super Mario Run Ranked: Top 5 Hardest Levels

You might have expected most of the hard levels on this list to be in worlds five and six, as did I when I first played it. Still, only one other level aggravated me more than world 2–2 — and it’s right toward the beginning of the game. Most of 2–2 involves having to jump on platforms that move and soar quickly, requiring Mario to jump on yet another platform. I can’t tell if I’m just straight up bad at this or if it’s the fault of weird game physics, but I must have failed this level close to 10 times. Getting onto those platforms is just tricky when you can’t control Mario with a D-pad. A friend of mine also had similar complaints about this level.

There Is a Scene in Alien: Covenant That Brings Enough Chills to Rival the Original

I can’t stress enough how good the scene inside the shuttle was. It uses the fact that audiences know what’s coming to up the tension and make you wish the characters had the same knowledge we do. Seimatz and Ejogo’s terror is all over their faces and body movement and Seimatz’s yelling and screaming sent chills down my spine. The radio cutting in and out, plus the added emotional weight of her partner knowing something very bad is going down, adds to it. And I spent the whole hunt in the cargo bay hoping she’d be able to kill the thing and get away.

Santa Claus Proves He's Not a Terrorist In Bizarre US Government Video

In the 1950s, NORAD started “tracking Santa” to ensure that he could pass safely into the US without fear of being mistaken for a Soviet bomber . But here in 2016, it seems like getting approval from the military isn’t enough to prove that Father Christmas isn’t a terrorist. Santa has to go through Customs now.

11 Netflix Picks You Can Watch With the Whole Family

Even if you don’t do Christmas, you still might find yourself in a holiday-season situation involving children, time spent indoors, and a need to fill that time with a movie viewers of all ages can enjoy watching. Pick one of these Netflix selections, then binge-watch Medici: Masters of Florence when all the kiddies go to sleep.

Enter to win your own 2016 Macbook Pro with the cool new Touch Bar

Macbooks are about as cool as laptops get in 2017. But with the introduction of the intriguing new Touch Bar, the fine folks at Apple have truly raised the bar for laptops everywhere. In fact, we so strongly approve of the new 13-inch

CNET's 10 favorite Alexa tips of 2016

This year has been amazing for Amazon's digital assistant. She's grown, matured and learned a bunch of new tricks. Here are 10 of the best she learned in 2016.

Snap reportedly acquired augmented reality startup Cimagine Media for up to $40 million

Should an IPO be in its future, Snap needs to remain one step ahead of Facebook which has been rapidly copying features from Snapchat. Investors are looking for real market leadership so Snap’s acquisition of camera technology, especially around augmented reality, could give it a bit of a leg up.

12 brutally honest answers to those awkward family questions about your love life

Option two: No one fancies me. So, that's that. Please don't ask me anything else.

MagNeo replaces MacBook's USB-C, offers high-speed video and data

The MagNeo aims to replace the USB-C connector on Apple's latest MacBook Pro with an old-school MagSafe-like adapter.

How to install Flash on an Android phone or tablet

If your main concern is accessing online video that utilizes Flash, take a look at Dolphin Video Flash Player. The idea here is that you will be able to watch Flash videos on your device that are, for example, being live streamed or embedded within websites. The browser supports most video formats, too, though its main attraction is support for SWF and FLV Flash video. When you install it, it will also list any videos you have saved on your device so you can easily find them and watch them.

Carrie Fisher in stable condition, her mother tweets

Fisher, who is 60, was on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday when she reportedly suffered a heart attack. She remains hospitalized in Los Angeles.

Google decorates search results for whatever's your holiday

Typing "Christmas," "Chanukah," "Kwanzaa" or even "Festivus" into the Google search box brings up pages specially decorated for each holiday. Cheers!

The 10 Greatest Podcasts of 2016—From Conspiracies to Digital Revenge

Conspiracy theories. Viral performance art. Heartbreak. This year, if nothing else, managed to completely avoid being boring. And in 2016, through personal stories, nuanced analysis, and escapist fiction, podcasts helped us make sense of all of it—from weird Internet phenomena to the election-cycle-that-must-not-be-named. Podcasts also offered proof that when it comes to inventive storytelling, audio is just getting started. Keep reading for the 10 best podcast episodes of 2016. And if these excellent ‘casts give you the audio bug, head back into our weekly roundup archives to listen to more.

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Merry Christmas! Today's Sunday showdown finally tackles the millennia-old rivalry: Santa vs. Krampus.

Snapchat buying Israeli augmented reality start-up Cimagine: report

TEL AVIV Messaging app Snapchat is buying Israeli augmented reality startup Cimagine Media for an estimated $30-$40 million, marking Snapchat's first acquisition in Israel, the Calcalist financial daily reported on Sunday.

Want to See 2016’s Most Beautiful Space Photos? Yeah, You Know You Do.

Hundreds of enormous, high-velocity gas clouds whiz around the outskirts of our galaxy, but the Smith Cloud is unique because its trajectory is well known. Discovered in the 1960s, astronomers believe it was launched from the outer regions of the galactic disk around 70 million years ago. It’s now on a return collision course and is expected to plow into the Milky Way in about 30 million years, where it will ignite a spectacular burst of star formation. The Smith Cloud is made of hydrogen gas and can’t be seen in visible light. This image a false-color composite created by Hubble to show its size and location in space.

Yes, this is us.

So, yes, this is us. LineageOS will be a continuation of what CyanogenMod was. To quote Andy Rubin , this is the definition of open. A company pulling their support out of an open source project does not mean it has to die.

Customers love fitness trackers, but smartwatches? Not so much.

While wearable tech has been thrown a few curve balls over the last 12 months, leading to ultimately a consolidation in wearables (think Fitbit’s purchase of Pebble Watch) and a decline in the sale of wearable devices, one subset that continues to advance significantly is hearable tech. From wearable in-ear language translators to Sgnal’s fingertip phone calls … Read more »

This May Be the Best, Most Unique Piece of Die Hard Memorabilia Ever

Okay, when you finish drooling, here’s the deal. That poster is by Laurent Durieux and was released in 2013 as a part of an event called the Mondo Mystery Movie. It was a screening of Die Hard , in Los Angeles, with fake glass on the ground, tours of Nakatomi Towers (which is actually the Fox Plaza) and, ultimately, this poster. However, while most people got the poster on paper, a few got them on metal and ONE was printed on glass. A lucky fan won it at random, put it on eBay, and years later, Davis bought it.

Inside the world's greenest, smartest office space

It knows where you live, what car you drive and shortly, it'll remember how you like your coffee. We're not talking about a personal assistant, but the next generation of office building. 'The Edge' in Amsterdam is the world's greenest and smartest work space.

The best mobile games of 2016. We're right, you're wrong

It's the end of the year, time to relax, and you may have a brand new mobile device. With the current app marketplaces, though, it can be hard to know where to start. This is why we're here to help you spend your gift cards, with our top picks of the iOS and Android marketplaces this year.

This Snail Beats Enemies With Its Shell Instead of Just Hiding

Generally, a shell is an evolutionary trait that allows a creature to retreat from predators. This is the case for almost all snails. But at least two species of snails use their shell in a much more active form of defense—knocking the crap out of predators.

This May Be the Best, Most Unique Piece of Die Hard Memorabilia Ever

Okay, when you finish drooling, here’s the deal. That poster is by Laurent Durieux and was released in 2013 as a part of an event called the Mondo Mystery Movie. It was a screening of Die Hard , in Los Angeles, with fake glass on the ground, tours of Nakatomi Towers (which is actually the Fox Plaza) and, ultimately, this poster. However, while most people got the poster on paper, a few got them on metal and ONE was printed on glass. A lucky fan won it at random, put it on eBay, and years later, Davis bought it.

How to sell or swap gift cards

CardCash is an online gift card marketplace where you can buy, sell or swap gift cards. CardCash buys gift cards directly from sellers and sells them directly to buyers; sellers can also choose to trade their cards (at a slightly better rate) instead of taking cash. For sellers, CardCash offers up to 92 percent of your card's value; for buyers, CardCash offers discounts of up to 35 percent.

Russian Military Jet Carrying Choir Crashes, No Survivors

The jet was a TU-154 Tupolev that was built in 1983. It reportedly underwent “major repairs” in December 2014 and was last serviced in September of this year. Russia’s RIA news agency cites an unnamed military source who says that a technical malfunction or pilot error was to blame. Another unidentified source said that a militant act was not believed to be responsible.

MacBook Pro 2016 battery: Consumer Reports says there's a big problem

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Netgear security cameras could soon tell a person from a car

Netgear finalized the purchase of computer vision analytics company Placemeter so its Arlo security cameras can learn to tell cars, people and other objects apart.

6 cool ways to use Alexa on the Amazon Fire tablet

Let's take a look at some of the cool things you can do with "tablet Alexa" -- with one caveat: In my tests, the $50 Fire delivered a poor experience. Some requests were ignored completely, while others were slow to activate. I asked Alexa to "play some Christmas music," for example, and although she responded fairly quickly, it took a good 30 seconds before the music started. Your mileage may vary, but if you're buying that particular Fire with Alexa in mind, don't expect Echo-like performance.

The Cast of “Rogue One” Answers the Web’s Most Searched Questions

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” stars Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn and Alan Tudyk answer the internet’s most searched questions about themselves.

Pakistani Minister Tweets Nuke Threats @ Israel After Reading Fake News

Oh, my god, it’s spreading. Donald Trump has made all important diplomatic announcements via Twitter, so far. Now, Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has jumped into the nuclear threat tweeting game.

Google's top results for "Did the Holocaust happen" now expunged of denial sites

This is absolutely not because there’s just new news articles going in. I’ve been looking at this query for over a week now. The core sites in it fluctuate, sometimes radically and by platform. And that wasn’t the case before. Moreover, there’s absolutely no reason for them to play a PR game here. They already said they weren’t going to change it quickly. So why on earth claim to do something they didn’t actually do on the back of normal fluctuations? That just leaves them vulnerable for all the other yet-to-be-discovered queries. I do think they’ve done something. It’s just pretty weak.

Robot Phone Device Transmits Kisses to Your Loved Ones When You're Away

As with any communication technology, the project is also about collecting data. Researchers will record statistics about blood pressure and heart rate in lab tests to see if users can be affected in the same way that they are by a real kiss. And eventually, Kissinger’s creators hope to pass the Turing test. Will lab subjects be able to tell the difference between a kiss from a person and a kiss from a computer simulation?

2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet

As they push this technology into their own products as services, the giants of the internet are also pushing it into the hands of others. At the end of 2015, Google open sourced TensorFlow, and over the past year, this once-proprietary software spread well beyond the company’s walls, all the way to people like Amanda Hodgson. At the same time, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon began offering their deep learning tech via cloud computing services that any coder or company can use to build their own apps. Artificial intelligence-as-a-service may wind up as the biggest business for all three of these online giants.

10 Tricks to Turn You Into a PS4 Master

Whether you’ve just unwrapped a brand new PS4 or you’ve had one since launch day in November 2013 , you probably haven’t explored everything Sony’s powerhouse console has to offer—no doubt you’ve been too busy gaming. Join us on a tour of 10 of our favorite PS4 tips, from upgrading its internals to streaming games to your laptop.

Apple included wild new hidden wallpapers in its latest software updates

And because Apple's new MacBooks have screens with better color display, Apple needed some new wallpapers to show them off.

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76 On Twitter, Trump supports Putin's mockery of Democrats
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