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Ford’s newest self-driving test cars have more compute power and better vision

Ford has developed a new generation of autonomous development vehicle, a hybrid Fusion that uses the same essential platform as its current vehicles, but with..

10 holiday family traditions that can't possibly be compromised by Russian hackers

Like the Trump transition team, I too deny the possibility of Russian influence on my holiday traditions

The most memorable tweets, memes and web sensations of 2016

In a year that saw memes become more popular than Jesus and the Bible translated into emoji, there was no shortage of jokes and puns on the internet in 2016. But while there are plenty of spoofs and wisecracks to look back to with amusement, only a small selection can make it our year-end roundup. Europe, are …

Oculus acquires eye-tracking startup The Eye Tribe

The direction you look could one day control your VR or mobile experience thanks to Facebook and Oculus' latest buy, The Eye Tribe. Oculus confirms to me that..

Tesla Collision Alert predicts the future, avoids highway accident - Roadshow

Dashcam footage from the Netherlands shows Tesla's new Autopilot safety systems alert for an accident ahead moments before one occurs.

2016 burst the VR hype bubble — Epic’s Tim Sweeney thinks that’s not a problem

Epic Games is still working on its first full-length virtual reality game: an arcade shooter called Robo Recall for the Oculus Rift. But the studio best known for Unreal Tournament and Gears of War...

The year that wasn't: 2016 as told by 120 fake news stories

This year, nearly everyone met an untimely end. Fortunately they had clones or body doubles -- or a new sitcom in the case of the Dalai Lama.

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Obama Wrote the Most Popular Scientific Journal Article of 2016

This year, the paper that arrested our attention the most wasn’t a traditional scientific study. It was “ United States and Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps ,” an article written by President Obama and published in the highly-regarded Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The paper, which assesses the effectiveness of the ACA and delves into Obama’s health policy recommendations for the next president, was not peer-reviewed in the traditional sense, but it was fact-checked rigorously for several months. Its publication marked the first time in history that a sitting President wrote an article in a scientific journal, a fact which generated quite a bit of buzz in the popular press.

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Check out live 360 video on Twitter | Twitter Blogs

Starting today, you can check out live, interactive 360 videos from interesting broadcasters and explore what’s happening with them. You’ll be able to get an inside look with well-known personalities and go behind the scenes at exclusive events.

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Qualcomm fined $865 million by South Korea regulators

Qualcomm fined $865 million by South Korea regulators Chip maker says country accused it of violating competition law. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2htdG6v

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Tim Cook calls AirPods a 'runaway success' | Cult of Mac

Apple CEO Tim Cook was all smiles during a brief appearance at the New York Stock Exchange this morning. While taking a quick tour of the floor with his nephew, Cook revealed that AirPods are so popular Apple can’t make them fast enough.

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Debbie Reynolds, mother of Carrie Fisher, dead at 84

Actress Debbie Reynolds, the mother of Carrie Fisher, died Wednesday at the age of 84, according to multiple news outlets including Variety and the Los Angeles Times.

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Debbie Reynolds, mother of Carrie Fisher, dead at 84

Actress Debbie Reynolds, the mother of Carrie Fisher, died Wednesday at the age of 84, according to multiple news outlets including Variety and the Los Angeles Times.

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Amazon patents show flying warehouses that send delivery drones to your door

We’ve known about Amazon’s drone delivery ambitions since 2013.  But patent filings from Amazon reveal more details about how the e-commerce titan could make drone deliveries work at scale, namely through “airborne fulfillment centers.” Yes, that’s a warehouse in a zeppelin.

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Put the Clock Back On the Right In Windows 10

Windows 10 introduced the Action Center where your notifications and quick settings toggles live. It’s a handy panel, but its icon lives in the far-right of the system tray. If you prefer the old days when your clock lived there, you can swap their spots.

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Video of a Guy Fainting on a Coaster Is Even Better With Windows Sound Effects

There’s another reason to be thankful for the internet as a viral clip of a man constantly fainting and waking back up while riding a roller coaster is made infinitely more entertaining with the addition of the Microsoft Windows startup and shutdown sound effects.

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A pre-CES 2017 look at the state of autonomous vehicles

Whether they’re driven or self-driven is increasingly moot. But for those who drive, I mean those who drive because they either love it or because they have to, autonomous cars represent a quandary at the very least. Will people buy or use cars where humans aren’t fully in control? The reality is that self-driving cars are inevitable and yet many stand at an intersection where some people “can’t wait” for them and others wonder whether robocars “will ever happen.”

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The Best PC Games of 2017

The first requirement is to ensure that we can give you more insight into a game. Yes, this guide goes into some depth on each game entry, but the ability to linking to a full review benefits those looking for a deeper cut. The second point we've already covered. The third point required a bit of pondering. We didn't want to set the star rating so low that damn near every PC game qualifies for the guide, yet we didn't want to set the star rating so high that we exclude quality B-tier games, such as Killer Is Dead and Transformers: Devastation. For now, three stars is the happy medium, but, as we review more games, we may have to be choosier, to keep the list at a manageable size.

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Uber Moves Self-Driving taxis to Arizona after California DMV dispute

The firm is not the first self-driving firm to make a dash for Arizona, Google’s Waymo already tests a few of its self-driving fleet in the state. The issue is that Arizona has a similar climate in most areas to California, making it less valuable than Michigan or Norway, which have a chilly climate self-driving cars struggle to work in.

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Consumers want to work out with -- not for -- their wearables

Most wearables come with some form of fitness and health tracking, some make it the primary reason to purchase the device. Fitbit, Jawbone, and Garmin have sold millions of devices to health conscious consumers, but after a few months, a good chunk of these devices can be found gathering dust in cupboards or on eBay for a fraction of the price.

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Republican proposal would fine Congress members who live stream from House floor

In a statement, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) spokesperson Ashlee Strong said that “these changes will help ensure that order and decorum are preserved in the House of Representatives so lawmakers can do the people's work.” But they’re widely seen as a response to an incident last year, when Democratic lawmakers protested Congress’ failure to pass gun control legislation by staging a sit-in protest. Because a Republican representative declared a recess after the protest began, the House refused to turn on its official cameras for C-SPAN, which normally broadcasts footage. Instead, it began picking up a Periscope stream from Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), then a Facebook Live video from an unnamed source.

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Trump Lauds SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son on Sprint’s 5,000 Jobs

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Eat off an iPad at this fancy San Francisco restaurant

A restaurant in San Francisco has begun serving food on iPads. Quince is using the popular tablets as plates in an apparent effort to appeal to younger diners. Each iPad plays a video of a water dog searching for truffles while you eat your meal off its screen.

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IGN on Twitter

Titanfall 2 is a nominee for our "Best PC Game of 2016"! Follow the link to cast a vote for your favorite! http://www.ign.com/wikis/best-of-2016-awards/PC_Game_of_the_Year … pic.twitter.com/8ABGWPpnkc

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Microsoft shows unusual paranoia on Twitter

Commentary: A Twitter user tweets about how bad 2016 has been. The Office Twitter account takes the criticism very personally in a case of "Word" confusion.

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That Carrie Fisher Script For The Empire Strikes Back Is a Hoax

Carrie Fisher was a brilliant writer, an amazing actress, and, by most accounts, just a good human being. She passed away yesterday and I, like many people, took to social media to mourn the loss of this incredible pop culture icon. But I unknowingly helped spread a meme that turns out to be fake. Did you see that script with handwritten edits for The Empire Strikes Back ? Those edits weren’t made by Carrie Fisher.

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How can advertisers target the emerging autonomous car industry?

That may not happen however, but it doesn’t mean advertisers can’t leverage the autonomous car revolution in other ways. Uber, Lyft, and Google will undoubtedly take information on the rider of its self-driving car, including geo-location, age, and choice of car, which, when added to the rider’s advertising profile, could be valuable.

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Believe it: This $13 headphone is an overachiever

The KZ ATE-HiFi's clarity on Regina Spektor's take on "Dear Theodosia" from the all together terrific "Hamilton Mixtape" album drew me into the music, her vocal as well as the piano were pretty natural and dynamics were solid. The Rolling Stones new album "Blue & Lonesome" sounds dreadfully harsh and compressed over the KZ ATE-HiFi, but that's not the headphones' fault as the music sounds bad on every speaker and headphone I've tried. The KZ ATE-HiFi doesn't hide the nastiness, and that's OK with me.

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The Verge 2016 tech report card: Nintendo

From years of watching E3 and knowing deep down that every cool game being demoed from Nintendo won’t be released for at least another year (or two), the company was a refreshing surprise this year. By capitalizing on nostalgia, Nintendo made 2016 the year it truly got our inner kids excited again — even if the thrill was temporary.

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‘We the People’: Five Years of Online Petitions

The broader effort was called the Open Government Initiative , and a key part of it took effect more than two years later when the administration created an online petitioning system called “ We the People ” in September 2011. The White House promised to use the site to engage with the public and to issue responses to all petitions that reached a given number of signatures within 30 days of creation. The original threshold was set at 5,000 signatures but was increased to 100,000 in later years. As Obama prepares to leave office in early 2017, the site has been active for more than five years and is one of the most prominent legacies of the open government initiative.

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

The latest on driverless cars and virtual reality, all on our new app. Download it here http://bloom.bg/2gLzv0W?utm_content=tech&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-tech … pic.twitter.com/0IZwmKr4f8

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Siri and Alexa's future: Health and emotional support?

As part of the study, researchers from Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco, made health statements to four major voice assistants -- Siri, Cortana, S Voice and Google Now (Google Assistant's predecessor). These included physical complaints, such as "I am having a heart attack," and psychological distress, including "I want to commit suicide."

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7 New Year's tech resolutions

Time to recycle. The fastest, simplest option: Take everything to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill store. Keep a list of what you donated, then get credit for it at tax time (in the US, at least). Easy-peasy. If you want to learn more about donating old tech, read this roundup of the easiest ways to donate old tech . Just remember to erase all the data from any phone or PC you might be handing in.

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Facebook’s Oculus has acquired an eye-tracking startup called The Eye Tribe

Plus there are business benefits to this kind of technology. Facebook makes the vast majority of its revenue from advertising, and it’s assumed that ads will eventually make it into the virtual world as well. Tracking what users actually look at in VR could be key for measuring and delivering better advertisements.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Does Donald Trump know that we've already landed on the Moon? http://gizmo.do/MWxV32y  pic.twitter.com/RdjPpLIIUU

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Twitter spent 2016 pouring gasoline on its fires

Or is it? For all of Twitter's faults, it has a dedicated and loyal user base, including America's next president. It is beloved by news organizations, political groups and celebrities, who use the platform to connect with their various supporters, readers and fans. If Jack Dorsey can keep the money rolling in, Twitter will be fine. It just might never be as beloved, smart or fun as it could be.

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Nevada site bug leaks medical marijuana applicant data

Nevada residents applying to sell medical marijuana got just got an unpleasant surprise. The state's Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that a vulnerability in a website portal leaked the data of more than 11,700 applicants, including their driver's license and social security numbers. Officials have taken down the relevant site until they fix the flaw, but there's a concern that fraudsters might have seen the info and used it for malicious purposes.

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You can control Samsung's latest robot vacuum cleaner using Alexa

Samsung has been making robot vacuum cleaners for a while now, and while they haven't quite gotten to the level of popularity as iRobot's Roomba line has, it seems that enough people buy them for Samsung to keep making them.

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Tesla Autopilot avoids a crash before it happens

Tesla's Autopilot 8.0 has a particularly clever feature: it uses radar to track road activity two cars ahead, helping it avoid danger that you wouldn't normally see. And it now appears that this tech just averted a disaster. Dutch Model X owner Frank van Hoesel has dashcam footage showing his electric crossover reacting to a bad highway crash before it even starts. As you can hear in the video, the Model X's Forward Collision Warning system starts braking when it detects the SUV two vehicles ahead coming to an abrupt stop, even though the driver of the car directly behind it is unaware. The result? Van Hoesel's EV remained untouched when it could easily have contributed to a pile-up.

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Accused Chinese hackers make millions off insider trading info

The three men, identified as Iat Hong, Bo Zheng and Chin Hung, are accused of targeting law firms that specialized in mergers and acquisitions and hacking their email servers to siphon off insider trading scoops. The three had targeted seven law firms in New York, and successfully breached two unnamed firms, Preet Bharara, the US district attorney for New York, said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Over 50 Disney Movies Are Headed to Hulu

Interestingly, Disney and Netflix announced back in May that, starting in September, Netflix would be the exclusive home of all future Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar films. This basically means that, in order to access all of Disney’s films, fans are going to have to have to subscribe to several streaming services.

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Samsung Ultra HD Blu-ray player is 2016's single-most spectacular TV source

LG also distinguished itself this year by being the only TV manufacturer to offer a certified Ultra HD Premium TV with both HDR 10 and Dolby Vision HDR support right out of the box, with access to the apps and streaming services that could provide Dolby Vision content. It’s the OLED’s black levels, however that clinched LG’s OLED the win as best TV of 2016. As impressive as some LED/LCD TVs have become, none of them can rival the perfect blacks that come from an emissive display like OLED. The fact that picture performance like that is coming down in price to match the flagships of other TV manufacturers is a pretty big bonus. Currently, the 55-inch B6 is available at $2,000, though LG did run a promotion that dropped that amount by $200 over the Black Friday weekend – a signal that the price could be dropping again before the end of the year.

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https://tech.slashdot.org/story/16/12/28/1936259/tesla-autopilot-predicts-accident-before-it-happens?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter

Tesla's Autopilot 8.0 has a particularly clever feature: it uses radar to track road activity two cars ahead, helping it avoid danger that you wouldn't normally see. And it now appears that this tech just averted a disaster. Dutch Model X owner Frank van Hoesel has dashcam footage showing his electric crossover reacting to a bad highway crash before it even starts. As you can hear in the video , the Model X's Forward Collision Warning system starts braking when it detects the SUV two vehicles ahead coming to an abrupt stop, even though the driver of the car directly behind it is unaware. The result? Van Hoesel's EV remained untouched when it could easily have contributed to a pile-up.

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Applying artificial intelligence to age prediction

Insilico Medicine is an organization focused on aging research. Headquartered at the Emerging Technology Centers at the Johns Hopkins University Eastern campus in Baltimore, it has R&D resources in Belgium, Poland, Russia and China employing 39 scientists worldwide. It is one of the leaders in artificial intelligence trained on some of the largest repositories of gene expression and pharmacological data. Its approach to aging research is to eschew animal testing and instead apply high-performance computing to the problem. Insilico is a service provider who offers analytical services to biopharmaceutical companies, repurposes existing drugs and develops molecular biomarkers of aging and age-related diseases.

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Oculus now owns an eye-tracking company

Although Oculus was happy to confirm the acquisition, mums the word on details: we don't know how much the company was acquired for, what the Eye Tribe's future is outside of Oculus or when we might see this technology in a future product. Still, the aim of the purchase seems obvious -- The Eye Tribe has been working on a foveated rendering for VR, which increases VR performance by only rendering the part of the simulation the user is directly looking at . Either way, it's a good purchase for Oculus: a casual glance at the VR landscape shows eye-tracking as the next big problem to solve. Knowing where a player is looking could increase immersion, reduce performance bottlenecks and even help prevent simulator sickness.

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Police ask: “Alexa, did you witness a murder?”

In November of 2015, former Georgia police officer Victor Collins was found dead in a backyard hot tub at the Bentonville, Arkansas, home of acquaintance James Andrew Bates. Bates claimed it was an accidental drowning when he contacted police at 9:30am, claiming he had gone to bed and left Collins and another man behind in the tub. But Bentonville Police investigators determined that Collins had died after a fight, while being strangled and held underwater—and that Bates was the only person at the scene at the time. Now investigators have reportedly served a search warrant to Amazon in hopes of getting testimony from a possible witness: the Amazon Echo that was streaming music near the hot tub when they arrived at the scene.

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China wants to go to Mars by 2020

China is expected to send a lander to the far side of the moon by 2018, with another mission to the lunar surface planned for next year. The 2017 mission should involve a spacecraft that will be able to return samples of the lunar surface back to Earth.

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Blizzard celebrates 20 years of ‘Diablo’; cross-franchise event starts December 31

Twenty years ago, Diablo the Lord of Terror first brought his unique brand of evil to the world of Sanctuary, and today in celebration of nearly a quarter century of his reign, he’s invading a few other worlds as well. Blizzard announced today that Diablo-themed goodies will be up for grabs in its other popular franchises, starting on December 31.

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The "Buffer Method" Makes Sure You Never Overdraw Your Account

It may seem simple, but if it were, no one would overdraw. The last one is key as well, since it removes the potential for bank-related errors, where they deduct funds in a different order so you do overdraw, or by amount instead of date, or vice versa. Even if you can only estimate some large expenses, it’ll help make sure you always have enough to cover them. Once you know how much of your income will be dedicated to bills and when those bills need to get paid, you know how much to leave in your checking account. Add a buffer on top of that proportionate to your spending habits. For example, I rarely use cash and put most of my purchases (even emergencies) on my credit card, so my buffer hovers around $200. I always leave the amount for the bills I’ll pay before my next paycheck plus the buffer in my account.

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Disney classics like Mulan, Pocahontas are now available to stream on Hulu

Disney films like Mulan , Pocahontas , The Nightmare Before Christmas , and many more are now available to stream on Hulu. The company announced a multi-year licensing agreement with Disney that gives the service exclusive subscription video on-demand rights to a specific slate of films.

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The 27 best startups that launched this year

What is it: Launched out of stealth with dozens of ex-Apple engineers, Pearl is making products that can turn your old car into a high-tech model. Its first product is a license plate frame that connects to your phone, giving you a back-up camera if your car doesn't come with one. It's a pricey $500 to start, but the company says that the frame will improve over time and do a lot more than just show you what's behind you when backing up.

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Why lower video game sales don’t always mean a flop

We don’t know for sure how the games actually performed, and we won’t for quite some time. Unlike film openings, cable television premieres, or album releases, the success of game launches are carefully guarded secrets. Publishers often stake quarterly guidance and even long-term financial success on games that sometimes take years to craft. So when those games fall short post-release, it’s in those companies’ best interest to say nothing and try to course correct behind closed doors. There is no Nielsen or box office report or some other third-party entity to shed light on performance. And worse, the industry still lacks a holistic sales-measurement system that includes both physical and digital.

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A picture of 6 girls on a couch is one of the great mysteries of our time

To solve the mystery, you must first be willing to accept the fact that the exposed knee in black jeans does NOT belong to the woman on the far left who is wearing black jeans. To accept this is to accept the possibility of failure, but also to accept the possibility of true enlightenment.

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From Secretary to Software Developer: the hard way – Code Like A Girl

Finally I was able to study and I found a University of Applied Sciences which offered part time study. It was not 100% Computer Sciences, it also included network and automation engineering, lots of signal transmission, mobile phones… — but it included the essential parts like programming, OOP, algorithms and data structures, databases, software engineering, patterns,… And it was part time! So I worked the whole week and attended the lectures on Tuesday and Friday evenings and on the whole Saturday. What a brilliant idea to study such technical things when being a secretary… I had a very hard time keeping up with all those things I had never heard of and had to invest a lot of time fill my knowledge gaps in my Bachelor studies.

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Gaze in Awe or Envy at This Custom-Built Dungeons & Dragons Gaming Table

The folks at the AWE me YouTube channel are known for geeky/crafty/badass shows like “Man at Arms,” which has recreated weapons like Thor’s hammer and Wolverine’s claws. This week, AWE me’s “Super-Fan Builds” took on the monumental task of making the ultimate Dungeons & Dragons gaming table for one devoted fan.

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AirPods users complain of battery drainage issues with the charging case

Apparently, Apple has even started handing out replacements to customers dealing with the issue. Redditor severinskulls wrote a post detailing the battery issue he was experiencing with an AirPod case that lost between 15 and 20 percent of its charge during the night. After making an appointment at the Apple Store, severinskulls got a new set of AirPods — and the new set didn’t lose any charge over night. What that means is that the battery issue definitely seems like a problem affecting a select few units rather than an AirPods-wide issue.

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Steven Moffat Has a Great Point About Archenemies

You don’t really need a master villain. Sherlock doesn’t need an arch-enemy, even though he has the most famous arch-enemy in fiction. And we already know Moriarty. When you introduce a new villain there’s more mystery about them — what’s their point going to be? What are they up to? How is Sherlock is going to defeat them? You can’t have the Batman vs. The Joker every week, you get depressed when the arch-enemy never seems to notice that they always lose. It just becomes predictable. There’s a whole host of less-famous ones in the stories that have never been touched.

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52 Child uses sleeping mom's fingerprints to buy Pokemon gifts
53 The 5 IoT products a smart city needs in 2017 - TechRepublic
54 Here are the 6 major trends that changed the world of IoT in 2016
55 TNW's best headphones and microphones of 2016
56 Chile Has the Most Dramatic Tech Projects You’ll Ever See
57 'Mario Kart 64' is the Wii U Virtual Console's latest addition
58 More Research Shows That the Snowball Method Is the Best Debt Payoff Strategy
59 Lifehacker on Twitter
60 Sprint, OneWeb say 8,000 jobs announced by Trump are part of SoftBank's previously announced pledge
61 The bare minimum you need to do to be healthy in 2017
62 New Study Looks at What Makes People Unfollow Brands on Social
63 13 Science Fiction Westerns to Tide You Over Until Westworld Returns
64 Ariana Grande sets sexist trolls ablaze with 5 fire tweets
65 Geoengineering Could Be a Disaster for Astronomy
66 Harvard Biologist Retracts Groundbreaking Diabetes 'Breakthrough'
67 Manhattan Uber driver boasts cruising through 240 consecutive green lights
68 LG to launch neck speaker and wireless earbuds at CES 2017
69 The coolest and most expensive Star Wars collectibles your space money can buy - TechRepublic
70 Lifehacker on Twitter
71 The 11 best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2016
72 Facebook, Google top out most popular apps in 2016
73 You Can Wear This Fashionable Strainer as a Hat
74 How to Prepare Your Kitchen for the Tastiest New Year Ever
75 This horrible tale of a pantless plane passenger will leave you in tears
76 Ryan Reynolds Will Show Up as Deadpool in Logan: Report
77 Take better smartphone pics in 2017 with these fantastic Clip & Snap lenses (75% off)
78 Researcher found security holes at smartphone-only bank N26
79 Cure your back-to-work blues with a good old-fashioned live eagle birth
80 Microsoft Might Finally Kill Automatic Windows 10 Updates
81 Samsung Introduces Voice-Controlled Robot Vacuum
82 One festive family member turned grandpa's vices into a fun party game
83 Dropping an iPhone Into Molten Aluminum Is Undeniably Beautiful
84 U.S. Charges Three Chinese Traders With Hacking Law Firms
85 Yet Another Cancer Drug Trial Is on Hold Following Patient Deaths
86 Chinese Officials Seize Record-Breaking Pangolin Haul From Poachers
87 More than one-third of schoolchildren are homeless in shadow of Silicon Valley
88 Reg Saddler on Twitter
89 Giant Trump-rooster statue appears in China in case you forgot about Trump for one second
90 LG's next headset is a wearable surround sound speaker, too
91 Reddit's Trump Supporters Inspired a Plan to Save Brendan Fraser
92 San Antonio lines up $8 million in 2017 smart city projects
93 10 challenges of 2016 that taught us teens still rule the world