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SummerSlam 2016 Live Blog and Results - IGN

Sami Zayn not being on the main SummerSlam card is a bitter pill, but I'm glad they found room for him somewhere. It was an unceremonious outing, this match featuring former NXT champs vs. the most decorated tag team of all time, but you want Zayn out there for the Brooklyn crowd. And to that point, the Dudleys too. It could be though that the Dudleys have fallen a bit too far from grace these days as they're now not even a serious contender in the RAW tag division. The "miscommunication" angle is also still running, so are the Boyz about to split up? Zayn and Neville, who could easily join the RAW tag ranks to beef up the division, won this bout after Bubba accidentally clobbered D-Von and Neville nailed the Red Arrow.

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Who and what to watch on every day of the Olympics

Each of the next 14 days will bring non-stop sporting action, but there are a few standout events and key moments you can't miss. Here's a guide to the unmissable parts of every day, with links to the sport guides if you need a refresher. All times are ET.

This is how how people watched the Olympics around the world

As the 2016 Rio Olympics comes to a close, it is a good time to remember the beauty of a truly global offline event: the joy of watching the television with family, friends, random strangers or coming together with your countrymen to cheer on your team.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 specs vs. S7 Edge, Moto Z, iPhone 6S Plus and OnePlus 3

These two phones are insanely similar, but the Note 7's stylus makes it Samsung's most expensive -- and most powerful -- phone. Because the Note 7 builds on top of the S7 Edge, it starts with everything that the Edge already has. That includes those curved screens and the extra Edge software you can use to launch any number of shortcuts for apps, people, news and tools.

How To Manage Attachments in Messages app in iOS 10

If iMessage is your preferred way of communicating with your friends and family, you know how quickly the attachments (especially photos) can build up for any conversation. The Messages app makes it easy to go through all of the attachments sent and received using the Attachments tab.

T-Mobile’s latest family plan has net neutrality advocates pissed off

Announced on August 18, One gives customers unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data starting at $70 a month, with the ability to add up to an additional seven lines. There are plenty of catches in the new plan, however, such as tethering stuck at 2G speeds and potential throttling if you use over 26GB of data. And then there’s the resolution snafu.

'Ben-Hur' a box office bust as 'Suicide Squad' wins again

Time will tell. Ben-Hur is out in a number of overseas markets already, but many more openings — including in key locations in Europe — are happening in September. Regardless, it's not a great start for the historical epic led by Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman.

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This might be the new, slimmer PlayStation 4 launching soon

Sony is set to make an announcement on September 7 regarding the future of its PlayStation console lineup, and we may be getting the first look at what it has in store.

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Hugo Awards Celebrate Women in Sci-Fi, Send Rabid Puppies to Doghouse

Much like last year, the Hugos largely rejected the Rabid Puppies’ nominees. Nine of the 17 winners came from outside Beale’s slate, often being the only non-Rabid Puppy nominee in the entire category. Humor author Chuck Tingle, whose short story “Space Raptor Butt Invasion” was slated by Beale to try and embarrass Hugo attendees, didn’t win, but everyone had fun with it.

When Martin Shkreli Calls A Pharma Company Out, You Know It Screwed Up [Update]

The extensive price hike for a vital, life-saving drug for many with allergies is causing concern among doctors, patients, and politicians—along with a guy responsible for an extensive price hike himself.

CHATBOTS EXPLAINED: Why businesses should be paying attention to the chatbot revolution

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we explore the growing and disruptive bot landscape by investigating what bots are, how businesses are leveraging them, and where they will have the biggest impact. We outline the burgeoning bot ecosystem by segment, look at companies that offer bot-enabling technology, distribution channels, and some of the key third-party bots already on offer. The report also forecasts the potential annual savings that businesses could realize if chatbots replace some of their customer service and sales reps. Finally, we compare the potential of chatbot monetization on a platform like Facebook Messenger against the iOS App Store and Google Play store.

12 Aliens That Were Supposed to Be Cute But Are Actually Terrifying

Making aliens look cute is a tricky thing to get right in kids’ entertainment. Make them too weird-looking, and you could freak out your audience. Make them too adorable, and you run the risk of them looking more like plush toys than creatures from another planet. And then sometimes you make them look cute... but forget to prevent them from acting like hideous, depraved monsters.

The Art of Turning Instagram Likes Into Sales [Infographic]

"Instagram isn’t for every company, but when it’s done right, it can drive regular sales. If you have a growing Instagram profile  that gets some engagement, but you’re not sure how to translate those likes, comments, and follows into sales, these actionable points will help get you started in the right direction.”

Upcoming iPhones from Apple to Be Called iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus; No Pro Model This Year

At this point though, it is all but clear that the new iPhones from Apple will feature the same basic design as the iPhone 6/6s, which is not going to go down well with most consumers. However, a vastly improved camera and water-resistance are likely going to be big enough upgrades for quite a few users to upgrade to them.

See if you can solve these 6 fiendish brain-teasers written by NSA employees

Let the weights be a, b, c, and d, sorted such that a < b < c < d. We can chain inequalities to get a + b < a + c < a + d, b + c < b + d < c + d. Thus, a + b = 6, a + c = 8, b + d = 14, and c + d = 16. But we don't know if a + d = 10 and b + c = 12 or the other way around. This is how we get two solutions. If a + d = 10, we get 1, 5, 7, and 9; if b + c = 10, we get 2, 4, 6, and 10.

5 Reasons Not to Use Google for Search

If you’re clicking links on the deep web, then privacy and security should be of the utmost importance to you. To ensure that companies like Google aren’t tracking your whereabouts, you can use a plethora of better search engines including the aforementioned DuckDuckGo or Grams .

You Can't Appropriate Daddy

The same day my daddy essay came out, We Are Mel also published an exploration of the internet’s obsession with the word. The daddy meme had been adequately explored, and like any meme that’s been analyzed so thoroughly, the internet’s obsession with the word simmered down a bit. Daddy, of course, remained in the mentions of famouses and at the center of certain memes, but it felt like we were done theorizing about the whole thing.

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5 Visual Content Tools to Boost Engagement : Social Media Examiner

With the abundance of visual content tools out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of finding the right ones for your own marketing needs. Even if you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford to hire a full-time graphic designer, the easy-to-use tools covered in this article can help you create compelling visual content for your business.

The Unicorn Hedge — 500 Hats

Of course sometimes tech does get ahead of itself, and it’s rare that even unicorns turn into Facebook, but many folks who got access to Uber or Airbnb shares at below $5B a few years ago might want to pat themselves on the back for making such a smart decision. Sure, there will be plenty of unicorns who go bust after receiving too much capital at too generous valuations, and many of those unicorns will have their horns cut off and get sent to the glue factory. But SOME unicorns are NOT overvalued and NOT over-funded — a few are the real deal, growing like crazy, and scaring the bejeezus out of CEOs at non-tech public companies they’re competing with. A few might be lucky enough to become the next Uber , Airbnb , or Twilio .

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Tesla's self-driving AI will "blow minds," says Musk  #IoT #SelfDriving #Tesla

How Microsoft built a computer so good, even Apple wanted to copy it

In March 2013, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft had sold only around 1.5 million Surface devices , 400,000 of which were Surface Pros. That was well short of the company's expectation that it would sell 2 million Surfaces in the last quarter of 2012 alone. In July 2013, Microsoft took a $900 million write-down on the Surface business, mostly related to unsold inventory of the original ARM-based Surface devices.

Razer Reinvents Mechanical Keyboards for an iPad World

I’ll use the Apple’s Smart Keyboard as a point of comparison, since that’s your most likely alternative to the Razer. (Both cost the same: $170). The Razer is thicker and heavier by a decent stretch, which wouldn’t bother me quite so much if it weren’t also a little more precariously made. That’s not a knock on the build quality, which is solid—no bend in this keyboard. It’s just the reality of the design, which comprises two magnetically locked pieces. One is the keyboard, the other a frame to hold the iPad with a kickstand attached. The two don’t work together quite as neatly as they should, at least when you’re typing from your lap. There’s just enough room between them that either the keyboard or the iPad are at slightly different angles. Apple’s keyboard case has some flex in the middle, but feels more cohesive.

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Mark Hamill Boosts Campaign for Terminally Ill Man to See Rogue One Early

Fandoms are becoming bigger and more connected, allowing (and encouraging) fans to support each other when they need it most. At times, we may get bogged down with hate, harassment, and exclusionary derision of what a “true fan” even is, but none of that lasts. In the end, fandoms are about one thing, being fans together. Whether it’s enjoying a midnight screening together, or helping one man see his favorite stories come to life one last time.

Twitter 'quality filter' works because it's about news, not social

The quality filter helps new users step over the nonsense that still plagues Twitter as much as it allows celebrities to block those who are instantly shitty to them, and it’s exactly what a good news outlet should have. If Twitter wants us there to consume content, being able to ignore the useless fodder is handy. It might go a bit too far and be really vague, but it’s working.

The Best Wireless Headphones of 2016

And wireless no longer means poor sound, either. These days, Bluetooth wireless stereo audio sounds much better than it ever did before. Even though the stereo Bluetooth data signal is compressed, various headphone and earphone vendors have discovered ways of enhancing the signal to compensate for deficiencies in fidelity. Having said that, audiophiles will still hear a difference and should probably stick with wired headphones. But for casual listening, many of the most recent wireless models we've tested sound just fine—even great. Check out our buying advice below before picking the perfect pair.

Review: Anker's Powerhouse is 120k mAh of battery power

While Anker didn’t respond to my inquiry as to why Powerhouse would shut down, my best guess is that it has to do with Powerhouse’s battery management system that controls voltage. To be fair, I was trying to make Powerhouse fail; I can’t imagine a scenario where you’d need to vacuum your home and power four mobile devices from a battery pack.

Hackaday SuperConference: Call for Proposals

The 2016 Hackaday SuperConference is coming. Now is the time to submit your proposal for a talk or a workshop at the world’s greatest conference about hardware creation. The SuperCon is an unparalleled opportunity to present on a deeply technical level where you can be certain everyone in the audience is following. All of those details, the war stories of production, the out-of-stock problems and board respins, the moments when you’ve bent physics to your will, these stories will be met with awe and cheers as the audience of your peers takes the ride along with you.

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This Jellyfish-Inspired Material Can Conceal Secret Messages

This is certainly a much better idea than a message that self-destructs after you read it (we’re looking at you, Inspector Gadget).

Winning Olympic moments get the GIFs they deserve

The 2016 Rio Olympics brought us a heap of memorable moments: there was the oily flag-bearer from Tonga, Pita Nikolas Taufatofua, the dancing weightlifter from Kiribati, David Katoatau, and the USA's gold-winning record breaker, Simone Manuel.

Parental Advisory Site Trying to Describe Sausage Party Is More Entertaining Than the Actual Film

R-Rated food comedy/Seth Rogen wiener vehicle Sausage Party opened this weekend, and I saw it along with plenty of other people (though not as many as Suicide Squad .) It wasn’t very good! What it had—in spades—was a lot of dirty jokes, racially-charged “humor,” and graphic food sex.

How to Remove a Downloaded Software Update From iPhone or iPad

While there’s no solid proof way to put end to these notifications, you can remove the software update to stop it temporarily. This also saves a considerable amount of space on your device.

Logitech’s Pop really is the solution for smart home chaos

The Pop buttons themselves are extremely sleek, but stay just on the fair side of being too small. They’re big enough in terms of surface area that they stand out, meaning you’re unlikely to misplace them too easily. And they com with mounting tape pads, letting you stick them up in a convenient location. A replaceable watch-style cell battery will keep them running for up to five years without worry, too. Other solutions like the Philips Hue Tap use kinetic energy to forego batteries altogether, but I’ve found with that the charge can occasionally deplete to the point where you need to tap it a few times to get it to respond, so Logitech’s battery solution is probably better overall.

Morgan Continues Sci-Fi Trend of the Artificially Perfect Woman

The next is the increasing demand for female representation in science fiction. It’s no secret that more people want the “babes and bullets” days of sci-fi to be over, opening the way for more diversity both in front of and behind the camera. And while we’re still far away from gender equality in science fiction, as well as equal representation with pretty much every other minority group in the United States, we are seeing growth and that appears to be reflected in this subgenre as well.

Google adds quick-lock and PIN codes for better Chromebook security

This experimental feature is currently being tested in the latest Dev update. All you have to do is enable the flag chrome://flags/#quick-unlock-pin, restart Chrome, and go to Chrome Material Design settings page for now to set up your Lock Screen PIN in the new “Screen Lock” section. When it’s done, lock your screen with 🔍 + L and enjoy the new unlock experience!


Designed with fitness in mind, the Gear IconX by Samsung is the perfect workout partner for the active listener. With Gear IconX, you’ll enjoy superior audio in a totally cable-free package that includes stabilizing, wing tipped ear gels, a super-lightweight design and a compact, convenient charging case. Users can stream music directly from their phone, or use the built-in music player and not have to worry about carrying their phone to the gym or on those long walks or runs. 4GB of on board storage allows them to store up to 1000 songs directly on the headset for autonomous, phone-free listening. Add this to the built in activity tracker and heart rate monitor and take your workout to the next level.

Ubisoft built a headset that lets you smell farts as you play the new South Park game

In an upcoming game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole , the main character’s superpower is farting. He uses what Ubisoft says is “the power of the ass” to move around and fight enemies. And while VR gaming is the the new rage, farts aren’t exactly visible, so Ubisoft went ahead and created a rig that lets you smell farts during gameplay instead.

How to Stream the 2016 Olympics Online, No Cable Required

The 2016 Summer Olympics are here, and the world’s greatest athletes are ready to show us what they’re made of. If you want to catch all the suspense, drama, and victory, but you don’t have cable, here’s how you can medal in streaming for free.

Seven easy ways to track your sleep habits with technology

The Aura is a lot like the Beddit Sleep Tracker, but comes with a few more features. As with Beddit, the Aura comes equipped with a ballistocardiography sensor pad that slips under your mattress and tracks your movements, heart rate, and respiration — but this pad is also attached to a color-changing light and speaker. Using these two components in tandem, Aura can sense when you’re in bed and emit wavelengths of light that help you fall asleep faster, and also determine when you’re about to wake up and flick on a blue light to wake you at the best possible time. Your sleep data will automatically sync with the Withing’s app, aka Health Mate, which will then display your total sleep time alongside metrics culled from other Withings products. The Aura works with the iPhone 4S and later, however, if you’re an Android user, your device will need Bluetooth LE. Read our full review here .

This forklift simulator is basically 'Shenmue' VR

Take two, and once again I meticulously lined up the forklift with the crate in front of me. Then I accidentally lifted the forks too early and knocked it over again. On the third time of asking, everything went perfectly. It's not an exaggeration to say that I was truly excited as I gently placed the crate on the shelf. You can laugh, but this was absolutely the most exciting thing I did all week, even if it proved that Shenmue didn't quite prepare me for the "real" thing.

How did Microsoft fare at Gamescom this year?

Microsoft has a ton of Xbox exclusives in the pipeline. Gears of War 4 , ReCore , Dead Rising 4 , Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3 -- the list goes on. Here at Gamescom, we've been speaking to the developers behind each title, listening to their pitches and, in some instances, going hands-on. So what impressed us and what didn't? I took 10 minutes with Engadget Senior Editor Aaron Souppouris to break it all down. (Hint: I really liked Scalebound ...)

How To Give Wood The Ultimate Paper Cut

But paper can be very sharp and not just because paper cuts hurt more than they have any reason to. It’s about pressure mostly. The thinner the edge of an object, the more focused the force, and therefore the higher the pressure. The thicker the edge, the more force needs to be applied if you wanted to cut something. When you rotate a wheel with that edge at around 2,000 rpm, something is going to give away.

'#SkiJump' is an exhausting, but fun VR game

Like #SelfieTennis before it, #SkiJump is hard work. To succeed, you'll need to vigorously pump your arms, crouch down, lean from side to side and jump. The controls aren't perfect, and I lost track of my skis a few times, but polish isn't really the selling point of VRUnicorns' games. They inhabit an important space within VR, offering funny, light experiences that you can play in short bursts with friends.

Lyft tried (and failed) to get Apple, GM and others to buy it

Unfortunately, Lyft’s weak position is probably what prevented it from being acquired. The NYT reports its expected revenue for 2016 is $400 million, and that’s a best-case scenario. With all the incentives it doles out to drivers, Lyft’s actual take may end up being much less.

'Lifestage' is Facebook's video-first answer to Snapchat

Facebook may be ubiquitous, but it’s not cool anymore. After pivoting its main app into a newsfeed, the company has released a new app for iOS called Lifestage, but it’s just for teens.

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52 The Next Big Solar Eclipse Is A Year Away But People Are Already Planning A Party
53 PS4 redesign supposedly pops up at an auction
54 8 Big Social Media Marketing Mistakes Businesses Make (and How to Avoid Them)
55 Don't Throw Out Your Game Boy Classic; Use It To Pilot a Drone Instead
56 Amazon Launchpad hypes up curated shopping list with a 'Featured on Product Hunt' badge
58 Arrival's Hong Kong Poster Has a Mistake That's Causing Political Unrest
59 Google is working on a new operating system named Fuchsia
60 Taiwan ODMs Refuse Apple's Request to Lower Quotes for iPhone 7
61 The new, scary face of auto insurance
62 Why Men Shouldn't Be the Sole Breadwinners in Families
63 The Beautiful Yet Twisted History of Psychological Testing
64 Pokémon Go Player Tries Getting A Million XP In A Day, Gets Treated Like Cheater
65 Five grooming gadgets for the modern man
66 Ziwe on Twitter
67 Help This Designer Illustrate Every Gold-Winning Woman at Rio
68 Sony to Sell Updated Model of Standard PlayStation 4
69 Tencent’s High-Stakes Supercell Game
70 Intel Explains the Benefit of USB Type-C Port over 3.5mm Audio Jack
71 How To Send Messages with Bubble Effects in iOS 10
72 New T-Mobile, Sprint tout unlimited data plans as CEOs spar
73 Weekly Roundup: 10 New and Noteworthy Jailbreak Tweaks of the Week (Aug 21)
74 SaferVPN is the Tool You Need to Stay Protected Online [Deals Hub]
75 Microsoft Rewards is how Microsoft will pay you to use Edge, Bing and more
76 Bots will save us from info overload, Slack and Box CEOs say
77 How the International Olympic Committee is using technology to educate future host cities
78 Space and booze, an anecdotal history
79 Japanese prime minister as Mario is everyone's Olympic dream
80 The Rich Kid’s Guide to Stocking a Million-Dollar Dorm
81 While You Were Offline: This Is What Happens When #TrumpExplainsMoviePlots
82 Tech and the presidential race
83 Uber will soon offer free rides in self-driving Volvos
84 China ‘Selfie’ App-Maker Meitu Plans Hong Kong IPO Worth Up to $1 Billion
85 Simone Biles wears all her medals at once like a boss
86 'Stranger Things' stars use Upside Down escape skills for 22 Push-Up Challenge
87 Unlimited plans at Sprint, T-Mobile have limited appeal
88 The dream we haven't dared to dream
89 How government can unlock three trillion dollars of value in the digital economy
90 Four Things To Do Outside The Office To Boost Your Creativity
91 The true potential of AI
92 Hidden codex reveals secrets of life in Mexico before Spanish conquest
93 Hackaday NYC summer party
94 Car Matchmaker on Twitter
95 Lyft made a big bet on Apple's secret smash hit, Swift, and it paid off in a huge way
96 Goggles on, checks away: how virtual reality is reimagining real estate sales