Pilot error and poor training likely caused Virgin Galactic's fatal crash, NTSB finds

The October 2014 crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo that killed the co-pilot and seriously injured the pilot was likely the result of human error and a failure of the private spaceflight company to protect against this kind of catastrophic issue through adequate flight training, according to findings from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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LinkedIn is taking steps to reduce the number of emails users get

LinkedIn says it’s gotten the message: users are receiving too many emails from the professional social network. The company shared that it’s taking steps to reduce the number of emails sent and outlined two actions already being implemented.

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T-Mobile will give you a free upgrade to the next iPhone if you buy an iPhone 6

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is  doing the unthinkable . Starting today, T-Mobile customers who buy an iPhone 6 on the company's $15-a-month Jump On Demand phone leasing plan can swap the phone out for the new iPhone when it comes out without paying for anything more. Just pick up the new phone and keep paying as usual. In Legere's own words:

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Greek finance minister asked hackers to break into its tax database

Greece's former finance minister is a leather-jacket-wearing, motorcycle-riding rebel — and now he's proven it, by admitting that he used "unorthodox" methods to get into the country's tax database.

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PSA: Do not sleep with your EE Power Bar charging next to you, this one caught fire

Sleeping with electrical equipment plugged in and charging all around us might be normal for many people, but you probably know you shouldn’t really be doing it either, just in case something goes wrong.

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PewResearch Internet on Twitter

79% of parents on social media agree that they get useful information from their networks. http://pewrsr.ch/1Mke0ON  pic.twitter.com/VjHU4qEsL2

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Get your daily war news in a 'Star Wars' credits crawl

‘World Wars – News from the Empire’ uses two Python scripts. One fetches the New York Times’ RSS feeds, filters them to feature only those using war-related keywords, then creates a crawl based on that text. The other uploads that animation to YouTube, adding a title and description.

8 How to find agility in the cloud

"We needed to move from where deployment was a post-application function to a Dev Ops culture," Juneja says. "We needed to bring in some talent that could address the leadership gap we had in cloud and in Dev Ops. The benefit of stabilizing and thinking about next-gen concurrently is we were able to do a lot of analysis of our existing stack, our existing team functions — idenfity the things we would do and not do in the new environment. This is where we identified the gaps in our skills and leadership. We brought in a vice president for cloud that had done cloud transformation for a healthcare company. We built a center of excellence for Dev Ops and brought in a leader from a major transactions company."

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Liquor-sampling service Flaviar goes mobile to help you find the best spirits

Flaviar has been catering to the world’s liquor-lovin’ masses for more than three years, with a subscription sampling service that delivers an assortment of hand-picked spirits to your door every month. While Flaviar has been a Web-only affair since its inception, today sees the official launch of its first mobile app, following an extended beta period.

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Vietnam's fledgling startup scene (pictures) - CNET

The country is trying to become a bigger player in the tech world by encouraging startups. CNET visits some of these Vietnamese companies during Road Trip 2015.

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Nextbit Shifts to Become a Phone Maker (Exclusive)

Nextbit also looks to leverage a bunch of the cloud-based storage technologies it previously showcased, features that allow much of the contents of the phone to be mirrored on cloud-based servers. That allows users to easily move not just apps but their place within apps from one device to another.

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Trello Launches Enterprise Service With Single Sign-On Support, Brings Two-Factor Authentication To All Users

Trello is a free app that makes working on group projects as easy as using sticky notes on your whiteboard. Available on your phone, tablet, and desktop, Trello's drag-and-drop interface and visual way of organizing your tasks makes sure you always know what needs to get done and who's working on it. Whether it's your sales pipeline, new employee training program, a home renovation project, …

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The Moto G 2015 revealed: $180, waterproof, and with Moto Maker customization

Like its predecessor, the phone has a 5-inch touchscreen with a 720p resolution, surrounded by a slightly updated body shell with a new-look, grippier rear panel, and an IPX7 rating. Previously suggested in several rumors, this means the mid-range phone will be able to withstand a dip in about a meter of water for 30 minutes. For the first time, Moto G will be included in Motorola’s Moto Maker customization store.

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The White House finally responds to ‘Pardon Edward Snowden’ petition: ‘No’

Thanks for signing a petition about Edward Snowden. This is an issue that many Americans feel strongly about. Because his actions have had serious consequences for our national security, we took this matter to Lisa Monaco, the President’s Advisor on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Here’s what she had to say:

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Google search now lets you avoid lines by showing the busiest times at millions of places and businesses

In other words, it’s possible to avoid lineups and general overload at “millions of places and businesses around the world” just by googling wherever you want to go. For some locations, it’s obvious (going to the gym on Mondays and Tuesdays is always horrible) but in other cases, you might end up wondering when exactly you should leave work to get lunch, grab coffee, or go shopping.

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Ikea, You Tried

Listen: We know there's a problem here. Commercials for sad, deflated bake-at-home pizzas  have started reminding us that we are all basically phone-zombies that care more about notifications than our fellow man. But maybe a better solution is to, uh, turn off your phone at the dinner table and put it in a drawer or something -- which means you can fill the Ikea place mat pouch with delicious hidden snacks, or those small booze bottles they serve on airplanes. Just spitballin'.

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Visa Invests in Stripe at $5 Billion Valuation and Strikes Commercial Deal, Too

The tie-up comes at a time in which tech companies, credit card networks, retailers and startups alike are jostling to carve out their own power positions in digital and mobile payments. Stripe is viewed as a friend by credit card companies because its software is popular with developers and allows online businesses and app makers to begin accepting credit card payments quickly. A newly independent PayPal, on the other hand, is sometimes viewed warily because, while it processes a ton of credit cards and owns a Stripe competitor that does, too, it also tries to steer shoppers toward payments via their bank accounts that are cheaper for PayPal to process than card payments.

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Old school boom box vs. today's wireless speakers: Which sounds best? - CNET

I never owned a boom box back in the day, but as I recall, some of them sounded decent, so I was curious to see how a vintage boom box would fare in a direct comparison with some of the better portable wireless speakers. A friend volunteered his 24-year-old JVC PC-X100 boom box, which sports a built-in CD player, AM/FM radio and a dual-well analog cassette deck.

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Yelp Drops 14% After Reporting A Profit Miss In Q2 On Stronger-Than-Expected Revenue Of $133.9M

Looking ahead, Yelp expects to generate $139 million to $142 million in the current quarter, representing about 37 percent growth compared to the third quarter of 2014. Investors had expected that the company would generate $0.04 per share in its third quarter, and revenue of $152.16 million. Note that there is quite a gap between what Yelp has promised and what the company thinks it can do. This may explain why the shares are down.

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Learn to be a great project manager with this course bundle

The PMP and PMI qualifications are widely recognized by employers around the world, and the tuition in this bundle is geared toward the exam. You learn plenty of real-world skills along the way, starting with a Basics course that teaches you how to identify major shareholders, develop a roadmap, and draw up a schedule. This track also includes communication techniques and risk management. The Expert version of the course looks at goals, team building, Gantt charts, and cost estimation.

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Moto 360 2015 News: An updated wireless charging dock stops by the FCC

Ultimately, the images and filings give no more than hints of coming hardware — the Moto 360 follow-up’s final form is likely to remain a mystery for now — but they’re definitely a sign of progress. Here’s hoping the finished product has a fully circular screen and faster processor .

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Apple, Google join White House pledge to fight climate change

Some of the US' bigger tech firms have already made conspicuous efforts to embrace clean energy and otherwise tackle climate change , but they're reinforcing that commitment today. Apple, Google and Microsoft are among the 13 corporate giants helping the White House launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, which encourages companies to cut pollution and use sustainable resources. The tech industry members aren't really changing course (they're already using or moving to 100 percent energy, for example). However, they're definitely showing how their bread is buttered -- they're "setting an example" for others, and pushing for good results from the climate negotiations in Paris this year. Think of the pledge as both a publicity grab as well as a formal acknowledgment of ongoing work.

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Engadget on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Reg Saddler on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Windows 10 installation files already sneaking onto Windows 7 and 8 PCs

The impact on you at home:  Silently downloading updates to your machine is part of the new era for Windows. Microsoft hopes to keep its user base current with the latest feature updates and security patches by giving Windows 10 Home users almost no opportunity to delay or skip Windows updates. Instead, they will be automatically downloaded, and then installed when the machine isn't in use.

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The New Moto X Could Change How We Buy Phones

Today, Motorola’s launching two new models: the Moto X Play and the Moto X Style. The Play is a middle-ground device, with a big screen and a great camera but few of the design touches of the old Moto X. The Style is the new flagship device, the closest spiritual successor to last year’s Moto X. It’s also the only one that will be available in the U.S., under the name Moto X Pure Edition. (Which may lead you to the question, is there another, dirtier edition? No. There is only one, and it is pure as the driven snow.) There’s also a new Moto G, an upgrade to Motorola’s wildly popular low-end device, and for $179 one of the best bang-for-your-buck smartphones on the planet.

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Google Now Lets Developers Bring Their Own Security Keys To Compute Engine

By default , Google encrypts all of the data on its service with an AES-256 bit encryption key that is a) encrypted itself and b) rotated regularly. Using this new (and free) feature, users will be able to bring their own keys and get more flexibility in how they manage their data’s encryption state. This means they can choose when their data should be considered at rest or active, for example. Because Google doesn’t retain the keys, nobody inside the company can gain access to your data when it is at rest.

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Pandora’s Sponsored Listening launches out of beta: Remove ads by giving brands your full attention

First opened in beta last September, Sponsored Listening is a reward-based ad product that lets users on the ad-supported “free” service remove ads for an hour by actively engaging with a brand. This could be through watching a short video or clicking to visit a company’s website.

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NASA: Pluto's Surface Has Ice Flows, Atmosphere Has Haze

Pluto's atmosphere is proving far more robust than anyone anticipated. The hydrocarbon atmosphere reaches some 20 miles above the surface and is thought to be formed by ultraviolet sunlight breaking up methane gas. The atmosphere actually creates a sort of haze around the dwarf planet, as can be seen in the backlit image above. It was initially thought that Pluto would be too warm (yes, too warm) for these hydrocarbon hazes to form close to the surface, but our view is beginning to change.

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Ebay Closes Delivery Service EBay Now, Will Also Shut Down Its Fashion, Motors & Valet Apps

Following its split from PayPal last week, eBay announced this morning it’s closing down a number of standalone mobile applications, including eBay Valet, eBay Fashion and eBay Motors, and is retiring its on-demand delivery service eBay Now. On the latter item, the company says that eBay Now was “always intended” as a pilot program, and while it saw encouraging results, it will instead explore other delivery and pick-up and drop-off programs that are relevant to its customer base of 25 million sellers, and that cover a wider variety of inventory.

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Xbox Live's Games With Gold for August Revealed - IGN

Microsoft has announced the games being featured in Xbox Live's Games with Gold program for August.

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Google Study Confirms All Of Our Suspicions About Online Ads

Google looked at a very specific, but common, type of advertisement in their study. These interstitial ads interrupted people who visited the Google+ social network on their smartphones and asked them to download the Google+ app. (You can see an example in the image above.) Many companies use this tactic to try to get people to download the brand's app when they visit a company's site on a phone or tablet.

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NSA won't look at call metadata collected under the Patriot Act

The National Security Agency is apparently willing to make a clean break from the past now that the USA Freedom Act is forcing it to scale back its large-scale surveillance efforts. The organization now says that it won't analyze call metadata collected under the Patriot Act from November 29th onward. It'll hang on to that data for another three months for "integrity purposes" (that is, verifying that new collection techniques are working) and as long as civil lawsuits require, but the goal is to destroy that info "as soon as possible." This doesn't put an end to mass surveillance (that's still practical under the new law), but it will prevent the NSA from digging through historical info that many critics believe it shouldn't have kept in the first place.

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German regulator orders Facebook to allow pseudonyms

The German order comes after the Belgian privacy watchdog took Facebook to court in June over the way it tracks the activities of its users. The two authorities are working with their Spanish, Dutch and French counterparts to investigate Facebook's new privacy policy.

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How Changing Your Reading Habits Can Transform Your Health

Yet despite all the benefits to mind, body, and society, plenty of people find it hard to sit down and start reading. It seems like we just don’t have the time to read more. We have work and family commitments; we have smartphone pings and social media mentions to respond to. But both Billington and Wilkinson say you can become a more committed reader—and reap the major benefits of reading—without putting your life on hold and locking yourself in a library. Here’s how:

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95% Of Android Phones Could Be Hacked With Just One Text

The hack relies on bugs in Stagefright , a media playback service that’s built into Android. All hackers need is a phone number: Once they send a photo or video MMS message to a phone, they have full access. The security flaw—present in most Android phones manufactured after 2010—allows hackers to steal and monitor the contents of a phone. In other words, the hacker has complete control—a phone owner need not even open the text for the attack to take effect.

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How to create the Perfect Jailbroken iPhone

Let us know what you think about this setup in the comments! If you want to send us your setup, feel free to post it in the comments or send it to us at tips@iphonehacks.com and we’ll check it out, and feature in our next post!

38 Beijing police shut down massive iPhone counterfeiting operation

BEIJING Police in Beijing have busted a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as 120 million yuan ($19 million), including some that reached the United States, and have arrested nine suspects in the counterfeiting operation.

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Beware Jailbreakers! Lock Saver Free tweak installs a trojan on your device

Just recently, a jailbreak tweak surfaced on Cydia called Lock Saver Free available via ModMyi’s repo that turns off the power consuming features once your iOS device is locked. Surprisingly, the package has been found to contain a trojan that will still remain behind after you remove the tweak from your device.

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We're live from Motorola's 'Relationship' event!

Weeks of leaks and an early Moto G unveiling in India didn't keep Motorola from putting on a show here in New York (oh, and London too). And why should it? We're expecting to see a brand new Moto X take the stage this morning, and if we're really lucky, we might catch a glimpse of a shiny new Moto 360 to go with it. The most puzzling angle of all is Motorola's insistence that today will change our "mobile relationships," but hey -- it's still early and there's plenty of time for bizarre, corporate rationale. Bring it, Moto.

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John Cena wrestles through gnarly broken nose on live WWE show

WWE star John Cena suffered a ghastly-looking broken nose during the most recent broadcast of Monday Night Raw , thanks to a knee to the face from Seth Rollins. The broken beak gave viewers more blood than they bargained for, but Cena powered through to finish the match while wearing his nose sideways.

42 Twitter rises after beating Street

Twitter falls as turnaround looms Twitter shares are soaring after the struggling company beat Wall Street estimates. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1SdkVgy

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Gett expands beyond just taxis in London, but only if you need £50 champagne in a hurry

It’s only available between 4pm and 10pm to people located around Shoreditch, Clerkenwell, the City, Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Belgravia and Kensington though. If you want one anywhere else in London, you’ll just have to do it the old-fashioned way and go into a shop, or order in advance from Amazon and save yourself £10. Or Ocado , and save yourself around £20.

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Is Apple's control freakery out of control?

Let's fully grok the control freakery here. The Nest Thermostat was on sale in Apple Stores for three years and, of course, it never supported HomeKit because HomeKit didn't exist. Then, HomeKit happens, followed by HomeKit support in the ecobee3, and suddenly, Apple really, really doesn't want you buying the non-HomeKit supporting the Nest thermostat.

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The Windows 10 Era Is Now

Core to the launch tension we just highlighted is the fact that Microsoft intends to update Windows 10 on a continual basis from today on out. That’s to say that the final bits that it sends to OEMs, or you and I, are not final at all, but merely represent where the code was that day. Again, this tears at the concept of “launch,” but we can set aside that issue for now.

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Open Logic Project

The Open Logic Text is an open textbook on mathematical logic aimed at a non-mathematical audience, intended for advanced logic courses as taught in many philosophy departments. It is open-source: you can download the LaTeX code. It is open: you’re free to change it whichever way you like, and share your changes. It is collaborative: a team of people is working on it, using the GitHub platform, and we welcome contributions and feedback. And it is written with configurability in mind. Learn more below:

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Falling Skies: "Non-Essential Personnel" Review - IGN

Weaver is taken hostage and an interesting relationship develops between himself and, Marty, the gunman. Even though it’s telegraphed early on that the wife and kids the gunman claims are in the other room have been dead for a while, Weaver is intent on trying to help this man come back from whatever madness has consumed him. The parallels between Marty and Weaver are telegraphed, the dead family is telegraphed, but Weaver’s need to have this end peacefully made their scenes together compelling. Tom Sizemore hasn’t been given much lately but he did a great job with what he had to work with here. He did a good job driving him Weaver’s need to save Marty. It’s also quite evident that we’re meant to weigh the difference between how Tom would handle a similar situation considering the consequences from leaving Sara are still being felt. I fear some may dismiss this story as a bit of a distraction on the road to Washington but I have a feeling Marty might pay off.

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The Strain: "Fort Defiance" Review - IGN

Bucking the trend of recent episodes, "Fort Defiance" didn't offer up any flashback scenes. That was for the best. There was enough going on this week that any flashbacks, no matter how compelling, probably would have been momentum killers. Instead, the focus shifted back to Gus and Vaun as the two were given orders to kidnap Eldritch Palmer and take one of the Master's key players off the board. I've mentioned before that the show is really benefiting from this three-way conflict, and this episode reaffirmed as much. Rather than just being a tale of humans battling a vampire plague, it's nice that there are multiple factions of vampires with their own desires and goals.

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The First Games Announced for the Nintendo NX Are... - IGN

Update:  Square Enix has provided IGN with a statement saying Dragon Quest X and XI are only under consideration for Nintendo NX, and the news has not been confirmed.

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This year's Moto G feels like another cheap champion

So yes, the Moto G is finally starting to feel a little more premium -- thankfully looks are catching up too. There's still a sizable bezel running around the 5-inch, 720p screen, but the addition of a metallic accent around the 13-megapixel camera and flash adds a welcome dose of style to the thing. Oh, and there's a very good chance your Moto G will look better than ours since you'll be able to run it through the Moto Maker wringer, choosing your own colors for the accents and backplates. While I'm rambling on about the Moto G's back, it's been said that it has the same camera as the Nexus 6. Turns out that's not the full story. Yes, the Moto G uses the same 13-megapixel Sony sensor as its much bigger cousin and a similar f/2.0 aperture lens. The differences lie in the way the elements around it are constructed -- the lens is loaded up with IR-filtering coatings that help the camera handle ambient light more intelligently. I haven't spent too much time with the thing yet, but early results are pretty impressive -- it more accurately exposed a photo of me in a darkish room than a similarly priced Samsung phone.

51 Say goodbye: Nintendo TVii on the Wii U shutting down next month
52 Ouya left indie game developers in the lurch, but Razer is trying to help
53 Amazon expands Prime Music availability, now available in the U.K.
54 Photonics gets over $600 million in investment in the U.S.
55 Most Android phones can be hacked with a simple MMS message or multimedia file
56 Firefox wants your feedback on upcoming browser features
57 Amazon provides new details on its plan for a drone superhighway in the sky
58 IBM wants to cool data centers with their own waste heat
59 Sony Xperia C5 Ultra: Leaks show a super-slim screen bezel, and a super selfie cam
60 Hawking, Musk Warn Of ‘Virtually Inevitable’ AI Arms Race
61 OnePlus 2 release date, news and features
62 How to sign documents directly on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac
63 Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right
64 Facebook shares its diversity training course with all - CNET
65 Why An Open-Minded Work Culture Matters
66 Delta's Fancy New Upgrade Could Put You On A Private Jet
67 Sydney gets world's first e-ink traffic signs
68 WWE SummerSlam Expanded to Four Hours - IGN
69 A public marketplace for hackers—what could possibly go wrong?
70 Why We're Excited for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain - IGN Video
71 Moto X Play unveiled: Motorola's middle-ground phone
72 Get 90% off the Java Developer Course Bundle
73 Cardboard Armor
74 Meet Cortana: The ultimate guide to Windows 10's helpful digital assistant
75 How to schedule when Windows 10 updates restart your PC
76 We're hosting a Q&A with the US Labor Secretary about the 'gig economy'
77 Hear How The Same Song Can Sound Totally Different In Various Places
78 Analyst claims Apple was planning to launch a 4-inch version of iPhone 6 but has scrapped the idea
79 Boring Samsung Monitors Like This Are What Wireless Charging Needs
80 Power up with the Power Charging Roundup [Deals Hub]
81 Internet Attacks Lion Killer With Poisoned Yelp Reviews
82 OnePlus 2: everything you need to know
83 Big Media Catch Daily-Fantasy-Sports Bug
84 Romantic subway story will make you reconsider your morning commute
85 OnePlus 2 is a $329+ metallic upgrade with a beefed-up camera
86 Tuner Startech sends off the Land Rover Defender with limited-edition Sixty8 model
87 Pandora’s “Sponsored Listening” Ad Format Exits Beta, Offering Mobile App Users An Hour Of Uninterrupted Listening
88 Minions, Now Reimagined As Fashion Industry Stars
89 Katniss must take down Jon Snow in The Hunger Game of Thrones
90 Microsoft's Arrow Launcher gives your homescreen a glossy makeover
91 Musk, Woz: Let's Hold Off on the Killer Robots
92 'I'm sitting next to a weirdo on the bus' and other true meanings of emoji
93 The Verge on Twitter
94 LinkedIn brings back contact export feature after user backlash
95 VSCO Cam's new Collections feature lets you curate your favorite images
96 Seth Rogen has weird Christmas Eve in 'The Night Before' trailer
97 Android 'Stagefright' Bug Leaves Up To 950 Million Devices At Risk
98 Introducing IGN Plays Live - IGN
99 SF Crime Is So Bad Police Need Quad Bikes That Transform Into Jet Skis
100 New Apple Watch ads focus on fitness, travel and music