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One ‘SNL’ star woke up in an unusual place after a wild cast party

Live from New York, it’s Aidy Bryant on the floor!

The Saturday Night Live cast member stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to reminisce on some of her favorite sketches from the first half of the season and to dish on what happened at the elusive SNL writers’ party.

Bryant, who describes herself as a “goodie two shoes,” told a hilarious anecdote from that night in which she admitted to drinking a little bit too much and ending the night passed out on the hallway floor of her apartment building.

Who knew the doe-eyed SNL member was such a party animal?

‘Little Rascals’ recut as ‘Furious 7’ will make your hearts race

Lake freezes solid for first time in 21 years

Kate Hudson and James Corden get some dance lessons from the cutest toddlers

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Reports: PS4 is selling twice as well as Xbox One, overall

The wall on the left side of this picture should really be about half as big as the one on the right to reflect sales reality.

Microsoft stopped providing concrete sales data for its Xbox line years ago, making it hard to get a read on just how well the Xbox One is doing in the market compared to Sony’s PlayStation 4. Recent numbers released by analysts this week, though, suggest that Sony continues to dominate this generation of the console wars, with the PS4 now selling twice as many units worldwide as the Xbox One since both systems launched in late 2013.

The first set of numbers comes from a new SuperData report on the Nintendo Switch, which offhandedly mentions an installed base of 26 million Xbox One units and 55 million PS4 units. That report is backed up by Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, who recently tweeted a chart putting estimated Xbox One sales somewhere near the middle of the 25 million to 30 million range.

Ahmad’s chart suggests that Microsoft may have sold slightly more than half of the 53.4 million PS4 units that Sony recently announced it had sold through January 1. Specific numbers aside, though, it’s clear Microsoft has done little to close its console sales gap with Sony over the past year—and may have actually lost ground in that time.

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Using Tinder’s swipe UI isn’t always a good idea

Thanks to Tinder, swiping left or right on the photo of a potential hookup quickly became a common user interface element. But a new startup is reminding us that swiping right isn’t appropriate for every kind of app — say, an adoption app.

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Best Chrome extensions you didn’t know existed but should be using

What are the best Chrome extensions I should be using?

Update 16 January 2017: We’ve refreshed this list to ensure you’re kept up to the latest when it comes to the best Chrome extensions you should be using.

The amount of time most people spend browsing the internet continues to rise each year, and Google’s Chrome browser attempts to be the most comfortable and versatile browser out there. To aid in its quest, Google allows for developers to market small software extensions that modify and (in most cases) ameliorate your browsing experience. Here are 10 Chrome extensions you didn’t know about but should be using.

Dark Reader

Chrome’s natural white background can become tiresome after a few hours of viewing — Dark Reader has the answer. It changes blinding, bright pages into high contrast, dark-themed pages that are easy on the eyes. You can adjust the filters and font settings and add certain webpages to an ignore list in the case of complete incompatibility.

See at Chrome Web Store

TL;DR

TL;DR is the answer to articles on the internet that are too long to read. Highlight article text, click the TL;DR button located next to your address bar, and read a well-constructed summary of the article. You can adjust the length of the summary depending on how much time you have or how involved you want to get. It does a good job of condensing the article without cutting out important bits of information.

See at Chrome Web Store

Keepa

Keepa gives you some pretty in-depth information about Amazon products and prices, and lets you set price-drop alerts to keep you in the know. Check price history charts for all iterations of a product (including different colors and sizes), and compare Amazon prices from all over the world. You can even import your Amazon wishlist and assign alerts for when specific items drop below a certain price. Go to Amazon and hover over any item while Keepa is running; a graph will pop up with extended information. Never get ripped off again!

See at Chrome Web Store

Web Timer

Web Timer is a double-edged sword. You’re getting data that helps you better manage your time, but said data can be depressing. You’ll find yourself asking questions, like, “Did I really spend four hours on Reddit yesterday?” You can add sites to a white-list so that time spent is not recorded, and you can change time measurement parameters from “Today”, to “Average”, to “Lifetime.” Take Web Timer for a spin — you won’t be disappointed.

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Sony to reveal new phones on February 27 at MWC

We’ve been hearing rumors about alleged Xperia devices but Sony is keeping its lips tight about any releases and launches. We knew the company will have a press conference at MWC in Barcelona next month and now we have an exact date for that. The press invite says February 27, 7:30 GMT.

We are expecting to hear more about the alleged Sony Xperia XA successor which we saw earlier in renders. We’ve seen front panel leaks and press images of other devices, but we are yet to see if all of them will go official or some will have to wait until IFA in September.

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Mastercard launches 2KUZE agtech platform in East Africa

Small-plot farmers in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania can now go digital―coordinating sales, payments, and distribution of crops thanks to a pilot program called 2KUZE launched by Mastercard. The pilot program for the agricultural technology app was announced this week. 2KUZE, which means “let’s grow together” in Swahili, was developed at Mastercard’s Nairobi Labs… Read More

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Public mobilizes to save patron saint named Fanny Cornforth

LONDON — You’ve probably never heard of Fanny Cornforth. But, one group of women is campaigning to ensure she gets the recognition she deserves.

SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling, Emma Watson want a very important statue erected in London

Emily Turner — a writer and researcher — and Cornforth’s biographer Kirsty Stonell-Walker are …

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App Smart: Have New Year’s Resolutions? These Apps Help You Achieve Them

Help meet your new goals with apps that can help you stick to your plan, even if that means not checking your phone quite so often. – Source

Verizon to redirect calls made from dangerous Galaxy Note 7 phones

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There are reportedly still thousands of Verizon Wireless customers using the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was discontinued shortly after its unveiling last year when at least 140 of the devices overheated or caught fire. Verizon is now stepping its efforts up a notch by redirecting non-emergency phone calls made by the potentially explosive Note 7 to Verizon customer service.

“In spite of our best efforts, there are still customers using the recalled phones who have not returned or exchanged their Note 7 to the point of purchase,” a Verizon spokesperson told Fortune yesterday. “The recalled Note 7s pose a safety risk to our customers and those around them.”

From now on, “all outgoing calls not directed toward the 911 emergency service will only connect to customer service,” the report said. “Because Note 7 users have also already been reimbursed for the cost of the long-since recalled Note 7, Verizon is also saying it might bill the holdouts for the full retail cost of the phone.”

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Meizu M5 Note review: Do not buy this phone

It would be understandable if you have never heard of Meizu. While it is one of the top electronics companies in mainland China, the company isn’t massively popular outside of the country. The M5 Note is the newest device to come out of Meizu, and like many of its recent phones, is being sold internationally.

From the spec sheet, the M5 Note looks like a solid device. A Mediatek Helio P10 CPU, 1080p LCD screen, at least 3GB of RAM, a massive 4,000mAh battery.

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ComiXology is getting an exclusive Adventure Time comic

Wield that axe, Marshall Lee.

Fans of the Adventure Time universe are about to find themselves needing ComiXology in their lives, as one of its alternate universe characters gets his own three-part story. In a continued effort to promote their new push for original content, Amazon has a year of exclusive comics planned for ComiXology and Kindle owners.

At the top of their publishing list is Adventure Time: Marshall Lee Spectacular, a three story comic all about the alternate version of Marceline the Vampire Queen from the perspective of Ice King’s fan fiction. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, it really doesn’t get less confusing from here.

This three-part series includes an original song performed by Marshall Lee, and is available as either a $3.99 one-time purchase or free to ComiXology Unlimited subscribers. If you’re not a part of the $5.99/month subscription service, Amazon offers a 30 day free trial so you can see what’s going on. For those who would rather not bother with ComiXology at all, the comic is also available directly from Amazon for the Kindle app.

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Samsung Galaxy S8: all the rumors in one place (up to date as of January 18)

Editor’s note: In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a look at the most credible Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, specs, features, and price rumors and reports.

Over the past weeks, a number of reports about the Galaxy S8 gave us a better idea of what to expect from Samsung’s next hero device. Some of these leaks are sketchy, some reliable, some almost definite. But there are so many new rumors doing the rounds that we thought it was time to try to make sense of them once again and see what picture we have of the Galaxy S8 at the end of it.

Join us as we analyze the most likely Galaxy S8 specs and features and make a few educated guesses about the phone’s release date and availability.

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Why Samsung would be crazy to kill the Galaxy Note brand
October 27, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S8: release date

Samsung has come out and publicly denied rumors that the Galaxy S8 will see an accelerated launch. In past years, phones in the Galaxy S series were revealed during the main press day prior to MWC. In-store availability followed within 2-3 weeks of the announcement.

However, more than a few rumors have claimed the Galaxy S8 launch might be pushed back as far as April, with two of the more notable mentions coming from no less a source than The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. Adding further credibility to this theory, sources out of Korea told Naver that Samsung might unveil the Galaxy S8 at an event in New York scheduled for April. It’s no secret that Samsung wants the S8 launch to go off without a hitch, so a delayed launch is very possible.

The Investor ventured to attach an actual date to the rumors. According to the Korean outlet, Samsung would launch the Galaxy S8 on the week starting April 17. It remains to be seen if that’s the case. And another report claims that Samsung has set itself a massive, 60 million production run target for the Galaxy S8. Samsung seems very optimistic about the success of the S8, hopefully for all the right reasons.

Samsung Galaxy S8: specs

Of course, none of the Galaxy S8 specs that follow are confirmed, but the rumor mill is starting to see some consistency in the claims being made. The current crop of Galaxy S8 spec rumors include a 5.5-inch and 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 830 or Exynos 8895 chipset, depending on region, Android 7.1 Nougat and 6 GB of RAM. However, recent leaks have Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 835 powering the Galaxy S8. For more on the SD 835, read this and this.

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Tesla will build Model 3 powertrain at Gigafactory, should add 550 jobs – Roadshow

Now, all Tesla needs is a production-ready Model 3. That should happen this year, but you never know. – Source

Guilty SPARC: Oracle euthanizes Solaris 12, expunging it from roadmap

Enlarge / The Sun is apparently setting on Solaris, based on Oracle’s latest roadmap.

Rumors have been circulating since late last year that Oracle was planning to kill development of the Solaris operating system, with major layoffs coming to the operating system’s development team. Others speculated that future versions of the Unix platform Oracle acquired with Sun Microsystems would be designed for the cloud and built for the Intel platform only and that the SPARC processor line would meet its demise. The good news, based on a recently released Oracle roadmap for the SPARC platform, is that both Solaris and SPARC appear to have a future.

The bad news is that the next major version of Solaris—Solaris 12— has apparently been canceled, as it has disappeared from the roadmap. Instead, it’s been replaced with “Solaris 11.next”—and that version is apparently the only update planned for the operating system through 2021.

The new SPARC roadmap has some missing destinations.

With its on-premises software and hardware sales in decline, Oracle has been undergoing a major reorganization over the past two years as it attempts to pivot toward the cloud. Those changes led to a major speed bump in the development cycle for Java Enterprise Edition, a slowdown significant enough that it spurred something of a Java community revolt. Oracle later announced a new roadmap for Java EE that recalibrated expectations, focusing on cloud services features for the next version of the software platform.

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Protein fingerprinting could shed light on Alzheimer’s

Scientists know that the proteins in our bodies can sometimes fold and form clumps called amyloids, which lead to neurodegenerative diseases. However, they still don’t fully understand the whole process — there’s just no efficient way to examine the… – Source

This is what a venture capitalist in deep, deep denial sounds like: Theranos backer Tim Draper

There was once a moment in time when Theranos was one of the most successful startups in the country—a blood-testing dynamo that would change medical science forever, improve the lives of millions of people, and make a hefty chunk of change for its investors.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper appears to still be living in that moment.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Theranos saga, the company’s been in a downward spiral since October 2015, when …

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3D TV might finally be dead video – CNET

LG and Sony will not support 3D in any of their televisions for 2017. The companies join Samsung and Vizio in dropping the third dimension of viewing. – Source

Obama’s parting message on whistleblowers: It’s The Daily Crunch

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday our daily guided tour of the biggest tech stories from the past 24 hours will appear here on TechCrunch.com. To get The Daily Crunch in your inbox every day of the week, sign up here. Obama’s clemency, the true size of Facebook’s bet on VR and Theranos in trouble again. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for January 18, 2017. And if a… Read More

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Personal file storage company Drobo launches DroboPix on Android

File storage and home servers are getting more and more popular these days, with people getting wary about what companies such as Google and Apple are privy too. In light of this, Drobo has launched a new Android app for photo storage, named DroboPix, prompted by “high customer demand” after the iOS release last year.

The app seems to be much like other network storage solutions, such as Synology – photos and videos are automatically uploaded, upon which they are accessible through any Drobo client.

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LG responds to user complaints, will add Google Home and multi-room support to Music Flow speakers

LG released its Music Flow speakers back in 2015 as one of the first third-party systems to take advantage of Google’s Cast framework. However, LG has been slow to implement new features, and buyers were beginning to fear LG had abandoned the products. Now, it looks like all your complaining has worked! LG is adding multi-room audio and Google Home support to the Music Flow speakers.

It’s been radio silence from LG on the topic of improved cast features for these speakers.

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Verizon says thousands are still using Samsung Note7, but they’re about to get cut off

Despite repeated public notices from Samsung directing Galaxy Note7 users to return the recalled device, there are still large numbers of users on one of the biggest wireless carriers in the U.S. who refuse to let the beleaguered smartphone go.

SEE ALSO: Good news: Samsung reportedly knows what ruined the Galaxy Note7

According to a statement from Verizon, there are currently “thousands” of customers on the carrier’s service using the Note7.

“In spite of our best efforts, there are still customers using the recalled phones who have not returned or exchanged their Note7 to the point of purchase,” Verizon …

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The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is heading to D.C. and Miami! Apply now!

The clock is ticking down, and you only have a few more days to submit an application to participate in the TC Meetup + Pitch-offs in D.C. and Miami. The events go down on February 21 (Washington D.C.) and February 23 (Miami) respectively, and only ten companies will be competing, so don’t tarry! If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, let me get you up to speed. The… Read More

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Take a Free Digital Photography Class From Harvard

Photography isn’t as easy as many people assume, but you can learn the basics on your own. And if you need some structured lessons, this 12-module course from Harvard will teach you everything from exposure settings to reading histograms.

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V2X Breakdown: What is my future connected car talking to, and why? video – Roadshow

Roadshow Editor in Chief, Tim Stevens moderates a panel explaining the technology and discusses advancements in the road ahead. – Source

These 3 graphics explain 2016’s record warmth

Climate scientists around the world just announced that 2016 is the warmest year on record, beating out 2015 and 2014 for the dubious distinction.

The temperature milestone means that 16 of the 17 warmest years on record have now occurred since 2001, with each of the past three years setting global heat records.

SEE ALSO: 2016 sets ‘terrifying’ milestone as Earth’s warmest year on record

It’s all well and good to say that 2016 was the hottest year on record, but to put that figure into context, you need decades of data.

On Wednesday, NASA and media outlets (including Mashable) released graphics to do exactly that by showing exactly how 2016 eclipsed other years to become Earth’s hottest year on record. …

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Pay TV loses ground to antenna-only households – CNET

A study by Parks Associates found declining pay TV subscriptions coinciding with a rise in antenna-only households. – Source

Backblaze brings its dirt cheap cloud backups to the enterprise

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Cloud backup provider Backblaze has launched a new business-oriented backup service called Business Groups that gives its low-cost cloud backup service enterprise manageability and administration. Backblaze does betray its non-enterprise origins, however, by offering clear pricing without hiding behind “ask us for a quote” forms; $5 per month per PC, or $50 per year.

Backblaze’s cloud backup service is something of a novelty. That $50 per year gets you unlimited cloud storage, and while other cloud backup providers have offered unlimited storage, many of them have scaled back those offerings because they don’t make anything from them. Backblaze, by contrast, maintains that it actually makes money from its service, on account of the dirt-cheap storage it designs and uses, which costs just a fraction of what services like Amazon S3 and Azure Storage do.

The company added a programmatic cloud storage service, named B2, to its backup plan in 2015. B2 offers developers substantially lower costs, albeit without geographical replication or other features of the more-expensive cloud providers. The company positions this as ideal for cheap backups or replicas of data that is primarily stored in another cloud provider.

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AT&T’s deal with Nielsen promises more accurate TV ratings

For years, TV ratings data has revolved around a small number of households using specialized gear to track their viewing habits. That’s not completely representative of what the broader public is watching, is it? However, the accuracy is about to… – Source

Drone photography company to pay record-sized fine

A Chicago-based drone operator is to pay a record-sized fine to settle claims it carried out dozens of illegal flights. – Source

Deep-space mission to metal asteroid

Scientists are planning to send a deep-space probe to a metal asteroid, enabling them to see what is believed to be a planetary core. Psyche, an asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter, is made almost entirely of nickel-iron metal. – Source

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