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6th May 2017

Saturday’s Best Deals: Fitbit Mother’s Day Sale, $100 Sound Bar, Haribo Bears, and More

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Saturday’s Best Deals: Fitbit Mother’s Day Sale, $100 Sound Bar, Haribo Bears, and More

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Saturday’s Best Deals: Fitbit Mother’s Day Sale, $100 Sound Bar, Haribo Bears, and More

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Elevate Your Evacuation: Amazon’s Running a Rare Discount On Squatty Potty

I don’t mean to alarm you, but you’re probably pooping all wrong. Luckily, there’s an easy solution: Squatty Potty, marked down to $20 today, from its usual $25.

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Microsoft unveils Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S video – CNET

In this week’s wrap-up, Redmond introduces a surprisingly traditional laptop running a new version of Windows 10 that targets the education market. – Source

Galaxy S8: These are the 5 worst things about Samsung’s new phone

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is probably the most important Android phone of the year. It’s also really, really good. The S8+ is my daily driver right now, and I love the enormous display, the phenomenal design and the whole direction Samsung’s taken its software.

But like any phone, after you’ve been using it for a while, there are things that start to grate. Some small things, some not so small things, that just make the whole experience less enjoyable.

So with a couple of weeks of use under our belts, it’s time to take a look at few of them: These are our five least favorite things about the new best Android smartphone.

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Farhad and Mike’s Week in Tech: Is Uber Dying?

Mike and Farhad chat about Facebook, Angie’s List and, what else, Uber. – Source

The tech from the past CNET still loves – CNET

Every week we poll people around our offices in an effort to share what makes them tick. This week, we asked them what tech from the past they miss the most. – Source

Ubisoft brings Hungry Shark VR to Daydream

If your worst nightmare is facing a shark while being helpless at sea then swimming as fast as you can only to be eaten by it, then you might be getting a bit of reverse revenge with this new VR game on Daydream. Or maybe your fears will get more solidified. But what’s for sure is that you will be able to experience it all in a more immersive way than any movie scene.

In Hungry Shark, you play as the shark.

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Why the guy who made Android is now betting on hardware – CNET

Andy Rubin, who invented Google’s blockbuster phone software, and friends want to drive a hardware boom in Silicon Valley. – Source

Lawyer: Cops “deliberately misled” judge who seemingly signed off on stingray

Enlarge / An Oakland Police patrol car sits in front of the Oakland Police headquarters on December 6, 2012 in Oakland, California. (credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images News)

OAKLAND, Calif.—Defense attorney Martha Boersch has strong words for federal law enforcement’s warrantless use of cell-site simulators, better known as stingrays.

Her client, Purvis Ellis, charged with attempted murder and racketeering, was tracked down to an East Oakland apartment in January 2013 with the help of not just one stingray, but two. Prosecutors initially insisted that only one stingray was used, but as was revealed last summer, that turned out to not be the case. The Oakland Police Department’s own stingray was seemingly insufficient, so officers then called in the FBI, both times without a warrant.

“When they then take that technology and use it in a run-of-the-mill criminal case and use it secretly and clearly without providing defendants with notice or any of the Constitutional protections that a defendant is supposed to have, that’s a real problem,” Boersch, who herself served as a federal prosecutor for 12 years, told Ars during a recent in-person interview at her downtown office.

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Samsung also removes UFS 2.1 mention on Galaxy S8 spec

Like Huawei in the fallout from the memory substitution scandal, Samsung has also quietly removed specific mention of UFS 2.1 from the Galaxy S8 product spec. Samsung originally highlighted UFS 2.1 memory in its promotional material but actually uses a mixture of UFS 2.1 and UFS 2.0 memory in its new phones. Here’s the before and after if you want to take a look:

Samsung Galaxy S8 spec (now)
Samsung Galaxy S8 spec (archived)

Before you resharpen your pitchfork this isn’t quite as bad as it was when Huawei did it, because they were also using eMMC 5.1 memory in the P10, which is much slower than both UFS options. While Samsung was also essentially “lying” about the specs of the S8, Samsung was also careful enough to highlight the fact that essentially everything on the S8 spec was subject to change.

Regardless of how you feel about the old bait-and-switch, it’s obvious the difference between the UFS 2.1 and 2.0 memory Samsung uses in the Galaxy S8 is much less significant than between UFS 2.1 and eMMC 5.1 in the P10. Still, to many, lying is lying, no matter how many options there are or how close to the truth the lie is.

Samsung was careful enough to highlight the fact that essentially everything on the S8 spec was subject to change.

Component substitution is hardly anything new, with Samsung using two different chipsets in its flagship devices to avoid relying too heavily on particular manufacturing partner (among other reasons). The same is often true of camera sensors and other high demand components.

That said, consumers have every right to be annoyed when a company specifically highlights the best possible spec when they know full well it won’t be appearing in every device rolling off the manufacturing line. Now, Samsung does point out that all specs are subject to change, so legally they may be in the clear, but it still smacks of dishonesty when you clearly put UFS 2.1 in parentheses after the memory spec.

On a side note, Samsung does mention the two chipset options but doesn’t call out the two camera sensors it uses. Presumably there’s some degree of interchangeability that’s not worth mentioning, but at the same time there’s a detailed spec sheet for a reason. If nothing else, listing all possible substitutions would avoid situations like this.

If you want to check out which type of memory your Galaxy S8 has, you can install a terminal emulator on your device and then enter the command: cat /proc/scsi/scsi

You’ll then see the specific model number of your chip displayed which you can Google to see exactly what speed it supports. According to XDA Developers, it may be the case that only some Snapdragon 835-equipped Galaxy S8s use UFS 2.0 with all Galaxy S8 Plus versions and the Eynos-equipped S8 using UFS 2.1. Still, if you’re interested, just go the terminal option list.

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Last Concept build for Sony Xperia X now live

As promised, Sony has pushed out the last Concept build to participating Xperia X units. The update brings along Android security fixes May and some functionality changes.

The update features improvements to low memory stability. Some fixes are also included, such as faster GPS fix and charging LED bug fix. Currently, those on the the Experimental track are getting the update, but stable track should also get it soon.


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The amount of data we all deal with on a daily basis is quite astounding, and there doesn’t seem to be any sign of slowing down. To help contend with growing file sizes, there are plenty of cloud storage services out there promising easy backup and sync of your most important files.

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You marched for science and climate action. Now what?

As scientist-activists who work on climate science and renewable energy, the question we get asked the most is, “What can I do about climate change?”

Here’s our evolving take – a synthesis of what we think are the three most impactful ways to contribute in the face of such an urgent and systemic problem. (To avoid catastrophic climate change, global greenhouse gas emissions have to start falling, now, faster than they have risen for the past 160 years.)

SEE ALSO: We became scientists to help the world. Now we need to take to the streets.

Our “theories of change” are informed by our understanding of climate science and clean energy, by …

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What Is Microsoft’s Grand Plan for Phones?

It has been nearly two years since Microsoft introduced a new Windows phone. Sure, HP is still making Windows phones and marketing them to businesses, but Microsoft has been basically silent on the subject of its flagging mobile platform since 2015. There have been zero flagship devices, despite the persistent rumors…

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This week in apps: Houzz gets an AR update, Strava goes social and Spotify launches QR codes

Gmail’s massive phishing scam and Microsoft’s new Surface laptop debut may have distracted you from reading about some of this week’s best new apps. Don’t sweat it. We got you.

SEE ALSO: Any app with human interaction needs a block button, period

Each week, we round up the latest app news, along with a few of our favorite new and updated apps, to keep you in the loop with everything coming to your phone.

Here’s what caught our eye this week. If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out last week’s look at top apps.

Soundcloud launches The Upload

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The Upload is a brand new discovery feature from Soundcloud that brings a list of the newest tracks tailored to the user’s liking. Similar to Spotify’s …

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Watch a fleet of fluffy puppies predict the 2017 Kentucky Derby

Forget everything you know about sports analysis — these puppies know which horse will win the Kentucky Derby, and they can absolutely be trusted. Why else would Jimmy Fallon keep hiring them to predict major sports events?

All that veering and butt-sniffing is just part of their process. …

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Kick some cyberpunk ass in Neon Chrome! [Best New Games for Android]

What are the latest games worth checking out in the Google Play Store?

There are thousands and thousands of games available in the Google Play Store, with more being added every month. With so much content hitting the app store, it can be damn near impossible to keep up on all the latest releases and determine which games are worth your time.

Here at Android Central, we want to help. We’ll be using this space to let you know about the latest gaming releases for Android that we think deserve your attention. We’ll be checking in and updating this page weekly as new games are released, so refresh often!

Update, May 6: Defeat the Overseer in Neon Chrome, keep Willy alive in Penarium, and build your dream city in City Mania!

Neon Chrome

The biggest Android release of the past week is Neon Chrome. It’s a top-down twin-stick shooter with super stylized visuals and procedurally generated levels. Released around this time last year on Steam and then later for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, it has finally been ported to Android and is available for $9.99 from the Google Play Store.

This is a really polished game that’s designed to be replayed over and over again. Each play through is going to present unique challenges and weapons, as you work your way through the compound on your quest to bring down the Overseer. Nearly everything you see is destroyable and full of loot, which you can use to upgrade your character

If you’re a fan of games with neon-futuristic cyberpunk aesthetics like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, you are in for a treat with Neon Chrome. The game is super deep with upgrades and is just a blast to play, though you’re in for a real challenge here. If you need more convincing, check out Windows Central’s review of the game for the Xbox One.

Download: Neon Chrome ($9.99)


Penarium was initially released on PC back in 2015, but has finally found its way to the Google Play Store. It was published by Team 17, who you probably remember best from The Escapists or the Worms franchise. Their latest game is a 2D action platformer that features all the same familiar cartoonish violence you’d expect.

It tells the tale of a Willy, a portly farm boy who’s always longed for adventure. One day, a circus show rolls into town and Willy decides to run away for a bit of fun and excitement. But unfortunately, this was no ordinary circus… it was Penarium, the sadistic circus extravaganza!

Willy’s the next contestant in their twisted carnival game, where the goal is to smashing the barrels while dodging all sorts of devious traps and weaponry. This game was originally released on Steam, but the gameplay is ideal for mobile devices. The platforming action here is really tight, with a rotating variety of traps and weapons keeping things fresh. The graphics are beautiful without ever affecting the gameplay performance, and blends with the soundtrack to create a really – Source

Fascinating 1942 photos show the making of the New York Times, step by step

The sports section is assembled in the composing room.

Image: Library of Congress

In September 1942, Office of War Information photographer Marjory Collins paid a visit to the offices of the New York Times, located at the iconic One Times Square and an annex on 43rd Street.

There, she documented each step of the messy, physical process as news coming in over the wires was sorted, edited, rewritten, laid out, and printed, all under an ever-approaching deadline.

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How the Bantu people surged across two-thirds of Africa

Enlarge / These two Bantu speakers are still moving around Africa. (credit: Luc-Henri Fage /

Over the past few decades, advances in DNA technology have completely changed our view of our species’ past. We can now trace our ancestors out of Africa, into North America, and across the vastness of the Pacific. What often goes missing within this big picture of continual expansion is that our ancestors didn’t sit still once they had settled an area. Technological changes like agriculture led to additional migrations and population disruptions.

One of the biggest of these is known as the Bantu expansion. There are over a billion people in Africa, and nearly a quarter of them speak languages from the Bantu family. Bantu speakers occupy regions from the rainforests of central Africa to the savannah of East Africa and dry climates of the south. And they occupied all of that territory in less than 4,000 years despite the fact that Africa had been teeming with humans for tens of thousands of years.

Now, researchers have turned to DNA to trace the route of the Bantu expansion across Africa. In the process, they’ve discovered that the Bantu ended up as part of the slave trade, contributing to the African American population as well.

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At 20, ‘The Fifth Element’ is still out of this world – CNET

Get your multipass in gear as Milla Jovovich and the creators of Luc Besson’s riotous 1997 sci-fi romp reveal how the film was made. – Source

‘The Fifth Element’ turns 20: 5 facts about the film video – CNET

Five fascinating facts about Luc Besson’s colourful sci-fi classic, which has its 20th anniversary this weekend. – Source

The Google Home has a built-in library of relaxing ambient audio (U.S. only)

Feeling like you want to relax after you’ve finished that meal you prepared with Google Home’s help? Overwhelmed by your Home’s answer to what’s on your schedule tomorrow? Just ask it to help you relax with some soothing ambient sounds. Currently offering a catalog of 15 different ambient sound themes, Google Home can now replace your sound machine.

The ambient sound themes include nature sounds, water sounds, fireplace sounds, and country sounds.

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Adele celebrates her 29th birthday with a delightful ‘old lady’ photoshoot

Adele just celebrated her 29th birthday, but she also thought she’d get a head start on her older years. Why not, right?

On Friday, the singer posted a delightful ‘old lady’ themed photoshoot to Twitter, in which she looks strikingly like Catherine Tate’s “Nan” character. We are sure this is not a coincidence.

SEE ALSO: 5 snacks from a galaxy far far away to help you celebrate ‘Star Wars’


Nearly 30! Thanks for the well wishes. See you soon x

— Adele (@Adele) May 5, 2017

Can’t wait to see what wonders are in store for her 30th.

WATCH: Grammy love affair between Adele and Beyoncé had all of us reaching for the tissues

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Android Pay could use your face to authenticate loyalty programs

It’s not that hard to add points to your loyalty cards on Android Pay, but it looks like Google is mulling on an experimental feature to automate the process. 9to5google has torn the latest version of the app apart and found lines of code that hint a… – Source

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into an (Almost) Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s questionable supply chain strategies mean there are still gamers trying to get their hands on a Switch, two months after its release. But why bother trying to hunt down another console when the smartphone in your pocket can already do almost everything the Switch can—with a few upgrades.

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Last Friday—the board game in which you play a machete-wielding maniac


Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at—and let us know what you think.

A machete-wielding maniac stalks Camp Apache. He’s back from the dead. He’s already killed the camp owners. And he’s after the young counselors who have just arrived on the bus.

Also, he is… you.

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Cinnamon may lessen damage of high-fat diet in rats

Cinnamon may lessen the risk of cardiovascular damage of a high-fat diet by activating the body’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory systems and slowing the fat-storing process, according to a preliminary animal study. – Source

Nike’s Eliud Kipchoge came very close to running a mythical sub-2 hour marathon

Nike tried to make history via livestream on Saturday, and it almost did it.

The athletic company continued its quest to be part of a world record: the first marathon finished in less than two hours.

Athletes Lelisa Desisa, Eliud Kipchoge, and Zersenay Tadese tried to make the elusive 1:59:59 finish time early Saturday morning in Italy. Kipchoge, a 32-year-old Kenyan long-distance runner, came the closest at 2:00:25 — under the world record of 2:02:57. Kipchoge’s time won’t be the new world record, though, since this run used pacemakers and wasn’t eligible.

The runners aimed for a 4:34-minute mile — for all 26.2 miles. …

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