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8th May 2017

Save a Whopping $170 on Anker’s Biggest Battery Pack

Anker has continued its inexorable march towards producing anything that includes a battery with the gargantuan PowerHouse electric “generator,” and you can save $170 on yours for a limited time, the best price ever by $70.

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Lowe’s Iris brings professional monitoring to your DIY smart home – CNET

In a long awaited change, the smart-home system now offers contract-free monitoring. – Source

Why the Macron Hacking Attack Landed With a Thud in France

The fallout was contained, partly because of a news blackout, and partly because France lacks an equivalent to Fox News. – Source

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 5 isn’t coming anytime soon

If you were hoping Microsoft’s upcoming Shanghai event would be the debut of the Surface Pro 5, we’ve got some bad news. In an interview with CNET last week, Surface chief Panos Panay explains that the company won’t debut another model until there’s… – Source

Uber’s big rig trucks are here and geared for a long road ahead

It’s no longer just about the black car. Uber has been working on a truck division called Uber Freight — no, not Uber flight, that’ll come a bit later.

SEE ALSO: This list of stuff people have left in Ubers will make you cringe

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick showed off a new photo of one of the trucks on Sunday while he was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Uber has an office and first launched its self-driving cars on the road in that city.

So much great stuff going on! #uberfreight

— travis kalanick (@travisk) May 8, 2017

Details are sparse. According to Kalanick’s tweet, it’s all “great stuff.” …

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Deal: Buy a new Sprint LG V20 for just $299

Thanks to an attractive deal available on eBay, you can currently buy a Sprint LG V20 for only $299.99 – about $400 off the smartphone’s original price. The device is offered by a top-rated eBay seller, it’s brand new, and comes with original battery, charger, and USB Type-C cable. For some reason, though, it does not come in its original box.

While this LG V20 is sold off contract, the handset is not unlocked. So, unless you find a way to unlock it, you’ll only be able to use it on Sprint, or MVNOs like Ting and FreedomPop (which are using Sprint’s network). … – Source

Learn to code apps for Amazon Alexa with this $19 bundle

There’s no arguing that what once was the smart home trend is slowly becoming the smart home norm, and there is high demand for apps that work with virtual assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa. The problem is, learning to write these types of apps isn’t an easy task, and the cost of doing so isn’t usually affordable.

Learn to create your own Amazon Alexa apps for only $19! Learn more

Imagine a course that starts with the absolute basics of coding; a course that works through to the advanced techniques of building voice apps. Right now, Android Central Digital Offers has a deal on an Amazon Alexa coding bundle that covers everything you need to know about building apps for Alexa. Instead of paying the usual price of $316, you’ll instead pay only $19. That’s 93% off the regular price.

This bundle includes two courses:

Alexa Development For Absolute Beginners
Advanced Alexa Skills Kit

You will learn to build a whole host of voice apps for Alexa, you’ll be able to take a mock exam at the end of each course, and you’ll even learn how to create your own Alexa device. Access stays open forever, so you can work these courses into your schedule.

Become an Amazon Alexa coding wizard with this $19 bundle! Learn more

Ready to start coding apps for Alexa? Even if you’ve never worked with code before, this course teaches you everything you need to know. Don’t wait too long; grab this deal and start creating apps today!

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Bring wireless music to your home with the Sonos Play:1 for $180

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a Sonos discount you won’t want to miss!

The powerful and compact Sonos Play:1 speaker is currently $20 off at Amazon, dropping the price of it down to just $179.99. While $20 may not seem like a big discount, it isn’t too often that we see any savings on these speakers, so you don’t want to miss when it happens. Whether you have Sonos speakers already spread throughout your house or are looking to get started with your first one, taking advantage of discounts when they are available is the best way to do this. You’ll be able to add a Play:1 to your existing setup or put it in a room or office to run independently.

Sonos does an amazing job of supporting its speakers and bringing new features to them often. Unfortunately, this price won’t last long. If you’re in the market for a Sonos speaker, be sure to grab one in either black or white before the deal ends.

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For more great deals be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now!

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6 tips to protect your G Suite account from phishing scams

After last week’s phishing attack, Google detailed how it protects users, and what business customers can do to avoid similar scams. – Source

Ryzen 5 review: AMD muscles in on Intel’s i5 sweet spot

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“It can’t just be that we’re the cheaper solution,” said AMD in 2015, back when Ryzen was little more than a handful of hopeful slides in a press deck. But as AMD and the wider tech press knew, competing with Intel on performance as well as price was always going to be an uphill battle. The Bulldozer architecture was a bust, and Intel had cornered the market on high-end desktop and server CPUs. If you were at all interested in media creation, or gaming with a discrete GPU, Intel was the best option.

Then came a trickle of tech specs. Ryzen would be an eight-core, 16-thread chip. It would be a dramatic rethinking of AMD’s CPU architecture. It would boost instructions-per-clock by an unthinkable 40 percent over Bulldozer (ultimately, as the Ryzen reviews rolled in, the actual IPC gains were as high as 52 percent). There was a hope, perhaps a naive one, that after months of riding the hype train, AMD would do the extraordinary and not only catch up with Intel, it might even beat it.

The reality proved more complex. Ryzen 7, the range which comprises AMD’s top-end 8C/16T chips, was an absolute number-crunching monster in multithreaded tasks—much to the delight of content creators stuck paying Intel’s absurd prices for Extreme Edition and highly clocked Xeon chips. But raw IPC remained just shy of Broadwell-E, and some way behind the mainstream Kaby Lake architecture. More importantly, gaming performance was oddly mixed. Ramped up to 4K, Ryzen largely holds its own against Intel. Dropped down to 1440p or 1080p, frame rates—including those all-important 99th percentile minimums—lag behind.

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Doctor Who: Knock Knock review

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This is a post-UK broadcast review of Doctor Who: Knock Knock. River Song always warned the Doctor against spoilers, so be sure to watch the episode first. Doctor Who airs on Saturdays at 7:20pm UK time on BBC One, and 9pm EDT on BBC America.

Meddling kids, alien woodlice, and a creepy Landlord throw Doctor Who’s Knock Knock into a Scooby Doo-meets-The Mummy adventure complete with a time-warped, played-for-dark-laughs haunted house.

For the second time in this series—which is showrunner Steven Moffat’s last hurrah at the TARDIS console—the walls are inhabited by insect-like creatures. In Smile, worker bee microbots—dubbed Vardies—are the walls. That idea is partially repeated here, albeit in a different setting: Bill (Pearl Mackie) and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) are back on present-day Earth (my favourite Doctor Who episodes are often the ones that give us aliens in the most ordinary of backdrops).

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Star Jennifer Morrison Is as Done With Once Upon a Time as You Probably Are

Last night Once Upon a Time, the show that’s ostensibly about fairy tales’ reconciling their myths with a darker, more nuanced reality, had its musical episode, and Lana Parilla’s Evil Queen stole the show. This morning we learned that if Once Upon a Time returns for a seventh season, main star Jennifer Morrison won’t…

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Microsoft wants to supply the tools that make your next digital transformation possible

Businesses are changing the way they interact with customers, which gives early adopters a competitive advantage. Microsoft believes it has the answer. – Source

Тhis bra can actually detect the earliest signs of breast cancer

18-year-old Julián Ríos Cantú invented the bra after seeing his mom battling breast cancer for the second time.

The bra, called ‘Eva,’ won the top prize at this year’s …

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People are really starting to embrace electric cars

As with any new transportation technology, it’s not as simple as building your first vehicle and expecting the whole world to change. And yet, it appears as if the world is finally cottoning on to this whole electric cars are better and cheaper to ru… – Source

Watch What Happens When an Algorithm Tries to Predict the Next Frame 100,000 Times in a Row

Like an athlete trying to push their body to its extreme limits, artist Damien Henry was curious what would happen if you asked a predictive algorithm to calculate the next frame of video in a sequence, again and again and again, over 100,000 times.

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One man’s standoff with a bird ends with the bird winning

When you go somewhere long enough, you get to know the area. The flora, the fauna, and the birds who claim the spot as their territory.

This Trader Joe’s employee is on that level with the parking lot outside his store. Specifically, he tells us the story of one bird that makes its home in the shrubbery next to the parking lot. It’s clear that he and this bird already have a history and it’s not amicable.

Well, the bird has had enough of this guy’s trash talking. It’s time for the bird to strike back. …

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Facebook takes to newspapers to teach UK users how to spot “fake news”

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Facebook has attempted to lightly rein in the spread of misinformation on the free content ad network by taking out full-page adverts in UK newspapers with “tips for spotting false news” ahead of next month’s General Election.

The Mark Zuckerberg-run company, which has long-swerved any suggestion that it is the publisher of content that is shared on its site by nearly two billion people worldwide, makes it clear in its press ad that the onus is on its users to police dodgy-looking posts.

“Be skeptical of headlines,” it warned. Apparently, “catchy headlines in all caps with exclamation marks” could contain false news and users should be wary of clicking on clickbaity, screeching claims.

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Chemically tailored graphene

Graphene is considered as one of the most promising new materials. However, the systematic insertion of chemically bound atoms and molecules to control its properties is still a major challenge. Now, for the first time, scientists have succeeded in precisely verifying the spectral fingerprint of such compounds in both theory and experiment. – Source

Archaeogeneticist pinpoints Indian population origins using today’s populace

Researchers identifies the origins of Indian populations comprising migrating humans from Africa, Iran and Central Asia over a period of 50,000 years. – Source

Tillage farming damaging earthworm populations

The digging, stirring and overturning of soil by conventional ploughing in tillage farming is severely damaging earthworm populations around the world, say scientists. The findings show a systematic decline in earthworm populations in soils that are ploughed every year. The deeper the soil is disturbed the more harmful it is for the earthworms. – Source

Women perform worse in CPR

Does it matter whether a man or a woman carries out CPR? Researchers have shown that female resuscitation teams performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation less efficiently than their male counterparts. The study suggests that there is a need for action in the training of young female physicians. – Source

Running out of space on your Chromebook? Try these tips

16GB isn’t a lot of space. You might need a way to add more.

Updated May 4, 2017: This article was updated remove references to old models and address Android apps as a storage issue.

While Chromebooks are mostly cloud-centric machines, there are still quite a few offline packaged apps available. Sometimes, when you have a lot of those installed alongside media like music, video, and pictures, there’s not much room left. Add in Google Drive syncing, and running out of space is a real possibility — especially on the 16GB storage models.

There are a few things you can do to help if you ever hit the storage wall. Let’s have a look at some of them!

Adding an SD card or USB thumb drive is an easy option

This one is simple. Your Chromebook has an SD card reader on the side, and if you add a card to it, all the space on the card is available to the operating system for storage. The same goes for a USB thumb drive.

There are a couple issues to be aware of here. The first is that you might not want half of an SD card or a USB thumb drive hanging off the side of your Chromebook where it can get broken. There’s an easy solution — use half-height drives or cards.

Transcend JetDrive half-height card from Amazon
SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Low-Profile Flash Drive from Amazon

Your Chromebook can read and write to SD cards or USB drives formatted as FAT32, vFAT and exFAT. Your Chromebook can format or reformat an SD card, but it will only do it using the FAT32 file system. There is a 4GB file size and 8TB partition size limit using FAT32, so if you need to read and write files (like movies) bigger than 4GB it’s best to format the card on another machine. You can do that on a demo computer at Best Buy if you need to.

Lastly, tinkerers might want to use an ext file system on their portable drives. Besides issues with file permissions, you might run into, remember that journalizing may cause flash storage to wear out fast.

A less portable solution — A USB hard drive

Like portable flash storage, your Chromebook can use a USB hard drive for a lot more storage at the cost of portability. Most any USB hard drive will work, so look for the fastest one (USB 3) you can afford, even if your Chromebook doesn’t have USB 3 ports — your next one will.

Your Chromebook can access files on a USB hard drive using these file systems:

FAT (FAT16, FAT32, exFAT)
HFS+ (read-only on journaled HFS+)
ISO9660 (read-only)
UDF (read-only)

You’ll not be able to easily format a USB drive in Chrome OS, so you’ll need to do that on another computer. Also note that there is no defragmenter in Chrome OS, so if the – Source

Stop iTunes from opening when you connect your iPhone – CNET

Chill, iTunes, I just want to charge my phone. – Source

Sinclair buys Tribune Media to create a larger TV empire

It didn’t take long for the rumors to come true. Sinclair Broadcast Group has confirmed that it’s acquiring Tribune Media for $3.9 billion. The deal is the largest in Sinclair’s history, and will add Tribune’s 42 American TV stations to Sinclair’s 17… – Source

John Oliver Pisses Off ISP Vultures With New Net Neutrality Segment

Last time the FCC took on net neutrality, comedian John Oliver’s video about the issue was a turning point. The clip Went Viral, and led to thousands of public comments with the FCC in favor of rules enforcing net neutrality. Now that the FCC is seeking to smash those rules, Oliver is back again with another video…

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John Oliver reminds us that Net Neutrality is still under siege

John Oliver has again fired off his quick wit at the new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the Trump administration for trying to roll back Obama-era Net Neutrality rules. This isn’t the first time Oliver has addressed the issue of an “open internet,” as he touched on the topic back in 2014 during his fifth episode of Last Week Tonight. In that episode, he identified then-FCC… Read More

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Comcast invests in mesh router maker Plume, launches Xfinity xFi for managing your home’s wireless network

Comcast this morning has launched a new service called Xfinity xFi that will allow customers to better manage and control their home Wi-Fi network through an online dashboard, voice control via the TV, as well as through apps for iOS and Android devices. The system is designed to make it easier to perform common tasks, like finding the Wi-Fi password or monitoring activity across the network,… Read More

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A definitive ranking of all the blandsome Chrises in Hollywood

At this point, there are so many Chrises in Hollywood that they can barely keep track of themselves. At Mashable, we take our entertainment coverage research very seriously, so we sought to end the cyclical Chris discussion decisively (or, you know, stir the pot).

The requirements: Actor, goes by Chris (no Christophers and such), a lil’ basic, and perfectly blandsome — i.e. your parents think he’s cute and know they’ve seen him in a movie, but they definitely don’t know their Thors from their Star-Lords.

Here’s how they ranked.


1. Chris EvansMore about Avengers, Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Television

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Doctor Who Is on One Hell of a Streak Lately

Doctor Who’s tenth season is only four episodes in, but I can’t remember the last time the show hit the ground running as well it has this season. We’ve had great chemistry between Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie, great fun, and now in this weekend’s episode, “Knock Knock”, we got the rest of the perfect Who formula: a…

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