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September 2017

New Apple reviews, Nest debuts Secure line of products video – CNET

This week’s major tech headlines include reviews of the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and Apple TV 4K. Nest also introduced a new line of home protection products called Nest Secure and there’s even more rumblings that Sprint and T-Mobile may actually pull off a long-rumored merger. – Source

This is how to use the new iOS 11 Files app

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Here’s what we’re reading, watching, and listening to this week

How we’re spending our leisure time.

Everyone has a bit of quiet downtime once in a while. Whether you’re sitting quietly at home or trying to relax on a plane or just giving your busy mind and hands a break, it’s important to relax.

A good way to do that is to read a book, listen to some music or watch a movie or show. See what’s caught our attention for the week of September 23.

Daniel Bader

It’s been a week full of heavy news and difficult decisions, so at the end of the day, I prefer to sit down and take my mind off things.

I watched The Big Sick a couple of days ago and found it to be extremely well-written, funny, and charming; most of the reviews were spot on. Being based on the real-life relationship of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon (it was written by the pair. Gordon’s role is played in the movie by Zoe Kazan), the dialogue was natural and tinged with affection. But the actual stars, in my opinion, were the parents of the two leads, played Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Ray Romano, and Holly Hunter, all of whom added a sense of gravity and purpose to the wandering protagonist.

It’s a great film overall, but it’s better if you view it in light of its relationship to traditional comedy movies, and how it both reinforces and upends the conventions of the genre. And Zoe Kazan is the best.

Ara Wagoner

Next week is going to be a bit of a bear, and when things get rough at work, I start digging out my Play Movies collection to help keep my spirits high amid stress and SNAFUs. Seeing how fall is finally here and Halloween is around the corner, I’ve been re-enjoying Book of Life, a beautifully-told love story with bandits, gods, and a whole lot of dead people. The voice cast is excellent, featuring Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Hector Elizondo, Danny Trejo, and Gabriel Iglesias as comic sidekick and mariachi Pepe. The art style is unique as well as uniquely tied into the film’s frame narrative, and everyone gets a turn at the humor that keeps a story about the dead from getting lifeless.

It’s also a Texan movie with a great final lesson for us all: Anyone can die. These kids, they will have the courage to live.

The Blu-ray is ten bucks at Amazon (five bucks cheaper than Google Play) and lets you pick which store you want your digital copy in (thank you, Fox). So pick it up and watch the original Day of the Dead animated film before Coco comes along this November.

Book of Life

Tom Westrick

With all of the Xbox 360-era Halo games now available on Xbox One, it’s going to be hard to find me doing anything else besides playing – Source

Our favorite Star Trek episodes of all time – CNET

With “Star Trek: Discovery” coming this Sunday on CBS, we asked the people around the office which Star Trek episodes from any of the series were their favorites. – Source

Is beaming down in Star Trek a death sentence?

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In the 2009 movie Star Trek, Captain Kirk and Sulu plummeted down toward the planet Vulcan without a parachute. “Beam us up, beam us up!” Kirk shouted in desperation. Then at the last second, after a tense scene of Chekov running top speed to the transporter room, their lives were saved moments before they hit the doomed planet’s rocky surface.

Is Trek’s transporter a bit like Futurama’s suicide booth? (credit: 20th Century Fox )

But can beaming out save someone’s life? Some would argue that having one’s “molecules scrambled,” as Dr. McCoy would put it, is actually the surest way to die. Sure, after you’ve been taken apart by the transporter, you’re put back together somewhere else, good as new. But is it still you on the other side, or is it a copy? If the latter, does that mean the transporter is a suicide box?

These issues have received a lot of attention lately given Trek’s 50th Anniversary last year and the series’ impending return to TV. Not to mention, in the real world scientists have found recent success in quantum teleporting a particle’s information farther than before (which isn’t the same thing, but still). So while it seems like Trek’s transporter conundrum has never had a satisfying resolution, we thought we’d take a renewed crack at it.

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New update hitting Samsung Galaxy Note8 units on T-Mobile

It has come to light that T-Mobile has pushed out a new update to Samsung Galaxy Note8 units on its network. Arriving as version N950USQU1AQ15 and weighing in at under 200MB, the update includes some stability improvements related to the Navigation app, Google Maps, and the Weather Widget.

Reportedly, the update also brings along Android security fixes for the month of August. It’s already a week since the roll out began. However, in case you haven’t received the update yet, be patient, as you likely see the notification soon.

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Donald Trump begins feud with Steph Curry, reaches new level of petty

Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn’t act more childish and petty, he takes to Twitter and kicks off a feud with the second biggest basketball star on the planet right now.

SEE ALSO: NFL players slam Donald Trump for rant against protests

As the NBA champ Golden State Warriors announced plans to vote as a team on whether or not they would make the traditional champions’ visit to the White House, star Steph Curry said he’d likely be joining teammate Kevin Durant in not going.

Said Curry pretty succinctly, with a laugh, “I don’t want to go.”

Curry hedged a bit as he spoke, implying this was a team decision, but he was clear in his feelings on Trump when he spoke of “the things [Trump] has said, the things he hasn’t said in the right times, we won’t stand for it.” …

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This tiny silkscreen t-shirt press is perfect for your hipster Ken doll

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The tiny secret in Apple’s new App Store and why it matters

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Moleskine’s smart planner requires too much effort to use

As a tech reporter, I sometimes find my reliance on physical planners and paper notebooks embarrassing. But there’s something about the act of writing my appointments down that makes them feel more official. As my friends will tell you, though, all t… – Source

1945: Stunned reactions after a plane struck the Empire State Building

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Spettacolo: Tension between tradition and the future take center stage in Italy

Enlarge / In Spettacolo, literally this town’s whole world is a stage. (credit: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen)

The early moments of Spettacolo, the latest documentary from the team behind the acclaimed 2010 work Marwencol, may cause travel lust. As the film gets underway, old brick buildings serve as a backdrop for European architecture and vistas, practically begging viewers to hop on Airbnb, HomeAway, or some similar service just to survey the current options.

But like the unflinching Marwencol—a critically adored film that details the work of artist Mark Hogancamp, who suffered brain damage after being jumped in a bar and then created a 1/6th-scale backyard model of a WWII town as a form of self-therapy—Spettacolo wants to take its audience well beyond this surface. By the end of this charming but philosophical film—which debuts theatrically this month and recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival—viewers may find themselves thinking twice about that next dream Airbnb rental.

Tradition via chance

Set in tiny Monticchiello in the Tuscany region of Italy, Spettacolo focuses on the Teatro Povero di Monticchiello (the Poor Theater). For 50 years, this town (population: 136) has staged a communal play that a majority of Monticchiello’s residents typically participate in. Don’t mistake this for your run-of-the-mill community theater production of Grease, though. The annual play in Monticchiello stands as part art, part therapy, part pleading Facebook wall post: rather than perform an existing work, every year residents hold town meetings to formulate a story about their current lives to produce and perform.

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NVIDIA permanently drops the base price of the Shield TV to $179 to compete with Apple’s TV 4K

In a move meant to make one of its products more competitive on the market, NVIDIA announced it has cut down the price of its Shield TV set-top box by $20. While that might not sound much, it’s no coincidence that the base price of the NVIDIA Shield TV starts at $179, the same as Apple’s TV 4K.

The bad news is aside from the 16GB streaming device, you’ll only get the remote. For an additional $59, you can buy the game controller as well. In fact, NVIDIA offers another bundle for $199 that includes the remote and game controller, so if you’re into Android gaming, … – Source

How Harley Quinn helped me overcome trauma in my life

For the last four years, Sept. 23 has been celebrated by DC Comics and its fans as Batman Day.

But not this year, folks. It’s 2017 and they’re sending in the clown.

SEE ALSO: Happy 25th birthday, Harley Quinn. Your creator still loves you

It was 25 years ago this month that Harley Quinn made her debut in Batman: The Animated Series, so she’s taken over the bat’s special day. DC Comics has released three free comics for the occasion (the covers for which are all featured here), along with in-store signings and other events to celebrate this zany fan-favorite.

It’s important to acknowledge how far Harley has come. She’s gone from a one-off henchwoman to bona fide pop-culture phenomenon and movie star in the past 25 years. But I’d also like to tell the story of how she affected one fan — me. …

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active: Why?

Why does the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active exist? Don’t get me wrong, there is always something good about having choice in the Android space, but more so than any other year before it, this Active version of the original Galaxy S smartphone seems redundant. The Active line used to bring some different features underneath a dramatically different design which set it apart, but now it feels outdated. In this piece, we’re going to look at a few of the reasons why I personally think the Active line has lost its way.

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I used to be a huge proponent of this version of Samsung’s flagship lineup. Back at E3 2015, the Galaxy S6 Active was what was on my mind. It had just been announced a couple of months earlier and it seemed to look much better than the Galaxy S5 Active from the year prior.

Once I got my hands on it, I understood another reason why I wanted the Active – the Galaxy S6 that year was a stark change from the plastic designs of Samsung’s recent past, as glass and metal bodies became the new design language. I never thought the previous S5 was a looker, but the S6 Active felt like the best of both worlds and I honestly thought it looked great.

Whereas glass on glass bodies were clearly going to define our future, I was trying to hold on to the past: a time when phones were meatier, sturdier, and less inclined to go for what could only be considered more delicate designs.

Design

I still feel the same way about today’s phones – glass is king, but there are some phones I have gravitated to because they don’t just follow the pack. My recent piece on the BlackBerry KEYone as my daily driver is a great example of this. You would think that now, more than ever, the Galaxy S8 Active is trying to scratch that chunky itch in Samsung’s own huge inventory of glass and metal-clad phones.

But Samsung was able to make the Infinity Display, once called the Edge Display, one of the most sought after design features in their main flagships. By the time of the Galaxy Note 7, the curved display had proven itself as more than eye candy – it is now Samsung’s default way of getting larger screens onto smaller bodies. As I said numerous times in the Galaxy S8 hands on and review, the feel of the 5.8-inch phone is simply sublime.

The smartphone industry as a whole is moving toward this minimal bezel, big-screen-for-less philosophy

The smartphone industry as a whole is moving toward this minimal bezel, big-screen-for-less philosophy, so the throwback design of the Galaxy S8 Active doesn’t give off the same good vibes as before. This screen is flat, the bezels are so much bigger – Source

NFL condemns ‘divisive’ Trump remarks without really addressing the core issue

The NFL had a response for Donald Trump on Saturday morning after the 45th U.S. president called any player who kneels during the national anthem a “son of a bitch” in a rant on Friday.

The league used strong language to condemn Trump’s “divisive” comments, but despite appearances, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t entirely take a strong stand.

SEE ALSO: Colin Kaepernick, shunned by the NFL, named Week 1 MVP by the player’s union

Here’s Goodell’s statement:

Although Goodell generally defended his league and its players, his statement doesn’t mention the situation that set Trump off in the first place. The president’s comments were directed at NFL players who, following the lead of Colin Kaepernick, have knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality and violence against black people in America. …

More about Nfl, Black Lives Matter, Protest, Trump, and Colin Kaepernick – Source

Here’s what it’s like when Bill Nye catches you Snapchatting in the elevator

Here’s a fun scenario: you’re with your best friends on the Las Vegas trip of your dreams, and you’re dancing in the elevator and Snapchatting on the way to the hotel pool. Suddenly, the doors open. Another person walks in. And that person … oh, god, that person is Bill Nye.

This very thing happened to Savana Prosch and her friends, who were in Vegas on Friday for the Life is Beautiful music and arts festival. Nye made an appearance at the event, too, which explains why he was in the same vicinity, hopping in the same elevator.

SEE ALSO: …

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What’s coming to Hulu in October

Fall TV is back, baby, and Hulu is still the number one place to get it. Apart from returning shows on the CW and Netflix originals, Hulu has your next-day broadcast network darlings and underdogs — as well as a formidable movie library adding no less than 12 Godzilla movies this month. Buckle up.

SEE ALSO: Here’s what’s coming to Netflix in October

Top pick: Last Man on Earth

Take your apocalypse with a healthy dose of humor from Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, Mary Steenburgen, and guest star …

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I’m God and I totally forgot that I was supposed to end the world today

Christian numerologist David Meade’s theory that the world will end on Sept. 23, due to what he sees as biblical signs, has thus far been met with dull shrugs from the world’s citizens.

Here to comment is God.

Well, it’s official: I’m God and I am a frigging huge moron! I completely forgot that I was supposed to end the world today.

Today is Sept. 23, 2017 and that guy who said the world was supposed to end today was totally correct. But jeez louise, I freakin’ completely blanked on it.

Boy oh boy, do I feel like a friggin’ DOOF or what?

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Best Large Android Phone

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Forget last year’s missteps — the Samsung Galaxy Note line is back in style. This year’s Note takes everything we loved about the Galaxy S8 Plus and adds even more display real estate, an impressive new dual-camera rig, boasting 2X telephoto with optical image stabilization, and new features for the S Pen stylus, including animated written messages.

Samsung’s best-in-class display gets even better with new capabilities including a 1200-nit daylight mode. And the Note’s performance is supercharged thanks to 6GB of RAM as standard, and software enhancements in Samsung Experience 8.5.

You of course get Samsung’s trademark S Pen stylus, which is smarter than ever in the seventh-generation Note. But the biggest reason to invest in one of the priciest Android phones on the market might be the Note 8’s new dual camera setup. The main camera mirrors the excellent performance of the GS8, while the secondary shooter captures zoomed in shots with greater detail than any Android phone, thanks to its 12-megapixel resolution and optical stabilization.

Bottom line: The Galaxy Note 8 boasts a fearsome price tag, but it’s easily the best handset in this category. Between the display, performance, cameras, and productivity features, there’s no better big-screened phone

One more thing: The Note 8’s fingerprint scanner is in kind of an awkward place — not unlike the Galaxy S8. And in addition, the face unlock and iris scanning features can be temperamental.

Why the Galaxy Note 8 is the best

Simply put, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the best at almost everything it does.

Samsung’s latest big-screened handset steps out from the shadow of the Note 7, excelling across the board and building on the success of the Galaxy S8 line. The huge 6.3-inch SuperAMOLED display looks fantastic, with the best daylight visibility we’ve seen in a phone and bright, vibrant colors. And the phone itself is beautiful, with a symmetrical design that shows off its epic display.

What’s more, the Note 8 has everything you could ask for in a high-end handset with a top-tier dual camera array, software that’s differentiated but not overbearing, and speedy performance.

Best for battery life

Huawei Mate 9

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Huawei has made great progress over the past year, and its latest flagship, the Mate 9, stands out as the best big phone for buyers outside the United States. That’s largely thanks to Huawei’s much improved EMUI 5 software experience, based on Android Nougat. But the Mate 9 also benefits from a massive 5.9-inch 1080p screen in a body the same size as the Nexus 6P.

Beyond its size and software, the Mate 9 nails the fundamentals of a great Android experience, with quick performance, an ample 64GB of storage as standard, plus microSD – Source

After debut, Star Trek: Discovery will only be available on CBS All Access

Enlarge / Nichelle Nichols (left, who played Lt. Uhura in The Original Series) and Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer Michael Burnham) attend the premiere of CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery at The Cinerama Dome on September 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Todd Williamson / Getty Images News)

Get yourself to a viewscreen: Sunday, September 24, 8:30pm ET is the moment that Star Trek fans have spent years waiting for.

The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery will broadcast on traditional television (your local CBS station) as a way to kickstart the series before it moves over entirely to CBS All Access, the company’s nearly-three-year-old paid online video service.

According to CBS, after the first broadcast of Episode 1 airs (“The Vulcan Hello”), the first two episodes will be made available on CBS All Access. A one-week trial is free, otherwise the service costs $6 per month or $10 per month with an ad-free version. All Access is available on all mobile platforms, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, and more.

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Reolink Keen and Argus review: Affordable wireless security cams, but full of compromises

We’ve been taking a thorough look at smart monitoring cameras here on Android Police, but the overarching complain in most of them from us and you, the readers, is always the price and the paid plans. That’s why for my next two reviews, I will be focusing on two camera makers that don’t require you break the bank to buy their hardware nor to use it. The first brand is Reolink and I’ll be reviewing two of its cameras: the Keen ($119.99) and the Argus ($99.99), both of which offer MicroSD storage.

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Uber only has itself to blame for London license loss

The tech industry’s over-processed supply of irony might not be enough to service all the ramifications of Uber being stripped of its London license by the city’s transport regulator. Read More

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Google’s trade-in program could help pay for your Pixel 2 – CNET

A trade-in program could help make Google’s forthcoming phone cheaper overall. – Source

PUBG vs. Fortnite: A game-genre copycat face-off heats up

Enlarge / Fortnite’s new Battle Royale mode includes this explosive splash screen. (credit: Epic Games)

It’s inevitable: every time a wildly successful video game comes along, imitators quickly follow in its footsteps. The tradition began with Pong and Pac-Man clones, and that practice has continued on PCs, consoles, and smartphones ever since. “Homages” at best and “blatant ripoffs” at worst have always been a part of the game industry.

I couldn’t help but think of this after my first thrilling time playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in May of this year. You may have heard about this PC game: it’s a somewhat familiar-looking military shooter, albeit with clever rules that gradually force dozens of players to a giant island’s random “center” point. The result feels like a video game version of the Japanese film Battle Royale. The “early access” game is also setting records for concurrent player counts on Steam—which is particularly wild considering it costs $39.99, as opposed to popular free-to-play games like Dota 2.

Before the player counts climbed sky-high, however, I had already predicted a very PUBG future. “How long until other games rip this off?” I said to my online team via voice chat, shortly after I was sniped while foolishly running across one of PUBG’s open fields.

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Here’s how we’re already living in 1984

In the real 1984, a good time was had by all. Transformers was just airing on TV. The NES was out in Japan. Arnie and Stallone were making some of the best films ever put on celluloid.

But when people refer to 1984, they often aren’t talking about the ‘actual’ year at all. Instead, they’re probably talking about the fictional 1984, as it was depicted by George Orwell in the novel of the same name. But given the times in which we now live, fact has become stranger than fiction.

Orwell’s 1984 presents a dystopian future, a totalitarian state ruled by a party called INGSOC, where the public are controlled and spied upon to an extreme degree. Privacy and individualism are things of the past, as is free speech and even free thought. In Orwell’s fictional universe, this has partly been possible through the use of technology, which allows the party to constantly surveil its people and pervade every aspect of their lives.

Privacy and individualism are things of the past, as is free speech and even free thought.

But while the fictional 1984 may bear little resemblance to the real one, it’s got a little more in common with 2017. Or at least, it’s easy to argue that the book is more relevant today than ever before. Let’s take a look at some of the more striking similarities.

Telescreens

One of the most pervasive ideas from 1984 to stick in the mind is the concept of the ‘telescreen’. This was a television that effectively watches the user back (like when you stare long enough into an abyss.) These ‘monitors’ provide a way for the Party and ‘Big Brother’ to keep a close eye on the private activities of any of its citizens, thereby completely eliminating any semblance of privacy or personal space.

Fortunately, your average television does not have this capability (yet). That webcam on your computer though? Not quite so safe! Reports are rife describing just how easily government agents and hackers alike can take control of your webcam to have a peep at what you’re doing. Fortunately, we do have the option to just place a little tape over them when not in use. Your laptop’s microphones are a different story.

But how many other devices in your home record and watch you? We recently wrote about how an Echo device may become instrumental in an upcoming court case for instance. In that situation, a defendant may well be tattled on to the state by a device sitting in their home. A digital assistant is much harder to ‘switch off’ without losing its basic functionality. While Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant don’t listen in on everything you say, they certainly could.

This is now an omnipresent threat. Our homes are now packed with devices that can watch us, listen to us, and log our behavior. The strangest part is that most of those sinister-sounding abilities are the very same reasons we bought them in the first place. We like location tracking, always-ready voice assistants – Source

Gionee GN5007 spotted on TENAA with 6-inch display, 5,000mAh battery

A new Gionee smartphone has been spotted on the website of China’s TENAA. Listed as Gionee GN5007, the device is powered by an octa-core SoC with 1.4GHz processor, and sports a 6-inch display with 1440×720 pixel resolution.

RAM is 4GB, while internal memory is 32GB. The handset features a 13MP main camera and an 8MP selfie shooter. Measuring 156.3×75.6×8.6mm and weighing in at 187g, the phone runs Android Nougat (version 7.1.1) out of the box, and packs in a 5,000mAh battery.

As far as color options are concerned, the TENAA listing only reveals black. There’s currently no…

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend — and be careful with your new iPhone 8. – Source

How to use the new QuickType keyboard in iOS 11

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Get hired as a graphic designer with this online bootcamp that’s just $15

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These days, graphic design is one part talent, two parts Adobe proficiency. Full command of all the popular tools and tactics used by graphic designers is essential to career success, and luckily, can be mastered online with a training like the Graphic Design Bootcamp. Got the talent part down? Time to fill in the gaps.

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