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10th September 2017

How Fanatics knows what jersey you want to buy before you do – CNET

The sports gear e-tailer’s intricate analytics platform teases out customer demand. – Source

Sony VPL-VW285ES projector first look: Eyes on 4K for $5K – CNET

We take a quick look at Sony’s just-announced “low” cost 4K projector. – Source

Ben Heck’s mini pinball: Pop bumpers and targets

The team is making progress with the miniature pinball machine. Felix designed the printed circuit board for the electronics control of the game using a Teensy and an Arduino. The layout of the board will be mounted toward the back of the device… – Source

Zello tops US app store as the walkie-talkie for hurricane volunteers

With Hurricane Irma hitting Florida’s southern islands as a category four storm, and more than 6.3 million being told to evacuate Florida, being able to stay in contact with the outside world is a high priority. As a result, smartphone apps which can help coordinate rescues and responses have become crucial to efforts. The main one that’s being talked about — and… Read More

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I am the empress of fall and if you drink hot coffee before the equinox you are dead to me

I am who they call the Empress of Fall — a title I gave myself after purchasing approximately 300 plastic gourds from a basement Michael’s.

And as autumn approaches, here is my warning: if you dare to drink a cup of hot coffee before Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, I will absolutely erase you from my life.

Nothing matters more to me than this.

As temperatures drop by only a few degrees in my particular region of the U.S., I have borne witness to a number of incidents that have shaken me to my core. It appears that some people returned home from their Labor Day trips with the curious idea that it is time to suck down the hot bean water. That couldn’t be further from the truth. It is actually time to suck down the cold bean water. …

More about Humor, Coffee, Culture, Web Culture, and Work Life

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From the Editor’s Desk: HTC x Google

Is HTC on an inevitable path towards acquisition? And how might a Google buyout in 2017 look different to the Motorola deal of 2012?

So, Google might buy HTC’s smartphone business — or at least make a sizeable investment in the struggling phone maker. This story from the Taiwanese press, which broke on Thursday, has understandably invited rampant speculation around the future of what was once one of the biggest names in mobile.

To recap:

Chinese-language publication Commercial Times says HTC is in the “final stage of negotiation with Google for selling its smartphone business unit.” The deal may involve a straight buyout of HTC’s smartphone biz, or Google becoming a “strategic partner” for HTC. However, it’s unclear what that might involve, given the close partnership that already exists between the two around Android, Pixel and other projects — a strategic investment in the company is one likely possibility. The deal will be concluded by the end of the year at the latest, the report claims.

Oh boy.

Let’s gloss over the more vague possibility of a “strategic partnership” for the moment, and concentrate on what might actually happen if Google parent company Alphabet (with its almost $95 billion of cash on hand) snapped up the smartphone arm of HTC, a company with a market cap of just $1.86 billion. Even considering the diminished status of HTC today when compared to its glory days, it’d be a huge development in the mobile business. (It’s worth noting that Vive, which is a separate business unit, wouldn’t be included in any potential deal.)

But haven’t we been here before, with Motorola becoming “a Google company” back in 2012? Google’s last phone maker acquisition has been brought up again and again in news articles and thinkpieces over the past couple of days, the suggestion being that Google would never buy another smartphone manufacturer after it ended up selling on Moto to Lenovo — at a loss — just a couple of years later.

There’s potential for a much deeper dive into both deals, but let’s keep things simple for the purposes of this column. The bottom line is that Google basically bought Motorola for the many valuable patents it owned. If it hadn’t have opened its wallet back in 2012, those critical patents could’ve been used to pummel cash out of other Android manufacturers — backed up by the very real threat of import bans or other legal chicanery.

Through the Motorola deal in 2012, Google became a smartphone vendor by accident.

We’re now half a decade removed from the smartphone “patent wars,” back when Apple actually succeeded in having some Samsung phones blocked from sale in the United States. But if a hostile party — like the lawsuit-happy Rockstar Consortium, made up of big names with an interest in Android’s downfall — had gotten hold of Motorola’s patents, it could’ve slowly but surely drained the life out of Google’s mobile platform.

Google didn’t buy Moto in 2012 – Source

The complete list of Alexa commands so far – CNET

Here are all the things you can ask Alexa to do. (Dad jokes included.) – Source

Technology, complexity, anxiety, catastrophe

You wake up. Check your phone. Something happened overnight. People are upset. The actual news is uncertain, it’s too soon for context and understanding, but it’s not too soon for everyone to quickly confirm their biases. It’s never too soon for that. You shower. Get dressed. Get ready for your job. Work emails have already begin to flood into your inbox. Some automatic,… Read More

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When a British daredevil attempted a rocket-powered speed record on Loch Ness

More about History, Retronaut, Scotland, World Records, and Loch Ness Monster – Source

Startup buzzkill: California bans drone delivery services of legalized pot

Enlarge / Don’t expect this method of package delivery to show up at your front door anytime soon. (credit: Getty /Aurich)

A new Gold Rush is upon us in the Golden State of California.

But this latest wave concerns us with nuggets of a different sort: marijuana. California voters have legalized it, and now state regulators are adopting distribution rules and a plethora of weed-related laws ahead of a January 1 deadline to begin issuing retail licenses.

Make no mistake, from a purely business standpoint, the legalization of marijuana in California, home to Silicon Valley and the nation’s largest economy, will sooner rather than later equate to a gold mine of opportunity for startups and established businesses. That economic boom includes everything from agriculture, real estate, banking, software, to security, paraphernalia, and you name it.

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A rare, destructive hurricane is coming to Florida today

Enlarge / European model forecast position for Irma on Sunday evening, and future track. (credit: Weather Bell/Ars Technica)

Hurricane Irma made landfall on Sunday morning along the Florida Keys, with sustained winds of 130 mph. Although Irma has weakened some, this is still a rare and powerful storm that will have devastating effects on parts of the Florida peninsula, and will disrupt the entire state for days.

Irma’s forecast track is pretty well locked in, as the storm should essentially cruise up the western coast of the state—with the center remaining just on or off shore—before moving into the Florida panhandle, Georgia, and Alabama before dying over the southeastern United States. Winds, storm surge, and inland rain are all major threats for Florida.

Low pressure

When you watch television coverage of hurricanes, wind speeds get all of the attention. But for scientists, the key determinant of hurricane intensity is central pressure—the extent to which a storm’s center is lower than the Earth’s normal sea-level pressure of 1013.25 millibars.

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Sloane Stephens just won a lot of money at the U.S. Open but her reaction is priceless

A $3,700,000 check is bound to elicit an elated facial expression from anyone. If it doesn’t, can we really trust you?

Sloane Stephens might just have had the best reaction to receiving her multi-million dollar check upon winning the U.S. Open this weekend. The 24 year-old’s face lit up and her shock is relatable and probably the same exact face you would make if in this scenario.

SEE ALSO: 4 sports enthusiasts who overcame astigmatism for the love of the game

Madison Keys, who came in second place, jokingly offered to hold onto the check for Stephens as she accepted the goods.

According to ESPN’s …

More about Sports, Tennis, Us Open, Sloane Stephens, and Culture – Source

VolumeSync syncs together your notification and media volumes

Slightly over a week ago, XKCD posted a comic highlighting Android’s volume problem. Mainly that trying to turn down the media volume before media playback starts usually results in the ringer volume being changed instead. But as the old saying goes, “there’s an app for that,” and the app for this is VolumeSync.

As the name implies, this app will sync together your various volume levels. While the main use is to make the notification and media volume identical, you can sync up even more categories, like alarms and in-call audio.

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VolumeSync syncs together your notification and media volumes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 International Giveaway!

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone each and every Sunday!

A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 International Giveaway: Adriana X. (Greece).

This week we are giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 courtesy of Zizo Wireless!

If you want to protect your phone in style, Zizo Wireless can help. Whether you’re looking for a high-quality case, screen protector, Bluetooth speaker, or even a selfie stick, Zizo Wireless is your affordable one-stop-shop for all things mobile.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 8 is the definition of a power user’s dream phone. Not only does it sport the most top-of-the-line specs, it’s also one of the more feature-packed smartphones out there right now. If a Snapdragon 835, 6 GB of RAM, a dual-camera setup, and an S Pen aren’t doing it for you, just remember that the Note 8 has the best smartphone display on the market.

To learn more about the Galaxy Note 8, check out our related articles below:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Do bigger things, at a bigger price
Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Essential Phone
Top five Galaxy Note 8 features

Enter giveaway

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 International Giveaway!

More giveaways

Best Android Phone (September 2017) Giveaway – AndroidAuthority.com

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iFixit wrangles with glass and glue in Galaxy Note 8 teardown

iFixit

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is less than a week away from release and considering the explosive demise (quite literally) of its previous incarnation, you have to give a lot of credit to Samsung for boldly reigniting consumers’ passion for its flagship phablet with a new style to match its extensive feature list.

Taking design cues from its smaller sibling, the Note 8 inherits the Galaxy S8’s stunning Infinity Display, while also surpassing it in other areas – most notably with the addition of a dual camera, which is a first for the South Korean giant.

As we’re told from a young age however, beauty isn’t just on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Unfortunately for the folks over at iFixit, its extensive teardown of the Note 8 got more than a little ugly.

Most of the pain the team suffered through stemmed from the Note 8’s glass construction, as it found that both the front and rear panels are glued together with a large amount of devilishly strong adhesive.

This is a concern the iFixit team has observed with Samsung flagships for several years, including with the Galaxy S8 and the revived Note 7 FE. In addition, it found the glass securing and protecting the phone’s celebrated edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display to be very fragile.

While not surprising considering Samsung’s recent output, iFixit’s assertion that it would be incredibly tricky to replace the front glass without causing significant damage to the display will no doubt disappoint those hoping to sidestep phone repair specialists, in the event their Note 8 falls foul of an untimely drop, with a quick fix at home.

Samsung’s glue-happy approach also extends to the phone’s 3,300 mAh battery. To avoid any Note 7 flashbacks, the team opted to put aside its usual heat packs and used adhesive remover to free the potentially combustible lithium-ion battery.

Underneath the motherboard and multiple camera modules – including that much-vaunted rear wide-angle/telephoto dual camera, which iFixit confirms support optical image stabilization – the outlook improves dramatically.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Do Bigger Things, at a Bigger Price

As with its recent predecessors, many of the internal components, including the USB-C port, the retained 3.5mm headphone jack, and a litany of front facing sensors, are completely modular.

So, if you can somehow get into the Note 8 with causing irrevocable damage then you’re in luck. Otherwise, you’re best off leaving any repair-work to hardened professionals.

Unfortunately that scenario leaves the Note 8 with a lowly rating of 4 out of 10 on iFixit’s repairability scale, which is the same score the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 7 FE received (at least they’re consistent!), but one higher than the dismal 3 out of 10 awarded to 2016’s Galaxy S7.

The Galaxy Note 8 also comes in three points higher than the score iFixit recently gave to Essential’s debut device, the PH-1, which received the lowest mark possible with a miserable 1 out of 10.

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Counterclockwise: IFA through the years, the most exciting phones and watches

IFA ended this week, bringing new smartphones, smartwatches and other consumer gadgets. Was it more exciting than previous years? Well, let’s go back through the archives to see how the 2017 event stacks up.

2012

IFA used to be the home of the Galaxy Note. In 2012, Samsung brought out the Galaxy Note II as well as the Android-powered Galaxy Camera. Sony trotted out the Xperia T flagship (aka the Bond phone) and the waterproof Xperia V. Sony’s camera, the NEX-5R was not Android-powered itself, but had many connectivity options to share its photos with a smartphone.

Samsung…

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This is Motorola’s first Android One phone, likely coming to the US

The next manufacturer to join the Android One program could be Motorola, according to a leak from Evan Blass.

Blass just shared a render of an Android One-branded Motorola device. The phone looks identical to the mid-range Moto X4, which Motorola introduced during IFA earlier this month, except for the Android One badge at the bottom of the device. Blass didn’t reveal any other details about the phone, but previous reports suggest we might be looking at the first Android One phone for the United States.

Pieces of the puzzle

Back in January, The Information reported that Google is working with unspecified OEMs to launch Android One in the United States. One potential partner was LG, according to a person familiar to the matter, though The Information stopped short from naming any companies. According to the report, Google was aiming at a $200-$300 price range, with a release by the middle of the year. That didn’t pan out, obviously.

In April, 9to5Google shared several “rumor tidbits” regarding the US launch of Android One, including the name of the two candidate devices for the initial release: Moto X (2017) and a mysterious HTC E37. The publication pointed at a higher price range ($300- $400) and a release around October-November.

Could this be the One?

Back to the present, and we now have palpable evidence that Motorola is part of the Android One project. The Moto X4 will be landing in Europe this month for €399, which somewhat matches 9to5Google’s rumor of a $300-$400 price tag in the US. Phone makers often price devices in Europe at the same nominal price as in the US, just swapping the currency symbol; i.e. €399 >> $399.

It’s possible that the Android One Moto X4 will be launched along the new Pixels, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Google and Motorola would want to put some distance between their devices.

It’s worth noting that The Information said that more OEMs could be allowed to release Android One phones in the US after the initial launch (Google seems selective about who gets to participate). As already mentioned, LG and HTC may be interested.

On a – probably – unrelated note, HTC is said to be in advanced talks with Google for a sale or strategic investment.

Mi A1 for the West

The Moto leak comes just days after Xiaomi introduced its own very attractive Android One device, the Mi A1. I called the Mi A1 the most exciting Android device of the moment, thanks to its excellent value for money and potential to bring better software updates to the masses.

Read: Xiaomi Mi A1 first impressions – How’s stock Android on Xiaomi hardware?

The Mi A1 will be sold in 40 countries, but none of these markets are in Western Europe, US, or Canada. It’s possible that the Android One Moto X4 will be the Mi A1’s counterpart in the West, albeit at a higher price.

Regardless of region, it’s clear that there’s a still a huge – Source

Google adds playback speed option on YouTube for Android and iOS

A brand new feature is slowing rolling out to YouTube users on Android and iOS devices, one that will surely make them happy. Google has just announced it is now allowing YouTube users to choose the playback speed of the videos they are watching.

Variable speed playback is available on the desktop app for several years now but only made it to mobiles this week, even though it was the most highly requested features.

Once Google finishes rolling out the new feature, YouTube users will be able to speed up or slow down videos in the iOS and Android apps. According to developers, the playback … – Source

Deal: Get a free wristband worth $24.95 when you buy the Nokia Steel smartwatch

Since Nokia purchased
Withings, some of the latter’s products have started to sell even
better than before, probably due to the portfolio rebranding. The
Nokia Steel is no exception, as the Finnish company confirmed back in
May the smartwatch has excellent sales since it announced the
acquisition of Withings.

To make the wearable
device even more appealing, Nokia is now running an interesting
promotion on the Steel analog smartwatch. The deal seems to be
limited to the United States, but you can order the smartwatch from
anywhere in the world.

So, if you buy the Nokia
Steel via Nokia’s … – Source

Tesla extends range on cars to help owners avoid Hurricane Irma

Tesla may have software-limited the battery capacities of some cars to upsell owners to pricier trim levels, but it’s now clear that the company is willing to lift that limit during a crisis. The EV maker has confirmed to Electrek that it temporarily… – Source

How to get maximum value from Google Sheets

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.

Gone are the days when Microsoft Excel held a monopoly over the spreadsheet world. Google Sheets has proven itself an equally powerful and versatile data management program. Plus, it’s available for free while Excel is most definitely not.

SEE ALSO: How to make upwards of $1,000 a month by mining cryptocurrency

Sheets will undoubtedly become more popular and ubiquitous as time goes by, so now is the time to learn all of its secrets. The …

More about Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Shopping Solo, and Shopping Onlinelearning – Source

Aliens probably made this cube-shaped speaker—and it’s awesome

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In a world where every new audio device to hit the market sports the same basic shape, one speaker dared to reject the tube and embrace the cube.

The Cube Bluetooth Speaker features one of the most striking designs this side of the galaxy, only matched by its out-of-this-world sound quality. (Yes, you just got double punned.)

SEE ALSO: Behold, a levitating Bluetooth speaker in the shape of the Death Star

True to its name, The Cube is a square-shaped wireless speaker distinguished by colorful LED trim that illuminates along with your favorite tunes. It easily pairs with your smartphone or any device with a Bluetooth connection and delivers high-quality audio with booming bass and shimmering treble. …

More about Tech, Music, Bluetooth, Speaker, and Mashable Shopping – Source

Top 10 trending phones of week 36

As the spring announcements are raining upon us, the top 10 trending chart saw plenty of movement this week.

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 couldn’t replicate the success of the Galaxy S8 and had to concede the first spot after just two weeks. There was just no stopping the newly announced Xiaomi Mi A1 – the first stock Android device by the Chinese company.

In a much more surprising development, the Apple iPhone 6s took the final spot on the podium, climbing two more spots and edging out the Nokia 6. Apple is having various deals and sales events for its 2015 flagship and they seem to be…

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The new phones of week 36

A bunch of new hardware debuted this week as manufacturers keep working overtime to strengthen their Fall and holiday season squads. The Xiaomi Mi A1 was the most interesting of the bunch, becoming the first stock Android device by the Chinese company, but it was only one of the eight new
launches.

Huawei showcased its Honor V9 Play mid-ranger with a compact stylish shell, but otherwise unassuming specs. It’s priced very attractively though, so it might be worth keeping an eye on if you are on a tight budget. Alongside it came the Honor 6 Play, which is the Honor-branded twin to the…

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EU countries aim to raise tech firms’ taxes by targeting revenue

It’s no secret that European countries want major tech firms to pay more taxes, but how will they go about that beyond collecting back taxes? By taxing the companies where they’ll feel it the most, that’s how. The finance ministers of France, Germany… – Source

MIT is crowdsourcing hurricane flood maps in Florida

People in Broward County, Florida have one more map to rely on this weekend as Hurricane Irma passes through the state. MIT has launched RiskMap, a crowdsourced platform meant to track and map flooding by relying on people’s social media reports, as… – Source

Leaked iOS 11 Gold Master reveals new wallpaper, Animoji, AirPods 2, True Tone Display and more

Apple’s decision to leak the Gold Master version of iOS 11 and then take it down brought forward all kinds of interesting leaks Saturday afternoon. We’ve already gone through several of them, and now we have some more including new Wallpapers coming to Apple’s latest mobile OS build. Also coming to iOS 11 are Animoji. These are animated emoji that use your voice and reflect your facial expressions. For example, using the Face ID camera, you’ll be able to create an animated image of poop emoji with your facial characteristics!

Another leak reveals that there will be a sequel to the wireless … – Source

YouTube brings playback speed choices to mobile

The ability to choose playback speeds on YouTube can be pretty valuable. You can use it, say, whenever you need to see what’s going on in a tutorial in slow motion or just want to speed watch a random vlog. Now the feature has finally made its way to… – Source

Weekly poll results: V30 was the best at IFA

IFA 2017 came and went and we saw some hot new hardware debut there. And now that the votes have been counted we can clearly see that one of the phones to debut was much more exciting than the rest – the LG V30 got nearly three quarters of the votes.

LG V30 • Sony Xperia XZ1 • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact • Motorola Moto X4

The Sony Xperia XZ1 and Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact are virtually tied for second place, but neither managed more than 11% of the votes.

The Motorola Moto X4 was dead last – only 6% thought it’s more exciting than the other three. Perhaps part of the reason is…

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Spotify no longer streams music in Apple’s Safari web browser

If you use Safari to stream Spotify tunes, you’re going to need a plan B. Listeners have discovered that Spotify’s web player no longer works with Safari. Visit and you’ll be asked to either use an alternative browser or fire up the native Mac app…. – Source

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