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14th September 2017

‘Red Sparrow’ trailer: Jennifer Lawrence basically gets her own Black Widow movie

Red Sparrow isn’t a Black Widow movie per se, but it kinda feels like one, doesn’t it?

SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘mother!’ is designed to get people talking, that’s for sure

Jennifer Lawrence stars as a young Russian ballerina who enters the Sparrow spy program. After a harrowing training period, she emerges as one of the agency’s top recruits.

Then she meets an American CIA agent (Joel Edgerton) whose fateful encounter has the potential to throw both of their lives in jeopardy. Sexy, sexy jeopardy.

Red Sparrow is in theaters March 2, 2018. …

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Game of Thrones will spawn its own finale multiverse to avoid spoilers

HBO isn’t leaving anything to chance when it comes to spoiler potential for its climactic Game of Thrones finale: The network will be shooting multiple endings for Season 8, the show’s next and final season (via Mashable).
The idea is simple – if no one, including the cast and crew, know which ending is the ‘real’ one, then it should make it very difficult to spoil. Read More

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Selena Gomez opens up about her recent kidney transplant

Selena Gomez has often taken a candid approach to discussing her struggles with lupus. On Thursday, she shared another part of her personal life, revealing that she underwent a kidney transplant this summer.

The actress and musician told her story though an Instagram post thanking her family, her team of doctors, and fellow actress Francia Raisa (of The Secret Life of the American Teen fame) for donating a kidney.

SEE ALSO: Selena Gomez doesn’t know how to use an eyelash curler in her gorgeous music video for ‘Fetish’

“She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me,” Gomez wrote. “I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.” …

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Hyperloop One is closer to deciding its first planned route

One of the ways that Hyperloop One is working out which routes it wants to build is through its “Global Challenge” program. It is, essentially, an X-Factor style competition in which candidate cities and states can audition for the prize of getting t… – Source

Hyperloop One reveals 10 strongest potential Hyperloop routes in the world

Hyperloop One wants to build a real, working Hyperloop – but it’ll need strong partners to make it a reality, across both industry and government. That’s why, in part, it held a global competition requesting proposals for routes around the world. The winners of that competition have now been announced, and the resulting routes span the U.S., the U.K, Mexico, India and… Read More

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Hyperloop One and Colorado to conduct Hyperloop feasibility study

Hyperloop One just announced 10 major finalists from its global competition to identify the best potential Hyperloop routes, but it’s already entering into a formal public-private partnership agreement with one of those candidates. The Colorado Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Hyperloop company to conduct a feasibility study of its proposed route linking Cheyenne… Read More

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iOS 11 on the iPhone X removes the Reachability option for one-handed use

When it comes to big screens, Apple has mostly played it conservatively: even its largest screen ever isn’t nearly as big as, say, the Galaxy Note 8. But even before this, iOS had possibly the best solution to the problem of being unable to reach the very top of the screen when using your device with one hand: Reachability. Just tap (not press) the home button twice, and the entire screen will shift down by half the screen height until you tap on something.
But wait, you might be thinking, what about the new iPhone X which doesn’t have a home button? Well … – Source

Google Tez is a new payment service reportedly coming to India next week

In the latest sign that Google takes India extremely seriously, the company could launch a new payment service in the country as soon as next week.

Indian news website The Ken, via TechCrunch, reports that the new payment service will be called Google Tez, which means “fast” in Hindi. The service will reportedly be separate from Android Pay, which is not available in India currently. The service could be introduced next Monday, claims The Ken.

Google Tez will integrate with Unified Payments Interface (UPI), the government-owned platform for mobile transactions, and other popular mobile wallet services like Paytm and MobiKwik.

Read: 8 things you didn’t know you could do with mobile wallets in India

Adoption of mobile payment services has been growing steadily in India, especially after a demonetization drive that removed large quantity of bills from circulation, creating a cash crunch in the process. With millions of new users coming online every year and fast adoption of mobile technology, the market for digital payments is estimated to reach $500 billion per year by 2020.

Back in July, the Indian press reported that Google was working with local regulators to obtain approvals for a payment service. Still, the launch of a separate service that is customized for India comes as a surprise.

The Ken spotted documents that show that Google applied for a trade mark for “Tez”. Interestingly, the company also sought to secure this brand in Indonesia and the Philippines. It’s unclear why Google would want to launch another payment service besides Android Pay, but the company is no stranger of duplicate and overlapping projects.

Read: Android Pay vs Apple Pay vs Samsung Pay Overview

Google has strong competition in India – Samsung brought Pay to the market in March, the same month Truecaller added mobile payment functionality to its app. Perhaps more worrying for Google, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is not far behind – the messaging juggernaut is said to be close to adding a payment feature to its wildly popular service.

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[Deal Alert] Get the Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh USB-PD portable charger for $88 ($22 off)

If you’ve been searching for the right portable charger, this might be just the deal for you. The Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh PD model is one of the best around, and with the use of a coupon you can currently get it for $22 off the retail price. That’s $87.99 instead of the usual $109.99, which is good value for what you’re getting. If that seems expensive at first, remember this is a USB Power Delivery-capable charger capable of charging some laptops.

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Mind the notch! Pros and cons of the iPhone X interface vs iPhone 8 (apps, video, browsing)

Apple employed some clever solutions for the interface navigation on its first “bezel-less” handset, the iPhone X. Instead of hitting a home key, you simply swipe from the bottom to get to base, or hold the touch to access your recent apps.
Alternatively, you can swipe left and right at the bottom where the home indicator is to go back and forth between apps, neat. Pulling down on the left or right of the “notch” will get you the control and notification centers, while holding the lock key will start Siri.

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This British TV channel has something of utmost importance to tell you about Twitter

As a broadcaster, Channel 4 is no stranger to spirited debate.

SEE ALSO: Rami Malek channels Freddie Mercury playing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Brian May approves

Which is why it’s a little surprising that their official account tweeted this bombshell yesterday.

BREAKING: The world’s problems will not be solved by arguing with strangers on Twitter. We’ll update you when we have more on this story.

— Channel 4 (@Channel4) September 13, 2017

Oh thank goodness someone said it! It’s just so splendid that they’ve put an end to all the disagreement on Twitter. Thankfully the responses were very mature as well. …

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Nokia 2 will come with a huge 4,000mAh battery

Hey, remember when Nokia 2 passed through the FCC? Buried under a mountain of wireless connectivity tests was the battery capacity – a whopping 4,000mAh! That’s a huge jump over the 5, 6 and 8 models, all three of which have around 3,000mAh.

The Snapdragon 210 chipset doesn’t use a lot of power – not because it’s very efficient (it’s a 28nm chip), it’s just not very powerful. Couple that with the rumored 4.7-5″ screen of modest 720p resolution, the battery life should be stellar. Certainly better than HMD’s current entry level phone – the Nokia 3 and its 2,630mAh battery.


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5 bezel-less and cheaper alternatives to the iPhone X

We have three new iPhones, but if you judge by all the news and talk, you would think Apple had just unveiled one: the Apple iPhone X.
The new iPhone X is certainly the one that has everyone’s attention with its new edge-to-edge screen and compact size, but with a prohibitive starting price of $1,000 for the base 64GB model, you might wonder if there is an alternative.
Of course, there is! In fact, the iPhone X is late to the bezel-less screen game, and we round up 5 great Android options for a lower price, but with … – Source

PSA: iOS now tells you when your iPhone’s battery needs replacement

When Apple released iOS 10 last year, some iPhone 6s and 6s Plus units suddenly started showing some major battery issues. The percentage bar was super-confused and phones started shutting off when the display would say they still have 35%-ish charge left.

Apple announced a free battery replacement program for a number of affected devices and that little (big) issue seems to have been mostly rectified since. However, it did raise awareness and got users asking themselves “How long will the battery in my iPhone remain healthy for?”.

Well, here’s a fun little fact — Apple silently added … – Source

Metacert’s Paul Walsh on ICOs, phishing, and the future of fake news

Metacert is a company that hunts down and kills fake news. Created by Paul Walsh, it can assess whether or not a link is trustworthy and warn you before you click. Further, he’s found great traction with ICO creators who are using the software to keep people from sending their investors to doctored websites. In this episode of Technotopia I talked to Paul about his work with fake news… Read More

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These Android phones support wireless charging

Does your phone support wireless charging?

Wireless charging has been around for a few years now, but sadly it hasn’t become as widely adopted as we’d like. And while Qi and Powermat and the various companies backing them fight it out, smartphone users are left in the cold.

However, many popular phones are beginning to embrace wireless charging, and if that’s something you’re looking for in your next phone, here’s a list of those lucky devices.

The best wireless charging pads for Galaxy S8

Note: All devices below support Qi charging. Devices marked with a * do not offer support for AirFuel or PMA wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 *
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8+
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active
LG G6 (U.S. versions) *
Moto Z (with Mod) *
Moto Z Play (with Mod) *
Moto Z2 Force (with Mod) *
Moto Z2 Play (with Mod) *

While wireless charging may not be as fast as a traditional plug, being able to plop your phone on a wireless charging block/stand/mat while at your desk, eating dinner, or sleeping can make a world of difference to the phone and its user.

We’ll update this list periodically with new devices that support this wonderful feature.

Update September 2017: Added the newest phones that support wireless charging.

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Meet Bogart, the first-ever bionic camel

Bogart the camel was born with hyper-mobile joints in his forelimbs, which prevent him from standing straight and walking. We met with Dr. Derrick Campana to see how he approached building Bogart’s orthotic to help him get on his feet.

Pawsthetics is a dive into the world of animal prosthetics where technological innovations give our favorite furry animals a second chance at a care-free life. …

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Yext looks to help businesses make their information more searchable by machines

Yext has been known for helping businesses get all their information (like location, business hours, and such) lined up correctly on the right apps and websites — and now it’s looking to make sure the rest of the pitch is right across the Internet. Yext, which went public earlier this year, said it is launching a feature called knowledge tags to help businesses make their websites… Read More

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Asteroid mining is our best hope for colonizing Mars – CNET

Asteroids will be the unsung heroes that help us become a multi-planetary species. – Source

Product Hunt wants to help you ship your product with its new product Ship

Product Hunt is hoping to make it easier for those who create products to market those products as well. Today, the platform where people vote up or down on startup products is launching a suite of tools for creators to generate demand for the products they make with a new suite of tools called Ship.
There’s already a lot of tools out there to help founders and creators market on the… Read More

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Voter registration websites make some records vulnerable

Those government websites that allow you to change voter registration details might seem convenient, but they also make you vulnerable to ID theft and could be used to manipulate elections. That’s what a team of Harvard researchers found when they to… – Source

Results: despite its price, the iPhone X is grabbing hearts

So, Apple announced three new phones — as expected —, and two of them were reiterations of the 4-year-old design — as expected —, while the third one was the radical all-screen iPhone X… as expected. Man, these leaks really kill the excitement of such events, don’t they?
In any case, a lot of the rumors about the iPhone X turned out to be untrue. It doesn’t have a Touch ID sensor embedded in the glass, it doesn’t have a “control strip” at the bottom, it doesn’t shoot lasers, and can’t make you a latte. Some would say it’s basically an animoji machine with a large display.
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Grab a bunch of premium Android icon packs, now free for a limited time on Google Play!

If you’ve been following our various columns on Android customization, then you should know by now that we have a soft sport for custom icon packs around here. And how couldn’t we? Applying a custom icon set is like giving your home screen a fresh coat of paint and is among the basic rights of every Android user out there!

There’s no such thing as having too many icon packs and don’t you believe anyone who tells you the opposite! Okay, okay, we kid, but we do like custom icon packs and we also like sharing our favorites with you, the readers!

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Daimler’s electric short-haul city trucks are coming to the U.S.

Daimler’s Fuso eCanter trucks, which are fully electric and have a range of 60 miles per charge, are making their way to the U.S. for the first time (via Reuters) for customers in New York City. Daimler’s announcement of the move for its Mitsubishi Fuso trucking unit comes at the same time as Elon Musk has set the reveal of Tesla’s all-electric semi truck for October 26.… Read More

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Pinterest celebrates 200 million users with new features – CNET

It took seven years, but the social network for pinning food inspiration and wedding goals reached a milestone. – Source

Girl meets mer-boy in the new ‘The Shape of Water’ trailer

It’s a tale as old as time: Girl meets mer-boy, girl falls in love with mer-boy, girl has to save mer-boy from a sadistic Michael Shannon.

… Okay, on second thought, maybe this story isn’t such a familiar one after all.

SEE ALSO: The most romantic movie of 2017 is about a woman who loves a merman

The Shape of Water is the new movie from director Guillermo del Toro, who’s always had something of a soft spot for monsters: Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim, and Crimson Peak are all from him.

The trailer plays up Shape of Water as a thriller, and it’s not not that – but it’s really even better as a romance. It’s sweet, smart, and surprisingly sexy, which isn’t a sentence I ever thought I’d type about a love story involving a sea creature. …

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Frances McDormand delivers a ‘Fargo’-level performance in ‘Three Billboards’

During a screening of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, the public audience broke out into applause after Frances McDormand finished a blistering speech about culpability.

And why were viewers were moved to show rare mid-showing affection? If one had to guess, it was in part the power of McDormand’s perfectly composed delivery, a masterful handling of tone and ferocity, and in part the nature of the monologue from writer-director Martin McDonagh.

SEE ALSO: Fall movie preview: What to watch if you’re obsessed with superheroes

The twists and turns of the dialogue exemplifies what this movie has to offer, a masterful use of language that never goes in the direction you’re expecting. …

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Google teases Pixel 2 announcement date for Oct. 4 – CNET

And it offers some hints about what we might expect from its next phone. – Source

Snapchat adds 3D Bitmoji to its augmented reality features

Last year, Snapchat bought Bitstrips, the company behind those now-ubiquitous Bitmoji you see everywhere. And Snapchat has also been working on World Lenses, which use AR to apply filters and emoji to the world around you. Now, Snapchat has combined… – Source

Samantha Bee investigates domestic terrorism in powerful ‘Full Frontal’ segment

“White pride, it’s back! …Because it never left,” Samantha Bee declared in Wednesday’s episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. “Emboldened racists are even wearing their white pride after Labor Day, which is just wrong.”

In a segment edited to look like the best conspiracy theory videos, Bee investigates the country’s biggest threat (according to a former homeland security analyst): homegrown white terrorism.

SEE ALSO: 80 totally benign things Trump condemned more harshly than neo-Nazis

Bee heads up to Portand, Oregon — a city with a modern reputation for liberalism but in a state literally founded by KKK members. She tracks down Christian Piccolini, a former neo-Nazi who started …

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