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2nd November 2017

Waymo Enlists AutoNation to Maintain Driverless Test Fleet

The move is a sign that the self-driving unit of Alphabet, Google’s parent, is closer to putting its technology into cars in ride-hailing operations. – Source

7 Unique Amazon Echo Dot Cases and Stands to Amp up Your Home Decor

Personalize your Echo Dot with these unique cases and stands!

For all its great features and portability, the Amazon Echo Dot is rather uninspired when it comes to looks. The $50 smart speaker comes in two colors: black and white. It’s a short, relatively small puck with four buttons, a tiny speaker system, microphones, and an LED light ring. Depending on your decor (and where you choose to place it), the Echo Dot may blend in… or it may stick out like a sore thumb (I’m still not entirely certain sore thumbs stick out, but please pardon the digression). Whether you want to turn your Echo Dot into more of a statement piece or have it blend in seamlessly with your particular style, you’re going to need a case or stand to provide the proper camouflage. Without further ado, here are 7 unique Echo Dot cases and stands that’ll help you achieve your interior design goals!

Amazon Echo Dot Cases
Bamboo Echo Dot Case
Bamboo Echo Dot Stand
Dot Genie Flush Mount
Fintie Echo Dot Sleeves
NewRice Echo Dot Statues
This Dottie Echo Dot Mount

Amazon Echo Dot Cases

Amazon’s Echo Dot cases don’t necessarily fit the “unique” criteria because there’s a chance many, many other people have picked up a few of these. That said, the $10 to $20 sleeve comes in six varieties — odds are you’re going to find something that matches your style.

Designed and sold by Amazon, the case is a perfect fit for your Dot. You simply slide your Dot down into the sleeve, plug it in, and you’re ready to go. The sleeve comes in three fabric styles ($10 apiece) — sandstone (a grayish white), charcoal (a dark gray), and indigo (a denim blue) — and three leather styles ($20 apiece) — merlot (a deep red), midnight (a deep black), and saddle tan (a medium brown).

With so many options to choose from, you could have a perfectly matching Echo Dot for every room of your house!

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Bamboo Echo Dot Case

This bamboo Echo Dot case is not only a nice, natural look for your home, but it also serves as a light feature of sorts. Thanks to the fact that the Echo Dot sits down inside of the case, the Dot’s light ring beautifully lights up the edges of the bamboo.

You can get this bamboo Echo Dot case for the same price as Amazon’s fabric cases: $10. It’s lightweight, it’s simple, and it’s shaped perfectly to hold your Echo in place — it’s even got a hole in the back for plugging everything in.

If you want a splash of light brown, textured bamboo to accompany your Echo Dot, this case is the perfect choice!

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Bamboo Echo Dot Stand

A 747 story: The history of the jumbo jet – CNET

Since its first flight almost 40 years ago, the Boeing 747 has carried people, presidents and a Space Shuttle. Relive the history of the Queen of the Skies. – Source

‘Digital experience’ company Instart Logic raises $30M for global expansion

Instart Logic has raised $30 million in Series E funding. The company describes its technology as a “digital experience platform.” If that sounds vague, it’s partly because Instart Logic actually has a broad range of products, covering everything from performance optimization, image optimization, application firewall and its own content delivery network. Founder and CEO… Read More

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Glint raises another $20M to help companies figure out how their employees really feel

Glint, a startup that helps companies improve their employee retention rates, announced today that it has raised $20 million in Series D funding. The round, which includes participation from returning investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Shasta Ventures, brings Glint’s total funding so far to $80 million. Read More

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You will never know joy as pure as this baby laughing at her dad’s antics

You’ve heard of infectious laughter, but this is more like an epidemic.

SEE ALSO: Channing Tatum tells his daughter he’s eaten her Halloween candy, gets adorable response

A video is going viral of a dad entertaining his baby by pretending to drop her snack. Over and over she pushes her snack off the table and then bursts into uproarious laughter as her dad juggles it.

And just like that everyone who watched the video’s heart grew three sizes. …

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Apple’s AirPower wireless charger might cost a whopping $200

The Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus all support a new feature that no other iPhone in the past has had: wireless charging.
It’s a convenient way to charge up your iPhone without having to look for that cable and bother finding the port every time, and since it’s a Qi standard compatible, you can pretty much use most wireless chargers available.
Yet, Apple is making its own, one that will stand out with the capability to simultaneously charge not one, not two, but three Apple devices at the same time: typically … – Source

Does your Galaxy Note 8 show signs of lag?

Let’s see how Samsung’s latest holds up after a few weeks of use.

If you’re in the market for a big phone, one of your best bets is Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8. The Note 8 is a behemoth, and along with its huge footprint, it offers one of the best AMOLED displays around, a dual-camera system, the iconic S Pen, and so much more.

The Note 8 is also packed to the gills with some of the fastest silicon currently available, but even with its Snapdragon 835 (or Exynos 8895) processor and 6GB of RAM, the Note 8 isn’t impervious to Samsung’s heavy software customizations that tend to slow its devices down after just a few months or weeks of use.

Some of our forum users have already started to experience varying degrees of degradation, saying:

10-31-2017 05:59 PM

During the phone call switching back to the homepage it almost froze. Had to end the call and restart the phone and everything went back to normal.

It’s only been 1 month.

You guys have any problems yet?


10-31-2017 07:17 PM

I’m having a gallery lag where it will stutter opening and closing pics. Anyone have a solution to this?


With that said, most users seem to be quite happy with the Note 8’s performance.

10-31-2017 07:23 PM

Nope, totally fine and smooth here, always. AND that’s with being on the middle power save mode since day 1, which should cause more freeze ups because of the throttling of the CPU, but it’s been perfect.


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Trove of ‘Russian troll’ posts exposed by Congress

US senators reveal further examples of divisive social media propaganda they think Russia created. – Source

Distressingly designed Gionee M7 Plus leaks, packs massive 6.43″ 18:9 display

If you have fond memories of the 2014 Moto X with leather backing, the Gionee M7 Plus is comparatively more akin to a nightmare. Characterized as a “flagship” by prolific Android leaker Evan Blass, the M7 Plus apparently packs in an 18:9 6.43″ display, and is coming “soon.” The non-Plus Gionee M7 was announced and released in September, with a MediaTek Helio P30 and running Android 7.1.

As the photo indicates, the Gionee M7 Plus also has a dual camera setup with LED flash and a fingerprint reader.

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Deal: Samsung offers $200 in credit with Galaxy Note 8 purchase as T-Mobile makes it $130 cheaper

If you want to avoid picking up a Google Pixel 2 XL now given the current worries over its display, the Galaxy Note 8 might be a good alternative. Arriving with 6.3-inch, edge-to-edge screen, outstanding camera capabilities and beautiful design, we awarded it 9.1 out of 10 in our review — one of our highest scores this year. And now might be a good time to buy one.

T-Mobile has reduced the price of the Note 8 on its website by $130, bringing the total price down to $820 from $950 (you’ll still see the Note 8 widely available at the $950 price point too, it’s not just a loose MSRP). This applies both to the outright price and the instalment price for the phone — which comes in at $30 per month for 24 months — and it’s available Orchid Gray or Midnight Black color variants.

Editor’s PickBusiness-focused Galaxy Note 8 launches in US with 3 years of security updates

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 8 Enterprise Edition in the US. The $994 device was detailed in a press release earlier today, with authorized Samsung partners taking orders for the “business-first” phablet from today.

As …

Meanwhile, Samsung is offering $200 in Samsung Pay credit when you pick up the phone at T-Mobile as an extra incentive. This can be used anywhere Samsung Pay is accepted: all you need to do is sign up for Samsung Pay, join the Samsung Rewards scheme and upload your T-Mobile receipt to receive it. Better still, anybody who picked up a Note 8 between October 20 and now can retroactively get the $200 credit — go here for more details.

If you’re interested getting your hands on the Note 8, hit the button below, but act fast: the offer ends at midnight tonight (November 2).

Buy Now: Galaxy Note 8 at T-Mobile – Source

Chef’s special: Fine dining, with a side of tech – CNET

Beyond the fads and gimmicks, technology is subtly transforming the restaurant experience as we know it. – Source

LG V30 owners in Korea can preview Android Oreo

LG’s phones may be bothersome for its bottom line, but they boast a sizeable advantage for users: Quick access to Android updates. And it looks like the trend is set to continue with the company’s latest beaut, the V30. LG is currently letting owners… – Source

Facebook on Capital Hill, the world’s fastest mobile internet video – CNET

Today’s major tech stories include Facebook’s testimony on Capital Hill, the world’s fastest mobile internet and a survey revealing that some shoppers would rather a robot do the leg work. – Source

Android 8.0 beta program for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ now live, here are all the new features

After a week’s worth of rumors and teasing, Samsung has just kicked off the official Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for its current flagship stock, the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Owners of said devices that are located in the US, the UK, and Samsung’s home turf of South Korea.
The prerequisite for you joining the beta program is simple: in the US, you need to have an unlocked, Sprint, or T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S8/S8+ in order to partake. In case you’re a UK resident, an unlocked variation of either device would suffice. If that’s covered, then simply grab either … – Source

Razer Phone pricing info for Europe and North America

The Razer Phone is tied up in the gaming associations of its parent company, but there’s another way to look at it – a competitively priced Android flagship. Believe it or not, you don’t have to pay $1,000 for a Snapdragon 835 chipset and a 5.7″ QHD screen (120Hz screen at that).

Instead the pricing is as follows: $700 in the US, €750 in Europe and £700 in the UK. Pre-orders should start any moment now and sales in the launch countries kick off on November 17. will be selling the phone online in the US and Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark…

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China’s Uber is going to build a charging network to cover millions of electric cars

Didi Chuxing, which famously defeated Uber in China and conquered its huge domestic market, is planning to build an expansive charging network to support millions of electric cars.

The ride-hailing company has 21 million drivers, out of which 260,000 are driving electrics. That’s a mindbending one quarter share of the world’s entire two million EVs (electric vehicles) on the road — and Didi said it expects its EV fleet to hit one million in 2020.

SEE ALSO: Amazon patent shows how drones might some day charge your car

On Thursday, Didi pledged that its planned charging network would be large enough to also support other EVs owned by members of the public. …

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MIUI 9 global is now rolling out: Here’s the list of eligible devices

The global version of MIUI 9 is now starting to roll out to Xiaomi’s devices.

MIUI 9 was unveiled earlier this year in China, and now the global version of the ROM is starting to roll out to Xiaomi’s entire portfolio of devices. The manufacturer is making the update widely available, with the five-year-old Mi 2 set to receive the latest version. To put things into context, the Mi 2 launched with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

There’s a lot of exciting new feature additions in the global version of MIUI 9, including a retooled notification pane, new themes, animations, a native split screen mode, and much more.

Xiaomi shared statistics on MIUI usage around the world during the Redmi Y1 launch event in India. Globally, MIUI is available in 56 languages, and has 280 million active users in 220 countries. There’s clearly a lot of interest in Xiaomi’s custom ROM, and we’ll delve into the new features in detail in the coming days.

Here’s the full list of eligible devices for MIUI 9 global:

Mi Mix 2
Mi Mix
Mi Note 3
Mi Note 2
Mi Note
Mi 6
Mi 5
Mi 5s
Mi 5s Plus
Mi 4i
Mi 4
Mi 3
Mi 2
Mi Max 2
Mi Max
Mi Max Prime
Redmi Note 4
Redmi Note 4X
Redmi Note 5A
Redmi Note 3
Redmi Note 4G Prime
Redmi Note 2
Redmi Note 4G
Redmi 4
Redmi 4X
Redmi 3
Redmi 3S
Redmi 3S Prime
Redmi 2
Redmi 2 Prime
Redmi Y1
Redmi Y1s

The stable version of the ROM will be rolled out to the Redmi Note 4, Mi Mix 2, and the Mi Max 2 in the next two to three weeks, with a beta build available for all three devices right away. There’s no mention regarding when the other devices will receive the update, but we’ll share more details as we get them.

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Bitcoin price hits $7,000 for the first time

Bitcoin isn’t showing signs of stopping.

The cryptocurrency hit the price of $7,000 per one bitcoin early on Thursday, just weeks after it surpassed $6,000 for the first time.

SEE ALSO: How to make sure you don’t get swindled in an ICO

The rally has been incredible — after briefly hitting a low of around $3,000 on Sept. 14, Bitcoin has been breaking through all-time-highs. In October, the cryptocurrency’s market cap — the value of all bitcoins currently in existence — exceeded $100 billion for the first time. Right now, it’s at $117 billion.

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What was the deal with Mike Wheeler in ‘Stranger Things 2’?

In the grand tradition of sequels everywhere, Stranger Things 2 had more of everything – more demogorgons, more Will, more Steve being a good guy, more Hopper being Hotper (I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I knew as soon as I said it).

The one exception? Mike Wheeler.

SEE ALSO: ‘Stranger Things 2’ review: Binge-watching can’t disguise how bad this is

In Season 1, Mike wasn’t just part of the gang – he was the guy, around whom much of the action revolved. He was the dungeon master and ringleader; he was Eleven’s closest friend and ally; he was brother of Nancy, another key character.

This season, though, Mike takes a significant step back. He’s still there, but his position in the story is much less prominent. He doesn’t even really get a plotline to call his own. He’s a supporting player in Will’s storyline and a distant motivating force in Eleven’s. …

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Can Mophie make an argument for the $150 battery pack?

The Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL is a big, reliable battery that gets the job done.

Search “battery pack” on Amazon and there’s no shortage of high-quality options at reasonable prices. Once-unknown brands like Aukey, Anker, and RAVPower seem to have maneuvered their way to the tops of the search results, and hundreds of thousands of happy customers regale the user reviews sections with tales of successful deals on top-notch componentry.

When a battery pack that can charge a phone, a tablet, and a laptop at the same time costs a hair under $40, can Mophie convince people that it’s worth spending nearly four times that amount on a portable charger that has less capacity and fewer ports? That’s what we’re aiming to answer here.

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This is definitely the nicest-looking battery pack I’ve used, but that doesn’t mean much in the long run.

The Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL is a two-port charger with a USB-C port and a USB-A port splitting the responsibilities. Its 19500mAh capacity is, while capacious — especially for its relatively small size — not the biggest we’ve seen, but the Mophie is programmed to release that capacity as quickly as possible right now.

That’s because, in addition to the USB-A port that supports standard 2.4 amp output, the USB-C port uses the Power Delivery standard, allowing for up to 30W of output with a compatible device and proper cable. As we learned from the Pixel 2, most phones don’t support such wattage — it technically supports a 27W charger, but will only accept 18 watts, likely due to heat concerns. Still, the Mophie can charge a phone and tablet at the same time, or a phone and USB C-capable laptop (say, a Pixelbook), which is pretty great.

For most products on the market today, the USB-C port will output 3A, which is roughly equivalent to Quick Charge 3.0 speeds.

The battery itself is hefty and solid, wrapped in a fabric outer layer that, after a few weeks tossed into the bottom of my bag, has worn incredibly well. The single button uses four white LED buttons to indicate battery levels, and unlike many other chargers, the Powerstation is intelligent enough not to need an “on” button to start charging something that’s plugged in.

So why spend $150 on a battery when larger capacities are available at a third of the cost? Well, USB-PD is a burgeoning standard not supported by most battery chargers yet, and its licensing fees are reportedly higher than Quick Charge and other fast charging standards. Mophie is also well known for its high-quality components, and the Powerstation’s two-year warranty should be reassuring for those willing to take the plunge.

I can say that the Powerstation USB-C XXL is not three times better than the average battery – Source

Google says these tiny gadgets can protect you from hackers video – CNET

The internet giant says putting physical keys in the hands of its most at-risk users can protect them from government hackers. Here’s how they work. – Source

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti review: A fine graphics card—but price remains high

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Specs at a glance: GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
3x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0b with support for 4K60 HDR 10/12b HEVC Decode, 1x dual-link DVI
Release date
November 2
Founders Edition (as reviewed): £419/$449/€469

The GTX 1070 Ti is a great graphics card but a frustrating product. In the year and a half since the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1070 launched, Nvidia has faced little competition from rival AMD, which has been stretched thin across the launch of mainstream graphics cards like the RX 480 and high-end processors like Ryzen Threadripper. As brilliant as those products are, particularly Threadripper, it took until August of this year for AMD to launch a competitor to Nvidia’s year-old graphics cards. The resulting RX Vega 64 wasn’t the graphical powerhouse many were hoping for, with high power consumption and performance that couldn’t quite top a GTX 1080.

The one bright spot was Vega 56, which handily beat the GTX 1070’s performance across a wide range of games for around the same price (Ethereum mining price inflation notwithstanding). Given the age of Nvidia’s products, a price drop seemed like a natural solution. But this is Nvidia—and Nvidia won’t let AMD have nice things. And so we have the GTX 1070 Ti, a “kick a man when he’s down” kind of product that shatters the sole success story of the Vega lineup. For around a £20/$20 premium over Vega 56, the GTX 1070 Ti offers tangible boost in performance over a GTX 1070 and, when overclocked, performance as good as (if not better) than a GTX 1080.


The GTX 1070 Ti is based on the same GP104 GPU used in GTX 1070, but with a CUDA core count much closer to the GTX 1080—2,432 instead of 2,560. The GTX 1070 Ti isn’t a pumped-up GTX 1070; instead, it’s a cut-down GTX 1080, the key difference being the use of 8GB of standard GDRR5 memory instead of faster GDDR5X memory. Stock clocks are rated at 1,607MHz base and 1,683MHz boost, but as with all Nvidia graphics cards, the boost clock is typically much higher in real-world use with reasonable cooling. The Founders Edition card reviewed, which recycles Nvidia’s unremarkable if visually appealing blower-style vapor chamber cooler from the GTX 1080, consistently runs at 1,847MHz under load.

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Rebagg loses a ‘g’ to rebrand luxury handbag marketplace

Who needs two g’s when you can get by with one? Luxury handbag marketplace Rebagg is now Rebag because the startup “really wanted to elevate our game,” said Charles Gorra, founder and CEO. “Dropping the ‘g’ is a big symbol.” He believes that the shorter Rebag is more representative of the “simplicity” of the brand. “We also like the… Read More

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Blizzard shows off broadcast-friendly ‘Overwatch’ features

Last week Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan explained some of the tweaks Blizzard planned to make this game easier to follow for viewers, and now a new video actually shows them off. As Blizzard prepares to launch its professional Overwatch League… – Source

Maisie Williams admits she’s ‘really excited’ for ‘Game of Thrones’ to be over

Being a major star in Game of Thrones is obviously super cool — but it must be pretty darn time-consuming, too.

SEE ALSO: ‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams tweets response to video shared by ‘Stranger Things’ kid Finn Wolfhard

Everyone’s favourite list-keeper and Frey-slayer, a.k.a. Maisie Williams, recently spoke to BBC Newsbeat about her plans after Game of Thrones is over.

From the sounds of it, she can’t wait.

“I’m really excited for Game of Thrones to finish and there’s going to be time for me to do whatever I want,” Williams said.

“That’s just incredibly exciting and it will be nice to pick roles that I want to do.” …

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Despite ‘Christmas creep,’ Thanksgiving weekend still reigns – CNET

Online holiday sales will break the $100 billion mark this year, Adobe predicts, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday getting even bigger. – Source

Houston Astros’ first-ever World Series win was predicted by a Sports Illustrated cover back in 2014

When the Houston Astros clinched the team’s first-ever World Series championship just a minute or two shy of midnight on the East Coast on Wednesday night, they fulfilled a prophecy that had been laid out by Sports Illustrated — three years ago.

SEE ALSO: Why this Houston Astros player has an inspiring mission beyond baseball

The cover of a June 2014 issue of the magazine featured the headline “Your 2017 World Series Champs” with a photo of Astros outfielder George Springer, who, ya know, just won the 2017 World Series MVP award.

Called it… 😉

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) …

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Disney researchers are working on fireworks you can ‘feel’

If you’re blind or have low vision, fireworks can feel a little exclusive to those with full sight.

“Feeling Fireworks” is a new project attempting to make fireworks more inclusive for people with low or limited vision, or who are blind — yep, they’re fireworks you can “feel.”

SEE ALSO: This laser-equipped helmet can help a blind person ‘see’

A new project by Disney Research and ETH Zurich’s Dorothea Reusser, Espen Knoop, Roland Siegwart and Paul Beardsley, it’s a large-scale tactile firework show in which water jets are directed onto a flexible screen.

Users put their hands up against the other side of the screen, a rear-mounted Kinect detects the user, and they will be able to feel “tactile fireworks that are directly analogous to physical fireworks happening in the sky.” …

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Another blockbuster quarter for Alibaba as revenue surges 61%

Alibaba’s stellar financial performance continues unabated after the Chinese e-commerce giant again beat analyst expectations thanks to impressive growth in its core business at home. The firm reported total revenue of RMB 55.1 billion ($8.3 billion), beating expectations of RMB 52.2 billion according to a Reuters poll with 61 percent growth. Net profit for the period increased by… Read More

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