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6th November 2017

Facebook firing

Two years ago care home manager Rachel Burns lost her job after posting a photo on Facebook. Was she unfairly dismissed? – Source

Broadcom Offers $105 Billion to Buy Rival Chip Maker Qualcomm

The takeover bid sets up a battle between two of the biggest chip makers, whose products touch nearly every smartphone in the world. – Source

5G is a golden opportunity for Chinese OEMs

5G mobile networks are going to open up new experiences and possibilities for the Internet of Things (IoT), media businesses, and consumers. It also represents a major opportunity for infrastructure developers, researchers, and manufacturers. China is looking to play a major part in the development of 5G, with a number of its biggest companies heavily involved in standards and testing.

This situation is quite different from the development of the early 4G LTE standard, which was predominantly overseen by Japanese, South Korean and legacy telecommunications companies like Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, SK Telecom, Qualcomm, and LG U+, among others. There are more than 800,000 industry standards in the world, yet only 2 percent are internationally agreed upon, partly due to the difficulties in agreeing to rules across different legal systems. China accounts for less than 0.2 percent of these standards, and neither Huawei or ZTE are among the top 10 4G IP owners.

Editor’s PickHow is 5G actually going to work?

4G LTE is already providing millions of customers with super fast data, but with more and more carriers looking to flip the switch on even nippier 1 Gbps networks and phones boasting faster modems, it’s …

My inkling would be that the more robust legal systems, along with a long background in many technical industries, have historically favoured standard development in Western markets. China perhaps feels that it has been left out or stuck working with technologies devised by others. However, it’s clear that more active participation is going to be required if the Communist Party of China wants to realize its goal of becoming a global tech innovator.

Driving 5G development

Today, a wide range of Chinese telecommunication companies are working on the 5G (IMT 2020) standard and the accompanying radio technologies. Huawei and ZTE, two of China’s biggest mobile and telecom companies, are leading research into commercial 5G and stocking up on intellectual property. ZTE has submitted more than 4,000 international proposals concerning 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) since January 2016, and obtained three editor seats in key 5G specifications. The company is also taking a leading role in the world’s 5G testing, carrying out field tests with China Mobile and China Unicom this year, SoftBank in Japan, as well as working with Qualcomm, Baidu, and other industry players.

Huawei is similarly embedded in development, research, and testing of 5G networks with other partners. The company has demonstrated 5G-based remote driving with China Mobile and SAIC Motor, 39 MHz mmWave radio technology with NTT DOCOMO in Japan. It’s also partnered with Deutsche Telekom to test Europe’s first 5G connection. Huawei is working closely with Intel on New Radio testing to mature essential new short-range radio technologies. These companies aren’t just operating in China, they’re working closely with global partners to solve 5G problems.

LexInnova Technologies, a US consulting firm in the United States, estimated that China owned about 10 per cent of the “5G-essential” intellectual property rights relating to radio access, modulation and core networking. – Source

SquareTrade finds that the Apple iPhone X is fragile and costly to repair

SquareTrade, the company that offers protection plans for smartphone users (and is now owned by Allstate), took the new Apple iPhone X into its labs where it had scientific robots conduct a number of tests on the tenth anniversary model. The results were not good. As SquareTrade says, “The iPhone X’s new all-glass front and back and lack of a home button
lead to the most breakable iPhone ever.”

SquareTrade put the iPhone X through six tests. The tests and the results were as follows:

Face Down Drop Test: On its first drop, SquareTrade saw the iPhone X shatter, its screen … – Source

Trump’s tweets: A year in review video – CNET

The president’s provocative use of Twitter has forever changed America’s political landscape. – Source

AT&T Buyer’s Guide: Everything you need to know

Find out what AT&T has to offer.

AT&T is the second-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. with over 100 million subscribers across the country. It offers nationwide Voice and LTE data coverage on its network, using GSM and LTE technology for both voice and data, primarily on 700, 850, 1700 and 1900MHz spectrm.

AT&T offers unlimited talk and text wireless plans for individuals and families and have deals on the latest phones including the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. If you’re a loyal AT&T customer for other services, you’ll be happy to know that there are benefits to bundling your services together, but if you’re strictly looking for a wireless plan, AT&T’s base offerings are definitely on the pricier side — though they do offer affordable prepaid plans and the option to save by bringing your own device.

Read on to learn more about what AT&T has to offer, and find the best plan and phone deal for you!

Best Individual Plans
Best Family Plan
Best Phones
Best Deals on AT&T
How to cancel AT&T
How to unlock an AT&T phone
Finding an alternative carrier that uses AT&T’s network


Best Individual Plans

AT&T offers a range of mobile service options for individuals. We’ll start off with their standard talk, text, and data plans available when you’re buying a new phone through AT&T, then look at AT&T’s prepaid no-contract options, and finally your options for bringing your own device to the AT&T Network.

Talk, Text and Data plans
AT&T Prepaid
Bring your own device to AT&T

Talk, Text and Data plans

AT&T offers two base talk, text, and data plans for individual lines — the AT&T Unlimited Choice plan, and the Unlimited Plus plan.

The Unlimited Choice plan starts at $65 a month for a single line (before discounts) and includes unlimited talk, text, and data with standard definition video streaming and data speeds that max out at 3Mbps. It’s a great option if you don’t want to worry about managing monthly quotas and don’t mind the slower data speeds for video.

The Unlimited Plus plan is significantly more expensive at $95 a month (before discounts), but that includes high definition video streaming and 10GB of mobile hotspot usage all delivered at the fastest speeds available on AT&T’s nationwide 4G LTE network. Both Unlimited Choice and Unlimited Plus plans include an HBO subscription, which lets you watch all your favorite HBO shows on all of your devices.

Keep in mind the cost of these plans do not include payments towards a new phone. If you’re trying to budget getting a new phone on contract with AT&T, add an extra $25 to get a closer estimation of what your monthly bill might look like. However, there are ways to bring that bill down a bit. You can save $5 a month by signing up for AutoPay and paperless bills ($10 per month for multiple lines). And all DirectTV customers (existing and new) save an additional $25 when bundled with wireless service.

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8 waterproof phones you’ll want right now – CNET

The iPhone X is the latest high-end phone to feature water resistance. But there are others that are just as splash-friendly. – Source

Salesforce to offer more customized AI with myEinstein

It’s been just over a year since Salesforce introduced Einstein, a set of artificial intelligence technologies that are designed to underlie and enhance the Salesforce product set. Today, at Dreamforce, the company’s enormous customer conference taking place this week in San Francisco, it announced myEinstein, a package of tools it created to help developers and Salesforce… Read More

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Amazon adds its own discounts to third-party seller products

For the first time, Amazon is cutting the prices of third-party seller items at its own expense to be more competitive with other online sites, a move first spotted by the WSJ. Such items are labelled as “Discount provided by Amazon,” marking a new p… – Source

ChartMogul grabs $2.2 million to build the financial dashboard of your subscription business

What do you do when you want to create a software-as-a-service startup but it feels like everything has been built already? You build a product that helps existing SaaS startups. That’s what ChartMogul is currently doing with its subscription analytics platform.
The company just raised $2.2 million from Alven Capital, with existing investors Point Nine Capital and angel investors also… Read More

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Quip adds an App Store as it pushes toward full-blown collaboration platform

When Salesforce bought Quip, a document-based, mobile-first collaboration tool for $750 million last September, it may have seemed like an odd purchase, but Salesforce and Quip have been hard at work enhancing the product. Today at the Dreamforce customer conference in San Francisco, the company announced significant updates to the product designed to make it more of a central way to… Read More

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Broadcom offers to buy Qualcomm for a record $130 billion

Wireless chip manufacturer Broadcom has officially bid to buy its rival Qualcomm in a deal worth up to $130 billion. If successful, it would become the richest tech acquisition in history, nearly doubling Dell’s $67 billion purchase of EMC in 2015. R… – Source

Are you going to pick up an Essential Phone for $449?

A $250 discount is hard to argue with.

When the Essential Phone initially debuted earlier this year at its introductory price of $699, it left critics and consumers alike feeling quite polarized. The handset has some of the best hardware of any phone released this year, but the myriad of camera and performance issues made the Essential Phone difficult to recommend.

Numerous software updates and a substantial price cut later, and the Essential Phone is now more appealing than it’s ever been. Essential has made massive improvements to the camera speed and quality, and the recent drop from $699 to $499 made it much easier to swallow with the shortcomings the device still has.

On top of that $200 price drop, Best Buy recently took another $50 off for a final price of only $449. Here’s what some of our forum users had to say about this latest discount.

11-05-2017 08:07 AM

Dang… There are quickly becoming ZERO reasons not to buy this phone.


11-05-2017 08:58 AM

Thanks very much for the heads up. I just placed my order for the white. Also, sent in a return request for my Pixel 2 XL. I will be saving exactly $529. Yeah, I can live with an inferior camera and a tad less speed for that!


11-05-2017 09:04 AM

Man, this is getting REALLY compelling. I’ve been debating between this, a Pixel 2, or the iPhone X. I’m usually one to try to have the latest and greatest, but the money savings on this thing is really starting to make sense over those other two phones. Man, what to do?!


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How the best restaurants are going places with delivery tech – CNET

An appetite for restaurant-quality food at home has helped delivery company Deliveroo expand business for itself and the restaurants it serves. – Source

Trump’s itchy Twitter thumbs have redefined politics – CNET

In the year since his election, Donald Trump has used Twitter as an official White House channel for everything from policies and praise to bullying and brinksmanship. – Source

John Oliver slams dumb cities for giving tax breaks to Amazon and big dumb boats

There are two things you can be sure of in life: death and taxes. Unless you’re

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver slammed cities for offering absurd tax breaks to corporations in hopes that jobs will follow. Oliver focused his rage on Kentucky’s Ark Encounter, a giant replica of Noah’s ark that failed to bring real growth to the area and requires their employees sign a chastity pledge. …

More about Watercooler, John Oliver, Taxes, Culture, and Web Culture

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This fake WhatsApp app has been downloaded more than a million times

We’re surrounded by hoaxes, fake news, spam, malware and…fake apps.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp’s new feature lets you track your friends in real-time

A fake Android app which was disguised as an update to the popular WhatsApp messaging service was downloaded more than a million times from the Google Play Store.

Named “Update WhatsApp Messenger” and developed by “WhatsApp Inc.”, the app looked pretty much identical to the official one. It was changed to a different name and then deleted altogether, according to the Reddit user who first flagged the case.

Fake WhatsApp Update on #GooglePlay . Under the “same” dev name. Incl. a Unicode whitespace. One Million downloads

— Nikolaos Chrysaidos (@virqdroid) …

More about Tech, Android, Whatsapp, Google Play Store, and Fake App – Source

Broadcom offers to acquire Qualcomm for $70 per share

Following rumors over the weekend, chipmaker Broadcom has today confirmed it has approached wireless chipmaker Qualcomm with an acquisition offer that values the company at $130BN (including $25BN of net debt). Read More

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Essen 2017: Best board games from the biggest board game convention

Enlarge / Behold the craziness of Essen… (credit: Owen Duffy)

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at

Every October, the German city of Essen becomes the epicenter of tabletop gaming geekdom. Tens of thousands of visitors descend on the International Spieltage fair, where publishers from around the world debut their up-and-coming releases over four frantic days of dice chucking, card shuffling, and cube pushing.

For gamers, it’s an enthralling, bewildering, almost intimidating spectacle. Where gaming events in other countries, like Gen Con in the US or the UK Games Expo, incorporate celebrity guests, panel discussions, and side attractions, Essen is focused squarely on the games—everything from light and fluffy family favourites to impenetrable brain-melters.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 3 gets new Kris Wu Limited Edition variant

Xiaomi has outed a new variant for its Mi Note 3 smartphone. Dedicated to singer Kris Wu’s (a.k.a Wu Yifan) it comes to mark his 27th birthday.

The changes brought by the limited edition are entirely cosmetic. The model comes with the name of the singer printed on its back, but the internals and pricing remain the same. The variant is available for purchase in China.


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Bezos sells $1B in stock, Apple flags iPhone X screen issues video – CNET

In today’s top stories, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sells off company stock, Apple acknowledges iPhone X “burn-in” and T-Mobile and Sprint part ways. – Source

iOS 11 bug prevents some users from typing the word “I”

While some people are complaining that their Apple Watches are crashing upon asking Siri about the weather, a new bug discovered in iOS 11, or rather Apple’s cloud-based predictive text system, is preventing iPhone users running the latest iteration of iOS from typing the word “I”.
The strange bug causes the English first-person pronoun to appear as the letter “A”, accompanied by a weird unicode character, when typed in a text field. The unicode character either appears as an unidentified “[?]” next to the letter “A”, or as five horizontal bars stacked … – Source

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ made a surprising choice with some beloved characters

Spoiler alert: This post contains plot details for Thor: Ragnarok.

Thor: Ragnarok may be the best-reviewed Marvel movie of all time, but fans do have one major complaint.

//Honestly I’m like super salty that they just casually killed The Warriors Three and that Lady Sif just wasn’t even in the movie??????

— Thor (@GoldThunderGod) November 4, 2017

The third installment in the thunder god’s franchise purposefully takes a hammer to a lot of the established rules of its titular hero’s universe — Jane Foster and her other earthbound friends are nowhere to be seen, Mjolnir is shattered, and ultimately, Asgard is destroyed — but there’s one big change that seems particularly jarring, at least for fans of Mighty Thor’s comic book origins. …

More about Marvel, Thor, Thor Ragnarok, Thor Ragnarok, and Zachary Levi – Source

Broadcom is trying to take over Qualcomm in $130 billion mega-deal

It’s official: Broadcom has made an unsolicited offer to buy Qualcomm for $130 billion, confirming rumors from last week.

If the deal goes through – and that’s a big if – it would be the largest acquisition of a technology company in history. It would also bring more consolidation in a sector that has seen a flurry of mergers and acquisitions over the last three years. Qualcomm itself is in the process of acquiring control of NXP Semiconductors for more than $38 billion in cash. Broadcom has indicated that it’s willing to complete that deal.

$130 billion might not be enough for what is essentially a hostile takeover

Broadcom, in its current incarnation, is the result of the 2016 acquisition of Broadcom Corporation by Singapore-based Avago Technologies. The company, which has a major presence in Silicon Valley but is headquartered in Singapore, recently announced it would move its fiscal domicile to the US.

Broadcom offered Qualcomm stockholders $70 per share, including $60 per share in cash and $10 per share in stock. Broadcom also offered to cover $25 billion of Qualcomm’s debt. This brings the offer to about $130 billion, which is a 28 percent premium over Qualcomm’s stock price before news broke of the acquisition.

Still, it might not be enough for what is essentially a hostile takeover. Sources told CNBC that Qualcomm is likely to indicate that Broadcom’s offer is “far below what it would expect in a takeover.” Qualcomm will also express concern over the possibility that the merger would face regulatory opposition.

Despite the resistance, Broadcom seems determined to take advantage of Qualcomm’s current relative weakness. The San Diego-based chip maker is facing multiple antitrust investigations that are likely to result in billions in fines, and is in open conflict with one of its biggest customers, Apple.

Editor’s PickA lack of alternatives to Qualcomm is hurting the ecosystem

Smartphone enthusiasts are probably eagerly awaiting the arrival of Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835 SoC, which was unveiled back at the beginning of January. However, recent revelations suggest that consumers could be in for an unexpected …

Buying Qualcomm makes a lot of sense for Broadcom, which is already a dominant player in the Wi-Fi chip market. In addition to its well-known Snapdragon chips, which power most Android smartphones, Qualcomm is a big supplier of cellular modems and other connectivity chips. But the bulk of Qualcomm’s revenue actually comes from intellectual property licensing deals – thanks to its patents, mostly related to LTE, Qualcomm can demand a fee for virtually every smartphone sold. It’s a huge cash cow – albeit a controversial one – that Broadcom surely wants for itself.

Even if Broadcom manages to convince enough Qualcomm shareholders to accept its takeover offer, the deal still depends on regulatory approval. Considering the size of the two players and their complimentary businesses, the deal will go under close scrutiny, not only in the US, but also in Europe and Asia.

Now watch:

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Monument Valley 2 is now on sale for $4.99

Time to brush off your puzzle-solving skills.

Monument Valley became an instant classic shortly after its release in 2014, and ever since its debut, fans have been eagerly awaiting a sequel to ustwo games’ addicting puzzle adventure. Pre-registration has been open on the Play Store for Monument Valley 2 since this August, but after months and months of waiting, the day has finally come.

Announced last month, Monument Valley 2 is now available for purchase for Android. The title costs $4.99 and weighs in at a hefty 251Mb, and it’s already amassed a lot of five-star reviews. Out of the 291 reviews currently published on the Play Store, 283 are five stars, five are four stars, and three are three stars.

You’ll need to be running Android 4.4 or later to download and play Monument Valley 2, and assuming you have a device that meets that requirement, close this article, head to the Play Store, and buy the game right now. The first Monument Valley really was something, and with initial reviews for its sequel being so positive, we’re bound to be in store for something special once again.

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OnePlus 5T is almost here, but will the price go up again?

In the past few weeks, OnePlus has begun doling out none-too-subtle hints about the feature set of its next flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 5T. Now, ahead of its official unveiling in Manhattan, New York City later this month, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has teased the device’s final price tag.

Replying to a fan question on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, Lau confirmed that CNY 4,000 ($603) would be “enough” spare change to afford the upcoming handset. This suggests that we’re looking at a sub-$600 asking price for the OnePlus 5T.

What Lau’s response doesn’t answer, however, is how close will OnePlus get to that $600 threshold. Up until know, all of the OnePlus 5T leaks have focused on the device’s slimline, ‘bezel-less’ form factor. OnePlus itself has also steered conversation towards the phone’s rumoured camera improvements and, just last week, the Chinese OEM’s decision to stick with the traditional headphone jack.

On the price front, however, it’s all been suspiciously quiet. What we do know is that OnePlus has slowly raised the price of its flagships over the years, and this could continue with the OnePlus 5T.

While OnePlus had historically stuck to a single flagship device per calendar year, that all changed with the OnePlus 3T in 2016. Arriving less than six months after the debut of the $399 OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 3T bumped up the price to $439.

Another price increase followed with the OnePlus 5 earlier this year with buyers asked to stump up $479 at launch. If it wasn’t obvious already, we’re far beyond the days where OnePlus was able to offer its first ‘flagship killer’ smartphone for just $299. OnePlus and the wider market has morphed dramatically since 2014, with Apple now pushing the boundaries of what a flagship smartphone costs to beyond $1,000.

Editor’s PickLooking back at the OnePlus One (and cheaper flagships generally)

Remember the OnePlus One? Chances are, anyone who owned the phone remembers it fondly for a number of reasons (if you need a refresher, check out my OnePlus One review).

In 2015, flagship smartphones started around …

Nevertheless, any further price increase from team OnePlus is likely to draw criticism from some corners. However, even if the base model OnePlus 5T hits the maximum price suggested by Lau, is $599 really a huge ask for an elite Android flagship in 2017? That would still put OnePlus’ latest below, or on par, with high-end offerings from Samsung, HTC, and LG, as well as the recently released Pixel 2 from Google.

We’ll find out for sure in the coming weeks once OnePlus pulls back the curtain on its next marquee smartphone. Until then let us know in the comments whether or not a theoretical $120 price jump would put you off the OnePlus 5T.

As for the device itself, you can find out more in our dedicated OnePlus 5T rumors piece.

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Fox News impartiality breaches could threaten Sky merger

As Fox waits to find out whether it will be allowed to complete its merger with broadcasting giant Sky, UK media regulator Ofcom today delivered a fresh blow to proceedings. The watchdog confirmed that two Fox News shows, hosted separately by Sean Ha… – Source

Best new icon packs for Android (November 2017)

Hey, you, are you looking for a new icon pack?
If you’re into cusotmization, then you’re probably always on the hunt for the next great icon pack that would make its way to your homescreen and we really understand this addiction. In order to scratch both your and our itch, we regularly provide you with monthly icon packs that should act as a fix for your cravings.
This month is no different as we’ve separated the wheat from the chaff and now present you with all the icon packs that are worthy of their salt. Here goes:
Moonshine … – Source

New pathway for handling stress discovered

Researchers at the University of California San Diego studying how animals respond to infections have found a new pathway that may help in tolerating stressors that damage proteins. Naming the pathway the Intracellular Pathogen Response or ‘IPR,’ the scientists say it is a newly discovered way for animals to cope with certain types of stress and attacks, including heat shock. – Source

Researchers develop milestone for ultra-fast communications and computing

Researchers have discovered that a special kind of perovskite, a combination of an organic and inorganic compound that has the same structure as the original mineral, can be layered on a silicon wafer to create a vital component for the communications system of the future. That system would use the terahertz spectrum, the next generation of communications bandwidth that uses light instead of electricity to shuttle data. – Source

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