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7th November 2017

OnePlus to charge a $40 fan fee for its 5T event, but it’s all for a good cause

Fans of the OnePlus brand that used to be everyone’s favorite underdog when it delivered flagship level specc’d phones for $400, will be delighted to hear that they can attend the event where the next edition of the OnePlus saga – the 5T – will be announced. Unfortunately, they will have to shell out $40 for the privilege, but it’s for a good cause, as the company will be donating the entry fee to charity.
The phone is supposed to see the light of day on November 16 in New York, and launched shortly thereafter on November 21 at 9:00 am ET (Eastern Time). … – Source

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review – CNET

This snappy, all-screen phone costs less than the Note 8. – Source

These sites raise ‘sex ed’ to the next level video – CNET

“Social sex” companies are using interactive and user-generated content to educate about the nuanced and vulnerable sides of intimacy. – Source

How does real sex look? These sites show the awkward truth – CNET

Does uncovering the vulnerable, clumsy sides of sex make you better at it? These “social sex” companies think so. – Source

Marvel’s Black Panther rules. Literally – CNET

As Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman — known for playing characters forging new ground — takes on another trailblazing role. – Source

Google Pixel 2 ad takes a sly shot at iPhone storage woes

Here’s something that shouldn’t come as a surprise: Google knows what makes a good advert.

While the big G has built a reputation known the world over as a search giant, both Google, and in turn its parent company Alphabet, makes staggering amounts of money through advertisements. In 2016 alone, the company’s ad revenues totalled a whopping $79.4 billion.

As such, it also shouldn’t come as too much of a shock that commercials advertising Google’s own products are uniformly excellent. Whether it’s that classic Android advert backed by Andrew W.K.’s cheesy banger ‘Party Hard’, or the glut of stellar teasers for every Made by Google device you can think of, Google knows how to grab your attention with a quick video.

This is certainly the case with the latest Google Pixel 2 advert, which expands on the phone’s first “More, more, more” trailer with rapid-fire clips showcasing the device’s enviable feature list.

The jaunty clip shows various people asking whether the Pixel 2 can perform certain tasks – such as predicting the weather, controlling smart home lighting, setting reminders – while also showing off the Pixel 2’s low-light camera nous, it’s machine learning smarts, and the phone’s ever-friendly AI companion, Google Assistant.

Editor’s PickGoogle Pixel 2 November update addresses the device’s biggest problems

Google vowed to address many of the issues surrounding the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL last month following numerous user complaints. These began almost as soon as the devices were released in mid-October, and …

Much like the “satisfyingly not new” headphone jack dig from last year (which isn’t quite as funny now, I guess), the ad also contains a beautiful jab at Apple’s popular smartphone range. This time the punchline is the iPhone’s stringent storage compared to the Pixel 2’s unlimited cloud storage for photos (for a limited time).

In the ad, a woman asks whether she’ll ever see a “Storage Full” notification on the Pixel 2 when taking photos. The notification which pops up in the middle of the commercial is clearly a straight copy of an iOS-style alert. Brutal.

Let us know what you think of the advert in the comments. Is it better than Samsung’s latest effort which brilliantly mocks Apple’s phones and fans over the last decade? Maybe not.

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Intuit launches QuickBooks Capital, a small business lending service powered by AI

Intuit, the company behind products like QuickBooks and TurboTax, is getting into the small business lending space. With QuickBooks Capital, QuickBooks users can now get access to small business loans up to about $35,000 for up to six months right from inside their bookkeeping software. It’s worth stressing that Intuit is lending its own money here. This is not some kind of referral… Read More

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Tesla acquires automated manufacturing machine supplier Perbix

Tesla is moving to turn around its output challenges with the Model 3, with a new acquisition reported by Bloomberg of a supplier whose focus is on automating production. The automaker acquired Perbix, a supplier it’s been working with for the past few years, with the deal coming to light just after Tesla addressed its production difficulties with the Model 3 on its most recent… Read More

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The merger between AT&T and Time Warner is a raw deal for the rest of us

Any day now, the Department of Justice will announce whether the AT&T-Time Warner mega-merger will be permitted. And anyone with a cell phone, a cable subscription, or an internet connection has a huge stake in this decision. Read More

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Intel and AMD team up, Broadcom sets eyes on Qualcomm video – CNET

The biggest stories in tech include a surprising team-up between Intel and AMD, Broadcom setting its eyes on a Qualcomm acquisition and most Amazon Prime customers really want nothing to do with the company’s new “Key” service. – Source

This is the most blatant Overwatch clone for phones, but you probably can’t download it

The mobile game world is littered with all types of titles — freemium puzzles, click-and-wait strategies, games with depth that aspire to be as interesting as their console counterparts, and then we have your good old rip-offs. Now, we are not talking about the games that draw inspiration from a major console title and then go and spin it off in their own thing, which happens to work for phones or tablets. We are talking asset-for-asset, gameplay mechanic-copying, shameless imitations.

As can be expected, these are often struck with the mighty banhammer, but sometimes, … – Source

Vodafone branches out into internet of things things

The UK’s major carriers have mobile all sewn up, and after a bit of broadband here and TV there, they’re turning to other things to get their kicks, grow their brands and pad their bank accounts. For O2, that meant moving into smart home gear, and fo… – Source

If you’ve Instagrammed the Mona Lisa, you might be in this short film

Every year, more than six million people pay Mona Lisa a visit at the Louvre in Paris, and most of them snap a picture or two.

Using strictly photographs found on Instagram, Daniel McKee created a hilarious film that explores the universal obsession we have with documenting our experiences. But don’t feel too guilty if you’ve faced the Mona Lisa and snapped a photo—clearly you’re not alone.

SEE ALSO: What can a 24-megapixel selfie camera do for you? We reviewed the Vivo V7+ to find out

The music accompanying the short video is by Isaac Stern.

[H/T Boing Boing]

WATCH: Mopping with this gadget actually looks fun

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What Trump’s tweets after a disaster tell us about his leadership

President Donald Trump wants to look like a caring comforter-in-chief on Twitter, but his own ego can get in the way.

His online compassion can be short-lived or come second to his preferred roles: condemner- and self-congratulator-in-chief.

Using the …

More about Twitter, Donald Trump, Shooting, Trump, and Tragedy – Source

These Twitter accounts are killing it in Trump’s America

Just because President Donald Trump has overused Twitter since he got elected doesn’t mean he has a monopoly on the platform.

Politicians, writers, comedians, journalists, celebrities, and everyday users are taking the power of tweeting into their own hands and crushing it with biting commentary, witty takes, spot-on takedowns, smart analysis, and often a perfect response to yet another tweet or bombshell announcement from the president.

SEE ALSO: Trump’s tweet defending himself against Manafort indictment is predictably childish

These are just some of the Twitter accounts calling out Trump and his policies, one sharp-witted tweet or retweetable GIF at a time. …

More about Twitter, Donald Trump, Resistance, Election Anniversary, and Culture

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AT&T Exclusive no-more: Galaxy S8 Active coming to T-Mobile and Sprint

The Samsung Galaxy S “Active” model has been around ever since the Galaxy S4 Active. The Galaxy S’ Active series offered the latest flagship features and specs of the concurrent-generation Galaxy S model and repackaged it into a rugged beast – one that would feature a larger battery, Military-spec durability, and water resistance.

The situation since then has been that AT&T was the only carrier in the United States to carry the ruggedized flavor of the Galaxy flagship. It catered to a niche market of folks who enjoyed fishing, hiking, or camping, as well as those with physically demanding…

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active coming to T-Mobile and Sprint by end of November

It was a tough wait for this tough phone to come to more carriers.

Samsung’s rough-and-tough Galaxy S8 Active launched over two months ago exclusively on AT&T, and now it’s finally making an expansion to new carriers as has been rumored. Both T-Mobile and Sprint are picking up the hardened version of the Galaxy S8, and they won’t involve any hardware changes or anything else exclusive — both will get the same phone, in the “meteor grey” color, but now certified for use on their respective networks.

People were immediately drawn to the Galaxy S8 Active for a number of reasons, not the least of which being its 4000mAh battery and lack of a glass back, but having it exclusive to AT&T was always a pain. Now, you can at least choose from three carriers here in the U.S. — not quite as good as offering it unlocked as well, but we can’t complain too much.

The big battery is nice, but this isn’t necessarily a better phone than the standard GS8.

But before you go run out and get the Galaxy S8 for its big battery, we should note that it has some downsides that don’t make it an immediate winner compared to the standard Galaxy S8. Even though it has a much larger battery and flat display that’s easier to use, its plastic-coated shatter-resistant display is dramatically easier to scratch and its hardened exterior is arguably too big and bulky to justify if you’re not going to be tough on the phone.

Galaxy S8 vs. Galaxy S8 Active: What’s the difference?

If you’re coming to the Galaxy S8 Active from a place of needing a rugged phone that can take a beating, though, the GS8 Active is a pretty clear winner compared to a bunch of other phones that put their toughness first and kind of forget about the quality of the overall smartphone experience. The best feature of the Galaxy S8 Active is that it’s a Galaxy S8 at its core, with no missing qualities in that respect.

The final question here is the pricing. Both T-Mobile and Sprint will announce specific launch dates and pricing on their own, so we’ll have to wait a bit to see how much it’ll set us back compared to AT&T, which charges a hefty $850 for the phone.

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Press release:

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Active Expands to Sprint and T-Mobile

Featuring military-grade durability and a long-lasting 4000mAh battery, the Galaxy S8 Active extends availability starting in November

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – Nov. 7, 2017 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, previously only on AT&T, will now be available through Sprint and T-Mobile in Meteor Gray starting this month. The Galaxy S8 – Source

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active landing on T-Mobile and Sprint this month

Following the release of the Galaxy S8 Active on AT&T in August, rumors began circulating that it might make its way to other carriers. The Samsung Galaxy S Active range have traditionally been exclusive to AT&T, but this year there were strong indications it was going elsewhere.

Today, Samsung has confirmed the rumors with the announcement that the Galaxy S8 Active is heading to both Sprint and T-Mobile.

Samsung delivered the information via press release, stating that the device will arrive to both carriers later this month in Meteor Gray — one of the color variants also available on AT&T (it looks like AT&T will retain the Titanium Gold version as an exclusive, however).

T-Mobile says the S8 Active will be available online November 17 and at select T-Mobile stores on November 22 for $100 down and $30 per month for 24 months on an Equipment Installment Plan, or for $100 down and $29 per month on a JUMP! On Demand 18-month lease. Full retail price is $820.

On AT&T, the Galaxy S8 Active will be available for $28.34 per month for 30 months or for $849.99 full retail.

Samsung didn’t discuss the reason behind the wider availability this year, or why Verizon isn’t also getting the Active, in its press release.

Editor’s PickBixby button can now be fully disabled on Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8

It’s been a couple of months since Samsung finally gave in and let users disable the dedicated Bixby button on the Galaxy S8 and Note 8. Unfortunately, as has often been the case with Bixby’s …

The Active versions of Samsung’s flagships set themselves apart from the standard devices with a more rugged design — in the case of the S8 Active, that means military-grade durability and a shatter-resistant display. The device also includes a 4,000 mAh battery, up 1,000 mAh on the regular Galaxy S8 battery.

We’ll keep you posted on the precise release date with Sprint and T-Mobile, as well as how much it will cost, when we learn more. For now, you can read more of our thoughts on the Galaxy S8 Active at the link.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is officially coming to T-Mobile and Sprint

The Galaxy S8 was launched simultaneously on all carriers earlier this year, but AT&T had a few months of exclusivity on the S8 Active. There have been rumors the Active variant would come to other carriers, and now that’s official. The Galaxy S8 Active will be on Sprint and T-Mobile later this month.

This device has most of the same features as the regular Galaxy S8, but packs a larger 4,000mAh battery and a more durable frame.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is officially coming to T-Mobile and Sprint was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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The government is handing out 10,000 Fitbits to research precision medicine

In his 2015 State of the Union, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative — a massive research project designed to gain more insight into how we live with and treat various diseases. Last year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) changed the initiative’s name to the warmer, fuzzier, All of Us, and opened enrollment in hopes of achieving its goal of gaining… Read More

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Comcast’s nationwide outage was caused by a configuration error

Yesterday, folks across the country reported that Comcast internet was down — an unusually large outage that lasted around 90 minutes. It turns out that the problem was caused by Level 3, an enterprise ISP that provides the backbone for other intern… – Source

Tencent’s online publishing arm set to raise $1B in Hong Kong IPO

Tencent’s China Literature, an Amazon-like e-book business, is continuing the trend of Asian tech IPOs after it announced its public listing in Hong Kong will raise $1.06 billion on Wednesday. The company set the price for its 151,371,800 share offering at HK$55, the top end of its range, and it could sell an additional 22.7 million through a greenshoe option with underwriters. The… Read More

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eBay removes ‘Hawaiian sand’ listings

It is against the law to remove sand from the beaches of Hawaii. – Source

This $6 Belkin cleaning kit can keep your laptop’s screen looking like new

Come on, when’s the last time you even bothered to clean the screen you’re reading this on?

The Belkin Screen Cleaning Kit is down to $5.90 on Amazon. This kit has sold around $9 for the last few weeks. For most of the summer it was selling around $7. Either way, this is the lowest price we’ve seen since May.

You can use this solution to clean your TV, smartphone, and tablets, too. Grab a 24-pack of microfiber cloths to use on multiple devices.

Features include:

Extra-large, scratch-free microfiber cloth
High-quality total cleaning solution for notebooks
Specially developed to safely clean notebook screens
Alcohol- & residue-free cleaning solution
Wipes displays completely clean

The kit has 4.5 stars based on 915 user reviews.

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Chadwick Boseman reigns – CNET

The versatile actor talks superheroes, comics, tech, race and more in CNET Magazine. – Source

Best Wireless Headphones for the Google Pixel 2

What are the best wireless headphones for the Google Pixel 2?

The Google Pixel 2 is a great phone, but you’re going to need a quality pair of Bluetooth headphones thanks to the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Fortunately, there are a plethora of options to choose from, from “Made for Google” options like the Pixel Buds to tried and tested classics. We’ve tried to round out a list that offers a good variety of styles and price points, so you should be able to find the right pair for your needs.

Google Pixel Buds
Bose QuietComfort 35
Jabra Move Wireless
Libratone Q Adapt
Bowers & Wilkins PX
Sony H.ear Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Jaybird X3 Sport

Google Pixel Buds

Google unveiled its own wireless headphones alongside its new Pixel phones, and the Pixel Buds look like a compelling option for anyone in need of a fresh new pair of Bluetooth headphones — with advanced smarts built in!

Arguably the biggest feature you get by pairing the Pixel Buds with a Pixel 2 is the ability to trigger the Google Assistant with a quick tap and also use Google’s impressive language translation technology to translate up to 40 supported languages into English nearly instantaneously. This feature is only available for Pixel phones and as such make them a really intriguing option — especially if you love to travel to far-off lands where that live translation feature could come in extremely handy.

Google sure would sure be happy if you bought them when they go on sale. You can join the waiting list on the Google Store so you’re notified immediately when they are available for purchase.

See at Google

Bose QuietComfort 35

When it comes to over-ear noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 35s are basically the gold standard. The Bose brand is synonymous with high-quality audio products and the QC 35s are a great example of their craftsmanship.

Featuring some of the best noise cancellation you’ll find, these are ideal options for your noisy commute or for frequent travelers who want to cut out the sound of the airplane engines. Cutting out that distracting noise is important and with 20 hours of battery life, you can wear them comfortably for hours without worrying about these dying on you.

Sure, these puppies will set you back $429, but you absolutely get your money’s worth. They’ve been reviewed well by most people who’ve tried them, including AC’s own Phil Nickinson, who called them nearly perfect. If noise cancellation and comfort are your biggest factors when buying headphones, you gotta consider Bose.

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Jabra Move Wireless

Not looking to break the bank on headphones? You’ll want to consider the Jabra Move Wireless on-ear headphones. They’re lightweight and durable with a headband made of stainless steel and dirt-resistant fabric on the ear cups. You get – Source

Inside the ‘dark kitchens’ shaking up London food delivery – CNET

Staying in is as good as eating out at London’s hottest restaurant with Deliveroo Editions. – Source

These paid Android icon packs are free for a limited time, grab them while you can!

If you love to customize your Android phone, you might be pleased to hear that several icon packs that are usually paid are now available for free on Google Play. Typically, the price of these icon packs is $1 or more, but now it’s possible to download them free of charge.

This assortment should give you some ideas for your next custom home screen masterpiece, just make sure you pick a nice wallpaper to match. Keep in mind that the freebie period on some of these ends soon, so act swiftly!

As usual, you can easily preview all icon packs in the gallery … – Source

Microsoft will create game studios to ensure more Xbox One exclusives

Microsoft’s Xbox One X is launching this week. It’s the most powerful video game console ever made, but we don’t know who will end up buying the $500 mid-generation system, or any Xbox over a PlayStation 4 (or PS4 Pro). Microsoft has been chasing Son… – Source

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active officially launches on Sprint and T-Mobile this month

Samsung just announced that its rugged Galaxy S8 Active
smartphone would be available via T-Mobile and Sprint later this month – thus
confirming previous rumors. Initially sold only via AT&T, the S8 Active is
a tougher version of the Galaxy S8 that also packs a larger battery
(4,000 mAh vs 3,000 mAh).

Samsung says the Galaxy S8 Active will be available on
Sprint and T-Mobile in only one color: Meteor Gray. For now, there’s no word on
the release dates of the phone on the two carriers, but both will start selling
the handset before the end of November. As for pricing, similar … – Source

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