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11th November 2017

Best Black Friday 2017 deals at Walmart – CNET

Walmart kicks things off this year on Thanksgiving Day. Here’s a preview of the best deals we found in the retailer’s 36-page online circular. – Source

iHome iAVS16 Alarm Clock with Amazon Alexa review – CNET

It’s an interesting alternative to the upcoming Echo Spot, but we’re pressing snooze on this $150 smart gadget. – Source

Apple to fix iPhone X screen issue, Twitter expands character limit video – CNET

In this week’s wrap-up, Apple says a software update will take care of unresponsive iPhone X screens. Meanwhile, Twitter doubles up the size of tweets for most languages. – Source

Best Action Games for Android

Get your blood pumping with these action-packed games for Android

There are so many awesome action games in the Google Play Store, it can be hard to sort the wheat from the chaff. But we’ve done the heavy lifting for you and after hundreds of hours of playing, we’ve rounded up the best action-packed games for Android that are worth checking out

Many of the games on this list are paid apps which might give you pause, so you’ll need to trust us when we say these games are well worth the initial investment. Plus, it’s always good to support those teams developing great games for Android!

Looking for an awesome shooter game? Check out our list of best shooting games!

Death Road to Canada
Stranger Things: The Game
Death Point
Island Delta
Injustice 2
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

From its name to its app icon, ICEY is a rather unassuming entry in the Google Play Store that would be easy to overlook — but that would be a mistake.

At its core, ICEY is a 2D side-scrolling action game where you play as the titular character, a mysterious cybernetic warrior that kicks serious ass. The game plays flawlessly, with tight controls and new skills to be unlocked and upgraded as you progress through the game.

If that’s all ICEY was — a kick-ass side-scrolling action game — it would still find a spot on this list. But that’s just the beginning, there’s also an entire meta-narrative at play here exploring the relationship between the player and the narrator. The narrator will guide you around the world and tell you where you should go… but what happens if you ignore the narrator?

There are layers to this game and a sizeable list of trophies to unlock. If you love indie games and meta-humor you definitely need to check out ICEY!

Download: ICEY ($2.49)

Death Road to Canada

When you’re going to be dropping money on a game, you’re going to want to be sure it has good replay value. In that regard, Death Road To Canada is an outstanding choice.

Facing a zombie apocalypse, you must lead a scrappy squad of somewhat interesting characters on a deadly mission to the relative safety of Canada. Along the way you’ll need to explore and loot places for supplies, while also managing your team’s health and morale.

Everything in Death Road to Canada is randomly generated, making every play-through a unique experience in this road trip action-RPG. You can randomly generate your character and buddy or custom design your starting characters with different attributes to help them stay alive.

The controls take some getting used to, and there’s a pretty steep learning curve as you learn which weapons are most effective and when it’s better to fight or run. And you will die, early and often, although that’s part of the fun of a zombie apocalypse, right?

There’s a ridiculous amount of depth in this game, including 10 different game modes to unlock. The price might seem a little – Source

Attention gym rats: Now there’s a foam roller that can fit in your bag

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7 perfect memes that have helped us survive dating in 2017

Dating in these dark and confusing times can be downright painful, but thank goodness we have memes to help us make sense of it all.

Whether you’re in a relationship, single, or not even sure, there’s something on the internet to remind you you’re not alone.

SEE ALSO: Tinder now has animated reactions to make shutting down douchebags a little more fun

This year, these memes helped us feel like there were plenty more fish in the sea, some of which were a lot like us.

“Dating me is like”

this is what dating me is gunna be like

— Female Problems (@Iifepost) …

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Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire: A 30-minute war in the grimdark future

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

Games Workshop is making a play. While the large UK publisher has dominated the miniatures world for decades, it has only recently returned to the cardboard jungle. New game Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire is the key element in Games Workshop’s push to capture the overlapping market of miniatures and board game enthusiasts—much like Fantasy Flight Games has done with its enormous hit, X-Wing. But where X-Wing will let you yell “pew-pew” as you move spaceships around the table, Shadespire has you screaming, “Blood for the blood god!”

Here’s the setup: the mirror city of Shadespire has been sealed off by the enraged Nagash, Lord of Undeath. Trapped within the walls of the labyrinthine ruins are bands of warriors representing several iconic factions from the Warhammer “Age of Sigmar” universe. These gangs clash, seeking glory and the death of their foes.

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Netflix’s comic books are a preview of potential franchises

Netflix recently announced its first-ever acquisition: Millarworld. The company was built by successful comics creator Mark Millar, known for works that easily translate to cinema. The movies Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman are all based on his graphic… – Source

Some Apple iPhone X OLED screens plagued by green lines

Apple is still dealing with the iPhone X responsiveness issues when exposed to cold temperatures, but it may have another problem on its hands. Apparently some iPhone X units are developing an issue with a green line going vertically across the display. All the affected units were reportedly working fine when taken out of the box, but after some time the line pictured below appears.

By the looks of it the issue is either caused by an issue with the display controller or by the ribbon cable connecting the screen, but it’s hard to specify without having seen a defective device in…

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New Microsoft Word attacks infect PCs sans macros

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Fancy Bear, the advanced hacking group researchers say is tied to the Russian government, is actively exploiting a newly revived technique that gives attackers a stealthy means of infecting computers using Microsoft Office documents, security researchers said this week.

Fancy Bear is one of two Russian-sponsored hacking outfits researchers say breached Democratic National Committee networks ahead of last year’s presidential election. The group was recently caught sending a Word document that abuses a feature known as Dynamic Data Exchange. DDE allows a file to execute code stored in another file and allows applications to send updates as new data becomes available.

In a blog post published Tuesday, Trend Micro researchers said Fancy Bear was sending a document titled IsisAttackInNewYork.docx that abused the DDE feature. Once opened, the file connects to a control server to download a first-stage of piece of malware called Seduploader and installs it on a target’s computer. DDE’s potential as an infection technique has been known for years, but a post published last month by security firm SensePost has revived interest in it. The post showed how DDE could be abused to install malware using Word files that went undetected by anti-virus programs.

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Anyway, Android?[#acpodcast]

This week on the show Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Russell Holly are joined by Dan DeSilva from our sister site,, to talk about about some great deals on gadgets and other items before Black Friday hits.

The team also covers a large swath of topics both Android and non-Android related, including Samsung’s Gear Fit2 Pro, improved water resistance for phones, and the time Daniel got in trouble with his parents about the Diablo 2 real money auction house.

They also discuss QA issues with the Pixel 2 and other devices in the gadget world, the rise of Google as a hardware company, a Chrome update that will kill annoying redirects, and much more! It’s all about saving and making that cash money on this episode of the Android Central Podcast!

Show Notes and Links:

Thrifter Black Friday deals

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro review

Pixel 2 second opinion: Close to perfect

Google Pixel 2 XL adds new display profiles, UI changes to address burn-in in latest update

Pixel phones get a little something extra in the November security patch

Chrome updates set to kill annoying redirects and trick-to-click popups

Google is changing the way developers think about spatial audio

OnePlus 5T rumors and expectations

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Spatial audio is the most exciting thing to happen to pop music since stereo

Enlarge / To get the Dolby Atmos version of Automatic For The People, you’ll have to buy this complete 3-CD, 1-Blu-ray edition. (credit: R.E.M./Craft Recordings)

As much as I love overpriced gizmos in my living room, I still tend to be reluctant about new standards. TVs are a great example. I’ve appreciated the bonuses offered by 3D, 4K, and HDR, but I concede they all lack content and are less amazing than salespeople would lead you to believe. They’re also generally not worth replacing TVs that are only a few years old.

The same goes for audio, which fortunately hasn’t strayed far from a “5.1” surround-sound profile since the dawn of DVD adoption. Really, I’ve been fine with two good speakers and a subwoofer for my entire adult life. I laugh at overblown, pre-film Dolby intros in a theater. I shrug at the surround effects in hectic action movies. I have failed A/B tests in picking out major differences between 5.1 and 7.1 systems.

Surround audio can be cool, sure. But if I were to ever change up my entire living room, I’d need something to blow my aural expectations away. This week, that might have finally happened.

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Viewsnight: ‘If it’s censorship you want, don’t leave it to Facebook’

Historian Niall Ferguson argues that we should beware giving the big tech companies even more power. – Source

Plugging Into the Gig Economy, From Home With a Headset

A company called Liveops has become the Uber of call centers by doting on its agents. But is the work liberating, or dehumanizing? – Source

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) swings by FCC ahead of imminent launch

The Galaxy A series typically have their market debut around the turn of the year and the next additions will make no exception. Among intensifying leaks, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) has gone by the FCC to pick up its US sales license.

The listing didn’t bring us any updates on the specs of the device, which has the model designation A530N, outside of its dual-band Wi-Fi support but that was always an easy guess. It also confirmed that the Galaxy A5 (2018) will have an e-label for its FCC-mandated disclaimers, which should help get rid of a few ugly icons on the back of the…

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I raced Lego drivers in VR on a roller coaster – CNET

Legoland Malaysia is the first resort to offer a VR roller coaster experience meant for children. – Source

Learn how to become a YouTube star for just $18 with this online course

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From Tyler Oakley to Jenna Marbles to PewDiePie, creating YouTube videos is no longer a penniless hobby. If you play your cards right, it could actually become your career.

Quality videos and thousands of views are just two pieces to the puzzle. Many YouTubers use their platform to cement themselves as experts in their fields, strike up business partnerships, and even make money off their videos…

More about Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Shopping Solo, Social Media, and Web Culture – Source

Learn how to launch a business for just $15 with this online course

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Starting a business is difficult work, and may be one of the greatest challenges of your life. Not only is there great planning to be done, but the actual research of evaluating your product and its potential market is often more time-consuming and complicated than many “green” businessmen and women fully understand. That’s why Evan Kimbrell, a former venture capitalist and founder of digital service agency Sprintkick, developed How to Come Up with Killer Business Ideas.


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Just in: Oppo F5 hands-on

Oppo F5 was announced on October 26 and has been leading our Top 10 most popular phones chart since. And now that we got the phone for a review we’ll be able to find out what all the fuss is about.

The Selfie Expert

The chipset is decidedly mid-range and the design is hardly very exciting – although the taller screen helps improve the traditional Oppo look.

Oppo targets this at selfie enthusiasts so we are willing to live with those compromises. And at €320 the MediaTek P23 isn’t that bad a deal.

Keen to share some of the iPhone X spotlight, Oppo repeatedly points out that…

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Get this handy, $8 grip and stop dropping your phone for good

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Are you the type of person who needs a bulky, steel-reinforced phone case to make sure you don’t destroy your phone on a daily basis? There’s no shame in that; we’ve all dropped our phones before (and felt like we got away with murder when we turned it over and found the screen unscathed). Worry no more, because now there’s a cure for chronic butterfingers.

SEE ALSO: Don’t blink: We’re giving away an iPhone X for free

The …

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! It’s the weekend!

The weekend has landed. If you’re already holiday shopping, you’re a smarter person than I. Engadget can help, as we kicked off our gift guide this week. We’ve also showcased some of the experiences that will be… – Source

Meditation app aims to help veterans tackle anxiety, loneliness

Veterans dealing with stress have a new option for self-care, and they don’t need to leave the house to use it.

Those dealing with sleep issues, pain, anger, loneliness, or anxiety after serving in the military or transitioning out can turn to a new meditation app for help.

The Bravo Tango Brain Training app was designed specifically for veterans with the guidance of a former Air Force psychologist and combat vet. The voice-powered app uses Google Assistant and helps reduce stress with meditation, breathing, and mindfulness prompts. It was released this week in honor of Veteran’s Day.


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Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact: Everything you need to know!

Sony’s late 2017 flagships come with a familiar design, the latest internals and completely up-to-date software.

For 2017, Sony has decided to stick with its classic design, while making meaningful improvements on the inside. This is everything you need to know about the Xperia XZ1 and its kid brother, the XZ1 Compact!

Check out the full review

We’ve had the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact in-house for the past few months, and we have a review chocked full of the good things and not-so-good things for these phones. The only differences between the two models are the physical size of the phone, screen and battery, and the price, so almost everything we said about the larger phone will carry over to the smaller version.

Sony Xperia XZ1 review: Solid, opinionated, and lovably flawed

The design is classic Sony

If you’ve used a Sony phone since 2013, you’ll be intimately familiar with the design of Sony’s latest phones. While it’s true there are only so many ways to make a glass slab, Sony’s external design language is starting look dated, especially next to more minimalist competitors. That may be changing soon though, with Sony India’s managing director Kenichiro Kibi stating the company will introduce an “all-new design language” soon.

More: Sony’s next-gen phone will finally feature an ‘all new design language’

The specs

There aren’t too many surprises for these phones, given that they are flagships released in late 2017. Sony still isn’t enabling the fingerprint sensor for the U.S. version of these phones, which is just ridiculous at this point.

Xperia XZ1
Xperia XZ1 Compact
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Android 8.0 Oreo
5.2-inch LCD, 1920×1080
Gorilla Glass 5
4.6-inch LCD, 1280×720
Gorilla Glass 5
Snapdragon 835 64-bit
Adreno 540
Snapdragon 835 64-bit
Adreno 540
Rear Camera
19MP Exmor RS, hybrid AF
960 fps slow-mo, 4K video
19MP Exmor RS, hybrid AF
960 fps slow-mo, 4K video
Front Camera
13MP f/2.0 22mm wide-angle
8MP f/2.4 18mm super wide-angle
Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB 3.1, GPS
Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB 3.1, GPS
Quick Charge 3.0
Qnovo Adaptive Charging
Quick Charge 3.0
Qnovo Adaptive Charging
Water resistance
Fingerprint sensor (except U.S.)
Fingerprint sensor (except U.S.)
148 x 73.4 x 7.4 mm
129 x 65 x 9.3 mm
155 g
143 g
1Gbps (Cat16 LTE)
800Mbps (Cat15 LTE)
Black, Warm Silver, Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink
White, Silver, Black, Blue, Twilight Pink

More: Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact hands-on: Tiny upgrades

The camera is surprisingly good

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DOJ: Man fired laser at police helicopter, tried to drive away then crashed

Enlarge / Downtown Fresno’s skyline can be seen below snow caps the Sierra Nevada mountains and clouds along the foothills. (credit: Craig Kohlruss/Fresno Bee/MCT via Getty Images)

A man in Fresno, California was indicted this week on federal criminal charges—prosecutors say that Michael Vincent Alvarez fired a laser pointer repeatedly at a local police helicopter.

According to the criminal complaint filed on October 30, 2017, Alvarez fired a green laser at a police helicopter shortly after midnight on October 22.

The Fresno Police helicopter, Air-1, was responding to reports of a domestic disturbance before it was struck three times. The pilot, who was not named, was hit in the eyes directly each time.

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Alibaba breaks ‘Singles Day’ record, racking up $18 billion in sales in just 12 hours

Well, it’s 11/11 on the other side of the globe which means Alibaba is already raking in loads of cash from Singles Day, otherwise known as the biggest day for global online shopping of the year. The company has a running sales counter on its Alizila news website, which details the “gross merchandise volume” that it has fulfilled orders for so far. It’s currently just… Read More

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Disney CEO says their streaming service will be cheaper than Netflix

Back in August during an earnings call, Disney stated that it would start pulling its content off Netflix in order to start a streaming service of its own. The company currently plans to launch it sometime in 2019 and include its expansive film libra… – Source

Next Tuesday, T-Mobile will give subscribers online cooking lessons, a BOGO ice cream cone and more

T-Mobile wants to take you to the movies. For next week’s T-Mobile Tuesdays, the carrier is giving away $4 tickets to see Julia Roberts’ new movie Wonder. Also starring Owen Wilson, the movie is about a disfigured boy who has to put up with the trials and tribulations of looking different in the fifth grade. T-Mobile subscribers will also receive $20 in diamonds for the mobile game Forge of Empires. The latter is available for both iOS and Android.

Like to cook? Next Tuesday, T-Mobile will set up its customers with a free online cooking class from Panna. In addition, subscribers get 30% … – Source

Gene therapy helps treat life-threatening skin disease

Scientists have successfully treated a child suffering from extensive skin damage due to a genetic disease using transplants derived from genetically modified cells. – Source

Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo beta updated

The Oreo update for the Samsung Galaxy S8 is currently in testing with a public beta released in the UK, US and South Korea last week. Now the company is already seeding the first update for the beta firmware squashing a bunch of bugs discovered by the testers.

The update also brings the October security patch and a couple of new features. The clock on the Always On Display got new styles, while the notification shade gained transparency settings. Some stability tweaks for the Launcher and the company’s DeX station are also part of the 610MB update.

The beta test is yet to start…

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Both obese and anorexic women have low levels of ‘feel good’ neurosteroid

Women at opposite extremes of the weight spectrum have low levels of the neuroactive steroid allopregnanolone, according to new research. – Source

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