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Hitlist lands on Android to help you find bargain travel deals

Hitlist, an app that serves up bargain-priced flights and travels deals, has finally winged its way to Android after years on iOS and the web. The service is simple: you tell it where you live and it will sort through millions of deals from travel partners to find you discounted flights to nearby destinations that you can go ahead and book from your phone. A more sophisticated feature inside… Read More

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Inboard Technology raises $8 million to be the Tesla of electric skateboards

If you’re a company working on an electric skateboard that’s already raised nearly $500,000 on Kickstarter and slayed the Shark Tank sharks what do you do for an encore?
The answer, at least for Inboard Technology, is to go out and raise $8 million in a new round of venture funding to become the Tesla of skateboards. Read More

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The Morning After: Thursday, November 16th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

It will be a busy Thursday for Elon Musk, as this evening SpaceX sends a “secret” payload skyward, and we’re expecting to see Tesla’s electric semi-truck. For everyone else, well, there’s a new look for Google M… – Source

Best Small Android Phone

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Best alternative
Best for camera buffs
Best on a budget
Best tiny

Best Overall

Google Pixel 2

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For two years, the Pixel has been the quintessential Google phone, and the HTC-made Pixel 2 is our top recommendation for shoppers in need of a small phone.

The Pixel 2 wields the same Snapdragon 835 processor as almost every other 2017 flagship, but sits in a class of its own when it comes to performance. It’s comfortable to hold thanks to a relatively small 5″ 1080p display, and features front-facing speakers, water resistance, and one of the best cameras on the market. Despite a seemingly small 2700 mAh battery, it even manages impressive battery life.

Bottom line: For the Google purist in search of a small phone, the Pixel 2 is the pretty much the complete package.

One more thing: The Pixel 2 lacks a headphone jack and wireless charging, though it does include a USB-C audio dongle in the box.

Why the Google Pixel 2 is the best

It’s Kinda Just Clearly the best Android phone money can buy.

There’s no better way to experience Android the way Google intends it than with a Pixel phone. The Pixel 2 dispells the notion that small phones can’t offer a flagship experience, with the same specsheet and performance as the larger Pixel 2 XL — without its various known issues.

The Pixel 2 is the first Google-branded phone with IP67 water resistance, and the first to offer front-facing speakers since the Nexus 6P. It also takes some of the best photos we’ve ever seen from a phone with its 12.2 MP primary camera, and the front-facing camera can capture great-looking selfies, even offering Portrait Mode by making use of machine learning. Google also sweetens the deal by including free unlimited backups on Google Photos for Pixel 2 owners.

You can buy the Pixel 2 in one of three attractive colors (Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White), and two storage options (64GB or 128GB), though there’s no microSD expandability so choose wisely.

Best for camera buffs

Huawei P10

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Not feeling what Samsung and Google have to offer? Try the Huawei P10 instead. This 5.1-inch device comes packed with a whole host of goodies, including 64GB of storage, Android 7.0, and a dual camera that’s made in partnership with Leica. The P10 also boasts Portrait Mode, which works a lot like what you see produced by your friends who utilize it on the iPhone X, and it’s equipped with optical image stabilization, too. All this runs on Huawei’s own Kirin 960 processor and 3200mAh of all-day battery.

Bottom-line: The Huawei P10 is a worthy choice if a good camera and all-day battery life are you main concern.

One more thing: The Huawei P10 will only work with GSM carriers. Verizon and Sprint are not compatible with this phone.

Best affordable phone

Moto G5 Plus

OnePlus 5T: Watch the unveiling live with us – CNET

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Prince William says online anonymity is ‘really, really dangerous’ in deeply moving video

Prince William has unveiled a “national action plan” to tackle cyberbullying in a powerfully moving video. In the video, Prince William described online anonymity as “really, really dangerous” after talking to two campaigners whose lives have been impacted by online bullying.

The Duke of Cambridge spoke to Lucy Alexander, whose son Felix died by suicide after experiencing cyberbullying, and Chloe Hine, a suicide attempt survivor who endured cyberbullying—both of whom have helped the prince develop the action plan.

“The human tragedy of what we’re talking about here isn’t just about companies,” said the prince. “It’s actually real lives that get affected.” …

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McLaren to unveil three-seat BP23 hypercar on Dec. 10 – Roadshow

You won’t be able to buy one because they’re all sold out. But it’ll still be neat to look at. – Source

Hollywood strikes back against illegal streaming Kodi addons

An anti-piracy alliance supported by many major US and UK movie studios, broadcasters and content providers has dealt a blow to the third-party Kodi addon scene after it successfully forced a number of popular piracy-linked streaming tools offline. I… – Source

Vivo V7 launched with 24 MP camera and bezel-less display

Vivo has announced the Vivo V7 in China. This is virtually the same device as the recently launched Vivo V7 Plus, with only a couple of features separating the V7 from its larger sibling. However, it’s coming with a smaller price tag.

The V7 houses a 5.7-inch HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) IPS LCD display with 18:9 format and 83.6% display-to-body ratio. This arrives in addition to a 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 450 chip — a 14 nm mobile platform new in 2017 — 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage space (with microSD card support).

On the rear, you’ll find a 16 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash, while at the front comes a 24 MP camera. This features VivoFace Access technology (also seen on V7 Plus) for unlocking the device, as well as Smart Beauty 7.0, which “brightens up selfies and creates a more even complexion,” according to Vivo.

The V7 is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery, has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box with Vivo’s Funtouch 3.2 UI on top.

Editor’s PickVivo launches V7+ with 24MP front camera in India

In a press event in Mumbai, Vivo launched its new selfie-focused smartphone, the Vivo V7+, in India. The V7+ packs in a 24-megapixel front camera, and is the first Snapdragon 450 smartphone to launch in …

The V7 Plus, meanwhile, differs in that it comes with a 6-inch display, 64 GB of internal storage space, and a 3,225 mAh battery. As mentioned previously, though, that device costs the equivalent of around $350, while Vivo says the V7 will come in at “around $300.”

The device is going on sale in Indonesia today in Black and Gold but it’s expected to be released in “global markets” in future.

What are your thoughts on the Vivo V7? Let us know in the comments.

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Far-right personalities around the world are feeling the impact of Twitter’s new verification policy

Twitter has changed its verified profiles policy, saying it will strip the blue checkmark from accounts that don’t follow the new guidelines.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is removing verification checkmarks from accounts that break its rules

And its impact is now being felt among far-right personalities in the U.S. and UK.

Tommy Robinson, prominent British rightwing personality and founder of the English Defence League (EDL), said on Twitter he had his blue badge removed and commented: “& so it begins.”

& so it begins pic.twitter.com/DXhkfW0IIq

— Tommy Robinson 🇬🇧 (@TRobinsonNewEra) …

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Tencent reportedly invests $150M in cinema ticketing startup Maoyan

Tencent announced another impressive quarter of financials yesterday, but the Chinese internet giant — which is creeping towards a $500 billion market cap — made other financial moves this week. Reuters reported that the firm invested $150 million Chinese cinema ticketing startup Maoyan, which was created from a merger between dominant players Maoyan and Tencent-backed Weiying… Read More

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Welsh fintech firms face skilled staff battle

Hi-tech firms in south Wales face recruitment challenges in hiring the best staff, an expert warns. – Source

Hyundai will bring assisted highway driving to US in 2019 – Roadshow

Expect it to arrive alongside a refreshed Genesis G90. – Source

[你好] Duolingo adds Chinese (Mandarin) to its list of languages

You don’t have to be a genius to work out that China is going to be an increasingly significant nation in the coming years, culturally and economically. More than one billion people already speak Chinese, and that’s sure to continue rising. It’s been one of the most requested languages over at Duolingo, which is ready to launch Mandarin Chinese in its mobile apps and on the web.

It’s a notoriously difficult language for native English speakers to learn, so a lot of thought has gone into how to make the basics easier to pick up for Duolingo users.

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[你好] Duolingo adds Chinese (Mandarin) to its list of languages was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Cash Converters reveals customer data breach

The High Street pawnbroker warns customers passwords and delivery addresses were exposed. – Source

Another day, another Google Pixel 2 problem: Many users can’t unlock the bootloaders

It seems that yet another new issue is her to mar the quality control regarding Google’s newest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL stock Android champs.
It would seem that a number of Google Pixel 2 units purchased straight from the Play Store and not some shady reseller are arriving with bootloaders that can’t be unlocked. As you might imagine, the issue first popped up on XDA’s developer-centric forums, where multiple users bemoaned that they are unable to unlock the bootlaoders of their new devices though they are supposed to be able to do that by default, … – Source

Colin Farrell’s childhood crush story is hilariously strange

Many young boys and girls have posters of a celebrity crush up on their bedroom walls.

It’s pretty normal, right?

Leaving notes and candy in the hope your crush — who also happens to have been dead for 40 years — will come and collect it, though — that’s slightly less normal.

SEE ALSO: Colin Farrell talks about getting awkwardly mistaken for Colin Firth at the gym

In the clip above from Jimmy Kimmel Live, Colin Farrell tells the story of the crush he had on Marilyn Monroe when he was younger.

Okay, so he may have left her Smarties and then got offended when she didn’t visit him, but cut him a bit of slack — he was only 7 or 8 at the time, after all. …

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Jordan Peele jokes about ‘Get Out’ being categorized as a comedy

Get Out being submitted as a comedy for the Golden Globe Awards has raised a few eyebrows, and here to joke about it is Jordan Peele.

SEE ALSO: Jordan Peele snuck into a class about his own movie and we’re wildly jealous

Peele was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night, and Colbert asked him about his debut film Get Out’s categorisation. Peele was quick with his answer: “I submitted it as a documentary.”

“The thing that resonated to people was truth,” said Peele, “for me it’s more of a historical biopic.”

So the submission of Get Out as a comedy remains a mystery, and Peele remains a genre-defying genius. …

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Mazda6 heads to LA Auto Show with subtle refresh – Roadshow

More tech and fancier trim is the name of the game. – Source

Pip is a retro games console for kids to learn coding

Another UK startup is using Pi electronics as the foundation for an edtech business idea, and Kickstarter to try to crowdfund their product: A learn-to-code retro games console. Read More

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Google Search is testing more local predictive search suggestions

In its never-ending quest to improve the way you search and speed up your way to more information, Google appears to be trying a new approach with its Search suggestions. As you can see in the screenshot above, at the bottom of the list after recent searches, there are 4 more locally relevant suggestions.

These are for movie timings nearby, the latest cricket scores, word translations, and the latest Bollywood movies.

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Xiaomi adds Redmi and Redmi Note phones to its Amazon Spain store

Xiaomi launched a Spanish version of its site to start selling to the Western European audience, but perhaps you prefer the familiarity of Amazon. That’s no problem, Amazon Spain now offers a selection of mid-range and entry-level Redmi devices.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is a best seller. You can have a 32GB model for €170, there’s a 64GB option as well. The Redmi Note 5A Prime costs €160, but we think the Note 4 is a better deal.

A Redmi Note 5A , which is quite affordable at €130, though you might find the quad-core processor limiting.

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Best Black Friday deals: Samsung, Target, Best Buy, Walmart, and more (Updated 11/16)

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner, meaning that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are also nearing.
As usual, Black Friday is a festival of deals, and deals is what you’d get. In the following article, we will be showing you all the noteworthy deals of all the major carriers and online retailers that are worth noting.
Just remember – be civil and don’t get captivated by the whole shopping madness!
NOTE: This post will be updated with any noteworthy deals as Black Friday nears.

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Pixelz raises $7 million for outsourced photography post-production

PIxelz, a Danish provider of post-production photographic software and services, has raised $7 million to build out its business in Europe. Read More

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Deal: 256GB iPhone 7 in five colors up for $600 at T-Mobile

Buy 256GB iPhone 7 from T-Mobile
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have been out for some time, so now is a great time to find some decent deals for some of Apple’s 2016 models. Last month, T-Mobile had the 256GB iPhone 7 on sale, but it only offered units in Jet Black – an undoubtedly swanky color option that’s also a bit prone to scratching.
That deal expired rather quickly, but now, the Un-carrier is back and ready for more. Going to T-Mobile’s website reveals that the 256GB iPhone 7 is up for $600 again. However, unlike … – Source

Deal: 256GB iPhone 7 for $600 at T-Mobile

T-Mobile had a deal on the iPhone 7 with 256 GB internal storage back in October and it’s doing it again now. The clearance sale let’s you buy the phone for $600 in three colors. The phone is not offered by Apple anymore. For comparison, the 128 GB variant can be bought from both the telecom and manufacturer for $650.

With the proper credit rating in the US, the iPhone 7 256 GB can be purchased for $25 per month for 24 months. Jet Black and Pink colors are out of stock, so the phone is available in either Gold, Silver or Red.

For people who want to buy the phone at the moment but…

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Sprint Galaxy Note 8 receives OTA patch with updates to Gallery, Calendar, Wi-Fi Calling, and more

A new OTA update has started rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 owners that purchased their device from Sprint. With a build number of N950USQU2BQJB and a size of 383MB, the new update brings quite a few changes.
First of all, Wi-Fi Calling has been renamed to Calling Plus and packs some new and improved features. In a nutshell, Calling Plus includes all the capabilities of Wi-Fi Calling and adds the ability to make and receive calls over Sprint’s LTE network.
There are also improvements to the Calendar, Gallery, … – Source

Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson has a theory about why he was usurped as sexiest man alive

If, like any reasonable person, you are outraged at the Rock losing his seat as sexiest man alive, the man himself is here to explain.

SEE ALSO: In an extremely mature move, Tyrese won’t participate in ‘Fast & Furious 9’ if The Rock does

Following the news that People magazine had chosen Blake Shelton as their “sexiest man alive”, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson tweeted a theory as to how he had been dethroned.

First off he took a moment to stoke the fires of his incredible ego.

Let’s all just take a moment to recognize @people’s Sexiest Man Alive will always be the 6’5 260lbs of tattooed brown eyed soul. And clearly there’s lots of steamy cheese on this pizza I’m serving. That is all. Let’s get back to workhttps://t.co/Dw0lBt84JN

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) …

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Best smartphone telephoto camera: iPhone X vs Galaxy Note 8

The iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 8 are two of the hottest smartphones of 2017. Being the cream of the crop of the efforts of Apple and Samsung, the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 have a lot going on for them. Bezel-less design? Check. Awesome displays? Check. Super-fast hardware? Check. Dual cameras with great performance and new modes? Double check!
As you probably already know, both the iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 8 are each rocking an oh-so-trendy dual-cam setup that combines a regular wide-angle shooter with a “telephoto” camera for lossless optical … – Source

Google Maps is about to get a lot more colorful

The design of Google Maps doesn’t get updated very often, so when it does, it’s kind of a big deal. The latest tweaks are all about adding a bit more color to the interface and making things a little easier to pick out as a consequence. What you see will also be more relevant to the mode of transport you’re using, too.

It makes sense for the items on the map to be more contextual.

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