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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

Best overall
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

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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

— 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

Amazon’s Echo with a screen hits the UK for £200

It’s taken a while, but Amazon’s Echo Show is finally ready for British customers. The boxy device, which comes with a 7-inch display and Alexa smarts, was announced way back in May. Pre-orders for the UK opened on September 28, and today, at last, t… – Source

Some Apple iPhone users on AT&T can’t make or take calls (UPDATE)

If you are an AT&T subscriber with an Apple iPhone, you might have found it difficult to make or answer a phone call today on your device. The nation’s second largest carrier is experiencing some sort of network issue that instantly disconnects calls once they are connected. Calls made to some iPhone models that support the AT&T pipeline are sent right to voicemail, without giving the device user a chance to answer.

UPDATE: The outage now appears to be affecting all AT&T customers regardless of the device they use.

AT&T’s @ATT Twitter account tweeted an easy solution … – Source

The huge clue in the latest ‘Fantastic Beasts’ teaser you probably missed

The Fantastic Beasts sequel may still be a full year away, but it’s never too soon to start hunting for clues.

SEE ALSO: ‘Fantastic Beasts’s sequel adds new cast, including Harry Potter superfan Jessica Williams

On Wednesday, the official @FantasticBeasts Twitter account tweeted out the following photo with the caption: “Wands at the ready.”

Wands at the ready. On 11.16.18 the #FantasticBeasts story continues. Check back tomorrow for more #MagicInProgress#WizardingWednesdays

— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) November 15, 2017

Looks like a pretty standard publicity shot, right? A couple of wands, a bit of magic. All that good stuff. …

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HTC starts rolling out Oreo to the U11 in Taiwan

Oreo’s era is in full swing and the next device to get the chocolate and cream treat is HTC’s U11. Back in August, when Oreo officially launched, HTC said it would be bringing the new software version to the U11, U Ultra, and HTC 10, and the first one appears to have won the race.

Twitter user @shimonips tweeted that he got the update notification on his Taiwan unit of the U11.

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Feds indict AlphaBay’s PR man

Enlarge / Andrew McCabe (front), then US acting director of the FBI, attends a press conference at the Department of Justice on July 20, 2017. The world’s then-largest “dark market” on the Internet, AlphaBay, was shut down, DOJ officials said on that date. (credit: Xinhua/Ting Shen via Getty Images)

A 24-year-old man from Illinois has been accused by federal prosecutors of being the spokesman for AlphaBay, the now-defunct online drug marketplace.

On Wednesday, Ronald L. Wheeler III of Streamwood, Ill. was charged in federal court in Atlanta with “conspiracy to commit access device fraud,” according to the Associated Press.

The hearing comes months after federal officials announced the closure of the site in July 2017 and confirmed the recent death of Canadian citizen Alexandre Cazes, who they said was the Thailand-based mastermind behind AlphaBay. At the time, authorities also distributed a criminal indictment against Cazes from the Eastern District of California on numerous conspiracy and drug trafficking charges.

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OnePlus 5T launch: Watch it live right here starting at 11AM EST

The OnePlus hype machine is going into overdrive, as the #NeverSettle company gears up to unpack its latest creation, the OnePlus 5T.

The OnePlus 5T is launching later today, and, if rumors are true, you’ll want to check it out.

Our up to date OnePlus 5T rumor roundup – Everything you need to know

Leaks claim OnePlus is giving its 2017 phone a big revamp, without increasing its price tag too much. In the age of the $1000 smartphone, that’s a welcome breath of fresh air, but will the OnePlus 5T live up to our expectations?

When is the OnePlus 5T launch?

The OnePlus 5T will be unveiled at a live event in New York starting at 11AM ET. Here’s the time around the world so you don’t miss it:

San Francisco – 8AM
Denver – 9AM
Chicago – 10AM
New York – 11AM
London – 4PM
Berlin – 5PM
Moscow – 7PM
Mumbai – 9:30PM
Beijing – 12AM
Sydney – 3AM
Watch the OnePlus 5T live stream event here

OnePlus is doing things a bit differently this time around, having invited fans to attend the launch event from the audience. If you couldn’t make it to New York, you can still be there virtually thanks to the OnePlus 5T live stream video. We’ve embedded it below for your convenience or check the YouTube source if you’re having any issues.

The video stream will go live closer to the launch event.

What to expect

We have a full OnePlus 5T rumor roundup that we’re pretty confident in right here. Here are just the highlights:

A larger 18:9 display
Similar design to OnePlus 5
Snapdragon 835, 6GB/8GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB storage
A headphone jack
Dash charging
An upgraded camera
About the same price as OnePlus 5
Available from November 21 in North America and Europe, November 28 in India
Our coverage

We’ll bring you full OnePlus 5T details from the ground and hands-on impressions as soon as we can. We’ll also compare the OnePlus 5T vs the OnePlus 5 and other popular Android flagships. Stay tuned for updates!

Are you hyped?

What about you? Are you excited for the new OnePlus 5T? Vote in our poll and let us know in the comments!

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China’s third-largest bike sharing service, which raised $90M, is reportedly closing down

Bike-sharing, the year’s hottest startup trend in China and beyond, looks like it is about to see the biggest casualty of its cut-throat competition. Bluegogo, which had raised $90 million from investors and operates around 700,000 bikes across China, seems headed for the deadpool after Technode, our Chinese partner site, reported that the company has lost a slew of top executives and is… Read More

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Silicon Valley firms compete to hack R2-D2

Several top Silicon Valley companies took part in a competition to hack an R2-D2 robot. – Source

Gionee M7 Plus leaks in renders and press images

This is our best look yet of the upcoming Gionee M7 Plus and it comes in the form of an official-looking render and two images of the phone in the wild on what looks like an ad shoot.

The images don’t give up any new information outside of the design – the same brushed metal body with an 18:9 screen as the Gionee M7. It doesn’t look anything like the purported hands-on that surfaced at the beginning of this month.

Yesterday the Gionee M7 Plus made a visit to AnTuTu and GFXBench and revealed its key specs.

According to rumors the M7 Plus will become official on November…

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Popular MMO Lineage 2: Revolution launches in the US

US, Canadian, and European players can now enter the mobile fantasy world of Lineage 2: Revolution. The free-to-play MMO, which launched in South Korea nearly a year ago and has since expanded to a number of countries in Asia, is now available for download in the Google Play Store in the West.

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The game itself is based somewhat loosely on NCSoft’s PC MMO Lineage II that first launched way back in 2003. However, the new Lineage II: Revolution game has been developed specifically for smartphones by Netmarble, and uses the latest Unreal Engine 4 game graphics and tools. Netmarble and the former Kabam Game Studios in Vancouver worked for a year to localize the game for North American and European audiences.

In terms of scale, Lineage II: Revolution is supposed to offer MMO players massive battles, which can allow as many as 200 players to participate in siege events at one time. There are also team PvP battles that can get as high as 50 vs 50 players at once. Graphically, the game rivals anything currently on game consoles, thanks in part to its use of Unreal Engine 4. Players can pick from several character classes, including Human, Elf or Dwarf, and create their player avatar to explore the fantasy world, and perhaps join with friends to form clans. Teams can battle huge bosses and other creatures while exploring the world.

Netmarble has recruited US late night talk show host and Clueless Gamer creator Conan O’Brien to help promote Lineage II: Revolution in a new TV commercial campaign. One of the ads shows him destroying a gamer’s big flat-screen TV to demonstrate you don’t need to be stuck in a living room to play a console-quality game.

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You can now learn Chinese on your phone with Duolingo

Duolingo, possibly the most popular language learning app for phones, has finally added Chinese to its list of languages, so you can start to learn the most spoken language on the planet.
Just do not expect to get fluent with just this one app: the Duolingo course is for beginners and it will teach you 1,000 Chinese characters and it promises to get you to an upper beginner level of fluency in both reading, writing, speaking and listening.
The app teaches simplified Chinese characters and uses the Beijing dialect, … – Source

Manufacturers need to step up smart tech investments

Research suggests manufacturers could miss out on billions of pounds of extra revenue if they do not invest in the latest IT – Source

Lineage 2: Revolution MMO game launches in the US and Europe, Conan approves

Lineage 2: Revolution is now available on iOS and Android devices for users in the USA, Canada, and Europe. The popular MMO (massive multiplayer online) title that is based on the Lineage 2 PC game was released nearly a year ago in South Korea and is now making its way to users in the West.
MMO games aren’t really that new to the mobile scene, but the scale of Lineage 2: Revolution truly makes it stand out. Open-world combat allows up to 200 players to fight in real-time on a single screen, while there are also 20vs20 and 50vs50 … – Source

Kaspersky: Yes, we obtained NSA secrets. No, we didn’t help steal them

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For almost two months in 2014, servers belonging to Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab received confidential National Security Agency materials from a poorly secured computer located in the United States that stored the files, most likely in violation of US laws, company officials said.

The classified source code, documents, and executable binaries were stored on a computer that used an IP address reserved for Verizon FIOS customers in Baltimore, about 20 miles from the NSA’s Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters, Kaspersky Lab said in an investigation report it published early Thursday morning. Starting on September 11, 2014 and running until November 9 of that year, Kaspersky Lab servers downloaded the confidential files multiple times after the company’s antivirus software, which was installed on the machine, found they contained malicious code from Equation Group, an NSA-linked hacking group that operated for at least 14 years before Kaspersky exposed it in 2015.

The downloads—which, like other AV software, the Kaspersky program automatically initiated when it encountered suspicious software that warranted further inspection—included a 45MB 7-Zip archive that contained source code, malicious executables, and four documents bearing US government classification markings. A company analyst who manually reviewed the archive quickly determined it contained confidential material. Within a few days and at the direction of CEO and founder Eugene Kaspersky, the company deleted all materials except for the malicious binaries. The company then created a special software tweak to prevent the 7-Zip file from being downloaded again.

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Facebook’s ‘Trust Indicators’ is another small, small step in its fake news battle

Facebook wants you to know what’s fake news and what’s not (supposedly) so it’s released another tool called “Trust Indicators.”

It’s a fancy name, but it’s actually a small move hidden within a little feature. The tiny “i” icon next to articles on News Feed will now include more information about the media outlet behind that story. Publishers can choose to share their ethics policy, corrections policy, fact-checking policy, ownership structure, and masthead, according to a Facebook spokesperson.

SEE ALSO: Here’s everything Facebook wants publishers to know about News Feed

The hope is that Facebook users will click through and read each of those sections. …

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Honda’s connected cars will communicate over 5G

When it’s not busy making billion-dollar acquisitions to expand its robotics line-up, Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank is pursuing its other hobby: smart cars. Central to this endeavour is its partner, and fellow Japan native, Honda. Last year, the t… – Source

Is Doogee gearing up to release a curved smartphone like the LG G Flex?

The LG G Flex 2 was a successful device in a lot of ways. It was the first major phone to utilize Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chip, it came with a wicked fire engine red color variant (and long before the solar red HTC U11 appeared), and it had a unique design thanks to its curved display. Disappointingly for some, it was the last G Flex device LG made, and instead curved edge devices like the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have since taken over.

Chinese manufacturer Doogee may be bringing the G Flex approach back, however, as suggested by leaker Evan Blass on Twitter. Blass tweeted an image of what could be the new Doogee display panel yesterday, and also hinted that the Doogee device may come with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, and include 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage.

Remember the Galaxy Round and LG Flexes? Well next year Doogee will try its hand at a curved screen device, with 18.5:9 aspect ratio, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB storage.

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) November 15, 2017

Doogee has already proved that it’s willing to try new display formats recently, having rolled out the Doogee Mix earlier this year. That device introduced a bezel-less display design at a rock-bottom price — perhaps Doogee wants to achieve a similarly low price tag with a curved device in 2018?

While I like this idea, curved displays don’t really offer a strong benefit on smartphones. Some say they are more “immersive,” but I think it’s a myth. I understand the notion with regards to giant displays that completely surround you, but the perceivable width and depth of a circa 5.5-inch smartphone is negligible. And that curve won’t improve anything in portrait mode — I’d be interested more in what the phone will look like design-wise rather than what the display will offer to look at.

What are your thoughts on the potential of the “Doogee Curve”? Let us know in the comments.

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China’s biggest search engine unveils a smart speaker, the first of its AI products to come

Google Home and the Amazon Echo have new competition.

Baidu, which runs China’s most popular search engine, has produced the Raven H, a voice-activated speaker that runs on an artificial intelligence platform.

SEE ALSO: Baidu plans to put a driverless bus on Chinese roads next year and cars by 2021

The Raven H is the first product in Baidu’s upcoming AI plan, following its acquisition in earlier this year of Beijing-based smart home startup, Raven.

‘Humans & machines have been interacting w/ one another for years, but raven H aims to create a world in which this interaction is seamless.’ – Cheng (Jesse) Lyu, Raven founder & Baidu GM ~*Bring #AI to Life*~

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