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Small dog’s reaction to being pet will speak deeply to your soul

Every now and then, a dog comes along that makes our very guts, the deepest depths of our souls, scream “same.”

Here is that dog.

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Writer and voiceover actor Paul Rugg (you might remember him as Mr. Director on Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain) tweeted a delightfully tongue-in-cheek video Tuesday extolling the benefits of petting one’s canine companion.

“You see,” he says in the clip, “petting your dog is one of the most relaxing things you can possibly do.”

Reader, the dog does not agree. Watch and be astounded.

Dogs: good even when they’re biting your hand.

WATCH: This adorable girl discovered the famous ‘Excalibur’ sword

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Bose launches new flagship headphones with Google Assistant

Bose’s new premium, noise-cancelling headphones, QC35 II, come with Google Assistant support, the company announced Thursday.

The news is not exactly new, as these new cans leaked all over the internet a few days ago, but it’s still notable. Bose’s QC35, which precede this model, were widely praised as one of the best wireless, noise-cancelling headphones around. And Google Assistant on a pair of headphones like these is definitely an interesting feature.

SEE ALSO: The audio jack is officially dead forever — time to invest in some wireless headphones

Hardware-wise, the QC35 II appear to be just a mild update of their predecessor, the biggest difference being the new Action button on the right earcup, which launches Google Assistant. From there, you’ll be able to control your music through Assistant, such as playing a playlist with songs by your favorite artists. …

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In one day, we saw two very different sides of esports

At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a team of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players stands behind a giant stage, going over last-minute strategies before heading up on stage to play a semifinals match inside one of the biggest arenas in New York City.

Behind them sits a row of computers for practice, $400 gaming chairs, and a table stocked with bananas, granola bars, chips, and fruit gummies.

About 200 feet away in the bowels of the Barclays Center, a handful of the top Street Fighter V players in the world sit and stand among the crowd of fans, holding their fight sticks and controllers while waiting to be called up to compete in front of a crowd on fold-out chairs that take up about one half of the converted basketball practice court. Behind them is a nearly empty Red Bull refrigerator. …

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You know you want to watch a barrel of wine explode in slow motion

Imagine a whale’s blowhole was capable of pushing out red wine instead of air and you’ll have a pretty good idea about what’s going on in this video.

A sealed barrel of wine built up waaaaayyyyy too much pressure from gas created during fermentation. Then, when the clamp on the barrel was released, the red wine gushed into the air like a geyser.

It’s sad to see all that wine go to waste. RIP, wine.

Image: via Giphy …

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London and Antwerp-based Hummingbird Ventures closes new $95M fund

London and Antwerp-based Hummingbird Ventures, which counts Deliveroo and Showpad in its portfolio, has closed a new $95 million fund to invest in tech startups at the “late Seed and Series A” stage. Read More

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If Bill Gates could go back in time, he’d fix ‘Control+Alt+Delete’

Bill Gates has one regret: The two-handed maneuver “Control+Alt+Delete” shortcut that was once required to reboot any Windows computer.

He publicly conceded this Wednesday while on stage at Bloomberg’s Global Business Forum, in New York City, CNNMoney reported.

“If I could make one small edit, I’d make that a single key,” said Gates.

Previously, Gate explained that IBM programmers in the 1980s were partly responsible for the un-user friendly mishap. IBM designed the keyboard layout for PCs at the time, and …

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Mercedes is building smarter headlights for its cars of the future

In a dark garage at the Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, a flat gray S-Class illuminates a white screen at the end of long hall. The headlights blast on and while the light is bright, it’s not that impressive. Then Stefan Toepfer, el… – Source

Samsung Gear Sport vs. Gear S3: What’s the difference?

The wearable landscape is heading toward fitness, and there are plenty of choices.

Samsung offers a nice three-pronged approach to wearables, starting at the bottom with the fitness-driven Gear Fit 2 Pro, notching up to the fence-sitting Gear Sport and impressing at the top with the all-around performer Gear S3. For someone who wants comprehensive fitness tracking but also a bigger screen that can handle more traditional smartwatch functions, they will instantly narrow down to just the Gear Sport and the larger Gear S3.

So which of these two Tizen-powered smartwatches is right for you? We’re here to lay out the details and help you decide.

What’s the same

Despite a few spec and size differences, Samsung uses the same software and interface paradigm across its Gear S2, Gear Sport, and Gear S3. It’s the same Tizen OS we’ve been using for a couple of years now, with an emphasis on maximizing its circular interface and rotating bezel (plus a couple side buttons) for navigation.

Both watches offer you the same apps, core software capabilities, connection to your phone directly via Bluetooth or remotely via Wi-Fi, and some standalone features. They have the same 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a 1GHz processor inside. The screen resolution between the two is even the same, 360×360, though the diameter is different.

The core specs, experience, and even design, is shared between these two.

As you can see in the photos, the Gear Sport very much feels like a shrunken version of the Gear S3 Frontier. There isn’t a “Classic” version of the Gear Sport, but if you compare directly to the Frontier, you get most of the same design cues. The gunmetal exterior and combination of a couple different textures looks good, and the rotating bezel remains with a slightly different knurl to it.

Even though the Gear Sport is smaller and therefore has a smaller battery, Samsung’s battery claims remain consistent with the Gear S3. That’s thanks to a smaller screen size, and it’s great to see that you can use either one for a couple solid days without rushing for the charger. With simple use and turning off always-on watch faces, you could stretch that out for three whole days on either one.

What’s different

The differences between these two smartwatches effectively come down to size. The Gear Sport, as its name implies, is more focused on being a fitness tracker and therefore had to shrink down in size to keep from being cumbersome. Compared to the Gear S3 Frontier, the Gear Sport is 3mm narrower, 4.5mm shorter, 1.3mm thinner and 12g lighter (sans strap). Talking about millimeters and grams doesn’t seem like much, but not a watch it makes a big difference: the Gear Sport stays closer to your wrist and isn’t as likely to get in your way when you’re on a run or hitting the gym. It also has more heavy-duty water resistance, staying safe up to 5 ATM, with included swim tracking if that’s your exercise of – Source

Charlie Brooker announces the authors for the ‘Black Mirror’ book and we’re ready to be terrified

We’ve known for a while that Charlie Brooker’s dystopian brain-baby was coming out in all new dead-tree format in February next year, but beyond that we didn’t have many details. Except of course that it will be the stuff of Facebook-scrolling-induced nightmares.

SEE ALSO: ‘Black Mirror’ predicted this iPhone X feature and it’s really creepy

Now meet the puppeteers of your fear.

The future is bright: @charltonbrooker selects @ClaireNorth42 @doctorow and @neuvel for #BlackMirror Volume 1 >>

— Penguin Random House (@PenguinRHUK) …

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Engadget giveaway: Win an Optoma UHD60 4K projector!

If you’re planning a new home theater setup, 4K resolution and HDR color processing are definitely where you should be heading. You’ll also want to maximize your screen real estate to enjoy it all, but many people don’t have room in their layout for… – Source

What unites the right and the left? Hating Google, of course.

Google can’t seem to please anyone these days.

In a fiercely divided political climate, the search giant has unwittingly aligned a growing chorus of politically diverse voices who all agree on one thing: that Google has way too much power.

On one front, Google is a prime target of a growing progressive movement to tighten anti-monopoly laws they argue aren’t equipped to govern a new era of tech giants.

SEE ALSO: Criticizing Google may have cost these scholars their jobs, but they’re only getting started

Meanwhile, it’s also angered parts of the American right with its …

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Facebook is sending Jewish New Year messages to people who aren’t Jewish

As much as Facebook ostensibly wants to be your friend, it mostly just wants to be a growing, massive data cache of your life, filled with loads of information about you—some true, some false.

The latest comic evidence: some Facebook users were greeted with a “Happy New Year” message on the top of their News Feeds Wednesday and Thursday in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish holiday celebrating the New Year.

SEE ALSO: You’re not imagining it, Facebook’s ‘Like’ button is different

It wasn’t available to everyone, though, and some of the users saw it shared on Twitter that, nope, they weren’t Jewish. Others said, at the very least, they never self-identified to Facebook that they were Jewish (which they would’ve done by listing it as their chosen religion on their Facebook profiles). …

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One in four girls is depressed at age 14

New research shows a quarter of girls (24%) and one in 10 boys (9%) are depressed at age 14. – Source

Police close road to investigate a grizzly find… sort of

Lane closures on the road sure are annoying, but imagine your road-rage if you found out the traffic jam you’d been stuck in had been caused by… a Halloween toy.

SEE ALSO: Policeman stops traffic to rescue a tiny kitten trying to cross the road

The Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit (UK) were called out to the A19 and shut down a lane after a report from a concerned citizen about a “suspicious looking item”. They supplied a photo of said item on their official Facebook page, you can judge for yourself why a passing motorist might have considered it “suspicious”.

The Cleveland and Durham police found that the hand was not an actual morsel of human anatomy but …

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There’s another Louvre museum, and it’s floating on an artificial island

Did you know there’s more than one Louvre? That’s right – the world famous Paris museum has loaned its name and some of its art to a new structure in Abu Dhabi, which floats on an artificial island. Ooh la la!

After a series of delays, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is officially opening its doors to the public on Nov. 11. …

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Mod that adds online play to Super Mario 64 draws Nintendo’s ire

Enlarge / A shot from the trailer for Super Mario 64 Online, which has since been taken down from YouTube by a Nintendo DMCA request.

Nintendo has issued a number of DMCA copyright takedown notices aimed at hindering a popular mod that adds online play to a PC-emulated version of Super Mario 64, letting up to 24 players run around the game’s world together as a number of different characters.

ROM hacker Kaze Emanuar says Nintendo issued takedown requests for several videos of Super Mario 64 Online gameplay on his YouTube channel. Those videos featured download links and instructions for installing the ROM hack, which have also been removed along with the videos.

The main video announcing the mod’s launch had received more than a million views since going up early last week (an archived copy of that video is still up on IGN). Emanuar told Kotaku that “tens of thousands” of people were playing the game as of yesterday.

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Toddler can’t help but tear up while watching a dinosaur fall down

Pixar movies are known for their impeccable animation and unparalleled storytelling, sure. But, they’re also known for their ability to turn adults and children alike into blubbering messes.

For example: Poor 2-year-old Jentree just couldn’t keep it together during an emotional scene from The Good Dinosaur.

SEE ALSO: Toddler has adorable reaction when hearing his dad play guitar for the first time

My mom sent me this video of my 2 year old niece jentree watching a movie and crying because the dinosaur fell and lost his mom…my heart 😭

— m (@emilybroderick) …

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Co-founder Brian Fenty becomes CEO at TodayTix

There’s a new CEO at TodayTix, though he’s definitely not new to the company — Chairman Brian Fenty is becoming chief executive, while his co-founder (and the previous CEO) Merritt Baer is becoming the Head of Europe. TodayTix sells theater tickets in cities across the United States (including New York, Chicago and San Francisco), but its European presence is currently limited… Read More

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Big fat Stratolaunch plane tests all six of its engines

Remember the “Roc”? The awe-inspiring, gigantic carrier aircraft from Stratolaunch, the company owned by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen?

SEE ALSO: Microsoft cofounder tweets a picture of his ginormous rocket-launching plane

Back in June, it was ready to make its first rollout for a series of tests, starting with fuel testing.

Well, this week the six-engine mothership completed its first round of engine testing, as tweeted by Allen:

Started up :

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HTC in a nutshell: What went wrong and what went right

HTC has sold off part of its R&D workforce to Google in an attempt to right the ship – so the $1.1 billion deal won’t hurt there. The cash injection will keep the lights on at HTC in its original form and help keep the dream alive for a little while longer – far better than what happened to Nokia when it was struggling.

It’s definitely good news for the 20-year-old company and gives it a fighting chance at sticking around for the next 20 years. And who knows – HTC was once a true contender. As Nokia fell during the start of the Android revolution, HTC was making hay.

Around 2010, the company wisely switched from Windows Mobile to Android, bringing out the first phone to market with the new, open source OS. There’s a good chance you or someone you know had an HTC phone that they remember fondly from around this time.

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Fast forward a few years and Google is now set to take some 2,000 or so of HTC’s ‘Powered by HTC’ research and development team and make them Googlers, Googlers who will be set on a new hardware mission. What that is we won’t know for some time, but the scope is broad: new smartphones, adding Google Assistant to IoT devices, and so on.

But how did we get here? What went wrong and what went right for the storied Taiwanese manufacturer?

One timeline that tells the story in a graph is the stock valuation of the company – the meteoric rise and catastrophic freefall that might have finally been put on halt:

What went wrong vs what went right

The what went wrong list isn’t a short one, nor is it a new take. As far back as 2012 you can find opinion pieces asking what happened to HTC.

There’s rarely a single smoking gun for any struggling company. Nokia and HTC have their similarities in that they were both squeezed out by the likes of Apple and Samsung.

If you ask HTC, both marketing budgets and slogans are to blame.

If you ask HTC (along with most tech journalists), both marketing budgets and slogans are to blame. ‘Quietly Brilliant’ never hit the mark, while advertising spends weren’t in the ballpark of rivals. And no matter which way you cut it, HTC’s idea of advertising has always been bizarre.

“Samsung spent four to six times more in advertising than us,” said HTC’s president of global sales and marketing at HTC, Jason Mackenzie, back in 2012. (Mackenzie left HTC in January this year.)

But was it marketing, or was it the product?

Hardware: The highs and lows

Credit where it’s due: HTC has released some strong devices over the years, and it consistently got its designs more right than wrong.

But what was once clearly good fell into confusion. HTC put out more than 100 different phones – Source

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus launched in India

Sony has launched the Xperia XA1 Plus in India. The phone is priced at INR 24,990 ($384) and will be available starting tomorrow, September 22.

The Xperia XA1 Plus is Sony’s mid-range smartphone aimed at multimedia consumption. It has a large 5.5-inch 1080p display, which is larger than most Sony smartphones. It runs on a MediaTek Helio P20 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.

On the back is a 23 megapixel camera with f2.0 aperture and Sony’s SteadyShot digital image stabilization for videos. On the front is an 8 megapixel sensor with f2.0 aperture and…

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CCleaner malware had a specific target: tech titans

The malware that hackers inserted into legit downloads of popular PC-cleaning software CCleaner wasn’t harmless after all. According to Cisco’s Talos security division, it had specific targets: at least 20 tech titans, including Google, Samsung, Micr… – Source

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why racetracks have weird angles

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck Nice, and Gary O’Reilly discuss the reason racetracks have such high banks, and how math can be used to determine the maximum speed in a turn.

Check out all the full StarTalk podcast here.

StarTalk on Mashable is a video series, produced by Mashable and StarTalk Radio.

StarTalk Radio is a podcast and radio program hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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Is the Apple TV 4K for you? (The 3:59, Ep. 288) – CNET

Our own TV guru David Katzmaier breaks down all the details of Apple’s latest set-top box. – Source

Wes Anderson goes to Japan in the ‘Isle of Dogs’ trailer

Eight years after Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson is once again diving into stop-motion animation – and the results look just as good as you’d expect.

SEE ALSO: Dog and kitten are the epitome of friendship goals

The story follows a young boy who sets out to find his dog – who, like all dogs following the spread of dog flu throughout Megasaki City, has been exiled to Trash Island. He’s aided in his quest by a pack of mongrels voiced by the likes of Bryan Cranston and Edward Norton.

The star-studded cast also includes Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Ken Watanabe, Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, and so, so, so many moreIsle of Dogs is in theaters March 23, 2018. …

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UK lifeboat crew tests drones as search and rescue helpers

Drones are becoming an important part of the emergency services. Police are using them to search for missing people, while fire departments test them as a tool to survey dangerous sites. Until now, however, we haven’t seen or heard about them being u… – Source

This budget earbud sounds (almost) too good to be true – CNET

The Final Audio Design E3000 in-ears sound like they cost more than double their very reasonable price. – Source

This pigeon is way more religious than you’ll ever be

Animals are many, many things, but religious isn’t a word you’d normally associate with them.

There are exceptions, though.

SEE ALSO: This very polite pigeon is the London Underground hero we all need

On Wednesday, James McVey captured a video of a pigeon that appeared to be deep in prayer:

The caption was simple, but effective.


— James McVey (@TheVampsJames) September 20, 2017

We may never know the truth behind church pigeon.

Maybe it was taking a quiet moment of reflection to ponder the complex nature of its own spiritual beliefs.

If we had to guess, though, we’d say it was probably just dozing. …

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Twitter will also be at the Senate’s Russia hearings

Social media played a huge part in determining the outcome of the 2016 election, and there’s a suspicion that the ad-tracking tools those platforms offer could have been hijacked by nefarious forces. Shortly after news broke that Facebook will appear… – Source

Amazon plans to hire 2,000 for a new office in New York City – CNET

The move comes as cities across North America compete to play host to Amazon’s upcoming second headquarters, expected to bring 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in development. – Source

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