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Airbnb, New York City settle rental law lawsuit

A 3D printed people's models are seen in front of a displayed Airbnb logo in this illustrationBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Airbnb Inc and New York City said on Friday they had resolved a lawsuit brought by the company challenging a law it argued could expose it to significant penalties for advertising short-term apartment rentals. Airbnb had contended that the law's ambiguous wording could allow New York authorities to apply it to online platforms like itself that host third-party listings, creating the risk of significant civil penalties and criminal liability. Under the terms of the settlement, New York City agreed that the law would not be enforced against the company and was instead aimed at individual violators, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said.


U.S. presidential commission issues recommendations on cyber security

Man poses in front of on a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaThe U.S. government and the private sector must cooperate to improve the security of digital networks, a U.S. presidential commission on cyber security recommended in a wide-ranging report issued on Friday. The commission created by President Barack Obama earlier this year also recommended that the president and Congress accelerate the pace at which technology is updated in the federal sector and that the president appoint an ambassador for cyber security for efforts abroad. Obama said in a statement after meeting the commission's head, his former national security adviser Tom Donilon, on Friday that his administration strongly supported the commission's "thoughtful and pragmatic" recommendations.


Obama bars China's Fujian from buying Aixtron's U.S. business

The headquarters of German chip equipment maker Aixtron SE is pictured in HerzogenrathBy Matthias Inverardi and Diane Bartz FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama blocked a Chinese investment fund from acquiring the U.S. business of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron because the deal posed a risk to American national security, the Treasury Department said on Friday. Obama's executive order barring China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) from completing the acquisition of a German company with American assets was one of few such instances in which a U.S. president has blocked a transaction due to national security concerns.


Russian central bank loses $31 million in cyber attack

A padlock is displayed at the Alert Logic booth during the 2016 Black Hat cyber-security conference in Las VegasHackers stole more than 2 billion rubles ($31 million) from correspondent accounts at the Russian central bank, the bank said on Friday, the latest example of an escalation of cyber attacks on financial institutions around the globe. Central bank official Artyom Sychyov discussed the losses at a briefing, saying that the hackers had attempted to steal about 5 billion rubles. Sychyov was commenting on a central bank report released earlier in the day, that told about hackers breaking into accounts there by faking a client's credentials.


U.S. regulator clears way for online lenders to have national charter

U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry answers a question during the Reuters Financial Regulation Summit in WashingtonBy Patrick Rucker and Anna Irrera WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Online credit companies and paperless lenders would be able to get federal charters to do business nationwide under a plan outlined on Friday by a U.S. banking regulator. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the main regulator for federal banks, said it hoped offering a charter for "fintech" companies would spur banking sector innovation. "Technology-based products and services are the future of banking and the economy," OCC director Thomas Curry said, outlining the proposal in a speech at the Georgetown University Law Center.


Sirius reapproaches Pandora for a takeover: source

File photo of traders working at the kiosk where Pandora internet radio is traded on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeSatellite radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc's Chairman Greg Maffei recently made a fresh approach to internet radio provider Pandora Media Inc and expressed interest about a potential takeover, according to a source familiar with the matter. Sirius XM did not offer a specific price and Pandora has yet to respond to the overture, the source added. Representatives and Sirius XM declined to comment.


10 Million People Need to Stop Using This Android App Now

10 Million People Need to Stop Using This Android App NowThe popular AirDroid file-management app could open your Android device to attack, a security firm says. Until the flaw gets fixed — hopefully, within the next two weeks — you should stop using the app.


After the iPhone 8, analyst suggests Apple will face a 10-year period of volatility
Even though Apple has long been one of the most successful, profitable and closely-observed tech companies on the planet, it's absolutely dumbfounding how often armchair pundits and analysts manage to get everything wrong about the company. In a dynamic that still defies explanation, Apple's success is rarely applauded; on the contrary, its success is often used to justify the position that the company has peaked and is about to undergo an unforgiving fall from grace. DON'T MISS:  Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe That notwithstanding, the sentiment that Apple has lost its ability to innovate, meaningfully increase revenue and otherwise succeed has seemingly grown by leaps and bounds over the past few months. From critics bemoaning the MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar as nothing more than a gimmick to analysts criticizing the iPhone 7 for sporting the same form factor as the two previous iPhone models, the idea that "Apple is doomed" is not only persistent, but is arguably more prevalent than it's been in years. Sure, Apple has the iPhone 8 coming out next year, and sure, analysts believe that the device will shatter all existing iPhone sales records, but that's apparently as high as Apple will be able to go, according to some. In fact, analysts at Oppenheimer believe that Apple will soon "embark on a decade-long malaise." In a research note obtained by Business Insider , Opppenheimer writes: "Apple lacks the courage to lead the next generation of innovation (AI, cloud-based services, messaging); instead will become more reliant than ever on the iPhone ... We believe Apple is about to embark on a decade-long malaise. The risks to the company have never been greater." Nothing in the tech sphere is ever predictable, but I think we can all agree that predicting where a company will be in 10 years is utterly absurd. Consider this: the iPhone didn't even exist 10 years ago. Even in a more compressed time frame, look at how quickly Netflix managed to turn into an entertainment juggernaut and how quickly Microsoft managed to turn things around with Satya Nadella at the helm. The idea that Apple lacks the "courage" to be at the vanguard of the next generation of innovation is certainly interesting, and not wholly without merit, but it completely ignores the fact that no one at this point knows what the next great area of innovation will be. Will it in fact be AI? Or will it be augmented reality? Or, perhaps, virtual reality? Or maybe it will be something completely different, something that's not on anyone's radar at the moment. Microsoft famously missed the wave of smartphone innovation that Apple ushered in when it released the iPhone. Apple, however, has yet to miss a wave of innovation. Consequently, the idea that Apple is about to fall into a "decade-long malaise" seems a bit off the mark. Apple certainly faces a number of challenges, but it's always struck me as peculiar that Apple is never afforded the benefit of the doubt when it has a long track record of delivering innovative products to the marketplace. Oppenheimer's note concludes: "We believe its strong profitability, a cash hoard for protection, and one last 'growth' hurrah from the tenth-anniversary phone will keep investors interested in the company." Funny thing is, analysts have been predicting Apple's 'last growth hurrah' for years on end.
Chemists officially name four new elements, and here they are
The periodic table just got some new members, as the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has officially accepted new names for four elements. Element numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118 will no longer be known by their placeholder names, and instead have all-new monikers decided upon by their discoverers. The discoveries were first recognized about a year ago, and the proposed names for them were decided upon this past June. Now, chemistry's highest group has decided they are valid and will move forward with the all-new labels. DON'T MISS:  How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone Nihonium (Nh), is element 113, and is named for the Japanese word for Japan, which is Nihon. Moscovium (Mc), element 115, is named for Moscow. Tennessine (Tn), element 117, is named for Tennessee. Oganesson (Og), element 118, is named after Yuri Oganessian, honoring the 83-year-old physicist whose team is credited with being the top element hunters in the field. The official names will take the spot of placeholder titles that were given to the elemental numbers prior to their formal discovery. Those names — ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctium — occupied the seventh row of the periodic table, and will now be discarded. “The names of the new elements reflect the realities of our present time,” IUPAC President Prof Natalia Tarasova says via press release. “Universality of science, honoring places from three continents, where the elements have been discovered — Japan, Russia, the United States — and the pivotal role of human capital in the development of science, honoring an outstanding scientist — Professor Yuri Oganessian”. With row seven now completed, chemists look to the road ahead, and hope to discover entirely new elements, keeping science on its toes and periodic table poster printers in business.
Obscure iOS 10.1.1 flaw lets you bypass a stolen iPad’s strongest security feature
With the number of iOS devices out there in the wild, you can bet that if even the most obscure, ridiculous vulnerability exists in the software, someone is going to discover it sooner or later. A new bug in iOS 10.1 and 10.1.1, posted on Vulnerability Lab , seemingly allows users to bypass the iCloud activation lock on lost or stolen devices. MUST SEE:  Facebook bans — then unbans — the B.S. Detector plugin that flags fake news stories The vulnerability, which is being credited to Benjamin Kunz Mejri , works by bogging down the operating system while it's in an activation lock state, via a flood of characters in the Wi-Fi connection input fields. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yygvBJBFy4s When a device has been remotely locked by a user, the device requires an iCloud sign-in in order to unlock it. In order to actually complete the log in, the device has to connect to the internet, and one of the options for doing so is to sign in to a locked Wi-Fi network. By initiating the Wi-Fi sign-in process, the user is given two text input fields with unlimited character limits. Kunz Mejri discovered that by spamming characters into both fields, copying and pasting huge chunks of text over and over again, the entire system crawls to a halt. Then, if the device is put to sleep by a Smart Cover, when the cover is opened again the activation lock is gone and the user can navigate the home screen. As TechCrunch reports, the initial version of this exploit was discovered by Hemanth Joseph of Slash Secure , and it affected iOS 10.1. The rollout of iOS 10.1 seemingly fixed the crash, but Kunz Mejri figured out that he could still initiate the activation lock crash by using Night Shift mode while also turning the device back and forth on its side and prompting the perspective to switch.  Eventually it seems the operating system just gives up on life and lets the attacker in. It seems like a simple character limit safety net would solve the issue entirely, though we'll clearly have to wait until Apple fully plugs the hole before calling the all clear.
Watch this golden mole hunt termites by sound

Watch this golden mole hunt termites by soundScreenshot/BBC Planet Earth IIThe golden mole, the real-life version of a tribble, is not actually a mole. Nor is it always golden. It is, however, the star of a new teaser for the upcoming nature documentary, Planet Earth II. It’s not actually a moleThis bug-eating mammal, no larger than a ping-pong ball, burrows through the dry, soft soils of Sub-Saharan Africa. David Attenborough narrates while the tiny mammal tunnels through sand dunes and snuffles after termites. (“Termites: not easy to catch when you’re blind,” Attenborough observes. ...


Microsoft’s AI will describe images in Word and PowerPoint for blind users

Microsoft’s AI will describe images in Word and PowerPoint for blind usersArtificial intelligence may be making small and steady advances in general-purpose situations like digital assistants. For instance, an upcoming feature for Office apps like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint will automatically suggest image and slide deck captions, called alt-text, using AI algorithms. Microsoft is accomplishing this feat with its Computer Vision Cognitive Service, which uses neural networks trained with deep learning techniques to better understand and describe the contents of images.


Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama, joined by from left, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano, former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, talks to media in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. Donilon, and Palmisano, are being appointed as the Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. A national commission is delivering urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. The report follows the worst hacking of U.S. government systems in history and the Obama administration accusing Russia of meddling in the U.S. presidential election by hacking Democrats. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)A presidential commission on Friday made 16 urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, including creating a nutritional-type label to help consumers shop wisely and appointing a new ...


You get one last chance to buy a NES Classic Edition before Christmas
At this point, anyone who was planning on buying their kids (and, let's be real, themselves) a NES Classic Edition as a Christmas present has probably resigned themselves to paying a strange man off Craigslist four times the asking price. The Classic is out of stock everywhere, and even though Target is drip-feeding consoles into stores, you have to get crazy lucky to actually buy one. An unlikely hero is coming to the rescue, however: Urban Outfitters, the neo-hipster skinny jeans vendor, has announced it's going to be selling the NES Classic Edition online. Page-refreshing fingers at the ready, everyone. DON'T MISS:  You should stop using that fake Apple charger The NES Classic Edition will only be sold online, with stock becoming available sometime on Tuesday, December 6th. There's no details on precise timing, but we've reached out to Urban Outfitters about this crucially important matter and will waste no time in updating if we find out more. As this is the first time the store has sold the NES Classic, there's no link that you can prepare to constantly F5-spam. Instead, I'd recommend using something like this  to ping the webpage and check if something changes. Obviously, you'll want to be online at midnight to see if the stock goes live. In case you're thinking that this level of obsession is borderline insane for a retro games console, you probably aren't aware of how popular these things are. We've seen numerous stories of customers camping outside Target at 3AM to get consoles, orders coming from international Amazon stores, and consoles selling for $4,000 on eBay. Currently, Walmart and Target are both out of stock, although more is trickling in little by little. Target has been prioritizing delivery to random physical Target stores, while Walmart has been drip-feeding inventory online.
Donald Trump is skipping intelligence briefings but has time to block people on Twitter

Donald Trump is skipping intelligence briefings but has time to block people on TwitterDonald Trump, a man who has tweeted more than 34,000 times, loves making time for Twitter — despite any other obligations he now has as the president-elect. As Mashable reported earlier today, it looks like Trump is blocking people without explanation, leaving them confused, amused, and dismayed. A blogger and freelance writer named Heather Spohr found the whole situation a little more disturbing.


Android phone maker Blu pledges to replace Chinese software that stole user data

Android phone maker Blu pledges to replace Chinese software that stole user dataBlu, the Florida-based maker of budget Android phones, says it’s swapping out the Chinese update software that stole user data for Google-approved software, according to a report in PCMag. The issue, first unveiled last month by security firm Kryptowire, was a firmware-updating application that monitored user communications and even sent back text messages to a keyword-searchable archive on a Chinese server. Shanghai Adups Technology Co., the Chinese app maker in question, claims its data collection tool was not designed for US phones, and that the data has since been deleted.


This dude actually built a portable, wearable Tesla coil gun
Nikola Tesla's contributions to modern technology can't be overstated, and the fact that some of his original designs are so darn cool to look at is really just icing on the cake. But even he probably never imagined a world where his resonant transformer, better known as a "Tesla coil," could be turned into a wearable weapon. DON’T MISS:  How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fTC_Ud_k3U Popular YouTuber SmarterEveryDay was doing a segment on Nikola Tesla when he tracked down someone who is probably the biggest Tesla fan on the face of the planet. His name is Cameron Prince, and not only does he run an impressive website dedicated to Tesla, he also has some homemade versions of Tesla's designs, like a nine-foot Tesla coil that sounds like it could destroy a city. But as impressive as the rest of Prince's collection is, the real star of the show is his portable Tesla gun, which he built from a design created by a friend. It's basically a Tesla coil designed to be held in your hand, and it draws power from a huge, water-cooled backpack that's crammed with electrical bits. The gun itself has a built-in display and control panel, and there are various settings to play with that affect the size and range of the electricity it spews forth. It's an extremely intimidating piece of hardware, though as the video shows, the bolts of handheld lightning it produces aren't actually all that dangerous. Prince himself notes that the current of the gun is low enough that it shouldn't cause any problems with vital human functions like heartbeat, though it's still probably a good idea not to try such a thing at home. In fact, don't try anything you see in this particular video, ever, just to be safe.
Exclusive: U.S. networking company Ixia explores sale - sources
Ixia, a U.S. provider of equipment and applications that help maintain computer networks, is exploring a potential sale, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The company's move comes as the ever increasing volume of data traffic flowing through social media, smartphones and cloud computing tests the resilience and integrity of networks, making offerings such as those of Ixia more popular. Ixia is working with an investment bank on a sale process that is already under way and has attracted the interest of other companies and private equity firms, the people said, asking not be identified because the negotiations are confidential.
The first trailer for Netflix’s Spectral is Black Hawk Down meets Ghostbusters

The first trailer for Netflix’s Spectral is Black Hawk Down meets GhostbustersNetflix has a big, flashy action movie in time for the holidays. The streaming giant is set to release Spectral — a fantasy movie about Delta Force soldiers going up against ghosts — next week on December 9th, and it just released the film’s first trailer. It’s odd that there’s been little fanfare for this film from Netflix, although the company only just acquired the movie from Legendary Pictures last month.


The FCC thinks the best feature of AT&T’s new streaming TV plan is illegal
Ever since AT&T announced that it was launching a $35 TV plan with unlimited mobile streaming for AT&T customers, the FCC has been all over the company's case. In a first letter , the FCC laid out its problems with AT&T's "zero rating" policy and how it violates the principle of net neutrality. In a response, AT&T said (paraphrasing a little here) "nah, we thought about it, but it's all good." The FCC's response? Not so fast. DON'T MISS:  Apple says iPhone battery problem a result of too much air In a letter seen by  Ars Technica , the FCC takes issue with AT&T's zero-rating of data for DirecTV, saying that AT&T's "practices inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the 'virtuous cycle' needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet." At stake here is AT&T's policy of "zero-rating" data used to stream its new DirecTV Now service. AT&T customers streaming DirecTV Now over AT&T's network won't use their data cap to do so, something that AT&T has been selling hard in adverts for its new service. But preferring one kind of data over another undermines the key tenent of net neutrality, which is that all data should be treated equally. T-Mobile already walks a fine line with its "Binge On" policy, which allows users to stream shows from services like Netflix and YouTube without it counting against data. The only saving grace for T-Mobile is that the plan is free for content providers; YouTube and the like just have to work with T-Mobile to make sure their data is optimized for mobile streaming. In the case of AT&T, there's no free offer for other providers. AT&T says that DirecTV pays for any mobile data used to stream DirecTV shows, but the FCC strongly disputes that claim. In the letter seen by  Ars , the Commission lays out its concerns: "We estimate for purposes of illustrating our concerns that an unaffiliated mobile video service provider would have to pay AT&T $16 a month to offer zero-rated service to a customer who uses just 10 minutes of LTE video per day, increasing to $47 for a customer using 30 minutes per day," the FCC wrote. "These costs alone would represent 46 percent to 134 percent of DirecTV Now's $35 retail price, against which third parties will be competing for AT&T Mobility customers, and would be borne in addition to all other costs of providing service by the unaffiliated provider." In other words: no way is DirecTV Now paying the full wholesale price for that data. This isn't the final decision from the FCC. The Commission has requested more concrete data from AT&T by December 15th in order to finalize its review. But whatever the FCC says right now probably won't matter. President-Elect Trump will have control, at least through appointments, over the FCC, and his telecommunications advisers are strongly anti-net-neutrality and against the very existence of the FCC. This may well be a calculated move by AT&T to run out the clock on the Obama administration until the new regime takes charge.
Android Security Bulletin November 2016: What you need to know

Android Security Bulletin November 2016: What you need to knowThe Android Mediaserver is back in the critical column for vulnerabilities. Get the highlights of the November 2016 bulletin.


FCC: AT&T, Verizon shouldn't exempt own apps from data caps

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2012, photo, an AT&T logo is displayed on an AT&T Wireless retail store front, in Philadelphia. U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers’ cellphones. The Federal Communications Commission sent letters to the country’s biggest wireless carriers Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, saying the way they handle the practice, known as “zero rating,” can hurt competition and consumers. The agency had warned AT&T in November and said Friday, Dec. 2 that AT&T’s response did not ease its concerns. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers' cellphones.


You should stop using that fake Apple charger
Apple's decision to charge $19 for a charger and then $19 for a cable to plug in has had the effect you'd expect on the world: everyone just buys knockoff chargers off Amazon instead. But although most chargers you buy off the internet will work just fine most of the time, a series of recent tests have shown that there's real danger to having a fake charger plugged in at home. DON'T MISS:  Here comes the OLED iPhone 8 The independent UL laboratory  ran a series of basic electrical safety tests on fake chargers bought online from stores around the world. The results weren't good: of the 400 counterfeit Apple chargers purchased, 397 failed a basic safety test conducted by the UL laboratory: "In total, we tested 400 adapters and the results were literally shocking. The overall failure rate exceeded 99 percent. All but three failed our basic safety tests and were fire and shock hazards. Twelve were so poorly designed and constructed that they posed a risk of lethal electrocution to the user. " So that doesn't mean the chargers will definitely shock you; rather, if a power surge hits your house, it's likely to fry your phone at best, or cause a fire at worst. This isn't some kind of impossible bogeyman, either. We see pictures all the time of people who have been burned by faulty batteries or chargers while charging their smartphones overnight, and the Galaxy Note 7 debacle is a good reminder of how much damage a low-voltage electrical device can do. The UK Trading Standards authority also examined second-hand chargers by looking in thrift stores and markets around London. Of 3,000 chargers tested, 15% were found to be unsafe in some way. On the plus side, that's orders of magnitude better than a fake charger bought online; bad news, a 15% chance of electrical fire still isn't "safe." To avoid buying a counterfeit charger or accessory, you might want to take a look at Apple's guide to spotting fake products. The company has an entire support page dedicated to telling the difference between fake cables and the real thing. It’s also worth mentioning that there are two different standards to look for here. Apple produces and sells its own iPhone accessories, but it also certifies third-party accessories (although not the standard USB-to-Lightning cable!) under the “Made for iPhone” program. Under the terms of that agreement, manufacturers pay a licensing fee to Apple to use the Lightning port and Apple’s proprietary design and circuitry. That makes accessories more expensive, but it also makes them far more likely to work correctly. The MFi logo should be found on the packaging of any officially certified accessory, like battery chargers, cases, docks or speakers — basically, anything that attaches to your iPhone. There’s one exception to this, though — Apple doesn’t certify any USB-C to Lightning cables, so any of those with an “Made for iPhone” logo is guaranteed to be fake. As for spotting counterfeit cables against the genuine Apple product, there’s plenty of details on Apple’s site . “An Apple Lightning to USB cable has “Designed by Apple in California” and either “Assembled in China,” “Assembled in Vietnam,” or “Indústria Brasileira” on the cable about seven inches from the USB connector. You’ll see a 12-digit serial number at the end of this text.” When it comes to the wall chargers themselves, the most important thing to look for are the UL and CE markings that those testing bodies put on devices, and to buy from a reasonably reputable source. You don't have to buy the genuine, made-by-Apple product; just make sure you're buying a charger that's been appropriately tested, puts out 2.1A of current, and doesn't have strange writing on the side.  
You're Using Your Mouse Scroll Wheel All Wrong

You're Using Your Mouse Scroll Wheel All WrongIf you're using your mouse's scroll wheel to scroll down this page, you're doing it wrong. In an interview with IGN, Jack McCauley, a co-founder at Oculus who claims to have invented the scroll wheel, said that the ubiquitous feature is "not used in the way that I intended it to be used." He said that the scroll wheel was designed to let users interact in new ways with their computers and move along the X and Y axis. The scroll wheel has proven to be an invaluable asset on the mouse, making it easy for users to get up and down a page.


I guess Guillermo del Toro isn’t buying the next Metal Gear game

I guess Guillermo del Toro isn’t buying the next Metal Gear gameThe breakup of Hideo Kojima and Konami — the creator and the publisher of the action-espionage video game franchise Metal Gear — was long, messy, and complicated. Kojima’s squad — which includes The Walking Dead actor and would-be Silent Hills star Norman Reedus — rolls deep.


Intel and Amazon are making it easier for anyone to build an Alexa-enabled speaker

Intel and Amazon are making it easier for anyone to build an Alexa-enabled speakerAmazon wants Alexa in as many products as possible, so it’s partnering with Intel to make it easier for manufacturers to incorporate the voice assistant into their devices. The two companies announced plans yesterday to release reference designs for a connected speaker within the first quarter of 2017, which will provide manufacturers with a plan to follow when making a new device. Amazon opened up its Alexa API around a year and a half ago, and in the time since then, product manufacturers have integrated Amazon’s assistant into various devices, including watches, tablets, and even singing fish.


DJ Earworm’s 25-song 2016 mashup is here to invade your brain
DJ Earworm's annual tradition of cramming all of the year's biggest pop songs into one undeniably catchy mashup continues with United States of Pop 2016 , which just debuted on YouTube. The video, which clocks in at just under four minutes, features no fewer than 25 song samples. MUST SEE:  The Galaxy S8 might not copy the iPhone 7’s best feature after all https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL8CpaE5T34 If you're interesting in the song list, here's everything that's featured in the new mix: Bruno Mars - 24K Magic Calvin Harris and Rihanna - This Is What You Came For D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty - Broccoli Desiigner - Panda DJ Snake and Justin Bieber - Let Me Love You DNCE - Cake By The Ocean Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla - One Dance Fifth Harmony and Ty Dolla $ign - Work From Home Flo Rida - My House Justin Bieber - Love Yourself Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling! Lukas Graham - 7 Years Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ - Cold Water Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza Rae Sremmurd - Black Beatles Rihanna - Needed Me Rihanna and Drake - Work Sia - Cheap Thrills The Chainsmokers and Daya - Don't Let Me Down The Chainsmokers and Halsey - Closer The Weeknd and Daft Punk - Starboy Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out Twenty One Pilots - Heathens Twenty One Pilots - Ride Zayn - Pillowtalk What you'll notice right out of the gate is that there's all kind of Twenty One Pilots in this year's mashup, and that's because the band had a ridiculously successful year. The Chainsmokers and Rihanna are also featured multiple times throughout the course of the mix. Earworm has been doing these year-end mashups since 2008, and it's become a bit of a tradition to relive the year's most popular songs via his all-encompassing mixes, so sit back and relive 2016 in under four minutes.
Today in lunch: eels

Today in lunch: eelsAs I ate eel for lunch today, I found myself wondering what eels themselves ate. Plants, probably. Maybe seaweed. Wrong. I should have known better. After all, eels are basically the snakes of the sea, and snakes eat more than plants. Snakes are carnivores and eels are, too; they consume microscopic creatures called plankton. Yes, the humble garden eel and the majestic blue whale eat the same thing. Unlike the blue whale, eels don’t flow through the water, swallowing water and mourning beautifully. ...


Facebook bans — then unbans — the B.S. Detector plugin that flags fake news stories
A few weeks ago we wrote about the B.S. Detector plugin . It's a handy little tool that automatically produces a hard-to-miss pop-up tooltip whenever you're about to click on a site from a questionable news source. It arose due to the flood of fake news stories that seem to breed on Facebook, and now, rather than rolling out steps to prevent its fake news epidemic, Facebook took the extraordinary step of banning links to the plugin. Then they unbanned it. DON'T MISS:  Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe B.S. Detector's creator, Daniel Sieradski, suggested on Twitter that Facebook banned links to the plugin initially due to a report by TechCrunch that erroneously suggested that the social network itself was producing the fake news flags for some individuals. Apparently some B.S. Detector users forgot they had the plugin installed and thought the little red warning boxes were a product of Facebook itself rather than the plugin. https://twitter.com/selfagency/status/804737519720038400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Shortly thereafter, links to the plugin began producing a notification whenever the link was pasted in. The "Message Failed" error claimed that the link was "blocked by [Facebook's] security systems," but offered no further clarification of exactly why the link was being banned. Sieradski took to Twitter to voice his feelings about the peculiar ban, and predicted hours ahead of time that Facebook would shortly unban the link and then issue a statement claiming that it was an error or an automated process. https://twitter.com/selfagency/status/804766814995673096 With the link now unbanned, Sieradski is already half right, though Facebook has yet to issue a statement on the incident. The social network has also not announced any concrete steps it's taking to stem the fake news flood in the first place, though CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that efforts are currently in the works.
How to hide visual clutter on your screen before your next web demo

How to hide visual clutter on your screen before your next web demoWhen giving a demo, make sure you keep the focus on your software, site, and message—not your apps, bookmarks, and extensions.


Apple says iPhone battery problem a result of too much air
Apple products: they just work, unless you hold them wrong, or apparently, they're exposed to too much air. DON'T MISS:  Here comes the OLED iPhone 8 Facing a growing numbers of iPhone 6s devices randomly shutting down due to battery problems, Apple has instituted a free repair program for some devices. In a message on its Chinese site (spotted by Business Insider ), the company explained what it thinks caused the battery issues in the first place: "We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs. As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur. It's important to note, this is not a safety issue." In true Apple style, the statement goes on to remind people that if their iPhone is breaking, it's probably the fault of the dumb humans: "We also want our customers to know that an iPhone is actually designed to shut down automatically under certain conditions, such as extremely cold temperature. To an iPhone user, some of those shutdowns might seem unexpected, but they are designed to protect the device’s electronics from low voltage." Thus far, Apple says the problem is only limited to a select group of iPhone 6s devices. You can go check your phone's serial number on an Apple webpage , which will tell you if you're eligible for a free repair. If you do qualify, your best bet seems to be to make an appointment at the Apple Store. According to reader reports we've been hearing, the repair is performed as a one-hour in-store procedure, but it will take a few weeks for the battery to come in to the store, even if you have Apple Care. According to Apple, the battery fault only affects some iPhone 6s models produced between September and October 2015. However, the China Consumers Association has said  that Apple needs to take further measures, as the battery problem affects other iPhone versions, including the iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. There’s also a theory going around on the internet that the problems are being caused by iOS 10.1.1, and are not limited to the iPhone 6s. Apple has been adamant that this is a limited hardware problem, but it is possible that iOS 10.1.1 has a bug that's causing battery draining or abrupt shutdowns as well. Apple has steadfastly avoided addressing that possibility so far.
Hulu now streams 4K, starting with its originals and 20 Bond films

Hulu now streams 4K, starting with its originals and 20 Bond filmsStarting today, you can stream 4K content from Hulu on Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4 Pro. But the selection of shows and movies available at launch is pretty underwhelming compared to rivals Netflix and Amazon Video, who’ve both been offering 4K for some time now. Hulu’s first batch of 4K includes the company’s lineup original shows and 20 James Bond films. So while that’s pretty good news for 007 fanatics, well, it doesn’t do much for everyone else. Hulu Originals (11.22.63, The Path, Chance, etc. ...


Here's the climate change podcast you didn't know you were looking for

Here's the climate change podcast you didn't know you were looking forAnyway, fast-forward almost 20 years and my obsession with human-made climate change has just gotten worse, as has climate change itself. Keep talking to people who don’t believe climate change is the biggest threat facing our future. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest climate change news and meet the people who are working in the field, doing research and making stuff happen.


This insane example from the FCC shows why AT&T and Verizon’s zero rating schemes are a racket

This insane example from the FCC shows why AT&T and Verizon’s zero rating schemes are a racketThis week AT&T announced that it would give special treatment to DirecTV’s new streaming service by excluding it from AT&T customers’ wireless data caps. Ever since we started writing about net neutrality, we’ve argued that zero rating is a bad, anti-competitive idea that in the long run will hurt consumers, though it may appear like a huge consumer benefit in the short-term. Now we know the FCC seems to agree, based on letters it sent today to Verizon and AT&T about their zero rating and sponsored data programs.


Jon Stewart slams Trump, the media and the bizarre 2016 Presidential election
Jon Stewart earlier this week appeared at a "Times Talk" event to help promote a new book which outlines the history of The Daily Show  during the Stewart era. During the event, Stewart opened up and didn't mince words as he laid into Trump and the overall sorry state of the media in 2016. Indeed, with the recent U.S. Presidential election being one of the most bizarre and contentious elections in recent memory, Stewart's willingness to call out BS and hypocrisy across both sides of the political divide was sorely missed over the past few months. While Stewart made a few cameo appearances here and there, there's truly no substitute for Stewart going in full-throttle on a particular topic. DON'T MISS:  NES Classic and Hatchimals might actually be in stock at one store this weekend That said, Stewart's appearance at the New York Times sponsored event was something of a breath of fresh air as the iconic comedian spoke freely about Trump and the media's role in helping to create what was nothing short of an embarrassing, albeit entertaining, circus of an election. Of particular interest is that Stewart completely bashed the notion that all of Trump's supporters must be racist to a certain degree. Indeed, one of the more common refrains that some on the left have raised in the wake of the election is that Trump voters are either openly racist or tacitly approve of a racist assuming power. Stewart explained (via a transcript provided by The Huffington Post ) why he thinks this point of view is nonsensical. Not everybody that voted for Trump is a racist. I don’t give a f*ck what any of you say to me. You can yell it at me, you can tweet it at me. They’re not all racists. Or they’re not giving tacit support to a racist system … We all give tacit support to exploitative systems as long as they don’t affect us that badly. Interestingly, Stewart also touched on how many of the 9/11 first responders he's met over the past few months are unabashed Trump supporters. A sh*tload of them voted for Trump. The same people that voted for Trump ran into burning buildings and saved whoever the f*ck they could no matter what color they were, no matter what religion and they would do it again tomorrow. So, if you want to sit and tell me that those people are giving tacit approval to an exploitative system ― I say, ‘OK, and would you put your life on the line for people who aren’t like you? Because they did.’ I get mad about this stuff. Make sure to hit the source link below for Stewart's full thoughts on Obama and what he thinks the next 4 years might look like.
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