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If you tend to work in Google Docs, you already know about it being down for hours on Wednesday, but only AT&T users had the pleasure of realizing their phones also didn't work for a good portion that same day. To fix it, AT&T told users... Original link
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Vimeo can stream videos in 8K and HDR

A few streaming services have supported colorful high dynamic range video and ultra-high resolutions for a while, but Vimeo is making up for lost time in grand style. The company has added support for both HDR videos and resolutions as high as 8K.... Original link
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Feds reveal technical details of North Korea's cyber attacks

North Korea has been running a hacking campaign targeting aerospace, telecommunications and financial industries in the US since 2016, according to alerts issued by the government. Homeland Security and the FBI have released the technical details of... Original link
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Touring the solar system with a new book of NASA photos

It's easy to get jaded by images of our solar system, especially when NASA probes like Cassini make it look so routine. A new book called The Planets, written and curated by Nirmala Nataraj with a forward by Bill Nye and featuring hundreds of stunnin... Original link
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Daimler and HPE want to power green data centers with hydrogen

Hydrogen fuel cells have mainly been used to power vehicles so far, but they could soon find another use: the server farms powering your internet services. Daimler, HPE, Power Innovations and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are expanding fue... Original link
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Discord makes it easier to jump into your friends' games

Gaming chat app Discord is quickly becoming a full-fledged social network. The latest move toward this is the ability to set a status for yourself and let folks know what game you're playing. More than that, Discord is launching an entire SDK (called... Original link
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The long wait for a 1,000MPH car

On October 28th, Bloodhound's EJ200 jet engine roared to life. The needle-shaped car sped down a closed-off airstrip in Newquay, England, as 3,500 people looked on. At first, a cone of flame could be seen at the back of the vehicle, but it quickly fa... Original link
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‘MLB: The Show 18’ arrives on PS4 March 27th

Sony's MLB: The Show franchise has earned a reputation for hitting it out of the park with each annual edition -- and introducing cool new features, like last year's Retro Mode. Now we know when the next one will come out: MLB: The Show 18 launches o... Original link
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Introducing Engadget's 2017 holiday gift guide!

Behold: our 2017 holiday gift guide, where we've curated 119 recommendations, running the gamut from laptops and fitness trackers, to smart speakers and kitchen gear, to apps and services, to video games and Blu-ray box sets. Oh, and for the first ti... Original link
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Apple reminds iPhone X owners they're using an OLED display

Apple's bezel-less "X" is the first iPhone with an OLED screen -- a technology known for its greater contrast and saturation, but also for its tendency to get burn-in. To make sure customers understand that their $1,000 phone might suffer from image... Original link
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Blizzard is making a 'StarCraft II' campaign free to play

Blizzard is taking StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty's campaign free to play. As Polygon reports, come November 14th, you'll have access to the entire narrative and if you already own that, you'll get the Protoss-themed Heart of the Swarm campaign for fr... Original link
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SEC warns celebs about legal dangers of bitcoin endorsements

The agency's warning says: "Any celebrity or other individual who promotes a virtual token or coin that is a security must disclose the nature, scope, and amount of compensation received in exchange for the promotion. A failure to disclose this information is a violation of the anti-touting provisions of the federal securities laws. Persons making these endorsements may also be liable for potential violations of the anti-fraud provisions of...
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Hilton data breaches lead to $700,000 penalty

New York's and Vermont's probe into the matter concluded that Hilton took too long to notify its customers of the breach and failed to properly protect their information. The settlement announced today stipulates that New York will receive $400,000 from Hilton while Vermont will receive $300,000. Hilton has also agreed to change its information security program, which includes designating an employee to supervise it, identifying risks to in...
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Follow our Sony PlayStation Showcase liveblog at noon ET!

In 2015, Sony took the unusual step of doing its PlayStation Showcase, featuring some of its biggest upcoming PlayStation 4 games, at Paris Games Week . After a year off, it's back again in Paris, where we're expecting to hear news about Michel Ancel's WiLD, Detroit: Become Human, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds and possibly a Destiny 2 expansion pack. Less likely, but not completely impossible, would be updates on a new Spider Man game...
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Intel AI helped create a music video

This is something of an ideal situation for the AI: the effects shots all involve relatively still, uncluttered views of Lee's face, and the producers clearly aren't striving for absolute realism. Even so, the Intel technology hints at how AI may shape special effects in videos going forward. It may serve as an invisible helper that lets directors and cinematographers concentrate on their artistic vision, not technical limitations. Original...
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Twitter's new hate and violence policies go into effect November 22nd

We will now launch our policies on violent groups and hateful imagery and hate symbols on Nov 22. During the development process, we received valuable feedback that we're implementing before these are published and enforced. See more on our policy development process here ‡ https://t.co/wx3EeH39BI — Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 27, 2017 The company began its recent process with a calendar of updates to their policies against sexu...
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Hopper app uses predictive pricing tech to find NYC hotels

Why should you care? Let's crunch the numbers. Hopper has amassed 17 million installs in just a couple years, and secured $83 million in funding along the way. To deliver the best deals, its algorithm consults around 10 to 15 billion historical flight prices per day. And, over time, it learns from your preferences to dish up personalized recommendations. The startup told TechCrunch its predictions are 95 percent accurate, up to six months i...
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AT&T is making an Android-powered DirecTV streaming hub

Filings like this don't reveal release dates or other launch details, but the appearance of external photos and a manual usually means that a debut isn't too far off. Variety's suggestion of a CES 2018 launch is plausible, if just because TV giants regularly use the January event to talk about set-top boxes . Either way, it's entirely logical that AT&T would get into the media hub market. It's no stranger to offering self-branded device...
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How Netflix keeps ‘Stranger Things’ lo-fi in a high-tech world

As the series created by the Duffer Brothers enters its second season on October 27th , we talked to Director of Photography Tim Ives about what it's like to shoot it. Ives, who has previously worked on shows like Girls, Mr. Robot and House of Cards, said one of the most important elements was to keep Stranger Things 2 feeling retro . That's something that can become challenging, particularly as he relies on new technologies, such as 4K cam...
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Windows 10 now includes anti-cheat protection for games

Of course, the dependence on UWP limits its usefuless. You're more likely to see Valve Anti-Cheat because of Steam's sheer dominance in the gaming world. Consider this, though: TruePlay plugs a hole in anti-cheat protection, and it helps put UWP games more on par with their Steam counterparts. A developer might be more likely to write a UWP version of a title knowing that a few bad apples won't ruin the online experience for honest players....
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Google compensates Pixel 2 buyers who overpaid at pop-up stores

Victra was willing to price match for shoppers who drew attention to the discrepancy, but that just underscores the arbitrary nature of the price hike -- it had no connection to the actual price of the phone. This wasn't meant to cover activation fees, taxes or the other usual charges, either. The remedy is coming quickly, but the incident underscores the risks of tech giants running stores where they don't have full control. Google may hav...
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UE's Blast and Megablast join the Alexa smart speaker family

Both the Blast and Megablast are slightly larger than the Boom 2 and Megaboom versions, most notably in height and weight. With Alexa onboard, you may end up using them as home-based units more than on-the-go sound though. The Power Up is a wireless charging dock, so it's incredibly easy to move them from room to room or grab for the road -- switching over to Bluetooth, of course. These new models are about half an inch taller than their co...
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'Drive' director debuts free streaming service for forgotten movies

Per Indiewire , the website further states that "byNWR shares Nicholas WInding Refn's passion for the rare, the forgotten and the unknown, breathing new life into the culturally intriguing and influential." Each month will feature a different restored movie (thanks in part to Harvard Film Archive) that fits into a theme that'll change every quarter. When it launches next February the theme will be "Regional Renegades: Exploitation Gems from...
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The Morning After: Monday, October 16th 2017

From the Pizza Parka to the Windows 7 Whopper. A ridiculous history of fast-food PR tech stunts Who doesn't love a good over-the-top marketing stunt? Recently we've seen a lot of those, including Pizza Hut's Pizza Parka , a coat made of the same insulating materials as its delivery pouches. Because why not? Here are some other terrible / great ones. (Delete as applicable.) Three Texas closures suggest coal isn't coming back any time soon. C...
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Amazon is reportedly developing its own sportswear line

One of its suppliers is Taiwanese vendor Makalot Industrial Co., known for making clothes sold by Uniqlo, Gap and Kohl's. The other Taiwanese company it's working with sounds a lot more interesting though: Eclat Textile Co. also manufactures clothing for Nike, Lululemon and Under Armour. This is far from Amazon's first foray into clothing and fashion . It already has several clothing and accessories labels, including one that focuses on wom...
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IRS freezes its fraud prevention contract with Equifax

IRS commissioned Equifax to verify the identities of taxpayers signing up for a Secure Access account, which gives people access to online tax records and transcripts, on its website. Sign ups for Secure Access accounts have been suspended as a result, but anybody who already has one will not be affected. The government agency didn't elaborate why it suspended the contract, but it could have something to do with the faux Adobe Flash install...
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Disney connects Movies Anywhere to four other major studios

Frustrated with the current state of DVD/Blu-ray digital copies and buying movies from online stores like Vudu or iTunes? A new connection between studios and stores may be the best fix we'll get, now that Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros have linked their libraries to Disney's Movies Anywhere system. Confirming rumors from earlier this week , the Keychest -powered system that Disney has used for its own movies since 2014 will ...
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Amazon reportedly wants one-time access to your home for deliveries

For car deliveries, Amazon is in talks with Phrame, which makes smart license plates with a key-storing compartment unlocks via smartphone. Then users can remotely grant a delivery person access for them to pop open the trunk. Amazon is also toying with a smart doorbell that would recognize and allow delivery persons to enter on a one-time basis. Amazon started trying out trunk deliveries in a pilot program back in 2015, following up on Vol...
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China denies carrying out cyberattacks against US-based activist

Guo, who left China in 2014, is an outspoken critic of the country's Communist Party. The New York-based tycoon's unsubstantiated accusations against top-tier Chinese officials on Twitter and YouTube have garnered him quite the social media following. For its part, China has issued a global "red notice" through Interpol for Guo's arrest. Although the exact charges against him remain unclear, the country's state-run media has previously accu...
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MLB fines coach for wearing an Apple Watch during a game

The Diamondbacks maintain that Prieto simply made a mistake when he wore his smartwatch during the game. MLB isn't revealing the size of the fines, which will be donated to Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico. In practice, though, the penalty is more about the message it sends. The league wants to make it patently clear that the Apple Watch and other connected wearables don't belong on the field, even if their owners are only interested i...
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