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Tesla's portable phone-charging battery will complement your Tesla-branded life

Tesla's had a big week so far with the launch of its ultra fast supercar and its new electric semi truck . But what's the biggest announcement for us here at Circuit Breaker? I'm glad you asked. The company, along with all its other news, also launched a portable Tesla-themed battery that can charge iPhones, iPads, or any other device that takes a microUSB. The 3,350mAh battery pack is modeled after Tesla’s Supercharger monument at the Tesl...
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Twitter says it will judge verified users’ offline behavior

Twitter’s announcement yesterday that it would begin removing verification badges from some accounts had an immediate impact, as the company stripped the blue checkmark from a handful of accounts associated with the far right. But the announcement, which arrived via five tweets and an update to a Twitter support page , left much unanswered. The most common question was why Twitter would remove a user’s badge instead of simply suspending or ...
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SpaceX set to launch mysterious Zuma payload tomorrow night

Tomorrow night, SpaceX will launch perhaps its most secretive payload yet: a classified government satellite built by defense contractor Northrop Grumman. The purpose of the mission, codenamed Zuma, is essentially unknown. It’s unclear what kind of spacecraft is going up, or which government agency the launch is for. All we really know is that Zuma is scheduled to go into lower Earth orbit on top of a Falcon 9 rocket out of Cape Canaveral, ...
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More countries are using social media to crack down on dissent, study finds

The number of countries promoting disinformation on social media rose to its highest level during the past year, a new study has found. The report, from the pro-democracy think tank Freedom House , found manipulation tactics in elections in at least 18 countries in the last 12 months, including the United States. But while Russia (and America) have used such tactics to promote their own interests abroad, more countries are employing people ...
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DC Comics suspended a top editor after sexual harassment allegations

On Friday, BuzzFeed published a report with sexual harassment allegations against former DC Comics Group Editor, Eddie Berganza. On Saturday the publisher announced that Berganza has been suspended, pending a review of the allegations. In the report, three former company employees alleged that Berganza groped, kissed, or made otherwise inappropriate remarks and advances over a period of years, and that his actions were an open secret throug...
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This massive extinct otter may have had a bone-crushing bite

The scientific term for crunching hard-shelled creatures to death in your teeth before swallowing them is called “oral-crushing durophagy” — and a massive, extinct otter called Siamogale melilutra may have been a champion at it. The giant otter was the size of a small human, weighing in at more than 110 pounds when it roamed southwest China six million years ago, National Geographic reports . But don’t imagine that this was a cuddly fuzzbal...
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Disney is planning a live-action Star Wars TV show for its streaming service

During today’s quarterly financial call for the Walt Disney Company, CEO Bob Iger announced that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will be helming his own Star Wars trilogy . But that isn’t all: Disney also plans to create a live-action Star Wars television show for its upcoming online streaming service . There are no details on what this show might be about. But according to Variety , Iger also revealed that Disney is currently working o...
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Drug Hunters

On a July day a little over a year ago, over 30 people collapsed on a street in Brooklyn. They lay on the ground, vomiting down their shirts, twitching and blank-faced. Some, half-naked, made jerking movements with their arms, eyes rolled back. Others groaned and clutched onto fire hydrants to try to stay upright. Witnesses said the scene was like The Walking Dead . Headlines claimed that people had turned into “zombies,” while police said ...
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The NichePhone-S is a tiny little Android phone

As Apple brings smartphones to bold new places, another company is trying to take us back to a simpler, calmer, and much cheaper time. FutureModel plans to release a surprisingly accurately named device called the NichePhone-S later this month that runs Android but doesn’t seem to do much more than make calls, send texts, and stream music. It’s similar in shape to a credit card and looks like an odd little calculator. Engadget Japan called ...
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The Nintendo Switch kickstand is still bad

I bought a Nintendo Switch last week to play Super Mario Odyssey . I'm loving the game. I'm loving the Switch. But there's one thing I can't fully grasp with the device and how it made it through product testing: the kickstand. Why is it so bad? My boyfriend and I have been sharing the Switch, more or less, since I got it. We play together in bed and prop it up while we hold the controllers in our hands. (Lean into the Mario hat-tossing ges...
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Netflix fires Kevin Spacey from House of Cards

Earlier this week Netflix shut down production on House of Cards in the wake of actor Anthony Rapp’s sexual abuse allegations against Kevin Spacey. Today, the streaming service announced it is going a step further, and will no longer work with the actor in any capacity whatsoever. “Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. “We will cont...
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Apple is projecting massive holiday sales of its latest iPhones

Apple expects to sell a lot of new iPhones over the holidays, and customers were clearly waiting for a new generation of devices before opening their wallets. The company reported its fourth quarter earnings today, and iPhone sales were up just two percent. But the company is projecting a massive quarter to start 2018, forecasting upwards of $84 billion in sales. The company brought in $52.6 billion in revenue for the quarter, with net inco...
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Leaked HTC U11 Plus shows a translucent option

The new HTC U11 Plus flagship phone looks like it will come in a translucent option as revealed in a hands-on video accidentally posted to Facebook, and spotted by Phandroid . The video has since been taken down, but not before copies were made and uploaded elsewhere. If you look closely at the image above, you’ll see a circular coil beneath the shell that might be a component for wireless charging or NFC. Well-known leaker Evan Blass also ...
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Russian groups made 1,100 YouTube videos during 2016 US election

Google says that a Kremlin-linked group spent $4,700 on advertising as part of a misinformation campaign during the 2016 US election. Russian groups also created 18 YouTube channels and uploaded 1,108 English-language videos — some of which were political, some of which weren’t — that racked up ​309,000 views during the election cycle. Google describes the findings as “limited activity” and says that it’s working “to prevent all of it, beca...
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Viral trivia sensation HQ looks like the future of both mobile gaming and live TV

Perhaps you’ve noticed your friends or coworkers looking at their phones intently this past week, at about mid-afternoon or late into the evening. Maybe they’ve been yelling out questions like, “Who won last year’s Premier League?” or scrambling to confirm the tallest mountain in the Solar System or gawking at the prospect of knowing which multinational conglomerate was founded in the Netherlands. If you keep on an eye on new, viral mobile ...
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Rose McGowan’s role in Grindhouse was revenge on Harvey Weinstein

When filmmaker Robert Rodriguez cast actress Rose McGowan in the B-movie exploitation flick Grindhouse, it was more than finding the right actor for the right role: it was a defiant middle finger to disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. In a statement to Variety , Rodriguez explains that he met the actress at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, where she told him that she had been raped by Weinstein eight years prior. In the aftermath o...
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Samsung's new Galaxy Tab A takes on Amazon's low-cost tablets

Samsung's newest Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab A , appears to be targeted directly at families. That means it competes against Amazon's line of kid-friendly tablets, although Samsung's version is way more expensive. The Tab A features an eight-inch, 1280 x 800 display, a 5,000mAh battery, 32GB of built-in storage, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. Here are the rest of the specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon 4...
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Apple’s Face ID struggles detailed in new iPhone X report

We’ve known for months that the iPhone X will be very difficult to buy until 2018, but a new report is providing some details on what Apple is doing to improve the situation. Bloomberg reports that Apple has lowered the specifications for its Face ID components, to allow its supply chain to manufacture the iPhone X quicker. “It quietly told suppliers they could reduce the accuracy of the face-recognition technology to make it easier to manu...
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T-Mobile is offering $300 off an iPhone X if you trade in your current iPhone

All the major US carriers are announcing their iPhone X deals, and now T-Mobile is joining the party with an offer that’s pretty similar to what Verizon and Sprint have on tap: trade in your current “qualifying” iPhone, and T-Mobile will give you up to $300 off your iPhone X. Like Verizon, you’ll have to purchase the iPhone on one of T-Mobile’s installment plans (either the regular “Equipment Installment Plan” or the company’s Jump! On Dema...
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This DIY Nintendo Switch can play the retro games the real one can’t

The Nintendo Switch is great for a lot of things, but when it comes to playing retro games, you’re better off looking at something like the SNES Classic than Nintendo’s current-generation console. Or, if you’re like Tim Lindquist , a hardware modder / electrical engineering student at Iowa State University, you build your own Switch-esque console, which through the power of open-source emulation software, can not only play retro Nintendo ga...
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For those who want to watch the world burn, there’s Geostorm

This is probably how Geostorm came about: at some point a year or two ago, a bunch of Warner Bros. executives were sitting in front of a dartboard marked “big American concerns,” trying to decide what their next disaster film should be about besides digital tsunamis and improbably exploding buildings. On the dartboard: terrorism, climate change, natural disasters, worldwide political conflict, the Democrats, the Republicans, Donald Trump, i...
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Google adds ‘try now’ button on Play Store listings to highlight Android Instant Apps

Google is adding a new “try now” button to Android apps in the Play Store that support the company’s Android Instant Apps feature. Instant Apps, first announced last year and opened to all developers back in May, let users immediately try out an app without having to download it. This is generally achieved by relying on deep linking between different areas of the app, similar to how one would navigate to specific parts of a website. The goa...
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HP made a ridiculously powerful detachable tablet for artists

If you’re a graphic artist and find yourself needing a ton of power on the go, HP may have the answer. It’s unveiling a new detachable tablet today called the ZBook x2 that has the specs of a workstation PC: a quad-core i7 processor (from Intel’s Kaby Lake-R line), an Nvidia Quadro M620 graphics card, and up to 32GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD. That’s all inside of a seriously chunky tablet and detachable keyboard cover. The tablet has a matte 14-...
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Tony Fadell-backed company sues Andy Rubin’s Essential over wireless connector tech

Keyssa, a startup specializing in wireless data transmission that is backed by Nest co-founder Tony Fadell, has filed a lawsuit against Android phone maker Essential, according to a report from Reuters . Keyssa has been around since 2009, and the company says it was in talks with Essential for 10 months or so to help provide the technology behind connecting Essential’s new Android handset with its planned family of accessories and smart hom...
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Ron Howard teases a pair of unlikely characters in his Han Solo movie

Ever since Ron Howard took over production on the next standalone Han Solo Star Wars film in June, he has posted a number of images from the set, teasing a variety of locations and characters . His latest post hints at the inclusion of a pair of characters from a series of non-canon Star Wars comics, Tag and Bink. In a new Tweet, Howard posted an image of a pair of Imperial officers, with the caption “#tagandbink ?” For longtime Star Wars c...
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T-Mobile eliminates free unlimited LTE perk for Canada and Mexico travelers

T-Mobile is bringing to an end one of its more generous perks that gave customers traveling to Canada and Mexico free unlimited LTE service. Starting November 12th, T-Mobile is putting a 5GB data cap on LTE usage when traveling outside the US in North America. You’ll still get data after the 5GB limit is hit, but it’ll be throttled to the near-unusable “Simple Global” speed tier, or about 128Kbps. (T-Mobile One Plus customers get 256Kbps, b...
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How Casio is selling $900 selfie cameras in China

The compact camera market is essentially dead, as smartphones have supplanted traditional point-and-shoots for most people’s photography needs. Smartphones have also pioneered entirely new forms of photography, like selfies. None of this is news to anyone. What might be news to you, however, is that there are still ways to sell compact cameras in 2017, if you can find the right product and the right market. You can sell them for quite a lot...
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Amazon’s Fire HD 10 does everything you expect a cheap tablet to and nothing more

In recent years, the tablet world has been little more than the iPad world. If you’re looking for a tablet, it’s very likely that the iPad is the right tablet for you. The iPad’s drop in price to $329 earlier this year strengthened its position even further. But back when the iPad cost $500 or more, there was a burgeoning market of cheap tablets that promised to do all of the iPad things for a lot less money. This was Amazon’s world. Its li...
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Face ID could come to the iPad Pro next year

The first iPhone with Face ID hasn’t even hit stores , but we’re already getting hit with a rumor about where Apple’s new facial recognition tech might turn up next. MacRumors and 9to5Mac report that the frequently reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a note predicting that iPad Pro models released next year will include depth-sensing cameras and Apple’s Face ID tech. That’s it for details right now. And since it’s still ...
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FCC will allow Alphabet’s Project Loon to deliver air balloon LTE to Puerto Rico

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday granted Alphabet-owned Project Loon an experimental license to operate in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for the purpose of helping the islands regain connectivity. The license extends from October 6th until April 4th, 2018, and it was granted to Ben Wojtowicz, a software engineer and member of Alphabet’s X lab who works on Project Loon. The helium balloons are expected to deliver emerg...
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