Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1 (Unabridged) - J.K. Rowling

Wonderful audiobook ruined by ads and laziness by ScamBoss First and foremost: I absolutely love this book. The only thing better than reading it is listening to the stunning performance by Jim Dale. I've listened to the cassette version more times than I can count. I was thrilled when I found out I could finally get a proper digital copy. That being said, this audio product is a disgrace to the format. I am horrified. Horrified at the thou...
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Dragon Teeth: A Novel (Unabridged) - Michael Crichton

Description Michael Crichton, the New York Times best-selling author of Jurassic Park, returns to the world of paleontology in this recently discovered novel - a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting. The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America's western territories, even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country, it is still illegal to espous...
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Review - Koogeek Smart Socket not ideal way to enter HomeKit ecosystem

More and more HomeKit peripherals ship each day with lighting ones being the most common —where does the Koogeek Smart Socket land on the spectrum? The recently released Smart Socket plugs into any standard E26 or E27 socket, and will drive any bulb up to 25 watts —making it more suited to LED and CFL bulbs than incandescent ones. Fully HomeKit compatible, the hardware and app allows for schedule setting, use in Scenes, Siri control, and co...
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Apple's iPhone credited with saving life in Manchester bombing

  By Mikey Campbell Thursday, May 25, 2017, 09:18 pm PT (12:18 am ET) An iPhone 6s is being credited with saving the life of a woman who was injured in Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester, England, after the device deflected and slowed down shrapnel from the bomb blast. Recounting the harrowing scene, the husband of Lisa Bridgett, 45, said in a Facebook post that his wife was speaking on her iPhone when Salman Abedi detonated an explosi...
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Apple issues new 3.7.2 firmware update for AirPods owners

  By Roger Fingas Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 12:32 pm PT (03:32 pm ET) Apple on Wednesday released a small firmware update for its fully wireless AirPods, version 3.7.2, though what the patch does exactly remains unknown. The update should install automatically the next time a person connects their AirPods to a paired iPhone or iPad, as long as they're stored inside a plugged-in charging case. To check the active firmware version owners can g...
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Apple received national security letter in 2016, US government sought data from 20K devices

In its latest report on government requests for user information, Apple on Monday said the U.S. government lodged at least one national security letter last year seeking information related to a customer account. According to Apple's biannual Report on Government Information Requests ( PDF link ), the company was served with one NSL order in the second half of 2016. Though the letter is referred to as "declassified," details surrounding the...
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Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel - Audible

Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel Audible Genre: Society & Culture Release Date: May 17, 2017 Real couples. Candid conversations. Surprising truths. In the new Audible series, listen in as the foremost authority on modern love Esther Perel meets with real couples—and their stories become your stories. © ©2017 Audible Originals, LLC (P) 2017 Audible Originals, LLC Original link
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Apple nixes video glitch repair program for 2011 MacBook Pros

  By Roger Fingas Sunday, May 21, 2017, 09:52 am PT (12:52 pm ET) Apple is no longer supporting 2011 MacBook Pros as a part of its Repair Extension Program for Video Issues, according to updated support documents. The company is still covering 15-inch Retina models of the Pro from 2012 and 2013, as long as they were bought less than four years ago, Apple said. Officially the program ended on Dec. 31, 2016, but it continues to be in effect f...
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Someone Knows Something - CBC Radio

Someone Knows Something CBC Radio Genre: News & Politics Release Date: February 12, 2017 On December 31, 1997, at a New Year's Eve party broadcast on live TV, Sheryl Sheppard accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Michael Lavoie. Two days later, she disappeared. In Season 2 of SKS, documentarian David Ridgen joins Sheppard’s mother Odette on her search for answers. © Copyright © CBC 2017 Original link
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Execs from Apple, other tech firms to talk immigration and government modernization at White House meeting

  By Mikey Campbell Friday, May 19, 2017, 05:13 pm PT (08:13 pm ET) Immigration policies, government services modernization and integration with cutting edge Silicon Valley initiatives like machine learning are on the docket for next month's meeting of President Donald Trump's American Technology Council, according to a report. Candid photo from President-elect Donald Trump's tech summit last week. | Source: Quartz On Friday, Recode obtaine...
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You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (Unabridged) - Jen Sincero

Description Audie Award Winner, Personal Development, 2014Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changin...
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WSJ The Future of Everything - The Wall Street Journal

WSJ The Future of Everything The Wall Street Journal Genre: Tech News Release Date: May 18, 2017 A look ahead from The Wall Street Journal. How science and technology are revolutionizing business, industry, culture and society. © Copyright © Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Original link
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Google Assistant arrives on the iPhone, but isn't going to replace Siri soon

After a year stuck just on Android devices, Siri competitor Google Assistant has come over to the iPhone —AppleInsider fires it up, to see how it fares on its own, and compared to Apple's offering. Announced during Google's I/O keynote on Wednesday , Google Assistant promises to bring the full force of Google services to bear. It's relatively light-weight, running on anything that iOS 9 can run —meaning nearly everything Apple produced for ...
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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (Unabridged) - Timothy Snyder

Description The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the 20th century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Original link
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Cook charity auction raises over $680K for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

  By Roger Fingas Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 01:56 pm PT (04:56 pm ET) An auction offering lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially ended, raising $688,999 for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights — the highest amount ever in a series of such auctions with Cook. Image Credit: setteB.IT The anonymous winner and a guest will get a one-hour meal with the CEO at Apple Park, though they'll have to pay for any associated travel and accommodation costs....
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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Unabridged) - Steven Pinker

Description We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence. Evidence of a bloody history has always been arou...
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Kickass News - Mathis Entertainment, Inc.

Kickass News Mathis Entertainment, Inc. Genre: News & Politics Release Date: May 15, 2017 Hosted by Hollywood producer and political media strategist Ben Mathis, KickAss News is a twice weekly podcast that features the most interesting personalities and thought leaders in politics, entertainment, tech, business, science, and more. Enjoy the podcast? Then please support the show and help keep us on the air by making a donation to our GoFundM...
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Review - OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock is the only game in town for FireWire 800

Vendor OWC has been supplying Mac users with upgrades for more than two decades, and the company continues that commitment with its own Thunderbolt 3 dock —AppleInsider examines the offering. The Thunderbolt 3 Dock connects to a host Mac through a too-short but included 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable. A major selling point of the dock, like most, is that it can support two 4K displays at 60Hz with one connected to the Mini DisplayPort and one ...
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Apple acquires "dark data" specialist Lattice Data for $200M

  Breaking By Daniel Eran Dilger Saturday, May 13, 2017, 12:29 pm PT (03:29 pm ET) In its latest buy, Apple has paid around $200 million to acquire Lattice Data Inc., a specialist in using machine learning to process "dark data" to efficiently build structured data sets that can be analyzed. The buy was reported by Tech Crunch, and Apple responded with its usual boilerplate confirmation that it "buys smaller technology companies from time t...
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Wow in the World - NPR

Wow in the World NPR Genre: Kids & Family Release Date: May 5, 2017 Wow in the World is a podcast and a new way for families to connect, look up and discover the wonders in the world around them. Every episode, hosts Mindy and Guy guide curious kids and their grown-ups away from their screens and on a journey. Through a combination of careful scientific research and fun, we'll go inside our brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest ...
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FTC says antitrust suit against Qualcomm should continue, Samsung concurs

Responding to Qualcomm's recent bid to dismiss a U.S. Federal Trade Commission antitrust lawsuit concerning chip licensing practices, the governmental trade body in a court filing on Friday called the company a monopoly and said the case should proceed. In April, Qualcomm lodged a motion to dismiss an antitrust complaint the FTC filed with the U.S. District Court of Northern California earlier this year . Alleging the chipmaker takes part i...
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Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win (Unabridged) - Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

Must buy by valor8pro Excellent book!!! There were amazing stories and practical life application. Best Leadership Book by B. Chaucer This is the first time I have ever listened to an audio book. I have the hard copy but with my hectic work schedule plus family time finding the time to read this was not happening. Glad I made the choice!!! Why get this book? I believe this book is applicable in many different aspects of life. I've read many...
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Killer Deal: 2017 9.7" iPads for $299 ($30 off) with free expedited shipping and no tax in 48 states

  By Christine McKee Sunday, May 07, 2017, 09:46 am PT (12:46 pm ET) For one week only, shoppers can save $30 instantly on Apple's 2017 32GB iPad (Wi-Fi Only) in all three colors. Plus, each iPad qualifies for free expedited shipping, and B&H will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. 2017 iPads for $299 32GB 9.7" iPad in Silver (Wi-Fi Only) for $299.00 * ($30 off + no tax outside NY & NJ) 32GB 9.7" iPad in...
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16th Seduction (Unabridged) - James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Description Detective Lindsay Boxer faces a heart-stopping threat in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller. Fifteen months ago Detective Lindsay Boxer's life was perfect - she had a beautiful child and a doting husband, Joe, who helped her catch a criminal who'd brazenly detonated a bomb in downtown San Francisco, killing 25 people. But Joe wasn't everything that Lindsay thought he was, and she's still reeling from his betrayal as a wave ...
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Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman - WaitWhat

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman WaitWhat Genre: Business Release Date: May 3, 2017 Masters of Scale is a new podcast in which LinkedIn Co-Founder and Greylock Partner Reid Hoffman shows how famous founders take companies from zero to a gazillion. With original music and hilariously honest stories, the show sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard. It's also the first American media program to commit to a 50-50 gender balance for guests. Mas...
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