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Monster's headphones get their own voice assistant

World's first or not, Melody adds a new level of hands-free convenience to Monster's devices. You'll have to download the Melody app from Google Play or iTunes and pair it with your device. But once that's done, you can simply tap on the headphones when you want to tell Melody to play a specific song, album or artist. You can also tell it to skip/pause a track, turn the volume up/down or to access iHeartRadio, Spotify Premium, NPR and, in t...
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Apple leases additional Santa Clara office space near Apple Park

  By AppleInsider Staff Thursday, August 17, 2017, 07:01 pm PT (10:01 pm ET) Apple continues to expand its San Francisco Bay Area footprint to accommodate a growing workforce and new projects, with the latest leases involving multiple industrial buildings near the soon to open Apple Park. Source: Bay Area News Group According to filings with the Santa Clara County Recorder's Office, Apple is renovating two buildings near the southeast corne...
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8 must-have portable tech gadgets you can score for cheap right now

Electronics are getting smaller and smaller , and we all seem to have our own special portable tech gadgets that we never leave home without. You probably already have a smartphone with you just about everywhere you go, but if you’re in the market for some new portable tech, we’ve rounded up a handful of great palm-sized devices. Below are eight of our favorite portable tech deals going right now, from a pair of wireless headphones to a new...
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'Pivot to video' is not the death of words

The "pivot to video" is not the death of words.  It's not the death of journalism or a sign that people are abandoning everything that is right and good in the world. What it is, however, isn't much better. The "pivot to video" is the product of an internet that is run by Google, Facebook, and an advertising market with little regard for anything that isn't video. They're setting the rules, and media companies—especially startups—have to pl...
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Facebook Downranks Video Clickbait and Fake Play Buttons

In a blog post , Facebook announced that it has started downranking the News Feed presence of links that display a fake play button in the preview image , as well as videos that are actually just a static image uploaded as a video file. While Facebook won't completely delete these posts unless they violate its other policies, it will be decreasing the distribution of these stories. TechCrunch reports: Facebook has prohibited the use of fake...
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Coming Soon: Into the Breach

Faster than lasers. Into the Breach , a mechanized turn-based strategy from the makers of FTL, is coming soon, DRM-free, to GOG.com.Our timeline is under attack! Hideous alien creatures burrowed under our civilization and the only way to drive them back is by employing giant mechs. From the future!Fine-tune your formidable machines, plan your every move, and watch your fire - there are still some civilians left in there. If everything else ...
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Fictional - Jason Weiser and Carissa Weiser / Bardic

Fictional Jason Weiser and Carissa Weiser / Bardic Genre: Literature Release Date: August 11, 2017 The greatest stories of classic lit...without actually having to read the books. From the creators of Myths and Legends, comes an altogether same-but-different podcast set in the world of classic lit. These are the stories of Dracula, The Time Machine, The Three Musketeers. They're stories written by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraf...
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Rule The Starry Skies With This Gift Guide For Space Lovers

Space, the final frontier. These are the gifts chosen for those who enjoy looking up at the night sky and seeing nothing but endless possibilities. There’s practical stuff to find here, but there are also tools with which your favorite person can use to map out the sky. Check this gift guide for great ideas on what to give that person in your life whose head is always in the clouds. One day they’re going to go where no man has gone before. ...
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Uber wins U.S. court appeal to push price-fixing case to arbitration

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] on Thursday won a victory in its effort to keep unhappy customers from suing in court, persuading a federal appeals court to send a Connecticut passenger's price-fixing case against the ride-service company into arbitration. Overturning a lower court ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Uber and former Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick properly notified cu...
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The Next Splatoon 2 Splatfest Pits Flight Versus Invisibility

The time for arguments about condiments are over, now it is time to argue over which super power you would rather have. The next Splatoon 2 Splatfest, in-game events that pit players against each other depending on which side of a poll question they're on, has been announced for September 1 and 2. This time, the question comes down to the power of flight versus the power of invisibility.  Players can go into the game and choose their side, ...
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A defense company put a machine gun on a drone

Duke Robotics, a military contractor, has produced a video for their unique and uniquely dangerous new tool, TIKAD. This drone platform looks fairly basic – a custom multi-rotor drone with a chassis on the bottom to hold what looks like a stripped down machine gun, sniper rifle, or grenade launcher – but what it suggests about the future of warfare is pretty scary. A gimbal at the bottom of the drone holds the gun steady as you aim and fire...
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*Sonic Mania* Review: Sega Makes Sonic Super Again By Trusting the Hits (and the Fans)

Sonic Mania, the latest installment of Sega's venerable franchise, churns with the improvisational energy of a jazz ensemble. It is something of a remake of Genesis-era 2-D Sonic the Hedgehog games, with refurbished stages you may remember and new ones that pay tribute to those of the past. At first glance, it looks like an empty nostalgia trip. But Sega has created something else entirely: a resurrection, one that portends a promising futu...
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DevOps Fundamentals (LFS261) Chapter 1 - Continuous Integration

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The best Nintendo Switch mods we’ve seen... so far

Another mod inspired by Nintendo's history, this Game Boy Advance SP has been cleverly turned into a thoroughly on-brand Switch dock.  Created by Alexander Blake and posted to imgur and Instagram (@CaptnAlex), this dock was inspired by the realization of the fact that the circuit board in the Nintendo Switch's real dock is around the size of an SP Game Boy. Blake stripped out the insides of the SP and carved a hole above and inside the scre...
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OurMine hackers return to take on HBO and Game of Thrones

OurMine hackers return to take on HBO and Game of Thrones HIGH PROFILE TARGET HITTING HACKERS OurMine took brief control of some of HBO's social media accounts, including ones related to the Game of Thrones. OurMine has given HBO a bit of a break here, the broadcaster has been hacked left, right and sideways in the last couple of weeks . It may be feeling relieved that no episodes of Game of Thrones were leaked as a result of this. Rather i...
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60% off Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard - Deal Alert

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CoreOS Tectonic Platform Aims to Free the Cloud

By Jack M. Germain Aug 17, 2017 6:02 AM PT CoreOS on Thursday announced the general availability of the Kubernetes container management Tectonic platform on Microsoft's Azure cloud. The Tectonic platform enables enterprises to run Kubernetes on a single platform across various cloud and bare metal environments. Prior to this release, the Tectonic platform was available on Amazon Web Services and bare metal servers. Tectonic 1.7 delivers on ...
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Serverless Architecture Could Cure DevOps Pain

IT organizations struggling to transition to DevOps should take heart. Serverless architecture can provide many of the same benefits without the steep learning curve. Technology has a way of being disrupted the moment you grow accustomed to a new set of processes and procedures. Dealing with change in enterprise IT is simply the nature of the business , and DevOps may be the latest victim of disruption. The application delivery process that...
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QVC: Real-Time Data is the Future of ECommerce

In its 31-year history, home shopping TV channel QVC has always faced the limitations of time -- just 168 hours a week to sell its products. Here's how real-time data feeds have changed the company's marketing efforts. Take a visit to most malls today and you'll be a witness to an industry under siege. Retailers with physical stores have been struggling to compete with online competition as customers equipped with mobile phones check prices...
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Skilled bad actors use new pulse wave DDoS attacks to hit multiple targets

LinuxSecurity.com: In a new report, Incapsula warns about a new type of ferocious DDoS attack that uses "pulse waves" to hit multiple targets. Pulse wave DDoS is a new attack tactic designed by skilled bad actors "to double the botnet's output and exploit soft spots in 'appliance first cloud second' hybrid mitigation solutions." Original link
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Alibaba, Tencent, Didi and other tech firms pour $12B into mobile operator China Unicom

China is about to take net neutrality to the next level after a group of influential tech companies that includes Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Didi Chuxing and JD.com agreed to invest nearly $12 billion into state-run mobile operator China Unicom. China Unicom is the country’s second largest operator with 269 million mobile customers, which makes it one of the largest in the world. The investment is being made as part of China’s ‘mixed ownershi...
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Reports: Facebook shut internal forum that grew sexist, racist - CNET

Mark Zuckerberg. James Martin/CNET Facebook shuttered an anonymous internal forum late last year after people using the message board posted sexist and racist comments, according to two reports on Wednesday. The social giant closed the forum, FB Anon, after a flurry of offensive posts, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal and Business Insider . The offensive posts included some that said Facebook lowered the bar for female engine...
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Super Easy Country-Style Ribs

Growing up, our mom made sweet, tangy ribs. How I loved coming home from church to the delicious aroma as soon as I walked through the door. —Stephanie Loaiza, Layton, Utah Original link
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Read Apple CEO’s email denouncing white supremacism in Charlottesville

Much like politicians, tech company CEOs are nowadays expected to take a position on the big social issues facing their country, and Apple boss Tim Cook has been the latest to join the fray with an email sent to all global employees of the company on Wednesday night, which was obtained by Recode . In the email, Cook provides a strong response to the violence on display in Charlottesville over the weekend, and he goes on to make an unequivoc...
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Apple’s Tim Cook ‘disagrees’ with Donald Trump’s take on neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday called for an “unequivocal” denouncement of the recent neo-Nazi demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, stressing he disagreed with comments by President Donald Trump that attributed the violence there to “many sides” — and not white supremacists. In a note to Apple’s employees, obtained Wednesday night by Recode, Cook also announced the company would donate $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Cen...
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