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Last Build Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:29:07 +0000


Apple taps LG to build external displays for its new MacBooksApple%20taps%20LG%20to%20build%20external%20displays%20for%20its%20new%26nbsp%3BMacBookss-aolcdnbheater

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:18:40 +0000

(image)  The shedding of various other ports in favor of ThunderBolt 3 ubiquity will no doubt be one of the biggest pain points for many when it comes to upgrading to the new MacBooks. Though the new ports do have benefits. Take the fact that the 15-inch version is capable of powering up to four 4K displays simultaneously. It’s overkill, likely for 99.9-percent of us, but hey, it’s nice to… Read More(image)

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Maven expands car-sharing network to L.A.Maven%20expands%20car-sharing%20network%20to%26nbsp%3BL.A.GM Launches Personal Mobility Brand: Mavenetherin

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:08:19 +0000

(image)  GM’s Maven car-sharing service is adding yet another city to the list of places where it’s available: Los Angeles. The addition of L.A. comes quick on the heels of its recent expansion into San Francisco, which means there are now two California markets on board. Maven is GM’s in-house alternative to offerings like Zipcar and Enterprise CarShare. The program will host an… Read More(image)

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Can AI dominate the web industry and other domains?Can%20AI%20dominate%20the%20web%20industry%20and%20other%26nbsp%3Bdomains%3Fai-tooldavidalanriggs

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:00:25 +0000

(image)  2016 has been quite a ride for the players in AI, NLP and ML technologies. From the famous advent of Microsoft Tay at the end of Q1 to the numerous acquisitions of AI and chatbot companies during the latter half of this year, artificial intelligence has been in the headlines every other day. But can chatbots help build your next website? Read More(image)

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Facebook gives users local ballot guides in voting initiativeFacebook%20gives%20users%20local%20ballot%20guides%20in%20voting%26nbsp%3Binitiativescreen-shot-2016-10-28-at-11-02-35-amkateconger

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:00:16 +0000

(image)  Facebook rolled out a new feature today that gives users a full voter guide, from the presidential candidates to the down-ballot propositions and local politicians, in an effort to “encourage civic participation.” The feature allows users to “favorite” their chosen candidates and initiatives so they can refer to their favorites once they reach the voting booth. As… Read More(image)

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Last-minute Halloween costume ideas for techiesLast-minute%20Halloween%20costume%20ideas%20for%26nbsp%3Btechiescostume-alex-siri-cortanajmannes16

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:53:37 +0000

(image)  Too busy working to forge a startup from the ground up to think about a costume for Halloween? No worries, TechCrunch has your back. Here are six timely last-minute ideas for the tech obsessed. Read More(image)

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Google’s AI creates its own inhuman encryptionGoogle%26%238217%3Bs%20AI%20creates%20its%20own%20inhuman%26nbsp%3BencryptionPrivacyjohnscreen-shot-2016-10-28-at-1-20-32-pm

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:26:50 +0000

(image)  What happens when you tell two smart computers to talk to each other in secret and task another AI with breaking that conversation? You get one of the coolest experiments in cryptography I’ve seen in a while. In short, Google Brain researchers have discovered that the AI, when properly tasked, create oddly inhuman cryptographic schemes and that they’re better at encrypting than… Read More(image)

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NFV and the Tebow thingNFV%20and%20the%20Tebow%26nbsp%3BthingDenver Broncos Introduce Tim Tebowdavidalanriggs

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:00:22 +0000

(image)  The game-changing nature of virtualization in the server world has led many in IT to assume it would automatically translate to networking. The idea inspired the network functions virtualization architecture that has gripped some circles of the industry with great exuberance. But success in one domain does not ensure success in another. Read More(image)

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Needed’s smarter shopping app will find you the best nearby dealsNeeded%26%238217%3Bs%20smarter%20shopping%20app%20will%20find%20you%20the%20best%20nearby%26nbsp%3Bdealsneededsarahintampascreen696x696-7screen696x696-8screen696x696-9screen696x696-10

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:59:20 +0000

(image)  A new app called Needed, now officially launching, wants to upgrade your mobile shopping list. Instead of turning to a simple note-taking app or to-do list, Needed aims to help you save on groceries by automatically searching for deals and sales that match the items on your list. The idea is to help you shop smarter locally, however – Needed doesn’t focus on online stores, or… Read More(image)

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Why Apple’s MacBook Touch Bar was the right thing to doWhy%20Apple%E2%80%99s%20MacBook%20Touch%20Bar%20was%20the%20right%20thing%20to%26nbsp%3Bdomacbookprotouchbarpicturesgre9delloop1d539p

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:16:49 +0000

(image)  People love a Greek tragedy. Icarus has flown too close to the sun and tumbled to Earth. Apple has forgotten its core users and been eclipsed by Microsoft. The Touch Bar is a compromise between adding a touch screen on a MacBook and ignoring touch entirely. These narratives are easy to sketch because they sell better to readers than moderated, honest inspection of sentiment and behavior. If… Read More(image)

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WhatsApp-Facebook privacy U-turn now being probed by EU data watchdogWhatsApp-Facebook%20privacy%20U-turn%20now%20being%20probed%20by%20EU%20data%26nbsp%3Bwatchdogfacebook-whatsappnelomas

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:12:32 +0000

(image)  A seismic shift in privacy policy by messaging app WhatsApp this summer, when it said it would begin sharing user data with parent company Facebook including for ad targeting, has now attracted the attention of European’s data protection watchdog group, the Article 29 Working Party. Read More(image)

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Gfycat brings its higher quality GIFs and DIY creation tools to iMessageGfycat%20brings%20its%20higher%20quality%20GIFs%20and%20DIY%20creation%20tools%20to%26nbsp%3BiMessagegfycat messagessarahintampagfycat_imessage_3gfycat_imessage_2gfycat_imessage_5gfycat_imessage_4gfycat_imessage_1gfycat_imessage_1

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:59:59 +0000

(image)  Gfycat, the startup that recently raised a whopping $10 million for its user-generated content platform that lets you creating silent, looping animations and videos, has now launched its first mobile app. Designed for iMessage, Gfycat lets you search for, send and create your own “Gfycat Loops,” which you can also augment with your own emojis and captions. There are already a number… Read More(image)

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Microsoft offers Apple users $650 off to trade a MacBook for a SurfaceMicrosoft%20offers%20Apple%20users%20%24650%20off%20to%20trade%20a%20MacBook%20for%20a%26nbsp%3BSurfacesurface-book-i71bheater

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:56:03 +0000

(image)  The new Surface Book got lost in the shuffle this week. Understandably so. It did, after all, get third billing at Microsoft’s own event in New York this week, owing to the flashiness of the Surface Studio and Windows 10 Creators Update and all of the 3D content creation that brought with it. And then, of course, Apple happened. But Microsoft’s not one to give up the spotlight for… Read More(image)

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Apple’s other new MacBook ProApple%E2%80%99s%20other%20new%20MacBook%26nbsp%3BProimg_2565bheaterimg_2521screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-8-42-04-amimg_2566img_2509img_2576img_2501img_2562img_2527img_2503

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:00:19 +0000

(image)  The entry-level MacBook Pro is a strange sort of beast. It’s at once aspirational and transitional, a lowest financial rung into the company’s top tier of devices that carriers the form factor and many of the hardware improvements of this latest generation, while leaving behind its most eagerly anticipated feature. And really, the device didn’t get much more than a passing… Read More(image)

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Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:40:22 +0000

(image)  The Apple Watch Nike+ is loud in every way a watch can be loud. It’s got a brightly colored perforated neon band, matched perfectly by a custom face that tries to motivate wearers with quick Nike-esque slogans like “Are We Running Today?” The Apple Watch Nike+ begs to be noticed. The moment I popped it on and entered society, eyes were immediately drawn to the bright… Read More(image)

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PlayStation Vue brings its streaming TV service to Android TV, and soon, Mac & WindowsPlayStation%20Vue%20brings%20its%20streaming%20TV%20service%20to%20Android%20TV%2C%20and%20soon%2C%20Mac%20%26amp%3B%26nbsp%3BWindows30288716450_5a71c9c087_zsarahintampa

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:29:29 +0000

(image)  PlayStation Vue, Sony’s streaming TV service aimed at cord cutters, just got more useful. The company announced the service will now run on Android TV, and will arrive on both Mac and Windows PCs in the near future. What that means for those considering ditching their cable or satellite TV subscriptions, is that there’s now more ways to access PlayStation Vue without the need for… Read More(image)

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Amazon Prime launches in ChinaAmazon%20Prime%20launches%20in%26nbsp%3BChinapage_header_new-_cb527934704_sarahintampascreen-shot-2016-10-28-at-9-58-38-am

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:04:47 +0000

(image)  Amazon announced today it’s bringing a version of its Prime membership program to customers in China, which will include free, cross-border shipping from the Amazon Global Store as well as no minimum free domestic shipping, the company says. The service, which will compete with local rivals like Alibaba and, will cost 388 yuan ($57.23) per year after the first year, a… Read More(image)

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Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:34:50 +0000

(image)  Renowned iPhone hacker turned entrepreneur George Hotz (aka geohot) has cancelled his autonomous driving startup’s first official product, the Comma One aftermarket add-on that would’ve allowed certain cars to gain Autopilot-like highway driving assistance abilities. Hotz announced the news on the official Twitter account, noting that the decision to cancel was made after… Read More(image)

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How to watch Tesla’s solar roof unveiling liveHow%20to%20watch%20Tesla%26%238217%3Bs%20solar%20roof%20unveiling%26nbsp%3BliveCombination Solar Roof + Batteryetherin

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:08:33 +0000

(image)  Tesla is having a special event Friday at 5:30 PM PT, and the company is streaming the show live on its website. You can definitely expect to see a brand new solar roof product, as well as Powerwall 2.0, since Elon Musk himself has said those are the focus of the launch. Solar roof plus Powerwall 2.0 launch event will be webcast live on at 5:30pm PDT tomorrow —… Read More(image)

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Google Allo gets support for split-screen mode, app shortcuts and a ‘Stranger Things’ tie-inGoogle%20Allo%20gets%20support%20for%20split-screen%20mode%2C%20app%20shortcuts%20and%20a%20%26%238216%3BStranger%20Things%26%238217%3B%26nbsp%3Btie-instranger-thingsfredericlardinoisneed-a-lift_screenshot_20161028-114203

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:00:38 +0000

(image)  Halloween is just around the corner and if there was one horror-themed phenomenon this year, it was Netflix’s nostalgia-driven Stranger Things. Google has now teamed up with Netflix to bring a Stranger Things sticker pack to the latest version of its Allo messaging app. It’s also hosting a Stranger Things scavenger hunt in New York today (Oct. 28). The update isn’t just… Read More(image)

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