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What’s on TV: ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘PUBG’ and ‘Okami HD’

This week most series are wrapping up with fall finales, but the biggest TV show making its exit is Mr. Robot. While we wait for the new Star Wars flick this weekend, movie fans can check out Dunkirk via video on-demand services or Moonlight on 4K Bl…
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Paris cracks down on unregistered Airbnb properties

Airbnb has a long history of legal struggles in various cities in which it operates. Now, according to a report in AFP, Paris has requested that Airbnb comply with new regulations to register with the city. If the company (along with four other compe…
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These are the Android Wear watches getting the Oreo update

It was just last week that Google announced that it had begun rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to Android Wear devices, starting with the LG Watch Sport. Now the search giant has posted a list of Android Wear watches that are eligible for the OS upgrade. Join us below to find if your smartwatch is […]

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The Morning After: Monday, December 11th 2017

Welcome to your Monday morning news missive. An anniversary Street Fighter game that crams in 12 (vaguely) different titles, a hacked way of cranking up the sound quality on your cheap Google Home Mini and Welcome To Night Vale gets its own TV show….
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HTC’s financials are still pretty bad with a 26% YoY drop in November

HTC being in a mess with their finances is no secret, but things really just don’t seem to ever improve for the company. Their latest financials are reporting a pretty significant drop in revenue for November, down a sizable 26% from last year. HTC’s revenues for the month were about $ 188 million, slipping from $ 200 […]

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‘MechWarrior 5’ will revolve around co-op and user mods

Piranha Games is starting to open up on what MechWarrior 5: Mercernaries will entail after a year of teasing, and it's good news if you don't always want to play alone. The robot battler should launch in December 2018 with co-op play as a central fe…
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The Samsung Galaxy S9 might keep the Galaxy S8’s display aspect ratio

Nobody’s questioning whether or not the Galaxy S9 is real, but we are pretty curious about what Samsung plans on changing this time around. One of the things that might not change, however, is the aspect ratio of the display itself. A new rumor suggests that we’ll once again see that extremely tall 18:5:9 aspect ratio that […]

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YouTube Remix is set to be Google’s third music streaming service, launching early 2018

I know what you are thinking; the world needs yet another music streaming service. For so long we’ve been limited to choosing between Spotify, Tidal, Google Play Music All Access, Apple Music, Pandora, YouTube Red, and the other ones we don’t have space to mention. As you can see, Google already has two music streaming […]

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Sony may finally let you change your PlayStation Network name

Many a gamer has had regrets about their choice of username — xXxDeathCrusher420xXx might not be quite so appealing in adult life as it was in your teenage years. And for PlayStation fans, that's been a big problem when your PSN name has always been…
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‘Jessica Jones’ season 2 reaches Netflix on March 8th

To say that the second season of Jessica Jones has been a long time in coming would be an understatement. Netflix premiered the first season of the investigator-turned-superhero show in November 2015, and it committed to a second season at the start…
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Recommended Reading: Making a shed a top-rated destination on TripAdvisor

I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant On TripAdvisor Oobah Butler, Vice If you've ever wondered just how many reviews on sites like TripAdvisor are fake, you're not alone. One writer took maters into their own hands to prove the extent of the is…
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[Sponsored] Check out this discounted high-resolution drawing tablet on Tomtop

Good drawing tablets are hard to come across, but if you’re interested, Tomtop is offering a slick deal on a very nice option. The Ugee 1910B is a 19-inch tablet that includes a drawing stylus with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, rivaling what Samsung pulls off with the Galaxy Note line. This tablet is a […]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android 8.0 Oreo test build leaks

Since the release of the official build of Android 8.0 Oreo a couple months ago, Android device owners have been waiting patiently for the update to roll out for their devices. The hope is this will be a quick process especially since Google started releasing developer preview builds much earlier in the year so manufacturers […]

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Bungie feeds ‘Destiny 2’ trolls a ridiculously overpowered gun

Bungie responded to Destiny 2 player's complaints by cancelling a planned "Curse of Osiris" DLC livestream to detail new changes. The developers added more endgame rewards, a new weapon class and an improved economy to address those concerns. Recen…
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Microsoft Garage releases Outings travel app

Microsoft Garage is one of the tech giant’s skunkworks pockets within the company dedicated to producing new apps that may not exactly fit with the larger corporate product map. The latest release from Microsoft Garage is an app targeted at travelers or those who dream of traveling. Outings is designed to help you discover places […]

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Just Eat made a ‘magic wand’ for ordering food

Just Eat, we need to talk. Your latest invention, a food-ordering "magic wand," is ridiculous. I get that you want to have some fun over the Christmas period — and somewhere, your marketing department is having a good chuckle — but you've…
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Luxury version of LG V30 to hit South Korean market

The LG V30 is the smartphone manufacturer’s flagship device for markets around the world. Currently, the only variant available is a slightly upgraded LG V30+ that gets some extra onboard storage. LG has issued a press release indicating a new luxurious “LG Signature Edition” version of the V30 will be released in limited numbers to […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 focuses on immersion and AI enhancements

Earlier this week Qualcomm officially announced the Snapdragon 845 mobile processor at their conference being held in Hawaii. They have now released more details about the new features and improvements they are including in the Snapdragon 845 and what kinds of changes consumers may enjoy when they purchase a device with the new flagship level […]

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The Mustang GT adds brains to the brawn

The Mustang personifies the American muscle car. Folks who have zero interest in the Camaro and Charger are in awe of the design of the Ford that landed on roads in 1964. Besides a few design hiccups (ugh, the Mustang 2), it's been coveted, sung abou…
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Android Wear’s Oreo upgrade is ready

Google has been doling out Oreo treats to a bunch of devices of late. The HTC U11 got the bump last week, followed by Android 8.1 landing on Nexus and Pixel devices. Now, it's Android Wear's turn. After all, there's nothing like a software upgrade to…
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The world’s smallest Mona Lisa is made from DNA

Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa painting isn't actually that big (30 inches tall), but Caltech researchers have found a way to make that seem downright gargantuan. They've used DNA to construct the smallest known Mona Lisa. At several hundred nanomet…
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It’s time for #YouTubeRewind: Celebrating what you watched, shared, and created in 2017

#YouTubeRewind is back and we’re in love with The Shape of 2017. This year, you gave us your best reggaeton moves, witnessed an eclipse, and fell in love with a pregnant giraffe. There were, of course, difficult moments too, and community and togetherness felt as important as ever.

Our annual mashup brought together more amazing talent than ever before — nearly 300 creators, viral stars, musicians, and surprise guests to be exact! — from over 20 countries, uniting to look back at the biggest, strangest, (squishiest?), and most impactful trends of the year, from silly to solemn, that made pop culture in 2017 what it was. With fidget spinners. Obviously.

Want to be a Rewind expert? Learn about the trends and memes referenced in the video, as well as the creators who pitched in to make it possible, here. And if you already fancy yourself one, test your knowledge with our trivia game.

We’re also revealing 2017’s top trending videos and top music videos, according to time spent watching, sharing, commenting, liking, and more. Some familiar faces are back (Dude Perfect, Bad Lip Reading, James Corden) and some incredible talents in choreography, animation, and live performance join them. This year’s list of top trending videos represents the unbelievable diversity of creativity shared on YouTube every day and around the world.

Collectively, this year’s top 10 trending videos have more than 630 million views and people spent more than a collective 40 million hours watching them. They span from much-loved YouTube creators and traditional media formats to new and innovative voices in art and entertainment.

  1. Until We Will Become Dust – Oyster Masked (ตราบธุลีดิน – หน้ากากหอยนางรม) | THE MASK SINGER 2
  2. ED SHEERAN – Shape Of You | Kyle Hanagami Choreography
  3. Ping Pong Trick Shots 3 | Dude Perfect
  4. Darci Lynne: 12-Year-Old Singing Ventriloquist Gets Golden Buzzer – America’s Got Talent 2017
  5. Ed Sheeran Carpool Karaoke
  6. Lady Gaga’s FULL Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show | NFL
  7. “INAUGURATION DAY” — A Bad Lip Reading of Donald Trump’s Inauguration
  8. history of the entire world, i guess
  9. In a Heartbeat – Animated Short Film
  10. Children interrupt BBC News interview – BBC News

2017 saw some major new records broken in music, most notably by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s massive global hit. “Despacito” sits at the top of 2017’s top music video list — not just as the most-viewed music video for the year, but as the most viewed YouTube video of all time. A truly global list, this year’s top 10 music videos feature artists from Puerto Rico, Colombia, France, Spain, Cuba, the United States and the U.K, and six of the videos feature Latin artists, up from just one video in 2016.

  1. Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee
  2. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You [Official Video]
  3. J Balvin, Willy William – Mi Gente (Official Video)
  4. Maluma – Felices los 4 (Official Video)
  5. Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like [Official Video]
  6. Chris Jeday – Ahora Dice (Official Video) ft. J. Balvin, Ozuna, Arcángel
  7. 05. El Amante – Nicky Jam (Video Oficial) (Álbum Fénix)
  8. Jason Derulo – Swalla (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ ign) (Official Music Video)
  9. DJ Khaled – I’m the One ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne
  10. Enrique Iglesias – SUBEME LA RADIO (Official Video) ft. Descemer Bueno, Zion & Lennox

Head to the YouTube Rewind channel for all your other #YouTubeRewind needs!

Kevin Allocca, Head of Culture & Trends, and the YouTube Rewind team, recently watched “YouTube Rewind: The Shape of 2017 | #YouTubeRewind.”

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YouTube Ads Leaderboard: The top ads you watched and shared this year

Snoop Dogg and Desiigner rock out to Frank Sinatra, Melissa McCarthy saves the whales, and two very dedicated Samsung servicemen trek through Chandu’s sheep to help the most amazing kids ever. As 2017 comes to an end, these are the best moments from the top ads of the year.

In our annual year-end edition of the YouTube Ads Leaderboard, we’re celebrating the ads that got the most views, shares, and all around love from YouTube audiences across the globe. Together, they generated 539 million views, 14 million hours of watch time and 3.6 million likes (with an impressive 3 million of those going to YouTube’s Dude Perfect).

While each ad stood out for its own unique reason, inclusion, diversity and empowerment were the popular themes in this year’s list. Brands like adidas showed us a new generation of Originals, Budweiser told the inspiring story of founders Anheuser and Busch, and Samsung claimed the number one spot with a video that got 100 million views in its first seven weeks.

And we’ve got more. Starting today, you can vote for your favorite ads at #TheYouTubeAd of 2017. Tell us which ads made you laugh the hardest, cry the most, or inspired you to take a stand.

And now, we present the top ads of 2017.

  1. Samsung India Service (SVC) – We’ll take care of you, wherever you are. #SamsungService
  2. Clash Royale: The Last Second (Official Commercial)
  3. Ping Pong Trick Shots 3 | Dude Perfect
  4. MISS DIOR – The new Eau de Parfum
  5. Budweiser 2017 Super Bowl Commercial | “Born The Hard Way”
  6. 2017 Kia Niro | “Hero’s Journey” Starring Melissa McCarthy
  7. adidas Originals | ORIGINAL is never finished
  8. iPhone 7 — The Rock x Siri Dominate the Day — Apple
  9. Levi’s® “Circles” Commercial l Full
  10. Mr. Clean | 2017 Super Bowl Ad | Cleaner of Your Dreams

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Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 845 processor

At their second annual Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii today, Qualcomm officially announced the Snapdragon 845 processor for mobile devices will be coming to market in 2018. This, along with a move into the mobile PC market, comes amidst attempts by Broadcom to take over Qualcomm. Although Qualcomm announced the new Snapdragon 845 today, full […]

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It’s always good to keep an eye out for deals on VPN services, and right now you can score a heavy discount on multi-year subscriptions to Goose VPN. Goose VPN offers unlimited data, a no logging policy, and you can connect as many devices as you want to it simultaneously. Encrypts your online communication Eliminates […]

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Expanding our work against abuse of our platform

As the CEO of YouTube, I’ve seen how our open platform has been a force for creativity, learning and access to information. I’ve seen how activists have used it to advocate for social change, mobilize protests, and document war crimes. I’ve seen how it serves as both an entertainment destination and a video library for the world. I’ve seen how it has expanded economic opportunity, allowing small businesses to market and sell their goods across borders. And I’ve seen how it has helped enlighten my children, giving them a bigger, broader understanding of our world and the billions who inhabit it.

But I’ve also seen up-close that there can be another, more troubling, side of YouTube’s openness. I’ve seen how some bad actors are exploiting our openness to mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm.

In the last year, we took actions to protect our community against violent or extremist content, testing new systems to combat emerging and evolving threats. We tightened our policies on what content can appear on our platform, or earn revenue for creators. We increased our enforcement teams. And we invested in powerful new machine learning technology to scale the efforts of our human moderators to take down videos and comments that violate our policies.

Now, we are applying the lessons we’ve learned from our work fighting violent extremism content over the last year in order to tackle other problematic content. Our goal is to stay one step ahead of bad actors, making it harder for policy-violating content to surface or remain on YouTube.

More people reviewing more content
Human reviewers remain essential to both removing content and training machine learning systems because human judgment is critical to making contextualized decisions on content. Since June, our trust and safety teams have manually reviewed nearly 2 million videos for violent extremist content, helping train our machine-learning technology to identify similar videos in the future. We are also taking aggressive action on comments, launching new comment moderation tools and in some cases shutting down comments altogether. In the last few weeks we’ve used machine learning to help human reviewers find and terminate hundreds of accounts and shut down hundreds of thousands of comments. Our teams also work closely with NCMEC, the IWF, and other child safety organizations around the world to report predatory behavior and accounts to the correct law enforcement agencies.

We will continue the significant growth of our teams into next year, with the goal of bringing the total number of people across Google working to address content that might violate our policies to over 10,000 in 2018.

At the same time, we are expanding the network of academics, industry groups and subject matter experts who we can learn from and support to help us better understand emerging issues.

Tackling issues at scale
We will use our cutting-edge machine learning more widely to allow us to quickly and efficiently remove content that violates our guidelines. In June we deployed this technology to flag violent extremist content for human review and we’ve seen tremendous progress.

  • Since June we have removed over 150,000 videos for violent extremism.
  • Machine learning is helping our human reviewers remove nearly five times as many videos than they were previously.
  • Today, 98 percent of the videos we remove for violent extremism are flagged by our machine-learning algorithms.
  • Our advances in machine learning let us now take down nearly 70 percent of violent extremist content within eight hours of upload and nearly half of it in two hours and we continue to accelerate that speed.
  • Since we started using machine learning to flag violent and extremist content in June, the technology has reviewed and flagged content that would have taken 180,000 people working 40 hours a week to assess.

Because we have seen these positive results, we have begun training machine-learning technology across other challenging content areas, including child safety and hate speech.

Greater transparency
We understand that people want a clearer view of how we’re tackling problematic content. Our Community Guidelines give users notice about what we do not allow on our platforms and we want to share more information about how these are enforced. That’s why in 2018 we will be creating a regular report where we will provide more aggregate data about the flags we receive and the actions we take to remove videos and comments that violate our content policies. We are looking into developing additional tools to help bring even more transparency around flagged content.

A new approach to advertising on YouTube
We’re also taking actions to protect advertisers and creators from inappropriate content. We want advertisers to have peace of mind that their ads are running alongside content that reflects their brand’s values. Equally, we want to give creators confidence that their revenue won’t be hurt by the actions of bad actors.

We believe this requires a new approach to advertising on YouTube, carefully considering which channels and videos are eligible for advertising. We are planning to apply stricter criteria, conduct more manual curation, while also significantly ramping up our team of ad reviewers to ensure ads are only running where they should. This will also help vetted creators see more stability around their revenue. It’s important we get this right for both advertisers and creators, and over the next few weeks, we’ll be speaking with both to hone this approach.

We are taking these actions because it’s the right thing to do. Creators make incredible content that builds global fan bases. Fans come to YouTube to watch, share, and engage with this content. Advertisers, who want to reach those people, fund this creator economy. Each of these groups is essential to YouTube’s creative ecosystem—none can thrive on YouTube without the other—and all three deserve our best efforts.

As challenges to our platform evolve and change, our enforcement methods must and will evolve to respond to them. But no matter what challenges emerge, our commitment to combat them will be sustained and unwavering. We will take the steps necessary to protect our community and ensure that YouTube continues to be a place where creators, advertisers, and viewers can thrive.

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube

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Broadcom steps up pressure in fight to takeover Qualcomm

In mid-November, chipmaker Qualcomm announced they were rejecting a $ 130 Billion takeover bid from Broadcom. At the time, Broadcom indicated they were not planning to just walk away from the takeover attempt leading many to expect some aggressive moves may surface. We now see the fruits of that as Broadcom is moving to appeal directly […]

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Quentin Tarantino developing ‘Star Trek’ movie with J.J. Abrams

Quentin Tarantino could helm the next Star Trek film, according to sources who spoke to Deadline. Tarantino has shared his pitch on the long-running sci-fi franchise with producer J.J. Abrams, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The two plan to convene a…
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Samsung Galaxy S9 color rumors

When it comes to smartphones, black seems to be a ubiquitous choice that spans manufacturers and models. So we will not be surprised to see the Samsung Galaxy S9 launch next year with an all black version of the smartphone. Outside of that, sources are hinting that a pleasant surprise may be in store for […]

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Amazon Fire TV owners can now use voice commands to control Hulu and other third-party apps

Amazon has just announced that you can now use voice commands to control third-party apps on its Fire TV and Fire Stick devices. Previously, you could only use voice commands on Amazon Video but now you can use Alexa to control the Hulu app and more.  It isn’t just Hulu that you can control with […]

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Twitter Lite picks up steam, starts to roll out in more countries

Twitter has recently been testing a Twitter Lite mobile app as a way to get more users involved in the platform, especially those in parts of the world without consistently high-speed data connections. The results? Actually pretty good. Twitter has seen a 50% growth in tweets from Twitter Lite since April, and they’ve been hard […]

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Cricket rolls out a new 4-line $100 unlimited data plan

Cricket is well known for their aggressive pricing and promotions to undercut other prepaid carriers, but their newest plan is really something to take a look at. It’s a fully unlimited plan, including talk, text, and data, and it works with four lines for just $ 100. $ 25 per line for totally unlimited usage isn’t bad […]

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‘Ingress’ revamp will take cues from ‘Pokémon Go’

With all the buzz around Pokémon Go and an upcoming Harry Potter game, it's easy to forget about Niantic's original augmented reality title, Ingress. It's looking old in the tooth, and not just because of its 2012-era visuals — it's using agi…
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Netflix cancels YouTube star Miranda Sings’ show after two seasons

YouTube stardom is no guarantee of success on other streaming services, it appears. Netflix has dropped Miranda Sings' Haters Back Off after two seasons, marking a short run for the first YouTuber to land a scripted series. It's not certain exactly…
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Nest might get folded back into Google’s hardware division

Nest has been riding the struggle bus for the past few years, turning pretty much no profit and putting Alphabet in a difficult decision about what to do with the hardware company. Well, it looks like Alphabet’s plan might be to just squish Nest back into Google’s hardware division, ending the smart home manufacturer’s autonomous […]

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Check out the 920 locations where T-Mobile supports LTE-A

Merger or no merger, T-Mobile is still heavily investing in their own network, and it’s paying off. They’ve recently crossed a milestone of over 920 locations around the US that support LTE-Advanced, and 430 of them support the trifecta of carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO, and 256 QAM. 920 is pretty obviously too much to list […]

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NSA surveillance expansion bill moves to House for a vote

Intelligence officials might not get the permanent surveillance powers they're looking for, but they could get some key concessions all the same. The House Intelligence Committee has passed the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 in a partis…
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Netflix picks up ‘Riverdale’ spin-off based on Sabrina Spellman

The CW show Riverdale has been a surprise hit, modernizing the soda pop Archie comics of yore with '90s WB melodrama and a topical murder mystery. So it's no surprise that CW was looking for other shows to spin off from the same comics universe. One,…
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December is here and with it comes the expanded Santa Tracker from Google

The ability to track Santa may exist in a place where Moore’s Law applies when one looks at how Google continues to expand their Santa Tracker platform each year. What started out as an online replication of the local TV news “tracking” Santa with the help of NORAD each year has blossomed into a month […]

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The most popular apps, games, and movies of 2017 according to Google

We’ve somehow made it to the last month of the year without the world ending, which means it’s time for Google to reveal its Best of 2017 list for the years’ most popular apps, games, movies, books, and TV Shows. It should come as no surprise that Game of Thrones held off all comers to retain […]

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Twitter’s Lite app reaches 24 more countries

Twitter's data-saving application has landed on the local Google Play stores of 24 new locations. The social network has released its Lite app in Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, Kazakhstan, M…
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Blue Apron co-founder steps down as CEO

Less than a month after an earnings report indicated customers dropped six percent from last year, Blue Apron has a new CEO, as co-founder Matt Salzberg steps down from his role as president and CEO. Former CFO Brad Dickerson will now fill both of th…
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Wirecutter’s best deals: Save $70 on a Dell 27-inch monitor

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list…
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Amazon wants Alexa to be your new office assistant

Alexa could soon be coming to work with you. At Amazon's annual re:Invent conference, the company revealed its plans to make the voice-activated virtual assistant office-friendly with an Alexa for Business platform, which will come with specific skil…
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Andy Rubin takes a leave of absence after accusations of an “inappropriate relationship” while at Google

2017 has been a crazy year, and unfortunately, we’re starting to see it bleed into the tech industry before it’s over. Andy Rubin is the next in the headlines, and he’s officially taking a leave of absence from Essential after some new accusations. According to The Information, a report surfaced about an “inappropriate relationship” between […]

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Amazon Silk browser comes to most Fire TV devices

Although overshadowed by smart speaker hardware like Google Home and Amazon Echo devices, manufacturers like Google and Amazon first started deploying apps to go along with content on their hardware via the television and their streaming devices like the Chromecast or Fire TV boxes. While it may not seem like the most intuitive app to […]

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Samsung has patented an in-screen fingerprint reader, perhaps in time for the Galaxy S9?

An in-screen fingerprint reader has been something akin to a holy grail for smartphone manufacturers in recent times. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 was rumored to feature a fingerprint reader embedded beneath the display before it launched sporting that poorly positioned scanner next to its rear camera. The same thing happened with the Galaxy Note 8, a few rumors […]

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Jim Beam’s smart decanter will pour you a shot when you ask

What do you want in a smart speaker assistant? It might be to manage calendars and appointments. For others, it could be the ability to ask the speaker to play your favorite music. But for some, the real value in a smart speaker is its ability to dis…
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Microsoft Edge picks up dark mode and password syncing to desktop

Have you been using Microsoft Edge on your device since Microsoft quietly announced it? Well, good news; it’s getting a few new features to make your browsing even better. Perhaps the biggest feature is an option for dark mode, which many users clamor for regardless of the app. It’s a stylistic choice for many people, […]

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