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Nov

Recommended Reading: Trump’s own polling models prove accurate


Trump’s Big Data
Mind Explains How
He Knew Trump
Could Win

Izzie Lapowsky,
Wired

While it could take some time to uncover the finer points of why the polls were so far off in the 2016 presidential election, the head of President-elect Donald Trump’s data team knew the candidate had a good chance of pulling out a stunning upset. Wired talked with Cambridge Analytica’s Matt Oczkowski to get some details on their internal polling models which correctly predicted how most of the states would vote.

The Lost Civilization of Dial-Up Bulletin Board Systems
Benj Edwards, The Atlantic

The social network that existed before social networks provides an interesting window into the history of the internet.

President Trump
Evan Osnos, The New Yorker

This piece was published back in September, but it offers a look at what we can expect from President-elect Trump when he takes office in January.

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12
Nov

Touch Bar MacBook Pro Orders Begin Shipping to Customers


After entering the “Preparing for Shipment” stage on Thursday, the first wave of MacBook Pros with Touch Bars have begun shipping to customers for delivery next week. While Apple is quoting Wednesday, November 16 as the estimated delivery date, UPS is telling some customers that they can expect their new MacBooks on Monday, November 14.

When the Touch Bar MacBook Pros became available for pre-order on October 27 customers received shipping estimates ranging from November 17 to November 25, making UPS’ delivery estimates a couple days earlier than expected. Thus far, the majority of the MacBook Pros that have begun shipping have been 15-inch models and custom orders, according to MacRumors readers who have notified us of their shipping status.

Many 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar orders still still haven’t shipped, according to MacRumors readers. It’s unclear when these models will begin shipping, but it could happen shortly after the 15-inch and custom-ordered MacBook Pros begin their transit.

The new MacBook Pros sold out quickly, with shipping estimates moving from 2 to 3 weeks to 3 to 4 weeks hours after they went on sale. Current shipping estimates are 4 to 5 weeks. Apple’s Phil Schiller said that the company has received more online orders for the new MacBook Pro than any previous model. Slice Intelligence sales estimates suggest the new model has already outsold all competing laptops in 2016.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starts at $1,799 while the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starts at $2,399.

Those interested in tracking their orders and discussing their configurations and shipping status can join our dedicated MacBook Pro pre-order shipping thread.

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Nov

Glyph Atom SSD review – CNET


The Good The Atom SSD is superfast and supports USB-C. The drive is compact, light and rugged and includes cables for both new and old computers.

The Bad Unlike other drives from Glyph, it doesn’t include data recovery in the warranty.

The Bottom Line For power users, this is the best portable drive to date.

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The Atom SSD (right) next to the Atom RAID SSD.

Josh Miller/CNET

Editors’ note: The Glyph Atom RAID SSD and the Atom SSD are very similar, so their reviews are similar.

If you own a 12-inch MacBook or one of the new MacBook Pros, the Atom solid-state drive from Glyph has everything you’d want in a portable drive.

First, it’s superfast. It uses USB 3.1 Gen 2 and its real-world read speeds averaged about 420MBps and 270MBps for writing and reading, respectively, making it one of the fastest non-RAID portable drives. (The Atom RAID SSD, which uses RAID-0, scored 675MBps and 460MBps, respectively.) Its hard aluminum casing and removable rubber protective case mean it’ll survive a 6-foot drop onto a carpet floor (something I actually tested) and still work fine. And it’s a USB-C drive that includes both a USB-C cable and a USB-C-to-USB-A cable. This means it will work with any computer with any USB port permutation.

CNET Labs USB 3.0/3.1 performance

Glyph Atom RAID SSD

674.8

459.89

Glyph Atom SSD

421.4

269.45

SanDisk Extreme 9000 Portable SSDD

312.6

259.53

Samsung Portable SSD T3

311.1

240.91

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt All-Terrain

155.7

227.43

G-Drive Mobile USB-C (USB 3.1)

109.9

125.75

WD My Passport (Fall 2016)

103.4

108.56

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Measured in megabytes per second. Longer bars mean better performance.

The Atom SSD is available in 275GB, 525GB and 1TB capacities for $150, $250 and $440, respectively. That’s not cheap, but it’s actually a better deal than the $400 1TB Samsung T3, which is about 25 percent slower and not as durable. Also, the Atom can be found in gold, silver, gray and black to match the color of your MacBook. The T3 comes in only one color. Note that SSD prices always fall soon after release, so it’s likely the Atom will be an even better deal in a few months.

On the inside, the Atom SSD houses an M.2 version of the Crucial MX300 SSD, the first drive from Crucial that uses 3D flash memory to strike a balance between costs, capacity and performance. Out of the box, the drive is formatted in HFS+ so it works right away with a Mac. For Windows, you will need to first reformat it into NTFS. Or you can reformat it into exFAT if you want to use it with both platforms. The drive doesn’t include any software, but you fortunately won’t need any. Time Machine (Mac) and File History (Windows 10) both work fine as backup tools. The Atom includes a standard three-year warranty against hardware defects, but nothing for data recovery.

Should I get it?

If you need a great-looking, compact, superfast and versatile portable drive, the Atom SSD is the best you can find for now. For Mac users, it’s also one of a few that’s ready to work right away with your new MacBook Pro without a dongle. For Windows users, however, there are generally more options. So if you can live with significantly slower performances and bulkier designs, a regular drive like the WD My Passport or the Seagate Backup Plus will give you a lot more storage for your money.

12
Nov

Glyph Atom RAID SSD review – CNET


The Good The Atom RAID SSD is superfast, rugged, compact and USB-C-compatible.

The Bad You can’t change its RAID setup and it doesn’t include data recovery in the warranty.

The Bottom Line If you’re going to take advantage of its RAID-0 speed, the Atom RAID SSD is worth its high price. If not, stick with the non-RAID version instead.

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The Atom RAID SSD is a rugged portable drive with a removable rubber protective case.

Josh Miller/CNET

Editors’ note: The Glyph Atom RAID SSD and the Atom SSD are similar in design, so their reviews are similar as well.

The Glyph Atom RAID SSD is basically the Atom SSD on steroids. The two drives are similar in design, with the same warranty, and both support 10Gbps USB 3.1 speeds through a single USB-C port. There’s one major difference, however: Instead of embedding just one solid-state drive (SSD), the Atom RAID uses two, combined into a single RAID-0 volume. As a result, the RAID SSD is 30 percent wider and it’s more expensive, but it’s almost twice as fast as its non-RAID sibling.

12
Nov

DJI Mavic Pro review – CNET


The Good The DJI Mavic Pro’s compact foldable design makes it more travel friendly than any other camera drone with similar capabilities. Its gaming-style controller is equally compact, but still has all the controls you need to fly and control the camera and it can be piloted with only an iOS or Android device. Battery life is very good for a small quadcopter.

The Bad The phone mount is a little awkward to use. Not user repairable. Camera lens is a little narrow for landscapes.

The Bottom Line If you’ve been looking for a discreet, but powerful travel-friendly camera drone, look no further than the DJI Mavic Pro.

Editors’ note: DJI is currently experiencing manufacturing and shipping delays for the Mavic Pro. The current estimated shipping time is six to eight weeks from placing an order.

There have been several kinder, gentler camera drones this year — from the large PowerVision PowerEgg to the compact Yuneec Breeze — but the DJI Mavic Pro is the only one to combine high performance, lots of automated flight modes and obstacle avoidance in an ultracompact body. Add in DJI’s assortment of safety and ease-of-use features and you’ve got a drone that anyone can take anywhere.

One of the few complaints I’ve had about the company’s Phantom models is that they aren’t particularly travel friendly, mainly due to the camera and gimbal position and the fixed landing gear. The Mavic doesn’t have these issues and its propeller arms and the props themselves fold up so there’s no need to remove them.

The smaller size — of both the drone and its controller — and decidedly un-Phantom looks make it more approachable and less obtrusive. The thing is, you still get nearly the same performance as you would from the company’s top-of-the-line Phantom 4. It’ll cost you about the same, too: $1,000 in the US, AU$1,700 in Australia and £1,100 in the UK.

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The Phantom 4 has a higher maximum speed and can withstand stronger winds, and its camera has a wider field of view. The Mavic Pro is basically better in every other way, though. For example, its new OcuSync encrypted transmission system, gives you control up to 4.3 miles (7 km) away and streams video at 1080p. The Phantom 4 has a max range of 3.1 miles (5 km) and streams at 720p.

Also, while it might not have the power to cut through really strong winds (DJI says it can handle winds up to 19-24 mph or 29-38 kph), it was able to keep the camera stable and fly steady in 10-15 mph winds and still get between 22-25 minutes of flight time before it landed itself. It does warn you when the winds are too strong for its motors, too.

Like the drone itself, the controller is very small, but still has a monochrome screen for important flight data and physical camera controls. Want to see what you’re shooting? You can connect a phone and mount it just below the control sticks. Getting your phone in the mount is a bit of a pain and requires you to remove any case you might have on it, but it does mean your phone isn’t blocking your view of the controls.

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DJI added a switch to change from RC to a Wi-Fi mode, so you can quickly launch and control the Mavic with only your phone at distances up to 80 meters (262 feet) with a top speed of 4 meters per second (13 feet per second). It’s nice to have for things like quick selfies, but using the actual controller is better.

12
Nov

Best Journaling Apps for Android


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Journey is the best journal app available on Android today. It not only allows you to journal from you phone, but also gives you access to all of the bells and whistles on your tablet, or computer.

Best overall

Journey

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See at Google Play

Journey manages to one up other journaling apps with a combination of great features and a beautiful presentation. You can make photo or written entries, geotag your entries, and even access the service from your computer. While you are making entries you can enable the app to log the weather, add a variety of media, and even whether you are participating in an activity when you ought to be journaling. It uses Material Design to make navigating through the app as easy as possible, and even writing from your phone is simple and easy to edit.

Bottom line: With accessibility without paying a dime, and easy intuitive use, Journey easily becomes the Journal app that all others ought to be measured against.

One more thing: Journey offers a premium mode which gets you access to even more features that make keeping a journal easy. These include access to Markdown, further aesthetic customization, the ability to see which device you last used the app on, and plenty more.

Why Journey is the best

The right features, and accessibility across devices is what makes Journey the best.

Being able to access your journal from any location is a huge benefit for anyone who wants to take control of their digital journal. After all, if you’re sitting at your computer, it’s far easier to type out a prolonged entry than it would be by using the keyboard on your phone. That’s one of the places that Journey really shines. It offers you access to your journal on tablet, phone, or computer.

While plenty of other journaling apps offer tons of great features, Journey is a complete package. As soon as you open the app you’ll see your last entry, and are immediately able to start a new one. When you’re writing up that new journal entry, there are a variety of ways to augment the text, using locations, tags, photos — anything, really. You can also let your device detect the local weather in your location, and import fitness data from your daily activities.

You get access to a calendar as well. It allows you to easily scroll through and see when you have updated your journal. This is just one of the ways that you can easily find old journal entries to go back over them. The second option for finding an entry you need to look back over is by searching with tags. Once you start to tag posts, they’ll pop up in your sidebar making it easy to track down anything that you need without a problem.

Journey also offers a Premium version. While the free version is excellent and gives you a great experience, Premium adds Markdown support for additional formatting, along with security features that let you see which device you used the app on last.

Best for media

Day Journal

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See at Google Play

Day Journal: Personal Diary delivers a great journaling experience with an emphasis on media. When you are writing an entry, you’ll get a word count, and a number of features to help customize your entries. These include tagging, detecting local weather, location tags, and the ability to add how you are feeling. While there are more features like attaching photos, and looking at statistics, you’ll have to upgrade to the Pro version to access them.

Day Journal puts a serious emphasis on having media attached to your journal entries. That’s because the days of folding a snapshot into a paper journal are over for many people. By adding photos or audio to a specific entry you can remember that day more vividly. It’s a small feature that really does make a big difference for people who like to go back and relive their memories through a journal. Now that means more than just words, it means photos and audio clips as well.

Bottom line: Day Journal is a great app that places most of its best features behind a paywall. While it can get the job done, it doesn’t excel in any single area.

One more thing: If you do decide to pony up for those sweet Premium features you’ll be able to add media and audio to your entries, as well as checking out your writing statistics.

Best for Sync

Diaro

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See at Google Play

Diaro aims to give you control as to how you organize everything in your digital journal. Each time you add an entry you’ll be able to select a folder and tags for it to live in. This is how they make it easy to go back and find a specific entry when you’re ready to look it over. There aren’t many options while you are writing entries you can add locations and photos. Diaro also gives you the option to enter a full screen mode which can make it easier to concentrate while you are writing.

Diaro also offers a Pro version of the app. The perks are pretty decent, too, with the added ability to export entries to PDF along with cloud sync using your Dropbox account. The Calendar will also help you look over recent entries by showing you the dates that you have journaled in the recent past. It uses Dropbox to store and sync your journal across devices, if you so choose.

That Dropbox sync option is no joke either. It stores your journal on Dropbox, and syncs quickly and effectively. This means that if you switch out phones, it’s a breeze to access your journal from a new device. It adds a layer of accessibility that just cannot be overstated. Nobody wants the hassle of trying to figure out how to transfer their journal when they upgrade devices, and with Dropbox support you won’t need to worry.

Bottom line: Diaro gives you a decent experience that will let you focus on your journaling without bogging you down in many features.

One more thing: The biggest perk of upgrading to Pro is the ability to link up with your Dropbox which allows you to backup and export your journal entries for better safe keeping.

Best for security

Penzu

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See at Google Play

Penzu aims to offer you a stress free journaling experience. When you first get started you’ll create a new journal, and name it. This is where your entries will be stored. The free version is a very bare-bone approach to journaling: you’ll be able to write entries, add in photos, and make some tweaks to the format, but that’s about it. Penzu Pro gives you access to unlimited journals, custom journal covers, custom fonts, 256-bit encryption security, reminders to journal at specific times of the day and even more.

Penzu’s golden feature, and the one that might really grab your attention, is it’s security lock. A digital journal is harder to access than a normal one, and that lends itself to being more secure. Penzu takes the fact that your journal may well be where your most private thoughts are stored and aims to give you protection to make sure no one has eyes on it, unless you have given them access.

Bottom line: Penzu is all about simplicity, with a basic free version that pushes you to upgrade to a subscription.

One more thing: Penzu Pro is a monthly membership, but does give you access to fantastic features, not the least of which is the ability to securely lock your journal.

Conclusion

There are plenty of great journaling apps out there that make keeping a digital diary easy. Each one is a bit different and it offers different features to let it stand out in the crowd. However many journaling apps hide their best assets behind a paywall, and that’s where Journey truly stands out. It gives you tons of options and features for free, and if you decide to go Pro simply expands those options and features.

Best overall

Journey

journey-journal.jpg?itok=gVfghj0l

See at Google Play

Journey manages to one up other journaling apps with a combination of great features and a beautiful presentation. You can make photo or written entries, geotag your entries, and even access the service from your computer. While you are making entries you can enable the app to log the weather, add a variety of media, and even whether you are participating in an activity when you ought to be journaling. It uses Material Design to make navigating through the app as easy as possible, and even writing from your phone is simple and easy to edit.

Bottom line: With accessibility without paying a dime, and easy intuitive use, Journey easily becomes the Journal app that all others ought to be measured against.

One more thing: Journey offers a premium mode which gets you access to even more features that make keeping a journal easy. These include access to Markdown, further aesthetic customization, the ability to see which device you last used the app on, and plenty more.

12
Nov

ICYMI: Snap Inc. knows people want its video sunglasses


ICYMI: Snap Inc. knows people want its video sunglasses

Today on In Case You Missed It: Snap Inc. dropped a Spectacles vending machine in Southern California and the sunglasses were snapped up in no time. If you don’t have the thousands of dollars handy that you’d need to pay for them on eBay, you can virtually try them on inside Snapchat by taking a photo of the ghost logo on the Spectacles site (which is what I did in today’s photo. Ugh.). The video of the vending machine giggling to earth is here.

The story about Samsung filing a patent for a smartphone that folds in half is here. The Nature study about monkeys being able to walk again after paralysis is here. And while there are many things to catch up on this week, we recommend reading up on President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for the Environmental Protection Agency’s transition team. As always, please share any interesting tech or science videos you find by using the #ICYMI hashtag on Twitter for @mskerryd.

12
Nov

Amazon Japan’s manga-centric Kindle is all about storage


Japanese comics, called manga, are hugely popular. Although you probably knew that, you probably don’t know the extent of it. In 2015, Japan’s bestselling manga series, One Piece, sold more than 14 million copies. It helps that the format runs a hugely broad spectrum of topics; they’re not just action-packed comics aimed at children but foodie series, sports, alcohol, comedy, romance and more. There are also plenty of one-off manga novels, like Steve Jobs: The Manga, to name one (ridiculous) example. It makes plenty of sense, then, for Amazon Japan to launch a special manga-focused edition of its e-reader, with faster page turning and eight times the storage for your digital manga collection.

This is the Kindle Paperwhite Manga edition, in white! The storage has been cranked up to 32GB, and Amazon says the device can flip through pages 33 percent faster than its predecessor. And while it has eight times the storage space of existing Kindles, the rest of the spec sheet remains unchanged — same screen resolution, same brightness, same weight, same dimensions. In fact, it even slots nicely into my existing Kindle case. It’s impressive that the company has managed to keep the weight identical to the existing Paperwhite; presumably other components have been swapped to lighten the device regardless of the storage increase. The Manga edition does, however, cost 2,000 yen ($19) more than the standard Kindle Paperwhite.


Amazon shoppers have been able to buy manga and comics on Kindle devices for several years now. Fortunately, most manga series are grey-scale, making them ideal for a Kindle’s e-ink display. There are a few drawbacks, however. Relative to typical books, these all-image comics take up a lot of file space, regardless of their monochrome design. Standard Kindles have roughly four gigs of storage, but when you’re trying to read an entire comic-book series, that’s not gonna cut it. (Even the high-end Kindle Oasis has the same storage as Amazon’s entry-level readers.) With a smartphone-level 32GB of storage, the made-for-manga Kindle can cram 700 volumes of manga, according to Amazon estimates. It was (way) more than enough for the manga and comics in my existing collection.

One minor issue with the Kindle line in general is how the devices take a bit of time between dense e-paper image refreshes. It’s hardly a deal-breaker, but the lag might grate as you try to flip through dialog-light action or scene-setting vistas. The Paperwhite Manga edition improves on this in two ways. First, there’s that 33 percent speed increase on page turns. While I wasn’t able to measure this down to the millisecond or what have you, it’s noticeably faster. It seems less like the display is quicker to update, and that the touch panel is more responsive.

Then there’s a fast-forward feature. Just hold the far left of a page, and the Kindle will bound through comics at a speed of around seven pages per second. You’re not expected to read that fast, but it offers a speedier way to navigate through a medium that doesn’t offer much menu-based navigation. Unfortunately, this feature didn’t work on the western graphic novels and comics I tested — you’ll still have to tap your way through the pages.

Better still, both of these speed improvements are now part of the latest firmware update being delivered to existing Kindles, including the $80 version, the Kindle Paperwhite (6th generation or later), Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis. If you update your Kindle this month, you should see the difference. It does, however, diminish the benefits of the Manga edition for those who already own a recent Kindle device.

Another note about reading manga (or comics) on Kindle hardware: Another part of the software update allows you to double-tap on individual comic panels to expand them to full-screen. You can also pinch to zoom, making reading and navigating through picture heavy books much easier.

So who is the Kindle Manga edition for? While the idea of a comic-specific Kindle is pretty tempting, the reality is that you’re probably fine with your existing Kindle, especially with that free software update mentioned above. This Manga edition is aimed at those owning or growing a pretty substantial manga library. (Manga, not western comics.) I own about 25 different volumes, but storage-wise my old Paperwhite is more than enough for me. It’s definitely a Japan-specific e-reader, but those looking for an e-ink comic reader for their entire manga library — bought through Amazon, I may add — it may be worth the extra few thousand yen (a few bucks) more. You’ll just have to figure out how to import one.

12
Nov

The Morning After Weekend Edition


Letter from the Editor

"The whole thing was just a virtual reality experience."

It’s the end of an era. Obama’s out (in two months), Trump’s in, and uncertainty abounds as details about how, exactly, our president-elect is going to change things slowly emerge. Managing Editor Terrence O’Brien has been reading the tea leaves and the Donald’s tweets, however, and it’s not looking good for either fans of net neutrality or those folks concerned about climate change and protecting the environment in general. And Violet Blue’s latest column pulls no punches in describing the dangers Trump’s presidency poses to US cybersecurity.

Regardless of your political views, there is one result of the election we can all agree is a very good thing — we got to hear a bit of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album 87 years earlier than we thought we would.

Finally, while many are worried about the future, NASA’s excited about peering into the past: the James Webb Space Telescope is finally complete, with incredibly precise mirrors that will allow us to see the cosmos as it was 13 billion years ago. It’ll also help us find other habitable worlds, which, you know, could come in handy given our new president’s stance on protecting the environment.

Nostalgia in a nutshellReview: NES Classic Edition

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The NES is back! Well, not quite. Sean Buckley reviews Nintendo’s miniaturized system and finds that while it does well in living up to the nostalgic hype, there are a few hiccups to be aware of. Short controller cables and an inability to expand with new games are annoying, but for $60 it’s still a good value and the games look better than they ever did in the old days. The only problem now? Actually being able to find one.

Time to go exoplanet huntingNASA’s follow-up to Hubble is complete

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This week NASA unveiled the fully assembled James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Scheduled for launch in October 2018, the $8 billion wonder is about to undergo a battery of tests intended to make sure it doesn’t suffer the sort of problems faced by Hubble. Since its planned orbit puts it a million miles away from earth, we’ll only get one shot at this — there’s no repair team incoming.

Is this your next gaming upgrade?Review: PlayStation 4 Pro

The PS4 Pro is here, and yes, gaming in 4K and HDR is amazing. Additionally, some of your old games are getting upgraded, and it’s a powerful friend to the PlayStation VR headset. So is the $400 console worth buying? It lacks an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, and if you’re still living a 1080p lifestyle, then it won’t be a huge upgrade.

16 hours of battery life and two regular USB ports never looked so goodReview: Surface Book (2016)

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The Surface Book is back, and it comes at a good time, alongside the new MacBook Pro. It’s still a bit thick, and heavier than last year’s model, but an impressive 16 hours of battery life, tablet mode, pen support and powerful GPU help balance things out. The only snag left is its starting price: $2,400.

Electric motorcycles without the range anxietyZero’s 2017 models can go 200 miles on a single charge

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The market for electric motorcycles is getting more crowded, so how does a pioneer stand out? Zero unveiled two models this week that it says are the first ones that can travel over 200 miles on a charge (with the optional Power Tank, and only in the city — 100 miles of range on the highway). Prices start at $8,495, and the bikes also support a new mobile app thats lets riders adjust torque, top speed and regenerative braking settings on the fly.

This is the plot of the next “Final Destination”Everyone dies once, except on Facebook

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A bug on Friday caused many Facebook profiles to flash a message claiming the owner was deceased. It even affected founder Mark Zuckerberg before it was fixed, but now things are back to normal.

No more bullshotsSteam’s redesign is live

PC gamers may have noticed a new front page for Steam, focused on personalization and highlights of what it thinks you’ll like. Part of the redesign also means developers need to post real screenshots instead of renders, so it’s time to say goodbye to bullshots. Let us know if it’s working for you.

Election 2016What does the election of Donald Trump as president mean from a tech perspective?

We’ll walk you through it, plus the first online moves of the new administration and what people were searching for as the results came in. Not enough election talk for you? Tune into this week’s podcast to hear more.

But wait, there’s more…

  • Vacuum-tube-era tech could lead to faster computer chips and better solar panels
  • Now you can run Android Auto directly on your phone
  • Navinder Sarao admitted using software trades to profit from panic, causing 2010’s stock market “Flash Crash”
  • Bits of Wu-Tang Clan’s single-copy “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” album are available for listening
  • Whatsapp is testing two-factor authentication support
  • YouTube turns on HDR support
  • Harvard researchers believe they’ve discovered the physical seat of human awareness

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12
Nov

Audi Japan is selling one ‘Final Fantasy XV’ themed R8


Square Enix’s long-awaited next entry in the 30-year-old Final Fantasy franchise arrives November 29th on PS4 and Xbox One, but first up is this promotional tie-in from Audi. In the run up to Final Fantasy XV , Sony Pictures released the all-CG rendered Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV movie back in July, and it featured a special version of the 2017 Audi R8 called the Star of Lucis.

Now, the company’s Japanese branch produced a one-off version of the car in real life and will raffle off the opportunity to buy it (for 50,000,015 yen or about $468,713) on November 21st. Of course, snagging a copy of both the movie and game later this month would be a bit cheaper, and just checking out the trailer or official website is completely free.

Via: Kotaku

Source: Audi Japan, Audi Final Fantasy

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