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Dec

Anker’s 10000mAh portable battery with Quick Charge 3.0 is down to $25


Never run out of power again!

Stop stressing about your phone’s battery percentage, and grab yourself one of Anker’s 10000mAh portable batteries for just $24.99 at Amazon when you use the coupon code ANKERSD7. This is a savings of $11 from its regular price and makes it a must-have for just about everyone.

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One of the features that sets this battery apart from the others is the built-in Quick Charge 3.0 port, so not only can it charge your phone on the go, but it can do it with some serious speed. Additional features include:

  • Charge Faster: Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 (24W) with Anker’s proprietary PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology deliver the fastest possible charge to almost any USB device.
  • Tiny but Mighty: Squeezes more than 3 iPhone 7 charges or 2 Samsung S6 charges into a slimline package that slips easily into your pocket.
  • Advanced Safety: Anker’s exclusive MultiProtect provides maximum protection, while newly patented heat-control technology ensures PowerCore Speed never overheats.

Odds are that you will want a few extra USB-C cables to have around as well, so be sure to check out this 3-pack from Anker for $13.99.

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5
Dec

Honor View 10 hands-on preview: Flagship killer killer?


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Honor’s latest premium phone is gunning for the OnePlus 5T, with competitive specs, a matching price and AI camera features.

The Honor V series, once limited to China, has evolved into Honor View, with the launch of the brand’s most premium Western-targeted device to date. The Honor View 10, just announced at its global launch event in London, brings across many specs from the more expensive Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and lands at a price point that pits it directly against the OnePlus 5T.

For €499 or £449, you get Huawei’s latest Kirin 970 processor, complete with Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI-based future-proofing, along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and Android 8.0 Oreo. And around the back, a dual 20-megapixel plus 16-megapixel camera rig promises impressive low-light performance and AI scene detection copied wholesale from the Mate 10. Throw in a headphone jack, fast biometrics, a 3,750mAh SuperCharging battery and you’ve got a very compelling €499 phone.

And with the View 10 already confirmed for a U.S. launch, this could be the device to reverse Honor’s fortunes stateside, following the flop of last year’s Honor 8.

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A well-built, but not entirely original design.

On the outside, the Honor View 10 is a mash-up of countless other Huawei and Honor designs. The back is brushed metal, and the side walls rounded like the Honor 7X and 8 Pro. The front draws influence from the Mate 10 series, with slim bezels, an 18:9 display and a front-facing fingerprint scanner. The 6-inch screen diagonal at this aspect ratio means it fits comfortably in the hand, and while it’s a little slick, it’s not what you’d call a particularly slippery fish.

The worst thing you could say about the design is that it’s a little derivative — a potential nitpick which also applies to the OnePlus 5T and Honor 7X. It’s an 18:9 slab with a big screen and a metal back, and there are only so many ways to make that work. Nevertheless, build quality is solid, as we’ve come to expect from both Huawei and its online sub-brand.

Speaking of Huawei, there’s a lot of Mate 10 tech in this phone. Thanks to the Kirin processor and its AI capabilities, a partnership with Microsoft for AI-enhanced translations was announced on stage, just like the Mate 10, with the same Translator app preloaded out of the box. And the Mate 10’s AI scene detection features, which helps it identify the top 13 scene types, is also onboard. It’s safe to expect a similar feature set in EMUI 8.0, which appeared near identical to the Mate 10’s software on the Honor View 10. That means standard features like the simplified settings menu, split-screen suggestions for notifications that arrive when you’re in a full-screen app, and AI-based performance tuning, are all along for the ride.

More: Huawei Mate 10 Pro review

Needless to say, given the same core specs we saw on the Mate 10 Pro, the Honor View 10’s performance was flawless in the brief time we spent with the device. And with a 3,750mAh battery on the inside, it should come close to matching the Mate 10 Pro’s epic longevity — although the phone’s LCD display may count against it in that area. The View 10 is also the first Honor-branded phone to use Huawei SuperCharge (rebranded to Honor SuperCharge, naturally) — the same 5V/4.5A charging implementation that we’ve been impressed by in premium Huawei phones for the past year. Charging at up to 4.5A should deliver quick, cool refills.

The Honor View 10’s camera setup introduces a few wildcards into the mix. This isn’t just a Leica-less recreation of the Mate 10 Pro’s setup — instead, there’s are dual 16- and 20-megapixel sensors around the back, behind f/1.8 apertures. The dual camera setup enables the now standard loadout of depth effects in photos (simulated up to f/0.95), and the dual ISP of the Kinrin 970 CPU allows the phone to capture impressive detail and dynamic range. Once again, it was deja vu in today’s launch presentation, where Honor president George Zhao talked up the chip’s AI motion detection features, which it’s claimed can reduce motion blur with moving subjects.

Many of the Mate 10’s camera features have been ported over, but it’s unclear how the optics will stack up.

The presentation also showcased impressive low-light shots taken in full auto mode, not manual mode, and this is where the Honor View 10 could pull ahead of many other phones in its price category. It’s hard to judge low-light performance in just a few minutes in a demo area, but I feel confident in saying the View 10’s camera is at least competent, this phone and stands a good chance of outperforming the 5T in darker conditions.

Around the front, a 13-megapixel selfie camera, combined with the Kirin 970’s image processing chops, can simulate backgrounds for your selfies, replacing that drab indoor backdrop with exotic scenery. And gender detection for portraits lets the phone enable different kinds of beauty enhancements for men and women.

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The front-facing camera also enables face unlock, a first for a Huawei-built phone, which the company claims is secure enough to be used for payment authentication. The feature tripped up during its on-stage demo at today’s event, however, and we’ll need more time to judge just how convenient this feature is compared to fingerprint unlock.

Honor says it’s using 3D face detection in its new phone, but didn’t say how it’s doing this with just a single front-facing camera. It did, however, have a knock-off Animoji demo to show attendees, in an effort to prove the precision of its face recognition. And the phone was able to successfully transform one Honor employee into a virtual panda.

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So after less than an hour with the Honor View 10, first impressions are of a phone that’s competitive in both specs and price, and which could well outperform the OnePlus 5T in battery life and photo quality. The biggest sticking point will likely be Huawei’s highly differentiated (and some might say not entirely pretty) EMUI software, which isn’t as clean as super-lean OxygenOS. In any case, this is a promising phone for Honor, and a model which could see the brand catching the attention of higher-end buyers.

The Honor View 10 will launch in January 2018 in France, Germany, India, Italy, the UK, U.S., Spain and Russia. In the UK it’s priced at £449, in the euozone it’s €499.

5
Dec

Setting a Chromebook up for enterprise use


Chromebooks are super awesome for enterprise use, and here’s how to get one set up for your business!

Chromebooks are awesome for enterprise use. My day job involves me managing laptops and desktops for a ~500 person non-profit, and most of our employees use a Chromebook or Chromebox for their day to day work. All the tools we use are web based, so they can be accessed from any web browser. For this scenario, a Chrome device makes a lot of sense because of how easy to use, secure and easy to manage they are.

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There is one minor hoop to go through for using a Chromebook or Chromebox as an enterprise user. Your business will need a G Suite account account, and you’ll need to be designated as an administrator for G Suite. Once those are done, we can start getting devices set up.

Unlike Windows which has a few different versions, Chrome OS is Chrome OS. It doesn’t matter if a device is used in a home, in a business or as a kiosk, it all runs the exact same software. The light install size of Chrome OS also makes wiping and setting up a device super fast, since you don’t need to wait hours install the operating system. Here’s how you’ll register a new Chromebook or Chromebox for your company:

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Power on the device, and connect it to the Internet. At the startup screen, where you’d typically enter your email address, press Ctrl+Alt+E.
Enter your administrator email address, password and two-factor authentication method. And that’s it! The device is now registered to your business, meaning an administrator can track its location and remotely wipe it if necessary.

This will use a Chrome device license, and if the device is ever lost or stolen, the license can only be transferred to another device of the same exact model. Keep this in mind when you’re buying devices for your company.

Lock a device to Hangouts Meet

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For all its missteps in the consumer market, Hangouts is still great for businesses that primarily use Google services and Chrome devices. Our conference rooms all run on Hangouts, and we’ve started completing intakes for patients over Hangouts as well. Google offers certain Chromeboxes that are already set up to be locked to Hangouts and installed in a conference room, but any Chrome device can be setup this way because — again — they all run the same software Setting up a new device for Hangouts is mostly similar to the above steps, but before getting started you’ll need to have your conference rooms set up in Google Calendar

Power on the device, and connect it to the Internet. At the startup screen, where you’d typically enter your email address, press Ctrl+Alt+H.
Enter your administrator email address, password and two-factor authentication method.
Select a calendar from your directory.

Now when the selected room is added to a meeting, the meeting will be displayed on the device’s screen and the room will be able to connect automatically to the meeting.

Does your business use Chromebooks? Let us know down below!

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5
Dec

Android 8.1 Oreo now rolling out to Pixel and Nexus devices


Here’s what’s new with Android’s latest!

After two developer previews to test the waters before a final release, Google is now pushing out Android 8.1 to the general public to Pixel and Nexus devices. This is a pretty minor update for Pixel 2 users, but for those rocking older Google hardware, there’s actually a lot of new stuff to check out.

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The reason for this is that 8.1 brings the Pixel 2 software experience to devices like the first-gen Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X, etc. This means you’ll have now have a Google Search bar below your dock, the At a Glance widget at the top for weather and calendar info, light and dark themes that automatically turn on based on which wallpaper you’re using, slightly transparent Quick Settings menu and – most importantly – a proper Oreo easter egg.

For older hardware and the Pixel 2, you’ll see that the navigation bar turns to a white background with gray buttons in settings and certain apps in an attempt to fight off burn-in found with the Pixel 2 XL, in addition to it now dimming when not being used.

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With the Pixel 2 specifically, Google’s Pixel Visual Core is now available for developers to tap into. Lastly, all of the fixes found with the latest December 5, 2017 security patch are here as well.

This update comes alongside the release of Oreo for Android Go hardware, and if you want to get 8.1 on your phone without waiting for the OTA, you can find and download the system images here.

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5
Dec

Boom’s supersonic jets get $10 million boost from Japan Airlines


Boom’s plan to revive supersonic passenger jets just got an important financial boost. The startup has revealed that Japan Airlines is investing $10 million, and that the carrier also has the option of buying up to 20 of the company’s faster-than-sound airliners. If it does, that would give Boom a total of 76 pre-orders, making the Concorde seem like a modest experiment. JAL has actually been working with Boom for “well over a year,” Boom said, but the investment makes the alliance official.

Notably, Boom said, this is the first time an airline has actually made a financial commitment to supersonic aircraft before they’ve been available. Air France and British Airways technically pre-ordered the Concorde, but they didn’t put any money down and had their costs heavily subsidized to the point where BA paid just £7 for its entire fleet.

The payoff for the investment is likely years away when Boom doesn’t expect the first aircraft to enter service until 2023. However, it’s understandable why JAL would be willing to take a chance on Boom so soon. For obvious reasons, many of its international flights are long — Boom’s jets could dramatically reduce that travel time for passengers willing to pay a premium.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Boom Supersonic (Medium)

5
Dec

Netflix cuts ties with Danny Masterson following rape allegations


The ongoing crackdown on sexual assault and harassment in the entertainment industry has led Netflix to pull a second high-profile actor following Kevin Spacey’s removal from House of Cards. The streaming service has removed Danny Masterson from The Ranch in response to mounting pressure over rape allegations against the star. While he will still be present in a new season of the show that premieres on December 15th, he’s being written out of the production. The Huffington Post understands that Masterson will still be present in some episodes for the next season.

The decision follows just a day after a Netflix executive told one of the accusers (without knowing her involvement) that the company leadership didn’t believe the accusations were credible. This has sparked outrage in no small part because the allegations have been public knowledge since March, with Los Angeles police investigating and the furor increasing over the past few weeks. Why wait until the outcry reaches a fever pitch, especially in light of Spacey’s departure?

Masterson has denied the claims, insisting that sex with all four women was consensual. He said he was “disappointed” with Netflix’s decision and decried a “current climate” that supposedly presumes guilt the moment someone is accused of a sex crime. That’s not really true here (there are multiple accusers indicating a consistent pattern of behavior), but it wouldn’t matter even if it was true. Netflix doesn’t want the cloud of rape accusations hanging over a show, and it can’t afford to wait and see if Masterson faces charges.

After discussing with the producers, we’ve decided to write Danny Masterson off of The Ranch. Yesterday was his last day of work, and we’ll make new episodes in 2018 without him.

— Netflix US (@netflix) December 5, 2017

Source: Huffington Post, Netflix (Twitter)

5
Dec

Honor’s mid-range 7X with 18:9 display is now on sale for $200


Honor spilled the proverbial beans on its new mid-range 7X smartphone a few weeks back, but kept mum on pricing and availability at the time. As expected, it was saving that piece of the puzzle to announce at its London event today. In the US, the Honor 7X is now available to pre-order for $200 for mid-December delivery, which makes the £270 UK and €300 European prices (shipping immediately in some territories) seem downright unfair, even if they’re more or less what you’d typically pay for a mid-range handset. While it doesn’t break the bank in any region, you have to remember the phone lacks a few features some might consider essential, like waterproofing, fast-charging and NFC for mobile payments. What you are primarily paying for, then, is the slim-bezeled, 5.93-inch, 18:9 display with a 2,160 x 1,080, so your interest in the device will no doubt be entirely dependent on what features you consider a priority.

5
Dec

Google search quiz can help diagnose PTSD


Google is continuing its efforts to help you improve your mental health. Search for “posttraumatic stress disorder” or related keywords on your phone and you’ll now have the option of taking a clinically validated questionnaire that can screen for signs of PTSD. This won’t provide a definitive answer (Google stresses the importance of an in-person diagnosis), but it can give you useful knowledge to take to your doctor.

The support comes as Facebook is expanding the availability of its own mental health tools. In both cases, the internet giants are acknowledging that they can play a role the welfare of their users. They know that misinformation and a lack of help can cause serious problems, and even subtle encouragement can provide valuable support.

Source: Google

5
Dec

Spotify’s latest playlist collects your top 100 tracks from 2017


Spotify’s data-driven and editorialized playlists are some of the biggest features that set it apart from its competitors. It being December means the streaming service is taking a look back at the year that was. Specifically, it’s offering a look at your year in music listening. When you log in today you’ll find two playlists: one for your top 100 songs from 2017 and then “the ones that got away.” More than that, there’s a downloadable and shareable card with stats about how many minutes of music you’ve listened to, your top artists, top genre and top songs. The data analysis goes even further, with a report for how many songs you’ve skipped, how many artists you’ve listened to and how many songs you’ve streamed.

Spotify also took a macro view of the year in music. Despite how many killer albums have come out in 2017 (Kendrick Lamar’s Damn., Bishop Briggs’ self-titled EP and Queens of the Stone Age’s Villains chief among them), there was no stopping ginger crooner Ed Sheeran from being the most streamed artist overall. People listened to his Divide album some 3.1 billion times, with “Shape of You” racking up 1.4 billion streams across the globe. Good luck getting that chorus out of your head now that you’ve read this.

To keep the playlist love going, Spotify curated a handful of new ones featuring the most streamed tracks, top artists overall, top male and female artists. That’s in addition to top groups and top Latin artists and songs. There’s a lot of music to sift through here, so you should probably get a jump on it.

Source: Spotify, 2017 Wrapped

5
Dec

George Lucas’ student film, ‘THX 1138,’ will stream soon


Gunpowder & Sky has announced that its Sci-Fi channel Dust will stream Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, the short USC film that helped kickstart George Lucas’ career. The film is about a man trying to escape an oppressive society constantly monitored by security cameras, and was later developed into a feature film by Warner Brothers and Francis Ford Coppola.

Though produced by Lucas way back in 1967, the film’s themes have some relevance in our privacy challenged times, the streaming company noted. “We are excited to see that Dust is tapping into the zeitgeist of a growing fan base that is gripped with how technology is transforming our lives,” said Gunpowder & Sky President Floris Bauer.

Lucas was able to secure film and cameras for the project by agreeing to teach the USC’s Navy Production Workshop, then using the enlisted sailors as cast and crew. He also had access to USC’s computer department, where some of the scenes are set, and shot around the UCLA campus, LAX and Van Nuys airport. The short was widely praised at the time as highly inventive visually, and still stands up. It took first place in the dramatic category at the National Student Film Awards, according to the Harvard Crimson.

Francis Ford Coppola eventually agreed to help Lucas make a feature film out of it with a budget of around $800,000. The movie, starring Robert Duvall, was re-edited by Warner Bros. against Lucas’ wishes, and lost money when it was released in 1971. Lucas eventually bought the rights back and went on to make a few more films you may have heard of.

Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB will stream on Dust’s Facebook, YouTube and Instagram channels and through watchdust.com on December 11th, just ahead of the December 15th release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Source: Deadline

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