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10-24-2016 Science&Technology
Why is the Google Pixel graded on a curve when the iPhone isn’t?

During the original iPhone introduction, Steve Jobs referenced a favorite quote of his from legendary computer scientist Alan Kay: “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.” This philosophy has formed the bedrock of Apple’s business strategy for decades now, save for that brief dark period during the mid-90s when Apple sanctioned an ill-fated Mac clone initiative.

Apple’s devotion to both software and hardware is part of the reason why the iPhone often outclasses every other smartphones on the market. Undeniably, the ability to fine tune software and hardware to work together seamlessly and efficiently is a huge competitive advantage.

That being the case, I’ve been especially intrigued with the Google Pixel as it marks Google’s most serious effort to date to exert strict control over the entirety of the Android experience, from both a software and hardware perspective. We’ve seen Android flagships before, no doubt, but the Google Pixel was designed by Google from the ground up.

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As Google’s Rick Osterloh explained to Bloomberg not too long ago, the Google Pixel has Google “managing inventory, building relationships with carriers, sourcing components, making supply chain deals and managing distribution.”

When reviews of the Google Pixel first started appearing online, I was excited to see if the hype behind the Pixel was real. Because competition is often a necessary component and driver of innovation, I was eager to see if the Google Pixel was a device that could potentially force Apple to step up its game.

Most of the Google Pixel reviews I came across where overwhelmingly positive, but I couldn’t help but notice that Google’s smartphone, in many respects, was being afforded a pass that Apple’s iPhone rarely, if ever, receives. Whereas the iPhone is seemingly criticized for minute and arguably petty reasons, some of the Google Pixel’s shortcomings were curiously and conveniently glossed over with gusto.

Touching on this very point, Rene Ritchie has a great piece up on iMore where he explains how the Pixel was graded by tech reviewers on curiously favorable curve. Remember: Google is a serious player in the smartphone business and the Pixel is priced as a premium handset. Consequently, one would imagine that the Pixel would be held up to the same level of scrutiny as the iPhone.

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10-24-2016 Politics
Latest Trump accuser says he hugged, kissed her without permission

Washington (CNN)Another woman is publicly accusing Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual contact, alleging the GOP nominee touched and kissed her a decade ago during a charity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Jessica Drake is at least the 11th woman to accuse Trump of unwanted sexual advances since the surfacing of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump brags about being able to grope and kiss women. Drake, an adult film performer and director, claimed at a news conference in Los Angeles Saturday that Trump asked her for her phone number and invited her to his suite the night they met in 2006. She went and brought along two other women to accompany her because she said she did not feel comfortable attending alone. "He grabbed each of us tightly, in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission," said Drake, who is being represented by Gloria Allred, the women's rights attorney who has represented other women -- including two other Trump accusers -- in high-profile sexual assault cases. Feeling uncomfortable, Drake said she left after about 30 to 45 minutes but later received a phone call from one of Trump's representatives, who invited her to his room alone. Drake declined. According to Drake, Trump himself then got on the phone with her, asking her to come back and to go out to dinner or attend a party with him, but she again declined. He then asked, "What do you want? How much?" Drake said. After she turned down his invite, she said he eventually offered her $10,000 and use of his private jet if she accepted.

At the news conference, Allred showed a photograph of Trump and Drake together. The Trump campaign, which has vehemently denied previous sexual assault allegations against him, pushed back against Drake's account Saturday. "This story is totally false and ridiculous. The picture is one of thousands taken out of respect for people asking to have their picture taken with Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person and would have no interest in ever knowing her. This is just another attempt by the Clinton campaign to defame a candidate who just today is number one in three different polls. Anyone who would pay thugs to incite violence at a rally against American citizens, as was released on video, will stop at nothing. Just another example of the Clinton campaign trying to rig the election," the statement said. Trump earlier Saturday also vowed to sue his accusers after the election. He did not mention Drake's allegations during a campaign rally in Cleveland. Asked about Trump's claim earlier in the day that she was behind other accusers, Clinton told reporters aboard her campaign plane Saturday night "That is just not accurate." Allred addressed Trump's threat to sue.

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10-24-2016 Business
AT&T Reaches Deal to Buy Time Warner for $85.4 Billion

AT&T Inc. has reached an agreement to buy Time Warner Inc. for $85.4 billion in a deal that would transform the phone company into a media giant.

The wireless carrier agreed to pay $107.50 a share, evenly split between cash and stock. The companies said they expect the deal to close by the end of 2017.

AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson would head the new company. The companies said Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes would stay for an interim period following the close of the deal to help with the transition.

The combined business would pair the carrier’s millions of wireless and pay-television subscribers with Time Warner’s deep media lineup, which includes networks such as CNN, TNT, the prized HBO channel and Warner Bros. film and TV studio. It furthers AT&T’s bet that television and video can drive growth into a stalled wireless market.

“Premium content always wins. It has been true on the big screen, the TV screen and now it’s proving true on the mobile screen,” Mr. Stephenson, 56 years old, said in a release.

The companies said they aim to be the first U.S. wireless company to compete nationwide with cable companies by providing an online-video bundle akin to a traditional pay-television package. “It will disrupt the traditional entertainment model and push the boundaries on mobile content availability for the benefit of customers,” the companies said.

For Time Warner, the deal represents a victory for Mr. Bewkes, 64, who took some heat from investors for rebuffing a takeover bid two years ago from 21st Century Fox at $85 a share. (21st Century Fox and Wall Street Journal-owner News Corp share common ownership.)

A major question is whether regulators will be willing to bless another major consolidation in the media industry especially after misgivings from a prior deal between Comcast Corp. and General Electric Co.’s NBCUniversal. At the very least, former regulatory officials say there could be significant conditions placed on the combination.

On a conference call Saturday night, AT&T’s Mr. Stephenson played down any regulatory roadblocks, arguing that AT&T isn’t eliminating a competitor, but rather is buying a supplier, a type of combination that isn’t blocked by regulators. “Any concerns by the regulators we believe would be adequately addressed by conditions,” he said. The companies are reviewing whether any of Time Warner’s licenses will be transferred under the deal, requiring a review by the Federal Communications Commission.

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10-24-2016 Science&Technology
How your DVR was hijacked to help epic cyberattack

SAN FRANCISCO — Technology experts warned for years that the millions of Internet-connected "smart" devices we use every day are weak, easily hijacked and could be turned against us.

The massive siege on Dyn, a New Hampshire-based company that monitors and routes Internet traffic, shows those ominous predictions are now a reality.

An unknown attacker intermittently knocked many popular websites offline for hours Friday, from Amazon to Twitter and Netflix to Etsy. How the breach occurred is a cautionary tale of the how the rush to make humdrum devices “smart” while sometimes leaving out crucial security can have major consequences.

Dyn, a provider of Internet management for multiple companies, was hit with a large-scale distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), in which its servers were flooded with millions of fake requests for information, so many that they could no longer respond to real ones and crashed under the weight.

Who orchestrated the attack is still unknown. But how they did it — by enslaving ordinary household electronic devices such as DVRs, routers and digital closed-circuit cameras —is established.

The attackers created a digital army of co-opted robot networks, a "botnet," that spewed millions of nonsense messages at Dyn's servers. Like a firehose, they could direct it at will, knocking out the servers, turning down the flow and then hitting it full blast once again.

The specific weapon? An easy-to-use botnet-creating software called Mirai that requires little technical expertise. An unknown person released it to the hacker underground earlier this month, and security experts immediately warned it might come into more general use.

Mirai insinuates itself into household devices without the owner's knowledge, using them as platforms to send the sever-clogging messages even as the device continues to do its day job for its true owner.

The software uses malware from phishing emails to first infect a computer or home network, then spreads to everything on it, taking over DVRs, cable set-top boxes, routers and even Internet-connected cameras used by stores and businesses for surveillance.

That breadth of "attack surface," as security experts call it, is one of the things that makes Mirai so difficult to fight, said Kyle York, Dyn’s chief strategy officer.

“The complexity of this attack is because it’s so distributed. It’s coming from tens of millions of source IP addresses that are globally distributed around the world. What they’re doing is moving around the world with each attack," he said.

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10-24-2016 Cars
2017 Acura NSX Roasted by 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo, Audi R8 V10 Plus in Track Test Read more: http://

When it comes to velocity animals such as the 2017 Acura/Honda NSX, we always get greedy, so, despite the fact that we've shown you track and drag race comparos involving the super-hybrid, but this didn't stop us from bringing you yet another circuit battle involving the NSX. This time around, the Japanese halo car dukes it out with the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo (no, this is not the Turbo S) and the 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus.

The three-way battle comes from Auto Express, with Steve Sutcliffe manhandling the trio from one vibrator to another.

Since we're talking about the kind of British track that fast machines lap well under one minute, it's no surprise that the three supercars we have here delivered times that were extremely close to each other.

Even so, as we mentioned in the title, both German beasts manage to leave the NSX behind and you'll get to check out the exact times in the video at the bottom of the page.

More importantly, the three come with entirelly different way of taking one around the track and this is why each second of this clip is worthy of your undivided attention.

While the NSX embodies let's-play-it-safe perfection, the Audi is a more neutral animal, albeit with slight tail-out tendencies. As for the Neunelfer, well, its rear-dancing moves need no introduction.

Then there's the aural part of the comparison and you don't need to be a full-time car afficionado to figure out the Audi, with its 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated V10, easily wins this one. Don't head over to that "play" button just yet

Now, before we end this piece, there's one thing we need to mention - don't let the new NSX's modest comparison results scare you away. If you're the kind who appreciates clinical velocity and have an early tech adopter fetish, this Japanese hybrid is a magnificent supercar for you. Sometimes, you may need to buy your dream car and lay off the internet for a while...

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10-24-2016 Science&Technology
Everything we know about Apple’s exciting next-gen MacBook Pro

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Apple roll out a revamped and next-gen MacBook Pro. In fact, the entirety of Apple’s Mac lineup has been in dire need of a meaningful refresh for an embarrassingly long time.

Thankfully, we won’t have to endure Apple’s stale and stagnant Mac lineup for much longer. Earlier this week, Apple sent out invitations for a special media event set to take place on October 27. Apple, in typical fashion, hasn’t told us what’s on the agenda but it’s no secret that the event will focus primarily on new Macs. It’s also no secret that the star of the show will be a completely retooled MacBook Pro with a number of snazzy new bells and whistles.

If you’ve been in the market for a new Mac, you certainly won’t want to miss next week’s event. And to get you primed for what will hopefully be some compelling new products, we’ve put together a list highlighting everything we know about Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro.

First things first, the killer feature on Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro will reportedly be the addition of an OLED display panel located towards the top of the keyboard. Rather than expanding the existing keyboard, it’s believed that the OLED panel will be located where the function keys typically reside.

This past May, photos purporting to be from Apple’s new MacBook Pro leaked online and, surprise surprise, note the empty space where the function row keys usually are.

As to the inherent advantages of such a design, an OLED display on the keyboard would allow the keys to dynamically change to more appropriately fit whatever app you happen to be using.

As an illustrative example, designer Martin Hajek earlier this year produced a number of tantalizing concept images which showcase how the feature might operate.

The images below, for example, show what the OLED display might look like with Spotify running.

These are just concepts, remember, but the possibilities of an OLED display offering up app-specific shortcuts is certainly compelling. All the more intriguing are reports that users will have the ability to customize app-specific shortcuts to their liking. Late this August, the French site Consomac unearthed code from Apple’s Pages app which strongly hints that the shortcuts on the OLED display — which Apple internally calls the Dynamic Function Row — can be tweaked by users. Imagine, for example, selecting a block of text and with the tap of a button instantly formatting it to your liking without having to go sifting through a maze of menus.

We would imagine that Apple will have more appealing examples to show us come next Thursday.

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10-24-2016 Science&Technology
Five Questions That Could Potentially Sink The Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch seems to have made a relatively positive first impression on fans, though that hasn’t stopped investors from being somewhat disappointed in the reveal, with the company’s stock sliding after the announcement.

But for most observers, the idea that Nintendo is playing to their strengths with away-from-home mobile play for their new console is a good one, and the system does seem poised to course correct from some of the missteps of the Wii and Wii U.

However, despite a fundamentally promising concept, there are a number of potential questions about the system that remain unanswered, and if the rumors are true, may remain unanswered until early 2017, as some reports say that Nintendo won’t be talking about the Switch any more until then.

Here are five questions which, if answered wrong, could potentially sink even the promising Nintendo Switch.

1. What is the Battery Life?

Honestly, if I could just pick one question that is key to the success or failure of the Nintendo Switch, it would be this one. While it’s great that Nintendo has made a mobile-focused console, without the battery life to support it, the entire concept could be rendered useless. I recall some less than fond memories of the SEGA Nomad which would play actual Genesis games but was a failure because of hilariously bad battery usage.

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The Nintendo Switch seems to have made a relatively positive first impression on fans, though that hasn’t stopped investors from being somewhat disappointed in the reveal, with the company’s stock sliding after the announcement.

But for most observers, the idea that Nintendo is playing to their strengths with away-from-home mobile play for their new console is a good one, and the system does seem poised to course correct from some of the missteps of the Wii and Wii U.

However, despite a fundamentally promising concept, there are a number of potential questions about the system that remain unanswered, and if the rumors are true, may remain unanswered until early 2017, as some reports say that Nintendo won’t be talking about the Switch any more until then.

Here are five questions which, if answered wrong, could potentially sink even the promising Nintendo Switch.

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10-24-2016 Entertainment
Alec Baldwin's Trump Calls Out "Rigged" Election in 'SNL's' Tom Hanks-Moderated Debate

Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live in order to act out the third and final debate of the presidential election.

Tom Hanks as moderator Chris Wallace kicked off the debate, which he compared to The Lord of the Rings movies: "You don’t really want to watch. But hey, you’ve come this far."

Welcoming Kate McKinnon back as Hillary Clinton, she teed up the event: "In the first debate I set the table, in the second debate I fired up the grill and tonight, I feast."

Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) had other plans. "Chris, I’m going to start this debate in the quietest voice possible," he said, calling himself a “sweet little baby Trump" this time around.

But when the moderator brought up the topic of “reproductive rights," Trump reacted quickly and yelled: “They are ripping babies out of vaginas!"

On immigration, he repeated his phrase, often quoted since the third debate, saying a lot of people who cross the border “are very bad hombres."

Clinton excitedly brought out her Bingo card, yelling "Bingo! I got Bingo!" with her card of other Trump phrases throughout the election season, including "Miss Piggy" and "if she wasn't my daughter..."

As Clinton called out Trump on his stances on immigration, Putin and ISIS, Trump interrupted with “Wrong. Trademark."

Wallace did try to slip in a question about Clinton's emails, but she expertly dodged the subject. "You’re never going to answer a question about your emails?”

“No, but it was very cute to watch you try."

Trump again promised that “nobody has more respect for women than I do,” which is when the show pulled the camera back to crowds of people laughing, with Wallace having to tell “the entire planet” to settle down.

Boasting about his supporters, Trump ran down his list of "heavy hitters" behind his campaign. “I’ve got Sarah Palin, I’ve got Chachi, and get this, I’ve even got the best Baldwin brother – Stephen Baldwin," earning extra audience laughs for the other Baldwin brother.

“It has become very clear that you’re probably going to lose," Wallace told him (and Trump agreed). "Will you accept the results?"

“I will look at it at the time because frankly this is whole thing is rigged," said Trump. He also argued that the media is trying to make him look bad. When Wallace asked how newscasters are against him, Trump answered: “By taking all of the things I say and all of the things I do and putting them on TV.”

Wallace had him repeat after him, vowing to accept the results of the election, which he did, with one change at the end: “…If I win – gotcha loser, trademark.”

SNL announced during the episode that Doctor Strange's Benedict Cumberbatch will host the Nov. 5 episode with musical guest Solange.

Tom Hanks hosted the Oct. 22 episode with musical guest Lady Gaga. The Oscar-winner returned for his ninth time hosting, and Gaga, who just released her new studio album Joanne, marked her third time as musical guest.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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10-22-2016 Science&Technology
New US-Russian Crew Arrives at International Space Station

The newest space station crew has arrived at last.

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko docked with the International Space Station at 5:52 a.m. EDT (0952 GMT) this morning (Oct. 21) after a smooth two-day trip aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The trio launched into orbit early Wednesday, nearly a month later than their initial Sept. 23 liftoff target due to a technical issue with their spacecraft.

The Soyuz linked up with the space station as as both spacecraft sailed 251 miles (403 kilomters) over southern Russia. Ryzhikov, who piloted the spacecraft, is experiencing spaceflight for the first time; both Kimbrough and Borisenko have been to space once before. [Launch Photos: Soyuz Rocket Lofts Expedition 49 Crew Into Space]

The three crewmembers will be able to open their hatch to the space station by approximately 8:35 a.m. EDT (1235 GMT), when they will be greeted by Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, the space station's current commander; along with NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi. The hatch opening and greetings, along with the new arrivals' first chance to talk with their families back on Earth, will be streamed live here on, courtesy of NASA TV.

The three new crewmembers will remain on the station until February, and their first few days will be busy ones. Beyond adapting to life in microgravity, just two days after their arrival, Orbital ATK's Cygnus supply spacecraft will arrive at the station, bringing more than 5,100 lbs. (2,300 kilograms) of supplies, according to NASA.

The supply spacecraft launched Oct. 17 but took a long route to the station to avoid conflicting with the crew's arrival. After Onishi and Rubins grapple the spacecraft with the station's robotic arm, Canadarm2, and berth it to the station, the astronauts will begin the long unloading process.

"We look forward to all those vehicles arriving [and] taking them on the space station," Kimbrough said at a news conference in July. "It's kind of like Christmas every time one shows up, because there's a bunch of fresh food and new clothes and new equipment for us to work on."

They won't have to share those supplies for long: Less than a week later, on Oct. 29, Rubins, Onishi and Ivanishin will head home on the Soyuz spacecraft they arrived on in July, and Kimbrough will take over as space station commander.

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10-22-2016 Science&Technology
Mysterious 'Planet Nine' May Be Pulling Our Solar System Out Of Whack

Astronomers are more confident than ever that a huge ninth planet remains undiscovered – because it’s probably tilting the Solar System.

Since earlier this year, scientists have believed that a so-far unseen world is out somewhere on the edge of the Solar System. But now, a new study has suggested that ninth planet may be responsible for the tilt that makes the Sun look like it’s off at an angle from the planets.

The real ninth planet was first predicted in a study from Caltech researchers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, who used computer simulations and mathematical modelling to posit its presence. Nicknamed Planet Nine, this object is believed to be about ten times more massive than Earth and orbiting 20 times further out than Neptune, meaning it would take between 10,000 and 20,000 years for it to go round the Sun once.

Planet Nine This artistic rendering shows the distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun. The planet is thought to be gaseous, similar to Uranus and Neptune. Hypothetical lightning lights up the night side. (Credit: Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC))

Caltech grad student Elizabeth Bailey led a follow-up study with Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy, applying the presence of Planet Nine to an age-old conundrum – why is the Solar System tilted?

All the planets orbit in a flat plane with respect to the Sun, within just a couple of degrees of each other. But that plane is tilted at six degrees to the Sun, making it look like our star is off at an angle.

Astronomers have never been able to find a reason for this tilt, but if Planet Nine is out there, it could explain everything.

“Because Planet Nine is so massive and has an orbit tilted compared to the other planets, the solar system has no choice but to slowly twist out of alignment,” said Bailey.

Brown and Batygin originally suspected that Planet Nine existed because of its effect on the orbits of objects in the Kuiper Belt, extending that idea shows how the unseen world could be affecting the inner Solar System as well.

“It continues to amaze us; every time we look carefully we continue to find that Planet Nine explains something about the solar system that had long been a mystery,” said Batygin, an assistant professor of planetary science.

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10-22-2016 Science&Technology
iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel speed tests: Closer, but Android was still crushed in the end

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 may be toast — literally and figuratively — but Android fans have a new pair of flagship phones to lust after this holiday season. Google’s first ever “made by Google” smartphones pack cutting-edge specs into a somewhat unique design, giving shoppers what most early reviewers believe to be a viable alternative to Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

We know the Pixel phones feature the latest and greatest features Android has to offer, and we also know that they pack some serious power on paper. By how do those impressive specs translate in the real world? Is the Pixel a match for the reigning performance champs, Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus?

When it comes to optimizing the mobile experience, Apple has been untouchable for a few years now. The company has never concerned itself with speeds and feeds, but it has still managed to build phones that outperform all of its rivals. By taking control of the hardware and software from start to finish, Apple has put itself in a unique position in an industry filled with companies that use Google’s software to power their smartphone experiences.

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are the closest any Android phone company has come to mirroring Apple in terms of owning and controlling both the hardware and software experiences. Google has repeatedly touted its new “made by Google” smartphones, which it says were designed solely by Google with no outside help from its manufacturing partner, HTC. As a side note, it’s odd that HTC offered no design input and yet the finished product looks just like all of HTC’s recent iPhone knockoffs. But that’s a topic for another time.

So now that we have an iPhone rival with software and hardware designed and optimized by the same company, we should have a phone that is much more competitive with Apple’s iPhone lineup, right? Well, the good news is that Google’s new Pixel phone came closer than any other Android phone to matching the iPhone 7 Plus’s performance in performance tests. The bad news is that while it did come “closer,” it still wasn’t very close in the end.

YouTube channel SuperSaf TV posted a video recently that shows the Pixel and the iPhone 7 Plus facing off in two key performance tests. Why the smaller Pixel and the larger iPhone? Because both phones have 1080p displays, so this is the best way to level the playing field.

Where raw benchmark scores are concerned, the Pixel was obliterated by the iPhone phablet. Google’s new phone rang up a 1565 on Geekbench’s single-core test while the iPhone 7 Plus more than doubled that score at 3488. The Pixel’s 4103 on the multi-core test was a bit more competitive, but the iPhone registered a 5590.

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10-22-2016 Science&Technology
Microsoft Surface gains at Apple iPad's expense

The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant reported that sales of its tablets surged 38 percent in the first quarter compared with the same period a year ago. The company credited strong sales of its Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4 with generating $926 million in revenue during the quarter, up from $672 million a year ago. Microsoft did not reveal total unit sales.

While Apple's share of the tablet market eclipses that held by Microsoft, the increase in Surface sales comes as Apple grapples with how to turn around declining iPad sales. Apple reported in July that revenue from the iPad rose 7.4 percent in the third quarter but unit sales dropped 9 percent to 9.95 million -- the 10th straight down quarter for iPad sales.

Apple will reveal its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings Tuesday. Analysts expect the company to report sales of 9.1 million iPads during the last quarter. The Street expects iPad revenue to rise 1.3 percent this quarter to $4.3 billion.

Overall, Microsoft reported revenue of $22.33 billion, beating a Wall Street estimate of $21.71 billion, according to a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate. Its stock was up 5.5 percent in after-hours trading.

Source: Cnet

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10-21-2016 Science&Technology
Samsung Takes Down GTA V Video Mocking Galaxy Note 7

The launch of Galaxy Note 7 went worse than Samsung expected, to put it mildly. After Samsung was forced to order a second recall of the device and permanently discontinued its production, the South Korean company went into full damage control mode.

The amount of problems its latest flagship caused worldwide received a lot of attention from the general public and the Samsung Galaxy brand as a whole is obviously suffering because of that. While it’s still too early to make any specific predictions regarding long-term consequences of this fiasco, it’s fair to say that viral videos mocking Galaxy Note 7 and Samsung in general obviously aren’t good news for the company. Unfortunately, they’ve been popping up precisely because of this entire ordeal.

Earlier this week, a Facebook video depicting a Halloween costume made out of smoking Galaxy Note 7 boxes went viral as millions of users jumped at the chance to share this unique creation. Not that long ago, another video making fun of the device’s tendency to explode made some waves in the gaming community. The video was posted on YouTube and showed gameplay footage from a modded version of Grand Theft Auto V. The mod in question replaced in-game sticky bombs with rather accurate 3D models of Galaxy Note 7. Not surprisingly, a lot of people thought the idea was rather funny so the video ended up circulating the Internet for about two weeks.

Well, that ended today, as Samsung filed a DMCA request against the original video and YouTube predictably complied with the takedown notice. While the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is primarily used as a basis for taking down videos which use content produced and owned by other parties in other content, it also applies in this case given how the said GTA V mod accurately depicts a real-life version of Galaxy Note 7 whose design is obviously owned by Samsung. Still, the phone maker is now facing an uphill battle as the same video was already posted by dozens of other YouTube users and can also be found on numerous other video services online. While the company can certainly file DMCA requests against each and every one of them, it’s practically impossible to completely remove it from the Internet.

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10-20-2016 Politics
Why Donald Trump is betting on Nevada

Las Vegas (CNN)Donald Trump returns to Nevada Wednesday for the final presidential debate in a state that is critical to his path to the White House -- and one where he has remained tied with Hillary Clinton despite all the turmoil rocking his campaign.

Nevada has been kind to Trump, handing him a resounding victory in this year's caucuses that helped him clinch the Republican nomination, even though he had little in the way of a campaign apparatus and hundreds of volunteers who were entirely new to the presidential process. The Republican Party is trying to match the enthusiasm of Trump's Nevada supporters with resources, conducting volunteer trainings all over the state this year in an effort to turn Trump's eager supporters into phone-banking and door-knocking regulars. Their biggest challenge will be to catch up with the formidable Democratic machine, powered by labor in a state where union power is strong. In the latest CNN/ORC poll this week, 46% of likely voters planned to support Clinton, 44% said they would support Trump and 7% said they would support Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Those numbers showed Trump's resilience in Nevada, given that the CNN/ORC survey was conducted after the release of an "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump boasted about groping women, and as a number of women stepped forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct -- allegations that he has denied.

The numbers also show Clinton's challenge here. During the primaries, many voters in Nevada, including Democrats, expressed reservations about the former secretary of state — questioning her trustworthiness, as well as concerns she was too liberal on Second Amendment issues, which are critical in this state. Nevada is growing in importance as the campaign reaches the final weeks, in part because it's a state that President Barack Obama carried twice and where Trump shows signs of strength.

Clinton's strong advantage Clinton enters this final stretch with a strong advantage in the race to the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the presidency. That means Trump must win all the states that Mitt Romney won in 2012, while also making incursions into blue states that could tip the map in his favor. But his potential paths have narrowed, particularly as Clinton has held on to her advantage in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin and Virginia. Trump has nudged Iowa in his direction despite Obama's two wins there, but the Republican nominee's path to victory relies on him making a clean sweep of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Nevada.

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10-20-2016 Science&Technology
Facebook embraces utility with food ordering and ticketing

Facebook wants you to participate in your community, not just talk about it, with a slew of new features launching today. From Facebook Pages, you’ll now be able to order food through and Slice, request an appointment through MyTime, get a professional services quote, or buy movie and event tickets through Ticketmaster and EventBrite without leaving Facebook.

This is the latest evolution of Facebook’s quest to make the Yellow Pages come alive. Native ticket buying could be especially powerful since 650 million people use Facebook’s Events feature each month but always have to go log in somewhere else to actually purchase their admission. Reducing this friction could make Facebook more popular with Event promoters looking for a high-conversion destination to their ads.

If you want your friends’ suggestions about what to do either in your city or while traveling, you can use the new Recommendations feature that you can turn on in status updates. This will put a big request for recommendations in the News Feed, and add suggestions from friends to a map and Recommendations bookmark for easy browsing. Now it will be a lot easier to solicit and manage answers to “Where should I go in Tokyo?” or “What’s the best burrito in San Francisco?”

Lastly, Facebook is bringing the best of its new standalone Events app back to the Events tab in its main app. You’ll now by default see a feed of Event discovery content including RSVPs from friends, and ways to browse what’s up today, tomorrow, or this weekend. You can switch to a more traditional full calendar of what’s coming up for you. The idea is to reveal what parties, concerts, art exhibitions, meetups, and more could be happening right around you.

All these experiences will start rolling out today in the US. If they perform well, Facebook may extend them to other geographies.

This is about stealing a little bit of the traffic currently flowing to Google, Yelp, Fandango, local news, and mobile food ordering apps. Facebook thinks a convenient browsing experience powered by friends’ suggestions can beat a mobile search experience that requires a bunch of typing and doesn’t understand who you are. Of course, that will require a shift in behavior users may be stubborn to make.

The more Facebook can become a place where you learn about and interact with businesses, the more it can accomplish its goal of connecting you with more than just people, and the more likely that businesses will pay to grow their visibility on the social network.

Source: Tech Crunch

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10-18-2016 Politics
Battle for Mosul: Iraqi forces inflict 'heavy losses' on ISIS

Near Mosul, Iraq (CNN)Iraq's military says it has inflicted "heavy losses of life and equipment" on ISIS in a district southeast of Mosul, as Iraqi-led forces close in on the city in the long-awaited battle to recapture it from the terror group.

Hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of the offensive, Iraq's military said it had inflicted losses and made advances in the Hamdaniya district. Announcing the offensive in a televised statement early Monday morning, al-Abadi said "the victory bell has rung" in the massive mission to retake the key city, Iraq's second largest, and free more than 1 million residents from the "brutality and terrorism of ISIS."

Iraqi forces gather in the area of al-Shourah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists, on October 17, 2016. "God willing, we will meet soon on the ground of Mosul where we all celebrate the liberation and your freedom," he said.

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The battle for Mosul -- the largest city under ISIS control and the terror group's last remaining stronghold in Iraq -- represents "a decisive moment in the campaign" to defeat ISIS, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. As Peshmerga and ISIS forces exchanged fire Monday, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh heard airstrikes from above coming from some of the nearly 90 coalition and Iraqi planes involved in the operation. "I've just seen a loud airstrike go in right in front of us here," CNN's Nick Paton Walsh said. "That kind of explosive power only happens from some kind of a coalition device."

East of Mosul, CNN 's Hamdi Alkhshali witnessed that at least 45 Kurdish armored vehicles had stormed the village of Kermlesh. Fighters exchanged heavy machine gunfire and fired artillery and rockets into the nearby villages -- nine of which have been liberated.

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