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John P. Johnson / HBOSunday night, HBO will broadcast the 90-minute season finale of Westworld. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that the show has had an eventful couple of weeks, with recent revelations confirming major fan theories while still leaving a bunch of questions unanswered… for the time being.All of which probably makes this the best time to rewatch the entire season for a quick refresh on all the byzantine plot machinations and character turns — but let’s be honest. You’re busy. ...

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Naughty DogSony closed its annual PlayStation Experience event by announcing The Last of Us Part Two. The anticipated sequel is the second big announcement from developer Naughty Dog today, following the reveal of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.The Last of Us Part Two takes place after the events of the original game. In the trailer, an adult Ellie sings a brooding tune with the help of an acoustic guitar. Joel, her complicated father figure enters the room, and ask if the young woman plans to go through with an ambiguous plan. “I’m going to find and kill every last one of them,” she replies. ...

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During today’s Playstation Experience event, Sony and Capcom unveiled the latest iteration of the Marvel vs. Capcom series, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, which is slated to be released sometime in 2017. The announcement trailer shows that the company is drawing heavily upon the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Iron Man and Captain Marvel duking it out Ryu and Mega Man. Shawn Layden, chairman of SIE Worldwide Studio, announced that gameplay footage will debut later tonight at the Capcom Cup. Along with the announcement, Layden announced that Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is available today on PS4.

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Naughty Dog Uncharted 2’s Chloe Frazier will be the heroine of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, a standalone adventure coming in 2017. The game will pair Chloe with Nadine Ross from this year’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.The game was announced in the cold open for the annual PlayStation Experience event.In the eight-minute long demo, a woman sneaks through a town wearing a red hijab to conceal her identity. After pulverizing a band of bad dudes, she removes the cloth to reveal the infamous Australian treasure hunter.

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Airbnb has decided to drop a lawsuit that it had brought against New York City over a bill designed to outlaw advertising short-term rentals, according to The New York Times. Assembly Bill AB 8704-4 prohibited advertising in "a class A multiple dwelling for other than permanent residence purposes." The bill would allow authorities to issue up to $7,500 in fines for residences listed on Airbnb and similar sites, and housing advocates argued that the website was making it difficult to find affordable housing. Airbnb argued that the law was unconstitutional, and that it would "impose real harm on our community." New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law earlier this fall, even after the company attempted to change some of its policies.

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Two years ago, Sony decided that E3 wasn't enough. Rather than wait a year to showcase its games to the world, the company behind the PlayStation decided to host its own event in Las Vegas — an event that anyone could attend — and thus the annual PlayStation Experience was born. Two years later, the third PSX, which will run from December 3rd-4th, is about to begin. Although we know the schedule of the two-day event and the panels that will be held, we still don't know what surprises the keynote has in store. DON'T MISS: One last chance to buy a NES Classic Edition Before we get to that schedule though, PSX 2016 will kick off with a keynote, which you can stream live right here starting at 10AM PT / 1PM ET: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJgzJZiys-c Once the keynote ends, there will be a few panels to round out the afternoon, although the only one to have officially been announced is the Kojima Productions panel at 4PM ET, where Hideo Kojima and "special guests" will discuss Death Stranding , which stole the show at The Game Awards 2016 earlier this week . Then on Sunday, Guerrilla Games will give us a closer look at Horizon Zero Dawn at 1PM ET, the Kinda Funny guys will host a live episode of their PlayStation podcast at 3PM ET and at 5PM ET, PlayStation and Naughty Dog discuss making games for all gamers in the Accessibility: Making Games for All Gamers panel. Sony will also host the Capcom Cup, an invitational tournament for the Call of Duty World League and will give attendees the opportunity to play over 100 games, many of which won't be out until later this year or in 2017.

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By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles. A five-page letter from Steve Kenner, Apple's director of product integrity, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the company's most comprehensive statement yet about its interest in self-driving vehicle technology. "Executed properly under NHTSA's guidance, automated vehicles have the potential to greatly enhance the human experience — to prevent millions of car crashes and thousands of fatalities each year and to give mobility to those without." Apple urged regulators not to impose too many restrictions on testing of self-driving cars, saying "established manufacturers and new entrants should be treated equally." Since software would decide what actions to take in potentially dangerous situations, Apple said certain areas need special attention.

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Apple, which has been infuriatingly secretive about it’s efforts to build a self-driving car, has sent its strongest hint yet about its so-called Project Titan. The letter is Apple’s official comment on the federal government’s automated vehicle guidelines, released last September, which has already drawn feedback from many companies working on autonomous cars like Google and Ford.

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February 2016 might seem like a long-ago date, before the dark times really began. But if you cast your mind back that far, you'll remember that the news was dominated with a fight between the FBI and Apple over iPhone encryption. It pitted vast teams of lawyers, politicians and bloggers against each other in an impassionated argument (which all eventually fizzled out). So rather than going down the same path, the UK's Metropolitan Police worked out that they could just mug unsuspecting criminals and search their iPhones before they ever had a chance to lock them. DON'T MISS:  Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe As the  BBC  explains, the hit was organized as part of a Met investigation into a crime ring that was using fake credit cards to buy luxury goods and resell them for cash. The cops apparently believed that key evidence was on the suspect's phone, but he kept it locked at all times when it wasn't in use. As the FBI proved at length, it's difficult to get data off a locked, encrypted phone, especially a newer-model iPhone. So the UK cops decided to follow the suspect, wait until he was on a phone call in the street, and then jumped him and grabbed the device. One poor officer was given the task of swiping through screens on the open device to prevent it from turning off or locking. The technique of hitting criminals so fast that they can't destroy evidence is nothing new. This case concerned a credit card fraud ring, but the original credit card kingpin, Max Butler, was taken down in a very similar way. In Butler's case, a police raid on his home involved a team of computer science experts who were there to extract data from Butler's computers before he could hit a kill switch to encrypt everything.

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In Westworld, the timing of what we're seeing is one of the series' biggest mysteries. Some of these twists and turns are more effective than others — Westworld's stubborn refusal to provide even a glimmer of clarity is a particularly odd choice — but they're all attempting to create this remarkable feeling of moments in life having multiple meanings, some we can't see at first, some we can't immediately understand, but all adding up to something greater later on. Mythbusters may be over, but its spirt — and build team — live on over at Netflix.

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The cows were genetically engineered by biotech company SAB Biotherapeutics to produce human antibodies, proteins that fight pathogens. Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration approved a genetically modified chicken that makes a drug in its eggs to treat "lysosomal acid lipase deficiency" — a rare genetic condition that prevents the body from breaking down fatty molecules inside cells.

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It’s December already which means we’re two weeks away from the premiere of the film every Star Wars fan out there will want to watch. Rogue One launches on December 16th, and tickets are already on sale online. But until then, we’ve plenty of other trailers to check out, including Tom Cruise’s The Mummy . DON’T MISS: A 75-year-old’s excellent Tweet may be the only good thing in 2016 Beauty and the Beast We already saw the first Beauty and the Beast trailer , so it’s time to check out a slight variation of it, the international clip for Disney’s hot new film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH1w7WutGOM Eloise What would you do to get your hands on a death certificate that would give you access to a great inheritance? Would you visit a creepy mental institution? That’s what Eloise is about, and yes, it’s a horror flick hitting cinemas in December. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upy2iK0KGl0 Rogue One Ok, so I’m slightly cheating here. We’ve got new footage from Rogue One , but it’s not a trailer. Even so, it’s worth watching, as Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso kicks some Stormtrooper ass in great style . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htqVHdIB2qs Sleight The Now You See Me movies made magic great again. Sleight is a new magic movie coming out next April, and it’s about a young street magician who has to take care of his sister after their mom passes away. The kicker? He will combine magic with drug dealing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqNscX2nSDw The Belko Experiment The Belko Experiment seems simple enough: The employees of Belko have to kill three people inside a company that’s on lock down. Otherwise, whoever is calling the shots will kill six of them. And that’s just phase 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP2Ow2CX6OQ The Mummy Yes, there are too many movies about mummies. But there wasn’t one starring Tom Cruise, so he had to fix it. The Mummy premieres on June 9th, so there’s plenty of time to see more footage. Aside from Cruise, we have Sofia Boutella playing the Mummy, and Russell Crowe, playing a Dr. Henry Jekyll. Yes, that Dr. Jekyll. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAWo9_V2qOg The Shack Opening on March 3, The Shack is a movie about a man (Sam Worthington) who’s dealing with the loss of his daughter when all of a sudden God (Octavia Spencer) calls him up for a meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL0yUbSS5Eg

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Buying virtual reality games is risky. It’s not full VR support — which would probably make you sick anyway — but it’s a sign that the developers are interested in experimenting with the medium, and often a high-profile exclusive for PlayStation VR. Next week, though, you’ll get a chance to see what happens when Star Wars gets it right.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential commission on Friday made 16 urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, including creating a nutritional-type label to help consumers shop wisely and appointing a new international ambassador on the subject — weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

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The popular AirDroid file-management app could open your Android device to attack, a security firm says. Until the flaw gets fixed — hopefully, within the next two weeks — you should stop using the app.

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By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Airbnb Inc and New York City said on Friday they had resolved a lawsuit brought by the company challenging a law it argued could expose it to significant penalties for advertising short-term apartment rentals. Airbnb had contended that the law's ambiguous wording could allow New York authorities to apply it to online platforms like itself that host third-party listings, creating the risk of significant civil penalties and criminal liability. Under the terms of the settlement, New York City agreed that the law would not be enforced against the company and was instead aimed at individual violators, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

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Even though Apple has long been one of the most successful, profitable and closely-observed tech companies on the planet, it's absolutely dumbfounding how often armchair pundits and analysts manage to get everything wrong about the company. In a dynamic that still defies explanation, Apple's success is rarely applauded; on the contrary, its success is often used to justify the position that the company has peaked and is about to undergo an unforgiving fall from grace. DON'T MISS:  Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe That notwithstanding, the sentiment that Apple has lost its ability to innovate, meaningfully increase revenue and otherwise succeed has seemingly grown by leaps and bounds over the past few months. From critics bemoaning the MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar as nothing more than a gimmick to analysts criticizing the iPhone 7 for sporting the same form factor as the two previous iPhone models, the idea that "Apple is doomed" is not only persistent, but is arguably more prevalent than it's been in years. Sure, Apple has the iPhone 8 coming out next year, and sure, analysts believe that the device will shatter all existing iPhone sales records, but that's apparently as high as Apple will be able to go, according to some. In fact, analysts at Oppenheimer believe that Apple will soon "embark on a decade-long malaise." In a research note obtained by Business Insider , Opppenheimer writes: "Apple lacks the courage to lead the next generation of innovation (AI, cloud-based services, messaging); instead will become more reliant than ever on the iPhone ... We believe Apple is about to embark on a decade-long malaise. The risks to the company have never been greater." Nothing in the tech sphere is ever predictable, but I think we can all agree that predicting where a company will be in 10 years is utterly absurd. Consider this: the iPhone didn't even exist 10 years ago. Even in a more compressed time frame, look at how quickly Netflix managed to turn into an entertainment juggernaut and how quickly Microsoft managed to turn things around with Satya Nadella at the helm. The idea that Apple lacks the "courage" to be at the vanguard of the next generation of innovation is certainly interesting, and not wholly without merit, but it completely ignores the fact that no one at this point knows what the next great area of innovation will be. Will it in fact be AI? Or will it be augmented reality? Or, perhaps, virtual reality? Or maybe it will be something completely different, something that's not on anyone's radar at the moment. Microsoft famously missed the wave of smartphone innovation that Apple ushered in when it released the iPhone. Apple, however, has yet to miss a wave of innovation. Consequently, the idea that Apple is about to fall into a "decade-long malaise" seems a bit off the mark. Apple certainly faces a number of challenges, but it's always struck me as peculiar that Apple is never afforded the benefit of the doubt when it has a long track record of delivering innovative products to the marketplace. Oppenheimer's note concludes: "We believe its strong profitability, a cash hoard for protection, and one last 'growth' hurrah from the tenth-anniversary phone will keep investors interested in the company." Funny thing is, analysts have been predicting Apple's 'last growth hurrah' for years on end.

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The periodic table just got some new members, as the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has officially accepted new names for four elements. Element numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118 will no longer be known by their placeholder names, and instead have all-new monikers decided upon by their discoverers. The discoveries were first recognized about a year ago, and the proposed names for them were decided upon this past June. Now, chemistry's highest group has decided they are valid and will move forward with the all-new labels. DON'T MISS:  How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone Nihonium (Nh), is element 113, and is named for the Japanese word for Japan, which is Nihon. Moscovium (Mc), element 115, is named for Moscow. Tennessine (Tn), element 117, is named for Tennessee. Oganesson (Og), element 118, is named after Yuri Oganessian, honoring the 83-year-old physicist whose team is credited with being the top element hunters in the field. The official names will take the spot of placeholder titles that were given to the elemental numbers prior to their formal discovery. Those names — ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctium — occupied the seventh row of the periodic table, and will now be discarded. “The names of the new elements reflect the realities of our present time,” IUPAC President Prof Natalia Tarasova says via press release. “Universality of science, honoring places from three continents, where the elements have been discovered — Japan, Russia, the United States — and the pivotal role of human capital in the development of science, honoring an outstanding scientist — Professor Yuri Oganessian”. With row seven now completed, chemists look to the road ahead, and hope to discover entirely new elements, keeping science on its toes and periodic table poster printers in business.

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With the number of iOS devices out there in the wild, you can bet that if even the most obscure, ridiculous vulnerability exists in the software, someone is going to discover it sooner or later. A new bug in iOS 10.1 and 10.1.1, posted on Vulnerability Lab , seemingly allows users to bypass the iCloud activation lock on lost or stolen devices. MUST SEE:  Facebook bans — then unbans — the B.S. Detector plugin that flags fake news stories The vulnerability, which is being credited to Benjamin Kunz Mejri , works by bogging down the operating system while it's in an activation lock state, via a flood of characters in the Wi-Fi connection input fields. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yygvBJBFy4s When a device has been remotely locked by a user, the device requires an iCloud sign-in in order to unlock it. In order to actually complete the log in, the device has to connect to the internet, and one of the options for doing so is to sign in to a locked Wi-Fi network. By initiating the Wi-Fi sign-in process, the user is given two text input fields with unlimited character limits. Kunz Mejri discovered that by spamming characters into both fields, copying and pasting huge chunks of text over and over again, the entire system crawls to a halt. Then, if the device is put to sleep by a Smart Cover, when the cover is opened again the activation lock is gone and the user can navigate the home screen. As TechCrunch reports, the initial version of this exploit was discovered by Hemanth Joseph of Slash Secure , and it affected iOS 10.1. The rollout of iOS 10.1 seemingly fixed the crash, but Kunz Mejri figured out that he could still initiate the activation lock crash by using Night Shift mode while also turning the device back and forth on its side and prompting the perspective to switch.  Eventually it seems the operating system just gives up on life and lets the attacker in. It seems like a simple character limit safety net would solve the issue entirely, though we'll clearly have to wait until Apple fully plugs the hole before calling the all clear.

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Screenshot/BBC Planet Earth IIThe golden mole, the real-life version of a tribble, is not actually a mole. Nor is it always golden. It is, however, the star of a new teaser for the upcoming nature documentary, Planet Earth II. It’s not actually a moleThis bug-eating mammal, no larger than a ping-pong ball, burrows through the dry, soft soils of Sub-Saharan Africa. David Attenborough narrates while the tiny mammal tunnels through sand dunes and snuffles after termites. (“Termites: not easy to catch when you’re blind,” Attenborough observes. ...

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Artificial intelligence may be making small and steady advances in general-purpose situations like digital assistants. For instance, an upcoming feature for Office apps like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint will automatically suggest image and slide deck captions, called alt-text, using AI algorithms. Microsoft is accomplishing this feat with its Computer Vision Cognitive Service, which uses neural networks trained with deep learning techniques to better understand and describe the contents of images.

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At this point, anyone who was planning on buying their kids (and, let's be real, themselves) a NES Classic Edition as a Christmas present has probably resigned themselves to paying a strange man off Craigslist four times the asking price. The Classic is out of stock everywhere, and even though Target is drip-feeding consoles into stores, you have to get crazy lucky to actually buy one. An unlikely hero is coming to the rescue, however: Urban Outfitters, the neo-hipster skinny jeans vendor, has announced it's going to be selling the NES Classic Edition online. Page-refreshing fingers at the ready, everyone. DON'T MISS:  You should stop using that fake Apple charger The NES Classic Edition will only be sold online, with stock becoming available sometime on Monday, December 6th. There's no details on precise timing, but we've reached out to Urban Outfitters about this crucially important matter and will waste no time in updating if we find out more. As this is the first time the store has sold the NES Classic, there's no link that you can prepare to constantly F5-spam. Instead, I'd recommend using something like this  to ping the webpage and check if something changes. Obviously, you'll want to be online at midnight to see if the stock goes live. In case you're thinking that this level of obsession is borderline insane for a retro games console, you probably aren't aware of how popular these things are. We've seen numerous stories of customers camping outside Target at 3AM to get consoles, orders coming from international Amazon stores, and consoles selling for $4,000 on eBay. Currently, Walmart and Target are both out of stock, although more is trickling in little by little. Target has been prioritizing delivery to random physical Target stores, while Walmart has been drip-feeding inventory online.

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Satellite radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc's Chairman Greg Maffei recently made a fresh approach to internet radio provider Pandora Media Inc and expressed interest about a potential takeover, according to a source familiar with the matter. Sirius XM did not offer a specific price and Pandora has yet to respond to the overture, the source added. Representatives and Sirius XM declined to comment.

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Donald Trump, a man who has tweeted more than 34,000 times, loves making time for Twitter — despite any other obligations he now has as the president-elect. As Mashable reported earlier today, it looks like Trump is blocking people without explanation, leaving them confused, amused, and dismayed. A blogger and freelance writer named Heather Spohr found the whole situation a little more disturbing.

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Blu, the Florida-based maker of budget Android phones, says it’s swapping out the Chinese update software that stole user data for Google-approved software, according to a report in PCMag. The issue, first unveiled last month by security firm Kryptowire, was a firmware-updating application that monitored user communications and even sent back text messages to a keyword-searchable archive on a Chinese server. Shanghai Adups Technology Co., the Chinese app maker in question, claims its data collection tool was not designed for US phones, and that the data has since been deleted.

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