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When I started BGR 10 years ago (it's been 10 years!), it was little more than a WordPress template with a custom logo and header, shared hosting, and a dream of revealing all of the mobile and tech industry's secrets. Today, we're introducing a new website that fully reflects where we are as a publication and as a brand. The site is no longer just a blogroll, it's a collection of various types of content, each with their own homepage for easy viewing. Tech, Business and Entertainment — all incredibly big categories for us — in addition to Social and Deals, operate as independent but connected sites. This is important as we move forward and continue to expand our editorial team, hiring vertical-specific writers and editors to increase our focus on those aforementioned verticals, and to build them out. The homepage is now a grid system, allowing us to add in topical widgets around events, or to highlight featured coverage. But don't worry, because it also still offers chronological viewing for anyone who loves to visit the homepage and keep up to date on all the news. Each grid of articles is in chronological order, just like you would expect. So, in the screenshot below, you have the most recent post in the top-left corner and the second-to-last post beneath it. Then the chronological order continues in the center column from top to bottom, and then again in the third column. In between each grid we'll highlight various articles from our channels for easier discovery. Our article pages are clean and we have much less clutter, and images and videos are retina resolution and full-width. Upcoming important articles will get the elevation they deserve with gorgeous custom designs and functionality. We have had a tremendous 10 years, and I'm incredibly proud of our current team for helping to make not only 2016 a record year, but five out of the last six months have been record traffic months. In fact, November was our biggest month ever, with over more than 14.5 million unique visitors — that number is bigger than most of our competition, and it doesn't even include the tens of millions more we reach through deals with our fantastic syndication partners. Continuing on, our mobile site is also brand new, reflecting a new design identity and offering up a fast load time and clutter-free experience. Thank you to everyone for reading our articles, features, reviews, coverage — for reading us, for so long. Our roadmap is incredibly exciting and I can't wait to show you guys what we have in the pipeline in the near future now that our foundation is even stronger. Thanks also to our parent company PMC, which has been the most incredible and supportive partner, and amazing resource for us for many years, and to our Executive Editor Zach Epstein who has been with us since practically the beginning. Special thanks to Daniel Bachhuber at Hand Built for doing such a great job with the relaunch integration, and thanks to Kubilay Sapayer , with whom I spent countless hours working with to refine and hone in on my design vision. Feel free to send feedback to me directly at [email protected] , as many of you already have.

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There’s something about the Microsoft Surface Book that has always caught my attention whenever I see one in public. The Surface Book that I’ve been using is the Performance Base model that is equipped with Intel’s sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA’s GTX965M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, 1TB SSD, and 16GB of RAM. It took the place of my usual workhorse: a 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro with dedicated graphics.

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Nilay, Dieter, Lauren, and Ashley are back! This week on Vergecast, we talk about Fitbit buying Pebble, the status of the gadget universe, and Microsoft bringing Windows desktop apps to mobile ARM processors. Lots of tech, lots of jokes, here we go.01:34 - Fitbit / Pebble / wearables18:23 - Gadgets aren’t dead33:10 - Windows / ARM53:23 - Lightning round (Westworld spoilers 53:23–55:10)If you enjoyed this podcast and love it unconditionally, The Verge has more you can listen to! There’s Ctrl-Walt-Delete with Walt Mossberg and Nilay Patel, which dives deep into tech. ...

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President Obama has directed US intelligence agencies to produce a report on attempts to influence the 2016 election through hacking, according to an Obama homeland security adviser. Adviser Lisa Monaco told reporters that the country may have “crossed into a new threshold” of hacking threats, and said “it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that,” according to Politico, who attended the announcement. Monaco reportedly said the review is expected to be complete before Obama leaves office in January.

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The trailer for the third film in the modern Planet of the Apes reboot, War for the Planet of the Apes, was released earlier this morning, and based on this admittedly early impression, the story will build on the rapidly escalating conflict between the apes and humans from the first two films. In a conversation with /Film director Matt Reeves and producer Dylan Clark commented that they view the fact that the Apes franchise has a set finish line to reach as a positive, and that the pair is already thinking about ideas for where the story could go next on the journey from Ceasar's apes now to those we see in the original Planet of the Apes.

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A $30 million commitment to STEAM efforts includes a new Cartoon Network advisory board to shape the network's offerings and encourage more children to aspire to careers in computer science.

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(Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday that a software update for Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be released mid-December in the United States preventing them from charging and functioning as mobile phones, rendering them useless. The smartphone maker said that more than 93 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices had been returned as a part of its exchange program in the United States. http://bit.ly/2glcQtG The U.S. ...

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Nintendo’s Super Mario Run app isn’t even out yet, and it’s already expected to become a giant money-maker for the company. A forecast for the first Mario game for iPhone says Super Mario Run will significantly outperform Pokemon Go in one key area. According to Sensor Tower , Super Mario Run will see a lot more downloads than Pokemon Go did during its first month of availability. Super Mario Run should be downloaded more than 50 million times worldwide — the game launches in 150 markets — which is 56% more than Pokemon Go’s 32 million downloads over the same period. But Pokemon Go’s estimated take of $143 million in gross revenue for the first month is a tough target for Super Mario Run. The game is expected to generate $71 million in sales during the period, or less than half of what Pokemon Go brought in. Even Clash Royale made more money during its first month — $107 million — according to Sensor Tower . Super Mario Run will be available for free on December 15th, just like Pokemon Go, but that’s where the monetization similarities end. You can play the full Pokemon Go game without sending any money, but that’s not going to be the case with Super Mario Run. You’ll have to pay a one-time fee of $9.99 to Nintendo to access the full game. One thing to remember is that Pokemon Go was not available in as many markets during the first month, which means the numbers could have been a lot higher for Niantic’s hit in terms of both downloads and revenue. At the same time, Android performance isn’t counted in this comparison. Pokemon Go launched on Android and iOS this summer, while Super Mario Run won't Android until some point in 2017. Why? Because Nintendo is afraid Android users will steal it rather than buy it .

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More than half of LaGuardia airport in NYC could be “premanently flooded” with a three-foot sea level rise. If you think catching a flight in the New York City area is a nightmare today — out-of-this-world traffic jams, never ending tarmac delays, impossibly long security lines — just wait another 30 years. A new report published this week by the Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization, shows how the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut metropolitan areas are going to be affected by rising sea levels.

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The eighth installment in the popular franchise The Fast and the Furious is officially called The Fate of the Furious. The Fate of the Furious, directed by Straight Outta Compton helmer F. Gary Gary, will hit theaters on April 14th. There will be a lot of furious characters portrayed by franchise alums Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, and Kurt Russell, as well as franchise newbies Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, and Scott Eastwood.

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Verizon will not be releasing a just-announced Galaxy Note 7 software update designed to stop the recalled smartphone from charging. “Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note 7 users that do not have another device to switch to,” the company’s statement reads. Verizon seems to think it’s already done an effective job communicating the recall to consumers alongside Samsung, but the carrier believes this update is a step too far — even for a phone that’s a very real fire hazard.

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Moments after announcing an upcoming software update that will brick remaining Note 7s in the United States by permanently stopping them from charging, Samsung revealed it’s taking a slightly different strategy for customers in Europe. Samsung previously limited the Note 7’s battery to 60 percent, a move that it claims “helped to drive a high rate of return.” To date, Samsung says over 90 percent of Note 7s have been returned as part of the recall program. Samsung declined to comment on whether it eventually plans to hit the software update kill switch in Europe with something similar to what US Note 7s will receive beginning in 10 days.

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President Obama has ordered a review of cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 presidential election, to be delivered before he leaves office, according to  Reuters . The news was confirmed by homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco at an event on Friday morning. "The president has directed the intelligence community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process ... and to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders, to include the Congress," Monaco reportedly said. Calls to review the effects of cyber attacks and Russian influence have been coming since before the election, in the wake of widespread hacks on the Democratic National Committee. In the wake of the election itself, a group of computer scientists reportedly urged the Clinton campaign to challenge results in several key states, citing "irregularities" with some voting machines. From the phrasing of the confirmation from Monaco, it appears that the Obama campaign's review is less about changing the results of the election, and more about understanding what happened and working on systems to prevent it in the future. Monaco said that cyber attacks were not new, citing Chinese hacking into campaign systems during the 2008 election. But this time around, she said that the attacks had crossed a "new threshold."

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CBT Nuggets, an IT training organization based in Eugene, Oregon, analyzed email addresses and passwords exposed in various data breaches over the last few years. First and foremost, CBT Nuggets compiled a list of the most common words used in passwords. “Love” topped the list by a wide margin (479 appearances among the 50,000), followed by “star,” “girl” and “angel.” “Mike” and “John” also made appearances — not terribly surprising, as Mike and John are some of the most common names in the English-speaking world.

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(Reuters) - Japanese electronic parts maker TDK Corp is in talks to acquire InvenSense Inc, a U.S. chip maker that produces motion sensors for Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. TDK has offered $12 per share to acquire InvenSense, one of the people said, cautioning that negotiations are ongoing and that the terms of a deal, should one occur, could still change. TDK and InvenSense did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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YouTube’s most popular creator, Swedish sensation PewDiePie, followed through on his promise and deleted his channel after reaching 50 million subscribers. Not his main channel of course, that’s how he makes a living, but a second channel he started back in October. Gotcha! PewDiePie took some time to roast the media for covering his prank. We probably should have known better. Claims about quitting, leaving, or deleting yourself from YouTube are usually not what they seem. Oh well. There’s always 100 million.

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Taylor Swift fans have a big reason to be excited today, as long as they’re not also Spotify users. The artist came out with a brand new song, her first in more than two years. That's the good news. The bad news is that for the time being, there are only a few places you can download it. Titled I Don’t Wanna Live Forever , the song is included on the soundtrack from  Fifty Shades Darker , which will hit theaters on Valentine Day next year. The movie might not be a must-see flick for many BGR readers, and neither was the first episode in the saga. But Fifty Shades of Grey did have an amazing soundtrack, and it's still worth listening to if you haven't already checked it out. https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/807079149810700288 Swift’s new song is a collaboration with Zayn Malik, and you can listen to it on a variety of music streaming platforms, including Apple Music and Tidal. You can also download it from iTunes and Google Play if you want. Swift put up a 30-second preview of I Don’t Wanna Live Forever on Twitter early on Friday, which was quickly retweeted and favorited tens of thousands of times. It’s still unclear when Swift will release a new album, but rumors say that her next one will have R&B and hip-hop elements. Her last album, 1989, was released more than two years ago, so fans are probably anxiously waiting for new material. As The Verge points out, Swift has worked with other artists since then, including Calvin Harris and Rihanna on This Is What You Came For and Little Big Town’s Better Man .

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Taylor Swift fans have a big reason to be excited today, as long as they’re not also Spotify users. The artist came out with a brand new song, her first in more than two years. That's the good news. The bad news is that for the time being, there are only a few places you can download it. Titled I Don’t Wanna Live Forever , the song is included on the soundtrack from  Fifty Shades Darker , which will hit theaters on Valentine Day next year. The movie might not be a must-see flick for many BGR readers, and neither was the first episode in the saga. But Fifty Shades of Grey did have an amazing soundtrack, and it's still worth listening to if you haven't already checked it out. https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/807079149810700288 Swift’s new song is a collaboration with Zayn Malik, and you can listen to it on a variety of music streaming platforms, including Apple Music and Tidal. You can also download it from iTunes and Google Play if you want. Swift put up a 30-second preview of I Don’t Wanna Live Forever on Twitter early on Friday, which was quickly retweeted and favorited tens of thousands of times. It’s still unclear when Swift will release a new album, but rumors say that her next one will have R&B and hip-hop elements. Her last album, 1989, was released more than two years ago, so fans are probably anxiously waiting for new material. As The Verge points out, Swift has worked with other artists since then, including Calvin Harris and Rihanna on This Is What You Came For and Little Big Town’s Better Man .

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More than 2.7 million current and former AT&T customers across the country could soon get a check in the mail or refunds on their accounts for bogus fees they were charged without their knowledge. For years, AT&T added third-party charges to customer bills for things like ring tones and horoscopes, costing subscribers as much as $9.99 per month, according to the Federal Trade Commission. AT&T has agreed to refund its customers a total of $88 million, with customers getting an average refund of $31.

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Snapchat has managed to build something lasting out of photos that vanished almost instantly. The fast-growing social network for millennials has come a long way since its founder Evan Spiegel dropped ...

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The Galaxy Note 7 saga will finally soon come to an end. Shortly after Samsung released the hotly anticipated phone, sporadic reports began to pop up that some units were spontaneously combusting while charging. Many people quickly dismissed the complaints, but Samsung had no choice but to investigate the matter when the frequency of flaming phones increased. An unprecedented recall was then announced, as Samsung asked all Note 7 owners to return their potentially defective phones for newer "safe" models — Samsung thought it had identified the problem, stating that some batteries from one supplier had a manufacturing defect. When "safe" Galaxy Note 7 units that were issued as replacements began exploding in users' hands, Samsung was left with no choice but to cancel the phone completely and recall every single Note 7 smartphone that had been shipped or sold. Now, the final chapter of the Note 7 story will see Samsung remotely disable any remaining phones in the US that have not yet been returned. "Consumer safety remains our highest priority and we’ve had overwhelming participation in the U.S. Note7 Refund and Exchange Program so far, with more than 93 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note7 devices returned," Samsung said in a statement on Friday morning. The statement continued, "To further increase participation, a software update will be released starting on December 19th and will be distributed within 30 days. This software update will prevent U.S. Galaxy Note7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices. Together with our carrier partners, we will be notifying consumers through multiple touchpoints to encourage any remaining Galaxy Note7 owners to participate in the program and to take advantage of the financial incentives available. "Anyone who has not yet returned their device should immediately power it down and contact their carrier to obtain a refund or exchange, or visit our website at Samsung.com/us/note7recall for more information." If you have not yet returned your Galaxy Note 7 handset, for an exchange or a refund, you're needlessly putting yourself and those around you at risk. Wisely, Samsung is now taking steps to prevent any further injuries or damage to property. Follow the links above to learn how to return your Note 7 for a full refund or an exchange.

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Companies can now test self-driving cars on Michigan public roads without a driver or steering wheel under new laws that could push the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle development. The package ...

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When the game was over, I took off the headset I was wearing and endured a brief moment of panic — because Bridget was gone. Bridget is a virtual robot, and only existed on the iPhone that was powering Occipital's new “mixed reality” headset. During the 5-minute demo, Bridget interacted so well with that digital re-creation of the room I was standing in that my brain was briefly fooled into thinking that this pixelated robot was, on some level, real.

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Samsung will render remaining Galaxy Note 7s in the United States useless and inoperable with its next and final update for the recalled smartphone. This final shutdown of the phone appears to be Samsung's last effort to get all Note 7s back in its possession. Samsung says that 93 percent of US-sold Note 7 units have now been returned, which puts about 133,000 phones unaccounted for.

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Reboots of classic movies don't have the best track record (see: Alice in Wonderland , Godzilla , The Karate Kid ), but the Planet of the Apes reboot series from 20th Century Fox has been a pleasant surprise. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was both a critical and a commercial success, giving Fox the confidence to invest in a sequel, which ended up grossing over $700 million at the box office. Now, two years after the launch of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes , director Matt Reeves has returned with the third chapter of the story, titled War of the Planet of the Apes . The sequel isn't scheduled to arrive until next summer, but on Friday, Fox shared the first trailer for the climactic third act: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEP1Mk6Un98 Here's the synopsis for the upcoming movie: "In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet." It might sound like a conclusion of sorts, but Reeves has said in interviews that he "absolutely" has ideas about where the story will go in future installments. War of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters on July 14th, 2017.

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