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YouTube’s most popular channel, PewDiePie, hit a new milestone today, crossing 50 million subscribers. Promising to delete your channel, like announcing that you’ve decided to quit YouTube, or cancel your vlog, is not something most creators follow through on, at least not for good. PewDiePie is currently working on the second season of Scare PewDiePie, a produced web series that is available only to YouTube Red subscribers.

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The White House said on Thursday that it raised concerns about China's new cyber security law during a meeting with a Chinese official after the latest round of talks between the two countries on cyber crime. U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with Chinese State Councilor Guo Shengkun to discuss the importance "of fully adhering" to an anti-hacking accord signed last year between the China and the United States, National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said. The deal, brokered during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington in 2015, included a pledge that neither country would knowingly carry out hacking for commercial advantages.

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When NASA isn't sending spacecraft into the great unknown or snapping jaw-dropping photos of Saturn, apparently the agency spends its free time making GIFs. At least that's what we have to imagine, now that NASA has debuted its very own Giphy page complete with over 450 highly entertaining GIFs. https://twitter.com/NASA/status/806879513728733184?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet The images the agency has chosen to upload showcase everything from equipment testing and rocket launches to facepalms and, well, whatever the hell this thing is: What makes the collection particularly interesting is that, because of how Giphy's individual GIF pages work, there's really no description of exactly what we're seeing in any given image. Sure, there are tags, so you might be able to decipher the identity of a planet, but many of them are still pretty mysterious. For example, what exactly is this, and why am I looking at it? And this sorcery? Is this some kind of strange Ebola mutation? Thankfully, most of the GIFs come with a source link that you can trace back and hopefully get a better idea of exactly what it is you're watching, and why it's so dang mesmerizing. For example, apparently that giant yellow mess you see above is the sun, so if that's what you guessed, go ahead and give yourself a hearty pat on the back. The huge collection is notable not just for its entertainment value, but as a matter of archival record. The animated images serve as a living timeline of the agency's extraterrestrial adventures, and hopefully it will be continually updated in the future.

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John Glenn, who made history twice as the first American to orbit the Earth and the first senior citizen to venture into space, has died at the age of 95, the Ohio college bearing his name said Thursday. "We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth.

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Spotify is no longer considering to buy SoundCloud, according to reports from the Financial Times and TechCrunch. Today's news comes after earlier reports in September that Spotify was in advanced talks to acquire SoundCloud in an effort to both boost its streaming catalog and eliminate a competitor from the streaming landscape. A source for the Financial Times claims that the deal was abandoned as Spotify prepares for an IPO sometime next year, something that the streaming company did not want encumbered by the costs and licensing issues of an acquisition. ...

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You won't believe how much you're going to grow to love this tiny little magic box. Plug in the TP-Link N300 Wireless Wi-Fi Mini Router with Range Extender/Access Point/Client/Bridge Modes in your home and it quickly becomes a Wi-Fi range extender, taking your wireless signal and helping it reach even the furthest corners of your home. Then, when you travel, take it with you and plug it into the wall in your hotel room to share Wi-Fi to all the devices you traveled with. Some product highlights: Portable design, ideal for travel and home use Built-in power adapter, no bulky adapter needed Supports Wireless Router, Range Extender, Client and Access Point modes One switch for changing multiple modes Versatile USB port for file sharing and charging

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Much like the NES Classic Edition, the Pokemon Go Plus is going to be one of the most difficult gifts to get your hands on this holiday season. Although Amazon had a few in stock on Wednesday, those sold out almost immediately, and there's no telling when they'll be back in stock. But if you don't care when you get your Pokemon Go Plus, you might want to check out Best Buy . This week, Best Buy's reopened preorders for Pokemon Go Plus units on its website. Finding the Pokemon Go Plus at standard retail price has been all but impossible, so if you don't want to pay extra by buying from a third party, you should act now before Best Buy inevitably runs out of stock as well. The only issue? Best Buy doesn't expect orders to arrive until January 20th, 2017. If you're desperate to get your hands on a Pokemon Go Plus before Christmas, you're going to have to look elsewhere. But if your goal is simply to obtain a Pokemon Go Plus bracelet without paying over the odds, this might be your best bet. The preorder has been up for over a day through, so don't delay. As always, we'll continue to keep our eyes peeled for any updates regarding Pokemon Go Plus stock. In the meantime, you can also grab an NES Classic Edition at Best Buy stores on December 20th (but you'll probably need to be there when they open). I do not envy parents this holiday season.

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IT solutions firm Sharp Decisions has been training and deploying teams of tech-savvy veterans since 2013. The Trump administration's visa positions could affect IT employment: Are vets the solution?

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Even though Google had been working on an incarnation of Android since 2005, the search giant was effectively forced to scrap everything they had done and start from scratch once Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in January of 2007. In a famous anecdote originally told by Fred Vogelstein, Apple's iPhone unveiling was a watershed moment for Google engineers as they realized that the version of Android they had been working on for years had just been superseded by Apple in one fell swoop. Google was initially planning to release its first Android phone by the end of 2007, but as Google engineer Chris DeSalvo tells it, Apple's iPhone turned that plan upside down. "As a consumer I was blown away," DeSalvo told Vogelstein . "I wanted one immediately. But as a Google engineer, I thought ‘We’re going to have to start over.'" “What we had suddenly looked just so . . . nineties,” DeSalvo added. “It’s just one of those things that are obvious when you see it.” In early 2007, Google engineers dutifully went back to the drawing board. About 18 short months later, the first commercial Android phone -- the HTC Dream, also known as the G1 -- was released to the public. The HTC Dream wasn't exactly an iPhone clone (it did have a slideout keyboard after all), but it did incorporate some design elements first popularized by the iPhone. And while it would be a few years before Android samrtphones would eventually manage to reach feature and usability parity with the iPhone, the HTC Dream paved the way for what would soon become an increasingly crowded field of compelling Android handsets. Looking back at what is now ancient tech history, EverythingApplePro recently decided to take a trip down memory lane and compare the original iPhone against the original Android smartphone. It's worth noting that for purposes of this review, both devices are running original 1.0 versions of iOS and Android. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gxa2rq-kL8 As to the differences between the two devices, it's hard to ignore just how great a device the iPhone was for its time. Not only was it twice as thin as the G1, it outperformed the G1 even with less impressive hardware specs. That said, there were a few features on the G1 that the iPhone didn't have at launch, with multitasking support being one such example. Additionally, the camera on the G1 was slightly better than the rudimentary camera that shipped on the original iPhone. The video is altogether fascinating, especially for anyone who can remember when both of these devices were cutting edge.

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Facebook has a long and storied history of being "inspired" by other apps and then implementing those new features only to kill them off again months later. It's kind of like a bad habit that Facebook just can't break, and one of its favorite sources of ideas is Snapchat. With new location-based "frames," the company looks to adopt yet another feature that was made standard by Snapchat. Facebook has been testing a new integrated camera feature in its smartphone app for a while now, with countries like Ireland serving as beta testers before a wider rollout down the road. The feature was already basically a Snapchat clone, with "masks" and other augmented reality effects that we're all already used to. Now, Mashable reports that special location-based filters are also being tested, just like the kind you can use in Snapchat for special locations or events. These special "location frames" can be used as overlays for a Facebook profile pic or video, but when used with Facebook's new Snapchat-alike camera, the resemblance is very clear. Facebook has set up a page where users can upload their own frames for consideration, and tag them to specific coordinates so that, if approved, others can use it on their own photos. These special photo frames are just the latest example of Facebook attempting to adopt features from the ever-growing Snapchat. Facebook already tried not once, but twice to completely replace Snapchat with standalone apps of its own, Poke and Slingshot. Facebook has also followed Snapchat's Snapcodes with "Messenger Codes" that work exactly the same way, and was even testing the ability to make Facebook posts expire after certain periods of time, matching the ephemerality of Snapchat's entire messaging system.

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Famed astronaut and former US Senator John Glenn has died at the age of 95, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Glenn had been hospitalized for the past week at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.Glenn is known for his February 1962 Friendship 7 mission, during which he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Four other people had been to space before him, two of which were Americans who had already performed suborbital flights. But there’s something to be said about going orbital. It requires a whole lot more speed and thrust to get into an orbit around Earth. ...

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If Hollywood has taught us anything, it's that a well-orchestrated heist needs to be efficient and adhere to a pre-determined and rigid timeline. In the 1995 movie Heat , for example, Robert De Niro and his bank robbing crew gave themselves three minutes inside of a bank before embarking on an escape. Similarly, Patrick Swayze and his crew of bank robbing and Presidential-masked hooligans also adhered to a strict timeline in the oft-overlooked 1991 classic Point Break . With life having a tendency to imitate art, a group of what appears to be three teenagers pulled off an impressive heist at an Apple retail store in San Francisco. While we've seen Apple Store robberies before, this particular incident is notable because the thieves managed to pull it all off in alarmingly quick fashion. From start to finish, our criminal trio needed only 13 seconds before making off with a collection of iPhones and other Apple products. The incident went down in the evening hours on Friday, November 25 and was captured on in-store security cameras, an interesting tidbit in and of itself given that most Apple retail stores do an incredibly good job of masking the location of innumerable surveillance cameras. Video of the incident can be seen below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_tYNRqNxFI Notably, a similar heist in San Francisco transpired just four days later, though it remains unclear at this point if both incidents were carried out by the same crew of individuals. As it stands now, the San Francisco Police Department is still looking far and wide for the individuals responsible. As a final note, it's worth pointing out that the iPhones the thieves made out with are altogether worthless as they are easily traceable and "locked into a demo mode."

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As part of Microsoft’s finalized acquisition of LinkedIn, the Windows maker this morning outlined a series of goals it has for its new social network. One of those goals includes the implementation of LinkedIn notifications in the Windows 10 Action Center, so you will never again miss the note telling you that a complete and total stranger is trying to connect with you. One cursory glance at your LinkedIn profile is like being crushed under an avalanche of ignored responsibilities.

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Yik Yak has laid off a “significant” number of employees amid a downturn in the app’s growth prospects, The Verge has learned. Employees who were affected were informed of the layoffs Thursday morning, sources told The Verge. Yik Yak employed about 50 people, and sources said a “significant” number of those will no longer work at the company.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 came out with a revolutionary design, a gorgeous display that wrapped around the edges. Samsung then used the same edge design for its Galaxy S7 and Note 7 devices, without really explaining why we’d need a curved display, other than it looks cool and feels great in hand. There are edge-only features, but it’s nothing you couldn’t live without. This year, rumors suggest that it's Apple's turn to copy Samsung. At least one 2017 iPhone version will sport a wraparound display, multiple reports have claimed. Apple worked on such technology for years, according to various patents, and a new filing proves that the Cupertino-based giant is looking to define the edge. Found by Apple Insider , a patent application titled Electronic Devices With Display and Touch Sensor Structures describes devices that would feature curved displays extending beyond both lateral edges. Filed on May 19th, this year, the patent argues that curved screens might extend the viewable area of the screen and deliver information — which is what Samsung’s edge does. But that won’t be the edge display’s only feature. “It can be challenging to gather touch input from a user and to display images for a user efficiently,” Apple explains. “For example, when a user supplies touch input to a touch screen display, the user's hand may block images that are being displayed on the display. Buttons and other input devices may be used to gather input from a user, but this type of input device may not be as convenient and versatile as a touch sensor. Displays are sometimes not visible from certain directions and may be smaller than desired.” Apple also explains that the edge walls could actually contain virtual buttons under the screen. Such buttons could replace the physical buttons we have on the left and right side of current iPhone models, including the mute and volume rockers, and the standby button. “Touch input on sidewalls in device 10 may be used as a control for a camera (e.g., a virtual shutter button input), may be used as input in other virtual button scenarios, may be used in implementing a volume slider button or a slider button for controlling other device operations (e.g., screen brightness, color settings, contrast settings, etc.),” Apple notes. The wraparound display can have various edge shapes and doesn’t necessarily need to be curved. Apple also explains in the patent that such curved edges may be used on foldable devices which would fold right along the edges to increase or decrease the overall size of the device. Apple notes that ceramic and sapphire glass might be among the materials considered for making devices with wraparound screens.

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Raumfeld announced today that it's releasing an update for its wireless speakers to add Google Cast support. The Cast update is available today over Wi-Fi and is compatible with all current Raumfeld speakers. The addition of Google Cast comes almost a year after its original announcement at CES 2016, where it was initially planned for a spring release.

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The US presidential election was the most "talked about" topic on Facebook in 2016, in a year filled with discussion and debate on issues that were both serious and light-hearted. The bitterly contested election in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton was ranked as the leading issue, followed by Brazil's political developments which included the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff, Facebook said in a blog post. Other subject matters shared among Facebook's 1.79 billion users were more sober, with the fourth leading topic the "Black Lives Matter" movement, followed by the election in the Philippines of Rodrigo Duterte.

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As someone living in Brooklyn with a small amount of disposable income, I’ll admit to having at least a fleeting interest when I heard that Urban Outfitters would begin selling “designer” drones today. Drones like this can be a lot of fun.

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Earlier this week, Niantic announced a new update for Pokemon Go which will add Pokemon type icons to Gym battles and give trainers the ability to transfer multiple Pokemon to the professor at once. Those are welcome changes that players have been requesting ever since the game launched this summer, but as usual, the most exciting elements of the update are hidden in the code. As soon as the APK for the update appeared online, the sleuths over on The Silph Road began mining through the data, looking for any hints of additional, unannounced features. With so many events and updates scheduled for December, they expected to hit the jackpot — and it turns out they weren't far off . Here are the highlights of the datamining expedition: Sound files for the next 100 Pokemon have been added to the game. A "gender" tag suggests that Pokemon Go may soon differentiate Pokemon genders. More code has been added for Shiny Pokemon variants. Avatar customization is being overhauled, and it looks like trainers will soon be able to change their hair, shirt, pants, hat, shoes, eyes and backpacks. The code also indicates that players will be able to buy and unlock customization items as well. Pokemon costumes are coming! It appears that Niantic is going to allow Pokemon to access costumes for certain events. Does that mean we can dress Pikachu up like Santa? We'll find out soon. While there's not telling how long it will be until some of these features make their way into the game, it has never taken long for datamines in the past to come to fruition. Plus, some of these are time sensitive, such as the Pokemon holiday costumes, so we should see those sooner than later. Be sure to check out the full list of discoveries at  The Silph Road .

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When Facebook changed its stock structure earlier this year, the legal filings contained one very interesting clause. A line in the SEC filing, first spotted by Forbes, allowed Zuckerberg to retain control of the company without remaining as CEO, provided he left the company for public office. The broad strokes of the agreement were simple enough: Zuckerberg wanted to sell massive quantities of Facebook stock to fund the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, but he didn’t want to lose any of his voting power as Facebook’s primary shareholder.

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YouTube keeps trying to show that it’s a friend to the music industry. Earlier this week it published a blog post highlighting the fact that, in the last year, it paid out more than $1 billion to the music industry from advertising alone. Today came an announcement that YouTube has reached a deal with the National Music Publishers’ Association to pay millions in royalties to songwriters.

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The New York Times has produced a special VR-based video package as part of its annual Great Performers series. In addition to showcasing stellar performances from the likes of Ruth Negga, Don Cheadle, and Trevante Rhodes, it has a greater gift to bear. You, too, can know what it feels like to be dumped by Natalie Portman.

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It's not quite the end of 2016 yet, but I'm going to call it a little early: Amazon's social media PR department wins the prize for troll of the year. In 12 months that have included the rise and fall of fake news, the election of a reality TV star to the biggest office in the world, and season 7 of  The Walking Dead , that's no mean feat. https://twitter.com/amazongames/status/806292512356732928 Tuesday saw Amazon, the biggest online retailer of things in the country, tweet out that it had some "exciting announcements" to make about the NES Classic in the coming days. You would be excused for thinking ( I sure did! ) that this meant Amazon would have some kind of chance to buy a NES Classic Edition online this week. That would make sense. But no! https://twitter.com/amazongames/status/806898643504599041 As it turns out, what Amazon actually meant is that it's going to sell a limited number of NES Classic Editions (at this point, I'm assuming that means they have one console per store) in Amazon's three physical bookstores on the West Coast. Awesome. Objectively, there's no reason to be mad here. Amazon only promised an exciting announcement, and I guess it kinda delivered. But Amazon must have known the hype around the NES Classic right now, and people were always going to make that assumption from that tweet. So, well played on the elaborate troll I guess, and huh tickets to San Diego aren't as expensive as I thought.

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In a study published today in the journal Science, researchers at Portugal’s Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown stimulated certain brain cells (or neurons) in mice to make them produce more of a much-hyped chemical called dopamine. Blocking the neurons from producing dopamine made them overestimate the amount of time that passed.

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On Thursday morning, Samsung unveiled the seventh color option for the Galaxy S7 edge: Black Pearl. The glossy black colorway will be exclusive to the 128GB version of the flagship phone, and will debut in select markets (though Samsung doesn't say which) on Friday, December 9th. Does that sound eerily familiar? Does it sound anything like the much-lauded new Jet Black color that's exclusive to Apple's upper-tier 128GB and 256GB iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models? In addition to Black Pearl, the Galaxy S7 edge is also available in Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, White Pearl, Silver Titanium, Pink Gold and Blue Coral, the last two of which were made available after the launch of the phone in March. This brings the total number of color options to seven, for those keeping track. "While [the Pink Gold and Blue Coral colors] were largely inspired by calming, natural hues, Black Pearl was designed to be modern and striking," says Samsung in a blog post . "The sleek black finish blankets the entire device – edges and all – and adds depth to its glass design. The result is a stylish all-black aesthetic that captures the essence of the color in its purest form." Although Apple didn't invent glossy black electronics, it's hard not to laugh when Samsung announces its own glossy black phone a few months after Apple's glossy black phone becomes the most sought-after smartphone on the market. And it doesn't help that Samsung's Pink Gold color  was announced shortly after Apple added Rose Gold to its palette for the iPhone 6s. At the end of the day, no one really minds if Samsung follows Apple — as long as it doesn't follow Apple blindly. For example, just because Apple thought it was a good idea to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack doesn't mean Samsung needs to do the same with the Galaxy S8 . Just steal the good stuff, please!

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