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OnePlusOnePlus has been making cheap and stylish accessories to go along with its cheap and stylish smartphones, and its latest addition is a pair of earbuds. They’re called the Bullets V2, and they’re the successor to 2014’s Silver Bullets earbuds.The new model makes some small changes that give the earbuds a fuller, more polished look. They also switch over to a flat cord, which should limit tangling, and still include a mic and volume controls.

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The list of hugely popular little drawings on your phone are going to expand again, making your life a little more colorful, one message at a time.

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Uber lost $1.27 billion in the first half of 2016, according to Bloomberg, which on the surface seems like a lot of money. Bloomberg notes that the majority of Uber’s losses stem from the massive amounts of subsidies the company gives to its drivers. Most of those drivers operate in China, where up until recently Uber was locked in an insanely expensive battle with the country’s native ride-hail app, Didi Chuxing.

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The messaging app's parent company will use the data to target ads and suggest new friends.

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Within the first few minutes of the mesmerizing home-invasion thriller Don’t Breathe, writer-director Fede Alvarez and co-writer Rodo Sayagues pull something clever enough to impress jaded psychological-horror fans, without boring the adrenaline junkies sitting next to them in the theater. After one gruesome opening shot that teases where the film is eventually going, Alvarez and Sayagues introduce their protagonists in the middle of robbing a well-appointed house. With minimal dialogue and no exposition, they make it clear who these characters are and what drives them.

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Tesla's latest innovation improves the performance of the Model S and Model X while making it even more efficient.

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Robots. Some people love them, some people hate them, and some people are deeply afraid of them causing a Terminator-like apocalyptic future. No matter what your feelings on them are, everyone can agree that they’re pretty hard to build yourself, unless you possess some serious background knowledge in hardware and software engineering.

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SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on the case of a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses (all times local):

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Ben Affleck might feel a little envious if he sees this tour of a crazy Batsuit with a suite of functional crime-fighting gadgets.

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That's the word from University of Michigan researchers, who recently studied the claim that biofuel is carbon-neutral.

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The use of infant simulators to educate teens about contraception is having the opposite effect, with pregnancy rates up among girls who attend the programs.

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Byte this and enter for a chance to win* one of two streaming devices with Brian Tong and Apple Byte.

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The tech giant updates its mobile software after learning from experts that a prominent Arab activist's iPhone was targeted.

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By Paul Lienert HOLLAND, Mich. (Reuters) - With self-driving cars expected on the road within three to five years, French supplier Faurecia SA is focusing on the cabin of future autonomous cars. Faurecia, partly owned by French automaker Peugeot Citroen, is one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive seats and interiors. It envisions next-generation cockpits for "new behaviors, when vehicles are no longer designed solely for driving," said Matt Benson, head of ventures and advanced innovation at the company's xWorks operation in a former furniture factory in this small city in western Michigan.

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Apple has been under fire from the EU over its tax system for quite some time, but up until now, we didn't know how bad things were. JP Morgan, one of Apple's investment banks overseeing the case, has put the potential tax bill at $19 billion. That's a ways over the previous estimates, and a healthy chunk of change even for the cash-flush Apple. The news came at the same time as the US Treasury Department sought to intervene in the case . The government has entered the fight on Apple's side, accusing the European Commission of being a "supra-national tax authority." DON'T MISS:  New video goes behind the scenes of an iPhone 7 leak for the first time ever As the BBC reports, a US Treasury Department investigation into the case accuses the European Commission (EC) of bias against US companies, saying that a different set of criteria is used to judge US companies, something that it finds "deeply troubling." Apple is accused by the EC of using Ireland to shelter profits at a low tax rate, and avoid paying taxes in the country where the profits were actually generated. If the EC has its way, Ireland will be forced to collect back taxes from Apple, which according to JP Morgan, could total $19 billion. Apple denies any wrongdoing in the case, telling the BBC "We have received no selective treatment from Irish officials. Apple is subject to the same tax laws as scores of other international companies doing business in Ireland." The EC's focus on Apple is the latest in a string of high-profile tax investigations of American companies. Google, Amazon and Starbucks have all come under fire from the EU (or member states) in past years, usually accused of using tax loopholes to shift profit to one EU country with lower tax rates, such as the Netherlands or Ireland.  

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This sinister Halloween and party prop has the write stuff, and can maybe help with your Hogwarts homework.

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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a hand-tossed Hawaiian with mushrooms. And you don't even have to tip the delivery drone.

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Prince’s legendary home and recording studio complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota, will likely open to public tours beginning in October, according to a report from Minnesota TV station KARE 11. In a statement released yesterday, the late musician’s siblings announced that the complex, called Paisley Park, will be transformed into a museum. "Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on," Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson said.

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The world's first driverless taxis, powered by small startup nuTonomy, hit the roads in Singapore on Thursday, days before Uber's self-driving fleet arrives in Pittsburgh. Here's what it means.

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Staying on good terms with employees is one of the most difficult parts of a leadership position. Here are five ways to avoid being a bad boss.

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Pop quiz: how many elaborately detailed, scientifically generated topographical maps have you created in the last day or so? Chances are the answer is "none," unless you're writing or publishing a series of old-school fantasy novels.

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There’s a new issue affecting plenty of iPhone users, one that Apple is still keeping a tight lid on. Specifically, the “Touch Disease” is an iPhone 6 Plus condition that affects the phone’s TouchID sensor and the screen. Users report a flickering gray bar along the top of the screen and a faulty TouchID sensor. Apple doesn’t have a repair plan for the issue, which seems to be widespread and affecting mostly 5.5-inch devices. But third-party repair shops can fix the problem, and a report explains why it all happened. It appears that Bendgate problem Apple had to deal with soon after the iPhone 6 launched is back. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left This “Touchgate” is related to Bendgate according to iPad Rehab’s Jessa Jones, who told Cult of Mac that the problem might be caused by the fact that bigger iPhone 6 units do tend to bend when a certain force is applied. “Nearly 90 percent of devices with Touch IC Disease are iPhone 6 Pluses,” Jones said. And it’s all because of Apple’s design choices. In the iPhone 6, instead of using a metal shield to protect the board like on the iPhone 5s, Apple reverted to a sticker shield. The sticker doesn’t protect the chips as good when the board bends and the Touch IC chip is especially susceptible to damage when the phone bends. “This is a signature failure,” said Jones. “Every phone has one, but this one is a signature failure that got to epic proportions.” The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are unaffected by the issue, as the touch chips were moved to the display to power the 3D Touch screen, the blog notes. Not to mention that the iPhone 6s units do not bend. Meanwhile, to prevent Touch Disease, you should use a case for your phone, and prevent any bending. For many users, that might be too late.

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Then head on down to Washington, DC’s Newseum where you can "Be a Reporter!" The journalism-centric museum on the Washington Mall lets anyone stand in front of a green screen and deliver a news segment. A trove of the funniest (and dumbest) submissions has been archived by a YouTuber who files the videos under the channel NewseumArchives. The channel isn’t affiliated with the museum in any way, though Newseum marketing director Jonathan Thompson said his staff is aware of it. Until this morning, when links to many of the videos were tweeted by Mic reporter Sage Boggs, we certainly weren’t aware of this low-profile treasure chest either.

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By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc issued a patch on Thursday to fix a dangerous security hole in iPhones and iPads after researchers discovered that a prominent United Arab Emirates dissident's phone had been targeted with a previously unknown method of hacking. The attack on the dissident, Ahmed Mansoor, used a text message that invited him to click on a web link. Instead of clicking, he forwarded the message to researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab.

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Earlier this month, an Emirati human rights activist named Ahmed Mansoor got a suspicious text. If Mansoor had followed the link, it would have jailbroken his phone on the spot and implanted it with malware, capable of logging encrypted messages, activating the microphone and secretly tracking its movements. The attack is detailed in a new report from Citizen Lab and Lookout Security, which received the link directly from Mansoor.

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