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NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg says she doesn't think misinformation spread on the social media platform swayed the election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump.

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When Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 2 during the company's big press conference this past September, one of the highlights of the presentation was when Apple announced that the new model is so water-resistant that users can actually shower and swim with it. Apple went into some detail about the water-proofing process it used, and the company discussed a challenge that presented itself: what could be done about water that got into the Watch's speaker cavity to prevent it from distorting the sound? The answer ended up being a combination of a sensor to detect water and a special tone played by the speaker that actually pushes the water out of the speaker cavity. It's a very cool solution indeed, so why wasn't it also implemented on the water-resistant iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus? Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the most water-resistant iPhones yet. They're rated to survive for 30 minutes under 3 feet of water and come out unscathed, but tests have shown that they can actually last longer than that at even greater depths. Of course, Apple doesn't encourage people to use their new iPhones in water, but people will obviously throw caution to the wind now that the iPhone is officially water-resistant. One Redditor who took his iPhone 7 into the shower to listen to music noticed that water got into the speaker cavity and distorted the sound. Rather than wait for it to dry out, he had an idea: Why not force the water out with sound? Using a free iPhone app called Sonic , Reddit user "PointlessPankcake" was able to push water out of the speaker cavity using the same concept as the Apple Watch Series 2 speaker. By playing a sine wave at a specific frequency — in this case, 165 Hz — he was able to eject moisture away from the speaker. In fact, according to his post on Reddit , he was actually able to watch as little drops of water came "bouncing out of the speaker." Then a quick wipe with a towel or any other absorbent material will remove the resulting surface water. "I found the resonant frequency of the water in the grill to be around 165 Hz," he wrote . "Using the free app ' Sonic ,' I generated a tone that literally pushed the water out of the speaker. You may have to change the tone a little to get the water out of your phone, just know that it's close to 165. Anyways, while the tone is playing, you will see little drops or bubbles bouncing out of the speaker, take a piece of absorbent material and dab them up as they come out of the speaker grill." Download Sonic from the App Store right here and see for yourself.

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IngDan opens its first U.S. IoT experience center with interactive tech gadgets on display to the public.

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Hulu Hulu announced today that users can now create multiple profiles through the company’s website. More devices will support profiles over the next couple of weeks, but for now, it’s limited to Hulu.com. Each account can maintain up to six individual profiles that will remember everyone’s viewing history and Watchlist. It’ll also, of course, make recommendations. There’s also a kids-oriented profile to wall off inappropriate content. ...

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We tested out Ducati's new Monster 1200 S. Here's what we thought.

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It’s finally here, Mario fans:  Super Mario Run will soon be available on the App Store, bringing a familiar universe to the gaming console you carry in your pocket, the iPhone. Before you even consider whether Nintendo’s new Mario creation is worth the expense, you should learn how the game is played. Forget everything you thought you knew about Nintendo's Mario games, because this mobile game can be played with just one hand. In Super Mario Run , Mario just runs and does some of the hard work all by himself. He’s going to avoid obstacles, and perform small jumps. You only need to touch the screen when more complex moves are needed. The object of the game is to collect as many coins as possible. You’ll use the coins to defeat friends in duels (but make sure you impress the toad as well) and to build some sort of Mario Kingdom. You’ll also be able to unlock additional game modes and Mario characters, just so you don’t get bored. Sounds too complicated? Nintendo uploaded a Super Mario Run video that shows you everything you need to know about the game, including game controls, game modes, and reward — see it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKG5jU6DV70 Super Mario Run launches in the App Store on December 15th and it’ll cost you $9.99. While you wait you can check out Jimmy Fallon playing the game , and you can even play it yourself right now — we told you how in an earlier post .

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This week, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter announced a new database for images and videos that promote terrorism. The database, which is hosted by Facebook, is designed as a defense against propaganda videos and imagery by terrorist groups — a tactic ISIS has aggressively embraced. While none of the companies explicitly acknowledge the connection, the database appears to be the result of a code of conduct concerning hate speech, instituted by the European Commission and signed by the same four companies in May. The language of the agreement is remarkably specific, requiring companies to “encourage the provision of notices and flagging of content” that incites violence or hate, particularly through inter-corporate partnerships.

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Pioneering smartwatch maker Pebble is no longer manufacturing or selling any of its devices after the bulk of the company was bought by Fitbit. Palo Alto, California-based Pebble says its devices will ...

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Due to scheduling delays, one of SpaceX’s customers has decided to go with a different rocket. British satellite maker Inmarsat announced today that it will launch one of its satellites on a European Ariane 5 rocket, instead of on one of SpaceX’s vehicles like it had originally planned. On short notice, Inmarsat was able to secure a mid-2017 launch for the spacecraft — a communication satellite for the European Aviation Network (EAN).

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Try as they might , Qualcomm and Samsung are still not able to outperform Apple’s A-series mobile chips. The iPhone 7 is the undisputed king when it comes to mobile performance, both in benchmark tests and real-life use. Even the 2015 iPhone 6s is still able to beat 2016 flagships in real-life CPU performance. Come next year, a new generation of mobile processors will hit the market, and Android flagships will outscore the iPhone 7. Maybe. And if they do, they'll just barely have the edge. It’s likely their reign will be short-lived too, as Apple is working on even more powerful A-series chips for its 2017 iPhones and iPads. An AnTuTu benchmark test for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor found by Phone Arena shows a score of more than 180,000 points. That’s impressive, considering that the Snapdragon 835 isn’t even out yet. The processor is expected to power most of next year’s Android-based flagship handsets, including the version of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 that will be sold in the US. But as amazing as that score might seem, it only tops Apple’s iPhone 7 by less than 10,000 points . Sure, we may be looking at a prototype Snapdragon 835 in prototype hardware, and final versions might be even better (or worse). But Apple’s A11 chip that will go into the iPhone 8 next year will undoubtedly top that score by a big margin. Samsung’s next Exynos chip and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 CPU will both be made using 10nm process technology. That means we’re looking at significant performance and energy efficiency improvements. The Snapdragon 835 alone should be 27% faster than predecessors and 40% more efficient. However, Apple’s A11 is also going to be a 10nm processor. So we’d expect it to do better than rivals in both benchmark tests and in actual usage scenarios. We'll also remind you that there might be a device out there in testing that already topped 200,000 in AnTuTu tests . Huawei, meanwhile, demoed a processor that does better than the iPhone 7 in actual real-life tests, but it's yet to power a new flagship handset. That said, 2017 will be an exciting year for mobile hardware. Regardless of what flagship phone you end up buying, it’s very likely that it's going to be faster at day-to-day chores than anything released up to this point.

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If you buy into the current hype around this year’s Academy Awards, Casey Affleck is the current front-runner for Best Actor. Meanwhile, the internet is coming to terms with multiple sexual-harassment lawsuits against Affleck, who has settled those cases out of court. The Daily Beast has a pretty definitive account of the charges, but you can also read the court filings from the two plaintiffs — producer Amanda White and cinematographer Magdalena Gorka.

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BERLIN (AP) — German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp says it suffered a "massive" and sustained cyberattack aimed at stealing industrial secrets.

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Google is announcing today that it’s ready to let developers create “conversation actions,” little bots that you’ll be able to interact with using the Google Home speaker. The actions will let you ask the speaker a question and then have a chat about it — the example Google gave in October was ordering an Uber, then clarifying you want an Uber XL. Once you say the keyword for a third-party action, you’ll start talking to that company’s bot instead of Google’s. Making a decent conversational bot is hard, so Google is suggesting services like its own API.AI, which is meant to simplify the process for developers.

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Recently, I purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The Surface Pro is a very good mobile computer: it’s light, thin, fast, and versatile. Microsoft has also addressed many of the bugs that were present when I reviewed it at launch over a year ago, making it a reliable machine as well.

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The Mass Effect universe has had its share of duds, but a forthcoming trilogy of novels has the potential to be something really special. Titan Books has announced that it’s signed four high-profile speculative fiction authors to pen a new trilogy that will tie in with the forthcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda. Mass Effect has had a bit of a troubled history when it comes to tie-in novels.

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Is your bank account balance bumming you out now that we're in the heart of the holiday shopping season? Don't worry, we've got you covered with a great list of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are all on sale for free for a limited time. Hey, every dollar counts, so definitely check them out. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Quick Search Browser Normally $0.99. No more wasting of your time with your slow browser! Lightning fast browser specially tailored to search as quickly as possible! # Features - Light-weight web browser with a set of handy features to search as quickly as possible. - Just double tap on the browser screen to instantly start your next search. - Automatic keyword suggestions as you type. Just tap on a suggestion to Google it. - Minimum input to reach your keyword. Long tap on a keyword suggestion to get new ones based on it. - Long tap on a word on the web page to look it up directly. - Tap [+] button to quickly add the current page to your bookmarks. - Bookmarks, page history and search keyword history are available for your convenience. - Compatible with iCloud. You can share your bookmarks between your iPhones and iPads. - Fast to launch, no frustrating delays throughout your web browsing experience. Download Quick Search Browser Call Blocker Normally $0.99. Call Blocker™ - Block Spam・Unwanted calls - Call Blocker™ is an application that blocks calls you want to block. Main features: - It is possible to block calls by easily adding the Spam Calls and Unwanted Calls to the block list unlimitedly. - Block spam mail (SMS / MMS) Or Unwanted messages. - You can pause the rejected phone and restart it. - We support 239 countries and regions all over the world. - You can check blocked calls at "Phone->Recents". - Report spam phone number and communicate with everyone. Instructions for use - Download, launch the Call Blocker™. - Let's move of a mobile phone to the "Settings". - Let's choose the "Phone" from the settings. - Let's choose the "Incoming rejection setting and called ID" from the phone. - Let's to enable it to find a Call Blocker™. - Let's complete return to the Call Blocker™. Download Call Blocker Cubway Normally $2.99. Cubway is a journey with an abstract story of lifecycle of rebirth, called Samsara. Guide the cube through the long way full of dangers and difficulties, visit many interesting and mysterious places. Mechanics of the game are concentrated around different types of interaction with the obstacles. Some of them are: finding correct spot to overcome the obstacles, blowing them, correct timing of your movement, avoiding dangers, changing your movement directions by the switchers and many more. All this is accompanied by beautiful background arts that tell an abstract story, unique animations, minimalistic graphics, different astonishing effects, and relaxing ambient. • 55 different levels • 3 Alternative Endings • Several game mechanics • Elegant and stylish design • A lot of obstacles and unique animations • Astonishing effects of rain, slow motion, change of day and night and many others • Atmospheric ambient by the Composer SiJ Download Cubway Secret Calculator Normally $1.99. [Secret Calculator] enables you to hide your secret still photos, vidoes, GIFs and even Live Photos behind working calculator. It provides the perfect privacy with passcode, double protection(touch ID and pattern lock) and decoy mode. It is the first and the only app which supports secret GIFs and Live Photos on the App Store. It is also the only app which enables you to add secret photos from any other apps (like Photos, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram) through iOS share extension. • Hide photos behind working calculator • Protect with 4 digit passcode • Double protection using Touch ID or pattern lock • Supports decoy mode - You are always safe! • Integrated support for still photo, video, gif and even Live Photo! • Add secret photos from Camera Roll, iTunes file sharing, url and clipboard • Add secret photos using iOS share extension. For instance, add photos from iOS photos app directly • Browse and manage photos by category(All, Still Photos, Vidoes, Live Photos, GIFs, Favorites) • Browse and manage photos by your own album • Browse photos by date • Supprots favorite photos • Full screen view and play • Export to Camera Roll and iTunes file sharing • Share to SNS and copy to other apps • Supports portrait and landscape mode • Supports iPad split view Download Secret Calculator Linia Normally $3.99. Linia is a colorful puzzle game that mixes a relaxing atmosphere with brain melting challenges. In Linia, you create color sequences by tracing a line connecting coloured shapes. Sounds easy enough, right? Not quite. Imagine when colors are running around, revolving, hiding, changing shape and doing everything they can to avoid being caught by your line. It will take skill and sense of rhythm to get the sequence right. Are you up for the challenge? FEATURES - Original gameplay - More than 80 unique and colorful levels and... - ...new levels released with future updates - Game progress saved to the cloud - Achievements! - A little surprise if you complete all levels Download Linia MovieTrailer Normally $0.99. View the latest movie trailers for many current and upcoming releases. Many trailers are available in high-quality HD, iPod, and iPhone versions. Download MovieTrailer Feelca Colors Normally $0.99. Feelca Colors adds more sense of the colors to your photos. Select between a 24 or 36 exposure film and then take a picture to gain the photo qualities of a film camera. The app also delivers the full experience of using a film camera from shooting pictures to printing photos. Your films are organized and you can add short titles or captions to your polaroid-like photos for easy sharing with your friends. • Tap the Shutter button to take a photo ( Long press for timer ) • Give the photo a title or leave a short comment • Share your memorable photos with a short message Download Feelca Colors Documentary Channel Normally $0.99. This app is divided into categories (history, technology, countries, science, animals, people, mystery and many more), which allows to filter thematic topics. A lot of important documentaries from 2015 to 2016 are included. Brain TV provides over a thousand documentaries which will be played from Youtube. The reports are carefully selected and regularly updated. There is a possibility that some Youtube-Videos are banned in certain countries. Download Documentary Channel TaskOrganizer Normally $0.99. TaskOrganizer - App with a new approach to the management of tasks lists. The possibility of dividing tasks lists into various areas will help you to sort all your tasks and easily get access to them. For each area, you can give a rate of the current situation, set an icon and choose a colour. Making up collections of tasks, you can separately keep and work with the tasks for the day, month, year and even with aims for a whole life. With the help of the project settings, you can set your own collections you need. The most simple function of a random choice of the next task will help you to do more tasks daily. The app allows you to make a choice from all the tasks or from the tasks with pointed priority. Key Features: - Customizable areas - Unlimited set of collections tasks - Multiple projects - “Accelerator productivity” - Setting priorities for the task - Adding tags for task - Percentage of each area - Percentage of all the collection on the whole - Pleasant not boring interface with a coloured circle in the center. Download TaskOrganizer Split Lab Collage Normally $1.99. Split Lab Collage is a powerful collage maker and photo editor for you to create amazing collages using your photos, fun stickers, text with cool fonts. FEATURES - All kinds of classical collage frame - Add labels to your images and photo editor - Apply scores of effects to individual photo - Add stickers and labels to the photos - High Resolution output Dozens of templates: More than 185 classic layout, Support creating photo collages which can contain up to 10 photos. Enhanced editing Freely rotate, freely zoom in & out, and freely move photos in the collages. Stylish text: More than 175 fonts available. Allows a wide range of editing options: rotate, scale, change color, add multiple texts. Creative Cute stickers: Choose from 600 stickers to spice up your photos. Artistic filters More a 165 are available. These special effects can be applied both globally and individually on your photos. Start making your own stunning collages now! Download Split Lab Collage

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Google’s Daydream virtual reality headset is getting a new slate of games and apps. Today, seven more titles are padding out the library, putting Google closer to the 50 Daydream apps it’s promised by the end of the year. Two of these are video services: there’s NextVR, known for streaming concerts and sporting events in virtual reality, and HBO, which will let HBO Now and Go subscribers watch TV on a virtual big screen in Daydream.

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Two connected toys — the My Friend Cayla doll and i-Que Intelligent Robot — allegedly violated kids’ privacy protections by recording their conversations without parental consent, according to a complaint sent to the FTC this week. Both connected toys, from manufacturer Genesis Toys, ship with a built-in Bluetooth microphone and speaker to facilitate communication between kids and the toys’ companion iOS / Android app. Once children talk to their toys, that voice data is sent to Nuance, a voice analysis firm that reportedly powers Siri and Samsung’s S Voice.

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Look, I know we’re approaching peak Star Wars, what with Rogue One coming out in just a week. But this video, first picked up by Sploid, is just too awesome to even fathom. YouTuber devinsupertramp (who we’ve highlighted before) managed to turn a fleet of Jetovators, or water-powered jet bikes, into the speeder bikes from Return of the Jedi ready for battle on the waterways of Endor. This little short has everything. Lightsabers. Cute kids dressed as Ewoks. A Wilhelm scream. And of course lots of racing and crashing. I’m personally waiting for the full-length theatrical release.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy's most technologically advanced destroyer is arriving at its homeport after dealing with some glitches along the way.

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Westworld’s first season is over. WaterTower Music released a 34-track collection that includes the show’s original music from composer Ramin Djawadi, who you might remember from excellent HBO soundtracks like Game of Thrones. The real prize jewels, however, are the show’s covers of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” and Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” Let us also not forget classics like The Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black” or Nine Inch Nails’ “Something I Can Never Have.” And we must remember, too, the many covers of Radiohead.

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Amazon would like us all not to get too carried away envisioning its plans for those futuristic, cashier-free grocery stores unveiled on Monday. “We have no plans to open 2,000 of anything,” the Amazon spokesperson said. It wrote that Amazon’s 2,000 store rollout was dependent on “the success of the new test locations” — so it’s entirely possible that Amazon doesn’t currently have plans to open 2,000 stores, but that it is in fact eyeing such a possibility.

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It may not be much longer before bank branches join video-rental stores and record shops as relics of a bygone era. Silicon Valley is pressuring banks to change their ways or risk becoming the latest industry ...

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The nonsensical but utterly magical trend of major broadcast networks producing expensive and messy live musicals continued last night with NBC’s production of Hairspray. This production was based on the 2002 Broadway musical, which is based on the 1988 John Waters film (the definition of a cult classic), but Hairspray was most recently experienced by a broad audience in the summer of 2007 as Zac Efron’s post-High School Musical star vehicle.

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