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For a study published this week in Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers ran a three-part experiment to find a connection between foul language and telling the truth. Second, the scientists analyzed the Facebook statuses of nearly 75,000 people who used a certain app. In all three conditions, more swearing equaled more integrity.

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It’s inauguration week, which means you know who has lost the “elect” part of his newly won title, and is now Commander-in-Chief. So if you’re bored with all the inauguration news, we’ve got a pretty awesome selection of new movie trailers this week. The studios probably knew you’d be looking for extra entertainment. Before I Fall Sam’s just a regular teen living a regular life, but that all changes on a Friday. February 12th is her own personal Groundhog Day, but it’s far from being as fun. In this movie, she dies on that day, and she gets to relive it over and over. Before I Fall launches on March 3rd. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEmizJOqX-8 Collide When she’s not playing in Star Wars movies, Felicity Jones… stars in plenty of other films. Here’s one: Collide . Launching on February 24th, Collide is a drug thriller about a backpacker who ends up driving for a ring of drug smugglers. Oh, Anthony Hopkins is also in this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axlxf469OBA I am Michael Some people will tell you that religion can cure homosexuality. I am Michael is that kind of a story, only it’s based on real-life events. Starring James Franco as Michael, Emma Roberts, Zachary Quinto, and Daryl Hannah, the movie opens on January 27th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep9oLBrNuDU Logan If you first don’t succeed, try, try again, that should be the motto for the Wolverine series — well, who am I kidding, we’d still watch these movies no matter how bad they’d get. Logan , out March 3rd, might be the best movie of the saga yet, and we’ve got a fresh new trailer for you that shows us an interesting new young mutant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH3OxVFvTeg Power Rangers I’m what you’d call a Power Rangers hater. I didn’t particularly like the TV series, and I wasn’t excited at the prospect of seeing a Power Rangers movie. But it turns out the film might be worth checking out. Check out the fresh new trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kIe6UZHSXw The Belko Experiment Remember The Belko Experiment ? It’s a horror/action flick about a strange social experiment. A group of coworkers is sequestered in their office, and a voice tells them over the building’s intercom system that they must decide who should die next, so the others survive. The movie opens on March 17th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g010P5-JqE The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Remember the first Nut Job ? It’s fine, neither do I, but there’s a sequel for it already, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature . We’ve got a great cast, including Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, and others, and a distant August release date for it. Oh, and this trailer, enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYif5QTYI9w The Ottoman Lieutenant You don’t need to know a lot about history to know The Ottoman Empire died after the first World War. You don’t even need to see the trailer for The Ottoman Lieutenant to suspect it’s a war movie. But it’s also a love story, between an American nurse (Hera Hilmar) and an Ottoman lieutenant (Michiel Huisman). The movie comes out on March 10th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ9TZlyQSJM Wilson Woody Harrelson is Wilson. Wilson is a rather odd, middle-aged, divorced man. Wilson is also ready to meet his teenage daughter for the first time. He’s actually thrilled about it. Wilson launches on March 24th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfC5kLZI9LM

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Looking to lessen its reliance on Google and further differentiate itself among a crowded field of Android handsets, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone will feature a brand new intelligent personal assistant, similar in nature to Siri on the iPhone. Dubbed Bixby, Samsung's AI assistant will be based on technology the company picked up when it acquired Viv this past October. What makes the forthcoming release of Bixby so intriguing is that Viv's AI software was designed to answer layered questions that competing AI services are either unable to answer or struggle to process. For instance, Viv CEO Dag Kittlaus -- who we should note helped develop Siri -- explained that Viv can answer complex queries like, "Find me a flight to Dallas with a seat that Shaq could fit in." While it remains to be seen just how extensive Bixby's feature set will be once the Galaxy S8 hits store shelves, expectations are rather high. Indeed, we've already seen reports that Bixby will allow users to use voice commands to send money to friends and family. And just yesterday, word emerged that Bixby will be tightly integrated into the S8 camera and will be able to process text via OCR and even search for and identify objects. The most recent rumor involving Bixby centers on how users might call the feature into action. According to newly surfaced Galaxy S8 case renders , it appears that the Galaxy S8 may come with a fourth physical button. This had led some to speculate that this mysterious fourth button might be used as a way for users to quickly activate Bixby. As for other specs worth noting, the Galaxy S8 will likely feature an edgeless display, improved camera technology, 32GB of storage (with a 256GB model available), and an improved Super AMOLED display. Underneath the hood, the S8 will likely be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 S0C. There have also been rumors, however doubtful, that the device will come packed with 6GB of RAM.

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Relatively speaking, 2016 was a rough year for Apple. Although the company continued to make money hand over fist, 2016 marked the first time Apple experienced a year-over-year decline in iPhone sales. On top of that, Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup elicited an onslaught of criticism from folks who viewed the device as underpowered and embarrassingly overpriced. But if we smash through some of the hyperbole and dire projections about Apple's ability to innovate, we find that Apple still has a knack for delivering products and services that keep consumers coming back for more. According to Brand Keys' 2017 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index, Apple delivers a best in class user experience across every single category in which it competes, from smartphones to music streaming. CNET reports : When it comes to the smartphone category, the top driver is Apple. In tablets, it's Apple. In laptop computers, it's Apple. Yes, this despite the launch of the somewhat deflating MacBook Pro. What about online music? Goodness me, it's isn't Spotify. It's Apple Music. Even in the headphones product category, Apple-owned Beats ties with LG as the category driver. Can it be that at a time when Apple is subject to criticism from seemingly all sides, it's still the most emotionally involving, customer-pleasing brand of all? Brand Keys' latest study provides a good opportunity to point out the dangers in getting swept away in the hive mind mentality that tends to hover over Apple. If you didn't know any better, you might reasonably assume that the new MacBook Pro, for example, was nothing short of a flop. In reality, Apple's revamped MacBook Pro has proven to be extremely popular with consumers, with Phil Schiller even stating this past November that Apple's "online store has had more orders for the new MacBook Pro than any other pro notebook before." It's easy to get bogged down in sales figures and pessimistic diatribes about how Apple's best days are behind it, but it's important to remember that when it comes to providing users with an intuitive and enjoyable user experience, Apple still knows how to deliver.

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Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for "modem" chips that connect phones to wireless networks. The two companies together accounted for 40 percent of Qualcomm's $23.5 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Apple accused Qualcomm of overcharging for chips and refusing to pay some $1 billion in promised rebates.

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The phone pictured at the top of this post might look like an iPhone 7, but it's not. It has the same matte black finish as an iPhone 7, and it also has the same rounded edges, camera bump and antenna lines. Through the magic of Chinese smartphone parts makers accessible through AliExpress, a number of kits are now available that let you transform your old iPhone 5s into an "iPhone 7 mini." It's actually not as complicated as you might think, and pretty much anyone with a steady hand, a bit of patience and about $50 for the kit and tools can get the job done in a few hours. Reddit user "igenno" was intrigued by the various iPhone 5s conversion kits he came across one day on AliExpress, so he decided to buy one and try it out. The kits, which are available from a wide range of sellers on the popular product portal, allow people to transform the 3-year-old iPhone 5s and modernize its appearance, making it look just like an iPhone 7, but smaller. The result is indeed fairly impressive. Apple's iPhone 5s design was iconic at the time, but times change. The newer rounded look of the iPhone 6, 6s and 7 has grown to become far more popular in recent years — so popular that Apple has now reused it not once but twice. So, igenno ordered a kit from a seller who seemed reputable, and then he went to work. The Redditor says that he has some experience with iPhone repair, and the entire process took him about three hours from start to finish. He used this iFixit guide to help him, and he used all of the tools recommended in that guide. He says that the result is "sexy," and that the aluminum looks and feels just like the aluminum Apple uses on the real iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The biggest problem with the conversion, according to the post, is that reception has been degraded by what he believes to be 15% - 20% following the conversion. You can read the entire thread on Reddit  to learn more. If you'd like to convert your own iPhone 5s into an iPhone 7 mini, you can pick a reputable seller from this page on AliExpress . A photo showing the front of the phone can be seen below.

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A petition for new US president Donald Trump to release his tax returns has already appeared on whitehouse.gov, the administration’s official website. How is it possible that the new website of President Trump, who has refused to release his tax returns to date — in fact, went as far as saying he was “smart” for not paying them — would even show such a petition? As of this writing the tax petition has more than 23,000 signatures.

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Last summer, T-Mobile introduced a new rewards program called T-Mobile Tuesdays . Every Tuesday, T-Mobile subscribers are able to take advantage of a new offer, from free pizzas to free Lyft rides. But next week is different. Next Tuesday, T-Mobile users will not only receive two free FandangoNOW movie rentals, two gas discounts from Shell and a free $15 Lyft ride — they'll also be able to give those rewards away. As T-Mobile explains on its website , the T-Mobile Tuesdays app will now allow users to gift select rewards, including the rewards on offer next week. Even better, T-Mobile subscribers can gift the rewards to AT&T or Verizon subscribers, if they so please. Just the latest way that the Uncarrier is rubbing it in. “With the Un-carrier, the customer – and now even their family and friends – always get more. The other guys don’t even know how to give you something without asking for more – much less give you something you can share with family and friends,” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere in a press release this week. “Personally, I’m gifting one of my T-Mobile Tuesday gifts to Lowell and another to Randall to say ‘thank you’ for donating so many customers to T-Mobile for so many years.” Lowell McAdam and Randall Stephenson are of course the CEOs of Verizon and AT&T, respectively. If Legere has the opportunity to take a shot at one or either of them, you better believe he's going to take it. The giftable T-Mobile rewards will be available on January 24th.

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Are your lunch choices dictated by your age and gender? KFC thinks they might be, so it's going to use facial recognition technology to categorize customers and pitch meal choices that its algorithm thinks will make you happy. The Chinese arm of the popular fried chicken chain is partnering with China's search giant Baidu to implement the technology in its restaurants. Unlike a typical fast food experience — where you walk in, stare at the menu, pick something, then walk out — KFC China's new technology relies on a computer to scan the customer's face and make its best guess at their age, gender, and any other facial cues that might help it guess what you'd enjoy. Then, each customer gets their own personalized meal recommendation, and they can choose to either go with what the computer thinks or simply pick something off of the menu like they normally do. It's a weird concept, and sounds eerily similar to the oft-cited future world of Minority Report, where advertisements scan each passerby and provide personalized pitches. Of course, KFC China's recognition system has very little to do with you as a person and relies heavily on demographic trends instead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiDMlFycNrw The idea of any company scanning your face and running that data through an algorithm in an effort to gauge which one of its products it thinks you might enjoy is definitely creepy, but when that company is pitching greasy chicken bits? Well, maybe we can look the other way on it.

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Earlier today, Android Police spotted a new feature getting rolled out to some Android devices called “Instant Tethering.” The idea cribs from one of the best features that Mac and iPhone users enjoy: instead of pulling your phone out and manually turning on tethering, you can just turn it on directly from the device that needs internet. On Android, it seems like it can pop up a request if you aren’t online. This appears to be an Android-only feature that uses devices connected through a single Google account.

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Donald Trump built his campaign on early morning tweet storms and hashtag-worthy slogans. Now president, he's in control of the White House's powerful social media arsenal, including the official @POTUS Twitter account that has nearly 14 million followers.

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President Donald Trump took over the sprawling US government today, and some of his new employees are using the occasion to poke at him on Twitter. Whoever is running the National Park Service's Twitter account is subtweeting the new president with messages that appear to challenge his ideas and his stature. Early today, @NatlParkService posted a tweet by The Wilderness Society about Obama’s recognition of LGBTQ history and places — the same day that the LGBTQ rights page disappeared from the White House website.

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Every time it looks like Microsoft has learned its lesson, it goes out and finds an exciting new way to make people angry again. Just last week, in response to criticisms regarding data collection on Windows 10, the company announced that it would introduce a new privacy dashboard and simplify the privacy settings set up experience . It's a step in the right direction as the company attempts to regain the trust of its users, but now, a week later, reports are circulating that Microsoft is pushing desktop popups to Chrome users on Windows 10. First reported by Myce , Windows 10 users with a Chrome icon in their taskbar have begun receiving popup notifications advertising Microsoft's Personal Shopping Assistant  extension. "Quickly compare prices online," the popup reads. "Get Microsoft's Personal Shopping Assistant for Chrome." While a majority of the reviews for the extension on the Chrome Web Store from 2016 are positive, over a dozen one-star reviews have been posted in the last week, all citing the "spam" from Microsoft. "Installed this so I could leave this review," writes one user. "I'm uninstalling it right after. Microsoft Windows 10 popped up a notification when I launched Chrome tonight, telling me I should install this extension. Basically, they forced a popup ad into my Windows experience, and interfered with my use of my computer to push this waste of time onto me. They should be banned from the Chrome store because of this." Controversy aside, the extension looks fairly useful at a glance, but this is clearly not the way to go about advertising it, especially when users are (understandably) skittish about cybersecurity.

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Barack Obama has stepped down as president and is heading off for a brief vacation as a private citizen. In the hours before today’s inauguration, Obama and his team launched a new website, Obama.org. The site was created by the Obama Foundation, which is overseeing the creation of the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, and its stated mission is to provide a forum for those looking to work with the Center to improve the lives of American citizens.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is suing mobile chip maker Qualcomm for $1 billion in a patent fight pitting the iPhone maker against one of its major suppliers.

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Adoptly Kickstarter has suspended the campaign for Adoptly, the project to crowdfund a Tinder-like app for finding children up for adoption.No explanation was given for why the campaign was suspended, but it’s pretty easy to make some guesses, the leading one being: Adoptly looked completely fake.The service sounded like satire and listed employees whose identities couldn’t be verified in any way. While one member of the Adoptly team who spoke with The Verge insisted that it was real, there wasn’t much evidence to back it up. ...

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Amazon’s hottest Kindle bundle has been on sale all week, and we got some great feedback from bargain hunters when we told you about the sale this past Monday. In fact, we got so much feedback that we want to make sure no one missed this great deal. Through the end of the day on Sunday, January 22, Amazon is knocking an extra $20 off its already discounted price on the Kindle Essentials Bundle , which includes the wildly popular 6-inch Kindle, an Amazon cover and a power adapter. Separately, the three items cost $130 and Amazon normally sells them for $115. But if you use the promo code KINDLEBUNDLE , you’ll get this hot bundle for just $94.97. Some highlights from the product page: Includes the latest Kindle 6" E-Reader with Special Offers ($79.99), Amazon Cover for Kindle ($29.99), and Amazon 5W Power Adapter ($19.99) Easy on your eyes-touchscreen display reads like real paper No screen glare, even in bright sunlight, unlike tablets Single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours Get lost in your story with no alerts or notifications Holds thousands of books-choose from new releases and bestsellers, or from over a million titles at $2.99 or less Try Kindle Unlimited free for 30 days-includes over 1 million titles

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NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has reportedly picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules to be chief regulator of the nation's airwaves and internet connections.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico's lawsuit against air bag maker Takata (all times local):

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DirecTV Now, AT&T's fledgling TV streaming service, is already off to an impressive start. In a recent SEC filing , AT&T informs us that the DirecTV Now service managed to attract 200,000 paying subscribers during its first four weeks of availability. All in all, that's not too shabby given that the streaming service has had its fair share of technical hiccups along the way. Notably, the 200,000 figure only includes paying subscribers, which is to say that AT&T isn't relying on users with free trials as a means to artificially inflate its subscriber base. The broader takeaway here is that many consumers are eager to cut the cord and are more than willing to sign up for a streaming TV service if the channel lineup is solid and the price point is attractive. Indeed, what makes DirecTV Now so compelling is that it didn't skimp on the channel lineup and made sure that its various packages were more than reasonable. As you can see below, DirecTV Now's four distinct subscription plans provide a whole lot of bang for the buck compared to your standard cable TV package Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels) Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels) Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels) Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels) And while anyone can roll out an affordable TV service, DirecTV Now includes all of the top cable channels. Even the entry-level "Live a Little" option includes channels like AMC, Bravo, CNN, Comedy Central, E!, ESPN, MTV, TNT, the USA Network and more. While DirecTV Now is not without its share of drawbacks -- there is no DVR feature or access to CBS programming -- it's overwhelmingly clear that there's a huge demand for alternatives to cable TV outside of Netflix. Traditional cable channels certainly aren't going anywhere, but the manner in which consumers  access and enjoy them is clearly changing. Meanwhile, Apple's rumored TV streaming service is still nowhere to be seen, with reports over the past few months suggesting that Apple was ultimately unable to iron out pricing with various content providers. At this point, it's fair to argue that even if Apple releases a new streaming service in 2017, it may be too little too late.

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Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung for "modem" chips that help phones connect to wireless networks. Together the two accounted for 40 percent of Qualcomm's $23.5 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year. In the lawsuit, Apple accused Qualcomm of overcharging for its chips and for refusing to pay some $1 billion in promised rebates for chip purchases.

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Just days after the FTC declared that Qualcomm engaged in monopolistic practices by strong-arming Apple and other smartphone manufacturers into exclusive agreements, Apple announced it is now suing Qualcomm to the tune of $1 billion. In Apple's lawsuit, the company alleges that Qualcomm has been jacking up the royalties fees on its patent licenses, and charging Tim Cook's company hugely inflated fees. "Despite being just one of over a dozen companies who contributed to basic cellular standards, Qualcomm insists on charging Apple at least five times more in payments than all the other cellular patent licensors we have agreements with combined," Apple said, according to CNBC . Apple claims that Qualcomm also retaliated against it after Korean regulators began questioning Apple during an investigation of Qualcomm's trade practices late last year. Apple says that, by answering the questions of law enforcement in a truthful manner it angered Qualcomm, which proceeded to withhold "nearly $1 billion in payments" that Apple was due. Here's Apple's full statement: "For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with. The more Apple innovates with unique features such as TouchID, advanced displays, and cameras, to name just a few, the more money Qualcomm collects for no reason and the more expensive it becomes for Apple to fund these innovations. Qualcomm built its business on older, legacy, standards but reinforces its dominance through exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties. Despite being just one of over a dozen companies who contributed to basic cellular standards, Qualcomm insists on charging Apple at least five times more in payments than all the other cellular patent licensors we have agreements with combined. To protect this business scheme Qualcomm has taken increasingly radical steps, most recently withholding nearly $1B in payments from Apple as retaliation for responding truthfully to law enforcement agencies investigating them. Apple believes deeply in innovation and we have always been willing to pay fair and reasonable rates for patents we use. We are extremely disappointed in the way Qualcomm is conducting its business with us and unfortunately after years of disagreement over what constitutes a fair and reasonable royalty we have no choice left but to turn to the courts." Qualcomm's share price has sharply dropped roughly two and a half percent since Apple's statement was released, and that's on top of already taking a beating earlier in the week due to the FTC antitrust case. The company has not yet released an official statement.

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At Sundance’s post-world-premiere Q&A for I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, first-time feature film writer-director Macon Blair told the audience that the film was essentially “a wish-fulfillment fantasy” stemming from a house robbery. Hence I Don’t Feel at Home, a film that doesn’t feel like wish-fulfillment so much as a dark, dizzy daydream about just how bad amateur vigilante justice can get. Blair is a longtime friend and partner of indie director Jeremy Saulnier, and a producer and actor in Saulnier’s Green Room and Murder Party.

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Apple is suing Qualcomm for $1 billion, saying that the mobile chip maker has been dramatically overcharging it for the use of basic patents, according to CNBC. The lawsuit comes just days after the US Federal Trade Commission began suing Qualcomm for anti-competitive practices over the same issue. The commission said that Qualcomm had been forcing phone manufactures to pay “disproportionately high” fees for use of patents necessary to make a smartphone.

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Just weeks after a US District Court Judge rejected the claims of fair use from the producers of the Star Trek fan film Axanar, Paramount and Axanar Productions have announced a settlement that will allow both parties to skip a juried trial.

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