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Black Friday 2018 console deals now live: PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch bundles start at $200 – CNET November 18, 2018

Black Friday is the best time to buy a new gaming console, and this year’s deals have begun. Black Friday 2018 console deals now live: PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch bundles start at 0 – CNET Source: CNet

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NVIDIA's new GPU is better than the Titan X and $500 cheaper – CNET

Available from March 10, the $700 GPU has 11GB of GDDR5X memory and is designed for 4K gaming.
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Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge honored with UFO award – CNET

Didn’t know the rock star had a thing for aliens? DeLonge’s passion to find proof of their existence — including creating a news site dedicated to UFO research — earns him an accolade.
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​Uber CEO battles driver over falling fares and low pay – CNET

A dashboard cam catches Travis Kalanick getting into a heated argument with his driver. This comes on top of weeks of criticism for the ride-hailing company.
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Look at this amazing smart-home tech for kitchens – CNET

Robot chefs! Sinks that appear — and disappear! Cups that defy gravity! Want a smarter kitchen? Here it comes.
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Is angry video the end for Uber's CEO? – CNET

Commentary: In a video obtained by Bloomberg, Travis Kalanick gets into an argument with an Uber Black driver. He doesn’t come out of it well. Is it time for him to go?
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CNET asks: Will the nostalgic Nokia 3310 candy-bar phone win you back? – CNET

The Nokia 3310 is back! Updated and long on nostalgia but not nearly as smart as your average smartphone — is this phone enticing enough for you to buy it?
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Rolls-Royce builds bespoke ride-on for hospitalized children – Roadshow

I have a lot of dust in my eyes all of a sudden.
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Trump signs laws to promote women in STEM – CNET

Two new laws will let NASA and the National Science Foundation push for women and girls to get into STEM.
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Nintendo Switch needs a big dose of NES Classic – CNET

Commentary: The Switch should be a retro paradise. But it isn’t. Yet.
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No, you're not crazy. Part of the internet broke – CNET

Amazon’s cloud service, which hosts some of your favorite sites, had a bad day.
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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 test build supports ability to block non-Store apps

Microsoft’s Creators Update test build 15046 for PCs adds a few more feature tweaks, including the ability to control more granularly how users install apps.
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Microsoft to discontinue Skype WiFi as of March 31

Microsoft is discontinuing its Skype WiFi service globally at the end of March, with officials citing a desire to focus on ‘core’ features as the reason.
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YouTube, angling to be 'real' TV, will launch live networks – CNET

Confirming a poorly kept secret, Google’s YouTube will roll out live TV channels in the next few months, taking on cable companies and web TV like Sling.
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The kookiest tech at MWC 2017 comes from startups – CNET

From cute robots to a composite phone, we check the coolest and craziest tech from the startup world at the 4YFN show at Mobile World Congress.
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No, you're not crazy. Part of the internet *is* broken – CNET

Amazon’s cloud service, which hosts some of your favorite sites, is having a bad day … you might get some work done!
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Zelda at 30,000 feet: Playing the Nintendo Switch on a plane – CNET

Planes are cramped enough, but what happens when you throw in a tall reporter, a 9-month-old baby and the new Nintendo Switch video game console?
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You'll be able to watch live TV in your 2018 Ford Expedition – Roadshow

Ford placed an increased focus on streaming services when building the entertainment system for its latest family hauler.
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IDG Contributor Network: The dangers of the public internet

The Internet is under attack.

It has been for many years, ever since “hacker” and “malware” first crept into our vocabulary. But, the internet has grown exponentially since those days. It was never meant to handle the level of data it traffics today, a level that exceeded 1 zettabyte last year.

The internet was originally built just to share files between users. The fact that it has grown into the massive web of data and endpoints we enjoy now — one where smartphones, tablets and smart TVs will account for nearly 70 percent of Internet traffic by 2019 — is an enormous convenience to how we work, communicate and live.

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See a rare lightning strike hit Seattle's Space Needle – CNET

A sizzling lightning strike cuts through the sky around the landmark Space Needle in a eye-opening video.
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Halo 5 Guardians headlines new Xbox subscription service – CNET

Xbox Game Pass will put more than 100 games at your fingertips.
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How to turn AT&T's Stream Saver feature off – CNET

Unlimited data plans are now available, so turn this feature off to get HD-quality streaming video.
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Google Home prepares for its UK debut – CNET

Google’s smart speaker will be available in the UK by the end of June, according to BBC News.
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Report: Alexa could pick up your next customer service call – CNET

According to The Information, Amazon Web Services is preparing to sell Alexa-based software to call centers.
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Microsoft, Intel, banks form Enterprise Ethereum blockchain alliance

Microsoft is expanding on its Azure Blockchain-as-a-Service work by joining the new Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, along with Intel and a number of leading banks.
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Apple's next iPhone to ditch Lightning for USB-C, report says – CNET

The next iPhone could have a screen similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge — and could ditch the Lightning cable, according to a new report.
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Nokia and Google: Tech's most unlikely BFFs? – CNET

Nokia is so into Google that it promises Android phones “more pure and secure than Pixel.”
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Smart toy flaws make hacking kids' info child's play – CNET

CloudPets maker Spiral Toys left children’s voice recordings and account info exposed, reports say. It appears hackers stole and ransomed user data.
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SoundCloud launches cheaper, $5 subscriptions – CNET

For half the price of its $10 music subscription, customers still get offline listening and no ads, but they’ll be locked out of millions of tracks.
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Will a cyber crisis add to chaos of Trump’s first 100 days?

While plenty of controversy has surrounded President Donald Trump’s fledgling administration, it hasn’t yet faced a major crisis.

But according to Forrester Research, aside from any political or military events, the new president will face a cyber crisis sometime within his first 100 days.

The company made the prediction last fall, prior to the election, as part of its “Predictions 2017” brief, so it didn’t specifically focus on either Trump or Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

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This tiny chip could revolutionize smartphone and IOT security

Engineers at South Korea’s SK Telecom have developed a tiny chip that could help secure communications on a myriad of portable electronics and IOT devices.

The chip is just 5 millimeters square—smaller than a fingernail—and is capable of generating mathematically provable random numbers. Such numbers are the basis for highly-secure encryption systems and producing them in such a small package hasn’t been possible until now.

The chip, on show at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, could be in sample production as early as March this year and will cost a few dollars once in commercial production, said Sean Kwak, director at SK Telecom’s quantum technology lab.

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FCC Chairman wants to bring faster, cheaper broadband to all – CNET

The newly christened head of the Federal Communications Commission outlines his vision for light-touch regulation that he believes will spur investment in future networks.
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Red alert! Beware of insiders bearing APTs

We live in a global society. While your country’s economy may be stagnating or barely growing, someone else’s economy is probably booming. It’s no wonder your company is reaching across international borders to establish new business ties and revenue sources.

That’s all well and good. But you should also know that I’ve consulted for a number of companies that found themselves under an APT (advanced persistent threat) attack, only to learn it originated with foreign employees of the same company. I’ve even consulted with a few clients that discovered they had foreign spies working in their domestic operations. The risk is small, but it exists.

Even if no such skullduggery has occurred, most companies worry about it. After all, it’s common knowledge that Chinese APT attacks have been underway for years.

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Meizu throws its hat into the quick-charging ring at MWC – CNET

The Chinese manufacturer says it can get you from zero to full in 20 minutes.
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Hong Kong police to reconstruct crime scenes with 3D printers – CNET

“And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids and your 3D printers.”
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BlackBerry returns with 3 possible new phones in 2017 – CNET

Chinese maker TCL could make as many as three more BlackBerry phones this year as it builds up the portfolio. Also, hope for a revival of the Palm brand?
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Give your iPhone heat vision and more with these neat gadgets – CNET

A heat-mapping plug-in and 360-degree live stream camera that looks like a sheep join the new gadget herd.
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Samsung de-facto leader formally charged with bribery – CNET

Jay Y. Lee, Samsung’s vice chairman, has been indicted in connection with the political scandal in South Korea.
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Pansonic's new camera tech can read your heart rate – CNET

The Japanese company is working on camera software that can even work on webcams.
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Alibaba wants Chinese government to help curb counterfeiting – CNET

It’s been too easy for counterfeiters to get away with it, the company argued in a new appeal.
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Astro Boy returns as your new buildable robot buddy – CNET

Those in Japan can build an Astro Boy robot by collecting 70 magazines that come with a different piece of the robotic puzzle.
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17 stunning shots from 1 great Instagram account – CNET

If you’re just following friends on Instagram, you could be missing out on a lot of great photography. I decided to start sharing top accounts and I hope you’ll share too.
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Boat captain relies on iPad as compass, crashes – CNET

Commentary: A British man at the helm of a 50-foot boat doesn’t realize how unreliable Wi-Fi signals can be. His boat is struck by a huge cargo ship.
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Yamaha's MusicCast will get cozy with Alexa voice control in 2017 – CNET

Yamaha is the latest company to announce Alexa integration with its own MusicCast multiroom system, which is due to roll out this fall.
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Everything from the first day of Mobile World Congress – CNET

Sony and Alcatel showed off new phones and devices, but the “Star Trek”-inspired universal translator from Waverly Labs stole the show.
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Netflix wants to kill buffering dead – CNET

CEO Reed Hastings thinks it’ll go the way of the old dial tone noise for internet access. He also weighs in on piracy, artificial intelligence and more.
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Uber exec resigns after sexual harassment shake-up with former job – CNET

The ride-hailing company asks head of engineering Amit Singhal to step down because he didn’t disclose sexual harassment allegations lodged against him while he was working at Google.
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SpaceX to shoot two tourists around the moon – CNET

The private space company will fly two private citizens along the same path as Apollo 8 from the same launch pad — almost 50 years later.
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​Google honors humanitarian Adbul Sattar Edhi with a doodle – CNET

Known for helping deliver medicine to those in need, the “Angel of Mercy” is celebrated on what would’ve been his 89th birthday.
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Personalized spam campaign targets Germany with password-stealing malware

The highly-specific spammers using breached personal information are at it again

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​Gates solves Apple vs. Microsoft debate, kinda – CNET

During a Reddit Ask Me Anything, Microsoft’s co-founder credits Xerox for creating the graphical interface that influenced both him and Apple’s Steve Jobs.
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