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Roku launches its free Roku app for the Apple Watch that will allow users to launch channels on their TV, do voice search, and find lost Roku remotes (Zac Hall/9to5Mac) November 8, 2019

Zac Hall / 9to5Mac: Roku launches its free Roku app for the Apple Watch that will allow users to launch channels on their TV, do voice search, and find lost Roku remotes  —  Roku streaming devices gained the Apple TV app last month for viewing Apple TV+ shows as well as content from HBO, Showtime, […]

Virginia Launches Initiative to Fund CS Degrees

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has announced a new program to create 31,000 new computer science graduates over 20 years through funding programs with 11 universities across the state. Virginia Launches Initiative to Fund CS Degrees
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Best Buy’s early Black Friday deals have already started, and they’re great

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Best Buy has shared its Black Friday ad, and one of the big surprises was that some of its best deals are already happening. If you’re a My Best Buy member (Best Buy’s free membership service), you can save a lot of money today on the new seventh-generation iPad. You can also save on various sizes and storage configurations of the 2018 iPad Pro.

But you don’t have to be a My Best Buy member to take advantage of some big sales that we didn’t think we’d see until later in the month, like the steeply discounted Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with a Type Cover included at no extra charge. This bodes well if you don’t want to wait, but perhaps it bodes even better for those who want to wait since there may be even better deals coming in just a few…

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Best Buy’s early Black Friday deals have already started, and they’re great
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SMS provider said 168,000 Valentine’s texts were delayed — now it says the number is higher

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The company at fault for the tens of thousands of delayed text messages that were sent out early Thursday morning says that more messages were delayed than it originally believed. Syniverse, the company at fault, originally stated that 168,149 messages were delayed. It now says that the number was based on “preliminary data” and that further review shows the message total “is higher than initially reported.”

Syniverse didn’t indicate how much higher the number might be or whether it would release final numbers once it had figured out the total. It’s worth remembering that the total number of people affected is at least double the number of delayed messages: there’s the sender, whose message was received months later at an odd hour of the…

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SMS provider said 168,000 Valentine’s texts were delayed — now it says the number is higher
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Seriously, Update Your Old Windows 7 PCs and Windows Servers Right Now

We’ve made several posts over the past year about “BlueKeep,” a serious exploit present in Windows 7's remote desktop protocol (RDP) that could allow a hacker to take control of someone’s PC. Hell, we even covered recent news about the first successful use of BlueKeep attacks earlier this week, wherein hackers…

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Seriously, Update Your Old Windows 7 PCs and Windows Servers Right Now
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Amazon’s roadmap for Alexa is scarier than anything Facebook or Twitter is doing


Amazon has big plans for its virtual assistant. One day, perhaps sooner than you think, Alexa will take a proactive role in directing our lives. It’ll interpret our data, make decisions for us, and summon us when it has something to say. Rohit Prasad, the scientist in charge of Alexa‘s development, recently gave MIT Technology Review’s Karen Hao one of the most terrifying interviews in modern journalism. We know how dangerous it is to let bad actors run amok with AI and our data – if you need a refresher, recall the Cambridge Analytica scandal. That’s not to say Prasad…

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Amazon’s roadmap for Alexa is scarier than anything Facebook or Twitter is doing
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Google is purposefully crippling the Pixel 4’s brightness to save battery life

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Is anyone feeling deja vu? It seems every year, Google makes puzzling choices with its Pixel displays. The Pixel 2 XL was criticized for awful color calibration, the Pixel 3 XL for its absurd notch, the Pixel 4 for never sticking to the claimed 90Hz refresh rate. But there’s another problem with Google‘s latest: it’s screen isn’t all that bright. Worse, it seems Google is purposefully limiting the panel’s brightness, even in high ambient light. As noted by Mishaal Rahman over at XDA, there is a high brightness mode hidden in the Pixel 4‘s code. By default, the phone is…

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Google is purposefully crippling the Pixel 4’s brightness to save battery life
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Amid the ongoing probes of tech giants, DOJ's antitrust chief warns that amassing vast quantities of consumers' data could create competition concerns (Tony Romm/Washington Post)


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Amid the ongoing probes of tech giants, DOJ’s antitrust chief warns that amassing vast quantities of consumers’ data could create competition concerns  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Justice Department’s top antitrust enforcer warned tech giants on Friday that amassing vast quantities …

Amid the ongoing probes of tech giants, DOJ's antitrust chief warns that amassing vast quantities of consumers' data could create competition concerns (Tony Romm/Washington Post)
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Roku’s new free app lets you control your viewing with your Apple Watch

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If you’re constantly misplacing your Roku remote, you now have an alternative way to control your movies — right from your wrist. According to the Roku blog, there is now a free app available for the Apple Watch.

The Roku app looks, and works, very much like the iPhone and Android apps. It allows you to launch various Roku-based channels (listed in the order of most recently launched), control the cursor on your TV interface, play and pause your videos — in other words, work as an efficient remote control.

The new app even allows for voice control, so you can launch channels or find programs without having to tap your screen (as long as you are using an Apple Watch Series 1 through 5 — it apparently doesn’t work with the first-generation…

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro X now steers you away from buying apps that don’t work

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The Surface Pro X sure looks nice, but a lot of currently available apps on the Microsoft Store don’t work with its custom SQ1 64-bit ARM processor — and weirdly, my colleague Dieter Bohn found that the Microsoft Store won’t stop you from buying apps that don’t work. So, in theory, you could pay for an app and download it, only to find it’s incompatible with your shiny new computer. Frustrating, to say the least.

Microsoft promised it would fix that issue, and it has — sort of — with an update to the Microsoft Store app, according to Windows Central. If you’re using the updated app on Windows 10 with an ARM device, it will now apparently hide some incompatible apps and games from browsing or search if they won’t work on your computer.

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Google’s early Black Friday deals include $200 off the Pixel 4, $100 off the Pixel 3A

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Google has announced a few of its Black Friday deals, and they’re currently focused around its Pixel phones. You’ll be able to find decent discounts on unlocked Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and the midrange Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL soon at a variety of retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and more.

Google’s Pixel 4 saw a brief $100 price cut before it even released in late October (never pay full price for a phone), but if you missed out, you’ll soon be able to get an even better deal on the new phone. Starting on Sunday, November 24th, it will be $200 off, priced at $599 for the 64GB version and $699 for the 128GB version. Applying this discount to the Pixel 4 XL makes it $699 for the base 64GB version and $799 for the model…

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Google’s early Black Friday deals include 0 off the Pixel 4, 0 off the Pixel 3A
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CDC announces breakthrough in vaping lung injury investigation

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Samples of lung fluid from 29 lung injury patients in 10 states all contained the same chemical, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today. The discovery is a huge step forward for the ongoing investigation into the severe and mysterious lung injuries that have affected e-cigarette users across the country.

The chemical, called vitamin E acetate is now considered a “chemical of concern” by the CDC, which is investigating the outbreak. As of November 5th, 2019, 39 people have died of the injury, and 2,051 cases are being investigated.

The agency says that vitamin E acetate is an oily substance found in a ton of typical household items,…

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CDC announces breakthrough in vaping lung injury investigation
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Play These 'Pencil-and-Paper' Games With Your Kid

There are many times during the course of parenting that you find yourself somewhere with a kid, waiting for something to happen. You might be waiting for the doctor to call you back for an appointment, waiting for your food to arrive in the restaurant or waiting for the plane to land. You need something to do, so you…

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Play These 'Pencil-and-Paper' Games With Your Kid
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See MIT's Mini Cheetah backflipping robots play a mean game of soccer – CNET

MIT’s Biomimetic Robotics Lab takes the cute quadruped outside for a delightful robot play date. See MIT's Mini Cheetah backflipping robots play a mean game of soccer – CNET
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DOJ issues new warning to big tech: Data and privacy could be competition concerns

The Justice Department’s top antitrust official warned tech giants on Friday that amassing vast quantities of consumers’ data could create competition concerns in the eyes of federal regulators, marking the U.S. government’s latest shot across the bow at Silicon Valley and its size. DOJ issues new warning to big tech: Data and privacy could be competition concerns
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Chevy Menlo electric car is a neat crossover not for the US – Roadshow

It’s far more interesting than the Bolt EV, in my opinion. Chevy Menlo electric car is a neat crossover not for the US – Roadshow
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Moon-bound NASA astronauts get nifty sleeping bags for snoozing in space – CNET

NASA shows off new details of the Orion spacecraft that’s meant to go to the moon. Moon-bound NASA astronauts get nifty sleeping bags for snoozing in space – CNET
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This lifetime VPN Unlimited subscription protects 5 devices for just $15 – CNET

Lowest price ever! This virtual private network can help protect you from hackers. This lifetime VPN Unlimited subscription protects 5 devices for just – CNET
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Helsinki-based Whim, which lets users access all available transport options from buses and taxis to ride-hailing services and e-scooters, raises €10M from BP (Kelly Gilblom/Bloomberg)


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Helsinki-based Whim, which lets users access all available transport options from buses and taxis to ride-hailing services and e-scooters, raises €10M from BP  —  – Oil major invests 10 million euros in Whim app maker MaaS  — BP is seeking to understand changing consumer preferences

Helsinki-based Whim, which lets users access all available transport options from buses and taxis to ride-hailing services and e-scooters, raises €10M from BP (Kelly Gilblom/Bloomberg)
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This Vermouth and Pear Cocktail Is Ideal for Crisp Evenings

I always love the idea of pears more than the actual fruit, primarily because—like avocados—their “aw, hell yeah” window is very short. But pear brandy never fails me; the flavor is consistently good, the mouthfeel is never gritty, and the ABV hovers around 40%.

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This Vermouth and Pear Cocktail Is Ideal for Crisp Evenings
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2019 is the year of the ‘climate strike’

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Global Climate Strike | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

“Climate strike” has been crowned word of the year by Collins Dictionary. The term, which refers to people leaving work or school as a way to demand action on climate change, was used 100 times more often in 2019 compared to last year, Collins’ lexicographers found. The company says that they monitor a 9.5 billion-word body of text each year to identify “new and notable” words that reflect big shifts in culture.

Massive protests across the globe over the past year reflect people’s growing sense of urgency to take action on climate change. Around this time last year, a panel of scientists convened by the United Nations released a report that found that the world had 12 years left (11 now) to dramatically cut down its use…

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CDC Officially Confirms Vitamin E Acetate as Prime Suspect in Vaping Illnesses

The CDC announced today that they are finally on board with the leading theory about what’s causing the vaping illness they are calling EVALI: vitamin E acetate, found mainly in THC vapes. A new technique for sampling lung fluid revealed that all of the patients tested—a convenience sample of 29 people from 10…

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CDC Officially Confirms Vitamin E Acetate as Prime Suspect in Vaping Illnesses
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If You Use Amazon's Ring Doorbell Devices, Change Your Wifi Password

If you’re using one of Amazon’s Ring doorbell devices, you should change your home wifi network password immediately. According to Techcrunch, Ring doorbell devices were sharing wifi passwords as cleartext—unencrypted text data, essentially—with users’ smartphones during setup. This leaves home networks and any…

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If You Use Amazon's Ring Doorbell Devices, Change Your Wifi Password
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This Calculator Tells You If a 'Discount' Is Worth It

It certainly feels like everything is on sale all the time these days. But not all sales are created equal. It’s especially important to recognize this during the holidays, when shopping holidays feature complex discount schemes that sometimes carry equally complex limitations.

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This Calculator Tells You If a 'Discount' Is Worth It
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Apple says it is working on a fix for a macOS bug that stored portions of encrypted emails sent via Mail app in an unencrypted form (Jay Peters/The Verge)


Jay Peters / The Verge:

Apple says it is working on a fix for a macOS bug that stored portions of encrypted emails sent via Mail app in an unencrypted form  —  Apple may have known for months  —  Apple stakes a lot of its reputation on how it protects the privacy of its users, as it wants to be the only tech company you trust.

Apple says it is working on a fix for a macOS bug that stored portions of encrypted emails sent via Mail app in an unencrypted form (Jay Peters/The Verge)
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Find the Perfect Excuse for Every Embarrassing Corporate Data Leak

Sometimes I wonder why everyone isn’t getting hacked all the time. We’re all so bad at security, and there are so many people who know how to abuse it! And then I remember that we are getting hacked all the time.

Companies regularly dangle all our home addresses and passwords and phone numbers and credit card info out…

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Find the Perfect Excuse for Every Embarrassing Corporate Data Leak
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