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Apple shows ambition to get into self-driving car race

An Apple logo hangs above the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York CityBy David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles. A five-page letter from Steve Kenner, Apple's director of product integrity, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the company's most comprehensive statement yet about its interest in self-driving vehicle technology. "Executed properly under NHTSA's guidance, automated vehicles have the potential to greatly enhance the human experience — to prevent millions of car crashes and thousands of fatalities each year and to give mobility to those without." Apple urged regulators not to impose too many restrictions on testing of self-driving cars, saying "established manufacturers and new entrants should be treated equally." Since software would decide what actions to take in potentially dangerous situations, Apple said certain areas need special attention.

Philippines urges Bangladesh to share results of heist investigation

Commuters pass by the front of the Bangladesh central bank building in DhakaThe Philippine government wants Bangladesh to share the findings of its investigation into how unknown hackers pulled off one of the world's largest cyber bank heists, to help speed up recovery of the stolen funds. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, who last week met with a Bangladesh delegation, said Manila "strongly recommended" Dhaka share the results of its investigation. Cyber criminals tried to steal nearly $1 billion from Bangladesh Bank in February and made off with $81 million via an account at the New York Federal Reserve.

Pentagon says Raytheon making progress on satellite control station
Raytheon Co is making progress on a long-delayed program for new ground control stations for next-generation GPS satellites, although it is lagging a remedial schedule agreed with military officials, the Pentagon's chief arms buyer said. "It's actually making progress," Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told Reuters during the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in southern California. Kendall decided in October to continue work on Raytheon's Operational Control System (OCX) program after a mandatory live-or-die review triggered when the program breached critical cost thresholds earlier this year.
Airbnb, New York City settle rental law lawsuit

A 3D printed people's models are seen in front of a displayed Airbnb logo in this illustrationBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Airbnb Inc and New York City said on Friday they had resolved a lawsuit brought by the company challenging a law it argued could expose it to significant penalties for advertising short-term apartment rentals. Airbnb had contended that the law's ambiguous wording could allow New York authorities to apply it to online platforms like itself that host third-party listings, creating the risk of significant civil penalties and criminal liability. Under the terms of the settlement, New York City agreed that the law would not be enforced against the company and was instead aimed at individual violators, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

U.S. presidential commission issues recommendations on cyber security

Man poses in front of on a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaThe U.S. government and the private sector must cooperate to improve the security of digital networks, a U.S. presidential commission on cyber security recommended in a wide-ranging report issued on Friday. The commission created by President Barack Obama earlier this year also recommended that the president and Congress accelerate the pace at which technology is updated in the federal sector and that the president appoint an ambassador for cyber security for efforts abroad. Obama said in a statement after meeting the commission's head, his former national security adviser Tom Donilon, on Friday that his administration strongly supported the commission's "thoughtful and pragmatic" recommendations.

Obama bars China's Fujian from buying Aixtron's U.S. business

The headquarters of German chip equipment maker Aixtron SE is pictured in HerzogenrathBy Matthias Inverardi and Diane Bartz FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama blocked a Chinese investment fund from acquiring the U.S. business of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron because the deal posed a risk to American national security, the Treasury Department said on Friday. Obama's executive order barring China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) from completing the acquisition of a German company with American assets was one of few such instances in which a U.S. president has blocked a transaction due to national security concerns.

The Green Party has dropped a lawsuit to force a recount in Pennsylvania

The Green Party has dropped a lawsuit to force a recount in PennsylvaniaAfter raising almost $7 million to fund a recount in three principle battleground states, Green Party-backed voters have dropped a court case that would have forced a state-wide recount in Pennsylvania, citing their inability to pay a court-ordered bond. Presently, the fundraising goal has been increased to $9.5 million, with a total of $6.9 million raised thus far.

Netflix announces dates for Sense8 Christmas Special and second season

Netflix announces dates for Sense8 Christmas Special and second seasonNetflix Ever since Netflix renewed Sense8 for a second season in 2015, there’s been little news about the series. Netflix finally dropped the news via Twitter earlier this afternoon, announcing the premiere date of the next season, as well as a Christmas special, which will air later this month. Sense8: A Christmas Special will begin streaming on Friday, December 23rd, while the show’s second season will premiere on May 5th, 2017. Our story continues. A Christmas Special: December 23. 10 new episodes: May 5, 2017. ...

New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer is packed with action and classic rock

New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer is packed with action and classic rockMarvelMarvel just released a new teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and it’s packed with plenty of action, humor, and classic rock.We got our first brief look at the movie back in October, but this new trailer gives us a great look at the entire gang: Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and even Baby Groot (Vin Diesel). The trailer opens with Drax jumping at a huge alien creature, while Rocket gives baby Groot some detailed instructions: don’t push this button. ...

Westworld’s season finale: everything you need to know

Westworld’s season finale: everything you need to knowJohn P. Johnson / HBO Sunday night, HBO will broadcast the 90-minute season finale of Westworld. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that the show has had an eventful couple of weeks, with recent revelations confirming major fan theories while still leaving a bunch of questions unanswered… for the time being.All of which probably makes this the best time to rewatch the entire season for a quick refresh on all the byzantine plot machinations and character turns — but let’s be honest. You’re busy. ...

Watch the first trailer for The Last of Us Part Two

Watch the first trailer for The Last of Us Part TwoNaughty DogSony closed its annual PlayStation Experience event by announcing The Last of Us Part Two. The anticipated sequel is the second big announcement from developer Naughty Dog today, following the reveal of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.The Last of Us Part Two takes place after the events of the original game. In the trailer, an adult Ellie sings a brooding tune with the help of an acoustic guitar. Joel, her complicated father figure enters the room, and ask if the young woman plans to go through with an ambiguous plan. “I’m going to find and kill every last one of them,” she replies. ...

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite set for 2017, Ultimate MVC3 on PS4 today

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite set for 2017, Ultimate MVC3 on PS4 todayDuring today’s Playstation Experience event, Sony and Capcom unveiled the latest iteration of the Marvel vs. Capcom series, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, which is slated to be released sometime in 2017. Earlier this week, Polygon reported that a new installment of the franchise was in development. The announcement trailer shows that the company is drawing heavily upon the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Iron Man and Captain Marvel duking it out Ryu and Mega Man. Shawn Layden, chairman of SIE Worldwide Studio, announced that gameplay footage will debut later tonight at the Capcom Cup. ...

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy pairs two of the series’s best co-stars in a standalone game

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy pairs two of the series’s best co-stars in a standalone gameNaughty DogUncharted 2’s Chloe Frazier will be the heroine of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, a standalone adventure coming in 2017. The game will pair Chloe with Nadine Ross from this year’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.The game was announced in the cold open for the annual PlayStation Experience event. In the eight-minute long demo, a woman sneaks through a town wearing a red hijab to conceal her identity. After pulverizing a band of bad dudes, she removes the cloth to reveal the infamous Australian treasure hunter.

Airbnb has settled its lawsuit with New York City over short-term rental fines

Airbnb has settled its lawsuit with New York City over short-term rental finesAirbnb has decided to drop a lawsuit that it had brought against New York City over a bill designed to outlaw advertising short-term rentals, according to The New York Times. Assembly Bill AB 8704-4 prohibited advertising in "a class A multiple dwelling for other than permanent residence purposes." The bill would allow authorities to issue up to $7,500 in fines for residences listed on Airbnb and similar sites, and housing advocates argued that the website was making it difficult to find affordable housing. Airbnb argued that the law was unconstitutional, and that it would "impose real harm on our community." New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law earlier this fall, even after the company attempted to change some of its policies.

Watch the PlayStation Experience 2016 keynote live stream right here
Two years ago, Sony decided that E3 wasn't enough. Rather than wait a year to showcase its games to the world, the company behind the PlayStation decided to host its own event in Las Vegas — an event that anyone could attend — and thus the annual PlayStation Experience was born. Two years later, the third PSX, which will run from December 3rd-4th, is about to begin. Although we know the schedule of the two-day event and the panels that will be held, we still don't know what surprises the keynote has in store. DON'T MISS: One last chance to buy a NES Classic Edition Before we get to that schedule though, PSX 2016 will kick off with a keynote, which you can stream live right here starting at 10AM PT / 1PM ET: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJgzJZiys-c Once the keynote ends, there will be a few panels to round out the afternoon, although the only one to have officially been announced is the Kojima Productions panel at 4PM ET, where Hideo Kojima and "special guests" will discuss Death Stranding , which stole the show at The Game Awards 2016 earlier this week . Then on Sunday, Guerrilla Games will give us a closer look at Horizon Zero Dawn at 1PM ET, the Kinda Funny guys will host a live episode of their PlayStation podcast at 3PM ET and at 5PM ET, PlayStation and Naughty Dog discuss making games for all gamers in the Accessibility: Making Games for All Gamers panel. Sony will also host the Capcom Cup, an invitational tournament for the Call of Duty World League and will give attendees the opportunity to play over 100 games, many of which won't be out until later this year or in 2017.
Apple just sent the strongest hint yet that it’s working on a self-driving car

Apple just sent the strongest hint yet that it’s working on a self-driving carApple, which has been infuriatingly secretive about it’s efforts to build a self-driving car, has sent its strongest hint yet about its so-called Project Titan. The letter is Apple’s official comment on the federal government’s automated vehicle guidelines, released last September, which has already drawn feedback from many companies working on autonomous cars like Google and Ford.

Cops steal iPhone to get around encryption problem
February 2016 might seem like a long-ago date, before the dark times really began. But if you cast your mind back that far, you'll remember that the news was dominated with a fight between the FBI and Apple over iPhone encryption. It pitted vast teams of lawyers, politicians and bloggers against each other in an impassionated argument (which all eventually fizzled out). So rather than going down the same path, the UK's Metropolitan Police worked out that they could just mug unsuspecting criminals and search their iPhones before they ever had a chance to lock them. DON'T MISS:  Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe As the  BBC  explains, the hit was organized as part of a Met investigation into a crime ring that was using fake credit cards to buy luxury goods and resell them for cash. The cops apparently believed that key evidence was on the suspect's phone, but he kept it locked at all times when it wasn't in use. As the FBI proved at length, it's difficult to get data off a locked, encrypted phone, especially a newer-model iPhone. So the UK cops decided to follow the suspect, wait until he was on a phone call in the street, and then jumped him and grabbed the device. One poor officer was given the task of swiping through screens on the open device to prevent it from turning off or locking. The technique of hitting criminals so fast that they can't destroy evidence is nothing new. This case concerned a credit card fraud ring, but the original credit card kingpin, Max Butler, was taken down in a very similar way. In Butler's case, a police raid on his home involved a team of computer science experts who were there to extract data from Butler's computers before he could hit a kill switch to encrypt everything.
New trailers: Mythbusters’ spiritual successor, James Gunn’s gory thriller, and more

New trailers: Mythbusters’ spiritual successor, James Gunn’s gory thriller, and moreIn Westworld, the timing of what we're seeing is one of the series' biggest mysteries. Some of these twists and turns are more effective than others — Westworld's stubborn refusal to provide even a glimmer of clarity is a particularly odd choice — but they're all attempting to create this remarkable feeling of moments in life having multiple meanings, some we can't see at first, some we can't immediately understand, but all adding up to something greater later on. Mythbusters may be over, but its spirt — and build team — live on over at Netflix.

Are these genetically engineered cows the future of medicine?

Are these genetically engineered cows the future of medicine?The cows were genetically engineered by biotech company SAB Biotherapeutics to produce human antibodies, proteins that fight pathogens. Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration approved a genetically modified chicken that makes a drug in its eggs to treat "lysosomal acid lipase deficiency" — a rare genetic condition that prevents the body from breaking down fatty molecules inside cells.

7 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
It’s December already which means we’re two weeks away from the premiere of the film every Star Wars fan out there will want to watch. Rogue One launches on December 16th, and tickets are already on sale online. But until then, we’ve plenty of other trailers to check out, including Tom Cruise’s The Mummy . DON’T MISS: A 75-year-old’s excellent Tweet may be the only good thing in 2016 Beauty and the Beast We already saw the first Beauty and the Beast trailer , so it’s time to check out a slight variation of it, the international clip for Disney’s hot new film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH1w7WutGOM Eloise What would you do to get your hands on a death certificate that would give you access to a great inheritance? Would you visit a creepy mental institution? That’s what Eloise is about, and yes, it’s a horror flick hitting cinemas in December. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upy2iK0KGl0 Rogue One Ok, so I’m slightly cheating here. We’ve got new footage from Rogue One , but it’s not a trailer. Even so, it’s worth watching, as Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso kicks some Stormtrooper ass in great style . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htqVHdIB2qs Sleight The Now You See Me movies made magic great again. Sleight is a new magic movie coming out next April, and it’s about a young street magician who has to take care of his sister after their mom passes away. The kicker? He will combine magic with drug dealing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqNscX2nSDw The Belko Experiment The Belko Experiment seems simple enough: The employees of Belko have to kill three people inside a company that’s on lock down. Otherwise, whoever is calling the shots will kill six of them. And that’s just phase 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP2Ow2CX6OQ The Mummy Yes, there are too many movies about mummies. But there wasn’t one starring Tom Cruise, so he had to fix it. The Mummy premieres on June 9th, so there’s plenty of time to see more footage. Aside from Cruise, we have Sofia Boutella playing the Mummy, and Russell Crowe, playing a Dr. Henry Jekyll. Yes, that Dr. Jekyll. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAWo9_V2qOg The Shack Opening on March 3, The Shack is a movie about a man (Sam Worthington) who’s dealing with the loss of his daughter when all of a sudden God (Octavia Spencer) calls him up for a meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL0yUbSS5Eg
Reminder: you can play Battlefront’s cool X-Wing VR mission next week

Reminder: you can play Battlefront’s cool X-Wing VR mission next weekBuying virtual reality games is risky. It’s not full VR support — which would probably make you sick anyway — but it’s a sign that the developers are interested in experimenting with the medium, and often a high-profile exclusive for PlayStation VR. Next week, though, you’ll get a chance to see what happens when Star Wars gets it right.

See if Your iPhone 6s is Eligible for Battery Replacement (Update)

See if Your iPhone 6s is Eligible for Battery Replacement (Update)Editors' Note: This story was updated on Dec. 2 with news of Apple's tool for eligibility. As we reported last month, Apple is starting a battery replacement program to fix a bug that's causing certain iPhone 6s models to randomly shutdown due to faulty batteries. Now, we've learned that you can check whether or not your iPhone qualifies for this new battery program, using a new tool made available from Apple itself.

Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama, joined by from left, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano, former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, talks to media in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. Donilon, and Palmisano, are being appointed as the Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. A national commission is delivering urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. The report follows the worst hacking of U.S. government systems in history and the Obama administration accusing Russia of meddling in the U.S. presidential election by hacking Democrats. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential commission on Friday made 16 urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, including creating a nutritional-type label to help consumers shop wisely and appointing a new international ambassador on the subject — weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

10 Million People Need to Stop Using This Android App Now

10 Million People Need to Stop Using This Android App NowThe popular AirDroid file-management app could open your Android device to attack, a security firm says. Until the flaw gets fixed — hopefully, within the next two weeks — you should stop using the app.

After the iPhone 8, analyst suggests Apple will face a 10-year period of volatility
Even though Apple has long been one of the most successful, profitable and closely-observed tech companies on the planet, it's absolutely dumbfounding how often armchair pundits and analysts manage to get everything wrong about the company. In a dynamic that still defies explanation, Apple's success is rarely applauded; on the contrary, its success is often used to justify the position that the company has peaked and is about to undergo an unforgiving fall from grace. DON'T MISS:  Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe That notwithstanding, the sentiment that Apple has lost its ability to innovate, meaningfully increase revenue and otherwise succeed has seemingly grown by leaps and bounds over the past few months. From critics bemoaning the MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar as nothing more than a gimmick to analysts criticizing the iPhone 7 for sporting the same form factor as the two previous iPhone models, the idea that "Apple is doomed" is not only persistent, but is arguably more prevalent than it's been in years. Sure, Apple has the iPhone 8 coming out next year, and sure, analysts believe that the device will shatter all existing iPhone sales records, but that's apparently as high as Apple will be able to go, according to some. In fact, analysts at Oppenheimer believe that Apple will soon "embark on a decade-long malaise." In a research note obtained by Business Insider , Opppenheimer writes: "Apple lacks the courage to lead the next generation of innovation (AI, cloud-based services, messaging); instead will become more reliant than ever on the iPhone ... We believe Apple is about to embark on a decade-long malaise. The risks to the company have never been greater." Nothing in the tech sphere is ever predictable, but I think we can all agree that predicting where a company will be in 10 years is utterly absurd. Consider this: the iPhone didn't even exist 10 years ago. Even in a more compressed time frame, look at how quickly Netflix managed to turn into an entertainment juggernaut and how quickly Microsoft managed to turn things around with Satya Nadella at the helm. The idea that Apple lacks the "courage" to be at the vanguard of the next generation of innovation is certainly interesting, and not wholly without merit, but it completely ignores the fact that no one at this point knows what the next great area of innovation will be. Will it in fact be AI? Or will it be augmented reality? Or, perhaps, virtual reality? Or maybe it will be something completely different, something that's not on anyone's radar at the moment. Microsoft famously missed the wave of smartphone innovation that Apple ushered in when it released the iPhone. Apple, however, has yet to miss a wave of innovation. Consequently, the idea that Apple is about to fall into a "decade-long malaise" seems a bit off the mark. Apple certainly faces a number of challenges, but it's always struck me as peculiar that Apple is never afforded the benefit of the doubt when it has a long track record of delivering innovative products to the marketplace. Oppenheimer's note concludes: "We believe its strong profitability, a cash hoard for protection, and one last 'growth' hurrah from the tenth-anniversary phone will keep investors interested in the company." Funny thing is, analysts have been predicting Apple's 'last growth hurrah' for years on end.
Chemists officially name four new elements, and here they are
The periodic table just got some new members, as the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has officially accepted new names for four elements. Element numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118 will no longer be known by their placeholder names, and instead have all-new monikers decided upon by their discoverers. The discoveries were first recognized about a year ago, and the proposed names for them were decided upon this past June. Now, chemistry's highest group has decided they are valid and will move forward with the all-new labels. DON'T MISS:  How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone Nihonium (Nh), is element 113, and is named for the Japanese word for Japan, which is Nihon. Moscovium (Mc), element 115, is named for Moscow. Tennessine (Tn), element 117, is named for Tennessee. Oganesson (Og), element 118, is named after Yuri Oganessian, honoring the 83-year-old physicist whose team is credited with being the top element hunters in the field. The official names will take the spot of placeholder titles that were given to the elemental numbers prior to their formal discovery. Those names — ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctium — occupied the seventh row of the periodic table, and will now be discarded. “The names of the new elements reflect the realities of our present time,” IUPAC President Prof Natalia Tarasova says via press release. “Universality of science, honoring places from three continents, where the elements have been discovered — Japan, Russia, the United States — and the pivotal role of human capital in the development of science, honoring an outstanding scientist — Professor Yuri Oganessian”. With row seven now completed, chemists look to the road ahead, and hope to discover entirely new elements, keeping science on its toes and periodic table poster printers in business.
Obscure iOS 10.1.1 flaw lets you bypass a stolen iPad’s strongest security feature
With the number of iOS devices out there in the wild, you can bet that if even the most obscure, ridiculous vulnerability exists in the software, someone is going to discover it sooner or later. A new bug in iOS 10.1 and 10.1.1, posted on Vulnerability Lab , seemingly allows users to bypass the iCloud activation lock on lost or stolen devices. MUST SEE:  Facebook bans — then unbans — the B.S. Detector plugin that flags fake news stories The vulnerability, which is being credited to Benjamin Kunz Mejri , works by bogging down the operating system while it's in an activation lock state, via a flood of characters in the Wi-Fi connection input fields. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yygvBJBFy4s When a device has been remotely locked by a user, the device requires an iCloud sign-in in order to unlock it. In order to actually complete the log in, the device has to connect to the internet, and one of the options for doing so is to sign in to a locked Wi-Fi network. By initiating the Wi-Fi sign-in process, the user is given two text input fields with unlimited character limits. Kunz Mejri discovered that by spamming characters into both fields, copying and pasting huge chunks of text over and over again, the entire system crawls to a halt. Then, if the device is put to sleep by a Smart Cover, when the cover is opened again the activation lock is gone and the user can navigate the home screen. As TechCrunch reports, the initial version of this exploit was discovered by Hemanth Joseph of Slash Secure , and it affected iOS 10.1. The rollout of iOS 10.1 seemingly fixed the crash, but Kunz Mejri figured out that he could still initiate the activation lock crash by using Night Shift mode while also turning the device back and forth on its side and prompting the perspective to switch.  Eventually it seems the operating system just gives up on life and lets the attacker in. It seems like a simple character limit safety net would solve the issue entirely, though we'll clearly have to wait until Apple fully plugs the hole before calling the all clear.
Watch this golden mole hunt termites by sound

Watch this golden mole hunt termites by soundScreenshot/BBC Planet Earth IIThe golden mole, the real-life version of a tribble, is not actually a mole. Nor is it always golden. It is, however, the star of a new teaser for the upcoming nature documentary, Planet Earth II. It’s not actually a moleThis bug-eating mammal, no larger than a ping-pong ball, burrows through the dry, soft soils of Sub-Saharan Africa. David Attenborough narrates while the tiny mammal tunnels through sand dunes and snuffles after termites. (“Termites: not easy to catch when you’re blind,” Attenborough observes. ...

Microsoft’s AI will describe images in Word and PowerPoint for blind users

Microsoft’s AI will describe images in Word and PowerPoint for blind usersArtificial intelligence may be making small and steady advances in general-purpose situations like digital assistants. For instance, an upcoming feature for Office apps like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint will automatically suggest image and slide deck captions, called alt-text, using AI algorithms. Microsoft is accomplishing this feat with its Computer Vision Cognitive Service, which uses neural networks trained with deep learning techniques to better understand and describe the contents of images.

You get one last chance to buy a NES Classic Edition before Christmas
At this point, anyone who was planning on buying their kids (and, let's be real, themselves) a NES Classic Edition as a Christmas present has probably resigned themselves to paying a strange man off Craigslist four times the asking price. The Classic is out of stock everywhere, and even though Target is drip-feeding consoles into stores, you have to get crazy lucky to actually buy one. An unlikely hero is coming to the rescue, however: Urban Outfitters, the neo-hipster skinny jeans vendor, has announced it's going to be selling the NES Classic Edition online. Page-refreshing fingers at the ready, everyone. DON'T MISS:  You should stop using that fake Apple charger The NES Classic Edition will only be sold online, with stock becoming available sometime on Tuesday, December 6th. There's no details on precise timing, but we've reached out to Urban Outfitters about this crucially important matter and will waste no time in updating if we find out more. As this is the first time the store has sold the NES Classic, there's no link that you can prepare to constantly F5-spam. Instead, I'd recommend using something like this  to ping the webpage and check if something changes. Obviously, you'll want to be online at midnight to see if the stock goes live. In case you're thinking that this level of obsession is borderline insane for a retro games console, you probably aren't aware of how popular these things are. We've seen numerous stories of customers camping outside Target at 3AM to get consoles, orders coming from international Amazon stores, and consoles selling for $4,000 on eBay. Currently, Walmart and Target are both out of stock, although more is trickling in little by little. Target has been prioritizing delivery to random physical Target stores, while Walmart has been drip-feeding inventory online.
Donald Trump is skipping intelligence briefings but has time to block people on Twitter

Donald Trump is skipping intelligence briefings but has time to block people on TwitterDonald Trump, a man who has tweeted more than 34,000 times, loves making time for Twitter — despite any other obligations he now has as the president-elect. As Mashable reported earlier today, it looks like Trump is blocking people without explanation, leaving them confused, amused, and dismayed. A blogger and freelance writer named Heather Spohr found the whole situation a little more disturbing.

Android phone maker Blu pledges to replace Chinese software that stole user data

Android phone maker Blu pledges to replace Chinese software that stole user dataBlu, the Florida-based maker of budget Android phones, says it’s swapping out the Chinese update software that stole user data for Google-approved software, according to a report in PCMag. The issue, first unveiled last month by security firm Kryptowire, was a firmware-updating application that monitored user communications and even sent back text messages to a keyword-searchable archive on a Chinese server. Shanghai Adups Technology Co., the Chinese app maker in question, claims its data collection tool was not designed for US phones, and that the data has since been deleted.

This dude actually built a portable, wearable Tesla coil gun
Nikola Tesla's contributions to modern technology can't be overstated, and the fact that some of his original designs are so darn cool to look at is really just icing on the cake. But even he probably never imagined a world where his resonant transformer, better known as a "Tesla coil," could be turned into a wearable weapon. DON’T MISS:  How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fTC_Ud_k3U Popular YouTuber SmarterEveryDay was doing a segment on Nikola Tesla when he tracked down someone who is probably the biggest Tesla fan on the face of the planet. His name is Cameron Prince, and not only does he run an impressive website dedicated to Tesla, he also has some homemade versions of Tesla's designs, like a nine-foot Tesla coil that sounds like it could destroy a city. But as impressive as the rest of Prince's collection is, the real star of the show is his portable Tesla gun, which he built from a design created by a friend. It's basically a Tesla coil designed to be held in your hand, and it draws power from a huge, water-cooled backpack that's crammed with electrical bits. The gun itself has a built-in display and control panel, and there are various settings to play with that affect the size and range of the electricity it spews forth. It's an extremely intimidating piece of hardware, though as the video shows, the bolts of handheld lightning it produces aren't actually all that dangerous. Prince himself notes that the current of the gun is low enough that it shouldn't cause any problems with vital human functions like heartbeat, though it's still probably a good idea not to try such a thing at home. In fact, don't try anything you see in this particular video, ever, just to be safe.
Exclusive: U.S. networking company Ixia explores sale - sources
Ixia, a U.S. provider of equipment and applications that help maintain computer networks, is exploring a potential sale, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The company's move comes as the ever increasing volume of data traffic flowing through social media, smartphones and cloud computing tests the resilience and integrity of networks, making offerings such as those of Ixia more popular. Ixia is working with an investment bank on a sale process that is already under way and has attracted the interest of other companies and private equity firms, the people said, asking not be identified because the negotiations are confidential.
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