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First iPhone 8, Apple TV 4K, and Apple Watch Series 3 Orders Begin Shipping Out to Customers

The first iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple TV 4K, and Apple Watch Series 3 orders began shipping out to customers today ahead of a promised delivery date on Friday, September 22, the official launch date for all of the devices.<p>Apple hasn't updated its order statuses from "Preparing for Shipment" just …

Smartwatches

Pixel vs. Pixel 2: the five biggest changes

It’s no secret around these parts that I’ve been deeply enamored with Google’s Pixel. That Android smartphone came almost out of nowhere last year to claim the crown of best mobile camera, and in the process it swept me up as a loyal fan as well. Sure, Google had previously dabbled in the mobile …

Phones

Pixel 2 XL: What's up with that screen?

Some people are complaining about the Pixel 2 XL's screen. But the issue isn't as straightforward as it sounds.<p>You might have heard: The Google Pixel 2 XL has a less-than-perfect screen.<p>Depending on whom you ask -- see: Reddit, XDA Developers -- the phone's LG-made P-OLED screen has muted colors, a …

Phones

Jeff Bezos smashes champagne all over his new wind farm

‘Alexa, how do I get down?’<p>When Jeff Bezos launched Amazon as an online bookstore back in the 1990s, his physical character was that of an excited but nebbishy nerd. Sometime in the last decade, however, Bezos appears to have changed his workout routine. He made headlines in July of this year when …

Jeff Bezos

Netflix shares hit record after adding more subscribers than expected

(<i>Reuters</i>) — Netflix Inc added more subscribers than expected around the world in the third quarter and projected growth in line with Wall Street forecasts, saying it had a head start on rivals as internet television explodes globally.<p>Shares of the world’s leading online video streaming service …

Markets

The 7 biggest unicorns you’ve likely never heard of

When Aileen Lee first coined the term “unicorn” in 2013 to describe startups valued at over $1 billion, there were only 39 of them. There are currently about 215 of them, many of which hail from emerging markets.<p>For instance, China is home to two of the highest valued unicorns: Didi Chuxing and …

Venture Capital

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2 review: Dalek-shaped delight

A 360-degree speaker that’s determined to exterminate boredom in your home<p>Look, there are some things that will happen with this review that are outside of my control. Firstly, if you’ve ever seen an episode of <i>Doctor Who</i>, or if one has even aired somewhere in your vicinity, you’ll exclaim that this …

Audiophile

Fitbit Ionic review

A better Fitbit watch, but still not a great smartwatch<p><b>The Good</b> The Fitbit Ionic offers a comfortable design, with 50-meter water resistance for swimming, GPS and mobile payments. You only need to recharge it once or twice a week.<p><b>The Bad</b> While the Ionic supports future apps and watch faces, few are …

Wearable Tech

OPPO’s first “full-screen” smartphone, the OPPO F5, launches later this month

OPPO has confirmed the launch markets for its first full-screen smartphone, the OPPO F5, coming October 26. The latest device in OPPO’s “selfie expert” series will be made available in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, though details of what the handset …

Tablets

Steve Wozniak Launches Education Platform

<b>Today’s Stories</b><p>Steve Wozniak announces tech education platform Woz U<br>• Fandango is acquiring rival online ticketer MovieTickets.com<br>• Baidu plans to mass produce Level 4 self-driving cars with BAIC by 2021<p><b>Credits</b><p><b>Written by:</b> Tito Hamze, John Mannes <b><br>Hosted by:</b> Tito Hamze <b><br>Filmed by:</b> Tito Hamze <b><br>Edited by:</b> Chris …

Steve Wozniak

Twitter provided Senate investigators the names of 201 Russia-linked accounts

The accounts are linked to attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election<p>Twitter has turned over the names of 201 accounts to Senate investigators who are looking into Russia’s efforts to influence the last year’s presidential election, according to the <i>Associated Press</i>.<p>The <i>AP</i> says that the …

Senate Intelligence Committee

Satire: Tesla's Elon Musk Reveals the Next Big Automotive Trend: Gasoline

FREMONT, Calif. (SATIRE)—Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, is revered for his visionary ideas: a mass-market electric car, a private space …

Urban Outfitters

Amazon’s new iPhone dongle is now cheaper than Belkin’s

Charge your phone and listen to music at the same time for $30, instead of $35<p>With Google’s recent decision to remove the 3.5mm jack on its Pixel 2 devices, we’re going to have to all come to terms with the fact that most phones in the future will not have a standard headphone port. That means …

Gear & Gadgets

Google acquires Relay Media to convert ordinary web pages to AMP pages

AMP — Google’s collaborative project to speed up the loading time for mobile web pages — is getting an interesting acceleration of its own today. Relay Media, a company founded by an ex-Googler that had developed technology to help covert web pages to the AMP format, has been acquired by Google.<p>The …

Digital Media

Dow Jones mistakenly reports Google to buy Apple for $9B

Of all the places you’d expect to see fake news, the Dow Jones newswire probably isn’t one of them. But this morning, thanks to a “technical error,” it spit out a literally unbelievable story about Google buying Apple.<p>It wasn’t just one errant alert, either. The Dow Jones newswire told a veritable …

Dow Jones

Amazon Fire HD 10 is an amazing big-screen tablet value

Amazon's big 10-inch tablet delivers serious media chops for less than half the cost of Apple's basic iPad.<p><b>The Good:</b> A great value for a 10-inch tablet with a high-res screen and solid performance. Starts with 32GB of storage, the same as an iPad. Hands-free Alexa works as well as it does on an …

Tablets

Medium now lets anyone put their blogs behind its $5 paywall

Medium believes the bloggers on its platform are ready to start bringing in the big bucks, so it’s now extended its partner program to let any user put their posts behind the company’s paywall.<p>That means that readers will have to sign up for Medium’s $5-a-month all-you-can-eat plan to read these …

Marketing

Twitch's new channels are all about funny viral clips

Twitch is becoming more and more well-rounded with every announcement. It hosted various marathons just this year, including <i>Mister Rogers' Neighborhood</i> and Carl Sagan's <i>Cosmos</i>. In another bid to break free from its established image as a streaming platform for games, Twitch has announced two new …

Viral

Amazon is perfecting the recipe for getting your entire family to shop more

In the past couple of years, Amazon has proven itself to be both startlingly clever and doggedly persistent when it comes to figuring out ways to use tech to get you to shop more. With its latest initiatives from just this week, it’s getting the whole family involved in spending yours savings …

Amazon

One Bitcoin is now worth more than $5,000

It has happened: A single Bitcoin, the same digital cryptocoin that you could've bought for a couple of cents less than a decade ago, is now worth …

Cryptocurrency

Google will permanently disable a control on its new $50 speaker after a privacy fiasco

Google is permanently disabling a feature on the forthcoming Google Home Mini smart speaker after a reviewer discovered that it was surreptitiously recording his conversations without his knowledge or consent.<p>The issue, Google says, was that the button on top of the device was faulty and would …

Google

Apple's Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR

Technology desk editor<p><b>Apple's chief executive has suggested he is not very enthusiastic about virtual reality.</b><p>Tim Cook said that he felt that the technology could isolate users and voiced a preference for augmented reality instead.<p>AR involves mixing graphics and real-world views together rather …

Augmented Reality

Bitcoin is back above $4,500 for the first time in a month

LONDON — Bitcoin is at a one month high against the dollar on Sunday as it continues to rise.<p>Bitcoin is up 2.3% to $4,538.90 at 3.30 p.m. BST (10.30 a.m. ET):<p>It marks the first time bitcoin has been above $4,500 since early September and continues a rally that began on Thursday.<p>Commenting on the …

Cryptocurrency

Facebook security chief rants about misguided “algorithm” backlash

“I am seeing a ton of coverage of our recent issues driven by stereotypes of our employees and attacks against fantasy, strawman tech cos” wrote Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos on Saturday in a reeling tweetstorm. He claims journalists misunderstand the complexity of attacking fake …

Machine Learning

'Elle' Russia's Latest Cover Was Edited to Look Like An Instagram Post

Remember the days when fashion bloggers were people who actually ran blogs, rather than people who were mostly famous on Instagram? Or even before …

Instagram

Jack Dorsey’s two-year anniversary as Twitter CEO in charts

It doesn’t look like much of a celebration.<p>A lot has happened at Twitter in the two years since Jack Dorsey returned as CEO of the company he co-founded.<p>Twitter changed how its timeline works, won (and then lost) NFL streaming rights, and shuttered its looping-video app, Vine. And last week, it …

Jack Dorsey

How to watch Google’s Pixel 2 hardware event

Google’s October 4 hardware event kicks off at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. UTC) at San Francisco’s SFJAZZ Center. The news bonanza comes exactly a year after the company’s first “Made by Google” hardware event.<p>You can watch everything live right here on YouTube.<p>As you might expect, the …

Google

Yahoo says all 3 billion accounts affected by 2013 data breach

Yahoo has revealed every single account on its system at the time of the 2013 data breach was affected in the cyber attack.<p>The company said new intelligence suggests as many as 3 billion accounts were compromised in the attack, which was first revealed last December. It had previously admitted …

Security

Could internet slang abbreviations like 'AF' make it into the dictionary?

"AF"—known on social media as the abbreviation of "As F*ck," became a huge trend in the world of internet slang. Acronyms and abbreviations are used …

Language

Billion-dollar app Shazam posts revenues of £40m

Shazam, the British technology company known for its music recognition technology, made just £40.3m in revenues last year, returning it to growth but raising questions about its billion-dollar valuation.<p>The company, one of a handful of British “unicorns”, increased sales by 14pc after they had …

Venture Capital