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How Microsoft embraced 'messy’ creativity with Windows Ink

24 min 3 sec ago
Windows Ink isn't Microsoft's first stab at bringing stylus support to PCs -- that would be Windows XP Tablet Edition -- but it is the company's most successful. It made stylus support a core part of Windows 10, and it's a big reason you're seeing so...
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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

1 hour 54 min ago
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. We'll recap this week's news highlights, plus big stories from Friday like Project Loon-distributed internet going live in Puerto Rico.
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Google's annual report shows more web traffic is encrypted

4 hours 55 min ago
For several years now, Google has been exerting pressure to increase the usage of HTTPS across the internet. By defaulting to secure connections on both ends, users can be protected from anyone who may intercept or even manipulate data as it flows ba...
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Apple's Upgrade Program offers a 'head start' on iPhone X

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:59
While initial pre-orders for the iPhone X are still a week away from opening, some Apple die-hards will be able to get started early. Apple's installment-based Upgrade Program that lets customers get a new phone every year will, just like it did with...
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Vector plans three 'microsatellite' launches in Virginia

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:02
Virginia's governor announced that microsatellite delivery company Vector has arranged a trio of launches from the state's spaceport on Wallops Island. While the notice gave no information on the payloads or customers, they will be very small compare...
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Senators want to know if Apple fought back on China's VPN ban

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:54
Apple CEO Tim Cook wasn't pleased about pulling VPN software from the company's App Store in China, but this July, it happened anyway. As a result, many users who once counted on such software to dodge the country's Great Firewall were left to their...
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Razer’s new webcam and microphone are made for streamers

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:44
Razer is known as a gaming laptop, mouse and keyboard maker, but it actually offers a wide variety of products, like Xbox controllers, power banks, and even an upcoming phone. Razer also makes webcams like the Stargazer, which is built for streaming...
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Project Loon's LTE balloons are floating over Puerto Rico

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:33
About a month after Hurricane Maria's devastating landfall on Puerto Rico, and a couple of weeks after the FCC gave clearance, Project Loon is bringing wireless internet to people on the island. Part of (Google parent company) Alphabet's X innovation...
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Movie 'sanitizer' VidAngel files for bankruptcy

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:45
Back in 2016, Hollywood studios were able to stop VidAngel from streaming sanitized versions of blockbuster hits, claiming that its system for doing so was covered under the Family Movie Act of 2005. The injunction, which VidAngel promised to appeal,...
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Ford's commuter van service Chariot halts operations in San Francisco

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:33
Chariot, an on-demand commuter van service owned by Ford, had to suspend it's operations in San Francisco due to compliance issues with the California Highway Patrol, according to the San Francisco Business Times.
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Apps and gadgets for the 'Blade Runner' future we didn’t ask for

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:03
Punks, monks and Harrison Ford running scared through a poisonous cityscape were just a few of the details that made the original Blade Runner feel like its environment was a standalone character in the film. It felt as alien and familiar as the way...
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Wireless charging will make drones always ready to fly

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:35
Drones are great until you realize running all those propellers, a camera, GPS and other assorted technology bits are a real drain on the battery. If you're just using one for images it's not too big of a deal. But if you're using one for surveying,...
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FAA proposes ban on large electronics in checked baggage

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:08
While most of us probably keep our laptops and other large electronics in our carry-on bags, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still wants to avoid the risk associated with exploding lithium-ion batteries in the cargo hold of passenger aircra...
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Adobe's Scribbler AI automatically colorizes any portrait

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:45
Finally! Adobe has devised a method of adding a touch of color to black and white images without all the dimension-jumping time travel (looking at you Pleasantville). At the company's Adobe MAX 2017 event on Thursday, research scientist Jingwan Lu de...
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YouTube Red's next show is a Tinder dating comedy

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:22
YouTube Red, the company's premium service, has a built up a stable of original programming, but for the most part they don't resemble traditional TV shows. Now, YouTube is trying a different tactic. The company has greenlighted Swipe Right, a comedy...
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Tech companies unite to fight for Dreamers

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:59
In September, President Trump announced that he would phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which offers protections to undocumented immigrants who came to the US at a young age. This week, Reuters reported that Google,...
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Fake iPhone X has a fake notch, obviously

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:36
We're only one week away from iPhone X pre-orders, but the counterfeit market is already offering a variety of similar-looking devices to a particular crowd. As I anticipated, I came across one such clone while wandering around Hong Kong's Global Sou...
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Google compensates Pixel 2 buyers who overpaid at pop-up stores

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:13
If you rushed out to buy a Pixel 2 at one of Google's pop-up stores on October 19th, you probably got a rude surprise: the Verizon reseller handling your purchase, Victra, was charging customers an extra $30 on top of the normal price. Unless you kne...
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Spotify’s RISE program will try to find future music superstars

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:41
It's hard to deny Spotify's influence on the current music landscape. After all, the streaming service has over 50 million paid subscribers. Now, they're using that influence to help up and coming artists. Today, Spotify introduced RISE, which it bil...
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The best plug-in smart outlet

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:30
By Rachel Cericola This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full a...
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