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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.

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

The headquarters of German chip equipment maker Aixtron SE is pictured in Herzogenrath President Barack Obama issued an executive order which prohibits China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund from acquiring the U.S. business of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron , the Treasury Department said on Friday. The White House said it was blocking the deal following an assessment done by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, an inter-agency task force led by the Treasury Department. Aixtron has said that the deal would be called off if the U.S. president opposed it.


The FCC thinks the best feature of AT&T’s new streaming TV plan is illegal

Ever since AT&T announced that it was launching a $35 TV plan with unlimited mobile streaming for AT&T customers, the FCC has been all over the company's case. In a first letter , the FCC laid out its problems with AT&T's "zero rating" policy and how it violates the principle of net neutrality. In a response, AT&T said (paraphrasing a little here) "nah, we thought about it, but it's all good." The FCC's response? Not so fast. DON'T MISS:  Apple says iPhone battery problem a result of too much air In a letter seen by  Ars Technica , the FCC takes issue with AT&T's zero-rating of data for DirecTV, saying that AT&T's "practices inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the 'virtuous cycle' needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet." At stake here is AT&T's policy of "zero-rating" data used to stream its new DirecTV Now service. AT&T customers streaming DirecTV Now over AT&T's network won't use their data cap to do so, something that AT&T has been selling hard in adverts for its new service. But preferring one kind of data over another undermines the key tenent of net neutrality, which is that all data should be treated equally. T-Mobile already walks a fine line with its "Binge On" policy, which allows users to stream shows from services like Netflix and YouTube without it counting against data. The only saving grace for T-Mobile is that the plan is free for content providers; YouTube and the like just have to work with T-Mobile to make sure their data is optimized for mobile streaming. In the case of AT&T, there's no free offer for other providers. AT&T says that DirecTV pays for any mobile data used to stream DirecTV shows, but the FCC strongly disputes that claim. In the letter seen by  Ars , the Commission lays out its concerns: "We estimate for purposes of illustrating our concerns that an unaffiliated mobile video service provider would have to pay AT&T $16 a month to offer zero-rated service to a customer who uses just 10 minutes of LTE video per day, increasing to $47 for a customer using 30 minutes per day," the FCC wrote. "These costs alone would represent 46 percent to 134 percent of DirecTV Now's $35 retail price, against which third parties will be competing for AT&T Mobility customers, and would be borne in addition to all other costs of providing service by the unaffiliated provider." In other words: no way is DirecTV Now paying the full wholesale price for that data. This isn't the final decision from the FCC. The Commission has requested more concrete data from AT&T by December 15th in order to finalize its review. But whatever the FCC says right now probably won't matter. President-Elect Trump will have control, at least through appointments, over the FCC, and his telecommunications advisers are strongly anti-net-neutrality and against the very existence of the FCC. This may well be a calculated move by AT&T to run out the clock on the Obama administration until the new regime takes charge.

U.S. regulator clears way for online lenders to have national charter

U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry answers a question during the Reuters Financial Regulation Summit in Washington By Patrick Rucker and Anna Irrera WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Online credit companies and paperless lenders would be able to get federal charters to do business nationwide under a plan outlined on Friday by a U.S. banking regulator. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the main regulator for federal banks, said it hoped offering a charter for "fintech" companies would spur banking sector innovation. "Technology-based products and services are the future of banking and the economy," OCC director Thomas Curry said, outlining the proposal in a speech at the Georgetown University Law Center.


U.S. presidential commission issues recommendations on cyber security

Obama delivers remarks to reporters as he welcomes Guterres in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington (Reuters) - The 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 100-page report by the commission created by President Barack Obama earlier this year also recommended that the president and the U.S. 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.


FCC: AT&T, Verizon shouldn't exempt own apps from data caps

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2012, photo, an AT&T logo is displayed on an AT&T Wireless retail store front, in Philadelphia. U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers’ cellphones. The Federal Communications Commission sent letters to the country’s biggest wireless carriers Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, saying the way they handle the practice, known as “zero rating,” can hurt competition and consumers. The agency had warned AT&T in November and said Friday, Dec. 2 that AT&T’s response did not ease its concerns. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers' cellphones.


You should stop using that fake Apple charger

Apple's decision to charge $19 for a charger and then $19 for a cable to plug in has had the effect you'd expect on the world: everyone just buys knockoff chargers off Amazon instead. But although most chargers you buy off the internet will work just fine most of the time, a series of recent tests have shown that there's real danger to having a fake charger plugged in at home. DON'T MISS:  Here comes the OLED iPhone 8 The UK Trading Standards Institute, a consumer protection group,  ran a series of basic electrical safety tests on fake chargers bought online and found in stores, both from the UK and around the world. The results weren't good: of the 400 counterfeit Apple chargers bought online, 397 failed a basic safety test conducted by the UL laboratory: "Several tests were conducted including an electrical strength test in which high voltages are applied to the units to see how much voltage will flow between the input and output. If the current is above the threshold the unit is determined to have insufficient isolation with potential for electric shock. Only three of the 400 passed." So that doesn't mean the chargers will definitely shock you; rather, if a power surge hits your house, it's likely to fry your phone at best, or cause a fire at worst. This isn't some kind of impossible bogeyman, either. We see pictures all the time of people who have been burned by faulty batteries or chargers while charging their smartphones overnight, and the Galaxy Note 7 debacle is a good reminder of how much damage a low-voltage electrical device can do. The Trading Standards test also examined second-hand chargers by looking in thrift stores and markets around London. Of 3,000 chargers tested, 15% were found to be unsafe in some way. On the plus side, that's orders of magnitude better than a fake charger bought online; bad news, a 15% chance of electrical fire still isn't "safe." To avoid buying a counterfeit charger or accessory, you might want to take a look at Apple's guide to spotting fake products. The company has an entire support page dedicated to telling the difference between fake cables and the real thing. It’s also worth mentioning that there are two different standards to look for here. Apple produces and sells its own iPhone accessories, but it also certifies third-party accessories (although not the standard USB-to-Lightning cable!) under the “Made for iPhone” program. Under the terms of that agreement, manufacturers pay a licensing fee to Apple to use the Lightning port and Apple’s proprietary design and circuitry. That makes accessories more expensive, but it also makes them far more likely to work correctly. The MFi logo should be found on the packaging of any officially certified accessory, like battery chargers, cases, docks or speakers — basically, anything that attaches to your iPhone. There’s one exception to this, though — Apple doesn’t certify any USB-C to Lightning cables, so any of those with an “Made for iPhone” logo is guaranteed to be fake. As for spotting counterfeit cables against the genuine Apple product, there’s plenty of details on Apple’s site . “An Apple Lightning to USB cable has “Designed by Apple in California” and either “Assembled in China,” “Assembled in Vietnam,” or “Indústria Brasileira” on the cable about seven inches from the USB connector. You’ll see a 12-digit serial number at the end of this text.” When it comes to the wall chargers themselves, the most important thing to look for are the UL and CE markings that those testing bodies put on devices, and to buy from a reasonably reputable source. You don't have to buy the genuine, made-by-Apple product; just make sure you're buying a charger that's been appropriately tested, puts out 2.1A of current, and doesn't have strange writing on the side.  

U.S. health spending in 2015 rose at fastest rate since 2007

Exterior of view of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles where singer Kanye West has reportedly been hospitalized, California U.S. Growth rose 5.8 percent to $3.2 trillion, or $9,990 per person, according to federal data published in the independent journal Health Affairs and compiled into a report by officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. After five years of historically low growth between 2009 and 2013, spending picked up in 2014 and 2015 as the Affordable Care Act - sometimes referred to as Obamacare - expanded health insurance coverage through marketplace insurance plans and Medicaid, the report said. Over the two-year period between 2013 and 2015 the number of people with private health insurance rose 2.5 percent on average to 9.7 million.


Wall Street little changed as bank rally pauses

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE A U.S. Labor Department report showed employers in private and public sectors hired more people last month than economists had expected, further strengthening expectations of a hike when the U.S. central bank meets Dec. 13 and 14. "If it is in the high one hundred (thousands) on payrolls then everybody is pretty much just yawning at it," said Jeff Weniger, senior strategist at BMO Private Bank in Chicago.


I guess Guillermo del Toro isn’t buying the next Metal Gear game

I guess Guillermo del Toro isn’t buying the next Metal Gear game The breakup of Hideo Kojima and Konami — the creator and the publisher of the action-espionage video game franchise Metal Gear — was long, messy, and complicated. Kojima’s squad — which includes The Walking Dead actor and would-be Silent Hills star Norman Reedus — rolls deep.


Intel and Amazon are making it easier for anyone to build an Alexa-enabled speaker

Intel and Amazon are making it easier for anyone to build an Alexa-enabled speaker Amazon wants Alexa in as many products as possible, so it’s partnering with Intel to make it easier for manufacturers to incorporate the voice assistant into their devices. The two companies announced plans yesterday to release reference designs for a connected speaker within the first quarter of 2017, which will provide manufacturers with a plan to follow when making a new device. Amazon opened up its Alexa API around a year and a half ago, and in the time since then, product manufacturers have integrated Amazon’s assistant into various devices, including watches, tablets, and even singing fish.


DJ Earworm’s 25-song 2016 mashup is here to invade your brain

DJ Earworm's annual tradition of cramming all of the year's biggest pop songs into one undeniably catchy mashup continues with United States of Pop 2016 , which just debuted on YouTube. The video, which clocks in at just under four minutes, features no fewer than 25 song samples. MUST SEE:  The Galaxy S8 might not copy the iPhone 7’s best feature after all https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL8CpaE5T34 If you're interesting in the song list, here's everything that's featured in the new mix: Bruno Mars - 24K Magic Calvin Harris and Rihanna - This Is What You Came For D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty - Broccoli Desiigner - Panda DJ Snake and Justin Bieber - Let Me Love You DNCE - Cake By The Ocean Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla - One Dance Fifth Harmony and Ty Dolla $ign - Work From Home Flo Rida - My House Justin Bieber - Love Yourself Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling! Lukas Graham - 7 Years Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ - Cold Water Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza Rae Sremmurd - Black Beatles Rihanna - Needed Me Rihanna and Drake - Work Sia - Cheap Thrills The Chainsmokers and Daya - Don't Let Me Down The Chainsmokers and Halsey - Closer The Weeknd and Daft Punk - Starboy Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out Twenty One Pilots - Heathens Twenty One Pilots - Ride Zayn - Pillowtalk What you'll notice right out of the gate is that there's all kind of Twenty One Pilots in this year's mashup, and that's because the band had a ridiculously successful year. The Chainsmokers and Rihanna are also featured multiple times throughout the course of the mix. Earworm has been doing these year-end mashups since 2008, and it's become a bit of a tradition to relive the year's most popular songs via his all-encompassing mixes, so sit back and relive 2016 in under four minutes.

Fed's Tarullo warns against 'backsliding' on bank regulations

US Federal Reserve Governor Tarullo delivers remarks at the Center for American Progress in Washington U.S. banking regulators must defend tough rules governing Wall Street and resist efforts to dilute regulations that might prevent a future financial crisis, Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo said on Friday. "It is critical that we not forget our still quite recent history," Tarullo told a meeting of financial market researchers in Washington, referring to the 2008 housing bust that pushed global financial markets to near-collapse.


Today in lunch: eels

Today in lunch: eels As I ate eel for lunch today, I found myself wondering what eels themselves ate. Plants, probably. Maybe seaweed. Wrong. I should have known better. After all, eels are basically the snakes of the sea, and snakes eat more than plants. Snakes are carnivores and eels are, too; they consume microscopic creatures called plankton. Yes, the humble garden eel and the majestic blue whale eat the same thing. Unlike the blue whale, eels don’t flow through the water, swallowing water andmourning beautifully. ...


United to pay $2.4 million over 'Chairman's Flight': U.S. SEC

United Airlines planes are seen on platform at the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey United Airlines' parent company will pay $2.4 million to resolve civil books and records violations after it reinstated an unprofitable flight route to accommodate the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the U.S. securities regulator said. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said United Airlines' decision in December 2011 to add a nonstop flight between Newark, New Jersey and Columbia, South Carolina for then chairman David Samson's personal benefit harmed shareholders, who were forced to foot the bill. The SEC said its investigation would continue.


Facebook bans — then unbans — the B.S. Detector plugin that flags fake news stories

A few weeks ago we wrote about the B.S. Detector plugin . It's a handy little tool that automatically produces a hard-to-miss pop-up tooltip whenever you're about to click on a site from a questionable news source. It arose due to the flood of fake news stories that seem to breed on Facebook, and now, rather than rolling out steps to prevent its fake news epidemic, Facebook took the extraordinary step of banning links to the plugin. Then they unbanned it. DON'T MISS:  Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe B.S. Detector's creator, Daniel Sieradski, suggested on Twitter that Facebook banned links to the plugin initially due to a report by TechCrunch that erroneously suggested that the social network itself was producing the fake news flags for some individuals. Apparently some B.S. Detector users forgot they had the plugin installed and thought the little red warning boxes were a product of Facebook itself rather than the plugin. https://twitter.com/selfagency/status/804737519720038400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Shortly thereafter, links to the plugin began producing a notification whenever the link was pasted in. The "Message Failed" error claimed that the link was "blocked by [Facebook's] security systems," but offered no further clarification of exactly why the link was being banned. Sieradski took to Twitter to voice his feelings about the peculiar ban, and predicted hours ahead of time that Facebook would shortly unban the link and then issue a statement claiming that it was an error or an automated process. https://twitter.com/selfagency/status/804766814995673096 With the link now unbanned, Sieradski is already half right, though Facebook has yet to issue a statement on the incident. The social network has also not announced any concrete steps it's taking to stem the fake news flood in the first place, though CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that efforts are currently in the works.

Deutsche Bank cuts ties with 3,400 clients in trading business

A statue is pictured next to the logo of Germany's Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt Deutsche Bank's Global Markets division will cut ties with about 3,400 clients in its debt and equities sales activities, the bank said on Friday. Deutsche Bank will immediately cease debt sales services to some financial institutions and hedge funds as well as equity sales activities, the execution of equities trading orders and equity structuring activities for some clients, a spokesman said, citing an internal memo. Deutsche Bank Chief Executive John Cryan is stepping up the restructuring process as the bank finalises talks with U.S. justice authorities over a multi-billion dollar fine related to U.S. mortgages.


How to hide visual clutter on your screen before your next web demo

How to hide visual clutter on your screen before your next web demo When giving a demo, make sure you keep the focus on your software, site, and message—not your apps, bookmarks, and extensions.


How to hide visual clutter on your screen before your next web demo

How to hide visual clutter on your screen before your next web demo When giving a demo, make sure you keep the focus on your software, site, and message—not your apps, bookmarks, and extensions.


Russian central bank loses $31 million in cyber attack

A padlock is displayed at the Alert Logic booth during the 2016 Black Hat cyber-security conference in Las Vegas Hackers stole more than 2 billion rubles ($31 million) from correspondent accounts at the Russian central bank, the bank said on Friday, the latest example of an escalation of cyber attacks on financial institutions around the globe. Central bank official Artyom Sychyov discussed the losses at a briefing, saying that the hackers had attempted to steal about 5 billion rubles. Sychyov was commenting on a central bank report released earlier in the day, that told about hackers breaking into accounts there by faking a client's credentials.


Apple says iPhone battery problem a result of too much air

Apple products: they just work, unless you hold them wrong, or apparently, they're exposed to too much air. DON'T MISS:  Here comes the OLED iPhone 8 Facing a growing numbers of iPhone 6s devices randomly shutting down due to battery problems, Apple has instituted a free repair program for some devices. In a message on its Chinese site (spotted by Business Insider ), the company explained what it thinks caused the battery issues in the first place: "We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs. As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur. It's important to note, this is not a safety issue." In true Apple style, the statement goes on to remind people that if their iPhone is breaking, it's probably the fault of the dumb humans: "We also want our customers to know that an iPhone is actually designed to shut down automatically under certain conditions, such as extremely cold temperature. To an iPhone user, some of those shutdowns might seem unexpected, but they are designed to protect the device’s electronics from low voltage." Thus far, Apple says the problem is only limited to a select group of iPhone 6s devices. You can go check your phone's serial number on an Apple webpage , which will tell you if you're eligible for a free repair. If you do qualify, your best bet seems to be to make an appointment at the Apple Store. According to reader reports we've been hearing, the repair is performed as a one-hour in-store procedure, but it will take a few weeks for the battery to come in to the store, even if you have Apple Care. According to Apple, the battery fault only affects some iPhone 6s models produced between September and October 2015. However, the China Consumers Association has said  that Apple needs to take further measures, as the battery problem affects other iPhone versions, including the iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. There’s also a theory going around on the internet that the problems are being caused by iOS 10.1.1, and are not limited to the iPhone 6s. Apple has been adamant that this is a limited hardware problem, but it is possible that iOS 10.1.1 has a bug that's causing battery draining or abrupt shutdowns as well. Apple has steadfastly avoided addressing that possibility so far.

Hulu now streams 4K, starting with its originals and 20 Bond films

Hulu now streams 4K, starting with its originals and 20 Bond films Starting today, you can stream 4K content from Hulu on Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4 Pro. But the selection of shows and movies available at launch is pretty underwhelming compared to rivals Netflix and Amazon Video, who’ve both been offering 4K for some time now. Hulu’s first batch of 4K includes the company’s lineup original shows and 20 James Bond films. So while that’s pretty good news for 007 fanatics, well, it doesn’t do much for everyone else. Hulu Originals (11.22.63, The Path, Chance, etc. ...


Here's the climate change podcast you didn't know you were looking for

Here's the climate change podcast you didn't know you were looking for Anyway, fast-forward almost 20 years and my obsession with human-made climate change has just gotten worse, as has climate change itself. Keep talking to people who don’t believe climate change is the biggest threat facing our future. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest climate change news and meet the people who are working in the field, doing research and making stuff happen.


This insane example from the FCC shows why AT&T and Verizon’s zero rating schemes are a racket

This insane example from the FCC shows why AT&T and Verizon’s zero rating schemes are a racket This week AT&T announced that it would give special treatment to DirecTV’s new streaming service by excluding it from AT&T customers’ wireless data caps. Ever since we started writing about net neutrality, we’ve argued that zero rating is a bad, anti-competitive idea that in the long run will hurt consumers, though it may appear like a huge consumer benefit in the short-term. Now we know the FCC seems to agree, based on letters it sent today to Verizon and AT&T about their zero rating and sponsored data programs.


Jon Stewart slams Trump, the media and the bizarre 2016 Presidential election

Jon Stewart earlier this week appeared at a "Times Talk" event to help promote a new book which outlines the history of The Daily Show  during the Stewart era. During the event, Stewart opened up and didn't mince words as he laid into Trump and the overall sorry state of the media in 2016. Indeed, with the recent U.S. Presidential election being one of the most bizarre and contentious elections in recent memory, Stewart's willingness to call out BS and hypocrisy across both sides of the political divide was sorely missed over the past few months. While Stewart made a few cameo appearances here and there, there's truly no substitute for Stewart going in full-throttle on a particular topic. DON'T MISS:  NES Classic and Hatchimals might actually be in stock at one store this weekend That said, Stewart's appearance at the New York Times sponsored event was something of a breath of fresh air as the iconic comedian spoke freely about Trump and the media's role in helping to create what was nothing short of an embarrassing, albeit entertaining, circus of an election. Of particular interest is that Stewart completely bashed the notion that all of Trump's supporters must be racist to a certain degree. Indeed, one of the more common refrains that some on the left have raised in the wake of the election is that Trump voters are either openly racist or tacitly approve of a racist assuming power. Stewart explained (via a transcript provided by The Huffington Post ) why he thinks this point of view is nonsensical. Not everybody that voted for Trump is a racist. I don’t give a f*ck what any of you say to me. You can yell it at me, you can tweet it at me. They’re not all racists. Or they’re not giving tacit support to a racist system … We all give tacit support to exploitative systems as long as they don’t affect us that badly. Interestingly, Stewart also touched on how many of the 9/11 first responders he's met over the past few months are unabashed Trump supporters. A sh*tload of them voted for Trump. The same people that voted for Trump ran into burning buildings and saved whoever the f*ck they could no matter what color they were, no matter what religion and they would do it again tomorrow. So, if you want to sit and tell me that those people are giving tacit approval to an exploitative system ― I say, ‘OK, and would you put your life on the line for people who aren’t like you? Because they did.’ I get mad about this stuff. Make sure to hit the source link below for Stewart's full thoughts on Obama and what he thinks the next 4 years might look like.

Facebook might add its own version of Snapchat Discover to your News Feed

Facebook might add its own version of Snapchat Discover to your News Feed Facebook is reportedly working on a feature resembling Snapchat’s Discover for the social network’s News Feed. According to Business Insider, Facebook has “approached media and entertainment companies” in recent weeks for potential inclusion in the new feature, which would highlight curated content from partners directly in the News Feed — giving prominent exposure to stuff your friends might not be sharing or liking organically. This upcoming News Feed section will be called “Collections” according to the report.


FCC says AT&T and Verizon ‘harm consumers’ with free data schemes

FCC says AT&T and Verizon ‘harm consumers’ with free data schemes In two letters sent to AT&T and Verizon yesterday, the FCC writes that sponsored data plans from the telecom giants are a threat to net neutrality. In AT&T’s case, the FCC writes that, despite protests from the company, its sponsored data program “strongly favors AT&T's own video offerings” while damaging the opportunity for other video services to compete. “We have therefore reached the preliminary conclusion that these practices inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the ‘virtuous cycle’ needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet,” FCC wireless bureau chief Jon Wilkins writes in the letter, which requests a response from the company by December 15th.


Rolls-Royce’s upcoming SUV looks like a supersized Phantom

Rolls-Royce’s upcoming SUV looks like a supersized Phantom The last time Rolls-Royce let the world in on its upcoming SUV codenamed “Project Cullinan,” it was testing out the all-wheel drive platform using a freakishly modified Phantom. Now, some 20 months later, we’re getting the first glimpse of the actual SUV that will go up against the Bentley Bentyaga for the title of the most luxurious vehicle that can take you and the kids on a Whole Foods run. If you think Project Cullinan looks like a slightly bigger Phantom, that’s seemingly what Rolls-Royce was going for.


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 national commission was set Friday to deliver 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 accusations by the Obama administration that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election by hacking Democrats.


Death Stranding, Mass Effect and Zelda: Every trailer from The Game Awards 2016

While it was nice to see a bunch of great games and their developers recognized on Thursday night during The Game Awards, you probably tuned in primarily for the world premiere trailers. And once again, those trailers did not disappoint. E3 might be the premier annual video game event, but with twelve never-before-seen trailers, The Game Awards certainly gave the summer event a run for its money. Below, we've gathered all twelve trailers for your convenience. DON'T MISS:  Every PS4, PS3 and Vita game you can download for free in December Rocket League - Starbase ARC First up we have the trailer for the next Rocket League update, which is scheduled to roll out on December 7th. We're getting a new arena, a new premium Battle-Car, a custom training feature and the ability to set arena preferences: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF9Y6FgkEZs Bulletstorm: Full Clip Bulletstorm didn't make much of a splash when it launched in 2011, but it has since become a cult classic of sorts. If you missed it the first time around, you're going to get a second chance to play it when the remaster drops in 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDtv9fImfNw Death Stranding Hideo Kojima has enlisted a couple of A-list actors for his latest insane project. We still have no idea what Death Stranding is, but we want it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Hy96sOnq8 Guardians of the Galaxy Telltales Games is making a Guardians of the Galaxy adventure game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Koy_e_ipwng Dauntless An action RPG from a studio made up of Blizzard, BioWare, Capcom and Riot Games veterans, " Dauntless is an online co-op action RPG set in a savage science-fantasy world where up to 4 players (Slayers in the Dauntless universe) work together to hunt down ferocious beasts called Behemoths": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6FjLGqB-uc LawBreakers LawBreakers is an online FPS from Cliff Bleszinski's new studio Boss Key Productions. A beta is coming early next year ahead of the game's launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu_GA-a0OgM Prey Arkane Studios has been working on Prey for years and year, but based on this new gameplay trailer, it looks like the game might finally be ready: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81Ofcp8Pp_U The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nintendo, please don't wait too long to release Breath of the Wild . We'll all be devastated if it's not ready in time for the Switch release in March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na1cIOmfBlU Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment A new campaign for indie darling Shovel Knight : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRwP0P5j05g Halo Wars 2 That Halo strategy game is getting a sequel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adh46ky_-WI The Walking Dead: A New Frontier The third season of Telltale's groundbreaking (and heartbreaking) The   Walking Dead adventure game series. Clementine is back with some new friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PO5g0vVPlM Mass Effect: Andromeda Our first look at gameplay from Mass Effect: Andromeda . It doesn't look much like a Mass Effect game, but it does look absolutely incredible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOIzH6UcoW4

This breath-monitoring device might determine your metabolism, but it probably won’t help you lose weight

This breath-monitoring device might determine your metabolism, but it probably won’t help you lose weight The Path Breath and Fat Band is a new set of devices that claim to help users lose weight by giving them a detailed analysis of their metabolism. The set, which just launched on Kickstarter, is comprised of a wearable bracelet and a breath-analyzing device. The device monitors oxygen and carbon dioxide levels to estimate the user’s 24-hour metabolism, or, more precisely, when they’re burning fat.


1st US offshore wind farm to begin production within days

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — There has been a hiccup at the nation's first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power.

iOS 10.2 beta 5 is now available to download

After rolling out the fourth beta for iOS 10.2 at the beginning of the week, Apple has capped off the week with the release of iOS 10.2 beta 5. The new beta is available to download right now for both developers and public beta testers. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 orders said to drop as Apple goes big on the iPhone 8 As we've discussed during previous beta releases, the highlights of iOS 10.2 are the addition of new Unicode 9.0 emoji, the TV app and some stunning new wallpapers, but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the new version of iOS 10. There are also new sorting options in the Music app (as well as the return of star ratings), the ability to preserve previously used camera settings, a widget for the Videos app, new Screen Effects and an SOS feature to call 911. If you'd like to know more about the five best features coming to your iPhone when iOS 10.2 finally rolls out to the public, be sure to read our roundup . Beta testers are still combing through the update in search of new features and changes, but we'll be sure to update this post as soon as we hear of any major additions to iOS 10.2 in the fifth beta. In the meantime, whether you're a developer or just a member of Apple's public beta program, you can download it now.

UK police are mugging suspects to seize unlocked phones

UK police are mugging suspects to seize unlocked phones UK police have a creative new solution to the encryption problem: just snatch the phone. In the Silk Road case, agents made a point to pull Ross Ulbricht away from his laptop before he could close it, which would have encrypted the hard drive and shut off valuable evidence.


Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe

If you've been considering cutting your cord in order to stick it to your cable company, you might be surprised by just how little that television service means to heavyweights like Comcast. One Wall Street analyst did the math and determined that sometimes slashing a cable subscription only costs the company a measly $5.50. Thanks to the bundling deals that cable companies like Comcast make oh so irresistible, analyst Craig Moffett argues that the actual TV portion of many cable bills is much smaller than it might seem. MUST SEE:  Foxconn senior manager quietly sold $1.5M worth of stolen iPhones before they caught him Using Comcast as an example, Moffett says that dropping TV initially costs the company about $38. However, because the bundling discount is eliminated by cutting the cable cord, the price of the high-speed internet service jumps up by another $25. Some customers, Moffett argues, also opt to increase their internet service speed in order to support the content streaming alternatives that are replacing their cable TV service, further increasing the price of their bill until it's virtually the same. A recent survey from Survata supports his assertion, finding that 49% of cable customers in the U.S. were willing to boost their internet speed in favor of dropping pay TV. “Our survey found a reasonably robust willingness to pay for higher speeds in order to stream video, particularly among those contemplating cutting the cord,” Moffett said. The problem is further exacerbated by the fact that most cable companies hold monopolies over their respective markets. There is some overlap in certain areas, but for the most part it's a one-provider system, thanks to the nature of cable infrastructure. None of this is news to anyone who has attempted to drop their TV service in the past while keeping their internet alive and well, but it's definitely something to keep in mind if you've been considering doing the same.

Trump's dilemma: slower job growth or rising rates and inflation?

Donald Trump holds "USA Thank You Tour 2016" rally in Cincinnati, Ohio. A drop in the U.S. unemployment rate last month to a 9-year low signals the risk of a collision between President-elect Donald Trump's plans to goose the economy and the Federal Reserve's efforts to tap the brakes with higher interest rates. Since Trump's election, officials at the U.S. central bank have cautiously introduced the possibility that his spending and tax cut plans could prompt a faster pace of rate increases than the two hikes currently foreseen in 2017. With November's decline, the jobless rate is now already below the most optimistic projections from Fed policymakers for where it would stand at year end.


Facebook blocked links to a popular fake news detector

Facebook blocked links to a popular fake news detector For several hours today, Facebook blocked links to “bsdetector.tech,” the website for a popular browser extension that detects and tags disreputable news sources. “This message contains content that has been blocked by our security systems,” an error message told users when they attempted to link to the site on Facebook. It’s unclear why Facebook blocked the extension’s page, but it began working again this afternoon.


Apple to use drones to improve Maps service, compete with Google

Apple to use drones to improve Maps service, compete with Google Apple recently gained FAA approval to operate drones, and sources say the company will use them to improve its Maps service. Here's what you need to know.


Apple to use drones to improve Maps service, compete with Google

Apple to use drones to improve Maps service, compete with Google Apple recently gained FAA approval to operate drones, and sources say the company will use them to improve its Maps service. Here's what you need to know.


The Most Technical Winter Jackets

The Most Technical Winter Jackets Technical outerwear continues to get lighter without sacrificing any of its ability to keep you warm in harsh environments.


Fiber upgrade cost traps Britain in cyber slow lane

A British Telecom engineer repairs cables to the telephone and internet network in central London In a bid to boost Britain's economy through Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May's government has said it wants to address business concerns and replace an aging copper network with the "gold standard" common across Asia and parts of Europe. Pressure has been building on BT and its Openreach division for years, led by rivals TalkTalk, Sky and Vodafone, who rely on the network, and by a group of politicians who believe it is failing consumers and businesses. Rivals blame BT, saying Openreach's cashflow funds other parts of its business - such as expensive sports TV rights - and have called for the network to be spun off completely.


Starbucks' CEO transition unlikely to stymie growth: analysts

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, speaks during the company's annual shareholders meeting in Seattle Starbucks Corp said on Thursday that Schultz would step down as CEO on April 3 to focus on new high-end coffee shops, handing the top job to Chief Operating Officer Johnson, a long-time technology executive. "Howard can't be in that position forever," Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy told Reuters. Johnson worked with Schultz for nearly two years and has been on Starbucks' board since 2009.


Top 10 AI failures of 2016

Top 10 AI failures of 2016 Recent developments in driverless cars, voice recognition, and deep learning show how much machines can do. But, AI also failed us in 2016, and here are some of the biggest examples.


Top 10 AI failures of 2016

Top 10 AI failures of 2016 Recent developments in driverless cars, voice recognition, and deep learning show how much machines can do. But, AI also failed us in 2016, and here are some of the biggest examples.


U.S. payrolls rise solidly; jobless rate falls to nine-year low

Job seekers fill out applications during 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair the Los Angeles Mission in Los Angeles By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employers boosted hiring in November and the unemployment rate dropped to a more than nine-year low of 4.6 percent, making it almost certain that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this month. The solid employment gains likely reflect growing confidence in the economy, which has been marked by rising consumer spending and inflation. The unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point last month, hitting its lowest level since August 2007, because more people found work as well as dropped out of the labor force.


Investor Cuban to testify at Senate hearing on AT&T-Time Warner deal

An AT&T sign is seen outside a branch in Rolling Meadows Billionaire investor Mark Cuban will be among the witnesses scheduled to testify at a U.S. Senate Judiciary panel hearing on Dec. 7 on AT&T Inc's proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc . AT&T Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson and Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes will also testify at the meeting of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights. Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks and Landmark Theatres movie chain, has been a vocal supporter of the deal, saying on Twitter and in published interviews that the combined company could be a counterweight to big digital companies like Facebook Inc , Apple Inc , Netflix Inc , Alphabet Inc , Amazon.com Inc and Snapchat Inc.


Sensor industry to grow to $162 billion thanks to IoT, smart cities and eHealth

Sensor industry to grow to $162 billion thanks to IoT, smart cities and eHealth The global sensors market is projected to generate more than $162 billion in 2019. Here's what that means for the growth of IoT, 3D printing, and more.


How to use PowerShell to investigate Windows Defender's malware signature definitions database

How to use PowerShell to investigate Windows Defender's malware signature definitions database What malware does Windows Defender recognize? Learn how to use PowerShell's Defender cmdlets to peek inside the malware signature definitions database.


Traders keep bets on Fed rate hike later this month

The Federal Reserve building in Washington Chances of a rate hike at the Fed's Dec. 13-14 meeting were pegged at 95 percent after the report, based on CME's FedWatch page. Before the release, which also showed a solid 178,000 jobs gained last month, traders saw about a 93 percent chance of a December rate hike, and were betting on at least one more rate hike in 2017. Fed officials largely believe that a 4.6 percent unemployment rate is lower than the U.S. economy can sustain for any length of time without creating upward and potentially undesirable price pressures.


Diversifying tech: Yes, white men can be part of the solution and not the problem

Diversifying tech: Yes, white men can be part of the solution and not the problem Leadership consulting group White Men As Full Diversity Partners treats men in leadership positions as a potential force for change. Can this approach help the tech sector diversify?