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Amazon Prime User? You Should Have this Credit Card

Amazon Prime User? You Should Have this Credit Card If you’re an Amazon Prime user and are responsible enough to pay off your credit card bills, you should get the new Amazon Prime Visa.


Boeing CEO sees 'near term' plane deal after Trump meeting

Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of The Boeing Company, arrives at Trump Tower in New York City Boeing Co's chief executive said on Tuesday that he and President-elect Donald Trump "made progress" on lowering the cost of the Air Force One presidential aircraft fleet and on a potential sale of Boeing fighter aircraft, and suggesting a deal could be struck soon. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg's visit to Trump Tower on Tuesday marked another step in Trump's efforts to use his bully pulpit to cut better deals with defense contractors.


Your original iPhone won't work on AT&T anymore

Your original iPhone won't work on AT&T anymore Anyone still clinging onto the original iPhone got some bad news yesterday: AT&T announced that it shut down its 2G network on January 1st, 2017. The 2G shutdown has been planned for a few years at this point, and judging by the lack of outcry when the network stopped working over two weeks ago, it doesn’t seem to have had a huge impact in today’s world of 3G and LTE networks. AT&T notes that the 2G shut down will free up resources and spectrum bandwidth for the network to use for future rollouts of more advanced wireless solutions like 5G down the line, which is probably a good thing.


Your original iPhone won't work on AT&T anymore

Your original iPhone won't work on AT&T anymore Anyone still clinging onto the original iPhone got some bad news yesterday: AT&T announced that it shut down its 2G network on January 1st, 2017. The 2G shutdown has been planned for a few years at this point, and judging by the lack of outcry when the network stopped working over two weeks ago, it doesn’t seem to have had a huge impact in today’s world of 3G and LTE networks. AT&T notes that the 2G shut down will free up resources and spectrum bandwidth for the network to use for future rollouts of more advanced wireless solutions like 5G down the line, which is probably a good thing.


Facebook's virtual-reality tech was not stolen, Zuckerberg testifies

File photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg took the witness stand in Dallas federal court on Tuesday and denied an allegation by a rival company that the virtual-reality technology of Facebook's Oculus unit was stolen. Zuckerberg, wearing a dark suit and striped tie rather than his typical T-shirt and jeans, began testifying at 9 a.m. local time (1500 GMT) and 2 1/2 hours later was still answering questions posed by a lawyer for videogame publisher ZeniMax Media Inc. ZeniMax sued Oculus in 2014 as Facebook was in the process of buying the startup for $2 billion. The publisher said that Oculus unlawfully gained access to ZeniMax's intellectual property while developing the virtual-reality system that includes the Rift headset.


Toshiba considering spinning off semiconductor business - Nikkei

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Toshiba Corp is pictured at its headquarters in Tokyo (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp is considering spinning off its semiconductor business and selling a partial stake in the unit to Western Digital Corp, the Nikkei financial daily reported on Wednesday. Shares of Western Digital, the California-based data storage company, were up 0.7 pct at $71.51 on Tuesday. Toshiba will sell a roughly 20 percent interest in the unit for about 200 billion yen-300 billion yen ($1.77 billion-$2.66 billion) while retaining a majority stake, the newspaper reported.


9 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for a limited time

It's a gross, rainy Tuesday here in New York City, which means there's no better time to jump on the App Store and download a bunch of newly free apps to mess with. Below, we have a collection of nine great apps that are on sale for free for a limited time, including  Don't Run With a Plasma Sword , which is awesome. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Wryte Normally $2.99. Wryte is a powerful and beautiful Markdown Editor lovingly designed for Writers and Coders. The app focuses on remaining clean and simple, while showcasing your work in absolutely stunning ways. Everything you write is saved and synced to all your devices in real-time, and available offline. Features: Made for Writers and Coders We’ve built Wryte from the ground up with authors and programmers in mind. The app is beautiful and clean. Gorgeous Markdown Theme In Wryte, your words look fantastic. Documents are styled using a clean and professional design that meets that latest standards for iOS 9. Real-time Sync Engine. Everything in Wryte is Synced to all of your devices as you edit and create. This means your work is always with you. Documents can be created and edited even when offline. Github Flavored Markdown Wryte renders code snippets using the latest styling found on sites like Github and Stack Overflow. This makes it a wonderful tool for saving and collecting code snippets. Organize Work into Projects You can have an unlimited amount of Notebooks and Projects in Wrtye. We think you are going to love it. Download Wryte Zentries Normally $1.99. We built Zentries because we wanted an app that could let us type our thoughts and ideas with all the simple beauty and elegance of a journal. Zentries is made with love, and designed a quick and easy way to tell your story. Or several of them if you like. Your entries are sorted by date, and can easily be shared - as either a single page or entire journal. And that’s all there is to the app. We made Zentries simple, because the things you write in it may not be. Download Zentries A Giant Problem Normally $3.99. ***Battle smelly trolls, travel with Giants and fight fire breathing dragons in BearBoat Studios’s new interactive comic! ***Explore each comic page, panel after panel, discovering artwork, special effects and sounds that bring each character to life! An original, debuting comic from the up and coming creator, Jake Kalsbeek. Join characters Lambert and Walter on this heart-warming tale of boyhood adventures, overcoming adversities, and budding friendship. FEATURES • 26+ interactive comic pages! • Panel by panel reading mode! • Music and special sound effects on each page! • Great story for reluctant, young readers • 50+ interactive features! Download A Giant Problem Don't Run With a Plasma Sword Normally $1.99.   For a long time Cornelius has been working at the local comic books stand shop. For about as long, he's been daydreaming about how somehow, someday, he'd become a Hero. After all, wasn't what the fortune cookie was saying, right? ... right? Fortunately the Aliens invasion would come just in time to provide with this opportunity... Don't Run is a breathtaking, retro sci-fi, combat based, funny sidescroller with tons of content. Anyway, what more can you ask for than running with a plasma sword, slicing-up invading aliens? ------------- Main Features ------------- - Universal App - Retina display - 5 environments: City, Factory, Mother ship, Alien Planet, Tandoori Moon - 2 Game Modes: - Story mode with fixed game progression, save points, boss fights and 3-stars rating system - Endless mode with 4 levels of difficulty, random map generation and objectives to accomplish - Did we say it? Boss fights! - Breathtaking action! Hundreds of small hand crafted map sections put together dynamically to make sure to bring out a maximum of diversity and generate a controlled difficulty progression. - A unique 3 buttons contextual controls scheme: jump, slide, slash which becomes double jump, dive and dash in the air - Several types of monster with their own gameplay, traps to avoid, power-ups and rewards to collect - Upgrades! Collect xp in game to level up your avatar on skills and avatar customization - Game Center leaderboard and achievements - Comic storyboards - Awesome soundtrack and sound effects - 2 supported languages, English and French Download Don't Run With a Plasma Sword Beach Defender Normally $0.99. ONE-TOUCH ARCADE RETRO 8-BIT GAME BOY™ CONSOLE GAME What if you found an old cartridge in your attic just waiting to be plugged into your vintage hand-held gaming system? Here comes Beach Defender! Stop evil octopuses from destroying your beloved village. Your fellow villagers, your friends, and your own mother are all counting on you! Wait, the whole world is counting on YOU! • GameCenter leaderboard: compete with your friends and beat them! • Infinite arcade mode to begin with (more modes coming soon) • Exclusive to App Store Download Beach Defender Ruler Normally $0.99. This is simple virtual Ruler app 17 feet/5 meters long. How to use Ruler to measure length: Put your finger on screen and slide phone with the other hand. Pull arrow down to reel off. Download Ruler Smart Alarm Clock Normally $1.99. All the coffee beans in Colombia won’t make you a morning person? Waking up seems like a drag? We created Smart Alarm Clock because mornings should suck less. HOW IT WORKS STEP 1. Select the time range when we want to wake up (e.g., 7am-7:20am). STEP 2. Drift to sleep happily tuning in to some amazing sounds. STEP 3. See colorful dreams with the phone next to our pillow, spying on all our movements and recording all sounds. “the part where magic happens* The smart algorithm of Smart Alarm Clock starts to track our sleep cycles. The alarm will only go off in the lightest sleep phase in our selected time range, when our body is naturally ready to wake up. STEP 4. Wake up to see cool graphs of our sleeping patterns and cycles. Listen to the recordings of us snoring, giggling, or calling out Jessica Biel’s name in our sleep. Download Smart Alarm Clock Monster Fantasy:Pocket Go Normally $0.99. Monster Fantasy is a role-playing mobile game with elements of strategy and monsters, developed by Langtong game. To become the best monster trainer in Monster Fantasy, players have to travel all over the world, capture tons of powerful monsters and enjoy this wonderful journey. FEATURES 【 Monster Type System 】 Monster Fantasy is based on monster battles. Monsters have different types that have both strengths and weaknesses. To train different monster according to interests and strategies is the essence of this game. 【 Various Skill Combinations 】 Skill is the key to each battle. Each monster learns different skills as it grows and various skill combinations make the game very interesting. 【 Send Monster To Friend 】 Send and receive monsters between friends. 【 Unique Mechanism 】 Mechanism System: Unlock the mechanism to challenge Gym Masters. 【 Original Scenes 】 Players can enjoy the battle, roadside flowers and beautiful sky while traveling through the world. 【 Interesing Puzzles 】 Game Hall System: Play puzzles and exchage rewards with coupons. Various Elements Other Features: Map System: Town, cave, tunel, lake…… The best views you have ever seen. Quest System: Get to know everyone and their stories. Finish their quests to get rewards. Achievement System: The more you achieved, the better trainer you are. Download Monster Fantasy:Pocket Go BusyBox Normally $2.99. BusyBox lets you track the time you spend on all your activities. + Daily Tracking + Visualize your activities for the current day. + Data Visualization + Track the total time you spend on each activity. + Notes + If you need to log more details about your tasks, you can associate notes to your task logs. Logs can then be filtered by note contents. + Export your Data + Export your activity data to an excel file that can be read in excel, open office or any spreadsheet software. The notes are also exported to the excel file. + Open In + Open the excel file in any app that can open excel files on your iPhone. + Share via Email + Send the excel file via email. Download BusyBox

Zuckerberg takes the stand in Oculus trade secrets trial

Zuckerberg takes the stand in Oculus trade secrets trial Today, Mark Zuckerberg took the stand in Northern Texas District Court to defend Oculus against accusations of copyright violation and trade secret theft. The plaintiff is Zenimax Media, the parent company of id and Bethesda, which provided crucial support for many of Oculus’ first demos. Now, Zenimax claims that collaboration allowed Oculus to steal crucial intellectual property in the company’s formative early years.


Zuckerberg takes the stand in Oculus trade secrets trial

Zuckerberg takes the stand in Oculus trade secrets trial Today, Mark Zuckerberg took the stand in Northern Texas District Court to defend Oculus against accusations of copyright violation and trade secret theft. The plaintiff is Zenimax Media, the parent company of id and Bethesda, which provided crucial support for many of Oculus’ first demos. Now, Zenimax claims that collaboration allowed Oculus to steal crucial intellectual property in the company’s formative early years.


Trump is using targeted Facebook ads to woo more people to his inauguration party

Trump is using targeted Facebook ads to woo more people to his inauguration party Donald Trump’s inauguration is only days away, but it appears that his team is getting desperate to live up to the the “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout,” he promised in The New York Times. This isn’t the first time the Trump campaign tried its hand at targeted Facebook ads, though previously they were focused on voter suppression. The Tonight Show’s Marina Cockenberg posted about the inauguration ads on Twitter, which explain that Trump is attempting to lure New Yorkers ages 27 or older to his party.


Trump is using targeted Facebook ads to woo more people to his inauguration party

Trump is using targeted Facebook ads to woo more people to his inauguration party Donald Trump’s inauguration is only days away, but it appears that his team is getting desperate to live up to the the “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout,” he promised in The New York Times. This isn’t the first time the Trump campaign tried its hand at targeted Facebook ads, though previously they were focused on voter suppression. The Tonight Show’s Marina Cockenberg posted about the inauguration ads on Twitter, which explain that Trump is attempting to lure New Yorkers ages 27 or older to his party.


U.S. says Rolls-Royce to pay $170 million as part of bribery settlement

FILE PHOTO - The setting sun reflects on a building at Rolls-Royce in Derby WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rolls-Royce Plc has agreed to pay the United States a $170 million criminal penalty as part of a global settlement to resolve bribery investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement on Tuesday.


General Motors says to invest additional $1 billion in U.S.

The GM logo is seen at the General Motors Warren Transmission Operations Plant in Warren, Michigan By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co on Tuesday confirmed it will invest an additional $1 billion in its U.S. factories in 2017 and will move some parts production from Mexico to the United States that was previously handled by a supplier. The investments are in addition to the $2.9 billion the automaker announced last year, GM said. Trump will be sworn in on Friday.


Young Thug’s Wyclef Jean video explains how it got made, without Young Thug

Young Thug’s Wyclef Jean video explains how it got made, without Young Thug Young Thug’s video for “Wyclef Jean,” the first track on last year’s Jeffery, cost $100,000 to make, and its star never even showed up. At least, that’s according to director Ryan Staake, who pulled together a music video that tells the story of its own creation. The clip begins with a recording of Thugger’s ideas for the video, which one of which includes women riding around in toy electric cars.


Young Thug’s Wyclef Jean video explains how it got made, without Young Thug

Young Thug’s Wyclef Jean video explains how it got made, without Young Thug Young Thug’s video for “Wyclef Jean,” the first track on last year’s Jeffery, cost $100,000 to make, and its star never even showed up. At least, that’s according to director Ryan Staake, who pulled together a music video that tells the story of its own creation. The clip begins with a recording of Thugger’s ideas for the video, which one of which includes women riding around in toy electric cars.


Wall Street falls as bank, healthcare shares weigh

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE in New York Biotech and pharma stocks declined after Trump told the Washington Post that he would target companies over drug pricing and that he was ready to unveil a plan to replace Obamacare. The S&P 500 healthcare sector fell 0.7 percent, while Nasdaq biotech index slipped 1.8 percent. Investors maybe concerned that Trump is "going after the Affordable Care Act and is burning a little political capital that might otherwise have been used for business friendly matters," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist of Wunderlich Equity Capital Markets in New York.


May's Brexit: going it alone, hoping for an EU trade deal

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech on leaving the European Union at Lancaster House in London Prime Minister Theresa May has finally outlined what Brexit really means for her: Britain going it alone, fully disentangled from the European Union while hoping the bloc will agree to a comprehensive trade deal. Britain will exit the EU's vast internal market for goods and services and will instead try for a "bold and ambitious" free trade agreement (FTA), rejecting the kind of arrangements some other European countries, such as Norway and Switzerland, have for trade with the world's biggest economic region.


BAT agrees to buy Reynolds for $49 billion

FILE PHOTO - Pall Mall cigarettes are seen after the manufacturing process in the British American Tobacco Cigarette Factory (BAT) in Bayreuth By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British American Tobacco has agreed a $49.4 billion takeover of U.S. rival Reynolds American Inc , creating the world's biggest listed tobacco company after it increased an earlier offer by more than $2 billion. BAT, which already owned 42 percent of Reynolds, will pay $29.44 in cash and 0.5260 BAT shares for each Reynolds share, it said, a 26 percent premium over the price of the stock on Oct. 20, the day before BAT's first offer was made public. Reynolds, the maker of Camel and Newport cigarettes, rejected an initial approach in November, although the two sides remained in talks.


Read an excerpt from Taiyo Fujii’s upcoming sci-fi novel, Orbital Cloud

Read an excerpt from Taiyo Fujii’s upcoming sci-fi novel, Orbital Cloud When it came out in Japan in 2013, it earned the 2014 Seiun Award, Japan’s highest honor for science-fiction writing. It also won the 2014 Nihon SF Taisho Award, and took first prize in the "Best SF of 2014" contest in Japan’s SF Magazine.


The Galaxy S8 might lose the fight against the iPhone before it even launches

The Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 8 are probably the most anticipated handsets of the year. The Galaxy S8 is set to arrive in mid-April, according to various reports, while the iPhone 8 will surely drop in September. Meanwhile, the web is swirling with Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 rumors, and the most recent Galaxy S8 report indicates that Samsung’s 2017 flagship might have a rather high entry price. Apple kept the same entry price for the iPhone over the years, even if it continued to upgrade the handset and bump up the storage. Samsung’s Galaxy S kept matching the iPhone’s price. But things may change this year, at least for Samsung. A source familiar with the company’s inner workings said on Twitter that the Galaxy S8 is “ready and will be present at MWC,” but Samsung will not show it to the public. Furthermore, Twitter user @Ricciolo1 said that a “little bird” told him the phone might be unveiled on March 29th, and should then launch in week 17 — that’s April 24th to April 30th. https://twitter.com/Ricciolo1/status/821136688164511744 He also said that prices will start at $849. That’s quite a high entry price for the smartphone, especially if the iPhone 8 will have the same pricing structure as the iPhone 7. For $849, you can buy a 256GB iPhone 7. Add $20, and you end up with a 128GB iPhone 7 Plus. Even if the $849 Galaxy S8 matches the storage of the iPhone 7, it’ll still be expensive. On the other hand, there’s also one more iPhone 8 rumor to consider. Apple will have three new iPhones in store this year, reports claim, including the iPhone 8 and two iPhone 7s versions. In such a case, it’ll be interesting to see what the entry price for the iPhone 8 will be. Samsung is yet to announce its Galaxy S8 Unpacked event, which means there’s plenty of time for more rumors and speculations.

Wal-Mart pledges to keep hiring pace in U.S. this year

FILE PHOTO - Job postings are shown outside a new Walmart Super Center as the company opens its first store in Compton, California Wal-Mart Stores Inc will create about 10,000 jobs in the United States this year as part of a previously announced plan, it said on Tuesday, as President-elect Donald Trump puts pressure on companies to hire more U.S. workers. The world's largest retailer joined companies like General Motors Co and Amazon.com Inc , which have rushed to announce their plans to add U.S. jobs. Trump, who takes office on Friday, has repeatedly singled out and criticized U.S. companies across industries for not doing more to keep jobs in the United States.


Ice cracks force British Antarctic Survey to move its base

Ice cracks force British Antarctic Survey to move its base The British Antarctic Survey will shut down its Halley base in Antarctica because of cracks in the ice under the station. The station — which consists of eight pods mounted on legs — is located on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf on Antarctica’s Weddell Sea.


Ice cracks force British Antarctic Survey to move its base

Ice cracks force British Antarctic Survey to move its base The British Antarctic Survey will shut down its Halley base in Antarctica because of cracks in the ice under the station. The station — which consists of eight pods mounted on legs — is located on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf on Antarctica’s Weddell Sea.


This tiny gaming PC has Intel’s latest processors and can power a VR headset

This tiny gaming PC has Intel’s latest processors and can power a VR headset Gaming PCs are largely known for being huge, garish LED-studded machines. But as Zotac's new Zbox Magnus EN1070K shows, that doesn’t have to be the case.Announced earlier this month at CES 2017 and reported by AnandTech, the Magnus EN1070K is the latest entry in the Zotac E-series of miniature desktop computers, and measures in with a tiny footprint of 8.27 x 7.9 inches (or a little bigger than a Mac Mini). But it packs some serious firepower into the small size, offering a current-generation Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, up to 32GB of RAM, and both an M. ...


This tiny gaming PC has Intel’s latest processors and can power a VR headset

This tiny gaming PC has Intel’s latest processors and can power a VR headset Gaming PCs are largely known for being huge, garish LED-studded machines. But as Zotac's new Zbox Magnus EN1070K shows, that doesn’t have to be the case.Announced earlier this month at CES 2017 and reported by AnandTech, the Magnus EN1070K is the latest entry in the Zotac E-series of miniature desktop computers, and measures in with a tiny footprint of 8.27 x 7.9 inches (or a little bigger than a Mac Mini). But it packs some serious firepower into the small size, offering a current-generation Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, up to 32GB of RAM, and both an M. ...


This ballistic glass iPhone 7/7 Plus screen protector magically stops people from peeking

Look, we all check out embarrassing stuff on our smartphones from time to time. Sometimes we do it on purpose, not that we’re judging your for needing to know the latest news about Brittany Spears. Sometimes it’s accidental though, like when you’re scrolling through Instagram on the bus and you get to a photo of your friend on vacation in a bikini that’s just a bit too small. Well guess what, there’s a very affordable accessory that’s made for just such an occasion. Not only will the iPhone 7 Anti Spy Ballistic Tempered Glass Screen Protector stop people from checking out your screen, it’ll also protect your device from scratches and cracks if you drop it. Some highlights from the product page: Screen Is Only Visible To Persons Directly In Front Of Screen, this listing is specially created for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Bubble-Free Auto Adhesives for easy installation and no residue when removed. Premium Thin 0.3mm 2.5D Round Edges Ballistic Tempered Glass Screen Protector, 9H Hardness, Accurate touch sensitivity. Super clear, Protects against eye strain. All products are backed by Lifetime Replacement Warranty.

Morgan Stanley's profit doubles on bond-trading surge

Corporate logo of financial firm Morgan Stanley in New York, New York Morgan Stanley's profit doubled in the fourth quarter as trading activity surged across Wall Street, and the bank said it was on track to reach a number of financial goals set out by Chief Executive James Gorman. In announcing earnings on Tuesday, Morgan Stanley detailed huge gains in bond trading, an area where it has long struggled. The bank also reported stronger revenue in equities trading, where Morgan Stanley is typically a leader, and said it was close to hitting targets for cost-cutting, wealth management profits and returns on shareholder equity.


There’s something weird happening on Venus

Mars may be the focus of many current space exploration efforts, but scientists studying Venus have just discovered something very strange : a massive structure that seems to extend almost the entire length of planet. The long, curved shape is rotating along with the planet, suggesting that it's fixed to the planet, while the planet's extremely thick clouds are speeding around it at over 200 miles per hour.  The discovery was made by Japanese scientists using the country's Akatsuki orbiter which arrived at the planet in 2015. The team used the craft's infrared and ultraviolet imaging capabilities to capture a glimpse of the phenomenon, though at the moment nobody's really sure exactly what is causing it. One theory the researchers have come up with is that a gravity wave is causing a disturbance, leading to the massive ripple in the planet's cloud layer. A gravity wave can occur when a planetary feature causes the air rotating around the sphere to be pushed upwards, resulting in a wave-like effect. Using a computer to simulate the possible affect of a gravity wave, the team was able to create a similar shape, though this hypothesis hasn't been proven one way or the other. Gravity waves have indeed been detected on Venus in years prior, but never one approaching this size. Whatever is actually causing the shape, it's definitely a new wrinkle in humanity's understanding of one of our nearest planetary neighbors, and a welcome reminder than Mars isn't the only planet in our backyard worth studying further.

Exxon doubling Permian Basin holdings in U.S. for up to $6.6 billion

The logo of Exxon Mobil Corporation is shown on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York Exxon Mobil Corp said on Tuesday it will pay up to $6.6 billion to double its holdings in the Permian Basin of west Texas and New Mexico, the largest oil field in the United States. The deal, Exxon's biggest since its 2009 buyout of XTO Energy, is the latest by oil producers across the Permian since last summer, with technological improvements and rangebound oil prices fueling the buyouts. Exxon is exchanging an initial $5.6 billion in stock for leases covering roughly 275,000 acres from the Bass family of Fort Worth, Texas.


Juicero squeezes the price of its internet-connected juicer from $700 to $400

Juicero squeezes the price of its internet-connected juicer from $700 to $400 The price cut seems to speak to just how difficult it is to sell a nearly $700 juicer that can’t juice fruits and vegetables bought at the store. Juicero says that when it cut prices for Black Friday — dropping the juicer to $350 for a few days — its customer based “doubled,” which suggests that its install base probably wasn’t that high to begin with. With the price cut, Juicero says it hopes to get juicers into more homes so it can focus on the revenue that comes in through people buying its proprietary fruit and vegetable pouches.


Juicero squeezes the price of its internet-connected juicer from $700 to $400

Juicero squeezes the price of its internet-connected juicer from $700 to $400 The price cut seems to speak to just how difficult it is to sell a nearly $700 juicer that can’t juice fruits and vegetables bought at the store. With the price cut, Juicero says it hopes to get juicers into more homes so it can focus on the revenue that comes in through people buying its proprietary fruit and vegetable pouches.


Apple says it has ‘no plans’ for an iPhone 6 battery exchange program

On Tuesday morning, reliable Japanese Apple blog Mac Otakara published a report claiming that Apple was preparing to extend its battery exchange program to include the iPhone 6. The blog didn't provide any data to back up its claim, and now, hours later, the rumor appears to have been shot down by Apple. Late last year, after consumer advocates pressured it to do so, Apple began offering free replacements for iPhone 6s batteries that were unexpectedly shutting down . It referred to the number of units affected as "very small," but considering the attention that the story received, we found that very hard to believe. Examining service data from over 40 Apple stores in the US, AppleInsider was unable to find anything that might indicate Apple would expand its battery exchange program to include iPhone 6 devices that might also be suffering from battery issues. An Apple corporate source even chimed in: "We constantly evaluate service statistics," the source told AppleInsider . "There are no plans or grounds for a wide iPhone 6 battery exchange program at this time." The iPhone 6 is currently in its third year of existence, which means that consumers who picked up the 6 or 6 Plus at launch are likely beginning to see diminishing returns from their batteries (I know I am). Unfortunately, until a widespread hardware issue is discovered, Apple isn't going to replace your battery. On the other hand, if you own an iPhone 6s and believe your phone is shutting down unexpectedly, you can visit this page on Apple's website and input your serial number to see if you're eligible for a replacement.

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Ford’s newest Mustang drops the V6 engine for the first time in decades

Ford’s newest Mustang drops the V6 engine for the first time in decades Ford is updating the venerable Mustang for 2018, changing its engine options and offering a slew of new tech and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The biggest change may be the loss of the current entry-level V6 engine, which has been available in the Mustang for decades. Ford’s turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine will be the new base option, joined by an upgraded 5-liter V8 in the Mustang GT.


Ford’s newest Mustang drops the V6 engine for the first time in decades

Ford’s newest Mustang drops the V6 engine for the first time in decades Ford is updating the venerable Mustang for 2018, changing its engine options and offering a slew of new tech and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The biggest change may be the loss of the current entry-level V6 engine, which has been available in the Mustang for decades. Ford’s turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine will be the new base option, joined by an upgraded 5-liter V8 in the Mustang GT.


New MacBooks could finally get the RAM they deserve

Power users had a long list of complaints about the new MacBook Pro. Somewhere, buried right underneath the four USB-C ports, was the RAM that maxes out at 16GB. That is a lot of gigabytes of RAM, and should be enough for the vast majority of people and all of their Chrome-using needs. But there does exist a small subset of people --  professionals , you might say -- whose video and photo editing pushes right up against the 16GB of RAM, and are rightly irritated that a $3,000 laptop can't find space for another $200 stick of RAM. For those people, Apple might have a special surprise in 2017. In a research note obtained by  AppleInsider , KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo lays out his expectations for Apple's laptop line in 2017. Like most other analysts, Kuo's predictions are educated guesses at best, but he has a habit of being right more often than not. According to the note, Apple will focus on spec upgrades for its MacBooks in 2017. In particular, it's rumored that the 15-inch MacBook Pro may get an option with 32GB of RAM, and likely some kind of processor upgrade as well. Of more use to the bulk of Apple's users would be a new Retina MacBook with 16GB of RAM. The current Retina MacBook maxes out at 8GB, which is a serious constraint even for heavy web browsing.

Bowser was named after this spicy Korean rice and soup dish

Bowser was named after this spicy Korean rice and soup dish According to this 2000 Famitsu interview with Shigeru Miyamoto, Bowser was given the Japanese name Daimaō Kuppa — Kuppa being the Japanese name for gukbap, a Korean dish. The two other runner-up contenders for names were yukke and bibinba, the Japanese names for Korean dishes yukhoe and bibimbap. If you’ve never tried these dishes, go ahead and give them a try, if only for the sweet satisfaction of imagining you’re eating a pulverized Bowser! (Was that too much?


Bowser was named after this spicy Korean rice and soup dish

Bowser was named after this spicy Korean rice and soup dish According to this 2000 Famitsu interview with Shigeru Miyamoto, Bowser was given the Japanese name Daimaō Kuppa — Kuppa being the Japanese name for gukbap, a Korean dish. The two other runner-up contenders for names were yukke and bibinba, the Japanese names for Korean dishes yukhoe and bibimbap. If you’ve never tried these dishes, go ahead and give them a try, if only for the sweet satisfaction of imagining you’re eating a pulverized Bowser! (Was that too much?


A data visualization of Trump trends on social media

A data visualization of Trump trends on social media The internet is on fire with conversation about the next president of the United States. Twitter data illuminates Trump's trending topics and shows just how partisan the online conversation really is.


A data visualization of Trump trends on social media

A data visualization of Trump trends on social media The internet is on fire with conversation about the next president of the United States. Twitter data illuminates Trump's trending topics and shows just how partisan the online conversation really is.


Facebook bets on Paris with start-up incubator

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Fortress at the End of Time is a brilliant throwback to classic science fiction

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Fortress at the End of Time is a brilliant throwback to classic science fiction

Fortress at the End of Time is a brilliant throwback to classic science fiction Joe M. McDermott’s new short novel The Fortress at the End of Time is a thoughtful investigation of how people cope when their lives are put on hold, and a brilliant analysis of technology, faith, and the point where they meet. The war is long over, and humanity has secured a few hundred planets. Each planet is colonized via “ansibles” which supply and populate Earth’s growing colonies.


First Look: 2018 Ford Mustang

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3 guiding principles for ethical AI, from IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

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After pound's fall, Apple to hike British app store prices

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Why native apps aren't really doomed, for now

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How to avoid public cloud headaches with proper IP address planning

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Blockchain could save investment banks up to $12 billion a year: Accenture

Visitors look at devices at Accenture stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona By Anna Irrera and Jemima Kelly NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Blockchain technology could help the world’s largest investment banks cut their infrastructure costs by between $8 to $12 billion a year by 2025, according to a report by Accenture. The report, published on Tuesday jointly with benchmarking firm McLagan - part of consultancy Aon Hewitt - is based on an analysis of cost data from eight of the world’s ten largest investment banks, and provides a rare concrete estimate of blockchain’s potential savings. Originally used to underpin digital currency bitcoin, blockchain is a distributed record of transactions, or other data, maintained by a network of computers on the internet without the need for approval from a central authority.