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  • The National Park Service is slyly taunting President Trump on Twitter

    President Donald Trump took over the sprawling US government today, and some of his new employees are using the occasion to poke at him on Twitter. Whoever is running the National Park Service's Twitter account is subtweeting the new president with messages that appear to challenge his ideas and his stature. Early today, @NatlParkService posted a tweet by The Wilderness Society about Obama’s recognition of LGBTQ history and places — the same day that the LGBTQ rights page disappeared from the White House website.

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  • PlayStation Store flash sale has a bunch of games for under $5

    Tomb Raider: Definitive EditionCrystal Dynamics/Square Enix

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  • 'Droneboarding' takes off in Latvia

    Two snowboarders gripping them glide across the ice, pulled along by the drone before performing a series of high-speed turns and slides. The drone prototype is the work of Latvian specialists Aerones and they are putting their invention through its paces, with up to four snowboarders being dragged across the ice at a time. "It seems to be a successful test," says Janis Putrams, 35, wearing a broad grin, not least because as Aerones CEO he is in charge of the enormous remote control unit used to steer the drone's flight.

    AFP
  • The world’s ‘most innovative’ economy

    Its lead may have narrowed over the past year, but South Korea still reigns supreme on Bloomberg’s Innovation Index, which ranks the world’s economies using metrics such as R&D spending and the concentration ...

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  • Qualcomm fires back against Apple over lawsuit and FTC action

    Never a dull moment in the smartphone wars. This week, Qualcomm started getting serious regulatory heat when the Federal Trade Commission filed charges against the chipmaker, accusing it of anticompetitive tactics designed to shut competitors out from supplying components to handset companies.Apple was one of the few manufacturers mentioned by...

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  • Here’s how many people still rent Netflix DVDs by mail, and why Netflix loves it

    It's now been a full decade since Netflix launched its streaming service and in that time it has completely changed the company. The streaming video service currently tallies over 93 million paying subscribers, while the number of people paying for physical DVD rentals by mail has taken an absolutely massive hit. Netflix's Q4 earnings results were posted earlier today, and they revealed that only 4.1 million people still pay for the privilege of getting discs in their mailbox. Still, the DVD delivery service isn't going anywhere, and there's a good reason for that: cash. Netflix's streaming service — and original content especially — are the star of the show without a doubt, but the DVD subscriptions still provide the company with a nice cushion of cash. As the AP reports, the company spends absolutely no money to promote its DVD service, but its millions of subscribers still allow it to rake in a 50% operating profit, which is a margin that any company would envy. “We’ve never discussed shutting down DVDs since there are still lots of folks who subscribe, often to both streaming and DVD by mail,” a Netflix spokesperson said, via the  AP . But the charade can't go on forever, and eventually the company will have to shutter the service when it shrinks to the point that it no longer makes sense. In the fourth quarter of 2016, the DVD service lost 159,000 subscribers. Though Netflix doesn't report the number of those who transitioned to streaming-only subscription, it's probably a rather high percentage. Still, that's fewer people renting their DVDs, and some analysts predict that Netflix will axe the physical discs within the next five years. When that day comes, we'll all have to pour one out for the death of the real Netflix.

    BGR News
  • India turns to AI as cyber warfare threats grow

    In the darkened offices of a tech start-up, a handful of computer engineers sifts through a mountain of intelligence data that would normally be the work of a small army of Indian security agents. "We use artificial intelligence (AI) to look for patterns in the past to predict future behaviour," says Tarun Wig as he explains why he hopes his company Innefu can do more business with India's government. While other countries have long relied on AI to gather intelligence, India -- sometimes seemingly addicted to paperwork -- has continued to use agents to eyeball reams of data gathered over the years.

    AFP
  • Lavabit Encryption Service Used By Snowden Relaunches

    Lavabit had 410,000 accounts in September 2013, when it shut down after being confronted by federal law authorities in pursuit of Edward Snowden.

    International Business Times
  • 10 Geographically Remote Places to Get Away From It All (10 photos)

    Luxury travelers are increasingly heading for resorts on secluded, hard-to-reach peninsulas and islands to escape the world for a few weeks, perhaps for the illusion of safety in these turbulent times. However, for more intrepid adventure types, getting off the beaten track means consulting maps, crunching data, and undertaking long and complex journeys to get to the ends of the Earth. We've found 10 super-remote places, some hard to get to, others with bold and unusual geographic claims, but all offering a healthy dose of nowhere in particular.

    Travel+Leisure
  • Here are Trump’s first Presidential Tweets

    Donald J. Trump is now President Donald J. Trump, and with great power comes control of the @POTUS Twitter handle. But so far, Trump has decided to stick to his personal account, and has chosen to tweet out his inaugural message in 140-character form from @realdonaldtrump. In a series of tweets published from his personal account shortly after the inaugural speech, Trump summarized his popular message for anyone not following the livestream: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/822501803615014918 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/822501939267141634 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/822502135233384448 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/822502270503972872   https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/822502601304526848 As some people have already pointed out , part of that speech lined up a little too closely with Bane's speech from the end of  Dark Knight Rises . Social media teams have already transitioned websites and social media accounts to the new administration. Trump's policies are now up on the White House website , including an "America First" energy plan, "America First" foreign policy, and "Trade Deals that Work for All Americans." Notably, there's no section on climate change one way or another, although reports that Trump has already "scrubbed all traces of climate change" from the White House website are misleading, as all of the previous administration's policies have been deleted as a matter of course. All of the previous administration's tweets have been deleted from the official @POTUS account, which is currently empty. All of President Obama's tweets have been archived at @Potus44, which is the same procedure used for all the official administration accounts.

    BGR News
  • Everything you need to know about the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

    Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4 was released in August, but now it's hitting new markets. Starting January 19, it will become available in India, where its predecessor, the Redmi Note 3, is already popular.

    Digital Trends
  • You can now animate your VR drawings using Google’s new Tilt Brush Toolkit with Unity integration

    People have made some pretty cool things in Google’s Tilt Brush VR painting app. Google is specifically highlighting the Unity integration, allowing users to use Tilt Brush sketches in Unity itself with the same materials, shaders, and even the audio responses from the Tilt Brush app.

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  • Samsung to Reveal Cause of Exploding Phones Monday

    The company will hold a press conference to detail results of its investigation into the causes behind its exploding smartphones.

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  • The Latest: New Mexico files lawsuit over faulty air bags

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico's lawsuit against air bag maker Takata (all times local):

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  • Apple's MacBook Pro Touch Bar Vs. Windows Touch Screen: And The Winner Is

    Laptop touch screens are a godsend for some, useless for others. Now we have Apple's Touch Bar. Which makes more practical sense?

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  • The smart scanner your office needs

    Build your own digital library with a smart scanner.

    Yahoo Finance Video
  • New Sonos CEO Raises Possibility of IPO for Retail Expansion

    Sonos wants to give consumers more chances to experience its internet-connected speakers in person, said the company’s new CEO Patrick Spence in an interview with Variety on Thursday. This could include opening additional Sonos stores, with Spence acknowledging that a further retail expansion may require raising additional money. “I’m open to all the options on the... Read more »

    Variety
  • Microsoft bombards Windows 10 users with popups for its bad Chrome extension

    Every time it looks like Microsoft has learned its lesson, it goes out and finds an exciting new way to make people angry again. Just last week, in response to criticisms regarding data collection on Windows 10, the company announced that it would introduce a new privacy dashboard and simplify the privacy settings set up experience . It's a step in the right direction as the company attempts to regain the trust of its users, but now, a week later, reports are circulating that Microsoft is pushing desktop popups to Chrome users on Windows 10. First reported by Myce , Windows 10 users with a Chrome icon in their taskbar have begun receiving popup notifications advertising Microsoft's Personal Shopping Assistant  extension. "Quickly compare prices online," the popup reads. "Get Microsoft's Personal Shopping Assistant for Chrome." While a majority of the reviews for the extension on the Chrome Web Store from 2016 are positive, over a dozen one-star reviews have been posted in the last week, all citing the "spam" from Microsoft. "Installed this so I could leave this review," writes one user. "I'm uninstalling it right after. Microsoft Windows 10 popped up a notification when I launched Chrome tonight, telling me I should install this extension. Basically, they forced a popup ad into my Windows experience, and interfered with my use of my computer to push this waste of time onto me. They should be banned from the Chrome store because of this." Controversy aside, the extension looks fairly useful at a glance, but this is clearly not the way to go about advertising it, especially when users are (understandably) skittish about cybersecurity.

    BGR News
  • Trump's tech transition: Will the president's new phone change his Twitter game?

    US President Donald Trump has officially traded in his personal smartphone for one with limited features, which could impact the way he interacts with social media.

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  • LG’s next big phone will debut in Barcelona on February 26

    Rumors are circulating about LG's next flagship smartphone, the G6. Whatever the company has in store for us, the phone will have to be a stunner, as LG failed to spark interest in its modular ecosystem with the G5.

    Digital Trends