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iOS 11 lets you shut down your iPhone and iPad without the power button

iOS 11 Tips

iOS 11 may not come jam-packed with an endless list of cool and must-have features, but there's still a lot to like about the latest update to Apple's mobile software. From a revamped Control Center to new image formats that will prevent photos and videos from eating up all your storage, iOS 11 is certainly an update worth downloading. And that's to say nothing of the support for some of the incredibly cool ARKit-based apps that continue to pop up in the App Store. As it stands now, iOS 11 hasn't even been out for a full month and nearly 40% of all iOS devices are already running it. In stark contrast, more than 80% of all Android devices are currently running variants of Android that are at least two years old.

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Yoni Heisler

October 9th

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The Galaxy S9 will have an advantage over every other Android phone next year

Galaxy S9 Specs

The Galaxy S8 launched later than Samsung wanted this year, as a direct result of that Galaxy Note 7 recall. However, Samsung’s phone was still the first Android phone to bring to the market a critical key component, one that other rivals lacked.

From the looks of it, Samsung may pull off the same trick with the upcoming Galaxy S9.

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Chris Smith

October 9th

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Hulu slashes the price of its monthly plan just as Netflix raises its prices

Hulu price drop

Hulu has dropped the price of its entry-level subscription from $7.99 down to $5.99 for new and returning customers. This isn't a permanent price cut, but rather a limited-time promotion as the streaming service attempts to lure in new customers (and bring back old ones) ahead of the fall 2017 TV season. As long as you sign up before January 9th, 2018, you'll pay the promotional price of $5.99 a month for 12 months before the price reverts to $7.99.

As Variety notes, the offer actually began rolling out on September 21st, but Hulu just started sending out marketing material highlighting the deal last week. In what appears to be a happy coincidence for Hulu, news of the price drop is making the rounds just as Netflix raises the price of both its standard and premium plans.

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Jacob Siegal

October 9th

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Report: Apple terminates deal for Elvis biopic series w/ The Weinstein Company

According to a new report from Deadline, Apple has halted its plans to produce an Elivis Presley biopic series in conjunction with The Weinstein Company. The move on Apple’s part comes following a bombshell report detailing years of sexual harassment on the part of Harvey Weinstein…

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Chance Miller

October 9th

Apple

Mac

This exploding smartphone is why you don’t use sketchy unofficial batteries

Samsung Explosion

One of the biggest tech stories of last year, and one which Samsung would just as soon like to forget about, involved the now-discontinued Galaxy Note 7. Shortly after the Note 7 went on sale, reports that the device was prone to spontaneously catching fire, and in some instances exploding, began to sprout up all across the globe. Eventually, Samsung was forced to discontinue the Note 7, resulting in an arguably unprecedented tech PR crisis that, by some estimates, cost the company well over $3 billion in revenue.

Samsung has since recovered from the Note 7 saga, but alas, stories of Samsung smartphones exploding just can't seem to stay out of the news. Recently, a video captured a Galaxy S Duos exploding while nestled in a man's front pocket. Out of nowhere, the phone begins emiting sparks before completely catching on fire. Before long, the man removed his shirt and the fire was put out.

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Yoni Heisler

October 9th

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This exploding smartphone is why you don’t use sketchy unofficial batteries

Samsung Explosion

One of the biggest tech stories of last year, and one which Samsung would just as soon like to forget about, involved the now-discontinued Galaxy Note 7. Shortly after the Note 7 went on sale, reports that the device was prone to spontaneously catching fire, and in some instances exploding, began to sprout up all across the globe. Eventually, Samsung was forced to discontinue the Note 7, resulting in an arguably unprecedented tech PR crisis that, by some estimates, cost the company well over $3 billion in revenue.

Samsung has since recovered from the Note 7 saga, but alas, stories of Samsung smartphones exploding just can't seem to stay out of the news. Recently, a video captured a Galaxy S Duos exploding while nestled in a man's front pocket. Out of nowhere, the phone begins emiting sparks before completely catching on fire. Before long, the man removed his shirt and the fire was put out.

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Yoni Heisler

October 9th

Mobile

What’s new in iOS 11.1 beta 2? A look at new changes and features [Video]

iOS 11.1 beta 2 was released earlier today, and we’ve taken some time to talk about the new features and changes found in the beta release. The biggest new feature, one alluded to ahead of time by Apple, is the inclusion of hundreds of new Unicode 10 emoji characters. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough for the details. more…

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Jeff Benjamin

October 9th

Apple

Mac

Ocean winds could power the entire planet, but harnessing them could also kill us

wind power

Okay, I've got some good news and some bad news, which one do you want first? Let's start with the good news: New research into the winds over the open ocean are speedy and reliable enough that, if we could find a way to efficiently harness them, we could power the entire planet without a single drop of fossil fuel. Great, right? Now for the bad news: Actually using that wind to generate power could dramatically alter the climate in potentially dangerous and unpredictable ways. Why must there always be a catch?!

The research, which was led by Anna Possner of Carnegie, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. And, despite the fact that the study's simulated wind farms wreaked havoc on the climate model, the overall outlook for using ocean winds for power is extremely positive.

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Mike Wehner

October 9th

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Red and blue model is sold out, but Amazon still has gray Nintendo Switches with Prime shipping

Nintendo Switch Amazon

It might seem hard to believe, but Amazon STILL has the white-hot Nintendo Switch video game console in stock after getting fresh shipments in last week. The Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Red Joy-Con is sold out unless you want to spend $350 on it (which really isn't that bad), but the Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Con is still in stock at its normal $299.99 retail price with free Prime shipping. With the holidays coming up fast, we don't know when you'll have an opportunity to buy a Switch might be, so grab one while you still can!

Here are the highlights from the product page:

Introducing Nintendo Switch, the new home video game system from Nintendo. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system can be taken on the go so players can enjoy a full home console experience anytime, anywhere. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system, with unprecedented new play styles brought to life by the two new Joy-Con controllers.

PLAY ANYWHERE

Home Gaming System

At home the main unit rests in the Nintendo Switch dock, which connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room.

On-the-Go

Lift Nintendo Switch from the dock and instantly transition to handheld mode for on-the-go gaming. By sharing Joy-Con, players can go head-to-head while away from home. You can also enjoy the same great games in tabletop mode by using the included stand to prop the system up.

New Play Styles

Remove the detachable Joy-Con from either side of Nintendo Switch for more play styles:

One player can use a Joy-Con in each hand
Two players can each take one
Multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options (additional Joy-Con sold separately)
Slip a set of Joy-Con into a Joy-Con grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
Bring together up to 8 Nintendo Switch systems for local face-to-face multiplayer.

Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Con: $299.99

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Maren Estrada

October 9th

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The SpiderMAV does whatever a spider can, spins a web, any size

 Researchers at the Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Laboratory have created the SpiderMAV – a robot that stabilizes itself by shooting out multiple strands of rope that can stick to magnetic surfaces. The drone, which is a standard quadcopter, has a built-in rope gun that blasts out little connectors. The drone then pulls against the ropes, stabilizing itself in flight.… Read More

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John Biggs

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