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Black Friday Deals

Black Friday is only a few hours away and chances are good you've got a list of an item or two that you're hoping will drop to some crazy low price. Wired has a list of some of the best deals they've found so far and will be updating it as the offers come in. Some are available now, some you have to wait until midnight for. Good luck.

Don't want to deal with aggressive shoppers and long lines? No problem. Kick back on your couch, plug in your laptop and shop from the comfort of your living room. The only waiting you have to do is for your package to arrive.

Google offers discounts for Black Friday

If you were hoping to pick up a Google product on Black Friday you'll be happy to hear they've announced some modest price drops on their new stuff. If you are in the market for the Google Home, you'll see that price drop from $129 down to $99. If you are looking for the Google Pixel, there are a few offers that will drop the price a little (if you are a Verizon user). Chromecast will also see a $10 drop and you should be able to find them for $25 tomorrow. The drops aren't crazy, but it might be enough to convince you to pull the trigger as chances are good you won't see lower prices for the rest of the year. The Verge has more details.

Google is well on its way from being a company synonymous with search and the web to a brand name well known for its hardware products. We’re now familiar with the Chromecast name; the streaming stick has been Google’s Trojan horse into the living room, selling millions of units and establishing the search giant’s software as a viable media nexus. Now, there’s the Google Home smart speaker to compete with Amazon’s Echo, as well the company’s new flagship Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

Bullets vs. Propeller is Slow Motion

In earlier days of aeriel combat, timing was required to shoot bullets between the blades of a spinning propeller. The Slow Mo Guys show us how it's done.


Fan Film Nails Majora's Mask

Hollywood has really struggled to bring a lot of game-based films to the big screen. They've tried, but mostly failed and in many cases alienated the people who played the games. That's what makes this fan-made file based on the Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask so incredible. It's fantastic. Incredible and a film that is made by a person who gets and loves the game it's about.

Burnout: Paradise Coming Back for Gold Members

One of the greatest arcade driving games on the Xbox 360 was Burnout: Paradise and it looks like it's coming back to Xbox via their "Games for Gold" program. I'm not sure what happened to my original copy this game, but I'll be glad to get it back up and running for hours of awesome driving and music.

While the studio originally announced it was working on a Burnout successor at E3 2014, the game was soon cancelled, with EA shifting the team to help out on new Star Wars projects. With the studio's co-founders also recently departing the company, this Xbox 360 title may be the closest gamers get to a new Burnout for a while.

Source: Engadget

Researches Show How Hackers Can Spy With Your Headphones

It's pretty incredible how a set of headphones or speakers can be used to spy on you and used to listen to you. They aren't microphones, but can be used as such with a lot of ingenuity and some math. 

This technique re-purposes the speakers in earbuds and headphones into microphones, capturing vibrations in the air and converting them into electromagnetic signals. This will then enable the hackers to quietly capture audio without the knowledge of the owner.

Source: Neowin

Weekly Tech Update #379 - There's a Dongle for That

Weekly Tech Update has been missing for a couple weeks due to health issues, but we are back and have just posted up Episode #379 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing why Apple is struggling, Dell may be crazy enough to make Windows 10 Mobile devices and YouTube Red is not as popular as hoped. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.


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Microsoft Edge is Netflix 4K Exclusive Streaming Browser

Netflix 4K streaming is finally coming to PCs, but the bad news is that if you want to enjoy 4K goodness, you'll have to use Microsoft Edge browser. The requirements don't stop there however. In order to power the Edge browser, you'll need an Intel Kaby Lake processor (7th Gen-Core) and a 4K display. The reality is that 4K video decoding does take a lot of horsepower, but there are other alternatives that support 4K streaming through apps. More information below.

The inclusion of the Xbox One S is interesting, although not surprising. But the Windows Store lists Netflix as being available on PCs, phones, and Xbox. In theory, if you have a 4K PC that doesn't have Kaby Lake, you should be able to use the app to stream, even though it's not listed on Netflix's official list. We've reached out to the company for confirmation of this.

Source: Neowin

Simple DIY Fire Tornado

If your bored - maybe you shouldn't play with fire - but if you do, check out how to simply make a fire tornado - and how to color it different colors. Pretty neat stuff.


Obama 'Can't' Pardon Edward Snowden

As President Obama nearing the end of his term, there has been some pressure to close out the Edward Snowden whistleblowing fiasco, but Obama says he "can't" pardon Snowden without a trial. Of course, the President can and has pardoned many other people, but Snowden made him and the government look horrible in light of the hand-in-hand spying on American's done by the NSA and sanctioned, of course, by the government. Snowden deserves a medal more than he does a trial.

"I think that Mr. Snowden raised some legitimate concerns," President Obama said. "How he did it was something that did not follow the procedures and practices of our intelligence community. If everybody took the approach that I make my own decisions about these issues, then it would be very hard to have an organized government or any kind of national security system."

Source: Engadget

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