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Google Play Will Start Selling Audiobooks

I'm a huge fan of Audiobooks. I've been a subscriber to Audible for years now (get yourself a free book right here), but now that Google Play is getting support for Audiobooks, they might have a bit more competition on their hands. I'm also a fan of competition and Audiobooks aren't cheap. Right now the support is only showing up in version 8.4 of the Play Store as the guys over at AndroidPolice tear apart the APK to see what's new. It's promising and I'm looking forware to more options.

Actually, audiobooks probably won't be treated as a different category, rather another buying option to exist side-by-side with e-books. If you're looking at an ebook that has an audiobook counterpart, a label will point out that the other format is available with a button to switch to that option, and vice versa. Most audiobooks will obviously have a price tag on them, but there will be some freebies, as well.

Source: AndroidPolice

Xbox One X Review

The iPhone X is out as is the Xbox One X. Both of them are a pretty solid upgrade over the previous model, but the beauty of the Xbox One X is that you don't have to learn how to use it differently than the previous version. The Xbox One X is simply a horsepower upgrade over the Xbox One and Xbox One S. There is more than just extra power available in this console - it includes Dolby Atmos support and a lot more. 

The reason for this is that the Xbox One X only comes in a single storage configuration: 1TB. If you're coming from a 2TB Xbox One S, that just got chopped in half. I've repeatedly asked Microsoft if there are more storage configurations on the way, and no one will confirm it. I have been told by numerous people that Microsoft wants you to use an external drive.

Source: Neowin

iPhone X Review

Apple's latest iPhone is all over the review benches of the interweb and the general consensus is that it's different - different enough that it's not a normal or natural experience. I'm not sure if that's a good thing. The reviewer says that some of the new ways to do things are alright, but it does take some relearning. The fact is, change for the sake of change is not always good at all, but some of these changes may indeed have some merit. Take a look at the review below for more details.

The makeover here is drastic, though, and it'll take some time to really get used to Face ID and life without a home button. Stick with it and you'll find that the iPhone X is a surprisingly easy device to live with. Of course, since this is a first-gen device, it has its flaws. Not everyone will love the notch, the interface could use a little more polish, and a bigger battery would've been nice. Suffice to say, the iPhone definitely isn't right for everyone right now -- still, it provides a strong foundation for the iPhones of tomorrow to build on.

Source: Engadget

Lots of fake Facebook accounts

Last week Twitter had to sheepishly admit that they'd been inflating their numbers accidently, now it's Facebook's turn to sheepishly made an admission.

Facebook had estimated that the amount of fake, or duplicate, accounts on their network was previously in the 2-3% range, but now it's looking like it's more like 6-10%. On a network with over 2 billion users, that number could be as high as 270 million fake accounts which is pretty huge.

While there is more and more pressure on Facebook to get rid of accounts that are fake, or just setup for spamming purposes, Facebook probably isn't so excited to drop their numbers by 10% so I don't imagine they'll be doing mass deletions anytime soon.

Mashable has the story.

That means that as many as 270 million of the platform's 2.1-billion-strong user base could be fraudulent — a population verging on the size of the United States. 

Facebook said the change was due to better tools for tracking illegitimate activity rather than a sudden spike in fishy sign-ups.  

Unlike Twitter's anything-goes attitude, Facebook is famously strict about verifying the real-life identity of each of its users. In some cases, it even goes so far as to demand official documentation. 

Yet fake accounts have still managed to proliferate on the platform — some because of innocent user mistakes and others created to spread spam or operate as part of shady networks of bots.

Weekly Tech Update #411 - Microsoft Kills off Another 'Killer' Product

We have just posted up Episode #411 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we are discussing iPhone 10's are expensive to fix, Twitter may have inflated their user numbers and Microsoft kills off another product - the casualty this week - the Kinect.We have those stories and more at the links below...

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Apple vs. Qualcomm: Round 7

I've lost track of what round we are on in the Apple vs. Qualcomm lawsuit saga, but things just got even more interesting this week.

Here's what we know:

- Many Apple devices use Qualcomm processors, as do most other mobile devices.

- Apple doesn't like how much Qualcomm can charge, sues them because they think they're owed $1 billion in overpayments.

- Qualcomm says Apple is infringing on some of their patents, asks the Federal Trade Commission to ban iPhone imports.

- Apple starts working on iPhones and iPads reportedly with Intel, is looking to cut out Qualcomm completely in future devices.

- Qualcomm alleges Apple has shared their source code with Intel as they work to stop using Qualcomm processors.

The financial details on the new "you shared our source code with our biggest competitor Intel" lawsuit from Qualcomm aren't disclosed yet, however, it'll be big. If they can prove it, Apple could end up writing a big cheque.

ZDNet has more on this story.

Trump got booted from Twitter temporarily

Apparently this is a big news story, Donald Trump got booted from Twitter and some people got really worked up, some got happier, most didn't notice. The only reason I'm posting this is because it's kinda funny and it's a really slow news day. 

Don't worry though, he's back after an 11 minute absence. The Verge has more on this "story".

President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, @realdonaldtrump, disappeared from the site for around 11 beautiful minutes shortly before 7PM ET. It was not initially clear what happened to the account, and Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a series of tweets issued by Twitter’s Government and Elections team, the company first blamed “human error,” then attributed the move on a rogue employee who used their last day on the job to boot the president off the service.

Twitter is your best source for disinformation

Fake News!

If you are big into fake news, or just being generally misinformed, apparently Twitter is your best source to get all worked up about nothing. It's probably not too much of a surprise that Twitter has its issues with spam bots and extremists, but I could have sworn that Facebook might have even been worse (just because of the much larger audience). 

In the end most social media networks are hugely susceptible to people putting up fake or untrue content to either drive more clicks or to push forward their views. 

What's the solution? It's obviously not so simple, but Motherboard takes a closer look at the world of misinformation on Twitter.

Twitter is the most open social media platform, which is partly why it's used by so many politicians, celebrities, journalists, tech types, conference goers, and experts working on fast-moving topics. As we learned over the past year, Twitter's openness was exploited by adversarial governments trying to influence elections. Twitter is marketing itself as a news platform, the go-to place to find out, in the words of its slogan, "What's happening?"

So what's happening with disinformation on Twitter? That is very hard to tell, because Twitter is actively making it easier to hide evidence of wrongdoing and making it harder to investigate abuse by limiting and monitoring third party research, and by forcing data companies to delete evidence as requested by users. The San Francisco-based firm has long been the platform of choice for adversarial intelligence agencies, malicious automated accounts (so-called bots), and extremists at the fringes. Driven by ideology and the market, the most open and liberal social media platform has become a threat to open and liberal democracy.

Tesla posts big loss in Q3

As Tesla tries to keep up with demand on their Model 3 vehicles, it appears it has been a little more expensive than investors were hoping as they posted a $1.4 billion dollar loss in Q3. Everyone was expecting Q3 to not be a great quarter but it was worse than expected and it sent Tesla's stocks downwards. At this point I don't think everyone is jumping ship yet, but but another quarter or two and investors might start looking for the exit door. Yahoo Finance has more details.

The company said it planned to produce "about 10% fewer" units of its Model S and Model X models in the fourth quarter and reallocate resources to the Model 3, its newest. Tesla expects to hit a Model 3 production rate of 5,000 vehicles a week by late in the first quarter of 2018.

"While we continue to make significant progress each week in fixing Model 3 bottlenecks, the nature of manufacturing challenges during a ramp such as this makes it difficult to predict exactly how long it will take for all bottlenecks to be cleared or when new ones will appear," Tesla said in its statement.

Tesla said in October that it produced only 260 vehicles, well below its target of 1,500. CEO Elon Musk said the Model 3 was "deep in production hell."

Bitcoin hits new highs

The Bitcoin rollercoaster continues with a surge to $7,350 which was easily a new all-time high this week. The surge up was followed by a drop down to $6,850 shortly after and now we've seen it go back up to ~$7,100 this morning. If nothing else, investing in Bitcoin is a thrill ride.

CNBC has the story.

Bitcoin hit another all-time high Thursday morning, surpassing $7,000 for the first time.

 

The cryptocurrency has had a bullish streak throughout the week following the CME's announcement that it will introduce bitcoin futures contracts.

According to data from CoinDesk, the virtual currency reached an all-time high of $7,355.35 at about 7:16 a.m. ET. The jump in price saw the virtual coin rise by more than 7 percent on the day.

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