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Google Play Gets a Major Overhaul

Not only is Google Play Music getting a total facelift, Google is putting the technology behind "Google Now" into the music platform. This is tailor music selections, playlists and recommendations to you specifically - all while introducing you to some new content as well. I've really enjoyed the simplicity and depth of the App and the music selection. Let's hope that this won't be a case of one step forward and two steps back.

Using machine learning and clues like location, activity, and weather, the app tries to serve up a smorgasbord of playlists that will match your mood and moment. "At a high level, Google’s mission is to make the world of information really accessible and useful to people," said Elias Roman, the lead product manager for Google Play Music.

Source: TheVerge

YotaPhone 2 Dual-Screen Phone now $119.99

If you've wanted one of the YotaPhone 2 devices ever since they came out (as Jason and I have), you may be excited to know that you can now pick one up for as little as $119.99. While the hardware is a little dated, having a device with an dual-screen (one e-Ink, one LCD) is pretty sweet and the week of battery life is pretty incredible. This just may end up being my backup phone and mobile device for holidays, as I can read everything Kindle on one side, without sacrificing battery life.

Nothing to write home about as we approach the end of 2016, but it is still a pretty good phone… especially at only $119.99. Not to mention it is still one of the most interesting Android handsets the industry has seen. It will be fun playing around with and will guarantee great conversations, as well as looks.

Source: AndroidAuthority

Microsoft's Sweet Black Friday Deals

Microsoft is getting ready to blow the doors off their webstore for Black Friday. They have some great Surface Pro 4 deals including up to $430 off the solid Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD version that will be available for $999. If you need to save a few more bucks, the Core m3 will be a mere $599 - without pen. Also Xbox One & One S will be discounted making Sony even more uncomfortable with their issues. It's going to be an interesting Black Friday this year as companies seem a little more eager to move hardware.

  • Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, bundled with black Type Cover at Microsoft Stores for $999 ($429.99 off). Limit one per customer.
  • Surface Pro 4, Core m3, 128GB storage, bundled with Signature Type Cover at Best Buy for $599. No pen included.
  • Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB storage, for $799.
  • Surface Book, 128GB storage, for $1249.
  • Surface Book, Core i5, dGPU, 256GB storage, for $1499 (normally $1899).

Source: Neowin

Sony's PS4 Pro Won't Connect to TVs

The PS4 Pro has had a rather rocky launch. First off, the breakout box acccompanies the PS4 doesn't support HDR (High Dynamic Range) signals on either the PS4 or PS4 Pro. Now there are many, many reports that the PS4 Pro simply won't connect to many TVs and users are being fed a blank screen by their TVs. That's a little disappointing when expecting to be looking at breathtaking 4K HDR. Affected TVs and PS4 Pro combinations include TVs from Samsung, Philips, LG, Vizio as well as Sony themselves. This is a huge disaster for Sony, but good news for Microsoft. Xbox One S sales have taken another jump.

The problem was already so widespread by the end of Thursday November 10 – the PS4 Pro’s launch date – that it had garnered an official response on Sony’s EU PlayStation Forum. Online Support representative KingGobbo admitted the issue’s existence and suggested a convoluted temporary fix involving switching the console into its Safe mode and changing its digital rights management setting from HDCP 2.2 to 1.4.

Source: Forbes

Google Night Mode Might Come Back to Android

"Night Mode" is a feature that was set to release in Android 7.0, but was axed for a number of reasons. This mode allows for a darker theme and a lower color temperature to be added to your screen so that less blue light is emitted from your device screen making it easier to fall asleep. A number of studies show that blue light keeps you awake and alert more than a softer reddish light. I've enabled the mode on my Nexus 6P and while it works well, I don't often use my phone when I should be sleeping anyhow.

The decision is being followed after a thread named ‘Bring Back Night Mode’ was posted on the company’s issue tracker. Google’s Night Mode allows users to adjust the screen colour temperature for the purpose of minimizing excessive strain on the user’s eyes.

Source: DeccanChronicle

Yahoo knew they'd been hacked in 2014

It's been a couple weeks since we talked about Yahoo in the news, and once again they are making headlines. It is being reported that Yahoo became aware that they'd been hacked back in 2014 which makes the whole "we didn't know" argument a tough one to sell as they are in the midst of being bought out by Verizon for a cool $4.8 Billion. This information doesn't appear to have been told to Verizon when they made the bid and of course could be the reason they back out of the deal which appears to be getting closer to happening by the day. Arstechnica takes a closer look at the massive data breach.

Yahoo admitted to the world—on a news day dominated by a guy called Trump—that some of its employees were aware that it had suffered a breach shortly after a "state-sponsored actor" hacked into the ailing Web firm's systems in 2014.

OnePlus 3T - November 15th

It hasn't taken OnePlus all that long to become one of the best "alternatives" in the smartphone market and it looks like they'll be showing off their newest model, the 3T, on November 15th. The 3T appears to be an updated version of their popular OnePlus 3 smartphone and if the rumors hold true will be a processor upgrade, software update, and maybe a couple other upgrades. The Verge takes a closer look at the rumor over here.

The company tweeted this week that it would be bringing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor to consumers on the 15th, so we can certainly expect that as a spec bump. (The same 2.35GHz processor is found in Google’s Pixel and comes with support for Daydream VR.) From what OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has said on Twitter, we can also expect the 3T to stick with the company's Optic AMOLED displays, despite rumors that the firm is having difficulty sourcing these and is considering a move to LCD.

HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard Review

We don't often cover hardware reviews from other sites on the front page, but this review is of HyperX's first mechanical gaming keyboard. Almost every other company has a mechanical keyboard and HyperX is actually pretty late to the party. The big question is, "Was it worth the wait?" To find the answer, you'll have to check the review.

HyperX didn’t choose to go subtle with their packaging in the least. You can tell right away that the colour scheme is going to be black, red, black, red…and more black. The sole exception to that is the Cherry MX blue switch that you’ll find hiding under every key. Personally, the blue switches are not my first choice for FPS as the tactile click’s reset can be troublesome when attempting repeated quick taps.

Source: RealHardwareReviews

Dell Could Still be Working on Intel/Windows Phone

If Dell is in fact still working on their Intel "Kaby Lake" chipped phone, I'd be one of the guys to sign up for it. The downside is that this device may be a whopping 6.4-inches. The upside is that it would be an x86 device that should ship with 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. While Intel quit making chips for handheld devices, Dell's plan was to use more powerful chips, so this could still be in the works. Hopefully we find out early in 2017 if it will actually launch or not. Sadly, my bet is that it won't, but this could be the device enterprise has been waiting for.

A further issue that remains unclear is that of which version of the OS would run on the device. Windows 10 Mobile doesn't yet support x86 processors, but the full version of Windows 10 isn't intended to run on devices with displays smaller than 7 inches. If - and it's a big if - the Dell Stack is intended to go on sale at some point in the future, it will surely require Microsoft to bring x86 support to its Mobile OS.

Source: Neowin

Piracy is (Almost) Dead

Italy has taken a very hard stand on piracy and their courts have just taken action to block over 150 sites that are used to stream movies and sports. While this is not directly related to torrent piracy, on-demand video piracy is becoming a huge problem for networks. Either way, a move like this can have world-wide implications that don't favor those pushing or watching illegal streams. 

In order to disrupt the activities of pirate sites, the GdF takes direct action against site operators, with raids of sites deemed to be locally significant. Sites considered to be operated from elsewhere are regularly targeted with legal action, with most major sites now blocked by ISPs.

Source: TorrentFreak

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