LG’s OLED TVs get modest discounts for Black Friday

LG’s OLED TVs get modest discounts for Black Friday


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LG is offering discounts on a number of its TVs for Black Friday, and these reduced prices are available now through December 1st. For its OLED C8 with AI ThinQ line of TVs, LG is discounting the 55-inch and 65-inch models by $800, bringing them to $1,700 and $2,700, respectively. And while the 77-inch version, at $7,000, is currently priced $2,000 below what LG suggests, you’ve been able to purchase it at that price point for the past few months.

LG is also offering discounts on its Super UHD SK9000 series of LEDs. You can save $600 on the 55-inch model, which now costs $900, as well as $900 on the 65-inch model, the price of which is knocked down to $1,300. Additionally, you can save up to $2,000 on LG’s UHD 4K LED TVs. The 70-inch and 75-inch models of its UK6570 series are now priced at $900 and $1,400, respectively, representing discounts of $600 and $800. For the 86-inch model, LG shaved off $2,000, and you can snag it for $2,500.

To be clear, these discounts are based on LG’s suggested prices. And as CNET notes, these deals aren’t that much lower than some of these models’ previously listed prices. So if you’re looking for major savings, you might want to keep waiting.

You can find additional Black Friday discounts on LG TVs here.

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What’s on TV: ‘Narcos: Mexico,’ ‘Pokémon: Let’s Go,’ and ‘Fallout 76’

What’s on TV: ‘Narcos: Mexico,’ ‘Pokémon: Let’s Go,’ and ‘Fallout 76’

This week there’s a flood of new content arriving on streaming services, including a new season of Narcos or the premiere of She-Ra on Netflix, The Gymkhana Files on Amazon Prime, and Channel 4’s The Bisexual arriving on Hulu. For gamers there are the two new Pokémon games coming to Switch, Hitman 2 and the official debut of Fallout 76. Later this week Battlefield V will be unlocked for Deluxe Edition purchasers, and Star Trek fans can finally watch Discovery on Blu-ray. For fans of esports, the TBS ELeague shifts its focus to Super Smash Bros. this week. Look after the break to check out each day’s highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

Blu-ray & Games & Streaming

  • The Meg (4K)
  • Alpha
  • Star Trek: Discovery (S1)
  • Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 3
  • First Blood (4K)
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II (4K)
  • Rambo III (4K)
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Mile 22
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Hitman 2 (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Fallout 76 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  • YouTubers Life: OMG Edition (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Battlefield V Deluxe Edition (PS4, Xbox One – 11/15)
  • The Long Journey Home (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Project Highrise (PS4)
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go Evee!/Pikachu (Switch – 11/16)
  • Sunset Overdrive (PC – 11/16)

Monday

  • Arrow, CW, 8 PM
  • The Neighborhood, CBS, 8 PM
  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 8 PM
  • The Price of Everything, HBO, 8 PM
  • WWE Raw, USA, 8 PM
  • The Voice, NBC, 8 PM
  • Giants/49ers, ESPN, 8:15 PM
  • Happy Together, CBS, 8:30 PM
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, CW, 9 PM
  • Magnum P.I., CBS, 9 PM
  • Manifest, NBC, 10 PM
  • Bull, CBS, 10 PM
  • The Good Doctor, ABC, 10 PM
  • StarTalk (season premiere), National Geographic, 11 PM

Tuesday

  • Warrior, Netflix, 3 AM
  • Loudon Wainwright III: Surviving Twin, Netflix, 3 AM
  • She-ra and the Princesses of Power (S1), Netflix, 3 AM
  • Basketball: A Love Story (season finale), ESPN, 8 PM
  • The Flash, CW, 8 PM
  • The Gifted, Fox, 8 PM
  • NCIS, CBS, 8 PM
  • WWE Smackdown, USA, 8 PM
  • Carl Weber’s The Family Business (series premiere), BET, 9 PM
  • Black-ish, ABC, 9 PM
  • Black Lightning, CW, 9 PM
  • Lethal Weapon, Fox, 9 PM
  • Inside the NFL, Showtime, 9 PM
  • The Challenge, MTV, 9 PM
  • 24/7: The Match Tiger vs. Phil (season premiere), HBO, 10 PM
  • Munchies Guide to… (series premiere), Viceland, 10 PM
  • Hustle in Brooklyn, BET, 10 PM
  • Trans Am, Discovery, 10 PM
  • Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10 PM
  • The Guest Book, TBS, 10:30 PM
  • The Jim Jefferies Show, Comedy Central, 10:30 PM

Wednesday

  • Origin (S1), YouTube, 3 AM
  • Chicago Med, NBC, 8 PM
  • Nature, PBS, 8 PM
  • The 52nd Annual CMA Awards, ABC, 8 PM
  • Survivor, CBS, 8 PM
  • Riverdale, CW, 8 PM
  • American Housewife, ABC, 8:30 PM
  • All American, CW, 9 PM
  • Chicago Fire, NBC, 9 PM
  • Modern Family, ABC, 9 PM
  • Seal Team, CBS, 9 PM
  • Star, Fox, 9 PM
  • Single Parents, ABC, 9:30 PM
  • Chicago PD, NBC, 10 PM
  • Criminal Minds, CBS, 10 PM
  • A Million Little Things, ABC, 10 PM
  • Stan Against Evil, IFC, 10 PM
  • South Park, Comedy Central, 10 PM
  • American Horror Story (season finale), FX, 10 PM
  • Dopesick Nation, Viceland, 10 PM
  • Are You the One?, MTV, 10 PM

Thursday

  • The Crew, Netflix, 3 AM
  • May the Devil Take You, Netflix, 3 AM
  • Tell Me A Story, CBS All Access, 3 AM
  • Supermansion Thanksgiving Special, Sony Crackle, 3 AM
  • I Love You America (season finale), Hulu, 6 PM
  • Supernatural, CW, 8 PM
  • Packers/Seahawks, Fox, 8 PM
  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8 PM
  • Superstore, NBC, 8 PM
  • Grey’s Anatomy (fall finale), ABC, 8 PM
  • The Good Place, NBC, 8:30 PM
  • Young Sheldon, CBS, 8:30 PM
  • Legacies, CW, 9 PM
  • Station 19 (fall finale), ABC, 9 PM
  • Mom, CBS, 9 PM
  • Baroness Von Sketch Show, IFC, 9 PM
  • I Feel Bad, NBC, 9:30 PM
  • Murphy Brown, CBS, 9:30 PM
  • Law & Order: SVU, NBC, 10 PM
  • How to Get Away with Murder (fall finale), ABC, 10 PM
  • S.W.A.T., CBS, 10 PM

Friday

  • Dogs (S1), Netflix, 3 AM
  • Narcos (S4), Netflix, 3 AM
  • Bisexual (S1), Hulu, 3 AM
  • Cam, Netflix, 3 AM
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Netflix, 3 AM
  • The Princess Switch, Netflix, 3 AM
  • Prince of Peoria (S1), Netflix, 3 AM
  • Titans, DC Universe, 3 AM
  • Vai Anitta (S1), Netflix, 3 AM
  • A Head Full of Dreams, Amazon Prime, 3 AM
  • Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, 3 AM
  • Holly Hobbie (S1), Hulu, 3 AM
  • Mirzapur (S1), Amazon Prime, 3 AM
  • The Gymkhana Files, Amazon Prime, 3 AM
  • The Kominsky Method (S1), Netflix, 3 AM
  • The Ponysitters Club (S2), Netflix, 3 AM
  • Macgyver, CBS, 8 PM
  • Blindspot, NBC, 8 PM
  • Dynasty, CW, 8 PM
  • A Football Life: Mike Holmgren, NFL Network, 8 PM
  • Speechless, ABC, 8:30 PM
  • Midnight, Texas, NBC, 9 PM
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, CW, 9 PM
  • Child Support, ABC, 9 PM
  • Z Nation, Syfy, 9 PM
  • Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 9 PM
  • Van Helsing, Syfy, 10 PM
  • Blue Bloods, CBS, 10 PM
  • Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus, Cinemax, 10 PM
  • ELeague: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Invitational 2018 Rd 1,TBS, 11 PM
  • This Week at the Comedy Cellar, CC, 11 PM
  • Room 104, HBO, 11:30 PM

Saturday

  • Christmas at Graceland, Hallmark, 8 PM
  • Shut Up and Dribble (season finale), Showtime, 9 PM
  • Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Sundance, 9 PM
  • Saturday Night Live: Steve Carell / Ella Mai, NBC, 11:30 PM

Sunday

  • Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, Netflix, 3 AM
  • Axios, HBO, 6:30 PM
  • Outlander, Starz, 8 PM
  • Supergirl, CW, 8 PM
  • Doctor Who, BBC America, 8 PM
  • Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, ABC, 8 PM
  • The Simpsons, Fox, 8 PM
  • Vikings/Bears, NBC, 8:15 PM
  • Bob’s Burgers, Fox, 8:30 PM
  • My Brilliant Friend (series premiere), HBO, 9 PM
  • Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle, Sundance, 9 PM
  • Ray Donovan, Showtime, 9 PM
  • The Walking Dead, AMC, 9 PM
  • Charmed, CW, 9 PM
  • Poldark (S4), PBS, 9 PM
  • NCIS: LA, CBS, 9:30 PM
  • Escape at Dannemora (series premiere), Showtime, 10 PM
  • Camping, HBO, 10 PM
  • The Alec Baldwin Show, ABC, 10 PM
  • Star Wars Resistance, Disney, 10 PM
  • Sally4ever, HBO, 10:30 PM
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (season finale), HBO, 11 PM

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Amazon’s Echo Buttons now perform whole routines with a tap

Amazon’s Echo Buttons now perform whole routines with a tap


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Amazon’s Echo Buttons are now useful for considerably more than playing party games. The company has enabled support for performing Alexa routines by tapping a button. You can turn on the lights without talking to your speaker, or let guests cue music without having to remember the specific commands. In that sense, it’s a more flexible alternative to the Hue Tap — so long as you live in Amazon’s ecosystem, of course.

You can enable the feature by creating routines in the latest Alexa app and then choosing an Echo Button as the trigger. Will this make you race to spend $20 on a pair of button? Probably not. However, it might give you a reason to keep them in use instead of relegating them to a drawer most of the time.

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Nitrogen fixation in ambient conditions

Nitrogen fixation in ambient conditions

Abundant in nature (78% of the air we breathe), nitrogen is rarely used in the industrial production of chemicals, with the most important process being the synthesis of ammonia, which is in turn used for the preparation of agricultural fertilizers.

Using nitrogen as a raw material (“feedstock”) for industrial usage is accomplished by a reaction known as “nitrogen fixation.” In this reaction, molecular nitrogen (or “dinitrogen”; N2) is split into two atoms of nitrogen that can then be connected to other elements like hydrogen or carbon, which allow nitrogen to be stored as ammonia or converted directly in higher value compounds.

But ammonia is not easy to make on an industrial level; the main process, called “Haber-Bosch,” uses an iron-based catalyst at temperatures around 450oC and pressures of 300 bar — almost 300 times the pressure at sea level. In order to make the process more cost-effective, chemists have focused on the development of new systems that can transform nitrogen into useful compounds using mild low-energy conditions.

In 2017, the lab of Marinella Mazzanti at EPFL was able to convert molecular nitrogen into ammonia in ambient conditions by synthesizing a compound containing two uranium(III) ions and three potassium centers held together by a nitride group.

Now, the group, in collaboration with other EPFL groups, has shown that by replacing the nitride bridge in the uranium system with an oxo bridge they can still bind dinitrogen. In addition, the bound dinitrogen can be easily cleaved in ambient conditions by carbon monoxide to make cyanamide, a compound that is widely used in agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and various organic compounds.

The reactivity of the oxo-bridged dinitrogen complex was remarkably different compared to the previous nitride complex and the few other nitrogen complexes known in the field. Computational studies then allowed the scientists to relate these differences in reactivity to the bonding in the uranium-oxo/-nitride bridge.

“These findings provide important insight into the relation between structure and reactivity that should extend to nitride and oxide materials,” says Marinella Mazzanti. “Moreover, the implementation of these compounds in catalytic systems could ultimately lead to a lower cost access to fertilizers.”

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Planetary boundaries for antibiotic and pesticide resistance identified: First assessment of planetary boundaries for antibiotic and pesticide resistance shows several are already crossed

Planetary boundaries for antibiotic and pesticide resistance identified: First assessment of planetary boundaries for antibiotic and pesticide resistance shows several are already crossed

Resistance to antibiotics and pesticides is rising at alarming rates. Yet, currently there is no global framework to track the threat to human health and crops.

Researchers have now published the first estimates of antibiotic and pesticide “planetary boundaries” in the journal Nature Sustainability. The researchers suggest that if resistance to antibiotics and pesticides goes beyond these boundaries, societies risk large-scale health and agricultural crises.

The new research concludes that Gram-negative bacteria, a group of bacteria that includes well-known pathogens such as Salmonella, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and E. coli, are already beyond the “planetary boundary,” as some strains of several species are already resistant to all or most antibiotics tested.

“It appears as if we have crossed a tipping point for Gram-negative bacteria, with doctors increasingly reporting untreatable infections. We now need to manage these ‘nightmare bacteria’ differently,” says lead author Peter Søgaard Jørgensen from the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University.

“Without new approaches, going to hospital in the future will increasingly become a gamble. More patients will get unlucky, and become infected with untreatable or hard to treat bacteria. This is an urgent risk to human society,” says Søgaard Jørgensen.

The team defined and assessed the state of the planetary boundary for six types of resistance including: antibiotic resistance in Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria; general resistance to insecticides and herbicides and resistance to transgenic Bt-crops and glyphosate resistance in herbicide resistant cropping systems. All six assessed boundaries are in zones of increasing risk and three out of six are in zones of high regional or global risk.

Pesticide resistance is an urgent concern, particularly resistance to glyphosate (the core ingredient in the herbicide Roundup) and insecticidal Bt-toxins in transgenic crops, which are now widespread.

The researchers’ assessment suggests that some herbicides and Bt toxins have already reached regional boundaries with some farming areas reporting large-scale resistance to these pesticides.

“A benefit of crops resistant to glyphosate is that they help farmers control weeds already resistant to other herbicides,” says Yves Carrière, an author on the study from the University of Arizona. “But rapid and widespread evolution of resistance to glyphosate in many weeds has sometimes left few effective herbicides for the control of weeds with multiple resistance.”

“Without better weed management programs it is just a matter of time before this herbicide planetary boundary is also transgressed,” adds Carrière.

The historical evidence suggests that reversing the spread of resistance is unlikely explains Søgaard Jørgensen. “Once resistance becomes established, it is unlikely to completely disappear again.” In addition, increasing efforts to fully eradicate bacteria and pests is likely to make matters worse. Instead, new strategies are needed that promote the growth of bacteria and pests that are susceptible to pesticides and antibiotics, at the expense of those with resistance.

“Susceptible insects, plants and bacteria provide a benefit to society, promoting them can be part of a new and broader strategy of chemical de-escalation for the 21st century,” says Søgaard Jørgensen. These new strategies need to promote the importance of sustaining susceptibility to pesticides and antibiotics and account for the many other services that microbes, plants and insects provide to us through e.g. pollination, biological control, and benefits to human health.

“These strategies are urgently needed as complements to development of new antibiotics and pesticides. Together they have the potential to bring us back inside the boundaries to a zone of lower risk,” says Søgaard Jørgensen.

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Volkswagen owners can use Siri Shortcuts to unlock their car

Volkswagen owners can use Siri Shortcuts to unlock their car


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If you’re a Volkswagen driver, you now have another way to lock and unlock your car, start and stop electric charging and check your remaining estimated mileage. That’s because VW has added Siri integration to its Car-Net app.

You can also use Siri to turn on alarms, start the defroster, set the temperature and remind yourself where you parked. You might opt to set up routines using the voice assistant’s Shortcuts, a feature that arrived with iOS 12. So you could, say, ask Siri to warm up the car, defrost the windshield and top up the battery charge with a single command before you step out into a chilly morning.

VW does charge a monthly subscription fee for Car-Net, however, so you won’t get those Siri commands for free. Still, this update deepens VW’s ties with voice assistants — it has already added Amazon Alexa to its cars.

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Microsoft’s Black Friday deals include discounts on Surface devices

Microsoft’s Black Friday deals include discounts on Surface devices

Microsoft already announced its Xbox Black Friday deals — which include $100 off an Xbox One X — and now it’s previewing the discounts you can expect on its Surface line. You’ll be able to save $300 on the Surface Laptop 2 in black and up to $50 on the Surface Go. There are also multiple discounts available for Surface Pro devices. Microsoft is knocking off $260 from its Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5/128GB SSD) and platinum Signature Type Cover bundle, as well as $330 from either the i5/256GB SSD or i7/512GB SSD configurations when bundled with a Type Cover keyboard. You can also save $310 on a Surface Pro (5th Gen) Intel Core M and Platinum Type Cover bundle.

The company is offering discounts on a handful of laptops from Dell, HP, Lenovo and ASUS as well. While many of the deals start on the 22nd, some are available beginning the 18th, and you can check out Microsoft’s full Black Friday discount list here.

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All of the Stan Lee cameos from Marvel movies, and why we love them

Stan Lee is the godfather of modern comics, and his death at age 95, although extremely sad, is a chance to celebrate exactly how much he gave to the world of pop culture. Today, the internet has been flooded with eulogies of his work, life, and his immense impact on comics and film.

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Apple says T2 chip can limit third-party repairs for recent Macs

Apple says T2 chip can limit third-party repairs for recent Macs


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Yes, the reports were true — Apple’s T2 chip can potentially restrict third-party Mac repairs. The company confirmed to The Verge that the co-processor can limit third-party repairs for certain components on recent systems, likely including the iMac Pro and MacBook Air. Apple didn’t provide a full list of affected parts or say which machines were covered, but the T2 could regulate repairs for the logic board (aka motherboard) and Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

A leaked document from October indicated that the T2 regulates repairs on the 2018 MacBook Pro’s display, logic board, top case and Touch ID system, and exerts similar control over the logic board and flash storage from the iMac Pro. In theory, you would need to run a special configuration software suite to successfully complete a repair, limiting repairs either to Apple stores or to authorized service centers.

Theoretically. iFixit didn’t encounter any lockouts when repairing a MacBook Pro, suggesting the T2’s enforcement isn’t necessarily active or covers a narrower set of circumstances than some suspected (used parts may work, as an example). The majority of repairs won’t need the tool, Apple said.

There are practical reasons why Apple might use the T2 chip to limit third-party repairs. The T2 processes secure boot keys and Touch ID fingerprint data, and Apple likely doesn’t want thieves or spies installing parts that could harvest that information. It’s why you can’t easily replace the Touch ID sensor on iOS devices. There’s also quality to consider: this could prevent a sub-par unofficial fix from creating headaches for technicians.

Still, the confirmation isn’t likely to please either unofficial repair shops or users willing to fix Macs themselves. They’re concerned that this will both limit where you can go for repairs and potentially lead to paying more than necessary for crucial fixes. There’s also the question of how this might clash with right-to-repair laws. Wouldn’t it effectively break those laws by forcing you to turn to Apple or its partners for a fix? Whatever reasons Apple might have for its approach, it may have to compromise in the future.

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Snapchat’s head of content steps down

Snapchat’s head of content steps down


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Nick Bell, Snapchat’s vice president of content, is leaving the company according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bell, who has been with Snapchat for the last five years, posted a memo to staff confirming his departure, but did not offer any specific reasoning behind the announcement. He will be replaced by Jared Grusd who was appointed in October as Snapchat’s new chief strategy officer.

Bell’s role at Snapchat was to help media partners produce original content for the platform via the Discover section of the app. Since its inception it’s been unclear exactly how successful Discover has been, and it’s been hard for analysts to pin down exact viewer numbers. Bell’s departure may be a sign that Discover hasn’t been as popular as hoped.

Another problem for the company is a recent backlash against the app’s redesign earlier this year. In October, Snapchat unveiled “Snap Originals,” a series of homegrown programming that includes 12 new shows. Snap seems to be hopeful that the new programming might undo some of the damage done by the redesign, but Bell’s departure leaves the future of that unclear.

Bell isn’t the only high-profile Snapchat executive to leave the company recently. Imran Khan, who Grusd was hired to replace, departed in September. In the last few years, Snapchat seems to have been floundering when it comes to innovation and user retention, a sentiment fueled by poor stock performance and celebrity influence. The high turnover of Snapchat execs could be an effort by CEO Evan Spiegel to right the ship and boost the app’s public standing.

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Google adds GIF and emoji recommendations to Gboard

Google adds GIF and emoji recommendations to Gboard


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Users of Gboard are about to see their keyboard get a lot smarter. Google announced that its first-party keyobard will use artificial intelligence to recommend GIFs, emoji and stickers based on the context of the conversation you’re having. The new suggestion feature will start rolling out today for English speaking users on Android, with more languages to come in the future. Google didn’t make mention of the feature coming to iOS.

If you’re using the latest version of Gboard, you’ll noted a “GIF” icon appear in the top left corner while you’re typing. Tap on it and you’ll see all of the recommendations that Google’s AI has generated for you. Type “I’m sleepy” and Gboard will pull up the sleeping emoji, say “Good morning” and the keyboard might pull up a sticker of breakfast food, and so on.

According to Google, all of the recommendations are generated and processed directly on your device rather than sending the information to a Google server and having it send back its suggestions. This should cut down on the time it takes for the highlighted GIFs and emoji to appear and keep the whole process private.

The infusion of AI recommendations in Gboard seems to have been in the works for some time. Rumors back in September suggested that Google was looking for a way to produce better, faster recommendations for GIFs and emoji within its keyboard. Now it has one. The company has also recently put in quite a bit of time into improving customization and personalization of the keyboard.

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Intel speeds up its 5G modem plans

Intel speeds up its 5G modem plans


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Intel isn’t about to let Qualcomm claim a lengthy lead in 5G mobile chipsets. The company is stepping up the launch of a new 5G modem, the XMM 8160, by half a year. The wireless part is now due to arrive in the second half of 2019 and promises up to 6Gbps speeds for phones, PCs and home broadband. It supports LTE and earlier technologies, too, so device makers won’t need to have two chips consuming extra space and battery life.

Don’t expect to see finished products right away. While the modem is roughly a year out, the first products aren’t expected until the first half of 2020. Those rumors of having to wait until 2020 for 5G phones with Intel chips still appear to have some degree of truth to them — it’s just that you’ll see the first wave sooner than expected. For now, it’s safe to presume that many (if not most) of the 5G devices you see in 2019 will have a Qualcomm chip under the hood.

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Amazon adds kid-friendly audiobooks to FreeTime Unlimited

Amazon adds kid-friendly audiobooks to FreeTime Unlimited


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FreeTime Unlimited, Amazon’s service that gives parents control over their kids’ screen time experience, is expanding to Audiobooks. Starting today, more than 1,000 kid-friendly stories from Audible will be available through FreeTime Unlimited. The audiobooks will appear via software update. The service is available on Amazon tablets as well as iOS and Android devices.

According to Amazon, the selection of stories includes old classics like Peter Pan, Rip Van Winkle, Beauty and the Beast and Snow Queen. A slew of seasonal selections will also be available just in time for the holidays, including Corinna the Christmas Elf, The Night Before Christmas and The Gingerbread Man and Other Children’s Favorites. Parents can also add additional books that they deem to be appropriate to their children’s account through the FreeTime Unlimited parent dashboard.

Amazon has managed to turn FreeTime Unlimited into a pretty solid suite of kid-friendly content since first launching the service in 2012. The service, which starts at $2.99 per month for Amazon Prime subscribers and $4.99 per month for other customers, offers a selection of books, videos, apps and games that are appropriate for children from age three up to the tween years. Earlier this year, Amazon expanded the service to include Spanish options for some of its content.

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Jack Dorsey says a Twitter edit function has to be done ‘the right way’

Jack Dorsey says a Twitter edit function has to be done ‘the right way’


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While speaking at the Indian Institute of Technology, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was asked a question that comes up all the time — will Twitter ever roll out an edit feature? Dorsey has acknowledged the possibility of such a function in the past, and like before, his recent comments on the topic noted that while the company has been considering an edit function, it would want to be sure it was implemented in the right way.

“When we hear about the edit button, you have to pay attention not to what people are asking you for but the use cases,” Dorsey said. “What’s the question behind the question? And a lot of people want edit because they make mistakes on Twitter and they want to quickly fix them. They don’t want to look bad.” Dorsey used the examples of tweeting the wrong URL or including a typo. “So that’s a lot more achievable than allowing people to edit any tweet all the way back in time,” he said.

Dorsey’s comments make it sound like Twitter is open to an edit feature that would let users quickly correct a mistake. But more substantial edits, like ones that change the meaning of a tweet, appear to be what has kept the company from introducing an edit function so far. As an example, Dorsey presented a situation where one person tweets something that’s then retweeted by those that agree with the statement, but the original tweeter then edits their tweet to the point where those who’ve retweeted the post no longer agree with it. “And that’s what we need to prevent,” said Dorsey.

As for potential solutions to that problem, Dorsey mentioned change logs that would display how a tweet has been changed. “But ultimately we need to make sure we’re solving a real problem,” he said. “We’ve been considering edit for quite some time, but we have to do it the right way. We can’t just rush it out, and we have to make sure that we’re actually solving the predominant reason why people would do it, first and foremost. And then not making something that’s distracting or takes away from the public record in doing so, because I think it’s really critical that we preserve that.”

Like other social networks, Twitter has had a problem with manipulative content and hoaxes. Last month, it tweaked its reporting process so that users can specify when they’re reporting fake accounts and malicious links.

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Marvel legend Stan Lee dies at 95

Marvel legend Stan Lee dies at 95


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Pop culture is in a state of mourning today. Stan Lee, the famous Marvel publisher, editor and writer, has died at the age of 95 after a spate of illnesses over the past year. To say that he had a significant impact on the media world would be an understatement — the franchises he created (and helped create) are virtually ubiquitous in modern society, including in the digital realm.

Lee got his start in comics in 1939, just ahead of service in the US Army, but he’s best known for working with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and other legends to create a string of definitive superhero comics in the 1960s, beginning with Fantastic Four and including the likes of X-Men, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor and, of course, Spider-Man. It wasn’t just that they were memorable characters — it’s that they were imperfect characters who had lives outside of their heroics and could serve as social commentary. He stopped writing comics in 1972, but his role as publisher and spiritual leader of Marvel lasted for much longer.

There’s little doubt that Lee’s stories have had lasting effect on the media landscape, whether or not you’ve read the comics. They’ve been present in movies for decades (frequently with Lee in cameo roles), and the success of Marvel’s early Cinematic Universe led Disney to acquire the company in 2009. It’s going to be crucial to Disney’s upcoming streaming service, too. Netflix, meanwhile, wouldn’t quite be the same without its take on Daredevil and its own take on the Marvel universe. And then there’s games — while the track record for Marvel games is hit or miss, the new Spider-Man title is widely regarded as one of the best titles in any genre.

It’s also notable that Lee was frequently a fan of cutting-edge technology. He started an internet-based superhero studio in 1998 which, while short-lived, came well before online comic publishing hit the mainstream. He unveiled a YouTube channel in 2012, and was publishing digital-focused projects like God Woke and Backchannel in his final years. Simply put, he was eager to adapt to new formats throughout his life. He’ll be sorely missed, but his legacy will likely live on for many years to come.

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