Start listening to audiobooks with 60 days of free Audible

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Amazon’s Audible is hands-down the most popular place to find audiobooks. With its library of over 180,000 books, Audible has the biggest audiobook selection in the world, and a membership gets you a free book each month. You can sync Audible across multiple devices, so you’ll never lose your spot whether you’re on your computer or your phone.

This limited time offer lets you try Audible for a fully 60 days, free of charge. You’ll get two free audiobooks of your choice—to keep for life, whether you continue with your subscription or not. You’ll also get discounts on unlimited audiobooks.

After the 60 day trial, you’ll pay $14.95 per month, and you can cancel your subscription anytime. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to try out a great new way to read books.

[Mark here: I highly recommend The Wayward Pines trilogy. I’m listening to the series on Audible now!]

Angular 2 Authentication Tutorial: Part I

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Angular 2.0 has finally been released. In this tutorial we are going to look at how to build applications with Angular 2 as well as how to add token based authentication to Angular 2 apps the right way. Check out the completed code example from our GitHub repo.

Angular 2 finally hit the major 2.0 release milestone just a few weeks ago. The final release of Angular 2 did not have many breaking changes. The Release Candidate 5 (RC5) release, made available just a few weeks prior to final, introduced major breaking changes and additions such as the @NgModule decorator, Ahead-of-Time (AOT) compiler and more.

Apple might shut down one of the most successful iMessage sticker packs

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One of the more brilliant uses of iMessage stickers won’t be around for much longer. The creator of Phoneys — a sticker set that replaces a friend’s blue text message bubble with a fake one containing some sort of funny phrase — said today that Apple has asked him to completely change the app before this coming Thursday, or else it’ll be pulled from the store.

The problem seems to be some combination of Phoneys using Apple’s font and style and the company’s disapproval of prank apps. It’s not all that surprising — while Phoneys keeps its text message replacements good-natured, it’s easy to imagine how some other sticker pack could take this concept and run with it to a much less appropriate place.

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Live-streaming pioneer Meerkat has been pulled from the App Store

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Meerkat, which last year kicked off the modern mobile live-streaming craze now led by Facebook and Twitter, has been removed from the iOS App Store. Ben Rubin, CEO of Meerkat maker Life On Air, broke the news on Twitter earlier today, calling it a “bittersweet” moment given his company’s new release. On Monday, Life On Air revealed that it’s been operating a private video chatting app it now calls Houseparty that’s designed to facilitate group hangouts in a private, instead of public, context. It’s amassed about 1 million users over the last year.

The end of Meerkat was an inevitability. The app had an explosive moment at last year’s South by Southwest festival, which helped Life On Air nab $12 million in venture capital funding….

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Here’s the Donald Trump sex tape (sort of)

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GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump made a grotesque little cameo appearance in a Playboy softcore porn video released back in 2000. Do not worry, the appearance was very brief and he kept his clothes on. Because Jesus loves you.

“Beauty is beauty, and let’s see what happens with New York,” Trump says in the Playboy video.

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You can watch it right here.

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Facebook ‘Messenger Day’ Is the Chat App’s New Snapchat Stories Clone

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook is stealing the Stories format and invading countries where Snapchat isn’t popular yet. Today in Poland it launched “Messenger Day,” which lets people share illustrated filter-enhanced photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours, just like on Snapchat. Much of the feature works exactly like Snapchat Stories, with the ability to draw or add text to images. Facebook’s one big innovation with Messenger Day is the use of graphic filters as suggestions for what to share, instead of just to celebrate holidays and events or to show off your location like with Snapchat’s geofilters. At the top of the Messenger thread list, users see a row of tiles representing “My Day” and friends’ Days they can watch, but there are also prompts like “I’m Feeling,” “Who’s Up For?” and “I’m Doing.” Tapping on these tiles provides a range of filters “I’m feeling […] so blue” with raindrops and a bubbly blue font, “I’m feeling […] blessed” with a glorious gold sparkly font, “Who’s up for […] road trip” with a cute car zooming past, or “Who’s up for […] Let’s grab drinks” with illustrated beer mugs and bottles that cover the screen. This feature allows people to share visually appealing images even if they aren’t great artists or especially creative. These prompts could also spur usage when people are bored, sparking their imagination. Messenger is already an app people use all day with close friends, so it could end up a better home for the Stories format than cramming it into Facebook’s core app, which the company tested as “Quick Updates” and scrapped.

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New California Law Allows Test of Autonomous Shuttle With No Driver

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If you live in California, you may soon start to see self-driving cars on the road with no operators to be seen. California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Thursday a bill that allows a self-driving vehicle with no operator inside to test on a public road. Currently, companies are legally able to test self-driving cars in California as long as the operators are located inside the vehicles when they are being tested. Fortune reports: The bill introduced by Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla allows testing in Contra Costa County northeast of San Francisco of the first full-autonomous vehicle without a steering wheel, brakes, accelerator or operator. New legislation was necessary because although driverless vehicles can be tested on private land like the office park, the shuttle will cross a public road on its loop through the campus. The new law means that two cube-like Easymile shuttles that travel no faster than 25 mph (40 kph) will be tested for a period of up to six months before being deployed and used by people. In an interview with Reuters in March, Bonilla said the “natural tension” between regulators concerned about safety and lawmakers trying to encourage innovation in their state necessitated a new bill. “They’re risk averse and we’re saying we need to open the door here and take steps (to innovate),” Bonilla said, calling the driverless shuttle project “a very wise first out-of-the-gate opportunity” to show how the technology could work safely.

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Here’s how you can stop jumping back and forth between Google’s calendar and map apps

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Google Brings Quirk And Clout To New DC Digs Logistics are difficult, especially when every day you’re trying to keep track of 9 meetings, 13 phone calls, a dinner, a post-dinner, and a post-post-dinner. In a recent update, Google has decided to do its part to make daily logistics easier by more fully integrating its Maps and Calendar offerings for Android users worldwide. Now when you open Google Maps, you’ll be able to… Read More

Meerkat, star app of 2015, is officially dead

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mk Remember Meerkat? It came out of nowhere in early 2015 — a star of SXSW, in particular — and was on everyone’s tongue for weeks. Then came Periscope, a strikingly similar competitor built mostly in stealth mode, and word that Twitter had acquired it for nearly $100 million dollars before much of the world even knew it existed. Suddenly, interest in Meerkat fizzled. A year and… Read More

Newsweek Website Attacked After Report On Trump, Cuban Embargo

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After Newsweek published a report titled “How Donald Trump’s Company Violated The United States Embargo Against Cuba,” the site found itself on the receiving end of a “massive” denial-of-service attack that managed to shut down the site for several hours. TPM reports: Editor-In-Chief Jim Impoco noted that the attack came as the story earned national attention. “Last night we were on the receiving end of what our IT chief called a ‘massive’ DoS (denial of service) attack,” Impoco wrote in an email to TPM. “The site was down most of last evening, at a time when Kurt Eichenwald’s story detailing how Donald Trump’s company broke the law by violating the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba was being covered extensively by prominent cable news programs. Our IT team is still investigating the hack.” Later Friday afternoon, Impoco emailed TPM that in an initial investigation, the “main” IP addresses linked to the attack were found to be Russian. It should be noted that it is possible to fake an IP address. “As with any DDoS attack, there are lots of IP addresses, but the main ones are Russian, though that in itself does not prove anything,” he wrote. “We are still investigating.” Eichenwald tweeted Friday morning: “News: The reason ppl couldnt read #TrumpInCuba piece late yesterday is that hackers launched a major attack on Newsweek after it was posted.”

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USB-IF Publishes Audio Over USB Type-C Specifications

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from AnandTech: The USB Implementers Forum this week published the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 (direct download) specification, which standardizes audio over USB Type-C interface. The new spec enables hardware makers to eliminate traditional 3.5mm mini-jacks from their devices and use USB-C ports to connect headsets and other audio equipment. Makers of peripherals can also build their audio solutions, which use USB-C instead of traditional analog connectors. Developers of the standard hope that elimination of mini-jacks will help to make devices slimmer, smarter and less power hungry. As reported, the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification supports both analog and digital audio. Analog audio is easy to implement and it does not impact data transfers and other functionality of USB-C cables since it uses the two secondary bus (SBU) pins. The USB ADC 3.0 defines minimum interoperability across analog and digital devices in order to avoid confusion of end-users because of incompatibility. In fact, all ADC 3.0-compliant hosts should support the so-called headset adapter devices, which allow to connect analog headsets to USB-C. However, digital audio is one of the primary reasons why companies like Intel wanted to develop the USB-C audio tech on the first place, hence, expect them to promote it. According to the USB ADC 3.0 standard, digital USB-C headphones will feature special multi-function processing units (MPUs), which will, to a large degree, define the feature set and quality of headsets. The MPUs will handle host and sink synchronization (this is a key challenge for digital USB audio), digital-to-analog conversion, low-latency active noise cancellation, acoustic echo canceling, equalization, microphone automatic gain control, volume control and others. Such chips will also contain programmable amplifiers and pre-amplifiers, which are currently located inside devices. Besides, USB ADC 3.0-compatible MPUs will also support USB Audio Type-III and Type-IV formats (the latest compressed formats), but will retain compatibility with formats supported by ADC 1.0 and 2.0. Finally, among the mandated things set to be supported by USB-C Audio devices are new Power Domains (allows devices to put certain domains in sleep mode when not in use) as well as BADD (basic audio device definition) 3.0 features for saving power and simplified discovery and management of various audio equipment (each type of devices has its own BADD profile).

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Twitch will be ad-free for all Amazon Prime subscribers

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Live streaming site Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, today announced an exclusive set of perks for Amazon Prime members, including ad-free viewing and discounts on video games bought on Amazon.com. Twitch CEO Emmett Shear announced the new service, appropriately called Twitch Prime, at the company’s community convention held this year in San Diego. Unlike other Amazon services like Prime Video, Twitch Prime will not be available as a standalone subscription service. Instead, it will only be offered to those who are existing Amazon Prime members or those who are signing up for the first time. Prime, which offers two-day shipping and access to Amazon’s video and music libraries, costs $99 a year.

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Apple is screwing up HomeKit; here’s how they can fix it

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homekit-glitched The real magic of the Internet of Things happens when devices work together. It will be magic when Siri, on your iPhone, can adjust your thermostat or confirm you locked the back door; when your door lock can tell your sound system you’re home and start the music. That’s not the reality we live in, because most devices can’t talk to each other. Without a common language,… Read More

Rosetta goes out in a blaze of glory — and science

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rosetta-homepage Let’s all take a moment and pour one out metaphorically for Rosetta, the pioneering spacecraft that gave our newly spacefaring race its first comet landing. The orbiter performed its final task early this morning, making a controlled crash into the comet’s surface, destroying itself in the process but gathering valuable data down to the last minute. Read More

Twitch announces Twitch Prime, Loyalty Badges, and video uploads

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twitch Twitch, the video game live streaming service acquired by Amazon for nearly a billion dollars back in 2014, kicked off its annual TwitchCon conference this afternoon with a keynote. With keynotes generally come a bit of news… and sure enough, here’s whats new: Twitch Prime: As we scooped right before the Keynote, Twitch officially confirmed TwitchPrime. Included for free for… Read More

Mystery man smashes up Apple store

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This video depicts a man in the Dijon Apple store smashing up phones and laptops with a metal ball. Everyone just lets him get on with it, presumably for legal reasons or corporate policy. By the time a mall cop arrives, he’s already done.

Here’s the sequel, wherein he is detained.

Here’s part 3, wherein he gets physical with the guards, then runs for it. Sadly for him, he’s the center of attention for the whole mall and someone prevents his escape.

I wonder if the sunglasses helped him conceal his identity.

POLL: WHY?

• He updated to iOS 10

• He is possessed: the Perfect Kilogram of Steel hungers for souls

• Gamergate

Best Deals of the Week, September 26th – September 30th – Deal Alert

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Best Deals of the Week, September 26th – September 30th – Deal Alert

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Check out this roundup of the best deals on gadgets, gear and other cool stuff we have found this week, the week of September 26th. All items are highly rated, and dramatically discounted.

Discounts on New Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) Bundles

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Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play & control music (either on its own, or through a connected speaker/receiver), control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more. Right now Amazon is discounting 3 bundles featuring an all new Echo Dot:

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