In case you forgot about Despacito, here’s a mash-up of the year in pop

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Every year, DJ Earworm releases a mash-up of the most popular songs of the year, dubbed “The United States of Pop.” Today he released the 2017 version, unsurprisingly backboned by “Despacito,” a hugely popular single worldwide and currently the most-viewed YouTube video of all time.

Usually this mash-up is a good indicator of the current major trends in music, and, as Billboard points out, 2017’s version has a lighter, more tropical vibe than years past. While the “United States of Pop” videos from 2015 and 2016 feel like slinky bedroom tracks, this year’s is much more jittery, full of steel drums, dancehall beats, and, of course, “Bodak Yellow

Here’s the full list of songs sampled:

Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”

Camila Cabello…

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The Mr. Robot Hack Report: Follow the Private Key

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Mr. Robot is back, and the C Y B E R is back, too. The show takes a special interest in showing off the details that usually get glossed over, often drawing on real hacks and real cybersecurity problems. So after every episode, I’ll be breaking down who got hacked, how, and with what. It turns out, there’s a lot more to each one than you can see on-screen.

Mr. Robot set a high bar for season finales the first time out, tearing down the fragile carapace of American finance with the weapons of the new electronic order. This year, we got even more, restoring the records destroyed in 5/9 while delivering life-changing twists to nearly every major character, mostly at the same time. Angela’s dad! Elliot’s window! Dom’s increasingly bleak…

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Apple’s Final Cut Pro now supports VR and HDR video editing

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The new iMac Pro is available today, and right in time Apple has released a major update to one of its most important professional apps. Final Cut Pro 10.4 comes with support for 360 VR, HDR, and new color grading tools that may make it a more appealing option for videographers.

360-degree video can be edited in monoscopic and stereoscopic formats, depending on whether you’re intending it to be viewed on a flat screen or a VR headset. An update to companion app Motion allows you to insert graphics and text into the video, and you can view your project in real time through a connected VR headset.

Final Cut Pro’s HDR support lets you produce video for the standard HDR10 format as well as HLG, which is mostly intended for…

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SoundCloud redesign shines spotlight on creator communities

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SoundCloud has introduced a refreshed home screen that allows users to see more music from the service’s most popular independent creators. The refreshed home screen features song collections sorted by genre and curated playlists popular in the platform’s community. The new home screen is a welcome update that should help differentiate the struggling service against rival offerings from Spotify, Apple, Google, and Amazon.

Featured playlists on the app’s new home screen include Hip Hop Supreme, DJ-mixed tracks in In The Mix, 2017 Most Liked tracks, and 2018 Artists to Watch. The Upload, like Spotify’s Discover, is a daily list of tracks personalized for you by analyzing what you’ve listened to and liked.

Other smart lists that are…

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Microsoft is adding native OpenSSH to Windows 10

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Microsoft has been steadily making Windows 10 a lot more developer friendly, adding the bash command line, alongside Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora Linux distributions. The software giant is now adding a native OpenSSH client to Windows 10. It’s available immediately as a beta option in the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, and it’s easy to enable.

TechCrunch reports that the native client will mean developers won’t need to download a third-party client like PuTTY to gain access to remote servers, and ServeTheHome has a quick instruction video on how to enable the new SSH support. If you’re not a developer then you probably don’t care about SSH support in Windows 10, and the current Windows Subsystem for Linux already supports it….

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LG claims its new Gram laptops have ‘full day’ battery life

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LG is announcing its refreshed range of its thin and light Gram laptops today, ahead of CES next month. LG is introducing three refreshed versions of the Gram, in 13.3-, 14-, and 15-inch models. The 2018 Gram laptops include Intel’s 8th-generation Core i5 and i7 processors, SSD storage, and an option for a second SSD drive. LG’s Gram laptops have always been very thin and light, and this year’s models maintain just over two pounds for the 13.3- and 14-inch models, and 2.4 pounds for the larger 15-inch version.

While LG claimed its Gram 14 laptop had 23 hours of battery life earlier this year, the test was based on a decade-old benchmark. LG is making bold battery life promises again for the 2018 models, but this time the company is using…

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Samsung updates its Notebook 9 ultrabooks with even bigger batteries

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Samsung refreshed its Notebook 9 series of laptops earlier this year, and the company is getting ready to do the same for 2018. Samsung is unveiling three new models today, instead of waiting for CES next month where we typically see a number of new laptops. The first is Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pen, and perhaps the most interesting of the trio. It’s a 13.3-inch 2-in-1 notebook, and as the name suggests the Notebook 9 Pen includes an integrated S Pen, much like the Notebook 9 Pro introduced in May.

Samsung is updating the Notebook 9 Pen to include Intel’s 8th-generation Core i7 processors, up to 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage. The display resolution is 1920 x 1080, with a disappointing lack of a higher resolution option. Much like…

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Microsoft announces new AI-powered search features for Bing

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Today, Microsoft announced a series of artificial intelligence-driven features for its Bing search engine to make it more conversational and nuanced. The news, unveiled at an event in San Francisco, means that Bing will make better use of object recognition, so-called machine reading (for parsing text and extracting meaning), and other techniques tuned and improved using AI training methods.

Search results will now show both multiple perspectives and multiple sources, culled from a list of pre-approved news sources, to show Bing users different sides of issues ranging from the benefits and downsides of kale to the pros and cons of contentious political issues. This builds on an earlier feature, announced back in September, in which Bing…

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Watch this week’s Mr. Robot Digital After Show with BD Wong and Michael Cristofer

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It breaks my heart to say it, but we’ve reached the last episode of Mr. Robot season 3. That also means it’s the finale of our Digital After Show, hosted by Nilay Patel, Russell Brandom, and me, Megan Farokhmanesh. But before we say our goodbyes, tune in tonight at 11PM ET to watch us talk with some very special guests: BD Wong and Michael Cristofer, who play Whiterose and Phillip Price, respectively.

Watch us here on The Verge, or on the Mr. Robot Facebook page. This is also your last chance to hit us or our guests with questions. Head over to our Mr. Robot Reddit thread, or tweet at us using #RobotAfterShow hashtag on Twitter. If you missed last week’s episode with Grace Gummer, who plays Dom, and Black Girl Nerds creator Jamie…

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Google Assistant is now available on Android tablets and even more phones

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Google Assistant has been flexing a lot of new skills as of late, from connecting you with local home services to telling you the name of a song playing nearby. Now, Google has announced Assistant is available to use on even more devices, coming to Android tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow, and phones running 5.0 Lollipop.

Assistant for tablets will be rolling out over the next week to US users that have English set as their language. Assistant for Android 5.0 Lollipop has already started to roll out to users with English set as their language in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada, and Singapore, and users with their language set as Spanish in the US, Mexico, and Spain. It will also shortly come to Italy, Japan,…

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7-Eleven is testing a delivery service

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7-Eleven is testing mobile ordering on its 7-ElevenNow app at select stores in Dallas, Texas, the company announced today.

The purple-colored 7-ElevenNow app is available for download in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. The app also supports 7Rewards, where customers can earn points for making purchases.

If you choose delivery, the app will find the nearest participating store and send the order to a third-party courier, which then delivers the goods. Customers can order and pay for snacks, makeup, gift cards, home goods, drinks, and other products through the app. This appears to be useful for neighborhoods with a single, inconveniently located 7-Eleven.

The company is currently testing out delivery and in-store pickups at…

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Twitch will start streaming US minor league basketball games

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For the first time, Twitch is going to start livestreaming the games of an official sports league. The NBA G League, the NBA’s official minor league, will stream up to six of its games each week, and will have a few interactive features on its Twitch channel, which goes live on Friday.

Viewers will be able to click on a team name or logo to check on stats, and receive loyalty points for engaging with the stream. Points can be used to unlock achievements, climb leaderboards, and earn prizes. Twitch hasn’t given much detail yet on what kinds of prizes. The channel will be co-streamed by more than a dozen Twitch celebrities, including GoldGlove, and some basketball fans.

Both Twitch and NBA G League heads say that the move will make minor…

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MGMT’s new video makes the AI art of style transfer look cool again

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It’s a testament to the speed with which culture moved in 2017 that “style transfer” already feels a little passé. This technique started life in the AI community as a way of applying the textures and tones from image onto another, but it soon made its way into apps like Prisma then big platforms like Facebook as a tool for sprucing up snaps and selfies. Now, MGMT have used it in the music video for their latest single, When You Die, and to the credit of the video’s creators, made style transfer look fresh once more.

The video stars actor Alex Karpovsky (of Girls fame) as a magician who seems to be trapped in some sort of Groundhog Day-style loop and floating through the astral plane. Whatever’s going on, it all fits very neatly with…

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Amazon adds support for Spotify with multiroom audio on Echo devices

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Amazon announced today that it’s adding support for Spotify and SiriusXM to the multiroom audio feature on Echo devices, letting users synchronize music across multiple rooms. Amazon launched the multiroom audio feature earlier this year, supporting Amazon Music Unlimited, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and Pandora. But now, as Amazon promised back in August, Spotify (and SiriusXM, if that was a deal-breaker for you) will work with multiroom playback, too.

For now, Spotify is only available with multiroom audio on the Echo in the US, UK, Germany, Canada, and Ireland, while SiriusXM is only in the US. But if you’re looking to use Echos to build out your own ad-hoc Sonos-style system, the addition of Spotify support should go a long way toward…

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Meet the guy who gets beat up in all of Marvel’s Netflix superhero shows

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Turk Barrett is having a bad day. Despite having no notable powers of his own, he seems to tangle with New York City’s vigilante heroes like Daredevil or Luke Cage on a regular basis. In Netflix’s latest Marvel show, The Punisher, Turk finds himself with a gun to his head as he tries to reason with the city’s most volatile antihero. “I’ve done nothing to you,” he says. “I’m just a guy trying to make a living.” Frank Castle’s mercy arrives in the form of a swift pistol whip to the back of Turk’s head. He’s out cold.

In the comics, Turk Barrett is a small-time criminal operating out of Hell’s Kitchen, which usually puts him at odds with the local neighborhood vigilante, Daredevil. The on-screen version of Turk, played by actor Rob Morgan,…

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AI and augmented reality could make fixing your router a little more bearable

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When something goes wrong with the appliances in your home, what do you do to fix them? Probably, you Google the problem. Then you dig out a manual or look one up online. If none of that helps, you might call the company who made the thing, and then spend an age on the phone trying to explain what’s gone wrong.

But what if you didn’t have to explain — what if you could just show someone the problem, and have it explained to you? That’s the proposition from Israeli company TechSee, which is building a customer support platform using two of 2017’s most overused buzzwords: augmented reality and artificial intelligence. But, unlike a lot of firms getting on the AR/AI bandwagon, TechSee’s proposal might actually be useful.

It works like…

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The latest trailer for Alex Garland’s Annihilation shows off a strange new world

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In September, Paramount released the first trailer for Ex Machina director Alex Garland’s next science fiction thriller Annihilation, showing off an expedition entering a bizarre world. Today, the studio released a new trailer that shows off the utter strangeness of Area X.

Based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation is about a journey into a surreal universe. The new trailer gives us a deeper look into the film’s surreal world.

It opens with a scientist (Benedict Wong) questioning Natalie Portman’s character, the Biologist, who asks her to start from the beginning. We then see the Biologist and her husband (Oscar Isaac) before he sets off for his own mission into the zone. He comes back ill, and in order to find out what…

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This man has made more money trading cryptokitties than investing in his IRA

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CryptoKitties, a game where users breed and trade digital kitties using Ethereum-based smart contracts, has emerged as the latest mark of society’s obsession with rising cryptocurrency values. In some ways, the popularity of the game reflects the skyrocketing values of digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ether. Total sales on the platform created by Canadian startup Axiom Zen have reportedly hit $12 million, according to Coin Telegraph, as some cats with rare attributes have been sold for upwards of $80,000.

Cryptokitties are generated by code, and bred by spending Ether tokens on smart contracts that use two base cats to create a new one. Each resulting cat is unique and persistent, recorded on Ethereum’s public ledger.

While the game…

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This robotic fridge cat will remind you not to skip meals

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If you work from home, you know about the food problem. Some of us forget to eat, some of us over-snack. This tiny fridge magnet will remind you what your stomach is already telling you — when it’s time to eat, and when you’re probably already full.

Choose when and how many times you want to eat each day, and this kitty will make a hungry face to remind you it’s time. The more you open the fridge between mealtimes, though, the fuller (and more annoyed) it gets. So if you’re not happy that you’re munching on leftover stuffing after already eating three helpings of turkey and mashed potatoes, neither is kitty.

Plus, the fridge kitty is flexible for any kind of eating schedule. You can configure your own ideal snack habits in the firmware,…

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Why The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is my game of the year

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It’s been a shockingly packed year for great new video games. Over the course of the last 12 months, it seemed like there was never really a pause, or a moment when there wasn’t something interesting to play. To celebrate, this week Verge staff will be publishing essays on their favorite releases of the year, the games that spoke to us personally. Expect to see a new one each morning, culminating in a list of our collective 15 favorite games of 2017 on Friday. You can keep up with it all right here.

What more is there to say about Breath of the Wild? The latest Legend of Zelda title is the most acclaimed game to come out in a year of extremely acclaimed games. It will surprise absolutely no one reading this that it’s my personal favorite…

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