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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We'll recap this week's news highlights, plus big stories from Friday like Project Loon-distributed internet going live in Puerto Rico.

Reconnect.Project Loon's LTE balloons are floating over Puerto Rico

Former Google X Lab (and now Alphabet X innovation lab) resident Project Loon is getting its first use in the US, as it's partnering with AT&T to provide service in Puerto Rico. As part of the restoration efforts, the high-flying balloons are launching from Nevada and floating over the island, all in hopes of beaming LTE to areas still without service a month after Hurricane Maria.

The first Cortana speaker sounds amazing.Harman Kardon Invoke review

The good news about this $199 smart speaker is that it sounds great, and Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant is a natural addition. The bad news is that as a latecomer to the game, it has fewer music service integrations, and right now, Cortana isn't as capable as competitors like Amazon's Alexa.

You say replicant, we say repli-can.Bad Password: Apps and gadgets for the 'Blade Runner' future we didn't ask for

This week, Violet Blue explains how technology can help make the best of our dystopian present -- at least until Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling show up to fix things.

Watch the movie first.Designing the technology of 'Blade Runner 2049'

Of course, if you prefer the distraction of a fictional Blade Runner universe, we have a few treats for you too. Take a walk with Territory Studios to find out how it established "the UI of a broken future" in Blade Runner 2049 -- but mind the spoilers.

So long, wobbly fulcrum hinge. Hello, 15-inch beauty.Surface Book 2 hands-on

The Surface Book 2 sounds like it may fix all of the issues we had with the original model (as well as last year's refresh). It has a stronger hinge, so no more screen-wobble as you're typing, and it's (predictably) more powerful than before. Microsoft also added a 15-inch model, making the Surface Book 2 even more of a competitor to Apple's MacBook Pro line.

Define "partisan."Does social media threaten the illusion of news neutrality?

As reporters become Twitter celebrities, newsrooms begin to adapt.

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The Morning After: Friday, October 20th 2017

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Good morning! Lyft got a big boost from Alphabet, and we're ready to help you find a great phone for cheap, or figure out if you need a GoPro Hero 6.

Panos Panay explains what he learned from the first Surface Book.The Surface Book 2's secret weapon is ceramic

Now that the Surface Book 2 has been revealed, we can dig into how and why it has certain changes from the first model. According to Microsoft's VP of devices Panos Panay, "We redesigned the connection mechanism, we went to ceramics, we lightened the whole product," in the name of stability. Another issue is reliability, after some of the glitches owners experienced last time. Now, Panay tells us that dealing with those issues created a closer connection with Intel, and a better understanding of how they're straining the CPU, GPU and hinge components.

You could have an iPhone X or four of these.The best phones under $250

High-end flagship phones are tantalizing, but what about mobile devices for those of us on a budget? If you're willing to give up features like OLED screens and super-sized storage, there are some deals to be had that will still run all of your favorite apps without a problem. Cherlynn Low explains why you should give choices like the Moto G5S Plus, Nokia 6 and others another look.

It's what's inside that counts.GoPro Hero 6 review

According to James Trew, the Hero 6 is an upgrade in important ways. As he puts it, "Voice control and other auxiliary features are nice, but it's good ol' photography that really matters, and there's enough improvement here that I think it warrants the upgrade." The only question remaining is if it's worth the extra $100, but you should check out some sample pictures before making a final decision.

Play the post-'RotJ' timeline from the Empire's perspective.'Star Wars Battlefront II' turns the Empire into an unlikely protagonist

We spent 90 minutes in Iden Versio's Imperial Squad boots, to find out what this sequel has to offer in its single-player campaign.

For everyone, even the haters and the losers.'The Daily Show' library of Trump's tweets opens in Chicago today

Back in June, we covered The Daily Show's presidential Twitter library in New York. After all, the frequency at which our Commander in Chief takes to Twitter is surely to become a part of his legacy. The library is now moving to Chicago, and you can see it this weekend only. It's free and open to the public from 10 AM to 10 PM CT through Sunday. The library is in the Burlington Room at Chicago's Union Station.

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The Morning After: Thursday, October 19th 2017

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Are you ready for the WWE of giant robot fighting? Don't worry, we weren't either. Anyway, it's Thursday, which means it's time to make a plan for cleaning up dead satellites.

Chainsaws aren't against the rules, FYI.USA vs. Japan giant robot battle was a slow, brilliant mess

On Tuesday, Team USA's mechs scrapped it out with Japan's Kuratas in an abandoned steel mill for the world to watch. There could only be one victor, and it proved to be -- well, click here if you'd like to watch without a spoiler.

What's eating that Lexus?Take a peek at Apple's Project Titan self-driving setup

Voyage co-founder MacCallister Higgins tweeted a brief video of what is apparently one of Apple's self-driving test vehicles. The Lexus SUV sported a roof rack full of sensors and possibly more. What it lacks in looks, it may make up for in function, however, since a self-contained unit would be easier to remove during these early stages of testing.

Good news, bad news.Nintendo Switch update adds video capture and profile transfers

Before the Switch gets its big Mario platformer in a couple of weeks, Nintendo is pushing a software update that adds some notable new features. With the 4.0.0 update, it's capable of saving 30 seconds of video at the press of a button. Also, users can finally transfer profiles (including saved games) from one Switch to another; although it only supports complete profile moves, so there's no solution for backups (yet). Oh, and the Switch is now ready for pre-orders and pre-downloading from the eShop, so you can start playing Super Mario Odyssey right away when it launches.

It's in the cloud.Adobe remakes Lightroom CC as a hybrid app and 1TB cloud service

To be clear -- because Adobe's new naming system is pretty darn confusing -- Lightroom CC is both a storage app and a service. The new version for PC and Mac has a simplified interface with streamlined sliders, presets and quick-adjustment tools, and some of the features in the old version of Lightroom CC are missing.

Catch me if you can.Samsung leapfrogs Intel again with eight-nanometer chips

The smaller chips will be perfect for "mobile, cryptocurrency and network/server" applications.

It can power up to 20,000 homes.The world's first floating wind farm powers up in Scotland

The turbines of Hywind Scotland stand 253-meters tall in total (around 830 feet), with 78 meters (256 feet) of that bobbing beneath the surface, tethered to the seabed by chains weighing 1,200 tons. Within the next year or so, operators plan to install a huge 1MWh Batwind storage battery to better manage the site's output.

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The Morning After: Wednesday, October 18th 2017

Welcome to the mid-week Morning After. There's no lack of hardware today, with new Microsoft laptops, Pixel 2 reviews, a smart Sonos speaker and much more. And robot battles.

So long, wobbly fulcrum hinge. Hello, 15-inch beauty.
Surface Book 2 hands-on: The sequel we've been waiting for

The Surface Book 2 sounds like it may fix all of the issues we had with the original model (as well as last year's refresh). It has a stronger hinge, so no more screen-wobble as you're typing, and it's (predictably) more powerful than before. Microsoft also added a 15-inch model, making the Surface Book 2 even more of a competitor to Apple's MacBook Pro line.

The company says the updated model will ship on November 16th but is still being coy about pricing. The Surface Book 2 starts at $1,499 for the Core i5 13-inch model with integrated graphics and $2,499 for the 15-inch model. If you want a Core i7 and a dedicated GPU, be prepared to shell out much more.

Second time's the charm.
Pixel 2 and 2 XL review: Google's best phones get even better

Here's our verdict on Google's second attempt at home-made smartphones. Rather than build two identical Pixels this year, Google decided to make its new small smartphone a little more conservative. But make no mistake: the Pixel 2 is still an incredibly fast phone, and a clean build of Android 8.0 Oreo combined with Google's intelligent features make the device incredibly capable. And its camera? Just fantastic. Because of its more traditional design and smaller battery, though, the Pixel 2 doesn't make as strong an impression as the Pixel XL. Still, if you're looking for a first-rate Android phone that won't make your hands cramp, you'd do well to start your search here.

That gap, though.
ZTE Axon M hands-on: a new hope for dual-screen phones

ZTE is still trying to make dual-screen folding smartphones a thing. However, now that Android supports multi-window apps, the company expects it will get enough buy-in from developers to create a phone that people will actually find useful. The Axon M will be an AT&T exclusive when it arrives in the US next month for 30 monthly payments of $24.17. Reviews Editor Cherlynn Low tried out the Axon M and while she wasn't completely won over, it was at least a little compelling.

If you want clearer music than other smart speakers...
Sonos One review: The best-sounding smart speaker you can buy

According to Nathan Ingraham, the Sonos One offers significantly better music quality than your average Bluetooth or smart speaker without breaking the bank and includes the full Alexa experience. That means it's the first Sonos you can control with your voice. It's also a great first step into a multi-speaker setup for your home. The voice controls may have a few bugs to work out, and Spotify isn't available with full voice control just yet, but more services and features will be added over time -- there's no reason not to dive in now.

The "world's most powerful detachable."
HP ZBook X2 hands-on

HP's latest convertible has a 14-inch 4K display, texturized screen and a stylus that doesn't need a battery. If you need it in laptop form, there's a full-size keyboard to snap on, but that makes it heavier than a MacBook Pro. The ZBook X2 is made for Adobe-suite-using professionals; however our limited hands-on time didn't quite prove its worth as an alternative to devices like a Wacom, iPad Pro or Surface Pro -- even if it is more powerful. Still, those interested can check out the $1,749 ruggedized device when it starts shipping in December.

Instead of portability or power -- why not have both?
Razer upgrades the Blade Stealth laptop with a quad-core processor

Razer has released a version of its 13-inch ultraportable with a quad-core eighth-generation Core i7 processor (namely, the 1.8GHz i7-8550U) inside rather than the usual seventh-gen dual-core chip. There's also a new Core V2 external GPU housing that's better at managing device bandwidth and different types of graphics cards. The quad-core Blade Stealth is available now for $1,700, while its Core V2 partner will go on sale "soon" for $500.

It's all math.
Intel aims to conquer AI with the Nervana processor

Thanks to its purchase of Nervana, the deep learning chipmaker, Intel will ship its first purpose-built AI chips by the end of 2017. The Nervana Neural Processor family (NNP) is ASICS designed to do the matrix multiplication and convolutions necessary for deep learning programs instead of general CPU tasks. Of course, others like NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Google and IBM are already off and running in the artificial-intelligence hardware field, so we'll see if this purchase pays off well enough for Intel to take the lead.

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The Morning After: Tuesday, October 17th 2017

Welcome to Tuesday! Yesterday's news centered on a WiFi vulnerability that could affect pretty much anything that connects to wireless networks. We checked on which companies are already issuing fixes. Huawei launched its newest phone in another bid to establish itself as a top-tier smartphone brand, and there's a fancy (albeit unofficial) SNES mini for grown-ups.

Where'd we put that that Ethernet cable?What you need to know about the KRACK WiFi attack

Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef publicly announced he'd found a vulnerability in the WPA2 protection used by modern WiFi networks. Dubbed KRACK (Key Reinstallation AttaCK), it could potentially let someone within range of your WiFi network snoop on information that's not encrypted (like many websites or info used by some apps) and in some cases, possibly even information that's supposed to be encrypted.

Vanhoef previously notified many vendors, so Microsoft has already patched supported versions of Windows. Android and Linux devices are particularly vulnerable; however Google says that once devices are upgraded to the November 2017 security patch release level, they will be immune to the problem. Apple, meanwhile, has included fixes in beta versions of macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS, which should reach users soon. Other WiFi-connected devices will need their own updates to close the hole, but if you'd like more information then check out the FAQ here.

iOS 11 offers true multitasking, but is that enough?Can an iPad Pro replace your PC?

Apple has long pushed its iPad series as a post-PC device. Then came the iPad Pro, which Apple's Phil Schiller even described as "the ultimate PC replacement." But that wasn't really true until the launch of iOS 11, when the company really let the iPad off the leash. Daniel Cooper tries working on one to see if that's really true.

Researchers around the world are collecting troves of new data from this latest event.

Astronomers just measured a whole lot more than gravitational waves

A couple of weeks ago, the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) and Virgo teams announced the detection of another set of gravitational waves -- the fourth since LIGO's first detection in September 2015. The first three sets of gravitational waves were recorded by two LIGO observatories; the fourth was detected by a newly established third -- Virgo -- in Italy. Having three detectors now allows researchers to triangulate the source of those waves with extraordinary precision.

The importance of that precision is that it allows dozens of other observatories to hone in on it and collect additional data, including visual, X-ray, infrared, ultraviolet and radio wave recordings -- meaning researchers all around the world just collected, and are continuing to collect, a massive trove of information that has given us the most detailed look at a gravitational wave-generating event ever.

Shocker: It's actually good.Amazon Fire HD 10 review (2017)

Amazon's newest Fire HD 10 features a great 10-inch screen, it's fast enough to run plenty of apps, and, most important, it costs just $150. It's the ideal machine for binge watching -- if you can live without Google's apps.

It'll play your old carts.The Analogue Super Nt is Nintendo's SNES Classic for grown-ups

Just as the NES Classic Edition broke ground before the SNES Classic, Analogue is also following up on Nintendo's wallet-grab on our childhood memories with another premium, no-compromise mini console that plays the gaming carts of yesteryear and solves some of our issues with the official miniature SNES. This is all, however, for a premium price.

Fighting fires.The Big Picture: A 747 Supertanker rains retardant on California's wildfires

A converted Boeing 747-400, the largest passenger model in the company's jumbo lineup, first entered service with Japan Airlines in 1991. After being converted with a water tanker, it can now dump up to 19,200 gallons of water or retardant in just six seconds as low as 200 feet above ground level (AGL), then climb away at 6,000 feet per minute. Those stellar capabilities have made it a big help in fighting California's insanely aggressive wine-country fires, which have so far killed 40 people and destroyed over 200 homes.

Safety first.Elon Musk's space-related AMA

Elon Musk took to r/space to answer questions about many of his space-travel ideas, and we've rounded up some of the most interesting responses. For example, Musk explained the BFR's Raptor engines power drop from 300 tons-force to 170 with a simple one liner "We chickened out" before explaining in detail the safety considerations SpaceX is dealing with.

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The Morning After: Monday, October 16th 2017

Welcome to the middle of October. As the pumpkin spice lattes floweth over, we've taken a look at the ropey world of fast-food tech stunts -- and highlight the weekend news.

From the Pizza Parka to the Windows 7 Whopper.
A ridiculous history of fast-food PR tech stunts

Who doesn't love a good over-the-top marketing stunt? Recently we've seen a lot of those, including Pizza Hut's Pizza Parka, a coat made of the same insulating materials as its delivery pouches. Because why not? Here are some other terrible / great ones. (Delete as applicable.)

Three Texas closures suggest coal isn't coming back any time soon.
Coal power plant closures are ramping up despite White House plans

The Trump administration may hope it can reverse coal power's decline by ending the Clean Power Plan and other eco-friendly efforts, but the industry's moves suggest otherwise. Luminant has announced plans to close three major coal plants in Texas (in Freestone, Milam and Titus counties) between January and February 2018. The shutdowns will take a combined 4,200MW of power off the grid -- enough to run over four million homes, as Reuters notes. The news boosts the expected capacity of 2018 power plant closures to over 13,600MW, or a whopping 79 percent more than the known closures for this year.

The cofounders are stepping down from management to create new IPs.
11 years after creating 'League of Legends,' Riot is making a new game

The two founders of Riot Games announced that they're handing off the management of League of Legends to other administrators, so they can make a new game -- the publisher's second big video game release in 11 years of operation.

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

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Welcome to the weekend. We'll recap this week's news highlights, plus big stories from Friday like the Stranger Things season two soundtrack/trailer and, wait one second, did that Twitter boycott actually work?

Does it have a mascot?Steve Wozniak just created his own online university

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has just launched Woz U, a new digital institute designed for those eyeing a career in the tech industry. "Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt," Wozniak said in a statement.

A modding tool for adding emulated games supports Nintendo's mini-console.Nintendo's mini SNES has already been cracked to run more games

It appears that Nintendo really doesn't mind modders cracking open its little retro consoles and using them for more than they were originally intended. Back when the NES Classic Edition was released, it took Russian tinkerer Cluster just a few months to figure out how to side-load additional games on to the system. Nintendo doesn't seem to have made the process any more difficult on the new mini SNES.

Good luck topping 'League of Legends.'Riot Games is finally working on a second game

The two founders of Riot Games announced that they're handing off the management of League of Legends to other administrators so they can make a new game -- which will end up being the publisher's second big video game release in 11 years of operation.

New rules incomingTwitter CEO responds to boycott

While many weren't sure the #WomenBoycottTwitter campaign would have any impact, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey posted a thread promising that after a day spent focusing on "making some critical decisions...We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them." Specifically, the exec says we can expect new rules around "unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence."

So, who is going to build the Model 3?Tesla fired 'hundreds' of workers this week

The Mercury News reports that Tesla -- which is in the midst of ramping up production of the Model 3 -- fired hundreds of workers this week at its headquarters and factory. In a statement, the company cited performance reviews as a reason for departures from its workforce of more than 33,000 and said that it is continuing to grow.

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The Morning After: Friday, October 13th 2017

Good morning! Yesterday, we got a date for a giant robot battle, the chance to win tickets (and gadgets) for the Engadget Experience, and Virgin joined the Hyperloop... hype.

I don't recognize myself on social media anymore.
Fear of the US government led me to censor myself on Twitter

Reviews Editor Cherlynn Low discusses the Department of Homeland Security's modified system of records, and how it would allow the DHS, Border Patrol and other immigration authorities to collect social media handles as part of an individual's official record. Working in the US on a visa, she was immediately worried about how it would affect her standing -- and it's already changed how she uses social media.

Free tickets, travel and gadgets.Win a trip to LA and two tickets to the Engadget Experience

Next month we're hosting a series of futuristic art installations and panels, bringing together the brightest minds in art and technology. To make the Engadget Experience happen, we gave out $100,000 apiece to five visionaries making art out of VR, artificial intelligence and even search results. We are so excited to showcase our winners at LA's Ace Hotel on November 14th. Tickets are on sale now, but one lucky reader can win two free tickets -- plus a boatload of other stuff. We're also throwing in a two-night stay at the Ace Hotel, a $1,000 airfare stipend and a collection of gadgets that includes a Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Gear VR and more. Enter here to win -- good luck!

It wasn't a hack, but it wasn't good either.
Malicious code spotted on Equifax's website

As if the company didn't have enough problems, a malicious Flash pop-up appeared on its customer site. An Equifax rep said the company's website was not compromised, and the errant Flash downloader came from one of its vendors' code -- but it raised concerns of another hacker attack. According to Equifax: "Since we learned of the issue, the vendor's code was removed from the webpage and we have taken the webpage offline to conduct further analysis."

Moving forward.
Richard Branson and Virgin join forces with Hyperloop One

Hyperloop One is now Virgin Hyperloop One, thanks to a new investment from Sir Richard Branson. In a recent demo, one of its pods hit a top speed of 192 mph, faster than Category 1 high-speed rail, but not quite matching Japan's bullet train. There's no word on how much cash Branson plugged into the outfit, but hopefully the "world's most revolutionary train service" works out better than the UK's Virgin Trains.

Epic giant robot battle scheduled for October 17th
The MegaBots vs. Suidobashi fight will be streamed live on Twitch

Are you ready for the world's first giant robot fight? We finally have a date.The fight will take place on October 17th, 2017, at 10:00 PM ET, streamed worldwide on Twitch. If you miss the live stream, you can catch it on YouTube and Facebook immediately after the event.

Going cord-free is worth the drop in audio quality for fitness fanatics.
Jaybird Run review: the perfect truly wireless earbuds for workouts

The Jaybird Run are exactly what you'd expect from a company that's been working on wireless headphones for years. They're comfortable, easy to use and they sound great. You'll pay a bit more than similar headphones -- even Apple's Airpods -- but it's worth it for fitness fanatics.

Moving beyond the panels.
Square Enix's Project Hikari makes a good case for VR comics

For its first big VR project, Square Enix's Advanced Technology Division is putting the spotlight back on manga. Project Hikari feeds you the story mostly with floating comic panels, but also adds spoken dialogue, sound effects and music. The big difference here is its use of 3D animation that Kris Naudus said looks smooth from every angle. It should be available next year on all major VR platforms.

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The Morning After: Thursday, October 12th 2017

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This Thursday, one porn site is using AI to catalog the stars of its clips, Amazon has a waterproof Kindle (unrelated) and we discuss how Blade Runner 2049 is pushing forward AI in fiction.

No strings on me.Oculus Santa Cruz gets closer to the future of wireless VR

Last year, Oculus' wireless VR headset was a hacked together jumble of exposed wiring, but now the Santa Cruz prototype is looking more like a real product. Nicole Lee gave it a shot, along with some new Touch controllers, quickly deeming it "easily one of the most comfortable VR headsets I've ever tried."

Everything you need is right there.Oculus Go is a $199 self-contained VR headset

While Santa Cruz is still a concept, Oculus is ready to put this VR headset on sale. It also lacks tethering, but for a different reason -- it's completely standalone, with no PC or phone required. Better yet, the Go brings virtual reality to your face for just $199. Apparently, it will run the same apps as the Gear VR and is expected to ship early next year.

The system uses machine learning to catalog and tag every clip in Pornhub's vast database.Pornhub is improving search with an AI porn addict

"I'd recognize that face anywhere."

A glitch could cause the smart speaker to listen in a little too closely.Google disables Home Mini's top button so it won't record everything

Google hasn't even started shipping the Home Mini yet, but its launch has been marred by an unusual situation where some of the devices would record and upload practically any sound. As a result, Google says it's taking the step of disabling all top touch functionality on the Home Mini. While owners can still control it using their voice and a volume switch on the side -- that's it.

More movies in one place.Disney relaunches Movies Anywhere with support from Fox, Warner, Sony and Universal

After nearly a decade, Disney may have the advantage in its digital movie locker war vs. Ultraviolet. Four other big studios are joining its Movies Anywhere platform, which will link to accounts on stores like iTunes, Vudu, Amazon and Google Play to unlock movies you've purchased across all of them. Even if you're not set up with Movies Anywhere, you can snag five free movies just by logging in and linking your accounts.

The latest premium Kindle has a lot more going for it.Amazon's new Kindle Oasis is waterproof and has a bigger screen

Amazon's last Kindle Oasis was "the perfect e-reader for the one percent." That still describes the new Oasis, which Amazon is officially unveiling today. It includes some genuinely useful features: a larger 7-inch screen, an all-metal body, and yes, it's waterproof. A decade after introducing its first e-reader, Amazon has finally delivered the first beach-ready Kindle.

The rare sequel that surpasses a classic.'Blade Runner 2049' dives deeper on AI to transcend the original

According to Senior Editor Devindra Hardawar, Blade Runner 2049 is a miracle. It's a sequel that nobody really wanted -- certainly not fans of the seminal 1982 original by Ridley Scott. And ponderous explorations of artificial intelligence aren't something that typically clicks with mainstream audiences. But it turns out that Blade Runner 2049 -- directed by Denis Villeneuve -- may be the ideal sequel. It builds on its incredibly influential predecessor by asking deeper questions about AI. As the lines between humans and replicants blur, the idea of being "more human than human" seems truer than ever.

The only way to stop a bad guy with a drone is a good guy with an RF rifle.The rise of drone crime and how cops can stop it

In 2015, US Border Patrol caught a two people dropping off 28 pounds of heroin in Calexico, California, and, in the same year, caught another drug ring delivering 30 pounds of cannabis to San Luis, Arizona. Drones -- easy to fly, difficult to spot and far more practical than catapults -- are quickly gaining favor among criminals for everything from smuggling and snooping to actively countering police actions and intimidating the locals. Elsewhere, police in the UK received 3,456 incident reports of drones behaving badly in 2016, a threefold jump from 2015, a 12-fold increase since 2014. The incidents ranged from minor spats between neighbors to covertly dropping drugs and firearms into prisons. Fortunately, counter-drone systems are as varied as they are numerous, ranging from shotgun shells loaded with wire nets to eagles trained to snatch UAVs from midair.

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The Morning After: Wednesday. October 11th 2017

Hey, good morning!

NVIDIA, a company best-known for its graphics cards, is making computers for self-driving cars, the company behind Overwatch has something new in the works and the Tamagotchi is back -- for some reason.

Google Home Mini bug could make it record audio 24/7

Voice-controlled appliances need to listen in so they can pick up their hotword, but Android Police received a test Google Home Mini that went a little too far. Apparently, it was recording and uploading nearly every sound it picked up, due to an issue that Google says could've affected some other devices, too. As a result, the company pushed a software update to temporarily disable activating the mic via its touch panel, eliminating the issue. Units won't ship to customers until the 19th; we'll see if there's a full workaround in place by then.

The chipmaker prepares automakers for the world of robo-taxis.
NVIDIA introduces a computer for level five autonomous cars

At the center of many of the semi-autonomous cars is NVIDIA processing power. Once automakers realized that GPUs could power their latest features, the chipmaker, best known for PC graphics cards, became the darling of the car world. NVIDIA's first AI computer, the NVIDIA Drive PX Pegasus, is apparently capable of level five autonomy -- far beyond the level two and three vehicles we're only just starting to see. That means no pedals, no steering wheel, no need for anyone to ever take control.

You can use the dials and sliders with a lot of different apps.

Palette's Lego-like controls can make you a faster video editor

Until robots take over video editing, you'll still have to fiddle with cuts, colors and sound levels. A keyboard is not always the best tool for that, and many control surfaces are strictly targeted at Lightroom users. So what's a video editor to do? One of the more interesting controllers on the market is Palette Gear -- it's expandable, flexible, programmable and looks cool. As Associate Editor Steve Dent discovered, if you're willing to spend some time learning and programming, it can make you a faster and better editor, too.

Don't get attached.
The 20th-anniversary Tamagotchi is smaller but still easy to kill

It's been 20 years since the iconic virtual pet Tamagotchi hit US shores. Many of the first pet ownersthose youngsters now have offspring of their own, and Bandai is hoping to entice both generations by reintroducing the classic 1997 model with a special anniversary edition. But most adults and many children now carry a phone capable of doing so much more than the little plastic egg could. Why would they, or anyone, invest in a Tamagotchi?

I've reached the acceptance stage of grief.
After 10 years, I've finally accepted that 'Half-Life' is dead

How Deputy Managing Editor Nathan Ingraham learned to stop complaining and get over Gordon Freeman.

It claimed the acquisition cost just $9 billion. Bargain.
Dow Jones reported a fake story about Google buying Apple

Fake news.

Now is it time to buy one?
Amazon drops Echo Show price

Thinking about picking up one of Amazon's smart speakers? While the new Echos have yet to arrive, its first screen-equipped device just got a price cut. The Echo Show doesn't have access to YouTube anymore, but it does cost $200 -- $30 off the original ask. Amazon says it's a "temporary" price drop, but with new hardware and more competition on the way, we could see this sticking around.

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