Technology 

The 42 best holiday shopping deals right now: Dec. 17 update – CNET

Apple iPad for $250 ($80 off) Google Home for $80 ($50 off) Sony PlayStation 4 1TB with Star Wars Battlefront II: $250 ($50 off) Apple Watch Series 1 starting at $180 ($70 off) Beats Studio Wireless for $200 ($180 off) DJI Spark drone for $349 ($150 off) Up to $200 off the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus HP Omen gaming laptop for $850 ($250 off) Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear Headphones for $70 ($60 off) Moto Z2 Play unlocked for $350 ($150 off) Motorola Z2 Force (T-Mobile) for $375 or…

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Any phone but iPhone X, according to this Sprint salesman – CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Still not the Apple of any salesperson’s eye. James Martin/CNET “You’re biased,” they said. “You’ve been to every store but a Sprint store.” When I say “they,” I mean at least two people. I couldn’t argue. I’ve paid several visits to carrier stores and Best Buy in order to learn more about how phones are sold. Sprint wasn’t one of them. Somehow, I think of Sprint as the fourth network, the one that waits to be bought. I mean,…

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Top Stories World 

Is Star Wars science fiction? ‘The Last Jedi’ settles this age-old argument.

Get the THINK newsletter. SUBSCRIBE “The Last Jedi” is set in large part in a green, mountainous landscape inhabited by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) — an old, grizzled dude with flowing robes and mysterious powers. The plot involves talk of royal bloodlines, astral projection, swords that choose their wielders, and an epic battle between light and a twisted, all-seeing Sauron-like darkness. The film also includes cute Disney-like snow cats and owl-critters, and it opens with the words, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” which sure sounds…

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Technology 

Mozilla backpedals after Mr. Robot-Firefox misstep – CNET

It sounded like a good idea at Mozilla — promote computer security and privacy awareness using a tie-in with an online game from the popular Mr. Robot hacker TV series. But almost immediately, the plan started backfiring. On Wednesday, Firefox users started complaining that a cryptic extension had been installed in their browser with no explicit permission or explanation of what it does — only a description that read “MY REALITY IS DIFFERENT THAN YOURS.” People ripped into Mozilla in a Reddit discussion after one Firefox user fretted, “I have…

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Top Stories World 

Inflammatory letter alleges Uber used shady tactics

SAN FRANCISCO — A former Uber security specialist accused the company of dispatching a team of spies to steal its rivals’ trade secrets and using shady tactics to thwart its competition in the ride-hailing market, according to an inflammatory letter unsealed Friday by a federal judge. Those tactics allegedly included impersonating other people, illegally recording conversations and hacking into computers. Former Uber manager Richard Jacobs, who was fired earlier this year, made the explosive claims in a 37-page letter that sought a big payoff for being forced out of the…

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Sen. Brian Schatz: Net neutrality isn’t dead – CNET

Democrats on Capitol Hill say they aren’t giving up on their fight to preserve Obama-era net neutrality rules, which were eliminated Thursday by Republicans in the FCC. U.S. Sens. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Brian Schatz of Hawaii are leading more than a dozen senators to introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution aimed at undoing the FCC’s actions and fully restoring net neutrality rules. Democratic Senate leader Charles Schumer of New York signed on to the effort Friday. US Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, says his party is…

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FACEBOOK SCAM ALERT – Make sure you don’t get caught out by THIS Christmas con

GETTY Facebook users have been put on alert at Christmas about a scam being circulated Facebook users have been warned about a Christmas scam that tries to trick people and take advantage of their generosity during the festive period. Christmas is meant to be the time of giving, but con artists are capitalising on that in a cynical scam on Facebook that has reared its ugly head again. Facebook fans have been put on alert about the ‘Secret Sister’ scam, which tries to get people to purchase a gift for…

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Gaming 

PlayStation PS5 release news, Xbox One X games boost, new Nintendo reveal?

The PS5 release date has not yet been confirmed by Sony, who are still riding high with their PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles. While nothing official has been confirmed about the new gaming machine, the tech giant has gone as far as to say that there will be a followup to the popular PlayStation 4. While no one is expecting any big reveals for the PS5 in 2018, things could start getting interesting in the years following. Some analysts believe we could see major reveals from Sony and Microsoft as…

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Windows 10 free update – Time is running out for you to upgrade for nothing

Windows 10 free downloads are still available for PC users who have not upgraded to Microsoft’s flagship OS, but time is running out fast. The main official Windows 10 free download offer ended on July 29 2016, with Microsoft laying down a cut off point to download and upgrade for nothing. However, there were still a number of routes open to PC owners looking to download Windows 10 for free. One of those Windows 10 free download options is the assistive technology route, which previously had no end date. However,…

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