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Mobile companies overcharging customers after contracts end
Citizens Advice found that customers who do not take out a new contract are paying an average extra PS22 a month. The government said the mobile firms needed to inform customers when they had paid for their handsets. Wherever possible, we contact customers nearing the end of their contract to offer them a range of options. Overall, 36% of people with a handset-inclusive contract failed to change it after the end of the fixed deal period.
Hispanic group warns Verizon of possible protest over Univision blackout
The National Hispanic Media Coalition is threatening to rally Latino leaders against Verizon for its removal of Univision from the Verizon Fios service earlier this week. Verizon's blackout comes as the country recovers from Hurricane Katia and a pair of earthquakes, all of which hit in September. Verizon removed Univision from its network Monday when the two could not reach an agreement.
Sonos plus Alexa makes for a smart -- and great-sounding -
The new speaker, the $199 Sonos One, due out Tuesday, raises the bar for good-sounding smart speakers. Sonos worked with Amazon on incorporating the AI assistant into the speaker and its six microphones constantly listen for your queries of Alexa. Beyond just better sound, the Sonos One will control music throughout your home, wherever you have Sonos speakers deployed. To get your speakers and Alexa on the same page, you upgrade the Sonos app on your smartphone or tablet.
Twitter releases its calendar of upcoming measures to combat harassment and abuse
Twitter this afternoon publicly posted its schedule for instituting fixes and changes to longstanding abuse and harassment issues that have plagued the social network for years. The calendar, first disclosed earlier this week in an internal Twitter email obtained by Wired, details nearly two dozen changes stretching from October 27th to January 10th. Some measures include more proactively banning content on the platform that glorifies or condones violence, instead of simply drawing the line at actual threats of violence.
Arianna Huffington's new app lets you humblebrag about turning your phone off
Arianna Huffington has partnered with Samsung to create an app that helps you disconnect from the internet while also humblebragging to your friends that you can't be reached. The app, called Thrive, will be available in December exclusively for Samsung devices only through the Samsung Galaxy Store. To be fair, a lot of what Thrive does is already available by toggling the Do Not Disturb button on Samsung devices.
Blue Origin fires up its next big rocket engine for the first time
For the first time, Blue Origin successfully fired up its BE-4 rocket engine, a crucial piece of hardware the company has been working on for the last six years. Blue Origin tweeted out a video today of the test, known as a hot fire, which was conducted at the company's test facility in Texas. It's a major stepping stone in the development of the engine, which is slated to play a key role in Blue Origin's economic future.
Looking back on the anti-authoritarian themes of Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials
For more than a decade and a half, Philip Pullman has talked about a companion novel to his acclaimed fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. With the arrival of The Book of Dust, it's worth looking back on Pullman's dazzling trilogy. There's a moment at the end of The Golden Compass that helps showcase the nuance Pullman injects into this story.
Verizon's streaming TV service reportedly delayed until spring 2018 at the earliest
Verizon has supposedly had its own over-the-top TV service in the works for a while now. Plus, Bloomberg's sources claim that Verizon's service will be similarly priced to competitors, so it probably won't have a competitive advantage there. If you simply must have a Verizon video app that offers prorated streaming in the defiance of net neutrality in the interim, there's still Go90.
iPhone 8 seems to have an iPhone X problem. Awkward.
SAN FRANCISCO - The iPhone 8 has an iPhone X problem. Smartphone buyers seem to be holding out for the high-end, high-priced iPhone X over the iPhone 8 that went on sale last month. He added, there's lots of anticipation around the iPhone X and what it has to offer. Analysts say they expected that growing anticipation for the iPhone X would lessen demand for the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8+.
The future is here: Augmented reality apps to use on your iPhone or iPad
With the release of an updated mobile operating system earlier this month, Apple's new augmented reality platform is ready for take-off. With iOS 11, anyone with an iPhone 6 or more current device or an iPad Pro first generation can play around with augmented reality. Here's a look at some of the best ways to experiment with augmented reality on your iPhone or iPad.
The eight most outrageous things cities did to lure Amazon for HQ2
Amazon hasn't given details yet on when and how it will announce the winner of the bids. Yesterday, Ottawans were told to cheer for Amazon during intermission for a hockey game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Ottawa Senators. Pittsburgh has local restaurant Primanti Bros. offering free sandwiches to every Amazon employee who ends up working there. Another tweet reads, We are Chipotle and these other cities are Taco Bell, Amazon.
Tesla hit with another lawsuit, this time alleging anti-LGBT harassment
A former employee at Tesla's Fremont factory filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the electric carmaker, alleging he was fired in retaliation after seeking protection from anti-gay harassment, The Guardian reported today. The defendant, an assembly line worker named Jorge Ferro, claims he was taunted for being gay and threatened with violence. After complaining to an HR representative, Ferro was repeatedly moved to different assembly lines, but the harassment didn't stop.
Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Male Mona Lisa' can be yours for just $100M (or more)
CLOSE The last Leonardo da Vinci painting in private hands is going to auction at Christie's in New York for an estimated $100 million. Da Vinci's depiction of Jesus, titled Salvator Mundi, will be auctioned on Nov 15. Leonardo Da Vinci's once-lost masterpiece, Salvator Mundi, goes on sale Nov 15 in New York for what is expected to be a sale price north of $100 million.
AMC is launching its own VR app with a 360-degree scene from The Walking Dead
Television networks and movie studios have been regularly leaning on virtual reality as a marketing tool, and today AMC announced that it has launched its own app dedicated to VR tie-in material. AMC will also be capitalizing on this weekend's season premiere of The Walking Dead with an extended version of a scene from the episode that will be presented as 360-degree video.
Lyft gets $1 bn from Google parent to rev up challenge to Uber
US ridesharing giant Lyft announced Thursday it has received a $1 billion investment led by the venture arm of Google parent Alphabet, to help ramp up its challenge to market leader Uber. A Lyft blog post said the new funding round was led by CapitalG, formerly known as Google Capital, which invests in emerging tech firms. Lyft has been expanding in the US market as Uber's image has taken a hit in recent months.
Missouri proposes innovation corridor for Amazon's 2nd home
Missouri officials were submitting a bid Thursday for Amazon's second headquarters that would involve an innovation corridor between Kansas City and St Louis rather than a single location in one of the state's major metropolitan areas. Amazon in September opened the search for a second headquarters and promised to spend more than $5 billion on the site. Missouri Chief Operating Officer Drew Erdmann said the state's bid could be aided if it succeeds in landing a high-speed Hyperloop track connecting the cities.
G7 to put squeeze on internet giants at terror talks
Tech giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter will come under pressure in Italy this week to go further and faster in helping G7 powers tackle the ever-greater threat of extremists online. Over 80 percent of conversations and radicalisation happen online, said Italy's Marco Minniti, who is hosting the summit on the volcanic island off Naples. Tough privacy laws and protections enjoyed by the largely US-based web giants are impeding authorities, they said.
Facebook's Instant Games developers can now make money off users
Facebook launched a new gaming platform earlier this year called Instant Games. Today the company's giving developers the option to monetize those games through in-app purchases and video ads. The ads will initially roll out as a test through select developers and in certain games, like Blackstorm's Everwing and FRVR's Basketball FRVR. Facebook says developers will eventually have access to additional measurement and ad optimization tools. Clearly, giving developers a way to make money off their games incentivizes them to create more games.
Dutch family sells everything to bet on bitcoins
We are putting everything into bitcoin, we've sold everything to invest in this currency, Didi Taihuttu told AFP. Bitcoins can be exchanged for goods and services-or for other currencies-provided the other party is willing to accept them. Taihuttu and his family have already invested tens of thousands of euros and the money from the sale of their house will be added to it. Should things go wrong however, he and his family will just go back to square one.
Coming soon: a selfie with your credit card application
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter-and soon your bank could be asking for one in order to approve your purchase or credit card application. Payment processing giant Visa is launching a platform to allow banks to integrate various types of biometrics-your fingerprint, face, voice, etc-into approving credit card applications and payments. If a person were to apply for a credit card application on their smartphone, the bank app could ask the applicant to take a selfie and then take a picture of a driver's license or passport.

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