Microsoft will 'retire' Groove Music Android and iOS apps December 1st

Microsoft's Groove Music service bowed out months ago, but all the apps have been available for listening to your personal files… until now. The company has revealed that its Android and iOS apps will disappear from their respective online stores o…
Source: Engadget | Microsoft will 'retire' Groove Music Android and iOS apps December 1st

Trump imposes steel and aluminum tariffs on the EU, Canada and Mexico

  1. Trump imposes steel and aluminum tariffs on the EU, Canada and Mexico  Washington Post
  2. Trump pours kerosene on the global trade wars  The Hill
  3. Trump’s Steel Destruction  Wall Street Journal
  4. Donald Trump launches TRADE WAR on EU: USA slaps massive tariffs steel and aluminium  Express.co.uk
  5. America Declares War on Its Friends  New York Times
  6. Full coverage

Source: Google News | Trump imposes steel and aluminum tariffs on the EU, Canada and Mexico

Netflix's 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ season 4 concludes in January

Netflix debuted the first half of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's fourth (and final) season this week, though we didn't know when the second would air. Unfortunately, fans will have a bit of a wait: The last six episodes will arrive on January 25th,…
Source: Engadget | Netflix's 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ season 4 concludes in January

Ticketfly hacker threatens to release more stolen data

As far as blackmail goes, it was a relatively small request. 

The hacker who claims to have gained access to a host of data from Ticketfly, prompting the Eventbrite-owned ticketing company to pull its site offline sometime late last night, told Mashable that he was only after a single bitcoin. 

“[Yes] i asked them 1 bitcoin for protection,” explained the hacker, who goes by IShAkDz, over email, in addition to sharing a huge repository of allegedly stolen files. “But I did not receive a reply from them.”

At the time of this writing, that comes out to around $7,500. For context, the person who hacked HBO last year wanted around $6.5 million worth of bitcoin.  Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Ticketfly hacker threatens to release more stolen data

'GTA: San Andreas' gets Xbox One backwards compatibility

If your Xbox copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is stashed away on a shelf somewhere, you might want to pull it out as you'll have some use for it again next week. Starting next Thursday, Rockstar Games is adding backwards compatibility for the ga…
Source: Engadget | 'GTA: San Andreas' gets Xbox One backwards compatibility

An empty Bumble claw game became a sad metaphor for online dating

Online dating is hard. We get it. There are countless tweets about the difficulties of finding an internet soulmate, and a whole subreddit dedicated to telling the worst dating stories. We’ve even written multiple lists, articles, and opinion pieces about the struggles of finding love through an app. 

But nothing quite encapsulates the online dating experience like this photo of a sad claw game machine, branded with Bumble’s logo and colors. Writer Hannah Murphy snapped a picture of the game, emptier than all of Twitter’s dating prospects. 

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Source: Mashable | An empty Bumble claw game became a sad metaphor for online dating

As Mueller's focus tightens, Roger Stone declares he will 'never betray' Trump

  1. As Mueller’s focus tightens, Roger Stone declares he will ‘never betray’ Trump  ABC News
  2. Mueller probe spending tops $17 million  Politico
  3. Russia investigation cost nears $17 million since last May  CNN
  4. Trump is tightening his grip around the neck of the Justice Department  Washington Post
  5. Full coverage

Source: Google News | As Mueller's focus tightens, Roger Stone declares he will 'never betray' Trump

Walmart's new service does your shopping when you send it a text

Walmart has been ramping up its remote shopping efforts, including expanding its grocery delivery with Postmates and adding more of its 'pickup towers' for online orders. At a shareholder meeting today, the retail giant formally unveiled its next pro…
Source: Engadget | Walmart's new service does your shopping when you send it a text

I would happily ditch the selfie camera for a full-screen phone

Once a month or so, I’m reminded that my phone has a front-facing camera when I accidentally hit the toggle button, only to be greeted with a closeup image of my own, dumb face.

Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I used the thing — not intentionally, at least. I tried scrolling through my camera roll to locate the precise moment in which I felt compelled to take a selfie, but ultimately ended up getting tired of the exercise, giving up some time around May of last year.

I have no use for the front-facing camera. I don’t know, maybe I’m in the minority on this one, but I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. Every time I see another phone with another notch or hear stories about companies frantically pushing for some workaround, I quietly wonder what it would be like to live in a world where that wasn’t an issue, because there was no camera getting in the way of that precious screen real estate.

I realize for most mainstream manufacturers, this is probably just a pipe dream. Too many companies have invested too much in the technology to make it appear unnecessary. In recent years, the device has taken on an importance beyond the selfie, including, most notably, the big push by Apple, Samsung and countless Android manufacturers to add face unlock.

There are the proprietary apps like FaceTime and Animoji and a powerful lobby of third-party social media companies that rely on the inclusion of as many cameras as humanly possible on a mobile device. I suppose I fall out of that target demographic. I don’t Snapchat or FaceTime, and when the Google app changed from Hangouts to Meet and I suddenly saw video of myself staring back, again, total freak-out.

Perhaps it’s best left to some smaller manufacturer looking to distinguish themselves from a million other Android manufacturers. Someone out there could be the first to go truly full screen, without a silly gimmick like the Vivo’s pop-up, or whatever eight million patents Essential has filed over the past couple of years. Full screen, without the inherent vanity of that unblinking eye staring back at you.

I’m not saying its enough for one company to get me to switch over, but it’s 2018 and 90 percent of smartphones look virtually identical. Why not at least give the consumer the ability to opt out, at least until phone manufacturers solve the notch?  

Source: Tech Crunch Mobiles | I would happily ditch the selfie camera for a full-screen phone