Man greets the day by nearly getting electrocuted by a charging iPhone

32-year old Wiley Day considers himself lucky to be alive. On March 22nd, he had his iPhone plugged into an extension cord, something he did every night so that he could keep his phone in bed while it charged up for the next day. When he awoke the next morning, the dog tag he was wearing around his neck somehow got caught between the metal prongs on the charger and the extension cord. The resulting electric jolt knocked Day from his bed to the ground.

He remembers that his vision started to fade, and he felt as though he was looking through a peephole. He also could see only in black and …

BlackBerry rolls out major update for its Android smartphones

BlackBerry recently announced a new update for all its present and upcoming Android smartphones would soon be available for download. The update is meant to improve some of the productivity features these handsets have pre-loaded inside.

The Canadian company completely overhauled the Productivity Tab’s interface so that it’s more user-friendly and easier to use. In addition, the update brings a new Quick Triage function that is meant for items in the Hub and new Quick Actions for entries in Contacts, including Phone, Text and Email.

Keep in mind that the …

ZTE Axon 7 Mini has its own Android 7.1.1 Nougat preview program in the US

ZTE announced that it’s kicking off a preview program for the Android 7.1.1 Nougat for the Axon 7 Mini. The beta program will only be available to users in the United States who register and are accepted into the preview.

As always, the program is meant to provide ZTE with the necessary feedback to launch offer users a bug-free Android update for the Axon 7 Mini. Also, participants will be able to familiarize themselves, as well as test out new features and improvements before they are made available to the general public.

In order to take part in the beta program, ZTE Axon 7 Mini …

Android 7.1.2 reportedly rolling out OTA to the Pixel C Tablet

The non-beta final version of Android 7.1.2 is apparently starting to make the rounds via an OTA update.. According to one image that is being circulated, the Pixel C tablet has received the latest (and possibly last) build of Android Nougat. Next up is Android O which will supposedly take the old favorite Oreo sandwich cookie into the smartphone age. Based on the latest beta, Android 7.1.2 offers the Pixel fingerprint gesture to the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. The gesture allows users to control the notification shade by swiping on the fingerprint scanner.
Again, based on the beta, Android …

Samsung Galaxy S8+ prototype unit features dual-camera lens setup

The Galaxy S8 and its big brother were revealed last week, and customers in selected markets can already pre-order the flagships. We’ll certainly give you our take on Samsung’s latest smartphone in an in-depth review, but let’s take a moment and highlight one of the features that might not be such a significant improvement over the previous Galaxy S model, the camera.

Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature a single-lens 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual-pixel technology, just like the Galaxy S7. The South Korean company will use two suppliers for the camera: Sony and Samsung. …

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ not yet supporting Google Daydream

The Daydream VR headset is compatible with quite a few high-end smartphones, but Google is adding more devices on the supported listed pretty often. Unfortunately, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8+ are not Daydream-ready.

The Google Daydream application in the Play Store can’t be installed on the Samsung Galaxy S8. If you try to install it anyway, you’ll be met with an error that says the app is not compatible with Samsung’s flagship.

Even though the Galaxy S8 meets all the requirements necessary to support Google Daydream VR fully, a compatible app hasn’t bee released in the Play …

Quicken Payroll- How to Export Payroll Checks to Quicken Using Payroll Software

Employers have many payroll software products to choose from to generate their payroll. Business owners currently using Quicken are not limited to using only the options Quicken gives you for payroll.

In a few easy steps employers can export payroll checks into Quicken. This type of feature is effective for users requiring the ability to track payroll data in Quicken.

The process of exporting payroll checks from Payroll Mate follows three basic steps:

1. The user will generate the file in Payroll Mate by running a payroll report.

 2. The user will create an account in Quicken which the checks will be exported to.

3. The user will import the file created in Payroll Mate to the account created in Quicken.

The first step is as simple as generating a payroll report that includes the pay dates of the checks to be exported. Easily select the employees, there for their checks, and export the file to a location of your choice.

 The second step involves creating an account in Quicken. This can be easily accomplished, in a few short steps, through the Quicken account set-up wizard.

The third step is actually importing the file into Quicken. Employers, business owners, Payroll Mate users and/ or Quicken users can open Quicken choose the import option, locate the exported QIF file, choose the account previously created and finally import the file. Once the file is imported into Quicken users can move the data to any other account in Quicken.

Utilizing this type of feature opens up the choices to consumers looking to generate payroll at an economical price. Payroll software for Quicken does not have to expensive or complicated. Small to mid-sized businesses have options when it comes to quicken payroll software.

Source by: Lisa Heather

'Rogue One' retold with Lego is amazing, but skips all the grim parts


The success of the Lego movies proves that we’re eager to see our favorite films retold in toy form. That’s why a new Lego short replaying the plot of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a welcome surprise this weekend. 

But despite the video’s attention to detail, some hardcore fans noticed that this Lego version of the film left out all the grim (spoiler alert!) deaths that litter the human-populated version of the film. 

Instead, the short Lego version of Rogue One ends with our two heroes securing the Death Star plans — and everyone is happy (and alive). The. End. 

It’s an ending more in line with Disney’s approach to kids, a choice some parents might appreciate. However, the soft touch, deathless ending underscores some of the awkward fits between Disney and its darker franchises when it comes to staying true to a franchise’s fan base and not veering too far from the kid-friendly territory Disney is known for.  Read more…

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MashReads Podcast: 'A Separation' is a grief novel disguised as a mystery thriller


Katie Kitamura has a theory about grief: 

“Part of being around people who are in grief is that even when it’s completely sincere, it’s still a performance. It’s very hard when you are grieving to not be aware of how your grief is going to be interpreted when other people are around”

It’s an astute observation and one that animates her latest novel A Separation.

A Separation follows an unnamed narrator, only recently separated from her husband, Chris, who gets a phone call from her mother-in-law that Chris has gone missing in Greece and that our narrator must track him down. The real mystery of the book is not where has Chris disappeared to and why, but whether the narrator should even be searching for him in the first place.  Read more…

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People applied to work for Hub, a fake startup whose smart home device doesn't do anything


This April Fools’ Day, one joke long in the making about Silicon Valley got kind of out of hand. 

An Indiegogo campaign for “Hub: the ultimate IOT smart device” got the attention of students at Yale University — so much so that some applied to work at the burgeoning campus startup. 

But the entire project was a joke, meant to mock smart home devices like Alexa and Google Home, along with the rest of the ever-proliferating internet of things. 

Hub, as presented in a highly-produced marketing video, doesn’t really do anything. It’s just a hunk of metal that promises to connect to the internet of things. The big tech words and fancy production, though, caused some viewers to miss that lack of purpose.  Read more…

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