Colin Kaepernick, shunned by the NFL, named Week 1 MVP by the player's union

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Professional NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick can’t find a team to call home in the National Football League, but that didn’t stop the NFL Player’s Association from celebrating his charity work this week.

The official player’s union of the NFL named Kap as the organization’s Week 1 “Community MVP” on Friday. He received the honor “for his commitment to empowering underserved communities through donations and grassroots outreach,” the NFLPA announcement notes.

On Sept. 7, Kaepernick split a $100,000 donation up between four charities: DREAM, Coalition for the Homeless, The Gathering for Justice, and United We Dream. Days later he was on hand for a Back to School Backpack Giveaway at Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York. Read more…

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Apple Watch Series 3 requires an iPhone 6 or later for setup; battery gets 1 hour of talk time

Apple announced yesterday that unlike previous versions of the Apple Watch, the new Series 3 model does not need to be paired to a nearby iPhone for internet access, or to make/take phone calls. But it still requires an iPhone to configure the timepiece. And while the Series 1 Apple Watch can still use the Apple iPhone 5s and up to communicate with and to set up the device, the new Series 3 watch requires an Apple iPhone 6 or higher for the configuration and set up of the timepiece. The phone must have iOS 11, or higher, installed.

This means that if you are moving up from a Series 1 Apple …

Telltale's Batman Episode 1 now free for iPhone and iPad


Telltale is a popular game developer that makes episodic, story-driven adventure games. You know, The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, Tales From the Borderlands… And yes, the developer also has a Batman game out, split into five episodes. Each installment costs $4.99, which means that buying the episodes separately would set you back around $25.

However, now, the initial download, which gets you episode 1, is free for iOS users. Additionally, if you buy episodes 2 to 5 in a package, you pay $14.99 instead of the $19.96 you’d pay for them separately.

If you are …

Amazon offering Music Unlimited at 50% off to students, Prime Students only pay $1 per month

Amazon’s Music Unlimited is getting a lot cheaper… for university students, that is. The e-commerce site is slashing 50% off its subscription fee for the music streaming service, provided that you can verify your enrollment in a degree-granting college or university. 
This means that eligible users will only have to pay $4.99 per month, down from the usual rate of $9.99. Students that are on Amazon Prime can get it for even cheaper – $6 for 6 months, much less than the regular Prime rate of $7.99 per month.
Such …

BlackBerry KEYone arriving at AT&T on September 1

Sprint will remain the only carrier to offer the BlackBerry KEYone for the rest of this month. However, come September, the smartphone will be available for purchase at AT&T. Moreover, the carrier announced the KEYone will come in a unique Space Black color, which will only be available at AT&T.

We have yet to learn the outright price of the BlackBerry KEYone, but we do know customers will be able to get it on AT&T Next for $16.67 for 30 months. The smartphone is supposed to hit shelves on September 1, so you’ll have to wait just one more week.

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Spigen's cases are ready to protect your Galaxy Note 8 from day 1

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The Galaxy Note 8 is out and it is as beautiful as it is big and slippery. Yup, let’s say it outright, a glass sandwich looks awe-inspiring, but is prone to slip from careless hands, especially when the device is as tall as the Note 8 is. And, with it’s price-tag, that’d be one expensive slip!

Of course, you’d be considering protection. If you have a less …

Virgin Mobile adds current iPhone users to Inner Circle, offering one-year of unlimited for $1

Pre-paid carrier Virgin Mobile announced its new iPhone-only plan back in June. Called the Inner Circle, customers purchasing an iPhone from Virgin receive one-year of unlimited talk, text and high-speed data for $1. After the year is up, members of the Inner Circle pay $50 a month to keep the unlimited data plan going. This includes receiving streaming video at 480p (DVD quality), and streaming music at a rate up to 500 kbps. Cloud gaming streams at 2 mbps. During periods of heavy traffic, these speeds can be throttled. 

Today, Virgin is extending the offer to include customers of …

Taylor Swift wins $1 in assault lawsuit against DJ

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Taylor Swift won the $1 assault and battery lawsuit she lobbed against a radio DJ who was suing her for defamation.  

At a federal courthouse in Denver on Monday afternoon, a jury of six women and two men found David Mueller guilty of inappropriately touching Swift in 2013 at a meet-and-greet after a Denver concert. 

BREAKING: Jury sides with Taylor Swift in groping lawsuit, orders fired radio host to pay the pop star a symbolic $1.

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 14, 2017

The country music DJ sued Swift, her mother, and her radio promotions manager in 2015 for defamation, claiming the three got him fired from his job at KYGO-FM after falsely stating he had groped Swift while she was taking a photo with the 55-year-old and his then-girlfriend. He was seeking $3 million. Swift, who maintains he had groped her despite his denials, then filed a lawsuit against Mueller for assault and battery, asking for $1. She aimed to make an example of Mueller and stand up for women who’ve been sexually assaulted through her legal counterpunch.  Read more…

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Bruno Mars donates $1 million to Flint water crisis

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Singer Bruno Mars announced at a concert in Auburn Hills, Michigan that he donated $1 million to aid the Flint water crisis. 

“Tonight I want to donate 1 million dollars, to our brothers and sisters in Flint, Michigan,” Mars announced to the crowd, which immediately erupted in approval. Mars, along with show promoter Live Nation, donated proceeds from the sold out show to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

The foundation gives immediate and ongoing support to the community of of Flint, Michigan, which continues to suffer from toxic water supplies that were tainted when the city switched its water system to the polluted Flint River in 2014.  Read more…

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Apple HomePod will have 272×340 screen and 1 GB of RAM, according to firmware teardown

Apple’s HomePod firmware was recently torn down by a number of people across the internet, leading to some further details on the iPhone 8. Lost in the sauce of all this was some interesting information about the HomePod itself. 

According to a firmware teardown by Twitter user Avery Magnotti, it seems the A8-toting device will also carry 1 GB of RAM, double that of the Google Home and quadruple the Amazon Echo. But if it’s just a basic input/output device, what does it need that RAM for? It seems likely that this amount of RAM may aid in the expansion …