We played HQ Trivia a few times and came away empty handed

Unless you’ve been concentrating totally on the latest battery issues affecting Apple and Samsung, you have probably heard of HQ Trivia. This is the app that is rewarding those with advanced knowledge of trivia, with real cash. We figured that we would give this a shot to see if we could turn our knowledge of useless information into some money. If you haven’t played, here are the basics of the game. After installing the app on your iOS or Android device, you set up a free account and that is all you need to do to join in the fun.

Games start at 9pm EST every day with a 3pm EST matinee …

All the news that fits won't print as the New York Times closes its BlackBerry 10 app next month

BlackBerry and its faithful had high hopes for BlackBerry 10. After all, the company that developed the operating system, QNX, received high marks for its work on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. BlackBerry was so impressed that it bought the company and had it get right to work on its next-gen operating system for smartphones, later dubbed BlackBerry 10. While the gesture based OS shared some of its capabilities with webOS, and there were some who loved the software, the hardware was a let down for many.

Instead of offering top-shelf handsets to compete with Apple and Samsung, BlackBerry …

Amazon has shipped three times the number of smart speakers as Google has

Amazon created the smart speaker category with the widespread unveiling of the Amazon Echo in 2015. Comprised of a speaker and a virtual personal assistant, the device seemed simple enough, although most saw it as a niche product. Two years later, the smart speaker is one of the fastest growing tech products around. Amazon’s Alexa probably would have won Time Magazine’s Virtual Assistant of the Year if such an award existed. Now, almost every major tech firm has a smart speaker available.

Amazon’s main competition for the Echo is the Google Home line. Just as Amazon has various Echo models …

New face recognition technology promises 10 times better accuracy than Face ID

A new face recognition technology coming from a Chinese phone maker promises 10 times better accuracy than Apple’s Face ID.
The new face identification technology uses a similar principle to Face ID on the iPhone X: it uses a dot projector to project a mesh of points to the face and make a detailed 3D map. However, unlike the iPhone X that uses some 30,000 points to map a face, this new technology uses 300,000, ten times more, hence the 10 times better accuracy claim.
The new face recognition tech comes from Chinese …

New York Times responds to backlash after profiling Nazi sympathizer


A New York Times profile of a self-described white supremacist sent the internet into such a blazing fury that the paper responded Sunday with a 706-word explanation.

Readers took issue with how the profile of Tony Hovater, an Ohio man described as the “Nazi sympathizer next door,” normalized his behavior. The piece leads with his wedding plans, mentions his love for Seinfeld and Twin Peaks, and includes a picture of him grocery shopping.

Written by national editor Marc Lacey, the response published in the Times’ Reader Center addressed this critique and others.

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All the times Donald Trump has gotten upset about Time's 'person of the year'


The media, Kristen Stewarts love life, and Times magazine’s person of the year: These are just a few of the things that get Donald Trump fired up. 

Trump has once again put himself into the middle of one a particularly inane controversy after he claimed that Time called and tried to get him to do an interview in exchange for being named “Person of the Year,” which the magazine bestows on a different person/concept/metaphor each year. 

Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017 Read more…

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Faster iPhone X delivery times due to improved production, not weak demand

With Apple iPhone X delivery times down to 1 to 2 weeks on new orders, the reason for the quicker delivery times depends on your world view. If you’re not an Apple fan, you say that delivery times are dropping because no one is buying the phone. If you’re an Apple fan, you might take the opinion that Apple has finally figured out to produce the tenth anniversary model at a faster pace.

A research note sent to KGI Securities clients last week by top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo takes the latter position and says that the faster iPhone X production has allowed Apple to as much as triple the …

11 times brands were the greatest trolls on Twitter in 2017


Most of the time, brands are on social media to answer your concerns. But sometimes, they can surprise you with the comeback of a lifetime. 

Brands used Twitter to do more than just promote their products this year. Their platforms also produced the funniest comebacks and the most shadiest tweets to their competitors. And sure, we shouldn’t really be celebrating a company’s PR strategy. But a good clapback is a good clapback. 

From Netflix to Hamburger Helper, 11 brands didn’t shy away from roasting the hell out of each other in 2017. Read more…

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13 times nature was scary AF in 2017


Never underestimate the power of nature — it continues to be filled with the most alarming creepy crawlers in the world.

Every year it seems like there’s no escaping from what nature has to offer. There were 13 times (and definitely more) of nature not holding back from being absolutely terrifying.

There’s no where to run from slithering snakes in gas pumps and bears breaking into your homes. 

1. When spider crabs ripped the crap out of an octopus

They didn’t even have one small ounce of remorse.  Read more…

2. This python attacking a hyena twice its size

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69 times Ryan Reynolds was hands down the funniest actor on Twitter


There’s only one thing in this world sharper than Ryan Reynolds’ cheekbones, and that’s Ryan Reynolds’ sense of humour.

Even the briefest of visits to his Twitter feed will provide beautiful proof of this. If he’s not busy responding to the many, many odd requests tweeted at him by fans, Reynolds can mostly be found sharing unusual parenting tips or tweeting about the ongoing agony of fatherhood.

From his thoughts about Game of Thrones to the slightly unusual birthday messages he likes to send his wife, here are some of the actor’s funniest tweets. Read more…

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