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This American-made cast iron pan will last a lifetime√ʬĬĒand it's on sale for just $13.

Lodge makes the best cast iron cookware we've tested, and right now you can get this 10.25-inch pan for $13.        

- USA TODAY - US

Nintendo continues to flourish with strong Switch sales.

With the Switch riding high and the beleaguered Wii U all but retired, Nintendo's accounts are looking a little brighter than usual. The Japanese console maker posted some strong financial earnings today for the three-month period ending on June 30th...

- Engadget - US

Uber ups drivers perks: Humans will now take their call.

The embattled ride hailing company, still in search of a CEO, is rolling out six months of changes to repair its relationship with drivers.        

- USA TODAY - US

Naughty Dog fleshes out its main female characters in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

Naughty Dog is pulling a mind trick on its fans with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Its heroes are two women who weren't exactly on the side of good in the previous games in the series. Nathan Drake hung up his grappling hook at the end of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End as he finally retired†

- VentureBeat - US

eMarketer's 2017 forecast puts Roku ahead of Chromecast and others in the U.S.

Roku may be the most-used connected TV device this year, edging out Chromecast, Fire TV and Apple TV, according to a new 2017 forecast from eMarketer released this morning. The firm estimates that 38.9 million U.S. users will use a Roku device at least once per month in 2017, up 19.3 percent from last year. This would lead ...

- TechCrunch - US

Algae are turning Greenland green √ʬĬĒ and that√ʬĬôs a problem for sea-level rise.

The algae growing on the Greenland ice sheet are dark, meaning they absorb more sunlight and warm up the surface more quickly than white ice.        

- USA TODAY - US

Meizu Pro 7: When One Screen Isn't Enough, Try Meizu's Two-Screen Phone.

The Chinese phone manufacturer's unorthodox solution to screen addiction: add another screen.

- Wired Magazine - US

Uber reportedly targets HPE's Meg Whitman in hunt for new CEO.

In a bid to fill its leadership vacuum, ride sharing giant Uber has been searching for a new CEO. And among its candidates is reportedly Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman. According to Bloomberg, Whitman has recently been meeting with the troubled company's leadership. Uber has reportedly developed a short list of ...

- VentureBeat - US

Got some pom-poms handy? UK.gov seeks a geography cheerleader.

Bid to raise discipline's profile after hitching it to big data hype Whitehall is looking for a geography aficionado to emphasise the role the discipline plays in the UK government's work.…

- TheRegister - UK

SK Telecom makes light of random numbers for IoT applications.

Quantum random number generator in a 5 mm chip Quantum random number generators aren't new, but one small enough to provide practical security for Internet of Things applications is interesting.…

- TheRegister - UK

Blue is a dating app for verified Twitter users.

A new app is looking to romantically match folks who are verified Twitter users. Blue, by Loveflutter, has launched a new version of their existing dating app that only allows Twitter users with that little blue tick to search for love, and only amongst their fellow blue-tick holders. Loveflutter has actually been around ...

- TechCrunch - US

9GAG CEO Ray Chan: Building a healthy community is a never-ending battle'

If you enjoy getting lost in memes and social media, you've undoubtedly stumbled across 9GAG at some point. 9GAG is a Hong Kong-based site that hosts and distributes funny pictures, videos and memes.

- TechCrunch - US

On-demand delivery startup Jinn pulls out of all other markets outside London'

Jinn, the U.K. same-hour 'shop on your behalf' delivery app, has pulled out of all markets outside London, TechCrunch has learned. According to sources, the startup shut down operations in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds as of yesterday, whilst I understand the Spanish team may have been let go, too.

- TechCrunch - US

The Tricked-Out Research Planes That Fly Through Wildfires

The best way to test the gases created by wildfires is to fly a plane directly above the conflagration.

- Wired Magazine - US

'Uncharted: The Lost Legacy' Is Even Prettier Than Its Stunning Predecessor

An early look at the first Uncharted game without Nathan Drake at the helm

- TIME Magazine - US

Kaspersky launches its free antivirus software worldwide

Kaspersky has finally launched its free antivirus software after a year-and-a-half of testing it in select regions. While the software was only available in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, China and in Nordic countries during its trial run, Kaspersky is re...

- Engadget - US

eBay is adding visual search to its mobile app

Next time you see a cute pair of shoes or a cool shirt you'd like to buy, snap a picture or take a screenshot. eBay has just announced two new features that adds image search capabilities, similar to Pinterest's visual search tool, to its mobile app....

- Engadget - US

One year after IPO, Japanese chat app Line reports drop in user numbers

TOKYO - Japan's Line Corp said its number of monthly active users fell from the previous quarter, its first such decline, underscoring the messaging app operator's struggles to grow outside its home country since last year's high-profile IPO.

- Reuters - US

Blindfold is a disturbing VR tale about the torture of journalists

Indie studio Ink Studios is unveiling its second game, Blindfold, at the Games for Change Festival on August 2. It's a tense virtual reality experience that gives players a first-person view of the inside of an interrogation room. After its North American debut at Games for Change, Blindfold will be available for free on ...

- VentureBeat - US

iRobot just banked a fat profit. And it knows how to make more: By selling maps of your homes

Roomba biz hopes to ink deals with Amazon et al Analysis Roomba maker iRobot recorded soaring sales and banked rising profits in the three months to July, according to figures revealed on Tuesday.…

- TheRegister - UK

Visa makes strategic investment in card processing startup Marqeta

Since 2010, Marqeta has quietly established itself as the underlying tech provider for businesses that are looking to issue virtual and physical debit and credit cards to employees, partners and customers alike. As it looks to expand internationally and sign up customers around the globe, the company has taken $25 ...

- TechCrunch - US

7 steps to baking AI into your business

GUEST: The slogan “AI first” is often used in keynote speeches, corporate agendas, and business writings. Google now considers itself an AI-first company, and AI-first design is raising its profile in the blogosphere.¬†But you have a business to run. So how do you practically approach AI first? Independent of ...

- VentureBeat - US

Stop living with computer viruses√ʬĬĒthe best antivirus software of 2017 is on sale right now

Bitdefender Antivirus software is the best available defense against cybercrime, and right now this cybersecurity software is on sale on Amazon.        

- USA TODAY - US

Google.org commits $50 million to help prepare people for the 'future of work'

Google.org is on a mission to help people find jobs, so it has pledged $50 million to fund nonprofit organizations that are focused on using technology to improve job searching, job matching, skill-building and all things job-related. “We also recognize that the way we work is changing, and we want to make sure ...

- TechCrunch - US

WalkMe raises $75M more for its AI-based on-screen guidance tech

More funding is rolling in for Israeli startups. Today, WalkMe , company that has built a cloud-based platform for businesses to make their web and mobile interfaces easier to navigate with on-screen guidance and prompts , has raised $75 million. It plans to use the funding to expand into newer markets like Japan, ...

- TechCrunch - US

Elon Musk shares footage of The Boring Company's first working car elevator

Elon Musk's Boring Company is getting closer to becoming a reality. The businessman conceived the idea in December in response to the pain of clogged up roads and traffic jams, and it has begun to take shape thanks to work carried out this summer. The basic idea is that underground tunnels can transport vehicles from A to ...

- TechCrunch - US

Apple ordered to pay $506 million to university in patent dispute

- A U.S. judge on Monday ordered Apple Inc to pay $506 million for infringing on a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's patent licensing arm, more than doubling the damages initially imposed on Apple by a jury.

- Reuters - US

RIP Flash: Adobe finally ready to pull the plug

Once-popular browser plugin will no longer be supported.        

- USA TODAY - US

We love Facebook because it lets us hate our friends

A new study from the Open University basically says the reason you can't quit Facebook is because it lets you hate all of your friends. Sean Dowling has more.        

- USA TODAY - US

Sensor-rich traffic info shows how far Silly Valley has to drive

You're not getting on this CAN bus The German auto cartel has flexed its muscles as Silicon Valley tries to encroach on its turf.…

- TheRegister - UK

Google tests Amazon-like Q&A section for local businesses

Google is testing a feature you're likely used to seeing on Amazon's listings. SEO Specialist Sergey Alakov has spotted an experimental Questions & Answers section inside search card results for local businesses. Like any other Google test featur...

- Engadget - US

Packet expands its global infrastructure with 11 new edge locations

Packet is quickly making a name for itself thanks to its unopinionated bare metal cloud. Today, the company is expanding its product portfolio with the launch of its new Edge Compute service in 15 data center locations around the world. Eleven of these locations are new and complement Packet's existing offerings in New ...

- TechCrunch - US

USB 3.2 doubles your connection speeds with the same port

Your future computer or phone will be capable of stupidly fast transfer speeds. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group unveiled the USB 3.2 specification that effectively doubles the current USB 3.1 spec by adding an extra lane. As such, it will allow for two la...

- Engadget - US

Time-rich netizens marshall ballot-stuffing bots against... Radio Times contest

Really? Internet ballot-stuffing has existed for as long as Rickrolling, if not longer, but it used to be a serious endeavour requiring a certain level of commitment, however misguided.…

- TheRegister - UK

Shred the Trails All Day Long With E-Mountain Bikes from Specialized and Riese & M√ľller

These electric rides aren't for lazy days on the trail.

- Wired Magazine - US

eBay announces computer vision search that helps you find items using photos

With artificial intelligence and machine learning seemingly permeating just about every facet of the online world, it comes as little surprise to learn that eBay has some similar tricks up its proverbial sleeves. The ecommerce juggernaut has announced two new computer vision features that are coming to its online shopping ...

- VentureBeat - US

Got bot? How to put it to work with Microsoft's Cortana Skills

This is not how Redmond got devs hooked on Windows Hands on Microsoft made a big deal of Cortana skills at its Build developer conference earlier this year ‚Äď the business of creating voice interactions with users via the digital assistant built into Windows 10 and also available for iOS and Android.‚Ķ

- TheRegister - UK

Logitech G533 review: An excellent wireless headset that's both attractive and affordable

The G533 makes an interesting counterpoint to its predecessors. Pull up pictures of 2016's G633 and G933 headset, the heirs apparent to Logitech's old G930‚ÄĒbulky air-traffic-controller silhouette, coffin-shaped earcups, RGB lighting, edgy accent decorations. The video game¬†aesthetic. Take all of that and throw it ...

- PCWorld.com - US

BitMixer shuts down to 'make Bitcoin ecosystem more clean'

GUEST: Bitcoin mixing service BitMixer announced Saturday that it was shutting down its operations effective immediately. In a statement on the Bitcointalk forum, the service's administrator cited altruism as the reason for the action. He wrote: I hope our decision will help to make Bitcoin ecosystem more clean and ...

- VentureBeat - US

O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

'Temporary measure' to cope with demand, apparently O2 has admitted to deliberately throttling its network as a "temporary measure" to combat the demand of Brits using free data roaming abroad.…

- TheRegister - UK

Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

Beeb bigwig reckons £75m saved in IT could help pay parity. What? Exclusive Hundreds of IT roles at the BBC are to be offshored to cheaper wage locations, under a £560m contract renewal coming into force with its incumbent outsourcing giant Atos.…

- TheRegister - UK

eBay announces computer vision search that helps you find items using photos

With artificial intelligence and machine learning seemingly permeating just about every facet of the online world, it comes as little surprise to learn that eBay has some similar tricks up its proverbial sleeve. The ecommerce juggernaut has announced two new computer vision features that are coming to its online shopping ...

- VentureBeat - US

O2 eases roaming strain by secretly throttling data speeds

On June 15th, mobile roaming was more or less abolished across the EU. Great news for anyone wanting to drum up Instagram envy with their holiday snaps, but it's easy to forget the technical challenges -- all of a sudden, cell towers have to deal wit...

- Engadget - US

HERE's Real-Time Traffic pools live data from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz cars

Mapping expert HERE is launching a Real-Time Traffic service that pulls aggregated data from sensors in Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles that are actually out driving the road, making it the first commercial traffic service of its kind that collects real-time information from vehicles from competing carmakers, according ...

- TechCrunch - US

Killing the Blue Whale Challenge

Social media companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr enabled the Blue Whale Challenge. They must do more to curb it.

- Wired Magazine - US

Musk vs. Zuck showdown over artificial intelligence

Facebook CEO says AI naysayers can be "irresponsible." Musk says Zuckerberg's knowledge of AI "limited."        

- USA TODAY - US

'Big, big, big': Trump tells paper Apple has plans for 3 U.S. plants

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, President Trump says Apple will build three manufacturing plants in the U.S.        

- USA TODAY - US

How to get paid for studying photos of Mark Zuckerberg

In the eyes of the world, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has grown from the leader of a startup begun in a Harvard dorm room to a father, husband, and quasi-world leader. He's also one of the richest and arguably most recognizable people alive. He regularly sits with heads of state and operates a company with†

- VentureBeat - US

Wall Street regulator sets sights on digital coin offerings

- Wall Street's main regulator said on Tuesday that initial coin offerings , a means of crowdfunding for blockchain technology companies, should be subject to the same safeguards required in traditional securities sales.

- Reuters - US

The Morning After: Wednesday, July 26th 2017

Welcome to your Wednesday morning. Today we explain how we'll try to stop killer robots, reveal some new gadgets from Motorola and look into the sketchier side of YouTube influencers.

- Engadget - US