Google sets its sights on the iPhone with HTC deal

The Verge Google sets its sights on the iPhone with HTC dealThe VergeOf the three most influential companies in smartphone design, Nokia fragmented into a million pieces after being bought out by Microsoft, Apple is still going strong, and Google just bought the third with its $1.1 billion deal with HTC. The reason why …What if the Google-HTC deal is actually about voice assistants?EngadgetThe 2 key reasons behind the $1.1 billion Google-HTC smartphone dealBusiness InsiderWhy Google is spending $1.1 billion to acqhire 2000 HTC engineersRecodePCWorld -Motley Fool -Los Angeles Times -Tom’s Guide

Facebook’s Frankenstein Moment

New York Times Facebook's Frankenstein MomentNew York TimesVictor Frankenstein, looking over a creature he had made, eventually realized that he couldn't control his creation. Credit Hammer Film, via Photofest. On Wednesday, in response to a ProPublica report that Facebook enabled advertisers to target users …Mark Zuckerberg Outlines Facebook's Plan to Fight Russian Election HackingFortuneFacebook Releasing Thousands Of Russian Influence Ads To CongressMediaPost CommunicationsFacebook to Provide to Congress 3000 Ads Bought by a Russian AgencyNBC Bay AreaNDTV -Gizmodo -Dayton Daily News -Metro US

Bose’s New Headphones Come With Google Assistant

Fortune Bose's New Headphones Come With Google AssistantFortuneThe audio equipment company debuted its QC35 II headphones on Thursday that are compatible with Google Assistant, the search giant's voice-activated digital assistant. Google (goog, +0.09%), like other big tech companies including Apple (aapl, -1.74%) …Bose tees up an Apple AirPods competitor, the SoundSport FreeMashableBose debuts new Google Assistant-optimized noise cancelling headphonesTechCrunchThe Bose headphones with Google Assistant are official nowThe VergeEngadget -CNET -Digital Trends -Droid Life

‘Doom’ for the Nintendo Switch feels exactly like it’s supposed to

Engadget 'Doom' for the Nintendo Switch feels exactly like it's supposed toEngadgetWhen Nintendo announced the launch of the Switch by using footage from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it was a surprise — but a reasonable one. Bethesda's open-world adventure game was beloved, but old enough that a port to Nintendo's new console …Doom on Switch Is Definitely Still DoomIGNDoom on the Switch is real Doom … on the SwitchPolygonThe Nintendo Switch can handle Doom with all its blood and gutsVentureBeatGameSpot -Geek -SlashGear

Hack of Wall St. regulator rattles investors, lawmakers

Reuters Hack of Wall St. regulator rattles investors, lawmakersReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wall Street's top regulator came under fire on Thursday about its cyber security and disclosure practices after admitting hackers had breached its database of corporate announcements in 2016 and may have used it for insider …An SEC hack may have resulted in illicit trading, chairman saysTechRepublic

Apple will bring back iPhone’s 3D Touch multitasking gesture in future iOS 11 update

The Verge Apple will bring back iPhone's 3D Touch multitasking gesture in future iOS 11 updateThe VergeApple executive Craig Federighi has apparently confirmed that a popular 3D Touch gesture for the iPhone that was removed in iOS 11.0 will be returning in an upcoming software update. The gesture was a quick way of getting to the multitasking screen …Toronto police ask iPhone users not to test iOS 11 security feature that dials 9-1-1AppleInsider (press release) (blog)Uber users on iPhones can now block the app from always tracking their location, thanks to Apple's new iOS updateBusiness InsiderHere Are The iPad Apps That Show Off iOS 11's New Drag-And-Drop FeatureFast CompanySlashGear -PCMag -BGR -Fortune

Samsung Galaxy S9 Video Camera Tipped To Be 4 Times Faster Than iPhone X

Forbes Samsung Galaxy S9 Video Camera Tipped To Be 4 Times Faster Than iPhone XForbesSamsung has long been at the top of its game when it comes to camera performance and now its video performance could be about to get a whole lot more exciting for the Galaxy S and Note ranges. According to a report this week in etnews, Samsung has …PSA: 2016 Galaxy A3 Nougat Update Causes Charging IssuesAndroid HeadlinesGalaxy S9's camera likely a speed-master for slo-moSlashGearSamsung Galaxy Note 8 vs OnePlus 5Phone ArenaPhys.Org -Neowin -NDTV

Apple TV 4K review: so close, so far

The Verge Apple TV 4K review: so close, so farThe VergeListeners of The Vergecast know that I've been ridiculously excited about the new Apple TV 4K for weeks now, because there isn't a great standalone streaming device that supports Dolby Vision 4K HDR and the new Dolby Atmos surround sound format.Apple TV 4K impressions positive, depending on how bought-in users are to iTunesAppleInsider (press release) (blog)The Good and Bad in Apple TV 4K: Everything You Need to KnowFortuneApple TV 4K Reviews: Expensive But With Cheaper 4K Movies, Some Limitations Like 1080p YouTubeMac RumorsEngadget -CNET -Washington Post -KOMO News

The Xbox One is getting the Xbox 1’s Duke controller (and Windows 10 too)

The Indian Express The Xbox One is getting the Xbox 1's Duke controller (and Windows 10 too)PCWorldIt's one of the last oddities of gaming: The “Duke” controller. I first saw one in an FYE store, probably in December of 2001. There was one of those demo stations that used to be in every electronics store, this one an original Xbox—brand-new at the …Original Xbox's huge controller is returning for current platformsEngadgetXbox One's Duke controller is a massive blast from the pastSlashGearXbox One X: The futuristic console with an eye on the pastIndependent.ieCinema Blend -Mashable -GamesRadar -Polygon