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Affinity Photo for Windows launches alongside major Mac update

Affinity Photo for Windows launches alongside major Mac update

Serif’s inexpensive feature-heavy alternative to Photoshop, Affinity Photo, has officially arrived on Windows. This version brings the same slew of features we find in the macOS version, including the new features from Mac update 1.5, at a discounted rate until December 22. The app offers pro-level image editing, including the new ability to edit 360-degree images, and as we've previously noted, it'll soon be joined by an iPad version.

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US surgeon general: teens are vaping, and that’s a problem

US surgeon general: teens are vaping, and that’s a problem

Though some studies have found that e-cigarettes are less dangerous than traditional tobacco cigarettes, they’re still more harmful than not smoking at all, and that’s why a new report from the U.S. surgeon general is worrisome: teens are smoking in large numbers. According to the report, ‘vaping’ electronic cigarettes has ‘increased considerably’ among teenagers in the past few years, with more than 30-percent of youths having at least tried the devices.

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Samsung scores re-do on Apple’s $400m copycat patent payout

Samsung scores re-do on Apple’s $400m copycat patent payout

Samsung's $400m damages pay-out to Apple for copying the iPhone design has been overturned, with the US Supreme Court sending the ruling back for reassessment. The court agreed to hear Samsung's complaint earlier this year, with Samsung arguing that Apple's argument that various models of the South Korean firm's phones and tablets infringed patented features like a rectangular devices with rounded corners had led to a miscalculation in what damages should be owed. Now, the Federal Circuit will again rule on whether that $400m figure is the most appropriate.

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Pokemon GO Christmas Event: Update reported on Snorlax and XP-bonus

Pokemon GO Christmas Event: Update reported on Snorlax and XP-bonus

Niantic is expected to hold a holiday season event right around Christmas this year for Pokemon GO. Previous events suggest that the next event will have at least two bonuses for users around the world: XP and Stardust. What we're still hammering out is whether Niantic will once again bring a spawn-wave of rare Pokemon like Snorlax, the sleepy Pokemon. This may or may not have to do with the amount of food celebratory Americans will be consuming on the 24th and 25th of December.

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Philip Morris’ new smoking gadget could replace its own cigarettes

Philip Morris’ new smoking gadget could replace its own cigarettes

Philip Morris has introduced a new smoking gizmo called iQOS, and it could one day replace the company's own tobacco cigarettes. The company introduced the product in the UK recently, describing it as a small electronic gadget that works by vaporizing tobacco rather than burning it. By doing this, per the claims, users will inhale the same amount of nicotine as they get from a cigarette, but without all the toxins and carcinogens in tobacco smoke.

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Sling TV’s new cloud DVR solves its biggest problem

Sling TV’s new cloud DVR solves its biggest problem

Sling TV has addressed its biggest problem with the unveiling of a new cloud DVR feature, the same type of DVR offered by competitor PlayStation Vue. The news comes shortly after Sony dropped Viacom channels from its own service -- the same channels still offered by Sling TV -- making it a prime opportunity for parent company Dish Network to poach some of Sony's now-disgruntled customers. The new feature's announcement also slips in just ahead DirecTV NOW's launch.

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Reddit revolts after CEO admits to secretly editing user posts

Reddit revolts after CEO admits to secretly editing user posts

Reddit users are still revolting following an admission by company CEO Steve Huffman that he edited some posts to make it appear users were angry with /r/The_Donald mods rather than himself. Huffman, who goes by the Reddit handle /u/spez, admitted to editing the posts after being called out by users, though he didn't exactly apologize, instead excusing it as the result of a 'long week' and hurt feelings.

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Tesla grabs top Microsoft HoloLens designer

Tesla grabs top Microsoft HoloLens designer

Tesla has snagged one of Microsoft's top designers, with former HoloLens industrial designer Andrew Kim leaving to join the electric car company. Kim will take up the role of Lead Designer at Tesla, his LinkedIn confirms. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, the designer spent three and a half years at Microsoft.

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Confederate time capsule found, contents mostly destroyed

Confederate time capsule found, contents mostly destroyed

An unexpected Confederate time capsule was found beneath the Confederate monument near the University of Louisville, but unfortunately it doesn’t hold any well-preserved treasure. The contents in the box are probably destroyed, according to the city mayor, as the capsule itself was waterlogged. The time capsule is made of brass, per initial reports, and was only half a foot beneath the monument. The discovery was made yesterday during construction work.

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McLaren on Apple talks: company never made ‘definitive proposition’

McLaren on Apple talks: company never made ‘definitive proposition’

In September, a report from the Financial Times suggested Apple was interested in either a 'strategic investment' or outright acquisition of McLaren, something that would reportedly get Apple's codenamed Project Titan back on track. That report itself was followed up with a couple other reports confirming the same news, but now we have word from McLaren itself: Apple never made a 'definitive proposition' to the company.

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Mark Zuckerberg details Facebook fake news manifesto

Mark Zuckerberg details Facebook fake news manifesto

With fake news overwhelming the Facebook news feed, Mark Zuckerberg has laid out his plan for tackling the made-up stories that have punctuated the recent US election. Zuckerberg, who is in Lima for the APEC summit, outlined his intentions on the controversial topic this weekend - in, unsurprisingly, a Facebook post - after widespread criticism over the past months. It's a significant departure from the social network's previous comments on click-bait articles.

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Microsoft executives’ bonuses may be tied to diversity numbers

Microsoft executives’ bonuses may be tied to diversity numbers

While Microsoft has seen a ‘very modest’ gain in the number of racial minorities it employs, the percentage of women working for the company has been on the downswing, and so the company is buckling down on the issue. According to a new report, Microsoft will tie its executives’ bonuses to the company’s overall diversity goals. Fail to reach diversity goals and some executives may not see their fall bonuses.

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