The Morning After: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Yo, I heard you liked the OnePlus 3Review: OnePlus 3T

The Morning After: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Even though its predecessor is just six months old, Cherlynn Low found the OnePlus 3T “a refinement that not only feels timely, but also well-planned and executed.” It’s missing Android 7.0 Nougat and expandable storage options, but adding an upgraded processor to match the Google Pixel, a slightly larger battery and a new front camera for just $40 extra makes this phone a pretty good deal.


Stop us if you’ve heard this one beforeInstagram adds live video and Snapchat-style disappearing photos

Facebook’s quest to offer a version of every Snapchat feature continues with the latest Instagram update. Now, users can send disappearing messages through Instagram Direct, potentially making your next headfirst slide into the DMs less risky. There’s also built-in support for live video, which works a lot like Facebook Lives, except inside Instagram.


Choose the Mad Max: High Octane Collection — trust usHoliday Gift Guide 2016: The Movie Buff

The Morning After: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Friends don’t let friends struggle with their home theater setups. Whether you’re ready to spend a lot or just a little, we have a few ideas about what gifts to put in your favorite videophile’s stocking.


Snapbot sightedSnapchat Spectacles have arrived in NYC

The Morning After: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

So far, Snapchat’s camera-infused sunglasses have been a West Coast-only thing, now they’re in the Big Apple. If you’re willing to try your luck, head to the Spectacles pop-up shop at 5 East 59th Street in Upper Midtown Manhattan and prepare to wait in line. The store will be open through New Year’s Eve (but closed 11/24, 12/24 and 12/25) so you will have a full month of opportunities.


At least they’re not explodingApple is replacing some iPhone 6s batteries

Just last week, Apple announced a repair program for the iPhone 6 Plus and its “touch disease,” and now it’s facing a problem with the iPhone 6. The company says a “small number” of handsets have a battery fault that causes them to spontaneously shut down. If your device was manufactured between September and October 2015, then you may be in line for a replacement or a credit.


Not what you’d expect for the holidays.Jony Ive and Marc Newson’s latest project is a… Christmas tree?

The Morning After: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

It doesn’t have a headphone jack or Christmas lights.


The missing detailNTSB is investigating the first flight of Facebook’s Aquila drone

When Facebook announced its “successful” first flight of the Aquila internet drone on June 28th, it mentioned a “structural failure” just before landing. That may have been worthy of more than a footnote, however, since the NTSB has classified it as an accident.

But wait, there’s more…

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Chase Pay’s QR code-powered app only works at two stores

Now, many phones come with NFC built-in, so having a system where you press the Pay button and a QR code pops up on the screen isn’t really easier to use, even though it will work on any iPhone since iPhone 5, and any Android device running at least Android 4.1. Because it’s only available via one bank, and at the terminals of a couple of retailers, it’s hard to imagine that many people adopting it very quickly (oh, and it’s already suffered one security breach). Three years ago, Chase eagerly supported Isis (which changed its name to SoftCard for obvious reasons), before the mobile carriers gave up on that, and this could be a repeat of that situation.

Philips and Conoco gas stations are on the list of future retailers, but it’s still looking bleak. If you really want to try it out, the FAQ is here, and the Chase Pay app can be found both on iTunes and Google Play.

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Scientists’ realistic lab-grown gut tissue thrives in mice

Jim Wells, one of the researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio, said:

“I feel this is one of the most complex tissues to have been engineered. It has the inner lining that does all the absorption of nutrients and secretion of digestive juices, fully functional muscles that propel the food through the gut, and nerves that control the pulsed muscle movement.”

To test if their creation works, they grafted small patches of it into the kidneys of live mice. They found that the tissue survived just fine inside the animals, and the mice’s body even supplied it with blood and immune cells, even if the scientists didn’t create a blood supply for the tissue. If the same thing happens inside the human body, then doctors can use the material for patients who need it.

At this point in the time, the researchers are testing two-centimeter tubes made with the material. However, they’re thinking of extending the tubes to 10 centimeters, so they can be used to extend the gastrointestinal tracts of babies with short bowel syndrome. Adults would need longer tubes than that, so it might take much longer to develop transplants for full-grown humans. The team also believes the material can help them look into inflammatory bowel and Crohn’s diseases more closely and figure out how to help people with those conditions.

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Classic ‘Ninja Gaiden’ scores earn a deluxe remaster next year

Say what you will about the trend of gaming soundtracks being released on vinyl (I’ve already chimed in), but the upside is that the business move can expose classic tracks to a new audience. Take the brutally difficult Ninja Gaiden, for example. The game originally came out in 1988, so there’s an entire generation of folks who have likely never heard the lauded chiptunes before. The same team responsible for last year’s Street Fighter II vinyl edition, Brave Wave, is at the helm for a remastered version of composer Keiji Yamagishi’s first-ever score, according to The Verge.

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Study: most students can’t spot fake news

Why did many of the students misjudge the authenticity of a story? They were fixated on the appearance of legitimacy, rather than the quality of information. A large photo or a lot of detail was enough to make a Twitter post seem credible, even if the actual content was incomplete or wrong. There are plenty of adults who respond this way, we’d add, but students are more vulnerable than most.

As the Wall Street Journal explains, part of the solution is simply better education: teach students to verify sources, question motivations and otherwise think critically. That’s happening in some schools. However, the data also illustrates the responsibilities that internet companies and parents share in keeping a lid on fake news. Facebook and Google can help by taking down these stories or depriving their creators of ad money, but parents also need to talk about accuracy and prevent younger kids from accessing sites with significant accuracy problems.

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Trump subs in a YouTube address for a press conference

Trump has yet to give a formal press conference since his acceptance speech. Instead of being subject to fact-checking questions from the press, he opted for an under-three-minute, direct-to-audience, pre-recorded YouTube video. He used a similar tactic when responding to the infamous 2005 Access Hollywood video that surfaced in October.

It’s worth noting that while the Obama administration released weekly videos such as this, he also held a formal press conference laying out his transition team’s plans on November 7th, 2008 — three days after election day. Trump’s hopefully could still happen, but given his relationship with the media and his disregard for facts, him saying he’d provide “more updates in the coming days” doesn’t sound like it’ll be anytime soon.

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NASA demonstrates EM Drive theory, but don’t get too excited

An EM Drive produces thrust without fuel, instead using microwaves that bounce around a conical, enclosed device. According to the theory, the momentum of those bouncing microwaves is higher at the wide end of the engine, which means the whole system should experience thrust. Eagleworks researchers demonstrated this theory with their recent experiments, generating a force of 1.2 ± 0.1 mN/kW, which is “significantly higher than what you would expect from photon thrust,” according to astronomer Scott Manley.

Now that the methodology has passed peer review, the debate over the feasibility of an EM Drive is back in full swing. If humans harnessed this kind of power, it could enable rapid-fire space travel. We’re talking trips to Mars in 41 days here. However, this thing is called the “impossible drive” for good reason: It breaks a few laws of physics, including conservation of momentum and Newton’s Third Law.

The Eagleworks paper is not proof that the EM Drive is possible. Researchers note that they can’t account for all potential sources of error and there’s still no explanation for the thrust they observed. A peer-reviewed paper is, if nothing else, a flicker of hope and a call for more experimentation.

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What’s on your TV: ‘Gilmore Girls,’ ‘3%’

Blu-ray & Games & Streaming

  • Kubo and the Two Strings (3D)
  • C.H.U.D.
  • War Dogs (4K)
  • To Live and Die in LA
  • Poldark (S2)
  • One-Eyed Jacks (Criterion)
  • Mechanic: Resurrection (4K)
  • Punch-Drunk Love (Criterion)
  • Better Call Saul (S2)
  • NBA 2K VR (PS4)
  • The Division: Survival DLC (Xbox One, PC)
  • Overcooked: Gourmet Edition (PS4, Xbox One)
  • I, Zombie (PS4)
  • Samurai Shodown VI (PS4)

Monday

  • Monday Night Football: Texans/Raiders, ESPN, 8:15PM
  • Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing, HBO, 8PM
  • Supergirl , CW, 8PM
  • Kevin Can Wait, CBS, 8PM
  • Gotham, Fox, 8PM
  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM
  • Dancing With the Stars, ABC, 8PM
  • WWE Raw, USA, 8PM
  • X Factor UK, Axs, 8PM
  • Man with a Plan, CBS, 8:30PM
  • American Dad, TBS, 8:30PM
  • The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade, Investigation Discovery, 9PM
  • Mars, National Geographic Channel, 9PM
  • Jane the Virgin, CW, 9PM
  • 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 9PM
  • Lucifer, Fox, 9PM
  • The Odd Couple, CBS, 9:30PM
  • Big Brother: Over the Top, CBS All Access, 10PM
  • Explorer, National Geographic Channel, 10PM
  • Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music , PBS, 10PM
  • Scorpion, CBS, 10PM
  • Timeless, NBC, 10PM
  • Conviction, ABC, 10PM
  • Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11PM
  • StarTalk, National Geographic Channel, 11PM

Tuesday

  • Mercy, Netflix, 3AM
  • WWE Smackdown, USA, 8PM
  • Tackle My Ride, NFL Network, 8PM
  • The Flash, CW, 8PM
  • Brooklyn Nine-nine, Fox, 8PM
  • NCIS, CBS, 8PM
  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM
  • WWE Smackdown, USA, 8PM
  • The Middle, ABC, 8PM
  • Black America Since MLK, PBS, 8PM
  • New Girl, Fox, 8:30PM
  • American Housewife, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Dancing with the Stars (season finale), ABC, 9PM
  • Bull, CBS, 9PM
  • Good Behavior, TNT, 9PM
  • Teen Wolf, MTV, 9PM
  • No Tomorrow, CW, 9PM
  • Inside the NFL, Showtime 9PM
  • The Gary Owen Show, BET, 9:30PM
  • NCIS: NO, CBS, 10PM
  • Shooter, USA, 10PM
  • Sweet/Vicious, MTV, 10PM
  • Hitler: The Opportunist (series premiere), AHC, 10PM
  • Soundbreaking, PBS, 10PM
  • Aftermath, Syfy, 10PM
  • A Season with Florida State Football, Showtime, 10PM
  • Drunk History, Comedy Central, 10:30PM
  • Cyberwar, Viceland, 10:30PM
  • The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (season finale), Comedy Central, 12AM

Wednesday

  • Chance, Hulu, 3AM
  • Arrow, CW, 8PM
  • Macy’s 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade Special, NBC, 8PM
  • Lethal Weapon, Fox, 8PM
  • The Goldbergs, ABC, 8PM
  • Survivor, CBS, 8PM
  • Speechless, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Chicago PD, NBC, 9 & 10PM
  • Criminal Minds, CBS,9PM
  • Empire, Fox, 9PM
  • Modern Family, ABC, 9PM
  • NFL Turning Point, NBC Sports Network, 9PM
  • Frequency, CW, 9PM
  • Black-ish, ABC, 9:30PM
  • Soundbreaking (season finale), PBS, 10PM
  • The Real World, MTV, 10PM
  • Neighborhood Sessions, TNT, 10PM
  • That Awkward Game Show, Spike TV, 10PM
  • Code Black, CBS, 10PM
  • Designated Survivor, ABC, 10PM
  • South Park, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, Viceland, 10PM
  • Rectify, Sundance, 10PM
  • Impastor, TV Land, 10:30PM
  • Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11PM
  • True Life: I’m an Adult Baby, MTV, 11PM

Thursday

  • The Grand Tour, Amazon Prime, 7PM
  • Steelers/Colts football, NBC, 8:25PM
  • Disney Magical Holiday Celebration, ABC, 8PM
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, CW, 8PM
  • The Great Indoors, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Mom, CBS, 9PM
  • Life in Pieces, CBS, 9:30PM
  • Pure Genius, CBS, 10PM
  • Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11PM
  • This is Not Happening, Comedy Central, 12:30AM

Friday

  • 3% (S1), Netflix, 3AM
  • Gilmore Girls (S8), 3AM
  • Michael Che Matters, Netflix, 3AM
  • If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie, Amazon Prime, 3AM
  • Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day, Amazon Prime, 3AM
  • An American Girl Story – Maryellen, Amazon Prime, 3AM
  • A Football Life: Chuck Noll, NFL Network, 9PM
  • Z Nation, Syfy, 9PM
  • Van Helsing, Syfy, 10PM
  • Tracey Ullman’s Show, HBO, 11PM

Saturday

  • Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks, BBC America, 8:25PM
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, BBC America, 9PM

Sunday

  • Chiefs/Broncos Sunday Night Football, NBC, 8:20PM
  • 60 Minutes, CBS, 7:30PM
  • 2016 Soul Train Awards,BET, 8PM
  • The Librarians, TNT, 8PM
  • Once Upon A Time, ABC, 8PM
  • NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 8PM
  • Bob’s Burgers, Fox, 8:30PM
  • NCIS: LA, CBS, 8:30PM
  • The Walking Dead, AMC, 9PM
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, CNN, 9PM
  • Westworld, HBO, 9PM
  • Alaska: The Last Frontier, Discovery, 9PM
  • Poldark, PBS, 9PM
  • Secrets and Lies, ABC, 9PM
  • Shameless, Showtime, 9PM
  • Berlin Station, Epix, 9PM
  • The Last Man on Earth, Fox, 9:30PM
  • Madam Secretary, CBS, 9:30PM
  • The Affair, Showtime, 10PM
  • Quantico (fall finale), ABC, 10PM
  • Edge of Alaska, Discovery, 10PM
  • Eyewitness, USA, 10PM
  • Graves, Epix, 10PM
  • Divorce, HBO, 10PM
  • Talking Dead, AMC, 10PM
  • Elementary, CBS, 10:30PM
  • Insecure (season finale), HBO, 10:30PM

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4K Netflix is finally available on Windows 10 PCs

The catch: you’ll need a new or new-ish Windows 10 PC with a seventh-gen Intel Kaby Lake processor and 4K display to take advantage. So, your options are basically limited to the Lenovo Yoga 910 and a handful of gaming laptops and desktop machines at the moment. Assuming your hardware is good to go, you’ll also need to upgrade to the $12 monthly Premium subscription with Ultra HD streaming. Users with older Home Theater PCs are still out of luck, unfortunately.

On the bright side, the new partnership with Netflix — which includes getting Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in 4K a few days before everyone else — gives Redmond the opportunity to tout battery life improvements they’ve made to their very own Edge browser. According to Microsoft, you’ll be able to squeeze in one more episode before your battery dies if you’re streaming on Edge instead of Chrome. Of course, a Chromecast Ultra would also do the trick.

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Adidas’ latest innovation is a pair of biodegradable sneakers

The material comes from German company AMSilk, where Wired reports it’s made in a lab by fermenting genetically modified bacteria that is then spun into thread with a high tensile strength. The Biosteel gives the Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric, as they’re calling them, a bit of an understated gold tint and they ride on top of the same Ultra Boost sole as the rest of Adidas’ flagship line, so the company says you should be able to get a solid two years of hard use out of them. Although they’re still in the prototype stage at the moment, Adidas hopes to have a them on store shelves sometime next year.

But the real kicker here is how you get rid of them when they’ve finally blown out: since they’re made from biological materials, the Futurecraft Biofabric can also be broken down with the help of a special enzyme, also made by AMSilk. As Adidas global creative director James Carnes told Wired, a small packet of the enzyme solution is enough to safely dissolve your worn sneakers in your kitchen sink at home. No garbage disposal necessary.

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