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Project Ara: a project to build a phone that doesn’t cram everything into the smallest package, but one that lets you select and swap every important component. It’s a lot like the way many desktop computers still work — but for your pocket.


The search giant  Google will no longer automatically play advertisements made with Flash on its Chrome browser, the most popular Web browser in the world. in recent years, tech companies have criticized the software for being a battery hog and security vulnerability.  Amazon has also said , last week, that it would stop displaying Flash ads on its website, specifically because of the changes made by Google and existing policies by other Web browsers.

Facebook security chief Alex Stamos vented his frustration in a post on Twitter. “It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers to set killbits on the same day,” wrote Stamos. Likewise, Mozilla, which makes the popular browser Firefox, said it was blocking Flash in Firefox as a default.


The company’s CEO, John Legere, says they plan to crack down on data thieves in a recent blog post. He claimed the carrier will contact a small group of people believed to be stealing data because if their activities are left unchecked, it could negatively impact honest customers. T-Mobile offers “unlimited” high-speed data with an extra 7GB a month of tethering, a feature enabling users to use their phone as a Wi-Fi hot spot for internet access on other devices like laptops or tablets, but it is limited. Scammers  can rig the system by purchasing unlimited 4G data plans in order to receive a fixed amount of free data.  They then find ways to milk the tethering capabilities stealing up to 2 terabytes (2,000 gigabytes) of data per month.

The hackers can download apps to conceal tethered data usage. Hackers sometimes use rooted phones or a special code to mask suspicious tethering activity. Rooted phones allow hackers to access the fundamental permissions of the phone, and using them is similar to the programming Windows administrators use to configure their systems. Rooted phones enable users to run apps requiring access to specific system settings that enhance the mobile phone experience.

Legere plans to warn violating customers and possibly remove their access to data plans if they don’t stop cheating the system.Only about 3,000 of T-Mobile’s 59 million customers reportedly stole data through unauthorized tethering.

Goosebumps From Books To Film

Jack Black plays the film’s version of Stine, the author of the Goosebumps series of horror books for kids and young adults. When the new kid in town unwittingly opens one of Stine’s treasured novels, the fictional monsters within come to life and wreak havoc on their town:

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Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

A thousand pages to describe Scarlett’s three husbands and her struggles during the war.

Margaret Mitchell at the Gone With The Wind movie premiere party in Atlanta. © Bettmann/CORBIS, 1939

Boredom caused 25-year-old Margaret Mitchell to write 63 of the chapters. Mitchell was a journalist for the Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine. spending 10 years of her life working on the book, Mitchell didn’t really have much intention of publishing it. When a “friend” heard that she was considering writing a book (though in fact, it had been written), she said something to the effect of, “Imagine, you writing a book!” Annoyed, Mitchell took her massive manuscript to a Macmillan editor the next day. She later regretted the act and sent the editor a telegram saying, “Have changed my mind. Send manuscript back.”

Ralph Thompson, a book reviewer for The New York Times, was quite unimpressed with the book at first, saying “I happen to feel that the book would have been infinitely better had it been edited down to, say, 500 pages-”

At the end, Thompson admitted, “Any kind of first novel of over 1,000 pages is an achievement and for the research that was involved, and for the writing Itself, the author of Gone With the Wind deserves due recognition.”

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

After reading 200 pages of Infinite Jest, Michael Pietsch, Wallace’s editor at Little, Brown,told Wallace’s agent, “I want to do this book more than I want to breathe.”

Pietsch responded to the original 1,600-page manuscript of Infinite Jest with a letter to Wallace saying, “It’s exactly the challenge and adventure I came to book publishing to find.” He also suggested that Wallace make extensive cuts to the book, adding, “I’m still hoping there are ways to make the novel much shorter, not because any one piece of it isn’t wonderful but because the longer it is the more people will find excuses not to read it. On the attached pages I’ve suggested chapters and scenes that maybe can come out without killing the patient.” On Pietsch’s letter, Wallace circled that section and simply put a question mark by it.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Five Volumes —--Read On

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

 Originally published as Voyna i mir in 1865-69. War and Peace is about early 19th-century Russian society, noted for its mastery of realistic detail and variety of psychological analysis, and generally regarded as one of the world’s greatest novels. War and Peace is primarily concerned with the histories of five aristocratic families–particularly the Bezukhovs, the Bolkonskys, and the Rostovs–the members of which are portrayed against a vivid background of Russian social life during the war against Napoleon (1805-14).       Read On 

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden, often considered Steinbeck’s most ambitious novel, follows the intricate lives of two families, the Hamiltons, based on Steinbeck’s maternal ancestors, and the Trasks as they settle in California.


Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

The seed of the Rebecca story lay in Daphne du Maurier's jealousy of her husband's first fiancee

The seed of the Rebecca story lay in Daphne du Maurier’s jealousy of her husband’s first fiancee Photo: REX

YouTube’s Gaming


YouTube’s gaming set to launch September 2, 2015 as a standalone website and will also be available via apps on Android and iOS. The YouTube Gaming service will offer gamers more than 25,000 game-specific pages to let them quickly find game-related videos and other content. The service will also curate live-streams from thousands of gaming-related channels.

With YouTube Gaming service, the company also wants to make it easier for people to live-stream games on YouTube. The company has launched a new page called Stream, currently in beta, which gives users the option to start streaming at a personal URL.

YouTube Gaming will utilise HTML5 technology to stream content. It will also allow streamers to use a “DVR Mode.” DVR Mode will allow gamers to buffer last four hours of a stream and play it at a later time.

The new YouTube Gaming service will be launched on Web on YouTube’s new Gaming website and will be available in all countries where YouTube is available. The Android and iOS clients, on the other hand, will be released in the UK and USA on Wednesday, with other countries getting the support

Xbox One Elite Controller

it’s selling better than the Xbox 360 was, and it’s becoming an increasingly important part of Microsoft.  However Sony PS4,  has and will continue to  dominate current-gen console sales since day one. So Microsoft has more exclusives for this holiday season. So Sony & Microsoft are at arms race this season trying to run neck and neck.

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