There is no ‘gorilla channel’ book excerpt about Trump

Once more, it’s time to remind everyone that you should never take anything you see online — a screenshot, a picture, a piece of text — at face value. Today’s lesson comes to us via @pixelatedboat, better known as cartoonist Ben Ward, better known as the man who gifted us with the ubiquitous term “milkshake duck.” In response to the many circulating excerpts of Michael Wolff’s spicy new book about the Trump presidency, Fire and Fury, Ward posted a screenshot of his own.

Of course, Ward’s was fake.

In Ward’s screenshot, he includes information on how President Trump bemoaned the lack of a “gorilla channel,” and how aides subsequently scrambled to rig something together for the temperamental commander in chief.

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Fitbit has invested $6 million in glucose-monitoring startup Sano

Fitbit has invested $ 6 million in a glucose-monitoring startup called Sano, in what appears to be part of Fitbit’s larger plans to make its fitness devices more valuable for overall health.

The investment was first reported by CNBC earlier today; The Verge independently confirmed the investment.

Sano, founded in 2011, is a San Francisco-based company that has been working on what it describes as a minimally invasive, continuous glucose monitor, one you’d wear on your skin like a patch. The product doesn’t appear to have shipped yet, and it’s unclear whether this would be sold directly to consumers or whether it will require FDA approval. That depends on what kind of claims the company is making about the technology.

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Intel facing multiple class action suits over chip security flaw

Intel is facing at least three class action lawsuits over a recently revealed security flaw. The complaints, published by Gizmodo, were filed in Oregon, California, and Indiana by owners of Intel CPU-based computers. They allege that the vulnerability, which Intel learned about several months ago, makes its chips inherently faulty. Intel has helped provide security patches, but the complaints raise concerns that these patches will hurt computer performance, and aren’t an adequate response to the problem.

Researchers revealed two major CPU bugs, dubbed Spectre and Meltdown, earlier this week. The Meltdown flaw is specific to Intel chips, and it strikes at the heart of how CPUs process information. Security patches offer a workaround, but T…

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Samsung updates the Notebook 7 Spin with faster processors and stylus support

Samsung released the original Notebook 7 Spin back in 2016, and while it didn’t exactly make waves when it came to design, it at least offered plenty of power at an affordable price. And ahead of CES this year, Samsung is announcing an updated version of the Notebook 7 Spin that adds a quad-core eight-gen Intel Core i5 processor and support for an Active Pen stylus, while also cutting down on the weight for a lighter design.

Like the first generation Notebook 7 Spin, the updated model also offers a 360-degree rotating display — with the added stylus support, the ability to turn it into a tablet becomes a lot more useful. Although it should be noted that Samsung is selling the Active Pen separately. Along with the more powerful…

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These sunglasses record video like Spectacles but can post straight to Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram

Remember Spectacles, Snapchat’s video-recording sunglasses that debuted to great fanfare only for the company to lose $ 40 million after sales cratered? Well, another company is taking a chance on the concept with a pair of smart sunglasses called ACE Eyewear. While Spectacles could only post directly to Snapchat, wearers can use ACE Eyewear to live stream video and post clips and stills to Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube via a smartphone app.

Made by Acton (a company known for its electric skateboards), the sunglasses can take 8-megapixel photos and capture HD video. The camera view is a wide 120-degrees, and you take photos or start recording video by clicking the shutter button on the top left-hand side of the frame.

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Boston startup Starry expands its wireless broadband beta service to LA and DC

Today, internet service provider Starry announced it would be rolling out its wireless broadband service to Los Angeles and Washington, DC, with the two cities joining Boston as the first to support the service, according to Multichannel. Like the initial Boston rollout, Starry’s service will be available in select areas of the cities to start, and it will expand over time as the company builds out its infrastructure.

Starry uses local antennas to beam internet directly using millimeter wave band technology — the same short-range, high-speed frequency range that 5G technology will be relying on, although Starry predates the formal 5G standard and isn’t technically 5G. For now, the company is only promising 200 Mbps download speeds, but…

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Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine may leave the company in August

Jimmy Iovine may depart his post as head of Apple’s music streaming service in August of this year, according to a report from Billboard today. The timing coincides with Iovine’s Apple shares fully vesting, the report says, following Iovine and Dr. Dre’s sale of headphone maker Beats to Apple in 2014 for $ 3 billion. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Under Iovine, Apple Music has grown to 30 million paid users, putting its popularity at a little under half of Spotify’s 70 million monthly paid subscribers, a milestone the Swedish-based music streaming service announced earlier today. Still, that Apple was able to build its streaming service to that size in such a short period of time, effectively keeping pace…

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New Year’s Day was another record-setting day for Apple’s App Store

Apple just released its end-of-year App Store numbers for 2017 and the first day of the new year, and the holiday season was once again a boon in terms of app purchases.

During the week-long period of December 24 to December 31, 2017, Apple customers spent over $ 890 million on apps or purchases within apps. And on New Years Day alone, people spent $ 300 million in the App Store, beating out last year’s record-setting number of $ 240 million in purchases on January 1, 2017.

That means there were more than a billion dollars total in App Store purchases made during the holidays, a not-insignificant amount, especially when you consider third-party research reports that suggest the majority of smartphone users in the US download zero new apps…

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Apple confirms all Mac and iOS devices are affected by Meltdown and Spectre bugs

Apple confirmed on Thursday that all Mac and iOS devices are affected by the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws that have roiled the computing industry for the past 24 hours, resulting in a race to patch operating systems and cloud computing infrastructure at the highest levels.

“‘All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time,” the company writes in a blog post. “Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store.”

Apple was one of the last remaining holdouts to speak up about Meltdown and Spectre, although it was already widely believed Apple…

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LG’s first 4K projector can beam a 150-inch picture onto your wall

LG isn’t waiting until CES to reveal one of its high-end living room gadgets for 2018: it’s a 4K HDR projector. LG claims the new UHD projector is roughly half the size of competing 4K options on the market, many of which are “heavy, expensive, and difficult to install” according to the company.

The HU80KA, by contrast, is being pitched as an “affordable yet premium device” that can output a 150-inch picture in any room of your house. That picture can get awfully bright, too; LG says it tops out at 2,500 lumens, which makes it the company’s brightest projector yet and puts it on par with what’s on the market today.

On top of the 4K resolution, you also get support for HDR video with HDR10. (There’s no mention of Dolby Vision, sadly.)…

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