Someone hacked the White House chief of staff’s personal phone

For months, White House chief of staff John Kelly has been compromised by digital attackers, according to a new report from Politico. The breach was discovered after Kelly reported functional glitches to White House tech support over the summer. It’s still unclear when the initial infection occurred, although the glitches had persisted for months. The infection was further described in a memo circulated by White House staff in September.

Notably, the compromised phone was Kelly’s personal device, rather than the secure phone issued by the government. The White House told Politico that Kelly rarely used the device since joining the administration, although even occasional use could have exposed sensitive government information to…

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Keanu Reeves tries to cheat death with clones in the first trailer for Replicas

The first trailer for Keanu Reeves’ upcoming sci-fi thriller Replicas was released at the New York Comic Con panel today, where he was joined by director Jeffrey Nachmanoff and producer Stephen Hamel. In the film, Reeves plays a neuroscientist named William Foster whose wife and three kids are killed in a car crash. With the help of his best friend and fellow scientist Ed Whittle (Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch), Reeves brings them back to life by cloning their bodies and transferring their consciousness. What could possibly go wrong?

The film appears to bring up moral and ethical questions involved in bringing the dead back to life, being confronted by technology, and running a shady family cloning business out of your basement….

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Facebook Messenger gets an Apple Music bot for full song streaming

Facebook today announced a new Apple Music integration for Messenger that allows you to stream full songs, a first for the social network’s messaging service. Prior to this partnership, you could build collaborative Spotify playlists inside Messenger group chats and Facebook’s digital AI assistant M would also recommend songs via Spotify based the content of your conversations. Yet you could not stream full songs, until today.

Now, you can only stream from within Messenger so long as you’re an Apple Music subscriber. If you’re not a subscriber, you can still stream and share 30-second snippets. You access Apple Music by clicking the “+” sign from a one-on-one or group chat in Messenger on mobile and navigating over to the Apple Music…

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Sony’s throwback PlayStation-themed snowboard actually looks awesome

Sony has partnered with winter and water sports brand Never Summer to manufacture a limited edition PlayStation 1-themed snowboard for reasons that are not quite clear. What is clear is that this board looks pretty rad actually. It has that late ‘90s video game hardware aesthetic, with the throwback PlayStation logo, bright color streaks, and a blown-up rectangular snippet of an original PSX image.

The top graphic even has those giant, round-shaped power and disc tray-opening buttons that scared small children, like myself, into thinking a laser would destroy their bedroom if they accidentally popped open the top with Final Fantasy IX still running.

Sony is selling a limited run of 100 boards for $ 500 apiece, and it lists a number of…

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How to control your Sonos speaker with an Amazon Echo

After working on the feature for several months and testing the waters with a private beta, yesterday Sonos announced that its customers are now welcome to try controlling their speaker with an Amazon Echo device. There are some obvious limitations with the way things work right now that you’ll want to know up front. First, you can’t play anything from Spotify using Alexa. That’s likely to change in the coming weeks, but it’s not there today. Other services like Apple Music don’t work either, but unlike Spotify, Sonos has given no indication that support for those is coming.

Getting your Echo and Sonos speakers to communicate is a multi-step process, and I actually had to search the internet to figure out how to do it. I’ll spare you…

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