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Weekly Rewind: Donate to charities with Apple Pay, hack a Google Pixel, get a pizza delivered by a drone

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it's almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from…
Deals

Alexa-exclusive Black Friday deals from Amazon available through Monday

Combining Prime membership, Alexa-capable voice devices, and 1-click shopping, Amazon is offering Alexa-only deals this holiday season. The disruptive online shopping giant adds exclusive voice-shopping deals to its bag of tricks.
Computing

Apple’s MacBook Pro ad has robots, drones, and hundreds of exploding lightbulbs

Apple has just rolled out a TV ad for its latest MacBook Pro, the one with the OLED Touch Bar. It's a lively, entertaining affair, and one the tech giant hopes will nudge consumers toward forking out for its latest laptop.
Computing

SpaceX wants to cover the globe with gigabit Wi-Fi using a fleet of satellites

An application filed with the Federal Communications Commission reveals that SpaceX wants to launch a fleet of satellites for global gigabit Wi-Fi. The service would first launch in the U.S., and go global once all satellites are in orbit.
Mobile

Report: A mysterious NYC skyscraper owned by AT&T was a key NSA surveillance site

Turns out that a mysterious building in New York City known as the AT&T Long Lines Building was actually one of the NSA's most valuable assets and was involved in mass surveillance programs, according to a report from The Intercept.
Social Media

Facebook acquires FacioMetrics to add special effects to photos and videos

Facebook is constantly expanding and changing to create a unique interactive experience for their users. Its latest acquisition, FacioMetrics, has the ability to track faces and recognize various emotions.
Home

Despite rising threats, Congress isn’t keen on creating a smart appliance regulatory agency

While speaking at a House hearing in mid-November, IBM advisor Bruce Schneier argued for the implementation of federal regulations and standards concerning appliances and devices connected to the internet.
Cool Tech

Spoiler Alert wants to reduce the amount of food we throw away

Meet Spoiler Alert, a startup that believes food is too precious a resource to be wasted. To that end, the company helps other companies use their leftovers in productive ways, facilitating food donations, discounted food sales…
Virtual Reality

'V' VR dashboard lets you watch videos while you're gaming

Although it only comes with Oculus Rift support in beta form at present, the V virtual reality dashboard has the potential to make VR much easier to use, as it lets you access social networking and streaming sites from the comfort…
Web

Save $20 on an Amazon Prime membership by joining on Friday

Anyone who uses Amazon even semi-regularly should have or at least considered getting Amazon Prime. The annual cost of a membership is normally $99, but on November 18 from 12:01 a.m. ET to 11:59 p.m. ET you can save $20!
Web

Sex or cybersecurity? Nearly four in 10 say they’d rather be secure

If given the choice between cybersecurity and sexual satisfaction, nearly 40 percent of Americans say they'd make a rather surprising choice. They'd rather give up sex for a year than live in fear of getting hacked.
Mobile

FCC actions suggest compliance with GOP request to cease rule changes

In line with a similar request by Democrats eight years ago when President Obama was elected, the FCC deleted a Thursday rule-making meeting agenda after a GOP request. The FCC will likely cease rules votes until the Trump inauguration.