Huawei Mate 8 is a 6-inch behemoth with plenty of battery life



You know who’s been the world’s third biggest smartphone manufacturer for nearly three years? Huawei, that’s who. Despite strong competition from Chinese peers Xiaomi and Lenovo, the company just keeps on churning out solid handsets, both in China and overseas

Its latest flagship, the 6-inch Huawei Mate 8, might be too big for some, but otherwise packs a lot of punch, specs-wise, and not at the expense of battery life

First, the specs: The Mate 8 comes with a Kirin 950 octa-core processor and a Mali T880MP4 graphics co-processor. On the back, you’ll find a fingerprint reader and a 16-megapixel camera; there’s a 8-megapixel one on the front. The all-aluminum phone comes in several configurations; 3 or 4GB of RAM and 32/64/128GB of storage memory. Read more…

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What not to buy this Black Friday



Black Friday, which in this holiday week actually kicks off on Thursday, is stuffed like your roasted bird full of amazing deals. But not all deals are made alike. Some are not as good as you thought, a few are appalling and some simply insult your intelligence.

These are my top bad Black Friday deal examples — all pulled straight from local circulars of big-name retailers — of the kinds of deals you should avoid in the next 48 hours (you’ll probably want to keep this story handy on Cyber Monday, too).

Portable DVD Players


No, this is not an ad from 1999. I pulled this one from a circular yesterday. It’s for one of the world’s ugliest portable DVD players. This one is special because it’s an overhead unit that can go in your car (or, perhaps) your kitchen. It’s 9-inches of overpriced ugh. Read more…

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This iPhone video goes behind the scenes of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade



Tons of work goes into making the parade happen, and this video shows everything from the set, to the dance routines to the inflating of the infamous balloons

For info on how the video was made, read more: Read more…

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Watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade come together in exclusive iPhone video



Want to see how the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade comes together? Photographer and videographer Kevin Lu got exclusive access and he put together this fantastic video to show off the behind-the-scenes work that goes into the big event.

A lot of work goes into making the parade, well, the parade. Lu managed to capture many of the most intimate moments — including the inflating of the famous parade balloons.

Lu has made a name for himself on Instagram (he’s @sweatengine) and he shot the video on an iPhone 6S Plus using the native camera app Read more…

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Uber Chases The Perfect Ride With Back-To-Back Trips

shutterstock_6701266 There’s a secret equation Uber is constantly trying to optimize, where Uber and the driver earn the most money possible while the passenger pays the least. Internally, I’ve heard Uber refers to this as “the perfect ride”. It might seem like the two halves of the equation fundamentally clash, and in a way they do, but the trick is in maximizing efficiency of every part… Read More

Google’s Plan To Accelerate The Mobile Web Will Go Live Early Next Year

google-amp-ex Google has plans to accelerate your web browsing on mobile devices, and we’ll start seeing the results of those efforts as early as next year, the company says. According to a new update regarding Google’s “AMP” project – or the “Accelerated Mobile Pages Project,” as it’s also known – thousands of publishers have expressed interest in… Read More

Now Another U.K. Carrier Is Eyeing Mobile Ad Controls

adblock-ios1 U.K. carrier O2 is the latest tech firm to throw its hat into the ad-blocking ring, telling Business Insider it’s actively testing a technology that can block mobile ads at the network level. Read More

YouTube Kids Faces Further FTC Complaints Related To Junk Food Ads Targeting Young Children

ios-junk Consumer watchdog groups announced today they’ve filed additional complaints with the FTC over the advertising content in the YouTube Kids application, this time focused on how the app allows food and drink advertisers to violate their self-regulatory pledges they made as members of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), a program whose aim is to shift… Read More

Robinhood Gives Zero-Fee Stock Trading To Other Apps

Robinhood Feature What Stripe did for easy payments, Robinhood is doing for free stock trading. This week the brokerage startup launched its platform so developer can bake its zero-commission stock trading into their products. Stop for a second and think about how big a deal this is. Before now, there were two types of stock apps. Ones that actually let you make trades but charged you a fee of around $7,… Read More