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With the Pixel 2 just a week away, you can now trade in your old phone to Google

%name With the Pixel 2 just a week away, you can now trade in your old phone to Google by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

We’re just over a week away from Google’s October 4th press conference where the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to make their debut, and in order to make the phone more affordable, Google has opened up a new trade-in program on its website. If you have a phone on the list of eligible devices, you can opt to trade it in during the checkout process for up to $388. The refund credit will be applied to your credit card.

Of course, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have yet to be announced, so the program currently only applies to the original two Pixel models. But once the new phones launch, they should be integrated into the program.

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Colossal iceberg that dwarfs Manhattan just broke free in Antarctica

%name Colossal iceberg that dwarfs Manhattan just broke free in Antarctica by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

Earlier this year, and absolutely massive iceberg broke free from Antarctica, moving freely into the ocean and acting as a stern reminder of the toll humanity is taking on the planet. Now, something eerily similar has happened, with a huge chunk of ice falling off Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier and making its home in the sea.

This new iceberg, while not as large as the Delaware-sized chunk from a few months ago, is still a giant. It’s roughly four and a half times the size of Manhattan, measuring some 103 square miles in surface area. But what’s most interesting about this most recent even is not just that yet another huge iceberg has broken free, but the location from which it was calved off the larger glacier.

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Elon Musk isn’t worried about Mercedes’s $1 billion electric car investment

%name Elon Musk isn’t worried about Mercedes’s $1 billion electric car investment by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

Whereas iconic CEOs like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates famously abhorred competition and did everything in their respective powers to squash it — sometimes using questionable tactics in the process — Elon Musk pro-actively welcomes competition in the EV space. So while Musk naturally wants Tesla to succeed and do well, Musk also wants to convince the world’s largest automakers to invest heavily in electric vehicles. In short, Musk’s overarching goal doesn’t necessarily rest on having Tesla dominate the automotive world. Rather, Musk arguably seems more concerned with using Tesla to kick-start an EV revolution.

Case in point: Musk recently scoffed at Mercedes’ recent pledge to invest $1 billion into EV development not because he thinks they can’t compete, but because he thinks they should be investing a lot more. In case you missed it, Mercedes-Benz last week said it plans to allocate upwards of $1 billion to produce EVs in the United States. The announcement was made just two short weeks after the company relayed its intention to have electric versions of all its car models by 2022.

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‘Silicon Valley’ reacts to the iPhone X announcement in the best way possible

%name ‘Silicon Valley’ reacts to the iPhone X announcement in the best way possible by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

Who better to judge Apple’s iPhone X press conference than the Silicon Valley geeks who live and die for all-things-tech. How would Richard, Gilfoyle, Dinesh, and Erlich react to one of the biggest product announcements in Apple’s recent history? What about Gavin, the founder and on-and-off CEO of a fictional Apple rival? What about investors looking for the next best thing in Silicon Valley?

This hilarious Funny or Die video imagines all that.

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Dude with same name as doomsday con artist David Meade is now getting death threats

%name Dude with same name as doomsday con artist David Meade is now getting death threats by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

Saturday, September 23rd has come and gone, and the world is still here. If you were listening to noted nut job and end-of-the-world conspiracy theorist David Meade a month or two ago, you’d know that the world was supposed to collide with a mysterious rogue planet this past Saturday. For most of us, it’s yet another laughable doomsday prediction that didn’t actually pan out, for but one poor man in Northern Ireland, it’s caused quite a bit of trouble, and that’s because he shares his name with the fake “prophet” at the center of it all.

David Meade — the good, not insane one — is a rather well known author and mentalist, and has appeared on several BBC programs. He might be able to trick you into believing something that isn’t real, since he has made his living playing with people’s minds, but he’s not the same guy who wrote a book preaching that the end of the world was about to occur. The internet, unfortunately, can’t seem to tell the difference.

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Amazon cuts prices of 4K movies and shows days after the Apple TV 4K launches

%name Amazon cuts prices of 4K movies and shows days after the Apple TV 4K launches by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

Whether you have plans to buy the new Apple TV 4K or not, the mere fact that it exists might end up having a positive impact on your bank account. On Monday, Pocket-lint pointed out that Amazon has significantly cut the prices on its 4K movies and TV shows, seemingly in response to Apple’s declaration earlier this month that it would charge the same for 4K content as it does for HD content.

Amazon has yet to make any official statement about the changes, but prior to this past weekend, 4K content was often priced at over $30 on Amazon Video. While prices in that range aren’t entirely uncommon online, it’s hard to explain to consumers why they’re paying $30+ on your service when they can get 4K HDR content for $19.99 on Apple’s devices. It wouldn’t be surprising to see others follow suit in the coming months.

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Microsoft and Facebook just laid a massive cable across the Atlantic Ocean to make your life better

%name Microsoft and Facebook just laid a massive cable across the Atlantic Ocean to make your life better by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

If you’ve ever felt the incredible frustration of wiring up a dozen gadgets in a home office, just imagine trying to connect a wire between two continents. That’s exactly what a partnership between Microsoft, Facebook, and communications corp Telxius just finished doing with an incredibly powerful, 4,000-mile-long cable that is now laying some 17,000 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Marea subsea cable, as it is called, is capable of some truly impressive data transfer speeds. Weighing in at over 10 million pounds — which Microsoft points out is equal to 34 blue whales — the cable has a transmission capacity of 160 terabits per second. To put that in perspective, Microsoft says that’s enough bandwidth to stream 71 million HD movies at the same time, and that it’s approximately 16 million times faster than the average home internet connection. Wow.

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iPhone X sales likely to skyrocket once Apple gets a grip on production issues

%name iPhone X sales likely to skyrocket once Apple gets a grip on production issues by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

Apple would have certainly preferred to launch the iPhone X alongside its brand new iPhone 8 models, but Apple’s next-gen smartphone is understandably a tad more complex to manufacture at scale. Not only does the iPhone X feature an OLED display that is more intricate than the OLED displays Samsung manufactures for its own devices, a recent report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo adds that the components that comprise the iPhone X’s Face ID system are incredibly complex and are temporarily keeping production figures low.

Once Apple gets a handle on production, though, it stands to reason that iPhone X sales will skyrocket. To this point, Kuo, in a note to investors obtained by StreetInsider, that pre-order demand for the iPhone X may very well fall in the 40 to 50 million range. This should be particularly encouraging news for Apple in light of reports that iPhone 8 sales haven’t exactly lived up to sales figures put up by previous models. Disappointing iPhone 8 sales can, of course, be attributed to the forthcoming — and much more compelling — iPhone X. What’s more, Apple has done an uncharacteristically poor job of informing prospective buyers how the iPhone 8 differs from last year’s iPhone 7.

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The iPhone 8’s glass back might be fragile, but it’s still better than the Note 8

%name The iPhone 8’s glass back might be fragile, but it’s still better than the Note 8 by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

The iPhone 8 phones have a glass sandwich design which makes wireless charging happen. But that also means the all-glass iPhones will break a lot more often than aluminum ones, and early drop tests have already proved it. But when you shatter iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus’s glass, you should be thankful it’s not a Galaxy Note 8.

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iPhone 8 Plus vs Galaxy Note 8: Camera shootout reveals surprising results

The camera that shipped on Apple’s original iPhone was nothing to write home about. Even for its time, there’s no denying that the original iPhone camera was underwhelming compared to other handsets on the market. Apple, though, quickly recognized that camera quality would eventually become a key differentiating feature. In turn, Apple began investing heavily in camera-based R&D, both in terms of manpower and money. And sure enough, it wasn’t long before the iPhone camera began setting new standards for excellence across the industry. Underscoring Apple’s obsession with camera quality, the company back in 2015 revealed that it has more than 800 engineers and researchers working exclusively on camera-based technologies.

Two weeks ago, Apple unveiled its 2017 smartphone lineup, and with it, its most advanced camera system yet. Released over the weekend, Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus is an absolute powerhouse all across the board, and not surprisingly, incorporates a number of camera improvements compared to last year’s iPhone 7 Plus. Still, it’s not as if companies like Samsung have just been sitting idly by while Apple rolls out new camera features. On the contrary, Samsung has also upped its game camera-wise, and the battle to determine which handset delivers the best photos remains an ongoing and heated debate.

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