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The ThermoPro TP03A is an effective solution to achieve the most accurate temperature in a matter of seconds. With a simplistic yet practical design, and at the push of the button, the foldaway probe will pop open for quick an easy temperature reading, and when you’re done taking the temperature measurement you can fold the probe back into the holding to ensure the probe is kept safe and clean. Stop overcooking or under-cooking your meat and perfect meat temperatures like a professional, ensuring the perfect temp every time you’re grilling or cooking. It typically lists for $29.99 and is being discounted 65%, down to $10.49. Learn more or purchase the discounted ThermoPro TP03A Thermometer at Amazon.

This story, “67% off ThermoPro TP03A Digital Food Cooking Thermometer Instant Read Meat Thermometer – Deal Alert” was originally published by TechConnect.

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Several decades into the desktop PC revolution, there are more than 2 billion workers around the world who don’t have a desk. These field workers maintain much of the infrastructure that keeps our world working. Over the years, we’ve given them laptops, tablets, and smartphones, but they’re still missing much of the information support they need.

That’s because even with touch screens and pen input, computers are designed to be used by people who can give them their entire attention—and both hands. If you need to use your hands to adjust the mechanisms in a fuel pump, an aircraft engine, or a lift motor, there’s no way you can use a computer or tablet to access manuals or ask for help. Maybe you can work one-handed with a smartphone, but even that is iffy for many jobs.

What if these workers had a hands-free way of accessing that information? That’s what Microsoft wants to remake its Windows 10-based HoloLens visor technology and associated augmented reality technology for: providing computer power to workers who can’t pick up a computer. That’s a more refined mission for the 18-month-old HoloLens, which Microsoft originally envisaged used for everything from immersive gaming to computer-assisted field work to 3D modeling to “fly through”-style exploration of anything from the human body to the Milky Way galaxy.

Bringing computing to field work is hardly a new problem. In fact, it’s one the tech industry has tried to solve many times. Even I’ve had a go at it, as back in the early 1990s, while working at a UK telecoms research lab, I was part of a team that was bidding for Fourth Framework EU research funding. Working with an Apple research lab, a semiconductor company, and a European military aircraft manufacturer, we were planning to develop a handheld device to support engineers on the flight line. Our proposed hardware would have used a secure wireless network to deliver maintenance manuals, giving aircraft engineers access to the information they needed, when they needed it.

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Network World | Nov 7, 2017

Learn about the latest networking technology, SD-WAN, which uses policy-based rules to orchestrate applications routing in the cloud. Jerry Kennelly, CEO of Riverbed, describes the functionality and benefits.


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Apple revamped its overseas subsidiaries to take advantage of tax loopholes on the European island of Jersey after a crackdown on Ireland’s loose rules began in 2013, secret documents have revealed.

The New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists cited confidential records that were obtained by the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and shared.

The cache of 13 million secret documents came from Appleby, a Bermuda-based law firm that helps businesses and wealthy individuals find tax shelters.

The moves came after a US Senate subcommittee found in 2013 that Apple had avoided tens of billions of dollars in taxes by using overseas havens.

At the time, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company did not use tax gimmicks, claimed Apple did not move intellectual property to offshore tax havens, and did not have hold money on Caribbean islands.

The paper said Apple has $128 billion in offshore profits not taxed by the US.

Apple moved the tax home of two Irish subsidiaries to Jersey, a self-governing UK crown dependency in the English Channel between Britain and France, and also made Ireland the tax home of a different European subsidiary.

An Apple spokesperson told the Times that the company told regulators in the US and European Commission (EC) of the reorganisation of its Irish subsidiaries at the end of 2014, and said the moves did not reduce its tax payments in any country.

Apple said it complies with laws and supports comprehensive international tax reform and a simpler tax system.

In August 2016, the EC said Apple should repay €13 billion in taxes to Ireland following a finding that Apple had used two shell companies incorporated in Ireland so that it could report its Europe-wide profits at effective rates well below 1 percent, at one point paying a tax rate of just 0.005 percent. The EC labelled the deals between Ireland and Apple as illegal state aid.

Last month, the commission announced that it was taking Ireland to court for failing to collect the back taxes from Apple.

Ireland’s finance ministry said it had not accepted the commission’s analysis in the Apple state aid decision, but was committed to collecting the unpaid taxes pending an appeal of the ruling by Dublin. Apple is also appealing the case.

Earlier this year, Apple Australia said all Australian revenue was booked locally, and had no penalties imposed following an audit by the Australian Taxation Office covering the 2012-16 fiscal years.

“Apple continues to have a straightforward business model here in Australia that has essentially remained unchanged for decades,” Apple Australia managing director Tony King said at the time.

“We buy, distribute, and sell Apple’s products to resellers and customers — the revenue from which is all recorded locally in our accounts.”

King said that the company had not needed to make any changes to its business model following the introduction of multinational tax avoidance and profit shifting laws in Australia.

Last week, the Cupertino company posted $13 billion in operating income on $53 billion of revenue for the fourth quarter. For the full year, Apple made $61 billion in operating income from $229 billion in sales. Net income for the 12 months to September 30 stood at $48 billion.

Apple is far from the only tech multinational to make use of tax havens, as Google told an Australian Senate committee in August.

Google revealed its Google Ireland Holdings entity is tax resident in Bermuda, a country with a zero percent tax rate, and the company split its profits between Bermuda and Ireland.

The search giant claimed Ireland was a multilingual hub that allowed the company to deal with the number of different languages spoken across Europe.

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Broadcom made an unsolicited $103 billion offer for rival chipmaker Qualcomm, the tech industry’s largest attempted takeover that is destined to come under intense regulatory scrutiny, the AP reports. The company said Monday that it wouldn’t have pushed forward with the proposed buyout if it wasn’t confident that its global…

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All major smartphones have been announced for 2017 and now after getting hands-on time with the Apple iPhone X, Google Pixel 2, and Huawei Mate 10 Pro it’s time to finalize the rankings. It’s clear that any of the top five could be number one so provide your feedback on the rankings below.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 spent time at the top of my last few updates and it remains a fantastic device. However, there is something I like better that is now available.

1. Apple iPhone X


The Apple iPhone X is now in the hands of buyers and available in stores. It is the highest price mass market phone to launch with a starting price of $999 for 64GB and $1,149 for 256GB, but it seems the majority of people are buying it on a payment plan so that the cost is spread out over time and not as shocking as a lump sum price.

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The iPhone X is the first unique iPhone design we have seen since the original iPhone launched 10 years ago. It has a large 5.8 inch front display with minimal bezels and no front home button. A Samsung OLED panel is used for the first time on an iPhone. There is a dual rear camera setup with a new way to use the iPhone due to the lack of a home button and traditional power button.

Without buttons on the front, the iPhone X relies on advanced facial recognition to unlock and use Apple Pay. It performs reliably and far exceeds the functionality of Samsung’s iris scanning technology. Apple finally includes wireless charging too so you can conveniently charge it by simply setting it down on a wireless charging device.

CNET: iPhone X hands-on

The iPhone X is powered by the new A11 bionic chip and M11 motion coprocessor so it flies with iOS 11. It has an IP67 dust and water resistant rating. Glass is now used on the back to support wireless charging. The front facing camera is 7 megapixels and labeled TrueDepth so you can take portrait selfies.

The iPhone X is the most advanced iPhone to date and offers some new experiences with the front display. This includes extensive gesture support and new ways to access functions on the iPhone. It offers a big screen experience in a rather compact package when compared to other large screen smartphones.

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 8



Jason Cipriani/ZDNet

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was at the top of my list at the end of 2016, before the recall forced its removal. The Galaxy Note 8 was in the top spot for a couple of months because it was the most advanced smartphone on the market. It still leads in many respects, but there are a few things about it that let the Apple iPhone X beat it out.

CNET: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Phone review

Samsung’s Infinity Display earned the highest rating ever from DisplayMate and is 0.1 inch bigger than the S8 Plus. There is 6GB of RAM, the fastest Qualcomm mobile processor, advanced S Pen functionality, dual rear cameras with OIS, the ability to add inexpensive microSD cards, new Bixby assitant and a hardware button dedicated to its use, improved front facing camera, Samsung Pay payment technology, wireless and fast charging, IP68 dust and water resistance, a USB Type-C standard port, and traditional 3.5mm headset jack. There is nothing missing from the Galaxy Note 8 and it deserves the top spot.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is available now at a price ranging from $930 to $960. There are some launch specials from Samsung and carriers, including a Gear 360 camera or microSD card and fast wireless charger.

I spent a couple weeks with an evaluation device now have a couple of months with the Note 8 under my belt.

Check out Jason Cipriani’s full Galaxy Note 8 review with a 9/10 rating. Jason is more conservative with his ratings than I am so a 9 from Jason is outstanding.

3. Huawei Mate 10 Pro



Image: Huawei

Last week I had a chance to meet with several Huawei folks and am now testing out an Huawei Mate 10 Pro. So far, it’s fantastic and given some recent issues with the Pixel 2 XL (display, sound cracking, and more), I decided to position the Mate 10 Pro higher than the Pixel 2 for now.

The Mate 10 Pro has similar specs, but also includes an extremely capable Huawei Kirin 970 processor, dual rear camera, and more. The Mate 10 Pro is rumored to be launching in the US in 2018 so stay tuned for that release.

The Mate 10 Pro has a 6 inch 18:9 OLED display, Kirin 970 processor with neural network processing unit, Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8, 4/6 GB RAM, 64/128 GB internal storage, dual rear cameras, 8 megapixel front-facing camera, and massive 4,000 mAh battery.

One function that distinguishes the Huawei Mate 10 Pro from the Pixel 2, for the enterprise, is the capability to connect via the USB Type-C port to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse for a nearly full desktop experience. The Galaxy Note 8 can do this through the DeX device, but the Mate 10 Pro doesn’t even need a separate device to perform this function.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro earned a 9.0 rating in our ZDNet full review.

4. Google Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2



The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were announced yesterday and bring some features I wanted to see (water resistance and smaller bezels on the XL) and some I didn’t (removal of standard 3.5mm headset jack). They appear to be compelling smartphones with the highest DxOMark ratings to date.

The Google Pixel 2 XL has a large 6 inch 18:9 display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB integrated storage, single rear 12 megapixel camera, IP67 dust and water resistance, a 3520 mAh battery, and dual front stereo speakers. The smaller Pixel 2 has a 5 inch display and smaller battery while the rest of the specs are the same as the XL model.

The smaller Pixel 2 starts at $649 while the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849 for the 64GB model. They are both powered by Android 8.0 Oreo and advertised to receive upgrades for three years. Google’s newest Assistant features are present along with some other Google software advances.

The devices can be pre-ordered now and will start shipping on October 19.

5. Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus



The Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus was at the top of my list earlier this year, but the Note 8 bumped it down with a few additional features and advanced hardware.

CNET: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review

Samsung’s Infinity Display looks fantastic and minimizes the top and bottom bezel while removing anything on the sides which roll down from the front to the back. Everything seen in the Note 8, except for the S Pen and dual rear camera, is present on the S8 and S8 Plus.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 launched at $750 and the S8 Plus at $850. Prices have dropped with the Note 8 release and the passage of time so you can now find it at a couple hundred less, making either the S8 or S8 Plus a fantastic deal.

The Galaxy S8 Plus earned a 9.6 rating in my full review.

6. Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus



Image: Sarah Tew/CNET

The new Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus look like the iPhone 7/7 Plus, but have glass backs for wireless charging support. In addition the new iPhones have a slightly improved processor, improved camera, and improved LCD display.

CNET: iPhone 8 Plus hands-on

There are stereo speakers for good sound performance, but no standard 3.5mm headphone jack. These new iPhones do have fast charging support so they can gain up to 50 percent of battery capacity in 30 minutes.

There is no longer an 128GB capacity option with 64GB and 256GB models available. The iPhone 8 is priced at $699 and $849 while the iPhone 8 Plus is priced at $749 and $949.

7. LG V30



I spent a couple of months with a non-final version of the LG V30 and then about another month with a retail version from T-Mobile. It is priced at $800, which is reasonable for a high end flagship when we see the top of the line models launching between $900 and $1,150. It is clearly the best V series phone and LG’s best released in years. It is a phone for content creators thanks to its dual rear camera setup and advanced software designed to help you take great still photos and videos.

CNET: LG V30 hands-on

The V30 feels wonderful in the hand and looks rather stunning in silver. It is loaded with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, has an IP68 dust and water resistant rating, and built to survive military drop tests. You will find two cameras on the back, one 16 megapixel and the other 13 megapixel for a wide angle experience.

The LG V30 earned an 8.7 rating in my full review.

8. Essential Phone



The Essential phone.

Earlier this year Andy Rubin launched the Essential Phone for $699. We don’t have official sales figures, but there were some issues with the device for the first couple of months, particularly in regards to the camera performance.

Since then we have seen several camera improvements, regular security updates, and a major price reduction of $200 with continued software enhancements coming soon. At $499, the Essential Phone is a compelling flagship-level smartphone that is extremely well designed with ceramic and titanium.

The Essential Phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 process, has a 5.71 inch 19:10 LCD with barely any bezels and a unique top notch, Android 7.1.2 OS (Oreo is coming soon), 4GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, dual rear cameras, and large 3040 mAh battery.

I cannot say enough about how great the Essential Phone feels in hand thanks to its ceramic and titanium construction. It has a basic IP54 dust and water resistant rating so don’t dunk it in the water.

The Essential Phone earned an 8.4 rating in my full review.

9. HTC U11



For many years I was an HTC fan and purchased most of the One series. The HTC U11 was released in June and while it doesn’t have minimal bezels or a 3.5mm headphone jack, it is the most gorgeous phone ever and has a camera that may be the best available.

CNET: HTC U11 review

The HTC U11 is blazing fast and has a minimal HTC Sense software experience. It is similar to a Google Pixel, but has water resistance, much better audio, and a cool squeezable edge.

Like the HTC 10, the HTC U11 provides a fantastic audio experience with dual stereo speakers and an included USonic headset that maps the specifics of each of your ears.

The U11 has a 5.5 inch high resolution LCD display, Snapdrago 835, IP67 dust and water resistant rating, and a rear 12 megapixel camera.

The glass back is a looker and the Solar Red one I purchased turns heads. It appears red, gold, orange, and pink in different lighting conditions and stands out from the crowd. It is available for $649, although there are regular coupons available so you should be able to pick it up for just $599. That is a great deal for a high end smartphone.

I awarded the HTC U11 a 9.3/10 in my review, while CNET awarded the HTC U11 an 8.1/10.

10. LG G6



LG was the first to get its flagship out to customers with the new 18:9 aspect ratio and after using one for several months I considered it as a possible top five contender. It is priced at a reasonable $500 and comes with a microSD card slot, incredible performing dual rear cameras, shock resistance, minimal bezels and a pocketable form factor, wireless charging, and dust and water resistance.

CNET: LG G6 review

The LG G6 has a dual rear camera setup and is one of the best camera phones available. I recommend the V30 over the G6 though as the V30 has everything that G6 does with better software and a Quad DAC for high end audio.

The LG G6 has a rather thick uniform body and doesn’t have anything that particularly makes it stand out from the crowd. The LG UX is OK and is not too intrusive, but LG doesn’t have a great track record with regular software updates and there is still something for LG to prove in 2017. The LG G6 is a wonderful device to use to show that LG is able to compete with Samsung and Apple.

Check out my full review (9.5 rating) of the LG G6.

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Along with extensive product descriptions, Apple is publishing a range of articles, support notes and video to help new iPhone X users get the most from their brand-new device.

A new generation

With an eye on the next 10 years of smartphone evolution, Apple is adopting a new approach with the launch of the new device.

This extends beyond seeding a few vbloggers with demo units or using quotes within iPhone X marketing — the company is also working to make sure new users can access the best possible advice to help them make use of the product.

Take a look at this four-minute iPhone X guided tour, for example, which quite clearly explains that Face ID does not require you to hold your phone directly in front of your space. You’ll also learn how to handle the new gestures (as you will here) and how to use Animoji and Portrait Lighting.

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As I reported last week, Microsoft released a handful of buggy patches designed to fix the “Unexpected error from external database driver” bug introduced by all of the October Windows security patches. As noted then, the bug fixes have bugs themselves, and the cure is worse than the disease.

Now comes word that Microsoft has not only yanked the bad patches, but it’s also deleted the KB articles associated with the patches.

Specifically, all of these KB articles report that the page does not exist:

The official update pages no longer mention the banished buggy patches, and the corresponding entries no longer appear in the Update Catalog. It’s as if they never happened.

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Not just a great feature, a potential lifesaving feature that basically turns off notifications while you are driving. Don’t worry though, all your notifications will be waiting for you when you’ve stopped!

Settings > Do Not Disturb > Do Not Disturb While Driving

You can choose between manually, or have iOS detect that you’re driving automatically, or have it switch on this feature when it’s connected to your car’s Bluetooth system.

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With iOS 11, Apple made a change in how the Control Center worked. Buttons that had previously turned off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth now only prevented new connections, keeping the radios switched on so that features such as AirDrop, Personal Hotspot, and Handoff continue to work, and the Apple Watch and Apple Pencil continue to work.

What’s more, turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth using Control Center was only temporary, and would turn back on under the following conditions:


  • Wi-Fi is switched back on in Control Center
  • You connect to a Wi-Fi network using Settings > Wi-Fi
  • You walk or drive to a new location
  • It’s 5 AM local time
  • The iOS device is restarted


  • Bluetooth is switched back on in Control Center
  • You connect to a Bluetooth accessory in Settings > Bluetooth
  • It’s 5 AM local time
  • The iOS device is restarted

Permanently turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth involves going into the Settings app ( Settings > Wi-Fi and Settings > Bluetooth) and toggling the relevant buttons.

As you can imagine, this caused a lot of user confusion, especially since the only place where Apple had documented this change was on a support page that average users are never going to see.

As is the norm with poorly thought out user interface changes, Apple has had to make a few tweaksin iOS 11.2.

Here are the changes.

  • First, a one-off popup explaining the changes
  • A small notification at the top of the Control Center screen

More information on this change here.