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Uber Enables In-App Cab Hailing Within Popular Apps Like Starbucks, OpenTable, Trip Advisor
Intel and Unity Join Forces To Enable Gaming Goodness For Android On X86
40% Off XPS 8700; Plus New Low Price on 20" Multi-Touch Monitor, Inspiron Slim Desktop, Yamaha Bluetooth Soundbar, and More
Samsung Gives B&N Some Nookie, Intros Galaxy Tab 4 Nook
Smartphone Kill Switch Law A Safe Haven For Consumers Or ‘Tyranny’ When The Government Can Brick Your Phone?
AMD GPU Shipments Surge 11 Percent In Q2, While NVIDIA GPUs Slump
HTC One M8 Now Available In Windows Phone Flavor from Verizon; AT&T Version On The Way
Study Finds Reader Comprehension Much Lower On Kindles versus Paper Books
Net Neutered: Netflix Sucks Up To Time Warner Cable For Faster Streaming Service
Apple Shares Break $100 Mark After 7-for-1 Split On iPhone 6 Launch Optimism
Twitter Alters Policy To Honor Image Takedown Requests Of Deceased Family Members
Lenovo Serves Up Three New ThinkCentre PCs for Business
End of an Era: Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board Of Directors
Google Reportedly Mulling the Idea of Kid-friendly YouTube and Gmail Accounts
Great Deals On Dell All-in-One Touch PCs, HP Pavilion Monitors, Vizio Smart HDTVs and More
Omote Real-Time Face Tracking CGI Make-Up Technology Is Amazing and Kind Of Freaky
Amazon Fire Phone Update Brings Multitasking, Better Battery Life and More
Google Readying ‘YouTube Music Key’ Ad-Free Streaming Music Subscription Service
Xbox One Update Offers A Big Screen reddit Experience With ReddX App
Symantec Set To Clean Up Norton Security Line Focusing On Subscription Model

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Uber Enables In-App Cab Hailing Within Popular Apps Like Starbucks, OpenTable, Trip Advisor

Uber Enables In-App Cab Hailing Within Popular Apps Like Starbucks, OpenTable, Trip Advisor

Since the company's founding in 2009, Uber's ultimate goal has been to make it as easy as possible for anyone to get from point A to point B in as little time as possible. As it is today, the service is generally considered to be very efficient, but the company's not happy enough with that - it wants to make things even more efficient. That's...

Intel and Unity Join Forces To Enable Gaming Goodness For Android On X86

Intel and Unity Join Forces To Enable Gaming Goodness For Android On X86

For the past few years, as Intel has struggled to gain market share for its Android-x86 project, it's been hampered by software compatibility issues and associated performance degradation. Now, some of that burden is being lifted off the company's products -- the popular and widespread Unity 3D engine has announced that upcoming versions will...

40% Off XPS 8700; Plus New Low Price on 20" Multi-Touch Monitor, Inspiron Slim Desktop, Yamaha Bluetooth Soundbar, and More

40% Off XPS 8700; Plus New Low Price on 20" Multi-Touch Monitor, Inspiron Slim Desktop, Yamaha Bluetooth Soundbar, and More

Welcome back for another installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu for you today, we have great deals on a Dell XPS 8700 Core i7-based system with 16GB of RAM and discrete NVIDIA graphics, a Dell E2014T 20" 1600x900 Multi-Touch monitor, Microsoft Office365 Home Premium, and much, much more. Full details, including...

Samsung Gives B&N Some Nookie, Intros Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Samsung Gives B&N Some Nookie, Intros Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Back in June Barnes and Noble announced that its next Nook e-reader would be developed by Samsung. Today, the bookseller unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet for $179. The new Nook features a 7” LCD display with 1280x800 resolution, has 8GB of memory that is upgradeable to 32GB with a microSD card, will last up to 10 hours,...

Smartphone Kill Switch Law A Safe Haven For Consumers Or ‘Tyranny’ When The Government Can Brick Your Phone?

Smartphone Kill Switch Law A Safe Haven For Consumers Or ‘Tyranny’ When The Government Can Brick Your Phone?

We're often told that having a kill switch in our mobile devices - mostly our smartphones - is a good thing. At a basic level, that's hard to disagree with. If every mobile device had a built-in kill switch, theft would go down. Who'd waste their time over a device that probably won't work for very long? Here's where the problem lays: It's...

AMD GPU Shipments Surge 11 Percent In Q2, While NVIDIA GPUs Slump

AMD GPU Shipments Surge 11 Percent In Q2, While NVIDIA GPUs Slump

It looks like AMD has a reason to smile while NVIDIA doesn't. Industry research and consulting firm Jon Peddie Research has released a report which states that AMD’s GPU shipments rose around 11 percent in Q2 2014 on a quarter-to-quarter basis while NVIDIA’s GPU shipments saw a slump of about 8.3 percent and Intel saw a 4 percent...

HTC One M8 Now Available In Windows Phone Flavor from Verizon; AT&T Version On The Way

HTC One M8 Now Available In Windows Phone Flavor from Verizon; AT&T Version On The Way

If you’re a loyal Windows Phone user who’s been ogling the Android version of the HTC One M8, your time has come. HTC released the smartphone with Windows Phone 8.1 through Verizon and AT&T is readying a model for its customers.  The HTC One M8 has a sleek metal unibody and solid performance, which snagged it an Editor’s...

Study Finds Reader Comprehension Much Lower On Kindles versus Paper Books

Study Finds Reader Comprehension Much Lower On Kindles versus Paper Books

If you’ve been watching with unease as the world slowly shifts from print books to ebooks, a recent study on the subject will give you some extra ammunition. Researchers at Stavanger University in Norway carried out a study that seemed to suggest people have better reading comprehension when they read paper books than they do when they...

Net Neutered: Netflix Sucks Up To Time Warner Cable For Faster Streaming Service

Net Neutered: Netflix Sucks Up To Time Warner Cable For Faster Streaming Service

As much as Netflix is loath to pay Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for uninterrupted access into homes of each provider's customers, the streaming service continues to ink peering deals so that its own subscribers can enjoy high quality videos and less buffering. One of the newest deals involves a reported agreement with Time Warner Cable...

Apple Shares Break $100 Mark After 7-for-1 Split On iPhone 6 Launch Optimism

Apple Shares Break $100 Mark After 7-for-1 Split On iPhone 6 Launch Optimism

Behind closed doors, Apple is expecting its iPhone 6 launch to not only break records, but to shatter them. Shareholders are evidently in the same boat, and as we inch closer to the iPhone 6 debut -- Apple is expected to announce the device during a scheduled press event on September 9, 2014 -- the Cuptertino company's stock price is seeing...

Twitter Alters Policy To Honor Image Takedown Requests Of Deceased Family Members

Twitter Alters Policy To Honor Image Takedown Requests Of Deceased Family Members

Just hours after photos and videos showing what appears to be the horrifically disturbing beheading of James Foley spread across Twitter, the microblogging service posted a policy update that now allows family members to request the removal of images of the deceased. At the same time, Twitter left itself an opening by saying it may not be...

Lenovo Serves Up Three New ThinkCentre PCs for Business

Lenovo Serves Up Three New ThinkCentre PCs for Business

Lenovo updated its ThinkCentre line of business-class desktop PCs this morning, touting the systems’ security and reliability. All three new PCs come standard with Smart USB Protection, which lets companies manage security for the USB ports. Considering the recent reports of a firmware-based attack that exploits USB ports, that’s...

End of an Era: Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board Of Directors

End of an Era: Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board Of Directors

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has today sent a public letter to current CEO Satya Nadella to acknowledge his resignation from the company's Board of Directors. With this move, Ballmer's official work with Microsoft comes to an end, but with his wording, it seems that he doesn't intend to disappear, and will be willing to chime in with...

Google Reportedly Mulling the Idea of Kid-friendly YouTube and Gmail Accounts

Google Reportedly Mulling the Idea of Kid-friendly YouTube and Gmail Accounts

Because Google adheres to COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the company hasn't ever allowed persons under the age of 13 to sign up for any of its services. Nothing could ever stop a youngin from fibbing about their age, of course, but legally, Google's been on safe ground. Rumor now has it, though, that the company is working...

Great Deals On Dell All-in-One Touch PCs, HP Pavilion Monitors, Vizio Smart HDTVs and More

Great Deals On Dell All-in-One Touch PCs, HP Pavilion Monitors, Vizio Smart HDTVs and More

Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on the Dell Inspiron One 2330 23” Core i3-based All-in-one Touch PC, the Lenovo Z50 Core i7-based laptop with discrete NVIDIA graphics, a BenQ XL2420Z 24-Inch LED-backlit gaming monitor, and a whole lot more....

Omote Real-Time Face Tracking CGI Make-Up Technology Is Amazing and Kind Of Freaky

Omote Real-Time Face Tracking CGI Make-Up Technology Is Amazing and Kind Of Freaky

This video is worth the two minutes it takes to watch, particularly if you’re a fan of CGI effects. Producer Nobumichi Asai used Omote to create an array of makeup styles on the face of a living model in real time. Omote uses tracking technology to follow the woman’s face so that the “makeup” can be projected onto her...

Amazon Fire Phone Update Brings Multitasking, Better Battery Life and More

Amazon Fire Phone Update Brings Multitasking, Better Battery Life and More

Amazon’s Fire smartphone is receiving a software update this week, and it’s bringing several new features and improvements that customers are sure to welcome. At the top of that list: improved battery life. The fix is the results of multiple tweaks to Fire OS to improve battery conservation. Another important feature is Quick Switch,...

Google Readying ‘YouTube Music Key’ Ad-Free Streaming Music Subscription Service

Google Readying ‘YouTube Music Key’ Ad-Free Streaming Music Subscription Service

It's long been rumored that Google would offer some kind of streaming music service through its YouTube division, but with the release of Google Play Music All Access, it seemed as though YouTube was destined to remain a video sharing site. Perhaps not. We're now hearing that YouTube will launch a service called YouTube Music Key with ad-free...

Xbox One Update Offers A Big Screen reddit Experience With ReddX App

Xbox One Update Offers A Big Screen reddit Experience With ReddX App

If you are a regular reddit user, and own an Xbox One, then Microsoft is going to make you happy. Major Nelson revealed that the ReddX Xbox One application has launched today and will allow Xbox One users the ability to browse reddit on the big screen. The app can be snapped to one side of the TV screen while gaming or using another app, making...

Symantec Set To Clean Up Norton Security Line Focusing On Subscription Model

Symantec Set To Clean Up Norton Security Line Focusing On Subscription Model

Recent years have seen software publishers increasingly moving from boxed software to a subscription model. Adobe moved its famous Photoshop software and related programs to the subscription-based Creative Cloud in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. Microsoft still offers boxed versions of its Office software, but it has been heavily promoting...

Flappy Bird Developer To Launch Next Addictive Mobile Gaming Title ‘Swing Copters’

Flappy Bird Developer To Launch Next Addictive Mobile Gaming Title ‘Swing Copters’

It's pretty tough to create a hit app in today's feverish ecosystem battles, but it's even tougher to have lightning strike twice. The creator of Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, is attempting to ensure that his sophomore entry into the mobile gaming space is just as addicting and popular as the first. After having a surefire hit on his hands, pulling...

Roku Partners With Hisense And TCL To Offer Roku TV Smart TV Product Line

Roku Partners With Hisense And TCL To Offer Roku TV Smart TV Product Line

Up until now, if you wanted to enjoy Roku on your television, you needed to purchased a dedicated set-top box or HDMI dongle. Now you have two more options -- purchase a Hisense or or TLC smart television with built-in Roku support. This is a vision Roku first shared with the public back at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January,...

RootMetrics Ranks Verizon Top Dog In Mobile Network Quality Report, AT&T Close Second

RootMetrics Ranks Verizon Top Dog In Mobile Network Quality Report, AT&T Close Second

Yes Verizon Wireless, we can hear you now, especially now that you're standing on the shoulders of RootMetrics with a copy of its bi-annual RootScore Report for metro markets in the United States. According to the independent testing conducted by RootMetrics, Verizon's network quality is the best in the country with an overall performance...

SanDisk Ultra II Solid State Drive Family Targets Price Concscious Consumers

SanDisk Ultra II Solid State Drive Family Targets Price Concscious Consumers

SanDisk is one of the biggest players in the flash storage industry, though the vast majority of its solid state drive (SSD) products are intended for commercial (corporate and enterprise) clients. In fact, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of SanDisk's revenue comes from the commercial sector, versus 35 percent derived from retail customers....

AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD Review

AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD Review

AMD is launching a new family of products today, but unless you follow the rumor mill pretty closely, it’s probably not something you’d expect. It’s not a new CPU or APU. And it’s not a new GPU or memory kit either. Well then, “what could it be” you ask? Today, AMD is launching its first line of solid state...

Official Destiny Gameplay Trailer: Venus Is Out Of This World

Official Destiny Gameplay Trailer: Venus Is Out Of This World

Bungie isn't letting up on the Destiny videos or slowing down its momentum. The sci-fi MMO-shooter has been dubbed GameStop’s most pre-ordered game IP to date, which is a good indicator of how highly anticipated the game is. Now Bungie has released another official gameplay trailer for all to marvel at. The new gameplay trailer...

Target And Staple Offering Big Discounts On iPad Mini And iPad Air Tablets

Target And Staple Offering Big Discounts On iPad Mini And iPad Air Tablets

One of the telltale signs that Apple is getting ready to release new products is when retailers start marking down prices for current generation items, especially when they're representative of deep discounts. We're starting to see that happen on some items -- more specifically, both Target and Staples are now offering discounted iPad mini...

iPhone 6 Rumored To Sport A Reversible Lightning USB Cable For Ease of Use

iPhone 6 Rumored To Sport A Reversible Lightning USB Cable For Ease of Use

The number of rumors we've read about in leading up to the launch of Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 can only be summed up as "incredible". You might imagine, then, that with the phone set to launch in about three weeks, the rumormill would start to calm itself down. Not so. As it appears, the iPhone 6 has another trick up its sleeve, coming to...

$299.99 15" Laptop, Price Drop on HP 25" Monitor, 67% Off Home Cinema System

$299.99 15" Laptop, Price Drop on HP 25" Monitor, 67% Off Home Cinema System

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Toshiba Satellite C50-BBT2N11 15.6" Dual-Core laptop, a Dell Inspiron 20 All-in-one PC, a Sharp AQUOS LC-60LE745U 60" 1080p 3D 120Hz LED HDTV, and a whole lot more. Full details with links and pricing are available...

Ignore No More Parental Control App Promises To Make Your Teen Check In And Hate You Even More

Ignore No More Parental Control App Promises To Make Your Teen Check In And Hate You Even More

Being a teenager is "tough," or so we're hearing from various teenagers within earshot. Little do they know that things could be getting a lot tougher as soon as their parents get wind of Ignore No More. The brilliantly named app was developed by an annoyed and frustrated parent who, like so many parents, could not get their teenager to quickly...

Xbox One August Update Rolls Out: 3D Blu-ray Support, Mobile Purchases, Activity Feed Improvements

Xbox One August Update Rolls Out: 3D Blu-ray Support, Mobile Purchases, Activity Feed Improvements

Microsoft is rolling out a substantial update for the Xbox One and the changes are making a good initial impression on some of the Internet’s best known Xbox gurus. Some improvements, like the change to the Blu-ray player, add new functionality. Others, like the low battery notification icon and the Friends list changes, give you new...

Apple Working To Reduce "Excessive Overtime" And Other Labor Violations At Chinese Factories

Apple Working To Reduce "Excessive Overtime" And Other Labor Violations At Chinese Factories

A 2013 audit of working conditions at Quanta Computers, a Chinese supplier of Apple products, pointed out various working violations at two factories in China, including excessive overtime and unpaid sick days, among others. Apple has been working with Quanta to address those violations, and to its credit, the Cupertino outfit has made strides...

Community Health Systems Latest To Suffer Chinese Hacker Attack, 4.5 Million Users Compromised

Community Health Systems Latest To Suffer Chinese Hacker Attack, 4.5 Million Users Compromised

Community Health Systems Inc revealed on Monday that personal had been stolen by hackers from its computer network. According to the U.S. Hospital operator, 4.5 million accounts were stolen that included patient names and addresses sometime in April and June. The 4.5 million people who were either referred to or received services from doctors...

Apple Wins 2014 ‘Outstanding Commercial Emmy’ For 2013 Holiday Ad

Apple Wins 2014 ‘Outstanding Commercial Emmy’ For 2013 Holiday Ad

August may seem like the wrong time to be talking about a Christmas holiday-themed commercial, but the Television Academy doesn’t think so. The Academy announced the winners of the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys, which recognizes the efforts of the people who work behind the scenes to make your favorite TV shows and commercials come to life....

Twitter Tweaks Favorites To Show On Timelines As Retweets, Users Revolt

Twitter Tweaks Favorites To Show On Timelines As Retweets, Users Revolt

Like just about every social networking service, Twitter tries out new things every once in awhile. Unfortunately for Twitter, people are creatures of habit, so these changes don't always go over very well, particularly the most recent one -- now when you click on the star icon to favorite a tweet, it will get retweeted on the main timeline....

Best Buy Let’s Moto 360 Android Wear Watch Slip Early, Details And Specs

Best Buy Let’s Moto 360 Android Wear Watch Slip Early, Details And Specs

It used to be that we'd rely on Twitter user @evleaks (real name Evan Blass) to inevitably post press shots of unannounced or otherwise unreleased products, along with with specs and other details ahead of schedule. But with online retailers jumping the gun these days, we can see why Blass went into retirement. Even Best Buy is prone is the...

Microsoft Windows Store Is Polluted With Scamware And Microsoft Doesn’t Seem To Care

Microsoft Windows Store Is Polluted With Scamware And Microsoft Doesn’t Seem To Care

Of all the things that Windows 8 brought to the table, it's the much-maligned Start Screen that seems to get most of the attention. That's unfortunate, because there were many other aspects of the OS that made it a major release. Take for example the fact that it was the first version of Windows to include an app store. That feature might...

Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

Right on schedule, Microsoft rolled-out an onslaught of patches for its "Patch Tuesday" last week, and despite the fact that it wasn't the true "Update 2" for Windows 8.1 many of us were hoping for, updates are generally worth snatching up. In fact, I went ahead and encouraged everyone to waste no time in updating, because it seems like the...

Google Acquires Photo Analysis Startup Jetpac, City Guide A Natural Complement To Google Now

Google Acquires Photo Analysis Startup Jetpac, City Guide A Natural Complement To Google Now

With its acquisition of San Francisco startup JetPac, it looks like Google could be moving one step closer towards making Google Now the definitive on-the-go mobile app. JetPac, which somewhat humorously only exists as an iOS app, notes your location and scours the Web for relevant information, helping you to make the most of your trip. It...

Facebook Thinks You Need Help With Your Sense Of Humor, Rolls Out ‘Satire’ Tags

Facebook Thinks You Need Help With Your Sense Of Humor, Rolls Out ‘Satire’ Tags

While Facebook has garnered the ire of its app users by forcing them to download its Messenger app, the social website seems to be looking out for the more gullible of its consumers. At least those who tend to believe stories written by satirical sites such as The Onion. Currently, Facebook is automatically placing the word “satire”...

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Paves Way For All-Metal Galaxy S6 Handset Next Year

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Paves Way For All-Metal Galaxy S6 Handset Next Year

Samsung did something it's not accustomed to doing last week -- the South Korean handset maker released a metal smartphone! We're talking about the Galaxy Alpha, a decently equipped device sporting a partial metal design with a tactile soft cover on the back. We're reluctant to get our hopes too high, but there's chatter that the Galaxy Alpha's...

Microsoft Issues Hotfix To Put The Pep Back In Internet Explorer's Step

Microsoft Issues Hotfix To Put The Pep Back In Internet Explorer's Step

If you've noticed that Internet Explorer seems to be a little (or a lot) slower as of late, it's not you. Well, it could be; try clearing your cache, make sure no nefarious add-ons slipped through, and scan for viruses. Assuming everything checks out, the issue could related to a pair of security updates that, over time, bog IE down. The good...

High Speed Internet Subscription Out-Pace TV Subscriptions For The First Time

High Speed Internet Subscription Out-Pace TV Subscriptions For The First Time

For the first time in the history of everything, cable TV providers now have more high speed Internet subscribers than pay TV customers, according to data gathered by Leichtman Research Group. The gap is narrow -- there were 49,915,000 broadband subscribers at the end of the second quarter in 2014 versus around 49,910,000 cable TV customers...

FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comments Feedback Period To September 15

FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comments Feedback Period To September 15

The battle for net neutrality is starting to feel like a never-ending one, but for the sake of having a truly fair Web, it's a battle of utmost importance. It's also a battle that you can help win, as the Federal Trade Commission seeks comments from the public on the proposed net neutrality rules. Originally, the FCC was going to cease receiving...

Apple To Begin Storing iCloud User Data In Chinese Data Centers

Apple To Begin Storing iCloud User Data In Chinese Data Centers

Over the course of the past month, Apple and China have shared headlines for two different reasons. First, we learned that the country's media deemed the iPhone to be a threat to national security, and mere weeks later, rumors surfaced that the country would begin banning Apple's products. Really, this is all very silly, but so far, Apple...

Sharks Terrorize Google’s Undersea Network Cables, So They Wrap Them In Kevlar

Sharks Terrorize Google’s Undersea Network Cables, So They Wrap Them In Kevlar

All this time, we thought it would be sharks with frickin' lasers that would cause mankind the most trouble. Nope. Instead of lasers, it's the same threat -- their teeth and appetite. Luckily, the situation isn't as dire as in Sharknado, but sharks are (or were, as the case may be) causing trouble in the ocean chewing through Google's fiber-optic...

Bill Gates Does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nails It Like Only Gates Can

Bill Gates Does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nails It Like Only Gates Can

You've probably seen friends and family members willingly pouring chilly buckets of ice filled water over their heads, the latest social networking trend intended to draw attention to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a neurodegenerative disease affecting nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and...

Microsoft Employees 'Suggested Internally' To Change Internet Explorer's Name Distancing It From Previous Bad Rap

Microsoft Employees 'Suggested Internally' To Change Internet Explorer's Name Distancing It From Previous Bad Rap

During an "Ask Me Anything" chat session at Reddit yesterday, Internet Explorer's developers took to answering a bunch of questions from their adoring fans. Well - "adoring" might not be the best word. Judging by the thread's title, "We build Internet Explorer. I know, right?", it's almost like the developers knew that a can of worms was about...

Roller Coaster Tycoon World to Launch in 2015, Will Be Free of Microtransactions

Roller Coaster Tycoon World to Launch in 2015, Will Be Free of Microtransactions

To say that Roller Coaster Tycoon fans have been waiting a good long time for the next proper PC release would be an understatement. In fact, this October will mark ten years since RCT 3 was released. Fortunately, this painful wait is soon to be over, as Atari has announced that the series' next iteration, Roller Coaster Tycoon World,...

Rapid Growth Risks Slowing Down Internet Services As BGP Routers At Major ISPs Choke Under Load

Rapid Growth Risks Slowing Down Internet Services As BGP Routers At Major ISPs Choke Under Load

A couple of hours before folks on the east coast could see this past Wednesday's sunrise, some found themselves battling to get webpages to load, or found themselves without Internet entirely. It'd be understandable in this situation to jump to the assumption that a DDoS has taken place, since it's become (far too) common lately, but this...