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Sony just gave gamers a big reason not to buy the PlayStation 4 over Xbox One this holiday

One of the biggest reasons to play video games on a PC rather than a home console like the Xbox One or PS4 is the ability to implement mods, which are user-created modifications that can enhance or change an existing game.

Sometimes these mods make a game prettier, add new weapons, or do something hilarious — like replace all of the dragons in "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" with Thomas the Tank Engine.

Mods can greatly extend the amount of time a player spends with a game, because they can continually download new user-created features for it long after its developer has moved on. Until recently, only those who played games on PCs were able to download these mods.

SpaceX is investigating a mysterious 'bang sound' just seconds before its rocket exploded

SpaceX founder and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said on Friday morning that the company's launchpad rocket explosion is proving to be "the most difficult and complex failure" it has ever encountered.

On September 1, something turned a 229-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket — and Facebook's $200 million Amos-6 satellite — into a giant fireball, utterly destroying the rocket stack.

No one was hurt, but a team of investigators is trying to get to the bottom of the mystery and get SpaceX back to launching rockets.

As part of their internal investigation, Musk and SpaceX are asking the public to help them zero in on a mysterious noise.

Amazon is doubling down on retail stores with plans to have up to 100 pop-up stores in US shopping malls (AMZN)

Amazon is aggressively expanding its presence in the real-world retail market, with a plan to open dozens of new pop-up stores in US shopping malls over the next year, a source familiar with the matter told Business Insider.

The miniature retail storefronts are a separate effort from the physical bookstore that Amazon opened in Seattle last year and are primarily designed to showcase and sell the company's hardware devices, particularly its Echo home speakers.

The pop-up stores, which are spearheaded by Amazon's head of devices and services, reflect the company's growing drive to reach consumers directly through a variety of access points including retail storefronts, home delivery, and innovative devices.

How Israel's startup community shut down an IPO that one investor called a 'sham'

An amazing drama unfolded this week in Israel's tech community after tech startup Shellanoo Group filed to go public in the Tel Aviv stock exchange.

The tight-knit community, who knew the company's work intimately was appalled at some of the claims made in the IPO documents, with one VC calling the company a "sham." 

They led an uprising on Facebook and eventually shut-down the IPO.

With no IPO coming to provide income, Shellanoo Group reportedly laid off half of its workforce, about 30 people, Israeli news outlet The Marker reports, and its future is uncertain.

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Here's how SpaceX is figuring out what went horribly wrong with its rocket

On September 1, a SpaceX rocket suddenly exploded during a routine launchpad test.

Elon Musk has called the accident "the most difficult and complex failure" his 14-year-old aerospace company has ever encountered.

Just over a week after the 229-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket blew up — and Facebook's $200 million Amos-6 satellite along with it — SpaceX has released details about its internal team of investigators.

The group is now combing through whatever data they can get their hands on, including videos and audio taken by the public, to get SpaceX back to launching rockets.

Say hello to a tiny Airstream trailer — that's just as stylish as the classic

There's nothing quite like a shiny, jet-age Airstream trailer. Towing one behind your vehicle, or simply parking one in your driveway, says that you appreciate classic, 20th-century, cutting-edge design.

The original Airstream — a sleek, shimmering object of rolling art — was introduced in the 1930s. The lineup has grown over the decades, and the smallest trailer, the Sport Series, has now been outdone by the Basecamp Series.

Described by the company as "our most nimble Airstream yet," the Basecamp is the "very definition of get-up-and-go."

What Airstream is aiming for here is both the highly adventurous and outdoorsy crowd. These are the folks who want to suit up in head-to-toe Patagonia and head out with friends for a weekend of rock climbing, as well as the hardcore camping enthusiasts who don't need, or have room for, a full-on Airstream trailer.

How to add a 'find a random movie' button to Netflix

Netflix spends a ton of money perfecting its recommendation system, which it says is worth $1 billion per year to the company.

But sometimes you just want Netflix to pick you a random movie or TV show. The team at AllFlicks, a site which tracks Netflix data, noticed a bunch of people on Reddit asking for an "I'm feeling lucky" button for Netflix. So they decided to build one.

The "Random Button for Netflix" is a simple Chrome extension that adds a button to the top of your Netflix browser. Here's what it looks like:

HSBC is letting customers verify their bank accounts like Airbnb does with selfies

HSBC is now allowing business customers to verify their identities when they open an account by taking a selfie — much like how you would open an account with popular home-sharing company Airbnb.

In a statement sent to Business Insider, HSBC said that business customers will now have the option on their mobile banking app to complete an ID security check when opening an account by just taking a headshot on their phone instead of putting in a password or using other biometric methods, such as using a fingerprint.

It says using the facial tracking technology will "streamline the account opening experience" as the selfie taken will be assessed against an ID document that was previously uploaded by the customer, such as one from a passport. This is the same process you go through when verifying an account with Airbnb.

The 10 most important things in the world right now
Posted September 6, 2016 0:17 AM
The 10 most important things in the world right now

Hello! Here's what you need to know on Monday.

1. Labour MP Keith Vaz was recorded meeting male prostitutes in his flat. The married MP has announced that he will resign from the Home Affairs Select Committee after a Daily Mirror sting recorded him meeting multiple male prostitutes in his apartment.


10 things in tech you need to know today (TWTR, GOOG, AAPL, AMZN)

Good morning! Here's the technology news you need to know to start off your week.

1. Samsung halted sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after reports of battery explosions. It has recalled all of the devices sold so far.

2. Hackers found a way to resurrect suspended and inactive Twitter accounts. They used an exploit to bring back accounts like @Hell, @Hitler, and @Nazi.

3. Uber tried to buy Lyft but negotiations fell apart over price. CEO Travis Kalanick confirmed that talks were held in 2014.