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Power 105’s Powerhouse concert on Thursday in Brooklyn presented a lineup of rising talent, and bigger stars like Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Young Jeezy and T.I.



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Kim Kardashian sure knows how to make us love her little girl, Teresa Giudice‘s 13-year-old daughter makes us really uncomfortable with her new music video, Keira Knightley gives her two cents on sexism, and more in Last Lap.

  • North West is the cutest skunk of all time. [Hollywood Life]
  • Teresa Giudice’s daughter Gia just released a music video covering Britney Spears. This Halloween gift is anything but a treat. [US Weekly]
  • Keira Knightley is the next starlet to speak out on gender equality. [Just Jared]
  • Whoopi Goldberg gets in the holiday spirit as the grand marshal of NYC’s annual Halloween parade. [Halloween NYC]
  • Starbucks plans a new delivery service. [NBC]
  • Scott Disick makes a heartbreaking confession. [E!]
  • President Obama doesn’t hold back his sweet tooth this Halloween. [NY Magazine]
  • Did Kim Kardashian accidentally admit she’s pregnant again? [Elvis Duran]
  • Nick Lachey and his Big Morning Buzz Live crew relive their favorite childhood Halloween costumes.

[Photo Credit: @kimkardashian]

In recent weeks, multiple carriers including AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, have been competing to offer customers additional data, and today, both Verizon and AT&T have announced more revised data plans that will see customers gaining extra data at no added cost.

AT&T is now offering additional data for its $40 and $70 Mobile Share Value Plan subscribers, offering 3GB of data for $40 per month (up from 2GB of data) and 6GB of data for $70 per month (up from 4GB of data). The plans also come with unlimited talk and text plus unlimited international messaging, with the new data caps available to both new and existing subscribers.

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AT&T has also extended its Double the Data offer for higher-data Mobile Share plans until November 15, doubling the data of plans that start at 15GB per month. Under the promotion, customers with monthly shared data plans of 15GB will now be receiving 30GB of data, while those on 20GB, 30GB, 40GB, and 50GB plans will see an increase to 40GB, 60GB, 80GB, and 100GB of data, respectively.

Following in AT&T’s footsteps, Verizon is also offering additional data for its More Everything customers that subscribe to $80 or $100 plans. For a limited amount of time, both new and existing customers can sign up to get 10GB of data for $80 (up from 6GB) or 15GB of data for $100 (up from 10GB). Verizon will be offering the new data plans on November 1.

Verizon has also begun a new program that will see it supplying a $150 credit to new customers who switch to Verizon and purchase a new LTE smartphone under a two-year contract or via the Edge program.



The American premiere of Netia Jones’s production of “Curlew River” is part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.



John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey subtly play off differences in their temperaments in “Grownup Songs,” their nightclub act at Café Carlyle.



An array of musicians paid tribute, and played tributes, to the conductor, who died in July.



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You and your crew aren’t the only ones showing off Halloween costumes. Big Morning Buzz Live host Nick Lachey donned a bevy of costumes on today’s show and even gave fans a taste of his outfits from Halloweens past.

Check out the gallery above to see Lachey’s Halloween’s style, and watch the clip below for how the rest of the show’s posse got into the day’s spirit.

[Photo Credit: VH1/provided photo from Nick Lachey]

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American Honey Wild Turkey Bourbon has spooktacular cocktails that will get you in the Halloween spirit. With the blend of smooth honey in each taste, these will surely be your new favorite holiday treats. If you’re in the NYC area, live on the wild side and enjoy these cocktails at Harlem Tavern, whose beverage director helped create the creepy concoctions. This is so much better than trick or treating.

Below are the tasty treats, what you need and how to whip them up.

Trick or Treat (pictured above)

3/4 oz. American Honey
1/4 oz. 79 Gold Caramel Spirit
Whipped Cream

Pour the American Honey into a shot glass. In a shaker with two ice cubes, combine whipped cream with a few drops of orange food coloring until you get the desired color. Shake a few times, just enough to combine the food die with the whipped cream. Pour the orange whipped cream on top of American Honey. Top shot with a fresh dollop of whipped cream.

Vampire’s Venom

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3/4 oz. American Honey
1/2 oz. SKYY Infusions® Vanilla Bean
1/4 oz. grenadine

Shake all ingredients well over ice. Strain into a shot glass.

Hellfire

Hellfire
1 oz. American Honey
1/2 oz. Art In The Age™ SNAP
1/2 oz. Combier® Peche de Vigne

Combine all ingredients over ice in a shaker. Shake well and strain into a shot glass (use glass only). Top with a splash of American Honey. Using a candle lighter, hold the flame directly over the shot glass until it ignites. Blow out the flame before taking a drink. Be careful, the glass will be hot!

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[Photo Credit: American Honey]

angelbird_ssd_trimWith the growing popularity and declining cost of solid-state drives (SSDs) for Macs and other personal computers, users have becoming increasingly interested in putting third-party SSDs into their machines. But one issue Mac users have been running into involves support for TRIM, a system-level command that allows the operating system and the drive to communicate about which areas of the drive are considered unused and thus ready to be erased and rewritten to.

Without TRIM, writes to the drive can see significant slowdowns as the system must read and erase each block on the fly before writing new data. But unfortunately for users looking to install third-party SSDs into their machines, Apple only officially supports TRIM on Apple-branded SSDs. Workarounds such as Trim Enabler have naturally been developed to enable TRIM on non-Apple SSDs, but a new lineup of SSDs released earlier this month by Austrian firm Angelbird claims to be the first third-party SSD to support TRIM right out of the box with no need for additional software tweaking.

Exactly how Angelbird has achieved native TRIM support on Mac is unclear, as the company has not responded to requests for comment. French site MacBidouille reports [Google Translate], however, that Angelbird’s SSDs appear to simply be masquerading as genuine Apple SSDs, thereby qualifying for native TRIM support. While the method appears rather questionable and likely to draw Apple’s attention, the drive could still be an appealing option for users looking for the easiest possible solution for upgrading to an SSD

OS X Yosemite has added yet another wrinkle for third-party SSD users, as the new kext signing security measure included in the new operating system means that Yosemite systems will refuse to load modified drivers such as those used by TRIM-enabling software. Cindori, the company behind Trim Enabler, is for now recommending that users interested in enabling TRIM on third-party SSDs with Yosemite disable the kext-signing check entirely. The company acknowledges that turning off this global setting is far from ideal and “for most users it will not be worth it”, but for now it is the only solution.

Angelbird has not specified whether its SSDs bypass the Yosemite TRIM issues, but if the drives do indeed simply qualify as Apple SSDs due to the way the model number is presented, it is possible that native TRIM support may still function under Yosemite. Angelbird’s SSD wrk lineup is available in three capacities: 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB starting at an MSRP of $99.99.



In celebration of the Halloween holiday, Apple, app developers, and retailers are all offering significant discounts on a range of movies, apps, and Apple accessories. We’ve rounded up some of the best of the holiday deals, which can be found below.

Movies

Apple has discounted a slew of scary movies to celebrate Halloween, offering both horror titles and more family-oriented Halloween-themed films at low prices. The complete Saw collection composed of seven movies is available for just $29.99, for example. [Direct Link]

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A Horror Movies section [Direct Link] in the iTunes Store has more than 30 different HD films that are priced at $9.99 for a limited time. Some of the more popular movies available:

I Am Legend [Direct Link]
The Shining [Direct Link]
The Exorcist [Direct Link]
The Ring [Direct Link]
Zombieland [Direct Link]
Cabin in the Woods [Direct Link]
Poltergeist [Direct Link]

A selection of less scary movies, including The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, Ghostbusters, and more, is located in a Family-Friendly Frights section in the iTunes store. All of these HD titles are also priced at $9.99. [Direct Link]

Apps

Quite a few games and apps have been discounted for Halloween, and a master list of price drops can be found over at our sister site AppShopper by searching for the most recent price cuts.

Super Glyph Quest – $0.99 (down from $2.99) [Direct Link]
Minuum keyboard – $0.99 (down from $3.99) [Direct Link]
Zoombies – Free (down from $0.99) [Direct Link]
Slender Man Origins [Direct Link]
Slender Man Origins 2 – Free (down from $2.99) [Direct Link]
Organ Trail – $0.99 (down from $2.99) [Direct Link]
Home, A Unique Horror Adventure – $0.99 (down from $2.99) [Direct Link]
LIMBO – $1.99 (down from $4.99) [Direct Link]
Dark Meadow – $0.99 (down from $5.99) [Direct Link]
The Room Two – $0.99 (down from $2.99) [Direct Link]

Apple Accessories

Several retailers are offering some great deals on their products in celebration of Halloween. Mophie, for example, is offering 20 percent off all of its products with the promo code LIVINGDEAD, with the discount valid until 11/2.

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Speck is offering a similar deal, providing customers with 20 percent off all products aside from iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases with the promo code TRICKORTREAT. Speck’s deal will last until 10/31.

Griffin is offering 20 percent off all products sidewide using the promo code SPOOKY20. The sale will last through the end of the week.

Twelve South is giving all of its customers $5 coupon that can be applied to any product at checkout using the promo code TRICK4TWEET.

Thinkgeek is offering 20 percent off all products sitewide with the promo code SUGARSKULL, with the sale lasting through the weekend.



A French village has imposed a ban on people wearing clown costumes this Halloween after pranksters dressed as scary clowns roved the streets terrorizing residents with pistols, knives, and bats.



(Adds Telefonica Brasil comment, share performance in paragraph 11-13)

iphone_5s_touch_idA Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that fingerprints are not protected by the Fifth Amendment, a decision that has clear privacy implications for fingerprint-protected devices like newer iPhones and iPads.

According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can’t be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint.

The Fifth Amendment states that “no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,” which protects memorized information like passwords and passcodes, but it does not extend to fingerprints in the eyes of the law, as speculated by Wired last year.

Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled this week that giving police a fingerprint is akin to providing a DNA or handwriting sample or an actual key, which the law permits. A pass code, though, requires the defendant to divulge knowledge, which the law protects against, according to Frucci’s written opinion.

The ruling stemmed from a case involving David Baust, who was accused of strangling his girlfriend. Prosecutors believed Baust may have stored video of the attack on his phone, and requested that the judge force him to unlock it. If protected by a passcode, Baust will not be required to unlock his phone under the Fifth Amendment, but if protected with a fingerprint, he could potentially be forced to unlock the device.

If Baust’s phone is an iPhone that’s equipped with Touch ID, it’s very likely that it will be passcode locked at this point and thus protected by law. Touch ID requires a passcode after 48 hours of disuse, a restart, or three failed fingerprint entry attempts, and the device has probably been in police custody for quite some time. It is unclear if the judge’s ruling will have an impact on future cases involving cellular devices protected with fingerprint sensors, as it could be overturned by an appeal or a higher court.



If the headline above caught you by surprise, it shouldn’t: After Daniel Radcliffe‘s splendid display of serious rap skills, we should always expect the unexpected from the Horns star.

As an unapologetic Sex Pistols superfan, Radcliffe helped show us just how alike he and the late rocker Sid Vicious actually are. A few key things they have in common: a history of experimental hair styles, comfort with nudity, and a dislike for the British monarchy as an institution. But don’t worry, Americans! While his predecessor openly loathed those across the pond, Radcliffe has nothing against you (or the movie tickets you buy). Check it out above.

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashes in a California desert after experiencing what the firm described as “a serious anomaly”.

The EU is to launch a limited operation in the Mediterranean to help Italy stem the flow of migrants from North Africa.

(Updates with confirmation from Mastercard, comment from industry group)

Fiona Woolf is to step down as the head of an inquiry into historic child sex abuse, she has told the BBC.

Oct 31 (Reuters) – Midwest Cable Inc, the cable company to be spun off from Comcast Corp after it buys Time Warner Cable Inc, said it would list its Class A common stock on the Nasdaq under the…

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The Caterham Formula One team may have to be wound up if a buyer does not emerge in the next two weeks, an administrator said on Friday.

WASHINGTON—Signaling an alarming and dangerous trend for the nation’s motorists, the U.S.



Virgin Galactic said its SpaceShipTwo rocket plane suffered an “in-flight anomaly” during a powered test flight on Friday — and other sources said the anomaly involved a catastrophic explosion and crash.



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Whenever Apple talks about the Mac mini—like at the October event in Cupertino—the company always mentions how the Mac mini is a favorite with first-time Mac users. While that may be true, the Mac mini isn’t just a computer for newbies. Its combination of affordability, compactness, and performance makes the Mac mini an ideal computer for new and experienced users alike.

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Apple offers three models of the Mac mini. When shopping the Apple Store, it helps to understand the differences of all three models in the Mac mini line and how they compare to Apple’s other Mac offerings, and to know what you’re getting for your money. In this guide, we’ll go over the key decisions you’ll need to make when shopping for a Mac mini.

Why a Mac mini?

macmini1The main reason why you would consider a Mac mini is its price. The most affordable Mac mini is $499, and there are two other models, priced at $699 and $999. By comparison, Apple’s lowest-priced iMac is $1099, the lowest-priced MacBook Air is $899, and the lowest-priced MacBook Pro (non-Retina) is $1099.

Another reason to consider about the Mac mini is its size. Measuring 7.7 by 7.7 by 1.4 inches, the Mac mini’s small size allows it to fit in almost anywhere, which can lead to some unique uses besides desktop computing, such as a server or home entertainment component.

However, the small size and the low prices come with compromises in performance and your ability to upgrade the computer in a couple of years.

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Starbucks Coffee storefrontAll the way back in 2009, a certain E! Loves writer had an inappropriate crush on Nick and Joe Jonas and a single dream in her heart:
And now, just five years later, her prayers have been…

The judge said Kaci Hickox can come and go as she pleases as long as she is monitored for symptoms and lets health officials know where she’s going.