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 2018-04-25 19:44 

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Amazon fixed an exploit that allowed Alexa to listen all the time...

Amazon's Alexa is good at listening, since it has to be ready when you say its wake word, like "Alexa," "Echo" or "Computer." That very same feature, though, has people worried about their own privacy. Researchers from security...

 2018-04-25 19:27 

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YouTube adds more rigorous parental controls to its Kids app...

Google and YouTube have been struggling with how to let kids watch videos without also exposing them to inappropriate content. Even the YouTube Kids app has suggested not-for-kids conspiracy theory videos. In response, the video platform started look......

 2018-04-25 18:56 

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Facebook will skip House hearing on social media censorship...

Mark Zuckerberg won't be taking another trip to Washington DC anytime soon. There's a hearing on Capitol Hill this Thursday regarding the way social media firms filter content, according to Reuters, and Facebook has declined the House of Represent...

 2018-04-25 18:35 

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Elon Musk: 'Oh btw I'm building a cyborg dragon'...

Oh btw I'm building a cyborg dragon— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2018Where my Model 3, tho?...

 2018-04-25 18:26 

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Google uses its search skills to help fight opioid addiction...

Google is using its influence as a search giant to fight opioid addiction in the US. The company has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration on a prescription drug take back tool that uses Google Maps helps you find return locations using......

 2018-04-25 18:05 

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Loot crates are now illegal in Belgium...

Officials in Belgium have determined that loot boxes violate the country's gambling laws and if publishers don't remove them from their games, they face jail time and fines. Specifically, FIFA 18, Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive wer...

 2018-04-25 17:44 

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Casio is reportedly done making compact cameras...

Sure, Casio may be known more for remaining committed to digital wristwatches while introducing its own take on the smartwatch fad. But the company has kept a foothold in the compact camera market, producing inexpensive little devices that casual shu......

 2018-04-25 17:23 

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8K TVs are coming, but don't buy the hype...

By Rob PegoraroIf the 8,294,400 pixels of resolution on an Ultra High Definition television just don't seem to convey enough detail, fear not: The electronics industry has heard your cry.Even as UHD TVs, often called 4K TVs for their nearly 4,000......

 2018-04-25 17:02 

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Researchers create device that opens hotel doors with old key cards...

Researchers at cybersecurity firm F-Secure have designed a device that can pull data off of hotel key cards and essentially create a master key for an entire hotel. Alarmingly, the key card doesn't even have to be currently in use. The device can ste....

 2018-04-25 16:41 

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Netflix's 'Follow This' chronicles the BuzzFeed news cycle...

Netflix and BuzzFeed have teamed up to do short-form documentaries on BuzzFeed's own reporters. Follow This will consist of a 20-episode weekly series that will premiere on July 9th, according to Variety. Each episode will run about 15 minutes. A tra....

 2018-04-25 16:19 

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Snapchat's latest AR trick turns Lenses into games...

Snapchat's augmented reality Lenses are clever, but not particularly engaging. You probably won't use them outside of the occasional moment when they help express what you're feeling. Snap may have a clever way to keep you coming back, though:...

 2018-04-25 16:00 

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Bandsintown integrates Apple Music for in-app streaming...

If you're like me, looking at your local concert listings is usually accompanied by blasting the music of the bands you encounter along the way. That task typically requires multiple apps, but live music discovery company Bandsintown now offers Apple....

 2018-04-25 15:44 

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Lexus' 2019 ES will be its first model with CarPlay support...

Toyota has slowly been entering the modern era with full smartphone integration in its cars, and now it's time for the company's upscale Lexus badge. Lexus has revealed that the 2019 ES sedan is its first-ever vehicle to support Apple CarPlay, giv...

 2018-04-25 15:29 

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DOJ is reportedly investigating Huawei for violating Iran sanctions...

The US government (and its intelligence agencies) have been warning consumers against buying Huawei smartphones, which has led to major cellular carriers in the country backing away from deals with the company. But it appears that Huawei's troubles a....

 2018-04-25 15:00 

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'Hypnospace Outlaw' is GeoCities moderator, the game...

If you used the internet in the mid-to-late 90s, you probably remember GeoCities. Bright, garish webpages full of animated glitter and barely readable text. It was a different time, before Facebook, Twitter and anything resembling an ephemeral 'story....

 2018-04-25 14:48 

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Hackers steal over $150,000 in cryptocurrency with DNS scam...

MyEtherWallet (MEW) is one of the most popular online wallets for cryptocurrency. Now, it appears that the site was the subject of a DNS hack and some users lost their money. MEW wasn't directly hacked or compromised; instead, it looks as though DNS.....

 2018-04-25 14:24 

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Microsoft plans version of Windows 10 for devices with limited storage...

A smaller, more pared down version of Windows 10 was spotted in the latest Redstone 5 preview build. Microsoft is calling it Windows 10 Lean and it's 2GB smaller in size than standard editions of Windows 10 once installed. Missing from this version a....

 2018-04-25 13:50 

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Amazon made a kid-friendly Alexa with an Echo Dot to match...

Amazon has unveiled the Echo Dot Kids Edition with a custom version of Alexa that will read to kids, play music, answer questions and do other chores. It uses a new flavor of its FreeTime app called FreeTime for Alexa that includes parent controls an......

 2018-04-25 13:42 

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An e-waste recycler is going to jail for 'pirating' Windows...

Eric Lundgren is a renowned innovator in the field of recycling e-waste. The 33-year-old man is the founder of the first electronic hybrid recycling facility in the United States, which uses old mobile phones, computers and other electronics to build......

 2018-04-25 13:21 

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Philips' huge 4K monitor is the first with super-bright HDR...

DisplayHDR certification assures consumers of an excellent standard of monitor performance, but none have received the top level -- until now. Philips' 43-inch Momentum (436M6) is the first to get HDR1000 approval, guaranteeing a superb 1,000 cd/m2 b....

 2018-04-25 13:02 

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YouTube's algorithms couldn't detect graphic bestiality images...

YouTube might have pulled 8.3 million videos violating its guidelines in the fourth quarter of 2017, but the platform is still plagued with various kinds of disturbing content. A new BuzzFeed report, for instance, has revealed that YouTube has been h......

 2018-04-25 12:32 

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'Tacoma' brings space-sleuthing to PS4 on May 8th...

Last August, Gone Home developer Fullbright released Tacoma on Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux. It was an ambitious adventure game set on an empty space station in 2088; you played as a sort of space detective with access to immersive 3D recordings and p......

 2018-04-25 12:03 

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Google joins others in making the gun emoji a water pistol...

Google is updating its gun emoji to replace the image of a handgun with that of an orange and yellow water pistol. The change is, according to Emojipedia, rolling out to Android users in an update, and will help to make the squirt gun the de-facto sy......

 2018-04-25 11:31 

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Dell 2-in-1 has an unknown Intel and AMD 'Pro' graphics chip...

Dell has unveiled its new professional PC lineup, and among them was the intriguing 15-inch Precision 5530 2-in-1. Dell calls it the "world's smallest 15-inch 2-in-1 workstation," and it packs a lot of nice specs into a small, 4.36 pound body....

 2018-04-25 11:12 

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Twitter sees another profit as user numbers grow...

Three months ago, Twitter was able to tell the world that, for the first time in its 12-year life, it had made a profit. The company can now say that those good numbers weren't a blip, since it has now notched a first quarter profit of $61 million. T....

 2018-04-25 11:01 

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YouTube Remix could mean the end of Google Play Music...

Google will reportedly shutter Google Play Music as part of a long-rumored audio and video cleanup. According to Droidlife, the subscription streaming service — a rival to Spotify, Apple Music and others — will be replaced by YouTube Remi......

 2018-04-25 10:30 

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The Morning After: Gmail gets an overdue redesign...

It's the middle of the week? Already? Well, we advise you take a peek at Gmail's new look and get ready for a slew of earnings reports later today that will include Facebook, Twitter, AT&T and LG.We're upgrading Engadget's daily newsle...

 2018-04-25 10:00 

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The latest Harry Potter mobile game puts Hogwarts in your pocket...

In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, which launched today for Android and iOS, players create their own character and progress through seven years of rigorous tutelage at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They must choose their preferred......

 2018-04-25 09:02 

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Amazon renews 'Jack Ryan' months before it premieres...

Amazon is confident that Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan will be a success -- so confident, in fact, that it's not waiting for initial viewings to declare it a hit. The company has already renewed Jack Ryan for a second season despite a months-long wait fo...

 2018-04-25 08:00 

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Opera's 'Flow' keeps its new mobile and desktop browsers synced...

Opera continues to lag behind Chrome and its other rivals, but it's not out of the browser game just yet. The company has launched a brand new mobile browser, an updated one for desktop and a way to keep them synced and connected even without logging....

 2018-04-25 07:01 

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Gmail's big redesign helps you spend less time in your inbox...

We probably don't need to tell you that Gmail has become the email service of choice for innumerable people since it first went live in 2004. New features have been added at a steady clip ever since, but we haven't really seen a big redesign since...

 2018-04-25 07:00 

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OnePlus 6 will make its debut on May 16th...

OnePlus hasn't exactly been shy about hinting that its next phone is right around the corner, and now you know just when to expect it. The company has announced a OnePlus 6 launch event in London on May 16th at 5PM BST (that's noon Eastern). And t...

 2018-04-25 05:31 

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Hulu cancels Aaron Paul-starrer 'The Path'...

We're afraid some of the Meyerism Movement's unanswered secrets will forever remain a mystery, now that Hulu has chosen not to renew The Path. The streaming platform has canceled one of its most high-profile originals after three seasons -- the th...

 2018-04-25 04:23 

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Xbox One update can automatically put your TV in game mode...

Starting today, Microsoft is rolling out its"Spring Update" for the Xbox One, but it isn't done adding new features for the season. The update that all users will get over the next few days adds "auto low latency mode" which works with...

 2018-04-25 02:55 

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BMW's Concept iX3 dials back the futuristic styling...

As we enter the BMW Group Research and Innovation Centre (also known as FIZ) in Munich Germany, I'm asked to give up my ID. Guests are rarely admitted and journalists are almost never allowed inside. The automaker is about to show me its latest conce....

 2018-04-25 02:03 

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Researchers digitize writing with cheap, touch-sensitive paper...

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a paper that can track touch, which, among other applications, could lead to an inexpensive way to digitize writing. They're presenting their work this week at the ACM CHI Conference on Human F....

 2018-04-25 01:08 

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LG G7 ThinQ will come with a super bright display...

LG, as per its tradition of teasing its upcoming flagship smartphones, has yet again dished out some tidbits about the G7 ThinQ ahead of launch next month. Specifically, the latest tease is all about the device's display, which will come in at 6.1 in....

 2018-04-25 00:38 

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Samsung's 970 series SSDs provide the write speeds you crave...

Few would call Samsung's 960-series SSDs slow (or indeed, most any NVMe SSD), but that isn't stopping the company from refining the formula. The newly launched 970 Evo and 970 Pro drives take advantage of Samsung's developments in its 64-layer...

 2018-04-24 23:54 

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Facebook was a bulletin board for identity theft sales...

Cybercriminals have been advertising stolen information like addresses, credit card numbers, dates of birth and social security numbers on Facebook, Motherboard reports today, and they've been doing it unchecked for years. Security researcher Justin.....

 2018-04-24 23:03 

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Amazon confirms the existence of a 'Fire TV Cube'...

The next-generation Fire TV might take on a cube-shaped form. AFTVNews has discovered a page on Amazon's website where you can sign up to receive more info about a certain "Fire TV Cube." While the page is pretty much empty other than the word...

 2018-04-24 22:25 

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Snapchat backtracks on its redesign to highlight friends' Stories...

When Snap unveiled its giant Snapchat redesign in fall 2017, it was emphatic that your friends' content would remain separate from superstars and media giants. The company might be having second thoughts about that strategy, though. Snap has confir......

 2018-04-24 21:55 

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NVIDIA's AI fixes photos by recognizing what's missing...

Most image editing tools aren't terribly bright when you ask them to fix a photo. They'll borrow content from adjacent pixels (such as Adobe's recently demonstrated context-aware AI fill), but they can't determine what should have been the...

 2018-04-24 21:34 

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Sports Illustrated's standalone streaming service is now available...

Sports Illustrated's television offering (SI TV) launched last November on Amazon Channels for $5 per month. Plans to expand the service to Roku, iOS, Android and web browsers have been in the works, and it's available on the web now, with other p...

 2018-04-24 21:16 

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WhatsApp will require users in Europe to be at least 16 years old...

As we get closer to the launch of Europe's new GDPR privacy standards, a number of companies are announcing some changes that will affect European users. Today, Sky News reports that WhatsApp has changed its age requirements in order to comply with t....

 2018-04-24 20:55 

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'Destiny 2' Warmind add-on puts a horde event on arctic Mars...

Bungie had teased that the second DLC for its sci-fi shooter Destiny 2, named Warmind after the game's humanity-defending mega-AI, would come out May 8th. In a livestream today, the company finally released details. In addition to a brand-new area in....

 2018-04-24 20:37 

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'Sense8' finale will debut on Netflix June 8th...

We're still wondering what happened to Wolfgang on head-scratcher sci-fi series Sense8, and it sounds like our answers might arrive sooner than expected. Netflix today announced that the wrap-up movie for the Wachowskis-created show will premiere on.....

 2018-04-24 20:18 

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Hobbyist builds the first Sony E-Mount film camera...

Sony is the one major imaging company that has never built a film camera, having leaped straight into DSLRs in 2006 after buying Minolta. A hobbyist named Alexander Gee has just pulled off a neat trick then, by creating what might be the world's firs....

 2018-04-24 19:59 

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Senate bill would require clearly worded terms for online data privacy...

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Kennedy (R-LA) have introduced a new bill aimed at protecting consumers' online data privacy. They announced plans for such a bill earlier this month after Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress. "Every da...

 2018-04-24 19:38 

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Facebook continues to limit access to user data for third-party apps...

In the wake of all the trouble from Cambridge Analytica's access and misuse of data, Facebook continues to update its policies around third-party access to user data. At the beginning of April, Instagram announced that it would be limiting third-part....

 2018-04-24 19:17 

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What's left of Yahoo slapped with $35 million fine over 2014 data breach...

In 2014, Yahoo suffered a breach that exposed personal data for 500 million users -- but they refused to tell anyone and the news didn't break until late 2016. For failing to disclose the incident and inform anyone affected, the company formerly know....

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