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KRACK Vulnerability Makes Wi-Fi Hacking Possible, Leaving Millions of Devices Exposed

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When you set up a new Wi-Fi network, you're probably conditioned by now to check the "WPA2" box. You may not specifically know when or why someone advised you to do this, but it was solid advice. Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 is the current industry standard that encrypts traffic on Wi-Fi networks to thwart eavesdroppers. And since it's been the secure option since 2004, WPA2 networks are absolutely everywhere. They're also, it turns out, vulnerable to cryptographic attack. A flaw in WPA2's cryptographic protocols could be exploited to read and steal data that would otherwise be protected, according to new research from security ... Read More
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Garmin’s Speak puts Alexa-powered navigation in your car

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Mobile navigation device company Garmin has announced a new speaker that includes integration with Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa. It’s the first product to give Alexa mapping capabilities, which is one of the things that other in-car Alexa solutions (such as those from Ford) have been missing. The device is compact, measuring 1.5 inches with an LED light ring and an OLED display that has four arrows to help guide the driver to the correct lane while on the road. It also features spoken turn-by-turn directions. With the Alexa integration, users can ask for news briefings, weather forecasts, t... Read More
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Nude is a next-generation photo vault that uses AI to hide your sensitive photos

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Nudes are an inconvenient truth of the mobile era. The combination of ever-more-powerful cameras and ever-more-convenient sharing mechanisms has made the exchange of explicit pictures a fact of life for nearly everyone seeking romantic connections online. Yet when it comes to managing explicit photographs, technology generally has not been our friend. Mobile camera rolls seem to not take the existence of nudes into account, as anyone who ever stumbled across an odd penis while scrolling through a friend’s device can tell you. And as we saw during the 2014 Celebgate hack, photos stored online... Read More
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HTC U11 successors could be announced November 2nd

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HTC is holding an event on November 2nd, where it could announce two new versions of its U11 smartphone. The company sent out invitations for an event in Taiwan to local media today, with the note including a large “U” at the top, indicating that the HTC U line will be the focus there. Over the past several weeks, leaks have come out suggesting there are two new phone models in the works: a mid-range device meant for ... Read More
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Conjuring Divinity: Original Sin 2 on my smartphone is why I love PC gaming

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I spent Sunday playing the PC role-playing game Divinity: Original Sin 2 — except I wasn’t anywhere near my desktop. Instead, I was playing the excellent fantasy adventure on my smartphone with an Xbox One controller. I was able to do this thanks to a handful of magical technologies and the open nature of the PC. Let me start by confirming that this setup works well as long as I’m on my home network. I’ll explain how it all works (it’s simple), but I think it’s an excellent way to play a lot of PC games without having to chain yourself to your desk. I stream the... Read More
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DxO’s detachable smartphone camera is finally coming to Android

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Two years ago, DxO — the company best known for issuing scores for the best (and worst) smartphone cameras on the market — released a curious little camera called the DxO One that plugged into the Lightning port of iPhones and iPads. Now that camera is finally coming to Android. DxO announced today that the company is launching a USB Type-C version of the One that should work with most USB-C Android phones and tablets. We don’t know much more about when the Android version will be available, how accessible it will be, what it will... Read More
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Tony Fadell-backed company sues Andy Rubin’s Essential over wireless connector tech

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Keyssa, a startup specializing in wireless data transmission that is backed by Nest co-founder Tony Fadell, has filed a lawsuit against Android phone maker Essential, according to a report from Reuters. Keyssa has been around since 2009, and the company says it was in talks with Essential for 10 months or so to help provide the technology behind connecting Essential’s ... Read More
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The good news and bad news about today’s massive Wi-Fi bug

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Today, researchers published details of a new attack against Wi-Fi encryption, which they dubbed “Krack.” Manufacturers have known about the issue for more than a month, but it still caught much of the industry off guard; major companies are still scrambling to deploy patches before an exploit code becomes available. It’s an unusual bug — both hard to exploit and hard to fix — and it’s already stretching vendor patching systems to their limit. Here’s what you need to know to keep your own devices safe. THE GOOD NEWS: IT’S HARD FOR HACKERS TO EXPLOIT The good news is Krack is a wide but shallow bug: nearly every d... Read More
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Pocket Gems launches Atlas expansion for War Dragons

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Pocket Gems is launching the first major expansion for its War Dragons mobile game. Dubbed Atlas, the expansion will open up the world of the 3D real-time strategy game, which has been a top mobile game since its launch in April 2015. San Francisco-based Pocket Gems was able to raise $90 million from China’s Tencent in May, in part because of the success of the hardcore multiplayer game War Dragons and also because of the strength of ... Read More
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How the KRACK attack destroys nearly all Wi-Fi security

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Enlarge / Android users: your Wi-Fi combo can be set to all zeros.A paper by two Belgian researchers has cast more light on the vulnerabilities discovered in the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) implementations on most, if not all, wireless networking devices that use the protocol. Dubbed "KRACK" (Key Reinstallation AttaCK), the attack "abuses design or implementation flaws in cryptographic protocols to reinstall an already-in-... Read More
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KRACK Vulnerability Impacts Secure Wi-Fi Standard, Leaving Millions of Devices Exposed

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When you set up a new Wi-Fi network, you're probably conditioned by now to check the "WPA2" box. You may not specifically know when or why someone advised you to do this, but it was solid advice. Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 is the current industry standard that encrypts traffic on Wi-Fi networks to thwart eavesdroppers. And since it's been the secure option since 2004, WPA2 networks are absolutely everywhere. They're also, it turns out, vulnerable to cryptographic attack. A flaw in WPA2's cryptographic protocols could be exploited to read and steal data that would otherwise be protected, according to new research from security ... Read More
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Microsoft has already fixed the Wi-Fi attack vulnerability

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Technology companies are starting to respond to a new Wi-Fi exploit affecting all modern Wi-Fi networks using WPA or WPA 2 encryption. The security vulnerabilities allow attackers to read Wi-Fi traffic between devices and wireless access points, and in some cases even modify it to inject malware into websites. Security researchers claim devices running macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux will be affected by the vulnerabilities. Microsoft says it has already fixed the problem for customers running supported versions of Windows. “We have released a security update to address this issue,” says a Mic... Read More
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LG’s spirited defense of the headphone jack is futile

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I wrote this in my LG V30 review, but it bears repeating and expanding upon: LG has crafted the best-sounding headphone audio in any smartphone yet. The V30’s quad-DAC audio system is a legitimate technological advancement that delivers real joy and a tangible upgrade over every other phone out there. And it doesn’t matter. It pains me to type these searing words of dismissal, but we all have to face the facts. At no point in smartphone history has audio been a meaningful differentiator. HTC tried it with a long series of flagship phones, including the Beats-branded ... Read More
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LimeBike raises $50 million to expand dockless bike-sharing

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Just a few months after launching with a $12 million seed round, dockless bike-sharing startup LimeBike announced today that it has secured a whopping $50 million to expand nationwide. Coatue Management led the investment, with participation from new investors, including GGV Capital, Bill Maris’ Section 32, Franklin Templeton Investments, AME Cloud Ventures, and Stanford’s StartX Fund. Returning investors Andreessen Horowitz and DCM Ventures also joined. The San Mateo, California-based startup provides c... Read More
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Meet the Mate 10, Huawei’s New AI-Powered Flagship Phone

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The next big thing in phones: high-end handsets that harness artificial intelligence to drive advanced features like smart photography, machine translation, and predictive behavior. While we're waiting for the Pixel 2 and the iPhone X to show up in the stores, Huawei has joined the AI fray with its new handset, the Mate 10 Pro. This is the company's first smartphone with a chip tuned to power artificial-intelligence software. Inside the phone's new Kirin 970 processor (which Huawei designed and built itself) is a component... Read More
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Huawei’s Mate 10 phones have big screens, small bezels, and AI hardware

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Huawei has announced the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, two new phones that occupy the highest end of its lineup. The Mate 10 phones see the Chinese giant get on board with the skinny-bezel trend of 2017 while leveraging its ability in silicon design to supposedly improve AI-related performance. The main difference between the two phones is in screen size and shape. The Mate 10 features a 5.9-inch 2560 x 1440 LCD while the Mate 10 Pro’s display is a 6-inch 2160 x 1080 OLED; both have thin, symmetrical bezels at the top and bottom. The Pro feels like the smaller phone, however, due to the narrower 18:9 aspect ratio it shares with many of this year’s similarly sized “bezel-less” phones. T... Read More
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Wi-fi security flaw ‘puts devices at risk of hacks’

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The wi-fi connections of businesses and homes around the world are at risk, according to researchers who have revealed a major flaw dubbed Krack.It concerns an authentication system which is widely used to secure wireless connections.Experts said it could leave "the majority" of connections at risk until they are patched.The researchers added the attack method was "exceptionally devastating" for Android 6.0.The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (Cert) has issued a warning on the flaw."US-Cert has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the four-way handsha... Read More
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41 percent of Android phones are vulnerable to ‘devastating’ Wi-Fi attack

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A new exploit can allow attackers to read Wi-Fi traffic between devices and wireless access points, and even modify it to inject malware into websites. Researchers have started disclosing security vulnerabilities today, and it looks like Android and Linux-based devices are the worst affected. Researchers claim the attack works against all modern Wi-Fi networks using WPA or WPA 2 encryption, and that the weakness is in the Wi-Fi standard itself so it affects macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux devices. Intercepting traffic lets attackers read ... Read More
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Samsung Connect Tag tracks your kid or pet for up to seven days per charge

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Samsung will release a trackable tag that it says is the first consumer mobile product to use narrowband network technology (NB-IoT). Narrowband networks connect Internet of Things devices through cellular communication bands. The networks are designed for devices that use small amounts of data and power and provides the capability to securely connect to the Internet for location services. The Samsung Connect Tag provides location information b... Read More
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Microsoft shows off its Fluent Design changes to Windows 10

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Microsoft first unveiled its Fluent Design language earlier this year, promising subtle changes to the company’s software in the future. The first part of Fluent Design will appear in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release tomorrow, but Microsoft is preparing more in the coming months. Most of the existing changes include subtle additions like blur effects, which is a type of design we saw back with Windows Vista. All of the new design changes to Windows 10 are demonstrated in a new video from Microsoft. It’s a good showcase of how subtle the changes are, but it doesn’t te... Read More
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Playrix scores another big match-3 mobile game hit with Homescapes

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Russia’s Playrix has become a big mobile game player in the past couple of years. It has scored three big hits, and now, it has launched another major match-3 mobile game with Homescapes. In its first week, Homescapes had more than 7 million downloads on iOS and Android, said Igor Bukhman, cofounder of Playrix, in an interview with GamesBeat. Hits like this have enabled Playrix to become one of the top 10 mobile game companies in the world. And it’s a reminder that big ... Read More
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The Best Smart Garage-Door Controller

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Chamberlain’s MyQ Garage (MYQ-G0201) attaches to your garage with a bracket that you drill into the ceiling. Then you plug it into power, and it connects wirelessly to your opener via a smartphone. Our pick The Chamberlain MyQ Garage (MYQ-G0301)... Read More
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The Best Chromecast Speaker

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Chromecast Audio is one of several competing wireless audio technologies currently being built into speakers. A Chromecast Audio product connects to your home Wi-Fi network, and streams Internet-based audio content. You select the audio program you want to hear using Chromecast-compatible apps running on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Chromecast’s main advantage over the much more common Bluetooth standard is that it lets you play the same audio on multiple speakers throughout your home, which Bluetooth generally can’t do at present. Chromecast Audio is similar to Sonos, but doesn’t support nearly as many music services. You can also play music from a p... Read More
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Bury me, my Love stays true to the experiences of Syrian refugees

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Bury me, my Love is a game about a journey that millions of people have made simply so they can survive. It’s from developers Pixel Hunt and Figs, and it’s based on the true stories of Syrian refugees who fled their homes because of a brutal civil war. It will debut October 26 on iOS and Android. It plays out as text conversations between a married couple, Nour and Majd. He stays in their home in the Syrian city of Homs because he has to support his family. Meanwhile, Nour forges ahead to Germany to resettle in safety so that Majd can join her later.... Read More
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Wireless convenience is driving us to spend more on headphones

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The average price of a pair of headphones has inched past the $40 mark this year, according to new data released this week by Futuresource Consulting. We now pay an average of $42.70, which is a 14 percent rise year-on-year and maintains a trajectory of double-digit annual growth. Last summer, Futuresource reported an 11 percent rise in pricing in 2015, to a mark of $34, driven by an appetite for more advanced features. Those are things like advanced noise canceling, fitness tracking for sports buds, and the novelty of integrated assistant software (like with ... Read More
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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: What It Is and How to Get It

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On October 17, Microsoft drops a new version of Windows 10 called the Fall Creators Update. It’s packed to the brim with new features for everyday users and people who just like making cool stuff. Here's what you need to know before you click that big ol' update button. What You'll Get The Fall Creators Update gives you a neat new Photos app for all your organization and editing needs. There’s a new feature called Story Remix that makes it a breeze to throw together a few pictures and video clips for those post-v... Read More
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An Equifax Goof, an iOS Phish, and More Security News This Week

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This week was one of revelations in the security world, most of them centered around nation-states pulling off ambitious hacks. In the wake of reports that Russia had used Kaspersky Lab software to steal NSA secrets, we took a look at the antivirus paradox that applies to every company selling it. And given reports that North Korea had attempted to hack a US energy utility, we looked at when exactly grid-attacks should freak you out. In addition to break-ins, we took a look at a few things that are broken, like ... Read More
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Review: Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)

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Do you prefer your candy bars king size, regular, or fun size? I’ve always favored the middle. Regular size bars are big enough to satisfy, but not so huge that I feel that pang of guilt in my sugar-ridden stomach. Buying a tablet from Amazon is similar. You can opt for a cute 7-inch Fire, but there’s a good chance it’ll feel too small. Or you can buy a big 10-inch Fire, which, for some, will be unwieldy. The 8-inch Fire? In my opinion, it’s just right.The latest Amazon Fire HD 8 has a 1,280 x 800-pixel, 8-inch screen that’s robust enough for watching movies on a long bus ride (though the viewing angles aren’t amazing), and ... Read More
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Google Assistant can now control Chromecasts from your phone

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The Google Assistant has always been able to control Chromecasts from a Google Home, but now that ability is expanding to the Google Assistant on Android phones, too. Android Police spotted the new feature, which seems to still be rolling out. It appears to work for traditional Chromecasts, Chromecast Audios, and devices with Chromecast built in. We were able to get it to play YouTube and turn on and off a TV. It’s a really helpful expansion for a couple of reasons. For one, it means that there’s less fragmentation betwe... Read More
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On this week’s Vergecast, we rant about Android Messaging, Apple’s hype cycle, and Windows phone dying again

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We’ve got a bloggy Vergecast today. In between review weeks, a few things popped up in the news that Nilay, Dieter, and Paul needed to talk about. Google is integrating video chat into a phone but still not text; you can now watch all the movies you’ve purchased online in one place; Apple is on a “hype cycle” talking about AR; and Windows Phone died again. But that’s not all. There’s a whole lot in between that — like the segment Paul does every week, “You know Dan, the duck face is no longer cool” — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all. 07:28 - Android Messaging rant... Read More
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Developers found a way to get unlimited, uncompressed storage on Google Photos without a Pixel

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Developers have found a way to pirate cloud storage from Google Photos. Google offers unlimited storage of full-resolution photos and videos for its Pixel users, and now, some developers have found a way to subvert that Pixel device requirement to obtain plentiful Google Photos storage on any Android device running Nougat or higher. The workaround isn't simple. Users will have to root their device, download a file that's already found on Pixel phones, load that file onto their device, and in some cases, go even further with additional, more complicated adjustments. You can view the full hack ... Read More
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How to use Movies Anywhere to stream your film collection on every device

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Disney has created the buy once, watch everywhere movie service that consumers have always wanted. The company has managed to rally support from a number of major Hollywood film studios — Paramount and Lionsgate are the major holdouts — and the end result is Movies Anywhere, a new service that promises glorious cross-platform support for (almost) all the digital movies that you’ve ever purchased. You’re no longer stuck watching a movie with just the video app from the company you bought it from. With Movies Anywhere, your iTunes movies... Read More
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The Best Electric Cars

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2017 Kia Soul EV: Our previous top pick, the Kia Soul EV is a comfortable, practical vehicle that provides a roomy, efficiently designed interior for carrying people and cargo. It gives you easy access, a comfortable seat height, and an easy-to-use infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as functions that help you maximize range and find nearby public chargers. Along with is corporate cousin, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, the Soul EV provides the longest warranty in the segment: five years/60,000 miles for bumper-to-bumper coverage and a 10-year/100,000-mile power train warran... Read More
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Facebook now lets you order food without leaving Facebook

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Today Facebook is announcing that users can now order food for takeout or delivery using both the Facebook mobile app and website. But it’s not at all what you might think; Facebook hasn’t created its own answer to Seamless, which would be massive news for the restaurant industry. This isn’t that. Instead, the company is partnering with existing services Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow, Zuppler, EatStreet, Slice, and Olo — not Seamless — and will now link out to those food ordering businesses for restaurants that support them. You head to the new “Order Food” section of Facebook, find the local spot you’re craving, and then hit “start order.” From there, if a restaurant supports... Read More
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Square Enix brings Million Arthur VR card battler to the U.S. and more

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Square Enix has brought its King Arthur-inspired digital card battler to virtual reality with Million Arthur VR: Character Command RPG. The publisher released Million Arthur VR in partnership with Vive Studios for the HTC Vive. It launched in Japan and China earlier this year, and it’s now available for $40 on Steam in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia. Developed by Square Enix and Gree, Inc., Million Arthur VR is a role-playing game where playe... Read More
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Lyft says it will use Google Maps as its default navigation tool for drivers

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Lyft announced today that it will update its app for drivers to replace its old navigation system with Google Maps, in the hopes of saving drivers the hassle of switching back and forth between apps. Drivers who prefer Waze, though, can opt out of the in-app navigation, Lyft says. Most drivers are already spending a lot of time swiping between multiple ride-hail apps like Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Gett, looking for the closest passenger or alerts of surging fares. On top of that, a lot of them depend on crowdsourced navigation apps ... Read More
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Delta will automatically check in passengers with its mobile app

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Delta just did away with the standard, antiquated flight check-in process that’s plagued modern flyers for years. Now, Delta passengers’ boarding passes will automatically be sent out 24 hours prior to a flight, so long as they use Delta’s mobile app. The change was noted in the iOS version of the Fly Delta app, and it’s sure to be a welcome one to those who hate having to go through the cumbersome online process. The Android app doesn’t yet appear to have the option. This is notable because no other US airline offers this service, and it should hopefully inspire others to follow suit. German airline Lufthansa does automatic check-in, and JetBlue briefly tried a pilot program with select customers... Read More
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Razer’s first smartphone might have 8GB of RAM

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We’re a couple weeks away from Razer unveiling its very first smartphone, but it looks like we may be getting some early details today. Phone Radar spotted a listing on GFXBench for a “Razer Phone” that lists a bunch of high-end but very plausible details on what may be inside the upcoming phone. According to the listing, which has since been removed, the phone will have a 5.7-inch display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution — about the ... Read More
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Sony’s experimental projector that turns surfaces into touchscreens is coming to the US

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The time has come for you to turn your doors, walls, and cabinets into touchscreens. Sony unveiled its Xperia Touch projector at Mobile World Congress back in February, and now, it's bringing the device to the US. It's available through Amazon and costs $1... Read More
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Bury me, my Love’s tale about Syrian refugees launches October 26 on iOS and Android

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Indie French developers The Pixel Hunt and Figs announced today that their new mobile game, Bury me, my Love, is coming out for iOS and Android on October 26. It will be a paid title. Bury me, my Love is an interactive story game where you interact with characters through an instant messaging interface. It’s about a Syrian refugee, Nour, as she tries to make her way to safety. Majd, Nour’s husband, stays behind and can only communicate with her through a cellphone. The Syrian Civil War has been going on for seven years and has resulted in at least... Read More
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CastBox reveals $16 million in funding as global surge in podcast investment continues

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If finding out what’s hot in tech requires little more than following the money, then podcasting startups have been positively roasting in recent months. A few weeks back, New York-based Anchor raised $10 million in a series A round of funding led by Google’s venture capital arm, GV, which followed a week after Swedish audio startup Acast announced $19.5 million to grow its platform globally. This, in turn, came swiftly after New York-ba... Read More
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Spotify launches standalone mobile app that gives artists streaming data and more controls

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Spotify has launched a mobile app specifically to help artists, their managers, and members of their entourage manage the artist’s presence on the music-streaming service. Spotify for Artists launches today on iOS only, with an Android incarnation following shortly. By way of a quick recap, Spotify for Artists launched back in April as a rebrand of the company’s existing Fan Insights in... Read More
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Google Home now lets you shop at Target with just your voice

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Next time you need an emergency order of LaCroix, you can just ask a Google Home to order a case from Target. Google announced today that Target will begin supporting its Google Express shopping service in the contiguous US. That also means Target will be supported through the Google Assistant’s voice ordering feature, which is so far only live on the Google Home and Android TV but is coming “soon” to iOS and Android as well. Target has only been available through Google Express in New York City an... Read More
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Vivoactive 3 review: Garmin’s often the underdog, often the better choice

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The fight to make the best all-purpose smartwatch has never been tougher. There are a number of new wearables around the $300 mark that want to be your device of choice for both fitness and all-day wear. Since fitness is still the most practical use for wearables, most companies follow the same pattern: make the best fitness device for the money and supplement it with other smart features that would be most useful to the masses. Garmin's latest attempt to execute that plan is the $300 Vivoactive 3, a device poised to take on the $329 Apple Watch Series 3 (wi... Read More
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My cat ate (part of) his fitness tracker

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I live with a six-month-old cat named Pretzel who likes to sprint from one side of my apartment to the other, and sometimes pounce on me with his claws out along the way. He’s the first pet I’ve ever had, and living with him is mostly a joy. But because he’s my first pet, I’ve often been really uncertain of what to do: am I feeding him too much or too little? Do I actually need to brush his teeth? And what do I need to do to make sure he stays healthy? That last question had me pretty interested to check out Poof, a fitness tracker designed for cats and dogs. Poof has two models — a rechargeable pill-shaped option, and a larger battery-powered v... Read More
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Review: Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017)

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Opening up the Amazon Fire HD 10 will tell you everything you need to know about it. It doesn’t come in an immaculate white box, like an iPad or fancy Galaxy tablet, and there is no lid that makes that pleasant suction sound as you gently lift it, revealing a glass and metal slab so pristine it could part the heavens. Nope—my Fire HD 10 came in a cardboard pouch.Like a FedEx box, you simply tear a tab off and yank out your brand-new Fire. But hey, that’s OK. This full-size tablet costs $150, and for that price... Read More
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The 2018 Honda Odyssey turns the screens on your passengers

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Cars have become expensive rolling gadgets, full of screens, speakers, and sensors — but are they actually good gadgets? In our new series, ScreenDrive, we’ll review cars just like any other device, starting with the basics of what they’re like to use. The sounds of shrieking and yelling in a car shouldn’t be ... Read More
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BlackBerry settles lawsuits with budget Android phone maker BLU after reaching patent licensing deal

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BlackBerry’s evolution from being a world-renowned consumer hardware company to focusing on software, services, and licensing took a notable step forward today: The Canadian company has settled a long-standing legal spat with budget smartphone company BLU Products, or BLU, as its most commonly known. Last summer, BlackBerry kick-started legal action again two companies for purported patent infringements: Santa Clara-based internet telephone company Avaya in August 2016, a... Read More
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Google simplifies Android video calling

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Google is rolling out simpler video calling on mobile for Android users. Those wanting to make a video call will be able do so straight from the Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps. The integration is as tight as you’d expect (as seen in the GIF above) with the option to start video presented in the same list of options where you’d call or text a contact. Google says it will add a function later that allows you to upgrade an ongoing voice call to video with a single tap. When the video call is made, it’ll be routed through your carrier’s ViLTE service (video over LTE). If you’re... Read More
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Supersolid raises $4 million as it preps to launch Home Street mobile game

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Developer Supersolid raised $4 million for its casual mobile games such as Home Street, its latest hit. Index Ventures, a venture capital firm that has invested in other hit mobile studios such as King (Candy Crush Saga) and Supercell (Clash Royal... Read More
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Google disables Home Mini’s touch function to give you ‘peace of mind’ after improperly recording users

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Google has disabled the Google Home Mini‘s top touch functionality, which gives users the power to interact with Google Assistant. The basis for the elimination of top touch is chronicled in a post published Tuesday by Android Police reviewer Artem Russakovskii. After a few days, he found that the Google Home Mini given to him was carrying out thousands of uninitiated recordings, not just when the top of the device was touched or when he said “Hey Google.” T... Read More
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Hollywood studios join Disney to launch Movies Anywhere digital locker service

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For several years now, Disney has been the only Hollywood studio with a digital movie locker worth using, but a host of other industry heavyweights have now jumped on board to launch an expanded version of the service called Movies Anywhere. It’s both a cloud-based digital locker and a one-stop-shop app: customers connect Movies Anywhere to their iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, or Vudu accounts, and all of the eligible movies they’ve purchased through those retailers appear as part of their Movies Anywhere library. Given that the Movies Anywhere app works across a number of platforms, it basicall... Read More
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Google will ‘permanently remove’ Home Mini feature that led to constant recording

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Google has decided to “permanently remove” the feature that led to a “small number” of Home Mini units accidentally recording thousands of times a day, instead of just when a user triggers it. In a statement released today, the company said that it made the decision because “we want people to have complete peace of mind while using Google Home Mini.” The Home Mini shipped with a feature that let... Read More
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Google starts integrating Duo and ViLTE video calling into Android devices

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Google today announced it is integrating video calling into Android via Google Duo. The functionality lets you start a video call directly from three core apps: Android Messages, Contacts, and Phone. There are a few catches though. You and the recipient need to have Duo installed on one of the supported phones (Pixel, Android One, or Nexus). Furthermore, if you want your call to use video over LTE (ViLTE), an extension of voice over LTE (Ma href... Read More
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Essential will start shipping the white version of its phone next week

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Essential plans to start shipping the white version of its phone next week. The company just began sending emails out to people who still have a preorder on the white model saying that the phone “is ready and we will start shipping next week.” It also tweeted out that the phone would be available in white through Best Buy, Amazon, and Sprint. The announcement puts the white version of the Essential phone nearly two months behind the black model, which started shipping on August 25th. It’s... Read More
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Qualcomm fined $774 million for abusing monopoly on smartphone modems in Taiwan

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Qualcomm has been hit with a nearly $774 million fine by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission, which said today that the chip maker abused its monopoly over smartphone modems to squeeze higher licensing fees and better terms out of its customers. Taiwan is only the latest country to go after Qualcomm over its expensive and onerous licensing terms: China and ... Read More
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North America Android Virtual Workshop: Guest Speaker Andy Zmolek, Android – Mon., Oct 23, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT

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Learn from Android Engineer Andy Zmolek about the latest changes in Android that help the operating system meet the needs of Enterprise customers. Security, GMS, and manageability will be highlighted. REGISTER NOW... Read More
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Huawei’s budget smartphone now has a tall display and narrow bezels

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Huawei announced its next-generation budget phone today: the Honor 7X. The biggest change over last year's device, the Honor 6X, has a new aspect ratio and screen dimensions. This is the company's first device with an 18:9 display. You'll notice it still has bezels, although they're minimized, and the screen size is slightly longer, at 5.93 inches. The 6X had a 5.5-inch screen. Here are the rest of the specs: Kirin 659 chipset 4GB of RAM Up to 128GB of expandable storage 3340mA... Read More
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Facial recognition technology will replace IDs, credit cards, and passwords

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As the old saying goes, a smile costs nothing but gives so much. In the future, it will offer a lot more, including everything from the ability to fly across the country to the means to purchase fried chicken. If you live in China, the latter is a present-day reality. The Alibaba-owned Alipay, a mobile app used by 120 million people in China, lets you transfer money using facial recognition as a verifier. In early September, Alibaba’s Ant Financial unit also launched face-based payment with KFC. ... Read More
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Niko Partners: Taiwan’s game market on path to $2.35 billion by 2021

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Asian games market researcher Niko Partners is forecasting that the Taiwanese game market will grow from $1.26 billion in 2016 to $2.35 billion by 2021. That shows the potential of the small nation’s game business and the intensity of its fans. Taiwan’s population of 23.5 million is 55th in the world, but it is the 15th-largest PC and mobile games market worldwide. It is the largest market in greater Southeast Asia, thanks in part to fan enthusiasm, local investment in technology, and good Internet infrastructure. Mobile games... Read More
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INSHUR Announces Strategic Partnership to Further Grow Its Business in the $1bn Rideshare Insurance Market

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SAN FRANCISCO & NEW YORK & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 11, 2017– INSHUR (www.inshur.com) today announced a strategic partnership with Munich Re’s Digital Partners, to design and distribute innovative commercial auto insurance products, through INSHUR’s mobile technology platform. INSHUR opened for business in 2016 focusing on New York City’s rideshare market; an insurance sector expected to be soon worth more than $1bn. INSHUR is the industry’s o... Read More
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Nimble Selected By Microsoft to Join Its Seattle Accelerator Portfolio of Innovative, Enterprise-Ready Startups It Wants to Help Scale

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Unprecedented Access to Top Microsoft Partners and Customers, Technical Knowledge, Premier Engineering, Go-To-Market and Co-Sales Support SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 11, 2017– Nimble today announced it has been selected to join ... Read More
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Amazon’s Fire HD 10 does everything you expect a cheap tablet to and nothing more

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In recent years, the tablet world has been little more than the iPad world. If you’re looking for a tablet, it’s very likely that the iPad is the right tablet for you. The iPad’s drop in price to $329 earlier this year strengthened its position even further. But back when the iPad cost $500 or more, there was a burgeoning market of cheap tablets that promised to do all of the iPad things for a lot less money. This was Amazon’s world. Its line of Fire HD tablets were way less expensive than Apple’s devices, and made for good alternatives if you didn’t want to spend the money for an iPad. Amazon never really left the cheap tablet market... Read More
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Google’s Home Mini needed a software patch to stop some of them from recording everything

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Categorize this under “one of the worst possible PR nightmares for a Google smart speaker.” According to Artem Russakovskii at Android Police, the Google Home Mini he was reviewing was randomly and near-constantly recording sounds in his home and transmitting them to Google. The company acknowledged the problem and is issuing a software update to resolve the issue, which appears to boil down to a failure of the touch sensor on the top. Smart speakers like the Google Home Mini are designed to only listen for a specific wake word — in this case it’s “Hey Google” o... Read More
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Porsche launches a car subscription service

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Porsche will start a “subscription service” for customers that could give them access to a number of their sports cars and SUVs, from $2,000 per month. Porsche Passport will start in November in Atlanta, the German company’s North American affiliate announced Tuesday. The automaker calls it a “white-glove” service intended to give users app-driven access to a different Porsche on a flexible schedule. The pilot program being rolled out in metro Atlanta first is made possible through Clutch Technologies, LLC, which is part of the company’s Strategy 2025 that wants to cater to, “customers’ desire to experience our sports cars,” Porsche Cars North America president and CEO K... Read More
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Why Microsoft finally admitted Windows 10 Mobile is dead

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You might not know this, but Bill Gates — the famed cofounder of Microsoft — recently admitted that he uses an Android phone. And a high-ranking official at Microsoft admitted that the Windows Mobile phone is pretty much dead. Nokia, the company Microsoft once owned, is slipping off into the dark night... Read More
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Twitter adds a new way to see popular game-specific sports tweets

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Twitter’s latest attempt to help users find more relevant and popular tweets across its platform is a new set of lists specific to ongoing sports matches. Now, when scrolling through the home tab of the Twitter mobile, you’ll have the option of seeing a carousel at the top of the screen with current games. Tapping into any one will show you a list of tweets relevant to the game that are algorithmically organized. The new feature, called Happening Now, is available starting today on iOS and Android for users in the US, the company announced today in a tweet. While it’s certainly a valiant effort on Twitter’s part, the ... Read More
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Siri’s forgetfulness gives Alexa and Google Assistant a key advantage

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You ever been mid-sentence while speaking with Siri or Google Assistant and you get cut off? Just like when you’re speaking to a human, sometimes when you’re in the middle of a conversation with an AI assistant, you get interrupted by another person talking, or by an important push notification on your phone, or you just forget what you wanted to ask and your phone goes to sleep. This happens all the time. When it happens and you’re using an app or web browser on a smartphone, you typically just pick up where you left off — but that’s not always possible with AI assistants. This is where Siri falls short compared to major competitors like Google Assistant and Alexa. Let’s say you want to use Siri t... Read More
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Microsoft launches Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK, rebrands Windows Store as Microsoft Store

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During its Windows Developer Day event today, Microsoft today launched the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update software development kit (SDK). Developers can download the new SDK now from developer.microsoft.com/windows. At the same time, Microsoft has confirmed that the Windows Store has been rebranded as the Microsoft Store. Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was ... Read More
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Snapchat launches context cards to display reviews, maps, and other information on top of snaps

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Snapchat is today rolling out a new feature that will display context-specific data on top of users’ snaps. The aptly-named context cards serve as an information overlay that varies depending on the content of a Snapchat post. For example, someone may send you a picture of a plate of food they’re currently devouring, and add a geofilter to the image detailing where exactly they are. Now, the recipient will be able to swipe up on any such snap to look at detailed information such as hours of operation, contact details, maps, directions, reviews, and more. The feature is underpinned by integrations with third-party services such as Foursqure, Tripadvisor, Goop, and Michelin. ... Read More
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Snapchat’s new context cards let you read reviews, book reservations, and more

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Snapchat today is introducing context cards, which add contextual information to geotagged photos and images shared in public stories. Snaps added to the regional Our Story feature, or those sent with the white-text, venue-specific geofilter, will include the cards automatically. Users can swipe up on any snap that displays the word “more” and they’ll see an interactive card pop up with contextual information about the place in question. Partners supplying information for the cards include Foursquare, OpenTable, TripAdvisor, and Lyft, and will grow over time, Snaps says. If you’ve used Google Maps, you’ve seen cards like these. They offer basic details about a venue including the address, phone nu... Read More
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Slow iPhone? Don’t Blame Apple. Blame Your Apps

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Each year, fall ushers in a few certainties. Leaves change color and fall gently to the ground. Pumpkin spice flavors turn up in unlikely foodstuffs. And iPhone owners feel pretty sure that Apple has intentionally slowed down their smartphone, in a dastardly attempt to get them to upgrade to the latest model. That last one? It’s not a thing. Hue and cry about Apple’s “planned obsolescence” has burbled up for years, at one point gracing even the pages of ... Read More
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Windows Phone was a glorious failure

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This past weekend, Microsoft made official what was already known for years: the Windows Phone mobile operating system is dead. There’ll be no further development, no miraculous Windows 10 Mobile revivals, and no further attempts to compete with the overwhelming duopoly of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. The new Microsoft, led by Satya Nadella, prefers collaboration over competition — or at least that’s the choice the company tells itself it has made in abandoning its thwar... Read More
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Ariella Lehrer becomes president of AR games maker HitPoint Studios

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HitPoint Studios, a work-for-hire game studio that has begun making augmented reality games, has announced that Ariella Lehrer, the founder and CEO of Legacy Games, will join the studio as its president. The move follows a multi-year development partnership between Legacy Games, a brand-oriented maker of mobile and PC games, and HitPoint. Three of Legacy’s top people will move over to work at HitPoint while Legacy Games will continue focusing on its current customer... Read More
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Bill.com secures $100 million to digitize business payments

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Bill.com, a cloud-based payments platform for U.S. businesses, announced today that it has raised an additional $100 million to digitize payments. JP Morgan Chase and Temasek co-led the round, with participation from returning investors August Capital, Scale Ventures, Napier Park, DCM, Icon Ventures, and Emergence Capital. Founded in 2006, the Palo Alto, California-based startup works with businesses, accounting firms, and banks to reduce the time spent on financial back-office operations. According to Bill.com founder and CEO René Lacerte, many more solutions have been rolled out for consumers in the digital payments space. “They ... Read More
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How to Erase Your Old Phone Before You Sell It

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So you’ve got your eyes on that shiny new Pixel 2, or maybe you’re getting ready to go (almost) all-screen with the iPhone X. Since you’ll be getting a new phone, you won’t need your old one anymore. Plus, you can sell it and make some extra cash to put towards your new one. Some companies, like Apple and Google will even let you trade in your old ... Read More
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Microsoft is now rolling out Cortana inside of Skype

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Microsoft is starting to roll out Cortana inside of Skype, letting its smart assistant jump into private and group chats to offer assistance in making plans and looking up information. Cortana will be available on both iOS and Android, but Microsoft says its assistant “will be gradually rolled out” starting in the US, so you might not have access yet. ... Read More
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Google Home Mini Review:

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My Google Assistant is many things, but it’s mostly a meteorologist. I work 40 miles from my apartment, and the Bay Area’s many microclimates mean I’ll experience several weathers between my door and my desk. The questions come in the same order every morning: Hey Google, what’s the weather in San Jose? Hey Google, what about in San Francisco? Hey Google, what about tonight?The new Google Home Mini suits this use perfectly. Google’s latest smart speaker emphasizes smart over speaker: it’s a small pebble of a thing, about the size of ... Read More
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The Best Qi Wireless Charger for iPhone and Android Phones

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A wireless charging pad is for anyone who owns a smartphone that supports the Qi wireless-charging standard—including the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, and the past few generations of Samsung Galaxy phones—and who would like to charge without plugging a cord into the phone itself. With a Qi charger, you just rest your phone or tablet on the charging pad to power it up. “Wireless” is a bit of a misnomer, though, because you have to plug the charging pad into a USB port or wall outlet. (“Magnetic charging” may be a better term because Qi uses magnetic coils to transfer energy and power your device, but we’ll stick with ... Read More
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L3 launches all-in-one system for signals intelligence

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L3’s new PRD-13(V)3 does it all, from signals collection to spectrum display to geolocation, Don Claussen, the company’s vice president of business development, said. The PRD-13 can be vehicle mounted as well as manpacked into a military pack with a carbon fiber frame. The system can collect, analyze and geolocate within a frequency range of 3 MHz to 3 GHz, meaning it has the ability to collect and analyze on a number of enemy emitters or handsets, even hi... Read More
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Microsoft brings Cortana to Skype

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AI assistant Cortana is now available on Skype, Microsoft announced today. Cortana on Skype can chat either one-on-one, like you would with any friend, or be summoned into conversations to handle tasks like scheduling events, finding nearby restaurants, or sharing IMDB movie reviews. Cortana for Skype will begin to roll out today for iOS and Android users in the United States, according to a blog post. Cortana will now appear as a permanent contact in ... Read More
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Butt dials and pocket dials: How to stop them

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You've done it and you've certainly received them: accidental calls from a cell phone that's shoved into a purse or pocket. Why in this age of great tech advance is this so common -- and how can you stop it? Columnist Jennifer Jolly explains.Detected Closed Captioning: but Pocket / Styles Why Are They Still Such A Thing And Yes They Are Still A Thing I Mean Aside From Being A Real Pain In The Butt They Can Cause Real Headaches Straining The 9-1-1 System breaking Hearts All Those Cheating Cheaters They're Even Getting Their Day In Court So Why Do We Still Even Deal With The Old Butt Dials Better Yet What Can We Do About Them Well Most Often These Days They Happen For Three Main Reasons Number One You Don't Turn You... Read More
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi tickets go on sale early though Showcase Cinemas’ app

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Tickets for Star Wars: The Last Jedi were supposed to go on sale tonight, following the premiere of a new trailer during Monday Night Football, but it seems that Showcase Cinemas is jumping the gun. CNET is reporting that tickets to the anticipated sequel are available now through the theater company’s mobile ... Read More
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Droidcon NYC: Start Spreading the News

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It was a busy two days September 25th and 26th at droidcon NYC. The Zebra Dev Team was there in full force. The goal of our first presentation, Android Security; An Enterprise Perspective, was to expose developers to Enterprise security requirements on smart phones and how Zebra devices with Mobility DNA, in combination with the Android OS, meet those ... Read More
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Disney’s Big Bet on Streaming Relies on Little-Known Tech Company

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In August, Disney announced that it would introduce two subscription streaming services, both built by BamTech. One, focused on sports programming and made available through the ESPN app, would arrive in the spring. The other, centered on movies and television shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, would debut in late 2019.“We’re going to launch big, and we’re going to launch hot,” Mr. Iger promised at a subsequent investor conference.Disney had experimented with building a streaming platform on its own, to mixed results. It also toyed with the idea of buying Twitter.... Read More
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Facebook’s Messenger Lite is actually really good

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If you’ve ever read praise for Facebook products on The Verge, it won’t have come from me. I’m baffled by the design of the company’s website, aggravated by the pushy data-thirsty ways of its apps, and unimpressed by the contrived niceness of its founder and boss. In short: Vlad Savov, not a Facebook fan. But, for the first time, I am a fan of a particular offshoot of Facebook and that’s the Messenger Lite chat application that recently rolled out to Android phones in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. It’s good. Shockingly good. Internet mes... Read More
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Two months ago, the internet tried to banish Nazis. No one knows if it worked

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On August 11th and 12th, the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally marked a turning point in modern American politics, where far-right groups felt empowered to gather and openly support white supremacy. The event ended with the alleged murder of protester Heather Heyer. The rally also marked a turning point for the internet. A central rallying point for the white nationalist “alt-right,” the Daily Stormer websi... Read More
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Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile

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Microsoft appears to have abandoned its smartphone operating system ambitions.The company's Windows 10 chief has tweeted that developing new features and hardware for the Mobile version of the OS was no longer a "focus".Joe Belfiore added that he had also switched to Android himself.Windows 10 Mobile tried to attract users by letting them run the same "universal apps" on both their PCs and handsets, but the concept failed to catch on.The OS accounted for just 0.03% ... Read More
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Microsoft finally admits Windows Phone is dead

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In a series of tweets, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has revealed that the software giant is no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile. While Windows Phone fans had hoped Microsoft would update the platform with new features, it’s now clear the operating system has been placed into servicing mode, with just bug fixes and security updates to support it for existing users. “Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates,” says Belfiore. “But building new features/hw aren't the focus.” During the recent Windows 10 Fall Creators Update development phase, it has been obvious Microsoft is no longer working on the mobile experience. The software make... Read More
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CVE-2015-1526 (android)

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CVE-2015-1537 (android)

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SmartBoy review: Turning your phone into a GameBoy is cool, but it’s also a pain

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The Nintendo GameBoy library is a sweet chocolate box of retro gaming: little cartridges containing quaint, meticulously machine-coded 8-bit treasures. It would be a shame to see these games become lost and forgotten in time. Doing its part to make sure that doesn’t happen, Hyperkin has launched the SmartBoy (available now for $50), a smartphone accessory that hooks up to any handheld Android device with a native Type-C USB port and enables you to play the gems of the GameBoy catalog. All that’s needed is an original GameBoy or GameBoy Color cartridge to slide into the unit. Being the local retro-snoot, and avid fan of the GameBoy platform, I eagerly took it upon myself to give the HyperKin SmartBoy a test run! ... Read More
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District 9 director Neill Blomkamp hopes game engines can democratize film

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This week, Neill Blomkamp, the Academy Award-nominated director of District 9, unveiled a short film that he made with the Unity Technologies game engine. At Unity’s event in Austin, Texas, Blomkamp’s Oats Studios showed off Adam: The Mirror, a 6-minute film that was a sequel to Adam, a shor... Read More
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Everything new you can do with Google Home

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Google announced a whole bunch of products this week, including two new Home speakers. But among the announcements were also a handful of new things the Home speaker is capable of doing — some of which are handy, and some of which could be pretty powerful improvements. In case you missed them, here are the highlights: Quickly control your home You can already say “good morning” to the Google Home to get info on traffic, the weather, and the latest news. But Google is planning to amp this feature up quite a bit. It’ll let Home owners build “routines... Read More
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Why Facebook Users Should Download Messenger Lite Instead of Messenger

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Statistically speaking, there’s a pretty good chance you’re one of the 1.2 billion people who use Facebook Messenger at least once a month. Anecdotally, there’s a decent chance you harbor deep resentments toward its sluggishness, its bloat, and its liberally borrowed Snapchat features. Friends, there’s a better way. It’s called Messenger Lite. You may have heard of Messeng... Read More
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Google added links to its About Us and Store sections to its homepage

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Google’s homepage has famously been a minimalist affair, devoid of the links that often cluttered the homepages of other search engines. Earlier this week, the search giant added two links to the upper left corner of the site: About and Store. The links seem to have gone up as Google announced its new lineup of hardware on Wednesday. ... Read More
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How Trivia Crack put Argentina on the world’s game industry map

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Here’s some trivia about the world’s most popular trivia game. Trivia Crack has more than 300 million users. Those players have answered more than 77 billion questions, and they answer more than 2 million questions per minute. One user has answered more than 622,000 questions. This mobile game was built in 2013 by a small group of people at Etermax in Buenos Aires, and it has put Argentina on the game industr... Read More