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Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur
Thu, 02 Nov 2017 18:48:46 -0400
Nicomi Stewart, a mother in Rochester, New York, is “disgusted” after an automated call sent to her phone from the city’s school district mispronounced her daughter’s name as a racial slur.

Twitter tests longer character limit
Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:43:10 -0400
You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won’t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider. ...

Mac OS High Sierra makes the Mac a teeny, tiny bit better — for free
Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:31:47 -0400
Mac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13). As the new name suggests, it’s just a refinement of last year’s Mac OS Sierra. In fact, you could sum up what's new in an article about as short as this one.

Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effects
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:54:40 -0400
Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?

MIZUHO: Here's why Facebook has 'a realistic opportunity' to enter China in 2018
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:27:46 -0400
Facebook has a "realistic opportunity" to enter China in 2018, Mizuho analyst James Lee wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. Lee came to the conclusion after meeting "various industry contacts" in China during a recent trip. Facebook's recent appointment of an executive to manage relations with China will help the company "understand the regulatory requirement and negotiate Facebook's operating structure in China," said Lee in the note, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider.

Apple's wireless charger may not ship with the new iPhones at launch
Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:48:21 -0400
Apple is expected to include wireless charging as a core feature in the iPhones it launches on...

The top 8 features we expect from Apple's next iPhone
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:13:35 -0400
Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.

Apple's App Store is about to get a lot better with iOS 11
Sat, 09 Sep 2017 08:32:49 -0400
Apple's App Store is getting a major update in iOS 11, and it's going to make finding new apps far better.

Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hacked
Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:15:39 -0400
Equifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.

The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhone
Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:57:20 -0400
Apple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectations
Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:13:11 -0400
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.

Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook post
Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:05:24 -0400
Yahoo's David Pogue has a sneaky way you can create a universal link to a Facebook item so that you can send or post to anyone.

4 amazing new gadgets you can't get in the US
Wed, 06 Sep 2017 14:09:11 -0400
There are some gadgets that are just too cool for us Americans.

Why you might not want a laptop with a 4K display
Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:44:29 -0400
More laptop makers are pushing the limits of design and performance, but high-resolution panels are hurting their batteries.

The most important iPhone features ever
Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:23:07 -0400
Apple's iPhone is one of the most important consumer gadgets ever made, and it has a lot to do with these simple features.

Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:21:51 -0400
Hope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”

'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:00:58 -0400
"Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" offers a ridiculous strategy experience with surprising depth and a pinch of toilet humor.

Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.
Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:26:17 -0400
The plague of “fake news” may be news to Facebook (FB), but it’s a familiar foe to a small non-profit in Washington that’s trying to use mobile apps, big data and social media to promote peace and accountability in places like Iraq, Kenya and Mexico where those technologies have often been abused to spread lies and hate. The PeaceTech Lab aims to develop “technology that can be applied to tackle the triggers of violence,” president and CEO Sheldon Himelfarb said in an interview at the lab’s Washington headquarters at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Samsung challenges Apple Watch with its new Gear Sport smartwatch
Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:03:41 -0400
Samsung's new Gear Sport is a fitness-centric smartwatch aimed squarely at the Apple Watch.

The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesign
Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:56:27 -0400
This is a big week for YouTube. It’s getting a new design and new features—all of which have been in the works, carefully and methodically, for a very long time, and all of which, as far as I’m concerned, are welcome!

Microsoft's mixed reality headsets could save VR
Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:53:20 -0400
Microsoft is bringing VR to the masses with its low-cost headsets.

Facebook says it will ban businesses from advertising if they share fake news
Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:05:13 -0400
Facebook is taking its crackdown on fake news even further.

Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch is here to take on the Apple Watch
Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:07:17 -0400
Fitbit’s all-new smartwatch is designed to do battle with the Apple Watch.It’s no secret that Fitbit (FIT) has been working on a smartwatch — Co-founder and CEO James Park said as much during the company’s Q2 2017 earnings call earlier this month. This is the Fitbit Ionic, the company’s first “true” smartwatch.

Meet Uber's pick for its next CEO
Sun, 27 Aug 2017 21:10:08 -0400
Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is expected to take on the role of Uber CEO.

Pogue's Basics: YouTube transcripts
Fri, 25 Aug 2017 16:06:56 -0400
Believe it or not, YouTube creates a written transcript for every single video. Just click More and Transcript and boom!

Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung's big bet
Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:00:20 -0400
Samsung is bringing the Galaxy Note brand back from the brink with the Galaxy Note 8. But can it bury the ghosts of the Note 7?

The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhone
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:49:22 -0400
The Essential Phone is the first handset from the father of Google's Android, and it's a solid alternative to Apple's iPhone.

Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home tech
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:14:38 -0400
The Norton Core is a Wi-Fi router designed to protect all of your connected devices.

Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvement
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:32:43 -0400
Qualcomm's new depth-sensing camera technology could improve smartphone's and virtual reality headsets.

How companies leave your data online without your knowledge
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:57:22 -0400
Your private data could be freely available online and there's little you can do about it.

Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:24:47 -0400
The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is cancelling the domain for the white supremacist site Daily Stormer due to a “specific, immediate concern about inciting violence,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. The search-engine giant, which hosts website domains through its Google Domains service, made the decision to cut the cord to the hate site after GoDaddy (GDDY) told the Daily Stormer it had 24 hours to move to another domain hosting service.

Pogue's Basics: Alexa reminders
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:09:54 -0400
Amazon has added the ability to add names to timers with Alexa.

NFL player lives on $60,000 a year thanks to what he learned from this book
Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0400
An alarming fifteen percent of NFL players end up declaring bankruptcy. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2012 and is currently a free agent, is making sure he won't fall into that category.

How the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 could make you a better photographer
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:47:23 -0400
Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 and iOS 11 should take your iPhone photography to the next level with these new features.

Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it isn't flawless
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:17:17 -0400
Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it's got its drawbacks.

The best back-to-school tech deals at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy and Target
Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:50:32 -0400
If you or your kids are heading back to school, these are the tech deals you'll want to check out.

Building a Lego robot can help you understand coding basics
Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:37:06 -0400
Lego's new Boost kit helps introduce kids to the basics of coding.

A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumers
Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:24:13 -0400
A new European Union regulation could impact how social networks handle your data in the U.S.

Pogue's Basics: The secret Start menu in Windows 10
Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:30:31 -0400
Windows 10’s Start button harbors a secret: It can sprout a tiny utility menu. To see it, right-click the Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen, or (on a touchscreen) hold your finger down on it. There, in all its majesty, is the Start menu’s secret utility menu.

'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' might be the next big hit for Nintendo's Switch
Tue, 01 Aug 2017 11:57:29 -0400
Nintendo’s Mario is teaming up with Ubisoft’s bizarre rabbids in a new game that might be your next favorite Switch title.Mario is coming to Nintendo’s (NTDOY) new Switch console, but he’s sharing the spotlight with some relative unknowns. Ubisoft’s “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle” is a turn-based strategy-style game co-starring Ubisoft’s (UBSFF) own rabbids, cartoonish bugged-eyed rabbits.

Here’s what you need to watch for in Apple’s Q3 2017 earnings
Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:56:59 -0400
Apple will announce its Q3 2017 earnings on August 1, and this is what you'll want to pay attention to.

Apple's decision to drop privacy apps in China might not be the last of its kind
Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:18:05 -0400
Apple may soon be force to remove more privacy apps from its App Store if it wants to continue selling its products in certain countries.

How Microsoft wants to bring broadband to rural Americans
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:35:06 -0400
Microsoft is helping to bring broadband to underserved rural Americans.

The biggest problems with putting microchips in employees
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:23:25 -0400
RFID chip implants can be convenient for some, but they raise both privacy and security questions.

Why Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are fighting
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:47:10 -0400
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are having a very public spat about artificial intelligence.

Why scientists want AI regulated now before it's too late
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:51:27 -0400
Elon Musk's dire predictions of a robot apocalypse may be a bit over dramatic, but experts agree that we need some kind of regulation to protect us from artificial intelligence.

Amazon launches a social network for spending money
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:46:14 -0400
Amazon's Spark is a social network for spending cash.

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: A great notebook with one small flaw
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:08:07 -0400
The back-to-school shopping season is just around the corner, and Microsoft (MSFT) is hoping its new Surface Laptop will be the computer you or your child brings to the classroom. Starting at $999, the Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s attempt to fight back against the growing popularity of Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) low-cost Chromebooks and Apple’s (AAPL) own MacBook line. The Surface Laptop also marks the debut of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 S operating system, a more security- and performance-minded variant of Windows 10.

Sprint doesn’t want you to buy your next phone
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:01:58 -0400
Sprint wants you to lease your next smartphone.

Amazon's Echo and other smart speakers do much more than you realize
Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:57:19 -0400
Harman Kardon’s Invoke is Microsoft’s first true Amazon Echo competitor. When Amazon first debuted its Alexa-powered Echo smart speaker in 2014, expectations for the device were relatively high. More than two years later, the Echo’s success has spurred a new war of the tech titans: Companies including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT), Samsung and a slew of their Chinese counterparts have either released their own smart speakers or will likely release them soon.

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