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Do it now! Protect your router from Russian hackers

A few weeks ago, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued an alert about state-supported Russian hackers carrying out attacks against a large number of home routers in the U.S. These hackers are organized, motivated, and well-funded.<p>They’re not a bunch of misanthropic …

Cyber-attacks

The Best Wireless and Bluetooth Speakers of 2018

Whether you're looking for a rugged, take-anywhere speaker for the beach or a multi-room sound system, here are some of the best Bluetooth and Wi-Fi …

Audiophile

Amazon's global smart speaker share drops below 50 percent in first quarter

The field is growing, with rivals like Apple, Google, Alibaba and Xiaomi stepping up their businesses.<p>The smart speaker competition is heating up.<p>Amazon shipped a whopping 4 million smart speakers during the first quarter of 2018, but rising competition from the likes of Google and Apple has cut …

Smart Speaker

Study claims Bitcoin uses as much energy as Ireland. Not so fast, experts say.

Like early claims about the energy-gobbling internet, experts find that assertion more than a little problematic.<p>In the late 1990s, some experts were concerned that by 2010, half of the U.S. electrical grid would be dedicated to powering the internet, a claim that nearly caused a panic.<p>That proved …

Bitcoin

IBM files patent for AI-managed traffic lights

IBM was granted a patent for an AI-powered traffic management system earlier this month.<p><b>What it is</b>: According to the patent, IBM wants to develop a system for controlling traffic lights that relies on cameras. A computer views real-time footage of traffic in each direction and then calculates the …

IBM

The creators of the Boosted board have launched an electric scooter sharing service

Available now in Washington, DC<p>Electric scooter (and bike) sharing services have inundated West Coast cities like Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and San Francisco over the last few months. Despite some complaints, and some vandalism, it’s only a matter of time before they make it out East, en masse, …

San Francisco

Autonomous helicopter makes first operational delivery to Marines

Drones are coming to the battlefield faster than you think. Aurora Flight Sciences recently unveiled an autonomous, LiDAR equipped helicopter called AACUS, which was already an impressive feat, considering a helicopter's complexity. Now, for the first time, it has completed an autonomous, …

Aviation

Fortnite coming to Android ‘this summer’ following debut on iOS

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the phenomenon that is Fortnite. The free-to-play game has basically taken over the world, and now, we’re getting some news on its Android release…<p>Epic Games first announced that Fortnite would be making …

Fortnite

Google reportedly making its own AR headset, like Microsoft’s HoloLens

• According to rumor, there’s a Google AR headset in development, codenamed Google A65.<br>• The headset will likely be akin to Microsoft’s $5,000 HoloLens, which enables you to interact with mixed reality environments.<br>• Little is known about the A65, but Qualcomm, Quanta, and Meta might all be …

Augmented Reality

Apple starts paying off its massive $16 billion European tax bill

Apple has transferred the first 1.5 billion euro ($1.18 billion) installment of its $16 billion fine ordered by the European Union, reflecting back taxes the company supposedly hasn’t paid.<p>The payment was confirmed today by Ireland’s Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. In response to Apple paying up, …

Europe

The Mystery of the ‘SpaceBees’ Just Got Even Weirder

As the government investigates an unauthorized satellite launch, amateur trackers are watching the skies for clues.<p>“Perfect timing!” Mike Coletta said when he answered the phone. I called him recently to ask about some satellites currently orbiting Earth. Just then, one of them was passing over his …

Space Exploration

Alexa as a baby name has dropped in popularity since the launch of Amazon's Alexa

Guess no one wants a life of accidentally activating Amazon's Alexa.<p>The name Alexa has declined in popularity for newborns since the AI voice …

Smart Homes

Voice assistants could be fooled by commands you can't even hear

Many people already consider voice assistants to be too invasive to let them listen in on conversations in their homes — but that’s not the only thing they should worry about. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, want you to know that they might be also be vulnerable to attacks …

Opera

Damaged iPhone appears to explode on video

An iPhone reportedly exploded and briefly caught fire in front of a security camera.<p>The device was an iPhone 6 that was in the shop for repair. Its battery had supposedly begun to expand, cracking the display.<p>This happened in a Las Vegas shop, according ABC affiliate KTNV.<p>It’s rare, but the iPhone …

Mobile Technology

Apple Slapped With Lawsuit Over MacBook Pro's 'Defective' Keyboard

Apple continues to face trouble with its MacBook Pro keyboard design.<p>Law firm Girard Gibbs has filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple, alleging …

MacBook Pro

Harry Potter looks to mobile gaming’s past, while Fortnite looks to the future

Clocks up on timer systems<p><i>Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery</i>, a newly released mobile game set in JK Rowling’s magical universe, is not inherently a bad game. On paper, a Hogwarts RPG where you can take classes, sling spells, make friends with fellow students, and experience a new <i>Harry Potter</i> story is …

Harry Potter

Optoma releases world’s first voice-enabled home theater projector

First shown as a prototype in a private suite at CES 2018 back in January, the UHD51A 4K projector is the first home theater projector of its kind to …

Gear & Gadgets

Google WiFi now shows which devices are struggling to connect

Run a large-enough WiFi network and there's bound to be that one device that can't <i>quite</i> hold on to a fast connection, like the tablet in your bedroom or a laptop in the backyard. But how do you quantify that flaky connection? Google can help. It's deploying an updated Network Check feature for …

Wi-Fi

Samsung pauses Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Android Oreo rollout due to ‘unexpected reboots’

Samsung isn’t exactly the quickest when it comes to pushing out major Android updates, but in the long run it generally gets the job done. Recently, the company started rolling out Android Oreo to the Galaxy S7 family, but now it’s pressing pause on that update.<p>The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge …

Android News

OpenClassrooms raises another $60 million

French startup OpenClassrooms is raising $60 million from General Atlantic, with existing investors Citizen Capital, Alven and Bpifrance also participating.<p>OpenClassrooms is the most popular massive open online course platform in France. But the startup has evolved beyond on-demand courses to …

Computer Science

Blacklisted cybersecurity firm Kapersky decamps for Switzerland

Cybersecurity company Kapersky Labs found itself blacklisted by U.S. federal agencies after being accused of enabling Russian spies to steal NSA …

Cybersecurity

Alexa skills can talk to you using different voices

Do you wish Alexa would respond to your commands with different voices? You'll get your wish soon. Amazon has released a developer preview that lets Alexa skill developers use a selection of voices from Polly (Amazon's text-to-speech service). An adventure story can give each character a different …

Text-To-Speech

This $4,600 solar charger comes with an iPhone X attached

If you’re in the market for an iPhone X, and pricey battery packs also happen to be your thing, then this flashy new offering from Caviar is a match …

Tesla

Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender’s $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.<p>Fire it up, open an MP3 or CD track, and Riffstation will break it down to show you the chords for the entire song. You can also slow …

Guitar

YouTube Launches Premium Music Service, Challenging Spotify and Apple

<i>By Alisha Haridasani</i><p>After a series of stops and starts, YouTube will launch a music streaming service later this month to compete directly with …

Apple Music

Microsoft wants to help put disabled people on equal footing

Technology can solve a lot of problems, says Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft’s head of accessibility.<p>I have a disability that gives me a mismatch. That's a beautiful design principle.<p>Jenny Lay-Flurrie

Disability

Senate votes to restore net neutrality

Back in December, the FCC confirmed internet users’ fears when it voted to repeal net neutrality rules, but yesterday saw the US Senate vote to …

Net Neutrality

YouTube revamps its Red subscription service to offer standalone music streaming

Like Google’s messaging focus, YouTube’s efforts to spin out successful streaming and music products has felt confusing and haphazard. Now the company is simplifying and consolidating that play by decoupling the music and film components with the launch of a new service.<p>YouTube Music is, as the …

YouTube Red

Google makes its privacy policy clearer so we can actually understand it

In a refreshing turn of events, Google has gone and updated its Privacy Policy to make it clearer, so that humans can actually understand it. …

Privacy

AI identifies 'invisible' heart condition LQTS

AI is playing an increasing role in medical care, from spotting diabetes and examining medical scans, to taking the place of doctors altogether. Now, it's able to recognize life-threatening conditions where traditional diagnostic tools can't. AliveCor, the company behind KardiaBand, has harnessed …

Medicine