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​Uber snubs California, moves self-driving cars to Arizona

Uber's self-driving cars bid farewell to California.<p>It's been a short, bumpy trip for the ride-hailing company and its autonomous vehicle program in the state. It took only one week for Uber to unleash its self-driving car pilot on California streets, have the state declare them illegal, and then …

Autonomous Cars

6 cool ways to use Alexa on the Amazon Fire tablet

If you own an Amazon Echo ($80 at Amazon.com), Echo Dot or Tap, you're already well-acquainted with Alexa, the voice-powered assistant that drives those devices.<p>What you may not know is that Alexa recently arrived on some of Amazon's Fire tablets, namely the $50 Fire, the fifth- and …

Smart Homes

Facebook's Safety Check activated after deadly Berlin crash

Facebook's Safety Check feature was activated Monday in the wake of a deadly truck crash that killed at least nine people and injured dozens more at a crowded market in Berlin.<p>Berlin police encouraged people in the area to use the Safety Check feature to let friends and loved ones know they are …

Extremism

Huawei's Mate 9 is a big-screened beast

The Mate 9 has a 5.9-inch screen, dual-lens camera, a powerful processor and a battery that will outlast most of its high-end phone rivals.

US election agency breached by suspected Russian hacker

The US agency responsible for certifying the security of voting machines reportedly fell victim to a hacker believed to be Russian.<p>Security firm Recorded Future said Thursday that it discovered login credentials for computers at the US Election Assistance Commission for sale on the internet black …

Russian Government

Verizon reportedly looking for way out of bid to buy Yahoo

In July, Verizon moved to acquire the longtime internet fixture Yahoo in a $4.83 billion deal. Now, after the revelation of a second gargantuan hack of user accounts, Verizon is reportedly seeking to lower the price of that deal -- or even to back out altogether.<p>Verizon's potential exit from the …

Wireless

Yahoo hack serves as reminder to change passwords

NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo has been hacked — again.<p>News that the struggling internet company was breached back in 2013, and the personal information of …

Apple iOS 10.2 Has A Great Secret Tribute

It’s finally here. After no less than <i>seven</i> betas (delivered in record time), Apple has released iOS 10.2 and the good news is the company has decided to keep one of the best easter eggs from the betas…<p><i>‘Great Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating operating system</i> …

IPhone 7

Uber accused of tracking celebs, politicians

First there were worries about Uber's "god view." Now there are concerns the company is tracking celebrities and others through its ride-hailing app.<p>In the latest lawsuit against Uber related to data privacy and security, former employee Samuel Ward Spangenberg alleges the company doesn't "have …

Online Privacy

Designing a Safer Battery for Smartphones (That Won’t Catch Fire)

SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Zimmerman likes to shock his guests by using a hammer to drive a nail through a solid polymer lithium metal battery.<p>Nothing happens — and that’s a good thing.<p>Mr. Zimmerman’s battery is a new spin on lithium-ion batteries, which are widely used in products from smartphones to …

Trump team takes swipe at US intel groups over Russian hacking

The debate about alleged Russian efforts to hack the US presidential election got more intense Friday.<p>Citing unnamed sources, two major US newspapers reported that intelligence agencies think there's little doubt Russia worked toward a victory for Republican Donald Trump. The stories prompted a …

Donald Trump

Verizon won't push Samsung Galaxy Note 7 death update

Only one carrier's not going along with Samsung's plans to brick remaining Galaxy Note 7s.<p>Verizon Wireless, the biggest wireless provider in the US, said Friday it won't issue a software update that would prevent Note 7 devices from charging and would "eliminate their ability to work as mobile …

Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S8 to feature all-screen front, report says

Samsung plans to give its Galaxy S8 phones an all-screen front design, according to a Bloomberg report on Thursday that cited "people with direct knowledge of the matter."<p>Not only would such a design offer more space for viewing, it would also integrate the home button into the glass screen. The …

Scan the face of any celeb and this app will tell you who it is

Imagine an app that can recognize the face of any person in the world. Blippar, the visual search engine, is well on its way there.<p>The company unveiled a new feature on Tuesday that recognizes faces of famous people, and will soon let you add your own to a searchable database.<p>It's meant for those …

Dip into DeepMind's 3D playground where AI comes to learn

DeepMind is inviting you down the rabbit hole and into its 3D digital world.<p>Its hope is to encourage artificial intelligence to grow and thrive in an environment that's nearly as rich as the one human intelligence evolved in.<p>DeepMind is an AI moonshot project under the Alphabet umbrella, formed …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft's Ambitions Reach Beyond The Surface Phone

While some people are focused on Microsoft’s mobile ambitions with Windows 10 hardware, the real prize lies elsewhere. Microsoft is in a far better position to capture the cloud crown than fight for a foothold in the mobile OS market share charts.<p>Responding to questions at Microsoft’s recent …

Software

Apple's car letter: What's it driving at?

Those hoping for another peep under the hood of Apple's mysterious car project are in luck. It's only a peep though.<p>In a November letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a US government agency that sets and enforces safety standards for vehicles, Apple said it's "investing …

Ford Fusion

Facebook invests major moola in affordable housing

If you know anything about housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, you know it's crazy expensive. Single-family homes in Google and Apple's backyard that 40 years ago cost $30,000 now go for close to $1 million.<p>Facebook, which is located smack dab of Silicon Valley's housing mess, wants to do its …

Silicon Valley

NBA's Warriors seek to crowdsource tech for new stadium

The Golden State Warriors used technology to help them become an NBA juggernaut. Now, the team wants to do the same for its new state-of-the-art arena.<p>The defending Western Conference champions said Thursday they'd recruit fans in an innovation effort for the Chase Center, which is planned to open …

Golden State Warriors

Sheryl Sandberg donates $100 million in Facebook stock

Sheryl Sandberg is committing over $100 million in Facebook stock to charity.<p>The Facebook COO transferred 880,000 shares, at almost $122 per share, to the donor advised Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Fund on November 21, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing disclosed …

Sheryl Sandberg

Cyber Monday sweeps social media

Cyber Monday has dawned.<p>Black Friday's digital sequel is here, and social media is eating it up. People are furiously tweeting about where to find deals. Cyber Monday also taken over Facebook, with more than 1 million people posting about it.<p>Social Cues is our early look at what people are talking …

Social Media

The PS4 Pro Is On Sale For Cyber Monday

The PS4 Pro may have just hit store shelves a few weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean that it’s immune from the general discounting that happens as soon as the turkey leaves the table. The souped-up version of the PS4 is receiving what I’m fairly certain is its first-yet price cut, down to $339.99 at …

Black Friday breaks $1B sales mark on mobile devices

US shoppers made $1.2 billion in purchases with their phones and tablets on Friday, the first time in US retail history that mobile revenue exceeded $1 billion in one day, according to data released Saturday by Adobe.<p>Overall Black Friday sales surpassed another milestone, rising 21 percent to $3.34 …

Mobile Devices

​Amazon could be eyeing Arab counterpart Souq.com

Amazon.com is reportedly in talks to acquire the Arab world's version of itself, Souq.com, for about $1 billion.<p>The deal, which Bloomberg reported on Thursday citing people familiar with matter, would help the retail giant gain traction in the fast-growing Middle East market.<p>Amazon is considering a …

eCommerce

Google slowly sheds Cast brand

Google Cast media-streaming technology isn't going away. But it seems the name for it is changing, again.<p>On Tuesday, Google subtly announced a rebrand of Google Cast to Chromecast by way of a Twitter handle change:<p>The tech giant has been jumping around on its branding for Cast, most recently …

Android News

Pokemon Go tracking finally goes live and actually works

One of the biggest reasons a lot of people quit playing Pokemon Go was its tracking system. It was so bad that a host of third party trackers gained a lot of popularity, but Niantic Labs -- makers of Pokemon Go -- kept shutting down the trackers, leaving dedicated hunters crying for help. Or …

Mark Zuckerberg Sells Another $95 Million In Facebook Stock

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sold another $95 million in Facebook stock within the past week, another step towards his goal of donating 99% of his Facebook stake to improve the world within his lifetime.<p>The Chan Zuckerberg Foundation and CZI Holdings LLC, the two entities that Zuckerberg and his …

The Wireless Earbud Revolution is Coming

With the impending release of Apple’s AirPods (not to be confused with the inexpensive wired EarPods) we are entering the era of wireless earbuds.<br>And once again, while Apple is not the first to a market, it has brought attention to the category. Many companies are bringing wireless earbuds to …

Android Circuit: Galaxy Note 7 May Rise Like A Phoenix, OnePlus 3T Replaces OnePlus 3, Pixel XL Problems

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes a look at Samsung’s market share after the Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle, a long-term review of the Pixel XL, the potential refurbishment the Galaxy Note 7, the new SnapDragon …

Mobile

20 smart ways to save electricity