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Turn Off Messenger Kids, Health Experts Plead to Facebook

WASHINGTON — At the age of 6, a child is full of imagination and may not distinguish reality from fantasy. She is beginning to read and can’t grasp nuances in written communication. She also doesn’t understand privacy.<p>Citing those reasons and more, dozens of pediatric and mental health experts are …

Social Media

The UK’s mass surveillance powers have been ruled illegal

The government now has to rewrite laws storing citizens’ browsing history, say civil rights campaigners<p>The UK may be forced to scale back its digital mass surveillance schemes after a court ruled today that its current powers are unlawful.<p>The UK’s Court of Appeal said that the Data Retention and …

Casio debuts fitness hybrid watch, solar-assisted GPS watch for outdoors

At CES 2018, Casio introduced two new types of watches to its extensive collection of timepieces. Known as the GB-800 and GPR-B1000, both devices …

ARON is like futuristic wi-fi that works with infrared light

Surefire, a California-based flashlight company, is showing off its new infrared communication system, ARON, at CES this week.<p>What is it?<p>Surefire’s ARON (Augmented Reality Optical Narrowcasting) is a form of wireless data transmission involving beams of light. It transmts information via infrared …

Why Uber Can Find You but 911 Can’t

Accurate location data is on smartphones, so why don’t more wireless carriers use it to locate emergency callers?<p>Software on Apple Inc.’s iPhones and Google’s Android smartphones help mobile apps like Uber and Facebook to pinpoint a user’s location, making it possible to order a car, check in at a …

Mobile

LG just announced a 65-inch OLED TV that rolls up like a piece of paper

Perhaps more than any other piece of consumer technology, TVs seem to be on a relentless march forward. Even as smartphones have begun to reach their …

Elon Musk teases a Supercharger station with a drive-in movie theater and more surprises

For as revolutionary and forward-thinking as Tesla’s vehicles are, one of the smartest things Tesla did to boost EV adaptation was the rollout of an …

India wants panic buttons on mobile phones to keep women safe—will it work?

The Indian government has a hack for women’s safety: a panic button.<p>Come Jan. 26, a pilot project to test a panic button feature on mobile phones will be launched in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Maneka Gandhi, the union minister for women and child development, said on Jan. 02.<p>Once the …

India

Watch Out! That Suitcase Drives Itself

Auto-following suitcases are on the march at CES 2018—and sadly they don’t come with airbags<p>LAS VEGAS—A piece of luggage chased me down a hallway. It was hilarious, crazy, stupid and useful all at the same time.<p>At this year’s CES tech show, while many auto makers show off their autonomous vehicles, …

Automotive Industry

This advanced simulation engine is like driver's ed for autonomous cars

Cognata, an Israel-based artificial intelligence startup, is showing off its simulation engine for autonomous cars at CES 2018.<p>What is it?<p>The Cognata platform is a virtual world simulation engine that gives autonomous vehicle manufacturers and developers a way to train AI brains to drive safely. …

All the President’s Tweets

Should Trump be banned from Twitter?<p>There he tweets again: <b>Donald John Trump</b>, the president of the <b>United States of America</b>, crazily boasting, bullying, slandering and threatening violence against his enemies.<p>Of course, lots of trolls do this on <b>Twitter</b>, occasionally crossing the line and causing the …

Social Media

Cracked screens could soon be a thing of the past after scientists accidentally invent self-healing glass

Lucky break<p>In my 15 years of phone ownership, I can remember many fallen comrades. Ian the iPhone 3GS, Norman the Note 2, Gary the Galaxy S7: I’m …

AT&T starts testing its high-speed internet delivery system over power lines

Telecom giant AT&T has started testing a new internet distribution service in a small area within the state of Georgia and in an unnamed location …

Star Wars: The Last Jedi review: thrilling and genuinely startling

<b>Dir: Rian Johnson; Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, Domnhall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Anthony Daniels; 12A cert, 152 mins.</b><p>“We are what they grow beyond,” one …

Netflix reminds everyone it’s creeping on them

This week Netflix trumpeted its users collectively streaming one billion hours of content weekly in 2017.<p>Also this week: Netflix reminded its ~110M global subscribers that while they’re paying to watch the content available on its platform, Netflix is busy watching what they’re watching…<p>In this age …

Net neutrality protesters take to the streets

Protesters want Congress to step in and stop the FCC's vote next week to end net neutrality regulation.<p>Protesters gathered in front of Verizon stores around the US on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to save the rules governing net neutrality.<p>The protests were organized by several advocacy groups, …

Net Neutrality

Apple exec: making tech "fantastic" is better than making it first

Apple has long been accused of celebrating features in its new iPhones that have been available on Android handsets for years; Samsung even made an …

Siri and Alexa are under fire for their replies to sexual harassment

“I’d blush if I could” is not the response you’d expected to hear when you tell Siri she’s a slut—but it is.<p>In February, months before the #MeToo movement erupted, I ran an experiment in which I sexually harassed Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s Google Home to …

Sexual Harassment

North Carolina County Refuses to Pay $23,000 Ransom to Hackers

In a world rocked by hackers, trolls and online evildoers of all stripes, the good people of the internet have long looked for a hero who would refuse to back down. Finally, someone has said enough is enough. And that someone is the government of Mecklenburg County, N.C.<p>The county, which includes …

Cybersecurity

Apple's most downloaded apps of 2017

Snap may have had a rough year, but you wouldn't know it from the App Store charts.<p>Apple just revealed the most popular apps of 2017 and Snap nabbed …

Five toy drones for beginners

Get some quick flight time indoors or outside with one of these RC flying machines.<p>Many of us drool over powerful high-flying camera drones or superfast racing quads, but for adults or kids just starting out, a far cheaper toy drone is far more practical.<p>Made to zip around your living room or …

Drones

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Gear & Gadgets

Literal death machine offers a way to peacefully slip out of existence

When we talk about death machines, we’re usually speaking hyperbolically about contraptions like this one, or the rise of AI overlords that get bored with their menial tasks before rising up against their oppressors. This might start with buying up Papa Johns franchises and taking up Soul Cycle but …

Senators ask the FCC to delay its net neutrality vote (updated)

A group of senators has sent a letter to the FCC asking the commission to delay its December 14th vote on proposed net neutrality protection rollbacks, <i>The Hill</i> reports. Led by Senator Maggie Hassan, 28 senators signed the letter, which pointed to evidence that the proposal's public comments were …

Yes, Elon Musk Was Serious About Sending A Sports Car To Mars

SpaceX chief Elon Musk wants to ship his red Tesla roadster to Mars orbit on the first launch of a new jumbo rocket in January. He seems to be serious.<p>Some rich men buy a red sports car when they hit middle age. Elon Musk wants to ship his to Mars.<p>In January, Musk’s SpaceX rocket corporation plans …

Space Travel

Don't Buy Anyone an Echo

Three years ago, we said the Echo was “the most innovative device Amazon’s made in years.” That’s still true. But you shouldn’t buy one. You …

'I Believe Strongly in Freedoms.' Tim Cook Responds to Criticism Over China's Internet Censorship

Apple (aapl) CEO Tim Cook had some words for those who criticized his keynote speech at China’s World Internet Conference Sunday.<p>“I never base my …

Intel demos 5G facial-recognition payment technology

Intel and Foxconn have demonstrated use cases for 5G-based edge computing facial-recognition technology across payments, smart retailing, and access …

Pokemon Go Adds 50 Gen 3 Pokemon, Weather System

More new Pokemon from the Hoenn region are coming to Pokemon Go.<p>Niantic announced today that more than 50 Pokemon that originally appeared in Pokemon …