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Turris MOX Modular Router

Price: $89+ | Pledge | LinkCZNIC’s Turris Mox is a router that you can enhance or optimize at will. The basic unit has dual-band Wi-Fi, Gigabit WAN, …

Wi-Fi

There’s a 120Hz display mode lying dormant in many recent Sony phones

The Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia X Performance, Xperia XZ1 and many other Sony phones have been found to include a 120Hz display mode option. The news was picked up by <i>XDA</i> after some folks spotted it in Sony’s Android 8.1 AOSP build, but there doesn’t appear to be a way to enable it.<p><i>XDA</i> notes that the …

Xperia

Uber buys electric bike share startup Jump

Ride-sharing company Uber has acquired electric bike startup Jump.<p>Uber on Monday closed its purchase of the bike-sharing startup Jump.<p>Uber is a ride-sharing service available in hundreds of cities around the world. Like Lyft, you can book your trip, communicate with your driver and receive text …

Electric Bikes

Leaked ZTE ‘Iceberg’ has double the notch for double the sound

The notch is a big part of smartphone design in 2018, but as with any new trend, there’s always going to be a company that takes it too far. Now, it’s looking like ZTE is planning a new smartphone with not one, but two notches in the display.<p>First spotted by <i>WinFuture</i>, a set of images have just …

Mobile Technology

Chinese facial recognition company becomes world's most valuable AI start-up

The Chinese government's plans for mass surveillance using facial recognition have received a boost from one of the country's tech powerhouses, after Alibaba led a $600m investment in SenseTime, which develops technology for tracking individuals.<p>The company is working on facial and object …

Startups

Backpage.com sex advert website owners face charges

<b>The US authorities have charged the two founders of Backpage.com, a website that carried sex ads, as well as five others employed by the firm.</b><p>The accusations include facilitating prostitution and money laundering.<p>Law officers had already taken control of Backpage's various international classifieds …

Crime

Amazon will soon stop selling all Nest products

The dumb, anti-consumer feud drags on as Nest decides to halt restocks at Amazon<p>Nest products won’t be sold by Amazon.com any longer once current stock runs out, according to a report from <i>Business Insider</i>. Amazon last year declined to offer some of Nest’s newer products like the Nest Cam IQ and …

Smart Homes

Toyota Announces New Company Devoted to Self-Driving Cars

New company’s goal is software of high enough quality to be used in passenger cars<p>TOKYO—Toyota Motor Corp. said it would spend nearly $3 billion to build software for autonomous cars, the latest sign that Japan’s biggest car maker is pushing to get the cars into the hands of consumers.<p>Toyota, Denso …

Autonomous Cars

Microsoft’s latest app moves photos from phones to PCs over WiFi

Microsoft Garage makes all kinds of mobile apps for iOS and Android. Some, like the Hub keyboard for iPhone, are experiments; others, like the News Pro app, are a bit more long-term. The team's most recent foray into mobile apps is Photos Companion, an app that easily moves photos from your phone …

Peter Thiel is reportedly exiting Silicon Valley, and may resign from Facebook's board

Investor Peter Thiel is moving his residence and business operations from San Francisco to Los Angeles, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.<p>The …

Silicon Valley

Facebook testing a “downvote” button for flagging content

• Facebook is testing a new feature, a “downvote” button that will help users flag content.<br>• 5% of English-speaking Android users will see the feature as it is tested.<br>• The feature is not at all the “Dislike” button many people have wanted Facebook to implement.<p>If you read this headline and thought that …

VideoLAN VLC releases version 3.0 with HDR and 360-degree video | Ars Technica

The update is available on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and soon, Linux.<p>The popular cross-platform, open-source video player VLC has received a …

Top Pentagon Official Admits He Wore a Fitbit Until He Learned Strava Was Leaking Sensitive Military Data

Patrick Shanahan, deputy secretary of defense, has only been on the job for six months, but he’s quickly learning that seemingly innocuous gadgets …

Twitter makes first profit in 12-year history

Twitter has recorded its first profit more than a decade after it was founded, leading shares to jump by a quarter.<p>The social network’s fourth-quarter results appeared to cap a long-awaited revival after years of losses, fears over growth and an unsuccessful attempt to sell itself.<p>Twitter posted a …

Google Will Soon Start Shaming All Sites That Don’t Use HTTPS as 'Not Secure'

HTTPS, or the secure version of the ubiquitous Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, can’t solve every problem when it comes to online security. As far as …

IT security

Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future

SEATTLE — The first clue that there’s something unusual about Amazon’s store of the future hits you right at the front door. It feels as if you are entering a subway station. A row of gates guard the entrance to the store, known as Amazon Go, allowing in only people with the store’s smartphone …

eCommerce

Amazon quietly raises Prime membership fees to $13/mo., annual $99 option remains

This morning, Amazon quietly made a few changes to its Prime membership pricing model. Typically $11 per month, the online giant is raising its popular two-day shipping service fee to $13. Those opting for an annual subscription will still pay the same $99 as before.<p>Amazon’s Prime service has seen …

Disney hires former Apple, Samsung exec for its streaming service

As Disney prepares for its streaming service that's launching next year, <i>Variety</i> reports it has snagged an executive to run operations. Kevin Swint (LinkedIn) worked at Apple for five years, eventually running its iTunes movies business worldwide, before managing content and launching Milk Video at …

Streaming

User succumbs to a seizure in virtual reality while other players can only watch

While playing around in VRChat, an online virtual community, YouTuber Rogue Shadow VR noticed a player who appeared to be in trouble. His character — a red and black robot — was writhing on the floor and gasping in what appeared to be an epileptic seizure.<p>In the original video, spotted by …

Virtual Reality

Jimmy Iovine plots Apple exit: report

Longtime music executive Jimmy Iovine plans to leave Apple Inc. AAPL, +0.34% in August, according to Thursday reports. Iovine has been assisting with …

Apple Music

Apple's latest acquisition will bolster its tools for app developers

Apple is no stranger to acquisitions. Back in 2014, it bought the company behind TestFlight, a system that lets iOS developers get their app out to tens of thousands of beta testers ahead of launch. Now the company has purchased Buddybuild, a company that helps app developers test and manage their …

Apps

Spotify hit with $1.6 billion lawsuit from major music publisher Wixen

(<i>Reuters</i>) — Music streaming company Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc last week for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to the music publisher.<p>Wixen, an exclusive licensee of songs such as “Free …

Evan Spiegel personally paid Drake to perform at Snap's New Year's party — check it out

Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, held its lavish New Year's Eve party at the LA Live complex in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday. The highlight of the night: a surprise performance by Drake.<p>TMZ reported that the party cost about $4 million and that the company flew in employees in from all …

Los Angeles

HQ Trivia is now officially available for Android users

At long last, HQ Trivia is finally and officially live for all Android users to download and play. And if you hurry, you should be able to have it set up and ready to go before tonight’s special New Year’s Eve game at 8:45PM PT / 11:45PM ET in which the winners have a chance to win up to …

F-35 may see combat in 2018

After a very long and problematic development process, the F-35 Lightning II is about to serve on the front lines. The US Marine Corps is deploying the F-35B (the short takeoff and vertical landing variant) to ships in the Central and Pacific Command theaters in the spring and summer of 2018. The …

Military

Smart lock maker Otto suspends operations

Otto showed the world its digital lock in August. Four months later, the company has suspended operations. Hardware is hard. It’s a cliche for a reason.<p>The company made the decision just ahead of the holidays, a fact that founder and CEO Sam Jadallah recently made public with a lengthy Medium post …

Startups

Expert Predicts Amazon Will Buy Target In 2018

A Twin Cities analyst says he expects the online retail giant will purchase the big box chain to expand its brick-and-mortar presence.<p>SEATTLE, WA - …

eCommerce

Swatting over Call of Duty game results in deadly police shooting of Kansas man

The victim was unrelated to the online feud<p>A feud between two <i>Call of Duty</i> players led to the death of a 28-year-old Kansas man, who was shot and killed by police after a fraudulent 911 call sent a SWAT team to the man’s private home. The news was first reported by local newspaper <i>The Wichita Eagle</i>, …

Police Shootings

The new 'Star Wars' movies have already made more than the $4 billion Disney paid for the franchise in 2012

In 2012, Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion and took full control of the "Star Wars" empire.<p>Five years later, the studio has made that amount back from just the ticket sales from the new "Star Wars" films.<p>With the saga's lastest movie, "The Last Jedi," passing $900 million worldwide at the …

Movies

Town Fights to Turn Retail Tide at a Little Mall That Might

MASSENA, N.Y. — When the Payless ShoeSource at the St. Lawrence Center closed this spring, it could have been just another statistic in a grim year for retailers, one more struggling shop gone in a dilapidated mall.<p>For Erica Leonard, the mall’s manager, it was a call to action. Frustrated by a wave …

Canadian Real Estate