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Cat's S61 is an ideal phone for blue-collar workers

Two years ago, I was shown a Cat-branded smartphone with a thermal camera for people who work in construction and other outdoors-y, get-your-hands-dirty professions. I wasn't the target market, of course, and struggled to judge whether the feature was a gimmick or not. Turns out it was the latter; …

Mobile Technology

Land Rover Explore is a rugged phone with swappable backs

At last, we have a Land Rover phone that doesn't look like it was built from parts found on a factory floor. The new 'Explore' is the work of Bullitt, a British company that has made handsets for Caterpillar, Kodak and JCB in the past. It was actually unveiled at the ISPO trade show earlier this …

Mobile Technology

Level's activity-tracking smart glasses launches this March

Even though Intel unveiled its Vaunt smart glasses earlier this month, insurance provider VSP has actually been working on its own take on smart eyewear for well over a year now. It's called Level, and while it won't offer head's up notifications like the Vaunt, it does feature activity tracking …

Wearable Tech

Bungie pushes back 'Destiny 2' feature upgrades

If you were looking forward to Bungie tackling the laundry list of <i>Destiny 2</i> issues in short order, you'll have to be be a little more patient. The studio has delayed the implementation of a handful of features that were slated to arrive between now and May. Most notably, a sought-after revamp of …

Gaming

Twitter's new rules prohibit bulk tweeting to fight spam

Twitter's spam bot issue isn't new, but it came to a head when it was revealed that thousands of Russian troll accounts used the platform to influence the 2016 Presidential elections. Now, the company has announced a set of changes and new developer guidelines meant to fight off automated actions …

Internet

Roku lays out its plan to please cord cutters -- and advertisers

Now that Roku is a publicly traded company, it has to release quarterly updates about how things are going. Today in its first Q4 earnings release (PDF), the company said that revenue is up 28 percent from last year to $188 million, while the number of active accounts grew from 13.4 million to 19.3 …

Televisions

Ford president Raj Nair leaves over 'inappropriate behavior'

Ford will have to adjust its technology strategy, and not for the right reasons. The automaker's North America President Raj Nair has left the company after an internal investigation determined that "inappropriate behavior" was out of line with the employee code of conduct. While the company …

Autonomous Vehicle

SEC guidelines push for clearer data breach disclosures

American companies haven't always been forthright about disclosing data breaches in a responsible way, and regulators want to encourage better behavior. The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued "interpretive guidance" that it hopes will both promote clearer disclosures and fewer ethical …

Downplay

Google uses AI to place ads across the internet

Google's ubiquitous AdSense ads are already heavily automated by their nature (they're targeted based on a look at a site's content), but it's taking that hands-off approach one step further. The search firm has officially launched Auto Ads, a system that uses machine learning to not only determine …

Internet

Medium suspends alt-right trolls following major rules change

Medium is taking its own steps in the fight against fake news and following a major reworking of its rules, has suspended the accounts of a handful of writers. As <i>The Outline</i> reports, the accounts of Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer now link to a largely blank page that says, "This …

Internet

Spotify’s hardware ambitions seem like a risky distraction

Look, it's no secret that Spotify is out to make its own hardware. As of last April, Spotify was already looking for people to help craft "a category defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo and Snap Spectacles." (In hindsight, Spotify's HR team probably should've left that last thing off …

Spotify

Kids play mechanics for Marvel heroes with the Electro Hero Kit

Not every child wants to be a coder or an engineer, which can make it hard to get them playing with STEM toys if they don't really care about making their own video games or building a cool robot. However, many kids are into role playing and telling stories, which is what Tech Will Save Us' newest …

Marvel Universe

Tinder security flaw granted account access with just a phone number

Security researchers at Appsecure found a way to access anyone's Tinder account via their phone number. The exploit took advantage of a software flaw in both the dating app's login process as well as the Facebook API that it's based on. The issues have been fixed since, but represent a pretty big …

Information Security

Disney reportedly plans 'Muppets' reboot for its streaming service

It's no secret that Disney's upcoming streaming service will bank on familiar names, but we're now getting a clearer sense of what that means. <i>Hollywood Reporter</i> sources have claimed that Disney is working on a "reboot" of <i>The Muppets</i>, the short-lived ABC comedy that followed the lives of Kermit, …

Walt Disney Company

YouTube's trending section shows it has a fake news problem, too

In discussions of the ongoing battle over fake news, we often hear Facebook and Google criticized for playing a hand in spreading false information. And while both have made efforts recently to stem the spread of misinformation on their platforms, they've each had some major missteps.<p>YouTube is …

Internet

BitTorrent exploits could let rogue websites control your PC

BitTorrent's peer-to-peer app and its lightweight uTorrent counterpart are susceptible to particularly nasty hijacking flaws. Google researcher Tavis Ormandy recently detailed a host of DNS rebinding exploits in Windows versions of the software that lets attackers resolve web domains to the user's …

Information Security

Facebook signs European licensing deal for music you share

Facebook has dealt with some criticism over the unpaid use of licensed music in videos on the company's various platforms like Instagram. Back in September of last year, it was reported that the social network was paying out "hundreds of millions of dollars" to labels to clear songs for this kind …

Sweden

The next Duplass Brothers movies will be on Netflix

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the next four films from the Duplass Brothers, Jay and Mark. The indie filmmaker duo's credits include <i>Creep</i> and <i>Jeff Who Lives at Home</i>. The deal covers the brothers' upcoming untitled film starring Ray Romano, which will be released later this year, reports</i> …

Streaming

Twitch is cashing in on your love for Overwatch League

The Overwatch League is blowing up and Twitch wants to make some extra money off its exclusive streaming partnership. To encourage viewership, you'll be able to earn Overwatch League Tokens (what you use to buy League skins). You'll pick up one token per live map finish, and a "percentage" of …

Overwatch League

Nest adds Google Assistant to the indoor Cam IQ

The Nest Cam IQ is the smartest camera in the company's security-oriented lineup, and now it's even smarter. Today, Nest announced that the Cam IQ natively supports Google Assistant, thanks to an over-the-air update. It's important to note, though, that this is only for the indoor version of the …

Smart Homes

Sling TV touts 2.2 million subscribers as cord cutting continues

With how popular cord-cutting is, you'd think more services would be keen to share their subscriber stats. Dish pulled back the curtain today and revealed that its Sling TV service has some 2.2 million folks paying for the service. That's compared to just over 11 million Dish satellite customers. …

Televisions

Twitter says most recent follower purge is about bots, not politics

A number of Twitter users are claiming the platform is purging itself of conservative viewpoints as some lost thousands of followers last night. Richard Spencer, writer Mark Pantano and Candace Owens of Turning Point USA were among those spreading the #TwitterLockOut hashtag campaign and claiming …

Social Media

Shadow virtualizes a high-end gaming PC on your desktop clunker

In the early days of computing, local storage and processing weren't actually a thing. Instead, your individual computer acted as a terminal, pulling data from a central processing server. Well, the French startup Blade likes it that way and has released a similar system but with a 21st-century …

Computer Science

Netflix's 'Lost in Space' reboot premieres April 13th

Netflix's <i>Lost in Space</i> remake has been a long, long time in coming (word broke of it back in 2015), but it's finally here... almost. The streaming service has revealed that the sci-fi show will debut on April 13th, 2018, and has offered a teaser trailer to whet your appetite. Not surprisingly, this …

TV

PlayStation profiles are now available on the web

PlayStation is putting your user profile on the web. Head over to the PlayStation website today and you'll find a new tab in the upper right corner that says "My PlayStation." Click it and you'll see what looks like a classic Facebook profile page. Your photo is in the upper left, along with your …

Gaming Consoles

Netflix orders animated series from team behind 'Bojack Horseman'

Netflix is getting another animated series from the team behind <i>Bojack Horseman</i>. Called <i>Tuca & Bertie</i>, it centers on two 30-year-old birds -- Bertie, an anxious songbird, and Tuca, a more carefree toucan. The two are friends, living in the same apartment complex. Bertie hasn't been cast yet, but Tuca …

TV

Volvo adds the V60 wagon to its car subscription service

If you're interested in a car subscription from Volvo, but you're not a fan of SUVs, the Swedish automaker just announced that its new V60 wagon will be available with the service called Car by Volvo.<p>Gallery: Volvo V60 Wagon | 11 Photos<p>11<p>Care by Volvo is a bit like a lease but also includes …

Automotive Industry

Amazon's answer to 'Altered Carbon' is Iain Banks' space opera

It appears that Amazon is looking for its answer to Netflix's crossover sci-fi thriller <i>Altered Carbon</i>. Today, the online retail giant announced that it has acquired the global television rights to Iain M. Banks' space opera series called The Culture. Amazon Studios will adapt the first novel,</i> …

Science Fiction

Why am I so terrible at email?

Ever heard the phrase "run into an asshole and <i>they're</i> the asshole, run into assholes all day and <i>you're</i> the asshole?" It's been rattling around my brain of late, after several miserable weeks caused by my apparent failure to be a good emailer. (Or maybe I'm just an asshole, but since I'm not going …

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