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Uber remotely locked PCs in foreign offices to thwart investigators

We all know by now that Uber has some shady practices when it comes to law enforcement. Today, <i>Bloomberg</i> reported that the ride-hailing startup has a program called Ripley, which is designed to thwart local police and government investigators that raid Uber's local offices. When officials show up at …

Linksys has a new tri-band range extender to eliminate WiFi dead spots

If you're not shopping for a new router but still need something to cover far-flung areas of your home (have you tried aluminum foil yet? Seriously.) check out the latest hardware from Linksys. This "Max-Stream Tri-Band AC3000 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE9000)" brings all the bells and whistles needed …

Amazon is reportedly prepping a free version of Prime Video

<b>Update (7:37PM CEST, 14 November, 2017):</b> <i>An Amazon spokesperson issued a statement saying the company isn’t pursuing its ad-supported Prime Video offering:</i><p>We have no plans to create a free, ad-supported version of Prime Video.<p><i>Our report from earlier in the day follows.</i><p>Ad Age reports that Amazon is …

Google Assistant can now broadcast messages through your Google Home devices

Last month, Google announced that users with Google Assistant would be able to broadcast messages via Google Home devices, and now that time is here. Google has begun rolling out an update that will allow you to use your Home devices as an intercom system within your apartment or house (or office, …

Ubuntu Linux will never be the same after version 17.10

The latest version of Ubuntu Linux is here with the GNOME desktop as its new interface, as Ubuntu bids adieu to its own takes on the Linux …

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Stop Google from knowing every move you make

If Google ever chooses a corporate anthem, I vote for "Every Breath You Take" by The Police, which includes the possibly sweet/possibly creepy promise that "I'll be watching you." Two especially appropriate lines from the song are "every move you make" and "every step you take," because Google …

Why Haven't We Met Aliens Yet? Because They've Evolved into AI

Movies and television have led us to think of aliens as green, slimy creatures traveling around in flying saucers. Nonsense.<p>While traveling in Western Samoa many years ago, I met a young Harvard University graduate student researching ants. He invited me on a hike into the jungles to assist with …

Time Warner Cable promises upgraded internet, TV service in response to rival takeover attempt

More reliable service, faster speeds, and more will come to NYC and LA under a new brand<p>Time Warner Cable has long had a rotten reputation, but now that the cable company is facing a takeover from rival Charter Communications, executives are promising that they're working to turn TWC around. A big …