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Here attacks Google Maps with new freemium website plan

When visiting the website for a local restaurant or other small business, you'll likely see Google Maps embedded to show the location. Developers of such sites were recently thrown for a loop, however, when Google announced new, more expensive pricing and demanded a credit card and Google Cloud …

Apps

Can You Get Sick From Air Conditioning?

At the peak of summer, when just walking to and from the corner store necessitates a shower and a change of clothes, air-conditioning can seem almost …

Public Health

Leaked iPad Pro schematics reveal mysterious new connector

Apple is expected to make drastic improvements to the iPad Pro this fall to introduce edge-to-edge screens and Face ID. But there could be some unexpected changes, too.<p>Leaked schematics that give us an early peek at one model hint at a mysterious new connector on the back of the device.<p>After the …

Mobile Technology

This start-up makes a speaker that lets you listen to music privately — without headphones

The first time I tried Noveto’s “focused sound” speaker, the whole experience felt both exciting and a little bit bizarre.<p>The start-up has created a …

Headphones

Apple's HomePod will reportedly be able to make calls soon

Apple is believed to be adding some notable features to its Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker, including the ability to make and receive phone calls.<p>That’s from French site iGeneration, which noted that it’s had a look at the iOS 12-based software for the device, and has spotted a bunch of new …

Amazon Echo

A Driver for Uber and Lyft Covertly Streamed Hundreds of Rides on Twitch Without Rider Consent

In the past few months, wannabe online video stars have filmed themselves doing a suicide bomb “prank” at college and spreading a fake rumor about a …

Internet

Roku CEO Admits His Firm’s Most Profitable Product is Roku Viewers

- Jul 20, 2018<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook once said, “when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product.” ::COUGH!:: Google! …

Profit

Why Amazon's Site Crashed on Prime Day

We now know the reason for Amazon’s brief outage on Prime Day. The retailer reportedly didn’t have enough servers to handle the traffic surge for the …

Cloud Computing

Missing a screw? Amazon’s Part Finder can help

Unless hardware repair is your profession or serious hobby, chances are you’re unlikely to know the exact name, size, or type of a particular nut or …

Machine Perception

This hidden spy camera is so covert, it should probably be illegal

Look, we need to be crystal clear about this before we go any further: we’re not telling you about this product so that you can be a creep. The fact …

Netflix is testing a new 'Ultra' tier of service

Netflix may be introducing a new, higher tier of service.<p>Known as Ultra, the new tier would allow four devices to receive Ultra HD video and audio streaming simultaneously, according to Italian blog Tutto Android.<p>Netflix currently has three subscription plans: $7.99 Basic, $10.99 Standard and …

HD video

China Claims To Have A Real-Deal Laser Gun That Inflicts 'Instant Carbonisation' Of Human Skin

As the US prepares for war in space, China's bringing the space war home. Its ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle is reportedly capable of hitting a target …

First New iPhone Dummy Models Shown On Video

There will not be two new iPhones in 2018, there will be three. Apple will also break new ground in terms of both size and affordable pricing. And now we know how these new models will look and feel…<p>The consistently reliable 9to5Mac, has attained dummy models of Apple’s all-new 6.5-inch iPhone X …

Mobile Technology

How an Apple Genius mysteriously solved my aggressive iPhone charging problem

The story of my iPhone charging woes incited hundreds of emails and several suggestions. So I went to a different Apple store in search of a solution.<p>…

Mondly uses speech recognition to fast-track your language learning

popsci shop<p>Get lifetime access for only $39.99.<p>Learning a new language can seem pretty daunting when your inch-thick textbook arrives in the mail. Thankfully, there is a smarter way to learn. Mondly is a highly-rated app that helps you master grammar and pick up vocabulary through fun mini-games. …

Apple Takes Sizeable Risk With New iPhone X Plus

We already know a lot about Apple’s new iPhone plans and there’s a lot to like, especially their reduced prices. But there’s always a ‘but’, and now insider information has revealed a bump in the road which has the potential to upturn Apple’s biggest ever iPhone…<p>Bloomberg reports Apple will source …

Mobile Technology

Microsoft details secret ‘pocketable’ Surface device in leaked email

A new and disruptive dual-screen device to blur the lines between mobile and PC<p>Microsoft has been working on a new mysterious Surface device for at least two years. Codenamed Andromeda, the device has appeared in patents, reports, and in operating system references multiple times and will include a …

The iOS 12 Public Beta is Out. Have You Tried It Yet?

After a little bit of a delay between the release of the second iOS 12 Developer Beta, the Public Beta is finally here! If you didn’t see the many articles already written about the release, you can sign up for the program to upgrade your compatible iOS device right here.<p>For those of you who have …

Firefox and 1Password now bring data breach notifications to you

Firefox and 1Password have made it much easier to find out if your email address and password have ever been been leaked due to a data breach. 1Password now comes integrated with the Have I Been Pwned service, allowing you to check your credentials against the database within its interface, while …

That 1440p monitor you bought might have a 4K screen

Some manufacturers may be putting 4K UHD screens inside of 1440p QHD monitors in order to cut costs.<p><b>Up front:</b> If you’ve got a QHD monitor sitting around it might have a 4K panel, but you won’t be able to make use of it. According to <i>Prad</i>, the outlet that broke the story, manufacturers say there’s no …

AT&T collaborates on NSA spying through a web of secretive buildings in the U.S.

A new report from The Intercept sheds light on the NSA’s close relationship with communications provider AT&T.<p>The Intercept identified eight facilities across the U.S. that function as hubs for AT&T’s efforts to collaborate with the intelligence agency. The site first identified one potential hub …

Oculus’ new TV experience lets you watch Hulu & Netflix on a virtual 180″ bezel-less display

The well-known VR company Oculus released its TV experience for its inexpensive all-in-one Go headset today. The new experience lets you watch your favorite shows from Hulu, Netflix and more, on a virtual TV that the company touts as being the equivalent of 180-inches in real life.<p>Oculus TV was …

Short-Term Objects: A Power Outlet With Retractable Charging Cables

The thing I love about tools is that they will always be useful. My ratcheting screwdriver will be as handy in ten years as it was when I bought it. …

The CEO of Netflix Just Fired a Key Employee for Using This 1 Banned Word. Here's Why It Was the Right Decision

Reed Hastings knows: Of all the key executives in the company, the one in this job just can't go around talking like this.<p>News broke late Friday that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings fired his company's top communications executive, Jonathan Friedland, for "descriptive use of the N-word on at least two …

$17 is all it takes to add wireless charging to Apple’s older iPhone models

Wireless charging isn’t new or novel at this point, but it’s definitely the most convenient feature Apple has added to its iPhone lineup in years. …

This startup is letting anyone start their own ISP business so they can provide a better alternative to Comcast or AT&T

Customers have long complained about the major Internet Service Providers — philosophically, as with their opposition to net neutrality, and practically, in terms of prices, hidden fees, and often-shoddy customer support.<p>But a San Francisco-based startup thinks it can capitalize on that latent …

Email Phishers Using A Simple Way to Bypass MS Office 365 Protection

Security researchers have been warning about a simple technique that cyber criminals and email scammers are using in the wild to bypass most …

Football matches land on your table thanks to augmented reality

It’s World Cup season, so that means that even articles about machine learning have to have a football angle. Today’s concession to the beautiful game is a system that takes 2D videos of matches and recreates them in 3D so you can watch them on your coffee table (assuming you have some kind of …

A Guide to Complete Home Automation Systems

For the homeowners who want a single smart home solution<p>Adding intelligence to your house can be an intimidating enterprise, involving a multitude of …

In-display fingerprint sensors are here, and they actually work

After years of rumors and prototypes, an in-display fingerprint scanner is finally shipping in a major phone from a major company. The international Vivo X21 marks the first time this technology has been sold in India and other countries, as well as the first time it’s been a standard feature …

Phones