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Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia

Here's how I got to bottom of the ads-coinciding-with-conversations mystery.<p><i>Note: this article was updated on June 13 to clarify that apps like Facebook don't automatically have access to your data.</i><p>A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in …

Second-gen Snapchat Spectacles swing by FCC (Update: Snap will reveal this week)

<b>Update 4/25/18 at 2:36 P.M. EST:</b> According to a new feature in <i>Wired</i>, Snapchat will announce the second-generation Snapchat Spectacles before the end of this week. It’s likely that the new Spectacles will be used to play AR games as well as take photos.<p>The article doesn’t give us any more …

Palm will return from the dead this year with Android instead of WebOS

Palm is coming back. Again. Anybody feeling déjà vu? Last August, a TCL executive said the company was planning to launch a Palm phone this year. TCL, if you recall, makes Alcatel phones, and is also the main companies trying to revive the BlackBerry name through as licensing deal. Now the company …

Samsung Galaxy S9+ review

You probably don’t need a 4,000 word review to tell you that the Galaxy S9+ is a good phone.<p>Now that everyone’s got all of the Note 7 jokes mostly out of their system, we can mostly agree that Samsung makes good phones. The S8 was great, and the S9 builds on that success in a number of ways.<p>The new …

Record up to 4 lanes of traffic w/ Vantrue’s dash cam: $90 shipped (Reg. $110)

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Vantrue (87% positive feedback on Newegg, 99% positive feedback on Amazon) via Newegg offers its R3 1440p dash camera for <b>$89.99</b> …

Intel warns everyone not to download its Spectre and Meltdown patch | Trusted Reviews

<b>Intel has requested users stop installing its own Spectre/Malware patch after confirming the fix was causing people’s computers to shut down.</b><p>The firm …

All the new phones at CES 2018

The 5 biggest computing trends to watch for at CES 2018

CES is a preview of a lot of the trends we see in technology throughout the year. In the world of computing and laptops, CES 2018 is already shaping …

Laptops

What Will Be the Last Gadget Standing at CES 2018?

Even though it's hard to think of some of the entries as a "gadget," it's fun to judge this contest.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may …

All the cool new gadgets at CES 2018

Gear & Gadgets

5 reasons everyone should own a multimeter

Home improvement addicts really get excited about their power tools. And in the shadow of drills and sanders, the multimeter doesn't get much love. Too bad, because multimeters are just as useful and have become something I recommend to every DIYer.<p>If you don't yet own one, this guide explains ways …

An industry insider just blew the lid off the racket that makes American drugs so expensive

The infamous "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli is in jail, but the egregious drug-price-gouging scheme that shocked America and made him a household name last year is still doing just fine.<p>Now, you'll recall Shkreli is not in jail for price gouging, but defrauding investors.<p>But we know who he is because …

Pharma

11 things people think are terrible for your diet that actually aren't

I'm used to the shaming look I get from my peers when I crack open a can of sugar-free Red Bull. The questions — and judgment — never end. "That stuff'll kill you," someone said to me the other day, shaking his head. "So many chemicals!" was what I heard last week.<p>Truth be told, Red Bull (at least …

Nutrition

8 unreal landscapes that will make the biggest 'Star Wars' fans feel like they're in another world

"The Last Jedi" — the newest film in the "Star Wars" franchise — has been released, and fans are rushing to the theater to be immersed in a galaxy far, far away.<p>But true fans will be glad to know there are plenty of places on Earth that can feel just as foreign.<p>The travel website TripAdvisor has …

A photographer who spent 5 years at Nevada's brothels found legal prostitution was nothing like what he thought

Before traveling to Nevada, the photographer Marc McAndrews had never been to a brothel. Now, five years later, he's been to every single one in the state.<p>McAndrews made regular trips to Nevada's legal brothels, staying anywhere from a week to a month each time.<p>He stayed in bedrooms in the houses, …

Country Houses

California says the only safe way to talk on your cellphone is to text

Earlier this month, the California department of health released guidelines warning residents to avoid putting mobile phones up to their heads.<p>“Keep your phone away from your body,” the state health department writes. “Although the science is still evolving, some laboratory experiments and human …

Community Health

First Gene Therapy For Inherited Disease Gets FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday approved the first gene therapy to treat an inherited disease.<p>The treatment is called Luxturna, a genetically modified virus that ferries a healthy gene into the eyes of patients born with retinal dystrophy, a rare condition that destroys cells in the retina …

FDA

The skeptic’s guide to smart home gadgets

Before you buy any “smart” gadgets, make sure they’re not dumb.<p>This holiday season, a third of Americans plan to buy a smart home device, according to the Consumer Technology Association. And nearly half of Americans use digital voice assistants, according to the Pew Research Center.<p>But just …

Smart Homes

Don’t keep cell phones next to your body, California Health Department warns

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a warning against the hazards of cellphone radiation this week. Yes, the thing we are all addicted to and can’t seem to put down is leaking electromagnetic radiation and now California has some guidance to safeguard the public.<p>The CDPH asks …

Spy Specs That Don’t Look Like a Rejected Prop from The Matrix

<b>* Aviator-style, jet black sunglasses frames</b> <b><br>* Discreet camera and controls at the side</b> <b><br>* HD video and Bluetooth-enabled streaming</b><p>Spy sunglasses with …

13 Gadgets Every Freelancer Must Have

It doesn’t matter if freelancing is your full time job or you do it as a side job or even as a hobby. Having the right equipment influences the …

Gear & Gadgets

This $23 gadget lets you stream 1080p video from any iPhone or Android to your TV

OK, this is just awesome. While some households go all-in on either iOS or Android, others are split. In fact, there are plenty of people who use …

This Intelligent Patch Automatically Applies Meds

Taking medicines is something to be taken very seriously and, depending on the diagnosed pathology, medicines are ingested or applied with a given …

Wearable Tech

The government is about to make outdoor WiFi faster

Just over a year ago, the FCC said it was working on a proposal to make outdoor and public WiFi faster, and, well, it's finally come to pass. Today, the outfit announced that it has freed some 100 megahertz of spectrum in the 5 gigahertz band, which will make wireless connections faster. By how …

International App Store prices will change tomorrow due to the exchange rate

Apple’s App Store pricing practices are fairly straight forward since its inception. Developers decide the price they want to charge, and then Apple …

How HTC designed the new One — its most important phone ever (interview)

There’s plenty that device maker HTC needs to prove this year — but its refined design sense is not one of them.<p>With the new HTC One (M8), its latest flagship smartphone, HTC has thrown down the gauntlet on smartphone design. Its metal case looks more like it came from a high-end car than a phone. …

Government hackers have attacked 80 percent of top news organizations

A new report from Google researchers indicates 21 out of the top 25 news organizations have been the target of advanced malware attacks typically carried out by state-sponsored groups. Google has been tracking state-sponsored malware for nearly two years now, but the new report, unveiled by a pair …

Which phones do world leaders use?

For years, the well-connected world leader would use nothing but a BlackBerry to get their email on the move – and it is still Barack Obama's phone of choice. He uses a model specially enhanced by the US National Security Agency. But the news earlier this month that the White House Communications …

Even the innocent should worry about sex offender apps

The average citizen may not feel that they have anything to fear from the rise of apps that promise to identify sex offenders in their area but they are part of a worrying trend that should act as a warning about what happens when personal data is flattened out and sliced up into apparently …

Apps