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Turn a spare Android phone into a Google Home

As long as your old phone knows how to do the "OK, Google" thing, all you need is a speaker -- and realistic expectations.<p>There are lots of things you can do with a spare Android phone: keep it as a backup, turn it into a baby monitor and so on.<p>Here's another: turn it into your very own Google Home …

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These are the phones that receive regular security patches, according to Google

A previous version of this article noted BlackBerry was not included on the list. After further review, the Google provided documentation shows they …

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In documentary 'Mifune: The Last Samurai,' Spielberg, Scorsese and others shed light on the legendary Japanese actor

Toshiro Mifune was a name to conjure with.<p>A galvanic performer who was as present in his roles as anyone who ever lived, the legendary Japanese actor is the subject of "Mifune: The Last Samurai," a smart and thoughtful examination of who the man was and how he got that way.<p>As directed by …

A massive security bug lets criminals install bogus apps on your iPhone — and they look like the real thing

FireEye global technical lead Simon Mullis reported the "Masque" attack in an interview with Business Insider.<p>"The most recent version of the Masque attack uses a technique called 'URL Scheme Hijacking.' The attacker is initially able to bypass the mechanism used by Apple to ensure that a user …

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Spraying Bullets: Hollywood's 5 Best Cinematic Shootouts

Shootouts have long been a part of the landscape of film. The frenzied gun battle that closed episode four of "True Detective" season two left us …

Russian Bombers Delivered Up Close And Personal July 4th Message to U.S.

In a scene straight out of a bizarro <i>Top Gun</i> sequel, Russian bomber pilots tried their hand at keeping up foreign relations when they flew just 40 …

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Pentagon's vaunted F-35 earns lousy review from test pilot in secret report

How would the military’s new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft fare in a dogfight against an old F-16D fighter? Not well, according to a leaked test pilot report of mock air battles in January between the two aircraft.<p>The test pilot’s report was first reported by the website War is Boring, which …

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Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens

In exchange for his surrender, the Colombian drug lord was allowed to build his jail—complete with a disco, jacuzzi, and waterfall. Now 23 years …

Tech Companies Take Step Toward The 'Internet Of Things'

Several companies have made what some see as a small step toward TVs, locks and household appliances all talking to each other.<p>As an example, imagine someone trying to break into your house. A smart lock on the door would trigger flashing lights and a camera. The camera would snap pictures of the …

Uncovering a More Useful Android Lock Screen

Nowadays, there’s a smartphone app for just about everything. Need to hail a ride? There’s an app for that. Need a game for your cat? There’s an app …

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Ryan Seacrest funded Typo iPhone Keyboard coming in January for $99

Advertisement<p>19 Comments<p>Even after six years, some folks just can’t get used to the software keyboard of an iPhone(s aapl). How else do you explain …

The Legacy of John F. Kennedy

Historians tend to rate JFK as a good president, not a great one. But Americans consistently give him the highest approval rating of any president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Why?<p>Among the many monuments to John F. Kennedy, perhaps the most striking is the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, in the …

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Nexus 7 finds Apple napping

Uh-oh: the iPad Mini meets the new Nexus 7. It's not looking good for Apple at the moment.<p>Google has beat Apple at its own Retina-display-thumping game. Meet the Nexus 7, the eye-popping 323-pixels-per-inch wonder.<p>It is, in a way, the (rumored) iPad Mini Retina wrapped in Android 4.3.<p>Here's the …

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Luis Suarez's Liverpool to Arsenal transfer case could end up in a Premier League arbitration hearing

Luis Suárez’s contract dispute with Liverpool could end up in a Premier League arbitration hearing if the striker persists in trying to force through a move to Arsenal.<p>Suárez and his advisers remain at loggerheads with <b>Liverpool</b> over the interpretation of a clause in the deal he signed almost a year …

Samsung dominates, Apple stalls in Q2 global smartphone shipments

A Samsung Galaxy S4, right, with the older Galaxy S3 behind it.<p>The second quarter of 2013 brought more good news for Samsung but less so for Apple, at least as far as smartphone sales go. But the year isn't over yet — in fact, the toughest fight is yet to come.<p>Tracking firm IDC's numbers on global …

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