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Turn a spare Android phone into a Google Home

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 ($129 at Dell Home).<p>I'm referring, of course, to Google's smart speaker, which is a direct competitor to Amazon's widely …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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

The road begins at the southern edge of town. It slithers its way up into the perfect green mountains surrounding the red brick metropolis of …

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 …

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

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 Typo iPhone Keyboard, …

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

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 deal: If you can find most of the apps you need on Google's Play Store and would like a small …

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 …