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Amazon 'Echo Buttons' Trivia Game Accessories Now Available to Pre-Order

Amazon has made its Echo Buttons, the company's "first Alexa gadgets", available to pre-order on its U.S. website. First announced in September, the $20 accessories come in packs of two and are designed to allow Amazon Echo owners to play family trivia games with the voice-activated smart …

Amazon

Foxconn puts halt to illegal overtime at iPhone X plant

Apple supplier Foxconn in a statement on Thursday said it has stopped high school interns from working overtime at an iPhone plant in China, a …

Foxconn

Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge update tracker [Update: AT&T rolls out better video calling and more]

<b>Update:</b> AT&T is rolling out an update to the Samsung Galaxy S7 on and S7 Edge with the June Android security patches, as well as addressing some known bugs and issues. The circa 300 MB patch, featuring build number NRD90M.G930AUCU4BQF3, provides fixes for calendar and messaging apps, as well as the …

Samsung

Mobile payment and loyalty platform Yoyo Wallet integrates with Starling Bank

In another example of Starling Bank jumping on the Open Banking/PSD2 train before legislation in the U.K. and Europe next year will force banks to do so, it is launching its latest API partnership: this time with Yoyo Wallet, the U.K.-based mobile payment and loyalty platform.<p>The new integration …

Banking

Android phones still track you when location services are off

Even phones that have been reset to their factory settings can tell Google where you are.<p>Google has been collecting Android phones' locations even when location services are turned off, an investigation has revealed.<p>Online publication Quartz observed Android phones collecting the addresses of …

Android Phones

How Smart Glasses Will Help Porsche Technicians Fix Customers' Cars

Technicians at Porsche dealerships will soon be using "high-tech spectacles" to receive instructions, and to send real-time wrenching footage to the …

Technology (Australia)

The FCC is about to kill net neutrality. We’re protesting nationwide on Dec 7th to stop them.

<b>tldr: The FCC is about to kill net neutrality. We’re protesting nationwide on Dec 7th to stop them. Head over to http://www.verizonprotests.com/ for</b> …

Internet

The unthinkable happened: New Android phone crushes iPhone X in speed test

Apple’s hot new iPhone X has it all. From design and display quality to features and performance, the tenth-anniversary iPhone is a class-leading …

Phones

For the first time, a robot passed a medical licensing exam

A Robot Medical Professional<p>Experts generally agree that, before we might consider artificial intelligence (AI) to be truly intelligent —that is, on …

Medicine

Samsung WF45M5500AZ review

Samsung's washing machine makes laundry day less stressful<p><b>The Good</b> Samsung's $999 WF45M5500AZ earned one of the best stain removal scores of all of the washing machines we've tested.<p><b>The Bad</b> Its display is a little convoluted and the Samsung Smart Washer app is outdated and overly complicated.<p><b>The</b> …

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Germany bans kids’ smartwatches that can be used for eavesdropping

A German regulator has banned domestic sales of children’s smartwatches that have a listening function — warning that parents have been using the devices to secretly eavesdrop on teachers at their kids’ school.<p>In an announcement on Friday, the Federal Network Agency telecoms watchdog said it had …

Privacy

Report: Facebook is bringing its Watch video service to India next year

After launching its episodic video streaming service in the US in August, Facebook is gearing up to bring Watch to India sometime between January and March next year, reports The Ken.<p>The service includes shows that span lifestyle, comedy and children’s entertainment content, as well as live sports …

Mobile

PS4 Already Available At Black Friday Price At GameStop, Walmart, Amazon And More

If you don’t feel like braving the lines, getting trampled or rousing yourself from a food coma on Thanksgiving or Black Friday itself, rest easy. Black Friday pricing for Sony’s slim PlayStation 4 appears to already be going live at multiple retailers, including Amazon, GameStop, Target, Best Buy …

Shopping

Eve V Review

Crowdfunded tech products have a long history of being complete garbage, usually shipping years after their original launch dates with missing …

Laptops

Sony Black Friday deals mean huge PS4 Pro and PSVR discounts

Sony officially drops PS4 Pro bundles to below £300 as Black Friday deals start<p>Sony has officially dropped the price of the PS4 Pro below £300 with …

Shopping

Samsung is reportedly building a Chromebook with a detachable keyboard

For some time now, many believed that Google had abandoned all hope of optimizing the Android platform for tablets. In place of Android tablets, some speculate that the next iteration of Android tablets will, in fact, be Chromebooks.<p>Based on several recent changes to the Chromium Repository, it …

Samsung

Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel

FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, Japan — Four engineers hunched before a bank of monitors, one holding what looked like a game controller. They had spent a month training for what they were about to do: pilot a small robot into the contaminated heart of the ruined Fukushima nuclear …

Energy

The 40 best gadgets of 2017

From smart-speakers and virtual bikes to robot vacuums and indestructible cables, here is the year’s most covetable technology<p><b>1</b> TOY ROBOT<br>UBTech Jimu Astrobot Kit (£190)<p>You can assemble one of three robotswith this Lego-like kit, each fully mobile and equipped with an infra-red sensor to helpit …

Gear & Gadgets

Next year’s flagship Android phones may offer facial recognition features

Are fingerprint sensors on the way out? A report from Digitimes makes the case that Android smartphone makers may soon start following Apple’s lead …

Android Phones

Razer launches neon green Hammerhead USB-C earbuds

Following on from its Lightning and Bluetooth buds<p>It's hard to find USB-C earbuds despite so many Android phones — including Google’s Pixel 2 devices and the Razer Phone — making a switch to the new connector while getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Fortunately, there’s a new pair of USB-C …

Headphones

Tesla made a phone battery pack that mimics Supercharger monuments

Charge your phone with the same kind of battery that powers your Tesla.<p>Tesla dropped an electric semi truck and a new Roadster at a recent event, but it apparently launched another product that didn't get any stage time. The automaker has released, of all things, an external battery pack (the …

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Google Assistant can help troubleshoot your Pixel 2 phone

Plenty of companies offer chat support to troubleshoot problems with your phone. But do you really want to talk to another human for what could be a simple fix? You don't have to... if you have a Pixel 2. <i>Android Police</i> has discovered that you can ask Google Assistant for help with battery issues. …

Google

Blockchain could ‘change everything’ for real estate

“This changes everything.” That’s how Apple introduced the original iPhone in 2007. But it could just as easily apply here and now to the blockchain and its potential to enable transformative innovation in a variety of industries.<p>The most mature proposals for blockchain-led innovation are in the …

Bitcoin

Giant 'Minecraft' graphics upgrade delayed to 2018

The <i>Minecraft</i> team had a bunch of news at their MineCon Earth convention, but the biggest news may be what's <i>not</i> happening. Mojang and Microsoft have delayed the launches of both the Super Duper Graphics Pack and cross-platform Switch multiplayer to sometime in 2018. They're not elaborating on the …

Microsoft

Twitter says it will judge verified users’ offline behavior

What losing a badge really means<p>Twitter’s announcement yesterday that it would begin removing verification badges from some accounts had an immediate impact, as the company stripped the blue checkmark from a handful of accounts associated with the far right. But the announcement, which arrived via …

Jason Kessler

Everything We Know About the Truck Tesla Will Unveil Tonight

More than an automaker or an energy company, Tesla is a hype machine. What other company can make a live crowd ooh and ahh over at-home battery …

Elon Musk

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 really is a beautiful beast

Using a 15-inch, 4.2-pound powerhouse like Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 takes some time getting used to. It nearly fits into my backpack, but …

Laptops

Security firm Kaspersky said it did obtain classified NSA documents — just not deliberately

• <b>Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has published a second investigation to battle allegations that it obtained confidential documents from an NSA worker's home PC, then passed them on to Russian hackers.</b>• <b><br>The original allegations were made by anonymous US officials in The Wall Street</b> …

Security

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot is a parkour master

Parkour! That’s what we should all be devoting our combined robotics expertise towards. There’s no nobler human pursuit, so of course we should create a robot that can master the so-called ‘sport of kings.’ And yes, that is the <i>true</i> sport of kings.<p>Boston Dynamics has shown off its new version of …

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