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By Flipboard Newsdesk | A curated selection of Technology news.

Google’s Chromecast and Home devices can cause temporary Wi-Fi outages

Google’s suite of products in the past few years have been pretty awesome overall, with Chromecast and Home devices among the best. However, there’s now a confirmed issue with multiple routers where Google’s devices are the cause of temporary outages.<p><i>Myce</i> explains that Google Home and Chromecast …

Wi-Fi

Computers are getting better than humans at reading

The robots are coming, and they can read.<p>Artificial intelligence programs built by Alibaba (BABA) and Microsoft (MSFT) have beaten humans on a Stanford University reading comprehension test.<p>"This is the first time that a machine has outperformed humans on such a test," Alibaba said in a statement …

Artificial Intelligence

Twitter Says No, Hundreds Of Twitter Employees Are Not Reading Your DMs

"We do not proactively review DMs. Period."<p>On Monday, conservative activist and filmmaker James O'Keefe published undercover footage of Twitter engineers alleging the social network has hundreds of employees reading "everything you post online" — including direct messages.<p>But according to Twitter, …

Project Veritas

Inside Telegram’s ambitious $1.2B ICO to create the next Ethereum

We have even more information about messaging app Telegram’s plans for cashing in on its popularity within the crypto community with the massive ICO for its proposed Telegram Open Network (TON) project (that we first reported), after obtaining the whitepaper and investor prospectuses in full.<p>From …

Bitcoin

WeChat Users Again Allowed to Send Tips After Apple and Tencent Reach Deal

Apple and Tencent, the company that owns the popular WeChat messaging app, have reached a deal that will let WeChat users resume sending in-app tips to content creators, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>.<p>Apple first asked Chinese social networking apps to disable tipping functionality back in May 2017 …

iOS

BlackBerry launches cybersecurity software for self-driving cars

(Reuters) - Canadian software maker BlackBerry Ltd on Monday launched a new cybersecurity software, which identifies vulnerabilities in programs used in self-driving cars.<p>The product, called Blackberry Jarvis, is being marketed first to automakers - a group of customers the former smartphone maker …

Cybersecurity

China Escalates Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Trading

China is escalating its clampdown on cryptocurrency trading, targeting online platforms and mobile apps that offer exchange-like services, according …

China

The Google Arts and Culture app is helping people find their art alter ego

• The Google Arts and Culture app compares your face to thousands of paintings across the world.<br>• The app returns several matches of who you most closely resemble.<br>• Social media has blown up with people posting their results and hilarious reactions.<p>If you’re up for a good laugh, we’ve got the app for …

Memes

CarPlay coming to more trucks including 2019 RAM 1500 with 12-inch display, Ford Ranger

Apple CarPlay is on display this week at the International Auto Show in Detroit, and Toyota isn’t the only company making news. 2019 model trucks, hybrids, and hatchbacks with CarPlay have all been announced.<p>Toyota announced that it will begin offering CarPlay through its 2019 Avalon sedan after …

Trucks

Cyber Research Centre labels Australia's counter-threat capacity 'relatively weak'

The centre's chair has called for an overarching capability that supports federal, state, and territory-based cybercrime-countering efforts, …

Surveillance

Nintendo Switch emulator already in the works from team behind 3DS emulator

Long before Nintendo started packaging classic games on miniature versions of its old consoles, the easiest way to play those games was with an …

Nintendo Switch

Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong meant to win over humans

HONG KONG (AP) — David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become "super-intelligent genius machines" that might help solve some of mankind's most challenging problems.<p>The Texas-born former sculptor at Walt Disney Imagineering and his Hong Kong-based startup Hanson …

Robots

iPhone 7 Plus was almost China's top-selling phone in 2017

Apple, the only foreign phone maker to hit China's top 10 list, was beaten to the top spot by Oppo's R9S.<p>Apple has had its ups and downs in the ever-important Chinese market, but on Monday some good news reached the electronics giant.<p>The iPhone 7 Plus was the second-best selling phone in the …

Mobile Technology

Apple WebKit team releases Speedometer 2.0 for benchmarking web app responsiveness

Back in 2014, the WebKit team at Apple released Speedometer, which it touted as “a benchmark for web app responsiveness.” Almost four years later, Apple today has announced Speedometer 2.0 with numerous improvements for developers…<p>For those unfamiliar, Speedometer allows developers to simulate user …

JavaScript

Elon Musk says enhanced voice command functionality is coming to the Model 3

Tesla vehicles are certainly forward-thinking, but sometimes the company’s tech oriented approach results in a less than optimal user experience. …

Elon Musk

Over 1,000 charged for sharing revenge porn on Facebook

Over 1000 people have been charged for sharing sexually explicit content without consent on Facebook in the biggest case of its kind in …

explicit

The Senate’s push to overrule the FCC on net neutrality now has 50 votes, Democrats say

Fifty senators have endorsed a legislative measure to override the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to deregulate the broadband industry, top Democrats said Monday.<p>The tally leaves supporters just one Republican vote shy of the 51 required to pass a Senate resolution of …

Net Neutrality

Chinese consumer group latest to ask Apple for additional information about iPhone slowdowns

Questioning into Apple over its iPhone slowdown announcement continues today. <i>Reuters</i> reports that a Chinese consumer group has asked the company for additional information regarding slowing down older iPhones, demanding an answer before this Friday…<p>The interrogation comes from the Shanghai Consumer …

China

Tech.Co Has Been Acquired by Global Digital Media Business

Today, I’m excited to announce that Tech.Co has been acquired by MVF, an international publishing and tech company. MVF was founded in the UK by five …

Startups

Canadian charged with running LeakedSource.com, selling stolen info

TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian man accused of operating the LeakedSource.com website, a major repository of stolen online credentials, has been arrested and charged with trafficking in billions of stolen personal identity records, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said on Monday.<p>The site, …

Security

The race is on to become the Bloomberg of crypto

Data is the lifeblood of financial markets: Professional traders rely on computer terminals supplied by companies like Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters to look up prices on things like bonds and currencies. And while Wall Street is dominated by these incumbents, especially Bloomberg, the battle to …

Cryptocurrency

BlackBerry launches cybersecurity software for self-driving cars

Canadian software maker BlackBerry Ltd. on Monday launched a new cybersecurity software, which identifies vulnerabilities in programs used in self-driving cars.<p>The product, called BlackBerry Jarvis, is being marketed first to automakers – a group of customers the former smartphone maker is hoping …

Cybersecurity

Nest’s co-founder helped design this crazy concept smartwatch

The Ressence Type 2 imagines what the fusion of mechanical and smartwatches could look like<p>Luxury watchmaker Ressence has a new prototype watch it’s showing off at the SIHH 2018 watch show (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, in case you were curious) called the Type 2 e-Crown Concept, as …

Watches

The Enverge is a deadly looking electric car from a company you’ve never heard of

GAC says it’s primed to enter the US market by 2019<p>You probably haven’t heard of GAC, the Chinese automaker with big designs on the US market. At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, GAC is seeking to up its profile in advance of its 2019 US launch with — what else? — an …

Electric Vehicles

The portion of VC-backed startups founded by women stays stubbornly stagnant

It was a tumultuous year for the technology industry, with sexual harassment, pay gaps and under-representation of women often dominating the headlines. The technology industry’s belief that its mission is to change the world has steeply contrasted with its discriminatory treatment of women.<p>And …

Venture Capital

Netflix ‘still exploring’ possibility of Nintendo Switch app

So you’re saying there’s a chance ...?<p>Nintendo Switch owners wondering when they might be able to stream Netflix on the system will have to keep wondering for now, although all hope is not lost.<p>Switch fans hoping for a Netflix app may have become alarmed yesterday if they saw a certain tweet from …

Nintendo Switch

Not even $197,000 of diamonds can save this Tag Heuer smartwatch from Android Wear

Never go Full Diamond<p>Ever look down at your $1,600 Tag Heuer smartwatch and think, “Gosh, this really could use $195,400 of diamonds on it?” Apparently someone at Tag Heuer did, because at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève watch show (also known as SIHH 2018), the …

Watches

Apple’s CarPlay is finally coming to Toyota and Lexus vehicles

But there’s still no sign of Android Auto<p>Toyota’s new 2019 Avalon was just announced at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, and the new model includes a long-awaited and welcome addition: Apple’s CarPlay platform, a first for a Toyota car, according to <i>AppleInsider</i>.<p>Toyota has famously …

Toyota

OnePlus issues statement as some buyers complain of credit card fraud

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps …

Identity Theft

The Nissan Xmotion SUV is more screen than car

Seven (!) digital touchscreens, and a virtual personal assistant that’s a fish<p>The Nissan Xmotion may look like an SUV on the surface, but to take a step inside is to enter a dense forest of technology. The concept car, revealed today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, has a …

Transportation

The best mobile photo-editing apps

There's no shortage of photo-editing apps for mobile devices. But if you want to graduate beyond Instagram filters, the sheer number of listings on the App Store or Google Play can be overwhelming. We've sifted through dozens to find the ones worth your time (and money, in some cases).<p>A word about …

iPhoneography

Martin Luther King Day celebrated in Google Doodle

The Doodle depicts a young girl enthralled by Martin Luther King Jr's powerful words.<p>Monday is Martin Luther King day in the US, and Google has created a special Doodle to celebrate the life of the civil rights activist.<p>This year's Doodle features an illustration of a young girl sitting on her …

Black History

Denmark: Over 1,000 youths charged for sharing underage sex video

Danish police have charged hundreds of children and young men for sharing a video of two 15-year-olds having sex. Although 15 is the age of consent, …

Crime

What is Chrome 'Site Isolation' and how does it keep me safe?

Chrome's Site Isolation feature is a brand new way to keep your web session more secure, but you'll need to enable it.<p>The web is a scary place. There …

Google

Boeing shows its vision for a hypersonic spy aircraft

Lockheed isn't the only one hoping to make a hypersonic spy aircraft. Boeing has provided early details on its own design for a hypersonic tech demonstrator that would lead to a spiritual successor to the SR-71 Blackbird. In some ways, it's a logical extension of the company's X-51A Waverider: the …

Aerospace

OnePlus is investigating customer reports of credit card fraud after buying from the company's website

Checking your credit card statement after wondering why your balance is so high and finding transactions that you don't recognize is among life's …

Identity Theft

Microsoft’s Cortana falls behind Alexa and Google Assistant at CES

Apple’s Siri also nowhere to be found<p>The annual Consumer Electronics Show is always a good opportunity to get an early look at devices coming throughout the year. It’s also a reasonable gauge on the health of an ecosystem, or emerging platforms. At this year’s CES it was all about Alexa vs. Google …

Microsoft