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Baltimore police overhaul is approved over Trump objections

A federal judge on Friday approved an agreement negotiated under the Obama administration to overhaul the troubled Baltimore police force, sweeping aside objections from the Trump Justice Department.<p>President Donald Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, promptly warned that the agreement may …

Is President Trump racist? Google Assistant has an answer for that

As people seek affirmation of their political beliefs in an increasingly polarized nation with accusations of fake news from both sides, smart device AI (artificial intelligence) is more than happy to comply.<p>Concise, loaded questions tend to yield loaded results when querying Google Assistant, the …

Community group: AT&T 'digitally redlines' poor neighborhoods

Cleveland-based community groups have issued a report accusing AT&T of engaging in a process known as "digital redlining" with regards to its broadband service in the city. The groups, Connect Your Community and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), allege that AT&T has purposefully and …

This little robot is your new language-learning buddy

Learning a new language can be rough. Casio knows this, and has made a mini-language partner for you in form of the Lesson Pod.<p>The Lesson Pod is a charming desktop buddy that acts as both a conversation partner and instructor, providing accurate spoken sentences that you can practice at home or on …

Language Learning

Supply your home with clean water for less

<i>Welcome to Home Deals, where we pick out the best deals on things you need for your home, garden and beyond. Like our cousin,</i> the Cheapskate<i>, we'll give you a regular selection of smoking-hot deals, but for house and home. This week, we look at the best deals on water filters.</i><p>Water. We all drink …

Water

Here’s every game you’ll want to play in 4K HDR on the PS4 Pro

The PlayStation 4 Pro, a high-powered version of Sony’s very popular PS4 platform, supports 4K and high-dynamic range (HDR) content, as well as a …

WD PR4100 NAS review

Powerful and upgradable for pros, yet simple enough for non-techies, the WD PR4100 is a winner.<p>Powerful and upgradable for pros, yet simple enough …

Canon EOS M6 puts the power of the M5 in a smaller, affordable body

Canon’s flagship mirrorless camera, the EOS M5, is only about six months old, but already the company has seen fit as to create a lower-end camera …

Canon Connect Station media hub now supports mobile backups, non-Canon cameras

If there’s one thing casual photographers are guilty of, it’s leaving their images on a memory card. Sure, memory card capacities are so large that …

Canon’s new EOS 77D, Rebel T7i DSLRs inherit acclaimed tech from 80D

Canon took the wraps off two new DSLRs today, the EOS 77D and EOS Rebel T7i. Both cameras benefit from tech trickling down from the higher-end 80D, …

Work of art? Nope – this is Caavo’s $400 set-top box

In some ways, there has never been a better time to watch TV: streaming media players are nearly as plentiful as the streaming services available on …

Verizon renegotiates deal to buy Yahoo to the tune of a $350 million discount

Yahoo’s security breaches are costing the company more than a quarter of a billion dollars. After a previous Bloomberg report claimed that Verizon …

PlayStation Now will no longer be supported on a wide range of devices

On Wednesday, Sony announced an update to its PlayStation Now game streaming service that will kill support across a wide range of devices, including …

Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump livestream shut down for 'public safety'

It was supposed to last four years, but Shia LaBeouf's "He Will Not Divide Us" livestream has been shut down by the Museum of the Moving Image. The project was created by the actor along with two artists, Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö, as a form of protest against Donald Trump's presidency. In …

Shia LaBeouf

SDPD finds that body cameras reduce misconduct and force complaints

According to an internal report released to the public this week, the San Diego Police Department has seen a significant drop in allegations against officers for both misconduct and overall use-of-force in the three years since the department adopted mandatory body-worn cameras (BWCs).<p>The nine-page …

Conway is 'unclear' who retweeted a racist from her account

Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, came under fire Tuesday after someone retweeted a self-proclaimed white nationalist's support for her from her official Twitter account. The user, Lib Hypocrisy, lauded Conway's "strength and resiliency" for enduring "vile hatred, bigotry, and sexism …

Sprint offers $90 a month unlimited plan for up to five lines

<b>Feb 16:</b> Building on an already great deal, Sprint has announced it will also give you 10GB mobile hotspot per line, as well as an upgrade to HD-quality video instead of 480p. Interestingly, the free 3rd and 4th lines no longer seem to mention an exact expiration. If the additions are permanent now, …

Amazon now has its own video conferencing service called Chime

Amazon is taking on Skype and other online conferencing services with its own video chat solution. It’s called Chime and as with most other similar services, it allows users to start or join both video as well as voice calls. It’s primarily targeted at business, but as a clean, easy to use online …

Turkey blocks Tor's anonymity network

Turkey's President Erdogan and the ruling AKP party are increasingly bent on silencing online dissent, and that now affects you even if you're smart enough to evade typical censorship methods. Watchdog group <i>Turkey Blocks</i> has confirmed that Turkey is blocking the Tor anonymity network's direct …

Turkey says it's investigating 10,000 social network users

Turkey has been cracking down on internet activity at a frenetic pace ever since an attempted military coup in the summer, and it's now clear that there are a <i>lot</i> of people caught in the dragnet. The country's interior ministry has revealed that officials are investigating about 10,000 social …

Internet access declared a 'basic service' in Canada

While life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are three inalienable rights identified by the American Declaration of Independence, Canada has now …

Best bluetooth trackers to ensure you never lose your keys again

Keys are still an invaluable part of most people’s lives. We rely on keys to gain access to our cars, houses, apartments, backyard sheds, and maybe …

The 20 best Xbox One games you can play right now

1 of 21<p>The start of the current console generation was not particularly kind to Microsoft. As PlayStation 4 sales rapidly outpaced the Xbox One, it …

Dark Souls

Skinners barefoot running socks are so durable you can walk on broken glass

Back in June of 2016, we featured Skinners as an awesome piece of new tech that wasn’t available for purchase yet. Having recently exceeded their …

A closer look at Scuf’s Xbox One Elite controller mods

New paddles and a directional bias d-pad<p>Earlier this month, Scuf unveiled its first line of mods for the official Xbox One Elite controller.<p>The custom controller company announced two different kits for the controller: the Scuf Elite Paddle Control System and Directional Bias D-pad kit, which it’s …

Xbox

Samsung's high-end MS750 sound bar goes on sale for $700

The Samsung MS750 promises better integration with the company's TVs, in addition to a built-in subwoofer.<p>Samsung has announced that its flagship sound bar unveiled at CES 2017, the MS750 Sound+ Soundbar, is now available for $700.<p>The five-channel sound bar is the big brother of the MS650 that was …

Samsung's high-end 4K Blu-ray player coming in April for $400

The $400 Samsung M9500 4K Blu-ray player offers the ability to stream audio and video to your mobile device.<p>Samsung has announced that its second 4K Blu-ray player, the M9500, will be available in April 2017 for $400 -- the same price as last year's UDB-K8500. UK and Australia pricing and …

Blazing-fast 5G will light CES 2017's fire

Las Vegas is the city of splashy, neon-lit promises.<p>When the hype circus known as the CES trade show arrives in early January, well, things get even crazier. This is, after all, the show that last year brought you Samsung's super-fridge.<p>So there's no better place to talk about 5G, which is …

Broadband declared a basic service in Canada

If you live in Canada, you can expect a future in which high-speed internet connections will always be a way of life.<p>Broadband internet access is now considered a basic service in Canada, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the country's telecommunications regulator, …

Net Neutrality

How the Obama administration pushed Turkey into Russia’s arms

Much of the Washington foreign policy community stood aghast Tuesday as top officials of NATO ally Turkey sat down with leaders of Russia and Iran in Moscow to forge a new way forward for Syria, without the United States in the room. The scene was not only a turning point in the Syrian crisis but …

Middle East