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Don't Use Huawei Phones, Warn 6 Top U.S. Intelligence Chiefs

Heads of six U.S. intelligence agencies are warning Americans against using products made by Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei.<p>In a Senate …

iOS jailbreak repositories close as user interest wanes

A few years ago jailbreaking your iPhone was all the rage. The cat-and-mouse game of hackers versus Apple was great fun and some of the open source products available to jailbreakers – namely the Cydia alternative app store – added amazing features and customizability to the iPhone. Some devs even …

App Store

India is miles ahead of the US with its ironclad net neutrality rules

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published its recommendations for upholding net neutrality guidelines (PDF) across the country today, and boy, do they look good – for consumers, that is.<p>The country has been tussling with the issue of regulating internet service providers’ …

Saudi lifting ban on Skype, WhatsApp calls, but will monitor them

RIYADH (Reuters) - The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps such as Skype and WhatsApp on Thursday as part of its economic reforms, but a spokesman said it will monitor and censor such calls.<p>All online voice and video call services - such as Microsoft's Skype, …

China blocks WhatsApp users from sending photos and video

Many WhatsApp users in China aren't able to send photos and videos to one another, and in at least a few cases, people aren't able to send text messages either. Exactly why this partial ban is happening at the moment isn't clear, but the <i>New York Times</i> reports that Facebook's <i>other</i> messaging …

China

You Can Now Get a Fidget Spinner With Built-in Bluetooth Speakers For $4.50

The next thing for the next big thing.<p>The fidget spinner became a phenomenon as a decidedly low-tech distraction. A typical spinner is little more …

Google Assistant rolling out to Nougat and Marshmallow phones (Update #2: for real this time)

<b>Update #3 (3/9):</b> Here’s Google’s official blog post on the rollout, which is happening this week as planned.<p><b>Update #2 (3/8):</b> A few days ago, Google announced that the Assistant would begin rolling out to Marshmallow and Nougat phones sometime this week, and it looks like it’s finally happening. For …

Legendary Nokia 3310 returns with color screen and good old Snake

This year's Mobile World Congress is all about nostalgia.<p>Take HMD, for instance: The company showed three new Android phones, but the one that got …

Microsoft Xbox One S Price Drop, Matching PS4 Offer: Will Cost $250 From Feb. 18-25

Microsoft on Saturday announced a price cut on all Xbox One and Xbox One S units, which makes the cost of the console $250. The price cut is …

Twitter is shoving more video in your timeline

Twitter wants you to watch — not just read — your timeline.<p>Twitter has created a "top videos for you" section that shows videos that it believes the …

Social Media

YouTube cancels the release of PewDiePie’s original series following Nazi controversy

PewDiePie also lost his preferred advertising status<p>YouTube’s biggest star, PewDiePie, has always flirted with controversy. But his recent use of Nazi imagery and anti-Semitic humor went too far for his corporate partners. On Monday evening Disney announced it was severing ties with PewDiePie, and …

PlayStation 4 Pro helps Sony’s console outsell Xbox One in November in the U.S.

After four months of the Xbox One outselling Sony’s console, the PlayStation 4 is back on top.<p>The PS4 was the best-selling home gaming system in the United States in November, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. Sony Interactive Entertainment’s box got a boost from the release of the …

Vodafone India offers double the data for its 4G pre-paid customers

Customers who are signed up for Vodafone‘s 4G pre-paid data plans in India are now getting double the amount of that fast download amount. The carrier announced the new “Double Data” benefits this week, most likely as a way to better compete with rival carrier Reliance Jio and others.<p>Under the …

Twitter now has a dark mode

A quick PSA to ninjas, goths, and other lovers of black: Twitter now has a night mode on Android.<p>Just swipe from the left to bring out the navigation menu, and click on the Night Mode switch. Your AMOLED screen will thank you. No word on iOS for now, but we imagine it’s a matter of time.<p>In recent …

Pokémon Go: man quits job to become full-time Pokémon hunter

Tom Currie says he will spend two months travelling around New Zealand to capture all the Pokémon released for the game<p>New Zealander Tom Currie has become a full-time Pokémon hunter. Each morning he fills a flask with coffee, packs a rain jacket and cut lunch in his backpack and heads into the …

Pokémon

WiFi spec update promises to double your wireless speeds

You might not have to wait until 802.11ad arrives in earnest to get a big boost in WiFi network speeds. The Wi-Fi Alliance has officially debuted the 802.11ac wave 2 standard, which promises a big leap in speed without reinventing the wheel. It doubles the bandwidth per channel, which could double …

This new Bluetooth-connected toothbrush brings a dentist into your bathroom

For $199.99!<p>Philips Sonicare is launching a new smart toothbrush that connects to an app via Bluetooth. I know, the first thing you’ll say is: why do I need a toothbrush that has Bluetooth? And that’s a valid question. You probably don’t, but you might if you really care about oral hygiene and …

Dentistry

Uber snags a massive $3.5 billion investment from Saudi Arabia

As a part of its latest round of funding, Uber has received what the <i>Financial Times</i> says is the "largest single investment ever made in a public company." That investment is a $3.5 billion chunk laid down by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, at Uber's current valuation of $62.5 billion. Uber …

A dress planned months in advance: The Duchess of Cambridge wears Naeem Khan to the Taj Mahal

What does one wear to re-create one of the most famous images of the mother in law you’ve never met? That fashion conundrum might have just been the most demanding sartorial test the Duchess has yet faced. But at the much anticipated Taj Mahal visit, Kate gamely and diplomatically rose to the …

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Alaska Air is close to buying Virgin America for $2 billion, beating JetBlue

Alaska Air has beaten rival bids to acquire Virgin America, according to the Wall Street Journal.<p>Though the deal is not yet finalized, WSJ reports that Alaska outbid a rival offer from JetBlue. The deal could be finalized by Monday, April 4.<p>Virgin America has a market value of around $1.5 billion, …

Virgin America

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Take a 360-degree video tour of Google's Oregon data center

Google's latest 360-degree video provides a virtual tour of its data center in The Dalles, Oregon. We've seen glimpses of Google's server farms before, through Street View and other high-res photography, but this new upload offers a better sense of immersion. It's also presented by Sandeep, one of …

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Only 30k Freedom 251 reportedly sold w/ 70M order backlog as company faces legal action

The suspicion around India’s $4 Android smartphone started immediately after launch. It has since been revealed that only 30,000 units of the Freedom 251 have been sold since launch. Furthermore, Ringing Bells is embroiled in a dispute with their customer service provider.<p>The actual shipment …

A former Morgan Stanley VP wants investors to trust his 'robo-advisor' app with their savings

Paolo Galvani, a former VP at Morgan Stanley and a former MD at Deutche Bank, is the cofounder of MoneyFarm, a digital alternative to a traditional wealth manager.<p>MoneyFarm, founded in 2011 and headquartered in Milan, can be classed as a "robo-advisor." These are digital platforms that offer …

Smartwatches are already passé for London fashionistas

LONDON — Wearables may have been the hot trend of 2015, but they were notable by their absence during men's fashion week in London.<p>Wrists previously …

Wearable Tech

People are going bonkers for a 'mermaid pillow' that changes colors

A TV news reporter sent the internet on a hunt for a mesmerizing pillow after he took video of himself furniture shopping outside Dallas.<p>Steve Noviello of Fox 4 posted the video of a friend and him checking out a pillow that's covered in reversible sequins. The sequins have one color on one side, …

Four ex-Skype engineers are desperate to make their messaging app go viral

Fleep allows people to IM each other, and keep files and pinned notes synced across multiple devices. In order to message someone over Fleep, the user needs to enter the recipient's email address or Fleep username.<p>Ultimately, Fleep wants to change the way businesses and individuals communicate. …

Apps

United Airlines equips its airport staff with iPhones for on-the-go assistance

If you've ever been to a big Apple store before, you'll be familiar with the idea of staff using iPads and iPhones to take your order; walking the floor rather than staying behind terminals. United Airlines has noticed too, and is taking a page out of Apple's playbook, equipping more than 6,000 …

United Airlines