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American Gadget News for 18 Jan 2018

YouTube cracks down on TideMany laundry detergent companies are offering their product in “pod” form: a small dissolvable sachet containing a single load’s worth of detergent. There have been regrettable reports of very... young kids and adults with dementia eating these pods by mistake, but a worrisome trend has surfaced among teens, and it is known as the “Tide Laundry Pods Challenge.” The “challenge,” …
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About a month ago, Apple explained that slower performance of older iPhones is intentional, implemented as a "power management" plan through an iOS update. While it was ostensibly intended to prevent... phones from crashing in situations when their worn...
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iPhone battery throttling canApple has received a lot of flak over how it silently started to throttle the performance of iPhones with older batteries. While its reasons were technically sound, its communication could have been... better. The company has bent over backwards to appease the masses, though not governments, and it apparently isn't done yet. In an interview with ABC News, CEO Tim …
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Donald Trump's Fake NewsOn Wednesday night, President Donald J. Trump finally made good on a promise, sort of--rolling out the media-bashing "Fake News Awards" he originally touted for January 8th and then pushed back to... January 17th as it became clear no one, let alone him, had actually put any effort into executing the idea.
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Drunk drone operators faceNew Jersey has signed into a law a new bill that makes it illegal for drone owners to operate their UAVs while drunk. Assuming a drone owner is caught flying a drone with too much alcohol in their... system, they face a $1,000 fine and up to half a year in jail. The law aims at protecting public safety, as …
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Google Cast Wi-Fi disruptionIn recent days, attention was drawn to Google Cast and its involvement in Wi-Fi issues for some users. Today Google has released a support page acknowledging the problem, saying that there’s a bug... where Chromecast devices could cause slow Wi-Fi performance. That bug originates from the Cast software for Android phones, Google explains, which could “incorrectly send a large amount …
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Apple, Google Reroute EmployeeApple and Google have rerouted shuttle buses which carry employees from San Francisco to their out-of-town headquarters after a series of possible attacks broke the vehicles' windows in the past week....
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Google Cloud AutoML letsArtificial intelligence and machine learning are the buzzwords of today and everyone and anyone, especially businesses, want in. But while the results of using AI and ML seem magical, getting there is... anything but. At the very least, you need to train a computer and build a model for a specific business case, which often requires not just engineers but …
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Last month, Disney filed a lawsuit against Redbox claiming that the rental company was violating Disney's copyrights. Redbox buys the Disney discs it rents at retail and when those discs come with... download codes for digital copies, Redbox sells them...
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Fitbit's Xbox coaching appIf you're a gamer, you know it can be difficult to tear yourself away from the screen to get in some exercise. Fitbit, however, doesn't think you have to. It's trotting out an Xbox One version of its... Coach app (released on mobile and PCs in the fal...
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Verizon NBA deal brings ARVerizon and the NBA have entered a new multi-year partnership that will bring content and live games to Yahoo Sports. This content will include NBA League Pass live games, as well as a daily show with... highlights, lifestyle programming, and more. As well, this partnership will kick off the development of AR content, plus “other forms of content” that weren’t …
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At the tail end of 2017, Amazon announced that both its unlimited music service and Echo speaker would head to 28 more countries. This packaged expansion seems to be their theme in 2018, as the... company stated both would be coming to Australia and New...
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Batman and Catwoman'sAs thoughtful and emotionally satisfying as writer Tom King's recent run on Batman has been, one of the major drawbacks is that every time something even remotely good happens to someone, you know it... won't be long until some kind of twist of fate snatches their happiness away.
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How Google Fights Password Thieves

Gizmodo - 18 Jan 2018 01:55
How Google Fights PasswordGoogle and researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, teamed up to study how Google accounts become compromised, shedding light on how the company finds new ways to fight back.
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Now that Phil Spencer is managing Microsoft's broader game platform strategy, who's going to fill his shoes? Now we know: Microsoft has appointed Matt Booty, the overseer of the company's Minecraft... teams, as the corporate VP of Microsoft Studios. H...
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Nintendo's Latest NostalgiaOn Wednesday, Nintendo announced a new line of peripherals that use, wait for it, cardboard to supplement the Switch experience. Launching April 20, Nintendo Labo transforms the Switch into new... devices, including a piano, miniature house, and fishing rod. Players order cardboard modules, build, then insert the...
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Here's Why 200,000 SaigaA strange animal mystery captivated the internet back in 2015: 200,000 critically endangered saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan died from internal bleeding after infections. Surreal photographs showed... hundreds of dead antelopes that appeared to have simply dropped dead where they stood as a herd. Some researchers now have...
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PSA: You Can PreorderNintendo's weird new Robot LABO kit is up for preorder on Amazon for $80, and if you want it on launch day (April 20), I'd recommend ordering it now. LABO kits are basically just fancy pieces of... cardboard, so one would hope that we won't see Nintendo's signature supply shortages, but that's probably just wishful...
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FCC proposes $500m funding toOn Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced a proposal to commissioners that would provide more than $500 million in funding for accelerating the rollout of broadband in rural regions. In addition,... according to a release, this proposal would also “put in place strong new rules to prevent abuse of the high-cost program.” Included in it are also multiple reforms to …
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Autoblog's 2018 Detroit Auto Show roundup

Engadget - 18 Jan 2018 01:00
Autoblog's 2018 Detroit AutoBy Jeremy Korzeniewski Yes, the 2018 Detroit Auto Show is a showcase for the latest and greatest American pickup trucks, like the 2019 Ford Ranger, 2019 Ram 1500, and 2019 Chevy Silverado. But that... doesn't mean there isn't anything to interest those...
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Maybe There's Hope for Apple'sIt looks like Kristin Wiig will soon star in a half-hour comedy series. Produced by Reese Witherspoon's company and inspired by the upcoming Curtis Sittenfeld short story collection You Think It, I'll... Say It, the new project actually sounds like it might be kind of great. And guess what: it's an Apple series.
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Social Media Giants AssureRepresentatives for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube trekked up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to let senators know how their personal war on terrorism is going. It turns out that things are going well,... thanks for asking.
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Nintendo Labo: DIY cardboardAs promised, Nintendo has just made that kid-friendly reveal it was teasing this morning. Say hello to Nintendo Labo, a new DIY platform that uses the Switch and its Joy-Con controllers to turn simple... cardboard cutouts into imaginative game controllers. If you guessed that this was where Nintendo was going to go with this announcement, then kudos to you, because …
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Google is always optimizing search, but has given mobile more prominence lately, including axing its long-running Instant Search feature last July to unify searching on desktop and device. Their... latest tweak, which goes into effect July 2018, aims to...
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Thousands of Rare, FirstA Stephen King enthusiast has just been struck a terrible blow that a lot of other fans might feel once they hear the news. A large portion of a private collection of King works, which included... original typed manuscripts of Maximum Overdrive and The Eyes of the Dragon, has been lost to an accident.
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