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Android‘s in-app browser gets a security upgrade

One often-used component of Android is WebView, a micro-browser that lets you view web pages from inside apps, rather than having to use Chrome. However, pointing a slender window towards the internet is an easy way for a nefarious type to get past y...

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Google purges private medical records from search

Very few things qualify for removal from Googles search results, and according to Bloomberg, that list just grew by one. The tech titan has apparently begun purging personal medical records from results pages -- Google didnt make a big announcement...

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Senators question Trump‘s approach to cybersecurity

The consequences of a large-scale cyberattack on critical infrastructure was well-documented in May when the UKs healthcare system was brought to its knees by ransomware. Now, despite President Trump promising to develop a comprehensive plan to pro...

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The Air Force and IBM are building an AI supercomputer

Supercomputers today are capable of performing incredible feats, from accurately predicting the weather to uncovering insights into climate change, but they still by and large rely on brute processor power to accomplish their tasks. Thats where this...

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Amazon dreams of putting a giant drone beehive in your city

Patents dont mean anything right up until the moment that they mean everything, so take it as read that none of this could happen. Amazon has, however, registered a patent for a concept that its calling a Multi-Level Fulfillment Center for Unmanne...

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You‘ll never play ‘Super Mario‘ like this

You have a lot of Super Mario games to choose from, but youll probably never be able to play one of the most fun versions out there. Thats because it was created as an unofficial augmented reality game by developer Abhishek Singh for the Microsoft...

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YouTube‘s 2017 lineup of Red Originals includes six new shows

Other than its innovated VR180 format and YouTube TV expansion, Googles video streaming site found time to mention its subscription package during Vidcon 2017. For 2017 the YouTube Red Originals lineup has a mix of new series on the way including an...

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Virgin Media: Change your Super Hub 2 password or risk being hacked

Typically, internet routers are designed to protect you and your devices from malicious third parties. But when many come with a default username and password, they can leave owners open to attack. Thats the message consumer website Which? is pushin...

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Code ‘recipes‘ from IFTTT help you stay on top of government news

Its not exactly hard to find publicly available government info and new announcements online. A bunch of new IFTTT recipes (now officially called applets) can make sure you never miss them when they become available, though. The platform has reveale...

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Nissan teases self-driving features for the next-gen Leaf

The next generation Leaf EV will be the first with ProPilot driver assist in North American and Europe, and Nissan has just showed how that will look. Activated by a button on the steering wheel, it can control steering, braking and acceleration, but...

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IBM-powered DNA sequencing could find bacteria in raw milk

Babies love milk. Adults love milk-based products. You know what else loves milk? Good and bad bacteria. Its the ideal medium for bacteria growth and could cause various food-borne illnesses, especially if consumed in raw, unpasteurized form. Resear...

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Tesla is laying the groundwork to build cars in Shanghai

If youve been waiting to pull the trigger on one of Teslas electric vehicles, the upcoming Model 3 probably looks pretty appealing. The car promises 215 miles per charge, ample seating, the tech for autopilot and it starts at just 35,000. Well, un...

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YouTube TV expands to ten more US metropolitan markets

YouTube TV seemed an adequate addition to the increasingly crowded streaming television market, but it launched back in April with a modest area footprint, operating in only five US cities for its first few months. Today, theyre expanding availabili...

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Airbnb tests payment-splitting feature so you don‘t get stiffed

Airbnb is testing out a feature that would allow reservations to be split among multiple people. So, if youre booking with rude friends who never pay you back or if you want to book an expensive reservation that may be too much for one credit card t...

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Sling TV extends cloud DVR to iOS devices

Sling TVs cloud DVR service is now available for iPhone and iPad. The streaming services DVR First Look option costs an additional 5 per month and gives you 50 hours of DVR storage. The iOS devices now join the growing list of DVR-supported sys...

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Tesla is reportedly trying to build its own music streaming service

Tesla has continued to one-up its achievements as a successful proprietor of safe, green and increasingly autonomous electric vehicles. But it might venture out from the niche its carved for a much more saturated market: Streaming audio. Music indust...

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FCC may fine robocall spammer 120 million for illegal spoofing

Everyone hates those robocalls that target our phones to sell things we dont need. Theyre universally reviled, with Republicans backing legislation for ringless voicemail, the FTC offering a 25,000 reward for anti-robocall tech and ATamp;T and Bu...

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Google urges Congress to revise outdated overseas data laws

Access to data stored overseas has become a contentious issue with tech companies and the US government. Today, in a speech given to the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, Googles senior vice president and general counsel, Kent Walker,...

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Airbnb to target wealthy customers who prefer luxury hotels

Airbnb keeps expanding its core disruption with new features to help increase its audience. The company has made it easier for business travelers to find a room with the Airbnb app and has tried its hand at tour guiding with a new activity suggestion...

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Use emoji to search Kayak for travel deals

The inevitable march to replace words with emoji continues apace, with the world granting more legitimacy to the cartoony mini-images. Last month, an Israeli court ruled that they counted as enough intent in a civil case to turn the tide in one sid...

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YouTube‘s ‘VR180‘ format works on screens and in headsets

At todays Vidcon event, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki rolled out a new format for videos, called VR180. Intended to split the difference between 360/VR formats and standard videos, it lets creators shoot videos that are immersive when viewed in a virtu...

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The Wirecutter‘s best deals: Get a 100 credit with an Oculus Rift + Touch bundle

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyers guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutters independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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Death by text: How the Michelle Carter case will impact free speech

Words can kill, a Massachusetts Juvenile Court judge decided last Friday, when he found 20-year old Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 suicide of her then-boyfriend, Conrad Roy III. This decision, with its broad interpreta...

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Local ISP claims Comcast sabotaged it into shutting down

Comcast, everyones favorite internet service provider, is embroiled in a lawsuit for allegedly destroying a local business. According to the complaint, as the telecom giant encroached on the turf of a small ISP in Texas, Comcast cut the businesss c...

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