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Garmin fitness watches can now pay for things - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-11-17 11:09
Garmin Pay competes with on-wrist payments platforms like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay and Fitbit Pay, but it only works on one watch so far.

Germany Bans Children's Smartwatches

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-11-17 11:02
A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices. From a report: It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla, for similar reasons. Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency urged parents who had such watches to destroy them. One expert said the decision could be a "game-changer" for internet-connected devices. "Poorly secured smart devices often allow for privacy invasion. That is really concerning when it comes to kids' GPS tracking watches - the very watches that are supposed to help keep them safe," said Ken Munro, a security expert at Pen Test Partners.

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MoviePass offers an even bigger discount if you pay for a year upfront

Engadget - Fri, 2017-11-17 11:01
MoviePass is dropping its price point yet again. In August, the company reduced its subscription cost to just $10 per month -- down from $15 to $21 depending on where you lived -- and upped the amount of movies its subscribers could see from two per...

Take unlimited trips to the movie theater for $6.95 per month - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-11-17 10:52
Okay, not UN-limited, but once per day. MoviePass is now even cheaper when you prepay for a year. Plus: 10 surge-protected outlets and four USB ports, $18.

Williams-Sonoma buys AR firm to help you shop for home furnishings

Engadget - Fri, 2017-11-17 10:44
Companies that do a lot of retail business online have been exploring AR in order to help customers visualize the items they're planning on buying. In the last few months, Target, IKEA and Amazon have all announced AR initiatives to help customers se...

iOS 11 'Is Still Just Buggy as Hell'

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-11-17 10:25
It is becoming increasingly apparent that iOS 11, the current generation of Apple's mobile operating system, is riddled with more issues than any previous iOS version in the recent years. Two months ago, in a review, titled, "iOS 11 Sucks", a reporter at the publication wrote: I'm using iOS 11 right now, and it makes me want to stab my eyes with a steel wire brush until I get face jam. Gizmodo today reviews iOS 11 after living with the current software version for two months: It's been two full months since Apple released iOS 11 to millions and millions of devices worldwide, and the software is still just buggy as hell. Some of the glitches are ugly or just unexpected from a company that has built a reputation for flawless software. Shame on me for always expecting perfection from an imperfect company, I guess. But there are some really bad bugs, so bad that I can't use the most basic features on my phone. They popped up, when I upgraded on release day. They're still around after two months and multiple updates to iOS. Shame on Apple for ignoring this shit. Now, let me show you my bugs. The worst one also happens to be one I encounter most frequently. Sometimes, when I get a text, I'll go to reply in the Messages app but won't be able to see the latest message because the keyboard is covering it up. I also can't scroll up to see it, because the thread is anchored to the bottom of the page. The wackiest thing is that sometimes I get the little reply box, and sometimes I don't. The only way I'm able to text like normal is to tap the back arrow to take me to all my messages and then go back into the message through the front door. [...] Other native iOS 11 apps have bugs, too. Until a recent update, my iPhone screen would become unresponsive which is a problem because touching the screen is almost the only way to use the device.

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Toyota plans to start selling EVs in China in 2020

Engadget - Fri, 2017-11-17 10:25
Toyota recently announced plans to design and build EVs with Mazda in the US, but it has big plans elsewhere, too. The automaker will produce electric cars in both China and India starting in 2020, it said in a pair of press releases. Up until now, T...

Facebook Creator app lets anyone become a better broadcaster - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-11-17 10:20
A tool previously designed for verified users and pros opens up for anyone to use.

NFL's first 'Madden Cam' game racks up fans and foes - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-11-17 10:14
Game on! Cable-suspended cameras shot most of Thursday Night Football. Some fans declare it a touchdown. Others think NBC fumbled.

Spotify acquires Soundtrap, an online music recording studio

Engadget - Fri, 2017-11-17 10:02
Spotify has been quietly expanding recently, acquiring companies that will help it serve its customers better. Earlier this year, the streaming service acquired MightyTV to improve its content recommendations. And Spotify also purchased the blockchai...

Why is this Company Tracking Where You Are on Thanksgiving?

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-11-17 09:45
Earlier this week, several publications published a holiday-themed data study about how families that voted for opposite parties spent less time together on Thanksgiving, especially in areas that saw heavy political advertising. The data came from a company called SafeGraph that supplied publications with 17 trillion location markets for 10 million smartphones. A report looks at the bigger picture: The data wasn't just staggering in sheer quantity. It also appears to be extremely granular. Researchers "used this data to identify individuals' home locations, which they defined as the places people were most often located between the hours of 1 and 4 a.m.," wrote The Washington Post. The researchers also looked at where people were between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in order to see if they spent that time at home or traveled, presumably to be with friends or family. "Even better, the cellphone data shows you exactly when those travelers arrived at a Thanksgiving location and when they left," the Post story says. To be clear: This means SafeGraph is looking at an individual device and tracking where its owner is going throughout their day. A common defense from companies that creepily collect massive amounts of data is that the data is only analyzed in aggregate; for example, Google's database BigQuery, which allows organizations to upload big data sets and then query them quickly, promises that all its public data sets are "fully anonymized" and "contain no personally-identifying information." In multiple press releases from SafeGraph's partners, the company's location data is referred to as "anonymized," but in this case they seem to be interpreting the concept of anonymity quite liberally given the specificity of the data.

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The Rock is Chicago's only hope in 'Rampage'

Engadget - Fri, 2017-11-17 09:38
Hey, someone decided to make a movie adaptation of the classic arcade game Rampage. It stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (!!!) and Naomie Harris. The project was announced way back in 2011 and Johnson signed on in 2015, but this is...

'Top Gun 3D' comes with its own virtual movie theater

Engadget - Fri, 2017-11-17 09:19
Paramount has apparently been busy building its own movie theater these past six months -- and it's the kind of you can access anywhere you are, because it exists in virtual reality. According to Deadline, the studio teamed up with cross-platform sof...

How Trump won at Facebook to win the presidency - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-11-17 09:10
The President might appear be all about Twitter, but it was Facebook where the real campaigning went down, says his social guru.

Watch Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot nail a backflip

Engadget - Fri, 2017-11-17 09:02
We've grown accustomed to seeing Boston Dynamics' impressive line-up of robots strutting about in periodic video updates, each more terrifying than the last. But, every once in a while, the company unleashes a clip so awesome you can't help but watch...

Silicon Valley Thinks It Invented Roommates. They Call It 'Co-living'

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-11-17 09:01
An anonymous reader shares a report: Have you heard of this cool new trend called co-living? It's a bit like co-working, except instead of sharing an office with a bunch of randoms you share a home with a bunch of randoms. Oh, you might be thinking, is it like ye olde concept of "roommates"? Why, yes. Yes it is. As a viral tweet pointed out earlier this week, "co-living", which has inspired a spate of trend-pieces in recent months, is actually "called *roommates* ... you invented ***roommates***." Now, to be fair, co-living isn't just living with a bunch of roommates. No, it's rich millennials living with a bunch of roommates in a fancy building in a recently gentrified part of town. The co-living space is also full of cool amenities like yoga classes and micro-brew coffee bars, meaning you can minimise unnecessary interactions with the outside world. In startup speak, this is what is called "community." The Collective, for example, a co-working space in London, describes co-living as "a way of living focused on a genuine sense of community, using shared spaces and facilities to create a more convenient and fulfilling lifestyle."

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New smart umbrella forecasts weather and never gets lost - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-11-17 08:55
Weatherman umbrella uses an app to detect weather changes and notify the user. Even better the app also helps find your umbrella when you need it.

FCC vote could force low-income households offline

Engadget - Fri, 2017-11-17 08:28
Bootstrapping yourself out of poverty via the internet is about to get a lot harder in the US. The FCC, led by industry-friendly chairman Ajit Pai, has voted along party lines to reform the low-income Lifeline broadband subsidy program. Among the mos...