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Get a Roku Streaming Stick Plus for $48 - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2017-11-22 10:19
Why wait for Black Friday? Best Buy is already offering a killer deal on this 5-star 4K streamer. Plus: games!

Microsoft Facing HoloLens Patent Lawsuit and 'Triple Damages' Threat

PCMag News - Wed, 2017-11-22 10:07
HoloTouch claims two patents are being infringed and that Microsoft is wilfully infringing them.

'Dance with flARmingos' hides a deeper discussion behind goofy moves

Engadget - Wed, 2017-11-22 10:00
Flamingos are all legs and pink feathers -- an iconic symbol of kitsch America. They're still a bird though; a species that's struggled against global warming and human development on its habitats. For the past two years, artist Kristin Lucas' work h...

Facebook Still Lets Housing Advertisers Exclude Users By Race

SlashDot - Wed, 2017-11-22 09:46
AmiMoJo writes: In February, Facebook said it would step up enforcement of its prohibition against discrimination in advertising for housing, employment, or credit. Last week, ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads on Facebook but asked that they not be shown to certain categories of users, such as African-Americans,mothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina, and Spanish speakers. All of these groups are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act. Violators can face tens of thousands of dollars in fines. Every single ad was approved within minutes. The only ad that took longer than three minutes to be approved by Facebook sought to exclude potential renters 'interested in Islam, Sunni Islam, and Shia Islam.' It was approved after 22 minutes.

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Bosch iDisc brakes curb a different kind of emissions - Roadshow

CNET News - Wed, 2017-11-22 09:43
Brake dust sullies more than just your wheels.

Samsung plans new research center to keep pace in the AI wars

Engadget - Wed, 2017-11-22 09:40
Samsung, jumping on a trend adopted by pretty much every tech outfit, is creating its own consumer-focused artificial intelligence research center. In a fairly vague statement released today, the company announced its plans to more thoroughly pursue...

Uber data breach 'raises huge concerns' for UK watchdog - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2017-11-22 09:21
Covering up a massive data breach could lead to higher fines, says the UK Information Commissioner's Office.

Intel's latest Core processors have serious security flaws

Engadget - Wed, 2017-11-22 09:21
Intel has confirmed previous reports that its recent PC, internet of things and server chips are vulnerable to remote hacking. The problem is with the onboard "Management Engine," which has multiple holes that could let remote attackers run malicious...

Best sound bars under $300 - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2017-11-22 09:19
A good sound bar doesn't have to cost a fortune. Here are the sound bars and sound bases under $300 that we liked best in our reviews.

Gaming on Surface Book 2 Will Drain the Battery Even When Charging

PCMag News - Wed, 2017-11-22 09:07
On the highest performance setting, the Surface Book 2 can draw more power than the charger is capable of supplying.

EU Agrees To End Country-Specific Limits For Online Retailers

SlashDot - Wed, 2017-11-22 09:00
An anonymous reader shares a report: The European Union has agreed a plan obliging online retailers operating in the bloc to make electrical goods, concert tickets or car rental available to all EU consumers regardless of where they live. Putting an end to "geoblocking", whereby consumers in one EU country cannot buy a good or service sold online in another, has been a priority for the EU as it tries to create a digital single market with 24 legislative proposals. The agreement late on Monday between the European Parliament, the EU's 28 member states and the Commission will allow EU consumers to buy products and services online from any EU country. The agreement applies to e-commerce sites including Amazon and eBay.

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BMW kills the ‘hybrid tax’ with the 530e

Engadget - Wed, 2017-11-22 09:00
The rule is that if you want the hybrid version of a car, you have to shell out more cash. Maybe tax credits would cover the difference, but usually not. Then, you have to figure out if the money you save on gas -- after a few years of diligent drivi...

Grindr adds more transgender-inclusive features

Engadget - Wed, 2017-11-22 08:34
Grindr is rolling out new features to be more inclusive of transgender members. User profiles now include a new "identity" feature that includes options for listing gender and preferred pronouns. Members can pick from a list of common gender identiti...

NHS trials smart plaster that can detect blood poisoning

Engadget - Wed, 2017-11-22 08:15
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) is backing a slew of apps and wireless sensors that could help save lives and diagnose patients remotely. RespiraSense, for instance, is a small device that sticks to the side of the user's rib cage. A plaster-s...

Microsoft sued over HoloLens patent infringements

Engadget - Wed, 2017-11-22 08:01
Microsoft's HoloLens has hit a legal speed bump. The mixed-reality device, which is gaining traction with businesses, is at the center of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by HoloTouch. The Connecticut-based company alleges that HoloLens infringes...

Your future Black Friday shopping spree may be in AR or VR - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2017-11-22 08:00
Retailers are trying to replace the static webpage with more interactive tech. Time will tell if they succeed.

This wearable turns your fingers into a Bluetooth keyboard - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2017-11-22 08:00
Tap offers a new way to hammer out text messages and emails on your phone.

How a Wi-Fi Pineapple Can Steal Your Data (And How To Protect Yourself From It)

SlashDot - Wed, 2017-11-22 08:00
An anonymous reader writes: The Wi-Fi Pineapple is a cheap modified wireless router enables anyone to execute sophisticated exploits on Wi-Fi networks with little to no networking expertise. A report in Motherboard explains how it can be used to run a Wall of Sheep and execute a man-in-the-middle attack, as well as how you can protect yourself from Pineapple exploits when you're connected to public Wi-Fi. "... it's important that whenever you are done connecting to a public Wi-Fi network that you configure your phone or computer to 'forget' that network. This way your device won't be constantly broadcasting the SSIDs of networks it has connected to in the past, which can be spoofed by an attacker with a Pineapple," reports Motherboard. "Unfortunately there is no easy way to do this on an Android or an iPhone, and each network must be forgotten manually in the 'Manage Network' tab of the phone's settings. Another simple solution is to turn off your Wi-Fi functionality when you're not using it -- though that isn't as easy to do on some devices anymore -- and don't allow your device to connect to automatically connect to open Wi-Fi networks."

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Seven Ways to Keep Discord off the Thanksgiving Table

Scientifc America - Wed, 2017-11-22 08:00
How to keep your holiday dinner from turning into a partisan smackdown 

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China's former top internet censor faces corruption probe - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2017-11-22 07:27
Online czar Lu Wei tightened restrictions on internet use in China, but now he's the latest official under investigation.