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By now many have heard of Amazon's most audacious attempt to shake up the retail world, the cashless, cashierless Go store. Walk in, grab what you want, and walk out. I got a chance to do just that recently, as well as pick the brain of one of its chief architects.

My intention going in was to try to shoplift something and catch these complacent Amazon types napping. But it became clear when I went in that this wasn’t going to be an option. I was never more than a foot or two from an Amazon PR rep, and as Dilip Kumar, the projects VP of Technology, convinced me, they’d already provided against such crude attacks on their system.
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Android TV has exploded, basically out of nowhere, in popularity this year. We saw it all over the place at CES 2018, and that expansion is continuing as well. Recently, a Japanese manufacturer has released a new HDMI stick running Google’s OS.

The CCC Air Stick TV is a compact HDMI stick form factor which runs on top of Android TV. The well-equipped device can push 4K HDR10 content and aptX/HD, a first for Android TV. That can be used for high-quality audio playback with Bluetooth headphones or a wireless soundbar.
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Cryptocurrencies are experiencing a price correction, with the size of the market shrinking from about $830 billion a week ago to $570 billion.

The correction is likely a result of several factors. Last week, South Korea's Justice Minister Park Sang-ki said the country is preparing a ban on cryptocurrency trading. Even though other branches of government later said the ban is not finalized, the country's stance towards the cryptocurrency market does seem to be getting tougher.

Charles Hayter, the CEO of CryptoCompare, thinks the unclear future of cryptocurrency regulations in Asia is the main driver for the correction.
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WhatsApp today officially launched its new WhatsApp Business app in select markets, including Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S., ahead of its planned worldwide rollout. The addition of business profiles and new messaging tools aimed at business customers is part of the company’s broader plan to generate revenue by charging larger enterprises for advanced tools to communicate with customers on the platform now used by over a billion people worldwide.

The WhatsApp Business app is the initial entry point in this market.
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Amazon has reviewed the proposals from potential candidate cities for its second North American headquarters location, and it found 20 of those the most promising. The mayors of these top 20 cities will now fight to the death in a Battle Royale-style island arena… er wait, no actually they’ll just move on the next portion of Amazon’s submission phase, which includes further proposal evaluation and working directly with the candidate cities on getting more info.
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Squash chiefs have long held a desire for the sport to be a part of the Olympic Games and thanks to innovations in technology, their dream may be closer to becoming a reality.
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Twelve Wirecutter reporters and editors spent three days working overtime at CES 2018 to find the stuff that might actually improve your life in 2018.
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Using the world's first phone with a fingerprint scanner built into the display was as awesome as I hoped it would be.

There's no home button breaking up your screen space, and no fumbling for a reader on the phone's back. I simply pressed my index finger on the phone screen in the place where the home button would be. The screen registered my digit, then spun up a spiderweb of blue light in a pattern that instantly brings computer circuits to mind. I was in.
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A few months ago, rumors were floating around that Samsung would unveil the Galaxy S9 – or at least tease it – during CES. Two days into the event, it’s clear that’s not the case; Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh confirmed the device would instead be revealed at Mobile World Congress late February, according to zdnet.com
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Taxi users are facing inflated fares because their position has been wrongly located thousands of miles away.
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As Ripple prices fall, Ethereum takes the chance to return to second most valuable cryptocurrency on the market, behind Bitcoin.
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Encrypted messaging startup Telegram plans to launch its own blockchain platform and native cryptocurrency, powering payments on its chat app and beyond.

According to multiple sources which have spoken to TechCrunch, the “Telegram Open Network” (TON) will be a new, ‘third generation’ blockchain with superior capabilities, after Bitcoin and, later, Ethereum paved the way.
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Acer announced an updated version of the Swift 7 Ultrabook at CES 2018, which it claims is the thinnest laptop in the world, along with updates to its Nitro 5 and Spin 3 models
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Jimmy Iovine may depart his post as head of Apple’s music streaming service in August of this year, according to a report from Billboard today. The timing coincides with Iovine’s Apple shares fully vesting, the report says, following Iovine and Dr. Dre’s sale of headphone maker Beats to Apple in 2014 for $3 billion. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Apple announced some software patches to help defend against the issues and said it was working on more.
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai canceled his scheduled appearance at a major upcoming tech industry trade show after receiving death threats, two agency sources told Recode on Thursday.

It’s the second known incident in which Pai’s safety may have been at risk, after a bomb threat abruptly forced the chairman to halt his controversial vote to scrap the U.S. government’s net neutrality rules in December 2017.
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The social network's CEO promises to look at how it handles abuse, hate and so-called fake news.
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Researchers have found a design flaw in microprocessors that could jeopardize enormous amounts of personal data stored on devices from smartphones to server systems. DW has the essentials.
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One of Uber's biggest competitors, China's Didi Chuxing, is buying another ride-hailing company from Brazil, 99.

The deal is set to make Didi even bigger and pits its services against Uber in yet another country. That's not something Uber needs as it tries to get back on track after a rough 2016.
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Deals with banks and credit card firms drive a rise in the value of the Ripple crypto-currency
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Did you happen to make a resolution to be healthier or to hit the gym more often? Well, good news because there are hundreds of Android apps that can help you achieve your goals. Here are five of the top fitness-related apps for you to use on your Android handset…
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Google engineers have been hard at work creating a text-to-speech system called Tacotron 2. According to a paper they published this month, the system first creates a spectrogram of the text, a visual representation of how the speech should sound. That image is put through Google's existing WaveNet algorithm, which uses the image to produce extremely natural sounding human speech.
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Intel is responding to claims that the company’s processors have a security bug, and software fixes could slow down PCs. Reports this week have suggested that a security flaw in Intel processors, and allegedly not AMD ones, has led to a redesign of Linux and Windows kernels to protect against a hardware flaw. “Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a 'bug' or a 'flaw' and are unique to Intel products are incorrect,” says a statement from Intel. “Based on the analysis to date, many types of computing devices — with many different vendors’ processors and operating systems — are susceptible to these exploits.”
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The 28-year-old was shot by police after his address was allegedly given to police in prank call.
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Apple said Saturday it will make discounted replacement iPhone batteries available immediately, its latest move to soothe feelings after admitting it purposely slowed batteries on older handsets.

Apple said Thursday it would offer a $29 battery replacement it promised would immediately return an iPhone 6 or later model to its original performance. The offer, which cut the price of batteries' price from their normal $79, was originally slated to be offered beginning in January.
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It’s a little less clear whether you and other consumers really benefited.

The rollback earlier this month of the rules governing net neutrality, or the principle that all internet traffic should be treated fairly, was the most high-profile step taken by the FCC. But Pai also made sweeping changes to the Lifeline program, which subsidizes the cost of phone and broadband service for millions of poor and disabled people, and he's made it easier for big media companies to merge by loosening many of the rules that bar such massive consolidation.
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The South Korean government announced new legislation today that would put increasingly tough regulations on the country’s burgeoning cryptocurrency markets. Under the legislation, Korea, which is the third largest market for cryptocurrencies in the world after the U.S. and Japan, would ban anonymous accounts and continually monitor crypto exchanges.
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Perhaps no other technology was as disruptive as artificial intelligence in 2017. ‘Machine learning,’ ‘neural network,’ and ‘data bias’ became commonplace terms in the headlines of mainstream media outlets, signifying the machines had arrived. And with them comes an uncertain future. We reached out to several experts to tell us what to expect from AI in 2018.
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It says it will slash the price of battery replacements and issue new monitoring software.
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Slim bezels. All-screen designs. Portrait photos galore.

The phone world in 2017 made these traits mainstream. Devices got faster, cameras took better low-light photos and more handsets than ever added wireless charging, which will help put public charging stations in higher demand.

Meanwhile, while some top-of-the-line phones pushed prices to nosebleed heights, those propping up the budget end of the spectrum kept costs in check while still delivering quality specs and speeds.

In sum, it's been a great year for phones. Here's a fond look back at the phones that may pave the way for an even brighter 2018.
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As we say farewell to 2017, we must also bid adieu to the tech that left our lives this year. Some of these gadgets and services shaped our world for the better, leading to new innovations that eventually took their place in the great circle of upgrades.

Several Microsoft products met their blue screen of death. Apple pulled the plug on a couple of iPods. AOL slammed the door on its iconic instant messenger, AIM.

And then there's junk like the Juicero that just needed to die. Good riddance.
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Bitcoin fell below $15,000 after the cryptocurrency’s biggest rally in two weeks ended a rout that wiped more than $9,000 off the price.
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So you got a drone as gift over the holidays, or maybe you purchased one on sale during Cyber Monday. Now what? If you can't seem to figure out how to fly the thing, let alone take selfies with it, maybe you need some training wheels. Thankfully, there's a course called Drones: Learn Aerial Photography and Videography Basics on sale right now that will help you maximize your new gadget's potential.
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The "x"citement might be over for the iPhone X.
Shares of Apple and its suppliers tumbled this week after multiple industry analysts predicted weak demand for the new flagship iPhone. Apple's (AAPL) stock slid by as much as 4% in premarket trading Tuesday.

The radically redesigned iPhone X was supposed to give Apple a boost following several years of sinking sales. Early sales reports were positive, and Morgan Stanley reported last week that the iPhone X is especially hot in China.
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Mach's year in review: 2017's most impressive robots

From Atlas’ backflips, Peeqo’s sassy responses to Kuri’s housekeeping abilities - 2017 brought a fleet of smarter and more agile robots who are all set to help humans with an array of complicated tasks. Next year many more robots will enter our homes, schools and workplaces.
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Saudi Arabia’s legal environment is currently built for an economy that no longer exists, and a social world that most of the rest of planet has left behind. The dream of Neom should be for a bridge to the legal world that can sustain a better life for all Saudis, and a case study of how a reinvented legal infrastructure - propelled by new technology - can be the lynchpin for a more prosperous and just society.
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The latest innovation from Japan to investigate the melted core of the Fukushima #1 reactor is a camera on a really long telescoping stick—which should be vaguely familiar to anyone who has recently visited a tourist hotspot. To further investigate the extent of the 2011 nuclear disaster which followed an earthquake and tsunami, Toshiba created the 13 meter (43 ft) device to thread a camera into a containment vessel. Officials hope it will reveal information about damage caused by melted fuel. Presently the extent of that damage is for the most part unknown.
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CHICAGO (AP) — IPhone owners from several states sued Apple Inc. for not disclosing sooner that it issued software updates deliberately slowing older-model phones so aging batteries lasted longer, saying Apple’s silence led them to wrongly conclude that their only option was to buy newer, pricier iPhones.

The allegations were in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Chicago federal court on behalf of five iPhone owners from Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina, all of whom say they never would have bought new iPhones had Apple told them that simply replacing the batteries would have sped up their old ones. The suit alleges Apple violated consumer fraud laws.


A similar lawsuit was filed Thursday in Los Angeles. Both suits came a day after Apple confirmed what high-tech sleuths outside the company already observed: The company had deployed software to slow some phones. Apple said it was intended as a fix to deal with degraded lithium-ion batteries that could otherwise s
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uddenly die.

“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices,” an Apple statement said. It said it released the fix for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE and later extended it to iPhone 7. Apple didn’t respond to a message Friday seeking comment.

The Chicago lawsuit suggests Apple’s motive may have been sinister, though it offers no evidence in the filing.
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Schmidt will remain on the board and continue to serve as a technical adviser. He has been with the company for 17 years.
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Customers have long suspected iPhones slow down over time. Now, Apple has confirmed some models do.
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Apple's Project Marzipan will allow apps to work across iPhones, iPads, and macOS desktops and laptops, without the need for multiple versions.
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Molly Millions is cool. Her augmented eyes are coated in mirrors, and beneath her immaculately manicured nails, quicksilver daggers wait to be sprung. Her boyfriend was Johnny Mnemonic, a human hard drive, gray matter encrypted with a passcode that only the highest bidder can unlock. But that was before he died.
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Users who opt in will be informed whenever their picture is uploaded to the social network.
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BlackBerry announced plans to shut down the official BlackBerry app store by December 2019. By the way, did you know BlackBerry still has an app store?

The app store will be the final casualty of BlackBerry's switch to Android, which officially happened back in 2015 with the release of the Priv. Since then, BlackBerry gave up on manufacturing its own phones, and its BlackBerry 10 (BB10) platform — its last attempt to stake out its own mobile OS with phones like the Z10 — has withered since then. (The company's older, more popular devices like the Curve ran BBOS.)

BlackBerry now focuses on enterprise software with an emphasis on security. It still releases Android phones on a regular basis, but they're manufactured by TCL.

BlackBerry sold just 200,000 phones last year, which meant it had approximately 0% of the global smartphone market.
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Cameras are at the heart of a major paradigm shift that's transforming the way we interact with the world around us.

Sure, phone makers are getting really, really good at creating cameras. Between hardware improvements and advancements in computational photography, we've never had better optics in our pockets than we do with the latest generation of flagships.
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An animatronic version of Donald Trump created by Disney's roboticists has attracted ridicule.
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A second cyber-heist has forced South Korean crypto-cash exchange Youbit to shut down.
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MPs have been grilling Facebook, Twitter and Google on hate speech on their platforms.
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When it reached a high of $19,771 yesterday, Bitcoin made the creator of the cryptocurrency the 44th richest person on the planet at a net worth of $19.4b.
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An Amazon spokesperson told CNET that the company would be putting up listings for the Chromecast and the Chromecast Ultra, apparently in an attempt to make peace with a miffed Google. Though the items aren’t actually for sale yet, they should be soon.
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The iMac Pro exists because it turns out that there is a lot of air underneath the aging Mac Pro and above the incredibly popular MacBook Pro. A single-digit..
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Dell’s Precision 5720 AIO PC promises to pack enough firepower to handle graphics-intensive tasks into a sleek, iMac-like machine that clears your desk.
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At our Flagship Amsterdam event in May 2018, an expert jury selected by the Chivas Venture will divvy out $800,000 to social startups, with another $200,000 being provided to runners-up before the event.
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Reports today indicate that Apple is in the final stages of a deal with music discovery platform Shazam. According to initial reports from TechCrunch, the deal could be announced as soon as Monday. If the sale happens, the price being floated is around $400 million, a number Recode later confirmed.
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Here’s an interesting one – Google is piloting a new initiative which will display videos of various celebrities answering commonly Googled questions about them, within search results.
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Bitcoin's price has risen stratospherically, a fact that leaves many minor players in the market with massive gains and many bigger players millionaires.
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Savvy shoppers are already looking for the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. The more perceptive would argue that it would make much more sense to keep their credit card locked away rather than squandering your hard earned cash on items you want but don’t necessarily need.

On the other side of the fence, how can retailers thrive and survive in the Amazon era? The ease in which consumers can order almost anything and have it delivered the following day is something that many retailers cannot compete with or think they can.

However, CommerceHub is a company that you have probably never heard of that is helping to level the playing field for many of the worlds biggest retailers. The cloud-based e-commerce technology platform has been quietly transforming the world of retail. In the past year alone, the company’s stock price has doubled as a result.
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Baidu's new smart speaker and prototypes don't look like any other smart speakers on the market today. And that might be a good thing.
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Adam Savage is clearly overjoyed about his new bag. I met up with the gear-obsessed designer, former Mythbusters host, and Tested.com editor in chief at his workshop in San Francisco to see his latest creation. He's designed his first carryall utility bag and launched a new brand, Savage Industries, to market it. With the same childlike glee he exudes on camera, Savage flipped the thing around on the workbench, opening and closing it, zipping and unzipping, as he pointed out all the features.
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Tesla's Semi is off to a promising start, despite there being no official pricing information available yet: In addition to a Walmart pilot, Canadian grocery..
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Another blow for Uber's UK business: The company has lost its appeal against an employment tribunal ruling which last year judged that the Uber drivers who brought the case should be classified as workers, rather than self-employed contractors — meaning they are entitled to benefits such as holiday pay and the UK’s National Minimum Wage.

Uber’s appeal against the ruling was heard in September. But the Employment Appeal Tribunal has now upheld the original verdict — denying a first appeal.
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A New York Times piece and a subsequent Medium post this week highlighted an ongoing problem with YouTube Kids -- bizarre and disturbing videos aimed at young children using key words and popular children’s characters.

Now YouTube says it is putting in place a new process to age-restrict these types of videos in the main YouTube app.
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Nvidia continues to ride the wave of a myriad of huge success stories for the company, like the rapid adoption of the Nintendo Switch and demand for technology to power AI computation within data centers, as it saw yet another quarter where its business continued to expand significantly.
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When Airbnb acquired and subsequently shut down Tilt — a platform that let people pool together to pay for items or events — many (including former Tilt employees) were left wondering what could and would replace it.

PayPal has stepped into the fray in an attempt to provide its own answer.
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An update to the smartphone's operating system means the letter "i" is auto-corrected in error.
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The Swift 1 is cheap, looks nice and has a good battery -- just don't give it anything more difficult to do than web browsing.
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The magazine, a copy of Newsweek from October 1988, is quite a rarity. Jobs didn't sign many autographs.
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Chinese technology company announced version 1.0 of its open source Apollo software in July. Three months later its up to version 1.5.
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That annoying clicking sound that is bothering some Pixel 2 owners will be fixed via a software update, according to a statement Google posted on its Product
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Google just posted a statement about Pixel 2 XL display issues, revealing that it will indeed release more vivid color options via a software update in the near
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Venture capital should come with a warning label. In our experience, VC kills more startups than slow customer adoption, technical debt and co-founder..
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Alphabet delivered a knockout quarter today, handily beating the estimates from Wall Street — but, perhaps more importantly, showing actual growth in a..
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With numbers that would seem to put fears to rest that the world's dominant chipmaker has lost a step to its competitors, Intel Corp. handily beat analyst..
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Users of Amazon Key will need a smart lock and Cloud Cam camera to let couriers open their door.
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Tiger economies and competition from China will undoubtedly be forces to reckon with, but anyone looking to find the most influential research leading to the most transformative technologies should look West, not East. That’s the conclusion of Reuters’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Universities, a list that identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and power new markets and industries.
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Microsoft Corp said it will drop a lawsuit against the U.S. government after the Department of Justice (DOJ) changed data request rules on alerting internet users about agencies accessing their information.
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Earlier this month, a researcher discovered Wi-Fi has a fundamental security flaw.
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DVR maker TiVo today officially confirmed the launch of its new DVR, the TiVo BOLT VOX, and its smaller counterpart, the TiVo Mini Vox, following yesterday's..
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Microsoft says it’s dropping a suit against the U.S. Justice Department that targeted a tactic commonly used by prosecutors to prevent tech companies from…
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Bloq, a U.S. blockchain technology company, said on Tuesday it will launch the sale of its own crypto-currency called Metronome (MTN), which will have a predictable and autonomously managed token supply.
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The head of Airbnb Inc's China business has resigned four months after taking the role, the company confirmed on Tuesday, the latest leadership change for the unit which operates in an country where residency and movement are regulated.
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The way Tina Huang tells it, the path to her resignation from Twitter Inc. was a Kafkaesque experience. She said she was denied a promotion, led to believe her coding skills were inferior, asked to take a leave of absence, and scolded for taking that leave.
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Encryption has become "a huge, huge problem" for investigations, the FBI director says.
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Firms such as Facebook and Twitter have agreed to do more to remove extremist content within hours of it being posted.