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Want Even Cheaper Seltzer? Some Fanatics Hack Their SodaStream Machines1h 13m Updated Want Even Cheaper Seltzer? Some Fanatics Hack Their SodaStream Machines
Tinkerers source carbon dioxide from welders and string connector hoses to carbonated water machines in bid to cut cost from company’s 25 cents a liter; ‘I’m sticking it to the man.’
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Hey Alexa, Defrost My Peas1h 13m Hey Alexa, Defrost My Peas
Amazon announced more than a dozen devices and tools for its Alexa voice assistant, including a microwave.
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France Bans Smartphones in Schools Through 9th Grade. Will It Help Students?1h 22m Updated France Bans Smartphones in Schools Through 9th Grade. Will It Help Students?
The government hopes the move will get students to pay more attention in class and talk more to each other. But some doubt whether the ban can be enforced.
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Adobe Buys Marketing-Automation Firm Marketo for $4.75 Billion1h 26m Adobe Buys Marketing-Automation Firm Marketo for $4.75 Billion
Adobe Systems agreed to acquire marketing-automation firm Marketo for $4.75 billion, its largest acquisition ever and the latest sign of its ambition to become a one-stop-shop for marketers.
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Minneapolis Prosecutors to Review Rape Allegation Against JD.com Founder1h 30m Updated Minneapolis Prosecutors to Review Rape Allegation Against JD.com Founder
The Minneapolis Police Department has completed its initial investigation into a rape allegation against Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong, and prosecutors are now expected to decide whether to bring charges.
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1h 36m Updated Facial Recognition Goes Mainstream
Restaurants, airlines and others want to use the technology in everyday commerce. If, that is, customers let them.
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ESPN Streaming Service Surpasses One Million Subscribers1h 46m Updated ESPN Streaming Service Surpasses One Million Subscribers
Sports TV giant ESPN, which has battled cable TV cord-cutting, is betting big on a $4.99-a-month streaming service that carries a range of programming but not the live ESPN channels.
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Sloan Kettering’s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar1h 48m Sloan Kettering’s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar
A for-profit venture with exclusive rights to use the center’s vast archive of tissue slides has generated concerns at the nonprofit cancer center.
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Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail2h Updated Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail
Google said it continues to allow other companies to scan and share data from Gmail accounts, responding to questions on Capitol Hill about privacy and potential misuse of information in users’ emails.
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UK to create 2,000-strong cyber force to tackle Russia threat3h UK to create 2,000-strong cyber force to tackle Russia threat
Britain is significantly increasing its ability to wage war in cyberspace with the creation of a new offensive cyber force of up to 2,000 personnel, Sky News understands.
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GoPro Hero 7 camera films smooth videos without gimbal4h Updated GoPro Hero 7 camera films smooth videos without gimbal
The latest action cam automatically stabilises footage without separate equipment.
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How Hackers Talk Their Way Into Getting Company Secrets5h Updated How Hackers Talk Their Way Into Getting Company Secrets
With ‘social engineering’ schemes, cybercriminals trick employees into handing over valuable information.
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Internet regulator considered for UK5h Internet regulator considered for UK
The government is considering "all options" to keep UK citizens "safe" online.
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The Most Fun (and Useful) Things You Can Do With an Amazon Echo or Google Home5h Updated The Most Fun (and Useful) Things You Can Do With an Amazon Echo or Google Home
Smart home devices will tell you the weather and answer trivia questions, sure, but they can do so much more. Try these tips to streamline your day, relax a little or just have some fun.
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Why You Need a VPN---and How to Choose the Right One5h Why You Need a VPN---and How to Choose the Right One
Everybody’s snooping on your internet traffic. The key is to stay hidden.
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Vote Leave data firm hit with first ever GDPR notice6h Vote Leave data firm hit with first ever GDPR notice
AggregateIQ is appealing against the accusation that it mishandled personal data and broke GDPR rules.
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With Moon as His Muse, Japanese Billionaire Signs Up for SpaceX Voyage7h With Moon as His Muse, Japanese Billionaire Signs Up for SpaceX Voyage
Elon Musk shared a stage at a SpaceX factory on Monday night with Yusaku Maezawa, who will make a significant investment in the company’s next-generation rocket.
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A Wedding Ring With a Dirty Little Secret7h Updated A Wedding Ring With a Dirty Little Secret
They’re not as shiny as diamonds, but smog free rings are considered sustainable and ethical — and they’re also much more affordable.
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Will Elevators to Outer Space Ever Get Off the Ground?8h Will Elevators to Outer Space Ever Get Off the Ground?
Researchers are working on lifts that would travel up a cable anchored above the Earth’s orbit, paving the way for extra-planetary travel
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Artificial Intelligence: The Robots Are Now Hiring8h Artificial Intelligence: The Robots Are Now Hiring
More and more companies are using artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to assess possible employees. But are these practices fair? WSJ’s Jason Bellini investigates, in this new episode of Moving Upstream.
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Smart Showers, Brainy Tubs: The Rise of the High-Tech Bathroom8h Updated Smart Showers, Brainy Tubs: The Rise of the High-Tech Bathroom
Introducing the superior bliss of a smarter shower. Plus: Up the IQ of your entire lavatory with other high-tech upgrades, from motivating toothbrushes to toilets that play your favorite tunes.
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GoPro Hero 7 stabilisation put to the test9h GoPro Hero 7 stabilisation put to the test
How does the GoPro Hero 7 compare to last year's model - and can it turn the company around?
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Ways to Keep the Midterm Election Safe From Hackers10h Ways to Keep the Midterm Election Safe From Hackers
How attacks could be attempted—and what officials are doing to make sure they don’t affect the midterms.
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Is a tablet or 2-in-1 laptop with a stylus useful for a student?11h Is a tablet or 2-in-1 laptop with a stylus useful for a student?
Matt’s daughter already has a laptop for university, but will a lighter device with a smartpen be better for taking notes?
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Labour plans overhaul of online gambling laws11h Labour plans overhaul of online gambling laws
Labour is calling for an overhaul of gambling laws after finishing a year-long study into problem gambling, which it says must be treated as a "public health emergency".
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World Economic Forum Takes On China Tech Regulation13h Updated World Economic Forum Takes On China Tech Regulation
As China’s technology industry and government tangle over regulation, the World Economic Forum—best known for its annual Davos meeting—is stepping into the fray, opening a “Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution” in Beijing.
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Amazon Is Next to Face EU Scrutiny16h Amazon Is Next to Face EU Scrutiny
EU authorities have started a new regulatory front against an American tech giant by opening a preliminary investigation into Amazon’s treatment of other merchants that sell products using its platform.
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Parts of a ‘Virtual’ Border Wall, Built With the Tech Behind Driverless Cars17h Updated Parts of a ‘Virtual’ Border Wall, Built With the Tech Behind Driverless Cars
In a rural Texas county, lidar sensor technology is being tested as a way to spot illegal intruders from Mexico. That use could divide workers in Silicon Valley.
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17h Updated Is the Shofar … an Instrument of Technological Disruption?
Mark Zuckerberg performed for his followers on Facebook while Marc Benioff of Salesforce (and now Time) led a live congregation in San Francisco.
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Bringing iPhone Assembly to U.S. Would Be a Hollow Victory for Trump19h Updated Bringing iPhone Assembly to U.S. Would Be a Hollow Victory for Trump
If Apple moved smartphone production to the U.S. to avoid the president’s tariffs, it could do more harm than good, Greg Ip writes.
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Equifax fined half a million pounds over data breach22h Equifax fined half a million pounds over data breach
A credit reference agency that failed to protect the details of 15 million people in the UK during a cyber attack has been fined £500,000.
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Hologram phone calls - sci-fi or serious possibility?22h Hologram phone calls - sci-fi or serious possibility?
With 5G, experts say we could enjoy virtual reality in HD on our mobiles and even project holographics.
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Google, T-Mobile Tackle 911 Call Problem22h Updated Google, T-Mobile Tackle 911 Call Problem
Android phones will soon send Google Maps-like location data to emergency call centers.
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State of the Art: Why Jeff Bezos Should Push for Nobody to Get as Rich as Jeff Bezos23h Updated State of the Art: Why Jeff Bezos Should Push for Nobody to Get as Rich as Jeff Bezos
Here’s what the Amazon founder’s vast fortune tells us about the economic concentration of the tech industry — and how he might help unravel that for the world.
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Equifax fined by ICO over data breach that hit Britons23h Equifax fined by ICO over data breach that hit Britons
The UK's Information Commissioner's Office imposes a fine of £500,000 over the 2017 breach.
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Inside Facebook’s Election ‘War Room’25h Updated Inside Facebook’s Election ‘War Room’
Seven weeks before the midterm elections, the social network is setting up a central hub to root out disinformation and false news. We visited the operation.
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Europe to Investigate Amazon’s Dual Role of Merchant and Platform25h Updated Europe to Investigate Amazon’s Dual Role of Merchant and Platform
The European Union’s antitrust chief announced an inquiry into the e-commerce giant over its use of data collected about third-party merchants.
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The Big Secret of Celebrity Wealth (Is That No One Knows Anything)25h Updated The Big Secret of Celebrity Wealth (Is That No One Knows Anything)
Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine and Chris Pratt are cumulatively worth $150 million, according to your Google results. Are they really?
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Trilobites: Elephant Tusk DNA Helps Track Ivory Poachers28h Trilobites: Elephant Tusk DNA Helps Track Ivory Poachers
Researchers are examining the genetic data in seized elephant ivory to trace it back to the animals’ homelands and connect it to global trafficking crimes.
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28h Updated AI Is the New Weapon Against Cyberattacks
As hackers get smarter and more determined, artificial intelligence is going to be an important part of the solution.
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29h INTERNETTING WITH AMANDA HESS: We Answer Your ‘Internetting’ Questions About Vagina Eggs, Time Lords and Steroid Rumors
It’s “Internetting After Dark,” the show about the show. There’s a cat in here!
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‘Alexa – can you teach my kids some manners, please?’30h ‘Alexa – can you teach my kids some manners, please?’
As voice-controlled AI creeps into millions of homes, a modern dilemma presents itself: how does one properly address a virtual being?The work of an etiquette expert is never-ending. No sooner have you adjusted to a world in which the households you advise may have few or – whisper it – no staff, than the technology giants develop personal assistants using artificial intelligence. It is a whole new minefield and, as the Times reports, one already developing new expertise. One BBC tech executive told a conference audience on Tuesday that her solution to children developing poor manners due to Alexa, Siri and their rivals (the AI will respond whether you say “please” or not) was for adults in the house to say “please” and “thank you” to the AIs at all times. With that first step in mind, here is our extensive and scientific list of etiquette do’s and don’ts when dealing with your AI assistant:
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Jellyfish robots to watch over endangered coral reefs30h Jellyfish robots to watch over endangered coral reefs
The soft-bodied machines are designed to explore fragile marine ecosystems without causing damage.
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Tech Fix: Apple Watch Series 4 Review: Faster, Bigger, With a Promise to Be Healthier32h Tech Fix: Apple Watch Series 4 Review: Faster, Bigger, With a Promise to Be Healthier
The faster speeds and larger screen sound boring on paper. But an electrical heart sensor gives a glimpse of the promise to come, our reviewer writes.
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A Solution to Unreadable Online User Agreements32h A Solution to Unreadable Online User Agreements
We click on them without thinking and without fully understanding what we’re agreeing to. It’s time to fix that.
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3D printing shop closes after accusations of idolatry33h 3D printing shop closes after accusations of idolatry
People in Kuwait are reacting on social media to news a 3D printing shop has been closed after an outcry from an Islamist cleric.
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Apple Leads With Its Pricier iPhones This Year33h Updated Apple Leads With Its Pricier iPhones This Year
For the second straight year, Apple is starting to sell its new iPhone models at different times—but this time, the lag reflects a staggered production timeline set by the tech giant rather than manufacturing issues it experienced last year.
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Breck Bednar murder: Film warning of online grooming launched35h Breck Bednar murder: Film warning of online grooming launched
Breck Bednar, 14, was groomed before being lured to his death by Lewis Daynes in 2014.
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Tech Fix: Apple Watch Series 4 Review: A Big Deal for Our Health35h Tech Fix: Apple Watch Series 4 Review: A Big Deal for Our Health
The faster speeds and larger screen sound boring on paper. But an electrical heart sensor gives a glimpse of the promise to come, our reviewer writes.
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Poor Toad: How Stormy Daniels ruined Mario Kart36h Poor Toad: How Stormy Daniels ruined Mario Kart
When details from her tell-all memoir were published, one detail stood out.
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Sony unveils mini PlayStation Classic console36h Sony unveils mini PlayStation Classic console
Tekken 3 and Ridge Racer are among the titles on Sony's new miniature PlayStation.
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US judge allows e-voting despite hack fears36h US judge allows e-voting despite hack fears
The state of Georgia judge is "gravely concerned" about hacking - but allows e-voting to go ahead.
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IBM launches tool aimed at detecting AI bias40h IBM launches tool aimed at detecting AI bias
IBM is launching software which will monitor algorithms in real time and highlight how they make decisions.
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Time to regulate bitcoin, says Treasury committee report41h Time to regulate bitcoin, says Treasury committee report
MPs in UK say ‘wild west’ cryptocurrency industry is leaving investors vulnerable
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iPhone XS and XS Max Review: Sit Tight for the XR42h Updated iPhone XS and XS Max Review: Sit Tight for the XR
The new iPhone XS and XS Max are great phones but the XR, due out in October, sounds more like a great deal. We’ve hit a point where every smartphone is great, so it comes down to what you want and what you want to spend.
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