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Fitbit makes Cortana your new workout partner

Engadget - 6 min 52 sec ago
Fitbit might have had a few issues (okay, many issues) developing their long-expected smartwatch, but they have some good news today if you use Windows. You can now use the Fitbit skill with Cortana, Windows' virtual personal assistant. Microsoft int...

'Apple's Refusal To Support Progressive Web Apps is a Detriment To Future of the Web'

SlashDot - 12 min 52 sec ago
From a blog post: Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) are one of the most exciting and innovative things happening in web development right now. PWAs enable you to use JavaScript to create a "Service Worker", which gives you all sorts of great features that you'd normally associate with native apps, like push notifications, offline support, and app loading screens -- but on the web! Awesome. Except for is one major problem -- While Google has embraced the technology and added support for it in Chrome for Android, Apple has abstained from adding support to mobile Safari. All they've done is say that it is "Under Consideration." Seemingly no discussion about it whatsoever.

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Wind Farms Are Not Ready for Ransomware

PCMag News - 18 min 51 sec ago
At the Black Hat conference, researcher Jason Staggs demonstrated that just about every wind farm in America is woefully unprepared for a cyberattack.

Fender's Mustang GT amps pack an overkill of digital options

Engadget - 18 min 52 sec ago
Playing the electric guitar in a cover band can be complex. You need to be able to sound like a wide range of different guitar players, each with their own distinct sound -- much of which is based on their unique amplifier and effects profile. The Fe...

Apple says so long to the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle - CNET

CNET News - 33 min 35 sec ago
We lost the iPod classic years ago, now it's time to bid farewell to two other iterations of the company's MP3 players.

A flaw in wireless networks lets hackers pretend to be you - CNET

CNET News - 34 min 18 sec ago
There are calls and text messages coming from your phone number that you never made. Meet the “ghost telephonist.”

'Wolfenstein II' DLC adds three new Nazi-punching characters

Engadget - 34 min 52 sec ago
You'll be playing as more than just the broken-schmeckled B.J. Blazkowicz in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. That's because the game's three expansions will feature a different protagonist fighting for America by punching and murdering the Nazis st...

Comcast's live TV streaming service could launch by year’s end

Engadget - 49 min 52 sec ago
Earlier this year, rumors circulated that Comcast was planning to launch Xfinity Instant TV, a live TV streaming service for Comcast internet customers that don't have a cable package. During an earnings conference call today, Comcast CEO Brian Rober...

Jeff Bezos tops Bill Gates as world's richest - CNET

CNET News - 51 min 11 sec ago
For the moment, Amazon's founder has slipped ahead of that other Seattle tech mogul.

Samsung Said To Open Its Pay Service, Could Make It Available On Rival Companies' Smartphones

SlashDot - 53 min 52 sec ago
Samsung Pay, the second most OEM-Pay mobile payments service (only second to Apple Pay), may be available on smartphones from other manufacturers, according to a report. From an article: Samsung is in talks with other device makers about bringing Samsung Pay to non-Samsung high-end devices, according to a report from Gadgets 360. Samsung is reportedly aiming to offer Samsung Pay support for these non-Samsung devices by mid-2018. As for how it'll happen, Samsung is said to be considering two options. Samsung Pay relies on MST chips in order to offer contactless payments with non-NFC terminals, and so Samsung is said to be talking with other smartphone makers about adding MST tech to their devices. Another option that Samsung is thinking about is an external accessory like the LoopPay Card Case. This would enable Samsung Pay on supported devices without requiring the phones' manufacturers to add MST tech into their phones. Magnetic Secure Transmission technology is patented to LoopPay, which Samsung acquired two years ago. The feature, which mimics a card swipe, enables Samsung Pay to work on any card swiping machine, an advantage it has over Android Pay and Apple Pay.

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Chip vulnerability could crash your outdated phone via Wi-Fi - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 2 min ago
If your phone doesn't have the latest update, leaving your Wi-Fi open might let hackers take over your device.

Ford’s Chariot rideshare service expands to New York City

Engadget - 1 hour 4 min ago
New Yorkers are set to get yet another transportation option this summer, when Ford's shuttle service Chariot expands into the city. The service initially launched in San Francisco in September 2016, with the automaker not long after announcing its p...

Facebook tries to make chatting with bots more natural - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 17 min ago
It’s just another way the social network is pushing you toward its Messenger chat app.

Funny Or Die puts you inside a robot racing toward obsolescence

Engadget - 1 hour 18 min ago
It's 1982. A young boy named Dennis has just received the birthday present of his dreams. It's you -- a Japanese robot that can repeat words, although for the most part you just watch silently. That's the premise of Felix & Paul Studios' 40-minut...

Facebook Messenger update makes business bots easier to deal with

Engadget - 1 hour 18 min ago
After launching Messenger 2.0 in April, Facebook has just dropped the platform's 2.1 update. Once again, most of these changes are here to help businesses, with Facebook focusing on improving how its Messenger bots work in the latest update. Messenge...

Are You Safe? Google 'Trusted Contacts' Arrives on iOS

PCMag News - 1 hour 18 min ago
Google is also rolling out some updates for Android users that should 'make it even easier to feel safe and give your loved ones peace of mind.'

Your future AR home movies will look like 80s music videos - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 19 min ago
A-ha's "Take On Me" gets reshot in augmented reality, thanks to Apple's ARKit

Ethereal Orion Nebula wows scientists with dazzling portrait - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 28 min ago
A new image of the Orion Nebula Cluster that reveals the inner workings of the fabulous formation has astronomers thrilled.

Apple Discontinues iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle

SlashDot - 1 hour 33 min ago
From a report: Apple today removed the iPod nano and iPod shuffle from its website and online store around the world, suggesting the iconic portable media players may be discontinued. Apple continues to sell the iPod touch. Beyond new colors and storage capacities, Apple had last updated the iPod nano in October 2012 and the iPod shuffle in September 2010. Apple last updated the iPod touch in July 2015 with an 8-megapixel rear camera. Apple introduced the iPod shuffle in January 2005, followed by the iPod nano in September 2005. In total, there were seven generations of the iPod nano, and four generations of the iPod shuffle. The company has confirmed that it has discontinued the devices.

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Gucci's latest fashion is a retro sci-fi mashup

Engadget - 1 hour 35 min ago
While some designers look to the future of fashion and tech, Gucci is going back to what 1960s and '70s Hollywood thought the future would be. For its Gucci and Beyond Winter Instagram campaign, the fashion house showed off some colorful, kaleidoscop...

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