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Instagram is the most used platform for grooming crimes, report finds
1 mrt 12:37 - The most used platform for groomers is Instagram, according to an NSPCC report based on police data.  Grooming is defined by the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) as the act of building an emotional connection with a child to gain their trust for the purpose of sexual abuse or exploitation. The NSPCC report found that grooming cases involves one major social media platform or another in 70 percent of cases where the method is revealed by police, with Instagram being the most popular.  SEE ALSO: TikTok fined $5.7 million for collecting children's data The NSPCC found that Instagram was used in 32 percent of those instances, Facebook in 23 percent, and Snapchat in 14 percent, citing data obtained from police under Freedom of Information laws. The data shows that the use of Instagram as a tool for grooming has seen a 200 percent increase from 2017 to 2018 (over a period of approximately 18 months).  Read more...More about Instagram, Child Abuse, Nspcc, Tech, and Other


Huawei to U.S. media: Don’t believe everything you hear
1 mrt 11:44 - Faced with the U.S. government's accusations of being a spy threat, Huawei has decided to fight back.  On Thursday, the company published a full-page ad in the paper edition of The Wall Street Journal, inviting the U.S. media to "come and see us." SEE ALSO: Huawei's Mate X is the most promising foldable phone yet The ad, signed by Huawei's Board Director Catherine Chen, starts by praising the U.S. for innovation, but claims the U.S. government has in recent years developed "some misunderstandings" about Huawei.   Huawei has a full page ad in today’s @WSJ. Starts and ends with “Don’t believe everything you hear” pic.twitter.com/gfqwtnxSOa — Adam Janofsky (@AdamJanofsky) February 28, 2019 Read more... More about China, Huawei, Tech, and Big Tech Companies


These wireless headphones share a cool feature with Apple's AirPods, plus they're on sale
1 mrt 11:00 - Admit it: Your current headphones no longer spark joy. They don't fit well, their sound quality leaves much to be desired, and if they haven't already broken, they're so shoddy that they probably will soon. So here you are, physically and emotionally ready for new listening equipment, but without a clue as to where you should begin your search. Frustratingly, most options out there feel like a compromise: Typical over-ear headphones, for example, provide great sound quality but tether you down with cords. Meanwhile, your average wireless earbuds offer the latest in audio technology, but at sky-high prices. Read more...More about Wireless, Headphones, Airpods, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Stackcommerce


Save over Ł1200 on this premium LG 4K smart OLED TV on Amazon
1 mrt 10:07 - Just because something isn't the latest model to hit the shelves doesn't mean that it isn't still a quality product.  Take the LG 55-inch Premium 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart OLED TV, for example. You can tell just by the amount of letters and numbers in its name that it's packed full of stunning technology. It's the 2017 model, so it's certainly not the newest of LG's TVs, but the result is that the price of this model is dramatically cut. You can now pick up the LG 55-inch Premium 4K Smart OLED TV for £1068, reduced from £2299.99. That is an enormous reduction on the list price, saving you a whopping £1231.99, or 54%. A drop in price like this is down to the fact that there are newer models of the same TV on the market. But why pay more when this TV still has so much going for it? Read more...More about Lg, 4k Tv, Lg Tv, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Amazon


Twitter looks to let you hide replies to your tweets
1 mrt 06:03 - Twitter has been hiding replies from what it deems to be suspect or troll accounts for a little while now. It's a neat feature to help filter out questionable replies (or that reply guy), and now Twitter is looking to expand on it, essentially creating a way to moderate your replies. SEE ALSO: Dr. Bronner's is the only good brand on Twitter As posted by serial feature spotter Jane Manchun Wong, you'll soon be able to choose whether to hide replies to your tweets. This feature hides replies not just for yourself, but to other people viewing the conversation too. "Hide tweet" will be accessible in a menu, and it appears you'll be able to view all the tweets you've hidden too. Read more...More about Tech, Twitter, Social Media, Tech, and Social Media Companies


Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' feature is back on Autopilot
1 mrt 03:30 - Tesla made a big announcement Thursday about a Tesla Model 3 electric car that starts at $35,000, but other new options popped up on the Tesla website under the Autopilot section, like the semi-autonomous driving feature. Full self-driving mode was pulled as an option back in October, but now it's back as a rebranded "Navigate on Autopilot" package with "future features coming later this year." As of today, there are two Autopilot packages. The first is just called Autopilot and gives the car auto-steering and advanced cruise control. The basic version is $3,000 to include upfront.  Then there's the package option called "Full Self-Driving Capability." As Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained in a press call Thursday afternoon, it's "feature complete," but that doesn't mean you can use all those features. It still is the more advanced Navigate on Autopilot, which allows the car to drive mostly on its own (with you still at the wheel and paying attention) on highways only.  Read more...More about Tesla, Autopilot, Autonomous Vehicles, Tech, and Transportation


TikTok just locked out a ton of users, and people can't take it
1 mrt 01:29 - When life gives you lemons, make sure to squeeze all that lemon juice straight into your eyes and then rage about it on Twitter. That seems to be the thinking of scores of TikTok users who, on Feb. 27, found themselves suddenly locked out of the looping video app following the company's FTC-inspired effort to temporarily suspend accounts belonging to people under the age of 13.  What no one appears to have first considered, however, is the fact that some now-exiled users entered fake birthdays when creating their accounts — meaning many of those suspended accounts belong to actual adults.  Or, if not adults, at least not kids.  Read more...More about Tiktok, Tech, and Social Media Companies


Amazon kills physical Dash buttons
1 mrt 01:10 - Bad news, Amazon Prime addicts: the company is no longer selling its Dash buttons. As of today, the company will no longer sell the magical plastic buttons that let you summon refills of laundry detergent, paper towels, and Trojan condoms at will. The company will, however, continue to support existing buttons. SEE ALSO: Amazon patents delivery robot that docks at your house If you're bummed about that, it appears that Alexa may be largely to blame for Amazon's decision. In a statement, an Amazon spokesperson said "we've seen customers increasingly using programs like Alexa Shopping, which provides a hands free shopping experience, and Subscribe & Save, which lets customers automatically receive their favorite items every month. Read more...More about Tech, Gadgets, Amazon, Dash Buttons, and Tech


The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 is finally here
28 feb 23:23 - The "budget-friendly" Tesla Model 3 promised by Elon Musk for years is finally here.  The Tesla CEO teased the announcement Wednesday in a cryptic tweet. Now we finally know the big news: Tesla just made a for-real $35,000 Tesla Model 3 available. On its website, Tesla is pushing the car as $24,450 after tax and gas savings. Before the new $35,000 model was announced, the cheapest Tesla was $42,000.  The long-awaited $35,000 base @tesla Model 3 is here #Thursday2pmCalifornia pic.twitter.com/tGtnn0qi03 — Sasha Lekach (@sashajol) February 28, 2019 The $35,000 car has 220-mile range and will include an all-glass roof. The standard version previously came with a metal roof. Read more...More about Tesla, Model 3, Electric Vehicles, Tech, and Elon Musk


Shared scooters barely last a month, report says. But that could change.
28 feb 23:10 - It's tough out there for an e-scooter. The battery-powered vehicles used by most scooter-sharing companies weren't intended for such heavy use. The first generation of shared scooters were mainly from Xioami, and not made with the type of usage scooter rental companies like Bird put the vehicle through.  Alison Griswold in her Overshare newsletter about the sharing economy crunched the numbers this week from Louisville, Kentucky's scooter-share program. It's based mostly on Bird rides and found between August and December the average lifespan of a scooter there was 28 days. SEE ALSO: E-scooter injuries keep piling up Read more...More about Bird, Scooters, Lifespan, Lime, and E Scooters


IBM exec says we need to get the world ready for quantum computing
28 feb 23:03 - In this special edition of MashTalk, Mashable sits down with Dario Gil, COO of Research at IBM, at CES 2019. Gil details IBM's latest announcement of IBM Q System One, the world's first commercial quantum computer, and explains why widespread use and teaching of quantum computing is a lot closer than we think. Read more...More about Technology, Mashable Video, Future, Mashtalk, and Ibm


Amazon now lets Prime members pick a day of the week to get all their purchases at once
28 feb 21:52 - Amazon just introduced a new way to help Prime members feel less guilty about ordering a bunch of packages.  The e-commerce giant announced Thursday the creation of "Amazon Day." Now, Amazon Prime customers can opt to receive all of their purchases on the day of the week of their choice. And, whenever possible, Amazon will group these purchases into one package to reduce shipping materials like cardboard.  “Prime members can now choose to get their orders delivered together in fewer boxes whenever possible on the day that works best for them,” Maria Renz, Amazon's vice president of delivery experience, said in a public statement. Read more...More about Amazon, Amazon Prime, Sustainability, Shipping, and Tech


Nubia's Alpha wearable is the craziest gadget at MWC 2019
28 feb 21:35 - The Nubia Alpha wearable smartphone looks innovative, but up close, it doesn't live up to the hype. It's clunky and cheap on the wrist and the interface is overwhelming. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Wearables, Consumer Electronics, Nubia Alpha, and Nubia


Elon Musk's Not-a-Flamethrower is silly, and not a flamethrower
28 feb 21:15 - We played with the Boring Company's Not a Flamethrower. And it indeed isn't a flamethrower! It's a glorified propane torch and campfire lighter, and that's fun on its own. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Elon Musk, Flamethrower, Tech, and Elon Musk


YouTube will now disable comments on all videos featuring children
28 feb 20:57 - YouTube has announced a few sweeping changes amid a number of controversies involving children’s safety on the platform. In a post on the YouTube Creator Blog, the company laid out the actions being taken. The biggest update: YouTube will now disable comments on all videos featuring minors. YouTube states that this change will be rolled out over the next few months. Comments will be disabled on all videos featuring young minors as well as videos with older minors that “could be at risk of attracting predatory behavior.” Select creators that would otherwise be affected by this change will be allowed to keep comments enabled on their videos. They will be required to actively moderate their comments and keep predatory content off their video pages. YouTube will work with them to provide guidance.  Read more...More about Video, Youtube, Children, Comments, and Tech


Save $100 on a Nespresso Inissia espresso maker and Aerocinno milk frother bundle
28 feb 20:12 - Time is precious during your morning rush to get to work, but nothing is more crucial than satisfying that caffeine fix. If you miss it because the line is too long at Starbucks, the rest of your day won't be fun. We all want to make our own strong, barista-quality espresso at home to save time and money in the long run, but you need the right machine to do it. Well perk up! There's a powerful coffee combo deal at Best Buy.  You can turn your own home into Central Perk with a Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine and Aerocinno3 Milk Frother for only $99.99. That's $100 off the regular price of this bundle at Best Buy, and almost $150 cheaper than if you purchased these items separately at their normal price.  Read more...More about Espresso Machine, Coffee Makers, Mashable Shopping, Nespresso Inissia, and Shopping Bestbuy


The beloved 8-quart Instant Pot Ultra is on sale for $60 off at Amazon
28 feb 19:58 - Thanks to the introduction of Instant Pot pressure cookers, you're out of valid excuses for why you skip the homemade meal so often. These handy devices require little time and culinary knowledge — a handy chart of cooking times is really all you need — so turn off those reruns of Chopped and take advantage of an Amazon deal for one of the best Instant Pot cookers.  You can give your kitchen the upgrade it needs with an Instant Pot Ultra 8-Quart 10-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker for only $119 at Amazon. That's 34% off the regular price, so you can put that extra $60.95 you save towards some fresh ingredients for your first meal.  Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Shopping Amazon, Instant Pot, Instant Pot Ultra, and Tech


5G will be crazy fast, but it'll be worthless without unlimited data
28 feb 19:51 - Mobile World Congress might have you convinced of two major mobile trends for 2019: foldable phones and 5G. Foldable phones are undeniably interesting — we finally have real phones that transform into tablets with larger screens! — but 5G, the next generation of faster and more reliable cellular connectivity, has the potential to truly change how we live and work, even if foldable phones end up becoming a fad. At MWC 2019, companies from all corners of the globe tripped over each other to showcase a near future where high-resolution movies would download in seconds, expansive 3D games and VR would be streamed directly to phones and new headsets, and smart cars (self-driving or not) would be able to recognize each other to prevent collisions. Read more...More about Verizon, T Mobile, Sprint, Mobile World Congress, and Mwc


Take $40 off the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS plus cellular models at Walmart
28 feb 19:10 - Apple Watches are the enviable devices when it comes to wearable technology. I mean they’re basically a tiny phone you can have on your wrist at all times. This kind of advanced technology does not come cheap — the watches require you to drop a couple hundred bucks — so, when there’s a sale, you want to jump on it while it lasts. And here’s some good news: Walmart lowered its prices on the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS plus cellular models.  The Series 3 with GPS and cellular gives you the power to leave your phone behind. Take calls and ask Siri to send messages for you directly from the watch. Of course it also works as a fitness tracker to monitor your health and activity: Track your workouts with the watch and stream music or podcasts to Bluetooth headphones to go phone-free during your exercise. (There's a reason why we dubbed this the "smartest smartwatch yet.") Read more...More about Smartwatch, Smartwatches, Mashable Shopping, Apple Watch Series 3, and Shopping Linkshare


Lenovo flash sale: Save up to $945 (yes, really) on ThinkPads and 2-in-1 Yogas with this code
28 feb 18:59 - Laptop shopping is fun and exciting — but not fun and exciting enough for you to want to do it every two years. If your hectic work day requires putting a laptop through some shit, get one that'll last: Lenovo is having a massive pre-spring sale on nearly every ThinkPad laptop, including the infamous 6th generation ThinkPad Carbon X1. Some already have an automatic discount, but you can slash that price even more and score free shipping when you use code THINKSALE until March 8. Created for business, Lenovo's ThinkPad line is seemingly unbeatable. No matter how thin Huawei makes the MateBook X or how Apple tweaks the MacBook Pro's TouchBar, the durability, security features, and strange little red button cursor of the ThinkPad is here to stay. Read more...More about Lenovo, Laptop, Thinkpad, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Ziffdavis


Get Ł15 cash back on 'Pokémon Sword' and 'Pokémon Shield' for the Nintendo Switch
28 feb 18:30 - Nintendo released family-friendly remakes of the original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue games in 2018, and they were popular, to say the least.  It's obvious that we can't get enough Pokémon, and Nintendo clearly got the message, because it has unveiled the trailer for the next installments in the franchise. Due to be released in late 2019, Nintendo is launching Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield on the Switch, and you can receive £15 cash back on any pre-order with GAME. The process of ensuring you get your cash back couldn't be any easier. All you need to do is sign up to Quidco and visit the GAME store, spend £15 or more, and then receive £15 cash back from Quidco when your purchase is confirmed. You can then withdraw your earnings to your bank, PayPal, or as gift vouchers. Read more...More about Nintendo, Pokemon, Nintendo Switch, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Solo


There's more evidence that a Razr with a foldable screen is coming
28 feb 18:28 - Well this is flipping fantastic. Motorola has previously been devilishly mum about rumored plans for a new smart, foldable flip phone — it responded to reports that a Razr for the foldable screen era was coming with an animated shruggie. But now, Motorola VP of Global Product Dan Dery has confirmed to Engadget that a foldable Motorola smart phone is on the way — albeit still somewhat coyly.  SEE ALSO: Sorry, folks: Foldable phones aren't very good right now At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Dery told Engadget, regarding phones with foldable screens, that Motorola has "no intention of coming later than everybody else in the market." Read more...More about Motorola, Razr, Foldable Phones, Tech, and Smartphones


Select Amazon Fire tablets on sale for up to $30 off
28 feb 17:51 - Apple and Samsung have pretty much cornered the market on smartphones, but the tablet world has a few more contenders. Amazon has developed its tablets from e-readers into serious competition for the iPad, but at a significantly lower price. That competitive price is even lower right now as you can pick up a few different models of the Amazon Fire tablet for up to 30% off. Fire HD 8 — save $20 The Fire HD 8 has a 1280 x 800 high-definition eight-inch display with more than a million pixels to give you a bright, vivid picture. The tablet is available with either 16GB or 32GB of storage, though you are able to insert a microSD card to expand the storage space. Plus, you have unlimited cloud space for all your Amazon content and photos taken with your tablet. So, storage is not a concern with the Fire HD 8. Read more...More about Fire Tablet, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Amazon, Kids Edition, and Tech


Blackberry accuses Twitter of illegally using message technology in lawsuit
28 feb 17:44 - Blackberry will see Twitter in court. On Wednesday, former mobile phone giant BlackBerry filed a lawsuit against Twitter accusing the social media company of patent infringement. BlackBerry claims that Twitter is illegally using mobile messaging technology that the company created. In its lawsuit, BlackBerry refers to Twitter as “a relative latecomer to the mobile messaging world.” The company claims that Twitter “created mobile messaging applications that co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations, using a number of the innovative user interface and functionality enhancing features that made BlackBerry’s products such a critical and commercial success in the first place.”  Read more...More about Twitter, Blackberry, Lawsuit, Patents, and Patent Troll


Amazon has the Powerbeats3 wireless earphones on sale for less than $90 — a $110 savings
28 feb 17:41 - It's 2019. Are you still using wired earbuds during your workouts? We can do much better than that. Here, we'll give you some added incentive: the Powerbeats3 wireless earphones are on sale for just $89.99, or $110 off the list price. Retailing for $199.95, the Powerbeats3 are some of the best headphones that Beats by Dre has to offer. They feature up to 12 hours of battery life, crystal clear and dynamic audio with loud thumping bass, and secure-fit earhooks so they don't fall out of your ears during squats and pull-ups. Speaking of workouts, these earphones are also water-resistant, so don't be afraid to sweat on them because they're still going to pump out the jams without skipping a beat (no pun intended). Read more...More about Beats, Wireless Headphones, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Amazon, and Tech


Keep your home locked down with Arlo's security camera system — it's $180 off at Best Buy
28 feb 17:18 - To quell your potential intruder anxieties and fears of things that go “bump” in the night, it might be a good choice for you to invest in a home security system. Example: The Arlo Pro Wireless Security Camera System.  The Arlo Pro Security Camera System helps give you peace of mind when you’re trying to relax at home, and right now you can save $180 on one at Best Buy. You can never feel *too* safe, so consider adding the Arlo system to your repertoire.  SEE ALSO: 7 of the best home security cameras to bring you peace of mind The cameras stream in crystal clear 1080p quality, so you’ll never have to squint just to see what’s going on around your house. Always in direct contact with your mobile phone, Arlo can send you notifications when it detects movement or contacts emergency services for you (which you can program through its highly customizable app).  Read more...More about Home, Home Security, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Bestbuy, and Arlo


Nokia's crazy 5-camera phone comes to the U.S. on March 3
28 feb 17:08 - At this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia (now owned by HMD Global) has done something it hasn't done in a long time: It innovated.  The company's PureView 9 flagship is the first-ever phone to feature five rear cameras, and now it has a U.S. launch date: March 3.  SEE ALSO: The best tech of Mobile World Congress 2019 Nokia PureView 9 uses its 5-camera array in a pretty novel way. All of the sensors have a 12-megapixel resolution and an f/1.8 aperture; two shoot in color and three in monochrome, and the resulting photos should have a huge dynamic range and tons of depth information, more than any other smartphone camera.  Read more...More about Nokia, Tech, and Smartphones


Get a $35 Nintendo eShop credit with purchase of the Nintendo Switch on Amazon
28 feb 17:03 - Looking for a free gaming add-on? The Nintendo Switch is still one of the hottest gaming consoles out there. Right now, you can pick up the Nintendo Switch and get a $35 Nintendo eShop credit for free on Amazon. Normally going for $334 retail, this bundle includes a free credit to the Nintendo eShop, so you can download the hottest titles like New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, instead of waiting for a physical copy to ship to your home. You can play online with other gamers from all around the world, as well as access older games from Nintendo's catalog, including Street Fighter II, Mega Man 2, Sonic The Hedgehog, and more. Read more...More about Nintendo Switch, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Amazon, Tech, and Consumer Tech


OnePlus CEO not impressed by folding phones
28 feb 16:56 - BARCELONA — OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, who is very picky about corners, doesn't like the ones he sees on the folding phones here at MWC19. "It's not product excellence, having to stop at that level of large curvature," he said through a translator. "My focus is on the flexible OLED technology, and as that advances and gets really good, what possibilities there are. When those fields can get really small and tight, what possibilities are there for the screen technology?" Of course Lau would be talking about the degrees of fold. The cult phone-maker CEO, who has an engineering background, is informally known as the chief product designer at OnePlus, and once showed me how he obsessed over the corner radius when developing the OnePlus 6. Read more...More about Mobile World Congress, Oneplus, Foldable Phones, Mwc 2019, and Tech


Twitter's Jack Dorsey gets roasted for his ignorant tweets about Myanmar
9 dec 20:16 - Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey shared with the world what he did on his most recent birthday: travel to Myanmar and do a 10-day silent meditation. Dorsey made a thread on Twitter explaining the experience, and hundreds of people chimed in to remind Jack of the genocide happening in Myanmar that's been perpetuated by social media, how funny it is that he paid money to get bit by mosquitos, and his general rich white guy privilege. SEE ALSO: Laura Loomer's IRL Twitter protest has become ... a Twitter meme For my birthday this year, I did a 10-day silent vipassana meditation, this time in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar 🇲🇲. We went into silence on the night of my birthday, the 19th. Here’s what I know 👇🏼 — jack (@jack) December 9, 2018 Read more... More about Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Myanmar, Tech, and Big Tech Companies


10 gift ideas under $50 for the person who has everything
9 dec 11:00 - The holidays are generally a stressful time, thanks in no small part to the mind-numbing task of having to think of (and not to mention, afford) the perfect presents for our friends and family. If you're out of ideas, allow us to direct you to this roundup of products that are all under $50 and would make for fantastic gifts. You can even save an extra 15% off just by entering the coupon MERRY15 at checkout because we're feeling that spirited. 1. Level Alkaline Bottle For Victoria's Secret angels like Miranda Kerr, A-listers like Elton John and Jennifer Lopez, and even Queen Beyoncé herself, alkaline water is heaven-sent. It's essentially ionized H20 that is said to yield a ton of benefits, including making you more hydrated, boosting your immunity, and neutralizing your body's acidity. If you want to guzzle water like a star, the Level Alkaline Bottle has a built-in replaceable alkaline ionizer that infuses regular water with essential minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, and magnesium and boosts its pH to up to 9.5. On top of that, the bottle's premium matte exterior maintains the water's temperature for up to 30 hours. Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Gift Guide 2018, Tech, and Consumer Tech


SantaCon is back to make you regret moving to the city
9 dec 00:14 - It's the most wonderful time of the year.  That's right, cities around the globe are celebrating that most modern of holidays on Saturday: SantaCon. The annual gathering of revelers dressed as Santa Claus may have originated in San Francisco as a radical act of anti-consumerist mischief, but it has since morphed into a worldwide day of debauchery and excess that feels just about right for our sinking-ship hellscape of a reality.  Thankfully for us, it's a well-documented hellscape. So let's take a peek, shall we?  SEE ALSO: Thousands of Santas take over New York City to spread rowdy holiday cheer Read more...More about Santacon, Tech, and Live Events


Critics call NYPD's drone deployment 'a serious threat to privacy
8 dec 22:49 - Drones are coming to New York City, and that should worry you.  So argues the New York Civil Liberties Union, which in a Dec. 7 statement blasts the forthcoming NYPD deployment of the flying surveillance bots as "a serious threat to privacy." The 14 police drones, which the New York Times reports had been acquired by city police in June, are ostensibly to be used for tasks like keeping an eye on large crowds or hostage situations. However, critics see the deployment as the start of a very slippery, privacy-eroding slope.  After all, large crowds of people often gather together to lawfully protest something like, say, police brutality. Or, as the NYPD specifically notes as a drone-appropriate example (according to the NYCLU), the Women's March.  Read more...More about Drones, Surveillance, Nypd, Tech, and Drones


Leaked images show what Samsung Galaxy S10 might look like
8 dec 19:52 - Samsung's Galaxy 10 is coming and while we already know it's going to be feature-packed like no other Samsung phone before, we didn't have any idea what it looks like... until now. Two of most-respected phone leakers Evan Blass (@evleaks) and Ice Universe (@Universeice) have had a busy past few days posting images of what they claim are the Galaxy S10.  The Galaxy S10 won't be a foldable phone, but if the leaks are genuine, Samsung's new phones will definitely turn heads. SEE ALSO: Samsung's Galaxy S10 sounds like it's gonna be more of everything. That could be a problem. A Wall Street Journal report in late November claimed Samsung was preparing three Galaxy S10 phones with varying display sizes between 5.8 to 6.4 inches. Read more...More about Mobile, Android, Samsung, Leaks, and Galaxy S10


Apple's latest business move hints at a Netflix-like approach with Apple Music
8 dec 17:32 - The music streaming war between Apple Music and Spotify is heating up. As part of what appears to a be series of moves to grow Apple Music, Apple has acquired Platoon, a London-based company that discovers and develops artists by giving them the resources they need to create music and forge relationships with labels. SEE ALSO: Surprise! Apple Music is coming to the Amazon Echo Music Business Worldwide first reported the acquisition. It's not clear how much Apple paid for Platoon; the company makes many acquisitions during a year, but never discloses the amount exchanged. Buying Platoon gives us possible insight on where Apple sees Apple Music is headed: original content that might be release music either exclusively or for a period of exclusivity on the music streaming service. Read more...More about Music, Apple, Iphone, Acquisition, and Apple Music


50 years ago, Douglas Engelbart's ‘Mother of All Demos’ changed personal technology forever
8 dec 15:00 - Imagine someone demonstrating a jet plane 15 years before Kitty Hawk. Imagine someone demonstrating a smartphone 15 years before the first cellular networks were even launched. Imagine someone demonstrating a controlled nuclear chain reaction 15 years before Einstein formulated e=mc2. On a crisp, overcast, and breezy Monday afternoon in San Francisco on December 9, 1968, before an SRO audience of more than 2,000 slack-jawed computer engineers, a soft-spoken engineer named Douglas Engelbart held the first public demonstration of word processing, point-and-clicking, dragging-and-dropping, hypermedia and hyperlinking, cross-file editing, idea/outline processing, collaborative groupware, text messaging, onscreen real-time video teleconferencing, and a weird little device dubbed a "mouse" — the essentials of a graphical user interface (GUI) 15 years before the first personal computers went on sale. Read more...More about History, Personal Computer, Pc, Mouse, and Tech


Furbo Dog Camera review: The best way to keep an eye on your dog from work
8 dec 14:03 - Furbo Dog Camera $249.99 View Product The Good Easy to use • Made of durable plastic • Bamboo lid tightly secures treats • Launching treats is fun! The Bad Can't pan or move the camera • Expensive for a dog accessory The Bottom Line Although $249 is a lot to spend on a dog toy, we think it's fun and useful enough to justify. Everyone enjoys launching treats from this device. Mashable Score4.5 Cool Factor5.0 Learning Curve5.0 Performance4.0 Bang for the Buck4.0 We've all been there before: You're about to leave for work, and the family dog follows you to the door, watching through the window as you enter your car and leave. But what if you could keep a watchful eye on your dog the entire day — even from your office? Read more...More about Dogs, Reviews, Review, Furbo, and Dog Camera


10 super cool holiday gifts on sale this weekend
8 dec 14:00 - Hoping to land on someone's nice list this holiday season? We've got just the ticket, with deets on ten of the coolest gifts we're loving right now, all of which you can snag in the Mashable Shop. (Don't forget to enter our exclusive coupon code at checkout to save an extra 15% — more on that below!) 1. Jamstik+ Portable Smart Guitar Only 10% of people who take guitar lessons keep playing beyond their first year with the hobby — are you among them? With the Jamstik+, you can be. Featuring real-time feedback, interactive games, and a helpful companion smartphone app, it's never been easier (or more entertaining) to learn how to pick and pluck like a pro. Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Gift Guide 2018, Tech, and Consumer Tech


20 brilliant stocking stuffers, all on sale for less than $20
8 dec 13:00 - When Ariel sang about "gadgets and gizmos aplenty," she was referring to all the rad stocking stuffers that just went on sale in the Mashable Shop. (Trust us on this one.) For a limited time, you can save an extra 15% on the following gifts under $20 by entering the coupon code MERRY15 at checkout. Happy shopping! 1. Millennium Falcon Ice Molds Made out of silicone shaped like the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, these geeky ice molds are so cool, even Sheev Palpatine would love 'em. Normally $14.99, you can buy a two-pack for only $9.99. Image: RAWtronics Millennium Falcon Ice Molds — $9.99 See Details Read more... More about Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Mashable Deals, Stocking Stuffers, and Gift Guide 2018


Run your family life, all from one app? Cozi promises you can
8 dec 13:00 - Welcome to Small Humans, an ongoing series at Mashable that looks at how to take care of – and deal with – the kids in your life. Because Dr. Spock is nice and all, but it’s 2018 and we have the entire internet to contend with. Modern life in general can often be a logistical nightmare, but adding kids to the mix takes domestic air traffic control to a whole new level. The premise of an app built with precisely this use-case in mind may seem like a godsend for any Gcal-overloaded caregiver, but Cozi, which bills itself as an app that can "simplify" family life, also runs the risk of contributing to the problem it attempts to solve.  Read more...More about Family Parenting, Calendar Apps, Small Humans, Small Humans, and Tech


Grab one of Samsung's high-end QLED TVs for $800 off (and $300 cheaper than Amazon's price)
8 dec 11:00 - If you're out of the loop, Amazon and Best Buy are doing some 12 Days and 20 Days of deals tech events to give us something to salivate over now that Black Friday weekend is over. We'll admit that some of their TV deals are pretty good, but don't jump the gun — we're about to do you one better.  The 65-inch model of Samsung's fancy QLED series is only $2,199 at the PCMag Shop. For reference, that's $800 off the original price and $300 less than Amazon and Best Buy's sale prices on the same TV. You're welcome. Samsung's Q8F models are truly top of the line, just one notch beneath their most premium creation yet: The Q9F. But the thing is, unless you're weirdly intense about graphics, you're probably not going to notice the minute variations in dimming technology or the difference between Q HDR Elite and EliteMax. The place where you will notice a difference, however, is in your wallet.  Read more...More about Samsung, Smart Tvs, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Solo, and Qled


Save $50 on an Xbox One S 'Fortnite' bundle and get a free controller from Best Buy
8 dec 10:00 - It seems like battle royale style games took over the world almost overnight. One day the beta for a game called PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds opened up and next thing you know Call of Duty is getting in on the action. But the undisputed king right now is Fortnite. According to Epic Games, the game draws in more than 78 million people monthly — that's nine times as many people who live in New York City, and more than double the amount of people who live in all of Canada. With the holidays now in full swing, there are sure to be even more wanting in on the craze. For them, we have the ultimate deal: The Xbox One S Fortnite bundle is currently on sale for $249.99 at Best Buy, which is $50 off the original $299.99 price. With this deal you'll not only get the system and the game, but you'll even get a free black or white Xbox One controller as part of the bundle. Read more...More about Xbox One S, Mashable Shopping, Fornite, Shopping Bestbuy, and Tech


These sunglasses from Bose double as speakers
8 dec 00:09 - Bose designed a pair of sunglasses that have a built-in speaker systemStream music, connect to virtual assistants, and make calls, all while staying shady and looking cool.  Read more...More about Tech, Mashable Video, Speakers, Bose, and Bose Frames


Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg face off in Epic Rap Battles of History
7 dec 23:43 - Oooohhhhhh, the Epic Rap Battles of History video guys are back after a two-year hiatus, and they're coming for two of the most shade-able figures in the tech world: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. Epic Rap Battles is a video series that pits public figures against each other with fictional and non-fictional beefs. In 2016, their two rhyme spitters where none other than, you guessed it, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. This time around, the robotic Zuckerberg faces off against the pompous Musk. Each  brags about their achievements, and rags on the other for their personal and professional, erm, shortcomings. Read more...More about Facebook, Tesla, Epic Rap Battles Of History, Tech, and Mark Zuckerberg


Arrested Huawei CFO potentially faces decades in jail
7 dec 21:27 - Things are not looking up for Huawei's CFO.  Wanzhou Meng, arrested Dec. 1 in Vancouver and facing possible extradition to the U.S., had a bail hearing today in which it was made clear that she is looking at some serious jail time for allegedly misrepresenting to authorities the relationship between Huawei and SkyCom, which did business in Iran.  According to AP, the prosecutor said she portrayed the two companies as separate, while the U.S. claims Huawei and SkyCom are connected, and thus Huawei violated U.S. sanctions against Iran.  SEE ALSO: China demands release of Huawei executive arrested in Canada Read more...More about China, Huawei, Tech, and Big Tech Companies


Elon Musk tells '60 Minutes' he has 'no idea' how to smoke weed
7 dec 21:09 - Tesla CEO Elon Musk took a puff off a joint three months ago and people are still talking about it.  In a preview Friday for an upcoming 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl, Musk defends his brush with marijuana.  "I am somewhat impulsive and don't want to adhere to some CEO template," he says. When she grills him on the pot, he replies, "I do not smoke pot. As anyone who watched that podcast can tell I have no idea how to smoke pot, or anything." SEE ALSO: OK, everybody: Stop pot-shaming Elon Musk It's pretty evident from footage of Joe Rogan's podcast that Musk didn't inhale and didn't really know what he was doing, but it hasn't stopped everyone from Fox News to NASA from making the smoking incident into a huge deal. Read more...More about Elon Musk, Weed, 60 Minutes, Tech, and Elon Musk


Best 4K TV deals: Save on Samsung, LG, VIZIO, Sony, and more this weekend
7 dec 20:22 - Now that it's the weekend, we've gathered the best deals on 4K smart TVs from Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. If you want to spend your weekend watching movies and TV shows, check out these amazing deals first, so you can watch TV in brilliant 4K. We've found deals on great 4K TVs from top manufacturers like Sony, LG Electronics, VIZIO, Samsung, and more. Here are just some of our favorites for this weekend: Save $200 on JVC 49-inch Class 4K Ultra HD (2160P) HDR Smart LED TV with Built-in Chromecast (LT-49MA875) at Walmart Save $352 on Samsung UN49NU8000FXZA Flat 49-inch 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV (2018) on Amazon Save $601 on LG Electronics OLED55B8PUA 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2018 Model) on Amazon Save $503 on LG Electronics 55SK8000PUA 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model) on Amazon Save $602 on Samsung QN65Q6F Flat 65-inch QLED 4K UHD 6 Series Smart TV 2018 on Amazon Save $800 on Samsung QN65Q8FNB 65-inch QLED Smart 4K UHD TV (2018 Model) from PCMag Shop Save $603 on LG 65-inch Class 4K (2160) HDR Smart Super UHD TV w/AI ThinQ - 65SK9000PUA at Walmart Read more... More about Home, Samsung, Sony, Lg, and Smart Home


5 ways to clean your computer keyboard — Clarification Please
7 dec 20:00 - The only thing grosser than a dirty keyboard is having to clean a dirty keyboard. The silver lining: You can do it using items you'll find around your house or office and a few cheap cleaning supplies. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Keyboard, Slime, Clarification Please, and Keyboard Cleaning


This neural-net powered AI is way better at chess than anyone
7 dec 19:34 - Checkmate. Competitive and casual chess players alike now have a new foe. In addition to computers, there's a new AI platform called AlphaZero that can totally beat us all. SEE ALSO: An AI wrote the script for this movie, and let's just say there's eyeball vomiting in it AlphaZero is from DeepMind Technologies, a subsidiary under Alphabet, which is Google's parent company. It can tackle not only chess, but also shogi and Go — two equally difficult, if not even more challenging, games.  AlphaZero comes after many years of research, succeeding AlphaGo Zero from last year, the world's best Go player. But this time around there wasn't any human help. AlphaZero taught itself how to play from scratch.  Read more...More about Google, Ai, Chess, Deepmind, and Alphazero


Google to personalize audio-based news over assistant software
7 dec 19:04 - Listening to the news over a Google Home smart speaker is going to get more useful. On Thursday, Google announced a new effort to personalize the audio news feed available through the company's digital assistant software. The goal behind the project is to create a radio station that caters to your interests, Google product manager Liz Gannes said in a blog post. It'll also be smart enough to avoid repeating the same new stories you've already heard during the day. The company's AI-powered algorithms on Google News can already personalize text-based articles for you by looking at what topics you like to read and your search history. Now the tech giant is bringing some of the same technologies to the audio realm. Read more...More about Google, Google News, Google Assistant, Tech, and Consumer Tech











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