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This high-tech air purifier will help you sleep better

This high-tech air purifier will help you sleep betterClair-S claims to help you get the rest you need. It’s an all-in-one device that sits neatly on your nightstand to make bedtime healthier and more convenient. Its air purifier boasts better performance than a HEPA filter to keep you breathing easy as you rest. It’s also a sound machine to promote tranquility and deeper sleep. You can use it as a Bluetooth speaker and an alarm clock, and even wake up to customized messages via the included app. The Clair team is seeking funding through an Indiegogo campaign, where you can reserve your Clair-S for as little as $119. ...


Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:49:54 -0500

How Google is fighting the war on internet trolls

How Google is fighting the war on internet trollsIt seems like for every feel-good story or picture of a puppy playing with a kitten, there are 1,000 trolls rummaging through the depths of their minds to post the most vile comments they can imagine. A kind of high-powered startup inside Google’s parent company Alphabet, Jigsaw focuses on how technology can defend international human rights. Available Thursday, Feb. 23, Perspective is the result of Jigsaw’s Conversation AI project and uses Google’s machine learning technologies to provide online publishers with a tool that can automatically rank comments in their forums and comments sections based on the likelihood that they will cause someone to leave a conversation.


Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:30:48 -0500

Why 'experience' can hurt tech workers in Silicon Valley

Why 'experience' can hurt tech workers in Silicon ValleySilicon Valley is an industry whose foundation was built, byte by byte, with youthful innovation.


Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:02:50 -0500

Broadband companies can’t build out their networks, and it's hurting consumers

Broadband companies can’t build out their networks, and it's hurting consumersGoogle might have huge name recognition, but even it has trouble installing fiber optic internet lines. You can’t get Republicans and Democrats to agree about much these days, especially when it comes to telecom policy. The last three heads of the Federal Communications Commission — Obama’s picks, Julius Genachowski and Tom Wheeler, and President Trump’s chair Ajit Pai — all said as much.


Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:02:05 -0500

Pogue’s Basics: Use YouTube's built-in stabilizer

Pogue’s Basics: Use YouTube's built-in stabilizerA few weeks back, I reviewed handheld stabilizers for your phone or your GoPro. They make a huge difference in the quality of your videos—because let’s face it: Jerky looks amateur.


Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:08:18 -0500

Sony’s new toy teaches coding and robot construction to kids

Sony’s new toy teaches coding and robot construction to kidsThis Lego-like toy uses sensors and actuators that bring kids’ creations to life.


Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:38:06 -0500

The coolest tech toys from Toy Fair 2017

The coolest tech toys from Toy Fair 2017The toys on display at the 2017 New York Toy Fair, though, are way cooler than anything we had as kids. Held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, New York Toy Fair showcases the year’s biggest toy trends. Mattel (MAT) easily had one of the largest booths at Toy Fair 2017.


Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:09:20 -0500

'Horizon: Zero Dawn' Review: Combat and storytelling shine in spectacular sci-fi epic

'Horizon: Zero Dawn' Review: Combat and storytelling shine in spectacular sci-fi epic‘Horizon: Zero Dawn’ is a gorgeous game with a familiar gameplay style and addictive story. Indeed, Sony and developer Guerilla Games couldn’t have fared much better in the run-up to the release of the Sony (SNE) PS4 exclusive, “Horizon: Zero Dawn.” A darling at trade shows like E3 and Gamescom, ”Horizon’s” dirt-meets-metal, futuristic take on prehistory managed to capture the imagination of even stodgy gamers. This is an open-world epic that borrows from the past in the best ways possible: a smidgen of “Shadow of Mordor,” a dash of “Far Cry,” a teaspoon of “Assassin’s Creed,” a shot of “Tomb Raider,” maybe a whiff of “The Witcher,” all jammed together and wrapped in a setting literally centuries ahead of the rote sci-fi hooey most games foist off as a plot.


Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:14:41 -0500

Everything we know about the next iPhone so far

Everything we know about the next iPhone so farApple’s (AAPL) next iPhone is going to be a huge product for the tech company. In other words, Apple is going to have to overdeliver on its next-generation iPhone. The phone needs to bring new features, an updated look and, above all, offer even iPhone 7 owners a reason to upgrade to the new phone.


Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:34:31 -0500

Wireless carriers are fighting for your cash, and that’s good news

Wireless carriers are fighting for your cash, and that’s good newsOver the past week, the four big US wireless carriers have made two things clear: They’re easily spooked, and competition works. From Feb. 12 through Feb. 17, a cascading series of rate cuts and service-plan liberalizations have seen the price of unlimited data plans tumble from a high of infinity to, at worst, $100. The pricing battle started when Verizon (VZ) made a surprise announcement on Feb. 12 saying the company would start selling unlimited data plans for $80 for a single line without the kind of video streaming and hotspot limits T-Mobile (TMUS) imposed on its $70 unlimited plan.


Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:32:36 -0500

The $450 Analogue Nt mini brings new life to old-school NES games

The $450 Analogue Nt mini brings new life to old-school NES gamesThe Analogue Nt mini lets you play your old Nintendo games, but for a steep price. Nintendo (NTDOY, NTDOF) might be looking to the future with its upcoming Switch console, but its fans can’t get enough of the company’s past. Case in point: the NES Classic Edition, a $60 plug-and-play unit that quickly became the holiday’s must-have gaming toy.


Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:32:51 -0500

The world's smallest USB-C laptop charger—I'm in love

The world's smallest USB-C laptop charger—I'm in loveThis might sound a little odd, but my favorite gadget of this young year is a laptop power adapter.


Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:56:03 -0500

Pogue’s Basics: Bring back Photoshop’s New Document box

Pogue’s Basics: Bring back Photoshop’s New Document boxThis one’s for you, Photoshop fans.


Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:04:23 -0500

A device that helps blind people see

A device that helps blind people seeThese high-tech eSight 3 glasses are helping legally blind people see. The visor-like headset uses high-speed, high-definition cameras to capture what the user is looking at.The device uses algorithms to enhance the video feed, and displays the video through eSight 3’s OLED screens in front of the users’ eyes.


Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:36:29 -0500

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 review: The best laptop around learns a new trick

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 review: The best laptop around learns a new trickDell’s XPS 13 is one of the best laptops on the market. This year, though, Dell is changing things up a bit with an all-new model: The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. Yes, Dell has turned the XPS 13 into a hybrid laptop-tablet thanks to a new 360-degree-hinged display.


Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:21:28 -0500

This passenger-carrying drone will soon hit skies

This passenger-carrying drone will soon hit skiesMeet the EHang 184 AAV. It’s the first one-person battery-powered drone to ever hit the skies. It was first unveiled at CES 2016 and has been making test flights in Nevada. The autonomous vehicle can carry one passenger at 60 miles per hour. The pilotless drone has eight rotors mounted in pairs on four folding arms for liftoff. EHang, the company that makes it, says it will be ready for consumers to purchase in Dubai in July. Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/a-passenger-carrying-drone-is-set-to-make-regular-flights-in-dubai/ More:


Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:16:59 -0500

No dating app has more engagement than Grindr

No dating app has more engagement than GrindrGrindr users spend an average of 165 minutes inside the app each week. Smartphone app stores are chock-full of dating apps, all vying for screen time. According to a new study from New York City-based research firm 7Park Data, Grindr users spend an average of 165 minutes, or 2.75 hours, a week inside the app, far surpassing dating apps Badoo and Tinder, with users on average spending 68 minutes and 55 minutes a week using those apps, respectively.


Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:08:50 -0500

How Verizon's new 'unlimited' plan compares to the competition

How Verizon's new 'unlimited' plan compares to the competitionVerizon has brought back its unlimited data plan. Some five and a half years after killing its unlimited-data plan, Verizon (VZ) is resurrecting the offering, putting the carrier back on an even footing with competitors like AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. The move, announced Sunday, completes a remarkable turnaround for the industry. Back in mid-2012, only Sprint (S) offered a plan with unlimited full-speed data, which, given its horrible network then, wasn’t too appealing anyway.


Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:39:56 -0500

The first certified commercial flying car hits the market

The first certified commercial flying car hits the marketPAL-V is already taking preorders for the first-ever flying car. It’s called the Liberty, and it looks like a three-wheeled car when it’s on the road and a helicopter when it’s in the air. The Dutch company says it’s initially constructing only 90 models, so don’t expect to see many of these right away. Pricing starts at $400,000 for the base model, which can rise to as high as $600,000 with all the extra features. If that’s out of your budget, don’t worry; you can always put down a $2,500 refundable escrow deposit and save up until its launch at the end of 2018.


Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:35:40 -0500

These 6 systems will get rid of Wi-Fi dead spots in your house

These 6 systems will get rid of Wi-Fi dead spots in your houseInstead of one Wi-Fi transmitter too weak to fill your entire home with signal, a mesh system uses a set of them, spaced evenly through your house. The result is a single “mesh network,” a roaming network, that blankets the entire house in good, strong signal. The revolution began a year ago with the introduction of the Eero.


Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:48:11 -0500

FTC's case against Vizio illuminates terrible tech industry habit

FTC's case against Vizio illuminates terrible tech industry habitVizio paid a $2.2 million settlement. The electronics giant paid up to settle allegations that it installed software on its smart TVs to track what people watched without getting their consent and with only vague disclosure. In doing that, the commission has provided an excellent lesson in how one of the tech industry’s worst habits — what’s called a “dark pattern” interface — can go wrong.


Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:27:47 -0500

Here's how you can make money off of Trump's tweets- or go broke

Here's how you can make money off of Trump's tweets- or go brokeThis new app will let you invest automatically every time the president mentions a publicly traded company.


Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:46:59 -0500

Rock Band goes VR with Oculus Rift

Rock Band goes VR with Oculus RiftDreaming of rocking out on stage but not ready for the crowds just yet?


Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:11:14 -0500

Samsung's Chromebook Pro is the best Chromebook yet

Samsung's Chromebook Pro is the best Chromebook yetGoogle’s (GOOG, GOOGL) Chromebooks are, by and large, excellent, low-cost alternatives to more expensive Windows PCs and Apple’s MacBooks. They get you online and let you stream movies and music. You can even play a few games on your Chromebook.


Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:11:44 -0500

Pogue’s Basics: Call for help via Amazon Echo

Pogue’s Basics: Call for help via Amazon EchoOf all the thousands of commands the Amazon Echo (or Google Home) understands, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” isn’t one of them. Neither is “Emergency! Send help!”


Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:38:41 -0500

The first smartwatch for gamers

The first smartwatch for gamersThis new smartwatch was developed just for gamers. It’s called Gameband, and it comes with the productivity apps that are standard on most smartwatches, but will also include classic games like “Asteroids,” “Pong” and “Centipede.” You can play the games right on the face of the watch, or connect the Gameband to any computer via USB-C to play the games full screen. The device even has an upgradable Microsd slot for added storage. It also features a beautiful AMOLED display, a top-notch processor and both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. ...


Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:46:08 -0500

5 tax scams to avoid

5 tax scams to avoidYes, in case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard earned cash and personal information from right under your nose. According to a report by Sophos’ Naked Security Blog, Snap, Inc. fell for this exact scam back in 2016.


Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:44:28 -0500

Pogue’s Basics: How to end a call on your iPhone

Pogue’s Basics: How to end a call on your iPhoneThis is going to sound insane. But since Apple released iOS 10, a lot of people have asked how to hang up at the end of a call. It’s true: The bright red Hang Up button no longer appears on the call screen! For a mysterious reason known only to Apple, once you press your Home button for any reason during a call—to wake the phone because it’s gone to sleep, for example, or to open a different app for reference—the red Hang Up button goes away, as shown in the video above. So here’s the solution: To hang up, press the Sleep button (the off switch on the side or top of the iPhone). ...


Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:24:34 -0500

Symantec CEO: ‘It’s a new theater of war’ for cybercriminals

Symantec CEO: ‘It’s a new theater of war’ for cybercriminalsIf you didn’t think the internet was a wretched hive of scum and villainy before, Symantec (SYMC) CEO Greg Clark might just change your mind. Clark, who sat down for an interview with David Pogue at Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit, explained how criminals on the internet are not only incredibly active, but are almost always changing where they live online and how they attack. It’s serious business,” Clark said.


Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:41:22 -0500

News aggregator Flipboard has a plan to tackle 'fake news'

News aggregator Flipboard has a plan to tackle 'fake news'Flipboard on Wednesday announced a major update to its news-aggregating app that targets fake news and emphasizes different views from across the political spectrum — ongoing hot-button topics following last year’s US presidential election. The app update, available for iOS, Android and the web, sports a new, minimalistic layout throughout that now focuses on content that’s heavily personalized for each user by way of what the startup calls “Smart Magazines.” Each Smart Magazine is essentially a digital collection of up-to-date stories pulled from different news sources in a larger theme of your choosing, like sports, politics or celebrity news. It’s also possible to fine tune Smart Magazines’ content to pick and choose from thousands of topics, like say, a technology-themed Smart Magazine that focused on venture capital-backed startups.


Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:43:20 -0500

Building blocks that will turn Legos into smart toys

Building blocks that will turn Legos into smart toysCircuit Cubes are promising to bring your kid’s toys to life. They are electronic building blocks that can add sound, motion, light and sensors to any creation.


Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:32:54 -0500

Open-internet rules look dead. Now what?

Open-internet rules look dead. Now what?President Trump’s new head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, hasn’t been in office long, but he’s has been quick to make his policy priorities clear. The rules currently remain in force, and still bar internet providers from stopping or slowing down legal websites and apps — or straight up charging them for faster delivery of their data. One of Pai’s first moves as chairman was to propose a five-year extension of an expired waiver that had let smaller internet providers out of reporting requirements mandating disclosure of “network management practices, performance and commercial terms,” otherwise known as fees and surcharges you may owe them.


Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:16:13 -0500

Meet the new, business-friendly FCC

Meet the new, business-friendly FCCRemember net neutrality? Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast (CMCSA) and AT&T (T) should not be able to charge more to pass along some kinds of data than others. For example, Comcast owns NBC, and AT&T owns DirecTV.


Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:54:49 -0500

Ditch your backpack for this rolling assistant

Ditch your backpack for this rolling assistantEver wish you had an assistant to help you carry your things? Meet Gita, a stylish and compact robot, designed for exactly that. At just over two feet tall, the robot can carry up to 40 pounds, and can follow you as you walk, run, bicycle or skateboard through busy city streets. Simply pack the Gita’s compartment with your belongings, push a button, and you’re ready to go. The Gita tracks you via a special camera-equipped belt that connects to the unit through Wi-Fi. The robot can even deliver items to waypoints on routes it’s already traveled. ...


Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:54:41 -0500

Pogue’s Basics: Have your iPhone announce your calls

Pogue’s Basics: Have your iPhone announce your callsI’ve got a friend whose home cordless phone (yes, she still has one of those) announces, out loud, who’s calling. It’s kind of cool, because if you’re making dinner or watching TV or something, you know whether it’s worth answering. “Call from Vantage Insurance,” it’ll say — a telemarketer — and she ignores it. “Call from David Pogue,” and, of course, she leaps to answer.


Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:21:08 -0500

Turn any old pair of glasses into smart glasses

Turn any old pair of glasses into smart glassesMove over Google Glass and Snap Spectacles. This new accessory will clip right on to any pair of glasses and makes them smart. It’s called Kai and is controlled through the user’s voice, somewhat like Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri. You can make a phone call, text or even call an Uber, straight from your glasses. Houndify, the technology behind Kai, helps wearers stay up on news, weather and other notifications. Kai is still in the middle of its Kickstarter campaign, but if you’re looking to get in on an early-bird price, it will cost you $130. Source: http://www.digitaltrends. ...


Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:53:23 -0500

Meet the 28-year-old tech whiz who's making $4 billion from Snapchat

Meet the 28-year-old tech whiz who's making $4 billion from SnapchatWhen it comes to Snapchat’s parent company Snap, which filed for a $3 billion IPO last week, you’re likely more familiar with the company’s CEO Evan Spiegel than its co-founder, Bobby Murphy. Born and raised in Berkeley, Calif., the 28-year-old Filipino American co-founder met Spiegel at Stanford University while studying for a degree in mathematics and computational science. Now, with Snap gearing up to go public in March, Murphy is poised to have a whopping $4 billion net worth, according to Forbes.


Sun, 05 Feb 2017 20:06:25 -0500

Pogue’s Basics: The secret trackpad on the iPhone 6s and 7

Pogue’s Basics: The secret trackpad on the iPhone 6s and 7The big bummer about a smartphone, of course, is that it doesn’t have any pointing device except your big fat finger. Whenever text is on the screen and the keyboard is open, press firmly anywhere on the keyboard. You can now move the insertion-point cursor through the text just by dragging your finger across the keys.


Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:20:47 -0500

This flying robot is called Bat Bot

This flying robot is called Bat BotIt appears to be a bat, but if you look closely, it’s really a robot. Bat Bot was created to be a flying drone that mimics the unique way bats fly and move. The drone, only 3 ounces in prototype form was designed to help in disaster areas and construction sites. The batlike robot can flap its wings for better aerial maneuvers, and it glides to save energy and dives when needed. Researchers hope to have it perch upside down like a real bat. Don’t expect to see Bat Bot in the skies anytime soon — it’s still being developed, and its designers hope to add cameras and improve ...


Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:32:10 -0500

Uber CEO quits Trump advisory board amid criticism

Uber CEO quits Trump advisory board amid criticismUber CEO Travis Kalanick has quit President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council, Yahoo Finance has learned. Uber’s chief executive disclosed the decision in a memo to employees on Thursday, obtained by Yahoo Finance. Kalanick said he withdrew from Trump’s advisory board in a brief conversation with Trump on early Thursday.


Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:50:25 -0500

GoPro shares plummet after ugly earnings report

GoPro shares plummet after ugly earnings reportGoPro reported that its full-year revenue fell 22% to $1.2 billion in 2016 from $1.6 billion in 2015. GoPro closed out the previous quarter with a rash of bad news. After the company’s poor Q3, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman announced that he was shuttering the action sports camera maker’s entertainment division, which cost the company 15% of its work force, or 200 full-time jobs.


Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:33:30 -0500

I paid $3,000 for my MacBook Pro and got emotional whiplash

I paid $3,000 for my MacBook Pro and got emotional whiplashYes, I know, I’ve already reviewed Apple’s new laptop line, the MacBook Pro. When I had a review unit supplied by Apple (AAPL). Before I spent $3,000 on my own, suped-up, top-of-the-line 13-inch MacBook Pro.


Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:49:18 -0500

A smartwatch that wears your emotions on your sleeve

A smartwatch that wears your emotions on your sleeveIf you’ve ever wondered how others are feeling, well, now there’s an app for that.


Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:30:16 -0500

Pogue’s Basics: Report text ads and spam

Pogue’s Basics: Report text ads and spamOne of the blessings of the cellphone era: There’s no spam, as there is with email, and no telemarketer calls, as there is with landlines.


Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:39:34 -0500

Apple CEO uses sofa analogy to explain Qualcomm lawsuit

Apple CEO uses sofa analogy to explain Qualcomm lawsuitApple CEO Tim Cook broke down his company’s $1 billion lawsuit with Qualcomm using a sofa analogy. “I don’t like litigation and view it as a last resort,” Cook said during Apple’s Q1 2017 earnings call. Apple’s suit revolves around a dispute over how much Qualcomm charges the iPhone maker for the use of its modem chips, which allow the phones to get cellular data.


Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:26:05 -0500

If you’ve ever wondered what your dog is thinking … this smart collar will help

If you’ve ever wondered what your dog is thinking … this smart collar will helpThis is the first device to help you understand your dog’s behavior. Jagger & Lewis recently launched its Kickstarter campaign, and it’s quickly growing. The device tracks Fido’s movement, drinking, eating, and sleeping throughout the day and can even tell you if your furry friend is stressed out. After you start a profile for your pet on the company’s app, you will get updates on your dog all day long and be able to see if there are any changes in your dog’s activity. The product is expected to ship in May.


Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:31:25 -0500

D.C. outsiders get first White House briefing ‘Skype seats’

D.C. outsiders get first White House briefing ‘Skype seats’White House press secretary Sean Spicer takes questions during the daily press briefing at the White House. White House press secretary Sean Spicer has shaken things up in his daily briefing by sometimes calling on popular but nontraditional outlets before turning to major legacy news media. On Wednesday, Spicer will unveil another innovation by taking questions from four people in rotating virtual “Skype seats” designed to bring in voices from far outside Washington.


Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:54:45 -0500

Malware study shows people still falling for old tricks, but there’s hope

Malware study shows people still falling for old tricks, but there’s hopeToo many of us still fall for the old “click this attachment” email trick, and get our computers infected with malware or viruses. The result: our data is increasingly being taken hostage by ransomware creators. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Malwarebytes’ new “State of Malware Report 2017” brings that and more bad news about security to light.


Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:02:21 -0500

Comcast now lets you watch cable on your Roku

Comcast now lets you watch cable on your RokuComcast is letting you ditch your cable box for a Roku.You can finally dump your cable box thanks to a surprising source: your cable company. The assist comes from Comcast (CMCSA), which on Tuesday launched an app for Roku streaming-media players and Roku-enabled TVs that duplicates just about all of the functions normally found on the company’s cable boxes ranging from on-demand video to its cloud DVR service. The news is both overdue — the underlying streaming-to-apps technology has been in tests by cable operators since at least 2012 — and timely, since Tuesday also formally ends the Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to require subscription-TV providers to ship apps that would allow fee-free viewing of their channel bundles.


Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:55:18 -0500

Inside the birth of a $1 million Kickstarter campaign

Inside the birth of a $1 million Kickstarter campaignKickstarter.com, as you may know, lets inventors present their ideas to the public, in hopes of raising enough money to move forward with production. The genius of it is that the creators make their pitches directly to consumers; the middlemen and the gatekeepers of the manufacturing industry are cut out completely.


Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:34:20 -0500