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Mark Zuckerberg responds to Trump’s claim that ‘Facebook has always been against him’

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 18:13
 What a country some of us live in. Earlier this morning, President Donald Trump said Facebook  “was always anti-Trump.” Now, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has responded, posting on Facebook that the point of Facebook is to “give all people a voice and create a platform for all ideas.” Read More

Amazon launched a million things today but all I want is a new Kindle

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 18:07
 Amazon launched so much new stuff today that I can’t even remember what they all are (there might’ve been a fish in there, even), but there was a glaring omission in the slate of reveals: The Kindle. Amazon’s e-reader has a long and successful track record, with each successive model and iteration bringing some nice changes to the table, but the last big change came out in June. Read More

Amazon upgrades Fire TV’s ‘hands-free’ TV experience, powered by Alexa

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:54
 Along with Amazon’s numerous Echo-related announcements today regarding new devices, the company also said it would soon be extending and improving its hands-free TV viewing experience to a range of video partners, including big names in streaming services like Hulu, PlayStation Vue, CBS All Access, Showtime and others. Prior to now, Amazon had been working on making Alexa a… Read More

San Francisco sues Equifax on behalf of 15 million Californians affected by the breach

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:38
 Equifax is not only in deep for a class-action lawsuit over a breach exposing 143 million U.S. citizen’s Social Security numbers and a subpoena in New York, it’s now being sued by the city of San Francisco. S.F. City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed the lawsuit against the credit reporting agency in San Francisco Superior Court. Read More

Here’s why Amazon made those weird Echo Buttons

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:38
 In a day full of Echo announcements, the Echo Button was a clear standout. Not because it was a better or more useful product than the rest, but because it’s just damn weird. Where most of what the company announced today was some iteration on an existing product line (be it the Echo or Fire TV), the Button is a strange, left field offering with a limited case use. More than any… Read More

Apple’s HomePod is set to have some weird competition

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:27
 Today, Amazon threw a lot of darts at the smart speaker board with new product offerings that are seeking to explore what smart speakers can even do. A report also emerged today from 9to5Google that Google is seeking to build a high-end “max” version of its Home speaker, news that comes just a week before the company is likely to show off a cheaper “mini” version of… Read More

The brilliance of Amazon’s Echo sh*tshow

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:18
 Whether you call it fragmentation or flexibility, there are now seven Amazon Echo devices from which to choose. Today Amazon launched a slew of new smart home devices, so there’s one for every conceivable use case. That leaves competitor Google Home looking like a one-size-fits-none solution. Read More

Tesla, a great family brand

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:00
 Tesla talks a lot about safety, and rightfully so. They have beaten even the safest cars at their own game and thus have created a family brand in the process. In the spirit of safety and family, one of the major success stories that Tesla hasn’t brought to the forefront is that it could very well be the greatest family car since the modern-day station wagon. Read More

Amazon just launched 6 new gadgets and none was over $150

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 16:59
 In the year of the $1000 iPhone Amazon just announced a scattering of new gadgets and none cost more than $150. Essentially, Amazon said “screws the margins” and are selling everything as cheap as possible. This race to the bottom is Amazon’s standard operating procedure. The company did it with Kindles e-readers and again with Kindle Fire tablets. The company releases a proof… Read More

How to enable 280 characters on Twitter right now

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 16:52
 Yesterday, Twitter announced it would for the first time expand the character count on its service from 140 characters to 280 – double the usual length. However, the functionality is still being tested with a small, randomized group of Twitter users at this time. That’s led some intrepid Twitter users and developers to figure out workarounds in order to tweet with 280 characters now. Read More

Amazon’s brightest new innovation might just be the smart home bundle

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 16:49
 Amazon went above and beyond today in terms of launching stuff – it debuted not one, not two, but six brand new devices at an event held at its HQ. One of the most interesting things it did today was not any particular piece of hardware it designed or built – but the way it’s selling the Echo Plus, the version of its Echo smart speaker with an integrated smart home hub. The… Read More

Comparing all 8 Amazon Echos

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 16:40
 Which Amazon Echo is right for you? The new Echo 2, Plus, Spot, Connect and Buttons, or the existing Dot, Show or Look? This handy chart lets you compare the functionality and pricing of Amazon’s entire Echo line that got several new additions today at a big launch event. Though Amazon has traded simplicity for flexibility, the Amazon Echo sh*tshow makes Google Home look like… Read More

Google Play seems to be following Apple to $20 4k movies

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 16:32
 As part of its iPhone unveil earlier this month, Apple also announced a new 4K Apple TV and topped it all off with $20 price tags for 4K HDR titles. In fact, Apple promised to automatically upgrade previously purchased films to 4K for no extra charge. Now, it’s looking like Google may be following Apple’s lead, with some new UHD films on Play Movies priced at $19.99. Android Police… Read More

Here’s everything Amazon announced today

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 16:03
 Amazon held an event in Seattle today, and the announcements were non-stop. From a new high-end Echo to talking fish, they had all sorts of stuff to show. Don’t have time to catch up on all of it? That’s okay. We’ve put it all in one quick, easy-to-digest place. For you. Because we care. Read More

Amazon doubles down on its own Echo hardware, even as it increasingly relies on third parties

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 15:21
 The biggest surprise of today’s secret Amazon event in Seattle was the sheer breadth of Echo-related announcements. Over the past several months, it’s seemed as if Amazon the company was moving more and more toward offloading hardware development to third-parties building Alexa into everything from thermostats to lamps. But the company’s first-party hardware continues to be… Read More

N.Y. regulators issued Equifax with a subpoena, per report

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:54
 Equifax was issued a subpoena from New York state’s financial service regulators in regards to the massive data breach the company announced last month, Reuters reported today. The regulators want Equifax to provide more information, which is about right since it seems like Equifax has changed the story several times since the first announcement. Specifically, Reuters states the subpoena… Read More

MIT’s new robot can put on different exoskeletons to gain new powers

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:49
 MIT’s Computers Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has created a new robot that’s designed to be as adaptable as possible, with the ability to use different “outfits” that each provide different “powers” to the robot. These could include optimizing its ability to walk, for instance, as well as navigating water and even taking to the skies.… Read More