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How GameStop could bounce back after its epic sales miss

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 09:53

GameStop’s saving grace this year may be Nintendo’s recently released Switch console. GameStop’s (GME) shares plummeted more than 13% on Friday after it reported weak sales the day before, but Nintendo’s new Switch console may help the video game retailer turn things around.

Digital rights report hits Apple for its secrecy

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 17:13

A new report scoring tech companies’s support for digital rights comes to some surprising conclusions. It ranks Google (GOOG, GOOGL) above Apple (AAPL), puts AT&T (T) atop telecommunications firms and even says some modestly nice things about firms in China and Russia.

T-Mobile is making it harder for scammers to call you

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:28

T-Mobile wants to stop phone scammers in their tracks with its newest network upgrade. T-Mobile (TMUS) wants to make it a little bit harder for scammers to call your cellphone. According to T-Mobile’s vice president of engineering, Grant Castle, the feature will hit the carrier’s network and work across all phones regardless of its operating system or the plan you have.

Watch the moment an Amazon drone delivers sunscreen for the first time

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:12

Amazon has taken another small autonomous step toward drone delivery.  The company completed its first public United States delivery using one of its Prime Air delivery drones at a robotics conference in California on Monday, within the airspace of the Palm Springs Airport. SEE ALSO: Forget taxis; Dubai wants to fly you around in passenger drones The drone lands in a field, drops off a four-plus pound box of sunscreen bottles, and buzzes back up into the sky. Amazon's first drone delivery took place late last year in the United Kingdom, where regulations are a bit more drone-friendly. The drone delivered an Amazon Fire TV and a bag of popcorn.  But Amazon did conduct its U.S. delivery with the FAA's help, which demonstrates coordination and communication on at least some level.  Several legislatures in the U.S. are slowly coming around to robotics. Earlier this month, Virginia passed legislation that allows robots to roam around on sidewalks delivering packages.  Though Amazon doesn't seem to have a plan for ground-based drone delivery, they voiced support for Virginia's move. For them, the greater acceptance of autonomous delivery, the better.  WATCH: Use Jedi mind tricks to command this drone

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: The best Android tablet you can buy will cost you

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:53

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is a direct shot at Apple’s iPad Pro. Apple’s (AAPL) original iPad was the standard-bearer for tablets. Straight-up tablets are falling out of style, as consumers increasingly turn toward productivity laptop-tablet hybrid devices like, well… the $599 iPad Pro.

You can now convert your ordinary bike into an electric one

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:24

Don’t have the cash to replace your regular bike with a fancy electric model? Well, you don’t have to. You can now replace your front wheel with an electric one. It’s called UrbanX and has already well surpassed its $50,000 Kickstarter goal, reaching more than $191,000. The wheel will give you a 30-mile range with a 20 mph top speed. It’s also much lighter than the average e-bike, which usually weighs 65 to 90 pounds. UrbanX adds only 15 pounds to your bike, which includes motor, battery, spokes, rim, and tire. ...

Nintendo explains Switch Joy-Con connection issues in official statement

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:46

Nintendo has issued an official statement regarding the cause of the left Joy-Con connectivity issues plaguing the Switch, vowing that there's no inherent design issue, but a "manufacturing variation."

Amazon is continuing to define what consumers expect

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:32

More recent Amazon initiatives such as Prime Now and Flex Delivery aim to deliver orders to your doorstep in two hours or less. When Amazon (AMZN) began offering free two-day shipping to Prime members, that fast shipping time became the new expectation for many customers who were previously accustomed to waiting much longer for their packages. Now, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is setting the bar even higher  with initiatives such as Prime Now and Amazon Flex, which ship goods to you in two hours and in some cases promise one-hour delivery.

Twitter says it shuttered 377,000 accounts that promote terrorism in six months

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 04:25

In its latest transparency report, Twitter said it shuttered a total of 376,890 accounts "for violations related to promotion of terrorism," bringing the 17-month total up to the end of 2016 to 636,248.

India says no to most of Apple's demands

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 02:50

Apple is not getting any special treatment from the Indian government.  Despite the company’s imminent plans to begin manufacturing iPhones in the country, the Indian government remains committed to not folding to the Cupertino giant’s demands.  SEE ALSO: Apple had its best year ever in world's fastest growing smartphone market When asked if the government has accepted the iPhone maker’s demands, commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Rajya Sabha (Council of States) that the ministry has said "no" to "most" of them. Apple has put up an "unprecedented" list of demands before the government. "Apple India has sought concessions, including duty exemptions on manufacturing and repair units, components, capital equipment including parts and consumables for smartphone manufacturing and service/repair for a period of 15 years," Sitharaman added. Apple sees big potential in India. The company’s CEO paid his maiden visit to the nation last year and expressed desires to bolster the company’s business in the country. Even though India remains one of the few places that has shown strong iPhone sales, there is no easy way for Apple to continue the momentum. For one, more than 50 percent of iPhones sold in the nation last year were iPhone 5s models. The four-year-old iPhone sells for under $300 in the country. Analysts say the company needs to lower the prices of the iPhone, which are higher in India due to domestic import laws. Apple's solution of sorts was to try to convince the Indian government to permit sales of refurbished iPhones — a proposal India was quick to discard.  Now Apple’s biggest bet at making iPhones affordable (and possibly to get India to say yes to refurbished iPhones) is if it could start manufacturing locally.  The Indian government offers various benefits to overseas companies to setup manufacturing plants in India as such efforts help in creation of new jobs and foster the development of cities and states.  Mashable was first to report about Apple’s plans to manufacture iPhone SE in India starting as early as April. It appears Apple will have to make do with the same usual incentives that other international brands get. WATCH: You can now take selfies... with your feet?

Apple just bought the app it once crowned 'most innovative' and made it free for everyone

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 20:30

If you can't beat it, buy it. That's what Apple did on Wednesday when it acquired an app...

You’re not as secure online as you might think

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:55

The problem with our grasp of cybersecurity isn’t so much that we remain dangerously illiterate — it’s that we think we know what we’re doing anyway. The Pew Research Center was a little more diplomatic than that though in characterizing the findings of a new survey of Americans’ understanding of online security. “Many Americans are unclear about some key cybersecurity topics, terms and concepts,” wrote Kenneth Olmstead and Aaron Smith in their introduction to “What the Public Knows About Cybersecurity.” But it’s that thinking that probably leads many internet users to make choices that they think make them more secure, but, in reality, leave them as exposed as ever.

LinkedIn is a getting a Facebook-like feature

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 08:59

LinkedIn has announced Trending Storylines, a new section for web and mobile that shows news and content it thinks you’ll find relevant and interesting. In some ways, it's more useful than Facebook's newsfeed.

Snapchat is proving its street cred with TV advertisers

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 08:30

Snapchat desperately wants to carve out a piece of the $70 billion in brand spending that...

You can now search for a doctor using emoji, because 2017 is sorrow

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 20:00

Feeling heartburn? Just type ❤️. Zocdoc, an online service that helps you find doctors and schedule appointments, has revamped its search to be more user-friendly. It's calling the initiative "patient-powered search," and it's all about finding ways to help those in need speak naturally, according to the company's blog post. SEE ALSO: Google's new messaging app translates your voice into emoji  The revamp aims to address the "disconnect between medical speak and patients' own colloquial language—think 'gyno' not 'obstetrician-gynecologist.'" This also means you can search for doctors with emoji. There's 蠟 for allergies, ❤️ for heartburn and ✈️  for travel medicine. You can even use the   emoji to find and book with a gastroenterologist.  "We see it more as a fun addition to the experience, rather than a core feature of the product" a representative from Zocdoc said via email. Is this really necessary, though? The emojification of apps of every kind is far from new, and it's getting a bit ridiculous. While it's important especially in areas like health care to make experiences as user friendly as possible, we don't need Zocdoc to behave like our actual friends do. Forcing emoji into apps results in combinations like ☀️ for dermatologist and   for primary care physician—at which point, they're not even useful. Sorry Zocdoc, we give this one a . WATCH: Indulge your fear of heights with China's latest glass bridge

Smart gym bag promises to clean itself and everything inside it

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:16

Ever had the experience of opening your gym bag to be greeted by the smell of sweaty workout clothes? The folks behind new Kickstarter Paqsule think they’ve come up with a solution: a bag which cleans itself.

Jeff Bezos takes this massive robot for a ride

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 15:34

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demonstrated this insane-looking, 13-foot-tall mechanical robot at the second annual MARS (Machine-Learning Automation, Robotics & Space Exploration) conference. The robot, called Method-2, is a product of Hankook Mirae Technology, a South Korean company. If you think it looks like something out of a sci-fi flick, that’s because the creator worked on major sci-fi films such as “Terminator” and “Transformers.” Bezos must have felt the same way, since he was quoted as saying “Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?” referencing the actress’s 1986 flick, “Aliens. ...

Why Apple announced its new iPad with such little fanfare

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 15:04

Apple (AAPL) just dropped a new iPad with all the excitement of an IRS audit. It feels like the company just woke up Tuesday morning and decided, “Hey, let’s announce a new iPad.” Instead of a flashy event like Apple usually holds when it debuts a new product, we simply got a press release. Apple’s new-ish iPad debuted with little fanfare.

David Pogue tested 47 pill-reminder apps to find the best

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:40

You want to hear some numbers that’ll curl your toes? An estimated 187 million Americans (58%) are on at least one prescription drug. (Source: Network for Excellence in Health Innovation [NEIH]). 110 million prescriptions a year are never even picked up. (Source: CVS Pharmacies based on 2008 data.) Up to 50% of us don’t take our medicines as prescribed (wrong times, wrong amounts, wrong meds), according to NEIH. And roughly 125,000 Americans die every year as a result. (Source: Research cited by the then-US surgeon general in 2012.)

Google is making it easier to plan your night in or out

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 09:42

Google has updated its Android and iOS apps to make it easier to find what you want as fast as possible. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) wants to make searching the web on your smartphone a bit easier with new shortcuts for its Android, iOS and web apps. The shortcuts, which will appear just below the search bar in the Google app, will provide users with quick access to things like the weather, entertainment, places to eat and drink and sporting events in your area.