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- Wireless carriers are fighting for your cash, and that’s good news
Over 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.
- The $450 Analogue Nt mini brings new life to old-school NES games
The 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.
- The world's smallest USB-C laptop charger—I'm in love
- Pogue’s Basics: Bring back Photoshop’s New Document box
- A device that helps blind people see
These 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.
- Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 review: The best laptop around learns a new trick
Dell’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.
- This passenger-carrying drone will soon hit skies
Meet 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:
- No dating app has more engagement than Grindr
Grindr 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.
- How Verizon's new 'unlimited' plan compares to the competition
Verizon 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.
- The first certified commercial flying car hits the market
PAL-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.
- These 6 systems will get rid of Wi-Fi dead spots in your house
Instead 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.
- FTC's case against Vizio illuminates terrible tech industry habit
Vizio 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.
- Here's how you can make money off of Trump's tweets- or go broke
- Rock Band goes VR with Oculus Rift
- Samsung's Chromebook Pro is the best Chromebook yet
Google’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.
- Pogue’s Basics: Call for help via Amazon Echo
- The first smartwatch for gamers
This 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. ...
- 5 tax scams to avoid
Yes, 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.
- Pogue’s Basics: How to end a call on your iPhone
This 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). ...
- Symantec CEO: ‘It’s a new theater of war’ for cybercriminals
If 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.
- 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.
- Building blocks that will turn Legos into smart toys
- 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.
- Meet the new, business-friendly FCC
Remember 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.
- Ditch your backpack for this rolling assistant
Ever 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. ...
- Pogue’s Basics: Have your iPhone announce your calls
I’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.
- Turn any old pair of glasses into smart glasses
Move 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. ...
- Meet the 28-year-old tech whiz who's making $4 billion from Snapchat
When 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.
- Pogue’s Basics: The secret trackpad on the iPhone 6s and 7
The 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.
- This flying robot is called Bat Bot
It 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 ...
- Uber CEO quits Trump advisory board amid criticism
Uber 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.
- GoPro shares plummet after ugly earnings report
GoPro 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.
- I paid $3,000 for my MacBook Pro and got emotional whiplash
Yes, 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.
- A smartwatch that wears your emotions on your sleeve
- Pogue’s Basics: Report text ads and spam
- Apple CEO uses sofa analogy to explain Qualcomm lawsuit
Apple 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.
- If you’ve ever wondered what your dog is thinking … this smart collar will help
This 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.
- 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.
- Malware study shows people still falling for old tricks, but there’s hope
Too 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.
- Comcast now lets you watch cable on your Roku
Comcast 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.
- Inside the birth of a $1 million Kickstarter campaign
Kickstarter.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.
- Play interactive virtual reality games on your smartphone
Nolo is a compact system that allows for virtual reality (VR) gaming on your mobile device. Simply attach the headset marker to your smartphone, set up the single base station motion tracker, grab the two controllers and you’re ready to start gaming. Games like “Tilt Brush” and “Job Simulator,” as well as over 700 SteamVR games, are already available for Nolo. It’s worth noting that some of the more advanced games require additional software and a PC connection. The Nolo set comprises only four main pieces, allowing you to take VR gaming just about anywhere. ...
- The day Lyft was bigger than Uber
- Lego has figured out how to stay relevant in the digital age
Lego has a new social network to keep kids interested in the building toys. Lego, the maker of tiny construction bricks that double as plastic, barefoot-destroying caltrops, is more popular than ever. It’s got building sets for major franchises like “Star Wars,” “Minecraft” and “Harry Potter,” released the successful “The Lego Movie” in 2014 and is debuting “The Lego Batman Movie” next month.
- The one thing everyone will watch during Apple's earnings
Apple (AAPL) will announce its Q1 2017 earnings on Tuesday afternoon, and everyone will look to see just how many iPhones the technology giant sold during the all-important holiday shopping season. The iPhone is Apple’s biggest moneymaker. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an event to announce new products on Sept. 7, 2016, in San Francisco.
- EXCLUSIVE: Tufts professor invents a non-exploding battery that holds 2x as much power
- Fitbit is cutting 6% of its workforce after poor holiday sales numbers
Fitbit (FIT), the company synonymous with wearable fitness trackers, has announced that it’s laying off 6% of its global workforce, or 110 employees, after posting disappointing preliminary results for the fourth quarter of 2016. Fitbit says the corporate restructuring comes as a result of lower than expected demand for its products in mature markets like the U.S. Unfortunately, Fitbit didn’t mention how it performed in China, which offers the largest growth opportunity for the company.
- ‘Resident Evil 7’ review: It's a screaming good time
Jack Baker is not the most welcoming host. The good news is that the latest entry in the 20-year-old franchise is a return to form for a series that has fallen off significantly since the excellent “Resident Evil 4” was released 12 years ago. “Resident Evil 7” puts you in the shoes of Ethan Winters, A.K.A. Joe Everyman.
- This virtual reality glove will let you feel what you touch
- T-Mobile Digits frees your phone number from your phone
It’s called T-Mobile Digits, a new service, currently in free beta testing for T-Mobile customers. The central idea is that Digits breaks the one-to-one bond between your phone number and your phone. In so doing, Digits introduces all kinds of new flexibility—and complexity—into your digital life.