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Google to penalize websites that load slowly on phones - CNET

Google headquarters in Mountain View, California Stephen Shankland/CNET Want people with phones to find your website? Better make sure it loads fast, because otherwise Google will punish you in its search results. Google long has given fast-loading web pages preferential placement in search results , but for now that only happens when people search on personal computers. Starting in July, particularly slow websites will be penalized in sear...
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iPhone 7 Plus was almost China's top selling phone in 2017 - CNET

Apple has had its ups and downs in the ever-important Chinese market, but on Monday some good news reached the electronics giant. The iPhone 7 Plus was the second-best selling phone in the populous nation last year, accounting for 2.8 percent of all smartphone sales, according to Counterpoint Research . It was bested only by the Oppo R9S , a phone from Chinese manufacturer Oppo that takes design cues from the iPhone , which grabbed 3 percen...
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Chelsea Manning says she's running for US Senate - CNET

Former soldier Chelsea Manning received Out magazine's Newsmaker of the Year award last year. Now it looks like she'll be running for Senate. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images It looks like Chelsea Manning, the former US Army soldier who went to prison for passing classified materials to WikiLeaks, wants to head to Capitol Hill as a senator. The 30-year-old, transgendered Manning, once known as Bradley, filed a statement of candidacy with the Feder...
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Optoma 4K projector responds to Alexa voice commands - CNET

If you want to fire up your 120-inch screen with a voice command like "Alexa, turn on the projector," Optoma's newest effort is at your beck and call. When it goes on sale in April for $1700, the UHD51A will be the first projector to feature direct compatibility with Amazon Alexa , from an Echo or Dot speaker for example.  It uses Alexa's home entertainment API to enable voice control. Install Optoma's Alexa skill, which will be available b...
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'Harry Potter' and 'Game of Thrones' inspire new spider names - CNET

The new species Ochyrocera atlachnacha hanging out in its web. Igor Cizauskas Some of literature's most famous arachnids have been honored by scientists, who've named newly discovered real-life spiders after them.  Seven new species of spiders are introduced in a research article published Jan. 10 in the science journal ZooKeys by Dr Antonio Brescovit, Dr Igor Cizauskas and Leandro Mota from Instituto Butantan, Sao Paulo. The species were d...
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Vivo phone shows off first in-screen fingerprint scanner - CNET

Using the world's first phone with a fingerprint scanner built into the display was as awesome as I hoped it would be. There's no home button getting in the vast screen space, and no fumbling for a reader on the phone's back. I simply pressed my index finger on the phone screen in the place where the home button would be. The screen registered my digit, then spun up a spiderweb of blue light in a pattern that instantly brings computer circu...
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Why can't all wireless gaming headsets be this comfortable? - CNET

Sean Hollister/CNET I'll let you in on a little secret: I've been quietly testing nearly every wireless gaming headset on the market for a future CNET story. Not one of them is as comfortable as the new HyperX Cloud Flight. And between the cushy memory foam earcups, the rich audio and the category-leading 30 hours of battery life, I could literally wear it all day. That's pretty impressive considering the $160 (roughly £120 or AU$205) Cloud...
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CES 2017: Where are they now? - CNET

Razer's gaming laptop with three screens LG's W7 "wallpaper" OLED TV Willow Breast Pump Lenovo's take on the Amazon Echo Acer Predator 21X Mattel Aristotle by Nabi Kerastase Hair Coach Super Retro Boy LG Gram 14 Sony Xperia Touch Projector Hushme Kingston's seriously huge 2TB flash drive HP's curved all-in-one PC Monster Airlinks Elements LG's affordable OLED TV, the B7A Samsung's QLED TVs Mangoslab Nemonic sticky note printer Doppler Labs ...
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LG breaks further into automotive with new camera system - Roadshow

Subaru equips its cars with a stereo camera system it calls EyeSight, which enables automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Wayne Cunningham/CNET Roadshow The advent of new technology in cars, from 4G-connected navigation to driver assist systems, is opening up new opportunities beyond traditional automotive equipment suppliers. While the LG brand has appeared on a wide array of consumer electronics, the Korean company is n...
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iPhone sales could dip by 16M units, thanks to battery snafu - CNET

No matter how you describe Apple's deliberate battery slowdown -- be it gaffe, snafu, royal screw-up  or just #batterygate -- the company's PR mess could cost it 16 million iPhone units in 2018, according to analysis from investment firm Barclays Capital.   Depending on a number of factors, Apple's iPhone 6S could have slowing performance.   That estimate assumes about 10 percent of people owning an iPhone 6 , 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus...
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LG to show off 88-inch 8K OLED TV at CES - CNET

The new LG 8K 88-inch OLED TV looks gorgeous.  LG The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off on Jan. 7 in Las Vegas, but you don't have to wait until then to see what LG has up its sleeve.  The South Korean electronics giant announced Sunday that its new 88-inch 8K TV will be at its booth on the show floor. The eye-blowing 8K resolution, at 7,680x4,320 pixels, is four times that of 4K, and 16 times more than the standard full-HD, 1,080x1,920-p...
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Google Doodle celebrates New Year's Eve with feathered friends - CNET

Google's Doodle rings in the new year with penguins and their warm-weather family.  Google Google is ringing in the new year with its penguin friends. As part of its 2017 holiday celebration, Google has been releasing Doodles showing two penguin siblings visiting some "warm-weather relatives." Google released the latest Doodle in the series on Sunday showing the feathered friends enjoying the start of a new year with sparklers and fireworks...
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Apple apologizes for iPhone slowdowns, slashes price of battery fix - CNET

It's still amazing to think that a seeming conspiracy theory was true: On Dec. 20, Apple admitted it'd been secretly slowing down iPhones as their batteries aged . The company's explanation: The throttled speeds kept those phones from unexpectedly shutting down.  That explanation wasn't enough for some, who accused Apple of quietly driving people to upgrade their phones to fill the company's coffers. Lawsuits have already been filed .  Now,...
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Favorite Portrait Mode photos: CNET Editors share their best - CNET

Our favorite portrait mode photos iPhone X: Marta becoming Marilyn iPhone X: Chinatown portraits iPhone X: Eyes Wide Open at Yosemite iPhone X: Chinatown murals iPhone X: The impossible portrait iPhone X: Chinatown iPhone X: Stella! iPhone X: Couple shot iPhone X: Go fish iPhone X: One more fish iPhone X: Enjoying the Castro iPhone X: I'll never be a homeowner Huawei Mate 10 pro: Playing it cool in LA Pixel 2: Selfies Pixel 2: Cafe smiles P...
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The best after-Christmas deals - CNET

Roku Streaming Stick Plus for $60 ($10 off) Apple iPad (32GB) for $250 ($80 off) 60-inch Sharp 4K UHD TV for $550 ($250 off) Sony MDR-XB950B1-01 for $100 ($100 off) Oculus Rift + Touch for $380 Google Home for $79 ($50 off) Sony PlayStation 4 1TB with Star Wars Battlefront II: $250 ($50 off) Beats Studio Wireless for $160 ($220 off) DJI Spark drone for $349 ($150 off) Motorola Z2 Force (T-Mobile) for $375 or $300 Xbox One S Halo bundle for ...
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NASA astronauts watch 'Star Wars: Last Jedi' in space - CNET

Could there be a better place to watch adventures that take place in a galaxy far, far away?  Astronauts aboard the International Space Station astronauts got their chance to watch " Star Wars: The Last Jedi ," NASA said, enjoying an an out-of-this-world movie night.  Astronaut Mark Vande Hei tweeted out a photo of the orbital screening that showed five of the six members of the ISS crew in "bungee-cord chairs" and sporting drinks in bags. ...
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Genes to geoengineering: 4 science stories to watch in 2018 - CNET

The past year saw breakthroughs that changed how we see and feel the universe at the largest scales and also could revolutionize how we manipulate the tiniest bits of our own bodies to heal ourselves. But 2018 looks to be one heck of a follow-up year to 2017 when it comes to science. From opening new fronts in the battle to slow climate change to becoming much closer to our computers, here are four areas that're sure to advance in the next ...
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China's Baidu takes driverless tech startup to court - Roadshow

Baidu claims a former staff took its driverless tech and staff to start a new rival company on his own. Baidu There's another version of  Waymo's fight with Uber going on in China right now. Search giant  Baidu  is taking its former driverless chief's self-driving tech startup to court over claims that the man stole its technology, Chinese media reported Friday. The accused man, Wang Jing, said the allegations are baseless. More than 50 com...
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Samsung's slim sound bar is designed to be heard, not seen - CNET

Samsung The Consumer Electronics Show is just around the corner in January, and one of the first products to slip out early is the Samsung NW700-- a slimline 3.1-channel sound bar. How slim? At just two inches (53.5mm) thick, slim enough to hug the wall right under Samsung's "no-gap wall mount" TVs like the  Q7 . It achieves its vanishing depth thanks to a proprietary "slim" driver The NW700 is a three-channel sound bar that includes a bass...
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WhatsApp faces penalty for violating French data protection act - CNET

French privacy authorities aren't liking how WhatsApp is sharing your data with Facebook. Oscar Gutiérrez/CNET WhatsApp may be finding itself in hot water again, but this time it's not over encryption issues . French privacy watchdog CNIL  issued a formal notice to WhatsApp on Monday, telling it to stop sharing user data with its parent company,  Facebook , without first getting the necessary consent. That data sharing doesn't comply with F...
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2019 Chevrolet Silverado: Here's a quick first look - Roadshow

Well, it looks like Chevrolet knows how to make an entrance. The company surprised a group of media and Chevy truck owners at with a first look at the 2019 Silverado by flying the truck in by helicopter. The presentation came Saturday at a centennial celebration staged at Texas Motor Speedway. This is it! The next-generation Chevy Silverado. Emme Hall/Roadshow General Motors remains mum on specs for the next-generation full-sized pickup, sa...
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Waymo v. Uber: Letter exposes depths of alleged espionage - CNET

Waymo alleges Uber stole its self-driving car technology. This drawing is from a Google autonomous vehicle patent from September 2014. Google From burner phones to secret servers to disappearing-message apps, the details filling a 37-page letter released to the public Friday sound more like something out of the Bourne movie series than the inner workings of Uber. The letter was written by the attorney for Richard Jacobs, a former Uber emplo...
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Amazon to start selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast - CNET

The Apple TV (left) and the Apple TV 4K. Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon said Thursday that it will again be selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices, two video-streaming gadgets the e-commerce giant removed from its site two years ago and that compete with its own Fire TV products. "I can confirm that we are assorting Apple TV and Chromecast," an Amazon spokeswoman told CNET on Thursday, referring to the company's plans to stock up on the devi...
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Harry Potter chapter written by bots is magically terrible - CNET

Is there a spell that can write more Harry Potter books that aren't robotic-sounding? Warner Bros J.K. Rowling, you're in no danger of being replaced any time soon. The bright Muggles at Botnik Studios trained predictive keyboards (one for narration , one for dialogue) on all seven Harry Potter books and produced a brand-new chapter about the young wizard . And great sizzling dragon bogies, is it awful. "Our web keyboard app analyzes text f...
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Apple in 2018: Five questions we need to ask - CNET

The iPhone X marks a big redesign for Apple's popular smartphone.  Claire Reilly/CNET This past year was one of Apple's busiest ever -- and 2018 could be even more jam-packed. In 2017, with the iPhone X , Apple revamped its popular smartphone for the first time in years, removing the home button and integrating an OLED screen that stretches across the entire front of the display. It showed off its new HomePod speaker and updated the Apple W...
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Uber settles lawsuit over rape victim's medical records - CNET

A fleet of self-driving Uber cars in San Francisco last December. The company has settled a lawsuit stemming from a rape in India in 2014. James Martin/CNET Uber has settled a lawsuit involving a woman raped by one of its drivers in India and allegations that the company had obtained and mishandled her medical records. Court documents filed Friday said the case would be dismissed in January. The terms of the settlement weren't revealed. The...
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2018 Nissan Leaf is the star of new Japanese car-sharing service - Roadshow

Car sharing, where multiple people have access to a car owned by a separate party, is taking off in many corners of the world. And now, Nissan has a service of its own to add to that pile of existing schemes. Nissan announced this week that it will introduce the Nissan e-Share Mobi car-sharing service in Japan starting early next year. The program has no membership fee, nor is there a fee related to the distance driven. Heck, there aren't e...
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Bitcoin exchange NiceHash loses millions to hackers - CNET

While many bitcoin investors are basking in record valuations, some are coming to grips with an astonishing loss. Cryptocurrency marketplace NiceHash said Wednesday that hackers stole the contents of its virtual wallet, making off with digital currency reportedly worth more $60 million. The breach was announced the same day Bitcoin rose 18.2 percent to cross the $13,000- and then $14,000-per-coin trading milestones for the first time. NiceH...
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Pulp Enterprise? What Tarantino's Star Trek movie could be - CNET

What kind of hijinks would Captain Kirk, Spock and the rest of the U.S.S. Enterprise get into with Quentin Tarantino at the helm? Paramount If rumors are true, the Enterprise crew may be boldly going where no Star Trek film has gone before. Star Trek's modern-day movie reboot kicked off with the 2009 " Star Trek " film directed by J.J. Abrams and penned by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and continued with the same director-screenwriting te...
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Winner Wonderland 2017 - CNET

The most wonderful CNET giveaway of the year is finally here! � We want to wish you a happy holiday season with a ton of prizes and extra ways of being one of the 10 lucky winners. Here's the scoop: the prize changes daily to get bigger and better. You can enter every day from Dec. 4 until Dec. 13 using the same form you see below, and you can get up to 10 extra entries by sharing the personal link you get at the end of the registration, b...
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