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Concerned about cybercrime? Chances are, you’re not doing much to protect yourself

Why it matters to you If you're concerned about cybercrime or ransomware, a few simple precautions can set your mind at ease. Many people are sitting ducks for ransomware. Two security firms recently published the results of surveys that showed people may worry about cybercrime, but they don’t do much to for protection, leaving themselves vulnerable. A study by U.K.-based  Sophos , and another survey by  Radware  asked different questions a...
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Experience the Aurora Borealis as it was meant to be seen — in a luxury treehouse cabin

Why it matters to you The 7th room at Sweden's luxury Treehotel provides guests with a stunning view of the aurora borealis they won't find anywhere else. Of the world’s extensive collection of mesmerizing natural wonders, the Northern Hemisphere’s aurora borealis is perhaps its crown jewel. While it’s certainly an utter spectacle in its own right, a luxury treehouse-themed hotel in Sweden — aptly named Treehotel — just opened an incredibly...
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Why let Pixar have all the fun? Mindshow lets anybody make 3D movies in VR

Mindshow isn’t just a VR storytelling platform — it’s basically Final Cut Pro for VR I magine that you have a great idea for a short animated film. You have all the details figured out in your head — the plot, the characters, the setting, and even all the witty dialogue. All that stands between you and making your masterpiece is the animation part. That’s a huge hurdle. There’s 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, physics, sound design — not t...
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From silver screen to tablet: The best movies on HBO Go and HBO Now

This list is continually updated to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on HBO’s premium services, HBO Go and HBO Now. True to its name, HBO has always aimed to bring the box office into people’s homes. That is easier than ever thanks to their streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. There are many movies on HBO’s platform; however, not all of them necessarily qualify as “great.” If you feel like streaming a ...
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Rumor: Could iOS 11 bring with it group FaceTime calls?

Why it matters to you If it's true, it would go a long way in helping Apple and its software compete with Microsoft's Skype, which already lets you do group video chats. Before we tell you this, we want to warn you not to get too excited. Sometimes the rumor mill churns out nothing more than, well, rumors. And the latest one to emerge regarding iOS 11 is about group FaceTime calls. And while it would be exciting, it’s an unverified claim th...
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Net neutrality critic Ajit Pai elevated to FCC chairman, reports say

Why it matters to you Pai's ascension to FCC's top spot may not be good news for net neutrality and an open internet. President Donald Trump is expected to name current Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai to the agency’s top job, sources told Politico on Friday. Pai would be able to assume the role of chairman immediately after appointment as he was already confirmed by the senate as a Barack Obama appointee in May 2012. Pai is a strong op...
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California utility companies pulling out all stops to promote electric vehicles

Why it matters to you The CalETC programs could benefit you directly if you live in California or stimulate EV adoption in other states so we can all breathe cleaner air. If you live in California, it will be increasingly hard to avoid at least considering choosing an electric vehicle (EV) for your next car purchase or lease. Three major California utility companies are following the lead of the state’s clean transportation and emission-red...
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Best Google Pixel screen protectors to safeguard that gorgeous display

The Google Pixel has a beautiful 5-inch HD display and its bigger brother, the Pixel XL, sports a 5.5-inch display with an even higher resolution. Everything on screen appears in perfect clarify, and you’ll want it to stay that way. The displays are made using Gorilla Glass 4, meaning they’re pretty durable and will probably survive most minor falls just fine. However, you can never be too protective of your smartphone. Applying Google Pixe...
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Here’s 8 of the juiciest portable solar chargers that money can buy

Dead phones and tablets are no fun, and it’s even worse when you don’t have a power outlet nearby to juice back up right away. But all of us have a great natural source of power that is always on, and that’s the sun (well, during the daytime at least). So why not harness the power of solar energy to keep your devices running even when you’re in the middle of nowhere? More:  Light up the night! Here’s the 7 best headlamps for your outdoor ad...
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Can WhatsApp intercept and read your messages?

Why it matters to you A security flaw in an app used by a billion people should remind us all to keep tabs on our privacy. The relationship between Facebook and WhatsApp has been … complicated. In December, the social media giant was accused of misleading European regulators in advance of its $22 billion acquisition of the messaging app, while WhatsApp users were displeased to find that their information was being shared with Facebook. That...
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How to get every costume in ‘Gravity Rush 2’

Kat’s costume changes in the original Gravity Rush felt like an afterthought, but in Gravity Rush 2 playing dress-up with the Gravity Queen is a lot of fun. Not only are her new outfits are more numerous and varied in the sequel, but they have extra value: Y ou can whip out your camera and take artsy, filtered selfies whenever you want. Now that’s a welcome new feature. But it’s not easy finding all of Kat’s new costumes. Some are rewards f...
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Love bacon? Who doesn’t? Make yours faster, healthier with this bacon toaster

Why it matters to you Aren't we always looking for easier (and healthier) ways to make our favorite greasy, unhealthy foods? The best thing since sliced bread isn’t toasted bread. It’s toasted bacon. Or rather, a toaster for bacon — because sometimes, putting slabs of meat in a frying pan is just asking too much. The Nostalgia Bacon Express Crispy Bacon Grill may be what you need to get through this weekend and every weekend to come; it’s b...
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The Prius Prime is Toyota’s most advanced plug-in hybrid ever

Why it matters to you Toyota pioneered the hybrid vehicle movement, and the Prime's improvements are sure to make their way into other cars. One of the most fuel efficient cars on the road just got better — and smarter. Toyota’s newest hybrid model, the 2017 Prius Prime, promises greater range and features than the standard Prius liftback. Digital Trends was on hand at the Prime’s NYC launch at the Foundry in Long Island City this week to l...
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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Webcam covers and one-handed shoelaces

At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion crowdfunding campaigns on the web. Take a visual stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo, and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems. In this column, we cut through all the worthless wearables and Oculus Rift ripoffs to round up the week’s most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects. But don’t grab your wallet jus...
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Wirelessly use old wired devices with Aukey Bluetooth transmitter/receiver

Bluetooth has been the gold standard in streaming for a while now, but that doesn’t mean you have to toss all your m beloved wired devices to keep up with the latest tech trends. With a Bluetooth audio transmitter and receiver like this Aukey model, you can stream music from your wired devices to and from Bluetooth devices without any messy/unsightly cables to set up. The Aukey Bluetooth Transmitter & Receiver , currently marked down 46...
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Polk Audio MagniFi Mini review

Polk Audio’s teensy, tiny Magnifi Mini doesn’t look much like a traditional soundbar — more like a sound brick, or maybe a sound stub. Yet, in many ways the Magnifi Mini embodies what soundbars are all about. With it’s forgettable foot print and forceful sound, the Magnifi Mini is a great solution for those seeking no-hassle TV audio enhancement. Add in a price tag of just $300, and this little sound blaster makes a serious case as the smal...
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CBS and Paramount resolve ‘Star Trek’ fan film suit

Why it matters to you Fans will still be able to make their own Trek videos, but strict guidelines are in place. It’s been a busy week in the world of Trek. The new CBS All Access series Star Trek Discovery is once again going to miss its start date, and now the rights holders of the actual franchise have settled what could have been a very long and messy lawsuit. Phew! As mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter , a man named Alec Peters raised...
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Give your beer better head (really) with That UltraBeer Thing

Why it matters to you You now have the power to create perfect foamy head for your beer in the palm of your hand. Vibrations can be a good thing, right? Certainly helping to prove that hypothesis is a new device from London. It’s called That UltraBeer Thing , because when you’re enjoying a cold one (or two or three), you’re probably not articulate enough to call it much else. The portable beer improver is a handheld device that you stick in...
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Microsoft is now throwing free upgrades at subscribers of Windows 10 Enterprise

Why it matters to you Now, when a subscription ends or is transferred to another user, devices revert to Windows 10 Pro without additional cost. Microsoft’s Nic Fillingham said on Thursday that customers subscribing to Windows 10 Enterprise through the Cloud Solution Provider program  (CSP) or Microsoft’s volume licensing program can now upgrade devices running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Enterprise without having to purchase...
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Fujifilm reveals pricing, availability of game-changing medium format GFX 50S

Why it matters to you Fujifilm reveals pricing and availability for the GFX 50S, its first digital mirrorless medium format camera. It's a game-changing camera for professionals, and gives Fujifilm new opportunity in an untapped sector. Fujifilm today announced details on pricing and availability for its new medium format camera, the GFX 50S. The 50-megapixel mirrorless camera will be available by the end of February and will sell for $6,50...
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Your browser might be filling in hidden fields and giving away your secrets

It seems like you can’t go online lately without running into a new way to get infected with malware or have your identity stolen. And sometimes, it seems like there’s nothing you can do to avoid exposing yourself to trouble. One of the more difficult traps to avoid is a phishing site, which presents itself as a legitimate page while requesting account and other sensitive information. Now, there’s apparently a browser vulnerability that can...
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Amazon could be prepping Prime Air drone tests for early 2018, documents reveal

Amazon has filed for permission to run tests on experimental wireless communications technology, which could be related to an expansion of the company’s drone-based delivery service Prime Air. The project has been unveiled due to documentation that was made public last week. Tests will take place at Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, before moving on to its customer service facility in Kennewick, Washington, according to a report from Busine...
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Hammock campers now have a sleeping pad made just for them

One of the fastest growing trends in backpacking over the past couple of years is the use of hammocks — rather than a tent — for camping in the backcountry. Proponents of this approach say that not only does a good hammock provide a much more comfortable night’s sleep, they are also lighter and easier to set up. Simply find a few trees, strap the hammock in place, toss in your sleeping bag, and voila, you’re all set for the night. But, as a...
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Nintendo Switch: Our first take

Nintendo has finally shown off the Switch, its first hybrid video game system. You can play it as a console at home, paired with a television, or as a portable system similar to Nintendo’s 3DS. And those two modes are just the first in a bag of tricks Nintendo packed into this system. There are more ways to play the Switch than you have fingers, and that’s by design. At a press conference unveiling the console, Nintendo pointed out specific...
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More than 800,000 Ford vehicles being recalled due to faulty Takata airbags

If you’re one of the lucky owners for a 2005-2006 Ford GT — or certain other Ford vehicles — you may want to start making plans to visit your local dealership soon. Ford has just announced that an additional 816,309 of its vehicles have been recalled due to faulty Takata airbags. The airbags can expel bits of shrapnel, potentially causing injury or death. More: If you own one of these Honda or Acura models, stop driving now, feds say This d...
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