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US House votes to let ISPs sell your browser history

The Electronic Frontier Foundation responded to today's vote with a statement that "If the bill is signed into law, companies like Cox, Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T, and Verizon will have free rein to hijack your searches, sell your data, and hammer you with unwanted advertisements. Worst yet, consumers will now have to pay a privacy tax by relying on VPNs to safeguard their information."New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is in support of rolling ......
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The best Galaxy S6 and S7 trade-in deals

TL;DR: Go with Glyde or SwappaBased on our analysis, Glyde and Swappa tend to offer the highest trade-in values. For instance, for a 32GB Galaxy S7 on Verizon, Swappa offers $349 and Glyde $304. Compare that to just $135 for Gazelle and $160 for Amazon.It was a similar story for the Galaxy S6 Edge on T-Mobile. Swappa offered us $364 for a 32GB version of the handset, compared to just $80 for GameStop and $96 on Wal-Mart.MORE: Here's How the......
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Germany wants to regulate a 24-hour livestream as a broadcaster

And importantly, this isn't a one-off case. Officials see this as setting an example that could apply to other livestreams that fit the terms. While they'd like to see legislation that specifically regulates internet streams, they've decided to apply existing law in the meantime.The problem, of course, is that this isn't a modest request for most people. On top of the usual paperwork, streamers are looking at a cost of between €1,000 to €10......
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Facebook tests GIFs in comments like it's 1995

This isn't the first foray into animated GIFs for Facebook, of course — it's been possible to use them as posts since 2015. Letting users comment on posts with this hot form of visual expression just shows how ubiquitous they have become. Love them or hate them, animated GIFs are everywhere, showing up in major messaging platforms like Apple's Messages and Facebook's Messenger. Heck, even Twitter has them, letting users of the short-text se......
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AT&T, Verizon join companies pulling ads from Google and YouTube

As reported by Variety, Verizon stated that "Once we were notified that our ads were appearing on non-sanctioned websites, we took immediate action to suspend this type of ad placement and launched an investigation." Its action followed AT&T, which named Google specifically, in a statement that "We are deeply concerned that our ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate. Until Google can ensure that thi......
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First Xbox One 'Tech Series' controller adds tactical styling

The Recon Tech Special Edition isn't too different from the stock model, adding cool gold accents and insignias on the gamepad's face and nice rubberized grip strips on the back. While that won't give players an edge (or expanded functionality) like the Elite controller's finely-tuned sensors and alt-control paddles, the Recon Tech includes the standard Wireless controller's Bluetooth capability to hook up to Windows 10 and Samsung Gear VR.......
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Museums use CT scans to take the mystery out of mummies

3D printing factors somewhat heavily in the exhibition, allowing museums like the AMNH to showcase replicas of various artifacts. This allows visitors to examine small details they might often miss when the object is trapped behind glass, as well as getting a better sense of the object's size and weight.Another way visitors are given an intimate look at the mummies is through a series of touchscreens that let people "virtually unwrap" them,......
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Windows 10 will push some updates over limited data plans

This generally won't be an issue if you're an avid internet user with an unlimited service plan or a relatively high data cap. However, it might pose a problem if you have a low cap (such as on satellite broadband) or have to pay based on usage. While this could save you from a major malware threat or a showstopping bug, you might not be so happy if you end up paying an overage fee just to get that important fix. ......
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FCC: Your cybersecurity isn't our problem

This neatly lays the groundwork for companies to spy, track, and profit off our private viewing and browsing habits. You see, ad industry trade groups absolutely hated those privacy rules, which were established under former Chairman Tom Wheeler.The rules would've required internet service providers to notify consumers about the collection and use of their data. And require opt-in consent before using or sharing what the FCC considers sensi......
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Ron Howard on his Einstein show and digital filmmaking

During SXSW this week, I sat down with Howard to chat about Genius, the role of technology in his filmmaking, and his thoughts on VR. He moved to digital filmmaking with Rush in 2013, and not surprisingly, it's making it even easier for him to get through shoots these days. And while he's intrigued by the potential of virtual reality, he doesn't see it as an entirely new medium for artists. Original link......
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Now Roombas check in with 'Clean Map' reports to your phone

Series 900 Roombas will soon be able to obey Alexa commands, as well. Sometime in the second quarter of this year, you'll be able to start, stop and pause the vacuuming robots by speaking to the Amazon assistant. All you have to do is issue simple voice commands, such as "Alexa, ask Roomba to begin cleaning" to activate or deactivate the machine.

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Inside 'Infinity Room,' a dazzling SXSW art installation

Refik Anadol crafts alternate realities, not for VR headsets, but through architecture, projection and sound. His installation, Infinity Room, has been three years in the making so far. It began as a research project during Anadol's master of fine arts studies at UCLA design media arts department, and has evolved and matured since. Infinity Room is an enclosed cube measuring 12 feet in all three dimensions. Four laser projectors beam vario......
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'The Mummy' in VR was shallow, but the seats were not

VR seat company Positron teamed up with Universal at SXSW this year to showcase a "Zero Gravity VR Experience" tied in with the studio's The Mummy reboot. While it fell (way) short of simulating weightlessness, it was nonetheless a nice way to watch virtual reality. If only the stuff I was watching wasn't quite so shallow. Like the movie it's based on, Universal's setup at SXSW is flashy and expensive. You walk into a nondescript ballroom......
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Nintendo prez discusses Switch docks and left Joy-Con issues

Nintendo PR followed up with a statement which mentioned: "There are no widespread technical problems, and all issues are being handled promptly, including the reports regarding the left Joy-Con Bluetooth connection." We don't know what this means going forward, but for now, if you're having problems staying connected we'd recommend calling support instead of trying any DIY repairs.The exec also spoke to owner's desire for spare Switch dock......
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Retinal implant could add years to your eyesight

Early experiments are promising, although they do reveal some limits. Rats with the implants don't show any improvement over their afflicted peers in low light (since the light-sensitive material isn't kicking in), but their response to brighter light is nearly as good as that of a healthy animal. And since the materials are organic-friendly, the rats kept the implants in place for 6 months with no inflamed tissue.Don't get too excited by t......
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Circle with Disney launches Alexa and rewards apps integration

Circle with Disney, a device that gives you control over your kids' internet activities by connecting to your WiFi network, now has a "smart family" platform. It's called Circle Connection, and it gives you a way to connect the device's accompanying application with various apps you can use to reward your kids. Some of those apps, for instance, give your kids more time to use their gadgets, depending on the chores they finish or the activit......
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Twitch goes full Facebook

Pulse builds off of the Channel Feed feature that Twitch rolled out in beta form in March, allowing streamers to post updates to their own pages. Pulse collects these messages in one spot, so fans don't have to visit specific pages to see a curated feed of all the latest streaming news. Channel Feed will officially roll out to all streamers in mid-March.Most folks signed into Twitch should see the new Pulse feed on the front page starting t......
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The best hair straightener

Who should buy thisAnyone can use a hair straightener, but how well a straightener will work on your hair—how straight it will get, how long it will stay that way, and how much damage it will endure from the heat—depends on a combination of genes, climate, and practice. The curlier or more textured your hair, the more heat, time, or styling products you'll need to invest to get the style you want; the finer your hair, the more easily it wil......
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Backstage with the big winners of the IGF and GDC awards

Every year, the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice award shows bring a bit of glitz and glamour to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. And 2017 was no different. The two back-to-back spectacles honor the most innovative and important titles of the past year, covering everything from mobile gaming and student projects to mainstream, AAA extravaganzas. We went backstage with the winners directly after they rec......
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The Morning After: Friday, March 3rd 2017

This is the Nintendo Switch's hit.'Breath of the Wild' is the best 'Zelda' game in yearsNintendo has changed Zelda a lot for its Switch incarnation -- arguably the most since the series debuted. With a bigger world, exploration key to your progress, and weapons that you'll need to keep an eye as they degrade, it's a different spin on Link's journey through Hyrule. But despite all that, Aaron Souppouris says that it remains unmistakably a Ze......
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Watch the 2017 Game Developers Choice Awards right here!

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With the Prius Prime, Toyota delivers nearly the perfect tech car

It didn't matter that the car could potentially save me hundreds of dollars a year in gasoline and that its fans equated ownership with saving acres of rainforest while simultaneously hugging a polar bear. It looked like a wedge of Brie with wheels. It was ugly, case closed. That is, until I saw the $27,100 (before federal tax credits) 2017 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid.The Prime looks more aggressive than previous Prius models. The lines rese......
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The Xperia XZ Premium may be the 4K flagship we've been waiting for

The Xperia XZ Premium is a beautiful device in that rounded, slab-like way Sony loves, but the look ultimately hasn't changed much since last year. I personally don't mind — I think there's still plenty of mileage to be squeezed out of this classic Sony look. Still, there's no denying that high-end smartphones are losing their bezels left and right, like LG's G6 and the as-yet-unrevealed Galaxy S8. Beyond just being visually striking, a sma......
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Draft 5G specs lay the groundwork for a real standard

On the back end, cell sites should have a minimum of 20Gbps downstream and 10Gbps upstream to share with their connected users. The technology should also handle 1 million or more devices per square kilometer (about 0.38 square miles), although Ars Technica notes that this is more likely for low-demand Internet of Things devices rather than urban hubs full of smartphones.There's the chance that these specs could change between now and whe......
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Latest version of iOS solves iPhone 6's shutdown issues

A spokesperson told the publication:"With iOS 10.2.1, Apple made improvements to reduce occurrences of unexpected shutdowns that a small number of users were experiencing with their iPhone. iOS 10.2.1 already has over 50% of active iOS devices upgraded and the diagnostic data we've received from upgraders shows that for this small percentage of users experiencing the issue, we're seeing a more than 80% reduction in iPhone 6s and over 70% re......
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Firefox adds the ability to snooze tabs on Test Pilot

You simply need to click its icon and then choose from the options that appear in a pull-down menu: you can program the tab to reappear later that day, the next day, the weekend, next week or next month. But if you have a specific date and time in mind, you can manually put that in, as well. When the snooze time's up, the tab will pop back into your browser and will even notify you of its presence. The latest Test Pilot version also comes w......
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Failed 'Super Retro Squad' Kickstarter returns as 'Glitch Strikers'

At a glance, the trailer looks a lot like Pavlina's original promise: a game with multiple worlds based on classic NES titles that can cross-over into each other. Specifically, the trailer shows a Mario-like character named Manni exploring game worlds inspired by The Legend of Zelda, Megaman, Metroid, Contra, Ninja Gaiden and more, stopping in each world to ask the characters for help beating his own game -- which has been overrun by impass......
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Homeland Security staff locked out of their own networks

We've reached out to the Department for more details on the nature and scale of the problem.The big question is whether or not this is just everyday IT trouble or a security issue. It's entirely possible that is 'just' a glitch, but the government is understandably on edge after a string of hacks targeting federal organizations. The last thing it needs is a Homeland Security breach that compromises potentially very sensitive data. ......
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The Morning After: Monday, February 20 2017

Funds could help humans find new work when automation takes over.Bill Gates wants a robot tax to compensate for job lossesHow would you deal with the likelihood that robots and automation will lead to many people losing their jobs? For Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the answer is straightforward: tax the robots. In an interview with Quartz, Gates argues that taxing worker robots would offset job losses by funding training for positions wh......
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Batmobile toy uses augmented reality to show the driver's view

The Justice League Batmobile is controlled via your iOS or Android device, which isn't unusual among RC vehicles these days. But Mattel have mixed things up by adding a dash cam into the mix. It's embedded in the cockpit, so you're not necessarily seeing the car's perspective -- you're seeing what Batman would see. And, while you could set up a little physical obstacle course and pilot your way through it as you would any toy, the app comes......
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