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Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nicomi Stewart, a mother in Rochester, New York, is “disgusted” after an automated call sent to her phone from the city’s school district mispronounced her daughter’s name as a racial slur.
Twitter tests longer character limit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won’t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider. ...
Mac OS High Sierra makes the Mac a teeny, tiny bit better — for free
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Mac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13). As the new name suggests, it’s just a refinement of last year’s Mac OS Sierra. In fact, you could sum up what's new in an article about as short as this one.
Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effects
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?
MIZUHO: Here's why Facebook has 'a realistic opportunity' to enter China in 2018
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Facebook has a "realistic opportunity" to enter China in 2018, Mizuho analyst James Lee wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. Lee came to the conclusion after meeting "various industry contacts" in China during a recent trip. Facebook's recent appointment of an executive to manage relations with China will help the company "understand the regulatory requirement and negotiate Facebook's operating structure in China," said Lee in the note, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider.
Apple's wireless charger may not ship with the new iPhones at launch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple is expected to include wireless charging as a core feature in the iPhones it launches on...
The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.
The top 8 features we expect from Apple's next iPhone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.
Apple's App Store is about to get a lot better with iOS 11
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple's App Store is getting a major update in iOS 11, and it's going to make finding new apps far better.
Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hacked
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Equifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.
The best alternatives to Apple's iPhone 8
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.
The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesign
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
This is a big week for YouTube. It’s getting a new design and new features—all of which have been in the works, carefully and methodically, for a very long time, and all of which, as far as I’m concerned, are welcome!
4 amazing new gadgets you can't get in the US
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
There are some gadgets that are just too cool for us Americans.
Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook post
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Imagine this. You’re on Facebook. You find an item you think your mom might like. Or your friend, or your Twitter followers, or anybody else who isn’t on Facebook. Or who is on Facebook, but will never see the post you liked. There’s a sneaky way you can create a universal link to a Facebook item so that you can send or post to anyone!
Why you might not want a laptop with a 4K display
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
More laptop makers are pushing the limits of design and performance, but high-resolution panels are hurting their batteries.
The most important iPhone features ever
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple's iPhone is one of the most important consumer gadgets ever made, and it has a lot to do with these simple features.
Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Hope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”
'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
"Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" offers a ridiculous strategy experience with surprising depth and a pinch of toilet humor.
Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The plague of “fake news” may be news to Facebook (FB), but it’s a familiar foe to a small non-profit in Washington that’s trying to use mobile apps, big data and social media to promote peace and accountability in places like Iraq, Kenya and Mexico where those technologies have often been abused to spread lies and hate. The PeaceTech Lab aims to develop “technology that can be applied to tackle the triggers of violence,” president and CEO Sheldon Himelfarb said in an interview at the lab’s Washington headquarters at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Samsung challenges Apple Watch with its new Gear Sport smartwatch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Samsung's new Gear Sport is a fitness-centric smartwatch aimed squarely at the Apple Watch.
Microsoft's mixed reality headsets could save VR
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Microsoft is bringing VR to the masses with its low-cost headsets.
Facebook says it will ban businesses from advertising if they share fake news
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Facebook is taking its crackdown on fake news even further.
Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch is here to take on the Apple Watch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Fitbit’s all-new smartwatch is designed to do battle with the Apple Watch.It’s no secret that Fitbit (FIT) has been working on a smartwatch — Co-founder and CEO James Park said as much during the company’s Q2 2017 earnings call earlier this month. This is the Fitbit Ionic, the company’s first “true” smartwatch.
Meet Uber's pick for its next CEO
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is expected to take on the role of Uber CEO.
Pogue's Basics: YouTube transcripts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Believe it or not, YouTube creates a written transcript for every single video. Just click More and Transcript and boom!
Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung's big bet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Samsung is bringing the Galaxy Note brand back from the brink with the Galaxy Note 8. But can it bury the ghosts of the Note 7?
NFL player lives on $60,000 a year thanks to what he learned from this book
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
An alarming fifteen percent of NFL players end up declaring bankruptcy. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2012 and is currently a free agent, is making sure he won't fall into that category.
The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The Essential Phone is the first handset from the father of Google's Android, and it's a solid alternative to Apple's iPhone.
Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home tech
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The Norton Core is a Wi-Fi router designed to protect all of your connected devices.
Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvement
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Qualcomm's new depth-sensing camera technology could improve smartphone's and virtual reality headsets.
How companies leave your data online without your knowledge
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Your private data could be freely available online and there's little you can do about it.
Pogue's Basics: Alexa reminders
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Amazon has added the ability to add names to timers with Alexa.
Google drops neo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is cancelling the domain for the white supremacist site Daily Stormer due to a “specific, immediate concern about inciting violence,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. The search-engine giant, which hosts website domains through its Google Domains service, made the decision to cut the cord to the hate site after GoDaddy (GDDY) told the Daily Stormer it had 24 hours to move to another domain hosting service.
Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it isn't flawless
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it's got its drawbacks.
How the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 could make you a better photographer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 and iOS 11 should take your iPhone photography to the next level with these new features.
Building a Lego robot can help you understand coding basics
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Lego's new Boost kit helps introduce kids to the basics of coding.
The best back
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
If you or your kids are heading back to school, these are the tech deals you'll want to check out.
How Lego is teaching kids to code
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Lego's new Boost kit helps introduce kids to the basics of coding.
Pogue's Basics: The secret Start menu in Windows 10
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Windows 10’s Start button harbors a secret: It can sprout a tiny utility menu. To see it, right-click the Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen, or (on a touchscreen) hold your finger down on it. There, in all its majesty, is the Start menu’s secret utility menu.
A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
A new European Union regulation could impact how social networks handle your data in the U.S.
'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' might be the next big hit for Nintendo's Switch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nintendo’s Mario is teaming up with Ubisoft’s bizarre rabbids in a new game that might be your next favorite Switch title.Mario is coming to Nintendo’s (NTDOY) new Switch console, but he’s sharing the spotlight with some relative unknowns. Ubisoft’s “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle” is a turn-based strategy-style game co-starring Ubisoft’s (UBSFF) own rabbids, cartoonish bugged-eyed rabbits.
Apple's decision to drop privacy apps in China might not be the last of its kind
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple may soon be force to remove more privacy apps from its App Store if it wants to continue selling its products in certain countries.
Here’s what you need to watch for in Apple’s Q3 2017 earnings
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple will announce its Q3 2017 earnings on August 1, and this is what you'll want to pay attention to.
How Microsoft wants to bring broadband to rural Americans
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Microsoft is helping to bring broadband to underserved rural Americans.
The biggest problems with putting microchips in employees
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
RFID chip implants can be convenient for some, but they raise both privacy and security questions.
Why Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are fighting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are having a very public spat about artificial intelligence.
Why scientists want AI regulated now before it's too late
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Elon Musk isn’t the only expert who thinks we need to regulate AI soon. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla (TSLA) and Space X, recently sounded the alarm that murderous artificial intelligence-powered robots could one day rampage through American neighborhoods. Musk’s warnings that AI poses an “existential threat” may have been a bit dramatic, but he’s not the only expert hoping for some kind of government regulation of AI.
Amazon launches a social network for spending money
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Amazon’s Spark is a social network that for spending cash. Available Tuesday for Amazon Prime members using the company’s iOS app, Spark is a Pinterest-like service that lets users upload images of themselves using products, or just products. Other users can then view those images and follow links to purchase the displayed items through Amazon.
Microsoft Surface Laptop review: A great notebook with one small flaw
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The back-to-school shopping season is just around the corner, and Microsoft (MSFT) is hoping its new Surface Laptop will be the computer you or your child brings to the classroom. Starting at $999, the Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s attempt to fight back against the growing popularity of Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) low-cost Chromebooks and Apple’s (AAPL) own MacBook line. The Surface Laptop also marks the debut of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 S operating system, a more security- and performance-minded variant of Windows 10.