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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.
Sprint doesn’t want you to buy your next phone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Sprint wants you to lease your next smartphone.
Amazon's Echo and other smart speakers do much more than you realize
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Harman Kardon’s Invoke is Microsoft’s first true Amazon Echo competitor. When Amazon first debuted its Alexa-powered Echo smart speaker in 2014, expectations for the device were relatively high. More than two years later, the Echo’s success has spurred a new war of the tech titans: Companies including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT), Samsung and a slew of their Chinese counterparts have either released their own smart speakers or will likely release them soon.
Another fitness
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
This week, according to the Information, Jawbone shut down.
Pogue's Basics: Navigate the Start menu tiles using keyboard
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
As you probably know, the Start menu in Windows 10 has two sides. If you start typing, you’ll discover that you can navigate the left side from the keyboard. Too bad you can’t navigate the right side if you’re a keyboard nut!
'Pokémon Go' celebrates its first birthday by giving Pikachu a hat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Pokémon Go is celebrating its first birthday this month with discounts on items and something for fans of the original Pokémon TV show: Pikachu, donning Ash's hat. SEE ALSO: 'Pokémon Go' is branding Pokémon caught by cheaters Starting today and running through July 24, Pikachus found in the wild will be wearing Ash's hat from the first season of the Pokémon anime. Pikachu was the very first Pokémon that the show's protagonist caught and has stuck with him through all these years (despite Ash changing his hat several times over the course of the series). Whether Pikachu will keep the hat on if evolved into Raichu is unknown at this point, but we can dream. On top of Pikachu's new duds, players will be able to get a limited anniversary box that includes incubators, max revives, ultra balls, and raid passes at a discounted price. Outside of the game, Niantic teased more details coming about in-person events including the sold-out Pokémon Go Fest Chicago, European events coming this summer, and events in Yokohama, Japan this August. Niantic dropped one more astounding piece of information to show just how popular its game has been: In its first year, Pokémon Go players have caught over 125 billion Pokémon. That's a lot of Pokémon. WATCH: Professional video gamers react to Pokémon Go
China vs the World: Smartphone giants face a low
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
If you're in the market for a new smartphone, you might want to give these Chinese handsets a chance.
Pogue's Basics: The master class on capturing screenshots
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Maybe you’re writing up instructions, illustrating a computer book, or collecting proof of some secret screen you found buried in a game. You can take pictures of the entire screen or capture only the contents of a rectangular selection. On the Mac, it’s Command-Shift-3 to capture the whole screen, or Command-Shift 4 to grab a region of the screen.
A ruling against Google in Canada could affect free speech around the world
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Google has to stop linking to a website impacting a Canadian company in both the country and the rest of the world.
What you need to know about the new ransomware that's hit the US
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The Petya/ NotPetya ransomware impacting countries across the globe is just the latest such attack to demand cash for a key to unlock victims' computers.
How to switch from iPhone to Android and vice versa
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Changing from an Android phone to an iPhone and vice versa can be a pain, but these steps will help make it a bit easier.
What you need to know about the new ransomware ravaging the internet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The Petya/ NotPetya ransomware impacting countries across the globe is just the latest such attack to demand cash for a key to unlock victims' computers.
What you need to know about Petya ransomware and how to avoid it
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
A new form of malware hit the internet Tuesday, shutting down systems across Europe and impacting companies from the U.S. to Russia. A form of ransomware, the malware encrypts a victim’s PC and demands that they pay $300 in exchange for the keys to unlock their computer or lose all of their data. The attack even managed to affect radiation monitoring equipment at the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site, forcing workers to rely on manual checks instead.
Even a $2.7 billion fine can't hurt Google
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The European Commission has fined Google $2.7 billion, but that won't hurt the search giant.
Nintendo is bringing back the Super Nintendo just in time for the holidays
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nintendo is bringing back the Super Nintendo in the form of its new Super Nintendo Classic this September. Nintendo (NTDOY) is bringing is bringing the Super Nintendo Entertainment System back from the dead just in time for the holiday shopping season in the form of its SNES Classic Edition.
Your fingerprints could replace your airline boarding pass
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Delta Airlines is testing fingerprint readers that may soon replace your old-fashioned paper and digital boarding passes.
Big Cable broke its promise and you're paying for it
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The cable industry promised consumers free apps to replace rented cable boxes. We're still waiting.
Uber’s next CEO faces 3 big challenges
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Uber's next CEO will have a a lot work cut out for him or her.
The 3 big challenges facing Uber’s next CEO
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is out. After a series of public relations disasters resulting from claims of sexual harassment, sexism, privacy invasions and law enforcement evasions, the co-founder announced his resignation under pressure from investors. The new face for the company will undoubtedly encounter a slew of challenges right off the bat.
Why Apple would need to use ex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple is using ex-NSA, FBI and military workers to help put an end to company leaks.
Nintendo's 'Arms' is a whimsical fighter with wonderful multiplayer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nintendo's 'Arms' is exciting, fast-paced action, but it's single-player mode could use more depth.
Here’s who could lead Uber out of its scandals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Uber's looking for a chief operating officer to revamp the company. Here's a look at some of the contenders.
The top 10 games of E3 2017
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The greatest video game show on Earth has ended, but the hype is just heating up. Nearly 70,000 gamers flooded an overpacked Los Angeles Convention Center for three straight days (not counting a few days of fancy media briefings) of digital insanity, and game makers of all shapes and sizes delivered enough gaming goodness to last a lifetime — or at least until the holidays.
These are the coolest VR games at the world's biggest video game expo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Virtual reality might be stalled, but E3 2017 proved there's still plenty of life left for the medium.
Microsoft's new Surface Pro is a powerful machine with a slight drawback
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Microsoft's new Surface Pro is an excellent 2-in-1 laptop-tablet device with a ton of power and battery life.
Nintendo shows off new 'Super Mario Odyssey' and more at E3 2017
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nintendo's E3 2017 event brought us 'Super Mario Odyssey,' but little in the way of third-party games.
Microsoft's new Xbox One X is a beast, but faces an uphill battle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Microsoft is pushing the One X as the world’s most powerful system. Officially slated for release on Nov. 7, the One X faces some stiff competition in Sony’s (SNE) incredibly popular PlayStation 4 and VR-ready PS4 Pro, not to mention the still hard to get Nintendo (NTDOY) Switch. Microsoft unveils the Xbox One X at the annual E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California on June 12.
Pogue's Basics: Operate the Windows Ribbon from the keyboard
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The Windows 10 Ribbon is supposed to enhance your efficiency by putting every conceivable command in one place, with nothing hidden. But how efficient is a tool that requires mousing?
America has slower LTE wireless than Canada or Mexico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Both Canada and Mexico, and a number of other countries, have much faster wireless internet than the U.S.
E3 Preview: What to expect from 2017's marquee video game expo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Hope you like video games, because your social networks are about to get flooded with countless tweets, posts, pics, hot takes, snarky asides and full-on rants about interactive entertainment. E3, otherwise known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo. You’ve likely heard of E3 — it’s in its 24th consecutive year — but you might not know why the annual video game industry convention/circus is such a big deal.
The big issues we want Apple to address in macOS High Sierra
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
These are the issues we hope Apple addresses with macOS High Sierra.
Pogue's Basics: The "Minimize All" keystroke in Windows
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Sometimes you’ve got Windows open, and you want to have a look at your desktop to find a certain icon. Well, here’s a keyboard trick that lets you minimize all your windows at once, revealing your entire desktop. Just press Windows key+M (think of it as M for “Minimize all”). Boom! They all fly away to your taskbar.
The 27 most interesting new features in iOS 11
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
When iOS 11, the new, free iPhone/iPad OS upgrade comes this fall, you won't gain any big-ticket feature. Instead, you'll get lot of tiny nips and tucks that fall into five categories: Nice Tweaks, Storage Help, iPad Exclusives, Playing Catch-Up, Fixing Bad Design.
Apple polishes up 23 features in Mac OS High Sierra
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Let’s be honest: The biggest Mac news from Apple’s developer conference Monday wasn’t about software features—it was about new hardware. All Apple (AAPL) laptops and iMacs will gain Intel’s latest, fastest processor, known as Kaby Lake. It will be called Mac OS High Sierra, and the name suggests exactly what it is: a set of refinements to the current Mac OS, called Sierra.
Apple’s top new iOS 11 features 
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple announced new features at the WWDC 2017. Here are the top 10 features to look out for this fall: The Apple Pay Cash Card will let users pay and receive peer-to-peer money transactions in iMessage. Siri will be able to translate in various languages, like English, French, Chinese, German, Spanish and Italian. Siri Male and Female voice get an update to sound more natural. “Intelligence” feature will let Siri make suggestions on what you might find interesting. Users will be able swipe up to get access to the redesigned control center, and use 3D touch to expand the options. ...
Here’s what’s new: Apple’s High Sierra 
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017, Apple claimed that the new macOS High Sierra will have the fastest desktop browser to date. Safari is said to be 80 percent faster than Chrome, and will have an autoplay blocking feature. For those who are concerned about Internet privacy, High Sierra will have an Intelligent Tracking Prevention tool. Mail also got a few updates, including “Top Hits” in Spotlight, and Split View keeps messages you are replying to on the right side and mail on the left. One of the most promising updates is designed to speed up the file system. ...
Amazon Echo, Google Home and now, Apple HomePod
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple jumps into the smart speaker race with HomePod.
Pogue's Basics: The fastest way to uninstall a Windows 10 app
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
How cool is this? You can uninstall a program right from the Start menu in Windows 10. That’s a lot more efficient than the method most people know: burrowing into the Control Panel or the Settings app and fumbling around.
Live updates from Apple's developers conference
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
We're live blogging all the news from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Inventor of “Iron Man” jet suit beats his own speed record
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Who needs flying cars when you have a flying “jet suit”?
Google's autonomous car company is now testing out self
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Waymo is taking its self-driving tech to an entirely new class of vehicles. The autonomous car company, which famously spun off as an independent entity after years of development as the Google X self-driving car project, was recently spotted running tests on something other than its instantly recognizable fleet of Waymo-branded Chrysler Pacifica minivans: a truck.   A photo recently obtained by BuzzFeed News appears to show a Waymo truck, which company reps confirmed to be genuine. Until the image surfaced, Waymo was only thought to be developing its autonomous driving platform on its cars, Lexus SUVs, and minivans, which have been extensively promoted as it ramps up its efforts with a public self-driving program in Phoenix.      SEE ALSO: Russia's Google rival just jumped into the self-driving car race When reached for comment by Mashable via email, a Waymo rep shared the same statement given to BuzzFeed: Waymo is currently testing just one truck, reportedly a Class 8 Peterbilt, outfitted with the company's self-produced autonomous platform. A company spokesperson confirmed to Mashable that the company is currently conducting tests on a private track at its facility in California, and that the truck has also made it out to public streets — with a human operator behind the wheel controlling it manually at all times — to collect the road data essential for the autonomous platform's development. The Waymo rep also confirmed to us that the road testing efforts will be expanded to Arizona later this year. Trucking and autonomy The move to bigger vehicles isn't a shocker for Waymo — the company has made it clear that it's focused on more than just consumer transportation and has its sights on the future of mobility on the whole, through statements made by CEO John Krafcik and aggressive moves outside the direct consumer market, like its deal with Lyft.  Self-driving trucks could transform an entire industry. Autonomous vehicles could increase productivity and efficiency along freight routes, making the job easier for drivers — and they could fill the gap to combat the projected driver shortage facing the industry in the coming years. By using its autonomous platform on trucks, Waymo could play a big part in transforming American highways.  But it's far from the first player to enter the self-driving truck space. There are projects currently in the works from established companies like PACCAR, the manufacturer behind the Peterbilt brand, which is working with Nvidia, and smaller independent startups like Embark, which is testing its platform on Nevada highways. Perhaps the most notable project is the Uber-owned Otto, which successfully delivered an autonomous freight of beer last year.  Waymo's parent company, Alphabet, is in the midst of a contentious lawsuit with Uber that could stifle or even shutter Uber's own self-driving development efforts. The dispute stems from Otto's founder, Anthony Levandowski, a former Google (and now former Uber) employee accused of stealing company secrets and using them for Otto and then Uber. Meanwhile, the only other company that comes close to matching Google's pedigree, Apple, has reportedly ramped up its own autonomous driving efforts of late, with its own self-driving test car recently spotted on California streets.  WATCH: World travelers will love this suitcase that doubles as a scooter
All the news we expect from Apple's huge developers conference
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple CEO Tim Cook will be on hand for the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5. Apple is known for using WWDC to showcase its newest software updates. Apple should also announce improvements to its watchOS and tvOS systems, and could even roll out its very own Siri speaker to compete with the likes of Amazon’s (AMZN) Echo and Google’s (GOOGL, GOOG) Home.
Uber posts $708 million loss and says finance head left
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Uber posted a $708 million loss in the most recent quarter and said its head of finance is leaving the company, the latest executive to depart in what has been a very tough year to date. Uber told The ...
Uber posts $708M loss as revenue grows; finance head quits
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
HONG KONG (AP) — Ride-hailing giant Uber has reported another multimillion dollar loss even as its revenues grow.
How Washington is throwing away its shot at protecting your privacy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
A Republican member of the House has introduced a comprehensive data privacy bill, but Congress is unlikely to ever pass it.
Microsoft's Skype draws inspiration from Snapchat in big redesign
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
You can add Skype to the growing list of services copying features straight from Snapchat. The Microsoft Corp communications service on Thursday announced a major redesign of its mobile app, including a “Highlights” feature that lets customers snap photos and videos that will be temporarily visible to their connections. The feature carries a strong resemblance to Snapchat’s “Stories.” That format has been growing in popularity within social and messaging services and has recently been incorporated into Facebook Inc’s family of apps, most notably by Instagram.
Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Facebook (FB.O), Amazon (AMZN.O) and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying they were necessary to improve privacy protections and increase government transparency. The request marks the first significant public effort by Silicon Valley to wade into what is expected to be a contentious debate later the year over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, parts of which will expire on Dec. 31 unless Congress reauthorizes them. Of particular concern to the technology industry and privacy advocates is Section 702, which allows U.S. intelligence agencies to vacuum up vast amounts of communications from foreigners but also incidentally collects some data belonging to Americans that can be searched by analysts without a warrant.
Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass will end your free time forever
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Microsoft's new Xbox Game Pas service will give you access to more than 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games for $10 a month.
The new Samsung Galaxy does 27 things the iPhone doesn't
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
David Pogue has created master list of features that the Samsung Galaxy S8 has and the iPhone 7 doesn’t—along with an assessment of which ones are actually useful.