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UK Deals: Amazon Easter Sale


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Amazon Easter sales have started, here is our pick of the best.

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20% Off Amazon Echo Dot. Was £49.99, now £39.99

Save £15 on Amazon Echo. Was £89.99, now £74.99

Save £15 on Amazon Fire 7 Tablet. Was £49.99, now £34.99

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Posted on 19 March 2018 | 11:18 pm

Apple is reportedly working on its own MicroLED screens


Apple is working on a new type of LED display in a secret facility in California, Bloomberg reported Monday.

The screen tech, called MicroLED, is similar to OLED in some respects (both don't require backlight and offer better contrast than LCDs) but has better brightness and consumes less energy. However, MicroLED is harder to produce than OLED, which is why the technology hasn't been successfully commercialized yet. 

SEE ALSO: Apple's still trying to convince us Face ID is cool

The fact that Apple is interested in MicroLED isn't new; the company acquired MicroLED developer LuxVue in May 2014. Back then, rumors had it that Apple will use MicroLED in its then-upcoming Watch, but the company ended up using an OLED screen.  Read more...

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Posted on 19 March 2018 | 10:56 pm

Ford moves the dealership online


Ready. Shop. Go.

That's the name of Ford's new online car store. The automaker hopes to encourage online shoppers to take a break from Amazon to look at cars.

SEE ALSO: We tried on the exoskeleton Ford’s using to prevent worker injury

You’ll be able to buy a Ford online in the Midwest starting on Monday and the plan is to roll it out to all U.S. markets by the end of the year. So far, it’s been tested out in five states, including Ohio. 

Chris Thornton, Ford's retail network experience manager, described the shopping site as an online dealership. "We've taken elements from the sales process ... and put those online," he said in a phone call. That means less time at the car lot, though you'll still have to go to the dealership to fill out some forms and arrange for the car delivery and pick-up. Read more...

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Posted on 19 March 2018 | 5:01 pm

IBM has created a computer smaller than a grain of salt


If there's one downside to powerful computers, it's that they're too damn big. 

Luckily, that's about to change. At least, if IBM has anything to say about it. 

SEE ALSO: Hello, Watson: How AI actually learns how to think

March 19 is the first day of IBM Think 2018, the company's flagship conference, where the company will unveil what it claims is the world's smallest computer. They're not kidding: It's literally smaller than a grain of salt. 

But don't let the size fool you: This sucker has the computing power of the x86 chip from 1990. Okay, so that's not great compared to what we have today, but cut it some slack — you need a microscope to see it.  Read more...

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Posted on 19 March 2018 | 5:01 pm

Facebook set to be grilled by lawmakers over Trump-linked data firm


Cambridge Analytica is the name on everyone's lips right now, and British and U.S. lawmakers want to know about Facebook's dealings with it. 

The U.K. based political data firm has been suspended by Facebook, following revelations it used the personal data of 50 million users without their knowledge. 

SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know about the Cambridge Analytica controversy

Cambridge Analytica allegedly used this data for something it called "psychographic profiling," using the information to predict voting behaviour. It was used by the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, and is being investigated for its role in the "Brexit" referendum vote. Read more...

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Posted on 19 March 2018 | 3:40 pm

YouTube still hasn't figured out how to keep its videos age-appropriate


YouTube Kids is once again facing questions over the content of its app. This time, it's not violent videos but questionable conspiracy theories. 

A report in Business Insider found the app recommended a number of videos promoting conspiracy theories, including that the moon landing was faked, the pyramids were built by aliens, and that "the planet is run by reptile-human hybrids," among others.

SEE ALSO: YouTube's solution to scary conspiracy theories: Wikipedia

Though these videos may not violate YouTube's guidelines, it's obviously not the type of content YouTube wants to promote to young children. Read more...

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Posted on 19 March 2018 | 1:35 pm

Everything you need to know about the Cambridge Analytica controversy


Facebook is once again in hot water over the role its policies may have played in the election.

On Saturday, two explosive reports from The Guardian and The New York Times surfaced alleging that more than 50 million Facebook users had personal data used without their knowledge by Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based data firm employed by Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.

SEE ALSO: How to see all the weird apps that can access your data on Facebook

The news quickly set off a firestorm on social media, where Facebook executives attempted to do damage control as a new backlash against the company ensued.  Read more...

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Posted on 19 March 2018 | 10:44 am

Facebook investigating a current employee who has ties to that Trump-linked data firm


The hits keep on coming for Facebook.

On Friday, the social media company booted the Donald Trump campaign-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica from its platform. On Saturday, we learned why: The firm played a role in secretly harvesting data belonging to more than 50 million users.

SEE ALSO: How to see all the weird apps that can access your data on Facebook

On Sunday, a third bomb dropped: Joseph Chancellor, currently a researcher at Facebook, may be connected to this whole mess.

A Sunday report from CNN reveals that Chancellor previously served as a director of Global Science Research (GSR). When whistleblower Christopher Wylie teamed up with Cambridge University's Aleksandr Kogan to develop an app that could harvest Facebook user data, GSR was the company that data funneled through. Read more...

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Posted on 19 March 2018 | 10:19 am

New Android Auto feature lets you actually use your phone while connected


Android Auto just got a small but incredibly useful update.

Google appears to be rolling out a new "swipe to unlock" feature for the vehicle-connected app that makes it easier to unlock your phone while it's paired to the car.

SEE ALSO: Google's Android Wear is now called Wear OS

The company hasn't yet disclosed the change, but it's been spotted by a number of Redditors (h/t Engadget), who report seeing the feature show up in the last day or two. 

With the update, users can unlock their phones while it's connected to the in-car Android Auto system with a simple swipe up. This allows you to access content form your phone that wouldn't otherwise be accessible via the Android Auto dash system. Read more...

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Posted on 19 March 2018 | 6:43 am

The tech talent gap is real. Increased diversity is the solution.


This column is part of a series called "Voices of Women in Tech," created in collaboration with, a global enterprise that supports women in technical fields, as well as the organizations that employ them and the academic institutions training the next generation.

As a chief human resources officer in the tech industry, I know firsthand that the talent gap is real. In the cybersecurity segment alone, experts predict some 2 million roles will go unfilled by 2019. And in an ultracompetitive, fast-moving industry — where finding and securing top talent can feel akin to spotting a snow leopard in New York City — addressing diversity in the recruiting mix can be a real challenge for many hiring managers. Read more...

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Posted on 19 March 2018 | 3:00 am

Save $15 on a breakaway charging cable for USB-C devices


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How many times have you accidentally tripped over your laptop cord, only to tear the entire thing out of your computer? Or even worse, have your laptop come plummeting down with it? Yeah, it's not pretty.

Chargers offer an easy way to power up any device — be it a laptop, tablet, or phone — but they're certainly not designed with klutzes in mind. 

SEE ALSO: You have Netflix, Hulu, and the rest — you just need this $20 HDTV antenna to replace cable Read more...

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Posted on 18 March 2018 | 11:00 pm

Sorry Microsoft, but this isn't the way to get people to use your Edge browser


D'oh! What are you doing Microsoft?

Do you really think it's a good idea to only let users open links from within Windows 10's default Mail app in the Edge browser? Go ahead and slap your face a few more times and maybe splash a glass of cold water on it to wake yourself up.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft is ditching Windows 10 S for 'S Mode'

In this latest episode of "Who the heck thought this was a good idea?," Microsoft is reportedly punching itself in the face again.

According to PC World, the newest closed beta version of Windows 10 Build 17623, a version of the operating system due to be released this fall, forces all links from within the Mail app to only open up in Microsoft's Edge browser.  Read more...

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Posted on 18 March 2018 | 10:54 am

All the devices Apple might announce at its education event on March 27


On March 27, Apple's holding a special education-focused event at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago.

As always for Apple, the invite is a bit cryptic. "Let's take a field trip," and "join us to hear creative new ideas for teachers and students," the invite reads. 

Beyond pushing kids to learn its Swift coding language and to program in general (an initiative CEO Tim Cook champions every chance he gets), what else could Apple have in store? Let's see if we can make a few educated guesses.

SEE ALSO: Apple's new 'Families' website helps parents curb their kids' tech addictions

The location of the event, a high school, gives us a clue as to who Apple might be targeting for this event.  Read more...

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Posted on 18 March 2018 | 9:29 am

How to see all the weird apps that can access your data on Facebook


Over the years, you've probably logged into a lot of services on Facebook without thinking about how those services use your data. Some of those services may have leveraged your data to undermine the very foundations of American democracy. Hard to say!

New reports from the Guardian and New York Times reveal how a Trump-aligned data-gathering service called Cambridge Analytica "exploited" information from millions of people in the lead-up to the 2016 election. It was pretty simple: The firm created a personality test app called "thisisyourdigitallife," and people opted in to take it, granting the app permission to scrape their personal data in the process. It also harvested their friends' data. Read more...

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Posted on 18 March 2018 | 7:38 am

Download this: Tamagotchis are back and yes, there's still lots of poo


If you're a child of the '90s then you probably remember Tamagotchi, the egg-shaped digital "pets" we had to attend to constantly lest they die of neglect.

Now they're back, thanks to a new mobile game from Bandai NamcoFirst teased last year, My Tamagotchi Forever is the latest attempt to give you all the '90s feels.

SEE ALSO: Netflix’s comedy ‘Everything Sucks’ is pure ‘90s nostalgia

The game itself is more of an updated spin on the original concept — think Tamagotchi meets Animal Crossing. You're still expected to tend to your Tamagotchi's every need as it evolves from a toddler into an "adult," and they're every bit as needy as the original. Read more...

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Posted on 18 March 2018 | 6:42 am

Tinder's owner couldn't buy Bumble, so now the company is suing instead


Pop quiz time! Who owns Tinder, OkCupid,, and Plenty of Fish? If you said Match Group, Inc., you're correct and you should treat yourself to a cookie.

After failing to buy Tinder/OkCupid/Match/PoF competitor Bumble last year for a reported $450 million, the parent company behind all of the aforementioned popular dating services is now suing the dating app for infringing on two of its patents.

SEE ALSO: Bumble bans guns from profile photos in wake of Parkland shooting

According to the lawsuit, Match Group is claiming Bumble, which was created by ex-Tinder executives, rips off Tinder almost in its entirety, with the exception of its "women-talk-first marketing strategy." Read more...

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Posted on 18 March 2018 | 5:26 am

Whistleblower's story explains why Facebook booted a Trump-linked data firm


Now we know why Facebook gave Cambridge Analytica the boot on Friday. What's less clear is why it took so long.

The social media company was aware as far back as late 2015 that, starting in early 2014, the Trump-linked U.K data firm had secretly harvested profile data belonging to 50 million users, according to a follow-up report from The Observer. The paper calls it Facebook's biggest data breach to date.

SEE ALSO: Pennsylvania attorney general sues Uber over 2016 data breach

The details come from a whistleblower, Christopher Wylie, who said he worked with Aleksandr Kogan, a professor at Cambridge University, to obtain the data. Kogan created an app called "thisisyourdigitallife" that paid users to take a personality test. Participants had to sign in through their Facebook login and agree to let their data be used for academic purposes. Read more...

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Posted on 18 March 2018 | 4:27 am

Trump plans new sanctions on Venezuela's 'Petro' cryptocurrency


Last month, the Venezuelan government launched Petro, the world's first state-issued cryptocurrency, in hopes of boosting its struggling economy and circumventing U.S. and European sanctions.

The Trump administration, however, isn't buying into the country's new digital currency, which has been called "snake oil" by some financial experts.

SEE ALSO: Venezuela's national cryptocurrency is officially up for sale

Donald Trump is reportedly planning to impose additional sanctions on Venezuela restricting the use of Petro for U.S. financial transactions, according to McClatchy.

The report claims the new, tougher sanctions could go into effect as early as Monday after Trump signs an executive order. Read more...

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Posted on 18 March 2018 | 3:39 am

It pays to learn to code with C# and here's why


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So you're fluent in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Congratulations! You can now create all sorts of fun things, like websites, apps, and video games. But if you want to grow as a programmer — and rake in big bucks while you're at it — don't pigeonhole yourself to just client-side languages. It's time to expand your horizons and find a server-side language to cut your teeth onC# is a great option.

SEE ALSO: The coding guidebook every developer should own for less than $20 Read more...

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Posted on 17 March 2018 | 11:30 pm

Protect your Nintendo Switch and double the battery life with this case that's on sale


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The main reason to buy a portable gaming system is so you can use it anywhere: in the sky aboard a plane, or on the ground inside a train. In a bus or in a car, somewhere near or very far (as Dr. Seuss would put it). With Nintendo Switch, you can play Zelda no matter where you are, and it's glorious. The only thing standing between you and protecting Hyrule (or saving Princess Peach, or playing Smash Brothers) is your battery life. Which, unfortunately, can be pretty limiting. Read more...

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Posted on 17 March 2018 | 11:00 pm

Facebook suspends Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica


A data analytics firm linked to both Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Brexit referendum has been banned by Facebook.

Cambridge Analytica, the British firm that claimed it helped Trump get elected, has been suspended from Facebook, the company revealed. 

SEE ALSO: Look at these dumb email accounts Russian trolls made to influence the 2016 election

At issue is Cambridge Analytica's use of user data obtained by a third-party developer, a University of Cambridge professor named Dr. Aleksandr Kogan. Kogan, according to Facebook, obtained information on 270,000 Facebook users via his app, which he touted as a research experiment.  Read more...

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Posted on 17 March 2018 | 3:37 pm

Lyft tests a bunch of 'all-access' subscription plans for frequent users


Some frequent Lyft users are being offered monthly subscription plans.

The plans have been tested at different price points for the past few months, offering "free" rides for a lump sum up front. Rides are capped at $15, so this is for short, frequent trips — not long-distance trips to the airport.

SEE ALSO: The future of self-driving taxis may be closer than you think

A Lyft spokesperson said in an email Friday, "We’re always testing new ways to provide passengers the most affordable and flexible transportation options. For the past few months, we’ve been testing a variety of All-Access Plans for Lyft passengers." Read more...

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Posted on 17 March 2018 | 1:39 pm

Apple's still trying to convince us Face ID is cool


There are some things in life that are just unambiguously cool, like, I don't know, motorcycles.

Apple's Face ID is not one of those things. And yet, as a new ad for the iPhone X unlock feature makes clear, the cutting-edge kids of Cupertino desperately want us to think otherwise. 

It's not working. 

SEE ALSO: With iOS 11.3, iPhone X owners will be able to approve kids' purchases with Face ID

The new 68 second advertisement takes place in and around what appears to be a high school, and shows a young woman surprised to find her iPhone X unlocking with merely a glance. What happens next, well, is an attempt at that classic Apple branding magic.  Read more...

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Posted on 17 March 2018 | 12:03 pm

This Toyota magazine ad that measures your heart rate is way too much


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Posted on 17 March 2018 | 11:02 am

This machine lets your beer do all the talking


Ripples has created a new machine that prints anything from selfies to pick-up lines on top of your beer foam (don't worry, it won't impact your beer's taste!) Find a Ripples machine near you with the app. Read more...

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Posted on 17 March 2018 | 9:23 am

Hulu launches March Madness experience for hardcore basketball fans


If you're a Hulu subscriber, you can now watch March Madness anywhere you like. 

Hulu's March Madness Experience launched Sunday at the time the bracket was announced. It's available, in varying capacity, to all Hulu Live TV subscribers. 

SEE ALSO: 6 things more likely than winning Warren Buffett's March Madness challenge

The experience is the latest installment of Hulu's push into live sporting events. The subscription video service began streaming college football on its Live TV service last August, and offered a similar experience with NBC's Olympics coverage in February. 

Personalized sports viewing experiences have been by far the most popular content on Hulu's Live platform, according to Richard Irving, Hulu's vice president of product. In particular, the service is (intuitively) targeting "cord cutters," customers who have forgone cable TV for streaming services.  Read more...

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Posted on 17 March 2018 | 9:03 am

Google created an AI-based, open source music synthesizer


Move over musicians, AI is hereGoogle's 'NSynth' neural network is designed to take existing sounds and combine them using a complex, machine learning algorithm. The result? Thousands of new musical sounds, and an instrument you can play them on. Read more...

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Posted on 17 March 2018 | 9:00 am

Amazon tests a 'brief mode' for when you want Alexa to just shut up


Love your Echo but think Alexa is just a little too chatty? Well, you're in luck.

Amazon is reducing the amount of time you have to spend listening to Alexa respond to commands, thanks to a new "brief mode."

SEE ALSO: Amazon updates Alexa so you don't have to say 'Alexa' repeatedly

When enabled, the feature replaces short responses, like "okay," with a simple beep. It appears to still be in a testing phase, as the brief mode setting isn't yet showing up for all users.

The feature was first spotted by Reddit users, who noted that Alexa began responding to simple commands with a short beep instead of the usual "okay." (We've reached out to Amazon for more information on the feature and will update when we hear back.) Read more...

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Posted on 17 March 2018 | 8:39 am

Facebook and Google will stop at nothing to squash leaks


Google and Facebook aren't just spying on their users. 

The two tech behemoths are known for all the creepy ways they pry into the lives of those using their products, but it's an entirely different group of people who today will be looking over their collective shoulders: their employees. 

SEE ALSO: Leaking anonymously is hard. Here's how to do it right, and not get caught.

A March 16 story by The Guardian's Olivia Solon makes this clear, describing the great lengths to which Facebook and Google will go in order to find and punish any worker who dares to leak information to the press — or just step out of line in any way, generally.  Read more...

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Posted on 17 March 2018 | 8:05 am

Easy Ways to Organize Your Messy Cords

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Posted on 17 March 2018 | 7:33 am