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Maybe Santa shouldn’t bring the kids any internet-enabled toys this year

Germany is cracking down on the sale of smart watches aimed at kids between the ages of 5 and 12 years over concerns that they can be turned into spying devices. German telecom watchdog, the Federal Network Agency has banned the sale of the devices, and in an announcement made Friday, they said they had already taken … <a href="" class="more-link">Continue reading “Maybe Santa shouldn’t bring the kids any internet-enabled toys this year”</a>

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The Best Pre-Black Friday TV Deals

55-inch TCL 55S405 4K UHD TV with Roku for $369.99 If you're looking for a big 4K TV that won't break the bank, this 55-inch set from TCL is shockingly affordable. And while it's never going to live up to the picture quality of a high-end OLED, it still looks pretty darn good at a fraction of the price. Just keep in mind that there's a good chance you won't be able to get this before Christmas.

Facebook will let some of its users see if they interacted with Russian propaganda

While Facebook will show some users the affiliated pages they liked or followed, the company maintains that technical and privacy reasons keep it from showing whether such propaganda was merely shown to someone as a paid ad or as a post in the News Feed.

The government's proposed internet rules would allow ISPs to block apps — read the full proposal here

Pai's proposal, named the Restoring Internet Freedom order, would reverse a 2015 ruling that classifies ISPs as utilities — opposed by ISPs and supported by those who say pro-net-neutrality policies encourage innovation.

The best Black Friday deals at Amazon

To recap: Though Amazon technically kicks off its Black Friday sale at midnight PT on Nov. 23, there are already deals live on the site right now -- including BeatsX headphones, a Sony receiver and a 55-inch TCL 4K Roku TV. But the serious action will go down during what the retailer is calling, awkwardly, the "Turkey 5" -- the five days starting on Thanksgiving and extending through Cyber Monday.

What you need to know about net neutrality repeal

But that's not the end of the fight. Net neutrality supporters have vowed to file lawsuits in defense of net neutrality. Once the order to repeal the rules is published in the federal registry, the lawsuits will likely be filed. Supporters say they feel good about their chances in court, given that a federal appeals court last year upheld the 2015 rules. But as with any legal fight, the outcome is never certain until the judges make their ruling.

The FCC's reasons for axing net neutrality make no sense for consumers

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai formally announced his plan to kill net neutrality and other consumer protections today as he seeks to remove the classification of home and mobile internet service providers as utilities. Although we’ve been hearing about his intentions for months now, the announcement warrants a debunking of his reasoning for the move.

10 ways to donate when holiday shopping

There are plenty of people and charities that could use a little bit of holiday warmth. That's why we've compiled a list of ways to donate or products that give back to those in need. It'll feel just like your normal online shopping, but your money will go to the greater good.

Apple reveals self-driving car work in research paper

The new technique was only tested in computer simulations, so Apple will still need to put VoxelNet to the test on the streets IRL before it can actually remove the cameras from its self-driving platform. The initial results were called "highly encouraging," however, so it might not be too long before the system described in the public research is put into use, by Apple or some other self-driving projects.

Samsung DeX will finally give life to the Linux smartphone

This is important. Why? Canonical's failure was indirectly a big blow to Linux on the desktop. When it was thought a Linux company was going to beat everyone to convergence, it was a big deal. When it failed, it was no surprise to many. However, the Linux faithful knew what their platform of choice was capable of. Clearly, Samsung knew as well. And with Linux On Galaxy, Samsung is very close to taking DeX to the next level, and bringing Linux with it.

Amazon Echo Dot - Add Alexa to any room

 Having worked in the electronics retail industry for years now, I've seen scores of Smart devices come and go. Until now, nobody quite got it right. In the Echo Dot, Amazon has created a near perfect blend of hardware and software. I've seen plenty of the former, but truly seamless multi platform software has eluded everyone but Amazon. We're talking major players like Samsung and Google who have been at it for much longer than Amazon. The main problem is that excellent products like the Samsung Smart Things hub, which do a fantastic job of unifying a slew of different connected devices from different companies (Nest, Honeywell, Phillips, and so on), still lacked the web connectivity and entertainment support I wanted, so I'd still end up needing my tablet or phone. Thanks to fantastic third party support, the Dot has no problem controlling all of my smart stuff while allowing me to listen to music, order food, check the weather, listen to the radio, set alarms and timers, all of which is easily accomplished through simple voice commands. To me, this is the exceedingly rare product that I didn't know I needed, and now can't live without.

Peter Thiel sells most of remaining Facebook stake

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc’s first major investor Peter Thiel has sold three-quarters of his remaining stake in the social network as part of a previously established trading plan, a regulatory filing showed.

Apple will launch a new iPhone SE in 2018, report says

As we've previously pointed out , Apple's 4-inch iPhone SE is unlikely to follow the patterns of previous iPhone generations, which have historically been updated every year. Although the $399 iPhone SE may get less frequent updates, Apple has made clear in the past that it's committed to offering a smaller, cheaper iPhone, which is particularly important in markets like India .

Facebook still allowing discriminatory housing ads

The social network has also been in the hot seat over Russian trolls abusing it to meddle in last year's US election. Foreign agents used a combination of paid ads as well as unpaid "organic" posts to reach 126 million people on the platform. Facebook, along with rivals Google and Twitter, faced congressional hearings over the matter on Capitol Hill earlier this month.

Pro-net neutrality groups are planning protests at Verizon stores on December 7th

As the FCC moves ahead with its plan to dismantle net neutrality protections, pro-net neutrality groups say they’re planning protests at Verizon stores around the country on December 7th.

Windows 10 tip: Take full control over how your PC shuts down | ZDNet

The most common shutdown options are available on the Start menu. For additional options, such as restarting and configuring firmware options, use the Shutdown command.


After nearly fourteen years of operation, will be shutting down next week. The decision to close Gawker comes days after Univision successfully bid $135 million for Gawker Media’s six other websites, and three months after the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel revealed his clandestine legal campaign against the company.

How to develop a data science training program inside your company

Stay in touch with managers of projects where newly-trained employees are deployed so you can see how it's going. This enables you to build rapport with managers. It is likewise useful to evaluate the effectiveness of training and skills transfer by meeting with project managers after projects have been completed. You are likely to find areas in your curriculum where training went well, and areas where it can be strengthened.

How to secure your Mac in 4 basic steps

Many Mac users prefer the convenience of not having to log in to their system each time the computer starts. Apple permits macOS users to boot Mac computers straight into the operating system without stopping and requiring whoever possesses the laptop to first enter the username and password for an account authorized to access the machine. If such a computer is lost or stolen, anyone finding the Mac will be able to access its email, images, documents, spreadsheets, and other files, and potentially cloud platforms depending upon configuration, without so much as having to enter a password.

Few Options Remain To Stop Trump’s FCC From Scrapping Net Neutrality

But Dane Jasper, CEO of Sonic , a smaller ISP that’s a darling of net neutrality activists, is less sanguine. “There are some, generally smaller ISPs who support net neutrality, and some who do not,” writes Jasper in an email, noting for instance wireless ISPs who might be siding with Pai in order to save money. “In my experience, this is likely to be because they have already been throttling video rather than upgrading their networks,” he says. (Major wireless carriers reduce the resolution of streaming HD video on the fly to avoid taxing their capacity.)

You don't need to wait till Black Friday for these PlayStation deals

Mind you, there are a couple of reasons you might  want to wait at least a few hours. GameStop says it will throw in a $50 giftcard, and Kohl's will offer $60 in Kohl's Cash with your purchase. (GameStop deals start online at 10 p.m. PT Wednesday and in-store 4 p.m. Thursday, and Kohl's opens on 5 p.m. Thursday.)

2017 Gift Guide: Wearables and smartwatches for the entire family

Garmin and Disney paired up to create the Vivofit Jr. 2 activity tracker for kids. The wearable device comes in Disney, Star Wars and Marvel-themed bands and there's a mobile app that unlocks adventures with 60 minutes of daily activity. Parents can use the app to assign and reward chores, set up scheduler alerts and view step and sleep information. The activity tracker is swim-friendly and has a customizable color screen and a one-year battery life. There's a stretchy bands for younger kids and an adjustable band for older children. The device is $99.99 and additional bands are $29.99.

6 tips for avoiding phishing, malware, scams, and hacks while holiday shopping online

The holiday season isn't just busy for shoppers--it's busy for cybercriminals too. Here's a continuation of last year's holiday shopping safety guide with more ways to stay safe.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 reveal date at CES 2018 may wow you even if its design doesn't

We fully expect a routine March 2018 launch event and April Samsung Galaxy S9 release date, even with this tease of a tease. After all, early adopters of the S8 and S7 will have their phone contracts end around April, so Samsung will likely usher in its new phone when everyone is up for renewal.

Intel chip vulnerabilities put millions of devices at risk of total takeover

A security flaw in Intel's Management Engine could give attackers full access to a victim's machine. Luckily, Intel has released patches to fix it.

35+ Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day 2017

If you’re not excited about the prospect of having to cook Thanksgiving dinner, here’s something to be particularly thankful for: There are plenty of restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2017.

Elon Musk's Giant Battery Set for Testing in the Australian Outback

Billionaire Elon Musk’s giant battery being built in the Australian outback will be energized in coming days and begin testing, indicating Tesla Inc. is on track to meet a 100-day self-imposed deadline to install the system.

Retailers’ Recipe for the Holidays: Big Sales; Fewer Seasonal Workers

But like so much about the retail industry, holiday hiring is in flux, even as stores are poised for a big shopping season. While some large retailers like Target are making a big push, others are hiring fewer temporary workers — or almost none at all.

With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there’s a likely culprit

Not only did smartphone use and depression increase in tandem, but time spent online was linked to mental health issues across two different data sets. We found that teens who spent five or more hours a day online were 71 percent more likely than those who spent less than an hour a day to have at least one suicide risk factor (depression, thinking about suicide, making a suicide plan or attempting suicide). Overall, suicide risk factors rose significantly after two or more hours a day of time online.

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First Brief Look at Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Showcases the Cutest Deadly Carnivore Ever

Jurassic World  director Colin Trevorrow shared a six-second clip from J.A. Bayona’s upcoming sequel, with Pratt’s Owen Grady having some adorable bonding time with a baby raptor. It looks to be Baby Blue, signifying a flashback (that, or Blue’s spawned a family). The flashback seems to make the most sense—the spots and stripe match exactly. Plus, not only is Owen wearing a gauntlet, used for bonding or training, but they appear to be located either in the old Visitors Center, or some kind of nursery for baby carnivores.

Hiding a hack? Uber promised not to do things like that

That's why hiding this breach could be a big problem for Uber, McAndrew said. "At the very time they were negotiating a consent order with the FTC, they were knowingly not disclosing it." The terms of the settlement also require Uber to swear under penalty of perjury on an annual basis that it's in compliance with the settlement order. That anniversary hasn't come up yet.

Were You a Victim of Russian Propaganda? Facebook Will Help You Find Out

Andy Stone, a spokesman for Facebook, said the company hoped the tool would help Americans who liked a page or followed an account created by a Russian agent, though he acknowledged that it stopped short of being able to help the much wider circle of people who viewed Russian propaganda shared by their friends.

Tesla Model 3 orders open up for non-employee reservations

Tesla confirmed this week that it opened up the design phase of the order process to a batch of non-employee reservation holders for the first time. Up until this point, the only people who have received Model 3s have been special reservation holders, whether it means employees, family members of employees or those close to the company.

iOS 11.1 power user tips and tricks | ZDNet

iOS 11 features a number of new and updated gestures to help you make the most of the extra screen real-estate on the device. These gestures are simple, but they take some getting used to if you plan on integrating them into your workflow.

MacMall Black Friday 2017 Deals on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac

MacMall is offering discounts of up to $250 on the MacBook Pro, with discounts on the MacBook Air going up to $100. Not every deal is worth your time though which is why we bring you the best Black Friday deals being offered by MacMall.

THE MOBILE CARRIER LANDSCAPE: How AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are overcoming slow user growth amid a fierce price war

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we examine where the wireless industry stands as a result of the price war and uptick in data demand from consumers. We also look at how technological advancements and the adoption of new product lines could incentivize the next wave of revenue growth for telecoms. Finally, we explore potential barriers to carriers' growth, and examine which of the Big Four carriers are poised to lead the pack.

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Mark Cuban asks Trump to take a closer look at Alibaba. Kind of

A roasted turkey's big day out in New York City

A roasted turkey's big day out in New York City

Rolling Stone's Singapore Shareholder Wants to Buy the Magazine

Kuok acquired his 49 percent holding last year after striking a deal with Gus Wenner, two years his junior and the heir apparent to a business built around his father’s pop magazine. Kuok then established Rolling Stone International to expand the brand abroad, including signing a license agreement with Japan’s CCC Group to publish Rolling Stone in Japan.

Badass dude fearlessly takes care of snake on a train

In the clip, a group of startled passengers can be seen backing away as a KRL Commuterline train employee pokes at the snake with an object. But before any official could remedy the situation, a dude swoops in to take care of things.

The Switch to Outdoor LED Lighting Has Completely Backfired

Researchers have been documenting the steady growth of artificial lighting ever since it was invented, and they’ve been wondering when the trend might stop. During the second half of the 20th century, electric light grew at an estimated rate of 3 to 6 percent per year. According to the new study, Earth’s artificially lit outdoor areas grew by 2.2 percent each year from 2012 to 2015, with a total radiance growth of 1.8 percent each year. During this span, nearly 60 countries experienced rapid increases in nighttime illumination between 110 to 150 percent, while another 20 countries experienced growth rates as high as 150 percent or more. Nearly 40 remained stable, with only 16 countries experiencing decreasing rates of nighttime illumination.

Which iPad should you buy now?

How much storage?  Apple increased the base storage for the iPad Pro models to 64GB, which is great for everyday use. The leap beyond that goes right to 256GB, and then a whopping 512GB. If you're concerned about storage, 256GB is safe (but excessive). 512GB is only for people who have extreme photo-storing and video-editing needs: professional photo editors and video editors. The entry-level 9.7-inch iPad starts at 32GB, which is fine for basic use. But going up to 128GB costs $100 more and isn't a bad idea if you're planning on downloading lots of movies or larger files.

After 100 years, Hershey's decided to take a new product into a golden direction

In no way shape or form is it a chocolate bar (so don't even try labeling it as such).

How to Access App Switcher Faster on iPhone X

This is a game changer, especially in day to day life. You’re usually using 2-3 apps at the same time. Looking something up in Safari, messaging in iMessage, or reading something in a third app. Using this left/right swipe on the Home bar is a huge time saver. And once you embrace this gesture, you’ll find yourself using the App Switcher less often.

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Investors are pouring money into bets on residential solar debt

Smallfoot Trailer Shows That Bigfoot Isn't the Only Terrifying Legend Around

Warner Animation Group has released the debut trailer for Smallfoot , an animated film told from the perspective of the Yetis. Instead of humans spotting a giant ape stomping around in the mountains, it’s the other way around. One Yeti comes across a human and becomes the village hero... only to discover that, whoops, there are a few more humans around.

Google admits tracking users' location even when setting disabled | ZDNet

After Quartz revealed Google was tracking the location of a user through cell tower connections, the search giant said the function improves the speed and performance of message delivery.

Batman: The Animated Series Nearly Had a Black Canary/Catwoman Teamup

Yeah, the Black Canary/Catwoman episode was a casualty. They wanted more Robin in the series, and each time we wanted to drop him from a story, we had to fight for it. Not that we had anything against Robin, we just wanted to stretch now and then and do solo Batman stories or episodes that focused mainly on Gordon or the villains. After the experimentation of the first season, the network felt we might be leaving the boys behind, so we got the edict, add more Robin.

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