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Amazon's Alexa Guard can alert you if an Echo detects smoke alarm, breaking glass - CNET

cNET.com - News - 33 min 5 sec ago
You'll get a heads-up on your phone if an Echo device in your home detects a worrisome sound.

A closer look at Royole's foldable, bendable FlexPai phone - CNET

cNET.com - News - 42 min 5 sec ago
As the first phone with a foldable screen, the FlexPai features a 7.8-inch screen, Android Pie and dual cameras.

Postmates plans rollout of autonomous delivery robots in US

The Register - 46 min 56 sec ago
Wheeled robo-containers called Serve headed first to LA

Delivery biz Postmates on Tuesday showed off a wheeled robotic box named Serve that should soon start showing up in cities around the US, carrying goods for customers.…

Fortnite season 7, week 2 challenges and how to complete them fast - CNET

cNET.com - News - 55 min 15 sec ago
If you don't complete challenges you'll never get that tier 100 Ice King.

2018 Geminid meteor shower, bright comet team for super sky show - CNET

cNET.com - News - 56 min 56 sec ago
The 2018 display of "shooting stars" and a close space snowball flyby could make for some epic nights of skywatching this week.

Asteroid no longer expected to smack Earth in eight years - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 11 min ago
Oh, you didn't hear about the impending disaster? Don't worry, it's all cleared up now.

Verizon cuts 10,000 jobs and admits its Yahoo/AOL division is a failure

Ars Technica - 1 hour 18 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Spencer Platt)

Verizon is parting ways with 10,400 employees in "a voluntary separation program," despite the Trump administration providing a tax cut and various deregulatory changes that were supposed to increase investment in jobs and broadband networks. The cuts represent nearly seven percent of Verizon's workforce and were announced along with a $4.6 billion charge related to struggles in Verizon's Yahoo/AOL business division.

Verizon described the voluntary buyouts as well as ongoing Yahoo/AOL failures in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Tuesday. The buyouts affect "US-based management employees" in multiple business segments, not just Yahoo and AOL.

Here's what Verizon says about its Yahoo/AOL problem:

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Toyota, Lexus recall 133,000 trucks and SUVs in two separate recalls - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 19 min ago
These recalls are unrelated to the Takata recall the automaker announced earlier Thursday.

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

The Register - 1 hour 37 min ago
Ingenious device, or fake bomb from 1980s cop movie?

Police in London have put away a fraudster who was using a bizarre homemade device to con people out of the contents of their bank accounts.…

Ohio Congressman: We can fund border wall with “WallCoin”

Ars Technica - 1 hour 38 min ago

Enlarge / Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) wants Americans, Mexicans, or just about anyone else to be able to donate cash to build a wall. And he thinks a "WallCoin" could help do that. (credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)

As President Donald Trump threatened to allow a government shutdown if Congress did not provide funding for his proposed wall along the Mexican border, a Republican congressman from Ohio offered up alternative routes to getting the wall built: through Internet crowdfunding or through an initial coin offering.

During an interview with NPR's Morning Edition on December 12, Rep. Warren Davidson said that he had offered what he referred to as a "modest proposal" in the form of his "Buy a Brick, Build a Wall Act." The bill, which he submitted on November 30, would authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to accept monetary gifts from anyone "on the condition that it be used to plan, design, construct, or maintain a barrier along the international border between the United States and Mexico." The funds would go into an account called the "Border Wall Trust Fund," and a public website would be set up to process donations electronically.

Rep. Davidson told NPR's Steve Inskeep that the donations could come from anyone and be gathered in a number of ways."You could do it with this sort of, like, crowdfunding site," Davidson explained. "Or you could do it with blockchain—you could have Wall Coins."

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BMW and Porsche's 450-kW EV fast charger can add 62 miles in 3 minutes - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 41 min ago
At its maximum charge rate, the prototype charger would be more than twice as fast as Tesla's current Supercharger design.

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

The Register - 1 hour 50 min ago
Well, in one respect anyway

Microsoft may have taken the decision to ditch the Edge's browser engine for Google's Chromium too soon.…

Best Buy announces 'Nick of Time' sale for last minute deals on gadgets - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 57 min ago
Best Buy promises deals on iPhones, MacBooks, Samsung TVs and Beats headphones.

Best wireless headphones for making calls - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 58 min ago
The microphone and communications features are better on some wireless headphones than others. Here are some our current favorites for making cell-phone calls.

We finally talked to an actual Waymo passenger—here’s what he told us

Ars Technica - 2 hours 12 min ago

Enlarge / Waymo signage is displayed on the open door of a Chrysler Pacifica autonomous vehicle in Chandler, Arizona, on Monday, July 30, 2018. (credit: Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

For the last 18 months, Waymo vehicles have been ferrying passengers around the southeast corner of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The company has tightly controlled information about the project by contractually prohibiting passengers from discussing the experience.

That was supposed to change last week when Waymo officially launched its commercial service, Waymo One. The company said it would lift its nondisclosure requirement for at least some passengers, allowing them to talk to the press about what it's like to be an ordinary passenger in a Waymo car.

For the last week, reporters like me have been scouring the Internet to find Waymo One customers we can talk to—and coming up empty. Waymo One may have officially launched, but the program was still limited to people who were previously part of Waymo's earlier testing program. And so far none of these people had come forward to talk about the experience publicly.

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Some Facebook fact-checkers aren't sure if their efforts are working - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 12 min ago
One former fact-checker told The Guardian that the tech firm used people in her position for "crisis PR." Facebook has pushed back against the report.

Robot with a neck? High-tech bot turns out to be guy in a costume - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 23 min ago
A robot who appeared at a Russian technology forum has a (flesh and blood) leg up when it comes to realism.

Get Full Throttle Remastered and Lego The Hobbit free! - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 28 min ago
These games would normally cost you $35. What's the catch? Sorry, no catch!

Apple will spend $1 billion and hire up to 15,000 people for new Austin office

Ars Technica - 2 hours 33 min ago

Enlarge / Apple's existing campus in Austin, Texas. (credit: Apple)

Earlier this year, Apple announced it would launch a major new campus in the US, its second largest behind the Cupertino headquarters. Now we know where.

Apple announced this morning that it will spend $1 billion to open a new campus in the southern tech hub of Austin, Texas, and that it will open new offices and add 1,000 new jobs each to San Diego, Seattle, and Culver City, California, which is a municipality in the heart of Los Angeles. Further expansion is also planned in Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Boulder, and Portland. It also plans to invest $4.5 billion in data centers like those in Nevada, North Carolina, and Arizona this year and next.

The company has gone to great lengths to position this as part of a narrative about the vast number of people it currently employs and will employ in the future across the United States. Apple hopes this will counter criticisms about its manufacturing operations and partners in China. The industry giant says it is on track to create 20,000 new jobs in the US by 2023. It also plans to spend $30 billion on new facilities by that date. Apple currently employs about 90,000 people in the US.

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Google vows not to sell its facial recognition technology for now - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 35 min ago
The search giant says it needs to work through “important technology and policy questions” first.

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