Monthly Archives: August 2017

Amazon Echo turned into covert microphone

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Image copyright Amazon Image caption The original Amazon Echo speaker first went on limited release in November 2014 Amazon’s Echo smart speaker can be hacked to send the audio steam of everything it hears to an attacker, says a researcher. Mark Barnes said the attack on some versions of the Echo let him do almost […]

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iPad just had a huge quarter – so what happens now?

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All eyes may be on the iPhone 8 and its anticipated September launch, but iPad just had its best quarter sales-wise in a long time. And not just a tiny uptick: Apple sold 11.4 million iPads in Q3, the three months ending July 1. CEO Tim Cook called these “very positive results” on the company’s […]

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The best value Australian SIM-only deals in August 2017

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A SIM-only deal is a mobile phone plan that offers calls, texts and data in return for a monthly fee, but doesn’t come bundled with a phone. Leaving the phone out of the equation means SIM-only deals can be much cheaper than general mobile phone deals which makes them ideal if you already have a […]

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VR Review: Lone Echo

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Share. Two ways to make great use of a convincing sensation of weightlessness. By Dan Stapleton When I played Adr1ft in VR, I enjoyed the sensation of moving through space, but something was missing: hand-tracked controls. Navigating with a gamepad and watching a hand that wasn’t mine reach out and grab things created a disconnect […]

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Review: In Office 2016 for Windows, collaboration takes center stage

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If Microsoft were to have a motto for Office 2016, it could well be the old coaching adage “There is no ‘I’ in “team.” The suite offers considerable collaborative and teamwork features that turn Office from a tool for a single person into one that helps people work together. If you work by yourself and […]

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Xbox One adapter for PC shrinks to one-third the size

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The classic keyboard-and-mouse setup may be the preferred way to handle most PC games, but that doesn’t stop some titles from playing their best with a controller. Thanks to Microsoft’s plug-and-play wireless dongle, the Xbox One‘s gamepad makes an excellent go-to for PC play — and now an improved version is in the works. Microsoft […]

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Nextbit ends customer support for its Robin 'cloud phone'

Effective August 1st 2017, we’ve shut down support for Robin. You can still refer to our online self-help: https://t.co/ZwXZGM04sJ — Nextbit (@nextbitsys) August 1, 2017 You can still get help for your own Robin over on the Nextbit help site, which includes a handy getting started video, a search field, and the new warranty announcement, […]

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Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

David Carnoy/CNET Mophie’s new $150 Powerstation USB-C XXL joins the ranks of other high-capacity batteries that can charge the latest MacBooks, other USB-C laptops and smartphones and the Nintendo Switch. Although this battery leads with USB-C, it also has a USB-A output charge port that accepts standard USB cables. The USB-C port goes both ways […]

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Facebook said to be working on dedicated video chat device

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Facebook is reportedly working on dedicated video chat hardware, per a new report by Bloomberg. The device is said to be the inaugural major product from Facebook’s hardware-focused Building 8 product development lab, and will include a notebook-sized display. It’s intended to make video chat participants separated geographically feel like they’re together in the same […]

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VSCO launches its first video editing tool

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VSCO is a brand well-known among photographers who take advantage of its presets for desktop and its mobile app featuring film-inspired filters and pro image tools. Now the company is moving into video editing, with the launch of its first video editing tool on iOS. The tool will allow users to apply presets and tools to any size […]

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