Category Archives: Gadgets

FTC warns companies that void warranties over using third-party services

The days of reading the small print to see whether a repair or new part for your ailing laptop will void its warranty may be coming to an end. The FTC has officially warned several companies that their policies of ceasing support when a user attempts “non-approved” repairs or servicing are likely illegal. It’s the […]

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It's Not Just America: Zuckerberg Has to Answer for Facebook's Actions Around the World

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is in the hot seat in Washington. The social media platform now admits that the data of up to 87 million profiles may have been improperly used by the data firm Cambridge Analytica. US lawmakers are demanding answers – and rightfully so. But while Facebook is facing the most heat in the […]

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Senators introduce bill creating a 'privacy bill of rights'

At the same time Facebook’s CEO is facing questions from the Senate Judiciary & Commerce committees, two senators introduced legislation focused on protecting people from incidents like the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The Customer Online Notification for Stopping Edge-provider Network Transgressions (CONSENT) Act proposed by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) requires “edge […]

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Conserve the Sound is an archive of noises from old tape players, projectors and other dying tech

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All of us grew up around tech different from what we have today, and many of us look back on those devices with fondness. But can you recall the exact sound your first Casio keyboard made, or the cadence of a rotary phone’s clicks? Conserve the Sound aims to, well, conserve the sound of gadgets […]

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ISRO's PSLV-C41 to Launch IRNSS-1I Navigation Satellite on Thursday

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Photo Credit: ISRO IRNSS-1I Undergoing EMI-EMC Test India’s space agency ISRO on Saturday said it will launch a navigation satellite from its spaceport in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. “The 43rd flight of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C41) will launch the Indian Remote Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1I) from the first launch pad of the […]

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Apple may unveil red iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models this week

Notably, there’s no mention of a similarly crimson-shaded iPhone X. Sorry, folks, you might have to be content with the existing monochromatic options. Not that it would be shocking — the X is an expensive handset to start with, and it may be a tougher sell in a special edition color. This doesn’t completely rule […]

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Xiaomi-Backed Black Shark Gaming Smartphone's Design Revealed in New Teaser

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Photo Credit: Black Shark/ Weibo Xiaomi-backed Black Shark is all set to launch its top-end gaming smartphone on Friday, April 13. In the run up to the launch, the company has already revealed that it runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 flagship mobile SoC, and now, in its latest teasers, the company has partially shown […]

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Massterly aims to be the first full-service autonomous marine shipping company

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Logistics may not be the most exciting application of autonomous vehicles, but it’s definitely one of the most important. And the marine shipping industry — one of the oldest industries in the world, you can imagine — is ready for it. Or at least two major Norwegian shipping companies are: they’re building an autonomous shipping […]

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Twitter will show users its rules to discourage abuse

The company wasn’t clear about how the test will work, but that’s intentional when publishing the details could theoretically skew the results. Twitter is keeping itself accountable by seeking approval from university ethics committees and submitting its strategy to the Open Science Framework. All results will be anonymized (there’s no risk of being singled out), […]

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Virgin Galactic successfully tested its rocket-powered spacecraft today for the first time since 2014

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Virgin Galactic took to the skies today for the first test of its rocket-powered spacecraft in over three years. The SpaceShipTwo launch platform deployed the USS Unity at a set altitude where the space craft will fire its engines for as long as 30 seconds bringing the craft to 1 1/2 the speed of sound. […]

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