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Google’s giving us some new search upgrades to book cheap travel plans

Google is making it way easier for travelers with flexible schedules to save money. The search giant announced today that it's updating both the Flight and Hotel search tools to make it easier for people to find deals. Now, both tools offer you a chance to find cheaper alternatives by switching your departure and arrival dates by just a couple days. You'll also be able to automatically compare multiple airports and accommodations around your destination to help find the best deal. This service isn't too far…

Lenovo’s newest Yoga 920 is pretty, but is it worth the price?

It's thin, light and almost bezel-less. But is Lenovo's new hybrid laptop worth the price? From the copper body, to the Yoga's signature 360 degree "watchband" hinge, there's no doubt Lenovo's Yoga 920 ticks all the boxes aesthetically. The Lenovo 920, which launched on Thursday at IFA, has managed to make the most of its 13.9 inch screen, which stretches to cover nearly the entire lid. And if you're thinking of watching a couple of movies on the 4K screen,…

A sleek, rotating dock for your Apple Watch recharges your device while you sleep

So you shelled out some money for an Apple Watch — a sleek, super cool gadget that's worth showing off. And while the charger that comes standard issue from Apple is fine, the watch really deserves it's own special pedestal. The graphite, silicone, and aluminum on this rotating smartwatch charging dock bring out the modern design of your watch, so you can pretty much think of this object as home decoration too. The dock also comes in three different colors (slate, gold, and rose gold)…

A neat way to protect your webcam and mic from hackers

At my desk, as I write this, I can count two cameras and two microphones pointing at me. They’re not in use 99% of the day, and yet there they are: just waiting to be hijacked. And while I don’t doubt that most hackers have more interesting things to do than watching me 24 hours per day like a Poundland Truman Show, the risk is real. If Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg feels the need to cover his webcam, it’s probably worth…

How to install Google Play on an Amazon Fire TV Stick

The built-in app store on the Amazon Fire TV Stick is convenient but limited. If you want to expand your choice, you can install the Google Play Store onto the device. It doesn't offer all the apps available on the main Google Play Store but will increase the number of VPNs, for example, or file managers at your disposal on the Fire Stick. Install Google Play on an Amazon Fire TV Stick Go to Settings on your Amazon Fire TV Stick and…

What is the TalkTalk Kids TV Remote and how does it work?

What is the TalkTalk Kids TV Remote, what does it actually do and how do I get one here in the UK? Here's our explainer guide for TalkTalk's new mini remote control made especially for children, including a run-down of the excellent parental controls. This next generation of mini humans is clearly switched on when it comes to tech, but are they clever enough to design our gadgets? TalkTalk seems to think so as it's used a bunch of lovable moppets to develop…

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Revealed in Leaked Press Images

We may finally know exactly what the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will look like, thanks to a substantial leak that shows off the phone from basically all angles. The leak appears to be a series of official press images depicting the upcoming Samsung phablet in a variety of colors and from basically all sides. The pictures were posted to Twitter by noted phone leaker Evan Blass, who has a great track record of disseminating accurate information about upcoming devices. You…

H2O.ai’s Driverless AI automates machine learning for businesses

Driverless AI is the latest product from H2O.ai aimed at lowering the barrier to making data science work in a corporate context. The tool assists non-technical employees with preparing data, calibrating parameters and determining the optimal algorithms for tackling specific business problems with machine learning. At the research level, machine learning problems are complex and unpredictable — combining GANs and reinforcement learning in a never before seen use case takes finesse. But the reality is that a lot of corporates today use machine…

Sony’s Playstation Now streaming service now includes PS4 games

Game subscription services now look like they’re here to stay, and Sony’s Playstation Now just got an exciting update: The first PS4 games on the service are now available to play. The debut list includes 24 games that originally came out on PS4, bringing PS Now to the contemporary console era of games releases for the first time. The games list includes quite a few smaller releases and some remasters, like God of War 3 Remastered, but though it may be…

As Uber’s value slips on the secondary market, Lyft’s is rising

It’s been happening for months. The value of Uber’s shares has been falling on the secondary market, hammered by a barrage of press attention paid to its real and perceived misdeeds. That slip is widely seen as the reason Uber investors strong-armed CEO Travis Kalanick out of his role as CEO on Tuesday night. As numerous sources confirmed to us yesterday (and The Information first reported in late April), Uber is right now valued at roughly $50 billion by secondary shareholders — a far cry…

Algorithmia raises $10.5M Series A round led by Google’s new AI fund

About a month ago, word spread that Google had quietly launched a new fund for investing into AI companies. Now this fund has made its first (or at least its first public) investment. Led by Google’s VP of engineering for AI, Anna Patterson, this new fund is leading a $10.5 million Series A into Algorithmia, a marketplace and enterprise solution that allows developers to easily tap into its catalog of 3,500 algorithms, functions and machine-learning models. Other participants in this round include new…

No, the ‘Microsoft Edition’ of the Galaxy S8 doesn’t run Windows 10 Mobile

All aboard the Samsung Galaxy S8 train! After years of trying and failing to get anyone to care about Windows Phone and then Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft's finally making a smart move in mobile: It's partnering with Samsung for a "Microsoft Edition" of the new Galaxy S8. What makes the Galaxy S8 and S8+ Microsoft Edition, uh, Microsoft-y? For starters, the phones will only be sold at Microsoft Stores in the U.S. starting on April 21. They'll still cost the…

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is here, but does it live up to all the hype?

After months of daily leaks, Samsung finally announced its next flagship Android phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Do the new phones live up to their hype and can they restore confidence in Samsung after the disastrous Galaxy Note 7? Mashable Tech Editor Pete Pachal, Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff, and Senior Tech Correspondent Raymond Wong weigh in on this week's MashTalkpodcast. New smartphone releases can feel underwhelming these days with most annual releases being only slightly better versions of the…

Major ISPs now say they won’t sell your browsing history. Yeah. Right.

Internet service providers are in an awkward spot. After getting all dressed up for the sell-your-data dance, it turns out they'll be staying home. Or so they claim. Reuters reports that representatives from Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T all came out today to assure worried consumers that the companies will not in fact sell customers' browsing histories to the highest bidder. "We do not sell our broadband customers’ individual web browsing history," writes Comcast Chief Privacy Officer Gerard Lewis on the…

HTC Vive, Qualcomm Reveal Snapdragon 835-Powered Standalone VR HMD For The Chinese Market

HTC Vive announced today at ChinaJoy, China's largest video game conference, a standalone VR HMD powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. The new HMD is exclusively for the Chinese market. Google and HTC worked together to introduce a similar standalone VR HMD earlier this year. HTC Vive is one of the global leaders in VR hardware, and the company appears to be doing everything it can to remain at the forefront of this emerging industry. After successfully introducing one…

Hands On With ‘Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus’

We got our first glimpse of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus during Bethesda’s E3 showcase in June. Not much has been revealed since then, but last week, we were invited to try out the titlefirsthand. The Reunion The first mission we played was The Reunion, which appears to be the first mission in The New Colossus’s campaign. We were given control of BJ Blazkowicz yet again. Blazkowicz, better known by his Nazi adversaries as “Terror-Billy,” wakes from a coma several…