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APPLE WATCH SERIES 3 REVIEW: THE WEARABLE LEADER RUNS OUT TO AN INSURMOUNTABLE LEAD

Apple Watch Series 3 has relieved my Forgotten Phone Anxiety. You know the feeling: You reach your destination and paw at the outside of your pocket to feel the phone-sized lump and it isn’t there. And you panic. Mind you, my stomach still drops when I realize my phone isn’t with me (even times when I had purposefully left it at home), but now my fears quickly subside. With an LTE-equipped Apple Watch Series 3 on my wrist, I don’t need to turn…

Facebook’s new Crisis Response hub combines all its best emergency tools

Facebook today announced a new Crisis Response hub page to keep all its emergency features in one place. Facebook has periodically added tools to help with emergencies ever since it introduced Safety Check back in 2014, but it could be a bit of a pain to actually find them when you want to help or let others know you’re safe. Crisis Response solves that by providing a central location for these features. Those include: The aforementioned safety check, which will show up…

Life comes at you fast — these 10 tools will help you be prepared

James Bond. Batman. Wile E. Coyote. What do these great historical figures have in common? They were prepared for all the crazy things life threw at them—thanks to a bunch of awesome gadgets. But here's the thing: You probably don’t have a Batmobile or Wile E. Coyote’s ability to pull a six-foot mallet from your back pocket. So, in order to be prepared for the unpredictable chaos of this world, you might need these. 1. A small yet mighty bottle…

Google Nuclear Fusion Project Makes Progress Toward Limitless Clean Energy

The engineers at Google Research and an American nuclear fusion company have collaborated to build an algorithm that speeds up experiments in nuclear fusion– the process by which atoms are fused in extreme temperatures to generate massive amounts of energy. Nuclear fusion is the process that occurs in the sun and has long been seen as the key to attaining nearly unlimited amounts of clean energy. Now, according to a report published by the team in Scientific Reports, we’ve come one step…

Google Offered $30 Billion to Acquire Snapchat

Google offered at least $30 billion to acquire Snap Inc. early last year in another bid to establish a large presence in social media after Google+ failed. According to Business Insider’s Alex Heath, who cites three inside sources familiar with the matter, the offer was an “open secret” among Snap’s higher-ups and remained on the table after Snap’s IPO in March 2017. Snap has denied the story and told Techcrunch that “these rumors are false”, whereas Google declined to comment. It’s possible that…

Microsoft confirms layoff reports, reorganization expected to impact thousands

After a week of reports, Microsoft has confirmed its restructuring plans. As we previously reported, the moves are expected to impact thousands at the company as it works to reorganize its sales team. Subsequent numbers have put the headcount at anywhere between “up to 3,000”  to closer to 5,000. CNBC, which reported the smaller figure, adds that around three-quarters of the cuts will occur outside the U.S. For its part, Microsoft is refusing to cite specific numbers just yet, only confirming that it…

Should LG ditch the secondary display in the V30?

On August 31, LG has announced that it's going to announce something new. It's technically possible the company could just surprise everyone and announce a new tablet or something, but the safest bet is it's going to be a new smartphone. A new flagship phone, too, and under the V-series banner. Rumor has it that it's going to be called the V30, which wouldn't be too surprising considering the V20's launch last year. The rumor mill has revealed some of…

Sure, a VPN could prevent ISPs from selling your browsing history. Or it could just make things worse.

Pour another one out for online privacy. Then do a half-assed job of mopping it back up with a virtual private network. In what is only the latest assault on the right not to be creeped on, both the House and the Senate voted to permit internet service providers to sell customers' browsing history to the highest bidder — all without the customers' knowledge. In response to this, virtual private network (VPNs) have become the talk of the digital town.…

In defense of Snapchat, a manifesto

Yeah—I'm a business and tech reporter, who reports on social media networks. And in order to do the job correctly, it's on me to maintain a degree of objective remove. That said: I'm not a reporting robot without ideas, preferences, or a life beyond my gig. And while part of that job also involves spending time on social networks, like all of you, (A) I still do it for fun, and (B) If you looked at my phone, it'd be…

Facebook creeping is no longer totally anonymous

Facebook's new "Stories" update is here, and it ruins the best part about the entire social network: Mindlessly plumbing your friends' lives without fear of getting caught. When you watch a friend's Story — which exists for 24 hours and is comprised of one or more photos or short videos — that friend will know you're creeping. This is how Stories work on basically every platform that supports them (Snapchat, Instagram), but in the context of Facebook, it's kind of…

EU SOLVES ROAMING PUZZLE BY CAPPING WHOLESALE MOBILE CHARGES

Mobile network operators have grumbled that plans to abolish roaming fees across the European Union were unworkable because the wholesale prices for minutes and megabytes that operators charge one another differ from one country to the next. On Tuesday night, Members of the European Parliament agreed a solution: Regulate wholesale prices too. For years, the European Commission has been ratcheting down the surcharge that subscribers pay for mobile services consumed outside their home country -- so-called roaming fees. From this…

6 ANDROID NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS TO START 2017 OFF RIGHT

The beginning of a few year is often seen as an opportunity to right some wrongs and try to pick up positive habits. There’s no reason New Year’s resolutions have to be all serious life-changing stuff like losing weight or quitting smoking, though. This is a good time to step back and think about ways to make your Android experience better. Unlike your pledge to hit the gym every day in 2017, here are six Android resolutions you can actually…

Hope is an app for millennial women to keep their BFFs close — but not too close

There are plenty of apps out there that purport to keep you “safe.” Apps that immediately phone your main contacts when you are threatened or attacked. Apps that allow you to share your location with key contacts. But for modern women, especially in big urban cities like New York or London, who would really rather not share literally all that stuff and perhaps find it all a bit alarmist, there isn’t anything that really suits their lifestyle. So a brand…

MICROSOFT’S LATEST INSIDER UPDATE LETS YOU SHUT DOWN YOUR PC BY VOICE COMMAND

There are a ton of new features in this snowbound update from Redmond, which is Build 14986, so let’s dig right in. What’s new in the latest Fast Ring build Cortana is more capable than ever, with a feature update that’s sure to bother your coworkers. You can now shut off or reboot your system using only your voice, or other people’s systems, if you’re loud enough. Beyond that, voice control for music and third-party audio apps is better than…

Chrome bug triggered website errors with Symantec SSL certificates

If you've encountered errors over the past month when trying to access HTTPS-enabled websites on your computer or Android phone, it might have been due to a bug in Chrome. The bug affected the validation for some SSL certificates issued by Symantec, one of the world's largest certificate authorities, as well as by GeoTrust and Thawte, two CAs that Symantec also controls. The bug was introduced in Chrome version 53, but also affected the Android WebView component that Android apps…

Contrary to reports, Chrome 55 continues to render Flash

Google last week released Chrome 55, but contrary to reports the browser has not yet begun to block content rendered by Adobe's Flash Player. In August, Google laid out steps it would take to retreat from Flash. As of Chrome 55, only Flash content on 10 sites, including Amazon, Facebook and YouTube, was supposed to display -- and then only after an acknowledgement by the user. For all other sites, Chrome 55 was to render HTML5 content, if it was…