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Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass will end your free time forever
Fri, 26 May 2017 13:22:31 -0400
Microsoft's new Xbox Game Pas service will give you access to more than 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games for $10 a month.

Mark Zuckerberg: The most important thing I built at Harvard
Thu, 25 May 2017 17:01:08 -0400
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the accomplishment he's most proud of from his days at Harvard University is his relationship with wife and fellow Harvard alum Priscilla Chan.

Zuckerberg to Harvard grads: 'You have to create a sense of purpose for others'
Thu, 25 May 2017 16:17:06 -0400
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard University to give the class of 2017's commencement speech.

The new Samsung Galaxy does 27 things the iPhone doesn't
Thu, 25 May 2017 12:13:49 -0400
David Pogue has created master list of features that the Samsung Galaxy S8 has and the iPhone 7 doesn’t—along with an assessment of which ones are actually useful.

How the Microsoft Surface Pro compares to Apple's best
Wed, 24 May 2017 13:34:15 -0400
The new Microsoft Surface Pro laptop-tablet hybrid is an impressive-looking device that should have Apple looking over its shoulder.

The most important announcements from Google's big developers' conference
Tue, 23 May 2017 18:04:08 -0400
If this is May, it must be time for Google I/O. CEO Sundar Pichai opened his keynote speech with an observation: That Google (GOOG, GOOGL) may have begun life as a search company, but it’s now become an artificial intelligence (AI) company. For example, he announced a new technology called Google Lens, which you can think of as Shazam for the whole world.

A widely praised Supreme Court decision still doesn't fix the broken patent system
Tue, 23 May 2017 17:44:48 -0400
A small town in East Texas should see a lot fewer visitors in suits and ties, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling that you can’t file a patent lawsuit anywhere you please in America.

This RoboCop car comes with an intruder-chasing drone as a sidekick
Tue, 23 May 2017 16:46:19 -0400
Meet O-R3. It’s the world’s first robotic security car.

Uber inadvertently underpaid New York City drivers for over two years
Tue, 23 May 2017 16:33:38 -0400
Uber generally takes a commission from its drivers after deducting taxes and some fees, but it instead took a higher percentage from its New York City drivers using the full fare before accounting for sales taxes and fees, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news. "We are committed to paying every driver every penny they are owed - plus interest - as quickly as possible," Rachel Holt, Uber's regional general manager for U.S. and Canada, said via email. All New York City drivers under the 2014 agreement would be eligible for a refund, regardless of whether they are still active or not, as long as they completed an Uber ride, the Journal report said.

Pinterest now uses AI to figure out what you're eating in photos
Tue, 23 May 2017 11:05:33 -0400
Pinterest rolled out an update that enables its AI-powered feature, Pinterest Lens, to detect and analyze what you're eating in any given photo. Lens then suggests a recipe "inspired" by the food, meal or dish.

Now I get it: Ransomware
Tue, 23 May 2017 09:33:22 -0400
On May 12, a computer worm called WannaCry infected 320,000 Windows computers in 150 countries—and made headlines around the world. First, because WannaCry is one of the most widespread cases of ransomware—software that encrypts all of the files on your PC, and will not unlock them until you pay the bad guys. The second notable feature: The WannaCry malware took advantage of a security hole in Windows that had already been discovered by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

'Prey' review: You'll never be more afraid of a coffee cup
Tue, 23 May 2017 08:56:11 -0400
‘Prey’ will have you terrified of everything you see. During my first two hours of playing the video game “Prey,” I spent more time shooting at coffee cups and trash cans than I did the malevolent aliens that attacked the space station I was sneaking around.

U.S. top court tightens patent suit rules in blow to 'patent trolls'
Mon, 22 May 2017 11:03:59 -0400
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet Inc's Google. The justices sided 8-0 with beverage flavoring company TC Heartland LLC in its legal battle with food and beverage company Kraft Heinz Co, ruling that patent infringement suits can be filed only in courts located in the jurisdiction where the targeted company is incorporated. Justice Neil Gorsuch did not participate in the decision.

Why Amazon let 4,000 dogs into its Seattle headquarters
Sat, 20 May 2017 08:15:05 -0400
Amazon has 4,000 registered canines — 500 of which on average come to the offices everyday with their employee owners.

How Google's trying to make the mobile web look less ugly
Fri, 19 May 2017 13:45:31 -0400
At its I/O conference here, Google (GOOG, GOOGL) touted the progress of Accelerated Mobile Pages, an ambitious initiative to remake the mobile web into a faster, lighter and less irritating medium—yes, even the ads that help pay for it.

Google Home's mastermind has no intention of losing to Amazon
Fri, 19 May 2017 12:26:17 -0400
Once a year, the geeky faithful make their way to Silicon Valley to attend Google I/O, the company’s (GOOG, GOOGL) developer conference. This year, one of the most interesting developments was Google’s continued push to make its Google Home device—basically an Amazon Echo clone—distinctive and essential. “It knows who’s talking,” Chandra told me.

Amazon's Alexa Calling is like a Jetsons version of the home phone
Fri, 19 May 2017 09:12:38 -0400
Now that more than 10 million people have Echo devices, Amazon has just taken another trailblazing step: With a free software update, it has turned them into hands-free speakerphones.

Android O: Google tries to fix Android's biggest weakness
Thu, 18 May 2017 14:25:36 -0400
Android O aims to fix a problem that’s afflicted Android since its debut almost nine years ago: the zombie-like persistence of obsolete versions.

Why leaked NSA hacking tools are not like stolen Tomahawk missiles
Wed, 17 May 2017 11:34:01 -0400
Microsoft's claim that the loss of an NSA vulnerability for Windows is the same as losing a Tomahawk missile is overblown.

‘Injustice 2’ review: Kneel before this sublime superhero fighter
Tue, 16 May 2017 17:07:00 -0400
‘Injustice 2’ brings back the all the super hero brawling you loved from its predecessor. All heroes are not created equal, especially when it comes to the expanded universes of comic book titans Marvel and DC. “Batman Vs. Superman” scored eight (and won four).

The simple reason so many companies were hit by the WannaCry 2.0 ransomware
Tue, 16 May 2017 15:28:36 -0400
The WannaCry 2.0 ransomware hit a slew of major companies, but it's not entirely their fault for falling victim to the attack.

No, your Apple computer isn't immune from ransomware
Mon, 15 May 2017 17:11:27 -0400
The WannaCry 2.0 ransomware is affecting Windows PCs, but Apple's Macs are just as susceptible to such malware.

How to avoid the massive WannaCry ransomware attack
Mon, 15 May 2017 12:12:48 -0400
On Friday a major piece of malware hit the web, and throughout the weekend infected hundreds of thousands of computers, taking down everything from businesses to the U.K.’s National Health Service. The software, dubbed WannaCry 2.0, is what’s known as ransomware. A type of malware that burrows into your computer, ransomware encrypts the files on your machine, keeping you from being able to access them.

How a wider laptop ban could threaten your safety and data
Sun, 14 May 2017 12:08:15 -0400
A ban on laptops on U.S.-bound flights from Europe could impact both your safety and your data.

How Gogo will transform your Wi-Fi experience in the sky
Thu, 11 May 2017 14:21:05 -0400
Gogo is drastically increasing the speed of its in-flight Wi-Fi offering.

Why investors are paying huge premiums for enormous tech companies
Tue, 09 May 2017 17:57:08 -0400
Amazon, Facebook, Alphabet, Apple, and Microsoft are massive companies. And yet, investors keep piling in. Why?

How to delete your data from your old devices
Mon, 08 May 2017 12:01:41 -0400
If you're getting a new smartphone, tablet or computer, you'll need to backup your old data and reset your device, or risk losing it to potential criminals.

These are the tech industry's 2 biggest concerns about Trump
Fri, 05 May 2017 16:24:24 -0400
The tech industry still has two major concerns when it comes to the Trump administration.

The New 2DS XL could be Nintendo's best handheld yet
Fri, 05 May 2017 11:54:16 -0400
We went hands-on with the New Nintendo 2DS XL, and it looks like it could be the best handheld the company's ever made.

Why Hulu with Live TV and other streaming TV services are worth the money
Wed, 03 May 2017 18:53:17 -0400
It's true: streaming TV services will save you money over your cable subscription.

Microsoft Surface Laptop hands-on: Taking on Apple
Tue, 02 May 2017 18:06:31 -0400
The new Microsoft Surface Laptop is a gorgeous machine built to take on Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

Microsoft's new Surface Laptop takes dead aim at Apple and Google
Tue, 02 May 2017 11:57:23 -0400
Microsoft is taking on Apple's MacBooks and Google's Chromebooks with its new Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S.

Control your Roomba with just your voice via this new Alexa integration
Tue, 02 May 2017 06:15:00 -0400
Everyone's favorite self-driving vacuum cleaner, the Roomba, just added an Amazon Alexa integration, allowing you to communicate with your cleaning assistant with nothing more than your voice.

How to get 4 billion unconnected people online
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:39:51 -0400
There are still 4 billion people around the world without internet access. Here's how that will change.

Inside the world's greatest scavenger hunt, Part 3
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:38:46 -0400
GISHWHES stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. Each August, as the world’s largest scavenger hunt is under way, the general public is usually unaware—except when teams perform their tasks in public places.

We noshed on Nougat, and Android 7.0 is Google’s sweetest update yet
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:30:03 -0400
It has been more than 5 months since Google dropped the first developer preview for Android Nougat. Now, it's officially here. We're periodically adding any new features we find, such as how Night mode is still accessible.

Pogue's Basics: How to create a search-and-replace macro in Word
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:12:31 -0400
Among its thousands of features, macros are power-user tools that could benefit a lot of people. You hit Record Macro, you do something — a search and replace, let’s say — and then you can play back that macro later. Actually, search and replace is a bad example — Microsoft Word cannot, in fact, record and play back a search/replace.

Google Earth’s new update will take you anywhere in the world
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:30:17 -0400
Google Earth’s new update will take you anywhere in the world

Build your own DIY video game console
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:49:25 -0400
Have you ever wanted to build your own retro gaming device from scratch?

The first flying car is available for pre-order
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:39:45 -0400
The company unveiled their flying car in 2014 but it was not commercially available. Now it’s ready and being presented at the Top Marques car show in Monaco. The vehicle is fully functional as both a car and an aircraft, and its hybrid engine makes it environmentally friendly.

Inside the World's Greatest Scavenger Hunt, Part 1
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:41:28 -0400
Yahoo Finance's David Pogue spoke to Misha Collins, star of the CW series "Super Natural," and creator of the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.

This gadget can turn an ordinary surface into a smart controller
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:06:37 -0400
You can now turn on your smart appliances with a touch of any ordinary surface.

Jeff Bezos describes one change some Amazon employees hated
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:11:05 -0400
Amazon is one of the world's most powerful companies, and to keep it that way CEO Jeff Bezos ensures employees make important decisions as fast as possible.

Pogue's Basics: How to forward a text message
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:37:48 -0400
In a previous “Pogue’s Basics” tip, I let you know that you could report cellphone text-message spam by forwarding it to 7726.

Jeff Bezos: Nobody asked for one of our most popular services
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:55:19 -0400
In his recent letter to shareholders, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote that the company has become skilled at predicting customers' desires. "No customer ever asked Amazon to create the Prime membership program," he wrote.

The 20 highest-paying tech companies in America
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:46:11 -0400
A new Glassdoor report called the “25 Highest Paying Companies in America for 2017” features 20 tech-related companies.

The best ways to stream live TV without cable
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:18:42 -0400
Google’s YouTube TV is a solid streaming cable option, but is it the best? Google, though, is entering an increasingly crowded market with a wide variety of different channel offerings that can be difficult to parse when all you want to do is watch “The Bachelor” and eat your KFC $20 Fill-Up in your comfy chair. YouTube TV is missing Turner and Viacom properties.

Fitbit’s new smartwatch has been plagued by production mishaps
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:03:39 -0400
Pictured: The Fitbit Blaze, which looks very similar to Fitbit’s upcoming smartwatch, based on an internal presentation deck seen by Yahoo Finance. Fitbit’s (FIT) first “proper” smartwatch and first-ever pair of bluetooth headphones are due out this fall after a series of production mishaps delayed the project, Yahoo Finance has learned. The fitness tracker company’s smartwatch project has been a troubled one.

Why Silicon Beach will still lure tech talent despite skyrocketing prices
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:51:09 -0400
Over the last two years, Venice has become one of the priciest neighborhoods in all of Los Angeles, thanks in part to the success of companies headquartered there like Snap. The new season of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” premieres this month, but the Bay Area tech scene depicted on that show is no longer the only game in town for America’s tech elite. Los Angeles has its own tech hub, dubbed Silicon Beach, a four-mile stretch of beachfront that encompasses Venice and Santa Monica and is home to Snapchat’s parent company, Snap (SNAP).

The government might stop searching your phone at the border, but things could still get worse
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:35:09 -0400
The Department of Homeland Security can currently search your smartphone when you come into the country whether you're a citizen or not. But a new bill could prevent those searches.

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