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Dealmaster: All the best Amazon Prime Day deals happening right now [Final Update]
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Update (7/17/2018 8:10pm ET): Prime Day is nearing its end, so we’ve made one last update, adding deals on Logitech mice, Netgear Arlo security cameras, and more. We’ve also included a section with quick links to any last-minute Lightning deals that may arise before things come to a close. Now if you’ll excuse us, the […]

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Guidemaster: Picking the right Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C dock for your desk
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Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) The introduction of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports and the transition away from legacy ports hasn’t been smooth. PC and smartphone OEMs began using USB-C ports a few years ago because they allowed companies to make thinner devices with faster ports. Gargantuan in comparison, USB-A ports we all know and love […]

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This black MacBook sat under a couch for 8 years, and it just booted right up     – CNET
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I found a dust-covered, circa-2007 black polycarbonate MacBook, plugged it in and it came right back to life.

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AI will save us from yanny/laurel, right? Wrong
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If you haven’t taken part in the yanny/laurel controversy over the last couple days, allow me to sincerely congratulate you. But your time is up. The viral speech synth clip has met the AI hype train and the result is, like everything in this mortal world, disappointing. Sonix, a company that produces AI-based speech recognition […]

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Bandwidth is the techno-thriller novel that we need right now
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Enlarge (credit: Cyrus Farivar) I have a love-hate relationship with Twitter. As I write these words, I have deliberately quit out of the app on my laptop so that I don’t have the temptation to toggle over to it, indulging an eight-second distraction between typed lines of this book review. In fact, in recent months […]

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Yahoo and AOL just gave themselves the right to read your emails (again)     – CNET
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Though Yahoo was already scanning its users’ emails to maximize ad opportunities, doubling-down on the policy could raise eyebrows in a post-Cambridge Analytica world.

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“Open sesame”: Industrial network gear hackable with the right username
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(credit: Sean Gallagher) This week, two separate security alerts have revealed major holes in devices from Moxa, an industrial automation networking company. In one case, attackers could potentially send commands to a device’s operating system by using them as a username in a login attempt. In another, the private key for a Web server used […]

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Right Blasts Twitter's Bot Takedown
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Conservatives on Twitter have been fulminating over their losses of followers measured in the thousands, a consequence of the network’s unannounced lockout earlier this week of suspected bot accounts. Among those objecting to the move are some high-profile figures known for expressing extreme right-wing views, including Michael Flynn Jr., son of the disgraced former national […]

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Watch Intel's CES 2018 keynote event right here at 9:30 PM ET
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The first official keynote speech of CES will come courtesy of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who will surely discuss "how data is transforming the world around us," autonomous vehicles and AI, but there's a significant elephant in the room. This speech c…

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