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Google pulls virtual assistant ad after users complain

Google Home users got a surprise on Thursday when their virtual assistants cheerily mentioned that the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is opening in theaters this weekend. The

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Sony won’t chase after the consumer 360 camera market, executive says

It’s strange to not see Sony’s hand in just about any segment of the consumer tech industry but the company’s immersive video plans don’t include a stand-alone 360 camera. From

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Oculus Rift promised us the future of VR. Here’s what really happened.

The Oculus Rift celebrates its one-year anniversary this week, following its commercial debut on March 28, 2016. Happy birthday, Oculus, your growing pains are showing. But the awkward baby steps

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Why Do Chrome Extensions Need “All Your Data on the Websites You Visit”?

Many extensions in the Chrome Web Store want to “read and change all your data on the websites you visit”. That sounds a little dangerous—and it can be—but many extensions just need

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Wall-jumping robot is most vertically agile ever built

Roboticists at UC Berkeley have designed a small robot that can leap into the air and then spring off a wall, or perform multiple vertical jumps in a row, resulting

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APP DEVELOPERS NOT READY FOR IOS TRANSPORT SECURITY REQUIREMENTS

A month before Apple is expected to enforce stricter security requirements for app communications in iOS, enterprise developers don’t seem ready to embrace them, a new study shows. The study

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EMV MIGRATION DELAY DOESN’T LET GAS STATIONS COMPLETELY OFF THE HOOK

Last week, Visa, MasterCard and American Expressed delayed the EMV migration deadline for gas stations from October 2017 to October 2020 — but that doesn’t mean that gas stations can

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CYBERSPIES STOLE SECRETS FROM INDUSTRIAL GIANT THYSSENKRUPP

Germany-based industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp was hit by a cyberespionage attack earlier this year that resulted in data being stolen from its industrial solutions and steel producing units. An investigation revealed

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Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier Pro With OLED Display, Increased Capacity Launched

HIGHLIGHTS Mi Air Purifier Pro is significantly larger than the Mi Air Purifier 2 It can service rooms as large as 60 square metres It has a CADR value of

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Omnidirectional mobile robot has just two moving parts

More than a decade ago, Ralph Hollis invented the ballbot, an elegantly simple robot whose tall, thin body glides atop a sphere slightly smaller than a bowling ball. The latest