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Apple releases its first Beddit sleep monitoring device

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Apple hasn't ditched, killed or forgotten Beddit. The tech giant has finally released the first Beddit sleep monitoring device since it purchased the company in early 2017, and it's now available for purchase from its website. Just like the company's previous devices, the new one is a thin sensor strip you need to place under the sheets. It then automatically tracks the sleep time, heart rate, breathing and snoring for up to two people -- it also takes note of the bedroom's t...

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Google, Mozilla, and Opera react to Microsoft’s embrace of Chromium (updated)

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Microsoft today announced it is embracing Chromium for Edge browser development on the desktop. The news includes plenty of exciting changes, including the decoupling of Edge from Windows 10, more frequent updates, and support for Chrome extensions. But we also wanted to find out what other major browser makers think of the news.Google largely sees Microsoft’s decision as a good thing, which is not exactly a surprise given that the company created the Chromium open source project.“Chro...

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OnePlus's CEO is working to keep its 5G smartphone under $1,000

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OnePlus built something of a minor smartphone empire by building cheap flagship phones, and that trend just might continue as it ventures into 5G territory. In an interview with Engadget, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said he would do his best to make sure the company's first 5G phone available to customers for under $1,000. If true, that means OnePlus would be able to offer access to ultra-fast data speeds for less than the price of a standard, 2018 flagship smartphone.That's a big deal any way you look...

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Apple Watch 4's ECG feature is rolling out today

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The Apple Watch 4 stole the show at the Apple event in September, in large part due to its built-in electrocardiogram (ECG). The smartwatch was touted as the first consumer device to pack the function -- which goes one further from detecting a low heart rate to sense a dangerous condition known as an atrial fibrillation. Fast forward almost three months, and The Verge reports that the feature is available today courtesy of the latest watchOS update (5.1.2.), along w...

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Tumblr is missing from Apple’s App Store

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Tumblr’s iOS app is missing from Apple’s App Store. Tumblr says that it is “working to resolve an issue with the iOS app,” but it’s not clear if the app is missing from the store because it was removed by Apple, or by Tumblr itself.Earlier this week, users reported that there were issues with searching in the iOS app while Safe Mode was off. According to PiunikaWeb, Users who deleted the app in an attempt to reinstall it discovered that it was now missing from the App Store,...

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Instagram accidentally exposed some user passwords through its data download tool

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Instagram has notified some of its users that their password might have been exposed due to a security bug, according to The Information (via Engadget). A spokesperson for the company says that the issue was “discovered internally and affected a very small number of people.”In this instance, the bug was tied to a feature that the company rolled out in April that allows users to download all of their data, implemented after European lawmakers rolled out its General D...

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Apple supplier AMS cuts forecast, indicating poor iPhone demand

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VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria’s AMS (AMS.S), which makes facial recognition technology, became the latest Apple supplier to cut its revenue forecast, adding to growing evidence that the latest iPhones are not selling well.The logo of the multinational semiconductor manufacturer AMS (Austria Mikro Systeme) is seen during a annual news conference, in Zurich, Switzerland February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Moritz HagerThe Swiss-listed group cut its fourth-quarter revenue outlook by 15 percent and pushed back it...

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Private messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts were for sale

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The contents of hacked private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook accounts were being sold online this fall, according to the BBC.“THE MESSAGE DETAILS WERE OBTAINED AFTER USERS DOWNLOADED A MALICIOUS BROWSER EXTENSION.”The breach was first discovered in September after one of the hackers advertised the stolen data on a forum. The message details were obtained after users downloaded a malicious browser extension that then scraped the information from their accounts. The hackers then sold...

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'Twisted' fibre optic light breakthrough could make internet 100 times faster

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A new development in fibre optics could make internet speeds up to 100 times faster – by detecting light that has been twisted into a spiral.The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, can be used to easily upgrade existing networks and significantly boost efficiency, scientists say.Fibre optic cables use pulses of light to transmit information, but currently information can only be stored through the colour of the light, and whether the wave is horizontal or vertical.By twisti...

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Microsoft's results beat Wall Street on the top and bottom lines — but it reported disappointing Azure sales

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Microsoft's fiscal first-quarter earnings, which it reported Wednesday, beat analysts' expectations.The company saw strong growth from many of its businesses and product lines, including gaming.Azure, its cloud-computing service, grew at a 76% clip in the period.Though impressive, that rate was the slowest in at least two years and represented a significant drop from the pace in the company's fourth quarter.Microsoft on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter results that topped W...

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Now Apps Can Track You Even After You Uninstall Them!

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If it seems as though the app you deleted last week is suddenly popping up everywhere, it may not be mere coincidence. Companies that cater to app makers have found ways to game both iOS and Android, enabling them to figure out which users have uninstalled a given piece of software lately—and making it easy to pelt the departed with ads aimed at winning them back.Adjust, AppsFlyer, MoEngage, Localytics, and CleverTap are among the companies that offer uninstall trackers, usually as part of a bro...

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How cellular will be key to sorting the IoT standardisation wars

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A new study conducted by the GSMA and InterDigital has highlighted some important transitions in the field of IoT that have started to become a reality with everyday deployment of the technology.The report, titled ‘Mobile and the Internet of Things: Unanimity Around Fragmentation, Surprises In Connectivity And Geography’, notes that the various transitions include: the key role of the 3GPP standards-based technology in IoT; expectation that North America will become world leader in IoT; and the...

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UK says Russia’s GRU was behind a spate of chaotic cyber attacks between 2015 and 2017

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The UK has directly accused Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, of being behind a number of cyber attacks that took place between 2015 and 2017, calling them “indiscriminate and reckless” with a range of target types including political institutions, businesses, media and even sport.It says the chaotic campaign of attacks by the GRU shows it is “working in secret to undermine international law and international institutions”.The government has also identified 12 hacker...

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Apple, Amazon deny Bloomberg report on Chinese hardware attack

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LONDON (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Amazon (AMZN.O) denied a Bloomberg report on Thursday that their systems contained malicious computer chips inserted by Chinese intelligence, statements from the tech companies released separately by Bloomberg showed.Bloomberg Businessweek cited 17 unnamed intelligence and company sources as saying that Chinese spies had placed computer chips inside equipment used by around 30 companies, as well as multiple U.S. government agencies, which would give Beij...

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Scientists develop diet wearable – for your teeth

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Scientists at the Tufts University School of Engineering have developed a wearable sensor that can stick to a single tooth to track a user’s diet, based on chemical changes in the mouth.The sensor, which is mounted onto a tooth and communicates wirelessly with a mobile device, transmits information on the intake of glucose, salt, and alcohol. The subtle device has a 2mm x 2mm footprint and transmits information in response to an incoming radio signal.The Tufts University research will soon...

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Liege gets smart parking through NB-IoT technology

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Belgium-based CommuniThings has partnered with Orange to launch the first smart-parking solution over NB-IoT technology for commercial use.Dubbed as "Shop & Drive", the solution assists commuters to find available parking space via a mobile application at the same time as stimulating shopping activities through increased vehicle rotations at each spot. This Shop & Drive smart parking solution running on Orange Belgium's Mobile IoT network introduces low-power wireless sensors and open-da...

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Elon Musk promises Tesla dashcam feature coming soon

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Tesla's Autopilot feature uses a battery of cameras to monitor other cars on the road, and a contingent of Tesla owners have been wondering why their cars can't use this hardware to also function like a dashcam. Well, according to a tweet earlier this week from CEO Elon Musk, that functionality is coming, and soon.Dashcams are aftermarket pieces of hardware that mount on a vehicle's windshield or dash to record activity in front of (and sometimes behind, if you've g...

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Amazon aims to make Alexa assistant bigger part of users' lives

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From the kitchen to the car, Amazon on Thursday sought to make its Alexa digital assistant and online services a bigger part of people's lives with an array of new products and partnerships.Updates to the internet giant's Alexa-infused Echo smart speakers will allow them to tend to microwave cooking and even have "hunches" regarding what users may want or have forgotten.When Alexa is told "corn on the cob," a digital Echo speaker starts an AmazonBasics microwave oven in a faux home demonstration...

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Instagram may divide hashtags from captions to end overhashing

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Geofenced sharing, Quiz stickers, Stories Highlight stickers and a separate interface for adding hashtags to posts are amongst a slew of new features Instagram  has prototyped or is now testing. The last one could finally #cure #the #hashtag #madness that’s infected many of Instagram’s 1 billion users, causing them desperately to fill up their captions with tagged words that make the feed tough to read in hopes of scoring a few extra views or followers. [Update: Instagram has also...

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Toyota to finally support Android Auto

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Consumers have gone absolutely bonkers over Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which allow for lower-distraction ways to bring phones into cars. Automakers have responded by adding these capabilities to their cars in a hurry, with a few notable exceptions. But that list of exceptions might shrink in the near future.Toyota will soon support Android Auto, Bloomberg reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The source did not appear to give Bloomberg...

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How to do urban planning and reduce air pollution

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Urbanisation has enormous environmental consequences too. Despite the efforts of some mayors to handle the level of air pollution in their cities, in most cases the quality of the air that we breathe in the cities is deteriorating due to a variety of reasons; the increasing population in urban places, rising car usage, limitations in parking, as well as factories operations.Apart from the obvious damaging consequences to our health, there is also significant negative impact on the economy of eac...

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Children aren't reading book? Minnie will help them

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The little robot asks if the boy is ready or not . The robot’s name is Minnie, and it’s designed to attract children to reading. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin at Madison just published a small study suggesting that having Minnie around helped kids get into reading & learn  more from it. By the end of the two-week long experiment, some of the participants—many  boys &  girls aged 10-14—felt Minnie was expressing emotions & they imagine Minnie as...

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A day in the life of a smart city: Three ways quality of life can be improved

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Many discussions on smart cities revolve around their economic and environmental benefits — but that’s not all this exciting, rapidly growing area of technology can deliver. There are also numerous social benefits for residents of smart cities, and we’ll explore three of them here:Shorter commutes for residentsA major area where a smart city can improve the quality of life for its’ residents is reducing commute times. Studies in 2014 by Canada’s University of Waterloo revealed a direct link betw...

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From idea to monetisation: How big data can drive change in car dealerships

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IHS Automotive predicts that by 2020, around 152 million connected cars will be generating up to 30 terabytes of data every day. Businesses that will be able to properly use this treasure will obviously be on a roll; so it’s worth talking about the ways this information can be used and what will be required for it.Digital technologies are changing the world. Things are no longer just ‘things’ – they are turning into information and media centres connected to the Internet, joined into networks an...

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Opinion: What makes a smart home truly smart?

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Opinion What makes a smart home smart? An increasing number of companies want to know the answer to that question. According to a recent report from Harbor Research, “the smart home market is gaining substantial momentum, with an estimated 900 million smart devices existing in households across the world today."At the most basic level, a smart home is one that has sensor-enabled products that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT), plus a way to make use of the IoT data generated by...

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Three questions every citizen needs to ask about smart cities

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Smartness is a constant endeavour for humanity. The word has been in use for far too long. Now that phones have become smarter, and with the prevalence of the Internet of Things, we are moving ahead with smarter cars, refrigerators and appliances, among many others on the consumer end, as well as smarter manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, and many more on the industrial end. The list is exhaustive.According to the UN, in 2014, 54% of the world’s population lived in urban areas – a proportion...

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