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Yesterday   Being around a random sneeze or cough during flu season is enough to strike paranoia into one’s heart, but it turns out it takes far less to potentially infect you.

Yesterday   Following Facebook’s publication of a tool that shows users whether they followed Russia-linked pages comes an update from Twitter: it is emailing users who followed a Russia-linked page on its platform.

Yesterday   Last year, action camera maker GoPro introduced a 360-degree 5.2K camera called Fusion, a model that resembles the company’s HERO models but with notably different functionality.

Yesterday   A patent filed by LG shows a folding phone concept in which the handset forms a tablet when unfolded. According to the patent’s details, this model — should it ever be put into production — wouldn’t feature two separate displays like the ZTE Axon M, but rather a single flexible display that can be folded in half.

Yesterday   Back in August, Verizon diced up its Unlimited plan and with that came multiple varieties of “unlimited,” one of them being Verizon Go Unlimited. That plan clocks in at $75/month versus Beyond Unlimited’s $85/month price, though with restrictions, such as “dvd-quality” video streaming versus actual HD quality over mobile.

Yesterday   Samsung is changing its Samsung Cloud service’s backup policy, the company has announced in an email sent to users, a change that will affect app backups.

Yesterday   Back in October, Twitter announced plans to add a feature that allows its users to save tweets for later. The feature was referred to as “Save For Later,” but its in-app name will actually be “Bookmarks.” With Bookmarks, a user can privately save specific tweets, a feature the company says has been a frequent request from users.

2 Days Ago   Apple‘s confirmation that it slows older iPhones with aging lithium-ion batteries kicked off a round of severe criticism around the world, with many tossing around accusations of planned obsolescence, among other things.

2 Days Ago   Canary has unveiled some new features heading to its security cameras, these joining the Person Detection feature it announced back in December. The new features include one called Package Detection, which is exactly what it sounds like: the ability to detect when a package has been left on your doorstep, firing off an alert so you can get to the … Continue reading

2 Days Ago   In what is said to be a historic moment for the technology, a rescue drone fitted with an inflatable device was used to save two teen boys from potentially drowning.

2 Days Ago   Intel has started shipping its D415 and D435 RealSense cameras, both part of its RealSense D400 Depth Cameras product lineup. Both cameras are powered via USB and are sold ready-to-use, being ideal for educators and makers, according to Intel, though they’re suitable for a number of projects including prototype development.

2 Days Ago   The US Department of Energy and NASA have teamed up to test a compact nuclear power system that may one day sustain human energy needs on Mars.

2 Days Ago   Instagram has added a feature that has some users upset: a small notice that alerts others to when you were last active on that app. As with Facebook’s past decision to add read receipts to its chat platform, Instagram’s new feature makes managing one’s digital social life a little trickier.

2 Days Ago   Comcast just announced a big change to its Xfinity Mobile MVNO service, which allows its customers to get mobile service through the company via Verizon’s network and Comcast WiFi hotspots.

2 Days Ago   Amazon Studios is making some big changes, according to sources who say it will be sacrificing some “cheaper” indie content in order to pursue big-budget movies.

3 Days Ago   Many laundry detergent companies are offering their product in “pod” form: a small dissolvable sachet containing a single load’s worth of detergent. There have been regrettable reports of very young kids and adults with dementia eating these pods by mistake, but a worrisome trend has surfaced among teens, and it is known as the “Tide Laundry Pods Challenge.” The “challenge,” … Continue reading

3 Days Ago   New Jersey has signed into a law a new bill that makes it illegal for drone owners to operate their UAVs while drunk. Assuming a drone owner is caught flying a drone with too much alcohol in their system, they face a $1,000 fine and up to half a year in jail.

3 Days Ago   Verizon and the NBA have entered a new multi-year partnership that will bring content and live games to Yahoo Sports. This content will include NBA League Pass live games, as well as a daily show with highlights, lifestyle programming, and more.

3 Days Ago   In recent days, attention was drawn to Google Cast and its involvement in Wi-Fi issues for some users. Today Google has released a support page acknowledging the problem, saying that there’s a bug where Chromecast devices could cause slow Wi-Fi performance.

3 Days Ago   On Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced a proposal to commissioners that would provide more than $500 million in funding for accelerating the rollout of broadband in rural regions.

3 Days Ago   Amazon has launched a new section called “$10 and Under” that, as the name suggests, presents customers with items that cost no more than $10 each.

3 Days Ago   Google has announced its new “Google IT Support Professional Certificate” program through Coursera, offering anyone the chance to get certified for an entry-level job in the field.

3 Days Ago   Last summer, the team behind the encrypted email service ProtonMail announced its own VPN service, giving the public access to secure browsing. The service came out of beta back in June 2017, though not for every platform.

4 Days Ago   Kodak is about to bring back a classic with a new Super 8 camera. The company introduced the concept years ago, eventually showing off a retro-styled Super 8 camera with some modern twists.

4 Days Ago   A series of leaked images reveal what is said to be a new version of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. The original controller, the one currently available, was first introduced back in mid-2015.

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