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Amazon drops Echo Show price after YouTube fallout

The Echo Show currently costs $200, down from its original asking price of $230. Amazon is hoping the temporary sale price will convince you to overlook the fact that the device no longer supports YouTube. Google removed its popular video service from Amazon’s touchscreen smart speaker late last month, and it may never …

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Condom-detecting fingerprint test ‘set for court use’

Fingerprint technology which can detect the brand of hair gel used by a suspect or whether they have handled a condom could soon be admissible in court. The technique uses a form of mass spectrometry to detect traces of various substances within a fingerprint. It can provide “diverse information” about …

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Google ‘uncovers Russian ad campaign linked to US election’

Google has found evidence that Russian agents spent tens of thousands of dollars on adverts in a bid to sway the 2016 US election, media reports say. Sources quoted by the Washington Post say the adverts aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s products including YouTube and Gmail. They say the adverts …

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Cadillac’s Super Cruise maps are key to our robotaxi future

Cadillac is doing something new with LiDAR. Instead of sticking a puck on its cars, it’s using the sensors to map the highways of the United States and Canada and geofence its semi-autonomous Super Cruise feature, instead of letting drivers use it anywhere they want. It seems like a bold move, but …

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The 20th anniversary Tamagotchi is smaller but still easy to kill

It’s been 20 years since the iconic virtual pet Tamagotchi hit US shores, becoming a must-have item for kids and teenagers and proving enough of a distraction that it was banned from many classrooms. Many of those youngsters now have offspring of their own, and Bandai is hoping to entice …

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6 of the best Uber alternatives

Wave goodbye to that hard-earned 4.83 rating – taxi app Uber has had its licence revoked in London and its cars could disappear from the capital’s streets within a month (pending an appeal). That’s potentially going to leave countless millennials stranded on the pavements, unsure how to get anywhere if …

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Are Samsung’s Smart TVs really spying on you?

Remember when Microsoft revealed Kinect would quietly listen to everything you said, causing the internet to erupt into furious, anti-Orwellian storm? Now it’s Samsung’s turn. A passage from the company’s Smart TV privacy policy has been doing the rounds, revealing a small but concerning detail: “Please be aware that if …

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now in India, priced Rs 67,900

While the world is going gaga over the iPhone launch today, Samsung just launched the latest flagship Galaxy Note 8 in India. We have no idea if Samsung intentionally went with this date or not, but seems like that’s not a big deal for the company. The smartphone was launched on August 24 …

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