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Pax is a smart tip jar for rideshare drivers

A while back, I reminded people that they should tip their Uber drivers. But a common response was essentially, “I’d like to tip, but half the point of Uber is not having to carry cash. And there’s no option in the app. So how do I do it?” Well, perhaps ...

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A renewable planet is almost inevitable

There are generally two kinds of arguments against renewable energy: the cost and the lack of consistency. After all, solar panels can’t work in the dark and wind turbines don’t turn on still days, but we still need to charge our smartphones 24/7. The solution here is to build large-scale ...

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Sonos Playbase Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

It’s been 18 months since Sonos’ last product and today we finally get a look at what the company has been working on this whole time: the Playbase TV speaker. The Playbase is Sonos’ second home theater component after the Playbar (which remains in the lineup) and it’s designed for ...

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Alleged CIA leak re-demonstrates the dangers of smart TVs

Wikileaks published today notes on what it alleges are a large set of CIA hacking tools. Among the dump was a tool developed by the CIA and MI5 that attempted to turn certain Samsung smart TVs into remote listening and monitoring devices. It’s called Weeping Angel. Because Doctor Who. The ...

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Google Pixel review – CNET

Early 2017 update The Google Pixel remains our favorite phone, bar none — unless you’re looking for a bigger screen, in which case we’d recommend its big brother, the Pixel XL. The Pixel strikes a terrific balance between speed and beauty, ergonomics and straight-up usability. It’s the purest vehicle for ...

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The Fossil Q Hybrid smartwatch does wearables right

Do you really need a screen? That’s the question Fossil is asking with their clever and handsome Fossil Q Hybrid smartwatch, an analog watch that hides all of its smarts behind an understated face. This type of watch has become more common with watchmakers like Skagen and Michael Kors jumping ...

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The best hair straightener

Who should buy this Anyone can use a hair straightener, but how well a straightener will work on your hair—how straight it will get, how long it will stay that way, and how much damage it will endure from the heat—depends on a combination of genes, climate, and practice. The ...

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1-2 Switch review – CNET

If you’re expecting Wii Sports, this isn’t it. 1-2 Switch isn’t even NintendoLand. Instead, 1-2 Switch is an oddball party game, one of the few launch games for Nintendo Switch. It wants to be the game you play with friends, a classic fun social experience. 28 mini-games explore different ways ...

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Meet the tiny phone company that’s making modularity sustainable

With retro phone brands Nokia and Blackberry remerging at Mobile World Congress this year you’d be forgiven for thinking Mistress Fortune was up to her old wheel-spinning tricks again. And as old tech becomes tech news again, it’s a sign — say some — that smartphone innovation is on the scrap heap. But a commoditized ...

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