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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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The cyberpunk revolution begins with video games

Take the ID@Xbox showcase for example. Of the 20 games on display, at least half are set in sci-fi worlds or feature dystopian themes (or both), including Tacoma, Tokyo 42, Tower 57, Songbringer and Aven Colony. However, two titles in particular encapsulate the raw, gritty future that’s a staple of ...

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Nintendo Switch review – CNET

If you’re a hard-core Nintendo fan or a lover of Zelda games, you may have already preordered the Switch. And as you play the spectacular Breath of the Wild on day 1, on your TV or on the Switch’s built-in 6.2-inch screen, you’ll feel like it’s worth every penny. For ...

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A Link to the Past

Now and again in the hype period for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the game’s creators compared it to the original NES classic. I chalked this up to the usual pre-release silliness; how could a brand-new game be anything like something released in 1986? It turns out ...

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