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Kim Kardashian’s new bot wants to solve puzzles with you

If you’ve ever wanted to converse with Kim Kardashian directly — keep dreaming. But this bot will try its hardest to sound like her! Kim tweeted a link to a Facebook Messenger bot which looked like her, and naturally I had to see what this was all about. Show More Summary

WikiLeaks unveils how CIA reportedly hacked our Apple products

A document cache released by WikiLeaks reportedly shows how the CIA has been hacking your iPhone for almost a decade. WikiLeaks opened Vault 7 — a massive collection of alleged CIA hacking secrets — earlier this month. Now its released...Show More Summary

Master & Dynamic MW50 review: Superlative wireless headphones that sound as great as they look

So you’re in the market for great-sounding headphones, but you don’t want them to weigh you down? New York-based brand Master & Dynamic wants to prove that function, style and high-end performance can indeed come together in a portable package, with its recently released MW50 wireless supra-aural (on-ear) headphones. Show More Summary

Republican Senators just sold your privacy to the highest bidder

This morning, Republican senators voted to remove Obama administration restrictions designed to keep internet service providers (ISPs) from selling your private data. The vote passed along party lines, 50-48. The policy, originally proposed by then acting FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined clear guidelines for how ISPs were to handle your data. Show More Summary

Europe’s first sex doll brothel moves underground

Hope you booked your visit with the LumiDolls fast, because Aki, Lily, and Katy just went out of business … or at least out of public business. According to Spanish newspaper El País, Barcelona police had begun investigating the legality of the brothel where the four polymer dolls were kept. Show More Summary

Spanish teen sues mother after she confiscated his phone

Being grounded sucks. Growing up, there were heaps of times my mum took away my Xbox controller, depriving me of the ability to play Halo 2, because I couldn’t be arsed to do my maths homework. But never – not once – did it cross my mind to drag my mother to court. Show More Summary

Instagram’s new policy to blur ‘sensitive’ photos is bound to get messy

Instagram has long struggled with moderating its posts (most often around whether or not female nipples are allowed). Now the company is offering up a partial solution: it will soon begin blurring “sensitive” posts, which you will need to manually reveal. Show More Summary

Choose your price for a massive collection of coding education

While it may occasionally feel like everyone in the world is more tech-capable than you, believe us, that’s really not the case. Still, there’s no excuse not to build the programming background you’re lacking right now with a complete Learn to Code 2017 course bundle, especially considering you can get it for any price you want to pay. Show More Summary

WhatsApp got tons of fake 5-star reviews after terrible Snapchat-like update

WhatsApp has apparently stacked thousands of what appears to be fake five-star reviews on the Google Play Store over the last few weeks. While the popular messenger currently boasts an average rating of 4.4 stars based on approximately...Show More Summary

Instagram finally offers two-factor authentication for everyone

Instagram announced today that two-factor authentication is available to everyone who uses its app, and all we have to say is “Well, it’s about time!” The company first announced this back in February 2016. When we wrote about it atShow More Summary

New Japanese solar cell is closest to reaching maximum efficiency

Solar energy is the hottest thing in eco-living, and everybody wants in on it. People are installing solar panels in their homes, governments are creating smart grids and companies like Google want to run completely on renewable energy and help people do the same. Show More Summary

Facebook adds Mentions and Reactions to group chats on Messenger

Facebook is making group conversations in Messenger a lot more like… well, Facebook. You can now use reactions during group conversations, as well as tag specific people using the ‘@’ symbol. The reactions are useful for the same reason...Show More Summary

Why is Apple afraid of forcing users to reset their passwords?

How much is your data worth to Apple? That’s the question hacking collective Turkish Crime Family seems to be asking by blackmailing Apple to pay thousands of dollars or have millions of iCloud accounts wiped remotely. The story started...Show More Summary

Apple reimagines the iPhone as a MacBook touchpad

A patent created by Apple, and unearthed by Apple Insider, shows that the Cupertino giant is playing around with the idea of creating laptop-style docking stations, that can hold an iPhone or iPad. The first shows an iPhone that docks into a laptop, taking the place of a trackpad. Show More Summary

Apple denies iCloud security breach despite evidence from hackers

The iCloud saga continues as Apple has denied breach allegations made earlier this week by a hacking collective better known as Turkish Crime Family. The company further downplayed any threats that hundreds of millions iPhone devices could be at risk of being remotely wiped clean. Show More Summary

ABC News learns a hard lesson about Twitter account security

If there’s someone I definitely wouldn’t want to be right now, it’s the social media manager for ABC News. That’s because in the early hours of this morning, its Twitter account was hacked, with several colorful tweets posted. Several of the tweets linked to an account, @the6clerk, which has since been suspended by Twitter. Show More Summary

Congress could soon allow ISPs to sell your browsing history without your consent

Last year, former US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a rule that would prevent internet providers from selling customers’ private data to third parties without their consent; the rule passed in October...Show More Summary

BlackBerry’s clever new Android app keeps people from peeping at your screen

There are lots of times when people around us can see what’s on our phone screens, and that can make it tricky to read confidential texts or emails. Thankfully, BlackBerry has a smart solution to that problem for Android users. Its new...Show More Summary

Google’s bringing audio-only calls to Duo at last, but I’ll probably never use it

Seven months since its launch, Google’s Duo video calling app is finally adding support for voice-only calls. The feature is rolling out first in Brazil, where Google announced the update at a São Paulo event; it’ll become available elsewhere in the world in the coming days. Show More Summary

Apple acquires automation app Workflow and makes it free

Apple has acquired Workflow, an automation app for iOS that lets you connect apps and create quick shortcuts to actions like texting a contact to let them know you’ll be late for your appointment, find a convenience store near you, make PDFs from Web pages and record an audio note to yourself that’s accessible in the Reminders app. Show More Summary

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