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Gadget Lab Podcast: Our Favorite Gadgets From 2017
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Best Cyber Monday Tech Deals From Target, eBay, Newegg, and Google
November 26, 2017 12:11 pm|Comments (0)

Black Friday has passed, but Cyber Monday—the big online shopping day that falls on the first Monday after Thanksgiving—is just around the corner. That means that there are some great tech deals to be had this year on Nov. 27.

And just because the name Cyber Monday implies that people only have one day to buy something on discount, several retailers like Newegg and Target are extending Cyber Monday into a multi-day shopping fest.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best Cyber Monday tech deals.

Target

The retail giant said have everything on its website at 15% for the week, which Target is pitching as Cyber Week. Additionally, Target (tgt) will unveil special deals on several items each day throughout the week.

Some of the deals include:

  • The Sony PlayStation 4 Virtual Reality Headset, with racing game Gran Turismo included, for $ 300, a $ 100 discount.
  • People who buy BeatsX earphones or Beats EP headphones—which cost $ 150 and $ 130 respectively—will get a free $ 20 Target GiftCard.
  • A KitchenAid 4.5-qt. Classic Plus Stand Mixer will cost $ 200 instead of $ 260.

eBay

Although technically not a retailer, eBay (ebay) is rounding up some of the best tech deals from its various sellers and making them available for the week, starting Nov. 25.

  • A Samsung 55-inch 4K television will cost $ 550 instead of $ 900.
  • An Apple (aapl) iPad Pro with 256 GB and Wi-Fi will cost $ 750, a 13% discount.
  • An unlocked Apple iPhone 8 with 64 GB will cost $ 674 instead of $ 700.
  • The iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi will cost $ 760, an 11% discount.

Newegg

Online tech-focused retailer Newegg will be staggering some deals throughout its Cyber Monday event lasting from Nov. 26 through Nov. 30.

Deals valid from Nov. 26 and Nov. 27.

  • A Western Digital 4 TB external hard drive will cost $ 60 instead of $ 100.
  • A Western Digital 500 GB solid state internal hard drive will cost $ 138 instead of $ 150. There’s a limit of three.

Deals valid from Nov. 26 through Nov. 30.

  • Hyperkin RetroN 1 HD Gaming Console for the NES will cost $ 15 instead of $ 30.

Deals valid on Nov. 27 only.

  • The CyberPower Intelligent LCD battery backup and power supply will cost $ 75 instead of $ 110.
  • The Corsair Carbide Mid-Tower Gaming Case will cost $ 40 instead of $ 50.
  • H&R Block Tax Software Deluxe + State 2017 will cost $ 35 instead of $ 45.
  • A MSI gaming laptop will cost $ 750 instead of $ 850.

Deals valid from Nov. 27 through Nov. 30.

  • An ABS Lite Gaming Desktop will cost $ 830 instead of $ 900.
  • A Dell OptiPlex 3050 Desktop Computer will cost $ 590 instead of $ 660

Google

Google (goog) is cutting the price of its Google Home web connected speaker to $ 80 from $ 130 starting on Thanksgiving Day and ending at 11:59 pm on Nov. 27, Cyber Monday.

Facebook

The social networking giant (fb) is slashing the price of its Oculus Rift VR headset on both its Oculus online store as well as on Amazon (amzn), Best Buy (bby), Newegg, and Microsoft’s (msft) online store. From Nov. 21 through the end of Cyber Monday, the Rift + touch controller will cost $ 350 instead of $ 400.

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Dell

Dell’s Cyber Monday event will start Nov. 25 and last until Dec. 3. Throughout the period, Dell will have a 15% site wide sale on its video game-oriented computers like the Alienware brand as well as its Inspiron models.

Additionally, the company will debut several online deals throughout the week. These include Dell products in addition to those of third-party companies.

  • A Vizio 70-inch 4K television will cost $ 1,500 instead of $ 2,000, plus a $ 200 Dell promotional card.
  • A Microsoft Xbox One S with 500 GB and the video game Battlefield 1 will cost $ 220, down from $ 370
  • Dell’s UltraSharp 24-inch monitor will cost $ 220 instead of $ 350.

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The impacts on storage and compliance from Blockchain, robots and IoT
November 24, 2017 12:07 am|Comments (0)

At Web Summit in Lisbon, key issues for storage and compliance included the internet of things (IoT), Blockchain, biometrics and always-available health data.

In this podcast, Computer Weekly storage editor Antony Adshead talks with the CEO of Vigitrust, Mathieu Gorge, about the implications for storage and compliance of always-available healthcare data, biometric security methods and the data generated, Blockchain, and human-robot interaction in internet of things deployments.

Antony Adshead: What is Web Summit, why is it important, and what key themes emerged with regard to storage and compliance?

Mathieu Gorge: The Web Summit has been held every year for the past 10 years. It grew from 400 people to more than 59,000 people this year, and is currently held in Lisbon. The founder is Paddy Cosgrave, who started it in Dublin, but it got so big it needed a new home.

Web Summit is organised in different tracks. There are tracks for startups, for scaling companies and for enterprises. It’s a mix of 24 different summits; some focus on software as a service (SaaS), some on compliance and others on next-generation IT, which is primarily the IoT and robots at the moment.

It allows people to get a feel for everything web-based, and any type of new solutions that are coming out. It also has a number of keynote speakers that come in from large organisations, but also innovative startups. It’s always excellent to learn and it’s very good for networking.

Adshead: Could you expand on key themes that emerged with regard to storage and compliance?

Gorge: If I look very briefly at four key things, the first one is startups. There is always a number of them that pitch every day at Web Summit.

There was a trend around solutions to do with health data; how we build solutions that allow consumers to have a full overview of their health status in such a way that it’s available and securely stored on the cloud, and that they can get access to that information anywhere and anytime so they can get treatment anywhere in the world. There were a number of innovative solutions there that were showcased.

The second was security and compliance; new ideas on how we can provide strong authentication and identity management. There was a lot of focus on biometrics, looking at your eyes, fingerprints and a mix of different things.

These are not necessarily groundbreaking, but there was an emphasis that wasn’t there last year. It was coupled with the question of how we store those credentials from a security perspective. Is it stored on the go, in vaults or in dynamic storage? Again, there are a number of startups in that domain.

Focusing on Blockchain

Third is Blockchain. There were a number of keynotes around Blockchains; some around what an initial coin offering is, how it works, why it is good for startups and the industry, and what it allows you to do. It was interesting to see heavy hitters like Tim Draper speaking on the main stage.

Finally, there was the concept of the IoT, focusing on the advent of the first robots coming out in the market and how those devices become intelligent through AI. From a storage and compliance perspective, they accumulate information about humans and our interaction with robots. One of the key questions asked how we make sure this is done in a correct and secure way; as well as how we make sure it is done in compliance with the new EU GDPR, because it’s going to be very hard to track everything.

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Skype Has Disappeared From App Stores in China. It’s Not Clear Which Law It Broke
November 21, 2017 12:02 pm|Comments (0)

Microsoft’s Skype may still be functioning in China, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a way to download it in that country.

According to a New York Times report on Tuesday, Skype has been unavailable on Apple’s Chinese App Store and on various Android app repositories for almost a month now.

Apple (aapl) told the publication that it had been “notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over internet protocol apps do not comply with local law,” so it had removed those apps in its Chinese store.

Android app stores run by local web giants such as Huawei and Xiaomi also don’t carry Skype anymore—Google (googl) doesn’t run its Play Store in the country because of local laws, so Android users have to turn to third-party services such as these for their app downloads.

Microsoft (msft) told the Times that Skype’s removal from Apple’s App Store was only temporary, and it was “working to reinstate the app as soon as possible.”

It’s not clear which law Skype is breaking. It doesn’t provide end-to-end encryption, though it might be that the Chinese authorities don’t like its encryption of messages in transit between people’s computing devices and Skype’s servers. It’s also possible that Skype is falling foul of a recently introduced Chinese rule that demands the use of verified real names on online platforms.

China has recently been particularly restrictive of online speech, due to the high-stakes Communist Party meeting that took place last month. However, Skype’s disappearance from the app stores seems to have taken place after that event.

Apple took flak from digital rights activists earlier this year when it removed from its Chinese App Store apps that could be used to bypass state censorship in the country.

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Takeway.com to increase commission rates from Jan 1
October 10, 2017 7:08 am|Comments (0)

(Reuters) – Dutch meal delivery firm Takeaway.com said it would increase its commission rates from Jan. 1 and that it expects this to have a 5 percent positive effect on its revenue growth.

Takeaway.com also plans to increase investments in Germany and other markets in the fourth quarter of 2017, it said in its third-quarter trading update on Tuesday.

Reporting by Camille Raynaud; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu

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All the Best Photos From Pippa Middleton’s Stunning Wedding
July 29, 2017 7:50 pm|Comments (0)

Pippa Middleton is married! Kate Middleton’s younger sister tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend, financier James Matthews, in the UK on Saturday afternoon. Pippa, who looked breathtaking in her cap sleeved wedding gown, said “I do” at St. Mark’s Englefield in Berkshire. The reception is being held at Carole and Michael Middleton’s home in Bucklebury in their 18-acre garden.

Kate was on hand to escort her kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who served as page boy and flower girl, into the church. And despite not being Pippa’s maid of honor, Kate still made sure to help her sister with her dress before the ceremony began. Prince William and Prince Harry, who brought girlfriend Meghan Markle, also shared a chat before heading into the church. See all of the stunning photos of Pippa and James’s big day below!

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All the Best Photos From Pippa Middleton’s Stunning Wedding
July 25, 2017 11:10 pm|Comments (0)

Pippa Middleton is married! Kate Middleton’s younger sister tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend, financier James Matthews, in the UK on Saturday afternoon. Pippa, who looked breathtaking in her cap sleeved wedding gown, said “I do” at St. Mark’s Englefield in Berkshire. The reception is being held at Carole and Michael Middleton’s home in Bucklebury in their 18-acre garden.

Kate was on hand to escort her kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who served as page boy and flower girl, into the church. And despite not being Pippa’s maid of honor, Kate still made sure to help her sister with her dress before the ceremony began. Prince William and Prince Harry, who brought girlfriend Meghan Markle, also shared a chat before heading into the church. See all of the stunning photos of Pippa and James’s big day below!

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/popsugar/~3/jPnjD50xhQM/Pippa-Middleton-Wedding-Pictures-43557696

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Someone Is Trying to Scrub Trump’s Name From the Wikipedia Page of Lieberman’s Law Firm
June 13, 2017 12:02 pm|Comments (0)

There’s a Wikipedia edit war going on right now on the page of the law firm of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman. That wouldn’t be notable except for the fact that someone is trying to scrub Donald Trump’s name from the page and Joe Lieberman is a special counsel at the firm. Lieberman is a frontrunner to head the…

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Police catch murder suspect with help from victim’s Fitbit data
April 27, 2017 1:45 am|Comments (0)


A Connecticut woman’s Fitbit may have helped bring her murderer to justice. Connie Dabate was shot dead in her home December 2015. Her husband, Richard Dabate claimed he left for work around 8:30, only to return a half-hour later to see “a masked man — about 6-foot-2 and stocky with a Vin Diesel voice.” The man allegedly tortured Richard, shot Connie with her husband’s gun when she arrived home from a gym class, and then ran when Richard escaped and called the police. So far, so Law & Order. When the police started inspecting the couple’s digital footprints, however, they found Richard’s story more full…

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An Instagram bug is preventing users from temporarily disabling their accounts
April 25, 2017 10:00 am|Comments (0)

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An Instagram bug affecting some users is preventing them from temporarily disabling their accounts, TechCrunch reports. “Disabling” on Instagram works similarly as on Facebook, meaning that the account will be hidden as though it has been deleted. It temporarily hides all actions by that account including posts, likes, comments and the profile. 

Users have been complaining about the issue on social networks like Twitter and Reddit since February. Several users were redirected to the home page after trying to disable the account. 

Hey @instagram, why can’t I temporarily disable my account? And why can’t I reach you anywhere?

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