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Google’s new Star Wars AR stickers put Porgs everywhere

Google’s new Star Wars AR stickers put Porgs everywhere After months of teasing, Google’s finally brought its AR stickers to the Pixel 2. For most users with the company’s latest flagship handset, the feature will be available today as part of the an Android 2.1 update. The feature was announced on-stage at the Pixel event back in January, offering a sneak peak of a fun little addition made possible through its ARCore technology, letting users drop augmented reality characters onto their own pictures and video. It was a pretty compelling…

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Internet pioneers plead with Congress to preserve net neutrality

Internet pioneers plead with Congress to preserve net neutrality As the FCC vote to undo net neutrality requirements looms, some of technology’s greatest minds have come together to issue a plea to congressional leadership to save the internet as we know it. Even though millions of letters from the general public were ignored, in a last ditch effort to preserve net neutrality, 21 high profile technologists have penned an open letter to the FCC. Addressed to Marsha Senators Roger Wicker and Brian Shatz, along with members of Congress Marsha Blackburn…

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Google’s premium Home Max smart speaker goes on sale

Google’s premium Home Max smart speaker goes on sale Looks like Google’a premium smart speaker has hit the market just in time for the holidays. The Home Max is now available through a handful of online retailers, including Best Buy. The big box retailer says it will be able to deliver the Assistant enabled smart speaker as early as tomorrow, if you choose expedited shipping. The product was announced back in October, at the Pixel 2 event in San Francisco, along side the far cheaper Home Mini. The Echo Dot…

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Apple let a knockoff version of one of the world’s biggest crypto wallets into the App Store

Apple let a knockoff version of one of the world’s biggest crypto wallets into the App Store An app masquerading as MyEtherWallet.com, one of the internet’s most popular services for storing ETH and other crypto coins, has made its way to the top of the iOS App Store charts. The app rose to the number three spot in Finance category of the App Store this weekend as part of a bitcoin frenzy that saw bitcoin exchange Coinbase top Apple’s free download list in the U.S.. In this case, however, it is…

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Graphene running shoes will hit the market next year

Graphene running shoes will hit the market next year Running shoes and graphene were made for each other. One is always in search of the latest gimmick and the other has produced some of the most stunning in recent memory. The University of Manchester, long a leading force in research surrounding the one-atom-thick material, has teamed up with British sportswear brand inov-8 to bring graphene to footwear. Unlike most of the research we’ve seen around science’s recent favorite miracle material, these things are headed to the market in our lifetimes…

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Jony Ive is leading Apple’s design team again

Jony Ive is leading Apple’s design team again Two years ago, Jony Ive was promoted to Chief Design Officer at Apple. The newly created role found the company’s beloved designer taking a break from day to day management of the team, handing the reins over to VP’s Richard Howarth and Alan Dye. The duo took over the management of its industrial design and user interface design, respectively. Now Ive is stepping back into the part of the position he vacated back in 2015. Earlier today, 9to5Mac noted that Dye and…

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Apple TV finally gets SiriusXM streaming

Apple TV finally gets SiriusXM streaming A little potential bonus for those thinking of picking up an Apple TV for the holidays. As of this week, streaming from the satellite radio giant SiriusXM is available to owners of the 4th generation Apple TV and Apple TV 4K — assuming, of course, you’ve already got a subscription to the service. The partnership brings SiriusXM’s 200-odd stations to the set top box, including all of the music, sports, shock jocks and the like. The new app brings an Apple TV optimized interface…

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Apple issues fix for HomeKit vulnerability impacting smart locks and other devices

Apple issues fix for HomeKit vulnerability impacting smart locks and other devices Apple says it’s issued a fix for an iOS security flaw that left key connect home hardware open to unauthorized third-party access. The bug, which was initially spotted by 9to5Mac, reportedly made it possible for an outside party to access things like smart locks and garage doors. The company has since confirmed the existence of the bug with TechCrunch. “The issue affecting HomeKit users running iOS 11.2 has been fixed,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement. “The…

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San Francisco made things much tougher for robotic delivery startups this week

San Francisco made things much tougher for robotic delivery startups this week San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors made it a lot tougher to test delivery robots this week. In a five to one vote, the committee handed down some strict regulations on on the cargo bots, which have been piloted on city sidewalks over the past several months. Supervisor Norman Yee, who initially proposed the regulation cited concerns around the ‘bots essentially taking over city sidewalks. “Maybe five years from now, when we have 20,000 robots roaming around on the…

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New airline rules are leaving smart luggage makers in a tough spot

New airline rules are leaving smart luggage makers in a tough spot America’s top airlines are taking a stand against smart luggage. In a rare bit of solidarity, a number of the country’s top carriers have announced rules that would limit the use of high-tech bags, over fear of potential battery combustion. American Airlines led the charge on the ban. On Friday of last week, the carrier noted a policy change set to go into effect just after the busy holiday season. “Beginning Jan. 15, customers who travel with a smart…

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