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Huawei losing ARM could ruin its plans to become top phone maker in the world


Huawei can't seem to catch a break.

Following Google's recent Android ban and Qualcomm and Intel cutting ties with the Chinese company, more popular tech giants are following suit. Now, UK-based chip designer ARM has also suspended business with Huawei.

Simply put: This is yet another major blow to Huawei that could really hamper the company's ability to produce future smartphones.

SEE ALSO: Huawei gets temporary relief from its U.S. ban

Here's what we know from earlier this week: Without a proper Android license, Huawei won't be able to release new phones with the Google Play Store and Google services outside of China.  Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:50 pm

The Garmin DriveSmart 61 GPS is $65.99 off at Amazon


Google Maps (or Apple Maps — we're not getting into that argument right now) are fine for finding the quickest way to get to a dinner reservation, but car GPS devices are still best for journeys with more riding on them. (Just ask the New York Times.)

True, the ones with good reviews are few and far between, but they exist. The Garmin DriveSmart 61 GPS Navigator is one of the rare models to have four out of five stars on Amazon, and it's on sale for $65.99 off. It's still full price ($249.99) at

SEE ALSO: 10 of the best travel adapters you can buy on Amazon

For those road trips or drives to the airport where you cannot afford to get lost, the rechargeable Garmin DriveSmart 61 GPS Navigator can be the directions companion you need. Aside from constantly-updating Lifetime maps, the Drivesmart 61 offers real-time services like live traffic and parking updates, TripAdvisor, and Bluetooth calls. Just sync it with the app on your phone. Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:14 pm

Apple sends out invitations for June 3 WWDC keynote


New versions of Apple's iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS platforms will be announced at WWDC 2019, which starts on June 3 and runs through June 7.

Right on cue, the tech giant sent out media invites for its 30th annual WWDC keynote. Like previous years, the developer conference keynote starts at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

SEE ALSO: Here's when Apple will most likely reveal iOS 13 and macOS 10.15

The invite is enclosed below and ... includes a unicorn?! What could that mean?

Apple WWDC invite is here!

— Raymond Wong📱💾📼 (@raywongy) May 22, 2019

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:12 pm

They Put Celebs in the Baby Filter

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:06 pm

Walmart has a new affordable line of 4K TVs — a 65-inch is under $500


This week's 4K TV news is finally something that everyone can be involved in. Ceilings covered in massive curved OLEDs from LG is cool, but CES tech isn't exactly available to the average consumer.

There's a new TV brand in town and its goal is give people the magic of 4K without breaking the bank. Just launched mid-May of 2019, Walmart-exclusive brand ONN has already positioned itself as a main competitor to other budget brands like RCA, TCL, and Sceptre.

SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' cinematographer says the show being too dark is your own damn fault

To celebrate the launch, most models are on sale, and all are available with free shipping or same-day pick up. For less than $500, you can enjoy plasma-like deep blacks, UHD contrast, and clear, immersive imagery — on a 65-inch screen, no less. They're not smart TVs, but grabbing a Fire TV Stick 4K can fix that. Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:45 pm

You can control this robot by flexing your muscles


In a new paper, MIT CSAIL researchers Joseph DelPreto and Daniela Rus used electromyography sensors to make communication between a robot and a human a lot more intuitive.

Their system, dubbed RoboRaise, is able to mirror human movements by detecting and interpreting the person's biceps and triceps activity. DelPreto and Rus hope that this system will be particularly useful in manufacturing and construction scenarios.  Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:22 pm

JBL Clip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker is $20 off at Walmart


Summer is the perfect time to bring your speakers outside and jam out while you soak up some sun. In doing this, though, you want to make sure your equipment won’t get damaged. You need a portable speaker that can withstand the elements.

The JBL Clip 3 is that speaker. It’s rugged, waterproof, and on sale for $20 off at Walmart.

This Bluetooth speaker is small but mighty. It plays clear, loud audio and has a built-in carabiner so you can clip it to you and take it on the go. The battery provides 10 hours of playtime.

The Clip 3 even has a noise- and echo-canceling speakerphone for crystal clear phone calls. Pick up the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker in one of 10 colors for $39.95 at Walmart. Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:19 pm

Fitbit's Alta HR fitness tracker is on sale for up to $55 off on Amazon


At long last, Mother Nature has taken her fickle foot off our necks and ushered in consistently warmer weather 'round the country.

If past research holds up, that means you're about to start exercising way more than you did when it was chilly outside.

That *also* means now is a great time to pick up a shiny new fitness tracker to help you meet your health goals — say, the Fitbit Alta HR from Amazon, where select styles are currently on sale for up to 43% off Fitbit's asking price of $129.95.

Featuring Fitbit's slimmest design thus far, the Alta HR looks similar to a watch and is worn on one's wrist, where it uses SmartTrack Auto Exercise Recognition technology to automatically log your steps, heart rate, calories burned, workout intensity, and even sleep stages on its dashboard.  Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:08 pm

Zinus memory foam mattresses are on sale for less than $300 at Walmart


Memorial Day mattress sale just rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it?

Casper, Nectar, and about 20 more of the big mattress-in-a-box names are dropping prices for the holiday weekend, but trying to sift through whether $100 off a $600 mattress is better than getting two free pillows gets overwhelming. No shade.

If dropping that much on a mattress isn't in the budget right now, an Eco-Sense memory foam mattress from Zinus may be calling your name — and they're up to $100 off at Walmart today. (The prices are so good, the king is only $262.65.)

SEE ALSO: 8 of the best pillows for a good night's sleep Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:51 pm

Amazon is 3D-scanning people's bodies in exchange for gift cards


Amazon has been conducting research that involves digital 3D "scans" of people's bodies in exchange for a $25 Amazon gift card.

The e-commerce giant is currently carrying out the image study at two different locations in New York City. 

Mashable became aware of the research program after a staff member was targeted with an advertisement on Instagram. The ad led to an online form where would-be participants were able to sign up for a 3D body scan session.

A screenshot of the signup page for the Amazon Body Labs imaging study.

A screenshot of the signup page for the Amazon Body Labs imaging study.

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The signup page for the study claims that Amazon  takes 3D scans, photos, and videos of study participants, both fully clothed and in “form-fitting” swimwear. Height and weight measurements are also collected during the session. On the website, Amazon states that the data collected during the study is “exclusively for internal product research” and will not be used in a marketing capacity.  Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:39 pm

The Google Home Hub is now available for under £90


Believe it or not, there are people out there who hop onto their phone in the morning to check the weather and traffic, organise their appointments in a paper diary, and then check their phone again to book a restaurant. All this switching isn't necessary anymore.

There are devices out there that can answer questions, organise routines, play videos and music, and much more. That's everything through one device, guys. It might be time to finally throw away your beloved diary, and upgrade to the Google Home Hub.

You can get answers from Google, command your audio, plan your day, and control your smart home through the Google Home Hub. This device is usually listed at £119, but is currently available for just £89 from BT. Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 1:41 pm

Save £60 on these factory renewed Bose SoundSport Free wireless headphones


We have been over this before, but just in case you are still funny about factory renewed or refurbished items, we're going to try and explain the deal again.

Factory renewed products are a great way to enjoy the products you want at outstanding prices. If you're desperate to pick up a set of headphones from Bose but you've been put off by the price, we recommend checking out the renewed range.

A factory renewed product is simply one that’s been returned to Bose, for any reason, and then thoroughly inspected, tested, and serviced to meet strict sound quality standards. So it's exactly the same as a new product, apart from the price. These products go for much lower prices because some people out there are still a bit hesitant about renewed items. The winner in this situation is you. Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 1:39 pm

Sign up to PureVPN for £2.27 a month and gift free monthly accounts to 12 friends


Birthdays are special occasions that need to be celebrated. Don't even try and protest. You might say that you find your birthday cringey, but you would be smiling if you were faced with all your best friends, balloons, and an absolutely massive caterpillar cake. Wouldn't you?

It doesn't matter where you are from, or how old you are, because you deserve a celebration. Even a VPN deserves a little bit of fanfare on its birthday. Yep, that's right. We're celebrating the birthdays of Virtual Private Networks now. That's how important birthdays are, guys.

PureVPN has just turned 12, and wants you to join in on the celebrations. There's not really much you can give a VPN as a gift, other than signing up to the service, and PureVPN has just dropped a big incentive to purchase a contract. When a new user signs up to any plan they’ll be eligible to gift monthly accounts to 12 friends.  Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 1:34 pm

Microsoft laptops, Apple MacBooks, iPads, Panasonic cameras, Amazon devices, and more on sale for May 22 in the UK


We're into the second day of Amazon's Bank Holiday Sale. The Bank Holiday itself isn't until May 27, but we're getting a week of deals, and that's not something we should be questioning too much, because Amazon knows best, always.

We have looked through the wide selection of offers and handpicked the very best deals on laptops, tablets, beard trimmers, electric toothbrushes, and more. You can save on top brands like Microsoft, Apple, Philips, and Panasonic. You can also pick up discounted Amazon devices including the Echo Input and Echo Dot.

These are the best deals from across the internet for May 22. Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 1:26 pm

How to fix your TV settings to make your screen look perfect


It feels like it's been months since the premiere of "The Long Night," a highly anticipated episode of HBO's Game of Thrones featuring the longest battle sequence in the history of film. Like the rest of the fantasy epic's final season, it was divisive; some fans found it to be an enthralling example of the series at its best, while others found it to be an unsatisfying and abrupt ending to a major storyline.

SEE ALSO: 5 things you need to know about your TV before the Super Bowl

One thing people on both sides of the aisle agreed upon was that it's a little difficult to see what's going on during the episode. Fans contended that it was too dark, while the episode's cinematographer insisted people needed to recalibrate their TVsRead more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 11:00 am

Watch Ford's two-legged robot walk packages to your door


When the self-driving delivery vans finally arrive, it's going to be a challenge getting packages from the vehicle to the doorstep. That's where Ford's partnership with Digit – a bipedal robot from Agility Robotics – comes in handy. 

The main problem is that watching a two-legged robot like Digit can be creepy and disconcerting, especially when it awkwardly walks on its creature-like legs and then bends over – or when it sneakily unfolds itself from the back of the delivery van.

Ford plans to use Digit to carry packages up to 40 pounds when humans aren't around to help grab deliveries from the back of a truck or van. Digit can walk up and down stairs, navigate around obstacles in its path, and stay balanced even after getting bumped. The humanoid can also fold up, so it stows away in the back of the delivery van ready to unfold and carry packages once the van arrives. Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 11:00 am

DJ Khaled will get you there as the new voice on Waze


If it feels like DJ Khaled is everywhere in the transit world, that's because he is.  

Popping up on Lyft scooters, ride-share driving undercover, and owning a ridiculous car collection, the hip-hop star is all about getting around. Now he's helping you get where you're going as a new navigation voice option in the Waze app. 

Sure, his voice giving directions is part of a six-week promo with streaming music service Deezer for his new album. But that doesn't mean you can't embrace the advice-filled phrases the performer is known for. Here's a sense of what it'll be like to have him guiding your drive starting Wednesday and available until June 30. Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 10:00 am

Dyson V10, Dell XPS desktop, Fire TV Stick, and more deals for May 22


Has your desktop had its days? If you are looking for an upgrade, we have found a great deal on a Dell XSP Tower. It retails for $1000, but it's currently chilling at $699.99 with code AFF300XPS — that's our definition of a hidden gem.

These XPS towers have a swing-out power supply which makes easy to access the motherboard, and that 460W of power ensures that your high-end video cards will be handled with ease. (Just add a Dell monitor on sale and have yourself a full-out desk glow up.)

You don't have to stop at office upgrades, either: Up your cooking possibilities with $39.96 off the 9-in-1 Instant Pot Duo Plus and keep your floor spotless with the Dyson Cyclone V10 vacuum for just $399.99. Prime members can save $50 on the Fire TV Recast or $15 on the Fire TV Stick 4K. Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 9:06 am

Raspberry Pi kits and courses on sale


Here's a toughie: What do a coffee-making robot, a GIF-printing camera, a smartwatch that runs Windows 98, and "Furlexa" — that is, a Furby equipped with Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant — have in common?

The answer, dear reader, is this: They've all been brought to life on Raspberry Pi, a miniature computer the size of a deck of cards. (That was your exact guess, right? Right.)

Now in its third generation, this little guy is a remarkable piece of equipment that can be used for all kinds of computing, robotics, and Internet of Things projects. This versatility has made it quite popular, as have its beginner-friendliness and its ridiculously affordable $35 price tag.  Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 9:00 am

5 password managers on sale


Still filling in passwords manually? Is your fallback password still "PASSWORD" or "NOTMYPASSWORD"? That's basically irrefutable proof you should get a password manager. And if you're simply using iCloud Keychain's basic functionality (and finding it less than helpful), we stand by that statement.

SEE ALSO: Best password managers to keep you safe online

These handy apps have become incredibly sophisticated, now that more people than ever are relying on them to store, auto-fill, auto-generate, and organize their login details. Still, considering this is your personal data and digital privacy at stake here, you may be (understandably) concerned about selecting a quality one that actually does the job right. Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 9:00 am

Google stored some users' passwords in plain text for years


Google has revealed it had left some business users' passwords exposed in plain text.

In a blog post on Tuesday, the tech giant said it had discovered the issue in Google's popular enterprise product, G Suite, back in January. 

When stored in a system, passwords are cryptographically hashed — scrambled into a random-looking assortment of numbers — which make it near-impossible to try and guess what it is. 

The bug, which had existed since 2005, stored an unhashed, plain text copy of the password in G Suite's administration console. The console had allowed administrators to reset a password for a user, in case they forgot it, but Google said the function no longer exists. Read more...

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:29 am

Amazon prevails in battle with South American countries for ‘.amazon’ domain name


E-commerce giant Amazon has prevailed in its domain name battle with Amazon, the geographic region in South America.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has approved of Amazon’s proposal to run the top level domain name extension “.amazon” after a 7 year dispute with more than a half dozen countries, according to the Financial Times.

The dispute was backed by the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation (ACTO), a group promoting the development of the Amazon Basin. Its member states include Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. Read more...

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 9:39 pm

Tesla releases DIY guides for Model 3 maintenance


Tesla is embracing the growing demand for consumers to be able to fix stuff themselves by releasing a series of do-it-yourself guides for the Model 3.

The idea here is to allow owners to fix a range of problems without going through the hassle, time, and expense of having to schedule a Service appointment. As the list below reveals, the maintenance you can carry out at home is quite basic, but Tesla should be commended for offering this support.

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 9:08 pm

Comcast, a trusted company, wants to monitor you with a smart device


It looks like you fell down. Someone will be there between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to assist you. 

Yes, that's right, everyone's favorite and definitely trusted company, Comcast, is working on a smart  device of some kind with voice-interactive features to monitor customers' health. The news, first reported by CNBC, was independently confirmed by Mashable. The tracker will be pilot tested laster this year. 

Importantly, unlike the Google Home or Amazon Echo, Comcast's foray into in-home devices won't search the web or recite the forecast. Instead, it will reportedly track customer bathroom trips, and how much time they spend in bed. The company is also reportedly working on a way to track if customers have fallen down in their homes.  Read more...

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 8:14 pm

Surprise! We're unboxing summer's biggest must-have tech item


We surprised our tech experts with this summer's newest tech innovation — watch them unbox and revel in its glory. Read more...

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 5:48 pm

Eero mesh WiFi systems are 20% off at Amazon


You have enough annoyances in your life, spotty WiFi shouldn’t be one of them. Mesh WiFi systems have changed the way internet access is delivered by having multiple devices communicate throughout your home for fuller coverage. These systems replace the need for traditional routers and reduce blackout areas.

Eero is a top brand in Mesh WiFi systems (though it was recently bought by Amazon, which ignited some controversy). The Amazon buyout made millionaires even richer, but you can get a tiny taste of that feeling because Eero WiFi systems are on sale for 20% off at Amazon. (OK, we know that’s not even remotely the same feeling, but we can dream.) Read more...

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 5:09 pm

Bronn from 'Game of Thrones' is now a cryptocurrency advisor


Spoilers for the finale of Game of Thrones follow.

Westeros apparently has quite the financially forward-thinking Master of Coin on its new small council!

On Game of Thrones, actor Jerome Flynn played mercenary-turned-nobleman Ser Bronn of the Blackwater, whose only true north was gettin' that money. It seems that the IRL Flynn is similarly interested in the value of a coin — even if it's a do-goodery, digital one.

SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' in Silicon Valley: Who tech execs would be in Westeros

Flynn recently joined the advisory board of a new cryptocurrency called VeganCoin, according to CoinDesk. It's the token of an Israeli project, VeganNation, that seeks to validate the origin of products and create a sustainable, vegan marketplace with its own currency.  Read more...

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 5:01 pm

Apple’s 2019 MacBook Pros have 'improved' keyboards that shouldn’t break


Apple just refreshed its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pros with powerful new Intel processors.

That's cool — faster performance is always appreciated especially if you do things like video editing — but the most important change is to the controversial "butterfly" keyboards. Apple says it's improved the keyboards so that a single-press doesn't produce double keystrokes.

SEE ALSO: Apple 15" MacBook Pro (2018) review: Serious power for a select few

Though Apple maintains that most MacBook Pro owners haven't experienced any keyboard issues, it nevertheless made changes. Read more...

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 5:00 pm

13 of the best GPS devices for your car



While today's smartphones are loaded with Google Maps or Apple Maps, they are merely quick solutions for traveling short distances. Believe it or not, getting a dedicated GPS device for your car or truck is still the best way to get to your destination safely and with ease.  Read more...

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Posted on 6 August 2018 | 7:05 pm

11 of the best Bluetooth speakers



Bluetooth speakers allow us to experience music no matter where we go. Whether it's listening to classical pieces from Mozart or the newest BTS song 10 times in a row, you shouldn't have to enjoy your favorites through your phone's speaker and a cupholder. But with so many great Bluetooth speakers to choose from, how do you know which ones are the best? Read more...

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Posted on 24 July 2018 | 6:06 pm