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Amazon launches a social network for spending money

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 16:46

Amazon’s Spark is a social network that for spending cash. Available Tuesday for Amazon Prime members using the company’s iOS app, Spark is a Pinterest-like service that lets users upload images of themselves using products, or just products. Other users can then view those images and follow links to purchase the displayed items through Amazon.

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: A great notebook with one small flaw

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:08

The back-to-school shopping season is just around the corner, and Microsoft (MSFT) is hoping its new Surface Laptop will be the computer you or your child brings to the classroom. Starting at $999, the Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s attempt to fight back against the growing popularity of Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) low-cost Chromebooks and Apple’s (AAPL) own MacBook line. The Surface Laptop also marks the debut of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 S operating system, a more security- and performance-minded variant of Windows 10.

Sprint doesn’t want you to buy your next phone

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 10:01

Sprint wants you to lease your next smartphone.

Amazon's Echo and other smart speakers do much more than you realize

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 14:57

Harman Kardon’s Invoke is Microsoft’s first true Amazon Echo competitor. When Amazon first debuted its Alexa-powered Echo smart speaker in 2014, expectations for the device were relatively high. More than two years later, the Echo’s success has spurred a new war of the tech titans: Companies including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT), Samsung and a slew of their Chinese counterparts have either released their own smart speakers or will likely release them soon.

Another fitness-band company shuts down. But why?

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 16:45

This week, according to the Information, Jawbone shut down.

Pogue's Basics: Navigate the Start menu tiles using keyboard

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 14:40

As you probably know, the Start menu in Windows 10 has two sides. If you start typing, you’ll discover that you can navigate the left side from the keyboard. Too bad you can’t navigate the right side if you’re a keyboard nut!

'Pokémon Go' celebrates its first birthday by giving Pikachu a hat

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:55

Pokémon Go is celebrating its first birthday this month with discounts on items and something for fans of the original Pokémon TV show: Pikachu, donning Ash's hat. SEE ALSO: 'Pokémon Go' is branding Pokémon caught by cheaters Starting today and running through July 24, Pikachus found in the wild will be wearing Ash's hat from the first season of the Pokémon anime. Pikachu was the very first Pokémon that the show's protagonist caught and has stuck with him through all these years (despite Ash changing his hat several times over the course of the series). Whether Pikachu will keep the hat on if evolved into Raichu is unknown at this point, but we can dream. On top of Pikachu's new duds, players will be able to get a limited anniversary box that includes incubators, max revives, ultra balls, and raid passes at a discounted price. Outside of the game, Niantic teased more details coming about in-person events including the sold-out Pokémon Go Fest Chicago, European events coming this summer, and events in Yokohama, Japan this August. Niantic dropped one more astounding piece of information to show just how popular its game has been: In its first year, Pokémon Go players have caught over 125 billion Pokémon. That's a lot of Pokémon. WATCH: Professional video gamers react to Pokémon Go

China vs the World: Smartphone giants face a low-cost threat

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 11:38

If you're in the market for a new smartphone, you might want to give these Chinese handsets a chance.

How open-internet rules are actually helping consumers

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:24

Despite protests from opponents, it looks like open internet rules might actually be helping consumers.

Pogue's Basics: The master class on capturing screenshots

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 12:55

Maybe you’re writing up instructions, illustrating a computer book, or collecting proof of some secret screen you found buried in a game. You can take pictures of the entire screen or capture only the contents of a rectangular selection. On the Mac, it’s Command-Shift-3 to capture the whole screen, or Command-Shift 4 to grab a region of the screen.

A ruling against Google in Canada could affect free speech around the world

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 16:45

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Google has to stop linking to a website impacting a Canadian company in both the country and the rest of the world.

How to switch from iPhone to Android and vice versa

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 18:30

Changing from an Android phone to an iPhone and vice versa can be a pain, but these steps will help make it a bit easier.

Even a $2.7 billion fine can't hurt Google

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:18

The European Commission has fined Google $2.7 billion, but that won't hurt the search giant.

What you need to know about the new ransomware ravaging the internet

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 17:19

The Petya/ NotPetya ransomware impacting countries across the globe is just the latest such attack to demand cash for a key to unlock victims' computers.

Your fingerprints could replace your airline boarding pass

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 15:23

Delta Airlines is testing fingerprint readers that may soon replace your old-fashioned paper and digital boarding passes.

Nintendo is bringing back the Super Nintendo just in time for the holidays

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:21

Nintendo is bringing back the Super Nintendo in the form of its new Super Nintendo Classic this September. Nintendo (NTDOY) is bringing is bringing the Super Nintendo Entertainment System back from the dead just in time for the holiday shopping season in the form of its SNES Classic Edition.

Big Cable broke its promise and you're paying for it

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:11

The cable industry promised consumers free apps to replace rented cable boxes. We're still waiting.