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Family Says Hacked Nest Cam Terrorised Them With Fake Ballistic Missile Alert

A family in the US state of California said they got the scare of a lifetime this past weekend when their smart security cameras began falsely warning of three North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles headed to the cities of Los Angeles and Chicago, and the state of Ohio. Thankfully, the missile warning was a hoax. Less comforting was the fact that the family’s Nest security cameras had been hacked. Read More >>

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Instagram Should Steal Twitter’s Sparkle Button

Instagram broke its silence on its algorithmic kerfuffle this week, taking to Twitter to address rumours that it was limiting the reach of users’ posts. Long story short—no, its feed doesn’t curtail your posts to just 7 per cent of your followers, the company said. Read More >>

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Can You Pass Google’s Phishing Quiz?

Phishing is clearly bad, but it’s not always easy to suss out a sketchy email from a legitimate one. To help, Alphabet subsidiary Jigsaw has made a quiz with Google to teach people how to better spot malicious emails. Read More >>

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Report: Facebook Knew Its Games Were Taking Money From Kids, But Denied Refunds Anyway

Facebook’s nightmare 2018 might be over, but its 2019 is just getting started. A federal judge ruled Monday to make public a new batch of court documents detailing how Facebook made money off children. Read More >>

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Maybe Now Google Can Stop Dragging Its Dang Feet on a Pixel Watch

Google announced plans today to acquire a portion of Fossil’s smartwatch technology for $40 million (30.8 million). As part of the deal, Google will also get a portion of Fossil Group’s research and development team. It’s not exactly clear at this moment what specific tech Google is shelling out for—but the acquisition paradoxically both makes a lot of sense and is a bit of a head scratcher. Read More >>

cybersecurity
Mother of All Breaches Exposes 773 Million Emails, 21 Million Passwords

There’s no shortage of data breaches these days, but this one should make you sit up and pay attention. The newly discovered “Collection #1" is the largest public data breach by volume, with 772,904,991 unique emails and 21,222,975 unique passwords exposed. Read More >>

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CES 2019: Skin Care Tech Is Already Having a Big Year

Las Vegas might not be the first place you think of when it comes to the future of skin care—it’s in the desert after all. But at this year’s CES, skin care tech was at the show in full force. Read More >>

cybersecurity
Employee Falls for Fake Job Interview Over Skype, Gives North Korean Hackers Access to Chile’s ATM Network: Report

The one thing no one expects on a job interview is North Korean hackers picking up on the other line. But that’s apparently exactly what happened to a hapless employee at Redbanc, the company that handles Chile’s ATM network. Read More >>

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CES 2019: The Weird, Bizarre, and Amusing Tech at CES 2019

For all the cool gadgets that get shown off at CES, there’s also a bunch of things that make even the most jaded tech bloggers squint in a mix of confusion and amused befuddlement. Some of it you’ll find on the main show floor, others you’ll find in the nooks and corners at the Sands Expo and Eureka Park. Read More >>

wearables
CES 2019: I Tried Really Hard to Rip These Incredibly Tough Tights and Failed Miserably

There’s a lot wrong with women’s fashion, but torn tights rank pretty high on the list of annoying quirks I’ve just learned to shut up and deal with. Seriously, anything will tear tights. Is your toenail hideously long? Tear. Did you walk too close to a sharp table edge? Giant hole in your thigh. Did you simply sit down with too much gusto? Prepare for your tights to split at your giblets. Were you lazy and decided to stick your one good pair in the washer instead of washing it by hand? Goodbye tights! Read More >>

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CES 2019: Sitting In This Lamborghini Massage Chair Was Like Having Bad Sex With Optimus Prime

CES is a physically taxing event. So far, according to my trusty Fitbit Versa, I have walked upwards of 50,000 steps while carrying a 15-pound backpack. I busted my knee, I’m fighting a cold, and I don’t remember what the loving embrace of a human feels like. Read More >>

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CES 2019: This Robot Doesn’t Care If You Want to Buy It, But Maybe That’s Why It’ll Succeed

Home robots had a bad 2018, and compared to previous years, they’re not as visible on the ground at CES 2019, too. The robots that haven’t bit the dust tend to be of the “teach kids how to code” variety, or conceptual bots like the laundry folding FoldiMate that at this point are more CES perennials than likely consumer products. Read More >>

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CES 2019: Olay Convinced Me to Moisturise By Showing Me What I’ll Look Like in 20 Years

Las Vegas is a very bad place for skin. The casinos are full of smoke, the air is dry, and there are damaging UV rays everywhere because well, it’s the desert. And while I packed some cheap moisturiser and sunscreen for my trip to CES 2019, I have admittedly been very remiss about maintaining a good skin care regimen. Read More >>

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CES 2019: This Wand Is Like a Real-Life Photoshop Editor for Your Skin

When it comes to good skin, at least there’s always photo-editing software. In real life, however, the only solution to covering up age spots, acne scars, redness, and dark circles is slathering on creams. But Opté’s beauty wand is like taking a Photoshop airbrush to your skin in real life. In fact, after watching it in action, I’m half-convinced it’s witchcraft. Read More >>

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CES 2019: Fossil’s Kate Spade Smartwatch Finally Isn’t Just Dumb Wrist Candy

At CES, you can always count on Fossil to show up to Las Vegas with an army of smartwatches. The same is true this year, but now the star of the lineup is the new version of Fossil’s Kate Spade scalloped touchscreen smartwatch. Read More >>