Gears & Gadgets

Logitech disables local access on Harmony Hubs, breaks automation systems [Update]

Enlarge Logitech Many users of Logitech’s Harmony Hub smart home hub and remote were recently met with a nasty surprise. The device’s latest firmware update, version 4.15.206, reportedly cuts off local access for Harmony Hubs. As a result, many users who created home automation and smart home systems using third-party APIs haven’t been able to […]

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Facebook Sued by District of Columbia Over Cambridge Analytica

Supported by Facebook Sued by District of Columbia Over Cambridge Analytica ImageDistrict of Columbia Attorney General Karl RacineCreditCreditAndrew Harnik/Associated Press By Sheera Frenkel Dec. 19, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — The attorney general of the District of Columbia, Karl Racine, sued Facebook on Wednesday for allowing the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest the private […]

Emerging Tech

Musk’s Boring Company unveils its first high-speed, Tesla-launching tunnel

Almost exactly two years to the day after Elon Musk announced his tunnel construction enterprise the Boring Company, he unveiled the finished first stretch of high-speed tunnel in Hawthorne, California. The 1.14-mile demonstration tunnel, which reportedly cost around $ 10 million to construct, was used to ferry members of the media at speeds of up to […]

Mobile

Google Lens now recognizes over 1 billion products

Google Lens, Google’s AI-powered analysis tool, can now recognize over 1 billion products from Google’s retail and price comparison portal, Google Shopping. That’s four times the number of objects Lens covered in October 2017, when it made its debut. Aparna Chennapragada, vice president of Google Lens and augmented reality at Google, revealed the tidbit in a […]

Photography

Free online tool helps you automatically remove backgrounds from photos

Editing the backgrounds out of photos usually involves downloading software like Photoshop, but one web consultant and developer has come up with a free online solution. Appropriately named remove.bg, Benjamin’s Groessing’s new website will help you automatically remove backgrounds from photos and bring out your inner graphic designer. Today I'm launching https://t.co/PX30RBnfSm – a tool […]

Gears & Gadgets

Microsoft unveils Windows Sandbox: Run any app in a disposable virtual machine

Enlarge F Delventhal A few months ago, Microsoft let slip a forthcoming Windows 10 feature that was, at the time, called InPrivate Desktop: a lightweight virtual machine for running untrusted applications in an isolated environment. That feature has now been officially announced with a new name, Windows Sandbox. Windows 10 already uses virtual machines to […]

Computer

Lenovo Chromebook C330

It’s easy to find a fine 2-in-1 Chromebook if you’ve got the bucks. Our Editors’ Choice, the detachable HP Chromebook x2, is $ 599.99. Among more affordable convertibles, the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 and Asus Chromebook Flip C213SA are $ 399.99 and $ 349, respectively. But if you’re looking for a model that can fold […]

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Tinder fired its VP of communications and a 'number' of other employees who participated in a $2 billion lawsuit against the dating app's owners

GettyRosette Pambakian. Tinder has fired its vice president of marketing and communications, Rosette Pambakian, and a “number” of other employees who participated in a $ 2 billion lawsuit against the dating app’s owners, according to a report by The Verge. Tinder employees involved in the lawsuit, including Pambakian, had been put on leave back in […]