Congress could require a car alarm for kids left inside

In the past 20 years, more than 800 children have died of heatstroke in cars in the US. Now, a group of lawmakers wants to require alerts that would remind parents to check for children in the backseat before exiting the vehicle. Legislation announce…

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US charges Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act

Federal prosecutors have charged WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange with 17 more criminal counts, including accusations that he violated the Espionage Act. The US charged him last month with conspiracy to commit computer hacking following his arrest…

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Scuf debuts a modular alternative to the Xbox Elite controller

Last year, Scuf introduced its Vantage customizable PS4 controller. It offered PlayStation fans a more comfortable grip and the ability to increase speed by cutting down on hand movements. Now, Scuf is ready to unveil a controller for Xbox One, the P…

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Amazon considered letting Alexa listen to you without a wake word

A patent made public today and filed by Amazon would allow the company’s voice assistant Alexa to start recording audio before users say a “wake word.” According to the patent, it would allow users to more naturally communicate with their devices, sa…

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The 2019 Acura NSX is a supercar built for everyday auto nerds

By law, I have to mention the 1990 Acura NSX before telling you about the 2019 NSX. It was a big deal — supercars were supposed to be from Europe, not Japan. The NSX changed that with an outstanding vehicle that caught everyone’s attention. Peop…

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Wirecutter's best deals: Save $80 on an Eero mesh networking bundle

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Google Duo's group video calls roll out to everyone

Google is making Duo more useful as it’s rolling out group video calls to everyone on Android and iOS. You can have up to eight people on a call at once (a far lower limits than FaceTime’s 32 and Skype’s 50). Group calls gradually went live in some m…

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Lyft's low-cost Shared Saver rides come to six more US cities

Lyft’s frugal Shared Saver option is now available to many more people. The ridesharing service ahs trotted out its most affordable option to six more large US cities, including Atlanta, Las Vegas, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle. The…

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UN study finds female voice assistants reinforce harmful stereotypes

For the record, the appropriate response to being called a slut isn’t, “I’d blush if I could.” But that’s what Siri is programmed to say. According to a report by the United Nations, the fact that most voice assistant are gendered as young women is r…

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Anti-robocall bill passes almost unanimously in the Senate

Senators have overwhelmingly backed a bill to combat robocalls. They voted 97-1 to pass the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act, which would empower law enforcement to tackle robocallers, and bump up civil penalties to as…

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Some Facebook content reviewers will focus solely on hate speech

Facebook isn’t just interested in cracking down on fake accounts. While discussing the firm’s latest Community Standards Enforcement Report, company VP Justin Osofsky revealed during a call that the social network will run a pilot program where some…

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Github lets you donate to your favorite developers and apps

GitHub announced today that it is opening up the beta of GitHub Sponsors, a new feature that will let users financially support their favorite developers and open source applications. The digital tip jar will operate similarly to Patreon, with donors…

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Watch the first teaser for CBS' 'Star Trek: Picard' series

CBS has offered the first real peek at its upcoming Star Trek: Picard series with a minute-long teaser trailer. It doesn’t offer much in the way of detail beyond a look at some vineyards, a case of Chateau Picard wine and a noticeably older Jean-Luc…

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An engineer allegedly falsified inspection reports for SpaceX rockets

Federal investigators believe a quality assurance engineer responsible for inspecting parts for SpaceX had been falsifying reports. The accused engineer works for New York-based PMI Industries and is accused of forging signatures on at least 38 inspe…

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Rotten Tomatoes will verify ticket buyers for audience ratings

Rotten Tomatoes has revealed its latest effort at fending off trolls who send user ratings on a movie plummeting before anyone has even seen it. A new-look Audience Score includes ratings from those who can prove they bought tickets for a film. These…

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Barnes & Noble isn't ready to give up on the E-Ink Nook

Just in time for beach reading, Barnes & Noble is releasing a new Nook with a 7.8-inch screen and waterproof design. The new GlowLight Plus has the company’s largest E-Ink screen to date, and as with past models users can choose between a cool wh…

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Now it's easy to order food in Google Assistant, Search and Maps

Starting today, you’ll be able to order food via Google Assistant, Search and Maps in the US. At the outset, Google is working with DoorDash, Postmates, Delivery.com, Slice and ChowNow, with support for Zuppler and more on the way.

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You can now rent a Citi Bike through the Lyft app in NYC

Lyft users in New York and Jersey City can now rent a Citi Bike on the app. After some beta-testing with 20 percent of users, Lyft has now fully-integrated Citi Bike onto its mobile app. Lyft users won’t need a Citi Bike account to locate or rent a b…

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