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Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.

Reading Time: 4 minutes The PeaceTech Lab’s headquarters. More The plague of “fake news” may be news to Facebook (FB), but it’s a familiar foe to a small non-profit in Washington that’s trying to use mobile apps, big data and social media to promote peace and accountability in places like Iraq, Kenya and Mexico where those technologies have often […]

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Samsung challenges Apple Watch with its new Gear Sport smartwatch

Reading Time: 5 minutes Samsung’s Gear Sport promises smartwatch and fitness capabilities without having to keep your phone with you all the time. More BERLIN — Samsung today introduced three new fitness-minded wearable gadgets at the IFA trade show here. The company hopes the devices, a watch, a fitness tracker and a pair of earbuds, will get you spend even […]

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The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesign

Reading Time: 3 minutes This is a big week for YouTube (GOOG, GOOGL). It’s getting a new design and new features—all of which have been in the works, carefully and methodically, for a very long time, and all of which, as far as I’m concerned, are welcome! There’s a new logo in town. More   It’s time. As the […]

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Microsoft's mixed reality headsets could save VR

Reading Time: 4 minutes Microsoft (MSFT) has a plan to save VR — low-cost headsets and slick new controllers. It’s a heck of a game plan, and if it works it could put to bed any fears that the seemingly floundering virtual reality craze will fall to the wayside. I got to play with a Windows Mixed Reality headset […]

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Facebook says it will ban businesses from advertising if they share fake news

Reading Time: 2 minutes Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on stage during the annual Facebook F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam More Facebook (FB) on Monday took another step towards curbing the distribution of so-called “fake news.” Effective immediately, the company will stop business pages, which the social network refers […]

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Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch is here to take on the Apple Watch

Reading Time: 6 minutes Fitbit’s all-new smartwatch is designed to do battle with the Apple Watch.It’s no secret that Fitbit (FIT) has been working on a smartwatch — Co-founder and CEO James Park said as much during the company’s Q2 2017 earnings call earlier this month. And now it’s official. This is the Fitbit Ionic, the company’s first “true” smartwatch. […]

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Meet Uber's pick for its next CEO

Reading Time: 3 minutes Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is expected to take the role of Uber’s new chief executive. (Courtesy of Expedia, Inc. via AP) More After two months of discussions, Uber has finally found its next chief executive in current Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, a source told Yahoo Finance. The 48-year-old Iranian businessman was the third choice on […]

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Pogue's Basics: YouTube transcripts

Reading Time: 2 minutes Believe it or not, YouTube creates a written transcript for every single video. Just click More and Transcript and boom! What’s cool is that you can use this feature as a great way to create free transcripts of your own recordings. Go to the video manager, click Edit Subtitles, pick a language, and look — […]

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Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung's big bet

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s been just about a year since Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 exploded onto the market with its red-hot features and smoking design. And if it weren’t for the phone’s propensity for blowing up in people’s pockets and while charging on their nightstands, the Note 7 would have been one of the best handsets around. Despite […]

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The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhone

Reading Time: 6 minutes The Essential Phone, arriving next week, is the latest creation of Android creator Andy Rubin. Source: JP Mangalindan/Yahoo Finance More It’s tough out there for a new phone, but if anyone has a chance at releasing one that grabs people’s attention, it’s Andy Rubin. In September 2008, Rubin’s team at Google (GOOG, GOOGL) launched Android, […]

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Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home tech

Reading Time: 6 minutes You know Symantec’s (SYMC) Norton for its line of PC security software that continuously tells you it needs to be updated. But now the company is moving into the hardware space with a special kind of router that promises to secure all of your disparate connected devices. The Norton Core, available now for the not […]

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Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvement

Reading Time: 3 minutes Qualcomm’s new camera technology could big AR and VR improvements to your next smartphone. More Your next smartphone’s camera could do more than take great pictures of your latest meal. Qualcomm (QCOM), the company that builds the processors found in a variety of Android handsets, has debuted its latest camera technology, which the chip-maker says […]

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How companies leave your data online without your knowledge

Reading Time: 4 minutes   Tech companies are leaving your private data unlocked online and there isn’t much you can do about it. (image: Flickr/ Maarten Van Damme) More SANTA ROSA, CALIF. — Chances are your private data has probably been available on the web for any random visitor to read. And you may not even be able to […]

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Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake More Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is cancelling the domain for the white supremacist site Daily Stormer due to a “specific, immediate concern about inciting violence,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. The search-engine giant, which hosts website domains through […]