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Barely a week before he leaves office, U.S. President Barack Obama s administration has authorized controversial new legislation that grants America s 16 intelligence organizations access to raw communications data from the NSA s surveillance efforts.The New York Times reported that on January 3 Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed new regulations that permit the 16 divisions — which include the army, navy, coastguard, CIA and FBI — access to raw signals intelligence information.In the past, information passed on by the NSA was filtered so that an agency would only receive information deemed relevant to their request for data.Now, they will gain access to the full content stash brought in by the NSA s surveillance dragnet, assuming that their request is accepted.Analysts can later apply filters to focus on the more pertinent data, but the government has enacted this change to give its analysts access to more atoms of data.The idea being that they may find useful information that they would otherwise not have gotten.
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Apple is locked in a legal battle over the App Store, and according to a recent report, the 9th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Apple can indeed be sued by those who claim that the company created a monopoly in the app industry by allowing iOS users to only download and install apps from the App Store.This ruling is essentially a reversal of a decision that was made in 2013.Apple argues that it s basically just renting out App Store space, so users can t sue it in the first place — instead, they can sue developers, who are the ones that set the prices for apps.The case itself dates back to 2012, when users sued Apple for allegedly creating a monopoly in the app market by letting users only download apps from the App Store, and thus only allowing users to download apps that Apple had approved.Because the apps are all approved by Apple, users argued that there was a lack of competition and thus app prices were higher.
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Bots and artificial intelligence company Kasisto today announced that it has raised $9.2 million.The money will be used to bolster the company s personal finance bot KAI and expand its AI virtual assistant offerings to markets beyond finance.When asked by VentureBeat, the company declined to state which industries it plans to enter but said that specifics would be shared at a later date.Kasisto is a spinoff of SRI International, creator of Apple virtual assistant Siri.Kasisto launched AI-powered KAI for personal finance and banking last June.The bot answers questions about a user s personal finances and more than 1,000 other questions, like What is stock?and What is the meaning of life?Royal Bank of Canada, Development Bank of Singapore, and mobile-only bank Digibank in India brought KAI to their customers last year.Variations of KAI have also been used to create Val, an intelligent assistant for fintech startup Varo Money, and MasterCard KAI.Both virtual assistants are due out later this year.The funding round was led by Propel Venture Partners, with participation from MasterCard, DBS Bank, and Harvard Business School alumnus Angels of New York, among others.
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The world of digital assistants is seriously heating up.Google has the Google Assistant, Apple has Siri, and Samsung is rumored to be prepping a virtual assistant called Bixby.Now, it seems like Nokia is set to debut a digital assistant of its own.It s important to note that this isn t the Nokia brand that is owned by HMD Global and that just launched the Nokia 6 smartphone — instead, this is the real Nokia company.It s virtual assistant even has a name — it will likely be called Viki.The news was uncovered in a trademark filing by Dutch blog GSMInfo.nl and it described a software that could be used to access information on the web in a single chat interface.
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It s only the second official day of CES 2017, but it basically already feels like it s over since all of the announcements started on Tuesday.What s the key takeaway from the show this year?Unless you re in the market for a $200,000 car or a $10,000 TV, there wasn t much excitement at all.For bargain hunters, that s good news.Because it means you can save some cash on today s best daily deals and not have to worry about something better coming out in the next few months.Highlights from today s list include Amazon s best-selling Vizio sound bar, an insanely powerful gaming PC, the perfect portable power bank for Pokemon Go fans, a 3D iPhone 7 Plus screen protector, a powerful HDTV antenna, top-rated Bluetooth headphones with touch controls, a waterproof wireless speaker, and plenty more.
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If you ve ever wanted to watch almost every TV appearance made by Donald Trump over the last eight years, then the Internet Archive has you covered.Its searchable repository, which is unsurprisingly called the Trump Archive, contains debates, speeches, rallies, and other broadcasts related to the President-elect.The collection includes more than 520 hours of footage taken from over 700 clips, the earliest of which comes from December 2009.Sources include media outlets, videos of Trump s appearances, and even from his own website.All of Trump s recorded statements, which cover topics such as immigration, Clinton, Mexican walls, and Muslim registries, have been fact-checked by PolitiFact, FactChecker.org, and the Washington Post s Fact Checker.Reporters, researchers, Wikipedians, and the general public are invited to quote, compare and contrast televised statements made by Trump, said Nancy Watzman from Internet Archive.
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Carrie Fisher s death at the end of 2016 was tragic and unexpected.In the years since her star turn as Princess Leia in Star Wars, she had become an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness, a script doctor for some of the biggest movies in Hollywood and a beloved character who never stopped finding ways to surprise us and make us laugh.Everyone is still trying to come to terms with this unexpected loss, but with Leia expected to play a major role in both Episode VIII and Episode IX, Disney is faced with some tough decisions regarding the character.This week, The Hollywood Reporter learned from insiders with knowledge of the situation that Leia was set to appear in at least two key scenes are planned for Episode VIII and Episode IX.One of those scenes would be a reunion with her brother, Luke Skywalker, and the other would be a confrontation with her son, Kylo Ren.It s unclear which scene was meant to appear in which film.
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the electronics manufacturer apple's app store revenue generated by the applications developers grew last year 40% last year to 20 billion dollars, Apple told the bulletin on Thursday.the app stores sales growth was among game apps like Pokemon Gon and Super Mario Run a great popularity.Also this year has started strongly: new year's day, consumers used to apple's app store in 240 million dollars of new applications as well as applications, purchases made for the acquisition.
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NEW: LG has unveiled its thinnest ever TV at CES in Las VegasIf you want the ultimate 4K TV stuck to your living room wall you might want to take a look at LG's latest innovation.The Korean tech firm has just unveiled its thinnest ever TV which is so skinny it has to stick to the wall via magnets.The all-new W7 Signature OLED TV is just 2.57mm thick and its unique design means it sits almost flush when installed in homes.And, even with its paper-thin design, the W7 still includes plenty of new technology.LG says they managed to make their new TVs around 25% brighter and all include the latest 4K HDR High Dymanic Range viewing experience.
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All we saw were a few demos showcasing the performance of its Ryzen desktop processor and a brief glimpse of the company s upcoming graphics chip design codenamed Vega.The expected motherboard stuff was apparently saved for CES 2017.For starters, there are five motherboard makers at the Las Vegas tech convention displaying a total of 16 AM4-based solutions ready for AMD s upcoming Ryzen desktop processors.They are based on the X370 and X300 chipsets, with the X370 serving the high-end desktop market that demands the ultimate performance, multiple graphics cards, and the latest motherboard features.The X300 chipset targets performance-packed small form factor PCs using Mini-ITX motherboards.Here are the boards on display at the show:
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This is a call center in New Dehli, India, not the Phoenix 007 operation that was busted.Last year s unraveling of the massive India-based telephone scam ring may have been helped by a phone call to a Federal Trade Commission lawyer.Possibly as a result of the efforts of these two young men,
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You won t have to wait much longer to leave this galaxy.BioWare has announced that its sci-fi role-playing game Mass Effect: Andromeda will come out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 21 in the U.S. and on March 23 in Europe.The Mass Effect series has sold over 14 million units since the first game came out in 2007.This is publisher Electronic Arts first major release of 2017, and it will attempt to extend Mass Effect outside of the narrative and characters from the original trilogy.It s something of a relaunch for the franchise, and its success or lack of could dictate the future the life of the brand.This new entry is the first in the franchise since 2012 s Mass Effect 3.Andromeda is the first Mass Effect not to star Shepard, the commander that served as main character in the trilogy.Instead, Andromeda takes place in a new galaxy hence the name with new faces.The new Mas Effect is also one of the most anticipated games of 2017, especially for the first half of the year.
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Good times, but compared to the ODG R-8 smartglasses Google s now-defunct specs seem decidedly prehistoric.Unveiled during the Qualcomm CES 2017 press conference in Las Vegas the R-8 smartglasses offer AR augmented reality , VR virtual reality and mixed reality viewing experiences – basically they give you a glimpse of the future of vision.The R-8 boasts a 40 degree field of view FOV and a HD resolution and allow consumers to access the familiarity of movies, sports, gaming, navigation and education experiences on smartglasses that are lighter, smaller and sleeker.There were also a set of enterprise-focused smartglasses announced too, with the ODG R-9 featuring a 1080p full HD resolution and 70 degree field of view.We re still waiting to hear about the ODG R-8 release date and price, and we ll update this story once we know the details – but with its predecessor the R-7 costing $2,750 around £2,250, AU$3,800 don t expect an affordable price tag this time around.New year, new tech – check out all our coverage of CES 2017 straight from Las Vegas, the greatest gadget show on Earth
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Cofounder ejects over blacklist for bad reviewsThe developer of Ham Radio Deluxe – a popular app used by thousands of hams – has restructured its management following claims it punished users who wrote critical reviews.HRD Software said in a statement on Friday that co-founder Rick Ruhl will step down to pursue other interests.Ruhl, along with co-owners Mike Carper and Randy Gawtry, ran the radio software company after buying the rights to the code in 2011.The reshuffle comes after HRD found itself under scrutiny after it remotely disabled copies of the software belonging to users who spoke out against the company on various amateur radio websites and forums."Ham Radio Deluxe software would have been abandoned in 2011 without Rick's partnership," said HRD co-owner Dr Michael Carper.
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LeEco join CES 2017 with a new smart mountain bike with integrated Snapdragon powered Android device!LeEco are no strangers to smart bikes, but finally they ve gotten a little more serious and are aiming their 2 wheeled smartbikes at more involved cyclists.Their latest bike, which will be on show at CES, is the LeEco Smart Mountain Bike boasting a lightweight Carbon Fibre frame, built in lights, and an Android powered onboard computer.LeEco have loaded the smart mountain bike s computer with their own Android 4.4 based BikeOS, a simple system that gives the rider cycling related data, turn by turn directions, plus walkie talkie style communication for chatting with other smart bike riders.The brain runs on a Snapdragon 410 quad-core chipset, with GPS/GLONASS support, with a custom version of Here Maps.A 6000mAh battery powers all the onboard tech.LeEco Smart Mountain Bike, 2017, key featuresToray T700 carbon fiber frame and handlebarSR Suntour XCR Air front fork27.5/650b diameter wheelset11-speed one-by drivetrainSingle chain ring crankset, quick and smooth rear derailleurWide-range 11-42 tooth cassetteSturdy hydraulic brake setAndroid powered BikeOS system with 4-inch touchscreenQuad-core Snapdragon 410 processor6000mAh rechargeable lithium-ion batteryTurn-by-turn navigation tailored for bicycle riding from HERE MapsOnline and offline music playbackWalkie-talkie communication with other nearby compatible LeEco smart bikesOn-board GPS/GLONASS, compass, accelerometer, barometer, light level, wheel speed and crank speed sensorsCompatibility with third-party ANT heart rate and power sensorsOn-board lighting front/sides , horn and security alarmComponents water resistant to level IP5426.9 poundsAs well as the smart mountain bike, LeEco have also announced details of a smart road bike too:LeEco Smart Road BikeLeEco Smart Road Bike, 2017, key featuresToray T700 carbon fiber frame, fork, seat post, handlebar and wheels11-speed one-by drivetrainSingle chain ring up front and a wide-range cassette in backLightweight brake set with dual-pivot technologyAndroid powered BikeOS system with 4-inch touchscreenQuad-core Snapdragon 410 processor6000mAh rechargeable lithium-ion batteryTurn-by-turn navigation tailored for bicycle riding from HERE MapsOnline and offline music playbackWalkie-talkie communication with other nearby compatible LeEco smart bikesOn-board GPS/GLONASS, compass, accelerometer, barometer, light level, wheel speed and crank speed sensorsCompatibility with third-party ANT heart rate and power sensorsOn-board lighting front/sides , horn and security alarmComponents water resistant to level IP5418.5 pounds
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From off-the-grid pods to tiny houses that can be taken apart move with their owners, innovative home design blossomed in 2016.Although there was no shortage of out-there ideas, a few trends took shape.Architects emphasized designs that made for low-cost and fast construction, minimalist aesthetics, increased mobility, and the use of more renewable power sources.Check out our favorites below.
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2016 was the year when the Swedish startupindustrin was forced to sober up.the Focus shifted from the number of users to the number of intäktskronor and several large techbolag was forced to lay off employees in order to get closer to profitability.What will happen in 2017?In this week's episode of Breakits podcast will Breakits co-founder with 9 highly concrete divination.Cristina Stenbeck starts a mångmiljardfond in tech.the E-merchant Clothes will be the first Swedish internet companies to the stock exchange next year.
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Some Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners have claimed that the camera lens on their device is shattering without any kind of impact."The camera glass shattered like a miniature bullet hole," the owner of a newly purchased Galaxy S7, identified only as Sean, told the Consumerist.Samsung has not acknowledged the issue so far even though some reports of the issue date back to April on Samsung Forums.In Sean's case, they reportedly refused to give him a replacement claiming that he had caused the physical damage to the phone.While a logical explanation for the incidents could be some kind of external stress on the glass, most users say the shattering occurs on the inner part of the lens and not the outer.In addition, many users who experienced the problem say their S7/S7Edge was inside a protective case and they had not dropped the phone even once.
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the"on startup based on the treaty situation should already be thinking about the exit-moment, which is what I want, when I sell the company," lawyer Kimmo to Be said.the Law firm eversheds in working for the deputy judge to Be is also in Otaniemi studied master of science in engineering.He has followed the technology sector, shops for her job and said that many Finnish startups are sold far too cheaply."we Should reach a sufficiently large sums of money: too many of the under thirties it 10 million offer already bring enough security to the house purchase, but the next year the yanks sell it to a company then 150 million", to Be describes."I wasn't involved in the Supercell in the store, but it rose to less than 24 months was 2.4 billion worth and the latest estimate was 9 billion."the Finns consistently acquire too little funding goals and opportunities in relation to", Be said.
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We ve posted our fair share of packing cube deals this year, but $11 for a pack of four might just be the best we ve seen yet.This deal is too late to help you with holiday travel, but they ll make packing your suitcase a little less terrible for years to come.Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale.Click here to learn more, and don t forget to sign up for our email newsletter.
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