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Making magic with the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit

That's why I was intrigued by the Harry Potter coding kit developed by Kano. The app forces you to construct each spell with logic-based pieces before waving a plastic wand in the air. It's not the same, of course, as the classes depicted in J.K. Rowling's award-winning books. But the ... Read More

The world of ‘Guacamelee! 2’

Over time, as Guacamelee!'s dark sense of humor and playfulness with Mexican culture began catching people's attention, conflicted feelings were brought to DrinkBox's attention about whether a Canadian studio should be the one telling the jokes. "A lot of the genesis of Guacamelee! was seeing how Mexico had been represented ... Read More

Midterm Meddling: Democrats Surge on Facebook After Algorithm Changes

Democrat candidates for the Senate and House are vastly outpacing their Republican opponents on Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram, according to analysis by the New York Times — although it’s impossible to say how much of their upsurge is the result of mass-bans and algorithm changes on the part of Facebook. The analysis ... Read More

When can I buy a 5G phone and how much will it be?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption 5G could transform a smartphone and headset into a virtual reality device outsideSuperfast 5G mobile broadband sounds exciting, but there's a major drawback: we'll need to buy new phones. Will the extra expense be worth it and when will we be able to buy ... Read More

eBay revs up to take on Auto Trader in car ads

Image copyright Getty ImagesOnline marketplace eBay says it is acquiring the Motors.co.uk website, making it a "leading alternative" to Auto Trader as an ad site for cars. Under the deal, Motors.co.uk would become part of classified ad site Gumtree UK, also owned by eBay. The combined group would offer more ... Read More

Heated Foot Warmers Are Perfect For People Who Are Always Cold

Amazon It’s no fun losing all the feeling in your feet when the temperature drops, but luckily, heated foot warmers exist to keep your little piggies nice and toasty.  I’m a sufferer of perpetually cold feet, and I think I can speak on behalf of other sufferers when I say ... Read More

ZF takes 35 percent stake in autonomous driving specialist ASAP

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen said on Friday it acquired a 35 percent stake in ASAP, a Germany-based maker of software and testing systems for autonomous driving applications and electric vehicles. ASAP specializes in car-to-x communication, human-machine interfaces and electronic architecture and last year generated sales of ... Read More

Portal: Facebook’s new home gadget

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UK seeks to secure smart home gadgets

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Web-connected security cameras are among many devices hijacked and use for cyber-attacksMakers of smart home devices are to be encouraged to make their gadgets secure against hack attacks. The UK has published a voluntary code of practice for manufacturers that shows how they can ... Read More

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 hands-on: A Snapdragon-powered Surface rival

But it's not just another Surface wannabe. The Galaxy Book 2 packs a Snapdragon 850 processor that helps it achieve gigabit LTE speeds and last up to 20 hours on a charge. Qualcomm said the new chipset would offer 30 percent better performance and battery life than Snapdragon 835-powered PCs ... Read More

Uber will make more personalized ride recommendations

"We think there's a lot to be gained by being a one-stop shop to get somewhere," Nundu Janakiram, Uber's director of product, told TechCrunch. And between UberX, Pool, Black, bikes and its other options, the company is getting closer to becoming just that. Now it's a question of making sure ... Read More

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Our Free Speech Motto Was a ‘Joke’

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claimed in an interview this week that it was a “joke” when the social network described itself as the “free-speech wing of the free-speech party.” Former Twitter vice president Tony Wang made the statement in 2012, declaring, “Generally, we remain neutral as to the content because our ... Read More

Facebook Exhibits ‘War Room’ for Controlling Information Ahead of Midterm Elections

Breitbart News previously reported that Facebook had set up a “war room” to prepare for the upcoming midterm elections, now the mainstream media has been given an inside look at the company’s command center for controlling information ahead of the election. Breitbart News previously reported that Facebook was developing a ... Read More

Facebook in fresh video metrics row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Video metrics were inaccurate, Facebook admitted in 2016Facebook was aware of inaccuracies in the way it measured how many people viewed video on its site for a year longer than it has previously admitted, court documents have claimed. Newly released papers that are part ... Read More

Tiny companion phone released in Japan

Image copyright NTT Docomo Image caption The credit-card-sized phone will fit inside a card holderA 5.3mm (0.2in) thick 4G phone has been announced by Japan's biggest telecoms firm NTT Docomo. The compact device, which will be released in Japan next month, is designed to fit inside a card holder. It ... Read More

The Morning After: Can anyone trust Facebook?

Good to know.RED Hydrogen One graphic outlines the holographic phone's specs RED director Phil Holland published a "tech overview" infographic showing just what buyers of the company's holographic phone will get. Some of them you may be very familiar with, such as the 5.7-inch "holographic" LCD, dual front and back ... Read More

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies, Aged 65

PA Paul Allen, co-founder of technology giant Microsoft, has died aged 65.  Paul co-founded Microsoft in 1975 with Bill Gates and also owned the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. PA His family confirmed with Business Insider the 65-year-old died yesterday (October 15) after a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Childhood ... Read More

China robot market growth to slump this year as trade war weighs

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sales of industrial robots in China, the world’s biggest market, will grow this year at only about a third of last year as an escalating Sino-U.S. trade war hits spending on equipment, a global robot group said on Thursday. The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) in its ... Read More

Healthy Conversation? Twitter Takes No Action as Louis Farrakhan Calls Jews ‘Termites’

Racist and anti-semite hate preacher Louis Farrakhan referred to Jews as “termites” on Twitter earlier today. Twitter has said it will do nothing. Earlier today, Farrakhan tweeted that he is “not anti-semite” but “anti-termite,” posting a link to a video where he makes the same remark, along with a comment calling ... Read More

Lost passwords ‘lead to lost savings’

Image copyright Getty ImagesOne in seven people have lost track of their money sitting in savings accounts or pensions - with half blaming lost passwords, a survey suggests. An estimated seven million people had cash untouched in so-called dormant accounts, government-backed National Savings and Investments (NS&I) said. Some 52% of ... Read More

Mitsubishi windows shine ‘alarmingly realistic’ fake sunlight

Mitsubishi has developed a new indoor lighting system that mimics blue skies, sunrises and sunsets. The company hopes the system will prove popular in offices and homes that lack natural light. BBC Click's Dan Simmons finds out more. See more at Click's website and @BBCClick ... Read More

Report: Peter Thiel ‘Put His Money Where His Mouth Is’ with Trump Victory Committee

PayPal co-founder and prominent big tech supporter of President Trump Peter Thiel was reportedly the biggest donor to the Trump Victory Committee in the last quarter, donating $250,000. According to the Mercury News, which described the donation as Thiel putting “his money where his mouth is,” the donation “appears to be ... Read More

Dating site scam victims lose £2,000 to fraudsters

Image copyright Getty ImagesThe majority of those tricked in "rom-cons" after meeting people on dating sites lost more than £2,000, research by Barclays suggests. Fraud experts have said that thousands of people have lost millions of pounds in online dating scams. Barclays found those aged 45 to 64 were most ... Read More

Google unshackles Android-device firms

Image copyright Getty Images/Google Image caption Google is giving device-makers more freedom over their use of its apps and servicesGoogle is dropping restrictions it imposed on Android-device-makers, following a clash with the EU. It is ending a ban on manufacturers having a line-up that includes tablets and phones powered by ... Read More

The Morning After: Robot Dance

And Twitter's iOS notifications got weird.Outage pulls the plug on YouTube Last night, all of YouTube's services -- including live TV and music -- went offline for a little over an hour. They did eventually return to normal, without much in the way of an explanation for what happened. Earlier ... Read More

Stephen Hawking Had One Last Warning About The End Of Humanity Before He Died

In a collection of essays which will be published posthumously, the late Professor Stephen Hawking made an eerie prediction regarding the future of humanity. Professor Hawking, who died in March 2018 at the age of 76, suggested there would be a new superhuman race, on account of the wealthy elite ... Read More

Bizzare Theory Claims Eminem Has Died And Been Replaced By A Robot

Getty Ever since the notorious ‘Paul is dead’ theory which lurked in the more paranoid corners of Beatlemania, conspiracy theorists have obsessed over the supposed secret demises of iconic musicians. Avril Lavigne is famously one such artist; with certain suspicious fans convinced she is long dead and replaced by a ... Read More

Realpage settles U.S. charges over tenant screening reports

(Reuters) - Realpage Inc, which provides technology to the real estate industry, agreed to pay $3 million to settle charges that its tenant screening reports violated federal credit reporting law, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. The FTC had alleged the Texas-based company “failed to take reasonable steps ... Read More

Fintech making inroads, but U.S. bank revenues little changed: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Financial technology startups and other new entrants are making inroads in the U.S. banking market, but have yet to capture a threatening share of bank revenues, according to research published by Accenture Plc on Wednesday. Around 19 percent of financial institutions in the U.S. are new ... Read More

Robot ‘talks’ to MPs about future of AI in the classroom

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRobot tells MPs: "I am Pepper and I am a resident robot at Middlesex University"Pepper has become the first robot to appear at a UK parliamentary meeting, talking to MPs about the future of artificial intelligence in education. The robot is currently ... Read More

Facebook Deletes Disabled Veteran’s Page Without Warning — After Taking $300,000 for Ads

Facebook blacklisted the conservative news page run by disabled Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage with no warning or explanation — after he reportedly spent more than $300,000 on Facebook advertising. On his new website which aims to put an end to social media censorship, Air Force veteran and triple-amputee Brian ... Read More

Spotify ad banned for causing ‘distress’ to children

Image copyright Spotify Image caption The advert featured a doll surprising young people A Spotify ad has been banned for "unjustifiably" distressing children.The advert mimicked a horror film and showed young people being menaced by a scary doll when they played a particular song.In its ruling, the Advertising Standards Authority ... Read More

Midterm Meddling: Facebook Banning ‘Misinformation’ Ahead of Elections

Facebook will ban election “misinformation” ahead of the midterms this year, including satirical posts which claim people can vote via text message. According to Reuters, the ban will include “false information about voting requirements and fact-check fake reports of violence or long lines at polling stations ahead of next month’s ... Read More

Huawei’s Watch GT has no time for Android’s Wear OS

Image copyright Huawei Image caption The Watch GT can run for up to a month between charges but lacks an app store Huawei has decided not to use the wearable-tech version of Android in its latest smartwatch, opting instead for an in-house operating system.The company said the decision to use ... Read More

U.K. Bans Ad Featuring Thin Model Called ‘Socially Irresponsible’

The United Kingdom has banned an advertisement featuring a thin model after some viewers called it “socially irresponsible.” Three television advertisements have been banned in the United Kingdom have been banned after viewers complained that they utilized an “unhealthily thin” model. The ad, which was for U.K. clothing retailer Nasty Gal, ... Read More

Surface Pro 6 review: Still the best 2-in-1 PC

Microsoft also added a few upgrades to keep the machine modern. It has Intel's 8th generation processors, which should make it both more powerful and more energy efficient. Plus the 12.3-inch display is brighter and features more contrast, while keeping the same sharp 267 pixels per inch. As usual, you'll ... Read More

The Morning After: Palm, Pixel 3 and Surface Pro 6

Leaving a legacy that extends well beyond his software roots.Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies from complications of cancer at 65 The tech pioneer had been grappling with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for years and received treatment for it in 2009, but he announced on October 1st it had returned. He's best known ... Read More

Fortnite cheat YouTuber sued by Epic Games

Image copyright EPic Games A YouTube gamer who posted videos of himself cheating at Fortnite is being sued by its developer Epic Games.Brandon Lucas has attracted 1.7 million subscribers to his Golden Modz channel, where he plays modified or hacked versions of Fortnite and other games.He also runs a website ... Read More

OnDeck launches new subsidiary to partner with banks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - OnDeck Capital Inc has set up a subsidiary that will provide technology and other services to banks looking to lend to small businesses online, it said on Tuesday. Called ODX, the new company will expand OnDeck’s existing business of providing online lending software to banks, such ... Read More

Sundar Pichai: Google ‘exploring’ censored China search app

Image copyright Getty Images Google chief executive Sundar Pichai has said a censored search app in China could serve over "99% of queries," in rare public comments about the controversial proposal. Mr Pichai told a conference in San Francisco the plan was in the "very early" stages and may not ... Read More

UK cyber-centre thwarts hostile hackers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The NCSC believes most of the attacks it repelled were perpetrated from within nation states hostile to the UK The UK's top cyber-defence centre has stopped Britain falling victim to almost 1,200 attacks in the last two years, its annual review reveals.The National Cyber ... Read More
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