Police Surveillance Cessna Plane Baltimore

Planes hovering above Baltimore right now are recording every move people make

Planes hovering above Baltimore right now are recording every move people make

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“Imagine Google Earth with TiVo capability.” That’s how the impressive, and very high-tech, one company’s real-time surveillance system is sold to interested parties. In short, Big Brother is here, and as time goes on it’ll get only better at seeing everything you do. More →

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Best Buy Oculus Rift Demos

Best Buy is bringing Oculus Rift demos to 500 stores this holiday season

By about 3 hours ago.

Best Buy is bringing Oculus Rift demos to 500 stores this holiday season

Want to try virtual reality for yourself but don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on an expensive headset? We have good news for you.

According to Bloomberg, Oculus Rift demos (which started in May) will be featured in 500 Best Buy stores around the country by the time the holiday season rolls around this year. Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly, who called the technology “mind-boggling,” is confident that the demos are going to be well-received by customers and believes VR “has the potential to contribute to our growth.”

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Hit List

Apple Siri

How Apple stopped the Siri disaster, and quietly became great at AI

By about 4 hours ago.

How Apple stopped the Siri disaster, and quietly became great at AI

When Siri was originally released on the iPhone 4S back in 2011, the reviews were somewhat lukewarm. On the positive side, having an intelligent assistant baked into a massively popular smartphone was a huge leap forward. On the other hand, Siri didn’t always perform as advertised.

Even more problematic was that Siri’s feature set was purposefully stunted by Apple. In fact, the Siri Apple released in 2011 wasn’t even as capable as the Siri app that Siri’s original developers had previously released on the App Store. What’s more, it eventually became apparent that rival AI systems from the likes of Google were far superior than what Apple was bringing to the table.

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TomTom GPS Navigation

TomTom’s 5-inch navigator comes with free lifetime global maps

By about 4 hours ago.

TomTom’s 5-inch navigator comes with free lifetime global maps

Relying on your smartphone to navigate when you travel can be a costly decision. Forget about eating through your smartphone’s battery… all that data adds up fast. You can easily eat through your monthly data plan or even worse, if you’re traveling internationally, you can pack a ridiculous amount for roaming. Instead, check out the TomTom VIA 1505M World Traveler Edition GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps, which is on sale on Amazon from now through September 10. More →

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Game Changers

Wi-Fi Assistant

Google just made public Wi-Fi suck a little bit less

By about 5 hours ago.

Google just made public Wi-Fi suck a little bit less

Wi-Fi Assistant is a feature that Google has been offering to Project Fi users for a year. The optional setting will connect your device to over a million public Wi-Fi hotspots that Google has verified as being fast and reliable, giving you more seamless connections in places where the cell service is lacking.

Starting today, the option is rolling out to anyone using a Nexus device in the United States, Canada, Mexico, UK and Nordic countries. For anyone eligible, this is an upgrade well worth taking.

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Learn how to build your business into an online powerhouse

By about 5 hours ago.

Learn how to build your business into an online powerhouse

This is a paid placement and if you buy something through this article or on the BGR Store we will receive compensation from retail partners.

With the right knowhow, you can make a killing running an online business. The Build Your Web Business Bundle will show you how, and it’s only $39. More →

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World’s largest aircraft damaged on 2nd test flight

By about 5 hours ago.

World’s largest aircraft damaged on 2nd test flight

The developer of the world’s largest aircraft says the blimp-shaped airship sustained damage after it made a bumpy landing Wednesday on its second test flight in eastern England.

Hybrid Air Vehicles said it is trying to figure out what caused the rough landing of the 302-foot (92-meter) Airlander 10 during its 100 minute flight Wednesday in Bedfordshire, north of London.

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Facebook

Facebook knows if you’re a Trump or Clinton supporter, and you can see which

By about 6 hours ago.

Facebook knows if you’re a Trump or Clinton supporter, and you can see which

One of the reasons why Facebook is so beloved by advertisers is because the social networking giant has access to all sorts of granular data about your background and interests. All the more interesting is that Facebook even has a good idea as to your political leanings, even if you rarely, if ever, “like” or express an interest in a particular candidate or political cause.

Interestingly enough, there’s an extremely simple way to see what side of the political spectrum Facebook thinks you fall on. It all goes back to advertising dollars, after all, so you better believe that Facebook has a good inclination as to whether or not you’re on the Trump bandwagon or if your heart still beats proudly for Bernie Sanders.

Even if you think you’ve done a good job when it comes to keeping your political views hidden from public view, it’s hard to escape the all-knowing Facebook algorithm.

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Pokemon Go Appraisal Feature

How to decode Pokemon Go’s new appraisal feature

By about 6 hours ago.

How to decode Pokemon Go’s new appraisal feature

Many of the updates Niantic has released for Pokemon Go over the past month have been to address bugs and server issues, but this week, the developer surprised players with a brand new feature that hadn’t been previously announced.

The new feature, “Appraise,” allows players to ask their respective team leaders about the power level of any Pokemon in their possession.

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Macbook Pro 2016

The upcoming Macbooks will be fast in ways you probably weren’t expecting

By about 7 hours ago.

The upcoming Macbooks will be fast in ways you probably weren’t expecting

Apple’s upcoming Macbooks need to be a major refresh to the lineup, since the laptop selection is looking a little old lately. We’re expecting Touch ID and a new OLED button panel to come to the 2016 Macbook Pro, but code hidden in the latest version of macOS Sierra hints at one additional feature.

According to code uncovered by 9to5Mac, macOS Sierra will support USB 3.1 Gen 2, better known as the upgraded version of USB-C. Apple introduced USB-C ports into its lineup with the 2015 Retina Macbook, and it’s a safer bet than ever that those ports will be coming to the new Macbook Pro.

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Encryption Backdoor France Germany

France and Germany latest countries to want magical backdoors in encryption

By about 7 hours ago.

France and Germany latest countries to want magical backdoors in encryption

The recent NSA hack just proved to the world that no system is hack-proof if attackers have what it takes to break the access door. Regardless of whatever protections guarded that NSA server, hackers found a security hole to get in and steal critical documents. The same thing could happen to encrypted services that would feature a backdoor for law enforcement.

But governments around the world still think they’d be able to handle such terrifying scenarios, with France and Germany being the latest nations looking to gain access to private encrypted messages exchanged over the internet by terror plot suspects. More →

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Wearable Speakers

A wearable wireless speaker is actually more useful than you think

By about 8 hours ago.

A wearable wireless speaker is actually more useful than you think

First things first: we absolutely insist that if you do decide to purchase a BiGR Audio XLWB03 WRiSTBOOM Wearable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Mic, you absolutely never, ever use it in public. But in private, this little wearable speaker is way more useful than you might think. It straps to your wrist just like a watch and connects to any Bluetooth device like a smartphone or tablet. You can then use it to take calls or listen to music while you work, and it won’t drown out the sound around you like headphones do. More →

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Windows 10 Upgrade Fail

Privacy group: Microsoft should ‘come clean’ about ‘malicious’ Windows 10

By about 8 hours ago.

Privacy group: Microsoft should ‘come clean’ about ‘malicious’ Windows 10

Windows 10 has had a difficult first year in the world. Although the operating system itself has been generally praised, concerns over privacy and the overly pressurized upgrades have made with Windows 10 upgrade into way more of a saga than Microsoft needed.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group for digital rights, has published a no-holds-barred blog post condemning Windows 10’s collection of data, and the “malicious” way Microsoft pushed 10 onto consumers. If you’re not a fan of seeing Microsoft being verbally beaten up, this will be a rough ride.

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