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Ring’s Video Doorbell Pro is $70 off at Best Buy, and it comes with an Echo Dot and more

The Video Doorbell Pro by Ring rarely goes on sale, but today at Best Buy, it’s $70 off and bundled with some bonuses. Usually $249 by itself, Best Buy is knocking the price to $180 and pairing it with a third-gen Amazon Echo Dot and a Ring Chime Pro, which doubles as a doorbell speaker and a Wi-Fi extender to allow for better performance with the Video Doorbell across long distances. It can be a bit tricky to understand the differences between Ring’s various smart doorbells. They […]

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Facebook bug gave developers access to photos you never meant to share

It’s a Facebook bug’s life. Image: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images By Rachel Kraus2018-12-14 17:14:03 UTC It’s a Friday, people, which means there’s more bad news from Facebook. Facebook disclosed a data breach on Friday that affected 6.8 million users. The trouble once again came from the connectivity of third party apps. Facebook says it is “sorry this happened.” From September 13-25 of this year, developers had access to Facebook users’ photos that they never had permission to see. Typically, apps should only be able to access […]

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New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos

Image copyright Reuters Facebook has revealed that a software bug exposed the photos of up to 6.8 million users, including pictures they had not posted. It made the announcement a day after hosting its pop-up privacy experience “It’s Your Facebook” in New York’s Bryant Park. It said several third-party apps had access to “a broader set of photos than usual” for 12 days in September. The company said it would notify affected users. It is the latest in a series of data breaches at the social network, […]

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What’s in your bag, Ashley Eckstein?

What’s in your bag? is a recurring feature where we ask people to tell us a bit more about their everyday gadgets by opening their bags and hearts to us. This week, we’re featuring voice actress and fashion designer Ashley Eckstein. A decade ago, the Star Wars franchise expanded in a new direction with an animated series called The Clone Wars. The series followed the Jedi Knights and Clone Troopers who were fighting in the war that started in 2002’s Attack of the Clones. It also introduced […]

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HyperX Cloud Mix review: Pivoting to a mobile lifestyle brand brings mixed results

HyperX wants you to wear its Cloud Mix headset (MSRP $200) all the time—not just for gaming. At your desk? Sure. But also on the train, walking to the grocery store, maybe even while snowboarding. Wherever life takes you, thanks to the Cloud Mix’s built-in Bluetooth capabilities. The Cloud Mix is HyperX’s attempt to move up the ladder from a gaming brand to a “lifestyle brand.” Astro made the pivot early, pitching its high-end gaming headsets as a statement, not a mere accessory. Then Razer swung that […]

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gender letter: Sisterhood in the Halls of Congress, and You’re Invited

Image CreditFranziska Barczyk “Speak truth, sis!”— Rashida Tlaib to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, both newly elected congresswomen, in a message on Instagram It was not terribly surprising this week when yet another one of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tweets went viral, this time in response to an article about House Speaker Paul Ryan. Every word Ms. Ocasio-Cortez types on social media, it seems, is ripe for scrutiny. What caught my eye, though, was not the criticism she regularly levels at conservatives, but the validation — a digital fist-bump, almost — she […]

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Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig?

Image copyright Reuters A major stadium in Los Angeles has confirmed that it uses facial recognition tech during sport and music events, to spot known troublemakers. The Rose Bowl told news site Gizmodo that it used the tech “inside and outside” the stadium gates. It made the statement after an article in Rolling Stone alleged that Taylor Swift fans were scanned at a pop concert in an effort to spot stalkers. However, the companies involved have been reluctant to talk. What happened at the Taylor Swift concert? […]

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Facebook exposed up to 6.8 million users’ private photos to developers in latest leak

Facebook exposed private photos from up to 6.8 million users to apps that weren’t supposed to see them, the company said today. These apps were authorized to see a limited set of users’ photos, but a bug allowed them to see pictures they weren’t granted access to. These included photos from people’s stories as well as photos that people uploaded but never posted (because Facebook saved a copy anyway). The exposure occurred between September 12th and September 25th. Facebook told TechCrunch that it discovered the breach on […]

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How to connect your Kindle to a Wi-Fi Network

You need to connect your Amazon Kindle to Wi-Fi to buy and download new books (unless you paid for a Kindle with built-in cellular connectivity). Fortunately, doing so is easy and should only take you moments. To connect your Kindle to a Wi-Fi network, navigate to its Home screen. Next, locate the Menu icon (the dots in a vertical row) located in the top right corner of the Kindle’s display. Select it. From the menu that opens, select Settings. Next, choose Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In the Wi-Fi […]

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