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Whisper lashes out over “vicious lies” about user tracking

Whisper lashes out over “vicious lies” about user tracking

With every information breach that happens involving government surveillance, one thing become increasingly clear: privacy is often an illusion, at least when it comes to your digital life. Whisper is one app that operates under that privacy illusion, at least according to The Guardian, which posted a large piece today calling out the company for what it says are numerous privacy violations, including handing information over to the government and tracking some users. Now Whisper has fired back, lashing out at The Guardian and calling the claims "vicious lies".

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PlayStation 4 firmware 2.0 will include different background colors and more

PlayStation 4 firmware 2.0 will include different background colors and more

Following the Xbox One October update that was announced yesterday, Sony has revealed an expanded list detailing what gamers can expect from the PlayStation 4 system software 2.0 update. The latest software, which Sony has codenamed Masamune, has already been revealed to include things like Themes and Share Play -- the latest news builds upon this, and includes, among other things, the option to change the home screen's background to one of several colors.

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Keecker HomePod combines a projector and a robot

Keecker HomePod combines a projector and a robot

We've already adjusted to the reality of having small robotic vacuums clean our carpets for us, and so it wont take much to welcome the Keecker HomePod into our homes. Keecker is essentially a home-based robot, which will roll from place to place on command to projector images onto walls and otherwise serve as a mechanical media butler. Because of the HomePod's connected nature and integrated cameras, it can also double as a home surveillance system when the user isn't at home, combining the best of many Internet of Things systems into a single robot.

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Sidecar first to get operating permit from San Francisco International

Sidecar first to get operating permit from San Francisco International

Hot contention exists between many cities and ridesharing services like Uber, and likewise between the different services themselves, with the two most notable companies -- Uber and Lyft -- frequently lobbing accusations against each other. While both are busy with their respective troubles, competitor Sidecar has slipped in to become the first of its kind to get an airport permit in California. The permit was issued by the San Francisco International Airport, and under it the company will start serving the airport within 30 days.

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Blocks modular smartwatch will include customizable design

Blocks modular smartwatch will include customizable design

The folks over at Phonebloks ignited the modular smartphone movement, which has gained a lot of attention for the functionality it promises: the ability for users to swap out component modules for different ones when desired. That idea was ported to smartwatches, which we got an early look at back in March, and the concept was just an exciting. Fast-forward more than half a year, and an updated design has been showcased in a new video demonstrating its blocks concept, which we have for you after the jump.

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Omate Lutetia gold smartwatch is first made for women

Omate Lutetia gold smartwatch is first made for women

In August Omate introduced a companion smartwatch with a design that targeted it at men, something that will soon be joined by the Omate Lutetia, a companion smartwatch designed for women. Omate says its wearable is the first smartwatch to be made exclusively for women, and with it comes a design that makes it appropriate for both formal occasions and everyday wear. "The Omate Lutetia will allow modern women to finally enjoy all the perks of a smartwatch without having to sacrifice their style," says the maker.

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Navy doctors say serviceman has Google Glass addiction

Navy doctors say serviceman has Google Glass addiction

Smartphones and similar gadgets have become a significant part of many people's lives, being used to communicate, to read, to navigate, and more. Their use is so frequent that many people have reported experiencing phantom vibrations, believing they felt their phone vibrate when it didn't; others say they wake up in the middle of the night to check their phone. It isn't surprising, then, that some have found themselves addicted to various types of technology, and now counted among them is what is being called the first case of Google Glass addiction.

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Xbox One October update rolling out: DLNA streaming and more

Xbox One October update rolling out: DLNA streaming and more

This month's Xbox One update is rolling out now, and with it comes a large roster of improvements, as well as some new features, among them being additional SmartGlass functionality and improved account security. Xbox One owners can head into the console's System menu under Settings to check if the update has rolled their way. If it hasn't yet, fret not -- we've got all the details you need to know, as well as a video showing off the most notable improvements and features, after the jump.

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Will.i.am Puls smartwatch unveiled, will arrive at AT&T

Will.i.am Puls smartwatch unveiled, will arrive at AT&T

Will.i.am's smartwatch has been officially unveiled right on time, and it's called the Puls ("pulse"). We've heard bits and pieces about the smartwatch over this past year, and it was originally expected the device would be available this summer. That didn't pan out, but is of little matter now, with the smartwatch finally be rolled out and (some of) the pertinent details with it. Among other things, the smartwatch can be used independent of a smartphone, and will be available to those in the United States via AT&T.

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Leica X Edition Moncler honors brand with French flag design

Leica X Edition Moncler honors brand with French flag design

Yesterday Leica, Moncler, and Fabien Baron jointly unveiled a limited edition camera called the Leica X Edition Moncler. The camera is identical to the regular Leica X model, but brings with it a special design that Leica brags gives it an "unmistakable appeal". Mostly notable are the blue, white, and red color bands spanning across the camera -- the colors of the French flag -- that the maker says is in honor of Moncler's French origins. As with any limited edition run, only a small number of the model will be produced.

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