Fitbit Flex avoids recall by adding allergy warning label

Fitbit Flex avoids recall by adding allergy warning label

Following a nationwide recall of the Fitbit Force back in February of this year, Fitbit has just avoided another such situation by agreeing to warn consumers about possible allergens. The fitness wearable manufacturer reached an agreement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, resulting in packaging for the Fitbit Flex now displaying a warning about containing nickel.

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FBI director speaks out against consumer tech device encryption

FBI director speaks out against consumer tech device encryption

James B. Comey, the current director of the FBI, made statements on Thursday calling for America's tech companies to make their consumer devices more wiretap-friendly. He believes that the efforts from giants like Apple and Google to provide users with ways to encrypt data and communications on their mobile devices will lead to a future where those who commit murder or acts of terror could have an easier time escaping law enforcement.

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Flickr for iPad released after Apple’s iPad Air 2 debut

Flickr for iPad released after Apple’s iPad Air 2 debut

Only one day after Apple announced its latest tablets, the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, photo sharing service Flickr used the opportunity to release a brand new universal iOS app, finally bringing a long-awaited native version to the iPad. While Instagram may be the photo-sharing king on iPhones, Flickr remains a popular network due to its all-encompassing desktop site, as well as its innovative iPhone app.

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Star Wars Episode VII: popular Ewok actor joins returning cast members

Star Wars Episode VII: popular Ewok actor joins returning cast members

Actor Warwick Davis, most known to Star Wars fans for playing the Ewok warrior Wicket Warrick in the original film, humorously revealed this week that he will joining the long list of stars from the original trilogy to make a return in next year's Star Wars: Episode VII. In his video, Davis mentions how excited he is about a new Star Wars flick being directed by J.J. Abrams. With a fake beard to emphasize how long he's been waiting by the phone, he can't help but immediately agree when it rings with a request that he play a role in Episode VII.

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2014 Apple Mac Mini confirmed with non-user replaceable RAM

2014 Apple Mac Mini confirmed with non-user replaceable RAM

Apple announced, and subsequently began selling, its new Mac Mini on Thursday, marking the desktop's first update in two years. While fans of the small machine are all-around pleased Apple hasn't abandoned the Mac Mini, this year's model doesn't come without a few disappointments. Alongside discontinuing the upgrade options of a quad-core processor, as well as storage options beyond 1TB, the new Mac Mini has soldered RAM, meaning users will not be able to change or upgrade the memory after purchase.

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Forget the needle pill: researchers focus on vibrating syringes

Forget the needle pill: researchers focus on vibrating syringes

Many people have an intense fear of being jabbed with needles, a phobia that compels some to avoid vaccinations and other necessary injections. A lot of research has been underway on this seemingly simple problem, with the goal being a future where injections are no longer painful. The most interesting solution so far is the needle pill developed by MIT researchers -- a capsule adorned with micro-needles that jabs one's internals painlessly. The idea of swallowing a cluster of needles might form its own phobia for some, however, and so enters the vibrating syringe.

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Government halts funding for research that creates superbugs

Government halts funding for research that creates superbugs

Concern about so-called super bugs -- mutated viruses and bacteria resistant to treatment -- is exceptionally high. The Centers for Disease Control issued a report last year, for example, warning about the threat superbugs pose and potential ramifications if certain actions aren't taken. It is for these reasons the deliberate creation of mutated viruses for research purposes (gain of function research) has been highly controversial, a controversy the US government has stoked by announcing a temporary halt to its funding of such studies.

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Former dictator’s Call of Duty lawsuit heats up: creative freedom at stake

Former dictator’s Call of Duty lawsuit heats up: creative freedom at stake

The alternate history genre is a popular one, and has been around for as long as humans have been making up stories. Historical figures and events are often used in fictional works that take a creative license when it comes to storylines and depictions. Abraham Lincoln, for example, was never a vampire hunter, but that didn't stop a movie about that idea from being created. This type of creative freedom could be at risk, however, if a former dictator's lawsuit against Activision over his portrayal in Call of Duty: Black Ops II succeeds.

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Anonabox Kickstarter cancelled following criticism

Anonabox Kickstarter cancelled following criticism

The Internet can be a feral place, and to tame it a bit came Anonabox, a device that launched on Kickstarter promising the security of Tor in a tiny plug-and-play package. Popularity grew quickly and the campaign saw an ample number of pledges, but in the light of that fame came scrutiny from many individuals who quickly spotted problems and became quite vocal about them. That criticism reached a feverish pitch, and has now lead to Kickstarter cancelling the project.

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