Petcube Bites and Petcube Play let you monitor and play with pets from afar

Petcube Bites and Petcube Play let you monitor and play with pets from afar

Pet owners who are forced to leave their furry pals at home alone all day might want a way to keep an eye on them so they know that their pet is ok and happy. A pair of devices that let you keep watch on your pet remotely have hit Kickstarter called the Petcube Bites and Petcube Play. The standard Petcube Play is a camera that allwos you to play with your pet from afar. Users can play with pets by dragging or taping a finger on the Petcube app running on your smartphone.

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France chides Microsoft over Windows 10 privacy flaws

France chides Microsoft over Windows 10 privacy flaws

Microsoft is no stranger to being accused or even formally charged for violating consumer privacy protection laws or related regulations. Especially within the European Union, where American companies like Google and Facebook are facing increasing scrutiny over citizens' data. This formal notice from France's national data protection agency, or Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), is yet another chapter. But the issues the CNIL brought up also touch at the heart of an ongoing negotiation between the US and EU over the transfer of data across the ocean.

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AppleCare+ class action suit clams refurb devices aren’t as good as new

AppleCare+ class action suit clams refurb devices aren’t as good as new

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple in California having to do with how the AppleCare+ warranty operates. The suit was filed on Wednesday of this week and argues that Apple isn't meeting the contract that comes with an AppleCare+ warranty. Specifically the suit claims that devices that are replaced under warranty with refurbished replacements don’t meet a specifically clause in the contract.

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Pokemon live-action flick in the works featuring Detective Pikachu

Pokemon live-action flick in the works featuring Detective Pikachu

With the massive popularity of Pokemon Go, the movie industry is looking to capitalize on the craze with a live action movie set in the Pokemon universe. Legendary Entertainment has landed the rights to make a Pokemon movie and this will be the first live action film in the franchise. Legendary is said to be basing the movie on the Detective Pikachu character introduced in a video game in Japan.

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Verizon to cut off “extraordinary” unlimited data users [UPDATE]

Verizon to cut off “extraordinary” unlimited data users [UPDATE]

It's not exactly surprising that there would be some humans who would abuse an unlimited supply of resources. That's especially true when it comes to unlimited data plans, which has normally been cited as the reason why ISPs are suddenly removing their unlimited data offers. Now Verizon is reported to be preparing for a somewhat drastic move to weed out abusers. By August 31, it will disconnect unlimited data subscribers deemed to have used up an "extraordinary" amount of data. That is, unless they migrate to one of Verizon's newer, and pricier, plans.

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VCR manufacturing ends in Japan this month

VCR manufacturing ends in Japan this month

Any child of the '80s will have fond memories of watching their favorite movies on VHS tapes. You may even remember when VHS and Betamax battled it out to determine the format winner, very much as Blu-ray and HD DVD did years later. While the VCR has been obsolete for many years as far as a format for buying and renting movies with DVDs having replaced the cassette wholesale, VCRs were still being made. That is ending this month.

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Kinsa Elmo smart ear thermometer tracks temps via app

Kinsa Elmo smart ear thermometer tracks temps via app

Everything is connected today from your toothbrush to your TV. It's no surprise that our thermometers are now connected as well. Kinsa has debuted a new ear thermometer that is designed to look like Elmo from Sesame Street and is called the Elmo Smart Ear Thermometer. The connected device mixes the ability to take your temperature along with the ability to track symptoms via the app.

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Mesuit case lets iPhones “run” Android with its own SIM

Mesuit case lets iPhones “run” Android with its own SIM

Despite how media and stereotypes portray them, not all smartphone users have brand or mobile OS issues. Some do find benefits, even joy, in using both iOS and Android. While some are forced into using both, whether they like to or not. Both types, however, would probably prefer to carry just one device for both, something that is impossible to do. Until now. With the Mesuit iPhone case, you can have your iPhone and run Android on it no sweat. Or at least that's the promise.

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Huawei honor Note 8 could sport a 6.6-inch QHD screen

Huawei honor Note 8 could sport a 6.6-inch QHD screen

Huawei's honor sub-brand is commonly seen as the Chinese OEM's budget level smartphones. It shattered that stereotype with the honor 8, which practically rivaled Huawei's own P9 flagship. It's next smartphone might make yet another paradigm shift. For the first time, honor is climbing the Quad HD mountain. But that comes at a price. Spotted at TENAA is what is names as the honor Note 8 comes with a ginormous 6.6-inch screen, less than an inch away from becoming a tablet with phone functionality.

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Galaxy S7 Active manufacturing defect now fixed, says Samsung

Galaxy S7 Active manufacturing defect now fixed, says Samsung

It is utterly ironic that the Galaxy S7 Active, a smartphone that is advertised to be the utmost in survivability, isn't as immune to water as Samsung would have us believe. And yet that is what some tests have tried to prove, which, naturally, Samsung has claimed not to be the case. That said, now it seems that the manufacturer is admitting some of it, albeit indirectly. The company reached out to Consumer Reports, who first broke the news of the Galaxy S7 Active's less than stellar underwater performance, that the manufacturing problem that caused that issue has now been addressed.

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Dell retires Alienware X51 line, Aurora, Alpha to carry on

Dell retires Alienware X51 line, Aurora, Alpha to carry on

It appears Android tablets aren't the only ones getting the boot over at Dell. The PC maker has just revealed that it is putting to rest the rather young gaming PC line that brought it much attention in the past years. After just four years, the Alienware X51 is being put to pasture. Dell naturally gives no reason in its eulogy for its demise, only that it was time to pass on the baton. To whom? To two PCs that couldn't be any more different from the X51.

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US Congress asks Niantic about Pokemon GO’s mobile data usage

US Congress asks Niantic about Pokemon GO’s mobile data usage

With people coming across dead bodies, walking over graves, or sometimes pretending to get into accidents over Pokemon GO, it was really only a matter of time before US lawmakers start to scrutinized the AR game for all it's worth. And yet, when it did formally send a letter to game developers Niantic Labs, it wasn't about any of those incidents at all. Instead, what it wants to know is whether Pokemon GO will, cunningly or not, cause players to end up with an insurmountable bill over the use of mobile data while playing the game.

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