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Google’s Safe Browsing now also blocks deceptive ads

Google’s Safe Browsing now also blocks deceptive ads

The Web is a rather dangerous place, not because the technologies that build it up are inherently insecure (thought they do have bugs). It's because of social engineering, the term used to describe techniques that con people into clicking on links or downloading things they normally wouldn't, leading to infected computers and devices. Google launched its Safe Browsing feature for Chrome late last year to combat social engineering scams and now it is expanding it to cover deceptive "embedded content", also known as ads.

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Microsoft recalls 2.25M Surface Pro power adapters over fire risks

Microsoft recalls 2.25M Surface Pro power adapters over fire risks

Microsoft's Surface devices may be some of the best tablet options available, but the company is still issuing a recall in the US over concerns the AC power adapters that shipped with some Surface Pro models pose risks of fire and electric shock. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday that roughly 2.25 million power cords were involved, all having been sold before March 15th, 2015 with the Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3 models.

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Beware USB-C cables that could seriously fry your device

Beware USB-C cables that could seriously fry your device

As part of the team who worked on the Pixel C, Google engineer Benson Leung took it upon himself to survey the myriad USB Type-C cables being sold, particularly on Amazon, for their compliance with the USB specs and accuracy, not to mention safety. Every test carries a risk but Leung perhaps hoped never to come across one as destructive as this. Now he has the war wounds to show for his crusade and at least three dead devices, including a 2015 Chromebook Pixel because of a poorly and incorrectly made USB-C cable.

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US Customs officials intercept 16k faux hoverboards

US Customs officials intercept 16k faux hoverboards

The United States Customs and Border Protection has announced that it confiscated more than 16,000 counterfeit hoverboards worth more than $6,000,000 USD. These counterfeit hoverboards, like ones before them, are potential safety hazards; more than a few faux hoverboards have caught on fire, prompting airlines, the postal service, and more to ban them.

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New York’s MTA says to keep your hoverboard off the subway

New York’s MTA says to keep your hoverboard off the subway

Hoverboards: some of them have been catching fire, and many companies have banned them all as a result, doing so out of safety concerns. In a statement today, the Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) announced that hoverboards are most certainly banned from the New York City Subway, as well as NYC’s buses, the Metro-North, Long Island Raid Road, Staten Island Railway, and the Access-A-Ride.

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Uber will use phone sensors to confirm passenger complaints

Uber will use phone sensors to confirm passenger complaints

I had my first experience with Uber earlier this month at CES. I was pleasantly surprised to find out how much better my rides were, when compared to the cabs I had taken the first couple days I was in Vegas. My drivers all received 5-star ratings, but I wondered what happened when someone leaves a bad rating. As it turns out, Uber is currently working on changes to the feedback system.

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Bosch connected gas pedal warns drivers when they’re doing it wrong

Bosch connected gas pedal warns drivers when they’re doing it wrong

We've heard of connected speakers, connected bulbs, and, of course, connected cars. But a connected gas pedal? Before you cock an eyebrow at the idea, perhaps you should first hear what Bosch's connected gas pedal promises to bring: 7 percent savings in fuel and potential savings in life. All of that thanks to the simple but almost ingenious idea of adding haptic feedback to a gas pedal and connecting that otherwise mundane part of the car to the rest of the car's smart system and, of course, to the Internet.

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New Takata airbag recall affects Audi, VW, Saab and Mercedes

New Takata airbag recall affects Audi, VW, Saab and Mercedes

Another recall concerning faulty Takata airbags will take place in the United States, it has been announced, with this recall tacking another 5 million cars onto the list of potentially affected vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the planned recall today, saying that with it the new total of affected US vehicles grows to 24 million.

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Report: many U.S. cities could have lead-contaminated water

Report: many U.S. cities could have lead-contaminated water

The scandal surrounding Flint, Michigan's contaminated drinking water has fully caught the public's attention, but it might turn out to be merely the worst of many cities when it comes to contamination. According to a source who has cropped up, “every major US city east of the Mississippi” is distorting the levels of lead and copper in their drinking water, meaning more places than just Flint could be putting their residents at risk.

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Microsoft shows which Surface Pro power cords need replacement

Microsoft shows which Surface Pro power cords need replacement

Yesterday, Microsoft was reportedly going to issue free recalls for some of its power cords, citing potential fire hazard problems for a certain range of the Surface Pro cables. Now Microsoft has made that official. Redmond is starting a voluntary replacement program for Surface Pro AC power cords that were sold before March 15, 2015 in the US and Canada or before July 15, 2015 in other markets. But, given that the Surface Pro power line comes in two pieces, which is exactly the power cord and which ones are eligible for the free replacement? Microsoft has pictures to clarify.

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