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Google keeps losing its bikes to local thieves

Google keeps losing its bikes to local thieves

Over the last ten years, Google has had a fleet of hundreds of free bicycles for employees at its Mountain View headquarters, offering a quick and easy way to get around the constantly expanding corporate campus. With roughly 1,100 of these "Gbikes" now available, Google's latest problem is that it can't keep local residents from riding off with them.

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Fitbit invests $6M in Sano glucose-monitoring, hinting at future features

Fitbit invests $6M in Sano glucose-monitoring, hinting at future features

Wearables-maker Fitbit offers a range of devices with a strong focus on fitness, but there's a strong indicator the company will soon strengthen its health features. Fitbit has recently made a $6 million investment in Sano, a glucose-monitoring startup developing tech that's able to track blood sugar with a coin-sized patch. It's exactly this kind of feature that several smartwatch makers are said to be working on, and Fitbit's investment likely means it's doing the same.

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Fortnite downtime blamed on patches for Meltdown vulnerability

Fortnite downtime blamed on patches for Meltdown vulnerability

While the recent Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities are causing wide-ranging effects on the computing and tech industries as a whole, gamers may start noticing a direct impact on their favorite hobby as well. Fortnite publisher and developer Epic Games has revealed that the multiplayer survival game may start experiencing a number of issues over the next week, including downtime, as the services behind the game are patched.

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Oculus Go headset tipped for 32GB and 64GB models in FCC listing

Oculus Go headset tipped for 32GB and 64GB models in FCC listing

While power, full-fledged virtual reality headsets have made it big over the last few years, the next big advancement is expected to be wireless standalone headsets that don't need to be tethered to a PC. The Oculus Go should be one of the first such models to hit the market, with Oculus stating last year that it would launch sometime in early 2018. While we're still waiting for an official date, a recent FCC listing has hinted at some of the details we can expect.

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LG Display unveils 65-inch rollable 4K OLED TV

LG Display unveils 65-inch rollable 4K OLED TV

It was only a few years ago that LG Display wowed us with an 18-inch OLED screen that could bend and be rolled up like paper. Now the company is back at CES 2018 this year with an even more impressive version: a 65-inch OLED TV with the same rollable function and a 4K resolution.

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Amazon announces Alexa integration for headphones and smartwatches

Amazon announces Alexa integration for headphones and smartwatches

Amazon's smart assistance service, Alexa, has already made the jump from connected speaker to a number of different smart home products, but its next location will be portable devices. The company has announced a new "Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit" that will allow hardware manufacturers to integrate Alexa with wearable products like headphones and smartwatches.

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Belkin debuts iPhone X-focused wireless charging devices

Belkin debuts iPhone X-focused wireless charging devices

With CES 2018 kicking off next week, accessories maker Belkin has unveiled its latest lineup of wireless charging products. With Apple's new iPhone X and iPhone finally adopting wireless and fast-charging features, it seems Belkin's new solutions are aimed at these smartphones in particular. The products include four different charging pads, each available in several colors, and all support Qi-enabled devices.

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Amazon shutters Anime Strike service, moving exclusives to Prime Video

Amazon shutters Anime Strike service, moving exclusives to Prime Video

Amazon has revealed that it's killing off its anime streaming service Anime Strike, only a year after launching. While this may sound like a bummer for fans of the series exclusive to the service, it's actually good news for everyone: all the shows and movies previously on Anime Strike have been rolled over to the video content available with a standard Amazon Prime subscription.

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Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine reportedly leaving company in August

Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine reportedly leaving company in August

When Apple made it's $3 billion purchase of headphone maker Beats in 2014, its founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre joined the company as executives, overseeing the Apple Music and Beats 1 audio services. Now it's being reported that Iovine is planning to depart the company in August of this year, the same time that his shares in Apple will fully vest.

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Pixel 2 customer survey appears in the phone’s settings menu

Pixel 2 customer survey appears in the phone’s settings menu

In the mobile world, one of the few things that's absolutely not tolerated by users is advertisements and pop-ups appearing on their phones. Ads within free apps, sure, but pop-ups on the phone's UI or within menus is just begging for a disaster. This was seen last summer when OnePlus began spamming existing users with ads for its newest model. Now it appears Google might be trying something similar with the new Pixel 2, albeit in the form of a survey.

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Advertising scripts using data from browser password managers to track users

Advertising scripts using data from browser password managers to track users

It's well-known that tools like password managers can help users improve their online security — by creating unique passwords for each website. However, researchers have found that advertising trackers are able to exploit data from the simplified password managers built into browsers like Chrome and Firefox (rather than standalone services like 1Password and LastPass) to continue tracking users browsing habits across the internet.

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Marvel reveals Create Your Own comics app with strict content rules

Marvel reveals Create Your Own comics app with strict content rules

Fans of the Marvel universe that want to create their own comics but lack the skill or technical abilities will soon have a new option. The company has announced it's collaborating with Tap Tap Comics to release a new app called Marvel: Create Your Own, which will let users choose a superhero, pose them, and add their own text and dialog. The app isn't available just yet, but is promised to be "coming soon."

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