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Amazon Alexa can be hacked with a one-click Amazon link

Amazon Alexa can be hacked with a one-click Amazon link

Amazon is both famous and notorious for making it extremely easy to buy things with just a single click, even using a "1-Click" button exactly for that. It seems, however, that it may just be just as simple to compromise one of Amazon's most popular products. Its AI-powered personal assistant Alexa can be found in so many smart speakers and smart home products and all it takes is a well-crafted innocent-looking link for a hacker to get control of an Alexa device and the owners' data associated with it.

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Epic Games sues Google over Fortnite removal over Play Store violations

Epic Games sues Google over Fortnite removal over Play Store violations

In just a few hours, the mobile app and gaming market exploded into a flurry of news, removals, and two lawsuits, all revolving around a single game: Fortnite. Epic Games, who has spoken out and moved against the status quo in the game and app store markets, made a daring move to implement its own direct payment system to bypass Google's and Apple's revenue split system. It isn't surprising that both Apple and Google have quickly removed Fortnite from their respective app stores but it's rather curious that Epic Games quickly sued both afterward.

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Surface Duo promised to get three years of Android updates

Surface Duo promised to get three years of Android updates

Although it has sold Android phones in the past, the Surface Duo is technically Microsoft's first true Android phone, under its own name and without Nokia's involvement. It's not surprising, then, that it wants to put its best foot forward, and not just in the sense of being a unique dual-screen phone. It turns out, Microsoft is joining the rather exclusive club currently formed by Google and, surprisingly, Samsung, who are promising their customers three years of software updates, both for security fixes as well as major OS updates.

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Wear OS update promises to be faster, support Snapdragon Wear 4100

Wear OS update promises to be faster, support Snapdragon Wear 4100

Android Wear, now Wear OS by Google, should have taken the wearable market by storm. For one reason or another, however, Android's wearable incarnation didn't take off as well as its mobile original, and Wear OS lagged behind Apple's watchOS and Samsung's Tizen-based OS in more ways than one. With Android 11 just around the corner, Google is reassuring the remaining Wear OS faithful that all is not lost and that the major update will finally bring much-needed performance improvements across the board.

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Fortnite hit by major outage in North America: Here’s the workaround

Fortnite hit by major outage in North America: Here’s the workaround

If you've tried playING Fortnite this evening and you're located in the North America-East, you've likely been met with a bizarre lobby that includes only Arena game modes -- or, perhaps, no game modes at all, only gibberish. This is due to a major outage the game is experiencing in one part of North America, leaving many players unable to initiate matchmaking. Fortunately, there's a simple way to get around the problem.

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Google Search gets new tools to help travelers during the pandemic

Google Search gets new tools to help travelers during the pandemic

As some parts of the world begin to open back up to more extensive activities and travel, many people are left wondering where they can go, what the related travel rules are, which places are accepting visitors, and more. Here to help with that is an update to Google Search that adds relevant COVID-19 and lockdown-related information for travelers, including what percentage of hotels are available, how many flights are operating to the destination, and more.

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Google pulls Fortnite from Play Store amid Apple lawsuit drama

Google pulls Fortnite from Play Store amid Apple lawsuit drama

The Epic Games versus Apple drama has gotten a bit more interesting as Google just pulled Fortnite mobile from its own app store. This doesn't mean the game is entirely gone from Android -- you just can't get it from the Google Play Store at this time. The change comes only a few months after Epic released the battle royale hit in Google's official app store, something it did alongside criticism of the 'disadvantage' apps outside of the ecosystem face.

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Common seafood meals contain surprising amounts of microplastics

Common seafood meals contain surprising amounts of microplastics

When it comes to seafood, the biggest concern on most people's minds is the mercury risk, something that's relatively easy to avoid by making certain dietary choices. A new growing concern is much harder to deal with, however, and its potential health consequences are still largely unknown: microscopic bits of plastics that are embedded in the flesh of sea critters. A new study has found that some commonly eaten seafood contains more microplastics than others.

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Pinterest makes it easier to search content using a variety of skin tones

Pinterest makes it easier to search content using a variety of skin tones

Board-based curating platform Pinterest is making it easier for its users to search for products based on a variety of skin tones, something that is particularly useful when it comes to makeup and fashion products. While the platform already featured skin tone-based searches, it wasn't terribly useful due to its limited skin tone ranges and accuracy. This time around, Pinterest says the updated skin tone search is much more accurate and expansive.

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Epic uses Apple’s own 1984 ad against it over Fortnite lawsuit

Epic uses Apple’s own 1984 ad against it over Fortnite lawsuit

It's been a busy day for Apple and Epic Game. This morning, Epic rolled out a new direct payment feature in the iOS and Android versions of Fortnite. This, as you might have already guessed from the phrase "direct payment," allowed Epic to sidestep the App Store and Google Play Store, keeping the 30% cut that both stores would have taken on any and all in-app purchases.

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Verizon’s cheapest 5G phone may soon be LG’s

Verizon’s cheapest 5G phone may soon be LG’s

The least expensive 5G-capable smartphone carried by Verizon right this minute is a Samsung Galaxy. There's the Samsung Galaxy A51 5G UW, as put on sale earlier today, hundreds of dollars cheaper than the next-most-inexpensive 5G phone on the carrier. The LG Q92 5G may soon take that title. Images leaked today suggest the new mid-range smartphone from LG could be the key to LG's late 2020 success in the United States.

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YouTube cracks down on videos intended to disrupt the election

YouTube cracks down on videos intended to disrupt the election

As the US presidential election nears, many companies are detailing the measures they've taken to prevent their platforms from being used as a tool to manipulate the public and interfere in politics. YouTube is the latest among them, revealing the steps it is taking to address the potential abuse of its streaming platform as a means for election interference. Which videos are facing the banhammer?

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