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iPhone users can now text Alexa their requests and commands

iPhone users can now text Alexa their requests and commands

If you can't or simply don't want to talk to your Alexa assistant, you'll soon be able to text it instead. Amazon quietly rolled out the feature to iPhone users, enabling them to fire off a text message to their assistant rather than using voice to communicate with the speaker. Not everyone has access to the feature at this time, however.

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YouTube users will now see a prompt before posting hateful comments

YouTube users will now see a prompt before posting hateful comments

YouTube is back with another update on its effort to reduce hate speech on the platform, revealing that users will soon see a prompt before commenting that reminds them to be respectful. The warning will appear if YouTube's system detects that you may be about to publish a hateful comment, the idea being that you'll have a chance to rethink your commentary.

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Experts warn of cyberattack targeting critical COVID-19 vaccine cold chain

Experts warn of cyberattack targeting critical COVID-19 vaccine cold chain

IBM security experts have discovered cyber threats targeting the COVID-19 vaccine, specifically the critical 'cold chain' system necessary to preserve the vaccine doses when stored and transported. The cyber attack involves a phishing campaign, according to the researchers, with the unknown entity behind the threats specifically targeting 'key global organizations' and business executives.

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Proof there’s always some potential your photos aren’t private

Proof there’s always some potential your photos aren’t private

We covered a bit about this hack earlier today - it's the one were a single code invades every iPhone within radio broadcast distance. There's another demonstration video you're going to need to see, too. This video was made by the same security researcher as the last one. This time, he makes the potential for chaos as clear as possible.

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LEGO Jeep Wrangler is a world’s first

LEGO Jeep Wrangler is a world’s first

In the last month of the year 2020, LEGO revealed a new LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler. This marks the first time LEGO ever released a Jeep SUV - in ANY LEGO line. This vehicle looks compact, almost small - but the machine is thick! The build is rugged! This piece of work was made to "face any epic adventure" as such!

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These 6 new Android features land just in time for the holidays

These 6 new Android features land just in time for the holidays

Today, Google outlined a collection of new features that are rolling out to Android in time for the holidays. Many of these features are ones that are already available to smaller groups of Android users, whether they're features baked into Android 11 or they're features that are in testing, but soon they'll be rolling out to much wider group.

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Hunter Douglas Sonnette shades add a Kickback twist

Hunter Douglas Sonnette shades add a Kickback twist

Not all motorized shades are created equal, with Hunter Douglas' new Sonnette Kickback feature promising a snugger fit within the window. The new cellular roller shade option adds a little extra rotation as the blinds operate, bringing the fabric further into the window recess for benefits the company says are more than just visual.

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Apple developers can now apply for its lower App Store commission rate

Apple developers can now apply for its lower App Store commission rate

On November 18, Apple announced its App Store Small Business Program, one that would cut commission on in-app purchases and paid apps from 30-percent to 15-percent. The program can apply to developers whose apps generated up to $1 million in the previous calendar year -- and now, a couple of weeks later, the company is now accepting applications.

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Watch a computer hack 2-dozen iPhones with 1 code – is anything sacred?

Watch a computer hack 2-dozen iPhones with 1 code – is anything sacred?

Earlier this year, a security researcher discovered a way to remotely hack any iOS device and steal all the data inside. Before we panic, be sure to take note that the vulnerability was fixed before May of 2020. Between then and now, there's very little chance you've not already downloaded the updates you needed to avoid this hack from ever having a chance to grab hold.

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Disney Vodafone Neo sorta turns Grogu into a Tamagotchi

Disney Vodafone Neo sorta turns Grogu into a Tamagotchi

The Neo is a smartwatch made in a collaboration between Disney and Vodafone. This watch utilizes technology developed or licensed by Vodafone with characters, sounds, and imagery from Disney. The Neo is called "the smart kids watch" by Vodafone, and is "designed & connected by Vodafone, featuring Disney." One of the "sidekick" characters featured with the device is Grogu, AKA The Mandalorian character previously known as "The Child" (unofficially nicknamed Baby Yoda!)

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Microsoft Holiday 2020 ad spot delivers free Minecraft, Flight Simulator goodies

Microsoft Holiday 2020 ad spot delivers free Minecraft, Flight Simulator goodies

This week Microsoft released an ad spot video with a daydreaming dog. The dog dreams, and the dreams are a delight. The dog's name is Rufus - his owners are all about the Microsoft products, and the dog (like any good dog) dreams of living the life his human lives. That means living inside Minecraft, flying an airplane, and talking on Microsoft Teams.

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Google Authenticator update fixes the biggest pain of 2-factor security

Google Authenticator update fixes the biggest pain of 2-factor security

As anybody even vaguely internet-savvy knows, you can never really have too much security for your accounts. Hacks are increasing in number, but even though options like two-factor authentication (also known as 2FA) are often available, there's one big reason people might not turn them on. Now, Google Authenticator is addressing it.

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