Technology

Garmin’s elegant new Vivofit looks like it will grant me entry into Club Fit

If I had to choose between Garmin’s pair of new fitness trackers — the Vivofit 3 and the Vivoactive HR — I’d definitely go for the former. Not just because I’m a persistent slouch, and the heart-rate tracking features on the Vivoactive HR would be wasted on me, but because the Vivofit 3 is one of the nicest looking activity trackers I’ve ...

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The world’s first phone with a built-in thermal camera is kinda hot

The name Cat is usually associated with machinery, so it’s rather fitting that it has the world’s first smartphone with a built-in thermal camera. Announced earlier in the week, it’s on show at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, and it offers the first glimpse at this type of technology directly within a phone. Continue reading… The Verge – All ...

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Microsoft offers tepid support for Apple’s battle with FBI

Apple’s escalating battle with the FBI over iPhone encryption is gaining support from various technology companies. Google CEO Sundar Pichai chimed in to support Apple yesterday, alongside WhatsApp founder Jan Koum. Now Microsoft is backing a statement made by the Reform Government Surveillance (RGS), of which Microsoft is a founding member: Continue reading… The Verge – All Posts

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EFF, ACLU, and Amnesty International voice support for Apple in FBI battle

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Amnesty International have come out in support of Apple, after the company said it would contest a judge’s order to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. The FBI has demanded access to an iPhone 5c used by Syed Farook, on the grounds that it could provide ...

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Samsung’s Gear S2 has the first certified eSIM that lets you choose carriers

The day the physical SIM card disappears is slowly getting closer. Last year, we heard that Samsung, Apple, and various mobile carriers were working to create a new standard for embedded or eSIMs (programmable SIMs that allow you to switch carriers without swapping the physical card in your device). Now, the GSMA has announced a new eSIM specification for smartwatches, fitness ...

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First Click: How much is an hour of entertainment worth?

How much is an hour of entertainment worth? If could break the value of entertainment down by media type, then is an hour with a good book inherently less valuable than two episodes of a great TV show because the latter has moving pictures? Are movies seen at the theater worth more than video games because you watch the former ...

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Skype group video calling arrives on iOS and Android today

Microsoft promised Skype group video calling for smartphones last month, and now it’s rolling out to iOS and Android today. The software maker will start enabling the option on Skype accounts in Europe and the US today, and expects to complete the roll out over the next week. Microsoft says the feature will be available worldwide in March. Microsoft is allowing ...

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Read Apple’s unprecedented letter to customers about security

Apple has spoken a lot over the past year about how much it values the security of its customers’ data, but it wasn’t until early this morning that Apple really took a stand for it. Hours after a court order came down mandating that Apple assist law enforcement in breaking into a locked iPhone, Apple CEO Tim Cook published a ...

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Aston Martin and Faraday Future are basically cousins now

LeEco, the Chinese entertainment company formerly known as Letv, has announced that it’s partnering with Aston Martin — the famed British supercar brand best known for making James Bond’s rides of choice — to bring the RapidE concept to market. The RapidE, first shown last year, is basically a Rapide sedan (take note of the lower-case “e”) with an electric powertrain swapped in ...

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You can get a free Chromecast by paying for three months of Spotify Premium

Have you been holding out on pledging your financial allegiance to a music streaming service? Spotify is hoping a free Chromecast dongle will push you in their direction. The company is offering US and UK customers free Chromecasts when you pay for three months of Spotify Premium. The subscription is being offered at a non-discounted rate, so it’ll cost $ ...

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