23 May 2019

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Walmart Debuts Three Sub-$100 Tablets With Google Services

Walmart is rolling out three Android-powered tablets this week, all priced under $100. From a report: The devices, under Walmart's Onn store brand, include an 8-inch version for $64, a 10.1-inch model for $79 and one at the same larger size with a detachable keyboard for $99, the retailer said in an email Monday. All have Google's Android operating system, 16 gigabytes of storage and promise 5.5 hours of use before a charge is needed. The new gadgets are part of Walmart's broader push to revitalize its electronics section and, if successful, could provide a jolt to the sluggish tablet market, which declined in 2018, according to data tracker Strategy Analytics.

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23 May 2019 4:10pm GMT

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Why the quirky Playdate portable could succeed where Ouya failed

Eclectic, limited ambitions are a key starting point for the odd device.

23 May 2019 4:03pm GMT

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What Is Scabies? This Skin Infestation Causes an Itchy, Contagious Rash

What Is Scabies? This Skin Infestation Causes an Itchy, Contagious RashThe condition can be passed from person to person through sexual or close skin-to-skin contact.


23 May 2019 3:52pm GMT

Oil slumps 5%, U.S. crude at its cheapest since March

Oil slumps 5%, U.S. crude at its cheapest since March"Again, we're seeing the effect of worries about the trade issue on demand," said Gene McGillian, Vice President at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut. Funds and money managers who had built up long positions are "heading to the exits" as trade concerns dim the demand outlook, he said. Meanwhile, U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down by $3.21, or 5.2%, at $58.19 per barrel.


23 May 2019 3:46pm GMT

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Amazon Preparing a Wearable That 'Reads Human Emotions', Says Report

Amazon is said to be working on a wrist-worn, voice-activated device that's supposed to be able to read human emotions. This would be a rather novel health gadget, of the sort we're more used to seeing in tenuous crowdfunding campaigns instead of from one of the world's biggest tech companies. From a report: Bloomberg has spoken to a source and reviewed internal Amazon documents, which reportedly show the Alexa voice software team and Amazon's Lab126 hardware division are collaborating on the wearable in development. The device, working in sync with a smartphone app, is said to have microphones that can "discern the wearer's emotional state from the sound of his or her voice." In a mildly dystopian twist, Bloomberg adds that "eventually the technology could be able to advise the wearer how to interact more effectively with others."

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23 May 2019 3:30pm GMT

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Watch this four-legged robot pull a dang airplane

Watch this four-legged robot pull a dang airplaneThe world's strongest men must be shaking in their very large boots, because robots are here to steal their jobs.The HyQReal robot is a "hydraulically powered quadruped" developed by a team in Italy at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). It is power-autonomous and wirelessly communicates with its overlords. And, oh yeah, it walks, and is pretty dang strong. SEE ALSO: This 90-pound 'blind' robot dog definitely won't kill everything you hold dearThe robot's IIT makers tested its strength recently by tasking the lil' guy with pulling a 3 ton passenger airplane. You can watch the feat above, with a lengthy and dramatic introduction featuring sensual shots of the robot's body, and a lot of white men, standing around, eventually congratulating each other. Read more...More about Robots, Tech, and Artificial Intelligence


23 May 2019 3:24pm GMT

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Senators Propose Bill Requiring Warrants To Search Devices at the Border

An anonymous reader shares a report: If you're taking a trip in to or out of the US, border agents currently have free rein to search through your digital devices. Unlike police, agents don't need a warrant to look through your phones, laptops and other electronics. Two US senators are hoping to change that with a bipartisan bill. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, and Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, on Wednesday introduced the Protecting Data at the Border Act, which would require agents to obtain a warrant before they can search Americans' devices at the border. The number of electronic searches at the border has spiked in the last four years. In 2018, the Department of Homeland Security conducted more than 33,000 searches on devices, compared with 4,764 searches in 2015. Customs and Border Protection declined to comment. "The border is quickly becoming a rights-free zone for Americans who travel. The government shouldn't be able to review your whole digital life simply because you went on vacation, or had to travel for work," Wyden said in a statement.

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23 May 2019 2:50pm GMT

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The Boring Company appears to have its first paying customer

One dissenting vote from the board based on the company's lack of experience.

23 May 2019 2:48pm GMT

Linda Hamilton is back and buff as ever in Terminator: Dark Fate trailer

New film touted as a sequel to the original Terminator and T2: Judgement Day

23 May 2019 2:42pm GMT