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This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read the full article here. We spent a total of 110 hours researching 25 different Wi-Fi extenders (and testing 10 of them), and the $100 Netgear EX6200 is the one we recommend for most people right now....

July 31st 2015 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: Our society's most influential nerds wrote a letter urging the United Nations to ban autonomous weaponized robots out of fear of their potential killing capacity. IBM is redesigning its data centers to recycle air by forcing hot air through silica, getting cooler ai...

July 28th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Sometimes things are way harder than they should be. If you're a LinkedIn user, the networking site is now making it more difficult to download your contact list and other personal information. Instead of being an instant process, as is the case with Facebook or Google's products, LinkedIn (quietl...

July 24th 2015 at 12:43pm 0 Comments
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As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, the FCC is gearing up to approve AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV. Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler confirmed that he is set to call a vote on the matter with the FCC's other four commissioners. According to Wheeler, the proposal will "d...

July 21st 2015 at 6:17pm 0 Comments
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Forget safeguarding drones against hacks -- if Boeing and Hacking Team have their way, robotic aircraft would dish out a few internet attacks of their own. Email conversations posted on WikiLeaks reveal that the two companies want drones to carry devices that inject spyware into target computers...

July 18th 2015 at 9:27pm 0 Comments
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The Financial Times reports that Samsung and Apple are both in talks with the GSMA, the mobile telecom telecom industry association, to begin employing electronic SIM cards in their mobile devices. Electronic SIMs (or e-SIMs) differ from their physical predecessors in that they don't lock users in...

July 16th 2015 at 12:44pm 0 Comments
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Google Fiber has a few inroads into less fortunate homes, such as its not-quite-free 5Mbps service, but it's still largely aimed at more affluent households. That's going to change very shortly, however: the White House has revealed ConnectHome, an effort that will bring free or inexpensive ($10...

July 15th 2015 at 12:45pm 0 Comments
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WiFi-equipped gadgets don't really say anything to each other before they connect, which limits what they can do -- you can't use them as Bluetooth-like smart beacons, or quickly find who's sharing photos. All that's going to change soon, though, thanks to the newly unveiled WiFi Aware spec. The...

July 14th 2015 at 11:46am 0 Comments
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Are you determined to trump your Google Fiber-toting friends by signing up for Comcast's 2Gbps Gigabit Pro service? You'd better have deep pockets. The telecom has revealed pricing for its multi-gigabit data tier, and it'll cost you up to an eye-watering $299 per month. Comcast is testing a mor...

July 13th 2015 at 2:56pm 0 Comments
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As good as Google's Chromecast is at putting streaming video on a big screen, its dependence on WiFi can be a problem -- just ask anyone who's struggled to play YouTube on a barely-connected basement TV. Thank goodness Google has just rolled out a Chromecast Ethernet adapter, then. It's really a g...

July 8th 2015 at 4:55pm 0 Comments
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After making the 12,000-foot trek up Japan's Mount Fuji, you'll probably have a few priorities: Get some serious rest; reload on carbs; and take a killer Instagram pic. Okay, that last one might not be so much of a priority, but it's exactly what the Japan government is hoping for by bringing free...

July 8th 2015 at 1:19pm 0 Comments
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We really, really hope you didn't have to take a United Airlines flight this morning. The air carrier temporarily grounded all its flights due to a networking glitch that created "automation issues" across its fleet. United started returning things to normal around 9:20AM Eastern (initially for re...

July 8th 2015 at 10:46am 0 Comments