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  • Windows 10 may share your Wi-Fi password with Facebook

    Windows 10 may share your Wi-Fi password with Facebook

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    If you're taking up Microsoft on its offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10, you should know that the new operating system has a feature, called Wi-Fi Sense, that automatically shares your Wi-Fi passwords with others.When Wi-Fi Sense is enabled, anyone you have…

  • Tech Q&A: Safe online banking, phone police scanners, slow Internet and more

    Tech Q&A: Safe online banking, phone police scanners, slow Internet and more

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    Q. I like to do work using the free Wi-Fi at a local coffee shop. Can anyone there get my bank account number and password?A. Yes, public Wi-Fi leaves your data out in the open. Anyone from a casual snoop to a nefarious hacker…

  • The Robot Rodeo where bots battle bombs

    The Robot Rodeo where bots battle bombs

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    Media is ablaze with warnings against a future where robots with AI threaten a human future. But are all robots bad?Recent movies from “Terminator Genysis” to “Chappie” and “Ex Machina” all consider a future where robots take on bigger roles.In the U.S., there…

  • Skip these for a flat belly and no stomach complaints

    Skip these for a flat belly and no stomach complaints

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    Earlier this year I was feeling as inflated as a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. I know, belly complaints are pretty common—research shows nearly 20 percent of women have chronic constipation and 14 percent have symptoms like pain or bloating—but this was happening so often…

  • Xiaomi says it's building a patent 'war chest' as part of US launch prep

    Xiaomi says it's building a patent 'war chest' as part of US launch prep

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    There's been increasing speculation about whether Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has any real intention of entering the U.S. smartphone market. As time goes on, it seems increasingly likely that the company known as the Apple of China is looking to make a go of the…

  • US wins another soccer World Cup, this time with humanoid robots

    US wins another soccer World Cup, this time with humanoid robots

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    Just days after defeating Japan in the World Cup women's soccer final, the U.S. has scored a similar victory at RoboCup, otherwise known as the Robot Soccer World Cup.Entered by a group of engineers from the University of Pennsylvania, the team of fully autonomous…

  • The Surface is the surprise success in Microsoft's latest earning report

    The Surface is the surprise success in Microsoft's latest earning report

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    I'm not a fan of Microsoft's Surface line. My review of the original declared "it fails to solve any problem for any user," and frankly, my view hasn't changed much since then. Yet it clearly has fans, as evident from the comments received whenever I…

  • Instagram apologizes to user for handing his account to soccer star with same name

    Instagram apologizes to user for handing his account to soccer star with same name

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    Instagram was left red-faced Monday after it was forced to apologize for shutting down the account of a user and handing it to a famous soccer player with the same name.Taking to his blog to explain the bizarre episode, the not-famous Andrés Iniesta wrote,…

  • Top tech to cool your AC bill

    Top tech to cool your AC bill

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    Temperatures are rising, and so are our electric bills. Summer air-conditioning can double your utility bill, and, frustratingly, AC units are remarkably stupid appliances.Sure, a window AC has a thermostat to regulate itself, but it doesn't recognize when no one is at home, so…

  • Scientists say there are 4 kinds of drunks

    Scientists say there are 4 kinds of drunks

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    If you can "drink hells any amount of whiskey without getting drunk," you're an Ernest Hemingway drunk—and you're in the majority. That's the finding of University of Missouri researchers who broke down the types of drunks into four distinct categories in a study published in…

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