Is your fingerprint scanner secure? Not if you use HTC…

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The HTC One Maxx was one of the few phablets to have a fingerprint scanner on the phone. What many didn’t know was that there was a security flaw in the sensor where it stored your fingerprint in an unencrypted file. This said file could be easily accessed by any app if it was somehow utilizing the fingerprint scanner from the phone. Security firm FireEye Labs discovered this and immediately reported to HTC. This is especially concerning because is already under order from the Federal Trade Commission to be transparent with customers, especially concerning security. Back in February 2013, “HTC was found to have failed to “take reasonable steps” in securing […]

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Epson solves your printing problems

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Epson may have just solved your problem for those times when you need to print something and the ink has ran out. Epson has unveiled a new lineup of printers called Ecotank. The new Ecotank printers can scan, copy, and print up to two years without needing to change out the ink cartridge. The new Ecotank printers will be marketed for small businesses and consumers. The Ecotank printers use a large reservoir tank to hold the ink. It is said to be more environmentally friendly and cheaper to fill the four tanks rather than buying the ink cartridges. Epson will also include the tanks already filled when you purchase, so you […]

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Google’s secret car company

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If you live anywhere near Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, you’ve seen Google’s self-driving  on the streets. While some of these cars were reported to be in minor accidents, they have still been approved for further testing on public roads. A recent report by The Guardian tells us Google has its very own car company and its been around since 2011. Google Auto LLC is ran by Chris Urmson. Google Auto was formed as a limited liability company for its Lexus driverless cars on the streets. This is great as Google doesn’t have to deal with other companies for liability issues in unforeseen events, should they take place. Google […]

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Apple CEO visits BMW Headquarters

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In a recent report by Reuters, claims are being made that Apple’s CEO Tim Cook paid a visit to BMW’s headquarters last year. Because the Cupertino giant has a shown a strong interest in developing its very own car, they have been doing market research. It is said that hundreds of employees are working on the Apple car. During the tour in Leipzig, Tim Cook had his interests on the BMW i3 platform and the manufacturing process for the car’s carbon fiber body. Current CEO Harald Krueger said he wants to strictly focus on the company’s direct interest rather than make partnerships with other companies. Source: Reuters

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Facebook’s solar powered airplane

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Facebook has been busy trying to bring internet to rural areas, much like how Google is with its internet powered balloons. Today Facebook announced their fleet of solar-powered airplanes. Aquila is the name chosen for the fleet. Aquila is a high powered, high endurance plane that intends to bring internet to people rural areas. Aquila has a massive V-shaped wingspan. The aircraft is said to weigh roughly 880-1000 pounds with all equipment onboard. The plane can stay afloat for 3 months shooting data down to ground levels from 60,000-90,000 feet. This ideal elevation will help it steer away from commercial aircrafts and from severe weather conditions. The process of how […]

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Google Translate app now has 20 additional languages

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Google Translate is seeing the biggest update to its app since…since…well, since it launched. Google Translate originally had 7 languages that could be instantly translated by placing your phone over the text. Previously you were able to take a picture of foreign text, highlight the text by sliding your finger, and then having it translated. But today’s update adds 20 more languages (Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Hindi, Thai, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian) to the instant translation feature, making the total to 27 now. Also an update to voice conversation mode is included. Voice conversations become more natural and in […]

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Windows 10 is out! And it’s FREE!

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It’s July 29th and you know what that means…Windows 10 gets pushed out to users running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7! This update is free and costs you NOTHING. There are some confusing articles out there stating that you shouldn’t upgrade because you’ll lose your license for current Windows 7 or 8.1, present bugs on Windows 10 make it impossible to use, unfinished product, you will have to pay for the Windows 10 upgrade after one year, etc. Let’s get a few things straight. This is a FREE upgrade to users running legitimate copies of Windows 7 or 8.1. If you used a pirate copy, then you’ll have to deal […]

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Google Search app shows busiest times for places and more hands free messaging

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An update from the server side is being pushed to Android users using the Google Search app. This new update allows you to send hands-free messages to your contacts beyond email, hangouts and SMS. Some of the few apps to already take advantage of this are, WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, Telegram, NextPlus, and a few others. After the devs push an update to their messaging apps, you will be able to send hands-free messages with that app. This comes in handy while driving or if your hands are occupied. The Google Search app will also see an update to its places and business searches. When you search for a specific place or […]

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How to make your Chrome and Firefox faster

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We love having multiple tabs open on our favorite browsers. It’s convenient for us to refer back to them later in the day and it’s faster than bookmarking them. Our laptops and desktops can become pretty sluggish with all those tabs open. But not all of us are running powerhouses at our work or homes. The best solution would be to close all those tabs, but who wants to do that?! The other solution to this would be to install OneTab. OneTab is an an add-on extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. What it does is consolidate all your tabs into one tab with just one click. To see […]

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Amazon grocery stores coming to Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley Business Journal is reporting that Amazon has taken the initiative to place brick and mortar grocery stores, the first being in the silicon valley. An Amazon grocery store could provide convenience to people that prefer to pick up their produce rather than wait for it at home. Amazon provides Amazon Fresh delivery, but only to select densely populated cities. For less densely populated cities, this wouldn’t make any sense. Ideally, Amazon wants this to be a drive up store concept where people order online and then go to the store to pick up after work. Amazon might also have a smaller local store for those that want to […]

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