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'TikTok is the language they use': Teens rally around popular app amid criticism

BALTIMORE - In candid moments, teens may concede they spend too many hours scrolling on TikTok, and acknowledge that the wildly popular app can feel frivolous.

But TikTok - a video sharing app for a generation that keeps little to itself - is inspiring ardent loyalty from users who say its dance videos and candid expressions of teen reality ...Read more


Jim Rossman: Silence is blissful when the spam calls stop

The closer we get to Election Day, the more my phone rings.

Well, it used to.

Now I just send all of those annoying political callers straight to my voicemail.

I can do this on my iPhone with a feature that I love (and I think many users overlook) called Silence Unknown Callers. I've mentioned this before, but this is a great time to help ...Read more


Gadgets: A great choice for smart photo frames

Earlier this year Nixplay came out with an all-new lineup of their industry-leading Wi-Fi smart photo frames. Now with better resolution, bigger screen sizes, and advanced functionality, they made a great product even better.

If you're not familiar with Nixplay frames, you need to be, especially with the holiday shopping season upon us (hint!...Read more


Preview: 'Immortals Fenyx Rising' may have wit to make it more than a 'Zelda' clone

"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" was such a ground-breaking game that it would eventually inspire others. The open-world adventure mixed physics-based puzzles to create an immersive experience, where players had a visceral connection to the villages, plains, dungeons, rivers and mountains.

It took a few years, but "Breath of the Wild...Read more


CNET: Best air purifiers for 2020

Every spring, lots of people's allergies ramp up and they spend a few weeks constantly congested. But pollen filtration is just one of many features offered by air purifiers - along with the ability to capture particulates ranging from wildfire smoke and dust to airborne bacteria and COVID-19 virus particles. So with the overwhelming number of...Read more


Preview: A quick look at collaborative multiplayer in Harmonix's 'Fuser'

Harmonix offered a glimpse of their upcoming D.J. game "Fuser," but it was focused on the basics. The demo showed how players can mix music and blend tunes by hitting the downbeat. It covered how levels were scored and showed off the technology, which had roots in the developer's lesser-known project "DropMix."

The second look at "Fuser" ...Read more

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Review: Despite murky messaging, 'Marvel's Avengers' shows its potential

Summer used to have a flow in the video game industry. E3 and other conventions started the hype train rolling. Follow-up events built up more momentum, and by the time fall arrived, the anticipation in the air would be palpable.

Gamers would have a clear idea of the projects they would play the rest of the year. They had certain expectations...Read more


As US TikTok ban nears, here's what we know about a deal

With just days to go until President Donald Trump's ban on TikTok in the U.S. comes into effect, the race is on for owner ByteDance to win approval for its plan to avoid a shutdown.

Technology giant Oracle Corp. has emerged as the Beijing-based company's chosen partner for a deal, beating out Microsoft Corp. There's still much to be decided ...Read more

SEC requires Seattle e-sports platform Unikrn to repay funds raised in crypto deal

Seattle e-sports platform Unikrn has agreed to pay more than $6 million to settle a complaint by the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging that the gambling site, initially backed by celebrities including Ashton Kutcher and Mark Cuban, raised $31 million by selling unregistered securities.

The $6.1 million, substantially all of the ...Read more

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Tech Q&A: Cloud storage can help you recover from a hacked PC

Q: We use Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive to continuously back up the files on our two computers. If our computers were infected with malware or suffered a ransomware attack (in which files are encrypted until you pay a ransom), would these cloud backup services be affected, too?

Also, can I recover cloud-based files that I accidentally ...Read more

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What would a Biden White House mean for fintech?

A combination of Joe Biden's steady lead in the polls and its own political hopes has the financial technology world wondering: What would a Biden presidency mean for fintech policies?

The former vice president's campaign hasn't said much specifically about financial technology, but its ideas on traditional financial services - credit reporting...Read more

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Editorial: Sidelining science: Donald Trump undermines fight against virus, wildfires and more

Look to the south and see Americans in Gulf Coast states preparing for Hurricane Sally. Look further north and see glaciers melting. Look west and see wildfires raging across multiple states, destroying property and taking lives.

And tri-state residents? Just look straight up, take note of the strange overcast sky glowing yellow, residue of ash...Read more

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FTC prepares possible antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, source says

WASHINGTON - U.S. competition enforcers are preparing a possible antitrust lawsuit against Facebook Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter.

The Federal Trade Commission has been investigating Facebook for more than a year over whether the social media giant has harmed competition and could file a case by the end of the year, said ...Read more


Why is Apple bundling its subscription services?

Apple on Tuesday said it will sell bundles of its subscription services including music and TV this fall as it faces mounting competition from rivals to lure and retain customers.

The bundle initiative, called Apple One, will group the company's subscription services in gaming, music and video streaming service Apple TV+ and provide 50 ...Read more

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Senators call Google 'monopoly upon monopoly' as DOJ case nears

U.S. senators laid out a case for why Google is abusing the size of its online empire to harm competition and amass even more power, articulating arguments that could be central to the government's upcoming antitrust case against the tech giant.

The Alphabet Inc. unit has clear dominance in the search, online video and advertising technology ...Read more

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Report: Hackers aimed at manufacturing firms during pandemic

In the first six months of the year, as most of the world shut down because of COVID-19 and workers everywhere shifted to working remotely, online criminals and state-backed hackers got busy breaking into computer networks, especially those of manufacturing, technology and telecom companies.

Indeed, hackers worked at a greater pace than they ...Read more


In the clouds of Venus, scientists may have found signs of extraterrestrial life

In the search for life beyond Earth, humans have sent robots to the rocky surface of Mars, deployed spacecraft to investigate the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and aimed their most powerful telescopes toward distant solar systems.

But now, in an unexpected twist, a group of scientists say they have found possible signs of extraterrestrial life ...Read more


Apple's first major product launch event of 2020: What to watch

Apple Inc. will kick off a broad slate of new products at a virtual event on Tuesday, with upgrades to two of its most important hardware lines beyond the iPhone.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant will debut an Apple Watch, likely to be called the Series 6, with features such as a faster processor and a blood oxygen meter, according ...Read more

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Silent spreaders and long haulers. Aerosols and protocols. 10 things science has learned about COVID-19 in less than a year

CHICAGO - It's been only nine months since the world learned of a new coronavirus that would trigger a pandemic declaration in March and ultimately disrupt billions of lives.

That's little more than a blink of the eye when it comes to understanding a novel disease, and the advice from scientists and doctors is still evolving as they accumulate ...Read more


Researchers puzzled by group of 'crazy' killer whales attacking boats near Spain

Researchers are befuddled by a group of killer whales that are attacking boats off the coasts of Spain and Portugal.

The whales appear to have targeted sailboats traveling along the Strait of Gibraltar to Galicia in multiple incidents over the last two months, damaging boats and injuring sailors.

Sailor Victoria Morris described an incident to...Read more