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The Latest Form of Web Tracking Is Relentless, Isn’t Slowed by ‘Do Not Track’

The Latest Form of Web Tracking Is Relentless, Isn’t Slowed by ‘Do Not Track’

You may think you're thwarting advertisers and other nosy web citizens by blocking cookies and invoking Do Not Track whenever possible, but that apparently isn't good enough. Researchers have just documented a newer web tracking technique, canvas fingerprinting, that's nearly impossible to stop. As it's simply drawing a ...

The RollScout is a Smart Toilet Paper Roll That Lets You Know When It’s Empty

The RollScout is a Smart Toilet Paper Roll That Lets You Know When It’s Empty

There's a certain disappointment that comes with reaching for the toilet paper and finding the roll tapped out. You may go through stages of grief, denying that it's actually empty, angrily blaming your spouse for failing to refill it, and eventually accepting that you'll have to solve the problem yourself. The RollScout on ...

Xiaomi Unveils a $13 Wearable Fitness Band

Xiaomi Unveils a $13 Wearable Fitness Band

Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has joined the wearables fray as it unveiled on Tuesday its very first wearable device, a fitness band for only CNY79 ($13). The Mi Band features sensors for tracking various health metrics and can even act as an alarm clock. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun took to the stage on Tuesday to ...

Angie Communications Lays Out Plan for $70 Billion Fiber Network

Angie Communications Lays Out Plan for $70 Billion Fiber Network

A startup has told Los Angeles city officials that it wants to build a citywide fiber-to-the-home broadband network and that it also hopes to build nationwide Wi-Fi and cellular networks. The proposal sounds unlikely to succeed, but it's certainly ambitious. It comes in response to a Los Angeles city government request for ...

IFTTT Launches Nike Channel to Automate Your Workout

IFTTT Launches Nike Channel to Automate Your Workout

IFTTT on Tuesday announced its new Nike+ Channel, which lets fitness fanatics automate tasks tied to their Nike+ Running or Nike+ FuelBand apps. These apps already boast some sharing options, but with IFTTT’s recipes you can automatically log NikeFuel activity in a Google Drive spreadsheet, or have your Philips Hue lights ...

Verizon’s ‘Smart Rewards’ to Offer Discounts and Verizon Deals

Verizon’s ‘Smart Rewards’ to Offer Discounts and Verizon Deals

Verizon already has the most loyal customers in the mobile industry, but it aims to make its service a bit stickier to its customers. On Thursday, Verizon is launching a rewards program, which will give customers points for paying their bills on time or using its online customer service portal. It’s not like an airline ...

Aereo Ended 2013 With Fewer Than 80,000 Subscribers

Aereo Ended 2013 With Fewer Than 80,000 Subscribers

Aereo generated lots of attention from the media world in the run-up to its Supreme Court case this spring. Consumers may have been less interested: Paperwork filed with the U.S. Copyright Office this month indicates that the startup, which let users watch broadcast TV on the Web and mobile devices, ended 2013 with fewer ...

Scientists Have Managed to Edit HIV Out of a Human Genome

Scientists Have Managed to Edit HIV Out of a Human Genome

As a retrovirus, HIV literally writes itself into the genome of the people it infects, which in turn programs a person's cells to make more viruses and thus remain infected. But a new human genome-editing technique has eradicated the virus from a human cell for the first time, in what could eventually function as an ...

Nvidia Unveils the 8″ Shield Video Game Tablet and Wi-Fi Controller

Nvidia Unveils the 8″ Shield Video Game Tablet and Wi-Fi Controller

After it was spotted in FCC documents earlier this month and then leaked late last week, Nvidia has officially announced the latest member of its Shield family of Android gaming tablets. Where the first Shield was a 5-inch screen bolted onto the top of an Xbox 360-esque game controller, the new Shield is a standard 8-inch ...

Amazon Launches ‘Amazon Wallet’, a New Mobile Wallet App

Amazon Launches ‘Amazon Wallet’, a New Mobile Wallet App

Amazon’s first attempt at its own mobile wallet application, designed for use at the point-of-sale, has made a quiet debut on the Amazon Appstore and on Google Play. However, the current implementation of the new “Amazon Wallet” application is fairly barebones – it doesn’t yet support mobile payments or the ...