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Bluetooth LE Audio will bring multi-stream audio to next generation of devices
Bluetooth SIG, the industry group that maintains the Bluetooth wireless communications standard used in numerous devices, announced a major update to the standard called Bluetooth LE Audio this week. Bluetooth SIG previously introduced Bluetooth LE with a focus on power efficiency, but that emphasized improvements for low-bandwidth devices. Even though audio is one of the most common uses of Bluetooth,…

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Fox executive teases Browncoats with hints of possible Firefly revival
Hope springs eternal, especially if you're a diehard fan of , the 2002-2003 space western created by Joss Whedon that was canceled by Fox after a single season. But the plucky crew and passengers aboard the -class spaceship live on in the hearts of self-styled Browncoats everywhere. Heck, NASA astronaut Steven Swanson loved the show (and the 2005 spin-off film…

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Samsung’s Galaxy XCover Pro brings back the removable battery
Samsung's "Galaxy XCover Pro" seems to be bringing back the company's line of rugged smartphones, but this one is more than some extra protective plastic slapped onto an existing design. The phone has—get this—a battery, a feature that has all but disappeared from the market. There are a handful of very low-end smartphones that still have removable batteries, but as…

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Ukraine airliner that crashed in Iran likely shot down, US officials say
The cause of the crash on Wednesday of a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 outside of Tehran is still in doubt. But Ukrainian officials had suggested that it was possible the aircraft had been shot down by an Iranian-launched air defense missile—and now US intelligence officials have suggested they have evidence that this is the case.

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Amazon’s Ring fired at least four employees for snooping on user videos
In response to Congressional questioning, Amazon this week admitted to four incidents in the past four years where employees accessed video data they were not supposed to. "Each of these individuals involved in these incidents was authorized to view video data," Amazon said in a letter (PDF), but in all cases, "the attempted access to that data exceeded what was…

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Dealmaster: Fast-charge your iPhone with this $12 Anker Lightning cable
The Dealmaster today includes a number of great sales on accessories, and of note is a cable deal from Anker. Now you can get the Anker Powerline II USB-C to Lightning cable for $11.99 at Amazon. Anker's mobile accessories have a solid track record, and we particularly like this cable because it's MFi-certified.

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Verizon’s great FiOS offer to me: Pay $50 extra for slower Internet
Verizon today claimed that it is "disrupt[ing] the cable industry" with new broadband-and-TV deals that eliminate "traditional cable bundles" and hidden fees, and the move immediately received positive press from the likes of The Wall Street Journal and Consumer Reports. Verizon claims the new deals are available immediately for both new and existing subscribers.

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Panasonic breaks out of VR’s “headset” bubble with fresh “eyeglasses” design
Further Reading“People will fall for it like a drug”—Game devs on the future of VRAt this point, it's clear there are a number of persistent issues holding virtual reality back from the world-changing potential many industry watchers saw just a few years ago.

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Paul Krugman’s no good, very bad Internet day
Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, professor at the City University of New York, and New York Times columnist, experienced a chain of what appear to be Internet scam mishaps based on posts to Twitter that he later deleted. Initially, Krugman claimed to be "on the phone with my computer security service, and as I understand it someone compromised my…