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The Ember Travel Mug keeps your drink at the ideal temperature on the go (93 days old [20/11/18])

A travel mug that's quite the hot-tea

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 185 amazing Christmas gadget gift ideas (94 days old [20/11/18])

Stuck for what to buy that special someone? We've done the hard work for you

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 15 gift ideas for drinkers and alcohol lovers (94 days old [20/11/18])

Thirst-quenching presents for fans of every tipple

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (94 days old [20/11/18])

UPDATED: If you’re not using your iOS devices for playing games, you’re missing out on some of the best titles mobile has to offer

Nokia 9 preview: Everything we know so far (94 days old [19/11/18])

UPDATED: A leaked case showcases the five-camera design

11 things Apple will definitely* be making soon** (94 days old [19/11/18])

*Maybe **At some point

Astro's C40 TR is a wallet-busting PS4 gamepad built for pros (94 days old [19/11/18])

Bonus buttons, mix-and-match components, and Astro's trademark polish

First 10 things you should do with your Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL (94 days old [19/11/18])

Got yourself Google's latest Pixel phone? Here's how to get the best out of it...

Tiny L’Oreal wearable keeps you safe in the sun (95 days old [19/11/18])

My Skin Track/UV does what it says on the tin

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Facebook Will Shut Down Its Spyware VPN App Onavo (1 hour 5 minutes old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook will end its unpaid market research programs and proactively take its Onavo VPN app off the Google Play store in the wake of backlash following TechCrunch's investigation about Onavo code being used in a Facebook Research app the sucked up data about teens. The Onavo Protect app will eventually shut down, and will immediately cease pulling in data from users for market research though it will continue operating as a Virtual Private Network in the short-term to allow users to find a replacement. Facebook has also ceased to recruit ne[...]

Israel Launches Spacecraft To the Moon (4 hours old)

The first privately funded mission to land on the moon took one giant step forward this evening as an Israeli spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. "[I]f the mission is successful, it would make Israel the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the lunar surface -- after the U.S., the former Soviet Union and China," reports NPR. From the report: The spacecraft launched with a Space X Falcon 9 rocket, according to SpaceIL's partner Israel Aerospace Industries. It detached from the reusable rocket, which returned to an off-shore platform. The spacecraft was to make several orbits [...]

YouTube Videos Could Get Demonetized If They Have 'Inappropriate Comments' (6 hours old)

In response to a mother's inquiry into why her son's gymnastics videos were deemed not advertiser friendly, YouTube said on Twitter it has "taken a number of actions to better protect the YouTube community from content that endangers minors." The video-sharing website went on to say something very concerning for anyone who has ever uploaded a video to the site: "... even if your video is suitable for advertisers, inappropriate comments could result in your video receiving limited or no ads (yellow icon)." Essentially, what YouTube is saying is that if someone leaves a "incendiary or demean[...]

China's CRISPR Twins Might Have Had Their Brains Inadvertently Enhanced (8 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: The brains of two genetically-edited girls born in China last year may have been changed in ways that enhance cognition and memory, scientists say. The twins, called Lulu and Nana, were modified using CRISPR, a new gene-editing tool, by a Chinese scientific team to make the girls immune to infection by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Now, new research shows the same genetic alteration introduced into the girls' DNA, to a gene called CCR5, not only makes mice smarter, but also improves human brain recovery after stroke, and could [...]

Waymo Self-Driving Cars Can Now Obey Police Hand Signals (9 hours old)

In the event that a traffic light is not working, Waymo's self-driving cars will now be able to use AI to detect and respond to the arm movements of a traffic cop as they wave traffic through an intersection. You can watch a demo of it on YouTube. Futurism reports: Waymo first claimed that its autonomous vehicles could respond to hand signals from nearby cyclists back in 2016. That particular research treated cyclists, from the vehicle's perspective, as obstacles to track and avoid. A new video published by Waymo on Wednesday is the first that shows its vehicles responding to gesture commands [...]

Google Will End Forced Arbitration For Employees (10 hours old)

Google said it will no longer require current and future staff to go through mandatory arbitration for disputes with the company. "The change goes into effect on March 21," reports CNET. "The search giant will also remove mandatory arbitration from its own employment agreements with contract and temporary staff, though the change won't impact staffing firms." From the report: This comes after Google employees in November walked out of their offices to protest the company's handling of sexual harassment claims. One of their demands was to end forced arbitration in cases of sexual harassment and[...]

Verizon Plans To Roll Out Its 5G Mobile Network In 30 Cities This Year (11 hours old)

Verizon has announced plans to turn on its 5G mobile network in 30 U.S. cities this year. "It revealed the plan during an investor meeting Thursday, though didn't disclose the list of cities," reports Engadget. From the report: Verizon already offers home broadband service via 5G in Los Angeles, Houston, Indianapolis and Sacramento. This month, it hinted at upcoming rollouts in New York City and Atlanta, as well as Medford, Massachusetts, suggesting Verizon will bring 5G to nearby Boston too. The provider plans to flip the switch on its mobile 5G network in the first half of this year, and it [...]

Experts Find Serious Problems With Switzerland's Online Voting System (11 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Switzerland made headlines this month for the transparency of its internet voting system when it launched a public penetration test and bug bounty program to test the resiliency of the system to attack. But after source code for the software and technical documentation describing its architecture were leaked online last week, critics are already expressing concern about the system's design and about the transparency around the public test. Cryptography experts who spent just a few hours examining the leaked code say the system is a poorly c[...]

Consumer Reports No Longer Recommends the Tesla Model 3 (12 hours old)

Consumer Reports is pulling its recommendation of the Tesla Model 3, citing reliability issues with the car. "Tesla buyers are more likely to be satisfied with their car than customers of any other brand, according to Consumer Reports," reports CNN. "Yet the publication says many customers reported problems with the Model 3, including loose body trim and glass defects." From the report: "Consumers expect their cars to last -- and not be in the repair shop. That's why reliability is so important," said Jake Fisher, senior director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports. Tesla pointed to its[...]

Unearthed Emails Show Google, Ad Giants Know They Break Privacy Laws (13 hours old)

AmiMoJo shares a report from The Register: Privacy warriors have filed fresh evidence in their ongoing battle against real-time web ad exchange systems, which campaigners claim trample over Europe's data protection laws. The new filings -- submitted today to regulators in the UK, Ireland, and Poland -- allege that Google and industry body the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) are well aware that their advertising networks flout the EU's privacy-safeguarding GDPR, and yet are doing nothing about it. The IAB, Google -- which is an IAB member -- and others in the ad-slinging world insist they [...]

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Huawei exec says firm will start tackling GCHQ security fears from June (2 minutes old)

The iceberg has begun to change course Stinging from British criticism over its slow pace, Huawei has promised to start addressing security fears from the country's spy agency, GCHQ, by June.…

Sueballs at the ready? Google promises end to forced arbitration after wave of staff protests (17 minutes old)

Search giant lifts ban on out-of-court talks, class-action suits Google has said it will end forced arbitration next month and lift a ban on class-action suits after intense pressure from staffers.…

Lunar lander's brief jaunt will place Israel as fourth country to make soft landing on Moon (1 hour 17 minutes old)

If it works. Comms sat also along for ride, but there are loads already so... SpaceX has sent the first privately funded lunar lander on its way to the Moon following an evening launch from Canaveral Air Force station.…

Artificial Intelligence: You know it isn't real, yeah? (1 hour 54 minutes old)

It's not big and it's not clever. Well, not clever, anyway Something for the Weekend, Sir? "Where's the intelligence?" cried a voice from the back.…

Not so smart after all: A techie's tale of toilet noise horror (2 hours old)

'The perils of wrist-based motion sensors' Ah the perils of a connected society were evidenced once again this week when some techies we know took on a pimply faced, smartwatch clad youth as an apprentice.…

OK, team, we've got the big demo tomorrow and we're feeling confident. Let's reboot the servers (4 hours old)

Uhhh... we can't log in. Doughnut, anyone? On Call After a long, hard week, what better way to start Friday than with a dose of On Call, El Reg's weekly column for tech traumas, mishaps and eureka moments.…

What's the frequency, KeNNeth? Neural nets trained to tune in on radar signals to boost future mobe broadband (5 hours old)

It's time we rise up against these AI overlords and overthrow their useful technologies Neural networks have proven surprisingly adept at detect radar signals – and could help the US Navy and civilian mobile networks better share their overlapping radio spectrum.…

EPIC demand: It's time for Google to fly the Nest after 'forgetting' to mention home alarm hub has built-in mic (5 hours old)

Ad giant must divorce IoT subsidiary, privacy warriors tell sleepy watchdog Following Google's acknowledgement that it made a mistake by failing to mention that its Nest Guard alarm hub includes a microphone, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has asked the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to force the ad biz to sell its Nest division and surrender data snarfed from Nest customers.…

Eggheads want YOU to name Jupiter's five newly found moons ‒ and yeah, not so fast with Moony McMoonface (7 hours old)

Looks like someone's thought ahead this time The Carnegie Institution for Science, a research hub headquartered in America's capital, is asking for the public’s help to name five of Jupiter’s newly discovered moons.…

Neri, Neri, nerr-nerr: Wall St smiles on HPE despite slip in hybrid IT, compute sales (11 hours old)

CEO Antonio boasts of big earnings to come HPE got a boost from Wall Street Thursday even after falling short on revenues for its latest financial quarter.…

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Web watchdog warns over knee-jerk regulation of social networks (11 hours old)

Internet Watch Foundation says regulation of social networks could have "unintended consequences".

5G networks: Trump says US shouldn't block technology (8 hours old)

The comments come as the US has pressured its allies to exclude China's Huawei from their 5G networks.

Anthem video game set for tough debut (11 hours old)

The futuristic squad-based shooter faces stiff competition from lots of established titles, say experts.

Twitch: How Ninja was unseated as most-subscribed streamer (1 day old)

How Ninja has gone from a high of 200,000 Twitch subscribers to around 30,000 in only 10 months.

Samsung reveals Galaxy Fold and S10 5G (1 day old)

The "luxury" foldable-screened phone can run up to three apps at once when opened up into tablet mode.

AT&T and Hasbro pull YouTube ads over abuse claims (12 hours old)

Hasbro and Nestle also cut ties over fears paedophiles are leaving comments next to videos of children.

Galaxy Fold: The internet reacts to Samsung's flexible phone (1 day old)

The handset-maker wows with its phone-tablet hybrid, but many struggle to get over its price.

Could Huawei threaten the Five Eyes alliance? (1 day old)

Different views about the threat posed by the Chinese firm pose risks to the intelligence alliance.

Nestle and Epic pull YouTube ads over abuse claims (1 day old)

Several big firms pull ads after they appear next to sexualised comments left on children's videos.

UK 4G 'slower than most of EU when busy' (1 day old)

In a table of 77 countries, the UK ranked 35th for download speeds, a report finds.

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