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Verizon will start locking its phones right when you buy them

Verizon is locking up its phones.Image: Andrew Burton/Getty Images By Sasha Lekach2018-02-13 01:19:31 UTC The days of buying unlocked phones are over. Verizon is joining other phone carriers in the practice of keeping phones locked for a certain time period after purchase. That means you can’t buy a Verizon phone and start using it on a different network.  The company says this is a move to prevent phone theft since

It's not just you: Apple's software is buggier than it used to be — here's how they fix it

Apple has a plan to fight iOS bugs.Image: dustin drankoski/mashable By Karissa Bell2018-02-13 00:48:16 UTC Apple might finally be ready to take the many bugs that’ve been plaguing iOS more seriously. The company is making a major change to how it approaches software updates that will emphasize reliability and stability over speed, according to a new report in Bloomberg. Bloomberg wrote that Apple’s software head Craig Federighi told engineers last

The Oculus Go might be coming very, very soon

Image: karissa bell/mashable By Monica Chin2018-02-05 22:08:05 UTC Hey, remember the Oculus Go? Neither did we — until we saw two photos shared to Reddit by user “bekris” (spotted by Upload VR) of what Bekris claims is the Oculus Go’s developer kit. We’ll be honest, this doesn’t look like developer kit packaging; it totally looks like retail packaging.  Bekris claims the photos were tweeted by Jesper Gaarsdal, software engineer at

Twitter influencers suspect a bot 'purge'

Image: leon neal/getty images By Kerry Flynn2018-01-30 00:14:09 UTC Dan LaMorte lost 500 Twitter followers last weekend. As a comedian, he made a joke of it.  Twitter deleted millions of accounts over night, leading to me losing 500 followers by the time I woke up. At least send me flowers if you’re going to fuck me that hard over night Twitter. — Dan LaMorte (@DanLaMorte) January 28, 2018 Actress Adina

Homeowners everywhere are listing their properties for bitcoin

Bitcoin for homes.Image: bob al-greene/mashable By Sasha Lekach2018-01-23 00:36:22 UTC The bitcoin craze has officially jumped to real estate.  Despite the risky, volatile nature of cryptocurrency, homes and property across the U.S., Australia, Canada, and beyond are for sale for the unpredictable coin. Even after one bitcoin dropped from $14,000 to $11,000 in value in a matter of days, homeowners are still putting up their homes for some of that

What is Babe? Meet the site that published the Aziz Ansari allegation

By Kerry Flynn2018-01-15 22:49:43 UTC Bringing a laptop to Saturday brunch isn’t the best look. But for Eleni Mitzali, it was a necessary faux pas.  “I can’t bring myself to be away from it while all these responses are coming in,” the managing editor at Babe.net had texted a friend, explaining why she’d be glued to her computer during the social outing. She was fielding fact checks and edits for

Google Assistant gets a new home: Kia cars

The 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In vehicle.Image: Kia  By Mark Kaufman2018-01-09 00:00:00 UTC The voice-activated home assistant revolution has arrived — and it’s moving onto cars.  On Monday, the South Korean auto manufacturer Kia announced at the 2018 CES tech conference that the Google Assistant has been introduced into their vehicles’ infotainment systems, specifically for the Niro Plug-In, Soul EV, Optima Plug-In, and K900.  Kia’s current system, which it calls UVO,

These speakers stack like legos and communicate 'like a hive'

Image: sound dimension  By Mark Kaufman2018-01-08 23:50:38 UTC Smart speakers are invading our homes — but they don’t all necessarily produce quality sound.  The Swedish audio company Sound Dimension is interested in producing quality audio, although you can’t (yet) ask their speakers what the weather might be like tomorrow, as you can a Google Home Mini or Amazon Echo. These speakers, called Soundots, can be reconfigured into different arrangements like

Edward Snowden's new app turns your old Android device into a stealthy security monitor

Image: Guardian project By Adam Rosenberg2017-12-25 22:29:45 UTC If you happen to have an old Android device lying around and a reason to worry about people messing with your business, Edward Snowden has an app for that. Haven is an open-source project that Snowden developed in conjunction with Freedom of the Press Foundation and Guardian Project. You can find directions and links for downloading and installing it on the latter