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How to register your drone (it’s the law… again)

It was the law. Then it wasn’t the law. Now, it’s the law again. Welcome to very important installment of ZDNet’s DIY-IT Drone and Robotics Discovery Series. This article could save you thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention prison time. Here’s the story Responding to the growth in drone use throughout the United States, in late 2015, the FAA began to require anyone flying a drone that weighed between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds to register…

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LG is reportedly preparing a new LG V30 with added AI

The smartphone extravaganza that is Mobile World Congress is coming up fast, and we’ve just got word of what LG might be planning for the show: an upgraded version of its LG V30 flagship with added artificial intelligence, possibly supplied by Google. That’s according to a report in The Korea Herald, which states that the new phone is going to be called the V30+α or the V30 Alpha. Apparently it’s part of a new strategy from LG that’s going to…

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Alexa for Business likely to win in smart office, leverage AWS, Echo, developers and consumers

“Alexa, start my conference call.” “Alexa, turn off the lights in the office at 7 p.m.” “Alexa, schedule this room for 1 p.m.” These commands are coming to an office near you via an Amazon Web Services Alexa for Business playbook that includes a bit of developer democratization and Apple’s well-worn consumerization approach. Amazon has carpet-bombed your home with Alexa-powered Echo devices and now this inexpensive hardware will be landing at an office near you. No matter how you slice…

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Here’s another sign the Apple HomePod could launch soon

After months of anticipation, Apple may finally be on the verge of releasing its HomePod smart speaker. Earlier today we reported that clues along the Apple supply line suggest that the device might ship in February, and this afternoon word dropped that Apple had finally gained approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the device. In the official FCC filing, the device is referred to as the “Apple Inc. Wireless Speaker,” with a code name of A1639. Accompanying…

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Twitter says 50,000 Russia-linked accounts tweeted during 2016 US presidential election

Example of a tweet from an IRA-backed account. Twitter announced that more Russia-backed troll accounts were active during the 2016 US presidential election than previously thought. The social network also announced that it plans to notify some 677,775 users who either followed, retweeted or liked a tweet from the more than 50,000 Russia-backed Twitter accounts during the 2016 election cycle. Twitter has been conducting an ongoing investigation into its own role in the spread of extremist content and “fake news”…

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The hottest PC gaming gear to look forward to in 2018

The only thing better than the Ultra HD graphics and silky-smooth gameplay that PC gaming affords is all the cool gear surrounding your computer. From keyboards to mice, monitors, gaming chairs and headsets, PC gaming hardware goes much farther than your main rig. While we’re all still lusting after that ultra-wide gaming monitor or fancy keyboard, there are always new products to pine after. This year at CES 2018, we got our first glimpse of some of the most desirable…

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How to change the App Store to UK on iPhone & iPad: Get correct prices

Are you stuck on the US App Store, or is your iOS device convinced that you’re in or from the wrong country? Are you getting app and music prices in dollars or euros, or are geographical restrictions preventing you from accessing content that should be available in the UK? In this simple tutorial we show how to switch the App Store on your iPhone or iPad so that it knows you are in the UK, and you can buy apps,…

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Best Android VPN: Get US Netflix or BBC iPlayer from outside the UK

If you want to surf the web completely privately and securely, even when you’re out and about connecting to public WiFi, a VPN is what you’re looking for. Here we round-up the best VPN apps for Android. You can also use a VPN (which stands for virtual private network) to access blocked content such as BBC iPlayer if you’re outside of the UK, or the American version of Netflix. If you’re looking to do so on your Android phone or…

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OnePlus confirms hack exposed credit cards of phone buyers

(Image: CNET/CBS Interactive) OnePlus has confirmed that its systems have been breached, following reports of credit card fraud from customers who bought a phone from the company. The phone maker sent an email to customers Friday, saying customers’ credit card numbers, expiry dates, and security codes “may have been compromised.” The email, posted by Peter Smallbone on Twitter, said: “As soon as we were made aware of the attack, we launched an urgent investigation. We suspended credit card payments and…

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HomePod release could arrive as early as February

It’s all been a little quiet on the HomePod front since Apple abruptly announced that it wouldn’t be arriving in December 2017 as it had previously announced.  But now new information from one of Apple’s HomePod suppliers, Inventec, suggests that shipments of the new smart speaker could start as early as February.  The news is supported by previous Apple statements that the speaker would see a release in ‘early 2018’.  Inventec, which is one of the two suppliers alongside Foxconn…

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