• Why a $38 Billion Tax Payment Is a Good Deal for Apple
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  • This adorable, habit-tracking smartwatch for kids was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree
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  • A New Way to Track Down Bugs Could Help Save IoT

MashTalk: Why old Android phones don’t slow down like iPhones

Image: Vicky Leta/Mashable After it was revealed in late 2017 that Apple intentionally slows down the performance of older iPhones as their batteries deteriorate, people freaked out. There were explanations, recriminations, apologies, lawsuits, and, finally, solutions. But in the wake of that specific controversy, a question arose: Does this happen to Android phones, too? SEE ALSO: Why this year in smartphone design has been epic For the most part, the…

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Paris Hilton’s final tweet of 2017 is a nod to her ‘Simple Life’ days

That's hot.Image: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Photo Butler As 2017 fizzled and faded away to all of our great relief, Paris Hilton had one final parting message. One that might just make you choke on your champagne.  SEE ALSO: Paris Hilton claims that she and Britney Spears invented the selfie, but no one really believes her True to Paris form, the tweet began with a bit of a tease: “Before…

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Pub named after Sherlock author has changed its name to ‘The J.K. Rowling’

Some of us would love to raise a glass to the literary legend that is J.K. Rowling. But, lucky drinkers in Edinburgh can do one better now, after The Conan Doyle pub changed its name to The J. K. Rowling.  SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling just tweeted the sweetest reply to a struggling writer The pub’s original namesake Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born close to the pub’s…

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The Google Versus Alexa War Is On at CES 2018

It's been a while since Google showed up in a big way at CES. The company's always in Vegas, of course: execs hold meetings with carriers and partners, and the halls of the convention center practically overflow with devices. For the last few years, that's been enough for Google. At CES 2018, however, Google's back in a big way. Its massive installation in the convention center parking lot includes a…

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What do smartphones and cigarettes have in common?

(CNN)At first glance, a packet of cigarettes and a smartphone only have a passing resemblance. They are both perfectly designed rectangles that can be slipped into your pocket to stay within reach. Many users will tell you there is something strangely pleasurable about holding a cigarette pack or a mobile phone. It’s hard to think of a place where we refrain from using phones. According to a 2013 survey, almost…

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Black Mirror mocks Pizza Huts new self-driving vehicle

Black Mirror once again proved its technology-driven dystopian nightmares aren’t as far off as we’d like to think. Netflix released the fourth season of the show last month. The third episode, titled “Crocodile,” features a woman who witnesses a pedestrian being struck by self-driving pizza delivery vehicle. Without spoiling the episode, suffice it to say that the crash, at first seemingly inconsequential, becomes the epicenter of the plot. The timing of the…

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Someone hacked this police radio to play N.W.A.s F**k tha Police on loop

Tiki Taane was arrested on charges of “disorderly behavior likely to cause violence to start or continue” after he performed the song at a club in Tauranga. Now police in Dunedin are saying the person broadcasting both the original N.W.A. song—and the newer Rage Against the Machine cover—is not only breaking the law but endangering public safety. Inspector Kelvin Lloyd told the Times that the person broadcasting the songs interfered with the police’s response…

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Sony’s new, smarter Aibo robot dog is too cute to resist

Sony's robotic Aibo dog shown off at CES 2018.Image: raymond wong/mashable Sony surprised everyone last fall when it announced the return of the Aibo robot dog. We’ve finally seen it in person, and it’s just as cute and cuddly as it looks. Revamped for the connected era, the new Aibo has more points of articulation, more intelligence thanks to smarter AI and voice controls, and OMFG, just look at its…

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Phones with in-display fingerprint scanners are pretty damn great

This Vivo phone has a fingerprint sensor built right into the display.Image: raymond wong/mashable With the move to edge-to-edge screens and narrower bezels, there’s just no room to put a fingerprint sensor on the front of a phone anymore. Phone makers have moved them to the side or back, or removed them entirely.  But things don’t have to be this way. At CES 2018, Chinese phone maker Vivo showed off…

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Smart underwear is here and it knows everything about you

Image: karissa Bell/mashable Just how close are you willing to get to your wearables? Smart underwear company Myant will soon find out. The company’s just opened up pre-orders for Skiin, its new line of “smart” underwear and bras, tech-filled undergarments that can track what’s happening in your body and even control your smart home. SEE ALSO: The best tech of CES 2018 The tech is similar to Google and Levi’s…

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