HomeKit bug allowed hackers to open smart locks

December 11, 2017

Image: Apple Apple has fixed a vulnerability in its HomeKit internet-of-things platform that allowed a hacker to take remote control of users’ gadgets, including smart locks.  9to5Mac first wrote about the vulnerability, which it says is “difficult to reproduce.” Still, it was dangerous. If there was one iPhone or iPad running iOS 11.2 connected to a HomeKit user’s iCloud account, that account was vulnerable. An attacker could potentially tamper with…

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Smartphones are replacing Bibles in my church and I’m not here for it

December 10, 2017

If the Catholic Church starts using tablets, though, you'll know there's been a big shift.Image: ambar del moral/mashable I’ve attended church with my family for my entire life, but I’ve noticed a stark change in the last few visits to our non-denominational Christian congregation: A startling number of people around me spent the sermons glued to smartphones and tablets. Even my dad, a classic Midwestern disciplinarian, pulled out his iPhone…

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Give your parents the gift of a smart home for the holidays

December 7, 2017

Here's what to get for your parents this holiday.Image: Amazon Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. With Black Friday finally upon us and the holidays fast approaching, there’s no better time to get your parents pumped about the idea of living in a smart home. This holiday, take them into the 21st century by gifting them some devices to…

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Comcast’s xFi Advanced Gateway is one good-looking Wi-Fi router

December 7, 2017

The Comcast xFi Advanced Gateway Wi-Fi router.Image: Jeff Fusco/AP Images for Comcast Hear the words “Wi-Fi router,” and you usually think of that vertical slab decorated with ports and blinking lights, or a horizontal slab sprouting multiple antennas that resembles some kind monstrous alien bug. In short, Wi-Fi routers are ugly. Comcast is looking to change that with its xFi Advanced Gateway, which trades the slabs for a sleek, slanted…

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Buying a smart suitcase? Make sure it has a removable battery.

December 5, 2017

Smart suitcases like the Samsara bag will be more of a hassle to check in on planes starting in the new year.Image: SAMSARA That “smart” suitcase might not be the best gift idea thanks to new checked baggage restrictions from several major airlines. On Friday, American Airlines announced that starting Jan. 15, only smart suitcases with removable batteries will be allowed on planes. The same goes for Delta and Alaska…

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Get bargains on your favorite tech products from Dell, Samsung, Apple, and more

December 5, 2017

Hurry! Some of these deals end today.Image: techbargains Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Black Friday is coming and we’re all giddy with excitement for the biggest shopping day of the year.  If you’re not the type to start planning your holiday shopping in September or would rather spend the Friday after Thanksgiving napping and eating leftover turkey sandwiches,…

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Have an awesome new tech product? Submit it for Mashable’s ‘Top Picks of CES 2017’

December 4, 2017

Image: raymond wong/mashable CES 2018, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, is just around the corner. From Jan. 9-12, tech companies, big and small, from around the world will descend in Las Vegas to show you their visions of the future and set the technology trends for the year. There will be gadgets — lots and lots of shiny new devices — and Mashable will be there bringing you only…

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If you own a Google Home or Amazon Echo, you could be at risk

December 4, 2017

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Remember BlueBorne, the vulnerability that allowed hackers to infiltrate an estimated 5 billion gadgets using only a Bluetooth connection?  SEE ALSO: The Eufy Genie is here to grant all of your smart house-related wishes — and it’s 58% off Today, Armis Security announced that an estimated 20 million Amazon Echo and Google Home devices were vulnerable to attacks via the BlueBorne exploit. The disclosure was coordinated with Google…

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$99 true wireless earbuds that sound better than AirPods are here

December 3, 2017

Crazy Baby's Air Nano wireless earbuds only cost $99.Image: raymond wong/mashable There are three reasons why Apple’s AirPods are considered the best true wireless earbuds you can buy: They’re small, pair really easily to iOS devices, and only cost $159. Everyone from Samsung to Jaybird to Bose have their own alternatives, but they cost even more. $159 for AirPods is a great price, but Crazy Baby, the company behind that…

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Polaroid’s Moto Mod turns your phone into an instant camera

December 3, 2017

Instagram addicts may now have a new reason to give Motorola’s Moto Z another look. Polaroid and Motorola have teamed up on a new Moto Mod for the company’s Z series of phones. The Polaroid Insta-Share Printer is an instant camera accessory that turns the Moto Z into a tiny photo printer.   SEE ALSO: Dongles, ranked It clips onto the back of the phone and connects to the Moto…

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