These Chinese sanitation workers have to wear location-tracking bracelets now

These Chinese sanitation workers have to wear location-tracking bracelets now

China has quite the reputation for monitoring its citizens, and various parts of the country are constantly figuring out new ways to use gadgets to that end — RFID chips in cars, facial recognition sunglasses, and location-tracking uniforms for students each made headlines in the past year. Now, you can add sanitation workers with GPS-equipped tracking bracelets to the list. On April 3rd, news broke that sanitation workers in Nanjing, China’s Hexi district were being…

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Our second-favorite universal remote just hit its lowest price ever, plus smart bulb sales

Our second-favorite universal remote just hit its lowest price ever, plus smart bulb sales

The Logitech Harmony 650 has been our runner-up pick for the best universal remote control; at its typical $40-50 street price, we considered it the budget alternative to the far pricier Harmony Elite. But today, it’s not $40 or $50. The 8-device infrared remote is $25 at Best Buy, the lowest price we’ve ever seen. (We’ve seen it hit $30, but rarely.) If you’re in the market for some smart light bulbs, I also have…

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Barack Obama warns against a “circular firing squad” over ideological purity in politics

Barack Obama warns against a “circular firing squad” over ideological purity in politics

“We have to be careful in balancing big dreams and bold ideas with also recognizing that typically change happens in steps,” Obama said. Former president Barack Obama touched on growing divisions within his own party, warning against pushes for ideological purity that can result in a “circular firing squad” in a town hall organized by The Obama Foundation in Berlin on Saturday. While taking audience question about the frustration that comes with lack of change, Obama expressed…

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Trump’s lawyer calls Democrats’ demands for tax returns “a gross abuse of power”

Trump’s lawyer calls Democrats’ demands for tax returns “a gross abuse of power”

It’s the beginning of what may become a drawn out legal battle. For more than four years, President Donald Trump has refused to release his federal income tax returns. Friday, his attorney said the president plans to continue doing so, despite pressure from House Democrats to make the returns public. In a letter to the Treasury Department, Trump’s attorney William Consovoy called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to reject a request from the House…

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Here’s the US Army version of HoloLens that Microsoft employees are protesting

Here’s the US Army version of HoloLens that Microsoft employees are protesting

In November, we learned that Microsoft won a $479 million contract to supply the US Army with a version of its HoloLens augmented reality headset — a move that Microsoft’s own employees decried this February, prompting Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella himself to respond. Now, for the first time, we’re seeing what those hundreds of millions of dollars actually bought. CNBC got an exclusive look at the so-called Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), which turns out…

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