London Underground to start tracking all phones using Wi-Fi starting in July

London Underground to start tracking all phones using Wi-Fi starting in July

Starting on July 8th, Transport for London (TfL) will start tracking passengers’ phones on the London Underground by default. Wi-Fi access points across 260 of the capital’s stations will track customers using their phones’ MAC addresses, which will allow TfL to see the routes they take through the network as well as through individual stations as they move from platform to platform. Since the system relies on MAC addresses that phones automatically send to Wi-Fi…

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How to wipe your Android phone before selling or trading it in

How to wipe your Android phone before selling or trading it in

About to buy the latest Samsung phone or save a bit of money on a Google PIxel 3A? Whether you plan to trade in your old Android phone for a discount on your new phone, sell it on eBay, give it away to a friend, or drop it off for recycling, you’re going to want to wipe it of all your data first by resetting it to factory conditions. Luckily, that’s pretty easy to do….

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Ford’s vision for package delivery is a robot that folds up into the back of a self-driving car

Ford’s vision for package delivery is a robot that folds up into the back of a self-driving car

The first time you see a strange robot walking down your street, it might be delivering a parcel. That’s the future envisioned by Ford in a new research project that explores how robots and self-driving cars could work together to deliver groceries, fast food, and more. The robot in question is called Digit, and it stands just over five feet tall. It has a pair of skeletal legs, two arms ending in shapeless nubs, and…

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How to get the Windows 10 May 2019 Update right now

How to get the Windows 10 May 2019 Update right now

Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2019 Update is available this week and ready to download. After an extended month of testing, Microsoft is making its latest Windows 10 update available for anyone to install. The Windows 10 May 2019 Update includes a new light theme, a Windows Sandbox feature, and even kaomoji like ¯_(ツ)_/¯ and quicker access to symbols. You can find our 10 favorite new Windows 10 May 2019 Update features right here. Like previous…

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Paying to promote your tweets won’t do much for your personal brand

Paying to promote your tweets won’t do much for your personal brand

Why do people pay to promote their tweets? Is the whole promoted tweet marketplace a scam, or can a promoted tweet make you famous and popular online? This week on Why’d You Push That Button?, Kaitlyn Tiffany and I try to find answers. Well, really, Kaitlyn goes on a journey into the depths of promoted tweets and then reports back what she’s learned. In this episode, we chat with a chronicler of promoted tweets —…

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The case against Huawei has moved beyond infrastructure fears

The case against Huawei has moved beyond infrastructure fears

This morning, ARM announced that it was cutting ties with Huawei, in the interest of “complying with all of the latest regulations set forth by the U.S. government.” It’s a catastrophe for Huawei’s device business, cutting off an entire generation of microprocessors and coming on the heels of similar breaks from Google and Microsoft. Huawei is in deep, deep trouble, and we still don’t have a clear picture of why. Security experts have been warning…

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update: the 10 best new features

Windows 10 May 2019 Update: the 10 best new features

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 May 2019 Update is being made available to existing machines this week. After an extended period of testing, Microsoft is making this update available to everyone via Windows Update. Like previous updates, the May 2019 Update includes a bunch of new features, minor tweaks, and other changes. I’ve been testing the Windows 10 May 2019 Update recently, and here are my favorite new additions. A new light theme The biggest new…

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Justice Department recommends blocking T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Justice Department recommends blocking T-Mobile-Sprint merger

On Wednesday, the Antitrust Division at the United States Justice Department recommended that the law enforcement agency block the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, according to Reuters. The $26 billion merger deal was greenlit for future approval by the Federal Communications Commission earlier this week after T-Mobile agreed to new terms that would reportedly encourage a faster 5G rollout and provide greater in-home broadband access to rural America. Reuters reported that the decision is…

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Qualcomm’s licensing terms are anti-competitive, US Judge rules

Qualcomm’s licensing terms are anti-competitive, US Judge rules

A US judge has ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in its dispute with Qualcomm. As a result of the ruling, Qualcomm must stop bundling patent licensing deals with its hardware (often referred to as its “no license, no chips” policy), and agree to grant patents on fair terms to other modem-chip suppliers. Qualcomm is expected to appeal the ruling. In the ruling, Judge Lucy H. Koh says that “Qualcomm’s licensing practices…

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