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Top gadgets to help you sleep

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For some of us, figuring out how to fall asleep at night is a challenge. There might be legitimate reasons, but fortunately a few new gadgets are designed to help. One of them shines a soft glowing aura that mimics a sunset; another uses AI to adjust the bed for your sleeping pattern. All of them offer a unique feature designed to help you fall asleep faster and easier. What I liked about this gadget is that it doesn't connect to a phone or Wi-Fi, so the setup is ultra simple and fast.


Tech Q&A: Spy apps, email receipts, secret scanners and more

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Q: I think someone put a spy program on my phone. Are there programs that will secretly record and send my texts, pics and phone calls to another person? A: Originally, these apps were designed for concerned parents, but it's extremely easy for them to fall into the wrong hands. Once you know the kinds of spy apps there are, you'll have two important follow-up questions: How do you find out whether they're already on your phone, and if they are, how do you remove a spy app before it's too late? Click here for five smartphones apps that could be spying on you, and how to remove them.


How to stop your devices from listening to (and saving) everything you say

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File photo: This product image provided by Amazon shows the Amazon Echo. Yes, voice technology is amazing. You can ask your phone a question. You can talk to your speaker system and book an Uber. With the right setup, your voice can lock the doors, dim the lights and change the thermostat.


Why you should be sexting

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Sexting is now a normal part of human relationships, according to a massive new study of sex and tech -- 74 percent of Americans say they exchange saucy electronic messages with their lovers. "Sexting may be becoming a new, but typical, step in a sexual or romantic relationship," said Amanda Gesselman, a research scientist at the Kinsey Institute, which released its annual International Sex Survey this week. The researchers surveyed more than 140,000 people from 198 countries about the role of tech in their sex lives, and found Americans are some of the most prolific sexters on the planet -- second only to South Africans. Japanese and South Korean adults are the least likely to trade racy missives. Worldwide, 67 percent of adults said they've sexted -- a staggering increase from just five years ago, when only 21 percent said they engaged in the practice.


Dating app may have been used to lure men to their deaths, investigators say - Man allegedly attempts to strangle woman at cemetery, blames personality change

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Two Texas men who were killed earlier this year may have been lured to their deaths by an online dating app used by the pair's killers, investigators said Monday. Harris County sheriff's investigators said the app, which was not named, might have been used to entice Glenser Soliman, 44, and An Vinh Nguyen, 26, The Houston Chronicle reported. Soliman, a nurse at St. Luke's Medical Center, was found dead a few miles from his residence on Feb. 25 after being declared missing on Feb. 16. Nguyen, a student studying hotel and restaurant management at the University of Houston, has not been seen since March 31. Deputies believe the student is dead, but his body has not been found.


First look at iOS 11

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Yes, Apple saved the most substantive changes for its tablets, so it's tempting to overlook the enhancements on the iPhone side of things. That would be selling the iOS 11 update short. While this initial beta iOS 11 feels more like a continuation of iOS 10 than an entirely new version, it does introduce some noteworthy changes that can expand what our phone can do. Some are available now, such as a customizable Control Center and Siri-powered translation tools, and others are on the horizon, like Apple Pay support for transferring money and augmented-reality-friendly apps. Here's what we like -- and what we don't -- so far.


Fried chicken for romance?

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If you're already nervous about a second date before the first one has even started, don't worry -- the dating app Hinge has some tips, based on data, that may help you score round two. The millennial-friendly app recently surveyed more than 8,000 users in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C., to find out how daters can impress their romantic interests date and land a second meeting First things first, when it comes to choosing your date spot, 37 percent of respondents said that suggesting going out for drinks was your best bet for making a good first impression and getting you a second date. The second best suggestion was coffee at 34 percent, lunch at 30 percent and dinner at 27 percent. If you've made it to that first date and you happen to be going out for drinks, half of the respondents said that suggesting a Bloody Mary as a drink was most likely to get you a second date. The second best drink recommendation was an Old Fashioned at 35 percent, followed by beer at 27 percent, wine at 23 percent, and tequila at 20 percent.


New iPhone voice assistant

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Slated to hold its developer conference this week, Google is keeping up with the competition and bringing its artificial intelligence assistant to the iPhone, according to news reports. First reported by Android Police and confirmed by Bloomberg, Google is slated to bring its Assistant voice-powered assistant to the iPhone, as well as the company's existing Photos app and GE home appliances. Google I/O, where the company is expected to make the announcements, starts May 17. The Assistant is slated to be available in the App Store. Apple, which has its own virtual assistant, Siri, has been tight about allowing competing assistants on to its devices, but it has opened up the gates in recent months.


How apps have changed dating

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Sometimes it's hard to remember how single people met each other before dating apps like Tinder. Did we go out to bars? It's amazing how quickly we've adapted to swiping through thousands of potential partners while half-watching reruns of Friends. And although I've never talked to a woman who didn't have complicated feelings about being on a dating app (as a single woman myself, whether I love or loathe Tinder changes every time I open it), there's very little comprehensive research on the wider effects of mobile dating. So Glamour conducted our own survey of 1,000 women and talked to experts to find out whether apps have really changed how we date.


New dating app will do what?!

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Valentine's Day is around the corner, and as people's thoughts turn to love, chocolate, and dating, a new app has been announced with a simple concept: it searches for matches based on photos that users upload of faces they find enticing. Developed by researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), the app is called FaceDate. You teach the app what kind of face you like, and it goes from there. Cristian M. Borcea, the chair of the computer science department at NJIT, supervised the graduate students who developed the app. "Someone downloads the app and then has the ability to train the app with faces that that person might like to date," Borcea told Fox News.