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Kids and parents are going to love these room cleaning robots

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This robot that tidies up for you is literally every kid and parents dream. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. This robot that tidies up for you is literally every kid and parents dream.


Spammers, not a nation state, behind Facebook data breach, report says

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See what was stolen from all those Facebook accounts. SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook believes spammers, not a nation state, were behind the data breach of 30 million accounts, according to a published report. The spammers aimed to make money through deceptive advertising and masqueraded as a digital marketing company, people familiar with the company's internal investigation told the Wall Street Journal. Facebook has declined to say who was behind the hack, which was the worst security breach in its history. Reached for comment by USA TODAY on Wednesday night, Facebook pointed to last week's statement from Guy Rosen, vice president of product management.


Facebook does, indeed, want to track your calls on device

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Facebook wants to you to spend $199 to $349 to install its version of a connected, talking video speaker – such as Amazon's Echo – into your home. It has a camera that follows you as you move for video calls and the ability to track what you're doing. In announcing the Portal product (as in "Hey, Portal,") Facebook bent over backward to assure consumers that it takes your privacy seriously. That strategy took several steps backward Wednesday with the admission that yes, indeed, Facebook did want to track your calls and sell ads based on the data elsewhere on Facebook. Thank you for this beautiful, wooden horse, Facebook!


Apple makes it easier to download your personal data

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A few months ago, if you wanted to find out what kind of personal information Apple had collected on you, you needed to navigate to Apple's privacy website, locate a hard-to-find tab to request the info and await its arrival. That changes today, with the introduction of a new privacy portal that will offer one click access to get the information, delete it, pause an Apple.com You'll still have to wait a few days to retrieve the information, from the updated http://www.apple.com/privacy Apple's updated privacy website (Photo: Apple) Apple updates its privacy website every fall, after the introduction of new phones and software upgrades to the mobile and computer operating systems, iOS12 and MacOS, which this year is called Mojave. Privacy has become a big buzzword for tech consumers, in the wake of massive vulnerabilities of Facebook and Google that exposed how the companies were targeting us with ads that tracked our every move.


Drones can do serious damage to airplanes, simulation video shows

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Commercial pilot John Marking tells his story of a small drone taking down his helicopter while working at an off-road desert race in Mexico. A simulation shows what a drone could do to the wing of an airplane upon impact. Even a small drone crashing into an airplane can do major damage, a test video shows. Kevin Poormon, a University of Dayton engineer who has performed numerous bird strike tests on airplanes, mimicked a midair collision between a 2.1-pound DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter and a Mooney M20 airplane. The drone bore into the plane much farther than a similarly weighted gel "bird" and damaged the plane's main spar, which carries the weight of the wing.


Boston Dynamics' robots don't just terrify, they now can also dance

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Boston Dynamics has wowed the internet in recent years with its impressive robots. They've also, depending on your affinity for movies like "Terminator," have terrified. Today, the company's latest YouTube video is here to put a smile on your face. Starring the company's SpotMini four-legged robot, the animatronic dog can be seen getting down to Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk." And the robot has some moves, busting out a smooth two-step, twerking and even pulling out the "Running Man."


Meet the new Palm: Hint, this isn't your old PalmPilot

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Palm helped popularize the idea of a modern smartphone with its Palm Treo, but after failing to keep up with the iPhone and Android the company has been reborn. Its new product: A 3.3-inch companion device to work alongside those phones, not replace it. Palm is back – well, sort of. We're not talking about a comeback of the PDA maker, back when that meant personal digital assistant. This Palm has Steph Curry on its team and is making a play for the as-yet undefined market – the one for a mini clone phone.


Hey Google, you don't really want to replace me, right?

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Google wants to do more than just organize the world's information. It wants to infuse itself into our lives and replace several of our daily tasks robotically. That, clearly, is the goal, as outlined this week. Forget about those shiny new Pixel phones, tablets and speakers that Google announced this week at a splashy event in New York. Or a new talking video speaker that takes on Amazon's Echo Show with a focus on Google visuals like mapping, calendar, and, of course, all that YouTube content.


This Boston Dynamics robot's parkour skills are eerily human

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Check out the new upgrade to Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot and all the cool new tricks that come with it. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Check out the new upgrade to Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot and all the cool new tricks that come with it.


Top skills for Alexa: 6 tips for your Amazon Echo that will simplify your life

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Here are 21 commands that even seasoned Echo users may not know. Many of them are useful, some are fun, and others give the illusion that Alexa is as cognizant as we are. Alexa is no longer "new." The smart-tech revolution is now in full swing, and Amazon Echo is at the heart of it. According to Edison Research, nearly 40 million people own voice-activated speakers, which is about one in six U.S. adults.