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How to find and discover new podcasts — the 2017 edition

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Jefferson Graham shows the many options for finding audio podcasts to listen to, from apps to connected speakers, TV and the car, on #TalkingTech. LOS ANGELES -- There are hundreds of thousands of podcasts to listen to, and finding them has gotten easier than ever, thanks to apps, the connected speaker and smart TVs and streaming boxes. Remember when we had to do to acquire podcasts by connecting the phone to the computer and syncing our subscriptions? Those days are long gone. Let's take a look at just how much easier it's become.


Q&A: Famed economist Henry Kaufman says robots are 'greatest challenge' to workers

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The S&P 500 is up 21% since Election Day. Henry Kaufman, 90, the renowned economist, former managing director at Wall Street firm Salomon Brothers and author of Tectonic Shifts In Financial Markets, shared his views with USA TODAY on the future of the American worker, tax cuts and the middle class, the retirement savings crisis and the risks facing computer-driven markets. Kaufman is president of Henry Kaufman & Company, an economic and financial consulting firm established in 1988. USA TODAY: Robots are invading the workplace. Is technology a threat to middle-class workers? KAUFMAN: The greatest challenge that workers face and we as a society face is that labor over a longer period of time will become more and more obsolete.


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Robot Turtles is a board game for ages 4 and up that beautifully demonstrates the basics of coding. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Robot Turtles is a board game for ages 4 and up that beautifully demonstrates the basics of coding.


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Meet Fingerlings, the adorable robot monkeys poised to be the holiday season's hottest toy. This Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, photo provided by Amy B. Stepp shows a fake Fingerling that she received after paying $17 on Amazon for what she thought was a real Fingerlings monkey. Shoppers rushing to buy Fingerlings, one of this holiday season's already hard-to-find toys, say that they are being fooled into buying fakes through Amazon and Walmart.com. NEW YORK -- Shoppers rushing to find Fingerlings, the robotic monkeys that are a hot toy this holiday season, say they've been fooled into buying fakes through outside sellers on Amazon and Walmart.com. The real Fingerlings, 6-inch multicolored monkeys, wrap around a finger, move, and make sounds.


Uber paid hackers $100,000 to hide year-old breach of 57 million users

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Your personal information might be at risk! In a public statement, Uber's CEO confirmed that information belonging to about 57 million customers and drivers was stolen by hackers. Transport for London (TFL), the governing body responsible for transport in London, announced on 22 September 2017 that they will not renew Uber's license as a private hire operator in the city. Transport for London has informed Uber London Limited that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on 30 September 2017. SAN FRANCISCO -- Personal information belonging to about 57 million Uber customers and drivers was stolen by hackers last October, a breach the company kept hidden for a year and for which its chief security officer was fired this week.


Tech turkeys of 2017: Spectacles beats Bixby and Juicero on list of biggest misses

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Jefferson Graham runs down his choices for the top 10 tech turkeys of 2017. Is there a Snapchat Spectacles on your list? LOS ANGELES -- Looking back at 2017's tech bombs, none was a bigger turkey with consumers than Spectacles, from Snapchat parent Snap, Inc. The cute $129 video sunglasses were initially hard to get--until Snap put them on sale nationally in February. Then consumers turned fickle on the company, leaving a backlog of thousands of unsold glasses and a $40 million write-down from Snap.


Engineers get the feeling for robotic fingers

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A robotic gripper that can screw in lightbulbs or use a screwdriver without needing to'see' them or be pre-programmed to recognize them has been developed at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).


Baig's best tech picks of 2017 will eat at your wallet

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The new iPhoneX has a less alarming price tag if you do a trade-in deal at one of the four major carriers. These were among the standout products I've checked out these past 12 months. Though some of the entries on my chosen list made it on potential, and none are without flaws, each in its own way left a strong favorable impression. Warning: they'll also leave you in some cases with a considerably smaller bank account. When the most hyped and anticipated iPhone in years not only ditches the familiar home button and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor but also cracks the $1000 price barrier, there was more than a little bit of pressure on Apple to belt a home run with the iPhone X. More: I've had an iPhone X all week.


Black Friday countdown: The dates to get the best tech deals

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Jefferson Graham offers a countdown to Black Friday deals on Talking Tech. Get out your credit cards and let the shopping begin. Sure, many of the so-called "sales" started this week, but let's get real--the action really begins early Thursday, like just after midnight. Remember when people would camp outside big-box stores, hoping to be the first person to rush inside and save $100 or $200 off the price of a big TV on Thanksgiving and the day after? Black Friday can mean getting great deals, but it can also get you in financial trouble.


These are the best smart home gadgets of 2017

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In just a few short years, we've seen an incredible proliferation of devices that want to quantify, connect, and regulate your home. While the potential is huge, the actual results vary widely. Some products, like the Amazon Echo and Philips Hue light bulbs, are nailing the fundamentals, while others struggle with basic functionality. We tested 75 smart home products over hundreds of hours. In the end, we found eight stellar examples of how to do smart home right.