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SimpliSafe’s home security system now works with Google Assistant

SimpliSafe, maker of the best do-it-yourself home security system, according to our recent review, is today releasing a new integration with Google Assistant that will let owners control their home security systems with a Google Home or another device that has access to Assistant. This feature follows the Amazon Alexa …

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PUBG on PS4 might finally be set for release

A PS4 release of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has been rated by the Korean Game Rating Board (as spotted by Eurogamer), indicating that its period of console exclusivity on the Xbox One may soon be coming to an end. Mobile versions of the game on iOS and Android released earlier in …

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How white supremacists are thriving on YouTube

What role do major institutions play in the promotion of extremism? Two days into this week, we’ve already gotten two important looks at the issue. On Monday I told you about a report from danah boyd about the media’s role in amplifying “digital martyrs” like Alex Jones. (I pasted the …

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Xiaomi admits to putting ads in the settings menu of its phones

Xiaomi, the world’s fourth biggest smartphone vendor, has attracted some unwanted attention for its use of advertising throughout its Android software experience, called MIUI. A Reddit user recently posted about their disappointment with the increasing frequency of ads showing up in Xiaomi’s MIUI apps, including the music app and even …

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The Collateral Damage of Trump's Extreme Declassifications

On Monday evening, the White House released an order instructing the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to declassify excerpts from an array of documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference. He has every legal right to do so. But …

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Twitter's Chronological Timeline Will Save Us From Ourselves

When I woke up today, the first thing I saw on Twitter was people desperately warning that something gross was trending. Whatever you do, they agreed, do NOT click on trending topics, which appeared to mostly have to do with video games: Nintendo, Mario Kart, the beloved character Toad. I …

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