Amazon gets patent for blocking online shopping inside a store

From CNET: Now that Amazon is making a big push into real-life stores, it might not want you shopping from competitors during your visit.

The online retailer has been awarded a patent for "controlling online shopping within a physical store or retail location." Under the patent, customers who use the Wi-Fi connection of an Amazon-owned store -- which currently includes Amazon Books stores and soon will include Whole Foods -- would have their browsing monitored and blocked should they visit a competing retailer's website.

Rogue cell phone surveillance gives rise to mobile threat defense

From ComputerWorld: Researchers have created a device using off-the-shelf components that can sniff out controversial cell phone surveillance devices, known as IMSI-catchers or StingRays, used by federal and state law enforcement as well as hackers.

The International Mobile Subscriber Identity-catchers have not only been used to locate mobile devices but also to sometimes eavesdrop on users, send spam or upload malware, according to University of Washington (UW) security researchers.

Would you ride in a pilot-less plane?

Yes
19% (31 votes)
No
81% (131 votes)
Total votes: 162

Fnatic Gear RUSH Pro Silent Review

Although I have been driving for approximately ten years, it was not until last month that I finally decided to take my graduated driver's license exit test. Here in Alberta, the "Probationary" license -- the license prior to the full license -- can be held indefinitely with few restrictions; the big ones are it can have only up to 8 demerits rather than 15 (I have a totally clean driving record), zero alcohol tolerance (I do not drink), and you cannot accompany a learner driver (I would rather not anyway). As such, I was a bit hard pressed to cough up $160 or so to take the exit test for my full license. However, with my license up for renewal soon, I decided I might as well scrap the "GDL Driver" inscription off the top right corner of my card. On one fateful Monday morning, I was once again in the driver's seat with the examiner next to me like I was in high school. Half way through the test, the examiner decided I failed the test. To make a long story short, I decided to slow down a bit when passing a gardening truck, lights flashing, parked on the shoulder partially extending into my lane of a single lane road. This incident led the examiner to believe I committed a major error that caused an instant failure. (Apparently, she wanted me to pass the truck at full speed.) As pointless as the test was, I drove home by myself, driving privileges unaffected, which I came back a few days later with another $160 and passed the test with some minor infractions. In driving tests, you can commit a bunch of minor errors and you can still pass the test, but one major error will throw everything out the window. When products get evaluated here at APH Networks, there are minor things that will ding a product's refinement score, while major issues will render a product not recommended. With major determining principles like price, features, and performance on the line, will the Fnatic Gear RUSH Pro Silent featuring Cherry's latest MX Red Silent switches pass the test? For about $80 at press time, I think the prospects are great.

GAMDIAS HEBE M1 RGB Review (Page 1 of 4)

If you have read my review on the Cooler Master MasterPro fans, you probably know my car's rear left brake caliper was seized. The car feeling under-powered was one consequence of a seized caliper I could live with, but toasting the rotor and braking pad really troubled me. Therefore, I spent a few hundred dollars to get them replaced. Trust me, having a self-heating brake is not fun. That was November 2016. How long do you think a pair of brand new brake calipers should last? More than five years? In my case, it only survived five months. About two weeks ago, I smelled a very familiar burning scent again as I was on my way to the gas station. On an aside, it is definitely not a good idea to enter a gas station when something on your car is possibly burning, haha. I parked my car on my driveway and did a quick check. I found the new rear left caliper had seized again. After another round of a more serious check, I realized this time the e-brake seized up, too. A small cam connected to the e-brake cable was coming out, so the e-brake shoe would not go back after it was released. Fortunately, the warranty was still valid, and now the problem is solved. There are two simple things I learned from this experience. First, if something has to break, it is better to break while it is still in warranty. Second, more mechanisms can equate to a higher chance of failure. In this case, the rear brake has both the main brake mechanism and the e-brake mechanism. The higher complexity contributed to more problems. The same theory applies to headsets. Some headsets have an adjustable headband arm or swivel earcup design. Those features are nice, but they may not last long if not designed well. In fact, the adjustable headband arm of my previous headset is very loose now after just one year of using it. For today's review unit, the GAMDIAS HEBE M1 RGB has none of those mechanical adjustable features. This make make it more reliable mechanically, which is good, but how about the other aspects? Is it a good headset overall? Let us find out.

Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion

From CNET: Amazon is getting into the grocery business in a bigger way than anyone imagined.

The online retailer, which has spent the last few years toying around with experimental physical stores, said it had agreed to acquire Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, or $42 a share. The companies expect the deal to close in the second half of the year.

Nest said to consider support for Apple's HomeKit

From CNET: Nest, the smart home brand owned by Google parent company Alphabet, may soon find a place on Apple's HomeKit .

That is the word from 9to5Mac, which asked Nest whether it would be open to adopting the smart home platform in the wake of newly announced iOS 11 features that make adding support easier. The company, known for its Nest Learning Thermostat, reportedly responded by saying it would indeed be "open to supporting HomeKit."

Google Drive will soon be able to back up your entire computer

From CNET: You will soon be able to use a new Google tool to back up any file or folder on your desktop.

The Backup and Sync app is the latest version of Google Drive for Mac/PC and is integrated with Google Photos desktop loader. When the new feature goes live on June 28, Google Drive users will be able to select specific files on their computer to be continuously backed up to their Drive accounts.

Nokia rolls out its first 'petabit-class' router

From PC World: With internet traffic set to triple over the next five years or so, according to recent estimates from Nokia and Cisco Systems, Nokia thinks the time is right for a new range of high-end routers that can boost core capacity by a factor of six -- and even help 10-year-old devices to double their capacity.

Visual Studio Code comes to Chromebooks, Raspberry Pi

From InfoWorld: A community build project led by developer Jay Rodgers is making Visual Studio Code, Microsoft’s lightweight source code editor, available for Chromebooks, Raspberry Pi boards, and other devices based on 32-bit or 64-bit ARM processors.

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