Tech News 

Middlesbrough modified Kodi box trader gets suspended jail term

Middlesbrough modified Kodi box trader gets suspended jail term A trader who sold TV boxes which allowed viewers to watch subscription films and football for free has been given a suspended jail term. Brian Thompson had denied breaking the law by selling the Kodi boxes, setting up the prospect of a landmark trial. But appearing at Teesside Crown Court he changed his plea to guilty. The 55-year-old, who runs Cut Price Tomo’s TV store in Middlesbrough, was given an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. Thompson, of Barnaby Avenue,…

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Tech News 

Bitcoin boom prompts growth of coin-mining malware

Bitcoin boom prompts growth of coin-mining malware The booming price of Bitcoin and other crypto-coins has kicked off a gold rush among malicious hackers keen to cash in, warn security firms. Many sites are now harbouring code that secretly uses a visitors’ computer to mine the valuable e-cash coins. The code is inserted by hackers who exploit poor site security or web software bugs. The problem has led Google engineers to consider putting protections against mining in the Chrome browser. Freshly minted Earlier this month, hundreds of websites were found…

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Gaming 

Surprise! Nintendo Switch now supports some wireless USB headsets

Surprise! Nintendo Switch now supports some wireless USB headsets Much of the appeal of the Nintendo Switch is that it’s a game console you can easily liberate from its wires and take with you wherever you may roam.  That unwired philosophy originally didn’t extend to the headphones, though, so you still had to jack them in with a wired connection as though this were 1989 and you were playing Tetris on a Game Boy. But, rejoice! The wired bonds have been broken! (Sort of.) As some enterprising and experimentally minded…

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Microsoft 

Because someone had to make the first Cortana smart speaker

Because someone had to make the first Cortana smart speaker People often stop after Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant when rattling off the list of smart assistants. Cortana really gets no love at all, outside of stories about Windows 10. The oversight can be chalked up, at least in part, to the fact that AI has been mostly desktop-bound. It’s true that Microsoft has launched Android and iOS apps for the assistant, but while all of the excitement in the space is happening on mobile and smart speakers, no one’s…

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Because someone had to make the first Cortana smart speaker

Because someone had to make the first Cortana smart speaker People often stop after Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant when rattling off the list of smart assistants. Cortana really gets no love at all, outside of stories about Windows 10. The oversight can be chalked up, at least in part, to the fact that AI has been mostly desktop-bound. It’s true that Microsoft has launched Android and iOS apps for the assistant, but while all of the excitement in the space is happening on mobile and smart speakers, no one’s…

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Because someone had to make the first Cortana smart speaker

Because someone had to make the first Cortana smart speaker People often stop after Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant when rattling off the list of smart assistants. Cortana really gets no love at all, outside of stories about Windows 10. The oversight can be chalked up, at least in part, to the fact that AI has been mostly desktop-bound. It’s true that Microsoft has launched Android and iOS apps for the assistant, but while all of the excitement in the space is happening on mobile and smart speakers, no one’s…

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Gadgets 

Jaybird’s Run totally wireless earbuds are wire-free wonders for everyone

Jaybird’s Run totally wireless earbuds are wire-free wonders for everyone The market for totally wireless earbuds is really maturing fast, with many entries from both new and established companies. Jaybird recently joined the crowd, with its own Run earbuds. The Logitech-owned company has long been a really solid competitor when it comes to Bluetooth headphones, and its Freedom and X-line, and in fact made some of the very first wireless sport earbuds that proved you could also get good sound with Bluetooth. Now, the Run proves that Jaybird can play…

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Social Networks 

You can now PayPal friends in Messenger and get help via chat

You can now PayPal friends in Messenger and get help via chat PayPal users in the U.S. will now be able to send and receive person-to-person payments over Facebook Messenger, the company announced this morning. The deeper integration with Messenger’s platform, which will also include PayPal’s first customer service bot for handling customer questions and requests for help, follows a series of tie-ups between the two companies. Last year, Facebook and PayPal announced a deepened relationship that allowed customers in the U.S. to shop from online merchants using their Messenger…

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iPhone 

Apple reportedly isn’t producing enough iPhone X units for first weekend sales

Apple reportedly isn’t producing enough iPhone X units for first weekend sales According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is still facing supply chain constraints for the upcoming iPhone X. The company will have around 2 to 3 million units before the launch on November 3rd, which shouldn’t be enough to meet demand. While Apple didn’t disclose exact numbers for first-weekend sales last year, the company sold 13 million iPhone 6s units during the first weekend, 10 million iPhone 6 units and 9 million iPhone…

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Andriod 

BlackBerry’s KEYone ‘Black Edition’ offers more than just good looks

BlackBerry’s KEYone ‘Black Edition’ offers more than just good looks BlackBerry’s most interesting phone in years – if not an entire decade – is the KEYone, an Android device with a classic BlackBerry hardware keyboard that finally answers the needs of truly dedicated thumb typists with a modern mobile OS. Now, the KEYone ‘Black Edition’ has arrived, and it’s more than just a fresh coat of paint on an older gadget. In fact, the ‘Black Edition’ doubles the internal storage of the KEYone, from 32GB up to 64GB (and it…

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