Weekly Rewind: Yahoo’s massive hack, Japan’s weird answer to the Echo, and more

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In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week. Everything from the 2013 hack of Yahoo (and how to deal with it) to Amazon’s very first drone delivery, it’s all here.

Yahoo was hacked in 2013, and more than 1 billion accounts were compromised

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Yahoo is already dealing with some customer distrust issues thanks to a hack that took place in September, and now new information about another hack has emerged and could really be the final nail in the long overdue Yahoo coffin. The company has disclosed a hack that took place way back in August 2013, in which hackers obtained data from a stunning 1 billion accounts. Yahoo claims this information could include names, email address, phone numbers, dates of birth, encrypted passwords, and more.

Read the full story here.

Update: Ever had a Yahoo account? Take these steps now to protect yourself

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First, take a breath. If nothing horrible has happened to your email or other password protected accounts so far, chances are you’re actually OK, for the moment anyway. But just because nothing has happened yet, that doesn’t mean you’re safe. Sometimes hackers themselves or people who buy hacked account info hoard the data for years before taking action. So, if you had a Yahoo account anytime before the beginning of 2015, there are several steps you should take to be prudent, whether or not you use your Yahoo account now.

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This French startup just raised $15M to make food out of mealworms

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French startup Ynsect wants you to eat bugs — eventually. For now, it’s focusing on creating insect protein to feed farmed animals a healthier, more eco-conscious diet. After raising just over $15 million in investment funding, Ynsect to expand its production capacity to produce 20,000 metric tons of insect protein each year. That’s a lot of bugs. Ynsect’s process starts by growing and farming mealworm larvae and turning it into a de-fatted protein meal to be used in animal feed and pet food.

Read the full story here.

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ 2017 CBS TV series: Everything we know so far

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CBS unveiled the first teaser for its new Star Trek series in early 2016, and the show’s official title was revealed to be Star Trek: Discovery during Comic-Con International in San Diego. With the latest movie (Star Trek Beyond) in theaters this past summer, many Star Trek fans are wondering exactly how the television series from executive producer Bryan Fuller (HannibalPushing Daisies) and showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts (Pushing Daisies) will fit into the framework of the sci-fi franchise as it exists now.

Read the full story here.

Apple’s long-awaited wireless AirPods are now available to order

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Alongside the reveal of the iPhone 7 earlier this year, Apple also unveiled a new pair of wireless in-ears, dubbed the AirPods. These were originally set to ship in October, but just before the end of the month, the company delayed the launch, saying it needed a little more time. Now, it has apparently had enough time, as the Apple AirPods are now available to order online for $159. Shipment is currently slated for December 21. You can read our review here.

Mobile

Why Honor’s new screen is the hole-y grail in quest to ditch the notch

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Alexa’s top skills of 2018 are here to assist you in any way you can imagine

Amazon announced the Alexa Skills of the Year 2018, a collection of 24 skills Amazon's Alexa team considers the top skills for games, family fun, wellness, and daily habits. Amazon also encourages everyone to create their own skills.
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Best new shows and movies to stream: Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma, ‘Sabrina’ special

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Pedro Pascal officially cast as 'The Mandalorian' as Disney show fills out cast

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These activists are hacking housing problems in NYC using apps and data

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Google Assistant will alert you if it thinks your flight will be delayed

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Forget 3 being a crowd, 4 is the magic number on the Huawei P30 Pro

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Here are 19 portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

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How to use Samsung’s Bixby assistant for all of your smartphone tasks

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Declutter your life with our favorite wireless chargers for Android and iPhones

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Microsoft patent filing shows wearable that mitigates involuntary movements

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AT&T makes 5G a reality for a dozen U.S. cities, with more to come in 2019

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