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Jason Hahn

Jason Hahn


Jason Hahn is a part-time freelance writer based in New Jersey. He earned his master's degree in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. His work experience includes time as an Internet spam fighter for a search engine, senior editor for a publication covering the marketing industry and fantasy basketball blogger for a basketball magazine. Jason enjoys tinkering with his Android phone, following the NBA and watching funny GIFs.

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No salt, no problem: Electric fork simulates salty flavors with electric currents

Who needs salt when you have electricity? That’s the proposition of the “electric flavoring fork” created by a researcher in Japan.
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Slack climbs ‘unicorn’ ranks with new funding and $3.8 billion valuation

The popular collaboration platform Slack has raised another $200 million in venture capital financing -- and with it, a valuation close to $4 billion.
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Hong Kong man spends 1.5 years, $50K to build his own female robot

A 42-year-old man in Hong Kong spent a year-and-a-half and more than $50,000 to build a female robot that’s meant to resemble a certain Hollywood actress.
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Your Oculus Rift is sending a lot of information back to Facebook

When Facebook acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion two years ago, some had privacy concerns. It appears those fears may have a bit more credence.
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Google Maps gives you a virtual tour of Bruce Wayne’s mansion (and Batcave)

Whether you’ve seen 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' or not, you can take a virtual tour through Bruce Wayne’s mansion and Batcave on Google Maps.
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Dyson is looking beyond vacuum cleaners to developing electric cars

Dyson is taking the next logical step for a company known for making innovative vacuum cleaners: electric cars.
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FAA bans drones from the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Park Service are reminding people that the National Cherry Blossom Festival is a “No Drone Zone.”
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Baidu can use map data to give early warnings about dangerous crowds

Baidu, China’s version of Google, is making the case that it can use queries made on its maps service to predict dangerous overcrowding.
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Twitter analysis finds Clinton and Trump followers have identical gender balance

In a paper, researchers lay out their attempt to study the demographics of Trump and Clinton’s respective Twitter followers using facial analysis.
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FTC warns 12 Android developers for baking software listening for TV ads into apps

The FTC has warned 12 Android developers for including software that listens for signals in certain television commercials in their apps.
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Report: 14 million Apple Watches will be shipped in 2016, good for half the market

The Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches get most of the attention, but they’ll combine for just a quarter of all wearables shipped in 2016.
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Facebook and Twitter are trying to acquire rights to stream live TV content

If Facebook and Twitter get their way, you’ll be able to stream live TV content via their social media platforms.
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Pew: 65 percent of Americans expect robots to take their work within 50 years

The majority of Americans expect robots and computers to take much of the work done by humans today, according to new results from a Pew Research Center.
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Microsoft casts its net to catch Evernote users with a new OneNote Importer tool

Microsoft wants to convince Evernote users that their note-taking tool, OneNote, is worth their while. To that end, Microsoft released an importer tool.
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Self-driving cars in US without steering wheels or brake pedals face big hurdles

Autonomous vehicles without human controls like steering wheels and brake pedals face big regulatory hurdles in the U.S., according to the NHTSA.
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Eric Schmidt is helping the Pentagon get better at using and understanding technology

The Pentagon is recruiting Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and current Alphabet executive chairman, to bring more Silicon Valley into the U.S. military.
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You can sequence, analyze your genome for $999, but are you ready for the results?

For $999, you can get your genome sequenced and analyzed and see what medical conditions you’re predisposed to, thanks to Boston-based Veritas Genetics.
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DARPA’s VTOL X-Plane features 24 electric fans for vertical takeoff, fast flying

DARPA is cross-pollinating a helicopter and a plane for its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) Experimental Plane program, also known as the VTOL X-Plane.
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Microsoft considered $8B bid for Slack, but Bill Gates and Satya Nadella said no

Slack, the real-time communication platform, was close to receiving a bid from Microsoft that would have blown recent valuations out of the water.

This 12-year-old girl is another reminder that using the wrong emojis can get you arrested

Think twice the next time you choose emojis to use in a text message or social media post -- the wrong ones can get you arrested.
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WhatsApp won’t support BlackBerry, other older mobile platforms by the end of 2016

WhatsApp will leave BlackBerry, Android 2.1 and 2.2, Windows Phone 7.1, and other older mobile operating systems behind by the end of 2016.
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Apple is the most preferred smartphone brand in the US, followed by Samsung and Motorola

Apple is the most preferred smartphone brand for consumers looking to change their device in the U.S., according to data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
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Samsung wins $120 million appeal in ongoing patent fight with Apple

Samsung got a legal win when a U.S. appeals court overturned a May 2014 verdict ordering the company to pay Apple $119.6 million for patent infringement.

Google is getting rid of some ads in desktop search results pages

Your Google desktop search results pages are about to look a little different, depending on how much you notice the ads.
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Motorola says no Android Lollipop for Droid Ultra, Maxx, Mini, offers apology discounts

If you own a Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, or Droid Mini, you can stop holding your breath for Android 5.0 Lollipop -- it’s not going to happen.
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Facebook Messenger for Android supports multiple accounts, keeps messages private

Facebook has officially rolled out multiple-account support for its Android Messenger app.
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Xiaomi plans to use smartphone chips designed in-house in the second half of 2016

Xiaomi, China’s leader in smartphone shipments in 2015, has aspirations to be a chipmaker this year.
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Rand McNally unveils OverDryve, a dashboard tablet for low-tech cars starting at $299

Rand McNally unveiled the OverDryve, a tablet starting at $299 that acts as a multifunctional dashboard for low-tech automobiles.
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Snapchat may let users subscribe to publishers, get notifications when they snap

Snapchat has plans to let users subscribe to their favorite content channels, according to a report from Re/code. The move is aimed to appease publishers.
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MyShake turns your smartphone into an earthquake detector and research tool

A new Android app called MyShake uses your smartphone’s accelerometers to detect earthquakes and collect helpful seismic data for researchers.
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Pew: 15 percent of American adults have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that online dating resources are growing in adoption, particularly for those in the 18-24 age group.
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SweepSense makes your phone or laptop smarter by using its speaker and microphone

SweepSense aims to make devices smarter by using the speaker and mic they already have. One application lets you pause music when you remove an earbud.
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Wevr raises $25 million in its quest to become the YouTube of virtual reality content

Wevr, a virtual reality community and media player, has raised more than $25 million in recent months from a long list of investors.
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BlackBerry lays off 200 employees in Canada and Florida

BlackBerry recently laid off about 200 employees in Canada in Florida as part of the its efforts to drive “efficiencies” across its workforce.