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Crown is a new dating app that looks a lot like your March Madness bracket

Meet Crown, the latest dating app from Match Group, otherwise known as the parent company of Match, Tinder, and OK Cupid. Rather than giving you a never ending roster of potential mates to pick from, Crown gives you a curated list that you then eliminate -- tournament-style -- on a daily basis.
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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes could face 20 years in prison

Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes has been charged with fraud by the SEC. And now Holmes and former president Sunny Balwani have been indicted on criminal charges regarding fallacious statements they made about the accuracy of their blood testing devices. They'll face 20 years in prison.
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Let the chaos begin! You can finally create your own Alexa Skills

Who says you need to be a developer to develop skills for Amazon Alexa? Certainly not Amazon. On April 19, it launched Alexa Skill Blueprints, heralded as a new and easy way for anyone and everyone to create customized Alexa functions and responses. In June, Amazon made it easier to share Blueprints.

Venmo will no longer let you pay or charge your friends on its website

If you're looking to Venmo your friend for that pizza you ate most of, or need to send your monthly rent payment via the PayPal-owned peer-to-peer payments service, you'll now have to do it via mobile. Venmo is phasing out support for its web service, which likely won't affect all that many users.
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Espionage! Fitbit charged with stealing Jawbone’s secrets

On Thursday, U.S. federal prosecutors officially charged six Fitbit employees, both current and former, in an indictment for possession of stolen trade secrets from Jawbone. According to the indictment, these six employees once worked for Jawbone and received these secrets when they left the company.
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Developers can now take Google App Maker out for a test drive

About 18 months ago, Google introduced us to App Maker, a tool that as its name suggests, allows you to build and deploy apps (specifically of the business variety) on the web. On June 14, Google announced that App Maker had been made generally available to all developers who want to test the tool.
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Creep in peace — Instagram will no longer tell people when you take screenshots

If you've been holding back on your social media stalking tendencies, then hold back no more. As originally reported by BuzzFeed, Instagram will no longer alert users when you take a screenshot of their Stories. If you want to immortalize an ephemeral moment, Instagram won't tattle on you. 
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Apple plans on hiring 20,000 people — possibly in North Carolina

Despite rumors just last month that the iEmpire was most interested in Virginia as the location of its newest office, a recent interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook has folks believing that the company may be looking more closely at another southern state -- North Carolina. Apple will also hire 20,000 more people.
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Brew the perfect cup of chai with the push of a button, thanks to the Chime

If you'd rather kick it with something a bit more spicy and a bit less bitter in the morning (afternoon or evening), what you really is a chai machine. Meet the Chime Chai Maker, an automated chai machine that delivers the perfect cup of chai every time. Because dunking a tea bag isn't the same.
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Amazon designs an A.I. camera to teach computer vision to developers

On Wednesday, November 29, Amazon Web Services launched AWS DeepLens, a video camera designed to teach developers how to program A.I. functions from stylistic transfers to recognizing a hot dog. And now, on June 14, the DeepLens has been made available for order to folks in the U.S. for $249.
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Insomnia keeping you up? The Reverie Sleep Coach may help

The Reverie Sleep Coach is touted as a personalized sleep consultation platform. While other sleep coaches attempt to utilize a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to guiding folks to sleep, Reverie instead offers one-on-one guidance, which is apparently an industry first. It all starts with a quiz.
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Updates to Google Assistant could make it the most natural digital helper yet

Google is launching a number of awesome new updates to Google Assistant that could help make it the most natural digital helper so far. The updates include visual changes to Assistant on your phone, as well as the ability to actually call businesses to book appointments.
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The battle of the smart assistants should definitely include Cortana

For the time being, it may seem that the battle of the smart assistants rages only between two contenders -- Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. But lest you forget that there are, in fact, other A.I.-based helpers in the running. A survey suggests that you certainly shouldn't count out Microsoft Cortana.
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Is this the future of medicine? Synthetic blood could buy patients 48 extra hours

Two scientists -- Dr. Andre Palmer of the Ohio State University and Dr. Dipanjan Pan, an associate professor in the department of bioengineering at the University of Illinois -- have now independently developed two synthetic blood technologies. Currently, neither solution can independently sustain life.
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No hiring ‘vroom’ at Tesla – car company sharply reduces job postings

Getting a job at Tesla may be harder than ever these days. Not necessarily because they're raising the bar for their new hires, but rather because the company appears to be decreasing the number of new team members it brings aboard. The number of job listings has declined sharply since last month.
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ZTE could see ban lifted soon, but it’s still on thin ice

Chinese phone and gadget manufacturer ZTE is in hot water following a decision by the U.S. government that bans the company from buying American technology. The decision could mean that ZTE is no longer able to use the Android operating system. However, the ban may soon be lifted, thanks to a deal ZTE signed.

Alexa’s basketball clairvoyance now extends to the NBA Finals

Just as she did for March Madness, Amazon's Alexa made a correct prediction about who will come out on top in the NBA Finals. A few months after calling that Villanova University would come out on top a few months ago, Alexa correctly bet on the Golden State Warriors. We'll see what tourney she calls next.
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The Firefly wireless earbuds give you 2 hours of music for 10 minutes of charge

Meet Firefly, a pair of earbuds that promise premium Graphene sound, an ambient sound feature that actually allows some outside noise to come in to help you remain aware of your surroundings, 16 hours of playtime, and most importantly, fast charging capabilities. They're now seeking funding on Kickstarter.
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The LeveTop is a cylindrical, vertical drone that looks like a coffee mug

What makes this particular quadcopter particularly interesting isn't necessarily its flight capabilities (though they're impressive) or its camera (though it's more than capable of getting the job done). Rather, it's the fact that the LeveTop almost looks like a thermos when it's packed away. It's on Indiegogo.
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Apple Music updates make it a whole lot easier for you to find album release dates

Apple Music is rolling out a few updates that ought to improve the user experience. There's a new "Coming Soon" section, which will allow you to see upcoming albums that are slated to be released in the coming weeks. The new feature is available on both the iOS and macOS version of Apple Music.

Google wants to double the number of podcast listeners in the next few years

Google is quietly making changes across its products to change the way listeners discover and listen to podcasts. The changes are part of the tech giant's lofty aspirations to double the number of podcast listeners worldwide within the next few years. Here's how the podcast landscape could change in the near future.
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From 4 wheels to 2 wheels — Lyft looks to add CitiBike to its fleet

It's not enough to simply dominate the highways. Now, ride-sharing companies are looking to expand their domain to bike lanes and sidewalks. That's evidenced by Lyft, the San Francisco-based transportation giant that is reportedly close to closing a deal to acquire Motivate. Now, Uber is making moves, too.

This app lets Amazon hijack your Apple Watch

If you want to free Alexa from your Amazon Echo and instead find her a home on your wrist, there's a new app that can help with that. Meet Voice in a Can, a new third-party app that allows you to use Alexa on your Apple Watch. No longer will you be tied to Siri when using your Apple Watch.
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Mars rover Curiosity finds the building blocks of life on the red planet

It's been six years since the Mars rover Curiosity landed on the Red Planet, and now the space vehicle has some news to share. NASA researchers published two papers on Thursday, June 7 in the journal Science detailing how Curiosity found compounds that are the building blocks of life on the Red Planet.

LinkedIn will tell you exactly how long your new job’s commute will be

LinkedIn's latest feature lets you see the location and commute time to certain employers, which may just help you decide whether or not you want to be its next employee. The feature, aptly named "Your Commute," has now been made globally available on the mobile version of the site, and provides location data.

Google’s new patent hopes to protect the Google Home from being hijacked

If you love talking to Google Assistant, it's not hard to believe that a hacker would enjoy the same privileges. And now, Google is patenting a new system that seeks to protect you and your Google Home from being hijacked. As per a recently filed patent, Google is looking to prevent so-called "audio attacks."
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Waymo autonomous vehicles will reach 7 million test miles this week

Waymo just keeps burning up the pavement. On Tuesday, the company's chief business development officer announced that its fleet of autonomous vehicles will reach 7 million test miles driven by the end of this week. That means that Waymo's testing pace has accelerated significantly in the last month.
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The new Create+ 3D pen from 3Doodler helps your words jump off the page

Your words will quite  literally jump off a page when you're equipped with the right pen. And that writing utensil is none other than the newest 3D printing pen from 3Doodler. It's called the Create+, and it's now available to order for $79. The pen builds upon 3Doodler's previous success with 3D pens.
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One mom discovered her baby monitor had been hacked — she’s not alone

Keeping an eye on your baby with your 21st century baby monitor seems like the responsible parent move, but as one South Carolina mother found out, you may not be the only one watching your household. Jamie Summitt discovered that that her baby monitor was being used for nefarious purposes.
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A craft beer dispenser in your own kitchen? We’ll drink to that!

The hottest bar in town? It's right there in your own home, thanks to the new SUB Home Beer Dispenser from German kitchen appliance maker Krups. This home draft system promises to let you keep your beer fresh, cold, and most importantly, carbonated for up to two weeks. We'll drink to that.
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Connected CloudPets teddy bears blab on owners, leak 2 million voice recordings

In the latest toy scandal, a connected teddy bear has leaked the voice recordings of more than 2 million children and parents. As a result, a number of retailers, including Amazon, Target, and Walmart, have decided to pull the toy from their shelves. Amazon began removing the product on Tuesday morning.

Here everything we know about ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ so far

The sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible series hits theaters July 27, so here's everything we know about Mission: Impossible -- Fallout so far. Most recently, in June, Tom Cruise shared a behind-the-scenes video of the HALO jump stunt, which involved him falling from a height of 25,000 feet.
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One British baby’s first word was ‘Alexa,’ and he’s certainly not alone

Amazon's smart assistant is so integrated into our lives that she's now become the first word of a new generation. That's right, friends. When you say Alexa's name more than you say your own, you're likely teaching the newest members of your family who's really boss. One baby's first word was "Alexa."
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HelloFresh and Green Chef join forces, and now, meal kits are in stores

On Tuesday, March 20, HelloFresh announced its acquisition of Green Chef, which means the convenient meal preparation service is now also offering vegan, gluten-free, Keto, and Paleo meals. And now, HelloFresh is making bigger moves still by launching a new retail product line available at grocery stores.