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Wells Fargo will now let customers withdraw money using their smartphones
Both Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase also have similar technology in the works, but Wells Fargo's move makes it the first major bank in the US to roll out cardless cash withdrawals at its ATMs The company trialed the project at select locations earlier this year, and says that it should provide more security for customers, as well as more convenience.
Alcatel A30 and Moto G5 Plus are the newest ad subsidized Amazon Prime exclusive phones
The two phones are sold unlocked and at a subsidized price, in exchange for displaying personalized offers and ads on the lock screen, similar to what Amazon does with lower-cost Kindle models. The Moto G5 Plus offers a metal design, instead of the cheaper plastic typically seen on budget phones like this. The G5 Plus will start at $184.99 through the program, which Amazon notes is $40 off the regular retail price.
Minecraft players, beware fake 'mods' on Google Play
It could be game over for Minecraft fans who downloaded unauthorized mods (modifications) for their Android smartphone or tablet. Lukas Stefanko, the malware researcher who discovered the fake mods, says there have been nearly 1 million downloads of the malicious apps from the Google Play store. ESET says it reported these two groups apps to Google on March 16 and 21, respectively. If anyone suspects any of these apps are installed, the company offers step-by-step instructions on how to properly remove them at welivesecurity.com.
Google reportedly removing Hangouts' SMS messaging to make it a better Slack rival
Google is removing the ability to send and receive SMS messages from its Hangouts service in May, according to an email sent to its G Suite administrators. The email, posted in its entirety on Reddit, says that Google will cut the option from the app on May 22nd, and will prompt users to find a new default messaging service beforehand. Users of Hangouts' Android app will see a message from March 27th informing them of the upcoming removal of SMS functions.
Tech giants scrimmage for Thursday night NFL games
The four tech giants are bidding for the games, which last year were broadcast on Twitter, according to a person close to the situation who could not comment publicly on the situation. The year before Yahoo paid a reported $17 million to stream one Sunday NFL game from London. Facebook began streaming Major League Soccer games last week, under a deal with the league and Univision.
Apple: latest Wikileaks CIA hacks to iPhones fixed long ago
Additionally, our preliminary assessment shows the alleged Mac vulnerabilities were previously fixed in all Macs launched after 2013. WikiLeaks claims the CIA had a program that could stay resident on an iPhone despite having the entire operating system scrubbed. The documents WikiLeaks claims are from the CIA are related to surveillance systems that date as far back as 2008. If true, they would indicate that the CIA was looking into ways to bug iPhones soon after they were first introduced in 2007.
C.I.A. Developed Tools to Spy on Mac Computers, WikiLeaks Disclosure Shows
The CIA developed tools to spy on Mac computers by injecting software into the chips that control the computers' fundamental operations, according to the latest cache of classified government documents published on Thursday by WikiLeaks. The documents also suggested that the agency was developing a new version of DerStarke last year to work with current software. All of the surveillance tools that have been disclosed were designed to be installed on individual phones or computers.
How giant digital adverts could soon be in our cities
It was the famous logo for the Rolling Stones and was part of an experiment by tech start-up Lightvert. A high-power projector mounted below or above the strip beams light off the reflector directly into the viewer's eye. Echo technology is being well received by those who have seen it to date, says Daniel Siden, Lightvert's chief executive. He is hoping that landlords will grab the opportunity to turn their buildings into revenue-generating digital billboards that are huge, yet physically unobtrusive.
10 tips for improving smartphone battery life
If your smartphone is petering out before you're ready to, consider these ten tips to prolonging battery life between charges. Turn down the brightness of your smartphone screen a good deal as it will help preserve battery life. On a related note, some apps drain your battery more than others, plus live widgets will drain the battery, too. There are a few protective smartphone cases with a built-in battery pack to give you a boost on the go.
Popular file-sharing site Pirate Bay still blocked
SAN FRANCISCO - For a second day, popular file-sharing website Pirate Bay - which hosts copies of movies soon after their theatrical release, sometimes illegally - remained offline after being blocked by one of the world's largest Internet providers. Pirate Bay was inaccessible after Cogent Communications blocked the IP addresses assigned to Pirate Bay by Cloudflare, an Internet security firm that protects websites from distributed denial of service attacks and other security threats.
Uber CEO to Jesse Jackson: Diversity will be priority
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick vowed to make diversity and inclusion a top priority at his company in a sit down with civil rights leader Jesse Jackson. In addition to demographic data, Kalanick said he wants to set goals for progress on diversity at Uber, according to Jackson. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Uber is reeling from a rough start to the year. In January, Jackson again called on Uber to release the data and gave Uber a deadline of mid-February.
Senate Republicans Vote To Overturn Internet Privacy Protections
The vote was along party lines, with 50 Republicans approving the measure and 48 Democrats rejecting it. The two remaining Republicans in the Senate were absent and did not cast a vote. The vote was a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc, which had strongly opposed the rules. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said consumers would have privacy protections even without the Obama administration internet provider rules.
Android O will make it easier to add custom ringtones and notification sounds
For all of its customization benefits, Android has never been well known for having the most user-friendly settings options. Android O, first announced earlier this week, is pretty much all about deeper and more powerful customization options. Sure, it's not the most groundbreaking addition Android O brings to the table. It's certainly a step forward in the usability department.
Trump got in a truck, made some funny faces, and the internet reacted accordingly
Donald Trump welcomed members of the American Trucking Association to the White House today to listen to truckers and CEOs talk about healthcare. Later, the leader of the free world got in the cab of a truck and pretended to drive it. He pulled the horn and made some funny faces that were probably intended to look cool and tough. The internet then did what it does, which was to have itself a laugh.
Analysis: Building a market for renewable thermal technologies
A new Yale-led study analyzes the market potential of this technology across the state and provides key insights into spurring consumer demand. Renewable thermal technologies comprise a range of products-from solar water heaters to district energy systems-all designed to use renewable energy in the cooling of space and the heating of both space and water. Collectively, the use of energy for thermal purposes accounts for roughly one-third of all US energy consumption.
Samsung shows off a wild Gear S3 hybrid pocket watch concept at Baselworld 2017
Arpa didn't stop there, and not only includes the Gear S3 on the inside, but repurposed the back of the case for a traditional mechanical movement as well. Unfortunately, all three designs are far from finished consumer products, and Samsung hasn't announced any plans to release them. For now, at least I'll always have the dream that such a magnificent and ridiculous thing even exists.
Disney is looking at creating 'another decade and a half of Star Wars stories' after Episode IX
Disney is looking at the future of 'Star Wars' beyond 'Episode IX' Most importantly, Iger spoke about Disney's further plans for the future of the Star Wars franchise. Iger reportedly revealed that Disney is looking at what comes well beyond that, exploring what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories. If that timeline is accurate, that would mean that Disney is aiming to keep the franchise going through at least the early 2030s.
Apple reportedly to start manufacturing iPhones in India
Apple will begin to manufacture iPhones in India in the next two months, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The manufacturing duties will fall to Wistron Corp which will reportedly start manufacturing iPhone 6 and 6S models in the next four to six weeks, and iPhone SE devices in around three months. Neither Apple nor Wistron responded to the WSJ's requests for comment about details on either company's specific plans for expansion in India.
A rocket's launch from French Guiana has been delayed indefinitely due to protests
European launch provider, Arianespace, was forced to indefinitely postpone the launch of one of its Ariane 5 rockets this week, due to protests at the French Guiana space center where the vehicle is meant to take off. The rocket is supposed to send two communications satellites into orbit - one for the Brazilian government and another for South Korea.
Google and Howard University launch residency program for black engineers
Google has partnered with Howard University to launch a school branch right on the company's campus, where undergraduate students will have a chance to learn from Google engineers in addition to the university's own faculty. The program will expand over time and eventually open enrollment to computer science students from other historically black colleges and universities. Stewart says the goal for Google is to connect Howard students with mentors and to help remove systemic barriers that prevent black engineers from getting jobs in tech.

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