Anker’s Eufy Now Selling Its Own $160 Video Doorbell, Google Assistant Compatible

Anker’s Eufy Now Selling Its Own $160 Video Doorbell, Google Assistant Compatible


Anker-owned brand Eufy is selling its very own video doorbell on Amazon now. Priced at $159.99, the doorbell features compatibility with Google Assistant, as well as 2K resolution video.

With the Assistant integration, owners simply need to say, “Ok Google, show me the front door” to get video streams straight to their smart device or Google Home Hub. Have we mentioned recently you can get a Home Hub for just $60 right now?

Features

  • Support for both Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Free local storage – a Cloud subscription is not required to save and view footage at a later date
  • Optional Cloud storage
  • Web portal to view your security footage on your desktop computer
  • Human detection to cut down on unnecessary alerts

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AT&T sued over hidden fee that raises mobile prices above advertised rate

AT&T sued over hidden fee that raises mobile prices above advertised rate

Enlarge / An AT&T retail store in Chicago in 2018. (credit: Getty Images | jetcityimage)

AT&T is facing a class-action complaint over its practice of charging a $1.99-per-month “Administrative Fee” that isn’t disclosed in its advertised rates.

As the complaint notes, “AT&T prominently advertises particular flat monthly rates for its post-paid wireless service plans.” But after customers sign up, the telco “covertly increases the actual price” by tacking on the “bogus so-called ‘Administrative Fee,'” according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in US District Court for the Northern District of California.

AT&T “hides” the fee in an easy-to-miss spot in customer bills, the complaint says, and it “misleadingly suggests that the Administrative Fee is akin to a tax or another standard government pass-through fee, when in fact it is simply a way for AT&T to advertise and promise lower rates than it actually charges.”

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I Miss the Big Reveal of New Android Versions

I Miss the Big Reveal of New Android Versions


Before the Android Beta Program was launched in 2016 for Android Nougat, Google would unveil its new Android versions with much fanfare during Google I/O. After I/O, the wait would be on for the latest version of Android to be seeded out to Nexus and Pixel devices via Developer Builds. Those without a Nexus or Pixel would usually wait a couple to a few months after that to receive it on their phone.

Now, the point of this post is that there was always so much excitement surrounding those I/O events because Google would overview all of the new features for Android and show off the updated UI changes. There was always so much to talk about that for an Android blogger, the days didn’t feel long enough to cover all of the changes.

Android Q Beta 4

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Bill Gates calls failure to fight Android his “greatest mistake”

Bill Gates calls failure to fight Android his “greatest mistake”

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates recently gave a wide-ranging interview to VC firm Village Global, and at one point, the topic of mobile came up. Gates revealed his biggest regret while at Microsoft was a failure to lead Microsoft into a solid position in the smartphone wars.

In the software world—particularly for platforms—these are winner-take-all markets. So, you know, the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is. That is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win, and you know it really is winner-take-all. If you’re there with half as many apps or 90 percent as many apps, you’re on your way to complete doom. There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system. And what’s that worth? Four hundred

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DEAL: Google Home Hub at $59.49 is a Crazy Steal

DEAL: Google Home Hub at $59.49 is a Crazy Steal


Google Home Hub, which has been rebranded to Nest Hub, is so insanely cheap right now. You can grab one over at Rakuten for $59.49 with coupon code. And remember, this thing was originally priced at $150 when it first arrived at the end of last year.

When you buy from Rakuten, you are buying for 3rd party dealers, but that shouldn’t deter you from jumping on this. $60 for a Google Home/Nest Hub is too good to pass up. This bad boy is the best digital picture frame you’ll find, plus it shows you the weather, completes Google Assistant tasks, and could be the TV you didn’t know you needed on your desk.

Use code SAVE15 at checkout and the price will drop from $69.99 to $59.49.

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The 2019 Audi A7 might be all the car anyone ever needs

The 2019 Audi A7 might be all the car anyone ever needs

High expectations can be a killer. We see this all the time—the let-down sequel to a great movie or the indulgent sophomore follow-up to a brilliant debut album. It also applies to cars; ask any fan of the Mk2 VW Golf for their opinion of the Mk3 as proof. As humans we fall in love, too easily perhaps, with inanimate objects. When a replacement shows up, and our expectations exceed its ability, the result is disappointment. Which is a long-winded way of saying I was actually a little scared when I fired up the 2019 Audi A7 for the first time.

The previous A7 was a delightful car, particularly if you had a long way

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DHS cyber director warns of surge in Iranian “wiper” hack attacks

DHS cyber director warns of surge in Iranian “wiper” hack attacks

Enlarge / An effective wiper of sorts. (credit: Getty Images)

With tensions between the US and Iran on the rise following the downing of a US military drone last week, the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is warning that Iran is elevating its efforts to do damage to US interests through destructive malware attacks on industrial and government networks.

In a statement issued on Saturday, June 22, CISA Director Christopher C. Krebs said:

CISA is aware of a recent rise in malicious cyber activity directed at United States industries and government agencies by Iranian regime actors and proxies. Iranian regime actors and proxies are increasingly using destructive “wiper” attacks, looking to do much more than just steal data and money. These efforts are often enabled through common tactics like spear phishing, password spraying, and credential stuffing. What might start as an account compromise,

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Capuchin monkeys have a 3,000-year archaeological record

Capuchin monkeys have a 3,000-year archaeological record

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The archaeological record of human tools use dates back about 2.5 million years, and archaeologists use changes in stone tool technology to trace changes in human evolution, culture, and lifestyles. Now a team of archaeologists in Brazil has excavated capuchin monkey stone tools dating back to 3,000 years ago, and they reveal changes in behavior and diet over thousands of years—just like the early human archaeological record but on a compressed time scale.

Archaeology: Not just for humans

Bearded capuchin monkeys are more versatile tool-users than chimpanzees. They select rocks of the right sizes and shapes for a variety of tasks, from digging to cracking open a range of nuts and seeds (each has its own size and weight specifications for the perfect cracking tool). Female capuchins even flirt with potential mates by throwing rocks at them.

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Ex-chair of FCC broadband committee gets five years in prison for fraud

Ex-chair of FCC broadband committee gets five years in prison for fraud

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The former head of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) was sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding investors.

Elizabeth Ann Pierce was CEO of Quintillion, an Alaskan telecom company, when she lied to two investment firms in New York in order to raise $270 million to build a fiber network. She also defrauded two individual investors out of $365,000 and used a large chunk of that money for personal expenses.

Pierce, 55, pleaded guilty and last week was given the five-year prison sentence in US District Court for the Southern District of New York, US Attorney Geoffrey Berman announced. Pierce was also “ordered to forfeit $896,698.00 and all of her interests in Quintillion and a property in Texas.” She will also be subject to a restitution order to compensate her victims “at a later date.”

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SCOTUS: Ban on “FUCT” trademark registration violates First Amendment

SCOTUS: Ban on “FUCT” trademark registration violates First Amendment

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Federal law prohibits the registration of trademarks that are “immoral or scandalous.” At least it did until today, when the Supreme Court held that the requirement violated the First Amendment.

The case focused on artist and entrepreneur Erik Brunetti, who sells clothing under the trademark FUCT. Brunetti claims the mark is “pronounced as four letters, one after the other: F-U-C-T.” But a lot of people have interpreted it as (in the words of the government’s lawyer in the case) “the profane past participle form of a well-known word of profanity.”

Beyond that, the US Patent and Trademark Office looked at the products being sold under the FUCT mark. “Brunetti’s website and products contained imagery, near the mark, of ‘extreme nihilism’ and ‘antisocial’ behavior,” the Supreme court noted in its Monday opinion. The trademark office concluded that the FUCT mark “communicated misogyny, depravity, and violence,” and rejected

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