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Amazon’s Alexa Inches Closer To Human With Ability To Whisper, Raise Voiceamazonechoashleekielerconsumerist

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:53:32 +0000

Sure, talking to a speaker definitely isn’t the same as talking to your friend, but if you have an Echo — or other device with Alexa integration — it may soon seem more like a human-to-human convo.  That’s because Amazon is providing the virtual assistant with a new set of speaking skills that allow her to have a more “natural” …

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Apple, Uber, Tesla Ask California To Revise Rules For Self-Driving Carsgooglewaymoselfdrivingashleekielerconsumerist

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:50:36 +0000

Now that California has proposed rules intended to make it easier for tech companies to test self-driving vehicles on public streets, those companies are calling on the state to make additional changes that would further favor the industry. Tesla, Apple, Uber, and other companies delving into the self-driving vehicle market asked the California DMV to revise its proposals related to …

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4 Misleading Things ISPs And The FCC Need To Stop Claiming About Net Neutralitycatwatchlaptopkcoxconsumer

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:55:06 +0000

Net neutrality is a handy name for a pretty simple principle: the idea that the company providing your internet access should deliver you the online content of your choosing, when you choose it, without interfering. And since 2015, it’s been the law of the land. Now we stand to lose it once again — but the arguments that industry and …

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Flower Shop Owner Accused Of Stealing Plants From Cemeteryflowershoptheftmarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:34:44 +0000

You might walk past a grave and see a beautiful bouquet of flowers and think “Those would look good in my living room,” but (we’re hoping) you don’t follow through on the impulse for free flora. However, one florist has been accused of repeatedly stealing plants and flowers from local grave sites. Police in Pequannock Township, NJ, say they received …

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AT&T Users Have No Way To Know How Much Data They’re Tethering, Despite 10GB Capattdeathstarwideconsumerlaura

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:51:04 +0000

When AT&T resurrected unlimited data plans, it also introduced a feature it had shunned the first time around: letting subscribers use their phone as a mobile hotspot (AKA “tethering”), but only up to 10 GB per month. But there’s a flaw in AT&T’s execution that prevents users from knowing how much tethering data they’ve actually used. AT&T’s new “unlimited” …

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Mallgoers Would Rather Deal With Pigeon Poop Than Noisy Bird Call RecordingsScreen Shot 2017-04-28 at 1.54.19 PMmarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:16:47 +0000

Although music to shop by isn’t going to please everyone, shoppers at one New York mall would rather risk getting hit by bird droppings than listen to the sounds coming out of the complex’s speakers. Officials at the Rego Center mall in the NYC borough of Queens have installed a system that blasts noisy bird calls every 30 seconds or …

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Why Aren’t More Cord-Cutters Flocking To Live-TV Streaming Services?liveTVstreamchrismorranconsumerist

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:03:47 +0000

Millions of Americans have canceled their cable TV subscriptions in the last decade, choosing instead to get their video entertainment over the internet. A growing number of services have popped up in recent years that offer cable-like live-TV streaming for this audience: Sling TV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, with Hulu planning to launch a competitor soon, and Comcast …

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Appeals Court Upholds Decision To Block $54B Anthem, Cigna Mergeranthemashleekielerconsumerist

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:46:56 +0000

The $54 billion marriage between health insurance behemoths Anthem and Cigna is still off after a federal appeals court denied Anthem’s efforts to overturn a previous court order blocking the mega-merger. In a 2-1 ruling [PDF] the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a federal judge’s ruling from February that blocked the merger …

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It’s Disturbingly Easy To Reroute Someone Else’s Mailmailboxconsumerlaura

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:23:54 +0000

The U.S. Postal Service has made the process of changing your address when you move super easy and convenient, by just filling out a form online and paying $1. Maybe that’s not so good, though: The process is so easy that an identity thief can redirect your mall to their address by just filling out a form online and paying …

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People Who Paid Thousands For “Luxury” Music Festival Stuck In The Bahamas After Event Falls Apartfyrefailmarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:19:51 +0000

For some, an outdoor music festival means portable toilets, camping, and braving the elements in the name of a good time with good tunes. But for music lovers who shelled out anywhere from $1,500 to $200,000 for a ticket to a “luxury” festival experience in the Bahamas that promised famous faces and fancy food, they were expecting a much more …

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