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Amazon Offers Prime Members More Discounted Phones
In exchange for the price reductions, Prime members who opt for one of these phones will have to deal with personalized offers and ads displayed on the lock screen.(image)



Pinterest Adds Two-Factor Authentication
The security feature requires you to enter an additional passcode to log in to your account. It's rolling out to all users in the next few weeks.(image)



Only Xbox One X Owners Will Download 4K Assets
Microsoft unlike Sony, makes a very sensible decision when it comes to not downloading gigabytes of game data you don't need.(image)



Request an Uber Ride For Someone Else
The feature is now available in more than 30 countries; just make sure you have the latest version of the app.(image)



Report: Another Major Ransomware Attack Spreading
Security researchers say a strain of ransomware called Petya or Petrwrap, which has similarities to WannaCry, is spreading like wildfire.(image)



Ikea $5 Serving Bowl Is a Fire Risk
Putting objects that are flammable in a shiny metal bowl out in the sun results in an inevitable bowl of fire.(image)



Google Officially Bids Adieu to Gchat
Those who hadn't made the switch by Monday should have already been forced over to Hangouts by now.(image)



EU Fines Google $2.7B for 'Abusing Dominance'
In response to Google giving an illegal advantage to its own comparison shopping service, the European Commission issues its largest ever fine.(image)



Amazon Adds Intercom Feature to Alexa and Echo
Now you can access the speaker on Echo devices from other rooms or when away from home using the Alexa app.(image)



Internet Companies Boost Anti-Terrorism Collaboration
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube will work more closely together and with counter-terrorism officials to filter out extremist content from their websites.(image)



Your Next Rental Might Drive Itself, Courtesy of Waymo
Avis now manages Waymo's fleet of autonomous Chrysler minivans in Phoenix, a promising development for the spread of self-driving technology.(image)



Can a Hack Give You a Heart Attack?
Implantable medical devices offer great benefits but there are risks.(image)



OITNB's Jessica Pimentel: Surprisingly Geeky and Metal A.F.
The actress who plays Maria Ruiz on Netflix's hit original series Orange is the New Black stopped by PCMag's offices for a wide-ranging episode of The Convo.(image)



Facebook Messenger's Virtual Assistant M Learns New Tricks
In the near future, M will be able to remind you to save content in your Messenger conversations, jog your memory about people's birthdays, and suggest you make a voice or video call.(image)



Vimeo Abandons Plan to Become the Next Netflix
Vimeo determined that it could not pivot from a hub for professional videographers to a consumer entertainment service.(image)



Business Choice Awards 2017: CRM
Find out which Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool PCMag readers use to make their relationship they have with customers a happy one.(image)



SNES Classic Launches in September for $80
If the experience of Nintendo's last retro video game console is any indication, you'll need to be extremely lucky to find an SNES Classic in stock.(image)



MIT Drone Flies and Drives
Flying alone isn't the most efficient way to get your drone to its destination. MIT engineers hope that their design could one day be used to transport humans.(image)



Nokia 6 Headed to the US for $229
HMD Global, the Finnish company that now owns the Nokia brand, will launch its Nokia 6 handset in the US next month via Amazon.(image)



Report: Facebook Eyes Hollywood for Original TV Push
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is in talks with 'Hollywood studios and agencies about producing TV-quality shows.'(image)



Switch Converter Allows PS4 Controller Use
Brook Design's Super Converter Updated to Support PS4 and PS3 controllers on Nintendo Switch.(image)



Prey Completed in Under 7 Minutes
A normal playthrough is expected to take at least 16 hours, but speedrunners only care about one thing: speed.(image)



Electronic Nose Catches Graffiti Vandals Using Paint Fumes
Trains in Sydney are sniffing out graffiti vandals and catching them in the act using a new electronic nose.(image)



Get $50 Off Amazon Echo Today Only
The discount, which drops the price of the Amazon Echo to $130, ends at 11:59pm EST tonight.(image)



Forget Pesticides, Farmers Can Shoot Bad Bugs With Lasers
The Photonic Fence intelligently targets and kills flying pests at a rate of 20 per second, leaving other friendly insects alone.(image)



Want Safer Self-Driving Cars? Let Them Chat!
The University of Michigan finds short-range messaging between self-driving cars makes makes them even safer.(image)



You Can Now Remove Medical Records From Google Search
Google's removal policy now includes a category called "confidential, personal medical records of private people."(image)



Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Gets Smarter About Enterprise Threat Protection
Fall Creators Update to bolster Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for enterprises with heavy-duty exploit security tools and Azure machine learning analysis.(image)



Watch a Hololens-Wearing Mario Galavant Through Central Park
An intrepid computer programmer recreated the first level of the Super Mario Bros. video game for the HoloLens and played it in New York City's Central Park.(image)



Google to Stop Scanning Gmail Messages to Serve Up Ads
Google apparently has enough data about your online activity to serve you targeted advertisements without its controversial email scanning program.(image)