OnePlus says up to 40,000 customers affected in credit card breach

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The company is offering a year of free credit monitoring to those affected. After learning that fraudulent charges were appearing on its customers’ credit cards, smartphone maker OnePlus disabled support for credit card payments and launched an on-going investigation. The preliminary results are in, however, and they’re definitely concerning. In a […]

Amazon adds voice control to its Alexa app for Android

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The company promises to do the same for iOS soon.  Amazon added voice commands to its Music and Shopping apps a while back, but if you wanted to use your phone as an Echo-style speaker, you were out of luck. Now, though, an Alexa app update adds support for Alexa voice interaction on your […]

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EV drivers could join forces to help balance power demand.  Audi isn’t going to let rival automakers like BMW and Tesla corner the market on home batteries. The German badge is testing a Smart Energy Network where solar-powered batteries not only help your home minimize use of the electrical grid, but talk to each other. The […]

Volvo’s performance brand launches a 600HP plug-in hybrid

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It’ll also be the brand’s only car with a gas engine. When Volvo declared that its Polestar performance brand would revolve around electric powertrains, it wasn’t kidding. Polestar has unveiled its first car, appropriately named the Polestar 1, and it’s a plug-in hybrid coupe that musters 600HP while managing a surprisingly large 93 […]

Europeans are building a giant clean energy island in the middle of the sea

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Wind turbines are a great way to go green. Too bad people feel that they’re so gosh darn loud. So, if nobody wants turbines in their backyards, what can densely populated countries do to produce cleaner energy? Why not just build a massive artificial island surrounded by wind turbines out in the sea? On March 23, […]

Microsoft Edge browser preview makes its way to Android

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Windows Phone is on its way out. To no one’s surprise, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore recently confirmed its demise. In its place, the company has adopted a more pragmatic approach that embeds pieces of its Windows experience in iOS and Android. You can trace this strategy back to 2014, when Microsoft released a trio […]

WD is developing 40TB hard drives powered by microwaves

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Western Digital (WD) may have lost a bid to buy Toshiba’s flash memory technology, but is still hard at work on its bread-and-butter hard drives. The company has unveiled a breakthrough called microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) that will allow ever-higher disk capacities, up to 40TB by the year 2025. “Commercialization of MAMR technology […]

LG will build Europe’s biggest EV battery factory next year

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As the auto industry fatefully moves into electric vehicles, Europe’s major car-makers need high capacity batteries. Until now, companies like VW, Volvo and BMW have had to import batteries from Asia. LG’s forthcoming car battery factory in Poland, the first in Europe, hopes to fulfil that growing demand. “The company has chosen Poland […]