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Fitbit Charge 3 review: Peppering a fitness tracker with smartwatch powers

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Fitbit contracted smartwatch fever last year. And since the debut of its Ionic smartwatch, the company’s signature fitness trackers haven’t made as many waves as they once did. That’s due in part to users embracing the smartwatch more as the technology improves over time. But fitness trackers aren’t dead—or at least, Fitbit […]

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Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you meds

An Amazon Echo. Adam Bowie Amazon has patented technology that could let Alexa analyze your voice to determine whether you are sick or depressed and sell you products based on your physical or emotional condition. The patent, titled “Voice-based determination of physical and emotional characteristics of users,” was issued on Tuesday this week; Amazon filed […]

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Major US telecom was infiltrated by backdoored Supermicro hardware, Bloomberg says

Enlarge Eric Kilby / Flickr Five days after Bloomberg stunned the world with still-unconfirmed allegations that Chinese spies embedded data-sniffing chips in hardware used by Apple, Amazon, and dozens of other companies, the news organization is doubling down. Bloomberg is now reporting that a different factory-seeded manipulation from the previously described one was discovered in […]

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Intel goes up to 8 cores for mainstream chips, with a 28 core overclockable Xeon

Enlarge / Intel 9th generation Coffee Lake-S series 8-core die. Intel NEW YORK—Intel unveiled a range of new processors aimed at the performance-desktop segment today. For the mainstream market, there are three new K-series overclockable chips branded as ninth-generation parts; seven new Core X-series chips are launching for the high-end desktop market, and for those […]