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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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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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Facebook unveils smart displays, promises not to snoop on your video calls

Facebook’s new Portal and Portal+ smart displays. Facebook The $ 199 Portal has a 10-inch, 1280×800 touchscreen. Facebook Both Portals use AI technology to make video chatting better. Facebook The $ 349 Portal+ has a 15-inch, 1920×1080 display that can pivot into portrait and landscape modes. Facebook Along with video chatting through Facebook Messenger, both […]