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Technology 9 great reads from CNET this week

15:52  01 august  2020
15:52  01 august  2020 Source:   cnet.com

Amazon now lets you drop in on all your Echo speakers at once. Here's how to do it

  Amazon now lets you drop in on all your Echo speakers at once. Here's how to do it The change lets you broadcast your voice on every Echo speaker in your home, which has some big benefits.Before, you could only drop in on one device at a time, but now you can drop in on all the Echo speakers on your account for a group call. It's simple to use. Just say, "Alexa , drop in on all devices" to get started.

CNET News staff. Feb. 16, 2019 5:00 a.m. PT. Amazon once again dominated the week 's news with a bombshell announcement Thursday that it's Our unstoppable desire to share serves as a great example of the ways cybersecurity tips often don't make sense in the everyday lives of internet users.

It was a big week for Big Tech, which was in the hot seat Wednesday for a historic antitrust hearing on Capitol Hill. Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook execs took harsh questions from hostile House subcommittee members about alleged predatory business practices

It was a big week for Big Tech, which was in the hot seat Wednesday for a historic antitrust hearing on Capitol Hill. Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook execs took harsh questions from hostile House subcommittee members about alleged predatory business practices, theft of digital content and aggressive copying and purchasing of competing businesses.

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Then, after the hammering, the companies posted big quarterly earnings and revenue. Amazon and Facebook both saw their profit double, while Apple saw a slight increase in iPhone sales despite many of its stores being closed and much of the world locked down. Google posted a revenue and sales decline, but the results were better than Wall Street expected.

Show Us Yours: Submit photos of your old tech

  Show Us Yours: Submit photos of your old tech Celebrate CNET's 25th birthday with us. We need photos of the old technology that you've used in the last quarter century. Dust them off and let's make them shine again!Once we get a decent amount of your photos, we'll create a gallery for all of you to enjoy and reminisce on how far technology has progressed in the last 25 years. We look forward to receiving your pictures.

Here are the week 's stories you don't want to miss: Giving birth during coronavirus: 'Something has been stolen from us'. The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab takes CNET to the front lines of the political disinformation war raging on social media.

Brett Pearce/ CNET . How to maintain your digital privacy at protests. Police have an array of surveillance tools at their disposal. Dara Kerr/ CNET . The misunderstood funeral tech that's illegal in 30 states. From mafia propaganda to moral outcry, what's stopping us from embracing water

Not to be forgotten, coronavirus deaths surpassed 150,000 in the US on Wednesday. By week's end, there were about 17.3 confirmed cases worldwide and around 674,000 deaths. Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said Americans should consider wearing eye protection, such as goggles or a face shield -- in addition to a face mask -- to further protect themselves from the pandemic.

Big Tech's antitrust hearing is over. Now the real action starts

Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google had a historic showdown with Congress. What comes next?

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How China used censorship to hide the coronavirus truth

Thousands of Chinese nationalists sent death threats to an author for writing a diary documenting the world's first coronavirus lockdown.

Alexa just got smarter reminders on your Amazon Echo. How to use the new feature

  Alexa just got smarter reminders on your Amazon Echo. How to use the new feature This new update lets you set up reminders to play across all your Echo speakers. © Ian Knighton/CNET Ian Knighton/CNET Amazon also released a few other new useful features. You can now drop in on all your speakers at the same time by saying "Alexa, drop in all on devices." You can also share photos with your Alexa contacts through your Echo Show or the Alexa app. Ready for more Alexa tips? Check out these five surprising music hacks for your Amazon Echo, how to turn your Amazon Echo into a free TV speaker and nine surprising Alexa tricks to try with your Amazon Echo tonight.

And CNET launched its annual Road Trip series, this year focused on preparing for what could come next. We also continued our special coverage of 5G For more like this . Subscribe to the Smart Home newsletter, receive notifications and see related stories on CNET . Here are the week 's stories you

Another week in lockdown, another grim coronavirus milestone: On Friday, the number of people who've died from COVID-19 around the world reached 100,000. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read . Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.

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COVID-19 gave the planet a break. Now's the time to keep up the momentum

The coronavirus pandemic helped reset the planet, giving the environment a chance to recover from the wear and tear of human activity. But that can soon change.

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TikTok: For you, it's fun, but lawmakers see a security threat

A Chinese tech company owns TikTok, and US politicians worry that the Chinese government could use the app to spy on people and spread propaganda.

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NASA launches next Mars rover: Everything you need to know about Perseverance

NASA will attempt to search for signs of life in an ancient lakebed once believed to hold water and, for the first time, fly a helicopter on another planet.

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Those 'underdog' Big Tech companies just reported huge profit

Commentary: It's hard for Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook to keep up the pretense when posting massive profit in the middle of a pandemic-fueled recession.

WWDC: New iPadOS 14 adds new features, widgets

  WWDC: New iPadOS 14 adds new features, widgets It's newest iPad software operating system with new enhancements.Apple announced the new iPadOS 14 on Monday.

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CNET también está disponible en español. Here are the week 's stories you don't want to miss: Why Rudy Giuliani's Twitter typos are a security fail. When one letter off leads you to malicious advertisements rather than the website of the former cybersecurity czar.

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Inside the hidden world of competitive lockpicking

Despite criminal comparisons and bruised fingers, a community of hobbyist lockpickers is thriving online.

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Google's web app plans collide with Apple's iPhone, Safari rules

The struggle is over the future of the web.

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Proteus will be an underwater research lab worthy of a Bond villain

Jacques Cousteau's grandson channels some serious sci-fi vibes for an upcoming underwater research lab.

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The debate over life on Mars has our heads spinning, even coronavirus can't stop 5G, and we look at a week in the life of President Trump's Twitter feed.Social media companies also weighed in on the matter, with Reddit banning controversial forum The_Donald while revising its hate speech policies, YouTube banning white supremacists like David Duke and Richard Spencer, and even Facebook banning some groups affiliated with the far-right extremist boogaloo movement. And Twitter engineers have begun replacing racially loaded tech terms like "master" and "slave.

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