Users alarmed by undisclosed microphone in Nest Security System

Enlarge / You can’t see it, but there is actually a microphone in here. (credit: Nest) Google’s Nest smart home brand is in hot water this week after news surfaced (via Daring Fireball) that its home security system, Nest Secure, shipped with an undisclosed microphone. Google activated the microphone earlier this month for Google Assistant […]

The Trump administration is weakening the global trading system

The chips are down “SEEING POSSIBILITIES in potatoes” is the upbeat slogan of Lamb Weston Potato Products, Inc., an American exporter. But new trade deals mean that its foreign competitors have fewer obstacles blocking their view. One is the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which came into effect on December 30th. Negotiated as […]

The Nintendo Switch is the hottest game system this holiday — here are its 20 best games

Nintendo The Nintendo Switch is approaching its second birthday, and there’s already a killer line-up of games available. Whether you’re looking for Nintendo staples like “Mario” and “Zelda,” fast-paced first-person shooters like “DOOM”, or narrative-driven indie RPGs like “Golf Story,” there’s something for everyone on the Switch. Good news! We’ve put together a list of the […]

Ultima Thule: NASA probe will reach tiny world at edge of solar system on New Year’s Day

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is set to go where no probe has ever gone before this New Year’s Day, when it beams back data from a tiny world that sits more than six billion kilometers away at the edge of the solar system. The mysterious object the craft will be exploring is officially known as […]

I tested a $52,000 Cadillac XT4 crossover SUV that used an old-school navigation system instead of digital maps — here’s what it was like

Matthew DeBord/BI Many vehicles are now equipped with GPS navigation systems that use digital maps, rendered in infotainment screens. Recently, I tested a $ 52,000 Cadillac XT4 crossover SUV that lacked this feature. Instead, it had an older system, called “Turn-by-Turn.” I’ve always been a fan if Turn-by-Turn, and on the XT4, I found that […]

Stop the clock: Curlers sound off on new timing system

CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. — If you're still trying to wrap your head around the ever-shifting rules of curling and the game's landscape, you're not alone. The people most affected by the changes are still trying to grasp the game's newest revamp: the time clock. Conversations and changes surrounding the length of games, time clocks and five-rock, free-guard […]

Former Fed chair warns of ‘gigantic holes in the system’ & new financial meltdown risk

Janet Yellen, former US Federal Reserve chair, has warned that another financial crisis could be in the country’s future, due to ballooning corporate debt and regulatory impotence. “I think things have improved, but then I think there are gigantic holes in the system,” Yellen told economist Paul Krugman at the City University of New York. […]

LG’s automated craft beer system could make homebrewing much easier

Given the phenomenal popularity of craft beers and ales sweeping bars across the globe, it’s surprising that homebrewing hasn’t yet taken off to the same levels. Sure, we’ve seen a number of systems touting the trend — Picobrew and Brewie are two that have done well on Kickstarter — but it’s yet to really go […]

WATCH Peresvet combat laser system enter test duty in Russia (VIDEO)

The Russian military have released stunning footage of Peresvet combat laser systems entering test service, shedding a bit more light on the cutting-edge weapon. A short one-minute video shows the laser system “getting on test duty” outside Teikovo, a town west of Moscow. The system slowly comes out of a hangar and ejects a barrel-shape […]