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Experts criticize West Virginia’s plan for smartphone voting

(credit: Esther Vargas / Flickr) The state of West Virginia is planning to allow overseas voting via smartphone in the 2018 election, and election security experts aren't happy about it. "Mobile voting is a horrific idea," said Joe Hall, an election security expert at the Center for Democracy and...

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Verizon lied about 4G coverage—and it could hurt rural America, group says

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) Verizon "grossly overstated" its 4G LTE coverage in government filings, potentially preventing smaller carriers from obtaining funding needed to expand coverage in underserved rural areas, a trade group says. The Federal Communications Commission las...

Tech

Only a small percentage of users buy stuff through Alexa, report claims

Enlarge / The new Amazon Echo. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Analysts have been aggressively optimistic in their predictions about the growth of consumer shopping via virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa, but a new report claims that only a small fraction of Alexa device owners shop with voice...

Apple

How Alex Jones lost his info war

On Monday, the bottom dropped out for Alex Jones. After a series of tepid disciplinary actions, which the Infowars host evaded with ease, three of the biggest tech platforms acted in near-unison beginning late Sunday night. And the result is that one of the popular conspiracy performers on the inter...

Apple

Logitech’s first wireless charger is the one Apple should have made for the iPhone X

Logitech is getting into the wireless charging game with its new Powered Wireless Charging Stand, which the company is launching later this month for $69.99. According to Logitech, the company designed the Powered Wireless Charging Stand with Apple, and the end result is something that feels like...

Apple

There aren’t many platforms left for Alex Jones and Infowars

It’s a tough day to be Alex Jones. Following months of debate around the limitations of speech on tech-owned internet platforms, many of the biggest and most popular players in the world of social media have announced that they will no longer host content related to Infowars — the conser...

Computing

Curved gaming monitor wows with 'UWHD' LCD at 200Hz refresh rate

Curved gaming monitors have become the pinnacle of PC gaming visual hardware, but their curvature has usually limited them from fitting in the most extreme specs.JapanNext has all but ended that with the lengthily-titled JN-35VCG200UWHD, boasting a curved screen with ‘UWHD’ resolution an...

Tech

Japan’s Freee raises $60M to grow its cloud accounting business

Japan-based accounting software company Freee, one of the country’s most-prominent startups, has raised a $60 million Series E funding round as it bids to expand its services into other areas of management for its customers. Freee was founded six years ago — we wrote about the start...

Tech

Flux partners with fast food merchant itsu for itemised paperless receipts

Flux, the London fintech that has built a software platform to offer merchants digital receipts, loyalty, card-linked offers and analytics, continues to sign new partnerships in a bid to solve its ‘chicken and egg’ problem. That is, it needs bank integrations to sign up merchants and it...

Tech

Live tonight: SpaceX set to re-fly a Block 5 rocket for the first time

Enlarge / A Block 5 variant of the Falcon 9 rocket launches in July. (credit: Trevor Mahlmann) On May 11, SpaceX launched the new, optimized-for-reuse Block 5 variant of its Falcon 9 rocket for the first time. Just before the flight, Ars asked company founder Elon Musk how long it would be before...


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