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Recent articles by Sean:

The Man in the High Castle will end with season 4, trailer reveals

I’m delighted to say that The Man in the High Castle will end after its fourth season, as you can see by watching this new trailer. One way or another, the helpless American inhabitants of that alternate reality will finally throw off the yoke of their Nazi and Japanese oppressors. One way or another, the reign of terror will come to an end. Probably with lots of blood and tears involved. → Read More

Huawei founder speaks out: ‘The US can’t crush us’

In the first interview since his daughter was arrested, Ren Zhengfei says the world needs Huawei. → Read More

The most trusted source of Apple rumors says 2019 iPhones will have these features

Tech reporters never fully trust a rumor, but some rumors have more credibility than others — and few have a track record for pegging Apple releases like analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who first revealed the screen sizes and features of last year’s iPhones, among other things. Now, Kuo has released a new analyst note (via 9to5Mac and MacRumors) with his predictions across Apple’s entire lineup of… → Read More

Here’s how a ‘90s app made those transforming Animorphs book covers

It’s morphing time. No, wait, that’s the other transforming franchise... → Read More

Apple hires failed smart lock startup CEO to help build home products

He tried to sell a $700 smart lock. His startup went belly-up, leaving employees and contractors in the cold. But now, he’s working for Apple — and leading a new smart home initiative to boot, according to a CNBC report. → Read More

Samsung quits making Blu-ray players

Slowly but surely, spinning discs are dying out, and Samsung just put another nail in their coffin. The company told Forbes that it’s done producing 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players — and CNET was able to confirm that Samsung is halting production on at least some of its 1080p Blu-ray players as well. → Read More

LG says it isn’t launching a folding phone

The first wave of folding phone announcements is nigh, with Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi and others expected to show devices this month. But the one company I’d expect to join them — LG — says it’ll be sitting this one out. Though LG is the same company that’s been wowing us with rollable TVs, it just told reporters that it’s “too early” to produce a folding phone. → Read More

Motorola’s 5G Moto Mod will have proximity shutoff sensors to limit exposure to millimeter waves

Motorola’s 5G Moto Mod just crossed the FCC today, and it came with a surprise in tow — a document that has more details about how it’ll work than I thought the company would publicly reveal. → Read More

Google is reportedly hiding behind shell companies to scoop up tax breaks and land

Should local communities have the right to know before a big tech company moves in? Should they be able to protest before city planners offer those companies millions or even billions of dollars in incentives? Those were the questions raised when Amazon was promised $1.2 billion in subsidies to bring a new headquarters to New York City, and we’re asking them again today — because The Washington… → Read More

TCL’s first foldable phone could slap-bracelet itself into a smartwatch

CNET reports that BlackBerry and Alcatel brand owner TCL is working on as many as five different foldable devices, one of them a phone that can bend around your wrist like a bracelet. It’s an idea we’ve seen before. → Read More

LG’s first 5G phone just leaked — here’s the V50 ThinQ

OK, I’m about convinced that Vlad is right — phone manufacturers aren’t even trying anymore. Hot on the heels of learning practically everything Samsung could possibly announce at its Galaxy S10 press conference later this month, including up to five phones and an entire wearables lineup, LG’s new superphone — the LG V50 ThinQ — has just broken cover, and it turns an entire trail of bread crumbs… → Read More

Netflix went on lockdown in Los Angeles after a gunman reportedly appeared

Netflix’s Los Angeles studio had quite a scare today, after reports of a possible active shooter caused the company to lock down the building — in this case, the Sunset Bronson Studios which the company shares with CBS and local news channel KTLA. One suspect is already in custody, according to several media reports. → Read More

Our best look yet at the LG G8 Thinq

When LG reveals its new high-end G8 ThinQ smartphone, the design probably won’t be a surprise — because noted phone leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) has just revealed images that show the handset from practically every angle, weeks ahead of its likely debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. → Read More

The US government is about to put a dog tag on your drone

Get ready to stick some ID on the outside of your drone — starting February 23rd, a new FAA rule will require all small unmanned aircraft to have their registration markings visible on the outside of their body, so law enforcement can easily find their owners. → Read More

The Handmaid’s Tale returns for its third season on June 5th

Last May, we learned that Hulu’s spectacularly dystopian The Handmaid’s Tale would be returning for a third season, and last week’s Super Bowl gave us a tease — now, Hulu is confirming that the award-winning drama will debut on June 5th. → Read More

Carriers selling your location to bounty hunters: It was worse than we thought

Never pass up a chance to say "bounty hunters" in a headline → Read More

Spotify, the leading music streaming app, is finally profitable

Spotify is about to try to become a podcasting giant with two new acquisitions, but it’s crossing an important milestone with its music streaming business first. Today, for the very first time, the company is reporting that it’s turned a profit. → Read More

Nest issues cryptic warning — spoiler alert, it’s about strangers peeking your cameras

Today, Google is doing something it should have done weeks or months ago — it’s emailing owners of its Nest security cameras that they should really, really pick a better password, enable two-factor authentication (2FA), and be vigilant if they don’t want strangers to hijack those cameras and peek into their homes over the internet. → Read More

Programmer finds ridiculous ATM loophole that let him withdraw $1 million in cash

It sounds like something straight out of a movie: an unsatisfied bank programmer discovers the perfect scheme for making an ATM spit out free money. But apparently, this story is true: 43-year-old Qin Qisheng reportedly managed to withdraw over 7 million yuan (upwards of $1 million USD) from ATMs operated by his employer, Huaxia Bank — all by exploiting a crazy loophole. → Read More

Today’s your last chance to save old Flickr photos from an untimely death

Tomorrow — February 5th, 2019 — is the day that Flickr will stop offering 1TB of free storage. Instead, the company will only let users store 1,000 photos for free. And if you’ve got more than 1,000 photos, the company will start deleting them. That means that today, now, maybe even this very moment, is your last chance to save them. → Read More