YouTube, Twitter or Reddit next to be on the D.C. hot seat says cyber security expert

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent Tuesday and Wednesday getting grilled by the Senate and the House, respectively. And if there is one thing that we can take away from the media circus, it’s this: Congress hasn’t a clue about how technology works. Granted, not everyone throwing questions at Zuckerberg was naive about tech, but we did hear one lawmaker sound incredulous when Zuckerberg responded to an inquiry by confirming that Facebook is free. So, the follow up question was something like “If Facebook is free, how do you make money?” And we have to give the Facebook executive some …

Facebook in hot water as the FTC examines possible violation of 2011 consent decree (VIDEO)

The other day, we told you about a company called Cambridge Analytica. According to the New York Times, the consulting firm, hired by the Trump campaign in 2016, got its hands on as many as 50 million Facebook profiles without permission. The latter was used to create psychological profiles of voters. The Trump campaign employed the data to determine the areas of the country where it needed to place more ads or arrange for a personal appearance by the candidate.

When the story first broke, the Times characterized the use of the Facebook profiles as a data breach, a term that Facebook …

Keep your coffee hot all day with this self-warming mug


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Let’s face it. We’ve all left our hot beverages sitting around and forgot all about them only to come back to a nasty cup of coffee or tea. For moments like that, this fancy ceramic smart mug is here to help you avoid that situation altogether.

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Named one of the best inventions of the year by Time Magazine in 2017, the ceramic temperature control mug by Ember is a special heated mug that can be adjusted via the companion Ember app or your Apple watch, so you can remotely set your mug to your preferred temperature and save presets so it’s always at the ideal heat. (Just don’t put it in the microwave. Duh.) Read more…

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Polarize your Thanksgiving guests by serving up a Hot Cheetos turkey


Interested in getting barred from all future family Thanksgivings? Consider bringing a turkey covered in Hot Cheetos dust to this year’s gathering.

We can all thank Reynolds (as in Reynolds wrap) for this creative and unique holiday treat. Please send all feedback to them and not to us.

Per the recipe, all you must do to make a Hot Cheetos turkey is crush the snacks in a food processor, then use them as a coating for your bird — over a layer of butter, of course. You’ll then bake your turkey in an oven bag. Guess which brand of oven bag the recipe calls for? That’s right, friends. Reynolds. Read more…

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T-Mobile brings back BOGO deals on hot flagship phones

Just in time for the holidays, T-Mobile is offering BOGO deals on flagship handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, LG V30+, Apple iPhone 8 and more. The deal requires you to purchase the two phones in advance using the carrier’s Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). One new line also needs to be activated. Unlike some phones that are offered with $0 down and monthly payments, these devices are pricey top-shelf models. Therefore, T-Mobile is asking that buyers make down payments of $80 to $130 depending on the device.

After you purchase the two phones (again, using T-Mobile’s EIP), you …

Deals: Amazon celebrates Alexa's third birthday with a bevy of hot deals on Alexa-powered devices

Amazon’s personal AI assistant Alexa has had a great year thus far. Branching out from its roots on bluetooth smart home speakers, Alexa has enjoyed some popularity in the mobile world, appearing on smartphones such as the HTC U11, the Huawei Mate 9 and Moto Z and Moto Z2 handsets via the Amazon Alexa Moto Mod. But this year also marks Alexa’s third birthday and Amazon wants to celebrate by slashing the prices of a handful of devices powered by the AI assistant.

The deal is good from 9 PM PST on Nov. 5 through 11:59 PM PST on Nov. …

Red Hot Zello PTT Walkie Talkie app helped save lives during Hurricane Harvey

Zello PTT Walkie Talkie is one of the “hottest” apps in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.  The free app turns your iOS or Android device into a Walkie-Talkie with push-to-talk capabilities. With the app installed, users can have a conversation one-on-one with a friend or family member, or join a group conversation. One reason for the app’s popularity is a rumor that installing it will turn your phone into a two-way radio without requiring internet connectivity. Unfortunately, that is not true. You do need to be connected to a carrier’s network, or to Wi-Fi in order for …

Here's Johnny! With a hot phone beside him, BlackBerry CEO Chen is working his magic

In the midst of the first sustained comeback that BlackBerry has enjoyed since partnering up with manufacturers like TCL, company CEO John Chen jetted off to Indonesia to participate in the Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia meetings. Among the topics that Chen discussed during a television interview were possible acquisitions for BlackBerry, something that even the most died-in-the-wool Berry fan couldn’t have imagined being open for discussion so soon after the launch of the BlackBerry KEYone.

In Indonesia, BlackBerry’s manufacturing partner is BB Merah Putih and the latest handset to be …

Cricket's Hot Summer Deals: 2 lines with Unlimited Data for $80, and new phones on sale

Sure, summer is now winding down as we get close to the waning days of July. Soon, it will be August and then September brings the start of fall. Before you know it, the holiday shopping season will be here. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. It is still hot outside. How do we know that? Well, there is first hand experience, but also Cricket Wireless is holding its Hot Summer Deals. That means that it still has to be summertime, right? After all, when the cricket sees its shadow, that means we have several more weeks of hot weather ahead.

So what exactly is Cricket offering you for the …