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Country’s first ‘robot sex brothel’ set to open in Texas prompts backlash: report

A so-called ‘robot sex brothel’ reportedly set to open later this month is causing backlash from residents and activists.  (Elijah Rising, nonprofit organization) The first so-called “robot sex brothel” in the U.S. slated to open in the Houston area this month has prompted a massive backlash from residents and activists who say it will ruin the neighborhood. The company opened their first location near Toronto last year where $60 buys a half hour alone with a robot sex doll, according to the Examiner. The dolls start at $2,500 to buy. Yuval Gavriel, the founder of KinkySdollS, made the announcement during an interview with the Washington Examiner last week, telling the paper he plans to expand to 10 locations throughout the United States by 2020. Elijah Rising, a Ho...

Bitcoin crashing, Netflix offline and more: Tech Q&A

A man walks past an electric board showing exchange rates of various cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (top L) at a cryptocurrencies exchange in Seoul, South Korea December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji – RC161BA31E70 Business Flight Bids Q: I heard that airlines are now having auctions like eBay for business and first class seats. How can I bid? A: Many flights don’t get completely booked, and the airline struggles to sell those last empty pricey seats at H-hour. The solution? Giving the seats away to the highest bidder. Granted, this isn’t a dependable solution, and you’ll probably have to pay a few hundred dollars for the upgrade. If you have money to spare and feel like playing the game, you may be rewarded with a glass of champagne and a lot of legroom. Tap or click here for a ...

Google staffers wanted to manipulate search results to combat Trump’s travel ban, emails show

New evidence of political bias at Google? Internal Google emails reveal employees discussing manipulating search results after Trump’s travel ban; insight from Peter Schweizer, producer of ‘The Creepy Line.’ Google is in the spotlight after internal emails show conversations between employees highlighting a desire to manipulate search results on the heels of President Trump’s controversial travel ban in order to mute conservative viewpoints and push ways to combat the ban. Like many Silicon Valley titans, Google has drawn the ire of conservatives who feel right-leaning views are condemned from within. But internal company emails made public by Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday appear to show employees wanted to curate Google’s algorithm to boost left-le...

Streaming football, delete searches and more: Tech Q&A

(Cedit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)  (USA TODAY Sports) Erase Google Searches Q: I have typed things into Google that I’ve rather not admit. How do I erase everything I ever searched for on Google? A: Honestly, all of us have probably searched for something we’re not proud of, and search history is a double-edged sword. In a worst-case scenario, uncomfortable searches can be handy for anyone looking to blackmail you. Be forewarned: You can erase your search history on your browser, but that information isn’t permanently deleted unless you take another step. I have your back though. Tap or click here to erase everything you ever searched for on Google. More on this… Stream NFL Games Q: Football is our life. Where can we watch the NFL games streaming? A: The NFL has alway...

8 clever ways that tech can reveal a cheating spouse

(Credit: iStock)  (ShaneKato) People cheat. Not everyone, not all the time, but extramarital affairs are downright common. Even now, in the age of serial divorces and polyamory, when marriage is as flexible – and even disposable – as it ever has been, devoted husbands and wives succumb to temptation. When looking for evidence, partners usually turn to spy apps. These secretive phone apps track everything a person does and where the person goes. Click or tap here for five smartphone apps that will get the job done. In addition, camera technology has advanced a lot in the past few years. They keep getting smaller and smaller, making it possible to conceal them any which way. Spycam manufacturers have been creative in producing some of the most cleverly disguised (and tiny) camera/DVR systems...

Google bosses upset over Trump election victory, leaked video shows

Google co-founder Sergey Brin and CFO Ruth Porat were both upset following Donald Trump’s general election victory, newly released video shows.  (Getty Images) Not long after Donald Trump won the general election in 2016, the executives of Google held a company meeting in which they expressed their disappointment at the result, newly released video has revealed. The recording, which was provided anonymously to and reported by Breitbart News, was made by the tech giant and showed several of the company’s leaders. At the top of the video, co-founder Sergey Brin said that he’s aware “this is probably not the most joyous TGIF we have had.” “You know, let’s face it, most people here are pretty upset and pretty sad for … because of the election,” Brin said. “Myself, as an...

Speed up your tablet, hide your Amazon profile and more: Tech Q&A

Tim Cook, CEO, holds an iPad Pro after his keynote address to Apple’s annual world wide developer conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, U.S. June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – HP1ED651LWP5I Antenna Channels Q: If I buy an antenna to get free television channels, how many channels will I get? Is there a formula or something to figure it out before I buy and install the antenna? A: For people who like to save money, antennas are a great investment. Setting up an antenna is a tricky task; its physical placement may require troubleshooting. Unlike the “rabbit ears” era, you don’t have to stand on the roof and bend the wires and shout down the living room to see whether the reception is clearer. Specialty sites will supply you with most ...

Viral ‘Momo suicide game’ blamed for deaths of boy, 16, and girl, 12, reports say

Two youths in Colombia reportedly committed suicide in late August as the sick “Momo suicide challenge” continues to spread worldwide. A 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy took their own lives, within just 48 hours of each other, according to local radio outlet Caracol. The deaths happened in the municipality of Barbosa, in the north west part of the Colombian area of Santander, according to the Daily Mail. Local media, including RCN Radio, reported the teen boy likely knew the younger girl and passed the game to her, before killing himself. A mere 48 hours later, the 12-year-old girl was found hanged. SINISTER ‘MOMO SUICIDE CHALLENGE’ SPARKS FEAR AS IT SPREADS ON WHATSAPP Police seized the children’s phones, which were said to have messages linking them t...

Apple to unveil new iPhones in coming weeks

A attendee uses a new iPhone X during a presentation for the media in Beijing, China October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter – RC1BB5A3BB10 Apple will unveil a new batch of iPhones in less than two weeks. The tech titan released an invitation to members of the press Thursday morning inviting them to “Gather Round” the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif. on Sept. 12. There, Apple is expected to announce three new iPhones, as well as upgrades to the iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. The three new iPhone models will all do away with the home button, mimicking the design of last year’s $1,000 iPhone X model, according to a Bloomberg report on Monday. The new iPhones will boast significantly bigger, edge-to-edge screens. The larger model will boast a 6.5-inch OLED screen — dwarfing the iPhone...

Dozens of Facebook employees challenge ‘intolerant’ liberal culture

Facebook agrees to bias review Social network will look into claims it has discriminated against minorities and censors conservative opinions; Fox Business Network’s Deirdre Bolton reports. A senior Facebook engineer called out what he termed the company’s “political monoculture” in an internal message board post, prompting over 100 fellow employees to join a group advocating for political diversity. The group represents less than half a percent of the social media giant’s workforce, and members aren’t necessarily even conservative. But they say they are fed up with the way co-workers who don’t toe the liberal line are treated. “We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views,” Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, wrote in the Aug. 20 post ...

Jacksonville mass shooting sparks calls for tighter eSports security

The deadly shooting during a Madden 19 NFL tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, Sunday has prompted calls for tighter security at professional video gaming events. The gunman killed two people and then fatally shot himself in a rampage that wounded several others. Authorities believe 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore carried out the attack using at least one handgun at the Jacksonville Landing, a collection of restaurants and shops along the St. Johns River. Katz is believed to have fired shots at the Chicago Pizza restaurant and bar, according to Sheriff Mike Williams. Professional video gaming, or eSports, is a fast-growing industry where players compete against each other for lucrative prizes, often in front of large audiences. The events also have a huge following online via streamin...

Smart home upgrades, streaming services and more: Tech Q&A

(Credit: Amazon) Streaming Services Q: If I have Netflix, do I need another streaming service? A: Many people watch everything they want and find that new material isn’t replenished quickly enough. That’s why millions of people subscribe to multiple streaming services, so they can bounce between them and always find something new. So, how does Hulu compare with Vudu and what is the best service for you? Moreover, will you be able to see your favorite programming once you sign up? Tap or click here for the best streaming services compared. More on this… Free Microsoft Office Alternatives Q: I don’t want to spend money on Microsoft Office. Are there any programs like Word that are not so expensive? A: Microsoft Office is so ubiquitous we sometimes forget that the software isn’t free. O...