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  • The Chromecast with Google TV is a real rival to the Roku and Amazon Fire TV now.
  • It finally runs software, called Google TV, that lets you browse shows, movies and apps.
  • It costs $50 and CNBC has been testing it for over a week. Here’s what it’s like.



graphical user interface, website: Chromecast with Google TV


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Chromecast with Google TV

The new $50 Chromecast with Google TV is Google’s first real rival to the Roku and Amazon Fire TV. 

It brings a lot of features that never existed on a Chromecast before, like a full remote and brand new Google TV software that makes it easier to find movies and TV shows. And it ties into all sorts of services, like Hulu, HBO Max, Netflix, Disney+ and more.

Previously, the Chromecast let you play content on your computer, but you had to select content on your phone. Now it has a whole new

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Touchless Soap Dispenser Review

October 9, 2020 | gadget | No Comments

Let’s be real: hand washing is absolutely non-negotiable in 2020, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that washing your hands for at least 20 seconds is one of the best ways to protect yourself against COVID-19.

And since more frequent handwashing calls for more soap, this means you’re definitely going to be touching that soap dispenser pump all day long. This, of course, can allow you to go through soap quickly, and lead you to wonder how clean your soap dispenser pump actually is, especially if you are like me and forget to wipe it down often.

Touchless soap dispensers claim to be a fast fix to this problem. and since handwashing is a must these days, I decided to give the Secura Premium Touchless Battery Operated Electric Automatic Soap Dispenser a try. This dispenser controls how much soap you use (which is great for soap wasters

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Tachanka has long been considered a subpar operator in Rainbow Six Siege, even becoming a meme known as Lord Tachanka. At long last, Ubisoft has revealed a rework for the character, and it involves modifying how his turret works and providing him with a brand-new gadget. Here’s how Tachanka’s changing, and how to check out the adjustments for yourself right now, complete with the full patch notes for the test server.

Tachanka’s rework comes in two key areas: a new primary weapon, and a new primary gadget. His turret is no longer locked down to the floor, but he still packs a lot of power with the DP27 LMG. Now he’ll carry it around with him, giving him more mobility. He’s still slow, but his portable LMG can be used to cut through soft walls easily and deal heavy damage.

He also gets a second new tool, the Shumikha launcher.

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Confirmed.

Shipped.

Delivered!

These notifications have kept me sane through
the pandemic. Between working from home, doing the dishes and dying to step out
– the kind delivery bhaiyas were
always the reason behind the much-needed excitement during these stay-at-home
days.

Now that we’ve all gotten used to (read: totally
hooked to) online shopping, how can we not exploit the biggest, most-awaited
and coolest Flipkart’s
Big Billion Days sale to the fullest! This sale is set to make a comeback on October 16 and here’s
what we’re adding to our gadget haul:

1) Some Goodies For Your Grooming Basket   

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With a lot of our focus shifting towards self-care (and also how we look on video calls) – it’s only wise to upgrade your grooming stash. We’re talking about a quality trimmer. Thanks to Flipkart’s Big Billion Days sale, there’s a sea of trimmers to pick from. Our tops picks

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Netflix is deactivating zombie accounts

October 9, 2020 | gadget | No Comments

Lonnie Brown
 |  Special to The Ledger

Here’s something unusual: A company is going to notify members who are paying for its service – and who haven’t used the service in some time – that they will be dropped from the service.

The company: Netflix, the movie-streaming service. “At Netflix, the last thing we want is people paying for something they’re not using,” a company spokesman recently announced.

So if you are an inactive user – or non-user in this case – you can look for an email from the company if you haven’t used the service in the past year.

“So we’re asking everyone who has not watched anything on Netflix for a year since they joined to confirm they want to keep their membership,” said Eddy Wu, the company’s product innovation director. “And we’ll do the same for anyone who has stopped watching for more than two years.”

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The maker of a male chastity toy that was vulnerable to a hack attack has suggested the device can be easily removed with a screwdriver.

Researchers found a flaw in Cellmate’s app that could have let hackers simultaneously remotely lock all the devices in use, with no manual release.

Now the Chinese firm has defended the product, saying it can be cracked open.

It added that anybody trapped in their chastity toy could also call its customer hotline to be released.

The flaw was found by security firm Pen Test Partners, which shared its findings with Guandong-based Qiui, which makes the Cellmate toy.

As well as being able to lock devices, the researchers discovered a way to fool the server into disclosing the registered name of each device owner, among other personal details, as well as the co-ordinates of every location from where the app had been used.

The researchers

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A “disinfection” cabinet that zaps coronavirus could be the must-have gadget this Christmas as manufacturers launch a range of anti-COVID appliances amid demand for professional levels of hygiene in UK households.

The cleaning cabinet uses UV light to kill bacteria and viruses on the surfaces of personal objects such as keys, mobile phones, bags and toys.

The gadget, which looks like a microwave and costs £199, has been put on the market by the electrical brand Beko.

It is part of the brand’s “Hygiene Shield” range, which also includes a fridge with a disinfection drawer and tumble dryer with a UV setting. The products were rushed into production after a poll of Beko customers in 31 countries found widespread concerns about domestic hygiene.

READ MORE: Nearly ‘a third of Brits’ start Christmas shopping early

The company said the products are designed to provide consumers with “peace of mind that their

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Can this Irish gadget clear the air of Covid?

October 8, 2020 | gadget | No Comments

Are we all tired of talking about coronavirus yet? It has been the topic of conversation for most of 2020 – and rightly so, given the situation in recent months. And it seems like we will be talking about it for some months to come. We are staring down the barrel of increased restrictions, and facing a winter where Covid will be an ever-present threat.

While we wait, we can keep doing as advised: wash our hands, wear a mask, limit our contacts and hope that we don’t get a call from the HSE to say we have been in close contact with a confirmed case.

But what about the times when we can’t keep our distance? Or where ventilation is poor? Air quality is an issue when it comes to the transmission of Covid-19.

There are a number of options out there to try to disinfect the air, but

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Pen Test Partners

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The Cellmate has been sold via several big-name online retailers as well as niche stores

A security flaw in a hi-tech chastity belt for men made it possible for hackers to remotely lock all the devices in use simultaneously.

The internet-linked sheath has no manual override, so owners might have been faced with the prospect of having to use a grinder or bolt cutter to free themselves from its metal clamp.

The sex toy’s app has been fixed by its Chinese developer after a team of UK security professionals flagged the bug.

They have also published a workaround.

This could be useful to anyone still using the old version of the app who finds themselves locked in as a result of an attacker making use of the revelation.

Any other attempt to cut through the device’s plastic body poses a risk of harm.

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A Batman -style gadget designed to lasso a suspects’ legs together is being tested for use by British police.

The BolaWrap is a handheld device that fires a kevlar cord at 513ft per second which tangles around targets from up to 25ft away.

It is intended to allow officers to immobilise suspects without having to resort to force and could be used instead of the taser.



a close up of some shoes: The BolaWrap discharges an 8-foot tether which tangles around a suspect's legs


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The BolaWrap discharges an 8-foot tether which tangles around a suspect’s legs

A demonstrated was given to forces from across the UK at the Royal College of Policing last year.

Tom Smith, president of Wrap Technologies which produces the gadget, said: “I had a meeting with the Home Office this week. UK police are looking at it at a national level.”

Smith said the device’s 160 decibel noise exceeds UK health and safety limits. His team is working on making the device

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