Linxup lets you track any car, anywhere in the country

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By Maren Estrada

Vehicle Tracking Solution

Looking for an affordable fleet tracking solution for you small business? Or maybe you just want to keep track of your kids and make sure that you can pinpoint their locations anytime at the drop of a hat. In either case, the Linxup OBD GPS Tracker with Real Time 3G GPS Tracking is the way to go. This tiny box plugs into the standard OBD port on any car, van or truck and uses a combination of GPS and cellular tracking to pinpoint a vehicle’s location anywhere in the country. You can also set geofences and all sorts of other alerts, all without any monthly contracts.

Here are some highlights from the product page:

  • Monitor fleet driving activity (location, direction, speed, traffic, and more) with a GPS tracker with 100% accuracy using Google Maps so you can always find your fleet drivers.
  • Review driving routes with GPS tracking, set geofences around important driver locations (jobsite, home office, or restricted areas) and know when the vehicle is in use with the Linxup GPS vehicle tracking device.
  • Get nationwide 3G car tracking coverage updated every minute. Tracking service is only $22.99/month with no contract options and no cancellation fees.
  • Use Linxup’s valuable reports and dashboard to reduce your fleet’s fuel consumption and monitor driver safety. Make more service calls and reach more customers each day.
  • Free GPS tracking mobile apps with unlimited real-time email & text message alerts. Tracker installs into OBD port and includes manufacturer’s limited lifetime device warranty.

Linxup OBD GPS Tracker with Real Time 3G GPS Tracking, Car Tracking Device and Car Locator, Car…: $24.99

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SpaceX successfully blasts off from NASA’s famous launch pad

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After a last-moment delay, SpaceX has put NASA’s legendary Launch Complex 39A back into action. The company successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from the historic pad (best known for the Apollo 11 mission) Sunday morning, and topped it off by lan…

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Ben Heck’s Portable N64, part 2

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When Ben began his Nintendo 64 build, he knew it wasn’t going to be easy. In this episode, he shrinks down the size of the controller, embeds the RAM expansion and begins to construct the case with design cues from the Nintendo Switch. To embed t…

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This futuristic ATM means you’ll never have to go into a bank again

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By Chris Mills

NCR's new ATM

Fifty years ago, the ATM was one of the first robots to start down the long path of stealing jobs. Even the name — Automated Teller Machine — shows that it was explicitly designed to put bank tellers out of a job.

ATMs have become far more sophisticated since their introduction, but their main function of dispensing cash hasn’t really changed. So, for ATMs themselves to remain relevant as banks increasingly go online, there needs to be change.

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Here’s everything you need to becoming a certified ethical hacker

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Apple Acquires Israeli Firm RealFace Specializing in Facial Recognition

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By Tim Hardwick

Apple has bought Israeli startup RealFace, a cybersecurity and machine learning firm specializing in facial recognition technology.

The Times of Israel reported on Sunday that the Tel Aviv-based company, founded in 2014, was snapped up by Apple for an estimated $2 million, while Hebrew-language Calcalist said the deal was worth “several million dollars”.

RealFace’s website is currently offline, but according to promotional material, the startup had developed a unique facial recognition technology that integrates artificial intelligence and “brings back human perception to digital processes”. RealFace’s software is said to use proprietary IP in the field of “frictionless face recognition” that allows for rapid learning from facial features.

The Israeli startup also developed a now-defunct app called Pickeez, which selected and collated a user’s best photos across various platforms using the RealFace recognition software.

Demo of RealFace’s face recognition software.

According to iPhone 8 rumors, Apple may ditch Touch ID along with the physical home button, in favor of a facial recognition-capable front-facing 3D laser scanner, although with the RealFace acquisition coming at such a late time, it’s unlikely that the any of the startup’s technology will feature.

RealFace is the fourth Israel-based firm Apple is known to have acquired. In 2011 it bought flash memory maker Anobit for a reported $400 million, then in November 2013 it acquired 3D sensor company PrimeSense for an estimated $345 million. Most recently in 2015, Apple bought LinX for around $20 million.

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Free App ‘Reverb’ Brings Amazon’s Alexa to Mac Desktops, iPhones and iPads

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By Tim Hardwick

Developers at U.S. digital consultancy Rain have created a little-known app called Reverb that allows users to access Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant from their Mac desktop or iOS device.

Launching the free Mac app prompts users to sign in to their Amazon account, after which a window opens showing the familiar blue Alexa ring on the desktop. Click and hold on the ring with the mouse cursor, and provided an internet connection is active, the virtual assistant listens and responds to the sort of spoken questions and commands usually directed at Amazon’s Echo range of smart speakers.

The iOS app works similarly, and the latest version of Reverb uses Alexa v2, which adds support for news flashes, timers, alarms, long form audio, audiobooks, and more. It can also interact with smart devices that are compatible with Alexa, such as lights, switches, and thermostats compatible Samsung SmartThings, WeMo, Philips Hue, and others. The only Alexa service Reverb does not support is playing music, due to restrictions Amazon has placed on using Amazon Music in apps.

In addition to the above, users can enable third-party skills through the app with a simple voice command – “Enable Bird Songs”, for example. In testing, the Mac app also responded to new skills enabled through Amazon’s Alexa iOS app, which officially supports and integrates with the Reverb app for iOS.

The apps provide a convenient solution for Echo owners wishing to make Alexa available in, say, their office room or study, without having to buy an additional supporting device. It also offers prospective Echo buyers an opportunity to test the service prior to making a purchase, and at the very least gives curious Mac users a chance to compare Alexa’s and Siri‘s smarts side by side on their desktop.

Reverb for Amazon Alexa is a free download available for Mac from the Mac App Store [Direct Link] and for iPhone and iPad on the iOS App Store [Direct Link].

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Barbie Hello Hologram is a tiny virtual friend for girls

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Smart home speakers like the Echo and Google Home can tell you the weather, play music and look up stuff for you. However, they stop short of attaching a face to those actions, and certainly don’t have any sense of sartorial style. Mattel’s latest cr…

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