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6 of the best WiFi routers for increasing your wireless connectivity in the UK

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As people and homes become more connected, the need for WiFi connectivity continues to increase. This is where having a quality WiFi router, sometimes called a wireless router, becomes essential. Which WiFi router you choose will depend on a number of factors, including the size of your coverage area, the number of devices connecting, and the types of devices connecting to the router. Not only are they easy to install, they can help provide WiFi coverage throughout your home and ensure lightning fast connection speeds.  

Whether you’re looking for a no-frills, single band WiFi router or a full-fledged dual band (or even tri-band) model to handle an entire family’s streaming and gaming needs, we’ve got the 6 best WiFi router options to fit your needs. Read more…

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French regulator fines Google $57 million for GDPR violations

Brace yourselves: The GDPR fines are coming. 

France’s National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has fined Google 50 million euros ($56.8 million) for breaching the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules, the regulator announced on Monday. 

After receiving complaints from two associations — None Of Your Business (NOYB) and La Quadrature du Net (LQDN), the CNIL found that Google has violated GDPR rules in two ways. 

First, the organization found that Google provided information to users in a non-transparent way.  Read more…

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Self-driving scooters and bikes? Uber’s working on it.

Your electric scooter could one day be autonomous. 

Uber is working on self-driving scooters and bikes, according to 3DRobotics CEO Chris Anderson. The company announced plans to explore electric scooters and bikes that can drive themselves to charging stations and riders. 

In a tweet on Saturday, Anderson revealed that the ride-hailing app is hiring engineers for “Micromobility Robotics” — a division under JUMP, Uber’s on-demand rideshare for bikes and scooters. Its main group, Uber Advance Technologies Group, will continue its work on self-driving cars.

Exciting announcement from @UberATG at today’s @DIYRobocars event. “Micromobility” = autononomous scooters & bikes that can drive themselves to charging or better locations. Hiring now pic.twitter.com/sOjroo8XZI

— Chris Anderson (@chr1sa) January 20, 2019 Read more…

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Ethereum’s important upgrade postponed to late February

Ethereum, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrencies and decentralized app platforms, was supposed to get an upgrade called Constantinople on January 16. 

Alas, due to a security issue discovered just one day before the scheduled upgrade, Constantinople was delayed, and now we have a new date: February 27. 

This is according to Ethereum developer Péter Szilágyi, who tweeted about the change late Friday. 

Seems we’re going with block 7.28M for the #Ethereum Constantinople refork scheduled for the 27th of February! Will be a single fork on mainnet and a post-Constantinople-fixup fork on the testnets to get them back in line feature wise with the main network.

— Péter Szilágyi (@peter_szilagyi) January 18, 2019 Read more…

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Chevy built a massive, 3,000-pound Lego replica of its Silverado truck

If you’ve ever wondered what a full-sized pickup truck would look like in Lego form, Chevrolet and Lego have you covered.

The two companies have teamed up to make a massive, life-sized Lego version of the Silverado pickup truck — and the results are impressive

Despite being a publicity stunt for Chevrolet’s work with Lego on the upcoming The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, the truck is nonetheless a considerable feat of Lego brick engineering. 

The Lego Silverado, is a near exact replica of Chevy’s full-size pickup. It’s 6 feet high and and 8 feet wide. It has working headlights and reproduces even small details, like the front grill and Chevrolet logos, in Lego form. Read more…

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There’s a secret dog hidden in your YouTube video timeline

YouTube hasn’t ever been one to skimp on the Easter eggs, but this is a new one for me.

It’s hidden away on the timeline that charts your progress through a video. If you highlight that timeline and hold left — either left on an attached game controller, or the left arrow key — in certain versions of YouTube (I’ll get to that in a minute), you can summon a dog.

It takes a bit, so be patient. If you’ve watched any of the video, it’ll rewind first. Then you want to keep holding left for another 10 or 15 seconds. Eventually, a little, brown dog, possibly a Corgi, will trot across your timeline, from left to right. Read more…

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