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Mozilla enhances overall Firefox security

Published on 06/04/2019 @ 10 AM EST

The online browser sees Enhanced Tracking Protection, a desktop password manager, and new control settings for privacy. Firefox SVP Dave Camp wrote in the announcement “[i]t’s unfortunate that this shift had to happen in order for tech companies to take notice.”

Google outage cut access worldwide

Published on 06/03/2019 @ 11 AM EST

Over the weekend, Google had an outage that restricted access to YouTube, Gmail, Snapchat, Nest, and more with reports from all over the world. The outage lasted four hours and affected the east coast of the US the most. Google says it was caused by “high levels of network congestion in the eastern USA.”

Amazon one-day delivery surpasses 10m items

Published on 06/03/2019 @ 11 AM EST

There are now over 10 million items that can be purchased with one-day shipping for Amazon Prime members. Competitors Walmart (200k items) and Target (35k items) are hardly competition, with Amazon’s 110 fulfillment centers.

Philips Hue hints at smart plug

Published on 06/03/2019 @ 11 AM EST

iCulture, a Dutch website, says the tech brand will include a smart plug in its Hue lineup later this year that will be HomeKit-, Google Assistant-, and Alexa-compatible. Although not verified, there are already prices; it will be $25 in the US.

Canadian province to prohibit gas cars

Published on 06/02/2019 @ 1 AM EST

By 2040, all gas-powered vehicle sales in British Columbia will be prohibited and they have a goal that by 2025, 10% of all cars sold must be emission-free. Clean Energy Canada policy director Dan Woynillowicz says there’s a huge interest for emission-free vehicles already and “[t]his is going to go a long way toward addressing a problem we’ve had in British Columbia.”

HyperX creates Swarovski keyboard

Published on 06/02/2019 @ 1 AM EST

Combining gaming and luxury, the peripherals brand showed off the blinged out Swarovski keyboard and matching headset at Computex Taipei. The keyboard included WASD keys as well as 1234. There is no plan to put them up for sale.