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Safety app Watch Out acquires paywall startup BitWall

BitWall, a Bitcoin-focused startup promising to help online publishers make money, has been acquired. Its new owner is Watch Out, the company behind an app that sends alerts about things like product and food recalls and weather-related emergencies. It’s not the most obvious acquirer, but the companies say BitWall can ...

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Crazy Cool Cars from the Best Minneapolis Museums


CHANHASSEN, Minnesota — I really wanted to show you photos of Prince’s 1981 Honda CM400 Hondamatic motorcycle from “Purple Rain”, his 2006 Bentley Continental GT with purple flake shimmer paint, and his purple 1999 Plymouth Prowler, but Paisley Park security took my phone and camera during my group tour. You’ll ...

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iOS 12: The hidden feature I won't be switching on

iOS 12 features a built-in automatic update feature I’ve spent a fair bit of time poking around the new iOS 12 beta, and come across a fair number of new features. Some seem useful, others not so. But there’s one new feature that I don’t think I’ll even be activating. ...

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Reflections on E3 2018

After taking a year off, I returned to E3 this week. It’s always a fun show, in spite of the fact that the show floor has come to rival Comic-Con in terms of the mass of people the show’s organizers are able to cram into the aisles of the convention ...

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Purdue’s PHADE technology lets cameras ‘talk’ to you

It’s become almost second nature to accept that cameras everywhere — from streets, to museums and shops — are watching you, but now they may be able to communicate with you, as well. New technology from Purdue University computer science researchers has made this dystopian prospect a reality in a ...

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Zelle forecast to overtake Venmo this year

Despite some concerns over its adoption by scammers, new payment service Zelle is shaping up to overtake rival Venmo this year, according to a new forecast from eMarketer. The firm expects Zelle to grow more than 73 percent in 2018, to reach 27.4 million users in the U.S., ahead of ...

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Living It Up, Way Up in a HondaJet

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — We are cruising stealthily above the Twin Cities in a HondaJet at nearly 4,000 feet per minute. My cohorts and I feel like a couple of rock stars—life is good. Automobile was recently invited to test drive the all-new 2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan in the ...

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