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Ford recalls 350,000 trucks, SUVs for transmission problems – Roadshow

The recall includes the latest versions of the F-150 and Expedition.
Source: CNET

Game of Thrones final season: Release date, cast and theories – CNET

Winter is coming, but until then, we’re left with reports and juicy rumors about the battle for the Iron Throne. Here’s how to watch and what to expect.
Source: CNET

Amazon rolls out remote access to its FreeTime parental controls

Amazon is making it easier for parents to manage their child’s device usage from their own phone, tablet, or PC with an update to the Parent Dashboard in Amazon FreeTime. Since its launch in 2012, Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited has been one of the better implementations of combining kid-friendly content with customizable profiles and parental controls. Today, parents can monitor and manage kids’ screen time, time limits, daily educational goals, device activity, and more while allowing children to access family-friendly content like books, videos, apps and games.

Last year, Amazon introduced a Parent Dashboard as another means of helping parents monitor screen time as well as have conversations with kids about what they’re doing on their devices. For example, if the child was reading a particular book, the dashboard might prompt parents with questions they could ask about the books’ content. The dashboard also provided a summary of the child’s daily device use, including things like what books were read, videos watched, apps or games played, and websites visited, and for how long.

According to a research study Amazon commissioned with Kelton Global Research, the company found that 97 percent of parents monitor or manage their kids’ use of tablets and smartphones, but 75 percent don’t want to hover over kids when they’re using their devices.

On Thursday, Amazon addressed this problem by allowing parents to remotely configure the parental control settings from the online Parent Dashboard in order to manage the child’s device from afar from a phone, tablet or computer.

The controls are the same as those available through the child’s device itself. Parents can set a device bedtime, daily goals and time limits, adjust their smart filter, and enable the web browser remotely. They can also remotely add new books, videos, apps and games to their child’s FreeTime profile, and lock or unlock the device for a set period of time.

The addition comes following last year’s launch of FreeTime on Android, and Google’s own entry into the parental control software space with the public launch of Family Link last fall. Apple also this year made vague promises about improving its existing parental controls in the future, in response to pressure from two Apple shareholder groups, Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.

With the increased activity in the parental control market, Amazon’s FreeTime may lose some of its competitive advantages. Amazon also needed to catch up to the remote control capabilities provided with Google’s Family Link.

There are those who argue that parental controls that do things like limit kids’ activity on apps and games or turn off access to the internet are enablers of lazy parenting, where devices instead of people are setting the rules. But few parents use parental controls in that fashion. Rather, they establish house rules then use software to remind children the rules exist and to enforce them.

The updated FreeTime Parent Dashboard is available via a mobile-optimized website at parents.amazon.com.


Source: TechCrunch

This Week in the Future of Cars: Working Through the Chaos

A Tesla wreck, an EPA rollback, and a city simulator
Source: Wired

Best Mobile Browsers: Microsoft Edge, Firefox Focus, Google Chrome, and More

Surfing the web on your phone is about to get a whole lot better.
Source: Wired

Facebook deleted Mark Zuckerberg's messages from inboxes – CNET

The Facebook CEO’s Facebook messages disappear from users’ inboxes after a certain length of time. Some might call it the Snapchat effect.
Source: CNET

LG forecasts record Q1 profit despite its struggling smartphone division

LG’s mobile business may be a serial loss-maker, but the rest of the Korean firm’s interests are doing pretty well… better than ever actually according to its newest earnings forecast.

Like fellow countryman Samsung, LG is on course for company-record Q1 financial results. The company is predicting an operating profit of 1.1 trillion KRW ($1.03 billion) on total sales of 15.1 trillion KRW ($14.1 billion) for the quarter.

That’s up 20 percent year-on-year and it represents the first time LG has made a profit of over 1 trillion KRW in the first quarter of the financial year.

The financial forecasts don’t include in-depth analysis of LG’s divisions — the full earnings are due later this month — so we don’t yet know what is driving this record for sure. Carrying on from its Q4 earnings, which helped 2017 become LG’s most-profitable financial year since 2009, we know that the firm’s home appliance and TV divisions were the star performers, while its home entertainment division saw operating income jump 134 percent to hit $345.96 million.

LG Mobile is likely to once again drag the numbers down.

Its newest device — the V30S ThinQ — is unlikely to move the needle with consumers as TechCrunch’s Brian Heater noted when he reviewed the device at Mobile World Congress in February.

To give credit, new LG Mobile CEO Hwang Jeong-hwan — who took the top job in November — managed to reduce losses from 375.3 billion KRW ($331.37 million) in Q3 to 213.2 billion KRW ($192.33 million) in Q4, but turning the division profitable is much harder than cutting the bleeding.

LG Mobile has posted just one-quarter of profitability over the last two years, that was a small $3.2 million profit Q1 2017, the first quarter of sales of its G6 flagship. Previous to that, you have to go way back to Q1 2015 to find a positive quarter for its mobile division.

“Due to the challenging business environment of smartphones, the mobile communications arm is presumed to have not posted a sharp improvement in performances,” NH Investment & Securities said in a note according to Yonhap.

That said, the company’s newest flagship phone — the G7 — is rumored to be dropping next month, so it won’t be too long before we can see what the new management team has in mind.


Source: TechCrunch

Cyberinsurance Tries to Tackle the Unpredictable World of Hacks

Insuring against hacks and breaches can be a lucrative business—but also presents unique challenges.
Source: Wired

A Brain-Boosting Prosthesis Moves From Rats to Humans

An algorithm tailored to individual brain activity shows it can boost memory with electrical zaps.
Source: Wired

Mark Zuckerberg testifies to Congress: How to watch live – CNET

Facebook’s CEO will answer federal lawmakers’ questions in the Senate and House.
Source: CNET

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