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Senior mobile editor @Engadget. I've got war in my bones. v@engadget.comSenior mobile editor @Engadget. I've got war in my bones.

Apple open-sources CareKit to help us better understand our health — In case you missed the news the first time, CareKit currently has four modules that developers can deploy in their apps. Care Card is a mobile care plan where people can check off recovery or treatment tasks.

Halliburton Dumps RIM, Chooses iPhones For 4,500 Employees — To say that RIM has had a tough time these past few months is an understatement, and today's news probably won't help raise the morale around Waterloo. According to AppleInsider, oilfield services giant Halliburton will soon be migrating their BlackBerry-toting workforce to run exclusively on a new fleet of iPhones.

New software update fixes the Nextbit Robin's sluggish camera — Once installed, you'll start to hear meatier sound from the Robin's twin front-facing speakers. It works better for some songs than others, obviously: EDM and rock feels more substantial, but lighter tracks sometimes sound thick to the point of being overly heavy. Most of the time, though, the speaker enhancements are welcome.

Watch Acer unveil its newest PCs and gaming machines — The sun is out, the weather is fine -- perhaps best of all -- there's some new hardware waiting for us. Acer's got a big to-do in New York City this morning, where it's expected to go a little crazy showing off its brand new desktops and laptops.

Google Keep finally gets a Chrome extension for easier saving — Creating new Keep entries while multitasking just got easier on Android, too. Sweet, sweet content (like web links, photos and text) in other apps can be saved to Keep via the Share menu.

The Pictar brings SLR-style camera controls to (most) iPhones — Curiously, you won't find a Bluetooth transmitter or Lightning connector here. It instead communicates with the iPhone using ultrasound, a seemingly peculiar approach that's actually rather clever. Each action (think: zooming, taking a photo, tweaking your ISO and more) is tied to a specific high-frequency tone.

Magic Instruments' digital guitar makes it easy for anyone to jam — Now, here's the thing -- it isn't meant to teach you how to play a real guitar. Some aspects of using the rhythm guitar, like strumming its six strings, can unintentionally help with your traditional playing. Still, there's plenty of hardware out there specifically meant to make you a better guitarist.

Congressman calls for probe of longstanding mobile security flaw — "The applications for this vulnerability are seemingly limitless, from criminals monitoring individual targets to foreign entities conducting economic espionage on American companies to nation states monitoring US government officials," Lieu wrote in a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

AMC decides not to let people text in theaters after all — As anyone with a pulse could've guessed, that one juicy bit of the interview with Variety led to a social media trial of sorts. To be fair, Aron -- who has only been AMC's CEO for about four months -- never said these sorts of changes were going into effect immediately.

Canadian police used BlackBerry's key to unlock BBM messages — The only people immune to that sort of potential snooping were those with BlackBerrys connected to an enterprise server. Corporate BlackBerry servers generate their own encryption keys, but devices that don't use those servers -- that is, all personal BlackBerrys -- rely on an identical peer-to-peer encryption key loaded onto the phone when built.
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Apr 27, 2016

Haven't seen @shootbydaylight in months but we somehow wind up with adjacent gates at Newark Airport. STILL MISSED IT BY MINUTES.

Apr 25, 2016

.@anthonyha is crazy, this combination karaoke/standup thing is pretty great.

Apr 23, 2016

RT @PuccaNoodles: gettin real tired of these article sites and their passive-aggressive attitude

Apr 20, 2016

@EPro ah, thanks, was thrown by the web app sans extension in the store

Apr 18, 2016

@robertmclaws @GaborFari @danielgary except this: "the flaw can leave phones open to snooping regardless of what operating system they run"

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