Spies can eavesdrop by watching a light bulb’s variations

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The list of sophisticated eavesdropping techniques has grown steadily over years: wiretaps, hacked phones, bugs in the wall—even bouncing lasers off of a building’s glass to pick up conversations inside. Now add another tool for audio spies: Any light bulb in a room that might be visible from a window.

Researchers from Israeli’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Weizmann Institute of Science today revealed a new technique for long-distance eavesdropping they call “lamphone.” They say it allows anyone with a laptop and less than a thousand dollars of equipment—just a

Poco F2 Pro review: Cutting the right corners

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The Pocophone F1 was a smartphone that truly focused on value for money. It included the important features and excluded the unimportant ones. We liked it because of its fantastic optimization of features, specs, and value.

Fast forward almost two years, the Poco brand has had more than just a name change. This time around, the latest device is looking and feeling very different. Can Xiaomi’s Poco F2 Pro match the hype and value of its predecessor?

Find out in Android Authority’s Poco F2 Pro review.

About our Poco F2 Pro review: I wrote this Poco F2 Pro review

Big tech companies are responding to George Floyd in a way they never did for Michael Brown

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In the days since the death of George Floyd, technology’s biggest companies and their leaders have made public statements expressing solidarity with Black communities. The communications — which, really, are press releases — condemn racism and call for unity. Some at least name George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Some have said “Black Lives Matter” outright.

More meaningfully, many companies have committed donations to causes fighting racial injustice in the millions of dollars.

So some of the wealthiest businesses in the world are showing up in a moment when the national attention has turned to racial injustice. But surely,

10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)

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Mingo best icon packs for Android
Icon packs are on of the most popular methods of customization. Most mainstream third party launchers support them and they provide a cheap and unique way to customize your device. Plus, there are literally hundreds upon hundreds to choose from. When we first thought about doing this list, we thought about doing individual icon packs. Unfortunately (or perhaps, fortunately), there simply too many good ones out there.

We decided instead to list developers of icon packs rather than individual icon packs. This isn’t like most app genres where you get ten or 15 good ones and then the quality dips

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