What you should know if your smart TV makes you feel dumb

If it seems as though televisions have gotten very complicated very fast, it’s not just you. Sometimes smart technology can make us feel, well, dumb. You must contend with a number of abbreviations — LCD, OLED, HDR, HDMI and more — and widely varying price points. What does it all mean, and why can’t we just go buy a TV? To break it down, we talked to technology experts, a deals guru and an interior design expert — because you shouldn’t need a degree in TV to binge-watch “Stranger Things.”…

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Hurricane Dorian makes landfall over North Carolina

Storm brings floodwaters and high winds to eastern coastline after reducing parts of the Bahamas to rubble. Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Friday, hitting the beach resort area with powerful winds and battering waves days after reducing parts of the Bahamas to rubble and killing dozens on the island nation. The storm, packing 150km/h (90mph) made landfall at Cape Hatteras at about 9am local time (13:00 GMT), according to the National Hurricane Center. It lashed the Outer Banks with hurricane-force winds as far…

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Apple apologises, and makes changes to Siri’s privacy policy

In a statement, the tech giant announced new plans aimed at improving its digital-assistant services. Multinational technology company Apple Inc on Wednesday said it would quit its default practice of retaining audio recordings of the requests users make to its Siri personal assistant. The company also pledged to limit human review of what audio it does collect so only its employees – and not its contractors – can hear these recordings. The changes come after Apple earlier this month put a hold on a programme called Siri grading, in which humans…

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