The FTC warns of robot calling spam targeting Chinese speakers

The Federal Trade Commission warned this week that mobile spam calls are now targeting the Chinese community in the US, with the robocaller pretending to be from the Chinese Embassy. The messages range from asking the recipient to pick up a package or document from a Chinese Consulate office and offering to exchange yuan to dollars, to the Embassy investigating a fraud and requiring personal information to avoid deportation. The FTC believes these calls are targeting Chinese immigrants or callers with Chinese last names, but in recent weeks, the practice has reached numbers across the US regardless of who the number is registered to. Like other spam calls, the incoming… Read More

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This couple wants tourists to pay $6 a day to store their luggage with a total stranger

Husband and wife Neha and Sid Khattri were on the final leg of a four week vacation when they found themselves in an inconvenient predicament: The Khattris had plans to visit LA’s beaches before their flight home to New York, but had nowhere to leave their bags for the day. Saddled with a month’s worth of luggage, they decided to find a place to ditch their three oversized suitcases before heading to the beach. However, this quickly turned into what Neha Khattri described as a “mad scramble.” Their Airbnb host declined to watch the bags for a few extra hours. The airline wouldn’t take the bags early, either. “It ruined… Read More

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 15, 2018

Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 15, 2018. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on GeekWire Three years later, Microsoft’s bet on Xbox One backward-compatible games is still paying off It has been nearly three years since Microsoft announced plans to make older Xbox games playable on Xbox One, and if there’s one area in which the company has pulled ahead of its competition in the console wars, it’s in backward compatibility. …… Read More

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Valve acquires Firewatch developer Campo Santo

Enlarge / A lookout tower stands over the mountains in Firewatch. Valve has acquired Campo Santo, known for the outdoor exploration game Firewatch, the developer announced late Saturday. The 12-person team will relocate to Valve’s Bellevue, Washington headquarters as it continues work on In the Valley of the Gods, a search for treasure in an Egyptian desert. “In Valve we found a group of folks who, to their core, feel the same way about the work that they do (this, you may be surprised to learn, doesn’t happen every day),” Campo Santo wrote in its announcement post. “In us, they found a group with unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives.… Read More

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How to improve the SNES Classic’s lineup of games with an easy software hack

As a general rule, any new media device will, within 24 hours of its release date, be hacked. Sometimes people will just want to figure out how to make the original “Doom” run on anything with a screen attached; other times, it’s to expand your options with a media device. Nintendo’s SNES Classic is no particular exception to the rule. It’s a small Linux-based device that you can plug into any TV or monitor with an HDMI port, and comes packed with 21 of Nintendo’s greatest hits from the ’90s. They were hard to find around the time they came out, but since then, the hype has died down and… Read More

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