Thursday, April 26, 2018

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TECHNOLOGY

Ford to stop selling every car in North America but the Mustang and Focus Active

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techcrunch.com - Ford today announced it will phase out most cars it sells in North America. According to its latest financial release, the auto giant “will transition to two vehicles” — the Mustang and an unannounce…

Amazon's New Alexa Strategy: Get 'Em While They're Young - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Furthering its aggressive push in smart speakers and digital personal assistants, Amazon today announced a new version of the Echo Dot aimed at kids that will work with a new version of its parental …

Traveling Hoodie Brings Vapers Together

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vapenews.com - Two years ago during the Vapor Blackout, Ben Villa noticed that the fight for advocacy and the vaping industry was something every vaper could agree on. He noticed that everyone came together regardl…

HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm) Review - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - The HP Envy x2 represents a brave new world for Windows PCs with its always-on connectivity and mobile device-based hardware platform. But it falls short in too many ways and will disappoint the typi…

Aion launches first public blockchain network

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techcrunch.com - If you believe blockchains will proliferate in the coming years, it stands to reason that you will need some sort of mechanism to move information between them, a network of blockchains with bridges …

Podcast app Castbox raises $13.5 million, launches its own original programming

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techcrunch.com - Riding high on the growing consumer demand for podcasts, a startup called Castbox this morning announced the close of $13.5 million in Series B funding for its technology-fueled podcast app. The roun…

Alexa is going kid-friendly

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techcrunch.com - In a briefing earlier this week, Amazon told TechCrunch that it was surprised by how Alexa has been embraced by families. But while the smart assistant isn’t exactly risqué (with a couple of notable …

Hasura snares $1.6 M seed for developer-focused Kubernetes solution

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techcrunch.com - Kubernetes has gained in popularity quickly over the last 18 months, but like many highly technical solutions it requires a level of expertise many companies are lacking. A Bangalore/San Francisco st…

Snapchat launches AR selfie games called Snappables

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techcrunch.com - Snapchat wants to let you play its augmented reality Lenses, not just play dress-up. Today it launched Snappables — AR games that use your touch, motion and facial expressions to compete for high sco…

In the age of Cambridge Analytica what are reasonable data norms?

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techcrunch.com - While it’s usually best to just sit back with a bucket of popcorn and watch reality business drama unfold, I was surprised by the severe reactions insinuating Facebook’s eagerness to profit at the ex…

Allegro.AI nabs $11M for a platform that helps businesses build computer vision-based services

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techcrunch.com - Artificial intelligence and the application of it across nearly every aspect of our lives is shaping up to be one of the major step changes of our modern society. Today, a startup that wants to help …

Alexa integration comes to Meural Canvas letting you use your voice to navigate the art world

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techcrunch.com - Alexa can do just about everything if you ask it the right question in the right way. Today, it’s gaining a new skill, letting you move through artwork on the Mueral Canvas digital artwork frame. The…

Rookout raises $4.2M for its rapid production debugging platform

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techcrunch.com - Few people get into coding because they enjoy debugging, but since there’s no such thing as perfect code, issues inevitably pop up. Israeli startup Rookout is tackling one aspect of this by helping d…

The DOJ is investigating potential Huawei violations of Iran sanctions

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techcrunch.com - Another shoe, so to speak, may be about to drop for Huawei. According to new reporting from The Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department has been investigating a potential violation of U.S. sancti…

Overflow error shuts down token trading

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techcrunch.com - A recently discovered programming error can make some crypto tokens susceptible to hackers. The exploit allows a hacker to pass an unusually high value to the exchange and get a ridiculous number of …

How Microsoft helped imprison a man for ‘counterfeiting’ software it gives away for free

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techcrunch.com - In a sickening concession to bad copyright law and Microsoft’s bottom line over basic technical truths and common sense, Eric Lundgren will spend 15 months in prison for selling discs that let people…

Qualcomm delivers a better-than-expected second quarter amid its chaotic year

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techcrunch.com - Fresh off a massive cascading series of fiascos that has thrown the future of Qualcomm into doubt, the company managed to report a mostly positive first quarter and keep the stock from going into a f…

Dolo delivers on the Foursquare prophecy of hyper-local tips

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techcrunch.com - Dolo is the kindness of strangers as an app. Where’s the prettiest place in the park? What’s the best thing on the menu? How do I skip the line? Dolo lets you leave helpful suggestions for anyone nea…

Apple Teaches India’s Kid Coders to Win at the App Store

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www.bloomberg.com - For his seventh birthday, Ashwat Prasanna’s parents gave him a MacBook. Three years and one Apple boot camp later, his free measurement-converter app, Quickvert, has been downloaded more than 1,000 t…

Facts about GDPR & Instagram’s Data Downloads

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om.co - The specter of general data protection regime aka GDPR (learn more about it here) looms large for American companies and many of them are working hard to comply with the letter of the law, if not its…

5 great excuses to use Snapchat Geofilters – Learn

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www.canva.com - Did you know you can customise Snapchat with your own filters? Anyone with a smartphone, a Snapchat account, and $5 in their back pocket can create eye-catching filters to share on the app. Geofilter…

How to Organize a Blog Post While Writing

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www.canva.com - You may not think much of writing a blog post… it’s just a matter of logging in, writing and publishing, right? Well, the more you blog, the more you’re going to want to have some sort of structure a…

A fan-made Halo PC patch meets Microsoft’s legal muscle—and apparently survives

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arstechnica.com - On Tuesday, Microsoft's Halo development studio 343 Industries posted about a fan-made modification to a PC version of the series—and the studio said that Microsoft would "protect its Halo intellectu…

Philips launches a 43-inch HDR monitor that reaches 1,000 nits of brightness

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arstechnica.com - The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB is a 43-inch 4K monitor that is the first to obtain VESA's DisplayHDR 1000 certification, a spec designed to standardize HDR performance in PC monitors. It looks as mu…

Trump’s cell phone use is security “nightmare” waiting to happen, lawmakers say

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arstechnica.com - Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images The letter, which was sent Wednesday by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California) and Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona), comes after recent media reports that Donal…

The 270hp, 70kWh i3X SUV will be BMW’s next electric vehicle

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arstechnica.com - This is the BMW Concept iX3. It's a preview of a battery electric vehicle that will go into production in China in 2020. In addition to debuting BMW's fifth-generation eDrive powertrain, it's remarka…

God of War (2018): How to reinvent a beloved series without ruining what works

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arstechnica.com - Well... get this. What if Kratos had a kid sidekick? And what if that kid was a sickly, sensitive weakling? Wouldn't that just be crazy? This concept drives the new God of War reboot for the PS4, and…

With Drupalgeddon2 still under attack, Drupal fixes a new critical flaw

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arstechnica.com - For the second time in a month, websites that use the Drupal content management system are confronted with a stark choice: install a critical update or risk having your servers infected with ransomwa…

Facebook Faces Defamation Lawsuit in Connection with Cryptocurrency-Related Advertisements

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themerkle.com - Things are quickly going from bad to worse for Facebook. The world’s leading social media platform is under fire from many angles. Despite their outspoken attitude toward cryptocurrencies, it has bec…

Americans want tech companies to fix the internet, not the government

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thenextweb.com - After first rocketing on to the scene as a “thing” in 2016, it didn’t take “fake news” long to worm its way into the American lexicon. And while bogus information in the digital age is as old as the …

AI Is A Death Knell For Many Traditional IT Vendors

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www.forbes.com - Artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly becoming a phenomenon in daily life -- whether it’s staying organized with virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa, relying on Waze and Google Maps for the fast…

4 Uncommon Tricks for Staying Motivated (Even When You Want to Quit)

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www.quora.com - What are the best tricks for keeping yourself motivated? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. …

Google Play Awards nominees for 2018 announced

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androidcommunity.com - The Google Play Awards have become a yearly tradition since it was started in 2016. Google wanted to recognize top apps and games for Android available on the Play Store, and so they put out these aw…

Flipboard brings new features to its Technology Smart Magazine

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androidcommunity.com - Technology news is probably a big part of the information that we consume every day (especially if you want to get away from politics or something). News aggregator Flipboard says its one of their mo…

YouTube Remix will reportedly replace Google Play Music when it launches

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androidcommunity.com - If you’re already confused with the various YouTube and Google Music products that are already in the market, prepare to get un-confused. Or maybe even more confused. Sources are saying that when You…

Xiaomi Mi 6X (Mi A2) launched, AI cameras in tow

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androidcommunity.com - We were wondering if Xiaomi was going to follow up on the Mi 5X – and to that direction the Mi A1 – anytime soon. The answer is partially here, as the Chinese manufacturer has officially launched the…

Loyalty360 Reads: April 13th, 2018

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www.loyalty360.org - The latest news in the world of customer experience and customer loyalty. Lowe’s Goes High-Tech with AR App That Virtually Places Items in Your Home OK, raise your hand if this conversation has eve…

Top 10 Customizable WordPress Themes In 2017

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marketaire.com - Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission that supports my work. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Ple…

State of Decay 2, Homefront 2, More Coming to Xbox Game Pass - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Microsoft today announced that several new games will be added to the Xbox Game Pass subscription in May. Among them are some I’m quite interested in, like State of Decay 2 and Homefront: The Revolut…

Opera Announces New PC, Mobile Web Browsers - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Opera today announced a new version of its PC-based web browser, plus a new mobile browser called Opera Touch. “Today, we are introducing a new type of web experience,” Opera’s Krystian Kolondra says…

Google Takes Aim at Microsoft, Again, with New Gmail - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Google doesn’t update Gmail very often, which is strange given its massive installed base. But the firm announced its first major Gmail update in over two years today. And this one takes aim, squarel…

Snapchat Introduced Snappables, AR-Enhanced Interactive Lenses

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www.adweek.com - Snapchat Wednesday introduced a new type of augmented-reality-enhanced interactive lens, Snappables, calling them the first shared AR experiences on the messaging application. Snappables will begin r…

When Friends Struggle With Depression, This App Helps Avoid Potentially Harmful Phrases

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www.adweek.com - We all want to help friends who are struggling, so it’s a natural human impulse to send them a quick note of support. However, because many don’t understand the depth and seeming inescapability of de…

Facebook's Ode to Connection Addresses How It's Fixing Privacy and Clickbait Issues

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www.adweek.com - Facebook has a brand problem. It’s been brewing for years—and by the looks of the company’s new brand campaign, one of its largest to date, it knows (or its in-house creative team, The Factory, knows…

Did InMarket Fudge Its Publisher Relationships?

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www.adweek.com - Dotdash, the company formerly known as About.com that serves as the umbrella for content brands like Verywell, Lifewire and ThoughtCo, sent a cease and desist order to location marketing firm InMarke…

GDPR: ensuring your website is secure

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searchenginewatch.com - In the run up to the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), new data shows that 86.5% of WordPress websites in the UK are vulnerable to known hackable exploits. With GDPR now only a month aw…

Do Your Athletes Have an Explosive Strength Deficit? - SimpliFaster

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simplifaster.com - The Dynamic Strength Index (DSI), a measurement that compares maximal force with ballistic force, is one of the most underrated metrics in strength and conditioning. It’s a straightforward measuremen…

Exclusive – Ted Cruz: Use Antitrust Laws to Break ‘Massive Power’ of Tech Lords to ‘Subvert Our Democratic Process’

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www.breitbart.com - Pollak asked Cruz about possible solutions to “censorship of conservatives” on Facebook and across the broader internet landscape. Cruz described technology companies’ growing control over the flow o…

Comcast Challenges Murdoch with Rival Bid for Broadcaster Sky

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www.newsmax.com - Comcast formalized its $30.7 billion bid for Sky, throwing down the gauntlet to Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and Walt Disney as they vie for Britain’s largest pay-TV broadcaster. Comcast is offe…

Ted Cruz says gov’t might need to BREAK UP FACEBOOK to protect conservative voices!!

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therightscoop.com - This is pretty surprising – in an interview with Breitbart News, Ted Cruz said that he would consider bringing up an anti-trust action against Facebook and other tech companies, and bust them up like…

WHODUNNIT? MSNBC reportedly STILL waiting for results of 'investigation' into Joy Reid's hacking claims

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twitchy.com - As Twitchy told you last night, the Wayback Machine Internet Archive didn’t find any evidence that homophobic content posted on Joy Reid’s old blog was “fraudulent,” despite Reid’s claim that she was…

Joy Reid’s Cyber-Security Expert Bragged about Ties to Prominent Neo-Nazi | National Review

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www.nationalreview.com - Jonathan Nichols, the “independent cyber security expert” hired by MSNBC personality Joy Reid to corroborate her claim that anti-gay posts on her now-defunct blog were the product of hacking, previou…

Competition Is at the Heart of Facebook’s Privacy Problem

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www.wired.com - Americans are concerned they have no control over their data—and they should be. David N. Cicilline (@davidcicilline) represents Rhode Island in the US House of Representatives and is the top Democra…

Say hello to the new Gmail with self-destructing messages, email snoozing and more

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techcrunch.com - Today, Google is launching the biggest revamp of Gmail in years. The company is bringing to the flagship Gmail service many (but not all) of the features it trialed in Inbox for Gmail, and adding a f…

PSA: There’s a new fake Flash Player installer for Macs, and it’s nastier than usual

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9to5mac.com - Macs are not immune to malware, but they are pretty well-protected. By default, macOS won’t allow unrecognized apps to be installed, and it needs the user to agree to override this. Even when they ar…

Digital Disruption Common Sense

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cxo-transform.com - Facebook took 3.5 years to acquire 50 million customers, Whatsapp took 15 months, Angry Birds took 15 days. Since 1995 when Clay Christensen and Joe Bower published the HBR article Disruptive Technol…

Toshiba TV Catalog 2018: here’s every Toshiba TV model coming in 2018

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www.techradar.com - In 2018, it’s pretty clear that Toshiba wants its TVs to be noticed for their tech as well as their affordability beside high-end manufacturers like Samsung and LG. Toshiba has now unveiled its full …

Toshiba Brings Home the Thrill of the Big Screen with New OLED TV Series

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www.prnewswire.com - (Photo: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/680227/Toshiba_OLED_TV.jpg ) Designed without a backlight, both OLED HDR 4K TVs are capable of dimming or switching off their TV pixels entirely to display de…

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