Thursday, May 10, 2018

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This is What Google Said About PWAs at I/O 2018 - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - As you might expect, this year’s Google I/O provided a ton of new content about Progressive Web Apps. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. As I explained in This is What Google Said About Progressive Web…

New law would stop feds from demanding encryption backdoor

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www.theregister.co.uk - US lawmakers from both major political parties came together on Thursday to reintroduce a bill that, if passed, would prohibit the US government from forcing tech product makers to undermine the secu…

Google's First VR Doodle Honors French Filmmaker Georges Méliès

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time.com - In 1998, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin added a stick figure drawing to their company’s homepage as a fun way to let visitors know they were out of office attending the Burning Man fes…

Malicious Chrome extensions infect 100,000-plus users, again

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arstechnica.com - Criminals infected more than 100,000 computers with browser extensions that stole login credentials, surreptitiously mined cryptocurrencies, and engaged in click fraud. The malicious extensions were …

Jim Balsillie urges MPs to regulate ‘surveillance capitalism’ of Facebook and Google

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www.theglobeandmail.com - Jim Balsillie, Council of Canadian Innovators, appears as a witness at a Commons privacy and ethics committee in Ottawa on May 10, 2018, hearing witnesses on the breach of personal information involv…

Hacker Kevin Mitnick shows how to bypass 2FA

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techcrunch.com - A new exploit allows hackers to spoof two-factor authentication requests by sending a user to a fake login page and then stealing the username, password, and session cookie. KnowBe4 Chief Hacking Off…

Klout is out—social media mojo-ranking service to shutter

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arstechnica.com - Klout has been stalking me—and it thinks I'm an expert. I guess there aren't a lot of relevant new experts now that Klout is almost dead. Good to know Ars is a recommended expert on technology journa…

RIP Klout

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techcrunch.com - The influencer market service that purportedly let social media influencers get free stuff is finally closing its doors this month. Perhaps, like me, you’re surprised that Klout is still running in 2…

Duplex shows Google failing at ethical and creative AI design

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techcrunch.com - Google CEO Sundar Pichai milked the woos from a clappy, home-turf developer crowd at its I/O conference in Mountain View this week with a demo of an in-the-works voice assistant feature that will ena…

FCC slaps robocaller with record $120M fine, but it’s like ’emptying the ocean with a teaspoon’

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techcrunch.com - Whoever thought we would leave telemarketing behind in this brave new smartphone world of ours lacked imagination. Robocalls are a menace growing in volume and even a massive $120 million fine levele…

Google Pay’s app adds boarding passes, tickets, p2p payments and more

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techcrunch.com - Google Pay got a big upgrade at Google I/O this week. At a breakout session, Google announced a series of changes to its payments platform, recently rebranded from Android Pay, including support for …

For ScopeAR, the market is finally catching up with the technology

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techcrunch.com - ScopeAR, a graduate of the Y Combinator Summer 2015 class, came to the augmented reality game very early, launching in 2011 when there was very little hardware and most people didn’t understand the t…

Lenovo-Motorola still working on a foldable smartphone

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androidcommunity.com - This year may not be the time when foldable phones go mainstream but we’re crossing our fingers we’ll finally get to try a real working foldable device anytime soon. We’re not talking about clamshell…

Verizon stealthily launched a startup offering $40-per-month unlimited data, messaging and minutes

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techcrunch.com - Earlier this year, Verizon quietly launched a new startup called Visible, offering unlimited data, minutes, and messaging services for the low, low price of $40. To subscribe for the service, users s…

Ars Technica’s best video games of 2016

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arstechnica.com - Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox One Release Date: February 25 Developer: Superhot Team The ability to sidestep bullets and watch them in midair makes you feel a bit like a superhero, and the need…

Put the phone down! New studies show we’re still bad at distracted driving

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arstechnica.com - As we've reported in the past, the death toll on US roads keeps increasing despite ever-safer vehicles. And people are overwhelmingly to blame; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calc…

Apple reportedly removing apps that share location data with third parties

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arstechnica.com - Apple is reportedly enforcing some of its privacy rules more stringently for apps in its App Store. According to a report by 9to5Mac, the iPhone maker started removing apps that share location data w…

How to build a chatbot interface

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www.creativebloq.com - In the mid-2000s, virtual agents and customer service chatbots received a lot of adulation, even though they were not very conversational, and under the hood they were merely composed of data exchang…

The fight to save net neutrality, explained

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www.vox.com - On Wednesday, a Democrat-led coalition of senators introduced a petition to force a vote rejecting the Federal Communications Commission’s December decision to undo the Obama-era internet equal acces…

Google now says controversial AI voice calling system will identify itself to humans

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www.theverge.com - Following widespread outcry over the ethical dilemmas raised by Google’s new Duplex system, which lets artificial intelligence mimic a human voice to make appointments, Google has clarified in a stat…

CDisplayEx Comic Reader finally available for Android devices

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androidcommunity.com - While there are already a lot of comic book readers that you can use on your Android device, CDisplayEx was a favorite among those comic book fans who read on their Windows computers. Now the app is …

Wear OS by Google gets enhanced battery saver, Actions on Google

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androidcommunity.com - Wear OS by Google is finally receiving the new Actions and Assistant features. We’ve got more details about this development as Android developers have been trying to make their work more known by th…

Find and Remove the Most Troublesome Apps on Any Device

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fieldguide.gizmodo.com - Bad apps are draining your battery life, sucking up your local storage, and causing your devices to crash more often than they should—and the worst part is, you might not realize who the worst offend…

Social influence platform Klout to shut down on May 25

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venturebeat.com - Klout, the online social influence platform founded way back in 2008, is closing down on May 25. The San Francisco-based startup, which had raised around $40 million in funding from some big-name inv…

How to Increase New Member Participation in Your Loyalty Program

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www.loyalty360.org - How many times have you visited a store and during checkout were prompted to sign up for a loyalty program? Chances are, you signed up via email then left the store and never thought about that loyal…

This Is Your Golden Ticket to Predictable Customer Growth

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www.loyalty360.org - We all want to give our customers the best experience possible. Constantly, we hear marketers prioritizing the customer experience and personalized messaging while staying within budget and seeing tr…

CarPrint’s Eco-Driving App is Engaging and Green

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www.loyalty360.org - The summer is the busiest time of year for drivers. With so many cars on the road, there is typically a higher than normal carbon footprint left behind. This summer, CarPrint is aiming to reduce this…

The Best Flat Design 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…

Want Successful Landing Pages That Convert? These Are 5 Must Haves!

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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…

Round Apple Watch could be on the way

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www.tomsguide.com - Apple has only offered a rectangular Apple Watch design since the wearable first launched in 2015. But a new patent from the company suggests it's at least thinking about other options. Apple was rec…

Hands-On: Windows 10 Mail's New "Density" Feature is Superficial - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Anyone hoping that Microsoft would make the Windows 10 Mail app truly scalable will be disappointed by this first UI density update. As you will likely recall, one of my big complaints about the Univ…

Hands-On with the Android P Beta: Gesture Navigation - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - After finally figuring out how to enable gesture navigation in the Android P beta, I was happy to discover that it works wonderfully. Thanks to the many readers who pointed this out to me in the wake…

Microsoft Extends Digital Game Gifting to the PC - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Microsoft announced today that it is enabling the ability to gift digital PC games and downloadable content via its online store for Windows 10. All Xbox One games are now available for digital gifti…

TV's Landscape Is Evolving, and Marketers Need to Adapt

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www.adweek.com - Three years ago, our management team was debating how we should enter the television space. At the time, the majority of our revenue was in digital and programmatic. We were trying to answer the ques…

Tools for Building Your Brand in the Age of Digital Distraction: 'Brand Now' Author Nick Westergaard on Marketing Smarts [Podcast]

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www.marketingprofs.com - Professor, speaker, author, and brand strategist Nick Westergaard has a lot to say about branding. So much, in fact, that when his first draft of Get Scrappy: Smarter Digital Marketing for Businesses…

Facebook Shared Its Game Plan for the 2018 Electronic Entertainment Expo

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www.adweek.com - Ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, Facebook revealed its plans for the video game conference. The social network will have a Facebook Gaming Booth on the show floor, where popul…

How Non-Endemic Brands Can Tackle Esports Marketing Opportunities

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www.adweek.com - Esports is either the best kept secret or the most poorly marketed piece of common knowledge for brands. Do a quick search, watch a few documentaries, and you’ll realize that the esports industry is …

Google Autocomplete: A Complete SEO Guide

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www.searchenginejournal.com - Google Autocomplete is a legendary search feature. It consistently makes the news for its sometimes-funny and peculiar habits (and rarely in a positive way). It’s been blamed for political cover-ups,…

SEO aspects for web designers

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searchenginewatch.com - Web design isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about how a site is put together under the hood. Design choices can have a big impact – positive or negative – on a site’s SEO. In turn, this can affect t…

Signal just fixed a bug that meant disappearing messages remained on MacOS

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mashable.com - The encrypted messaging app Signal is wonderful — assuming it works as intended. That last bit was thrown into question yesterday when Motherboard reported that a quirk of MacOS meant that, if you ha…

Bipartisan bill aims to prevent the government from forcing backdoors

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www.engadget.com - While similar to previous legislation proposed by Lofgren, the act's introduction stems from a Department of Justice report that concluded the FBI didn't do everything it could to access the San Bern…

3 key discussions Trump must have with tech leaders about AI

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www.techrepublic.com - On Thursday, the White House will host a meeting on the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in the US, inviting companies including Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet to participate in discussions wit…

Chassis Plans Company To Demonstrate Military Cross Domain Solution at SOFIC

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www.embedded-computing.com - Chassis Plans Company To Demonstrate Military Cross Domain Solution at SOFIC Cross Domain Solutions provide high levels of security for military, intelligence and law enforcement Chassis Plans, (www.…

VIA Launches VIA Edge AI Developer Kit Powered by Qualcomm(r) Snapdragon(tm) 820E Embedded Platform

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www.embedded-computing.com - Taipei, Taiwan, May 10, 2018 - VIA Technologies, Inc., today announced the launch of the VIA Edge AI Developer Kit, a highly-integrated package powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820E Embedded Plat…

Why Mark Zuckerberg just put some of his best execs on blockchain

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www.cnbc.com - Blockchain enthusiasts see an opening to take Facebook out of the equation. Messaging app Telegram, which has grown to 200 million users without advertising or any other business model, has raised cl…

China could beat America in AR/VR long-term

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techcrunch.com - America delivered more AR/VR revenue than China last year, but Chinese growth in the next five years could see it dominate AR/VR long-term — and not by a small margin. With the potential to take more…

Mysterious Wireless Band Fits IoT Apps

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www.electronicdesign.com - Recently, I wrote about how many wireless standards are out there and how engineers choose one for their application. Well, let me tell you something—you don’t know the half of it. If your applicatio…

Sources say Adidas has paused its video ads on Facebook while it reviews their efficacy - Digiday

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digiday.com - Facebook’s measurement woes have left Adidas questioning its spending on the platform. The marketer’s media team stopped buying video ads on Facebook and is reviewing whether to cut its spending ther…

7 Ways To Make Your Content Mobile Friendly

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www.forbes.com - We’re past the stage where “mobile-friendly” is enough. It’s time to put your mobile users’ needs first. It’s time to think “mobile first”. But what does that mean, exactly? How should our websites, …

When The Best Customer Service Is Self-Service: 5 Customer Experience Design Best Practices

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www.forbes.com - Customers today are passionate fans of properly designed self-service. In response, I've developed specific, reliable rules, based on customer experience design principles, customer service best prac…

'No one is safe': The media industry scrambles to understand Google’s latest GDPR update - Digiday

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digiday.com - Google’s latest General Data Protection Regulation update has unsettled publishers and independent ad tech vendors. Last week, the tech platform confirmed it’s limiting how many ad tech vendors publi…

Hybrid Cloud ERP Model is Revolutionizing the Payments World

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www.erpnews.com - It might sound too good to be true, but there is a way to gain greater visibility over group cash, reduce payments fraud, and extract further value from ERP systems – without migrating decentralized …

Samsung ownership structure criticised as unsustainable

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www.arnnet.com.au - Samsung Group chief, Jay Y. Lee, is surrounded by media as he arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, January 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo South Korea's biggest…

Mobile Biz Kit

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secondactmoms.com - One of our most popular posts has been our “Mobile Biz Kit.” It’s our kit for Second Act Moms who are on the go but can grab some time to get some work done. But you need to be prepared. As spring …

Despite expectations of personalization, most shoppers don't want to share data

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www.retaildive.com - Editor's Note: Editor's note: The following is the third installment in Retail Dive's Consumer Survey, a six-part series examining the psyche of the American consumer and the evolving role of the bri…

Smartphone shipments fall 6.3% in Europe in Q1 2018 | Canalys

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www.canalys.com - Smartphone fatigue hit Europe in Q1 2018, as shipments fell 6.3% year on year, the biggest ever drop in a single quarter. Western Europe bore the brunt, down 13.9% with 30.1 million units shipped. Ce…

Heartland Tech Weekly: In Pittsburgh, big tech continues to lure university grads to the Valley

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venturebeat.com - Research universities are often singled out as one of the most important drivers of tech activity in the Heartland. They not only provide a pipeline of talent for established tech companies, they can…

Alexa can unlock your smart locks now

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www.cnet.com - Alexa now lets you unlock your smart lock with a voice command, but you'll need to say a PIN code first. Amazon's Alexa already lets users lock compatible smart locks with a voice command. Voice unlo…

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