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Blurry Apple ‘leak‘ shows 60-inch OLED TV could be on the way

Rumors have been floating around about a 4k Apple TV for ages now, but maybe those rumors are a bit more literal than anticipated. A ‘leak‘ on Chinese social network Weibo purports to show an actual Apple television unit, not just a set top box. I say leak in quotes because there‘s nothing to suggest it‘s a real product so far. Those who‘ve been following along know that Apple has been rumored to be working on a TV p

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Stop trying to ‘go offline‘ and learn to set priorities instead

One thing the news media doesn‘t shy away from is telling you about how your technology use is out of control. Your kids are getting too much screen time. We‘re costing businesses billions wasting company time on YouTube and Facebook. Experts say the reason your relationships are so screwed up is because you spend too much time checking emails and not enough time checking-in with people. So isn‘t the answer to just calm-it-the-h

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You can now ask Google Maps questions with new Q&A feature

Google today announced it was adding a QA feature to Google Maps and Search for Android users. When you look at a Maps page for the business or landmark, you will have the option to see questions others have asked of the business, as well as ask your own. You‘ll be notified when someone else - or the owner of the page itself - answers any of your questions. The questions will be part of the page, so when you find the page on Mapsorwhen you

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Barack Obama‘s Charlottesville tweet is now the most-liked in history

A tweet sent by former US President Barack Obama last week just became the most-liked in Twitter‘s history. "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion" pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm - Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017 The tweet was made in response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left three people dead. It shows a picture of Obama greeting several

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Zen Protocol is the next step for cryptocurrency smart-contracts

Zen Protocol (ZP) came out of stealth mode earlier this month to present an alternative to Ethereum. ZP is a platform designed to make moving Bitcoin and other assets with smart-contracts easier, more efficient, and friendlier to noobs where it matters: in their wallets. It‘s integrated with Bitcoin and supports multiple assets. It was built from the ground up to do more than simply manipulate Bitcoin, though. ZP‘s website describes i

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The startup disrupting the conversation in the mobile data battleground

It is widely reported that an incredible 97% of consumers will leave a brand based on a negative customer experience. Meanwhile, a recent study by Marketforce revealed that 66% of customers would switch mobile carriers to get better value for their price. Equally, 33% will change wireless carrier to get more flexible plans to fit their needs. Welcome to the digital world where the personalization of everything is the new currency. If a brand fail

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Facebook now lets you collect non-profit donations on your birthday

The Facebook birthday message has practically become an internet trope: A myriad of people you haven‘t had a real conversation with in years will come out to type ‘hbd.‘ But now Facebook is actually putting your sudden popularity spike to good use by introducing birthday fundraisers. No, it‘s not so you can ask money to throw the biggest party ever; instead Facebook allows you to raise money for a non-profit. It‘s ki

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Industry-leading VPN coverage at home or work - for less than 2.50 a month

Private Internet Access not only looms as an unquestioned industry leader in protecting your online activities, but with deals like this two-year subscription for only 59.95 (63 percent off its regular price), it‘s also one of the most affordable VPN services as well.

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Facebook launches Birthday Fundraisers feature, and it‘s kind of genius

The Facebook birthday message has practically become an internet trope: A myriad of people you haven‘t had a real conversation with in years will come out to type ‘hbd.‘ But now Facebook is actually putting your sudden popularity spike to good use by introducing birthday fundraisers. No, it‘s not so you can ask money to throw the biggest party ever; instead Facebook allows you to raise money for a non-profit. It‘s ki

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Google wants to save you from allergies with new pollen forecasts

Google wants to save you from the sniffles. Today the internet giant announced that it will soon begin displaying detailed pollen level forecasts straight into Search. The new feature practically helps users avoid seasonal allergy symptoms by letting them know in advance how high the pollen levels in their area will be. Once the functionality goes live, you will be able to access this data by searching for the key phrase ‘pollen forecast&ls

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The weird saga of the ‘water bottle for Women in Tech‘ hoax

Yesterday, myself and several other technology journalists received an email from a public relations firm called Misty Mountain PR, touting the virtues of the Memobottle A7 for ‘women in tech.‘ The pitch was laughably bad, and in addition to being roundly mocked on Twitter, a couple of publications took the bite and wrote something about it - namely Gizmodo and TNW. It looks like we were trolled. The email, I‘m bitterly ashamed

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Facebook shifts focus away from teens with launch of new video platform

Facebook‘s latest attempt to appeal to teens has quietly closed its doors. The social media platform‘s Lifestage app (so unsuccessful that this is probably the first time you‘ve heard of it) was launched a little under a year ago to resounding apathy and has struggled ever since. Yet, as is Silicon Valley‘s way, Facebook has rapidly followed the failure of one venture with the launch of another one by unveiling a new video

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Tesla calculator estimates how much it actually costs to buy a Model 3

Tesla already has a pretty sleek configuration tool that helps you figure out how much it would cost you to buy the new Model 3. Unfortunately, one thing it doesn‘t tell you is exactly how much cash you‘ll have to bleed for federal taxes and other fees. But thanks to this calculator, now you can find out. Ben Sullins, who runs Tesla enthusiast community Teslanomics, has developed a nifty cost estimator tool that helps you calculate pr

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Meet the tiny Windows 10 PC designed for the internet of things

Pocket sized computers such as the Raspberry Pi have transformed DIY computing over the years. Here in 2017, the IoT juggernaut is gathering pace and is taking things to another level as the next generation of potential development platforms arrives. Robotics and open source hardware provider DFRobot cater to the niche product needs for robotic enthusiasts. The platform began by winning the hearts and minds of the robotic aficionados who provide

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Here‘s why you aren‘t shopping in VR (yet)

I genuinely need a new bed this month. And with a small room and a large mattress, it‘s imperative that I know what the next one will look like, whether it‘ll go with the decor in there, and whether I‘ll genuinely be happy plonking down coin and taking the trouble to transport it to my 4th floor apartment. VR shopping can help with some of that but not with everything you need in order to confidently make a purchase. The good n

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Game of Thrones‘ next-week episode S07E06 was leaked by HBO

Despite numerous threats from hackers to unleash the remainder of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season, the latest leak ironically comes from the source itself. It turns out that HBO accidentally aired next week‘s episode ahead of time, The Independent reports. The new episode was purportedly available via the company‘s Spanish on-demand service. While the episode was eventually taken down, it stayed online for about an hour which i

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The internet in India sucks more than you think

India might have Reliance Jio offering cheap internet plans, and forcing others to lower their rates, but that doesn‘t mean we get good internet speeds. According to a recent Speedtest report, India ranks low on the chart of internet speeds; both mobile as well as broadband. The reality hits when you see India‘s name listed as 74 out of 133 and 112 out of 122 for broadband and mobile internet respectively. It doesn‘t really matt

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MIT researchers use machine learning to kill video buffering

Don‘t you just hate it when the YouTube clip you‘re trying to watch pauses midway to buffer, or drastically lowers the resolution to a pixelated mess? A group of MIT researchers believe they‘ve figured out a solution to those annoyances plaguing millions of people a day. Using machine learning, the Pensieve system figures out the optimal algorithm to use for delivering video at the best possible resolution while avoiding bufferi

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The official D&D app is out now and you can try it for free

Dungeons Dragons fans will be happy to know that the makers of the uber-popular tabletop role-playing game have made good on their promise from March to roll out a companion app to aid in your adventures. Available at this desktop site, DD Beyond offers a complete Fifth Edition rules compendium, a character builder along with the ability to include your own homebrewed rules, and interactive character sheets. You can get started for free with up

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Neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer shifts base to the dark web

After being booted from multiple domain registrars for its hate-filled content, neo-Nazi media outlet The Daily Stormer (TDS) has found a new home on the dark web. It tweeted the URL to the new site in the past few hours; you‘ll need the Tor browser to access it. Shortly after it published a piece smearing a victim of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, TDS‘ domain registrar GoDaddy dropped the site from its servi

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Uber slapped with FTC audits for next 20 years due to privacy lapses

Uber is facing twenty years of audits following a ruling by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). According to the latter, Uber didn‘t do enough to protect the privacy of its riders or drivers. The FTC ruled that the rideshare company had not adequately protected the information of its users. Uber is now required to implement a privacy program, and it will be audited every two years for the next two decades. According to Acting Chairman Maure

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When Trump retweets you, is it an endorsement?

Today US President Donald Trump tweeted yet another psuedo-violent cartoon directed at CNN, retweeted a person responsible for spreading the hoax that led to Pizza-gate, and managed to retweet a tweet calling himself a fascist. To say the least, his social media use paints the picture of a mercurial personality. When @RealDonaldTrump tweets people listen. He‘s no E.F. Hutton (age check!), but whether you lean left, right, or not-at-all, mor

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Facebook‘s new Camera features might breathe new life into Stories

Along with the many other changes Facebook is rolling out today, it‘s also updating its Camera application on iOS and Android - one can only presume in an attempt to draw more attention to it, along with its not-terribly-loved Stories feature. You‘ll be able to go Live from the Camera, with the option for your Live broadcast to appear in your Story. You can use Camera effects (the ones that totally aren‘t Snapchat filters) in th

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Heinz will let you eat Stories Ads on Instagram. Seriously.

Some days ago, the business intelligence firm L2 revealed thatbrands are posting more stories on Instagram than Snapchat. But now, seems that Heinz and Facebook Creative Shop are taking stories to the next level. As part of a quick experiment with sponsored stories, they‘ve found a solution to let people eat the so called food porn. The ‘Irresistible posts‘ was a 2 hourscampaign in Sao Paulo, Brazil, using geolocated Stories Ads

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