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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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