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JUN
25

Exclusive: LinkedIn goes niche

Linkedin will today announce algorithm changes made over the past 12-18 months to favor conversations in its Feed that cater to niche professional interests, as opposed to elevating viral content, its executives tell Axios.

The big picture: News feeds that were fundamentally built to connect one voice to many are struggling to deliver on value as communication trends move to more personal and ephemeral conversations.

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JUN
23

Facebook unveils its Libra cryptocurrency as politicians raise eyebrows

With Libra, Facebook is getting into the cryptocurrency business.

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Facebook changed the way we communicate. Now the social media giant wants to change how its roughly 2.4 billion users think about using a cryptocurrency to make everyday purchases.

Earlier this week, the social network and its partners unveiled a global digital coin called Libra, confirming details of a project that had been leaking out in dribs and drabs for months. Libra, which will be managed by a governing body and backed by stable financial assets, is expected to debut in the first half of 2020.

Facebook and the Libra Association, the body that will govern the coin, hope to create a stable digital money that will give users confidence in its value and won't be subject to the wild gyrations of more recognized cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin. The group is also trying to alleviate concerns that Libra could be used for money laundering or black market transactions, saying it would work with authorities around the world to ensure Libra conforms to regulations in multiple countries and jurisdictions.

The efforts to woo politicians and regulators, however, seemed to fall flat. Almost immediately after the announcement, US and European politicians expressed concern about Libra, saying Facebook's history of privacy problems raised questions about whether it was a fit steward of people's financial data.

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JUN
23

Microsoft's Flight Simulator reveal this month shocked fanatics who hadn't seen an upgrade in 13 years

Microsoft's next Flight Simulator release will be available for PC and Xbox

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Long before the Xbox, Microsoft had Flight Simulator. Designed to allow pilots and enthusiasts to practice flying from their living room, the program won the Guinness World Record for the longest-running video-game series in 2012, three decades after its debut.

Now, to the surprise of its most ardent fanatics who thought Microsoft had abandoned the market, the company is planning to update its Flight Simulator X application for the first time since 2006. Earlier this month, the company said that sometime in 2020, consumers will be able to play it using Xbox Game Pass, a subscription service.

"I don't think anybody in our industry had a clue this was going on," said Reed Stough, managing partner of Rex Game Studios, which develops detailed clouds and weather patterns for flight simulator programs. "They might hint that they did, but honestly, I don't believe it."

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JUN
23

The 10 best services for free movies

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Is Netflix putting a strain on your budget? Following a price hike earlier this year, the streaming service now starts at $9 per month, with its most popular plan now at $13 and its ultra-HD tier priced at $16.

Fear not: As long as you have an internet connection, you can continue to enjoy movie night. Granted, you may not be able to stream Hollywood's latest, but you can still watch gems such as Blade Runner, Captain Fantastic, Eighth Grade and plenty of classics, all without spending an extra penny.

Here are 10 services offering totally free, totally legal movies you can watch online. Some offer TV shows as well. Just be prepared to sit through commercials, because that's how most of these services pay the bills. And note that because selections change regularly, not all the titles listed here may still be available.

Crackle

Crackle is bringing out the Star Trek classics this month.

Crackle

Sony's Crackle is an ad-supported streaming service, one that offers both movies and TV shows -- including some original content. It's available on a wide variety of devices and doesn't even require you to set up an account, though doing so enables you to save favorites, get recommendations and resume playback if you switch between devices.

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JUN
15

9 hidden iOS 13 features you need to know about

iOS 13 is going to be a whale of an update, available for free this fall for iPhone SE, 6S, and newer models. It comes with much heralded features like a system-wide dark mode, redesigned Photos app, new Memoji customizations, and more. 

But as with previous versions of iOS, the software update also has a whole bunch of lesser-known features that aren't as flashy but are greatly welcome. Here are the eight we're most excited for — and one that we wish Apple would take back.

1. Unobtrusive volume control

People hate the current volume control. When you press the volume buttons on your iOS device, a big volume graphic pops up in the middle of the screen, blocking your content. 

Thankfully, Apple's come to its senses and on iOS 13, the volume control has been redesigned so it doesn't obscure your screen. Check it out!

Instead of covering up the center of the screen, the new volume control slides in parallel from the volume buttons and then slims down before it recedes.

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JUN
15

Can police force you to unlock your phone?

You’ve been pulled over. Or police are at your front door with a warrant. Or you’ve been arrested, and the police have asked you to unlock your phone. What do you do? Can you refuse? What are your rights? What happens if you say no?

While some of these questions have simple answers, others are not as clear cut and, unfortunately, differ somewhat depending on where you live. Here are some basic principles that should guide you if you need to make a decision about your phone when facing the police.

What are my rights?

The founding fathers built some protection for us directly into the Constitution. The primary tenets are found in the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure, and the Fifth Amendment, which protects against self incrimination.

How do these apply to your phone?

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JUN
15

24 hidden Android settings you should know about

14 Uber and Lyft tips to make your trips easier

Last week in tech: Google’s Pixel 4 Smartphone, DJI’s new robot, and E3

More electric cars means more mining, but recycling could help minimize the impact

Plastic bags are still bad for the environment, despite misleading reports

Listen to the soothing …

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JUN
15

How To Test Drive 200+ Linux Distributions Without Ever Downloading Or Installing Them

I've written about two fantastic tools that help people discover the ideal Linux distribution tailored to their needs and expectations, but a new tool just materialized on my radar and frankly, it's blowing my mind. I just took Debian 9.9.0 Cinnamon, MX Linux 18.3 and Peppermint OS for a quick test drive. But I did so without downloading any ISOs, without flashing any images to a USB, and without even firing up VirtualBox. That's thanks to DistroTest.net, a website that streams the experience right to your browser.

200+ Linux distributions at the tip of your fingers with DistroTest.net

Jason Evangelho
UPDATE 1I used the service without any issue earlier today, but it appears we may have crashed their servers, as the site is now throwing 503 errors shortly after this was published. I've reached out to DistroTest's maintainers and will update you here and on Twitter when the service is restored!

UPDATE 2: DistroTest founder Andy Klemann tells me they're receiving so much traffic that they need to rewrite their scripts. He also says the site itself should be back online today, but the servers for starting systems are still down and they're working on a solution. 

DistroTest is the brainchild of Forster Tobias and Andy Klemann. It operates on the philosophy of every potential Linux user asking the "3 W's" questions:

Which distribution is the best for meWhich graphical interface I wantWhich configuration options I have

DistroTest serves up a whopping 689 versions across 223 unique operating systems. This feels like a gargantuan undertaking for the site's operators, but the end-user experience is seamless and dead simple.

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JUN
15

Facebook's cryptocurrency may be 'one of the most important initiatives' in its history, RBC says

Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks to participants during the Viva Technologie show at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France.

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RBC Capital Markets believes Facebook has a "crypto opportunity," explaining in a note to investors the firm's high expectation for the tech giant's coming cryptocurrency announcement.

"We believe this may prove to be one of the most important initiatives in the history of the company to unlock new engagement and revenue streams," RBC analysts Mark Mahaney and Zachary Schwartzman said in a note Thursday evening.

RBC expects Facebook will release a white paper on June 18 to explain the company's long-term strategy for the cryptocurrency, or "token." The company's crypto offering was reported earlier this month and is expected to allow Facebook employees to take their salary in the form of the new currency. RBC said it plans to give an analysis of the paper when it's released, "to help investors analyze the underlying cryptoeconomics of the token."

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JUN
12

How an internet mob falsely painted a Chipotle employee as racist

"I just wanted you to know there's a video of you going around with you and this person..."

Only the night before, Moran was an unknown 23-year-old student in St. Paul, Minnesota. She had moved there from Southern California to attend college on a softball scholarship. Living alone in a new city, she worked at a Chipotle to make ends meet and attended a Lutheran church.

That morning, though, she discovered she had become someone else. Strangers were calling her nasty names on social media. Her photo was plastered across internet news sites. A video was circulating online, and she was its villain. In it, she could be seen refusing to serve a group of black men at the restaurant the previous evening.

This was the image of Dominique Moran that rocketed around social media after she was falsely accused of being a racist.

Her notoriety spread so quickly that her mother called her from California the next day.

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JUN
01

I quit social media aged 24 - to the horror of my millennial friends

A few months ago, I met up with my best friends for coffee. We were chatting away when conversation turned to a girl we only vaguely knew but all followed on social media. ‘Have you see her Instagram story?’ exclaimed one. I’d always thought of my friends as kind, but suddenly they became uncharacteristically judgemental and negative, as they pulled apart what the girl was wearing and gave their opinions on the colour of her boyfriend’s shirt (dated, they decided). On and on they went. 

Deep down, I knew they wouldn’t have been so critical if social media hadn’t prompted it. I withdrew from the conversation and expected to think no more about it. But hours later, I still couldn’t get it out of...

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JUN
01

Apple will shut down iTunes, ending the download era, report says

On Friday afternoon, social media erupted after Bloomberg News reported that Apple was set to announce the end of its iTunes store, which transformed the music business when it was launched in 2003.

Apple will hold its annual developer conference Monday, and among the slate of expected announcements …

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MAY
31

Stay Up Late on the Internet and Still Get Good Sleep With This Little Magic Trick

Sleep is one of the most underrated elements of overall good health. A night of poor sleep will impact your health, productivity, concentration and mood — we all know how terrible and impossible everything feels after a night of not sleeping well. But there are many elements to getting a good night of sleep, and one of the most important is the way you wind down for bed.

When you’re staying up late on your phone or computer until late, it’s not only the stimulation that can prevent you from winding down, but the light that is emitted from the screens - blue light - can prevent you from feeling tired. Studies have shown that blue light can significantly impact your body’s ability to wind down.

That’s where Blue Wave glasses come in. If turning off your devices a few hours before bed is not possible (and for most people it isn’t) then blue light glasses are the best alternative. These glasses filter out the blue light your screen emits, so that you won’t have the same negative effects.

This way, you’ll get the best of both worlds. You’ll feel more calm and relaxed, while also being able to stay on your computer, finishing up work, watching T.V. or scrolling through social media. Some people have said it’s helped reduce the headache they get when they’ve been staring at a screen for too long, as well as drastically helping your eyes relax.

Eight Sleep gives you free shipping and one month to return it if it’s not working for you, as well as a 1 year warranty. The price of blue light glasses range from a few dollars to hundreds, so for the quality you’re getting, the price of $49 is reasonable. If you’ve never tried blue light glasses, there’s no better time to start.

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MAY
31

With a Worm Looming, the BlueKeep Bug Isn’t Getting Patched Fast Enough

Two weeks have passed since Microsoft warned users about a critical vulnerability in a common Windows protocol that could enable a hacker to remotely take over machines without even a click from their owners, potentially allowing an infectious worm to rip through millions of PCs. That bug might be fading from the headlines, but it still lingers in at least 900,000 computers. And that vulnerable herd is getting Microsoft's patch at a glacial pace—as a wave of contagion that will likely soon hit all of them looms.

BlueKeep, as the bug has come to be known, is a hackable vulnerability in Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol, or RDP, that affects Windows 7 and earlier as well as older versions of Windows Server. The insecure code was spotted and reported by the UK's National Cybersecurity Center, and Microsoft released a patch on May 14. BlueKeep is so serious—rating 9.8 out of 10 in severity, according to Microsoft—that the company even pushed out a rare patch for Windows XP, which it doesn't otherwise support. Microsoft's director of security incident response compared the potential fallout to WannaCry, the North Korean ransomware worm that caused up to $8 billion in damage when it rampaged across the internet in 2017.

And yet the digital world has been slow to defend itself. When security researcher Rob Graham scanned the entire public internet for BlueKeep-vulnerable machines on Monday, using a tool he built, he found that 923,671 machines hadn't been patched, and were thus still exposed to any potential worm. When he ran the same scan on Wednesday evening at WIRED's request, he found that the number of vulnerable machines had dropped only slightly, to 922,225.

In other words, just one thousand machines appear to have been patched in 48 hours. If that very roughly estimated rate were to continue—and it’s just as likely to slow further over time as the initial alarm around BlueKeep wanes—it would take ten years for all the remaining vulnerable machines to be patched.

Countdown to Exploitation

Graham and other security industry observers expect a public BlueKeep hacking tool and a resulting worm to appear much, much sooner, potentially within days or weeks. "A worm will happen before these systems get patched," says Graham, the CEO of consulting firm Errata Security. In fact, he expects that only the appearance of that worm will substantially change the patching rate for the computers he's scanning. "Once there's a worm, it will cleanse the internet of these vulnerable machines. It will just burn like fire."

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MAY
25

Best dating sites 2019: Free apps and website memberships to help you find love this summer

It’s true what they say – there is someone out there for everyone.

With over eight million people in London alone, trying to find a prospective partner online can help to minimise the dating noise.

Nowadays, dating apps cater to pretty much every niche under the sun, so there’s no reason why you can’t find “the one” all from the comfort of your mobile phone. But for those just getting into the game of swiping left and right, how do you know where to start?

Here’s how the confusing virtual landscape of modern love looks today:

Badoo: to meet anyone

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Video dating app Badoo could help you to filter out misleading singles

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MAY
24

Quantum computing will change the digital world beyond recognition

Quantum computing may sound far off and futuristic it already exists and is slowly changing the way that information is processed.

At its most basic level, a quantum computer is able to process information as more than just one of two states.

At it’s most sexy level, a quantum computer could redefine everything we know about transferring data around the planet. It could hit unimaginable speeds that, when coupled with something like 5G, could deliver whatever you wanted instantly to your device.

Waiting for a decent signal or hoping you’ve got some storage space left on your phone wouldn’t matter – everything would be processed at light speed in the cloud and then delivered to your screen in an instant. No waiting, no buffering and no incompatibility.

For a regular, non-quantum computer, everything boils down to ‘bits’ – or a binary option of either 1 or 0. A quantum computer, on the other hand, boils down to something called ‘qubits’. These are smaller than bits because they themselves can store two pieces of information.

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MAY
23

Facebook, YouTube the Most Widely Used Platforms for US Adults

A new Pew survey shows the trends for which online platforms and messaging app get the most and least usage, but it also indicates growth is stagnant. And teens don't like Facebook much at all.

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Looking at data from an annual telephone poll conducted by Pew Research Center and quantified in tables here by our partners at Statista, it's easy to see that YouTube and Facebook far outpace the rest of the competition when it comes to daily use on both PCs and phones. Seventy-three percent of US adults claim they're checking YouTube daily; 69 percent have a daily date with Facebook.

While there's no data to show YouTube's growth (nor that of WhatsApp or SnapChat) prior to 2018, daily usage isn't really growing by leaps and bounds, especially since 2016. Facebook had 54 percent of people checking daily in 2012, took 4 years to gain 15 percent more, and has been relatively flat ever since. Instagram—owned by Facebook since 2012—had the best growth, going from 9 percent in 2012 to 37 percent this year. YouTube hasn't gained in usage in a year.

At least the trend is typically upward—except for Pinterest, SnapChat and WhatsApp, which all have dipped since 2018. Least used of the lot is the newest service to get asked about in the poll this year: Reddit, at 11 percent. The poll was conducted from January 9 to February 7, 2019.

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MAY
22

10 LinkedIn Tips (You've Probably Never Heard Of) From 10 Different Experts (Part 2)

Adrian Dayton

I had such great contributions as I was writing part 1 of this series, that I wanted to do an additional article with uncommon LinkedIn tips from various experts. Here are ten more things you can do to set yourself apart on LinkedIn:

(11) Don't Speak at Your Audience

"Don’t speak directly at your audience with posts and content. It’s more important to contribute to an already existing discussion and provide your thoughts. Sharing meaningful insight on existing commentary showcases that you are tuned into what’s going on in the world and passionate about the news and issues facing your target audience(s). One of the best things you can do on LinkedIn is provide value to your network, and by doing this, you will do just that."

-Kevin Dinino

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MAY
16

10 LinkedIn Tips (You've Probably Never Heard Of) From 10 Different Experts

Golf has Tiger Woods, basketball has Lebron James, and tennis has Roger Federer, but when it comes to the master of LinkedIn, there is not one single superstar that stands out. So instead of choosing just one expert to highlight, I've worked with my team to collect tips from ten LinkedIn experts from all across the interwebs. Here are some of the best LinkedIn tips we found, in no particular order:

(1) Beat the LinkedIn Algorithm

"By adding a photo and post text to your post, publishing, then clicking on the edit button to edit the post and add in the relevant external link to your post, this seems to be a way of getting good interaction on your posts as it confuses the Linkedin algorithm into thinking the link is an internal platform one."

- Sue Thompson

(2) Change Your "Connect" Button to "Follow"

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MAY
13

WhatsApp discloses vulnerability that allowed Israeli spyware to be installed on iPhones

A report from The Financial Times this afternoon details a vulnerability in WhatsApp that allowed attackers to inject Israeli spyware onto phones. The malicious code was developed by Israeli company NSO Group and transmitted by calling users via WhatsApp on iOS and Android.

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The malicious code could be transmitted even if a user did not answer the WhatsApp call, the report explains. In many cases, the call would disappear from call logs, so it’s possible that users could have been targeted and not even realize it.

Many details about the vulnerability remain unclear, but the report suggests that the loophole was open for several weeks. In a statement, WhatsApp said:

“This attack has all the hallmarks of a private company known to work with governments to deliver spyware that reportedly takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems,” the company said. “We have briefed a number of human rights organizations to share the information we can, and to work with them to notify civil society.”

According to the report, WhatsApp is too early into its own investigations of the attack to “estimate how many phones were targeted.” WhatsApp is used by over 1.5 billion worldwide and is owned by Facebook.

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