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Nvidia makes record-breaking $40 billion deal to buy Arm from SoftBank

Nvidia makes record-breaking $40 billion deal to buy Arm from SoftBank

Nvidia has announced the biggest, most expensive semiconductor deal in history on Sunday, agreeing to purchase British company Arm Holdings from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank for $40 billion. SoftBank previously bought Arm for $32 billion in 2016 — its largest ever investment at the time, and one that seems to have paid off massively.

Under the deal, Nvidia will pay SoftBank $21.5 billion in Nvidia stock, $12 billion in cash, and $5 billion in either cash or stock provided Arm hits certain financial goals. Nvidia will also pay $1.5 billion inequity to Arm’s employees. 

“Our combination will create a company fabulously positioned for the age of AI,” said Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang in a press release. “Uniting NVIDIA’s AI computing capabilities with the vast ecosystem of Arm’s CPU, we can advance computing from the cloud, smartphones, PCs, self-driving cars and robotics, to edge IoT, and expand AI computing to every corner of the globe.” Read more…

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No Mercy: SEC charges rapper T.I. over cryptocurrency scam

No Mercy: SEC charges rapper T.I. over cryptocurrency scam

It would seem T.I. left a paper trail. 

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday announced charges against the 39-year-old rapper, real name Clifford Joseph Harris, for his alleged role in promoting a fraudulent initial coin offering. Harris, the SEC claims, sold cryptocurrency tokens via his Twitter account and encouraged his followers to invest in the 2017 FLiK ICO — all the while falsely claiming to be a part owner. 

According to the SEC, the ICO was (surprise!) essentially a scam run by film producer Ryan Felton. Felton promised to build “Netflix on the blockchain” (LOL), but never delivered. Instead, Felton allegedly used money from FLiK ICO investors to drive up the price of a second token, SPARK, which Felton also controlled.  Read more…

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Skullcandy Crusher Evo review: Like a subwoofer for your head

Skullcandy Crusher Evo review: Like a subwoofer for your head

Skullcandy Crusher Evo wireless headphones
$199
The Good

Huge • thumping bass • Long battery life • Built-in Tile tracking • Unique Personal Sound system

The Bad

Bass slider can drown out sounds • Overall sound quality is just OK

The Bottom Line

Skullcandy’s new bass-heavy headphones mostly deliver the goods, even if more expensive competition provides richer total sound quality.

⚡ Mashable Score
4.0
😎 Cool Factor
4.0
📘Ease of Use
4.0
💪Performance
3.5
💵Bang for the Buck
4.5

Back in high school, I had friends who spent what little money they had tricking out their otherwise modest cars with bass systems that shook you to the bone, regardless of how bad it might have made everything else sound. Skullcandy’s new Crusher Evo over-ear headphones come with a similar philosophy. Read more…

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Poco X3 NFC mocks your pricey flagship with quad camera, 120Hz display for $235

Poco X3 NFC mocks your pricey flagship with quad camera, 120Hz display for $235

Xiaomi’s once sub-brand, now separate brand Poco made a name for itself by producing no-nonsense phones with all the right features for a very reasonable price

Now, Poco’s back with a new phone, a sort-of-midrange Poco X3 NFC (why the NFC bit, which is near-ubiquitous on phones these days, was needed in the name eludes me), and it sounds pretty good on paper. 

Yes, the Poco X3 NFC makes quite a few compromises: it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor, an LCD display, there’s no 5G, and it starts at only 64GB storage. 

But the rest of the specs scream good value. The 6.67-inch FHD+ display has a 240Hz touch sampling rate and a 120Hz refresh rate, a feat typically seen on very expensive flagships. The battery is a massive 5,160mAh cell with 33W fast charging (and yes, you get a 33W charger in the box). On the back, there’s a quad camera with a 64-megapixel, Sony IMX682 main sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, a 2-megapixel macro sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front, you’ll find a 20-megapixel selfie camera, located in a punch-hole in the top middle of the display.  Read more…

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Twitter’s ‘Quote Tweet’ changes make sussing out online drama easier

Twitter's 'Quote Tweet' changes make sussing out online drama easier

Twitter’s incredibly handy “Retweets with comments” feature is getting a rebranding, as well as becoming a tiny bit more convenient to use.

Earlier this year, Twitter added the option to see retweets that include a comment without having to use an automated account such as @QuotedReplies. Now the feature has been renamed, ditching the descriptive but clunky “Retweets with comments” for the cleaner “Quote Tweets.” 

Quote Tweets also appear between the Retweets and Likes on a tweet now, making the feature slightly less annoying to access. Previously, you had to click to see the Retweets, then click “Retweets with comments” from there. Now, you can just jump straight to the drama. Read more…

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And now Triller is trying to buy U.S. TikTok, report claims

And now Triller is trying to buy U.S. TikTok, report claims

If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em.

That appears to the thinking of Triller, a U.S.-based “social streaming” app, which according to Bloomberg teamed up with an asset management firm in an attempt to buy TikTok for $20 billion. Or, more specifically, to buy parts of TikTok for $20 billion. 

Those parts include TikTok’s U.S., Australian, New Zealand, and Indian components — locations where the ByteDance-owned company ran into various legal troubles, faced security concerns, and risks possible shuttering. India went so far as to ban TikTok outright in June for “[engaging] in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”  Read more…

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TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigns, citing ‘political environment’

TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigns, citing 'political environment'

Kevin A. Mayer, the chief executive officer of TikTok, has resigned after less than four months in the job, citing current political pressure on the company. 

“In recent weeks, as the political environment has sharply changed, I have done significant reflection on what the corporate structural changes will require, and what it means for the global role I signed up for,” Mayer wrote in an email to staff, according to the New York Times. “Against this backdrop, and as we expect to reach a resolution very soon, it is with a heavy heart that I wanted to let you all know that I have decided to leave the company.” Read more…

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Kickstart a career as an IT professional with this training course

Kickstart a career as an IT professional with this training course

TL;DR: The Complete IT for Beginners Bundle is on sale for £38.11 as of Aug. 26, saving you 94% on list price.


No modern company is complete without IT experts. These pros basically make it possible for everyone else in the company to do their work. And what’s cool about the IT field is it branches into countless career paths – and not just at ultra-technical companies. In a nutshell, that’s why there are more and more job openings in IT. In fact, you’ll find segments of IT work like cloud computing on LinkedIn’s top in-demand hard skills of 2020.

Looking to fill one of these in-demand IT jobs? You’ll need to be properly certified. And CompTIA certifications are the gold standard; all types of institutions from government entities to Fortune 500 companies say so. If you’re not a great test-taker, don’t panic. This Complete IT for Beginners Bundle can help you prepare. Read more…

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6 of the best gaming chairs for improving your experience

6 of the best gaming chairs for improving your experience

Gaming isn’t an inactive hobby. While maneuvering a controller, keeping an eye out for enemies, and sitting for hours, your body is in fight-or-flight mode. Whether you play for leisure or stream full-time, a gaming chair can help you perform and stay comfortable during lengthy sessions.

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to gaming chairs, though. There are ergonomic-style chairs and chairs with additional cozy fixings, such as foot rests. Regardless, it can be hard to find the best gaming chair for your digital entertainment needs. Before you drop major cash on a gaming chair, there are a few things to consider. Read more…

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BEST FOR BACK PAIN

GTPlayer Gaming Chair

The strong metal frame is designed to help promote a comfortable seated position for long gaming sessions.


    £159.99 from Amazon

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    BEST FOR BREATHABILITY

    Corsair T3 Rush Chair

    The breathable soft fabric exterior retains minimal heat, providing comfort and support for gaming.


      £249.99 from Amazon

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      BEST FOR BEGINNERS

      Millhouse Gaming Chair

      The Millhouse chair is made from high quality leather with thick padding to ensure total comfort.


        £82.99 from Amazon

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        BEST FOR ADJUSTING

        JL Comfurni Gaming Chair

        The height and armrest angle can be adjusted individually with the JL Comfurni gaming chair.


          £99.99 from Amazon

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          BEST FOR MATERIALS

          UMI Gaming Chair

          The smooth bonded leather, seat cushion, and pillows offer added support and comfort.


            £159.99 from Amazon

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            BEST FOR DURABILITY

            Corsair T1 Race Chair

            The solid steel construction enables you to play comfortably for years to come.


              £250 from Amazon

              Nissan Ariya is just like its concept EV, only now it’s a real Tesla Model Y competitor

              Nissan Ariya is just like its concept EV, only now it's a real Tesla Model Y competitor

              The Nissan Ariya made a splash last year at the Tokyo Motor Show as a concept electric SUV with a sleek interior and an advanced driving system built in. Now the car is a real thing coming to the U.S. late next year.

              Nissan is well-known for its Leaf electric vehicle, one of the original all-electric options available in the U.S. Until now that was the extent of its EV lineup. With the Ariya’s unveiling Wednesday, Nissan has a small SUV with higher-end features with a moderate price tag starting around $40,000 and a whole lot of range to take on Tesla’s newest compact SUV, the Model Y.

              The top-model Ariya (there’ll be four variations to choose from) promises up to 300 miles of range on a single charge, while also providing the spaciousness of a bigger vehicle and a smooth-bottomed floor (since the battery pack sits on the car floor).  Read more…

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              Secure a lifetime subscription to this VPN for just £30

              Secure a lifetime subscription to this VPN for just £30

              TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is on sale for £30 as of July 10, saving you 85% on list price.


              Don’t have a VPN? Here’s your cue: get one now before it’s too late. 

              Sorry not sorry for waxing dramatic, but if you’ve seen shows like Black Mirror and Mr. Robot, then you’re aware of the possibility that society is morphing into a tech dystopia in which it’s always open season on your digital privacy. 

              KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is offering a great deal on a lifetime subscription, bringing the price down to just £30. It’s always a good time to get a VPN, but there is truly no better time than when one goes on sale. Read more…

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              ICE to foreign students: If you’re just taking online classes, you can’t stay in the U.S.

              ICE to foreign students: If you’re just taking online classes, you can’t stay in the U.S.

              The coronavirus pandemic has made education hard enough with the abrupt shift to online learning that schools, teachers, and students have had to suddenly make these past few months. Now, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would like to make that move even harder for foreign students.

              On Monday, ICE posted an update to its Student and Exchange Visitor Program which disallows foreign students from remaining in the U.S. if they’re enrolled in a college or university that’s planning all online courses for the fall semester. 

              Basically, if you’re in the U.S. on a student visa and attending a school with all remote learning, you have two options: You must leave the country or transfer to a school with in-person learning. Any failure to comply will result in deportation.  Read more…

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              Satisfy your curiosity with this bite-sized book summary app

              Satisfy your curiosity with this bite-sized book summary app

              TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to SumizeIt Book Summaries is on sale for £24.08 as of July 5, saving you 70% on list price.


              Do you want to find out the secret to success? Do you yearn to discover how empires were built, millions were made, and industries were changed? You should read a book or two.

              And if you don’t have time for that, because, you know, like work and family and relationships and all that stuff, SumeizeIt may be the perfect compromise. 

              SumizeIt condenses the best-selling books about business into handy summaries that take about five minutes to read, so you can up your knowledge about the bottom line without impinging on your own lofty aspirations. Think of it like Spark Notes for adults. Do you regret not reading the entire Odyssey or Pride and Prejudice in school? Didn’t think so. Read more…

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              4 of the best electric massagers for soothing aches and pains

              4 of the best electric massagers for soothing aches and pains

              We know that you’re tense at the moment. We’re tense too. Everyone is tense, OK? 

              We could all benefit from a professional massage, preferably somewhere picturesque by someone who really knows what they’re doing. Probably with lots of candles, some atmospheric music, and maybe a few essentials oils in the air.

              All of that sounds absolutely amazing, but it’s just not something you can expect to receive on a regular basis. If you want regular release from tension, you are better off considering an electric massager. These devices can help to reduce pain and tightness, increase mobility, and aid in the recovery from injuries. Read more…

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              BEST FOR RECOVERY

              Theragun PRO

              One of the most powerful percussive therapy devices with the features to help you recover.


                £549 from John Lewis

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                BEST FOR THE WHOLE BODY

                HoMedics ShiatsuMax 2.0

                A premium device offering 14 massage programs to perfect your home treatment.


                  £299.99 from Amazon

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                  BEST FOR HEAT

                  RENPHO Shiatsu

                  This device provides four powerful deep-kneading massage nodes and a reinforced heating function.


                    £59.99 from Amazon

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                    BEST FOR CUSTOMISING

                    MARNUR Shiatsu

                    This massager offers eight rotation knots with optional heating and three adjustable intensities.


                      £51.99 from Amazon

                      Cameo now lets you pay to Zoom with celebrities, including Tony Hawk, Lance Bass, and Sean Astin

                      Cameo now lets you pay to Zoom with celebrities, including Tony Hawk, Lance Bass, and Sean Astin

                      Cameo introduced a new feature on Sunday — Zoom calls. The celebrity shoutout service will now let you book a 10-minute live video interview with various big names, so you can directly ask Sinbad about the Shazaam movie you’re positive exists. It’s like a pop culture convention’s meet and greet, only without the germs.

                      So far, Cameo lists dozens of personalities as available for a live chat, including beloved actor Sean Astin, iconic skateboarder Tony Hawk, N*SYNC alumni Lance Bass, comedian Gilbert Gottfried, and original Green Power Ranger Jason David Frank. Scott Patterson, aka Luke from Gilmore Girls, is also available, so you can ask Stars Hollow’s grumpy coffee dealer how much caffeine the show’s cast actually consumed. Read more…

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                      5 of the best rowing machines for working out at home

                      5 of the best rowing machines for working out at home

                      Whether you’re looking to add a piece of equipment to your home gym or are in search of a single machine that will provide a full-body workout without taking up too much space, a rowing machine is a solid choice. 

                      Rowing has long been favoured by people looking for a full-body workout that’s cardio-heavy yet low impact. This means that you’re not putting large amounts of stress on your joints, giving you less of a chance of sustaining an injury. This makes rowing a safe and effective workout for people of all ages, sizes, and abilities. 

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                      BEST FOR STORAGE

                      JLL R200

                      This compact and foldable rowing machine can be stored away once you’re done with your workout.


                        £229.98 from Amazon

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                        BEST FOR DURABILITY

                        XS Sports R310

                        This foldable rowing machine features a powder coated frame designed to withstand the test of time.


                          £269.99 from Amazon

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                          BEST FOR CONNECTIVITY

                          Fitness Reality 1000 Plus

                          Track your workouts with Bluetooth technology and the fitness app.


                            £399 from Amazon

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                            BEST FOR COMFORT

                            NordicTrack RX800

                            This model is built for comfort, with an ergonomically designed oversized seat and soft touch handle.


                              £499 from John Lewis

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                              BEST FOR STYLE

                              WaterRower Original

                              This machine harnesses the power of water to bring you a more organic rowing experience.


                                £999 from John Lewis

                                6 of the best keyboards for working from home

                                6 of the best keyboards for working from home

                                The reality of working from home is different for everyone, and depends on lots of factors. 

                                For some people, the transition to working from home is totally straightforward. These people will probably have their home office set up with things that make for a comfortable and efficient working day. They’ll have desk chairs, monitors, and printers. Basically, all the things that you take for granted in the office.

                                It isn’t so easy for everyone, and some people will be struggling to adapt to this new professional landscape. These people are probably missing all the little things they loved in the office, like the coffee machine and the air conditioning. To these people, we recommend investing in your WFH setup. Read more…

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                                BEST FOR APPLE

                                Apple Magic

                                This sleek and stylish keyboard is ready-made for Apple enthusiasts.


                                  £149 from Amazon

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                                  BEST FOR DESIGN

                                  Arteck 2.4G

                                  This durable keyboard has a heavy duty feeling and low-profile keys.


                                    £59.99 from Amazon

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                                    BEST FOR STORAGE

                                    Microsoft Universal

                                    Thin, lightweight, and foldable keyboard easily fits into a purse, bag, or pocket.


                                      £94.99 from Amazon

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                                      BEST FOR GAMING

                                      Razer Huntsman Elite

                                      This keyboard uses advanced technology for unmatched speed, stability, and accuracy.


                                        £199.99 from Amazon

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                                        BEST FOR COMFORT

                                        Corsair K55 RGB

                                        Provides top levels of comfort for long working and gaming sessions.


                                          £54.99 from Amazon

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                                          BEST FOR PORTABILITY

                                          Logitech Keys-To-Go

                                          Work anywhere and on any device with this lightweight and adaptable keyboard.


                                            £54.99 from Amazon

                                            6 of the best exercise bikes for keeping fit at home

                                            6 of the best exercise bikes for keeping fit at home

                                            Working out and staying fit is difficult at the best of times, even with constant access to the gym and other health and fitness facilities. Nowadays, we’re all having to get a lot more creative when it comes to exercise, so things are even tougher.

                                            There are obviously a few tried and tested methods of keeping fit that don’t involve loads of equipment, like walking or running, but this sort of activity can become a little boring if it’s all you’re doing. Even the most dedicated of athletes need to switch things up from time to time.

                                            An effective workout schedule relies on variety, and fortunately there are plenty of products that can provide this. You can now purchase pretty much everything you find in your local gym, with everything from dumbbells to treadmills up for grabs online. There really aren’t any excuses anymore, unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your outlook. Read more…

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                                            BEST FOR FEATURES

                                            Reebok GB40s Exercise Bike

                                            This bike’s comprehensive set of features is easy to control and keeps you motivated at every workout.


                                              £299.99 from Argos

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                                              BEST FOR STORAGE

                                              Roger Black Folding Exercise Bike

                                              This bike is great if you want to exercise at home but don’t have much storage space.


                                                £99.99 from Argos

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                                                BEST FOR PORTABILITY

                                                Opti Aerobic Exercise Bike

                                                This bike also comes with transportation wheels so you can switch up your workout location.


                                                  £179.99 from Argos

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                                                  BEST FOR COMFORT

                                                  NordicTrack GX4.4 Pro Exercise Bike

                                                  The adjustable cushion seat and oversize handlebars make sure you’re comfortable when working out.


                                                    £499 from John Lewis

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                                                    BEST FOR CLASSES

                                                    Peloton Bike

                                                    The Peloton bike lets you feel the energy of instructor-led studio rides at home.


                                                      £1,990 from Peloton

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                                                      BEST FOR BEGINNERS

                                                      JLL JF100 Exercise Bike

                                                      This exercise bike is affordable, compact, and smooth to pedal.


                                                        £125.99 from Amazon

                                                        Mark Zuckerberg ‘expressed concerns’ in Trump phone call, so that should fix everything

                                                        Mark Zuckerberg 'expressed concerns' in Trump phone call, so that should fix everything

                                                        Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly suggested to President Donald Trump, in a roundabout fashion, that perhaps the poster-in-chief could tone it down a little. For him? Pretty please?

                                                        Axios reports that two sources familiar with a phone call Trump made to the Facebook CEO on Friday said that Zuckerberg did not make any specific requests of the president, but conveyed “concerns” about his “tone and rhetoric,” expressed disagreement with recent sentiments, and told the president that his choice of words “put Facebook in a difficult position.”

                                                        The latter is likely a reference to the fact that Facebook has faced increased pressure to moderate the president’s statements on the platform, which regularly contain outright lies, misinformation, and inflammatory rhetoric. Read more…

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                                                        7 of the best Squarespace templates for your blog

                                                        7 of the best Squarespace templates for your blog

                                                        There’s a good reason why Squarespace is an incredibly popular web building and hosting service: it allows people to build beautiful websites relatively easily and affordably, thanks largely to its drag-and-drop page builders and templates. 

                                                        While Squarespace might offer less flexibility for experienced coders than other website builders like WordPress, it is user friendly, even if you have zero coding experience. That’s largely because it offers around 100 different and customisable templates. These templates act as “rough draft” designs for you to build the website you want, determining how your site looks and how it works. Read more…

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                                                        Tudor

                                                        With a modern, asymmetrical design, this template is a great all-around choice for bloggers.


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                                                          BEST FOR FLEXIBILITY

                                                          Five

                                                          With a clean and fresh feel, this template is great if you want flexibility and multiple sidebars.


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                                                            BEST FOR TRAVEL BLOGGERS

                                                            Native

                                                            With easy social media integration and location display, this clean, scrolling page template is a natural choice for travel bloggers.


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                                                              BEST FOR PHOTO-HEAVY BLOGS

                                                              Haute

                                                              If your blog includes lots of stunning photography, this mosaic-style template is a great way to display it.


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                                                                BEST FOR FOOD BLOGS

                                                                Stanton

                                                                With a big banner image, text on the homepage, and recent posts featured below, this template is a solid choice for food bloggers.


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                                                                  BEST FOR FASHION BLOGS

                                                                  Rally

                                                                  With a long, scrolling homepage, this template allows you to weave blog posts with banner photographs to create a visually-appealing website.


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                                                                    BEST FOR MULTIPLE CONTRIBUTORS

                                                                    Skye

                                                                    Not only is this a clean and streamlined magazine-style template, but it’s also great if you have multiple writers contributing to the blog.


                                                                      Twitter’s Jack Dorsey fact checks Trump, subtweets Mark Zuckerberg, ahead of social media executive order

                                                                      Twitter's Jack Dorsey fact checks Trump, subtweets Mark Zuckerberg, ahead of social media executive order

                                                                      President Donald Trump will reveal an executive order designed to “regulate” social media on Thursday, after Twitter applied its fact-check label to two Trump tweets containing false claims about mail-in ballots.

                                                                      The executive tantrum, and a Fox News appearance by senior White House advisor Kellyanne Conway where she goaded viewers to harass Twitter’s head of site integrity Yoel Roth, spurred a stern response from Twitter cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey.

                                                                      “Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me,” Dorsey tweeted. “Please leave our employees out of this. We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally.” Read more…

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                                                                      Contact-tracing app caught sharing location data with Foursquare

                                                                      Contact-tracing app caught sharing location data with Foursquare

                                                                      Contact-tracing apps are problematic, and that’s before they violate their own privacy policies. 

                                                                      The Care19 app, developed for the North Dakota Department of Health by developer ProudCrowd, was intended to assist health officials in their battle against coronavirus by logging users’ location data. In the process, according to a report released Thursday, it also sent users’ location data to Foursquare.

                                                                      The findings, published by the makers of the privacy-focused app Jumbo, highlight the risks inherent in contact-tracing apps. When you have software designed to log your location, or your interactions with other people, and then share that data, you run the risk of said data ending up in unintended hands.  Read more…

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                                                                      Gamers report unauthorized access to their Nintendo accounts

                                                                      Gamers report unauthorized access to their Nintendo accounts

                                                                      It looks as though Nintendo has a security breach on its hands as an increasing number of gamers are reporting unauthorized access to their Nintendo accounts.

                                                                      As Eurogamer reports, the problem was first brought to our attention by Twitter user Pixelpar, who runs the Nintendo news and reviews website LootPots. He claims his PC is “clean” and his password “unique,” but over the course of Saturday night his Nintendo account was accessed “numerous times” by an unauthorized third-party.

                                                                      Other users have reported similar unauthorized access, but it gets worse if you have a PayPal account linked as it’s being used to purchase items, for example, several users have seen Fortnite VBuck currency purchased without their knowledge. So far, Nintendo hasn’t publicly acknowledged there is a security fault. Read more…

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                                                                      Wait, Burning Man is going online-only? What does that even look like?

                                                                      Wait, Burning Man is going online-only? What does that even look like?

                                                                      You could have been forgiven for missing the announcement that actual physical Burning Man has been canceled for this year, if not next. Firstly, the nonprofit Burning Man organization, known affectionately to insiders as the Borg, posted it after 5 p.m. PT Friday. That, even in the COVID-19 era, is the traditional time to push out news when you don’t want much media attention. 

                                                                      But secondly, you may have missed its cancellation because the Borg is being careful not to use the C-word. The announcement was neutrally titled “The Burning Man Multiverse in 2020.” Even as it offers refunds to early ticket buyers, considers layoffs and other belt-tightening measures, and can’t even commit to a physical event in 2021, the Borg is making lemonade by focusing on an online-only version of Black Rock City this coming August.    Read more…

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                                                                      How Easter and Passover are going digital during the coronavirus outbreak

                                                                      How Easter and Passover are going digital during the coronavirus outbreak

                                                                      While many are modifying their family rituals for the springtime holidays Easter and Passover as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, it’s even more imperative this year that big religious institutions overhaul tradition.

                                                                      From communal Jewish Passover seders (that’s the ceremonial meal to kick off the eight-day holiday) to Good Friday mass to Easter Sunday activities, coronavirus fears and social distancing requirements mean any large celebration better happen online

                                                                      Churches, synagogues, and religious groups are getting creative. Especially since the pressure to maintain social distance is on, most notably after coronavirus infections were traced back to religious gatherings in South Korea and in Sacramento County in CaliforniaRead more…

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                                                                      Quibi’s tech lives up to the hype. The shows? That’s up to you.

                                                                      Quibi's tech lives up to the hype. The shows? That's up to you.

                                                                      If you have an unquenchable thirst for streamed content and a few bucks to spare each month, Quibi would like a moment of your time.

                                                                      An actual moment, in this case. The short-form video app is launching Monday in the U.S. and Canada after months of attention-grabbing headlines involving its star-studded original shows. Don’t get it twisted, though — this isn’t just a Netflix competitor. The Quibi app is mobile-only, so you won’t be watching any of these shows on your TV.

                                                                      If you think that seems like unfortunate timing given everything happening in the world right now, you could be right. A mobile-only streaming service may not be able to fully shine during a lockdown when hardly anyone one is particularly, well, mobile. The good news is Quibi does everything it sets out to do. Read more…

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                                                                      Zoom improves security with automatic password protection and waiting rooms

                                                                      Zoom improves security with automatic password protection and waiting rooms

                                                                      After facing heavy criticism for the way it handles privacy and security, the video conferencing service Zoom is making a few very necessary updates. 

                                                                      Beginning April 5, all meetings going forward will have automatically enabled password protection and waiting rooms. The password protection makes it so you need a password to enter a meeting even if you already have the meeting ID, although those who enter a meeting via a link will not need to enter the password. The waiting room allows the hosts to selectively admit people who are waiting to enter a meeting, so if they see a name they don’t recognize, they can choose not to let them have access. Read more…

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                                                                      Apple TV+ joins Netflix in reducing European streaming quality

                                                                      Apple TV+ joins Netflix in reducing European streaming quality

                                                                      Europeans quarantined at home will be riding out the coronavirus pandemic in low-res.

                                                                      Apple TV+ has joined the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming giants this week in downgrading streaming video quality across the continent in an apparent effort to reduce strain on the internet. 

                                                                      We reached out to Apple, which confirmed the move, in an attempt to determine when the decision was made, how long it will last, which specific countries or regions are affected, and how degraded the streaming quality is. The company did not respond to any of our specific questions. 

                                                                      9to5Mac reported that European customers are seeing resolutions “as low as 670 pixels tall” — a far cry from the service’s oft-touted 4K. Mashable is unable to independently confirm 9to5Mac’s reporting, however, there are Twitter accounts echoing the low-resolution claims.  Read more…

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                                                                      It’s not just you: A Facebook glitch marked authentic coronavirus news as spam

                                                                      It’s not just you: A Facebook glitch marked authentic coronavirus news as spam

                                                                      Social platforms and big tech companies have stepped up amid the coronavirus pandemic, moving aggressively to try and combat misinformation and put expert, reliable sources front and center for users. And people have been using Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and various other platforms to share community information, offer help, and shame their peers and parents into social distancing.

                                                                      But over the past day or so, there was an unexplained spike in removals and flagging of posts relating to the coronavirus and the illness it causes, COVID-19. Users on Facebook and Twitter reported that innocuous, informative, or authentic news posts about the outbreak were being flagged as spam or removed. Read more…

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                                                                      Apple punishes facial recognition company Clearview AI for ignoring developer rules

                                                                      Apple punishes facial recognition company Clearview AI for ignoring developer rules

                                                                      Clearview AI’s week keeps getting worse. 

                                                                      Apple has suspended the controversial facial recognition company’s iOS developer account following a report from Buzzfeed News that Clearview AI was in violation of Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program rules.

                                                                      As a result, Apple has disabled Clearview AI’s iOS app, giving the company 14 days to respond to Apple’s claim. 

                                                                      Specifically, Apple’s rules state that companies “may not use, distribute or otherwise make Your Internal Use Applications available to any third parties in any way.” 

                                                                      Buzzfeed’s report found that Clearview AI was doing exactly that by “encouraging” its clients to download the iOS app in violation of that rule.  Read more…

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                                                                      The best headphones for Samsung loyalists in the UK

                                                                      The best headphones for Samsung loyalists in the UK

                                                                      Your Samsung smartphone might offer plenty of great features, but the headphones that came with it probably aren’t that great. You are better off upgrading and buying separate earphones or headphones that offer a far superior listening experience.

                                                                      Before you jump in and invest in a fancy new set, it’s worth having a think about how you intend on using your headphones. Are you planning on commuting with them regularly? Do you travel frequently? Do you love using Samsung’s voice assistant? It’s important to pick a pair that works for you.

                                                                      Are Beats headphones compatible with Samsung?

                                                                      Apple bought headphone manufacturer Beats back in 2014 so it you might think that you can’t use Beats headphones with your Samsung smartphone. This is not the case. You can definitely still use your Beats headphones with a Samsung smartphone, although you’ll miss out on things like Quick Glance to see your battery life.   Read more…

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                                                                      BEST FOR SIMPLICITY

                                                                      Samsung Galaxy Buds

                                                                      Great all-around headphones, especially if you don’t want to spend a while tweaking.

                                                                      • Colours: Black, White, and Yellow
                                                                      • Battery life: 6 hours (doubled when using carrying case)


                                                                      £139 from Samsung

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                                                                      BEST FOR TRAVEL

                                                                      Sony WH-1000XM3

                                                                      These super smart noise-cancelling headphones can detect ambient noise around you and adjust as needed.

                                                                      • Colours: Black and Silver
                                                                      • Battery life: 30 hours (with active noise-cancellation on)


                                                                      £330 from Amazon

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                                                                      BEST FOR SOUND QUALITY

                                                                      Bose QuietComfort 35

                                                                      Besides offering a balanced audio experience, these have three levels of noise cancellation so you can block out the world.

                                                                      • Colours: Black, Silver, and Rose Gold
                                                                      • Battery life: Up to 20 hours wireless and 40 hours wired


                                                                      £260 from Amazon

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                                                                      BEST FOR VOICE SUPPORT

                                                                      Beats Solo3

                                                                      You’ll get a bit of everything: fast battery charging, a stylish look, and useful features.

                                                                      • Colours: Black, Red, Club Navy, Club Red, Club White, Club Yellow, Rose Gold, Satin Gold, and Satin Silver
                                                                      • Battery life: 40 hours


                                                                      £179.95 from Amazon

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                                                                      BEST FOR OLDER SAMSUNG SMARTPHONES

                                                                      1MORE Triple Driver

                                                                      If you’re into wires, you won’t find better sound quality for this price.

                                                                      • Colours: Silver and Gold
                                                                      • Battery life: N/A


                                                                      £67.99 from Amazon

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                                                                      BEST FOR RUNNING

                                                                      Creative Outlier Gold

                                                                      Great for active people thanks to sweatproofing capabilities and an impressive 14-hour battery life.

                                                                      • Colours: Gold
                                                                      • Battery life: 14 hours


                                                                      £94.99 from Amazon

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                                                                      BEST FOR WORKOUTS

                                                                      Samsung Flex

                                                                      Thanks to a magnetic design, these earphones easily snap and fold together to store well.

                                                                      • Colours: Black
                                                                      • Battery life: 8 hours


                                                                      £62 from Amazon

                                                                      Lyft to charge San Francisco e-bikers more for decadent dockless parking

                                                                      Lyft to charge San Francisco e-bikers more for decadent dockless parking

                                                                      San Francisco e-bike riders’ penchant for locking their Bay Wheels wherever they damn well please is about to cost them some serious dough. 

                                                                      A host of pricing changes are coming to the Lyft-operated platform as of March 2. Perhaps the most notable of which includes a brand new $2 locking fee for riders who choose to ignore available dock spaces in favor of using built-in cables to lock the e-bikes to racks or street signs. In other words, use a docking station or pay up. 

                                                                      Pretty simple, right? It will be cheaper for riders to leave e-bikes at stations as opposed to scattered about, thus helping to ensure bikes are easier to find, maintain, and charge. But wait, we’re not done yet.  Read more…

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                                                                      Jack Dorsey tweeted a real bummer of a WikiHow on Valentine’s Day

                                                                      Jack Dorsey tweeted a real bummer of a WikiHow on Valentine's Day

                                                                      It’s Valentine’s Day and Jack Dorsey is tweeting about wine. 

                                                                      Or, more precisely, he tweeted a screenshot of a WikiHow article telling people how to properly hold a wine glass. Whatever you do, insists the article with an accompanying picture of a solitary hand holding a glass of wine, “Never hold the bowl.” It’s real depressing shit. 

                                                                      The Twitter CEO shared the image late Friday afternoon after, we’re assuming, his date told him to stop being such a pretentious jerk and just enjoy the nice bottle of Priorat for crying out loud. 

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                                                                      Motorola puts out a foldable Razr test video in response to durability concerns

                                                                      Motorola puts out a foldable Razr test video in response to durability concerns

                                                                      After Motorola’s reborn Razr seemed to fail a recent durability test, the company fired back with a response and a test of its own.

                                                                      The Razr broke after only 27,000 folds from FoldBot, a tool developed to literally fold and unfold devices to test its durability. CNET planned to put the device through 100,000 folds, a goal well below the Samsung Galaxy’s record of 120,000 folds. The site tested it during what was supposed to be a 12-hour livestream, but it was cut short when the Razr’s hinge got stuck and the FoldBot was unable to continue … folding. 

                                                                      Motorola responded with a statement and the below video, which shows its own folding machine fully opening and closing the phone. The FoldBot only partially closes the phone before opening it again.  Read more…

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                                                                      Co-Star accuses Google of ‘anti-astrology prejudice’ after Play Store pulls horoscope app

                                                                      Co-Star accuses Google of 'anti-astrology prejudice' after Play Store pulls horoscope app

                                                                      Co-Star, the “hyper-personalized” AI astrology app notorious (and beloved) for its ego-bruising push notifications, has gone supernova on Google over its sudden removal from the Play Store.

                                                                      Just two weeks after the app became available to Android users, it reportedly disappeared from the Play Store on Wednesday evening. A few hours later, the app’s official Instagram account posted a furious note on Stories (and reposted on Twitter) in its trademark monochrome, with the header “Don’t Be Evil: Google hates astrology”.

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                                                                      — Co – Star (@costarastrology) February 6, 2020 Read more…

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                                                                      Facebook will remove some coronavirus conspiracy theories

                                                                      Facebook will remove some coronavirus conspiracy theories

                                                                      Facebook is cracking down on coronavirus rumors and conspiracy theories.

                                                                      The company said that its fact checkers will debunk false claims about the coronavirus, and that it will remove some posts pushing conspiracy theories about it.

                                                                      “We will also start to remove content with false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations and local health authorities that could cause harm to people who believe them,” the company wrote in a statement

                                                                      “We are doing this as an extension of our existing policies to remove content that could cause physical harm.” Read more…

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                                                                      Uber, Lyft are officially up and running in British Columbia

                                                                      Uber, Lyft are officially up and running in British Columbia

                                                                      People in Vancouver, British Columbia no longer have to feel left out when it comes to ride-sharing. Anyone going out this weekend can finally snag an Uber or Lyft home in the wee hours of the night.

                                                                      Less than 24 hours after both ride-share companies were given the green light to operate in Vancouver, their respective apps officially went live, Global News reports.

                                                                      Heads up #Vancouver, we’ve officially landed! 🚗

                                                                      Now 2 am you, and 8 am you, and 5pm you can grab a Lyft to your favourite bar, grandma’s house, a museum, the market, Rogers Arena, a bridge, the Seawall, a park… you know, wherever. It’s all in the apppic.twitter.com/h35oop7lfu

                                                                      — Lyft (@lyft) January 24, 2020 Read more…

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                                                                      Vine cofounder finally releases his next viral video app: Byte

                                                                      Vine cofounder finally releases his next viral video app: Byte

                                                                      If you’re still mourning the loss of Vine, you now have a new video app to fill the void and, no, I’m not talking about TikTok.

                                                                      That’s because Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann is finally launching byte, the video app that’s meant to be a successor to the video app that was mercilessly killed by Twitter in 2016. Hofmann has been teasing the app, which he has described as a “follow-up” to Vine, since 2017, though the self-funded project has run into delays.

                                                                      “Today we’re bringing back 6-second looping videos and a new community for people who love them,” the company wrote on Twitter. “It’s called byte and it’s both familiar and new. We hope it’ll resonate with people who feel something’s been missing.” Read more…

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                                                                      Talk to the hand? Amazon reportedly wants you to pay with it.

                                                                      Talk to the hand? Amazon reportedly wants you to pay with it.

                                                                      Apple and Google make it easy to leave your wallet be when it’s time to pay at the register, but now there are murmurs about factoring out your smartphone as well.

                                                                      The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon shops and other merchants could offer a hand-based payment system. Your credit card or account info would be linked to your palms, so when checking out you’d just put out your hand. Scan it and you’re set.

                                                                      The terminals could be used at any store, not just Amazon-owned ones. Early talks with financial institutions suggest the powers-that-be are mulling connecting customer payment info to the hand-readers. Read more…

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                                                                      Google will ‘phase out’ cookies in Chrome — just not anytime soon

                                                                      Google will 'phase out' cookies in Chrome — just not anytime soon

                                                                      Google says it will “phase out” one of the main tools that allows companies to track you across the web.

                                                                      The company plans to eliminate support for third-party cookies in Chrome over the next two years. Google’s announcement, which comes well after Chrome’s main competitors have made similar updates, could be a major win for privacy advocates who have long decried the use of cookies for enabling companies to surreptitiously track users’ browsing habits. 

                                                                      But, as we’ve previously noted, Google’s attempts to limit cookies could also give the company a major leg up on advertising competitors, as it would reduce third-parties’ ability to keep tabs on users. Read more…

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                                                                      Have a Tesla over-the-air update disaster? Try these reboots.

                                                                      Have a Tesla over-the-air update disaster? Try these reboots.

                                                                      Christmas came early for Tesla owners with a “holiday” update that added new features and tools to the software system controlling the electric vehicles. 

                                                                      But with new features like more voice commands, TRAX music-making, Twitch video streaming, Camp Mode, and new games like Stardew Valley and backgammon comes the inevitable errant Tesla whose computer just won’t update.  

                                                                      Tesla with its screen-based driving system is known for its quick and painless over-the-air updates. It’s similar to downloading and installing a new operating system on a smartphone. While connected to your WiFi, the car downloads and updates to a new version in about 30 minutes, bringing a slew of new features and changes to the driving experience. But sometimes things get sticky.  Read more…

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                                                                      Tesla code points to Ludicrous Mode, better battery in Model 3

                                                                      Tesla code points to Ludicrous Mode, better battery in Model 3

                                                                      The Tesla Model 3 might be getting a couple of improvements according to some lines of code found by notoriously eagle-eyed Twitter user Green.

                                                                      In looking at Tesla’s software, Green found a couple of notable changes coming to the Model 3, including an inclusion of the company’s Ludicrous Mode and an option for a 100kWh battery, which is a nice upgrade from the car’s current 75kWh battery.

                                                                      Of course, it’s important to note that Tesla is no stranger to changing plans for its vehicles and that sometimes even the things it promises don’t quite line up to reality (*cough* cybertruck windows).

                                                                      Along with these finds, Green pointed out some other changes in the software that could point toward new options for Model 3 buyers. There could be new tire pressure sensors, new rim options, new options for glass roofs, and improved airflow. Read more…

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                                                                      This new EV has a ‘California mode,’ and it’s as chill as it sounds

                                                                      This new EV has a 'California mode,' and it's as chill as it sounds

                                                                      The rest of the country is going to snicker, but Fisker’s upcoming all-electric SUV, called Ocean, unveiled a feature this week to honor the car’s West Coast roots and SoCal vibes. 

                                                                      With one button Ocean drivers can open nine windows and openings throughout the car including a back hatch and sun roof. Let the ocean air flow in and breathe in and out. If that isn’t California dreaming we don’t know what is. The feature is called, of course, California mode. Iconic car designer Henrik Fisker is based in the Los Angeles area.

                                                                      Reservations-holders for the Fisker Ocean are privy to an exclusive video demonstrating how it works, but it’s only on the Fisker app. We were told we could see the video next week after future-owners got a chance first. Reservations require a $250 deposit. The eco-friendly vehicle built with recycled materials and solar panels on the roof is supposed to start production in 2021 and arrive by 2022.  Read more…

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                                                                      Hackers are getting really good at hacking Ring cameras and the results are terrifying

                                                                      Hackers are getting really good at hacking Ring cameras and the results are terrifying

                                                                      In case you needed another reminder of the potentially terrifying downside of having a Wi-Fi-connected security camera in your home, consider this: it’s surprisingly easy for hackers to gain access to them.

                                                                      Hackers have created software that essentially streamlines the process, and are selling and sharing it on internet forums, Motherboard reported. The exploit is possible not because of any one vulnerability in Ring’s software, but rather how it takes advantage of insecure passwords in order to get into the accounts in question. 

                                                                      This is much more than a theoretical vulnerability. There have been reports all around the country of people encountering strangers on the other end of their in-home security camera.  Read more…

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                                                                      Hackers are getting really good at hacking Ring cameras and the results are terrifying

                                                                      Hackers are getting really good at hacking Ring cameras and the results are terrifying

                                                                      In case you needed another reminder of the potentially terrifying downside of having a Wi-Fi-connected security camera in your home, consider this: it’s surprisingly easy for hackers to gain access to them.

                                                                      Hackers have created software that essentially streamlines the process, and are selling and sharing it on internet forums, Motherboard reported. The exploit is possible not because of any one vulnerability in Ring’s software, but rather how it takes advantage of insecure passwords in order to get into the accounts in question. 

                                                                      This is much more than a theoretical vulnerability. There have been reports all around the country of people encountering strangers on the other end of their in-home security camera.  Read more…

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                                                                      Why use words when you can just DM friends colorful rectangles?

                                                                      Why use words when you can just DM friends colorful rectangles?

                                                                      Words, man. Amirite? They’re so limiting — with their defined meanings and their need for correct spelling. And don’t even get me started on grammar.

                                                                      If you, too, are sick of words, ooh buddy do we have an app for you. Meet Color Chat: an app which lets you DM with your friends by sending colored rectangles of various sizes and hues back and forth. 

                                                                      It might not be super efficient at getting a message across, but it’s perhaps more fun — and definitely prettier — than just shooting the regular shit.

                                                                      The future of social is:
                                                                      – the color chat app where you can chat with colored rectangles only. no text no emoji no video. just colored rectangles pic.twitter.com/KSzyZaOEzd

                                                                      — freia lobo (@freialobo) December 13, 2019 Read more…

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                                                                      People don’t like working at Facebook as much as they used to

                                                                      People don't like working at Facebook as much as they used to

                                                                      Facebook’s status as one of the most desirable employers is waning. That’s according to Glassdoor’s latest rankings of the best companies to work for, based on anonymous employee reviews.

                                                                      Glassdoor released its annual “Best Places to Work” list for 2020, which compiles employees’ anonymous ratings and reviews on Glassdoor, though the actual rankings are determined by the company’s “proprietary awards algorithm.” 

                                                                      This year, Facebook’s position on the list of the top 100 organizations dropped to No. 23, down from No. 7 in 2019 and No. 1 in 2018. That’s a new low for the company, which has consistently ranked near the top of Glassdoor’s list. The first year the social network made the cut, in 2011, it nabbed the top spot. Since then, Facebook has ranked in the top ten every year, except for 2015, when it hit No. 13.  Read more…

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                                                                      People don’t like working at Facebook as much as they used to

                                                                      People don't like working at Facebook as much as they used to

                                                                      Facebook’s status as one of the most desirable employers is waning. That’s according to Glassdoor’s latest rankings of the best companies to work for, based on anonymous employee reviews.

                                                                      Glassdoor released its annual “Best Places to Work” list for 2020, which compiles employees’ anonymous ratings and reviews on Glassdoor, though the actual rankings are determined by the company’s “proprietary awards algorithm.” 

                                                                      This year, Facebook’s position on the list of the top 100 organizations dropped to No. 23, down from No. 7 in 2019 and No. 1 in 2018. That’s a new low for the company, which has consistently ranked near the top of Glassdoor’s list. The first year the social network made the cut, in 2011, it nabbed the top spot. Since then, Facebook has ranked in the top ten every year, except for 2015, when it hit No. 13.  Read more…

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                                                                      Take a look at the first all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E. (It’s an SUV.)

                                                                      Last week Ford thought it played it coy only revealing the name of its first all-electric vehicle (the Ford Mustang Mach-E), but after some simple poking around the Ford website, images, video, specs, and prices of the upcoming vehicles were leaked ahead of Sunday’s big reveal in Los Angeles. 

                                                                      But the leaks, still posted on a Mach-E online forum, were accurate: Ford’s first EV does indeed look like a puffed up, oddly compact SUV version of its Mustang muscle car glory of the 1960s. The car is no longer two-door, but it’s still got the pony emblazoned on the front. Its Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition is the most reminiscent of the sporty Mustang of the past, with its zero-to-60 mph in mid-3 seconds and 459 horsepower abilities. Read more…

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                                                                      The new Microsoft Edge browser logo sure does look familiar

                                                                      To be fair, you shouldn’t eat the logo either. 

                                                                      Microsoft’s Edge browser is freshening things up with a new look, and it’s a swirling blue-and-green design that to many calls to mind another thing that’s gone out of style: Tide pods.

                                                                      Discovered by The Verge, Tom Warren writes that the “Edge icon was revealed in an elaborate Easter Egg hunt where Microsoft employees posted cryptic clues to a series of puzzles and  images.”

                                                                      The final clue led to the new Microsoft Edge logo. This was a really fun hunt, and only made possible by everyone working together over on Discord, Reddit, and Twitter. Thanks for all the fun! https://t.co/lPB6fJOPqa pic.twitter.com/hDmOcQu22a

                                                                      — Tom Warren (@tomwarren) November 2, 2019 Read more…

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