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Thursday, April 14, 2016

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TECHNOLOGY

How to Prove You’re Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto

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wired.com - Four months have passed since the world learned the name of Craig Wright, a man who, as WIRED wrote in December, either created Bitcoin or very badly wants someone to believe he did. Now rumors are...

New Threat Can Auto-Brick Apple Devices — Krebs on Security

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krebsonsecurity.com - If you use an Apple iPhone, iPad or other iDevice, now would be an excellent time to ensure that the machine is running the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system — version 9.3.1. Failin...

After EMC, Dell Buyouts, Spanning Focused on Data Backup, Ransomware | Xconomy

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xconomy.com - The broad-stroke reasoning behind the Dell and EMC merger has been discussed for months: Dell is hoping to benefit from being able to simultaneously offer its computers, servers, and other hardware...

Digital Transformation Skills Shortage Report - CXO Weekly

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cxoweekly.com - In collaboration with SAP SE, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) published a skills for digital transformation report in November 2015 after gathering data from 81 executives around the world...

How checking your link profile can save your site

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searchengineland.com - Make no bones about it: Link building is essential to the success of your site. In addition to being a ranking factor for search engines, inbound links can bring visitors to your site who might not...

How to adjust SEO strategy to Google's new SERP ad layout

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searchengineland.com - Removing the ads from the right rail of Google search results pages was a long time coming (well, a long time for digital). An eye-mapping study from last year showed that people have gone from vie...

Chris Dixon on competing with internet giants for budding AI and VR talent

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techcrunch.com - VC Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz thinks it’s a lot harder to predict financial cycles than it is to see a new computing platform coming down the pike. As he noted in a recent post, new cycles ...

Vine releases a Watch button because scrolling is too much work

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techcrunch.com - Vine, Twitter’s social network turned entertainment platform, is today announcing a new way to consume content on the app. The company is introducing a “Watch” button, which will let users watch a ...

Facebook’s killer Social VR demo puts the real world on notice

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mashable.com - Bravo, Facebook. Social VR is now officially something I want in Facebook. You made me want it, damn you. Ever since Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2 billion in 2014, Mark Zuckerberg has made clear...

TV Academy Chairman talks bringing digital creators into the Emmys

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mashable.com - LOS ANGELES — The Television Academy is all about being "platform agnostic." Last month, the Academy announced that it will expand its Primetime Emmy Awards short form category to include content f...

Amazon’s redesigned Kindle Oasis reader costs a whopping $290

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arstechnica.com - Amazon The asymmetrical design is meant to improve one-handed use. Amazon And that asymmetry also extends to the back of the device. Amazon Without the charging cover, battery life is only two week...

Nauto raises $12 million for driverless car technology that’s street-legal today

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techcrunch.com - Even before the blockbuster acquisition of Cruise Automation by General Motors for more than $1 billion, venture firms were looking for big ideas in autonomous vehicles. The latest company to attra...

Pure Watercraft brings boaters a Tesla-style motor

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techcrunch.com - Obviously, water and electricity don’t mix. But one Seattle company called Pure Watercraft has taken up the engineering challenge of building a Tesla-like EV motor for boats. The startup began taki...

Meet Oasis, Amazon’s smaller, lighter, grippier Kindle

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techcrunch.com - True to earlier reports, Amazon’s Kindle Oasis is the smallest and lightest Kindle yet and comes with a handle for gripping. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos teased an “all-new, top of the line” Kindle last wee...

The HTC 10 is fresh off the aluminum block, available for pre-order

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techcrunch.com - Fresh out of development from the company labs in Taiwan, the HTC 10 is not only a new flagship smartphone: it’s a near-complete overhaul. First impressions last and so far they’ve been good. Oh, a...

Homebrew patch makes many Oculus VR games perfectly playable on HTC Vive

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arstechnica.com - In the race to the top of virtual reality, Oculus and HTC have kicked off a hardware showdown the likes of which we haven't seen since the "Nintendon't" days. However, the war includes a curious co...

Verizon won’t fix copper lines when customers refuse switch to fiber

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arstechnica.com - Verizon has reportedly switched 1.1 million customers from copper to fiber lines over the past few years under a program it calls "Fiber Is the Only Fix." But some phone customers have refused the ...

15 Amazing ways social media is changing the world

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businessesgrow.com - Ignore the hype that we’re all becoming more superficial and narcissistic because of our obsession with social media. What’s really going on is far more incredible. That’s the conclusion from an ex...

F8 2016: Facebook Opens Instant Articles to All Publishers, Reveals Partnerships

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adweek.com - As promised in February, Facebook’s Instant Articles are now available to all publishers worldwide. Product manager Josh Roberts said in a Facebook Media blog post that more than 1,000 publishers g...

Mossberg: How to make Slack better

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recode.net - Welcome to Mossberg, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Re/code by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an executive editor at The Verge and editor at large of Re/code. N...

Newly launched HTC 10 apparently only has IP53 certification

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androidcommunity.com - While a lot of people seem pretty psyched about the newly launched HTC 10, the OEM’s newest flagship, if you’re the type of person who often goes to the rough outdoors, you might want to hold off o...

Telegram brings Bot 2.0 platform, redesign for Android app

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androidcommunity.com - Some are predicting it’s going to be a bot world in the near future, with us not having to leave our messaging app of choice to look for various items or to perform specific tasks. Telegram is one ...

Face Maker helps you aesthetically personalize your Android smartwatch

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androidcommunity.com - When you’ve already chosen your Android Wear smartwatch and bought it at around $100 or more, then you go and set out to make the wearable your very own. It might take a bit more money if you’ll re...

LG to launch HDK and SDKs, wants devs to build new G5 apps and add-ons

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androidcommunity.com - The first-ever smartphone with modular design is about to be smarter. LG impressed everyone at the MWC by introducing the LG G5 and its many Friends. We've seen the phone in action and at PLAY with...

Google Photos for Android now has manual backup option

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androidcommunity.com - The update for Google Photos for Android, version 1.18, is not something super major. In fact, on its Google+ page, there is only one thing mentioned that has changed for the app in this update. Ye...

HTC 10 vs HTC One M9: A worthy upgrade with hi-res audio, imaging quality

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androidcommunity.com - Ever since the One M7 was introduced back in 2013, this was the first time that HTC dropped the 'One' middle name. From One M8 to One M9 plus the other variants in between (One X9, One M9s, One A9,...

Google Calendar helps you reach Goals by fixing schedules

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androidcommunity.com - At the beginning of the year, we always find time to set our goals that we want to achieve in the next 12 months. Read more. Exercise three times a week. Take up an online class. But by this time, ...

New BBC iPlayer Kids app lets your child decide what to watch

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androidcommunity.com - While parents are always searching for ways how to limit their kids' usage of gadgets, here's BBC putting the kids in control. No, the British broadcasting network isn't teaching the young children...

Loyalty360 - Pep Boys Elevates Customer Engagement Levels with Mobile-first Strategy

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loyalty360.org - Raising the level of customer engagement is an ongoing quest for any loyalty marketer. For Rachel Silva, Assistant Vice President of Marketing for Pep Boys, effective customer engagement has always...

Plink.com: A Facebook Credits-Based Loyalty Program - Start-Ups.Co

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start-ups.co - Plink is a Facebook Credits-based loyalty program that rewards Facebook members for dining and making purchases at their favorite restaurants and stores. As per Mr. Stratz; Plink is a Facebook Cred...

Google Takes On Clickjacking

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marketingland.com - Among its latest efforts to address online display advertising fraud, Google says it has rolled out new defenses against clickjacking. If you’ve ever clicked on a button or tried to play a video on...

Facebook Shows Us What It Means to Be ‘Social’ in Virtual Reality (Video)

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recode.net - One of the key knocks on virtual reality, the gamer-heavy industry Facebook is betting big on, is that wearing a headset intended to block out the real world in favor of a virtual one isn’t a very ...

Snakebites Are Dangerous, but Mobile Ads Are Lethal, in Adobe's Hilarious New Ad

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adweek.com - Adobe has long excelled at comically portraying the disastrous consequences of not managing one's marketing properly. But in its latest spot, it literally becomes a matter of life and death. The co...

Mobile marketers are missing out on hyperlocal: report

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clickz.com - Despite the opportunity to target customers based on their locations, just 22% of marketers agree that they are exploiting hyperlocal advertising to its full potential. It works too, so many adver...

Facebook Announces New Tools and Options at F8 – Here’s What You Need to Know

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socialmediatoday.com - Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference is currently underway in San Francisco, with a range of new tools and updates being announced as part of the two-day showcase. And with so many updates – f...

Opinion: FBI needs to offer Apple an olive branch

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cnn.com - As ┼╣dziarski wrote in a blog post: "This technique is kind of like cheating at Super Mario Bros. with a save-game, allowing you to play the same level over and over after you keep dying." Cryptogra...

F8 2016: Profile Expression Kit Offers More Video Options for Facebook Profile Pictures

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adweek.com - Facebook began testing video profile pictures for iPhone users last September, and the social network is taking that one step further. At its F8 global developers’ conference in San Francisco Tuesd...

Lessons Learned From A First-Time Appreneur – Smashing Magazine

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smashingmagazine.com - There are over 2 million iOS apps1 and almost as many Android apps2 in the growing app economy. However, for every Flappy Bird app that gets lucky and goes viral3, there are thousands of apps that ...

Amazon Names New CEOs: What It Means - InformationWeek

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informationweek.com - Amazon has promoted two key executives into CEO roles. One of them is the prime candidate to replace CEO Jeff Bezos, if he ever decides to step aside. The other is the head of Amazon Web Services. ...

Motorola teams with graffiti legend Futura for special edition smartphone

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mashable.com - Retro design, particularly '80s fare, has become popular in recent years and now Motorola is harnessing one of the era's legends to boost its once prominent mobile profile. See also: Walking on the...

Common Personal Branding Mistakes: Are You Guilty? - DGI Wire

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dgiwire.com - (DGIwire) — Any entrepreneur worth their salt knows that an idea alone can take you only so far. Actually putting that idea into motion and emphasizing its distinctiveness is what makes for true su...

Choosing the Right E-Commerce Platform for Your Small Business

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huffingtonpost.com - You finally decided to launch an online version of your brick-and-mortar store. Congratulations! Now that you've decided to take the leap into the world of digital selling, the next big decision yo...

New York will let you pay for subway rides with your phone... in 2021

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mashable.com - The rumble of a train coming down the tracks to the station fills the underground air, but the turnstile is still 30 feet away. It'll be at least another 15 minutes until the next northbound R come...

OpenText Tackles Digital Transformation, Extends EIM Platform To Cloud - InformationWeek

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informationweek.com - Digital transformation is a top priority for enterprise organizations today as customers demand instant service, business users want instant insights, and executives look for technology to drive va...

Verizon bets on Armstrong, M&A savvy in Yahoo bid

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reuters.com - NEW YORK Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) is the clear favorite in the upcoming bidding for Yahoo Inc's (YHOO.O) core Internet business, according to Wall Street analysts, in large part because th...

Jet.com: Helping Online Retailers Soar or Holding them on the Tarmac?

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fanaticsmedia.com - Jet.com has landed, and it’s had a jumbo-sized impact on online retail…or at least so the company would have you believe. They’ve barely been around for a year, but this hopeful Amazon competitor—f...

What It Takes To Find A Good Best Webhosting Company

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agentmonhost.com - A company cannot outperform its weakest link, and this can often be the web host for its site. If you know nothing about programming, having to deal with technical jargon can become overwhelming. W...

Why Voiceovers Can Book Jobs From Just About Anywhere

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huffingtonpost.com - The beauty of being in voiceover today over any other time in history is the fact that every session is as near as a simple "patch". By that I mean a studio in one region of the country -- say Aust...

Amazon’s New Kindle Debuts Sleek New Design That Is Small, Light, And Maybe A Little Pricey

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inquisitr.com - Amazon’s new Kindle, the Oasis, is the latest release from Amazon for those who are looking for an e-reader designed specifically to read books. The latest release contains a 300 ppi high-resolution...