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Thursday, January 4, 2018

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2017 Xbox Countdown Sale

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majornelson.com - The countdown to 2018 officially starts today with the biggest sale of 2017. Microsoft Store online and Xbox.com has more than 650 deals for fans including savings of up to 65 percent on select Xbox …

New Year, New Devs: Sharpen your C# Skills - Building Apps for Windows

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blogs.windows.com - At the beginning of each new year, many people take on a challenge to learn something new or commit to reinforcing existing skills. Over the next two blog posts, we will guide you through two amazing…

Roku joins the voice computing market with smart soundbars, speakers and more built by partners

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techcrunch.com - Roku, which sells the most popular brand of streaming media players in the U.S., is now aiming to carve out a niche for itself as the voice control platform for home entertainment. Today, Roku is unv…

Case for Trump to Pardon Assange Gaining Momentum

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www.infowars.com - WASHINGTON, D.C. – The case that President Trump should pardon Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks is building, bolstered both by WikiLeaks’ continued insistence that the Russian collusion argument …

No Agenda Newsletter

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followme4.blogspot.com - Get Ready for the YEAR of the Century No Agenda is your show. To keep it alive please support No Agenda any way you can. There are excellent ideas on the support page here. No Agenda Thursday Show S…

Here’s how Nokia tried to make a comeback in 2017

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androidcommunity.com - Some millennials may not understand that Nokia used to be a smartphone giant. It was so popular almost two decades ago but failed to keep up with the mobile industry. We remember it saying no to Andr…

A Bimmer with a battery: the 2018 BMW 530e hybrid

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arstechnica.com - Behold, the 2018 BMW 530e xDrive iPerformance. That's quite a mouthful! The 530e's cabin is bright and airy, with good ergonomics. A version of this 2.0L four-cylinder engine can be found under the h…

Instagram tests letting users post Stories directly to WhatsApp

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techcrunch.com - Last October, Facebook extended the usage (and flexibility) of Instagram Stories — the Snapchat-like feature that lets you patch together photos and videos into a slide show — by making it easy to di…

Cloud infrastructure vendors begin responding to chip kernel vulnerability

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techcrunch.com - Several cloud vendors began responding to the chip kernel vulnerability that has the industry reeling today. Each Infrastructure as a Service vendor clearly has a stake here because each one is sell…

Apple readies Siri for the HomePod by adding a podcast-powered news brief

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techcrunch.com - The HomePod had a bit of a notable production setback, back in December, but Apple’s high-end smart speaker is still on-track for an “early 2018” release. As it preps for the release of its first Sir…

Google faces revised gender-pay lawsuit

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techcrunch.com - Google is facing a revised class-action gender-pay lawsuit that alleges Google underpaid women in comparison with their male counterparts and asked new hires about their prior salaries, The Guardian …

A week with Hulu with Live TV

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techcrunch.com - Cord-cutting continues to sweep the nation with 22.2 million U.S. households ditching their cable or satellite TV provider. My beautiful mother was one of those 22.2 million, and she recently replace…

Opera now protects you from cryptojacking attacks

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techcrunch.com - Opera today launched version 50 of its desktop browser. Sadly, this release doesn’t come with a cake to celebrate this milestone (not even a tiny cupcake), but the newest release does include a new f…

Apple Developer Program fee waivers are now available for nonprofits, schools and government

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techcrunch.com - Apple announced today it will begin allowing select publishers to waive the membership fees associated with its App Developer Program. Specifically, the new fee waivers will be offered to “nonprofit …

Google’s Project Zero team discovered critical CPU flaw last year

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techcrunch.com - In a blog post published minutes ago, Google’s Security team announced what they have done to protect Google Cloud customers against the chip vulnerability announced earlier today. They also indicate…

Microsoft acquires Avere Systems to further hybrid computing mission

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techcrunch.com - In a world shifting to the cloud, Microsoft has carved out a place trying to help companies caught between two worlds — on-prem legacy solutions and the public and private cloud. To help further that…

iMac Pro teardown reveals what you can upgrade and what you can’t

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arstechnica.com - iFixit has done a robust teardown of the iMac Pro, and we finally have a complete picture of which components can be upgraded and how easily. Additionally, the teardown found an impressively large co…

It takes 17 hours for an image to burn in on the iPhone X, test shows

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arstechnica.com - Korean tech site and phone marketplace Cetizen tested OLED displays on the iPhone X, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge for 510 hours to measure burn-in as part of its ongoing …

These are the best gaming laptops and accessories of 2017

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televisions.reviewed.com - Whether you prefer to game from your couch or on a full-blown gaming PC, there is a ton of specialty gear out there to choose from. But how do you know what's worth the money? We've spent the year te…

YouTube Marketing Made Simple: 5 Examples, 3 Tips, and 12 Tools

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www.socialmediatoday.com - It takes tons of work, and part of that hard work has come in the form of their awesome YouTube videos, with a new video added daily! Marc and his team strive to add something more to there videos th…

Using AI intelligently in cyber security - Information Age

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www.information-age.com - Bold claims have been made about the potential for cyber security solutions to detect and block attacks with little to no human involvement. During the last 12 months in particular the volume has bee…

Avido WiBa is a wireless charging dock and power bank for your Qi phone

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androidcommunity.com - Powerbanks are already a necessity when it comes to using our mobile devices and there are tons of different brands and products out there. What makes this new one from Avido called WiBa stand out is…

OneNote update: Office Lens integration, shortcuts, phone sign-in option

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androidcommunity.com - Microsoft is greeting its users with a happy new year of updates for its OneNote app. You will get several new goodies for your note-taking app, including an integration with Office Lens, easily acce…

GE announces new smart home solutions in time for CES 2018

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androidcommunity.com - As we eagerly await what new devices and products we’ll be seeing at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, some companies have already been announcing what they will unveil. GE reveal…

Upcoming Huawei P20 schematics leaked, 3 models with 3 cameras each

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androidcommunity.com - If these leaked schematics are to be believed, we will be seeing three flagship devices from Huawei with their P20 line, which will be reportedly unveiled during the Mobile World Congress in February…

Four Seasons Retro Mechanical Keyboard launches with an updated layout

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androidcommunity.com - Let’s start the year with a new project on Indiegogo. No, we’re not launching one. Just featuring this new retro mechanical keyboard that is compatible your Android device. This is one keyboard you’d…

LG intros ThinQ AI technology and new α (Alpha) 9 processor

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androidcommunity.com - LG has started to integrate Google Assistant in dozens of smart appliances as early as September last year. The LG SmartThinQ ecosystem is ready to advance in the smart home game. With a compatible m…

5 Things Google Doesn't Want You To Google - Elementary Digital

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www.elementarydigital.co.uk - The many products offered by Google through search, advertising technologies, software and cloud computing have become a hallmark of everyday life. Their revenue figures, new office locations, new pa…

“True Stories” Videos Show How Far Zappos Goes For Its Loyal Customers

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loyalty360.org - For a brand that admittedly doesn’t delve into the video advertising space frequently, online apparel and footwear retailer Zappos.com has done just that with three charming videos that highlight tru…

Christmas Wish Program A Special Customer Engagement Time at C Spire

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www.loyalty360.org - Christmas is the most special time of year for many people, and it’s extra special to officials at C Spire, the Mississippi-based diversified telecommunications and technology services firm. For the …

7-Eleven’s Customer Experience Goal: Every Interaction is Valuable and Delightful

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www.loyalty360.org - Officials at 7-Eleven pride themselves on their ongoing efforts around innovation. One recent example of that is when the company revamped its 7Rewards loyalty program. Loyalty360 talked to Tarang Se…

Back to Basics: Gift Cards, Stored Value, and Rewards

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www.loyalty360.org - You are familiar with gift cards, and you may be considering offering them to customers. But you may have also heard about ‘Rewards,’ ‘Stored Value,’ and ‘Wallet.’ What do these terms mean? How do th…

4th Annual Loyalty360 Awards Seek to Recognize Excellence in Customer Loyalty

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www.prnewswire.com - - Creative Campaign - Technology & Trends - Customer Analytics & Data - Employee Engagement - Program Partnership - Loyalty/Reward Program Design In addition to the above categories, one brand and on…

A Critical Intel Flaw Breaks Basic Security for Most Computers

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www.wired.com - One of the most basic premises of computer security is isolation: If you run somebody else's sketchy code as an untrusted process on your machine, you should restrict it to its own tightly sealed pla…

Create a Facebook Landing Page In Minutes, Drop Ad Costs By 50%

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marketaire.com - Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission that supports my work. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Ple…

Vital Facebook Advertising Objectives That Will Make Or Break ROI

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marketaire.com - You’ve worked hard on your website, and traffic doesn’t appear from thin air. It’s time to use Facebook ads to send people there. First, let’s take a look at the Facebook ad campaign setup process. W…

Intel Says Recently Reported Security Flaw is Overblown (Updated) - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Update: The Verge is reporting that Microsoft is releasing an “emergency” security patch for Windows ahead of Patch Tuesday to fix this issue. That’s not the wording Microsoft uses. –Paul Intel has f…

Microsoft Ends Production of the Kinect Adapter - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - In reply to jr.flynn: I agree that it's unfortunate that the Kinect never really received its due, neither from developers nor from Microsoft who tried but failed to really push the technology. They …

Microsoft issues emergency Windows update for processor security bugs

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www.theverge.com - Microsoft is issuing a rare out-of-band security update to supported versions of Windows today. The software update is part of a number of fixes that will protect against a newly-discovered processor…

Amazon Buying Target Isn’t as Likely as One Tech Analyst Seems to Think

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www.adweek.com - Amazon buying Target sounds like something from a dream—and that’s all it could end up being. Gene Munster, a tech analyst and managing partner at Loup Ventures, made the bold prediction in a blog po…

6 Digital Stats of the Week That Grabbed Our Attention

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www.adweek.com - Along with the holiday season’s cookies and gifts, the past week has also been packed with digital marketing stats. Here are six data-based stories that stood out to us. Sorry, Dick Clark, but smartp…

Live Chat for Business: The Best Investment?

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www.dumblittleman.com - If you are like most entrepreneurs, you’re probably aiming to increase engagement, conversion, sales, and traffic to your site. That’s actually not a problem. Getting traffic has become relatively ea…

Using VPNs For A Safer Browsing Experience | Bit Rebels

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www.bitrebels.com - Virtual private networks, or VPNs for short, are a tool that allows internet users to access the web safely and securely no matter where they are located. VPNs have become quite popular around the wo…

How To Choose The Best Video Converter | Bit Rebels

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www.bitrebels.com - A video converter is a tool that enables one to convert the videos to other formats. For example, you can switch the video to a Mp3 or MP4 format. Some converters are free while others are charged ma…

Legitimate And Illegitimate Uses Of Spy Apps | Bit Rebels

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www.bitrebels.com - It’s one of the more controversial subjects at the intersection of technology and privacy: Are there any times when so-called spy apps are truly necessary? For those who might not be aware of how the…

Report: Google exploring sale of Zagat reviews

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searchengineland.com - According to a report appearing in Reuters, Google’s parent Alphabet is considering a sale of reviews publication Zagat. The company was purchased in September, 2011 for a reported $151 million in th…

Eric Schmidt is stepping down as the executive chairman of Alphabet

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www.cnbc.com - Eric Schmidt will be stepping down as the executive chairman of Alphabet's board of directors and transitioning to technical advisor, the company announced. He will continue to serve on the company's…

Navigation Apps Are Turning Quiet Neighborhoods Into Traffic Nightmares

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www.nytimes.com - “Without question, the game changer has been the navigation apps,” said Tom Rowe, Leonia’s police chief. “In the morning, if I sign onto my Waze account, I find there are 250,000 ‘Wazers’ in the area…

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