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Friday, December 21, 2018

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What’s on the CX Horizon?

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loyalty360.org - It’s a funny thing, trying to predict the future. You can argue there’s not much point to it, and you may well be right, but at this time of year, there’s a strange temptation to give it a go anyway.…

A Declaration of Independence from Facebook

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elgan.com - I’m deleting my Facebook accounts. I think you should, too. I’m deleting my Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger accounts on July 4th, 2019. I’m calling it “Independence from Facebook Day.” (F…

Gaming chat startup Discord raises $150M, surpassing $2B valuation

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techcrunch.com - Discord, the gaming chat startup with more than 200 million active users, announced Friday that it had secured $150 million in funding at a $2.05 billion valuation. The round was led by Greenoaks Cap…

50 Things We Want This Week: Beer, Bourbon, Boots, Gaming Accessories, And More

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brobible.com - What’s up, BroBible? You might notice that my weekly ‘Things We Want‘ gear guide for men got a makeover this week. The new look design is meant to fit more with the style of my daily Everyday Carry E…

Why You Should Be Thinking about Premium Loyalty in 2019

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loyalty360.org - It is significantly costlier to acquire a new customer than to retain one you already have. Competition is increasing, while loyalty is decreasing. Consider the impact of loyalty fatigue: The average…

Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh

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arstechnica.com - Only a handful of wearable operating systems exist today. Dominating the market are watchOS and Wear OS, unsurprisingly so, as they accompany the two most popular smartphone operating systems. But th…

The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—tech and gear for travel that we’d buy

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arstechnica.com - The holiday season is fast approaching, which means it's once again time for the world to come together in a spirited embrace of consumerism. Or, perhaps in a more cheerful alternative, it's time to …

Bellabeat’s new hybrid smartwatch tracks your stress…and goes with your outfit

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techcrunch.com - Bellabeat, the company behind a variety of health and wellness wearable devices aimed at women, is now selling its first smartwatch. The device, which is simply called “Time,” was announced earlier t…

In revamped transparency report, Apple reveals uptick in demands for user data

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techcrunch.com - Apple’s transparency report just got a lot more — well, transparent. For years, the technology giant released a twice-a-year report on the number of government demands it received. It wasn’t much to …

The Rodecaster Pro is a perfect centerpiece to a home podcasting studio

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techcrunch.com - My podcasting rig is simple: Two microphones, a Tascam recorder, two XLR cables. I’ve upgraded things a bit in the past year — improved the mics, bought some foam windscreens and bought a pair of tab…

At Blind, a security lapse revealed private complaints from Silicon Valley employees

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techcrunch.com - Thousands of people trusted Blind, an app-based “anonymous social network,” as a safe way to reveal malfeasance, wrongdoing and improper conduct at their companies. But Blind left one of its database…

The best and worst gadgets of 2018

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techcrunch.com - There were countless gadgets released in 2018. It’s the end of the year, so Brian and I rounded up the best of the best and the worst of the worst. Some where great! Like the Oculus Go. Or the Google…

You can now connect to WireGuard VPN servers on your iPhone

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techcrunch.com - WireGuard is a new VPN protocol that promises to be faster and more secure at the same time. And you can now connect to a WireGuard server on iOS thanks to the official open source app. Compared to o…

Self-driving car startup Zoox gets permit to transport passengers in California

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techcrunch.com - While more than 60 companies have received permits to test their driverless vehicles in California, Zoox has become the first permitted to actually transport people in those vehicles. The California …

Crowdfunded developer of space sim Star Citizen takes on $46M in funding at nearly $500M valuation

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techcrunch.com - The story of the game Star Citizen and Cloud Imperium, the company developing it, is almost too ludicrous to believe: a crowdfunding effort to create a space sim of unparalleled size and realism, rai…

How 3ve’s BGP hijackers eluded the Internet—and made $29M

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arstechnica.com - Over the past decade, many attackers have exploited design weaknesses in the Internet’s global routing system. Most commonly, the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is abused to divert gigabytes, or possi…

Intel promises big boost to integrated GPU, breaks teraflop barrier

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arstechnica.com - Intel is promising a huge improvement to the performance of its integrated GPUs. Its generation 11 ("Gen11") GPU will more than double the execution units from (usually) 24 to 64, and in so doing boo…

Four months after its debut, sneaky Mac malware went undetected by AV providers

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arstechnica.com - Four months after a mysterious group was outed for a digital espionage operation that used novel techniques to target Mac users, its macOS malware samples continued to go undetected by most antivirus…

Start your (machine learning) engines: Amazon’s DeepRacer is almost here

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arstechnica.com - Sadly, there's one tech toy that Amazon won't be able to sell you for Christmas this year. DeepRacer is an autonomous 1/18th scale race car that was unveiled at Amazon re:Invent in November. But it w…

Pokémon Go creators launch AR-game contest that (nearly) resembles American Idol

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arstechnica.com - How could Niantic, the leading developers of Pokémon Go, possibly top its augmented-reality (AR) gaming sensation? Today's announcement from the studio hints at its future strategy: find someone else…

Everything I've learned in 10 years of Blogging

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ferrucc.io - I’m 21, but I’ve been blogging for almost 10 years. What I’ve written on the internet has reached millions of people. Most of what I’ve written is in Italian, but I was also quite successful when wri…

Apple halts sale of iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany: Report | ZDNet

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www.zdnet.com - Apple will stop selling the iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany as it appeals an injunction from the Munich District Court, CNBC reported. Qualcomm boasted in a statement that the injunction it won covered App…

2019 Tech Predictions: Oculus Quest Impresses, but VR Remains Obscure

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www.inverse.com - Virtual reality is laying the groundwork for a revolution in interactivity. The Oculus Quest, a self-contained headset due to launch in the spring of 2019, is set to take things even further by ditch…

The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected

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www.wired.com - The Future Book was meant to be interactive, moving, alive. Its pages were supposed to be lush with whirling doodads, responsive, hands-on. The old paperback Zork choose-your-own-adventures were just…

How to Prevent Your Alexa Device From Recording Your Private Conversations

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mentalfloss.com - Yet another user of an Alexa device received shocking news that one of their private conversations had been recorded and sent off to a stranger—this time to a man in Germany who had requested his own…

Samsung Galaxy S10 Edge, phone covers and colors leaked

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androidcommunity.com - As a new year is about to begin, we feel OEMs are rushing to make important announcements or leaks that may somehow plot their course. As for Samsung, it has the 10th Anniversary Galaxy flagship seri…

Samsung Galaxy S10 camera may include Bright Night mode

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androidcommunity.com - Believe it or not, we’ve already filled several pages of rumors and leaks with the Samsung Galaxy S10 as the main subject. We first mentioned the Galaxy S10 back in April when the display specs were …

Chrome will soon let you have a “sneak peek” for links

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androidcommunity.com - Do you have a gazillion tabs on your Chrome app open? That’s probably because while reading an article, you saw a link, clicked on it and read it and then forgot to go back to the original one and th…

Android 9 Pie security and privacy detailed

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androidcommunity.com - It’s only four days before Christmas and you’re probably done planning your menu. So what’s for dessert? Don’t go with the usual cake. Go for something special as Pie à la mode. Well, we won’t teach …

Firefox Focus update offers better user control, enhanced privacy settings

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androidcommunity.com - Mozilla has just released another update for Firefox Focus. This one delivers more user control while making sure their data are kept secure and protected while web browsing. Control and privacy have…

Samsung removes 14-day limit on free Galaxy themes

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androidcommunity.com - For some reason, just a little over a month ago, Samsung announced that users will only be able to use free Galaxy themes for a limited time. You only had two weeks to use it before you would have to…

Google Photos Live Albums now have a 20,000 limit

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androidcommunity.com - How many photos of a certain person do you think you’ll be able to collect over time? If you think just a few hundred or at most a thousand, especially if you’re with that person constantly, apparent…

OnePlus 6T hits DxOMark, see how it scored

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androidcommunity.com - We haven’t featured any DxOMark testing results lately but we take notice when a new phone is a subject. After the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 earned a nice spot on DxoMark mobile ranking, here’s the OnePlus 6T …

Facebook Is Building Its Own Digital Currency for WhatsApp - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Facebook is reportedly working on building its own cryptocurrency for WhatsApp. Bloomberg reports that the company’s blockchain group is looking into building a new stablecoin for WhatsApp. Stablecoi…

Google Assistant Takes the Crown, Cortana Sits Last on Smart Speaker IQ Test - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Analytics firm Loop Ventures published the annual Smart Speaker IQ Test this week. The research firm put the top smart assistants and speakers head-to-head as part of the new test, grading them on a …

SearchCap: Future of search & SMX Advanced ideas - Search Engine Land

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searchengineland.com - Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. We’d love to hear from you if you have a great idea for a session that you think should…

Americans received a record-breaking 5.1 billion robocalls in November — here are some ways to stop them

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www.businessinsider.com - In November alone, Americans received an estimated 5.1 billion scam calls from automated machines — more than any month on record, according to YouMail's robocall index. That number was about 2.9 bil…

San Francisco business owner: 'We live in a pretty f**ked up city'

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hotair.com - Geoffrey Woo runs a small company called HVMN (pronounced “human”) in San Francisco. The company, which currently has 10 employees, used to have offices in the financial district but needed to expand…

WashPost: Mueller Call for Stone Testimony Signaling Indictment

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www.newsmax.com - Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked for a transcript of Roger Stone's closed-door Congressional testimony, a move some say points to potential charges being brought against the longtime politica…

Facebook Admits Giving Out Access to Your Private Messages

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www.infowars.com - Facebook says it gave other companies, such as Spotify and Netflix, access to millions of people’s private messages. The social media giant admitted to the practice in response to a report that Faceb…

Gohmert Introduces Bill to Remove Liability Protections For Biased Social Media Companies

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www.infowars.com - Texas congressman Louie Gohmert has introduced a bill to remove social media companies’ “special legal protections” if they behave like biased publishers rather than neutral platforms. From Gohmert.h…

Viral Video of Glitter Bomb for Package Thieves Exposed as Partial Fake

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gizmodo.com - Remember that viral video of the former NASA engineer who got sick and tired of people stealing his packages? He built an impressively high-tech glitter bomb to prank the thieves and even lent the sn…

Apple iOS 12.1.2 Release Has A Nasty Surprise

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www.forbes.com - This week Apple rushed out its iOS 12.1.2 update. The move was legally motivated, but it did at least contain a (strangely worded) fix for the serious data bug in iOS 12.1.1. Unfortunately, as more i…

Affiliate Marketing Tutorial – AffiliateTuber Provides Excellent Fantastic Information About

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duracmarketing.com - Affiliate Marketing Tutorial – http://www.affiliatetubercourse.net – I met Chris Derenberger at a 3 day Youtube conference in February 2018 by the popular YouTube SEO teacher Holly Starks. Since then…

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