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​How I replaced Facebook with "Nicebook"

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elgan.com - I’ve used social since the late Pleistocene, and for a variety of purposes. I use social networks to: 3. Interact with readers about my work 5. Start and engage in interesting conversations 7. Keep i…

More details emerge on Citrix's plans for Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop | ZDNet

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www.zdnet.com - When Microsoft announced its Windows Virtual Desktop service at its Ignite conference in September, company officials insisted there still would be a place for its established virtualization partners…

How to Upgrade Your Computer with a new Solid State Drive (SSD)

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www.backblaze.com - Adding or upgrading an SSD is, along with adding memory, the most popular DIY computer upgrade. SSDs are changing rapidly, however, so we updated this post by Peter Cohen from December of 2016 with t…

Those ridiculous AT&T ‘5G E’ icons are arriving on phones

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www.slashgear.com - AT&T’s 5G network may have gone live in a handful of locations, but don’t be fooled if you see a 5G icon on your Samsung or LG smartphone: you don’t actually have true 5G. The carrier has begun updat…

Why 5G will disappoint everyone

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www.computerworld.com - You’ve heard the claims: 5G will enable safe self-driving cars, streaming virtual reality, long-distance surgery, 3D holographic video calls, the $50 smartphone and the four-hour workweek. 5G will us…

This cool tool deletes the background from images so you don’t have to use Photoshop

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techcrunch.com - If you’re tired of firing up Photoshop for lightweight image editing tasks, this little tool is good news for you. Called Remove.bg, it can clear out the background of an image in seconds, no lassoin…

These baby concrete speakers aren’t as heavy as they look

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techcrunch.com - To paraphrase P. T. Barnum, “there’s a Bluetooth speaker born every minute.” At no time of year is that more true than at CES in Las Vegas, where they are bountiful beyond belief. But very few — nay,…

Millions of Android users tricked into downloading 85 adware apps from Google Play

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techcrunch.com - Another day, another batch of bad apps in Google Play. Researchers at security firm Trend Micro have discovered dozens of apps, including popular utilities and games, to serve a ton of deceptively di…

Nura is courting mainstream consumers with its bluetooth earbuds

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techcrunch.com - Like many small companies at CES, most of Nura’s time this week will be spent in meetings behind closed doors. Among other things, the Australian startup seems confident that it will be in a lot more…

Alibaba acquires German big data startup Data Artisans for $103M

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techcrunch.com - Alibaba has paid €90 million ($103 million) to acquire Data Artisans, a Berlin-based startup that provides distributed systems and large-scale data streaming services for enterprises. The deal was fi…

Misty’s adorable robotics platform ships in April for $2,399

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techcrunch.com - The road to consumer robots is littered with the remains of failed startups. Jibo and Kuri mark two recent examples of just how hard it is bringing such a device to market. In fact, with the exceptio…

Daily Crunch: The age of quantum computing is here

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techcrunch.com - The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. IBM u…

Sorry Apple, I’m still not ready to upgrade my iPhone

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techcrunch.com - Last week, in light of Apple’s revised revenue guidance, my TC colleague Ron Miller made a tongue-in-cheek apology for taking so long to upgrade his old iPhone. He wrote that he had finally bitten th…

After over a million pre-orders, Amazon’s Echo Auto has begun to ship

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techcrunch.com - At Amazon’s event in September, the company announced an aftermarket product designed to bring Alexa to cars called the Echo Auto. But the device has remained in pre-order status, even as other produ…

Dish adds Google Assistant directly to its Hopper set-top boxes

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techcrunch.com - TV provider Dish is more tightly integrating its Hopper line of receivers with Google Assistant by integrating the smart assistant directly into its set-top boxes. The company was already working wit…

Zuckerberg’s 2019 challenge is to hold public talks on tech & society

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techcrunch.com - Rather than just focus on Facebook’s problems like his 2018 challenge, this year Mark Zuckerberg wants to give transparency to his deliberations and invite the views of others. Today he announced his…

I used VR in a car going 90 mph and didn’t get sick

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techcrunch.com - VR headsets make me queasy. I’m not alone. It’s a common complaint about virtual reality content but this startup might have solved the problem in the most unlikely way. Holoride wants people to use …

The 2019 Mercedes CLA gets a major tech upgrade to make it the “ultimate wearable”

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techcrunch.com - Mercedes-Benz has often reserved its best tech for its highest class models — the S Class being the first vehicle to get the latest and greatest. Now Mercedes is bringing more of tech, namely its new…

Envious of 5G hype, cable cos. unveil potentially confusing “10G” trademark

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arstechnica.com - The cable industry has begun a marketing campaign for 10Gbps broadband services, even though cable companies haven't finished rolling out 1Gbps connections. The first 10Gbps cable broadband connectio…

Sony just acquired the gaming industry’s biggest audio toolset

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arstechnica.com - Sony Interactive Entertainment announced its latest studio acquisition on Tuesday, but the company it is set to acquire, Audiokinetic, is a different kind of "development" studio. Instead of making g…

Dealmaster: Take $20 off an Xbox One Wireless Controller for your Xbox or PC

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arstechnica.com - Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. With today's list, we're highlighting a deal on Microsoft's Xbox One Wireless Controller, which i…

TIL: Firefox has a little-known feature to spare your blushes on the new-tab page

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arstechnica.com - For many of us, our browsers' new-tab pages are something of a liability. Whichever browser you use, they all follow a fairly similar style: a bunch of boxes linking to the sites that we use and visi…

Tesla sued after fatal crash, accused of making “unreasonably dangerous” car

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arstechnica.com - According to the lawsuit, Edgar Monserratt v. Tesla—which was filed Tuesday in Broward County court—Monserratt's 18-year-old son was a front-seat passenger in a 2014 Tesla S being driven by another p…

The next Alien project will be a mixed-media experience in 2019 [Updated]

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arstechnica.com - 20th Century Fox announced the next project, or possible projects, in the Alien universe on Saturday by way of a vague and tantalizing social-media post. This next Alien universe release, slated for …

T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T still selling your location data, report says

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arstechnica.com - In June 2018, all four major US wireless carriers pledged to stop selling their mobile customers' location information to third-party data brokers. The carriers were pressured into making the change …

Microsoft, Kroger team up to fight Amazon with high-tech grocery stores

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arstechnica.com - Big grocery stores are adapting to the changing times and the ever-increasing threat from Amazon. Kroger is the latest grocery giant to team up with a tech company—Microsoft—in order to give itself a…

Amazon attempts less creepy delivery by placing packages in your garage

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arstechnica.com - Amazon isn't giving up on its Key home delivery service. Rather than letting couriers in through your front door, Amazon wants you to open up your garage. The company announced its new Key for Garage…

Intel sets out its plans for 2019: Ice Lake, Lakefield, and Project Athena

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arstechnica.com - Intel had a big presentation at CES last year, which was strange, because the company didn't really have many things to announce. The delays to its 10nm manufacturing process meant that, instead of e…

Book tells the inside story of how Reddit came to be the Internet’s “id”

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arstechnica.com - There's rarely time to write about every cool science-y story that comes our way. So this year, we're running a special Twelve Days of Christmas series of posts, highlighting one story that fell thro…

Why I’m skeptical about Toyota’s approach to self-driving cars

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arstechnica.com - As most of the car industry have scrambled to develop fully driverless car technology over the last few years, Toyota has taken a pointedly contrarian tack. "None of us in the automobile or IT indust…

AT&T decides 4G is now “5G,” starts issuing icon-changing software updates

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arstechnica.com - Welcome to AT&T's 5G plan, where perception and marketing is all that matters. AT&T is just going to start calling 4G LTE "5G E." The company started rolling out a software update to several Android …

Respectful UX: 5 Ways to Make Users Feel Valued | Webdesigner Depot

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www.webdesignerdepot.com - Every human being needs, rather desperately, to feel accepted. They don’t necessarily need to feel accepted by everyone, but they do need to feel accepted by someone. It’s a part of our nature, and n…

Reflections from a designer turned product manager: 6 unexpected differences

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uxdesign.cc - As a designer, the majority of my week was unscheduled. With the help of my PM and design manager, I could protect my “maker’s schedule.” Almost every day, I had a 2–4 hour chunk for “deep work”, as …

The Technology That Will Define 2019 – The Upgrade – Medium

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medium.com - A year ago, I picked seven technologies that would play significant roles in 2018. Some of my predictions were correct, and some of them reappear on this list — 5G hasn’t quite happened yet, but we’r…

First iPhone XI Design Leak Highlights Triple Rear Camera

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www.forbes.com - The industry warnings were real and it means, perhaps for the first time, Apple is under pressure to reignite interest in the iPhone. We know the company is considering a redesign but, for the first …

Intel Lakefield Brings Its 3D Chip-Stacking Tech to Life

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www.wired.com - Three years ago, Intel engineer Wilfred Gomes and his colleagues sat down to decide how the future should look. The team had just finished its work on Intel's next-generation high-performance and low…

ZTE’s Nubia Red Magic Mars US availability announced at CES 2019

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androidcommunity.com - ZTE’s Nubia brand is ready for 2019 with new Android phones. At this week’s CES tech event, expect to see the Nubia X and the Red Magic Mars. We’ve mentioned these new devices from a few months back …

Sony MASTER Series Z9G 8K LCD TVs, A9G Premium OLED TVs announced

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androidcommunity.com - Sony has recently announced a slew of new Android TVs at the CES 2019. The number of new products can be overwhelming but at least we have a lot of choices. Sony is currently showcasing the A9G 4K OL…

Samsung shows off One UI that wants to change your phone experience

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androidcommunity.com - How we use our cellphones and now smartphones seem to change every few years or so. The problem lately seems to be that we can do so much that it can be overwhelming rather than functional. Samsung b…

Get Together Mini is a sustainable smart speaker with Google Assistant

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androidcommunity.com - If one of your resolutions for this year is to have products that are more sustainable, House of Marley is a brand that you might want to check out. At the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show, they hav…

JBL Link Bar will finally be available in Spring 2019

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androidcommunity.com - We’ve been waiting for the JBL Link Bar for a few months now and for unannounced reasons, we keep getting delays. Ever since they announced the soundbar at the Google I/O conference last May, we’ve b…

Bixby with Google apps support possible in the near future

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androidcommunity.com - Samsung certainly has big plans for this 2019. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the South Korean tech giant’s 10th Anniversary flagship phone offering. It will be available in three models: the Galaxy S10, …

As government shutdown continues, federal workers wonder how they'll get by

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www.cbsnews.com - The standoff between the president and Democratic leaders over the wall has shut down parts of the government for 18 days, leaving hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay. Combined, th…

Lenovo's New Android Tablets Can Turn Into Alexa-Powered Smart Displays - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Lenovo is introducing an interesting new category of products today. The company is launching what is calling the new Smart Tabs, a full-powered Android tablet that you can use as a Smart Display. Th…

Dell Perfects the XPS 13, Brings the Webcam to the Top - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Dell today revealed its biggest announcement for CES 2019: the new XPS 13. The most important change about the new XPS 13? The nosecam is gone. Ever since Dell started cutting down on the bezels on i…

Lenovo Introduces a Surface Studio-like AIO for Creatives - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Lenovo is launching the new Yoga A940 today, a new all-in-one device for creatives. The device is much like Microsoft’s Surface Studio, with an “innovative” dual-hinge design that lets you work at a …

Dell Introduces Improved Inspiron 2-in-1s With New Hinge Design - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Dell is introducing somewhat of a major upgrade for the Inspiron 13 and Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1s. Both the devices were upgraded just back in August 2018, so it’s surprising to see another upgrade in…

Lenovo Launches New Yoga Devices With AI-powered Privacy Features - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Lenovo is launching a bunch of new consumer-focused Yoga products today. The company launched a few business-focused products like the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga yesterday, and it’s now finis…

Google Assistant Gets New Interpreter Mode, Flight Check-in Abilities - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Google is rolling out a couple of new features to Google Assistant today. Along with integrating Google Assistant into Google Maps, the company is making it easier to travel with the help of Assistan…

Microsoft Touts the Biggest Xbox Milestones of 2018 - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - We’re never going to get the hard numbers we all want, but Microsoft does have some good Xbox milestones to share from last year. And they do point to a healthy and engaged ecosystem and, frankly, a …

Samsung Redesigns Its Flagship Windows 10 Laptop, Launches a Low-End Chromebook Alternative - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Samsung’s flagship Windows 10 laptop, the Notebook 9 Pro, is getting revamped for 2019. The device is getting some much-needed changes to its design to make it look much more like a premium laptop yo…

Dell Brings Back Alienware's Iconic Area-51m, Launches Upgraded Gaming Line - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Dell is launching a bunch of gaming devices at CES 2019. The company already launched the new Alienware m15 and m17 gaming devices earlier in the week. And it’s now announcing a bunch more: It’s now …

Leading local SEO predictions: Reserve with Google will grow, real-time local inventory gets real - Search Engine Land

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searchengineland.com - Reserve with Google. (Photo Credit: Henry Powderly) Local SEO is has been an under-appreciated discipline in digital marketing. Yet management and optimization of local business content and reviews, …

Zuckerberg Hospital Offsets Healthcare Costs of Illegals by Gouging Privately Insured – Report

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www.infowars.com - A San Francisco hospital named after Mark Zuckerberg is offsetting its public healthcare costs by sending expensive bills to privately-insured patients, according to a media report. Zuckerberg San Fr…

Samsung smartphone owners can't delete pre-installed Facebook app, report says

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mashable.com - There's a problem with those calls to Delete Facebook: some people physically can't. Some Samsung smartphone owners have found that they're unable to remove the pre-loaded Facebook app from their pho…

Tablo’s new DVR for cord cutters skips the commercials for you

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techcrunch.com - Nuvyyo, the makers of the Tablo OTA DVR aimed at cord cutters who want to watch and record live TV, just gave their DVR a big upgrade. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company launc…

Cable Companies are Fighting Over Free Channels

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www.howtogeek.com - It’s no secret that the cable industry has been slowly crawling toward death. The convoluted cable packages, which are somehow becoming more expensive than ever, are losing a war with streaming servi…

Move over Microsoft, Amazon is the most valuable public company in the US

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techcrunch.com - Last year, Amazon joined the exclusive $1 trillion club. This year, it’s continuing to exude its stock market dominance. Jeff Bezos’ e-commerce giant accumulated $797 billion in market value on Monda…

Silicon Valley Is Turning Life into a Ray Bradbury Nightmare

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www.vanityfair.com - Are there still human hands at the wheel? Or, like a passenger in a self-driving Uber, are we condemned to the back seat, with only our smartphones to provide feedback? Dyson posits that Silicon Vall…

5G? We'll double it! Cable companies push '10G' at CES

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www.cnet.com - Comcast, the biggest cable company in the US, offers internet speeds of one gigabit per second. The industry announced an initiative to widen availability to 10 gigabit-per-second service to homes. A…

How to Use Content Personalization with All Digital Marketing Campaigns

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instapage.com - What is content personalization? The growth of personalization Content personalization does not equal content personalization Content personalization examples What’s the point? Add a personal touch N…

New iPhone phishing scam is more sophisticated than ever

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bgr.com - A new report from noted security expert Brian Krebs reveals that scammers looking to take advantage of unsuspecting Apple users are becoming incredibly clever and sophisticated. As noted on Krebs on …

Tips And Tricks Every Web Designer Should Know

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agentmonhost.com - So, you have a website all sketched out, but do not know where to begin. You know you want to play videos and show various photos on your site, but you just don’t know how to make a reality of your v…

Take Your Photography To The Next Level With These Tricks

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slr-digitalcamera.com - You must know that photography is a better photographer. The tips in this article can give you along the way. Use speed when capturing your pictures. Taking longer to snap a photo increases the odds …

How to use Captain Up to implement the 8 Core Drives of Octalysis - Yu-kai Chou: Gamification & Behavioral Design

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yukaichou.com - As you guys know, I have been a proponent of the engagement platform Captain Up for quite some time now. I have been using their platform and they have convincingly increased my website engagement me…

iPhone 2019 rumors: Everything you need to know

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www.macworld.com - What’s in store for the new iPhone in 2019? We won’t officially know until the fall (most likely in September), but until then, you can bet that the rumor mill will be fully operational. This page wi…

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