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  • Android Messages gets a little closer to iMessage with desktop support

    Android Messages gets a little closer to iMessage with desktop support

    I’ve been a happy Android user since my first smartphone and there’s only ever been one thing I’ve envied about iPhone users: iMessage. Being able to to easily respond to texts on your computer is...

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  • Steam’s new tool shows how much money you’ve blown on games

    Steam’s new tool shows how much money you’ve blown on games

    Valve recently added a new feature to Steam that shows how much money you’ve thrown down the black hole that is gaming — on the Steam store, anyway. The “External Funds Used” tool has existed for...

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  • Silicon Valley lacks the backbone required to stand up to Trump

    Silicon Valley lacks the backbone required to stand up to Trump

    Silicon Valley’s outrage machine is broken. CEOs didn’t hesitate to speak out about the plight of the “dreamers.” Their voices, coupled with those of employees, echoed through halls of...

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  • Google’s no frills Podcasts app is the start of something beautiful

    Google’s no frills Podcasts app is the start of something beautiful

    Google today announced the return of its dedicated app for podcasts on Android. It’s called Podcasts, and its feature-base is about as basic as the name. But all the pieces are there and, thanks...

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  • Adobe’s Project Rush is a new all-in-one app for video creators

    Adobe’s Project Rush is a new all-in-one app for video creators

    If you’ve ever had to work on video project, the wealth of options can be frustrating. Software like Adobe’s Premiere and After Effects are both industry standards, but they’re expensive and the...

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  • Facebook Live update brings polling and trivia features

    Facebook Live update brings polling and trivia features

    Facebook today announced it’s rolling out several updates to its live video service, including game shows, polls, subscriptions, and other ways of snagging audience attention. The two major...

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  • How Digital Sight Will Change The Smart Home Forever

    How Digital Sight Will Change The Smart Home Forever

    In a remarkably short period we’ve become accustomed to phones and gadgets that interpret and react to our voices. Google Home’s voice match can even go as far as to recognizing different people,...

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  • Yelp uses machine learning to create Popular Dishes list

    Yelp uses machine learning to create Popular Dishes list

    Yelp’s latest update will compile a list of Popular Dishes for each restaurant, using AI to figure out what everyone prefers to eat based on the restaurant’s reviews. The details: Yelp is using...

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  • GitHub’s free education bundle is now available to all schools

    GitHub’s free education bundle is now available to all schools

    Software development isn’t just about writing code. It’s also about what you do with that code — testing, documenting, and proper source management. These skills are often left by the wayside in...

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  • IBM is offering a free blockchain course for students in India

    IBM is offering a free blockchain course for students in India

    IBM is offering a free certificate course on blockchain technology for students in India. The technology giant has partnered with Indian elearning platform National Programme on Technology...

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  • Preview: Dungeon Brewmaster is a disgustingly good VR game

    Preview: Dungeon Brewmaster is a disgustingly good VR game

    Dungeon Brewmaster is an early access virtual reality game available on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. It’s a clever riff on the job simulator genre that tasks players with concocting potions and...

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  • Burn your boat

    Burn your boat

    There are roughly three types of innovation: Opportunity-based innovation Threat-based innovation Appearance-based innovation The first type is the most positive and has the most potential for...

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  • Organize your Instagram scheduling with Planagram — and save over 90%

    Organize your Instagram scheduling with Planagram — and save over 90%

    Despite more than 800 million active monthly users, it hasn’t always been easy for Instagram fans to use their accounts like they wanted. That includes scheduling posts. Now, you can enlist a true...

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  • EOS freezes 7 accounts in violation of its own ‘constitution’

    EOS freezes 7 accounts in violation of its own ‘constitution’

    EOS is struck with another controversy just days after the launch of its blockchain. The 21 block producers (BPs) of the cryptocurrency have unanimously decided to freeze seven EOS accounts that...

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  • A robot operated on a human eye for the first time ever

    A robot operated on a human eye for the first time ever

    Humans, we best watch out. Surgeons have used a robot to conduct eye surgery for the first time ever. The trial took place at Oxford’s John Radcliffe hospital and was published in Nature...

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  • How the World Cup leaves fans and footballers vulnerable to cyber attacks

    How the World Cup leaves fans and footballers vulnerable to cyber attacks

    Visitors to the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be eager to enjoy the football and soak up the culture. But safety concerns are lurking in the background of this tournament. Whether it is the threat...

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  • Cryptocurrency startup TRON has acquired BitTorrent for $140M

    Cryptocurrency startup TRON has acquired BitTorrent for $140M

    Peer-to-peer trailblazer BitTorrent has purportedly sold its business to blockchain startup TRON for a fee of $140 million, TechCrunch reports. The publication notes details are still being worked...

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  • How Ring went from Shark Tank reject to Amazon’s $1B acquisition

    How Ring went from Shark Tank reject to Amazon’s $1B acquisition

    Just five years ago, wireless doorbell company, Doorbot — now Amazon’s billion-dollar Ring — was a team of eight struggling to make ends meet in CEO Jamie Siminoff’s Pacific Palisades garage....

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  • You can now play Pokémon on the blockchain

    You can now play Pokémon on the blockchain

    Developers are finding new fun ways to test blockchain technology. Software engineer João Almeida has created Poketoshi, a platform that lets you play Nintendo’s iconic game Pokémon via the...

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  • The EU’s disastrous Copyright Reform, explained by its lovers and haters

    The EU’s disastrous Copyright Reform, explained by its lovers and haters

    The EU’s extremely controversial Copyright Reform — which might introduce upload filters, ancillary copyright, and restrictions on text and data mining — will finally go to a vote on June 20. It’s...

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