It can be hard to know if and when you might have been impacted by a data breach.That is, unless you’re a Firefox Quantum user.Yesterday, Mozilla announced it’ll alert desktop users when they stumble upon a site that’s recently reported a breach.Basically, if you happen upon a site that’s been breached in the past 12 months, Firefox will pop up a handy little notification.And because Mozilla knows too many notifications will likely end in users throwing their computers out the window, they’re promising the alerts will “appear at most once per site.” After seeing the first notification, Firefox will only repeat an alert if you visit a site that was added to the database of breached sites in the past two months.And if you really hate notifications and don’t care about data breaches, you can opt out entirely.
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CI/CD are a pair of intertwined processes for delivering more code, more quickly, to more people.Now, it's possible to make changes and release them to customers instantly — the same way that Facebook, Google, and other tech companies roll out new features that appear as soon as you refresh your browser.Now, as software continues to eat the world, investors are flocking to companies that are helping their customers achieve the same kind of speed.With CI and CD, companies can release changes to customers as often as they want, whether it's once a month or 20 times a day.Indeed, companies like Netflix, Etsy, and Sony are said to have adopted CI/CD to keep up with competitors small and large.Other CI leaders include CircleCI, which had raised $59 million, and CloudBees, which had raised $113.2 million.
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On Friday, Diane Greene announced she would be stepping down as Google Cloud's chief exec.Greene's replacement will be the 22-year Oracle veteran Thomas Kurian, who before resigning in September, was president of product development with the company, and a key player in its cloud efforts.When he steps into the role in January, he'll be leading Google Cloud as it continues its quest to topple Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud wars.His father was self-educated and became a successful executive in the manufacturing industry.Early in his career, Kurian worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company — first as a business analyst and then as an engagement manager.Kurian joined Oracle in 1996, where he would work for the next 22 years.
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That’s the question being asked today, after a bend test of Apple’s latest tablet showed it’s possible – with your hands alone – to fold the iOS slate in half, and not in the good “Samsung foldable phone” way.Certainly, Apple has put a big emphasis on style when it comes to the 2018 iPad Pro refresh.The two tablets are a mere 5.9mm thick, the company points out.There’s no mention, in contrast, of how well that might hold up to rough treatment.In a video sponsored by a company that specializes in protective skins for phones and other devices, host Zack Nelson first tortures the tablet and then proceeds to bend it in two.The video “will tell us realistically how much force the iPad Pro can withstand while it is in your backpack or book bag, or while being accidentally sat on,” he suggests.
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When the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum came out, it was a gaming mouse to get excited about.It was as reliable as a wired gaming mouse along with RGB lighting, plenty of buttons and an all-around great sensor.Although, it's price has come down substantially since it launched.What you pay and what you getWe've seen the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum running for around $110, and for that price you get an 11-button ambidextrous gaming mouse with PMW3366 sensor that offers high accuracy and a DPI range from 200 to 12,000.The wireless is responsive thanks to a 2.4GHz connection, and if the 24-32 hours of battery life run out, it can always be used with a wired connection.
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With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL out of reach for some people’s wallets, the latest deal from Google’s nets customers a $799 service credit if they buy two of the new Pixel smartphones.That makes this somewhat of a BOGO deal for the smaller Pixel 3 and a hefty discount for the $899 Pixel 3 XL, though you still have to buy the phones.Before you click that Buy button, there is some fine print to go over.First, the two Pixel phones must be activated by two people on the same Project Fi group plan.One of those people must port their current number to Project Fi during sign-up, with only one person able to buy both devices.From there, you must activate the devices within 30 days of them being shipped and have the devices active for 60 consecutive days within 90 days of device shipment.
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By now, it’s pretty clear that we’re closing in on the end of the console generation.Though next-generation consoles likely won’t be here until 2020 or 2021, both Sony and Microsoft have mentioned that they’re working on new hardware.Before those new consoles can arrive, however, Microsoft might be planning another hardware revision for the Xbox One.According to a new report, Microsoft is planning to release a new Xbox One model at some point in 2019.The name of the game here is bringing down the cost of entry for end users – and potentially giving Microsoft a bump up in console sales at the end of the generation as a result.How will Microsoft reduce costs so it can offer this new Xbox One at a lower price?
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Earlier this year, Google revamped its search engine on mobile devices, adding tabs for “the most common and relevant subtopics” to the top of results.Search for, say, The Grinch, on your phone, and you might see a suggested tab listing upcoming showtimes.Or, until Wednesday, one called “fanfiction” that surfaced stories like “How the Grinch Stole My Virginity.”Fan fiction—in case you need a refresher—is the term for original stories about TV shows, movies, and other works of fiction written by fans of the work.As you might expect, these texts regularly describe popular characters having sex with each other, ones from other fictional universes, or even versions of the authors themselves.In tests this week, Gizmodo found that Google most often showed the fan fiction tab in results for film titles.
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Ex-Oracle man gets top job as another experienced woman exec quits web ads titanGoogle Cloud CEO Diane Greene has quit the online ads giant, and will be replaced by ex-Oracle executive Thomas Kurian.It is a distant third or fourth, tussling with IBM over that particular spot, behind Microsoft Azure and the runaway leader Amazon Web Services, in terms of cloud market share.Greene, a VMware cofounder and former CEO, seized the wheel of Google Cloud in 2015 after the Silicon Valley giant bought her startup Bebop for roughly $400m.This new business will bring together product, engineering, marketing and sales and allow us to operate in a much more integrated, coordinated fashion.Well, fast forward to Friday this week, and we have Greene saying:
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The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will air after Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, though the time slot immediately after the Big Game is devoted to a new competition series from CBS.Colbert’s show will broadcast from 11:35 p.m.ET to 12:37 a.m., right after local news.Guests have not yet been announced.Colbert managed to secure the slot—the one right after the Super Bowl—in 2016, to much fanfare.That episode, featuring Tina Fey, Will Ferrell and Margot Robbie, attracted 21.1 million viewers.
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If you haven't played the multiplayer-focused Call of Duty Black Ops 4 this year, now is your chance to buy the game on sale thanks to one of the early Black Friday 2018 deals.It's just $39.99 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4, and it's also $39.99 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on Xbox One.That's not all, though, as the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for PC is $39.99 as well.That's $20 off the original MSRP of $59.99, according to Amazon.For a game that recently came out, this is a good price.This CoD Black Ops game eschews the single-player storyline experience in favor of battle royale multiplayer gameplay.
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Google apparently isn't done with its Pixel 3 smartphone just yet, as a "budget" that costs between $400 and $500 could have just been leaked via Russian tech site Rozetked.me.To compare prices, Google's flagship Pixel 3 lineup starts at $800 for the regular Pixel 3, and $900 for the larger Pixel 3XL.Indeed, the rumored device has "lite" specs compared to the full-fat Pixel 3 phones that Google released last month.But overall, the new phone looks pretty similar.That is, of course, if this thing is a real product that will actually be released into the world, which is up in the air.Check out some of the leaked photos, specs, and details of the Pixel 3 Lite:
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This (currently) five part feature should provide you with a very basic understanding of what AI is, what it can do, and how it works.The guide contains articles on (in order published) neural networks, computer vision, natural language processing, algorithms, and artificial general intelligence.The golem of Jewish folklore is an early example of an automaton, as well as Pygmalion’s Galatea.But, rather than bring machines to life, we’ve so far only imitated intelligence.Computer vision, natural language processing, and other machine learning-based technologies have revolutionized the field – seemingly overnight – but it’s hard to cut through the hyperbole and figure out what’s really going on.You’ll hear and read a lot of different terms being thrown around to describe concepts that seem the same, with few people able to explain the differences.
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Diet fads often make the lofty claim that adjusting food habits one way or another will produce the dieter’s desired results.More specifically: Eat this, not that, and watch the pounds fall off.But diets are hard to sustain, and it seems like diet debunking is constantly calling into question what and how much we should be eating.In a review published this week in the new issue of Science, scientists from diverse backgrounds and research focuses came together to address whether a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet or vice versa was the better option for maintaining good health, as well as whether the specific kinds of fat and carbs mattered.The researchers hoped that by comparing their knowledge of nutrition, they could both find general areas of agreement and identify others where more research is needed in an effort to the end the “diet wars.”While their respective areas of research and knowledge meant that they differed in their positions on what defined the perfect diet for obesity treatment and chronic disease prevention – including the oh-so-hyped ketogenic diets – they did agree on several key points.
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Microsoft, we’re sorry to say, is back at it again with its intrusive Windows 10 ideas.This time around, Microsoft has decided to start testing ads within the Windows 10 mail app.While it isn’t exactly surprising to see Microsoft do this, we can’t imagine that Mail users will be all too happy seeing these new ads.Though the feature only seems to be in testing for now, the realization that Microsoft is looking at inserting ads into Windows 10’s Mail app definitely doesn’t bode well for the future.These personalized banner ads will appear at the top of your inbox, and though there is a way to get rid of them, the solution is equally upsetting.These ads were first discovered by Italian site Aggiornamenti Lumia, which states that the only way to get rid of the ads is to sign up for an Office 365 subscription.
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With a new mode called SpeedReader, the Brave browser will use AI technology to strip clutter out of websites so they load more than 20 times faster and trample your privacy a lot less, the startup said.Apple's Safari, Mozilla's Firefox, Vivaldi Technologies' Vivaldi, Microsoft's Edge and other browsers have reader modes designed to show simplified versions of many websites, stripping away ads, sidebars, videos and other elements.SpeedReader takes that approach, but instead of first rendering the website and then boiling it down into a reader view, it strips out content it judges to be undesirable before it's even downloaded, much less displayed, Brave said in a blog post Thursday.The result, according to a Brave research paper on SpeedReader: pages load a whopping 20 to 27 times faster, use 2.4 times less memory, and use 84 percent less network data.That could profoundly transform the web -- especially on smartphones that often have more limited computing power, battery life and network speed."The drastic improvements in performance, reduction in bandwidth use and elimination of trackers in reader mode make the approach practical for continuous use," Brave said in the research paper.
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Riverbed made two announcements covering its SteelHead SD-WAN solution this week – a bunch of enhancements, and subscription pricing options.The networking firm said its core routing stack had been enhanced to improve support large, complex enterprise networks, and provide interoperability between legacy and SD-WAN networks.In-field upgrades allow customers to easily add the new capabilities to existing installations, and cover the SD-WAN, network security services, and WAN optimisation.The company said subscription-based pricing is now available for SD-WAN-only customers, and SD-WAN plus WAN optimisation environments.The Chinese giant said its South Africa region will be offer services like elastic cloud, an elastic volume service, and object storage.The reason Huawei gave is that this will cut latency for African companies wanting cloud services; and the company said it will expand its cloud services to other African locations.
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Other founding partners include mcgarrybowen and Carhartt vet Adam Wilson, Leo Burnett, Arc and Trisect vet Ryan Maconochie and Jared Prindle, formerly of Tony Hawk, Inc. and 900 Films.Launch clients include Michigan-based Drought and HoMedics, Chicago-based CityBase and San Diego-based Tony Hawk Foundation.“As the next generation continues to favor meaningful brands, the ones that can reconcile cultural relevance with commercial success will endure,” Wilson said in a statement.“We’re here to help make that happen.”D/CAL launches with offices in Detroit and San Diego, providing clients a full range of brand consultancy and agency services.Hawk’s involvement as a co-founder hints at how D/CAL plans to set itself apart by enlisting creative and strategic individuals from outside the agency world.
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The next generation of mobile content discovery is going to recreate the front door to the internet.This will not only create two classes of content experiences (e.g., one that is frictionless, serving content up at the “front door;” versus one where content has to be actively sought), but also two classes of mobile ad inventory – one with premium ways for advertisers to reach their desired targets.For those old enough to remember dial-up internet, this may sound familiarThe first generation of Internet access had a front door: AOL’s portal.There were curated headlines and a few ads.Internet sessions started and ended everywhere.
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Bottom Line: Recreational marijuana use was legalized in the state of Washington in 2012 and there are regulations about posting product promotion messages on social media, while direct advertising of marijuana on social media remains illegal.Under state regulations, marijuana companies can't advertise using language that promotes overconsumption, describes marijuana's curative or therapeutic benefits, or is designed to appeal to youths.This study analyzed more than 1,000 posts on Facebook and Twitter from the business pages of six recreational marijuana companies in Washington state to see how often they adhered to state regulations.Most social media posts were consistent with state regulations but there were 17 posts (1.7 percent) that encouraged overconsumption; 137 posts (13.3 percent) that promoted therapeutic benefits; and nine posts (0.01 percent) that appealed to youth.Requirements for warnings addressing intoxication, driving, health risks and age restrictions were on 110 posts (10.7%).Authors: Megan A. Moreno, M.D., M.S.Ed., M.P.H., University of Wisconsin-Madison, and coauthors
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