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Avast is one of the more popular free, third-party antivirus programs.For anyone willing to pay for more advanced features, however, Avast’s premium products also have a lot to offer.The second is Software Updater, which automatically updates third-party programs, plugins, and utilities on your PC.Both are nice features, however, you can use free programs to perform the same functions—like FileHippo App Manager, which monitors and automatically updates your programs.Despite being packed with features, Avast manages to not overwhelm the user with a messy interface.Avast Premier features four main categories: Status, Protection, Privacy, and Performance.
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Image credit: Willie B. Thomas | Getty ImagesEditor’s Note: In "Tough Love Tuesday," we connect side-hustling entrepreneurs with support, resources and advice from top experts.Sign up to our email newsletter to be notified about our Tuesday Facebook Lives and check back to our side hustle topic page for more helpful tips.Branding is one of the hardest and most misunderstood concepts of building a company.A brand is powerful and really needs to speak to customers about the company’s values and mission.Yet most entrepreneurs think slapping together a logo and creating a website is sufficient.
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Theoretically, most "invisibility cloaks" would work by smoothly guiding light waves around objects so the waves ripple along their original trajectories as if nothing were there to obstruct them.Previous work found that cloaking devices that redirect other kinds of waves, such as sound waves, are possible as well.But the new study's researchers, from at the Technical University of Vienna, have developed a different strategy to render an object invisible — using a beam of invisibility."A light wave can enter and exit the object, but will never pass through the medium on a straight line," Rotter said in a statement."Instead, it is scattered into all possible directions."With their new technique, Rotter and his colleagues did not want to reroute the light waves.
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Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook wants to reach a goal of getting a billion people into virtual reality.Speaking at the fourth annual Oculus Connect event, he said that Facebook is moving VR in that direction with new models such as the $200 standalone VR headset Oculus Go and the upcoming wireless version of the Rift, dubbed Project Santa Cruz.Jason Rubin, head of studios at Oculus, believes that games will be as necessary as new hardware to enticing new people into VR.Generally speaking, that’s because the biggest developers and publishers have billion-dollar franchises that they’re constantly laid on trying to get out.It’s not lack of interest.You could like him or Tolkien or whoever, but the idea was, create this alternate universe.
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When no TV is around, playing four-player Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch's 7-inch screen is a very crammed experience.A combination Nintendo Switch dock and portable projector hitting Indiegogo this month aims to be the solution to that.The Ojo projector from YesOjo, which is hitting Indiegogo on Oct. 24, looks like a short Nintendo Switch dock that has the projector part attached to it.The projector promises to create a 30-inch to 120-inch screen, includes an HDMI input for other devices, a 4-hour battery and an auxiliary port for plugging in speakers.Pricing and availability for the projector are not currently known (CNET has reached out to YesOjo for comment on this), but a video tweeted by the company shows 1-2 Switch being played projected onto a wall.Like with all crowdfunding projects, it's worth noting that anyone who jumps into YesOjo's campaign runs the risk of possibly receiving a product that doesn't meet this promise (or worse, never happens).
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Welp, we have some good news and some bad news.The bad news is that the promotion everyone went crazy over for the Amazon Dash Wand With Alexa has ended, so you can’t get one for free anymore.But the good news is that it’s still only $20!The Dash Wand is an awesome little device that puts the power of Alexa in the palm of your hand.It also has a bar code scanner on the bottom so you can point it at just about anything in your home and instantly reorder it on Amazon.Here are some of the key details from the product page:
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Honor Malaysia has announced that the honor 6A Pro will be their next budget device to land in the country with pre-orders having just opened up from retailers.The device is priced at RM699, which translates to $166, but the question is what’s being offered for that price?Well, the honor 6A Pro is a 5″ smartphone with a HD 720p resolution and it runs on the tried and true Snapdragon 430 processor.Since this is the “Pro” version, it comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage which is expandable via microSD.On top of that, you also get a 3020mAh battery, and a rear fingerprint sensor.The camera package here is also not too bad, with a 13MP rear camera that can supposedly focus in just 0.5 seconds, allowing for better shots in fast paced environments.
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Alibaba this week announced a big push to do more research and development, ploughing US$15 billion into new innovation over the next three years.Here’s how that stacks up to what Amazon is already doing:Artwork by Tech in Asia’s Andre Gunawan.Sign up for an account and get the latest & best stories in your inbox, every day.Steven's interested in ecommerce, mobile, smartphone adoption, gadgets, social media, transportation, and cars.If you have any tips or feedback, contact him on Twitter: @sirsteven
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The design of a cyclist's water bottle - the bidon - has barely changed in nearly a century."It's always difficult to find a new or innovative design," says Aurélien Brunet, managing director of Zéfal, "because they need to fit in a bottle cage."Undeterred, the world's oldest manufacturer of bicycle components has set its sights on overhauling not only the bidon's form, but also its taste and smell.First founded in Paris in the 1880s as a bicycle-pump business, Zéfal invented the now well-known Presta valve.In 1938 the company relocated to the Loire Valley.It was here in the 70s that its product range began to expand.
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Equifax is still leaking like a sieve.Security researcher Brian Krebs has outlined a vulnerability in Equifax’s The Work Number product, a system used by credit companies to confirm your salary.The system uses a number of personal details, including your SSN and birthdate, to bring up a salary history.These are details leaked in Equifax’s 143 million record breach this year.To find out how easy it is to view your detailed salary history, you’ll need your employer’s name or employer code.Helpfully, this page lets you look that up quite easily (although if you opt to list employers alphabetically by the first letter of the company name, there are so many entries for each letter that I found Equifax’s database simply crashes half the time instead of rendering the entire list).
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Apple fans aren't the only people excited for the iPhone X's release -- scammers are, too.The iPhone X isn't available until Nov. 3, but thieves are already spamming social networks with schemes trying to trick you into giving away personal information.ZeroFOX, a social media security company, said it found 532 fake accounts across Facebook and Instagram dressed up as bait for Apple fans who can't wait to get their hands on the iPhone X.ZeroFOX said these scams pop up on social media every September, when Apple announces a new device.Some fake pages include "iPhone8 Official" on Facebook, and @official.iphone8.giveaway on Instagram, which has since been removed.Fake comments have also been spammed across YouTube comments, promising a free iPhone 8 if you follow through to the malicious link.
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More than 100 hippos in Namibia, including some seen floating on their backs in shallow waterways this week, may have died from an anthrax outbreak that could now affect other species.Officials say 10 dead hippos were discovered in Bwabwata National Park in northeast Namibia last Sunday, followed by another 99 over the intervening days, per the Namibian."Our veterinary services are currently working at the area to determine the cause of death … but the signs so far show that it could be anthrax," Namibia's environment minister says, per the Guardian.Environment rep Colgar Sikopo tells New Era that an anthrax outbreak "mainly occurs when the level of the river is so low" that it exposes bacteria that can hide in soil for years.But though anthrax outbreaks aren't unusual in the area, this would appear to be the most significant such event in Bwabwata.While a 2004 outbreak killed at least 180 hippos in Uganda, reports the BBC, previous anthrax outbreaks in Namibia in 2003 and 2004 affected only a small number of hippos and elephants, Sikopo says.
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Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga is nearly upon us, and Disney has just dropped the second trailer for the film.Directed by Rian Johnson (of Looper fame), Star Wars: The Last Jedi follows on from 2015’s The Force Awakens, and sees Rey meeting an anxious Luke Skywalker, Finn battling the First Order and Kylo Ren about ready to blow General Leia Organa’s ship to smithereens.Check out the film’s poster, which was revealed yesterday:You can pre-book tickets for the film, which opens in theaters in the US on December 15, and in the UK on December 14.Read next: PSA: If you only use wireless peripherals with your computer, don't disable Bluetooth
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Hulu has dropped the price of its entry-level subscription from $7.99 down to $5.99 for new and returning customers.This isn’t a permanent price cut, but rather a limited-time promotion as the streaming service attempts to lure in new customers (and bring back old ones) ahead of the fall 2017 TV season.As long as you sign up before January 9th, 2018, you’ll pay the promotional price of $5.99 a month for 12 months before the price reverts to $7.99.As Variety notes, the offer actually began rolling out on September 21st, but Hulu just started sending out marketing material highlighting the deal last week.In what appears to be a happy coincidence for Hulu, news of the price drop is making the rounds just as Netflix raises the price of both its standard and premium plans.While Netflix and Amazon have both produced multiple breakout hits, The Handmaid’s Tale is the only show from Hulu to make a significant impact so far.
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Source: A pre-release glimpse at a Last Jedi tie-in bookProbability of Accuracy: Presuming the preview isn't fake, it seems pretty definitive.The Real Deal: Apparently, a tie-in book for The Last Jedi might have accidentally spoiled a plot point from the movie.A preview for the IncrediBuilds: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi—A-Wing Deluxe Book and Model Set, shared on the Making Star Wars fan site, reveals that the film may feature an attack on the Resistance base following the events in the climax of Star Wars: The Force Awakens."After Poe Dameron's squadrons destroyed Starkiller Base, the First Order sought out the Resistance headquarters on the planet of D'Qar to enact their revenge," it reveals.In this case, though, the tease was more involved than it first seemed.
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Bill Gates has given up his Windows phone.HP is pulling production of its flagship Windows handset.Now Microsoft has finally seen the writing on the wall -- there aren't enough people using Windows 10 Mobile or enough apps to make it viable.Corporate vice president of Windows 10 and head of Microsoft's "PC-Tablet-Phone" division, Joe Belfiore, said on Twitter Sunday that Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 Mobile with bug fixes and security updates, but new features and hardware are no longer front and centre.It produced versions of its software for mobile devices for more than 20 years -- starting with Windows CE for personal digital assistants in 1996, and later with Windows Mobile in 2000.But the ecosystem has struggled since the launch of Apple's iOs in 2007 and Google's Android operating system (launched in 2008).
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Canary har bestämt sig för att börja ta betalt för funktioner som varit tillgängliga för gratisanvändare som köpts företagets säkerhetskamera.Tidigare har gratisanvändare kunnat köra ett nattläge som gör att kameran övervakar under natten utan att skicka aviseringar till användaren samt se de senaste 12 timmarna som spelats in.Nu har Canary ändrat detta och för att få tillgång till dess funktioner måste du betala 10 dollar i månaden.Gratisanvändare har fortfarande möjlighet att se liveström från kameran och får en avisering om någonting händer framför kameran, men om de missar aviseringen så får de endast se ett tio sekunder långt klipp från händelsen.Canary-användare verkar inte vara helt nöjda med ändringen och har vänt sig till Twitter för att yttra sitt missnöje.@canarysupport @canary i am really disappointed on your recent changes to the free acvounts.
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"Male privilege" is the concept that men have certain advantages within society for no other reason than the fact they are men.Tech entrepreneur Dr Vivienne Ming, who is transgender, discovered this in her thirties when she transitioned.In her role as chief scientist at a tech industry recruitment firm she has also calculated the value of this advantage.BBC 100 Women names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world every year.In 2017, we're challenging them to tackle four of the biggest problems facing women today - the glass ceiling, female illiteracy, harassment in public spaces and sexism in sport.With your help, they'll be coming up with real-life solutions and we want you to get involved with your ideas.
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The nobel prize-winning mikroskopin in got a technology breakthroughs five years ago – in Sweden there is technology already available to researchers.Last year, the Science for life laboratory in Solna and Umeå university a cryogenic-electron microscopy.In Umeå celebrated the research group, the Nobel prize with the princess cake. "It feels like we are the ones who have received the award," says Linda Sandblad, coordinator for the facility and researchers at the department of molecular biology at Umeå university, swedenRead more: "Cool microscopy technique" is rewarded with the nobel prizeCryogenic electron microscope in Umeå was installed last year, and are now being tested.
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Google is expected to launch a heap of new hardware at a media event in San Francisco today, including a follow-up to last year's Pixel phone.You can watch the whole show right here starting at 9am PDT, 12pm EDT.We will also be liveblogging the whole event, so follow along for commentary and real-time analysis from WIRED's reporters on the scene.The Pixel 2 is sure to be the biggest news, but we also expect Google to show off a new gadget or two for the smart home, some VR stuff, and probably something wacky that nobody's anticipating.The company has been diving hard into consumer electronics this past year in an effort to reposition itself as a gadget company.Even as Google works with top-name manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola to put its Android operating system on high-end handsets, and as the company pushes its Chrome OS laptop software onto notebooks from Acer and Lenovo that make their way into classrooms and offices, the tech giant is still intent on building its own hardware.
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