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Facebook is gearing up to prioritize news content by publishers a group of Facebook users have deemed trustworthy.Facebook head of News Feed Adam Mosseri said the company surveyed “a diverse and representative sample” of U.S.-based people about their familiarity and trust in various sources of news, he wrote in a blog post.That data, Mosseri said, will serve to inform News Feed rankings.The plan is to first do this in the U.S. before rolling it out internationally.That means, starting next week, “publications deemed trustworthy by people using Facebook may see an increase in their distribution,” Mosseri wrote.“Publications that do not score highly as trusted by the community may see a decrease.”
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Armed only with social media and a good data plan, teenagers today can make just about anything go viral.Jokes about eating the squishy, day-glo detergent packs have been racing around the internet since Procter & Gamble introduced the pods in 2012.This stuff forms the film that holds the other ingredients in a jolly, candylike form.It's a water-soluble polymer related to Elmer's Glue: Pop it in the wash and it dissolves, releasing detergenty goodness without any messy spills.In 2015, Tide added a bittering agent to its outer film to discourage kids from eating and swallowing it.Their additive of choice: an inert, white powder called denatorium benzoate.
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This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service.To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.It hasn't been smooth sailing for telecoms in recent years.A fierce and ongoing price war among the Big Four carriers is only compounding the pressure telecoms are facing.The consequent resurgence of unlimited data plans is straining carriers' networks, and revenues are suffering.Nevertheless, telecoms are now better positioned than ever to play a bigger role in their subscribers' lives.
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Google has removed 60 games from the Play Store after security firm Checkpoint discovered a bug that displayed ads for porn within the games.Many of the games were aimed at young children.Checkpoint identified three main ways in which this malware, named Adult Swine, could cause trouble for users.The first is in the nature of the ads themselves.These ads are often pornographic in nature, which many would find inappropriate in any game, let alone those aimed at children.The ads come from the pages of mainstream ad providers that forbid their content from being used in this manner.
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In Bose's exhibition space at CES 2018, the audio company presented a solution to a consistent problem in cars: background noise interfering with phone calls.Bose's ClearVoice technology delivered clear, noise-free communication to both participants in a conversation.ClearVoice makes use of Bose's noise canceling expertise, which many people experience using the company's headphones, and its headrest speakers.In the demonstration, a Bose spokesman sat in a Nissan Micra modified with the technology.With music playing over the stereo and voice prompts from the navigation system cropping up, he tried to use voice recognition on an iPhone to send a text message.The result was extremely garbled due to all the other noise.
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Last year in October Microsoft officially admitted Windows Phone is dead.The software giant revealed they are no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile.Thus the operating system is placed into servicing mode.One of the reasons Microsoft gave up on Windows Phone is because developers were not interested in writing apps for the platform.Microsoft understood people don’t need Windows on their phones.They are interested in iOS and Android platforms only.
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Strange things are afoot in Ryme City, but Detective Pikachu is on the case.The spinoff of Nintendo’s popular Pokémon series will debut in the U.S. as a Nintendo 3DS exclusive on March 23.It arrives ahead of the movie adaptation, which is slated for 2019 and stars Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds.It includes all of the content from Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo, which first launched in Japan in 2016.It also builds on the iconic electric mouse-thing’s sleuthing adventures with new locations, characters, and more story.An easy mode will be available to guide players through the game, and Nintendo will also release an Amiibo toys-to-life figure that unlocks additional video clips and hints.
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If you can’t share something on social media, did it happen at all?Sharing gameplay highlights is integral to the landscape of modern video gaming, and the latest generation of consoles makes it easier than ever to capture and broadcast your play, even without any dedicated equipment.If you’re playing on Xbox One, it’s very easy to record yourself playing, even if you didn’t have the foresight to set up a stream in advance.How to save what just happenedStep 1: Do something awesomeGiven that you necessarily couldn’t know about many of your best gaming moments before they happen, Xbox One is always recording a buffer of the last five minutes of gameplay, which gives you plenty of leeway to capture footage when something incredible happens.
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Earlier today, Nintendo surprised us by revealing that Dark Souls: Remastered is coming to the Switch in May.This is an exciting development for those who own a Switch and have never played Dark Souls before, but if the announcement got you Dark Souls veterans in the mood to give the game another go, then we’ve got some good news for you.As it turns out, Dark Souls: Remastered isn’t going to be a Switch-only affair.Shortly after Nintendo revealed Dark Souls: Remastered during this morning’s Direct Mini, publisher Namco Bandai revealed that the game is also coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.As with so many other remasters, this will enhance the game for modern day consoles, giving it a fresh coat of paint while likely leaving much of the core gameplay unchanged.In fact, From Software revealed today that Dark Souls: Remastered will support 4K, 60fps gameplay on the PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X, and PC.
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Unless you live under a rock, you probably saw headlines this week about a war between Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.Alexa in personal computers and AR glasses may be a bit surprising, but the CES 2018 theme seemed to be the same as last year: more cars and auto appliances with AI assistants, and more smart home devices for the kitchen, family room, and bedroom that respond to voice commands and talk to Alexa and Google Assistant.In addition to Alexa in everything from a car cockpit to a toilet, Samsung’s Bixby, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google Assistant all showed up to vie for the world’s attention.CES this year made clear the distinction in strategy between these tech giants that no longer treat their assistants as a novelty, but rather as a major selling point and part of their brand identity.Samsung will bring Bixby to Family Hub refrigerators and Smart TVs this year, and by now Apple has integrated Siri into virtually every Apple device, but both are still working on getting their smart speakers into consumers’ hands, and trail behind Alexa and Google Assistant in popular buzz.As the war to place AI assistants in your home, car, and workplace rages on, the way each of these companies defines a successful strategy may not depend on the number of devices sold, or integrations by other hardware makers, but rather if it helps them achieve its long-term goals.
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UK online supermarket Ocado is on a quest to automate its business as much as possible, experimenting with technology from flexible robot hands (for packing soft fruit) to self-driving delivery vehicles.Its latest robotic addition to the team is a prototype bot that’s designed to help human technicians in warehouses.The ARMAR-6 robot is being developed by Ocado with help from a number of universities, including Switzerland’s EPFL and the UK’s UCL.The work is part of an EU-funded project to develop collaborative robots (or co-bots) that can safely work alongside humans.The ARMAR-6 has a humanoid torso, head, and arms, and moves about on a wheeled base.It uses cameras to locate and grasp objects, which it can pass to human engineers working in Ocado’s warehouses.
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Barack Obama jokes about an experience of dancing with Prince in a new clip from the first episode of David Letterman's upcoming Netflix talk show."My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman" premieres Friday with Obama as its first guest.Subsequent guests on the monthly series include Jay-Z, Tina Fey, and George Clooney.Netflix has released a short clip previewing Barack Obama's appearance on the first episode of David Letterman's new Netflix talk show, "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction."In the 52-second video, Obama recounts a self-deprecating experience of dancing with Prince, months before the singer died in 2016.The former president jokes that he has "dad moves" and practices "staying in the pocket" to avoid embarrassment while dancing.
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After an extensive audit of Apple’s accounts in the U.K. by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Apple has agreed to pay out an extra 137 million British pounds ($185 million), which it describes as a “corporate income tax adjustment.”This payment covers the years up to September 2015, according to The Guardian, and also includes interest on the unpaid tax.HMRC got Apple Europe, one of the company’s U.K. subsidiaries engaged in marketing and sales for other Apple subsidiaries to agree to the extra charges, after pointing out that it had not received an appropriate commission on sales leads generated for the Irish-based subsidiary.Apple’s European headquarters are in Ireland.Apple released a statement saying: “We know the important role that tax payments play in society.Apple pays all that we owe according to tax laws and local customs in the countries where we operate.
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There is a lot of reformation currently going on at Alcatel.Its parent company, TCL, is introducing a new nomenclature for its devices and it is also bent on giving potential customers a good value for their money by restructuring its portfolio.Retailers around the world have been contacted to increase the popularity of this brand which will henceforth have 1, 3 and 5 Series phones.These series will cost below $100, $200 and $300 respectively.TCL who also own a fast growing TV brand will produce these new devices which will come with 18:9 screens and a new design language.Reports have it that even the low-end devices will be equipped with one or two features common in flagships.
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There's a new BlackBerry on the block, but it's not a whole new handset, for now.Rather, it's a new color as the iconic brand has announced the BlackBerry KeyOne Bronze Edition at CES 2018.Like the Black Edition of the keyboard-toting handset, the Bronze Edition comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, up from the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage on the standard KeyOne.Something new the Bronze Edition of the KeyOne has is dual-SIM support, which is popular in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.There's currently no word on the BlackBerry KeyOne Bronze Edition release date or price.BlackBerry KeyOne Bronze Edition hands on gallery
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The Long Island Iced Tea Corporation changed its name to Long Blockchain in December and its stock price skyrocketed 400%.The company planned to sell more stock to raise money for bitcoin mining rigs, but it has since balked on the capital raise.Long Blockchain, which until December was known as the Long Island Iced Tea Corporation, has walked back its announcement to raise capital through a new stock issuance in order to purchase 1,000 bitcoin mining rigs, the company said Tuesday in a press release.The company, which has not responded to multiple requests for comment, had originally planned to raise $8.4 million by selling 1,603,294 shares at a price of $5.25 per share to finance the purchasing of 1,000 S9 Antminer machines, which sell online for $2,725 a piece.That would leave the company with an extra $5.69 million in cash that it did not explain its plans for.Long Blockchain still plans to purchase the rigs, it said, but it is unclear with what money.
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This time last year, we looked at Neofect’s Raphael, a “smart glove” designed to help patients rehabilitate a hand after a stroke.At this CES, the Korean company is showing off a brand new glove concept — one designed to offer a more immediate solution for those suffering from paralysis due to a spinal cord injury.Like Raphael, the NeoMano prototype is a strange looking thing.This one’s leather, wrapping around the heel of the hand, two fingers and a thumb.Rather than some other solutions that cover the entire hand, Neofect’s model only covers these three digits, which should be enough to execute most tasks.A large battery module sits on the bridge of the hand, and the whole thing is tethered to a control panel.
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It was a very happy New Year for Apple's App Store.Owners of iOS devices made New Year's Day the biggest sales day ever for the App Store, logging $300 million in purchases, the gadget giant said in a statement Thursday.That sales total is 25 percent higher than the same day a year ago.The App Store has been vital to Apple's sales of both devices and the commission-generating programs and services made for them.The launch of the App Store, a year after the original iPhone's debut in 2007, made it simple for anyone to download games and programs and helped propel the phone to the status of hit device.App Store sales were robust during the holiday period, hitting $890 million during the seven-day period starting Dec. 24, Apple said.
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Hive, a company most famous for its smart heating system, has released a new security camera that is quite a departure from most security cameras on the market.A design collaboration with Yves Behar (who designed the Hive Active Heating 2 thermostat), the Hive View comes in a couple of different color schemes: white with “champagne gold” and black with “brushed copper”.One of the key selling points of the Hive View is a feature called ‘grab and go’ that allows you to remove the camera from its stand, place it at a different point in your house, and it will still work for about an hour thanks to a battery housed in the camera unit.The camera itself has a 130 degree wide-angle lens and can livestream a 1080p HD feed directly to your phone day or night thanks to infra-red.You’ll need an iPhone or iPad with iOS 9 or higher or Android 4.4 or later in order to access the feed.If you don’t want to spend all day watching what’s going on in your home, you can opt to receive notifications whenever there’s motion detected by the camera.
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Welcome to the Hotel California security modelAn Apple macOS security process called System Integrity Protection can prevent certain apps from being easily uninstalled, which isn't ideal when the code may be vulnerable or malware.System Integrity Protection, or SIP, has clear benefits for macOS security.SIP attempts to ensure that system binaries can only be modified by Apple's Software Update mechanism or by the app installer if the code is an Apple signed package.Apart from past bugs, SIP – also referred to as "rootless" because of the attribute text used to designate SIP protection – has generally improved macOS security.Because Apple's app sandboxing and app guidelines already prevent such behavior for apps distributed through the macOS App Store, SIP's primary impact has been on third-party developers distributing their apps outside of Apple's oversight.
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