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Letgo, an upstart competitor to sites like Craigslist, is probably best known for a few cute commercials that have made the rounds over the past few years.While it may not have quite the same level of cultural relevance as Craigslist, the secondhand marketplace app is getting a big addition today with the option to let users sell or rent houses and apartments on the app, according to TechCrunch.(That’s a big jump from used bed frames and scooters.)As noted by TechCrunch, Letgo is one of the most popular shopping apps, third only to Amazon and Wish in the iOS App Store’s Top Free Shopping list.The app faces plenty of competition from larger secondhand stores like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist as well as other apps like OfferUp that look to offer similar services.It still looks a little weird to go and buy a house from an app-based Craigslist competitor, but it seems like the sort of expansion Letgo will need to continue to hold its own against Craigslist and Facebook, both of which already offer similar functionality for listing home and apartment rentals.
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The Google Nexus 5X hasn’t exactly proven to be the most reliable phone on the planet.It got good reviews, to be sure, but soon after release components started failing, and users found their phone entering a boot loop, where the device would begin booting, shut down again, then begin booting again — and so on.To date, Google has been giving frustrated owners replacements, and then when those ran out it gave out credits instead — but now it seems the firm is looking to move on from the phone altogether and is instead giving owners a shiny new Lenovo Moto X4, if those customers happen to be Google Project Fi subscribers.Users will still have to pay the $69 fee for device protection.The Moto X4 is a pretty nice phone to get instead of the Nexus 5X.The Nexus 5X offered a flagship chip at the time of its release, but now Qualcomm’s midrange chips are more on par with what you might expect from the Nexus 5X.
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“Everything’s a battle,” Cindy Gallop sighs, although it’s clear she relishes those battles.What she means is that the entire Internet has long been divided into two separate, walled fiefdoms: one labelled “pornography,” the other marked with those three dread words “no adult content.” The territory between those two worlds, which she is trying to claim, remains a strange no-man’s-land.Whether we like to talk about it or not, sex is a significant and meaningful part of adult lives; the territory defined by “adult content” is far larger than its peninsula “pornography.” Think sexual education, sexual communication, sex toys, etcetera.Think of “Grace” and Aziz Ansari, and the dawning widespread realization that we need a new sexual revolution, one of better sexual behavior, communication, and enthusiastic consent.Everyone pretends to be casually cool and sexually sophisticated, but at the same time, for many people sex is still dangerously intimate and revealing, sometimes even a minefield of shame, and always fraught with the rawest of emotions and desires, difficult to talk about and to negotiate.But to most Internet providers — payment processors, email providers, hosting companies — anything remotely sexual is automatically relegated to the category of porn, and promptly rejected.
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Google introduced a new security dashboard for customers of its G Suite productivity software today, providing IT administrators with a number of metrics about how their organizations are doing when it comes to security.The Security Center should provide some extra peace of mind for security concerned administrators, along with a set of tools that they can use to better understand the threats that their organizations are facing.It comes at a time when cybersecurity is top of mind for IT pros and C-level executives alike, following a series of high-profile breaches at major organizations over the past several years.Admins will be able to see information at a glance, such as suspicious device activity and information about how spam and malware are targeting an organization.They’ll also be able to examine analytics data for information like operations running afoul of data loss prevention policies and phishing attacks targeted against users inside an organization.All of that information can be viewed in graphs at an organizational level, and admins can then drill down to individual users to identify if there’s someone who needs to get a talk about good security hygiene to preserve the organization’s safety.
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Hybrid-Fiber-Wireless Solutions Power Fiber-Fast Broadband Across BermudaSANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 16, 2018–Mimosa Networks, the global technology leader in fiber-fast wireless broadband, announced today that Bluewave has selected Mimosa as its fixed wireless technology partner.For its new island-wide high-speed broadband deployment, Bluewave is deploying Mimosa fixed wireless solutions to deliver ultra-broadband speeds in the British Territory.Seeking to revolutionize the local market with a truly convergent network, Bluewave is providing affordable, reliable, high-speed internet, video and voice to its local business and residential subscribers.Bluewave is owned by East End Telecom, Bermuda’s leading public safety and wireless communication provider.
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From the Golf GTI to the Jetta GLI, Volkswagen has made plenty of performance versions of its everyday models.But one model that hasn’t gotten the performance treatment is the Passat midsize sedan.VW is trying to make up for that with a new limited-edition model.The 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT is really more show than go, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.As initially reported by Digital Trends last August, the Passat GT is a production version of a concept car that first appeared at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.The Passat GT is based on the existing Passat R-Line trim level, and gets the R-Line’s sportier-looking front bumper.
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In perhaps the first case of its kind in the world, Facebook was taken to the High Court by lawyers for a Northern Irish girl, whose nude picture was repeatedly posted to the page between November 2014 and January 2016.She had been seeking damages for misuse of private information, negligence and breach of the DPA.Unusually, the victim had been able to find Legal Aid.Her lawyers argued Facebook could and should have done more.Facebook tried to get the case dismissed in September 2016, but failed to do so.Last week, an out-of-court agreement was reached to compensate the victim - who cannot be identified - and pay her legal costs in a confidential settlement.
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Fox and National Geographic have announced that the Emmy-winning series Cosmos will return for a second season, premiering in 2019.The 13-episode series, subtitled Possible Worlds, will again be hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.Seth MacFarlane (The Orville) will return as executive producer, as will producer/writer/director Ann Druyan, who won an Emmy award for writing and a Peabody award for producing the 2014 season.The reboot in 2014, called Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, not only covered astronomical phenomena but also profiles of little-known scientists.Neil deGrasse Tyson is a world-renowned astrophysicist, head of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, and recipient of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.A SpaceTime Oddyssey was the most-watched series internationally ever on National Geographic.
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Snowshoes have been around for 5,700 years.But this year Boulder, Colorado–based Crescent Moon has made the world’s first all-foam version.Velcro bindings keep your shoes strapped to a teardrop-shaped platform made from two layers of ethylene-vinyl acetate, or EVA, the same stuff used to fashion flip-flops.The snowshoes might look low-tech, but the combination of cleats and tire-like treads provide ample traction, especially on hardpack trails.Not sure you’re the snowshoeing type?Company cofounder Jake Thamm is confident this design will change your mind.
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Judging by downloads from the NPM registry, React, Facebook’s popular JavaScript UI library, has seen good fortunes lately as a front-end JavaScript framework while the Backbone framework has slipped.On the back end, Express dominates.In a study of 28-day download cycles for front-end JavaScript frameworks, NPM, which oversees the popular JavaScript package registry, found that React has been on a steady upward trajectory; it now accounts for about 0.05 percent of the registry’s 13 billion downloads per month as of the fourth quarter of 2017.Web developers as well as desktop and mobile developers are adopting the library and it has spawned an ecosystem of related packages.Preact, a lightweight alternative to React, also has seen growth and could become a force in the future.On the down side, Backbone, which accounted for almost 0.1 percent of all downloads in 2013, now comprises only about 0.005 percent of downloads (about 750,000 per month).
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After public outrage, a US Senator has posed questions to Apple about its deliberate slowdown of older iPhones due to aging battery issues.), who chairs the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook questioning the level of transparency the tech giant should have provided users before slowing down its devices.According to a Reuters' report, Thune writes in the letter that "the large volume of consumer criticism leveled against the company in light of its admission suggests that there should have been better transparency."Thune then also questions if Apple considered offering free battery replacements to affected customers or rebates to those who had already paid full price for a battery replacement.Thune's deadline for Apple to reply with answers is January 23.The news of Apple intentionally slowing down old iPhones came to light at the end of 2017, when Apple officially confirmed its practices after years of customer speculation.
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Kodak wants photographers to register their photographs with its new blockchain platform, which will track down unlicensed images, so that the photographers can get paid for their work.Thomson ReutersKodak's stock more than doubled in price early Tuesday following news that the photo company will launch a new blockchain-based rights-management service.The service is designed to help photographers get paid for use of their images.Kodak shares more than doubled in price early Tuesday following an announcement that the historically influential photography company will launch a new blockchain product.Kodak is only the latest company to revive interest in itself and see its shares surge after making an announcement related to blockchain technology, the digital ledger behind cryptocurrencies including bitcoin and ether."For many in the tech industry, 'blockchain' and 'cryptocurrency' are hot buzzwords, but for photographers who've long struggled to assert control over their work and how it's used, these buzzwords are the keys to solving what felt like an unsolvable problem," Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke said in a statement.
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While some had hoped we might see a D5S at CES, Nikon has taken the wraps of a new professional level FX-format lens - the AF-S 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto zoom lens.Replacing the AF-S 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II, the new optic borrows an idea from Canon's EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM lens and sports a built-in 1.4x teleconverter and allows photographers to seamlessly swap to a 252-560mm (FX-format) focal range.Decreasing the maximum aperture from f/4 to f/5.6, the teleconverter is engaged at the flick of a switch, and Nikon reckons it can be easily operated with a single finger while looking through the viewfinder.If you're intending to pair the AF-S 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR with a Nikon D500 or another DX-format DSLR, the focal length is the equivalent of 270-600mm.Engage the teleconverter and the focal range stretches to a staggering 378-840mm.The lens has been designed to appeal to photographers shooting sports and wildlife, promising to deliver astounding speed and clarity.
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If you have a Western Digital My Cloud network attached storage device, it's time to learn how to update its OS because researcher James Bercegay has discovered a dozen models possess a hard-coded backdoor.The backdoor, detailed here, lets anyone log in as user mydlinkBRionyg with the password abc12345cba.WD mostly markets the My Cloud range as suited for file sharing and backup in domestic and micro-business settings.But several of the models with the backdoor are four-disk machines suitable for use as shared storage in small business and also capable of being configured as iSCSI targets for use supporting virtual servers.Throw in the fact that some of the messed-up machines can reach 40TB capacity and there's the very real prospect that sizable databases are dangling online.Observant readers will have spotted that the username includes the string "dlink".
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We're barreling towards another gadget-filled Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, and one of the companies with a press event booked in for the show is HTC.Could we be about to get a 4K-resolution HTC Vive for 2018?That's certainly what this tweet from the official HTC Vive account would suggest, which was posted over the weekend and promises a "New Year's Resolution" on Monday.The top line of the text is blurry, while the second is in focus, suggesting more pixels for your eyes – see what they did there?The current HTC Vive offers a 2,160 x 1,200 pixel display, stretched across both eye, so to get up to 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) would mean a doubling of that.Perhaps HTC will settle for something less than 4K, but it would certainly help the marketing if it could stretch as far as today's big-screen TVs.
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When it comes to people who repeatedly break Twitter rules, few are as notable as President Trump himself, who was once briefly (and kinda-sorta accidentally) suspended from the service for a few minutes.Trump is known for his boisterous, sometimes irate, often reckless, tweets; many have called for Twitter to ban him, but the service has so far refused.Until now, it has mostly stayed quiet on its reasons for letting Trump’s account remain.Ask a random person why Twitter allows Trump to continue using its service and you’ll probably get a response like Twitter needs him too much to suspend him or Twitter doesn’t make certain people follow its rules.According to Twitter itself, though, neither those or other claims are the actual reason.In a recent statement, Twitter — which avoided ever mentioning Trump specifically — said it allows “world leaders” to remain live on its service because suspending them or getting rid of some of their tweets “would hide important information people should be able to see and debate.” The company went on to say:
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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is currently en route to Bennu, a carbon-rich asteroid that could contain the basic building blocks of life.Late last year it collected some images to remind us how small and insignificant we really are.This composite image of three photos was captured by OSIRIS-REx on 2 October 2017, when it the spacecraft was approximately 3 million miles (5 million km) from Earth, which is roughly 13 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.The three images were combined and colour-corrected, and the Moon was brightened to make it more visible (the Moon is actually a bit darker than it appears).Back in September 2017, OSIRIS-REx used its NavCam to take a picture of Earth from 69,000 miles (110,000 km) away.If you look carefully at the top right, you can actually see the remnants of hurricanes Maria and Jose.
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Tesla shares are sliding ahead of Thursday's opening bell, down 5.44% at $300, after the company reported fourth-quarter Model 3 deliveries that missed estimates by a mile.The electric-car maker said it delivered 1,550 Model 3 sedans in the fourth quarter, a bit more than half of the 2,917 that Wall Street analysts were expecting.Tesla produced 2,425 sedans during the period.That number fell well short of Elon Musk's promise of producing 20,000 Model 3 sedans per month beginning in December."Looks like we can reach 20,000 Model 3 cars per month in Dec," Musk tweeted back in January.Thursday's drop is a welcome sign for traders who have been loading up on bets against Tesla.
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Europe’s AImotive has raised $38 million in a third round of funding for its software for autonomous cars.Budapest, Hungary-based AImotive has specialized in making software that can take the data from autonomous car cameras and sensors and then identify pedestrians and other hazards for the artificial intelligence driving system to avoid.The company announced the news ahead of CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas next week.The new round of funding comes from B Capital Group and Prime Ventures and will be used to increase global scale and accelerate autonomous driving software via simulation technology.Other investors include Cisco Investments, Samsung Catalyst Fund, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Inventure, Draper Associates, and Day One Capital.The company said it is open to the fusion of non-vision based sensors for additional safety in poor visibility conditions.
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Although you can pick up any laptop for basic photo editing, professionals need a specific “environment” to produce optimal results for print and digital publishing.Without a vibrant and accurate display, there’s no way of knowing the editing choices you’re making are correct.Dell lands in the top spot of our list of the best laptops for photo editing — and the main reason is for its screen.XPS 15 configurations include an option for a Full HD resolution, as well as a UHD resolution with full touch support.More importantly, the display is based on IGZO panel technology, which results in a high-performance screen that supports near 100 percent of both the sRGB and AdobeRGB color spaces, which is pretty rare.Overall, Dell offers four models packing seventh-generation Intel Core processors.
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