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A Google engineer revealed that more than 90 percent of active Gmail accounts don’t use two-factor authentication (2FA), reports The Register.Given the low uptake, The Register asked Google software engineer Grzegorz Milka why 2FA isn’t mandatory for all Gmail accounts.Milka chalks it up to usability, adding that, “It’s about how many people would we drive out if we force them to use additional security.” The statistic was shared during a presentation at Usenix’s Enigma 2018 security conference in California.Two-factor authentication is a security tool that requires a user’s password as well as an additional form of authorization.It adds another layer of security if your password has been stolen, or you use the same password for multiple websites.Google offers 2FA through a code that’s sent to your phone via text, voice call, mobile app, or via a Security Key that’s inserted into your computer’s USB port.
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If you pick up the Moto Z2 Force, Motorola will throw in the Amazon Alexa Moto Mod and a two-month Amazon Music Unlimited trial.You have until February 25 to buy the phone, and until March 27 to redeem the free Moto Mod.You have until May 5 to redeem the two-month Amazon Music Unlimited trial.The Moto Z2 Force might be Motorola‘s current flagship smartphone, but it has not sold like it.Promotions tend to help with that, with the latest netting buyers a free Moto Mod Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa and two months of Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan.In addition to buying from Motorola, you can buy the Moto Z2 Force from AT, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Best Buy, and Verizon.
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News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch is calling on Facebook to pay publishers for the news they produce.In a statement, Murdoch suggested that Facebook pay a TV-style “carriage fee” to publishers it trusts.“If Facebook wants to recognize ‘trusted’ publishers then it should pay those publishers a carriage fee similar to the model adopted by cable companies,” he stated.“The publishers are obviously enhancing the value and integrity of Facebook through their news and content but are not being adequately rewarded for those services.Carriage payments would have a minor impact on Facebook’s profits but a major impact on the prospects for publishers and journalists.”He also said that Facebook and Google have “popularized scurrilous news sources through algorithms that are profitable for these platforms but inherently unreliable,” adding that the “remedial measures that both companies have so far proposed are inadequate, commercially, socially and journalistically.”
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The value of Bitcoin is volatile – that’s not likely going to change any time soon.As such, even the smallest push can send the price of the cryptocurrency off a cliff.But it hasn’t fallen for long – not for a while, anyway.The future of Bitcoin is not set – as evidenced by the wide variety of chatter on the coin and the cryptocurrency market at large.Take for example Yale economist and Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller.Shiller spoke with Quartz this past September.
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This IT pilot fish is working for a defense contractor in the 1980s, but the gig isn't exactly a shiny job in a gleaming glass-and-steel environment."This was a classified project, so we were in a hanger away from the nice buildings," says fish."One Monday morning I arrived at work at my usual 0600 hours -- a time when you can get a lot of work done with no one to disturb you.I proceeded to a secure computer room, which was completely shielded -- metal lined the all walls and door, no windows -- and contained several military minicomputers, tape drives, printers and terminals.I opened the door and a torrent of hot air rushed out.The beeping was a loud chorus of overheat alarms.
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The poison in question has spattered from the tips of African weapons for centuries, rubbing out wild beasts and halting the hearts of warriors.But, according to a study in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, a crotch shot of an ancient toxin called “ouabain” can also take out sperm.By tweaking the poison’s chemical backbone (or scaffold), it can selectively paralyze trouser troops and prevent them from storming eggs, the authors report.The study’s authors, led by Shameem Sultana Syeda of the University of Minnesota, are optimistic that, with further aiming, the poison’s progeny could one day strike as a safe, reversible male contraceptive.At such a dose, ouabain can cause twitching, convulsions, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and eventually cardiac arrest.Ouabain works by gunking up certain sodium-potassium channels that actively pump ions across cellular membranes.
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Now, we want such sensors to fit more like skin.That’s what researchers have accomplished in a paper published today in Science Advances.The device can track the subtle motions of the human hand, and is so thin and flexible that is tangibly imperceptible.The e-skin could be a substitute for the bulky, often motion-restraining gloves of virtual reality environments, the researchers say.“Imagine that you want to press a button that is located in a restricted environment that you can’t touch.“A combination of magnetic field sensors and permanent magnets can do this job.”
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The Samsung Galaxy S9 is just one of three big-name smartphones the company will reveal this year.The company is set to reveal the Samsung Galaxy S9, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (or Galaxy S9 Plus), and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.These three devices will be very similar to one another, and the first two will inform the details of the third.This morning we’re going over the latest batch of details from South Korea and China on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, both of which are expected to be revealed in late February of 2018.The release date for the Galaxy S9 shouldn’t be too long after the reveal date.Both the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are almost certainly going to be revealed together at a Samsung event that’ll take place on the 24th or 25th of February in Barcelona, Spain.
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It may require pulling out a Pensieve to remember, but in late 2017 Warner Bros announced a brand-new publishing label, called Portkey Games, which would be dedicated to creating games tied to the Harry Potter universe.The first game to be announced was Harry Potter: Wizards Unite – an AR game from Niantic, the team behind the wildly popular Pokemon Go.Though we’re still waiting to hear more about the next Harry Potter phenomenon, Portkey Games has revealed another Harry Potter title that will be coming to iOS and Android in 2018: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.Rather than using AR to bring the wizarding world to you, Hogwarts Mystery is a role-playing game that will give players the chance to escape to Hogwarts and live the life of a magical student.Players will start their adventure by creating their own avatar, choosing a pet and getting settled into their Hogwarts house.After this they’ll be able to attend Hogwarts classes, learn magical skills, interact with other players, and make decisions that will affect their character’s story arc as they go through their years at Hogwarts.
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If you want to start selling a cool new product or fill an unserviced need in the marketplace, you’ve got options.You can buy merchandise, hire staff, create a distribution network and open a storefront in Anytown, USA.Start a lucrative business with low overhead and the biggest retail partners on the block with this 12-course package called the Complete Side Hustle Bundle, just $29 right now from TNW Deals.And side hustle you will with this collection of a dozen courses, all tailored to help you find a market niche, create a product pipeline and properly market your business in your spare time.Amazon FBA: Learn The Top Items That You Should Be Selling (a $199 value): Interviews with Amazon’s top sellers reveal items and niches you should be covering.Launch Your First Private Label Product Using Amazon FBA (a $199 value): Understand what it takes to start a growable, profitable business you can eventually sell.
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Robot Entertainment has spent the last several years dealing with rampaging humanoids with the Orcs Must Die!Hero Academy 2 is now available in the iOS and Android app stores and as a PC early access game from Robot Entertainment’s site.It’s a free-to-play title, and it still involves you taking teams of warriors to battle on a map — gameplay that was entertaining enough to bring its predecessor 6 million downloads over three platforms.The sequel expands this with deck-building.You create your teams of fighters, mages, and more with cards, swapping units and spells into and out of your lineups.In an interview today with GamesBeat, CEO Patrick Hudson said that his crew turned to BonusXP for help because they knew them from their days at Ensemble Studios, the strategy game house that’s the predecessor to Robot Entertainment.
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Bloomberg reports that China is cracking down hard on cryptocurrency activity in the country by plotting to block domestic access to foreign exchanges and platforms that allow for centralized trading.That’s worrying news for crypto enthusiasts in China, who have already seen local exchanges being shut down entirely towards the end of 2017.The country is known to house the largest community of Bitcoin mining operations worldwide.According to Bloomberg’s sources, peer-to-peer transactions won’t be policed, but any organizations that facilitate market-making, settlement, and clearing services for centralized trading will be targeted by local authorities.The news follows reports and clarifications about South Korea banning local exchanges there; regulators have confirmed that they won’t block domestic cryptocurrency trading, but will investigate tax evasion and KYC protocols within these organizations.China continues to be one of the biggest hubs for mining cryptocurrency, even as the energy cost for it rose greatly over the past year.
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Two Russian bombers were intercepted by the RAF less than 50 miles from the northern coast of the UK.The Russian bombers that were found so close to the UK airspace were TU-160 Blackjacks.The RAF has not divulged any more information about this incident for "operational reasons", notes a report by the Mirror.The Typhoon fighters that were scrambled were believed to be acting as a Quick Reaction Alert to catch up with the heavy, supersonic, strategic bombers.It is not clear at this time why exactly there were two heavy Russia bombers at an altitude of 28,000 feet, off the east coast of Scotland, 40 nautical miles away from British soil.The report mentions that the RAF Typhoon jets escorted the bombers away from the UK and the Russian warplanes did not enter British sovereign airspace at any point.
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The holiday season and well-intended New Year’s resolutions are already just a distant memory.But digital storytellers are still digesting the news that Storify will be shutting down its services in a few months time.Creatives and journalists who carefully curated their content to showcase their portfolio must now face up the fact their work is now marked for deletion on the Storify platform.Unfortunately, we are no longer allowing new users to sign up and will end existing users’ access to Storify.com on May 16, 2018.But a few years later Adobe purchased Livefyre, and the rest is history.A quick search on Twitter reveals panic-stricken Storify users looking for an easy way to move their content to a new home before years of work disappears forever.
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Every year there’s a growing list of impressive tech for our pets, from temperature-controlled beds, to a ball that can play with your dog.Pebby is a ball that houses a camera and several sensors, but these delicate electronics are protected by an incredibly strong and waterproof plastic material — your dog will have a difficult time chewing it.Pebby can go off in play mode for about 90 minutes, and if you need to charge it, send it towards the ramp-shaped charger and Pebby will automatically find its place and start charging.Pebby originated as a successfully-funded Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaign, but the company is finally ready to ship.All this data is uploaded to the cloud is compared to other pets using PetMio to identify trends, which the company hopes will help veterinarians preemptively identify health risks.The app will automatically send you more food when it detects you’re almost out.
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Startup Dreamlight debuted a new sleep mask at CES that makes a number of promises, including the ability to lessen the effects of jet lag, recommend adjustments to your sleep habits based on your 23andMe profile, and, um, project infrared light to supposedly help with under eye circles.Aside from some of these questionable claims, the Dreamlight mask does have concrete features that are unique and can help you get a more restful night’s sleep.The Dreamlight is a heavily padded and contoured strip that wraps around your head and attaches with velcro.It also has an optical heart rate monitor, infrared sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and four speakers embedded in the sides.The app allows you to track sleep patterns over time, set when to wake up, choose what ambient sounds to play while you’re falling asleep, and, according to the company, make sleep recommendations based upon your 23andMe genetic profile.I was able to try out the mask for a night and was excited as I’ve been on a quest for several months to find the perfect sleeping apparatus.
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Building off the success of cyclist Max Lipper’s 2,800 mile Electron Wheel bike trek from New York City to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Electron launched the second-generation of its electric bike wheel at the 2018 trade show.Promising to “electrify your bike in 30 seconds,” the Electron Wheel replaces the front wheel of most bikes and instantly transforms an ordinary bicycle into a modified ebike.The Electron Wheel does this through a variety of features that includes active hill assist, a top speed of 20 miles per hour, and a battery that lasts up to 50 miles of range.It even has Google Assistant integration that allows riders to find directions with ease while riding.Google Assistant also allows riders to modify the amount of electronic assist they are getting from the Electron Wheel and learn about its battery power.“We are taking the experience from the smart home or connected car and bringing it to the bike,” James Parker of Electron told Digital Trends.
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When we point our smartphone camera, tap on the screen and take a picture, it’s easy to forget, photography hasn’t always been as simple as it is today – but that’s the illusion of AI – what appears simple is in fact, incredibly complex.It sees through the dual lenses around the back, identifies what it’s looking at using its Neural Processing Unit and captures your memories in stunningly high-resolution.Taking a look at the past will help answer both these questions:AI and photography: From dry plates to filmAs little as 20 years ago, digital cameras were anything but the norm – and the idea of a camera on your smartphone?In the 1800s, big sheets of silver plated copper, coated with light sensitive solutions were capturing memories and pausing time.
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In the two weeks since Apple announced $29 battery replacements to mitigate iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 slowdowns, a lot has happened: Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Apple (30 and counting), government inquiries are presently underway in multiple countries, a smoking battery caused Zurich’s Apple Store to evacuate, and — good news — plenty of batteries have been safely replaced.Demand has been so high, in fact, that readers have reported weeks-long waits for battery service.Apple is offering $29 battery replacements for every “iPhone 6 or later” iPhone model through December 31, 2018.Get your phone’s serial, IMEI, or MEID number(You can skip this step if you’ve registered your device with Apple already.)The iPhone on the left shows what this screen looks like:
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Huawei is getting into the mesh router business, unveiling the Huawei WiFi Q2, a multi-unit networking system that combines wireless and powerline backhaul.Announced at CES 2018 today, the WiFi Q2 also has an eye on the Internet of Things (IoT), promising a dedicated channel that will automatically shift connected device and smart home traffic into its own, separate lane.Before this new system came the Huawei WiFi Q1 in mid-2016, though the company only offered it in China.In contrast, the WiFi Q2 will be sold in the US later this year.Like eero’s second-generation setup, Huawei has opted for two types of router.However, they also get a 1 Gbps PLC powerline backhaul they can use instead.
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