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Facebook Wants You to Fix Its Fake News Problem

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:30:21 +0000

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Facebook has a fake news problem in need of fixing. Unfortunately, determining what is real, what is fake, what is opinion, and what is satire is an incredibly tricky job. It’s no wonder then that Facebook is turning to its users to help it fix the problem. The recent U.S. Presidential Election revealed a big problem at the very heart of the internet. Namely that we, the people who use the internet on a daily basis, have lost sight of the truth. Instead of questioning motives, we will believe the sources we trust, no matter how biased they may be....

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You Can Save Big on Apple Watch, PC Accessories, a Hot Tub, And More [US/CA]

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:30:33 +0000

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Today only, you can get significant savings on a first-generation Apple watch, all kinds of goodies for your PC, an inflatable hot tub, and plenty of other cool stuff. US Deals Apple Watch ($269.99, 23% Off) Apple Watch 38mm Stainless Steel Case w/ Black Sport Band Apple Watch 38mm Stainless Steel Case w/ Black Sport Band 1.5-inch AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 340 x 272 pixels + Sapphire Crystal Glass Buy Now At Amazon $349.99 If you’ve been thinking about jumping into the Apple Watch world, and you don’t want to spend the big bucks to get a second generation model, you...

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A Basic Guide to JQuery for Javascript Programmers

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000

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JQuery is one of the most popular JavaScript libraries on the planet (what is JavaScript). At the time of it’s inception, JavaScript (will be referred to as JS from here on in) was in a very different place. January 14th 2006 was the day when jQuery was announced at BarCampNYC. JS was still lacking somewhat — browsers all supported parts of it, but lots of hacks and workarounds had to be implemented for compliance. JQuery came along and changed everything. JQuery made it very easy to write browser compliant code. You could animated webpages without having a degree in computer...

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What You Don’t Know About Rootkits Will Scare You

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000

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You sit down at your computer and turn it on. It takes a long time to boot up and when you finally get to your desktop, the background has been changed. Nobody else uses your computer, so what’s up? Maybe you need to clean up your hard drive to make it run faster. Maybe you were sleepwalking again and in your travels you sat down and decided that you absolutely had to have your new nephew’s picture as your wallpaper and you changed it. Image Credit: faithie via Shutterstock Or maybe not. Maybe the reality is that your computer has...

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How to Use Holiday Shopping for Self-Improvement (No, Really)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:00:00 +0000

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Though we mean well, sometimes holiday shopping can be a guilt-ridden activity. Maybe you spent too much. Maybe not enough. Maybe you over-indulged on yourself. Many say shopping is their form of therapy, and perhaps those folks are onto something. On many levels, holiday shopping is just a capitalism-driven activity that also lets you show your appreciation for those around you. Yet, it could be a therapeutic form of self-improvement… if you let it. Our survey confirms that shopping truly is “therapy” for many people, and can help raise one’s spirits after a bad day. Online shopping makes this pick-me-up...

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6 Online Payment Alternatives If You Hate PayPal

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:30:42 +0000

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PayPal is the top dog when it comes to online payment services. It’s generally easy to use and a secure way to send money while buying products and services online, but it does have its downsides. Fortunately, several other businesses have stepped up to provide their own payment services. They range from smaller startups to well-established players. Let’s go over a few of these online payment services and check out the differences and why you might use one over another. Venmo Venmo works like a social payment service. Its interface is a mix of digital wallet and a social media...

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12 Electronics Kits to Spark DIY Creativity

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:30:00 +0000

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You’re here because you’re a maker, and you’d love to inspire someone close to you with that DIY spark, too. That means finding projects that are engaging and easy, and those that make learning fun. We’ve found the perfect electronics project kits to help you do that. We’ve also included some advanced builds that you can give to friends who may just need a new project, and we promise not to tell anyone if you pick up a few of these for yourself either. 1. MOSS Zombonitron 1600 DIY Robot Bundle ($185/£135) Getting into robotics can often be a bit complicated. The MOSS Zombonitron kit offers...

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10 Awesome iPhone Apps to Help With Your Holiday Shopping

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000

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Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, you will likely be buying gifts for friends and family this holiday season. Why not ease the burden of planning, shopping, and tracking your gifts with a few handy iOS apps? Shop for Deals If you believe in getting more for less, then check out these shopping apps with great deals. Find the perfect present and save a bundle, right from your iPhone. 1. Flipp (Free) Flipp is a handy app for checking out weekly circulars for your favorite stores. Just circle the items that interest you and they will be clipped and saved....

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4 Useful Tips for When Your VPN Speed Is Slow

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000

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There are two main uses for VPNs: you can use it to remote into a private intranet or you can connect to a network that exists to help filter your internet activity in a way that makes it (theoretically) untraceable to you. This post focuses mainly on that latter use. If you’re interested in VPNs for activity filtering, then you should stick to these logless VPNs that truly care about privacy. Either way, VPNs can be finicky. Networking is a complicated beast, which means you’re more likely to run into issues than not — and one of the most common...

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Microsoft Office What? A Guide to the Office Suite Ecosystem

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000

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Everyone knows what Microsoft Office is, right? Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote — simple. Well, that’s sort of true. But if you’ve ever heard of Office Online, Office Mobile, Office 2016, or Office 365, you know that it’s a very simplistic view of what is a complex and multifaceted ecosystem of apps and programs. A decade ago it was much simpler to explain what Office involved. But with the proliferation of smartphones, web apps, and software subscriptions, the number of options available to users has spiraled. Even to a seasoned Office user, it’s confusing. If you find it hard to make...

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Finished Black Mirror? The 10 TV Shows You Should Watch Next

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0000

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Black Mirror is making waves as a must-see show for geeks everywhere. Unfortunately, this Netflix Original only comprises a limited number of episodes, so it’s entirely possible to binge-watch Black Mirror over a long weekend. If you have finished watching Black Mirror but are still hungry for even more dystopian worries about the future, we’ve got some suitably grim recommendations for you. What’s Great About Black Mirror When the screen goes blank after watching another of Charlie Brooker’s horrifying tales, you’re left staring at your own reflection in the “black mirror” of your screen. And that’s precisely what each episode...

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Amazon Go Is a Grocery Store With No Checkouts

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:30:33 +0000

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Amazon is launching a bricks-and-mortar retail store which promises no lines and no checkouts. Instead, you can just walk out of the store without paying for your groceries. This is the start of what looks likely to be Amazon’s big push into the physical retail space. Amazon’s new grocery store is called Amazon Go. The name derives from the fact you can just pick up your groceries and go. Which is thanks to what Amazon is calling its “Just Walk Out” technology. This “Just Walk Out” technology combines “computer vision,” “deep learning algorithms,” and “Sensor Fusion”. The latter is described...

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