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Internet security is an important issue for all of us. It`s easy to be complacent and assume that it`ll never happen to you — you`re too sensible and secure with your data after all, right? But keeping your computer secure from various threats online is no longer just about avoiding clicking on the "wrong" link, and utilizing common sense. Nor is it just about protecting yourself from viruses.

It`s worth it to invest in software like Norton or McAfee — two of our top picks — that can help keep your computer secure.

What threats are out there?

Zero-day vulnerabilities are one key way of suffering a breach of your information before anyone even knows an issue is there. Effectively, they`re software flaws or bugs often found by cyber criminals, before many companies realize what`s happened. Due to their popularity, commonly used software like Java, Adobe`s PDF reader and Flash Player are ripe for exploitation with many zero-day attacks stemming from the popular plug-ins. Read more...

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It`s happening, everyone: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson are Instagram official.

In a Harry Potter-themed post shared to Pete`s Instagram account on Wednesday, the new couple posed in Hogwarts robes and sweatshirts — Pete dressed as a Gryffindor and Ariana as a Slytherin. (Obviously.) 

Pete captioned the photo with a super cute HP reference: "the chamber of secrets has been opened ..."

the chamber of secrets has been opened ...

A post shared by Pete Davidson (@petedavidson) on

Then Ariana commented with an uh, explicit invitation into her Chamber of Secrets.  Read more...

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When Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters in November, the screenplay will hit bookshelves just as it did for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016The cover, released Wednesday on Pottermore, is full of hidden gems for keen-eyed fans of Harry Potter and the wizarding world of Fantastic Beasts.

Image: minalima via pottermore

The Crimes of Grindelwald takes place in Paris, so the Eiffel Tower makes for a natural centerpiece to this cover design. Twisting out from it are two matching cats (vaguely Chat Noir) and the symbol of the Deathly Hallows, with which both Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) were dangerously fascinated. The I in "Crimes" is one of these: The Elder Wand; and the A in "Grindelwald" is a triangle, which symbolizes the cloak of invisibility. Will both objects appear in the film? Read more...

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Let`s be clear about one thing up front: There is no reasonable scenario where a video game about shooting up a high school is acceptable. None.

How then did Active Shooter, a game that promised to let you play the role of a school shooter while tracking stats like "civilians killed" and "cops killed," end up with a product page on Steam? The game has since been dropped, but that it was there at all is troubling.

Steam, for anyone out there who might not know, is an online marketplace that specializes in PC games. There are other, similar marketplaces like GOG or EA`s Origin, but Valve Corporation`s Steam service commands the most attention and the largest audience. Read more...

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We love vacuums, as evidenced by the fact that we wrote giant stories on the best robot ones and the best traditional ones — and genuinely enjoyed every minute of it.

So obviously, when we found out that Jet is having a pretty massive sale on vacuums this week, "Hell yes" was the immediate thought.

Whether you`re trying to get in on the robot vacuum action, are a more traditional upright vacuum person, or need a handheld one for little messes, Jet has got your back on this one. (Even if you don`t need a new one, just use this as a chance to snag an early holiday gift for someone.) Read more...

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Huawei Honor  7A is here to rule the roost for budget smartphones in India. 

Before May 2018, if you were on a tight budget, it was always the Redmi Note 5 that would come to your mind. But the newly launched Honor 7A is here to dethrone the current champion

Whats it got that Redmi’s not? It has the cool new facial recognition for unlocking your phone. So all your pricey cat photos and other important items in your phone can’t be accessed by just any colleague snooping around to get more dirt on you. There’s a fingerprint unlock system too, in case you want to double lock your phone

It also has a setup for rear dual cameras - which  means your point and shoot game is going to be an enjoyable affair where you are the one who gets the job of clicking photos in your friend circle and family.  Read more...

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It`s not déjà vu — LG has yet another new phone, following the release of its flagship LG G7 ThinQ earlier this month and the LG V30s that came out in February

The LG V35 ThinQ is the new kid, merging the V30s design with features that we first saw on the G7. 

However, there are three differences between the V35 and the G7. First, you don`t get a traditional 6.1 inch QHD+ OLED screen, instead of an edge-to-edge one. Second, a larger 3,300mAh battery is on board. And third, there`s more power on the inside thanks to 6GB of RAM. 

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Roseanne Barr would like her followers to know that Ambien — not racism — was responsible for her racist outburst on Twitter yesterday.

Roseanne, we hear you. There are far too many side effects for this narcotic that Big Pharma doesn`t want to tell you. 

Unleashing anachronistic racial epithets in the middle of the night is just the beginning.

Here are just a few of the unintended side effects of Ambien, according to researched conducted by the Roseanne Barr School of Medicine.

1. Accusing a Holocaust survivor of being an actual Nazi

2. Accusing a gun violence survivor of being an actual Nazi Read more...

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It looks like Apple has something special in store for Pride Month.

Just yesterday, iOS 11.4 and watchOS 4.3.1 began rolling out to users, and already 9to5Mac has spotted a hidden watch face in code.

A new face with a stylized rainbow animation will arrive on the Apple Watch on Monday, not so coincidentally the first day of Apple`s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The giveaway is the timing: According to the code, it should launch at 12 p.m. Pacific Time, which should be right about when the opening keynote ends.

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Jennifer Fox`s The Tale didn`t get the fanfare of a traditional movie premiere, and a quick look at the trailer explains whyThe Tale is the true story of Fox herself coming to terms with her sexual assault as a 13-year-old. It`s heartbreaking, disturbing, and often difficult to watch – all of which makes it essential.

Though it is in many ways the story of what happened, The Tale stands out because it is the story of Fox (portrayed by Laura Dern) realizing what happened, decades later. The director has been emphatic about the fact that this is her story, both to pre-empt critics of its discomfiting nature and to keep these conversations going.  Read more...

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Last weekend, Ellicott City`s quaint Main Street, with red, white, and blue decorations draped from storefronts, became a churning brown river

While several factors resulted in this Maryland town`s second "1,000-year storm" occurring in just the last 22 months, one increasingly significant contribution to the flooding is the amount of water vapor accumulating in Earth`s warming atmosphere.

The flooding in Maryland fits within the broader context of how human-caused climate change is altering our atmosphere, making these extreme events more commonplace in the future.

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In a surprise reveal, Pokémon: Let`s Go Pikachu! and Let`s Go Eevee! were introduced to the world Tuesday night among other Pokémon news, and although details are sparse, this looks like the perfect tribute to the original games.

The Pokémon: Let`s Go games send players back to Kanto, the region featured in the first Pokémon games, to explore, catch Pokémon, and battle against other trainers, all with a little companion to keep you company along the way. It appears to be a complete remaster of the original games from the `90s, plus some changes, and it seems exactly like the kind of thing that classic Pokémon fans needs. Read more...

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Only about a week after the independent review publication Consumer Reports determined it couldn`t recommend the all-electric Tesla Model 3 sedan, it`s flipped.

On Wednesday, CR came out with an updated overview of the newest Tesla, noting it had "big flaws." Now it`s recommending the vehicle.

Last week, issues with braking distance and touchscreen controls prevented the review site from recommending the more affordably priced sedan. After Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised "over-the-air" updates to improve braking, CR gave the car another chance. Read more...

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Simone Giertz went into brain surgery in the most positive way possible. 

The YouTuber and "Shitty Robot" creator posted a video before her surgery on Wednesday, joking that she couldn`t wait to see photos of her brain because she was convinced that it was beautiful. She announced that she had a non-cancerous brain tumor in April. 

"I`m pretty scared," Giertz admitted in the video. "But that`s the healthy response to the prospect of having your skull cut open." 

Giertz initially thought the swelling behind her right eye was because of allergies, but tests revealed that she had a golf ball-sized tumor. Although it`s not malignant, the size of the tumor means that removal will involve an extensive 8 to 12 hour surgery.  Read more...

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Five undergraduates at Johns Hopkins University developed a new tool to help surgeons perform a cornea transplant without damaging the donor tissue. Read more...

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OnePlus Bullets Wireless
The Good
Affordable price • Long battery life • Water-resistant
The Bad
Wire can be a little long • Janky case • Magnetic on/off only works with select OnePlus phones
The Bottom Line
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless are inexpensive and decent-sounding wireless neckbuds that last long.
Mashable Score3.25
Cool Factor1.0
Learning Curve5.0
Bang for the Buck3.0

OnePlus is sitting pretty on top of the Android world with its new OnePlus 6, but it aspires to be more than just a phone maker.

Like Apple and Samsung, it`s cooking up an ecosystem of products that work with its phones. Though the OnePlus 6 still has a headphone jack, the Chinese startup knows wireless is the future. That’s why it’s selling the OnePlus Bullets Wireless. Read more...

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Paul Dominique Philippoteaux, Examen d`une momie - Une prêtresse d`Ammon, oil on canvas, Egypt, c.1895 - 1910.

A ‘mummy unwrapping party’ was a social event most commonly associated with the elites of Victorian England. As its name suggests, these parties involved the unwrapping of Egyptian mummies in front of an audience. Such parties were highly popular amongst the Victorian elite, and therefore were huge successes, as it blended three elements that the Victorians found irresistible – Egypt


Anonymity on Twitter is sacred, and here`s a delightful reason why it still rocks.

On Tuesday, The Ringer published an in-depth investigation into five outspoken, basketball-focused Twitter accounts, laying out the considerable evidence that Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo was actually the one secretly operating them all. 

A deep-dive into the accounts` activity showed that Colangelo was allegedly using these anonymous accounts as a way to vent about his players and coaching staff, and defend (and even leak) his own strategy and choices.  Read more...

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The latest chapter in the long-standing feud between Drake and Pusha-T arrived on Tuesday evening, and boy, it`s a doozy.

Their issues with one another began back in 2011, after years of tension between Pusha and Lil Wayne, Drake`s mentor. (Complex has a solid explainer of the full history behind the trio`s feud.)

The beef picked back up last week with the release of Pusha`s new album, featuring a song titled "Infrared" that includes a slight against Drake. In response, Drake dropped a diss track titled "Duppy Freestyle."

Those tracks cover relatively tame subjects, focusing more on Drake`s alleged ghostwriter and Pusha`s past drug dealings, respectively. Read more...

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Back in 2015, Google unveiled Project Fi to the world. There was a lot of skepticism targeted at the tech giant`s first foray into being a wireless carrier (technically an MVNO) at the time. Flash forward to 2018 and the formerly invite-only service is open to all and offers a plan that`s both competitive and unique.

One consistent complaint about Fi is there aren`t many devices compatible with its SIM cards, but the service is changing that mindset today, adding three new devices to its lineup.

First up is the Moto G6, available for pre-order today for 199 (50 cheaper than the regular price of 249). It features a 5.7-inch Full HD+ edge-to-edge display, a 3,000mAh battery, a 1.8GHz octa-core processor, an 8-megapixel front camera, and a dual-lens camera (12-megapixel and 5-megapixel) on the back. Read more...

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After 24 hours of silence, you knew it was coming: Donald Trump finally tweeted about Roseanne Barr`s racist comments about Valerie Jarrett and the subsequent cancelation of her ABC show. And, of course, he managed to do so in the most Trumpian way possible.

Here`s the tweet:

Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that “ABC does not tolerate comments like those” made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018

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AlterEgo is a prototype wearable from the MIT Media Lab that could potentially read your mind. It can flip through TV channels, tell you the time, or calculate the cost of your groceries just by thinking about it. You don`t need to speak or lift a finger.  Read more...

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Lookout is an app being developed by Google that will assist the blind or those with limited vision in navigating their environment. Read more...

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Information has been trickling out about the Atari VCS, formerly the Ataribox, since we first heard about it last summer. Pre-orders and a launch date have constantly been in flux.

That changes today, as the Atari VCS is now available for pre-sale on Indiegogo, with an expected ship date somewhere in the middle of 2019. Two variants of the console are being offered, and they don`t come cheap.

The Day One Collector`s Edition is 339, but the "early bird pricing" is 299. It has a retro design with a wooden front packaged with a joystick and modern controller that`s more along the lines of what you`d get with an Xbox. Read more...

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Gaming is an expensive habit, y`all. Multiple consoles, extra software and accessories, and countless games can add up quickly — so are you just supposed to settle for cheap stuff so that you can squeeze everything in?


Because this Full HD gaming laptop from Asus that`s regularly a grand is only 799 today.

This Asus full-HD gaming laptop (model FX73VE-WH71) is a dream for those who care about stuff looking good. Its huge 17.3-inch wideview screen gives a good amount of room to display the full-HD graphics (its NVIDIA graphics card costs over 400 when purchased separately, so this is a damn steal). Read more...

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Attention, camping enthusiasts: We know we`re usually droning on about an awesome TV deal or going crazy over the Instant Pot, and outdoorsy people might feel left out. Sure, that stuff is fun, but nothing beats getting a breath of fresh air that hasn`t been circling around a stuffy room for hours.

It`s your time to shine, guys.

Amazon`s Memorial Day Event is still going on (we don`t know why but let`s not question it) and it`s filled with outdoor gear like tents, air mattresses, portable propane stoves, and more. Your plans for every weekend in the summer have just been made. Read more...

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There`s a new... something happening in the Fallout universe, and it`s called Fallout 76.

Bethesda Softworks` Todd Howard, who serves as one of the creative leads on the Fallout series, announced the project at the end of a hype-filled Twitch stream. He didn`t go into any detail on what Fallout 76 is, but he did share this teaser trailer.

The Fallout wiki identifies Vault 76, a setting revealed in this trailer, as a location that`s been mentioned in multiple games, including Fallout 3 and its Mothership Zeta expansion, as well as Fallout 4.

But what is it? In Fallout lore, Vaults are underground facilities built by a company called Vault-Tec. Outwardly, they were designed to house the human race in the event of a world-ending war or natural event. In reality, they were built as a series of different human test environments.  Read more...

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If you’re the motivated, entrepreneurial self-starter that your résumé claims you are, then you don’t have to shell out a fortune for college courses to start your coding career. Online tutorials and eLearning services can provide a robust programming education for a fraction of the average tuition. 

But not all of those online resources are created equal. A lackluster service can turn interesting concepts into tedium and spoil what could otherwise be an eye-opening entry point to a new career. If you really want to forge a path into the wonderful world of coding and feel rewarded for your progress, you need to join the Code Avengers. Read more...

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The Suicide of Saul by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1562)

The Battle of Mount Gilboa (circa 1050 BC) was a turning point in Israel’s military and political history. The Israelite and Philistine armies would once again engage in exchanging bloodshed. However, the reason as to why the Philistines marched into Israelite territory is uncertain.


In its latest update, Fortnite has finally added its first vehicle: the shopping cart.

Yes, the humble shopping cart has arrived in Fortnite: Battle Royale with patch 4.3, an update released on Tuesday. While it`s not exactly the kind of vehicle most players would expect to see in the game, it certainly seems to be the most appropriate.

The shopping cart requires teamwork to use properly. One player acts as the driver and pushed the cart while a second player stands inside of it and is free to shoot and build structures to their heart`s content. Read more...

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Remember when Apple was about to release the iPad and everyone hoped that it would be some sort of futuristic tablet-laptop hybrid?

That never happened. Apple kept its tablet and laptop product lines separate, down to the operating system. But a new concept device by ikoncept/ConceptsiPhone once against makes us pine for this mythical, ultra-versatile hybrid. 

Called the MacPad Pro, this concept or anything like it is very unlikely to see the light of day, at least with an official Apple logo on it. But we`re allowed to dream, right? Read more...

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Justin Raleigh is the Special Makeup Effects Designer for Westworld Season 2 and the CEO of FracturedFX. The genius behind the creation of Drone Hosts, Raleigh has used his skills to bring to life some of entertainment`s most iconic special makeup effects moments

Rather than using CGI for the Drone Hosts, he and his team created a special suit for the actors to wear.  Read more...

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German archaeologists were close to a major find in the 1980s, but it took another three decades before the ruins of the long-lost Janus Augustus Arch have finally been unearthed. A team of Spanish researchers have now found the elusive monument in Mengíbar, Jaén, Spain.


If you`re going to lie about liking something you don`t really like, it`s important to do it well.

You need to have some backup information just in case the person you`re talking to starts asking questions.

Here`s exactly how you shouldn`t do it:

im sick and TIRED of yall pic.twitter.com/P6fj40zHLy

— lil coochie vert (@kms2night) May 28, 2018

At the time of writing, that tweet has been shared over 19,000 times.

Here`s a close up of the message exchange:

Image: twitter/@kms2night

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In case you hasn`t heard, Roseanne has been cancelled by ABC after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Jimmy Kimmel joked that he had an idea for salvaging the wreckage of the show by renaming it after the eponymous protagonist`s husband, Dan. 

"Just because Roseanne is gone doesn`t mean the whole show has to go," he joked on Tuesday. "The show must go on. That`s what we say in show business."

Hmmm, I think we`ll pass on this idea.

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Yearbooks are a nice, end-of-year memento to hang on to — and that goes double if yours happens to feature the most awesome member of staff to have ever graced the presence of a schoolyard.

Enter Miss Peanut:


— Tinker Elle (@elle91) May 29, 2018

That tweet was shared by Elle from Illinois,  on Tuesday. Obviously there`s no way to prove that it`s definitely her school, but the photo itself does appear to be a recent one.

Either way, Twitter couldn`t get enough of Miss Peanut. Read more...

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Serena Williams is already a superhero to each and every one of us. But, as it turns out, she also has a Black Panther-inspired catsuit which makes her feel like a "warrior princess". 

After Williams beat Kristya Pliskova at the French open at Stade Roland Garros, Paris on Tuesday, she spoke about the meaning behind her black bodysuit. 

"It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves," she said following her victory on Tuesday, per the Guardian.  Read more...

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There are probably many, many people out there who think Chris Pratt has the coolest job in the world. His five-year-old son just isn`t one of them.

"He really couldn`t care less," says Pratt in the clip above, which was taken from the latest episode of The Graham Norton Show.

"He went to Universal the other day — Universal Studios in LA," continues Pratt. "Theme Park, had a good time, and he came back and he said, `Hey dad, guess what? I saw the real Owen.`" 

Turns out he`d seen someone dressed up as Pratt`s Jurassic World character and simply assumed his dad was a fake. Read more...

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No matter how comfy the headset, after a long gaming session it`s bound to become uncomfortable — especially if your ears feel like they`re in an oven. 

HP has an interesting solution for that problem. The company`s new Mindframe headset has an active cooling solution that keeps your ears cool. 

According to HP, there`s a "thermoelectric device inside the earcup that conducts heat from the acoustic chamber towards the outside." This can be controlled through the Omen Command Center software, so you ideally shouldn`t worry about your ears getting too frosty.  Read more...

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The images are downright apocalyptic. With plumes of ash and glowing lava, the area around Mount Kilauea looks more like Mordor than a tropical paradise. 

That hasn`t been great for tourism. National Park System economist Lynne Koontz told the New York Times the local economy is losing 455,000 per day.

Still, if you`ve got a plane ticket to Hawaii, there`s no need to cancel your trip — you`ll be fine. 

First of all, the Big Island of Hawaii is, well, big. The volcano is erupting on a tiny corner of an island that measures more than 4,000 square miles, which is more than double the area of the entire state of Delaware. Most of the big resorts are in Kona, on the island`s west side. That`s about 100 miles from the volcano.  Read more...

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Only hours after declaring she was quitting Twitter, Roseanne Barr is back.

The now disgraced actress had the reboot and re-runs of her namesake show cancelled after a racist tweet regarding Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett.

On Tuesday night, she tweeted again, apologizing for the "hundreds of people ... who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet." 

Barr also revealed she would appear on Joe Rogan`s podcast on Friday.

Don`t feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people,and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet. I will be on Joe Rogan`s podcast friday.

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 30, 2018

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Whether you`re an aspiring novelist who goes through reams of paper printing 18 versions of your latest manuscript, a student racing to finish a last-minute paper, or a design professional fiddling with various layouts for a piece of print collateral, there are a variety of scenarios in which home printing technology is a godsend in our modern day and age.

Today, we take the ability to print documents easily and in the comfort of our own homes for granted. But even as recently as 30 years ago, home printing was considered a luxury — and 50 years ago, it was unheard of.

Let`s dig into the evolution of this highly useful technology, and how it has made its way into our homes and (printed) history books. Read more...

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Pokémon has just announced new games that you`ll inevitably obsess over at its 2018 video game press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The first is Pokémon Quest, a "free-to-start game" now available on Nintendo Switch, and will be available on iOS and Android by late June. 

Players can "face off against wild Pokémon and embark on many exciting expeditions" on a new land called Tumblecube Island.

It seems like the game will only feature first-generation Pokémon, with the notable difference being that the characters have a boxy, cube-like appearance.  Read more...

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Surprise, surprise, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel is NOT a fan of Facebook and its incessant copying of Snapchat. 

But what is a little surprising is the usually reserved CEO just threw some serious shade at Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg over its handling of users` data privacy.

Speaking at Recode`s Code Conference Tuesday, Spiegel was asked how he felt about Facebook`s continued copying of Snapchat, he said, "We would really appreciate it if they copied our data protection practices also." 


The remark, was of course, a reference to the Cambridge Analytica scandal and others that have rocked Facebook as users have become aware that the behemoth social network hasn`t always done a very good job at protecting its users data.   Read more...

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Sick of being forced to use "login with Facebook?" You might soon have an alternative and it could come from a company you`d least expect: Snap.

The historically closed off company is reportedly working on a new developer platform called "SnapKit." It would allow developers to tap into parts of Snapchat for their own services, including a kind of social login that would let users access third-party services using their Snapchat credentials.

The move, first reported by TechCrunch, would be a significant departure for the company, which up until now has been resistant to letting third-party developers onto its platform.  Read more...

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Self-driving cars are coming to Australia at some point, and lawmakers have to prepare for their arrival, whether they like it or not.

By 2020, a national law will be put into place around autonomous vehicles, helping guide manufacturers and operators looking to bring the technology to the country.

The National Transport Commission (NTC), an independent body that develops regulation for the Australia`s roads and other transport systems, will be tasked to establish a uniform law around the technology. Read more...

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Detail of a portrait of the Kangxi Emperor in Court Dress.

The Kangxi Emperor ascended the throne in 1661, at the age of seven, after his father, the Shunzhi Emperor, died suddenly from smallpox at just 23 years old. Kangxi would go on to rule the Qing Dynasty until his death in 1722. Kangxi’s reign of 61 years makes him the longest-reigning emperor in Chinese history, and he is also reckoned to be one of its most illustrious.


Apple, we know you`re into the whole "minimal ports" thing (as evidenced by the headphone dongle, thanks for that), but that minimalism doesn`t just make iPhones more complicated — it`s screwing up MacBooks, too.

We still need some ports to plug necessary accessories into our laptops, but in order to do that, we have to connect a dozen dongles (and tons of other crap). Because having only two charging ports is not awesome. To shepherd us through this ancient way of life, the DockCase Smart MacBook Sleeve Adapter provides a stylish all-in-one solution that never gets in the way of your productivity.  Read more...

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