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Facebook warns that third-party apps could have been affected by recent breach

It may not just be your Facebook account at risk. The social media giant has warned that third-party apps which allow users to log in via their Facebook accounts may also have been affected by the recent security breach, though the company has yet to conf

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Trump administration looks to speed 5G networks, ease hurdles | Reuters

The Trump administration said on Friday it is seeking to remove hurdles to faster deployment of the next generation of wireless communications, known as 5G, which it touted as revolutionary for a host of industries.

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US F-22s came face-to-face with Russia's top fighter near Alaska and were at a major disadvantage

If a fight were to start during an intercept like the one this week, the Russian pilot would have the huge advantage of having the F-22 in sight. What's more, the Russian Su-35 can maneuver better than the F-22.

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Low on Gas? You Can Now Get It Delivered to You | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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The 6 Apps
Every Driver Needs This Summer

Essential tech tools to make driving way more fun (and affordable too).

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F-35s in Japan are still losing dogfights to F-15s sometimes — here's why

F-35s focus on stealth, not dogfighting. "If you get into a dogfight with the F-35, somebody made a mistake. It's like having a knife fight in a phone booth."

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What Are Screens Doing to Our Eyes—And Our Ability to See? | WIRED

Our eyes are hardening; we can barely see our phones any more. We must learn to look at the wider world.

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The tech elite are abandoning Silicon Valley in droves because of 'groupthink' and out-of-control living costs— here's where they're headed

Peter Thiel, Tim Ferriss and other members of Silicon Valley's tech elite are decamping for more diverse and often affordable areas.

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A.I. perfectly predicted last year’s Super Bowl score. What happens to betting?

Last year, an artificially intelligent swarm predicted the outcome of the Super Bowl. Before that, it guessed who would win the 2016 presidential election, as well as the Kentucky Derby superfecta. If A.I. can predict these seemingly random events, what d

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Apple iOS 11 Has A Great Secret Feature

Complaints from iPhone owners about an Apple iOS 11 problem have missed that it is actually a great secret feature...

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Any phone but iPhone X, according to this Sprint salesman

Commentary: In my visit to the last of the big four carrier stores, the salesman was bullish, animated and adamant.

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Old technology that’s worth bringing back—and not for the nostalgia - MarketWatch

These 5 technically passe items are often better and cheaper than their digital-world equivalents.

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iPhone X: Our biggest questions about the phone we don’t have

We’ve seen it and touched it -- briefly. But we still don’t know a lot about Apple's forthcoming "ultimate" iPhone.

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Google's tool to edit your iPhone's awkward Live Photos just got better

Google's Live Photo editing app, Motion Stills, was updated to include improved motion stabilization, Live Photo export and more to improve iPhone pictures.

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How a U.S. team uses Facebook, guerrilla marketing to peel off potential ISIS recruits - The Washington Post

With advertising dollars and big data, a tiny U.S. agency seeks to chip away at the militant groups’ online appeal.

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The 10 Best (and 3 Worst) Gadgets of 2016

It was a year of ups (brilliant smartphones and laptops) and downs (a phone that can explode).

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This epic slide deck lays out the future of tech and media in 2017

On Tuesday, top business-strategist Michael Wolf gave a massive presentation on the future of tech and media in 2017 at The Wall Street Journal's conference.

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Roku introduces 5 new streaming players, including the tiny Roku Express

If you've been thinking about upgrading your streaming setup, Roku just gave you a range of new options to choose from.

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Citizen scientists, you can now DIY your own DNA analysis with Bento Lab | TechCrunch

Want to know if you have the "athlete gene" or if you're actually related to the weirdos who claim you as a family member? Get your collection tubes ready,..

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Review: Eero drastically improved my home Wi-Fi in about 10 minutes | VentureBeat | Cloud | by Harrison Weber

Eero is one hell of a fancy router. At almost $500 for a three-pack (and $200 a pop), Eero’s router system is pricey. But the Eero ships with big promises: “No more buffering,” “No more dead zones,” and “Wi-Fi that actually works.” Could it be true?

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How to take your floppy disc from 1.4 MB to 128 GB

Imgur user gilmour509 modified a floppy disc with an SD card to give it a massive storage boost.

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18 Hidden iPhone Features You Need to Know

If you're glued to your iPhone as much as I am, it's tough to imagine you've missed much. But it's easy to get caught up in back-to-back Instagram refreshes and gripping recipe videos and never discover some of the phone's most convenient features. Did you know you could set voice messages to self-destruct Mission Impossible-style?

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You can run Windows 95 inside your browser now | PCWorld

Windows 95 now runs in a browser. Just don't expect to do much with it.

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The Coolest Tech Gifts Anyone on Your List Will Love

Even if you don’t know the difference between Apple and Android, here are the best tech gifts to give and to get.

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Why Does My iPhone Battery Die So Fast? Here's The Real Fix!

From a former Apple employee, updated for iOS 9: Learn the real reasons your iPhone battery dies so quickly and exactly what to do to fix it. #apple #battery #batterylife

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Turn your old phone into a home security camera you can watch from anywhere - CNET

If you have one or more old phones laying around, here's a way to turn them into security cameras you can log into from anywhere.

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Apple's electric-car project speeds ahead - CNET

Apple's plans to build a car are heating up, with hiring expected to ramp up and a ship date targeted for 2019, according to a new report.

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What the iPhone Would Look Like if it Had Been Created in 1987 | Mental Floss

Apple may not have become the multi-billion dollar giant it is today if this chunky design was the original iPhone.

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NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records was illegal, court says

A federal appeals court in New York ruled that the bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA) is illegal.

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5 Facebook tricks you never knew existed | Fox News

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. Sure, it’s an easy way to keep in touch with family and friends, but it’s also a major time drain and privacy killer.

There is more to Facebook than status updates, photos and comments. Here are five little-known Facebook chills and thrills.

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15 Computer Sounds That Will Take You Back to the '90s | Mental Floss

Modems screeching, ham(p)sters dancing, floppies grinding, AIM buddies leaving, ICQ messages coming in....

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Flash is dead, and YouTube dealt the killing blow

Will anyone miss Flash when it’s gone? Maybe, if these internet hits spark some nostalgia

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How To Discover Everything Facebook Knows About You

And how to make Facebook stop tracking your activit There's an unwritten agreement every user makes with Facebook when they sign up for the service. Facebook is free and fun to use, but it will track your activity and content to help its advertisers.

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Hacker fakes German minister's fingerprints using photos of her hands

Jan Krissler used high resolution photos, including one from a government press office, to successfully recreate the fingerprints of Germany’s defence minister

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These Were the 20 Most Popular Websites Every Year Since 1996

Webcrawler and AOL were the Google and Facebook of the 90s.

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Sony “stuck in 1992″ after hacks – except for Macs, iPads and iPhones | 9to5Mac

A Sony employee has described the company as being "stuck in 1992" following the massive hacks, with employees desperately trying to avoid using any technology that could be compromised, reports Te...

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The Most Powerful Person In Tech At Every Age!

From Marissa Mayer's two-year-old son Macallister to 95-year-old VC Henry Hillman, it's clear that influence in tech comes in all ages, shapes, and sizes.

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Why Google Glass Isn’t the Future | TIME

Google Glass rocked the tech world, but now it's looking like the company's wearable hopes are shattered.

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Flying Car Concept - This Futuristic Car Turns Into A Helicopter And An Airplane

Arizona-based Krossblade Aerospace Systems is planning to build the world's first practical, flying car. It's called the…

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Attackers can lock your Samsung phone via exploit in built-in security app

A newfound security flaw in Samsung's Find My Phone service enables hackers to lock your phone remotely.

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5 Can't-Miss Apps: Rooms, Inbox, TinType and More

This week's list includes Hipstamatic's newest app for retro-looking photos, Google's new email app and an app for collaborative six-second looping videos.

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How to charge your phone with a 9-volt battery - Boing Boing

The Crazy Russian Hacker makes a cell phone charger with a 9 volt battery. [via]

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5 tech myths you hear all the time | Fox News

Humans are great at creating myths. From Marduk and Zeus to unicorns and mermaids, there's no end to what we can imagine. That's true even with technology.

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The iPhone 6 Plus Wins The Longer Race | TechCrunch

Apple's new iPhones have been available for around a month now, and something interesting has happened with this generation: I'm forced to revisit my original..

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The greatest myth about phones is that you are in control | The Verge

In the human-machine relationship, you, fellow Homo sapiens, are commonly designated as the owner, operator, or otherwise dictator of the subservient device in your possession. Consider, however,...

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iPhone 6 Vs iPhone 6 Plus Vs iPhone 5s: Camera comparison | BGR

Apple's industry-leading iPhones are known for several things. Stunning designs and simple but powerful software are both somewhere near the top of the list, but the iPhone line also just so happens to represent some of the most widely used cameras on th

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Everything You Need to Know About the Apple Watch | Gadget Lab | WIRED

The wearable space just got bigger. Way bigger. Apple debuted its long awaited wearable Tuesday, simply called Apple Watch.

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Change This iPhone Setting To Stop Closed Apps From Tracking Your Location

If you don't want apps to know where you and your smartphone are when you're not using them, you should change this iPhone setting.

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Apple’s Retina MacBook Pros get updates with doubled RAM and slightly faster p

Apple has doubled the RAM in its Retina MacBook Pros across the entire line, while also adding slightly improved processors and price cuts for select models.

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TouchPico Projector Turns Any Wall Into a Touchscreen

Handheld projectors are nothing new, but TouchPico from TouchJet offers a new twist that could be useful: the ability to turn any flat surface into an interactive screen.

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iPhone 6 is already causing problems for Apple's rivals - and it doesn't even exist yet

We've read a number of analyses that paint a troubling picture for Apple's rivals following the launch of its next-generation iPhone 6 smartphone and

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How today’s technology is rapidly catching up to 'Star Trek'

Science fiction is quickly becoming science reality. Many of the technologies that we saw in

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Siri Will Soon Understand You a Whole Lot Better | Enterprise | WIRED

It all started at a small academic get-together in Whistler, British Columbia. The topic was speech recognition, and whether a new and unproven approach to machine intelligence—something called deep learning—could help computers more effective

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Actual iPhone 6 housing revealed on video for the first time!!!

With Apple's next-generation iPhone 6 handsets reportedly almost ready to enter mass production, we can expect leaks to kick into high gear. After all, with more than a hundred thousand people invo...

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The Gadget That Will Make You Feel Like A Jedi Is Just Months Away!

After years of tweaking, the technology that will make you think you’re a Jedi — or maybe Tom Cruise in “Minority Report” — is gearing up for its launch later this year.

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How the Picturephone Failed

In 1964, Bell created the Picturephone in the hopes of augmenting telephone services with long-distance video chat. The technology was awesome (for the time), but also insanely expensive. It flopped, costing Bell roughly half a billion dollars and attracting few actual customers. But how did it work, and why did it fail? Behold:

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Report: Apple's wearable device will come in multiple designs, screen sizes

Apple's wearable device could come in multiple designs with various screen sizes, and will include more than 10 different biometric sensors, according to a new report.

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The great battle: Betamax vs. VHS!

[http://youtu.be/ddYZITaxlTQ] (YouTube link)Young people puzzle over videotape, and we may laugh at how outdated it is, but at one time it was a revolutionary idea for consumers. This is a history lesson. Way back when, viewers had no choice about what to

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Six Things You Should Know About Spotify: The Good, The Bad and The Underpaid

Spotify may be popular, but there's plenty of controversy circulating around the service and music streaming in general.

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iWatch Hitting Wrists for $200 in September: Report - NBC News

Rumors around Apple’s purported iWatch have run rampant for months, but the iPhone maker’s first wearable could be close to getting an official price and rel...

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Apple wants to connect your home -- report

Apple reportedly wants to revolutionize the connected home, but it'll have a tough road ahead.

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Comcast plans data limits for all customers

Comcast executive vice president says all the company's customers will likely face data usage caps in five years' time.

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iPhone 6 to feature ultra-sharp screen resolution, report says

For months, reports have said the next iPhone, or iPhones, will feature significantly larger screens than the one on the iPhone 5s. Now, a new report says they may also feature a significantly higher resolution.

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10 Things In Tech You Need To Know This Morning

AT&T makes a big bid, Facebook looks at China, and the EU makes life hard for Google.

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New leak gives us a closer look at the silver iPhone 6

Will anything surprise us about the iPhone 6 when it releases this year? Nowhereelse.fr has posted yet another leaked picture showing a mockup of the silver iPhone 6, although this new picture is o...

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    Bye-Bye Browsers: Why Facebook's New App Links Are a Big Deal

    Facebook announced a slew of new programs and initiatives for developers at its F8 Conference, but the most exciting might just be App Links.

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      This iPhone app scans your videos to pull fantastic still photos!

      There are some fantastic photos hidden in the videos you've shot on your iPhone over the years. You just need to know where to look. That idea's the starti

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      Microsoft Takes Pity On Windows XP Users And Fixes A Big Scary Bug For Them

      Microsoft's determination to abandon millions of Windows XP users didn't last long. On Thursday the company sent out a patch to XP users.

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        Security flaw puts all Internet Explorer users at risk, exposes Windows XP

        If you're still using a 12-year-old operating system, a new security flaw discovered in Internet Explorer should cause you quite a bit of consternation. Microsoft published a security advisory...

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        Leaked images show iOS 8 running on Apple iPhone 5

        Latest images of iOS 8 show new Healthbook, Preview, TextEdit and Watch Utility apps

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        Dustin Shillcox Is Paralyzed. Now, He Can Stand.

        Dustin Shillcox is one of four people to receive an epidural stimulator, or a

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          Flying Cars and Tricorders: How Sci-Fi Invented the Present

          From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to George Orwell’s 1984 to Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated Her, artists have imagined what the future will look like. In this week’s episode, Kurt Andersen explores how science fiction has shaped the

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          Apple Designer Jonathan Ive Gives Rare, Remarkable Interview | TIME

          Apple's design chief helped transform computing, phones and music. The company's secrecy and Ive's modesty mean he has never given an in-depth interview—until now.

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          It's medicine Jim, but not as we know it: Scientists build Star Trek-style tricorder that scans for signs of disease

          Scanadu Scout, developed at Nasa's Ames Research Center in California, is held on a person's temple and can read temperature, pulse blood oxygen levels, and more.

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            Microsoft Office 2013 review: Nice upgrades, but save your cash

            Office 2013 and Office 365 are the best versions yet of Microsoft's suite, but for most users, free rivals will work just fine.

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              NFL dangles apps and Wi-Fi to boost lagging attendance

              As more NFL fans choose to watch games on TV, teams are using Wi-Fi as a way to draw crowds to the stadium on gameday.