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Google is hard at work on the addition of an ad-blocking feature to its Chrome browser, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Both the mobile and Web versions of Chrome will be impacted. Sources “familiar with the company’s plans” indicated the new software would be used to block advertisements if Google determines they negatively effect a user’s online […]

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Regina Dugan
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Facebook is working on two silent speech projects that will, eventually, allow you to hear with your skin and type using your mind, rather than your fingers. The projects come from the social networking firm’s top secret Building 8 research group that is headed by Regina Dugan, the former director of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency […]

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Microsoft To-Do
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Microsoft has a new way to help you stay organized. The Redmond firm has launched a brand new app, dubbed To-Do, to help you create lists and schedules and set reminders. Powered by Office 365 integration and an intelligent algorithm, the app is now available in Preview. It replaces Wunderlist, the app Microsoft acquired two years ago when […]

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Facebook is doing all it can to make Messenger the world’s go-to messaging app. To accomplish that, the social media firm has introduced third-party extensions and a Discover tab to help Messenger users find useful automated services, otherwise known as bots. “We think of Messenger as being like the new social living room for the world, where […]

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Facebook, Zuckerberg
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When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks to the future of his social networking site, he sees a new reality — augmented reality, that is. Zuckerberg, at this week’s annual developer conference in San Jose, Calif., announced a new Camera Effects Platform that uses everyday Smartphone cameras to provide the social network’s first augmented reality (AR) platform. The platform also […]

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Instagram is launching a new feature this week to allow its users to save posts into special collections. The Facebook-owned social image site’s latest update puts it into competition with virtual pin-up board Pinterest which has long enabled its members to compile collections. Still, anyone who likes to keep their images organized is unlikely to care if the […]

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Google is shelling out $7.8 million to settle two-year-old anti-trust charges in Russia. In addition to paying a fine to Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) agency, the tech titan has also agreed to halt exclusivity demands of its apps on Android-based devices in the country. Also, as part of the agreement, Google must no longer restrict pre-installation of any […]

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Facebook is cracking down on spam by waging war against an international fake account operation. The operation is made up of bogus likes and comments that originate from accounts located in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and a handful of other countries. The social networking firm has been battling the “coordinated operation” for the past six months, Facebook security manager Shabnam […]

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It appears the National Security Agency, once again, is the victim of a data dump — one that leaves Windows users vulnerable. A hacking group, known as the Shadow Brokers, published a list of spy tools over the Easter weekend that it says were developed and used by the NSA to hack computer systems running Windows. The list, which was announced in a bizarre […]

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Facebook is in hot water in the U.K. for not removing questionable content from its site. According to The Times newspaper, the social network “is at risk of committing a criminal offence” for failure to remove “potentially illegal terrorist and child porn content,” despite the site’s moderators being told of the issue. The accusations come after a Times reporter created a […]

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Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, inspects New Shepard’s West Texas launch facility before the rocket’s maiden voyage.
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You will need two things to snag a ride aboard Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spacecraft: a fat wallet and a strong bladder. Bezos, while speaking at the 33rd annual Space Symposium, revealed that the three Ps — peeing, pooping and puking — are all off limits for tourists hitching a ride on his spacecraft. Blue […]

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Google has launched a ‘similar items’ tool in its Image Search to encourage online shopping. The new technology, available to mobile Web and Android users, supplies you with shopping details for items in the image you are viewing. “The Similar items feature is designed to help users find products they love in photos that inspire them on Google Image […]

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Social media is having an adverse effect on our children. A new study from the University of Sheffield has found that children who spend more time on Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat are less happy than their peers who are less frequent users. “Our results suggest that spending more time on social networks reduces the satisfaction that […]

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai wants to keep the skies free of chatter. Pai is suggesting the FCC do away with the proposal that would have allowed airplane passengers to use their cellphones while in flight. “I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants, and America’s flying public against the FCC’s ill-conceived 2013 plan to allow people […]

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Google is following Facebook’s example with the launch of Fact Check, a new tool for its search engine results. The real-time, fact-checking tool, which is rolling out globally, is a move to battle fake news in the search results offered by the tech titan. Now, when you use Google search, Fact Check will assess the accuracy of the information […]

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