Monthly Archives: September 2016

Author Says Going Offline For 24 Hours a Week Has Significantly Improved His Health, Sanity and Happiness

You don’t need someone to point out to you that you probably spend too many hours on the internet. Maybe it’s your job, maybe it’s a growing habit, maybe it’s both of them. An anonymous reader shared a link on

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Saudi Arabian Teen Arrested For Online Videos With American Blogger

Mazin Sidahmed and Nicky Woolf, reporting for The Guardian: A male Saudi Arabian teenager has been arrested in Riyadh over a series of online videos of conversations between him and a female Californian streaming-video star that went viral. A Riyadh

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AT&T To End Targeted Ads Program, Give All Users Lowest Available Price

AT&T has confirmed to ArsTechnica that it is getting rid of Internet Preferences, a controversial program that analyzed home internet customers’ web browsing habits in order to serve some targeted ads. From the report:”To simplify our offering for our customers,

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Amazon Launches $2.5 Million Alexa Prize For College Students Building Bots

Amazon has announced the Alexa Prize, a $2.5 million award for college students who develop technology to make it more natural to talk with company’s Alexa virtual assistant. Amazon said it hopes to build a socialbot on Alexa which is

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Avast Not Done With Deal-Making After AVG Buy, But No Rush

Avast Software, maker of the world’s most popular computer antivirus program, will need a year to absorb its $1.3 billion buy of rival AVG but may seek further acquisitions before an expected flotation, its chief executive said in an interview,

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New iPhone 7 Case Brings Back the Headphone Jack

Apple removed the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, forcing users to use either Bluetooth, the Lightning port or included Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adaptor in order to listen to music through headphones. However, one

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Oscar Winners, Sports Stars and Bill Gates Are Building Lavish Bunkers

turkeydance quotes a report from Hollywood Reporter: Given the increased frequency of terrorist bombings and mass shootings and an under-lying sense of havoc fed by divisive election politics, it’s no surprise that home security is going over the top and

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Rosetta Spacecraft Prepares To Land On Comet, Solve Lingering Mysteries

sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: All good things must come to an end, and so it will be tomorrow when the Rosetta spacecraft makes its planned soft landing onto the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the culmination of

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The Americas Are Now Officially ‘Measles-Free’

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Americas are now free of measles and we have vaccines to thank, the Pan American Health Organization said earlier this week. This is the first region in the world to

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The Psychological Reasons Behind Risky Password Practices

Orome1 quotes a report from Help Net Security: Despite high-profile, large-scale data breaches dominating the news cycle — and repeated recommendations from experts to use strong passwords — consumers have yet to adjust their own behavior when it comes to

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