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Instagram is testing a feature to let you mute users in your feed

Got friends who like to share just a few too many Instagram pictures of their vacations? Want to tidy up your social media feeds without hurting anyone’s feelings? You could soon be able to mute specific users in your timeline without unfollowing them, based on limited tests Instagram seems to be running right now. Instagram user @wongmjane spotted the new feature in her app, reports The Verge. It would presumably work in a similar way to the mute option on…

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Sprint, T-Mobile finalizing merger with John Legere as chief: Report

US wireless carriers Sprint and T-Mobile could announce a merger as soon as Sunday, April 29, according to Reuters and CNBC. The merger of the nation’s third and fourth largest carriers could value Sprint at around $26 billion and see more than 127 million customers. T-Mobile’s John Legere (File photo) T-Mobile majority-owner Deutsche Telekom will own roughly 40 percent of the combined company, Reuters said. It will have voting control with Sprint majority-owner SoftBank. T-Mobile CEO John Legere is said…

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How to watch Azerbaijan GP qualifying online: live stream F1 for free

Azerbaijan Grand Prix – times and channels UK race fans probably already know that coverage of the 2018 Formula One season is once again split between Channel 4 and Sky Sports F1 – and both are showing the Azerbaijan Grand Prix live. The race itself starts on Sunday, April 29 at 1.10pm BST (8.10am ET, 5.10am PT, 1.10pm CET). Practice one and two will be on Friday April 27 at 10am BST (5am ET, 2am PT, 10am CET) and 2pm…

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PhotoSpring Smart Frame review: Today’s technology enhances the photo frame experience

Most people use their smartphones to capture photos and videos today, sharing them via social networks. This digital content is then viewed in passing on another smartphone or computer and then often never viewed again. The ability to quickly capture images and video and then share that content via wireless networks makes digital photo frames great again. While at CES in January, I met with the folks at PhotoSpring and was impressed by the Smart Frame system they were demonstrating.…

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Google Assistant is the smartest assistant, according to a new study

If you spend much time chatting to a digital assistant on a smart speaker or your phone, you’ll be interested in a new study that put nearly 5,000 questions to Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Cortana from Microsoft. The test by digital agency Stone Temple found that Google’s AI-powered bot was the smartest of the bunch overall, taking on close to 80 percent of queries fired at it and coming up with the right answer more than 9…

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Experts rip Ray Ozzie’s plan for unlocking encrypted phones

(Image: file photo) It’s 2018, and we’re still talking about cryptographic backdoors. It’s the bad idea that just won’t die. But don’t worry: A former Microsoft executive thinks he can beat a dead horse with a not-so-new idea that took about a day for everyone else to rip apart. Ray Ozzie, who most recently served as Microsoft’s chief software architect, revealed his idea to let police and law enforcement into encrypted phones and devices in a lengthy Wired article. Device…

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Listen up: Alexa isn’t spying on you, and this ‘spying’ skill only proves it

It’s fair to say there’s a certain amount of fear around smart speakers at the moment, as these tiny devices that we put on our coffee tables and bookshelves have the potential to listen in on our every conversation.  It harks back to the fear at the center of George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984. Perhaps even further back, to something more primal, to the monster under the bed, the unseen but seeing.  It’s easy to draw the 1984 parallel because,…

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Brazilian Central Bank regulates credit fintechs

The Brazilian Central Bank created a new regulatory framework for fintechs providing credit services to end consumers. Introduced yesterday (26), the new regulation cuts the middlemen – that is, banks – from credit provision processes performed by fintechs, who up until now played the role of intermediaries. Under the new rules, Brazilian fintechs will be able to act as direct credit providers in case they are using own resources, or lending platforms under the peer-to-peer model. However, the fintechs will…

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Pop OS 18.04 bursts onto the Linux scene

Carl Richell the CEO of System76, the Linux computer manufacturer backing the new Linux operating system, discusses Pop!_OS’ first major release. Before Pop!_OS all of our attention was focused on ensuring the computer hardware ran flawlessly with [Ubuntu] Linux. And when Unity [Ubuntu’s desktop environment project] announced its end last year, it created a lot of unknowns amongst the team. But what started as an unknown quickly became an opportunity.  For 11 years, we were outsourcing one of System76’s most…

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We found 24 cloud services your business definitely needs to try

How to choose the best cloud provider: Tech leaders provide insight When it comes to cloud services and software-as-a-service (SaaS), we’re all familiar with the usual cloud providers. But for small businesses and larger enterprises, there’s a huge world of opportunity and available resources beyond those best-known cloud storage services and cloud computing services: Google, Dropbox, Salesforce, Amazon, and Microsoft. In this guide to services for business, we’re looking at 24 incredibly valuable services that solve real-world business problems. A…

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Apple is reportedly making a VR and AR headset with an 8K display per eye

Apple is developing a wireless headset that can be used for both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), according to a new report.  Impressively, the VR/AR standalone headset will feature displays with resolutions of 8K (7680 x 4320) per eye, according a person familiar with Apple’s plans who divulged the details to CNET.  For comparison, the HTC Vive Pro, the latest high-end VR headset on the market, has a resolution of 2880 x 1600. Unlike the HTC Vive and…

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How to make a song in GarageBand for iPhone & iPad

GarageBand is Apple’s audio workstation/music-creation app, allowing users to lay down tracks and create their own musical masterpieces with an array of digital instruments – all from the comfort of their Mac, iPad or iPhone. In this article we focus on the iOS edition of the app. We walk you through the simple first steps of building a song on your iPad or iPhone, creating a drum and bass backing track, layering guitars and piano, experimenting with melodies and finally…

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Being in the modern world: One ID but 18 different people

Video: Scraped and leaked: 48 million users’ social profiles Facebook and Google make money by aggregating services and advertising around a single user ID — usually your official name. But this creates a messy user experience, as the algorithms try to guess your interests from a large tableau of your various activities. Read also: Fake news and sick society: More decline ahead as the media seeks stable business model Each has one name, but we are at least 18 different…

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Real-life Transformers could be coming to an amusement park near you

Any kid who grew up watching the Transformers cartoons wished they could have their own giant robot to pilot (at least, we did). But one of those fans grew up, became a roboticist, and made that wish a reality.  Brave Robotics, a Tokyo-based robotics company founded in 2014, just announced the development of J-deite Ride, a 12-foot (3.7m) tall, 1.6 ton (1.45 tonne) robot that can transform into a working car in just over a minute.  The robot won’t be…

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How to download photos from iCloud to Mac

It’s handy to be able to store photos in the cloud, since this means you can access them anywhere you’ve got an internet connection. But what if you want to download them to a Mac for future access even when offline? Don’t worry: it’s easy. In this article we show to download the images stored in iCloud to your Mac, whether you want to grab individual or selected photos, or download the whole lot in one go. How to download…

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What’s new in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

The next big feature update for Windows 10 is arriving imminently. The next big feature update for Windows 10 is on its way. After a brief hiccup, Windows 10 version 1803, the April 2018 Update, is ready to begin rolling out to the first wave of PCs. (For details, see “Microsoft’s Windows 10 April 2018 Update arrives on Monday.”) This is the fifth feature update since the initial public release of Windows 10 in mid-2015. And, as with each previous…

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Best camera for Vlogging 2018: 10 perfect choices tested

Picking the best camera for vlogging is a bit more involved than looking at the video specs of a range of cameras, as there are a number of other considerations to take into account. For a basic head shot, all you really need is the camera that’s built into your smartphone, tablet or laptop. But if you want the world to sit up and take notice of your vlog and attract a wider audience, you’ll need to put in a…

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Best SSD for Mac 2018

If you don’t have the budget for a new Mac, there are plenty of ways to upgrade an older Mac. Extra memory is always useful if you haven’t already filled the slots to the maximum, although the biggest enhancement will come with the addition of a solid-state drive (SSD), which Apple calls a Flash Drive across its current range. There are also portable drives, which can be used as a primary or secondary drive for your Mac. Nowadays, most external portable…

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Chuwi Hi13 Review – Tech Advisor

At a first glance the Chuwi Hi13 looks to be a tremendous deal for not a lot of money. It’s a 13.5in large-screen Windows 10 tablet with a high resolution and some useful ports and connections, including the ability to attach a magnetically docking keyboard and pair it with an active stylus. But is it too good to be true? Chuwi Hi13 Price & Availability Chuwi is a Chinese brand and usually supplied to us for review by GearBest, although this…

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Google offers Cloud Platform credits to promising researchers

Google has launched a new program for researchers keen to utilize the Google Cloud Platform in their studies. On Thursday, the tech giant said that academic research can become quicker, more efficient, cheaper, and more secure through the use of cloud technologies, and Google wants to become a part of the latest discoveries. In a blog post, the company said the new scheme, called Google Cloud Platform (GCP) research credits, will allow researches worldwide to take advantage of data storage,…

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