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Snapchat’s plan to use your snaps to advertise to you

Snapchat’s plan to use your snaps to advertise to you

Today it's come to our attention that Snapchat has a plan to use a system called "object recognition based photo filters." With this system, Snapchat would effectively scan the snaps you capture to find objects that they then match with their own database of recognition filters. A photo filter would be "associated with satisfaction of the object criteria," and you'd begin to receive "options" for editing these photos and/or receiving advertisements based on content.

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How Pokemon GO tips make cheats – and a plea for good

How Pokemon GO tips make cheats – and a plea for good

Pokemon GO cheaters have arisen. Hacks have been initiated, and spoofing of data has begun to be sent to Niantic. Not long after this revolutionary game has been put out into the world, users have taken advantage of its loopholes. With Niantic busy putting out server fires and keeping the game online as long and as constant as possible, there's ample space for exploits. What I'd like to do today is speak with both the cheaters and Niantic, and send a plea out into the world for some reasonable action.

UPDATE: Niantic has taken some big steps toward stopping cheaters! Have a peek at the most recent update report.

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Skype for Linux Alpha brings better UI, new emoticons and more

Skype for Linux Alpha brings better UI, new emoticons and more

Linux users now have access to a new version of Skype. In an announcement today, Skype revealed the availability of an alpha version of a new Skype for Linux client, saying “the launch … ensures we can continue to support our Linux users in the years to come.” In addition, the company has announced that individual and group voice calls on web.skype.com now works for Chrome on Linux and for anyone using a Chromebook.

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Pokemon GO update details: big changes coming soon

Pokemon GO update details: big changes coming soon

This week the folks at Niantic have updated Pokemon GO with several new features that'll affect gameplay. In a big way, users that only have an Android Nexus device, like the Nexus 6 or Nexus 6P, will actually BE ABLE to play the game as it's been updated to include Android N, or Android Nougat in its usability structure. It works on Android N, in other words. This newest update also opens the doors for Germany as well as all Android devices with Intel x86 processors.

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Pokemon GO update fixes security hole

Pokemon GO update fixes security hole

This morning the folks at Niantic appear to have fixed the security hole on the iOS version of the app, making this fix available to the masses on iTunes. Users will also find a variety of other fixes in the mix, suggesting that they may be on their way to Android imminently. The first of these fixes (after the security issue) is a set of "resolved issues causing crashes." Hooray for that one, without a doubt.

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Pokemon GO servers down and frozen screen : What to do!

Pokemon GO servers down and frozen screen : What to do!

It's that time again - the middle of the day on a weekday when vast amounts of Pokemon GO players are playing at the same time. Servers are down and Pokemon GO users are freaking out! Today we're going to walk everyone through the process with which they can attain a better chance at being logged in and playing the game - rather than being left out in the dust. The first of several methods the player should use for staying online is to make certain their phone has as strong and internet connection as possible from the start.

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Using picture-in-picture on your Mac

Using picture-in-picture on your Mac

Watching a video on a Mac while doing other things can be tricky. In some situations, having a small media player window floating in the corner is the best option; in other cases, you may use Split View to keep the video visible. Both of these solutions are annoying, though, and you've probably looked at iOS 9's picture-in-picture feature with a hint of jealously. While Apple doesn't offer that feature in macOS (yet), there are some apps that add the functionality and they're a breeze to setup.

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Pokemon GO Tips and Secrets 2 : Level UP

Pokemon GO Tips and Secrets 2 : Level UP

I've been playing Pokemon GO for weeks. Today I'm writing another (a second) collection of tips for everyday Pokemon GO trainers - as well as a couple of secrets some trainers might not yet be aware of. This collection of tips will help users level up, find Pokemon they've been searching for, and avoid common (and not so common) pitfalls of the game. Today we begin with PokeStops, the place where users attain items without paying real cash.

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Download Pokemon GO here, avoid hackers and malware

Download Pokemon GO here, avoid hackers and malware

Downloading Pokemon GO from the wrong source can lead to the user unknowingly loading malware to their phone. It was bound to happen, especially with a game that's based on GPS location and is already live in some areas of the world, but not in others. Today we're going to run down the reasons why users should avoid certain sources for the app, and stick to others. "Cybercriminals are after any angle that helps them gain a foothold on your devices," said Tim Erlin, Senior Director of IT Security and Risk Strategy for Tripwire. "A popular app that's not available in some places is a near-perfect target for crafting a malware delivery strategy."

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Pokemon GO servers down : What to do!

Pokemon GO servers down : What to do!

This afternoon Pokemon GO is down for the masses - a temporary server issue due to extreme amounts of stress from the first wave of users. As you might have guessed, the game is now out in the United States (as well as New Zealand and Australia), so we're feeling the rush of thousands if not millions of users coming in and playing non-stop from the moment they sign up to the moment they go to sleep. So my first idea is to wait until bedtime to begin your next quest.

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I won’t install the iOS 10 public beta: This is why

I won’t install the iOS 10 public beta: This is why

I know how temptation feels; most of us feel it too. The latest, must-have beta arrives - in this case, Apple's iOS 10, several months before its full release this fall - and before you know it you're hitting the download button and eagerly installing it onto your precious device. Before you get too carried away, though, stop: there is danger ahead.

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iOS 10 public beta rolls out to Apple Beta Software testers

iOS 10 public beta rolls out to Apple Beta Software testers

Hot on the heels of the release of the macOS Sierra public beta, Apple is giving the same treatment to iOS 10. The company has announced that the long-awaited public beta of iOS 10 is now available to download to those who are part of the Apple Beta Software Program. iOS 10 has been the domain of developers for about a month now, but that's all changing today as the operating system has been deemed stable enough to roll out to regular consumers eager for an early look.

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