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Tricked by Russian 2016 election propaganda? New Facebook tool reveals all

Tricked by Russian 2016 election propaganda? New Facebook tool reveals all

Last month, Facebook revealed that it would soon launch a tool enabling its users to check whether they'd unwittingly "liked" a Russian 2016 election propaganda post. That tool has just gone live, giving every Facebook user the chance to check their own "liking" history. The tool follows a revelation made by Facebook in recent months: that Russia was using its social media platform to manipulate the US's most recent presidential election.

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TuneIn Premium unlimited audiobook plan will end next month

TuneIn Premium unlimited audiobook plan will end next month

If Audible's fairly pricey monthly credit system is too expensive for your tastes, TuneIn's premium unlimited audiobook subscription is no doubt appealing. Unfortunately, it also appears the plan may not be sustainable -- the company has quietly announced that it will get rid of the offering next month. TuneIn hasn't given its customers a reason for getting rid of the service, saying only that you have until January 15 to enjoy it.

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Google 12 Days of Play sale: 99c movies, app deals, Pokemon GO holiday packs

Google 12 Days of Play sale: 99c movies, app deals, Pokemon GO holiday packs

Google has launched its 12 Days of Play sale on the Google Play Store, giving Android users nearly two weeks to get some app goods at a discount. The deal also slashes prices on other digital items, including subscriptions for other services like TuneIn's premium plan and HBO NOW. As the sale's name suggests, it'll be live for 12 days, ending on January 2, 2018. Here are some of the best deals you can get.

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Snowden’s Haven app turns phones into home surveillance devices

Snowden’s Haven app turns phones into home surveillance devices

Edward Snowden has released his own Android app that transforms a cheap smartphone into a home surveillance device. The app, called Haven, uses the phone's existing hardware, such as its cameras and microphone, to keep an eye out for intruders who could tamper with computers, hide cameras, and more. The app enables more surveillance options than you'd get with a typical home security camera.

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Xbox Game Pass promo: $1 for a month, plus 10 new games inbound

Xbox Game Pass promo: $1 for a month, plus 10 new games inbound

Earlier this year, Microsoft launched its own alternative to Sony's PlayStation Now subscription, and it's called Xbox Game Pass. With Xbox Game Pass, subscribers get access to more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, which are streamed over the Internet in the same way that Netflix streams movies. Xbox's streaming game subscription is usually $10/month, but a promotion currently has it priced at $1/month.

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CBS All Access: here’s how to get a free month

CBS All Access: here’s how to get a free month

CBS has brought back its one-month free trial, giving potential subscribers a chance to try out the service for a longer period of time before deciding to buy it. CBS All Access is the network's streaming service offering exclusive access to certain CBS content, including the new Star Trek series; the company also plans to make a The Twilight Zone reboot available exclusively on the platform.

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YouTube for iOS adds full vertical video playback

YouTube for iOS adds full vertical video playback

YouTube on iOS will soon be updated with full vertical video playback support, getting rid of the annoying black bars and instead filling the entire smartphone screen with vertically-recorded footage. Until now, trying to play these vertical videos on iOS devices resulted in big black bars due to the app's inability to adjust to the unique size. The new version, in comparison, features automatic adaption.

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Pandora for Android TV updated with Premium plan support

Pandora for Android TV updated with Premium plan support

Pandora has big news for Android TV users: an update that brings Premium subscription support, a better user interface, and more. Pandora Premium is the company's premium subscription service, not to be confused with the cheaper Pandora Plus service. With it and this new update, Android TV users can access what Pandora calls an "intuitive, personalized, and seamless listening" experience.

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CaliBurger pilots self-ordering AI kiosks with facial recognition

CaliBurger pilots self-ordering AI kiosks with facial recognition

CaliBurger, a burger joint in California, is testing facial recognition technology as a way for customers to pull up favorite orders and accounts. The tech is only a pilot at this time, one being referred to as a "face-based loyalty program." The facial recognition is part of self-ordering kiosks with artificial intelligence running NEC's NeoFace software. You'll need to visit the company's Pasadena, California location to try it out, though.

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Apple Watch EKG heart monitor feature tipped for future models

Apple Watch EKG heart monitor feature tipped for future models

Apple is currently working on an EKG monitor that will be available in future Apple Watch models, according to sources, enhancing the wearable's usefulness as a medical monitoring device. The Apple Watch already contains a heart rate monitor, however this upcoming version is said to include EKG functionality for detecting potential conditions rather than just tracking historical cardiac data.

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Pixel 2 XL speaker distortion is model’s latest problem

Pixel 2 XL speaker distortion is model’s latest problem

An increasing number of Pixel 2 XL owners are reporting speaker distortion issues with the phone's bottom speaker, and in some cases also the earpiece speaker. This distortion, which some describe as a slight vibration or an annoying rattling sound, is most common at higher volumes, according to users. Reports span back months on Google's Product Forums, though many complaints can be found elsewhere online.

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Steam Link $5 deal returns: game prices slashed up to 90%

Steam Link $5 deal returns: game prices slashed up to 90%

Steam has kicked off another sale, slashing prices on a bunch of games and other goods, including the Steam Link. The latter, a device for streaming Steam games to a TV, is once again priced at $5, a 90-percent price drop from its usual $50 cost. In addition to getting the Steam Link for almost nothing, Steam users have the opportunity to get some notable games like Dark Souls III and Wolfenstein II for up to 75-percent off.

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