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Facebook should be paying you

Facebook should be paying you

Facebook's call records, SMS, and contacts collecting are the headline of the day - but that's old news to you. You knew a long time ago that Facebook was harvesting your data, and you don't care. What would anyone want with your info anyway? You're just an everyday average person, after all, surely there's no reason to worry that Facebook workers would take the time to read your boring old communications and contact list, right?

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Android tablets need to survive

Android tablets need to survive

The announcement and subsequent launch of Android P marks the end not just of the Nexus phone line but also of any Google-made Android tablet. And unlike in the years past, less and less manufacturers are putting out slates or even 2-in-1 and convertibles. It would seem that the age of Android tablets have come to an end. But with rumors of Apple launching a new but cheaper iPad, one has to wonder if Android is the one missing out. Because as much as the market seems less conducive to tablets, Google and its partners need to keep Android tablets alive. Here are some reasons why.

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5 tips to make your Dropbox game as good as their IPO

5 tips to make your Dropbox game as good as their IPO

Dropbox is having a great week thanks to a successful IPO, and you can get in on the fun. The company offers a trio of plans designed to meet all kinds of needs, but there's a good chance you already have an account. Are you using it to its fullest potential? Is it making your life easier? Here's a handful of ways to wield Dropbox like the powerful tool it is.

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Report: Bigger phones use more of your time

Report: Bigger phones use more of your time

The larger the phone, the more screen time a user tends to clock. That's what a study published this week suggests. The study comes from the folks at AppOptix and consists of data from 4,000 users surveyed over the entirety of the year 2017. There, they've shown that phones with displays less then 4.6-inches use their devices FAR less than those with displays 5.5-inches or larger. Your big fat phone is making you a phone zombie!

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Fatal accident shows we’re not ready for self-driving cars yet

Fatal accident shows we’re not ready for self-driving cars yet

They say that it sometimes takes a tragedy to shock our eyes open. Unfortunately, such tragedies often cost human lives. Uber, who actually hasn't been in the autonomous vehicle scene that long, became the catalyst for such a rude awakening. While the investigation, finger-pointing, and media frenzy is still ongoing, the tragic accident revealed a truth we may not have realized amidst the excitement for the future. And that is that none of us are prepared for what's coming next.

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The US needs Huawei more than Huawei needs it

The US needs Huawei more than Huawei needs it

The walls are closing in on Huawei. Its retail partners in the US, actual and potential, are dropping it like a hot brick. There will be suspicions, both implied and explicit, of government pressure working against the Chinese manufacturer. It is undoubtedly a loss for Huawei to miss out on one of the most important smartphone markets. But, in the midst of his unexpected rant, CEO Richard Yu does make one important point. It is also a loss for the US consumer as well.

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Pokemon GO should cross-brand with Disney characters

Pokemon GO should cross-brand with Disney characters

As we reach a point in Pokemon GO where we're well over a few hundred unique monsters, it's time to think cross-branding. Expanding beyond the borders of the Pokemon universe. At the rate Niantic's been going with Pokemon generations, it wont be long before they've got all 800+ types and variations. It's time to think expansion beyond The Pokemon Company's borders.

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ARCore and ARKit: what AR on your phone can do for you

ARCore and ARKit: what AR on your phone can do for you

Mobile augmented reality isn’t really new. Even before Oculus, Vive, and HoloLens, there were already traces of the use of AR on our phones, from the AR-powered Layar map app to the not so AR Pokemon GO game. With the arrival of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore, AR has the potential to become even more widespread than it has ever been before. But what can augmented reality on a tiny screen really do? And does it have the potential to have use beyond stickers and games? We take a look at some of the practical applications of ARCore and ARKit apps to find out.

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Facebook needs to have that talk with Ben Parker

Facebook needs to have that talk with Ben Parker

Comics, and the franchises that grow from them, are often waved away as fantasies, sometimes violent ones even, that do not reflect reality. In a way, those people are right, because in comics, characters take responsibility for their actions or are taught to do so. They are often face the consequences of their actions, even wrong ones done in the name of right. In the real world, people with great power often get away with their antics and plots and have basically forgotten that now cliche advice about responsibility.

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You need to do this personal Facebook audit

You need to do this personal Facebook audit

Facebook is under fire for how carefully it treats your personal data, but you don't need to wait for regulators to wade in before doing an audit on how socially exposed you are. The social network doesn't make it too obvious how you can limit the visibility on things like third-party apps and what Facebook games can see about you, but it's not impossible. Indeed, it's worth taking a few minutes to go through and make sure you're comfortable with just how your Facebook account is set up.

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Rihanna’s right: Snapchat isn’t innocent (or immune to damage)

Rihanna’s right: Snapchat isn’t innocent (or immune to damage)

Rihanna just proved that once social networks went public, they put themselves on the same wobbly pedestal they themselves created. The way Snapchat was updated recently, it's fairly insulated from criticism from within its own network. But when a major influencer like Rihanna wants to take a shot at the company from another network, outside Snapchat's echo chamber, stockholders listen.

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Future Tech: what’s coming based on what’s already here

Future Tech: what’s coming based on what’s already here

It’s fun to think of what the future holds, especially in tech. Presuming you don’t have apocalyptic visions or homicidal computers in your mind. But technology, unlike fiction, doesn’t just spring up out of ideas and minds fully-formed and ready to use. They will always have roots in reality and history. Here are just some of the cool things we expect to see in the future, both near and not so near, based on what’s already in development today.

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