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Android 8.1 Wi-Fi Speed Labels rolling out now

Android 8.1 Wi-Fi Speed Labels rolling out now

Free public Wi-Fi is becoming ubiquitous (and sometimes dangerous) that there might be more than a handful to choose from at any given time. Not all Wi-Fi hotspots, however, are created equal. Some are good, some are bad, and some are just plain horrible. To help you decide which Wi-Fi access point to connect to, at least based on speed, Google is providing a new “Speed Label” in the Wi-Fi list for Android. At least, if you’re running Android 8.1.

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Facebook and Oculus just defined a new unit of time

Facebook and Oculus just defined a new unit of time

As the third most-visited website in the world, Facebook's influence is pretty far reaching these days. Its ambitions may be too big even for a company its size, though, as along with Oculus, it has defined a new unit of time called a "flick." Yes, you heard right: Facebook has become so gigantic and monolithic that it is now attempting to influence time itself.

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Twitter starts notifying users who followed Russian propaganda accounts

Twitter starts notifying users who followed Russian propaganda accounts

Following Facebook's publication of a tool that shows users whether they followed Russia-linked pages comes an update from Twitter: it is emailing users who followed a Russia-linked page on its platform. Twitter revealed its plans in an update on the topic, where it details its progress and what it is doing moving forward. Among its users, 677,775 people located in the United States either liked, followed, or retweeted Russia-linked accounts.

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Wish Review (website and app): Buyer Beware

Wish Review (website and app): Buyer Beware

This week we're having a peek at the shopping website and app called Wish (that is, Wish dot com, or Wish.com) for products of all sorts. This site brings heat to the feet of Amazon with a wide variety of products that appear to be extremely well priced and organized extremely well. I must note here that I'm not reviewing any of the products that come from the site and/or app, but the process of visiting the site or app itself - therein lies the rub.

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YouTube cracks down on Tide laundry pod challenge videos

YouTube cracks down on Tide laundry pod challenge videos

Many laundry detergent companies are offering their product in "pod" form: a small dissolvable sachet containing a single load's worth of detergent. There have been regrettable reports of very young kids and adults with dementia eating these pods by mistake, but a worrisome trend has surfaced among teens, and it is known as the "Tide Laundry Pods Challenge." The "challenge," in this case, is biting into the pods and then posting a video of it online.

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FCC proposes $500m funding to speed up rural broadband rollout

FCC proposes $500m funding to speed up rural broadband rollout

On Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced a proposal to commissioners that would provide more than $500 million in funding for accelerating the rollout of broadband in rural regions. In addition, according to a release, this proposal would also "put in place strong new rules to prevent abuse of the high-cost program." Included in it are also multiple reforms to the program, which the FCC says will improve the existing program's "effectiveness and efficiency."

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Amazon $10 and Under category launches with free shipping

Amazon $10 and Under category launches with free shipping

Amazon has launched a new section called "$10 and Under" that, as the name suggests, presents customers with items that cost no more than $10 each. The category is full of trinkets, clothing, jewelry, and other inexpensive items. Notable is the section's free shipping, keeping the cost very low for those times you have money to burn. The section appears to be a direct response to the website Wish.

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Google Cast devices causing routers to drop Wi-Fi connections

Google Cast devices causing routers to drop Wi-Fi connections

Google has lately received a lot of flak for its buggy or, at the very least less than stellar, hardware. The Pixel 2 XL has a litany of faults, and the newer Google Home Mini and the Google Home Max aren’t spotless either. This time, however, users are reporting problems not with new Google products but with ones that have been in the market for years at most. Owners of the Google Chromecast and the original Google Home report getting Wi-Fi drops, but the problem is more complex than it seems.

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Facebook plans major News Feed change: more friends, less brands and media

Facebook plans major News Feed change: more friends, less brands and media

Facebook has just announced that it will be introducing a 'major change' to the News Feed, presenting more content from people you know and less public content from brands, media and more. These changes started to a certain degree last year, and they will increase in the following months, the ultimate goal being that Facebook wants to "encourage meaningful interactions between people." Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg detailed these plans in a long post.

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Twitter says why it won’t ban Trump and other world leaders

Twitter says why it won’t ban Trump and other world leaders

When it comes to people who repeatedly break Twitter rules, few are as notable as President Trump himself, who was once briefly (and kinda-sorta accidentally) suspended from the service for a few minutes. Trump is known for his boisterous, sometimes irate, often reckless, tweets; many have called for Twitter to ban him, but the service has so far refused. Until now, it has mostly stayed quiet on its reasons for letting Trump's account remain.

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Golden Globes 2018: how to stream it live this weekend

Golden Globes 2018: how to stream it live this weekend

The 2018 Golden Globes award show will be streamed live for the first time ever, another sign that we live in a mostly post-cable world. Whether you're a cable subscription who doesn't like being restricted to the cable box or a cord-cutter looking for a way to watch at the same time as everyone else, you'll now have an option. The live-over-the-Internet award ceremony won't be without a big restriction, though.

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TRON Coin price (TRX BTC) and why its surging

TRON Coin price (TRX BTC) and why its surging

The TRON coin is the latest in a line of cryptocurrencies to see major gains in a very short amount of time. This coin's jolt has a lot to do with its founder announcing a Live Streaming Event that'll take place January 6th 10am GMT+8 Beijing time on Twitter. That's approximately 9 hours from the time this article is set to be posted - it'll tale place at 8PM Central Time, 6PM Pacific.

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