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New Twitter update gets lighter and faster

New Twitter update gets lighter and faster

Twitter is getting a bit of a redesign across a number of different versions today. Though this redesign isn't anything drastic - you'll still know Twitter when see it, in other words - it does make quite a few quality of life improvements across the board. These new features and tweaks are coming to iOS, Android, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite, though you may not see them right away.

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The Best Cloud Storage of 2017 – An overview of providers

The Best Cloud Storage of 2017 – An overview of providers

Computing devices are getting more powerful, more varied, and more ubiquitous, but the data storage in these devices hasn't changed that much. We are still beholden to the HDDs, SSDs, and eMMCs or UFS of yesteryears. In fact, the storage story has become even more complicated because each device has its own storage that you have to manage or keep in sync with other devices.

Enter cloud computing and cloud storage, with its promise of being able to access your data anytime, anywhere. Well, as long as you have an Internet connection, that is. It is an inescapable fact of modern day computing life and it pays to know the choices you have. Here are ten of the top cloud storage options this half of the year.

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Amazon Drive unlimited storage option no longer offered

Amazon Drive unlimited storage option no longer offered

Amazon has followed in the footsteps of certain other cloud storage services, dropping its unlimited storage option. The unlimited storage deal used to be available for the company's Amazon Drive cloud storage platform for $60, but now that $60 gets you a single terabyte of storage space. That's still a decent amount, but far less attractive for those in need of ample space. Unfortunately, an alternative isn't readily available.

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Facebook Live adds closed captioning: here’s how to use it

Facebook Live adds closed captioning: here’s how to use it

Facebook has announced better accessibility on its live streaming platform, adding closed captioning to Facebook Live. The move aims to make Facebook's video streaming option more inclusive for individuals who are deaf or otherwise have trouble hearing. The company says the new feature is 'a key part of building [a] global community,' though it will depend on publishers, too -- they have to take advantage of the feature for captioning to show up on their videos.

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Amazon Prime price lowered for some Americans

Amazon Prime price lowered for some Americans

Amazon Prime can be a handy service to have, especially if you're a cord cutter or you do a lot of shopping on Amazon. The issue with it is that at $99 per year or $10.99 per month, it can be a little on the expensive side for some folks. Today Amazon announced an initiative to help with just that, revealing that it will offer discounted Prime subscriptions to low-income customers in the US.

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Create your own hellish monsters with this sketch-based AI generator

Create your own hellish monsters with this sketch-based AI generator

Artificial intelligence trained with photos of real-life things eventually learn to generate simulations of things based on sketches, at least in the case of the pix2pix project. We've been keeping an eye on this project for a while, having previously noted its increasing abilities to generate buildings and even cats from crude sketches. Now the AI is back with some new training, and the resulting images are mostly terrifying.

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US gov OKs social media background checks for visa applicants

US gov OKs social media background checks for visa applicants

The US government has approved social media background checks applied to individuals applying for a visa, it has been announced. The controversial move will require visa applicants to provide a list of their social media handles from the past half-decade, as well as 'biographical information' from the past 15 years. The decision to approve this new vetting method was made by the Office of Management and Budget.

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Del.icio.us link-sharing site shuts down after Pinboard acquisition

Del.icio.us link-sharing site shuts down after Pinboard acquisition

If you've been using the internet for the last 15 years or so, you probably remember, or at least came into contact with, del.icio.us, the pioneer of social bookmarking websites. Founded in 2003, the site had a number of good years before it eventually changed hands more than a few times, and has been considered mostly a forgotten relic since then. But now the sun is setting for del.icio.us, as the service will be shuttered later this month following its sale to rival Pinboard.

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Coinbase tipped at $1b valuation as demand for cryptocurrency soars

Coinbase tipped at $1b valuation as demand for cryptocurrency soars

Coinbase, a Bitcoin exchange, is in talks for what could end up being the largest funding round ever for such a company, according to sources. The company is tipped in talks with possible investors for a funding round that may see Coinbase valued at more than one billion dollars, a new milestone for the cryptocurrency market if it proves true. What is spurring such massive figures? The similarly massive -- and growing -- demand for Bitcoin and other cryptocoins.

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Chrome will have a built-in ad-blocker starting in early 2018

Chrome will have a built-in ad-blocker starting in early 2018

Back in April, we reported on sources that claimed Google was going to bake an ad-blocker directly into its Chrome browser, something that would block advertisements deemed to be intrusive and/or disruptive for visitors. Google has confirmed that report today, shedding light on a crucial detail that was missing the first time around: Chrome will block all advertisements on a website that doesn't adhere to Better Ads Standards.

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Google figured out the most misspelled word in every US state

Google figured out the most misspelled word in every US state

Everybody has a word or two they can't seem to spell correctly, and the go-to solution to get the correct spelling is usually Google. Open a web browser, navigate to Google, type in the word, and then get the correct spelling in the search results. That's convenient for users, and it also provides Google with a bunch of data on how well the people in each state spell. Based on its data, Google Trends has just released a map showing the most misspelled word in every US state.

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Reddit adds post geotagging to offer ‘key location context’

Reddit adds post geotagging to offer ‘key location context’

Reddit is quietly introducing the new ability to geotag posts, adding a layer of context to them that sheds a bit of light on the photo. If you're browsing one of the food subreddits, for example, and see a meal that strikes your fancy, a proper geotag could make it possible to see where the meal was acquired. The new feature is made possible thanks to the Foursquare API, according to the latter company.

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