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Google’s new social network Keen: How does it work?

Google’s new social network Keen: How does it work?

Keen is a new social network from Google and the creators at Google Area 120. It's an experimental sort of system in which users can create a "Keen" with a set of keywords for their interests. These "Keens" automatically retrieve "resources" (webpages and articles and such) for the user at user-set intervals of time. You can also "collaborate" on a Keen. But what's all that mean, and why should you care?

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Zoom to offer end-to-end encryption to free users but there’s a catch

Zoom to offer end-to-end encryption to free users but there’s a catch

Zoom is that kind of product that everyone loves to hate but still remains one of the most widely-used in its field. Time and again, the company that is close to officially becoming a verb has been involved in one privacy or security scandal or another, including one that is being linked to the Chinese government. One of the most recent issues that has earned it no small amount of criticism is withholding its end-to-end encryption or E2EE from its free users. Zoom has now backtracked on that stance but it comes with a small catch.

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Facebook users in the US can now share their Collections with friends

Facebook users in the US can now share their Collections with friends

If you're a faithful Pinterest user, there's a good chance you've completely forgotten about a competing product: Facebook Collections. This tool, as its name suggests, allows users to collect content in their own private Collections, but with limitations that no doubt reduced its popularity compared to Pinterest. That is changing with a quiet update that enables users to share their Collections with friends.

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Twitter’s latest iOS feature test lets users share audio clips

Twitter’s latest iOS feature test lets users share audio clips

Twitter has announced a new feature that gives users the option of sharing short audio clips in addition to text, videos, GIFs, and images. The company says this new option 'will add a more human touch' to its platform, enabling users to hear someone speak their thoughts with all of the included emotion rather than just reading plain text on a screen. Voice clips are now being tested on the platform.

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Basecamp HEY email service launches to some Apple App Store drama

Basecamp HEY email service launches to some Apple App Store drama

Email continues to be the lifeblood of Internet communication, no matter how many times some have tried to kill it or "upgrade" it. Google tried the latter route with the now-defunct Inbox but it was pretty much just a new skin over an old email system. Basecamp, most popular for its Internet-based project management suite, is taking another stab at it with HEY but while the premise is definitely interesting, its sudden conflict with Apple's App Store policies could end up marring its launch.

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Dropbox Passwords, Vault, Backup try to make working from home easier

Dropbox Passwords, Vault, Backup try to make working from home easier

The global situation has proven that some of the work your bosses insisted couldn't be done at home can, when circumstances force it, actually be done at home. That doesn't mean, however, that your home, especially your home computer and network, are ideal places to do some professional activity, especially those that require some data security and privacy. As a tool that was designed for remote collaboration, Dropbox is now launching new products to address the growing number of people working from the comfort of their couches or even their beds.

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T-Mobile explains widespread phone service outage

T-Mobile explains widespread phone service outage

When some basic services suddenly go down without warning or immediate explanation during times of uncertainty, it's no surprise that some will immediately panic or stir up conspiracy theories. When people across the US found themselves unable to make phone calls or send text messages, they were naturally unamused. Fortunately, the reason for that almost nationwide service outage was a single point of failure. Unfortunately, that single point of failure turned out to be T-Mobile who is now issuing a statement briefly explaining what happened.

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Huawei allowed to work with US companies on 5G and other standards

Huawei allowed to work with US companies on 5G and other standards

While Huawei's smartphones are often publicized as the most immediate casualties of its tussle with the US government, they aren't the only business affected by it. Not only is Huawei involved in the equipment and technologies used to run many of the world's networks, it also has a voice in existing and upcoming industry standards when it comes to networks, AI, and even self-driving cars. Huawei's involvement in these standardization efforts has ironically put US companies in limbo which why the US Commerce Department is easing up on that restriction a bit to allow them to at least collaborate with the Chinese company on such matters.

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Google Chrome might try hiding full URLs for good

Google Chrome might try hiding full URLs for good

URLs or Uniform Resource Locators, more commonly known as web addresses, are pretty much the way we get around the Web. Just like physical addresses, however, you often don't need to memorize those addresses once you've become extremely familiar with them or know how to get to them quickly. Web sites themselves have, or should have, easy to use navigation and for everything else, there's Google. The latter is probably the driving force behind what could be the company's controversial decision to once again hide full web addresses in a future version of the Chrome browser.

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SpaceX’s weekend Starlink launch featured a stunning early morning sky

SpaceX’s weekend Starlink launch featured a stunning early morning sky

On Saturday, June 13, SpaceX launched another batch of Starlink satellites, bringing its total to 540 units. The launch took place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida using the Falcon 9 rocket, which was successfully landed at sea soon after the launch. In addition to the Starlink satellites, SpaceX also launched three small satellites called Skysats intended for observing Earth.

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Facebook taps Wikipedia for new info panel in search results

Facebook taps Wikipedia for new info panel in search results

When you search something on Google -- a popular celebrity, for example -- you'll see an information panel that includes relevant details at a glance: age, notable works, immediate family members, birth date, and similar things. Facebook is now testing an information panel of its own that is largely the same, though it is found in the social media website's search results -- and it, too, is powered by Wikipedia.

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Android 11 Beta Voice Access update makes a big difference

Android 11 Beta Voice Access update makes a big difference

This afternoon Google released Android 11 Beta for Pixel 2, 3, and 4, with a very obvious upgrade to Voice Access. This is a feature in Android that allows the user to make commands - it's part of the "OK Google" and Google Assistant family. This feature now, far more accurately than ever before, understands screen context and content, so you can ACTUALLY control your phone without touching your phone.

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