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Why is Instagram hiding likes?

Why is Instagram hiding likes?

Instagram may have just changed the game they started. The photo-sharing platform started hiding likes that are usually shown under posts of random users. It doesn't affect every user for now, it's part of their ongoing tests to make Instagram a safer place on the internet, but this could soon become the standard for Instagram.

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Loon will bring the Internet to Amazon Rainforest Region from the skies

Loon will bring the Internet to Amazon Rainforest Region from the skies

Google launched Project Loon back in 2013 to experiment with the idea of bringing Internet connectivity, specifically 4G LTE to normally inaccessible areas using high-altitude balloons. Now a company in its own right under the Alphabet family, Loon LCC is now in a position to do more than just test flights. It can now sign deals with local telcos to actually bring those plans to fruition, like what it will be doing in Peru to bring 4G Internet speeds remote regions in the country.

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Twitter two-factor authentication no longer requires a phone number

Twitter two-factor authentication no longer requires a phone number

Humans seem to be terrible at creating and using strong passwords, let alone remembering them. Various technologies have popped up to alleviate those flaws, like password managers and two-factor authentication. The latter has been particularly popular especially with the rise of fingerprint and face recognition. Many, however, still use SMS as the second factor, which is just a half-step above having no 2FA. Fortunately, Twitter has finally seen the light and will allow users to opt for a more secure option.

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Twitter finally adds the option to publicly hide tweets

Twitter finally adds the option to publicly hide tweets

Earlier this year, Twitter announced intentions to launch a moderation tool that would allow users to hide replies on their tweets. Fast-forward to April when the company said it would release the feature this past summer, a deadline it ultimately missed. Now, months later, the company is back with the official launch of the new tool, one available to all users starting today.

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Pirelli Cyber Tire uses 5G to tell nearby cars about poor roads

Pirelli Cyber Tire uses 5G to tell nearby cars about poor roads

When people hear about the Internet of Things, they mostly imagine smart homes and smart appliances talking silently with one another. Car makers, however, are just as excited about IoT, especially when factoring in high-speed 5G networks. These two technologies, after all, enable cars and car parts to connect to the Internet and send data to the company and to other cars as well. That is exactly what Italian tire (or tyre) maker Pirelli is trying to achieve with a 5G-connected sensing Cyber Tire that can communicate not only with the driver but also with other cars nearby as well.

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AmpliFi Alien Wi-Fi 6 router promises true Gigabit Internet anywhere at home

AmpliFi Alien Wi-Fi 6 router promises true Gigabit Internet anywhere at home

5G may be the battle cry of network operators and device makers in the mobile industry but it isn't the only revolutionary change as far as wireless connectivity goes. Wi-Fi 6 is slowly but surely making its way to mainstream markets but it is hampered by the lack of products for consumers. That's where Ubiquity's new AmpliFi Alien router comes in, promising to deliver 8x8 MIMO Wi-Fi 6 Internet in blazing Gigabit speeds wherever you are in the house or even in the building.

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Microsoft tests Outlook.com integration with Gmail and Google Calendar

Microsoft tests Outlook.com integration with Gmail and Google Calendar

Microsoft is testing a new feature that allows Outlook.com users to link their Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive accounts, making it easier to get all of one's content by amassing it in a single destination. The test doesn't appear to be widespread at this time, but given that similar features are already available in the Outlook mobile apps, it won't be surprising to see it arrive widely in the web version.

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Steam Sale today for post-Beta launch of Remote Play Together

Steam Sale today for post-Beta launch of Remote Play Together

There's an event today on Steam that celebrates the passing out-of-Beta of the Steam Remote Play Together system. This system was in public Beta testing for "roughly one month" and is already ready to roll for users - and now works for iOS and Android devices, too. The Steam Sale today focuses on games that work with the Remote Play Together system.

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Apple Music Replay will remind you of your top track of 2019

Apple Music Replay will remind you of your top track of 2019

It's almost that time of the year when we take stock of the past months to see how far we've come along. These days, we have all these social networks and apps that help take a load off our brains and use the data they already collected on us to help us reminisce. For the first time since it launched, Apple Music is offering a new Replay service to let you reminisce or cringe about your music tastes in the past 11 months and beyond.

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Google Stadia details revealed in pre-launch Reddit AMA

Google Stadia details revealed in pre-launch Reddit AMA

In just a few days, less than a week actually, a few avid gamers will finally be able to see for themselves what all the fuss around game streaming is about. Or at least Google's brand of game streaming, which is essential PC games streamed to web browsers. Google Stadia is, admittedly so new that some might still be confused about how it will all play out. Fortunately, Google recently held a customary Reddit AMA to let fans and interested future gamers ask the hard questions.

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Twitter now lets all of its users follow specific topics

Twitter now lets all of its users follow specific topics

In mid-August, some Twitter users noticed that they were able to follow curated topics using the company's mobile app. The new feature was part of a test that helped users fill their feeds with the content they're interested in, though most users didn't have access to it. That has finally changed with a new announcement from the company: all Twitter users can now follow topics.

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Netflix ending support for some devices blamed on DRM

Netflix ending support for some devices blamed on DRM

It has been a while since the class of technologies known as DRM or Digital Rights Management has been the focus on contention but the news surrounding Netflix's sudden withdrawal from some devices could put it back in the spotlight. It's only semi-official, considering Netflix has not yet issued a formal explanation, but it seems that affected devices are unable to keep up with such DRM systems, practically locking them out of the streaming service for good.

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