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Facebook rolling out feature to create your own online petitions

You're fighting for a cause that affects your community. Maybe you feel your city needs dedicated bike lanes in a specific area or a new theatre downtown or a moratorium on oil drilling. Whatever the cause, you can now enlist the aid of Facebook to shine a light on it.

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Currently rolling out to users in the US, a new Facebook tool called Community Action is designed to help you drum up support... Read More »

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Google Chrome Review: How's the dominant king of web browsers holding up?

Back in 2008 Google released its first version of Chrome for Windows. That year Microsoft's Internet Explorer owned the web browser market that year, topping a 66 percent share.

But Google's web browser is based on an open-source platform and gives users access to huge number of extensions to augment their browsing experience. By 2010 Google brought the Chrome browser to Linux and MacOS, and by 2012 it appeared on the Android mobile platform. A couple of years later Chrome arrived... Read More »

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UC Browser Review: It's fast and popular, but can you trust Alibaba's desktop web browser to keep your data safe?

From UCWeb -- a subsidiary of Alibaba Group -- the creation of UC Browser goes back to the relatively distant past of 2004. The current version of UC Browser positions itself as a fast, resource-light web browser. And while UC Browser is one of the most popular browsers in the world by usage and tries to be all things to all people, it ultimately failing to excel in any one area.

The web browser does have pluses. The download speeds of... Read More »

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SwiftKey virtual keyboard app update boosts speed while avoiding bloat

As Google has said many times over the years, speed is brutally important on the Internet. If web pages takes just a few fractions of a second too long to load, browsing that website can feel a little frustrating. That inconvenience, even though it should barely register, can still motivate a site visitor to go elsewhere -- perhaps to your competitor. But websites aren't the only digital service where microseconds matter.

SwiftKey, the maker of a third-party virtual keyboard for... Read More »

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New data breach exposes 21,222,975 passwords; here's how to protect yours

In a way, online security has its own circle of life. People create website accounts with bad passwords and no authentication checks, they get hacked, experts explain how you can protect yourself, some people listen, but we eventually circle back to old habits, and the cycle begins anew. But perhaps with over 20 million passwords now out in the wild, internet users will begin taking their personal online data more seriously.

This week, security guru Troy Hunt encountered a staggering trove... Read More »

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Cortana no longer competes with Alexa or Google Assistant, says Microsoft

We're only a few weeks into 2019, and new battle lines in the virtual assistant war are already being drawn -- though not in the ways that you might expect.

While Apple, Google and Amazon continue to commit billions to extending and perfecting their conversational AIs -- which users can interact with for everything from ordering a pizza to arranging a vacation -- Microsoft announced at a press event this week that it's pulling back on its ambitions for Cortana,... Read More »

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Facebook tackles Russian fake news operation followed by 790,000 accounts

When you have well over two billion monthly active users like Facebook does, purging bad actors from your social network isn't something that you'll need to do only once. It's simply too big of an idea marketplace to ignore, so it will constantly be a target. So in the wake of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company has continued to scrub and scrape deeper into the fake news networks that have been constructed by Kremlin-backed entities.

This week, Facebook announced... Read More »

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NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

If you spend a lot of time stuck in traffic, you're probably listening to the radio for traffic updates. Ordinarily, this means sitting through quite a lot of commercial breaks -- unless you're tuned into a station that doesn't run any, like the non-profit National Public Radio. But traffic reports aren't NPR's main draw.

Among NPR's biggest shows you'll find its long-running trivia show "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" which gets millions of listeners each week and is consistently one of... Read More »

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Social media and chat apps accounted for 50 percent of our screen time in 2018

While the Google Play Store and iOS App Store provide plenty of charts that give you a snapshot of the most popular apps in a given category, it can be difficult to collect a whole year's worth of that data and make sense of it. Thankfully, third parties like App Annie have access to those charts and much more, and this market research firm has produced another State of Mobile report that contains some interesting insights.

We've already used this... Read More »

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Microsoft To-Do Windows 10 app now lets you pin your lists

If you're managing a household, or you just have a lot of responsibilities to keep track of regularly, a to-do list can be a lifesaver. It helps you figure out how to prioritize your tasks and budget your time, you can add notes to remind you of relevant details, and the improved overall organization can reduce stress and anxiety.

But what if you need to manage multiple lists? That by itself could raise your blood pressure. But thankfully, we have a... Read More »

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