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Report: Millions of Facebook user records left exposed online

Yawn.Image:  NurPhoto / getty Another day, another Facebook privacy scandal.  Hundreds of millions of Facebook user records — including some plain text passwords — were found exposed online free and open for the taking. So reports UpGuard, a cybersecurity risk assessment company, which notes in an April 3 press release that the two data sets in question were configured for public download. Yes, that means that anyone who knew where to look could have pulled it.  SEE ALSO: Facebook backs away from asking for some users’ email passwords At the…

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Say goodbye to Google+

Google's robot assistant can make phone calls for you now.Image: Getty Images / ethan miller Sometimes, making an important phone call to set up an appointment can be inconvenient or nerve-wracking. That, or you just don’t feel like doing it. There’s potentially good news on that front. Google Duplex, a Google Assistant-powered phone call service, is finally coming to devices that the majority of people own. According to Google’s support site, Duplex has started rolling out to iOS and non-Pixel Android devices, as spotted by 9to5Google. SEE ALSO: Say goodbye…

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Let’s face it, AirPower didn’t seem that cool anyway

Just look at this stupid thing.Image: AFP Contributor / getty One. Less. Thing.  Apple has officially canceled its long-promised wireless charging pad dubbed AirPower —vaporware that always looked lame as hell. The company copped to the half-expected news on March 29, surely devastating the few people that pre-ordered the $79 wireless-charging AirPods case.  SEE ALSO: Oh look, the Apple Watch might actually be good for something The rest of us, however, can rest easy in the knowledge that we never would have purchased one of those mousepad-looking things anyway. Sure,…

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Shoppers get drunk, go online, and spend money on Amazon

So many Amazon packages.Image: Peter Steffen/picture alliance via Getty Images Amazon is already more than dominant in the online shopping space, but add a shot or three of tequila and that Amazon Prime free two-day shipping looks even more appealing. Tech and business newsletter The Hustle surveyed more than 2,000 alcohol-drinking adults about their online shopping behavior after imbibing and found that on average, shoppers spent more than $400 per year on items bought while intoxicated. If you apply that number beyond the respondents to include America’s legal alcohol-drinkers, you…

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Elon Musk was meant to have his Tesla tweets pre-approved. The SEC claims he didn’t bother.

Elon Musk was meant to have his Tesla tweets pre-approved. The SEC claims he didn't bother.Image: Robyn Beck-Pool/Getty Images The barbs continue to be thrown over Elon Musk’s tweeting. As part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over that notorious “funding secured” tweet, Musk agreed to have certain tweets pre-approved by Tesla. SEE ALSO: Tesla reveals the Model Y, its new mid-size SUV The tweets to be vetted were ones “that contain, or reasonably could contain, information material” to the company or its shareholders.  The agreement…

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Google Assistant inserts itself into classic movies in Oscars ads

Just as mobile phones would’ve saved a lot of trouble in Seinfeld, Google’s Assistant would’ve been a saviour in so many classic films. That’s the subject of the tech giant’s new ad for its voice-activated assistant, which aired during the 2019 Oscars on Sunday night. In the ads, Google Assistant steps in for HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and helps Marion Crane avoid the motel in Psycho. In Scream, Drew Barrymore uses a Nest camera to ward off Ghostface, while Lyft is used to get out of an annoying…

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Apple News has the largest news app audience, says Apple

Dog bites man, tonight at 11.Image: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / getty It turns out Apple products are good for more than just spying on people.  In an otherwise dreary Jan. 29 earnings call, Apple executives had one standout bit of cheery news for wary investors: Apple News supposedly has the largest audience of any news app. Specifically, according to Apple, the service has 85 million monthly active users.  That number, up from 70 million unique users in 2016, paints a picture of a growing service that is slowly rising to…

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The OG Macintosh computer just turned 35

The screws for Apple's Mac Pro had to be ordered from China, new report claims.Image: CHRISTINA ASCANI/MASHABLE In 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly announced that one line of Apple’s Mac products will be made in the United States. Well, it never happened for precisely the reasons you’d think of: Supply chain issues. More precisely, according to a New York Times report Monday, Apple couldn’t find enough screws to build the Mac Pro in the United States.  SEE ALSO: Rumors are swirling about Apple’s AirPower wireless charging again The report…

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Google Chrome Labs’ digital Etch-A-Sketch feels like the real thing

My most successful Web-A-Skeb piece, in which I attempted to write "MASH."Image: screenshot: rachel kraus/mashable Want to relive a frustrating yet addictive childhood experience? Now you can! A Google Chrome Labs developer has built a web version of the classic Etch-A-Sketch. It’s called Web-A-Skeb, which is a name that rocks. And I am happy to report that attempting to create anything with it is just as maddening as the original. SEE ALSO: Google Chrome now has a handy drawing app for your silly sketches Google Chrome Labs is a group…

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The internet is figuring out the best way to pirate Netflix’s ‘Bandersnatch’

Torrent your life away.Image: netflix The internet will always find a way.  Netflix’s new choose-your-own-adventure style episode of Black Mirror, “Bandersnatch,” has the online world abuzz with all the different storylines available for the viewer/player of the streaming digital experience.  Overlooked in the discussion regarding which breakfast cereal best kicks off the main character’s day lies another probing question. How, exactly, does one pirate a show that has roughly 5 hours of total runtime spooled out over multiple non-linear scenes requiring a specially designed Branch Manager tool to access? Fear…

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Good riddance, Alex Jones: The Year in Deplatforming

Deplatforming is a blunt but effective tool in the eradication of toxic speech online.Image: Oivind Hovland/Getty Images This was the year we began to answer the age old question: if a bigot rants in a forest, and nobody is around to hear him, does anybody care what that idiot says? Over the past year, internet companies wielded the hammer known as “deplatforming” more than ever. Deplatforming, or no-platforming, is the term for kicking someone off social media or other sites when they break the rules by, say, using hate speech,…

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Apple patent filing has us excited about the new AirPods design

Apple is expanding in the U.S. in a big way.Image: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Apple is planning a major expansion of its operations across the U.S., including a $1 billion investment in a new campus in Austin, Texas, the company announced Thursday.  The plan also includes establishing new sites in Seattle, San Diego, Culver City, as well as expanding in cities including Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado over the next three years. Apple plans to create 20,000 new jobs in the U.S. by 2023. Image: Apple The new campus, located…

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This smart motorcycle helmet features a futuristic AR display Future Blink

Image: David Ryder/Getty Images We’re still getting used to the idea of a store where there’s no checkout, but Amazon isn’t standing still. It’s just launched a new, much more compact version of its cashierless Go stores. Jeff Bezos is more than happy to dive into a new market and start disrupting it, but Amazon’s success is due to how the company keeps relentlessly pushing an idea in new directions. That’s why we don’t just have one type of Go store anymore. SEE ALSO: Apple’s coolest keyboard trick became even…

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Amazon’s cashier-less shopping tech is being tested on a larger store

Larger Amazon Go-powered stores are being tested.Image: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images Amazon’s cashier-less shopping tech could come to a full supermarket. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the tech giant is experimenting with its Amazon Go technology at a larger store. SEE ALSO: What it’s like to shop at Amazon Go At the company’s seven Amazon Go stores in Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco, shoppers scan in with their mobile devices, then pick their product and walk out.  The technology uses a mix of computer vision, sensor fusion and deep…

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How these young trailblazers are making lasting change in their communities

Back in March, T-Mobile and their partner Ashoka set out on a nationwide search with one mission in mind: find and support trailblazing young adults who are thinking outside the box to enact lasting change in their communities. Fast-forward six months and over 330 submissions, and a handful of unbelievable changemakers have been chosen as the winners of this year’s T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge.  Each of the 6 selected Changemaker teams have exceeded expectations and created organizations that will not only make a difference in their own communities, but also have…

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