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How to make sure sketchy Facebook apps aren’t spying on you

Image: Vicky Leta/Mashable Over the years, you’ve probably logged into a lot of services on Facebook without thinking about how those services use your data. Some of those services may have leveraged your data to undermine the very foundations of American democracy. Hard to say! New reports from the Guardianand New York Timesreveal how a Trump-aligned data-gathering service called Cambridge Analytica “exploited” information from millions of people in the lead-up to the 2016 election. It was pretty simple: The firm created a personality test app called “thisisyourdigitallife,” and people opted…

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Genius modifies his car to play Toto’s ‘Africa’ instead of those annoying door chimes

If you were forced to hear something every time you opened your car door, you could do worse than Toto’s “Africa” — a pleasant tune that would surely leave you in a good mood for your ride.   Self-described Volvo enthusiast Chris Ng wanted to customize the door chimes on his old Volvo 240. Now, every time he opens his car door and his keys are still in the ignition, an 8-bit version of Toto’s “Africa” plays instead of those annoying bells. On his Kickstarter page, Ng notes that it…

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Apple targets Android users with new ‘Switch to iPhone’ ad campaign

Image: screenshot: monica chin/apple/youtube There’s a certain aesthetic that consumers have come to expect from Apple: black backgrounds, hip-hop beats, flashy text and visual effects.  The latest set of ads from the company, however, feature a new look. They’re charming, light-hearted, and — most pointedly — out to woo the world’s Android users. SEE ALSO: Apple releases emotional ad to celebrate marriage equality All four ads feature a screen divided into two regions: a gray half labeled “your phone” and a light blue half labeled “iPhone.” They’re less than 20…

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Cryptojackers used YouTube ads to secretly mine cryptocurrency

Image: Peter Dazely / Getty Images YouTube is turning passive viewers into cryptocurrency miners, and Google isn’t happy. The issue became apparent earlier in the week as complaints surfaced on social media claiming that YouTube ads were raising red flags in anti-virus software. A service called Coinhive was hijacking a viewer’s CPU and using its power to mine crypto. SEE ALSO: CryptoCelebrities are the newest irritating kid on the blockchain A Friday blog post from Trend Micro, an international cybersecurity company, confirmed the sharp uptick in Coinhive use earlier in…

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Why Hillary Clinton said ‘activist bitches supporting bitches’

Yes, it’s true. Hillary Clinton did say “activist bitches supporting bitches,” as other media outlets reported on Friday after a tweet from political commentator Alex Mohajer went viral.  Why? Someone who ran an activist organization named after that phrase asked her to do so during a lunch event in New York this week.  SEE ALSO: Why Hillary Clinton’s former CTO left politics for a fitness startup You can watch Clinton say it here:

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Heres how NASA is preparing the largest telescope ever built for space

Goodbye.Image: lili sams/mashable Instagram has never been my favorite app, perhaps because I love reading words more than staring at photos. But beyond that core element, it’s continued to be the bane of my existence — at least while writing about the tech industry, chatting with friends, and watching the world around me strain to be more “Instagrammable.”  SEE ALSO: 2017’s most memorable Instagram moments I understand some people — maybe a decent amount of Instagram’s 500 million daily users — are inspired by the photos they see in their…

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Fisker EMotion electric car debuts at CES, immediately inspires drooling

Picture the Distracted Boyfriend internet meme, where the boyfriend is a Tesla owner and the girlfriend is the Model S. The other woman? That’s gotta be the Fisker EMotion. SEE ALSO: 7 tech trends that will rule CES 2018 The all-new Fisker Inc. debuted its luxury electric car, the EMotion, at CES 2018, and it’s a beauty. Fisker’s sporty sedan would look completely in its element pulling up next to a Corvette or Porsche. But this a car made for the future, with equal attention paid to brains as well…

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Apple confirms all Macs and iOS devices are affected by serious CPU bugs

Image: Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock Apple just confirmed that nearly all of its devices are impacted by the serious vulnerabilities affecting processors made by Intel and other chip makers. In the company’s first public statement on the vulnerabilities, Apple confirmed that all of its Mac and iOS devices are affected by the bugs known as Meltdown and Spectre. SEE ALSO: Cybersecurity agency: The only sure defense against huge chip flaw is a new chip “These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems. All Mac…

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LG has announced the world’s first 88-inch, 8K OLED TV

Image: LG Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. If you were planning to buy an OLED TV but nothing out there was big enough for you, LG has a treat: The world’s first 8K, 88-inch OLED display.  The TV has a 7,680×4,320 pixel resolution (that’s 33 million pixels), and that’s all LG shared in terms of specs at this point. Given that it’s an OLED, though, we can expect deep blacks,…

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Apple clarifies Control Center’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons on iOS 11.2

Image: lili sams/mashable When Apple released iOS 11 with a redesigned Control Center in September, they also quietly made a change to how the shortcut buttons for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth worked. On iOS 10 and earlier, tapping them turned these wireless connections completely on and off. But on iOS 11, it merely disconnected your devices temporarily, while still allowing features like AirPlay and AirDrop to work. Apple hasn’t changed how the buttons work back to the old way, but at least it’s more clear what’s happening on iOS 11.2. SEE…

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Here are the 2017 innovations that changed the world

Image: Morgan’s Inspiration Island; eSight; Petit Pli; Manu Prakash/Stanford 2017 may have been a rough year, but there were plenty of inventions, innovations, and gadgets that made the world just a slightly better place. From global health to social justice to humanitarian aid, a slew of scientists, technologists, and activists came together this year to create impactful solutions to some of our most pressing problems. SEE ALSO: 9 incredible ways we’re using drones for social good In no particular order, here are 30 innovations that made a tangible difference in…

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Slow iPhone? You won’t like the reason why

Image: courtesy ifixit Conspiracy theorists, rejoice: For once, you were right. Apple confessed this week that, yes, it slows down old iPhones to mitigate battery concerns, practically confirming a long-running suspicion: that a tech giant has messed with an old device to encourage people to buy a new device. SEE ALSO: Yes, Apple sometimes slows down old iPhones to prevent unexpected shutdowns And yet: Apple’s justification is reasonable, if a bit convoluted. Apple says it developed the update for the iPhone 6, 6S, and SE to prevent them from “unexpectedly…

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Apple reveals the most popular app of 2017 and it might surprise you

Image: lili sams/mashable Snap may have had a rough year, but you wouldn’t know it from the App Store charts. Apple just revealed the most popular apps of 2017 and Snap nabbed the top two spots on the list, beating out Facebook, Google, and Netflix. SEE ALSO: The best tech of 2017 While Snapchat was the most downloaded app of 2016, it slipped to the number two position this year, with Snap-owned Bitmoji taking top honors. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise to those who have been paying attention.…

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Elon Musk had 100 days to build the world’s biggest battery. He’s done.

Done and done. But now's the test.Image: tesla Elon Musk made a bet to build the world’s biggest battery in 100 days or he’d pay for it. And he’s done. Tesla has completed installing its colossal lithium ion battery in South Australia, a Powerpack system with 100 megawatts of capacity. But now comes the test. SEE ALSO: This isn’t the first time Elon Musk made big promises Regulatory testing will begin in the next few days to ensure the battery is optimised and meets AEMO and South Australian Government requirements,…

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