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1 It Seems Like Julian Assange Deleted His Twitter

For reasons unknown the official Twitter account of Julian Assange, the leader of disgraced transparency organization Wikileaks, has been deleted. The Internet Archive—or someone availing themselves of its services—appears to have been preserving snapshots of Assange’s account once every hour since September 18th of this year. Based on that information, it’s likely the @JulianAssange account was deleted between midnight and 1am GMT.

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10 tips and tricks for your new iPhone X

Apple's latest iPhone ($999.00 at Apple) looks and works differently than any iPhone before it. It lacks home button, ditches the fingerprint sensor, and has a fancy new camera system. But don't let any of that intimidate you — it's a slick device, and once you adjust to using gestures instead of buttons to navigate, you'll be fine. Below are some tips to help you ease into your new phone.'

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Untethered VR: Amimon ups game, goes cordless and high quality - Video | ZDNet

How one company plans to remove the cord and fulfill the vision for unencumbered virtual reality.

4
TechCrunch’s Favorite Things of 2017

Each December, the TechCrunch staff members (our writers, editors, video, and social teams) get together and make a big ol’ list of our favorite things from that year. The apps, or gadgets, or movies, or music (or really anything) we loved.

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How to opt out of Facebook's new facial recognition feature

Admittedly, there's a part of me that likes the idea of getting an alert whenever my photo is posted on Facebook. Knowing that if someone is trying to impersonate me (yeah, right!) or someone captured a moment without me realizing is appealing.

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Doctor in a box: Telehealth cabins rolled out in France - Video | ZDNet

A French physician's telemedicine booth can bring healthcare to isolated communities and individual businesses.

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The nine best apps for your new iPhone

Just unwrapped a fancy new iPhone X? Maybe a svelte iPhone SE? No matter what model, you’re gonna need some apps to go with your fancy new phone. Fortunately, we’ve already done the busy work for you and put together the best apps to get started with.

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Mashable on Twitter

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2017 in Memes: The best of the best

One of this year’s earliest memes, Distracted Boyfriend is a stock photo taken as part of a set. It depicts a boyfriend looking over his shoulder at a beautiful stranger while the woman already on his arm looks at him in disgust. In 2017, that image became shorthand for anything new that turned the internet’s head.

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Analysts: iPhone X Demand is Lower Than Originally Anticipated

Before the iPhone X launched, analysts expected the handset to sell like hot cakes and lead to a super cycle where Apple would sell a record number of iPhones. However, due to production woes, analysts expected a demand-supply imbalance that would see Apple sell a lower number of iPhone X units than originally anticipated.

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Fat Shark 101

The premier maker of drone racing headsets built an entry-level quad kit complete with everything you need to learn to race.

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How to keep your iPhone running and looking like it's new

If you didn't get an iPhone X or an iPhone 8 this year and don't have plans to purchase a new Apple mobile device soon, check out how to refresh your iPhone.

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USA TODAY Tech on Twitter

10 things you didn't know your Amazon Echo could do https://usat.ly/2D8D9Kv  pic.twitter.com/p6biTVwRJq

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DRAM latency: Issues and solutions - Video | ZDNet

While DRAM capacities have grown, and bandwidth has too, latency has barely changed in the last two decades. Here's three ways to fix that.

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MIT Tech Review on Twitter

Becoming the first African-American woman to receive a PhD from MIT—in any field—served as prologue to Shirley Ann Jackson's career, one that has spanned research, public policy, and academic leadership. https://trib.al/F2BDAvU 

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How to add a layer of privacy to your conversations using Tor Messenger

Tor Messenger is an anonymous cross-platform messaging app based on the open source Instantbird that allows you to chat via the anonymous Tor network on Jabber (XMPP), IRC, Google Talk, Twitter, Yahoo, and more. It seems Facebook Messenger has been removed from the list of supported account types. Tor Messenger is incredibly easy to use and offers up a level of security and anonymity the standard messaging clients cannot. This could come in handy when you're chatting about sensitive information. Out of the box, Tor Messenger enables Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging automatically and offers a user-friendly GUI with multiple languages.

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MIT Tech Review on Twitter

A look back at the apps that mattered most this year—whether they had power over political conversations, showed technological innovation, or raised issues of privacy and communication. https://trib.al/xl6obxj 

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How to Set Up Your New Laptop in the Quickest Time Possible

Congratulations on your brand new Windows or macOS laptop—we hope you enjoy it! You’ll want to dive in and start using it as soon as you can, of course, but there are just a few housekeeping chores to take care of first. Here’s how to get up and running as quickly as possible while ensuring your new computer stays secure and stable.

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3 ways to break out of your professional bubble

Finally, seek activities outside your usual domain of expertise that require you to think and problem solve in a different way. If you're a coder or technology-oriented person, take a user experience course, and challenge yourself to redesign a screen in one of your business applications, even if only in a notebook. If you're an executive who hasn't looked at a line of code since the COBOL days, spend an afternoon following one of the hundreds of free online tutorials to build a quick mobile app. While you're unlikely to get too far beyond a "Hello world"-type application, you'll get a glimpse into the tools and mental process behind modern software development. You can even extend this practice beyond your professional domain, trying anything from painting, to learning a language, to a new sport, to carpentry, in order to use different parts of your brain and experiment with a different set of content and problem-solving tools.

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Big data, crystal balls, and looking glasses: Reviewing 2017, predicting 2018 | ZDNet

It's this time of year again, when crystal balls meet data. Here's what's kept the data world busy in 2017, and will most likely continue to do so in 2018.

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Microsoft to shut down its Connect beta testing site by year end | ZDNet

Collaborate is a central repository for feedback management, content downloads, user management, and program/engagement management. According to the portal, Collaborate goes beyond what Microsoft is currently doing with Feedback Hub -- its site for submitting bugs, issues and suggestions -- by "provid(ing) additional functionality that enables organizations and users to collaborate on feedback work items. Feedback can be configured in different ways to enable the functionality needed to support each specific collaboration."

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Harmonix's DropMix is an insane music maker game

It's all good and fun, but there are issues. For $99, AU$199 and £119, you'll get the board and a deck of 60 cards. You'll run through that 60 in a fairly short time, so you'll probably need more cards. You'll have to pay for those though, with genre playlists going for $15, AU$25 and £15. The game also relies on you having your own phone or tablet. You probably have a smartphone if you're reading this, but it's certainly better experienced on a tablet. A good set of speakers to connect it to is also key.

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Fuelled by value-for-money phones, Xiaomi draws level with leader Samsung in India | ZDNet

The fact is, Samsung's wide array of products may actually be its Achilles' heel. The Korean company has a flood of products, 13 to be precise, in the popular 8,000 rupee ($125) to 15,000 rupee ($234) band, which makes up 45 percent of sales in India versus Xiaomi's six. Yet, it has been unable to even come close to the runaway successes that phones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 have been, and any potential rival is an outdated model.

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The top 5 tech events that surprised us in 2017

Every year brings new technology surprises, and 2017 was no different. Here's a look back at some of the big happenings.

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Charge Your New Phone Without Wires [Deals Hub]

Ever since smartphones have existed, we’ve had to carry around chargers with us to make sure they never run out of power. That’s an extra cord to untangle every time your battery starts to get low. With wireless charging, you can finally fill your battery back up without plugging in. You can get the Qi Wireless Fast Charging Pad on sale from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub !

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Brazil leads in e-waste generation in LatAm | ZDNet

Regulations such as the The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) exist for quite some time in Europe. However, the rest of the world is mostly doing very badly in terms of e-waste management.

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Results Are In: This Smartphone Has the Best Camera

iPhones were long believed to have the best cameras in smartphones. However, in recent years, that position has been challenged by the likes of Samsung, LG and HTC with their flagship smartphones sporting better hardware camera specs than the latest iPhone available at that time. And then Google absolutely ripped apart the competition with its Google Pixel last year and its computational photography tricks. This year, with the Google Pixel 2, the company seems to have taken things to a different level altogether.

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Upvote this: Best of Reddit 2017 is peak internet

The site also highlighted its top AMAs, where users are encouraged to ask the host anything (No. 1: Bill Gates) and its largest new communities created in 2017 (No. 1: r/MovieDetails). Other "superlatives" include "Best Science-Themed March That Started With a Single Comment on Reddit," "Best Print Magazine Devoted to Meme Analysis" and "Most Upvoted Photoshop Battle."

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This is what Samsung's folding phone may look like

It differs from the Axon M in other ways, too. First, it incorporates Samsung's curved edge-to-edge displays, which may aid in the illusion that you are looking at one big screen when the phone is opened up. The Axon M, on the other hand, has bezels on the sides of its screens, which make for a big black bar when the phone is opened up. Additionally, the hinges in the patent allow the phone to open a full 360 degrees, while the Axon M can only go 180 degrees.

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Dad swears repeatedly at TV box, always loses

Commentary: A video posted to Twitter and now enjoyed by more than 1 million people shows the painful issues some people have with tech.

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The Best iOS 11 ARKit Apps for iPhone and iPad You Should Try

One of the most useful things you can do using ARKit is to measure and map your surroundings. After iOS 11 update, it’s like you always have a super intelligent tape measure always in your pocket. Given that measuring things using AR makes for a great demo, we’ll find lots of such apps in the App Store in the coming days.

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This Book Is All About Death, Murder, Mourning, and 'an Anatomical Christ'

Today, at a time when death has moved from the domain of mythology or religion to that of science, the dead body continues to mean but what precisely it does mean is unclear. In some ways, I see objects in medical museums as sort of science-age memento mori, objects that allow us to come close to and contemplate the mystery of death in a time when dead bodies are rarely seen. Hopefully, this book will serve something of the same function; by contemplating these images, and by engaging with the many ways in which our ancestors imagined a death that was not antithetical to beauty, we might rediscover what they knew so well: the seemingly paradoxical notion that it is precisely by keeping death close at hand and coming to terms with its inevitability that we are able to lead full, rich lives.

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Space station crew watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi from orbit

NASA astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei tweeted a picture of movie night, wherein the space station crew has crowded around a projector screen with drink bags and “bungee cord chairs,” which I guess is the interstellar equivalent of a recliner. There’s no review of the film yet from these gravity-defying fans, but I will forever treasure this shot of astronauts cuddling their adult juice bags like giddy kids in their parents’ basement.

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How to set up ssh key authentication

If you're a Linux administrator, you most certainly are using secure shell to gain access to your remote servers. Why? Secure shell is far more trustworthy than many other means of logging into your remote servers. When you attempt to log into a remote server, you will be asked for a username and password. As you transmit that information it is encrypted, so there's no need to worry. However, what if you could add yet another layer of security? This is not only possible, it's actually quite simple.

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How to Avoid a Flooded Inbox When You Return From the Holidays

Some of you are probably just digging yourselves out from the email avalanche of Thanksgiving weekend. In just a few weeks, we’ll fall into the final holiday wormhole of the year, and have to make our way back through piles of unread missives on January 2. Here are a few tips to make the return to work and email slightly less painful.

36
Google Poaches Key Apple Chip Designer

The company has lately gotten serious about its smartphones efforts as evident from the Pixel 2 and the hidden Pixel Visual Core inside it. While Google has been teaming up with various OEMs for its Nexus devices for years now, it was the first time with the Pixel 2 that the company designed and used a custom chip of its own in one of its devices.

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PewDiePie screwed up in 2017 but influencers will only get stronger in 2018

So as we look back on 2017 and ahead to the first ‘adult’ year of the century, influencer marketing has clearly had something of a renaissance this year. ROI is great, the engagement is out of this world, and influencers know how to represent a brand in its best possible light to their particular audience.

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People still aren't buying smartwatches — and it's only going to get worse

"Other than early adopters, consumers have yet to find a reason to justify the cost of a smartwatch, which can sometimes cost as much as a smartphone," eMarketer forecasting analyst Cindy Liu wrote in the report. "Instead, for this holiday season, we expect smart speakers to be the gift of choice for many tech enthusiasts, because of their lower price points."

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How to accurately value your startup for your next funding round

Valuing and deciding how much equity to give away of a company that you’ve, no doubt, put your heart and soul into is always going to be a gnarly issue. Unfortunately there is no single answer but here are a few tips that can help you to navigate this notoriously tricky territory.

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The OnePlus 5T's Face Unlock feature is coming to the OnePlus 5

Pei says the feature roll-out follows "popular demand," which makes sense. In The Verge's review of the 5T , Vlad Savov writes that more than anything else, Face Unlock is convenient. It isn't super secure, as his friends were able to spoof it by flashing his phone at his face for a second. But OnePlus only uses Face Unlock to secure phones — not for payments or other sensitive transactions — and users won't be forced into Face Unlock. They can always use the fingerprint sensor built into their OnePlus 5's home button.

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XaaS: Why 'everything' is now a service | ZDNet

Gartner foresees continuing growth in all sectors (and particularly IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), reflecting the seemingly relentless march of public cloud adoption. But although 'everything' is increasingly available as a service, there's a long way to go. "As of 2016, approximately 17 percent of the total market revenue for infrastructure, middleware, application and business process services had shifted to cloud. Through 2021, this will increase to approximately 28 percent," said Gartner's Nag.

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Here's how to hack 40 websites in 7 minutes

Last summer I started learning about information security and hacking. Over the last year I’ve played in various wargames, capture the flag and penetration testing simulations, continuously improving my hacking skills and learning new things about ‘how to make computers deviate from their expected behavior’.

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Seven Ideas to Make the Most of Your Time Off During the Holiday Break

It’s easy to get sucked into the “busy” trap , stuck in a constant state of catching up. If you have a couple of days off during the holiday break, it’s a good time to hit the reset button, get around to tasks you’ve neglected, and start the New Year on the right foot.

44
MIT Tech Review on Twitter

Get the story behind the story, before anyone else. Become an MIT Technology Review Insider today - https://trib.al/0tWaAUv  pic.twitter.com/cCzhEAi88G

45
The tricks to make yourself effortlessly charming

If you are looking to give your relationship with your new best friend some longevity, it might also be worth using something Schafer refers to as the Hansel and Gretel technique. A common mistake that many of us make is to overwhelm new people with too much information about ourselves, which can put them off. Instead, Schafer recommends revealing details about yourself little by little – like bread crumbs - so each new piece of information acts as “curiosity hooks” to keep their interest going.

46 Special report: IT Jobs in 2020: A leader's guide (free PDF)

AI, big data, cloud computing, and automation are having a dramatic impact on IT job roles and hiring practices. This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature , looks at what CIOs, IT pros, and IT departments can do to adapt to the changes and find the tech talent they need. From the ebook: As IT evolves in the direction of more cloud adoption, more automation, and more artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and analytics, it’s clear that the IT jobs landscape will change too. For example, tomorrow’s CIO is likely to become more of a broker and orchestrator of cloud services, juggling the strategic concerns of the C-suite with more tactical demands from business units, and less of an overseer of enterprise applications in on-premises data centres. Meanwhile, IT staff are likely to spend more time in DevOps teams, integrating multiple cloud services and residual on-premises applications, and enforcing cyber-security, and less time tending racks of servers running siloed client-server apps, or deploying and supporting endpoint devices.

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Gizmodo Staff’s Biggest Purchase Regrets of 2017

99.9 percent of the time, I’m sure every Gizmodo staffer is just like you: thoughtfully researching what products to buy, carefully anticipating how each purchase might turn out, and smartly considering our budgets, before handing over our hard-earned cash. But despite what you may think, we aren’t perfect, people! Sometimes we make mistakes. Other times we fall for stupid, misleading Instagram ads. Sometimes awful shit just happens. So here’s a list of our biggest purchase regrets of 2017.

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The 10 most beautiful cars on sale today

The DB11 is the first time Aston designer Marek Reichman has had the opportunity to go all out on an all-new production model. And what a job he's done. Reichman's DB11 is a modern and seductive interpretation of what an Aston should be. It also moves away from the design language set by predecessor Sir Ian Callum's DB7 that has guided the company for more than two decades.

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What's the Ideal Number of Humans on Earth?

The world is projected to add another 4 billion people by 2100, with population probably leveling off soon after that at 11 or 12 billion people. Rapid fertility decline has caused population growth rates to decline everywhere. Africa will be the only region with positive population growth by around 2050, and even Africa’s population growth will probably be at low levels by 2100. Given the world’s ability to absorb the extra 4 billion people that were added between 1960 and 2011, with rising standards of living all over the world, I am optimistic that the world can add another 4 billion between 2011 and 2100, with standards of living continuing to improve. One of many caveats to this is that we must solve the problem of climate change, a challenge that cannot be minimized. But assuming that we do come up with solutions to climate change, a reasonable forecast is that world population will stabilize at about 12 billion people in a bit over 100 years, say in 2125. The demographic projections, tricky as they are, are much easier than economic projections. But given past experience, my forecast is that living standards in 2125 will be at least as high as they are today, and they will be sustainable over time.

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6 Security Tips If You Really Need to Use Public Wi-Fi on Your iPhone, iPad or Mac

Using a VPN is the easiest way to protect your internet activities from all sorts of watchful eyes, including man-in-the-middle attacks. Install the VPN app from the service on your iPhone, iPad and Mac and enable it (for iOS devices, you’ll need to activate a profile for the service in Settings). Your internet traffic will now be encrypted and routed through a secure network (the servers of the VPN service you’re using) and someone who’s trying to monitor your actives won’t be able to peek in.

51 Macworld on Twitter
52 iPhone Hacks on Twitter
53 Mashable on Twitter
54 Bill Nye flies through superhero fact and fiction
55 UFO existence "proven beyond reasonable doubt," says former head of Pentagon alien program
56 17 huge moments that defined the royal family in 2017
57 5 ways to make a Chromebook feel more like a MacBook
58 The Best PC Games
59 Your Apple HomeKit devices were open to hackers, report says
60 'Game of Thrones' study looks at dragons and global warming
61 HyperX's Cloud Alpha is as comfy as gaming headsets get
62 2017 in review: iPhone 10th anniversary, Samsung Note rebound, solid cheap smartphones | ZDNet
63 Bitcoin: The newcomer's guide to cryptocurrency
64 The growth of the corporate cloud is coupled with increased complexity
65 Blockchain tech could save the media business
66 Did you get weird 'Mr. Robot' Firefox extension? Mozilla promises it won't happen again
67 When confronted, online trolls sound like reasonable people
68 3 movie subscription services compared
69 Dating app Hinge wants to make ghosting disappear
70 Digital Trends on Twitter
71 Japan's Denso considering $440 million investment in JOLED: Kyodo
72 The Best Smartwatches of 2018
73 Brat Meets Christmas Serial Killer in This Gruesomely Funny Riff on Home Alone
74 How augmented and virtual reality will reshape the food industry
75 iPhone Hacks on Twitter
76 Chrome will start blocking ads on February 15 • r/Android
77 Oreo is here on Android One Moto X4! • r/MotoX4 • r/Android
78 Spooky Web Series Ghost Radio Wishes Everyone a Very Stephen King-Inspired Christmas
79 Snowden-Backed App 'Haven' Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System • r/Android
80 Mashable on Twitter
81 Snapdragon 845 Geekbench score with a Sony device • r/Android
82 Your bank is probably using phishing tactics on you
83 China's censors have taken down 13,000 websites in 3 years
84 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
85 Google Duo 25 teases Android P, preps revamped Contacts page, mode switcher & alerts for low battery, volume [APK Teardown] • r/Android
86 NASA on Twitter
87 You still need to learn JavaScript in 2018 (I’m not kidding)
88 PCMag on Twitter
89 The 5 most important SEO trends to watch in 2018
90 The International Space Station's crew is having a very merry Christmas
91 Israel regulator seeks to ban bitcoin firms from stock exchange
92 Improving app security and performance on Google Play for years to come • r/Android
93 Laura Marchitelli on Twitter