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2018-07-20T00:48:21.777Z
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Sony today announced a custom-edition PlayStation 4 that features a bright red exterior adorned with the logo of everyone’s favorite web-slinger. I’m not a fan of custom-edition consoles. I’d like to think that when I fork over upwards of $500 that the console I just bought is going to be, visually speaking, something I’ll have to live with for the next several years — until a new version takes its place. I’m not one that can justify forking over a few hundred dollars extra for something that’s more visually appealing than my still-working console. Most of the time, anyway. Lacking…

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Motorola’s G6 Play and Z3 Play smartphones recently joined the Prime Exclusive family of unlocked phones. They come with a hefty discount and all the Amazon apps you could want pre-installed. If you love Amazon Prime, and you’re in the market for a mid-tier phone, you should consider both devices. I spent about a month with these devices and came to the conclusion that they were both in the same class, mid-tier, but at the very polar ends of that spectrum. The Z3 Play feels like a solid middle of the pack phone that gives more than you’d expect from…

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Mark Zuckerberg recently fell into a whole ocean of hot water when he appeared to equivocate on the controversial topic of Holocaust denial. But his message is less about Facebook‘s attitude towards fringe opinions, and more about its attitude towards all opinions — yours included. In an interview this week with Recode‘s Kara Swisher, Zuckerberg gave his thoughts on giving a voice to content many would find offensive. He specified one core principle of the platform was “giving people a voice, so that people can express their opinions.” Swisher asked him about content related to Sandy Hook and the popular conspiracy theory that…

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A data expert by the name of Hang Tho Di Duc recently exposed a problem with Venmo’s privacy settings, they’re public by default. For those who didn’t know that, Hang’s the angel on your shoulder trying to keep you safe. And, if you look to your other side, you’ll see the devil in the form of a bot that tweets the names and faces of Venmo users who are referencing drugs and sex in their transactions. Joel Guerra, the human behind the bot, wanted to “demonstrate how much data Venmo was making publicly available with their open API and their…

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A new Amazon feature first spotted by TechCrunch helps anyone with an iPhone find odd parts that might otherwise involve a trip to the hardware store. Called “Part Finder,” Amazon‘s new tool is one of the more useful computer vision tools to date. It takes advantage of the iPhone‘s excellent optics to scan, measure, and identify all types of fasteners or other pieces of small hardware. One found, the app asks for some additional information — screw type, head style, and drive type: Phillips, flathead, etc. — before leading you to the appropriate product on Amazon. To get to the…

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Having been involved in the development of several e-commerce products over the years, one thing I’ve learned is that a great product and a persuasive marketing message aren’t always enough to help you generate lasting success. In fact, there’s one simple ingredient that practically every business needs if it wants to have any chance of sticking around in the long run: customer reviews. Here’s a closer look at some of the reasons why generating reviews should be a top priority for your business. The power of positive word-of-mouth There are many techniques you can use to spread the word about…

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Third-party sellers managed to hawk cheap, pirated copies of new games on Amazon. While the site has since removed the sketchy versions, it’s a good time to remember to be cautious before you buy anything for those prices, games included. One eagle-eyed Reddit user, CodependentlyWealthy, first spotted listings for new games at the absurdly low price of $3. The games in question, which include Frostpunk and The Observer, are fairly new and not really candidates for such a low price outside of a very generous Steam sale — not legitimately, in any case. After further investigation, buyers found the games were pirated, having been copied from the versions…

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Customers, as we all know, are a fickle bunch. Considering how customer loyalty is far from abundant these days, there are many ways to lose a customer, but the biggest turn-off for today’s consumers is an experience in which friction isn’t kept to a minimum. On some level, we’ve known that for years, right? The marketplaces that are winning loyalty from today’s consumers are doing it by focusing on reducing customer friction points. “Brands are trying a lot of things to reduce customer friction points,” Augie Ray, the renowned Gartner Customer Experience analyst, tells me. Ray cites how Amazon has…

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Cloudflare has launched a new initiative, called the Athenian Project, to protect electoral websites from online attacks. The service is available free of charge to state and local governments, and offers Cloudflare’s enterprise-level security and reliability services. Cloudflare’s sevices will ensure that websites aren’t vulnerable to brute force attacks, which could potentially allow an adversary to gain access and deface web-pages, or proliferate incorrect information. The service will also ensure that electoral websites will stay online during peak times, or whilst a website is under attack from a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack. So far, a handful of governments…

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Well, I gotta eat my words. Not did I only rubbish Apple for not fixing its keyboard, one of TNW’s editors disagreed with my take on the update so much, he wrote an article refuting it. Obtained by MacRumours, an internal document that’s been sent to Apple Authorized Service Providers (you know, the folks who fix your Apple products, but don’t wear those silly polo shirts) confirms iFixit’s find of a silicone barrier underneath the keys of the new MacBook Pro. The document states: Keyboard and Keycaps The keyboard has a membrane under the keycaps to prevent debris from entering the butterfly…

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It’s probably still your best bet to just handle the safeguarding of your digital systems and information yourself. For any tech-savvy user, that still means a VPN (virtual private network), so get in on one of the web’s most respected services with a lifetime of VPN Unlimited. It’s currently more than 90 percent off, only $39.99 from TNW Deals.

Tinder just announced it’s adding Bitmoji to DMs for users in Canada and Mexico, with plans to launch the feature in the US before the end of the summer. According to Tinder, the collaboration with Snapchat’s Bitmoji is meant to help people break the ice — without revealing too much info, like your Snapchat details. Since Tinder doesn’t think you’re smooth with words, Bitmoji gives you some freedom in expressing your personality in a casual and sometimes witty way (which words apparently can’t do). Your Bitmoji can flirt by tossing a rose into its mouth, offer out drinks by throwing…

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Huawei’s latest wearable is a bloody strange one. The TalkBand B5 is the fourth-generation of the Chinese giant’s fitness trackers, and like its predecessors, combines a conventional-looking wrist-worn screen with a bluetooth headset. So, you could be jogging in a park and get a call, and you’d just pop out the TalkBand B5 from its strap, and shove it into your earhole. That’s a pretty massive divergence from the status quo established by more conservative devices, like the FitBit Charge 2, and the Huawei Band 2 Pro. Compared to the TalkBand B3, which was launched way back in 2016, the…

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Taking a cue from other global charities, leading online petition platform Change.org has launched its own philanthropic cryptocurrency mining initiative. “’The Mining Screensaver’ claims to wield the ability to change the world by utilizing the processing power of computers worldwide. Anyone willing to contribute to the initiative can start mining by downloading and installing the screensaver app. All Monero generated is to be donated immediately to the Change.org Foundation, in full. Firstly – let’s give Change.org the benefit of the doubt. Those looking to donate to worthwhile causes may not always have the spare cash to make a difference. A simple screensaver such…

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The BlackBerry Key2 is easily one of my favorite phones of 2018, but it is rather expensive, retailing at $650 unlocked in the US. Fortunately, a cheaper version is on the horizon, which will bring the iconic physical keyboard to more users, at a vastly lower price point. The device is being referred to as the KEY2 Lite, and has the codename Luna. For all intents and purposes, it looks like the standard KEY2, but with a few compromises. For starters, it’ll come with a plastic chassis, rather than the excellent and hardy aluminium one that shipped with the premium…

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Chinese phone brand Xiaomi has launched the follow up to last year’s Mi Max 2 (which we reviewed here). The Mi Max 3 improves in almost almost all areas of its bargain-basement phablet predecessor, particularly in the screen, camera, and battery departments. The latest Xiaomi handset packs an absolutely bonkers 6.9-inch IPS display, which is a measurable step up from its predecessor, which only had a 6.44-inch screen. This comes with a 18:9 display ratio and tight bezels, which gives it the appearance of being a smaller phone, despite being absolutely bloody massive. Camera-wise, the Mi Max 3 comes with…

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Ahh, I remember the halcyon days of the late-90s internet, where strangers from all over the globe would meet in AOL chat rooms and type “A / S / L” at each other over and over again. Well, Reddit is looking to bring this era back with Reddit Chat, a feature that’s being rolled out across subreddits. In a blog post on the site, u/ityoclys analyzed their time with the feature. For the past year, around 7,000 people have had a chance to test out the chat feature. The reason for starting Reddit Chat – according to the company at least…

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Earlier this week, leading cryptocurrency exchange desk Coinbase announced it had gotten a stamp of approval from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to close a trio of acquisitions that could allow the company to trade security tokens. But the exchange is now walking back its statements. Coinbase spokeswoman Rachael Horowitz has come forward to clarify the company never got an approval from the regulatory agency to proceed with the buyout of Keystone Capital, Venovate Marketplace, and Digital Wealth. It turns out it never needed one either – the blessing of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) was purportedly more than…

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If you’re rocking an Android phone from the likes of Samsung, LG, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and other major brands, its screen is likely protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. The company’s just unveiled the latest version of its protective composition, which is said to be twice as effective as Gorilla Glass 5. The US-based firm says that Gorilla Glass 6 can survive 15 drops from a height of one meter onto rough surfaces – a lot more than the average of four phone drops a year among users that the company recorded in a study this year. Corning chalks up the enhanced…

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), a crowdsourced enterprise, has reportedly struck a deal with China to build a test track in the Chinese province of Guizhou. Engadget reported that the track will cover a distance of 10 km. While that sounds like a lot, it’s actually too short a length to allow HTT’s vehicle to reach speeds of above 1000 kmph, which is what the company promised to achieve with its operations in full swing. Since China rarely allows foreign companies to operate without local connections, a deal was struck by HTT to start the project as a domestic entity. The…

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