Twitter tests opening all web links in Safari’s ad-free “Reader mode” on iOS

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If Twitter hosted more content in Beyond 140, it would have to figure out how to compensate publishers Amid all its turmoil – layoffs, failed attempts at finding an acquirer, the closure of Vine – the company is still futzing around with its product in an attempt to make it easier to use. The latest odd test involves Twitter’s iOS app launching web links in Safari with the Reader mode automatically turned on.
This mode is a Safari feature which allows you to load up a… Read More

Play My Way app aims to turn kids’ love of mobile devices on its head

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kidstablet Parents despairing of ever being able to separate their offspring from the mobile devices glued to their fingertips might be interested in an app called Play My Way that’s being built by a startup from Lebanon and designed to interrupt other apps with a little worthy educational content. Read More

Google gets better at flagging apps trying to fake their way into the Play Store’s top charts

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google-play Google today announced it’s rolling out a new detection and filtering system on the Play Store to crack down on those developers who use illegitimate means to boost their app’s ranking in the store’s top charts. This will affect apps that use methods like fraudulent installs, fake reviews, and incentivized ratings, the company noted. While Google already had technology it used… Read More

Replicated raises $5 million for its product taking SAAS products out of the cloud

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wtf-containers Los Angeles-based Replicated has raised $5 million to build out its service that takes software-as-a-service companies down from the “cloud”, TechCrunch has learned. The company, which operates under the somewhat contrarian belief that not all services are going to be delivered in the cloud, provides a toolkit that lets software companies offer their products on premise behind… Read More

Google makes Chrome 15% faster on Windows

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chrome Google is currently making a concerted effort to make its Chrome browser faster and leaner. The company announced a project to bring down memory usage earlier this month, for example. But it also quietly started work on some other optimizations recently, too, that add up to making Chrome on Windows run about 15 percent faster than before. Starting with the Chrome 53 release of 64-bit… Read More

Influential software designer Keith Ohlfs passes away at 52

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u1dlo9ruqquaq0fqekrf It’s a strange sort of legacy, but it’s the kind that’s ever present – the dreaded spinning pinwheel or beach ball or wheel of death. That bright, rainbow colored circle that pops up when an application in busy in macOS. It’s one of the most instantly recognizable of Keith Ohlfs’ many contributions to the modern operating system interface. The UX designer,… Read More

Listen: free recordings of Edgar Allen Poe stories, read by Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone

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If you’ve got a Spotify account, you can tune into the classic Caedmon Poe recordings (also available on 5 CD), featuring classic tales like The Masque of the Read Death; The Pit and the Pendulum; The Black Cat; The Cask of Amontillado; The Imp of the Perverse and The Gold Bug. (via Diane Duane)

Migingo Island – Population density: 169,500/sq mi

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Uganda and Kenya both claim Minigo Island (Area:0.0008 sq mi) in Lake Victoria belongs to them. One hundred thirty one people live on the island, because they like the valuable fish, as well as the “four pubs, a number of brothels, and a pharmacy.”

This short documentary is called “Migingo: The Iron clad Island,” by Peter Scott.

Also check out photographer Jesco Denzel’s photoessay, Migingo: Business on the Rock.

China’s New Policing Computer Is Frontend Cattle Prod, Backend Supercomputer

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Earlier this year, we learned about China’s first “intelligent security robot,” which was said to include “electrically charged riot control tool.” We now know what this robot is up to, and what its developed unit looks like. Reader dcblogs writes: China recently deployed what it calls a “security robot” in a Shenzhen airport. It’s named AnBot and patrols around the clock. It is a cone-shaped robot that includes a cattle prod. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which look at autonomous system deployments in a report last week, said AnBot, which has facial recognition capability, is designed to be linked with China’s latest supercomputers. AnBot may seem like a ‘Saturday Night Live’ prop, but it’s far from it. The back end of this “intelligent security robot” is linked to China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer, where it has access to cloud services. AnBot conducts patrols, recognizes threats and has multiple cameras that use facial recognition. These cloud services give the robots petascale processing power, well beyond onboard processing capabilities in the robot. The supercomputer connection is there “to enhance the intelligent learning capabilities and human-machine interface of these devices,” said the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review.

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43% off NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender – Deal Alert

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Boost the range of your existing WiFi and create a stronger signal in hard-to-reach areas with a WiFi range extender like this one from Netgear, which is highly rated and currently discounted 43% on Amazon. . This compact AC750 wall-plug WiFi booster delivers AC dual band WiFi up to 750 Mbps, and is small and discreet, easily blending into your home decor. Well over 13,000 people have reviewed the AC750 on Amazon (read reviews) and have given it an average of 4 out of 5 stars. Right now its list price of $70 has been reduced to $40. See it now on Amazon.

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Microsoft Surface Studio: the engineering beneath floating pixels

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Microsoft’s Surface PCs are known for their hinges. From the first, launched alongside Windows 8, to the new Surface Studio, each device has a hinge system that has evolved over time. That’s no accident, as the designers behind the scenes have been tweaking the Surface formula for years now. This latest creation, the Surface Studio, is designed to create an illusion of floating pixels. I met with the Surface Team last week to hear the history of the Surface and its latest Surface Studio hinge.

“There is a tradition of us getting funding with pretty crappy prototypes,” admits Ralf Groene, Microsoft’s head of industrial design, as he sits proudly next to the Surface Studio during its launch event in New York City last week. Those “crappy…

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Spinach can be engineered to detect explosives

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Forget bomb-sniffing dogs, we can now use spinach to detect explosives. Scientists have implanted the leafy greens with tiny tubes that let them sense when an explosive is nearby and even alert someone by email.

This is all part of the field of “plant nanobionics,” which is about embedding plants with tiny nanomaterials that basically give them superpowers. In today’s study, published in the journal Nature Materials, MIT researchers put sensors into the part of the spinach leaf where photosynthesis happens. These sensors can detect a chemical that is often in landmines and other explosives: nitroaromatic compounds.

For this process to actually work, the spinach plant has to absorb the chemicals through its roots. That happens if the…

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In speech, Peter Thiel defends what Trump represents much more so than candidate himself

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Peter Thiel, head of Clarium Capital Management LLC and founding investor in PayPal Inc. and Facebook Inc., speaks during the LendIt USA 2016 conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Thiel discussed his outlook for the tech industry. Photographer: Noah Berger/Bloomberg via Getty Images Billionaire investor Peter Thiel may have been trying to drum up more support for Republican candidate Donald Trump this morning at the National Press Club in Washington. But a 15-minute long speech he delivered sounded more like a plea to Americans to understand what’s so wrong with this country, rather than a case for Trump. His pitch: American is broken, and there’s nothing… Read More

Really not sure about this livestream from Peter Thiel

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Peter Thiel’s livestreaming a press event: the PayPal billionaire is explaining why he’s supporting Trump, how he’s going to speak truth to power, why his comments about women aren’t “big” issues, and so on. This is just a taster of what’s coming in the new year, obviously.

Can’t say it was what I expected but still looking forward to what Disney does with Episode VC!

MacBook Pro (2016) Disappointment Pushes Some Apple Loyalists To Ubuntu Linux

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Linux distributions have emerged as one of the beneficiaries in the aftermath of the MacBook Pros launch. Many people aren’t pleased with the offering and prices of Apple’s three new laptops and some of them are resorting to Linux-powered laptops. From a report on BetaNews: Immediately after the Apple Keynote, famed Ubuntu laptop and desktop seller, System76, saw a huge jump in traffic from people looking to buy its machines. The traffic was so intense, that it needed to upgrade servers to keep up, it said. “We experienced much more traffic than we had prepared for, the website didn’t go hard down but experienced slowness. We had to scale up to return to normal. It was a pretty big surge, I don’t have the details in front of me at the moment but I’ve not really heard of anything like this before. People being so underwhelmed by a product that immediately following a new product release they actively seek out competitor’s products,” says Ryan Sipes, Community Manager, System76. I decided to compare specifications and pricing on my own, so I headed to both Apple.com and System76.com to compare. Apple’s new 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,400. This machine has a Quad-core Sklyake i7, maxes out at 16GB of RAM, has an NVMe 256GB SSD, and a Radeon Pro 450 with a paltry 2GB memory. Alternatively, I headed to System76 and configured its 15-inch Oryx Pro. I closely matched the MacBook Pro specs, with a Quad-core Sklyake i7 and NVMe 256GB SSD. Instead of 16GB of RAM as found on the Apple, I configured with 32GB (you can go up to 64GB if needed). By default, it comes with a 6GB Nvidia GTX 1060. The price? Less than $2,000! In other words, the System76 machine with much better specs is less expensive than Apple’s.

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This very good boy’s Halloween costumes raise shelter awareness

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The first time I met my friend Robert Joe was at a picnic on a little island on the Han River in Seoul. He had brought Dubu, his beloved Samoyed, and three tubs of Baskin Robbins ice cream to share. The ice cream went uneaten, because the crowd’s attention was on Dubu.

Dubu, meaning “tofu” in Korean, is something of a minor celebrity in Seoul — a country that favors smaller dogs. He’s already eye-catching enough in all of his majestic 65-pound glory, but for the past five years, Robert has elevated Dubu’s adorableness with increasingly elaborate Halloween costumes. The two of them have dressed up as duos from Peanuts, Game of Thrones, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

But Robert and Dubu’s love for Halloween goes beyond cute outfits. The…

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LG V20 review: lots of features, less refinement

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LG’s V20 is an Android phone I’d recommend to people who insist on having one of the device’s four cornerstone features: a replaceable battery, elaborate manual video camera controls, excellent audio recording capabilities, or a hi-fi headphone listening experience. If you don’t need anything from that list in your next smartphone — and a lot of people don’t — you’re better off buying a Google Pixel XL or iPhone 7 Plus.

For upwards of $800 depending on where you buy it, the V20 is priced to compete with the very best phones on the market right now. But it just doesn’t. To be clear, it’s fairly good at what LG designed it to excel at. It’s a gadget for Android nerds and checks all the boxes on high-end specs, build quality, display…

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The Walking Dead Redemption Club season 7, episode 2: The Well

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Last week our ongoing series The Walking Dead Quitter’s Club came to an end, with the show’s season premiere going so far that club co-founder Bryan Bishop swore off the series entirely. Starting this week, Nick Statt tries to bring him back.

Dear Bryan,

I have to admit, last week was pretty brutal. The season seven premiere of The Walking Dead was the show’s chance to redeem itself and make up for pulling an unnecessary and manipulative cliffhanger finale more than six months ago. Unfortunately, not only did the episode fumble the big reveal of who Negan kills in disastrous fashion, it even pushed you to quit the show for good.

Yes, Glenn died. Abraham died, too (though I know you never really cared for him, or his awful Fu Manchu)….

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