Apple announces controls to help fight iPhone addiction, plus augmented reality and fitness features

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Apple Inc. introduced features to help iPhone users put down their phones — at least temporarily — after facing criticism that people were addicted to the company’s flagship device and following competitors’ similar moves to fight smartphone addiction.

The slew of tools includes updates to “do…

Those who saw, mocked and ignored Nasim Aghdam’s online videos express regret, remorse

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Anyone who has spent time on the internet has come across something that confounds them — a blog post that doesn’t seem to make any sense, a rant that goes off the rails, a YouTube video so strange it’s hard to tell if the person behind it is sincere or creating performance art.

Often, this content…

Facebook is testing ways to compensate video creators so it can cut into YouTube’s dominance

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If you’re a die-hard fan of a Facebook video creator, the social network may soon give you a way to pay for exclusive content and award you with a digital badge to declare your fandom.

Those are some of the new ideas Facebook is introducing in the coming months to test ways to build up its creator…

Exploiting Facebook data to influence voters? That’s a feature, not a bug, of the social network

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With each comment, like and share, users provide Facebook with a deeply personal window into their lives.

The result of that voluntary behavior? Advertisers looking to finely target their pitches can glean someone’s hobbies, what they like to eat and even what makes them happy or sad — propelling…

Roku envisions being at the center of voice-controlled home entertainment systems, and its stock jumps

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Roku Inc., which makes devices for streaming internet video on television sets, announced Wednesday that it plans to develop a voice assistant and let manufacturers create Roku-connected speakers, stepping up its competition with tech giants Apple, Google and Amazon.

Owners of Roku TVs and players…

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