State encryption laws only undermine our national security

State encryption laws only undermine our national security

Encryption advocates and national security leaders let out a collective sigh of relief last month when the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice abruptly withdrew the legal motion against Apple over a locked iPhone. The hastily crafted lawsuit was a risky gambit to circumvent Congress and set a dangerous legal precedent with an […]

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The Very Best Twitter Jokes About That Very Long Sam Hinkie Letter

The Very Best Twitter Jokes About That Very Long Sam Hinkie Letter

After three seasons, the Philadelphia 76ers’ “Process” has come to an end. Team general manager Sam Hinkie tendered his resignation on Wednesday, to the tune of a 13-page, 7,000-word farewell note that includes everything from philosophical musings to zoological observations to mournings of the premature death of the Blackberry smartphone. No, seriously. The GM who’s […]

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How Facebook ruined Instagram

How Facebook ruined Instagram

I always loved Instagram. It’s been my favorite social network since I had a smartphone. I was happy when it was purchased from Facebook and nothing happened. I was happy because Facebook didn’t change the algorithm, like in Facebook, and the user experience remained similar. The Insta meant instantaneous real-time photo sharing with my friends, […]

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Former Mexico president uses birthday message to target Trump

Vicente Fox tweets to tell Republican frontrunner that he is celebrating wifes birthday in Cancun and you will never be invited Birthday tweets seldom assume overtones of attack, but on his special day the former Mexican president Vicente Fox mixed mushy messages for his wife, Martha Sahagn, with scorn for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. Marta. […]

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‘I think my blackness is interfering’: does facial recognition show racial bias?

The latest research into facial recognition technology used by police across the US has found that systems disproportionately target vulnerable minorities Cameras are used routinely by police across the US to identify citizens, their faces cross-matched against databases of suspects and past criminals. Yet researchers claim there is too little scrutiny of how these tools […]

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In with the in crowd: secret languages can confuse, exclude or empower

Argot sits in the forbidden corners of language, where creativity thrives, shrouded by a cloak of linguistic abandon There are between 6,500 and 7,000 languages spoken worldwide. Include argots the characteristic language of a particular group and that number climbs ginormously. Ginormous itself is argot, the portmanteau of gigantic and enormous to form a new […]

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The Best Way To Boost Your Memory Is Already In Your Hand

The Best Way To Boost Your Memory Is Already In Your Hand

Want to sharpen that noggin? Pick up a pen. Chances are you still scribble down a few notes each day. And extending that practice into longer, physical writing may sharpen your memory exponentially. Studies have found that students who wrote their class notes outperformed students who typed them. Notetakers were better able to retain information and grasp […]

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This man’s Fitbit may have actually saved his life

This man’s Fitbit may have actually saved his life

For the first time ever, doctors used data collected from a fitness tracker in medical decision-making and potentially saved a man’s life. Thanks to the heart rate monitor on the patient’s Fitbit Charge HR tracker, doctors could quickly determine a course of treatment and reset his heart back to its normal rhythm. A 42-year-old man […]

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