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Researchers discover aluminum foil actually does improve your wireless speed

Researchers at Dartmouth University have found that a 3D printed shape covered in aluminum foil can improve wireless range and increase Wi-Fi security. The project, which appeared on Eurekalert, involves placing a reflector on and around a Wi-Fi router’s antennae to shape the beam, increasing range …

Wi-Fi

I Read More Than 20 Instagram Studies so You Don’t Have to. Here’s What I Found.

At Buffer, we’re big fans of using data and research to guide our social media strategy. So when it came to finding the best Instagram strategy, I …

Social Media Marketing

GeekWire Calendar Picks: Build games to save the planet; A peek into the cutting edge of AI; and more

There are lots of ways to make our lives more sustainable — use less electricity, recycle plastic containers — but how about something more fun? Say, …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Tech news sites quietly rely on this word to create drama in headlines, analysis reveals

GeekWire has quietly performed a detailed analysis of one of the most overused words in tech news. See if you can find the common thread in these …

Large Hadron Collider

YouTube TV unveils new app, but no support for Fire TV as Amazon’s spat with Google continues

YouTube is rolling out a standalone app for its new TV service, but people hoping to stream content on Amazon’s Fire TV device are out of luck.<p>After …

Smart TV

Facebook to implement new transparency rules for political ads

In anticipation of the US midterm elections, the social network aims to make it explicitly clear when you're looking at a political ad.<p>Facebook wants to make political advertisements easier to discern.<p>CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday introduced new rules for advertisers in an effort to promote …

Facebook

Google introduces their own Advanced Protection Program to monitor your Google account

Google has announced their own Advanced Protection Program, which looks much more like a security monitoring service than a traditional Google …

Google

Amazon Echo Dot vs. Google Home Mini: Which should you buy?

One is a known entity and is the gateway drug for connected homes. The other is a new entry from the world's biggest search company. Both have their …

Amazon

How People Inside Facebook Are Reacting To The Company’s Election Crisis

Many employees feel like they’re part of an unjust narrative that’s spiraled out of control.<p>In the summer of 2015, a Facebook engineer was combing through the company's internal data when he noticed something unusual. He was searching to determine which websites received the most referral traffic …

Facebook

Someone figured out why the KFC Twitter account follows just 11 people — it's a brilliant marketing ploy

The Twitter account of global fast-food giant KFC has more than 1.2 million followers, but it follows only five English women and six men in return. They’re all certified accounts.<p>The women include Victoria Beckham, Mel B, and Geri Halliwell.<p>The six men include a musician, journalist, a Green Bay …

Advertising

You Can Now Pay Friends Through Facebook Messenger Using PayPal

Last year, PayPal launched within Facebook Messenger as a way for users to shop and complete payments directly through the messaging app. Today, the two companies are expanding the focus of this feature and opening up peer-to-peer payments for Facebook Messenger users who have linked their PayPal …

Banking

How to check if someone has read your email

You write an email. No reply. You send another email. No reply. You’re halfway through a third email and you stop. What happened to the first two? Junk folder? Were the messages just ignored?<p>In the 21st century, our inboxes are flooded. The average adult will receive 92 email messages per day in …

iOS

Content Marketing 101: What, Why and How to Use for Real Business Results

Content. It's everywhere. Conversations, Facebook posts, Facebook messenger bots, Tweets, Instagram images, Snachat snaps, Facebook Stories, …

Digital Marketing

Google announces $1 billion job training and education program

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was in Pittsburgh Wednesday to announce a new five-year, $1 billion program to help close the global education gap. Part of …

Google

15 Things Everyone Should Know About Quantum Computing

Any discussion of quantum computing feels like a quantum leap into a sci-fi realm. Make no mistake. We are on the cusp of computer technology that defies logic. Today, the transistors in computers are as small as we can make them with existing technology. So, computer innovators began to seek …

Quantum Mechanics

How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds

So you bought that new iPhone. If you are like the typical owner, you’ll be pulling your phone out and using it some 80 times a day, according to data Apple collects. That means you’ll be consulting the glossy little rectangle nearly 30,000 times over the coming year. Your new phone, like your old …

Psychology

Alphabet plans to fly balloons over Puerto Rico to restore cell phone service

With Puerto Rico still reeling from Hurricane Maria, the tech community continues to find ways to help.<p>On the heels of Tesla’s Elon Musk offer to …

Puerto Rico

Facebook acquires AI startup to make Messenger chatbots better

Facebook has acquired Ozlo, an AI startup based in Palo Alto, California, for an undisclosed amount. The team will be folded into Facebook’s Messenger AI operation.<p>Ozlo built an AI agent capable of understanding text-based conversations, pulling from a knowledge graph of two billion entities to …

Chatbots

Down with Tech!

The digital natives are getting restless<p>Happy Cyber Security Awareness Month, everybody.<p>You do know that the month formerly known to FM DJs as “Rocktober” has transmuted into a time when we’re supposed to think about “cyber threats,” right? Yes, this Hacktober, change your passwords frequently and …

Facebook security chief rants about misguided “algorithm” backlash

“I am seeing a ton of coverage of our recent issues driven by stereotypes of our employees and attacks against fantasy, strawman tech cos” wrote Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos on Saturday in a reeling tweetstorm. He claims journalists misunderstand the complexity of attacking fake …

Censorship

This Overlooked Theory Could Be The Missing Piece That Explains How The EM Drive Works

What if it doesn't break the laws of physics?<p>Ever since the EM drive first made headlines, science lovers have puzzled over how the propulsion system …

Physics

Audi's flagship A8 has an overwhelming amount of tech

The 2019 Audi A8 is one of the most, if not <i>the</i> most technically advanced cars in the world, so when the company offered a test drive, how could we resist? While we didn't get to see the vaunted Level 3 self-driving, there were still a lot of cutting-edge features on display. If anything, the sheer …

Transportation

Google and Facebook Failed Us

The world’s most powerful information gatekeepers neglected their duties in Las Vegas. Again.<p>In the crucial early hours after the Las Vegas mass shooting, it happened again: Hoaxes, completely unverified rumors, failed witch hunts, and blatant falsehoods spread across the internet.<p>But they did not …

Las Vegas

Truphone raises $339M to retire debt and step up in connecting IoT devices

Truphone, a mobile company based out of London that made a name for itself through low-cost international mobile voice and data plans, is taking a very big step forward in a strategy to catapult itself into the future of communications: the company has picked up a massive £255 million ($339 …

Internet of Things

Why Alarm.com Should Be on Your Radar

Alarm.com is growing at an incredible clip by bringing home security into the age of the Internet of Things.<p>As the world becomes more and more …

Stocks

Couple admits fleecing Amazon out of $1.2M in merchandise

An Indiana couple has admitted stealing more than $1.2 million in merchandise from Amazon in an elaborate scheme. Erin Joseph Finan, 38, and Leah Jeanette Finan, 37, pleaded guilty in federal court in Indianapolis to charges of mail fraud and money laundering in connection with the racket, the <i>Star</i> …

Amazon

No, Your Incognito Browser Isn’t Actually Private. Here's How to Safely Surf the Internet

Because investing in your online privacy has never been more critical.<p>With data breaches like the Equifax hack becoming more common, investing in …

Cybersecurity

Microsoft is using Excel as a gateway drug to AI

We all interact with artificial intelligence every day: It builds our Google searches, our Facebook feeds, and predicts the next word we’ll type. In this way we’re consumers of AI, rather than using it ourselves.<p>But many of us use Excel. In an attempt to make it easier to work with machine learning …

Microsoft Office

Yelp says Google violated 'do not crawl' provision of 2013 FTC settlement agreement

en_US<p>article<p>Reportedly, numerous Yelp business images were found in Google …