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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.<p><b>1. Mark Zuckerberg will spend the next two days explaining to US politicians how Facebook mishandled user data, and the company has released his prepared remarks ahead of his Wednesday congressional testimony.</b> He apologised for …

Mark Zuckerberg

Bitmain’s $800 Ethereum ASIC miner could help bring GPU prices down

Bitmain has announced a new dedicated mining rig slated for release in a few months time, which has the potential to upturn the existing Ether mining …

Bitcoin

A cynic's guide to Facebook's decision to dump third party data for advertising

Former President Barack Obama has often warned against cynicism.<p>That's a lovely, noble sentiment. But the thing is, Obama never worked in advertising.<p>Facebook's announcement t that it plans to weed out ads that employ third party data sources for targeting was of course presented as being about …

AdTech

Giant Drone Can Do Everything From Rescue Humans To De-Icing Wind Turbines

Now this is a drone we can get behind.<p>A Latvian company called Aerones is developing a new type of heavy-duty drone that can do everything from …

Drones

Facebook logs SMS texts and calls, users find as they delete accounts

Leaving the social network after Cambridge Analytica scandal, users discover extent of data held<p>As users continue to delete their Facebook accounts in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a number are discovering that the social network holds far more data about them than they expected, …

Social Media

The list of countries that will benefit from the AI revolution could be exceedingly short

Here’s a comprehensive list of the countries that venture capitalist and former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee says are well-positioned to embrace a future powered by artificial intelligence:<p>United States<br>• China<p>Every other economy should brace for trouble ahead, Lee says in an interview with …

Artificial Intelligence

Google's mobile-first search indexing is live after lengthy testing

After well over a year of testing, Google is ready to shift some of its search engine foundations to focus on mobile. The company has started the rollout for "mobile-first" search indexing, which uses the phone-optimized versions of pages for indexing and ranking whenever possible. Searchers are …

SEO

Man with excellent taste in music controls his Google speakers with RFID tags

Define “useful.” I mean, sure, it’s not hard to talk to Google or Alexa and ask for music. They mishear you half the time, but that’s probably your fault. So why would you bother to print and craft dozens of custom RFID tags to control your music? Don’t you have must-see television to be …

Google Home

3 Stocks that Could Have Doubled Your Money

Square, Twitter, and Netflix have more than doubled over the past year. Let's see how they got here and where they're going.<p>It's generally been a …

Investing

Alphabet's Outline lets you run your own self-hosted VPN for free

Jigsaw, an incubator that’s part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has launched Outline, an open-source virtual private network (VPN) that you can host on your own server at no charge.<p>As an initiative from the human-rights-focused Jigsaw, Outline is being billed as a tool to help journalists …

VPNs

How to opt out of Facebook’s Platform data sharing

You shouldn’t have to do this. You shouldn’t have to wade through complicated privacy settings in order to ensure that the companies with which you’ve entrusted your personal information are making reasonable, legal efforts to protect it. But Facebook has allowed third parties to violate user …

Apps

A new tool uses legal loopholes to get you cheaper flights by checking prices 17,000 times a day

A new service is trying to exploit legal loopholes to get people cheaper plane tickets by automatically checking flight prices 17,000 times a day.<p>DoNotPay, an automated legal tool, is branching out into helping users book airline tickets, it announced on Monday. It says its services have previously …

Mockups
Investing

How To Get Android Apps Running On Your Laptop

It makes more sense than ever to put some Android apps on you laptop. As well as giving you access to apps that have no desktop or web equivalent …

Apps

How to Earn Passive Income: 15 Ways to Consider

It's hard to beat passive income. Instead of toiling for it, you can sit back and let the money flow in. Here are 15 examples of how you might …

Radinn's second-gen electric wakeboard is faster and cheaper

Nearly three years after we first saw Radinn's prototype electric wakeboard, the Swedish outfit is back with a redesigned version. The G2X will be on display at the Boot Düsseldorf show this week, showing off its capabilities like a swappable battery so owners don't have to wait for a two-hour …

3 awesome features coming to Firefox that you can get right now

The upcoming Firefox 59 will help you stop sites from asking for permission to send you notifications and know your location, but you can stop these right now in the current build of Firefox with a little digging.<p>When Firefox 59 is released in March, it will add controls for setting permissions for …

Software

Ranking The Best Cryptocurrency & Alternative Finance Apps

Investing can be intimidating, but despite all the hype, new and innovative ways to save and grow your money are hitting the app stores with surprising speed. Whether you want to play the cryptocurrency market or invest some spare change for the long term, here are five innovative alternative …

Investing

The Basics of Blockchain Technology, Explained in Plain English

Anything and everything you need to know about what makes blockchain technology tick.<p>Historically, no asset has been a greater source of wealth …

Blockchain

I've had the iPhone 6S Plus for two years, and I'm so happy I didn't upgrade to the iPhone 7, 8, or X

I bought the iPhone 6S Plus when it came out in September 2015 for $800+ (with taxes), and I couldn't be happier that I saved $800+ in 2016 and 2017 by not upgrading to the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, or the iPhone X.<p>Don't get me wrong — Apple's newer iPhones are great and objectively better than …

Mobile Technology

Ad targeters are pulling data from your browser’s password manager

New research shows an alarming new way to track web users<p>Nearly every web browser now comes with a password manager tool, a lightweight version of the same service offered by plugins like LastPass and 1Password. But according to new research from Princeton's Center for Information Technology …

Computer Science

The Best Way to Build Trust With Clients? Highlight Your Weaknesses First | Inc.com

Don't you wish you could make deals faster? One of the reasons it takes so long to make a deal is the lack of trust between you and your client. As everyone knows, it takes a long time to build a relationship. The Online Marketing Institute has shown it takes between 7-13 touches with a client …

Internet Marketing

The person who created Bitcoin remains a mystery

Bitcoin was created by Satoshi Nakamoto from Japan. Or, some say, he or she might be a Finnish sociologist or a mathematician from Israel. Some think …

Powering Your Mining Rig The Right Way

It happens to the best of us. We power up our project and immediately run into issues. Be it spotty communication or microcontroller reset or any …

Microcontroller

Google Inbox will let you unsubscribe from mailing lists you’ve been ignoring

Like most people, our Gmail accounts are full of promotions we don’t remember signing up for, but luckily, Google now has a fix for that. …

Apps

How undercover police officers are cracking the secret codes of Swansea drug runners

A 'runner' for a drugs gang has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after selling crack cocaine to undercover police.<p>Ricky Morris had previous …

Why Bitcoin Loans Are About to Explode

Find out why a budding new industry just got a big boost.<p>Bitcoin has dominated the news in 2017 with its remarkable gains, and despite widespread …

Why smart contracts and blockchains are coming sooner than you think

For centuries, massive, critical components of our global economy have been organized around legacy infrastructure. Vastly important industries, like government and finance, continue to stagnate behind the capabilities of modern technologies, a demonstration of how complex and regulated systems …

The Grand Tor: How to Go Anonymous Online

Fifteen years have passed since a couple of MIT grads and a Navy-funded researcher first built The Onion Router, or Tor, a wild experiment in …

Privacy