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SwiftKey virtual keyboard app update boosts speed while avoiding bloat

As Google has said many times over the years, speed is brutally important on the Internet. If web pages takes just a few fractions of a second too long to load, browsing that website can feel a little frustrating. That inconvenience, even though it should barely register, can still motivate a site visitor to go elsewhere -- perhaps to your competitor. But websites aren't the only digital service where microseconds matter.

SwiftKey, the maker of a third-party virtual keyboard for... Read More »

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New data breach exposes 21,222,975 passwords; here's how to protect yours

In a way, online security has its own circle of life. People create website accounts with bad passwords and no authentication checks, they get hacked, experts explain how you can protect yourself, some people listen, but we eventually circle back to old habits, and the cycle begins anew. But perhaps with over 20 million passwords now out in the wild, internet users will begin taking their personal online data more seriously.

This week, security guru Troy Hunt encountered a staggering trove... Read More »

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Cortana no longer competes with Alexa or Google Assistant, says Microsoft

We're only a few weeks into 2019, and new battle lines in the virtual assistant war are already being drawn -- though not in the ways that you might expect.

While Apple, Google and Amazon continue to commit billions to extending and perfecting their conversational AIs -- which users can interact with for everything from ordering a pizza to arranging a vacation -- Microsoft announced at a press event this week that it's pulling back on its ambitions for Cortana,... Read More »

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Facebook tackles Russian fake news operation followed by 790,000 accounts

When you have well over two billion monthly active users like Facebook does, purging bad actors from your social network isn't something that you'll need to do only once. It's simply too big of an idea marketplace to ignore, so it will constantly be a target. So in the wake of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company has continued to scrub and scrape deeper into the fake news networks that have been constructed by Kremlin-backed entities.

This week, Facebook announced... Read More »

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NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

If you spend a lot of time stuck in traffic, you're probably listening to the radio for traffic updates. Ordinarily, this means sitting through quite a lot of commercial breaks -- unless you're tuned into a station that doesn't run any, like the non-profit National Public Radio. But traffic reports aren't NPR's main draw.

Among NPR's biggest shows you'll find its long-running trivia show "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" which gets millions of listeners each week and is consistently one of... Read More »

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Social media and chat apps accounted for 50 percent of our screen time in 2018

While the Google Play Store and iOS App Store provide plenty of charts that give you a snapshot of the most popular apps in a given category, it can be difficult to collect a whole year's worth of that data and make sense of it. Thankfully, third parties like App Annie have access to those charts and much more, and this market research firm has produced another State of Mobile report that contains some interesting insights.

We've already used this... Read More »

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Microsoft To-Do Windows 10 app now lets you pin your lists

If you're managing a household, or you just have a lot of responsibilities to keep track of regularly, a to-do list can be a lifesaver. It helps you figure out how to prioritize your tasks and budget your time, you can add notes to remind you of relevant details, and the improved overall organization can reduce stress and anxiety.

But what if you need to manage multiple lists? That by itself could raise your blood pressure. But thankfully, we have a... Read More »

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Fortnite website security hole reportedly allows hackers to steal your account

With Fortnite reportedly making billions just in 2018, it's basically the biggest game that civilization has come up with since the invention of checkers. And if you're a student of history, you know that a gold rush can attract some unsavory people who want a cut of the action -- and they aren't particularly concerned with legality or ethics.

As such, Fortnite's security systems have been relentlessly poked and prodded by both the malicious and the benevolent, which brings... Read More »

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Ghostery announces premium subscription version of ad-blocking browser extension

If you're the type to use an ad blocker (we don't judge), then you probably picked one out of a hat months or years ago, and you just use it habitually without needing to think too much about it. They work largely in the background, after all, and one isn't drastically different from another.

However, the folks at Ghostery have a new plan in the works for its Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox extension that might pique your interest.

As... Read More »

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Google tests a new way to shop for Linux apps on Chromebooks

Chromebooks are laptops designed by Google to run its Chrome OS desktop operating system, a close cousin to Android. Since the two platforms are closely related, the company has been able to get Android apps running within Chrome OS, and the next step may be to add Linux apps as well -- if Google can come up with a good way for users to browse what's available.

Chrome OS previously allowed you to install Android and Chrome OS apps from the... Read More »

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