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FTC Study Confirms ISPs Collect a Scary Amount of Your Personal Data
Mon, 25 Oct 2021 18:54:33 +0000
Servers with CAT 5 cables on racks in a large computer server farm.

A new FTC report examines what ISPs are doing with your data, and it's not good news. Even when they promise not to sell your information, it often ends up in the hands of advertisers and other third-parties. 

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Calling Citizen Scientists: You Can Help Find Exoplanets From Your Couch
Mon, 25 Oct 2021 15:23:51 +0000

If you've ever wanted to help find an exoplanet, now is your time. There's a new distributed exoplanet hunting project, and it's open to anybody who wants to help. You don't even have to have a telescope.

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Oculus Gives Discontinued Oculus Go a New Lease on Life with Unlocked Software
Mon, 25 Oct 2021 13:00:40 +0000

The release of the Oculus Go in 2018 was an important step for Facebook's Virtual Reality division, but the product was short-lived. After being made obsolete by the Oculus Quest, the company discontinued the Go in 2020. Still, Facebook sold millions of the standalone headsets, and now they're more capable thanks to an unlocked software update.

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Analysis Shows Amazon’s Alexa Collects More Data Than Any Other Smart Assistant
Mon, 25 Oct 2021 11:30:32 +0000

If you're adamant about buying a smart assistant, Alexa might not be your best option. A new privacy comparison rates the commerce giant's devices dead last.

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Twitter’s Internal Research Confirms Its Algorithm Favors Right-Wing Voices
Fri, 22 Oct 2021 20:03:02 +0000

In recent years, conservative politicians and activists have railed against "cancel culture", claiming Twitter and other social media outlets are biased against them—hence, the existence of right-wing alternatives like Gab, Parler, and Trump's new Truth Social. Twitter has just published some internal research that suggests the opposite. According to the paper, its algorithm actually favors right-wing voices. 

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US Army Corps of Engineers Uses Azure for Storm Modeling
Fri, 22 Oct 2021 15:44:01 +0000

The program frees up precious governmental resources and helps garner key insights on reducing future storms' destruction.

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AT&T’s Free Batman Cloud Gaming Points to a Different Future for Google’s Stadia
Fri, 22 Oct 2021 14:15:09 +0000

It appears the first Stadia licensing deal has arrived. AT&T Wireless customers can stream Batman: Arkham Knight for free, but not via the Stadia app or website.

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New Patches Resolve AMD Issues in Windows 11
Fri, 22 Oct 2021 11:30:56 +0000

New Windows 11 patches are available to fix the bug issues that hit AMD at launch.

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Scientists Confirm Viking Settlement in Canada 1,000 Years Ago
Thu, 21 Oct 2021 17:53:12 +0000

Many of us grew up hearing the tale of Columbus and his discovery of the "New World." Never mind there were already people living there, it was new to Europeans. But was it? For decades, archaeologists have been poring over an ancient Viking settlement in Canada, but a firm date has remained elusive until now.

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The Best Tech for Your Mobile Office in 2021
Thu, 21 Oct 2021 17:47:14 +0000
Solar-powered mobile office by David Cardinal

Now that Covid restrictions are easing, Work From Home now often means Work From Somewhere Else. If you're taking your office on the road with you, whether to another city or to the wilderness, we've rounded up some of our favorite tech to make life easier.

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