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FCC paves the way for improved GPS accuracy

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) paved the way for improved GPS and location accuracy today, approving an order that will allow US phones to access a European satellite system. The order allows non-federal consumer devices to access the European Union’s version of GPS, which is also known as Galileo. The system is available globally, and […]

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Samsung will only allow free themes to be used for 14 days starting with Android 9 Pie update

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Samsung is headed towards a controversial change that impacts customers who like customizing their Galaxy smartphones with third-party themes. The company has begun sending a notification to users that warns beginning with Android 9 Pie, which Samsung plans to launch in January, it will only permit free themes to be used for 14 days. After […]

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Facebook will create an independent oversight group to review content moderation appeals

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Facebook will create an independent oversight body to adjudicate appeals on content moderation issues, the company said today. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a call with reporters that the group, which will be formed in the next year, will attempt to balance an effort to expand the right to free speech with the need to […]

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Microsoft is discounting the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and Xbox One for Black Friday

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Microsoft is offering much of its Surface lineup of PCs at a discount just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. What’s perhaps better than an outright deal is that most of these Surface promotions come bundled with a Type Cover, giving whoever receives it as a gift more versatility out of the box […]

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All the best tech deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018

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Facebook removed a lot of spam, violence, and fake accounts this year

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Facebook’s latest transparency report shows a big jump in spam and violent content takedowns, some advances in proactively identifying hate speech, and the first numbers for bullying, harassment, and child sexual exploitation takedowns. The report was released as Facebook fends off numerous accusations of incompetent or underhanded behavior. In it, Facebook emphasizes its attempts to […]

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FCC approves SpaceX’s plan to launch more than 7,000 internet-beaming satellites

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The Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX’s request to launch a constellation of 7,518 satellites into orbit, a major regulatory hurdle the company needed to clear in its plans to provide internet coverage from space. The approval is in addition to one that SpaceX received from the FCC in March for a constellation of 4,425 […]

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Fallout 76’s first end-game nuke launches, starts apocalyptic battle

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One of the biggest draws of Fallout 76 is the introduction of nuke launches, the player-triggered events that create both powerful enemies and great rewards. While the detonation of a nuke seemed inevitable, one day after the official game release, a group of Fallout 76 players has already fought in the most difficult armageddon possible. […]

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Apple adds third-party app integration to Final Cut Pro X

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Final Cut Pro X, Apple’s professional video-editing software, is adding some updates today that will integrate third-party apps directly within the editing interface. Though third-party plug-ins and special effects have already been available for the software, today’s news opens up Final Cut Pro X for third-party app developers to further streamline the editing workflow. “This […]

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A Facebook patent would use your family photos to target ads

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Facebook has filed a patent that would make it easier to target whole families with ads by analyzing the photos they post. The application, filed on May 10th and published today, covers an algorithm that would identify elements of photographs — like faces or other details— and cross-reference them with other data to build a […]

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