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The Easter egg in Apple’s new App Store and why it matters

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Google buys a big chunk of HTC’s smartphone business

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The rumors are (mostly) true: Google is buying a part of HTC to beef up its hardware business.

Google announced the agreement late Wednesday. Senior Vice President of Hardware Rock Osterloh wrote in a blog post that a “team of HTC talent” would join Google’s hardware team, along with a non-exclusive license for some of HTC’s intellectual property.

The deal is less dramatic than what was expected by many — that Google would buy HTC’s entire smartphone business in a long-term bid to go toe-to-toe with Apple in the smartphone market — but it does show Google felt it needed more direct control over hardware assets to be more nimble competitor.  Read more…

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Master the art of making money on Amazon

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Amazon. Heard of it?

It’s no secret that the giant is basically gobbling up the entire retail industry like a tasty treat, but luckily, there are multiple ways you can join the dark side instead of fighting against it. Got a home business that you’re looking to grow? Selling your products on Amazon is a crucial reality for any modern entrepreneur.

If you’re like most people, you have a lot of experience buying products on Amazon and no experience selling on the platform. The course Sell on Amazon: Simple & Effective Strategies is designed to help you grow your home business quickly, and easily sell your products on Amazon.  Read more…

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Found At E Minor: This adorable little robot will melt your heart, and cut your weeds at the same time

Weeding is one of the most time-consuming and bothersome gardening tasks there are. Luckily, there’s a ruthless, methodical, and (let’s face it) adorable robot to take care of the dirty … Read more

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Found At E Minor: Pavement traffic lights could stop phone addicts from getting into accidents

Alarmed by the number of accidents involving distracted smartphone users, Australian design agency Buro North has proposed to embed traffic lights where they can be most visible: on the ground. … Read more

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Apple’s version of Venmo won’t be available until later this year

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Apple’s big iOS 11 update is about to drop, but one of its most exciting new features won’t be available right away.

The company’s new peer-to-peer payments feature, which lets you exchange money through Apple’s Messages app, won’t launch until later this year, Apple confirmed in a statement on Monday. 

Apple didn’t say exactly when it would be ready, only that it would be available “this fall” through a separate iOS 11 update. iOS 11 is due to come out of beta with its official public release slated for Tuesday, Sept. 19. The company has previously waited to release new features until after a new version of iOS launches. Read more…

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This app collects women’s stories to fight harassment in developing countries

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After a 23-year-old woman died from being brutally gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi, India back in 2012, ElsaMarie D’Silva — an aviation professional turned social entrepreneur — was compelled to join the global conversation surrounding sexual violence against women.

In hopes of making cities safer for women, D’Silva and a group of friends developed Safecity — an app that crowdsources and documents incidents of sexual harassment and assault that occur in public spaces.

“The idea is to have this information in the public domain so women and girls can connect with each other over these stories,” D’Silva said at Mashable’s Social Good Summit on Sunday. Read more…

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Facebook tests ‘Snooze’ feature to temporarily hide annoying friends

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You know that guy in your News Feed who just got a car and won’t stop posting pictures? 

Facebook finally has a solution for you. It’s testing a “Snooze” button that allows users to temporarily unfollow individuals, pages, and groups for periods of 24 hours, a week, or 30 days. 

We can already hear the sighs of relief from around the world as millions of wedding photos, baby videos, and “Happy Birthday” messages disappear from screens. 

The feature, currently being tested with only a small segment of users, would live in the top-right menu of posts. Users can select “Unfollow or Snooze” where before you could only select “Unfollow.”  Read more…

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‘Virus-scanning’ iOS apps have always been a scam. Now Apple is finally cracking down

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Misleading iOS “security” apps are about to be a thing of the past.

Apple has updated its developer guidelines with a new policy that bans deceptive “virus-scanning” apps for the first time.

From the latest App Store guidelines:

A quick search of the App Store also suggests that Apple has been quietly removing many of the apps that purport to have such capabilities, as search terms like “virus scanner” and “malware finder” no longer turn up results for these types of apps. 

As the company notes in its guidelines, it’s incredibly misleading for apps to advertise themselves as having these types of features. Not because it’s impossible for malicious code to find its way into the App Store (though rare, it has happened), but because Apple’s developer policies make it literally impossible for any third-party app to identify such malicious code in the first place. Read more…

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You’ll never guess what Equifax used as a password (because it’s way worse than you think)

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Oh, Equifax. Things just keep getting worse.

Equifax protected some accounts connected to an internal portal in Argentina with the password “admin,” in a move that was either incredibly amateur or hubristic (or both). 

The screwup was discovered by Milwaukee-based cybersecurity firm Hold Security, which was able to gain access to a number of people’s personal data using, according to CNBC, “guesswork.” 

This horrible password, which deserves a huge facepalm, played no part in the security breach that impacted 143 million Americans. Still, Hold Security was able to access the Argentinean equivalent of social security numbers for about 100 employees and consumer credit report disputes. Once the company portal was accessed, a user could fiddle with employee data, and even sneak around to steal employee’s usernames and passwords, according to security researcher and blogger Brian Krebs, who’s call to Equifax about the issue led to the portal being taken down. Hold Security reached out to Krebs following the discovery.  Read more…

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Facebook let advertisers buy ads targeting ‘Jew haters’

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Facebook is again finding itself in hot water over its ads.

The social network allowed advertisers to buy ads specifically targeting “Jew haters” and people who were “interested in” other anti-Semitic topics, according to a new report from ProPublica.

The publication found that Facebook’s advertising portal contained a number of anti-Semitic categories ad-buyers could use to help target their ads on Facebook. These categories, which have since been removed, included “Jew haters,” “How to burn Jews,” and “History of ‘why jews ruin the world,” and “Hitler did nothing wrong.”  Read more…

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Facebook wants you to check its new ‘Crisis Response’ feature when disaster hits

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Facebook’s emergency response features now include much more than just Safety Check.

The social network introduced a new “Crisis Response” hub that helps Facebook users learn about natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other events affecting people around the world. 

Think of the new Crisis Response sections as a sort of upgraded version of the Safety Check tab that was introduced last month. (The existing Safety Check section will be updated to “Crisis Response” in the next few weeks.) The new tab provides much more than just the tools and information associated with Facebook’s Safety Check feature. Read more…

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