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June 26, 2019

Facebook might allow you to flip off obnoxious in-app notification badges

Facebook is making an effort to make its countless eyeball-grabbing elements less distracting with a new test of notification customization. According to app researcher and reverse-engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook is currently testing the ability to turn on and off the red notification dots, known as badges, that you get for individual tabs of the company’s mobile app. That way, if you don’t really care much for Watch or groups, you don’t have to stare down yet another bright red badge number demanding your attention.
June 26, 2019

Big Tech’s drawback is its lack of competitors

According to Recode editor-at-large Kara Swisher, one of Silicon Valley’s biggest problems right now is its lack of competition. That big tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google have become too dominant and have thus stifled competition and creativity.
June 26, 2019

The guts of an Apple iPhone present precisely what Trump will get improper about commerce

Crack open an iPhone and you’ll begin to see why President Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war with China doesn’t make sense.
June 26, 2019

Alienware co-founder leaving Dell, rumored to turn out to be AMD’s first chief gaming officer

Frank Azor, the co-founder and public face of Alienware as well as the longtime overseer of Dell’s gaming and XPS divisions, has revealed that he’s departing his current position on July 3rd. Having been with Alienware from its inception 21 years ago, Azor announced he is taking on a new challenge with a message of thanks on the Alienware community board.
June 26, 2019

Microsoft’s new OneDrive Personal Vault protects a folder with 2FA

Microsoft is adding a new secured storage area to OneDrive where users can store more sensitive files. The new OneDrive Personal Vault feature will be protected by an additional step of identity verification, such as a PIN, fingerprint / facial authentication, or a two-factor authentication (2FA) code. If you store files in the new Personal Vault area, you’ll be prompted for an additional code each time you access them via the web, PC, or mobile devices. This secured area is designed for files like copies of passports, identification cards, or more sensitive personal financial information.
June 26, 2019

Senator requires stricter guidelines on how YouTube advertises to youngsters

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), one of Congress’ top tech watchdogs, is requesting that the Federal Trade Commission force YouTube to make sweeping policy changes following reports that the agency is finishing up an investigation into how the platform handles children’s data and experiences.
June 25, 2019

Apple’s Xbox and PS4 controller assist turns an iPad into a transportable recreation console

Apple is bringing Xbox and PlayStation 4 controller support to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV this fall. It’s a big change from the select MFi Bluetooth controllers that were supported before, and it means you can now easily connect any PS4 or Xbox One controller to your device to play games on the go.
June 25, 2019

Total Solar Eclipse 2019: Parts of South America Set to Plunge into Darkness—Everything You Need to Know

On July 2, a total solar eclipse will take place, plunging parts of South America into darkness as the moon passes directly in front of the Sun, blocking out its light.
June 25, 2019

Jabra Elite 85h evaluation: like the remainder, however not one of the best

Jabra’s Elite 85h are worth considering for many of the same reasons you might want Sony’s 1000X M3, Bose’s QC35, or one of the other models in our roundup of the best wireless headphones. They’re good at silencing distractions with noise canceling (NC), they fit comfortably for hours at a time, and they’re simple to pair and use.
June 25, 2019

Here’s how AI can assist combat local weather change based on the sphere’s prime thinkers

The AI renaissance of recent years has led many to ask how this technology can help with one of the greatest threats facing humanity: climate change. A new research paper authored by some of the field’s best-known thinkers aims to answer this question, giving a number of examples of how machine learning could help prevent human destruction.