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  • Facebook starts warning U.S. users when they're sharing fake news

    In a few months, you may no longer have to write “FAKE” below your friends’ Facebook posts. Fake news warning alerts appear to be rolling out to Facebook users in the United States after first appearing in Germany in January.

    The new alerts, flagged with help from independent fact-checkers, are designed to prevent users from sharing fake news stories unwittingly, but they will not prevent people from sharing the story if they still choose.

    When you try to share a story that has been flagged as phony, Facebook will insert an alert at the bottom of the post creation window (pictured at top). The alert will include a red triangle with an exclamation point, and a message such as “Disputed by Snopes.com and Associated Press.”

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  • 53% off Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - Deal Alert

    With a regular list price of $149.99, the current discount makes the Jaybird X2 Sport is now available with a 53% discount for this deal. Features include:

    • Premium Bluetooth Audio For Skip-Free Music Outdoors
    • 8 Hours of Music + Calls With Complete Remote Controls
    • Secure Over/Under-Ear Fit Options
    • Lifetime Sweat proof Warranty
    • Includes Comply Premium Sport Memory Foam Ear Tips, Patented Secure-Fit Ear Fins, Friction-Fit Silicone Sport Carrying Case, Silicone Ear Tips, Charging Cable & Cord Management Clips.

    Jump to Amazon now for additional details, and to explore buying options.

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  • Apple acquires Workflow automation app, offers it free

    Apple has acquired the Workflow automation app, which allows iOS users to trigger a sequence of tasks across apps with a single tap.

    A spokesman for Apple confirmed on Wednesday the company’s acquisition of DeskConnect, the developer of the app, and the Workflow app, but did not provide further details.

    Workflow, developed for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, allows users to drag and drop combinations of actions to create workflows that interact with the apps and content on the device. It won an Apple design award in 2015 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

    Some of the examples of tasks for which Workflow can be used are making animated GIFs, adding a home screen icon to call a loved one and tweeting a song the user has been listening to, according to a description of the app.

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  • Is Comcast’s Xfinity swapping your settings? No, but it can seem that way

    Joseph Rosmann wrote in with a concern about Xfinity, Comcast’s cable TV and internet brand, to which his family subscribes. Starting in November, he and his family’s iPhones and Macs seemed to shift preferentially to Xfinity’s Wi-Fi network and email return address (plus mail server) without them having made any configuration changes of which they’re aware, and even while at home on their own Wi-Fi network.

    Joseph wondered if Comcast had developed a technique to inject code or hijack settings that could have carried this out. I don’t believe so in this case, but Comcast does violate the integrity of user’s webpage requests, so it’s not a stretch to suspect it does worse.

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  • Apple's strategy hasn't changed—and neither have pundits' takes

    Punditry 101 lesson time: If you want to write about Apple, it’s a lot easier if you just ignore some stuff.

    Writing for The Guardian, Alex Hern says “Apple is tired of making Coca-Cola and now wants to sell champagne.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Christopher Cowan and Jason Davies.)

    Yes, Apple, the company that has been routinely pilloried as elitist for selling device that are too expensive, is now retroactively the device-maker for everyone. The Macalope wanted to make a reference to The Lathe of Heaven here as he is wont to do when tackling reality-challenged pieces, but he sees he did that already when writing about a different piece by Hern and he has a strict “one The Lathe of Heaven reference per customer” policy.

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  • The $329 iPad could be just the thing for the education market

    This winter has been packed with speculation about the future directions of the iPad product line, but nobody guessed that 2017’s first iPad announcement would be what we saw on Tuesday: An unexpected return of the original iPad line and the discontinuation of the iPad Air. The move was hardly exciting in terms of technology, but it could prove to be a smart and strategic one for the iPad as a whole.

    The curious case of the fifth-gen iPad

    Lately Apple’s been keeping old products on its price list, at reduced prices, in order to reach customers who don’t want (or can’t afford) to pay top dollar for cutting-edge tech. An exception was last year’s iPhone SE, which rolled a bunch of modern tech into a new, low-priced iPhone.

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  • It wasn't the money: Wozniak on robots, design, and Apple's origins

    More than 40 years after founding Apple Computer, Steve Wozniak has a lot to say about the early days of the world’s richest company—and about technology, learning, and being a born engineer.

    On stage at the IEEE TechIgnite conference in Burlingame, California, on Wednesday, he gave a glimpse into how a tech legend thinks.

    On open source

    In the early 1970s, Wozniak read about phone phreaking, in which “phreakers” made free phone calls by using electronics to mimic the tones used for dialing each number. To learn how to do it, he went to the only place he knew that had books and magazines about computers: The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. He went on a Sunday and walked right in. “The smartest people in the world don’t lock doors,” Wozniak said.

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  • Podcast 551: Knocking the Air out of the iPad lineup

    Yay, new hardware! Apple skipped the event this time around, and unveiled a new iPad to replace the iPad Air 2, a red iPhone 7, more storage for the iPad mini 4 and iPhone SE, new Apple Watch bands, and a new iOS app that combines elements of Vine and Snapchat. Whew!

    We'll have a review of the iPad when it ships, but don't worry that this is all there is. Apple still has the iPad Pro to refresh, and of course Tim Cook promised us pro Macs this year. The vigil continues...

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  • Apple and Amazon take fight from smart home to hotel room

    Amazon’s Alexa has successfully challenged Apple on your home turf—literally. The Echo and other various Alexa-equipped devices are rapidly becoming the go-to when you need assistance at home, though Apple’s HomeKit has the edge when it comes to automation and security standards. But the real battle comes down to Alexa vs. Siri—which voice-activated assistant is more useful? Now hotel chains are trying to decide for themselves.

    The high-end Wynn Las Vegas resort chose Alexa last December, adding Amazon Echo devices in its suites. Now Marriott International is trying to decide between Amazon and Apple, according to a Bloomberg report. The JW Marriott in San Antonio, Texas has been testing Amazon Alexa-integrated devices since October as an operator of sorts—the conduit to room service and housekeeping. Alexa can also control the lighting in a handful of the Marriott’s rooms, though that isn’t her primary role.

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  • Google will now let you share your location with friends in Maps

  • Instagram will let you book appointments to become more like Yelp and OpenTable

    Need to book an appointment? Soon you won’t even need to leave the Instagram app to do that.

    In the next couple of months, Instagram is planning to give its users the ability to book appointments in-app, according to Bloomberg. Instagram hopes this new feature will give users more of an incentive to interact with business profiles. It will also help businesses better measure the impact of running an Instagram account, and potentially drive them to advertise more on the platform.

    “When someone books an appointment, that’s not a ‘like’ or a ‘follow,’ that’s actual action,” Instagram’s head of business James Quarles told Bloomberg.

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  • Hackers threaten to wipe millions of Apple devices, demand ransom

    A group of hackers is threatening to wipe data from millions of Apple devices in two weeks if the company doesn’t pay them $150,000.

    The group, which calls itself Turkish Crime Family, claims to have login credentials for more than 627 million icloud.com, me.com and mac.com email addresses. These are email domains that Apple has allowed for users creating iCloud accounts over the years.

    Even though the Turkish Crime Family hasn't been in the media spotlight before, its members claim that they've been involved in selling stolen online databases in private circles for the past few years.

    The group said via email that it has had a database of about 519 million iCloud credentials for some time, but did not attempt to sell it until now. The interest for such accounts on the black market has been low due to security measures Apple has put in place in recent years, it said.

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  • Facebook live videos take aim at Twitch with streaming software, hardware support

    YouTube’s already muscling in on Twitch’s territory, and now Facebook’s going after hardcore game streamers, too. Alongside news that live videos can now be shot on standard PCs, not just mobile devices, Facebook also revealed today that personal accounts are now able to live stream videos funneled through streaming software or external streaming hardware.

    Branded Facebook Pages have been able to use specialized streaming tools for a while now. The social network’s been pushing professional videos hard, and streaming tools help live streams achieve higher levels of polish. This newfound profile-level support is all about enticing gamers.

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  • 63% off Anker Quick Charge 3.0 39W Dual USB Car Charger - Deal Alert

  • 50% off Watch Dogs 2 by Ubisoft, for Xbox One - Deal Alert

    Explore the birthplace of the tech revolution as Marcus Holloway, a brilliant young hacker who has fallen victim to ctOS 2.0's predictive algorithms and accused of a crime he did not commit.
  • 64% off MOTA JETJAT Ultra Mini Drone with One Touch Take-Off & Landing - Deal Alert

    Experience first class flight with auto landing, takeoff, and hover with the push of a button, features never before seen in mini drones. ULTRA is smartphone ready – allowing a connection with your phone through Wi-Fi or remote control for crystal-clear video and photos. Use your phone as a display with the remote or complete flight control. The list price on the MOTA JETJAT mini drone has been reduced to just $47.38. See this deal now on Amazon.

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  • LinkedIn's Trending Storylines aims to broaden users' news horizons

    In an effort to become to be its users’ professional news feed, LinkedIn has launched a new feature aimed at providing a broad set of perspectives on relevant business news.

    A new Trending Storylines feature will show users a set of curated feeds based on key news of the day. For example, a recent storyline rounded up all of the Apple product announcements from Tuesday morning. The storylines open with a quick summary of the news, followed by a “must-read” story that LinkedIn has picked out as a good summary.

    After that, the Storyline continues with other posts from its users, focused on providing other angles on the news along with additional context. Users can like, comment on or share those posts if they want to.

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  • Arq review: Offers an archiving alternative to Time Machine and hosted cloud backup services

    There have never been so many options to clone, backup, and archive data from your Mac. And there have never been so few options for local networked backup. With Apple’s Time Machine and Time Capsule eating the heart out of the basic backup market for connected and networked archives, and several competing cloud-hosted services owning flat-rate unlimited storage, it’s hard for any developer to compete.

    Code42’s CrashPlan and Econ Technologies’ ChronoSync are players in the game. CrashPlan offers a single software client that can copy data to a connected volume, a LAN-hosted volume, a friend’s Internet-reachable drive, or its own for-fee cloud service that has an unlimited storage option. ChronoSync is a ridiculously full-featured clone, mirror, and sync package that works with local and network-mounted drives (including Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices), and also with Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) and Google Cloud Storage, as well as via SFTP (Secure FTP).

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  • Debunking the myths that iPhone users are smarter, more judgmental, and more likely to lie

    New studies would like you to be believe that iPhone users are in a league of their own. But can you really tell iPhone users apart based on our intelligence or how likely we are to tell a lie?

    In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, Oscar examines three recent studies that found iPhone users to be smarter, more judgmental, and less honest. But these studies don’t tell the entire story when it comes to iPhone users and our personality traits. Watch the video above to learn why iPhone users aren’t necessarily that way—regardless of what studies have found.

    At the end of the day, the only fact that we can conclude about iPhone users is that we’re willing to spend more money on a smartphone.

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  • One more thing: Why Apple could still launch a new iPad Pro at Apple Park in April