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21May/15Off

Future Of NSA Reform Uncertain As Senate Schedules Rare Saturday Vote

NSA Reform Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday morning that the chamber would hold a rare Saturday vote on two pieces of legislation related to NSA surveillance. The vote comes as key NSA programs are set to expire on June 1 without action from Congress. Read More

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21May/15Off

Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

messenger-developer Is that a message from some rando, a spammer, or the nice guy you met yesterday? Facebook Messenger wants to give you some clues before you consider responding. The app will now surface publicly shared biographical info like current city and job title at the top of message threads from people you haven’t chatted with before. The update starts rolling out today on iOS Android in U.S., U.K. Read More

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21May/15Off

GameIt Only Makes You Watch Ads About Products You Actually Want To Buy

Products_700PixelsWide What if you could avoid pre-roll advertisements for irrelevant products? That’s the dream that Game.it is trying to turn into a reality. The app is an ecommerce platform that only shows you an advertisement on a product that you’re interested in buying. The advertisements are recycled from the brand’s existing commercials, and then users are sent into a quick trivia game… Read More

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21May/15Off

Firefox Will Soon Get Sponsored Suggested Tiles Based On Your Browsing History

2015-05-21_0942 It’s pretty odd hearing a not-for-profit organization like Mozilla talk about how it wants to help advertisers strengthen the conversation between brands and its users — especially given that I’ve never met anybody who wanted to have a conversation with a brand. But that’s the world we live in. Mozilla today launched its ‘Suggested Tiles’ program, which… Read More

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21May/15Off

Storehouse Now Lets You Tag Friends In Stories

Storehouse Mentions Storehouse, the iOS-centric app for sharing stories from your photos and videos, now lets you tag friends in stories using the familiar ‘@-mention.’ In a world (read this in the trailer guy’s voice) where daily average users has become a better indicator of traction for social apps than everybody’s favorite metric, monthly actives, Storehouse’s focus on taking time… Read More

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Firefox For iOS Begins Its Beta Testing Program

firefox_topic - NOT FOR FEATURED IMAGE Mozilla’s Firefox browser for iOS is nearing public release, as the organization is now actively recruiting beta testers willing to try the app ahead of its App Store debut. A recent survey sent to potential testers is asking for details about which devices they own, and instructs them that the beta will require a version of iOS 8 or higher in order to work. It also reminds… Read More

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21May/15Off

An Interview With A Drone Painter Who Made A Poop Portrait of Eric Schmidt

poop-gif If you happen to be staying in San Francisco during the long Memorial Day weekend, one of the things you can do is see the art in the F.A.T. Gold Retrospective at Gray Area in the Mission District. F.A.T. Gold is a collective of hackers, engineers, musicians, and graffiti artists who have created punk projects that have unleashed fake Google Streetview cars onto the roads of Berlin to a… Read More

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21May/15Off

Apple Said To Be Bringing Transit Directions To iOS 9

apple-maps Apple is said to be planning to bring built-in transit directions to its native Maps app in iOS 9. Transit directions were left out when Apple replaced Google Maps with its own offering as the default navigation app in iOS 6 back in 2012. The native transit directions offering is actually a feature that was held over from an intended release last year with iOS 8, according to 9to5Mac, which… Read More

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Sling TV Expands To Android TV, Strikes Deal With Google To Offer Discounted Nexus Players

Sling Guide Sling TV, Dish Network’s internet TV service designed for cord cutters, is now available on the Android TV platform, the company is announcing this morning, including Google’s Nexus Player. This addition expands the service’s already fairly extensive lineup of devices it supports, which today includes Roku and Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, as well as… Read More

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21May/15Off

Google Study Shows Security Questions Aren’t All That Secure

500995147_6c97aab488_o What is your favorite food? What was your first teacher’s name? What’s the name of your first pet? Do those questions sound familiar to you? If they do, it’s probably because you either have really boring and repetitive conversations or you’ve answered them as security questions when you signed up for a new account somewhere. They’re meant to provide an extra layer… Read More

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