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Facebook takes down network linked to Roger Stone, Proud Boys for ‘inauthentic behavior’

Facebook takes down network linked to Roger Stone, Proud Boys for ‘inauthentic behavior’

Facebook routinely bans profiles and pages from its platform for trying to cheat the system and fake engagement or mislead users.

But it’s not everyday that one of those networks is run by President Donald Trump’s former associate, Roger Stone.

In a post on its website today, Facebook’s Head of Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher announced that the company had removed four separate networks from its platform for “inauthentic coordinated behavior.”

The most notable of the four is a network that was run out of the U.S. consisting of 54 Facebook accounts, 50 Facebook Pages, and 4 Instagram accounts. Facebook’s investigation linked this network to Roger Stone and his associates.  Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 9:54 pm

This company wants to make edible insects the future of food — Future Blink

This company wants to make edible insects the future of food — Future Blink

Beobia's goal is to produce and consume sustainable food without compromising the planet. Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 7:54 pm

Sony made a wearable air conditioner that fits in your pocket — Future Blink

Sony made a wearable air conditioner that fits in your pocket — Future Blink

The Reon Pocket uses thermoelectric cooling and claims to cool your body by up to 23 degrees Fahrenheit. Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 7:24 pm

Step into Pompeii's final hours at Grand Palais exhibit – Future Blink

Step into Pompeii's final hours at Grand Palais exhibit – Future Blink

A new exhibition at Paris' Grand Palais puts visitors in Pompeii just hours before Vesuvius’ eruption. Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 7:22 pm

Facebook’s own audit scorches the company for 'significant setbacks for civil rights'

Facebook’s own audit scorches the company for 'significant setbacks for civil rights'

It’s probably not a good thing to hear that your company made decisions that “represent significant setbacks for civil rights.” But, that’s exactly what the civil rights audit commissioned by Facebook itself said about the company.

On Wednesday, Facebook released the results of a two-year long audit carried out by civil rights attorney Laura W. Murphy, along with the law firm Relman Colfax. The team conducted interviews with more than 100 civil rights organizations for the audit, resulting in a nearly 90-page report that does not paint a pretty picture for the social media company.

“While the audit process has been meaningful, and has led to some significant improvements in the platform, we have also watched the company make painful decisions over the last nine months with real world consequences that are serious setbacks for civil rights,” reads the report. Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 7:04 pm

Leaked hands-on video reveals even more about Samsung's Note 20 Ultra

Leaked hands-on video reveals even more about Samsung's Note 20 Ultra

It's been less than 24 hours since Samsung officially confirmed its Unpacked 2020 event on August 5, and there's already another leak. This one comes from YouTuber Jimmy is Promo, who went hands-on with what is apparently the Note 20 Ultra.

The video comes only a couple of days after he also shared photos of the same phone via Twitter. While there are rumors the Note 20 Ultra will be available in Mystic Bronze (which is basically confirmed via Samsung's Unpacked invite), Promo's unit comes in black. 

Before we dive into the video, it's important to note (ha, see what I did there?) that there have been rumors and renders of two Note phones floating around the internet: the Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra.  Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 6:28 pm

Yamaha's newest e-bike hits 28 mph, but it'll cost you

Yamaha's newest e-bike hits 28 mph, but it'll cost you

Yamaha's latest bicycle will give riders a speedy electric boost.

The Civante is a Class 3 electric-power assist bicycle, the company announced Wednesday, that's arriving at U.S. bike shops later this summer with a $3,399 price tag. It's Yamaha's first Class 3 e-bike, which means you can legally ride up to 28 mph on the road and the electric assist only kicks in when you, the rider, is pedaling — not just pushing a button. 

Class 1 e-bikes, like the ones you can rent with Lyft, are a slower version of the Yamaha Civante, capped at 20 mph with assisted pedaling. Class 2 bikes have a throttle so you can ride without pedaling and just push down on a button on the handle to go faster, similar to the way you ride a rental electric scooter from Lime or Bird. New York's brand-new e-bike (and e-scooter) laws from June changed up these three classifications, so it's not clear if the Civante would be considered a Class 3 bike there. But it is clear you have to wear a helmet no matter where or what you're riding. Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 5:38 pm

Twitter is building a 'subscription platform,' and paying for tweets might be a thing

Twitter is building a 'subscription platform,' and paying for tweets might be a thing

"This site is free" is a common refrain on Twitter. Meant to be read in the tone of sarcastic disbelief, it's often brought out to highlight the absurdity of a situation that someone has, typically, stumbled ass-first into online — on full display for all Twitter users to witness in real time, free of charge. 

However, if a job listing on Twitter's job board is any indication, that last part might be going the way of 140-character limits. According to the posting for a senior full-stack software engineer, first listed "10 days ago," the social media company is building a possibly paid subscription service.  Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 3:52 pm

Samsung to stop bundling chargers with phones next year, report says

Samsung to stop bundling chargers with phones next year, report says

Samsung will stop bundling chargers with its smartphones, starting in 2021. 

This is according to an ETnews report (source in Korean), which cites industry sources. The reasoning behind the move is the fact that most users already have a USB-C charger lying around. It would also save Samsung some money, offsetting some of the additional cost of pricy 5G components that are becoming the standard on new phones.

The report claims Samsung is talking to partners on how exactly it should go about the move, as it's likely to affect companies that supply the chargers for Samsung. It's also likely that Samsung will initially drop the charger from certain models only. Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 1:18 pm

Tightrope walking robot has some serious potential

Tightrope walking robot has some serious potential

HyQ, a quadruped robot created at the Italian Institute of Technology, is now able to balance on just two legs and walk across 6-centimeter-wide beams using a balance controller. Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 1:14 pm

Here are all the ways to stream Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and more with friends

Here are all the ways to stream Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and more with friends

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 1:00 pm

Amazon Music Unlimited is free for new users

Amazon Music Unlimited is free for new users

TL;DR: A three-month subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited is free for new customers.


Amazon Music Unlimited is an impressive service that provides unlimited access to 60 million songs and thousands of playlistsSubscribers can stream or download all their favourite songs without adverts, and you can listen offline with unlimited skips. Sounds expensive, right? Wrong.

It's a great time to sign up to Amazon's music streaming service, as new customers can get a three-month subscription to the service for absolutely nothing. This deal is available until midnight on July 21.

SEE ALSO: 8 of the best Amazon devices in the UK Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 10:49 am

This is your chance to save on a VPN that actually works

This is your chance to save on a VPN that actually works

TL;DR: A 15-month subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for $6.67 per month as of July 8, saving you 49% on list price.


The first thing you notice when you consider ExpressVPN is the price. It's generally more expensive than the competition, even if it's on sale. You should still give it a chance though, because it actually works.

We're not saying that cheaper VPNs are useless, because there are many services that do the job for less than ExpressVPN. It's just that some cheaper services might be found lacking in certain areas, and when it comes to online security, you probably want the best. Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 9:00 am

Turn your phone into an immersive AR experience with this affordable headset

Turn your phone into an immersive AR experience with this affordable headset

TL;DR: Interact with the digital world with the MagiMask and MagiTools: AR headset and tracker objects for $89.95, a 30% savings as of July 8.


Of the many tricks smartphones have up their sleeve, augmented reality is arguably one of the coolest. But if you want to take your immersion to the next level, an AR headset is highly recommended. While there are many products to choose from in this category, one of the coolest options out there is the MagiMask AR Headset.

With most conventional AR accessories, the image is viewed via split-screen, which results in lower resolution. The binocular style can also be straining on the eyes and isn't very viable for users with glasses. As a solution, the MagiMask utilizes special lens technology that grants a singular full-screen experience that has four times the resolution of traditional AR sets. Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 9:00 am

Audi's new Q4 Sportback e-tron concept has 'sexy back,' cool AR features inside

Audi's new Q4 Sportback e-tron concept has 'sexy back,' cool AR features inside

Audi has a new electric car coming up. 

The Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept is, technically, an identical twin to Audi's Q4 e-tron concept, which was launched in 2019 — the two cars share the same Volkswagen MEB platform, 225 kW powertrain, and 82k Wh battery. Even the dimensions are roughly the same. 

In actual performance numbers, this means 0-100 km/h (0-62.1 mph) acceleration in 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 180 km/h (111.8 mph), and 450 km (279.6 miles) of range. 

Audi's new Q4 Sportback e-tron concept has 'sexy back,' cool AR features inside

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The new car, however, has a far sportier exterior, with inclined D-pillars and a spoiler that runs under the rear window. Audi says the new car has a "sexy back," and the design makes the Audi Q4 Sportback appear much longer than its sister model.  Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 8:43 am

Become a data analytics expert with this set of accessible classes

Become a data analytics expert with this set of accessible classes

TL;DR: The Data Analytics Expert Certification bundle is on sale for £39.24 as of July 8, saving you 98% on list price.


Somehow, while we were all laughing minding our own business, data took over the world. It drives everything from your Instagram feed and Netflix recommendations to Google Maps and self-driving cars. It's not hard to see why data analysts are so in demand across virtually every industry.

Despite that high demand, there's a relatively small group of people with the skills needed to take on the data of the world. So now's your chance to get a leg up on the competition. This Data Analytics Expert Certification bundle can help you become an invaluable asset to your company or even score a new position for less than £40. Read more...

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 4:30 am

Save over £1,000 on this extensive coding class bundle

Save over £1,000 on this extensive coding class bundle

TL;DR: The Ultimate Web Coding for Everyone bundle is on sale for £23.22 as of July 8, saving you 98% on list price.


This year's ongoing debate about which coding language reigns supreme was just as confusing as trying to decipher "Yanny" from "Laurel".

At the end of the day, all coding languages are important in their own ways, and each has key advantages that make them the top choice for a variety of major companies. So if you are trying to learn how to code in 2020, why not just learn them all? Or at least try them all and see what you like best.

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Posted on 8 July 2020 | 4:00 am

Samsung confirms Unpacked 2020 will be held virtually on August 5

Samsung confirms Unpacked 2020 will be held virtually on August 5

The invites for Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event have officially been sent out. And, it comes as no surprise that it'll be held virtually this year. You know, due to the pandemic still going on and everything.

Yes, we got an invite.

Yes, we got an invite.

Image: Samsung

As you can see from the invite Mashable received above, the event will be held on August 5 at 10 a.m. ET. Samsung remains tight lipped on exactly what will be announced at the event. But let me put my detective skills to the test here.

Going off the company's track record, Samsung always reserves its next-generation Note reveal for the second half of the year. And, that bronze splatter pictured in the invite above as well as in the video below looks awfully similar to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra that was leaked a few days ago in ... Mystic Bronze. The beginning of the video also clearly alludes to an S Pen, which are always included with the Note phones. Read more...

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Posted on 7 July 2020 | 11:00 pm

Instagram's 'Pinned Comments' feature is now available to everyone

Instagram's 'Pinned Comments' feature is now available to everyone

If you're trying to inject some positivity into your Instagram posts, the new Pinned Comments feature could help. The feature, which Instagram started testing back in May, is officially now available everywhere.

Instagram's VP of Product, Vishal Shah, took to Twitter to announce that you can now pin a few (of what will likely be your favorite) comments to the top of the comments thread on your posts.

Today we’re rolling out pinned comments everywhere 📌

That means you can a pin a few comments to the top of your feed post. By highlighting positive comments, you can better manage the tone of the conversation. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/w2X5grdee7

— Vishal Shah (@vishalshahis) July 7, 2020 Read more...

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Posted on 7 July 2020 | 9:46 pm

Facebook criticized for toothless 'PR exercise' following ad boycott

Facebook criticized for toothless 'PR exercise' following ad boycott

In the face of mounting advertiser pressure over its handling of hate speech, Mark Zuckerberg today met with the leaders of the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, the Free Press, and the Color Of Change. It did not go well. 

With an ever-increasing number of business pulling advertising dollars from Facebook as part the #StopHateForProfit boycott, the social media behemoth's COO, Sheryl Sandberg, announced Tuesday the "need to take action." Unfortunately, according to the group behind the campaign that has grown to encompass massive brands like Unilever and Verizon, that action consisted of a meaningless "PR exercise" that resulted in "no commitment" from the Zuckerberg-helmed company.  Read more...

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Posted on 7 July 2020 | 9:16 pm

We shot Portrait mode video with this iPhone app

We shot Portrait mode video with this iPhone app

Ever take a Portrait mode photo on your iPhone and wish you could do the same with video?

Well, you're in luck, thanks to a new app called Focos Live.

SEE ALSO: How to download the iOS 14 public beta on your iPhone

As 9to5Mac points out, other apps simulate background blur after the fact. That's not the case here. Focos Live utilizes “depth data" on the iPhone's front and rear cameras to create a live Portrait mode effect with video.

I tested Focos Live to see how it works. After shooting a video, you can adjust the aperture size in the app’s editor to change just how blurry you want the background to be. You can also change the focal point, like a person's face or an object in the foreground, and the app will track it throughout the clip. There’s also the ability to blur the foreground and focus on objects in the background. Read more...

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Posted on 7 July 2020 | 6:57 pm

Tech meets fashion in Shami Oshun's stunning designs

Tech meets fashion in Shami Oshun's stunning designs

Even though Shami Oshun grew up in the Bay Area with Silicon Valley basically across the street, when she first heard the term “3D printing” in high school she had no idea what that meant. Her interest was piqued, so she took a summer class to learn the ins and outs of the trade.

Inspired by Iris van Herpen’s integration of 3D printing into haute couture, Oshun saw the possibilities of the technology and started experimenting and teaching herself.

Oshun started her self-titled brand in 2015 as “a really depressed sophomore in high school” when she started designing clothes and posting them on social media. She didn’t have much of a following at the start, but it's five years later and she has almost 19,000 followers on Instagram, 15,000 followers on Twitter, and her fair share of viral tweets. Read more...

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Posted on 7 July 2020 | 3:50 pm

How to download the iOS 14 public beta on your iPhone

How to download the iOS 14 public beta on your iPhone

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Posted on 7 July 2020 | 1:59 pm

The Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos is the perfect gift for rich crypto nerds

The Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos is the perfect gift for rich crypto nerds

Rolls-Royce's new limited edition Wraith Kryptos is about to dig into the lucrative ultra-rich crypto nerd market. Assuming such a thing exists, of course. 

The Wraith Kryptos is more or less a regular Rolls-Royce Wraith, only it's adorned with an encrypted puzzle that only two people at the company know the answer to. 

The Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos is the perfect gift for rich crypto nerds

Image: Rolls-Royce

Owners who are interested in cracking the code will be able to submit potential answers through a members-only Rolls-Royce app called Whispers. 

The car is also adorned with numerous green details that resemble code, which will appeal to owners of Alienware laptops and fans of The Matrix. True to the car's mysterious branding, Rolls-Royce says that the car's Anthracite base color has a special effect, visible only in sunlight.  Read more...

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Posted on 7 July 2020 | 1:11 pm

Motorola launches cheap 5G phone in Europe, commits to US release sometime this fall

Motorola launches cheap 5G phone in Europe, commits to US release sometime this fall

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Posted on 7 July 2020 | 1:00 pm

OnePlus announces OnePlus Nord announcement, which will happen in AR

OnePlus announces OnePlus Nord announcement, which will happen in AR

OnePlus is really milking all it can from the upcoming OnePlus Nord launch. 

The brand has slowly trickled info about the upcoming mid-range smartphone in form of vague social media mentions and teasers, and now it's officially announcing the phone's announcement, which will happen at 10 a.m. ET on July 21. 

To OnePlus' credit, the announcement itself is fairly interesting as it'll happen in augmented reality. To prepare for the launch, download the OnePlus Nord AR app, which is available for both iOS and Android, install it, launch it and follow the instructions to set up the app and your avatar.  Read more...

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Posted on 7 July 2020 | 12:00 pm

Uber users will soon see a 'grocery' button in ride-hailing, Eats apps

Uber users will soon see a 'grocery' button in ride-hailing, Eats apps

Uber started as a ride-hailing app in 2009, but it expanded into restaurant delivery in 2014. Now, it's offering groceries.

On Tuesday, Uber added grocery delivery in its app through Chilean startup Cornershop. To begin, users in 19 Latin American and Canadian cities can use the new option to buy groceries from major stores like Walmart, Metro, Lider, Jumbo, and others. By the end of this month, groceries are supposed to arrive in Dallas and Miami to kick off U.S. deliveries.

In the Uber and Uber Eats apps there'll now be a tab for groceries for users in these cities: Campinas, Goiania, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Salvador, Concepción, La Serena, Santiago, Valparaiso, Bogota, Lima, Florianópolis, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Montreal, and Toronto.  Read more...

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Posted on 7 July 2020 | 12:00 pm

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs revealed in FCC listing

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs revealed in FCC listing

Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is becoming less of a secret by the hour. 

A few days ago, Samsung Russia accidentally leaked an image of the upcoming phone on its website. And now, an FCC listing for the device, spotted by MySmartPrice, gives us a look at some of its specs. 

According to the listing, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G connectivity, and wireless charging (it's possible that the chipset in question is actually the yet-unannounced Snapdragon 865 Plus). 

Samsung has also received certification for a new LED View Cover for the smaller Galaxy Note 20 Plus, and the FCC listing mentions an S-Pen that likely belongs to the smallest variant of the phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.  Read more...

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Posted on 7 July 2020 | 8:45 am

TikTok will exit Hong Kong amidst controversial national security laws

TikTok will exit Hong Kong amidst controversial national security laws

TikTok will pull out of Hong Kong within days, becoming the latest of several tech companies to react to the region's controversial new national security laws.

The short-form video app announced its impending withdrawal from Hong Kong on Monday, with the news coming in the wake of new laws brought into effect on June 30. 

"In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong," a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement provided to Mashable.

Under Hong Kong's widely condemned new laws, criticising or expressing disapproval for government authorities may be considered a criminal offence. Companies operating within Hong Kong could also be required to censor content, or hand over user data to the Chinese government. That's exactly what TikTok doesn't want. Read more...

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Posted on 7 July 2020 | 6:46 am

ICE to foreign students: If you’re just taking online classes, you can’t stay in the U.S.

ICE to foreign students: If you’re just taking online classes, you can’t stay in the U.S.

The coronavirus pandemic has made education hard enough with the abrupt shift to online learning that schools, teachers, and students have had to suddenly make these past few months. Now, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would like to make that move even harder for foreign students.

On Monday, ICE posted an update to its Student and Exchange Visitor Program which disallows foreign students from remaining in the U.S. if they’re enrolled in a college or university that’s planning all online courses for the fall semester. 

Basically, if you're in the U.S. on a student visa and attending a school with all remote learning, you have two options: You must leave the country or transfer to a school with in-person learning. Any failure to comply will result in deportation.  Read more...

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Posted on 6 July 2020 | 10:38 pm