Technology 

Trump’s itchy Twitter thumbs have redefined politics – CNET

US President Donald Trump’s prolific tweeting makes the world take notice. Getty Images Editor’s note: In November, CNET wrote an in-depth look at how Donald Trump has remade the presidency with one tool in particular: Twitter.  Now, on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, we’re republishing that story to look back at how social media has impacted modern day politics. He hates being criticized, challenged or even cautioned by his own advisers. When they do speak up, President Donald Trump retaliates by doubling down on his virtual megaphone: Twitter. To his…

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Technology 

Google Chrome WARNING – If you use these popular extensions your computer could be at risk

Google Chrome fans need to check whether they have downloaded extensions from the Chrome Store which will infect their computers with malware. Google Chrome is without a doubt the most popular internet browser in the world right now. NetMarketShare stats for the whole of last year show Google Chrome as having a staggering 58.90 per cent chunk of the internet browser marketplace. Its nearest rival, Mozilla’s FireFox, has a 13.29 per cent share while Internet Explorer is on 13 per cent. Microsoft’s newer Edge browser, which is bundled in with…

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Lifestyle 

Kodi Box CRACKDOWN – Landmark ruling could change the face of streaming FOREVER

TICK BOX • GETTY Kodi Box users need to keep a close eye on an online piracy court case Kodi add-on fans will need to keep a close eye on a court case that could change the face of online streaming forever. The Kodi surge continues without any sign of stopping, as users continue to ditch paid TV services for the online player. Research has suggested Kodi – which offers access to thousands of channels – is being used in more than five million UK homes. Kodi software is not…

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Technology 

Brave browser begins million-dollar token giveaway – CNET

Brave Browser maker Brave is handing out about $1 million worth of cryptocurrency-backed tokens it hopes will help build a better online advertising system. Brave developed a technology called the Basic Attention Token (BAT) designed to pay publishers, YouTube contributors and others who today rely on advertising revenue or subscription payments. For now, you can set up Brave to send BATs to websites you visit, but in the future, Brave plans to make BATs a currency for online ads. To get the tokens, you have to be one of the…

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Technology 

The Pirate Bay BLOCKED – Millions of users stopped from accessing torrent site in new ban

The Pirate Bay is once again facing more blocks. Internet Service Providers, (ISPs), in the Netherlands have been ordered to block the popular torrent site leaving millions unable to gain access. The issue of blocking The Pirate Bay has caused huge controversy with many ISPs not accepting an order made back in 2012 claiming it may “constitute an infringement of people’s freedom to act at their discretion”. However a new ruling from a Dutch Court appears to have forced more ISPs to begin stopping access. These internet firms now have…

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Technology 

YouTube adds stricter rules for creator ad monetization – CNET

YouTube is raising the bar for videos can take advertising and vowed to add human reviewers to its most popular content, part of an effort to address marketers’ concerns their ads are appearing alongside offensive or controversial content. The video site said Tuesday that human reviewers would scrutinize every video in Google Preferred, its elite ads program accessible to top creators. New videos uploaded to Google Preferred channels will also have to be manually verified to meet YouTube guidelines before they can run ads. “There’s no denying 2017 was a…

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Top Stories World 

A new editor brings new ideas to a predictable Vanity Fair

The magazine publisher Condé Nast is undergoing a transformation, hiring a new generation of editors to reimagine its upscale print publications, including British Vogue, Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair and Glamour, as digital destinations with multicultural, multiplatform appeal. The weight of expectations may fall heaviest on Vanity Fair, long known for its glossy coverage of Hollywood, celebrity culture and politics. To lead the magazine into the future, Condé Nast recently hired Radhika Jones, 44, formerly editorial director of the books department at The New York Times. Jones takes over from Vanity…

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Facebook is a ‘living, breathing crime scene,’ says tech insider

SAN FRANCISCO — With more than 2 billion users, Facebook’s reach now rivals that of Christianity and exceeds that of Islam. However, the network’s laser focus on profits and user growth has come at the expense of its users, according to one former Facebook manager who is now speaking out against the social platform. “One of the things that I saw consistently as part of my job was the company just continuously prioritized user growth and making money over protecting users,” the ex-manager, Sandy Parakilas, who worked at Facebook for…

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Technology 

In 2018, voice assistants will make the leap out of your home – CNET

Google’s CES 2018 booth featured an impossible-to-ignore sign stating “Hey Google,” the command to wake up your smart assistant. Sarah Tew/CNET At one section of Google’s giant outdoor booth at CES was an impromptu, carney-style one-man show, with a guy wearing dark sunglasses and a white Google Assistant jumpsuit loudly and enthusiastically giving away free electronics one by one to a snaking line of gawking tech-show goers. “He got a Google Home Mini! Let’s get a picture, boss!” he yelled out as I walked by on Thursday. “Google’s even giving…

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Google Pixel Buds review: These are NOT the wireless earbuds that Pixel 2 owners deserve

EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS Pixel Buds are Google’s next-generation wireless earbuds Pros: Jaw-Droppingly Fast Google Assistant, Solid Battery Life, Decent Sound Quality Cons: Infuriating Carry Case, Fiddly Earbud Adjustment, Google Translate Had Some Problems Google took the decision to ditch the industry-standard 3.5mm headphone port from its latest generation of smartphones, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Yes, exactly one year after the Pixel advertising campaign mercilessly mocked Apple for dropping the headphone port, Google has followed suit. Google isn’t the only one, with the likes of HTC and Motorola also moving…

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