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  1. Twitter will soon let you use keyword filters to combat online harassmentFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:05:00 -0700
    Online harassment on Twitter has gotten so bad that some users opt to never read their mentions, while others are driven to log off the platform forever.Now, Twitter is addressing the problem with a new anti-harassment tool, according to Bloomberg. Twitter is developing a feature that would allow users to filter out certain keywords from their timeline and mentions. This anti-harassment feature, which has been in the works for about a year, will give users the power to block certain offensive words and slurs.This new tool is Twitters latest attempt to curb online harassment on its platform. Previously, Twitter made it easier for people to report a string of offensive Tweets, but this feature is the most control the company has ever given its users in the fight against harassment. In addition, the tool could expand to become a general moderation tool, according to Bloomberg, giving users the power to block out entire hashtags, not necessarily because they find them offensive.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  2. Got big data? Check out these 100 best practices for keeping it secureFri, 26 Aug 2016 11:31:47 -0700
    Big data is best known for its volume, variety, and velocity -- collectively referred to as the "3 Vs" -- and all three of those traits make security an elusive goal. Targeting companies grappling with that challenge, the Cloud Security Alliance on Friday released a new report offering 100 best practices.As its name would suggest, the CSA focuses on promoting the use of security best practices within the cloud computing world; corporate members include VMware, Microsoft, AWS, and Red Hat. In an earlier report, the CSA broke down big data security risks into a set of the top 10 major challenges. Now, for each of those, it presents 10 best practices designed to help enterprises keep their information safe.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  3. Samsung 750 EVO SSD review: Like butter, but betterFri, 26 Aug 2016 11:15:00 -0700
    The new Samsung 750 EVO is only a slightly different beast than its predecessor, the 850 EVO, but the differences are all to the good.The most salient is the speed at which it reads and writes large files. The 750 has a bit more cache, so you wont work outside of its bounds as oftenand when you do, sustained operations are a bit faster. The icing on the cake? The 750 EVO is also less expensive than its 850 kin. The 500GB drive we tested is only $149 MSRP (and $139 on Amazon), though much of the drop has to do with the general lowering of NAND prices. The 750 EVO isnt the cheapest SSD out there, but it was within about $15 of that distinction when this was written. And given that Samsung is very good at this SSD stuff, perhaps a slight premium is in order.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  4. Five to Try: Opera VPN secures your web browsing, and Riptide GP: Renegade revs upFri, 26 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700
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  5. Google is nixing the Device Assist app for Nexus phonesFri, 26 Aug 2016 09:16:00 -0700
    Google giveth, and then it taketh away. The latest casualty to undergo the Mountain View culling is the Device Assist app, which was built to offer quick tips, troubleshooting suggestions, and quick access to Google support.Now when you fire up the app youll see a notice that its going away under the Detected Issues section. Touch the card and youll get a link for more information. Thatll send you over to an official Google tips page, where ironically the current featured tip is for iPhone users.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  6. Mozilla launches free website security scanning serviceFri, 26 Aug 2016 08:20:00 -0700
    In order to help webmasters better protect their websites and users, Mozilla has built an online scanner that can check if web servers have the best security settings in place.Dubbed Observatory, the tool was initially built for in-house use by Mozilla security engineer April King, who was then encouraged to expand it and make it available to the whole world.She took inspiration from the SSL Server Test from Qualys SSL Labs, a widely appreciated scanner that rates a websites SSL/TLS configuration and highlights potential weaknesses. Like Qualys scanner, Observatory uses a scoring system from 0 to 100with the possibility of extra bonus pointswhich translates into grades from F to A+.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  7. 31% off Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive - Deal PostFri, 26 Aug 2016 08:18:00 -0700
    The Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable Driveis one of Seagate's thinnest and most eye-catching portable hard drives. Available in stunning gold and platinum colors- style meets storage- and easily slips into your backpack along with your other essentials. At 9.6mm thin, capacity is not sacrificed with 1TB and 2TB options-bring your most important files and head out the door. Back up and manage your favorite files from your computer, tablet and mobile devices using the Seagate Dashboard. Run a one-click backup or schedule an automatic backup plan to help protect your files. Convenient tools for local, mobile, cloud and social media backup at the ready. With high-speed USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity, you can depend on seamless plug-and-play functionality. And the USB bus-power eliminates the need for an external power supply, letting you access your files while on the move. The Lyve mobile and desktop app gives you the ability to access a single, consolidated and personalized photo and video library. When you purchase a Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable Drive, you get 200GB of OneDrive cloud storage for 2 years (US$95 value). The Backup Plus Portable Drive averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon(read reviews). It's typical list price of $129.99 has beenreduced 31% to $89.99 on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  8. Now you can play Solitaire and more in Google searchFri, 26 Aug 2016 08:06:00 -0700
    Google just decided to add a little more fun to searchas if do a barrel roll and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe references werent already enough. The company recently announcedthat you can now play solitaire, tic-tac-toe, and flip a coin right inside your search results. On top of that you can entertain young children (or childish co-workers) with animal sounds that playback in your browser. The new features are available now on the web and within the Google appnot including the app for Windows mobile devices.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  9. Common hardware causes Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashes, againFri, 26 Aug 2016 07:16:00 -0700
    Microsofts Anniversary Update is causing headaches yet again, this time for owners of Kindle e-readers. Some Kindle Paperwhite and Voyager devices are causing PCs running the Anniversary update to lock up and display the dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD) whenever the e-readers are connected via USB, as first reported by The Guardian. The reason for this odd behavior is unclear, but Microsoft says its working on it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  10. Best Deals of the Week, August 22-26 - Deal AlertFri, 26 Aug 2016 06:20:00 -0700
    Best Deals of the Week, August 22-26 - Deal AlertCheck out this roundup of the best deals on gadgets, gear and other cool stuff we have found this week, the week of August 15th. All items are highly rated, and dramatically discounted!72% off Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Wireless Bluetooth SpeakerThe Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Next Generation Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakercurrently averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 8,300 people on Amazon (read reviews). It's regular list price is $99.99, but with the current 72%discount you canget it for just $27.99. The OontZ Angle 3 connects effortlessly to your device via bluetooth. It is designed to be loud and clear, with rich bass delivered through their proprietary passive subwoofer design. Its high capacity rechargeable 2200 mAh battery lasts for up to 7 hours of playtime. Check out the dramatically discounted OontZ Angle 3 from Cambridge Soundworks now on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
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