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The difference between good and bad Facebooking

“Social media” is a clumsy term that entangles enriching social interaction with mindless media consumption. It’s a double-edged sword whose sides aren’t properly distinguished. Taken as a whole, we can’t decide if it “brings the world closer together” like Facebook’s new mission statement says, or leaves us depressed and isolated. ...

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FCC votes to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules

(Image: screenshot via C-SPAN) The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality rules. The Obama-era rules, introduced in 2015, require internet providers to treat all internet content equally. Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, introduced the proposal to repeal net neutrality in April. His proposal was pitched ...

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Alohomora! Harry Potter game hits your phone next year with Jam City

Niantic’s much-anticipated Harry Potter follow-up to Pokémon GO is coming next year, but Harry Potter fans who want their first taste of Hogwarts on mobile don’t have to wait, because Harry Potter is coming to the Los Angeles-based mobile gaming studio, Jam City. Through a partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, ...

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Google Assistant is coming to older Android phones and tablets

The Google Assistant, Google’s take on Siri, Cortana and Alexa without the approachable name, has long been available on most modern phones and tablets. But given the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem, many older devices will never get the newer versions of Android that actually feature built-in support for the ...

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Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 with HomeKit vulnerability fix

Video: Change these iOS 11 privacy and security settings now It’s time to update your iOS devices, again. Apple on Wednesday released iOS 11.2.1. The update fixes an issue with Apple’s HomeKit home automation service that could allow unauthorized remote access to HomeKit devices such as a smart lock on ...

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