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Clear your mind, save money, improve your work and more with 10 phone apps at massive savings

TLDR: This collection of 10 awesome apps will become daily players in your phone rotation — and they’re all at massive savings off their regular price. If you’re like all the rest of us, your phone is probably jammed to the gills with apps. Lots and lots and lots of apps. Some may have been used once or twice, some may never have been used at all. In fact, three out of four apps downloaded never even get opened. And while the average smartphone user has anywhere from 60 to 90 apps at the ready, they usually spend about 77 percent of their online time with their three top apps. We pulled together 10 apps that we think you’ll not only want, but will actually get used over and over, all at current savings of up to more than 90 percent off. And since this is happening during the big TNW Three-Day VIP Annual Sale, you can add the code VIPSALE40 during checkout to take another 40 percent off the sale price. 1. FreeYourMusic Premium Plan: Lifetime Subscription – $23.40 (Orig. $99) with code: VIPSALE40 FreeYourMusic does just that — brings all your major music services together into one monster musicpalooza. Rather than rebuilding your YouTube playlists in Spotify, FreeYour Music easily scans and imports your playlists from one streaming provider to another in no time. It works across all the major servers and with the extra coupon, it’s more than 75 percent off the regular price. 2. Mondly: Lifetime Subscription –…Continue readingClear your mind, save money, improve your work and more with 10 phone apps at massive savings

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Wired

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

Last weekend, the president of the United States urged Americans to vote twice in the upcoming election. This brazen—and illegal—suggestion spread quickly across social media and once again underscored the unprecedented risks of this election season: the Covid-19 pandemic, an onslaught of disinformation, and online echo chambers stoking vitriol that could turn to violence. With more Americans than ever working, going to school, and gathering online, social media platforms have an urgent responsibility to step up in order to ensure the integrity of this election. So far, they haven’t done nearly enough. As a former chair of the Federal Elections Commission, this is an issue that’s near and dear to my heart. During my tenure I made the changing role of technology in our elections a major focus. I know there’s a road map to protect our elections. Unfortunately, the FEC does not even have a quorum currently, and therefore cannot take action on this. Quorum or no quorum, the FEC has been discussing online advertising for five years and failed to regulate the industry in any way. Protecting the 2020 election requires social media companies to act now. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Ann Ravel is the former chair of the Federal Election Commission and the Digital Deception project director at MapLight. She is a Democratic candidate for the California State Senate. To be sure, companies across Silicon Valley have taken some important steps. Facebook’s Voting Information Center, Twitter’s expansion of its civic integrity policy, and YouTube’s crackdown on videos using…Continue readingDemocracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

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The Next Web

How to be appreciated for your hard work as a developer

So you’re interested our Growth Quarters subbrand? Then join our online event, TNW2020, where you’ll hear how the most successful founders kickstarted and grew their companies. Let me start with a simple exercise. This article was originally published on .cult by Tomasz Lakomy. .cult is a Berlin-based community platform for developers. We write about all things career-related, make original documentaries and share heaps of other untold developer stories from around the world. Imagine that you’re a developer at Scqber – it’s like Uber, but for squirrels. Scqber is a huge company (that still prefers to call itself ‘a startup,’ for some reason), with hundreds of engineers, product managers, and engineering managers all contributing to the same project. Since you believe in the company‘s mission (obviously) and in growing your career, you work really hard, deliver features, bugs, bug-fixes, rollbacks, and all other deliverables on time. And yet, annual review cycles come and go, your work is noticed but not really appreciated. Maybe even someone else gets credit for your long hours spent debugging that one Mobile Safari issue. Instead of getting promoted, your manager tells you: “Well, maybe next year.” Sounds familiar? It might, from my experience the bigger the company or team, the harder it is to shine and get the appreciation you definitely deserve for your work. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. Figuring out what to optimize for As a developer, you often need to choose what to optimize for, whether it’s performance of the app, scalability…Continue readingHow to be appreciated for your hard work as a developer

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Mashable

Work in comfort in 2020

If we’re going to spend so much time sitting, why not sit in a chair that offers adjustable and comfortable support? All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. By Nicole Bonaccorso2020-09-05 09:01:00 UTC So often, the home office doesn’t get the love it deserves. Whether you work from home full time, use your home office a few days a week, or you use it sparingly for your own creative endeavors, a comfortable chair is a staple you’ll need to get your best work done. A good office chair is arguably just as important as a good laptop and good WiFi. The health of sitting Many people outfit their home office with any old chair that’s sitting around the house. But did you know that a comfortable office chair can lead to more productivity, better focus, and better overall health? It’s scientifically proven that , and a bad chair exacerbates these issues. That’s why an ergonomic chair is the first step to a healthy work-life balance. Those with a full-time desk job spend more than 1,700 hours a year sitting in their office chair. That’s assuming you stick to 35 hours a week, never work late, never eat lunch at your desk, take two weeks of vacation, and never work a weekend. So in reality, that number can be much higher for many. It’s important that those hours are made as comfortable…Continue readingWork in comfort in 2020

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Mashable

How algorithms work

Mashable’s series explores the mysterious lines of code that increasingly control our lives — and our futures. We spoke with Pedro Domingos, a computer science professor at the University of Washington, and author of “The Master Algorithm,” about the ever-growing role algorithms play in our lives. Read the full story here. Source linkContinue readingHow algorithms work

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The Next Web

Canyon’s electric car-bike hybrid might just be crazy enough to work

As we experience a global pandemic, the ever present climate crisis, and overcrowding in cities, the way we get around isn’t changing because it can, it’s changing because it has to.  Some vehicles of our near future appear to be more certain to succeed than others. Ebikes and electric cars are carving themselves a niche as transport options that are more sustainable than outgoing fossil fuel based alternatives.  Escooter sharing schemes are having a moment, too. It’s too soon to tell how they’ll pan out, but the schemes were recently fast-tracked to British streets to offer socially distanced mobility options amid the coronavirus pandemic. [Read: The confusing but cute 3 wheel Solo EV is finally in production] All of these options still come with compromises. Cars are massive and aren’t a great option for traveling through the busy cities. Smaller, more agile, ebikes are great for transporting people, but leave a lot to be desired in sour weather or when you have lots of luggage.  There seems to be an opportunity for someone to come along and fill the gap between cars and bikes — Canyon, the online only direct-to-consumer bike maker based in Germany, agrees.  Today Canyon announced its “Future Mobility Concept,” its dream to shake up the mobility market with its “podbike” vehicle that looks as if Sir Clive Sinclair wrote an episode of the Jetsons.  Credit: CanyonThe Canyon “podbike” is part car and part bike. With a fully enclosed roof, riders are protected from the elements making…Continue readingCanyon’s electric car-bike hybrid might just be crazy enough to work

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Tech Radar

How does vinyl work and is it really better than streaming from Spotify?

Over the past fifteen years, we’ve witnessed vinyl records making an incredible comeback.  According to Statista, LPs sales have grown twenty-fold since 2006 and accounted for 17 percent of album sales in the United States in 2018. Between 2011 and 2012, vinyl sales increased by a staggering 131.8%, and while momentum has slowed in recent years, there is still an upward trajectory.  Vinyl records have seen such an increase in popularity that there’s even a holiday created to celebrate the audio format: Record Store Day. The holiday, which started in 2007, typically takes place on a Saturday in April and on Black Friday to celebrate independent record stores.  This year, the festivities are being split over three dates; August 29, September 26, and October 24 in a bid to adhere to social distancing guidelines across the world.  Even so, we’re still expecting the holiday to bring together fans, musicians and record stores around the world with limited edition pressings of records available to buy (if you can snap them up quick enough).  The popularity of vinyl is undeniable, but why is it so popular and does it really sound better than streaming from Spotify? Let’s dig into how vinyl works, how it compares to streaming services, and if building a vinyl collection is right for you.  How do vinyl records work? Without getting too deep into the science of how vinyl records work, the theory behind it is that sound waves are translated into a physical medium (vinyl records) via…Continue readingHow does vinyl work and is it really better than streaming from Spotify?

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Tech Radar

Best portable projectors 2020: the top mini projectors for work and play

If you’re looking for the best portable projectors on the market, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve searched for the very best compact and easy-to-carry projectors that are ideal for travelling with. Now, sure, portable projectors aren’t the ideal way to watch the latest Christopher Nolan film, but all the devices on this list are ideal for people who often travel for work. If you’re often visiting clients and colleagues and need to make presentations, the best portable projectors will allow you to quickly and easily set up your presentation in a matter of minutes. It means you can conduct presentations quickly and easily using your own equipment – rather than having to fiddle around with cables in front of an audience. That said, they can also be used for entertainment as well, giving you an impressively large home cinema projector screen to watch movies or play games on. Make a note of maximum screen size and resolution, though, as those specs will give you a good idea of how content will look on the wall. How to pick out a portable projector The latest portable projector (Image credit: Xiaomi) The latest portable projector to come across our desk is the Xiaomi Mi Smart Compact Projector that offers a good image with decent HDR performance and Android TV built-in. If you’re looking for the complete package of a built-in smart operating system, a decent audio quality, and a compact design, then this projector is the way to go.…Continue readingBest portable projectors 2020: the top mini projectors for work and play

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TechCrunch

Palantir’s S-1 alludes to controversial work with ICE as a risk factor for its business – TechCrunch

Palantir’s mysterious work and its founding origins with Trump ally and anti-press crusader Peter Thiel have inspired a number of controversies in recent years, none as divisive as its ongoing business with ICE. But with a direct listing around the corner, the famously secretive company is in for a lot more scrutiny. In Palantir’s forthcoming S-1 filing, obtained by TechCrunch, the soon-to-be-public company addresses concerns about managing its brand reputation as some of its contracts attract unwanted attention. Palantir makes the fairly combative claim in the risks portion of the unpublished financial filing that its business could be harmed by “coverage that presents, or relies on, inaccurate, misleading, incomplete, or otherwise damaging information” about the company: “As our business has grown and as interest in Palantir and the technology industry overall has increased, we have attracted, and may continue to attract, significant attention from news and social media outlets, including unfavorable coverage and coverage that is not directly attributable to statements authorized by our leadership, that incorrectly reports on statements made by our leadership or employees and the nature of our work, perpetuates unfounded speculation about company involvements, or that is otherwise misleading.” The filing also states that the company has its hands tied in responding to these hypothetical misleading reports due to the “sensitive nature” of its contracts and confidentiality requirements. Incomplete reporting is inevitable for a company that’s largely shrouded the nature of its business from the public eye. Historically, any information that trickles out about Palantir’s work with…Continue readingPalantir’s S-1 alludes to controversial work with ICE as a risk factor for its business – TechCrunch

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How does antivirus software work?

We all know that antivirus software is designed to keep your device protected – but have you ever wondered exactly how it does so? In this article, we’re going to look at the way antivirus apps actually work, and the main pillars of protection that these pieces of software are built around. Watchful eye in real time When it comes to defending your PC and policing the files on your system, antivirus apps have a few different methods of doing so. The first is a manual scan of all the files on your system, looking for anything suspect. These scans can be quite lengthy to start with, although over time, the use of clever routines to skip over any files that haven’t been changed since the last scan considerably shortens those initial long waits. Also, most apps offer some kind of ‘quick scan’ mode, which as the name suggests is just a swift manual check-up. The second pillar of an antivirus app’s defenses is the real-time component, which examines files being introduced to your system, and processes that are fired up – everything happening on your PC right now, in real-time, in other words. Again, if it detects something bad cropping up on your system, it’ll intervene. (Image credit: Pixabay) With both methods, the antivirus application relies on what are known as ‘definitions’: a library of signatures of existing malware. These definitions are kept as current as possible with updates piped to the antivirus software usually on a daily basis…Continue readingHow does antivirus software work?