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So long then, iPhone home button

… it was nice pressing you. Well, aApple has finally abandoned a feature that’s been a staple of its smartphones since the very start, over a decade ago: A physical home button. Photo by Kim Kulish/Corbis via Getty Images

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Gaming in Asia may be cryptos killer decentralized app

As money and talent flows into the crypto and blockchain worlds, a persistent question keeps coming up: what is going to be the “killer app” that drives adoption for these nascent technologies? The answer may well be quite simple: gaming in Asia. Back in March, For those unfamiliar with Cryptokitties, it’s often been alluded to as a digital version of Beanie Babies. Cryptokitties are virtual collectibles in the form of cute cats that can be bought, sold, […]

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Relying only on Emojis and photos, could YOBO be Generation-Zs Foursquare?

Last month Google rolled out a Maps’ “match” feature which purported to predict how much you’d like a particular place, like a restaurant or bar. The feature uses the data it has on you, such as the backlog of places it knows you’ve visited, and what it can assess as your dining preferences. Look up Thai food restaurants regularly? Maps will show you similar places in the area with a high-match percentage attached to them. Yelp and […]

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Chelsea Manning to discuss Cambridge Analytica during London visit

The whistleblower will speak in October at the Institute of Contemporary Arts dinner disclosing classified government documents to WikiLeaks. In October, she will be the main guest at the Institute of Contemporary Arts dinner, which is being held in her honour. Quick guide Cambridge Analytica: the story so far Show Hide What services did Cambridge Analytica provide? The UK-based company, an offshoot of an American military contractor called SCL Group, offered electoral services to politicians across the […]

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Is it time to remove Zuckerberg from (his) office?

A colleague, who shall remain nameless (because privacy is not dead), gave a thumbs down to a recent column in the NYT. The complaint was that the writer had attacked tech companies (mostly but not exclusively Facebook) without offering any solutions for these all-powerful techbro CEOs’ orchestral failures to grasp the messy complexities of humanity at a worldwide scale. Challenge accepted. The thought experiment: Fixing FB  We’ll start with Facebook because, while it’s by no means the […]

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Open Source Remote Desktop IT Support Tools With Direct Peer Access

Being a former Helpdesk employee, for many years I have observed a growing number of computer tools. I specifically focused on the tools that allowed for taking control of a remote computer’s desktop. Till today I’m smiling to myself about how users being on the other end of the line reacted to that “self-propelled” mouse cursor and floating windows. Like the computer suddenly became haunted. Some of them even cried or called you a wizard. As Arthur […]

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Open Source Remote Desktop IT Support Tools With Direct Peer Access

Being a former Helpdesk employee, for many years I have observed a growing number of computer tools. I specifically focused on the tools that allowed for taking control of a remote computer’s desktop. Till today I’m smiling to myself about how users being on the other end of the line reacted to that “self-propelled” mouse cursor and floating windows. Like the computer suddenly became haunted. Some of them even cried or called you a wizard. As Arthur C. Clarke stated: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from […]

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Millions ‘worse off’ than 15 years ago

There are over eight million low and middle income households, just under half of which have children. And it is not just poorer households which have been facing a pay squeeze. On average, incomes for all households in 2017/18 increased by just 0.9%, the lowest rise for four years and less than half the average between 1994 and 2007, just before the financial crisis. For the poorest third of households, incomes actually fell by up to £150 in the last year. The Resolution Foundation report said that […]

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Ryanair pilot strikes hit 4,000 people

The pilots’ concerns are centred on Ryanair’s proposals on seniority, as well as procedures for the allocation of base transfers, promotions and annual leave. Late on Thursday, Ryanair tweeted a copy of a letter from its chief people officer Eddie Wilson to the national secretary of Fórsa. Skip Twitter post by @Ryanair Ryanair calls on FORSA to call off 24 July strike by less than 25% of our Irish pilots (over seniority & base transfer proposals which they can't explain and which don't even affect them): pic.twitter.com/OVse5kmgMi […]

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