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Windows 10 has had a difficult first year in the world. Although the operating system itself has been generally praised, concerns over privacy and the overly pressurized upgrades have made with Windows 10 upgrade into way more of a saga than Microsoft needed. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group for digital rights, has published a no-holds-barred blog post condemning Windows 10's collection of data, and the "malicious" way Microsoft pushed 10 onto consumers. If you're not a fan of seeing Microsoft being verbally beaten up, this will be a rough ride. DON'T MISS:  Forget cheating, Pokemon Go will block you just for being too good Amul Kalia, the author of the piece, starts out by attacking Microsoft's well-documented attempts to push Windows 10 installs: "The tactics Microsoft employed to get users of earlier versions of Windows to upgrade to Windows 10 went from annoying to downright malicious. Some highlights: Microsoft installed an app in users’ system trays advertising the free upgrade to Windows 10. The app couldn’t be easily hidden or removed, but some enterprising users figured out a way . Then, the company kept changing the app and bundling it into various security patches, creating a cat-and-mouse game to uninstall it." They go on to describe Microsoft's later attempts to push installs as "highly deceptive," and say Microsoft "chose to employ questionable tactics to cause users to download a piece of software that many didn’t want." Then, attention turns to what Windows 10 actually does once it's been installed on your machine: "Windows 10 sends an unprecedented amount of usage data back to Microsoft, particularly if users opt in to “personalize” the software using the OS assistant called Cortana . Here’s a non-exhaustive list of data sent back: location data, text input, voice input, touch input, webpages you visit, and telemetry data regarding your general usage of your computer, including which programs you run and for how long." All in all, it's a succinct and damning report on how Microsoft screwed up what should have been a very easy software update. Ultimately, with Windows 10, Microsoft was giving away a much-improved piece of software to its users. How it managed to screw that up so badly that the EFF is writing bad editorials -- well, you just need to read it to find out .

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U.S. officials are publicly criticizing Europe's investigations into favorable tax arrangements that Apple and other multinational companies have reached with Ireland and a few other countries.

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The world's apparently largest aircraft crashed during a test flight in England. But all the internet could see was that it looks like a heinie.

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The actor's website is reportedly compromised with hackers posting personal identification and private photos alongside racist commentary.

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Not only is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild one of the most anticipated games of 2017 , it's also one of the last major titles to ever launch on the Wii U. With that in mind, you can understand why Nintendo is already hyping up the game, despite the fact that Breath of the Wild doesn't even have a release date. DON'T MISS:  Brand new Pokemon Go update comes with a feature you’ve wanted from day one A couple of days ago, the Nintendo of Europe Twitter account shared a short video showcasing some of the abilities that Link will have access to using the runes that he collects along his journey. We saw a few of these in action when Nintendo demoed the game at E3 2016, but there are some unseen powers in the video as well: https://twitter.com/NintendoEurope/status/767753824345939968 The Cryonis Rune is the first that we see in the video, allowing Link to create ice pillars in the water in order to make his way to otherwise inaccessible terrain. Next up is the Magnesis Rune, which lets Link grab and lift metal objects from afar, such as a chest sitting at the bottom of a lake. The third rune on display is the Round Bomb, which is exactly what it sounds like — a round bomb that can be summoned repeatedly (after a short cooldown). And finally we see the Statis Rune in action, which gives Link the ability to lock objects in place and manipulate them. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild  is clearly drawing inspiration from previous games in the series, but it looks like players are going to have a ton of new interactions to explore when the game launches for Wii U and NX in 2017.

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By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chief executive officer of Comverse Technology Inc pleaded guilty on Wednesday to securities fraud, a decade after he fled to Namibia from the United States to avoid prosecution. Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, the Woodbury, New York-based software developer's founder, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn, after ending his fight to avoid extradition to face charges pending since 2006. The case is one of the last open prosecutions arising from government or internal investigations of stock options backdating at over 200 companies, including Comverse, which was acquired in 2013 by former unit Verint Systems Inc .

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Microsoft acquired Beam and its interactive livestreaming service as a way to bolster Xbox Live for a gaming culture crazy about eSports.

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Fox’s Marvel film franchise has suffered a new setback. Gambit director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) has departed the project and has signed on to direct DC’s supernatural ensemble film Justice League Dark. DC started publishing the supernatural team-up in November 2011 with Justice League Dark #1.

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At the TrustBelt 2016 conference in Chicago, TechRepublic spoke with Erin Grossi of UI Labs about how new technologies are accelerating the growth of smart cities.

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A new iPhone is rapidly approaching, which means it's time for my yearly tradition of flogging my old iPhone to strangers on the internet. Upgrading phones every year might be a ridiculous luxury, but if you're smart about how you do it, upgrading once a year is actually less expensive than upgrading whenever your old device dies. DON'T MISS:  Android 7.0 has a hidden feature that could finally make it better than iOS There's a bunch of different ways of selling old devices, ranging from grandma-level easy to requiring actual time and effort. We've detailed those before, but what we'll be looking at here is selling privately. If you have a device in decent condition, selling online can get you pretty close to the as-new device condition, which is way, way above what you'll get on trade-in. Pick your selling site There's nothing wrong with using all the usual culprits to sell your iPhone, but I find the more local-specific the website, the higher price you can get. There's a glut of new or as-new iPhones on eBay, which drives the price down. Local Craigslist ads can be better, but I find the best place to sell consistently is local Facebook free-and-for-sale groups. Since there's less competition, and you're dealing with people who want to buy something  right now  in many cases, I've found much higher prices on Facebook. Using Facebook groups also tends to cut down on people messing you around or aggressively undercutting. Because you know the public Facebook profile of whoever you're dealing with, you get fewer no-shows. Of course, it's not perfect, so you should use the usual precautions of meeting in a public place and making sure you count the cash or verify the bank transfer before handing over your device. Keep your device in good condition There's a huge price difference between selling an as-new iPhone and one that's been thoroughly used. If you keep your device in some kind of case, a year's usage shouldn't put any noticeable scratches on the handset. Try to avoid using badly-designed cases that scratch your phone as you take them on or off. Before taking photos of your device to post, use a small amount of window cleaner and a paper towel to clean fingerprints off and remove any dirt that would show up in photos. It's also a good idea to update it to the latest software. Original box and accessories are worth more than you think Continuing the whole as-new vibe, hanging onto the box and accessories for your iPhone will massively boost the resale value. I hate the Apple Earpods and I have lots of charging cables, so I leave the ones that come in my iPhone in the original box, hidden in a drawer for a year. When it comes time to sell my iPhone, having the original box and brand-new accessories is a huge selling point. If you're planning on upgrading to a new iPhone and you've already used the accessories that came with your old phone, there's an easy way around this: buy your new phone before you list the old one, and transfer the brand-new accessories into the old box. Trust me, you're better off doing that and buying more Lightning cables off Amazon than you are using the new cables and headphones. Take good pictures It's a cliche that you should take good pictures to sell things online, but it's also true. Try to use a decent camera, but a modern phone camera will work well if it has to. More important is the lighting and the setting. The best option is to use a balcony or something outdoors right around sunset. That provides more than enough light, but not so bright that the phone is washed out, or has reflections coming off the screen. As for location, place your phone on a background that's simple and non-distracting. A plain-colored table or carpet works well here, but the important thing is that the phone is the focus of the photo. It's the same rules that tech journalists generally use for photographing gadgets, and what works for blogs also works for you selling your stuff. Pick your timing Back in 2013, I scraped data from eBay to try and work out if the release of a new iPhone has any effect on the resale value of previous-generation handsets. Remarkably, the differences are tiny. Given that Apple will drop the price of the iPhone 6s as soon as it releases the 7, the decrease in resale value is less than you'd expect. Back in 2013, I found that while the release of the iPhone 5S saw a dramatic increase in the volume of iPhone 5 sales, the price stayed nearly the same, only decreasing by 5 percent in a month. In other words: you don't need to panic-sell your old phone as soon as you've bought a new one. But, you should try and make the sale within a month or two, as prices of older iPhones take a nosedive about three months after the release of a new model. The bottom line As I said before, with careful selling and planning, buying a new iPhone every year doesn't have to be expensive. To give you some anecdotal experience, I've bought a new iPhone for full price for the last three generations. For the 64GB models, the price (with tax) is normally around $700. My average resale value has been $575, meaning in effect, I spend $125 per year to have the newest iPhone. What if I upgraded once every three years, which I think is about the most I can stretch it? Well, I wouldn't be financially much better off. If that were the case, I'd be using an iPhone 5s right now, and be getting rid of it to get a new iPhone 7 in a few weeks. 32GB iPhone 5s devices in good condition are selling for about $200 right now on eBay . Assuming that I get a little more for having it in good condition and keeping the box, I'd expect to get $250-$300 for mine. That means I would've spent $400 over three years for that phone, or about $135 per year. So, for almost the same amount of money, I get a brand-new iPhone every year, rather than upgrading once every three years. That's without taking into account that by buying new (on the right credit card) every year, I benefit from six months of no-deductible insurance, and my device is always under warranty. The iPhone argument The market in used smartphones is the one killer reason for why I've spent my own money on iPhones for the last few years. Despite the fact that I hate the bigger form factor, and I'd love to have my daily phone be waterproof, it's just not worth the cost. Even the biggest-name Samsung devices don't hold their value nearly as well as iPhones, which makes them hundreds of dollars more expensive in the long run. Being an Apple fanboy isn't a matter of taste -- it's just economics.

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This colorful tower of dominoes was the third-tallest in the world, but something happened on its way to the top.

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The 75-pound natural pearl is now on display in the Philippines, waiting to be authenticated. It kind of looks like a shiny wad of gum.

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If sentiment around the internet is any indication, iPhone owners aren't very happy with the idea that Apple is planning to ditch the standard headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Nothing has been confirmed at this point, but everything we've seen and heard so far suggests that Apple's new iPhone models will only have a Lightning port on the bottom, so users who want to use a wired headset will either need to purchase a new one or use an adapter. Yes, Apple is creating a new problem for iPhone users, though if history has taught us anything the outrage will subside fairly quickly after the new iPhones are released. But potential iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users will be happy to learn that Apple will also likely solve a problem with its new iPhone models, and it's a big one. DON'T MISS:  Case maker claims the most intriguing new iPhone 7 feature is actually fake According to just about every study that has ever been done, iPhone users have two main problems with their smartphones of choice. One is battery life, which Apple doesn't seem interested in fixing anytime soon. iPhones are always among the thinnest smartphones available, and Apple seems to value design over battery life. Even more so than battery life, people complain about their iPhones' storage capacity... or lack there of. Apple has no plans to add microSD support and taking an ax to its iPhone ASPs, so users are stuck without however much storage comes on their iPhones. Not everyone can afford to spend $100 or $200 extra for more capacity, so 16GB is all they get — and that doesn't even take into account the space occupied by iOS itself. Well, we have some good news. Rumors have suggested that Apple is planning to double each storage tier for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and now we may have some evidence to suggest that indeed will be the case. Twitter leaker "The Malignant" on Wednesday posted a photo of what is believed to be an internal spreadsheet that belongs to one of Apple's component suppliers or manufacturing partners. The image shows purported listings for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus storage modules, and it shows three different sizes: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB. Is this a guarantee that Apple does in fact plan to double the storage capacity for each new iPhone tier. Not quite, but the source has a decent track record and remember, this isn't the first time we've heard this rumor. All will likely be revealed on September 7th, when Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhones. Until then, you can check out the leaked photo below.

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Hillary Clinton has asked the maker of the the EpiPen to voluntarily lower the price of the lifesaving allergy treatment, which has jumped by over 400 percent in the past few years. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Claire McCaskill of Missouri also requested pricing information from the manufacturer, Mylan NV, within two weeks. Several senators have been pressing Mylan over the price hikes.

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Hace exactamente cinco años, Cook tomó las riendas de la gigante de Cupertino. Bajo su mandato, la empresa alcanzó su récord de ventas para el iPhone, lanzó un reloj inteligente y abrió casi 500 tiendas por todo el mundo. ¿Cómo pintan los próximos 5 años?

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Bask in the jubilant absurdity of all your favorite Pokemonsters saying, "YAS!" in voices tailored to each character.

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Uber is rolling out self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, which is cool — but it means that the way we think about maps and addresses is about to get really complicated. For example, here is something that happens to me several times a week: I call an Uber to my apartment building, and the driver gets lost because they can’t find the door. See, the address of my building is on a main street, but the actual entrances are on the sides of the building — and when I drop a pin at those locations, Uber maps them to nonexistent addresses.

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French telecoms operator Orange denied on Wednesday having reached a deal with Vivendi that would include taking stakes in the media giant's pay-TV Canal Plus and in Telecom Italia, following an online report by French magazine Challenges. Rumours of a potential deal between Vivendi, which owns 24.7 percent of Telecom Italia, and Orange, have regularly surfaced over the past few months as traditional media groups try to find new ways to compete against newcomers such as Netflix and Amazon. "Orange obviously discusses with all content players in a sector that is constantly evolving, but the group formally denies having reached any secret deal with Vivendi including Canal Plus and Telecom Italia," a spokesman for Orange said by phone.

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PowerPoint 2016's Morph transition makes it easy to show motion, zoom in and out, and change shapes.

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Oh Rio, Rio, dance across the Kia stand.

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In a revealing interview, analytics firm CFB Strategies explains how big data helped his company generate over $90 million in contributions, and what business can learn from fundraising tactics.

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The release of Blonde marked much more than Frank Ocean’s musical return after four years away. After satisfying his Def Jam deal with the release of Endless, Ocean released Blonde independently in a move that marks the first shot in an inevitable fight between music labels and streaming services. The relationship between an artist and a music label has been a notoriously fraught one, but until recently, there was nowhere an artist could run to when they tired of their label besides the next label down the street.

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Whether or not you have active Netflix or Apple accounts makes no difference to hackers looking to steal precious personal data. But you should be aware of a new Netflix email scam that’s using a fake iTunes bill to fool you into giving your credit card details to scammers, so here’s what you need to know about it so you can avoid it. DON’T MISS:  iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left Like any phishing scheme, these fraudulent emails contain fake bills for products you may not remember having purchased, according to This Is Money . The emails seem to originate from Apple, and they appear to contain receipts for purchases that you’d normally get in your email – if you have an Apple ID account and buy stuff from Apple’s digital stores. This particular receipt concerns Netflix, and it tries convince you that someone impersonating you has gained access to your Apple account to subscribe to Netflix. Naturally, you’ll want to put a stop to it by clicking the available “refund” or “manage subscriptions” links in that email. You’ll then get to a website that looks like Apple’s where you have to enter your account and credit card details for the refund. But what really happens is that those details are delivered straight to the scammers. And they’ll then put it to good use, meaning that you can expect real warnings from your bank in the near future. So what should you do? First of all, if you don't have an Apple account, then you're safe. Secondly, never click the links inside an email like this. Instead, check with your bank to see if the fraudulent charges are real. You can also go to Apple.com directly and check your account – but, again, don’t use the links in that email. Just type the site's address into your browser. It might be Netflix and Apple today, but scammers could pair other hot products in the future to send similar emails. Consider the tips above best practices that you should always keep in mind.

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A planet that could be Earth's cousin is circling the nearest star beyond our sun. Could Proxima b also host cousins of a different sort?

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Apple wants you to know it’s been working on AI for years now — you just didn’t know it. In a new feature by Stephen Levy in Backchannel, some of the company’s top execs and machine learning experts hammer home this message, pointing out all the ways in which AI is used in Apple’s products today. Apple has cause to push this message.

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