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Tracking my life with tech to improve my life

 There’s this idea that if we quantify and track our lives, our lives will be better. But I’m not so sure about that. Over the past week, I’ve tracked both my sleep and bedroom air quality. Let’s first take a

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Farewell to the Book Critic Michiko Kakutani!

Alexandra Schwartz on Michiko Kakutani, who is retiring after thirty-eight years as book critic for The New York Times. Go to Source

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Microsoft updates Cortana for Android with new look and new features

The Android version of Cortana has been getting some attention from Microsoft recently, and today the company has released another update to its virtual assistant. With Cortana 2.9, Microsoft not only introduces something of an interface makeover, but also adds

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Startups want to change what you insure and how you insure it

 In an insurer’s ideal world, there’d be a profitable policy for every conceivable risk. Click once, and you’re covered. But in the real world, insurance hasn’t kept up with the changes of recent years. The millennial generation has entered adulthood

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Microsoft brings Brotli compression to .NET in ‘alpha-quality preview’

It is now two years since Google launched its open source compression algorithm, Brotli. Microsoft has already shown some interest in the technology, adding support to Edge late last year to speed up the loading of web pages. Having conducted

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Report: Free Basics by Facebook is creepy, limited, and violates net neutrality

It’s been a little while since we heard anything about Free Basics by Facebook — the successor to its Internet.org project which aims to provide access to a number of online services, free of charge, in developing countries (63 in

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Congress continues Kaspersky probe fearing ‘nefarious activities against the United States’

US suspicions about Kaspersky’s links to the Vladimir Putin are not diminishing. The government has been tracking the Russian security company, and now Congress is seeking information from 22 government agencies about the firm. The US House of Representatives Committee

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Apple removes VPN apps from the App Store in China

 The Chinese government’s crackdown on the internet continues with the news that Apple has removed all major VPN apps, which help internet users overcome the country’s censorship system, from the App Store in China. The move was first noted by

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Crunch Report | SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch Planned for November

Falcon Heavy launch is set for November, i.am+ acquires Wink and Stitch Fix has confidentially filed for an IPO. All this on Cruch Report. Read More Go to Source

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PayPal co-founder Luke Nosek leaving Founders Fund, reportedly for SpaceX-focused fund

 Founders Fund just lost one of its founders. Luke Nosek, known for starting PayPal with Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Max Levchin and Ken Howery, is off to start something new. Known as a member of the “PayPal Mafia,” Nosek has

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Sprint could sell pieces to Comcast and Charter before attempting T-Mobile merger

 T-Mobile and Sprint have been in merger talks for a long while now, but the latter may be attempting to jockey for position by allying itself with Charter and Comcast. Sprint would likely be selling a minority stake to the

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Scaramucci Is In. Priebus Is Out

Amy Davidson on the firing of Reince Priebus as the White House chief of staff and the arrival of Anthony Scaramucci as Donald Trump’s new communications director. Go to Source

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What to See in Movie Theatres This Weekend

Recommendations on current films, including “Dunkirk,” “Girls Trip,” “Lady Macbeth,” “Person to Person,” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.” Go to Source

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Kaspersky releases Internet Security 18 for Mac

Do you need security software for your Mac? Whenever we’ve installed any security suite on our Macs they seriously reduce the effectiveness of our computer with almost the minimum advantage. Apple’s Gatekeeper is designed to stop you installing malicious software, anti-phishing

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Microsoft removes ‘beta’ tag from ‘Windows Subsystem for Linux’ in Fall Creators Update

As Windows 10 continues to disappoint some users, Microsoft is increasing its focus on Linux. Whether or not the company will ever take the big step of making its own distribution based on the kernel remains to be seen. With that

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Bright bike helmet goes in for "low" lighting

When riding trails at night, mountain bikers typically have one headlight mounted on their handlebars and another one on their helmet. That helmet-mounted light often sticks up like a sore thumb, however, where it can potentially smack into things such

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Bright bike helmet goes in for "low" lighting

When riding trails at night, mountain bikers typically have one headlight mounted on their handlebars and another one on their helmet. That helmet-mounted light often sticks up like a sore thumb, however, where it can potentially smack into things such

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Possible key ingredient for life rains down on Saturn’s moon

Cell membranes are a crucial building block for life on Earth but for them to exist on Saturn’s moon Titan, with its methane lakes and -290° F temperatures (-170° C) and all, they would require a rather different makeup. NASA

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Dear Floyd Mayweather, you’re why the SEC exists

 Dear Floyd Mayweather, While perusing Facebook, I chanced across your post drumming up interest in the upcoming Stox initial coin offering (ICO). I understand your motivations in wanting to diversify your portfolio of investments, but I caution that your actions are reckless

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Real estate site Redfin soars 45% after IPO

 It was a great day for Redfin, the Seattle-based real estate site which finally went public after 13 years as a startup. After pricing above the range at $15 per share and raising $138 million, the stock soared 45% before

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