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Microsoft’s Dictate uses Cortana’s speech recognition to enable dictation in Office

 Dictate, a new project from Microsoft’s experimental R&D group, Microsoft Garage, is launching today to offer a way to type using your voice in Office programs including Outlook, Word and PowerPoint. Available as an add-in for Microsoft’s software, Dictate is powered

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Swatch launches Swatch X You, a custom design system for true watchanistas

 Swatch, the fashion watch for the masses, has created Swatch X You, a clever online watch “factory” that lets you pick a face, band, and extra doodads to truly customize your $65 to $85 watch. The service, available now, offers

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Retail industry leads the way in data breaches

The largest share of data breach incidents involved the retail industry, closely followed by food and beverages, according to a new report. The 2017 Global Security Report from Trustwave shows that 22 percent of incidents involved the retail industry, followed

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ProtonVPN is a free VPN service that’s now available to everyone

ProtonMail has opened up its free VPN service to anyone who wants to use it. ProtonVPN was previously only available to a limited number of beta testers, but now everyone can secure their internet connection for free. The company is

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European MEPs want to ban states from backdooring encryption

 The European parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has put forward a proposal that would amend the EU’s charter of fundamental rights to extend privacy rights to the digital realm and prevent governments of EU Member

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Simply Wall St raises $1.8 million from its own customers to build out investment advisory services

 Financial services apps are all the rage these days and one of the latest to capitalize on the trend is Simply Wall St. which closed a $1.8 million round (2.4 million Australian dollars) in its latest round of funding. Interestingly, the financing

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Banking the unbanked in emerging markets

 As countries progress, citizens migrate from remote villages to large cities and foreign countries. Their economic power rises and they participate in the global economy. People need to purchase food, pay electricity bills, top up transportation cards, arrange online services,

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Crunch Report | Pokemon Go “Big Summer Update”

Pokemon Go has a big summer update, Vice Media raises $450 million, the FTC wants to block the FanDuel-DraftKings merger and Blue Apron is looking to raise $586 million in its IPO. All this on Crunch Report. Read More Go

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UK officials believe North Korea is behind WannaCry ransomware

Nearly a month after it struck devices around the globe, new information has emerged surrounding the major WannaCry ransomware attack. The BBC says British officials from the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) are now claiming infamous North Korean cyber-criminal group Lazarus was behind

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ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe Windows 10 laptop now available

Windows laptops are certainly getting more beautiful with every passing year. Elegance used to largely be an Apple-only affair, but that has been changing. Quite frankly, there are countless such notebooks on the market, making choosing one a bit difficult

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Cyber security is more important than Brexit in boardroom talks

Cyber security is a top concern in the boardroom, to the point where it’s a more important issue than Brexit. That’s according to a new report from Radware examining the state of cyber security across the US and Europe. The

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Exposed GOP database demonstrates the risks of data-hungry political campaigns

 Since November, the Trump campaign’s possibly brilliant, maybe-just-lucky data strategy launched a thousand thinkpieces. Now, we’ve got a more intimate look at that data than we were ever meant to have. As discovered by Chris Vickery, a cyber risk analyst

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Announcing the Judges for the Seattle Meetup + Pitch Off

 TechCrunch is headed to Seattle this Thursday for the annual Meetup + Pitch Off. And we are ready to announce our esteemed judges. The pitch-off will consist of 10 startup companies presenting for 60 seconds on stage in front of

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Unsecured Amazon server leaks details of 198 million American voters

Personal data and profiling information about millions of American voters has been exposed in what is believed to be the largest ever leak of its kind. 198 million records were found stored on an unsecured Amazon S3 server owned by

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Ring Video Doorbell 2 is here

It feels like everything is internet-connected nowadays — lights, televisions, coffee-makers, and more. Heck, even doorbells are connected! One of the most popular such devices — the Ring Video Doorbell — allows the owner to not only see who is ringing

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Wonderschool gets $2M to help solve America’s childcare quandary

 In the U.S., childcare presents a nerve-wracking quagmire for parents. It’s expensive—almost a fifth of American families spend more than a quarter of their income on childcare—but that doesn’t mean it’s a lucrative business. In fact, many caregivers make so

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Vice has raised $450M ahead of a potential IPO

 Vice Media has raised $450M in new funding from private-equity firm TPG, with a deal valuing the media company around $5.7 billion post-money. Shane Smith, co-founder and CEO of Vice was just on CNBC answering questions about the funding and

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Kiss House flatpack home can be assembled in just four days

UK Passivhaus specialist Mike Jacob has joined with award-winning architect Adrian James to create a flatpack home that takes less than a week to install. Dubbed “Kiss House” the prefabricated housing model is similar in concept to the Mini House

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Kiss House flatpack home can be assembled in just four days

UK Passivhaus specialist Mike Jacob has joined with award-winning architect Adrian James to create a flatpack home that takes less than a week to install. Dubbed “Kiss House” the prefabricated housing model is similar in concept to the Mini House

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Denali tiny house makes small living feel much less cramped

Alabama’s Timbercraft Tiny Homes, the firm behind the Retreat, recently completed another model that pushes the definition of a tiny house. Dubbed the Denali, the towable dwelling measures a massive 37 ft (11.2 m)-long and is very spacious inside, boasting

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