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How to Get More Out of Your Chromebook by Running Linux Apps

Chrome OS, itself based on the Linux kernel, can now run Linux apps—the circle is complete. If you’ve got the latest version of Chrome OS, and a fairly new Chromebook, you can now install some of the best applications Linux has to offer. Here’s how to go about it, and why you might do it in the first place. Read More >>

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YouTube Kids Is Getting Some Totally Sensible Parental Controls

The YouTube Kids app never really seemed to live up to its kid-friendly potential. Since it came out in 2015 to make browsing online videos “safer and simpler for kids,” the service has gotten a good bit of shit for both its ads and all the weird stuff its algorithms let through — like this video of a cartoon pig drinking bleach. Read More >>

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The Super-Private Tor Browser Gets a Huge Update, But Should You Switch From Chrome?

Chrome wasn’t the only browser to get a visual overhaul this week, because the privacy-focused Tor Browser was also given a new lick of paint, as well as a host of under-the-hood upgrades, and refinements to make it easier to use for newcomers. There are now more reasons than ever to make Tor your daily browser of choice. Read More >>

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EU Officially OKs Apple’s Shazam Acquisition

After Apple announced plans to acquire Shazam at the end of 2017, the deal was put on hold when the EU launched an antitrust investigation to determine if it would decrease competition between streaming music providers. Read More >>

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9 Apps to Try if You Want to Learn Something New Every Day

Sure, smartphones and smartphone apps can waste our time and bring out the worst in people, but they can most definitely also be a force for good: They can educate, inform, and inspire. With that in mind we’ve put together a list of our favourite apps that can teach you something new every day, in small, easily digestible chunks. Read More >>

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Apple Is Making All Apps Include a Privacy Policy

How our data is used—or rather, misused—has been a growing concern for the public. So it’s in tech companies’ best interest to signal to their users that they care about their privacy, and Apple has just taken a small step to put its users at ease. Read More >>

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Contraceptive App Told to Stop Blagging it

It's one thing when an advert misleadingly suggests that processed rice makes the cornerstone of a healthy breakfast for a child, but when an ad for an app tells users it can stop them from having babies by looking at their phone before sex, well, that's a bit more important. Read More >>

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That Viral Tweet Linking Social App IRL With Sex Trafficking Is False

On Friday, someone tweeted that texts from a social app called “IRL” were connected to a sex trafficking scheme, and by Monday afternoon, the warning had more than one hundred thousand retweets and likes. But while the app is real, the claim — that the message is somehow linked to human trafficking — is completely unsubstantiated. Read More >>

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Chinese Ridesharing Service Didi Chuxing Suspends Carpooling Option After Second Murder of Year

Chinese ridesharing service Didi Chuxing has suspended Hitch, its free carpooling component that allows passengers to ride along with drivers headed in the same direction, after the second murder of a passenger this year. Read More >>

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7 Ways to Get Your Computer Screen Up on Your TV

You’ve got friends coming round to watch a movie, or you need your family to watch this one really great Youtube video. Maybe you’ve just got a slideshow of photos to show off. Whatever the reason you’d rather put your computer’s screen on the TV than have everyone huddle around your laptop. Read More >>

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Facebook Bans App That Inspired Cambridge Analytica and Suspends 400 Others

In the midst of an app audit that will probably never end, Facebook gave us an update on its progress on Wednesday. While the company is still being stingy with information, it said 4 million users should expect a notification that a now-banned app called myPersonality may have misused their data. Additionally, Facebook says 400 other apps are currently suspended over suspicious activity. Read More >>

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Google Chrome Has a Forking Clever Good Place Extension

Have you been looking for a browser extension to cleverly replace curse words and search the web with the help of an omnipotent being? Well, holy forking shirtballs, has Google got the answer for you! Read More >>

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Dictionary.com Is Very Tired of Your Thirsty Attempts to Get in the Dictionary

The Dictionary.com team would really like misguided or trolling internet users to stop asking them to add new words to the online dictionary. Read More >>

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Google’s Revamped Fitness App Turns Activity Tracking into a Game

There’s a whole host of Google apps that people use on a daily basis, like Chrome, Gmail, Drive, and so on. But Google Fit hasn’t really caught on like that. In an effort to improve its Android heath and fitness app, Google has basically redesigned Fit to better support people’s activity and wellness goals. Read More >>

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Use the New Tools in iOS 12 and Android 9 Pie to Fight Your Phone Addiction

Apple and Google are falling over themselves to offer new native tools for tracking how long we spend staring at screens, unlocking our phones, and wasting time on social media. We’ve been testing the new ‘digital wellbeing’ tools in iOS 12 (which is currently in public beta) and Android 9 Pie (currently only available on Google Pixel devices and the Essential Phone), and here’s how you can deploy them to cultivate a healthier relationship with your phone. Read More >>