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9 Reasons it Might be Time to Switch to Microsoft Edge

Years after we all jumped ship from Internet Explorer to Firefox and Chrome, we don’t really want to go back to a Microsoft browser, do we? While buggy and slow when it first appeared, Microsoft Edge has been given a continuing stream of new features and updates that make it worthy of your consideration now. Below are nine of our favourite additions that make it a worthy replacement for your current browser. Read More >>

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Bing and Yahoo Are Surfacing Some Extremely Racist Search Queries

In yet another case of a search engine finding itself in hot water over racist, sexist, or otherwise problematic search results, it appears Microsoft’s Bing—whose technology also powers Yahoo’s search function—is returning wildly offensive related search suggestions in its image search function. A report from online tech blog How-To Geek published Wednesday surfaced a number of alarming returns on queries, including racist language and conspiracy theories. Read More >>

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Mark Judge’s Book Wasted Now Available for Free on the Internet Archive

Mark Judge’s 1997 book, Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk, has become an international focal point as people in America and elsewhere debate the fitness of Judge’s old friend, Brett Kavanaugh. But it’s virtually impossible to buy the out-of-print book, with one copy going for $1,900 (£1,438) on Amazon. Thankfully, the Internet Archive now has a copy that you can read for free, giving us a peek at this unlikely piece of American political history. Read More >>

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A Major Scientific Project Aims to Find Out Exactly How the Internet Is Screwing With Your Brain

As anyone who has spent any amount of time on Twitter can tell you, the internet can bring out the worst in us. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that scientists in Europe are now hoping to catalogue exactly how the online hellscape affects mental health and well-being. Read More >>

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5 Online Subscriptions That Don’t Actually Suck

Remember a time when you paid for your music, and your movies, and your software with a one-off payment rather than a recurring subscription fee debited from your bank account each month? Those times are fading into history for most of us. Subscriptions are now king and practically inescapable. Read More >>

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Let’s Make the World Wide Web a National Monument

We’re at a critical inflection point for the World Wide Web. Everything is changing, disappearing, splintering, expanding, and being remade. It’s time we provide legal protection to what’s left of this moment in history. And one way to do that is to make it a national monument. Read More >>

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Waitrose Tests Having the Delivery Driver Unpack Your Internet Shop

Waitrose has had a very, very bad idea, suggesting that in the future -- or even right now in the small area it's testing this service enhancement in -- your internet shopping delivery man might let himself into your (smart) home via an access code then unpack your shopping for you. Read More >>

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Wi-Fi 6 Is Coming, and Here’s Why You Should Care

Get ready for the next generation of wifi technology: Wi-fi 6 (for so it is named) is going to be appearing on devices from next year. But will you have to throw out your old router and get a new one? And is this going to make your Netflix run faster? Here’s everything you need to know about the new standard. Read More >>

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New Report Claims Abundance of Streaming Services is Leading to a Rise in Piracy

Streaming services have long been lauded as a way to stop piracy in its tracks, despite the fact there's conflicting evidence on its effectiveness. That said having access to a large range of content on a service with an affordable price is a good thing for consumers, who generally dislike having to jump through a bunch of hoops to watch their favourite films and TV shows. But as streaming becomes more successful you end up with company trying to carve their own space, without having to share the money with services like Amazon or Netflix. Read More >>

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The Web is So Broken I’m Making Another One, Says Berners-Lee

World wide web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee is clearly having a few sleepless nights about what his invention has done to humanity, with the connectivity legend saying the current front-facing part of the internet has become "an engine of inequity and division" so he's, er, making a new one. Read More >>

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Dig Up Your Oldest Memories and Activity on Google, Facebook, Netflix, and More

You might be familiar with Facebook regularly throwing heartwarming (or heartbreaking) memories in your face every once in a while, but if you want to take a serious dive into your digital past,. Here’s a guide to dredging up your digital past on some of the most popular apps and services out there. Read More >>

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Distracted Boyfriend Meme Job Ad Discriminates Against Women, Swedish Regulators Say

Sweden’s advertising watchdog ruled that an employer’s recruitment post on Facebook and Instagram discriminated against women. The offending content was the inclusion of the Distracted Boyfriend meme. Read More >>

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Google is Bringing a Bunch of Changes to Search

In honour of its 20th anniversary, Google is making a load of changes to search, some you’ll notice and others will be more subtle. All will likely leave some users asking: “Do I really want this?” Read More >>

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The Real Story Behind That Viral Video of President Trump Hissing Like a Snake

Have you seen that viral video of American president Donald Trump hissing? It’s really weird. But it makes more sense if you see the original video. And after some sleuthing, we finally tracked it down. Read More >>

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Google Chrome Is Now Quietly Forcing You to Log In—Here’s What to Do About It 

Once again, Google has rankled privacy-focused people with a product change that appears to limit users’ options. It’s easy to miss the fact that you’re automatically being logged-in to Chrome if you’re not paying attention. Read More >>