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The FBI’s Gamergate report shows lack of consequences for online harassers

Why it matters to you Gamergate is in the past, but the FBI's response to online harassment -- and death threats -- is an increasingly important part of its job. Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, the FBI has finally released its report on the investigation into the controversial Gamergate group — though it has been heavily redacted. The information contained in the report reveals the vicious nature of the threats sent to femal...
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Lyft joins Uber in allowing commuters to use pretax dollars to pay for rides

Why it matters to you Lyft's new tax exemption will save you money on your commute, and it's about time -- Uber made a similar move last summer. Your morning commute may not get any less stressful, but here’s hoping it gets cheaper. On Wednesday, Lyft announced a series of new partnerships that allow you to use pretax dollars in order to get you to your office on mornings when you’re just not feeling the subway, or otherwise need to catch a...
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Tumblr app now lets you add stickers and filters to photos and GIFs

Tumblr is the latest platform to go down the Snapchat route by giving users playful customization options for visuals. On Tuesday, the Yahoo-owned company announced it is introducing stickers and filters to its mobile apps that can be applied to both images and GIFs. Anyone expecting hip filters in the style of Instagram should be aware that this is Tumblr we’re dealing with. Instead, ardent fans will likely embrace the psychedelic filters ...
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The best radar detector you can buy

Speeding tickets are the worst. There you are, minding your own business with the music blaring and the wind in your hair — and then it happens: Those familiar red and blue strobes advance on your position and you suddenly realize you’re driving nearly 15 miles over the limit. No matter what excuses you offer up, the mustachioed police officer stares back at you, emotionless, writing you a citation before wishing you a good day. What if you...
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Is this Apple Store-inspired setup the future of health care? Forward says yes

Why it matters to you Improving the efficiency of doctor visits will save time and help with diagnoses and treatment. When it comes down to it, none of us really want to be spending time in a doctor’s office. So really, there’s no point in making them feel all that homey, right? That certainly seems to be the approach taken by Forward, a new healthcare company that is doing away with the waiting rooms of today’s overstuffed armchairs and to...
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Lavabit, Edward Snowden’s favorite email program, is revived

Why it matters to you Lavabit has added features that take the SSL key out of the equation There are several email providers to pick from, like Gmail, Outlook.com, and Yahoo — but for infamous NSA leaker Edward Snowden, only Lavabit will do. The email program was closed in 2013, but it is now back in business. You might recall that Lavabit decided to close up shop in 2013 rather than turn over access to Snowden’s email account to the govern...
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How to block phone calls on your Android phone

Rest assured, there are ways to block those unwanted calls on Android devices. But finding the path to block calls can take some digging. Some manufacturers bury blacklist features deep in your phone settings. Even worse, some older devices may not provide native blocking features at all. More: Selling your phone or tablet? Here’s how to completely wipe your Android device Thankfully, there are several ways to block calls on your Android de...
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When you really need to get from Florida to the Bahamas in under an hour

You might not choose to waterski behind a superyacht, but what if you could? Larger boats have traditionally been slower than shorter models, but newer power plant designs and engine combinations are changing the paradigm. Fila Group ‘s  AB Yachts  recently built a 100-foot  AB100  superyacht named Spectre for a private buyer with a need for speed, according to Robb Report . The Spectre’s new owner didn’t appreciate the 25-mph top end of hi...
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VRGE is a charging dock for your VR headset that doubles as a storage unit

Why it matters to you Don't know where to place your expensive VR system? A stylish headset dock from an independent group of designers could be your answer. If you’re an early adopter of a virtual reality headset, such as the HTC Vive or PlayStation VR, you may be wondering where to store your hardware when it’s not in use. For complaints as common as ‘Where do I put it?’, a company on Kickstarter has a solution. The VRGE, according to Tea...
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Master everyday life with 8 apps you didn’t even know you needed

Last year, Apple’s App Store infamously  reached an all-time high by adding its two-millionth app. Needless to say, with so many apps to choose from, there are plenty of lesser-known applications to help you more easily navigate your day-to-day activities. Nowadays, almost everyone has a go-to news app and a preferential map application. Most people probably don’t have an app to help protect them from the common cold, however, or even an ap...
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Hackers hit Sundance Film Festival

Why it matters to you The Sundance Film Festival is a premiere showcase for independent filmmaking The Sundance Film Festival, the annual independent movie showcase in Park City, Utah, was hit by hackers on Saturday. The box office was targeted, which prompted an indignant festival response via Twitter: We have been subject to a cyberattack that has shut down our box office. Our artist’s voices will be heard and the show will go on. — Sunda...
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Tesla waits for no one — not even its customers, Musk suggests in a tweet

If you were hoping that your Tesla would be the last car you’d ever buy, Tesla’s CEO has a message for you — it’s not. At least, not if you want to stay up to speed with the latest updates and innovations. For buyers looking for a car that can transcend the test of time, a single Tesla may not be the way to go (though no one car would be). In fact, Teslas will probably be getting major updates every 12 to 18 months, according to Elon Musk ....
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Anne Hathaway takes on ‘Colossal’ sized movie role

Why it matters to you Oscar winning actress Anne Hathway isn't afraid to stretch her acting wings by going the indie route Anne Hathaway seems far from her Oscar winning role in Les Miserables in her upcoming movie Colossal. She plays Gloria, a hard partying woman who discovers she has some kind of telepathic link with a huge monster that is busy trashing Seoul, South Korea. “A monster mash-up of indie comedy and kaiju carnage, it’s like “P...
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Keanu Reeves’ Arch motorcycles: Suitable for galleries, better on the road

Why it matters to you If the concept of a custom-fitted, performance cruiser motorcycle trips your circuits, this may be your next bike. Neo went shopping for a custom chopper, but bike designer Gard Hollinger said, “No,” and told him why. So Keanu Reeves and Hollinger worked together on the right bike for the actor and everyday rider, and then co-founded the Arch Motorcycle Company . So get ready for big-V-rated bike porn. Arch is what you...
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5 songs you need to stream this week: Cloud Nothings, Dirty Projectors, more

Every week, there are thousands of new songs hitting the airwaves — and it’s just too much for your two ears to handle. With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks that deserve a thumbs-down click. But don’t worry, we’re going to save you the hassle. We listen to some of the most-hyped and interesting songs each week, and tell you which are worthy of your precious listening time. More:  Spotify may upgrade its free acco...
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Track more than just steps with this discounted $70 Misfit Ray fitness tracker

Fitness trackers come with all sorts of bells and whistles but at the end of the day, some are simply better than others. This model, the Misfit Ray Fitness Tracker , has two major perks: It tracks all of your activities and it doesn’t require charging, as it operates on replaceable button cell batteries that only need to be changed about every six months. The device normally retails for $100, but is currently discounted to $70, saving you ...
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The $15 Aerb universal remote with built-in keyboard and mouse gives you total control over your devices

In an age when most of us use multiple devices each day for work and leisure, it’s easy to get tangled in a mess of cables, adapters, controllers, and remotes for each particular platform. This has increased the demand for “one size fits all” technologies like docking stations, chargers, and remotes such as the Aerb universal remote with built-in keyboard and mouse . Specifically designed for home theater PC setups, the unique all-in-one Ae...
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Concerned about cybercrime? Chances are, you’re not doing much to protect yourself

Why it matters to you If you're concerned about cybercrime or ransomware, a few simple precautions can set your mind at ease. Many people are sitting ducks for ransomware. Two security firms recently published the results of surveys that showed people may worry about cybercrime, but they don’t do much to for protection, leaving themselves vulnerable. A study by U.K.-based  Sophos , and another survey by  Radware  asked different questions a...
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Experience the Aurora Borealis as it was meant to be seen — in a luxury treehouse cabin

Why it matters to you The 7th room at Sweden's luxury Treehotel provides guests with a stunning view of the aurora borealis they won't find anywhere else. Of the world’s extensive collection of mesmerizing natural wonders, the Northern Hemisphere’s aurora borealis is perhaps its crown jewel. While it’s certainly an utter spectacle in its own right, a luxury treehouse-themed hotel in Sweden — aptly named Treehotel — just opened an incredibly...
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Why let Pixar have all the fun? Mindshow lets anybody make 3D movies in VR

Mindshow isn’t just a VR storytelling platform — it’s basically Final Cut Pro for VR I magine that you have a great idea for a short animated film. You have all the details figured out in your head — the plot, the characters, the setting, and even all the witty dialogue. All that stands between you and making your masterpiece is the animation part. That’s a huge hurdle. There’s 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, physics, sound design — not t...
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From silver screen to tablet: The best movies on HBO Go and HBO Now

This list is continually updated to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on HBO’s premium services, HBO Go and HBO Now. True to its name, HBO has always aimed to bring the box office into people’s homes. That is easier than ever thanks to their streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. There are many movies on HBO’s platform; however, not all of them necessarily qualify as “great.” If you feel like streaming a ...
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Rumor: Could iOS 11 bring with it group FaceTime calls?

Why it matters to you If it's true, it would go a long way in helping Apple and its software compete with Microsoft's Skype, which already lets you do group video chats. Before we tell you this, we want to warn you not to get too excited. Sometimes the rumor mill churns out nothing more than, well, rumors. And the latest one to emerge regarding iOS 11 is about group FaceTime calls. And while it would be exciting, it’s an unverified claim th...
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Net neutrality critic Ajit Pai elevated to FCC chairman, reports say

Why it matters to you Pai's ascension to FCC's top spot may not be good news for net neutrality and an open internet. President Donald Trump is expected to name current Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai to the agency’s top job, sources told Politico on Friday. Pai would be able to assume the role of chairman immediately after appointment as he was already confirmed by the senate as a Barack Obama appointee in May 2012. Pai is a strong op...
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California utility companies pulling out all stops to promote electric vehicles

Why it matters to you The CalETC programs could benefit you directly if you live in California or stimulate EV adoption in other states so we can all breathe cleaner air. If you live in California, it will be increasingly hard to avoid at least considering choosing an electric vehicle (EV) for your next car purchase or lease. Three major California utility companies are following the lead of the state’s clean transportation and emission-red...
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Best Google Pixel screen protectors to safeguard that gorgeous display

The Google Pixel has a beautiful 5-inch HD display and its bigger brother, the Pixel XL, sports a 5.5-inch display with an even higher resolution. Everything on screen appears in perfect clarify, and you’ll want it to stay that way. The displays are made using Gorilla Glass 4, meaning they’re pretty durable and will probably survive most minor falls just fine. However, you can never be too protective of your smartphone. Applying Google Pixe...
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