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July 08 2015

13:00

3 Places You Can Buy Custom Modded Game Controllers

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Every new console generation comes with lots of new accessories, the controller being perhaps the most important. We’ve covered the pros and cons of buying aftermarket controllers before, and even reviewed a custom controller for the Xbox One. Microsoft is even getting into the modded controller world with the announcement of its Elite model. If you’ve never dived into the world of customizing your game hardware, it can seem overwhelming. For those ready to go beyond what’s in the box, here are some websites where you can make a special controller just how you like it. Evil Controllers Evil Controllers,...

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12:00

Still Getting Spam? 4 Email Mistakes to Avoid Today

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Anonymous, mass-mailed, unsolicited messages are an inbox blight that are difficult to escape. It’s a battle as over 70% of all sent emails are spam. The final solution is to become a luddite hermit, or set up a new email account. But let’s not be too hasty. We’ve written before about what the US department of Justice defines as “unsolicited commercial e-mail”. We’ve shown you how to hide and protect your email. We’ve talked about easy tricks to deal with spam. Yet despite all this vigilance, you’ll still find spam wiggling its persistent little head directly into your inbox and doing nothing to ease your...

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11:30

How to Facebook Without Sinning, Russia’s Guide to Selfies, & More… [Tech News Digest]

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From Facebook sinning to Facebook winning, Russian selfie safety, original Netflix movies, verified Tinder profiles, a Tossup between friends, and PewDiePie talks money. Facegloria Is a Sin-Free Facebook Facegloria, a new social network emerging from Brazil, is a sin-free version of Facebook. According to BBC News, it’s designed for evangelical Christians who want to enjoy the benefits of social networking without the “sinful” content and activity. Swearing is completely banned, with 600 words forbidden from being used on the site. Violence and pornography are also banned, as (more controversially) is anything related to homosexuality. Finally, instead of a Like button,...

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02:30

Own an Online Store? Make it Better With an Amazing Checkout Page

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Shopping online is kind of a big deal. Places like Amazon and eBay have changed the way we shop, and while these big sites dominate much of the online shopping world, it’s quite possible for smaller stores to succeed if they find the right market. But it’s not just about the market. Even if a store has the market to appeal to consumers, it needs to actually close the sale and get them to buy. Much of this success comes from a strong checkout page. All to often buyers bail on a sale when it comes time to actually pay. How...

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July 07 2015

19:00

How to Calm Your Mind Even in a Busy Office Environment

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As our workplaces become busier and more demanding, the idea of maintaining a calm mind might seem like an impossible dream. But taking a few minutes throughout your day to soothe and refresh, your brain will save you time in the long run by making you more productive. Using apps and other technology to calm your mind is helpful because you’re already using technology for work and it’s something you can take anywhere, even when you work from home or go on a business trip. Read on to discover digital solutions to five common work stressors! Overwhelmed with Work? Calm...

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18:00

6 Projects to Teach Your Kids Computing with Linux This Summer

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It’s official. In the words of glam rock legend Alice Cooper, school’s out for summer. There’s no more class. No more school run. No more homework. Just long, endless summer days that seemingly drag on forever. But how do you keep your child occupied during those long, summer months? Perhaps more importantly, how do you keep your child occupied and entertained whilst teaching them an important career skill, like computing? If you’re looking for inspiration, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. Check out these six projects that’ll teach your child the basics of computing, with Linux at the center of...

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June 11 2015

19:00

Think Before You Post: Can You Be Sued For Libelous Tweets and Facebook Posts?

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In most countries around the world, saying or writing something that’s untrue and harms the reputation of another person is a civil offense. While this has been the case for centuries, most people were essentially immune from prosecution — unless you had a public platform reaching a wide audience, meeting the bar for defamation was next to impossible. Social media changed this. Now anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account can theoretically reach the entire Internet using population. If the message being shared is positive, the Internet can do wonderful things. If the message being shared is defamatory, there might...

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18:00

Outrage Porn Is Making You Angry And Dumb, Stop Looking At It

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Whether you consider yourself liberal or conservative, pro women’s rights or pro men’s rights, or you are a part of any religion or minority race on the planet, there is outrage porn available for you on the Internet. I’m here to help you identify and avoid it so you can enjoy a better life. What’s “outrage porn”? It can be different for everyone, but the bottom line is it’s articles, pictures, cartoons or other media that is carefully crafted (either intentionally or not) to make people like you very offended, and very angry. I had my own bout of outrage...

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17:00

How to Fix or Turn Off Autocorrect on Android

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Autocorrect has made our lives so much easier — never again will we suffer the humiliation of sending a typo to a friend or making a grammatical error in an email to a colleague. Except, that’s not true. If anything, autocorrect has made texts and emails sent from mobile devices even more embarrassing. A cursory search through Google will reveal a spectacular array of autocorrect fails and cringe-worthy messages, all caused by our supposed life-saver. Frustratingly, sometimes autocorrect can appear like an untameable beast. It stubbornly corrects words that it clearly shouldn’t, wreaks havoc on capitalization, and frequently refuses to let you type...

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16:00

Listen Up, Book Lovers: 10 of the Best Podcasts for Bibliophiles

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Finding a good podcast, no matter the subject, makes me happy. As a proud bibliophile myself, I am thrilled to get the chance to share some of my favorite podcasts about books and literature, as well as some crowd-sourced suggestions I wish I had been listening to for years. There is some solid content here, so if you have the time to spare and are always on the lookout for great book recommendations, look no further. These will keep your “to read” list full, and offer some insightful commentary into the lives of authors everywhere. Books on the Nightstand Any...

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15:30

Should You Upgrade to Windows 10?

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Windows 10 is coming and it’s an exciting prospect for PC users, but as well as new additions there are a few things being removed—make sure you know the pros and cons before you upgrade. The question of the moment for PC users is whether or not it’s wise to upgrade to Windows 10. The latest version of Microsoft’s operating system brings a host of advances and refinements along with it, but some functionality from previous versions is being removed. Before you decide whether or not to get Windows 10, it’s best to be fully aware of what you’re getting...

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15:00

5 Great Ways to Use Your Android Phone at the Beach This Summer

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Here in the US, summer weather has arrived. That means it’s time for millions of us to pack our swim suits, grab a few beach towels, load up the car, and head to the nearest coast. Of course, we’re bringing our smartphones too. Here are several ways an Android phone or tablet can reduce what you pack and improve your next trip to the beach. 1) Make a Budget Restaurants, amusement park rides, zoos, and other attractions tend to pop up near beaches that draw millions of tourists each year. This makes it easy for visitors (you and me) to rack up...

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14:00

Why Fraud Is a Real Threat to Crowdfunding

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I’m reading the comments of a highly successful Kickstarter Campaign. “a half year later I still want my money back” says one. Another says “Taylor is a crook. I have requested several times for refund. He won’t even knowledge my emails.”. Simply called “Learn iPhone App Development“, the campaign blew past its initial modest goal of $2,000, earning an eye-watering $54,626 from 656 backers, 437 of whom paid $99 for the most expensive rewards package. Fronting the campaign was Taylor Beck, an airbrushed, if not slightly awkward programmer in his early twenties who, in a promotional video. preached about the career benefits of learning iOS development over a backing track of...

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13:30

TiVo Comes Online, Reddit Bans Haters, Teens Play Contra, & More… [Tech News Digest]

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TiVo Online launches for Web browsers, Reddit bans the haters, Spotify battles back against Apple Music, Twitter shares its block lists, and teenagers play Contra… badly. TiVo Online Brings DVR to the Web TiVo has unveiled TiVo Online, its latest product aimed at helping us all find and watch the TV shows we love. TiVo Online brings the DVR (digital video recorder) experience to Web browsers, helping its users move away from the confines of their sofas and stop staring at a smart television. At least for some periods through the day. TiVo Online is a free website that offers...

Read the full article: TiVo Comes Online, Reddit Bans Haters, Teens Play Contra, & More… [Tech News Digest]

02:30

Make Sure Your Resume Is Ready to Go with This Checklist

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If you’ve ever been on a job search, you know how important a resume is. Those one or two pages will be the first thing a potential employer sees, and it will be the main thing they use to decide if they even want to have you come in to nail an interview. You need to make sure your resume stands out from the crowd. It needs to have all of the right details about your experience and skills, and it needs to leave off the wrong ones. So, how are you make sure your resume is ready to go?...

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June 10 2015

22:00

How to Get More Likes and Comments on Instagram, According to Science

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Instagram is awesome. It’s got a great story of becoming a billion-dollar company in two years. Its fantastic filters make amateurs look good. It’s an environment where pros engage with you directly. It’s just a photography lover’s delight. If you’re part of the community and are looking to get more likes, more comments and more followers, science has a few tips for you. Most of these studies have been focussed on photos, but a lot of the principles would apply to making videos too. Of course, it would help to know how to create unforgettable Instagram videos in the first...

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21:00

How to Add Useful Options to the Mac OS X Services Menu

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The services menu in Mac OS X is probably overlooked by the vast majority of users, since it is tucked away under a context menu and rarely seen. As the saying goes, out of sight, out of mind. But if you take the time to look at the services menu, accessible via a right-click or the menu bar the top of your screen, you might find a few options there that allow you to perform complex actions in a mere click. What’s more, the services menu becomes all the more useful when you can add and remove your own. Let’s get started. You’ve...

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20:00

How to Create a Resume Template with Microsoft Word

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While the Internet has made some major changes to the way many of us look for work, a good resume is still of crucial importance. It may well be the only exposure an employer has to your skills and abilities, so you should be sure that it’s a document that can convince a hiring manager that you’re capable of filling the position. The best way to do that is to create a resume that specifically targets the needs of a particular job posting — but rewriting it from scratch can be a time-consuming process. Instead, use this guide to create a template...

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19:00

5 Rare Games You Can Buy Cheap on Digital Marketplaces

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Collecting rare video games is a hobby that has existed for as long as video games themselves. Limited releases mean that some games are as difficult to find as precious gems and are just as likely to start fierce bidding wars. Said rarity and value makes it unlikely that most of us will play these games in our lifetime. However, with the advent of digital distribution and with some consoles having at least a modicum of backwards compatibility, some rare games are making comebacks. Some of the rarest and most expensive games you could possibly own are available for low...

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18:00

Buying MacBooks For Penguins: Linux on Apple Hardware

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Linux is easily the most popular project in the open source and free software movement (free as in freedom, rather than free as in free sample). Apple’s computers, on the other hand, form part of the most restrictive ecosystem you can buy into. You’d think that the two can’t mix, both literally and ideologically — but you’d be wrong. So why in the world are there Linux users who buy (and even prefer) Apple hardware for the sole purpose of running Linux, myself included? It turns out there are valid reasons why many end up running Linux on a Mac, including (at one...

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