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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 phone aims to rebuild consumer trust

Samsung is breathing new life into its Note smartphone brand nearly one year after its massive recalling of fire-prone phones. The South Korean tech giant revealed the Galaxy Note 8 at an event in New York on Wednesday. The device, which will cost $929.99 for an unlocked device, will hit stores on September 15. Pre-sales for the Note 8 will start in the U.S. on Thursday. The Note 8 has many of the same features that already exist on Samsung’s phones like the Galaxy S8 and S8+. It touts an infinity screen, no physical home button and a finger...

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Amazon eyes yet another industry: education

Amazon has already disrupted traditional retail and its recent acquisition of Whole Foods suggests it could change the way we grocery shop, too. But following in the footsteps of other tech giants like Google and Apple, the company is also quietly coming for the classroom. Amazon on Wednesday announced a new tool for teachers that helps design a writing curriculum for elementary students. The tool, called TenMarks writing, is aimed at fourth to sixth graders for now and hopes to roll it out to older students soon. It includes short writing exercises, teacher resources like lesson plans and assignments,...

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Should web-hosting companies restrict who’s on their platforms?

White supremacist and neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer is having a hard time finding a place on the web. Internet-domain provider GoDaddy gave The Daily Stormer the boot after the site published a derogatory story about a 32-year-old woman killed at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Earlier on Monday, Google Domains became the registrar for the site. However, Google later said in a statement it’s canceling The Daily Stormer’s registration for violating its terms of service. This game of internet-domain whack-a-mole raises issues around what domain-hosting companies are responsible for, and where they draw...

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You’ll soon be able to text Uber drivers within the app

You soon won’t have to text your Uber driver from your own number. The ride-hailing giant on Thursday said it plans to add a feature that will allow drivers and riders to send messages to each other inside the app. Currently, drivers and riders connect by texts and phone calls. The in-app chat function will launch globally in the coming weeks. To contact drivers when they’re on their way, users can access a “chat” section. When a driver gets the message, it will be read out loud so they can focus on the road. Related: Uber seeks to butter...

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Consumer Reports pulls recommendation for Microsoft Surface laptops

Consumer Reports is no longer recommending Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets. The publication on Thursday removed its “recommended” rating for Microsoft’s Surface Laptop and the Surface Book. This applies to both 128GB and 512GB storage options. This is the first time in two years Consumer Reports removed a laptop recommendation when it pulled ratings for three Hewlett-Packard models and a Lenovo laptop due to repair histories. Consumer Reports recently conducted a survey of nearly 91,000 people who bought new laptops and tablets between 2014 and the beginning of 2017. The study estimated that about 25% of Microsoft Surface devices...

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This startup is cashing in on our forgetfulness

Richard Beddingfield came home after a skiing trip in Colorado when he couldn’t find his prescription sunglasses. He’d lost them before, but this last time, he snuck a small Bluetooth tracker called Tile inside the case. Back home in Middleton, Wisconsin, he used the corresponding app to reveal the glasses’ last known location: the Denver International Airport. (When another Tile user has the app running and passes by your missing item, you’re automatically notified of its location). But the next day, Beddingfield was alerted that his glasses were spotted in other cities like San Diego and Seattle. “I wasn’t...

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Amid opioid crisis, some patients turn to tech alternatives

David Nipple was riding his motorcycle on a highway in Tennessee when he was hit by a drunk driver. His left leg was severed above his knee. Medical workers didn’t expect him to survive. He was bleeding quickly and had to be airlifted to nearby Nashville for treatment. That was in 2014. Since the accident, Nipple has gone to rehabilitation and had multiple surgeries on his arm and leg. He was prescribed narcotics, but he didn’t want to take them. “I don’t care to take that stuff. I’ve seen what [opioid addiction] has done to too many people …...

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Facebook steps up fake news fight with ‘Related Articles’

Facebook is continuing its quest to crack down on fake news. The social network on Thursday began rolling out “Related Articles” that provide additional perspectives and information on stories shared on News Feeds. These articles will appear below the link for topics many users are talking about on Facebook. They will also include articles fact-checked by third-party sites such as Snopes and PolitiFact, which employ editors. Related stories intend to help users think twice about whether a story is true. Last year, Facebook was widely criticized for letting fake news stories go viral during the U.S. presidential election. Since...

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Facebook will prioritize fast-loading articles in your News Feed

Facebook wants you to read more articles on its mobile app. The social media giant on Wednesday announced it will prioritize stories that load faster on a user’s mobile News Feed. Stories that take longer to load could appear less. “When sites take a long time to load, people will abandon it,” Greg Marra, a product manager at Facebook told CNN Tech. “It’s frustrating to click on a link that goes to a slow web page.” Up to 40% of website visitors leave a site after just a three-second delay, according to research from the Aberdeen Group. Related: Facebook...

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