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All those fancy fitness trackers? Now they're on your face. #tech #gadgets #gear #sunglasses #fitness #sports  
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Raymond Anglada

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The tech & Coffee guys are back ?
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DragonDon Belmore
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So newest version of chrome has some bugs :(  Not working at all atm.  I've added my $0.02 to the issue tracker.

https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=527327
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Just curious ... 
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I used Twitter from 2006 to 2009 but now it's pointless and full of spam and noise. I only use it now if I need to tweet a company to get decent customer service out of them. I've got good results from Verizon this way.
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DragonDon Belmore
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I've seen this "Are You Trapped by Your Filter Bubble?" article pop up in a bunch of places.  Pretty much accurate and has some good advice.  It misses out on the important tool that will help while you are online though.

Browser Extensions.

AdBlockPlus: stops ads from even showing up.  Not only saves some eyesore on pages, also a bit of bandwidth too ;)

Ghostery:  Blocks webtrackers that are not served up by ads.  This certainly is a bane to those  marketers/remarketers because they never set any cookies/flags to be tracked in the first place.

I'd say FlashBlock but that's becoming a moot point now.

A good firewall.  I personally use Comodo but there are many to choose from.  Did you know that while the default windows firewall may actually block some stuff from getting it....it doesn't block stuff from getting out!  At least, that was what I was aware off the last time I looked into it.n  Why is this important?  Well, if you accidentally install some malware that reports your private data to some unknown location, you just might want to be aware that a program you didn't know was trying to make an outbound connection somewhere...

The caveats to these tools.

First, there is a minor learning curve.  Yes, some habit may need to change but mostly it's automatic once it's all setup.

Second, it will be annoying initially.  You'll gets lots of warnings until they have all been 'added' to the 'blocking rules' then smooth sailing.

Third, some sites simply will NOT work with script/adblocking.  There are options to temporarily turn these things off/pause them, maybe some sites even need to be whitelisted because you trust them.  Still, this is a process that will have to be done.

If you've read so far and still think all of this is conspiracy crap, then might |I suggest you install the Collusion extension and watch just how much all these sites track you and talk to each other ("Funny, I just saw an ad for lawnmowers on that sports site after I visited my local hardware website searching for lawnmowers...what a coincidence!").  Yeah....not so much.
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NoScript is effective, but requires a lot of maintenance. 
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Raymond Anglada

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This was excellent interview . Dr Martin Cooper said something very interesting about the future . Getting a cell phone behind the ear 
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DragonDon Belmore
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So let me get this straight.  You blocked a clip from a UK show, about content that happened in the UK, about a UK citizen, from someone viewing it in the UK?
#techfail   #derrenbrown  
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aijaz mohammad
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A fairly impressive increase, actually.

While the free software advocate in me is snarling at the thought of all this nasty proprietary stuff being on people's clean FOSS boxes, pragmatically it's an excellent thing. Gamers are going to play popular mainstream games, and if they're available without having to be booted into windows then so much the better :-)
 
Not too bad considering what it was a couple of years ao
There is no sign that Linux releases are slowing down
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Duke Carico
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Over 1 billion people wasting their day . . . .
The biggest social networking platform Facebook has just gotten even bigger. Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook had one billion people logged into the site on a single day, marking the first time in company history to reach this milestone.
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Well what do they consider users? Like people with their phones pulling notifications?
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DragonDon Belmore
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Welcome to the guide to living DRM-free. Please submit corrections and new items for the guide by adding it to the LibrePlanet wiki (you will need to register and login first) or emailing us at info@defectivebydesign.org.
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Bruce Turner
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Dear MeerKat, Periscope and Blab.im, please add support in your platforms for Bluetooth mic support. We need a noise cancellation option. Hangouts, Skype, Zoom, Messenger and Appear.in all provide this. Why don't you? It's a simple feature request. #meerkat #Periscope #blab 
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Greg Miernicki

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Another metric for measuring the success of Google+

Communities were added as a feature to G+ on December 6, 2012 and just today passed the 2 million mark (in terms of number of communities). Everyday there are over 1,500 new communities established. Tangentially +Bradley Horowitz recently stated that over 1,000,000 people are joining communities on a daily basis.

I've been keeping track of the number of Google+ accounts for some time now and back in January began keeping track of the number of communities as well. Please check out my site to dive into further detail :

http://plus.miernicki.com/?comm

+Denis Labelle +Mark Traphagen +Yonatan Zunger
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Raymond Anglada

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Mobiletech Roundup podcast is on tune in radio . Great but I'm committed to stitcher radio 
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Robert Taylor
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Yes indeed.
 
T-Mobile vows to go after data 'thieves'
If you use tethering trickery to get hold of more data than you're allowed, T-Mobile says it will track you down and cut you off.
#tmobile   #mobiledata  
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"T-Mobile said it now has technology that can detect these tethering-data abusers."

For now. Interestingly enough, he's one of the very few using the term "hacker" in it's original context. People finding ways to use systems in a manner not intended by the system's creator. Problem is, these people tend to be very clever in finding exploits. 

"but we started this wireless revolution to change the industry for good and to fight for consumers"

Then invest in towers and coverage. There's a reason why your "revolution" is failing to unseat the big two. People want connectivity.
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Live mans

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How to get Cortana on your Mac - Lately Parallels have released an update to its program, which allows Mac users to run the Windows apps, with OS X apps.
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+Live mans cortana is totally  #defectivebydesign  , no one wants this crap
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Thanks to your feedback, formatting is now available in reply on the web.

Try it out at inbox.google.com
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Duke Carico
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The web giant has set September 1, 2015 as the date from which non-important Flash files will be click-to-play in the browser by default – effectively freezing out "many" Flash ads in the process.
If your ads aren't on web giant's network, they better be HTML5 – or they're dead to Chrome
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Wait....isn't that happening already now?  Already many sites with flash just don't work unless you specifically set it to.
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Raymond Anglada

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Why I'm I updating apps I don't even want . #Bloatware 
Check out : My first 48 hours with the Note 5
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=C7op-Jh3n80
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+Raymond Anglada
Yeah, but they won't be executing any code.
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Ronnie D (Doc)

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Looking back at Samsung's design language. We can find the beginning here.

Read and leave me alone feedback please. I appreciate the support.
Android, tech, technology, smartphone, techies, Mac, apple, iphone, pc,
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