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Mobile phones: Send a text to end your contract

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption How much does your mobile phone really cost you? Mobile phone users will soon be able to switch providers by sending a text to the operator they want to leave, the telecoms regulator has confirmed. Ofcom said the change meant customers could avoid a long call to their operator when they want to switch. In turn, they will be sent switching codes to pass on to their new provider. The change is due to come in by July 2019, and Ofcom […]

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2017 Miles: Everywhere we went this year and everywhere we’ll go

Across the globe, what becomes clear are the commonalities between cities and their commuters, even when they’re thousands of miles away from one another. Everyone loves going out on Saturday night, especially in October. In fact, Saturday, Oct. 28, saw the most rides in six of 30 cities. And now, thanks to the launch of Uber Eats, we have data to back up what we’ve known all along – people can’t get enough of burrito bowls. So, how did the world take Uber in 2017? Thanks to […]

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Eric Schmidt steps down as boss of Google owner

Image copyright Getty Images The executive chairman of Google owner Alphabet is to step down in January, the company has announced. Eric Schmidt, who has been with the tech giant since 2001, will remain on the board as a technical adviser on science and technology issues. Mr Schmidt has played a key role in the development of Google from a small California start-up to the global business it is today. Alphabet said it expected to appoint a non-executive chairman. Are Google, Amazon and others getting too big? […]

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Life on the Meme Council: Meet the Internet’s Gatekeepers

Hours spent moderating a week: Between 21 and 28 Mr. Johnson grew up on a farm in Oklahoma with a spotty internet connection. That meant that unlike many other council members, the first internet communities he was a part of were not on networks like 4chan, Reddit, Twitter or even Facebook, which could take longer to load. Instead, he surfed JPToys.com, a website for fans of “Jurassic Park” toys, and BZpower.com, a fan site for the Lego toy line Bionicle (which has a hungry community of fans […]

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Bitcoin price dives below $13,000, down 35% from last week’s highs

It’s going down. Image: Akarat Phasura/Shutterstock By Stan Schroeder2017-12-22 08:31:51 UTC Well, it can’t just go up all the time.  After an incredible rally in the first part of December, which saw Bitcoin’s price nearly double from $10,240 to $19,994, the popular cryptocurrency is losing value, fast.  The price dropped by a quarter in the last 24 hours alone, and Bitcoin is currently trading at $12,874, according to CoinMarketCap. As it usually happens in the world of cryptocurrencies, most other coins are following suit: Ethereum is down […]

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UK ‘ready to retaliate’ against Russian cyber attacks

Image copyright PA Image caption Boris Johnson is the first UK foreign secretary to visit Russia in five years Boris Johnson will warn Russia to stop cyber attacks which threaten Britain’s national security or face retaliation of a similar kind from the UK. He will say the UK has no malign intentions online but has the technical capability to fight cyber espionage. Mr Johnson is the first UK foreign secretary to visit Russia in five years. His trip follows Theresa May’s accusation last month that Russia was […]

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Tech Tip: Managing Apps on iOS 11

Q. I have a bunch of apps on my iPhone that don’t work on iOS 11, and I don’t seem to be able to manage apps in iTunes anymore over USB. Do I have to delete these one by one on the phone as I find them, or is there a faster way? A. Apple’s recent iTunes 12.7 update removed the ability to buy and manage iOS apps on the computer, although you can still sync movies, TV shows, music, contacts and calendars when the phone is […]

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Dude with festive Christmas lights-covered car gets fined by police

‘Tis the season, except if you’re a car covered with holiday lights. Brandon Wooden from Beaufort, South Carolina ties Christmas lights around his vehicle annually, spreading the glow as he’s done for the last five years.  “People usually follow me for a few miles, videotape me, Snapchat, stop me and tell me to pull over on the side of the road to take a picture,” he told WJCL. But while people follow him around for a photo, the police weren’t too keen on his attempt at holiday […]

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Twitter suspends Britain First leaders

Image copyright Twitter Image caption The Britain First Twitter account and that of its two leaders have been blocked Twitter has suspended the accounts of two leaders of a British far-right group shortly after revising its rules on hate speech. Paul Golding, Britain First’s leader, and Jayda Fransen, his deputy, can no longer tweet and their past posts no longer appear. The organisation’s official Twitter page has suffered the same fate. It appears that three of Ms Fransen’s posts that President Trump retweeted have gone from his […]

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Right and Left React to the F.C.C.’s Vote on Net Neutrality Rules

_____ From the Left Photo A protest against the F.C.C. move was held in downtown Manhattan last week. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times Vanessa A. Bee in Current Affairs: “There is a little-discussed alternative even better than the net neutrality status quo — a true public option!” “Even if you believe in competition and the free market generally,” writes Ms. Bee, “it’s really not a thing here.” People aren’t able to switch internet service providers easily, which explains part of the reason so many […]

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