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How to Make Your Samsung Galaxy Phone Feel More Like Stock Android

The Galaxy S and Galaxy Note are some of the best Android phones available right now. But TouchWiz has a bad rep for being ugly and “bulky” (especially with Android elitists). If this is the only thing holding you back from giving one of these otherwise excellent phones a shot, we’ve got you covered. It’s actually pretty easy to get a near-stock experience on most Samsung phones—you’ll just need to download and tweak a few things. by Cameron Summerson
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New Rapidly-Growing IoT Botnet Threatens to Take Down the Internet

Just a year after Mirai—biggest IoT-based malware that caused vast Internet outages by launching massive DDoS attacks—completed its first anniversary, security researchers are now warning of a brand new rapidly growing IoT botnet. Dubbed ‘IoT_reaper,’ first spotted in September by researchers at firm Qihoo 360, the new malware no longer depends on cracking weak passwords; instead, it exploits

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No, Apple isn’t ‘enabling’ Chinese censorship

I know it’s popular to hate on Apple these days. I’m guilty of this myself. But assertions made earlier this week by Sens. Ted Cruz and Patrick Leahy that Apple was enabling Chinese censorship are a step too far. In a public letter, Cruz and Leahy fused their remaining brain cells to argue Apple ‘enabled’ censorship in China by removing several popular VPN apps in July. The move, the duo argue, strengthens China’s control over its citizens by picking and choosing which parts of the internet they can access. It’s not North Korea, but China’s “Great Firewall” is no doubt…This story continues at The Next Web
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4 free tools for your startup that you can start using today

As a (failed) entrepreneur I can personally tell you that one of the biggest hardships me and my team faced was financial woes for things we needed around the office and online. Everything seemed to cost money – money that we didn’t have. Sure, there were some free programs we were able to use to help keep up with tasks and customer service, but none of them were nearly as robust as they needed to be. Granted, this was many moons ago and we’re now in a time where even free versions of needed tools can take you, your team,…This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung’s Note 8 feels as fast as the Pixel 2, and that’s a big deal

One of the most common complaints levied at Samsung’s Note 8 is that it doesn’t do enough to differentiate itself over the Galaxy S8+. But after testing the device for about six weeks, one thing has become clear: the Note 8 is a lot smoother than the S8+ in the long run, and it’s all thanks to software. Samsung has been admonished for its heavy Android skins ever since the early days of TouchWiz, and though it’s tidied up in recent years – especially with the introduction of the ‘Samsung Experience’ UI with the S8 – it had never quite…This story continues at The Next Web
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360 video shot over North Korea shows a sprawling, empty metropolis

Singaporean photographer Aram Pan was recently given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when North Korean officials allowed him to shoot and release 360 video on a short flight over the capitol city of Pyongyang. The significance of this being the “world’s first” 360-degree overhead video comes from the perpetual media blackout in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – which is heavily enforced under dictator Kim Jong Un. The state restricts photography of all kinds and censors media with an iron fist. Pan credits his approval to shoot and release the footage with his attitude toward the North Koreans, in an interview…This story continues at The Next Web

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Jaybird’s Run totally wireless earbuds are wire-free wonders for everyone

The market for totally wireless earbuds is really maturing fast, with many entries from both new and established companies. Jaybird recently joined the crowd, with its own Run earbuds. The Logitech-owned company has long been a really solid competitor when it comes to Bluetooth headphones, and its Freedom and X-line, and in fact made some of the very first wireless sport earbuds that proved… Read More

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Emails demise raises security concerns about messaging

Email response times are getting faster, according to a report put out by the University of Southern California. People between the age of 20 and 35 respond within 16 minutes on average. The problem for email is that’s just not fast enough anymore. Today email is being replaced by rapid fire messaging services. These allow users to chat in free form and coordinate minute details at a higher speed and volume than other communication methods. Because there are so many varieties of messaging services it is hard to statistically describe average response rates and times, but we do know that…This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s DeepMind achieves machine learning breakthroughs at a terrifying pace

It’s time to add “AI research” to the list of things that machines can do better than humans. Google’s Alpha Go, the computer that beat the world’s greatest human go player, just lost to a version of itself that’s never had a single human lesson. Google is making progress in the field of machine learning at a startling rate. The company’s AutoML recently dropped jaws with its ability to self-replicate, and DeepMind is now able to teach itself better than the humans who created it can. DeepMind is the machine behind both versions of Alpha Go, with the latest evolution…This story continues at The Next Web
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