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Are you arguing with a bot? Here’s how to know.

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So, you live and breathe online and couldn’t be happier about it. But maybe, just maybe, your daily digital interactions across the social web aren’t quite as authentic as you thought. 

No, this time around it’s not the algorithm’s fault, but rather the result of a different kind of bad actor mucking up the works: bots. The automated scourge has invaded practically every platform you love, and isn’t going anywhere any time soon. But you can fight back.

Despite what basically any quick scan of Twitter or Facebook might suggest, however, the surest way to beat the bots isn’t to argue with them. Rather, it’s to see them for what they are — manufactured fictions designed to manipulate both you and the larger conversation in order to further unknown (and sometimes known) agendas. Read more…

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Netflix: ‘Stranger Things’ directors aren’t leaving the show

ST_201-202_Unit_0001_R_CROP.jpgWe haven’t heard much about the next season of Stranger Things, but a rumor on Moviefone.com indicated that its directors, Ross and Matt Duffer, will be less involved after season three wraps up. This evening, Netflix tweeted “Rumors that the Duffer…

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Adam Rippon and Leslie Jones’ hilarious figure skating commentary is everything

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It was a match made in Winter Olympics heaven. 

Figure skating champion of our hearts Adam Rippon teamed up with Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones for the ultimate Olympic commentary. 

The two personalities teamed up on Monday to hilariously commentate on Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s short dance. The pair not only won gold for their performance, but also dazzled Rippon and Jones.

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Windows 10 Deals: How to Get Cheap Windows 10 Keys

Windows 10 Deals: How to Get Cheap Windows 10 Keys is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Cheap Windows 10 keys and Windows 10 deals are the best way to get your custom-made PC running or your old laptop updated to the latest version of Windows. Use this breakdown to find cheap Windows 10 keys today.

Dell XPS 13 running Windows 10.

Finding cheap Windows 10 keys and Windows 10 deals is a smart way to save money. Windows isn’t free software you can download and install on whatever you want. When something happens to your hard drive and you can’t get restore disc from the company that made your PC, you need a Windows 10 key. A Windows 10 key is the only way to upgrade your PC now that the free Windows 10 upgrade offer is over. You also need a Windows 10 key if you’re building a new PC from scratch.

Read: What is Windows 10?

Here’s how to get cheap Windows 10 keys for your laptop or desktop.

Cheap Windows 10 Keys & Windows 10 Deals

Use these deals to find cheap Windows 10 keys. As you look through the savings, consider what version of Windows 10 you need and how you want the operating system delivered to you.

Windows 10 Version Store Price Savings Delivery Method
Windows 10 Home 64-Bit System Builder/OEM Newegg $99.99 $20 Digital download. Physical copy also available. Promotion Ends on February 27th.
Windows 10 Professional 32-Bit & 64-Bit Full Newegg $189.99 $10 Digital download. Physical copy also available.
Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit System Builder/OEM B & H Photo $142.99 $7 Disc only. Not a promotion, just regular savings.
Windows 10 Home 64-Bit System Builder/OEM B & H Photo $92.99 $17 over other deals. Disc only. Not a promotion, just regular savings.
Windows 10 Home 64-Bit System Builder/OEM Amazon $92.99 $17 Disc only.
Windows 10 Home 64-Bit System Builder/OEM Amazon $84.99 $35 Disc only. Not a promotion, just regular savings.
Windows 10 Home 32-Bit System Builder/OEM Amazon $99.95 $10.04 Disc only.

How to Find the Right Cheap Windows 10 Keys and Windows 10 Deals for Your PC

The best Windows 10 deals for some users aren’t the best deals for everyone. How good a deal is for you depends on your PC’s configuration, how you plan to install the operating system and what you might do with that PC in the future.

How you get your copy of Windows 10 is up to you. Some Windows 10 deals let you download the software immediately after purchasing it. Other savings requires you to wait for a copy on a DVD or a flash drive.

Whatever way you decide to buy your Windows 10 key, make sure your PC supports that method. For example, don’t buy a copy on a DVD if your device doesn’t have a disc drive. Don’t buy a digital download if your internet connection has a hard time dealing with very large files. Finally, don’t buy a digital download if you share your smartphone’s internet with your PC to get online. A digital Windows 10 install requires a 4GB of download.

Read: How to Perform a Clean Install of Windows 10

Differences Between Cheap Windows 10 Keys

Also, as you compare cheap Windows 10 keys and deals, remember to consider what version of Windows 10 that key unlocks. All versions of the operating system don’t have the same features.

Read: Should You Upgrade to Windows 10?

Windows 10 Pro keys unlock Windows 10 Professional. This version includes advanced device encryption, Remote Desktop features and the option to join existing networks for your school or workplace. Only buy this if you have Windows 8 Pro or use these features on another PC loaded with Windows 10 Pro.

Most PCs come with Windows 10 Home. It doesn’t include the advanced encryption, remote desktop and network joining features that Professional does. However, it’s cheaper because of that. If you have Windows 8 Home Basic and Windows 8 Home Premium, buy this version.

64-bit vs 32-bit Windows 10

To find the right version for your PC, look for phrases like “32-bit” or “64-bit” on all the store listings you see. Older PCs need a 32-bit version of Windows 10. However, newer PCs all support 64-bit. If you’re building a PC and you’re not sure which one you need, look at the details that came with your processor and motherboard. If you’re upgrading an existing PC, look for this information in the About This PC area or the specs sheet that came with your PC.

Read: Best Windows 10 Browser: Edge vs Chrome

Windows 10 System Builder vs A Full Windows 10

The Lenovo Legion Y720 Cube running Windows 10.

Finally, before you buy cheap Windows 10 keys, consider whether you need a System Builder or Full copy of Windows 10.

Windows 10 System Builder Keys

Windows 10 System Builder keys cost the least, but there’s a catch. Once you use a System Builder key, that key is permanently locked to the motherboard inside that PC. That’s fine if you never plan on building another PC again, but not great if you ever plan on upgrading the hardware inside your device. You can’t use a System Builder version of Windows to upgrade an existing PC either. The installation will wipe everything on your PC. Windows 10 System Builder Keys don’t come with free phone support either.

  • Can’t use it on another PC.
  • Can’t get free phone support.
  • Can’t use it to upgrade an existing PC.

Full Windows 10 Keys

A Full Windows 10 keys cost the most. However, you can reuse that copy of Windows if you ever upgrade your PC’s internals or decide to build another. If your budget isn’t tight, buying a full copy of Windows 10 is always the better option.

  • Upgrade an existing PC or start with a clean install.
  • Phone support.
  • Can use the same key on another PC in the future.
5 Best Windows 10 Laptops Under $500 in 2018

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 – $429.99

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One of Dell’s cheapest Windows laptops ever, the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is for classic laptop lovers. Its 15-inch screen will never leave you wanting to connect an external display and it has plenty of ports and an all-too-rare DVD drive.

You get to choose whether you want the lowest possible price or a more well-balanced machine that costs a little more. The $299 model has 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive and an Intel Celeron Processor. Exchanging those for a more performance friendly Intel Core i3 processor, 6GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage for photos, videos documents and videos brings the price to $429. The $499.99 model has an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM.

Every Dell Inspiron 15 3000 has an SD card reader, headset jack, USB 2.0 port, lock slot, Ethernet port USB 3.0 port and a HDMI port. At 8 hours between charges, they should all last through a day of classes or casual browsing at your favorite coffee shop.

Buy the Dell Inspiron 3000 from Dell for $299.99

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Reach maximum workplace productivity with these office hacks

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According to a survey by Microsoft, people worldwide spend an average of 45 hours a week working, but only consider about 17 hours productive. A separate survey by the company found that 93 percent of respondents of all ages consider productivity important to achieving ultimate happiness. 

SEE ALSO: Learn life hacks from some of the world’s most successful people

Since most agree that distractions and interruptions account for the most wasted time, and technology tools can help maximize your workplace productivity even if you can’t rely on peace and quiet. Read more…

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Fox News to launch an over-the-top streaming service, Fox Nation

fox-nation-ipad.jpg?w=738Fox News is going over-the-top. The Fox News Channel officially announced today the upcoming launch of an over-the-top streaming service called Fox Nation that will include live exclusive daily programing as well as long-form content available only to subscribers. Fox Nation will also include access to exclusive events and over 20 years of Fox News Channel programming, the company says.

News of the upcoming service, set to launch in Q4 this year, was first reported by The New York Times, which noted that the streaming service’s content won’t overlap with what’s aired on the broadcast channel. Instead, it will include mostly new content, produced daily, from new anchors and commentators.

One unique aspect to the service is that it will also encourage more interactivity with viewers through live events, like question-and-answer forums, says The NYT.

Details about the service’s exact launch date or pricing are not yet available, as that’s still being worked out.

However, John Finley, Senior Vice President of Development and Production at Fox News, described the service as one designed for the Fox News “super fan,” in his statement about the new product.

“With our traditional cable viewership at an all-time high, we are proud to announce a new digital offering geared entirely toward the FOX News superfans, who represent the most loyal audience in cable, if not all of television,” reads Finley’s statement. “This initiative will capitalize on providing that viewer, who is among the most affluent and well-educated in cable, with a highly specialized content experience on a platform they can watch anytime, anywhere.”

This statement hints that the new service isn’t necessarily designed for cord cutters, despite its over-the-top nature. Instead it’s more like supplemental content for those who can’t get enough Fox News from cable TV.

To what extent this product makes sense in a world that’s rapidly ditching pay TV is unclear, given that a plethora of live TV services on the market today already offer streaming, over-the-top access to Fox News itself, including YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, DirecTV Now, and others.

And because Fox News is a 24/7 cable news channel, that means Fox Nation will basically be competing against its own parent company’s flagship offering. If anything, Fox Nation will siphon off viewers who want, somehow even less hard news content than they were getting from Fox News itself, and are more interested in opinions.

In fact, the company even refers to Fox Nation as an “over-the-top opinion platform” in its announcement.

The upcoming launch of Fox Nation follows Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s film and TV divisions, which excluded Fox News, Fox Broadcasting and Fox Sports; it is one of the first major new products to emerge from the now leaner 21st Century Fox.

Fox Nation is not the only news channel to experiment with new technology for digital apps, however. CNN acquired YouTuber Casey Neistat’s Beme, but that didn’t quite pan out and Neistat has since left the company. But CNN is continuing to develop some of the apps under the Beme umbrella, including a yet-to-launch live news app called Wire.

Meanwhile, the live-streamed business news network Cheddar is attracting a younger audience who doesn’t necessarily watch – or even own a TV.

Fox Nation will operate from the network’s New York headquarters, and will begin hiring in Q2.

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Research finds Facebook holds personally identifiable data on 40% of EU population

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The EU’s massive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect on May 25, which introduces harsher restrictions on how businesses can use and store the personal data of their customers. This will greatly affect foreign tech companies that operate within the EU, since they cannot use personal data as freely and as lucratively as they used to. Facebook is one of those companies and it will have to completely change its approach to personal data — at least for their European users — according to a recently published study by researchers at the University Carlos III of Madrid.…

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