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Top 5 WordPress Blog Enhancement Plugins

Bloggers who use WordPress, beginners or pros alike, always face one question – what are the best plugins to use to optimize the performance of your website? WordPress has over 40,000 plugins – most free and some premium so it’s understandable that the choices can be endless and as a result, confusing. Another thing to keep in mind is that not all plugins are reliable or even that good. Some…

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Windows 10 Tablets Just Don’t Cut It, 3 Reasons

Microsoft needs to fix battery life, screen and app issues if Windows 10 tablets are to successfully compete on the same footing as Android or the iPad. Broadly speaking, if you’re after a tablet in 2016 you have three choices: Android, Apple’s iPad or Microsoft’s Windows 10 tablets. While the first two are mobile born and bred, spawned from smartphone operating systems, Windows 10 comes from the other side of…

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NASA’s New Space Shuttle an Inspirational Work of Art

A recent, NASA-awarded cargo pact worth billions means smoother sailing for the development of Dream Chaser, a new space shuttle built by Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC), based in Louisville, CO. The unique spacecraft has had a long and arduous journey from its Soviet-era beginnings to its thrust into today’s escalating private industry space race. The Phase 2 commercial Resupply Services (CRS2) is contracted for at least six Dream Chaser missions…

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US Nuclear Arsenal Controlled by 1970s Computers

Government Accountability Office report details ‘museum-ready’ machines which are still controlling nuclear force messaging system that is ‘obsolete’. The US military’s nuclear arsenal is controlled by computers built in the 1970s that still use 8in floppy disks. A report into the state of the US government, released by congressional investigators, has revealed that the country is spending around $60bn (£40.8bn) to maintain museum-ready computers, which many technical staff members do…

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ACLU Joins Microsoft in Suit Against the DOJ

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft got an ally in its lawsuit against the Justice Department Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a motion to join Microsoft’s effort to challenge DOJ gag orders that prevent the tech company from telling customers when the government has ordered it to turn over data. The ACLU is a Microsoft customer. Microsoft filed its lawsuit in April, one of a number of legal challenges the Redmond, Wash., company has mounted against…

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Microsoft Cutting 1,850 Nokia Smartphone Jobs

The cuts, which will mainly fall in Finland, mark the end of the US company’s attempt to take on Apple and Samsung. Microsoft’s attempt to use its $7.2bn purchase of Nokia to get a slice of the lucrative smartphone market appears to have ended in failure. Microsoft is cutting up to 1,850 jobs in its smartphone business just two years after it bought handset maker Nokia in an ill-fated attempt…

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Internet Access Not Technical but Civil Rights Issue

In major metropolitan areas across the U.S., unequal access to the Internet is cutting some people off from a better future. Many are also cut-off from learning how to fully utilize this marvel of the digital era. Citizens on the wrong side of the digital gap are losing out on economic, educational and social opportunities. It’s not just a technical problem for the 21st century. “This is a civil rights issue,”…

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Smartphone Literacy: Understanding Feature Terms

If you’re shopping for a new smartphone, you might feel like you need a geek-to-English dictionary just to understand the lingo. Some also have been faking it, acting as it they have some geek in them and know this lingo, you just might know one or two. Megapixel this, gigahertz that, terabyte this. All this could make your head spin. Am I right? If you’re one of the many looking…

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Posting Photo’s Online is Producing Your Own Epitaph

Posting photos online is not living. You are actually producing your own obituary. Summer begins again. Millions of people are packing their bags to get away from it all. Their eyes are ready for fresh sights: sun-drenched beaches, famous museums, parasolled cafes. More eyes than ever before will, however, see nothing fresher than the screens of their own smartphones. They will not need to look at sunsets and palm trees,…

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Verizon And Unions Reach a ‘Tentative Agreement’

The largest strike in five years may soon be over. Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Friday that telecom giant Verizon and two unions representing its workers reached a tentative agreement that will end a massive, six-week strike. In a statement, Perez said the parties had resolved their remaining issues “in principle,” but were still hammering out the contract language. Once that is done, the unions — the Communications Workers of…

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Wanted: Senior-Savvy Technologies

All hail, the Internet of Things! 2015’s wild, wacky foray into the connectedness of everything was both inspiring and laughable, especially through the lens of the senior demographic. While most seniors don’t need a talking toaster or a refrigerator that knows when the ketchup is almost gone, they certainly do need reliable and transparent technologies that can help them stay connected in ways that matter. Amid what is increasingly being…

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Digital Divide Snubs Parts of Rural America

Flagstaff, Arizona: Low population density means phone and internet companies don’t upgrade services – but in the Navajo Nation vital infrastructure was never installed. It’s been two years since Sonia’s husband’s fatal heart attack. Almost anywhere else in the United States, emergency services could have helped her. But in an isolated corner of the 27,000 square miles that constitute the Navajo Nation, she, her daughter and one of her granddaughters…

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To Buy iPhone Costs iPhone Workers 1 Months Pay

Workers at the Pegatron iPhone factory in China make an average of $650 to $850 a month, Bloomberg recently reported. That means some of them make just enough to purchase an iPhone 6S — if they spend an entire month’s salary on the device. The smartphone is Apple’s top-of-the-line offering. Its base price in China, before memory upgrades, is 5,288 yuan, or $807.95 based on the current conversion rate. The…

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On This Test, Girls Do Tech Better than Boys

There’s a scarcity of female employees at tech companies, but that doesn’t mean girls don’t have the skills or knowledge to succeed in that field. New results from the National Assessment for Educational Progress — also known as the Nation’s Report Card — show that eighth-grade girls are, on the whole, outperforming boys in measures of technology and engineering literacy. The exam was administered in 2014 and represents the first…

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Connect Everyone to Internet & Gain $6.7 Trillion

Bringing internet access to the 4.1 billion people in the world who do not have it would increase global economic output by $6.7 trillion (£4.6tr), and raise 500 million people out of poverty, according to a study by PwC’s strategy consultants. The report, titled Connecting the world: Ten mechanisms for global inclusion, was prepared for Facebook. Getting everyone in the world online is not as tall an order as one…

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Google Facing a $3.4B Antitrust Fine in Europe

U.S. technology companies are not having a good time of it in Europe. An investigation into Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland continues; Amazon’s e-book distribution system is being looked into; Qualcomm is facing not one but two investigations in Europe; and of course Microsoft was fined more than $700 million by the European Commission in 2013 for failing to offer users a choice of web browser. Now it’s Google’s turn to face the music.…

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Potential Emergence of a New Digital Divide

The sharing economy and on-demand services are weaving their way into the lives of (some) Americans, raising difficult issues around jobs, regulation and the potential emergence of a new digital divide. While other Americans seemingly watch from the side-lines, struggling with terminology and usage. A number of new commercial online services have emerged in recent years, each promising to reshape some aspect of the way Americans go about their lives. Some…

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Surveillance SUV Disguised as Google Maps Car

Who’s the owner of the government surveillance SUV disguised as a Google Maps car? For days, a few security experts on social media were buzzing about a mysterious government surveillance SUV in Philadelphia that appeared to be disguised as a Google Street View Car. A University of Pennsylvania professor tweeted a picture of the suspicious vehicle, which he found parked in the Philadelphia Convention Center’s tunnel Wednesday morning. Motherboard reported Thursday that a placard displayed on the dashboard…

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Dark Web Warns of Medical Records Hacking

NEW YORK — You just don’t hear this everyday: “I invented the ‘dark web.” But for Paul Syverson, co-creator of the Tor web browser, the claim is true. Syverson stood in front of journalists and tech professionals Thursday, making this declaration in an airy room tucked away on the second floor of Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage. Sunlight poured in through the windows. Outside, tour boats swished through the Hudson River. This was truly an odd setting for an “Inside the Dark Web“ conference, with talk about cybercrime and anonymized “onion routing“ on the Internet. But any daydreaming about the nice weather was halted toward the end of Syverson’s keynote, when he mentioned an emerging threat to people’s online privacy. “Medical identity theft is poised to take over as the primary form…

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