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NASA drops insane map of 4,000 planets outside our solar system Technology 

NASA drops insane map of 4,000 planets outside our solar system

It seems crazy now, but it wasn’t long ago we had no hard evidence of planets existing outside our solar system. Known as “exoplanets,” the first definitive discovery of one didn’t come until 1992. For many years after that, a trickle of distant worlds were added to the known exoplanet catalog. Only in the last decade, with the help of the recently retired Kepler Space Telescope, has the pace of discovery really increased exponentially. In June, the 4,000th exoplanet was confirmed. That’s a big leap in a single lifetime, and…

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7 security tips to keep people and apps from stealing your data Technology 

7 security tips to keep people and apps from stealing your data

Can you really trust the apps on your phone? Researchers discovered that over 1,000 apps that “bent the rules” have horned in on your privacy, even when you told them not to. These apps that gathered precise geolocation data and phone identifiers without the owners’ knowledge. Pretty creepy stuff, especially considering all the private and personal stuff you have on your phone — names, dates, password and credit card information, the location of everywhere you go. Photos of the people in your life. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell at face…

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Postmates has explored a sale to Uber or DoorDash instead of going public Technology 

Postmates has explored a sale to Uber or DoorDash instead of going public

A half-dozen American food-delivery companies are battling for dominance. Consolidation seems inevitable. The US doesn’t need so many venture-backed companies in an industry defined by low margins, similar services, and fickle customer loyalty. And yet no end has appeared in sight. But Recode has learned that one of the most prominent of these startups, Postmates, has explored a sale instead of becoming a standalone public company, which it announced plans to do so in February. Staring at a public market that has been unkind toward consumer IPOs like Lyft and…

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YouTube is adding more ways for creators to make money Technology 

YouTube is adding more ways for creators to make money

YouTube is adding more ways for video creators to make money, as the company and its users work toward becoming less reliant on sometimes-uncertain advertising deals. The new features include more subscription options, additional merchandise partners, and another way to receive tips during live streams. Direct monetization features like these, says YouTube’s chief product officer, Neal Mohan, have already started bringing in money for “thousands and thousands of channels.” In particular, YouTube’s Super Chat — a service that allows viewers to pay to pin comments on live streams — has…

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Free summer giveaways: Mark your calendar for these food freebies News 

Free summer giveaways: Mark your calendar for these food freebies

Summertime means hot weather and parents looking for cheap activities for their kids. One way to beat the heat without breaking the bank is to hunt for freebies. 7-Eleven held its big annual Slurpee giveaway Thursday, but other restaurants and shops are still planning to offer free food and drink as the summer continues. Many of these giveaways center around dubious “national ____ day” events. But free is free, so here’s a look at what’s being offered: July 13 is apparently national French fry day. McDonald’s will give away a…

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The Best Meal Kit Delivery Service for Every Budget News 

The Best Meal Kit Delivery Service for Every Budget

THERE’S ONE WAY TO cook fresh, delicious meals at home without doing all the planning, preparing and shopping: meal-kit delivery services. These services deliver a box of ingredients to your door, and you do the cooking at home. Most kits offer the option to serve two, three or four people, and you can customize how many meals per week you would like. Now that meal-kit delivery is a popular option for families throughout the country, there are tons of services from which to choose. Read on for a list of…

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RIP Backgammon — Microsoft to shutter its Internet Games service by next year Technology 

RIP Backgammon — Microsoft to shutter its Internet Games service by next year

Pour one out for another gaming legend we’re losing. Microsoft revealed last week it’s no longer supporting its suite of Internet Games that have been a staple of Windows for 19 years. Games Services for Windows XP and ME will end later this month, while the same service for Windows 7 will end next January. A statement from a spokesperson lists the casualties as Backgammon, Checkers, Spades, Hearts, and Reversi. The company thanks the “great community” that existed for these games, but says: However, the time has come for us,…

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RHA’s Wireless Flight Adapter makes any headphone jack wireless Technology 

RHA’s Wireless Flight Adapter makes any headphone jack wireless

Scottish earphones specialist RHA is releasing a new accessory today, which should prove handy for users of wireless headphones from any brand. Called the Wireless Flight Adapter, its main purpose is to make the connection between an airplane’s in-flight entertainment system and your wireless headphones. It lasts for up to 16 hours on a charge, according to RHA, which should cover you for the majority of even the longest flights. But there’s also nothing stopping you from using this chunky dongle to add a Bluetooth audio connection to gadgets that don’t…

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Google reveals that over 1,000 Google Assistant audio recordings were leaked News 

Google reveals that over 1,000 Google Assistant audio recordings were leaked

Smart devices have changed the face of privacy forever. Telling people that you believed someone was listening to you at all times used to be cause for concern, but when everyone has a phone in their pocket and a computer on the desk and an Amazon Echo or a Google Home in their living room, it’s simply the truth. Although there are safeguards against your private conversations getting into the hands of unwanted parties, you can’t say for sure that the words you speak out loud are truly private. And…

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Google is testing an online social network for offline meetups Technology 

Google is testing an online social network for offline meetups

Google can’t resist the urge to create another social network even after the Google+ shutdown for everyday users. The company’s experimental Area 120 unit has developed a social network, Shoelace, that helps people get together in real life. You pick your interests, and the creators help you hook up with like-minded people for various activities, whether they’re custom-created or hand-picked. If you’re new to town, for instance, you could find fellow runners or a local book club. Importantly, you can share activities with others whether or not they have Shoelace….

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