The Best Technology Guides of 2018

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If I had to pick a theme to sum up technology in 2018, it would be “bother me less.” From social networks that collect way too much data to websites that leak your password to the world to the annual circus of hardware updates that feel less and less worthy of your hard-earned cash, it feels like now, more than ever,…

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Scarlett Johansson on Deepfakes: ‘The Internet Is a Vast Wormhole of Darkness That Eats Itself’

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One of the darkest aspects of our technologically advanced world is how new advancements are inevitably used to sexually exploit people online. Perhaps few know this better than Scarlett Johansson. Speaking to the Washington Post for a story about the rise of deepfakes and how they are being used to harass women online

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Experts see wearable technology, group fitness and HIIT leading 2019 fitness trends

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Is the new year inspiring you to get back into shape? If so, you might want to try an exercise tracker, group fitness or high-intensity interval training (HIIT). These are the top three fitness trends for 2019, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, and each has been ranked highly…

Tech that died in 2018

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As 2018 draws to a close, we bid adieu to many products and services in our beloved world of consumer technology. Some were old stalwarts that finally gave way to the passage of time. Others were short-lived trends, or ideas quickly abandoned. Here’s our look at this year’s greats and “not-so-greats”—those that passed into the history books or were sent straight to null.

We’ve got a look at social media fails, Google’s execution block, wearables, software, and a few other gems that left us in 2018.

Social Media Fizzlers

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Social media is always a wasteland of detritus, as Facebook and Twitter ( mostly Facebook) continue to drag us slowly toward a surveillance state. Klout gave up trying on May 25, 2018, when owner Lithium Technologies shut down the site. Klout tried to add value to social media by ranking users with a numerical “Klout Score,” purportedly representing each person’s influence online.

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NYPD Will Use Drone Technology in First for New Year’s Eve Security

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Thousands upon thousands of people are expected to pack into New York’s Times Square for the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop, as they have for more than a century. But this year will mark the first that the city’s officials will deploy drone technology as part of its increased security.

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What to know about the Netflix choose-your-own-adventure story, ‘Black Mirror’

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“Black Mirror,” Charlie Brooker’s acclaimed anthology series about the darker side of technology, can often be unsettling because the story lines feel like they are one app update from happening in real life. “Bandersnatch,” the show’s newest installment, released Friday, takes that unsettling…

Government Shutdown Could Also Impact the FTC’s Facebook Investigation: Report

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The partial government shutdown now certain to stretch through into the new year will have sweeping effects, from stalling important scientific research to vast economic impacts. But according to the Washington Post, the partial shutdown could also affect an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission…

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Trump’s EPA Wants to Prove That Limiting Toxic Mercury Emissions Is a Giant Waste of Money

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The Environmental Protection Agency will continue to regulate mercury spewing out of coal-fired power plants, but it’s proposed to revise the legal finding that supports that regulation in the first place, according to an announcement it released Friday.

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