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Amazon shuts down its social network that you forgot existed anyway

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Amazon Spark, we hardly cared about knew you.The shopping social network (a kinda gross concept to start with) disappeared from the internet and Amazon's app some time in the past couple days, according to a report from TechCrunch. Spark launched in July 2017, and was described by your friends at Mashable as "the grossest, purest thing on the internet." It attempted to bridge online shopping and authentic socializing while also bringing in sweet, sweet cash for Amazon.  The service allowed Prime users to post photos of their favorite products in an Instagram-like feed with an easy click-to-purchase option built in.  Amazon Spark when it launched in July 2017.Image: amazonInstagram has cautiously rolled out shopping features to brands and influencers on its platform starting in June 2018, attempting to infuse another…
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Sensor Tower: Brawl Stars hits $275 million in revenue, 100 million installs in 6 months

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Brawl Stars may well be on its way to joining its siblings Clash of Clans and Clash Royale as another reliable mobile gaming moneymaker for Supercell, at least according to the databanks of Sensor Tower. The mobile research firm posted a blog estimating that Brawl Stars has brought in $275 million in revenue and seen 100 million installs since its December 12 launch. It’s a mobile brawler with MOBA-esque mechanics for iOS and Android. With mobile being a $70 billion global market, it’s essential for publishers such as Supercell to find new hits before established games lost their luster. According to Sensor Tower, Brawl Stars has brought in about 64% of what Clash Royale, Supercell’s previous release in March 2016, had at the same point of its lifecycle. And it…
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Walmart has the Playstation Classic on sale for just $30 — that’s 70% off

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Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Image: Playstation / Mashable photo composite By Haley HenschelMashable Deals2019-06-14 19:40:05 UTC TL;DR: The retro-inspired Playstation Classic normally retails for $99.99, but Walmart's got it on sale for just $29.99 — a 70% discount. The Playstation 5 sounds cool and all — really, really cool, actually — but you can't beat the nostalgia factor of an original Playstation console. You know the one: It looked like a gray brick, had a meager 640x480 resolution, and left you with an enduring love for Crash Bandicoot. (Let's not talk about that lame redesign, though.) Sony discontinued that console back in 2006, leaving OG Playstation fans doomed to peruse ebay in the hopes of finding a…
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How to protect an Android Phones

How to protect an Android Phones

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Android phones are one of the most popular and most used phones in the world today. This, however, is due to their durability, flexibility, and ease of use. Despite these features, android phones are still open to great dangers this is why we need to know how to protect an Android phone.  If probably you just bought a new phone and you installed antivirus in it, well that's a good start but there's more you need to know about how to protect an android phone. So whether you are using a Samsung, HTC, techno or infinix android phone, you need to know how to protect an android phone.  Can Android phones be hacked? Yes, both Android phones and iPhones can be hacked and it's happening with alarming frequency. A few years ago, a text message…
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Intel hires Xbox chip architect John Sell and Apple’s Manisha Pandya

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Intel has hired John Sell, the chief architect of next-generation console chips at Microsoft. Sell worked on the chips for the Xbox One, Xbox One X, and the upcoming Project Scarlett. Sell changed his LinkedIn profile to a new job at Intel, and the company confirmed that it has hired him. The new hire is one of a number of high-profile chip architects that Intel has made. It previously hired Raja Koduri, former head of graphics at Advanced Micro Devices, and Jim Keller, who worked on a variety of chips at companies such as Apple and AMD. Sell will report to Koduri and work on security technology. Sell was at Microsoft for 14 years, working on system-on-chip designs for the company’s gaming hardware. He also worked at 3DO and Apple.…
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Ancestry test customers are sending their DNA data to third-party websites

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Back in 2016, Helen (a pseudonym) took three different direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests: AncestryDNA, 23andMe and FamilyTreeDNA. She saw genetic testing as a way to enhance her paper trail genealogy research, and it panned out when she matched with several new relatives.Helen is one of over 26 million individuals who have reportedly taken a DTC genetic test. That’s a lot of spit in tubes being mailed to companies that promise customers information about their health, ancestry and family trees. Notably, the search for genetic insights doesn’t always stop with the interpretations provided by the DTC companies. One of Helen’s matches on AncestryDNA told her how she could stretch her personal genomic information further: by downloading her raw genetic data, that long list of As, Cs, Gs and Ts at each…
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Best flash drives of 2019

Best flash drives of 2019

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In our world today, there are so many ways of saving document or files. Saving a document has advanced to the level of saving on the cloud. Because of this, many may quickly forget about the flash drives. But despite these advancements,  buying the best flash drives for your needs is still an essential purchase, no matter how you're using your hardware. Below, we have a list of the best flash drives available in the market. Before we published, we reviewed, tested and look at the portable best flash drives that offer you safe and secure storage for your important files. In addition, the best flash drives don't just offer you a fast and convenient way to transfer data from one PC to another, They also offer plenty of storage space…
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Essential tips for scaling quality AI data labeling

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Presented by CloudFactory Across every industry, engineers and scientists are in a race to clean and structure massive amounts of data for AI. Teams of computer vision engineers use labeled data to design and train the deep learning algorithms that self-driving cars use to recognize pedestrians, trees, street signs, and other vehicles. Data scientists are using labeled data and natural language processing (NLP) to automate legal contract review and predict patients who are at higher risk of chronic illness. The success of these systems depends on skilled humans in the loop, who label and structure the data for machine learning (ML). High-quality data yields better model performance. When data labeling is low quality, an ML model will struggle to learn. According to a report by analyst firm Cognilytica, about 80…
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Google confirms Pixel 4 will have a huge camera bump

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Google's next Android phone, the Pixel 4, isn't coming until the fall, but we may already know a number of key details about it.Once again, internet leaks may have revealed what to expect. Will the phone be enough to topple mega phones like Samsung's Galaxy S10, Huawei's P30 Pro, the OnePlus 7 Pro, and the upcoming Galaxy Note 10? Hard to say, but at least we have an idea what kind of design, display, and cameras the Pixel 4 might come with.  Update: Google's @madebygoogle Twitter account sent the following tweet confirming the Pixel 4 will have a square-shaped camera bump with at least two cameras, an LED flash, microphone, and what appears to be the "spectral sensor." As always, take all of the following information with a grain of…
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Tips to improve Battery life of Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Tips to improve Battery life of Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

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Wireless technology is everywhere today and has been incorporated into almost every device. Nowadays we have wireless speakers, wireless headphones, wireless printers, and even wireless keyboards and mouse. Despite the numerous advantage they offer, without proper maintenance on, they might fail quickly. Below, I will be highlighting some tips on how to improve the battery life of a wireless keyboard and mouse. Improve Battery life of a wireless keyboard and mouse Turn off the devices when not in use The most important hint to recall is turning the remote gadgets (console and mouse) off when not being used. Doing as such improves the battery life of a remote console as it were. You can utilize the manual mood killer technique to turn off your mouse/console when you are done for…
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