Spotify Testing First Hardware, Car Smart Assistant

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To help people enjoy audio while driving, Swedish music streaming giant Spotify is testing its first hardware – a voice-controlled smart assistant for cars called “Car Thing” – in the US. “While we know there has been some speculation about our future plans, ‘Car Thing’ was developed to help us learn more about how people
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Spotify is test driving a car hardware thing called ‘Car Thing’

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For anyone following Spotify, this no doubt felt like an inevitably. As the streaming service looks to diversify, the company’s already had some loose partnerships with hardware companies like Mighty. Now it’s looking to build its own thing. That thing being “Car Thing.” The piece of automotive hardware isn’t a consumer device exactly. Spotify is actually just
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The Best Free Apps and Software You’re Not Already Using

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There’s a wealth of free software and apps available to help you get the most out of your computer or smartphone (or both)—so much, in fact, that it’s hard to get around to trying most of them. That’s where this list comes in. It’s freshly curated to highlight the top tools and applications you’re (probably)
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Twitter fights vaccine misinformation with new search tool

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If you search for tweets related to vaccines as of Friday, the first thing you see on Twitter is a post from the United States Department of Health and Human Services pointing you to reliable health information instead of anti-vax misinformation. Last week, Twitter announced that it would be launching a new tool in search that would
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Facebook will increase pay for its contractors in North America

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Facebook will increase the hourly pay rate for thousands of contract workers across the United States, the company said today. Its base rate for contractors will rise from $15 an hour to $18, with slightly higher raises in cities with higher costs of living. The changes will go into effect by the middle of next
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Google’s Digital Wellbeing software might be slowing down Pixel phones

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Google’s Digital Wellbeing software is meant to be a helpful, transparent tool for monitoring your smartphone usage habits and striking a healthier balance between tech and life. But over the last couple weeks, a number of Pixel owners have come to the conclusion that it has the unwanted side effect of slowing down their device.
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3 Reasons Not To Break Up Facebook

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Chris Hughes, a Facebook co-founder who says he sold all of his shares in 2012, believes the company should be broken up. He was as wrong about Facebook in 2012 as he is now. Here are three reasons Facebook should not be broken up. Facebook use is voluntary To those who place a high value
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The Surprising Origins Of Absurd Gaming Hardware Design

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In recent years there’s been a schism in gaming hardware design, and you can see it in two distinct approaches to gaming laptops. On the one hand, you have Razer, which is building super thin, sleek laptops that sacrifice a little power for more portability and cultural accessibility. While companies like Alienware continue to make
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Facebook is turning its fact-checking partners loose on Instagram

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Starting this week, Facebook will begin a test to fact-check Instagram posts. Poynter reports that potentially false photos and memes shared on Instagram will be sent to the same dashboard that Facebook’s fact-checking partners — specialists like Factcheck.org as well as traditional news agencies like Associated Press — already use to identify misinformation on Facebook itself. If flagged as false, the
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Facebook updates video ranking system

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San Francisco: Facebook announced Monday a series of updates that will change its video ranking system to focus on original content and loyal viewership. The ranking updates, which will roll out over the next few months, will further prioritise original videos that people seek out, and help both creators and publishers succeed with their videos on Facebook,
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