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Grab a year of IPVanish for just $39 for a very limited time, a 50% savings

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VPNs are way more common now than they were even just one year ago. People who care about their privacy (which should be everyone) have begun connecting to a VPN everytime they use the internet, but picking the right VPN provider can be a hard task. There are a ton of services out there, and they range in price from free to $100 or more a year. If you haven't already settled into a VPN, today may be the day that you do that.

Are you using a VPN? Here's why you might consider it!

New customers to IPVanish's service can score a 50% discount on its one-year plan with the coupon code PRIVACYFIRST. This discount drops the price down to just $39 for the first year, meaning you are only paying just over $3 a month to keep your browsing more secure.

From our review of the service:

Not only is IPVanish's Quick Connect menu suitable for novice users, there's also a host of settings in the background that advanced users will love. There are over 850 servers in more than 60 countries, and you'll be using one of 40,000 shared IP addresses. Tack on a lack of log keeping and secure connection protocols, and you have a very strong option.

This deal is only good through August 23, so you won't want to wait too long to make the purchase. Be sure to check it out today, and add that extra layer of security while connecting to the internet.

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Check out https://restoreprivacy.com/vpn-reviews/ for real reviews and not promoted discount code affiliates bullshit reviews
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Bioware slams the door on any more Mass Effect: Andromeda single-player content

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Enlarge / Pretend that planet is Mass Effect: Andromeda's single-player DLC, then look at it wistfully, turn around, and walk away. (credit: Bioware)

Anybody who hoped the troubled Bioware game Mass Effect: Andromeda would get some more single-player content should probably sit down. The game developer chose to deliver bad news to fans on Saturday evening via its official blog, confirming that it would not create any more "single-player or in-game story content" for the game.

If you're anxious to see the game's loose plot threads receive any resolution, you'll have to turn to other means. The game's existing 1.1 patch, which went live nearly three weeks ago, marked the end of any single-player changes, updates, or patches. Multiplayer modes will receive more "story-based APEX missions," Bioware says, and other stories, including those of the fate of the quarian ark, will be shuffled into "our upcoming comics and novels."

This confirms a DLC cancellation rumor dug up by Kotaku back in June. According to Kotaku's sources, EA had already bailed on plans for either add-on DLC or a full-fledged Andromeda 2 sequel after the game's lukewarm critical and commercial performance.

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I loved ME 1-3 but Andromeda was terrible.
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Qualcomm Sues Apple Contract Manufacturers

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Qualcomm on Wednesday sued the manufacturers that make iPhones for Apple for failing to pay royalties on the chip maker's technology, widening its legal battle with the world's most valuable company. Qualcomm's lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a federal district court in San Diego, accuses Compal, Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron of breaching longstanding patent-licensing agreements with Qualcomm by halting royalty payments on Qualcomm technology used in iPhones and iPads. From a report: Apple sued Qualcomm in January, accusing it of overcharging for chips and refusing to pay some $1 billion in promised rebates. Qualcomm said in the complaint that Apple is trying to force the company to agree to a "unreasonable demand for a below-market direct license." Qualcomm said last month that Apple had decided to withhold royalty payments to its contract manufacturers that are owed to the chipmaker, for sales made in the first quarter of 2017, until the dispute is resolved in court. "While not disputing their contractual obligations to pay for the use of Qualcomm's inventions, the manufacturers say they must follow Apple's instructions not to pay," Qualcomm said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Apple acting like a school yard bully
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Apple Receives Patents For Bezel-Free Display, Touch ID Button Embedded In Screen

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Apple has just been granted patents for two of the biggest features expected from the iPhone 8: an edge-to-edge display, and a Touch ID button embedded into the screen. 9to5Mac reports: The edge-to-edge display patent has the rather mundane heading "Reducing the border area of a device." It describes how a mostly-flat display can have a curved border area allowing it to wrap around the sides of the device: [...] "This relates to methods and systems for reducing the border areas of an electronic device so as to maximize the display/interactive touch areas of the device. In particular, a flexible substrate can be used to fabricate the display panel and/or the touch sensor panel (referred to collectively herein as a 'circuit panel') of a mobile electronic device so that the edges of the display panel and/or the touch sensor panel can be bent. Bending the edges can reduce the width (or length) of the panel, which in turn can allow the overall device to be narrower without reducing the display/touch-active area of the device." The embedded Touch ID patent is one of many submitted by Apple, describing different approaches it could take. This one re-uses language from a separate patent granted back in February, describing the benefits of allowing a user to authenticate without having to remove their finger from the screen: "Where a fingerprint sensor is integrated into an electronic device or host device, for example, as noted above, it may be desirable to more quickly perform authentication, particularly while performing another task or an application on the electronic device. In other words, in some instances it may be undesirable to have a user perform an authentication in a separate authentication step, for example switching between tasks to perform the authentication." Apple has been granted a total of 56 patents today. For more information, visit Patently Apple.

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I might apply for patent for a car with no steering wheel. One day I'll be rich
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Net neutrality rules took away your Internet freedom, FCC chair claims

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Enlarge / Net neutrality supporters march past the FCC headquarters before a commission meeting on May 15, 2014. (credit: Getty Images | The Washington Post)

Did you feel a sudden loss of Internet freedom in February 2015? That's when the Federal Communications Commission imposed net neutrality rules that prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against websites and other online services. And that's when Americans lost their Internet freedom—according to the current FCC chairman, Ajit Pai.

Pai, a Republican and former Verizon lawyer, opposed the net neutrality rules when Democrats held the commission's majority, and he quickly got to work dismantling the rules after being appointed chair by President Donald Trump. To convince the public that the FCC should eliminate rules it passed two years ago, Pai's office yesterday issued a press release titled, "Restoring Internet freedom for all Americans."

The press release says the plan to eliminate Obama-era Internet regulations "will benefit all Americans" by "boost[ing] competition and choice in the broadband marketplace" and "will restore Internet Freedom by ending government micromanagement and returning to the bipartisan regulatory framework that worked well for decades."

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Why doesn't the media call it what it is. He's a shill for the companies. His reasons are so stupid I don't see anyone backing him expect the companies that want control back.
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Facebook Taking Money For Hoax Adverts Despite Fake News Crackdown Pledge

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Facebook is promoting paid-for hoaxes about Lord Sugar, Professor Stephen Hawking and the Queen to their users despite recent promises to crack down on fake news, an investigation has found.


The world’s biggest social network was found to be taking money from hoaxers who place the misleading adverts in the right column of newsfeed, where it is less clear to users how to block or report them, the Press Association reported.


When made aware of the hoax adverts, a Facebook spokesman said the company works “constantly to reduce any type of misinformation”.



One such advert claims Apprentice star Lord Sugar was “out of control” and featured an apparently manipulated picture of the Amstrad founder with bruises on his face.


Facebook users who clicked the advert were taken to a page made to look like The Sun newspaper website, in which Lord Sugar is quoted as supporting a money-making scheme.


“The claims made in these advertisements are baseless and entirely false,” said Andrew Bloch, Lord Sugar’s spokesman, adding that the business magnate is aware of the adverts and is working on “legal remedies”.


The advertised scheme promises earnings of 50,000 dollars to 200,000 dollars (£39,950 to £159,900) per week and uses stock footage of a high-flying lifestyle and actors in its promotional material. It has been widely derided as a scam by internet users.


“Lord Sugar does not condone, endorse or use these services and has been intentionally misrepresented in an attempt to deceive the public,” the spokesman added.


The discovery of the adverts comes as the social network makes high-profile efforts to tackle misinformation on the platform.


Last week the network unveiled another new initiative in a “multi-pronged strategy” to tackle the issue - offering users advice for spotting hoaxes that appear in their newsfeeds.


Fred Stonehouse, a mature student at Portsmouth University, has seen the Lord Sugar advert appear on two separate occasions in the sponsored section of his Facebook newsfeed.


“The reason I noticed it is because Facebook’s tips for spotting false news were at the top of my feed,” he said.



“I didn’t actually click on it as it looked dodgy as hell. It’s clearly fake and you can tell by the web address that it’s not a normal site.”


Facebook has also engaged with news publishers in the US, Germany and France to alert users to content called into question by independent fact-checkers.


The site has relied heavily on reporting from users, and allows them to flag up stories they believe to be false by clicking a button on the post.


However, this functionality is not mirrored on the “sponsored” section of the site, where users have to hover over the post to be given the opportunity to remove them.


The issue of “fake news” has dogged Facebook in recent years and the 2016 US election, which spurred a cottage industry of hoax websites and articles, brought the issue of online misinformation to the world’s attention.


At the time, a Facebook spokesman reiterated the network’s promise to stop hoaxers promoting false information using the platform’s advertising network, which places adverts on external websites.


But anyone can pay Facebook through an automated system, select a target demographic from Facebook’s 1.9 billion users and promote any content they wish at a low cost.


Another hoax advertisement recently promoted in Facebook’s “sponsored” section claims “The Queen Has Died”.


The accompanying web address takes users to a page made to look like Facebook, and text which urges users to call a phone number or risk having their computer infected with a virus.


The phone number and page have been flagged as a scam in numerous online forums.


Robert Harvey shared a picture of the Queen hoax in a tweet calling the social network “hypocrites”.


“Yesterday #Facebook were on the @BBCNews talking about their efforts on fake news,” he wrote. “Today I had this in my sponsored links. Hypocrites.”


Thomas Barton, a retired associate professor of nursing from Swansea, said he has seen multiple versions of the celebrity death hoax advertisement, featuring Professor Stephen Hawking and the actor Hugh Laurie.


He told the Press Association: “Facebook is such a lot of fun and it’s such a nice social media tool. But every time, there you are, you’ve got all these pictures of famous people who have allegedly died who patently haven’t.


“I just think, surely, if they can manage to remove pictures of breast-feeding women, can’t they get rid of these?”


He added: “I guess the reason that they don’t get rid of them is that they are a money-making means for them, but that doesn’t make it right.”


Responding to the Press Association, Facebook said it has now removed the adverts and disabled the accounts of the uploaders.


As well as the “fake news” tips displayed to the site’s users, Facebook has launched The News Integrity Initiative, a 14 million dollar (£11.2 million) fund “to advance news literacy, to increase trust in journalism around the world and to better inform the public conversation” in a “global consortium” of organisations directed by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.


Professor Jeff Jarvis, Director of Tow-Knight Centre for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY, told the Press Association the spam adverts are “just the beginning”.


He said: “The problem is that the spammers and the fraudsters are always a step ahead, and clearly this is a problem.


“All the attention lately has been on the fake news that gets circulated for free, but there’s also the problem of that which is paid.”


The number of advertisers still paying the network to promote misleading and deceptive pictures, links and stories has cast doubt among some Facebook users about the company’s efforts to tackle the full scale of the problem.


“People want to see accurate, authentic information on Facebook, and we want that too,” a spokesman for Facebook said.


“Misinformation and hoaxes of any kind harm our community. We take immediate action when we discover advertisers attempting to serve misleading links to people.”


“In these cases, the advertisers maliciously circumvented our advertising review process. In subsequent reviews we identified the advertisers and disabled their ads and account.


“We work constantly to reduce any type of misinformation on the platform and will continue to improve our systems.”




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The joke is that I used the ad system to boost a post and had to wait an hour for it to be reviewed and approved. So how did the fake ads get through? Pay a few grand and bypass the review?
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