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Microsoft admits Cortana is an epic failure by shamelessly selling Amazon Echo Dot

Microsoft admits Cortana is an epic failure by shamelessly selling Amazon Echo Dot | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Stunningly, Microsoft lost the smartphone wars despite getting a huge head start with Windows Mobile, and going back even further, Windows CE. Despite having a stranglehold/monopoly on desktop computing, the company made too many missteps with mobile, and ultimately, has been forced to exit the very profitable business. Microsoft even took down Nokia in the process, destroying a once beloved company.
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Windows Patches Zero-day Vulnerability, But Windows Still vulnerable

Windows Patches Zero-day Vulnerability, But Windows Still vulnerable | Tech Check | Scoop.it
The zero-day vulnerability is still open to attacks, despite the recent patch released by Microsoft Windows.

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Google News app bug is using up gigabytes of background data without users’ knowledge

Google News app bug is using up gigabytes of background data without users’ knowledge | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Google News users are reporting issues of the app using up excessive amounts of background data overnight. The issue was verified and addressed by Google employees on the Google News Help Forum last month, but the issue is still ongoing.
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Buy a Pixel 3 from Google Directly If You Don't Want Verizon to Make Your Life Difficult

Buy a Pixel 3 from Google Directly If You Don't Want Verizon to Make Your Life Difficult | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Google’s new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones launched this week, but there’s only a handful of ways to buy one. While many users likely pre-ordered from Google or Verizon, Best Buy and Target are the other two big-name retailers currently selling the smartphones.
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Google will start charging Android smartphone makers to use its apps

Google will start charging Android smartphone makers to use its apps | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Google starts licensing scheme for European OEMs for apps such as Chrome and Search
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Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL review: the best camera gets a better phone

Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL review: the best camera gets a better phone | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Google’s new flagship Android phones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, feature the best cameras, beautiful new screens, and a big notch on the larger phone. In this review, Dieter Bohn puts them through their paces.
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Google’s new flagship Android phones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, feature the best cameras, beautiful new screens, and a big notch on the larger phone
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We asked, you told us: You won't be buying the Pixel 3 or the Pixel 3 XL

We asked, you told us: You won't be buying the Pixel 3 or the Pixel 3 XL | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Earlier this week we asked you if you would rather buy the newly announced Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL. As it turns out, a vast majority of you would rather not buy either!
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Did Google just tell us that it’s getting rid of Android? –

Did Google just tell us that it’s getting rid of Android? – | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Google hardly had any surprises left for its Pixel 3 event earlier this week, especially when it comes to the stars of the show, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Both phones were thoroughly reviewed bef…
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Google+ Shutting Down For Consumers After Data Vulnerability Is Revealed : NPR

Google+ Shutting Down For Consumers After Data Vulnerability Is Revealed : NPR | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Google says the consumer version of the Google+ will be shuttered by next August, though companies may still use a different version.
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Facebook Portal: A new video chat device with big privacy questions

Facebook Portal: A new video chat device with big privacy questions | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Facebook could improve video calls. The question is whether people will let it.
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Former Google boss urges tech giants to end the delusion that it's making the world a better place | Daily

Former Google boss urges tech giants to end the delusion that it's making the world a better place | Daily | Tech Check | Scoop.it
A former Google boss has launched a withering attack on the firm, calling technology giants deluded.
Jessica Powell said she had become tired of defending the company in her role as PR boss.
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Windows 10 users report deleted files and lower battery life after installing latest update

Windows 10 users report deleted files and lower battery life after installing latest update | Tech Check | Scoop.it
The Windows 10 October 2018 Update, appears to be deleting files and causing excessive processor usage, which cuts down on battery life. Some users reported losing hundreds of gigabytes of files after updating.
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Google hasn't updated Gmail, Drive, Photos storage limit in 5 years

Google hasn't updated Gmail, Drive, Photos storage limit in 5 years | Tech Check | Scoop.it
I've been a happy Gmail user since 2004. Now I'm out of space, and I don't want to spend time deleting or moving stuff, and I don't want to start paying, either.
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Unobrush Smart Toothbrush Cleans Your Teeth in Six Seconds

Unobrush Smart Toothbrush Cleans Your Teeth in Six Seconds | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Looking nothing like a traditional toothbrush, the Unobrush device uses an ergonomic, patent-pending medical-grade sponge-like mouthpiece and pulsing sonic vibrations to clean all of your teeth simultaneously in just 6 seconds! Think of this innovative tech as a hyperactive mouthguard.
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How To Retrieve Deleted Files On PC - Step By Step Tutorial

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Don’t know how to retrieve deleted files on PC? The following step-by-step guide would be of great help.

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Lauren Kate Dale Video Game Butts Book Over 40,000 Words Long

Lauren Kate Dale Video Game Butts Book Over 40,000 Words Long | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Laurne Kate Dale video game butts book will take you on a grand tour of what it means for a character's butt to be designed the way it is.
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How China rips off the iPhone and reinvents Android

How China rips off the iPhone and reinvents Android | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Chinese phone companies are often accused of both ripping off Apple and straying too far from Android’s design principles. Here’s why it happens.
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Why Google’s Pixel phones matter

Why Google’s Pixel phones matter | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Google’s Pixel 3 smartphone has been the subject of criticism about limited distribution and marketing, like its predecessors. However, the point for Google isn’t to sell more than Apple or Samsung; it’s to influence the entire market indirectly.
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How To Reverse Phone Lookup For Free Using Google

How To Reverse Phone Lookup For Free Using Google | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Are you trying to Reverse Phone Lookup a random call? It’s a beautiful, sunny morning, and you’ve just woken up, and just as you step out of bed, your phone rings, for a split second. You look at the number to see who tried to reach you, but you don’t recognize who this is. And you aren’t the only one; there are a lot of people that get random calls from places all over. While caution should be exercised when answering, do not instantly call back; try to first find out who it is that called you. Why? Because certain people that we call scammers exist on the internet, and the numbers they use have ridiculous per-minute prices, whose sole purpose is to drain you of your money by keeping you talking, or worse, siphon personal information out of you.
Who’s Been Calling You?
What you need to be wary of, first of all, is what the number looks like: where is it coming from? Is it an 800 number? Is it hooked to a 800 number? Are you sure you didn’t post ads recently, or anything that included an invitation to call you? Did you put your phone number somewhere public some time ago, and you’ve recently started getting weird calls? Then buckle up, I’ve got a ride for you.
If you have recently posted some form of invitation to call you, like an advertisement for an item for sale, or other potential purchase or sale of goods and services, then the call is more likely than not to be legit. However, be aware that, if someone calls you, and you hear the phrase “can you hear me?”, do not answer; hang up right away and ignore the phone number, this is a scammer’s way of getting a “yes” out of you, which they are recording, and could use as verbal authentication from you to, say, siphon money out of an account. You don’t want that.
However, if you do not remember having done anything like this recently, then it is probably a really, really good idea to tread cautiously. The longer it has been since you advertised something and someone called about it last time, the more chances there are that these are scammers calling, or other numbers with exorbitant per-minute fees.
What Can You Do?
But what can you do about it? Well, the phrase uttered above may be cause for alarm. It is not a surefire way to say it’s a scammer. However, if both parties are using their phones correctly, then it is, due to how telephony technology works, impossible to not hear the person on the other side, unless one party is in the midst of a very noisy environment, such as a loud dance floor, or in high winds. So, the best thing that you can do if you don’t have any really solid evidence against someone is to just ignore it and forget it.
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You Are Able to Log into Windows 10 with Google Account Soon!

You Are Able to Log into Windows 10 with Google Account Soon! | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Soon you are able to log into Windows 10 with Google account with the expansion of G Suite. This post will introduce you details about this news.

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Why you have (probably) already bought your last car

Why you have (probably) already bought your last car | Tech Check | Scoop.it
A growing number of tech analysts are predicting that in less than 20 years we'll all have stopped owning cars.
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3 Fixes for Go Back to an Earlier Build Not Available Windows 10

3 Fixes for Go Back to an Earlier Build Not Available Windows 10 | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Find the option go back to an earlier build not available after 10 days? Full solutions to fix Windows 10 rollback option not working are here!

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Apple quietly disclosed it now tracks and scores your calls and email habits

Apple quietly disclosed it now tracks and scores your calls and email habits | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Apple has been advocating for unbreakable encryption and total user privacy for years, even if that put it at odds with governments around the world. That’s not just because it gave it an edge on the competition, forcing rivals to also somewhat embrace encryption and better privacy features, but also because Apple seems to genuinely believe that user data and privacy should be defended at all costs. That said, Apple has just confirmed that it can be just as creepy as any tech giant when it comes to spying on users. Sort of.
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Hate your Comcast broadband? Verizon might sell you 5G home Internet

Hate your Comcast broadband? Verizon might sell you 5G home Internet | Tech Check | Scoop.it
Verizon targets cities dominated by cable, citing customer demand for competition.
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Cybersecurity Experts Warn of a New Netflix Scam

Cybersecurity Experts Warn of a New Netflix Scam | Tech Check | Scoop.it
We have recently learned that Netflix Scam has become the subject to an elaborate email phishing scam. The scam’s goal is intended to steal members’ credit card information. If you see an email that reads “Your Netflix membership is On Hold”, please refrain from opening it as it is likely a scam.
A good test would be to try to see if you can login to your Netflix account. If you are able to than your account is likely just fine and that somebody out there was trying to phish for either your Netflix login or credit card credentials. Because a majority of people use Netflix now these attacks are unlikely to stop anytime soon. This message is used as a scare tactic to let your guard down. Using ominous warnings and playing on people’s fear is a favorite strategy of cyber criminals. These criminals will stoop to almost any level to steal valuable data from people who can be oblivious to these situations. They want you to believe that if you do not reply to them, your account will be suspended. This is very similar to those Nigerian princes promising riches if you can give them short term money to help them out of a grave situation.
Another Netflix Scam?
The email that is being circulated around also uses an advanced HTTPS security certificate. What this means is that on the surface it will likely look like a legitimate email from Netflix. The scammers have opted to copy the Netflix branding and their identity. The email’s goal is to try to convince you to verify your payment information. Don’t do this as this is a clear scam.  If you have any questions about the legitimacy of any email pertaining to Netflix, please contact them directly to confirm.
These cyber criminals are quite clever. The amount of time and effort they put into attempting to phish is quite remarkable. At first glance, it really does look like Netflix sent it. The email has a link that pretends to take you to Netflix’s website, but this is just a trick. It is actually a look-a-like site. If you go to it, you will just be asked for more personal information. They can end up with your billing information and much more. The easiest way to keep yourself protected is just to ignore the emails entirely. Or if you are really concerned, it is a good idea to take it up with Netflix directly.
Netflix has been the target of scams in the past, and this is unlikely to change anytime soon. The streaming service has more than 130 million subscribers. This is a gold mine for cyber criminals. The infinite potential identities and information that are up for grabs is limitless. Hackers are also after your Netflix password and log-in information. They might even try to sell your account to the highest bidder. A quick look into the Dark Web will garner you many people who are selling unlimited accounts for as little as $10.
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