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Smart display button puts GIFs on your shirt

The odds are that you've shown your support for a cause with a button on your shirt or backpack at some point in your life. But there's only so much button real estate you can offer, isn't there? That's where BEAM Authentic thinks it can save the day. Its BEAM button pairs to your phone through an app and lets you display virtually any image you want on its circular AMOLED screen, including slideshows and GIFs. You could promote an environmental cause one hour and a dank meme the next.

Also, you're not just limited to your own creations. You can find buttons art from others' collections, follow creators you like, receive streams and send conversations. And yes, there are paid buttons -- you can donate to a cause at the same time as you endorse it. The button might even get you out of trouble, as you there's a panic mode that will send an emergency message and your location to as many as four other people.

The BEAM button is available now, but there's a catch: it's $99. That can buy a lot of conventional buttons, and those won't run out of energy. You'll contribute $3 to a charity when you buy, though, and this is certainly a viable option if you'd rather draw your own artwork than track down an elusive button that expresses your exact thoughts.

Via: Android Police

Source: Beam

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5 ways chatbots can improve brand marketing

Similar to the purchasing behavior of consumers, marketers aren’t immune to chasing after must-have fads and trends. Chatbot technologies – a shiny object du jour within the industry – make a case for this. Thurs far, though, clamoring for chatbots has been driven more by vague notions of transforming customer service and driving loyalty through […]

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Social VR app Rec Room gets clubhouses

Seattle-based Against Gravity released an enormous update to Rec Room that adds clubhouses you can customize and have friends visit even when you’re not online. The update represents a huge step for the cross-platform app available for Rift, Vive, PlayStation VR and Windows-based VR headsets (through Steam). Now, visitors to Rec Room can express themselves […]

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Windows 10 included password manager with huge security hole

There's a good reason why security analysts get nervous about bundled third-party software: it can introduce vulnerabilities that the companies can't control. And Microsoft, unfortunately, has learned that the hard way. Google researcher Tavis Ormandy discovered that a Windows 10 image came bundled with a third-party password manager, Keeper, which came with a glaring browser plugin flaw -- a malicious website could steal passwords. Ormandy's copy was an MSDN image meant for developers, but Reddit users noted that they received the vulnerable copy of Keeper after clean reinstalls of regular copies and even a brand new laptop.

A Microsoft spokesperson told Ars Technica that the Keeper team had patched the exploit (in response to Ormandy's private disclosure), so it shouldn't be an issue if your software is up to date. Also, you were only exposed if you enabled the plugin.

However, the very existence of the hole has still raised a concern: are Microsoft's security tests as thorough for third-party apps as its own software? The company has declined to comment, but that kind of screening may prove crucial if Microsoft is going to maintain the trust of Windows users. It doesn't matter how secure Microsoft's code is if a bundled app undermines everything.

Source: Monorail, Tavis Ormandy (Twitter)

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Firefox users lose trust in Mozilla after a ‘Mr. Robot’ promo went horribly wrong


Protip for Mozilla and the USA Network: In the future when you're plotting a tie-in for a show about vigilante hackers, maybe don't actually compromise people's privacy.

Some Firefox users were none too thrilled to discover that the web browser had installed an add-on called "Looking Glass" without permission. Bearing a description that read simply, in all-caps, "MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT THAN YOURS," people were understandably suspicious.

(The all-caps utterance, it should be noted, is a quote from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.) Read more...

More about Tech, Entertainment, Firefox, Mr Robot, and Mozilla

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Apple enthusiasts need this dock that will charge all of the things


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These days, everyone and their mother has an Apple Watch. If you don't have one now, spoiler alert: there's a good chance you'll get one as a gift. With your bedside outlet already overloaded with your smartphone, tablet, and laptop chargers, another device to charge could cause absolute mayhem. 

A great solution for efficient charging without the charging cable jungle is the PowerTime Apple Watch Charging Dock. Not only does it charge your Apple Watch without a wire, but it also features three USB ports so you can charge all of your wired devices using one tool. Just set it right on your bedside table and you'll never have to dig around in the dark again looking for an open outlet.  Read more...

More about Iphone, Ipad, Apple Watch, Gift Ideas, and Iphone X

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Bigscreen’s ‘Big Rooms’ update shares your desktop with dozens in VR

A new “Big Rooms” update to desktop sharing app Bigscreen will allow a host to share their computer screen with dozens of people in VR. Since it launched in March 2016, Bigscreen offered rooms where up to four people could share their desktops with each other. Some major updates shipped since then, including high quality […]

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Facebook defends itself against social media critics

(Reuters) — Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world’s biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion. Facebook, in a corporate blog post, said that social media can be good for people’s well-being if they use the […]

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‘PUBG’ tests a replay feature as it creeps toward v1.0

Now that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has launched in Early Access on Xbox One, its next milestone is an official retail release out of beta on the PC. That's expected to happen next week, but players who can't wait have a few new tweaks to try out on the 1.0 test servers, including a newly available (it has been used previously during tournaments and some events) replay function. The option needs to be turned on prior to the start of a match, but it records everything going on within 1km of the player.

That way, later you can fly through and see things you may have missed, or catch a replay from the angle of the people you were fighting, and there's a list of battles to make hopping around easy. We've recently seen Overwatch add broadcast-friendly tweaks, and with such a streamer-focused game it's no surprise that PUBG is going a similar route. By default, it records your last 20 matches and dumps older recordings once it reaches the max. Comprehensive replays should make it easier for fans to create new videos, and as a way to help the uninitiated figure out what's going on.

The other major change isn't ready to test yet, but now that the game features a whopping two maps, the developer says it will give players the ability to choose which one they play on. The problem is this might fragment the player base, with six different options of how to play (1-, 2- or 4-player and in either third or first person perspective) spread across two maps, and it's possible that first-person games could be shut down in some regions if there aren't enough people to feed 100 players in each battle royale session.

  • Added Replays menu
    • Added replay function which can record up to 1km around the character
    • Please enable the replay saving in Options before you enter a match
    • When the game ends, the replay will be saved and can be played on "Lobby – Replays" menu
    • Up to 20 replays can be saved. They will be automatically deleted in the oldest order when the number exceeds 20
  • Control Guide
    • J: Time line ON / OFF (Player can move to desired time, pause)
    • P: Pause
    • ↑, ↓: Play speed change
      • B: Back to own character
    • W, A, S, D: Camera move
    • E, Q: Camera height change
    • Holding Shift, Ctrl: Camera move speed change
    • TAB: Open the player list (If you click the ID, camera moves to that player's view)
    • V or LMB: Observing camera (You can see the view of the selected player)
    • C or RMB: Following camera (The camera follows selected player and you can control the camera angles and zoom)
    • F or SPACE: Free camera (Move to the camera view which can freely move on the map)
    • L: Open the battle list (You can check engagements with and around the currently selected player)
    • M: Map (If you LMB click the player's icon on the map, you can move to the observing camera of the selected player. If you RMB click any empty area of the map, you can move to the free camera at that position)

Source: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (Steam)

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Hoo-boy! This damning Uber letter is a wild ride


The disasters that former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick left in his wake at his popular ride-hailing app company was one of this year's biggest tech industry stories. Now, as we wrap up the year, Uber (through a court case) has gifted us a letter detailing many of the company's alleged wrongdoings and spy tactics. 

The so-called Jacobs letter was written by an attorney representing Richard Jacobs, a former Uber security analyst. It alleges shady and potential illegal operations, including how Uber employees monitored the competition and acquired trade secrets. 

More about Transportation, Uber, Self Driving Cars, Waymo, and Uber Waymo

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