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Great Expectations: Using Story Principles To Anticipate What Your User Expects

Whether it’s in a novel, the latest box office smash, or when Uncle Elmer mistook a potted cactus for a stress ball, we all love stories.

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Juul, Under Heavy Fire, Pulls Fruit-Flavored Pods From US

Vaping opponents criticize plan to continue selling the popular mint and menthol flavors. 

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How Frontend Developers Can Empower Designer’s Work

This article is mostly directed at you, dear Frontend Developer, who enjoys implementing user interfaces but struggles in aligning expectations with designers you work with.

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Google's New Voice Recorder App Transcribes in Real Time, Even When Offline

At Google's hardware event this morning, the company introduced a new voice recorder app for Android devices, which will tap into advances in real-time speech processing, speech recognition and AI to

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Data For 26 Million Stolen Payment Cards Leaked In Hack of Fraud Bazaar

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A thriving online bazaar selling stolen payment card data has been hacked in a heist that leaked the records for more than 26 million cards, Kreb

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Blizzard Cancels Overwatch Event as It Tries To Contain Backlash

Activision Blizzard, reeling from harsh reactions after it punished a tournament player for backing Hong Kong's anti-Beijing protesters, canceled a New York launch event for an edition of its Overwatc

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Google Announces New Google Assistant With Huge Boost To Speed

Google has announced the second-generation version of its Google Assistant software, which promises new capabilities, a design overhaul, and a noticeable boost to speed.

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Google's Auto-Delete Tools Are Practically Worthless For Privacy

An anonymous reader shares a report: By default, Google collects a vast amount of data on users' behavior, including a lifelong record of web searches, locations, and YouTube views.

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Argentinian Security Researcher Arrested After Tweeting About Government Hack

Argentinian police briefly detained and raided the home of a well-known security researcher last week on suspicion of hacking and leaking data from government systems.

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In New Headache, WeWork Says It Found Cancer-Causing Chemical in Its Phone Booths

Cash-strapped WeWork, the office-sharing company that is trying to negotiate a financial lifeline, has a new problem that may prove costly.

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Google Discontinues Daydream VR

Google's Daydream, Android's built-in virtual reality platform, is as good as dead.

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Sears Hasn't Fared Better After Bankruptcy as Another 100 Stores Will Soon Close

Sears's bankruptcy filing was supposed to give the troubled retailer a fresh start.

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Google Announces the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL Smartphones

At an event in New York today, Google unveiled Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, its latest flagship smartphones. The Pixel smartphones have over the years set a new benchmark for photography prowess.

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Robot War Breaks Out As Roomba Maker Sues Upstart SharkNinja

Roomba robotic vacuum maker IRobot Corp.

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YouTube Gets Alleged Copyright Troll To Agree To Stop Trolling YouTubers

Alleged copyright troll Christopher Brady will no longer be able to issue false DMCA takedowns to other YouTubers, according to a lawsuit settlement filed today.

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OpenAI's AI-Powered Robot Learned How To Solve a Rubik's Cube One-Handed

Earlier today, San Francisco-based research institute OpenAI announced that it had taught a robotic hand to solve Rubik's cube one-handed.

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Ask Slashdot: What Should I Do About My Landlord Forcing Smart Things Into My Home?

New submitter aaronb1138 writes: So my apartment (UDR) pulled a bit of a blitz last Friday (10/11) to install new "Smart" IoT stuff in my home today (10/15) under the umbrella of SmartRent management.

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Twitter Says It Will Restrict Users From Retweeting World Leaders Who Break Its Rules

The social media giant said it will not allow users to like, reply, share or retweet tweets from world leaders who break its rules.

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Pure Magic

View this post on Instagram Pure magic! (Repost @discoverocean) A post shared by Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) on Oct 13, 2019 at 11:42am PDT

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Should You Add WordPress Maintenance To Your Service Offering?

(This is a sponsored article.) One of the common problems with trying to scale up when working as a solo web designer or a bootstrapping agency is that you’re limited by time.

in Dezeen

Mirrored bottoms reflect desert site beneath Mexican inn by Santos Bolivar Architects 

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Automatically Create a Multilingual WordPress Site With a Translator Plugin

A multilingual WordPress site is one that offers content in more than one language. For example, a site can provide content in English, French, German, and Spanish.

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A Guide To New And Experimental CSS DevTools In Firefox

Over the last few years, our team at Firefox has been working on new CSS tools that address both cutting-edge techniques and age-old frustrations.

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Invisible Jumpers

Photographs of jumpers blending into their surroundings for an inventive 1,000-hour knitting project. Wow!

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Moon Phases Tattly

I am loving the new Moon Phases Tattly by Amanda C Marino. This design reminds me of my childhood in the Swiss Alps where many of our neighbors and friends lived according to the moon cycles.

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Be Afraid

“Be afraid of the calmest person in the room.” — Bruce Lee

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♥ / Ode to Things

A big thank you to Ode to Things for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week. Ode to Things is an online store for the discerning collector, featuring quality home/office goods and accessories.

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How To Use Breadcrumbs On A PWA

I’ve seen a lot of questions about whether or not breadcrumbs are necessary for PWAs. It makes sense why the question is raised.

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Supreme Court Allows Blind People To Sue Retailers If Their Websites Are Not Accessible

The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way Monday for blind people to sue retailers if their websites are not accessible to these people.

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PayPal Unfriends Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency

The payment company was to be one of the 28 founding members of the Libra Association. Its departure reflects concerns of other financial players.

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How to Run a WordPress Photo Contest With a Plugin

One of the ways to create brand awareness is by offering prizes to customers. Luckily WordPress provides you with an easy way to do that by running a contest.

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Inspired Design Decisions: Bea Feitler, An Unstoppable Creative Force

Even if you didn’t study graphic design at art school, you might know a few famous names. With over a century of commercial art direction, there are plenty more names to discover.

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Google Launches Incognito Mode For Google Maps; Privacy-Focused Features For YouTube and Google Assistant

Google has announced today new privacy-centered updates for three of its services -- namely Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Assistant.

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Microsoft Announces Windows 10X For Dual-Screen PCs

Microsoft today announced Windows 10X, a new flavor of Windows 10 designed for dual-screen PCs. Windows 10X will power dual-screen PCs from Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and of course Microsoft.

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Samsung Owes Galaxy S4 Owners $10 For Cheating On Benchmarks

Three years after a class-action lawsuit was filed against Samsung for artificially boosting CPU and GPU performance to report inflated benchmark scores, a settlement has been reached to fine the comp

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Iraq Shuts Down Internet Access As Mass Protests Turn Violent

dryriver shares a report from Euronews: Iraq's government shut off internet access, imposed curfews and deployed elite forces to secure key facilities on Wednesday amid widespread protests aimed at to

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Florida Man Arrested For Cutting Electric Scooter Brakes

A man in Florida has been arrested for cutting the brake lines on dozens of public scooters.

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Lung Damage From Vaping Resembles Chemical Burns, Report Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The lung damage in some people who have become ill after vaping nicotine or marijuana products resembles a chemical burn, doctors from the

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Motorola, Known For Cellphones, is Fast Becoming a Major Player in Government Surveillance

Jon Schuppe, reporting for NBC News: The surveillance tools have been installed in schools and public housing, deployed on roads and public transit, and worn by police officers.

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MorphOS 3.12 Released

Mike Bouma shares a post from MorphZone, detailing the latest update to the AmigaOS-like computer operating system known as MorphOS: The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the public releas

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Microsoft's New Surface Earbuds Work With Any Virtual Assistant, Not Just Cortana

At Microsoft's annual Surface press event today, the company announced the Surface Earbuds to rival Apple's AirPods and Amazon's newly announced Echo Buds.

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AMD Ryzen Pro 3000 Series Desktop CPUs Will Offer Full RAM Encryption

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Monday, AMD announced Ryzen Pro 3000 desktop CPUs would be available in Q4 2019.

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Ocean Plastic Waste Probably Comes From Ships, Report Says

Most of the plastic bottles washing up on the rocky shores of Inaccessible Island, aptly named for its sheer cliffs rising from the middle of the South Atlantic, probably come from Chinese merchant sh

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Intel Dramatically Cuts Prices of Top-End i9 Gaming Chips

Intel is whacking the prices of its high-end i9 processors as it refreshes an aging design.

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FBI Investigating Alleged Hacking Attempt Into Mobile Voting App During 2018 Midterms

The FBI is investigating after someone allegedly tried to hack into West Virginia's mobile voting app during the 2018 midterm elections.

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Eat Less Red Meat, Scientists Said. Now Some Believe That Was Bad Advice.

The evidence is too weak to justify telling individuals to eat less beef and pork, according to new research. The findings "erode public trust," critics said.

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Microsoft Unveils Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X

At an event today, where Microsoft announced the Surface Laptop 3, Windows 10X, and an Android smartphone, the company also unveiled refreshed editions of its laptop-tablet hybrids: the Surface Pro 7,

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In the End

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” — baba dioum (via)

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Text-To-Speech And Back Again With AWS (Part 2)

This is the second half of a series on transforming content between text and speech on AWS.