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Logitech and TED launch Spotlight Presentation Academy to improve public speaking

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Successful public speakers are not born. In other words, it is a skill that must be learned and fine-tuned. Sure, some folks may have higher anxiety than others, but almost anyone can master the skill with enough practice and confidence. Technology can even help too, such as the brilliant Logitech Spotlight Remote.

Speaking of Logitech, the company has partnered with TED for a new initiative called Spotlight Presentation Academy. Since TED is all about public speaking and storytelling, and Logitech manufactures the aforementioned Spotlight Remote, this seems like a marriage made in heaven. The focus of the partnership is to improve people's public speaking skills, and the academy will select 15 individuals that are looking to get better in that regard.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-orders surpassed Galaxy S7 by a large margin

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Samsung appears to have hit a home run with its latest flagships. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are expected to sell over 50 million units in a year and, according to the South Korean maker, they're on the right track, with pre-orders far exceeding those of the Galaxy S7 series.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were offered for pre-order on the same day that Samsung unveiled the devices, March 29, and officially went on sale across the globe last week, on April 21.

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Google tweaks search algorithms to fight fake news and 'offensive' content

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The fight against fake news continues, with Google announcing not only changes to search algorithms to help prevent false information from rising to the surface, but also new tools to allow users to report "unexpected, inaccurate or offensive" results.

While the algorithm tweaks should impact on general search results, the reporting tools have been designed for Google's Autocomplete predictions and Featured Snippets which have been problematic in recent months. Updated algorithms should help to ensure more authoritative pages receive greater prominence, while low-quality content is demoted.

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How to free up disk space via Settings in Windows 10 Creators Update

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If you want to free up disk space in Windows 10, you can use the Disk Cleanup tool, or a third-party program like CCleaner.

However, the Windows 10 Creators Update offers a third choice, which is to go through the Settings app. You can free up space, and also have the operating system automatically remove junk for you.

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Overexposure of data leaves organizations at risk

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Excessive employee permissions are exposing organizations to insider threats, ransomware and other risks according to the findings of a new report.

Using its Data Security Platform, threat prevention specialist Varonis conducted over a thousand risk assessments for customers and potential customers on a subset of their file systems totaling over 236 million files and 3.79 petabytes of data.

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Consumers don't trust tech companies with their data

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There is a high degree of mistrust when it comes to the technology sector managing people’s personal data. This is according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), that got released late last week.

According to the report, just six percent of the public trusts businesses in the technology sector to handle their personal data responsibly.

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Xiaomi's smartphones aren't coming to the US or EU anytime soon

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When we write about a new Xiaomi smartphone there's never any talk about US or EU availability. That's because the Chinese maker doesn't sell its handsets in these markets, as it chooses to focus on developing markets instead, leaving its fans to source their favorite devices from unofficial sellers. That's a shame, but it's not going to change anytime soon.

Speaking of a potential entry in the US and Europe, Xiaomi's new SVP Wang Xiang (who replaces Hugo Barra) admits that the company isn't "serving [customers in those markets] well" but, at the same time, it is "in no hurry to serve the developed markets."

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Don't fall for tax scams this season

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At this time of year, the number of tax scams reaches a high, with fraudsters looking for any chance to cash in on consumers, the self-employed or small businesses who might be excited about potential refunds. Many people now do their taxes online, and cybercriminals are seeing this as a huge opportunity for phishing schemes. Take the recent HMRC email scam which sends fake emails asking the recipient to create a "government gateway account" to access information about their tax refunds, and subsequently requests personal banking details.

What’s more, recent ONS figures show that online fraud is now the most common crime in the UK, with almost one in 10 people falling victim. But whilst online fraud is growing, there are various types of scams which can take place, and it’s important for consumers and businesses alike to be aware of the threats.

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How to access your OnePlus 3/3T's secret diagnostic tools

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If you're using a desktop or a laptop, there are a number of diagnostic tools built into your operating system that you can use to check various components of your computer. When you're using your smartphone, however, you might feel as though you have to install a bunch of apps to do the same job.

But this is not the case. There are a large number of tools built into your OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T -- you just need to know how to find them. As you'll probably have guessed from the headline, these are not utilities you're going to find by browsing through the list of installed apps -- you need a special code.

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Get 'Jump Start Sketch' ebook ($19 value) FREE for a limited time

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Sketch is fast becoming a favorite tool of modern web and UI designers.

It’s a smart vector-based design app with a simple, clean, and intuitive interface. It has a range of powerful features, such as easy-to-use grids and layer alignment, unlimited artboards, and granular export. It’s easy to see why so many top designers are now adding Sketch to their toolboxes!

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Firms worldwide say GDPR could harm their business

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With implementation of the EU's General Data protection Regulation less than a year away, a new study reveals that many firms are worried about the effect it could have on their bottom line.

The survey from information management company Veritas shows 38 percent of companies think they could lose customers or go out of business as a result of non-compliance. UK firms are expected to spend $1.4 million on GDPR compliance by 2018, but only 37 percent are ready now.

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Get 'Designing UX: Prototyping' ebook ($30 value) FREE for a limited time

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If you’re involved in user experience design -- be it as a web designer or a software developer -- you’ll know that identifying and fixing problems is easier and cheaper if it can be done earlier in the process of design and build.

As work on a project progresses, so the effort involved in making any changes increases. If you can test out early ideas, via prototyping, then you can quickly identify whether those ideas are going to work. This great ebook from SitePoint -- which usually retails for $30 -- will tell you everything you need to know about prototyping.

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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales sets up WikiTribune to fight fake news

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Donald Trump is obsessed with the notion of FAKE NEWS. Whether his definition is the same as everyone else's is open to debate, but there is a genuine problem with the spread of propaganda, nonsense, and stories which are clearly fabricated. Google and Facebook and other big names from the world of tech have started to fight back, and now it's the turn of Jimmy Wales.

The Wikipedia founder is setting up WikiTribune, an online news publication which focuses on fact-checking, using a combination of paid journalists and contributions from the community. It is described as a "new kind of news platform," and aims to provide "accurate information with real evidence, so that you can confidently make up your own mind."

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68 percent of consumers think brands put personal data at risk

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Customers are coming to expect a more personalized service, but that means exposing more of their information to businesses.

But a new survey from identity management company Gigya reveals that many still don’t trust brands with their personal information.

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Need a graduation gift? Look no further than the Microsoft Store to save up to $200

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Graduation is almost here for many high school and college students. With that comes both fun and scary aspects. The enjoyable part is finally achieving the diploma and having a party with friends and family. The scary part? Being thrust into the real world. It can be a good scary, however, as it means the world is a blank canvas -- full of possibilities.

If you need to buy a gift for a graduate in your life, you can always give them cash, but that is so impersonal. If you want to set them up for success, a Windows 10 PC is a wise choice -- especially when paired with an Office 365 subscription. If you want to go that route, and save some money, the Microsoft Store has you covered. The store is offering up to $200 in savings during a limited-time special gradation sale.

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