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Facebook changed their privacy policy to be more readable

Facebook is ClutteredFacebook has released a new privacy policy meant to be easily understood by the average user. It cuts it down by nearly 75%, and creates an interactive presentation that shows each reader exactly what is done with their data, and how it is collected in the first place.

One of the more common complaints to Facebook in relation to privacy is that their policies are difficult to understand unless you have technical knowledge related to privacy laws. Institutes dedicated to online privacy have especially been critical of this fact, and have been calling for years for changes that are aimed at users, and not lawyers.

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Microsoft Band is the latest to jump into the fitness tracker craze

Microsoft Band Fitness TrackerJust a couple of days after Fitbit showed off their latest three gadgets, Microsoft has thrown themselves into the ring with their own. The Microsoft Brand is a fitness tracker/smart watch style combo that the company is calling a “smartband”.

Not only is this a fitness band and watch, but it is also connected to a new service called Microsoft Health. Together, they make up a new attempt by the company to push their way into the ever increasing fitness niche that has become a core part of consumer electronics in the past couple of years.

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Facebook’s new Rooms app takes us back to the days of the early net

  • 24/10/2014 at 01:09 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Facebook RoomsFacebook has announced their new app, Rooms, a service completely separate from the social network that brings back the format of message boards. Only this time, it is done for a mobile platform.

Message boards still have relevance today, but their popularity has waned in the face of changing social networks and platforms. For example, a traditional message board will still gain a community following, but not in the numbers of Reddit, which maintains a wider appeal.

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Google introduces new Inbox Gmail App, a more intuitive email client

  • 23/10/2014 at 00:03 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Google Inbox Gmail AppGoogle has announced the release of a new Gmail App. It is Inbox, an email client that they claim will “work for you”, offering a more intuitive and adaptive experience than their more traditional platform.

Through using Labs and more set features, Google has always shown a desire to improve and change their Gmail service. A big part of that has been the ability to group together messages, first by threaded emails, and then through tagging messages to keep them in a certain category. Inbox is a step beyond their past experiments.

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Microsoft has officially revealed the new Windows 10

  • 01/10/2014 at 23:26 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Microsoft Windows 10Yesterday, Microsoft made a rather surprising announcement: they are skipping right over Windows 9, and instead unveiling Windows 10.

Alright, it has to be done, because it has been a constant joke made on Twitter since the news hit: Why not Windows 9? Because 7-8-9! I know, get your groans out now. But that was an inevitable pun when it was announced that the next incarnations of Windows will not follow by numerical pattern established with Windows 7, but instead will jump ahead to 10.

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Former Microsoft chief engineer releases “Talko”, a voice call app

  • 24/09/2014 at 21:04 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Talko Voice Call AppTired of the same old conference calls? Want a new way to communicate with a team of people you wish you didn’t have to work with? Former Chief Software Engineer at Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, gets it. Now, he is releasing a new app to help you do it.

Talko is an interactive voice application that essentially gives you the ability to add a new scope to voice calls or recorded messages.

According to the app’s synopsis, we are using smartphones to connect more, but talking less and less. Voice doesn’t factor in so much thanks to text messages and social media. Which limits personal interaction and human emotion, banishing it from the conversation. Plus, it is slow and cumbersome.

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Tim Cook talks iPhone 6 and changing Apple’s focus

Tim Cook AppleTim Cook took part in an interesting interview with Bloomberg Business, where he talks about the latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus release, the way they have changed Apple since the death of his predecessor, and more.

When Steve Jobs passed, everyone knew that Cook would take the reigns. But there was a lot of speculation about how that would change the company, and what aspects of the brand image might shift under the influence of a new mind.

The truth is, Jobs was sick for awhile before he passed. So Cook was already well involved in running things, and the collaborative nature of the company encouraged more than the vision of a single man.

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