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12 of the Best People Finder and Phone Number Lookup Websites


Whether your goal is to reconnect with an old high school friend or look up a potential job candidate, online people searches have a variety of uses. Finding someone’s phone number, home or email address, arrest records, and family members are all something you can do via a people finder website. With a narrow focus on information about people, these sites stray from the likes of Google and Bing, which can yield more general results.

1. Peek You

Best People Finder Websites Peekyou

While most people finder websites focus on your name, location, age, etc., Peek You also includes the option to search by social media username. For example, search for “mustlovedogs1” on the site, and the results identify people who currently use or… Read more14810061.gif

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The Morning After: The Internet Archive imagines a grim future of the internet

Browsing the internet has gotten better in many ways. Richer design, more interactivity, embedded media, faster speeds for doing everything. But the internet is also worse in places: more attempts to illegally steal your personal information or legally track your footprints through the web. I click on one Pokémon plushie an Engadget colleague shared with me (guess who), and my embedded ads across sites are now mired in Pokémon detritus.

The Internet Archive has concocted a thought experiment to celebrate its 25th anniversary, imagining how the web might look another 25 years from now. Paste a site’s URL into the Wayforward Machine and you’ll see a version of that page covered in pop-ups. The messages include one reading “Classified content. The website you are trying to access features information that the owner(s) have opted to restrict to users that have not shared their personal information.”

Another, in Orwellian wording, says: “This site contains information that is currently classified as Thought Crime in your region.” The Internet Archive created a subsite that features a timeline of fictional changes, including a law allowing corporations to copyright facts, leading to Wikipedia moving to the Dark Web, which would be pretty incredible.

— Mat Smith

Watch the first trailer for ‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’

The reboot hits movie theaters on November 24th.

Resident Evil movie reboot.

Sony Pictures has provided a taste of what’s in store with the first trailer. Writer and director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) said earlier this year he was taking the franchise back to its horror roots, and well, the trailer backs up those comments. Expect lickers, zombie dogs and plenty of good old-fashioned zombies.

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YouTube’s accessibility upgrades include multiple audio tracks

Automatic captions are now available for streams of any size, too.

YouTube is expanding video accessibility for viewers with sight issues and those beyond the English-speaking world. It’s currently testing the option of adding multiple audio tracks to videos. While this will help international viewers — if you have the ability to add other language dubs — it should also enable descriptive audio for people with little-to-no vision. YouTube said the feature will land in the next few quarters.

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YouTube cancels its divisive Rewind annual highlight reel

It won’t be missed.

In more good news, YouTube has confirmed its annual Rewind video won’t be returning. Rewind debuted in 2010 but struggled in recent years. In particular, with Rewind 2018, many felt the video ignored major creators on the platform, like Pewdiepie, while elevating people who were famous outside of YouTube. Never forget that Will Smith, er, moment.

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Microsoft made a translucent controller for the Xbox’s 20th birthday

It will go on sale exactly 20 years after the release of the original Xbox.

The Morning After

Microsoft plans to celebrate the birthday of its first-ever home system by putting out a handful of translucent accessories, including the Xbox Series X/S controller you see here.

According to Microsoft, the translucent design is a reference to the see-through controllers it shipped with the original Xbox debug kit. I have all the time in the world for translucent gadgets, having already installed see-through cases for my Switch’s Joy-Cons. This is a good way to celebrate a console’s milestone.

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Tesla is moving its headquarters to Texas from California

In a state where it can’t directly sell its cars to locals.

Tesla isn’t just building a factory in Austin, Texas — it’s also moving its headquarters there, too.

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Panasonic’s new camera is another cube with a giant lens attached to it

It’s an S1H in a different shape.

The Morning After

In 2020, Panasonic announced the BGH1, its first-ever box-style camera. This was pretty much its GH5S rehoused in a body better suited for video production. Now, it’s time for an upgrade. Panasonic has announced the DC-BS1H. It’s the full-frame S1H in a new body.

Specifications include a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that can capture footage up to a 6K resolution. Panasonic claims the BS1H’s sensor features more than 14 stops of dynamic range and includes an optical low-pass filter along with dual native ISO, all aimed at reducing moiré and noise.

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The biggest news stories you might have missed

What kind of show was Marvel’s ‘What If…?’ meant to be?

Google turns its AI on traffic lights to reduce pollution

Disney may be developing a ‘WandaVision’ spin-off starring Kathryn Hahn

US Justice Department forms a cryptocurrency enforcement team

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Facebook is down, along with Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger


If you can’t access Facebook, Instagram, Messenger or WhatsApp, you’re not the only one. Starting at approximately 11:38AM ET, Downdetector began logging a spike in outage reports across all four Facebook-owned services. Andy Stone, a spokesperson for the company, said at 12:07PM ET that the company was working quickly to resolve the issue but didn’t mention what was at the root of the problem. We’ve reached out to Facebook for more information on the outage.

We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

— Andy Stone (@andymstone) October 4, 2021

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Google Will Help You Find In-Stock Products in Stores

The disconnect between online and in-store shopping is shrinking. Most big-box retailers offer pickup as an option, and now Google is making it so local shops can show whether they have an item available right through Search.

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How to Install and Use Safari Extensions on iPhone and iPad

Apple introduced a few interesting features with iOS and iPadOS 15, but one of the most useful is extension support in Safari. The upgrade levels it with its desktop counterpart in terms of power, and you can take advantage of that power now.

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Xbox gains new features with updated Edge browser


With its September Xbox update, Microsoft has brought the new, Chromium-based Edge browser to Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One consoles. It supports a keyboard and mouse and will introduce new capabilities like access to Google Stadia, Discord, web apps and more.

Microsoft started testing the Edge update on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S earlier this year, but today it’s coming to everyone. Edge has been the default browser on Xbox One, but not the latest Chromium version that enables features like Google Stadia gameplay. 

It promises a “fast, secure and modern browsing experience right from your console,” Microsoft wrote. It’s nearly identical to the desktop version, with features like vertical tabs, collections and syncing of settings, favorites, history, tabs and more to other signed-in devices. As Reddit users have noted, though, it’s missing extensions — so you won’t be able to use an ad-blocker for now.

With mouse and keyboard support, gamers will find it far easier to use productivity apps. More importantly, you’ll be able to play Google Stadia or Steam PC games with either a mouse and/or the Xbox controller. For now, there’s no microphone support for live chats on Discord or other apps, according to The Verge.  

Microsoft also trumpeted the release of Play Later discovery, but it’s not clear how that differs from the current Play Later features. It also re-announced the arrival of game streaming to PC via Xbox Game Pass cloud or using Xbox Remote Play. The new features are now available to all Xbox consoles. 

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Linux Turns 30: How A Hobby Project Conquered the World

On September 17, 1991, Linus Torvalds released Linux kernel (version 0.01) for the first time. Here’s a brief look at how a small hobby project grew up and enveloped the world—and what has made Linux endure for so long.

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Project Taara beams Internet connectivity wirelessly at fiber-optic speeds

Bringing broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved areas is very important. Internet connectivity brings access to jobs, healthcare, education, and entertainment. People who live in developed nations like the US and other countries typically have plenty of access to broadband in cities, but those in rural areas often go unserved. Project Taara is investigating wireless means to bring fiber-like speeds … Continue reading

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Is Your Ethernet Cable Faulty? Signs to Watch Out For

Cables are a necessary evil and a source of many computer and network-related problems. While you can’t ditch cables entirely, some cables may need to be replaced more often than others, including Ethernet cables used for networking.

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