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How to Pay for Gas Without Leaving Your Car

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The old days of sliding a credit card into a gas pump are slowly going away. While that’s still an option, many places support tap-to-pay with phones. However, there’s an even newer feature that lets you pay from your car.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/702616/how-to-pay-for-gas-without-leaving-your-car/
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The Asus RT-AX86U Is a Wi-Fi 6 Router That Doesn’t Sacrifice Looks for Power

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Wi-Fi 6 has accelerated its creep into mainstream wireless networking, urged along by the similarly accelerating spread of gigabit internet. Until the last few months or so, purchasing a Wi-Fi 6 device has largely been a decision more about future-proofing and less about immediate gain. That’s quickly changing,…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/the-asus-rt-ax86u-is-a-wi-fi-6-router-that-doesnt-sacri-1845750362
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Wes Davis

‘Good riddance’: Tech’s flight from San Francisco is a relief to some advocates

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Software engineers, CEOs and venture capitalists have chosen to jump from the Bay Area to places such as Denver, Miami and Austin, Texas. Some San Francisco residents are fine with it.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/good-riddance-tech-s-flight-san-francisco-relief-some-advocates-n1249163
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AOC will return to Twitch tonight for another round of ‘Among Us’

0d662c30-30d1-11eb-beed-29fac28e49e0Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is set to make her return to Twitch tonight for another round of Among Us. She’ll join forces with MP Jagmeet Singh, the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, for her second live stream on the platform. Canadian Mem…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/aoc-twitch-among-us-jagmeet-singh-171253442.html
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Everything You Need to Automate Your Christmas Decorations

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Sleighbells ring, are you listenin’? Want to automate the things that glistenin’? A beautiful sight is smart Christmas lights that you don’t need to turn on all by hand. Parody songs aside, plugging in your Christmas lights, blowups, and other powered-decorations to turn them on is annoying. Here’s what you need to automate all your Christmas stuff this holiday season.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/62420/everything-you-need-to-automate-your-christmas-decorations/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Josh Hendrickson

A ransomware attack has shut down Baltimore’s public schools

f6fc6a50-bca3-11ea-aecf-a1580dc8f250Students in the Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) system have suddenly found themselves with an extra day off for the Thanksgiving holiday, but it wasn’t because of a snow day. As The Verge reports, an apparent ransomware attack took BCPS’ inter…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/baltimore-public-school-system-ransomware-attack-160600564.html
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Holiday 2020: The Best Tech Gifts Under $75

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The holidays are fast approaching and, if you’re like us, you’ve still got some holiday shopping to do. If you’re wondering what to get the tech geeks in your life, look no further than our list of the best tech gifts under $75. At this price point, you can buy some seriously impressive gadgets without breaking the bank.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/62036/holiday-2020-the-best-tech-gifts-under-75/
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Twitter to relaunch account verifications in early 2021, asks for feedback on policy

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Twitter announced today it’s planning to relaunch its verification system in 2021, and will now begin the process of soliciting public feedback on the new policy ahead of its implementation. Under the policy, Twitter will initially verify six types of accounts, including those belonging to government officials; companies, brands and nonprofit organizations; news; entertainment; sports; and activists, organizers and other influential individuals. The number of categories could expand in time.

Twitter’s verification system, which provides a blue checkmark to designate accounts belonging to public figures, was paused in 2017 as the company tried to address confusion over what it meant to be verified.

The issue at the time was that Twitter had verified the account belonging to Jason Keller, the person who organized the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In response to the wave of criticism directed at Twitter as a result of this action, the company defended its decision by pointing to its policies around account verification, which explained its blue badges were awarded to accounts of “public interest.”

Critics argued that genuinely noteworthy figures were still struggling to get their own accounts verified, and that verifying a known white supremacist was not something that should ever be in the “public interest.” As a result, Twitter in November 2017 decided to pause all account verifications.

The following year, the company announced work on the verification system would be placed on a longer, more indefinite hold, so Twitter could direct its resources to focus on election integrity. That proved to be a significant undertaking, as it turned out.

Though the company this year verified medical experts tweeting about COVID-19 and labeled candidates running for public office, these efforts were managed in more of a one-off fashion.

Now, with the 2020 U.S. presidential election having wrapped, and with a transition underway, Twitter says work on its new verification system will finally resume.

The company today shared a draft of its new verification policy in order to gain public feedback. The policy details more specifically which accounts can be verified and introduces additional guidelines that could limit some accounts from receiving the blue badge.

For example, Twitter says the account must be “notable and active,” and the badge won’t be awarded to any accounts with incomplete profiles. Twitter will also deny or remove verification badges from otherwise qualified individuals if their accounts are found to be in repeated violation of the Twitter Rules.

The company additionally admitted it had verified accounts over the years which should not be, as based on these guidelines. To correct this, Twitter will begin to automatically remove badges from accounts that are inactive or have incomplete profiles, to help it streamline its work going forward.

The policy also lays out specifics about how it will determine whether an account in a supported category will qualify.

For example, news organizations will have to adhere to professional standards for journalism, and independent or freelance journalists will need to provide at least three bylines in qualifying organizations published in the last six months. Entertainers will need to be able to point to credits on their IMDb page or to references in verified news publications. Government officials will need to show a public reference on an official government website, party website or multiple references by news media. Sports figures will have to appear on team websites, rosters or in sports data services like Sportradar. There are a few other ways to be verified in these categories, too.

The guidelines for public figures are more detailed, as they must meet two different criteria for “notability” — one that quantifies their Twitter activity and another that highlights their off-Twitter notability, like a Wikipedia page, Google Trends profile, profile on an official advocacy site and more.

“We know we can’t solve verification with a new policy alone — and that this initial policy won’t cover every case for being verified — but it is a critical first step in helping us provide more transparency and fairer standards for verification on Twitter as we reprioritize this work,” a company announcement stated. “This version of the policy is a starting point, and we intend to expand the categories and criteria for verification significantly over the next year,” it noted.

Twitter users will be able to offer feedback on the new verification policy starting today, November 24, 2020, and continuing through December 8, 2020. The policy is being made available in English, Hindi, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese. Users can either respond to the survey Twitter has posted or they can choose to tweet their feedback publicly, using the hashtag #VerificationFeedback.

In addition, Twitter says it’s working with local non-governmental organizations and its Trust and Safety Council to gain a range of other perspectives.

After December 8, 2020, Twitter will train its team on the new policy and introduce the final version by Decemeber 17, 2020. The verification system itself, which will include a new public application process, will begin in early 2021.

Though Twitter is giving itself time to make policy changes based on public feedback, it had already begun to develop the underlying technology for the verification application process.

Twitter confirmed to TechCrunch this June it was in the process of building a new in-app system for requesting verification. The feature had been found buried in the app’s code by reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong, who tweeted a screenshot of a new option, “Request Verification,” that appeared under Twitter’s account settings. At the time, Twitter wouldn’t confirm when the new system would go live.

Though not everyone will qualify for verification, Twitter says it’s working on other features that will help to better distinguish accounts on its platform. Also in 2021, the company will introduce new account types and labels that will help Twitter users identify themselves on their profiles. More details on these features will be announced in the weeks to come, Twitter says.

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2020/11/24/twitter-to-relaunch-account-verifications-in-early-2021-asks-for-feedback-on-policy/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Sarah Perez

‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ update makes the US more detailed

1eba3cc0-2e82-11eb-bffe-c06a389faf2aThe latest major Microsoft Flight Simulator update is all about the US of A. The free World Update II patch is available now, and it should make flights over the US look much better.Asobo Studio has added high-resolution versions of 50 landmarks. The…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-flight-simulator-world-update-usa-184254907.html
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