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    1. These Productivity Bots Can Automate Tasks and Save You Time

      These Productivity Bots Can Automate Tasks and Save You Time

      Twitter Although artificial intelligence (AI) might call to mind images of Hal 9000 or the T-1000, AI assumed a drastically different form from its science fiction portrayal. Instead, artificial intelligence centers on the likes of machine learning and natural language processing. Bots evolved into a popular, and useful, form of artificial intelligence. They can recognize and follow patterns to automate repetitive tasks.

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    2. 13 Free Mac Productivity Apps You Haven’t Heard Of

      13 Free Mac Productivity Apps You Haven’t Heard Of

      Twitter There’s a misconception among Mac users that good apps are always paid, but you’ll find plenty of excellent free apps if you know where to look. We knew, so we came up with a mega list of the best free apps to improve your productivity within macOS. These apps have a diverse range of uses. Some help you launch apps faster, others help you block distractions, and a few fix some of the most common macOS annoyances 8 Mac OS X Annoyances (Yes, They Exist!)

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      Mentions: Apple RAM Mac
    3. Decorating Your Dorm Room? Don’t Forget These Gadgets!

      Decorating Your Dorm Room? Don’t Forget These Gadgets!

      Twitter Yes, it’s back to school time once again. Whether it’s your first time moving into student housing or the last, you’re probably overwhelmed with all of the bits and pieces you need to make your space feel like home. You’ve got your towels and your bedding, your books and your laptop, your clothes and your photographs. But what about other technology that can help elevate your dorm room from basic to spectacular?

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      Mentions: Amazon Apple Google
    4. These Productivity Bots Are Hiding on Facebook, Twitter, Slack, and More

      These Productivity Bots Are Hiding on Facebook, Twitter, Slack, and More

      Twitter Chatbots have come a long way since the days of SmarterChild and prior. Instead of offering simple-minded idle fun, modern chatbots can act as personal assistants (akin to Siri, Alexa, and Cortana) and much, much more. The only problem is, how do you find them? Fortunately, there’s a search engine for that, and it’s called There Is a Bot for That .

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      Mentions: Eliza Siri Cortana
    5. 5 Apps That’ll Remember Anything for You

      5 Apps That’ll Remember Anything for You

      Download — Google Assistant on iOS (Free) 2. Wonder (Messenger, Google Home, Amazon Echo): The Anti-Google Antidote If you don’t want to offload more of your private information to Google, there’s another app that does what Assistant does. Wonder is a bot that works with Facebook Messenger, and smart voice controllers like Google Home and Amazon Echo Amazon Echo vs. Google Home vs. Apple's Competitor Amazon Echo vs. Google Home vs. Apple's Competitor In this article, you'll learn the differences between the Amazon Echo and Google Home. We'll also take a look at what features ...

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    6. How Facebook Messenger Bots Work and Why They Fail

      How Facebook Messenger Bots Work and Why They Fail

      Twitter Facebook is one of the bigger companies with a major push for bots. And a specific kind of bot: chatbots, which are integrated right inside Messenger Facebook Messenger Privacy: Everything You Need to Know Facebook Messenger Privacy: Everything You Need to Know Are you concerned about Facebook Messenger privacy? Should you be? We take a look at the app permissions and the case for protecting your messages with another app. Read More . Facebook’s pitch was simple.

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    7. Data Selfie: How Much Does Facebook Actually Know About You?

      Data Selfie: How Much Does Facebook Actually Know About You?

      Have you ever wondered just how much Facebook knows about you? It’s obvious that the more they know, the more money they make What Does Facebook Selling Your Data Mean For Privacy? What Does Facebook Selling Your Data Mean For Privacy? Read More . But the entire process is pretty opaque — and that makes a lot of people nervous. Data Selfie , a simple Chrome extension, is here to satisfy your curiosity. It’ll give you an idea of just how much Facebook knows about you.

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    8. Creative Smart Home Ideas Anyone Can Recreate

      Creative Smart Home Ideas Anyone Can Recreate

      Twitter Haven’t jumped on the smart home bandwagon yet? Don’t yet understand why products like smart bulbs and speakers with digital voice assistants have grown in popularity? There are a lot of arguments for turning your house into a smart home. You can save on energy consumption, automate irritating daily tasks, and make life a little bit easier for everyone. Smart homes can go far beyond the basics, though!

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    9. 5 Ways to Bypass Blocked Sites Without Using Proxies or VPNs

      5 Ways to Bypass Blocked Sites Without Using Proxies or VPNs

      Twitter Picture the scene. You’re at work or school, and in your downtime, you want to peruse a website. Maybe you want to check your social media feeds or need to watch YouTube for research purposes… but it’s blocked. You could turn to a proxy service or try a VPN — except the former are often blocked too, and the latter requires a bit more effort than you might like if you are just trying to sneak a glance at a censored site The Internet Isn't Really Free - Who Is Censoring It & Why The Internet Isn't Really ...

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    10. Google’s Most Interesting: Apps, Projects, and Services You Must Know About

      Google’s Most Interesting: Apps, Projects, and Services You Must Know About

      Twitter Google has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a web 1.0 search engine . Not only has Google dominated the internet search market and its name become a verb, but Google also has a vast array of other products, services, and projects worth using. Unfortunately, they’re pretty bad at communicating what those works are.

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      Mentions: Amazon Apple Google
    11. How Robots Are Learning to Read and Think

      How Robots Are Learning to Read and Think

      Twitter We talk all the time about computers understanding us. We say that Google “knew” what we were searching for, or that Cortana “got” what we were saying, but “understanding” is a very difficult concept. Especially when it comes to computers. One field of computational linguistics, called natural language processing (NLP), is working on this particularly tough problem. It’s a fascinating field right now, and once you have an idea of how it works, you’ll start to see its effects everywhere.

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    12. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home vs. Apple’s Competitor

      Amazon Echo vs. Google Home vs. Apple’s Competitor

      Twitter Two years ago, Amazon quietly released the Echo , a 9-inch tall cylinder speaker controlled by a cloud-based voice assistant that goes by the name Alexa. Thanks to the Amazon Echo’s popularity, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is about to unleash a voice-powered speaker of its own, the Google Home . Next year, Apple could also join the fray and release a similar product, this one powered by Siri.

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      Mentions: Amazon Apple Google
    13. 10 Online Study Hacks for Every College Student

      10 Online Study Hacks for Every College Student

      Twitter The internet is the go-to destination for students desperate to get ahead on their homework. However, many students aren’t using some of the best resources that the internet has to offer. As any college or university student knows, we are expected to complete impossible amounts of readings, assignments, and papers each night.

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    14. 10 Awesome Facebook Messenger Bots You Aren’t Using

      10 Awesome Facebook Messenger Bots You Aren’t Using

      Twitter The bots are taking over! A few months ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would be introducing a new innovation in its popular Messenger app. They’re called bots Facebook Brings Bots to Messenger, HTC Launches the HTC 10... [Tech News Digest] Facebook Brings Bots to Messenger, HTC Launches the HTC 10... [Tech News Digest] Facebook wants you to message bots, an introduction to the HTC 10, Microsoft makes the Blue Screen of Death useful, Periscope lets you doodle on your live streams, and the Flyboard Air flies through the... Read More , and they are basically ...

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    15. Future Smart Home Trends and the Products You’ll Be Using

      Future Smart Home Trends and the Products You’ll Be Using

      Twitter The smart home industry in 2016 looks much different than it did only five years ago when Nest introduced its first-generation smart thermostat. No doubt, the industry will change again half a decade from now. It’s time to jump into your time machine. You’re about to uncover what could be the biggest trends in the smart home industry in 2021 and the products you might be using.

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