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What’s it like to use AOL dial-up internet in 2017?

Remember dial-up? It wasn’t so long ago that a 56K modem was the default method of getting online. The unforgettable sound of a successful connection. The undisputable inconvenience of occupying the phone line. The sheer sense of speed as web pages filled your screen piece by piece. Rather than just ...

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Alexa on the Huawei Mate 9 isn't worth the effort (yet)

Plus, having a continued conversation with Alexa becomes frustrating if there are long pauses between your commands because the phone goes to sleep after its preset time (between 15 seconds and 10 minutes) and you’ll have to unlock if you want to talk to the assistant again. You could work ...

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When the 'S' in HTTPS also stands for shady

But like so, so painfully many great ideas from the tech sector, Let’s Encrypt apparently wasn’t built with abuse in mind. And so — of course — that’s exactly what’s happening. Because it’s now free and easy to add HTTPS to your site, criminals who exploit trusting internet users think ...

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We need a New Deal to address the economic risks of automation

Rob LoCascio is the founder and CEO of LivePerson. More posts by this contributor: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has a surprisingly naive take on the issue of AI and robots replacing human jobs. Mnuchin, who said earlier, that human obsolescence is “not even on our radar screen…50–100 more years away” — ...

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Does anyone actually want to use a phone as a desktop?

There’s certainly something to the idea of finding new ways to use our phones. But given that the entire computing market is moving toward laptops and other portable devices, the prospect of developing a new spin on desktops seems inexplicably backward. I’m far more intrigued by the idea of sliding ...

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