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Direct Response: How Tech Is Aiding The European Refugee Crisis

Facebook and Amazon users are helping migrants get everything from clean underwear to a place to live.

The European refugee crisis is reaching a fever pitch this week, with train stations flooded by migrants from the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. In response, citizens are going beyond charitable donations and are turning to social media and other novel tech methods to assist those in need. Interestingly, many of these projects actually leverage e-commerce in ways designed to help the refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and elsewhere.

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Why Are You Still Making These Basic Email Privacy Mistakes?

Everybody knows never to mix personal and work email. But everybody does it anyway.

It's the oldest Internet advice in the book: Keep your personal and professional online lives separate.

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Note-Taking Just Became Easier With Google's New Voice Transcription Tool

Just in time for the school year, Google is upping its docs game.

As the new school year gets off the ground, Google has updated Docs with a number of features that should help students be more productive and efficient. On Wednesday, Google introduced voice transcription, research capabilities, simpler data visualization tools, and Microsoft Office-style templates, along with the ability to take surveys and more easily check who recently edited a file.

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Today in Tabs: Come On Obama

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Question: What do these tabs all have in common?
This New Drone Is Designed To Safely Break Apart On Impact

The Snap, from Vantage Robotics, features magnetic break-apart components and, surprisingly, a high-quality 4K camera.

One of the biggest concerns people have about drones is that they are thought to be dangerous: People can lose control of them and endanger people and property, or fly them too close to aircraft and put entire flights at risk.

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A Rival Traffic App Is Suing Waze For Allegedly Poaching Its Database

PhantomAlert claims it buried fake points of interest in its database to shield against copying—and that Waze has those same markers.

Before the advent of GPS and navigation apps, cartographers sneaked "paper towns" and "trap streets" into their maps—fake points of interest that they used to detect plagiarism. If someone copied their map, it would be easily identifiable through the inclusion of those locations. That same trick has found its way into modern-day mapping systems: A new lawsuit brought against Google and its traffic app Waze cites sham points of interest as evidence that the Google-owned service copied from a competitor's database.

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This Vaccination Campaign Gives New Meaning To The Phrase "Viral Ad"

ImmunizeBC uses a unique mailer to show how contagious the measles are.

The issue of vaccination is a touchy one for a lot of people, but it's not just junk science and paranoia that keeps people from vaccinating their kids, there's also just good ol' fashioned forgetfulness.

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The Magic Of Science Has Created Ice Cream That Stays Frozen Longer

A new protein additive could let you enjoy your entire cone before it gets all messy.

What makes ice cream melt? If you answered "the hot summer air," you are only partly correct.

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Airbnb Launches An App For The Apple Watch

The new app focuses on messaging between guests and hosts.

Airbnb may have been late to the iPad, but it is already on the Apple Watch. The same team that launched Airbnb's first iPad app in April launched its first watch app on Thursday. The new app does not replicate an Airbnb Passbook integration, which sets reminders for Airbnb stays. Instead, it primarily facilitates messaging between hosts and guests (hosts can also confirm guest reservations through the interface).

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These Beautiful Photos Are Fighting Old Stereotypes About Africa

Millions of regular Africans don't enjoy being generalized as a poverty-stricken, war-torn people—and they are taking to social media to prove it.

Think of Africa, and you might be more likely to think of war or extreme poverty than beach resorts, tech hubs, or the fact that the continent has three female heads of state. But a few months ago, a 17-year-old girl from Ghana launched a new Twitter campaign to help change skewed international perceptions.

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How New Doc "Deep Web" Shines A Light On The Dark Net

Director Alex Winter believes the man behind Silk Road is being treated unfairly—and we must reconsider what it means to be cyber citizens.

Earlier this year, Ross William Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his involvement with the dark net drug market Silk Road. Ulbricht was slammed with all seven of the charges brought against him, including computer hacking, drug trafficking, money laundering, and even what's known as the "kingpin" charge, which is more commonly doled out to cartel leaders and mafia members. Serious crimes? Yes. Worth life in prison? Director Alex Winter doesn't think so.

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For Rest That Fuels Creativity, Spend More Time With Mom

While some may view living part time with an elderly parent as an obligation, for Ken Tomita of Grovemade, it's a creative respite.

Most men spend their young adulthoods trying to get away from their parents, but for Ken Tomita of Grovemade, it's been a different story. Tomita, 37, is the child of immigrants from Japan (they moved when Ken was a baby); his mother's command of English remains iffy to this day. And when he was just out of high school, Tomita's father passed away, making Tomita, the eldest of two brothers, the man of the house.

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Need A Cash Injection? Consider Going Public On A Foreign Exchange

Here's how one American CEO debuted her company on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Just as her startup was turning five years old, Shauna Mei's investors started to get antsy.

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Which One Of These Student-Designed Solar Houses Will Be The Home Of The Future?

From aquaponic gardens to wrap-around solar panels, today's college students are envisioning the future of sustainable building.

The Solar Decathlon—the Department of Energy's biennial solar house building competition—starts up again this October, and it looks like the homes on display will be as creative as ever.

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Police Cameras: The Secret Economy

Wearable police cameras require expensive servers and lots of cloud services. Here's a look at the secret police tech economy.

On the morning of Monday, August 31, police officers in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley went on the beat with something new: wearable body cameras. Over the next few months, the Los Angeles Police Department will outfit its more than 7,000 patrol officers with wearable cameras mounted on their chest. But while the public is naturally focused on the potential of the cameras to document possible wrongdoing, there's a hidden tech challenge: Wearable body cameras create massive amounts of data, and a huge industry has popped up to deal with the need.

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This Former YouTube Exec Is Taking On Internet Trolls

Trolls are everywhere, but one former tech exec has created a safe haven for online commenting.

Anyone who has spent time online, especially on social media or reading news reports or blogs, has likely encountered Internet trolls. The typically anonymous commenters range from those who stir the pot with provocative statements to engaging in name-calling and physical threats. They range from benign insults to serious threats of harm.

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IBM And Chip Designer ARM Want To Monitor Every Device They Can

Cloud computing and mobile chip giants aim to master the Internet of things by crunching data from fitness gear, smart TVs, cars and more.

The term "Internet of things" is a bit like "Web 2.0" was a decade ago—a buzzword for some big change in the Internet that no one can clearly describe. But as the Supreme Court once said of pornography, you know it when you see it. On a fundamental level, the IoT is about collecting data from everything—fitness bands, smoke alarms, weather sensors, cars, oil wells, even TVs and cellphones—and analyzing it to provide insights for people, companies, or marketers.

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Apple Has Snagged More Than 50 Publishers For Its News App

Apple has recruited publishers like Conde Nast and Vox Media in its quest to create the news reader to beat all news readers.

Apple has signed up several new media brands to its upcoming Apple News app, which is intended as a competitor to Flipboard and other news aggregators. As Apple gears up for a quiet launch of the product this fall, it has recruited more than 50 publishers to distribute their content through the platform.

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GE Names Its First-Ever Female Vice Chair

Beth Comstock is the first woman inside GE to hold the position.

GE just announced its first-ever female vice chair: Beth Comstock, the company's erstwhile CMO.

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Beats By Dre Celebrates The Rise Of Serena Williams For The U.S. Open

The brand gives a stylish glimpse at the hard work and sweat behind the tennis superstar's success.

Just in time for the U.S. Open, Beats by Dre drops a stunning ad to celebrate defending champ Serena Williams. The film opens with Williams waking up to workout, listening to doubting pundits on TV before heading out to the streets.

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