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Facebook Makes It Easier To Clean Up Your News Feed

Facebook wants to make it easy for you to eliminate the junk in your Facebook news feed. On Friday, the social network announced deeper controls that help you remove posts and photos, and unfollow friends, groups or pages you like.

Now when you hide a story from your feed by clicking the top right drop-down menu, Facebook will give you the option to see less from the person or page, as well as the option to unfollow them entirely, so nothing they share will appear in the news feed.

In the news feed settings launched Friday, people or brands that appear most frequently in the news feed will show up at the top of the screen with an “unfollow” button next to them, and people you no longer follow will appear below, with the option to re-follow if you want them back in your feed.

Facebook has attempted to clean up the news feed with its own algorithms, putting greater emphasis on actual news stories and punishing the meme-sharing by making it appear lower in the news feed. But as more posts from friends and businesses appear on the Facebook, people may become inundated with garbage and clutter they don’t necessarily need to see.

With just a few taps, you can let Facebook know certain people or posts are unwelcome in your news feed—and if something’s no longer worth your time, you can push it out to make room for more of the endless stream of posts and photos all fighting for a place in the most important part of Facebook. 

The news feed settings are available today across desktop and mobile, and new options to hide or unfollow posts are rolling out in the coming weeks.

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Bitcoin Mobile App Makes Cryptocurrency Convenient

Digital payments company Circle has just released a Bitcoin mobile app for iOS and Android.

Starting Monday, the app can be used to make payments, send or receive money, and convert money between Bitcoin and USD. The app is only available in the United States right now, but as CEO Jeremy Allaire indicates in the announcement, a global release will follow.

“We’re particularly excited about our Android release… because Android is becoming an important platform for finance on a worldwide basis,” he wrote. “Low-cost Android phones are coming to markets like India, Indonesia, and Africa, where the vast majority of users don’t have bank accounts, and where digital currency services could become a critical new utility.”

See also: What It Will Take For You To Get Bitcoin At The Bank

The cryptocurrency Bitcoin has been both lauded and panned for its pseudonymity, which keeps it from being a realistic currency alternative for those who are not tech savvy. Existing Bitcoin wallets sacrifice convenience for security, and if passwords are lost or forgotten, they can never be recovered. Not ideal for your life’s savings.

Circle’s native app may help to remedy some of these more high-tech edges of Bitcoin. For instance, the app uses multi-factor authentication and app-specific pin codes for easy access. Also, its iOS app will enable the use of password-retainer program 1Password, so people won’t need to remember a password.

You can try out the app for yourself on the Circle site.

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Reddit Makes Crowdfunding Official With Redditmade

So far, Reddit’s business model has been to provide the tools while users do the rest. This pattern continues with Redditmade, the company’s first foray into crowdfunding.

“Redditmade gives you the flexibility to create almost anything you want, easily raise money, and support causes you care about,” wrote Kaela Worthen Gardner, marketing manager at Reddit, in the Redditmade official introductory post. “It’s also a great way for others to find awesome new products they’ll love and support other redditors while knowing their information and money will always be secure.”

Redditors already donate enormously to charity and buy and sell merchandise through community-driven efforts on subreddits—the sub-communities of the site. The difference with Redditmade is that users can protect their privacy in ways that third-party crowdfunding and charity sites don’t always permit.

“We will never show your personal information to anyone. We take doxxing seriously! If you create a campaign, you will be asked to connect your Reddit account with your Redditmade account and your username is what will be displayed,” Gardner wrote. “When you purchase a product, no one will ever see your personal information aside from payment/shipping providers in order to actually get you your product.”

Currently active campaigns on Redditmade consist mainly of T-shirts with inside jokes that pertain to different subreddits. So far, the one closest to reaching its goal, the Reddit Secret Santa Sticker Pack, is at 5%. It’s a charity project that will donate the entirety of its earnings to the winning Reddit charity, and since Redditmade has it listed as a “Featured Campaign,” you can tell it’s legit. 

See also: Reddit Raises $50 Million, Says Community Will Get Some Shares

Reddit raised $50 million at a $500 million valuation last month and Redditmade comes as an effort to expand Reddit’s oeuvre as it expands its value and influence. Even with five billion monthly page views, the “front page of the Internet” still isn’t profitable. This could help.

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Nokia Makes HERE Maps Available To All Android Users

Nokia’s HERE Maps app, which had previously just been available for Samsung Galaxy Android phones is now available to all Android users. However it’s not in Google Play; users have to download it directly from the HERE site. In order to install the HERE app, you’ll need to go into…



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Google Makes Conversational Search Even More Intelligent by @mattsouthern

The Google Search app on your smartphone is probably not the first place you would turn to when planning a trip, but that may no longer be the case after today’s announcement regarding conversational search. Google has upgraded its conversational search functionality with new features that aim to make it easier for people to plan things. Here is an overview of the new features: Location-based conversational search — search for locations near you by asking something like “Ok Google, show me restaurants near my hotel”. You don’t even have to use the hotel name if the reservation info is stored […]

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Bing Ads Makes Combined Tablet-Desktop Targeting Official

Desktop and tablets are now united across paid search — with one caveat. Bing Ads has officially combined tablet and PC targeting in search campaigns on the platform, following on Google’s move to do so last year with the introduction of Enhanced Campaigns. Bing Ads announced the…



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Bing Ads Makes Close Variants On Exact Match Permanent In U.S.

That test didn’t last long. A month ago, Bing Ads announced that it would test close variants on exact match in the U.S. As of yesterday, the switch has been flipped and close variants on exact match keywords are here to stay. Close variants include search queries that are close but not exact…



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The Bash Bug Makes Every Mac Vulnerable; Here’s How To Patch It

Apple is aware of the bash “Shellshock” bug that affects OS X users, and issued a statement to say that the “vast majority” of Mac users should remain unaffected.

See also: How To Detect And Patch This Big, Bad Unix Bash Shellshock Bug

Bash, which stands for Bourne Again SHell, is a command-line interpreter that runs on Unix, Linux, and Apple computers. OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 shipped with Bash version 3.2, one of the seven versions of Bash vulnerable to the Shellshock bug.

To test if you are vulnerable, you can search for the Terminal program on your computer and input env X=”() { :;} ; echo vulnerable” /bin/sh -c “echo stuff” to be sure. If your computer responds “vulnerable, stuff” you can guess what that means.

As evident in the screenshot, my version of bash is vulnerable to the bug—or at least it was, before I patched it (more on that in a minute). However, if you’re not the kind of person to mess around with advanced Unix options, Apple says the vast majority of Apple users shouldn’t worry about being vulnerable.

The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities,” an Apple spokesperson told iMore. “Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users.”

How To Patch Bash 3.2 On OS X

But what if you are an advanced Unix user? Or just a little too paranoid to take Apple at its word? If you’ve got some familiarity with the command line and a some time on your hands, you can patch bash on your own.

First, make sure you have Apple’s Xcode developer tool installed. You can check by typing “xcodebuild” into Terminal anywhere. If it says something like “xcodebuild: error: The directory X does not contain an Xcode project,” then you already have it. If it says “Command not found,” you need to download it

Second, you’ll want to make sure you actually are using bash version 3.2. To find out, type this into Terminal anywhere:

bash –version

If you get version 3.2.51, the default that comes with OS X, you’re all set to follow these instructions to manually upgrade to the patched version, 3.2.52.

The following are instructions from Wonder How To with additional information added for potential pitfalls. In order, you’ll want to type these commands into your Terminal window.

mkdir bash-fix

cd bash-fix

curl https://opensource.apple.com/tarballs/bash/bash-92.tar.gz | tar zxf -

cd bash-92/bash-3.2

curl https://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/bash/bash-3.2-patches/bash32-052 | patch -p0

cd ..

sudo xcodebuild

Troubleshooting

If you downloaded XCode specifically to patch bash and this is your first time using it, you will be prompted to input your password and then to agree with its terms of service by typing “agree” into Terminal. Instead of dealing with that during the fix, you may want to just type “sudo xcodebuild” anywhere in order to get it to prompt you for that stuff in advance. 

If the commands that begin with “curl” are taking a very long time, as in more than twenty minutes (like in the screenshot above) this probably means they are about to time out. It’s not abnormal; it’s probably because a lot of people are working on implementing this patch. 

If that happens to you, go into Finder and find the “bash-fix” folder in your main directory. Delete the folder, empty the trash, and then go back into Terminal to restart the patch process again. 

Ideally, Apple will come out with a patch you can just download soon because this is a lot of work. But I feel a lot better seeing a blank response in Terminal when I check for bash vulnerabilities. 

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Cortana Makes Her Way to Windows 9

Microsoft will bring the digital assistant to desktop users in an effort to provide a more “mobile”-like experience on all platforms.

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Wink Relay Makes Walls Smarter With New Touchscreen Panel

This sci-fi wall panel has nothing on Wink’s new Relay wall console.

ReadWriteHome is an ongoing series exploring the implications of living in connected homes.

Wink has been busy. After having introduced its wallet-friendly Hub a few months ago, the smart-home upstart backed by Quirky and GE already has another new offering: a touchscreen wall console called Wink Relay.

This futuristic beauty looks way better than the dingy wall-mounted panel Bruce Willis had to contend with in The Fifth Element, and it’s smarter too. Relay acts like mission control for your Wink-powered smart home. It’s sort of like having another smartphone clinging to your plaster, one that just runs the Wink mobile app. That’s all it needs. 

The wall panel’s 4.3-inch multi-touch display features big finger-friendly icons that let users trigger tasks or switch modes. From here, you can activate lights and kick on the heater at night or open blinds and turn on the AC during the day. 

Why not just use the Wink app on your smartphone? Relay offers one more point of access to Wink’s bevy of smart-home products—one you don’t have to track down or keep charged. Plus, it offers nifty extras like programmable hardware buttons and sensors that can detect your proximity, ambient temperature and humidity. Plans are in the works to integrate a speaker and microphone, to turn the wall panel into a full-blown intercom too.

Best part: You can set it up yourself, no technician needed (though Wink recommends professional installation, which makes sense if you’re afraid to touch your home’s wiring). The included adaptor locks onto standard light switch panels, making installation a breeze. Preorders open today for $300, available on Amazon, and will be offered from The Home Depot’s website as well. Wink plans to ship the Relay by Thanksgiving.

In related news, Wink also issued an update for its mobile app and announced it will work with products from Google’s Nest Labs, as well as devices from other smart home device makers Gilmour and Linear. In total, Team Wink encompasses nearly 20 companies, covering about 100 devices. 

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