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Billionaire banking heir Matthew Mellon dies in rehab facility

Matthew Mellon, a banking heir, has died, a representative for his family said in a statement.  (Fox Business) Banking heir and cryptocurrency bigwig Matthew Mellon has died, a representative for his family said in a statement. Mellon, an early backer of global settlement network Ripple, was the ex-husband of Jimmy Choo guru Tamara Mellon and of designer Nicole Hanley, his second wife. A rep said in a statement: “Billionaire Matthew Mellon, 53, died suddenly in Cancun, Mexico, where he was attending a drug rehabilitation facility. Mellon made his fortune in cryptocurrency, turning a $2 million investment into $1 billion. He is survived by his three children, Force, Olympia and Minty. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this very painful time.” Mellon, a former chair of the N...

Facebook stops fighting California Privacy Act

When your CEO just faced a grilling by the Senate over a lack of privacy and data protection, it looks pretty bad if a company continues to fight against new privacy laws. So it will come as little surprise that Facebook has decided to no longer fight to block the proposed California Consumer Privacy Act. The Privacy Act being proposed would empower anyone in the state to tell businesses not to share or sell their personal data, give them the right to know what personal information is collected about them, and offers protections for consumers “who are victims of negligent business practices resulting in security breaches of data.” All of which don’t help a company like Facebook, which profits from having a lot of freedom to collect and use your data. As Engadget reports, ...

New foam armor for tanks can pulverize enemies

A revolutionary new material called Composite Metal Foam, or CMF, can pulverize enemy rounds and could even be used as an armor to protect tanks and other combat vehicles. Believe it or not, this breakthrough foam may provide greater protection than traditional armor steel plates. It is also far lighter than current armor. How much lighter? This foam has the potential to dramatically reduce the armor weight on combat vehicles by about 65 percent. MARINES’ ULTRA-POWERFUL HEAVILY-ARMED MEGA-DRONE WILL DEVASTATE ENEMIES OF THE US This is a discovery with potential to revolutionize future tanks and armored vehicles. Tests continue to prove that this foam not only stops rounds, but it can smash the would-be armor piercing rounds into smithereens.  (U.S. Army) In addition to defending agai...

Facebook reconsiders ‘unsafe for community’ tag on pro-Trump Diamond and Silk videos after Fox & Friends appearance

Facebook is reconsidering classifying videos produced by Diamond and Silk, two of President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters, as “unsafe to the community” after the dynamic duo went on Fox News’ morning show asking why the embattled social media giant had labeled them as such. In a statement to Fox News, a Facebook spokesperson said: “We are aware of this issue. We are reaching out to the creators of Diamond & Silk to try and resolve this matter.” After being deemed “unsafe to the community” by Facebook’s public policy team, Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson went on Fox & Friends and said they were provided with no reason why their videos were labeled as unsafe. HOW MUCH DOES FACEB...

Speed up Internet, find forgotten passwords, convert VHS tapes, and more

You have to be careful about the programs you delete because other programs might require a seemingly useless piece of software to operate. Accelerate Internet Q: I heard you say on your national radio show that you can double your Internet speed by making one change and it has nothing to do with paying for more bandwidth. Can you please tell me more? That sounds terrific to me! A: I’m glad you caught that, and yes, there is a setting that you could change to speed things up. Before you dive in, there are some caveats: First, the setting might not work as you expect in the beginning. Fiddling with your Internet settings is all about trial and error. Second, there are lots of ways to improve your Internet speed which is also simple and relatively easy to test. Click here to get the scoop on...

5 incredibly useful tools for your digital spring cleaning

Cookies are like the gunk in your roof gutters: you can’t see them, but they’re there, clogging everything up and keeping your computer from running fluidly.  (Reuters) Spring has traditionally meant cleaning, organizing and mops. But in our increasingly high-tech households, your hard drive, phone or tablet may need as much attention as your broom closet and stove. It’s not just stuff. Your privacy needs a cleanup too. You’d be shocked at how much Google tracks you, including when and where you have been. Click here to see how much Google knows about you and how to remove the data. Here are five tools that can help you organize your virtual (and real) environments. 1. Clean up your browser Cookies are like the gunk in your roof gutters: you can’t see them, but they’re there, clogging ever...

Google snubbed Easter with no doodle for 18th year in a row, Christians say

Google faced new backlash for showing a plain homepage on Easter Sunday yet again. For the 18th year in a row, Google has no doodle to celebrate Easter, and Christians are angry on this holy day. Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars editor-at-large, tweeted Sunday about Christianity’s most joyful day: ‏”So Google has a doodle for every obscure ‘woke’ person/event imaginable, but nothing for Easter? #EasterSunday” James Woods retweeted it, saying: “They loathe Christians. Plain and simple.” The search giant did find room to celebrate April Fool’s Day — by inserting a “Where’s Waldo?” game into Google Maps. Many took to Twitter with jokes about Google’s erasure of Easter, which celebrates Christianity’s core belief — that Jesus rose from the dead following crucifixion. Lots of users sent snarky twee...

Cancer-fighting robots, hacked tax returns, dumping old PCs and more: Tech Q&A

File photo.  (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel ) Stop Robocalls Q: Is there anything that I can do to stop the annoying robocalls promising me free cruises, vacations, and scams? A: It’s hard to ignore a robocall because we are trained to respond to every single phone call. Sometimes we can ignore those calls; we don’t recognize the number and we don’t know anyone in, say, Kalamazoo. Other times, the number looks familiar, and we decide to pick up, walking into the robocaller’s trap. Even if you never answer a robocall, the endless vibration in your pocket can drive you bonkers. Luckily, there are ways to terminate those robocalls, and that technique includes old-school telemarketers as well. Click here to learn the best ways to stop robocalls for good. More on this… Nanorobots Fight Cancer Q: ...

Marines’ ultra-powerful heavily-armed mega-drone will devastate enemies of the US

Marines to deploy powerful mega-drone Defense Specialist Allison Barrie has the inside scoop on a new heavily armed, incredible thinking drone – one that can conduct missions on its own without a human operator – which may soon hit the skies to keep Marines safe. Armed to the teeth with an array of powerful, destructive weapons, an incredible thinking drone may soon hit the skies to keep Marines safe. The Marine Corps is aiming to build a revolutionary drone called MUX (Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System-Expeditionary). The MUX will terrify enemies of the United States, and with good reason. The aircraft won’t be just big and powerful: it will also be ultra-smart. This could be a heavily armed drone that takes off, flies, avoids obstacles, adapts and la...

Facebook thinks it knows whether you’re liberal or conservative: Here’s how to find out

Facebook is facing a backlash on two continents from users, advertisers and lawmakers for having allowed Cambridge Analytica to allegedly amass information on 50 million of its users. The company’s core business that powers around $4 billion in monthly revenue is monetizing everything you do on Facebook to serve its advertisers. However, users may not know that the powerful social network already has an opinion about your political leanings — and it’s fairly easy to find out what Mark Zuckerberg’s company thinks of your political preferences. Hidden in plain sight under Ad Preferences is a section called Your Information. If you click on that tab, you’ll see an option for Your Categories, which contains a section called US Politics — in parentheses, Facebook will have you labeled as Very L...

Apple’s Tim Cook calls for regulation on data, says Facebook incident is ‘dire’

Apple CEO Tim Cook called for stronger privacy regulations to prevent the abuse and misuse of data on Saturday in the aftermath of the leak of Facebook user information. Speaking at the annual China Development Forum in Beijing, which he co-hosted, Cook called for “well-crafted” regulations to prevent the information of users being put together and then utilized in ways that they did not know about or approve of. Cook’s statement will add to the mounting scandal hitting Facebook, which has pushed its stock price down 14 percent, and the growing pressure on co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to testify in public and overhaul its privacy protocol with app developers following revelations that his company allowed a firm paid by the Trump campaign, Cambridge Analytica, to amass personal data on 50 mil...

Intel teases chip redesign to stop Meltdown, Spectre flaws

File photo: SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 16: The Intel logo is displayed outside of the Intel headquarters on January 16, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images) Intel’s long-term fix for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws will involve a chip redesign that introduces “protective walls” around a PC’s sensitive data. “We have redesigned parts of the processor to introduce new levels of protection through partitioning,” Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich said in a Thursday blog post. “Think of this partitioning as additional ‘protective walls’ between applications and user privilege levels to create an obstacle for bad actors.” In January, Krzanich discussed “silicon-based chan...

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