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ExtremeTech explains: All about the dark web, and how to use it

If you’ve paid any attention to online marketplaces for illegal goods like the now-defunct Silk Road or the FBI’s investigations into criminal in cyberspace, chances are you’ve heard the term “dark web.” Curious about what it means? You’ve come to the right place. The dark web is sometimes called onionland because of its content accessible only using services like Tor. The rest of the internet is simply referred to as the clearweb, since it isn’t generally encrypted. How does the dark web work? The dark web works just about the ...

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Meet the weaponized propaganda AI that knows you better than you know yourself

Is it worse to be distracted by irrelevant ads, or to be monitored closely enough that the ads are accurate but creepy? Why choose? (Why not Zoidberg?) One company called Cambridge Analytica has managed to apply what some are calling a “weaponized AI propaganda machine” in order to visit both fates upon us at once. And it’s all made possible by Facebook. Cambridge Analytica specializes in the mass manipulation of thought. One way they accomplish this is through social media, particularly by deploying “native advertising.” Otherwise known as sponsored content, ...

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Nvidia turns everything to 11 with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, GTX 1080 price cuts

Today at GDC, Nvidia announced its long-expected GTX 1080 Ti. The GPU, which has been rumored since at least the Nvidia Titan X’s unveil, is a potent upgrade compared to Nvidia’s previous top-end consumer card, the GTX 1080. The gap between the GTX 1080 Ti and the 1080 is one of the smallest we’ve seen Nvidia field. Like Titan X, the 1080 Ti is a GP102 design that relies on GDDR5X memory to hit its bandwidth targets. It’s a 12 billion transistor part, with 3584 cores, 224 texture units, and ...

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Samsung Galaxy S8 will probably let you change the navigation button order

You can usually recognize a Samsung phone, even from a distance. Well, or a phone that’s trying really hard to look like a Samsung phone. Starting with the Galaxy S3, Samsung standardized its button design with a large physical home button and two backlit capacitive navigation keys below the screen. The Galaxy S8 is expected to change that up with on-screen buttons, and you might even be able to change the order of them. While most Android phones have the back button to the left of home and an overview ...

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Here’s what it’s like to use a Windows 98 PC in 2017

Computers are much more advanced than they were even a few years ago, but of course we all like to complain about the dumb things they sometimes do. It’s easy to forget how clunky things used to be, though. Sometimes you have to remember where you came from to appreciate what you have, so one brave (and possibly foolish) YouTuber tried to use a late 90s PC running Windows 98 as a full-time machine. It works, but it’s also broken in some interesting ways. OldTech81 opted to use a computer ...

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Protect your online privacy with the 5 best VPNs

Ever get the feeling that someone is snooping on your web traffic? Well, that’s not just paranoia — there’s a decent chance that you’re really at risk. Be it a government agency, your ISP, your employer, or some busybody at your favorite coffee joint, it’s staggering to think about how many people could be watching you. Maintaining your online privacy can be particularly challenging in today’s environment, but taking your first step towards real privacy is relatively simple. Investing in a VPN is a smart choice right now, but the ...

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Roborace shows off its driverless race car at MWC

While most of the attention around autonomous vehicles has centered on “everyday drivers,” there is one effort that goes off in an entirely different direction. An offshoot of Formula E, Roborace aims to launch a parallel series of races conducted entirely without human drivers. The effort has taken longer than planned, but is getting closer to reality. At MWC in Barcelona this week, Roborace showed off the complete design of its first race car. Until now, it has been using awkward-looking “devbots” that have a seat for a driver to test ...

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SpaceX plans to send humans on lunar orbit mission in 2018

Human space exploration has been limited to low-Earth orbit ever since the end of the Apollo program, but SpaceX is looking to change that. Of course, we’ve known that for a while, but a new announcement from CEO Elon Musk pushed the timeline for humanity’s return to the moon up to next year. SpaceX plans to send a crewed Dragon capsule to orbit the moon in late 2018. SpaceX says the flight will include a crew of two private citizens who have paid a “significant deposit” to charter the mission. They basically ...

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Twitch will start selling PC games this spring, with streamers getting a 5% cut

Steam is currently the undisputed king of digital game distribution. Valve is about to get some new competition, though. Game streaming platform Twitch (an Amazon company) will begin selling PC games directly this spring. Twitch will enlist its legion of game streamers to promote game sales on the platform by offering a cut of the sales to streamers. Twitch could become more of a money-printing machine than it already is. There’s no question that Steam is the most popular game distribution service, but there are already competitors. There’s the Humble ...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: finally a worthy successor to the Note 10.1

For those of us who rely on using an Android tablet for serious note-taking, it has been a sad last couple years. There hasn’t been a really good 10-inch Android tablet (or really even 8-inch tablet) with an active stylus since the Samsung Note 10.1 2014 edition. As much as I love my Note 2014, it’s stuck running Android 5.1.1, and is getting long in the tooth on some of its specs. Finally, Samsung has decided to do something about it. At MWC it announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. ...

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