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Amazon is rolling out its biggest Amazon Fire Phone update to date in hopes of attracting a new market and getting some people to take one of the millions of Fire Phone units gathering dust on its warehouse shelves.The new software will become available via an over-the-air update pushed by Amazon to the few Fire Phone users out there. The new features include the ability to translate text in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish and identify famous artwork in pictures using Amazon’s database of more than 2,000 pieces of art. Users will also have the ability to take their Best Shot, a feature that lets them choose among which three versions of one photo to retain.

Amazon has also added several new keyboard languages, the ability to disable SMS and MMS character counts and a feature that allows users to block unwanted phone numbers. Users can also now edit documents using the WPS Office app, which will come preloaded with the new update.

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BlackBerry is working with Boeing on development of the Boeing Black phone specifically for  government officials, or those who require the highest-level of security. The phone that’s in development would self-destruct if it were tampered with to any degree. Specifically, if the casing were tampered with the device would wipe all of the data that exists on the various drives. Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform.

 

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T-Mobile has agreed to spend at least $90 million in refunds to customers wrongfully billed for spam messages aka cramming. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has filed a lawsuit against the Un-carrier in July alleging it of profited millions of dollars from the practice. T-Mobile has agreed to settle the case by paying complete refunds to all clients who received unlawful charges for what carriers contact premium SMS, largely texts containing horoscopes, flirting tips and celebrity gossip, at times amounting to $9.99 a month. T-Mobile has to notify all clients eligible for refunds, including former shoppers who have switched to other carriers, and to inform them about the refund process in a “clear and conspicuous way.” The Un-carrier will also need to have to demand the express consent of buyers before sending them premium SMS and educate them how to block third-party solutions if they want not to receive any of them in the future.

The FTC has also reached a related settlement with AT&T to pay a total of $105 million in refunds and fines for the same practice. Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that a companion consumer bureau called the Consumer Economic Protection Bureau has filed a lawsuit against Sprint also for cramming.

 

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Facebook has removed Bing as its primary search engine. Will its own search tool

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Self-esteem

People who brag do tend to seem like they are in love with themselves, and in some cases, this might actually be true. Just as likely, however, is a person with low self-esteem who doesn’t feel great about a lot of things he or she has failed to accomplish. In the same way that telling a lie repeatedly might make a person start to believe it, bragging can be a way to overcompensate for a person’s perceived failures, drawing attention instead to the things that person considers worth bragging about.

To put it simply, people may brag because of the way they were brought up or to prove their value to others or simply to attract attention. Either way, it feels good to the person who is bragging, regardless of how true their claims are. This behavior still falls outside of social norms in most cases, however, and you may be better off impressing others with your modesty and kindness, rather than boasting about your life

Attention

Bragging may encourage a positive or negative response, based on the relationship you have with the person you are bragging to. Either way, however, it encourages a response, and some people are simply in it for the attention. In the same way that “look at the picture I colored” might get a group of adults to look at you as a child, those who brag about their money or their home as an adult might be seeking the same type of head-turning and acknowledgement.

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A rare, vintage, fully functional Apple-1 computer fetched $365,000 at an auction at Christie’s in New York City on Dec. 11. The PC is the only one out of the 60 Apple-1 computers to have documentation that it was sold straight from Steve Jobs.
The henry Ford museum paid $905,000.00 in Dearborn, Michigan earlier this year at a Bonhams auction for a similar Apple-1 computer. The Ricketts Apple-1, named after its original owner, was first purchased by Charles Ricketts in 1976 straight out of Steve Jobs’ garage in Los Altos, California. Included with the computer are the cancelled checks for his purchase from his neighbor’s budding business, including one dated July 27, 1976 for $600 with the label “Purchased July 1976 from Steve Jobs’ in his parents’ garage in Los Altos.” Another cancelled check for $193 with the label “Software NA Programed by Steve Jobs in 1976″ is dated August 5, 1976.

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