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Create a Gorgeous Data Viz Book of Everything You Do in a Year with the Gyroscope App

Android, iOS: You may be right to view apps or services that promise to “track your entire life” with suspicion. What does a company do with that data? Do you really need something to catalog every place you go, every photo you take, and every mood you feel?Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Your Health Insurance Company Probably Knows More About You Than You Realize

Health insurers are interested in your data, according to a recent ProPublica report, and they may be using it to raise rates or to discriminate against groups of people—but it’s hard to know, since companies got squirrelly when asked exactly what they’re doing with the data they collect.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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These Data Sets Are Just Waiting for Your Next Creative Project

Artificial intelligence isn’t just for scary algorithms poised to take over our lives—it can also be a fun thing to play with, as we learned when we trained a computer to generate Lifehacker headlines. But you can’t play until you have some good data sets to start with.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Should You Sign Up for the Massive ‘All of Us’ Medical Research Study?

The National Institutes of Health are trying to recruit one million people to share their health data for a long-term, wide-ranging study. “The next great breakthrough will be found in each and every one of us,” gushes an ad aimed at potential participants, “and what we find there will unlock mysteries, heal the sick,…Read more… […]

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Your Internet Use Has a Carbon Footprint, Too

We’re so used to using computers and phones that they feel like an extension of our brains—it’s not just me, right? A Google query comes back as fast as a thought, and the information at my fingertips feels intangible like the information in my brain. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The Golden State Killer Suspect’s DNA Was in a Publicly Available Database, and Yours Might Be Too

Remember when we all got a little creeped out that genetic testing companies can be forced to turn over your data to law enforcement? Ah, those were simpler times. Police found the man suspected of being the Golden State Killer this week thanks in part to a relative’s sample in a publicly available DNA database. […]

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What to Do If Your Smartphone’s Voice Call Quality Sucks

There are lots of ways to stay in touch with friends and family using your smartphone, but the classic phone call is still the method of choice for plenty of people. Unfortunately, call quality hasn’t exactly kept up with the digital revolution, leading to muddled conversations—sometimes even on high-end smartphones.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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YouTube launches new, low data application in 130 countries

YouTube intends to make big moves as 2018 commences, with the launch of their new application YouTube Go. The video streaming giant is introducing it’s newest product in 130 countries after a successful beta test in India last year and an ensuing trial run in 14 additional countries. YouTube Go provides a redesigned version of YouTube’s mobile interface […]

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Google Fi’s New “Bill Protection” is Perfect if You Only Want an Unlimited Plan Sometimes

For the past few years, Google Fi has existed as a nice, cheap alternative to regular carriers thanks to its $10/GB pay-as-you-go pricing scheme. But with the return of unlimited data in 2017, Google Fi looks a lot less attractive. Now the company is finally firing back.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Turn Last Year’s Google Calendar Into an Annual Report 

I’m a big fan of year-in-review charts and graphs, like Spotify’s 2017 Wrapped, or even designer Nicholas Feltron’s personal annual reports. Here’s another good one: Analyze your calendar with the Year in Review tool from the makers of iPhone calendar app Pod. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How Online Dating Is Making U.S. Marriages Stronger and More Diverse

Once upon a time, we would only marry people we were somehow already connected to in our social circles. But since the advent of online dating, things have changed. Now, people are creating social links that were previously nonexistent, interracial marriage is on the rise, and married couples who met online are more…Read more… Continue […]

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Keep Your Personal Data Out of Google Search (Or Not)

Google’s been making strides toward the creepy over the past few weeks. Last week the company figured out how to tie real-world credit card transactions to its own advertising network to further its ad platform effectiveness. This week, Google has started experimenting on some user’s search pages: they’ll take your…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Your Cancer Risk Depends, in Part, on Where You Live

Of every 100,000 Americans, 451 of us will get cancer in a given year. But that varies depending on where you live: some counties have higher cancer rates than others. And those rates match up pretty well with this map of environmental quality, which you should check out now—because it may be the last of […]

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