U.S. Customs Fails to Delete Personal Data After Electronic Searches at Border, Watchdog Says

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Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) searched through the electronic devices of more than 29,000 travelers coming into the country. CBP officers sometimes upload personal data from those devices to Homeland Security servers by first transferring that data onto USB drives—drives that are supposed to be…

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Microsoft Teams' massive growth puts it ahead of Slack

In brief: When it comes to collaborative chat apps, Slack is one of the most popular options available, but the platform is languishing in the face of Microsoft Team’s growing popularity. According to a new survey, the Redmond firm’s software is now the second most-used chat app for businesses—a result of its massive growth over the last couple of years.

The report comes from IT network Spiceworks, which surveyed 901 organizations across the US and Europe. It found that the most popular collaborative chat app in the workplace is Skype for Business, which is used by 44 percent of participants. Next is Microsoft Teams with 21 percent, followed by Slack (15 percent), Google Hangouts (11 percent), and finally Workplace by Facebook, which is used by just 1 percent of those interviewed.

What’s most interesting here is Microsoft Teams’ monumental growth over the last 24 months. It jumped from 3 percent usage in 2016—the year it launched—to its current 21 percent. Slack, meanwhile, only grew 2 percent over the same period, while Hangouts fell by 5 percent.

“The sudden rise of Microsoft Teams is likely influenced by the fact that it’s available at no additional cost to Office 365 users,” said Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks. “Although Skype for Business has maintained the lead overall, Microsoft is putting more of an emphasis on Microsoft Teams as the default communications app for Office 365, which is enticing organizations to give it a try.”

Spiceworks predicts that Teams’ growth won’t slow down over the next couple of years. By the end of 2020, it’s expected to be used by 41 percent of organizations, while Slack is predicted to rise by just 3 percent. This is mostly because of Microsoft’s announcement that Teams would be the primary client for meetings and calling in Office 365 over Skype for Business.

While some see the rise of these collaborative chat apps as a threat to email’s existence, industry workers disagree. Only 16 percent of IT professionals who were surveyed believe chat apps will replace email within three to five years.

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Beyond Good and Evil 2 looks awesome in this 25-minute gameplay video

Highly anticipated: The thinking behind most open-world games these days seems to be: the bigger, the better. Judging from its most recent gameplay video, Beyond Good and Evil 2 adheres to this belief. Ubisoft’s upcoming title looks absolutely massive, and very promising.

The latest footage comes from Ubisoft’s fourth Space Monkey Report, which consisted of an hour-long livestream documenting the game’s ongoing development. It contained around 25 minutes of Alpha gameplay, and the company has compiled everything into a short YouTube video (above) that explains the most important elements.

We all know not to get too excited about a game after seeing early pre-release footage, but Beyond Good and Evil 2 is looking mighty impressive. Games such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 are making huge, open-world titles ever more popular, and it appears that BGaE 2 will be another one that swallows up many hours of your life as your travel through its star system.

Characters, equipment, and vehicles can all be customized, which adds new abilities. Combat, for example, can be enhanced using augments, making it appear very Mass Effect-like. You can also scan areas to discover enemies’ gear and abilities before attacking.

The game includes an online element where friends can drop in and out as they please. Best of all, you don’t have to stay close to them as you explore this universe.

All players get a sword, a gun, and a jetpack as their default equipment, and there are numerous flying vehicles that can be commandeered.

Seamlessly transitioning between ground combat to flying and then into space makes the game look like a technical marvel—you can even look down on a planet from orbit. Hopefully, the final version of the game will be as good as this video suggests. Sadly, no word yet on a possible release date.

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Meghan Markle breaks royal protocol with her nail polish because she's a rebel queen

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018.
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Meghan Markle is a breath of fresh air. Not only is she a women’s rights advocate, she’s also subtly but effectively bringing the royal family into the 21st century. 

The duchess’ surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards caused a bit of a stir on social media because her nail polish broke with royal tradition. 

Judging by the photos, Meghan opted for a black or rouge noir shade of nail polish to match her one-shoulder black gown. Per People magazine, black nail varnish is “a rare choice” for members of the royal family. The Queen’s go-to colour is Essie’s Ballet Slippers, which she’s been using 1989 when the royal hairdresser declared it “the only colour Her Majesty would wear.” 

We stan a rebel queen.

We stan a rebel queen.

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This long-overdue break with tradition caused a flurry of excitement on Twitter, with fans hailing her “a gorgeous rebel”. 

Keep up the good work, Meghan.

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James Corden and Sean Hayes dedicate a Christmas carol to actor Michael Rapaport for some reason

What are the holidays for if not for honouring the people you admire with presents and carols?

James Corden and Will and Grace star Sean Hayes teamed up in a sketch on The Late Late Show to dedicate a song to an actor whom Christmas is apparently “all about” for some reason; Michael Rapaport, star of Deep Blue Sea and Atypical on Netflix. 

What followed was a pretty glorious parody of “The Little Drummer Boy,” dedicated to Ra-pa-pa-port. 

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