A VidCon veteran reveals this year’s big takeaways

June 29, 2017

Image: brendan gahan People go to VidCon to take selfies with YouTube stars. For the last eight years, Ive gone to learn about the changing landscape and the future of video. What Woodstock was to music, VidCon is to digital video. Ive attended from the beginning, so Ive gotten to see the event mature from 1,400 people attending taking over the Hyatt Regency in LA into an influencer marketing epicenter…

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Facebook is releasing a new app for YouTube-like creators

June 25, 2017

Image: facebook Facebook wants more video, so it’s releasing a new app just for creators, the company announced at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday. SEE ALSO: Facebook is embracing YouTube-like stars as it pushes for more video It’s in part an update to Facebook Mentions, an app currently available to verified accounts on the social network, which includes celebrities, online influencers, and journalists. Mentions is where Facebook first…

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Sorry, but I feel kinda weird about ‘Snap Map’

June 24, 2017

It’s a curious thing being able to see the location of many of your friends, colleagues, lovers and even family members on a virtual map. But, that’s precisely what Snapchat’s new feature Snap Maps is offering up. And, honestly, this new feature released just a day ago has already turned me into a creepy lurker. SEE ALSO: Snapchat releases ‘Snap Maps,’ aka a way to stalk strangers and events nearby…

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MLB swings for the VR fences with Samsung, Intel partnerships

June 22, 2017

Image: mlb  Some media analysts are convinced VR video will soon be bigeven though most people still haven’t tried on a VR headset yet. That isn’t stopping players like Major League Baseball (MLB) from jumping into a new partnership with Samsung to provide users with all the baseball-related VR content they can handle. SEE ALSO: Step into the octagon with a live UFC fight in virtual reality On Wednesday, the…

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Uber cofounder laments culture problems, fails to mention key problem

June 21, 2017

Image: AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK It seems that one of Uber cofounders would like to apologize for the culture problems at Uber, except he forgot the word “apologize.” He also forgot to mention one of the drivers of the problem: the leadership, namely CEO Travis Kalanick. SEE ALSO: Uber drivers aren’t sweating Kalanick’s departure Garrett Camp, a cofounder of Uber who now serves as chairman, wrote a blog post on Medium Tuesday a…

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Inside the exclusive world of Tinder Select

June 18, 2017

Do you really want to be Select?Image: Getty Images The world first learned about the existence of Tinder Select earlier this year, but details have been hard to come by. Until now. Thankfully, Business Insider reporter Nathan McAlone managed to wrangle himself entrance into datings most exclusive club. And what he uncovered is…underwhelming. At least when compared to the VIP booth jammed with A-listers and unimaginably hot people that we’d…

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Is there such a thing as a high-fashion fitness tracker? Yes, yes there is.

June 15, 2017

Image: Withings Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. While you may be accustomed to fitness trackers looking like props from sci-fi movies, more and more companies are in the business of creating stylish wearables. Enter the Activit Steel by Withings. While the competition has grown since the company originally released their analog fitness tracker, no one has succeeded at…

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Apple gave us new Photos, Maps, and Siri: Check out what you missed at WWDC

June 6, 2017

Image: stephen lam/Getty Images June means one thing in the tech world: Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is here. Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the WWDC 2017 keynote speech earlier today in San Jose, California. From the highly anticipated Siri speaker to the new iOS, Cook gave Apple superfans a lot to look forward to in the months to come. SEE ALSO: Apple finally reveals its Siri-powered Amazon Echo killer…

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This dating apps wants to give you a space to meet your dates IRL

June 3, 2017

The IRL hive.Image: bumble Dating apps make it easy to connect with people, but what if they could also give you a place to meet up in the flesh? Bumble is doing just that. They’re opening an actual brick-and-mortar location in New York City for the month of June. It’s called The Hive, and its meant to give the apps users a place to mingle IRL. So what exactly is…

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I ran a half marathon with AI to test the future of trainers

June 1, 2017

AI assistants aren't quite ready for our high-level workouts.Image: Christopher Mineses/mashable I did something very dumb last weekend: I decided to challenge the limits of artificial intelligence and my own body on a 13.1-mile course to glory. My body held up fine but the AI couldn’t quite keep the pace, serving as yet another reminder that current AI tech still hasn’t caught up to the hype. I had been testing…

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Amazon is finally going to refund your kids’ unauthorized in-app purchases

May 31, 2017

If you've fallen victim to tap-happy kids, there may be some reliefImage: Newscast/REX/Shutterstock If you’ve been the victim of a tap-happy child who goes on a Candy Crush spending spree while you tried to just taste the sweet, sweet relief of a 10 minute nap, there’s more relief in sight. SEE ALSO: Your internet data is absolutely a national security issue The FTC announced on Tuesday that Amazon will begin…

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Coke’s new label in Romania is also a music festival wristband

Bottles of Coke could get Romanians into concerts this summer. The soda giant is printing detachable labels that double as festival wristbands to some of the country’s biggest musical events. SEE ALSO: Why Warren Buffett is the new face of Coca-Cola in China Not every bottle is a winner; drinkers have to use a special app to determine whether or not their package is a real ticket. But the company…

May 28, 2017
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One dating app makes you mind your manners to find love

Can this club keep the ghosts out for good?Image: INner Circle Its the ultimate dating dream: a place filled with top-notch single people who dont behave like assholes. One app thinks theyve cracked the code by insisting on good manners, but is it really that easy? Inner Circle wants to be your go-to place for finding decent human beings who you actually want to date. The app, which started in…

May 20, 2017
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Apple spotlights how accessible tech helps people with disabilities thrive

Meera Phillips types a message to friends on her iPad using text-to-speech technology.Image: Courtesy of Apple There’s something undeniably special in the way Meera Phillips looks at you when you speak. It’s as if your words are the only words that will ever matter, whether you’re talking about something silly or something serious. The 15-year-old knows the value of hearing what people say. That’s because she’s used to not being…

May 19, 2017
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Two major carmakers just added Android to their cars’ dashboards

Android Auto is coming to even more cars.Image: volvo/google Android is coming to your car and you won’t even need to bring your phone along for the ride. A year after Google teased the experience, Android-powered car infotainment systems are much closer to reality. Full Android integration is a step beyond Android Auto, where users can project car-specific versions of apps (like Maps) to a dashboard running some other software;…

May 17, 2017
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Facebook’s latest tweak could make using the mobile app way easier

Facebook's mobile app could be getting a streamlined new look.Image: lili sams/mashable The latest Facebook update could make it even easier for users to navigate through all of its extensive groups, pages, and feeds on the mobile app. The social network constantly tweaks its user experience to keep us sharing and liking all day it can’t afford for all of us to break away, after all. Some updates are major,…

May 16, 2017
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