RIP: Yik Yak

April 30, 2017

RIP.Image: Ronald Lizik/AP/REX/Shutterstock Yik Yak has been on its last legs for a while, and now the end is officially here. The anonymous, location-based messaging app that rose to popularity in 2014 will “begin winding down” over the next week, Yik Yak co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington wrote in a blog post Friday. Square yup, the Jack Dorsey-led payments company acquired some of the Yik Yak engineering team for $1 million. Unsurprisingly, Square didn’t want the …

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United Airlines CEO will testify on Capitol Hill

April 30, 2017

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz.Image: rick kern/Getty Images for United Airlines After his company dragged a man off an airplane, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz lost out on a seat as chairman of United’s board. Now, he has to go to Congress. Munoz will testify in front of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday, the committee announced Friday. Munoz will have to answer questions about the incident, which left doctor David Dao bloodied and battered, in a hearing …

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Acer’s Predator Triton 700 is a VR-ready gaming laptop that doesn’t scrimp

April 28, 2017

… largest PC maker in the world is still selling traditional laptops like the Swift 1 and Swift 3 with more subdued designs, but it’s making a bigger push with its Predator-branded gaming laptops. At its annual global press conference Thursday, Acer global CEO Jason Chen said the company’s Predator 21 X behemoth a laptop with a 21-inch curved screen, mechanical keyboard, eye-tracking sensors, dual Nvidia GTX 1080 GPUs, and more has been the most talked-about laptop in the last sixth …

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Inside the stealthy club for entrepreneurs who want to change the world

April 26, 2017

Guests board a helicopter bound for the Rockefeller Estate as part of the Kairos Society's global summit on April 20, 2017 in New York City.Image: Noam Galai/Getty Images for Kairos Society Im at a New York City heliport in a waiting room so packed with people that the obviously overwhelmed staff are struggling to move through the crowd to check everyone in. While the staff of Blade, the “Uber for helicopters” company, is used to a well-heeled crowd, the current group may be a …

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Snapchat wants to open millennials’ eyes to life in Baghdad

April 26, 2017

… Story for the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, Twitter users asked Snapchat why it showed only one side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Snapchat, two days later, created a Live Story for West Bank. Over the last two years, Snapchat has matured its news product. The company hired Peter Hamby back in April 2015 to serve as Snapchat’s first head of news. The former CNN national political reporter now helps lead a team dedicated to creating Our Stories. For example, Snapchat built a story around …

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‘What were not doing is putting a newspaper on Snapchat’ — New York Times joins Snapchat Discover

April 25, 2017

Image: the new york times Remember this date in history: April 24, 2017, The New York Times launched on Snapchat Discover. All the news thats fit to print will be transformed into an edition on Snapchat, going live at 6 a.m. every weekday starting Monday. Its a dramatic moment for one of the worlds oldest and most respected newspapers and news brands to dedicate resources to a young app. SEE ALSO: Facebook to developers: Help us destroy Snapchat For Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, its …

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What Sheryl Sandberg can teach you about loss, grief, and resilience

April 25, 2017

… disarmingly honest. Rightly or wrongly, people have come to expect that level of intimacy when a public figure brands their personal experiences, which is what may have lead to suspicion about Sandberg’s motives. That wariness isn’t helped by the glaring blindspots on display in her first book, Lean In, a tome on workplace equality that didn’t truly grasp the nature of women’s challenges outside of corporate boardrooms. Sandberg also happens to help lead the tech company …

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How to use Undo Send in Gmail

April 23, 2017

… no one need know about these embarrassing mistakes. Because that’s right, you can actually take an email back. Sort of. Image: Google The feature rolled out to the general public in 2015, and allows people with a Gmail account to set a window of time either 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds during which the sender can quickly retract a decision to fire off any particularly ill-conceived company-wide emails. The SUPER IMPORTANT PART is that you have to turn the feature on before you send that …

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MashTalk: Facebook’s sci-fi future, Samsung Galaxy S8 review and more

April 22, 2017

Image: Lili Sams/Mashable Facebook clearly has big, long-term ambitions, and this weekwe learned just how big. At its annual F8 developer conference, the company let us take a peek into its future technologies, some of them pretty far out in every sense. On this week’s MashTalk, the team discusses Facebook’s big announcements and what they mean for its users, not to mention the world at large. We’re joined by Apps Reporter Karissa Bell, who attended F8 to watch the events …

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It’s the worst possible time for ‘Girlboss’ on Netflix

April 22, 2017

… into an ecommerce success story with $300 million in sales, filed for bankruptcy in November. Before that, the company had two rounds of layoffs and was hit with a lawsuit alleging the site fired women when they got pregnant. On the fashion side of things, the once edgy site faced a slew of more affordable, teen-friendly competitors like Tobi and Missguided. Weeks before the show debuted, the similarly buzzy (albeit style-wise, very different) ModCloth was bought by the less-than-feminist …

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This video-streaming service is trumping Netflix and Amazon Prime in India

April 21, 2017

… Image: HOTSTAR SCREENGRAB Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, however, have given sports programming a total miss and they might live to regret that. Last September, Amazon was reportedly bidding for the digital rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL), an insanely popular cricket league that crossed 100 million viewers on Hotstar, but the Seattle-based company lost out on that. At the launch of Prime Video in India last December, a top Amazon official told Mashable, We know that India is a …

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Coding Autism wants to diversify the tech industry with autistic talent

April 20, 2017

… intrinsic attention to detail and fascination with repetitive tasks, according to Coding Autism. “I think a lot of autistic people like to do coding because it keeps your mind going,” one program participant said in the video. “It gives you something to do that’s new and fun and exciting.” Coding Autism is crowdfunding to completely cover the tuition for the inaugural class of 15 students. At the time of writing, the company has raised almost $40,000 of its $50,000 …

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Everything you need to know about what Facebook announced at F8

April 20, 2017

Day 1 at Facebook’s annual F8 conference was filled with enhancing the present. Day 2 was all about setting the vision for the future, and things got weird. The company also stated a new goal to “create and ship new, category-defining consumer products that are social first, at scale.” New Surround 360 cameras Image: facebook Facebook began by announcing two new 360-degree developer cameras, the x24 and the x6, which will join the company’s Surround 360 line that …

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Netflix expects to hit 100 million subscribers this weekend

April 19, 2017

Image: Getty Images Nearly 10 years after Netflix began offering online streaming of movies and TV shows, the company says it’s all set to hit the 100-million subscribers mark. SEE ALSO: After bagging Shah Rukh Khan, Netflix nears deal with Aamir Khan The California-based company says it expects to hit the milestone this weekend. “Its a good start,” the company wrote (PDF) to shareholders at the earnings call for the first quarter of 2017. Netflix added nearly five million …

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Here’s what happens to us when we have an epiphany

April 19, 2017

… you’re in good company. To win the game, it turns out, all participants had to do was guess a lower number than their opponent. “If you think of it that way, the obvious strategy is to pick zero, because zero is always going to be the smallest number,” Krajbich explained. Participants played the game 30 times in a row, always against a new opponent. For 42 percent of the participants, a light bulb flipped on at some point. Eye tracking data showed a sudden change in their …

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SeatGeek spends $56 million on TopTix, will now handle ticketing for Buckingham Palace

April 19, 2017

Buckingham Palace, powered by SeatGeek.Image: James D. Morgan/REX/Shutterstock SeatGeek is serious about defeating Ticketmaster. The ticketing platform just spent $56 million on the ticketing tech company TopTix. SeatGeek paid for that acquisition by raising $57 million in its own Series D funding round. Before this round, SeatGeek had already raised over $100 million in funding. TopTix is an Israeli company, and a lot of its technology is used internationally. The tech company handles …

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United booted an engaged couple headed to their wedding in Costa Rica

April 17, 2017

… airline said it changed a company policy and will no longer allow crew members to displace customers who are already aboard the plane. But United is hardly done putting out PR fires. Enter Amber Maxwell and Michael Hohl of Park City, Utah. On Saturday, the couple had flown from Salt Lake City to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, where they boarded a connecting flight to Liberia, Costa Rica. The bride and groom said they were the last to board the plane, which was half-full. As …

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Marchionne Halts Unrealistic Merger Dreams for Fiat Chrysler

April 16, 2017

… the carmaker isn’t “desperate” to find a partner and would only consider a combination if it makes the company stronger. Still, Marchionne is looking for cooperation agreements to share investments in technology and reduce costs. Fiat Chrysler, the first major carmaker to start a self-driving venture with Google, is continuing to discuss expansion of the project and may announce a new technology partnership by the end of the year, he said. Marchionne reiterated his successor …

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Ban on council park fun run fees proposed in England – BBC News

April 15, 2017

… free weekly event for the use of a public park, overturning our long standing convention of free access to parks for their everyday use.” Parkrun, a not-for-profit company which organises free, weekly, timed runs around the world, began life in 2004 with an event in Teddington, south-west London. How did Parkrun become a global phenomenon? Olympic Gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes was among those who condemned the decision by Stoke Gifford Parish Council’s to charge Parkrun …

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Atlanta Braves begin new ballpark chapter at SunTrust Park

April 15, 2017

… NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS club Atlanta United. That venue, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is scheduled to open this summer. While one stadium construction started in downtown, the Braves started their plans. In September 2013, the franchise created Braves Real Estate Development, LLC, the real estate holding company established by and operated as a subsidiary of the team. The Braves authorized BRED to acquire various parcels of property to build the …

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There’s a new Chrome extension to help you boycott United Airlines

April 15, 2017

… Airlines legging mess The company issued a series of statements following the incident, which didn’t exactly come off as apologetic, and the internet, again, roasted them for it. United then released a full apology, but two days later after the company’s stock tanked. If that apology wasn’t enough and you’re still pissed at United, someone created a chrome extension, called Drop United, that’ll help you continue to boycott the airline. Adding the chrome extension …

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The Switch is Nintendo’s fastest selling console ever

April 14, 2017

… everyone who wants a system is able to buy one, and more systems are continually being shipped.” This sounds vaguely and unnervingly familiar (sorry NES Classic fans), though we’ve got at least a solid five months left to Switch’s lifespan if today’s events are any indication. We should be getting clearer, worldwide sales figures directly from Nintendo later this month alongside the company’s fiscal-year earnings release. WATCH: Nintendo has reinvented the party …

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This company wants to market your emotions through GIFs

April 14, 2017

… to a friend. So you jump into iMessage and look to send off a GIF that communicates your feelings. Perhaps you would have picked LeBron up there. Or perhaps you’d pick something from a company that paid Tenor to be associated with an emotion like “what the hell?” Tenor has focused on mobile communications since day one, giving Tenor an unmatched dataset that enables us to understand shared sentiment, day in and day out as well as around big cultural events, said David McIntosh, …

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How to be a persuasive leader (hint: it’s about the ‘moment before’)

April 13, 2017

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George R.R. Martin is ‘outraged’ by those United videos

April 12, 2017

… outrage (and financial losses) at the airline. George R. R. Martin is pissed at United. Image: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Martin included a fake ad Jimmy Kimmel aired on his late-night show Monday that dragged United hard. After re-sharing the video, Martin said he was “outraged” by the footage and even more upset by the “mealy-mouthed corporate bullshit” the company and CEO put out. The fantasy author harkened back to days when passengers were treated as paying …

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StubHub doesn’t want you to go to concert alone anymore

April 12, 2017

… dot-com company, has dedicated its last year and a half to social and mobile features. CEO Scott Cutler joined StubHub in April 2015 with the goal of making the site more fun and connected. Mats Nilsson, StubHub’s head of product who has worked at the company for the last six years, has helped lead that change. “Before we were focused on access and choice. We were the first ones with electronic delivery,” Nilsson said. “We’re never going to forget our history… …

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