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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Sweaty strangers yell at each other in Twitter’s most honest ad campaign yet

June 28, 2017

Shaq engrossed in Twitter debate in a new ad.Image: twitter Twitter is notorious for its fight club atmosphere. More than any other social network, it’s a place where users don’t hold back in debating one another, whether they be the president of the United States or a blank avatar with five followers. While that environment can easily veer into harassment or intimidate prospective users, it has some upsides too. That’s…

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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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How I transitioned into the freelance economy

June 22, 2017

Image:  Vasylyna Halun/shutterstock Five years ago, I was one year into a salary writing job at a luxury fashion brand when it hit me: I was being grossly overpaid. You read right. I was overpaid. As a writer. In fashion. You can imagine my boss face whenat our monthly review I marched into his office, diligently listed out my responsibilitiesand informed him that I was being overpaid. Through the most…

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General election 2017: What caused Labour’s youth vote surge? – BBC News

June 17, 2017

Labour’s adverts had consistently been shared more widely by social media users, he said. Part of this appears to be down to the difference in tone of the adverts. While the Conservatives had almost entirely focused their adverts on the strength of Prime Minister Theresa May and the weakness of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s social media adverts had been more positive, seeking to emphasise that the party was building…

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The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City’s Youth

June 15, 2017

Little did the then 21-year-old youth worker know back in 1984 that his Aerosol Art Project at the Barton Hill Youth Center would go some way to shaping British and global street art over the coming years and decades. John Nation founded the project as a way to channel young people’s creativity in a positive and legal way. Here he is pictured painting at the center in the late 80s….

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We really need to talk about 3-on-3 basketball becoming an Olympic sport

June 11, 2017

Pickup hoops in Jersey City.Image: Julio Cortez/AP/REX/Shutterstock Three-on-three basketball is having a moment. On top of Ice Cube’s newly launched league for aging NBA folk heroes, the playground staple also just got added as an Olympic sport. That’s right 3-on-3 basketball will be at the Tokyo Games. We’re still picking our jaws up off the floor. And we have so many questions. Chief among them: Is this Good or Bad?…

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Facebook’s Instant Articles are getting more ads after publishers began to flee

June 9, 2017

Image: facebook The Guardian is out. So is The New York Times. SEE ALSO: Facebook is going to do something about those terrible ads on your website Facebook has failed to keep the two of the most reputable newspapers on board with Instant Articles, the publishing platform where articles are uploaded directly to the social network. But Facebook is not giving up. On Thursday, the social network added more ad…

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People are getting drunk for the Comey hearing because America cant be enjoyed sober anymore

June 8, 2017

Image: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Nothing says “good morning” in Trump’s America better than gathering at a bar with a bunch of strangers before 10 a.m. to drink Russian vodka and watch a Senate hearing … apparently. On this upcoming, beautiful Thursday, people all over America will wake up, get dressed in their end-of-week finest, and attend one of the many bar parties being thrown across the country for the sole…

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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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Google’s new London HQ may be the perfect office building

June 2, 2017

Image: HayesDavidson Unsurprisingly, Google is thinking big. SEE ALSO: Google Chrome is coming to VR with Google’s latest Daydream update After a long delay, the company has submitted plans for its proposed King’s Cross Campus in London, the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside the U.S. The massive 11-story building will comprise 1 million square feet longer than the Shard building is tall and has been designed by…

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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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What happened to Robert the smoking robot? – BBC News

June 1, 2017

“I won.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Robert was popular with children and could also – apparently – direct traffic The only remaining evidence for his existence are a selection of photographs and Robert himself disappeared from view after World War Two. Mr Lawson’s son David, an 84-year-old retired farmer, remembers “wires and gears, a maze of chains and electronics” inside the robot’s 10ft-tall frame. He said his father…

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20 Best Instagram Captions For Your Thirst Trap Photos

Summeris approaching, and that means youre going to be doing things like barbecuing, swimming and planning a few more outingswith your bestie. The warmer weather is just another excuse to keep your Instagram photos on point and with that comes gorgeous, glamorous thirst trap photos. What is a thirst trap? Im glad you asked. Giphy A thirst trap is a social media photo that you know, well before the likes…

May 25, 2017
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General Election 2017: The hashtags, likes and re-tweets battle – BBC News

Social media has become a big part of political campaigning, as parties find new ways to reach out to potential voters. Here I look at how Scotland’s parties are doing in the hashtags, likes and re-tweets battle? It’s all about you… On Facebook, Ruth Davidson has twice as many “likes” as the Scottish Conservative page, while Nicola Sturgeon also narrowly outstrips the official SNP page and, on a rather smaller…

May 22, 2017
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Dont Pass Go: AI Will Beat You at Pretty Much Everything

Earlier this month, in a paper published in Nature, Google DeepMind researchers revealed that theyve attained the holy grail of artificial intelligence game-playing: besting the European champion in the ancient Chinese game of Go. Go is deceptively simple: players put down black and white stones on points on a 19 x 19 gridded game board (thats 361 squares; smaller game boards are available for shorter games). The objective is to…

May 21, 2017
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Bulletin bets that online shopping brands still want storefronts

Image: bulletin What do you get when you cross a glossy fashion mag with a department store? That’s essentially the nonintuitive question Bulletin co-founders Ali Kriegsman and Alana Branston inadvertently answered as they formulated their Y-Combinator-backed startup. The pair originally set out to create a shoppable magazine an online publication that would showcase up-and-coming brands to potential customers. As that spark of an idea eventually evolved into the small chain…

May 19, 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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Amazon Echo is getting notifications for Alexa skills

Image: mashable Why, Amazon? Why?! In a move that’s sure to destroy your sanity, Amazon is giving Alexa one of the most hated features in the world: notifications. The company announced Alexa’s new Notifications feature on Tuesday, stating that the addition is “a way [for Alexa] to proactively signal new content is available from skills and domains.” Until recently, Alexa couldn’t speak or do anything until a user said the…

May 17, 2017
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Apple will host big-name musicians and high-profile workshops to kick off new program

Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images Apple is doubling down on its quest to turn its stores into more than just a stop on a shopping trip. The Cupertino giant unveiled a host of new programs on Tuesday meant to make its retail locations feel more like community gathering places of sorts. One of these moves is a new “Today” section on Apple’s website that will serve as a central hub for…

May 17, 2017
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