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 Your Snap Map is essentially a virtual map populated by your …

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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 two announced the collaboration, which will initially give Samsung …

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The 2018 Olympics will have Intel all the way inside

June 22, 2017

… drones that fly in sync with each other International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said during a press conference that adding Intel to the membership committee is part of the Olympics’ new reform program and a way to thrust the games into the digital age. “People are living digital lives,” said Bach. “We have to go where they are in their digital reality, not just watching and following the Olympic games, but being a part of it.” The tech giant plans to …

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Trump called on tech giants and most of them came

June 20, 2017

President Donald Trump wants to modernize government systems, and he is asking the CEOs of the world’s largest tech companies for help. Many executives, like those at Apple, Amazon, and Google, are listening and offering their words of wisdom, while others, like Facebook, appear to be keeping their distance at least publicly. SEE ALSO: Former Twitter chief likens Trump meeting to ‘waterboarding’ On Monday, tech leaders, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim …

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Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… user-friendly online ads space, those companies and other major platforms are each flexing their muscles in ways that could actually compel widespread changeblocker-equipped browsers, algorithmic vetting, and machine learning. Sounds great right? Who wouldn’t love to see fewer terrible ads? Well, without the Wild West, we’re left with just the corporate dystopia. And their show of force has already rattled publishers and ad tech firms, which are wary of the duopoly’s intentions …

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Inside the exclusive world of Tinder Select

June 18, 2017

… thing. But here’s the really bad news: according to McAlone, “Most of the Tinder Select members I’ve seen in the past worked in tech or in PR. Ugh. Those are NOT the kind of celebrities that dreams are made of. The real payoff with Tinder Select, it seems, is the juiced up algorithm, which results in you getting a lot more matches. McAlone says, “It feels like some giant Cupid is sitting on your side of the scale.” Tinder, expectedly, has not commented on how it …

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There’s a serious problem with Twitter’s account security

June 17, 2017

"Hmm, that's not right."Image: BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES Adding an extra layer of security to your online accounts is a fundamental step to protect your digital life from hackers, but what’s the point if the new methods are just as vulnerable as the old ones? It’s a question some Twitter users are asking after discovering that the two-factor authentication on their accounts isn’t as secure as it seems. SEE ALSO: The software that could prevent ISPs from selling …

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New smart home designs will come with dead zone-free Wi-Fi and Alexa

June 16, 2017

You can now have a Wi-Fi network built right into your home.Image: Shutterstock / asharkyu The Wi-Fi Alliance, the non-profit organization that certifies Wi-Fi enabled products, is ready to usher in a new era of the smart homes. Traditionally, there have been no set standards for integrating a wireless network directly into home blueprints, unlike other essential utilities, such as plumbing and electricity. But as our houses continue to be filled with IoT appliances that depend on the internet, …

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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 producing a better-designed alternative at a …

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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 placements in Instant Articles. Any publisher can now insert ads in the related …

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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 WWDC welcomed developers and attendees from 75 countries around the …

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It’s time to get serious about editing tweets

June 4, 2017

When your tweets need surgery.Image: Lance ulanoff/mashable And thus he spoke: Covfefe. Its an embarrassing Twitter mistake, especially for a sitting President. Donald Trumps solution, after waking up and discovering he left this bizarre remark in the ether, was, ultimately, to delete the tweet. I bet he wished, like many of us on Twitter, that he could simply edit Tweets. SEE ALSO: Words with Friends adds ‘covfefe’ to its dictionary, ‘covfefe’ is officially dead I …

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In 2017, politics and tech are becoming inseparable

June 3, 2017

… the Russians’ This wasn’t a political rally or event, though. Clinton was headlining the Code Conference, an annual tech event where leaders from Silicon Valley and the greater tech world congregate, typically to talk about the latest innovations, ideas, and gadgets. Hastings gave probably the most middling support for net neutrality he could have. There’s no better recent example of this calculus than Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ wishy-washy stance on net neutrality. …

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A startup of totally not vampires is selling teenagers’ blood to the rich so that they might live forever

June 2, 2017

"This is totally normal. Really. Now be still while I drain you."Image: Gravity Images Growing old: It’s for the poors. Feasting on the vitality of the young in a scientifically questionable effort to live forever? That, friends, is for the tech elite. And if that just so happens to mean draining teenagers of their blood for rich old people, so be it. This is a brave-new world, and (the definitely-not-run-by-vampires) Ambrosia LLC is here to help the privileged, paying few …

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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 Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group …

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Amazon Alexa is now iCloud calendar compatible

June 2, 2017

Image:  TYLER ESSARY/MASHABLe If you use Amazon’s trusty AI, Alexa, for all your scheduling needs, we have some good news for you. Amazon announced on Wednesday that Alexa-compatible devices now finally support Apple’s iCloud calendars. While Alexa has previously synced with other major calendar services including Google Calendar, G Suite, Outlook, and Office 365 the AI assistant has been notably lacking integration with iCloud calendars … until now. With the update, …

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This ‘wizarding pub’ kickstarter will use tech to simulate magic

June 1, 2017

… prototypes I began wondering about what else from fantasy books is actually possible to make. What else has already been made? What could be adapted?” Cortland explained that he began to re-read fantasy books with an eye for how science, tech, design and the internet of things could be used to make the magic real. “I found that many magical elements already exist in some form, and with some alteration and great design, I could bring them together in an authentic and interactive …

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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 out Vi, a set of $249 Bluetooth running headphones with its own …

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Google’s AlphaGo is retiring after soundly beating world number one player

May 30, 2017

Image: DeepmINd/Youtube Sorry, human Go players, Google’s AlphaGo AI is just out of your league right now. At the Future of Go Summit event, held in Wuzhen, China from May 23-27, AlphaGo has won every single match, going 3:0 against human Go champion Ke Jie, and sweeping the floor with five human Go masters who teamed up against it. And just like the biggest champions, AlphaGo is retiring while on top. SEE ALSO: The king of Go is no longer a human According to Demis Hassabis, CEO and …

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Apple launches its first store in Southeast Asia

… It’s very lovely to be here, it’s like a shrine for Apple fans,” said Reyazuddin Shaik, a 40-year-old Singaporean, had been queuing up since 8 a.m. Image: ng yi shu/mashable Image: ng yi shu/mashable Apple’s launching the store in a region where Apple has faced immense competition with much cheaper Android alternatives, like Xiaomi, Oppo and Samsung. It’s also faced difficulties with trade regulations in Indonesia, that prevented the tech giant from …

May 28, 2017
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These new 3D scan fit helmets could make football safer

… NFL players, will use a new 3D head-scanning process on each player who wears its new Precision Fit headgear. To be sure there are other innovations in helmet tech, but unlike just about every other helmet design on the market, which use inflatable pads that are adjusted manually by handheld air pumps, the inside of the Precision Fit models have a custom-fit liner system made of “energy managing materials” built according to the personalized scan data of each player’s head. The …

May 28, 2017
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The iPhone 8 is rumored to embrace another brand new display detail

The iPhone 8's display could have the smartphone industry's favorite hot new aspect ratio.Image: lili sams/mashable Apple may follow in Samsung’s footsteps with its next iPhone in more ways than one. We’ve heard a ton about the switch to an OLED screen for the upcoming iPhone 8; it’s the most prevalent rumor in the whole bunch, with some extra legs due to a reported partnership with Samsung to supply the displays. Samsung uses OLED screens in its Galaxy S8 handsets, …

May 28, 2017
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Anita Borg Institute ends Uber partnership over Uber’s treatment of women

… South Korea. Kalanick promised to change things. Uber announced an investigation into the issue and brought on former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to run it. The report based on that investigation is yet to be released. Meanwhile, Uber has been trying to situate its own problems within the tech industry. An Uber recruiter in March blamed Uber’s problems on “systemic” sexism in tech, rather than Uber’s own issues. With all these problems surrounding treatment of women …

May 27, 2017
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Here’s a sneak peak into Southeast Asia’s first ever Apple store

Image: yvette tan/mashable Apple’s first destination in Southeast Asia? Singapore. The doors of the two-storey high store, which features a stunning glass facade spanning 120 feet, opened briefly on Thursday for a media preview into the store. SEE ALSO: Apple shares photos and video of its fancy new store in Dubai Inside, the store embodies the sleek designs Apple is well-known for. Image: YVETTE TAN/MASHABLE Image: YVETTE TAN/MASHABLE The stairs, leading up to the second …

May 27, 2017
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Facebook’s still buying up sports rights now including baseball

… its biggest addition yet. SEE ALSO: George W. Bush, unconcerned with politics, photobombs a sports reporter “Baseball games are uniquely engaging community experiences, as the chatter and rituals in the stands are often as meaningful to fans as the action on the diamond,” said Dan Reed, Facebooks Head of Global Sports Partnerships, in a statement. By distributing a live game per week on Facebook, Major League Baseball can re-imagine this social experience on a national scale. tech …

May 19, 2017
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