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

April 28, 2017

Acer's Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop is a gaming laptop through and through, from its aggressive design to its mechanical keyboard.Image: raymond wong/mashable Aggressive, sharp-cornered gaming laptops are back in style. While most PC makers have been content with chasing Apple with sleek laptops that sport unibody builds, soft corners, and minimalist designs, PC maker Acer is going in the opposite direction. SEE ALSO: Acer’s huge, 10-pound gaming laptop is VR-ready The sixth …

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Games for Change highlights impactful VR projects with its new summit

April 28, 2017

A visitor plays a computer game holding virtual reality glasses at the independent and alternative games event A Maze.Image: Clemens BILAN/EPA/REX/Shutterstock The social change-driven organization Games for Change is expanding from video games into virtual reality with the VR for Change Summit at its annual Games for Change Festival this year, featuring VR projects that impact the way we learn and shape the way we view the world. The VR for Change Summit is focusing entirely on virtual …

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Amazon wants to rate your outfit, and that should worry you

April 27, 2017

… discover new brands and styles inspired by your lookbook.” In this case, the lookbook is a digital collection of “what you wore and when.” With Style Check, Amazon is essentially angling to replace your bedroom mirror while selling you a new fleece. Importantly, when you take a photo with the Look, you’re potentially giving the tech giant a lot more data than just the type of chinos you sport. The pictures can reveal socioeconomic status, whether you’re married, …

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‘Carpool Karaoke’ on Apple Music postponed to ‘later this year’

April 27, 2017

Image: YouTube/Apple We’ll have to wait a bit longer for the new Carpool Karaoke. The spinoff from CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden, which was scheduled for an April launch on Apple Music, has been delayed, according to Reuters. SEE ALSO: Demi Lovato channels Adele for epic sing-off According to the report, Apple was originally scheduled to launch a premiere party for the series in March, but that was postponed without explanation. Another premiere party should’ve …

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

April 26, 2017

… of day two of the Kairos Summit) and discussing whether they should buy Snapchat Spectacles from the Snapbot stationed near the entrance. (They both did.) Gauging the long-term impact of a group like Kairos is a bit more difficult. The organization doesn’t have a rigid structure and official meetings like the Global Summit are infrequent. And the fact that so many people become aware of the group through word of mouth also has its drawbacks. Like so many tech conferences, the Kairos Summit …

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Snapchat wants to open millennials’ eyes to life in Baghdad

April 26, 2017

Image: bloomberg via getty images  Snapchat has curated snaps about life in Baghdad to create an Our Story to go live Monday afternoon. That’s Snapchat-jargon for the mobile storytelling app opening up a geofence around Baghdad and encouraging Snapchat users to submit photos and videos to Snap (with Baghdad geofilters live in the app). Snapchat will later curate and stitch those submissions into one story exclusively available on the app. SEE ALSO: Anti-Trump protesters spread a …

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Facebook and GIPHY are now good friends

April 25, 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference on April 18, 2017 at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.Image: justin sullivan/Getty Images Once upon a time, Facebook did not support GIFs. In fact, there was a time when Facebook supported the file format and then took that support away. Developers tried to hack it. One group succeeded, in a way. GIPHY, one of the internet’s most successful GIF-based plaftorms, built and …

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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

… the biggest one every review of Option B has to face: Why should you take advice on life’s worst experiences from a billionaire tech executive? Sandberg has created the Option B community to help people find connections amidst loss and trauma. Image: optionb.org Sandberg doesn’t have the soulfulness of Oprah Winfrey, who uses her brand to nudge followers along the path of spiritual enlightenment. Nor is she from Momastery founder Glennon Doyle Melton’s school of being …

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How to use Undo Send in Gmail

April 23, 2017

"Oh no what did I just do."Image: JGI/Tom Grill/Getty There are no second chances in life, but there may be in email. While this is of little consolation to those wishing they could hit “undo” on semi-recent national events, Gmail’s Undo Send feature gives us all the break we so desperately need. SEE ALSO: Gmail finally doubles email attachment limit, but it means nothing Are you using it? You really should be. Email, after all, is deceptively hard. Reaching inbox …

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Yes, you really can turn up the volume on colour

April 22, 2017

… no matter where your sitting on the couch you and your friends will have the best viewing angle without any compromise to the picture quality or any distortion. Samsung has designed the TV for pure shared entertainment. To get big results in TV tech you have to think small Like, really small: Quantum Dot technology, which powers the QLED display, reproduces the purest and most accurate colours as individual nanoparticles. Each nanoparticle is smaller than one ten-thousandth the diameter of a …

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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

Britt Robertson as Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso in 'Girlboss.'Image: Karen Ballard/netflix When Netflix signed on for Girlboss, it probably sounded like a great idea. Feminism, fashion, and San Francisco? We were about to have our first female president, so what could go wrong? When the show starts streaming on Friday, things will be a little different. Not only are we living in Trump’s America, but Nasty Gal, the multi-million-dollar startup the show was based on, is bankrupt. …

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A Rickroll and a corporation-friendly change all in a day’s work at the FCC

April 21, 2017

Image: CQ Roll Call via AP Images For dorks like myself, watching the Federal Communications Commission doesn’t get much better than this. Let’s start with the fun stuff. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is reportedly starting his promised assault on net neutrality rules. The move is already causing concern in the tech industry and mobilizing activists groups to stage an opposition. That opposition started on Thursday with an in-person Rick Roll. Props to the lyrics “we wouldn’t …

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Coding Autism wants to diversify the tech industry with autistic talent

April 20, 2017

A new school called Coding Autism is coming to Los Angeles to help get autistic people into tech fields.Image: Coding Autism People on the autism spectrum are getting the support and skills they need to break into the tech industry. And it’s all thanks to a new program for autistic people, by autistic people. A new startup called Coding Autism, which launched earlier this month, is developing a school in Los Angeles to teach autistic people coding, web development, and software …

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Everything you need to know about what Facebook announced at F8

April 20, 2017

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Marvel just showed off the first ‘Black Panther’ footage, and we couldn’t be more excited

April 20, 2017

… months before they would be awesome in “Black Panther.” Image: Andrew Toth/Getty Images Not all of what we saw of the Dora Milaje combat we also got to see them presiding over a kaleidoscopic yet solemn ceremony to crown a new, untested king. That scene was a distinct diversion from the film’s palette: a bold, contrast-heavy black & white world punctuated with dabs of reds and golds. All the gravity afforded a royal saga is in the designs, including tech and architecture …

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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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Reporter’s notebook: A dramatic moment aboard Air Force 2 while headed to South Korea

April 17, 2017

(CNN)It wasn’t even an hour after we took off for South Korea on Air Force Two after a refueling stop in Alaska that a few of the vice president’s aides came back to the press cabin to tell us what was probably inevitable: North Korea had just unsuccessfully tried to test a missile. The press does not have Internet access on Air Force Two (which is secretly kind of liberating), so we didn’t know, but of course the VP and his team have high-tech, secure communications …

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

April 15, 2017

Image: Mashable composite: AP/Shutterstock United just can’t catch a break from its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad PR nightmare. In the past few weeks alone, United Airlines has found itself at the center of numerous controversial stories, the biggest being when it violently removed a passenger from an overbooked flight earlier this week. The incident ignited an outcry across the internet when video surfaced across social media. SEE ALSO: Celebrities are weighing in on the United …

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CNN 10 – April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

… half a million dollars. Its influences are everything from classic arcades to VR entertainment. And where else can you watch an SUV go bungee jumping? Amazing what people come up with off the big top of their heads. It might not be the greatest show on earth, but though the Two Bit costs more than two bits, it buys more than a shave and a haircut. And even if it follow circuitous logic, it puts new ideas in entertainment to the tech and the story brings us full circus on CNN 10. I’m Carl …

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The Surface Pro 5 could be yet another boring refresh

April 8, 2017

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 06 2015: Microsoft Corporate Vice President Panos Panay introduces a new tablet titled the Microsoft Surface Pro 4Image: Andrew Burton/Getty Images Microsoft won hearts far and wide last fall with its all-in-one Surface Studio touchscreen desktop PC. The beefier Surface Book, not so much. What people really wanted was a new Surface Pro, but Microsoft wasn’t ready to announce anything. It’s now spring and technology blogger Paul Thurrott has revealed what …

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YouTube TV review: Live TV streaming has never looked so good

April 6, 2017

… watch. One super-slick app The app’s divided into three main sections: Library, Home, and Live. Image: lili sams/mashable If you need any proof that cable TV needs to be reinvented, look no further than a cable box’s confusing remote control and its spreadsheet-like programming guide. These two components of cable TV haven’t changed in decades, and it’s embarrassing. I’m a tech guy and I get frustrated just looking at all the buttons on a cable remote control. …

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Uh oh: The iPhone 8 launch may be delayed

April 6, 2017

Soon.Image: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Do good things come to those who wait? If the rumors regarding production problems for Apple’s iPhone 8 are true, we may all be waiting a long time to find out. According to a report from the Chinese-language Economic Daily News that was picked up by DigiTimes, the cause of the delay on the new phone is twofold: “technical issues” involving the laminating of OLED panels and the implementation of a separate 3D-sensing system. SEE ALSO: The …

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Amazon won NFL Thursday Night Football rights, so what’s next for Twitter?

April 6, 2017

Image: kenneth k. lamb/baltimore sun/tns via getty images  Twitter shook the tech press (some of its most loyal users and followers) last year when it announced it had purchased the digital streaming rights beating out Facebook, Amazon, and Yahoo for 10 games of NFL Thursday Night Football games. SEE ALSO: Soon you can watch NFL games on Amazon Prime The general reaction at the time could be summed up as: “Really… Twitter?” The platform for sharing news articles, funny …

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