People are reporting riots on Twitter before they call the police

July 6, 2017

A burning vehicle in Hackney on Aug. 8, 2011, in London.Image: Getty Images If you always kind of thought that Twitter is faster than authorities in accurately identifying threats, you’re not that far from the truth. SEE ALSO: Twitter cuts ties with another social media surveillance company New research from Cardiff University, which analysed 1.6 million tweets from the London 2011 riots, has noticed that the micro-blogging platform can be…

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Ed Sheeran is just the latest celebrity to leave Twitter. Here’s why.

July 5, 2017

"Gooooodbye Twiiiiittter."Image: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock Ed Sheeran is just the latest victim. A recent interview revealed that the singer-songwriter has, for the most part, signed off Twitter. SEE ALSO: Ed Sheeran has announced he’s quitting Twitter for a depressing reason The 140-character platform that once referred to itself as a social network has defined itself as a news network as of late, as it tries to convince investors, advertisers, and the…

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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 scores biggest sports livestream deal yet

June 28, 2017

Marcelo of Real Madrid under pressure from Andrea Barzagli of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Juventus and Real Madrid.Image: CameraSport via Getty Images Facebook’s live sports offer is taking a giant step-over. SEE ALSO: Facebook to stream MLB games, continues grabbing live sports rights Facebook will livestream more than a dozen matches from the Champions League, European soccer’s top tournament, as part of a new deal…

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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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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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College offers courses in becoming a bona fide social media influencer

June 22, 2017

Image: AFP/Getty Images Wanna become an Instagram star? Now, you can get a formal education for that. A university in China is offering courses that are meant to equip students with the skills they need for online fame. SEE ALSO: Instagram influencers are utter nonsense, and Fyre Fest proves it From make-up classes, catwalk practice to dance performances, the Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College (YWICC) near Shanghai says it knows…

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 20, 2017

Image: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable A few days ago, a startup called Bancor raised around $153 million in two hours and twenty-five minutes. The ICO, short for initial coin offering, followed several similar, equally successful funding events, and the numbers are rising. Prediction market Augur raised around $5.2 million over two months in 2015; this year, its competitor Gnosis raised $12 million in just 15 minutes. And we could only be…

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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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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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Weibo blocks users from posting photos and videos on Tiananmen anniversary

June 7, 2017

Image: Bradshaw/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, blocked millions of its overseas users from posting pictures or video yesterday, the 28th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing in 1989. The ban over the weekend was simply announced as a “systems update,” but people noticed that local users were also not able to change their profile information, nor post photos or videos in comments. SEE ALSO: Remembering the Tiananmen…

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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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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,…

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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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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…

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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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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…

May 28, 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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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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