So, Fyre isn’t just a music festival. Meet Ja Rule’s company

April 29, 2017

… sister’s combined high school and college graduation. That was nearly 7 years ago, and it required me Googleing for the band’s contact information and then having a lot of back-and-forth negotiating. The Fyre website also integrates with Spotify so you can listen to the artist’s music on-demand, and Bandsintown so you can see when and where they’re already scheduled to play. So tech savvy! So fun! I can imagine it being even more useful for a venue operator, not just a …

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New Snapchat data shows its bringing more eyes to all devices

April 29, 2017

Image: kerry flynn/mashable Snapchat’s pitch to big brands has been the same for a while the opportunity not just to reach its coveted, young audience but to also boost viewership on other platforms. New data shows that Snapchat’s claims could be true, though the situation opens up a traditionally thorny issue for marketers around causation and correlation. The Nielsen-commissioned data, released by Snap and first reported by Axios, shows that media companies that partnered on …

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She wrote an adorable letter to Google’s CEO. Now she’s on the ‘board’ of a computer company.

April 29, 2017

Chloe and Hollie testing out a computer kit.Image: KANO Chloe Bridgewater is only 7 years old but she’s already getting paid to test products for a computer company. Her new side hustle comes only a few months after she wrote a letter asking “Google boss” Sundar Pichai for a future job in tech. SEE ALSO: This 7-year-old is not giving up after Google CEO’s sweet rejection letter Since her adorably honest and earnest letter went viral, Chloe and her family in Hereford, …

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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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Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen pledges $30 million to house Seattle’s homeless

April 28, 2017

… “state of emergency” over homelessness. Overall, recent estimates show there are approximately 3,000 people without shelter in the city a number that has steadily increased year after year, putting strains on Seattle’s shelter system. As a result, many makeshift homes (dubbed “tent cities“) have popped up. Job growth and economic success in Seattle have contributed to the problem, particularly as the city’s tech industry has thrived. The influx of new workers …

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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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Augmented reality will soon be everywhere, and you won’t be able to avoid it

April 23, 2017

Using AR to see who's home.Image: Bob Al-Greene/Mashable The hottest thing in Silicon Valley is coming soon to … well, pretty much everything. Augmented reality is shaping up to be the next big digital gold rush, and consumers should ready themselves for the onslaught. Apple’s doing it. So are Google and Snapchat. Oh, and as we saw recently, Facebook is as well. AR has thoroughly trounced virtual reality in the battle for developers’ hearts and minds, and with the amount …

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‘Were close’ BBG Ventures President Susan Lyne on the future of women-led startups

April 20, 2017

Image: X Prutting/BFA/REX/Shutterstock Were halfway through the week, and its time for a boost of inspiration to keep us going. Our #WednesdayWisdom blog series taps into the minds of industry leaders and disruptive visionaries who are working to build the future of entrepreneurship. We sat down with Susan Lyne to discuss the evolution of the tech industry, a woman’s buying power, and the challenges women face when pitching male investors. Susan is the President of BBG Ventures, an early …

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The secret Instagram ‘pods’ fighting the new algorithm one like at a time

April 20, 2017

Image: vicky leta / mashable You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. That’s the vibe in Instagram “pods” secret communities trying to fight the platform’s algorithmic timeline, one like at a time. SEE ALSO: Your Instagram feed will never be the same again In June 2016, Instagram began rolling out its new algorithmic timeline which changed the order of posts in people’s feeds, favouring popular posts over chronology. Instagram bloggers have been …

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Too shy to send a dick pic? This code will salvage your sexting game.

April 19, 2017

Image: rachel thompson/ mashable Sexting is a scary business. The idea of sending out an intimate photo of your genitals to someone you quite fancy is terrifying. And, sometimes a simple just won’t cut it. Behold the “Dick Code,” a way to share a unique and anatomically accurate image of your penis without actually taking a photo of it. SEE ALSO: How to explain sexting and dick pics to your British mum The Dick Code is the handiwork of 28-year-old web developer Gyrgy Szcs, …

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Instagram killing Snapchat? Don’t count on it

April 19, 2017

… has been shoved into their feeds and promoted aggressively within the platform. This is far from an achievement it’s unsurprising. And this is the challenge for Instagram: the company has also yet to prove that users are using Instagram specifically for stories. Snapchat has cultivated a fertile niche in consumer behavior as an addictive, essential destination, while, right now, Instagram Stories is just one more feature haphazardly incorporated into a fragmented app. tech observers are …

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Watch out kids, your parents totally understand emoji (except maybe that eggplant one)

April 16, 2017

"Eggplant for dinner again?"Image: Westend61/Getty Parents, they just don’t understand. Right? Well, yes and no. A new survey shows that when it comes to emoji, most seniors totally do get it. Except, that is, with one tiny eggplant-styled exception. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s new emoji are finally available to everyone Great Senior Living, a site that focuses on senior care and retirement living, surveyed 500 people aged 55 and older on their emoji use and discovered that …

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Now there’s an easier way to binge with your friends, without having to leave the house

April 15, 2017

… like a neon monument to social anxiety. SEE ALSO: Facebook is turning into a confusing social nightmare It doesn’t have to be that way. Thankfully, the same tech that feeds our desire to stay in for the night (and the next night, and the next) can also be used to turn tumbling down a YouTube rabbit hole into a shared group adventure. The ability to watch videos online in real time with friends and family has been around for years now, and programs like Watch2Gether make it easy to …

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Snapchat is helping advertisers by sharing where you snap

April 14, 2017

… ad tech like this,” Brandon Rhoten, Wendys head of advertising, digital/social and media, said in a statement. Snap is releasing a dashboard for advertisers that shows the number of Snapchat users who saw the ad campaign and the number of Snapchat users who visited the desired location. Snap also breaks down the data by gender, age, state and what product they used (lens or geofilter). Image: snap inc. In the future, Snap plans to bucket these users into more categories for …

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Google remembers a pioneer of Indian art with doodle inspired by his works

April 12, 2017

Image: GOOGLE SCREENGRAB Search giant Google rolled out an artsy surprise for Indian users by paying a tribute to “pioneering artist” Jamini Roy on his 130th birth anniversary. It created a beautiful horse doodle inspired by the master’s Black Horse painting. It further allowed users to take a tour of Roy’s artworks and collections on Google Arts & Culture. The virtual exhibit was curated by Google and the National Gallery of Modern Art. SEE ALSO: Google Doodle …

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Retro tech provides a brief escape from the depressing nightmare of the present

April 12, 2017

Just admit it.Image: Vicky Leta/mashable Is sticking your head in the sand still frowned upon if you discover a buried mini Nintendo NES while you’re down there? How about a rad keyboard styled like it was yanked straight off a vintage typewriter? SEE ALSO: If Steve Jobs was still alive he’d totally be wearing this 3-decade-old watch Dig around a bit more in the growing world of retro tech and you’ll uncover a modern brick cellphone, a toy Macintosh computer, and a host of …

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10 online classes in 10 different fields to help you figure out your career path

April 11, 2017

… same time The Work Hack You Need When Other People Are Holding You Up 4 Things to Do at the End of a Meeting (if You Don’t Want it to Be a Waste of Time) Your 4-Step Plan for Bouncing Back When You Don’t Get the Job Offer Cybersecurity Will Impact the Future of tech Careers This article originally published at The Muse here More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsGet 1 Money Magnet Method each Month Social Vidio – Reseller 1,000 Licenses Grab Social Vidio Reseller …

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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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Easter Bunny Elon Musk has a gift for Tesla owners

April 9, 2017

Tesla's newest software update might make Easter egg hunting a lot easier.Image: Spencer Platt/Getty Images The Easter Bunny has a gift for Tesla owners: a simple way to find Easter eggs hidden in the electric car’s interface. That’s at least what Tesla CEO Elon Musk hinted at with a tweet Friday. Made today on Tesla sketch pad pic.twitter.com/Z8dFP2NN41 Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2017 Earlier hidden gems included being able to turn your car into a Christmas light …

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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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The full specs for Microsoft’s Xbox Scorpio look like a big improvement

April 7, 2017

Image: Microsoft The name, the price, and the look are all still a mystery, but we do know one thing about Microsoft’s souped-up 4K Xbox with the cool “Project Scorpio” codename: It’s a beast of a machine. A peek inside the upcoming console compliments of Digital Foundry reveals the down-and-dirty hardware specs that Microsoft’s been openly teasing since E3 2016. And in terms of raw power, Scorpio appears to exceed the industry’s current high-water mark: …

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Facebook’s new News Feed: Your go-to destination for spam, probably

April 5, 2017

"We heard you like news, so we put a feed near your feed so you can read while you read."Image: LUKE LEONARD/Mashable There’s nothing quite like a clean slate especially one that’s pre-populated with a generous helping of algorithmically generated spam. Perhaps realizing that the News Feed has over the years morphed into a cluttered mess, Facebook has started testing an entirely new feed with a subset of its users. After all, why have one feed when you can have two? Double …

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Google’s Mars data center and weather control system are just a couple of its best April Fools’ Day pranks

April 3, 2017

Image: google April Fools’ Day is the only “fake news” day that’s almost welcome. Almost. And one of the longstanding masters of the tech prank, Google, is at it again with a fresh batch of trickery. This year, the jokes are more obviously fake this time around in what appears to be an effort to avoid anyone actually thinking these products actually exist. SEE ALSO: 15 office prank ideas to show your coworkers who’s really the boss Nevertheless, some of these …

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Petlexa, Google Gnome and the rest of Silicon Valley’s April Fools pranks

April 2, 2017

In a year when every day feels like a cruel joke, it isn’t really the time for April Fools’ Day. Maybe brands subconsciously realize that, because their April Fools’ Day pranks this year are pretty tame. At least they’re amusing themselves with fake ways to watch TV and hail cars. Here are the notable ones so far: Amazon Petlexa Petlexa: Alexa, for your cat. Petlexa, “allows dogs, cats, and other animals to communicate with Alexa just like you do.” …

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In defense of Snapchat, a manifesto

April 1, 2017

Image: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images YeahI’m a business and tech reporter, who reports on social media networks. And in order to do the job correctly, it’s on me to maintain a degree of objective remove. That said: I’m not a reporting robot without ideas, preferences, or a life beyond my gig. And while part of that job also involves spending time on social networks, like all of you, (A) I still do it for fun, and (B) If you looked at my phone, it’d be pretty …

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