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The Next “Serial” Might Be A Podcast From Tinder Or Spotify

Why companies like eBay and Slack are putting their ad dollars into branded content podcasts.

Elon Musk’s brother is disrupting farming—one sprig of hyperlocal microgreen at a time

Elon Musk's brother, Kimbal, cofounded a high-tech company for a very low-tech product—spinach. And also chard and musta

New apps from MIT fill your waiting moments with learning opportunities

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has come up with a way to fill those few seconds of waiting everyone experiences while..

“SNL” Writers Are Now Just Speaking Directly To Trump

Jared Kushner made his “Saturday Night Live” debut in the form of Jimmy Fallon while the show embraced its status as part of the president’s weekly viewing.

Nvidia 1080ti with new drivers in external enclosure quadruples MacBook Pro native performance

Amazon and The Roots team up to make children's shows

Expect two series, one animated and one live-action, from the partnership.

'Star Wars' director confirms the last Jedi's identity

It's time for the rebrand.

The developer of the most popular computer game ever didn't make a cent from it

Surely Bill Gates could cut him a check at this point.

Fake announcement of Smash Bros. coming to the Switch is not cool

'Melee' has NOT been announced for the Switch.

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Cleveland man who posted murder video on Facebook still at large

On Easter Sunday, 37-year-old Steve Stephens from Cleveland, Ohio, uploaded a video to Facebook which showed him shooting and killing a senior citizen at point blank range, on a sidewalk.

Instagram’s saved posts can now be organized into Pinterest-like collections

Back in December, Instagram introduced the ability to save your favorite posts by other users. Tapping the bookmark logo at the lower right of any Instagram photo or video saves it to your personal “Saved” section. Only you can see content that you’ve saved this way; it’s not a public-facing part of your profile. Personally, the only time I’ve saved Instagram posts, it’s been by accident. (Seriously, you’ve probably done the same. Go check.) But some of my fellow Verge people love the feature and compare its “save for easy reference later” premise to Pinterest. And apparently Instagram also sees it that way; starting today, you can organize saved posts into individual collections You just tap and hold on a saved post to add it to an existing collection or start a new one.

Google reaches $7.8 million settlement in its Android antitrust case in Russia

Per the terms of the agreement, Google will no longer demand exclusivity of its applications on Android devices in Russia, and it will not restrict the pre-installation of any competing search engines and applications – including on the Android home screen, FAS states. Google will also no longer require Google Search to be the only general search engine that’s pre-installed, and it will no longer enforce its prior agreements where handset makers had agreed to any of these terms.

New York City may force Uber to add tipping option in app

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission announced a proposal today that could force Uber to finally allow riders to tip drivers within its app. The full proposal will be introduced in a few months and would require “car services that only accept credit cards” to let passengers tip with their cards in the app, according to The New York Times .


Friday's leak caused concern in the security community. The spying tools include about 20 exploits designed to hack into old versions of Windows, such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2008. However, Microsoft said several patches -- one of which was made only last month -- address the vulnerabilities . "Our engineers have investigated the disclosed exploits, and most of the exploits are already patched," the company said in a blog post late on Friday. Three of the exploits found in the leak have not been patched but do not work on platforms that Microsoft currently supports, such as Window 7 or later and Exchange 2010 or later.

Verizon’s Wear24 smartwatch will be available May 11th

Verizon announced today that its $350 Wear24 smartwatch will be available online and in stores on May 11th. The Android Wear 2.0-based device will have 4G LTE connectivity on Verizon’s network and will come in three colors: stainless steel, gunmetal black, and rose gold. It also includes NFC for Android Pay. Verizon is positioning the Watch24 as a competitor to LG’s big, bulky Watch Sport and the Huawei Watch 2.

The Internet Archive brings Apple's classic Macintosh to your browser

The impact on you at home: Classic computer enthusiasts are already playing around with original Macintosh software with a local emulator. The great thing about the Internet Archive's work, however, is that it allows those who don't have the technical skill or historical knowledge to see what this iconic computer system was like. And for the experts, who knows? You might find a piece of software you'd forgotten about.

iPhone 8's new fingerprint sensor may be on the fritz

The investment bank claimed these manufacturing issues could result in shortages or delays in availability for the new, 10th anniversary iPhone, which is expected to see huge demand. Otherwise, Apple might scrape the new fingerprint sensor in the device, which is expected to be announced in September.

Coachella man caught stealing over 100 phones thanks to Find My iPhone

Coachella might be a Snapchatter’s paradise, but it’s also, apparently, a phone thief’s paradise. Thirty-six-year-old Reinaldo De Jesus Henao was arrested at the festival on Sunday with more than 100 stolen smartphones in his backpack, KMIR News reports .

WordPress: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic

WordPress is not the letterpress. But the analogues are similar, and because the platform is relied on by millions of businesses it's hard to overstate its impact. TechRepublic's smart person's guide is a routinely updated "living" precis loaded with contemporary information about how WordPress works, who WordPress affects, and why the open source publishing software used by millions of developers is important.

Netflix stock dips after it misses both domestic and international subscriber growth

The company reiterated that it doesn't see the emergence of new streaming TV packages as a threat, again stressing that the "live" business model is different from its own. "We don’t think it will have much of an impact on us as Netflix is largely complementary to pay TV packages," Netflix wrote. "Our focus also is on on-demand, commercial free viewing rather than live, ad-supported programming."

What To Expect At Facebook’s 2017 F8 Developer Conference

Given this weekend’s tragedy in Cleveland, when a man recorded and uploaded to Facebook a video of him apparently shooting a man to death and then confessing to the murder on Facebook Live, the use of the platform to broadcast such violence is sure to be addressed by Zuckerberg in his keynote. It is likely that he will announce some new ways to speed up the removal of such content from the platform. Facebook has also come under fire for the role that “fake news” played in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, the company has rolled out a number of programs to help users spot and report such stories. And at the conference we might hear more about further steps the company is taking to monitor the reliability of news on the social network.

Netflix stock dips after it misses both domestic and international subscriber growth

The company reiterated that it doesn't see the emergence of new streaming TV packages as a threat, again stressing that the "live" business model is different from its own. "We don’t think it will have much of an impact on us as Netflix is largely complementary to pay TV packages," Netflix wrote. "Our focus also is on on-demand, commercial free viewing rather than live, ad-supported programming."

Samsung is blocking users from customizing the Galaxy S8's Bixby button

According to a post at XDA Developers , a new Galaxy S8 firmware update from Samsung now shuts down the ability to remap the Bixby button. Previously, the button's command was "intercepted" by the Accessibility Services built into Android. That would’ve allowed other apps (once granted accessibility permissions by the user) to change its default function. But the latest Galaxy S8 system firmware removes this possibility altogether. Nothing’s being taken away since the phone hasn’t even launched yet, but Samsung is preventing a bit of customization that power users would’ve appreciated.

Report: Despite privacy concerns, 43% of consumers offer personal data in exchange for discounts - TechRepublic

Despite privacy concerns, consumers will still share their data with companies if they are offered certain benefits, according to a recent study . Nearly half (43%) of more than 1,100 consumers surveyed said that they would offer up their personal data to a company in order to save money through promotions or discounts, the study from YouGov and customer experience company [24]7 found. And 39% of consumers said they would share their information if it meant solving customer service problems faster.

How a Toyota supplier saved $1 million by updating its tech infrastructure - TechRepublic

AW North Carolina (AWNC) has spent about $1.2 million to update its Wi-Fi coverage and network firewall and to install a Cisco converged infrastructure solution in its Durham, NC factory. In the first nine months of operation the new equipment has already saved the company $1 million in maintenance costs.

How to reverse and transpose Excel data with this powerful but simple solution - TechRepublic

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Sweet dad cheers up embarrassed daughter with an 'accident' of his own

When kindergartener Valerie had an 'accident' last week, she was embarrassed and asked to go home early. But when her dad showed up to take her home, he made her feel better by revealing a secret of his own.

Rejoice: Barack Obama is now a husband of Instagram

Like right now, when we all have come to know that Former President and all-of-our-soulmates Barack Obama is a boyfriend of Instagram. Well, husband. Barack Obama is a husband of Instagram.

Salt Bae voted, and it definitely deserves a new Photoshop Battle

We thought that was the end of Salt Bae as we knew him. We thought he'd be a flash-in-the-pan meme; a fire that would burn out as quickly as the one he uses to cook his now famous steak.

Chrissy Teigen was shocked by Kris Jenner's lavish birthday presents for Luna

Chrissy Teigen was shocked by Kris Jenner's lavish birthday presents for Luna


NYC taxi commission wants Uber to add in-app tipping

That petition received more than 11,000 signatures; the Independent Driver's Guild estimated that including a tipping button would lead to a total of $300 million addition income per year for drivers. The TLC already requires that taxi cab payment screens, but it hasn't made the same requirement for ride-hailing apps just yet. And while the support of the TLC is important, this is far from a done deal -- but it's hard to see the downside for anyone aside from Uber, which has long claimed that its pricing takes gratuities into account.

Carrie Fisher was the real star of Star Wars Celebration

Most of the mentions of Fisher throughout Celebration hinged on that latter idea — that Fisher essentially was the character she portrayed, that their innate qualities were inextricably linked. That knowing the Princess’ take-no-prisoners spunkiness, or General Leia’s take-no-shit pragmatism, was akin to knowing the actress herself. For fans, it’s often tempting to conflate a performer with a role, but Fisher herself mused over the idea repeatedly when she was alive. “I think I am Princess Leia, and Princess Leia is me,” she said in the tribute reel. “It’s a Moebius striptease.” But Lourd’s comments dug beneath the easy comparisons. She talked about Fisher’s combination of strength and vulnerability, something Lucasfilm’s creators never truly explored in Leia’s character. And her thoughts seemed to honestly speak to the truth about Fisher as a person.

'Sonic Screwdriver' Breaks Time and Space in Order to Be Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

If you were to come up with words from Doctor Who that might inspire someone watching for the first time to grab a dictionary, what would they be? (I mean, pretend you’d run to a dictionary and not just Google it and be directed to a shockingly in-depth entry on a fan wiki.) TARDIS, right? Dalek, maybe? Cyberman?

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Intel cancels its biggest event of the year as the world moves past the PC

Microprocessor supergiant Intel has discontinued the Intel Developers Forum (IDF), its annual mega-conference in San Francisco, citing the difficulties of getting across a unified message as it moves past just powering PCs into a bold new future.

Facebook Killing Another Example of Live Video Feature's Dark Side

If it wanted to, Facebook could restrict live-streaming in a variety of ways (to only verified users, for example) or it could get rid of the feature completely. But it's unlikely to do either of those things, because it sees video as a huge part of its future. And in the meantime, we are likely to see examples of its darker uses crop up more and more frequently.

Netflix stock dips after it misses both domestic and international subscriber growth

The company reiterated that it doesn't see the emergence of new streaming TV packages as a threat, again stressing that the "live" business model is different from its own. "We don’t think it will have much of an impact on us as Netflix is largely complementary to pay TV packages," Netflix wrote. "Our focus also is on on-demand, commercial free viewing rather than live, ad-supported programming."

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#Instagram just became a little like Pinterest with its new collections feature. Here's how to use it.

How do you build a sacred space?

To design the Bahá'í Temple of South America, architect Siamak Hariri focused on illumination — from the temple's form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it. Join Hariri for a journey through the creative process, as he explores what makes for a sacred experience in a secular world.

Uber's vice president of global vehicle programs leaves company

Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Monday that its vice president of global vehicle programs, who played a role in the company's self-driving car program, has left the company.



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Tesla cuts the price on its entry-level Model S by $7,500

The Mystery of the 5-Foot-Long Shipworm Just Got Stinkier

That image above, depending on what your job is, could well be considered not safe for work. What you’re looking at is a giant shipworm—a scientific legend that can grow to over five feet long. It’s actually a super-elongated mollusk, one that grows vertically in sediment, excreting a thick shell and poking two siphons out of the muck. It is, as biologists note, really weird.

Don't Throw Money at Your Bad Habits

This is a common issue with diet and exercise, too. You want to get in better shape, but instead of slapping on some running shoes and hitting the block, you buy a gym membership you never use or a treadmill that collects dust in the garage. (It’s not just habits, people do this with major life decisions, too. )

Hide United flights from search results with this handy extension

It’s worth noting that DropUnited works only on the US versions of those sites, so you may still see United if you’re a different domain for any of them. Still, if you’d rather not get beaten up the next time you fly, this is worth adding to your browser. Grab it from here for Chrome (or Opera ).

UPS, Zebra customize beacons to cut package loading errors | ZDNet

The two companies had to refine signals and customize beacons to roll out a technology called Preload Smart Scan, which aims to cut down "misload" packaging errors by as much as 70 percent.

I Don't Even Know What's Going On in This Gotham Trailer, But I Love It

At some point since I stopped watching Gotham , the show has embraced the completely buck-wild tone it’s developed over three seasons. And it now seems to have gone off the deep end in the most spectacular way, judging by this new trailer. Honestly, it looks so good, I’m contemplating catching up the moment I finish this very blog.

41 Simplifying Firefox Release Channels and Improving Developer Edition’s Stability

Why Nintendo killed the Classic that consumers loved | ZDNet

Popular yet nearly unattainable since its launch, the NES Classic was too successful in sating the hunger of those nostalgic for a vintage Nintendo experience. Its sequel will better ensure Nintendo gets a piece of higher hardware prices and more software opportunities.

The Best Tablets of 2017

Android has made great strides in app selection, courting more developers and offering more high-quality tablet apps, but it's still not as many as Apple offers. It's tough to say exactly how many tablet-optimized Android apps are available, but it's likely in the thousands, rather than the hundreds of thousands. There are also Android phone apps, which look decent on a 7-inch tablet, but less so on a 9- or 10-inch one, so you're likely to have more problems getting high-quality apps for larger Android tablets. That said, check out the 100 Best Android apps for our top picks.

Why The Next Person You Hire Should Be Overqualified

“Overqualified workers tend to try different things, and through the process they bring creative insights and find better ways of doing their work,” says Zhou.

Tesla’s most affordable Model S is now even more affordable

Tesla dropped the price on their entry-level Model S, with a $5,000 discount to the 75kWh version, which now starts at $69,500. The price drop comes as Tesla stops selling the 60kWh model, which it discontinued recently and sold only until remaining stock ran out.

One Man's Push for Elon Musk to 'Dump Trump'

Doug Derwin, managing director of Triage Ventures, is preparing to spend millions to get Tesla CEO Elon Musk to disassociate from President Donald Trump. He speaks to Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde. (Source: Bloomberg)

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus dual-camera prototype shows up in a photo

Samsung isn’t closing the door on adopting a dual-camera solution of its own, but the company’s position for now is that it’s waiting until it sees real value to the idea. As things stand, Samsung believes it can squeeze out better low-light performance from its single-lens system than competitors can achieve with dual-lens arrays, so there’s no hurry to jump on the bandwagon. Samsung has also said that the total system cost would rise with a dual-camera system, as it’d necessitate more sensors, lenses, RAM, and CPU power. All of which neatly dovetails into the idea that Samsung’s "more of everything" phone, the Galaxy Note series, could be the first beneficiary should Samsung decide to go ahead with a second camera on the back.

Ten Horrifying Deep Sea Creatures, Ranked

The depths of the ocean are festooned with the most nightmarish creatures imaginable . You might think you’re safe, because these critters live thousands of feet down in a cold dark abyss, but the vampire squid, which looks like a nightmare umbrella, and the frilled shark—a literal living fossil—will live on in the recesses of your mind long after you’ve clicked away. Enjoy these deep sea horrors and try to have a relaxing day afterward.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff sure is happy about his big new tower

Earlier this month, Salesforce Tower hoisted its final beam into place. The building is expected to be complete in July, and, at a $1 billion price tag, will be the most expensive and tallest building in San Francisco. It's also chock full of technology.

Ikea’s Big Bet On Meatballs

But sometimes a company can find its next growth engine in surprising places, if it just looks at its business creatively enough. Over the past several years, Ikea’s food division—which also includes the Swedish Food Market (where you can buy everything from jars of herring to make-at-home versions of the restaurant menu)—has proved to be much more than just a tool to move more Vittsjö TV stands. By focusing on this formerly unloved division, and locking into prevailing trends around ethically sourced ingredients and healthier options, Ikea has turned food into one of its fastest-growing segments. The company is now considering the next phase of this unexpected revenue generator, and it might even expand into stand-alone cafés in city centers.

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53 April the giraffe's baby is already taller than Tom Cruise
54 This Man Is Spending Millions to Break Elon Musk's Trump Ties
55 Goose attacks police officer and it's scary for him, wonderful for us
56 Stare at these pictures of Beyoncé on Easter until you find hints about her twins
57 7 Android Apps That Actually Work Properly on a Chromebook
58 How AI will dominate the future of banking, and what businesses can do to catch up - TechRepublic
59 Here's what the internet had to say about Trump and the Easter Bunny
60 Nintendo Mini Switch Expected 2019
61 Get more control over your browsing history with Vivaldi - TechRepublic
62 James Gunn Will Return to Write and Direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
63 Google agrees to open Android to other search engines in Russia
64 Trump Administration Kills Open.Gov, Will Not Release White House Visitor Logs
65 Uber may be forced to add one of Lyft's best features
66 Three lessons your business can learn from Nationwide's DevOps journey | ZDNet
67 4 tips to navigate enterprise unknowns and grow your business - TechRepublic
68 The Future of Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity and Fake News Online
69 Is Snapchat’s CEO Awful Enough to Have Said This Awful Thing?
70 Rihanna shined bright like a diamond in her one of kind Coachella outfit
71 In the New Outlander Trailer, Life Goes On After a Heartrending Separation Through Time
72 Origin's new 15-inch gaming laptop starts at $999
73 Intel Discontinues the Intel Developer Forum; IDF17 Cancelled
74 How Running a Marathon Puts Your Body Through Hell
75 Nasdanq is the stock exchange for the meme economy
76 Gallery: A look at the original headquarters of your favorite tech brands - TechRepublic
77 How the Six-Hour Workday Actually Saves Money
78 Cookies are Not Accepted - New York Times
79 Trump autographs a kid's hat, then throws it into the crowd
80 Bustle acquires Elite Daily from Daily Mail and rebrands to Bustle Digital Group
81 Connected Health Keynote Session with Professor John Shepherd
82 The Last Person Born in the 19th Century Died and So Will You
83 VW to invest $300M in hundreds of EV chargers across the US - Roadshow
84 Deaths on 'Facebook Live' are becoming a worrying trend
85 New 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' episodes make the grade
86 Snapchat dives below $20 (SNAP, FB) | 04/17/17 | Markets Insider
87 The UK driving test will soon have a sat nav section
88 The secret of the bat genome
89 Google adds real-time updates from the NHL & NBA directly to its search results
90 CBS’s streaming service CBS All Access gains movies
91 Red Hat steps up its Kubernetes game with OpenShift Container 3.5 | ZDNet