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Facebook removes human-written descriptions on Trending topics

Facebook removes human-written descriptions on Trending topics The social media service has been criticized for political bias in Trending topics previously. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2c2Qx9B

Spotify Says Reports of Punishing Artists for Apple Music Exclusives Are 'Unequivocally False'

However, it’s interesting to note that Spotify would not comment on other allegations of punishments towards artists that launch their content exclusively with Apple Music, or Tidal. That includes reports that Spotify will not actively promote a new release from an artist that had some kind of exclusive deal with another platform to start, and keep that content out of its Featured Playlists as well.

Report: Twitter will let you filter abusive hashtags and keywords

The filter – a result of consulting with anti-harrasment groups – will let users block out specific words (think racial slurs, misogynistic terms, etc.) or entire hashtags. The company has previously provided tools to let you report abusers, but this would be the first time you can prevent harassment without having to actually see it first.

Facebook stops employing humans to write trending topic descriptions

Facebook’s trending topics is getting an update that involves eliminating the human element when it comes to describing why something merits promotion. The company is now relying on its algorithm and programming to display subjects and topics that Facebook thinks you’ll be interested in.

Privacy groups call foul on WhatsApp sharing data with Facebook

It may sound like privacy groups are splitting hairs, but how user data is handled can have unforeseen legal consequences. It's not just special interest groups who are concerned -- The United Kingdom's Information Commissioner is also investigating the WhatsApp policy change to ensure it complies with the Data Protection Act. It's a complicated little mess, but Facebook, at least, is confident it's on the right side of the law. "WhatsApp complies with applicable laws," a spokesperson said in a Motherboard interview . "As always, we consider our obligations when designing updates like this."

How To Use Digital Touch in Messages App in iOS 10

Messages app in iOS 10 has integrated Digital Touch functionality we first saw in Apple Watch. What this means is that for a second or two, your iPhone’s screen becomes your canvas. And whatever you doodle/write on it is send to the conversation, with an animation of exactly how you drew it. It’s pretty cool. You can do it on photos and videos as well. Let’s take a closer look.

Apple Will Reportedly Kill the Home Button and That Sucks

It’s worth pointing out that the pleasing click of a physical home button could be replaced with some sort of haptic feedback. Apple is increasingly working in haptics; Force Touch on the Apple Watch and Apple trackpads already use haptic feedback to make it feel like you are pressing on a physical button. 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S uses haptics too, although the effect amounts to more vibrations rather than recreating the feel of a button press.

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Meet Luigi the PoopBot. He’s Here to Scrape Your Sewers

Everyone has a theory on the best way to learn about a person. It’s how they treat the server at a restaurant, or how they act when they’re drunk. But according to MIT engineer Carlo Ratti, you can tell the most about someone by sampling their microbiome, and “the sewage system is the great aggregator.” Gross, sure, but Ratti is studying waste to understand everything from heroin use to antibiotic-resistant bacteria—and all with the help of a sewer-slurping robot named Luigi.

White House Proposes a New Immigration Rule for Entrepreneurs

The so-called International Entrepreneur Rule , which will go into effect after a 45-day comment period, is a sort of workaround for President Obama, who has long wanted to create a “startup visa” that would pave the way for immigrant entrepreneurs looking to start businesses in the United States. But congressional gridlock has made new immigration legislation impossible, and several attempts to pass a startup visa died on the way to the President’s desk.

'Double Dog' is a crazy new app that's sure to get one of your idiot friends killed

Double Dog is the epitome of the dare by the same name. Only this time, it’s for friends to wager money, or points in order to see who can do the craziest shit. If you’re like me, you can watch from the outside and laugh at the pain of others rather than taking part yourself.

20 Galaxy Note 7 tips and tricks you need to know about

The Galaxy Note 7 is one of the best smartphones that Samsung has ever made. It offers a stunning design, a spacious display, and a veritable feast of wonderful features and functions. However, not everything about this phone is straightforward. To save you spending hours buried in menus, we’ve got shortcuts to some of the handy things it can do for you right here. Take a look at our Galaxy Note 7 tips and tricks.

White House aims to help immigrant entrepreneurs bring startups to the US - TechRepublic

The proposed rule would allow the DHS to give individual international entrepreneurs temporary admission to the US on a case-by-case basis to build or scale their startups. Initially, it would be for a period up to two years, followed by an additional period of three years, if they can demonstrate the potential for rapid business growth, job creation, and innovation.

A Website Full of Nothing But Blank Windows to Move Around Is Incredibly Addictive

Do you have a deadline looming in the next 20 minutes or so? Do yourself a favor and avoid BlankWindows.com at all costs because despite being a website filled with nothing but empty randomly sized windows, it’s surprisingly addictive if you try to move them off-screen and dig down to the bottom.

Study: Liberals suck at spelling, conservatives love profanity

We’re just over 70 days from the presidential election and things are heating up. In heated conversation and debate, it’s not uncommon to drop the occasional four-letter word. It seems, however, that Trump supporters are dropping a lot more of them than Clinton supporters.

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Everything we expect Apple to announce at its event on in September

Apple's four new operating systems: iOS 10 (iPhone/iPad), macOS Sierra (Mac), tvOS (Apple TV), and watchOS 3 (Apple Watch) have been in beta since the company first unveiled them at WWDC in June. The final versions are supposed to launch this fall, and Apple will likely give us the official launch date during the iPhone 7 event.

You Should Update Your WhatsApp Settings Right Now

WhatsApp betrayed its long standing commitment to privacy when the company announced the app will now share user data with Facebook for the purpose of selling ads. But existing users have only 30 days to opt out.

Apple facing supply shortages ahead of iPhone 7 launch

In simpler terms, this is expected to be worse than last year’s iPhone 6s shortage. Yuanta Investment Consulting analyst Jeff Pu believes we’ll see about 10 million fewer iPhone 7 builds than we did of the 6s last year, which also caused a fairly significant shortage around the launch period.

How to stop WhatsApp from sharing your data with Facebook

Thanks to end-to-end encryption, Facebook will not be able to see your messages, photos or other media you share. Only you and the person you send messages to will ever be able to see that information. And any information that is shared by WhatsApp will not be publicly visible to anyone using Facebook. Meaning, if WhatsApp shares your phone number with Facebook, it won't fill in the phone number field on your profile and make it visible to anyone.

Google Wallet debuts automatic transfers so you can skip “cashing out”

Google today is stepping up its battle with Venmo, Square Cash and other person-to-person payment applications with an update to its Google Wallet mobile app, which now allows for automatic transfers to your bank account. That is, transfers will no longer require you to cash out money from your Wallet balance first. This will speed up the time it takes for Wallet users to gain access to their cash, something that has been slower in the past.

Amazon is piloting teams with a 30-hour workweek

The program will have a few technical teams made up entirely of part-time workers. These 30-hour employees will be salaried and receive the same benefits as traditional 40-hour workers, but they will receive only 75 percent of the pay full-time workers earn. Currently, the company employs part-time workers that share the same benefits as full-time workers. However, the pilot program would differ in that an entire team, including managers, would work reduced hours.

How to Enable Nightstand Mode on Apple Watch

With the release of watchOS 2 , Apple introduced an interesting new feature for Apple Watch called Nightstand mode. When you plug your watch to the charger and place it on its side, the display will remain turned on allowing you to use the watch as a nightstand clock or an alarm clock.


More than two months after the White House first announced its Equal Pay Pledge for the private sector, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and other major industry players have signed on. By taking the pledge, which was first introduced at the United State of Women Summit in June of this year, companies promise to help close the national gender pay gap , conduct annual, company-wide pay analyses, and review hiring and promotion practices. The new signees were announced in a White House statement on Friday -- which also happens to be Women's Equality Day , the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Apple, which announced earlier this year that it has no pay gap, released a statement promising to dig even deeper into compensation. "We're now analyzing the salaries, bonuses, and annual stock grants of all our employees worldwide. If a gap exists, we'll address it," the company said in a statement. Twenty-nine companies signed the pledge on Friday, bringing the total number of signatories to 57. The pledge is part of a $50-million, White House-led initiative to expand opportunities for and improve the lives of women and girls.

Android Nougat: Here's where to get the upgrade for your Nexus | ZDNet

For supported Nexus devices, the other way to shortcut the wait time is by enrolling the device in Google's beta program, which gives access to the developer preview version of the OS. ZDNet's instructions for how to safely do that are available here .

This forklift simulator is basically 'Shenmue' VR

Take two, and once again I meticulously lined up the forklift with the crate in front of me. Then I accidentally lifted the forks too early and knocked it over again. On the third time of asking, everything went perfectly. It's not an exaggeration to say that I was truly excited as I gently placed the crate on the shelf. You can laugh, but this was absolutely the most exciting thing I did all week -- even if it proved that Shenmue didn't quite prepare me for the "real" thing.

Man Proposes To Girlfriend With Time Capsule They Buried Together Five Years Ago

Five years ago, Jennifer Storrar and Troy Reddington buried a time capsule together on a remote campsite in South River, Ontario. This summer they went to dig it up, but the jar that had been filled with memories now just contained a mysterious card. Storrar was confused until she opened it up . The note read, “Will you marry me?”

Google Cloud shut down this guy's business — but now he's a fan for life

On Monday, Fred Trotter, CEO of a healthcare startup called DocGraph, came into work only to discover that his cloud computing provider, Google, had effectively shut down his company, sending him and his team into a panic.

Simone Giertz's New Robot Is Her Shittiest Yet

Her most recent invention is a pair of robotic arms. One holds a plastic knife for peanut butter spreading, and another that a human operator moves to cue identical motions in the knifebot. The human puppeteering the second bot off-camera was Simone’s friend, Fiona. Giertz’s only job was to read the paper and look casual while the robot repeatedly covered her kitchen table in Planters.

This fat activism coloring book celebrates the bodies society won't

"As I was drawing these pictures, I realized I was able to see all of the beauty in these people — so why wasn't I able to see it in myself?" she says.

3 Deadly Sins of Facebook Advertising

When it comes to Facebook Advertising, your biggest challenge as a business owner isn’t your competitor -- it’s you. You have a choice: you can commit these deadly sins and run your campaign into the ground before it’s even had a chance to succeed. Or, you can resist them; generate more traffic; close more leads; and enjoy more predictable profit than you ever thought possible.

ICYMI: The first autonomous robotic octopus has arrived

Today on In Case You Missed It: Harvard Researchers created the world's first fully-autonomous octo-robot , something that runs on hydrogen peroxide and moves by pumping oxygen into its tentacles. We'd be afraid, except it looks so similar to what research vessel EV Nautilus just spotted in the sea that we can't help but be charmed instead. If you're more into nature as medicine, you may be interested in the study that showed houseplants may be better at removing air pollution than many ventilation systems.

Apple Seeds macOS Sierra Beta 7 to Developers, Public Beta 6 to Public Testers

macOS offers other new Continuity features, including the ability to unlock your MacBook –avoiding the part where you input your password– by having your Apple Watch on your wrist. Another big addition to the software is Picture-in-Picture support, which will let users pop out a video and continue to watch it while they navigate other apps behind it. The picture can be resized, moved around, and it will stay on the top of other apps as the user moves from one virtual desktop to another.

Hackaday SuperConference: Call for Proposals

The 2016 Hackaday SuperConference is coming. Now is the time to submit your proposal for a talk or a workshop at the world’s greatest conference about hardware creation. The SuperCon is an unparalleled opportunity to present on a deeply technical level where you can be certain everyone in the audience is following. All of those details, the war stories of production, the out-of-stock problems and board respins, the moments when you’ve bent physics to your will, these stories will be met with awe and cheers as the audience of your peers takes the ride along with you.

Fujifilm's new X-A3 is a selfie powerhouse

Of course, not everyone is a selfie fanatic. But that shouldn’t discourage you from the X-A3, which still appears to be a really good camera. Aside from the bigger 24.2-megapixel sensor, the X-A3 has a new 77-point autofocus system (with 49 points available in "Single Point" mode). Fujifilm has also added more of its vaunted film simulations — PRO Neg.Hi and PRO Neg.Std, most notably — to bring the total number available on the X-A3 to 11. The Fujifilm X-A3 will be available in silver, brown, or pink this October. It will be sold with the 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS II kit lens for $599.

Take a Trippy Ride Down Minecraft's Acid Interstate

Climb aboard kids—it’s time to tune in, drop out, and have your mind expanded.

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Scientists find Earth-like planet circling sun’s nearest neighbor

(Reuters) – Scientists have discovered a planet that appears to be similar to Earth circling the star closest to the sun, potentially a major step in the quest to find out if life exists elsewhere in the universe, research published on Wednesday showed.

The Engadget Podcast Ep 3: Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)

Editors Nathan Ingraham and Devindra Hardawar join host Terrence O'Brien to talk about Android Nougat, PlayStation 4 rumors and why Amazon would create an Echo-exclusive music service. Then the panel addresses the endless harassment faced by Leslie Jones, and use the word "garbage"... a lot.

Trump's Weirdo Doctor Uses Windows XP, Which Could Be a Violation of HIPAA

NBC News has a new article about Donald Trump’s doctor of 35 years, Dr. Harold Bornstein —the guy who claimed that Trump, if elected, would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” The dude looks like a character from a bad 70s porno flick, but Deadspin’s Tim Burke spotted something weirder: Dr. Bornstein is using Windows XP.

Sound and vision: Facebook now displays vertical videos on mobile News Feed

Facebook has confirmed that vertical videos are now appearing as they were intended on News Feeds in a (slightly cropped) 2:3 aspect ratio, compared to the 1:1 aspect ratio it previously used. The change will apply to iOS and Android devices for all forms of vertical media, including ads and Live broadcasts.

Why Slower Drivers Shouldn't Hang Out In the Left Lane

The left lane is for passing and slower traffic should keep right. It’s one of the first things you learn when you get your driver’s license, yet so many drivers forget it or don’t understand it. Here’s a detailed explanation for why this simple rule is so important.

Spotify added a 'Concerts' tab to artist pages so you can actually listen to live music

It’s worth noting the company has featured concert dates in its ‘On Tour’ section since 2013 , but I’d argue a simple list of tour dates on an artist’s own page is more intuitive. It makes it easier to stumble upon a concert date for an artist you’re actively listening to than having to specifically open the On Tour section.

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Why It’s Taking Fooorever to Get Countdown Clocks in NYC’s Subway

The answer dates back to the dusty root infrastructure of New York’s subway system. The entire thing runs on what’s called a “fixed block” signal system. Each roughly 1,000-foot stretch of track is divided into a “block”. When a train leaves one block and enters another, it physically trips a switch that lets both MTA central command and other train operators know it’s inside. If a train tries to drive into an already-occupied block or the blocks before or after it, physical emergency brakes will force it to halt. This signaling system—which predates Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first term as president—keeps trains from colliding.

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Russia’s Google equivalent is building a self-driving shuttle

The Google equivalent in every major market where Google doesn’t really play is making a self-driving car of some kind, and Russia is the latest to join the fray. Yandex is the company in question, which operates Russia’s leading search engine, along with a host of other going concerns. Add to that list a driverless minibus, which the tech company is creating in partnership with Russian truck maker Kamaz, NAMI, a government-funded research organization focused on the automotive industry and Daimler, which is already running its own separate tests with self-driving multi-rider transportation .

The Best Wines to Pair With Spicy Foods

Laura Burgess at The Kitchn recommends three main types of wine for heat seekers: off-dry whites, dry whites, and light reds. The sweetness of off-dry white wines like Rieslings, Moscatos, and Chenin Blancs go well with peppery dishes, and Riesling can even sooth the intense flavor of wasabi. Dry white wines like Portuguese Vinho Verde perfectly compliments spicy Chinese food, and Sauvignon Blanc or Spanish Albariño gives a sweetness to spicy foods without the sugar you find in off-dry whites. Lighter reds like Italian Schiava, Pinot Noir, or Beaujoulais are also some great options when having spicy Asian cuisine. Steer clear of bolder reds like Malbec and Shiraz, though, as they’ll intensify the burn of spicy food even more. If you’re not sure what bottles to pick, you can find some great recommendations at the link below.

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