Facebook “Messenger Day” is the chat app’s new Snapchat Stories clone

Now Messenger Day wants to make this casual sharing option ubiquitous before Snapchat can. That’s a similar strategy to Instagram Stories, which I hear is flourishing in places like Russia where Snapchat adoption is low. This is the benefit of Facebook being a giant company earning $2 billion in profit a quarter. It can clone fast thanks to its enormous team, translate and localize features for testing in certain markets, and cross-promote what works with its inescapable feed and chat apps.

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Verify Your Facebook Page Through These Steps | SEJ

Verifying your business page helps pages rank higher in search, builds trust with potential customers as well as your current audience, and makes sure people know your page represents the real you. Verifying your Facebook Business Page is quick and easy. Here, I’ll outline the simple steps to get Facebook Business Verification using our customer the Police Officers Association of Michigan.

MLB's app now delivers video highlights straight to your lock screen

iOS 10 is  all about the lock screen , delivering extra functionality via both widgets and more powerful notifications. You might not have noticed, though, that some apps can even send you images and video this way, including  MLB's At Bat . An update for the app released yesterday allows users to watch baseball highlights straight from the lock screen. Just 3D Touch a notification and the video will be accessible, although you do have to unlock the phone first.

Ram shoehorns detuned Hellcat motor into badass Rebel TRX concept - Roadshow

The Rebel TRX utilizes the Hellcat's 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 engine, which in this truck puts out just 575 horsepower, instead of the usual 707. It mates to an eight-speed automatic and an off-road-ready 4WD system to create a dune runner that can blast over the unbeaten path at triple-digit speeds.

5 Unscientific Predictors of the Presidential Race

Sure, you could use polls to predict the outcome of the presidential election. Or you could look to these five predictors, which are as quirky as they are accurate.

What to Look For When Choosing a Fireproof Document Safe

As Nick Guy at The Sweethome explains, a decent fireproof safe should be able to last for 30 minutes at temperatures of 1,550 degrees Fahrenheit in addition to keeping your documents safely locked away. Of course, most fireproof safes on the market are capable of this, so it’s more important to look at the internal temperatures of the safe. If you’re just storing documents, the internal temperature needs to stay under 350 degrees Fahrenheit during a fire. But if you want to store digital media like CDs, DVDs, or flash drives, the safe needs to keep the internal temp lower than 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, a decent fireproof safe should also be waterproof. It should be able to withstand being submerged in case of a flood.

It’s finally over for live-streaming app Meerkat

It’s still too early to say if Houseparty will turn out to be another Meerkat, but Rubin and his team will have learned plenty the first time around, in the process gathering valuable experience that should give its latest effort a fighting chance.

Germany taps tech to help refugees find community, fit in

Claudia Langeheine, president of Berlin's Landesamt für Flüchtlingsangelegenheiten [State Office for Refugee Affairs], ticks off just a few of the issues her office faces: "The children have to get an education, young people need the right [training] to get proper jobs and young women will live their own lives here in Germany," says Langeheine. "How do you go about ensuring they can, how do you help them become German, meet Germans, and partake in society and culture?"

Too Many Tiny IPOs Leave Tokyo 25 Years Behind Silicon Valley

But Jafco, which oversees about 430 billion yen ($4.3 billion), is now overhauling its strategy. The firm’s investments haven’t come close to the kind of global success companies in the U.S. and China have had, part of Japan’s underwhelming track record of fostering world-beating startups. Jafco Chief Executive Officer Shinichi Fuki thinks the problem is that his country’s entrepreneurs give up too quickly on their ambitions and go public too soon. He is starting to make fewer, bigger bets on startups that will stay private longer and use the time to plot global domination, like Uber Technologies Inc. and Xiaomi Corp.

The Arkalight is an honest-to-god traffic light you can control from your browser

The traffic light used in this project wasn’t cobbled together by the developers. It’s the real deal , and once guided real-life cars. Where one finds a traffic light is beyond me, although Arkatechture is eager to stress that if you decide to create your own, you shouldn’t steal one from an intersection.

Ash vs Evil Dead: 7 Reasons Ash Rules - IGN

We never really knew all that much about Ash in the movies, and the first season of Ash vs. Evil Dead was the first stab at trying to turn Ash into an actual character with (some) layers. Season 2 will dig even deeper into Ash's past and family history, but back in Season 1 we caught a glimpse of Ash's version of paradise: Cold beers, a quiet pier, and... Jacksonville, Florida. Yup. Ash's drug-fueled trip at the behest of Pablo's uncle revealed our that our hero's dream was to live a fairly tacky life nestled in 70s nostalgia and a spring break atmosphere.

You can now earn $1.5 million for hacking the iPhone | ZDNet

In an updated rewards list, Zerodium revealed that researchers able to produce a new attack against up-to-date iOS 10 iPhones and iPads which successfully compromises the devices remotely can expect up to $1,500,000. This is three times the amount of previous rewards, which were brought down to $500,000 after the company paid out $1 million to three research teams last year which were able to find remote zero-day exploits for iOS 9.

Twitch broadcasters now have the option to upload video

Twitch , the popular livestreaming site, announced it had a change of heart regarding video uploads. For years, the Amazon-owned streaming site only offered broadcasters the option to stream video live. Today, it’s opening the doors to those that prefer a more edited approach to video sharing.

Moment's high-quality detachable iPhone lenses are headed to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Nah. The company is developing a case and a mount you can use with the iPhone 7 Plus, albeit only one of its two cameras: The wider, 28mm shooter on the left side of the back. They’re using 3D-printed mockup cases for their tests, so the design may change once it’s finalized, but the setup appears to block the iPhone 7 Plus’s 56mm module when a lens is mounted. So this is a lens you’ll want to attach only when you know it’s the only set of optics you want to shoot with.

Novartis psoriasis drug maintains efficacy after four years: study

ZURICH Novartis's psoriasis drug Cosentyx showed long-term efficacy in keeping patients' skin clear, the Swiss drugmaker said on Saturday, citing a study it hopes will ultimately help the company to win business from rival medicines made by Amgen and Johnson & Johnson.

CodeON is teaching computer science in a laundromat class to kids from an underserved area in Charleston

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This Sleek Zurich Office Building Has Public Parking For 1,000 Bikes

"If we want to create enough infrastructure in good quality, we have to find cooperative solutions with private owners, because there isn’t simply enough space available to the city to build enough schools, parks, infrastructure for private or public mobility, etc.," says Matthias Wyssmann, head of communication for the city's department of building and planning. "This model has very much a future."

Ask a Rosetta Scientist About Crashing a Spacecraft Into a Comet

After a twelve year journey in space, the Rosetta spacecraft has less than 24 hours of life left before it crashes straight into the comet it has been orbiting. Today at 3 p.m., Rosetta team scientist Paul Weissman will be here taking your questions live.

The best places to install smoke detectors (and how to make them less annoying)

More smoke detectors probably means more false alarms. Luckily, new, smarter smoke alarms make it easy to disable false alarms (no manual fanning required). Generally, there are three different types of smoke detectors. There are the run-of-the mill kind, connected alarms and those designed for the hard of hearing. Here's an overview of some options.

Fuze is the first iPhone 7 headphone jack case you can preorder

Actual Innovation, the creators of Fuze, initially offered the case for $49 as a "super early bird" price on Indiegogo. That backing option sold out fast, so at the time of this post you can either get in for a $59 "early bird" price, or the $69 standard cost. The company claims the cases will start shipping in December, but as always with crowdfunding campaigns, take that timeline with a grain of salt. At least they're not starting from scratch though -- their crowdfunding site points out Fuze is built from an existing case from a longtime MFi (Made for iPhone) certified manufacturer. So far, they've raised over $41,000 of a $60,000 funding goal.

Social Media and the Workplace

Many workers report that their employers have policies about social media use on the job, or about how employees may present themselves in various online spaces. Half of all full-time and part-time workers (51%) say their workplace has rules about using social media while at work (45% say their employer does not have these policies), while 32% report that their employer has policies about how employees may present themselves on the internet in general (63% say their employer does not have these policies).

Coming to a doctor’s office near you: Live-streaming your exam with Google Glass

The entrepreneurs behind the technology — which could one day morph into something as tiny as a contact lens — say it is more than a transcription tool: It’s the first step to supercharging doctors with instantaneous information that transforms how medical decisions are made. Instead of human scribes taking down notes, they envision a world in which artificial intelligence software could transcribe the office visit in real time, while immediately comparing the patient’s medical issues with those of millions of others, then making predictions about what treatments would work best. Moreover, they say the technology is bringing health-care professionals back into the moment with their patients — returning a sense of humanity that has been lost as computers have become a fixture in the doctor’s office.

Watch this robot butler deliver cookies to an unsuspecting hotel guest

A bunch of hotel chains like Hilton, Starwood and Marriott already use Relay, and you shouldn’t be surprised when you meet one soon. It’s an easy way to cut down on employment costs if you can have a robot offering your room service.

Fitbit Charge 2 review: a promising fitness tracker, plagued by bugs

So it’s not surprising that so many people have asked me about the new Fitbit Charge 2 when they’ve spied it on my wrist recently. The midrange Charge 2 is the successor to (and replacement of) the Charge HR activity-tracking wristband. The $149 Charge HR, with its optical heart rate sensors and its ability to automatically recognize exercise activities, really hit the sweet spot for a lot of people when it came out in 2015 — so much so that it’s still Fitbit’s best seller more than 18 months later. The Charge 2 aims to do all of this plus more, and for the same price.

Kick Off a Cleaning Spree With the "10 Things" Rule

No matter how big or small a task is, getting started is everything . That’s why Apartment Therapy commenter BadSeed1980 came up with the “10 Things” cleaning rule. The premise is simple: start picking up items, folding clothes, putting dishes away, or organizing things around you until you’ve taken care of the first ten things that meet your eye. You don’t prioritize anything or make any lists—you just go. At its best, this trick will turn 10 things into a full-on cleaning spree, and you won’t want to stop after getting into a groove. At its worst, you stop after 10 things, but you still made a little progress toward getting things tidied up. You can always pick it back up tomorrow with another round of 10 things.

The Clinton-backed 1994 crime law had many flaws. But it didn't create mass incarceration.

No one knew then that we'd seen the worst. All we knew is that the number of murders had more than doubled, that the total number of violent crimes had increased six-fold in the previous thirty years, that no reversal of trend seemed to be in sight, and that the street-level arms race financed by the crack trade had expanded the age range of killers and their victims down into adolescence. If you weren't seriously worried about crime in 1994, you just weren't paying attention.

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iOS 10 slower off the uptake mark. But Plus-sized iPhone sets record. http://www.computerworld.com/article/3124206/apple-ios/ios-10-slower-off-the-uptake-mark.html …

9 tricks to appear smart in brainstorming meetings

During these largely pointless exercises, the point is to contribute using the mere gravitas of your presence, make other people’s ideas seem like your ideas, and look like a true leader by questioning the efficiency of the whole process.

These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

This week, Tech.eu tracked 12 technology M&A transactions, one IPO and 86 funding deals (totalling €199 million, about $224 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel.

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This surreal coffee table lets you stare into the ocean's abyss while propping your feet up on it: http://bit.ly/2ddPH93  pic.twitter.com/331ypkYuI0

Chatty Co-Worker Driving You Crazy? Try a Smarter White Noise

According to Mr. Calisi, trying to drown out background conversation by blasting white noise just encourages people to talk louder. A better strategy is to play, at a low volume, a sound that will make the conversations harder to understand and therefore less crazy-making. His company deploys a special audio system throughout an office that broadcasts a shhhh sound tuned to mask the frequencies of the human voice.

Apple Ordered To Pay $302 Million in Damages to VirnetX For Patent Infringement

Apple has been ordered to pay more than $302 million in damages to VirnetX for using its patented internet security technology in FaceTime without its permission.

Facebook's next F8 will be bigger and in San Jose

Facebook's next F8 will be bigger and in San Jose Facebook plans to hold its annual developer conference at the San Jose Convention Center on April 18 and 19, following rival Google's move to a bigger venue. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2dDZAPf