Instagram challenges YouTube with IGTV, a new app for creators

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 20:20

Instagram is getting serious about challenging YouTube.

Today, the company announced IGTV, Instagram's new initiative that lets users create standalone video channels for longform video.

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IGTV is launching now as a standalone app for iOS and Android and will also be available in the main Instagram app.

Unlike YouTube, IGTV is just for full-screen, vertical videos. But like YouTube, the service is open to anyone who wants to make a dedicated channel. Users can follow channels and interact with video creators via comments.

"This is really an evolution of our mission from day one," Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said at a press event in San Francisco. Read more...

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#Postcards4Families fundraising campaign lets kids help separated families at the border

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 20:04

It's hard not to feel helpless as details regarding the more than 2,300 kids who've been separated from their parents at the U.S. and Mexico border continue to come out — including heart-shattering audio from child detention centers.

After brainstorming ways to raise awareness about the harrowing effects of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy, a group of academics came up with a way to help: Writing postcards that accompany donations to help separated families and call on those in power to act.

SEE ALSO: How to stop feeling helpless when you hear about immigrant children taken from their parents Read more...

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More evidence of NSAID risk in early pregnancy

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 20:00
(Reuters Health) - Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) around the time of conception significantly increases the risk of miscarriage in the first eight weeks of pregnancy, a study suggests.
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Doom and gloom in advertising? I don't see it, says IPG boss Roth

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 20:00
CANNES, France (Reuters) - The veteran boss of advertising giant IPG said he does not recognize the talk of "doom and gloom" in his industry, arguing the holding companies are needed more than ever to help clients chart the rapidly changing territory.
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The Best Smart Plugs

How-To Geek - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 20:00

If you want to control most plug-in appliances remotely from your phone (or using a voice assistant), smart plugs are a fairly cheap way to ma…

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We should have seen that 'Westworld' reveal coming back in Episode 1

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:59

With a show like Westworld, it's hard to get any reveal past avid Reddit theorists and media obsessives (hi, hello — that is us.) Yet somehow, showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan managed to pull it off on Sunday's "Vanishing Point."

A running mystery (among the many millions) this season revolved around the Delos Corporation's ability to accurately copy guest cognition. The answer turned out to be so obvious in hindsight, we can't stop kicking ourselves for letting it go completely over our heads (literally.) 

It's the damn hats! Duh. We should've known they'd be important based on the sheer amount of lingering shots and close ups putting cowboy hats front and center. A black hat is legit one of two thing on this season's promotional poster, damnit!  Read more...

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Geek Trivia: Which Of These Coffee Brewing Methods Was Invented To Speed Up Coffee Preparation?

How-To Geek - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:37
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Sesame Workshop to create new children's TV shows for Apple

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:34
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Apple Inc has ordered multiple live-action and animated series from Emmy award-winning children's television producer Sesame Workshop, a source close to the agreement said on Wednesday.
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Canada Senate approves recreational use of marijuana

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:34
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a revised bill to legalize recreational marijuana, setting the stage for the country to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize cannabis.
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Democrat with financial ties to AT&T just gutted California's net neutrality law

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:25

California lawmakers have the opportunity to pass a new law that would serve as the gold standard for true net neutrality protection across the country. But a Democratic assemblyman with financial ties to the telecommunications industry just gutted it.

The California State Assembly Communications and Conveyance committee will likely vote on SB 822 on Wednesday, which would codify net neutrality into California law. Once it passes through committee, it would go to the state assembly for a full vote, at which point it would become law if it passes. The state senate has already passed the bill.

But late Tuesday evening, Miguel Santiago, a California assemblyman and chair of the Communications and Conveyance committee, edited the bill to allow for gaping loopholes that benefit the telecommunications industry and make the net neutrality legislation toothless. AT&T is one of Santiago's largest campaign donors. Read more...

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Bose SoundSport Free earbuds sound better than AirPods, but they're still lacking

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:14
Bose SoundSport Free $199 View Product The Good Have volume buttons on right earbud • Great sound quality with good bass • Water-repellent • Fit very snugly in ears The Bad Audio lag makes them unusable for video • Large size • Bulky charging case • Charging case uses Micro USB • Only last up to 5 hours on one charge • Quick charging is slower than competitors The Bottom Line Bose's SoundSport Free wireless earbuds sound better than AirPods, but the design, poorer battery life, and higher price translate into a poor AirPods substitute. Mashable Score3.0 Cool Factor2.0 Learning Curve4.0 Performance3.0 Bang for the Buck3.0 Read more...More about Reviews, Wireless Earbuds, Bose, True Wireless Audio, and Tech
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'The Proposal' is ABC's weird-ass dating game and an IRL episode of 'Black Mirror'

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:10

Equal parts shudder inducing and idiotic, ABC's new dating game The Proposal isn't being likened to The Bachelor franchise nearly as much as it is being compared to Netflix's nightmarish Black Mirror. 

Complete with a swimsuit portion and thirty-second responses to "deal breaker" questions, the hour-long reality show follows ten women as they parade around pageant-style for a proposal from a man they've never met. 

SEE ALSO: This reality dating show is so popular a guy redecorated his house to celebrate it

This ludicrously outdated premise isn't the only thing earning The Proposal a Black Mirror comparison all over Twitter since it premiered Monday night. Here are seven things that make The Proposal a better Black Mirror episode than 2018 dating show. Read more...

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Tesla accuses former employee of hacking and transferring data

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:00
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc has sued a former employee claiming that he hacked the electric carmaker's trade secrets and transferred large amounts of company data to third parties, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Nevada on Wednesday.
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Telecom Italia keen to discuss fiber-to-the-home tie-up with Open Fiber

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:42
MILAN (Reuters) - Telecom Italia (TIM) is keen to discuss combining the Italian phone group's fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband assets with those of smaller rival Open Fiber, Chief Executive Amos Genish said on Wednesday.
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Canada marijuana stocks jump after recreational bill clears hurdle

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:34
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian marijuana stocks rose on Wednesday after the country became the first major economy to legalize its recreational use, but earlier rallies in anticipation of victory in the key upper house vote muted some post-approval gains in the sector.
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Amazon has a great deal on Echo Spots: Save $40 when you buy 2

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:17

What's better than Alexa? Two Alexas. Amazon has a great deal today that saves you $40 when you buy two Amazon Echo Spots.  

The Echo Spot is the half-grapefruit-sized version of the original Echo that exchanged surface area for some pretty sweet visual features. As we’ve come to know, you can ask Alexa to do pretty much anything. With the Echo Spot, she’ll do everything that the Echo does (play music, order you pizza, turn off your lights, lock your doors), but she’ll also show you pretty much anything. You name it:  video flash briefings of the latest news, song lyrics, weather forecasts, to-do lists, and more. On top of that, you can also connect the Echo Spot to your baby monitor and/or security camera, giving you eyes and ears all over your home. Read more...

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Teradata sues Germany's SAP, alleging it stole trade secrets

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:12
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - SAP SE , Europe's most valuable technology company, was sued on Wednesday by U.S. company Teradata , which accused it of stealing trade secrets, copyright infringement and anti-trust violations.
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The Best Affordable* Automatic Gold Watches

How-To Geek - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:00
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Snapchat's newest feature aims to create 'a world for your Bitmoji to live in'

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:00

Snapchat's Snap Map will soon know even more about what you're doing.

The app is adding two new features to its Snap Map, called Weather and World Effects, that make it easier to see what your friends may be up to. 

SEE ALSO: You can now delete Snapchat messages you instantly regret

Unlike Snap Map's "Actionmoji" feature, which predicts what you may be doing based on your movements, the new effects take into account other information Snapchat knows about your location or the date.

Like its name suggests, Weather Effects adds animations based on what the weather is like wherever your friends are. Zoom in on their Bitmoji on the map, and you'll see animated raindrops, or sunshine, or snow depending on where they are.  Read more...

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Altice selling stakes in French, Portuguese telecom towers to cut debt

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:58
PARIS (Reuters) - Telecoms and cable group Altice said on Wednesday it had agreed to sell stakes in its towers businesses in France and Portugal, raising a combined 2.5 billion euros ($2.90 billion) which will go toward paying down a hefty debt pile.
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