Why a man married his iPhone
If you have a dream, you really should do everything in your power to make it happen. And if you want to marry your iPhone or any inanimate object for that matter, there’s a chapel in Las Vegas (where else?)[...]
Technology leaders are meeting in San Francisco this week to discuss making the Internet a more decentralized, secure, and less censored place, with an emphasis on privacy and preserving history.
The event, called the Decentralized Web Summit, is focused on “locking the web open.”
The idea is that the Web could be a place where governments don’t spy or censor information, where culture is preserved, and information is stored in a decentralized way. More →
The whole point of owning a laptop is to be able to bring your work with you when you’re away from home, but with as much battery power as the average internet browser soaks up, it’s often ill-advised to go anywhere without a charger.
That’s exactly why Opera introduced a new battery saver feature in its latest update, extending the battery life of a connected laptop by an impressive 50%.
The most popular webpage in the world also happens to be one of the simplest and most recognizable. While other search companies in the early days of search were busy stuffing more and more content onto their pages, Google decided to keep things as minimalistic as possible. Coupled with superior search technology that yielded better results than rival sites, Google’s simple design ultimately helped make it the most popular and successful search company in the world.
But it appears as though the instantly recognizable design you know and love is about to change. More →
We all know how frustrating it can be to try and teach your grandparents about technology. But there’s also a definite sense of wonder to be had when the older generations first understand all that smartphones have to offer.
There’s also no better way for a grandparent to learn than for famous YouTube nerd Linus Sebastian to bring over a box of Google toys.
If there’s one person you’d think would use good security to protect social media accounts, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would be a good bet. But apparently, nothing is sacred: Zuckerberg’s Twitter, Pinterest and possibly Instagram accounts have all been hacked.
Zuckerberg’s accounts appear to have been compromised sometime on Sunday. In a series of messages posted to Zuck’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts, the hacker group OurMine took responsibility, and claimed they were just trying to raise awareness.
People are bad, Snapchat is awful, and selfies are the worst. Exhibit A: the federal government has had to issue warnings against taking selfies with baby seals, because it’s causing seal pups to be abandoned and die.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been forced to issue a specific warning against taking selfies with seal pups, an activity painfully known as a “sealfie.” According to the 1,000-word blog post some poor federal employee had to write, there’s a number of dangers of taking selfies with seals.
It seems like everything possible has been crushed in a hydraulic press already, but from time to time, something comes along that raises the bar for good crushing.
I don’t know who wakes up in the morning and thinks “hey, we should use a giant hydraulic press to crush a can of silly string,” but I’m glad that they’re out there.
At Google I/O, the company announced Google Home, an always-listening digital assistant/speaker much like Amazon Echo. Although the speaker looks like a handy way to get Google’s smarts all over your home, it also means bringing Google’s already-creepy information engine into your house, and telling it all about your life.
Luckily, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has laid out at least one privacy protection: an ‘incognito mode’ for Echo, so it can make dinner plans for your mistress without your wife finding out.
Without question, Google Maps is one of the most widely used and highly regarded navigation apps in the industry, but an upcoming change might be enough to convince some users to give other apps a try.
In a blog post on Tuesday, Google revealed that it will begin experimenting with local search ads on Google Maps. Ads for nearby businesses will appear on both the desktop and mobile version of Google Maps, giving advertisers the ability to show off their stores when users search for goods or services they carry. More →
Twitter has been fighting for relevancy over the last few years: Snapchat took away its tweens, Facebook took away the argumentative uncles, and Twitter is mostly left with political statements and Kanye’s tweetstorms.
But don’t worry, there’s a plan to Make Twitter Great Again, and it involves changes to the very heart of Twitter’s formula, the 140-character limit.
I was somewhat surprised to learn that courts use software to predict the likelihood of criminals reoffending. But I was far less surprised to learn that the computer, much like the system it serves, seems to hate black people.
ProPublica has a new report that shines a light on the system used by Broward County, Florida. Those courts use a system made by Northpointe, a for-profit company. Various factors are inputted into an algorithm, which spits out a score that reflects an offender’s chance of re-offending within two years.
In a world of Bluetooth-connected fart trackers and hipster-friendly tinfoil hats, I am aware that describing a Kickstarter as “the worst” is a bold claim. But hear me out: from idea to execution to the innumerable GIFs littering the crowdfunding campaign, this particular wearable smartphone accessory ticks all of the boxes.
At heart, the SOSPENDO combines two of the very worst things: selfie sticks and wearable smartphone holders. The SOSPENDO is, according to the press release, an “innovative, ergonomic hands-free device that will hold smartphones, tablets and GoPro cameras.”