It’s been nearly five years since the last time I paid for cable, and commercials are one of the main reasons I’ve stayed away. Unfortunately, commercials have followed me wherever I’ve gone — Hulu, YouTube, Twitch — and now, Facebook has confirmed to Ad Age that it’s beginning to test video ads in live broadcasts.
Snapchat took all of Instagram’s likes, and now Instagram is sulking. So what’s the solution? Well, in the time-honored app-war fashion, Instagram just rolled out an update that completely ripped off one of Snapchat’s main features, without even bothering to change the name.
‘Stories’ is a new feature that adds a secondary feed of photos and videos to Instagram, which vanish 24 hours after they’re posted. Sound at all familiar? That’s because it’s more or less the same as Snapchat’s stories, which launched a few years ago and mark the main way popular accounts reach followers.
The thing that makes Pokemon Go enjoyable–apart from the endless nostalgia trip–is the game’s sense of discovery. You have to actually go out into the world on adventures to make meaningful progress in the game, in stark contrast to Candy Crush.
But as you’d expect from a game this popular, people are making guides and maps to ease the burden on new players. The most well known is The Silph Road, an encyclopedia of knowledge for any Pokemoners. Gizmodo‘s Bryan Menegus met the duo that founded the site, and sheds some light on how and why you go about making a giant Pokemon database for free.
Future Galactic President Trump is currently hosting an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. Once the preserve of celebrities trying to schill their new movie, Reddit AMAs are seemingly a rite of passage for internet-concious public figures, with President Obama famously using the site to help get re-elected.
This AMA is promising to go a little differently, though. It’s being hosted on /r/The_Donald, a rabidly pro-Trump subreddit that doesn’t really allow dissent of the great and glorious leader.
An event that reportedly happens an average of 23 times annually has been caught on camera in a dramatic video: lighting zapping the Empire State Building.
The short clip— aptly titled “Boom!”– has racked up over 1.2 million views on YouTube since it was first uploaded on Monday. After six or so seconds, the video shows a jagged line of lightning striking the iconic structure. “I got that,” a voice says, just as thunder rolls.
Reddit, the self-proclaimed “front page of the internet,” is a stupendously popular online community. It also makes very little money, despite that user base. So in an effort to do a Facebook and turn karma into money, the site is going to start allowing companies to sponsor user-submitted posts.
In an interview with AdAge, Reddit cofounder Steve Huffman confirmed that starting on August 4th, Reddit will debut a new type of ad called Promoted User Posts.
Brace yourself, internet-dwellers: Donald Trump is coming to town. According to a press release emailed to journalists and a post on the controversial /r/The_Donald subreddit, everyone’s favorite Republican candidate will be conducting an AMA this Wednesday at 7:00PM ET.
Trump’s AMA isn’t unusual, since prominent entertainers do frequently visit the platform to plug their latest movie or concert tour. Even President Obama has stopped by once or twice. But there’s a few details that may make this AMA one to remember.
When it comes to the internet, there are few things more frightening than finding out that one of your social media accounts has been compromised. Our Facebook accounts in particular are home to countless private details and conversations, which is exactly why we should be diligent about checking the status of our accounts on a regular basis, even if there are no signs of tampering.
2016 is going down as one of the greatest shitshows on record, and it’s only July. In times of great turmoil, bloggers turn to new phrases to capture the despair of that we’re not familiar with.
For the year of 2016 and Trump, it seems that description is dumpster fire.
In any political scandal, you can always rely on Twitter to come through with a little bit of analysis, and a lot of well-aimed snark.
Today’s reaction to Melania Trump’s plagiarism is no different, as Twitter users have been sharing some of Ms Trump’s most famous quotations (that aren’t actually hers). We’ve braved the depths of Twitter to bring you some of the best.
We’re all currently living in a horrible parody movie written by the Wayans brothers. It’s the only plausible explanation for the road to the 2016 election, which will take place this coming November unless the Earth opens up before then and swallows us all.
Monday night’s kickoff of the Republican National Convention was a spectacle that didn’t just meet our expectations, it exceeded them. Wildly. Every twist and turn on Trump’s campaign trail led up to this, so it was only right that the RNC had its fair share of drama. And as it turned out, not even the Wayans brothers could have dreamt up the ridiculousness that unfolded in Cleveland, OH last night. More →
Another batch of documents has purportedly been leaked from the Democratic National Committee’s servers by the hacker who goes by the name ‘Guccifer 2.0’. The files describe some democrats as “wobbly” on the controversial Iran nuclear deal and provide details of major celebrity donors such as director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks.
It’s awful that we have to live in a time where a nation has a terror alert app. What’s worse is that the app barely seems to work.
According to The Verge, the app, called SAIP (Système d’alerte et d’information des populations) was released earlier this summer, before the Euro 2016 tournament. It promised to raise the alert within 15 minutes of a terror attack, but took far longer to get the word out during last night’s attack.
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