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The First Things First Manifesto Pledges The Tech Industry To Create Meaningful Work

In the era of Flappy Bird and the NSA, the manifesto’s signers want to revive a sense of ethics and social responsibility in technology, a field they feel is giving way to surveillance and frivolity.<p>Nearly 500 designers, programmers, and creative technologists have signed their names to a fiery …

Tech Industry

Europe Pushes Ahead with Plans to Make All Phone Chargers the Same

The European Parliament has today decided to go ahead with a plan to introduce common charger rules for smartphones and other portable devices that would see the end of proprietary charger designs.<p>The thinking is that by having a common charger for mobile phones (particularly), we can collectively …

Apple adds 'Selfie' section to App Store

Apple appears to be the latest entity to jump on the selfie bandwagon, adding a new section to its App Store dedicated solely to apps that are ideal for taking the self-portrait-style pictures.<p>The Cupertino, Calif., tech company appears to have added a featured section, titled "Sharing Selfies," …

Apps

Facebook Users: Get Ready To Scroll Past Video Ads

We've been hearing for almost a year that Facebook would soon be adding auto-playing video ads to your stream, and the final countdown has begun.<p>The news appeared on Facebook's Business blog, explaining the basic mechanism of the ad modules: They will play automatically and silently when users …

Facebook

Google Launches App Store for Docs and Sheets

Google is rolling out an online marketplace for third-party apps on Google Drive, the company announced Thursday.<p>The apps, which Google is calling …

End of an era: Google no longer underlining hyperlinks in search

Google introduced a change to its search engine this week that removes one of the design elements it still carried from the '90s: underlined hyperlinks.<p>To give Google Search a cleaner look, the Mountain View, Calif., tech giant has increased the font size of result titles, evened out line heights, …

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Amid Bullying & Threats Of Violence, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Shuts Off Access To U.S. Middle & High School Students

Anonymous communication platforms and the pre-teen-to-teenage brain are two things that don’t mix all that well. Just look at Ask.fm, for example, the social Q&A platform whose shield of anonymity led to cyberbullying that was later cited as a contributing factor in well over half a dozen suicides. …