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Instagram wants influencers to clearly label their paid posts

But Instagram won't punish offenders who don’t just yet.<p>A lot of Instagram’s most popular users are paid to promote advertisers’ products. A lot of those same users don’t actually disclose that they’re promoting an advertisers’s products.<p>So Instagram is asking these users, many of them celebrities …

Instagram

Snap’s latest ad: A giant, yellow Ferris wheel

Snap wants to show advertisers in Cannes that it’s unique.<p>Snap has a new piece of hardware: A giant, yellow Ferris wheel.<p>The company has officially landed in Cannes, France, where executives from the worlds of advertising and media are currently descending for a week of boozing and deal making.<p>Lots …

Advertising

The company that builds the robots that make Teslas wants to build home robots

In less than 10 years, the market for domestic robots is expected to grow to $4.4 billion.<p>Industrial machines that build cars and the machines that work in your home are worlds apart.<p>But the CEO of Kuka, one of the biggest industrial robot makers, said in an interview in the Financial Times on …

Robots

YouTube has 1.5 billion logged-in monthly users watching a ton of mobile video

This year at VidCon, YouTube shared some new metrics that really drive home how much it’s dominating mobile video usage and how quickly its service is gaining viewers on TVs.<p>The highlight was the fact that there are now 1.5 billion logged-in users visiting the site every month. The distinction is …

Susan Wojcicki

Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature

<b>Today’s Stories</b><p>Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta<br>• Sean Parker has left Spotify’s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO<br>• Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect<br>• Facebook is testing a feature to prevent …

Apple

YouTube chops 360 video in half with new VR180 format

YouTube is showing off a brand new file format for creators who want to check out VR but are intimidated by taking the full plunge with all the crazy hardware and production issues. It’s called VR180, and it’s half of a spherical video.<p>It’s a simple evolution, but it makes some notable compromises …

Virtual Reality

Google is launching a new line of cameras for 180-degree VR video

Google is launching a new, more limited cinematic VR format that it hopes will be almost as accessible as regular YouTube videos. It’s called VR180, a collaboration between YouTube and Google’s Daydream VR division. And it’ll be produced with a new line of cameras from Yi, Lenovo, and LG, as well …

Virtual Reality

Amazon is prepping Echo Show for launch with visual Alexa cards

If you're a fan of Alexa, then this announcement might be good news for you. Amazon announced that they are adding a Display Cards feature to the voice assistant that will allow Alexa to respond visually to certain queries.<p>Alexa will be able to produce visual responses to questions about the …

Amazon

Valve’s ‘Knuckles’ VR controller tracks individual fingers

VR fans have been steadily following the development of Valve's new controller for SteamVR, called Knuckles. Now the device is being shipped to developers as a prototype, and as a result, Valve has released quite a bit of new information about Knuckles and how it will work.<p>To use Knuckles, users …

Virtual Reality

You can now watch your smart home camera from an Amazon Echo Show

Amazon’s new Echo Show doesn’t launch until next week, but it’s already getting support from the top smart home camera companies. Nest, August, Amcrest, EZViz, IC Realtime, Vivint, Ring, Logitech, and Arlo smart home cameras will all work with the Echo Show, allowing you to simply say “Alexa, show …

Smart Homes

Airbnb is testing split payments so you won’t have to nag your friends

This should have existed ages ago<p>Airbnb is testing a feature that should have existed ages ago: split payments.<p>Currently, if you book an Airbnb for a group of people, one person has to charge the entire expense, and if there’s a need to collect payments from other parties, well, that’s on you. Now, …

Airbnb

Facebook is testing a feature that stops profile photo theft

Facebook has begun testing new tools in India that prevent anyone from sniping your profile picture for who knows what purpose. If you live in the country, you might see an option to turn on "profile picture guard" next time you visit your News Feed. When you have the guard up, other people will no …

Facebook

McDonald's offers UK deliveries through UberEats

In the UK, there are many ways to stave off hunger without leaving the comfort of your home. Just-Eat, Deliveroo and Amazon Prime Now are but a few of the mobile apps that will deliver to your doorstep, however until today one particular restaurant chain has been impossible to obtain: McDonald's. …

Amazon

LG’s latest ridiculous OLED screen is transparent, flexible, and taller than Tom Cruise

How’s this for an incredibly specific record: LG announced today that it’s created the world’s first flexible, transparent 77-inch OLED display. That’s one huge display. Taller, in fact, than Tom Cruise. According to Google, Cruise is 5 feet 7 inches, or 170 centimeters tall, and as this display is …

Consumer Tech

Now You Can Add Realistic, 3D Holograms To Your Photos And Videos

With Holo, a new iOS and Android app from 8i, users can choose from hundreds of high-quality holograms of characters like Spider-Man to incorporate into their videos.<p>Don’t be surprised if over the next few days you start seeing videos of your friends posing with a very realistic-looking Spider-Man …

Augmented Reality

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Lama Nachman Keeps Stephen Hawking Talking with Assistive Tech

<b>Believing anything is possible led Lama Nachman to become a groundbreaking engineer in predictive computing – and yes, she is on physicist Stephen</b> …

Intel Corporation

Sphero's new company wants to bring intelligent robots into your home

Sphero is mainly known for its connected toys, and, of course, <i>Star Wars'</i> BB-8 Droid (which it also turned into a very popular gadget). But the company has also been working on grander plans all the while. Today, Sphero announced that it's spinning off its advanced robotics division into a new …

Robots

PayPal 'instantly' transfers money to your bank account

PayPal can be frustrating if you want to put funds in your bank account. It can take a day or more for transfers to go through, and that's a problem when rival services like Zelle can promise speedier access to your money without needing a separate app. To that end, PayPal is rolling out an instant …

Banking

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick steps down

The <i>New York Times</i> reports that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is stepping down, following heavy pressure from a large group of shareholders. Despite a reputation for scandals that appeared to be accelerating -- sexual assaults by drivers, "greyballing" regulators, disputes over driver pay and a corporate …

Uber

AI film editor can cut scenes in seconds to suit your style

AI has won at Go and done a few other cool things, but so far it's been mighty unimpressive at harder tasks like customers service, Twitter engagement and script writing. However, a new algorithm from researchers at Stanford and Adobe has shown it's pretty damn good at video dialogue editing, …

Stanley Kubrick

Swatch launches Swatch X You, a custom design system for true watchanistas

Swatch, the fashion watch for the masses, has created Swatch X You, a clever online watch “factory” that lets you pick a face, band, and extra doodads to truly customize your $65 to $85 watch. The service, available now, offers watches in two sizes 34mm and 41mm.<p>I’ve asked the Swatch group for …

Swatch

Instagram Stories hits 250M daily users, adds Live video replays

Instagram Stories is widening its lead over Snapchat and rolling out new features to keep everyone shooting video. Instagram Stories now has 250 million daily active users, up from 200 million in April, 150 million in January and 100 million in October after launching the Snapchat Stories clone in …

United States

Pinterest’s camera search Lens gets a new look

Pinterest’s camera search tool, Lens, is getting a makeover today with some updated including the ability to zoom in and out and tap to focus, and making it easier to search with Lens from photos they’ve already taken.<p>Lens is very much a move to try to collapse the distance between the experience …

Pinterest

Adobe acquires Mettle’s SkyBox tools to expand its VR video portfolio

Adobe today announced that it has acquired all of Mettle‘s SkyBox technologies and plug-ins for building transitions, titles and effects in VR applications and 360-degree videos. Mettle had made a name for itself over the last few years by providing these plug-ins for Adobe tools like Premiere Pro …

Adobe

Snapchat acquires social map app Zenly for $250M to $350M

Snapchat’s newest feature, Snap Map, is based on its latest acquisition, social mapping startup Zenly. TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has bought Zenly for between $250 million and $350 million in mostly cash and some stock in a deal that closed in late May. Snapchat will keep Zenly running …

Snap Inc.

Now you can build shared Spotify playlists with your friends in Facebook Messenger

Spotify has launched a new feature for Facebook Messenger that lets you create playlists of songs with your friends. Group Playlists for Messenger uses the existing Spotify Chat extension for Facebook’s app, allowing users to create group playlists, share them with friends, and then let those …

Apps

Apple's AirPods are winning with the critics that matter

May 2nd, 2017<p>In classic Apple fashion, the AirPod wireless earphones were launched with a generous heaping of hyperbole last year. The universal headphone jack was, according to Apple, out of date, and it was time we all got on the wireless bandwagon — with those pearly-white cigarette stub …

Apple