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Facebook’s new “Playable Ads” let you try mobile game demos right in your newsfeed

You can now try that mobile game before you buy — and without even leaving Facebook.<p>Thursday, Facebook introduced a new ad solution with mobile game …

Social Media

Facebook is testing its very own dating app

Yes, Facebook Dating is a real thing. And we may have just received a sneak peek.<p>Jane Manchun Wong — an app researcher who's spotted Facebook …

Relationships

This tweet contains an entirely playable, retro-style arcade game

Hey, it actually works<p>A 280-character tweet might not seem like a lot of space, but if you’re crafty enough, it’s actually <i>just</i> enough to program a video game.<p>That’s the challenge that security engineer Alok Menghrajani gave himself: to squeeze a CD-ROM holding a retro-style video game into the …

Retro

The Future Is ... Personal Ads?

People complain about online dating all the time but rarely present solutions for improving it. Meeting in person? (Scary!) Through friends? (What friends?) At work? (Not in 2018!)<p>Kelly Rakowski has a new idea. Well, sort of.<p>Old-school personal ads — once the domain of newspaper back pages before …

Speed-Dating

World class AI experts share what their favorite algorithm is

Credit: Mr. Nobody<p>From keeping our inboxes free from SPAM to mining your favorite cryptocurrencies, algorithms are all around us. While we feel like we’re drowning in an ocean of big data, clever algorithms are actually helping us to make sense of it all. And although these algorithms are ruling …

Artificial Intelligence

Hydrus VR camera brings immersive 8K video to the deep sea

Don't be surprised if you soon see VR video from some of the darker corners of the ocean. Marine Imaging Technologies has launched a new camera, the Hydrus VR, that promises 360-degree 8K video (higher-resolution than many current headsets) at depths of up to 984 feet, even in lighting conditions …

Imaging

'Uber for trash' uses rideshare technology to collect waste

Four years ago, Greg Lettieri and Adam Pasquale found their startup idea in the garage.<p>The CEO and COO, respectively, of Recycle Track Systems (RTS) …

Sustainability

Japanese students use VR to recreate Hiroshima bombing

FUKUYAMA, Japan (AP) — It's a sunny summer morning in the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Cicadas chirp in the trees. A lone plane flies high overhead. Then a flash of light, followed by a loud blast. Buildings are flattened and smoke rises from crackling fires under a darkened sky.<p>Over two years, a …

Virtual Reality

Here's how Fortnite hooked 125 million players

<i>Nir’s Note: This guest post is by</i> <i>Patricio O’Gorman</i><i>, technology consultant and professor at Universidad de Palermo.</i><p>If you have kids, you’ve likely heard about Fortnite. The wildly popular online battle game has amassed over 125 million players and hosts more than 3 million concurrent players.<p>The …

Fortnite

Airbnb for Work now accounts for 15 percent of bookings

Business travelers have become an increasingly important part of Airbnb’s business, according to a new blog post. The company says that Airbnb for Work, which launched in 2014, has seen bookings triple from 2015 to 2016, and triple again from 2016 to 2017. In fact, Airbnb says that almost 700,000 …

Employment

Singapore explores virtual browsers following SingHealth data breach

Health Ministry is piloting the use of quarantined servers as part of efforts to "reduce the number of potential attack points", following last …

Cybersecurity

West Virginia will try mobile voting for troops serving abroad

Despite our skepticism of applying tech to the electoral process, <i>CNN</i> reports that after limited tests earlier this year (PDF), West Virginia is planning to roll out mobile voting for its midterm elections in November. Availability will be limited "largely" to troops serving abroad as an alternative …

Blockchain

Mental health is new focus at premier cybersecurity conference

LAS VEGAS — At this week's Black Hat cybersecurity conference, panels about hacking automobiles and airplane WiFi are being interspersed with a new …

Mental Health

The Army is buying microwave cannons to take down drones in mid-flight

The high-powered microwave system would be mounted to an aircraft<p>The US Army has a new plan for microwaving drones out of the sky. In a public solicitation last Friday, the agency announced its intention to purchase an airborne high-powered microwave system from Lockheed Martin, which is intended …

Drones

CVS to offer nationwide telemedicine service through smartphone video

Think of it as a digital doctor.<p>Drugstore giant CVS Health plans to offer a nationwide service to treat easy-to-diagnose maladies and other medical issues via its smartphone app.<p>The telemedicine service will be offered for diagnosis of conditions such as colds and flu, skin issues and general …

Health Care

Tinder’s business will double this year to more than $800 million

Young people are apparently happy to pay for online dating.<p>It turns out young people don’t mind paying for online dating.<p>Tinder will generate more than $800 million in revenue this year, according to Match Group CFO Gary Swidler. That’s more than double the roughly $400 million Tinder brought in …

Online Dating

Airbnb cancels Great Wall of China contest following backlash

Apparently, renting out a priceless ancient cultural relic as a hotel for a night isn't the best idea. That's what Airbnb learned after it advertised a contest to spend one night atop the Great Wall of China. After backlash from social media, the company has cancelled the contest.<p>Night at the Great …

Great Wall of China

Internal Facebook note reveals clever 'psychological trick' to attract teenage users

Always on the lookout for novel ways to attract teens, Facebook purchased viral polling app TBH last October. The app fell well short of anything innovative but did manage to snag an estimated 2.5 million users, mostly teens, just a few months after its launch. While it’s easy to point to as a …

App Store

IBM-Maersk blockchain alliance cuts oceanic shipping times by 40%

Did you just get a TV from Tokyo or flowers from France? Blockchain, that potentially disruptive but much-derided technology, might have helped deliver the goods.<p>A blockchain-based IBM partnership with global shipping colossus Maersk has now expanded to include 94 partners, Big Blue said Thursday. …

Blockchain

Samsung announces Spotify deal: Expect Spotify on your fridge too

• Samsung has announced a new agreement with streaming music service Spotify during its Unpacked press event.<br>• The partnership will allow Spotify songs to transfer seamlessly across Samsung Galaxy phones, tablets and smartwatches.<br>• It will also connect to Samsung smart TVs and the upcoming Galaxy Home …

Galaxy Note

Workona helps web workers finally close all those tabs

A new startup, Workona, this week launched software designed for those who primarily do their work in a browser. The company’s goal is to become the OS for web work – and to also save web workers from the hell that is a million open tabs. To accomplish this, Workona offers smart browser windows you …

Google

To keep running a page with a ‘large audience,’ Facebook wants proof of where you live

Anyone who manages a Facebook page that has a “large audience,” which is the somewhat nonspecific language Facebook uses in a new blog post today, …

Social Media

Google ‘Cameos’ iOS app lets celebrities & public figures answer popular questions

It’s honestly pretty hilarious what you can end up seeing people ask about celebrities on the internet. In fact, there are even entire web-shows dedicated to having celebrities answer the most popular questions on Google. Now, Google is giving celebs the opportunity to answer those questions with a …

iOS Apps

This AI-Powered Robot Can Find Waldo Instantly

This AI-powered robot can pinpoint Waldo within seconds, thereby ruining Where's Waldo forever.<p>Creative agency Redpepper made a AI-powered robot that can pinpoint Waldo in 4.45 seconds (“better than most five year olds,” according to Redpepper). The robot is complete with a rubber hand that points …

Comic Books

Spotify runs test in Australia, allowing users to skip ads at any time, potentially boosting targeting and revenues

If you want to test out a feature on a large, well-known, global, platform, there’s a very simple solution: Test it in Australia. At a population of 24 million and with a predominantly Western culture, it’s a large enough test bed and small enough market, so ideal for testing new features before …

Spotify

Yoshi: The ‘Uber For Gas’ That’s Putting Wheels On Gas Stations

We’ve found ways to save time doing just about everything. Amazon has revolutionized shopping so we can get virtually anything online, including …

Transportation

YouTube's "Device Report" tells you how good your smartphone is for watching

<b>In context:</b> While YouTube collects performance data from its client apps, they're looking at hardware to improve stream quality, push new …

Mobile Devices

Twitter Lite is now available in 21 more countries

Many of us want to engage with the rest of the global society, whether we live in major cities with blazing fast mobile connections or areas where data is prohibitively expensive or slow. To help bridge the gap for those in the latter regions, Twitter released its Lite app, which also takes up far …

Google Play

Facebook buys rights to show La Liga games in India

Facebook has bought the rights to show Spanish top-flight football in the Indian subcontinent in the latest move by a US technology company into sports rights.<p>The company has signed an exclusive agreement to show La Liga games featuring Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and other stars for the next three …

Spanish La Liga

Trulia enables homeseekers to know the neighborhood with a new app feature

The multi-billion-dollar real estate data giant Trulia is going hyperlocal across America this month with the launch of an enhanced digital …

Real Estate