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Portrait video is here to stay, you might as well just accept it now

People love to hate on portrait video. I mean <i>seriously</i> love to hate it. A simple Google search for “portrait video” shows basically every blog on the internet that wants to tell you why you shouldn’t shoot video in portrait.<p>But here’s the thing: portrait video is here to stay. As much as you try to …

23andMe plans to use your genetic data to create new drugs

For over a year now, 23andMe has been stuck in a regulatory quagmire with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although it's still able to sell its personal DNA kits, the company is effectively banned from offering health-related genetic tests in the US. A few weeks ago it was given the …

4 Animated GIFs That Reveal The Secret To Great UX Testing

All designers should use these techniques to test their designs.<p>Great designs don’t just fall out of a designer’s brain. More often than not, they’re the result of rigorous testing, using a nebulous mix of scientific and not-so-scientific techniques. But if you’re not sure what the difference …

GIF Animations

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple CEO Tim Cook called into CNBC's Mad Money last night.</b> He told Jim Cramer that 11,000 people have signed up to a heart disease study using ResearchKit.<p><b>2. We got hold of some numbers from Microsoft's cloud business Azure.</b> It has generated $1 billion in revenue since 2011.<p><b>3. Intel has cut its</b> …

Money

Attorney says woman in Silicon Valley gender bias suit misrepresented firing

The woman suing a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm for alleged gender discrimination accepted a generous severance package that gave her a salary, access to her company email and kept her biography on the company website. Yet she immediately started telling people she was abruptly …

​Apple opens up a little more with new iOS beta testing

Letting more people test software before its final release helps Apple find bugs faster -- and potentially nip bigger problems in the bud, too.<p>Apple has broadened a public beta program to iOS, letting people help stamp out bugs in upcoming versions of the mobile operating system before the software …

Beta Testing

Google Apps WHOIS Error Exposed Private Details

<b>Update</b>: A Google spokesperson says:<p>“A security researcher recently reported a defect via our Vulnerability Rewards Program affecting Google Apps’ integration with the Enom domain registration API. We identified the root cause, made the appropriate fixes, and communicated this with affected Apps …

Microsoft's Digital Assistant Cortana May Be Heading to iOS and Android

Microsoft is beefing up "Cortana", its virtual voice assistant found in its line of Windows Phones, with plans to provide her contextual reminders and various other features on iOS and Android devices later this year, according to <i>Reuters</i>.<p>Announced for Windows 10 desktops earlier this year, …

Google Code is shutting down because everyone loves GitHub

Goodbye, Google Code. The technology giant has decided to close its project hosting and code collaboration site because, well, there are simply better alternatives on the web. Google says it launched the platform back in 2006 because it was unhappy with the "limited" options available to the open …

Swatch watch with contactless payment coming in May

The world's biggest watchmaker is going high-tech but says, "We don't want to produce a mini mobile phone on your wrist."<p>You'll soon be able to pay for stuff with your Swatch watch, but the company is talking down the possibility of an Apple Watch-style all-singing, all-dancing smartwatch.<p>Swatch is …

Smartwatches

India’s Top Mobile Wallet App Adds Support For Payments To Bank Accounts

Paytm, a India-based mobile payments service operated by (now) Alibaba-backed One97, has introduced a big new feature that lets 25 million users transfer money to bank accounts.<p>Mobile wallets, like that of Paytm, have grown in popular in India, where credit card adoption is low and many services, …

FinTech

Twitter's Building a Second-screen Experience for TV Shows

Twitter is experimenting with TV Timelines, a new way to surface tweets and media related to TV shows on air, reports Mashable.<p>The feature, which is still being tested in Twitter’s iPhone app with a limited number of users, becomes available when you use a hashtag for some TV shows. Currently,</i> …