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[Exclusive] 5 Artists Reimagine '1984' for 2017 - Creators

Dystopia is in the air. Is it really any surprise that George Orwell's tale of a futuristic authoritarian state, <i>1984</i>, is on Amazon's bestseller list? In a time in which Kellyanne Conway's "Alternative Facts" seem like <i>the least</i> of our problems, publisher Penguin has seen a 9500% sales increase of …

George Orwell

Apple launches 'special' new red iPhone and revamped iPad

Earlier today, Apple unexpectedly took down its online store and replaced it with a mysterious message, promising ‘something special’ is on the way. Now we know what the surprise was: a new iPhone and an upgraded iPad.<p>While the online stores continues to be unavailable, the company has updated its …

iPhone

Apple Store goes down as Apple teases ‘something special’ – maybe new iPad

Apple has a surprise “in store” for you. But you might have to curb your enthusiasm for a few more hours until the company is ready to lift the lid on its mysterious announcement.<p>The Cupertino behemoth has temporarily taken down its online store and replaced it with a short cryptic message, …

iOS

YouTube apologizes for hiding LGBTQ users’ videos in its Restricted Mode

YouTube has released a statement in response to accusations that it is discriminating against its LGBTQ users by hiding certain videos in its Restricted Mode. The company issued the statement on Sunday night, after several popular LGBTQ vloggers and video creators, discovered that videos on topics …

You Tube

Google's tool to edit your iPhone's awkward Live Photos just got better

Google Motion Stills is a must-have app for iPhone fans with troves of Live Photos — and it just got even better.<p>The image editor already makes Live Photos less jarring by stabilizing shaky background movement and focusing on the motion at the center of an image's frame. It also converts the pics …

Google

Germany to use voice recognition to identify refugee origins

Germany will soon use voice recognition tech to help figure out exactly where refugees came from, according to <i>Die Welt</i>. Though the number of asylum seekers coming to the nation in 2016 dropped significantly to 280,000 from 890,000 in 2015, there was still a backlog of 430,000 applications at the …

Immigration

This Kenyan Startup Uses Mobile Phones To Build Credit For Farmers

If you want to help the world's poorest, help them to farm. So says Bill Gates, and it makes sense. More than three-quarters of the poorest live in rural areas and most are smallholder farmers working less than two acres. They often lack the seeds, machinery, livestock, and finance they need to …

Agriculture

LG’s impressive 4K HDR Monitor will be available on March 28th for $999

LG introduced its 32-inch 4K monitor, the 32UD99, at CES this year, and now we’re getting pricing info. The display will be available on March 28th for $999, according to a listing on B&H. Adorama also lists the display at that price and says it’s “coming soon,” but doesn’t specifically cite March …

Gear & Gadgets

Some lucky Netflix members have a cool new 'skip intro' button to make binge-watching better

Some Netflix members are discovering a new time-saving option that could improve binge-watching on the streaming service.<p>For viewers who are binge-watching a show, it can be annoying to have to watch the opening credits and hear the theme song numerous times, so Netflix is testing an option that …

Netflix

Uber Board Has Full Confidence in CEO Kalanick, Huffington Says

Uber board member Arianna Huffington says the ride sharing company's board of directors "absolutely" has full confidence in CEO Travis Kalanick to lead Uber despite several controversies in recent months.<p>Huffington also said the search for the newly-created Chief Operating Officer role is …

Uber

Ex-Jailbreakers now working to secure iOS for consumers and enterprises with comprehensive platform

For nearly half a decade, teams of hackers and programmers have worked tirelessly to crack Apple’s iOS software code in order to inject new features, themes, and applications. Now, a team led by noted former jailbreak developers Will Strafach, otherwise known as “Chronic”, and Joshua Hill, known as …

Security

Apple gives indie gamers a permanent home on the App Store

Breaking into the App Store can be difficult enough, but for small-time mobile game developers it’s even more of a challenge as they go up against billion-dollar, global publishers that dominate the top charts, like Supercell, Activision Blizzard, Niantic, EA, Tencent and others that can afford to …

App Store

One Billion Yahoo Accounts Still for Sale, Despite Hacking Indictments

SAN FRANCISCO — For sale: one billion Yahoo accounts, $200,000 or best offer. The passwords don’t work, but the dates of birth, telephone numbers and security questions could still be useful to an adept cyberthief.<p>After federal prosecutors unsealed indictments this week against four men they say …

Cybersecurity

Samsung’s Note 7 disaster won’t stop people buying the Galaxy S8

In 2016, few mobile tech stories garnered more attention than the Galaxy Note 7’s exploding batteries. As you likely remember, Samsung ended up …

Samsung

Google’s fight with Uber over self-driving cars is heating up

Google’s legal battle with Uber over the development of self-driving cars is already off to an ugly start. Lawyers for the two tech firms spent the last two days bickering over which attorneys should be allowed to view the trade secrets Google claims were stolen by their former employees who went …

Uber

Drake is releasing new music, and this time he’s sharing it with everyone

In 2016, Drake’s celebrated rap album <i>Views</i> became one of the first music projects to debut solely on Apple Music—and unleashed a flurry of agitation over exclusive deals in the music business. While exclusives make tons of money for hit artists, they’re also regularly slammed for encouraging piracy …

Music

Are Fashion Memes the New Fashion Emojis? Gucci Says Yes

Flash back to the halcyon days of 2016 and you’ll remember that there was once a time when emojis were fashion’s favorite digital trend. Chanel incorporated the symbols into its Fall 2016 collection, Versace released a sticker pack of Medusa-inspired smiley faces, and Acne Studios produced not one …

Fashion

City Maps Made by Judgmental Jerks

These fearlessly biased maps point out areas of "religious wackadoodles," "white guilt," and "Kardashian watchers."<p>Where do the "super white people" live in Manhattan? Where are the "rednecks with no teeth" in Northern Virginia and the "hipster wannabes from Orange County" in L.A.?<p>The answers may …

Newswire: Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried take legal action after stolen nudes are leaked

Earlier today, <i>Variety</i> reported that Emma Watson was taking legal action after learning that some of her private photos had reportedly been stolen and leaked online. And we were preparing to cover just how shitty the world continues to be, but then some more sludge rolled downhill, as we learned …

Amanda Seyfried

Why does everyone keep making Nazi comparisons?

BBC News<p><b>As a row between Turkey and the EU deepened, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused both the Germans and the Dutch of using Nazi tactics.</b><p>Bringing up Hitler or Nazi Germany in an argument is hardly new.<p>But recently, it has appeared as part of political discussion on an international …

This iPhone concept presents a compelling use for a borderless screen

Before this year is through, we’re likely to see a procession of new smartphones launching with incredibly thin screen bezels, such as LG’s G6 that was just announced at Mobile World Congress last month. Or Samsung’s Galaxy S8. Or, as rumor has it, the special anniversary edition iPhone that we’re …

iPhone

The Matrix is reportedly getting a reboot

<i>The Matrix</i> is getting a remake. That’s according to <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>, which says that Warner Bros. is in the early stages of developing a rebooted version of the 1999 cyberpunk classic, with <i>Creed</i> star Michael B. Jordan as the potential headliner.<p>Zak Penn is currently in talks to write a …

Movies

There may be a 3rd pillar of physical fitness beyond diet and exercise

Most of us know that to be healthy, we need to eat well and exercise.<p>But focusing on just those two things may not be enough, according to a theory investigated (and experienced) by journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney in his recent book "What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme …

Wellness

Sony’s touchscreen projector technology feels like the future of interactivity

A touchscreen without a display<p>This year at SXSW, Sony opened up what it calls the “Wow Factory” in a converted warehouse on Trinity Street in Austin, where members of its Future Lab program have set up some of the coolest and weirdest hardware concepts out there. The Future Lab program is a …

Virtual Reality

Why did people assume an Asian woman was the nanny?

BBC News<p><b>By now, most of the Internet seems to have seen the video of a BBC interview being interrupted by two small children.</b><p>International Relations professor Robert Kelly's interview about South Korea was briefly interrupted when his two small children walked in.<p>He managed to keep his composure, …

‘Pornocracy’ Exclusive Clip: SXSW Documentary Explores How The Internet Has Transformed the Porn Industry

The film will be screening on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday at SXSW.<p>“Pornocracy: The New Sex Multinationals” will have its world premiere on Sunday, …

Do You Know Anything About Apple’s Mysterious ‘iPhone Calibration Machine’? - Motherboard

In the back room of every Apple Store in the US is something called an iPhone Calibration Machine. No images of this machine have ever been made public, it is kept under constant video surveillance, and its full functionality is unknown outside of Apple.<p>I learned about the existence of the …

iPhone

Once-banned Vigilante app now warns of nearby emergencies

Late last year, Sp0n released a Vigilante mobile app that was supposed to warn you of nearby crimes and emergencies. Or rather, it tried to release the app -- Apple quickly pulled the title after worrying that the name and focus encouraged users to thrust themselves into dangerous situations. After …

Vigilantism

Facebook’s video strategy nets 1,055% higher share rate than YouTube

EXCLUSIVE:<p>Native video is becoming hugely important. With 25 percent of U.S. users adopting an ad blocker last year, native content is how marketers are avoiding the cut.<p>And native video is one of the reasons influencer marketing and user-generated content has become so important.<p>In a study …

Facebook

Twitch to relaunch Curse, acquired last year, as the more social Twitch Desktop App

Hot on the heels of rolling out its own version of Twitter, called Pulse, video game streaming site Twitch today announced its new desktop application, Twitch Desktop App. This is actually a rebranding of Curse App — an application Twitch acquired from the video game community and software maker …

Game Development