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Study identifies two new carcinogens in e-cigarette vapor

Vaping is definitely toxic, but some puffs are worse than others.<p>Most people won't dispute the claim that e-cigarettes are <i>less</i> harmful than traditional smokes, but evidence is rapidly mounting that vaping isn't exactly good for you, either. Numerous studies have found toxic chemicals and …

Chemicals

New Video Reveals the Most Controversial iPhone 7 Feature Yet

The iPhone 7 might not be totally different from the iPhones currently on the market, but it's supposedly going to be lacking one key feature: a …

Apple News

Pinterest Steals Away One of Snapchat's Advertising Gurus

His hiring is part of a broader push by the company to make money.<p>Pinterest, the online service for collecting images of cakes, hair styles, and more, has hired away one of Snapchat’s experts in measuring the impact of ad campaigns.<p>Pinterest announced on Wednesday that Gunnard Johnson is joining …

Digital Advertising

Tumblr teases plan to introduce ads on all its blogs

Tumblr this week quietly announced plans to roll out a new advertising program across its site which will see it implementing ads across users’ blogs. The company did not provide specific details on how the program will operate, but it appears to be an expansion of its earlier Creatrs program, …

Digital Advertising

Facebook gives its Oculus employees a dystopian sci-fi book to get them excited about building the future

Anyone who starts a job at Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus is given a copy of Ernest Cline's dystopian science fiction bestseller, "Ready Player One."<p>The book, published in 2011, takes place in 2044, when the world is a dismal place and people spend most of their social time inside a …

Facebook

Xiaomi's new 'Notebook Air' looks an awful lot like a MacBook

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi has unveiled its first-ever laptop -- a sleek machine with solid performance specs and an attractive price.<p>One problem: The new computer looks an awful lot like Apple's MacBook Air. It's even called the "Mi Notebook Air."<p>The similarities are likely to …

Apple News

Snapchat raised so much money they're doing weird stuff

1.8 billion US dollars would make any sane person go crazy. Personally, I think I would buy an island.<p>But what happens if you’re one of the biggest, most influential social media companies the world has ever seen? Well, you start doing weird things too.<p>In an interesting turn of events, Snapchat …

Snapchat

Apple Maps will now tell you where to park and plug your car in

Apple Maps now has insight from Parkopedia, a service that tells you where to park and plug in your electric vehicle.<p>It’s not an all-in strategy, though; Like it does with Yelp, Apple Maps will offer to open up the Parkopedia app for additional information like pricing, user reviews, special offers …

Maps

Roomi raises $4 million to help you find a roommate

At first glance, Roomi looks like it’s just another rental listing app. But there’s a twist — all of these homes already have tenants.<p>An alternative to Craigslist, Roomi thinks it can find you a better roommate. Are you a gym rat? Do you like to throw parties? The app syncs with Facebook to give …

House Prices

Prisma will soon offer video editing

If you’ve recently been having fun playing around with photo editing application, Prisma on your Android smartphone, you may have noticed a key …

Editing

Tumblr will allow users to make money from ads

Tumblr this week announced that it will roll out ads across all of its blogs, in a bid to increase revenue from the Yahoo-owned site. The ads will begin appearing on Thursday, though users will at first not receive a cut of the revenue. In a blog post published this week, Tumblr said that it is …

Tumblr

Adobe's virtual oil paint adds texture to digital painting

Project Wetbrush is a 'bristle-level' simulation of a brush on canvas.<p>While there are plenty of apps that can realistically emulate the look of brushstrokes on a 2D digital canvas (and even some in 3D space), none have accurately simulated the way a paintbrush actually behaves in a realistic, 3D …

3D

Withings smart connected devices now available in India

If you’re a fitness and wellness enthusiast and are looking for ways to keep track of your physical activity, progress, and health data, there’s good …

India

Virgin America's new app plays a curated Spotify soundtrack while you travel

It's been a long time coming, but Virgin America is finally coming out with an app for Android and iOS later this summer.<p>It's been a long time …

Travel

Elon Musk's push for autopilot unnerves some Tesla employees

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Even before Tesla reported the first known death of a driver using its autopilot feature, some employees worried the car company wasn't taking every possible precaution.<p>Those building autopilot were acutely aware that any shortcoming or unforeseen flaw could lead to injury or death …

Autonomous Tech

Facebook shares hit record high as it beats estimates again

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc is growing so fast analysts can't keep up.<p>The social networking giant beat market expectations for profit and revenue yet again in the latest quarter, pushing up its shares to a record high on Thursday and allowing it to overtake Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc as …

Facebook

Customers are deserting Sky – and analysts have blamed Netflix

The number of customers deserting Sky has climbed to a nine-year high, with analysts blaming the rise of Netflix and Amazon.<p>The pay-TV company, which is 39%-owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, said its so-called customer “churn” rate in the UK and Ireland stood at 11.2% in the 12 months to …

Netflix

Apple is about to reveal its confidence in the next iPhone launch

Investors have “extremely low” expectations.<p>When Apple reports its June quarter results today, it’s expected to post its second straight quarterly revenue decline.<p>Specifically, analysts project Apple will report about $42 billion in revenue — down about 15 percent year over year — on about 40 …

iPhone

Last Yahoo CEO standing: Here’s Marissa Mayer’s letter to employees on sale

She says she’s staying, but sources said it will only be until deal is officially completed.<p>CEO Marissa Mayer is mightily trying to put a shiny, happy face on a deal that will effectively be taking away her job and wash away her efforts to turn around Yahoo as what has turned out to be its last CEO.<p>…

Marissa Mayer

Turkey will work with U.S. on Gulen extradition

WASHINGTON — Turkey's ambassador said Friday that his country will accept a U.S. offer to work with the State and Justice departments on an extradition request for a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania who Ankara accuses of orchestrating last week's failed coup.<p>“Of course that’s going to happen,” …

Extradition

Turkish opposition party denounces coup attempt

ISTANBUL (AP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of Turkey's main opposition group, joined by some ruling party members, rallied Sunday in Istanbul to denounce a July 15 coup attempt, a rare show of unity that belies opposition unease over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown since the failed …

Government

Nintendo loses $6.4 billion in value after it says Pokemon Go will have a limited effect on earnings

The value of video game maker Nintendo, which had risen $17.6 billion since the release of Pokemon Go, gave back $6.7 billion in valuation on Monday. The 18% decline was brought on by a number of factors, including the quick doubling of the stock over the last couple of weeks. But the main catalyst …

Nintendo

I followed Jack Dorsey's morning routine for a week and was surprised by the difference it made in my day

As CEO of both Twitter and Square, 18-hour days are a regular occurrence for Jack Dorsey.<p>According to a 2015 Product Hunt Q&A, Dorsey keeps balance by following a uniform schedule day to day:<p>"I look to build a lot of consistent routine. Same thing every day."<p>Dorsey said in the Q&A that this routine …

Jack Dorsey

MIT Invents a Glasses-Free 3D Movie Screen

​Finally, you won't have to wear those dorky 3D glasses over your dorky regular glasses.<p>Remember when <i>Avatar</i> first premiered back in 2009, and everyone was talking about how in the future all movies would be in 3D? And how a few years later, those same people realized that watching 3D movies would …

MIT

All 2017 Ford vehicles are getting CarPlay and Android Auto

Ford isn't limiting compatibility to but a few models.<p>Ford has confirmed that <i>all</i> of its 2017 models -- every single car, SUV, light truck and EV -- are smartphone-ready. They all come loaded with Ford's Sync 3 entertainment system and are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Those who've …

Google

The source code for Vine was accidentally made public

The source code for Twitter's six-second video app Vine was accidentally revealed online, The Register reports.<p>A security researcher who goes by the username "avicoder" published a blog post about his discovery. He says that he found a subdomain on Vine's website which led to him discovering Vine's …

Source Code

Vine's source code was made public for 5 minutes

Thanks to some digging around in the inner workings of Twitter’s video website Vine, white hat hacker avicoder was able to download the entire source code to the popular service.<p>As he was looking at various ways to breach the website’s security, he found an interesting domain that could recreate a …

Source Code

Using the Awareness API in your Android app

The Awareness API was introduced at Google I/O 2016, and is a new way of engaging users in specific situations, by either checking their current …

APIs

Peter Thiel-backed banking startup Number26 rebrands as N26 and becomes an official bank

Number26, a Peter Thiel-backed mobile banking startup that’s setting out to create the bank account of the future, has finally received its banking license, giving the company full regulatory approval to operate across the European Union off its own steam. The company has also announced that it’s …

Peter Thiel

Apple's MacBook Air chief is now leading its 'Titan' car team

Apple is reportedly tapping former executive Bob Mansfield to lead its not-so-secret car project, which many believe is called ‘Titan.’<p>If you’re not familiar with Mansfield, you’re definitely aware of the products he’s helmed. On top of the iMac, MacBook Air and early iPads, the Apple Watch is …

MacBook Air