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From war in Syria to a Turkish sweatshop for child refugees

Hamza sits at a sewing machine in a gloomy warehouse in southern Turkey, where he works 12 hours a day, six days a week. The Syrian can perform most of the roles on the assembly line: he knows how to mould leather into the shape of a shoe, or attach its sole with glue. Today Hamza threads its …

Turkey

In Turkey we can’t even laugh at our politicians any more

Amid the political turmoil in Turkey this week, culminating in the prime minister’s announcement that he’ll stand down within days, it was Oscar Wilde who became the subject of a heated debate in the Turkish parliament. A member of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) said he wanted to …

Playwrights

Nearly 80 percent of Reddit threads with more than a thousand comments mention Hitler

Just as the second law of thermodynamics means that the Universe trends towards disorder, so Godwin's law dictates that online discussions must trend towards Hitler.<p>This has been a common enough axiom on the web for a while, but now, we have some concrete figures to support the theory. Pseudonymous …

Reddit

MacBook 2016 review: all of the possibilities, all of the realities

Last year’s introduction of the 12-inch MacBook — that’s just MacBook, not MacBook Air or MacBook Pro — highlighted some of the best elements of Apple design. The laptop is beautiful, super thin, and lightweight, with a Retina display and a new kind of trackpad.<p>But its sleekness came with a …

Laptops

Engagio launches PlayMaker to turn B2B marketing insights into action items

Engagio, the B2B marketing platform built by Marketo founder Jon Miller, is about a year old and performing well. The company has 36 clients and is operating at $675,000 in recurring annual revenue.<p>But now is no time for the company to rest on its laurels.<p>Today, Engagio is introducing a new product …

Marketing

15 essential tips for mastering Facebook Live

Facebook Live is quickly becoming the hottest new live-streaming platform for both publishers and regular people. From <i>Buzzfeed</i>’s exploding watermelon to Dallas-based tattoo artist Liz Cook who streams ink sessions in real time and that snake expert who extracts venom from animals (note: omg), …

Facebook

TiVo agrees to $1.1 billion acquisition by Rovi

Digital entertainment company and patent hog Rovi has agreed to buy DVR-maker TiVo in a $1.1 billion deal. The acquisition was rumored yesterday and confirmed this morning by Rovi, which says it will adopt the "iconic TiVo brand" as the name for the new company. The deal will mostly be paid for in …

TiVo

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer could get $55 million severance package

Marissa Mayer in 90 seconds<p>Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer stands to make $55 million if the struggling company gets sold -- and she gets booted.<p>The company revealed Mayer's severance package and her 2015 pay when it updated its annual report on Friday evening.<p>Mayer's golden parachute would be a huge …

Marissa Mayer

Twitter’s executive gravy train is much bigger than Facebook’s, Yahoo’s

The unprofitable social-media company generously awards senior managers, writes Phil van Doorn.<p>The unprofitable social-media company generously awards senior managers<p>There’s more to the story of Twitter than just the company’s failure to hit target numbers expected by Wall Street analysts. What …

Fortune 500

If Yahoo is sold, Marissa Mayer could walk away with $54.8 million

As Yahoo makes moves for a possible sale or major overhaul, eyes are on CEO Marissa Mayer and whether she’ll stay or go.<p>If she’s forced out because of a “change in control,” her severance package will be $54.88 million, according to an SEC filing yesterday (April 29). The package includes $3 …

iPhone 7: All the rumors about the specs, design and features of Apple's 2016 iPhone

With the March 21 introduction of the 4-inch iPhone SE now in the rear-view mirror, we have turned our speculative focus to the forthcoming iPhone 7, …

Mobile Photography

Famous programmer who sold his company to Microsoft for about $400 million: 'Microsoft is a different company'

In February, Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedman finally sold their company, Xamarin, to Microsoft for a reported $400 million to $500 million, a sale that many thought was almost destined to happen.<p>The two founders are legends in the open source developer community with a long, close but sometimes …

Microsoft

Berlin authorities crack down on Airbnb rental boom

Berlin began restricting private property rentals through Airbnb and similar online platforms on Sunday, threatening hefty fines in an attempt to keep housing affordable for local people.<p>Authorities in the German capital fear the trend for people to let apartments to tourists through sites such as …

Berlin

Disappearing messages could be coming to Messenger for iOS

Just a few weeks ago, Facebook-owned WhatsApp rolled out end-to-end encryption by default for its users. Now Facebook’s other big messaging app, Messenger, looks set for an upgrade that could appeal to privacy-minded users.<p>The Twitter account @iOSAppChanges today posted screenshots of the …

Apple News

Chinese report indicates iPhone 7 to have slightly larger battery than iPhone 6s

A Weibo report has surfaced that indicates the iPhone 7 may have a slightly larger battery than the current generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. According to the poster, the iPhone 7 will include a battery with a 1735 mAH capacity and iPhone 7 Plus will feature a 2810 mAH battery. On both …

Batteries

Vimeo acquires VHX as it looks to build out business models for indie creators

One of the biggest trends in media over the past year has been the move from free, ad-supported models to premium options like Netflix, Hulu, and commercial-free deals like YouTube Red. Smaller independent creators have also begun to tap into this demand, selling episodes, seasons, and …

YouTube

Purported iPhone 7 component leak disagrees with previous rumors, suggests 3.5 mm headphone jack will stay

The iPhone 7 had been rumored to be dropping the analog 3.5 mm headphone jack, in favour of wireless Bluetooth or Lightning cable headphones for audio output. However, a new iPhone 7 component leak posted on Weibo disagrees with previous reports, depicting a board that includes a 3.5mm jack (in the …

iPhone

AdBlock Plus teams up with Flattr to help readers pay publishers

Ad blockers are often painted as the enemy of online publishers, but sometimes things are more complicated.<p>AdBlock Plus, for example, just announced that they’re working with startup Flattr on a new product that allows readers to pay the publishers who produce the content they read, listen to and …

Possible iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Depicted in New Image

Amid rumors suggesting Apple is set to ditch the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, an image depicting a spare part that could be used in the device has surfaced – headphone jack included.<p>This morning, French site <i>Nowhereelse.fr</i> shared an image of a Lightning cable assembly, apparently destined for the …

iPhone

Here's how Facebook decides what 'trending' news you see

More than half of all Facebook users consider the site a news source.<p>Those people can get their fix from stories their friends post, pieces or "Instant Articles" published directly to Facebook by news orgs, or the site's own feed of "Trending" topics.<p>Facebook has previously said that trending …

Facebook

Instagram gives £7000 to 10-year-old who revealed security flaw

Image sharing app Instagram has given a 10-year-old Finnish boy £7,000 as a reward for finding a security flaw in the platform.<p>Jani, who lives in Helskini, found a security flaw that meant he could delete other users' comments. The company say it "quickly fixed" the flaw but rewarded the boy for …

Security

Periscope hires first editor-in-chief

The live-video app wants to make sure you have something interesting to watch.<p>Nothing catching your eye on Periscope? The Twitter-owned live-video …

Periscope

Google moves every Blogspot domain to HTTPS

Now your feline photo essays will be a little more secure.<p>Google's quest to make the internet a more secure place is taking another step. The internet juggernaut's flipped the switch on HTTPS for all Blogspot domains, according to a post on the Google Security Blogspot account. Naturally. It's …

Google

IBM launches quantum computing as a cloud service

Quantum computing is still very much in the early research stage, but IBM is hoping to accelerate the progress around it by making a quantum computer available to researchers as a cloud service. It is a bold and ambitious idea, although still very much a small step in trying to understand quantum …

IBM

YouTube will reportedly start streaming live TV in 2017

A new 'Unplugged' service would compete with options from Sony and Sling.<p>Streaming live TV over the internet is the latest entertainment land grab -- as more consumers cut the cord, plenty of companies are finding new ways to offer potential customers a way to get their live TV fix. According to a …

YouTube

Periscope mimics Fb Live by letting you permanently #Save replays

Periscope added its biggest missing feature today in a move that could make it more palatable to brands and social stars, and help it compete with Facebook Live. You can now permanently save replays of your broadcasts by including #Save in their title. You still can delete them later if you want. …

Periscope

Hardened Security Features of iPhone 5s Successfully Hacked in LAPD Murder Investigation

Los Angeles police investigators have discovered a workable method to bypass the hardened security features of a locked iPhone 5s, according to <i>The Los Angeles Times</i>.<p>In court documents seen by the newspaper yesterday, LAPD detectives found a "forensic cellphone expert" who could unlock the iPhone 5s …

Phones

Periscope users can now save their live streamed broadcasts forever

Periscope's live streamed broadcasts have become a lot more permanent. Users of the Twitter-owned app can now choose to save their videos forever, CEO Kayvon Beykpour announced on the platform last night, changing the previous policy that saw broadcasts disappear after 24 hours. Users who want to …

Periscope

Netflix now lets you control how much data it uses when streaming from your smartphone

Netflix announced this morning a new way for consumers to control how much data its app uses when they’re accessing the service by way of a mobile device. In the updated version of the iOS or Android application, there will be a new setting called “Cellular Data Usage,” where you’ll be able to …

Netflix

300 million machines are now running Windows 10

Microsoft is edging closer to its one billion goal. After less than a year of upgrades, 300 million machines are now running Windows 10. That's a 30 million improvement on the 270 million figure Microsoft provided at Build in late March, and a sign that people are continuing to upgrade at a steady …

Microsoft