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naked selfies are about so much more than attention

Since the iPhone gods delivered us the front facing camera, people have had a complex relationship with Selfies. To many, they're seen as the domain of the fickle and self obsessed, something people do only when they're clamouring for likes and validation. Their nude cousin invites even more …

Selfies

Mesmerizing GIFs Illustrate the Art of Traditional Japanese Wood Joinery — All Done Without Screws, Nails, or Glue

Traditional Japanese carpentry, whether used to build a dinner table or the entire house containing it, doesn’t use screws, nails, adhesives, or any …

Art

What could Marissa Mayer do next if she leaves Yahoo?

Marissa Mayer was the first female engineer at Google, and the last CEO of Yahoo as we know it.<p>Yahoo hasn't officially joined the Verizon family just yet, but a new filing is raising questions about Mayer's future at the company, assuming the $4.83 billion acquisition is completed.<p>In a brief filed …

Yahoo

Yahoo may be dead, but Lycos still survives. Somehow.

For all intents and purposes, Yahoo as we know it is dead.<p>The main part of the company has been devoured by Verizon in a deal worth $4.8 billion. What remains of it has rebranded as the (perplexingly-named) Altaba, which let’s face it, sounds like a brand of weight loss milkshake aimed at …

Twitter

FarmLogs raises $22 million to help farmers improve crop yield with big data

Data-focused crop-management startup FarmLogs has raised $22 million in a funding round led by Naspers Ventures, the VC arm of South African media giant Naspers, with participation from existing investors Drive Capital, Huron River Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners, SV Angel, and Y Combinator …

Startups

Snapchat is quietly making updates that Facebook advertisers like

Snapchat's ad business is growing up, and it's beginning to look a lot like Facebook's.<p>Snap is testing two features this month in Snap Ads — the video ads that are inserted between Stories or on Discover — that make it easier for advertisers to meet their targets when it comes to direct sales, app …

Snapchat

Ex-Automator lead Sal Soghoian resurfaces with automation blog series after leaving Apple

Back in November, Sal Soghoian shared publicly that his role at Apple was eliminated after almost 20 years leading AppleScript, Automator, and automation efforts at the company. Now Soghoian has resurfaced online with a new guest series covering automation at <i>MacStories</i>.<p>In his first entry, Soghoian …

Automation

Chrome OS Android apps will soon run on 7.1 Nougat

Android apps are a game changer for the Chrome OS platform, and hardware manufacturers are responding with devices that embrace the new capabilities. However, despite the ideal hardware, Google’s software isn’t quite perfect yet, but that’s changing…<p>Currently, Android apps on Chrome OS are based on …

Chromebook

Facebook has unveiled its Snapchat Discover clone

Discover the new Snapchat Discover.<p>As part of its long-winded announcement of its quest to save journalism, Facebook unveiled a new way for media outlets to share their content, and it looks quite like Snapchat Discover.<p>Starting Thursday, select publishers will be able to choose a cover image or …

Facebook

Report on Russian hacking suggests Telegram may not be as secure as you think

In the midst of all the fallout that came in the wake of Buzzfeed's publication of an unverified dossier that claims President-Elect Donald Trump has definite ties to Russia was an uncomfortable revelation for security-minded people everywhere: one of the most trusted encrypted messaging apps might …

Security

Facebook could be working on a project that reads brain waves to communicate thoughts

During a Q&A session, Mark Zuckerberg once said:<p>One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you’d like.<p>Spotted by Business Insider, …

Facebook

Fitbit reportedly held talks to acquire Jawbone

As the patent battle between Fitbit and Jawbone neared its settlement, the two companies reportedly entertained talks around a potential acquisition. However, those discussions broke down and now it has led to Jawbone scrambling to raise funds to continue operating.<p>The Financial Times reports …

Wearable Tech

Fitbit Acquires Vector

The ticker for Fitbit is displayed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Feb. 23, 2016.New Fitbit products were noticeably absent at …

Wearable Tech

LG Teases G6 In New Video

A model poses for photographs with LG Electronics' new smartphone G5 during its launch event in Taipei, March 24, 2016.As we inch closer to the …

Waterproofing

Nougat’s notification system is now a requirement for Android device makers

If you are an Android handset maker, you no longer can mess around with the operating system’s notification features. That is what was discovered in the latest update to Google’s Compatibility Definition Document for Android, with the new requirements made for smartphones that use Nougat …

Google

Google is using machine learning to reduce the data needed for high-resolution images

The company says its techniques reduce data costs up to 75 percent per image<p>Last November, Google unveiled a prototype technology called RAISR that uses machine learning to make low-resolution images appear more detailed. Now, the company has begun the process of integrating RAISR with its online …

Software Engineering

Google Kills Another Mysterious “Moonshot”

Titan, which aimed to beam Internet from drones, is the latest project to become a casualty of Google’s new fiscal discipline.<p>In the Mountain View offices of X, Google’s factory for creating its “moonshot” projects, there’s a picture of a burning $100 bill on a poster board. “Investors think we do …

Google

5 digital marketing trends that will die in 2017

As Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.”<p>He might as well have added that it’s a near certainty that writers will trot out lists of predictions at the beginning of any new year. I won’t exempt myself from that rule, but whereas many are content to predict new trends, …

Digital Marketing

French car manufacturer Renault to buy failed ridesharing startup

A few months ago, we reported on the collapse of Karhoo – a fledgling ride sharing startup that served the New York and London area. The company failed after it ran out of cash. By some estimates, it burned through an impressive $250 million funding round (although some sources say the real figure …

Startups

The mobile app gold rush may be over

Ten years ago, Apple announced the iPhone, which soon gave birth to the App Store and the resulting broader app ecosystem. That industry has now matured, having reached critical mass, according to a new report from Flurry out this morning. While there’s still some growth to be seen — app usage is …

Apps

Demand for secret messaging apps is rising as Trump takes office

Two weeks after the US presidential election, Reverend Rebecca Bryan stepped up to her pulpit in the Boston suburb of Brookline and looked out on her congregation. The liberal Unitarian Universalists at First Parish were already gearing up for political action, a central tenet of the church’s …

Encryption

A new book shows the true financial cost of leading a creative life

In August 2014, Roxane Gay released a series of essays called <i>Bad Feminist</i>. It debuted as a New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller and spent another seven weeks in total on the list. When Gay had negotiated her advance, Harper Perennial paid her only $15,000. That’s about a third of what a …

Simon & Schuster

Twitter’s sensual butcher #SaltBae is already in the copycat phase of his meme life

A new day, a new viral meat meme. #SaltBae is the internet-bestowed nickname of Nusret Gökçe, a butcher, restaurant owner, and conventionally attractive man, who this weekend managed to hold the internet’s attention for a brief while by pounding, slicing, and salting beef with great passion.<p>Gökçe …

India

Spotify appears to be testing a new Material Design-inspired UI w/ full-screen album art

Spotify’s app for Android has changed quite a bit over the past few months, most recently by introducing a new bottom-bar oriented UI. However, it seems that Spotify isn’t done quite yet, as some users are currently reporting a new ‘now playing’ interface on their Android devices.<p>According to …

Albums

Facebook is (finally) preparing to make money off its massive video audience

Facebook is about to turn up the volume on its video competition with YouTube.<p>Videos on the social network can soon include mid-roll advertisements, allowing publishers to finally start making money from their videos, <i>Recode</i> reported Monday.<p>Unlike YouTube where ads run prior to the video and can be …

Facebook

Marissa Mayer is resigning from Yahoo's board

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will resign from the company's board of directors after its planned $4.8 billion merger with Verizon is completed, Yahoo announced in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.<p>Mayer, along with Yahoo cofounder David Filo and four other members of the …

Yahoo

Oil down 4% on concerns over rising Iraqi exports, U.S. output

Oil prices tumbled by 4 per cent on Monday on concern that record Iraqi crude exports and rising U.S. output would undermine OPEC’s efforts to curb global oversupply.<p>U.S. crude futures settled down $2.03 at $51.96 a barrel, while Brent futures settled down $2.16 at $54.94 a barrel.<p>In Iraq, OPEC’s …

Oil

Mars to Buy VCA for $9.1 Billion

Candy and pet food maker Mars said it would buy VCA, which runs hospitals for animals, for $7.7 billion.<p>Mars, the maker of Whiskas and Pedigree pet products, will pay $93 per share, a premium of 31.4 percent to VCA's Friday closing price.<p>The enterprise value of the deal is $9.1 billion including …

Markets

SoundCloud is losing a lot of money — is an acquisition coming soon?

The company could run out of cash before the end of the year<p>Music streaming site SoundCloud launched its premium music service, SoundCloud Go, in March of 2016, following sites such as Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music. While the company has seen revenues grow, <i>The Financial Times</i> warns that the …

Pandora

Spotify is testing a redesigned now playing screen with full-screen album art

The Spotify app isn't bad, per se, but it could probably be better (similar to certain other music apps). It's good, then, that the company is …

Apple News