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Chrome can sometimes get you a better YouTube experience than the YouTube app<p>YouTube is the internet’s replacement for the TV, so it’s only natural that we’d use it as our background noise provider, however Google doesn’t make that easy on mobile devices. Unless you have a YouTube Red subscription, …

Apps

Here’s a hack so you can tweet with 280 characters right now

Twitter doubled the character limit of tweets to 280 in a surprise move yesterday, but not every Twitter user will be able to use the new limit just yet. Twitter is rolling out the long tweets feature to select accounts as a test, but Twitter user Prof9 has discovered a workaround to get longer …

Social Media

Inkitt, a ‘reader powered’ book publisher, raises $3.9M to discover the next best-selling author

Inkitt, which bills itself as “the world’s first reader-powered book publisher,” has raised $3.9 million in pre-series A funding, in a round led by Redalpine, with Frontline Ventures, Speedinvest and a number of private investors also participating. The Berlin-based startup is part writing and …

Writing

The best to-do list app right now

Get the app and then get things done<p>The best to-do list app will always be whatever works for you. One reason for the enduring popularity of pen-and-paper-based methods is that they can map perfectly to your individual needs. Bullet journals, which have surged in popularity in recent years, …

Apps

How Kenyans are using tech to stop election fraud and violence

<b>(CNN) —</b> Kenya's last two general elections have been tarnished by allegations of fraud and outbreaks of violence, which have divided the nation since.<p>The country is hailed as Africa's Silicon Savannah and when citizens head to the polls again on August 8, they will be using technology to make sure …

Africa

This hacker built his own iPhone using parts from Chinese electronics markets

The project took roughly two months and about $300 in parts to complete<p>Scotty Allen first got the idea to make his own iPhone over beers with fellow gadget enthusiasts. The American hacker and engineer lives part-time in Shenzhen, China, a city full of chaotic electronics markets and an …

Apple Store

How to rank on the first Google page if you have a low-authority site

The other day I was reviewing an archive of my client’s SEO articles and their rankings. A whole lot of articles didn’t even make the top-30 positions because the competition had much higher DA ranks.<p>Since we were syndicating more newsworthy content to high-profile publications likes Forbes, …

Marketing

How I started responding to 5x more emails than before

As is the case with most tech journalists, I receive between 50-100 emails a day, and my routine doesn’t allow for much time to tackle them all. Instead of getting better at responding to them over the past few years, I’ve developed a knack for quickly spotting which ones includes pitches and tips …

Taboola intros Facebook-style ‘news feed’ to target mobile users with more links

Taboola, the startup that works with hundreds of publishers to provide a set of links at the bottom of pages directing readers to more content on the site and elsewhere, has long positioned Facebook as the big competitor.<p>Consumers scanning articles on Facebook, especially on mobile, are less likely …

Taboola

Google Invented A Way To Shrink JPEGs By 35% To Make Websites Load Faster

Websites have changed an awful lot in the past seven years. At the start of this decade, the average web page you viewed was pretty small — somewhere around 700 kilobytes. Today, that number is significantly higher. Some estimates put it up around 2300 kilobytes. That’s why Google is introducing a …

Web Design

‘Font isn’t found’ malware for Chrome is easy to fall for, possibly affecting Windows & Mac

The internet is full of scams and false advertisements that target unsuspecting users and attempt to get them to download malicious software. Unfortunately, this problem looks like it will only get worse. Now, a new piece of malware is making the rounds and is affecting Chrome users on Windows and …

7 ways to make sure someone doesn't steal your brilliant app idea

It’s been quite a while since the very first mobile app was developed. Yet, the prospects and idea of trying out a new app still excites users. This accounts for leading mobile app stores teeming with millions of apps and an overwhelming amount of app downloads every year.<p>This is a strong …

Wanted: An Eraser for Everything You've Ever Regretted Putting Online

Wanted: Some sort of digital soap and water to wipe away every photo, post and email we regret sending into the abyss of the internet.<p>Sure, there's the basic recall function on some email accounts that allows you to take back a message, but only if you act fast. But what if there were some big …

Pew Research Center

The biggest barrier to Windows 10 success is still Windows 7

The fate of Windows 10 lies in the hands of users that are still deeply in love with Windows 7.<p>This year's CES saw plenty of shiny new Windows 10 …

Microsoft Windows

Digital wedding planner Joy says ‘I do’ to $4.5 million in seed funding

Joy, a startup aiming to help brides-to-be plan their weddings in the digital age, has pulled in $4.5 million in seed capital.<p>Joy launched out of Y Combinator this summer with aims to take on what some might think of as a crowded industry. There are plenty of wedding websites in existence but many …

Startups