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Facebook, Twitter cut off data access for Geofeedia, a social media surveillance startup

According to a new study published today from the American Civil Liberties Union, major social networks including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have recently provided user data access to Geofeedia, the location-based, social media surveillance system used by government offices, private security …

How Google’s Daydream mobile VR system will work

The Google Cardboard headset has been interesting. Because it’s so simple and inexpensive, a whole lot of people have tried out virtual reality (VR) with it. But it doesn’t give you much control, so experiences are necessarily limited.<p>With Google Daydream, introduced earlier this week at the annual …

Virtual Reality

Google's Project Ara Modular Phone Launches Next Year

After a year of near-total invisibility, Google’s Project Ara came roaring back yesterday, with the announcement at Google I/O that the modular phone …

Instagram is taking advantage of Twitter's weakness

A new report on the global state of social media confirms what everyone’s been talking about lately -- Twitter is struggling and Instagram is taking …

Here's Why Instagram Users Are Protesting The Latest Update

Instagram users are protesting the photo-sharing app’s recent announcement that it will no longer display photos in chronological order but through …

Slack’s growth is insane, with daily user count up 3.5X in a year

Plenty of startups have tried and failed to make enterprise software sexy, but Slack made it viral. Its growth rate is unheard of. Both Slack’s daily user count and its paid seat count are up 3.5X in just a year. Tons of people have still never heard of it, but with this momentum, they probably …

Game of War’s paying players spent an average of $550 on its in-app purchases in 2015

Game of War players are spending a ton of money, but traditional console gamers still spend more than their mobile counterparts.<p>The average paying player on mobile spends $86.50 per year on in-app purchases, according to research firm Slice Intelligence. That’s right behind the $91.58 average …

In-App Purchases

Instagram rolls out a Discover People page on the Web for all users

Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram has another addition to the homepage in its web version: a little compass icon that takes you to a new page where you can “discover” other users. The new button is located near the top-right corner of the window when you’re viewing Instagram.com in the …

Amazon files patent to allow customers to confirm payment with selfies

Selfie lovers everywhere may soon be given another excuse to indulge in their favourite pastime: Amazon is taking its first steps to allow snap-happy …

Facebook paid £4k in tax. HMRC then paid Facebook £27k – for ads

Free content ad network says it'll pay much more tax in future, though. So that's OKFacebook is to pay millions more in taxes in the UK, a day after …

Taxes

Instagram now blocking links to Telegram and Snapchat

Remember last year when WhatsApp started blocking links to messaging rival Telegram? Well, Facebook HQ is spreading the love – or hate, as the case may be – with Instagram now blocking links to Telegram too, along with Snapchat. Facebook seems to be on an unfriending binge, not so subtly trying to …

Social Media

Amazon quietly disabled encryption in the latest version of Fire OS

Going against all cybersecurity best practices<p>Locally stored data on Amazon Fire devices is no longer encrypted. Anyone who upgrades their Kindle Fire, Fire Phone, Amazon Fire HD, or Amazon Fire TV Stick to Fire OS 5 will have local information left vulnerable to cyber attacks and stored in plain …

Brands’ latest ploy to target kids: Virtual reality

Brand marketers are taking an interest in virtual reality, with its ability to deliver immersive experiences. Retailers like JCPenney, Dior and …

Bringing Facebook Live to Android and More Countries

<i>By: Vadim Lavrusik, Product Manager and Dave Capra, Engineering Manager</i>Facebook Live enables you to share your experiences and perspectives in real …

Social Media

Google Unveils Neural Network with “Superhuman” Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image - MIT Technology Review

Here’s a tricky task. Pick a photograph from the Web at random. Now try to work out where it was taken using only the image itself. If the image …

European Carrier Blocks Ads at Network Level

Some European mobile customers are about to be given the option of blocking ads.<p>Israeli ad blocking company Shine is partnering with European carrier …

Keyless society: Volvo plans to replace car keys with a smartphone app starting in 2016

Volvo is aiming to become the first automobile manufacturer to replace physical car keys with a smartphone app.<p>The Swedish car maker has announced a pilot program kicking off in Sweden this spring that will offer cars without any kind of physical key or fob and plans to make the system available …

Facebook Is Eating The Internet

This version of Facebook is one where it is no longer just a single factor in our lives but the overarching context that consumes everything beneath it.<p>For years now there’ve been two competing versions of Facebook. It’s either an app on your phone or it’s your entire homescreen. It’s a big part of …

What Happens on YouTube in 24 Hours?

What Happens on YouTube in 24 Hours? is an infographic that Pexeso created after taking an in-depth look into daily uploads on YouTube during the …

Infographics

HSBC is letting customers use their fingerprints to sign into their bank accounts

The bank is introducing biometric tests for its customers, it announced on Friday — letting users access online banking using their fingerprints or their voice.<p>With the former, the scheme is compatible with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Customers will be able to scan their fingerprint to …

Customers

Why Shoe Companies Keep Buying Your Favorite Fitness Apps

Analysts predict running shoe and apparel makers will use data from tracking software to sell athletes more gear.<p>Some of the world’s biggest running shoe and apparel makers have been snatching up fitness apps so fast even the most sophisticated tracking software might struggle to keep up with all …

BMW's AirTouch concept turns your entire car into a touchscreen controller

Last CES, BMW teased the future of its human-machine interface with a gesture control demo — a capability that debuted later in 2015 on the new 7 Series. Once again, BMW will be showing a new form of system control at CES 2016 next week: AirTouch, they're calling it, which sounds like a much more …

Apple Music now has over 11 million subscribers

And 782 million iCloud users<p>Apple senior vice presidents Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue appeared on John Gruber's podcast, <i>The Talk Show</i>, which was published today. The pair gave the long-time writer some interesting insights into the state of Apple, its products, and the path that the company is …

YouTube just acquired a startup that helps musicians sell direct to fans

YouTube just scooped up San Francisco-based startup BandPage, a software tool that helps musicians sell direct to fans through social media sites, streaming services, and ticket vendors. BandPage says it works with more than 500,000 musicians, who each create a account to link up with third-party …

YouTube Red

Is internet addiction real?

The stories are numerous, yet extreme, and thus widely covered. You’ve probably heard at least a few.<p>In South Korea, one couple was so committed to …

Visa app will track your location to prevent credit card fraud

If you travel a lot, you've probably run into this problem at one time or another: You try to use your credit card far from home and the transaction …

How to Make a Multi-Device Charging Station

Today, I'm sharing a new DIY that's so useful at home. I've seen many multi-chargers, but none of them satisfy me... I'm a little bit picky ^ - * So …

DIY