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Taco Bell partners with Lyft to better serve drunks

Coming this Thursday, Lyft will roll-out an “after hours” feature called Taco Mode, which will allow users to catch a Lyft to the nearest Taco Bell on their way to their destination between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.<p>The Taco Bell-Lyft partnership is a power move by both companies because it almost …

Taco Bell

This map uses open data to show you the safest places to park your car

The UK’s Co-Op Insurance wants you to be able to park your car without it getting stolen. The best way to accomplish that is to make an informed decision about where is safe.<p>With that in mind, it’s released a new web-based tool called Park Smart, which uses open data published by the Home Office, …

Open Data

The 3 fundamentals of long-term ecommerce success

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eCommerce

Automattic continues its commitment to transparency by publishing National Security Letters

Automattic, the company behind WordPress, Akismet, and Gravatar, today unveiled the National Security Letters (NSLs) from the FBI, in an attempt to show cast light on what these secretive letters are and what kind of information they request.<p>Paul Sieminski, general counsel for Automattic, explained …

Surveillance

Facebook Live 360 streams can now be watched in 4K and VR

Facebook today announced several new features meant to improve the experience of watching and making Live 360 video. Live streaming is an integral part of the modern Facebook experience, so the company wants to make sure you’re engaged.<p>First up, Facebook is introducing a ‘Live 360 Ready’ program, …

Facebook

Adobe is ending Flash support in 2020, tells everyone to jump ship

Adobe today announced it would be killing off Flash by the end of 2020, and it called on several major sites for help with the hit.<p>It’s not the first time we’ve talked about Flash’s impending doom — from Chrome killing Flash, to Mozilla killing Flash, to the death of Flash.<p>Reports of Flash’s death …

Software

Moto Z2 Force Hands-on: Still modular and unbreakable, but a little less exciting

After months of rumors and speculation, Motorola announced the Z2 Force earlier today. I had the chance to play with it for a while, and, well, it’s pretty much what we expected. That’s both good and bad.<p>If you want to read more about its specs and numbers check out our original post here; what …

Phones

PlayStation Vue is luring sports fans away from cable

Sony is trying to make cords go extinct by addressing one of the biggest concerns that holdouts have: live sporting events. The entertainment giant today announced that its PlayStation Vue television streaming service now has a new Sports Pack upgrade option.<p>Aside from technophobes and others who …

Google Maps accidentally caught a satellite image of an airplane mid-flight

Random photos of airplanes tend to be rather boring – unless they happen to be mid-flight satellite shots caught on Google Maps.<p>Browsing through the endless depths of Maps, Redditors have stumbled upon a gorgeous satellite image that captures an airliner flying across South Downs National Park in …

South Downs

Microsoft designed its new AI chip to handle complex speech and gesture interactions.

Microsoft presented HoloLens 2.0 on Sunday at an event in Hawaii. The company, known mostly for its software, revealed the newest iteration of its AR headset would contain a Microsoft-made AI co-processor. This marked the company’s entry into the design and manufacture AI chip-sets. Microsoft …

Augmented Reality

6 handy GIF-making apps you need in 2017

GIFs are fun to share. It feels like there’s one for almost every different set of circumstances. But did you know that it’s not particularly difficult to create your own moving pictures? This is equally true for mobile devices, as there’s a wealth of GIF-making apps for Android and iOS.<p>Giphy GIF …

Apps

Here's how blockchain can potentially end global poverty

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Globalization

Twitch's most-watched clip is a jump scare, because of course it is

A relatively-unknown Twitch streamer is in the spotlight as a clip of him playing a horror game is now the most-watched clip in the site’s history.<p>In the clip, JurassicJunkieLive is playing <i>Outlast 2</i>. In case you aren’t aware, that’s one of the most recent horror games to sweep the internet, in …

Twitch

Google will keep people safe with real-time SOS Alerts in Search and Maps

Google wants to provide people with easy access to actionable information in times of crisis. The internet giant is launching a new feature to help netizens promptly and effortlessly figure out how they can stay safe when natural disaster strikes.<p>The so-called SOS Alerts initiative will introduce …

Google

Moto Z2 Force is now official with dual cameras and multi-carrier availability

When Motorola announce the Z2 Play last month, we all knew its more powerful sibling couldn’t be far off. Now it’s official: The Motorola Z2 Force will be available on August 10, sporting flagship specs and a dual camera system.<p>And of course, it’s as modular as ever.<p>The internals are about what …

Tablets

Patients Can Now Contact Their Doctor With An App

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Meditation

Estonia's new e-residents are surpassing the country's birth rate

Estonia is the first country in the world to offer an ‘e-Residency‘ to people of any nationality. If you become an e-resident, you get a governmentally issued digital identity like other Estonians, that you can use to set up your own company in Estonia — completely remotely.<p>The program has steadily …

Estonia

The UK's online porn crackdown could harm young people more than it helps

Won’t somebody please think of the children!?” The UK government seems to be using this catchphrase from The Simpsons as the basis for its proposed new pornography laws. Its recently announced plan to force pornographic websites to verify users’ ages suggests it thinks it can use a blunt …

Censorship

This Google-backed startup wants to make millennials read local news

Millennials are voracious consumers of news. One UK survey shows that half of those aged 18 to 35 prefer to get their current affairs fix from a newspaper or magazine. A separate Associated Press survey shows that two-thirds of those aged 18 to 34 regularly consume news online.<p>So, why aren’t they …

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says Zuckerberg's understanding of AI is 'limited'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not convinced that Facebook’s boss Mark Zuckerberg fully comprehends the basic tenets of artificial intelligence (AI).<p>Chilling in his Palo Alto backyard, this weekend Zuckerberg hosted an impromptu Facebook Live Q&A session where the young boss answered a series of questions …

Artificial Intelligence

India wants to hit the brakes on self-driving cars before starting the engine

On a misguided mission to protect jobs in India, the country’s Union Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday, “We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, …

India

Google's DeepMind made an AI that can imagine the future

Google’s London-based AI outfit DeepMind has created two different types of AI that can use their ‘imagination’ to plan ahead and perform tasks with a higher success rate than AIs without imagination. Sorry if I made you click because you wanted AIs predicted flying cars. I promise this is cool too.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

China's forcing its citizens to install a Big Brother app or go to jail

Governments wanting to spy on the people they’re meant to serve is hardly new – but China is taking things to a whole new level by injecting itself into citizens’ phones.<p>Based on articles from Radio Free Asia, Mashable reported last week that authorities in the autonomous region of Xinjiang – home …

China

Pro-Trump Instagram post costs contest winner her grand prize

A Kansas makeup artist found out the hard way that social media is an unforgiving muse. After initially winning an Instagram contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty, the winner ultimately had her prize package revoked after Von D found pro-Trump commentary from a November Instagram post.<p>Gypsy …

Makeup

Microsoft Paint isn't dead yet

The internet lost its collective mind when news began doing the rounds yesterday about Microsoft killing off its beloved Paint app after 32 years. If you’re nostalgic about the doodling app that enthralled a couple of generations of Windows fans, you’ll be glad to know it’s not actually going away …

Microsoft

The internet is pissed that Michael Phelps wasn’t actually racing a shark

“Phelps vs. Shark” had viewers on the edge of their seat. The promos featured the five-time Olympian taking to the water to put it all on the line against a great white. And then Discovery pulled the rug out from under them.<p>The Discovery Channel had the race hyped as one for the ages:<p>The race would …

China's VPN crusade is crippling universities' ability to do proper research

China’s ridiculous censorship laws are now chipping away at scientists’ ability to rely on outside sources in their academic pursuits.<p>Commonly referred to as the <i>Great Firewall</i>, China has become notorious for its nationwide internet censorship which renders popular global platforms like Facebook, …

China

Samsung S8 Active leaks, and it's not as ugly this time

Samsung has another high-end device on the way this year, and it’s not the Note 8. A reddit user has leaked images of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, which continues Samsung’s tradition of building more durable offshoots of it mainstream phone series.<p>If you’re not familiar, the Active series has been …

Samsung

Onward and upward: 6 tips for crafting interest-inducing job descriptions

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Tips