Tim Johnsen

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Facebook replaces its old inbox with the web version of Messenger

Just under two years ago, Facebook introduced a web interface for its private chat application, Messenger. Now, Facebook is integrating that same web app into the desktop version of Facebook, where it replaces the older messaging experience.<p>The change was been spotted by a number of users in …

Facebook

Threaded Conversations Are Coming to Slack

Slack is rolling out threaded conversations to its popular messaging tool. According to Slack’s official Twitter feed, the much-requested feature is being added to the service’s web and mobile apps in stages over a series of days.<p>Slack explains how Threads will work as follows:<p>Say someone posts a …

The founder of Timehop is going to work at Snapchat

Jonathan Wegener will work on product.<p>Last week, Jonathan Wegener, the CEO of Timehop, a social photo app that once showed a lot of promise, announced he was leaving the startup.<p>Now we know where he’s going: Wegener is heading to Snapchat, where he will work on product.<p>Snap and Wegener confirmed …

Snapchat

Google explains how it spots malicious Android apps

Even if they prevent Android's Verify Apps feature from working properly.<p>Android's Verify Apps feature performs malware scans on newly downloaded applications to make sure they're safe. But since some malicious apps can prevent the feature from working, the company had to find an alternative way to …

Google

The Mac mini Family Tree

"The Mac mini is BYODKM," Steve Jobs said, in front of a crowded and slightly confused audience at Macworld 2005.<p>"Bring your own display, keyboard and mouse," he continued. "We supply the computer, you supply the rest."<p>The Mac mini was designed to lure switchers to the platform. A new customer …

Apple News

Facebook rolls out Flipboard-y story packages, subscription tests, and video metrics for big publishers

Facebook is rolling out a somewhat amorphous Journalism Project, the company announced Thursday. The goal: “to support journalism and news literacy, and to serve as a hub for journalists and publishers to learn and share.”<p>There isn’t a ton that’s new here — the announcement bundles in previously …

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Why Is Snapchat Being So Secretive About Its I.P.O.?

Ahead of its expected $25 billion initial public offering, the social-media giant has enforced a virtual lockdown on company information.<p>Tech companies often develop their own cultures of secrecy. Facebook’s <b>Mark Zuckerberg</b> has weekly all-hands meetings with all 16,000 of his employees, and when the …

Snapchat

Designing The World’s Most Secure Chat App

The most surprising experience about using Signal is how perfectly normal it feels—and that’s very much by design.<p>A friend had been bugging me for weeks. Give up Gchat and iMessages. Install Signal on my phone and desktop instead. And why shouldn’t I? Signal is the world’s most secure messaging …

Encryption

One of Google Maps’ coolest new features is finally rolling out

Google is slowly rolling out a brand new Google Maps feature that should further improve your real-time navigation experience: The app will now tell …

Google

Century Gothic Is the New Comic Sans

Remember how, in 2011 or thereabout, everyone was all mad at Comic Sans for the crime of being ugly and dopey? Those days are gone. Gibraltar …

Real Estate

The Line of Death

When building applications that display untrusted content, security designers have a major problem— if an attacker has full control of a block of …

Information Security

Apple will reportedly release a 15-inch MacBook Pro with up to 32GB of RAM in Q4

Apple later this year will fix one of the biggest issues with its latest MacBook Pro laptop — specifically the maximum amount of RAM available — according to a new report.<p>KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a new note that in the fourth quarter of this year, Apple will come out with a 15-inch MacBook …

Apple News

Hands-On: The Omega Speedmaster 'Speedy Tuesday' Limited Edition (Live Pics Of The Prototype)

Monday January 16, 2017<p>Six days ago, Arthur announced to you a new limited edition Speedmaster inspired and designed by Mr. Robert-Jan Broer of …

Watches

Venus wave may be Solar System's biggest

<b>A giant wave in the atmosphere of Venus may be the biggest of its kind in the Solar System.</b><p>The feature, observed by a Japanese spacecraft, is thought to be generated in a broadly similar way to the surface ripples that form as water flows over rocks on a stream bed.<p>In this case, the wave is thought …

Space

Gene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 82

The last person to leave footprints on the moon has died. NASA reported that Gene Cernan died Monday at the age of 82, surrounded by his family.<p>Gene Cernan flew in space three times, including twice to the moon. Cernan was big, brash and gregarious. And if he hadn't been lucky, he could have missed …

Space

Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan has passed away

The last astronaut to walk on the moon<p>Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, has died at the age of 82, according to NASA. He was a veteran of three spaceflights: as the pilot for Gemini 9A, the Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 10, and as the commander of Apollo 17.<p>Eugene Cernan was born on …

Space

Human error in a nuclear facility nearly destroyed Arkansas

The new documentary, Command and Control, digs into the forgotten near-miss and premieres January 10th on PBS<p>Here in the US, we like to think that our nuclear weapons exist to prevent our enemies from detonating a nuclear explosion on US soil — that is, when we think about them at all. The thing …

Command and Control

PBS ‘The Farthest’ Spotlights NASA’s Voyager Mission On 40th Anniversary – TCA

PBS announced this morning <i>The Farthest</i> (w.t.), a two- hour documentary about NASA’s Voyager mission, which began 40 years ago this August. The twin …

Space Exploration

Apple and Steve Jobs Steal From Xerox To Battle Big Brother IBM

This week’s milestones in the history of technology include the public unveiling of the air defense system that led to networked and interactive computing, and the Apple Lisa and Apple Macintosh that led to the mainstreaming of the graphical user interface.<p>January 16, 1956<p>The development of the …

Innovation

Instagram Stories hits 150M daily users, launches skippable ads

Instagram Stories now has as many users as the last number announced by Snapchat, the app Instagram copied. And it’s swiftly moving to monetize that massive audience. Along with the new 150 million daily user stat, Instagram today announced the launch of ads mixed into Stories. The unclickable …

Instagram

Timehop founder Jon Wegener replaced as CEO by design lead Matt Raoul

Some changes at the top of Timehop, the quirky app that shows you reminders of photos and other content that you’ve taken and posted on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and Flickr or from your camera roll. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Jon Wegener, who co-founded the company …

Startups

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Watch Apple's early, ugly iOS prototype in action

When Apple first announced the iPhone, 10 years ago this week, it showed off a device with now-familiar app icons and a natural touchscreen interface. But that wasn't always the plan — internally, Apple had different teams competing on different projects to find the best operating system for its …

Apple News

Apple TV apps can now be up to 20x bigger

Apple’s plan to make the modern TV experience all about apps has just gotten a big boost, with Apple upping the size limit of tvOS apps from 200MB to 4GB.<p>For those keeping track at home, it’s a whopping 20x the original size limit — and means that Apple TV apps can now be as big as the ones …

Apple News

Apple’s first AirPods ad reminds me of the iPod ads

Ever since the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch took the spotlight, most of Apple ads have been focused on those devices. So it’s always nice to see the company try new things for less important devices, such as the AirPods.<p>With today’s new ad, Apple is going back in time to the good old days of the …

Apple News

How a Russian musician creates some of NASA’s coolest images

Stunning<p>On Friday, NASA released an image of Jupiter taken by the Juno Spacecraft on December 11th. Interestingly, the stunning picture was processed by Russian musician Roman Tkachenko, who took the raw data taken by Juno's cameras to produce the final result.<p>The Juno spacecraft has been orbiting …

Space