Posts from friends will carry even more weight than posts from pages in the latest update to Facebook’s News Feed algorithm, and stories about friends liking or commenting on posts will be de-emphasized. Product manager Max Eulenstein and user-experience researcher Lauren Scissors detailed three changes to the social network’s News Feed algorithm in a Newsro […]
The way I use my Instagram handle is similar in design to the way our mothers used their photo albums. While scrolling through my photo stream (or the streams of my friends), I see a highly curated story of a life as captured through the most flattering possible lens. If Instagram is the thoughtfully staged, well lit, perfect representation of a moment, cons […]
Soccer fans have until May 11 to vote on the first-ever Facebook Football Awards, aimed at honoring the best of the Barclays Premier League. The Facebook Football Awards will recognize excellence in nine categories, with Facebook choosing the winners for Facebook Club Performance of the Year and Facebook Player Performance of the Year, and fans from around t […]
The New York Times launched a new Facebook page Monday, Politics and Washington. The new page will be led by Washington bureau chief and politics editor Carolyn Ryan, Washington editor Elisabeth Bumiller and chief Washington correspondent and First Draft managing editor Carl Hulse, and it will share content from First Draft, the newspaper’s politics team and […]
Life in Hi-Fi has released the latest version of its Hi-Fi messaging app on iOS devices. The app is described as a mobile lifestyle network, and encourages users to join group chats based on public hashtags, called TagTopics. With this latest update, Private TagTopics join the mix, giving users a way to have private conversations in the same way they would c […]
The social network changed its rules of user conduct to ban promoting violence against others, not just specific threats. The company also said it would use more tools to stop the spread of abusive tweets about rape, death and terrorism that are posted on its service.
Capital One will give cardholders a 20 percent credit towards the cost of using Uber’s ride-hailing service until April 2016, and cover the cost of new users’ first two rides until the end of June 2015, according to a Bloomberg Business report. The partnership is the latest of Uber’s efforts to combat the idea that its service is too expensive for the averag […]
Researchers have discovered that more than 1,500 popular applications carry a vulnerability that could allow man-in-the-middle attacks to snoop on their data. Your iPhone, or at least the apps on it, might not be as secure as you thought. The vulnerability was caused by a bug in an older version of the AFNetworking tool used by many popular applications. It […]
India isn’t the only country to greet Internet.org with mounting skepticism –activists across Latin America are also suspicious of the Facebook-led effort to bring affordable but limited Internet access to the developing world. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a collection of criticisms from activists in Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and other Lati […]
Buyers and practitioners in the data market have faced a gut-wrenching choice: work with big data and tolerate the latency of batch-mode processing, or work interactively with relatively small data sets…
Many times faster than legacy spinning disk arrays, All Flash Arrays (AFA) have been widely adopted for demanding use cases where consistent ultra-high performance storage is needed to service the most…
Two mysteriously reflective spots on the dwarf planet Ceres have rotated back into view of a NASA spacecraft studying the planetary body up-close for the first time. NASA’s Dawn probe caught sight of the strange spots on April 14 and 15 when it was about 14,000 miles (22,000 kilometers) above Ceres’ northern hemisphere, and were released on Monday Dawn first […]
Y'all ready for this? The NBA just released a montage that would make Michael Jordan squeal with excitement. Highlights of the past year's most enigmatic dunks will have you saying boomshakalaka more times than you'd like to admit. Don't worry, no posterized players were harmed in the making of the above dunks. Adorable pug relaxes harder […]
Joan Collins was arrested for taking part in a protest against the introduction of water charges in Dublin, Ireland, on Monday — just not THAT Joan Collins The veteran shoulder-pad-wearing Dynasty actress took to Twitter to clarify that she wasn't among the 13 people arrested in Dublin for demonstrating against the installation of water meters in Dublin […]
In response to reports last week that passenger Wi-Fi networks make some planes vulnerable to hacking, the FBI and TSA have issued an alert to airlines advising them to be on the lookout for evidence of tampering or network intrusions. The FBI and TSA note that they currently have no information to support claims that […] The post Feds Warn Airlines to Look […]
To evolutionary biologists, humans are amazing not because they have so much hair but because they have so little. The post The Big Question: Why Does Hair Grow in Some Places But Not Others? appeared first on WIRED.
Quip, an online tool for workplace collaboration, is getting chatty, adding features that let coworkers chat in free-form chatrooms. Chattier, we should say, since Quip launched two years ago with the ability to chat one-on-one or in small groups. But those conversations were always sidebars to the comments and discussion attached to Quip's documents. T […]
Moore's Law is dead at the age of 50. Everyone says so. And yet, if we look at improvements in mobile performance over the past few years, if anything, we see Moore's Law in overdrive. What gives?Moore's Law Is Too ExpensiveMoore's argument, which has stayed strong for 50 years, is essentially that by shrinking transistors on a chip every […]
The Nokia brand may come back to phones—just not Windows Phones.We spent a lot of time over the past few months bidding a soggy farewell to Nokia as a phonemaker. Those tears may have been wasted. Nokia may soon jump back into the smartphone game, according to a report published by Recode Monday.You may be scratching your head: What once was Nokia’s smartpho […]
Apple is sending out emails to developers, offering them a chance to purchase an Apple Watch Sport for delivery by April 28th. It’s doing this to encourage them to test and develop for the Watch, according to the text of an email sent to developers and shared with us. The email, pictured below, says that Apple wants to give developers the opportunity to tes […]
“I don’t know anyone who likes calling businesses. It’s not fast or convenient, and it definitely doesn’t feel like the future.” Mark Zuckerberg may as well have been explaining the need for MyTime when he said that last month about Messenger’s upcoming business chat feature. But while Facebook’s just getting started, MyTime’s been working on its… Read More […]
Climate change is real, and it is getting uglier. Global temperatures are continuing to rise, placing enormous strain on water and food supplies throughout the world. Many areas have been hit hard by the climate disruption, but none more prominently than California, where the state has entered its fourth year of drought with massively diminishing water supp […]
In an article for online magazine Digital Rights: Latin America & The Caribbean, No.21, Argentinean lawyer Valeria Milanés explains that even though the United States is a world leader in data processing, it does not have legislation for the protection of personal data. The US is also considered to have “an inadequate level of protection...
Bobby Drake, otherwise known as classic X-Men member Iceman, will come out of the closet this week. In a collection of leaked panels from All-New X-Men #40, due out tomorrow, Drake finds himself outed by fellow teammate Jean Grey. The revelation makes Iceman one of the most prominent (and powerful) LGBT superheroes in Marvel comics, and is in keeping with th […]
A few weeks ago, the hugely popular chatting service WhatsApp started letting Android users make voice calls through the app, and now that feature is starting to roll out to iOS users. An update to the iOS app hit the iTunes Store earlier today and indicates that you'll soon be able to call anyone using WhatsApp for free, regardless of where they may li […]
On the 81st anniversary of the iconic Surgeon's Photograph — the fake image claiming to show the head and neck of the Loch Ness Monster — Google Maps will now let you search for Nessie yourself. Street View has been updated to include imagery of the 23-mile-long Loch Ness in Scotland, and Google even sent a team of divers into the depths of the nearly 8 […]
It’s a really good question: Why can’t airline seats be as comfortable, durable and adjustable as the ones in cars? In a partnership with All Nippon Airways, Toyota has come up with a new seat design it claims can make a “wide range of body sizes” comfortable. In economy, no less. Read more...
What does the back of your phone look like? Is it covered by a case? Either way, I’m willing to bet it looks the same every day. What if you could personalize it with the push of a button, wirelessly beaming your favorite photos to an e-ink screen that lives in a special iPhone 6 case? Say hello to the PopSlate. Read more...
When you get on a plane, the last thing you want to think about is what you’ll have to do to survive an emergency crash landing in the water. But knowing exactly how to safely evacuate a plane could one day save your life, so researches created a terrifying Oculus Rift emergency landing simulation that looks far more effective than a safety pamphlet ever cou […]
When its calling feature hit Android gadgets a couple weeks ago, WhatsApp founder Brian Acton said the tool would make its way to iOS soon enough. Well, today's the day. WhatsApp calling is rolling out to folks wielding Apple devices, allowing you to...
Google announced in February that it would start highlighting mobile-friendly sites on phone searches -- today, that update is finally here. Now, when you search Google on your phone, you're more likely to see results that are optimized for smaller s...
Twitter knows that it's not enough just to make it easier to report abusive tweets. You have to catch and discourage that abuse as often as possible, too. Appropriately, the social network is rolling out a broader abuse policy alongside tools that he...
Voice calling on WhatsApp finally arrived on Android late last month. iOS users were left waiting for the feature, however – until today. A new version of the messenger is now live in the App Store, calling support included. It seems the feature isn’t actually active for everyone just yet, however. Aside from software updates, WhatsApp tends to roll out feat […]
Nishith Sharma is the co-founder of frrole, a social intelligence startup. Raw data is boring and it’s difficult to make sense of it in its natural form. Add visualization to it and you get something that everybody can easily digest. Not only you can make sense of it faster, but you can also observe interesting patterns that wouldn’t be apparent from looking […]
Beginning where a lot of great ideas arise – on the couch with friends – Heaps is an app that addresses how we socialize as groups. Designed by five young Danish entrepreneurs, it is sort of like Tinder for friends – the app organizes groups of friends to match and meet up with other groups in the area. So for example, if it’s Friday night cocktails, or you’ […]