Twitter is probably not gonna suspend Trump for those North Korea tweets

August 12, 2017

A president.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Welcome to Friday, where we’ve entered what feels like round 57 of “Is THIS finally what gets Twitter to ban Trump?” The answer is almost certainly no, to the point that I wish Vegas would put odds on this, because there are few things in this world more certain than that Twitter will not ban the president of the United States. SEE ALSO: Giant inflatable chicken with…

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Facebook Watch is gunning for the 23 hours a day you don’t spend on Facebook

August 12, 2017

Image: vicky leta/mashable Facebook’s 2 billions users spend about 50 minutes a day on Facebook, which begs the question: what does Facebook want you to do with the other 23 hours and 10 minutes of your day? On Wednesday, the company’s plans for that remaining time became clearer. Yep, it’s here: meet Facebook Watch. Facebook Watch marks the social network’s entry into the high-end video scene. It’s an arms race…

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The coming of a fully automated society has led some Silicon Valley execs to extreme measures

August 7, 2017

Image: tristan quinn / bbc Until a couple of years ago, Antonio Garcia Martinez was living the dream life: a tech-start up guy in Silicon Valley, surrounded by hip young millionaires and open plan offices. He’d sold his online ad company to Twitter for a small fortune, and was working as a senior exec at Facebook (an experience he wrote up in his best-selling book, Chaos Monkeys). But at some…

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Google employee argues ideological diversity is more important than real diversity in viral internal document

August 6, 2017

Ideological diversity is all that matters, right?Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Inside Google, there’s a document circulating called “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” Written by a senior software engineer and in part viewed by Motherboard, the 10-page Google Doc allegedly argues that biological differences between men and women account for the representation gap in tech and that Google should not offer programs for underrepresented minorities. The document also reportedly says that employees with…

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Read a Google engineer’s treatise on why biological differences actually cause the gender gap in tech

August 6, 2017

Yikes.Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Early Saturday morning, a report in Motherboard revealed the existence of a 10-page document written by a Google engineer that said that inherent differences between men and women accounted for the gender gap in tech and opposed diversity initiatives at the company. Now, the full text of the document is out via a report in Gizmodo. And, unsurprisingly, it’s not great. SEE ALSO: This VC firm just…

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Apple wants to produce its own iPhone displays in an effort to reduce reliance on Samsung, claims supply chain report

July 26, 2017

Apple might be taking steps to control its supply chain for future iPhones.Image: Loris Ravera/mashable Apple is trying to cut down on its dependance on lone suppliers of critical iPhone components, especially in the case of its reliance on Samsung for OLED displays. According to a new Digitimes report, Apple is rumored to be building a new facility to better control the production of OLED screens expected to be used…

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Google is preparing for the death of search

July 25, 2017

Google is getting ready for the death of search.Image: mashable / vicky leta Google recently launched a personalized news feed on the company’s flagship app, and it will soon rollout to browser versions of google.com. The update is a huge deal for a couple of reasons: First, it will be the most radical change to Google’s famously simple home page since 1996, or at least since the its big push…

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Microsoft demoting the beloved Paint

July 25, 2017

So long Paint.Image: Lance ulanoff/mashable Time is running out for Microsoft Paint. The venerable application that started its life 32 years ago as a monochrome, bitmap Windows 1.0 drawing program is on Microsoft’s “Deprecated” list. In an official Microsoft list of “Features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, first spotted by The Guardian, Microsoft Paint is on the deprecated list. Microsoft defines “deprecated” as “might…

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How to set up iMessage on your Mac

July 23, 2017

Don't miss any messages.Image: lili sams/mashable There’s nothing worse than missing out on a text message because you didn’t see it. Luckily, you can now start getting your texts sent to iMessage on your Mac, but the setup process is a little tricky. Here’s how to do it. SEE ALSO: Siri-powered wireless charging dock could be the iPhone’s ultimate companion First of all, you’ll need to have OS X Yosemite…

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Amazons new Spark service is like a particle accelerator for shameless #influencers

July 22, 2017

If this picture of Jeff Bezos was on Spark, you could buy those sunglasses.Image: Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock If every social network were brutally honest with you, they’d be Amazon Spark. The newest feature on the Amazon app is the grossest, purest thing on the internet. It is digital capitalism, incarnate. It’s so naked in its purpose, it’s almost hard to hate. It is the smarmiest stripe of conspicuous consumption. In the…

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