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4 Hours Ago   For years Twitter has given users the option of tagging their precise location, down to the exact latitude and longitude, in a tweet so their followers could know exactly where they were when they tweeted.

2 Days Ago   Apple’s Apple TV+ streaming service is set to launch this fall. When it does, it will feature extremely stiff competition from Netflix, Amazon, and Disney’s upcoming Disney+ digital streaming service—not to mention subscription fatigue from consumers.

2 Days Ago   One of the most beloved Stanford commencement addresses was given by Steve Jobs in 2005. In that address, Jobs urged the graduating class to follow their dreams.

2 Days Ago   Uber is used to facing stiff competition overseas, but now some of that competition is coming to Uber’s own turf, reports Bloomberg. The Indian ride-hailing startup Ola is planning to establish a technology center in Silicon Valley, setting up right in Uber’s neighborhood.

2 Days Ago   Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have had a breakthrough in giving a robot the human-like ability to determine what an object looks like just by touching it, as well as predict what an object will feel like just by looking at it, reports Engadget.

5 Days Ago   Amazon has been hit with two class action lawsuits that allege the company’s Alexa voice assistant is recording and storing the voices of children without their or their parents’ consent, reports the New York Post.

8 Days Ago   Little more than six months after closing the U.K. arm of Amazon Restaurants, the U.S. arm is now on the chopping blocks, according to GeekWire. The publication says that Amazon will shutter the U.S.

8 Days Ago   The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has revealed that a database containing tens of thousands of images of travelers entering and leaving the United States has been hacked and stolen, reports BuzzFeed News.

8 Days Ago   Instagram has announced that it is revamping its gender selection options for public profiles. The gender selection is what allows a person to state the gender they identify as in their profile–for example, male or female.

12 Days Ago   Frontier Bundles, a Utah-based ISP, is running what they call the Flip Phone Challenge that will see one person selected who says they’re willing to give up their modern smartphone for a week in favor of an old flip phone.

12 Days Ago   While some may say Facebook just did Huawei users a favor by banning its apps, including the main Facebook app, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, from being preinstalled on Huawei’s smartphones, the move will hurt Huawei’s bottom line as smartphone makers often receive compensation for preinstalling apps.

13 Days Ago   When Apple unveiled iOS 13 earlier this week, the company focused a lot on user privacy. Perhaps the biggest new privacy feature coming to iOS 13 is the company’s “Sign in with Apple” single sign-on.

13 Days Ago   Google is bringing some major new features to its Maps app on iOS, Android, and the web. The new features focus on natural disaster and how they affect navigation when they strike.

14 Days Ago   A week ago Vox journalist Carlos Maza, who writes and stars in the excellent Strikethrough media literacy series, went public with a complaint that right-wing YouTube personality Steven Crowder has allegedly been engaging in a long-running homophobic harassment campaign against Maza via videos Crowder posts on YouTube’s platform.

14 Days Ago   He may be world famous for playing Tony Stark, the genius playboy billionaire philanthropist also known as Iron Man who saved the planet from Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but now Robert Downey Jr. wants to save the Earth in real life too, reports Variety.

15 Days Ago   Twitter has purchased a U.K.-based company in order to help it crack down on the amount of fake news that is spread on its platform. Twitter announced the acquisition of Fabula AI in a blog post, saying the company’s approach to using machine learning to catch fake news was “novel”: We are excited to announce that, to help us get there, we have acquired Fabula AI (Fabula), a London-based start-up, with a world-class team of machine learning researchers who employ graph deep learning to detect ne

15 Days Ago   It’s weird to call Apple an underdog, but the company most certainly is when it comes to its upcoming video streaming service, Apple TV+. The iPhone maker will be taking on heavyweights in an increasingly crowded field including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and the highly anticipated Disney+.

16 Days Ago   We’re just hours away from Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference kicking off. The conference has always been a big draw for developers, as it is a place where they get to meet with Apple engineers and hands-on explore new software developments for Apple’s various platforms, including iOS and macOS.

16 Days Ago   If you’re a Google user, you probably noticed some trouble last night when trying to access Google-owned services. Last night, Google reported several issues with its Cloud Platform, which made several Google sites slow or inoperable.

19 Days Ago   Target has announced a major recall of its own-branded Lightning cables used with Apple’s iPhones and iPads. The company has issued a recall for 90,000 of its Heyday Lightning cables after it received 14 reports of the cables sparking, smoking, or catching fire.

19 Days Ago   In one of the first empirical studies looking at behavioral ads–that is, online ads that rely on cookies to track users around the web in order to learn more about them–researchers found that the ads are virtually worthless to publishers, reports the Wall Street Journal.

19 Days Ago   A report from Reuters says that online retail giant Amazon is interested in buying prepaid cell-phone wireless service Boost Mobile from Sprint and T-Mobile. Amazon is said to be interested in Boost because it would give the company access to the New T-Mobile wireless network for at least six years, according to two sources Reuters says are familiar with the matter.

20 Days Ago   Today a vote of Facebook shareholders will take place regarding whether Mark Zuckerberg should step down from his role as Facebook’s chairman, reports the BBC. Zuckerberg is currently both the chief executive of Facebook as well as chairman of its board of directors.

21 Days Ago   Speaking at Computex in Taipei, Microsoft’s vice president of consumer and device sales Nick Parker took to the stage to tease what could be the most significant revamp to the Windows operating system in years.

21 Days Ago   New Yorkers, rejoice! If you’re an iPhone user, your days of buying physical metro cards are up (if you want them to be). That’s because starting this Friday, May 31, select MTA subway and bus stations will take contactless Apple Pay payments in lieu of physical metro cards.

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