Monthly Archives: May 2018

An empty Bumble claw game became a sad metaphor for online dating

Online dating is hard. We get it. There are countless tweets about the difficulties of finding an internet soulmate, and a whole subreddit dedicated to telling the worst dating stories. We’ve even written multiple lists, articles, and opinion pieces about the struggles of finding love through an app.  But nothing quite encapsulates the online dating experience like this photo of a sad claw game machine, branded with Bumble’s logo and colors. Writer Hannah Murphy snapped a picture of the game, emptier than all of Twitter’s dating prospects.  […]

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Roseanne Barr says she ‘begged’ ABC not to cancel her show

She’s tweeting again. Roseanne Barr has dominated the news cycle this week after tweeting a racist tirade early Tuesday morning, which quickly led ABC to cancel the reboot of her popular sitcom, Roseanne. Now, Barr has revealed that she “begged” Disney/ABC Television Group President Ben Sherwood not to cancel the show. “I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right,” Barr tweeted Thursday. After her show was canceled, she said she […]

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People are done with Disney remixer Pogo after a homophobic rant on YouTube

Famed for his Disney-themed remixes, YouTuber Pogo has recently been under fire for making homophobic comments. Real name Nick Bertke, the Australian producer has amassed millions of views with his sampling and electronic mashups of movies like Alice In Wonderland and Toy Story. But in a video that has surfaced on Thursday, Bertke explained why he decided to name his channel after a homophobic slur. “I’ve always had a very thorough dislike of homosexuals. I’ve never liked a grown man acting like a 12-year-old girl,” he said.  […]

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Inspired By Russia, He Bought Influence On Facebook

Paul Smith says he wanted “take a page from the Russian playbook” to influence a California congressional campaign. Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR hide caption toggle caption Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR Paul Smith says he wanted “take a page from the Russian playbook” to influence a California congressional campaign. Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR On Tuesday, California holds its congressional primaries and in one largely rural district, there is a new kind of money entering politics: payments to Facebook, where messages can be sharply targeted and it’s cheaper to […]

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A cheap VPN could be the only thing standing between you and internet freedom

Signing up for a VPN (virtual private network) is important if you want to be able to browse the internet privately, as well as access streaming media services form around the world, but there’s a lot to consider.  When evaluating which service to sign up for, you need to consider how many VPN server locations it offers. For instance, does it have servers located in the UK and USA so you can watch Netflix services in either location? You also need to consider security protocols, speed restrictions, […]

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Hands-on: HP’s Envy x2 is a Surface clone boasting 20 hours of battery life

Updated May 31, 2018, with pricing information: It’s $1,000 via Amazon. The HP Envy x2 joins a growing cohort of Surface Pro clones, but with one big difference: Inside it is a Snapdragon 835, offering battery life of up to 20 hours. We spent a little time with it at the Qualcomm Technology Forum to see what a new chip would do in an established category. Externally, HP’s Envy x2 changes another key thing about HP’s line of Windows tablets: it removes the kickstand from the tablet […]

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Even Facebook shareholders are sick of Mark Zuckerberg’s excuses

Facebook’s shareholders are not happy with Zuck. Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images By Karissa Bell2018-06-01 00:02:50 UTC Facebook’s own shareholders are losing patience for Mark Zuckerberg’s excuses.  At the company’s annual shareholders meeting on Thursday, attendees made it abundantly clear that they’re fed up with Facebook and the seemingly endless barrage of scandals. One shareholder, voicing support for a proposal to limit Mark Zuckerberg’s control, urged the CEO to “emulate George Washington, not Vladimir Putin.” Another shareholder admonished the company for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, saying the company’s […]

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‘I bought my mum a flat’

Image copyright Antonio Salvani Image caption Antonio never imagined his camera rentals would fund a flat for his mum Doca Peer-to-peer “sharing economy” tech platforms have mushroomed in the last decade, but very few have rivalled Airbnb or Uber in size, largely because consumers have found them difficult to trust. So how are tech firms rising to this challenge? When photographer Antonio Salvani, 36, was commissioned to do a wedding, he realised he didn’t have all kit he needed to do the blushing bride justice. Normally he […]

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Ticketfly hacker threatens to release more stolen data

It’s down. Image: screenshot/IShAkDz By Jack Morse2018-05-31 22:52:22 UTC As far as blackmail goes, it was a relatively small request.  The hacker who claims to have gained access to a host of data from Ticketfly, prompting the Eventbrite-owned ticketing company to pull its site offline sometime late last night, told Mashable that he was only after a single bitcoin.  “[Yes] i asked them 1 bitcoin for protection,” explained the hacker, who goes by IShAkDz, over email, in addition to sharing a huge repository of allegedly stolen files. […]

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