Time Warner will create 10 original shows for Snapchat

June 20, 2017

… dramas and comedy, and also has committed to advertising. The partnership is a big vote of confidence for Snapchat, which is facing an onslaught from Facebook copying its core Stories feature across its app network: Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. Snapchat’s user growth and downloads have been down over the last year, placing fear in investors and analysts who have watched the stock fall to and hover around its original price on the New York Stock Exchange. Snap Inc.’s …

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Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… harming the reputation of the space as a whole. But it now seems major platforms are finally doing something about it. The first salvo came when news broke that Google’s Chrome browser would soon come equipped with an ad blocker enabled by default. The feature will filter out ads based on the quality standards set down by the Coalition for Better Advertising, an industry group over which Google is said to have an enormous sway. The move was cheered by some in the industry, but most …

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A Facebook bug showed moderators to the terror groups they monitored

June 18, 2017

… 40-person unit dedicated to counter-terrorism moderation operating out of the company’s European HQ in Dublin. An internal investigation found that six members of the unit had profiles that were likely viewed by “potential terrorists,” and Facebook tabbed the moderators as being “high priority” risks. SEE ALSO: Facebook Safety Check for London fire stirs up more backlash for the feature Facebook reportedly offered the six “high priority” moderators …

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Repeat viewers beware: Netflix limits the number of times you can download videos

June 17, 2017

Netflix binging offline may not be so simple after all. The video-streaming company announced last year that it would be letting users download movies to watch on-the-go in places where Wi-Fi isn’t available. It’s a great feature, but as is the case with pretty much anything, there’s a bit of a catch. The number of times a user can download a movie or show is limited, and Netflix hasn’t made it clear, according to Digital Trends. But according to the company, this …

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Instagram finally accepts branded content with official tool

June 15, 2017

… celebrities and influencers would chose from a handful of hashtags, like #ad, #spon, and #sp, to include in the caption of their Instagram posts as a disclosure. Instagram tested this product back in February, Mashable first reported. But it still took until now before Instagram would even comment on the existence of a feature. They had, however, been speaking with creators and brands about the tools. “This is something I’ve been talking to our creators about with a while. In terms …

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GoPro CEO opens up about Snapchat Spectacles and rampant copying

June 11, 2017

… (see that video here!) earlier in the day. He’s extremely passionate about what GoPro represents and isn’t afraid to admit the company’s made mistakes, like failing to connect GoPros with smartphones and online video platforms sooner. Obviously, GoPro’s CEO is going to toot the merits of its action cameras and software the company’s launching a new GoPro app later this summer with a feature called “QuikStories” that’ll automatically download and …

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Banking with your personal assistant will be the future, whether you like it or not

June 11, 2017

… said Chia. While the industry has made moves to integrate banking with personal and home assistants, updates are coming slowly. Amazon’s partnership with Capital One came in March 2016, and there has yet to be anything like it since. Whether voice-activated banking will take off would depend on how ubiquitous personal assistants are. It’s likely to remain an option, but just that, as some will never use this feature at all, Yeo said. “Many still find it awkward to use Siri or …

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Pinterest raises $150 million as it builds out ads business

June 8, 2017

… Eventually, Pinterest wants to be widely seen as the natural starring place for all visual searches on the web. In doing so, it’s trying to free its image from the “social network” pigeonhole “Pinterest is really about yourself and not broadcasting to friends,” its spokesperson told me. Pinterest has also been bolstering the tech behind that search. Earlier this year, it rolled out a lens search feature that surfaces any posts resembling whatever you happen to be …

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Facebook, stop trying to make Pokes happen, okay?

June 4, 2017

Stop with the Poke imitations, Facebook.Image: Zaur Rahimov Facebook is up to its old tricks again, trying to reintroduce one of its original features but like Mean Girls‘ second-fiddle Gretchen Wieners trying to make fetch a thing, it’s just not gonna happen. The social network is trying to bring back that slightly creepy, uncomfortably direct notification that you never quite understood: the Poke. The new feature, called Hello, is essentially a Poke in the form of a Wave, allowing …

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Cadillac’s future cars could ‘chat’ with traffic lights

June 1, 2017

Cadillac's V2I system means your car will be able to anticipate the changing lights.Image: Cadillac Cadillac’s cars are getting even chattier. Now they can “talk” to traffic lights to let drivers know when the light is going to turn red, a feature meant to cut down on dangerous last-minute decisions. Cadillac announced this week that it successfully tested the technology, called vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. The V2I test comes after the luxury automaker …

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Luxury brands are allowing China’s millennials to buy directly through WeChat

June 1, 2017

… deal. The app started out as a messenger before adding a Facebook-style timeline feature, allowing people to blast their lives to friends. Today, you’d find WeChat’s in-app wallet commonly used for transferring money to friends, as well as paying merchants of all sizes, from roadside stalls to big retail stores. This payment is often done by scanning a simple QR code. Image: LightRocket via Getty Images But will that spending translate to big ticket items from luxury brands? …

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Hot music video will make you want to dance and ignore rampant corruption in the Russian government

May 31, 2017

… Yorker‘s most recent feature on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “shadow cabinet“), but it’s certainly something that could never happen in the United States … right? “Baby Boy,” possibly coming to a Jared Kushner dance party near you. WATCH: The original ‘Alien’ gets a trailer recut as a comedy More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsVyco Agency License Ability to distribute 20 unique license keys to your virtual …

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How Wonder Woman finally made it to the big screen

May 30, 2017

… 2014: Wonder Woman makes her theatrical feature debut. But before Gadot got to pick up her shield, Wonder Woman made her big-screen debut in an entirely unrelated movie. The Lego Movie had Cobie Smulders (whom, you may recall, was Whedon’s top pick at one time) voice the heroine for a brief cameo. October 15, 2014: Warner Bros. officially announces Wonder Woman. While Wonder Woman movies had been announced before, only to fall apart, this one already had a star attached (Gadot) and was …

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The Porn Business Isnt Anything Like You Think It Is

… to put one on Google Chromecast, a gadget that puts apps and video on your TV. Same result. Virtual Unreality Nowadays, the prevailing narrative is that virtual reality will re-energize the porn industry. After I spoke to Alec Helmy, the publisher of XBIZ, whocalled Mikandi the future, he wrote back and mentioned VR. Buzzfeed, in its lengthy porn feature, paints VR as the great porn hope. You hear the same thing from, well, WIRED. But the future is more complicated than that. Think of Chris …

May 23, 2017
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How to bring humanity and tech together: Innovators and advocates on hope for the future

… Study after study not only documents the increasing time we spend behind screens but also their interpersonal dark side. Of course, how we use technology is far more important than what and when. Setting aside its abuses and, in some cases, combating them means leveraging our new-found interconnectedness for the good. Buffer Director of Engineering Niel de la Rouviere We released a feature called Content Suggestions in 2014, and there was a substantial bump in platform use. Many …

May 18, 2017
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Apple will host big-name musicians and high-profile workshops to kick off new program

… of other special events. New York City elementary school students learn about coding on a class field trip to an Apple Store. Image: Andrew Burton/Getty Images Some of Apple’s more heavily trafficked locations will also feature big-name guests for music performances, lectures, and hands-on instruction. Soul singer Leon Bridges and free-form dancer Lil Buck (who recently appeared in an Apple commercial) will perform at Apple’s new flagship store in downtown San Francisco late on …

May 17, 2017
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