Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 19, 2017

… more than its fair share of charlatan – but there is opportunity, too. Money for nothing will lead to dire straits for some,” Hayter said. On the other hand, the space and possibilities that Ethereum has opened are expanding rapidly. Take Bancor, for example; currently the top dog in terms of money raised via a token sale. Built on top of Ethereum, Bancor is a platform in itself, allowing easy generation of new tokens to users without the need of extensive technical knowledge, and …

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

June 19, 2017

… remained wary of the search giant’s goodwill. It could have big consequences. AdBlock Plus, the world’s most popular ad blocker, claims to boast around 100 million active users; Chrome has well over a billion on both mobile and desktop (of course there’s overlap). Wieser, however, downplays how much impact it will ultimately have on publishers. It may drive prices for higher quality ads up, he says, but media companies will ultimately be competing on the same playing field. …

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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

… Here’s what it looks like as a traditional Instagram post and as a post in an Instagram Story, featuring fashion and interior designer Aimee Song (songofstyle): Image: instagram For Instagram, introducing this tool is a huge, long overdue step to bring more transparency on the platform for creators, brands, and all of the more than 700 million monthly active users who are often exposed to such posts. Since its founding in 2012, Instagram let the system operate as the Wild West, where …

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The tool banks hope will defeat Venmo is here

June 13, 2017

… approved by the banks where users already keep their money. Zelle doesn’t have its own app yet and for now is just a tool to send money within the mobile banking app you already have. More than 30 financial institutions, from the biggest banks to tiny credit unions, have signed on to add the tool to their mobile banking services. The firm Early Warning Services is behind the tool. Even though Zelle is backed by banks, it’s still trying to be fun and hip like Venmo. Image: …

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Theresa May Fast Facts

June 12, 2017

… providers and communications companies to collect more data about users’ online activities. Opponents call it the “Snoopers’ Charter.” July 11, 2016 – Is named leader of the Conservative Party. July 13, 2016 – Replaces David Cameron as British prime minister when he resigns after the UK votes to leave the European Union. July 20-21, 2016 – Takes her first international trip as Britain’s prime minister, to Berlin to meet with German Chancellor …

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GoPro CEO opens up about Snapchat Spectacles and rampant copying

June 11, 2017

… It’s why the company’s invested heavily in apps and machine learning to help make it easier for its users to effortlessly create epic videos to share online. As we rode our bikes on a winding scenic trail at the Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, I picked CEO Nick Woodman’s brain on Spectacles, and Snapchat and Instagram Stories products GoPro is now competing head-on with in the smartphone age. GoPro’s winding path Nick and I are now bike buddies. Best bike buddies …

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

June 11, 2017

Image: ambar del moral/mashable It appears that asking your phone assistant for your bank account will soon be a reality. Samsung recently partnered with three of South Korea’s largest banks to make voice command banking a reality for South Korean users. Bixby which is shipped with the Samsung Galaxy S8 can make financial transactions by voice command via Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass, Samsung’s answer to Touch ID. SEE ALSO: You can now buy stuff without even having to leave …

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This startup is building an online shop around unboxing videos

June 9, 2017

… said. “The lines are starting to blur.” That’s not to say there will be any fuzziness around what’s paid for by a sponsor and what’s editorial content. Feng says the distinction will be clearly labelled. That’s because, like a media outlet, Packagd relies on the trust of its users above all else. People will only visit if they feel like its a fair-minded place to learn about products about which they’re enthusiastic. Feng doesn’t want it to be a …

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Apple teases HomePod challenger to Amazon Echo and Google Home

June 7, 2017

… activates when Siri is requested. Image: karissa bell/mashable Like Amazon’s Echo and the Google Home speakers, users interact with the new device via voice commands. The 7-inch tall speaker itself resembles a squatter Mac Pro with mesh-like exterior. Created to work with Apple Music, HomePod (what do you think of the name?) contains an upward-facing woofer for deep bass, and has an array of seven beam-forming tweeters to fire sound in all directions all powered by Apple’s own A8 …

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New NSA hacking report is basically a ‘House of Cards’ episode

June 6, 2017

… closing down some polling places. While the operative in the show is from the U.S., he runs to Russia for protection there. Twitter users were quick to point out the comparison too. JUST IN: FBI has arrested and charged the woman they say leaked a Top Secret document to The Intercept, federal official tells NBC News. NBC News (@NBCNews) June 5, 2017 Early reports suggested that it was a tiny detailthe creases in the printed copies of the documentsthat led investigators to discover the …

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Facebook, stop trying to make Pokes happen, okay?

June 4, 2017

… users to notify one another that they’re feeling chatty, but don’t quite have the words for a full on post. The new Hello feature was first spotted by The Next Web‘s Matt Navarra, who’s known for keeping tabs on the many new wrinkles and tests from the social network. Facebook reps confirmed the feature is being tested for some users, who at this point appear to be based in the UK. SEE ALSO: Facebook now allows you to add posts to albums We reached out to some friends …

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The Apple App Store has paid out $70 billion to developers

June 2, 2017

… are up 58 percent in the past year. That might be the best news yet for companies that have worked to convince smartphone users to pay for content on their phones. Apple also pushed back against that notion that apps have peaked and that people aren’t downloading as many as the used to. Apple claimed that downloads have grown by 70 percent in the past year. Yup, pretty cool indeed. WATCH: Using only scissors and glue, this engineer makes impossible pop-up sculptures from plain paper …

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

June 1, 2017

… municipalities will need to partner with automakers to build the roads of the future. UPDATE: May 31, 2017, 7:24 p.m. EDT This article was updated to include the statements from Cadillac’s spokesperson. WATCH: Someone has invented a simple wheelchair that gives users the freedom to move upright More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsShopiSubmitter Cloud app that submits native videos and other media to FB groups and schedules them!Scope Cash RSSMasher 2 Launch – BASIC …

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

June 1, 2017

Besides chatting with friends and idly thumbing through their social feeds, you can now buy luxury bags off China’s largest social app, WeChat. The country’s most popular messenger app which boasted nearly 900 million daily users last year is so ubiquitous that luxury brands like Longchamp and Burberry are jumping onboard, reports the Wall Street Journal. SEE ALSO: Japan’s new ultra-luxurious train is here, and tickets cost $10,000 each Big brands like Louis Vuitton, Givenchy …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a bevy of startups and advised companies like …

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Cloak and Dagger is a new Android attack that can steal your passwords and more

… device. The researchers claim they tested it on 20 human subjects, none of which had realized what was going on. The one thing that protects users right now is the fact that to do all this, the malicious app must be downloaded from Google’s official Play Store, meaning that it has to pass Google’s security checks. But from past examples we know it’s definitely possible for malicious hackers to slip in a malware-infested app into Play Store. …

May 27, 2017
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5 ways Wonder Woman has taken over the web

… retro gaming consoles that so many grew up on, the new Wonder Woman game lets people relive their childhood by giving users the power to play as a 16-bit Princess Diana right on their smartphones. Showcasing creativity with Fan Art Fridays Wonder Woman has always had a commanding presence her poise, her fierceness, and her determination combine to create an image that people just cant help but be inspired by. After all, Wonder Woman was born on the page first making her mark in All Star …

May 26, 2017
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The Porn Business Isnt Anything Like You Think It Is

… embracing many of the same digital artists whose work shows up on Tumblr and other mainstream services. “In some ways, it’s about: how can we get less adult? Or rather: how do we serve our users more of the time? How do we provide them with the stuff they want all of the time?” O’Connell explains. When it comes right down to it, he says, Mikandi isn’t all that different from your typical tech startup. It uses many of the same tools to build much the same tech. Yes, …

May 23, 2017
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Europe keeps giving fines to Facebook

The European Union has fined Facebook 110 million (94 million; $122 million) for providing misleading information about its 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp. SEE ALSO: European nations fine Facebook over being cagey with users’ data In a press release, the European Commission said when Facebook informed it of the takeover it had said it would be unable to “establish reliable automated matching” between Facebook and WhatsApp user accounts. However, in 2016 WhatsApp offered …

May 19, 2017
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How to bring humanity and tech together: Innovators and advocates on hope for the future

… users loved it. However, we noticed that some were sharing identical posts without reading them. Essentially, we were contributing to spam, which was not great for content creators and also not great for Buffer as a product. We believe in creating authentic voices on social media, and this broke down that trust users had in us. Even though this feature had lots of traction we ultimately decided to shut it down. At the time, we had our values of Listen First and Do the right thing top of mind. …

May 18, 2017
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Twitter update shares what advertisers are interested in you

… Dove. Given how much I tweet about Red Bull and Dunkin’ Donuts, I’m a little bit confused on where they’re getting this data from, but okay. Image: twitter screenshots/kerry flynn Twitter is now empowering users, like myself, to de-select interests that may not actually be true or maybe ones that I just don’t want to be advertised for. I also requested my advertiser list via email, which took only about 30 minutes to send over to me. I am listed on 18,631 audiences …

May 18, 2017
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Lyft taps Delta as a new rewards program for riders

Image: ap/rex/shutterstock Lyft is teaming up with Delta Air Lines to offer you more reason to hail a ride. SEE ALSO: Check the numbers, it’s true: People really like Lyft over Uber, even before #DeleteUber Starting Wednesday, Lyft users can earn SkyMiles (Delta’s airline miles program) for every ride they take. For a limited time, users can earn extra miles when they travel to and from an airport no matter which airline they’re taking. Lyft users will earn one mile per …

May 18, 2017
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A 22-year-old \

… ultimately halt the infections, the Associated Press reported. SEE ALSO: NSA tools at center of ransomware attacks hitting UK hospitals The unprecedented outbreak, which began last Friday, locked up computers and extorted users for large Bitcoin payments in nations as diverse as the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Spain, and India. It also hit the U.K.’s National Health Service, affecting computers in hospitals and doctors’ offices. Britain’s National Cyber Security Center and …

May 16, 2017
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Microsoft helps out stubborn Windows XP users with WannaCrypt update

Image: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images Still stubbornly running an ancient version of Windows, despite the security threats? You’re in luck, this time. The ransomware attack known as WannaCrypt that sent organizations and individual users around the world scrambling for security cover has been addressed by Microsoft, the company behind the most widely used operating system on the planet, with a new software update. And, to the relief of many holding onto old versions of Windows, the update …

May 14, 2017
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How to remove Facebook from your life and never miss a social beat

It's easy.Image: Getty So you’ve decided to dump Facebook. But you’re worried. Worried about missing out, struggling to stay connected, or getting left behind by the almost 2 billion users on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s platform. Don’t be. SEE ALSO: The time has come to remove Facebook from your life It has never before been easier to completely remove Facebook from your life not missing a single social beat in the process. And when you finally do, you’ll …

May 14, 2017
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