The Porn Business Isnt Anything Like You Think It Is

May 23, 2017

… 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, …

Read More >>

Europe keeps giving fines to Facebook

May 19, 2017

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 …

Read More >>

How to bring humanity and tech together: Innovators and advocates on hope for the future

May 18, 2017

… 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. …

Read More >>

Twitter update shares what advertisers are interested in you

May 18, 2017

… 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 …

Read More >>

Lyft taps Delta as a new rewards program for riders

May 18, 2017

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 …

Read More >>

A 22-year-old \

May 16, 2017

… 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 …

Read More >>

Microsoft helps out stubborn Windows XP users with WannaCrypt update

May 14, 2017

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 …

Read More >>

How to remove Facebook from your life and never miss a social beat

May 14, 2017

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 …

Read More >>

UK hospitals among those struck by widespread ransomware attacks

May 13, 2017

… ALSO: Windows users should be really worried about the latest NSA leak Screenshots shared of the attack show the ransomware program Wanna Cry was used. Officials noted that the attack that the NHS was not specifically targeted in the attack and that the attack was “affecting organisations from across a range of sectors.” Our statement on the reported ransomware issues: https://t.co/Pt47dvpbiR #nhscyberattack NHS Digital (@NHSDigital) May 12, 2017 UK Prime Minister Theresa May …

Read More >>

Can the ad industry beat ad blockers with … ad blockers?

May 11, 2017

… Cunningham, a prominent digital publishing and marketing consultant. More respectable sites have taken steps towards getting rid of bad ads, but plenty still exist on the rest of the web. “Do I think the quality of ads has improved? Probably not,” Cunningham says. “[Premium publishers] have made great progress, but the internet’s a big place.” Some platforms have tried to cede more control to users over what kinds of ads they see. The Rubicon Project, one of the …

Read More >>

Instagram rolls out mobile web sharing in its quest for a billion users

May 10, 2017

Your selfie sharing is no longer restricted to the IG app.Image: lili sams/mashable Instagram is following in its parent Facebook’s footsteps and making its service much more accessible to those left out of its app-centric, data-heavy sharing experience. The photo platform will now give users new functionality via the Instagram.com mobile website, most notably the all-important ability to actually share pics outside the IG app. The new mobile utility could help in the effort to foster …

Read More >>

Snapchat is helping make QR codes cool again

May 9, 2017

… suit and it’s awesome It’s difficult to determine how QR codes became “cool” again. Snapchat, the popular app for teens and young adults, may have helped. Snapchat created its so-called “Snapcodes” in early 2015, where users could create their own and add friends by scanning them. Everyone from publishers like Mashable to presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made a Snapcode: @kerrymflynn Pretty much how I feel. …

Read More >>

Inside Microsoft’s AI ambitions

May 8, 2017

… robot, accepting requests and then zipping off to aisle 226 to find the exact blue blazer you didnt even know you wanted. Take Office, for example. Its already brimming with little AI touches. AI in Office Anyone who has used Microsofts Office productivity suite knows that it has far more features than you could ever use. Theres lots of deep functionality that, for years, has been challenging for users, even experienced ones. AI makes it easier to unearth, said Gregersen. In PowerPoint, for …

Read More >>

Gmail for Android can now recognize and block phishing attacks

May 6, 2017

… information,” the text of the warning says, along with the option to continue to the link at your own peril, and report an incorrect warning. The new feature, which will be gradually rolled out to all Gmail users over the next days, comes shortly after a widespread phishing attack that impersonated Google services hit a large number of users. It’s unclear, however, whether the new Gmail security check would’ve stopped that particular attack, which uses a fake Google Docs app …

Read More >>

Parachute into North Korea with this extraordinary VR experience

May 5, 2017

… authoritarian, secretive places on earth? To try to answer this question and fill a massive curiosity gap, a Swedish startup has produced a fascinating virtual reality experience that parachutes you straight into the streetlife of urban North Koreans. From the outset, it is clear that North Korea VR is more than your simple 360-degree video. Using the SceneThere platform, users have the chance to interact with the video and stay longer in that world, to explore at their own pace. …

Read More >>

Snapchat just made it a lot easier for brands to buy ads

May 5, 2017

… fall let third-party partners sell ads on Snapchat’s behalf for the first time, and an update in January gave brands even more control of the process. The latest feature, which won’t fully launch until June, will cut out the middleman entirely, allowing brands to place their own ads without working through one of the company’s partners. Snap already offers a similar self-serve platform for sponsored geo-filters location-specific graphic overlays brands can pay to let users …

Read More >>

Facebook Stories is a total failure

May 4, 2017

… important real estate. SEE ALSO: Facebook is turning into a confusing social nightmare It’s possible this is by design. (Is Facebook intentionally watering down the “Stories” feature to diminish Snapchat’s relevance? Perhaps!) But it’s not a good look for the social network, which has struggled with its image in the past year after a series of high-profile missteps. Think of it this way: At a time when Facebook is particularly invested in making sure users want to …

Read More >>

New Snapchat data shows its bringing more eyes to all devices

April 29, 2017

… Snapchat’s Discover platform also saw a 16 percent increase in TV “reach” (if they have a TV channel). Publishers without a Snapchat Discover channel saw a 5 percent decline in “reach” which is something like average monthly viewers. Could it be that Snapchat users are more likely to be watching those channels already? Maybe. But Snapchat would rather lean toward the narrative that its platform serves as something of a marketing opportunity that helps brands …

Read More >>

Shea Moisture apologizes after Twitter slammed its ad: ‘We really f-ed this one up’

April 26, 2017

… Beautiful. “I can tell you that’s never going to happen,” Dennis said in response to concerns the line would lose focus on its black customers. Yet the latest ad, in which white women outnumber the sole woman of color, compounded the brand’s public relations problem. Monday’s apology came after Twitter users had dragged the company for hours over what they saw as the whitewashing of its marketing. As of Monday afternoon, “Shea Moisture” was the top …

Read More >>

Facebook and GIPHY are now good friends

April 26, 2017

… launched a feature that let Facebook users share moving images on the site. They weren’t GIFs, Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff reported back in 2013. As in they were not in the native GIF format, and yet, they were moving images in Facebook posts and comments, which people mistakenly referred to as GIFs. “You’re right this is not native GIF format support but it is the first time you’ve been able to find a GIF on the Internet and then get it to play on Facebook,” …

Read More >>

Starbucks’ ‘Unicorn Frappuccino’ is the latest food or drink designed just for social media

April 25, 2017

… time By most accounts, the blue-and-pink concoction, which transitions from sweet to sour, doesn’t even taste especially good. None of that really matters to Starbucks, though. The limited-time item isn’t meant to blend with the company’s coffeehouse chic but rather its customers’ social media feeds. It’s more of a meme than a drink, capitalizing on an online craze for all things unicorn-related and, specifically, a trend in which Instagram users share rainbow-dyed …

Read More >>

Eight ways machine learning is already in your life – BBC News

April 25, 2017

… large numbers of conversations by all users is also sampled, to help them recognise words with different pronunciations or how to create natural discussion. 2. In your shopping basket Many of us are familiar with shopping recommendations – think of the supermarket that reminds you to add cheese to your online shop, or the way Amazon suggests books it thinks you might like. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Artificial intelligence plays a role in filtering out spam emails …

Read More >>

Google and Partners Try to Block the March of Ad-Blockers

April 23, 2017

… the same standards it imposes on the rest of the industry, although the terms have not been finalized. The people asked not to be identified discussing private matters. Alphabet Inc.'s Google declined to comment on potential Chrome features. However, the company emphasized that its plans are part of a group effort. "Google alone cannot solve for the incentives users have to install ad blockers," a company spokeswoman said. "We need an industry approach that is …

Read More >>

Psst: You’re probably using all the wrong photos on dating apps.

April 22, 2017

Don't be afraid to show the real you.Image: ambar del moral/mashable Think you’ve obsessed over your dating profile pics and finally managed to get them just right? Sorry, but you’d better think again. The dating app Hinge sifted through thousands of their users photos and figured out what gets those likes and what gets ignored. The results are pretty surprising. Hinges profile requires you to add six photos, and people can like them and start conversations based on them …

Read More >>

Bike-sharing companies keep finding that people are terrible, in every city they enter

April 21, 2017

… the kerb. SEE ALSO: Bike-sharing companies are flooding the market, but this one insists its bikes are smartest But users have been chaining up bicycles outside their apartments, preventing others from using them. Some people bring them up to their apartment floors, so they can’t be found easily by other users looking at the app: Who threw the oBike in the drain pic.twitter.com/OYmeavNaEg JY (@kosherjellyfish) April 16, 2017 SEE ALSO: Singapore’s big plans for nationwide …

Read More >>