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Victoria Song Victoria Song yesterday at 03:30. 3 comments

Why Is Apple Flexing on High-end Camera Company Red Over Vague Patents?

Why Is Apple Flexing on High-end Camera Company Red Over Vague Patents?

Apple isn’t afraid of beef, and the latest company on its bad side is Red Digital Cinema. The two companies are currently locked in a lawsuit over one of Red’s RAW codec patents, which Apple is trying to get invalidated. The big question, however, is why Apple is going through the trouble in the first place.

Red Digital Cinema makes relatively pricey digital cinematography equipment—think...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Aug 16, 2019 at 21:50.

Stop Using Hijacked Passwords That Google Already Told You Were Bad

Stop Using Hijacked Passwords That Google Already Told You Were Bad

In February, Google did us lazy bums a favor by adding a Password Checkup extension for Chrome. The way it works is the extension will send you a warning to change your password whenever logging-in to a site using a username or password that’s previously been leaked in a third-party data breach. This is all good, except for the part where Google conducted a study and found that a good chunk...

Victoria Song Victoria Song Aug 14, 2019 at 23:30. 4 comments

So How Much Is WeWork Spending on Kombucha Taps as it Hemorrhages Billions?

So How Much Is WeWork Spending on Kombucha Taps as it Hemorrhages Billions?

WeWork, the coworking space startup, just filed paperwork detailing its financials with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering and boy, oh boy, does it throw away a lot of money.

In case you’ve been unscathed by the gig economy, WeWork basically operates on the idea of providing flexible workspaces to freelancers, remote workers, entrepreneurs, and small...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Aug 14, 2019 at 21:00.

Misfit's New Vapor X Smartwatch Looks Very Promising

Misfit's New Vapor X Smartwatch Looks Very Promising

The first Misfit Vapor was nearly vaporware. Its successor, the Vapor 2 , tried to fix the original smartwatch’s issues but was ultimately hindered by an outdated processor. Today, Misfit launched its third stab at a smartwatch with the Vapor X—and at least on paper, it looks like it could be a substantial improvement over its predecessor

The most significant upgrade here is that the Vapor X...

Victoria Song Victoria Song Aug 13, 2019 at 23:20.

MasterClass Founder Launching Online College Credit Courses, Failures Get a Refund

MasterClass Founder Launching Online College Credit Courses, Failures Get a Refund

Raise your hand if Calculus 101 made you want to tear your hair out in college. If so, then you might be one of the people MasterClass Cofounder Aaron Rasmussen had in mind when creating his new startup Outlier.org. Starting this fall semester, the new venture will offer two classes—Calculus I and Introduction to Psychology—online for $400 per course and actual college credit.

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Aug 12, 2019 at 23:28. 10 comments

Here's Why Some Websites Can Still Tell You're In Chrome's Incognito Mode

Here's Why Some Websites Can Still Tell You're In Chrome's Incognito Mode

The whole point of Incognito Mode on Chrome is to maintain some level of privacy on the internet—meaning, sites don’t know when you’re on them, and as a nice bonus, you can sometimes get around pesky paywalls. That said, web developers and publishers have since wised up, prompting Google to recently try and make Incognito mode more incognito with Chrome 76. The operative word being try, as it...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Aug 09, 2019. 11 comments

You'll Probably Get Approved for an Apple Card—but Be Wary

You'll Probably Get Approved for an Apple Card—but Be Wary

Wondering if you’ll get approved for the Apple Card? Turns out you probably don’t have to. Goldman Sachs, the bank issuing the card, is reportedly approving applications from subprime applicants, according to CNBC.

That’s not a bad thing, per se. With its payments and spending tracking features, the Apple Card was clearly built with the intention of letting customers see the benefits of...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Aug 09, 2019.

Your Google Maps Is About to Get an AR-Directions Upgrade—Here's What to Expect

Your Google Maps Is About to Get an AR-Directions Upgrade—Here's What to Expect

GPS has done wonders for the directionally challenged, but there’s still a few quirks. Every time I emerge from the stinky depths of the New York City subway, for instance, my phone’s compass takes forever to figure out which direction I’m pointed in. Half the time I end up walking a few blocks in the wrong direction, especially if it’s in a neighborhood or city I’m not familiar with. But...

Victoria Song Victoria Song Aug 08, 2019.

Apple's Version of ASMR Is Like Nails on a Chalkboard to Me

Apple's Version of ASMR Is Like Nails on a Chalkboard to Me

Once again, Apple has made shivers run down my spine—but not in a good way. Today, as part of its “Shot on iPhone” campaign, Apple released a series of four ASMR videos to its YouTube channel. There’s some lady whispering about weird shit, a dude carving wood, crunching noises on a hike, and what’s supposed to be soothing rainfall.

China's Anti-Porn Task Force Is Banning ASMR Videos

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Aug 06, 2019. 18 comments

The Apple Card Rollout Has Begun—With a Whopping 10 Videos Teaching You How to Use It

The Apple Card Rollout Has Begun—With a Whopping 10 Videos Teaching You How to Use It

The Apple Card is finally here—for some of us. Today, people who were accepted into the early preview program got an invite and 10 videos detailing how to use the card itself.

Why 10 videos? Shouldn’t using a credit card be intuitive by now since most of us have been shackled with one since early adulthood? Well, Apple clearly intends this credit card to primarily be a digital one, and that...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Aug 05, 2019. 9 comments

Samsung Should Have Just Led With the Galaxy Watch Active2

Samsung Should Have Just Led With the Galaxy Watch Active2

Earlier this spring, Samsung introduced its Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch. Gorgeous and streamlined, it would’ve been the perfect smartwatch if not for some buggy software. Less than six months later, Samsung’s already unveiled the Galaxy Watch Active2, which I got to see for myself at an event last week. It fixes a lot of the gripes I had with the original and adds some neat style and...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Aug 05, 2019. 8 comments

A New Processor Means Fossil's Smartwatches Might Be Getting Good

A New Processor Means Fossil's Smartwatches Might Be Getting Good

Remember when we were all hopeful that Qualcomm releasing the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip would mean better, faster, longer-lasting Wear OS wearables? Well a year on, turns out it was just a dream as most Wear OS watches are still running that busted old 2100 chip . But today, Fossil is launching its Gen 5 smartwatches—all powered by the 3100, and featuring some new battery modes, a swim-proof...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Aug 01, 2019. 9 comments

Apple's Handy AirDrop Feature Has a Creepy Downside

Apple's Handy AirDrop Feature Has a Creepy Downside

Apple products might cost a small fortune, but one neat thing about its ecosystem is it’s easy to seamlessly share files between devices. Except according to a newly published report, there might be a creepy downside to all that convenience. If you’ve got Bluetooth enabled and use AirDrop or share your wifi passwords, anyone with a bit of know-how can nab your actual phone number.

Google's...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Jul 31, 2019. 10 comments

Netflix Is Testing 'Physical Activity' Tracking for Some Reason

Netflix Is Testing 'Physical Activity' Tracking for Some Reason

Netflix collects a lot of data about you. But now, some Android users are finding that it’s also tracking ‘physical activity’ data via their phones.

Last Friday, a security researcher on Twitter noticed that the Netflix Android app had added a menu asking for permission for physical activity access. That was corroborated by the Next Web, which first reported on the issue. In a statement,...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Jul 30, 2019. 5 comments

Google Is Slowly Turning Waze Into a Rideshare-Meets-Hitchhiking App

Google Is Slowly Turning Waze Into a Rideshare-Meets-Hitchhiking App

Few hells are worse than getting stuck in traffic. To help, Waze started test-piloting its separate Carpool feature back in 2015 and in its latest update, you can now invite multiple strangers to hop in the car with you.

Waze's New Toll Calculator Could Make It Easier to Plan Your Next Road Trip

Right now, it’s peak road trip season. And while that means there’s a lot of things to consider…

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Jul 30, 2019. 3 comments

I Turned My Apartment Into a Surveillance State With These Petcube Cameras

I Turned My Apartment Into a Surveillance State With These Petcube Cameras

All pet owners wonder what their furry ‘lil babies get up to while the humans are gone. That’s been especially true for me lately. While my partner’s sassy cat Pablo and my derpy, elderly Yorkshire Terrier Daisy mostly ignore each other, they do get into the occasional tiff. Recently, Daisy’s taken to hiding under the bed—a habit I noticed she picked up only when we leave for work and she’s...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Jul 26, 2019. 12 comments

Bitcoin Scammers Try and Fail to Sextort 86-Year-Old Woman Who Just Wanted a Free Bagel

Bitcoin Scammers Try and Fail to Sextort 86-Year-Old Woman Who Just Wanted a Free Bagel

All 86-year-old Arlene Kaganove wanted was a free bagel from Panera on her birthday. Instead, after signing up for the My Panera rewards program, Kaganove was sent threatening emails demanding she pay $1,400 worth of bitcoin—in exchange for a supposed recording of her watching porn.

“I am always signing up for whatever comes free on my birthday,” Kaganove told local Chicago station NBC 5....

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Jul 26, 2019. 2 comments

This Fitness Smartwatch Humbled Me Into Taking Recovery Days More Seriously

This Fitness Smartwatch Humbled Me Into Taking Recovery Days More Seriously

Training sucks, especially if you’re a newly reformed couch potato. Your options are shell out for a trainer or gym membership—or cobbling together an ad hoc regimen with the help of apps, subreddits, a fitness tracker, and dubious YouTube personalities very keen on selling you their workout packages. The Polar Ignite is a casual fitness smartwatch dedicated to splitting the difference....

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Jul 26, 2019. 5 comments

Juul Rep Visited a Classroom and Told Teens Vaping Is 'Totally Safe,' for Some Reason

Juul Rep Visited a Classroom and Told Teens Vaping Is 'Totally Safe,' for Some Reason

There’s a lot of debate about what belongs in the classroom—but it’s safe to say Juul doesn’t. However, two teens testified in Congress on Wednesday that a Juul representative had, in fact, visited their class in April 2018 as part of a health presentation and told them the company’s e-cigarettes were “totally safe.”

The testimonies are part of multiple hearings organized by the House...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Jul 25, 2019. 23 comments

Sony’s Wearable Air Conditioner Should Be Ready for Next Year’s Heat Wave

Sony’s Wearable Air Conditioner Should Be Ready for Next Year’s Heat Wave

We are officially in the dog days of summer , and that usually means strategically dashing from one air-conditioned space to the next. But what if we didn’t have to bow down to the whims of the scorching midday sun? Well, apparently Sony is crowdfunding a portable wearable air conditioner/heater so you can flip the bird to mother nature and live your best, climate-controlled life.

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