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31 minute 25 second

Apple’s new holiday ad is a heartwarming, Pixar-inspired animated short

Apple’s holiday commercials are an annual tradition, designed to evoke the strongest of emotions in those who watch the lengthy ads play out. This year’s commercial manages to accomplish that feat, but it looks a little different: it’s fully animated. The commercial feels more like a Disney Pixar short, or a Coca-Cola ad than it does a traditional Apple commercial. There isn’t too much product placement from the company save for a MacBook covered in personalized stickers that appears from time to time over the course of two-and-a-half minutes. “Share Your Gifts” finds its heart not in Apple’s MacBook line,...
1 hour 6 minute

Facebook used to auction off a teenage girl for marriage in South Sudan

Last month, men in South Sudan engaged in a bidding war over a 17-year-old girl after they saw a post on Facebook advertising her for marriage. Just a few days after the post circulated online, she was purchased by a wealthy businessman to be his wife, according to Reuters. It’s yet another example of how Facebook’s platform has been abused in developing countries in recent years. In Myanmar, over 700,000 members of the Rohingya community were forced to flee the country due to ethnic violence the UN has linked to racists posts spread on Facebook. Thousands more were killed. In...
1 hour 9 minute

Amazon just opened Alexa to all Bluetooth headphone makers

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is about to expand to a new class of devices, especially hands-free listening and communications. In a blog post published today, Amazon says it’s made its Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit tool widely available to developers. First introduced back in January, the software development kit was designed as a way to bring Alexa to Bluetooth headphones, headsets, and wearables. Now, with the SDK opening up, that’s closer to actually happening. Qualcomm has even released a smart headset with Alexa reference design to help manufacturers get started. The goal here, from Amazon’s perspective, is to make Alexa an...

1 hour 15 minute

The human costs of Black Friday, explained by a former Amazon warehouse manager

Last year, shoppers spent $7.9 billion on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. An additional $6.59 billion was dropped on Cyber Monday. This year, Black Friday sales alone are expected to jump to $9.1 billion. And one retailer dominates these sales: Amazon. Last year, Amazon accounted for 45 percent of all Thanksgiving Day online purchases and 60 percent of purchases on Black Friday, according to Hitwise. The Seattle e-commerce giant is expecting similar numbers this year, and has been making an even more aggressive push, offering free shipping to all shoppers during the holiday season, with no minimum purchase. While this...
1 hour 22 minute

The FCC’s plan to fight spam texts could give phone companies more power over messaging

The FCC unveiled two proposals today to battle the scourge of phone spam, although at least one of those moves is likely to be controversial. In its announcement, the agency said it plans to formally classify text messaging as an information service, a legal distinction it said will be key to battling spam text messages. The classification, the agency said, will allow phone carriers to continue to use blocking technology to stop spam messages from reaching phones. The FCC says the classification will help fight spam texts But some consumer advocates have pushed for the FCC to instead classify messaging...
1 hour 23 minute

NASA will review workplace safety at SpaceX and Boeing because Elon Musk smoked marijuana

NASA will be conducting extensive reviews of workplace safety at two of its major commercial partners, SpaceX and Boeing, prompted by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s drug use. Both companies are currently developing spacecraft to take the NASA’s astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The reviews are expected to take months and will require hundreds of interviews, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the news. It’s unclear if the inquiries will delay the first launches of the companies’ vehicles, which are supposed to take place next year. NASA apparently decided to do the reviews after Musk smoked...

2 hour 14 minute

America’s nuclear arsenal relies on this brand-new supercomputer

In an expansive white-tiled room in Livermore, California sits Sierra, the world’s second most powerful supercomputer. Sierra looks like an unassuming server farm, but is actually a massive connected hive of 190,000 processing cores. It was completed earlier this year, and has been on a shakedown cruise since then: researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ran astrophysics, climate, and precision medicine simulations on Sierra while ferreting out bad components and other technical hiccups. But early next year, Sierra’s real work will begin. The system will be “air gapped,” meaning that it will be disconnected from any external network to...
2 hour 15 minute

Google’s Digital Wellbeing features are now available for all Pixel phones

Google’s Digital Wellbeing features, designed to help you more responsibly use mobile software and prevent distractions, have officially exited the beta phase and are now available for all Google Pixel phones running Android 9 Pie, per 9to5Google. Android One devices are also receiving the features, which can be found under the Android settings menu once you download the Digital Wellbeing app from the Google Play Store. (If you signed up fro the beta, your version of Digital Wellbeing will update automatically.) Like Apple’s Screen Time dashboard, these new Android features include counters for how long you’ve been using certain apps,...
2 hour 19 minute

Google is patenting a pair of motorized VR roller skates

Do you want to really, physically walk around in virtual reality? Is an omnidirectional treadmill too bulky for your taste? A giant hamster ball too confining? Redirected walking too trippy? An empty warehouse too expensive? If so, I’ve got good news: Google is trying to patent a design for VR roller skates. Google applied for a patent on some “augmented and/or virtual reality footwear” in May, and the application was published last week. Its “motorized footwear” looks like a pair of skates with treadmills instead of wheels. To use them, you’d put on a VR headset and enter a virtual...

2 hour 21 minute

Teens are trying marijuana before alcohol and tobacco

Teens used to try alcohol first, then tobacco, and then marijuana. Now, marijuana is increasingly the first “gateway” substance for adolescents, according to new research. This trend is not because teens are smoking cannabis more than ever. Rather, the change is because teens are smoking cigarettes and drinking less while the numbers for marijuana have held steady, according to Katherine M. Keyes, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University and co-author of the new study, published this week in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. “As we’ve seen the dramatic declines in alcohol and tobacco, we haven’t seen dramatic declines...
2 hour 24 minute

We’ve come full circle with this Apple Watch iPod nano concept

Nostalgia is a funny thing, because your emotions trick you into thinking you want something that has absolutely no functional value. This Apple Watch iPod nano concept, published on Behance by Korean designer Joyce Kang, is an example that suddenly makes you appreciate the iPod nano that’s currently sitting in a dusty corner of your drawer. Spotted by 9to5Mac, the concept images show a silicone case in the shape of Apple’s classic click-wheel iPod, that neatly houses an Apple Watch Series 4. None of the buttons on the case are functional, of course, but are just there for aesthetic purposes....
2 hour 30 minute

Amazon reportedly bidding on multiple Fox sports channels

Amazon may try to expand its live sports offering for Prime subscribers by bidding on 20 of Fox’s regional sports channels, according to a report from CNBC. Fox’s 22 channels were acquired by Disney during the two companies’ merger earlier this year. Disney, which already owns ESPN, has told regulators that it's willing to immediately sell off those channels to gain approval for the other assets covered by the acquisition. Amazon is looking to bring those channels into its own library of offerings. The 22 channels broadcast games for more than 40 teams from Major League Baseball, the NBA, and...