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Elon Musk was meant to have his Tesla tweets pre-approved. The SEC claims he didn’t bother.

Elon Musk was meant to have his Tesla tweets pre-approved. The SEC claims he didn't bother.Image: Robyn Beck-Pool/Getty Images The barbs continue to be thrown over Elon Musk’s tweeting. As part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over that notorious “funding secured” tweet, Musk agreed to have certain tweets pre-approved by Tesla. SEE ALSO: Tesla reveals the Model Y, its new mid-size SUV The tweets to be vetted were ones “that contain, or reasonably could contain, information material” to the company or its shareholders.  The agreement…

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Google Assistant inserts itself into classic movies in Oscars ads

Just as mobile phones would’ve saved a lot of trouble in Seinfeld, Google’s Assistant would’ve been a saviour in so many classic films. That’s the subject of the tech giant’s new ad for its voice-activated assistant, which aired during the 2019 Oscars on Sunday night. In the ads, Google Assistant steps in for HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and helps Marion Crane avoid the motel in Psycho. In Scream, Drew Barrymore uses a Nest camera to ward off Ghostface, while Lyft is used to get out of an annoying…

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Apple News has the largest news app audience, says Apple

Dog bites man, tonight at 11.Image: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / getty It turns out Apple products are good for more than just spying on people.  In an otherwise dreary Jan. 29 earnings call, Apple executives had one standout bit of cheery news for wary investors: Apple News supposedly has the largest audience of any news app. Specifically, according to Apple, the service has 85 million monthly active users.  That number, up from 70 million unique users in 2016, paints a picture of a growing service that is slowly rising to…

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The OG Macintosh computer just turned 35

The screws for Apple's Mac Pro had to be ordered from China, new report claims.Image: CHRISTINA ASCANI/MASHABLE In 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly announced that one line of Apple’s Mac products will be made in the United States. Well, it never happened for precisely the reasons you’d think of: Supply chain issues. More precisely, according to a New York Times report Monday, Apple couldn’t find enough screws to build the Mac Pro in the United States.  SEE ALSO: Rumors are swirling about Apple’s AirPower wireless charging again The report…

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Google Chrome Labs’ digital Etch-A-Sketch feels like the real thing

My most successful Web-A-Skeb piece, in which I attempted to write "MASH."Image: screenshot: rachel kraus/mashable Want to relive a frustrating yet addictive childhood experience? Now you can! A Google Chrome Labs developer has built a web version of the classic Etch-A-Sketch. It’s called Web-A-Skeb, which is a name that rocks. And I am happy to report that attempting to create anything with it is just as maddening as the original. SEE ALSO: Google Chrome now has a handy drawing app for your silly sketches Google Chrome Labs is a group…

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The internet is figuring out the best way to pirate Netflix’s ‘Bandersnatch’

Torrent your life away.Image: netflix The internet will always find a way.  Netflix’s new choose-your-own-adventure style episode of Black Mirror, “Bandersnatch,” has the online world abuzz with all the different storylines available for the viewer/player of the streaming digital experience.  Overlooked in the discussion regarding which breakfast cereal best kicks off the main character’s day lies another probing question. How, exactly, does one pirate a show that has roughly 5 hours of total runtime spooled out over multiple non-linear scenes requiring a specially designed Branch Manager tool to access? Fear…

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Good riddance, Alex Jones: The Year in Deplatforming

Deplatforming is a blunt but effective tool in the eradication of toxic speech online.Image: Oivind Hovland/Getty Images This was the year we began to answer the age old question: if a bigot rants in a forest, and nobody is around to hear him, does anybody care what that idiot says? Over the past year, internet companies wielded the hammer known as “deplatforming” more than ever. Deplatforming, or no-platforming, is the term for kicking someone off social media or other sites when they break the rules by, say, using hate speech,…

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Apple patent filing has us excited about the new AirPods design

Apple is expanding in the U.S. in a big way.Image: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Apple is planning a major expansion of its operations across the U.S., including a $1 billion investment in a new campus in Austin, Texas, the company announced Thursday.  The plan also includes establishing new sites in Seattle, San Diego, Culver City, as well as expanding in cities including Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado over the next three years. Apple plans to create 20,000 new jobs in the U.S. by 2023. Image: Apple The new campus, located…

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This smart motorcycle helmet features a futuristic AR display Future Blink

Image: David Ryder/Getty Images We’re still getting used to the idea of a store where there’s no checkout, but Amazon isn’t standing still. It’s just launched a new, much more compact version of its cashierless Go stores. Jeff Bezos is more than happy to dive into a new market and start disrupting it, but Amazon’s success is due to how the company keeps relentlessly pushing an idea in new directions. That’s why we don’t just have one type of Go store anymore. SEE ALSO: Apple’s coolest keyboard trick became even…

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Amazon’s cashier-less shopping tech is being tested on a larger store

Larger Amazon Go-powered stores are being tested.Image: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images Amazon’s cashier-less shopping tech could come to a full supermarket. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the tech giant is experimenting with its Amazon Go technology at a larger store. SEE ALSO: What it’s like to shop at Amazon Go At the company’s seven Amazon Go stores in Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco, shoppers scan in with their mobile devices, then pick their product and walk out.  The technology uses a mix of computer vision, sensor fusion and deep…

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How these young trailblazers are making lasting change in their communities

Back in March, T-Mobile and their partner Ashoka set out on a nationwide search with one mission in mind: find and support trailblazing young adults who are thinking outside the box to enact lasting change in their communities. Fast-forward six months and over 330 submissions, and a handful of unbelievable changemakers have been chosen as the winners of this year’s T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge.  Each of the 6 selected Changemaker teams have exceeded expectations and created organizations that will not only make a difference in their own communities, but also have…

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How women entrepreneurs are advancing woman’s health

Messages in chalk in Isla Vista, California, after a student murdered six people. He was praised by the "incel" community.Image: Michael Nelson/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Incels.me, the toxic misogynistic community of self-proclaimed involuntary celibates, is no more — at least at that web address. On Tuesday, the .ME registry, which controls the entire .ME domain database, published a post explaining that they — and not a domain registrar like GoDaddy — had suspended the domain. The registry says the domain was suspended over anti-abuse policy infractions based on the promotion of acts of…

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Apple’s first 5G iPhone won’t be ready until 2020, report says

Apple's first 5G iPhone could launch in 2020.Image: lili sams / mashable Apple’s first 5G iPhone is still two years away. That’s according to a new report, which says the iPhone maker won’t be 5G ready until 2020. That would put Apple a year behind some of its Android rivals which have said they plan to have 5G phones in 2019. The news, which comes from Fast Company, cites a single source said to have “knowledge of Apple’s plans.” SEE ALSO: 5 things to know about 5G The report also…

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‘Not OK, Google!’ San Francisco Google employees walk out in protest of sexual harassment

Google employees across from the San Francisco Ferry Building.Image: jack morse / mashable On an unusually warm Nov. 1 morning in San Francisco, scores of Google employees walked out of their downtown office in protest.  The staged walkout had come together quickly, and followed the Oct. 25 news that Google execs paid Android creator Andy Rubin $90 million after determining that allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him by an employee were likely credible. Those leaving their desks on Thursday in SF were but one part of a global effort…

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Dunking the iPhone XR in water, tea, beer, and of course … La Croix Technically Speaking

The 2018 MacBook Air comes with a bigger, higher quality display.Image: screenshot: Rachel Kraus/mashable/apple It’s not an envelope moment, but it’s pretty nifty. Apple unveiled a shiny new 2018 MacBook Air at its product launch event in Brooklyn on Tuesday. It’s the most meaningful physical redesign of Apple’s least expensive (and definitely cutest) laptop since 2015. “It’s time for a new MacBook Air, one that takes the MacBook Air experience even further in the areas that are most important to our customers,” Tim Cook said. SEE ALSO: Apple’s Oct. 30…

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