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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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Everything Apple unveiled at its iPad event

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the low-down on new Apple products.Image: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images It feels like we literally just wrapped up a major Apple event with three new iPhones. But wait, there’s more… SEE ALSO: Apple’s Oct. 30 iPad and Mac event: live blog It’s only been a month, and Apple is already releasing more hardware. This time the company held a special media event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where it showed off new iPads, MacBooks, a Mac Mini, and even a revamped Apple Pencil.  Here’s…

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This robotic bartender is coming soon to an airport near you

Recently uncovered documents show that Amazon was actively pitching its facial recognition technology to ICE.Image: Ali Balikci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Amazon would really like U.S. law enforcement to use its facial-recognition software, despite how its employees feel. According to internal documents obtained by the Project on Government Oversight, Amazon met with officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over the summer in order to pitch facial-recognition technology known as Rekognition. SEE ALSO: Here’s how to set up a VPN and protect your data In June 2018, Amazon Web Services sales…

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Tech execs in Silicon Valley literally can’t dress themselves

This guy!Image: Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock The casual uniform of the millennial techie is a running joke by now, but some are starting to swap in their t-shirts and worn jeans for actual adult clothes. Stylist Victoria Hitchcock told Vox what it’s like to overhaul the lives and styles of Silicon Valley’s emerging employees – who literally can’t dress themselves – as they go “from boys to men.” SEE ALSO: This picture of Mark Zuckerberg’s wardrobe is hard to believe Hitchcock has been styling members of the tech and business industries for…

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Snap launches Spectacles in two new styles: Nico and Veronica

Nico on the left, Veronica on the right.Image: Snap Snap’s original Spectacles, though designed more or less like traditional sunglasses, weren’t for everyone. The funky frame was…well, ugly, and the camera in one corner and LED flash in the other were visible from an airplane.  The originals launched in 2016, and the company redesigned them in April 2018 (technically called Spectacles 2), making them smaller and lighter, but the design remained mostly the same.  But on Wednesday, Snap launched Spectacles in two new styles, and these will likely appeal to…

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