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Snapchat has become a content creation tool for Instagram and Twitter users

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Miley Cyrus’ selfie that was taken using Snapchat’s filter.

It’s arguable that Snapchat stopped being culturally relevant when Kylie Jenner declared it dead and Rihanna disavowed it. This past weekend, however, it seemed like everyone was re-downloading, reopening, or trying out Snapchat for the first time in years. The cause was two new Snapchat filters, which allow users to look at gender swapped versions of themselves by adding traditional masculine features (beards and short hair) or normative female features (makeup, long hair, and a softer complexion).

The filters quickly spread everywhere outside of Snapchat. Modified selfies appeared all over Twitter, Instagram Stories, and even Facebook. It became immediately clear that participating in the fun online trend this weekend meant downloading…

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Source: The Verge

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Super Mario Maker 2 will have co-op play and a huge amount of new features

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Super Mario Maker 2 is looking like a substantial upgrade over the original build-your-Mario-game. Today during a Nintendo Direct video, Nintendo detailed a huge number of features coming to the Switch game, chief among them co-op play, so that you can build and design levels with another player on the same console. You’ll also be able to play through created levels online with up to four other people.

That’s far from the only addition, however. The game will also include a range of new themes, including desert, winter, and forest; a brand new nighttime option that changes how certain aspects work; additional characters including Red Yoshi and Angry Sun; slopes, on/off switches, and custom scrolling for levels; a single-player story…

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Source: The Verge

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Investigators confirm that PG&E power lines started the deadly Camp Fire

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Fire authorities have officially determined that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was responsible for last year’s deadly Camp Fire in Paradise, California. In a press release earlier today, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said that “after a very meticulous and thorough investigation, Cal Fire has determined that the Camp Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) located in the Pulga area.”

The Camp Fire started the morning of November 8th. Cal Fire identified two ignition points, both of which were sparked by PG&E power lines. As Cal Fire notes, the fires then spread with the help of warm temperatures, dry vegetation, and strong winds. The…

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Source: The Verge

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In a new music video, Earth’s climate is baroque

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Climate change is a pressing issue, but it can often feel distant and abstract. To make it resonate in people’s minds, one scientist turned dry data points into achingly beautiful music, making the frightening changes to our planet audible.

The short piece, In Nomine Terra Calens, translates to “In the Name of a Warming Earth.” It’s by seismologist Lucy Jones, who turned temperature data from 1880 to the present into music to illustrate the speed at which the world is warming.

Jones spent decades of her professional life studying earthquakes with the United States Geological Survey, but she’s also a gifted musician. Jones plays a stringed instrument called the viol, and has spent years working on a project that combined her passion for…

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SanDisk’s 1TB microSD card is now available

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SanDisk’s 1TB Extreme microSD card is the biggest capacity that it’s ever sold, and you can buy one… for $449.99.

As for where you can buy it right now, it’s available on SanDisk’s store. B&H Photo is also accepting orders for the memory card. Amazon has a product listing, though it’s currently unavailable in the US. You can purchase it through Amazon if you live in Spain, Germany, or the UK. Per Tom’s Guide, though, depending on where you live, deliveries have been delayed up to three months at the time of writing.

SanDisk’s Extreme lineup of microSD cards advertise 160MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds, and its new high-capacity card follows suit. As such, it’s the better choice over SanDisk’s Ultra microSD card if you capture a lot…

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White House cracks down on Huawei equipment sales with executive order

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After months of speculation, President Trump has signed an executive order giving the federal government the power to block US companies from buying foreign-made telecommunications equipment deemed a national security risk.

Under the order, which gives the secretary of commerce power to determine which transactions may be potential risks, no single company is immediately marked as a threat. But the plan is largely seen as a move against China-based Huawei, which some US lawmakers have deemed a security threat.

The US argues that China’s government could force companies like Huawei to install backdoors in their equipment to spy on American networks. Huawei has repeatedly denied…

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Source: The Verge

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White House launches tool to report censorship on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter

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On Wednesday, the White House launched a new tool for people to use if they feel they’ve been wrongly censored, banned, or suspended on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

“Too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies,” the site reads. “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump.”

A Twitter spokesperson responded to the new tool saying, “We enforce the Twitter Rules impartially for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation. We are…

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YTMND disappeared, 15 years after changing the internet

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One of the earliest and most influential meme culture websites, You’re The Man Now Dog, went dark over the weekend. It’s since returned with a maintenance page, but the near-death experience has been enough to bring visitors into a site-run Discord chat to briefly relive the internet as it was — a wild, overgrown garden of things that were entertaining and horrifying in just about equal measure.

The site’s apparent demise was inevitable, even if it’s not quite final. YTMND had been in decline for years, having slowly lost its place in the internet pantheon, just like the rest of its peers from the old internet. Many of them have struggled for years to monetize their large and often quite toxic user bases. The web, too, has changed;…

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An aircraft from Blade, the ‘Uber for helicopters,’ crashed in the Hudson River

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A helicopter contracted by Blade, an on-demand short-distance flight service, crashed into the Hudson River in New York City this afternoon. The aircraft’s pilot was the only person onboard and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the New York Fire Department reports.

“Earlier today, a helicopter made a safe emergency landing on floats in the Hudson River near the heliport,” a Blade representative confirmed to The Verge. “The pilot was not injured and immediately exited the aircraft.” The aircraft landed in the Hudson River near West 30th Street after it missed the landing pad, according to local police. Blade also noted that the helicopter was not servicing a Blade flight, and was being repositioned by the contractor, Zip Aviation,…

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Windows dual-booting on Chromebooks is probably not happening now

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Rumors of Google working on adding an option to dual-boot Windows 10 on its Chromebooks have been around for almost a year, but it appears that the dream may be dead. Google is reportedly deprecating all of its “Alt OS” code for the dual-booting feature, as spotted by Reddit user crosfrog (via Android Police).

Word of the dual-boot feature — said to be called “Project Campfire” internally — was reported by XDA Developers back in 2018, and an August report indicated that the feature was actually fairly far along and was headed toward a public release. While it’s unclear why exactly Google killed the project, it seems that storage size was a factor: Windows would have taken at least 40GB of…

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Source: The Verge

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