• Copy and paste trick could unlock iOS 10 devices in Lost Mode

    Copy and paste trick could unlock iOS 10 devices in Lost Mode

    Lost and stolen iOS devices could be at risk if ne’er-do-wells learn of this blunt-force method of getting past Activation Lock. No special equipment or technical know-how is required, which means any geek off the streets can do it. Fortunately, it’s easily fixed — but until that happens, you might want to be a little extra careful about leaving your phone unattended. Read More

  • Facebook invests $20M to catalyze affordable housing development in Menlo Park

    Facebook invests $20M to catalyze affordable housing development in Menlo Park

    Across the Bay Area, affordable housing remains hard to come by. In a climate where many displaced residents point their blame at the techies, Facebook has decided to invest $20 million in what it calls “A partnership to strengthen our local community.” In just the last six years, San Mateo County has added 54,000 new jobs while only building 2,148 new housing units to support… Read More

  • Beddit 3 knows if you’ve been sleeping. It knows if you’re awake.

    Beddit 3 knows if you’ve been sleeping. It knows if you’re awake.

    Jolted into existence with a $500,000 Indiegogo campaign back in 2013, followed by a version 2 that was sold in Apple Stores all over the world, Beddit is back with a third generation of its popular addition to the Quantified Self movement: sleep tracking. The product went on sale in September and immediately sold out, and the company is still selling Beddit 3 faster than it can make them. Read More

  • Nigeria’s Black Friday sales test the e-commerce models of startups Jumia and Konga Crunch Network

    Nigeria’s Black Friday sales test the e-commerce models of startups Jumia and Konga

    Africa’s two leading e-commerce startups, Jumia and Konga, topped their 2015 Black Friday merchandise sales in Nigeria—even as the country weathers currency volatility and recession. The shopping spree of the continent’s most populous nation has become a de facto test event for each venture’s business model. Collectively backed by over $400 million in VC funding, both… Read More

  • Pandora shares up 11% on acquisition report

    Pandora shares up 11% on acquisition report

    Internet radio pioneer Pandora, saw its shares jump over 11% on Friday to $12.77, amid renewed acquisition speculation. A report from CNBC indicated that Pandora and SiriusXM are expected to discuss a possible purchase. The story cautions that there is “no assurance” that Pandora will reach a deal with SiriusXM or any other prospective buyers. This isn’t the first time… Read More

  • Facebook blocks links to B.S. Detector, fake news warning plugin

    Facebook blocks links to B.S. Detector, fake news warning plugin

    Not only is Facebook not providing little red warnings along with links to potentially specious news—it’s now blocking links to the plugin that did. Over the past week, some Facebook users reported seeing content warnings next to links from established fake news domains, apparently without realizing a third party was responsible. We reported this phenomenon, later clarifying that B.S. Read More

  • AWS shoots for total cloud domination

    AWS shoots for total cloud domination

    AWS held its annual re:Invent customer conference this week — and as it revealed one new service after another, one thing became clear: the company with a marketshare lead that is by Gartner’s estimate 10 times bigger than its 14 closest competitors combined, has no plans to slow down or rest on its laurels. If that market lead isn’t enough to shake up the competition… Read More

  • Emotibot wants to help chatbots know how you really feel

    Emotional intelligence is a hard thing to achieve, even in humans. But it’s especially difficult in robots, and maybe even more so in chatbots, whose available tools for picking up on emotional cues are quite limited. Emotibot is a Chinese startup focused on making sure personal assistants, chatbots and virtual customer service agents can accurately understand the emotional state of… Read More

  • Amazon isn’t playing nice with Plex’s new cloud service

    Amazon isn’t playing nice with Plex’s new cloud service

    Media server software Plex, which helps you organize your own library of movies, TV shows, photos, and music, is now making it easier to access the content you’ve saved on other cloud storage services with an expansion of its Plex Cloud service. The company has added support for online services Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft’s OneDrive – meaning you can stream… Read More

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