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Instagram is down for some users Friday afternoon

Some Instagram users reported that the photo-sharing service was down Friday afternoon. While some reporters at Business Insider and Twitter users reported having issues, others had no problems refreshing their feeds and using the app. The website Downdetector also showed that some users were experiencing issues with the photo-sharing platform. Instagram users flocked to other […]

Photography

Flickr just expanded Pro tools — but free users may have to delete some photos

Flickr no longer offers free users a free terabyte of space. Prykhodov / 123RF After Flickr changed hands earlier this year, moving from Yahoo to SmugMug, photographers no longer have to wonder what changes, exactly, are in store for the photography platform. On Thursday, November 1, Flickr launched a slew of improvements including enhanced image optimization, […]

Photography

Which landmarks are searched for most by creatives? This list has some surprises

[embedded content] From the Eiffel Tower to the Statue of Liberty, some landmarks are instantly recognizable even for the infrequent traveler — but what landmarks are most often featured in creative works? That’s the question stock video and photography agency Storyblocks asked in a recent study. In sharing the results on October 22, the company […]

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Why Some Amazon Workers Are Fuming About Their Raise

Why Some Amazon Workers Are Fuming About Their Raise ImageKaty Iber, an Amazon warehouse worker near Minneapolis, said a highly publicized pay raise could actually cost her money because she was losing bonuses and stock grants.CreditCreditJenn Ackerman for The New York Times By Karen Weise Oct. 9, 2018 SEATTLE — Last week, Dave Clark, Amazon’s […]

Gaming

Hands-on: Fallout 76 lets you bring some company to the Apocalypse

Enlarge / I’m glad I got to see this with you. After Bethesda revealed the “entirely online” Fallout 76 at E3 earlier this year, some franchise fans worried the new game would feel uncomfortably different from the story-driven, single-player post-apocalyptic action they know and love. After playing the game for about three hours at a […]

Emerging Tech

Versatile robotic skin gives stuffed horse, other inanimate objects some giddyup

[embedded content] When we think of skin, we picture a thin epidermis that’s designed to protect what’s underneath — whether it be by offering a shield against bacteria, viruses, and other nasty stuff or by allowing us to regulate our temperature through sweating. But what if your skin wasn’t just an outer layer of smart […]

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'Cocaine Cowboys:' Some Google employees allegedly threw a party in 2015 with 'controlled substances' after a successful self-driving car demo

Thomson Reuters On Tuesday, The Information published a report detailing the struggles that Waymo, the self-driving car company spun out fro Google, has gone through during its lifespan. According to a tweet by the reporter who wrote the story, a big milestone for the technology in 2015 was marred by a drug-fueled celebration that’s become […]

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MoviePass isn't letting some annual subscribers cancel who were promised a refund

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider MoviePass started converting annual subscribers to monthly plans over the weekend, and some users were given the option to cancel and receive a refund for the remainder of their annual plans. Many subscribers have taken to Twitter to complain that they can’t cancel their plans and receive a message that says their […]

Emerging Tech

31 plastic bottles and some algae is practically all this backpack is made from

[embedded content] Like any person with a functioning conscience, we care about saving the environment. If we can help save the environment while also looking totally stylish, then that’s a nice bonus. Thanks to a new Kickstarter campaign from sustainable designers Tentree, we can now comfortably do both. Tentree has launched the Mobius, a multifunctional […]

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Need some tunes when you’re offline? Here’s how to download songs from Spotify

Spotify is clearly the best music streaming service out there — err, at least according to us. Its premium service is relatively affordable, it offers more than 30 millions songs, and it will allow you to download specific songs and playlists to listen to when you’re offline. Downloading music directly from Spotify is easy, too, […]

Emerging Tech

Throw some shade at your office space with voice-controlled, self-tinting glass

Alexa, darken the windows please. Glass that tints itself according to light exposure has been around for a while. Transition lenses already do that for people with eyeglasses, for example. And one Minnesota-based company has found a new way to expand this notion. Sage Electrochromics has been around since 1989, and in recent years showed […]

Gaming

When anyone can make games, ‘soul’ will make some rise to the top

Forty years ago, making a video game used to require an engineering background — early developers had to invent tricks to display primitive objects and backgrounds on TVs. Today, anyone with a laptop can afford the software to create nearly photorealistic games, and within months, Sony’s Dreams will let PlayStation 4 owners create 2D, 3D, and VR […]

Gaming

ESports Prize Money Eclipses Some Traditional Sports

In case you haven’t heard, professional PC gaming is now a legitimate career path; eSports is turning competitive multiplayer gaming into a lucrative industry that draws huge crowds and sponsorships. And the cash prizes for winners have skyrocketed over the past several years. According to data from esportsearnings.com, Total Sportek, FIFA, cityam, and CBS (aggregated […]

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Is There a Smarter Path to Artificial Intelligence? Some Experts Hope So

Is There a Smarter Path to Artificial Intelligence? Some Experts Hope So ImageBenjamin Grosof is the chief scientist at Kyndi, a Silicon Valley start-up that is using a decades-old programming language to develop software that can generate facts, concepts and inferences from small amounts of data.CreditJason Henry for The New York Times By Steve Lohr […]

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Looking to share some content? Here’s how to repost on Instagram

Gannon Burgett/Digital Trends If there is one word at the heart of social media, it’s this: Sharing. When people post something on social media, they want people — whether it’s their close friends and family, or the entire world — to see it. Photos, videos, and lame jokes flow freely, which makes it all the […]